Happy 1st Birthday Pretty Loved Blog!!

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Much to my surprise, it’s been a whole YEAR since Pretty Loved was created! (Its 1st birthday! Awww!) It honestly has been so much fun every day creating this blog that time has just flown right by.. So much has happened in one year that I never imagined happening.

First of all, I want to say thank you so much to all of you who have not only taken the time to check out my posts, but followed my blog (630 of you on WordPress alone!) and also left me sweet comments! It really means a lot to me that you take the time to give your thoughts.

I started this blog as a creative outlet and because I am somewhat of a loner and I can say now that I’ve met so many wonderful friends through blogging. I’m truly so happy I decided to carry on. <3

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This past year, I’ve had the chance to be featured on Time Inc.’s new beauty platform MimiChatter.com :

  • The Pinterest-Worthy Candle Jar Makeup Brush Holder You Never Knew You Needed
  • 5 Things I Did to Diminish My Hormonal Acne Breakouts
  • I Tried This 100% Natural Skin Care Line

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I worked with some fantastic brands & companies :

ProducttestingUSA . Tessa Williams . Acure Organics . Jealous Body Scrubs . Apothecary Extracts . Larabar . W7 Cosmetics . Kneipp . Potions Cosmetics . Karnas Design Studio .  EmerginC . Nuxe . Exuviance . Perfectly Posh . Brand Backer. & More!

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I’m currently working an Editorial Assistant internship with GlossyFinds online beauty magazine! You can find my articles —> here.

It’s been so great working with the ladies — they are so fun and enthusiastic!

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Lastly, I’ve hit some awesome milestones!

900 on Bloglovin’ and

3000+ on Twitter

600+ on Facebook

Whatt!?

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I honestly couldn’t have done it without you all! You’ve made my dreams come true.

Just wanted to say again, thank you so much for sticking with me! Here’s to many more years!

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Acure Organics

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I’ve been using an amazing brand of products for my skin for about the past few months and I love it. The brand is called Acure Organics and they’re a family owned company who make paraben-free, sulfate-free, and synthetic fragrance-free products for bodies, faces, and even products for babies. They don’t test on animals – which is awesome. What’s sweet is that Acure was founded as a way to honor the founder’s grandmother who battled beast cancer for years. They wanted to provide good products that promote healthy lifestyles, while also raising money for breast cancer research.

What I’ve been impressed with, is the fact that when I buy one of their products, I know I’m going to get a product that has exceptional ingredients that are good for my skin. Not only that, but their products are affordable for all budgets. 🙂 You can find some of their products in Target!

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Sensitive Facial Cleanser –  Cleanses your skin while not drying it out. I have used this every day this past month and love it. It lathers up nicely and when used with my Clarisonic Mia, my skin feels incredibly soft. My skin has also stayed clear while using this cleanser. It doesn’t have much of a scent so if you’re someone who isn’t much into scented cleansers, you’ll like this one.

What it contains: Coconut Oil, Rooibos, Acai, Chamomile, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Probiotics, CoQ10, Pumpkin Seed and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, Vitamin E and some other ingredients including Omega Fatty Acids.

Price: $9.99

A moisturizing mask that draws out impurities. This mask is so gentle on the skin and leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft. It feels somewhat slimy and goopy – but it’s fantastic. It spreads on thinly and evenly and it doesn’t dry. I had had a few bumps on my skin and within the week they were gone. I made sure to leave this mask on the full time for optimal results and I think it worked wonderfully. I love the instructions!

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What it contains: Acai Berry, Blackberry, Rosehips, Rooibos, French Green Clay, Chorella Growth Factor, Cocoa Butter, Algae, Sea Buckthorn, CoQ10, Argan Oil, Sage and Spearmint Essential Oils, Peony Stem Cell and Sweet Iris Stem Cell, plus some extra ingredients.

Price: $12.99

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 Acure Day Cream – A light-weight moisturizer that helps keep skin firm while keeping away free radicals. I really like this day cream because it smells citrus-y, which I love, and I don’t feel like it irritates my skin. A lot of times I put moisturizers on, my skin gets red and bothered. I use this both night and day and I’ve never felt like my pores are getting clogged when wearing this cream.

What it contains: Red Mandarin, Vitamin E, Clove, Evening Primrose Oil (wonderful for your skin!), Sunflower Seed Oil, Blackberry, Pomegranate, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Probiotic, Argan Oil and other ingredients.

Price: $16.99

Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes – Wipes you can use for both face and body to remove dirt and makeup. You can find these in Target, which is where I bought them. I have used these a bunch of times and I don’t mind them but I don’t love them. I think my skin is too sensitive to use these. The texture feels like fabric, which is really nice but I don’t feel like it gets my makeup off amazingly. When I used these near my eyes it burns. It has lots of oils in it but it also has Citric Acid, which I think is why it burns. I would not recommend using these near your eyes. I haven’t been able to get my eye makeup off well with these either, which is a big thing I look for in makeup wipes. The other thing I don’t particularly like is that these wipes lather on your face but I think because my skin is dry it just kind of sits on my skin and doesn’t particularly scrub or really clean my face. These may work wonderfully for someone else and I know there’s some great reviews on them – so, if you feel like trying them – I say do. I have loved almost all the Acure products I’ve tried minus these.

What it contains: Olive Oil, Water, Sesame Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, other ingredients

Price: $6.99 – On sale for $5.00

Over-all, I really like this brand. You can tell they put a lot of really great ingredients into their products and that they care about their products. I think their pricing is fair and their products last quite a while.

