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11 Nourishing And Necessary Skin Care Products For Your Routine

By Katie Gray

            Skin care is so important! There are many products available these days for your skin care routine. An important beauty tip: the neck is just as important as your face! Through every stage of life, it is imperative to take good care of your skin. Skin care requires cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating. This is essential to removing dead skin cells, dirt and oil. By doing this, it also prevents acne and skin irritation. Our skin protects us from everything in life, and is our biggest barrier against infection. (This is why we have to keep our skin hydrated with lotion, otherwise it gets dry and cracks – which can lead to infection and weaken our immune system.) Our skin also shields us from ultraviolet light from the sun. When our skin is healthy, it produces Vitamin D when exposed to the sun – which is crucial for many of our body functions.

Aging is inevitable in life, however; there are healthy ways to maintain your youthful appearance. You’re never too young or old to start preventing wrinkles, and you’re never too young or old to start taking care of your skin. Pay attention to keeping your skin healthy, drink a lot of water and take vitamins. A big part of aging naturally and looking good, is keeping your skin fresh. There are so many ways to minimize wrinkles and lines, maintain fresh and radiant skin, without having to undergo drastic plastic surgery or spend a fortune at the spa. Dermatologist bills can also get expensive, therefore; it’s smart to invest in dermatologist tested products that can be pricey – because in the long run it’s a better deal than paying for a lot of doctor appointments.

Healthy, radiant, fresh, glowing skin is a luxury that is deserved by all! No matter your skin type, ethnicity, age, gender or economic status – you are entitled to having healthy, happy skin. Seriously, love the skin you’re in!

Here are 11 nourishing and necessary skin care products for your routine:

Is The Answer To Perfect Skin Care In My DNA?

Disclosure: I received a HomeDNA Collection Kit sample and free lab services.

Am I using the right skin care products for my skin? I should have my answer in less than two weeks. Yesterday, I received a HomeDNA Collection Kit that provides a scientific Skin Care Analysis & Report unlocking my skin's potential through genetics!

The registration and DNA retrieval process was easier than I thought. First, I registered my kit online using the barcode provided on the DNA Sample Envelope, followed the prompts to create my account, and checked out. NOTE: For review purposes, I did not pay a lab fee, but the standard fee is $79.

After completing the information on the DNA Sample Envelope, I took one swab at a time, rubbed a swab around the inside of my cheek (back and forth and up and down) for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, I placed the swab into the envelope and repeated the process with the remaining swabs.  Lastly, I placed the envelope with the swabs into a prepaid business reply envelope, sealed it securely and mailed it! It was soooo easy! The entire process only took about 10 minutes to complete! 

I can't tell you how anxious I am to see my results! As soon as my Custom Report comes back from the lab, I will provide you with an update! I read that the report is supposed to include seven skin care categories and examine my unique genetic markers in order to provide my personalized skin care recommendations. Isn't that amazing? Soooo excited! 

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that you can find HomeDNA Collection Kits at select CVS stores beginning this month! 

Stay tuned for my results! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ....

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10 Fun Ways to Make Your Poppity-Pop Popcorn

We're taking movie night to a whole new level with 10 tasty popcorn recipes! Our blogger friends have shared their favorite popcorn recipes that can be served up anytime you want to make an ordinary snack, EXTRAordinary. And when the holidays roll around, you can use these popcorn concoctions to make affordable gifts as well. Simply change the color of the M&Ms or sprinkles, or keep the recipe as is and use pretty and festive bows to embellish cellophane bags or colorful tins! See! You will have the perfect hostess gift! 

Our Top Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Under $30

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The Nordstrom sale is officially in full swing and right now you can find one-of-a-kind beauty exclusives at super-low prices! We found lavender footies that feature lavender and flaxseed inserts that can be microwaved or chilled to relax achy, sore feet, and a Winky Lux Unicorn Set. The Winky Lux formula reacts to create a shade that's just for you. The lip balm also contains a real chrysanthemum and is cruelty-free, too!  This trio is at the top of my must-try list!  

We've selected a few of our favorites below, but you can find the entire list of amazing beauty products on sale here!

