CELEBRITY SKIN ENVY: CHRISSY TEIGEN

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This girl is on fire right now. She’s a supermodel, is married to John Legend AND has an incredible personality. Like seriously, have you read some of her tweets? She’s hilarious. But I want to talk about how insanely jealous I am of her skin – it’s perfect.

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Chrissy has one of those natural and fresh-looking glows to her skin that everyone else is super envious of. And honestly, how can she have such smooth skin? I read that she exfoliates regularly – and not just her face but her entire body as well. But, when you’re photographed in bikinis all day, it’s important to have radiant skin everywhere! Try Enza Essentials Shea Butter Body Polish if you want exfoliation from head to toe.

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Her complexion is so bright and never looks dull. Also, there is not a single enlarged pore in sight! She must use a skin-tightening masque to make her pores look non-existent. I read that one of Chrissy’s favorite skincare products is a good moisturizer and she reapplies it every few hours so her skin stays hydrated all the time. And, she must drink LOTS of water for added moisture!

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No matter where she is, Chrissy always look fabulous. She needs minimal foundation because her complexion is so even. I love that the caramel highlights in her dark brown hair compliment her skin tone so well, and her brows have an amazing shape. She looks gorgeous with pink cheeks and a matching lip. And she never looks tired from traveling from photoshoot to photoshoot – she must use an eye cream to always look awake and refreshed!

What do YOU love about Chrissy Teigen? -xo Kayla

SHRINK THOSE PORES!

This may ruin your day, but it’s actually impossible to physically shrink your pores. I know, you’re probably devastated now. But there is good news! I have come up with some simple steps that you can do to make your pores appear WAY SMALLER and less noticeable.

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Always wash your makeup off. The best way to make your pores look smaller is by keeping them unclogged. If you’re an avid makeup wearer, it’s especially important to wash your face every single night. By leaving makeup on your face too long and too often, your pores can become permanently stretched out and will always appear larger. Find a gentle cleanser that works for your skin type so you’ll enjoy using it! And be sure to do a double cleanse.

Use glycolic acid. This ingredient is a miracle worker. Glycolic acid stimulates the collagen in your skin and tightens pores, therefore making them look less noticeable. The perfect product to use if you want to reap the glycolic acid benefits is Enza Essentials Glycolic Serum. It gently removes rough, dead skin cells and gives your skin a super smooth appearance. And your pores will look fantastic!

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All of my favorite pore-shrinking products!

Exfoliate. I’m obsessed with this step in my skincare routine. When you exfoliate, dead skin cells are sloughed off, leaving your complexion brighter and so smooth. I recommend using a product that is gentle enough to use twice a week but contains ingredients such as salicylic acid to powerfully clean and exfoliate deep down into pores. And remember, don’t exfoliate harder—that can permanently damage your pores. Exfoliate longer for the best results and smallest pores.

Wear a masque. If you’re wanting instant results, try applying a masque. Firming masques give your skin a tightening sensation by pulling oil and water out of your pores, making them smaller. This technique is great for people with oily skin because it extracts the excess oils on your face . Enza’s Pore Extraction Masque uses camphor and sulfur to purify skin and cut through oil.

Enjoy your smaller-looking pores! xo- Kayla

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING IN YOUR 20′S

If you’re in your twenties, preventing your skin from aging is probably the last thing on your mind. But, read these 5 tips and see how easy it is to keep your skin looking young and fresh for years to come!

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1. Wear SPF everyday. We say it here at Enza Essentials constantly, but it really is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Sun damage is what ages your appearance the most so prevention is your BFF. The easiest thing you can to is moisturize your skin with a lightweight lotion containing SPF of at least 30 in the mornings before you leave your house, and reapply as needed. Enza Essentials Advanced Protection SPF 30 feels amazing, protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays, and doesn’t smell like a typical sunscreen. Also, don’t forget your neck and the tops of your hands—these areas are often forgot about but can easily show signs of skin aging at a young age.

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2. Wash your face. I started this habit about five years ago and I couldn’t be more proud of myself because I’ll continue doing it for many years to come. While washing your face in the morning is important for a smooth and fresh makeup application, cleansing your face at night is an absolute must. If you’re like me, you wear makeup all day long so it’s necessary to give your skin time to breathe. Plus, if you continuously sleep with makeup on, your pores can become permanently enlarged, leading to frustration with your complexion down the road.

