Morning Skincare Routine

Good morning! I’m a morning person (who appreciates a good sleep-in every once in a while). But even if you relate more to my puppies Clark and Kent…

…a quick a.m. routine will wake up your skin and keep you looking fresh all day.

I think any solid, anti-ageing skincare routine includes masks, chemical and/or manual exfoliation, and following this basic pattern (day or night):

Cleanse

Tone

Serum

Eye Cream

Moisturizer

Lip Balm

It also takes a lot of trial-and-error as well as giving your skin what it needs – which might be different seasonally, monthly (think: hormones), or even daily. I like to think of my array of serums, masks and treatments as a medicine cabinet – you don’t need flu medicine for a headache, just like you wouldn’t use a chemical peel on already irritated skin that needs some TLC.

Let me say, too, that the products that work for my skin might not work for yours. I’ve been at this for a long, long time (When I turned 10, the *exact* thought I had was, “Well, I’ve hit double digits. Better start taking care of my skin.” Not joking.), and I know how my skin works and I can tell what “mood” it’s in. What I’m here to share is 1. a great foundation upon which you can build your own routine, and 2. hopefully introduce you to some new products.

Next week I’ll share my nighttime routine, but for now, please enjoy this #IWokeUpLikeThis moment!

#QuickNEasy || Product Review

Sooo as a PR/Marketing person, I need to take a moment to say that maybe the whole campaign slogan,

“Are you a #QuickNEasy girl?”

has some…inappropriate…connotations, am I right? Like, I don’t think I would have gone with that one. But that’s the only negative I have about this line because it’s awesome.

I love solution-based products, and the Quick ‘N’ Easy Makeup kits from Charlotte Tilbury are just that. For $75, you get 4-5 deluxe sample and full-sized products and a cute makeup bag. I’ll give you a quick rundown of the kits, then share my take.

Natural Glow

c/o Beautylish.com

The Natural Glow kit is the best value because you get five products, three of which are full-size. Add some concealer and brows, and this is a perfect everyday look for most skin tones.

Daytime Chic

c/o Beautylish.com

Not really sure the purpose of this kit since it’s basically the same tones as Natural Glow, but you don’t get a lipstick (even though the beach stick is good for eyes/lips/cheeks), you only get two full-sized products (worth $67), and it’s the same price. I’d say skip this one.

Red Carpet Party

c/o Beautylish.com

 

Another three full-sized products, but no mascara. Still a decent value because the lipstick, lip liner and eye pencil are $76 on their own.

Smokey Eye Evening

c/o Beautylish.com

With three full-sized products worth $81, this is the second-best value, and it’s a great “desk to disco” kit, as Charlotte calls it.

My Thoughts

The true value of these kits is that they eliminate your need to think about what products to use, and the corresponding YouTube videos show you how to apply the products. These kits are a great intro to the line and, if you have some Christmas cash to burn, I would definitely take the Natural Glow kit. That said, while I adore Charlotte Tilbury products for the great ingredients and very high quality, you would still be in great shape viewing the videos and creating your own kits with products you already have.

Another option (that I own!) is the limited-edition Instant Look In a Palette. Also for $75, you get three eye shadows, two blushes, a bronzer and illuminator.

c/o CharlotteTilbury.com

This is my go-to palette when I travel, and word on the street is she’s coming out with more shades.

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Head over to Facebook to let me know what other products you would like reviewed, and have a great week!

 

Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year! I truly hope you had a rejuvenating holiday break and are ready to tackle new challenges this year!!

Okay, that’s BS, especially if you work retail or a service industry. I’ve worked every holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, major football games (I’m an SEC girl, y’all understand), and for lots of folks, the holidays are the most stressful time of the year.

Early Christmas gift – an afternoon at the Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

If that’s you, or if you’ve just had a stressful year in general, I’d like to share my focus for 2017:

be still.

In my life, 2017 was filled with births, deaths, friends eloping, friends divorcing, and health challenges. All unexpected, and, with exception of the births and weddings, it all sucked. Personally, I had hip surgery at the beginning of the year so, while that was an enormous blessing, I’m still recovering. We also moved to our dream location, but that’s such an unsettling experience.

Paying our respects to my husband’s great uncle, a WWII veteran.

With all that upheaval and change, I found myself asking, “WHY?!” so many times. I couldn’t understand why I was doing the right thing, but the wrong things kept happening. I tried to force everything into my “perfect” ideal of how it should be, on my timetable.

