My Favorite Hydrating Face Mists To Keep Me Refreshed Throughout The Day

You ever leave your house feeling you look like a million bucks but once you get home after a long day,look in the mirror and think WTF?? This happens to me whenever I have a non-stop,busy day which is why I decided to never leave home without one of my favorite hydrating face mists-they’re the perfect little refresher to give both my skin and mood a boost throughout the day! 

Face mists actually might be one of my favorite skin care products to shop for, there are just so many different ones available that can cater to your specific needs. Whether you just want a quick, cool refresh on a hot summer day, calm irritated skin or brighten up your complexion, there’s a face mist out there waiting for you! 

I not only use a variety of this trendy product to give myself a little pick-me-up while I’m on the go in between meetings, but I also use them as a way to infuse my skin with hydrating minerals as well as set my makeup.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

I feel like this was the spray to really set off the facial mist trend. I started seeing girls spritzing themselves pretty much everywhere with this little bottle and it became the first one on the market I ever tried! It’s no wonder it became so popular-it’s not only economical at just $7.00 but it’s one of the most refreshing and the rosewater smells divine! You can find this baby everywhere from Sephora to Urban Outfitters, even Marshalls! 

Lumion Oxygen Mist

This is my everyday mist that I refuse to leave the house or get on a plane without! It contains electrolyzed oxygenated water which helps to stimulate collagen production, provides maximum hydration and keeps my skin happy at all times! 

Epicuren Soothe Dermal Repair Mist

Epicuren provides a few different face mists but their Soothe Dermal Repair Mist is my favorite-it acts as a toner that helps to reduce skins sensitivity to irritants which is a MUST for me living in an urban environment such as NYC. If I know I have a jam packed day of hustle & bustle all around the city, this is my go to to help protect and soothe my skin. 

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist

A setting mist with SPF? Now you guys know I had to have this in my rotation! The rosemary and peppermint oil provides a refreshing scent while also infusing your skin with antioxidants and setting your flawless morning makeup! This product will soon to become my most used since we now get to enjoy those long summer days ahead of us.

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water

When I’m looking to give my complexion a little extra glow, this is the mist I turn to to brighten me up! With lemon and orange extracts, vitamins C, E & B5, this is the perfect product to keep your skin looking vibrant throughout the day…plus it smells amazing!

Whether you’re hopping on a flight, just finished working out or simply just want a little extra hydration throughout the day, find the perfect face mist for you and spritz away all day everyday! 

Clean Beauty Products For A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

I was reminded that Earth Day is just a few days away, April 22 to be exact, and it got me thinking about all the ways we can have a more eco-friendly environment, including the way we do beauty. 

We all know the basics of recycling, not being wasteful with our water and carpooling to reduce our carbon footprint but did you know that consuming the right beauty products can also help to make an impact on our environment??

I’ve always looked for natural, organic ingredients when it comes to my skin care routine but with the alarming reality of global warming and pollution, I’ve made it a point to support eco-conscious beauty brands as another way of taking some type of action in protecting our planet. 

Along my clean beauty product journey, I’ve found quite a few brands that not only contain environment friendly ingredients but they’ve also taken it a few steps further by housing their products in biodegradable packaging! 

Below are just a few of the products you will find in my eco-friendly vanity!

Clarisonic Mia Smart

Before I started using Clarisonic, makeup wipes would be my preferred method of makeup removal but I quickly realized this was unnecessary waste I could remove from my life (& the world.) Not only does this nifty little device cleanse 6x better than just using my hands alone but it actually removes makeup 89% better than wipes! This baby has been a real game changer to say the least!!

Loli Plum Elixir

This Earth friendly serum seriously does it all! The 4 ingredient formula (pomegranate, tea seed oil, plum kernel oil, sea buckthorn) not only hydrates your skin, lips & hair but it’s waterless and sold in reusable glass jars in compostable packaging which equals zero waste! This superfood elixir not only gives me rejuvenated skin and shiny hair but knowing that I’m getting these benefits NOT at the cost of the environment gives me a little extra glow from the inside out! 

