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5 Tips for Minimizing Christmas Shopping Stress

Affordable Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriends Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Affordable Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriends Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Affordable Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriends Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Affordable Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriends Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Affordable Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriends Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

When it comes to Christmas shopping, I like to plan ahead.  I started my gift list that I’m going to buy weeks ago!  Does that make me a crazy Christmas lady?  Probably.  I’m totally cool with that though, lol!

A lot of us should keep a budget in perspective when it comes to holiday shopping.  I wanted to share some of my best tips for maintaining your sanity (and your budget) during Christmas:

    • Make a list of people you plan to buy for, then decide how much you want to spend on each person.  Planning out holiday spending in advance will keep the stress (and marital disagreements) down to a minimum.
    • Be realistic about your shopping list.  You don’t need to buy a gift for everyone you know.  Audit your list- remove anyone you don’t absolutely have to buy for.
    • Save Christmas money throughout the year.  A Christmas savings account helps to equip you financially for the hefty spending you may be planning to do come December.
    • Choose gifts wisely.  You can find affordable gifts that the people in your life will love.  For instance, the Burt’s Bees Essential Kit holiday gift set is the perfect way to give the gift of natural beauty products to a beauty lover in your life.  It makes a great last minute stocking stuffer for under $10.  This gift set comes with five trial-sized products so you’re able to sample different, new beauty products.  I have been a fan of the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E and Peppermint for years!  It keeps my lips moisturized and conditioned while the peppermint leaves behind a cool, tingly feeling.  I also love the Burt’s Bees Body Lotion with Milk & Honey…  It’s non-greasy and smells so yummy, plus the scent is 100% natural.  You can purchase the Burt’s Bees set exclusively at your local Walmart and Walmart.com along with so many other affordable gifts this Christmas.  Walmart has everything you need for to prepare for the holidays this season!
    •  Keep the real reason for Christmas in mind.  It’s so easy to allow the stress of Christmas shopping, and all that comes with it, to steal our holiday joy.  The best part of the holidays is being with those you love, so don’t allow the pressure to turn you into the grinch.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

When it comes to Christmas shopping, I like to plan ahead. I started my gift list that I’m going to buy weeks ago! Does that make me a crazy Christmas lady? Probably. I’m totally cool with that though, lol! A lot of us should keep a budget in perspective when it comes to holiday shopping. I wanted to share some of my best tips for maintaining your sanity (and your budget) during Christmas.
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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.

Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

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!

Why You Need a Face Serum Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

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.

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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.

SK-II #OneBottleAwayfrom Challenge angela lanter hello gorgeous

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.

SK-II #OneBottleAwayfrom Challenge angela lanter hello gorgeous

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!

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



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