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As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with dry skin and have been searching for the perfect solution to treat it for good. Recently I discovered the new Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and was so excited to use it and see how it would help my skin. Today I am so excited to share with you a quick update and what I learned.

It’s been a few weeks since I first started using this moisturizer and can happily say, with daily use, my dry skin is gone! To use it effectively, I made sure to always apply it to my wet skin right after a shower or bath before I toweled off. It glides on the skin so smooth. It’s a thick cream and feels so luxurious on the skin. I could tell right away that it was going to work wonders for my combatting my dry skin.
No more, would I look down at my legs or arms and see red, cracked, flaky skin. My skin is so different from when I was younger and finding the new Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer has become the perfect solution for treating my uncooperative dry skin.


Living in Utah and Arizona where the air is so dry was a main factor in my dry skin. Not to mention stress, hot showers and harsh soaps my skin was in need of some serious tender, love, and care. If you are someone who suffers from dry skin then I’m sure you can relate to how uncomfortable it can be to have dry skin. The worst is when someone else would notice the dry skin around my elbows and knees or my dry, red knuckles. Now I make a daily, conscious effort to take better care of my skin. I am so happy that the solution only takes a few extra minutes every day!

In case you haven’t heard of the new, Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, it’s a new wet skin formula that lays the foundation for better moisturizer. After a bath or shower, since your skin cells expand, it provides an easy way for Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer to soak in and penetrate into just showered skin before it’s dried off.

The skin’s natural moisture barrier is maintained by ceramides which are building blocks necessary for healthy skin. Skin that is dry and damaged have lost their ceramides so it’s important to put them back into the skin. Since Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer contains an advanced ceramide complex it can help penetrate the skin to the source of the dryness. This helps replenish the skin’s ceramide levels and repair the moisture barrier. With new ceramides and Hydra Therapy dry skin can be targeted in a unique and effective way.

Maintaining my skin, ensuring it stays healthy and hydrated will always be a high priority for me. I could tell after the first use that my skin felt softer and more smooth. I can honestly say that I no longer feel embarrassed or self-conscious of my skin and love how hydrated it feels all day long. I’ve made Curel Hydra Therapy a daily part of my skincare routine and love how healthy my skin looks again!

If you’ve tried a ton of different moisturizers and haven’t found one that you love then I highly recommend trying Curel Hydra Therapy. It’s helped me heal my dry skin and I know it’ll work for you too!

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I used to think there was nothing I could do about my dry skin. It was always so frustrating to look down at my hands and see and feel how dry they were. I can’t even tell you how many times I would slip on a dress and be on my way to a social event only to realize my legs were flaky and dry. My skin has definitely changed as I’ve gotten older and finding the perfect solution for curing my uncooperative dry skin has always been a priority.

Dry skin can be triggered by so many different things such as stress, not moisturizing, dry air, hot showers and baths, harsh soaps, caffeine, alcohol, the list goes on and on! I’m sure there are many of you who also suffer from dry skin and can relate to the uncomfortable feelings you get when you have dry skin. There’s nothing worse than when someone else notices it and points it out too! To help end all of that I decided to make a conscious effort to take better care of my skin. I wasn’t sure how difficult it’d be to achieve but was happy to discover how simple it actually is to do!

I am so excited to tell you that I’ve discovered something new, the Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. It’s a new wet skin formula that lays the foundation for better moisturizer.

Hydrated, healthy skin requires a good water supply to the top layers of your skin. After showering, your skin cells expand like a sponge which provides an easy pathway for Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer to soak in and penetrate into just showered skin before it’s dried off.

Healthy skin contains vital building blocks called Ceramides which help maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier. When these are lost, skin becomes dry and damaged.

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer contains an advanced ceramide complex which helps penetrate the skin to the source of dryness, helping to replenish the skin’s ceramide levels and repair the moisture barrier. This combination of ceramides and Hydra Therapy is awesome because it focuses in on the main factors that cause dry skin in a unique and effective way.

