Friday, February 27, 2015

Putting Your Best Face Forward


Finding the right skincare balance can be tricky especially if you don't really understand what type of skin you have. For years, I used products that targeted oily skin, when in fact my skin was very dry and overproducing oil to compensate for my lack of moisture. See what I mean when I say tricky?

Here are the products that I have found, and trust me, I've tested a lot to beauty products to get to where I'm at today. Visiting your local Sephora is a great way to get product recommendations, as well as three samples during your visit. I've totally used this to my advantage when looking for new products to be added to my regimen. Here is a rundown of my current skincare products:

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser // I should mention I've been all about using anti-aging products since I turned 20, and nine years later, I keep upping my product game. It totally melts your makeup off in no-time flat and leaves your skin feeling supple and soft.

C.O. Bigelow Dr. Galen Herbal Skin Tonic // Still my go-to toner that I feel has helped banish breakouts and neutralize my skin before applying serums and lotions. (last seen in this post)

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate // Seriously hydrating eye cream that soaks in quickly after application and leaves your most delicate skin moisturized.

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin-C Serum // I can't begin to say how much I enjoy this serum. It have vitamin-c that adds a brightening component, but also works to strengthen fragile skin and improve firmness and smoothness. In one word–love.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All-Day Moisture Defense Lotion with SPF 30 // The BEST daytime moisturizer I have found whose sunscreen does feel greasy on your skin. It's ultralight texture helps to hydrate my skin and also protect it from the sun's rays. Yes, please.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin-C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial // I used this at night, prior to my moisturizer, to help brighten my complexion and add a double-shot of moisture to my face. I then wake up with dewy skin that's ready for a new day!

Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream // Night creams can be tricky. You want to find one that's packed with nutrients that help restore your skin, but also it needs to hydrate your skin. This one is at the top of my list, as I've tried several and this one actually made my skin feel smooth, supple and hydrated.

As I said, I have dry skin and it's a constant balancing act of products for me. Warmer weather changes everything for me and I'll have to shift my products around, but I will always stick with a heavy duty night cream and serum to help get that extra boost of nutrients your skin needs. Have you adopted a new skincare regimen for the new year?

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Jaime Costilow

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Giveaway: $300 Paypal Cash + More!

Truth: we are beyond tired of the cold, snowy weather. But, we've also accepted the fact that while it's nearly March, spring is still a loooong way away. *sigh*

With that said, we'll take these last few weeks to cozy up in our favorite winter accessories and enjoy our favorite steaming hot drinks. And to share the wintery love, we've teamed up with a group of very stylish ladies to give one lucky reader a chance to win some really, really great prizes:

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Guilt Free Donuts

Sweater: LC by Lauren Conrad | Blouse: Old Navy | Jeans: AE | Coat: Charlotte Russe | 
Heels: Mossimo | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Kate Spade | Earrings: Anthropologie

Who doesn't love donuts, I mean....really. As spring nears, I'm trying to cut back on the sweets (which is SUPER hard for me) and really focus on being healthier so this sweater is a definite guilt free pick-me-up.

Not only do I love the sweet treats themselves, but I also instantly fell in love with this sweater from LC by Lauren Conrad adorned with cute little pink and blue donuts. They even have little bead sprinkles on them - ah, so cute! This pink bow coat that I scored at Charlotte Russe for $23 (seriously!) was a perfect match to keep me warm on a chilly winter day. Unfortunately, it's no longer available but on the up side, warmer weather will soon be here and my cute pink coat will be a distant, not-so-pleasant memory of the cold and snow.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Beauty Stash Clean Out

Each spring we find ourselves getting stir crazy and more than ready for warmer weather. Let’s face it, we’ve been cooped up all winter long, wrapped in a cozy blanket, not daring to step outside unless we have to. We personally let everything slide in the winter because quite honestly, it’s freezing. We can totally say that today as we face frigid temps a wind chill of -22 during the day. But it’s time to get outta that blanket girls and start preparing for the upcoming warm weather. Not only can you do spring cleaning around the house, but you can also go the extra mile and give your beauty bags some much needed help, and by help we mean the ‘Spring Clean Refresh of 2015’, ladies.

We don’t know about you, but we could use a good beauty bag refresh ourselves and the beginning of the year marks a fresh start for you to de-clutter and rid yourself of unwanted, unused and expired products. We’ve teamed up with Meijer to not only share some tips, but also give your beauty stash some TLC with some fun, new products. Here are some ways we're cleaning out our beauty stash:

Makeup Bag Cleaning
You tote all of your fabulous makeup, brushes, sunscreen, etc. in it all year long, so you’re bound to have some makeup film building up inside. Now is the time to dump everything out and not only examine your products, but take a disinfectant wipe and clean that puppy out. Warning: ours had enough bronzer and foundation powder in it that we could have totally made a new palette. Ick! Or you could always ditch your old bag and hit up the Meijer beauty aisle to purchase a trendy, new bag, just sayin'...’

