03 July 2014

The one with June's favorites.

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I had the best luck when it came to beauty products in June and couldn't wait to share them with you. In this video I feature the Pacifica Solar Palette, a chocolate-scented sunless tanner, a handful of beautiful lip products, and more. I hope you enjoy the video, and to my US readers, I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!
05 June 2014

The one with the Rodale's summer haul.

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During Rodale's recent anniversary sale, I purchased a few products I am hoping will be perfect for summer. I want to do a "Summer Essentials" video and maybe another video on products with SPF, so if I end up liking my purchases, you may see them again. : )

  • Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray: The packaging and name of this product may have influenced my purchase - crossing my fingers it helps to give me messy, mermaid waves.
  • Suntegrity Tinted Moisturizer + Face Primer BB Cream SPF 30: While I'm very happy with my Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30 (it plays nicely under makeup and doesn't irritate my under-eye area), I wanted a SPF with a tint for days when I don't feel like messing with foundation.
  • RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer: I'm having a moment with RMS Beauty (as seen here). Teri, one of my favorite beauty YouTubers, showed this product in action in a few of her get ready with me videos. It's initially very dark but sheers out easily. I've used it the past couple of days and love the sun-kissed look it gives.
  • COOLA Suncare Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 30: If you watched my May Favorites video you saw I'm loving my Fitbit, and, as a result, I'm walking outside a lot more. I love the idea of a spray SPF - seems quick, easy, and less messy.
I'll be testing these products out, and hopefully you will see them in an upcoming video!
04 June 2014

The one with May's favorites.

May Favorites


For this month's favorites I'm discussing a natural mascara I won on Pinterest, a bright red summertime manicure, and my Fitbit Flex. I would love to read some of your recent favorites. Oh, and do you have any experience with taking Evening Primrose Oil internally? I'm wondering if it might help my hormonal acne.
21 May 2014

The one where I make the Joyous Detox Smoothie.

Joyous Detox Smoothie


In today's video I'm sharing my most-made smoothie, the Joyous Detox Smoothie. I found the recipe on Joyous Health, and it is delicious - definitely my go-to breakfast.

Here are the ingredients:

Joyous Detox Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen fruit (dark berries, pineapple or mango)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder or ⅓ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cups of leafy greens (kale or spinach)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup nut/hemp milk of your choice
  • Filtered water to your desired consistency
If you watch until the end, there is a chance to win a copy of Joy's new book and my favorite water bottle! Check out the video for entry rules.
06 May 2014

The one with the cherry blossoms.

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I mentioned in my Soft Spring Makeup video that I was heading into the city with my friend Karin to see the cherry blossoms. A brutal winter plus a few especially windy days did seem to take their toll on the blossoms this year, but we were able to find some pretty trees. It was a nice change to tote my camera around just for fun - that's definitely something I want to do more of this summer. Hope you enjoy the pictures of the blossoms!

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05 March 2014

The one with February's favorites.

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In addition to my beauty favorites, I wanted to share some of my February lifestyle favorites -

  • Books: The books I loved in February were No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt (a book I'm sure I'll refer to again and again) and Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier. Son of the Shadows wasn't as good as the first book in the series, Daughter of the Forest, but I still loved it and already started book three. I also read The Sky is Everywhere and Orphan Train. Both of these books were fine, but they didn't leave a lasting impression on me. I would not go out of my way to recommend them.
  • Shows/Movies: During February I bought Camp Takota - a must watch if you are a fan of Hannah, Mamrie, and Grace. And I have to mention Sherlock Series 3. That show is perfection. The wedding episode was especially good.
  • Music: I listened to a lot of St. Vincent in preparation for the concert last Saturday. I still haven't gotten over it. Her music is, of course, amazing, but I wasn't prepared for the choreography. If you have the chance to see her perform live, don't miss it. I also have decided to start wearing blue eyeshadow since she made it look so cool. (If you need some new music to listen to, I created a playlist of my most-played songs in February.) 
  • Style: I think I could dedicate an entire blog post to my love of the Puella tunic. I have two (pictured above) and would wear them every day if I could - such a great basic!

Hope you each have a wonderful March. : )

The one with the dry brushing basics.

Dry Brushing Basics

After getting a new dry brush for my birthday (thanks, Mom!), I purposed to make dry brushing part of my morning routine. I was very consistent with it during the month of February and saw some great results (the skin on my legs is so much softer). So I thought I would share some dry brushing basics with you. My information is coming from the Joyous Health blog and Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet - both fantastic resources.

// DRY BRUSHING BENEFITS
  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Softens skin
  • Releases toxins

// HOW I DRY BRUSH

I take a natural-bristle brush. Mine (pictured above) is from the Joyous Health website, but they can be found at health food stores. I have even seen them at Bed Bath & Beyond. My favorite time to dry brush is before my morning shower. I start at my feet and using a light pressure (it should feel good and invigorating - not painful) brush upward toward my heart. I have read that you should use long strokes while others recommend circular motions. I do a combination of both. I try to get most of my body, spending extra time on my inner thighs and my underarms.  

I feel like dry brushing is such an easy step, yet it yields great results. Have you tried it?
 
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