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Published February 26, 2016 by lesleyhope

As you get older, you start to notice things that you never did before. Especially your body, skin, hair, weight, emotions, patience, etc. You get it. A lot of people say getting older sucks. I am going to take this time right now to dispute that. I’ve got a couple of reasons.

I’m going to be general about this, but the person I was inside and out about a year ago is totally different than the person I am right now. I have taken time to get to know myself physically and emotionally during the past year. I have changed my routines, incorporated different products, taken away products that don’t work and basically cut the fat from my life in all aspects.

Two pieces of fat: people that don’t do me a damn and my Clarisonic. Yes those are at opposite ends of the spectrum but I’ve noticed the most positive changes from subtracting both of them from my life.

I used to use my Clarisonic everyday (sometimes twice a day) and thought that getting all the dirt and oil and really exfoliating was good for my skin. It wasn’t. It isn’t. I got a facial about 6 months ago and the estitician was appalled that I exfoliated so much. My skin was irritated, dry, got random breakouts, uneven, red. It was just bad.

Afterwards I took her words to heart and stopped using it altogether. I bought a gentle cleansing cream, starting using Boscia Break Up Oil to remove my makeup gently, started using my hands to wash my face, incorporated Boscia Beauty Oil with my moisturizer and Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Hydrating masks a few times a week . That’s a lot. I know. But my skin has never felt more smooth and has never looked more healthy than now. I mean, I’m talking like a DRAMATIC difference. I have a side by side picture of myself from last year and one I took last night. It’s astounding.

My skin changing along with a few life decisions (living alone, getting a cat, new job, finding myself) has made me more me.

Shoutout to the following:

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I am sorry this is rusty. It’s been too long.

xox,

Lesley

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My Skin Care Routine

Published December 30, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hi friends!

As I was in the middle of my skin care routine tonight, I thought I would shed some light on what I do, what I use, what I love, what I’ve found useful, etc. I am the first to say that I did not take care of my skin as I should have when I was younger. I tanned, I didn’t put on sun screen, I got burned- what in the world was I thinking?! Well, 5-10 years later I am now kicking myself in the butt for it. I think now at 26 years old, I have caught myself early enough that I can at least SLOW the wrinkles and damage. I can’t emphasize enough to younger girls: DO NOT TAN!!!, take your makeup off at night!, put moisturizer on!, start using anti-wrinkle cream earlier than you think, and get a clarisonic.

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Anyway, let’s get into my routine because it’s pretty lengthy (but all so worth it). I’ll break down each step with what I do, what I use and what I think of my current products.

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Step 1: remove make-up. This is crucial to pre-cleansing the face. There is so much dirt, oil, make-up, sweat that builds up on your face throughout the day. I used to make the mistake of using my Clarisonic  TO take off my make-up and it was not efficient. I use a dollop of Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover on a cotton pad and rub it all over my face. It almost melts onto your skin and takes all the makeup (or most of it) with it on the cotton pad. Your skin will NOT feel clean afterwards, it almost feels slimy but it definitely doesn’t have as much crud on it. I really like this product- this is my second bottle of it. I tried Sephora’s Waterproof Makeup Remover Gel and that was a bust. It didn’t work nearly as good as this stuff. It’s $22 at Ulta. You can also use Makeup Remover Wipes- Target has a brand called up & up which are $4 there BUT there are only 30 of them in there. I sometimes take my makeup off twice a day or have to go through them more than that and this bottle lasts me about 6 months so it’s more feasible to buy this.

 

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Step 2: clean yo face! I’ve gone through a lot of cleansers and I like this one the most. I put a pump on my Clarisonic and turn that baby on. I like the cleanser because it fights acne and oiliness without drying out my skin. I live in the tundra of Chicago so I know all about that dry face. This feels awesome on my skin and isn’t too harsh. If you have very sensitive skin, you might want something that is a little more gentle on your skin but I like this for combination skin. If you want to know my thoughts on Clarisonic- check out this post of mine. P.S. Dermalogica is $36 for 8.4 oz and it has lasted me… for-ev-er. WORTH IT!

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Mary Kay Purifying Freshener

Step 3: Tone! I’ve had this toner forever too. I use it just to get around the edges of my face and clean up any makeup or oil that I couldn’t reach with the Clarisonic like on my hairline and on my neck/ears. It’s pretty simple, it freshens the skin just as it says. I bet you can find other toners out there that are drugstore brand that do just as good of work but until I run out, I’m using this bad boy. It’s $13 the only problem is I don’t have a Mary Kay rep anymore- anyone know one in Chicago that won’t try and get me to sell makeup???

