Skincare Order

 

As an Esthetician I often times get asked what my favorite products are or what your skin care steps should look like at home.  I’ve broken it down step by step in this post for you!  Explaining the order of products as well as why we use some of them and I’ve included my go to products.

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Makeup remover: PM Take It Off makeup remover is one of my favorites.  This is a cream base so it works amazing for even the driest of faces.

 

Cleanser: AM&PM  Cleansers remove dirt, oil and makeup buildup from the day.  Turmeric & Neem Facial Soap and Detox Cleanser

 

Toner: AM&PM after cleansing the skin.  Toners are used to remove any leftover dirt oil or makeup that may be left behind on the skin.  They also help to restore the skins natural pH level.  Many people think this a step they can skip but that is definitely not the case.  Vitamin C Toner and Refreshing Rose Water

 

Serum: AM&PM applied after toner.  Generally speaking serums have the most potent ingredients in them and that is where you will see the most improvement in your skincare concerns.  That is also why serums are usually the most expensive.  Serums are picked based on your biggest concerns (aging, brightening, acne or sensitivity are just a few examples).  Botox In A Bottle and Age Clear Serum Pads

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Eye Cream: AM&PM if you are using an eye serum and an eye cream, the serum goes on underneath the cream.  Caffeine Eye Serum and Wild Violet Eye Cream

 

Moisturizer: AM&PM this along with the serum should be applied all over the face and décolleté area in upward movements.  Do not pull on or drag the skin downwards as this can break collagen and elastin fibers (what keeps your skin plump).  Some people choose to apply a heavier night cream, your skin and body does the most repair while you are sleeping.  Coffee Facial Lotion

 

Exfoliant: 2x week after cleansing the skin.  An exfoliant should always be used prior to a mask.  It removes that top layer of skin and allows the mask to get into the pores.  There are 2 types of exfoliants manual (ex: anything with a granule) and chemical (ex: fruit acids, extracts & enzymes).  If you have very active acne all over their face, I do not recommend any type of scrub that has a granule, but instead a chemical exfoliant.  If you have active acne, a granule MAY open blemishes and spread bacteria around the skin.  Coffee Facial Scrub, Turmeric & Neem Facial Scrub (As featured in Yoga Journal ) and Orange Vanilla Facial Scrub

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Mask: 2x a week following your exfoliant.  Leave on for 5-20 minutes depending on the mask.  Remove with warm wash cloth or by rinsing in the sink or shower.  Follow with toner, serum, eye cream & moisturizer.  Papaya & Pineapple Exfoliating Mask with the Chlorella Boost and Pearl Powder added in.

With these steps and follow through your well on your way to that beautiful glowing skin you have pictured in your head!

XoXo

Mamabeartribe

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Year One.

So my last post talked about reeling it in a bit when it comes to spending on baby.  This one is all about those few key items I discovered that made our lives a little easier during the first year. First is the Fisher Price Rock N Play, this was the only thing that I could get Colton to sleep in other than on my chest.  I love the fact that it rocks on its own and you can control the speed, plus it has mesh sides so you don’t have to worry about baby rolling over.  Second, is the Skip Hop Pronto! Baby Changing Station.  Once I found this portable changing station, my life was changed forever!  It was so much easier than lugging the huge diaper bag into the bathroom every time he needed a change.  Also, it keeps all of the items you need to easily access together….including space for your wallet and phone.  Seriously, don’t have a child without this item ladies.  Mommys Bliss Gripe Water was honestly a life saver, my husband will tell you the same thing.  It literally got rid of Colton’s hiccups in an instant…like magic!  The last thing I would add to the list is The Antilop High Chair from Ikea.  We only recently just found this, but I wish that I had come across it MUCH sooner.  I would definitely recommend this over any highchair that has cloth or padding.  It is way easier to clean and I love the fact that it has a larger tray than most high chairs. Until next time.

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Mamabeartribe

Reel it in Mamas

When you find out you’re pregnant excitement sets in and you go a little crazy…ok A LOT crazy insane even.  You by item after item because of course you’re so thrilled…. plus you have a baby shower, maybe even multiple showers!  You spend countless hours worrying about their room(I did) and getting it ready.  

Stop what you are doing!

