changing up your skincare for warm weather

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It's supposed to get up to seventy degrees here in New York today! Has spring finally arrived?! You know I'm crossing my fingers. Yes, its arrival was delayed but warm weather really is right around the corner now and that means it's probably time to make some updates to your beauty routine.

You know I'm a big skincare person, so you'd think I'd be more aware of how important it is to change your skincare routine according to the season. But when I moved to the city in the winter months, I continued using my same old cleanser and moisturizer, which were great products but they weren't at all the right products for a cold, dry climate. Once I switched just those two products, my skin was so happy!

Some quick tips for adjusting your skincare for the warmer month:

- Start by changing either your cleanser or your moisturizer, but not both. This will allow you to make adjustments as needed and save you from wasting your money on two products that don't work well together for your skin. 

- You might want to switch to an acne-fighting cleanser for summer since you'll be sweating a lot more and clogging your pores.

- Switch to a more lightweight daily moisturizer and, as always, make sure it has SPF. 

I've rounded up a few of my older beauty posts to give you some inspiration for making adjustments to your routine. If you need recommendations for products, send me a message or a comment! 

five ways to use bentonite clay in your wellness routine

a healthy summer beauty routine

my spring skin care routine (2017)

my beauty rules

a spring spa day

how to have a lovely bath

round-up: 30 items under $30

I feel like I get a little thrill every time I see a cute item for sale under $30. There's something about that specific number that just feels like you're getting a really good deal. I've rounded up thirty items under $30, so click through and find something new for spring!

my clean skincare swaps pt. 1

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I'm in the process of transitioning all of my skincare and the majority of my makeup to clean beauty brands. I wanted to share a bit of this process with you guys since it's a popular topic. My methodology right now is to continue using the products I have until they run out and then replacing them one-by-one from that point on.

What do I consider clean? Any product that scores a 1-2 (low hazard) on the EWG database is the most desirable to me . The search for clean beauty is made really easy by stores like Credo, who only stock products that use safe, sustainable, and ethically sourced ingredients. It makes shopping for beauty products a no-brainer because you know that everything in the store has been thoroughly vetted. They also offer a clean swap program where you can bring in the products you use and they'll help you match them to comparable products from clean brands. If you're shopping elsewhere, I highly recommend checking the products on the EWG Database.

So far, here are the switches I've made:

Cleanser: Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk
I am absolutely obsessed with this cleanser. Ever since I started using it, my skin has looked and felt clean, glowing, and blemish-free. It is formulated with grape seed oil (similar to Caudalie), neroli, chamomile, and calendula which makes it super gentle and calming for your skin. It's EWG score is 1, the best score you can get.

Moisturizer: January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion
I blind tested two moisturizers from Credo and this is the one that I much preferred. It's a gel texture so a small amount spreads really well across your entire face and chest. It's very, very hydrating and has completely changed my winter skin for the better. The formula includes the very best hydrating ingredients like squalane, shea butter, green tea extract, aloe extract, avocado oil, chamomile, linseed oil, and olive oil.

Makeup Remover Wipes: Acure Clarifying Makeup Wipes
You guys know I love my Sephora coconut wipes (which I may still use from time to time) but these makeup wipes from Acure are great too and don't irritate my skin. Not only do they remove your makeup but these also contain glycolic acid and willow bark extract to help boost cell turnover, decongest pores, and heal sun damage. They contain a small amount of salicylic acid to help prevent breakouts. 

Body Wash: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap
This isn't a new product to me at all. In fact, I've been using Dr. Bronner's pretty consistently for many years but hadn't bought a new bottle recently as I had been craving a body wash with a creamy, lotion texture. Now that I've run out of my Dove body wash, I've switched back to the peppermint Dr. Bronner's. This product really is a gem. It's one of the cleanest products you'll find and can also be used for cleaning your house so it really pulls double duty.

recent beauty buys + trys

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Let me preface this by saying I've tried a lot of products recently. With the changing temperatures and being in a new city, I've had to revamp my routine a little bit and now I'm planning a transition to all clean products. I'll post more about that when I'm further into the process! Here's what I've tried out lately:

SKIN

Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion
Totally the opposite of the whole natural beauty thing, right? This toner is iconic for its benefits and its smell (some people say 'burning trash', I say 'chloraseptic' and I actually don't mind the smell). This product does a couple of different things including exfoliating, hydrating, and balancing the skin's pH. I'm slowly incorporating it into my regular weekly skincare routine and can definitely say that it makes my skin look healthier.

