OUR SKINCARE REGIMEN // Featuring Cetaphil

Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo

This post is sponsored by Cetaphil, a brand I’ve trusted for years.

When I look back at my teenager years, I remember a lot more angst about my skin than about boys. I had my first pimple in 6th grade, and actually got a little excited about it! It meant I was entering adolescence and dating boys would be on its way soon. But little did I know those pimples would plague me all through high school, and even after graduation. Yes, though for some reason I thought a cap and gown meant an escape from acne, I was wrong. Do people have acne in college? Yes. Yes they do. There is no magic date that marks the end of skincare angst, unfortunately.

Part of my problem was that I never really kept up with skincare regimens, because they always seemed so complicated. I had tried expensive skincare lines from department stores, but still wasn’t happy with my combination dry/oily skin. When I lived with my parents, I tried Cetaphil® wash and lotion on my face, because I had ran out of my usual stuff and my mom happened to have Cetaphil around for her extremely sensitive skin. I really didn’t think it would work for me, since I didn’t consider my skin to be sensitive, but after a short period of adjustment, I noticed a much better complexion.

For the past few years, I’ve been using Cetaphil pretty regularly, taking a break now and then to try something new, and then inevitably going back to my old standard. Even though I don’t have traditionally sensitive skin, I found that what I really needed was something gentle to cleanse and then something to deeply moisturize without clogging my pores. Along with exfoliating once a week, Cetaphil cleanser and lotion is really all I need for the best complexion I’ve ever had!

Cetaphil Skincare Line

I was so excited to have a chance to work with Cetaphil as a sponsor, as you can imagine, since I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for years. They have new products (new to me, at least) that I’ve never tried before, and was excited to add them to our family skincare regimen. I personally am loving using the bar soap for showers, and the cleansing cloths for after a workout when I don’t have time to wash my face. Sometimes I’ll even use them to quickly cleanse myself after getting all sweaty before I nurse Juniper.

Pictured above are my favorite Cetaphil Products:

  • Moisturizing Lotion: A little bit goes a long way. These bottles always last me so long!
  • Gentle Skin Cleanser: When I first tried this years ago, it confused me because it doesn’t lather a lot. But then I realized you don’t need a lather for a good cleansing.
  • Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths: Great for removing makeup on lazy nights and especially for using before or after a workout!
  • Bar: I prefer using bar soap for showers, rather than body wash. I use this instead of shaving lotion too! It’s also gentle enough to use on your face if you don’t have face soap handy in the shower.

Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo

Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo

Cetaphil Baby Products

We also tried Cetaphil baby products for the first time and are really pleased with them. I’ve recently been educated about how bad mineral oils are (it’s basically petroleum), and how prevalent they are in baby products, so I was relieved that Cetaphil baby oil has simple, ingredients that I can pronounce— with mineral oil nowhere on the list. At first I was surprised at the yellowish color of the baby lotion, but that’s what happens when you use real ingredients without colorants!

Here are the new Cetaphil Baby products we tried and enjoyed:

  • Baby Moisturizing Wash: It gave us some bubbles for a fun bath for Lucy! It also includes baby lotion in the formula.
  • Baby Wash & Shampoo: Tear free and nice smelling.
  • Baby Lotion: Super moisturizing, without any mineral oils.
  • Baby Oil: I don’t use this much on the kiddos, but I do like to use it as an ingredient for my homemade eye makeup remover.
  • Diaper Cream: We rarely need to use diaper cream, but this formula has organic calendula, vitamin B5, and vitamin E with no trace of mineral oil. I haven’t tried it yet, but have it on stand by.

Cetaphil Baby Products

Cetaphil Baby Lotion and Oil

I can honestly say that I’ve trusted Cetaphil for years, and if you’re having trouble finding something that works for your skin type, give it a try! You might find it to be your new favorite skincare regimen too.