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3. Use an eye cream. Even if you have yet to find any wrinkles around your eye area, it’s a fantastic idea to start applying it in your twenties. Since the skin surrounding your eyes is so delicate and thin, it’s one of the first places that fine lines will show up, making it very important to take good care of it now. Try using Enza Essential’s Eyebright Intensive Eye Creme to hydrate the skin around your eyes and prevent dark circles from showing up. And, it’ll make your under-eye concealer look great all day long.

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4. Exfoliate. As you age, your skin’s natural process of exfoliation slows down and your cells can’t renew themselves as quickly as before. Exfoliating your skin will clean clogged pores, remove dead skin cells, and brighten your skin so it’s a wonderful idea to start this habit ASAP. I exfoliate 2-3 times a week with Enza’s Fine Facial Polish. It also makes my foundation look amazing all day long!

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5. Antioxidants are key. Antioxidants are fabulous in so many ways—they speed up production of collagen, fight off free radicals that cause damage, and can even out and brighten your complexion. It’s a great idea to start applying antioxidants directly to your skin and incorporate foods packed with them into your diet. Vitamin C Serum gives your skin the wonderful benefits of antioxidants AND it’s 20% off through the rest of July!

Making skincare a daily routine is one of the best things you can do in your twenties. Treat your skin with some TLC and the payback will be worth it in 20 years, I promise! –xo Kayla

A BIT OF COUNTRY

I’m SO EXCITED to head to Country Jam later today! One of the most important – and fun – parts of this summer festival is dressing up in the perfect summer country outfit. Here’s what I’ll be wearing today!

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I’m OBSESSED with this Embellished Neck Print Halter Dress that my lovely Mother recently bought me from Maurices.

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My new sunnies from Forever 21 will be with me the ENTIRE weekend!

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I cannot go to a country music festival without wearing a pair of boots! These Blowfish boots are a few years old but I still love them. And they’re super comfy!

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I’ll have my Enza Essentials Lip Treatment in my bag at all times so my lips look AMAZING in every picture!

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And I’m off to Country Jam! -xo Kayla

BENEFITS OF USING A TONER

If you’re not already using a toner in your daily skincare regimen, I suggest you start ASAP. Here are some of the fabulous benefits that a toner will give your skin!

Hydrating. This may seem obvious, but toners really do give your skin added moisture. Enza Essential’s Saturation Toner does a perfect job of hydrating your complexion and keeping it moisturized throughout the day. Why not start your morning out with fresh skin? Just spritz your toner onto a cotton ball and wipe it over your entire face for a rejuvenated look.

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Balancing. Not only will a toner give your face moisture, but it will also balance the pH levels in your skin.  It absorbs the excess oils that are found deep inside your pores. When you use a toner, your skin will be very clean, giving you a lesser chance of having a breakout appear. Enza’s Extraction Toner is ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin and gives an oil-free glow.

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Brightening. One of my favorite benefits of using a toner is how it removes any dead skin cells that dull the appearance of my complexion. It literally brightens skin instantly. I use Enza’s Cool Sustaining Toner which feels amazing! It boosts cell renewal so my skin always looks healthier each day. And honestly, who doesn’t want to brighten their complexion? Using a toner is such a simple step with great benefits.

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Purifying. Toners are amazing at really making sure your skin is free of any sort of debris. Cleansers do a wonderful job of washing makeup, dirt and oil off your face, but toners can get even deeper down into pores to clean them out. And, using a toner can help shrink your pores which reduces the chance of impurities from getting into your skin.

Using a toner in your daily skincare routine will benefit your complexion in so many ways. I never leave the house or go to bed without applying my toner. It has made a world of difference on my skin!

Skin Tip: After applying my toner, I use Enza’s Glycolic Serum to exfoliate my skin. I put it on directly after toning because that’s when my skin is the cleanest, giving the Glycolic Serum the deepest exfoliation it can get. Plus, the Glycolic Serum is 20% off through the end of the month! Order now at enza.com!

