Self-Care Is Totally Worth Your Time

Self-Care Is Totally Worth Your Time--Shir Organics-NaturaBrasil-Nature Lab Tokyo

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Personal care is important, not because it’s trendy but because we all are worth caring for, all of the time. In the hustle and bustle of daily life with all the exterior demands on our time and attention that being a woman entails it can be very easy to forget that. We often put everything and everyone else above ourselves in terms of importance, don’t we? Especially women, who care for everyone else — their parents, spouses, children, and friends — before giving their own needs more than a passing thought.

I’m certainly guilty of this passive and unthinking form of self-neglect at times. I mean, I apply sunscreen if I’m going to be out in the sun for long enough that I might get a sunburn. I apply lotion to my hands and arms pretty regularly. Though that’s mostly because my hands can get pretty rough from constantly washing them as I go through the average day during cleaning, meal prep, and caring for our various animals. I can’t even remember the last time I treated myself to something as simple as a hair cut, it’s probably been a year or more I’m sure.

There are a lot of different kinds of personal care products on the market to choose from. Products that address areas from skin care to hair care, internal health to physical fitness. Some are clearly better than others, but a large majority of what’s available is all very good and it can be a difficult task to weed through all of the advertising and information to make a choice about which brands to use.

The easiest area of personal care to address, I think, is taking care of one’s exterior, what others see when they look at us. That being our skin and hair. I mean, we all bathe and at least occasionally use nourishing bath products and perhaps apply body lotion afterward. These areas are where I’ve tried quite a few different products to support skin and hair care.

So, today I will be sharing the three most recent brands that I’ve been using and my thoughts on them. Since there are so many brands to choose from, it’s sometimes fun to share those that you might not find on the shelves of every pharmacy or mass merchandise retailer. Don’t you think?

And since I especially like trying new natural/organic products for personal care those will be what I share with you today. Brands you may not have heard of before like NaturaBrasil, Shira Esthetics, and NatureLab Tokyo. I hope you enjoy your introduction to these brands of skin and hair care and that you put yourself first and decide to try one (or more) of them for yourself. You deserve it! [read more]

Simplify Your Skin Care Routine

Skin Care Routine 1

Does your bathroom counter or vanity, look like a cluttered mess?

 

Mine definitely used to, that is until I found a simple yet effective skincare routine. As an adult, we are so busy shuffling from one thing to another that we find ourselves with little time to devote to a healthy skin care routine. I must admit that even at the age of 25, I never really paid attention to my skin. I have semi-dry skin so the concern in regards to taking care of my skin just never came up.

However, one day I was looking in the mirror and found myself questioning a few blemishes and oh my gosh is that a wrinkle?!? Let me share with you my trick to having happier skin with this basic skincare routine.

Every time I find myself in the skin care isle I see product after product promising to take care of this problem or that problem in regards to skin. It easily becomes so overwhelming because I am stuck at the point of picking the budget-friendly product while still choosing a product that will actually help my skin and not make it worse.

After hours and hours of scouring the internet for answers on how exactly to take care of my skin, I finally figured out that the routine really does not have to be that difficult or complex. It is totally possible to have a simple skin care routine and it really is as simple as cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. That’s it!

Simple Skin Care Routine 2

 

Simple Skin Care Routine – Step One

Cleansing Your Skin

 

A basic cleanser is really all you need. I know it sounds like a given right? But this is actually one of the most crucial aspects of a simple skin-care routine, because even if we feel as though we didn’t do anything to get “dirty”, our skin is definitely still in need of a good cleanse.

I mean, we take a shower even if we haven’t left the house right? It is both refreshing and invigorating. Shouldn’t we give the same attention to our faces? I am sure I do not need to point out that in between cleanings our face builds up with dirt, oils, dead skin cells, etc.

Picking a cleanser to take care of this is key. Skin care aisles at the store are packed with cleaners for every skin type, but you really only need a simple face wash. Cut out all of the extra features unless it actually pertains to your skin type like salicylic acid for acne prone skin or scent-free for sensitive skin.

