SKINCARE

July 12, 2017 |

Christina’s Current Skincare Routine

Skincare is something that is very important to me. I grew up with very little emphasis on it and more of a focus on makeup and the importance of “getting ready” before going anywhere…presenting yourself in the “right” way. I could dedicate a whole post to that and dig pretty deep on how different perceptions of beauty affect us, but it could get pretty lengthy. I actually began writing this blog post with those thoughts and memories in mind, but figured I’d save it all for another day. Before makeup and before clothing comes into play in my daily routine, it starts and ends with taking care of my skin. I began to suffer with adult acne a year into college and it seemed to just get worse and worse. I tried multiple topical skincare products, high end ones, more affordable ones, at home laser treatments, supplements…it felt like everything and yet nothing was working. Then I began to really take note of what my body was reacting to and adjust my routine and that’s when I began to see change. If you’re suffering from adult acne, or just have those monthly flare ups, keep reading. I’m going to share some pretty crazy before photos and what has kept my acne at bay. READ MORE

June 14, 2017 |

Our Favorite Bath Products

Probably the biggest thing we were looking forward to with our master bath remodel, was the soaking tub! Now that the kitchen and bathrooms are done, we are taking full advantage of it a few nights a week. It’s the best way to unwind, and as much as we have tried to incorporate a work out routine as a form of stress relief and well just strengthening our overall mental and physical health, nothing has proved to be more calming or indulgent as a simple bath. We’ll prop up the laptop with a favorite Netflix or Hulu show, or bring in a book, and just lay there for a bit. Some calming drops of lavender or rose scented bath salts are also a plus. Here are a few of our favorite bath products as of late, that will help you get the most out of your “me” time.

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March 17, 2017 |

Our Favorite Face Masks

We’ve been traveling quite a bit again, and with all the weather changes our skin has definitely been taking a beating. We’re not as bold as to wear a face mask while flying, but we do have a few favorites that we like to use when we get back to our Airbnb at night, and will be indulging with when we get home from our travels. 🙂

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February 8, 2017 |

Jo Malone London

You guys have most likely heard about Jo Malone London…the company is one of those cult beauty (and home) favorites and we were so excited to visit their location here in Phoenix for the first time the other day. We’ve never been ones for big Valentine’s Day celebrations or gifts (last year we got our baking on!) and with one of our goals for the new year being to experience more together, an afternoon at the Jo Malone London Biltmore Fashion Park boutique was perfect. Now, you may think that sounds silly, because it’s pretty obvious we do spend a lot of our time together, but towards the end of the holiday season we realized just how little time we devote to trying new things together for date nights, weekend outings, or even just a different restaurant. Hey, we all fall into our routines, right? So we decided that it would be fun to each pick one new thing to do every month together. A trip to the Jo Malone London boutique, complete with hand massages and learning about their fragrances felt like the ultimate indulgence for a pre-Valentine’s Day outing together. READ MORE

March 10, 2016 |

The Good Stuff

New Darlings - Bare Minerals - Daily Skincare RoutineThe older I get, the more I’m realizing that simple is best when it comes to skincare…simple products, simple ingredients, and simple routines. Surprisingly, the simpler it is, the more powerful it is.   READ MORE

July 31, 2015 |

Soft and smooth skin

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We’ve shared a bit of our skincare favorites in the past, but we mostly concentrated on our favorites for your face…cleansers, moisturizers, etc… So we thought it could be fun to pull back that shower curtain and share some our favorite full body skin-care tips

EXFOLIATE
We’ve recently discovered the benefits of dry body brushing and yes, it is exactly what it sounds like…you brush your body with a dry brush before showering. It’s a great way to increase energy and blood flow, while also removing toxins and dead skin cells.  It takes just a few minutes before jumping in the shower.  Follow up with a moisturizing body wash and natural lotion afterwards.

CLEANSE + MOISTURIZE
Lately, our go-to has been method’s cucumber mint scent body wash, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.  The fragrances are all so fresh and infused with aloe and vitamin E, which really helps if you’re a desert dweller like we are.  Since moving out west, our skin (and hair) has gone through many changes.  We were used to the humidity of the east coast, which wasn’t so fun with frizzy hair days but definitely made a difference in our skins’ texture and moisture.  We’ve learned body washes and lotions with extra vitamins, has been the key to keeping our skin moisturized and soft.  No dry patches here!

HYDRATE
This may sound like a given, but drinking a lot of water (about 2 liters per day) is one of the best  things we can do for our skin. It’s something we all know and hear constantly, but can be hard to do throughout our busy days.  We like to start off our mornings with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice.  It helps kick start the digestion system for the day and is really refreshing.  We always keep a water bottle with us on while we’re on the go, especially during the summer months, when the desert heat is at an all time high.

How do you guys keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful?

*This post is sponsored by method, which you can snag exclusively at Target through October.  As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.

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May 4, 2015 |

Skin Care Essentials

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We often change up our skin care routine, guilty of always getting sucked in to a new product or regimen.  However, we always find ourselves going back to the same few products that work best.  Everyone has different skin care needs and skin types, so what works for us may not be the best fit for you, but we figured we’d share some of our favorites.

Cleanse: We like to keep things simple as far as cleansers go. A few months ago we tried out Lush products for the first time (we know, we know…what took us so long, right?!) and became immediately obsessed.  Fresh Farmacy has been our go-to by them. Its very gentle and soothing with ingredients like calamine, chamomile, and elderflower.

Deep Clean + Exfoliate: The Spin for Perfect Skin brush has helped to keep our skin clear of any blemishes and black heads.  With the occasional pimple here and there this has been a lifesaver.  It has different brushes, one for normal use, one for exfoliating and even a body brush. This has recently made its way into our daily morning routine. Use code: “XONEWDARLINGS’ for 70% off all face and body brushes by Vanity Planet.

Moisturize: We’ve tried a TON of moisturizers, but we always find our way back to Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin. It’s all natural and doesn’t clog our pores. As far as eye creams go, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is an all time favorite. Dab a little around your eye area before bed to fight any signs of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. A little goes a long way! Vaseline is also a great moisturizer for dry skin and lips.  We use a little as a lip  every night.  You can even add a bit to your lashes after you take your makeup off, to keep your lashes strong and long.

For the Gentleman: So, we both share all the skincare items listed above.  Yes, it comes as no surprise that men can use wrinkle eye creams and pink facial cleansers too, but you can’t forget to take care of the beard! There are so many beard oils and lotions on the market. Honest Amish Beard Balm is a great all natural and organic leave-in conditioner with a great woodsy smell!

Problem Areas: The down side to having very sensitive and fair skin, is that even the smallest blemish leaves a mark or scar. Keihl’s Dark Spot Solution has hands down been the best product to fade those marks.  A little bit in the morning and night, is all you need. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but lasts such a long time! It also comes in a nice glass bottle and who doesn’t love pretty packaging?

Do you have any skincare items you can’t live without?

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