6 Reasons Why You Need a Face Serum

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I remember when I first started hearing the word “serum” in the beauty space. I was like, what is a serum and do I really need to add another product to my skincare regimen?  I had so many questions…  Why would I layer a product with my eye cream and moisturizer?  Wouldn’t that be too much product?  My face would have to look like an oil slick, right?!  I was skeptical.

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The older I’ve gotten the more interested I’ve become in skincare.  As my mom always says, you only get one chance at maintaining your skin (how many times have y’all heard me preach that line, lol).  With the newfound skin interest came a desire to try new things…  So I added a daily serum into my skincare regimen several years ago and have never looked back.  Lately I’ve been using Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum.  What added benefits are there to a serum that were worth the added step?  I’m so glad you asked, Gorgeous!

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Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Why You Should Add a Serum to Your Skincare Regimen:

  • Serums help moisturize your skin.  I know, I know…  That’s what moisturizers do.  But serums are typically a thinner product that easily penetrate the skin’s surface to achieve a deeper level of moisture.
  • When used in conjunction with the proper moisturizer, the moisturizer will help to lock in the serum.  Moisturizers are thicker and heavier, which means they can act more as a rich barrier, if you will, to help keep the moisture contained in your skin.  This is great because you want the serum’s ingredients locked in to deliver the best results.
  • The skin absorbs serums quickly.
  • The more hydrated your skin is, the fresher your skin will appear.  The fresher your skin appears, the younger you will look.  Duh, sign me up for younger skin!
  • Serums can help visibly reduce signs of aging.
  • They have a non-greasy feel.  So no residue is left behind on your face.

Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

There are so many serums to choose from on the market.  I apply Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum day and night.  I use it after I cleanse and tone, but before I apply my eye cream and moisturizer.  This addition to my routine has resulted in softer skin and it takes no time at all to apply.  A little bit goes a long way, so I apply lightly in circular motions all over my face and I never forget my under eye area.

The Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum is a plant based powerhouse that’s made without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.  It helps to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.  The result?  The appearance of firmer skin.

Have you tried a serum yet?  If so, what benefits have you seen from it?

Thank you to Origins for partnering with Hello Gorgeous to create this post.

5 Of My Worst Hair Decisions

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Hair has always been one of my favorite topics.  I’ve had long strands most of my life, but I’ve made some pretty questionable choices in the past.  Over the past 5 years, I’ve become the most comfortable with my hair.  I know exactly what cut and color (ombre) looks best for my skin tone.

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Knowing what your best hair is can be a game changer.  It depends entirely on your skin tone, face shape and personal preferences.  I think that’s why I love chatting tresses so much, because it’s an entirely subjective topic.  Every woman, and the way we view ourselves, is so wonderfully different.

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It was a long road getting to this point of hairstyle satisfaction and believe me,  I’ve been through many hair mishaps.  Let me break down a few of my worst decisions to date, that just didn’t work for ME.

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My 5 Worst Hair Decisions:

  1. Bob Haircuts.  I’ve had long hair my entire life…  Well, except for two times when I decided a bob would be a great idea.  WRONG.  I envy the girl who has the face shape to pull off a gorgeous stacked cut.  This girl just can’t do it.  It’s no secret that I have high cheekbones and a wide face.  A bob made me look like a blockhead.  When I look back at my bob in fourth grade and again in 11th grade, I know now why my mom pleaded with me not to cut my hair.  It looks stunning on other girls, just not on me.  I’ve come to terms with my blockhead status and understand that I have to have length around my face to balance out my large head.
  2. Perms.  Oh girl, I’ve had many a perm in my day.  I’ve has spiral, crimped, wave and foil perms.  You always want what you don’t have, right?  Right.  I have stick straight hair and all I ever wanted was curls, so perms it was!  My last perm was my senior year of high school…  And I’ll be leaving that hair trend for my high school glory days.
  3. Black Strands.  Not just black hair, but jet black, but actually sorta blue hair.  This period will be referred to as my “Elvis Days.”  Listen, just because you’re born with black hair (like I was) doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to go back to it.  In order to balance how harsh my hair color was, I had to stay tan. Really, really tan.  When Matt met me, I resembled an Ohio version of Snooki.
  4. Streaked and Striped.  I’m not talking about highlights or lowlights here.  I’m talking about zebra stripes in my hair.  My strands were straight-up striped.  What was I thinking?
  5. Extensions.  Y’all know I love my clip-ins.  I wear them all. the. time.  I’m referring to sewn-in extensions here.  They were a bad decision for me for several reasons:  they’re not easy to up keep, those darned things itched my head like woah and they damaged my hair.  None of this is worth it when you can easily clip-in hair extensions when you want to and get the exact same effect.