Tenoverten Rose Polish Remover

The smell of nail polish remover alone is enough to know you’re doing some serious harm to world but this non-toxic, acetone & paraben-free remover gets rid of the most stubborn polishes without all the harsh side effects of your average remover. It is a little pricier than your typical drug-store find but trust me it’s worth the investment! 

Snow Fox Makeup Blender

Beauty blenders! Everyone’s favorite way to apply their foundation right?! I for one love me a good blender but I’m also a freak about bacteria, especially when it comes to my skin so I find myself constantly tossing out my sponges after just a few uses (I know, I know, not very eco-conscious of me). Luckily, Snow Fox Skincare, a plant-based vegan skincare line,is here to help my bad habit by expanding their line for Earth Day with their new hygienic, eco-friendly, biodegradable makeup blender! My beauty routine just got a whole lot Earth friendlier! 

There are plenty of other clean beauty products on the market now but these are the most consistent in my daily routine therefore making them the most effective for an eco-friendly lifestyle. 

Keep in mind that no action is too small, feel good about the products you are consuming while helping to protect our Earth! 

Protect Your Skin Both In & Outdoors With My New Favorite Sunscreen!

As much as I love getting a sun-kissed glow at the beach, I love protecting my skin even more which is I why I preach so much about using sunscreen daily.

I’ve been a long time fan/consumer of Supergoop but every now and then it’s good to switch it up which brings me to my latest find and newest obsession-Coola Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops! Not only does this sunscreen protect your skin outdoors but also where you might think you wouldn’t even need it…inside!

I bet you never really thought you’d have to worry about the harmful rays radiating off of your cell phone,laptop or TV huh?! Digital rays & digital overexposure are a thing guys!

I’m sure you’ve seen the many sponsored ads on Instagram for Blue Light Glasses-they’re a big trend in the market now,super cute & help block out blue light rays from your electronics. These are a fashionable way to deal with blue light & protect your precious eyes but it’s also very important to protect your complexion!

Coola’s, Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops is a vegan, lightweight formula that helps to reduce the effects of blue light and pollution. With supercharged antioxidants, plant derived actives, neroli flower extract and hyaluronic acid, your face is fully protected from HEV (high energy visible) Light which studies have shown can actually do more damage than UVA and UVB rays. Yikes!

Add this vital skin care step into your daily routine and be worry free knowing you’re protected no matter where you go!

BTW this is not an ad, I just really love this stuff and how light it feels on my face!

Why Seeing Your OB/GYN Now Is So Important

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own.

I know we’re living in a time where self-care and wellness are a priority and that means good things for women and their health. Reducing stress, eating a nutritious diet, sleeping well, and taking time for yourself are all paramount for living a healthy life. I think it’s quite important, however, that in this moment of self-care that we continue to shine light on a serious health concern for women: cervical cancer.

The purpose of this post today is simple and serious, not to raise fear, but to raise awareness of this disease all women are susceptible to, a disease that takes the life of one woman every two hours. What’s even more alarming is that more than half of new cervical cancer cases occur in women who have never or rarely been tested. Whether it’s access, concerns about time or co-payments cost , or a lack of education, I’m encouraged today by the #ChangeThisSTAT campaign to share some interesting and helpful information about cervical cancer.

Like…did you know that every hour another woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer? One third of U.S. women diagnosed with cervical cancer die, and that about 8 in 10 U.S. women will contract the virus – HPV – that can cause cervical cancer. Scary stats, ladies.

There is a lot of hope when it comes to this disease however, but it falls squarely on your own shoulders to keep yourselves healthy.  It entails visiting your doctor yearly for your well-woman exam and asking about getting a Pap test and HPV test together.  You should also spread the word in your own community on the critical importance of visiting your OB/GYN for your yearly exam. Going to the doctor, even if you’re busy, or perfectly healthy, is one of the best forms of self-care out there. 

I personally like to see my doctor during my work day and always schedule at least 90 minutes for an appointment. It’s easy to get caught up on missed emails, but a missed doctor’s appointment could have long-term consequences on your health. As a business owner, I encourage all of my employees to do the same, and it’s a company policy that we prioritize our health, even if it means arriving a bit late or leaving a few minutes early. I’d suggest speaking to someone in your company’s HR department, or ask your boss about how they feel about making time for a woman’s wellness check. Then, schedule away!

