June 29, 2017

#Ageless: The Best Drugstore Anti-Aging and Hydrating Face Cream

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Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

This month I had the opportunity to visit New York and while it was insanely hot for a few days, my dry skin was drinking up the humidity. Since my skin is on the dry side and since I live in a drier climate, as I grow older my skin will be a lot more susceptible to the woes that come with aging such as wrinkles and developing fine lines. I do know that by continuously using a good moisturizer and keeping my skin hydrated that I can lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles as I age. Unfortunately, so many of the most hyped up creams on the market are super pricey… as in hundreds of dollars pricey. I don’t know about you, but a $300 face cream is not in my budget. What is in my budget, however, is the comparable and ultra-affordable (under $30!) Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, which I have recently added to my beauty regimen.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

Although my skin doesn’t show too many visible signs of aging, it’s never too early to start incorporating these types of products into your daily skin care regimen as a preventative measure. I have started using this Micro-Sculpting Cream in the mornings prior to applying my makeup and again in the evenings after washing my face before bed. I find that this anti-aging cream instantly provides a firming effect and helps to hydrate and moisturize my normal-dry skin, especially my forehead where I’ve already noticed a few fine lines. 

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream includes ingredients such as carob seed extract, which has been found to aid in skin repair and regeneration, vitamin B3 to maintain moisture, vitamin E to protect against those pesky free-radicals, amino-peptides to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Olivem, a derivative of olive oil which is oh-so-good for skin and glycerin and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration.

I love that this cream is intensely moisturizing- it's thick and feels luxurious yet blends into skin effortlessly and does not leave a greasy feel. While I haven't been using it long-enough to see major results, it does give a firming feeling and instantly hydrates my dry skin. Here's a peek at my skin after just a few days of use:

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

Don’t just take my word for it. The Good Housekeeping Institutes Beauty Lab conducted a study testing the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream against 10 prestige facial creams (one even costing $440!). The outcome proved that the Olay cream was a top performer by being fast-acting, providing long-lasting hydration, had a lightweight texture and included firming and plumping ingredients that improved skin’s overall texture. Um, kind of amazing right? 

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Review

You can find the Olay anti-aging cream online and in-stores in the Olay section. If you've been wanting firmer, more hydrated skin with anti-aging benefits, I highly recommend you try this cream out. Tell me, are you currently using an anti-aging cream in your skin care routine? 

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June 19, 2017

How-To: Get a Natural-Looking Summer Glow

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JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

Can you believe summer officially starts this week? The past few days have been insanely hot-- definitely pool/beach weather. While I do love being outside and getting a nice summer glow, I have to be ultra careful with my skin. While in college, I had to have a suspect mole on my back removed which the doctor said it would most likely have become cancerous... yikes! Since then I limit my time in the sun (and tanning beds are a definite no-no) and am always on the hunt for alternative ways to get that perfect, natural-looking summer glow. I recently picked up JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin® Moisturizer Fair to Medium and it has quickly become my new go-to product for getting that gorgeous glow.

What's unique about the JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer is that you apply it directly to wet skin. Crazy, right? If you think about it, it does make sense. After showering your pores have opened making your skin much more susceptible to absorbing moisturizer, leaving skin super soft and hydrated. This moisturizer goes above and beyond by gradually tanning skin for a super natural glow.

Unlike other sunless tanning products, JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer has a soft scent (it does not have that 'tanner' smell), doesn't stain palms or clothes, and provides a natural-looking streak-free tan gradually with continued use. It's a lot easier to use than having to deal with sunburns or poor tanning jobs. I love that my skin is able to have a perfect glow all summer long!

JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

How to get a natural looking summer tan with JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

To use:
1. Apply directly to wet skin immediately after showering/bathing. For best results, I recommend exfoliating with a body scrub and shaving prior to application. Be sure to use sparingly on drier areas (elbows, knees, knuckles, etc.) so color looks most natural on skin.

2. Towel dry as normal- this will help you achieve the best, streak-free, natural-looking color. Don't worry! The product will not stain your towel or clothes as the DHA only interacts with skin, not fabric.

3. As this is a gradual tanner, color will develop within 3 to 5 days of continued use. Pretty neat, right? After using for a couple days, my skin is already starting to look tanner.

