Skin Care | Winter Routine

Fashion, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

PicsArt_01-15-10.21.20I love discovering new skin care tips and ideas so it’s my pleasure to be sharing my affordable winter skin care routine this week in collaboration with one of my favorite beauty bloggers Emily Burns. Her blog emilyburnsmua features make up tips, reviews and tutorials where she inspires her followers’ make up techniques and creativity.

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Although most of us look forward to the winter season for enjoying the holidays with family and friends and playing in the fluffy snow, for some of us it also means dry, itchy skin, cracked lips and ashy elbows and knees. The crisp winter cold can be so harsh on our skin, that we lose moisture at a much faster rate, leading to the weakening of the protective top layer. It is very important that we take extra care of our skin throughout these cold winter months focusing on ways to help keep our skin moist and protected.

MiraBelle’s Winter Skin Care Routine

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1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub $5.49USD

I absolutely love apricot scrubs. As a kid, I remember seeing my mom using St. Ives Apricot Scrub as part of her night time skin care routine, I guess the apricot doesn’t fall too far from the tree. This blemish control oil free scrub is a great way to exfoliate away dead skin, make up and dirt giving me a deep clean leaving my skin feeling fresh and smooth. This scrub helps treat and prevent my acne and blemishes and it has  also  helped minimize the appearance of pores on my cheeks and nose leaving my skin looking smoother and clearer over time.

2. Proactiv Revitalizing Toner $24.99USD

I know, I know, I shouldn’t be mixing products, but this is one of the few toners that has worked well with my skin. I have tried Neutrogena, Olay and Clean and Clear toners in the past however they didn’t do much for me. After my first 6 weeks of using this proactiv toner I noticed a significant difference in the evenness of my skin and complexion. Fortunately for me, during the winter I rarely break out so I prefer to use toner no more than twice a week to avoid dryness and irritation. On the other hand, during the summer months I would break out almost every day so I would ultimately use it every day as well. 

3. St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer $5.49USD

Oh the woes of combination skin! During the summer my skin would mostly be very oily, especially in my T-zone, but in the winter time, it’s the complete opposite, my T-zone can get very dry and itchy if I don’t moisturize well. I have discovered that although collagen moisturizers are mostly used to help combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it’s also a great way to add suppleness and moisture to cracked and dried out winter skin. 

4. Aloe Vera Vaseline $1.49USD

One of my biggest winter skin problems is having dry, chapped and peeling lips. It’s so unattractive and uncomfortable. The top most layer of our skin is called the stratum corneum,  this layer of skin is far thinner on our lips than it is anywhere else on our body. Our lips also don’t have any sebaceous glands to keep our skin stay moisturized, so the only source of moisture is saliva. Thank goodness for the wonders of Vaseline! Any type of petroleum jelly can be used as a great moisturizer to help soothe and protect our precious stratum corneum. My favorite petroleum jelly used to be Vaseline’s cocoa butter jelly but now I’m absolutely loving the fragrance of the hydrating aloe vera version for my lips.

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1. Dove Beauty Cream Bar $1.29USD

I started using dove bar soaps and body washes three years ago and I have not turned back since. They’re so thick, creamy and luxurious. I usually buy the 12 -pack fragrance free bar soaps for sensitive skin for about $9.99USD but I always wanted to try this pink beauty bar version so I bought a single box at the beauty supply store and it works just as well. 

2. Vaseline Pure Baby Petroleum Jelly $5.99USD

Of course I must also use this magical wonder on my body as well. Every morning after my shower and every night before bed I massage Vaseline onto the soles of my feet, my knees, my elbows and my back to keep these areas that are prone to dryness soft and well moisturized. 

3. Lubriderm Daily Moisture $10.99USD

I definitely appreciate the non-greasy thick creaminess of Lubriderm’s lotions that leaves my skin feeling super moist and hydrated. This daily moisture lotion for normal to dry skin is enriched with vitamin B5 and mineral oils which helps naturally restore softness and brightness with every use. 

4. Bath & Body Works Body Lotion $13.50USD

Since I usually prefer to use fragrance free soaps and lotions, I always have scented options on hand for when I choose to indulge in the amazing scents that bath and body works has to offer. This sweet and sensual black current and vanilla lotion from their aromatherapy collection is genuinely therapeutic. I usually use this particular fragranced lotion when I’m having me-time spa days at home and even on special date nights, yes they smell that good.

I hope you enjoyed this detailed outline of my affordable and practical winter skin care routines! Don’t forget, this is a collaboration so go check out Emily’s blog about her skin care routine!

