My Skincare Routine

 

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First let me say it took me far too long to know that I should have started taking care of my skin in my 20’s. That being said I didn’t start really caring for my skin properly until I quit smoking and really looked at myself and how smoking aged me prematurely. I tried hundreds of dollars worth of products in the last 4 years and thrown all in the trash until now. I actually became an Independent Consultant for Arbonne because I fell in love with the RE9 line. I know first hand how this line made dramatic changes in not only the look of my skin, but the health of my skin. After finding RE9, I will never need to look for another skincare line, ever! If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email or stop by my website to learn more about allllll the amazing products that now fill my heart and my home! http://susanhalloran.arbonne.com/

Every Morning….

Step 1. RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser

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Used morning and evening. 

To start, the scent is soft and very subtle but also beautiful.  The gentle foam leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean but not striped dry. My skin is actually softer and more supple after cleansing with RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser. I had a minor amount of very small pin prick size whiteheads in the summer from running and sweating a lot, but once I started using this cleanser my face cleared of any spots and they never showed back up. I’ve heard from many clients who have said the same thing that their skin cleared up within two weeks of use. But the best is that feeling of new skin, you know how a babies skin feels? Yep that’s what your face feels like after using this!

RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser Ingredients 

Step 2. RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner 

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Use morning and evening after cleanser. 

Every single toner I’ve used in the past has left my skin feeling dry. With RE9 Regenerating Toner, my skin feels supple, soft and balanced. So what’s the purpose of a toner? Toners collect any impurities that may be left on the skins surface after cleansing and return the skin to its natural PH balance. Non drying and alcohol free!

RE9 Regenerating Toner Ingredients

Step 3. RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum 

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Use morning and evening. Apply evenly all over your face and neck. Wait to dry, and follow with a cream with SPF in the morning and night cream in the evening.

You only need to apply a small amount, and your skin feels firmer instantly. I love it’s light orange scent, very uplifting for your mood too. The product actually works with your skin to produce more collagen, thus strengthening and tightening the skin from the inside out. It helps your skin cells turn over and renew themselves faster, so your skin looks brighter and clearer.

Ingredients 

Step 4. RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream Or 

RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen (I use both, depending on the day/event)

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RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream: Use morning and evening.

RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen: For sunscreen use – apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure, reapply at least every 2 hours, use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

These are two of my favorite products. I used to be a heavy smoker and as most smokers know once you go over that 30 year birthday mark, your eyes star showing the toll of years of smoking. Premature wrinkles, dark circles and dryness. These two are miracle workers. I use them separately at times when I’m doing a quick morning makeup, then I just use the RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream. But when I go out running or hiking I make sure I use the RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen!! But often I double up and use them both. These make your eyes look fabulous and FEEL fabulous. Your eyes actually feel nourished. Some people use the RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen during the day and the RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream at night. 

Here’s a list of the ingredients in the RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream and here’s one for the RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen

Step 5. Normally I use RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 20 Sunscreen (used when out running, hiking, etc… to protect my skin from the sun) and RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream for daily use, but I ran out and have been using Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

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Used in the morning (any of the three products above that I mentioned are used as a part of my morning skincare regiment). Apply generously and evenly over the entire face and neck.

The Calm line is an amazing line I purchased to test out because I like to be able to speak first hand about products I recommend. Calm is for use by people with super sensitive skin. An amazing combo for anyone with acne Arbonne Calm Line and Genius (see below photo).

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But the calm line does little to work on prevention, delaying or minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, at least nowhere near as fabulously as any of the products in the RE9 line. The day cream keeps my skin super hydrated and moisturized all day long!

I plan to give a test drive to the RE9 Lifting and Contouring Cream very very soon. It’s a more advanced version in the RE9 line and works deeply on the elasticity of your skin.

Ingredients Lists: RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream, RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 20 Sunscreen, and Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer 

Every Night….

Step 1. RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream what you see pictured is the older version of this night cream. It has since been reformulated and improved. I have a tiny bit of the older stuff to use up left!

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Use nightly.

Formulated with an ultra-hydrating blend of botanicals, plus collagensupporting ingredients that replenish moisture and deliver essential nourishment to maximize the skin’s natural reparative cycle. Helps reduce the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles through moisturization — all while you sleep. Using this I wake up with great skin, instead of dry skin. So I know my skin was well nourished and being kept healthy as I slept.