Important Info About Preventing Cervical Cancer

  • If the cost of screening is a concern for you, there is a way to get tested. Cervical cancer screening is covered under the Affordable Care Act – meaning you won’t be responsible for the co-pay, deductible, or other out-of-pocket costs. If you don’t have health insurance, there are clinics across the United States that provide testing at low or no cost. Women, no matter their circumstances, can and should get tested.
  • For women ages 30-65, the best way to protect against cervical cancer is to see your doctor and ask about getting a Pap and HPV test together. Pap+HPV Together is the preferred strategy for this age group, as it detects almost all cervical cancers and identifies more cases of pre-cancer and cervical cancer than either a Pap test or an HPV test alone. For women 21-29, leading health organizations recommend Pap testing alone.
  • If your test results are abnormal, don’t panic. Schedule a follow-up with your doctor to discuss further. It may end up being nothing to worry about, but ignoring it is the worst thing you could do. When cervical cancer is found early, it’s highly treatable.

Make time for this, and together we can reduce the number of women dying of cervical cancer. It starts with going to the doctor and asking about getting a Pap test and HPV test together.

For more information visit ChangeThisSTAT.com.

CBD Is Officially Part Of The Love Wellness Family & I’m Stoked About It!

Hey loves!! If you’ve been keeping up with me then you know Love Wellness launched CBD products for it’s newest Timeout Collection this past Tuesday at Chillhouse in NYC and I am still on such a high (zero-THC of course) from it! 

I’ve been a fan of CBD and all of its healing properties for some time now so as soon as the 2018 Farm Bill passed making zero-THC CBD legal in all 50 states I knew I had to kick it into high gear and create some products for all my LW babes! 

If you’re unsure of what exactly is the difference between CBD & THC, then let me help break it down for you! Basically, both are cannabinoids that come from cannabis plants but CBD is derived from a hemp species whereas THC is acquired from the cannabis species known as marijuana. Yes, both have similar health benefits (reduce stress, relieve pain, sleep aid) but the main distinction between them is that THC is psychoactive, which makes you high, and CBD is non-psychoactive so you get the benefits without feeling stoned. 

Ok so now to the good part…the products!! The Timeout collection consists of 3 items: CBD Bath Salts, CBD Supplement and CBD Oil Tincture-no matter how you prefer to take in your daily dose of CBD, there’s a little bit of something for everyone! 

For all of my #seriousbathers, the CBD Bath Salts are an absolute MUST! They’re formulated with Eucalyptus & Jojoba Oil so there’s no way you won’t be feeling calmer and more relaxed as soon as you step into your well deserved bath. Whenever I have an intense workout or am feeling a little achier than usual, this is my go-to method to relieving any pain or stress I’ve put my body through. 

If you’re more of an “on the go” type of gal or just look to find relief as quickly as possible then the CBD Oil Tincture is definitely for you! With just one dropper full, you’ll start to feel the healing  effects almost immediately. I personally love adding the oil to my teas, lattes & smoothies, which reminds me…S/O to Chillhouse in NYC for making delicious CBD drinks during our launch, the “Timeout Tea” was hands down my favorite with ingredients such as Chamomile Tea, Lavender, Lemon, Honey, Cayenne and of course our tincture! 

For all of my night owls that need a little extra help falling asleep at night,the CBD Supplement is the way to go! Not only will CBD help to quiet your mind but the addition of magnesium into the formula will help to relax your muscles, reduce stress and help you catch up on your Zs. 

I still can’t get over how excited I am about this new collection and I’m especially proud of my team for helping me to make the best quality CBD products that will cater to our consumers and their needs to feel healthy,not high! 

Need A Timeout?Give This CBD-Infused Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe A Try!

Sooo in case you guys weren’t aware yet, Love Wellness has officially launched CBD products and I am BEYOND excited about it!!

Among the 3 newest products, the Timeout CBD Oil Tincture will (in my opinion) be the most popular since it’s so easy to carry around and you can add it to pretty much all of your recipes!

