Beauty Wednesday: Hydration

Whether in the Summer or Winter months, we all need hydration. Living in a tropical island, hydration is especially important when exposed to the sun on a regular basis. I am a huge fan of hydration ( although I must confess, drinking more water is NOT at the top of my list, but should be) I have tried a number of products in order to achieve that top notch hydration and these are a few of my favorites year round!

Face:

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Weleda Skin Food: I love how this deeply moisturising all-in-one cream makes my skin feel. Not only is it perfect for the body, it works wonders when applied to the face. I usually use it before a flight, as my skin can get pretty dry and it moisturizes throughout. It is quite heavy in texture but it sinks into the skin quickly. A Little goes a long way.

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Rosehip Oil : I have previously talked about how much I love Rosehip Oil. Now, my skin is combo to oily normally, and this oil does not make me break out . I love how it smells and how light it feels on my skin. It is perfect for daily use, either day or night . My preferred brand is : A’kin Rose Hip Oil.

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THIRSTYMUD™ HYDRATING TREATMENT GlamGlow: I am IN LOVE with this deep hydrating mask. It smells amazing, it leaves your skin feeling perfect, and it can be used in so many ways! My personal favourites are either pre-flight or overnight. I will definitely be indulging in the full-sized version.

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Dream Cream (Lush): I have also raved about this cream and will definitely be taking it with me for my next tropical vacation. It feels amazing on the skin and it provides daylong hydration.

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King of Skin (Lush): I received this little gem as a birthday gift last year and became obsessed with it. It is a “butter bar” and it acts as a moisturizer for the skin during shower time. Use it after washing and lightly rinse it off. Pat dry (gently so the skin absorbs the oil) and it will keep you smooth with no need of lotion!

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Buffy (Lush): This exfoliating shower bar is also perfect for hydration. Taking away dead skin cells and leaving the skin moisturised afterwards is perfection in my book! It is not harsh exfoliation (perfect for sensitive skin) and the cocoa and shea butters in Buffy will leave the skin hydrated! No need for lotion after either!

What are your favorite products for hydration?

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Beauty Favorites: Lush Cosmetics

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LUSH IS COMING TO PUERTO RICO. Yes, all in caps because that is how big my excitement is. Coming to the Mall of San Juan, our newest high-end mall that is set to open in March 2015, Lush has finally arrived to make our skincare problems go away. I have been a Lush fan ever since I first moved to Florida in 2009 and have visited their stores in the USA, Canada and in Lush’s  motherland, England. Yes, Lush comes to us directly from Poole, England and not only makes its products using fresh and natural ingredients, but also helps and supports diverse charities along the way. I am super excited to share with all of you, my top favorite products and I can’t wait to stock up on them as soon as the store opens. Not only is Lush famous for their amazing products, but also their customer service is consistently one of the best out there and that is truly something I am looking forward to experiencing here in Puerto Rico. Lush, Welcome to Puerto Rico and thank you for bringing me a piece of England as I miss it terribly. FINALLY!!

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The Sacred Truth: This is my favorite fresh face mask. It contains fresh papaya that brightens your skin and feels amazing when applied fresh out of the fridge. The fresh face masks must be kept in the refrigerator and this is perfect for our hot climate. Nothing beats having a cool mask on your skin on a hot night. I heard it was discontinued because of reformulation so I am hoping to have my hands on another tub very soon! I must find a new favorite fresh face mask in the meantime!

 

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Herbalism: This was the first product I ever tried from Lush and it was an eye opener in terms of how well my skin adapted to this cleanser. As you can tell, I am all for brightening products and this one achieves that. It is gentle on the skin but powerful enough to leave everything clean. My skin loved this product, and so did I.

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Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion: When I lived in England,  I spent close to 9 months without tanning, ( for an island girl like myself that is LONG!). I went on a trip to Thailand where I spent ALL of my time getting as much sun as  humanly possible and upon returning my body was super dry and peeling. Lush’s Dream Cream was the only moisturiser that actually worked and it calmed my skin. I highly recommend this for dry skin types.

Buffy: This body butter/exfoliator was  also one of my first Lush purchases ever and I have loved it since Day 1! It is incredibly moisturising when used in the shower and provides gentle exfoliation and afterwards you do not need worry about moisturising!

I love Juicy: This is my favorite clarifying shampoo. Whenever I feel that my hair needs to get rid of product build up or simply when I want it to look and feel really clean I reach for this shampoo! This will probably be the first product I purchase again at the new store as I have not found a clarifying shampoo like this one.

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Rub Rub Rub: This body exfoliator will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. Its sea salt components acts as an astringent as well, although it is not recommended for facial use. Use it once or twice a week and your skin will thank you.

