Appalachia

Nov 14, 2018

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A little back story- my husband and I started taking day trips in the fall when we were in our late teens and early twenties to go driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway to look at leaves (we were too poor to stay for the weekend haha and had jobs, school, etc) and I will forever cherish those little trips. We got lost a few times and couldn't find food once so we ate a random dirty Pizza Hut, but I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. There's nothing like a healthy dose of negative ions to boost your spirits! While the leaves on the Parkway were a little past peak, the sights were still incredible this year. I am forever in awe of God's handiwork. 

Don't judge me but I have almost completed all my Christmas decorating! The inside is done and I just need to get the nerve up to go outside and put a few things out. It's just so cold and rainy haha, the thought of doing it makes my bones hurt (a little dramatic but you understand). Plus I still have pumpkins all over the porch I'll have to carry off to the woods...they won't go to waste though. The deer and squirrels will LOVE THEM. I have so many critters in my backyard that I feed, just call me Snow White. None of them are fans of spinach though, go figure. 

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Winter Is Coming- Stay Glowing with Olay

Nov 12, 2018

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Are we loving these short days or what?? Haha, just kidding. No one likes the fact that it's getting dark at like 4 pm- and if they do I don't trust them! These short days are my least favorite thing about winter. On the flip side, Christmas music is back on the radio, I have my tree up, and the cheer is spreading!

Just because winter is coming and bringing the cold with it, doesn't mean your skin has to suffer. I'll be using Olay Regenerist Whip (I purchased mine at Walgreen's) all season long to stay moisturized and glowing...I love the new fragrance free formula, seriously the best moisturizer. The fewer irritants on your skin when it is freezing out, the better. I have actually been using Olay Whips since about August and I love how light they are and how my skin instantly absorbs the formula- my skin literally feels like silk all day. The biggest difference I have noticed since adding this to my skincare routine is that the lines on my 'tech neck' (don't judge! I'm on my phone A LOT!) have drastically decreased. I use the fragrance free Regenerist at night and then in the morning I apply Total Effects (fragrance free with SPF 25!). For my makeup lovers, this moisturizer is perfect for you! There is no waiting between applying this and applying your primer and foundation, since it instantly absorbs. Even if you don't wear makeup, no worries. The moisturizer leaves a non-greasy matte finish. 

The secret to the Regenerist formula is that it is water based, this helps it absorb quickly and effectively. Water based moisturizers are also perfect for layering under makeup, as they do not clog pores. I have normal skin and prefer water based, however if you have oily skin you should be using a water based formula over oil based because just like the name suggests, you are adding moisturizers to your skin without adding more oils. 

Here is a break down of more ingredients and their uses: 

B5- anti aging and natural hydrator
B3- reduce wrinkles, helps with uneven skin tone
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4- improves elasticity and helps with wrinkles
Sodium Hyaluronate- smaller molecular size than Hyaluronic Acid, making it a super effective moisturizer
So much goodness!

PS: This is just my review, go check out the literal thousands of 5 star reviews on the internet

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.