How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

G o o d   D a y   v s   B a d   D a y

Sometimes, that feeling that dictates whether you’re going to have a good day vs a bad day occurs right when we wake up in the morning. Don’t you ever just wake up (probably late) & your day just seems to start off on a bad foot? I’ve been assessing my moods, my sleeping pattern, & my productivity lately & thought I would share what I’ve found works for me in order to ensure a good start to my day.


How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

S l e e p   R e a l l y   M a t t e r s

I have always been pretty good about sleeping, but over the last year or so, I’ve been very diligent about making my sleep pattern a priority. The body needs sleep. That’s when it can heal, repair, & restart for the next day. Now I know that maybe not everyone requires the same amount of sleep, but I know that I feel best when I get a full 8 hours of sleep consistently & consistency is key here. This is not a one time thing & you’re going to feel awake & alive afterward. No, making this a habit has been so good for my health as well as my moods.

One more thing I’ve added to my sleeping pattern in drinking an entire glass of water right before I go to sleep, & having my Emergen-C every morning with my breakfast. I swear this combination works wonders for the mind, body, & soul.


How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

P a m p e r   Y o u r s e l f

Before going to sleep, do one thing to pamper yourself. This could be a variety of things like taking a bubble bath, doing a face mask, applying a nourishing hand cream, or even just lighting a candle & doing some light stretches or reflection. Little things like these can really calm your mind down so it’s ready to sleep & sleep well.

One of my favorite ways to pamper myself on special nights is to apply a VIIcode Oxygen Eye Mask to my under eyes before I go to sleep. One of the coolest things about this particular eye mask is that it is one that is meant to be worn overnight. This mask is equipped with a gel-like material that sticks right onto the face & can be worn for up to 8 hours. (Which is the exact amount of hours I try to sleep, so it’s perfect.) It’s amazing the noticeable difference to my under eye area once I wake up & remove this product. I just love how it visibly brightens & moisturizes my under eyes, leaving my skin fresh & awake to start my day.

Although these eye masks work wonders overnight, another way I have loved using them is by sticking them in the refrigerator & then using them for just a few hours during the day. It’s so easy & refreshing to wear while watching a movie, writing blog posts, or even while cleaning my house.


How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

P l a n   A h e a d

I am totally a planner, but in some areas of my life, I have to make that extra effort to ensure good planning. Lately, I’ve added a few planning tasks to my nightly routine to ensure a good start to the next day.

One thing that is actually so helpful when getting ready in the morning is having your outfit planned out. Somedays I have my whole look with accessories, all planned out before I go to sleep, but I definitely don’t do that everyday. Most nights, what I find helpful is to at least check out the weather for the next day & get an idea of what I want to wear based on the temperature & the colors I’m feeling at the moment. I’ve found that at least having an idea of what I want to wear the next day, makes getting ready a much smoother experience.

The last planning tip I’ve recently implemented is spending about 20 minutes before going to bed each night picking up small things around the house, making sure the dishes are done & the kitchen is clean, & preparing my coffee for the next day. Ben & I have found that waking up to a clean kitchen & the smell of hot coffee gives each morning a fresh start to a great day.


How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day
How To Ensure A Good Start To Your Day

Do you do any of these things too? What are your favorite nighttime pampering rituals?


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Best & Worst of Glossier

Best & Worst Of Glossier

Best & Worst of Glossier

*Updated as of 09/09/18*

I’ve been a Glossier rep for about a year now, & have been testing out & playing with their products for over a year. During that time, I’ve definitely discovered which products are must-haves in my collection & which ones I honestly would pass on. Today I want to share with you my honest opinion: The Best & Worst of Glossier.

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Best & Worst of Glossier

The Milky Jelly Cleanser

I truly love this product. This cleanser is my go-to in-shower facial cleanser. It’s perfect for cleansing & waking up my skin in the mornings without stripping away any moisture. My skin loves this stuff, & therefore, so do I! I’ve almost used a full jar of this, & I know I will be repurchasing this gem.

Skin Tint

I’m a makeup girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good tinted moisturizer, but this really doesn’t do much of anything in terms of coverage. If you have amazing skin to begin with, I can see how this would give you that nice dewy skin look. I tent to lean towards products with a little bit more coverage. I will probably use it more often over the summer when I want a “fresh face” look since I already own it, but I don’t see myself repurchasing this one.

