Welcome to Winter: Hot chocolate.  The holidays.  Time with your loved ones.  And… dry skin.

As I’ve gotten older and (I’d like to think) wiser, I’ve learned to take care of my skin… and I want to share my routine with you.

I have worked out a skincare deal just in time for the holidays for Blonder Ambitions readers (I appreciate you so!).  Continue reading and find your holiday code at the bottom.

Once a week, I spend one hour “masking.”  I combine three different masks. I’ve found that this combination gets rid of dry winter skin, diminishes blackheads and pore size, and fades wrinkles (it’s amazing how important the concept of “anti-aging” becomes when you hit 31… tip to the younger ladies: start your anti-aging routine now… your skin will thank you later).

Step 1 in my skin routine: I use a Glacial Marine Mud Mask to draw impurities and toxins out of the skin.

Ready for some science? The basic molecular structure of this mask is negatively charged.  The positive ions that naturally occur in the mud and positively charged impurities bind to the mud’s negative charge and can then be rinsed away.

In basic language? This mask draws out all of the bad stuff.  What does that mean for you? Less breakouts. Fewer blackheads. Smaller pores.

Onto Step 2…

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My sister and I were going to a trunk show in Montecito, California and I wanted a look that was fresh, but not overdone.  I also wanted to play up my features in a way that was playful and pretty, not sexy and sultry… this was a daytime event with ladies who lunch and I wanted a look that was on point and respectful without sacrificing any style.  My sister suggested playing up my brows and lips and leaving my eyes clean and simple.  Her suggestion was spot-on… and this has now become one of my go-to makeup looks. Check out the video below for the simple step-by-step tutorial to achieving this bold look.


You can pull off this Patriotic Pinup look at anytime {and it’s the perfect complement to yesterday’s look: All-American Girl}.  This 1940’s inspired look can be worn year-round; professional enough for daytime responsibilities and flirty enough for nighttime encounters.  

Now that you have your hair pinned away from your face… and now that your face is framed with soft curls… it’s time to pull off a makeup look to match.

In about 10 minutes, you can complete the makeup routine.  Keys to this look: fresh skin, contoured cheekbones, winged liner with dramatic lashes on upper lash line only, and bold matte red lips.

Products I Used

Moisturizer:  bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper. Eyeshadow Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight. Liquid Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay Makeup in Sand Beige. Concealer: Maybelline CoverStick in Light Beige. Highlighter: Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl. Nude eyeshadow: MAC’s Naked Lunch. Brown eyeshadow: MAC shadows. Liquid Liner: L’Oreal’s carbon black liquid liner. Mascara: Voluminous L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara. Mineral Powder: Maybelline’s Mineral Powder Foundation. Bronzer: Too Faced Beach Bunny. Blush: Benefit’s Bella Bamba. Powder Highlighter: Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder. Brow Pencil: Maybelline’s Expertwear Eyeliner in Light Brown. Lip Pencil: Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lip Liner in Red. Lipstick: Revlon’s Matte Really Red.