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Turkish Delight: This AMAZING shower “smoothie” will leave you smelling of roses the entire day! Its creamy consistency makes it easy to apply in the shower and hydrated afterwards. THIS IS MY FAVORITE LUSH ITEM EVER! AND EVER! AND FOREVER. I am obsessed with the smell and I hope that Lush brings out a cream with this scent because it will be the best thing ever.

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Birthday Wish List: Beauty

“My 26th birthday is quickly approaching (Feb. 17th) and I have made a list of things I would love to treat myself with! I love beauty and all things skincare related and these are the top items I am dying to try out! Some of these I have already tested and absolutely love (GlamGlow’s  ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment is absolutely perfect and the Narciso Rodriguez For Her  is my favorite perfume of all time and I ran out! *sad face* ).  I wanted to share with all of you some of these amazing items and if you have tried them, let me know how they have worked for you!” Bday Wish List- Beauty
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Top 5 Mascaras

Recently, while going through my makeup to get ready, I noticed something. I AM A MASCARA HOARDER! I have so many, and its embarrasing to admit that I did not realize it. I have everything, from high end to drugstore and I decided to feature on this week’s Beauty Post, my Top 5 favorite mascaras! I am very specific about what I like in my mascara. As I like to think I have good lashes ( thank you Mommy and Daddy! ), what I look for is more volume than length, although if a mascara provides both then its THE ONE. Im also very particular about the brush. My favorite mascara has a “plastic” brush with very short bristles which allow me to really get up in my lash line and separate all my lashes. However, I have been loving two mascaras that have bigger brushes and the shape of the bristles are quite different, so I can say I’m expanding my mascara horizon! Here are my Top 5. What is your favorite mascara?

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1.Rocket Volum’ Express (Maybelline) – This is hands- down, no questions asked, my FAVORITE mascara. Ever since I’ve had it, it has become my go to girl. It gives amazing volume and really separates the lashes creating the perfect look. Sometimes, it looks like you are wearing falsies. I LOVE IT! Its waterproof version does the job as well. ( I own it, since I’m one emotional gal.) Available in your favorite drugstore both in the UK and the USA.

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2. Wonder Lash Mascara (Oriflame) I discovered this brand from Sweden and this mascara through Latest in Beauty and I am in love with it. The brush is quite thin, so it really separates the lashes and elongates them. I like to wear this mascara when I do not wear to much makeup as the formula is quite thin, but it adds the perfect length and volume to define your eyes during those no makeup-makeup days.  It retails for £8.45 in the UK.

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3. They’re Real (Benefit) – I received the They’re Real mascara as a sample, and after much hype about it, I decided to give it a go. I am very impressed with it, as it gives enough volume and length to your lashes. I would recommend this mascara to girls with shorter lashes because the tip is designed to really get close to your lash line and create that curl. Benefit is available in Boots and online in the UK £19.50/ USA & PR $23.00

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4. Lash Accelerator (Rimmel London)This is one of my newest mascaras from Rimmel London  and I am loving it ! After watching my favorite vloggers rave about it, time and time again, I decided to purchase it! It is not clunky, it separates your lashes beautiful and does not clump your lashes while creating a volumizing effect! I use it as a base for other mascaras, but it definitely can be worn on its own and I definitely recommend this mascara if you are looking for something new at the drugstore! Available at your favorite drugstore!

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5.Better than Sex ( Too Faced)– This is my newest obssesion and the newest addition to my mascara family. At first glance, I did not like it. It seemed to clumpy and too much when you first open it. After application, WOW, THE LENGTH.. THE VOLUME! My lashes looked super long and curly! I was in love! I will definitely purchase again! In the UK it can be found in Debenhams for £19.00 and in the USA through Sephora or Toofaced.com for $23.00. 

What’s your favorite mascara?

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Travel Essentials: Skin Prep

Before a long haul flight, prepping not always consists of what to wear, what inside my carry-on or printing out my boarding pass. Prepping for me also consists of skin care essentials, the night before my flight. As we all know, the air in the airplane cabin is not always that great on our skin. It tends to dry it out and in return our skin overcompensates with oils, and that is when breakouts happen. I have found a way to keep my skin hydrated not only on the flight itself, but also pre-departure. These are my three must haves for skin care prep!

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1. The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion: This exfoliator is perfect to get rid of dull skin. We all want radiant, healthy looking skin when we go on holiday, right? It is a bit intense, so I would not recommend for sensitive skin, but for all other skin types it is a must have! Before applying any serums or masks I want my face feeling as clean and healthy as possible and this scrub does the trick!

