New Season, New Look: Derma e Night and Day Creme Review


With the welcoming of a new season, there have been an abundance of changes in the air… and in our skin.

As many of you know, I’m fortunate enough to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, however, many of you may have also heard about the hurricane that we experienced over the weekend. There was literally a tornado that struck along Oregon’s coastline… what?! That is unheard of during my lifetime, and ever for that matter (that I’m aware of).

Anyways, my point is that when the weather changes from hot to cold in a short period of time, one of the main things that is affected is our skin (and not in a good way). I don’t know about yours, but my skin, especially my face, gets way more dry than normal. One of the most important precautions in keeping our skin looking dewy and glowy is to moisturize the heck out of it.

Today, I’m teaming up with Derma e to bring you a review of their newest addition to their advanced, natural line of skincare products, that launched last month. What’s the big news? New and improved packaging! But don’t worry, they still sell the same great products (no changes to the formulas), just with a new look. Not only do they have a new look, but they are also expanding the stores that they sell in, woohoo! You can now find Derma e at Ulta, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target and other stores. The only way I can explain their new transition is innovative and clean; perfect for the minimalist aesthetic.

Here, I’m only focusing on the Hydrating day and night creams to compare the old and new packaging, but Derma e will be switching all of their other products over to the new packaging by March of 2017.

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I really like how Derma e decided to keep the benefits of their products and packaging on their boxes, but rearrange it in a more orderly way. dsc_0837dsc_0839dsc_0843

Now for the review…

I know that my cousin experiences dry skin during the colder months and she needed a new moisturizer. Her thoughts after using the Hydrating Night Cream for two weeks:

The first thing she told me was how much better she liked the new packing. Good job Derma e! She applied it as the directions stated, after cleansing your face at night. She was pleased with her results and described the moisturizer to be “just the right thickness I want for overnight hydration”. She applied it on any pesky dry patches, and by morning, she said, they has disappeared. In the past, she hadn’t been compelled to stick with a skincare routine, but after trying out the night and day cream, she found herself taking more time to pamper her skin and enjoy the process. She told me that she was scared to use such a thick moisturizer at first, because she has mildly oily skin around her T-zone area. But after using it for a few days she was pleasantly surprised to find that her skin did not look or feel oily.

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Here are her thoughts on the Hydrating day creme:

Her favorite quality of the moisturizer is the smell, as funny as that sounds. She really enjoys the consistency and easy spreadability of the hydrating creme. She felt as if it gave her skin just the right amount of hydration throughout the day, and whereas with other moisturizers she’s tried, she feels this one really sinks in and lasts all day. She would recommend this product to anyone looking for the perfect light moisturizer during the day, as she explained “I just put it on and run out the door”.

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Comparatively, here are the night and day cream (with the old and new packaging) side by side. I think this small change in packaging makes a world of difference for Derma e products, mostly because now the look and feel of the products that you’re purchasing seem to line up more closely with the higher-end pricing. Your paying for what you get, great, natural skincare. dsc_0889dsc_0892dsc_0895dsc_0899dsc_0902

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy and try out the Derma e products if you’re so inclined. xoxo

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Firming DMAE Eye Lift Review


Dear readers,

I love shopping at target because of the variety of products they carry; ranging from beauty to houseware items to groceries, making it a one stop shop any day of the week. What more can anyone ask for?

When I go to target I am immediately drawn to the skincare isles to see what new products they have stocked their shelves with. And if you have been reading my blog for a while now you would know that I am all about natural skincare products. That’s why, when I heard about Derma e arriving in target this month I was overjoyed. They are beginning to carry a line of their products; including the DMAE eye lift, hydrating night creme, hydrating day creme and firming DMAE moisturizer.

Derma e is a natural, cruelty-free, GMO-free, paraben-free and 100% vegan skincare company. They are a family owned company based in California, founded in 1984. Their philosophy is to help people find natural solutions for healthier skin. I have used their moisturizer and sunscreen in the past, and they did not disappoint!