20141229_211051Step 4: remove eye makeup. Ok, this step used to be my arch nemesis. I NEVER could find a good enough eye-makeup remover that didn’t make me squirt like 5 times on the cotton ball to get off all of my makeup. Guess what, Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover does the JOB! It is pricey, yes. I have tried all eye-makeup removers under the sun. From Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil (cheap but makes my eyes too oily and the oil sits there) to Mary Kay (one of the better ones) to Target brand (really poor), I couldn’t find one! I went into Sephora a couple of weeks ago and asked for the best remover and this pointed me to this bad boy. It’s $28 but you need a small amount on a cotton ball then you put the cotton ball to your eye and hold it there for about 10-15 seconds, when you lift it, ABOUT all of your makeup will be gone. It absorbs all of the makeup into it, it’s great! It takes a little longer but there’s no rubbing involved and no product wasted in the process.

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Step 5: MOISTURIZE!! I have been using Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair every night and I swear to goodness it’s been working. The lines around my eyes have gotten filled in a little and my skin is all around smoother. This is $21.99 at Ulta. You could probably use any moisturizer or night cream but again, just telling you what I use. I also rub about a half a pump on my neck as well as my face.

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Step 6: Take care of the finer things! Eyes and lips! So important to your skin care routine. I use a TINY bit of Lucas Papaw Ointment and rub it on my lips. Check out the link right there. I bought this at The Makeup Show Chicago for $10 but I believe you can purchase at Beautylish or Amazon. It’s this incredible, all natural remedy that has all these uses. I have used it on sun burns, my hair, rashes, I sometimes use it under my eyes for added moisture. Really neat stuff. Then last, my beloved Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24. I purchased this from Sephora ONLY because I had a $20 coupon so, it made the $55 cream that much better. I know some of you are sitting there shaking your heads but skin care is SOOOO worth it!!! Also, you need such a small amount of this cream that it will probably take me 2 years to get through it. So, in reality that’s like 55 dollars divided into 730 days… 7 cents per use. Or, even if you wanted to use it in a year that’s 14 cents per use. In my mind, so worth it to keep your skin looking beautiful.

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And there I am with my skin all clean yay! Hey Grandpa! Also, big shout to my mom for always stressing the importance of skin care! I hope I learned early enough and look like her skin when I am her age!

xo, Lesley Hope

Color Crazy And My Hatred For Yellow

Published March 1, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hi guys! I started this post on Tuesday. And now it’s Friday. Sooo… yeah! I have been a sucky blogger this week. My apologies. I’ve got some great ideas for next week AND I’m taking my beautiful Canon back to Chicago (I’m in Michigan tonight) so I can start taking some good pictures and some videos.

Before I start I want everyone to think about one thing: your favorite color to wear on your eyes (as in eye liner)  and WHY. If anyone picks yellow, please leave a comment I’m dying to have any witnesses back up this ruthless, unforgiving, primary color that I despise so much.

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Tonight we’re talking about some colors. Eyeliner colors. YUM!!! Everyone has their favorite (black being the most common) and everyone has their least favorite (yellow anyone?). I’m going to preach my practice again in this post- not all colors work well alone BUT all colors can absolutely be worn and mixed together to create fabulous finishes (I still have yet to find a fit for yellow).

I swatched my Sephora 12 Hour Wear Waterproof Eye Pencils for you here:

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*Two things I learned about this picture- I need to greatly improve my swatching abilities and colors appear very differently with a flash in photos.*

Colors from left to right:

01- black lace (matte)- Blackest black. Comparable to UD’s Perversion.

35- romantic comedy (glitter)- Fun, bright pink. Great for a pop on a night out over a black liner.

31- purple stilettos (matte)- True violet. Looks crazier than it is. LOVE this color. I did a look below.

33- love affair (shimmer)- Dark plum with some pizzaz.

19- go for a ride (shimmer)- Forest green.

25- galaxy girl (glitter)- Deep bluish blackish teal.

04- starry sky (glitter)-  Darker silvery grey.
03- 5th Avenue (matte)- True matte grey. *one of my favorites*
13- tiramisu (matte)- Dark, chocolate brown.
14- taupe- just that, taupe.
11- Cookie Crunch (shimmer)- Goldish, amber brown.
06- Blonde Ambition (shimmer)- Very light golden beige
02 Flashy Silver- Very light and sheer silvery white.
I like these a lot, especially for their price point of $10. I was going to compare them to Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20) but I have to put my snobby pants on and say the two brands are at two different levels. UD’s are just a step above Sephora’s even though I LOVE both. Sephora’s are super creamy which I generally like in an eyeliner but when it comes to some of the lighter colors, I have to use A LOT to get any sort of color base going on. UD’s  last a little longer and come in more matte finishes which I prefer when it comes to eyeliner but for half the price, I’ll get my fun colors from Sephora.