Best & Worst of Glossier

Lidstar

Again, these seem so fun. I love the idea of this product, but the color & glitter payoff is just not what I expected. My favorite shade is moon because it gives your lid that wet shine that looks so cool. I find these products hard to blend well, & when patting them in with your fingers, the color goes away almost completely. I will continue to use them on “Sparkle Fridays” but I don’t see myself repurchasing them.

Priming Moisture Rich

I cannot say enough good things about this product! This will forever be in my nighttime rotation. I love how luxurious this moisturizer smells & the way it feels on the skin is dreamy! I’m almost through my second jar of this, & I know I will be repurchasing this again & again!

Best & Worst of Glossier

Cloud Paint

I have this product in the shade dusk, which is such a nice shade. I ONLY use this product on no makeup makeup days. The more I use it, the more I find it difficult to blend. It ends up looking like paint on my skin instead of a seamless wash of color. When I do use it, I make sure to spend the extra time blending with my hands & my damp lemon drop. Again, no repurchasing from me. (use code FELIXANDFLORA25 for 25% off my favorite sponge, the Lemon Drop)

Haloscope

This product is one of my very favorites! I have the shade quartz & it’s home is almost always my purse. My favorite way to use this product is to refresh my skin during the day! I pop a little bit on my cheekbones &, voilá! Fresh & glowing skin instantly! If you haven’t tried this, you must!

Best & Worst of Glossier

Stretch Concealer

Sadly, I just don’t see how people use this with success?! I hate to say that, but this product looks terrible on me. I’d like to think that I don’t have that many lines around my eyes, but after using this product, it makes me think I do! I have tried blending with a sponge, with my fingers, with a brush & nothing seems to make this look good. Of course I even set it with powder & still my eyes look like a creasy mess! If you have any tips on using this product, please share them…but this one is a pass for me.

Generation G

This ones another good one in my opinion! I love that this can be a sheer wash of color on the lips, but you can also build up the color for a bolder look! I have one in the shade Crush & Cake, but the shades Jam & Like are definitely next on my list to purchase! They feel good on my lips & look fabulous!

Best & Worst of Glossier

Solution

I’m such a firm believer in this product! I started using this in a below zero temperature winter while my skin was quite dry (very unusual for me). I was hesitant because this product has salicylic acid in it which typically dries my skin out even more. Not only did my skin not get dry, but it improved. I was amazed! My skin has definitely been clearer thanks to this product. I also was having issues with my back not being clear, & the combination of Solution & an overnight moisture mask cleared things right up! Definitely keeping a jar of this on hand at all times!

Body Hero Daily Oil Wash

This product has definitely grown on me. First of all, the scent gets a major thumbs from me. It’s dreamy! Also, I’ve found that I enjoy using this as a more luxurious extra step in the shower instead of as an actual body wash. I don’t feel that it really cleans me on its own, but I love the moisture surge it provides for my skin. This is my last step in the shower on those days I have a little bit extra time to give my skin some love.

Best & Worst of Glossier

Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream

The way that this cream melts into my skin is divine! I love how soft my skin feels all day long after using this product. It gives a lovely sheen to the skin for a subtle glow without being sparkly. The only thing I would say about this product is I wish the smell sat on my skin as well as the Daily Oil Wash does. For some reason, the smell of this product does not smell quite as good once it hits my skin. For those of you who have tried it, do you feel the same way? I just wish the smell was better. That’s all. It’s not bad, just not as good as I hoped it would be.

Balm Dot Com

I’ve done quite a few appreciation posts on my Instagram for these guys (see here & here). I don’t think there is a human on this earth who would not like this product. This is my very favorite lip balm I have ever tried. I have the flavors Rose, Mint, Coconut, & Birthday. Coconut is a religious part of my nighttime ritual. I apply a generous amount to my lips & my cuticles every night before I go to sleep. I can really tell a difference in the morning when I use this product. If you don’t own one, go buy one now…or three!