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: COUNTRY JAM

This weekend I am headed to Country Jam USA and couldn’t be more excited! There’s nothing quite like spending an entire weekend with a bunch of friends, live country music, and lots of summer fun.  Since I’ll be spending 8+ hours at the festival each day, I need my bag to be prepared with all the essentials. Here’s a look at what I’ll have packed in my bag at Country Jam:

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Bag. The very first thing I must pack is a cute bag (obviously) that I will put all my essentials in! I’m using this tote from TJ Maxx. It fits everything I’ll need and is pretty adorable I might add.

Scarf. It’s always a fabulous idea to pack an oversized scarf when going to a music festival. I can use it to pop a squat on the ground while listening to the concerts, then at night I can wrap it around my neck if it gets chilly.

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Shine Control. When you’re surrounded by thousands of people and the sun is beating down on you, it’s easy for your face to get a little shiny. I’ll be wearing Enza Essential’s Shine Control on my T-zone to keep my makeup in place and looking great all day long.

Lip Color. Because it’s always important to look glamorous, I will not be leaving the house without my Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Candied Rose. It’s a great shade for summer!

Spot Extractor. You never truly know what will pop up on your face so it’s always better to be prepared for when that unwanted blemish shows up. I’ll have my little savior – Enza’s Spot Extractor – in my bag just in case!

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Sunnies. Not only are sunglasses super adorable and can complete your entire outfit, they give your precious eyes protect too. I’m so excited to wear these new sunnies I just got from Forever 21 - they are very lightweight and comfortable.

SPF. Sunscreen is packed in my bag every day of the year, but especially during this music festival. Advanced Protection SPF 30  gives my skin the protect and hydration it needs to stay healthy and it’s super lightweight!

Lucky Magazine. Since there’s always some downtime in between shows, I’ll have this packed to keep me occupied. And, I always LOVE to keep up on the latest trends!

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Wallet. This simple brown wallet from Target is perfect for my weekend at Country Jam. It’ll give me a spot to keep my ID, cash, and cards safe and all together.

Deodorant. Because I’ll be singing, dancing, and running around all day in the heat, it’s always a good idea to pack some deodorant and antiperspirant just in case I don’t smell like roses.

Water Bottle. It’s SO important to keep your body and skin hydrated during the summer months. I’ll have my favorite water bottle with me when I need to fill it up and refuel.

Snacks. When I need a little boost of energy, I’ll reach for these fruit snacks and Enza chocolate bar I’ll have packed. I don’t want to become hangry (hungry+angry) because that NEVER ends well.

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I’m all set for a fun weekend at Country Jam USA! – xo Kayla

DIY: BLUEBERRY MINT ICE

I have to admit – drinking eight glasses of water a day is a challenge! Here’s a SUPER simple and delicious way to infuse your water with a little taste of summer!

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First, I filled an ice cube tray with cold water. You can use filtered water if you prefer! Make sure to rinse your blueberries as well.

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Next, I put 2-3 blueberries in each individual ice cube section.

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Then, I put several pieces of mint leaves in each section. All I did was actually pull the mint leaves apart myself. It took about 5 hours for the ice to freeze! I was so anxious to try these!

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They taste AND look amazing! I definitely recommend trying this simple blueberry and mint ice cube recipe. Your skin will love it too! – xo Kayla

SUMMER WEDDING EYE MAKEUP INSPIRATION

Summertime means wedding season. Most people attend more weddings during summer’s three months than they will the entire rest of the year. So if you’re on the guest list for 1 wedding this summer or 10, I have a super simple makeup look that will be sure to look fabulous for the occasion!

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WHAT PRODUCTS I’M USING: I not only love Jane Iredale’s mineral face makeup, but her eye makeup too. I’m using Golden Girl Eye Shadow, Jelly Jar Eyeliner in Black, and Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthing Mascara in Black.

WHAT BRUSHES I’M USING: To get this perfect wedding look, I’m using Jane Iredale’s Eye Shader Brush, Crease Brush, and Angle Eyeliner Brush.

Step 1: Apply base.

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I use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade in the trio right under my brow bones. This gives my eyes some highlights. Then, using the same brush, I sweep the golden shade onto my eyelids and up to just under my brow bones. So far so good, right?

Step 2: Apply crease.

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While using the Crease Brush, I apply the darkest shade to the outside corner of my eyelid and along the crease. I blend it all together for a more natural look.

Step 3: Eyeliner.