“One day, mainstream skincare formulas will look like the healthy formulas we make today.”
-Linda Miles, derma e co-founder

To give you a bit of background on my skin, I have struggled with acne for a good three and a half years now due to hormones, and mostly my heredity. I have tried everything, and I mean everything to try and make my skin clear. I could list a number of products that didn’t work, but instead I’ll spare you the details and tell you what my skin is liking at the moment. I am on a natural skincare routine regimen, using only 100% natural cleanser, exfoliator, toner, spot treatment, serum and moisturizer. I have also completely transformed the way I eat; being gluten, dairy and sugar-free. I have been seeing slight improvements over the short time of my new routine, but I’m very hopeful for future drastic changes in my skin’s health (I will keep you posted).

Although I am still in my youth, I have begun using eye cream in order to stay looking this young for as long as possible. I was recently able to try out Derma e’s firming DMAE eye lift creme, which is now available at target, and it is a product I can see myself using for years to come. The formula is very smooth when it’s applied to the under eye area and leaves the skin feeling supple and hydrated. I am really happy with my results so far, after a little over a week of application, and I would entirely recommend it to anyone looking for a great, natural and hydrating eye creme that is also now easily accessible at target. I can see it being extremely convenient for times of traveling and quick, on-the-go night time hydration.

Price: $24.95

Visit their YouTube channel for inside videos and demonstrations of their products: http://www.youtube.com/dermaebodycare

Try something new this year, and #NOTICETHELOTUS at Target in 2016… Derma e has arrived!

Go buy the Firming DMAE Eye Lift at Target! or purchase online: Firming Eye lift

Love all. Love Madeline. xoxo

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New Year’s Eve Lookbook // 2 & 3

Dear friends,

Today I am bringing to you my last blog post of 2015. What?!? Yes. 2016 is upon us and I cannot wait to start a fresh year with better blog posts and new ambitions!

Just a few days ago I created my first New Year’s Eve outfit look. Read it here!

Still searching for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit? well, look no further!

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I decided to sport a very New Year’s Eve appropriate sequined royal blue dress to ring in the new year. I paired the dress with a dark blue lace bralette, a gold layered necklace and classic black pumps. The back of this dress is my favorite part because of it’s deep V cut, giving the dress much more character. I kept my makeup quite neutral, using nudes, bold brows and thick lashes, in order to keep the focus on the dress. Although this look is relatively dressy, it would be more than wearable on New Year’s Eve where you are sure to be the bell of the ball.

 

Look #3

Here I wanted to show a simple black dress that would be perfect for your New Year’s Eve party. I chose this particular one because of the intricate back, detailed with black eyelash lace, and high neckline. As an example of how to style the dress, I draped a plaid blanket scarf around my neck and left both ends hanging down (which is completely optional). I wore the same gold necklace to dress it up, but swapped out my black heels for a pair of nude stilettos. I kept my hair and makeup very simple, with a half bun and nude makeup. This look is very versatile; whether you are going out to a fancy party, or staying in with a group of friends.

  

Thank you all for a more than wonderful blogging year! I am tremendously blessed by your kind and genuine support over the past year, I am truly grateful for all of you!

Have a great New Year’s, and be safe:) Love all. Love Madeline.

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New Year’s Eve Look # 1 // 12.27.15

Dear lovely blogging friends,

With the gloom of post-Christmas feelings upon us, I felt it was only necessary to shake the blues with a fun and elegant New Year’s Eve party look. Throughout the week I  will be doing a few more outfits that are perfect for a dazzling party, and this is the fist; a floral slitted maxi skirt, paired with a maroon crop top, suede booties, and a faux leather jacket.

Although the glam factor is not completely over-the-top (as are some NYE looks), I think it still has a nice sense of elegance and modesty.

I decided to keep my hair and makeup relatively neutral except for the pop of color on the lips, which matched my shirt very well.


shirt- American Eagle

Skirt- Forever 21

Jacket- Target

Booties- Tj Maxx

Necklace- Macy’s

How was your Christmas? And what will be your new year’s resolution? Let me know!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy my first look in my NYE series,  please stay tuned for more posts this week! Subscribe if you haven’t and please give this post a like if you liked it!

