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Back to College Skincare Tips with Cathclaire

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and the advertiser. All opinions are my own. #Skinessentials #CollectiveBias

With Fall upon us and back to college season in full swing, life can get busy and taking care of yourself can fall to the back burner. I am here to remind you not to do that and to show you how I like to take care of my skin with Neutrogena®. All of my favorite products pictured above are shoppable from the first photo in this post! :) 

My little sister just started her first year of college last week and I was reminded of how exciting of a time it is to go back to college. I helped her with a lot of her back-to-school shopping and one of the places we made multiple stops at was Target. I helped her download the Cartwheel app for more savings at Target and helped her get her skin care regimen together. Here are the tips I shared with her:

Regardless of your skin-type, there is a very important step in skin care that is often overlooked and that step is exfoliation. While exfoliation can be scary to some because it tends to be a harsher method for cleansing your skin, exfoliations purpose goes beyond cleansing. It helps turn over your skin cells and keep the skin on your face fresh and glowy and who doesn't want to be fresh and glowy for back to school or their first day on the job?  One of the exfoliators I like to use is this Neutrogena®  Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. This scrub is great because it has vitamin C and naturally derived grapefruit extract which keeps your skin clear without over drying or irritating your skin! If you like Neutrogena®  facial products, Buy 3 Neutrogena® facial skincare product, get a $5 gift card during August.

Like I mentioned earlier, exfoliators can be a little harsher on your skin than other facial cleansers so it is important to note that scrubbing products should be used 2x per week at most. To avoid over exfoliating, use a cleanser like this Clean & Clear®  Morning Burst Facial Cleanser when cleansing your face other days during the week. Like the name implies, this is a great product to use in the morning. The vitamin C and ginseng in this cleanser will wake you and your skin up in the best way! PS at Target right now, get 25% off when you buy one Clean & Clear® product!

Once you add the exfoliator to your skin regimen weekly or bi-weekly, not only will your skin be happy but you will also notice that you will need smaller amounts of products so your wallet will be happy too! Since exfoliation turns over your skin cells, it allows your skin to absorb your moisturizers and toners in a much more effective way. Same thing goes for foundation and makeup products, you will notice that without all of the dead skin cells on your face, your products go much further! How awesome is that?

While facial skin care is important, we can't forget about your body! Cleansing and exfoliating is just as important all over your body and this Neutrogena® Body Clear® Body Wash - Pink Grapefruit is a great product to use, not to mention the uplifting scent of grapefruit. I love the fresh grapefruit scent and the fact that is it naturally derived from grapefruits on top of that! The great thing about a body wash like this is that if you need some extra exfoliation, you can use a loofah to apply it in the shower! This will help activate the microclear technology in this Neutrogena® Body Clear® Body Wash - Pink Grapefruit even more so and provide you with fresh clean skin! Neutrogena®  and Clean & Clear®  have got you covered when it comes to going keeping your skin fresh throughout college and trust me, if you prefer other products, they have something for everyone! Head to Target ASAP to get your favorite products and don't forget to download the Cartwheel app for extra savings like we did when shopping for my sisters back to school necessities!

This post is sponsored by CLEAN & CLEAR® and NEUTROGENA®. I only recommend products I use personally and believe my followers will also enjoy! Some of the products mentioned were provided by CLEAN & CLEAR® and NEUTROGENA® for this review.
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Summer Cooking with Cathclaire + Notable Wine

This post has been compensated by Notable Wines.  All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #chardonnation #notablesummer #CollectiveBias

Is there anything better than warm weather, a glass of Chardonnay, and fresh treats? I am really excited to share one of my go-to, quick and easy appetizers that I love to enjoy in the summer months, whether I am at home with my hubby or taking a dish to a get together with friends. Not only is this treat super easy, but choosing which Chardonnay to suit you has never been easier with this new wine I am about to share with you that launched this year!

I don't know about you guys, but I find myself pulling out my phone way too often when I am in the wine aisle at the grocery store. There are so many wines out there and I can't possibly know what kind of flavors to expect from each one beyond the basic knowledge I have of each varietal. I have gotten home after a grocery trip disappointed more times than I can count because I guessed wrong about the flavors of a wine!

That being said,  I am so excited to share with you Notable wines. Not only do they have wines that vary in different styles, regions, and taste - but they also put the taste notes of the wine right on the front of the label! Notable is the first wine to highlight flavor profiles like this and I don't know about you, but this makes maneuvering through the wine aisle much less confusing.

While Notable makes your trip through the wine section that much more refined & easier, they also have two expressive Chardonnays that I want to share with you guys today. One has notes that are on the oaky and buttery side and one has flavors that are more crisp & fruity. Both of these Chardonnays pair perfectly with my goat cheese crostinis that I love to enjoy in the summer. Who can turn down anything with goat cheese?

Summer Goat Cheese Crostinis Tutorial

What You'll Need:

1 loaf of french bread or if you're lazy like me, pre-cut crostinis
1 package of strawberries
4 oz of plain goat cheese
1 Jar of balasmic glaze


Cathclaire's Hollywood Bachelorette

While I am not one of those people who had their wedding details picked out since they first saw Cinderella, I did know two things as a bride-to-be: I get to marry the love of my life & my bachelorette is going to be in LA.


Elevated Denim

My fiancè prefers that I wear white denim over my constant "the darker the denim the better" approach to my daily attire. When I scored these black and white striped beauts from ASOS, I immediately recognized them as a wearable compromise in skinny jean form. Cue the Maroon 5 "She Will Be Loved" earworm - It's not always rainbows and butterflies, It's compromise that moves us along. Am I the only one who can't say the word compromise without thinking of this song? 


Dress Me in Possibility

With the Drake and JLo's rumored romance on my mind, I have found myself listening to a lot of throwback music from the good ole days when I had an intense obsession with Jennifer Lopez. While I can't tell you how old I was, I can tell you this JLo obsession was right after my infatuation with Taylor Hanson and right before my Newlyweds-is-the-only-show-I-watch-and-I-want-to-be-Jessica-Simpson phase. Obsession can be a beautiful thing and I was reminded of this when I felt waves of pure bliss while rediscovering "Feelin' So Good" from Jennifer Lopez's first album On The 6th. Isn't it the best when you get hit with this nostalgic feeling?


Start With Why

What do you do in preparation for New Years? Aside from the basics of buying a new dress, I spend the month of December prepping for the New Year by crossing off last minute things on my bucket list for 2016 and dreaming up 2017. You could say that the time between Christmas and New Years Eve is crunch time for creating my vision for 2017 and that is exactly what I have been working on this week. When I say "working," I mean watching Taylor Swift music videos (I prefer the 1989 World Tour on Apple Music), drinking wine, and reading books about movers and shakers of the world to remind me of what's possible.


Dessange Paris: A Blonde's BFF

My fiancè and I went to see Collateral Beauty this past weekend (which I have been dying to see, Will Smith really does it for me with this genre of movies and let me tell you, he didn't disapoint this little heart of mine) and for once we got to Cinebistro, our theatre of choice - always, too early. Luckily Cinebistro is connected to Stony Point Fashion Park, so the two of us roamed around the mall. Two fabulous pairs of sunglasses and a delicious PF Changs meal later, I realized that I have never had so many compliments on the shade of my blonde hair.

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