Spring Cleaning With Bioré.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the fresh starts for spring.

It’s not just about decluttering one part of your life, but it’s about decluttering it ALL! There are so many feel-good ways you can do this. There are so many ways I do this! I pack up or donate clothes I don’t love anymore. I tone my muscles at the dog park or in fitness classes. Heck, I even clean out the fridge! In the beauty department, this is where I get the most enjoyment for purifying my entire life. I wear sundresses and paint my toenails. I add glaze or highlights to my hair. I get my eyebrows done, get a fresh haircut, and change or clean up my beauty routine. My biggest focus now is on pore purifying for spring.

How do I do that? I have these two incredible products from the Bioré Charcoal line.

In this season of purifying my life, charcoal is extremely pure. Every morning I get a fresh start to the day, and to the season after a LONG New England winter, by purifying my face and drawing out the dirt from my pores. The Bioré Charcoal line helps me declutter my life, and inspires less stress for a new season. And I can always use less stress for spring. I start with a Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask. It is so warm on skin! It goes on wet skin, and my eyelashes were wet too, which is why they’re spiky in these photos! Natural Charcoal is known for its ability to draw out and trap deep-down impurities.

The Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask purifies pores 2.5x better* (*than a basic cleanser) and its unique formula heats on contact, to open pores and remove pore-clogging dirt and oil. It feels so warm and good, especially on cold mornings! Most competitive face masks take ten minutes, but this gives you purified pores in just one minute. Did I mention it’s oil free and removes 2.5 times more pore-clogging dirt and oil than a basic cleanser? I’m having more fun than it looks here:

There, that’s better. Fun!

The Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask comes in individual packets which is helpful in knowing exactly how much to use:

My next order of business is absolutely perfect to do before bed, to make sure all of the dirt, oil, and makeup I may have accumulated during a busy day is all gone. And that’s with the wonderful Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser.

As with the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask, the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser contains Natural Charcoal – to draw out and trap deep-down impurities. It deep cleans two times better* (than a basic cleanser) and naturally purifies.

It pumps out black, it lathers white, and it rinses clean:

The Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is infused with Japanese Skin Purifying Technology, and it gives you results after just one use! My skin feels tingly-smooth, and it’s gentle enough for everyday use. Tada! I feel great!

As for a spring look, once I have my face cleansed and ready for the day, I’m fairly minimal about makeup. I love my freckles and my naturally flushed cheeks, so I don’t put cosmetics on my actual skin, but I do love mascara and a good lip color or two.

Spring lip color is my weakness. I have a love/hate relationship with most lip products. While I do love my lips, I love them more with the right products. That’s why I’m all about finding the right lip color for ME. How do you do this? In five steps:

1. Find a lip color that is one or two shades deeper than your natural lip color for spring. Apply the lip color to your lower lip and compare the shade to your upper lip. If they’re drastically different, you may need to find another shade.

2. Identify your undertone – either yellow or pink. Yellow is warmer and pink is cooler. I’m pink and it’s helpful. You can also do this by looking at your veins or how jewelry works with your skin tone. Know which shades work with which undertone.

3. Do you want your lips to look smaller or larger? Darker shades will actually make your lips look smaller, while lighter shades can add plumpness! Matte finishes cause lips to look thinner, and glosses or shimmery ones can make them look fuller.

4. When you try on lip colors, do it with little to no other makeup on face to find a shade that brightens your face naturally.

5. Ultimately do what YOU want, whether that’s subtle nudes or fire engine reds. It’s your statement to make! Nudes can look great with just about anything, and can help play up eyes. Red can add drama to a more understated outfit. Pink is versatile and wonderful for an everyday look. Berry colors can weigh down an airy, summer look but can look great with neutrals.

Have fun and experiment!

I got my products at Walmart in the “Complexion Care” aisle!

Now I’d love to see or hear about YOUR look of the day! Which of the Bioré Charcoal products do you most want to try?

One-Stop Mother’s Day Shopping & GIVEAWAY!

For as long as I can remember, my Mother’s Day memories have been surrounded by other celebrations.

My mom’s birthday is May 15th. My brother’s birthday follows soon after, and then my sister’s birthday. As adults now, my brother’s wife’s birthday is in between my mom’s birthday and her husband’s birthday. Confusing yet? Add in six grandkids, five of which have late winter or spring birthdays, and it gets nutty! We are more scattered now, and with our own families. Every member of my family still lives in NJ, but I don’t. We have Christmas together, and then we have Christmas in May!

As much as we do love Christmas, and we DO love Christmas, Christmas in May is so special because it’s our time to all get together in nice weather. It’s our time to acknowledge our mothers, mothers-in-law, sisters, and sisters-in-law. This will be our first Mother’s Day in which we will all be mothers! So that’s my mom, me, my two sisters, and my sister-in-law.

This was the year I discovered the wonders of REEDS Jewelry for special gifts.

My favorite Mother’s Day memories are ones that involve all of us together, and these days, it’s together again. From all the way back to childhood, until now, there’s no one I’d rather spend Mother’s Day with than my extended family. I hope it’s always this way. This is also a year in which we’re celebrating all stages of motherhood – from grandmothers to brand new mothers in our family. There are challenges & joys of being a new mom, and I’m excited to give Mother’s Day gifts this year.

I got every female member of my family an Alex and Ani bracelet.. or three. I got myself gorgeous earrings.

REEDS has been a family owned jeweler for many generations, and they are excited to celebrate Motherhood in all phases: grandmothers, new moms, children. And all of us celebrating our wives, moms, daughters, sisters, grandmothers. They hope their products are a great way to say “thank you” for all that these special women do for their families. REEDS is proud to offer everlasting gifts, the way a mom’s love is for her family. Perhaps you can do that with a Diamond Promise Ring:

Or a Roberta Z Fresh Water Cultured Pearl Drop Pendant:

There are gorgeous options for all, and I can’t wait to gift my many bangle bracelets.


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2. Then, tell what you love about your mom, or about motherhood.

3. Follow @REEDSJewelers and tag your photo with #REEDSLovesMoms.

4. One grand prize winner will receive a $250 REEDS Jewelers Gift Card.

**You have until 5/16 and each photo counts as an entry!

Good luck! Just think about all you can get with that gift card, and check out all of the contest info here.