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As the weather starts to change and your skin becomes drier, it becomes more difficult to keep skin looking radiant. For most people, doing an overnight peel is a great option because you put the mask on before bed, let it work its magic overnight, and then wipe it off in the morning. However, some women (me included) have sensitive skin and these overnight procedures can cause irritation or breakouts. So I discovered my new secret weapon that I just can’t live without: the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads ($6.49). 

These pads help improve skin tone, texture and reveal brighter more radiant skin. The dual textured pad uses foaming skin-conditioning cleansers and natural soy extracts to leave the skin soft and smooth. One side is smooth in order to lift away dirt, oils and makeup, while the other side is textured in order to gently exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead cells. These cleansing pads are gentle enough to be used on a regular daily basis and work for any skin type and sensitivity. Also, in a clinical test, 100% of women showed improved skin. An added bonus, the container is small and light enough to carry in your purse!


Lack of sleep is something that we all experience no matter what the season, but when your sun-kissed skin starts to fade and you have a lighter complexion, under eye darkness and puffiness become more apparent, no matter how much makeup you use. Unluckily for me, I have very dark under eyes and they easily become super puffy with lack of sleep, so I went on a mission to find a solution to this problem that plagues many women. 

The First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller is a metal ball roller that banishes under eye darkness and puffiness while simultaneously cooling and awakening the skin to give a more refreshed look. After application, the caffeine that is infused into the formula begins to reduce the appearance of the under eye area, while the hyaluronate and advanced peptides help to restore lost volume and increase collagen production to reduce the fine lines and thinness of the area. Not only does this product work wonders but for the price of $24 you really can’t beat it!

After the harsh sun exposure and dryness from the summer heat, your skin is going to need some refreshing hydration to have an amazing glow for fall. No matter how many times a day you apply face lotion, it never seems to completely solve the problem, so I was determined to find something that would — and the Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator ($73) is the answer. This 30 ml bottle will give you the same, if not better, results of a spa treatment. The serum works deep into your skin and pores to reinforce the barrier for healthier and more radiant skin. After application, it simultaneously exfoliates the skin to get rid of any excess dead skin and hydrates to make sure that your face won’t look dried out and tired. Also, the serum will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles while leaving the surface of your skin looking smoother and softer. 


I have just returned from Jamaica where I spent six days in paradise doing nothing but laying by the pool and swimming with dolphins. On top of being completely relaxed by the pool, I also treated myself to an amazing massage as well as a milk bath, which at first I was not too excited about because it didn’t sound too appealing, but I was never so happy to try something new. The bath left me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and nourished. One of the most important things after being out in the sun or anything that can be harmful to your skin is to make sure it stays moisturized and nourished. Because I felt so amazing, I was determined to do some research and find a milk bath I could use at home.

The Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath ($74) provides all the necessities you get from a spa treatment without the hassle of driving there and the damage to your bank account. The balancing formula is a special milk protein base, rick in vitamins, amino acids and minerals. It also consists of natural plant collagen from Japanese camellia oil and oat extract, which will leave your skin feeling silky. This bath is great for extremely dry skin and treating skin conditions. It will leave your skin feeling nourished and satin soft!


Mario Badescu skincare products are some of my favorites on the market. The wide variety of serums and creams helps with tired eyes, breakouts and everything in between. So I look for any excuse to splurge a little, especially on my two new obsessions: Glycolic Eye Cream and Drying Mask.

First up is the eye cream, perfect for when skin starts looking a little aged and dry. It is high in antioxidants, vitamin E, and contains a blend of nourishing oils that result in smooth younger looking skin with just a few uses — and not only in the eye area, other parts of your face will benefit from the ingredients as well.

Next is the drying mask, which honestly, I was a little skeptical about. I have oily skin and I tend to stay away from a lot of face products because they often make me more shiny. I stay away from things that promise to get rid of oil because they have a tendency to dry me out, but since I love the brand so much, I decided to give it a try. The mask miraculously reduced excess oil, but still left the right amount to keep my skin young, while simultaneously drying out pimples with a nonirritating sulfur and calamine formula. Finding a product that will help with all of the unwanted oil while not overly drying out your skin is very rare and should be taken advantage of. My favorite part about this mask is it works well on the back and chest too for anyone with acne problems.

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