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Happy #WellnessWednesday my friends! Thanks for being here. I hope that your 2020 is off to a great start! With winter upon us, I have to take extra special care of my skin, as I know so many of you do, too! I get dry, flaky, and cracked! UGH. So, when I went looking for a serum to solve my winter skin blues, I was pleasantly surprised to not only find an amazing moisturizing serum, but a new tool to help with inflammation and lymphatic drainage of my skin! Bye-bye puffiness and dull dryness! See ya never. If you’ve seen the jade and rose quartz rollers all over Instagram and Facebook, but haven’t a clue what the hype is about, I’m about to fill ya in! But, first let me tell you about where I found mine!

CYNAGLOW.COM

One of my favorite places to find clean beauty skincare that’s also cruelty free, is Cyna Glow! Cyna Glow has awesome brands for non-toxic self-care products. It’s owned and operated by my friend Cynthia, who is a pretty incredible woman! She’s totally into wellness in a natural, holistic way, which you know I support 100%. Cynthia started her clean beauty lifestyle after suffering from allergies, as so many of us do. She started researching the products she used, and while she was totally taking great care of herself physically, she realized that the luxury skincare and beauty products she had been using on her body weren’t all that healthy because they were filled with toxic ingredients. She quickly understood that what goes on her body is just as important as what goes in it. This inspired her to start her own non-toxic self-care store, Cyna Glow!

In addition to running Cyna Glow, Cynthia is a member of the National Wellness Institute and a certified wellness coach in training. She also recently became a Beautycounter representative, helping to further spread the word about accessible, clean beauty products. She is dedicated to educating people about holistic, non-toxic products and lifestyles. On her website, you will also find she writes a blog with many articles about ingredients to avoid and how the wrong beauty and self-care products can contain hormone disruptors and cancer causing agents. Cyna Glow’s mission is:

“I believe in a better lifestyle for everyone.

It is my goal to spread awareness for holistic, natural beauty. I truly believe that there is an easy way to incorporate a beauty routine that is both good for you and the environment.”

I love to support small businesses like Cynthia’s because she is a woman just like you and me. She has a vision and she is determined to see it through. She is so passionate about helping others be healthier while still providing incredible products that work! Be sure to check out Cynaglow.com!

ROSE QUARTZ JADE ROLLER:

While I was scrolling through Cynaglow.com, I decided to check out these rollers once and for all! I’ve seen so many people using them and I wanted to know what all the fuss is about. So, I ordered the rose quartz jade roller and honestly guys, I’m hooked! Here’s why…

Crystals Have Healing Energies:

If you’re not familiar with crystals yet, they have long been known to possess healing energies! People all over the world use them to balance chakras and heal the body from all kinds of ailments, both physical and emotional! Jade is known to help with anxiety and fatigue and protect against negative energy. Rose Quartz cleanses and opens the heart. It helps to promote peace, love, self-love, friendship, and deep inner healing. Sounds like something my face also needs! LOL. But for real, I love crystals and I keep them around me all the time. Plus, they feel really good when they massage your face!

Lymphatic Drainage and Increased Blood Flow:

I was recently watching a makeup tutorial video by this super famous, celebrity makeup artist. She said that if you massage the face enough before you put on makeup, you won’t need nearly as much foundation. So, when I saw that this roller is basically a lymphatic drainage massage for your face, I was instantly intrigued. Massaging the face helps increase blood flow, which gives you a nice glow! At the same time, it helps to drain lymph fluid from your face that can cause puffiness. I have trouble with puffiness around my eyes and my jaw line, so I was really wanting to give this a try. I use it for a few minutes with a serum at night before bed and in the morning before makeup and I can see a difference. My face looks less puffy and dull! A great tip is to keep it in the fridge or freezer to give your skin even more of an anti-inflammatory boost! Just like we ice our injuries, coldness helps the skin’s inflammation, too. It’s also been known to help with fine lines and wrinkles! Where do I sign up for life?