Personally, I go with just a basic face cleansing bar from Neutrogena and use my handy dandy exfoliating brush. A simple cleanser paired with an exfoliating brush knocks out the build up on your skin while not over-drying the skin. The exfoliating brush helps get rid of the build-up of dead skin cells as well, leaving your skin smooth and ready to soak up your moisturizer which we will cover in step 3.

 

Simple Skin Care Routine – Step Two

Toner

 

Toner? Isn’t that for printers?

Yes and no. In recent years the popularity of using a toner to help with skin care has been on the rise. Toner cleans all of the leftover dirt, makeup, oil, etc. from your skin making it easier for your moisturizer to soak in, which we will discuss in step 3. Using a toner is especially important for those with acne-prone skin, who wear makeup, or have oily skin or large pores.

There are so many toners in that dreadful face care isle though, so which one should I pick?

What is micellar water?

Can I just use an astringent instead?

Finding a good toning solution for your skin is another essential for a Simple Skin Care Routine.

Toners are great for toning/evening out your skin tone, tightening pores, and getting rid of dirt and other forms of build up. This is great but sometimes it can be too harsh for certain skin types. It can cause over-drying of the skin or breakouts. In that instance, micellar water is a better option because micellar water is basically made up of oil molecules. These molecules break down oil build-up, makeup products, and draws out impurities while being gentle on the skin.

Toners are typically water-based and Astringents are alcohol-based. Primarily the goal of astringents is to kill bacteria that leads to breakouts for those with acne prone skin, it also presents the risk of over-drying your skin which leads to irritation, flaky skin, and roughness.

My preference is an all natural toner that is less chemical-based but still tightens my skin and pores without the risk of irritating my sensitive skin. When I feel a break out coming on, I use an astringent such as witch hazel or a toner specifically made for acne and only use it on the areas I am having an issue with to sort of spot-treatment.

Tight and even skin tone leads to easier make-up application, brighter/clearer skin, and it keeps your pores clean as well.

Simple Skin Care Routine – Step Three

Moisturize

 

Finding the best moisturizer for your skin can be somewhat tricky. Everyone has their own preference for how it should feel. Is it too heavy? Too oily? Does it provide enough moisture to the skin? The most important factor is that your moisturizer should soothe your skin as well as protect your skin from the sun.

Now, this would be a time I encourage you to find a moisturizer that you like best. For me, I generally lean towards a water-based moisturizer during the day and I use a collagen night cream to help with wrinkles at night. This aspect is entirely personal so I will leave it at that.

 

 

Cleanse, tone, and moisturize! That is really all it takes to establish a Simple Skin Care Routine. Who knew? It certainly does not always feel that way but it really is that simple.

 

 

What are your tips for a “go to” Simple Skin Care Routine? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Simple Skin Care Routine 3

**As a side note, I am not saying there aren’t other ways to amp up your skin care routine because there absolutely are. This is just a simple guide to get one in the works of establishing a skincare routine. I know for lost souls such as myself when it comes to the skincare world, I had no idea where to start despite being actively involved in watching other beauty bloggers. I also want to make it known that I was not paid for this posting nor do I have any affiliation with any products in the images or mentioned in the article. **

 

 

Simple Skin Care Routine

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties

 

Summer is in full, sizzling hot swing, and so are summer parties. From BBQ’s to pool parties, and rooftop hangouts to beach get-togethers, there’s plenty to enjoy this season. If you want to make a splash at your parties, you can’t forget must-haves like tasty food, refreshing drinks, rollicking entertainment, and Insta-worthy pictures.

Rosé All Day & Night

Staying hydrated, and covered in sunscreen, is non-negotiable in the blazing heat of summer. So bring on the water and  the Rosé. It’s crisp, cool, and refreshing. One of my newest favorites comes from the clean-crafted wine curators known as Scout & Cellar.

