Skincare Routine

Even though I love makeup, I am usually sporting a fresh face now that I work from home (actually one of the major benefits of working from home!).  The people I see the most during the day, my doorman and my nail guy, are quite taken aback when they see me with makeup on and actually comment on it. My doorman once said “Sarah, is that you? Do you have makeup on? AND your nails done?” Not fair… I ALWAYS have my nails done. Rude. JK, he’s a nice guy.

Here’s that fresh face my doorman and nail guy so often see – I’m SO Alicia Keys.

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I decided a few years ago that it was time to take my skincare seriously, and not skimp. Yes, I love me some Walgreens products, but since my face will be my face for the rest of my life (unless I get attacked by a chimp I guess), I put some extra dollars toward my skincare and makeup budget. You’ll notice almost all of my products are Josie Maran – organic, natural products mostly derived from argan nuts in Morocco.

Here’s a look at all the products and devices I use each day.

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In-Shower Routine

Clarisonic Mia

Josie Maran Cleansing Oil

Josie Maran Powder Exfoliator.

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I was late to jump on the Clarisonic bandwagon. I’ve only had mine for about 6 months, and it’s everything it says it will be (cleaner and softer skin). I use my Josie Maran Cleansing Oil with the Clarisonic and then use the exfoliating powder after (just applying with my hands). I exfoliate my lips too so I can have a softer surface for my Kylie J lipkits!

I read not to use your Clarisonic in the shower cause it will get moldy, but I take mine out after the shower and rinse the scrub head with rubbing alcohol. Haven’t had any issues!

After Shower Part 1

NuFACE Toning Device

NuFACE Gel Primer

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This is an interesting little gadget that the masterminds at QVC sold me on. Yes, I watch QVC and I’m not ashamed. One of my biggest complaints about my face is that it’s kinda droopy. Yes, diet and exercise can also help, but I wanted something that targeted my face more specifically. It’s essentially a device that sends little wavelengths into your face muscles and tightens them. Here are before and after pictures from when I first started using it (after picture is after 2 weeks of use). PS why are these pics so mug-shotty?

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See how my face looks a little less droopy in the cheek and chin department in the second picture?

After Shower Part 2

Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist

Josie Maran Eye Serum

Josie Maran Milk Serum

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After I do my facial toning, I move on to my last step. I spritz the nirvana spray (argan oil mixed with coconut water), put the eye serum around my eyes (and around my lips too), and then put the milk serum on top of everything. If I’m headed outside, I’ll throw some Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen on top.

Weekly Deep Cleaning and Hydrating

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask (with apple cider vinegar)

Biore Strips

Egg Yolk Mask

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Once a week, I do a deeper dive into cleaning my pores and hydrating my skin. My first step is the Indian Healing Clay mask. This thing is no joke. It’s only like $6.99 on Amazon, but the results are amazing. You mix it with a little apple cider vinegar (kills nasty pore bacteria) and when you put it on, your face literally starts pulsating. You won’t know what I mean unless you try it, but you literally feel your pores getting cleaned out – it’s crazy! I recommend putting it on before you take a shower. It’s really hard to get off, so I find it’s easiest to get off in the shower. Also, you may want to save the mask for a lazy weekend because my face is super red for a few hours after I use it.

After I shower, I put a hot, wet washcloth on my nose for about 30 seconds (to steam my pores open) and then I put a biore strip on. I’ve had a lot of success with using biore strips after the mask. Then I rub an ice cube on my nose to close my pores up. Finally, I crack an egg open, separate the yolk from the egg white, and put the egg yolk on my face like a mask. You want to keep the egg yolk on until your face becomes really had to move. You’ll know what I mean when you get to that point. My face feels hydrated and lifted after doing an egg mask!

Well, there you have it! It’s a bit of a routine, but I love beauty products so it’s fun for me. I’m working hard to not end up like Lala Kent with a face full of botox in my 20s!

 

Christmas Gifts for the Hillary in Your Life

Gone are the days of my youth where Christmas mornings were filled with Tiger Beat posters, American Girl dolls, and Doodle Bears. Now, my Christmas list is filled with orthopedic shoes for “professional women.” Woof. But I can deal with it. I guess it’s proof that I’m on my way to becoming the woman I’ve always wanted to be: Hilary. 🙂

Now that I’ve accepted the fact that a One Direction watch won’t be on my Christmas list, I did some research for things that would be more appropriate for a 27-year-old. I decided to focus on my needs as a business traveler and come up a few items that would make packing, flying, and hoteling much easier. Here’s what I’m wishing for.

Shoes

As a meeting planner, I spend hours and hours running around hotels and convention centers. Despite my long-standing fashion mantra of “fashion over function,” I’ve decided to cave and add some orthopedic shoes to my wish list. Ugh, it’s seriously depressing. But high heels and unsupported flats are just as depressing for my feet. I did a ton of research, and found some acceptable options to go with my black pantsuits. Truth is they’re still gawd awful.

Dansko Nastacia Black Croc

Dansko Olivia Black Cobblestone

Tech Items

When thinking about the tech items that I’m wishing for, I thought about my biggest pet peeves. First, sitting next to a snoring adult or chatty kid on an airplane. Solution? Noise-cancelling earbuds. Second, having a messy carry-on purse filled with power cords. Solution? Tech cord organizer. Third, phone runs out of battery. Solution? Power bank.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

 

Tech Cord Organizer

OP/TECH USA Accessory Pack - 11-Inch

Power Bank

Lady Problems

No, not those kinds of problems, but the organizational problems that every woman faces when she travels. I’ve found that Lori Grenier (of QVC and Shark Tank fame) knows what a lady needs to stay organized on the go. Here are a few of my fave Lori items.

Weekender Bag with Snap-In Toiletry Case

Weekender Bag with Snap-In Toiletry Case by Lori Greiner

Purse Organizer

Ready Set Go 2-Piece Bag Organizer with Light by Lori Greiner

Travel Perfume Spray Bottle – fill with your own perfume

Travalo Refillable Travel Perfume Rollerball Set by Lori Greiner

 

Hopefully my research will help you find Christmas presents for those on your gift-buying list! Sometimes practical gifts are the most unexpected, but appreciated gifts. Check back for some more Christmas gift ideas!