Often times I’ve found some lotions to be irritating on the skin simply because of the fragrances that were added to it. Since Curel Hydra Therapy is fragrance-free I don’t have to worry about that!

As a woman, healthy-looking skin is extremely important to me. I don’t ever want to feel embarrassed or less confident because of my skin. I’ve only been using this product for a few days now but I can already tell that it’s going to make a big impact on my daily skincare routine. So far I’ve been applying it every morning and in the evenings but especially after getting out of the shower before toweling off. I love how it glides on so smoothly without leaving behind any greasy residue. My skin immediately feels more hydrated and stays that way for the rest of the day.

For those of you who suffer from dry skin too I am sure you can relate to all of this! Regardless of how horrible dry skin can feel, I know using Curel Hydra Therapy daily will help me end my dry skin. Try it with me and let’s all have beautiful skin together!

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burts-beels-holiday-kitThanksgiving is over and that means Christmas is right around the corner! Friends and family to buy gifts for and errands to run is a part of what makes this holiday season fun but also a little extra stressful. I’ve already started thinking about all of the people I need to buy gifts for and one thing I love to fall back on is fun, little gifts, like stocking stuffers. These are easy, affordable gifting ideas for family and friends because they are like little surprises that no one expects.

This season, Burt’s Bees® has two cute, holiday gift sets that are natural and affordable stocking stuffers. The Bee Nurtured set, which is available exclusively at Walmart, comes with 2 facial cleansing towelette pack favorites and a Moisturizing Vanilla Bean Lip Balm.

The Burt’s Bees® Essentials Kit comes with 5 popular trial sizes of Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Salve, Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm and Coconut Foot Cream.

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You can keep all the pieces together as one gift or break them up as little gifts for more friends. They’re also all travel friendly so with the cooler, winter weather, having an extra lip balm and lotion conveniently packed away in your purse is always great to pull out whenever you need it.

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Walmart has everything you need to get ready for the holidays, including both of these holiday gift sets. So next time you’re heading out to pick up your wrapping supplies, make it a one stop shop and head over to the natural beauty section to stock up on these stocking stuffers!

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Fall is in full swing and with that comes gorgeous colors and cooler temps. My skin and hair also notice the dip in season because it instantly becomes a lot drier especially through the ends. Since I color my hair I am always checking labels and making sure they’re going to be a good fit for my blonde highlights. Color protection is always a must for me because who wants to spend big bucks on hair appointments only to have the color stripped from their hair?

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When I’m looking for a great shampoo and conditioner, I love to get something that will color protect while also adding moisture to my hair. Dry, brittle hair means breakage and that’s the ultimate no when trying to grow your hair long or keep long hair strong.

Since using Garnier’s® Whole Blends™, I’ve already noticed how silky and smooth it leaves my hair.

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I’ll be honest and tell you at first I was a skeptic about the shampoo and conditioner. What worried me most was whether it would dull my color and leave it feeling dry. It did neither of those things and I am in love with how the Color Care line with Argan Oil & Cranberry extracts set smells!  It reminded me of this concoction my mom used to simmer on the stove during this time of year. Pure heaven, let me tell you.

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Every time I use them in the shower all these sweet memories coming rushing back to me and I just feel so happy inside! It reminds me how important it is to make traditions and I want more than anything to create holiday memories for Cohen to remember.

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Garnier® Whole Blends™ Color Care with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts, smells exactly like Fall in a bottle. After using both the shampoo and conditioner, I could immediately tell a difference in the feel of my hair. Not only was it soft from the Argan oil, but shiny and manageable as well. Not only do I get beautiful hair, I can maintain the beautiful new color as well.

If you are looking for a color care system that will keep your hair vibrant through the Fall & Winter months, I highly recommend picking up the Garnier® Whole Blends™ set!

