My Skincare Favorites!

If there is anything I am really passionate about, it is my skin and taking care of it! As a natural redhead, I have pale, sensitive skin that needs extra TLC. Unfortunately, when I was in high school & college I didn’t have those same thoughts. My goal was getting as tan as possible (shockingly, I can get a lot of color for a redhead…), whether it was laying on the beach for hours, covered in oil by the pool, or in the tanning bed (not a proud moment and never happening again!)

Now, I’ve grown up and realized my health is more important than having a darker glow. Mario Badescu, Josie Maren, and St. Tropez are my favorites for getting my skin in shape, and just how I like it! Mario Badescu is fresh and soothing for my sensitive skin but gets the job done! I see an improvement with every use! After washing my face, I can feel pretty dry due to my sensitivity, that’s where Josie Maren comes in. I love love love her Light Argon Oil! I put it all over my face before I go to bed, and mix it with a matte foundation during the day! It gives me a natural dewy look that is perfect for Spring & Summer!

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To finish it off, since we are getting back into those pool and beach days, if the rain ever stops, I still like to have a nice glow! Usually 1-2 times a month I will go get a spray tan as it looks more even and it doesn’t rub off on my clothes. Then I will use the St. Tropez Bronzing Mouse between visits to keep up the color. It has a natural, brown hue, instead of the orange tint like most and it goes on easy with the mit!

| Photo by Anthro_Charlottesville on Instagram|

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A Healthy State of Mind!

So I’m at that stage in my life wear I finally decided it’s time to focus are making better decisions when it comes to my overall health!  You all most likely don’t know this about me, but for the majority of my life, I had the worst diet. I could literally survive off of pizza rolls…… Now the thought of them makes me sick, so let’s stop talking about them! Any who, I’m really trying to have a more healthy state of mind when it comes to food, exercise, and my surroundings!  I’ve tried this on and off through college, but found it to be impossible living above Chickfila and Moe’s. But now I’m determined to make it work and yesterday was the first day & I’m pretty excited about!  I felt so energized and clean, it was a great feeling!  Here are some of the foods that I made and really enjoyed! Let me know if you have any favorite recipes that you think will help me stay on tract this time around!

First, I’m not a huge breakfast kind of person. I never have been and I probably never will be.  However, I still like to have a little something so I’m not starving myself until lunch.  I think yogurt is the best option if you are somebody like me. It’s quick, easy, and really light!  Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt is my favorite. I added some granola for some crunch and protein and chopped up apples, blueberries, and honey for some extra flavor! So yummy!

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For my afternoon snack I made my own ice-cream!  First I chopped up strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I added them to half cup of skim milk.  I then added in 2 tablespoons of sweetener and half a teaspoon of vanilla.  Put all ingredients in a bag, add ice and 6 tablespoons of salt. Seal the bag and shake for about 5 minutes.  The ice-cream will start to form and will be ready for you to enjoy!  I prefer to go a little heavy on the fruit, it tastes like and extra thick smooth, but that’s just me!

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I can’t really take credit for dinner, I was at my sister’s house babysitting my sweet niece Maren and they had some pasta they made for me!  They usually eat pretty healthy, and my sister is very skilled at making delicious meals!  The pasta was actually avocado past salad, and it was amazing!  She also said that it was super easy to make so I will definitely be trying this out on my own in the near future!

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