Now, another trick to eye liners that I like to live by- lining your waterline in a white or beige to make your eyes pop. The ONLY white and beige matte finishes I have found are OCC’s new eye liners and Rimmel London’s (*DRUGSTORE ALERT) waterproof eye pencils. Putting a light color in your waterline, and especially for people like myself that have smaller eyes, makes them pop and brightens them up.

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That’s OCC’s Feathered in my waterline and Sephora’s Purple Stilettos below. Not too crazy huh?

In conclusion, I hope everyone has seen a little piece of my heaven that I look at everyday (those colors!) And I also hope that everyone has contemplated why yellow exists. Ok I’m getting out of hand, I just seriously don’t understand the color yellow. Is it because I never really liked Big Bird or that my beloved Spartan’s rival is Michigan? I don’t know, but I don’t care at this point. I am a color pheen but I believe everyone has the right to dislike one color out of all the colors.

Teaser to my next post…. (and now you know what I do on a Friday night)

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Super good pic, I know. My face has been bearing this bitter cold and it’s starting to wear on my skin. I’ve been experimenting with a few different face products including moisturizer, cleanser, masks, spot treatment, primer, foundation & even concealer. I’m trying to get the perfect combo but haven’t found it yet… TBD.

I’ll leave you with two beautiful nail colors by OPI and ESSIE

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Tickle my Francey on the left. Such a beautiful, classy mauve. One of my favorites I would say.

Mint Candy Apple on the right. It has more blue in person but it’s a light, fun springy teal.

Goodnight pretty people. XO Lesley Hope

Beauty Essentials pt 2

Published February 12, 2014 by lesleyhope

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great day. I walked another mile or so in 10 degree weather, so… it definitely was a great Tuesday compared to when I had to walk in -20 degree weather.

As promised, I am writing about my most used, probably-couldn’t-go-on-a-vacation-without products. Some might surprise you but these 5 products I use religiously and I back them up 100%. Here we go…

Clarisonic– I’ve had this little number for about 2 years and I absolutely love it. It exfoliates, deep cleans, gets off ALL of my makeup and depending on the brush you get (there’s about 6 different ones) it also moisturizes. I have the Cashmere bristles and it doesn’t lie- it feels like cashmere heaven on my face. This is a little pricey but I do believe that drug store brands such as Neutrogena carry them.

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Baby powder! Who has time to wash their hair everyday? Not I. I use baby powder to matte down my roots. It absorbs the excess oil in your roots and makes your hair look like it’s freshly washed. Such a God send. They should call it baby power!… see what I did there… It also makes you smell fresh too. I can’t wash my hair everyday otherwise it would probably fall out so this little number is like magic dust that I sprinkle on. Oh yeah, it also lightens my up roots so in the dead of winter when I can’t afford to go the hair salon for another week, it will brighten up my hair color like new.

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Baby oil. Johnson’s really knew what they were doing didn’t they? I use baby oil when I get out of the shower. It locks in moisture to your skin AND it’s not all oily like when you use it at the beach. Fresh out of the shower, this stuff makes your skin SO soft. I also use it to take off my eye makeup each night. I used to use Mary Kay makeup remover but I learned that this can be just as effective and a lot less expensive.

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THIS BRUSH! It’s called the One Perfecting Brush by Becca cosmetics. Okay so it’s pricey. No, it’s expensive. Yes, but it’s worth it. It can be used for ANY makeup function- powdering your face, contouring, blending, foundation application, blush, highlighting. It’s worth it to me. It’s bristles are dense but not harsh so they work with the angles of your face. Great purchase. Side note, my nail color is Lucky Lucky Lavender by OPI.

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Last but not least… dun dun dun. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I’m all about these versatile products that can be used for lots of different things. This is one of them. It is an eye primer, lip primer, eye color or face color. This is my favorite color too. It’s a matte nude beige that gives enough color for a bare eye but also can be blending out with color on top of it. Paint pots come in about 15 colors as well- all ranging in different finishes (matte, glitter, frost, metallic). Props to MAC for getting me hooked.

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That concludes my most used beauty products. I hope you guys enjoyed and learned a little something. Or just now have a new appreciation for Johnson & Johnson. Maybe I should try their baby shampoo…

Sleep well and go USA!

Love, Lesley Hope