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Top Skin Care Picks for a Healthy, Bright Complexion

Sometimes, I am a ridiculous human being.

I find myself wondering what it’d be like if that perfect Snapchat filter could permanently make my face look smooth, golden, and flawless. You know exactly which filter I’m talking about, so don’t deny it.

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This is admittedly one of the most vain, petty thoughts I’ve had recently. Instead I should be thinking:

“What nutritious, and presumably leafy green foods, should I incorporate into my diet to promote healthy skin?”

 “Have I drank enough water today? Put the wine down.” 

“Better thoroughly wash off my makeup before I ‘rest my eyes’ one second longer during this action movie Benny picked.” 

If you read my post last week, you recall me mentioning having developed a skin care regime. Today I wanted to share with you the products I find beneficial in keeping my skin clear and bright.

Over the past year, I’ve worked to fill my beauty cabinet with more natural, organic, or food-grade items where possible. These changes have cut out a lot of parabens, toxic chemicals, and other members of the “dirty dozen” so often seen in beauty products. Interestingly enough, these changes have also brought about the clearest skin I’ve had in my adult life. Breakouts still happen occasionally, but it is a very rare instance that I find a straight up nasty zit on my face (last week is only instance I can recall since last summer).

Before I share my favorite products with you, I want to make an extremely important preface: while I believe these products have had a great impact on my overall skin health, in my opinion, the most important thing you can do for healthy skin is make sure you are eating a balanced diet. Drink water. Drink water. Drink water.

One more time for the people in the back:


Also, it is 2017. You can make any nasty vegetable you hate taste good in a smoothie. I listened to a podcast the other day where this healthcare professional was discussing her recipe for a killer cilantro smoothie.

Cilantro. Smoothie. What a time to be alive.

Eat some green stuff.

Now, without further ado, I bring you:

My Top Picks in Skin Care Products for a Healthy, Bright Complexion:

Top picks for skin care products to promote a healthy bright complexion

1. Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser & Balancing Lavender Toner

Top picks for skin care products promoting health and bright complexion

Benny and I discovered Elemis at the spa on our honeymoon cruise. We both purchased Elemis products, and we are both still using Elemis. The Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser is my daily gentle cleanser. It is creamy, smells amazing, and is not harsh. The Balancing Lavender Toner is one of two toners I use. I normally use it in the mornings to refresh my skin. It is super light and gentle, and it gives a nice dewey quality to the skin.

These Elemis products are pillars in my daily skin care regime.

2. Lush Ocean Salt

Top picks in skin care products promoting healthy and bright complexion

Lush Ocean Salt is my single favorite beauty product of all time. When my aunt and cousins flew in for our wedding, they treated me with a huge gift basket of Lush brand goodies. Since then, Lush has become one of my favorite brands and I feel so confident in the quality of their products. Ocean Salt was truly a game changer for me. It is all natural, made from sea salt and vodka-infused lime, and I use is biweekly to exfoliate my face, and sometimes my back.

3. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream & Intense Hydration Eye Cream

Top picks in skin care products promoting healthy and bright complexion

When I started researching the components of a good skincare regime, I realized that a moisturizer is crucial. Sometimes when dealing with breakouts, or a nice shiny mid-day T-zone, moisturizing seems a bit counter-intuitive, but what I have found is that it is actually quite important and can help contribute to preventing and smoothing wrinkles. You should pick your moisturizer based on your skin type, so I will let you [W]IT GIRLS do your own research there, but these two Burt’s Bees products have been great for my skin, which tends to be oily in the T-zone and dry everywhere else.

The Intense Hydration Night Cream is a thick butter consistency, and I work it into my forehead, my cheeks, and my neck. A little goes a long way. The Intense Hydration Eye Cream has a slightly thinner consistency, and I work it into my eyelids, under the eyes, and temples. I sometimes use it to blend in concealer under my eyes as well.

4. Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

Top picks for skin care products promoting healthy bright complexion

This is the second of the two toners I use. This toner is a little more potent than the Elemis, so I typically use it at night before I use the night cream in order to prevent irritation or dry skin. I really use this in my problem areas: the nose, chin, and forehead. I also apply it to breakouts right away, and I’ve noticed that it acts fast.

There you have my top skin care product picks for promoting a healthy and bright complexion. I typically wash my face with the Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser every night.  Twice a week I will exfoliate with the Lush Ocean Salt at night. After cleansing (and sometimes exfoliating), I will apply the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. Once the toner dries, I moisturize with Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream and Eye Cream. When I wake up, typically my skin is soft and smooth, so I just spritz with the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner before applying makeup.

