Guys, I have two amazing video product reviews for you!
One is a lip plumper duo here
And the other is a luminizer/highlighter trio here
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.
2- Concealer on blemishes as needed.
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).
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
There you have it, my face basics….
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.
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
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!
Better sore than sorry!
Click below for each video
Here is a quick gift guide for any last minute shoppers ahem men…
Sparkly Sweater from Express. This will look good on any woman and it is very festive.
Champagne on ice gloss kit. Every woman needs this period.
Emily Giffin box set. Her books are relatable and entertaining – she will love them!
Nothing Too Fancy charity shirt for Friends of the Smokies. Great Cause + Great Quality = Great Gift
Get Priyanka Chopra’s striking red lips by using jane iredale Lip Fixation in Passion, $32 at janeiredale.com
Achieve Padma Lakshmi’s bright fuchsia lips with jane iredale Lip Crayon in Charming, $18 at janeiredale.com
Mimic Viola Davis’s deep purple pout with jane iredale PureMoist Lipstick in Annette, $25 at janeiredale.com
COLORFUL CAT EYE
Wear Emily Ratajkowski’s bold, classic cat eye with jane iredale Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow, $17 at janeiredale.com
Master America Ferrera’s glowing skin with jane iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, $48 at janeiredale.com
Okay, so I am in love! I’m not really a foundation girl, but I absolutely love Jane Iredale’s Glow Time BB Cream. I would consider it more of a foundation as is, compared to most bb creams. Most bb creams I have tried (Garnier, Proactiv) are runny like a moisturizer- with a hint of color. This is thicker like a medium coverage foundation (but it also moisturizes and provides sun protection). This is like a miracle product though, because as soon as I tried it I panicked. I put it on my face and was so disappointed that it didn’t match. It was far too yellow, even for my yellow-toned skin. I continued to rub it in anyway, and it magically changed to the perfect shade! It was like magic, no lie! I was amazed! I even made my mom try it and the same thing happened for her. I can’t explain it, but it actually says it will match your skin in the description, and that is no lie. I add a little moisturizer to it if I want lighter coverage, and use as is for a heavier coverage, it’s great! It does leave you with a dewy natural finish as well, which I love! So there’s my glowing review of the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream! Literally use it as a concealer if you want as well…(also a little goes a long way, this tube will last forever) love love love!
On to the summer collection (blushes/bronzer, brow powder, lip balm). These colors are amazing! I especially love the bronzers! The blush/bronzers are so shimmery for more of a “Nars Orgasm” shade use “rose dawn” blush bronzer. I love to use this one as a blush alone- it has the perfect pale pink touch with a shimmer that gives you an amazing sheen! Use “sunbeam” if you have darker skin and want a similar blush, or if you want a bronzer with a touch of pink to it. “Sunbeam” is a great blush/bronzer hybrid if you just buy one only. Then I love “moonglow” as my straight up bronzer/contour. They are all shimmery and gorgeous! Also, they are sectioned into ombre shades so they would be perfect to use as eyeshadows as well (genius)!!!!
Next is the lip balm- perfect touch of color with spf protection, throw it in your bag for the summer-easy peasy! I used the brunette eyebrow powder and it is great, but the best part is the applicator. It trumps any other I have ever used- worth buying just for the brush alone! Best brow brush bar none, enough said there…just buy it!
As usual all Jane Iredale products are non-toxic and safe to use! I am going to giveaway a special Summer Collection product to one lucky follower! Please post a link to this review on Facebook or Twitter to enter, be sure to use #AudrasPicks ! Follow Audra’s Picks for more (instagram, facebook and twitter links on my homepage) giveaway ends July 22!
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!
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.