Acne:

The roller is also helpful for acne because of its anti-inflammatory effect. I struggle with acne on my chin and forehead sometimes, as well as my cheeks. So, having a tool to help with this inflammation is a welcomed concept! If you have a lot of inflammation around the acne, just make sure to sterilize your roller with a bit of alcohol or soapy, very hot water, and roll away from the troubled spots. Which brings me to my next topic…

How to use a Jade roller:

You want to start with a clean face! Make sure there aren’t any traces of makeup that you might be pushing into your pores. You can roll in the morning and evening! In the morning, I like to use a light moisturizer with the roller, and in the evening I love to use Luna Nectar Serum, which I will get to next!

After your face is nice and clean, take your roller out from the fridge or freezer. Apply your moisturizer or serum and begin with one section of your face. I typically start with my lower face and jawline and work my way up, using the larger end of the roller for the majority of the face, and the smaller end for around the eyes. You want to roll your face in an upward, outward motion. Roll away from the face, and never back and forth. Pick up the roller after each roll and repeat. I do each section of the face three times. Around your forehead, roll straight up, and around the eyes do the same. You can also roll your neck. Start at the center and roll upward and outward on each side.

It feels so good! Like a massage or facial right at home. I love it!

LUNA NECTAR HELIOPHILIA GLOW & FIX SERUM

So, I’d heard about this amazing serum from Cyna Glow and I had to try it out for myself! I was struggling with dry, flaky skin in patches and Cynthia recommended I give this serum a shot. I am so glad, because it really helps! It’s completely non-toxic, certified cruelty-free and vegan by PETA, all-natural, and made of mostly all organic ingredients! You might have guessed by it’s name that it helps to give your skin a great glow and fix troublesome redness, inflammation, and severe dryness! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and already my dry patches have cleared up and my skin looks bright and feels so soft.

I use the Luna Nectar Serum at night because it is a heavier moisturizer than my skin can handle during the day. I have combination, thin skin, so if you have really dry, thicker skin, this could work for you during the day as well. But, for my skin type, it’s perfect at nighttime. It’s like a recovery drink for the skin! It has a subtle orange glow to it and makes me look like I’ve got a bit of a tan, which I love! Don’t be freaked out when you first apply it. Once you roll or rub it in, the orange-ness dissipates.

There are 15 active organic ingredients in the Luna Nectar Serum that make it so powerful! Some of them include Rosehip and Gotu Kola! What makes it work so well are the antioxidants, Vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids, Omega-6, and Omega-9. It’s a great serum for damaged, dry skin that needs some serious healing. It’s also so great if you’re just looking for a radiant glow! Added bonus: you can use it on your hair, too! It’s perfect for dry ends. Just add a couple drops to your palms, rub them together and smooth onto the ends of your hair!

Soooo… Great news, guys! You can use my code: DRESSWELL15 for 15% off of your purchase on Cyna Glow’s website! In honor of their one year anniversary, Cynthia would like to extend this special offer to you! I would highly recommend trying out the Jade or Rose Quartz roller and the Luna Nectar Serum. I’m really enjoying both of these items. But, she’s also got some other amazing self-care finds there that you should definitely check out as well. You can also give her a follow on Instagram here! The promo code is valid now through February 9, 2020.

Thank you to Cyna Glow for sponsoring today’s post!

As always, let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way!

XOXO,

Kelly

Happy Wellness Wednesday, everyone! Hope you are having a good week! I am so excited to share this post with you today. Many of you have been asking for more clean beauty product recommendations. Look no further, I have some amazing ones for you today!

Ever since I made the switch to clean beauty, I have been so fond of Ilia Beauty’s products. They are high quality and high performance! As you know from previous posts, I love their True Skin Serum Foundation. It’s one of my go-to’s! But, I was so lucky to have them send me some of their other makeup products to try out, too!

