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We’ve all been there, coming home from the party or the after party. It’s 3 am…your ears are still ringing, your body exhausted from dancing the night away and as you kick off your heels to some corner and fling yourself onto bed makeup still on and pass out with a fading thought of I should really wash my face.

In comes Frank. As in Frank Bod- the self-coined “dirtiest brand on the internet” sounds good to me. An all-in-one face set to wash away the party sins and revive your skin when you need it most, meet the Sweet Cheeks Kit ($49.95) – think of it as a ménage à trois for your face with three gentle, yet effective products – add on the five minute Glow Mask and your face will go from hangover to hot in no time.

Here’s how to recover from a night out:

STEP 1: Something Dirty (Creamy Face Cleanser)
According to Frank, you always have to get dirty to get clean. frank body’s Creamy Face Cleanser is made from charcoal to detoxify your skin. Wash away the night’s makeup, grease and grime, dirt and impurities, naturally.

STEP 2: Something Caffeinated (Creamy Face Scrub)
Like a double shot of coffee for your skin, look more awake with frank body’s Creamy Face Scrub. A fine grind trof coffee beans coupled with powerful coffee seed oil buffs away dead skin to give you fresh, rosy cheeks. Trust us, it’ll rub you the right way.

STEP 3: Something Hydrating (Glow Mask)
Nothing zaps a hangover faster than some H20. frank body’s hydrating, five-minute Glow Mask will drench your face in moisture and provided much-needed antioxidants like Vitamins A and E.

STEP 4: Something to Fake It (Everyday Face Moisturizer)
With even the best of men, sometimes you just gotta fake it. Apply some of frank body’s Everyday Face Moisturizer to seal the deal and fake that elusive glow. It slips on easily thanks to coconut, grapeseed and sweet almond oils, while Vitamins A, E, and D pack a one-two-punch of antioxidants.

So put down those harsh makeup wipes, babe and take it all off at 3am au naturel with Frank. It’s time for the frank body After Party and you’re invited.

Shop here: Frank Body

By now you guys know I love beauty products, yup I verified beauty junkie.  I like to start with skincare, preventive, corrective all around miracle workers…that’s what we are all on the hunt for right?  Let me introduce my latest obsession, Sand & Sky – a 4 in 1 treatment for your skin which ultimately leads to BRILLIANT SKIN.  Sounds pretty magical right?  It is. The mask is a purifying pink clay mask that detoxes and brightens. The mask only takes 10 mins, easily incorporated into morning or evening routine.  The minute I started to slather my face in the brilliant pink mask I could feel my pores start to tighten and shrink – ok maybe I couldn’t exactly feel each pore shrink but my skin did feel tightened and beyond radiant. I like masks that you can really feel working, the clay pulls out all the impurities, toxins and pollutants as it drys all while stimulating collagen, regenerating skin cells and creating a shield of resistance.  The perfect summer mask to combat all those hot, sweaty summer days and nights!

SAND & SKY: PURCHASE HERE –> BRILLIANT SKIN  PURIFYING PINK CLAY MASK 

When I call myself a beauty junkie I’m not exaggerating.  I am always amassing product, I just spent two hours at the good ol Bed Bath and Beyond looking for additional storage methods.  I think I may have to come up with some custom shelf system to house all the glorious product.  Lotions and potions.  I’m addicted. I adore skincare, I always have – from drug store and high end.  I remember as a teenager, well ok maybe as an adult too, during shopping trips to Target I would try sneaking products into my moms cart.  Some people find one brand they love and stick with it – good for them.  I have my go to favorites that are always in my cabinet, but I cave for the newest miracle potions and services that promise glowier, youthful skin – I can’t resist.  Traveling all the time also takes a toll, Bouncing from climate to climate means my skin is constantly changing and thus I am always using an array of product. So here it is, my product haul update, with my current favorites!

BAREMINERALS NEW SERUMS

Bareminerals correctives are mineral ignited formulas with botanical extracts full of high performance ingredients to target specific concerns

Blemish Remedy Acne Clearing Treatment Serum – I’ve been one of those lucky people who never had severe acne.  However I still get little breakouts, especially when I’m on the road all the time. I like this one because it reduces excess oil without over-drying the skin.  A lot of acne treatments get rid of my breakouts but leave my skin dry and flaking. This guy is unique, it calms redness, the skin and leaves a smooth texture while getting rid of those annoying pimples!

Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Serum – Basically everything you want in an anti aging product. Luminosity galore. Ingredients of vitamin C, chai hu Extract, and olive leaf extract combat environmental stress while improving skin tone, texture and combatting aging! I use this guy every night before bed.

Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum – powerful anti-aging serum with nourishing botanical oils -hydrating Baobab oils, Evening Primrose and Rose Hip Seed. This stuff is amazing, it’s super hydrating all day long without being too thick or oily as a lot of serums are.  I saw a noticeable difference in volume, I use at night before I go to bed and in the am. Oh and I slather it on during flights!

Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Eye Cream – de-puffs and reduces the look of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles all while combatting the early signs of aging! My eyes were more luminous and definitely more awake looking thanks to ingredients like vitamin C, chai hu extract, and alfalfa seed extract. I also like how absorbent it is, my concealer went on seamlessly – some under eye creams make my under eye concealer become a tacky substance or not as smooth but this one does neither. Match made in heaven.

TULA PROBIOTIC SKINCARE

Using probiotics as the foundation of their skincare, the good bacteria that calm your stomach can also soothe and protect your skin.  Hello!  If I take a probiotic every day to help my gut health and overall digestion, which is where skincare starts – why wouldn’t I also put it on my face?

Volume Defense Serum – super weightless milky serum that feels magnificent on your skin.  I went through this bottle so fast, I would apply him in the evening and morning and sometimes mid day.  Packed full of vitamin C, retinol and probiotics it brings that bounce back to your skin.

Hydrating Day & Night Cream – Basically a multi vitamin for your skin. I once was told by a disapproving facialist “your skin is dehydrated” I replied defensively “but I drink SO much water! Always!” She laughed and told me, yes thats good but it’s a combination of internal and external up keep. Well that just made too much sense.  Lesson learned, take your vitamins but also apply them to your skin.

LANCÔME

Advanced Genifique – A youth activating concentrate that smells divine and just works wonders.  I’ve used this beautiful product for a long time and will continue to do so.  Super light, it absorbs really quickly and is great paired with a daily moisturizer before make-up.

Visionnaire Yeux – Well it won Oprah’s magazine 2017 Spring beauty award.  Enough said.

SERVICES – NON INVASIVE TREATMENTS

Margaret Bednarz has magic hands.  She is my go to facial expert in NYC. She is a licensed cosmetologist, aromatherapist and reiki practitioner.  The energy off of this woman is unreal and she does house calls. I’ve been seeing her for a while, recently we’ve been trying some deeper treatments. My go to treatments with Margaret are the Oxygen Treatment, Microdermabrasion, Deep Cleansing Facial, Enzyme Peels and DermaPen ( micro-needling) all of which can be combined one with another for the royal treatment.  She also has her own line of super amazing all organic skincare.

Oxygen Infusion Treatment – I would add to any type of facial as it  restores hydration, promotes cell rejuvenation by infusing oxygen with a blend of potent antioxidants and corrective botanical extracts.  It can treat aging, rosacea, pigmentation, and acne.  I love using in combination with facial treatments that tend to leave you a little red, such as a peel or micro needling as it helps immediately soothe.  It also just feels amazing.

Microdermabrasion treatment – It removes the superficial layer of dry and dead skin cells. This is very important especially for aging skin or problematic skin: because when the skin does not function properly it does not shed the dead skin cells, which slows down the process of skin cells restoration and that leads to fine lines, large pores and/or pimples. Dead skin cell accumulation leads to the skin not absorbing the nutrients from your serums, creams, moisturizers – well that just sounds horrible!

DermaPen (micro needling)  – it is advanced treatment that boosts collagen tn the skin. It helps to tighten, smooth out scars, fine lines & wrinkles, helps with pigmentation, large pores, minor breakouts, uneven skin tone and more.  I first heard about micro needling from a  girlfriend who was getting a series of needling done to help with acne scars and overall aging, after her third treatment she looked 12 and before she could finish telling me all about it I was on the phone frantically texting Margaret to set up an appointment.  Now, I know the word ‘needling’ is probably freaking some people out. The process takes less than 30 mins, and while it’s definitely not relaxing – it is a little painful but not unbearable.  I would describe it as feeling a little more annoying than painful.  DO NOT plan on putting make-up on for the next 24 hours.  More than likely you will be red, I myself looked as though I had gone on a date with Freddy Kruger.  5 of my girlfriends all came over to experience the micro-needling, three of us felt we had to hide indoors for the redness to calm down while the other two looked absolutely fine and went on with their day.  Plan accordingly.  It’s been just over a month since my first appointment and I’ve already booked another one.  My skin is looking fuller and more radiant in photos, in person and all around much MUCH better.