Biologique Recherche Serum Complexe Iribiol
This serum meant to target the T-zone specifically and reduce pores while healing acne scarring or breakouts. The formula contains zinc and iris extract. You can use this for a facial massage after your toner or the P50 Lotion.

Biologique Recherche Serum Fluide VIP O2
This is a great serum for underneath the eyes, especially when you look tired. The formula is oxygenating and anti-pollution with lactic acid and silk extracts. Just press it into the skin around your eyes for a fresh glow.

Juice Beauty Cleanser
For some reason, it took me awhile to be convinced to buy this cleanser but I'm so glad I did. It feels like a lotion, so it's super hydrating on dry, winter skin. Plus, the formula is clean so it is not at all irritating on the skin. Love, love, love this cleanser!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I got an enormous jar of this on sale at Sephora during Black Friday and have been using it ever since. I've liked it enough, although I don't particularly care for the smell. I'd recommend this more as a body cream than for face and it'll be switched out for something clean when I run out.

Mario Badescu Green Tea Facial Mist
I'm a dedicated fan of the Mario Badescu rose water spray but wanted to try something new so I picked up a mini bottle of the green tea mist and really like it! It serves the same purpose as the rose mist but just gives a little something different. 

Acure Clarifying Towelettes
This was one of my new forays into the clean swap. I'm obsessed with Sephora's coconut makeup removing wipes and headed to Credo to try to pick up Acure's brightening coconut wipes. They didn't have that particular product, but they did have these clarifiying wipes from the same brand (which I love). They contain zinc licorice root and a bit of salicylic acid to help exfoliate the skin as well as argan oil for moisturizing. It's hard for me to find makeup wipes that don't irritate my face, so these are great!

BODY

Lush 'Comforter' Body Wash
You all know I'm a big fan of the Lush Sleepy lotion and this 'Comforter' body wash is a great companion product. It smells so good, like black currant and vanilla plus it puts you in a calm mood which is only enhanced by later using the Sleepy lotion.

Lush 'Ro's Argan' Lotion
Another Lush product I tried was the Ro's Argan lotion. Since I'm trying to save Sleepy for nighttime, I've been using the argan lotion during the day. It's a blend of argan oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter but smells like roses and vanilla. 

HAIR

Moroccanoil Shampoo & Conditioner
My hair has really been uncooperative lately so I picked up a Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner duo to try to help the situation. I'm still getting really bad cowlicks, but my hair is noticeably softer and easier to work with!

Moroccanoil Treatment
I love the shampoo and conditioner but I love the Moroccanoil Treatment even more. It's a thin oil you apply to your hair when wet and it helps it to dry faster but also leaves your hair super soft and silky. 

Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Hair Spray
I love all things Drybar, so it's no surprise I'm a fan of the Texas Tea volumizing spray. You just spritz this on your roots when your hair is damp and it helps to give your hair volume as it air dries or under the blow dryer. Plus, it smells really good.

MAKEUP

Maybelline Dream BB Fresh (110 Light/Medium)
I'm almost out of my It Cosmetics CC cream and I wanted to get something a little less expensive to hold me over so I tried this drugstore BB cream from Maybelline. I'm going to be honest, I won't buy this again. I don't usually like much coverage, but I felt like this gave no coverage at all and totally melted off the skin after no time at all.

OTHER

Cocofloss
I'd been wanting to try Cocofloss for the longest time but couldn't justify paying for shipping on a container of floss, so I ended up finding it at Credo. I got the coconut flavor, of course, but it also comes in delicious mint, strawberries, cara cara orange, and peppermint. This really does make me want to floss more, which is ridiculous but at least it works!

the drugstore beauty guide

Happy Wednesday! You guys know I'm all about high-end and natural/organic skincare, but I actually have found quite a few drugstore products that I love over the years. Especially recently, drugstore brands have really been stepping it up.

In fact, a few years ago I worked on the beauty team for the grocery channel (very similar product mix compared to drugstores) for a large consumer packaged goods company and had the chance to see what goes into the development of these kinds of products. They really do take inspiration from the higher end brands on the market. 

Here are a few of my favorite products you can pick up at the drugstore, grocery, or other super accessible places like Target.

BODY:
Dove 'Purely Pampering' Body Wash - Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals
This body wash smells so good and comes in a huge bottle that lasts forever. The scent I use is Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals but there are a few other options as well. As with all Dove products, this is dermatologist tested, gentle on the skin, and has shea butter to soften your skin.

Weleda Skin Food
I've heard someone compare this lotion to La Mer and, while the texture is different, I can see the similarities. I don't love this as a face moisturizer but for body, it's amazing. My legs get super dry, especially in the winter, and this has been the only product that really gets my skin moisturized. In fact, it's so good that I've used it on a burn before. 

SKIN:
Embryolisse Moisturizer
So, this is a little harder to find in your average drugstore but you can sometimes find it at Target or a Walgreens in the city. It's a French girl staple and such a good moisturizer. I will say it's not super "special", it's more of a basic moisturizer along the lines of CeraVe but it's great for what it is and highly recommended if you don't need a treated moisturizer but just something simple and easy. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid
La Roche-Posay makes all of my favorite sunscreens. It can be hard to find a good face sunscreen that doesn't feel too oily or smell like the beach, but this is a great option. It sets into your skin nicely and is 100% mineral with SPF 50. 

MAKEUP:
Nyx Concealer in a Jar
A makeup artist mentioned that this Nyx concealer is similar to the Glossier Stretch Concealer so I decided to try it out and it's great! You can use a concealer brush or just apply it with your ring finger to cover blemishes, dark circles, or to touch up red spots.
 

HAIR:
OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo + Conditioner
My typical hair M.O. is to rotate between a higher-end product from brands like Moroccanoil, Aveda, and Christophe Robin and a simple drugstore shampoo/conditioner set like this one from OGX. I love OGX because while it is a drugstore brand, it's still sulfate and paraben free. There are a ton of different variations, including an argan oil set that's a cheaper version of Moroccanoil (nothing compares to the real thing but it's still good). My favorite is the Coconut Milk (sensing a trend) because of the scent and the fact that it makes my hair smooth but not weighed down. 

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Mask
I tried a sample of this awhile back and was actually shocked by how good it was. It's a pre-shampoo mask that you apply to your hair in the shower, let it sit for five minutes, then rinse out before going on with your usual cleansing and conditioning routine. This made my hair feel so soft and look amazing. Highly recommend! 

SPA:
Miss Spa Bubble Mask
I'm obsessed with this mask, guys. It's the kind of sheet mask that oxidizes and bubbles up all over your face. If you have oily skin or want your skin to feel super clean, try this out. 

Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath
I'm a big fan of all Dr. Teal's products, really. The bath salts are great and this foaming bath feels so healthy and luxurious. There are several different scents like lavender for a relaxing bath, ginger and clay for detox, chamomile for tired muscles, and pink Himalayan salt for replenishing minerals. 

NAILS:
CND Solar Speed Spray Polish Dryer
I mentioned this before on the blog because this product is a total game changer. If you're anything like me, you mess up your nails almost immediately after painting them. When I got a manicure at Red Door last month, they used this spray at the end and it literally had my nails dry and touchable in under thirty seconds.

Essie Nail Polish
I love OPI too but Essie has quickly become my favorite nail brand. My go-to is Ballet Slippers but I also love Blue-La-La, Color Binge, and Cabana Boy. All of their products apply easily, last long, and come with a great quality brush.