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Monat's Naturally Based Anti Aging Skincare Line

Monat just announced botanically and naturally based anti aging skincare. In the skincare world as we know it, those words don’t even all belong in the same sentence. You can either have naturally based or anti aging, but both… that just doesn’t happen…. until now.

And we sold $4 million worth in the first 36 hours it was available.

Monat is revolutionizing yet another industry with it’s wild idea that you can have naturally based products that actually work. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret, it’s actually working better than the #1 Skincare line (chemically based) in all of North America. I imagine we’ll hold that title within a few years, but without the chemicals. Just give it a minute to catch on.

Monat launched 2 clinically proven, dermatologist and ophthamologist approved anti aging routines to accommodate the most common skin types. They’re also botanically and naturally based, vegan, and cruelty free (insert mind blown emoji here). We have the Be Gentle Routine for sensitive and or dry skin and our Be Balanced Routine for normal/combination skin. Each routine comes with it’s own specific cleanser and moisturizer along with our Skin Revitalizing Essense and the Rewind Age Control Nectar. The Skin Revitalizing Essense is used in place of a toner, but it’s a water (but like water from the fountain of youth;). Basically is toner 2.0 and it’s simply patted onto the skin with your hands and not applied with a cotton ball (because that’s wasteful on so many levels). The Rewind Age Control Nectar is a serum that takes on uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles, and transforms a dull-looking complexion for an instantly smoother and ageless version of you.

Sound too good to be true?

  • In clinical and perception tests the rewind age control serum was proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines in just 7 days.

  • 96% noticed tighter, smoother, healthier, more restored skin in 7 days.

  • 96% had improvement in skin smoothness after 7 days.

  • 87% had improvement in skin elasticity in 7 days.

  • 80% said skin immediately looks more youthful, brighter, and more radiant

Those numbers are insane, but they’re basically what the clinical and perception studies produced for all products in this line. This is truly the skincare line you’ve been looking for.

In addition to these 2 routines, Monat also released Eye Smooth and the Berry Refined Scrub.

these two products are sure to take your skincare routine to the next level and if you’ve been paying any attention at all, eye smooth has pretty much been single handedly changing people’s lives / under eyes on the daily since mid september.

Eye Smooth Targets…

  • Fine lines and wrinkles around eyes

  • Dark Circles

  • Puffiness, under-eye bags, and crow’s feet around the eye area

  • Dryness

A staggering 96% said the saw tighter skin and reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet, fine lines, and under-eye bags in just 28 days although most started experiencing these changes much sooner.

This scrub is an exfoliator and masque in one and targets dullness, uneven skin tone and texture, and large prominent pores. Use is as a scrub or leave it on for a 5 minutes or so for it to double as a masque. Scrub gently though because this isn’t made with perfectly round tiny plastic microbeads that are bad for the environment. We use cranberry seeds instead.

  • 96% noticed skin instantly looked fresher and more radiant

  • 96% said skin immediately felt softer and smoother

  • 82% noticed skin visibly looker clearer and brighter

  • 88% said pores looked more refined after one use

  • Proven 24 Hours of Hydration

  • Clinicals show 81% showed improvement in skin’s texture after one use

My Results in Just 7 Days

I’ve been using the Be Balanced Routine along with the Eye Smooth and Berry Refined Scrub for a week and a half now and so far I’m impressed. The results I’ve seen in just one week are better than the results I saw in almost 2 years of using the #1 Skincare line in North America (the chemically one that your friend probably sells that I mentioned before). In that time I’m brighter, my skin tone is more even and moisturized, my pore appear smaller, and I feel much smoother. I kind of even look like I’ve slept sometime over the last 7 years (I asuure you I haven’t) which is pretty cool too. See my 7 day before and after below.

