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When I decided to add a Beauty column to Oui We I made a commitment to you guys (and myself) that I'd share rituals and routines that are working for me and products that are making a difference for me, as well.
Like so many of us paying attention to what's happening in beauty and wellness one of the things that's been showing up differently for me is how I approach getting ready in the morning. I was once a self proclaimed black eye liner junkie - like I wouldn't leave the house without a heavy handed cat eye application. I have a signature lip color that I've worn forever too and without those two things I didn't feel fully put together. As I'm getting older caring for my skin has become more important than ever (and honestly I've always had a holistic approach to skincare) and recently my smile, including my teeth, have been an area of focus.
I was having a convo with a friend the other day about how when we were growing up the style and beauty idols were girls like Kate Moss (cigarette in hand - although I personally never smoked, plus greasy hair and late night partying - I did have those things in my life - went along with it). However, now girls like Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice, are getting adoration from the masses - beauty fanatics, wellness gurus and fashionistas too. If there's something that's important to me now versus then it's this:
I want glowing skin, bright shiny eyes, and a naturally healthy smile.
So that means I'm often foregoing the cat eye makeup and focusing on skin care, oral care and getting plenty of sleep. A few months back I connected with Smile Brilliant. After pricing out treatments with my dentist's office I decided I'd rather go with an at home whitening treatment and to be honest, I'm kind of terrified of the dentist and only like to go for cleanings. Smile Brilliant offered to send me the system in exchange for sharing my thoughts with you all! I was more than happy to do it.
The process was easy. I got an email first from the team letting me know that my custom tray kit was on it's way. When I received it the instructions gave me all the details I needed to make the molds of my teeth. I sent off my molds and within a week or so I received my clear trays custom fit to my mouth.
Here's the nightly steps from there:
1. Brush your teeth (with no tooth paste) to prepare your mouth for treatment. Fill up your tray with the whitening gel and leave it on about 20 minutes or so. The information packet I received warned to be mindful of sensitivity and to work my way into leaving it on longer. Honestly, I used the product every other night for the first week and the sensitivity wasn't unbearable at all. I saw results within those first few days.
2. Once the trays are on find something to do for the time they are on, it's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it's really not bad either. I decided to do a 20 minute meditation and that helped pass the time.
3. Rinse and brush again (with toothpaste this time).
4. Apply the trays again, this time filled with the Desensitizing Gel. This time you can leave on for 10 minutes or so.
5. Rinse and then go to sleep and let the gel settle in.
In the morning when I get up I can't feel a thing from the treatment the night before.
The kit contains close to 20 applications and after I did the first several weeks (like 3-4 times a week) I've got plenty of gel remaining to do weekly maintenance now.
I'll be posting again to share those results, but in the meantime, as a coffee drinking (and wine drinker too) girl that's counting my smile health as a big part of my beauty routine I'm so glad to have found this product!
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In the meantime, scroll through to see a few other products I'm loving!
This post was compensated in partnership with FiftyTwo45 in exchange for my honest review and feedback. As always, I'll only accept compensation from brands I feel truly stellar about.
Good morning and happy March!
First! It's the day after Mardi Gras. And in days of past that would mean I'd be going on a serious cleanse or detox plan to combat all of the sugar fueled foods and drinks I'd consumed over the past several weeks.
This year, however, is different. I've been at our home in Nashville quite a bit, and traveling still too.
In Nashville the weather is still fluxing between grey cold winter vibes and hints of sunshine on occasion, and even last week in Los Angeles temperatures were cooler than I've ever experienced there. Soon, however, Spring will be here. And for a sunshine loving girl, it couldn't come soon enough. (YAY!) After days of travel and a pretty serious halt in my usual self care routine I'm committed to re-upping my health game this week.
Sugar filled foods, blasting heat, moisture sucking air travel... I've had a case of it all.
(Must I remind you of that king cake that's been on repeat at my house. Le sigh!).
If you're in the same boat and feeling like your skin is showing it, I find the fastest way to recover that healthy glow is by working nutrient rich, probiotic filled foods and drinks into the daily routine. You'd have to truly be living under a rock to have not heard of the benefits of probiotics to your over all well-being. Probiotics are the "good" kind of bacteria that help maintain total body wellness - however while you might know that probiotics keep the gut healthy they're also effective in improving our skin health. (HANDS UP!)
I honestly hear girlfriends of mine talking regularly about the topical products they're using to care for their skin. In the meantime, the wellness world is sharing more and more about the importance of what you eat and drink in regards to how your skin looks. I'm a serious advocate for considering what you're ingesting (green smoothie obsession over here) when it comes to your outer glow. However, if you're out on the road like I am so often, and skipping a day of smoothies here and there, my recommendation is to consume lots of leafy greens (challenge yourself to adding kale to every meal, and minimally order a salad when all else fails) and add probiotic rich foods to that.
