Write On: 31 Week Blog Challenge | Week Two: Skincare Routine

 

I’ve tried numerous skincare lines and I would plateau in results after about 3 months of use.  Moving from line to line can be quite expensive and not to mention frustrating as the products build up.  Still to this day, I still haven’t found a product that I’m completely in love with, nor do I stick to a steady routine. It varies from day to day.

Here’s A Look into a “Normal” Routine:

AM:
-Cleanse: Foaming Gel
-Toner
-Hydraulic Serum or Vitamin C Serum 15%
-Eye Gel
-Moisturizer

PM:
-Cleanse: Foaming Gel
-Toner
-Hydraulic Serum or Vitamin C Serum 15%
-Eye Gel
-Moisturizer

Now where it varies for me is sometimes I’m running late in the morning or I just really don’t want to take the time to go through all those steps, I just put either Rosehip Oil or Argan Oil on my face after the cleansing and be done with it.

EXTRAS:

Sometimes, I like to use a little extra. Like a sheet mask. Or spot treatment. It just depends on what my skin needs at the time:

To hydrate: I like to use a sheet mask once or twice a week to give my skin some extra hydration and radiance. I don’t have a favourite, though.

To moisturize and soothe: When my skin feels a bit dry, I’ll also use a facial oil.

To absorb excess oil: My skin has been behaving recently, but I still try to use a clay mask at least once a week, sometimes every two weeks.

Now, it’s your turn! What’s your skincare routine like?

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Write On: 31 Week Blog Challenge | Week One: Introduction

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Today is Week One | Introduction of my 31 Week Blog Challenge, so let’s get to know one another better!!

Heyyy! My name is Brianna and I am a Believer , Wife, Tattooed Momma to four beautiful children, ages 18, 15, 5 and 1 yr old and yes, they all have the same father in case you were wondering, (I get asked that all the time) Domestic Goddess, Dreamer , Bacon Addict, I am the Photographer behind the lens at briannahays.com and blogger at curiouscribbles.com,  and Lover of Skincare,  Beauty, Fashion and Hair.

I am a sucker for my family and friends. And good food. I am quiet and conservative until you get to know me.

Not gonna lie, it is a bit awkward talking about myself, but I am looking forward to getting to know you more, so leave a comment and introduce yourself! It would make my day!

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Write On: 31 Week Blog Challenge

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I’m sure you know how hard it is to come up with blog post ideas. Sometimes, I push myself to just to let my creative juices to flow in but the more I overthink, the more I get frustrated…and overwhelmed.

With Blogging Challenges being popular these days (if you’re not participating in one, get at it!), I’ve decided to host a 31 Week Blog Challenge. It sounded like a really good idea for you to get to know me a little better, and me to get to know you better as well and maybe these prompts will come in handy as you push your bloggity blog-ness to the limits. Of course, if you’re NOT doing a challenge of some kind, you can still enjoy. Fun,right?

Wanna join in? Here is my 31 Week Blog Challenge Prompts. Leave a comment with a link to your blog and don’t forget to stop back by and check out other blogs!

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To My Last Child On Her First Birthday | Personal Post

You made me fight for you every second, of every minute, of every day, since the moment I found out I was pregnant, right up until you took your first breath. You have been a echoing in my heart since the day you first gasped for air, placed by my head and you looked into my tearful eyes and as I gently stroked your beautiful face with my finger.

Even though I am not the perfect mother, I make mistakes every day, I have always tried to give you the best, in every way. You taught me to trust you as you explored your world. You taught me how to let go of a messy house once in a while. You taught me that being present with you is far better than trying to juggle too much at once.

For you have altered me, you have made me enormous with all I contain now: the love, the fear, the wonder, the pride. You have blown out the walls and torn off the roof of who I was before you, and left an openness that is vulnerable, fierce, and free.  Thank God for you, a force of nature, a force of love.

And as you grow into a little girl, your sarcastic eye-brow raise will soon be ever-more perfected, you’ll figure out how to cartwheel, and you’ll learn new words. New things will make you laugh…and cry. 

You are so beautifully uncomplicated. You were the piece of me I didn’t know was missing, all along. You make me want to be better and do better, not only as a mother, but as a woman. I know that you are destined for great things, no matter which path you choose in life.

On your first birthday, I wish for you that you keep your sweet disposition, your ease of smile, your curiosity and your watchfulness. I wish for you that you see around you examples of strong, smart, thoughtful, kind, loving people. I wish for me that you stay small enough to curl into my arms before bed for just a little while longer, your hair still damp from a bath, your chubby little fingers wrapped around mine. Let’s just pause, here, now…for a little while, or forever…but I guess all I can truly ask is that you walk slowly and hold my hand.

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum | Review

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It’s no secret that Valentia is one of my favorite skin care brands and I am back with another product review of their new Night Revive Retinol Serum.

About the Product

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum – A transformative retinol serum that fights wrinkles and provides hydration, for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin.

