1. Philosophy Purity Made Simple
I think most women are on a quest for perfect facial cleanser, that easily removes makeup while leaving your skin feeling clean without over drying. Ladies, this is the real deal. The Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser is a pH-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The bestselling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.
-Sodium Lauroamphoacetate: Acts as a mild surfactant that gently cleanses the skin without irritation or residue.
-Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Lightly hydrates the skin leaving the skin comfortable, not pulled or tight.
-Sodium Trideceth Sulfate: Pulls dirt, debris, and makeup from the skin and dissolves them.
-Twelve-Essential Oil Blend (Including Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sage): Helps soften, soothe, and rejuvenate the skin.
I use this twice daily with my Clarisonic Mia.
2. Living Social
Since I’ve moved to a new city, Living Social helps me try new things on a budget. I just ordered this unlimited monthly yoga pass to Amrita Yoga & Wellness Studio in Philadelphia.
One day, maybe I’ll be good enough to do this! If only I could drag my boyfriend to class..
To be quite honest, I’m not the best at managing my own money. I have a small amount of credit card debt and would loveee to pay it off by the end of the year. Since I usually respond best when I see things in print, Mint.com is helping me get control of my finances.
This (free!) and easy to use website lets you set up budgets for anything you could think of. It links to your bank account, credit card, investment portfolios, whatever! Mint automatically puts you transactions into categories. The most important thing I’ve learned is to set a budget and stick to it.
4. The Undressed Skeleton
Lately I’ve been trying to clean up my eating habits. When I cook at home, I tend to make nutritious meals, but I run into problems by eating out a few times per week. Taryn McNitt is such an inspiration. Her amazing blog, The Undressed Skeleton, has tons of tips for clean eating!
Taryn also has great baking ideas. If you’re going to eat baked goods, make sure you make them at home. They’re so much healthier than store bought products! Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
5. The Sexy Leg Workout
My thighs are the one part of my body that I’m not thrilled with. I’m trying to get my leg strength up with a mix of cardio, yoga, and this leg workout:
Believe me, your legs will be so sore after the first time you do this! Tribe Sports also has other great workouts.
6. Fall Recipes
One of the reasons why I love fall so much is because of the food! Fall produce is the best! Here are some of my favorite fall recipes:
I know this seems like a strange combination, but trust me it’s amazing! This definitely makes enough for 6-8, especially if you serve it with the salad below.
I also like adding in some walnuts and dried cranberries!
7. Sam Edelman
In case you haven’t heard of this shoe-cult classic, Sam Edelman makes designs to die for. Below are my current purchases
8. Japonesque Clear Skin Tool
I know this looks like a tiny torture device, but nothing else has worked to remove my blackheads! Before your first time using the double-loop extractor tool, you should watch this video so you don’t damage your skin. They key is to be gentle. If a blackhead doesn’t want to be extracted, don’t force it. I usually open up my pores before extracting by using the Aztec Secrets Clay mask (using Apple Cider Vinegar) followed by Purity Made Simple and my Clarisonic.
9. Coconut Oil and Dry Brushing
My entire family is at risk for varicose veins. Not only are they painful, but they’re also unsightly. My doctor suggested that I start taking grapeseed extract pills daily. She also said I should get in the practice of dry brushing. Never heard of this? Me neither! Here are some of the benefits:
- Helps with circulation
- Banishes cellulite (READ THIS)
- Improves skin tone
- Exfoliates for smoother skin
- Rejuvenates the nervous system
Want to get started? Mind Body Green gives a great overview:
- Start on dry skin before bathing.
- Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
- Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
- Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
- After you’ve finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
- Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
- Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
- Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin
I prefer to use the Yerba Brush and Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil:
10. Spray Tans
A few months ago I had a wedding to get to, but was pale as anything. Since the effects of tanning booths scare me, I decided to try my first spray tan. I made an appointment online (so easy!) for Luminosity Smiles in Manayunk. Since I love reading up on this type of this, I scoured the internet checking what I should do before going for my tan. Here are some quick tips:
- Take a shower immediately before getting your spray tan. Use a gentle, natural cleanser. I like Dial soap.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! I used my dry brush and a gentle exfoliate for my face.
- Go to the salon without any makeup or perfume on. Having either on will prevent the spray from coating your skin evenly.
- Wear dark, loose clothing. In the event that the bronzer does rub off, you don’t want to ruin an outfit! Also, be careful of any straps that might be rubbing on your skin. While the tan is setting, they could leave marks.
- Do not get wet for at least 8 hours (including your hands). I like to make my appointment around 7pm. I don’t get wet until I shower the next morning. The first time you shower, just quickly rinse your body.
- DO NOT USE DOVE PRODUCTS!! For whatever reason, Dove is the enemy of tanning spray. Don’t use Dove at all when you have a spray tan. It will strip the color off your skin and leave you looking streaky. Ew!
- After 24 hrs, start applying lotion to help preserve your tan. Be careful that your lotion doesn’t contain mineral oil. You want to use the most natural lotion you can find.
- Start exfoliating again around 5 days in. This will prevent weird spots as the tan starts to fade.
Happy Tuesday! xoxo