Summer Skincare Must Haves For A Nighttime Routine

During the warmer months, as well as the colder months, I like to use a lot of vitamin C and AHA in my skincare routine. If you are not familiar with what AHA stands for it is Alpha hydroxi acids (this ingredient helps with texture and anti-aging). 

Recently, I’ve been using two products that I’d like to review. The first is the Ellen Tracy Vitamin C Overnight Brightening Mask. The second is the Ole Henrikson Invigorating Night Serum. 

I will use each of these products interchangeably during the week, usually rotate them each night. When I’m feeling my skin is a little more dry I will use the Elle Tracy Vitamin C Overnight Beightening Mask. This mask is a gel formula that is particularly thick. Your skin will wake up feeling very hydrated after using this. I will not go in with any face moisturizer when I apply it, I’ll go in with my eye serum and eye moisturizer then apply the mask to my neck, face and décolletage. 

If my skin is acting temperamental or I’m having some issues with a breakout I will use the Ole Henrikson Invigorating Night Serum. This product holds a lot of the AHA properties I previously mentioned, which is great for taking care of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, pore size and can help with dullness. This truly is a skin changing product. For the first couple application I noticed a tingling in my skin due to all the active ingredients working (and for a skincare nerd like me it was pretty awesome). After I apply this to my face, neck and décolletage I will lock it in with a moisturizer – OH carries his invigorating night moisturizer made to be used in accordance with this serum but I haven’t picked it up yet, maybe that will be next!

Thanks for stopping on my blog! Have a magical Monday! Xx

Heatless Beach Waves | Ouai Products I Use to Texturize 

I don’t know about you, but I rarely have the patience or time to deal with styling my hair – especially in summer, when I feel like I’m always on the run. I want fast and easy, yet still maintain a put together look. That’s why it’s such a blessing that beach waves are super on trend this summer season.  In today’s post, I’ll be sharing with you the products I use and the process I use them in. I only use 2 so the process is not long whatsoever. The products I use are both from Jen Atkin’s Ouia hair line. For those of you who do not know who Jen is, she is a well renowned Hollywood hairstylist and apart of the Kardashian’s personal glam team. Links will be included 🙂 

Step 1 – on towel dried hair I begin to spray the Ouai Wave Spray throughout the mid section of my hair to the ends of my hair. I love this product because, well, it smells FREAKIN AMAZING. But it also does what it claims to do, create waves. After I spray the product in my hair, I use my hands to rough it up a bit. Before moving on to the next step, I let the Wave Spray set for about 5 minutes. 

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Step 2 – once the Wave Spray has set in the hair to work its magic for a few minutes, I finish the look with the Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray. As Jen Atkin puts it, this is like “dry shampoo and hair spray had a baby”. To basically lock in the waves and add some texture I will spray this, again, from mid section of hair to ends. On the ends of my hair, I take my hands and piece up the strands to give it that messy, beach girl look. This product is great because it texturizes but also gives your hair some hold too.

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My Daytime Summer Make-Up Routine

Ladies, this blog post will be a quick share of what I do for this simple daytime summer make-up routine. Hope this gives you some tips & tricks! xx – Len

After washing my face, I applied my daily moisturizer and then the E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer.

Once moisturizer and primed, I dotted my face with Maybelline’s Smooth & Dewy foundation in shade natural beige. I used a beauty blender to apply.

Following my foundation, I took Urban Decay’s Naked Weightless Concealer in shade light so conceal and highlight the middle and higher parts of my face.

To set my concealer, I of course took my trusty Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

For a nice, warm all over bronze effect I applied MAC’s bronzer in Gimme Sun.

Moving on to brows, I first added texture with the ABH Brow Wiz in soft brown. After that, I took the ABH Brow Powder Duo in ebony to lengthen the tail of my brow. To set brows I used the NYX brow mascara in brown.

Once the brows were complete, I took Tarte’s Inner Rim Liner in black to define my lash line and line the inside water line lightly. 

Now back to face. I used Milani’s Baked blush in Luminoso to give life to the cheeks.

On top of the blush I took the new Hourglass strobing powder in euphoric to highlight. I also used this to highlight the inner corners of my eyes for a pop.

I then set my entire face with MAC fix + to add an all over glow. 