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All through high school and college I didn’t wear a lot of makeup, which also means I rarely washed my face too. I cringe looking back and realizing how badly I treated my skin. Now that I’m a little bit older I have made it a habit to wash off my makeup every night and do a light cleanse in the mornings too. Recently I started using the Garnier SkinActive® Micellar Cleansing Water to my daily skincare routine and have noticed such a huge difference. Where most people wash their face with a simple soap and water, micellar water draws out the impurities in the skin without drying it out so it works as a facial wash, makeup remover and moisturizer all in one. The ultimate time saver especially if you often forget to scrub your makeup off every night! garnier-skin-active-micellar-cleansing-water-review

This type of product has actually been around for a while and is quickly becoming a skincare staple in many bathroom cabinets. I love to use it because it because it can easily remove an entire face of makeup without leaving behind any oil like many makeup cleansers do. Garnier SkinActive® has even developed a waterproof formula to help remove heavy foundations or stubborn eye makeup like waterproof mascara. So you won’t need to use a separate makeup remover to get that fresh face every night.

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If you use a makeup wipe to remove your makeup at night they’re often saturated with chemicals. Micellar water is lot safer for the skin and is just as convenient to remove makeup. In the mornings I simply moisten a large cotton ball and swipe it all over my face to prep my skin for that day’s makeup. At night, I’ll use a cotton round to remove any makeup or dirt from the day. It quickly became my favorite product to use at night because it’s gentle and hydrating on my dry, sensitive skin. It’s even replaced my toner because it doesn’t contain alcohol so it never stings or irritates my skin.

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I also love to use it to help clean up any of my beauty blunders. I can never get a perfectly straight cat eye so I just gently dab a drop on a cotton swab to help create a sleek line. I also love to use to clean up any eyeshadow fallout from under my eyes and on the occasion when I get a little mascara on my upper lid, eek!

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Over the next few months we’re planning a few trips and using micellar water as part of my beauty routine will help lighten my travel beauty bag because it replaces both my makeup remover and face wash.

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Bottom line, it’s my new go-to product because it’s perfect for those lazy nights when I don’t have the energy to stand at the sink, and it’s also great for a quick cleanse in the morning if I want to start with a fresh face before applying makeup. Garnier SkinActive® Micellar Cleansing Water has already become a permanent product in my skincare routine.

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bare-minerals-rescue-ultaSummer is right around the corner (May is almost over!) and with that comes days at the beach, lounging poolside and sunny, hot days. I recently picked up Complexion Rescue by Bare Minerals and have been using it every single day, literally dying over here to share with you this fabulous new Summer makeup must-have.

ulta-bare-minerals-rescue-creamAll through the heat of the summer I love keeping my makeup light and airy and this tinted moisturizer is a skin lifesaver! I have the driest of dry skin and finding a great makeup base is always a struggle. Not only is this gel cream moisturizing, but it also provides anti-aging sun protections (SPF 30!), double yes please!

bare-minerals-complexion-rescue-review-beautyIn a few words, this tinted moisturizer is wonderful for normal to dry skin and applies a satin-like dewy finish leaving you with a healthy glow. It’s light, natural looking coverage is perfect through the warmer months and even better if you prefer a sheer, translucent coverage for already-great skin.

bare-minerals-complexion-rescueEven during the colder months of the year I still love to apply a tinted moisturizer underneath my regular foundation for a little extra layer of hydration. If you have combination or oily skin, it might be a little too moisturizing but nothing a bit of powder can’t combat in those shine-prone zones.

complexion-rescue-bare-minerals-reviewIt comes in a wide range of 10 different shades, so you can use it all year round, even after that tan fades. To achieve a layer of sheer coverage, I buffed a quarter-sized amount of Complexion Rescue onto my face with a flat top foundation brush in swift, circular motions. If I need a little extra coverage under my eyes or on a blemish, I dab a dot on top with my finger. I loved how quickly I could see a difference in my skin, less dull and more luminous. A makeup must-have all year round!