Shop my skin care regime:

Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser

Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner

Lush Ocean Salt

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream

Mario Badescu Glycol Acid Toner

I hope this helps you in your journey to a healthy, bright complexion, [W]IT GIRLS!


beauty · Fashion · Fashion & Beauty

Conscious Consumerism: My Fair Trade Goodies Haul

Good morning!

It’s Thursday, so at least we all have that going for us! Today I just have to share with you my darling finds at a local fair trade shop.

To give you some context, one of my core beliefs as a human on this awesome planet is that there is a dire need for humanity to strive towards sustainability, which is the idea of living in such a way that leaves our environment viable to future generations. Believe it or not, I actually spent a good bit of time studying this concept for my undergraduate degree in Earth Systems.

As an adult I find the struggle to maintain a comfortable lifestyle while also making conscious choices as a consumer. I have a lot of new goals I plan to share with you all in the near future, and one of them is to make more ethical decisions regarding the materialistic items on which I spend money. There is a really powerful quote I see floating around from time to time that captures the prerogative I am adopting quite well:

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.”

-Anna Lappe

This concept weighted my mind as I set out to do some errands last Saturday. I wanted to stop by Trade Fair Market to browse and see if I found anything gift-worthy. Finding something gift-worthy was not an issue at all–narrowing down all of the darling choices turned out to be the tricky part!

I ended up choosing this gorgeous card made of recycled materials and pressed wild flowers from the Himalayas.

I also purchased a beautiful pair of earrings and a matching bracelet made in south Mexico. To top off the gift portion of my purchase, I chose a sample pack of fair trade chocolates. The coolest things about these is that on the inside of each wrapper is the biography of one of the co-op’s workers!

Conveniently, the shop had some fair trade soaps because I’d recently used the last of my amazing goat milk soap bar. I chose a coconut scented soap that was made in India–it’s amaze-balls!

I hope you’re having an awesome week, friends, and that perhaps this post inspires you to look for opportunities to make ethical, sustainable choices for future gifts.

What kind of vote is your money casting about the kind of world you want to live in?



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Beauty Review: Tarte Double-Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation, Maneater Self-Sharpening Eyeliner, & Foundation Brush


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I recently purchased some new Tarte cosmetics. As promised, here is my review!

If you’ve been on Instagram lately, or to your nearest Ulta or Sephora, chances are you’re starting to see Tarte products. They have beautiful colors and pleasing marketing, but the thing that draws me to Tarte is that their products are great for those working towards responsible consumerism!

You see, Tarte boasts cruelty-free product  sans nasty ingredients such as parabens. This makes me so happy because vegan and cruelty-free products are often not up to par with “the good stuff.” Tarte items definitely have some differences in textures, but once I figure out how to apply the products I buy, I usually end up loving them!

For this review I am covering Tarte Double-Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation, Maneater Self-Sharpening Eyeliner, and Foundation Brush. I use other Tarte cosmetics as well, and I definitely want to do another review soon on some of my go-to items!

This foundation is serious. I’ve always leaned more towards tinted moisturizers because often foundations are so cakey that they suffocate my face. Lately I’ve been craving a little bit more coverage with the same amount of nourishing moisture as a tinted moisturizer. I truly hit the jackpot with the the Double-Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation. It’s powerful though, so I only use a dab for full coverage.

I bit the bullet and purchased the brush that goes with the foundation, and I’m not sorry! It’s super soft and blends the foundation perfectly. The little spatula opposite the brush is great for ensuring I nab the right amount of foundation. I am a big beliver that well done makeup is 75% application tool, 25% product.

I also bought Tarte Maneater Self-Sharpening Eyeliner in this Ulta haul. Real talk, I’ve not used pencil eyeliner since high school. Junior year I traded in my CoverGirl eyeliner for a gel liner and never looked back.

I just got so tired of smudgey product. But I’ve heard it’s come a long way, so I decided to give the Tarte one a try. (I do want to try their clay pot eyeliner badly though!)

Admittedly, I kind of forgot how to use a pencil. It took me a few tries to adjust. Good news: no smudges after a day of wear!

This product is great for my daily wear; however, it is a little dry for a good cat eye in my opinion. I love it for my water line! Probably my favorite thing about this product is the self-sharpener!! Each time you put the lid on, it sharpens the pencil, so you have a perfectly sharp product ready to go each use!

In conclusion, I’d recommend any of these three items! I’m really happy to have them as part of my daily regime nowadays!

Shop my look:

Tarte Double-Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

Tarte Maneater Self-Sharpening Eyeliner

Tarte Foundation Brush & Spatula

What are some of your fave new cosmetics?