How to Go from Dull to a Brighter Complexion

It always seems like when it finally comes time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, thanks to winter’s cooler temps, I’ve been left with a dry, somewhat dull complexion. I don’t know about you, but I want a rosy glow when I’m out and about on sunny spring days. And that’s why I don’t take this whole dull complexion thing lying down. And I’m sure you don’t want to either. So, let’s talk about how to go from dull to a brighter complexion!

vitamin c gel

First, let’s focus on treatment. With daily use of a Vitamin C treatment like VI Derm Vitamin C Gel you can fight free radicals to prevent further aging of the skin while revealing a brighter complexion. I can’t tell you how silky and lightweight this gel feels when you apply it. And I experience no irritation, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility when we’re talking about something as potent as a vitamin C serum. In fact, I use it on my neck and chest too!

brightening serum

Next, you can use a brightening serum for some instant gratification. By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum not only treats damaged skin, but its light-reflective elements give you a luminous look right away. And did I mention that it color corrects to give your skin a more even tone as well? See ya, redness. Hello, radiance! And we can’t forget the dark spots. It helps mask those, and eventually lighten them as well. Score!

butterstick lip treatment

And finally we have the lips…This isn’t exactly for your complexion, but it will brighten up your face and make you look like you have a more vibrant complexion. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment Simply Rose SPF 25 enhances your lips’ natural color and gives them a subtle, yet effective boost that brightens your whole face. It comes as a part of the Kiss for the Cure Limited Edition Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo and Kiehl’s is donating 100% off the profits, up to $25,000, to Bright Pink, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. That alone makes it worth the purchase!

So, if you’re too ready to work on a brighter complexion for spring, any one of these go-to products of mine can help you get there! And for more beauty tips and tricks, check out how to calm down angry skin.

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How to Calm Angry Skin Down

Redness in my skin has been a thorn in my side for some time now. I’m quite fair skinned, so any irritation immediately shows up as angry skin. Plus, while I don’t have rosacea, I do have a lot of redness in my skin already, so any additional irritants just give my skin an even more uneven appearance. So, it’s in my best interest, to calm angry skin down fast whenever the situation arises. I know, I know. You’re thinking that’s easier said than done right? I get it. Angry skin can be so tough to soothe, but thankfully, I’m here to road test products that claim to help and share the ones I find to be most effective! And away we go…

soothing mask

First up is my number one trick…A soothing face mask can do wonders for calming down irritated skin. Frankly, I use various face masks to combat an array of skin issues and angry skin is definitely one of them. Now I used aloe on my sun kissed skin for years, but it’s been a while since I got too much sun as I’m very vigilant about sun protection now. So, aloe hasn’t been at the top of my list, silly me. Its soothing properties make it a perfect ingredient to combat angry skin! Enter the Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque!

soothing serum

Next is a serum…a super serum if you will. Inflammation is no joke and if you have it, you might be leery about putting anything on your skin. You don’t have to be scared of Frownies Immune Shield. It’s perfect if you happen to have been out in the sun a bit too much. Thanks to the Vitamin E, this serum soothes UV exposed skin, while tackling anti-aging issues like smoothing fine lines at the same time. See what I mean about it being a super serum?!

healing lotion

And finally we have a multi-purpose product. You know I can never talk about my favorite beauty goodies without throwing at least one multi-tasker in there. It must be the mama in me. I’m forever short on time and need my beauty regimen to be filled with products that can pull double duty. And that’s just what Molecule 32 Heal Face & Body Rescue Lotion does. It helps reduce redness and can be used on your face OR your body.

skin soothers

So, if irritation has been plaguing you, why not give one of these skin-soothing numbers a try? They’ll help you calm angry skin down in a flash! And for more beauty tips and tricks, check out the must have products I unboxed in my latest Birchbox subscription box!

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The Best Facial Oils for Younger Looking Skin

If there is one beauty product that I’m happy to have discovered recently, it’s facial oil. I’ve been using the basics like moisturizer, serum, eye cream and whatnot forever, it feels like, but I only added facial oil in the past few years. As soon as I applied it for the first time, I knew facial oils would be a permanent addition to my beauty routine. I have yet to find another product that matches their ability to give instant, and I mean instant, results. Facial oils give me an immediate rosy glow… and after a very long, pale winter, my skin could use it. Haha! Now there are a lot of facial oils out there, and I’ve tried several myself, so I thought I would round up some that I love for you. Don’t you want younger looking skin? Don’t we all? Bwah!

facial oils

Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil…This was actually the very first facial oil that I tried and it remains a forever favorite. It’s lightweight formula absorbs practically instantly and allows this girl to leave the house with little makeup thanks to the glow it gives me!

facial oil

Trilogy Rosehip Oil…This facial oil is not only hydrating, but it also has antioxidants in it, so you get some anti-aging action too when you use it! And did I mention that it’s organic?! I know I’m not the only one always looking for more natural beauty products!

