My Favorite Skincare Product and Giveaway!

Last month I shared my nighttime skin routine, an extensive, but effective system I use to keep my skin clear and healthy. I use a mix of luxury and drugstore products, and for whatever reason, this specific combination has provided me with impressive results.

The point of the post was to share what I learned about how to properly layer skincare to get the best outcome, regardless of the products you’re using. 

Of all the products I use, there are two I won’t live without:  Vintner’s Daughter Serum, and Goop’s Instant Exfoliating Facial.  Today, we’re talking about Goop’s Facial, and because I love it so much, I’m giving one away

Instant Facial, $125 

I ordered a jar of Instant Facial when it was first released after reading some positive initial reviews. I was in the midst of cleaning up my skincare, trying to focus on more organic, good for you ingredients. For the price and the buzz I had high expectations, and because my skin is extremely sensitive, I was prepared for this to be a total bust. 

It didn’t disappoint. After just a few uses my skin was noticeably softer and brighter, after a month it was the clearest it has ever been. This is how the goop website describes it: 

The Exfoliating Instant Facial instantly brightens and softens skin to reveal a glowing, smoother-looking complexion. Natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids sweep away dead skin cells; plant-based cellulose beads exfoliate further, while releasing soothing vitamin B5, leaving skin supple, soft, and utterly revitalized. The Exfoliating Instant Facial is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 86 percent total organic content.

There are so many products at all price points that make incredible claims. This is one of the few that has actually delivered for me. I use it 3 -4 times a week as part of my regular maintenance. I also travel with it because nothing feels better after a long flight than washing the airplane off your face. 

There’s no denying it’s a splurge, but much like building a wardrobe, I’d rather use a few highly effective products than fill my medicine cabinet with a lot of junk. I’m 39 years old, I work hard and at the phase in life, I’m cool spending on keeping my skin looking it’s best for as long as possible.  

Each jar lasts me about three months so for $40 I’m month I get a lot of value. 

Since it’s spring, and our site has been growing like crazy, I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway.  One lucky reader will win a full size jar of Goop’s Exfoliating Instant Facial. This is not at all sponsored by Goop, I’m buying the product myself and having it shipped directly to the winner. 

To enter:

  • Head over to our Facebook Page 
  • Find this post pinned to the top of the page
  • In the comments ON FACEBOOK tell us the one beauty product you can’t live without.

That’s it! You can like our page to get updates and share the post with friends so they can enter too. 

A winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Thursday, April 4th. 

Here’s the deal ladies, building our Facebook following will help us grow and expand our community, and this seems like a fun way to do it. But Facebook has a funky algorithm, so just because you “like” our page, doesn’t mean you see what we post. Growing a following on FB the right way is excruciatingly slow. 

It’s super frustrating. The good news is the more engagement we have on the page, the more we’ll be able to use the platform to communicate directly with readers. I don’t love that social media has to be such a big part of our marketing plan, but it’s the world I’m operating in. 

If you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry, we have other giveaways planned for the rest of the year that won’t require it. Facebook is, however, a great platform for us to use that allows more interaction than I’m able to do on the blog, especially in our private group. 

Things you should know: 

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

The Well Dressed Life and Megan Kristel LLC, is paying for the prize.

This is not a sponsored post. 

US Residents Only must be 18 years old to enter. The prize is nontransferable, void where prohibited. 

Contest ends Thursday, April 4th at 9 am EST. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Facebook.

The Pink-Salt Shampoo Detox You Should Try

Women often think that self-care has to be a big production. But the truth is I don’t have time for leisurely lunches or days spent shopping. And while I appreciate a good girls trip to a spa, I can pull one off maybe once a year. Instead, I try to incorporate small indulgences during the day. It’s amazing how much more grounded you feel when you step out of your crazy life and refocus on yourself, even if it’s just for a minute or two.

Our days are busy, so creating routines that include little treats can make all the difference. Maybe it’s your quiet morning hours with a cup of coffee or a few stolen moments with a good book. Perhaps you’ve figured out how to meditate or wake up early for yoga. Whatever it is, if it makes you feel better when you’re done, keep doing it.

Personally, I like a sweaty workout a few times a week. I love how strong I feel; I notice a big difference in the quality of my sleep. I also use my beauty regime as my time to take care of me. Investing in effective products, and taking my time with them gives me the quiet I need to unwind after another overly scheduled day.

Recently, I picked Goop’s Himalayan Sea Salt Scalp Scrub. I’m not sure what I expected, but it’s so unusual, in the best way possible.


Shampoo, $42

First of all, this is not your everyday shampoo.  Instead, use it once a week, a few times a month or as you feel you need it. The idea is that you cleanse your hair while scrubbing your scalp which feels incredible.  Like when you get your hair washed at the salon, only better.  Scrubbing your scalp not only feels amazing but helps keep your hair healthy.  It will remove product build-up, oils and exfoliates dead skin, helping create shine and volume.

Goop’s scalp scrub feels like a mix between a body scrub and a whipped body cream. It takes a minute to get used to it, and another minute to get it working, but when it does, it’s heavenly.  Focus on your scalp, and work the product down your hair.  You’ll get a little lather but not what you’re used to.  Take your time rinsing it out, and follow up with your regular conditioner.

I use it on Sunday nights when I do a “Sunday Prep.”  That’s when I take extra time to do a mask, white stripes and exfoliate in the shower. You’ll feel soooo clean and fresh, it’s the perfect way to start a new week.