- September 17, 2018 -
You’ve seen them on countless instagram stories, so what’s the deal with the sheet mask trend? Who’s skin can benefit? How often do you do it? Which one is worth your money? I’m here to demystify all of your questions about the skincare trend and tell you why my latest acne prone skin hack is using sheet masks for moisture and glow.
Sheetmasking (pretty close to Webster verb status in my opinion) has been a huge Korean beauty trend for years and it’s popularity has fully infiltrated the beauty routines of women all over the world. The ease of use, seemingly instantaneous skin hydration, long term skin benefits, and relatively low cost has made these sheets of wonder, a skincare must.
No matter your skin type, you can immensely benefit from these hydration bombs. The key to successful masking is finding the right one for your skin. Since my skin is oily, sensitive, and acne prone my top sheet mask pick gently hydrates without clogging pores. My pick will hydrate any skin type without negative effects but it’s essential to pay attention to whats happening with you skin day in and day out.
They key to healthy skin is constant check in’s and self assessments, these check in’s will dictate how often you have a #selfcare sheet mask moment. Personally I love to sheet mask once or twice a week depending on how dry my skin feels. When I travel you can always find me sheet masking on every flight, no matter how crazy I look! End of summer/early fall is especially drying on the skin so I amp up to 2-3 times a week!
Since I sheetmask so often I’ve had the chance to test ample brands! I’ve tested over 25 non toxic sheet masks and I’ve found one brand that takes the hydration cake, Whamisa organic. I found my Whamisa masks from Credo beauty, my most trusted source for all things non toxic skincare and beauty. I especially love their Organic flowers hydrogel sheet mask, it quenches my skin like no other without causing breakouts! The high concentration of organic aloe and fermented flower extracts deeply penetrates my skins moisture barrier and leaves my skin looking baby soft.
I hope you love this mask as much as I do! If you can’t find this specific mask or you want to experiment with other brands I just suggest that you look for organic brands free of oils, parabens, and sulfates. Happy sheetmasking loves!
- September 1, 2018 -
I had to title this post “How to get to Ponza” because Nate and I left a part of our hearts on this remote Italian island. In this post I’ll be sharing our travel tips, tricks, and highlights, the most important takeaway being how to get to this magical locals only island!
We started our honeymoon in the eternal city of Rome. This terra cotta wonder excites with every historical twist and turn. It’s beauty and warm inviting culture will have you lingering longer and experiencing la dolce vita with all five senses.
Tip: Visit the Trevi Fountain early. This eighteenth century baroque fountain was hands down the most breathtaking piece of architecture we’ve ever experienced, truly a must see. We arrived at the fountain at about eight AM avoiding the typical hoard of tourists. We had the opportunity to take photos and admire every detail of the masterpiece with very few bystanders.
Trick: Order a spritz, it comes with snacks. Every cafe in Rome has a bar, well equipped to make you the perfect mid-day drink. We learned every drink comes with a bevy of snacks, usually including olives, fresh bread, chips, and sometimes the best bruschetta of your life. Skip a heavy lunch and enjoy your very low cost (about 6 euro) apertivo. Ps don’t forget to ask for olive oil and balsamic to go with your bread.
Highlight: The Traverste, this stunning Roman neighborhood was our favorite place to get lost. Nate and I love to freestyle most of our European days, meals, and sights. We’ve found researching the best neighborhoods in a city and having the freedom to explore is much more rewarding than a mile long itinerary. The Traverste is a historic neighborhood on the west bank of the Tiber river, it’s imperial wealth (Julius Caesar built his villae there) makes for a stunning architectural tour, complete with climbing greenery, perfect for those inspo worthy instagram images. Ps all of the food is fantastic, don’t fret about picking a restaurant in the Traverste.
Now for the title tip, how to get to Ponza. The island of Ponza has been a Roman escape for over two thousand years. Think of an unpretentious Capri, with a locals only feel, and the most stunning views on earth. Weather depending, the trip to Ponza should only take three and a half hours, weather depending. We encountered a five hour weather delay which flew by thanks to an excellent outdoor bar tender in Formia.
1) Take the Trenitalia train from the Rome Termini station to the Formia Gaeta station.
2) Take the Laziomar ferry from Formia to Ponza.
Tips: Book all of your trains and ferries in advance, there are only two ferries to Ponza a day and they may book up. Book first class train tickets for AC and spacious seats, the tickets are only a few euros more. You can easily walk from the train station in Formia to the ferry port, it takes about fifteen minutes. If you get motion sickness, prepare with meds pre ferry. The seas were very rough on our initial ferry, barf bags were handed out like party favors!
Once we reached the sun kissed island of Ponza, the challenges of our weather delay and sea sickness inducing ferry melted away. The pastel buildings, adorable Italian families in their seaside wardrobes, and crispy breeze from the Tyrrhenian sea was an idyllic setting for the second leg of our honeymoon. We fell in love with the kind locals, lack of American tourists, abundance of fresh seafood, and a pace in stark contrast to our Los Angeles lifestyle.
Tip: Make dinner reservations, Ponza is small and the restaurants book up. We loved Ristorante II Porticciolo so much we ate there twice. Make reservations for 8:30 PM and request a harbor view table. Order the fried calamari, octopus salad, fresh fish tar tar, and the whole grilled catch of the day for an impressive table side deboning. Ps you get 0 points if you don’t order a bottle of organic “biological” white wine as an accompaniment.
