There’s One Key Part of Your Beauty Routine You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

This post is a review on a product I received for free for testing purposes. All opinions are mine alone. #ExuvianceAgeReverse #gotitfree #BrandBacker

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

As I close in on my 30s the attention I give my appearance has narrowed down to one goal… My beauty routine now relies heavily on maintenance over everything else! It’s amazing how right our mothers and grandmothers end up being when they warn us of too much sun exposure, sleeping in our makeup and skipping the moisturizer. Oh, how I wish I had listened to all of them 10 years ago! One of the reasons I believe the matriarchy is so concerned with maintenance beauty is because they simply did not have the products and science on their side that we now enjoy! It’s amazing how many truly amazing products have been invented in the age-reversal field in the last 10 years!

One such product came across my path recently that I was convinced to try after discovering one’s hands are one of the first things to begin aging! Hand skin health is sadly neglected in the maintenance department for many women in their 20s and 30s. If you are looking for a starting point in your beauty maintenance routine please give your hands some special attention ASAP!

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

With the rise in popularity of masques and peels in the beauty community, Exuviance Age Reverse duo steps in at the perfect moment! The hand-peel and anti-aging cream is an investment worth every bit as much as the latest eye shadow palette release. It costs about as much as a good, high-end bottle of foundation and lasts just as long (Wouldn’t you rather spend $65 now on maintenance than have to go for a laser treatment that could cost thousands in your 60s!?) Exuviance Age Reverse Hand Rejuvenator helps diminish all the signs of aging on hands – crepiness, loose skin, and dark spots – with a 10% Citric Acid Peel, Apple Stem Cell Extract and the potent anti-agers, NeoGlucosamine® and CitraFill®. The peel gently exfoliates and lifts away dull rough patches, uncovering smooth skin and preparing for the rejuvenating cream treatment that follows.

The first day I received the products I immediately tried out the hand cream! It is mostly scentless as far as I am concerned and started to feel a bit ‘tight’ about an hour after application. Within 2 hours my hands felt softer than they’ve been in a very long time! Just this initial experience made me so excited to try it in conjunction with the peel before going to bed!

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

Before bed the same night I applied the Hand Rejuvenator Peel to the back of my freshly washed and towel-dried hands with a cotton pad. I applied 2 layers of the peel liquid, allowing it to absorb and work its magic for about 90 seconds. Much like the cream, I did not notice any particular scent, which I liked. For some reason if a treatment or professional level product such as this is too perfume-y I tend to feel like it’s not as potent? A crisp, almost clinically fresh scent is far my psychologically pleasing to me!

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

After the peel was fully soaked in I applied a liberal amount of the cream to the back of both hands. I wanted to test the cream to its fullest extent, so I didn’t put on any cotton gloves to keep it in place. I was curious to see how well it worked on its own, during the night.

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

Upon waking the next morning, I didn’t not detect any greasiness rubbed off on the bedding, which is a difficult trait to find in a thick hand cream! I was even more impressed at how soft, and almost glowing, my hands were after just one treatment. Simply based on my experience I imagine some results would be immediately visible even for a woman who has more damage to combat on her hands.

After showering and getting ready for my day I applied another modest amount of the hand cream before driving to my office. During the drive, the cream fully absorbed and I noticed my hands remained soft and supple throughout my 9-hour work day. This is the only cream I’ve experienced that continued to moisturize through multiple hand washing throughout the day without feeling like there was anything on my hands.

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

My first experience with an anti-aging beauty regimen for my hands was so simple, enjoyable and easy (with the added benefit of instant gratification in results!) that I am determined to continue!

To read more about the science behind why this peel and cream duo actually works visit Exuviance website HERE. I was very impressed with the research Dr. Van Scott and Yu put into developing and patenting the first ever Glycolic Peel! To purchase some of for yourself click HERE. (I will not make a commission off your purchase, nor was I paid for this review! I was simply sent the products with the request to share my honest opinion and experience with the product!)

