Budder Me Up

I know we have all heard of the amazing benefits that coconut oil can have on your health, wether for your hair, skin, nails, teeth, seems like there’s a millions uses for coconut oil. And I’ll be the first to admit, I’m addicted. And when I found out about Oil Me North’s amazing coconut oil, hemp oil, essential oil, concoctions, I was all over it. Our skin is the largest organs on our body, so I thinks it’s important to take care of it! Especially if you’re in the sun all the time like myself.

One of my favorite things to use is essential oils, and to mix my two favorite oils into one, is a dream.

Oil Me North has several different concoctions targeted towards different things. Such as their Sun Budder, which enhances your tan and their Original Super Budder which is great for every use!

My absolute favorite Budders are the Original and the Muscle and Joint Budders.

Original Super Budder

This is one of my favorite Budders because it is great for so many uses. You can use it for problematic skin, or to nourish your body. And not to forget, the lavender and rose essential oils give it a fresh and relaxing scent. I love to have products that can be used for multiple functions, saves money and saves space! These Budders are also great to use as a natural and gentle makeup remover!

Muscle and Joint Budder

This is one of my other favorites because the oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus have a cool and refreshing feel on the skin. The benefits of this budder are some of my favorite because it’s great for reducing inflammation, hence why it’s great to use after a workout if your muscle are sore and tired.

Photographer// Jennifer Tee

Check out the rest of their amazing products here!

What’s you’re favorite use for coconut oil?

Xoxoxo

Summer Preperation 

Today’s post was inspired by the incredibly hot, hundred degree weather we are experiencing in South Beach.

Summer is just around the corner and it’s always nice to get prepared ahead of time. So I’ve linked some of my favorite summer products to keep you glowy this season! As well as some of my favorite summer tips. 

Glowy skin// 

My absolutely favorite product for glowy skin is bio oil! You can use it all over your body as well as your face, to give your skin that extra boost and moisture it craves. 

I’ve also made up my own concoction of body oil. Inside i mixed coconut oil // vitamin e oil // green tea tree oil // rose hip oil // bio oil. I use this little concoction before bedtime to allow my skin to absorb all of the amazing vitamins and  nutrients!

SPF! SPF! SPF! I’ve always used SPF on my face because I was always told that you needed too. But recently I’ve realized just how important it is. That being said, I’ll never go a day without SPF on my face. If I do miss a day, I’ll notice a complete difference in my skin and pigmentation. My favorite is Dermalogica SPF 50.


Summer tip//

Join a gym that has a variety of class, to allow you to mix up your routine and stay motivated! I recently joined my local Equinox gym, and I’m absolutely obsessed! Gotta get summer beach body ready, am I right?!

Drink lots of water! I try to drink at least a gallon a day, and I notice a huge difference from drinking lots of water. Benefits I’ve experienced are, flatter tummy, healthy skin, energy and appetite control. I mean, our bodies are mostly made of water, so shouldn’t we try to drink lots of it? 😛

Current favorite swimsuit brand to rock this summer// Montce Swim


Xoxoxo

Frank Body Review

A couple months ago I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully packaged pink and white box outside of my door. And inside the box was even more cute packaged goodies! Frank had paid me a visit and I was not mad about it. 🙂IMG_0122

I was sent the Frank Body original Coffee Body Scrub and Body Balm. First off let me just say I am a huge fan of these products because of their all natural and vegan ingredients.

Their body scrub is made with Coffee Beans, Almond Oil, Vitamin E oils and Sea Salt. And their body balm is a mixture of Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coffee Arabica Seed Oil and Beeswax. All stuff that we can actually understand and I’m all about those natural ingredients!

So besides the cute packaging and amazing ingredients, the products themselves have worked wonders for my skin.

The Scrub
I have relatively normal skin with a few breakouts here and there and a little bit of hyperpigmentation. I would use the coffee scrub about 2x a week as a deep exfoliator. I can instantly notice the texture of my skin smoothens, my skin appears brighter and my face is baby soft. My random breakouts have gone down and my skin feels overall more healthy, and not to forget the smell is incredible!

I have recently started using the body scrub for a few stretch marks that I have developed, so I will definitely keep you posted with any results I see!

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The Balm
The body balm is also a great product and very moisturizing. Though I would recommend only using it at night, as it does not soak into the skin very quickly. Since it has so many natural oils, it takes quite longer than a regular lotion to set. That being said, apply this stuff all over before bed and you will definitely have baby soft skin by the morning.

I am so in love with both of these products that I am itching to try some of their new stuff. Especially their peppermint body scrub, yum!!

Check out the rest of their stuff at Frank Body!

xoxox

Top 5 Skin Care Superfoods

7543200_origSuffering from dry, cracked or acne prone skin? Or do you want to combat the signs of aging with natural skincare remedies? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here are five of the top recommendations for the best skincare superfoods. Consume these super-foods on a regular basis or use them topically within moisturisers, cleansers or face masks to benefit from softer, smoother, and eminently younger looking skin.

1 | Pineapple

If you suffer from a skin condition such as acne, eczema or inflammation then eating pineapple on a weekly basis could completely revitalise your complexion because the active ingredient within pineapple is bromelain; a natural proteolytic enzyme. This particular enzyme is extremely effective at removing dead surface skin cells, reducing swelling and combating inflammation. Eating pineapple as part of a balanced diet, or by using skincare products which contain pure pineapple extract, you can benefit from these exfoliating properties of bromelain and achieve softer, more hydrated skin.

2 | Tomatoes

If you love sunbathing but wish to prevent your skin from premature aging and UV damage then it is strongly recommended that you increase you tomato intake. After all, as skincare experts TCClinic highlight, the beauty boosting ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, a type of carotenoid which provides your skin cells with comprehensive protection against UV rays. What’s more, if you cook tomatoes before eating them then your body will be four times to absorb the lycopene within them compared to eating raw tomatoes!

