Archive for ‘beauty’

March 27, 2012

ring in spring

Spring may seem like an unlikely choice when choosing your favorite season – but it is mine! April is when I celebrate my birthday (month of the diamond – holler!), but I am also a fan of the typically rainy month because springtime brings so many things to life that we wait all winter for … like green anything and that glimmer of hope that snow might actually be gone for good! I don’t have much to complain about since we had a mild winter here in Minneapolis – but I will still enjoy the first smells of fresh cut grass and wet rain. Come on sunshine!

The new season brings an outstanding excuse to pick up a few new things – whether it be allergy medicine or a new hair color, everyone can think of a few items they need to help ring in spring. Maybe one or two of these will top your list this April:

  1. Tall Hunter Rain Boots in Yellow: Can you really buy a rain boot in any color other than classic yellow? No. These classic beauties ($125) make rain fashionable and puddle splashing more fun.
  2. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Water Collection (Spring 2012): This vegan nail polish (yes – it’s actually good for your nails) comes in 6 new spring colors – and as a bonus 20% of all proceeds made from the Water Collection goes to Surge. Why not pick up a few new pastels (available at JUUT)?
  3. Paige Denim in Day Break: I’d take a pair of these in any color but with a push of spring tones coming our way, why not go all our and splurge on a pair of pretty pastel paige denim ($179)?
  4.  Whole Foods Lemon Italian Sparkling Spring Water: If your looking for a bubbly beverage to quench your thirst, Whole Foods sparkling spring water is the way to go. Lemon not your thing? It comes in a variety of other flavors!
January 23, 2012


I am in LOVE! Saturday morning marked my first date with the pretty, little Clarisonic Mia. I have been waiting/wanting/wondering about this beauty maker since July and could hardly handle the recommended 24 hour wait while she charged. Surprisingly, the charging system was the first feature that attracted me to Mia. There’s no “plug in” to the actual Mia (because it is shower friendly and waterproof) but instead this genius little magnet sticks to the front and charges ‘er up! AWESOME!!

Saturday morning my Mia was all charged, so I did what anyone would do and watched a few You Tube videos (Mia tutorials obviously). I can’t believe I actually thought to do this, but the tutorials I watched were super informative – more informative than the instruction manual I read.

Here’s a quick snapshot

  1. Remove all of your eye makeup before doing anything else.
  2. Wet your face and the brush head with warm water.
  3. Put your face wash all over your wet face with your finger tips, avoiding the eyes.
  4. Click the power button to turn on the Mia.
  5. In a GENTLE circular motion, begin cleansing your face; I start at my right cheek – 10 seconds, then chin – 10 seconds,  nose – 20 seconds (*WARNING: Tickles!),  left cheek – 10 seconds, and finally forehead – 20 seconds.
  6. Once your 60 – 70 seconds of cleansing is up, turn off the Mia and rinse the brush head clean with warm water; once a week you can clean the brush head with antibacterial soap to keep it extra clean and long lasting.
  7. Rinse the remaining face wash from your face with warm water.
  8. Pat your face dry, don’t rub! Your pores will be open and breathing, so it’s better for you and your face to be patted.
  9. Apply face lotion if needed or keep it bare and let your skin enjoy the cleanliness!

Aside from loads of positive reviews, the most common question surrounding the Clarisonic Mia is what face wash to use. From what I’ve read (keeping in mind that I’m not an expert), you want a face wash that is gentle and/or foaming. I am using Aveda Purifying Creme Cleanser which is a very mild face wash and has been working perfectly. You don’t want to combine the exfoliating power of the Mia with an exfoliating cleanser – too harsh. And usage totally depends on the face – sensitive skin should err on the side of caution and use less frequently (1 – 5 times a week), while no face should use it more than twice daily.

I have been using the Mia morning and night (for just 3 days) and have noticed a difference in the way my skin looks and feels. It is WONDERFUL and so so soft! I can’t wait to see what a month will bring. Watch out – I might even go makeup free (yea, right!).

