Winning Winter Beauty—Bodycare Edition

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It’s the winter. Well, technically it's fall because winter officially starts on December 21st, but I feel like we are there already. Even in Los Angeles. The second the temperature drops all moisture just leaves my body and goes on vacation, so really that’s close enough. Part of the problem is that I like to take extra hot showers, which can just be murder on your skin, but let’s be honest—I probably won't stop that, so I’ve found a body care routine that restores the moisture that gets stripped away. In the past two months, I’ve mixed up my body care routine from the summer, tried some new products and stayed loyal to a few favorites. Here are my current body care essentials. While you can use these products year round (and probably should), it’s especially important to make time to take care of your entire body during the upcoming colder months. 

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

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Exfoliation is life! If your skin is dry and you just keep applying body lotion, it’s not going to do its job well because you have to get rid of the dead skin cells. I like to exfoliate my body at least once or twice a week during the winter. I know some people have crazy intense body exfoliation routines and dry brush (don’t ask me what that is because I really have no idea other than the fact that such things exist), but honestly for me, using a scrub is easy, fast, inexpensive and gets the job done.

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub  smells like a tropical island in a jar and feels amazing on your skin. There is also a matching lotion you can use after you shower, but most of the time the oil in the product itself should be enough.

Trader Joe’s Lavender Body Scrub

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This is my to-go scrub on those days when I workout after work and shower before bed. The lavender oil in this product helps me to fall asleep. I also love this scrub because I’m always at Trader Joe’s so it’s NBD to pick up.

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

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SkinCeuticals is one of my favorite brands. Everything they make is good. Not kidding. The Body Tightening Concentrate isn’t for your whole body, but rather the areas you are trying to reduce or aren’t as tight as you would like them to be. While it helps you look firmer, this does not mean you can go eat a cupcake and subsequently use a ton of product, but if you are eating healthy and working out, this is a great supplement. It also feels really good and refreshing on your skin. I personally apply it to trouble spots—my abs and inner thighs. I even think a thigh gap might be in my future.

Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy

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Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy contains caffeine, lactic acid and moisture beads, to make your arms look sleeker and more toned. While obviously it isn’t a substitute for exercise and not eating like an animal, if you are doing those things and your arms need some extra help, Bliss is your girl!

Applying this cream is a little different than most body lotions. You use the applicator that is attached to the bottle and massage it in for 20-30 seconds. It feels really nice after a post-workout shower.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil

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If you didn’t know, your skin absorbs moisture better when wet and Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil is formulated for this use specially. I keep the bottle in my shower instead of the medicine cabinet. Honestly, sometimes I slack off and use it on dry skin. I just wet my hands a little first. This lotion makes my legs silky smooth and has a light scent which really mixes well with any other product or fragrance I’m using.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

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I love Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. It’s one of my favorite multitasking products because it is formulated for the hair, body and face. I use it on areas that need a little extra moisture like my hands and elbows and then I wipe the excess on the ends of my hair. If the thought of coconut oil turns you off because you also cook with it, this is product is nothing like taking out one of those giant jars. It’s caller Sheer oil for a reason. It’s also sulfate, paraben and phthalate free as well as hypoallergenic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and non-GMO. So if your skin is super sensitive, dry and irritated, this might just change your life.

 

Reflections from Love Goodly’s Do Good Be Green Event & An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Love Goodly’s Do Good. Be Green. Detox Your Lifestyle event. It was an intimate conference of eco-friendly #GirlBosses in a variety of industries. I connected with so many interesting women whose passion for an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle was truly inspirational. One issue that several speakers brought up is that there isn’t a perfect way to live a so-called green lifestyle. While we need to be conscious about we put into our bodies, where ingredients are sourced from, and what we’re putting out into the world,  all of us are really just trying to do the best we can. Even the experts agree that we cannot have an all or nothing approach.

One panelist who particularly moved me was supermodel Angela Lindvall, who you might remember from hosting Project Runway All Stars. Listening to her speak about becoming a mother and the effect the environment had on her boys, made me realize that trying to live a more conscious lifestyle isn’t just good for the world around me, it’s truly an extension of self-care. I felt inspired to make some changes in my life and think about things differently. 

The event was also an opportunity to learn about new eco-friendly fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Here are a few that stood out to me along with some holiday gift suggestions. 

Love Goodly

Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box service featuring vegan, eco-friendly and natural products worth at least $85, for just $29.99. Every box is hand selected by a different guest curator (the curator for the December/January box is Emily Deschanel) and features 4-6 mostly full size products in several categories including beauty, skincare, style, home, food and wellness. Love Goodly provides a easy way to try new products, which you can later purchase on their website. A Love Goodly subscription or even just one box is a perfect gift for anyone who lives a consciencious lifestyle or aspires to.  

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Lippy Girl

Lippy Girl is a natural, organic and vegan cosmetic line created by Darcey Diehl, a model turned chemist. When I heard her speak on a panel, I was beyond impressed with her honesty about the reality of creating natural cosmetics. Lippy Girl has so many great gift options for the holidays, but my favorite is the Lip Lover Set, which comes with four lip products packaged in an adorable bag.

Hello Mellow

Hello Mellow is a natural body care line started by #GirlBoss/healer/massage therapist/brilliant lady Tracey Feldstein. Joyfully packaged, Hello Mellow offers a variety of products including butters, oils, scrubs and energy shifting sprays (see, I told you she was a healer). There are ten mood-changing scents to choose from, all of which I can only describe as heavenly. The line has a variety of gift sets, but the one that stands out the most to me is the One of Everything Please, which is pretty much self-explanatory. In addition the main line, Hello Mellow has three others formulated for men, pregnant women and kids specifically. 

LVX

LVX is a line of vegan, toxin and cruelty-free nail polish. Designed to have a gel-like texture, it’s available in tons super stylish runway-inspired colors. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

Hipsters For Sisters

 

Hipsters For Sisters was founded by Debra Denniston and her two daughters, Rachel and Kate. Embarrassed by their mother’s fanny pack, the trio began to design belt bags that you would actually want to show off in public. Made with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, every bag is manufactured ethically in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is the pearl grey tweed, which easily converts to a chic clutch, so it’s kind of like getting two bags for the price of one. 

Susi Shoes

Susi Shoes is a luxury shoe line that just happens to be vegan. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I’m completely obsessed. If you have a vegan person you have to buy a higher-priced gift for, they will beyond appreciate a pair of Susis. The Veronica Naturals and Burgundy Matilda are my personal favorites.