Brush & Sponge Cleaning
To ensure that your brushes wear well, and still apply your makeup smoothly, it’s important to keep them clean. We recommend a deep clean every month to keep your brushes in tip top condition. Use a simple cleanser (baby shampoo works wonders) and remember to wash them with the bristles down to keep them intact. As for sponges, we wash ours weekly with a dish soap/olive oil mixture and then replace them every three-four months.

Product Discard
Using makeup and other cosmetics that are beyond their expiration date can be a risk to your health. The chemicals in the makeup can accumulate germs after use and could potentially result in an infection. Sad, but true. So just use your best judgement, and our quick-reference guide and your face will thank us later. Besides, that lip color and nail lacquer are so last year! Time to try some new products like Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish that lasts up to 14 days and comes in a plethora of fun spring shades. It's amazing - believe us, we tried it!

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
If you’re like us, Spring means you can fold up the treadmill and starting running outside again. As you clean out your beauty stash, take a moment to look at the expiration date on your sunscreens to make sure they too aren’t expired. If they are, it’s time to pitch them and start over fresh.We're really loving Neutrogena's CoolDry Sport spray. It actually helps sweat evaporate to keep you cool! Pro tip: Depending on the sunscreen, it will be good for anywhere from 1-3 years. Just keep tabs on it because no one likes the lobster look.

Best Face Forward
Let's face it ladies, we aren't getting any younger! Anti-aging products are becoming more important to us than ever and we love trying new products to see what will work best. For those who can't afford to spend upwards of $100 on face care (ridic, right?!), we highly recommend the Revitalift Volume Filler serum and moisturizer by L'oreal. Not only is this line affordable, but silky smooth!

Now on to foundation. Spring calls for a lighter face of makeup and powder foundations are a perfect option. We highly recommend L'oreal's Infallible Pro-Matte Finish 16 Hour powder. Pro tip: Along with your correct shade, buy the lightest shade and the darkest shade to highlight and bronze with and blend with a brush. Contouring at it's finest, friends!

Segment Those Samples
Trips to beauty stores have left us with more samples that we know what to do with. At this point, we could start our own Birchbox using our personal stash of samples. Now is a great time to segment out the samples you’d actually use from the ones that sound appealing at the time, but aren’t really your speed. This will not only free up space in your cabinets, but also allow you to find things easier. Pro tip: Grab a fun beauty organizer from your local Meijer and store these leftover samples in your guest bathroom so your guests have nice products to use when they visit.

Now that you’ve cleaned out your beauty stash, we’re sure you have some things on your list that you’ll need to replenish. All of the products mentioned in this post are now available in the Meijer beauty section so be sure to check them out! Good luck ladies and bring on spring!

*The products mentioned were provided courtesy of Meijer but the opinions in this post are exclusively those of Regally Soled.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Essentials

Spring 2015 Essentials

The winter weather has been rough in Indiana this year. We haven't had record snow like we did last year, but the multiple weeks worth of negative double-digit temperatures have made me yearn for warmer weather and the fashion that is to come. Right now I find myself gravitating toward a lighter color palette than I normally wear–whites, pastel pinks, grays and nudes. I've been for sure drooling over this lace BCBG top and already have the scalloped gray and white baseball-style sweater from J.Crew in my clutches. Come on spring!

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Jaime Costilow

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For the Love of Flannel

Wearing –  Vest: Tulle {old, similar} | Flannel: Old Navy | Tank: LOFT | Pants: Old Navy | Boots: Frye | Necklace: Tiffany & Co | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co {old}; David Yurman | Watch: Michael Kors

I don't know about you ladies, but for me, I always feel very masculine in flannel and collared shirts. I know, I know it's a unisex style that looks totally fab on ladies too, but I still can't help but feel somewhat like a boy when I wear them. With that said, I always try and make it a point to girl-up (is that a word??) this style by adding feminine touches where I can–a statement necklace, fun bracelets, girly heels or even a ruffled vest in this case. This helps to at least reduce the boy-factor in my mind. Don't get me wrong, I love a good button-up or flannel top, but for me I've got to add a girly flare to it or it just puts me in a weird state of mind. Call me crazy, am I the only one who feels like this?

Also, can someone give me their tips for styling a button-up under a sweater? I loved Kacie's look in this post and when we were talking about how cute it was I commented that I'm not sure how to make that look normal logistically without looking bunched up and weird. Do you size up your sweater? Do you buy a fitted button-up? I don't know, help a girl out here because I am way clueless!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Seeing Spots

Sweater: Old Navy (similar) | Blouse: Old Navy | Denim: AE | Shoes: Mossimo (old) |
Clutch: Lulu | Necklace: similar | Bracelet: Baublebar | Watch: Michael Kors

We've been fortunate enough to have a pretty mild winter, especially as far as snowfall. But nonetheless, I am getting sick of the cold dreary weather we are experiencing. So, today I decided to liven things up with a little bit of neon. Hot pink is my absolute favorite color so this outfit was just what I needed to perk up a Monday spent at the office.

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