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2. A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil: This natural oil is amazing! I use it daily before applying my night moisturizer and it leaves the skin feeling glowy and soft in the morning. Although it is an oil, it DOES NOT leave the skin either looking or feeling oily! I highly recommend this for all skin types. Miranda Kerr swears by it, and she looks amazing! I like to use it before my  overnight mask on the day before a flight, for extra hydration.

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3. Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask: I love this clear mask! It is perfect to put on at night and go to sleep. It does not stain your sheets or clothes which is definitely a plus for an overnight mask. This mask is perfect to use also during long haul flights. I used it on my flights to and from Thailand, which included several 7 hour flights and I had no need to put moisturizer on during the flight and my skin felt very hydrated without the oiliness. In combination with the Rosehip Oil, your skin will definitely feel hydrated and well behaved!

What are your Pre-departure skincare essentials?

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Beauty Review: Lancôme

This post is in Spanish and originally appears in EgoModa, for which I write for. Durante el Festival Travesía D’ Moda y Belleza en Sears, he descubierto algunos productos que rápidamente se han convertido en mis favoritos y que continuaré utilizando. Con la compra de $35.00 dólares o más en productos Lancôme, recibirás de regalo una linda cartera con productos en tamaño promocional y de viaje, perfecto para probar productos antes de adquirirlos o guardarlos para ese “weekend getaway” especial. En el post de hoy, les presento mis favoritos de estos productos a seleccionar con tu compra. $T2eC16VHJHYE9nzpeCqeBRFSo5JWK!~~60_35 Lancôme Limpiadora Creme Radiance: La limpiadora Creme Radiance, perfecta para piel normal/combination ( como la mía), se ha convertido en mi nueva favorita. Su consistencia es cremosa y espesa y con un poco puedes cubrir tu rostro! Desde la primera vez que la utilizé, noté que elimina todo rastro de maquillaje y deja la piel suave y limpia. ¡Definitivamente es un must en mi rutina de limpieza facial! Utilizando la limpiadora junto al Clarisonic, ahora disponible en Sears, podrás obtener una limpieza más profunda y una leve exfoliación. images-1 Bienfait Multi- Vital SPF 30: Este hidratante facial es perfecto para pieles secas y normales, ya que su consistencia cremosa penetra la piel y la hidrata a lo largo del día. Tiene SPF 30 por lo que proteje la piel de los rayos del sol. Me encanta utilizarla sin maquillaje para esos días en los que estoy en la calle aunque también funciona debajo del maquillaje. photo 2 Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 shadow & Liner Palette: ¡ Estoy ENAMORADA de esta paleta de sombras! Tiene colores neutrales y metálicos, y ¡la pigmentación de los colores es increible! Se puede utilizar tanto de día como de noche y los colores difuminan perfectamente. El Festival Travesia D’ Moda y Belleza finaliza el 9 de noviembre así que aprovecha y ve y busca tu regalo! ¡No te lo puedes perder! signature andrea

One Brand Favorites: Maybelline

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Our first One Brand Favorites in Beauty is for my long time love: Maybelline. I have loved Maybelline ever since I started wearing makeup in high school (don’t tell my mom!). I have found that they have a great selection of affordable products that have a really good long lasting power. Today, looking through my makeup collection, I have found that I have a really big selection of Maybelline products that I love and keep going back to. Here are my absolute favorites from Maybelline!

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Foundation: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse: 
I am in love with this foundation. Although my skin is normal to combination (depends on the season and the weather) I like to keep things pretty matte for a daytime look. This foundation is so amazing. It has a powdery finish without looking cakey and it lasts all day. No need to set it with powder and can be used without primer!

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This is probably one of my favorite daily wear concealers! I love how it not only conceals, but also highlights the under eye area. It has medium consistency so it blends perfectly with any foundation I have tried this with. I will definitely continue to use!

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Mascara: The Rocket Volum’ Express Very Black: This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE MASCARA! I just love how it gives volume AND length to my lashes without making them look clumpy. I will love this mascara forever…even its waterproof version is good.

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Eye Shadow: Color Tattoo
: Now, from the Color Tattoo I have 11 colors… 11…everything from nudes to matte to shimmery to color shadows. These are the absolute best cream eye shadows. They are good when worn on their own or when used as eye shadow base. I just love them all! Some of the colors may get a little dry with time, but you can continue to use! My favorites are Bad to the Bronze, Barely Branded and Eternal Pink!

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Lipstick: Baby Lips Pink Punch: I have several Maybelline Lipsticks but the one I love on a daily basis is the BabyLips Pink Punch. It goes on great and suits any makeup look. It is very moisturising as well so your lips are always hydrated. Love, love, loooove!

What are your favorite Maybelline Products?

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