Skin Care | DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

 

IMG_3165editWho doesn’t love some good DIY fun? Especially when it caters to our pampering and relaxation needs! Have you ever noticed those expensive sugar scrubs that are used in those fancy spas? You could probably even find them in your local department or beauty supply stores, but one thing is for certain, they definitely do wonders for your skin.  Natural homemade sugar scrubs are becoming a trend among beauty bloggers and this special recipe will surely convince you too. This recipe is a perfect remedy for that dry, itchy winter skin that we all dread so much and it also has natural anti-aging ingredients as well.

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Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Ingredients 

1/2 Cup Natural Brown Sugar Acts as an exfoliant to remove dirt and dead skin 

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil | Natural moisturizer with antibacterial and anti-fungal agents

1 Tbsp Olive Oil Fights wrinkles and helps soothe itchy, inflamed or damaged skin

2 Tbsp Cinnamon Mild acne and blemish treatment for sensitive skin and also helps restore suppleness and elasticity to the skin 

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After using this awesome easy DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub your skin is left feeling soft and silky smooth! You can even store your scrub in an air tight mason jar for up to five days. I absolutely loved making this affordable sweet scrub and it isn’t just for your face, you can use it in the shower to exfoliate your body and feet as well.

If you liked this DIY post try it, send me pics and tell me what you think! And don’t forget to like and share this blog with your friends. 

 

 

Time for a Change | I’m Getting Healthy

Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Weight-Scale-PNGStepping on the scale for the first time in 2 years was like opening a report card you know you tanked while still wishing for some divine miracle to magically work up the results you desire. It’s ironic that when I was a size 8 at 169lbs I would find the littlest reason to complain about my weight. Pointing out all the dimples on my butt and now, when I look in the mirror, my double chin screams “fatty!!!” My muffin top, armpit fat, bat wings and my chaffing thighs hate me every time I over eat, or even when I eat in general.

How did I get this big? When I think of my weight, every hour of every day, a barrage of questions that I can’t answer would bombard my mind. I’m not sure if it’s so much that I couldn’t answer them as much as it was my knowing the answer paired with my stubbornness to acknowledge and accept the truth. My jeans went from a size 8 to a size 10 and now I’m bursting out of my favorite size 12 extra stretch old navy jeans. Once upon a time I used to be a double D, but now, wearing 36GG, I don’t even look or feel like myself anymore. I would pretend that I was okay with my new body but why pretend anymore. I absolutely do not like the way I look or feel. These love handles do not love me and I don’t love them either!

Over the past two years, after a bad break up, I’ve depended on poor habits as a source of comfort and pleasure. I would wake up at 1am and have pancakes or a scrumptious bacon and egg sandwich, food became all I wanted all the time. Despicable! Now, thinking about it, I have been using food as rewards for the most trivial things. I got through a two hour class–food, I got through two hours at work–food, I got through my daily commute–food. Although I’d say my eating habits are kind of bad, I’ve heard of worse so I won’t be over critical about my meal choices. What I was guilty of, though, is extreeeeme laziness. Would you believe until about two months ago I used to lay down and eat? I was the ultimate Garfield.

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I’d be so sleepy after a meal I’d have to take a 1 hour nap or I’d probably collapse. My food fatigue went from being occasional ‘itis’ to the inability to stay awake throughout the day like an average person. As I’m writing, I’m so disappointed in myself. As a teenager I’d practiced martial arts three days a week since the age of 12 up until I moved to New York at 21 for college. I’m 25 now, and you’d think it would have been easy to get back on track, but my interest in working out just didn’t exist anymore. I’m tired of being overweight, at 219lbs I’m what doctors would call obese! A change has to be made.

I’ve never been one to hop on the bandwagon or follow the latest trends, but I’ve been following a few fitness enthusiasts who all recommend, with results, three things, intermittent fasting, apple cider vinegar detox water and my least favorite, cardio. It’s 4pm and I just enjoyed my last meal of the day, I won’t be eating again until my next 4 hour food window tomorrow between 12pm and 4pm. It may seem extreme but I’ve seen a lot of youtubers rave about their results which I hope to have as well. My morning and night time routine involves a 16oz glass of apple cider vinegar water and if I’m really really hungry I’ll have a couple nuts or a piece of fruit. It’s a challenge going from eating to comfort cravings to eating for nourishment however I am determined to succeed. My biggest fight is usually at 2am or 3am when I used to have my late night snack but it’s really a battle for the mind. I realized at 3am I’m not hungry but bored, lonely and in need of emotional support. I find that a glass of water and binge watching YouTube videos of weightloss journey stories helps. I’m still working on fitting in a consistent cardio routine in my schedule but Rome wasn’t built in a day right? I’m taking it all in stride, accomplishing realistic goals, one day at a time.