3 | Chia seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats, fibre and protein. However, when asked to pick one of these super-foods above all others we have to highlight the benefits of chia seeds. Despite their small stature, these seeds are bursting with omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, zinc, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants amongst other essential nutrients. As a result, by consuming chia seeds on a regular basis you can hydrate your skin with essential healthy fats. What’s more, if you apply chia seeds topically you can combat fine line formation and benefit from their efficient anti-inflammatory properties.

4 | Pomegranate

If you are looking for a super-food which will combat the effects of prolonged sun exposure then pomegranate could offer the ideal solution for you! This is due to the fact that the seeds extracted from this unique fruit are an exceptional source of ellagic acid; a polyphenol compound which efficiently prevents the breakdown of collagen within skin cells as well as inhibiting the inflammation caused by UVB rays. In fact, numerous studies have shown that incorporating pomegranate seeds within your diet can protect your skin from premature aging and safeguard against the long term damage caused by prolonged sun exposure.

5 | Kale

No skincare superfoods list would be complete without praising the benefits of kale! This particular wild cabbage plant boasts a wealth of health benefits for your entire body. As skincare specialist Dr Pauline Hili explains, kale is a super-food which contains high levels of vitamins A, C, E and K. Dr Hili also advocates how the topical addition of these vitamins in the form of kale based skincare products can be up to 100 times more effective for re-invigorating the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting healing and reducing puffiness than other skin care methods. In this manner, eating kale on a daily basis and using skin care products infused with kale extract can significantly improve the condition of your skin as well as your overall health.

xoxoxo

 

 

Summer Tips

Summer Tips

It is finally summertime which means lots of sun! The sun can be fun, but it is always important to make sure you’re aware of the everlasting effects too much sun can have on your body. Here are a few of my favorite tips to make sure you protect yourself from the sun.

derm1. Always apply a SPF daily moisturizer in the morning. I use dermalogicia SPF 50 everyday after cleansing my skin.

2. The Suns UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 2 pm, when the sun is highest in the sky.

3. Plan on being in the ocean a lot? Apply hair oil or conditioner before going on the water to help keep hair silky smooth.

4. Drink before you are thirsty. You may not realize your body is dehydrated, so it is always important to constantly stay hydrated, even if you don’t feel like your thirsty! The more water, the better.

Have some fun in the sun!      

 xoxoxo

Vasseur Skincare

Vasseur Skincare

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After trying countless skincare lines from brands such as Murad, Proactive, Clinique, Neutrogena and more, I have never came across a skincare line as good as Vasseur. I felt it would be selfish of me not to share this amazing brand with you all. Only after one day I noticed a major difference in the way my skin felt. I have normal to oily skin, and living in Florida the oily skin can get a bit crazy sometimes, but after using these products I noticed a dramatic difference in the amount of oily my skin produced, and my face was also incredibly soft.

I have been using these products for almost 2 months now, my skin has cleared up almost all the way. And my hyperpigmentation and red spots have also disappeared. I do not think I will ever use another skincare line again! Their products are on the more expensive side, for the amount of product you receive. But if you want clear skin, than it is worth the investment. (Shop here)

A little bit about their products:

  • They are made by hand and are never put in storage, so when you receive your products they will be as fresh as possible.
  • They are professional strength and highly concentrated. Their cosmetic chemist has over 30 years of skincare industry experience.
  • Their products are 100% toxin, paraben and chemical preservative free.
  • They are a creulty free company

 

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This oil cleanser is not something I would usually like because it does not sud up when rubbed in your skin, but it is amazing! This products is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. And the olive oil helps protects the skin against aging as well as keeping your skin glowing. (Shop here)

 

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I always have to have a toner in  my skincare regimen, and this one seems to work great, and it also has a yummy fruity scent! The papaya enzyme helps to remove dead skin cells and deep clean skin. (Shop here)

 

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This little guy here is incredible! The benzoclear 5 is a less potent version of the benzoclear 10 they also have, but it is used for any breakouts you may have. I believe this product is why my breakouts have gone away! (Read and shop here)

 

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This would have to be the only product that I was not completely satisfied with. As I mentioned earlier I have oily skin, and this product did not seem to help with the oil at all. If you have dry skin this might be worth a try. (Shop here)
 
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Lastly the holy grail skincare product! This guy does everything, it brightens, smooths pores, anti-aging, filled with antioxidents, the list goes on. But this guy will never leave my side again. If you try anything from Vasseur this would be the thing to try. (Shop and read more here)

 

If you do decide to try out some of this amazing skincare let me know! You will not regret it. I have some more new products from them in the mail now and can not wait to try them out.

Happy New Year

xoxo

 

(I have no connection with Vasseur at all, I just happened upon the company and fell head over heels for their products)

Fun Tip Friday: Makeup Expiration Date

Fun Tip Friday: Makeup Expiration Date

Hi everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas.

Today I am here with another Fun Tip Friday. This one will be fairly quick, but I hope it helps some of you out!

Recently I learned that makeup does in fact have specific expiration dates, so I went through my makeup and got rid of some products that were way past their recommend shelf life.

Most makeup products and beauty products have an expiration date, but not all. I have been checking everything! And it seems as if some beauty products do not have a date, but most makeup has a date.

Here are some quick images to help you locate the expiration date, and see if its time to throw your makeup out.

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This little image should be displayed on the back of your product. The number inside of the image is the number of months the product is good for, after you have opened the packaging.

 

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These dates may not apply to every single makeup product out there, but it is a good guideline for most.

I hope you enjoyed this Fun Tip Friday, and stay tuned this weekend for a skin care line that has been doing wonders for my skin.

xoxox

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