If you feel like checking them out you can find them here:

ACURE ORGANICS 

ACURE TWITTER

ACURE FACEBOOK

*Disclaimer – some products were sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

CIAO! 🙂

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Two Products That Will Help You Have Clear Skin + Giveaway!

I’ve used 2 products this week that have truly been wonderful for and helped me to have clear skin. The first is one that was given to me by Apothecary Extracts. It’s 100% pure Australian Tea Tree oil.

Firstly, you can use Tea Tree oil for so many things. I really had no idea it wasn’t just for skin. It’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, so not only can you fix skin problems with it but you can clean with it as well or use it in your hair.

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I decided to use this for my spots because I’ve heard a lot of great things about Tea Tree oil for acne spots. I noticed that within a few days my spots were shrinking and going away. It says you should mix this with another oil at first but I wanted to use it by itself and I didn’t feel like I had any issues.

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PROS:

Works well for acne

Has many uses

Great consistency

Bottle has a small hole in the top when opened so the oil doesn’t spill out everywhere

100% Pure

CONS:

Strong smell that makes me think of gasoline but it goes away fairly quickly and you don’t notice any more.

I really like this oil. So far it has proven to work pretty well. 🙂 I’ve used it every day for the past week and it’s consistently worked to make my spots smaller. I have seen girls mix this with their face masks which I think I will try soon and post for ya’ll. 🙂 I would definitely recommend this.

A large 4 ounce bottle is $25 but can easily last you a year or more. I barely use any when I cover my spots.

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This is a blackhead and whitehead extractor I bought off Amazon by Malva Belle. It cost about $12 and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I saw someone on YouTube using one of these and I immediately wanted one because I struggle with both black and white heads.

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The first end is the whitehead extractor. The loop goes around the whitehead and pulls the junk out. It all stays in the loop which is really nice.

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The flat side is the blackhead extractor. You run this down your nose, chin, etc., and it pulls all the little blackheads from the top of the skin into the loop.

This little tool makes clearing spots SO much easier. You don’t get scars, it’s not painful, and it works quickly. All you need to do is steam or clean your face so your pores are open. I’ve noticed that between using this and the Tea Tree oil, my skin has been mostly clear this week and that makes me really happy. My pores look smaller because they don’t have gunk in them.

Like I said before, I would highly recommend buying these. They work well and they work quickly. 🙂

What top skin care products do you recommend?

GIVEAWAY

Apothecary Extracts wants to give a free bottle away! 🙂 You will receive a code for a huge bottle like I have. Just simply leave a comment on my post!  This giveaway is open to US entrants only, sorry! You must have an Amazon account as well so you can use the code. 🙂

*Disclosure – I received the Tea Tree oil free of charge from Apothecary Extracts via Tomoson. All opinions are my own.

Foundation That Gives You a Natural Look

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Let’s just get this out there .. Having to do the same ol’ concealer, foundation, powder routine gets old. Sometimes you’d just like to have your face done in 5 minutes and actually feel like you look somewhat put together. Well, with Bare Minerals foundation you can.

Bare Minerals is a loose mineral powder that covers imperfections whilst also creating an even layer on your skin. Because it’s made up of minerals, it doesn’t have a drying effect on the skin.

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My current shade is “Golden Fair” from the Bare Minerals matte foundation line. Its description is: “for the fairest of porcelain skin with yellow-olive tones”.

PROS OF USING BARE MINERALS

Lightweight
Even Coverage
Matte
No parabens or fillers
You only need to use a little
SPF of 15

CONS OF USING BARE MINERALS

None that I’ve found yet

I really like this foundation because it’s very simple to use and you don’t have to use a lot. You simply put a little bit in the lid, swirl a brush into it, tap away the excess, and buff it into your skin. It only takes a minute or so and you don’t have to really deal with using concealer or anything else because it’s basically an all-in-one product. Not only that, but it lasts a long time. You don’t have to worry about having to redo your makeup in an hour.

The price tag is $28 for a .21 oz. jar — which sounds a little steep, but with as much as you need to use daily, this lasts so long.

 Definitely a must-try! 🙂 You can find more at Bareescentuals.com

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Beauty Wish List

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  1. Clarisonic Mia 2 : Has a sensitive brush head so it’s great for sensitive skin. Gives you a deep clean. Comes with a 2 year warranty.
  2. Watermelon Lemonade Bath & Body Works Candle : Smells really nice 🙂 Not too strong of a scent but it’s fragrant enough to fill a room.
  3. Lush Bath Bomb : Butterball : Vanilla scented with chunks of cocoa butter so it’s good for sensitive skin. 🙂
  4. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow : A fiber gel that fills in and builds your brows. I saw this on HSN and def want this.
  5. Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion : I’ve been hearing so much about this spot cream. Apparently it’s pretty dang awesome and works fast to clear your skin.
  6. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick : Stays on like a stain and is pigmented. There’s so many gorgeous colors to choose from. 🙂
  7. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine : A light powder that leaves your skin looking less shiny and your pores looking smaller. Love! <3
  8. I’d Rather Be Napping Sweatshirt by Monday Girl Apparel : I feel like this describes me in 4 words. Haha 😀 Napping is amazing.
  9. Lush Bath Bomb: Sakura : Has a floral fragrance and contains sea salt which is very soothing. 🙂 Perfect for relaxation.

What’s on your beauty wish list lately?

Sources for photos { lush.com, etsy.com, bathandbodyworks.com, thebodyshop-usa.com, ulta.com }

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