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! :)

Five Favorites

Wow, sorry for being MIA this past week! We were traveling for a wedding and things have been SO busy since we got back!!

Ok, ready for another round of Five Favorites?

Here are five things from all categories - makeup, skincare, fashion, etc... that I am LOVING right now, and I think you will love them too! Just click each title for more info!

1. Haloscope by Glossier

This highlighter is SO easy to use and it gives the most perfect, dewy glow.

These are the cutest wedges and they go with everything.

Such a beautiful top - perfect for Spring!

Such a beautiful top - perfect for Spring!

Perfect for flat lays!

Perfect for flat lays!

Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

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.

DIY Mermaid Mint Sugar Scrub

*Video Tutorial Coming Soon! Check Back!*

This sugar scrub is really easy to make! It looks beautiful, smells amazing, and feels super luxurious. It helps to exfoliate your skin while softening and moisturizing it, all while giving you a nice little aromatherapy session. Plus, this scrub makes for a GREAT homemade gift! Whip up a batch, put it into a cute jar, tie a ribbon on it, and there you go! The recipient of this scrub will be blown away that you made it yourself. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs of mint extract
  • 1-2 drops of green food coloring

Here's what you do:

Microwave the coconut oil on high in a microwave safe bowl for about 15 seconds. You want it to be soft. Then, mix in the rest of the ingredients, and stir up until well combined. The food coloring should be evenly distributed by the time you're finished mixing. If your scrub is too liquidy, go ahead and stir in a bit more sugar until the consistency is just right. Spoon into cute jars and decorate with ribbon to use as gifts, or put the entire mixture into one big jar and keep it all to yourself! ;) I won't judge. 


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!