5 Easy Beauty Hacks

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Hi everyone!

How is your week going? What's new? Have any fun plans that you're looking forward to in the coming weeks? Fill me in! I love hearing from you guys!!

I hope you had a great Fourth of July! Mine was super low-key. Ben, James, and I went to the cabin in Montana over the weekend, which was really fun. We came back Monday night, and Ben had to work on the 4th. James and I spent the day lounging around the house and recovering from the long car ride the day before. James was in bed by 6:30pm, and then Ben and I watched a movie and went to bed early. #parentlife :)

Anyways, I've been wanting to share some easy beauty hacks with you guys. These are things that you can incorporate into your day that will help you to look and FEEL glowing and healthy!

  1. Collagen I have recently started adding a scoop of this collagen into my morning cup of coffee, and also into my afternoon cup of tea. Collagen has SO many benefits, and I'll be doing a whole blog post about it soon, so check back for that, probably next week! Collagen helps to reduce wrinkles, it helps to heal your gut, it helps with joint pain, it's good for your hair, skin, and nails...it's so good. It's such an easy thing to incorporate into your daily routine, and I have seen a major difference since I started using it. I love this one - you can get it here.

  2. Apple Cider Vinegar I love taking an apple cider vinegar shot every morning to help wake up my digestive system. Apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss, it's a mood enhancer, it helps give you energy, it has natural antibiotic properties, it can assist in controlling high blood sugar levels...the list goes on and on! I like this brand (get it here) but any Apple Cider Vinegar WITH THE MOTHER (VERY IMPORTANT TO GET ONE THAT SAYS 'WITH THE MOTHER') will do. I mix about a tablespoon of ACV with about half a cup of pure, natural pineapple juice and a little honey. So good!!

  3. Probiotic Probiotics are good for a NUMBER of reasons. They help with digestive and urinary health, gut health, allergies, stress, immunity...just to name a few things! Taking a probiotic can be ESPECIALLY important for us postpartum mamas. I'll do a blog post about this as well, if you guys would like more information! Let me know. Anyways, definitely talk to your doctor before starting to take any supplements, including a probiotic. I take this one.

  4. Oils I've been battling postpartum hormonal acne for awhile now, and one of the things that has really helped has been using facial oils. I love this one so much! I was sent it complimentary for testing purposes, and I seriously LOVE IT. Get it here. I cleanse my face (morning and night) and then spray it with my Mother Dirt mist (see number 5 below!) and then massage my face with this oil before applying my moisturizer (I use this one). My skin is so much more moisturized and dewy and clear since I've started this regimen. Definitely recommend oils!!

  5. Mother Dirt AO Mist This is a spray that you mist all over your face (and body, if you'd like) that has live bacteria in it (the good kind). The thought is that with all of the cleansers and scrubs that we use in our daily lives, we eliminate the good bacteria from our skin. This spray puts it back. It is said to reduce the need for moisturizers and deodorants, and is made with family-friendly, simple ingredients. I definitely have noticed a difference in my skin since using this. Highly recommend it! Get the Mist here.

What are your ride-or-die beauty hacks? Please share - always looking for new ideas and things to try! :)

Guest Post: Glam Mommy Life's Winter Skin Saviors

I am SO excited to share a *special* guest post written by one of my lovely friends, Kristie. Kristie is the voice and vision behind Glam Mommy Life - a new blog focused on showing moms that it is possible - and even easy - to be glamorous and fabulous! I think her blog is so much fun and I LOVE her beauty tips. 

Today, Kristie is sharing her Winter Skin Saviors with all of us...which I desperately need because my skin gets SO dry and miserable during the winter months! Anyone else??

Let's dive right in and hear from Kristie! And be sure to head over to Glam Mommy Life after you're done to read the guest post that I wrote! I'm sharing my daily schedule and my tips for making time in your busy day for health, fitness, and a little pampering! Click here to check out my post!