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate…If you need a little pick me up in the morning, this is the facial oil for you. Not only does it give you a fresh, dewy look, but the crisp citrusy scent is downright invigorating. Bye bye fatigue! Hello refreshed face!

So, if you’ve been wondering if you really need facial oils in your life, the answer is YES if you want younger looking skin!

Shop the facial oils: Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil /  Trilogy Rosehip Oil / Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

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Three Ways to Get Smooth Skin

If there is anything I want more than a younger looking complexion, it’s smooth skin. Actually, nice smooth skin DOES make you look younger, so there you go. Clearly I want it all. Haha! Luckily, getting smooth skin isn’t out of your grasp. A ruddy complexion is one of the easiest skin woes to tackle and it all starts with exfoliation. Now you can go the DIY route, which I love doing myself when I have the time. In fact, this coffee honey mask is a great option for gentle exfoliation. But just in case you aren’t up for some DIY action right now, I rounded up a few of my favorite products to help you exfoliate and smooth out your skin.

tula face mask

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask… I am pretty darn addicted to masks, and when they can do double duty and exfoliate my skin too like this one, I’m all in! I’ve mentioned Tula products before with good reason. They’re amazing! This multi-purpose mask helps clear away the dead skin and debris that can clog up your skin. If you don’t clear all that away, get ready to live with dull skin. Blah!

kiehl's pure vitality skin renewing cream

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream… Once you’ve exfoliated you want to use a treatment cream that will continue the skin renewal process. This cream not only helps make that new skin that you’ve revealed thanks to your exfoliation dedication stronger, but it also increases cell turnover rate leaving you with a brighter, smoother complexion! It’s a game changer for dry, ruddy skin.

clarins multi active nuit

Clarins Multi-Active Nuit…You know what doesn’t lead to smooth skin? Not getting enough rest will definitely not help you achieve the complexion of your dreams. That being said, we’re moms. There are going to be times we don’t get enough sleep. We can make it a priority, but things happen like crying babies and sick kids. So having a secret weapon night cream that will fight the effects of exhaustion-ravaged skin is clutch! The poppy extract in this one literally helps smooth your skin while you slumber. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

For more beauty tips and tricks, check out my take on the best lip gloss for dry lips!

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Winter is here and it’s time to switch up the beauty routine. I’m swearing by the new beauty cleansing oil I found from Kiehls. It’s called the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.

Beauty Cleansing Oil



Putting oil on your face seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? But Kiehl’s new botanical product will have you rethinking what oil can do for your face. Your skin won’t feel greasy at all. I promise.

In the past year, I added a brightening facial oil to my skincare routine, making me think this cleanser might just for me.

Three Things I Love About Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil

1. The smell
2. It gets eye makeup off easily
3. It leaves your face feeling refreshed, not dry

You won’t get a big sudsy wash, as the cleanser emulsifies, it’ll get whiter and milky looking. I start with three pumps on dry skin. I blend the oil in my hands and then apply to my face. After a bit of cleansing, I wet my hands and add some water–things get a little sudsier then.

For my everyday eye makeup, this gets EVERYTHING off! When I did a dramatic evening eye (charcoal shadow and black liner), I did have to go back with an eye makeup remover to get the eye makeup off.

With the drier, colder air, switching to a gentler cleanser just makes sense for my beauty routine. Do you switch things up for winter? I am also on the hunt for a GREAT winter moisturizer to use after skiing. Any ideas? Any great moisturizing masks? Friends, I want to test them. Please let us know!

It definitely smells like a garden–there’s nothing harsh or chemically about the scent. I was happy to see evening primrose oil (which is rich in omega-6 fatty acids)–I’ve been hearing so much about primrose is face products. Plus it has my favorite essential oil, lavender, which just makes everything smell like the fields of France.  It’s also soap-free, sulfate-free, and mineral oil free. But it’s not free. Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is $32.  Shop for it here:

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Our Top Beauty Tutorials

If I love anything it’s a good beauty product. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to test out some amazing products, along with some stinkers too (haha), so I thought it would be fun to share a few of our top beauty tutorials. While I, of course, love sharing all my favorite finds with you, I always find it interesting which ones you all like the best…So, let’s get to it. Hopefully you’ll find a tip or two that you can add to your beauty routine!

beauty tutorials

I was thrilled when I saw my Best Face Mask ever post picking up steam…If you want to find out how to instantly have glowing skin, head over and watch this video! This Kiehl’s face mask is literally one of my favorite products of all time. We all like instant gratification and this mask gives it to you in spades! It literally takes years off your face. I look so much younger after using it. No joke!

sea salt spray now

Let’s switch to hair for a moment…Sea salt spray is a must have for me in the summer and, frankly, every other season too. I just love easy breezy undone texture and sea salt spray helps me achieve that with minimal effort. In fact, I shared my favorite super quick tip for how to use sea salt spray to achieve laid back curls / waves! It should be one of the easiest beauty tutorials you ever attempt!

urban decay

And one of my most recent beauty tutorials for how to use my favorite makeup setting spray really seemed to resonate too. I wasn’t kidding when I said this product is a game changer. Once you try it, you’ll never go back! Trust me. The way it cut into the shininess my face seems to forever sport, especially in the summertime, is kind of amazing!

