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*I was not asked to write this post, but I have been gifted Aveda products in the past*

For the past year or so I've been lucky enough to have Aveda send me some of their amazing hair, skincare and beauty products. Over that time there have been a few knockouts that I have run out of because I love them so much! Today I 'm sharing my current skincare routine as well as some of my favorite Aveda products!


Aveda Tulasāra™ Wedding Masque Overnight and Eye Overnight

Every night right before bed I use Aveda tulasāra™ wedding masque overnight and Aveda tulasāra™ wedding masque eye overnight. I started using them in February 2017 and am totally hooked. I'm almost out of both products so I'll have to order some more.  The scent is amazing and the cream goes on super smooth with no greasy feel. I wake up with my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. There's actually a more in-depth process to using this masque that I've since been too lazy to keep up with, but in case you want to try it out:
  1. Sweep wedding masque for face onto décolleté, neck and face. Breathe in the relaxing aroma with jasmine, camomile and grapefruit.
  2. Massage your shanka pressure points counterclockwise 7 times, then clockwise 7 times, then in slow, pulsing motions 7 times.
  3. Place index and middle fingers on the sthapani point and repeat massage motions. Sleep, and wake up to wedding-day skin.
After (or before) the wedding masque, gently apply the accompanying eye wedding masque with ring fingertips around the whole eyelid and under-eye.

Morning & Night:

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

I’ve been plagued by dark spots on my face for quite a while. They’re old acne scars, and I’m sure no one else notices them, but I'm self conscious. I decided to get rid of them and did some research. I chose Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and it didn’t disappoint!

At first, I balked at the price ($49.50) but in the end I decided that if it worked it would be worth it. I’ve used other Kiehl’s products in the past (and present) and was confident it would work. I’m now on day 101 of using it morning and night with my usual routine and the dark spots are  gone! I have some new ones on my chin to get rid of now, it's a never-ending curse.

I repurchased the dark spot solution in the larger size during a Kiehl's promo deal (to get deluxe samples of their Midnight Recovery line, another favorite!) and started using that on November 1st. The first bottle lasted 80 days when used morning and night.

I read in reviews that the top doesn’t stay on tightly so when I traveled I made sure to put it in a plastic bag to avoid it getting all over my other products. I’ve definitely lost some product due to the loose top, but that is the ONLY issue I’ve had.

In the Shower:

bliss triple oxygen instant energizing foaming mask

A few times a week while I'm in the shower I like to use bliss' triple oxygen foaming mask. Previously I used Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial, which I got from the "free table" at my old job in New York City. Once that ran out I started using the bliss, which I had gotten free from Kohl's. Both work great but I love the smell of the bliss facial.

Aveda Shampure Collection

This is my newest acquisition from Aveda. Earlier this month they sent over the Shampure shampoo, conditioner, body mist and composition oil. When I wash my hair I apply conditioner to the ends of my hair first and then shampoo to the roots and rinse them off together. I'm not sure how prolonged use will affect my hair but after the first couple weeks it's soft and smooth, so an A+ rating so far! I also use the composition oil while in the shower but you can use it on dry skin as well. The scent of these products is very subtle but extremely calming. It's made up of 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang.

Aveda Candrimā Collection

This is another favorite Aveda product, the Aveda Candrimā cream cleansing oil. The fragrance, made with ginger and ginger lily, is so comforting. I ran out a few weeks ago so I'll need to buy some more. I use it at the end of my shower and then rinse it off for the perfect relaxing scent to finish my shower. It also comes as a body moisturizer which I frequently use and am also running out of. The horror!!! This product is limited edition for the holiday season so it's time to order it again if you like the scent! It will make a perfect gift for friends and family too.

Previously: Aveda invati

I wash my hair every other day and used the exfoliating shampoo and thickening conditioner each time. Unfortunately using them started making my hair a little too greasy so I had to switch to a different shampoo and conditioner. But the scent is amazing and I loved how smooth my hair felt afterward. So if you want thicker, fuller hair, give it a go!

Face Masks

I also use some face masks throughout the month when I'm feeling extra fancy. Below are the ones I'm currently using as well as a few I've tried in the past. I still have two Sephora sheet masks I have yet to use. Perhaps this weekend!

ORIGINS Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores

This is my current favorite. I bought it after getting a sample from Sephora. It does a great job of cleaning my pores and making me feel fresh. I've always been too afraid of the peel off masks so this is a great alternative. Do you have a peel off charcoal mask that you like?

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

"A mask that helps to purify skin and visibly minimize pores." I still have a TON of this left since it's in a big tub so I'll be enjoying it for quite a long time. My skin always feels tight and fresh after using it. Such an odd but satisfying feeling, right?