Summertime & Sunshine: 13 Top Picks You Need This Season

By Katie Gray

    1.   The Honest Co By Jessica Alba Bug Spray -  Actress, Jessica Alba, founded The Honest Company. She has stated, “I founded The Honest Company because I wanted safe, effective products that perform. After all, you shouldn’t have to choose between what works and what’s good for you.” The Honest Co. consists of healthy and safe products for your families and children. It ranges from juice boxes to vitamins, personal care products (like shampoo and body wash) to cleaning products, organic infant formula to diapers and wipes. One of their products is a must have this season for you and your family: Honest Bug Spray. It’s organic, non-irritating, hypoallergenic and effective. It smells good, too! It’s made with a refreshing blend of rosemary, wintergreen essential oils and citronella. Usually bug spray is harsh and you have to use it to prevent getting bug bites. However; this product is gentle and gets the job done. Plus, the aluminum bottle is recyclable. Go green!

Sun, Sand & Sea: 10 Tropical Ways To Escape

Sit back, relax and imagine warm tropical breezes blowing through your hair and a gentle mist from the ocean on your skin. Nothing says vacation quite like endless sunshine, white sandy beaches and crystalline waters. Whether you are planning a fun family trip or a relaxing get-a-way for two, the main ingredients of sun, sand and sea are a perfect mix for both rejuvenation and adventure! 

Statement Earrings That Make The Outfit

With the start of Nordstrom's Early Access Anniversary Sale tomorrow, we rounded up our few of our favorite statement earrings that are sure to transform the ordinary to extraordinary. Even a simple tee comes alive with attention-grabbing ear candy. Statement earrings are not only the hottest jewelry trend this summer, but a very affordable accessory as well. Add free shipping and free returns, and you've got a one must-have accessory item! ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Be Inspired...10 Gorgeous Living Rooms

Are you ready to be inspired? This week, we asked our bloggy friends to share their beautiful living spaces with us. Sometimes the best way to get motivated to update or completely revamp your decor, is to get inspired by fabulous rooms or stylish decor that inspires you. I can't tell you how many times I have referenced photos whenever I get the urge to decororate. The tricky part is finding ideas or designs that will work for your living space and work with your style. 

How To Retrieve Your Site Images From Photobucket - FREE

Hey everyone! If you are reading this article, you are probably like me and woke up Saturday morning to 'spam' plastered all over your site. That's what I thought it was and I had no idea what was happening! I frantically yelled out to my tech-wizard son, "I have been hacked!" Thankfully, he realized I had not been hacked and that Photobucket had taken my photos HOSTAGE! (Shame on you, Photobucket!) The good news is, my son was able to retrieve my photos WITHOUT PAYING THE RIDICULOUSLY HIGH RANSOM!!! 

Top Celebrity Makeup Artist Chelsea Yusuf Shares Red Carpet Makeup Trends, Smokey Eye Tips & More {Interview}

Celebrity makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur, Archangela Chelsea Yusuf, is one of the hottest celebrity makeup artists in the business today. From award shows to red carpet events, from celebrity personal clients to network talk shows, and everything in between – Chelsea Yusuf can be found working it. Her work was even on designer runways; Lanvin and Ankara. She lives and breathes for all things makeup and beauty, making her a guru in the industry! Her work has been seen on star studded red carpets, such as; the Emmy's and Golden Globes. As well as on the most-watched television series, from ABC’s “Good Morning America” to FOX’s “The Real” and “America’s Next Top Model.”
With star clients like Hollywood's leading men including: Charlie Weber from ABC's “How to Get Away with Murder,” Cary Elwes from “Princess Bride,” and James Tupper from ABC’s “Revenge” – it’s clear she is very talented at the craft. Most recently her work has even been featured in top publications including: Vogue, Variety, People, The Observer, The Wrap, Deadline, Popsugar, and many more. For the past year, she has been the in-house makeup artist for Composure magazine and provides makeup and grooming to every celebrity client featured in the magazine, including: Naomi Grossman, Travis Wall, Karmin, Ryan Newman, Sarah Rafferty, Tahj Mowry and Haley Ramm. On top of the all-star roster of celebrity clientele, Chelsea is also the in-house makeup guru for Indonesia's insanely popular "iLook" series on Net TV, where she lends her expertise, granting Hollywood glam makeovers.