Invisible Shield

I had really high hopes for this product. So much so that I used it for the first time just 2 weeks before my wedding day! Let’s just say my skin did not enjoy this product. I broke out almost immediately after using this sunscreen. Don’t worry, my skin cleared up for my wedding, but it left such a bad first impression that I don’t think I will ever be using this product again. Sadly.

Best & Worst of Glossier

Wowder

This is the newest addition to my Glossier collection. I’ve just started playing with this product, but so far I’m really loving it. It sits nicely on the skin & lasts all day! That’s all I have today for now, but I’ll update you again soon in my Instagram stories.

Wowder Brush

Will say this brush is very aesthetically pleasing. If you’re looking for a pretty brush for pictures or to have in your collection, go for it. This is just honestly not the brush I would reach for to apply powder to my face.  It’s very soft, I will give it that, just not my favorite.

Glossier You

There is something quite satisfying about this fragrance. They say that it smells like “you”, & strangely enough it does! I love the way it smells on me & how it changes on each person! My favorite way to wear this is to apply a few sprays everyday as my “base” scent, then layer other fragrances over top depending on how I’m feeling that day! Delightful!

Super Bounce

I’ve recently added this gem to my Glossier collection, but let me tell you, it’s off to a great start. This face serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin B5 to help plump & smooth the skin. I love mixing this in with my moisturizer at night & my skin seems to love it! Definitely worth the money.

Best & Worst of Glossier

Boy Brow

Oh, the beloved Boy Brow. This product has been a game changer for my brows! I can literally only use this product & they look awesome. It thickens & tints my brows all while locking them into place for the rest of the day. Love how much time I save with this product. A few swipes through & they’re good to go! (helpful tip:make sure you wipe off the extra at the end so you don’t initially apply too much product!)

Moon Moisture Mask

 This mask is a quick & easy way to pack moisture into the skin. Perfect for those days when your skin needs a little boost. I reached for this a lot during the winter, but I know my skin loves it no matter what season it is! All around a big win for me.

Best & Worst of Glossier

There are a few products that I haven’t tried yet: Priming Moisture (the original), Mega Greens Galaxy Pack mask, the other 2 serums, the new Zit Stick & the Soothing Face Mist. Are you interested in me testing any of these products out for you guys? What should be next on my list?

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Get Ready With Me

Get Ready With Me

Get Ready With Me

What I’m Wearing

Top (sold out from H&M, similar here) // My favorite jeans // Chanel shoe dupes (old, similar here, & affordable options herehere) // Fun scarf in my hair

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Guys, the semi-annual Sephora VIB/Beauty Insider sale is here & it starts tomorrow! YAY! (If you’re not a VIB or a Beauty Insider yet, sign up here! It’s free & easy & you can participate in the sale!) With that in mind, I thought I would share a little GRWM post highlighting some of my Sephora favorites in my spring skincare & makeup routines. This season, I’m all about healthy, glowing skin with a more minimal makeup approach.

Let me walk you through a typical morning for me…

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Right When I Wake Up

First thing I do in the morning is check my phone. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to do that, but with being a professional dancer & away from my phone during most of the day, I do my blogging & social media work in the mornings & at night. I’m ok with that though because I love doing it. After that, we take our dog, Luna, on her morning walk. It’s so nice to get outside in the mornings & breathe in the fresh, crisp air, especially now that it’s getting a little bit warmer. Then, I make a pot of coffee, & my typical breakfast which is an oatmeal or nutty bread with cream cheese on top. I like to allot a good amount of time to sit, eat, & enjoy my breakfast while usually uploading a new post to the gram.

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Taking A Shower

Once breakfast is finished, it’s time to get ready for my day, so I jump in the warm shower & take care of my hair & body with some really lovely products. For shampoo, I haven’t found a favorite yet, but I’m trying a few out now & I will get back to you. As for conditioner, on days when you need a little extra, the deep conditioning mask by Briogeo is just the best. My hair is loving healthier than it ever has, & I’m certain it’s because of this hair mask. They also make a spray on leave in conditioner with a similar formula that I am loving too.

My current favorite body wash (which I just repurchased during the VIB Rouge sale last weekend), is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream Gel. It really does a good job of locking in moisture while also giving that really clean feeling. Not to mention the scent is to die for! Seriously, smell it next time you’re in Sephora, you won’t be able to leave without it.

