Beauty Edit: Sunscreen Without the Ew

Beauty Edit: Sunscreen

By now, knowing you should wear sunscreen- not just while you’re in the sun but even when basking in the moon’s rays- has been told to you a million and one ways. I get it! Melanoma is scary and dangerous. On the other hand though, don’t you just HATE how sunscreen feels on your skin? I do. So much. I hate it to the point the benefits of wearing it disappear from my mind as I think of the chemical pore clogging formula that will leave me slicker than a slip and slide!

Fortunately, the world of sunscreen has come a long way from my days as running around as the Coppertone baby- sliding right out of my ever-watchful parent’s hands and glowing a shiny white color. I’m sharing four products that I feel are effective while leaving your skin non-slippery, stinky and your pores empty!

1: Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen

The word emollient gets me every time! According to dictionary.com, emollient means, “having the power of softening or relaxing.” Add in some spf and pure lavender scent and you have a winner! The scent is not overwhelming, just soft and pleasant and no slip and slide to be found upon application! 

2: Supergood Everyday Sunscreen

This product has powerful UV protection that is perfect for daily wear under your makeup. It won’t make you break out or your boss ask who’s going to the beach cause of a strong sunscreen scent. Just make sure to put some on the back of your hand’s so they stay young forever like your un-sun damaged face! (They are always the giveaway….)

3: No-Ad 

I had to throw this one in for the men. My hubby hates “fancy” sunscreen and wants the cheapest most effective products. Enter: No-Ad, they don’t do any advertising so their costs stay low which they then pass on to the customers. This is the most classic formula you can find, but it doesn’t leave behind white streaks. The scent is NOT overbearing- definitely, husband approved.

4: Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers

I saved my favourite for last! I have been using this product for YEARS now. If you want something with coconutty goodness that isn’t overpowering this is the sunscreen for you! The formula feels light, gives a slight bronze glow, makes you smell like a tropical goddess and keeps the evil sun rays at bay. I highly recommend any product from the Australian Gold line- you really can’t go wrong! Plus, I can use it on my face with no breakouts- LOVE.

What’s your go-to product to beat the aging power of the sun? Let me know which new ones I need to try!

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PS: If you need some summer makeup ideas to wear over your new favourite sunscreen be sure to check out my post: Waterproof x Sweatproof!

Carrie Fisher, Losing So Much More Than a Princess

“You have your moments, not many of them but you have them.”

-Princess Leia

Princess Leia via Google. Losing More Than a Princess- Carrie Fisher and Mental Health.

My Princess is gone.

As a self-professed Star Wars junkie, I felt a disturbance in the force when I heard Carrie Fisher passed away. As someone who has mental health struggles, my heart was broken that such a fierce advocate for mental health was lost.

To honor her memory, I want to be open with my mental health diagnosis in the hope that maybe it will help you to understand what a loved one is going through, or to let you know you’re not alone.

“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that.

I survived that, I’m still surviving it, bring it on.”

-Carrie Fisher

 

I grew up in a household well familiar with depression in a time that mental health was not a common topic- both my mother and grandmother have dealt with it for years. So when I was diagnosed with chronic depression it was not surprising, what was surprising was the crippling anxiety that accompanied it, as well as the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ve been on several medications good and bad over the years, I’ve also had periods of non-medication. Either way, mental health is always on my mind.

Princess Leia via Google. Losing More Than a Princess- Carrie Fisher and Mental Health.

Image via Majo Clinic

Let’s talk about depression.

 

There are two different main types of depression:

1: Situational: Everyone gets sad at some point, it’s totally normal. Losing someone, a tough semester, a rough time at work can all take you to a depressed state. Therapy can be very beneficial.

2: Chemical: This is depression you cannot help and is normally hereditary. There is a chemical imbalance in your brain that makes it impossible to “snap out” of a depressed stage. Medication is needed to rebalance the chemicals in the brain.

I deal with chemical depression- like Carrie Fisher dealt with chemical imbalances that led to bipolar disorder. It’s something that makes it impossible to get out of bed some days, something that makes me shut down to the world from time to time, something that has made me try giving everything up and end it all.