 1. You don’t need all that stuff 

2. They don’t give a shit about their room.  Colton legit has never slept one night in it.

There were so many things that I bought before Colton arrived that we never used or never even needed.  When he was born and came home straight up this is what we needed: onesies, wipes, diapers and blankets.  I know each situation is different and every baby is VERY different.   However….REEL yourselves in Mamas! 

 Get out of that black hole they call Target and save some money!   Plus once they get a bit older it’s easier to figure out what kind swings and things they like.  We went through like six swings and chairs before we found one little man would use.✌🏻. Until next time.

Xoxo

Mamabeartribe

Hoppy Easter

This year was Colton’s first Easter where he actually understood what was going on.  It was so much fun to watch his face light up as he searched for the colorful eggs hidden in the grass.  I wanted him to have treats, but nothing too sugary so we used Annie’s Homegrown cheddar bunnies and fruit snacks.  They are better for him and kept with the theme of Easter.  Also, the individual pre-packed snacks are super quick and easy when we are on the run.

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When I was younger, my grandparents always put change in our eggs and after the Easter egg hunt we would always fill up our piggy banks.  We wanted to keep this tradition going with Colton.  We have been teaching Colton to “save money” lately so it was perfect.  His piggy bank is actually the same one I used when I was little.

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We buy all of this stuff every year for Easter and then are always left wondering what to do with the eggs after.  Check out What’s Up Moms facebook page for a great video on what to do with your left over eggs!

Leave me a comment below with some of your favorite Easter traditions.  Until next time.

XoXo

#mamabeartribe

 

 

Spoil That Mama.

We all know Mother’s day is fast approaching and I wanted to share some of my favorite items made from hard-working mamas.  What better way to help celebrate that special lady in your life (or pamper yourself) than with a gift made by another mama?!  Hello, win win.

»First, is my girl Danielle at Lsquared Jewelry.  I met Danielle on Instagram, she started Lsquared Jewelry herself!  She makes hand-stamped custom pieces.  Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, key chains…you name it and she makes it.  She has sent me some amazing pieces in the past that are all unique and handmade.  Every time I receive my packages from Danielle, they are neatly wrapped and come with sweet little messages.
17842031_10155982343954046_741555136_nNot only does she come up with some cute and witty sayings for her pieces, but she will work with you and make the perfect piece.  She has been so amazing to work with and we have had a great friendship come out of this partnership!  I am in love with my brand new bracelet as you can see in the pictures.  This “mama needs a mother effing nap”.  True life.

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I always anticipate what  her newest piece is going to be and I look at her Instagram often.  Soooo check out her stuff, pick something cute or create your own piece.  Don’t forget to use my code Ava15 for 15% off of your purchase ($10 minimum).

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»Next up on my list of mompreneurs is Tory at MamaBirdAndCO.  I am obsessed with her shirts.  She hand prints everything.  Every.  Single.  One.  Tory has great customer service and uses my favorite brand of shirt, Bella!  If you’ve never worn Bella…you my friend are missing out.  They are so soft and comfortable.  Like that old worn t-shirt feel, in your brand new shirt.

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MamaBirdAndCo has a shirt out there for every mama.  My favorites are “Namaste the shit out of this day” & “Love your mama♥”.  Tory loves to post pictures of her customers reppin’ her shirts and shows videos of her screen printing on the reg.  Check her out and you can thank me later.

»Last, but not least are my “mom life” sweat pants from Ezra and Eli.  They are so beyond comfortable and cozy.  I could seriously live in these…and get this, they are also Bella brand.  Your welcome.

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Enjoy your awesome new goodies and don’t forget to shop local and support small as often as you can.  Until next time.

XoXo

MamaBearTribe

Motherhood

Nothing anyone says can actually prepare you for your personal journey when you become a Mother.  Each persons journey is different and compiled of their own experiences.  This Sh*t is hard no joke, but totally worth it.  There are more sleepless nights than you can count, tears, laughter, kisses and smiles that melt your heart.  When you become a mother your whole life definitely changes and it is no longer about you.(Which I would hope everyone knows from the get.)

Lets be real motherhood turns you into a straight up mombie.  Topknot lovin, double shot drinkin, leggin wearin mombie.  It happens to the best of us, but you can’t lose yourself along the way.  Remember being you is what made you such a great mama in the first place.  So dig deep ladies, find your tribe and hang on for this wild ride ahead of you.  This will be one of your greatest adventures.  As I sit typing this my wild one is off and running!  Until next time.

XoXo

MamaBearTribe