MONAT HAS A 30 DAY MONEY BACK EMPTY BOTTLE GUARANTEE

I’d suggest grabbing a sample of the skincare from the link below because the sample itself is free and you just pay shipping, but it makes more sense just to put that shipping cost towards your new skincare line and try it for 30 days instead of just 1 time. If you don’t love it on the morning of the 30th day, we call customer service and we send it back. You get all of your money back. And our customer service department is amazing. They truly want everyone’s experience to be a great one and the work their little tails off for it. So just order it. But just in case you get all warm and fuzzy using samples…

What else you need to know about monat’s skincare line and how to get it

There’s NO SPF! Okay I know that’s not what you’re used to seeing, but let me explain because there is a great reason for everything Monat does. SPF should be applied last and separately from all other steps of your skincare routine. Everything Monat has created for us is intended to go deep down into the skin and nourish/heal. That’s exactly what you want it to do. SPF is intended to act as a barrier between your skin and harmful UV rays. You simply can’t combine anti aging goodness and SPF together into one product and expect either thing to be able to do the job you need it to do. You just can’t. Hopefully Monat will come up with a kick ass way to make an awesome naturally based SPF, but until then you’ll just have to use an SPF not made by Monat.

In what order do I use all the things? My morning routine is Be Balanced Foamy Cleanser, Skin Revitalizing Essense, Eye Smooth, Be Balanced Moisturizer. My evening routine is Be Balanced Foamy Cleanser, Skin Revitalizing Essense, Rewind Age Control Nectar, Be Balanced Moisturizer. When it’s time for the Berry Refined Scrub (1-2 times a week), I use it immediate after cleansing and before the Skin Revitalizing Essense.

Can I use the Rewind Age Control Nectar as part of my morining routine? The short answer is no because it’s got so much vitamin C that it’ll make you a bit photosensitive. However if you are a person that uses a retinoid at night, then you would use this in the morning. Just make sure you are using go sun protection and definitely always consult with your dermatologist if you are prescribed a retinoid.

When should you start using an anti aging skincare line? When you want to start keeping the skin you’re in so like your 20s. That doesn’t me it too late for us other folk, it just means we have more of an up hill battle to loving the skin we’re in.

Can pregnant people use this skincare line? I’m going to default to always talk to you doctor about what you’re using when pregnant. That being said, you should be able to use the line in it’s entirety while pregnant as there are no known adverse effects to using while pregnant (the other chemically brand can’t say that).

How do you become a VIP and what does that mean? A VIP pays a one time enrollment fee of $19.99 and is a VIP for life once they complete their initial order and 2 flexships. VIP Perks include 15% off retail, free shipping on flexship orders of $84 or more, a free Only for You product valued at $25 in each flexship, access to flash sales, a $25 birthday coupon to use in your birthday month, and eligibility to participate in the refer a friend program (where you and your friend each get $20 towards a future order when they become a VIP with your unique link). Learn more about becoming a VIP by clicking the botton below.

You can also buy as a retail customer or as a Market Partner. Every type of customer can take advantage of our Purchase + discount everyday. The more you spend the more you save. This discount is on top of the VIP or MP discount, but can also be used by retail customers. It’s like a flash sale 24/7.

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Light Obsessed: Black and White Photo Editing Post

If there is one thing that has gotten completely out of control with my love of photography, it's that I'm light obsessed.  

It's true.  Just last week on our way to the beach we passed a field on the bayside of Galveston Island with a dirt driveway making it's way toward a beautiful canopy of palm trees with water on the other side.  I stopped whatever conversation we were having to tell Tyler exactly how I envisioned the light during golden hour.  

I've been known to just stare at this field across the street from Target in the evenings (especially in the Fall) because the way the light hits that field is amazing.  

I went hunting with my husband at an exotic game ranch and sat there looking at light and the way the grass moved in the wind while others looked at Fallow and Axis deer.

I can't unsee light. 

Yesterday evening Saida ran through a little pocket of light we only get in our living room when my office blinds are open.  She let me spend about 1 minute shooting and I had zero time to get proper settings, but I still had to get that light and the vision of it I saw in my head.

What I wanted to share is what I see when I see that light vs. what it looks like coming out of my camera.  So whether your into photo editing or not, you're getting the before and after image of this light.

For those who are curious, I started with my favorite black and white preset in Lightroom, tweaked it to my liking and used graduated filters and the adjustment brush to decrease shadows, exposure, highlights and whites where needed to really make this the dramatic image I envisioned.

This first photo is a completely untouched version of what I took.  Straight out of camera (SOOC).

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And this next photo is what I saw in my head when I saw her run through this little slice of light.

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Well to completely honest I was hoping she'd do something a little more worthy of a picture, but nope.  They never do what you want them to.  I'll take this for now though.

-Monica