Shop the post: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray / Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque / Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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The Best Face Mask Ever

Skincare is a very important part of my life and I recently added a powerhouse little product to my beauty routine that instantly improved my complexion…And I do mean instantly…My skin looked better after just ONE use people! I know that sounds like it’s too good to be true, but I urge you to give my new favorite product, the best face mask ever, a test drive before you say no way!

I consider the miracle product in question to be the BEST face mask ever because it’s the best face mask I’ve ever used and this girl is kind of a product junkie. You might say I’ve tried my fair share out. So, trust me when I say I have never had a product make my skin look so good…so FAST! Intriguing right? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer…I’m talking about the Kiehls Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.

Best Face Mask Ever

I broke down why I love this face mask so much in one of my latest beauty videos, but let me give you a little taste of what you can expect…Not only is this mask super energizing, but it instantly gives my skin a beautiful rosy glow. I use it the night before a day I really want my skin to look great and, voila, I wake up looking so healthy and refreshed. It’s as if I did just enough cardio to be flushed without being sweaty. Does that paint a good picture for you? Haha!

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Best Express Facial in NYC Kiehl’s Spa

kiehls spa

Show me a modern NYC mom and I’ll show you a woman in need of two things–more time and a bit of pampering. The Kiehl’s 1851 Spa in Manhattan can giver her both (hint, hint, Mother’s Day is a few weeks away!). We’re all busy and focused on making memories at home, being meaningful contributors to our workplaces or communities and then maybe squeezing in time to nourish ourselves. Making time for great skin isn’t at the top of the list.

But…why not?

This is the year of taking time back. This is the year of showing gratitude. You may have noticed we’re trying to do MORE with LESS here at Momtrends. Fewer features, but focusing on sharing trends that will truly help moms. When a Kiehl’s pitch arrived in my inbox, I was ready to hit delete, but because I’m a brand fan, something made me stop and open it. I was intrigued, not by a new product, but by the fact that Kiehl’s had opened their first (and only) spa on the Upper East Side.

Kiehl's Spa decor

Like all things Kiehl’s there’s a quirky coolness about the place. The downstairs is a full-size shop, the spa is on the second floor. You’ll see plenty of exposed brick with old-fashioned ads/murals painted on the walls for a modern effect. The spa isn’t new-agey, fussy or funky with patchouli and incense. It’s a crisp space–it’s got a great vibe.

hydrating masque

I picked the Oxygen Infused Express Facial. The 30-minute treatment ($75) focused on cleaning, exfoliating and then hydrating. I was in and out in 30 minutes–really I rarely have time for a 90-minute treatment. I want high impact FAST. The therapist was amazing. She gave me an excellent head and neck massage as the masque she applied was working.

Express Facial Products Used

When I think of Kiehl’s I think of fabulous ingredients. I’ve always loved the Kiehl’s stores because the pressure to buy is low. The trick is they give you samples to try–which inevitably you’ll love–then you come back for a happy purchase. I figured the spa was going to be a similar experience. Yep. I was right. No sales pitch. After my treatment, I was given a load of samples to try and sent on my merry way.

Rose Artica

Momtrends pick: Rosa Arctica Eye, An anti-aging, rejuvenating eye balm for younger-looking eyes.

Yes, there are plenty of full-length treatments, and if you’ve got the time I bet they are fantastic (I do mean to try the Deep Pore Cleansing Facial on another visit). There’s also massages, waxing, and brow and lash services.

And here’s the result. No makeup, just glowing skin.

Kiehl's Spa Review NYC

They call it “Spa 1851” –named after the founding year. The treatments all use high concentrations of natural ingredients. My skin looked amazing at the finish. Back to the gratitude we mentioned at the beginning. A Kiehl’s treatment is a way of saying thank you to your skin. For the smiles, for the laughs, and for the kisses that land on your face from your little people. Take time to make your skin a priority at Kiehl’s.

Book yours at or call 1-888-SPA-1851

Kiehl’s Spa 1951
157 E.64th Street

This is not a sponsored post. The treatment was complementary.

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