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  • Gwyneth Paltrow for Juice Beauty

    I love it when I find a great non-toxic beauty product. Sadly, I generally have to kiss a few frogs in dull lip gloss before I find the winners. The one issue that always comes up with non-toxic makeup is that it isn’t very camera friendly. As someone who wants to be able to do a video at a moments notice, I’ve been searching for camera worthy makeup that I can wear day-to-day and still feel good about. Thankfully Gwyneth Paltrow was a bit fed-up with the non-toxic offerings as well and decided to collaborate with Juice Beauty to make a line that is “red carpet worthy”. The second I heard about it I opened my computer and immediately placed an order. I started simple with a mascara and lip gloss (a bright red named after Cameron Diaz!). Though I wanted to jump in and snag a foundation, I’ve had my heart broken too many times by the non-toxic variety I figured it was best to work up to it:)

    The verdict: Ahhmazing. The mascara lengthens and separates beautifully with no clumping. The lip gloss glides on perfectly and looks so fierce. Especially for a red, the fact that I could glide it on with minimal fixing is pretty wonderful. I have to say I’m a little obsessed.

    Will I order more: Absolutely! Now that I know what these 2 can do I’m going to jump in and try the foundation. Keep you guys posted.

    Is it worth the price: 100%. It’s very much in line with what the non-toxic brands are going for as well as the good quality makeup we’ve all been using for years. Seeing as you get both in one I’d say this is one of the rare times I understand the price point.

    Buy from Goop or Juice Beauty

  • Say whaaaattt?

    This post's nature may be a bit taboo but I just had to tell you about it. If you've heard of this product you may have found yourself wondering why on earth anyone would buy such a contraption and if you haven't heard of it you'll probably be a bit confused, but make no mistake The Squatty Potty is one of the best purchases you'll make this year. It's a 7in high foot stool that you put your feet up on while doing your morning (or whenever) um...constitution. The logic is by putting your body in the squatting position, similar to how humans went to the bathroom pre-toilet, it puts your body in the correct alignment to allow things to "release" smoothly and effortlessly. If you're one of those people who may not be very regular or who has any issues when it comes to this department it's a total lifesaver! Sure you can just get a box and use that but for $28 why not get the real deal. You'll thank me later. xo

  • The Best Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver. If you're running out the door and don't quite have time to wash your hair-dry shampoo to the rescue! We've all now been told a million times by our hairdressers never to wash our hair every day and there it is -- dry shampoo to the rescue! 

    However, when you have pin straight hair that tends to get incredibly greasy if you don't wash it every day, you look at dry shampoo and laugh. Most have only kept my hair fresh for about half a day and then by dinner I'm running my hands through greasy locks. I've written about it before but one of the best I've found is dry bar's detox - this one can take me to 2-3 days on the condition that my hair has been blown dry day 1 to get rid of excess moisture and give it volume.
    I had tried products from Living Proof before and really loved them so when I heard about their Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo I had to give it a go! With PHD I can somehow get an extra day in when I don't blow dry (which I unheard of!). This stuff zaps grease, gives your hair a little life and some nice texture. It has a nice lemony sent and doesn't leave any of that white residue that products like klorane do. I'll still wash my hair probably more than I should but at least now my hair dresser can be a bit more proud of me some days:)
  • Be Plane Ready

    Flying can be fun. Jetting off from one place to the next has a lot of excitement to it and though it's always fun to explore new restaurants and food wherever you're going, the one thing you don't want to explore is airline food. Things brought up into the skies tend to have a bit more sodium (and airplanes already make your body swell) and even though more and more airlines are carrying healthier snacks, sometimes they run out or if you're someone with dietary restrictions they won't fit all your needs. I'll generally make a sandwich the night before to take on the plane or if I make some thing for dinner the night before and it's travel friendly I'll pack that up. But let's face it, snacks are where it's at, so I'm always sure to have many on hand. Even if I don't eat them all on the plane they always come in handy whenever I reach my destination. Exploring makes a girl hungry!! Here are some of my favorite things to bring along:

    A few more in flight tips:
    1. MOISTURIZE. Slather it on before you get on and keep a travel size bottle in your carry on to reapply at least once during your flight and again when you land. Your skin gets incredibly dehydrated while flying.
    2. Stay hydrated. Back to that dehydration... Drink plenty of water and try to refrain from the inflight coffee and tea (it's never good anyway). It helps to pick up a bottle or two of smart water in the airport before you fly since purified water keeps you less thirsty and more replenished. It may be expensive in the terminal but it's worth keeping your health (and beauty) on track.
    3. Reapply on the fly: when flying I try to keep my makeup to a minimum since it can cause excess drying. A girl of course wants to look presentable though so I'll often just put on a little shadow, my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (yay for more moisture!) and a little lip sheer. I then keep a travel size honest baby wipes in my carry on so when I land or when I get to the hotel (depending on how fast you have to get to and event), I can wipe of the minimal makeup, refresh my face, MOISTURIZE and put on my every day (or night) makeup.
    What essential things do you do when you travel?
  • Homemade Energy Healing Body Scrub

