Skincare Must Haves with Advanced Clinicals

Hey friends!!

Sorry I’m really bad at this whole blogging thing. One day I’ll post consistently lol

Today I am sharing some newfound loves of mine, that I’ve added into my skincare routine: the Advanced Clinicals Retinol & Collagen formulas! They have both serums and lotions in these lines, and they’re all amazing! These Advanced Clinicals products are available at select Walmart stores nationwide!

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But I’m getting ahead of myself. Who’s Advanced Clinicals? I’m glad you asked! They’re a skin care line focused on “problem solving,” using only high-quality ingredients backed by science at AMAZING prices!!

All Advanced Clinicals products retail for $30 and under. That’s basically unheard of when it comes to skincare! And this stuff actually works!!

Okay, where were we? Retinol & Collagen!

Both are so important to be included in your skincare routine! Retinol and collagen both help fight against the signs of aging, and it’s never too early to start!!

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Collagen: Collagen is a protein found naturally in your body! As we get older, our bodies produce less and less of it, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. Using collagen orally or topically will  improve your skin’s elasticity, reduce your wrinkles, and increase your skin moisture.

Retinol: Retinol is a form of vitamin A. Retinol helps to prevent buildup of dead skin cells, helps create new cells, and encourages new collagen formation. All of that to say, your skin will feel softer and be more plump!

Advanced Clinicals’ Retinol and Collagen formulas are both available at select Walmart locations nationwide!

DSC01281RETINOL ANTI-WRINKLE SERUM – $4.82:

  • Gives your skin a healthy glow
  • Enhances your skin’s elasticity
  • Revitalizing your complexion

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RETINOL ADVANCED FIRMING CREAM – $5.99:

  • Replenishes your moisture barrier
  • Green Tea
  • Aloe Vera
  • Chamomile
  • Body, face, and all-over moisturizer

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COLLAGEN INSTANT PLUMPING SERUM – $4.82:

  • Supports the natural production of collagen in the epidermis
  • Skin will look plumper and firmer
  • Soy Extracts – targets sagging skin, lost elasticity in the skin, and facial lines

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COLLAGEN SKIN RESCUE LOTION – $5.99:

  • Green Tea
  • Aloe Vera
  • Chamomile
  • Pure collagen
  • Body, face, and all-over moisturizer
  • Softer and plumper skin

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I always apply my serums before I apply any other skincare, that way they can deeply penetrate into my skin! So start with the serums, then go in with your moisturizer!

I use my Advanced Clinicals collagen regimen in the morning and my Advanced Clinicals retinol regimen at night, because retinol can cause sun sensitivity.

A serum is basically a high concentration of active ingredients that are able to penetrate further due to lack of ingredients like thickening agents or petroleum that are found in a typical cream moisturizer!

So using a serum PLUS a cream is like double moisturizing, double hydrating, and double anti-aging!

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Like I said, all of these Advanced Clinicals products are available at select Walmart stores nationwide! The lotions retail for $5.99 and the serums retail for $4.82!! WHAT A STEAL!!

If you’re having trouble finding them at your local Walmart, they can be
purchased through www.advancedclinicals.com or on Amazon.

Here’s a picture of what my skin is looking like after about a month of consistent use of the Advanced Clinicals Collagen & Retinol formulas! Honestly, my skin is looking really amazing!! I can definitely tell my skin is more hydrated, plump, and glowing! I also feel like my makeup goes on a lot better too!

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Your makeup can only look as good as your skin does, so make sure you have a solid skincare routine, which obviously includes the Advanced Clinicals Retinol & Collagen formulas! 🙂

Thank you so much to Advanced Clinicals for sponsoring this post.

My FIRST Blowout at the Brand New FIRST Drybar in Indianapolis | Grand Opening Launch Party + The Experience

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Hi beautiful people!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the launch party for the 1st ever Drybar Blowout Salon in Indianapolis! It’s located near the Keystone Fashion Mall, at 8691 River Crossing Blvd.

I was ecstatic when I got the invite. I had never been to a Drybar before, but had heard all No Cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts.the hype and hoped that one day I would be able to go. And when I heard we were finally getting one, I was over the moon.

The party was so fun, and so cute! The interior design of this place is perfection. The accents of yellow (my fave color) throughout are just too pretty! And don’t worry, they have perfect selfie mirrors! 😉

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So a little background about Drybar.. They are a blowout salon ONLY. No cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts. How fun is that?

It’s the perfect place for you and a couple girlfriends to go and get a little pampered! It’s also perfect for bridal parties, whether it’s the big day or it’s just a fun activity for your bachelorette weekend!

 

Here’s a little glimpse of the party! So many yummy treats, and so many lovely Indy bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs.

 

They actually asked me back the next day for a blowout! ARE YOU SERIOUS? SO FUN!!! To say I was excited would be quite the understatement.