All of the wines selected by Scout & Cellar are free of pesticides, chemical additives, and sugar. In other words, they are not chemically altered. After delighting over their NV PUNKT GENAU GRUBER SPARKLING ROSÉ from Austria, I’m curious to taste some of their other fabulous finds.

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties - NV PUNKT GENAU GRUBER SPARKLING ROSÉ, AUSTRIA

But before I get to refilling my glass, let’s talk about how this clean and refreshing organic sparkling wine lets me Rosé my day away. Not only am I fan this Rosé fruity notes, I also love knowing it’s from a family winery that’s been making wine since 1814. Can you imagine the type of summer parties the Gruber’s must have had? The bottles not too shabby looking either. I find its eclectic label so enchanting and amusing.

To keep my Rosé nice and cool, I skip the red solo cup. Instead, I pull my HOST Wine Freeze Cooling Cups out of the freezer. They help keep my wine at the perfect chilly temp for at least 2 hours. So I have plenty of time to responsibly enjoy all my summer beverages.

The Sounds of Summer Parties

Make a splash at your summer parties - Altec Lansing Baby Boom Speaker

No party would be complete without great music. You could hire a DJ, but I prefer to opt for something more realistic, and just as fantastic. Portable speakers are ideal for outdoor summer parties. Of course, they aren’t always so durable or waterproof. When I want my carefully curated playlist to sound amazing even while floating in the pool, I break out the Altec Lansing Baby Boom.

Make a splash at your summer parties - Altec Baby Boom Speaker

This sporty little Bluetooth enabled speaker not only sounds great, it’s also waterproof and shockproof.  In fact, it even floats. With six hours of battery life, this portable like gem will keep the tunes blasting all party long.

For summer playlist inspiration, check out these top picks from Apple Music, Esquire, and Time Out.

Capture the Moments

Make A Splash at Your Summer Parties - Polaroid camera

Sometimes what happens at summer parties should stay at summer parties. However, in these days of Snap/Insta/Facebook madness, capturing the moments is a necessity. But how many times have you asked your friends to send you that great photo, only to never see it again, except on their feed?

When I want instant pict gratification, I go old school with the Polaroid Snap Camera. Funny enough, my first camera was a Polaroid. There are family pictures of my sister, brother, and myself with Polaroid cameras around our necks. Back then they were much bigger.

Make a Splash at Your Summer Parties - Polaroid Snap Camera

Thankfully, the Snap is about the size of a cell phone, which makes it perfect for all your summer parties. You can slip it into your pool, beach or party bag for quick Polaroids of all your adventures. You can also save your picts to the camera’s SD card or share them on social media via the Polaroid app. And bonus, the film is peel and stick, which means you can turn your favorite photos into stickers.

Summer parties just got a lot more interesting and fun. For even more inspiration, check out even more of our favorite summer picks.

 

What are your summer party plans?  How do you make a splash?

 

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Favorite Summertime Grilling Products

Favorite Summertime Grilling Products-Cameron's BBQ Grilling Pans-Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke Barbeque Rubs

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So, summertime in the South is in full force. The kids are out of school, my son (a recent high school graduate) is looking for his first job and getting ready to attend community college, and  my husband is puttering around the yard placing bird feeders and deer licks and grilling like a fool! Plenty of family events (and family drama), too, recently. LOL

It’s soooo hot and it’s been pretty stormy so far this year, but it would take a lot more than that to stop us from grilling out and enjoying our yard and covered deck. Cameron’s Products offer some really great grilling products that our family are enjoying this season.

Cameron's BBQ Grilling Pans and Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke Barbeque Rubs

My husband is the resident griller. I limit myself to using the George Foreman indoor countertop grill because I’m not going to be the one to mess up the outdoor grill. No Thank You!!! He really likes the Cameron’s Barbeque Grilling Pans because sometimes he likes to sauté peppers and onions alongside the beef or chicken, other times corn on the cob or potatoes. [read more]

My Journey To Wellness

My Journey to Wellness -- Plexus Wheel - Gurunanda Essential Oils

 

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I’m going to be honest with you. Swimsuit season completely snuck up on me this year. After I’d bought our family’s membership to the local water park, I realized in horror that my body was totally unprepared.

