Hello, friends!

With Memorial Day behind us, I feel like summer is only a few steps away. I can already imagine myself lying with a hat and sunscreen by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in Italy.  Lately, I have been busy getting my skin ready for summer.

I always find it very flattering when people ask questions about my skincare routine. When I was younger, in the summer, I would spend endless hours lying on the beach at Santo Janni Formia. Those days are gone forever, because now, when I go to the beach, sunscreen is the first thing I pack in my beach bag. Nowadays, I tend to pay more attention to my daily skin routine.

There is something amazing about aging naturally. I can see some beautiful wrinkles in the future, but for now I will try to do my best to avoid them. You can’t blame a girl for trying. What I do in the morning is super simple. Today, I decided to share with all of you some of my simple steps to keep my skin looking soft and glowing. My secret of glowing skin is not in expensive makeup or luxurious facials. Here is what I do daily:

 

  1. First, I follow a very healthy diet, with lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. I don’t even remember the last time I had fast food. If I do go out to lunch or dinner, I always try to choose a healthy, low-calorie meal.  What you choose to eat each day has a lot to do with whether you are looking to find that healthy glow.  So, try to incorporate healthy food in your diet. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
  1. Drink up! I mean water.  There are many great reasons to drink water. It is refreshing, it helps my complexion, it keeps me hydrated, and it helps me maintain my energy level on those heavy cardiovascular days.
  1. I always use an organic cleanser twice a day, followed by my favorite serum, and a moisturizer along with an eye cream. I do a mask twice a week.
  1. I exfoliate every other day to remove the dead cells from the surface of the skin. After a proper exfoliation, the skin looks fresh and healthy. Be sure to apply a good moisturizer to hydrate the skin after exfoliating.
  1. Last, but not least, don’t forget to smile. I always look for new strategies to keep Zen in such a super busy society. Share yours. XOXO

 

 

 

 

As for the makeup, I keep it simple!

 

 

 

Hello, my friends!

I hope all of you are doing well.  It is crazy how fast the time goes by. Here we are again! It is time for another lovely Ipsy review.

Let’s get started with the Briogeo Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème.  This product is loaded with coconut oil and argan oil. You only need a small amount for your hair to look shiny and soft.

I color my hair once a month, and if I don’t pay attention, it gets dry, especially at the ends.  In less than one week, after using this product, I was already noticing a huge difference. I had super soft and shiny hair. The price of this product is also reasonable.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Let’s move on and look at the Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish. I’m sorry, ladies, but I do not have anything positive to say about this nail polish.  It was quickly removed from my bathroom.

Even though I’m not a fan of dark polish, I went ahead and did my nails with this polish anyway. The results were disappointing.  The brand is vegan and cruelty free, but that color? No. Not a fan at all. I will give this product 1 out of 5 stars. (The one I received was super dark.)

Now we are going to talk about the Butter™ Lipstick! Right after receiving this lipstick, I logged into my profile on Ipsy and made some changes. I love natural colors, so I updated a few things.
Seriously, why in the world did they send this super red lipstick?

I know some intense, dark colors are in style right now, but they are not for everybody. I can’t imagine myself going out with that color, even for an evening look; I will not wear it. I believe I stated my point, right? I must say, though, that I do love how soft and super easy it is to apply. I’m going to give this color 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Yay! I can finally share my favorite powder from Naked Cosmetics: HD Finishing Banana Powder. This powder goes hand-in-hand with my new Chanel foundation. It sets the makeup so beautifully and flawlessly! Yes, I’m in love with it. Also, it makes my makeup last longer.  5 stars for this one!

Finally, last but not least, let’s review the  PHYTO-PIGMENTS  Cream Blush in Flush. I love this natural product. The color comes from plants and veggies. It is super easy to apply. But seriously, Ipsy, how many blushes are you going to send us?  This product will get a 4 out of 5 stars.

Here we are again, with our World Cup Qualification UEFA! Today will be Italy vs Albania! Forza Azzurri!

Until my next review, take care!

Happy first day of spring! This beautiful picture came just recently in my Ipsy bag. I thought I would post it on my blog as a reminder that we are all beautiful, inside and out. We need to be kinder and gentler with the way we feel about ourselves. When we neglect “me time,” or we keep on skipping our workouts, we tend to be a bit harsh with ourselves. Trust me, we are all human, I have done it. Today, I was happy to schedule my run first before anything else on my to do daily list. Okay, now I need to catch up on things! Lost of hugs! Have a happy Monday!

Here is one of my favorite quote from Victoria Beckham:
“I think the sexiest thing about a woman is confidence, but confidence in a humble way, not in an arrogant way. Sense of humor is definitely important. And sunglasses always hide a multitude of sins. Sunglasses and a great pair of heels can turn most outfits around. “Victoria Beckham

XO,

P.S. Thanks, Patrick!

Dear friends,

The following is my own review. I am not affiliated with any of Suzanne’s products.

As you already know, I am trying to use more and more organic products on my skin. I recently switched to Suzanne Somers’ organic skin care line, and discovered Suzanne Organics’ .

This product just came in the mail the other day, and I have been anxiously waiting for it. My face has been looking a little tired these past couple days due to all the antihistamines I have to take for my allergies (some more were added this past week). So, this product came at the right time.

It is super easy to use. With a clean face, you apply a small amount to your skin. Just go in a circle motion with your fingertips and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash it all off with a warm washcloth in the shower. You will notice bright-looking, tight, and beautiful skin.

The following was written on the back of the product:

“Beta-Hydroxy Acids from organic fruits and Green Tea gently loosen layers of old skin cells while stimulating new cell turnover, then Polished Peach Grains lift away dead layers, leaving remarkable radiance.”

You will see an awesome difference with your skin. I even applied it on my hands! They feel wonderful and super soft.

I have read, on many health and beauty magazines online, that, in order to keep our skin healthy over 40, it is recommended that we get one professional facial once a month to keep the skin looking young. With this product, you do not have to do that. I have done many facials, and this product, along with the calming toner and cleanser, gives me the same results. I will soon do a blog review about the calming toner and cleanser.

So, go in your bathroom and remove all the scrubbers that feel like sandpaper on your skin, and enjoy a little “me time” with Suzanne Organics’ Exfoliating Peach Cleanser. When we exercise and take care of ourselves, we actually love ourselves and other people more. We give everybody our best. XO