Having a hero like Carrie Fisher speak out about mental health showed me everyone has their demons. She showed me to embrace it and find therapies and medications that help, to not be ashamed but to speak out in order to help others.

“We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges.

Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic—not ‘I survived living in Mosul during an attack’ heroic, but an emotional survival.

An opportunity to be a good example to others who might share our disorder.”

-Carrie Fisher

3 Depression Fighters:

THERAPY.

DO NOT be afraid to say you need help! Therapy is not for failures. Therapy is beneficial and can be short or long term. Sometimes you just need a confidential talk to sort through things, sometimes you need someone to give you better coping methods.

MEDICATION.

Taking medication is NOT giving up. It’s realizing the issue is something completely out of your control! Just like you would take medicine for high cholesterol or chronic migraines taking medicine for serotonin imbalances is totally normal.

SUNSHINE.

NEVER underestimate what taking a moment for you outside in the sun will do. Go for walk, if that even sounds like too much just lay down in your front yard and be.

3 Things to NOT Say to Someone With Depression:

“JUST SNAP OUT OF IT.”

This is never ok to say to someone who is dealing with something internally.

“I was sad once.”

Everyone gets sad- being sad and unable to cope with life to the point of self-harm is different. No joke: I once had someone compare my sadness about losing my dad, to when they lost their dog. NOT COOL.

Saying anything to make them feel like they aren’t good enough.

Saying “you just need to be stronger” is not going to solve anything.

Instead of saying any of these, just let them you are THERE. Even if that means doing nothing and sitting together in total darkness! 

So thank you, Carrie, for the deep thrills of leaps to light speed and being a princess that was more than dresses and castles.

Thank you for being unafraid to embrace who you were in your innermost soul and allowing so many others to do the same. 

3 Deep Conditioners to Fix the Winter Snap

3 deep conditioner treatments to save your hair!

Everyone says summer takes the worst toll on your hair- I’m convinced it’s the winter. The summer sun, salt water, and chlorine give my hair the best volume and tousled look ever! Winter, however, leaves it lifeless, frizzy and straight up broken. In times of serious distress, I turn to these three tried and true deep conditioners to heal my hair. These products will get rid of any and ALL breaking, split ends, and dullness!

THE SECRET

My secret to making them work extra hard and to get the BEST results possible is to put them on your hair while it’s DRY. You read that right- do NOT apply them in-shower like the instructions say but cover ever single strand before getting your hair wet. Instead of water filling the cuticle you will be filling it with all the deep conditioner magic! BONUS: Leave it in while you do your chores or chill- the longer the better!

The 3 BEST Deep Conditioners

1: Tony Moly Glow Ring Hair Mask 

This two-step process really is magic- like unicorn hair as the results magic. First, you apply the deep conditioner packet (there is more in the envelope than it looks like!), then cover with the moisturizer infused shower cap. The heat that is trapped by the cap causes the ingredients to really penetrate the hair shaft. Bye bye frizz!

2: L’oreal Extroidenery Oil Conditioner

I have oily hair; finding a good shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes without weighing or leaving a film can be HARD. Last year, Influenster (SIGN UP if you haven’t- it’s the bomb!) sent me the new L’oreal Extroidenery line and I fell in love- especially with the conditioner. It leaves your hair so soft and silky- plus at $3.99 you can’t go wrong!

3: It’s a 10 Hair Mask

I have LOVE It’s a 10 products for years; I use their leave in conditioner every day! This a heavy duty deep conditioner that will seriously reverse the negative effects the winter weather has had on your locks. Again, apply it to dry hair catch up on your social media and Netflix, then rinse to show off your shiny healthy new look!

Do you apply conditioner to dry hair as well? Or do you have a kick ass hair conditioning product?

Sound off below and let me know!

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Why the Olsen Twins Are Our #girlboss Dreams

10 Reasons Why The Olsen Twins Are Major #GIRLBOSS Inspiration

My blogging bestie, Shell from A Courageous Beauty, and I like to pretend that once the Olsen Twins were the Olsen Quadruplets and we are the two missing sisters from the equation. JK, but kinda. We’ve done a couple of shoots together and each time we grab each other’s hands and yell “like Mary Kate and Ashley” and IMMEDIATELY strike an Olsen-esque pose like the one above!