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November Favorites // 12.3.15

We have zipped through yet another month in the year of 2015, what?!? 

Who else is in complete awe of it already being December?

For the sole reason that I adore watching my favorite Youtuber’s monthly favorites videos, I decided to create my own compilation with the hope that it is mildly helpful for at least one of my readers out in the world of cyber space.

Before I delve in, I wish to make the point of saying that if you’ve been enjoying any wonderful products during the month of November, I would love to hear about them. I am always looking for new products to try out!

Now for the fun part… 

Beauty favorites

I have recently been loving a few products from one of the best natural brands: Pacifica. The first product is their limited edition eye shadow palette (that I don’t know the name of), which includes a variety of matte and shimmery shades. For the past few weeks I have been using the peachy metalic color all over my lids, then applying NYC’s smooth skin bronzing in “Sunny” into my crease as a transition color. To finish off the look I like to lightly smudge the Pacifica deep matte burgundy color into my lower lash line in order to make my brown eyes pop. I apply mascara, and boom! my simple makeup look is complete.

  
I have been religiously using a mix of the Solar Protection SPF foundation and Pacifica Alight multi-mineral BB cream as my foundation base, applying it with my recently purchased Real Techniques miracle complextion sponge for a flawless, full-coverage finish. Because I struggle with blemished skin, I prefer to use a majority of products that are on the more natural side in order to not irritate my sensitive skin. And never have I tried out a Beauty Blender sponge previously (simply because of the investment); however, for a quarter of the cost I was able to purchase the Real Techniques dupe, if you will, which I have been very impressed with.

  One brand that I have currently been loving, and is prominent in my skincare routine, is Michael Todd. Their charcoal detox deep pore cleanser, jojoba charcoal facial exfoliator, kaolin clay mask and antioxidant carrot multi-vitamin serum are all incorporated into my daily skincare routine. I cannot rave about this great, all-natural company enough; they make wonderful, healthful products for my delicate skin.

  

Fashion favorites

This November has been one of the coldest months in Oregon I can ever recall. At times, I find it difficult to dress in a cute fashion when the weather is so extreme, because it’s quite tempting to wear sweats every day, or even a fuzzy blanket out of the house. However, I have managed to find a middle ground where I can sport outfits that are both warm and fashionable. For example, I have been constantly wearing turtle necks and mock neck sweaters that range from fuzzy, wooly, chunky and soft. I am currently obsessed!

I have been layering many staple pieces in my closet, like this warm, gray coat over a variety of long sleeves or t-shirts. 

 
 
One of my other favorite new clothing treasures is this vintage denim midi skirt, detailed with funky fabric. I have no other skirt in this style, and I believe it adds a nice and interesting element to my wardrobe.  Random favorites 

Music….

Of course I have to include a few of my absolute favorite and replayed songs for this month. Lauren Daigle never fails to knock my socks off with her soulful and meaningful christian gospel music, but my all-time favorite song of her’s is Trust in You because of just how true it is. 

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Another artist, although his songs are in no way “current”, never disappoints with his unique sound. Alt-j is one of my favorite artists ever, and I’ve just begun delving into his full album of Tesselate which never fails to put me in a better mood. Matilda is one to applaud.  

  

And for my last music favorite, I have been playing Adele’s album, 19, nonstop whenever I’m getting ready in the morning or riding along in the car. Although I can appreciate a couple of the songs off of her newest album, Adele 25, I am not the biggest fan of the more modern sound she has now personified. My number one favorite from the UK star will never stray from Daydreamer; so good! 

  

Youtubers…

Kathleen Lights is my number one YouTube guru hands down. I admire her genuine and goofy personality that couples with her knowledge of makeup and beauty. If you haven’t watched her yet, and need something to binge watch over Christmas break, go check her out! 

https://m.youtube.com/user/KathleenLights

Bible verses…

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” Philippians 2:14-16 💛

I love this verse, and the message it portrays; definitely one to live by daily. 

Edibles…

My main source of liquids have been a great amount of water and many cups of tea! Two of my favorite tea flavors this month have been Trader Joes’ candy cane tea and Celestial seasons Vanilla Sleepytime. If you’re a tea lover, you’ll be sure to develop an obsession just like I have! 

