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I have always been a little wary of getting facials because I’m afraid of what it may do to my sensitive skin, but one day I faced my fear and treated myself to a spa day and my life hasn’t been the same since. I started getting regular facials and masks to help improve my dry skin and skin tone, but then my wallet started feeling the pain and I had to cut back. Determined to find at-home remedies that would give me at least a little satisfaction, I went through countless facial scrubs, pads and creams until I finally found the perfect solution.

The Freeman Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask first caught my eye with its bright bottle, seashell logo and the words “anti-stress.” But for $3.99, I thought there was no way it could be any good. The minute I put it on, however, I instantly felt refreshed. The cooling sensation made me feel relaxed and at ease. After I finished taking it off, my skin looked smoother and brighter. I also bought the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel Off Mask to try later this week! 

If you are looking for an inexpensive mask to use in between trips to the spa, I would definitely recommend this brand, you can’t beat the results or price!

A beautifully glowing, pregnant Gwen Stefani took to the red carpet with a topknot hairstyle that proved they weren’t just for bumming around. What makes this one so great and posh is the way it folds into itself. She also opted for a polished and sleek topknot versus the messy ones we’ve seen as of late. If your hair is baby fine like mine, you might find the only way to create this hairstyle perfectly is with a lot of extra pins and hairspray.
The name of this product was my first attraction to Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines, it felt so positive and life affirming. But it was using the product that sold me on its benefits and claims. Mama Mio states that Love Your Life Lines is an “age-defying, light-reflecting cream [that] works to smooth out and diminish existing lines and wrinkles, helping with deep level repair whilst protecting against new lines forming.” And while I’ve only been using it a short time, I can already tell that it’s making a difference in the texture and surface of my skin.

You can buy Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines for $48 at


For as long as I can remember, I haven’t really been a fan of wearing lipstick, probably because I’ve associated wearing it with the dreadful colors I was forced to wear in dance recitals and competitions. However, as I get older and my makeup habits evolve, I’ve found myself obsessed with lipstick and now feel as if my outfits aren’t complete until I apply it. 

I don’t like spending a ton of money on lipstick and tend to stick to drugstore brands, and one of my favorites is Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick. The line has a huge selection of colors, including great wine and berry shades for fall. The lipstick is infused with silk and vitamins for a smooth, conditioning color and leaves your lips moisturized while applying evenly with ease. My favorite color and my must-have for both day and night is Black Cherry, it is the perfect combination of a wine and berry color, giving you the edge of a dark lip with the subtle attitude. 

If you’re anything like me, it takes about three cups of coffee before anyone can even approach me in the morning. Despite the amount of sleep I actually get, I feel like I still look so tired when I wake up. Unfortunately, as much as I love the change of seasons and the fall breeze with the dry weather, I tend to look even more drowned out and tired during this season. Here are a few of my favorite items that help turn my look from tired to fresh each morning. 

The Face Wash

I have tried a few different products in this category and none have really been able to keep my skin clear and wake me up the way this one does. Clean and Clear Morning Burst ($6.99) has energizing beads that will instantly make you feel refreshed and awake. The facial cleanser also helps prevent shine throughout the day so if you suffer from oily skin like I do, it’s an even better choice. The wash comes in a few different colors and scents, but my favorite is the one that features lemongrass, for some reason that particular smell leaves you feeling truly fresh and relaxed. 

The Moisturizer 

Having the right lotion is an essential part of your day because this one product has the ability to give you glowing skin. My favorite daytime moisturizer is Shiseido Brightening Protective Cream ($54.50); not only does it include SPF 15, but it is formulated with vitamin C, which will help brighten skin and revitalize your face — an essential part of fall skincare.

The Eyeliner

Makeup is a necessity if you are trying to make yourself appear more refreshed, but it is even more important to make sure you are using the proper product to achieve the desired results. Using any old black eyeliner on the mornings you are looking especially tired is a risky move because it can make your eyes appear darker and more sunken in. The Almay Wake Up Eyeliner + Highlighter ($8.99) is the perfect item to achieve the look you are looking for. This dual sided pencil allows you to define your eyes while the illuminating side can help brighten your irises. On top of the shimmery color giving you a bit of refreshing, the highlighter delivers a cooling sensation during application to perk up your pupils, tricking people into thinking you got a full eight hours!

Adding these three things into your morning routine will without a doubt make you seem more refreshed and awake.

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