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This is my favorite step! After dipping the Angle Eyeliner Brush into the Jelly Jar gel, I swipe a subtle line into my lash line.

TIP: For a more dramatic look, draw a thicker, winged line on your lashes.

Step 4: Finish with mascara.

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In my opinion, an eyelash curler can be a girl’s best friend. I always curl my lashes before applying mascara, especially in the morning so I look more awake. Then, I swipe on Longest Lash Mascara, let it dry, then apply a second coat.

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Voila! All finished and ready for the wedding! And it couldn’t have been any easier to create this look. What’s your go-to summer wedding makeup? -xo Kayla

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: GLYCOLIC ACID

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The term ‘glycolic acid’ may or may not be in your vocabulary, but I’m going to tell you why it most definitely should be! There are SO many amazing skin benefits of glycolic acid that I want to make you aware of because this ingredient really is great.

Glycolic acid can be found in many anti-aging products because it does a fabulous job of refreshing skin. It exfoliates the surface layer which makes skin smoother by sloughing off dead skin cells that have built up over time. It also helps minimize the appearance of age spots and acne discoloration. Sounds pretty wonderful, huh?

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This anti-aging ingredient also helps with acne-prone skin. Glycolic acid has drying properties which helps fight oily skin that causes acne. Also, since the acid exfoliates, it cleans clogged pores which then helps to prevent future breakouts caused from dead skin cells.

One of my favorite Enza products is the Glycolic Serum which contains glycolic acid. It has such a lightweight feel but always leaves my face feeling ridiculously clean. I apply it to my face and neck right after I use my cleanser and toner, giving me a deep clean. The glycolic acid exfoliates my pores while giving me a brighter complexion. I’ve definitely fallen in love with the Glycolic Serum!

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HOW TO AVOID A SUMMER SKIN MELTDOWN

In my opinion, one of the most frustrating things that can happen to us women is looking in a mirror halfway through the day to find our beautiful face of makeup shiny, sweaty, creased, blotchy, and melted. (Yeah.) And although I love summer more than any other season, this happens now more than ever. Here’s a few of my best tips to help keep your skin from having a summer meltdown:

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Wash your face. Before applying any makeup in the morning, be sure to wash your face to get rid of any excess dirt or oil that has built up overnight. Gently massage your face with your fingertips to get a great clean, then pat dry. Your makeup will go on smoother and more evenly, starting your day off as fresh as possible. My favorite is Enza’s Sustaining Cleanser because it’s so lightweight and brightens my complexion. I always do a double cleanse. Once to rid of surface pollutants, and then again to get deeper into my pores. 

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Exfoliate. If you want your foundation to look even better and stay in place all day, exfoliate two to three times per week. I LOVE using Fine Facial Polish. It helps gently scrub away impurities and absorbs excess oil on my face. I’m so happy I added this product to my skincare routine. It makes everything so much easier! 

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Use a primer. When it comes to saving your makeup from a serious meltdown, Shine Control is a fabulous defense. This lightweight formula primes your skin by controlling shine on your face. After I cleanse and tone my skin, I apply my Shine Control to my T-zone (where most of my oil appears) and then put on my makeup. It gives me an amazing matte finish all day!

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Proof and powder your products. Waterproof eyeliner and mascara really are important for preventing a makeup meltdown, especially if you’ll be swimming or sweating more than normal. Raccoon eyes don’t look good on anyone. Also, try dusting a translucent powder over your entire face after you’ve finished applying your foundation. This helps create a matte finish and keeps your foundation in place.

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Another great way to set your foundation is to spritz your skin with a hydration spray. This helps keep liquid and powder foundations in place, while giving your skin added moisture. I’m using Jane Iredale’s D2O Hydration Spray in the picture above.

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Drink more water. This is something you should be doing all year round, but especially during this hot and humid season. Not only are you hydrating your body but your skin as well. And drinking water gives you clearer, more beautiful skin so then you don’t have to wear as much makeup to hide your complexion! It’s a win-win all around.

One last tip! Since the summer months call for lots of time in the sun, remember to ALWAYS wear your SPF! Your skin will not only be protected from sunburns, but also from long term sun damage effects like dark spots and wrinkles. It’s a must for EVERYONE! Do you have any tips for avoiding a skin meltdown this summer? -xo Kayla