Ingredients

Step 2. Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution

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Use nightly 

Arbonne Intelligence® Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads and Resurfacing Solution Clinically proven to improve skin moisture, elasticity and firmness in just 2 weeks. Reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines for skin that feels smooth, even-toned and beautiful. It’s basically the best and gentlest exfoliate you can find!

Ingredients 

Extras….

RE9 Advanced Age-Defying Neck Cream 

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And extra to my morning skincare, I add it with step 4.

I don’t use this daily, at least not yet. But I do use it when I go out and every weekend I do a pampering day and I add this to the rest of my spa products. You can’t fight genetics or time, but you can surely hold them back and keep them at bay. And this is one of those wonder products that keeps the genetics held back 😉

Ingredients

Firming Body Cream

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I use it alllll the time!

This is just a great body cream. It’s not heavy, not greasy, just makes your skin soft and nourished!

Ingredients 

What’s Next….

Arbonne Intelligence® Genius Ultra

Next month I’m investing in this beauty! I hope to be sharing my own tutorial with you very very soon!

 

How To….

Why I Evolved Back To Arbonne

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🌱The last few years I’ve felt a lot like a seedling, or a caterpillar🐛 . I keep learning, I keep growing and finding my footing on my road to healthy living. There are so many quick schemes to getting healthy out there and I will admit I was duped more than once by promotional campaigns and ideal images put in front of my face. But I knew it shouldn’t be that complicated, nor sound so easy. Just do this and aha…you will be fabulous.

🌱No, living a life of health shouldn’t be a gimmick, or an elite society that says if others don’t agree boot them out of your life. People who don’t eat for a life of health need to be shown how, how it can be enjoyable and how to do it in everyday life. They are smart enough to know they need to exercise, but they may need to have some encouragement but they don’t need to feel trapped in a daily routine. Fitness should be fun and frankly all over the place. Outside, in the gym, at home, on the courts, on a track, in a pool, etc…

🌱I have been round and round with weighloss this, weightloss that. Heard all the spiels and road tested all the different methods and brands out there that are customized, packaged and sold to you to lose weight and get fit. Some I’ve done multiple times. I am the first to say I need and enjoy the motivation a group of people all focused on healthy living can give. It’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in everything I’ve done. If you yo-yo weight loss you need support and you need a solution that’s LIVABLE. One that works with your life, one that eases into life, not one that becomes an extension of you like an extra arm hanging on your side. So in all my experimentation what have I learned? Well first let me say I am not here to bash any method, any coach, or any company. They all have their merits. They all have a downside. So that being said, I feel I’ve found the right path for me now. And the path that is the most sustainable and normal, in my opinion.

🌱And that’s the best way I can put it. Arbonne is a natural fit to life. The 30 Days To Living Challenge is one that teaches you how to eat in a way that covers so many of the different nutritional road blocks so many people face today. We eat too many things that are processed (including sugar) and eat too much wheat gluten, things that do not lead to living healthy, in fact they cause harm from bloated bellies to potential death for those suffering celiacs disease. For some, or many these ingredients can be addictive even. As our society has become busier we rely more and more on boxed meals, bread products and sugar coated sweets to fuel us and our children. And now we are an obese, unhealthy society.

🌱In October, just in time before the holidays I will be doing the 30 Days To Healthy Living Challenge, along with my husband. I will share that journey with you. I’ve already come a long way with nutrition and I see this as me evolving to the right place, as a sustainable move. Nutrition is HUGE when it comes to healthy living. Your nutrition is accountable for 80% of maintaining healthy weight, exercise is 20%.

🌱As far as exercise goes. I’m still run training for sure, especially with the cooler weather. But I get really bored doing the same workout program over and over again. Being bored will make me fat. I will get lazy. I like to mix it up. Sure I like to do some in home workouts still. I LOVE Les Mills programs, they have enough variety and release new programs every week. But I also love doing drop in classes at the gym to do the Les Mills workouts, I am a yoga lover and attend drop in yoga events locally, I plan to do crossfit with team RWB, and free classes around town for general fitness. But do you know what the single best thing is you can do? Walk, yeah, walk, and walk daily for at least 30 minutes and then throw in some kind of strength training 3-4 times a week. Most importantly is DON’T GET BORED!!!

