Skin Food: Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is an amazing skin food.  It is packed with skin healing and anti-inflamatory properties, which makes it my favorite skin product.  All you need to do is get your hands on one aloe vera leaf and extract the gel from it.  The process is very simple.  Just take your leaf and wash it, peel it, dice it, and store it in the fridge.

I like to squeeze a small aloe cube on my palm and then spread the gel all over my face after cleaning and toning. There is no need to wash it off as it dries fairly quick.  It leaves your face smooth and lightly moisturized.  It is the best face primer I have found, plus it is completely natural. You can use it everyday to keep your complexion smooth and clear.

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Perfect Valentine’s Day Lipstick

Looking for that perfect red lipstick that screams “Happy Valentine’s”? After trying a bunch of these little hot date staples, I was able to found the holy grail of red lipsticks: Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in Annabella.

Annabella is a bright red that spices up any outfit adding a bit of flare to your look. Your lips can be the perfect accessory with this color.

Nars' Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

Acne During Pregnancy: Safe Prenatal Skin Care

So where is “The Glow“?  During the first trimester of both of my pregnancies my skin turned its back at me.  I was breaking out in the most unusual places of my face.  It looked more as if I had a bad rash than a case of acne.  Frustrated, I started trying all of those organic and natural lines recommended for pregnancy, but my skin still got worse.  The issue was that I was suffering from acne due to my hormones, so I needed something that would actually treat the problem while my hormones were out of tune.  I had to find safe ingredients for my sensitive oily skin.

After doing my research, it was clear that I could use both glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide to treat my acne.  I tried different brands and combinations until, finally, I found that the following regime was great on my skin:

Morning:

  • Cleanse with Acnefree oil free acne cleanser using a Clarisonic brush

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEUB15S/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BEUB15S&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YB36O2/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005YB36O2&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

  • Follow with La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009PPFT2K/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B009PPFT2K&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

  • Treat with Glytone Acne Gel 10% Benzoyl Peroxide

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002D48QNO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002D48QNO&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

  • Protect with Vichy BB cream

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8TI1XA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B8TI1XA&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

Night:

  • Cleanse with Glytone Mild Gel Wash using a Clarisonic brush

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002D48QI4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002D48QI4&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

  • Follow with La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense
  • Treat with Glytone Exfoliating Lotion Step 1 (every other 2 nights)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002D48QKC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002D48QKC&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

  • Hydrate with La Roche Posay Redermic [C] for Normal to Combination Skin

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094KUJK8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0094KUJK8&linkCode=as2&tag=aheanewmeeve-20

I was then able to get rid of my acne, plus I got a great glowing skin thanks to the Glytone products :)!!!

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

As 2015 starts, I can’t stop thinking of my new years resolutions to make this a better year for my family and me. These are some of the top on my list:

– Exercise more.  I would like to hit the gym at least 3 times a week, and complete either one long run or one Tracy Anderson workout a week.  Last year I was very disciplined about my workout routine until I gave birth to my baby girl and found out myself choosing a hour extra of sleep rather than going to the gym.

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This is me keeping up with my New Year resolution of exercising more LOL.

– Read more books.  I used to read lots of books before becoming a mom.  After that, of course I kept on reading, but mostly about babies and parenting … this year I would like to go back to my favorite topics, specially historical fiction :).

– Organize my family pictures.  This one has been haunting me for a couple of years already.  I am confronting that big pile of family pictures this year!

– Potty training my 2 1/2 boy.  I hope this one is in my little boy’s New Year resolution list as well LOL.

– Cooking new recipes for my family.  Last year I got a couple of nice cooking books because I wanted to try different recipes everyday. Nonetheless, I think I may have prepared 1 or 2 recipes of each :(… This year I would like to at least prepare one new recipe a week.

– Get one massage per month.  Carrying a baby around all day long gives me backaches from time to time, so what a better way to fix the problem than getting a massage.  I think full time mommies deserve this type of pampering.  I love Massage Envy Brickell for regular massages, and I never miss the Miami Massage Month.  My favorite Spa in Miami is Lapis, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

– Writing a children’s book.  I had written a very good one long time ago but never got to publish it.  I would like to see if I can do so this year.  It was a really nice story, and I know that my kids would love it :).

These are just some that came into my mind.

I hope we all can stick to our New Year Resolutions :).