To see the entire experience, watch the video at the very beginning 🙂

First you pick your style…

I went with the Mai Tai, which are beachy, messy waves!

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Then you head to the wash room…

aka what dreams are made of.

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Then comes the blowout and the style of your choice…

 

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And TA-DAH, you feel like a way more glamorous version of yourself!

And the entire experience only costs $45!!!

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At the Drybar Indy location, the entire staff was so amazing!

They were so kind and inviting, and made sure to meet your every need!! You can even have a mimosa while you sit back, relax, and get your hair done!

My stylist was Sarah, and she absolutely killed it! She was also just the sweetest!!

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Now let’s not forget about their AMAZING products!!

I have been using their Triple Sec and their Detox Dry Shampoo for a few years now, and they’re incredible! Sarah used the Southern Belle Volume Boosting Mouse, Prep Rally, The Chaser, and Sparkling Soda on me, and I LOVED the way my hair felt, looked, and smelled!

For my beachy waves, she’s used the 1″ 3-Day-Bender, which I of course left the salon with because I wasn’t about to go back to my old ways of curling once i saw those curls! haha

To book your appointment at the Drybar Indianapolis location, click HERE! 

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So since this was my first blowout ever, and my first time at a Dryabr salon, you’re probably wondering what the verdict is?

Well…

I’m hooked! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Claire

Oh, and one last thing!

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“This post is not sponsored, but is in Collaboration with Drybar Indianapolis. I did receive the blowout as a complimentary service, but all opinions are my own, and I purchased the curling iron myself!*

 

Summertime Sundress | Honey Lake

Hey girlfriend! Welcome back!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! And Happy Race Day here in Indy!

Summer has officially begun.. well technically, that’s not til June, but we are experiencing 90 degree weather here daily… so it’s summer. So bring on the popsicles, the picnics, and those summertime sundresses!

I am so excited for today’s post, as it is another collaboration with Honey Lake Boutique! It’s been a minute since I’ve teamed up with my bffs over at Honey Lake, so it was about time!

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Yeah. I know. You probably just died over this dress like I did the first time I saw it.

This little midi dress from Honey Lake Boutique has “summer picnics for days” written all over it. I LOVE the length of it too! But, you probably knew that by now, if you’ve been following me! 🙂

The classy, sophisticated style of this dress is just amazing. And I love that it’s striped too!

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This dress is SO nice too! It’s not made of dinky, see-through fabric; it’s actually lined! It’s not heavy by any means, but it definitely doesn’t feel cheap either! It’s perfect!

Speaking of perfect, do you see that embroidery….

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It’s okay to cry, I did too.

Can you say STUNNING?! I absolutely adore all the intricate detail of this floral embroidery pattern! And those colors are absolutely perfect together!

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I paired this beauty with some cognac heels and the perfect red lip, to let the dress do all the talking!

Purchase the dress here!

Use the code CLAIRE20 to save on Honey Lake! 🙂

If you’re curious, my red lip is the shade “cherry moon,” and you can purchase it here!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

 

 

 

Straight, Smooth Hair | Nutree Proffesional

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Hey friends!

Today we are talking hair! If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen the debut of my straight hair! Lol. I NEVER post pictures with my hair straight, because I just don’t wear it straight. Like ever. I have super dry, dehydrated, coarse hair, with a natural wave. So my hair & straight just don’t mix.

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BUT I have a new product I love that has helped your girl out!!

Before using the Nutree Professional Brazilian Bottox Expert Hair Treatment Mask on my hair, whenever I would wear it straight I still had some of my natural wave peeping through, and it wasn’t ever as sleek and soft as I would’ve wanted.

But this hair mask has helped a ton!!

It has some great ingredients that are formulated to give you stronger, deeply hydrated, nourished, frizz-free, smooth hair. AMAZING.

Skip down to see how to use it!

Key Ingredients:

Marine Collagen

Chains of sea-sourced amino acids fortify hair fibers to reinforce strength and repair damage.

  • Strength

Glutamic Acid

One of the most effective amino acids for hair with anti-frizz and anti-humidity benefits.

  • Intense smoothness and shine.

Almond Oil

Rich in Vitamin E, Almond oil is a potent antioxidant that promotes health to the hair and reduces volume and frizz. Almonds contain emollients, which basically means moisturizers. Recover damaged and dry hair, and improve brightness, smoothness and deeply hydrate.

  • Recovery & repair
  • Deep hydration
  • Overall healthier hair

 

Here are some pictures of my natural hair texture & wave!

 

How To Use:

Section & Apply

I sectioned my hair into 4 sections (they recommend 6, but I don’t have tons and tons of hair!) I then applied a generous amount to each section.

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Be sure to coat the hair well! We want full saturation here, girlfriend!!