    I can be super sensitive to the energy around me and recently I was having one of those weeks where no matter what I did it just seemed like this energy that wasn't quite mine was latching on. I remembered some advice a healer had once given me about using salt as an effective way to slough off energy that was less than desirable. The lightbulb went off in my head and I rushed home to make my own special "energy healing" beauty scrub. The added bonus here is that it's also an exfoliant so your body is left feeling impossibly smooth and cared for. I had so much fun making this and believe it or not, felt a million times better after using it!! Here's what I created but feel free to play around with some ingredients that feel nice to you. The main ingredient of importance here is the salt which gives you the energy heal plus exfoliation:

    • 1/4 cup Himalayan sea salt
    • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1tsp raw honey
    • 1 tpsn tocotrienols (vitamin E powder)

    Once I mixed this all together I said a little prayer while having my hand over it asking for Divine Goddess energy to be infused into it. You can say any little blessing you like even just saying "I infuse this scrub with Divine Light & Love." Or you can skip over that and just go ahead and use it!

    Enjoy!

  • How to create a Spa Day at home

    I'm obsessed with self-care. It's one of the things we're all too often quick to forget and I know for myself that when I forget about it I certainly feel it. Just think about napping. Doesn't the very thought of it make you feel like you're "lazy" or "slacking off"? However, when you break it down napping is actually a great way to recharge your batteries. In fact many successful people insist on taking a 20 minute nap during their day or at least some time out for a meditation. Another self-care tactic we see as a luxury and not as a necessity are baths. Some of us probably haven't even taken one since we were a kid. A 20 min bath can help recharge you, give you clarity and relax that tired hamster brain of yours. Don't have a bathtub? Why not pamper yourself a little, whether by going to a spa or salon or just giving yourself an "at-home" spa day. Here are some things that I like to incorporate into my life at least once a week. Some you can do everyday or maybe you choose to do them all at once. Whatever your time line is try and find the time to take an hour or so out for you this week and give it a go.
    I've recently fallen in love with Caudalie products. My nose was breaking out a bunch recently and nothing seemed to help. After using this as a mask and then as a spot treatment, after two days I could see my blackheads disappearing.Caudalie Purifying Mask

    It's not a spa day if things don't smell amazing, is it? This aromatherapy diffuser is a gentle way to add aromatherapy to a room. Find a scent that relaxes and is pleasing to you and feel your room transform. I think every one is quick to pick up lavender, and lavender is great, but not all are created equal. Be sure to choose one that smells great to you or even try something different like peppermint for clarity or orange to enliven you! ZAQ Dew Multi Color Litemist Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser - 80 ML Capacity, White

    If you're going to take a bath why not make it extra special! These Ahava dead sea salts help make the skin soft, slough off any icky energy (getting a little woo-woo on you here but just go with it;)) and transform your bath into a spa-like experience. They come in several scents including eculyptus and lavender if you want to add a little something-something. AHAVA Dead Sea Salt Mineral Bath Salt, Muscle Soothing Eucalyptus, 32 oz.

    I LOVE tea. I have at least one a day and I find it to be the quick fix for instant relaxation. When embarking on your spa day you'll most certainly need a beverage(s). 
    If you're really feeling decadent, pour yourself a glass of wine or bubbles. Sarah Tracey, of thelushlifeny.com has some incredible picks if you're not sure where to start. Tea of course is an essential and though I've tried many brands, I always go back to Choice. It's high quality, not over priced and always a win. You can also add some fresh fruit to sparkling water if you want something different. Choice Organic Peppermint Herb Tea, 16 Count Box

    Once the 30 min are done on this mask you'll see your face looking totally different. It's almost comical how lifted it looks while it's still on but once you take it off your skin will feel renewed, refreshed and look much more even toned. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

    I definitely recommend using an oil before or after the shower/bath. This one from Tata is great to use after as it soaks in immediately. Apply to damp skin for an easier application. Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil

    If you're looking for something a little (a lot actually) less expensive than Tata, check out the oils from Aura Cacia. This sesame one I'll put on pre-shower since it is definitely very oily but once it rinses off it'll leave your body feeling super soft. Aura Cacia Organic Skin Care Oil, Protecting Sesame, 4 Fluid Ounce

    Body brushing is great for your circulation and just feels really nice. Try and do it several times a week before you shower. It's great to body brush then add an oil to soften your skin. TopNotch Body Brush, Dry Skin Brushing, Long Handle, Detachable Head, Luxury Natural Bristles

    At a spa day you don't want to neglect your feet! Keep them nice and soft by rubbing them with a Pumice Stones and following up with a foot cream. This one from Caudalie absorbs right into your skin and leaves you subtly soft! - Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream

     Whatever your ritual, be sure to take time out to give yourself some extra love. Creating a self-care routine that is pleasing to you will help transform your mood, productivity and overall well-being.