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🌱Soooo Why Arbonne?

The entire time I was doing that other thing that was supposed to give me a beachy kind of body,  I was buying more and more from Arbonne.

  1. Their skincare line is nothing short of AMAZING (I will post more in another blog post about my skincare routine). I used the RE9 Advanced line and my skin feels nourished and new.
  2. I will use most of the makeup line now. Their mascara, It’s A Long Story, is the bomb! My lashes are full and thick, but best of all they feel healthier and not brittle at all. And the Sheer Glow Highlight Stick gives me a beautiful and natural look. The best part is that their makeup is something I can trust on my skin. The ingredients are pure, gentle and cruelty free
  3. I love and use the entire Rescue and Renew Line and now that the Pure Essential Oils have come out, my bath time is total spa time now!!
  4. This past summer I tried Liquid Sunshine for my trips to the beach and oh my goodness, I loved the line!’
  5. The PhytoSport line is something both me and my husband use and love. I really don’t want to do a workout or run without it.
  6. And as far as protein shakes go. Yes, I loved that other shake I drank, mainly because it was thick and, well, milkshake like. But you know what, it made me bloated every time I drank it. And that is not how healthy feels. That is how I felt when I drank an actual milkshake. And milkshakes had milk in them, I was drinking Vegan shakes and they still made me feel like I was drinking milk. Booooooo. The Arbonne Protein Shake is delicious! No I still haven’t found a way to make it thick like a milkshake, but you know what? I don’t get bloated now. I just feel good, which is what good nutrition should make you feel.

I could go on, yes, there are more products I buy from Arbonne; like deodorant, vitamins and hand cream but this is EXACTLY my point. I was loving, buying and living day to day with so many fantastic products from Arbonne, I was dopey not to become a consultant. I get a discount off of products I buy all the time (and would anyway). It’s a win win situation.

Bottom line? Trust. 100% trust in the company, the business, and the products.

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🌱Now The Technical/Professional Reasons Why Arbonne…

Arbonne is a premium brand skincare company founded by Petter Morck in Switzerland in 1975. Expansion occurred to the U.S. in the 80’s and now throughout the world. All Arbonne products are based on botanical principles, simply put they are pure, safe and beneficial. An article was printed in 2009 stating that women put 515 chemicals on their faces everyday. Not only are these chemicals harmful to humans but they are harmful to our planet. I am proud to say that Arbonne has been green for more than 35 years. The Arbonne state of the art Research and Development Lab, located in Irvine, CA is governed by two words, Transparency and Honesty, along with a Scientific Advisory Board of knowledgeable and esteemed leading professionals in science, medicine, health, wellness and nutrition. There combined efforts supports and assures that botanical based principles will always govern, direct and shape Arbonne’s vision and voice. With much success comes greater responsibility through Philanthropy, Arbonne’s Charitable Foundation helps teenage girls and boys realize their true potential. And we just wrapped up a HUGE campaign to send Arbonne nutrition donations to areas that were hit hardest by the recent hurricanes. Just one more valid reason that answers the question, Why Arbonne?

Arbonne is a real, viable business opportunity for everyone. No matter your age, race, sexual orientation or level of education, the Arbonne Family is here to support and encourage you. Take the first step and experience Industry Leading Commission Structures up to 35% as an Independent Consultant, Unsurpassed incentives/bonuses and commission increases as you elevate from Consultant to Regional or National V.P. Earn FREE fabulous exotic trips and even an opportunity to drive a brand new white Mercedes Benz while Arbonne  with family and friends.

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If you’d like more info on the product line, 30 Days To Healthy Living, or the business itself. Don’t hesitate to…

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Beauty Tag

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I saw this on Karalee’s Blog,  Tales of Belle Beauty & the Books, and thought I would do it too. I never really talk about my makeup on my blog much because I usually am posting sweaty makeup free, or makeup smeared selfies of me running.  But now that I’m actually a consultant I think I should start talking more about my personal daily skincare/beauty regiment. 

Plus it’s autumn here and the weather is (eventually) going to be getting cooler and yeah I’m one of those girls that wears makeup when they go running or when they head to a Les Mills Bodypump class or yoga session. I love makeup, I love my eyeliner and mascara! I think the makeup that I wear the least is lipstick, but that’s just my style (and my tiny lips 💋). PLUS I not actually have a solid skincare routine that I adore and a makeup line I love and trust 💗 So heck yeah, Beauty Tag!

