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6 Reasons Why You Need a Face Serum

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.

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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.

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5 Of My Worst Hair Decisions

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?

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I took the SK-II #OneBottleAwayfrom Challenge

As summer approaches, I’m prepping my skin for warmer temperatures, less makeup and more SPF.  With these changes, I didn’t want to add more and more products to my regimen, instead I wanted to simplify.  Enter: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

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SK-II #OneBottleAwayfrom Challenge angela lanter hello gorgeous

SK-II #OneBottleAwayfrom Challenge angela lanter hello gorgeous

SK-II Facial Essence provides: texture refinement, firmness power, wrinkle resistance, evens skin tones and enhances radiance.  After reading these benefits, I decided to jump in and take the #OneBottleAwayFrom Challenge.  This challenge consists of using one bottle of SK-II Facial Essence twice daily, morning and evening, to change your skin’s destiny with just one bottle.  This Facial Essence contains Pitera™ which is an ingredient that is derived from a unique yeast strain from a natural sake fermentation process.  Pitera promotes the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process and balances the moisture barrier to help overall hydration.

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SK-II #OneBottleAwayfrom Challenge angela lanter hello gorgeous

After 30 days of the #OneBottleAwayFrom Challenge, here are my own personal results/findings:

  • I used the Facial Essence morning and night after cleansing every day.
  • Almost immediately I noticed a natural glow to my skin as well as more hydration.
  • Over several uses, I began to notice a smoother texture and less blemishes.
  • After 30 days, I  find that my pores are less visible and my skin tone is 100% more even.

Now that I’ve incorporated this miracle water into my routine, my skin prep time has been dramatically reduced.  I personally use the Facial Essence after cleansing and patting my skin dry.  I pack less products when traveling because I use less products, which is a major bonus.  Overall, my skin is now summer ready and I’m confident enough for makeup-free days.

Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to also take the #OneBottleAwayFrom Challenge with SK-II!

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