Holiday Cheet Sheet for the Beauty Maven

Happy holiday countdown my friends!

I'm here today with another round of holiday help. This cheat sheet is for the beauty maven.

You know, she's that girl that had the shimmering cheekbone highlight game going before the rest of us even bought our first contour kit. She knew the full brow trend was on it's way months before your brow girl mentioned that maybe we should let these fill in a little...  She somehow knows what lip color to wear for every single occasion (I, by the way, tried out a deep dark purple last night, but it was mostly because I'm feeling under the weather and perhaps that shade distracted from the circles under my eyes.) Anyways, on to the list:

Again, I have 5 categories of gifts to choose from! And, every single thing on this list is less than $200. Keeping this wallet friendly you guys.

The Tools

In the beauty world there's something new just about every. single. day. I, for one, believe that the best beauty routine is plenty of sleep, lots of water, a good vitamin regimen, and eating well. So, while you won't find the latest lasers and gadgets here, you will find things to make bath time beautiful (uhm, that shower cap is kind of the best thing ever) plus a few other lovely additions.

The Eyes Have It

Lavishly soft makeup remover, a luscious lash enhancer, a dash of glitter for good measure and a few other goodies that'll keep her eyes bright all season long. 

From the Inside Out

I personally start every day with a smoothie. Ben's mom sent a magic bullet to our new house and we just acquired a juicer on our last visit home and seriously - game changed. On this list I'm obsessed with Beauty Dust by Moon Juice, and most beauty maven's are already in the Caudalie cult, however this particular version is in a portable 30ml bottle - perfect for her tote or desk drawer. The glasses on the end? Well, she's got to have something cute to drink her morning smoothie in of course!

The Masks

If there's one thing you can't go wrong with it's the masks. Every lady loves a good night in with a moisture mask, or a clarifying mask, or a detox mask... or a..... well you get the idea.

Polished

If she truly already has every beauty product in the book, something she'll always need one more of is a good nail color. My long time signature color has been a deep navy blue (Lauren Conrad, the Hills... blame her) however during the holidays it's fun to add a splash of sparkle. And, if she's the type that likes to keep it a bit more neutral, the sweet little pink shade is perfect too.

So, voila! There we have it ladies and gents. Beauty round up, complete. The holidaze madness is almost over you guys, and with just 10 days left to shop I've got a few more cheat sheets in store for ya.

Until then, be well wanderlusters.

xoxo,

Andi

 

 

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

3 Essentials for Timeless Beauty

This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #youtheoryturmeric #CollectiveBias

I'm not as young as I'd like to think I am - or as old, for that matter. Personally, I'm with Sophia Loren on the topic of age:

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."

I have friends 10, oh 20 years older than me, and then others that are quite a bit younger. And it's their thoughts, wisdom, ambition, energy and humor that attracts me to them. You know those people right - "they're an old soul" wise beyond what their actual years could allow and you want to soak up so much knowledge from them. Or then there's that person who has the nonchalance of a child and you want to dance on tables and run loose in the street all night with them.

Queen B said it best: "The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence." And there's something to be said for growing up a bit and knowing that your self worth comes from one source, and that source is you.

I was having a catch up with a group of girlfriends a while back and one of the girls who's in her mid-20's and who I absolutely adore, in mid-conversation about skincare and aging commented "Andi gives us all hope."

Hmm, "hope" ...well it hadn't occurred to me... uhm, thank you? I think? It got me thinking, I'm asked sometimes about my routine, I spent 10+ years in the beauty business so fair enough... so in support of the elusive fountain of youth and "hope" here's my guide to self care, my essentials to live a healthy life, including a few Ayurvedic techniques I live by whether out traveling (yep all of this can be done in an RV) or at home in day to day living.

Follow these tips and you'll be on track to looking the metaphorical age you already know you are.

1. Eliminate Toxins

When you wake up the first things on your list should include a few moments of detox. This may seem obvious but the first thing you should do is brush your teeth and scrape your tongue (I have a copper tongue scraper that cleans easily). Don't wait until after coffee, you need to release the toxins first.

A morning ritual: warm lemon water. Sometimes I flavor with whatever other herbs I happened to have in the kitchen.

A morning ritual: warm lemon water. Sometimes I flavor with whatever other herbs I happened to have in the kitchen.

Next wash your face with cool water and before you even cleanse your skin spend 3 minutes massaging your face with oils. The massage activates your lymphatic system and releases endorphins. If you're not sure which oils are best for you an ayurvedic practitioner can recommend the right things for you. The spa I go to has a quick quiz available with a list of oils that are appropriate for each ayurvedic energy type. Once you've detoxed follow this 4 step system to create beautiful skin:

 Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliate, Moisturize

My skin is the thing I probably spend the most time on.  When I worked in the beauty business I probably said this 10 times a day "cleanse, tone, exfoliate, moisturize." All the makeup in the world won't do what this 4 step process will. (And as much as possible keep it organic. If you wouldn't ingest it, why would you put it on your skin?)

The last moment of detox (again pre-coffee!) comes with drinking a warm cup of lemon water. Just 1/2 a lemon offers all sorts of benefits and will start your day with energy and a healthy body.

2. Up Your Supplement Game

There's quite a few supplements that have been in my arsenal forever. Vitamins C and B, probiotics, omega 3's and turmeric. Each of these are absolutely foundational. There's lots of others out there of course, but these are my daily must haves, in fairly decent doses. I saw a vitamin expert speak several years ago (an orthomolecular doctor, fancier term) and the evidence is real. The best bet is to get on a preventative plan.