Exuviance Peel and Cream duo is the key part of your beauty routine you didn't know you were missing! #review

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Saturday Brunch at LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

Brunching at LeSel is like sitting down to a thoughtfully prepared French breakfast with that one individual (we all know at least one person like this!) who is somehow perfect, while still being down to earth and the warmest, friendliest person you’ve ever met. They’re effortlessly chic and beautiful without looking like they try at all. You should feel unnerved by their je ne sais quoi, but somehow instead you feel as relaxed as you would be while engulfed in a hug from someone who thinks you can do no wrong.

The first time I had brunch at LeSel was with my darling friend, Christina. She’s the person version of LeSel. Poised, gracious and gorgeous. I enjoyed the combination of her company with LeSel so much so that it instantly became my favorite new breakfast spot in Nashville. I went online and immediately made a reservation for the following Saturday so that my Mum and I could go together!

My second time at LeSel I had to take some photos for you so that you will hopefully obtain a glimpse of what I’m poorly attempting to convey! Since a picture is worth a thousand words, hopefully these images can explain its charm better than I can!

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

(It’s a tradition for me to order Eggs Benedict everywhere I got to brunch at least once. I measure a restaurant’s brunch-worthiness based on their ability to prepare this dish!)

Review of LeSel Nashville

(What is more lovely after a filling meal than a warm cup of tea?)

Review of LeSel Nashville

(How can I not like LeSel based solely on this piece of plastic animal and spray painted art?!)

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

Review of LeSel Nashville

What makes a place the perfect brunch spot for you? Is it the food, charm, location or a combination of all three?

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The Ultimate Preppy Earring Collection + A Giveaway!

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to the perfect pair of earrings. The right ones will boost your confidence and elevate any outfit to fabulous status immediately! In my quest to broaden my ear bauble horizons I stumbled across St. Armands Designs on Instagram a couple of months ago. The designer, Kristina, is an absolute Dorothy-Draper-inspired genius! Her ability to combine fashion with comfort is a rare one indeed (how often have your purchased a new pair of earrings only to have them be so painful to wear you could not bear another second?!) considering her earring designs are lightweight without compromising an iota of drama and style! I started out ordering her darling Lida BonBons in blue ombre, after which I shared my love for on Instagram and in THIS blog post. Kristina was such a darling to contact me asking if I’d like to share with you her newest release, the fantastic Conquina tassel earrings! Of course I was delighted to and I am even more excited to announce that one of YOU, dear readers, will have the chance to WIN your very own pair of Conquina Tassel earrings!

On Sunday, June 18th, visit my Instagram HERE to enter the Giveaway contest!

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

The ultimate preppy earring collection should have the following:

Sparkles || BonBons || Fringe || Beads || Tassels

…and have a good mix of navy blue, white, light turquoise, palm leaf green and of course, bright pink! I’m still working on building my collection but thanks to Kristina I was able to add 3 major MUSTS to my arsenal! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on Sunday for a chance to snag a pair of her NEW tassel earrings! Can’t wait to find out if you won? Shop the earrings HERE now!

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

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Real vs. Steal // Boho Glam Streetstyle

Boho Glam Streetstyle Dupe!

It’s no secret I love Amazon.com! At least half of my wardrobe and house is furnished from Amazon finds! Many times you can even high-quality, designer-inspired dupes that are almost as good as the real thing, for 70% off or more! Today I’m linking items from four of my favorite Amazon stores. These are items I personally own and can recommend and vouch for! My best tip for shopping on Amazon is to carefully read sizing info and materials description to make sure you’re getting exactly what you expect. Many times items like shoes, clothes and bags will be listed in Euro sizes or centimeters, so double check before buying. Also, never fully rely on the stock photos, especially if it looks like the image was pulled from a blog or a designer site. Instead, look at the feed back ratings and customer photos and read a mix of good and bad reviews! Look at the photos in the store’s other listings. Do they compare in quality and style? Or are some images clearly better than others, or photo-shopped to crop out logos or other watermarks? If the image looks too doctored, chances are it’s not a photo of the item for sale! Use common sense and never buy a knock off! If the price is too good to be true it’s probably fake. However, if the item is simply a ‘dupe’ or ‘designer inspired’ with the Amazon store’s own logo, you’re good to go! Lastly, see if you size and color choice qualifies for Prime shipping. Many times not all the size and color combos listed are Amazon Prime, but ship directly from the factory overseas. If you’re okay with waiting 2-4 weeks, that’s fine (I have done it many times!). But be aware of where your item is shipping from and allow for transit time to avoid frustration, especially if you ordered an item thinking you would have it in time to wear to a specific event!