Most mornings while in the shower, I use my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to cleanse my face. But if I use any other product on my face in the shower, you can bet it’s the Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser. This is one of the best facial cleansers out there. I don’t know how, but it leaves your skin literally squeaky clean without stripping away the moisture! It’s like magic! Ben even uses (& raves) this product!

On last in shower product shoutout! I have just started using the L’Occitane Cleansing & Softening Oil with Almond Oil to shave my legs with. So far, it’s been amazing! I love how smooth & soft it leaves my skin feeling & I definitely see less redness & bumps from shaving irritation. If you suffer from those same annoyances, definitely give this product a try.

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Out Of The Shower

After wrapping my hair up in a towel & drying off my body, I make sure to pop in my contacts (or contact in my case, but that’s another story…) before I touch any products with my clean hands. Then I apply my favorite men’s deodorant & it’s on to skincare.

My go-to & all time favorite morning face moisturizer is the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer. This moisturizer works wonders on my skin. I have normal/oily skin, & this product gives me maximum moisture, while providing a matte, smooth, blurred, & perfected base to apply my makeup over top.

As far as body moisturizers go, I tend to stick to my Trader Joe’s Body Cream on a daily basis. On special days however, I splurge a little & use my Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It has that same signature scent that the body wash has (yum) & promotes firm skin. Win-win am I right?

I have four stand out products for my hair right now. First, my Drybar Prep Rally Spray primes & detangles my curly hair on days I’m going to style it. It also protects my hair from heat products which is a major plus. On those days I do plan on styling my hair, I use a generous amount of the Moroccanoil Treatment. I apply two pumps, focusing on the ends, before blowdrying my hair. This speeds up the drying process while controlling my frizz in a major way. Then once I’ve finished styling my hair, I add one more pump, again focusing on the ends, to tame any fly aways & add the finishing shine.

On days I don’t wash my hair, my very favorite dry shampoo is the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo. I’m obsessed with the way it smells & the amount of volume & life it adds to my hair. I’ve repurchased this product over & over again!

The last product I want to mention is the Ouai Wave Spray. I use this product when I want to let my hair air dry & form it’s natural curls. once my hair is at least mostly dry, I give a few sprays of this all over my hair to add a little bit of texture & definition to my curls. I also have this in a mini size which is great for testing it out, or even taking it away on holiday.

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Finishing Touches

I then proceed to get dressed, which usually means trying several things on & inevitably making a mess to clean up. Then it’s time for makeup. I won’t walk you through my whole makeup routine, but I will share some stand outs I’ve been loving recently that are perfect for this spring/summer.

My first & forever love is my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. There is just nothing like this palette. I making my way through my second of these bad boys & literally loving it every single day! My favorite way to apply it is by mixing the two lighter shades & applying it all over the center of the face. It beautifully sets my under eye concealer & gives me that “glow from within” look. Another Hourglass product I’ll quickly mention is their Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. It gives me all the bronzy, glory, goodness without looking glittery or chunky. It’s smooth & heavenly. Great for bronzing up the body too!

There are two mascaras that I have been reaching for lately: the Benefit Roller Lash & the Urban Decay Troublemaker. The Roller Lash is a cult favorite, & for good reason. My lashes look their very best right when I wear this product. I unfortunately can’t wear this everyday, because I have oily lids & this transfers on me. BUT I’ve never heard of that happening to other people with this product, so don’t let that scare you. Just like don’t let the comments scare you from the Troublemaker! They’re horrible! Idk, the formula works for me, it doesn’t transfer or clump, it gets the job done & it’s easy to take off at the end of the day! I’ll take it!

For lips, I have a splurgy love & a super affordable love. I either have been gravitating towards the YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stains or the Sephora #Lipstories Lipsticks. My favorites on the YSL front are shades 11 & 16. In fact, as of right now, I am planning on using a combination of the two on my wedding day! They feel like nothing on my lips & don’t transfer! Perfect for saying, “I do”. Now the Sephora #Lipstories range is probably the cutest thing ever! It’s so fitting that my favorite shade is a nudey-pink named, “Oui!”. Next on my list is a bright fuchsia shade called, “Pineapple Express”. The packaging is too cute with a unique, descriptive photo on each one. ($8 each & amazing formula!)

