MY RIDE OR DIE SKINCARE

Gift Guides (MY RIDE OR DIES SKINCARE)

Gift Guides (MY RIDE OR DIES SKINCARE)

If there were ever any products you buy because of a post, these should be it!  They’re my ride or die.  I can’t live without them … although I am living without the peel pads and retinol right now due to nursing, but I’ll get right back on that train once I’m done.  Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to some great skin this year.  You deserve it!

If you had to splurge on 1-2 of these products I would tell you peel pads and retinol.  If it were only one, peel pads.  If you’re nursing Vitamin c serum.  Get all if can afford it because they’re life changing.  

ROSE HIP OIL: I put this on every night as a last step to my skincare routine.  Just to give my skin some more moisture, especially in these dry months.  I love the oils and I love the hydration it gives.  I also use this before I use the gua sha tool if I’m wanting to give myself a little facial massage. It has vitamin A in it so I swear has made my skin brighter.  I talk more about it Rose Hip Oil Benefits in that post. 

LANIEGE SLEEPING LIP MASK:  I’m sure you’ve heard about this.  I had to see what the rage was, and it definitely lived up to its hype for me.  I don’t just use it on night, I use it as a lip gloss too. I’m telling you, its bomb.

DR DENNIS GROSS EXFOLIATING MOISTURIZER: Holy crap, this stuff is where its at.  Every time I use it I do a little dance because it just gets it.  It’s so hydrating and feels so good as you apply it.  I love how it makes my skin look after applying.  I’ve used SO many moisturizers, and this moisturizer is something I ALWAYS go back to.  It’s my ride or die.

ELTA MD FOAMING CLEANSER:  I love a cleanser that feels like your skin is clean ,but not too much.  I don’t want to be stripped dry.  This does just that.  It foams up as you cleanse and it’s a little slice of heaven.  I only cleanse my face every night.  I just rinse with water in the mornings.  I don’t want to clean off the products from the night before.  The only time you can find me cleansing in the morning is if I worked out beforehand.

ELTA MD TINTED SUNSCREEN:  This is a gem.  Again, I’ve tried so many sunscreens and this one is my top.  Just hydrating enough, but not too much that you feel oily.  It actually is great for acne prone skin, it’ll clear you up!  

DR DENNIS GROSS RETINOL:  when I’m using this product I can see a difference within just a week.  My skin is brighter and clear, diminished wrinkles too.  This is something I don’t use while I’m pregnant or nursing though.  So if you’re nursing like me, its recommended to wait until you’re done nursing!

DR DENNIS GROSS VITAMIN C SERUM:  If you can’t tell by now, Dr Dennis Gross is my top favorite skincare brand.  This stuff is a gem.  You can use it while nursing and pregnant too because it’s vitamin c.  This will give your skin life!  I use it in the mornings after I rinse with water.

DR DENNIS GROSS PEEL PADS: last but not least, peel pads!  Oh, I swear by these.  I know a lot of you use these too, I tell everyone with skin issues about them, literally everyone.  When I was using this with the retinol combo, my skin was on point!  Pores shrunk, diminished wrinkles, skin clear and bright.  I looked like I drank so much water and slept a lot haha.  I got a lot of compliments when I was using those.  I would tell everyone about that.  These are something I don’t use right now either because of nursing.

TIPS ON TAKING PICTURES WITH LITTLES

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Going to be honest, taking these photos was intended to be for a post called “fun things to do during the holidays”…. but after taking these photos I had a thought pass over me… “you need to share how to manage taking pics with kids”  because wow… it was tough!  But I wanted to share some of my tips that I think help the situation.  

  1. ALLOW SPACE FOR CHAOS.  Don’t plan on it going the way you think it’s going to go.  When your toddler won’t smile, or won’t wear the shoes you want him to, let it be.  Don’t try and force it.
  2. PLAN IT AFTER NAP TIME.   This one can be tricky and like stated on number 1, you can’t always plan it perfectly, but I like to shoot for a time right after nap 1.
  3. PLAY.  Plan it in a studio, book an hour more than needed.  Bring toys, snacks etc.  Put kids in an environment where it allows them to be comfortable and play.  Don’t make it so staged.
  4. DRESS THEM WHEN YOU GET THERE.  right before you’re about to shoot, get them dressed.  Don’t try and get them in the what are uncomfortable to them clothes to head ou the door.  Do their hair and let them wear their jammies or sweats to head out the door.  Then once they’re done shooting have their favorite treat waiting for them , and tell them they get it if they can play and give us big smiles and laughs.  Some frown upon bribery… but I say do whatever works haha.
  5. PACK SNACKS AND TREATS.  You don’t want a hangry toddler, plus bribery works.
  6. RELAX.  The thing I noticed is when I’m not so forceful, then they always turn out better.  And remember you don’t need 2000 photos.  Just a handful of good ones.
  7. BOOK A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT GETS IT.   aka my Paige!  She’s the best @paigenicolephoto on instagram.  She gets it, and understands the chaos , plus is FAST and gets good shots in no time.  
  8. KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE TEARS.   I mean scroll down and see all the silly things that happen and the tears, but it’s funny and a good memory to keep.

 

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LIVS OUTFIT: BOW, DRESS, TIGHTS, SHOES 

OAKS OUTFIT: SHIRT, JEANS, AND SHOES

xoxo,

Sara Lynn