The first several are on lots of lists, however, turmeric has started gaining attention just recently. It has antioxidant properties, helps memory and neural functions and supports healthy inflammation response. These are all major for me. My body's natural stress response is greatly improved with this mix of supplements.

I personally recommend this one:

Why take supplements versus getting your vitamins and antioxidants through your food intake you may ask.... You simply can’t get the same benefits from an orange or by sprinkling the ingredients of your kitchen’s spice rack on your food. However, if you can do both it's even better. I've got a recipe below for Golden Milk. Similar to Chai Tea but with all the benefits of turmeric, it's a great way to add even more antioxidant power into your diet. 

youtheory® Turmeric is a 20x concentration, it's basically turmeric amplified. One dose of the new extra strength formula capsules (look for this particular new packaging with the orange label, I found mine at Costco) is 1,000 mg per two capsues. That's 3 times the amount of turmeric compared to the old 450 mg/ 3 capsule formula. It's also vegan and is free of gluten ingredients. It's so good for your skin, joints and general well-being.

3. Glow From the Inside Out

I've lived by the motto of practicing perfect imperfection for years! To seriously embrace the #wokeuplikethis approach, to be fresh, naturally you and a bit undone you have to start on the inside. When you're putting the right things in and on your body, your natural glow will shine through. Drink plenty of water, eliminate processed foods and sugars, meditate at least a few times a week, practice yoga or some sort of mind centering exercise and you'll be setting yourself up for beauty success. Remind yourself to laugh daily too. Laughing removes stress hormones and boosts your immune system. Like Audrey Hepburn said: "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls."

I'd love to hear your beauty tips girlinas. What's your routine?  And what's in your bag? Fountain of youth support all the way.

As promised, my Golden Milk Recipe is below!

xoxo,

Andi

Golden Milk Recipe

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Ground cinnamon

Whisk coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.

pening photo in Marfa by Ben, photos of you theory by Chelle

 

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Color Me Hydrated: 4 Summer Beauty Tips from Southern Girls

Ahhh pool days. It's really the only answer in the dog days of summer down in the deep south.

One of the things I love about southern living is the slow burn of summer's departure. And while it might be nice to hide away in the AC reading magazines and sipping cool drinks when the heat is barely burning off by 5 p.m. or so, I find southern locals are typically doing other things.

Summer at home: favorite magazines. beauty products and vitamin water


So if you're planning a trip down South here's what the locals are up to:

Typically it's either -

a. the aforementioned poolside hang (we've got lots of pools in New Orleans, I could write a whole post on the best pools to hit)

b. afternoon balcony parties (or a porch party depending on which Southern city you're in)

or

c. leisurely walks exploring the neighborhoods that are fairly tourist free in the summertime

But how does a girl keep her mascara from melting down her face during the straight up summer scorchers? Well, I've noticed that despite living in one of the most humid cities in the country, somehow my girlfriends always look impeccably chic, shine free and their clothes are surprisingly dry... They hustle about with a smile and no they don't have a magic shield that the rest of us have never heard of. Like how? ...

I decided to dig into their summer weather secrets and share a few with you guys.

Girls on a New Orleans balcony

1. The Hair Tricks

Every one of the girls I spoke to mentioned keeping it light in the summer. The humidity helps to define waves, and too much product would melt right out. If you're bold enough go for a shorter style, like my friend Lauren. Long hair girls, can you imagine how great that would feel? (That's me up there being jealous of Lauren's cropped locks).

No matter the length apply a light leave-in conditioner into wet hair and pair with a light hairspray. Keep a dry shampoo on hand and the style can last a few days.

2. The Beauty Routine

A liquid eyeliner will melt in the humidity. So instead, accentuate the brows. Think fresh faced with a neutral lip. Pick products with a powdery finish, something that will stay put without creasing. Stick to a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer and finish with a tinted lip balm - it's so much more low maintenance and all you need when wearing a strong brow like Michelle (below).

p.s. Blotting papers are a great secret weapon. Stash a few in your bag to keep the shine at bay.

3. Wardrobe For the Win

Let it breathe. Say it with me you guys: let. it. breathe. Any fabric that's clingy...  silks and poly blends - they'll leave you showing the sweat in minutes. Choose dresses with linings, and when in doubt pick a light cotton fabric to keep things cool and breezy. And if you're like me, always on a pool hunt, layer your one piece swimsuit under a pair of shorts and keep a light sweater for dipping in and out of the AC.

4. Color Me Hydrated

Here's perhaps the most important part -- the real deal beauty trick is staying hydrated and looking good while doing it. When you're an on the go girl out in the blistering summer heat the hydration of choice in every one of my girlfriend's bags is vitaminwater zero.

vitaminwater zero is perfect for pool, balcony and neighborhood hopping all day. It's zero calories (no sugar!) and is packed with vitamins and electrolytes too. Flavors of choice:

 I mean, who doesn't love an açai-blueberry-pomegranate combo?!

Lauren's art project - I love color coordinated hydration.

Lauren's art project - I love color coordinated hydration.

Now that we have that covered, let's get back to pool time.

p.s. I'll have a follow up post with the full list of the products I'm finding in my girlfriends' beauty bags next week. I've been on a serious Target shopping mission and I'm compiling a list, send me your secrets too, we're in this together you guys. Sound good?

xoxo,

Andi

opening photo: Hunter Holder

This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ColorMeHydrated #CollectiveBias

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".