Here's a list of 5 probiotic rich foods that are easy to find anywhere:
- Dark Chocolate
- Miso Soup
Each of these foods are quick menu additions and things that, as a traveler, I can get anywhere.
Want to know a little more about how it works?
A way probiotics support skin health is by aiding our natural moisture levels through the production of hyaluronic acid. HA is a "natural substance our body produces and is a major contributor to the elasticity, tightness, and strength of our skin."
According to Dr. Roshini Raj of Mind Body Green "probiotics strengthen our skin so that it can act as a physical barrier to the negative effects of winter by keeping out pathogens, bad bacteria, pollution, and other toxins."
I definitely need all of that. Count me in.
And, because, hey, I am from New Orleans and even though Mardi Gras is over we still have the oncoming Spring days to celebrate (and c'mon! cocktails are a serious part of my culture) I've got a fun little probiotic cocktail recipe for you too!
Pomegranate Blueberry Probiotic Mimosas
- 1 bottle of champagne or prosecco
- 2 - 1 liter bottles of Indian River Select Brand Prohealthy Blend Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup wild blueberries
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- Oranges, sliced
- Squeeze of lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dash of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Add the bubbles to a large pitcher first, and then top with the OJ and stir. From there, add the berries, pomegranate and orange slices. Mix in the ACV, squeeze a bit of lemon and garnish each drink with a dash of cayenne. If you're not an OJ lover you can sub in Indian River Select Brand Prohealthy Blend Grapefruit Juice.
The ACV increases nutrient absorption, reduces water retention and has antioxidant properties.
The Indian River juices (both are available in 1 liter bottles at Harris Teeter) are non GMO and have GanedenBC30® Probiotic. I'm also stocking the 59oz grapefruit and 1 liter OJ on my brunch bar for this recipe this coming weekend (good to have extra for those that want several rounds of mimosas)!
I hope these beauty tips have been helpful to you guys. I'm seriously committed to living my healthiest life, while having a bit of fun along the way! Btw - send your ideas my way. I love hearing from you.
Here's a few probiotic skin care products I'm testing out too.
Enjoy the coming Spring days you guys. I'll see you outside!
This post is in partnership with Indian River Select Brand. As always, creative direction and content is my own.
Products featured in this post were received c/o the brand featured. As always, opinions are my own.
As the year winds down I've been taking a look back (as we all do of course) and thinking about the ways I evolved in 2016 - celebrating the high moments, releasing the low - and reflecting on how I intend to move forward with fresh possibility in the New Year.
As I mentioned last week I'm also thinking deeply about how this space will evolve in the New Year...
I spent most of 2016 traveling, researching and writing, and in 2017 I'll be home a bit more. As my book goes through the design, layout and marketing/sales process, there just won't be quite the need to see every single national park and every little artistic hideaway. It doesn't mean I don't have travels planned - however, the frequency will slow down a bit.
And really, I'm good with that.
I want to practice the art of slow traveling - slower living for that matter - holistic wellness, natural beauty routines, inspired nutrition and enjoy the experiences as they come.
As I looked back I did a little research on the posts that attracted the most attention on Oui We this year. The #1 post? 3 Essentials for Timeless Beauty. It seems I'm not the only one considering new fountain of youth approaches.
As I mentioned then I'm asked sometimes about my routine (I spent 10+ years in the beauty business so fair enough) and I shared a bit about my self care, my essentials to live a healthy life, and a few Ayurvedic techniques I live by whether out traveling or at home.
I also consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about the subject because - hey - I traveled for a year meeting the girls whose lifestyle, gorgeous good looks, wardrobes and beauty bags we all have a tinge of envy for. I excavated the bottoms of those bags and discovered secrets that girls with that effortless chicness all seem to know.
So, in the new year I'm adding a new category to Oui We.
To make it into this category however, the products needed offer healthy care options, be harmful of toxins, cruelty-free and made with high quality, natural ingredients.
So, the first company that made the list for my new category? Well with a name that's super fitting it's the color cosmetics beauty brand 100% PURE®.
100% PURE is a fruit pigmented organic cosmetics brand that meets those requirements. The brand offers a healthy line of nourishing personal care items, 100% free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins.
It's beauty, as pure as it is powerful. Truly, health food for your skin.
I've personally sampled the Maracuja Black Tea Mascara, the Semi Matte Lipsticks and the BB Cream. Each of the products are vegan and gluten free and infused with natural moisturizers to hydrate the skin (and the lashes in the case of the Mascara). I'm including those 3 products in my 2 minute day wear makeup routine. That routine? Simple:
BB Cream, Brow Definer, Mascara, Lip Color
If I've got even one extra minute I'll add a swipe of black liner. And voila! Done.
To me it's so good to know that the things I'm putting on my face treat it as well as my skincare does.
I hope you all enjoy this addition. Let me know if there's certain topics you'd like to hear more about of course. I'm listening! And, if you're interested check out 100% PURE here!