This Retinol Serum Will:
– Diminishes wrinkles
– Stimulates collagen
– Improves skin tone
– Manages breakouts
– Conditions skin

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

– Retinol (Vitamin A): Works at the cellular level to stop winkles, manage breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration.

– Vitamin C: Guards skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging.

– Vitamin E: Provides intense hydration to diminish the drying effects of retinol.

– Squalane: Derived for pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

This particular consistency for a retinol serum, is a milky white gel type, is new to me and I am glad it was made in this fashion rather than the liquid (like water) consistency. This gel applies easily and is absorbed right away.
I used it at night and paired it with their Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer.

This serum is amazing. It really did help clear up a lot of hyperpigmentation, evened out my skin tone and and after two weeks of use, my wrinkles are diminishing. My skin has been acting out and getting dry and flaky, and just using a moisturizer alone hasn’t helped much, but pairing this serum with my moisturizer took my skin to a whole new level. This has provided much needed hydration for my skin.

For more information on Valentina, click here or here.
(Sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are my own)
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Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer | Review

  One of my goals for the year was to try out different product brands and really find something that makes a difference in my skin, and one that I could actually see. Ever since my pregnancy with my now five yr old daughter and my now nine month old daughter, my skin has been a complete mess. My skin has been extremely dry, discoloration has been a big problem the last several months and okay, yes wrinkles…

With that being said, today I am back with yet another Valentina skin care product review.

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About the Product

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer – A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This Brightening Moisturizer Will:
– Lighten dark spots
– Restore skin radiance
– Even skin tone
– Diminish fine lines
– Provide all-day hydration

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.

– Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.

– Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives the skin a brighter and more energized look.

– Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provide superior skin protection.

– Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients for superior skin hydration and nourishment.

Sounds good, right? Now does it does what it says it will do?
I have noticed a plumpness of my skin that was not there before. I also noticed a dewy, healthy glow. My skin is more even toned,  the redness on my face have started to disappear and the discoloration has started to fade after only a week and a half of use. While I am not ancient, I am no Spring Chicken either, but I do really care about the appearance of my skin. I finally found something that will repair and prevent future damage.
This white cream has a very lightweight texture, absorbs very quickly, and doesn’t leave greasy or heavy feeling. It has a very light scent. This moisturizer has my skin feeling fresh, smoother, brighter and radiant.
Nothing like one of your favorite brands releasing a new product. I mentioned earlier I was on the search for products that really makes a difference with my skin and I have it with Valentina. Every product is amazing.
For more information on Valentina, click here or here.
(Sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are my own)
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PREP TRICK FOR MATTE LIPS

I take care of my lips and exfoliate them, use sunscreen, lip balms, moisturizers, etc., but whenever I put on a matte lipstick or lip crayon, it makes them look wrinkly and accentuates the lines. and then I discovered this amazing  trick! If you first swipe on a mattifying balm, the crayon or lipstick goes on so incredibly smoothly, like butter, (hmmm, butter…) It’s awesome! And it seems to stay on longer. Here’s how:

WHAT YOU NEED:

Mattifying Balm

Matte Crayon or Matte Liquid Lipstick

Lip Liner (optional)

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Four Egg Masks for Tighter Skin

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egg whites are extremely effective in tightening your skin and shrinking your pores. when using eggs in facials, it can show significant reduction in appearance of fine lines and restores elasticity to your skin.

1. egg whites and honey

mix one egg white and one tablespoon and honey together thoroughly. apply to both face and neck. wait for fifteen minutes and rinse with cool water.

this mask tones and hydrates your skin.

2. egg white and yogurt

mix one egg white and one spoonful of yogurt thoroughly. add 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar. add mask to face and neck and massage gently into skin for five minutes. allow mask to rest and rise with cool water.

this mask is great for exfoliating and tightening loose skin.

3. egg white and oatmeal

whip the white of one egg and two spoons of oatmeal. make a paste and apply to face. wait twenty minutes and rinse.

this mask is a natural face lift.

4. egg white and lemon juice

mix one egg white and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. add a few drops of honey. whisk into a frothy mixture and apply on face and neck. wait 30 minutes and rinse.

lemon is amazing for removing dark spots and excess oil, egg firms skin and honey helps restore lost moisture.

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New Year, New Branding

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Happy New Year Loves!!

A little late, I know, but I started off the New Year with a newborn, recovering from a C-Section and moving, I am *just* starting to feel human again, so July is my New Year!

And with a New Year comes a fresh start, clean slate and new goals. My goals this year is to do more of what I love and do more of me.

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And a fresh new look to my blog and my posts

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 I was once told to have a “successful” blog, pick one thing and stick to that.  And I did, but I felt so confined, like being in a box. It’s time to break out of that box, with my blog and my life.

And a brand is sooo much MORE than a font and colors, it’s also WHO you are. I’ve always been a bit nervous to be me, to TRULY be me. Only a few select people in my life know my crazy, but now I’m ready share my crazy with the world. Don’t worry, I’m not as crazy as most, but more crazy then some.

So here’s to the New Year, New Blog and any and everything in between!

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