DRESS || PUMPS || EARRINGS || BAG

Amazon Embroider Sleeve Dress #OOTD

This is a mirror selfie of me wearing the dress listed above. I hemmed about 10″ off the bottom because I’m too short (5’2″) to pull off that tea-length style. As you can see the sleeves are every bit as detailed and voluminous as the Amazon photo. Don’t be afraid to order an item and make it your own! After all, you found something for a great deal, so you can afford to play around with it a bit to create your perfect outfit!

Best Valentino Rockstud Pump Dupes on Amazon!

If you follow my Instastories you would have seen my side-by-side comparison of a pair of original Valentino Rockstud pumps next to these gorgeous dupes! The resemblance is uncanny and I must admit that the dupes are a little bit more comfortable! There’s truly nothing that compares to a new pair of Valentino Rockstuds though — the craftsmanship is unparalleled and the materials so luxurious and dramatic. However, if you do invest in a pair of the real thing you may want a backup pair to wear when you want the ‘look’ without worrying about wearing out or ruining your good ones. It’s always nice to have a backup of something you love ‘just in case!’

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DIY Neon Light Text Effect Tutorial!

Learn to create neon light effects on text and graphics on PicMonkey.com!

Learn to make trendy neon effect graphics and text with PicMonkey.com in today’s tutorial!

Neon pink "hello" graphic

Step 1. Create a blank, transparent canvas.

Step 1. Your blank, transparent canvas will look like a gray and white checker board. Leave the auto sizing and dimensions as they are when you create the canvas. We will change the shape/size later.

Step1. Part 2. Your transparent canvas will like like like a gray checker board.Step 2. Open up a text box and choose a font with thin lines. Type your desired text in black so it’s easily visible.

Step 2. Choose your font and text

Step 3. Open the “draw” tool from the left hand menu bar. Move the “Hardness” option all the way to the left along the slider. This will create the blurred light look we want for the neon effect. Change the Draw tool to whatever color you like other than white. Make the brush size slightly larger than the width of the font you chose.

Step 3. Open the Draw tool...

Step 4. Carefully trace behind each letter with the draw tool. Change the font to white when finished.

Step 4. After tracing behind all the letters, change the font to white.

Step 5. Crop any excess areas around your completed design. Save the image as a .png file.Step 5. Crop and save.

Step 6. Open any desired image in PicMonkey. Navigate to the tab on the left hand side of PicMonkey that looks like a butterfly. Click “add your own” and upload your saved neon PNG file. Position your neon design wherever you like on the image.

Step 6. How to apply your neon letters to an image.

Step 7. From here you can add any additional neon elements using free overlays/text/clip art in PicMonkey and the “draw” tool trick I showed you above. I like to create each neon element individually, then upload as an overlay onto an image so I can use those neon elements more than once!

Step 7. Turn any black overlay clip art with a transparent background into a neon element with the draw tool!

When you have everything just the way you want it, save the entire project as a PNG file. To get your masterpiece to your phone log onto Facebook desktop and send it to yourself in a DM. Now you can open the DM on your phone and easily upload to Instagram or Snapchat!

What do you think? Do you like the neon lettering effect? Don’t forget to tag me on social media so I can see your finished design, everywhere at @rkcsouthern.

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