  1. Do you remember your first makeup item? No, it was a really inexpensive mascara from a drug store.
  2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? One that makes my lashes as full and long as the can be ❤️ and it has to be cruelty free! Yes I have FINALLY found the perfect mascara here, I will never be without it!
  3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? I prefer one that is full coverage and one that works on preventing signs of aging, minimizing fine lines/wrinkles. I use Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation. I’m not a fan of powder foundations, they tend to dry skin out over time so I keep my bronzing powder to a minimum.
  4. Favourite high end brand? Well I used predominantly all Arbonne products now and they are a bit high end. But I know I can trust the purity in formulas and they feel amazing on my skin! I still occasionally use E.L.F. eyeshadow shades.
  5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? I’ve dabbled with just about every brand I want to try. Since I stay with cruelty free brands, it’s a more limited selection (but growing!).
  6. Favorite drugstore brand? NYX, great eyeshadows!
  7. Do you wear fake eyelashes? No I don’t need to ❤️😏
  8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? Light sunscreen, otherwise you see me bare faced a lot when I run/work out.
  9. What is your most cherished beauty product? Seriously it’s my skincare regiment (RE9)!
  10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? I shop as I run low, or when i see a fabulous eyeshadow or lip color! Or when a new Arbonne product releases!!!
  11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely? I spend freely, but I have my everyday look which is eyeshadow free for the most part. I reserve eyeshadows for when I go out. Otherwise it’s my skincare regiment, foundation, concealer, sheer glow highlighter stick, (summer -bronzer), eyeliner, mascara and lip 👄 color. So my budget is manageable while still making me gorgeous ☺️😏
  12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics? Being an Independent Arbonne Consultant you get a fabulous discount (35% off most items). So it makes a high end quality products verrrry affordable!
  13. What type of product do you buy the most of? Skincare because all the makeup in world won’t matter if you don’t take care of your skin!
  14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand? And that still test on animals.
  15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? Yes I do. I also avoid products that contain animal ingredients or are tested on animals. 
  16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? Arbonne  it’s WHY I became a consultant, I LOVE everything they carry! I shopped too much from them to NOT be a consultant!
  17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? Now that I found everything that works, and works well, I’ll stick with my routine. But I do like experimenting with color so I will try new eyeshadow colors, liners, etc…
  18. Favourite bath and body brand? Arbonne, no seriously! They have a new Rescue and Renew line that is like spending a day at the spa, especially when you use the new essential oils at the same time. Before Arbonne, and still occasionally I use Lush.
  19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose? I think I made this pretty clear, Arbonne 🙂💚
  20. What brand do you think has the best packaging? Hmmm E.L.F. I love black 
  21. Which celebrity always has great makeup? For glam, Kat Von D. For every day natural, Jessica Biel 
  22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities? Just the Arbonne consultant group where we give tips and ideas. I do follow beauty bloggers.
  23. Favourite Beauty Gurus? The Beauty Bean
  24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains? Yes! The Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlight Stick is pretty amazing!
  25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? No, I take my time when I do my makeup to go out and my day look is fast because I do it every day.
  26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes? Yes, Arbonne carries a basic makeup primer and a primer specifically for eyes, they are fabulous!!
  27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day? I use shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair that’s very very specific because my hair doesn’t hold color well. My stylist recommended Framesi Color Lover Shampoo/Conditioner. I also use My Amazing Full & Thick Secret because I have very fine hair. It helps hold my style while thickening the look of my hair. 
  28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation? I apply concealer under my eyes first, then foundation. 
  29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? Yes, I have been considering it pretty seriously of late, but first, my nutrition certification!
  30. What do you love about makeup? I feel it’s like adding spices and seasonings to a fabulous dish. Makeup brings out the subtle delicacies of your look. Makeup allows you to accent your best features. It’s fun, it’s as empowering to wear makeup as it is to take it all off.  

 

If you want to do the tag, just grab the beauty tag graphic, the questions and go for it! I’d love to see your responses!Want more info on skincare or makeup that Arbonne carries? Just message me here or browse the products here!

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