On the lips I used MAC’s Honeylove lipstick with the Clinique chubby stick in super strawberry overtop.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget mascara.. I used Maybelline’s Falsies Push Up Drama for the final step of the look.

Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous weekend! 

Drugstore + High End Everyday Makeup Products

Hi beauties! Today’s blog post will be short and sweet. I’ve compiled my favorite drugstore and high end products that create my “go-to everyday make up look”. It’s super simple, yet gives you an appearance that you took time on getting ready. Below I’ve listed the products and the reasons why I like to use them/how I use them. If you’re on Instagram, follow my account @lifewithlenblog so you can be in the know on what I’ll be posting or give me suggestions on what you’d like to see! Have a fabulous day!

E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer: silicon base (perfect for filling in fine lines), smooths your skin for foundation.

E.L.F. Mineral Fusion Face Primer

Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth foundation: for normal to dry skin types, SPF 18, creates a healthy glow to your skin.

Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer: erases dark circles, neutralizes the blue/purple tones under your eyes, blends evenly.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: gives your brows dimension when you add light, hair-like strokes.

ABH Brow Wiz

NYX Tinted Brown Mascara: following the ABH Brow Wiz, go in and fluff up your brows while this products holds them into place.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

Lorac Pro Matte Mini Palette: I use shade “bare” all over the lid then go in lightly to my crease with “latte”.

Lorac Pro Matte Mini

Sonia Kashuk Foundation Stick (shade “chestnut”): creates a natural and subtle contour, I use this is the hollows of my cheek/under my jawline/perimeters of my forehead.

Sonia Kashuk Foundation Stick

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Deep Matte Bronzer: use to set my Sonia Kashuk cream contour, blends like a dream, not too cool or warm toned.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso: super pigmented, hints of golden/coral shimmer, easy to blend.

Milani Baked Blush

Tarte LipSurgence in Blushing Bride: creamy formula, adds a nice tint of color to the lips for a daytime look.

Tarte LipSurgence Blushing Bride

Mac Prep+Prime Fix+: before mascara I like to set my look, a few spritz of this does the trick, blends the powders on the face, gives the skin a dewy appearance.

Mac Fix+

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara: gives your lashes insane lift and volume, the small bristles on the brush really get into your lash line.

Maybelline The Falsies

—-> hope you enjoyed this quick blog post about my top drugstore and high end products that I like to mix for an everyday easy peasy look! Xoxo, L

sexy, sultry summer skin.


This summer the focus is on skin, in the make-up world that is.  For all you beauty and make-up junkies out there, however, the focus is pretty much year round.  But due to all the attention strobing and highlighting has been receiving in 2016 we know that this trend will carry into summer make-up.

Summer is about fresh faced looks and bright pops of color, that is why the skin is so important.  Personally, I am not a fan of the super matte and powered foundation base any time of year but definitely not in the warmer months. Because of hot weather I think a sheer and light coverage foundation that sits “airy” on the skin is the best way to go (you don’t want to sweat off a painted on face).

My favorite foundation to achieve this fresh faced look is the, somewhat new, Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation.  It has an unbelievable formula – lightweight, sheer but a decent amount of coverage and BUILDABLE.  The finish is very dewy and luminous (hence the name of the product), so if you must use a powder on it to set I would not suggest a heavy powder like the Laura Mercier translucent.  The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder would be a great option because it would not take away the dewy-ness of the base.

To add even more of a glow so that the astronauts in outer space can see you walking down the street, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is a perfect topper.  I like to place this on the tops of my cheekbones. The foundation and highlight definitely depend on your skin tone so I would go and get matched at your local Sephora before purchasing! These products will no doubt achieve the sexy, sultry summer skin that will reflect a beautiful radiance.

high end holy grails: skincare addition.

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As much as I love makeup, I love skincare more. Remember, your makeup is only as good as your skin is! I call these products “high end” only because they are not available at drugstores. When it comes to my skin I am willing to spend more to get my desired results, that is just my preference. Each of these items have improved my skin so therefore I wanted to share my secrets with you. Details below!

  • Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM | purchased at Sephora | $65: Retinol is one of the most important ingredients to possess in your skincare routine, however it is somewhat of a controversial ingredient. Retinol is the #1 dermatologist recommended cosmetic anti-aging ingredient but is one of the strongest active ingredients so it must not be overused. Because Retinol is so potent when you are rotating it throughout your skincare routine you absolutely should be applying sunscreen to your face. This is because Retinol is extremely sensitive to the sun’s rays. If you do use Retinol and do not use a SPF on your face, neck and declate then you could be causing harmful damage to your skin. This particular product contains 1.5% of microencapsulated retinol, which is a high amount for skincare products so it is necessary to use sunscreen when you are using this product. Peter Thomas Roth specifically designed this product as a serum treatment to use at night, allowing your skin to soak up all the goodness it contains. The Retinol Fusion PM claims to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture as well as decrease the size of pores.. And that’s exactly what it does. After I cleanse and exfoliate I apply this serum directly from the dropper onto my face and pat it in, bringing down to my neck and declate area. Once it is applied I let it sink in for about a minute before locking it in with my favorite moisturizer to ensure maximum hydration for my skin. The price is high for one product but compared to other high end Retinol products it is fairly low. I justify it this why – it is doing several very important things for my skin and I am seeing the results, so for me it’s like a 3 in 1 product. If you want to begin an anti-aging skincare routine incorporating a product like this is essential! Sorry for the mouthful, Retinol just gets me excited because I aka skincare freak.
  • Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil | purchased at Sephora | $50: if your skin is dehydrated and craving intense moisture this product is for you. I used the word intense because this item should not be substituted for your moisturizer unless your skin is extremely dry (key word extremely). This oil is not heavy, is absorbs fairly quick into your skin giving you a soft, silky and luminous glow. I would not apply this oil directly before applying make up just for the sake that it may create an oily appearance, it would be wise to wait 30 to 45 minutes. Sometimes I use this product on days when I know I won’t be applying any make up just to give my skin some pampering! A great day face oil.
  • Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm | purchased at Sephora | $29: this is fabulous for heavy makeup days or stubborn mascara. On dry hands I take this and apply to a dry face, starting with the eyes. I rub until the makeup begins to melt off. Then I take warm water and rinse. This is a great buy and works wonders! Doesn’t cause skin irritation either.
  • Murad Acne Spot Treatment | purchased at Sephora | $18: this product is perfect for those unexpected breakouts. I would not recommend this for all over acne treatment but just like the name says, use it for “spot” treating stubborn breakouts. I will put this on a breakout before bed and in the morning it is gone. This product is strong so if you have sensitive skin I would try to find something more gentle.
  • Avani Innovative Firming Eye Serum and Avani Mineral Enriched Eye Cream | purchased at Nordstrom | $64: this combo is great for reducing dark circles, lines/wrinkles and giving your under eye area a more youthful appearance. These products can be used morning or night. The serum is applied first in a tapping motion using your ring finger followed by the cream in the same way. Natural ingredients are used too which is another bonus!

drugstore deals: skincare routine addition.

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as a skincare addict, i am always looking for my next skincare fix.  whether it is high end or drugstore.  if it is going to get the job done then i’ll pay the price.  in this post i have assembled from the plethora of products i own the most cost-effective and efficient skincare items you can purchase from your local drugstore.  we all have different skin types and different skin needs, so as a disclaimer i have to say that just because these products worked for me doesn’t mean they will work for you but because they are affordable i wanted to share.  these particular products i bought from my giant eagle market district.  below are the steps of my skincare routine including the products, their prices and the reasons why i heart them.. don’t break the bank, having beautiful skin can be apart of your budget!

