I feature a few highlights from this week’s vlog where I do an easy 5-minute updo that anyone can create. My Summer nail color is fun, tropical, and perfect for you’re next pool day or vacation!
What I’m wearing:
Earrings Gold (Similar) HERE
Lipstick in Flamingo Floss HERE
Item’s used to style my hair:
Large Detangler Comb HERE
My Nail Color:
Vlog: Holiday Dinner & Easy Updo on YouTube HERE
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Gardenia and white exotic florals.
Top: tender floral accord, gardenia, rose.
Middle: sensual musk accord, amber, musk.
Base: assertive woody accord, red cedarwood, white cedarwood, vetiver.
If you love the aroma from a fresh cut gardenia, then you will fall in love with Karen’s current signature scent, Kai Eau De Parfum. Inspired by the summer season upon us, and her love of fresh cut flowers, she selected a scent that represents both. The beauty of this fragrance is that it is delicate, soft, and feminine but it can also be very sensual and exotic. Karen delights in the luxurious aroma that reminds her of a luscious garden, leaving her with a lovely lasting fresh scent. Narcisco by Narciso Rodriguez is also a feminine fragrance due to it’s light floral notes, but also has that sophisticated touch of musk that Lauren loves. This unique, sexy scent will quickly become addictive, because of it’s blend of floral and woody accords. This timeless, head turning scent gives off a vibe of sensuality, strength, and class. For us, a fragrance should uplift your mood and make you feel beautiful, yet fierce!
Hydration is key for Karen in maintaining healthy, radiant skin. Before bedtime, and first thing in the morning, Karen incorporates a large glass of H2O as part of her skincare routine. Because she has cleansed and applied her serums the previous night, there is no need to wash her face in the morning. Paying close attention to her eyes, she begins by placing the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick under her eyes. If she notices that her eyes are puffy, then an application of Clinique Pep-Start Eyes is massaged in a circular motion to sooth and reduce the puffiness. On the days she feels a need to exfoliate, Karen rotates between two different products. The Dr. Dennis Gross alpha beta, extra strength, daily peel (Sephora Exclusive) and the Neutrogena microdermabrasion system, both work very well in removing dead skin cells, keeping her skin smooth and glowing. Shaving her face is another exfoliating trick she does to keep her skin super smooth. You will notice that your moisturizers and serums glide on effortlessly with this technique.
On the days that Karen is not using an exfoliator, she will grab one of her Peter Thomas Roth Masques to rejuvenate and repair her complexion. The Cucumber Mask is a cool gel that hydrates and makes her feel awake. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask illuminates her skin immediately, while the 24 Carat Gold Mask lifts and firms. The Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask works well when she needs that extra boost and the scent is amazing too! The Irish Moor Mud Purify Black Mask, also by Peter Thomas Roth, tackles impurities by drawing them out, then treats the skin with moisture and vitamins. The BareMinerals Skinlongevity Serum reduces fine lines and wrinkles, is lightweight, and has a patented long life herb extract to help protect skin against the signs of aging. This summer Karen is currently using the it Cosmetics CC + illumination. This product is loaded with SPF 50 + and acts as her full coverage foundation/moisturizer all in one. Finally, to keep her lips soft and hydrated, she applies her Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm. The best advice Karen can give regarding a good skincare routine is always to remember to exfoliate. Don’t forget to treat your neck and decolletage. And drink plenty of water!
Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser
Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion
Tony Moly Pureness 100 Collagen Mask Sheet
Tony Moly Pearl Pureness 100 Mask Sheet-Brightening
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream SPF15
Obaji Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra Rich Eye Hydrating Cream
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream
CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum
Lauren’s Over 40 Anti-Aging AM Skincare Routine/ The 2 Orchids YouTube
An effective morning skincare routine for Lauren means selecting beauty products that consist of quality ingredients that will give all the benefits of anti-aging. Although I would consider my skin a combination of normal to oily, it is still sensitive in some areas, so I try to avoid anything to harsh. Cetaphil is a gentle facial cleanser that thoroughly cleanses my skin without stripping the natural barrier. After cleansing, I then apply my CeraVe Renewing Cream Serum, which is a retinol serum that helps fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This product has three key ingredients to target specific areas I’m concerned about. The first ingredient is Ceramides to help restore my skin. Hyaluronic acid attracts water to the top layer of my skin for instant hydration and smoothness. Last, Niacinamide helps reduce redness and sooth my skin. The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly into my skin.
The next application is my moisturizer, which I change from season to season. Currently it is Boot’s No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream. This product is lightweight, offers sunscreen broad spectrum SPF15, and keeps my skin looking radiant. Now let’s talk about the eyes! I love to splurge on a quality eye cream. Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus, and Obaji Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra Rich Eye Hydrating Cream, fight those unwanted crows feet and plump up those fine lines by hydrating this delicate area. The added extras are treatments I like to put into my weekly routine to pamper my skin. Boot’s No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion exfoliator keeps my skin looking young and polished. The exfoliating beads are small so removing any dead skin is done without it being to harsh. Facial masks are the perfect spa-like treatment that you can do right at home and they are available in various forms. Tony Moly ‘s collection is so vast that solving any skin issues is a breeze. No professional needed here!
Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal Glow On The Go
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Kevyn Aucoin Candelight
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
We like to enhance our complexion and add light onto our faces with gorgeous highlighters that will give us a radiant glow. Using any of our well formulated highlighters (Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal Glow On The Go, Kevyn Aucoin Candelight, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, or The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer) and a highlighting brush, or sponge, we apply with a light hand to our cheekbones, brow bones, and center of our chin for instant brightness. Then, to make our eyes pop, we also place product to the inside corner of our eyes. The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette was designed to mix and match highlighters, for a customized glow. Our Tartelette In Bloom eye shadow palette offers shades in a mix of matte and luster finishes for a vibrant or natural look. The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette is the perfect combination of pink and peach tones with darker shades that keep us looking fresh all summer long.