Bio-Oil Review

I just want to start this post by stating- this is not a sponsored post!

I love working with brands I love but I also love reviewing things that I am not affiliated with so you always know the opinions expressed are 100% real!

This before and after picture I will share will really speak for itself; but here is the bottom line- Bio-Oil is AMAZING.

With my first pregnancy I relied only on a stretch mark massage lotion, with the second pregnancy only on Bio-Oil.

I couldn’t believe that it was possible, but I had far less visible stretch marks after my second pregnancy than my first!

So not only did the oil keep me from getting more marks during the pregnancy, but it visibly lessened the look of the ones I had from the first time around!

Post Baby Number 1

Post Baby Number 2

*Both photos unedited and taken at 1 week postpartum.

I recommend this product to any mamas-to-be as the best way to combat stretch marks!

Review- Saranghae Skin 5 Step Process

I will preface this post with one fact. Pregnancy makes my skin quite nice on its own, but after I started this skin routine I’ve never gotten more “You’re glowing!” or “Your skin looks amazing!” compliments.

This is a review of the Korean skincare company Saranghae’s 5 step skincare routine.

Here’s a quick run down on what the 5 steps are-

1. I absolutely love the formula of this cleanser! I used to use a very foaming Dermologica cleanser and this one is MUCH more moisturizing. My very dry skin never feels dry after using it, I have never found another cleanser that can do that. I also haven’t had a single blemish since I started using it which is a great bonus.

2. This essence is AMAZING! I use it in the morning and before applying a full face of makeup. I used it like a primer and it made my foundation glide on and look super smooth.

3. The firming cream is very moisturizing, without being thick. It layers on the skin very light and smooth. I can’t say I’ve been able to see firming take place on my skin because I’ve only used it for two weeks, and at only 23 I don’t have TON that needs firming. But I do love to use it as a little moisturizer before bed, and to hopefully prevent aging on my skin. The only thing I’m not crazy for is the scent of this, but if a skin product is effective- it’s much more important than scent!

4. To be honest this is the first eye cream I’ve ever used, but I really like it. I did notice right away less puffiness under my eyes, which is a constant on me since I became a mom! It glides on very smooth, is a pretty thin, and a little goes a long way!

5. I love these! However, the first time I just stuck one straight on my face and it continually dripped liquid down my chest. So, the next time I decided to wring it out just a little bit first and that made it work perfectly. Afterwards, my skin felt insanely smooth and looked very youthful and dewy.

Overall this line of products is a big win in my book!

*This product was sent complimentary for the review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About Saranghae Saranghae is an award-winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients, highly effective products, and excellence in customer service has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States. For more information please visit: www.lovesaranghae.com

Goodbeing subscription box review

Hey guys! So it looks like subscription boxes are here to stay! This growing trend is really fun and inexpensive for the most part. But which one to choose? There are SO many.

Goodbeing boxes are natural health and wellness products delivered monthly. In my first month’s box I received something for my hair, something for my makeup, something for my body, something for my skin.

So here’s what I love about a Goodbeing box:

  • They offer an array of healthy and natural products. I love the variety and not knowing exactly what you will get.
  • They always send you new brands you probably haven’t heard of (and may fall in love with.) When that happens, you get exclusive discount codes to use when shopping that brand.
  • All natural products. I don’t by any means exclusively buy natural, healthy products. But I love to find these, support still growing brands, and add healthier beauty and wellness products into my day to day life.
  • You get to hand select two of your items every month. This is by far my favorite thing they do. They email me when it’s time to select my items for the next months box and I’m always so excited by what I picked, and to see what surprises are inside.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, go check out Goodbeing!

http://goodbeing.com

Goodbeing has sent me their product free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Babies’ First Beach Trip

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Ah, the beach. Almost everyone’s idea of the epitome of relaxation. Well, as a new mom relaxation just isn’t in my vocabulary. I’m about as tense as they come. So when it came time for our first vacation and Ellie’s first beach trip all I wanted was to let myself relax a little bit!


As with every other activity as a mommy you’ll need to prepare well in advance for this excursion! Here are the things I brought that made my baby girl’s first beach trip amazing.

  1. Shade and sunscreen! That fragile precious little baby skin needs protection in excess at the beach. We just set up a little umbrella and made sure to pack our babyganics sunscreen. (It is my favorite pick for her very sensitive eczema-ridden skin.)
  2. Swim diaper, swimsuit, and hat. (Again, extra sun protection!) And make sure it’s the cutest one you have!
  3. Ziploc bags. Absolute lifesaver, I use these for everything! You don’t want babies’ wet swim suit/swim diaper rolling around in the diaper bag, or their towel coating everything in a layer of sand. So keep a couple ziplocs handy and thank me later!
  4. Toys, toys, toys! This little inflatable baby seat was incredible for keeping her busy and out of the sand so I could lay down next to her and relax for a few minutes. 

And don’t forget your camera to get lots of gorgeous baby beach shots! Have fun mommas!

How to care for baby eczema

Your beautifully soft little bundle is all of a sudden covered in bumpy, red blotches. What happened? You might be surprised to find out that 1 in 5 babies suffers from eczema. Luckily, I have had skin sensitivities since the day I was born. So I was able to identify it as soon as I saw eczema start to spread across my daughter’s belly. If you’re unsure whether your baby has eczema or something else, ask your doctor at the next well-baby check up. But a few tell tale signs are: dry, thickened, scaly skin, or tiny red bumps that ooze and may possibly become infected if scratched.

So here is a look at my little one’s skin care routine that I have successfully kept her eczema at bay with.

This shampoo and body wash from Target is a lifesaver. I tried three others before deciding to spend the money and get something better. Let me tell you, this one is worth the price tag. It does cost much more than the other baby bath soaps on the market, but it is also much more effective. We’ve also had it for a couple months now and aren’t even half way through the bottle. It is also extremely important that you don’t bathe babies with eczema every day. I bathe Ellie every other night to avoid drying her skin out too much.
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It is also very important to immediately lock moisture into babies skin after. This will take a lot of trial and error on the part of a mommy to a baby with skin sensitivities. You’ll have to find out for yourself which lotion will be okay with your babe’s skin. A few basic guidelines to follow include making sure whatever you choose is as natural as possible, as few chemicals as possible, and fragrance free. What works amazing on Ellie’s skin is also an item I bought from Target. (It also was the only thing that helped clear her cradle cap!)

The last thing you need to worry about is the clothes your baby wears. You want to make sure if your baby ever spits up or spills on their clothes that you change them immediately. Any wet clothing against their skin can cause a breakout. You also want to make sure that all new clothes are washed before wearing. The detergent I use is dreft. These dreft scent boosters are also amazing for a scent boost you can use on sensitive baby skin!

 

I hope these tips can help your little one’s skin just like they’ve helped mine!