Beauty

My "Flat Stanley" Skincare Secret + A Giveaway!

You're like Flat Stanley, whaaaa? But yes, I have a FLAT approach to skincare that I want to share with you today that literally saves my life every time I travel. Maybe you're like me...maybe you're not, but I can't seem to avoid packing everything I own when preparing for a trip. I worry that I won't have what I need and as a frugalista, I don't want to buy what I already own while away from home. Does this sound familiar? Even if it doesn't (and if so, I'm jealous that you've mastered being a sane packer), I think this tip might come in handy. Also, it's worth the read considering I'm giving away some skincare swag. So here's my Flat Stanley Skincare Secret: I seek out skincare that's packaged flat and in single servings. I like the idea of using it then pitching it. The lighter my toiletries bag gets, the better! Fact of my life: my toiletry bag + makeup bag + hair dryer and roundbrushes = most of the weight in my suitcase. I know, I'm a sad, sad girl. But seriously, have...

Best Towelettes For Post-Workout

Why carry around full sized products in your gym bag when all you need are towelettes to help you refresh and revive your look post-workout? It's important to keep your gym bag light for the health of your shoulders. They'll get enough of a workout once you arrive at the gym or your favorite studio. So it keep it light and invest in 3 of my favorite towelettes. Watch the video that Qinetic Live and I made for you! Here are links to score each of the 3 towelette brands mentioned in the video: Ole Henriksen's Clean Truth Vitamin C Wipes for cleansing and hydration Healthy Hoo Hoo feminine wipes for gentle down there care Tan Towel's Self-Tan Towelette for full body coverage   Got questions? Let me know in the comments section. I can also recommend a few more towelettes based on your personal needs. Feel free to ask. Trust me, I've tried them all! Don't forget to follow me where you socialize! I'm here on YouTube!  *  I'm...

Active Summer Skincare that’s gym bag (and purse!) friendly

I’m a year-round skincare fanatic, but when summer hits I completely re-evaluate what I carry around with me. My products have to be effective, easy to apply, fast working and light (on my shoulder, not just my face!). Most importantly they have to feel good on and revitalize my skin, whether I’m running to a workout or freshening up right after one. These 8 skincare products all under $25 cater to the fitness-loving woman on-the-go. My hunch is that’s YOU! Let me guess, you know how to break a sweat but you also look forward to showing off how well you clean up and glow like a pro. If I guessed right, these products are made for you! Find out what I'm spritzing, pumping and spraying RIGHT HERE on Lucy's blog. I'm one of their contributors. Check it out because I go into detail about why these skincare products should be in your summer gym bag STAT! Thanks for hopping over there. Here's the link again on Lucy's Blog :)

My Mom + Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday and sadly I won't be in the same city as my mom to celebrate. But I always send her something special because she's amazing and the sole reason I exist. My mom and I don't always agree on everything but she's been very supportive of my life choices and has taken great care of me throughout my life. Sometimes it's even hard for her to let go and realize that I'm an adult now. She's that great of a mom! As we enter into more of a loving friendship, I've gotten to know my mother in new ways. She works out with me, attends my events and has modeled for print ads (like the one above which actually never ran) and in magazines with me. I used to think of her as just my mom without fully worshipping everything she's accomplished. As I get older, it's easier to see the full story of her life. I ask more questions and I look at photographs from her past. She's not just my mom...she's so much more. I recently submitted my mother to the Amazing...

My Skincare Regimen at 36

My publicist once told me to lie about my age because I looked younger than my years. So, I did for a little bit but then over time I became empowered by how great my mid-30's felt. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to say I'm 36. However, prancing around with 2 giant red balloons in the park is a different story, LOL! Especially when everybody thinks it's your birthday and it's really not. Many thanks to Altchek MD for all the attention and for making my skin look so great at 36 years old. Let me tell you a little about Altchek MD and why I love their skincare products. As I get older, I find I need to do more to preserve the firmness, the lift and glow factor of my skin. Aging lines, sun damage and sagging are major concerns of mine, and I'd like to do the most I can to prevent the visible aging process from coming on faster than it needs to. I can't perform magic tricks but I can wear Altchek MD's Daily Moisturizer made with SPF30, Ester C and Vitamin E. These are all...

Is Your Deodorant Safe? Find Out!

I was totally ignorant on this topic until my Aunt Lourdes brought it to my attention one night over dinner. She told me to choose my deodorant wisely because many popular brands pose health risks, especially to women. My aunt is no stranger to disease as a survivor of Melanoma tumors and having recently lost her beloved husband to Esophageal cancer, so I decided to take heed and do a little research of my own. Here's what I found... For the sake of being accurate, let's call these dangerous deodorants what they really are, which is antiperspirants. Don't worry, I will explain and you'll soon know the difference. Most antiperspirants are made with ALUMINUM. Why? Because aluminum prevents our underarms from stinking by blocking sweat from escaping through our pores onto the surface of the skin. The plus side is less sweat and stink but the downside is that antiperspirants prevent the human body from doing it's job, which is to rid itself of toxins. Many of you fitness lovers...

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