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Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

What I’m Wearing

Lilac Sweater // Polka dot Scarf // The best white Jeans // Perfect everyday Shoes // Floral Bag

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I’m back with another Wedding Wednesday post! Today I want to share with you guys what steps I’m taking to prep my hair, skin, & body for the big day. I want to look like the best version of myself on the big day, while still looking like me. You know? My goal is to feel calm & confident in my own skin, ready to marry the man of my dreams. Let’s get into the beauty prep that is going to help me do just that!

Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Beauty Prep From The Inside Out

You guys know if you’ve been following me for a while, that my favorite beauty guru is none other than the Glam Life Guru, Tati. I’ve trusted her beauty info for years. Seriously, she is a harsh critic & knows what’s good & what’s not better than anyone in the business, in my opinion. So when I heard she was coming out with her own beauty brand, I knew it would be amazing! Although, I was a little sad to hear that it wasn’t makeup or skincare, but a beauty supplement. I bought it anyways because I knew if she swore by it, than chances were it was going to be life changing, & let me tell you, the results are real! I have been taking this pretty pink pill, Halo Beauty, for about 3 weeks now & I can already see a difference. My skin all over my body is softer, my dark circles under my eyes are lighter, & I seem to have less fine lines around my eyes & forehead! It sounds crazy, but people are noticing! I swear it’s doing good things, so I’m going to continue taking it in preparation for my wedding day.

Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Smile Brilliant

With my wedding day quickly approaching, I was sent this unique teeth whitening kit at just the right time! I want my teeth to look bright & white on my wedding day, especially since I’ll be wearing a white dress! (OMG I can’t wait!) The Smile Brilliant team made it so simple & easy to use. First, they sent me the box pictured above, with which I made my teeth molds. I sent those molds back to them & they made custom whitening trays that fit my teeth perfectly. The trays are soft & jelly making them very easy & comfortable to wear. My teeth do get sensitive easily, but their desensitizing gel has been a life saver. Say goodbye to painful teeth whitening!

Another reason why I love this product is that you only wear them for 45 min. to 3 hours at a time, making it a quick & easy beauty prep step with great results. With a product like this, I find that you can go as hard as you want with it. I’ve enjoyed taking my time & using it only about once a week, but I’m sure when used more often, you see compound results.

Because of this product, I know I will be able to smile proudly & confidently, knowing that my smile looks great on what will probably be the most photographed day of my life.

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*see below for amazing before & after shots*

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I have some exciting new for you guys! I have teamed up with the Smile Brilliant crew & we are opening up an exclusive giveaway to my amazing readers! The winner will win a free Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit. Whether you’re about to get married like me, are an avid coffee/red wine drinker (also me), or you know that the perfect red lip looks best with a white smile, this kit will help change your life & your smile. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to have the white smile you’ve always wanted.

Click here to enter the giveaway! It’s so easy. All you have to do is submit your name & email address on my giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email in 2 weeks. I will be announcing the winner on my Instagram as well so stay tuned.

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Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Hair Care

I’ve decided to wear my hair down for my wedding, so I wanted to take some beauty prep steps to ensure my hair looks thick & healthy. I ordered a couple of Briogeo products for the first time & I am loving them so far. Basically I bought the same product in 2 different forms, one is a leave in spray mask, & one is an in shower hair mask. Both perform beautifully & have helped my hair’s health & moisture. I used the in shower deep conditioning mask about twice a month & the spray leave in conditioner about once a week. My hair loves this stuff. Also, it smells really good which is a must! Hopefully these products will help my hair look luscious & gorgeous on my wedding day.

Wedding Wednesday: Beauty Prep

Moisturizing!

Another tip I have been trying recently has been massaging my moisturizer into my face everyday. Instead of just rubbing it in & letting it just sit there, I’ve been trying to massage & rub it into my skin. This helps the product sink into the skin faster, as well as help blood flow & circulation in the face. I believe this along with my Halo Beauty supplements have significantly helped the look & feel of the skin on my face.

