A recipe for glowing skin…

Y’all know I love Jane Iredale by now (especially since it’s gluten free and completely non-toxic)… So, I’m gonna share with you my favorite basic skin products and how I use them for summer. This is the order in which I build them… (Link to all the products right here)

1- Since it’s summer and I don’t need super duper heavy converage, but I mean, I still need good coverage y’all… I like to use the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals. Best part, you don’t have to use a moisturizer under it if you don’t have time.

  • A serum with pigment that provides sheer to medium coverage.
  • Provides hydration, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the appearance pores, evens out skin tone and adheres so well, there is minimal transference.
  • Liquid Minerals has no rated SPF.
  • The beads or spheres visible in the airless pump are actually liposomes encapsulating liposomes.
  • State-of-the-art technology prevents active ingredients from degrading and allows actives to time release into the skin.

JANE Summer1

2- Concealer on blemishes as needed.

  • A highly pigmented concealer that contains beneficial botanicals and antioxidants that soothe and minimize the appearance of redness.
  • Gentle enough to be used as often as needed.
  • Staying power reduces the need for touch-ups.
  • Creamy formula layers easily for customizable coverage.
  • A hygienic patented metal tip stays cool even during product application.

JANE Summer2

3- For any shine I use the PurePressed Base. (This can also replace number one if you need less coverage. Just grab a flocked sponge and apply slightly dampened).

  • A pressed mineral foundation that is slightly more sheer and matte than the loose powders.
  • Made from micronized minerals, oil free and weightless.
  • An SPF foundation, powder and concealer with broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection. Either SPF 20 or SPF 15 depending on shade.*
  • Water resistant to 40 minutes.
  • Contains antioxidants such as Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate Extract (a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radical production caused by sun exposure).

JANE Summer3

4- MOONGLOW! I am currently out of this and I am going crazy over it! I use on the sides of my forehead, sides of my nose, below cheekbones, along jawline. This stuff if my absolute fave y’all! Gives you the best summery glow ever! (Think J.Lo guys, for pale girls-hahaha)

This one gets its own link… right here

JANE Summer4

 

There you have it, my face basics….

 

XO

Audra

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HydroPeptide Nimni Cream

Nimni

I was fortunate enough to try out this awesome product. HydroPeptide’s Nimni Cream has been a dream to use. I’ve stopped my normal retinol serum in order to see the true effects of using this cream for over a month (almost 2 months). I will say, my normal retinol routine was not as strong as this one. Like I said, I use a retinol serum nightly, so, when I read that you may want to start slow with this cream I was all “Nah!” Well, I was wrong. It dried my face and it peeled because I thought my skin was tough enough to use it nightly right away. So, in short, when it says start out using 2x per week–listen!

With that said, I do feel like this cream does the job it claims to do. I feel like my skin feel moisturized, acne free, and not too oily all at the same time. Which in itself is amazing! I’ve always used wrinkle creams (since I turned 25), and my mom passed me down some pretty amazing skin that doesn’t wrinkle much, so I can’t say that my wrinkling has decreased, but I can say it has not increased. I do feel that my skin is firmer after a month of use and I’d continue this product for sure. It’s a pricey cream, but I do think you’re getting what you paid for. I think it’s a great product that’s in it for the long haul. Buy it here.

The fact that this is glute, paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free should make your supple skin rest easy at night as well.

Developed by geneticists Dr. Neal Kitchen and USC’s Dr. Marcel Nimni (the doctor who discovered Type II Collagen) Nimni Cream uses a first-of-its kind patented collagen support complex that rejuvenates skin at the epigenetic level. (U.S. Patent No. 7598291) This extraordinary cream activates the collagen-producing gene in our bodies and actually gives skin the materials it needs for collagen synthesis (so you do not have to rely on your bodies’ natural stores). Combine that with time-released retinol and collagen supporting antioxidants and you have a cream that can actually alter the behavior of our genes, significantly improving the appearance of skin’s fullness and elasticity from the inside out.