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Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Simple Customizable Smoothie Bowl Recipe

 

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The latest trend in healthy living is adding as much nutrition to our diets as possible, but with minimal fuss — because really, who has time for complicated recipes, right? But for someone with finicky diet standards this can be easier said than done. My sister-in-law introduced me to smoothie bowls from a local establishment and I instantly became obsessed with this quick and easy food option! I love this delicious healthy snack.

I am partial to certain textures and so for me, eating a lot of healthy foods is just out of the question. Smoothie bowls are an option that allows me to customize to include foods with textures that I enjoy AND it almost feels as though I’m treating myself to a sweet dessert. Here is a recipe to get you started but you can change this up in so many different ways to fit your own personal needs.

My go-to recipe is as follows but feel free to alter things to fit the consistency and flavor you like or to address individual nutritional needs…. [read more]

Smart Gifts For Dad

Smart Gifts For Dad -- Xtra-PC -- KeySmart

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When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, I’m always on the hunt for practical, cool items that I know my husband will enjoy. Fortunately, I had much better luck this year than in previous years. I’m excited to share with you two awesome gifts that any Dad or Grandpa is sure to enjoy!… [read more]

Cell Phone Accessories With A Magnetic Personality

Cell Phone Accessories With A Magnetic Personality-VENA vCommute Phone Case and Magnetic Car Vent Clip

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We’ve all been there, on the road traveling around town or down the highway and needing to take a peek at our phones. While I generally try not to mess with my cell phone when driving, there are times that I have a destination programmed into the GPS and need to glance at it to make sure I’m not getting off track.

I’ve bought a few different car mounts to use but they just never seem to be just what I need. I don’t want one that permanently affixes to my dash, I want one I can easily take from vehicle to vehicle or get rid of when a newer, better one comes along. But, the ones I’ve tried either don’t seem to grip the phone securely or fall rather than staying in place. [read more]

Treat Your Skin to K-Beauty Favorites

Treat Your Skin to K-Beauty Favorites

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The term K-Beauty has been buzzing around the beauty landscape for a few years now. There are blogs, YouTube channels, and websites dedicated to bringing these unique beauty products and skincare routine beyond the borders of South Korea. Perhaps it’s because these strange, sometimes esoteric, products can truly transform your skin. For this reason, I always jump at the chance to try new K-Beauty Favorites from brands like Laneige and Mamonde.

K-Beauty Favorites – Laneige

Laneige is probably one of the first K-Beauty brands I sampled. I remember receiving some of their amazing products in a subscription box. Since then, I’ve been continually impressed by the inventiveness and effectiveness of their products. What makes the brand a standout is their Water Science technology, which uses different types of water to address skin concerns.

When the brand asked if I would like to try their Mini Pore Blur Perfector and Heating & Cooling Duo, I immediately said yes.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Mini Pore Blue Perfector

The Mini Pore collection is ideal for reducing pore size and controlling oil. The Blur Perfector features a proprietary blend of mint water and pine needle extract. It is designed to hydrate and purify your skin. I like to use this product as my daily moisturizer.

While I don’t have oily skin, I do have some areas where my pores could be smaller. After incorporating the Perfector into my skincare routine over the past month, I can see a difference in my pore size. They aren’t as large, and my skin doesn’t look as dehydrated.

Another component of the Mini Pore collection is the Heating & Cooling Duo. This duo is designed to target congested pores by reducing sebum and removing impurities. If you’ve used any K-Beauty Favorites before, you’ll always notice the prominence of steps in their products. It’s one of my favorite aspects of their skincare routines.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Mini Pore Heating & Cooling Duo

The first step of the easy-to-use duo involves applying the Heating Gel. As you massage the gel into your problem areas the product begins to warm up. This helps to loosen all the gunk in your pores. It’s also a good hand/arm workout because the process requires you to perform the massage for 10-15 minutes.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Heating & Cleaning Duo

After you rinse off the gel, it’s time for step 2, the Clay Mask. Like the Heating Gel, the Clay Mask packaging features a flat, angled applicator. This makes applying the product to your skin easy and less messy. The creamy cacao walnut mask is designed to absorb oil, remove residue, and leave pores looking smaller.

