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

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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 Spring Collection


I am loving the natural pink shades Jane Iredale has come up with for Spring 2016. These shades give you a little pinkish pastel palette to work with that compliments everyone’s skintone. It is a very undone and natural overall look, which I love. I am not a huge fan of the “instagram makeup” look in real life. It’s just way too much for us normal people! So these beautifully natural shades are perfect for everyone.

I tried the pure pressed blush in flawless, which is a deeper color that is very subtle. I don’t like super noticeable blushes, so I loved this! You could even contour with this, and it leaves a nice airy and light feel on your face. I think this shade would look great on anyone. 

The white tea lipgloss is my spirit animal! I absolutely love this shade! I am pregnant and suffering from my usual weird pregnancy symptom of super dry lips, so gloss is perfection for me right now. This shade is absolutely perfect too! It’s dark enough to show up, but light enough to give you a natural look at the same time. 

The naturally matte eyeshadow kit did not disappoint me either. My favorite thing about all Jane Iredale eyeshadows is how smoothly they glide on. Some other brands will be dry and go on roughly as they wrinkle your eyelids, which I loathe. Jane Iredale gets it right with not only a smooth shadow, but they also have the softest eyeshadow applicators that are worth investing in (but luckily they are included). The shades are rosey pinks and mauves, with a bone colored base and a smoky color for drama if you like (I smoked up my look above). It is a very versatile palette! 

The eyebrow kit in brunette was actually perfect for me even though I am blonde. It gives me a little bit more drama, and again the applicator is far superior to other brands and in my opinion makes the whole product!

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

Two of my favorite non-toxic brands for babies (and you) 

When I was pregnant with Hudson in 2013 I wasn’t aware of mineral oil, phthalates, parabens, fragrance and all of the other “bad ingredients” in baby and beauty products. Soon after he was born (Christmas night 2013) I started doing my research, and found out that most brands contain these harmful ingredients as well as other chemicals. Since then, I have found several safe brands (thanks to Ewg.com ‘s help). Two of my favorite baby brands are The Honest Company and Babyganics. Some products I prefer one brand over the other, but I really trust and enjoy both brands, and use them for myself (pregnant or not) and Hudson daily.

The Honest Company- Organic Healing Balm

  
I use this for cuts, scrapes, diaper rash, zits, chapped lips, hands and cheeks. It is amazing and one tube lasts forever! This is a great switch from bad things like Aquaphor.

Babyganics- Bubble bath

  
I use this to shave my legs and wash with and to wash Hudson (hair and body)

The Honest Company- Organic Body Oil

  
I use this alone or mixed with body lotion for stretch marks or just to moisturize (body and face- yes I said face). Also, add a drop to foundation that is too thick to thin it out or revive it.

Babyganics- Daily Lotion

  
I use on my face and body (alone or mixed with the body oil I mentioned)

The Honest Company and Babyganics- Sunscreen

  
  
I love both!

The Honest Company- Multi-Surface Cleaner

  
I use this absolutely everywhere! Counters, floors, Hudson’s mattress after a leak, you name it!

There are many more from each company that I love and use but these are a great start! Hope you enjoy!

XO

Audra

Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation

Holiday Gift Guide Part 2- Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation   

 
So far I am so pleased with Honest Beauty (by The Honest Company). I decided to start the line by trying their everything cream foundation ($30 by itself or bundle 3 products for $50). It had great reviews online except a few thought it a tad too thick. I was afraid it would be too liquidy and leave me with an oily face like most creamy foundations, but luckily I was wrong. This is the perfect texture in my opinion- it doesn’t feel too thick or too liquidy. It dries matte and is thick enough to replace concealer and dry enough to replace powder. Basically, when I use this I don’t need my concealer or powder at all!!!! At all!!! That in itself is amazing and reason enough to buy it, in my opinion. Also, the packaging is wonderful and I like applying this best with my Jane Iredale flocked sponge ($5)- it works a bit better than the applicator it comes with. Here I am with the foundation on below. I love it! Well worth it and it is chemical-free unlike most makeup (unless you are using Jane Iredale or Honest you are probably using toxic, chemical-laden makeup)