(More info. below for y’all)

FORMULA FEATURES: Discover Nimni™ Technology and significantly improve the appearance of skin’s fullness and elasticity.

  • Combines Dr. Marcel Nimni’s revolutionary research on collagen with time-release retinol to rejuvenate skin and lessen the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Helps improve skin’s fullness and elasticity.
  • Helps to optimize collagen production through an exclusive, patented amino acid complex.
  • Appropriate for skin that is not sensitive, especially those with expression lines and concerns with wrinkles and/or loss of facial volume.

HOW TO USE: Apply a small amount to a clean face and neck at night. Carefully avoid the eyes and the corner of the eyes. Begin use twice a week and then increase frequency as tolerated.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use retinol products if you are pregnant or nursing, taking prescription acne medication, or in conjunction with waxing, chemical peels or resurfacing procedures. Always use a high, broad spectrum sunscreen when using this product.

FREE OF: Gluten, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates and Cruelty Free

1 Hour Full Body Workout

2017-fitness

Okay, I had a friend ask me to help her with some at-home workouts, so I am posting workout videos using various equipment that you can do at home. If you would also like to follow along with us – you certainly can. I know these days everyone is trying to sell ya something, but this is free. Some videos will require light weights or bands, but you can just about do everything without weights as well (or grab some water bottles or cans of soup.) Here is my first strength training workout below. I am calling this “Workout 1,” and it is broken up into sections via body parts.

The only video you really need light weights (3-5lbs) for is the arm video, you can get through the other two without them. So there is the arm workout, legs part 1, legs part 2, and abs. (YouTube made me break down the leg video because it was too long). The arm and ab videos are about 15 minutes each, and I believe the leg videos added together were about 25 minutes total. Let me know what else you would like to see me do, and I would be glad to share. I plan on doing instructional videos on resistance bands, the stability ball, and Valslides (or you could improvise this one with paper/plastic plates). See you soon!

XO

Audra

P.S.
Better sore than sorry!

Click below for each video

Audra Arm Workout 1

Audra Legs Workout 1 (Part 1)

Audra Legs Workout 1 (Part 2)

Audra Ab Workout

 

Mystikol Magic


Jane Iredale is kicking off 2017 with the unveiling of its new Mystikol® eyeliners. Available in four, richly pigmented and water-resistant shades, these perfectly saturated, creamy-liners make it super easy to create a liquid-like appearance, or they can be smudged like a powder or pencil to create a sultry winter eye look. 

The product also contains a built-in, removable brush, which is very high-quality imo, which makes eyeliner application #momlife or even #girlboss approved. These would also be great for any random kind of face art, or you could even use them as an eyeshadow if you smudge them all over. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way, and one of these puppies will last you a very long time!


 

Jane Iredale Mystikol® eyeliners, $24 at janeiredale.com (available January 16th!)

 · A water-resistant, crease-proof powder/cream formula creates a smoky eye in seconds

· The staying power of a liquid liner with the ease and versatility of a powder

· Includes an easy-to-use, snap in brush for a variety of sultry looks and clean, precise on-the-go application

· Coco glycerides help to smooth product effortlessly across the lids and lash line

· Smooth, creamy, blendable, buildable, richly-pigmented and long-wearing

Here I am wearing Onyx… below (dark brown eyes)

My suggestions based on your eye color…

Brown or Hazel- pop with Onyx or Amethyst

Blue or Green- pop with Smoky Quartz or Dark Topaz

Love to all,

XO

Audra


Jane Iredale- BeautyPrep skincare line

    

 I was so excited to learn that Jane Iredale was starting a skincare line this Spring! I have tried all three of their BeautyPrep products and I have been happy with the results, and the safety of the products themselves. Like their makeup, they are free of harmful toxins, chemicals, (even gluten) and are cruelty free. Especially when you are pregnant, this is music to your ears. I like to say, “if you can’t use it when you’re pregnant, you probably shouldn’t use it ever.” -Am I right though? There are so many foods and products they ask us to avoid when pregnant, that we probably shouldn’t use ever! What I like about the entire Jane Iredale brand is that you never have to worry about any of that. Plus Jane Iredale  consists of VERY high quality makeup and skincare ingredients. 