How to get a natural looking summer tan with JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

How to get a natural looking summer tan with JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

You must use this product on wet skin as the formula was designed to blend with water to lock-in moisture and start developing the color. I love how easily and smoothly it is to apply and how moisturized and hydrated my skin feels immediately after toweling off. The moisturizer is available in two shades, Fair to Medium and Medium to Tan, and you should choose the shade based on your natural skin color. You can shop the JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer online and in-stores in the beauty section at your local Walmart.

JERGENS Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer available at Walmart

Tell me, how do you get your best glow for summer?

June 17, 2017

Father's Day Weekend Sale Roundup

Father's Day Weekend Sale Roundup

Happy weekend! What's on your weekend agenda? Maybe you need to pick up a last-minute Father's Day gift, grad gift or need a new swim suit for your next trip. Here's a few sales to get you through the weekend:

Amazon: Last-minute gifts for dad

American Eagle Outfitters: BOGO 50% on all shorts and jeans; 60% off clearance

Ann Taylor LOFT: 40% off with code NEWNOW through 6/18

Banana Republic: 40% off purchase through 6/19

Forever21: Up to 20% off with code SUMMER20 through 6/18

Gap: 40% off purchase with code HAPPY through 6/17

H&M: Up to 60% off

Hautelook: Beauty deals from Morphe, ghd, Kate Somerville and fragrances

Kohl's: $10 off when you spend $50+ AND take an extra 30%, 20% or 15% when you use Kohl's charge AND receive $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent through June 18.

Nordstrom: Designer clearance up to 60% off

Nordstrom Rack: Clear the Rack 25% off sale through 6/18

Paige: Up to 50% off

Target: 30% off all sandals with code SANDALS30 through 6/18 + gifts for dad

Topshop: Up to 50% off

White House Black Market: 30% off full-priced shoes and dresses + free shipping through 6/20

Happy shopping!

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June 15, 2017

3 Ways to Prep for Summer Travel

3 Ways to Prep for Summer Travel

Summer and vacation go hand-in-hand and while it's exciting to envision yourself sitting on a beach with a Mai Tai in hand, preparing for that trip and traveling itself can often be stressful. Before you set up that out-of-office reply, keep reading for my top three tips for prepping for summer travel:

June 8, 2017

Staying Healthy with LoveBug Probiotics

LoveBug Probiotics available at Target

Growing up I was always having stomach aches-- if I ate too much it hurt, if I ate certain foods it hurt, the issues were nonstop. As an adult in my twenties, I started taking daily probiotics and the issues became farther and fewer in between. Not sure why I stopped (maybe laziness?) but it's been a few years since I've taken probiotics and yes, the stomach issues, such as bloating and discomfort, came back. 

This past month I decided to put a bigger focus on my health. I'm starting up with pilates again (it's been almost an entire year since I last did pilates!) and am even branching out and trying new activities like spin. I make sure to drink water throughout the day, eat healthier and I've started taking probiotics again. Each day I take a probiotic from LoveBug Probiotics to help keep my gut healthy and get my digestive tract back on track. 

LoveBug Probiotics available at Target for digestive health

LoveBug has several types of probiotics that are ultimately designed to restore gut health by repopulating the microbiome with good-for-you bacteria. We have natural probiotics in our bodies  (live bacteria and yeast) that  often come from foods, such as yogurt, but sometimes it just isn't enough and that's where supplements like these can come in to help. Probiotics are especially helpful to take if you've had an infection and had to take antibiotics, which in turn may have depleted your 'good' supply of bacteria.

I have currently been taking the Here's The Skinny probiotic once daily. This is Lovebug's general probiotic that is good for gut health and replenishing those good bacterias, can help weight-control issues, and help to restore overall energy and mood- when you feel good, you FEEL good, right?

They also offer Yeast Is A Beast, a probiotic blend that contains cranberry extract and is specifically designed for women to promote urinary tract health and decrease bad yeast; along with probiotics for kids; and Colds Suck, an immunity-boosting probiotic and vitamin blend.

LoveBug Probiotics available at Target for digestive health

I have found a noticeable difference in how I feel overall since starting my probiotic regimen- in my experience they do help with stomach issues and has lessened any bloating I would experience. Paired with eating healthier, and exercising, I've found that I have more energy and that 'good' feeling all over.

