Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Favorites: Zweena and One Love Organics

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There has been a lot of life nonsense getting in the way of my blogging these days. And we just can't have that! So I wanted to take this time to introduce you to two products that have been on repeat in my routine over these past few weeks.  

First up, a fantastic new launch from Zweena - the Argan Ultra-Nourish Eye Serum. Not only is this serum filled to the brim with some of my absolute favorite oils (think argan, baobab, marula, and kalahari melon seed!), but it also comes packaged in the sleekest hot pink rollerball. Though I'm generally not to keen on eye products, I've recently started to notice the beginnings of dreaded milia. I've heard that the best way to attack the pesky little bumps is to moisturize them. I thought I had been moisturizing the area, but apparently not well enough. As luck would have it, a little bottle of Zweena Eye Serum fell into my lap. Within two days of using the serum, the milia had practically disappeared. Zweena definitely mixes a little bit of magic into this serum! It is the perfect combination of nourishing and lightweight. I highly recommend it!

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The world has adored One Love Organics Easy Does It for years, and yet, until very recently, I had never tried it. I honestly can't understand why! So when a bottle showed up on my proverbial doorstep, I immediately added it to my dwindling shower collection. I was in desperate need of a new body wash. To my surprise, the gel texture is unbelievably rich and luxurious. More importantly, unlike the bar soaps and Dr. Bronner's liquid soap that I have been using for years, this cleanser doesn't burn my legs after I've shaved! It's a miracle. I'm never letting Easy Does It go! I completely understand and agree with the legion of fans that this simple cleanser has spawned. I know you're curious, but I actually haven't tried it as a face cleanser or shampoo, but I'm up for the task. I plan to lather up my locks with this gem tonight. I'll keep you posted!

Stay tuned for many, MANY Seed to Serum surprises!!! It's going to be an amazing Fall... 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Checking In: Post 108 Days of Yoga

My new yoga goal...

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that my 108 Days of Yoga journey is over. I never thought that I would be saying that about an exercise program. I am normally overjoyed and ready to move on to the next challenge. Don't get me wrong - I am definitely excited to expand my yoga horizons beyond the 12 videos in this series, but I will miss having a designated yoga class to look forward to every day. Luckily, a reader turned me on to Udaya, the company responsible for The Ultimate Yogi, and I am already signed up for classes! The past 108 days have been a true inspiration and have resulted in some lofty goals (like the above photo)!

Yoga is unlike any workout regimen I have tried before. Most of you will be shaking your head right now and muttering, "yeah, I know, where have you been??" And you're right - WHERE HAVE I BEEN?? The increased flexibility alone is worth the entire 108 days (I can rest my nose on my knee when performing a seated forward fold!) - and I have also noticed an increase in strength, balance, and stamina. Additionally, the minute that I started running again, I began experiencing knee pain. I experienced exactly zero pain throughout the entire time that I was solely doing yoga. That is truly a testament to the superiority of yoga. 

And because this is a "Checking In" post, I'm bringing you my GREATEST green smoothie creation to date. 

Deliciousness In A Glass
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2-3 cups greens (I like power greens - a mix of baby kale, baby spinach, and baby chard)
2 dates
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp almond butter
2 tsp bee pollen
1 frozen banana 
1 cup ice (optional) 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On My Radar: Outdoor Voices

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I am in desperate need of new workout wear. Okay, not desperate, but I could use a few spectacular pieces. Like say, these fantastic leggings or these slouchy sweats. And I am all about the Outdoor Voices mantra - activewear for "women and men of Leisure, Vitality and Moderation." Yeah, that's definitely a philosophy I can get behind. 

A little pricey? Yes. Worth every penny? I shall soon find out!

Any activewear lines I need to check out? Let me know! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Favorites: Toner Time

This summer I have really taken a shine to spritzing my skin liberally with toners throughout the day. As a result, I've gone through a lot of them. Which is great for someone like me who loves trying new things. More importantly, it has given me a chance to discover some new favorites! And of course, I can't wait to share them with you - 

One Love Organics Pretty Pores - This toner is addicting. You've been warned. The subtle smell of grapefruit somehow energizes and relaxes me at the same time. It reminds me of the playfulness of summer, which I sometimes lose sight of during a particularly stressful work week. I'm also a huge fan of the consistency. It's a light mist that never leaves behind a sticky residue - so you can layer and layer and layer!

Province Apothecary Invigorating + Balancing Toner - I caught my first whiff of this toner during my facial at Julie's studio and I was absolutely blown away. It's gorgeous! Spicy frankincense provides the perfect balance to the floral rose and lavender notes. And this toner works wonders on congested skin thanks to astringent witch hazel and soothing calendula. I spritz this toner throughout the day, but I particularly enjoy it after workouts. It's hydrating, cooling, and keeps bad bacteria at bay! (Oh and if you haven't entered my Province Apothecary giveaway, what are you waiting for?! A custom serum just for you!) 

Laurel Facial Elixir: Oily/Combination - Is there anything Laurel doesn't get right? I challenge you to name one thing. This gorgeous mist is more than just fancy water in a bottle; it's skin food. Brimming with vital nutrients, this toner calms, decongests, and heals. There are no filler ingredients - Laurel even uses hydrosols in the place of water - calendula, chamomile, witch hazel, neroli, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemon balm, and frankincense hydrosols to be exact. Finding a toner that is this nutrient dense is rare. If you are looking for a mist that will actually heal and repair your skin, I suggest buying this one in bulk.    

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden - Soon to launch, this mist is the ultimate decadent treat. As with all May Lindstrom products, the scent of this mist alone will leave you swooning. Exotic jasmine collides with robust cocao and the result is breathtaking. Normally, I would suggest spritzing with abandon, but this is truly a toner to savor. I like to use it at night - though it's sultry, it's also soothing and lulls me right to sleep! (Ed. Note - The Jasmine Garden is HERE!)

 What are your favorite toners this summer? Spill!