Trick: Stay at the Chiaia de Luna hotel for the most beautiful views on the island, the best complimentary breakfast on earth, and convenient proximity to all the island action. For the price of a closet on the island of Capri, we enjoyed an ocean view balcony suite at the Chiaia de Luna. The hotel is named after the cliff side beach adjacent to the perched property. With classic Ponzian white walls with pops of pastel, a familial staff, and a refreshing salt water pool, you’d be silly to stay anywhere else on the island. The pièce de résistance of this property is the complementary poolside breakfast. Pasture raised eggs, Italian ham, bacon, caprese salad, espresso, fresh squeezed orange juice, island fruit, and a bevy of traditional Italian pastries are all available at this beyond continental breakfast. HOTEL LINK
Highlight: Charter a small boat at the main harbor for a full exploration of the island by sea. There are multiple companies offering boat rentals ranging from $100-$200 euros for a full day rental. Captaining your own boat is the best way to view the impressive cliffs, stunning beaches, and hilltop ruins. Pack some Italian delicacies from one of the many markets on the island. Ps don’t miss out on packing a heirloom tomato caprese, a ham and cheese sandwich, and the best tuna salad you’ll ever experience.
Uhhh just writing this post makes me want to go back and relive all of these incredible moments. I’m so thankful to have had this incredible experiences to kick start our life as husband and wife. I hope you have the opportunity to utilize these tips, tricks, and highlights for an Italian getaway of your very own.
- August 16, 2018 -
Do you wake up, immediately scroll, drink a giant coffee, and feel completely frazzled? I used to start my day setting myself up for a complete cortisol flood, engaging in unhealthy practices like immediately reaching for a screen and over caffeinating. I highlighted my morning routine on this week’s instastories, many of you loves asked for all of info in a blog post, voila, here it is. In this post I’m going over all of the morning rituals I practice to reduce my cortisol spike, keeping my skin and mind clear.
11:00PM: Bedtime, I charge my phone in the living room to avoid the urge to scroll!
6:00AM: Wake up (usually a few minutes before my living room alarm) This takes practice but the longer you follow a sleep schedule the easier this will become.
6:05AM: Brush teeth and tongue scrape, removing toxins from the body CLICK TO BUY
6:10AM: 1 min face wash face with January Labs Pure and Gentle Cleansing Gel, It’s light wax free formulation is perfect my acne prone skin. CLICK TO BUY
Tone my skin with January labs Daily Brightening Tonic, to balance the PH of my skin, preventing excess oil CLICK TO BUY
Moisturize my skin with January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion, to keep my skin glowy and youthful looking without clogging pores. CLICK TO BUY
Reduce eye puff with January Labs Advanced Eye Cream, to look refreshed and awake. CLICK TO BUY
6:15AM: Lie on the couch, turn on my mediation playlist, set my phone timer for 15-20 minutes and meditate.
6:35AM: Drink 1 L of water, I use a 1 L water bottle to track my 3L a day.
Make my Mushroom Coffee, I drink Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane and Chaga evey morning. This instant superfood coffee has the same amount of caffeine as decaf with skin boosting antioxidants. I made the switch to Mushroom Coffee because my ance and anxierty are directly correlated to the amount of caffeine I consume CLICK TO BUY
7:00AM: Start my day calm cool and collected!
I hope these AM tips help you feel good, clear your skin, and give you the mental clarity to take on the day!
- August 5, 2018 -
Have you ever asked yourself, how do I maintain a healthy routine while traveling? It’s taken me years to develop a glowy feel good travel strategy and I’m spilling the beans with you loves. In this post I’m sharing my feel good tips, tricks, and essential travel products . A little planning and preparation will keep you looking and feeling your best no matter where you’re heading off to this summer. Read on for all the deets
Travel tips and tricks
1) Invest in travel sized versions of your normal products to keep your skin balanced. Leaving your skincare up to chance is never a good idea. Osea makes my favorite mini kits on earth including this Blemish Control and Oil Balancing Starter Set. This set is perfect for oily acne prone skin. CLICK TO BUY
2) Prepare for good plane skin. Start by heading to the airport with no makeup, let your skin breathe! Bring a face wipe and a hydrating sheet mask, use both in order, at the end of your flight for glowy hydrated travel skin. I love the Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths and the Skinesque The Brightening+ Charcoal Mask.
3) Pack your own travel snacks and beverages. Eating convenience crap on flights, in airports, or from the mini bar is the fastest way to get off track. It’s essential to pack travel back ups to maintain an #eattoglow diet. I love to pack skin supporting and travel friendly Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee, Barkuas super nuts, raw almond butter packets, and collagen packets.
4) Keep up with the water + greens. No matter what you’re eating on vacay make sure to keep your intake of water and greens high! Staying hydrated and incorporating fiber rich greens will keep your GI system smooth movin.
5) Walk it out. Get at least three miles of walking in everyday, outdoors or at the hotel gym weather depending. This physical movement will help burn the extra vacay calories, detox the skin, and keep you feeling light as a feather.
Now go out and crush this travel season, you wanderlusting goddess you.