If you’re interested in purchasing anything I talked about from…

Pacific—> http://www.pacificabeauty.com

Michael Todd—> http://www.michaeltoddusa.com

Real Techniques—> https://realtechniques.com

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Thanks for all the love and support💛💛love all. love Madeline

Hask Keratin Haircare Line Review


Hello friends!

During the chilly months of the year, do you ever find your hair to be lacking in moisture and shininess? Or does your scalp ever feel itchy?

I know that I experience all of these qualities in my normally-shiny, hydrated locks when the fall and winter months begin to show themselves. And just let me tell you, I do not like dry, brittle, dandruff-dusted hair, and I’m sure you don’t either.

Now that you know my thoughts on gross winter hair, I feel the need to tell you about a variety of products I have absolutely been loving. Just recently I began using Hask’s keratin-infused hair care line of shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and deep conditioning treatment mask. This array of products is designed to infuse hair with a great amount of moisture and nutrients, such as keratin. When all four products are used together, the outcome is luscious, healthy, repaired locks.

I tend to gravitate towards very thick formulas of conditioner to keep my hair looking and feeling it’s softest all year round. When I first used the Hask Keratin conditioner I enjoyed the thick consistency, but the application felt to be very generic; however, once I washed the product out, I was extremely pleased to find that my hair was smoother than ever. The shampoo was also very good for my hair; lathering well and leaving behind a very clean feeling. But my main focus for a hair care line is the conditioner, which I have nothing bad to say about it.

After leaving the shower, I proceeded to lather my hair (root to tip) with the deep conditioner that is apart of the line. I left it on for ten minutes (as is directed) and followed the application with a thorough rinsing. This product made my hair feel nice and hydrated in the moment, but in my opinion, left no lasting results. Not to say that I didn’t like it, but my hair didn’t benefit tremendously from the thick treatment.

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I finished my routine by thoroughly distributing a pea sized amount of the repairing hair oil into my damp hair; beginning at the ears, making my way to the ends. I had tried this product on it’s own about a year ago, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint the second time around. This product is definitely my favorite one out of Hask’s keratin line! The formula does not leave my hair feeling heavy or weighed-down, but rather silky, shiny and weightless.

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Overall, I would surely recommend all of these Hask hair care products to anyone looking for a rejuvenating hair boost. The formula does just what it’s said to, hydrate! which is the perfect thing my hair needs as we transition into winter. Not only do the products work incredibly well, they are also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and artificial colors.

If you would like to purchase or simply browse any of Hask’s wonderful items, just click the link -> http://haskbeauty.com/brand/keratin

Thank you all for your endless support, and keep an eye out for my skincare routine which I will be posting in the near future! Until then, I would love any post ideas you may have, please leave them in a comment for me. Love all. Love Madeline.

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Derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer Review + EXCLUSIVE COUPONS


Happy Sunday!

Fall is such a wonderful time that is packed full of color, holiday spirit and yummy autumn scents, however, the weather begins to turn chilly and my skin feels the biggest impact due to the dryness in the air. Most of the other months of the year I find my skin to be quite oily, but during the later months it takes on very different characteristics, causing occasional dry patches and discomfort. Moisturizer is my best friend during this time of year, and nothing makes a girl like me happier than finding a truly magnificent facial moisturizer.

I am only fifteen years old, and my skin is still in it’s youth, so thankfully I don’t have to worry about any loss of elasticity quite yet (hallelujah), however, I do struggle with uneven and blemished skin due to my teenage years and genetics. And many skincare products, such as new cleansers or moisturizes, can often break me out because of the ingredients they seep into your skin. I have found, over the past few years, that natural skincare products make a tremendous difference in keeping my skin healthy, and I tend to reach for them many times instead of chemically-infused products.

