Beauty Commandments with Meijer Beauty

Disclosure: I received sample products and a gift card from Meijer in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Meijer just sent me some fantastic loot to try out and it got me thinking about a few of my beauty routines. We all have those things that we know we should do, but half the time we forget, or don’t have time, or are just lazy. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my beauty commandments and this year actually stick to them.  Some of these I am better at than others, but I will tell you that I am never sorry about doing them.

Always Take Off Your Makeup

I would like to say that I wash my face every night and do my full 5-step beauty routine. I should…but I don’t. The one thing I am consistent about is always taking off my makeup. Without fail I always use a facial wipe to remove my makeup and clean my face before bed. If you have ever gone on a trip with me or stayed the night at my house, I will offer you one too. These facial wipes from Yesto are perfect for sensitive skin with the cucumber or for problem skin with the tomato.

Have a Foot Routine

This sounds funny, but it’s necessary. I get bi-monthly pedicures but I still have cracked heels. This is why I need to be better about my nightly foot routine. Always slather on your foot cream before bed and then put socks on your feet. You will see a difference after just one night! Click here to check out my recommendation for a good foot cream. You should also be using the Amope in between pedicures to keep the dead skin to a minimum.

Treat Yo’ Self with a Face Mask

You should be a using a face mask at least once per week. Why is this so hard? It can be 10-30 minutes depending on the mask, but I’m not doing it as consistently as I should be. I have so many masks that I could probably use a different one for every day in the month (there’s a blog post idea), but I’m really digging these L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks. They are great at pulling out impurities and clearing out your pores. Every week I try to use my Biore porestrips, do my at home microdermabrasion, and then put on a mask. It’s like going to the spa – I don’t know why I’m not trying to sneak it in every day!

Moisturize!

I am great at this one. After my daily shower, I always use a good moisturizer. Check out this post for a few suggestions. It’s best to apply lotion after you shower and your pores are open. It helps lock in the moisturizer for the whole day.

Brush and Floss

I’m a stickler for this one. My best feature is my smile, so it’s important to have good dental health. You can also perk up that smile with a little help from the Colgate Optic White system. Especially with all that red wine you had the night before (who me?).

If you need an extra whitening boost, you can also try out these Crest Whitestrips. I would save them for a special occasion, like before a big event or when you are going to be photographed.

Wash Your Makeup Brushes

I’m the worst at this, but washing your brushes once a week will help prevent acne, infections and will extend the life of your brush. It also will help reduce the amount of facial oils that get into your shadows, blushes, and powders. This would actually be the perfect thing to do while you’re waiting on that face mask to dry.

Protect Yourself

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! The sun is your worst enemy in the fight against aging. You should be applying sunscreen to your face (preferably everywhere that sees the light) every day before you add your foundation. This will help prevent sun damage and reduce age spots, wrinkles, and maybe even skin cancer. Don’t forget to apply it to your hands and décolletage as well!

Discard Your Mascara Every Three Months

If you are trying to remember when you opened that last tube then throw it out right now because it’s probably too old. This one baffles me because mascara is probably one of the least expensive products out there but we keep it FOREVER. I try to track mine by quarters so I know that on April 1, it’s time for a new tube.

 Condition Your Hair

Let’s be honest…our hair takes a beating. From daily washes, to hairdryers, to curling irons and bleach it’s no wonder that our hair gives us split ends and breakage. A weekly hair mask is a must – it can help repair some of that damage. Now, your hair is dead so it’s not like its miraculously going to recover or repair itself, but a moisturizing hair mask can act as a band-aid for those split ends until you decide to trim them. The first one is the L’Oreal Everpure Repair Remedy Balm to restore strength and brilliance. Then there is this Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask that is for oily roots (me, me, me!) and you use this one before you shampoo to absorb oils and impurities on the scalp.

Hydrate

This is the hardest one for me because I’m terrible at drinking water, but it makes such a difference in your skin. The elasticity, plumpness, redness and irritation are all affected by how much water you take in.

For one special reader, I’m giving away the Colgate Optic White toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash, along with 3 boxes of Crest Whitestrips. Enter the giveaway below to get in the running for a pearly white smile:

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What are your beauty commandments? Do you follow any of these?

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Spring Giveaway with Meijer Beauty

Disclosure: I received sample products and a gift card from Meijer in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Brace yourself ladies! Meijer Beauty Perks are coming! Get ready to stock up your cupboards with the latest and greatest beauty tools and products for Spring and Summer. Meijer Beauty Perks runs through May 7, 2016 and can help you save up to $100 on your favorite beauty products. As if that wasn’t enough, Meijer has also given me a $25 gift card to give away to one lucky reader, so make sure to enter below!

Meijer Beauty Perks

If you don’t know what Meijer Beauty Perks are, read my previous post all about mPerks and how to sign up. There are some great deals here. The key is not to wait until you are at the store, but to do your homework in advance. Here are some of the great deals Meijer has going on as well as a highlight of a few of the new fun products they sent me.