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I kept the product away from my roots, just because I was my hair 1-2 a week, and I try to keep anything that could cause more oil away from my roots!

Onto the next section!

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Once all the hairs were coated, we wait.

Let hair sit for 30-40 minutes!

WAIT

Time to rinse!

Only rinse, don’t shampoo! And only rinse about 80% out!

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Blow dry & style as normal!

Look at that shine, girl!

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The first picture is what it looked like just blow dried, and the second is after running a flat iron over it!

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SO GOOD!

I really loved using this hair mask! My hair feels so soft and is so shiny!!

Bonus, the results last 3-5 weeks!

Results

  • Smoothing effect for up to 5 weeks
  • Deep Hydration
  • Shine
  • Boost in color and radiance
  • Protection and reconstruction of hair fibers
  • Reduced volume – For me this works because my hair is naturally poofy, so I prefer to smooth out my hair from the middle shaft down to the ends, and I only keep the volume at my roots!
  • Softness – MY HAIR IS SO SOFT!

You can purchase the product HERE!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!

xx Claire

*This post is sponsored by Nutree Professional.*

 

My Go-To Brushes | Morphe, Sigma, Anastasia of Beverly Hills

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Hey girl!

I was gonna clean my brushes for this post, and then I remembered we like to keep it real here. So these guys aren’t clean, but they look the way they do in normal life, so it’s fine, right?

I have finally put together the list of my favorite, go-to brushes! If you want to see any of these brushes in action, go ahead and subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/clairerene, and watch any of my makeup tutorials!

Face

I apply my foundation with the Beauty Blender! I never, ever use a brush, just because I don’t like the way they blend out foundation, and I don’t like the coverage they give. I also have super dry skin, so by using a damp beauty blender, it adds a little more moisture into my makeup when applying!

Powder Brush

I use a big, fluffy brush to dust powder all over my face! This one is super, duper nice and high-quality!

Purchase it here!

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Under-eye Setting Brush

I use two different brushes to set underneath my eyes with powder, just depending on the day! I also use these smaller, detailed brushes to set smaller areas, like around my nose and mouth.

Morphe –

Alone

In a set

Sigma – purchase it here!

 


Bronzer Brush

Moving on to bronzing/contouring! I don’t really contour anymore, I just add a slightly darker bronzer in the hallows of my cheeks, but blending it into the bronzer I already have on. And for that I use this brush by Morphe! It’s a part of a face set (which I love), but you can also buy it separately with a little bit different of a handle.

In the set

Alone

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Blush Brush

Next up, blush! I have always struggled to find the perfect blush brush, but I think I have finally found it! I always find myself putting on way too much blush, and then having nothing I could do about it. It’s easier to add, then take away! Once I found this duo-fiber brush by Sigma, I was set. It so delicately applies a wash of color, but allows you to build it up as well. LOVE it!

Purchase it here!

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Highlighting Brush

I will never use another highlighting brush. This is hands down the best I’ve ever tried! And don’t even get me started on fan brushes…

Purchase it here!

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Eyes

Blending Brushes

I have a few go-to brushes when it comes to blending! For all over washes of color, to really blow out that crease/transitions shade, I love the Morphe M533! It’s seriously the best! It does an amazing job of really blowing out color, for a soft, super-blended look!

Purchase the M533 here!

For more detailed crease and outer corner blending, I use either the Sigma E40 or the Morphe crease fluff brush!

Purchase the E40 here!

Purchase the fluff brush here!

 


Lid Packing Brush

To place eyeshadow on your lid, you want a dense, flat packing brush, designed to place tons of color in a specific area. The denser the brush, the more color deposit! These kinds of brushes work best with metallic/duo-chrome shades!

I loveee this brush by Sigma for more metallic shades! It also works super well with wet shadows!

Purchase the E55 here!

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I also love this packing brush by Morphe, when I want a less-intense lid shade, and it even works super well with matte shades!

Purchase it alone here!

Purchase it within a set here!

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Pencil Brush

I use a pencil brush to smoke out color on my lower lash line, as well as to “line” my top lash line with shadow when I want a less-intense “liner” look! My go-to is by Morphe!

Purchase it here!

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Brow Brush

I fill in my eyebrows with a brush, because I can’t get quite a sharp enough line with a pencil! This brush is super random, I’ve had it for so long! But the reason I love it is because it’s super small and stiff, so I’m able to get a sharp line! It’s not flimsy!

Purchase it here!

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If you want to purchase some of these brushes in a set, then you need the Morphe Eye Slay Collection, as well as the Face Complexion Goals! Any of the rose gold handled brushes are a part of either of those sets! With both of those sets, you’ll basically be set for a flawless, complete makeup look!

P.S. You can use the code CLAIRE10 on ALL Sigma Beauty products!

