Beauty Review | Eminence Calendula Oil

Though I haven’t jumped on the oil cleansing band wagon yet, I have done quite a bit of personal research into using oils in my beauty routine. I’m a big proponent of coconut oil masks for your hair, and I used to use a gel-to-oil cleanser from The Body Shop until they betrayed me and stopped making it ( 😦  ).

I currently use cleansers from Paula’s Choice and derma e that I’ve had great experiences with, so shifting to oil cleansing is probably not in my near future. However, thanks to a recent LaurenConrad.com article on skin detoxing, I became interested in trying an oil as a moisturizer.

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Kaeng Raeng Detoxfoliant Scrub | Review

Over the past few years, I’ve gained a love of body scrubs. Adding exfoliation to your shower routine is an easy way to make your regular day feel more spa-like. Combined with dry brushing, body scrubs can soften skin and boost your body’s natural detoxing abilities. I always feel more energized and awake when I remember to dry brush before showering, and use a scrub once or twice a week. It’s particularly nice in the fall and winter, when the air is more dry.

I have a scrub from The Body Shop I am particularly fond of (and it smells like snickerdoodles!), but I am always on the lookout for new options. The folks at Kaeng Raeng recently sent me a sample of their Detoxfoliant scrub to try out. I have seen Lauren Conrad’s reviews of their products before, and was eager to test the brand myself.

Detoxfoliant is marketed as a companion product to their cleanse program, on the basis that exfoliation can boost your detox results. I was excited to note that the ingredients list on the label is very short. It only includes salt, shea butter, and a few essential oils. It’s important to remember that what you put on your skin gets in your body, and this product fits the “natural” label well. The brand also positions itself as cruelty free, gluten free, and vegan friendly.

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The lavender-vanilla scent is definitely unique. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but it did grow on me. The scrub itself is a light pink, thanks to the Himalayan salt in the formula. With body scrubs, I am used to some of the abrasive component remaining behind before rinsing (even if it comes from natural sources like nut shells). With Detoxfoliant, the salt melts away as you scrub, so there’s no particles to rinse down the drain. After rinsing and drying off, a moisturizing layer of the oils stays behind. I didn’t even feel the need for lotion! A faint scent also remained on my skin, which was a pleasant after effect.

Because of the moisturizing oils, this scrub may be a bit heavy for summer use – but it’s perfect for fall and winter! I would also recommend avoiding the scrub on the days you shave. If you manage to get a few micro nicks or scrapes and then use the scrub, you will learn the true meaning of “rubbing salt in a wound.”

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My scrub sample and my Kaeng Raeng water bottle that I won in a giveaway!

I love this scrub, and would absolutely recommend it for your winter routine! It feels luxurious, and keeps skin smooth. I am looking forward to adding this to my regular skin care products.

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Tuesday Tidbits

Ah, Tuesday again already!

My networking interview that was scheduled for today has been pushed back to next week, so my schedule is now wide open. Which means I need to get myself to the gym soon – there’s no excuse now!

So, with health on my mind today, here’s a few interesting wellness related tidbits.

What I’m Loving This Week:

This lemon-tumeric tonic. I don’t believe in getting on every health bandwagon, but after my lower back pain decided to rear its ugly head again a few weeks ago, I gave this supposedly anti-inflammatory drink a try. Within a few hours, the pain had gone down significantly – about as much as if I’d taken my usual pain killers instead.

→ Speaking  of strange drinks that work, both Kevin and I have managed to heal canker sores by drinking Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar drinks. This grape/acai flavor is pretty tasty for something containing vinegar!

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→ Self-care is something I am trying to focus on more. Here’s a great list of self-care tips from Psychology Today.

→ I love HIIT workouts, and will be trying this one today from Tone it Up!

THIS is what Kevin and I will be having for dinner tonight. I am so excited to see how they turn out!

Have a great Tuesday!

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How to Design a Skin Care Routine – A Brief Guide

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For someone who struggles to take off my makeup and wash my face at night, I sure am obsessed with skincare. I spend a lot of time researching tips, advice,  and new products I can’t even begin to comprehend affording in my current unemployed state.

