Five Minute Face

Five Minute Face

I LOVE getting my makeup done. It's like having a massage for me. Maybe growing up in a world where I would get my makeup done on sets made me so used to it that there's something about sitting there while someone touches your face that completely relaxes me. But when it comes to doing my own makeup I get so bored. Like... when will this be over? Don't get me wrong, I can handle making up my face; it's mainly trial and error, and a lot of just rubbing stuff around until it looks right, but it works out. I'm just not going to enjoy it unless I'm also dancing to bubble gum pop music. Fake music videos while getting ready? See that's something I'm into. 

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Simple Things Bring Infinite Pleasure.

Simple Things Bring Infinite Pleasure.

I talk about my skin care a lot. And here's a simple secret... When I come home and want to get the junk off my face, I use Simple Micellar Water. Why? Well, here's why. I pay good money for most of my skincare, and it's awesome, but I prep for that. Simple Micellar Water takes everything off my face so that it's a clean palette to work with. And it's as gentle as water so it isn't putting my skin through another step. I even packed a small bottle in my carry on to wipe my face at the airport before and after my international flight. Since it isn't a traditional wash, you just need to wipe your face and you are done. It's genius. We will be doing a little boat camping trip this summer, and I will be packing this for sure!

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#BestofBesties Giveaway!

#BestofBesties Giveaway!

I am a lucky girl. I have a pretty awesome bestie. Molly of Girl Get Glamorous has always been a lady of the finer things in life. And she has taught me a few of them. She has dolled me up on birthdays, my engagement photos, and bachelorette party. She's loved me when I was a 21 yr old brat, and when I'm a 29 yr old one. We've slowed danced at dive bars, gone on vacations, and laughed till we cried. When we started blogs, we never knew where it would take us, but it has been a wonderful team effort. We never hesitate to ask each other advice or share our communities. We will be like the Golden Girls one day, with a few other lovely favorite ladies of ours.

To the point: We've decided we want to join together in the first #BestofBesties giveaway!

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Worlds Best Self Tanner

Worlds Best Self Tanner

I am terrified of self tanners. Tanning salons, foams, lotions.. horrible flash backs. Plus, I wear sunscreen like it's oxygen. So looking like I actually live on an island gets difficult. Sometimes I just crave a little sun kissed glow. Nothing crazy... just a glow. I'd like to look alive. I bought the Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tanner months ago. I was desperate for something to work. Even though I will trust Rodan + Fields with my skin forever, and I love consulting for them, I was still nervous about the tanner and I waited months to try it. It just sat in the cabinet staring at me.

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Smile Your Way Into 2015 with FromCtoC and Smile Brilliant!

Smile Your Way Into 2015 with FromCtoC and Smile Brilliant!

I am beyond excited to tell you guys what I have had up my sleeve! I'm partnering with Smile Brilliant to bring you one of my favorite giveaways of the year just in time to ring out 2014. We are giving away a full Teeth Whitening System! One that genuinely works and is made just for you!

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Shine On! all day every day...

Shine On! all day every day...

Metallic temporary tattoos are everywhere. From Coachella to elementary schools nationwide, everyone wants a piece of the action. Shine On Miami sent me a few of their incredible tattoos, and I can't stop wearing them. They are youthful and creative and they make you feel a little edgier and light hearted than real life.

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Holiday Photo Ready Makeup Favorites!

Holiday Photo Ready Makeup Favorites!

I am all about a simple look. I don't like to do a lot of fussing with my makeup, and when I do I usually look like a clown. I would never deem myself uber talented with makeup, but I am slowly figuring out what works for me and what products I love...

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What's In My Carry On?

What's In My Carry On?

I travel all the time these days. While I may not be in a different exotic city every weekend, I'm in either Nassau, Miami, or New York monthly. (Not bad, I know.) It's getting a little crazy. On the other hand, I'm getting my packing game down to a science. The most important is your carry on. I am the person that brings two carry on's every time.

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My Beauty Must Haves

It's been a while since I've chatted about my beauty favorites, but I've had a few questions, and felt like it was time. While my bathroom is budding with products galore, these are my must haves that I never travel with out. (Links and blurbs below!)

What are your beauty favorites?

FromCtoC Beauty Must Haves

 Rodan + Fields Unblemish Regimen: If I was told that I needed to choose just one product for the rest of my life, I would tell you why the Unblemish Regimen counts as one product total and then throw everything else away. I am an open book about my past skin care troubles. When I nannied, I had babies ask about my boo-boo's (pimples), on set's I would lie and say I 'had my period, just use a new foundation, or some new face wash broke me out'. But honestly, I just had troubled skin. (I don' like to say "bad" skin, because my skin wasn't bad, it was just behaving very poorly.) Enter Rodan + Fields and I have had clear skin ever since. It changed my life and made this past year of traveling, blogging, and wedding festivities a breeze. Now I can go out on the boat with zero make-up on, not even tinted moisturizer, and not worry if anyone is snapping a picture. 

Nirvana Black Perfume: I love scents. And I often switch between two or three myself, but they all embrace sage and sandalwood. Obviously when my idols Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released Nirvana Black & Nirvana White, I needed to get to Sephora immediately and try them. Nirvana White was too sweet for me, but Nirvana Black is a subtle scent that makes me feel polished and unique, while not feeling overbearing. 