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask

"A complexion clearing treatment with an AHA superfruit blend and quartz sand micro crystals to create the look of a clearer, more refined complexion. " I only had a small sample of this so I used it twice, but I really liked how it made my skin feel. Once I run out of my current full-size masks I may buy this in a larger size.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Instant Hydrogel Eye Mask Depuffing & Moisturizing

"A mega-refreshing hydrogel mask that eliminates signs of fatigue." This mask has a really nice cooling effect for my constantly tired eyes. I used it 3 times before it became too dry to reuse. At only $4, I will definitely re-buy this in my next Sephora order.


Chanel Nail Polish

Since I was already taking photos I figured I should show off my Chanel nail polish collection! I allow myself to splurge and buy a new one every once in a while. I prefer to paint my own nails rather than going to the salon so instead of a manicure I just buy a Chanel polish for the same price that I can use more than once. (I also use Essie and a few other random brands)

When I started this blog I hardly ever wore makeup or used skincare products. But throughout my years of blogging I've been gifted samples of all sorts of beauty products and started to experiment with others. Over time my favorite products have changed. Previously I've raved about L'Oreal's Youth Code line and Simple Skincare, but I've moved on to more expensive products recently. Read on to see what I'm loving at the moment.  Keep in mind that I'm a super lazy person, so if I can do this, you can!

Morning Routine: In the morning I use 3 products, 4 if it's the weekend.  I start off with Lancôme Rénergie Eye Multiple Action around my eyes. Next I use Lumene Vitamin C Day Cream with SPF 15. On top of that I'll use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel for a nice kick of moisture. On the weekends I'll add in Chanel's Le Weekend de Chanel.
Lancôme Rénergie Eye Multiple Action, Lumene Vitamin C Day Cream with SPF 15, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Le Weekend de Chanel
Evening Routine: My night-time routine is similar to the morning, I have a product for my eyes, a serum and a moisturizer. I begin with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye followed by Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Next I use La Nuit de Chanel moisturizer. If I have any blemishes I'll apply some boscia Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment. Once again, on weekends, I will replace the Chanel moisturizer with Le Weekend de Chanel.

P.S. If you are on the fence about the Chanel Resynchronizing Skincare line I recommend buying the mini sample size. I started off with that and it lasted about 6 months and when I ran out I bought the larger sizes. I haven't gotten the full size of Le Jour de Chanel yet because I'm so happy with Neutrogena's Hydro Boost which is a similar product.
boscia Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, La Nuit de Chanel
Pre- and Post-Shower: Back in February I read a post on Brooklyn Blonde about Dry Brushing and thought I would give it a try. I use the Mio Skincare Natural dry body brush before I shower to help easily remove dead skin cells and get the blood flowing. I shower at night rather than in the morning because I hate drying my hair before I go out so my hair either goes into a bun or I sleep with damp hair (I know, I know, not good!)

After I shower I use body lotion all over to keep my skin silky smooth. I'm currently using lotion I bought in Vermont, but previously I've used Bliss Body Butter and Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion.
Lotion from The Vermont Country Store, Mio Skincare Natural dry body brush
Makeup:  I learned how to apply makeup at my local Lord & Taylor's Chanel counter so I am a loyal Chanel user.  Many people used to ask why I would spend so much on makeup. My answer was simple: I knew if I spent a lot of money on it I would use it. It was a motivation to myself to use makeup. Plus, the packaging is pretty!

My makeup routine is pretty simple. Step 1: Blush. Step 2: Mascara. Step 3: Lipstick.  If I'm going out or doing something special I'll add some eyeshadow into the mix. There was a time when I would put on foundation every day even though I hated it and was never sure I was doing it properly.  So now I leave it out all together and only use it on rare occasions. I do use Lancôme Dreamtone Ultimate Skin Tone Corrector in the Winter.

See my current favorites below. I have my handful of lipstick shades and a rotation of mascaras. There are a few others waiting for when one of these run out, I don't like to have too many open at once!
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush (68 Rose Ecrin), Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine (61 Bonheur, 66 Bel Ami, 67 Deauville, 81 Fiction, 88 Esprit), Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge (Berry Noir)
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow (79 Spices), Physicians Formula Va Va Voom Volume Mascara, Benefit they're real! lengthening mascara, Lancôme GRANDIÔSE - Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara
By now everyone has heard of Groupon, the deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificate. They recently started a new section, Groupon Coupons,  a collected and curated group of 55,000 coupons and promo codes from top stores.

When I shop I NEVER check out without searching for coupon codes so Groupon Coupons is a regular stop for me while I'm shopping.  You can search by store, my usual method, or by category to see where the best deals are. They also separate into three categories: Sales, In-Store Offers and Promo Codes to help you narrow down even further.

Let's say I want to get some new makeup at Sephora. I'll check out the Sephora coupon page at Groupon to see the current offers and narrow down to promo codes:

As I scrolled down I saw what I wanted: a Free Bareminerals Duo Sample With Kabuki Brush. I don't use foundation much, so this is a good way for me to try out a new product.
Next I added what I came for to my cart, add the coupon code and get my other free samples with my order! A great way to get more bang for your buck! Easy as pie!

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