Hi everyone! My name is Kristie of Glam Mommy Life and I'm so excited to be a guest blogger for Anna! She is an inspiration to me with her health and zest for life! I'm honored to to share my winter beauty must haves with all you lovely readers.

I don't know about you, but my skin absolutely loathes winter. That's why I really have to step my skincare to be thicker and more moisturizing than I would use. Here are my must have products to keep dry skin at bay during these brutal and cold months. 

Glam glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating mask

I use this at night and my skin just drinks it up! This treatment moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. It leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. Thirsty Mud smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. It works to hydrate those dry patches between my brows, on my chin and my cheeks so I wake up with moisturized skin even when the weather is brutal. 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

This isn't just for your Bum Bum. This cream, which has the consistency of whipped butter, glides on the skin and absorbs quickly! The smell of caramel praline is out of this world and it leaves just hint of sheen on your skin. 

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

This lip balm is amazing for quenching my parched lips. I mostly use it at night as my night balm and I wake up to smooth, hydrated and soft lips. It contains soothing skin conditioners and antioxidants to make my lips smooch worthy.  My favorite flavor is the Black Tea & Blackberry.  

Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub

Speaking of lips, let's talk exfoliation. You can't have smooth lips when there is a flaky layer getting in the way. This lip scrub, that looks like a crayon for my 4 year old, but exfoliates the lips in the most effortless way possible! I love using this in the shower to slough off that dead skin!

Kate Somerville goat milk cleanser

This cleanser is like applying whipped butter on my skin. It's a satisfying sensation of both cleansing and moisturizing my skin as I massage it in. The cleanser is the perfect solution for dry skin cleansing in the blustery winter months, without breaking the skin out.

And finally, I'm sharing a tip that has made such a difference in softening my wintery dry skin. At night, use a humidifier in your bedroom and you will wake up to soft and supple skin. There you have it! I hope these must-haves help keep your face and body hydrated all winter long!

 

 
 
About Kristie:
My name is Kristie Frederick and I am the mother to two beautiful girls, ages 4 and 4 months. I am a yoga instructor and have a love for all things beauty, food and fitness. My mission is to help women and moms feel and look gorgeous in the swiftest way possible.
Be sure to visit Kristie's blog, Glam Mommy Life!

 

A huge thank you to Kristie for this amazing post! I am so excited to check out some of these products, because my skin needs some serious saving during these cold months!

What product are YOU most excited to try? Share in the comments below! Also, PLEEEEEAAASSSSEE share any other tips you may have! 

Also, don't forget to check out my post on Glam Mommy Life! Click here

Review: Erno Laszlo Double Cleanse Set

The name 'Erno Laszlo' is iconic in the world of beauty and skincare. He was the very first doctor to create his own line of skincare products that are medically based. Laszlo is also known for coming up with the idea of establishing a skincare routine tailored to one's specific skin type.

I have been curious about the new Double Cleanse set from Erno Laszlo ever since I first started seeing it pop up around the blogosphere. I have fair, sensitive skin so the Sensitive Double Cleanse Travel Set was the perfect choice for me. The set consists of an oil-and-bar duet that work together to nourish and moisturize sensitive skin, all while cleansing it. Infused with anti-inflammatory plant extracts, the set removes oils, makeup, and any other impurities, leaving your skin feeling soft, dewy, and fresh.

Here's how it works:

 

1. Begin with the oil, massaging it gently onto dry skin. This step is great for removing makeup!

2. Next, without rinsing the oil off of your face, lather the cleansing bar with warm water. Then, rub the lathered up cleansing bar all over your face in gentle, circular motions. The solutions from the oil and the bar will work together to cleanse your skin.

3. To finish up, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. Pat your skin dry with a soft face cloth. Et voila!

 

In my opinion, this cleansing set is definitely worthy of all the hype! I highly recommend it!

xo, Anna

*Thank you to Influenster for sending me this product free in order to review. All opinions are my own.