We knew we couldn’t just be obsessed and not explain why we admire the girls so much! Recently, they made headlines again by being nominated Womenswear Designer of the Year for their line, The Row (totally outside of our price range, but totally dreamy!).

5 Reasons I Admire The Olsen Twins

1: They have hobbies.

The twins are known for their childhood acting and fashion pursuits as adults, but both have hobbies outside of those things. For instance, Mary Kate is a competitive horseback rider and Ashley was an ardent dance growing up.

It’s so important to have hobbies outside your main “work”, whether that’s blogging, an office job, or a mom! Personally, I love to go camping, hiking, ect. (ANYTHING outside) or shooting with my husband to get away from everything else in life.

2: They are #GIRLBOSS babes.

They run two very successful clothing companies: The Row, and Elizabeth and James (named after their younger siblings- who are sadly not Shell and I……). Not only do they design for these labels but they run everything about them! Talk about #GIRLBOSS babes. I love that they had a dream that started as teen girls designing clothes for Walmart and they took it to winning CFDA awards and showing at NYFW. #GOALS

3: They are private.

In today’s world of oversharing on social media the Olsen Twins have managed to maintain their privacy. I LOVE that they don’t put every detail on Instagram, or that you don’t seem them behaving poorly at some club. They are mature women who keep private matters private. WE need more of this in today’s day and age.

4: They are sisters before anything.

You can just tell they are more than sisters, they are #BFFS. Mary Kate and Ashley seem to spend every waking moment together- at least according to every photog shot ever. I think if they have a motto it’s “sisters before misters”. I LOVE this. Women, even sisters, can get so competitive and it’s great to see how they support and encourage each other at every point in their lives. Totally part of the reason I love Shell so much- she ALWAYS has my back.

5: They are petite.

I’m 5′ flat. Height has never been my friend, yet it seems every model and actress has legs and height for days. I’ve always been drawn to the twins because they are petite like me! I love how they don’t wear heels all the time to over compensate or they don’t avoid wearing long dresses for fear of looking short. I love their oversized style and time and time again I have turned to them for inspiration.

You might be thinking, “wait the title says 10 things you love??” Well, you have to head over to Shell at A Courageous Beauty to get the other five! See there’s that Olsen inspo at work- supporting and working together!

Who is your #GIRLBOSS inspiration? Are you a fan of the Olsen Twins as well? If so head over to my Olsen Obsession Pinterest board to get all the #INSPIRATION you need!

 

Faux Fur for the Chill!

“She doesn’t wear fur because she is cold, she wears fur because she is glamorous.”

-Ken Downing

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Like my New Years, this outfit is pretty busy! I decided I wanted to put all they style elements I’m digging right now into one look.

However, unlike putting everything into this outfit, I wouldn’t try putting

EVERYTHING into your life!

For me, 2017 is going to be all about saying NO.

Hear me out, life can be so full of everything and anything that it can be #HARD to manage it all and keep your sanity at the same time. So I’m not going to. I’m done with feeling like I always have to do everything. I will not constantly overextend myself, or say yes because I feel I must.

I’m going to spend this year learning what is really important and what does not hold any value in my life.

 

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

 

This outfit might mix camo, paisley, fur and bell sleeves as my favourite style features, but my life is going to hold #GOD, #FAMILY and #GENUINEFRIENDS (you know what I’m talking about….); I’m letting go of:

Societal pressure: With the advent of social media (especially with being a #BLOGGER), there is soooo much pressure from society to make every aspect of your life perfect. I don’t want to spend 2017 pretending mine is!

Pressure of tradition: I do things far to often because that’s how I always have or my family always has. Yes, at times this can be good, at other points, it’s time to throw that shawl off and forge your own path.

Gender pressures: Let’s be honest, as #WOMEN we are expected to do it all and handle it all. I don’t need to do twice as much as any man to show I’m just as good, and I won’t.

 

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

 

Kisses to each of you and to 2017! Let’s get this year started right, so we can finish it even stronger.

 

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