I recently began using the Derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer to keep my skin looking smooth and hydrated for the fall time. Not only is Derma e one of the first all-natural skincare brands, but their products are also vegan and cruelty-free. After trying out this product for around one week, I can honestly say that my face feels much softer, moisturized and glowy. The product applies easily, being that it is packaged in a pot, and glides onto the skin effortlessly. Unlike many moisturizers I have experimented with, the firming DMAE moisturizer does a nice job of absorbing into the skin for a deep hydration and does not leave behind a heavy residue. Another plus to this product is that a little goes a long way, making for a lasting supply of moisturizer.

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One of the firming DMAE moisturizer’s main characteristics is that is helps to firm and lift skin with it’s skin-firming formula, rich in vitamins and nutrients. It contains 1% of Alpha Lipoic Acid; which occasionally causes an adverse reaction on some skin types, but most times this ingredient performs it’s job of bringing elasticity back to the skin. Although I don’t need any firming done to my face, I believe it’s a quality that could be more beneficial for a slightly older customer base, or for people who are searching for a good, natural skincare product that firms their skin, no matter their age.

Here a test is shown between the well-known product Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer and Derma e’s Firming DMAE Moisturizer that clearly results in the outcome of Derma e’s product to be better by most people.

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One of the best things about the Firming DMAE Moisturizer is that it can be found at most Walgreen’s! Yes, although it is a great, seemingly high-end, skincare product it can be found right at your local drugstore. And Derma e was kind enough to supply me with a discount coupon for you guys, to use at your Walgreen’s …

Print out the coupons and buy some derma e at Walgreens!
http://dermae.com/coupons.html 

Try something new this fall… derma e Natural Skincare. Available at Walgreens.  

Thank you for reading, my darling moodies! Thank you for sticking with me after these few sparse weeks of writing. Love all. Love Madeline.

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Summertime Favorites // 8.25.15

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As the end of summer quickly approaches, I am thoughtfully reminded of a few things I couldn’t have made it through without.

The first being Jealous Body Scrub, the best product to keep your glowing, summer skin fresh until the last days of shorts weather. It is packed with high-quality ingredients, like coffee and almond oil, that are free from pollutants that reap havoc on the skin. I absolutely love the smell and philosophy of Jealous, plus it leaves the skin feeling softer than ever.

One of my other favorites would have to be the Super Sizer mascara by Covergirl. With it’s unique brush that appears to be smaller at the base and gets bigger towards the end, it gives my lashes the effect of falsies.

Lately I have been really enjoying special bible verses that correspond to things happening in my life, and I decided to paint a few of my favorite ones with watercolor to hang in my room.

Peppermint essential oil from Young Living is another one of my must haves this time of year. It does a wonderful job of clearing the mind, and making headaches disappear. Since the region that I live in has been very polluted with wildfire smoke, and I have a lot of neck pain, I have been loving the properties of many essential oils that I use in my diffuser.

Those are just a handful of my favorite things for summertime. What are some of yours? I am dying to tryout some new beauty/body/hair products, so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Thanks for always being the best blog readers to me, Love all. Love Madeline.

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My spring essentials.

My spring essentials….

Spring is in the air, and I’m getting in the spirit by expanding my beauty must-haves.

Pacifica has a definite place in my collection. Here I show their coconut deodorant wipes made with coconut milk and essential oils, natural mascara, essential makeup removing wipes made with jasmine and coconut water and island vanilla spray-on perfume.

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I also included one of my favorite mascara’s of the moment, L’oreal’s voluminous million lashes in a royal blue color. EOS lip balm in the mint flavor is a holy grail product of mine, one that I use every morning and night. I think the NYX soft matte lip cream in Tokyo is a perfect fit for a fresh spring face as well. And last but not least, I picked Milani’s shadow eyez because of it’s portability and beautiful pigment.

The best part of this collection, in my opinion, is my Papaya clutch. If you’ve never heard of Papaya, it is an outstanding independent company representing some of the most gorgeous artwork I have ever seen. They make wall art, clutches, lunchboxes, wallets, cards, phone cases, notebooks, etc… I truly love their merchandise, and I think all of you will also, so go check them out.

https://papayaart.com/

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I hope you all enjoyed what my spring essentials are. Now I want to know what you have been reaching for this season! Or what brands are your favorite! Let me know in the comments below.

Love all. Love Madeline.

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