Nightly Ritual

Rituals are so important for a relaxing, good night's sleep. Winding down in the evening can be hard, and it can be a real challenge to quiet your mind after a long and busy day. Taking some time to care for yourself and to get in the right mindset before bed makes a huge difference. I know that on nights when I am rushed, or when I'm out late and forced to skimp on my nightly ritual, I feel unsettled, stressed, and I always have a harder time falling asleep. When I set aside the time to go through the motions and take care of myself, I end up in bed, relaxed, calm, and content and ready for a good night's sleep. I'll go ahead and share my nightly routine on a typical week night (for when I'm at home that is, as opposed to traveling or sleeping in a tent!) with you all!

I always take either an epsom salt bath, or a hot shower right before bed. I wash and condition my hair, exfoliate my face, and use a cleanser. Depending on how I'm doing for time or how tired I am, I'll use a coffee scrub prior to showering or taking a bath. 

I do a deep conditioning treatment on my hair once a week. Then I always towel dry my hair, twist it up into a top knot, and sleep with it that way. In the morning I have nice waves and volume. I never use a hair dryer, and I always just let my hair air dry. In fact, I never use heat on my hair. I will OCCASIONALLY, very rarely, curl my hair. But other than that, no heat. This helps to keep my hair healthier and prevents damage since it's SO long. 

Next, I apply my pore refining serum from Murad. It is my absolute beauty must have and it makes my skin so nice, clear, and healthy. I love it. About 2-3 times a week, I will use a face mask prior to putting on the serum. I love trying out different masks, but my go-to is this Murad one. I have some dark spots under my eyes, so I've been using this Brightening Dark Spot Corrector from Burt's Bees under and around my eyes. Then, I slather my face, neck, and chest with moisturizer. I am loving this Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture from Murad right now. 

I use St. Ives body lotion all over my entire body right after I take a shower or a bath. I have really dry skin so moisturizing is big for me. I am obsessive about it, and this St. Ives is great because it doesn't leave your skin sticky or gunky feeling, AND it's a drug store brand, so it's very affordable! Once or twice a week I will apply a sunless tanner. I like trying out different brands of self-tanners, but my current favorite is this one by Jergens.

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I brush my teeth, use mouth wash, and then hop into bed. I'll apply a cuticle cream, and dab some lavender oil on my wrists and neck. I moisturize my lips with some EOS lip balm and will dab a little extra moisturizer around my eyes. I always chug a bunch of water at this point. Sure I have to get up in the night, but I wake up in the morning with glowing skin! So, to me it is worth it. Then I read a passage from The Book Of Awakening, read 50 pages or so in whatever book I'm currently reading, turn out the lights and, hopefully, drift right off to sleep. I picked up this lovely lavender scented eye pillow that I lay over my eyes sometimes. You can put it in the freezer to make it cool, and it is just so refreshing and is sometimes just that little extra something that I need to fall asleep. 

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I would love to hear all about YOUR nightly rituals! What are your go-to products? 


Tips For Clear, Healthy Skin

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Here are just a few tips I've picked up for maintaining clear, healthy, glowing skin!

1. Eat clean. A diet full of whole, unprocessed foods will do wonders for your skin by eliminating chemicals and other nasty things. Nourishing your body with fruits, veggies, and clean, whole foods will leave your skin glowing in no time!

2. Sweat it out. Exercise will not only make you healthier overall, but it will leave your skin looking better too! Try kick-starting your day with a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) work out, followed by a veggie, fruit, and protein packed smoothie, and people will be clamoring to know your secret for that beautiful glow!

3. Treat Yo Self. If you can, treat your skin to a relaxing and rejuvenating facial. Not only is it important to pamper yourself from time to time, but facials are so good for the health of your skin. They help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and blemishes. 

4. Drink up! This is something of a no brainer in this day and age, but, in case you need a friendly reminder, DRINK MORE WATER. Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day, as a general rule of thumb. For example, if you weigh 150lbs, try to drink 75oz of water each day. Staying hydrated is the BEST way to keep your skin clear and beautiful, and to get that coveted dewey glow!