    What do you do to show you that you care?

  • The French Beauty Solution

    In this book, Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie spa, helps change the way we view beauty. Beauty should be a source of pleasure not of pain, according to Mathilde. French woman begin their rituals of beauty at a young age using techniques passed down to them from the women in their families. They chose products that are pleasing to them not ones that smell like chemicals and promise a “quick fix”. Her biggest beauty secret? Grapes. There is a property in grapes called reservatrol that helps rebuild collagen and cells, keeping skin looking young and refreshed. It’s her special ingredient in all Caudalie products but even eating them or better yet, getting them through a nightly glass of red wine, Mathilde says, can help keep your skin looking great for the long haul. A truly pleasurable read, The French Beauty Solution will help you reframe the way you look at beauty and leave you with some wonderful tips that will be sure to last for generations to come.

    The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out

     

  • Venice Cold Brew

    My every morning coffee of choice as you all know is this Pup-Saving Brand but throughout the rest of the day or if I'm in a hurry I always make sure to have my fridge stocked with a couple of cold brews. My new obsession is from a local complany called Venice Cold Brew. You know these guys are the real deal because that's all they do. No french press, no whole beans, just COLD BREW. Why? They wanted to do one thing and do it right. Thankfully for them that really worked out. This stuff is next level. Super smooth, super tasty and super adorable in this cute friendly-looking bottle. Their motto? Take Your Coffee With Sunshine. How can you resist a brand like that? Starting this month they're offering a cold brew with almond milk option making it even easier if you're on the go!

    Check em' out: http://www.venicecoldbrew.com

  • Running Gear From Tracksmith

    Nothing makes you want to workout more than new workout gear. The cooler the gear the longer the high lasts. Lately I can't get enough of my Silk Merino Tank from Tracksmith. It's lightweight, looks phenomenal and takes well to the wash. Tracksmith has a variety of running clothes for both men & women that'll keep those workouts going strong.

    See it in a video.

  • Earth Tu Face Rosemary + Salt Lotion

    I've been trying out a few Earth Tu Face products since I had such success with their Skin Stick. My new obsession? Their Rosemary + Salt Lotion. I will say there is a bit of a strong mint smell to it even though it's not in the title. I can see this going really nicely by your kitchen sink as it has a very clean finish. I've personally been keeping it on my desk and I've noticed a significant difference since I started using it. My hands stay softer throughout the day and unlike most lotions this doesn't have that slimy residue after application. You're skin just drinks it up. Plus the bottle is so pleasing to the eye it's a great addition to any room in your home/office!

  • Stop Making Excuses & Start Meditating NOW

    I hear it all the time from people - "I really want to meditate but I just don't know how." or "I just don't have the time." I hate to tell you this (actually I don't) but I'm about to solve both of those conundrums for you. 

    Heather Hayward is not only a clinical hypnotherapist & absurdly successful life coach, many would call her a magician. Her selections of guided meditations and imagery will get you in the zone without having to do a thing. Don't have time? Heather offers tracks as short as 5 min making that "no time" thing a nonissue. I don't care who you are, you have 5 minutes for your wellbeing (whether you choose to is a different story).

    The tracks are available to download as an mp3 on her site www.HeatherHayward.com. If you do one thing for yourself today, this week, or even this month - make it this. The results will speak for themselves.

  • P.S. - You're Invited

    DIY is very popular these days and why shouldn't it be? It's so fun to start a creative project and see it through. For many of us though, our DIY's look more like something we made in kindergarten class rather than an item we'd actually like to look at or use.  Erica Domesek, creator of P.S. I made this wants us to let us know it can be easier than we think!! Her new book P.S.-You're Invited . . .: 40+DIY Projects for All of Your Fashion, Home Décor & Entertaining Needs is filled with so many enticing ideas all broken down in a simple, fun and applicable way. Erica covers everything from necklaces to peplum shirts to a moroccan tiled mirror! She also provides online videos you can check out for some of the more complicated tasks. Move over Martha Stewart!

     

  • May Cause Miracles

    This 40-day guide by spiritual teacher, author & student of A Course In Miracles, Gabby Berstein, is a must have. It's filled with practical tools to help you begin to realize your most miraculous life. Gabby offers very concrete steps for morning & night to get in touch with that deeper, all-knowing part of yourself. It won't take a ton of time and you'll find you start to look forward to the practices. It's also a great introduction to Higher Guide writing. I did it back in 2013 and I can tell you firsthand, I definitely saw results. 