Okay girl, that’s it for now! Be sure to subscribe to my channel & check out any of my tutorials to see these guys in action!! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!

*This post is not sponsored, but thank you to Sigma for my goodies!*

Dewy, “No Makeup” Makeup Look | First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer

Here’s my natural, dewy, “no makeup” makeup look perfect for dry skin!!

products used:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – https://rstyle.me/~cz-aaEoi

L’Oréal Lumi Glowtion – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cximk3cauux

First Aid Beauty Mango Butter Baton Stick – https://rstyle.me/~cz-akCF4

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer Fair – https://rstyle.me/~cz-akCF

Tarts Shape Tape light & light neutral – https://rstyle.me/~cz-9W3sH

Wet N Wild Hello Halo Liquid Highlight in Halo Goodbye – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cyef96cauux

Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation Coconut – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cyegc8cauu

Benefit Benetint – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cyegfrcauux

Elf Cosmetics x Heart Defensor Highlighting Palette – https://rstyle.me/n/cxtqhwcauux

L’Oréal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara – https://rstyle.me/~cz-ag6q0

Maybelline Brow Volumizer Deep Brown – https://rstyle.me/~cz-a6cs3

Anastasia Vintage Lip Gloss – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cyeg46cauux

Mac Fix+ – https://rstyle.me/cz-n/cyegyycauux

Skindinavia Finishing Spray – http://rstyle.me/~ajf3h

For booking, business inquires, PR, collaborations, & more, contact me: clairerenemua@gmail.com 🙂

*This Video is NOT SPONSORED by First Aid Beauty. I just genuinely LOVE their brand & their products. They did send me some of these products in PR.*

Happy Valentine’s Day! | Share the Love

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Hey girl, how ya been?

It seems I start every post with, “I know I’ve been a little MIA, but..” so I’ll just skip over that part. You get the idea.

I’ve actually been really into making videos for my Youtube channel lately, and if you aren’t subscribed, be sure to do so: SUBSCRIBE! 🙂

Well, let’s address the elephant in the room, which is that you probably don’t see me pose with heart balloons on any given Wednesday so… Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

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Oh, Valentine’s Day, the poor thing gets such a bad rep.

I honestly don’t see why so many people get upset or mad about it. People get all “it’s not fair cause I’m single,” or “you should show love everyday” but you don’t hear Dad’s everywhere complaining that they’re not a mother on Mother’s Day so that they get a piece of pity chocolate. And you definitely don’t want to spend $$ on flowers and little gifts every single day. I’m just saying.

Yes, show love everyday, but also go the extra mile, buy the gift, take her/him out, and express your love and gratitude in a way that is a little outside of the normal everyday McDonalds for dinner and the occasional side hug.

So if the holiday applies to you, GREAT! Celebrate it, have fun, buy the goofy heart-shaped this and that, and you go on that date. And if it doesn’t, don’t bring others down or judge the fact that some of us out here find great joy and fun in celebrating the holiday.

Also, we all have someone in our life that we love, and someone who loves us. It may not be a romantic love, but we all have someone or something in some way. We always have something to be thankful for, and I know we all don’t do an amazing job of expressing that daily. Just saying.

Rant over.

Where were we?

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My sweet fiancé bought me these balloons, so hello, PHOTOSHOOT!!

This polka dotted shift dress is a new favorite of mine, and it’s featured in my Valentine’s GRWM video my latest haul video! This little beauty is from Shein, and it was only $13!

I actually shop on Shein a TON, and I’ve always had really great success with them. I get a ton of questions about my experience with them, the shipping, the quality of the items, etc. and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have! Just DM me on Instagram! 🙂

BUT if purchasing from Shein freaks you out, Forever 21 actually has the exact same dress for just a little bit more! 🙂

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These little guys are also from Shein, and you can purchase them HERE!

I threw on a basic faux leather moto jacket and some tights cause it was absolutely freezing 🙂

My red backpack purse is from Forever 21, and I’ve linked a similar one HERE!

My shoes are thrifted, but you could really go any route with this outfit! I love how this outfit is a little bit edgy, a little bit retro, and a little bit girly! I love to have fun with my outfits for Holidays, and Valentine’s just happens to be one of my favorites! 🙂

My lip color is by Morphe, and if you want a tutorial that is very similar to this makeup look, check out my Valentine’s Day GRWM! ❤

Remember to share the love. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about a significant other! Spoil yourself, go out with friends, thank your parents for all they’ve done for you and hang with them, or just share a donut with your dog. Just remember to love.

And I want to personally thank all of you for all of the love and support you give me on my blog posts, on my youtube channel, and on my Instagram. I can’t wait to see where that love and support takes us one day! So thankful for you.  Love you guys!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

xx Claire

*Thank you to my sweet boy who loves me so dearly and willingy takes the photos for my blog. You da real MVP!*