First up is this Tinted Lip Conditioner. This was Ilia’s first product and still one of their best-sellers! It’s a cult classic. It is very hydrating and has amazing color. The Tinted Lip Conditioner is also buildable, so you can use more coats for your desired level of color. It’s not overwhelming or goopy. So light and sheer. There are 12 colors to choose from that are really beautiful. I got it in the color Little Sister. Love!

This next product I am soooo happy I found! The Clean Liquid Liner. Oh my gosh. I know, it’s only eyeliner, but when it comes to clean beauty, it’s harder than you’d expect to find a liquid eyeliner pen! This one is so great! It’s easy to use and the color is strong and lasts. I feel complete now, lol!

I love a good multi-stick, anyone else?! It’s so convenient, makes getting ready easier and faster, and it’s perfect for throwing in your bag on the go to touch up your cheeks, lips, and even your eyes! This Multi Stick from Ilia comes in 8 beautiful colors. I love this dusty rose color called At Last. It’s a great one for everyday wear and the color looks pretty on any skin tone. This stick is so creamy, glides on smoothly, and gives you the perfect rosy glow. I love it when my lips and cheeks have the same color! It really pulls together your whole makeup look. The cream formula looks so nice on cheeks and eyes too because it blends smoothly and hydrates, too!

Finally, the prettiest eyeshadow palette you ever did see! It’s so hard to believe that these palettes are clean! They look and perform so much like the conventional ones. But, they’re much safer and healthier for you! The colors in this Warm Nude Necessary Eyeshadow Palette are sooo beautiful. They’re perfect year round, but I love the spicy browns and toasted oranges in this one a lot for fall and winter. They are definitely trending colors right now for eye makeup. This palette also comes in Cool Nude which features more colors in the purple family that are so gorgeous. I love how they balanced this palette with matte shadows and shimmer ones, too. Perfect for contouring and highlighting the eye. You can build a really pretty look with this palette!

I’m so impressed with these products! I will be sure to show you all the looks I come up with over on Instagram. Follow me there to see more clean beauty from Ilia!

I’ve linked these products below. The first four are the ones featured in this post. The rest are all products by Ilia that I would also love to try or already use and are definitely worth checking out! Have you tried Ilia before? Leave a comment below and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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Hanncure kit

I get the Hanncure kit that includes four facials! I also got the brand new Nano Emulsion!

Happy Wellness Wednesday, ya’ll!! I am not from the South, but I lived there for 2 years in college, so I think I have a small right to say “ya’ll”. Plus, it is a very blogger thing to say, so call me a follower! Anyway, I hope you’re having a great week! I am so busy! Between blogging, keeping up with my meal prepping, cooking dinners, going to PT, and my other doctor appointments, I’ve been working from the moment I wake up to when my head hits the pillow. My hubs has been, too! We are just go, go, go! I think we need another vacation already! Yikes. But, I’m so thankful to be feeling well enough right now to do anything at all! Grateful as can be 🙂

I wanted to share this at-home facial that I’ve been using for almost a year now and it is seriously the most amazing skincare product I’ve ever tried! It’s called Hannacure, “The All-In-One Facial”. It’s from a company in South Korea and has taken the beauty world by storm in the last year! You may have already heard of it, but if you haven’t tried it, trust me, it’s a must! I don’t make any commissions or money from this post, this is just a pure recommendation of a product I love that I want to share with you! (As I always say, you can rest assured I will not share products on here that I don’t actually use and love – not going to ever lead you astray for a small payout and it’s not worth my time either!)

Hanncure kit

This is what comes in the kit which is a better value than buying them individually.

So, the Hannacure mask works so differently than anything you have ever seen! There are two components to it. The Gelling Solution and the Lifting Serum. You first open the lip of the Gelling Solution just slightly in the corner, not the entire way. Then, you open the Lifting Serum, pour it into the Gelling Solution, and close the lid back up. You hold it down with your finger, and shake it gently back and forth for 30 seconds. Then, you take the brush they provide in each kit and apply the mask to your face, neck, and hands! What happens after is SHOCKING! HAHA! No joke.

The Gelling Solution and Lifting Serum mixed together and ready to put on!