K-Beauty Favorites Laneige Mask Duo Product Close-ups

Since I have dry, sensitive skin, this mask was a bit too intense for my skin. I often have issues with clay masks as a result. In order to get the benefits, I usually have to find a milder option or adjust wear time. I will definitely keep using this duo because I definitely could tell my pores were cleaned out, but I will have to reduce the amount of time I leave each product on my skin.

K-Beauty Favorites – Mamonde

Another one of my K-Beauty favorites is Mamonde. What I love most about the brand is all of their skincare and make-up are inspired by the power of flowers. In this case, we are talking about the Narcissus flower, which is known for its ability to store water. As someone with very dry skin, I crave hydration and any product that can help my skin hold on to it.

K-Beauty Favorites Mamonde Narcissus Floral Hydro Collection

I was extremely excited to try the Floral Hydro Cream and Eye Gel Cream. After using them for a month, in conjunction with the Laneige Pore Perfector, I’m in love. Both the eye gel and the cream feature a light-weight texture. I use the eye gel both morning and night, and the cream as my nighttime moisturizer. Both feel cooling and comforting to my skin. I always wake-up feel hydrated and refreshed.

Where I’ve noticed the difference the most in around my eyes. The skin looks and feels softer, less bumpy, and less dry thanks to the Mamonde’s Water-Cycle Technology and Micro-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid. The lightweight, gel formula also absorbs quickly so it doesn’t irritate my eyes.

Mamonde was also kind enough to send me their Camellia Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask and Calendula Flower Lab Essence Sheet Mask. Sheet Masks are one of my K-Beauty Favorites. I’m kind of obsessed with them and can never have enough.

K-Beauty Favorites Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Masks

Of course, I adored using both of them because they left my skin feeling extra hydrated. The Camellia mask is designed to refine the complexion and enhance radiance, while the Calendula mask is designed to soothe and comfort. And because they are both made from Eucalyptus tree pulp they adhere beautifully to the skin. I definitely need more of these masks in my collection.

K-Beauty Favorites Mamonde Mask Use

I highly recommend giving these K-Beauty favorites a try. After trying out all of the products from Laneige and Mamonde for last month or so my skin looks and feels happy and hydrated. I even brought them along on a recent trip to New York and Atlanta, and they held up beautifully in both climates and on three different airplane adventures. They also helped my skin weather a recent cold, which usually leaves me looking haggard.

Have you tried any K-Beauty Favorites? What is your favorite mask treatment?

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Whitestrips That Really Work

Whitestrips That Really Work-Crest 3D White Whitestrips + Therapy

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If you are a regular visitor to the Beauty Brite Blog then you may have seen one of the several articles that I’ve posted about teeth whitening. I seem to have become the resident reviewer of these type of products in our little corner of the blogosphere. So you may already know that I’ve mentioned in these articles that I’ve tried quite a few methods in this area such as gel systems (both with and without accompanying teeth trays) and one that incorporated ultra bright light, as well as different brands of whitening toothpastes.

I’ve stated in these previous articles that quite a few years ago I tried Crest Whitestrips and wasn’t impressed as they didn’t stay put on my teeth and shifted all around my mouth. This turned me off of these kind of products since it didn’t inspire confidence that I was really reaping the benefits of the product.

However, I’m never one to refuse to try something again even if the first experience wasn’t a good one. I know most companies tend to do market research and try to listen to consumers issues with their products as they work to improve them. So, here I am with yet another teeth whitening article (this one featuring Crest 3D White Whitening + Therapy) and I hope you find it helpful to you! [read more]