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mothers-day-with-cohenMy entire world changed when little Cohen came into our lives. It’s been such a sweet experience seeing him grow and develop, changing so fast! I sometimes wish there was a way to slow it all down but it only gets better and better with each passing day. I love being his mom, being his #1, day in and day out and I wouldn’t change it. me-and-cohen-new-orleans With that of course, some days getting ready means throwing on a favorite sweatshirt and brushing my teeth. Other days, it means letting him play in my makeup drawers to catch a few minutes to apply some makeup. Motherhood can be a unique personal transformation. Sometimes I feel like a complete baggy-eyed zombie and other times I feel unexpectedly more feminine and womanly than I ever have before. cohen-hat-hawaii Most of the time I would rather forego applying makeup and curling my hair in order to spend more time with Cohen. That being said, it’s still very important for us as mother’s to continue to take care of ourselves. I love doing everything with Cohen and that even means when I need to get ready for the day or take an evening bath. I love playing in the tub while washing away the day and he loves having all of my attention just to himself. cohen-me-hawaii-hotel Taking care of my hair is a vital component to one of my daily passions, creating and providing hair tutorials here on Missy Sue. Being a ‘hair blogger’ I am always on the hunt for that miracle product. Moisturizing, hydrating, invigorating, the holy grail of products. When I discovered Garnier® Whole Blends™ I was so pleased to discover how perfect it was for my beauty routine. It helps keep my hair in the best condition it can be so I feel confident knowing that I can help provide for my family and still feel beautiful everyday. how-to-curl-your-hairSince my hair has been so dry and frizzy lately, thanks to the weather here in Mississippi, I’ve started using the Garnier® Whole Blends™ Smoothing line with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter extracts. I could immediately tell how much my hair had improved, it was hydrated and smelled so great. On days when I am too busy to style my hair I love letting it air dry. With these products I noticed that after using the shampoo and conditioner, my hair would dry in nice, soft waves because it was so hydrated. Exactly what I have been looking for! garnier-whole-blends

Whole Blends™ offers great haircare that is both gentle and nourishing and I am a big fan of the line from Garnier®. They design hair care, skincare, and even hair color that really works so I can focus more on time with Cohen and not have to worry about the little things when it comes to my daily beauty routine.

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Being a new mom means I don’t get a lot of time to myself. With all the diaper changes, feedings, baths, and endless playing that comes with a baby, finding a few minutes to myself is always tricky. I love getting ready though and having my hair done so finding those few extra minutes to pamper myself is very important. My hair endures a lot with all of the curling, blow drying, and updos that I put it through so taking care of it is my number one priority. Because of that, I am always looking for that holy grail product that will keep my hair healthy, shiny, and strong.

hair-care-nexxus-costco-1When I discovered Nexxus Oil Infinite Shampoo and Conditioner I really noticed a difference in my hair. It felt stronger, less frizzy, and more vibrant in color. The shampoo is so moisturizing and great for cleaning out the daily products that I use while leaving it shiny and frizz-free.  With the look of a silky lotion, this shampoo doesn’t strip my hair of shine or softness. It’s perfect for my fine hair too because despite being so moisturizing it doesn’t weight it down or leave it feeling greasy.

hair-care-nexxus-costco-2I love the conditioner just as much because it’s infused with the necessary oils to make my hair luminous and healthy; two things I always look for in a great conditioner. It makes my hair so soft and shiny that it’s so much easier to style which is a definite must for me. Unlike a lot of conditioners that cover the hair with a heavy film, this one tames my frizz while boosting shine without leaving behind any gunky buildup.  hair-care-nexxus-costco-6

A shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t leave behind a greasy buildup means I can stretch my hair washings an extra day or two which of course means I can spend that extra time playing with Cohen. A beauty routine that is both efficient and quick is more important now than ever before with him here. He craves my constant attention and being able to be there for him everyday is my new number one priority. Nexxus from Costco gives me the chance to not only spend more time with my baby but still look fresh and fabulous every single day.  It’s easily become a necessary basic in my beauty repertoire.
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