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Welcome to Thirty with new Olay Facial Cleanser

Jun 19, 2018


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Guys. I turned THIRTY this past weekend. My sister and I share a birthday, she turned 20, plus it was Father's Day weekend so our family just went out to celebrate all three. Not going to lie, I felt a little cheated this year, ha! Regardless, I was excited for some family time and some cake 🍰 Why is cake so much better on your birthday??

A few things change as you get older. My priorities, wants, dreams are very different from even last year. Things I once considered boring years ago are now fun. I can't eat junk food without consequences (so sad). I've always known that time is valuable but I'm now also seeing (such a revelation!) how short life is. I feel like a completely different person now compared to the last few years. It's called personal growth and it is wonderful. Even my 'life plan' has changed tremendously. If you had told me ten years ago when I was busting my butt working full time while in school that I would be a licensed esthetician who decided photography was more my thing but also chose to blog on the side...I probably would have thought you were crazy. You think you have your entire life planned out then the universe comes and slaps you in the face like, WRONG!

One of my not-so-favorite changes that comes with age is how my skin can feel if I neglect it- even for just a day. You guys know I'm a skincare fanatic and it's just a fact for most people as they age that their skin gets a little more dry, a little more thin, and a bit less elastic. There are tons of products out there for anti-aging but the biggest thing for me is moisture. Not only does keeping your skin moisturized help with the look of your skin (boy does it help!), it also helps maintain a healthy balance. Do you know a lot of people lose a ton of moisture from their skin when they wash their face?? That's why it's so important to find a good facial cleanser that isn't too harsh and won't strip away all those good oils necessary to maintain a healthy balance. Olay Cleansing Infusion Facial Cleanser with deep sea kelp is my latest skincare obsession, it draws out impurities while the soy-based formula keeps you hydrated for a natural glow. I love that my face feels clean and refreshed but not dry and tight. Deep sea kelp and aloe extract hydrate, while soybean oil (an antioxidant) helps with past damage and leaves your skin soft and glowing. Antioxidants are so vital for good skin. They fight free radicals, which are unstable atoms that damage cells (from sun exposure, toxins, pretty much just day to day life) and help counteract the damage that those free radicals do. I found that one pump of this cleanser was enough and it lathers nicely. I have to have a lather when I wash my face. I know it's a mental thing but I just feel cleaner after, ha!  

And like I said, my idea of 'fun' has changed tremendously. A clean face, cup of tea, and a bath with lavender...this is my idea of an exciting night...which is exacty what I did after a fun dinner and some time spent with loved ones πŸ‘΅ Welcome to thirty πŸ’—

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners

olay deep cleansing infusions, oil of olay cleanser, deep sea kelp cleanser, lifestyle blogger, xo samantha brooke, drugstore beauty finds, olay cleaners


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

Beauty Items on Repeat

Jun 14, 2018

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If you follow me on my personal Instagram (xosamanthabrooke) then you may have already seen this post...or not lol, the algorithm is not my friend these days. ANYWAY! I wanted to have this on my blog so that it can be searchable and easier to find :) I also have a few more beauty posts lined up for the next few weeks, including my go-to all natural beauty products, favorite products to enhance without makeup, and a new drugstore face wash favorite that will literally make you glow! Because let's be real, makeup is fun but there's nothing like a clean glowing face!

Some current faves:

🌸Givenchy Live Irresistible perfume c/o : smells like spring 

πŸ’„Urban Decay Vice lipstick in 1993 c/o - the Rachel from Friends lip color of yo dreams!

πŸ’‹Urban Decay Hi Fi shine gloss in Naked c/o - the perfect your lips but better color.

πŸ‘Urban Decay Glide On eyeliner c/o...def lives up to its name! 

πŸ‘©πŸ»Glossier skin tint- it’s like a step below tinted moisturizer and I LOVE IT. I haven't' worn foundation since January and my skin has never been better. 

&& The Backtalk palette c/o is monochrome pink goodness, love the cheek colors

xo, Samantha Brooke

Amethyst Benefits

Jun 6, 2018

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I've always been drawn to crystals and stones. I can remember when I was 5 or 6 and digging in the dirt at the babysitter's looking for fool's gold and quartz. I used to beg my mom to let me get new stones every time we were in a museum or specialty shop, and I carried around a little plastic box with my entire collection all of 3rd and 4th grade. Of course I didn't know what any of the meanings of those stones I was obsessed with meant, just that I loved them and they made me happy. I had quartz, rose quartz, smokey quartz, amethyst, a small piece of jade, all kinds of stones and crystals. I was quite proud of that collection. Now that I'm an adult and can actually understand why these 'rocks' are so popular, I have a whole new love for them. 

I keep an amethyst on my desk in my home office and while it has many controversial health benefits, I use it mostly to help balance my anxiety help stimulate my creativity. Additional benefits thought to come from amethyst include:

Calming
Meditative
Eliminate impatience
Enhance intuition
Protection from negative energies
Negative ion emission

I know all of this can sound crazy, but people all over the world have literally been using stones and crystals for hundreds and hundreds of years. Now that we understand negative ions and their benefits, it sure doesn't hurt to test those ancient theories out.

xo, Samantha Brooke


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Sweater of Many Colors

Jun 1, 2018

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Can you believe it's already JUNE?! Also how will I be stepping into a new decade in 16 days?! This year is the epitome of that quote, "The days are long but the years are short". Time definitely goes by quicker the older you get and it is not funnnn. 

I shared this outfit on Instagram last weekend and you guys loved this sweater! It's budget friendly and light enough to layer over a tank and shorts or swimsuit throughout summer- I love the warm colors and the cool vintage vibe <3 I got super lucky with my layered necklace- $3 clearance find at Charlotte Russe! That store is a hit or miss for me but when I find something good it's good!

xo, Samantha Brooke

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