Whenever I’m feeling anxious or a little inflamed, I’ll take a dropper full of the oil and within minutes I’m feeling more relaxed and at ease but my favorite way of getting my much needed dose of CBD in is through teas, lattes and hot chocolate!

Yup thats right, hot chocolate! Cacao helps to camouflage the grassy undertones that some CBD Oil’s may have but luckily the Timeout CBD Oil Tincture is flavorless so I get to drink my hot chocolate without even having to think about any undesirable flavors getting in the way of me enjoying my cup to the fullest. 

To add an even more calming effect for those particularly hellish days, lavender is the perfect companion to this chocolate & CBD oil mix. Now I know lavender and hot chocolate might not sound that great together but damn are these 3 ingredients magical when mixed together!

CBD helps to quiet your mind, relax your body, aid with getting better sleep and overall stress relief while the aroma lavender gives off helps to provide an even higher level of relaxation. And the hot chocolate? Well that’s just a delicious bonus!

If you’re experiencing any feelings of anxiety, depression or insomnia then I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try, I swear it’s the most self-lovin’ thing you can treat yourself to!

Don’t Sleep On The Business Insider Approved Lights Out Supplement

Do you remember when we were kids and argued with our parents to let us stay up longer?? Well, as time passes by I find myself regretting not getting those precious extra hours of sleep in while I could-between product launches and trying to have a social life, I find it to be more of a struggle now than ever to get my necessary Z’s in. 

Trouble getting my mind to finally rest at night is one of the reasons why I created the Lights Out supplement for Love Wellness. Not to toot my own brand’s horn or anything, but this pill is like magic-with just one pill before bedtime each night my mind and body are immediately relaxed and ready to get a good night’s sleep. 

I’m thankful that Love Wellness and our top selling products such as Good To Glow, Good Girl Probiotics, Bye Bye Bloat and #Mood Pills have gotten such a good response from our consumers but I was particularly happy when Jessica DeFino from Business Insider wrote an article on our products and highlighted Lights Out

“While it takes time to see real results from most vitamins, there’s one Love Wellness product that works almost instantaneously for me: Lights Out. The pre-bedtime pill is filled with natural magnesium, melatonin, and valerian root, and puts me out in, like, seconds. I usually require a glass of wine and a few episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” to lull me into a light, fitful sleep each night, but I’m overjoyed to report that’s no longer the case. A single dose of Lights Out really does it for me and is so much healthier than a serving of cabernet sauvignon, right?”

Part of taking care of ourselves is making sure we get adequate sleep,after all,I don’t know anyone who can truly function on just a few hours of sleep each night and not be grumpy(apologies to anyone to has witnessed lack of sleep Lo) so it’s important we stay in tune with our bodies and not be afraid to try different remedies in order to get the rest we need. I obviously prefer any and everything natural so whether it be a calming CBD infused tea or a single dose of Lights Out, don’t be afraid to try something new,find what works for you and get the beauty rest you deserve cause ain’t nobody got time to be tossin’ and turnin’ in bed when they’ve got shit to handle the next day, am I right?! 

Do Your Body Good & Enjoy These Gluten-Free Flaxseed Blueberry Muffins!

Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast option or a quick snack on the go, this recipe for Gluten-Free Flaxseed Blueberry Muffins is sure to be your new fav!

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy a warm blueberry muffin but since I’ll be riding this gluten-free train from now on, I had to make them a little bit healthier but equally as delicious! 

For this recipe, I decided to go egg free, use coconut flour which is high in fiber and protein and add in some flaxseeds for some extra health benefits!

Flaxseeds are insanely good for you and your digestive health! If you’re vegetarian or not a fan of fish, then you know you have to find alternative sources to obtain omega-3 fatty acids and flaxseeds are not only an excellent source of omega-3 but they’re super easy to incorporate into your diet-you can throw them in your açai bowls, chia seed pudding & sprinkle on top of your avocado toast! I’m a fan because they’re high in fiber which helps to keep me regular and they actually contain lignans, which have powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties that can help lower the risk of cancer!

I say do your body good and treat yourself to these healthier blueberry muffins any time of day!