    Get Your Copy Here: May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness

     

  • Burn Fat Faster

    I spent most of my life avoiding fats in food, even the so-called healthy ones. People & articles could tell me "healthy fats" were important to losing weight all they wanted but I knew that though "healthy" they would make me gain it. It wasn't until I went to an allergist, Dr. Susanne Bennett, that my assumption was proven correct. My body just wasn't very good at processing fat. She then gave me this wonderful supplement that helps my body break it down so now I can have all that olive oil, avocados and almonds I want. I just pop 2 before every meal. If you find you have a similar issue, it's definitely worth asking your doctor or allergist about it! 

  • Hit The Snooze Button. How To Look Like You Have Your S%&* Together In Less Than A Minute.

    Sometimes we just want to sleep in. Either we had a rough night out, a busy week or are just plain tired for no needed reason! You can feel a bit more confident hitting the snooze button with these 4 easy steps to get your makeup hair looking great in less than a minute. 

    Step 1 - The Face: We want fresh looking, seemingly well-rested skin. My go-to is this Tint Skin Complexion Coverage from Beauty Counter. You can rub it in easily with your fingers and it's free of all the harmful chemicals you find in most makeup.*

    Step 2 - The Eyes: Our eyes must pop otherwise what's the point of wearing makeup at all? The mascara from Ilia Beauty is the only mascara I'll use without eyeliner. The perfectly curved wand not only curls your lashes, it also seperates and lengthens them without clumping. As an added bonus it's naturally preserved and free of phenoxyethanol.

    Step 3 - The Lips: Making your lips look plump & nourished will help make you look more vibrant and awake. Very similar to Chanel's chubby sticks but far better for your health are Ilia's lip crayons. They also make your lips feel great. The color featured here is "Call Me".

    Step 4 - The Hair: As someone with pin-straight hair, not washing it every day is a challenge. I've tried many a dry shampoo but most will only last me a few hours. The only one that's kept the grease at bay (so far up to 3 days!!) is DryBar's Detox. It also smells great so get ready to have people compliment you all day. You can't fully see it in the photo above but before I sprayed it in my hair my bangs looked like wet spaghetti! (not the cutest look:))

    Now you have some extra time to grab that much needed latte:)

    *Be sure to wear sunscreen under your makeup. Just because you're sleepy doesn't mean the sun won't be out to greet you!:)

  • Make Your Eyes Pop with Ilia Mascara

    Seeing (no pun intended) it’s many a gal’s favorite makeup accessory, you want to be sure your mascara is treating you right. Ilia Beauty’s formula is naturally preserved & phenoxyethanol free and has a perfectly curled brush that not only curls your lashes but separates them for you while adding length. Though their black shade, Nighfall, is wonderful, don’t be afraid to try something different and go with the dark brown “Shadow Of A Doubt”. Now go find someone to bat those lashes at.;)

  • Drum Roll Please...The One Natural Deodorant That Works!!!!

    I really want the healthy deoderants to work. I really, really do. So much so that I've tried far more than the people around me probably cared for me too, which is why today I'm VERY excited. Ladies & gents, it exists! The one natural deoderant that will put all other deoderants to shame...

    This made it through Soul Cycle leaving me still smelling clean and fresh. Not even my husband's Dove for Men deoderant could get me through that. It's also lasted an easy 24 hours without wearing off. As an added bonus it smells great (plus rose has been linked to attraction) and is an easy portable size to travel with or just to stash in your bag for everyday use!

    Celebrate with me!: WELEDA Deodorant Wild Rose 1.02 OZ

     

  • Affirmats

    Yoga is EVERYWHERE. Which is a good thing. The world can use a bit more peace & tranquility. Let me just diva out for a second though. Where are all the awesome, hip, stylish yoga mats?! There is enough of a market for them you would think companies would do more than the standard basic color or flowery design. There are a few companies that step outside the box but barely. Perhaps this is why when ordering my Affirmat I chose the one that said "I am grateful". Because I AM! For many a thing but certainly for the perfect marraige of affirmations & yoga mats. We do yoga and/or meditate (I use mine every morning for this) to clear our mind of the clutter & allow the positive energy to enter. Why not have a mat that aids us in this process? Worlds are powerful. As the lovely note that came with my package said: "When words are both true & kind, they can change our world". Amen! To top it off the mats & towels are of amazing quality. They have a real sturdiness & well-crafted feel to them that makes you really want to take good care of it. I know I'll be using mine for years to come. Thanks Affirmats! I AM truly grateful for you!

    Order yours here: http://www.affirmats.com