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Throughout all of these hair memories, I can remember the products I used at different stages in my life.  As a teenager, I used Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner and styling products.  I saw their tv commercials with the girls in the shower going crazy over the scent and thought…  I gotta get me some of that!  I would regularly buy the yellow shampoo and conditioner, which was for moisture control, because the scent was incredible.  I’ve said it a hundred times, there’s nothing better than great smelling hair.  I’ve grown up.  So has Herbal Essences.  They have a fresh, new look and brand new scents.  Don’t worry, the delicious scents haven’t gone anywhere, but they have an even bigger selection for us to choose from now.

We change and grow as individuals as we get older, so I love a brand that changes and grows with us.  Herbal Essences isn’t just for the teenage girl anymore…  It’s for all of us.  Don’t believe me?  Give it a try!  Pick up Herbal Essences and let me know what you think.

Leave a comment below and let me know, what was your worst hair decision through the years?

My Baby Registry Must Haves

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

I can hardly believe that I’m already over six months pregnant. Where has the time gone?! The first trimester went by so slow, but the second has been flying by. We can’t wait for our bundle of joy to arrive.

Since I’m from Ohio, but now live in Los Angeles, I’m having two baby showers. Matt and I are preparing to head back to my hometown in Ohio to celebrate the Littlest Lanter next week at our first shower. If you have any travel suggestions for pregnancy, please leave them in the comments below.

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Because I’m flying to Ohio, it made the most sense for me to register online for baby gifts. Amazon turned out to be the perfect way to register. Gifts are purchased online (directly from Amazon), then shipped directly to us, which makes the process so much easier while traveling.

The first step for this process us was cleaning out the nursery. We literally just bought all new guest room furniture in March and I hated getting rid of brand new furniture…. BUT, on to new beginnings. I love new beginnings. Having a baby is basically the ultimate new beginning. Along with that, comes excitement. Sitting here in this blank slate nursery just reminds me of the changes that are about to take place and the blank canvas we have been given to create new memories. I get excited thinking about the new snuggles, morning “hellos” and other memories we will make in this room.

Items have already been rolling in for Baby Lanter and her presence is already being felt around the house. In the photo above, you can see that we already have a BabyZen Yoyo+ Stroller, 4Moms Breeze Play Yard, High Chair and mamaRoo Infant Seat, which are all available for purchase on Amazon.

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Second step to this process was sitting down and making a list of what I would need in my new every day life with a baby. I decided to create my list based off of these categories:

  • Feeding
  • Diapering
  • Clothing
  • Sleeping
  • Furniture
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Toys

After I had my categories, it was time to get to shopping. I began by searching through the Baby category on Amazon and reviewed the most popular items. Next, I shopped category by category, building my registry as I went. I tried to think very practically about what I would use on an every day basis as a new mom. I thought about everything from car seat protectors (to protect your leather) to pacifiers and teething toys.

After I finished, I sent my registry to my best friend, who’s a mom to 4, to review. Her feedback? Diapers, diapers, DIAPERS lol.

Baby Registry Must Haves Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Baby Registry Must Haves Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Baby Registry Must Haves Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

The baby registry process with Amazon was easy, painless and best of all… I never had to leave my sofa. I quickly put together a registry that was easily searchable by my shower guests and simple to purchase from, especially if you’re already an Amazon Prime member.

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

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