My Affordable Skin Care Routine

I truly believe that good skin comes from diet, stress-reduction, and balanced hormones. That being said, I’m always on the hunt for budget-friendly skincare products that have simple ingredients and won’t irritate my skin. I’m prone to redness, and I have the struggle of combination skin.

Step 1- I start with the Face Halo to take off my make-up. You can read all about my obsession with this product by reading this post.

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$22 for 3 Face Halos. This pack will last you for months.

Step 2- Orange Blossom Face Wash

Several months ago, I posted to Instagram Stories searching for a great facewash. Several of you suggested that I try Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash. I’m obsessed. It leaves my skin feeling so clean. I also love the earthy scent.

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Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash  $33.50


Last month, I had the pleasure of attending Modern Dermatology’s Media Party with my fellow-blogging buddy, Helen Phillips. Doctors Klein and Robinson have created the most gorgeous space. (Stay tuned as I will be visiting the office for my annual skin check.) As if opening a state-of-the-art facility in Westport wasn’t enough, they even have their own affordable skincare line. Their hydrating serum is AH-FREAKIN-MAZING! This product is a fast absorbing gel that feels like heaven on your face. It is a hyaluronic acid serum that also contains cucumber, arnica, willow bark, chamomile, & licorice extract. I wanted to post about this product after the first time I used it- that is how amazing it is. To be fair, I told myself I would use it for a full month before singing its praises. Well, it’s been a month, and the serum is just as amazing as it was on Day 1.

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PureBioDerm Hydrating Serum $28.50


Shopping at Louis Vuitton Maison Champs Élysées

Visiting Paris with Ben this past July was an absolute dream. We spent our five days exploring, strolling, eating, drinking, and marveling in all the wonders Paris has to offer. (You can read more about our trip here.)

To shop in Champs-Élysées is an amazing experience, and I really wanted to visit the Louis Vuitton store. You do save money shopping brands like LV while in France. (More on that at the bottom of this post). To be clear, my closet is home to all ends of the fashion spectrum. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that my daily wardrobe comes mainly from JCrew, H&M, Old Navy and Nordstrom. I’m a first-grade teacher, and there is nothing fancy or glamourous about that. That being said, I do enjoy having a few high-end fashion treats in my closet; a few pair of shoes and accessories. There are some things that are just beautiful and timelss. (Like my decade-old LV Speedy Bag that is aging better than I am.)

So, we wandered into the Louis Vuitton shop in Champs-Élysées, and had a blast. The store is almost like a museum, too. It was so fun to look at the old pieces and read the history behind them. We were given the most incredible service. Our salesman wore white gloves and served us champagne as he helped me find the perfect belt.

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Male Model or my fiancé? It’s hard to tell…

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Many people wonder- is it cheaper to buy LV in France rather than in the states? In a nutshell- YES! All prices are in euros and include tax. You will be refunded the taxes if you have a US passport. You need to bring your passport when you shop, and they will give you all the proper forms to fill out before you go through customs at the airport. If you pay with a credit card, most banks also refund any sort of conversion fee. My total savings were about $110.