My Favorite Work Out Classes In NYC & LA

Alright y’all, as much as we may not enjoy doing it, working out is a huge part of self-care and although I know we all would rather pamper ourselves at the spa or treat ourselves to some retail therapy, keeping our bodies active is definitely a factor in leading a healthier, happier lifestyle! 

Whether you’re a total gym rat, like to do at home workouts or prefer taking classes, the key is to do whatever motivates and works for you with consistency! Personally, I’m a class kind of girl. I 100% NEED the motivation that comes from the instructor-they help push me to my limit and in a way help hold me accountable because if I’m paying for a class then I’m definitely going to make sure I get my money’s worth!

Luckily in both NYC and LA, I’ve been able to find classes that I absolutely love! From yoga to calisthenics, light weight sculpting, dance cardio and even EMS,I try to incorporate a little bit of everything in my workout routine! 

The Class (NY & LA)

The Class by Taryn Toomey is EVERYTHING! This class helps me to not only feel stronger through physical conditioning but the movements we do also make me feel like I’ve become a little more graceful! The Class offers a variety of curated classes from cardio to restorative yoga and even a 20 minutes breath work and meditation practice class so there’s a little bit of everything for everyone! 

NOVA (NY)

What can I say…it hurts so bad yet feels so good! The first time I tried EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulation) I was sore for a whole week! The crazy part is that this 1 on 1 workout is like getting a 90 minute workout in 20 minutes..yup, just 20 minutes! Basically, they give you a full body suit to wear (don’t expect to look cute ladies, just show up ready to work!LOL) that contains the EMS technology-your trainer is able to target specific areas you’d like to work that way your workout is more efficient! The sensation of the micro-contractions did freak me out a little at first but the fact that I could actually feel my muscles working and noticeably saw results,convinced me to add this to my workout routine even if it’s just once a week or twice a month! 

Y7 Yoga (NY & LA)

For some people, yoga is all about connecting your mind and body in silence, for me it’s about sweating shit out and becoming stronger all while listening to Hip-Hop music and Y7 does all of that for me! I’m definitely no pro at yoga so I appreciate that the room is completely dark besides for a few lit candles so no one is worried about looking at themselves in the mirror or judging your form! I also recommend this class for my girls that partied a little too hard the night before and are feeling a little guilty the next day…this is the best sweat sesh EVER! As sweaty and gross as I feel afterwards I also leave feeling extremely exhilarated and badass..even if I just laid in child’s pose for the majority of the class (remember,no judgements!)

Megan Roup-The Sculpt Society (NY)

If you’re in NYC and haven’t heard of Megan Roup’s classes at Project Equinox or Studio B then you are seriously missing out! The Sculpt Society is a high energy, dance cardio & light weight sculpting class that has quickly become a favorite of mine! She also offers a mat and bench class that are equally as challenging and fun! A few classes with Megan and you’re sure to feel leaner, stronger and empowered! I’ve also made a few new friends there so s/o to classes that turn into communities!! 

I love to switch up my class rotation and try new things so if you have any other workout class recommendations please comment below!! 

Paleo Pancakes For The Breakfast Win!

Breakfast in the morning, breakfast for lunch, breakfast for dinner…no matter what time of day it is, I’m always down for some good ol’ breakfast food! 

I’m usually an oatmeal or frittata kind of gal but every so often I crave light, fluffy, golden brown PANCAKES drizzled (more like smothered) in maple syrup! I’ve tried my best to stay away from these bad boys since I’m so sensitive to gluten but luckily there is an alternative for everything and for that I give thanks to coconut flour and this recipe for Paleo pancakes!

Keeping it grain, gluten and dairy free, this breakfast classic uses 4 main ingredients: bananas, eggs, coconut flour & vanilla! The fun part is getting to customize your pancakes with your favorite toppings such as blueberries, dark chocolate chips, strawberries,pecans, bananas..whatever your heart desires, sprinkle a little bit of it on top! 

Whether you’re treating yourself or winning extra points with your babe by bringing them breakfast in bed, these Paleo pancakes are guaranteed to get mouths watering!