5. What goes on goes in. Your skin is an organ...did you know that? It's a big organ. And it absorbs whatever you put on it. That means that every lotion that you apply, every bit of makeup, every facial cleanser or mask... everything gets absorbed into your body through your skin. Including all of the chemicals in them. These chemicals can lead to allergic reactions, breakouts, dryness, etc... So, a good thing to try is to use natural skin products whenever possible, and be sure to remove all makeup before you go to bed at night to give your skin time to breathe and regenerate itself. I will post some of my favorite skin care products soon, so keep checking back!

What are some of YOUR favorite tips to get beautiful skin? Share in the comments below!

Summer Time Beauty Hacks

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Summer time is all about effortless, carefree, easy, light beauty. It's about sun-drenched days, and heat that permeates all through the night. It's about going barefoot, living in a bikini [or whatever type of swimsuit floats your boat], and being easy-breezy.

But summer time can do a number on different parts of your body. Here are some ways to keep yourself looking fresh, low-maintenance, and beautiful all summer long.

1. Skin: In the summer time, the heat and the constant cycle of being wet, then dry, wet, then dry can do a real number on your skin. Not only can your skin become dried out, but constantly being wet from swimming can wipe off important good bacterias that live on your skin.

Try this: Since none of us are going to even consider giving up long dunks in the lake or mermaid time in the sea, instead, try shortening your showers a bit. Try to keep the water temperature as cool as you can handle it. Also, find a moisturizer that works for you! My favorites are St. Ives and Ponds. I also have an amazing home made balm that mixes coconut oil, beeswax, vanilla, and a few other natural things to create a creamy, moisturizing dream.

2. Face: Tend to break out more in the summer? That can happen. No worries, there are some things you can try.

Try this: Try eliminating your moisturizer a night or two a week. Or, if you're like me and you can't even imagine not moisturizing every night, then try just limiting your moisturizer to areas of your face that feel particularly dry. Also, try to only wash your face in the evenings. Instead of giving it a good scrub in the mornings, just lightly rinse it with warm water to freshen up before starting your morning beauty routine. Also, make sure you are drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water every day to stay hydrated! There is no better way to make your skin glow!

3. Makeup: Summer time makeup should be easy, natural, effortless, glowy... basically you want to look like you just rolled off of the beach - but still put together. Leave the heavy eyeliner and cakey foundation for the office. As soon as you get home from the office, wipe your face clean with a cleansing wipe, [I like Yes to Cucumbers wipes, available in drug stores], and get your summer face on.

Try this: Start with a clean slate. Then apply a moisturizer with SPF [at least SPF 20, if you ask me]. Next, rub on a thin, moisturizing BB cream. The BB cream offers additional sunscreen benefits, as well as giving you additional moisture, AND acting as a bit of a concealer. It smooths out your complexion and hides any blemishes. Next, add a bid of cream blush to your cheeks and the bridge of your nose. Brush on a bit of bronzer if that's your thing. Swipe on some waterproof mascara, a bit of lip balm, and you're good to go. This should only take about two minutes to do, and you'll look natural, dewy, glowing, and like you're having one heck of a summer. Which you are.

4. Feet: Living barefoot and in sandals all summer can make your feet a bit... less than pretty. Your heels can get cracked and dry, which isn't cute. Keep your tootsies nice a smooth with these tips...

Try this: Whenever possible, try to wear socks and sneakers. Hey, wearing them with cut-off shorts is cute and summery. Or you can rock the "just got back from the gym" look and wear running shoes and yoga clothes. Comfy, cool, AND your feet are safely sheathed in soft socky-barriers. Moisturize your feet at night and try soaking them in Epsom salts or another kind of foot soak that works well for you. Use a foot scraper to remove dead, dry skin every once in awhile. Or get a pedicure.