Meijer Gift Card

First up we have the Amope Pedi Perfect. I’m pretty sure I audibly squealed out loud when I opened up the box to find this. I have seen the commercial dozens of times and did not expect to see this. I immediately opened this up and charged it for a second (you are supposed to charge it for 3 hours normally) so I could see how it works. Well let me tell you – make sure to introduce your dog to the Amope first because Sport definitely did not like it. He was barking up a storm until I stopped and let him sniff it for a while. As you can see, they are now friends, haha!

Sport Amope

I LOVED the Amope! This little tool does the trick on sloughing off the dead skin on your heels. I usually get regular pedicures, but am very ticklish, so the more I can do myself at home the better. mPerks is currently offering 15% off of Amope refills.

Amope Meijer Beauty

As I am writing this post, I literally can’t move because I recently did the P90X abs video and EVERYTHING hurts! Thank goodness Meijer sent me Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts to help soothe my sore muscles. I had no idea of all the benefits that Epsom Salts had for your body, but this video pretty much sums it up. They also sent me the Lavender version which is a great relaxer before bed. I haven’t taken a bath yet in the new house, but this with a glass of wine could definitely convince me! mPerks is now offering $1 off 2 of Dr. Teals products which is nice because you need to use two cups of salts for your bath so you will probably go through each bag pretty quickly.

Dr Teals

I also got to try Loreal’s new EverPure Cleansing Balm which is a 6-in-1 hair treatment. It’s all natural which means it contains no sulfates, parabens or silicones. This is pretty simple to use, just apply 6-8 pumps to your hair, I like to do it at the beginning of my shower and then leave it there until the end, and then rinse out. Simple and easy. The one thing I hate the most about shampoo and conditioner is that you always use more conditioner than shampoo so you end up having to buy an extra conditioner bottle. This way you just have have one bottle.

Loreal Everpure Cleansing Conditioner

I’m usually not surprised by new beauty products, but when I got this Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash with Marula Oil I had to take a pause. What the heck is Marula Oil? I had never heard of it before. Well you can read this article from Cosmopolitan for more details, but Marula Oil trumps Argan Oil by having 60% more antioxidants. It’s harvested in South Africa from the nut inside the marula fruit. It protects against free radicals and hydrates instead of just sitting on top of your skin.

Dial Marula Oil

Have you tried any of these fun new products? If not, enter my giveaway for a $25 Meijer gift card and pick these up for yourself.

 

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Spring Cleaning with #MeijerBeauty

Disclosure: I received beauty products from Meijer to help promote the Meijer Beauty Department. All opinions expressed are my own.

Of all the partnerships I have had the opportunity to participate in, my favorite is with the Meijer Beauty Department. They always challenge me to get out of my routine and try new things. When I received a huge box of Meijer goodies, I loved that the theme was stocking up on new beauty finds and they definitely delivered! Some of the items they sent me are definitely on the cutting edge:

Meijer Spring Cleaning

My husband came home to find me squealing over the Curl Secret! I was SO excited to get this.

Curl Secret

I first saw this on my friend Mary’s blog, Raising Dick and Jane. This thing is seriously amazing! I’ve probably shown Mary’s video to five different people already because most people haven’t even heard of the Curl Secret yet. I am planning to do my own separate review, but this is so cool it really deserves a video and I am still getting a spot set up in the new house to do it, but stay tuned. In the meantime, you can get wowed by Mary’s review – the Curl Secret will blow your mind!

Next up is Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel. I first saw this on Kerry Washington’s Instagram. Apparently she gave them out to all the girls at Scandal. How fun!

kerry washington

Hydro Boost includes Hyaluronic Acid which is an ingredient naturally found in skin that acts as a sponge for dry skin cells and moisturizes up to 1,000 times its weight in water. it is one of the most hydrophillic (water-loving) molecules in nature…who knew?

Hydro Boost

I have seen a ton of commercials recently for Nivea’s new In-Shower Body Lotion. The thing to remember with this is that you apply it in the shower, then you rinse it off. So it’s a little different then regular lotion.

You just have to be really careful because it might make your tub slippery. They have a few different variations: sea mineral, almond oil and shea butter.

nivea

I had fun trying on this new Cover Girl Lip Lava gloss. Mine was Oh La Lava. Definitely a great color for spring!

Lip Lava

L’Oreal has a new line called Infallible which is made for longevity. This is important for me because I am teaching again and have long days. I need my makeup to stay on all day and night and look just as great as it did when I first put it on. The Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray helps set your look and keeps it in place all day. When you apply it you spray two sprays in an X shape.

infallible

I’m not sure what I did to deserve all these awesome goodies, but I sure had a lot of fun testing them out! What are your favorite new products for spring?

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