If you've been curious if probiotics are for you, you can find LoveBug Probiotics at online and in-stores at Target. Be sure to consult your doctor for any health advice.

Have you tried probiotics?

*I received product for review purposes from LoveBug Probiotics. No monetary compensation has been provided, opinions are all my own. This post does contain affiliate links in which I make a small commission. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Good Hue.

June 6, 2017

90s Vibe Floral Maxi Skirt + LINKUP

Forever 21 Floral Maxi Skirt Summer Outfit

You guys. Summer officially starts in a couple weeks... isn't that nuts? I feel like spring just started and tbh I'm not quite ready for summer. I think I need a beach day-- then it will kickstart my summer vibes. Speaking of vibes, I picked up this floral-print maxi skirt this past weekend and it's totally giving me 90s vibes. Something about the slit, the print-- it just feels a bit throwback to me.

Keep reading to see more of this week's outfit and join the Good HUES-Day linkup >>

June 5, 2017

May Beauty Favorites

A Good Hue May Beauty Favorites

Happy Monday! I realized I missed April's beauty favorites so I wanted to make sure to share the products I was loving throughout the month of May. I've been trying to use up the products I own but sometimes I can't help picking up a few newbies here and there. Here's what I'm currently loving:

1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter:
I received this highlighter back in April from Influenster and have been all over it since. It's totally different from any other liquid highlighter I've used-- it is infused with coconut and has an intense brightening effect when used as a highlighter. I will wear it along on top of foundation or sometimes I will mix it in with my foundation to give my skin a beautiful all-over-glow.

You have to be quick with blending it in though, since it is a gel formula this highlighter sets quickly.

2. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer:
Someone recommended this to me on Instagram and I've loved almost every It Cosmetics product I've tried... this one did not disappoint. It covers under the eye extremely well, covering up any dark circles, along with any blemishes or redness on my skin. I like to use a dab under the eyes, around my nose and on my chin where I typically get breakouts. Once I set it with a little powder, it stays put all day. It also has anti-aging properties and is infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and hydrolyzed collagen,

A little goes a long way and it blends in nicely. If you're on the hunt for a good, full-coverage concealer, give this one a try.

3. Spela Cosmetics Paint & Play Matte Liquid Lipstick:
I picked up this liquid lip a few months ago while attending the Indie Beauty Expo. All Spela's products are vegan and cruelty-free. I absolutely love this pretty shade, Flirt, which is a pale dusty rose shade. The liquid lip is long-wearing and is truly matte and feels nice on the lips-- it's not drying and doesn't settle into lip lines.

4. Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator:
I've been wanting to try the blush and highlighter duos for awhile not and finally picked up the shade Berry Whisper/ Nude Glow. I am absolutely loving it- it glides on super smoothly and the blush is buildable and blends nicely onto skin. The highlight is super pretty and gives a nice, natural looking illumination. This 2-in-1 product is perfect to throw in your vacation makeup bag, gym bag or purse for on-the-go (glow?) touch-ups.

What beauty items are you currently loving? Share in the comments!


June 2, 2017

LipSense Liquid Lip Color + Gloss Review

I did it. I bought a LipSense starter kit. For those who have been living under a rock (or apparently not logging on to your Facebook- how do you miss all the posts and group adds from old high school buds and SAHM moms hocking their new lip color business??) LipSense is a long-lasting liquid lip color from Senegence. I had been seeing all the posts claiming it's amazingness and couldn't resist trying it out for myself after being invited to a LipSense party group.

Am I obsessed? Keep reading to find out>>

June 1, 2017

Best Shorts for Summer

Best Shorts for Summer

American Eagle Outfitters Hi-Rise Shortie LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls Cuffed Jean Shorts in Terra Cotta | Xhileration Satin Shorts | Francesca's Denim Short Overalls | STS Blue Raw Hem White Denim Shorts | Express Linen Blend Shorts

It's official... it's shorts weather! Today I'm sharing my favorite shorts styles, from my trust go-to denim pair, to fun prints, chic white and colors. I am also highly considering picking up a pair of short overalls AKA shortalls, yay or nay?

What is your go-to pair of summer shorts?


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