Skin Care Junkie | 5 Minute Makeup Routine

The beauty hack that I’m most proud of聽is that I’ve perfected my morning makeup routine so that it’s only 5 minutes long! I get up before 5am so a long, drawn-out routine isn’t in the cards. Hair gets pulled up into a bun and some basic, but effective, makeup is applied in a few hurried minutes.

Here are my favorite products, all of which I highly recommend and have been using for months or years. They’re all from Sephora as well, it’s my go-to for makeup and skin care {check out this post for more}. I love their website, plus there’s a store across the street from my office. 馃檪

Skin Care Junkie 5 Minute Makeup Routine San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Beauty Blogger

First up, the most important product – Concealer. More specifically – Tarte Amazonia Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer. I use shade light {yes, even in Summer} and it’s a really great consistency. The product is thick and good for coverage, but is well absorbed so that it doesn’t cause lines or fill in your wrinkles. I was a long-term user of the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, but I’ve worked on swapping out my products for those without parabens. There’s no denying that it’s a really great product though, I recommend Laura Mercier as well. And how do I apply my concealer? Either with finger tips or with a baby beauty blender.

One of my favorite “new discoveries” from earlier this year {is it still new if it was five months ago?} is Tarte’s Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette. This is a gorgeous collection of colors – A highlighter, blush, and contour palette all in one. And the bonus is that they’re such pretty, versatile shades, that you can use them on your eyes as well! So this one $23 product takes care of my eyes and contouring my cheeks. Thumbs up!

While I use the Contour Palette on my eyes and my cheeks, I use different brushes – The Classic Double Ended – Shadow & Precision Brush and the Too Faced Kabuki Brush respectively.

My long time eyeliner love is Kat Von Dee Tattoo Liner. I’ve probably tried dozens of black liquid eyeliners and I always go back to Tattoo Liner in Satin Black. Simply put, it’s just the best out there.

My most recent mascara obsession is from Benefit, like my last few, and I’ve been using their Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara since December. Since I starting using Rodan + Fields Lash Boost my eyelashes have gotten really long and a bit unruly, this mascara helps keep them in order and looking their best. Paired with the聽Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler of course!

My eyebrow pencil is another LONG TIME favorite. As I mentioned above, I have used and loved Laura Mercier for years, and her eyebrow pencil is another favorite. In the last ten years my hair has been everything from fire engine red to platinum blond – And throughout I have been loyal to the Laura Mercier Blonde Eyebrow Pencil. It’s neutral but effective, and universally flattering.

Powder – I don’t use pressed powder on a daily basis, but I do keep it around for blotting or touching up midday or after work before an event. My go-to is Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Finishing Powder. It’s lightweight, easy, and has no sulfates or parabens.

Now it’s confession time. Tell me the truth – How long is YOUR daily makeup routine?

Continue ReadingComments { 0 }

MCLV Mange | Morning Detox Shot

While this isn’t exactly a recipe, I do get lots of questions about my morning detox shot. I generally take this shot three mornings a week, alternating with taking my supplements the other two days.

Just to give you some background on the ingredients, here’s some of their benefits:

  • Lemon Juice – Promotes聽digestion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Helps lower blood sugar
  • Ginger – Reduces nausea and inflammation
  • Cayenne – