Friday, March 24, 2017

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products

Let's be real, we're not getting any younger. If you haven't already it's time to dial in your beauty regimen. Recently, I've been evaluating the beauty products I use and replacing not so good products with better options. I care about what I eat so why wouldn't I can about the products I'm putting on my body.

Yeah, you're probably thinking the all natural products don't work, but guess what they do! You just have to find the right products for you. I'm barely scratching the surface today, but don't expect it to stop here. My goal is to continue to share cleaner beauty products I love as I find them.

Here's my challenge to you. Over the next month try to replace 3 to 5 beauty products with better options. Are you up to the challenge?

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products Whole Foods Market


evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm c/o
All eye cream should come in stick/balm form. I seriously was hooked from the first try. It smells so good and glides right on. Knowing it's all natural just in case I get a little in my eye gives me peace of mind. I never thought I really needed eye cream until I had a kid and started a business.... yeah you know what I'm talking about. And no I don't use concealer. Actually I barely wear makeup!

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating moisturizer
This moisturizer is meant for oily skin, but I love it because it's super hydrating without being oily. It pulls double duty acting as a day and night cream! Yes, please. Less is more.

BeautyCounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask (aka Charcoal Mask) 
My sister swears by their products and my mom hooked me up with the charcoal cleansing bar and mask and now I'm hooked. After a few weeks of regular use I've noticed my skin not only feels smoother, but looks more even-toned. I can't wait to see the results after a few months.

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products Beauty Counter

Whole Foods Dry Skin Hand Cream Peony, Mint & Blackberry c/o
I have really dry hands. It's probably from washing them a hundred times a day, living in Tahoe or from the chalk at the gym. Either way my hands need a little extra love. The hand cream not only works amazingly without leaving you feeling greasy, but it smells so good!

cocokind Lip Balm
The only lip balm you'll ever want to buy again! It's made with virgin coconut oil....need I say more. Honestly, I don't even know how I stumbled across this brand but it's amazing. Luckily when I run out I can pick up more at Whole Foods Market. cocokind offers a number of "clean" beauty products, but I'm really looking forward to picking up a MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick.

Looking to make the switch to natural products, but not sure where or how to start? Don't be afraid to test multiple products you never know what you'll like or what will work for your skin type. Even better take advantage of Whole Foods Market's beauty week promo.

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Products Whole Foods Market

Starting today, Whole Foods Market is offering a limited edition “clean” beauty bag full of hand-selected items for spring. For beauty aficionados and newbies alike, the bag is a perfect way to try products from up-and-coming brands like evanhealy or tried-and-true favorites from Dr. Hauschka and Mineral Fusion. At nearly a $100 value, this bag is a total steal at $18 -- not to mention the handcrafted bag is gorgeous!

Plus, during the Third Annual Beauty Week at Whole Foods Market, March 22 -28, all cosmetics and facial care are 25% off! (Pro tip: if you’re a fan of Trilogy products, they are an EXTRA 25% off during this time, too!)

Do you know what ingredients are in your beauty products? Are you ready to spring clean your beauty regimen?

Whole Foods Market provided yours truly with a complimentary clean beauty bag. All opinions are my own. Products included in the clean beauty bag are marked c/o.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Must Have Pool Floaties

Although it's currently totally raining/snowing in Tahoe I'm talking about all things sunshine -- again! You guys loved 10 Swimsuits to get you pumped for Summer so let's talk about the pool floaty! Unless you've been living under a rock there are some pretty amazing options when it comes to flotation devices.

My sister's wedding was in Maui last year and she included a pool floaty in our welcome bag. Since we were in Hawaii we had pineapple and sandal floaties. We were definitely the talk of the pool deck at the Andaz Maui!

We still have our pineapple floaty and I might just have to bust it out this summer. I can totally picture floating in a pineapple in Lake Tahoe right now!

Spice up summer with a killer floaty! If you could only pick one what would it be?

Go ahead, shop for a floaty (or two):

Monday, March 20, 2017

In the Open: Thoughts on 17.4

Happy Monday!

It's another CrossFit open recap. YAY! Sadly I don't have any pictures from Friday. Which is probably a good thing because the WOD left me in tears. Tears because I was in pain and tears because I've put so much work in over the last few months and let's just say my performance was sub par and painful to watch -- so I heard.

Tank | Sports Bra | Leggings | Lifters | Water Bottle

13 Minute AMRAP
55 Deadlifts at 155 pounds
55 Wallballs (14lbs) to the 9ft mark
55 Cal Row
55 Handstand Push-ups

Initial Thoughts
Since Brooke Wells was set to be at the announcement I knew there would be deadlifts. I didn't particularly like this workout last year and knew it was going to be an ugly fight for me. Here's the thing, no one in there right mind should EVER deadlift 155 pounds 55 times.

It was ugly. I RX'd the workout and went into it thinking I just have to get through the deadlifts. I was busting out 2s and 3s and switched to singles around 35. Then I hit rep 45 and it all went down hill from there. The right side of my lower back went into full blown spasm. I pushed through the last 10. Before I started the wall balls I took a minute to try and pull my shit together. I haven't trained this hard for nothing. But oh the sheer pain when I picked up the ball... I still managed to pull off 47 wall balls. Yes, against better judgement there will be a redo today. I'm calling it my redemption WOD.

I'm just happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Like last week 17.4 showed me another weakness. 2017 might be all about strength training.

What did you think about 17.4? Have any tips for me?