So, once the mask is on your face for a few minutes, you will feel things start to tighten up. You can fan your face to accelerate this. As it tightens, your face will start to contort and look incredibly different than you could ever imagine, but don’t panic! It goes back to normal! It gets so tight that you can’t move your face or even talk! My nose even gets distorted! I love seeing my husband’s face when I have the mask on, haha! He always tries so hard not to be weirded out but I can definitely tell he is freaked out by it. I was too the first time I did it! Here is a picture of Drew Berrymore so you can get an idea! Haha!

Home Facial Celebs

The Hannacure facial mask promises to get you immediate, visible results. I can tell after one use that my skin is tighter, my pores are smaller, my fine lines and wrinkles are very softened, and my breakouts get so much better by the next day! I also feel like my jaw line looks tighter and my skin looks overall brighter. It is an anti-aging, clarifying, lifting, firming, brightening, contouring, pore-tightening, and skin tone evening mask! All of that in one mask! YES PLEASE!

I used these twice a week to start with because I was having breakouts that I couldn’t get under control. I had read reviews about how this helped so many people clear up their skin. Sure enough, my breakouts very quickly got under control, and then I could go to using the masks once a week to keep them this way. The other benefits of the mask are obvious, too! My skin looks plumper and more hydrated! It also helps my brown spots look less intense. Any sagging I see definitely improves, too. I’ve seen photos of people who have had under eye bags that now look so much better!

Home Facial Celebs

This is a before and after of a first time treatment! I never took a photo of mine, I’m shooting myself in the foot right now! But, I can attest, this is the real deal.

You leave the mask on for 30 minutes, and then you can moisturize. The kits used to come with samples of their Nano Emulsion Serum, which I was obsessed with! I was upset when I realized they didn’t sell it. BUT, recently, they finally launched this product and it’s for sale. It’s like the icing on top of the cake! I woke up the next morning with the softest, glowing, baby skin I have ever had! All of the celebrities and bloggers (myself included) swear by this stuff and I can see why! You MUST check out their Instagram testimonial page here. I mean, WHAAAT?! It’s so good right?! It’s $110 for a kit of 4 treatments, so it’s not cheap, but I can understand why. This stuff seriously works.

Home Facial Celebs

A photo of a before on the left and after on the right from their Instagram Testimonial page!

So, how does it work? The brand hasn’t divulged all of their secrets, obviously, but the ingredients give us a little hint. There are four different peptides and lots of botanical extracts in it. Peptides are known for firming the skin. Botanicals are great antioxidants, help with redness, brightening, and moisturizing among other things. It has green tea, honeysuckle, and their logo, the lotus flower in it. It was inspired by the Lotus Flower, which is a Korean symbol for rebirth and purity!

While the brand keeps their formula private, we do know it contains four different peptides (known for their skin firming abilities) and several botanical extracts including green tea, honeysuckle, and of course lotus leaf extract.

Here is how Town & Country explains it: “As it is applied, the carbon dioxide in the air fuses into the formula, which they’ve dubbed the “OctoLift” technology. The reaction causes the mask to solidify onto skin, creating an intense tightening effect, which theoretically pulls grime and toxins out of pores.”

What’s even more exciting is that this a clean beauty option! It is free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. It is also not tested on animals and is hypoallergenic! Winning!

So, my final thoughts? It’s worth it! My breakouts are under control completely when I use this once a week. My skin is plumper, more moisturized, my under eyes look better, and my jaw line is firmer, which is an area that drives me crazy. It makes my skin feel fresh, not dry and flaky as it usually feels. I definitely notice it is brighter, too! Now, I’m just waiting for them to come out with a full body mask! LOL!

Have you tried Hannacure? What are your thoughts on it? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below!

References: Zollo, M. (2018, November 12). Hanacure: The Creepy Korean Facial Taking Over The Beauty World. Retrieved from https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/beauty-products/a12199303/hanacure-korean-all-in-one-face-mask-review/ .

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