Yeah, that’s not how life works.

And, for the first time, I’m okay with that. I don’t know exactly what shifted, but I finally understand that I’m not in control. As a Christian, I believe God is, but maybe you believe in something/someone else. I actually hope you do, because it’s all too much to carry on our own.

Celebrating NYE with my sweet husband.

And I certainly don’t want to complain because when it comes down to it, I live a truly blissful life. Seriously. I am blessed beyond measure and, while I have worked very hard for everything I have, I still have more than I ever asked for or imagined.

So, as the one who usually has a long list of resolutions AND actionable steps to reach them, I have nothing. And frankly, it feels so, so good. I was at the point where my game plans were too complicated and were taking over my life. My focus this year is just to work hard, be kind, and be still. I believe everything will fall into place from there.

Clark and Kent (@TheSuperBeagles on Insta) getting into the holiday spirit!

I’d love to hear your resolutions (or lack thereof!), so let’s continue the conversation in the comments on Facebook under this post announcement.  Next week I’ll be back with makeup/skincare goodness, but I think it’s important to concentrate on the inside stuff first. CHEERS to the new year and a new outlook!

And the Winner Is…

…drumroll…

Becky Lear!

Congrats! I’ll ship your gift tomorrow!!

THANK YOU to everyone who subscribed. Get excited to see some goodness in your inbox starting in January 2017, and you have no idea how much your subscriptions mean!

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It has been quite a year, from my surgery in February, to how to perfect a smokey eye, and how to get skin that could land you the role of a Disney princess. I hope you’ve learned a few tricks that give you confidence and help you feel polished. Please stay connected with me on Facebook (Facebook.com/ElectraLane) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ElectraLane) for some live makeup tutorials, details on fancy holiday looks and skin-saving at-home spa tips until the blog returns.

I wish you all the blessings and joy you can hold for the rest of 2016, and into 2017. See you next year!

This is BIG. Huge. A Holiday Giveaway!

Normally, I take time off from the blog from Thanksgiving through New Year. This year, though, I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all of you who have stuck with me the past 2 years.

I am giving away 25 samples of some of my most loved products, all packaged in a signature Glossier pink pouch.

To enter, just make sure you are subscribed to this blog. To sign up, tap the red *SUBSCRIBE* button on the right of the screen for desktop view, or scroll to the bottom on mobile devices, and enter your email. I won’t spam you or sell your email, but I will drop a delicious blog post once a week right into you inbox. The only other stipulation is that the winner gives me an address where I can send the goods!

Here are 10 of the 25 samples…

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

I feel like I’ve worn this out, but I love it, I use it every day, and I can’t wait for you to try it!

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SF 50

This is a recent favorite, but it was love at first sight. I just returned from an 8-day work trip with long hours in a stuffy conference hall, but I received so many complements on my skin. This is why.

m-61 Power Glow Peel

This is a great brand I’ve followed for some time, and these peels perk your skin right up with out irritating it. You can use it before a night out or as part of a spa night.

Marc Jacobs Lip Cream in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Since I couldn’t find a sample size of my favorite Marc Jacobs gloss in the shade Sugar Sugar, the next best this is this luxurious lip creme.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches

I use these on all of my clients to not only prep their under eyes, but also shield their cheeks from eye shadow fallout.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Vice

This royal purple shade is one of my favorites, and I own several of these pencils because they go on easily, let you smudge them out or create a precise line, then stay in place all night.

Weleda Skin Food

Remember last week when I shared all the amazing things about this product? Well, now you can see for yourself!

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade

This is the stay-all-day brow gel you’ve heard about nonstop since its launch. It also makes a fantastic gel eyeliner.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

This. Is. Everything. You have to have a vitamin C in your anti-ageing skincare routine, and this is the best I’ve found (even over more expensive versions).

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation AND Fluid Sheer #2

While this foundation is perfect on its own, adding a layer of the Fluid Sheer underneath – or mixed right into a pump of foundation – gives the skin the most ethereal, silky, air-spun finish.

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Yay! I can’t wait to treat the winner, so don’t forget to *subscribe*! I’ll announce the winner NEXT WEDNESDAY, December 14, right here on the blog (and you’ll know who you are since you’ll be subscribed and you’ll wake up to this awesome news. Just saying.). Cheers and good luck!

 

Images c/o Author, Google Images, Sephora.com and Birchbox.com

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