I will say that the beautyprep facial cleanser (step 1) takes a little getting used to. It is designed not to be washed off, so it is the consistency of water. So make sure you have a cottonball handy for use, because it comes out fast. The toner (refines pores) and moisturizer (helps makeup last longer and keeps skin smooth) that follow are used like most (steps 2 and 3). The moisturizer is my favorite! It leaves you with a fresh and clean smell that feels AMAZING  (what you smell is the organic lemongrass extract). I would definitely recommend this line, you just feel like you are being kind to your skin when you use it. It almost feels like you went to a fancy spa after every use. I would love to know your thoughts when you try it out, so comment below.

XO

Audra

My Fit Tips

Fit tips  
I often get asked in relation to fitness “what do you do for your workouts” NOT because I have an amazing flawless figure (because I definitely don’t) but I am fit for the most part and try to be healthy and I love fitness. The truth is that that question should not be easy to answer if you are doing it right. You shouldn’t have a set routine that you do every single day, or you are not going to continue to see results. I continually change it up. For my cardio I will say…during the winter months I did my elliptical a LOT (see my last post to see how you can get your own portable at home elliptical for less than $150). Now that the weather is warmer I try to go for long walks, do my elliptical, or do some form of cardio video. I love Valerie Water’s Hot In A Hurry Series- it is about $60 on ValerieWaters.com it is cardio and strength all in one HIIT workout…and there are plenty of FREE videos I do on YouTube as well by Valerie Waters, Tracy Anderson, Hip Hop Abs, Jillian Michaels to name a few of my fave cardios. Same goes for toning up I like to lift heavier, lift lighter, do Yoga or Pilates, Barre, Dancing (Solo in the house…just bust a move or have a family dance party those are way fun), or a number of videos for free on YouTube by Blogilates, Valerie Waters, Tracy Anderson or Jillian Michaels. Just make sure you do both strength and cardio, everyday if you can, or stagger throughout the week. Keep switching up your workouts so your muscles continue to be confused as to what is coming next and continue to get sore. Better sore than sorry! Try to find things that you enjoy as well, so you are likely to stick with it! For more info. on more specifics tweet or facebook me!
@AudraMcElyea or @AudrasPicks on Twitter and Instagram or search Audra’s Picks on Facebook
XO
Audra

BioTrust Low Carb

I have recently begun a new workout program called “Hot In A Hurry” by Valerie Waters, which I will fully review here soon (I loved it). In that workout program trainer to the stars (think incredible women like Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale) Valerie Waters recommends a nutrition plan as well as a TON of other great info. One product she uses to replace breakfast is BioTrust Low Carb. This is a low carb protein blend that is sweetened naturally with stevia extract and a naturally sweet form of fiber call inulin. BioTrust Low Carb packs 4 grams of high quality fiber per serving and only 1 gram of sugar per 24 grams of protein! It’s unlikely you’ll find that anywhere else in the protein market, but to be honest, I’m just getting started. BioTrust Low Carb is also sourced from cows not treated with the dangerous growth hormone rBGH, and rBST. I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly my goal to avoid putting synthetic, unnatural hormones into my body whenever possible. I also love that this protein is a time-released four-protein blend as well as being gluten free, so I don’t have to worry about getting sick (which is always a plus for me). One container contains 14 servings for $49, but the more you buy the cheaper the deal you get, and even at $49 (which most proteins at even Walmart are, or are close to it) you are getting a good deal of high quality product. Valerie recommends using 1 scoop instead of 2 per shake (which is what I also do) so mine will last me a whole month (28 servings), and honestly 2 scoops is a little overkill for anyone in my opinion. I love the taste and results so far and I hope to see some great fat loss soon (right now I am mixing 1 scoop powder in the milk chocolate flavor, 10 oz 1% milk, a little extra stevia, a few ice cubes and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of peanut butter. I blend, then let it sit overnight and drink it in the morning for breakfast when my little man gets me up all hungry and I am in a hurry). Let me know if you are interested in this product and want to join me on this journey. Audra’s Picks is now an affiliate for BioTrust so you can order from me right here Order BioTrust Low Carb from Audra’s Picks. There are also a lot of other healthy products by BioTrust, I can’t vouch for them quite yet but if you are interested

email me(AudrasPicks@gmail.com)
  