To book with Margaret click here: https://www.beyouessentials.com

Contact Margaret and let her know Kylee referred you:  347.554.3085

Coming into Spring means closet swapping, spring cleaning, sun shining and bikini bod preppin… Shedding winter layers in more ways than one.  I’m always game to try a new detox if it’s safe and natural, we all need a little extra help after all!  When I heard about this tea and saw it popping up all over my IG and Facebook with pretty girls holding the packs, SkinnyMint to be exact, I thought “Greeeat, just another cliche Insta “DETOX” Tea – Aka. a laxative.Well of course if I poop for a whole day I’ll feel lighter too , YOU WONT FOOL ME, TEA! But then I actually looked at it, and that’s not this tea AT ALL. *Thank you, Goddesses from above*. I know
there are foods from Mother Earth that are known to speed up your metabolism naturally, so why wouldn’t a drink with Herbs and Flowers straight from Gaya, be able to help as well?!

I decided to give it a go and hoped that the 28 day SkinnyMint Teatox would help reveal my bikini bod that was in hibernation.  So, what the hell is this teatox program you ask?!  It’s an expertly formulated HERBAL blend that is to help you kickstart a healthy lifestyle and it is done in two easy steps, the Morning Boost tea and the Night Cleanse tea (normal poops, i promise). The Morning Boost is designed to give you a boost throughout the day, with the help of ingredients like green tea, yerba mate, guarana, nettles, and dandelion.  The Night Cleanse is designed to naturally cleanse the body. Helping to reduce bloating, ease digestion and help you sleep better due to the natural properties in their ingredients such as Lemon grass, peppermint, ginger root , peppermint, ginger root, orange leaves, licorice root, senna, and hawthorn berries. Au Natural, baby! It’s like drinking lemon water RIGHT when you wake up, or a shot of apple cider vinegar – it simply and naturally wakes up your metabolism, but with so much more…

The morning boost was surprisingly energising and helped me curb my morning coffee addiction.  It kept me powered through the day and throughout my heavy workouts. I’ve always had digestions problems.  Ew. I know.  But so have you! Yes, I’m a psychic. I was thrilled that the Night Cleanse naturally detoxed my body and helped me get clearer complexions.
.  WIN WIN.

After 28 days I was drinking less coffee – had a brighter smile due to less stains, better digestion, more energy and I do believe my stomach felt flatter and generally less bloated.  I don’t weigh myself as I generally think that can be a little detrimental to mental health.  I gage my body goals by how I feel, look, and fit into my clothing.  Drinking SkinnyMint made me feel more confident and less heavy,and as with any cleanse in order to get the best results, it should be paired with a healthy diet and a workout plan. No cleanse is going to miraculously give you a stunning body without hard work – and by work I mean workouts and a balanced diet.

SHOP HERE: SkinnyMint

 

I am a total skincare junkie. I love trying new product and am always intrigued to explore new skincare regimes, procedures and beauty tricks.  My latest overhaul was to do a 10 day skincare challenge with DCL’s powerful products.  Now, being a product junkie and using a million different potions and lotions by a multitude of brands, it was indeed a challenge to ask me to switch over to JUST one product line.  Alas after promises of rejuvenation I caved and began the 10 day road to newer, glowing, fearless, beautiful skin.

My 10 day skincare routine would consist of five products targeting the four layers of the skin with four essential active ingredients peptides, retinoids, Vitamin C and AHAs.

THE PRODUCTS

C-Scape Enzymatic Gel Cleanser

Skin Renewal Complex SPF 30

Hydra Boost Finishing Serum

C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30

Peptide Plus Cream.

First off after only a few days in I knew DCL would be incorporated into my skin care regime well after the 10 day challenge.  The Gel Cleanser felt so luxurious and smooth on my face…I almost felt like I kept squeezing out too much each time I because it was so lushes and lathering even in a tiny amount.  My other favourites were the Finishing Serum and Peptide Plus Cream.  Both left my sun kissed skin feeling uber hydrated and smooth despite the harsh conditions I put it through.  The final test was seeing if friends noticed anything, and indeed I noticed I’ve been getting a lot more compliments on my “glowing skin” these days.

SHOP HERE: https://www.dclskincare.com/

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