December 10, 2011

winter necessities

Since the high temperature in Minneapolis was 9f on Thursday, I thought it might be time to share my favorite winter products used for fighting a dry, Minnesota December, January, February, etc… Once I pull out the Uggs, I know it’s time to update my bathroom with minty, organic products to keep those cold, winter conditions off my skin and outta my hair!

1. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion: I’ve been using this lotion for years mainly because I love how it smells (the “unscented” smells much better than scented) but also because the jojoba, sesame and avocado oils keep my skin looking more porcelain than paper maché  as winter rolls in (available at Whole Foods and local co-ops).

2. TwinLab Na-PCA Spray: I just started using this spray last winter and let me tell you – it is AMAZING! If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just use this (no lotion) and it never fails. I know the exterior doesn’t look very fancy, but this stuff is like a dry-skin miracle in a bottle! The ability of skin to hold moisture is directly related to its Na-PCA content, which pulls water out of the air, moisturizing the skin. I told you it was amazing (available at local co-ops and at online drugstores).

3. Burt’s Bees Chapstick: Who doesn’t use this stuff? With Vitamin E and peppermint, it’s like a little facial for you lips. Tingly too! (available basically everywhere)

4. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Cream Cleanser: I love this face wash as an alternative to my exfoliating cleanser. It’s mild and gentle on my skin, which is why I like to use it in the winter when my face is getting beat up by below-zero temperatures. And it’s Aveda, so … what’s not to love? (available at JUUT)

5. Aveda Active Composition Oil: I started using Aveda’s Active Composition oil a few years ago when I first got into yoga. I initially bought it to help soothe my sore yoga muscles, but now I love to use it in a hot bath when it’s freezing outside or even as a body oil in the shower. It makes my winter skin soft and supple. The Composition oil comes in other “flavors” but Active is my favorite because of its wintergreen and menthol essences. There’s something about the cooling + heating sensations that I love during the dead of winter (available at JUUT).

6. Kiss My Face Eucalyptus Menthol Bath & Shower Gel: My love of mint in the winter stems from a mother that loved Vix Vapor Rub, so if I can get that smell in a daily product, let me at it! Aside from the lovely aroma, this body wash contains olive oil and aloe vera making it a winter skin must (available at Whole Foods, local co-ops, and Walgreens)!

7. Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Face Lotion: I use Weleda Wild Rose Face Lotion year round to increase the vitality of my skin and for added softness. It’s extra beneficial in the winter due to the gentle, but effective jojoba and rosehip seed oil that keep everything moisturized (available at Whole Foods and local co-ops).

8. Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser: Jojoba once again! This cleanser uses exfoliating jojoba beads which I find helps eliminate dry, winter skin. It also contains creamy mango butter which makes my skin feel oh so soft! And it smells awesome – more like summer (fruit), but by this point my nose could use something other than peppermint! (available at JUUT)

9. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Body Balm in (of course) Peppermint: I was first introduced to Dr. Bronner’s Body Balm after receiving my latest tattoo at Crimson Heart Designs. The balm protects the tattooed area of your skin and helps it heal faster which is exactly why it is extremely beneficial for fighting dry skin conditions. In the winter when your knuckles are chapped or you have that annoying dry patch on your bicep, use Dr. Bronner’s Body Balm (also good for keeping elbows extra soft)! After using the Body Balm on the effected area for two – three days, you will definitely notice an improvement in your skins conditions (available at Crimson Heart Designs and online).

10. Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo: Breaking news – I color my hair. Once fall hits, I like my hair to be dark and rich, so to keep it from fading I use Color Conserve. The lovely smell of this shampoo is made from 100% organic aroma which makes me want to use it even more (available at JUUT).

11. Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner: This is a MUST-have all year round, but especially in the winter when most of our hair looks like it needs a big glass of water. You’ve heard that quinoa is good for your body? Well, this conditioner uses quinoa protein to keep your hair strong and resist the breakage caused by cold, dry, winter weather (available at JUUT).

*This information is purely opinion – I am not a licensed esthetician, dermatologist, etc.