This post is sponsored by Cetaphil®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Brigitte Bardot Inspired Hair Tutorial

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Hair Tutorial

Brigitte Bardot is probably the babeliest babe that has ever existed. This isn’t really debatable, though I’ve presented my arguments once before. And while I don’t feel the need to have sexiness ooze out of my every pore as she goes, I do think her va-va-voom hair is amazingly fabulous and wish I could snap my fingers to make my own brown locks like her famous big, soft, sexy sixties’ style. I can’t do it with a snap of my fingers, but! I can recreate my own version of Brigitte Bardot’s hairstyle with some hairspray, rollers, and a headscarf. No extensions or weave necessary!

I’m so glad my hair is finally long enough to do recreate Brigitte Bardot’s hairstyle with medium-length hair, but I’d like to try this look with extensions too. But that’s for another day! For now, click through to check out the full hair tutorial where I transform my boring tresses that you see below.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired Hair TutorialBrigitte Bardot Hair Tutorial Continue reading »

Wilma Flintstone Hair Tutorial

Wilma Flintstone Hair Tutorial

I always imagined that if I had a little girl someday, we would dress up as The Flintstones for Halloween. I enjoyed the show tremendously as a kiddo, and aren’t nostalgic Halloween costumes always the best? Whipping up the costumes was actually easier than I thought it would be. Sure, you can find Fred and Wilma Fintstone costumes online and in stores, but I wanted to save some money by putting them together myself. You can check out my Flintstones Family DIY Costumes post I did at Babble for more instructions. But the trickiest part is probably creating Wilma’s cartoon hair.

This Wilma Flintstone hairstyle took around 15 minutes to put together, and used two cans of extremely toxic orange hairspray. Yuck! But it wasn’t as difficult as I thought! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already gotten a peek at my Wilma-do. But here’s the full tutorial for how you can do it yourself.

Wilma Flintstone hair tutorial

First I pulled aside a section of hair at the top front of my head and pinned it to keep it out of the way. Then I teased the rest of my hair with some hairspray and a bristle brush, focusing on the area on the top of the sides, where Wilma’s hair protrudes in the cartoon. Next I pulled my hair up in a ponytail holder at the top of my head. At this point I pulled some of the hair on the sides of my head out a little to accentuate the pointy cartoon look.

To create the bun, I used hairspray and a bristle brush and teased the hair that was in the ponytail. This created the body of the bun, so all I had to do was wrap the extra hair around the bun and pin it into place. All that was left was the front portion.

I pulled down the reserved hair at the front of my head and really went to town with teasing it into a big mass. This took a lot of hairspray and a bit of work with a bristle brush. Next, I smoothed it a little bit with the brush and began twisting it upward for the pompadour twist. I kept this hair loose, so I wouldn’t loose the body, and spiraled the twist inside of itself, pinning it into place with lots of bobby pins. Then I sprayed it with a coat of hairspray and smoothed it with the hairbrush.

The last step is covering the style with orange hairspray, which can be found in a costume shop or online here. Beware, guys, because this stuff is really toxic! I may have photographed myself in the bathroom, but in actuality I sprayed this outside and I probably should’ve used a breathing mask even still. You will want to cover yourself with a drop cloth of sorts, also, to avoid overspray getting on your clothing. While spraying, keep your sprays even and light. Then when you’ve finished, the overspray on your skin easily wipes off with a slightly damp cloth.

Check out the rest of our family’s costumes here at Babble! Lucy makes a pretty cute Pebbles, eh?

Flintstone Family costume DIY

DIY SKINCARE: All Natural Recipes for Healthier Skin

DIY Skincare- All natural recipes for cold cream, exfoliating scrub, and eye makeup remover

homemade natural skin careAs intimidating as homemade skincare prodcuts was to me, I finally decided to give it a go. Through the years, I’ve spent a lot of money trying out different products to deal with acne, blackheads, and oily skin. I’ve even cut out gluten and dairy. Some of the products I tried out were pretty helpful in controlling my oily face situation, but I wasn’t happy with the list of chemicals in their ingredients. Lately I’ve been passionate about eating whole foods and trying natural remedies, so why not try natural skincare products? Continue reading »