Exercise & Water

Being a professional dancer, exercise is a part of my everyday life. But from here until my wedding day, I will have a few weeks here & there where I will not be dancing. During those off weeks, it will be important to me to keep my body in shape for the big day. I’m thinking about doing a post on my non-ballet workout routine…would you guys like to see that? Leave a comment below if you’re interested in that!

Of course, water is crucial to seeing results in all of these areas mentioned above. Nothing new here, just a reminder to drink your water! Luckily Ben is really good about helping me remember to do this on a daily basis.

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Are you a fellow bride to be? What beauty prep steps are you taking to prepare for your big day?

Have any beauty tips? I’m always looking for more! Leave me your favorite tip in the comments below! xx

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Morning Skincare Routine

Morning Skincare Routine

Hello Everyone!

I haven’t posted about my skincare routine in almost a year! I’m absolutely in love with my regiment right now, so I wanted to share my morning skincare routine with you.

Morning Skincare Routine:

I am a morning shower kind of girl, & this Milky Jelly Cleanser is my favorite product to use on my face while in the shower every morning. It cleans my face beautifully, while adding a boost of moisture my skin craves (especially this time of year.).  After patting my skin dry, I apply my Vitamin C Truth Serum to help brighten my face, as well as my morning moisturizer, Clinique Pep Start. This is a daily routine of mine that I’m convinced my skin loves. If I’m feeling extra, I will also give my face a quick spritz of this Rose Facial Mist to help tone & moisturize my skin.

Another very important step I take every other morning is exfoliating. Whether I use an exfoliating cleanser, like this one, an exfoliating mask such as this one, or a chemical exfoliant, like this one, they provide so many great benefits for your skin. Exfoliating helps remove dead skins cells to reveal glowing fresh skin underneath. It also helps with blood circulation in the face which aids in healing & plumps the skin. Definitely a step I recommend not skipping! (And ALWAYS follow with with a rich moisturizer as mentioned above.)

What are your A.M. must-haves at the moment? Have you tried any of these products? Do you incorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine? If so, how often?

Let me know in the comment below! Let’s get great skin together! xx

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Frequently Asked Beauty Questions

 

Beauty Questions

Hello Everyone!

I’ve been getting a lot of beauty related questions recently, so I decided to do a little roundup & answer some of them.

Which comes first, foundation or concealer?

One thing that I love about makeup is that so much of it is up to your personal interpretation. That being said, I don’t think there is a right or wrong way. I personally prefer to apply my foundation before my concealer. The reason I choose to apply my makeup this way is that I like to apply my concealer in a lighter shade to not only conceal, but also to highlight & brighten my face.

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?

I would love to say that I clean them once a week…but if I’m honest, I typically deep clean my brushes about once every 3-4 weeks. My very favorite product to use when cleaning my makeup brushes & sponges (let’s be real…my one & only sponge: get 25% off with code FELIXANDFLORA25) is the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser. It’s the only cleanser I have found that totally removes all traces of makeup, fully restoring each brush & sponge to it’s original color. When I don’t have time for a deep clean, but I need a quick spot clean, I use the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaning spray. This gets the job right away & dries almost instantly! This should not be used instead of a deep clean, but it can prolong the time span between each cleanse.

What order do you apply your powder products?

1. Under eye setting powder

2. All over face powder

3. Bronzer

4. Highlighter

5. Blush

Are primers necessary?

Honestly, on a daily basis I don’t use actual primers. I let my morning serum & moisturizer act as my makeup primer. On night’s when I go out, or for special events, I like to use my Guerlain primer to help plump & firm my skin. It’s like magic! I think there is some value to using pore blurring primers, but I tend to skip that step. On very special occasions where I know there will be pictures taken, I will use an eyeshadow primer like this one or this one to ensure my eye look will last the whole night.

How do you make your makeup last all day?

I get this question a lot! I have been using the same setting spray for a couple of years now. Ben actually gave to me as a birthday present, & I’ve been loyal to it ever since. This setting spray is not only organic, but it’s cruelty free & under $12! It does such a great job of melding my powder products for a more natural look as well as prolonging wear of my makeup.

 

Thanks for your questions! Keep them coming!

I hope this post was helpful! xx

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