 Simbi Hair Ties: Wherever I go, I have multiple hair ties. These Simbi Hair Ties are great because not only do they do their job, they are cute. I don't mind them around my wrist or falling out of my purse; especially when I'm at Zumba class or out on the boat. Target is carrying them in 'Fall' colors as well, so you can get a set in silvers, golds, and black or stick with the bright hues of Summer. 

 Kendra Scott Make Up Bag: I was just gifted this little make-up bag in New York at the Kendra Scott Showroom, and I have to say it's a great one. I used it one night as a clutch with my business cards, lipgloss, and keys. Everyone knows how amazing their jewelry is, but I was stunned by the quality of their accessories bags. So durable and clean. An easy way to bring your favorite products to work, or on a quick trip. I'm a bag within a bag lady, so this hit it on the nose for me.

 KMS Hair Quick Blow Dry: I discovered KMS's Quick Blow Dry Spray in a goodie bag last year, and I am hooked. I lived off that little sample bottle forever, and just finally got a full sized bottle last time I was in Miami. I never blow dry my hair with out it now. AND I'll even spray it in my air dried hair for heat protection in the sun. I don't know if that's how that works. But it doesn't hurt and it's so light weight you don't even know it's on your hair. 

 Hair Brush: Listen, I know we all love the Mason Pearson brush and the Wet brush, but hear me out... my hair gets ridiculously tangled and I am picky about how a brush feels while it is brushing my hair. Once upon a time, I don't remember exactly why, I picked up a Forever21 flat brush and never looked back. I pack a Wet brush in my carry on and out on the boat for emergency snarls, but when I'm fresh out of the shower I use this $3 piece of magic.

  Josie Maran Illuminizer: I have tried a ton of illuminizers and highlighters over the years, but this is my favorite. A lot of people have been asking me about what make-up I am using in certain blog photos, and I guarantee it's because of this Josie Maran Illuminizer. It gives the softest glow, and it has argan oil so it's great for your skin. 

Chanel Foundation: Chanel make-up smells like roses. That's a true fact. Go to the store, and smell it. This Chanel foundation is light and airy and gives me the coverage I need to feel fresh. Living in the heat, you never want a cake face. This foundation is absolutely perfect. Plus who doesn't love using Chanel?

 Josie Maran Cheek Stain: If you can't tell, I love Josie Maran products. I use this cheek satin on my lips just as much as on my cheeks. Maybe even more. It's a perfect dual purpose product that gives you one less thing to  carry in your bag. The color is buildable so you don't need to worry about looking like a clown, and it gives you a natural flushed look.

 Lancome Mascara: Eyelashes are my favorite. I used to get the best lash extensions in the world, but I don't trust anyone on this island or really anyone in the world but Sarah Maxwell to glue anything on to my face. This Lancome Mascara gives me the length I want, but never gets clumpy. I hate clumpy spider lashes. Sephora has samples of this mascara for points all the time, so I grab them when I can to throw in my travel pouch or clutch. 

Summer Sunscreens!

Hi my name is Candace, and I burn like a mofo. 

And by burn, I mean the glorious sunshine can make me look like I have been boiled in a pot of hot water like a baby lobster. Just ask my elementary school teachers. 

I grew up in Miami, FL where most people don't think about sunscreen. Espescially in the 80's and 90's. So a day at a friends house would ultimately turn into 3rd degree burns on my shoulders and nose. So now, in my :::cough late cough:: twenties. I have become a sunscreen junkie. I don't leave the house with out sunscreen on at least my face and neck. And I always opt for beauty balms that contain sunscreen (My go to right now is by Josie Maran). At a later date, I'll make a list of my favorite sun safe beauty products, but today, as you plan your weekend at the beach or by the pool, I wanted to share my favorite body sunscreens. Ranging from light sprays to a thick zinc, these sunscreen will have you covered. I mix and match between them, but they are all in my drawer. Yes, I have a drawer of sunscreen. 

1-4 are Coppertone must haves. In fact, the Coppertone Sheer line is just genius. You can where this sunscreen everyday with out ever feeling sticky, but it is still enough coverage for a day at the pool. I usually do an all over spray with the sheer, and then use the creme form to make sure gentle places, like my neck and chest are extra covered. 

Blue Lizard was actually introduced to be by a dermatologist on a work trip. The sunscreens packaging actually changes colors, letting you know when you should have sunscreen on. Yes, the packaging reads the UVs and tells you, even if it's overcast if you should have protection on. Blue Lizard is a much thicker sunscreen, but it is sure to keep you, and your bambinos, free of burns. AND it's chemical, fragrance, and paraben free! Whoot Whoot!

SuperGoop is my luxe option! (I know. I'm so fancy.) Before moving to Nassau, I had a slight panic attack about how my skin was going to react to constant sun exposure. And while I knew about Blue Lizard, I was on the hunt for all of the best sunscreens. Sephora offered me SuperGoop. While the spray can doesn't last very long, they have a creme option a large 18oz container that is perfect for under your sink. I love the texture on SuperGoop, and I trust that it's working. And they just released this serum option, which I just put in an order for. 

What are your sunscreen favorites?!

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