  • STEP 1 – Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, $9.49: on heavy make up days i like to go in with a cleansing oil to remove my face paint to make the cleansing process easier and more gentle on my skin. this new product by Neutrogena works wonders.  i take a few pumps of the product into dry hands and apply to a dry face using circular motions and focusing on my eyes.  once i feel like i have a good lather worked up i rinse with warm water.  this method works better and more effectively than the Neutrogena make up wipes in my opinion.
  • STEP 2 – CeraVe Foaming Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin Types, $11.59: this is a holy grail product of mine. for real. if you have oily skin that does not mean you should purchase a harsh, drying cleanser.  this one is perfect because it helps control oil but also leaves your skin hydrated. and i’m all about the hydration, kids.  i’ve been using this for about a month and i have noticed my skin having less breakouts, looking more radiant and a lot healthier.  it’s a win.
  • STEP 3 – St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub, $4.19: ok, i’m not gonna lie here. as i was prowling the aisles of my drugstore i saw the words “green tea” written on this product and immediately picked it up to smell it. i’m a sucker for good smells, damn it. but aren’t we all? i struggle with blackheads so between the scent and the name i had to have it. i’ve been using this product for about 2 weeks, every other day and have noticed such a difference in my skin. my blackheads have lessened and my pores have decreased in size. plus this scrub exfoliates leaving my skin super soft. i love when results happen quickly!
  • STEP 4 -Simple Soothing Facial Toner, $6.99: it’s hard to find skin products that don’t use chemically treated ingredients, and this is why i love the Simple brand! they don’t use harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes or dyes. after i cleanse and exfoliate my face i put a few drops onto a cotton pad and gently wipe down my face and neck. this toner restores my skin’s complexion while hydrating it at the same time.
  • STEP 5 – Boots Botanics Age Defense Super Serum, $16.99: the best drugstore serum by far.  leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft, and looking healthy.  i’ve owned this product for 3 months and use it 3 times a week.  it has decreased lines and wrinkles in my face and neck as well as brightened my skin.  great to put on before bedtime to lock in moisture throughout the night plus is lightweight enough to wear under make up.

gals on the go: spring purse essentials.

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FOR US GALS ON THE GO WE LIKE BEAUTY IN THE FORM OF QUICK CONVENIENCE. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE TO SETTLE FOR A MEDIOCRE APPEARANCE. WE CAN STILL LOOK OUR BEST. PUTTING TOGETHER A SMALL BEAUTY BAG THAT CAN BE EASILY THROWN FROM PURSE TO CLUTCH, DEPENDING ON THE LOOK YOU’RE GOING FOR, IS ESSENTIAL. A FEW ITEMS THAT CAN MAKE YOU LOOK AND FEEL YOUR MOST AMAZING SELF (AS OUR FRIEND CARRIE BRADSHAW ONCE SAID). BELOW ARE SOME MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR YOUR BEAUTY BAG THAT WILL TAKE YOU FROM A FLUSTERED FIVE TO A TERRIFIC TEN IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.
MARC JACOBS HI-SHINE LIP LACQUER IN FRENCH TICKLER: THIS FRESH, PEACHY PINK LIP GLOSS IS PERFECT FOR GIVING YOUR LIPS A PRETTY PLUMPED-UP SPRING-READY POUT. YOUR LIP GLOSS WILL DEFINITELY BE POPPIN WITH THIS ONE!
COVER FX BLOTTING POWDER: BLOTTING POWDER IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR HANDBAG’S BEAUTY ITEMS AT ANY SEASON! THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR IS A LIGHT FORMULA THAT WON’T DIMINISH YOUR SPRINGTIME GLOW BUT WILL KEEP YOUR SHINY-NESS IN CHECK!
EOS LIP BALM: HEALTHY AND HYDRATED LIPS ARE AN EASY WAY TO FRESHEN UP YOUR SPRING LOOK. THE EOS LIP BALM IS GREAT FOR KEEPING YOUR LIPS MOISTURIZED FOR HOURS.
SEPHORA COMPACT MIRROR: HAVING A SMALL COMPACT MIRROR ON HAND WILL ALLOW YOU TO MAKE PRECISE TOUCH UPS QUICK. NO ONE WANTS TO BE WALKING AROUND WITH THAT DAY’S LUNCH STUCK IN THEIR TEETH.. UNLESS YOU’RE INTO THAT SORTA THING!
TWEEZERMAN MINI TWEEZERS: WE ALL KNOW THE SAYING….”EYEBROWS ON FLEEEEEK!”. IF YOUR BROWS AREN’T IN LINE THEN YOUR LOOK ISN’T EITHER. KEEP IT NEAT AT ALL TIMES, NO MATTER THE TIME OF YEAR.
CLINIQUE SAMPLE SIZE LASH DOUBLING MASCARA: THROWING IN YOUR FAVORITE SAMPLE SIZE OF MASCARA WILL TAKE UP LITTLE SPACE BUT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LASH GAME GALS!