XO
Audra

Caribbean Solutions Tanner and Yes To Carrots Moisturizer 

 If you are trying to cut back on toxic chemicals (found in just about every beauty product out there by the way) you really need to check out EWG . They rate products for you (think makeup, skincare, deodorant, hair products, cleaners etc.) I try to stick with products in the 0-3 range. During this wintry time I feel much better with a little tan, so when I want to use self tanner I use Caribbean Solutions’ Beach Colours self tanner (EWG’s top rated tanner at a 2). I have used it for about a year and I really love it. You can buy it from the Caribbean Solutions site or Amazon has it sometimes at a lower cost. I have even used it on my face quite a bit and, unlike other tanners, it hasn’t broke me out at all! Every other one has! So this was a pleasant surprise! You will be surprised how much less makeup you will need, and how much more filled in your brows will look! I love it! I like to mix half & half parts of my moisturizer and my tanner on my face before putting on my makeup-to build a little color on my face during the day (since a fake tan fades faster from your face than your body)… and/or use it all over my face and body at night (sans moisturizer) before bed for a more potent dose. By the way I use the Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free Nourishing Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 (rated a 2, the non fragrance free kind is rated a 5…big difference!!!) and love it! Find it here at Target!
   
 

Proactiv BB

Holiday Gift Guide-

Stress-free Skincare  
My skin always gets the best of me around the holidays…and every holiday season I start using my Proactiv or Proactiv+ yet again. Anytime I get stressed I start getting those awful cyst-like pimples on my chin, it never ever fails. When that happens, or when I think it may happen I like to just go ahead and start my Proactiv regimen again. This year I have proactively used Proactiv+, pun intended haha, and I have been good so far! I just wanted to share with you how amazing their BB cream is. I was not aware they had one, or the other plethora of products they carry as single items like concealer or primer but they do! How amazing is it to know you can use makeup that helps prevent breakouts now? I had to share. I am using the BB cream in light as my moisturizer, sunscreen, and light sheer tint and I love it. It doesn’t break me out and it doesn’t feel greasy either, and it had a fresh wonderful sunscreen smell which I love!!! Just wanted to remind you, if you are breaking out… that there is always Proactiv and it has worked for me for ten+ years! Here is a link to all their products in their catalog Proactiv Catalog
XO

Audra

Baboosh Baby

Baboosh! It’s gone!

   
 When I was pregnant with Hudson I had dreams of losing my baby weight in 3-4 months. Little did I know that I wouldn’t even get to begin working out until 9 weeks post baby (2 months) because my stitches ripped about 2-3 weeks post birth. With that said, Hudson is now 6 months old and I still haven’t quite got to my pre-pregnancy weight yet (but I am within 7 pounds so I am ok with that). Bodies change with babies, you have to get over it basically! The one thing I hated was my belly still looking pregnant post-baby. I used the Baboosh baby taut, which basically holds in your stomach and helps it shrink faster over time (think a modern day, painless corset). I have to say I didn’t wear it near as much as the directions said to, and I still noticed a huge difference after wearing it. My stomach went down much faster from using it and it adjusts with you (via velcro) as you get smaller (along with a good diet and exercise of course). With that said, if you want to get results faster…I would definitely recommend wearing one- just go to the Baboosh Site. Brooke Burke endorses this product and came up with it, so you know it has to be great, look at her after having several kids!

 
XOXO
Audra