5. Hair: Hair is exposed to so much sunshine [UV rays], salt, heat, and water during the summer. This can be harsh on your strands.

Try this: Wear a hat whenever possible when you are in the sun. This will protect your hair from harmful UV rays. Also, if you have highlights, guarding your hair from the sun will help to make the highlights last longer. Try washing your hair less - every other day will do. Just use a dry shampoo if your hair starts looking a little greasy. Use a deep conditioning treatment every now and then on your hair to help it stay hydrated and soft. A nice Moroccan oil is my favorite. It keeps the ends of my hair glossy. Also, try to avoid using a hair dryer [because who needs one in the summer time, right?], straightener, or curling iron [rock the touseled, natural mermaid waves], or any other tools that may expose your hair to additional heat.

6. Body: Most importantly, protect your WHOLE body from harmful UV rays and cover up with sunblock any time you will be outside. No one wants wrinkles. Or skin cancer.

Backcountry Beauty

923169_10200729333027499_843181314_n I  do a lot of backpacking, hiking, and camping. My husband and I trek it out into the wild for days at a time and let me tell you, it took me awhile to get the hang of roughing it. I love my creature comforts and eating healthy, and I definitely still want to look somewhat cute around my husband. Anyone who has gone backpacking knows that eating healthy and staying pretty in the backcountry isn't very easy to do.  It was just a matter of time before I had to figure out some ways to incorporate my beauty and health essentials into my packing list without adding a ton of extra weight to my pack.

Here are nine keys to backcountry beauty:

  1. Bring some great cleansing wipes (baby wipes will do!). I like the Yes to Cucumbers facial clothes [yestocarrots.com]. Nothing feels better at the end of a long day of hiking than giving your face (and body!) a good wipe down. I like feeling and smelling fresh and my skin definitely appreciates the cleaning. Throw a small pack of cleansing wipes in your pack and it wont add much weight or bulk to your load. Your face will thank you for it and your tent-mate will appreciate the clean smell!
  2. Throw a little tube of moisturizer and some chapstick in your bag. My skin dries out SO easily so bringing a moisturizing lotion along is a must. Plus, nothing looks prettier than dewy, moisturized skin and lips. I usually just keep a travel-sized tube of Aveeno or St. Ives in all of my packs and bags so that I always have one handy.  I like a nice tinted chapstick like the cherry or strawberry flavored ones. They add a bit of color. You will feel better too if you keep your skin healthy and lubed up.
  3. DRINK A LOT OF WATER!!! Hydration = beauty AND health. Get used to peeing in the bushes...it's gonna happen.
  4. Bring healthy snacks. Mountain House Meals and Clif Bars are backpacking essentials and they can be oh-so-tasty and necessary after a long day of trekking it in the backcountry. Carbs and calories are important!! But eating all that can really do a number on your skin AND your stomach.  Prepare some baggies of dried fruit and nuts to bring along. If you have extra room at ALL, bring some carrot sticks or apples. Any healthy, whole foods that you can fit and carry, BRING THEM. Trust me, your skin and stomach will thank you after five days in the wilderness. You will look and feel A LOT better if you can manage to eat some whole foods along the way.
  5. Get more sleep than you think you need.  We all know that it's hard to get a really great night's sleep while camping. Take a nap during the day if you can. Try to fit in some shut-eye whenever the opportunity arises. You will feel better and you will give your body a chance to rejuvenate itself. AND you will help stave off those dark bags under your eyes.
  6. Wear sunscreen!! Protect that skin! I burn so easily and let me tell you - NOTHING can ruin a backpacking trip faster than a bad sunburn. Plus, the lobster look isn't very cute.
  7. Bring a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss...and use them!
  8. French braid your hair. No muss, no fuss. It will keep your hair from getting tangled AND you'll have pretty waves when you take it out.
  9. SMILE! Nothing is more beautiful than someone having the time of her life!

Have fun, backcountry beauties!

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