I’m also definitely not a trained esthetician or dermatologist.  I have picked up some great advice from estheticians I’ve had treatments from and been friends with. With research, I think I have at long last gotten a handle on how to put together a basic skincare routine.

It’s important to note that if you have a skin condition, you will need to see a dermatologist to design a skincare routine. Also, if you’ve never had a professional facial, schedule one in soon! You can learn tons from an esthetician, and having a facial once or twice a year (at the least) is relaxing, soothing for your skin, and a wonderful treat for yourself.

Here’s some guidelines for putting together your skincare toolkit, based on my experiences. I’ve included the products I use as examples here, and would definitely recommend the lines I use!

*Note: I have included links to the products I use as a resource, because I truly love them. This post is not anyway sponsored by any company mentioned in this post.

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Mud ‘n’ Gold: The 2014 Denver Dirty Girl Mud Run

Like most of us, one of my New Year’s resolutions involves taking better care of my health. So far, dirty girl mud run denver 2014the first month has been pretty good in terms of working out and focusing on my goals. Still, when the weather is too cold to enjoy a workout outside, the inside of a gym can get pretty drab and boring. It helps to have a reminder of what I’m capable of and some outdoors fun that’s happened in the past.

This past September (on my birthday, in fact!) I participated in my first mud run. I’ve done one 5k before, and was a spectator at a Tough Mudder my boyfriend did a while back. My goal is ultimately to run a Tough Mudder with him, but I thought it might be better to start smaller and work my way up.

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A New Year’s Reflection

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The Sunny Isles skyline

New Year’s 2015 started in a very different place for me than New Year’s 2014 did – both in physical location and mind. A year or so ago, I was in an adorable mountain lodge in Estes Park, Colorado watching the ball drop on TV and the snow flutter outside with my handsome boyfriend. This year, the handsome boyfriend was still there (fortunately for me, I found someone who actually enjoys keeping me around, and loves traveling as much as I do), but my bare feet were in the sand as I watched fireworks burst and fall into the Atlantic Ocean in Miami, Florida. A year ago, I was stressed out about how impossible finishing my thesis seemed; now, I’m stressed out about how impossible finding a job in my field in a location I actually want to live in permanently seems. The past several months have not been the best. Both Kevin and I have gotten very close to getting more than one job, only to watch them slip through our fingers. Since this past April, I have applied for well over 100 jobs, and had some form of positive contact from a grand total of 5. I greatly dislike the snow, and had certainly not planned on spending another winter in Wyoming. Added all together, it makes for a pretty desperate, overwhelming feeling. After watching the New Year come in on the beach, and Kevin and I were back in our hotel room, I had a somewhat encouraging epiphany that I shared with him. This year is the year we move. We know for sure now that it wasn’t 2014. With 12 months ahead of us, this has to be the year we get jobs and move. In the coming weeks, I have a lot of thinking to do on how to make sure this gets done. Maybe this means we just keep plugging along and applying for jobs. Maybe this means we just move without a job and try our luck that way. I don’t know for sure yet, but I have to choose to focus on the positive aspect of one way or another, this is the year. Kevin is big on making New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t think I have ever come across someone as dedicated to keeping them as he is. The only resolution I made in 2014 was to read 50 books, and I read … 13 (thanks, grad school). Kevin was able to look back on the resolutions he made and note that he met nearly all of the goals he’d set. Together, we each set 5 resolutions for 2015, wrote them down, and signed them. Hopefully I can find a bit of his motivation and stick to mine as well. My resolutions:

  • Read 50 books (might as well give this another shot)
  • Move to the Pacific Northwest (one of the most interesting things about 2014 was how my
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    goal went from California to Oregon/Washington. California has not been ruled out, but there are many pros to going a bit farther north.)

  • Meet my goal body fat percentage (I have been slowly building back up the healthy habits that grad school and a finally-fixed back injury erased. I like to focus on body fat % more than a specific number on the scale.)
  • Learn 3 songs on my guitar/reach at least a moderate fluency in Spanish (learning goals got lumped in a 2-for-1 resolution)
  • Get a job in my field  using my degree

Do you make resolutions at all? And if you do, do you periodically check in to see how you’re doing with them?