How to get super soft, young, bright, clear skin through exfoliation

We're talking easy cheap ways to stay soft and sexy y'all.

Today, I've got another easy thing that you can do that helps you feel and look your best. 
 

Exfoliating!

I will say that is one thing I'll say, I lotion and lather the F up at all times. Justin calls it 'slime' but after my shower, I seriously have so much lotion on my body it's visible for hours after.

I think because when I was little I had eczema and my skin was so dry I'd like bleed, I just really go into moisturizing. That's gross right? K. LOL.

For real though, exfoliating helps you stay youthful, feel better, and our skin is our largest organ. It's important to love it! 

A major key (DJ Khaled reference) to staying soft and supple is exfoliating.

Getting rid of all the dead skin, or dead whatever that lingers on your body. 

I feel like I've been exfoliating regularly lately and it's really just helped to clear my skin, and weirdly, to improve circulation on my body. Especially after a long day and workout, it's nice to just scrub and move everything around. I think too, that this sort of massage helps to reduce cellulite. 

If you use your exfoliant with a dry brush (MAJOR KEY) this is a added bonus and helps to improve circulation, and decrease cellulite.

Shape Magazine says,

Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward.

As for detoxifying, dry brushing is similar to massage. The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated. 

Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better.


Benefits of exfoliating:

  • Removes dead skin cells from skin, which helps keep pores from clogging

  • Leaves the skin feeling SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN!

  • Reduces acne and blackheads through the cleaning of your pores (ew dude LOL)

  • Makes pores appear smaller

  • Speeds up the skin renewal process allowing smoother, healthier skin cells to take their place

  • Helps with fine lines and wrinkles

  • Helps with discoloration of skin

Also one of the major keys is that by exfoliating helps you to clear off dead skin for a better fake tan.

FOR REAL. By having soft smooth skin you provide a great base for the self tanner to absorb and look natural, not streaky or stripe-y. 

Been there, HA.

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My favorite self-tanners:


Best body scrubs:

I really LOVE LOVE the Laura Mercier body scrub because it smells INSANE.

It's the only thing Justin has commented about smelling good on me, ever.

So it's worth it, and I'll mix it with my cheaper Trader Joe's Body Scrub or Homemade Body Scrub sometimes to make it last.

Pictured I am using Raw Sugar Living Body Scrub which is really great, organic products and super affordable. Love this brand!


Recipe for a homemade body scrub via wellness mama:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup almond oil

1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil 

1 tsp real vanilla extract

Mix it all together, and keep in a container in the shower! Use 1/2 cup when you want to scrub. This one will be a brown sugar almond scent, and if you want to a different scent, use a different type of extract of essential oil! 


Do you guys make your own scrubs or exfoliate regularly? I think I needed the reminder, that it's so easy and cheap and you look and feel so much better!

There's also this really good DIY recipe via Elle Magazine that has Coffee in it that I love too!

Keep me posted - what are your favorites?! 

Chat soon,

xoxo
Krista

Wedding Makeup like a PRO and products you NEED to get (but probably don't have!)

Oh hello!

Y'all know I am unafraid of a full face of makeup. I can do eyes, lips, brows, contour.

ALL of the makeup, thank you!

Because honestly, I wear makeup maybe once or twice a week, so when I do, I go all in mask mode. I love to take my time, try new products, try new techniques and being unafraid allows me to diversify my look.

For the wedding I was at last weekend, my favorite girl Laura Moriarty was there and I HAD to have her do my makeup.

She worked in New York City, with models and celebrities and is a true genius with her tools. She also just "gets it" and when I said, "do your thing" when we talked about the look I was going for, I knew it would be perfect. 

I mean, on the real, most of the time when I get my makeup done I leave and go change it, redo it or add more. It's hard to understand the look you want or are comfortable with.

I'm rambling. But, I wanted to share how to achieve this look and more importantly the PRODUCTS that are changing my life and giving me soft, glow-y, radiant skin. Every one of these I bought because they are quality, and seriously make you look amazing.

(Some of Laura's clients, below!)

So, I had Laura write it ALL out for you guys so you can get that look, and get all these seriously incredible products.

Enjoy this detail on how to achieve a radiant face via makeup artist Laura Moriarty!


How to achieve the perfect glowing, hydrated summer skin...

FACE

Primer: Laura Mercier Hydrating Skin Primer then go over with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal overtop primer to achieve a shimmering, glowing base.

Foundation: I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 and mixed it with Nars All Day Luminous Foundation in shade, Vallauris for a dewey yet fuller-coverage look, and blended with dampened Beauty Blender in a light, dabbing motion.

Contour: Contoured hollows of cheeks, temples, and jawline with #4 (darkest shade) in Cover FX creme Contour Kit, shades G10 to G40 = G Light-Mediumand blended inwards with Beauty Blender.

Highlight: Highlighted bridge of the nose and under the eyes with Maybelline Master Conceal in Light concealer, and blended outwards with Beauty Blender.

Bronzer: Bronzed hollows of cheek and apples of cheek with Buxom Bronzer in Tahitismells as good as it looks.

Strobe: Strobed bridge of nose, cheek bones, and brow bones with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal using your fingers

Then go over strobed areas with Laura Mericer Face Illuminator in Indiscretion with a fan brush to maximize glowing look.

Blush: Applied Stila, Field of Florals Convertible Dual Lip & Cheek Palette to apples of cheek with fingers in colors Lillium mixed with Gerbera. 

(Using a creme based blush enhances the dewey-skin look!)


EYES

Eyes: On lids, I used Urban Decay Eye-Shadow in Chopper and Make Up Forever Eye-Shadow in Copper Red in crease.

Then, I took Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in color Golden Pink and highlighted inner corners of eye, under the brow, and on cupid's bow (top of the lip) for extra highlight.

Lastly, lined top lash line with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye-liner in Graphite.

Lashes: Coated lashes with Eye Booster Instant Doll Lash Extension kit by Physicians Formula *MUST try mascara, creates long, full lashes.


LIPS

Lips: Lined and filled lips with Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Dolly.

Then went over with Make Up For Ever Artist Pexi-Gloss in color, 202.

These are my obsession! You can wear them everyday, to work, whatever and it's just enough color to make you look alive and feminine, but not too much. Plus my lips get SUPER soft.


SHOP IT ALL HERE


OTHER DETAILS

This Forever 21 Striped Shirt is my JAM! I wear it as a dress and then with black jeans for a edgy look.

I also noticed that Fashion Lush was rocking it as well! 

On my hair, I used my favorite Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo, and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray and Oribe Beach WavesShine Spray.


Questions? Let Laura or I know! You can connect with her via her website, or just ask us here and we'll answer!

If I could get ANY of these products, I would DEFINITELY get the Mascara, and the Buxom Lipstick. Key for everyday - and super affordable.

Yas queens, yas.

Love you!

xo

Krista