  
XO
Audra
 

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals & Smoky Eye Kit

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals  
I love Jane Iredale, it is what they sell and recommend at my dermatologist’s office for a reason. It may not be a cheap drug store buy, but you get what you pay for on this one. Also, you can buy on Overstock and/or Amazon sometimes for cheaper pricing. I have been using the Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base &/or the Loose Minerals for a few years now, and I absolute LOVE them! So I was really excited to try out the liquid minerals. When you first look at it it looks like it would never really provide enough coverage in all that clear liquid with random beads but it DOES. Plus, there is a built in serum in that helps with aging! This mineral cosmetics foundation is great for skin prone to rosacea, acne or sensitivity. Its lightweight formula won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin. The sheer, liquid texture creates a smooth, dewy finish. Hyaluronic acid in this makeup binds water to the skin to prevent moisture loss. Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection against environmental damage. This formula also contains coenzyme Q10 to help diminish the signs of aging. The beads that are visible inside the airless pump are liposomes in a soothing formula of aloe vera gel and glycerin. This innovative technology prevents the active ingredients from breaking down thanks to its time-released delivery system. Jane Iredale Liquid Mineral is paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan and non-comedogenic. You should really try it out, it is heavy enough but not too heavy (not cakey). I do use a powder over it to matte some oily areas.
   

JaneIredale.com
XO
Audra

Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1…Jane Iredale Smoky Eye Kit

  
Hey everyone here is my first pick for my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide 2015! This is called the Jane Iredale In The Blink of a Smoky Eye- Smoky Eye Kit. It retails for $50 at Jane Iredale’s website. The colors included are called 1-Bone (which is one of the large colors and is very very soft and a tad creamy- it isn’t wet but just so so soft and has the best texture and the applicator is worth $20 itself it is amazingly soft as well and sturdy btw) 2-Pure Gold (pale enough to be a base color as well but has a hint of shimmer to it and is also a great shade to have a large amount of) 3- Dawn (shimmery rose brown but looks more brown on-a great crease color or all over smoky eye color) 4-Rose Gold (love this shimmery color as a crease color for a “day look”) 5- Iris (crease color or eyeline color to smoke out when you’re feeling edgy) 6- Forest (great as well for a crease or eyeliner to smoke out and is a more subtle edgy color) 7- Double Espresso (a perfect matte and cool brown for a crease, eyeliner or all over smoky eye) 8-Ebony (for high drama or wet it for a dramatic eyeliner as well) 
The packaging is great and even magnetizes itself shut, and is sturdy like a book. They perfectly chose the colors to make larger and smaller based on use, which gives you the best bang for your buck. These are all crease resistant shades, which I know I appreciate with my crazy pregnancy hormones haha. This would make a beautiful gift and includes everything you need so no upsells or add-ons like a case or brush etc. I definitely recommend and included a picture of me with Bone as my base mixed with Pure Gold and my crease is Forest mixed with a tiny bit of Double Espresso. (Please excuse the bright orange shirt haha and the black brushes on the side not included or needed
   

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!
   
 

Jane Iredale

A great chemical free makeup brand- Jane Iredale

  
If you are like me and are trying to steer clear or at least cut back on toxic chemicals found in just about every makeup brand out there (don’t think yours is? Then check it on EWG Skin Deep’s website or use their EWG Skin Deep app to find out) then Jane Iredale is a great choice. You can buy at your dermatologist’s office, Overstock.com for an occasional deal, or JaneIredale.com. I have been buying the loose mineral powder on Amazon and I recently won several products through a Twitter contest held by Jane Iredale. I won the City Nights Collection Jelly Jar gel eyeliner in green and purple which I love because they add a fun pop of color to your eyes without being “loud” or going overboard. If you want to add a bit of edge but are a little conservative, this would be great for you! I also won the Kir Royale Puregloss Lip Gloss and the Katerina Puremoist Lipstick, both are superb but the lipstick is my favorite lip color ever! It is a nice wine-berry color that is bold, but not too bright or too dark, and the shade will absolutely compliment all skin colors! It is my pick for this collection-hands down! I also got the 24-Karat gold dust, silver dust and bronze dust…these are glittery sparkles sent from heaven! I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to make glitter that is more of a shimmery highlighter than your typical “glitter” makeup. This is a costly item but if you are going to splurge and use sparingly for special occasions, then you can justify it in my opinion…because it is like a little miracle! You would probably just have to use it to believe me. The bronze is a great bronzer, the gold and silver are great facial highlighters! I buy/use the Jane Iredale Amazing Loose Mineral Powder as well and I get it on Overstock for about $25. I like it because it is light but covers and unlike a lot of powders it doesn’t accentuate wrinkles. I like to use my Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free moisturizer and then put this on before my face dries completely to also negate the powder-wrinkle problem a lot of people have. This kind of creates a tinted moisturizer look. In my opinion you can’t go wrong with Jane Iredale, and buy on Overstock if you think it is too pricey…your body will thank you down the road for spending a little more to keep your body safe from cancer causing chemicals found in most cosmetics!!! 
XO

Audra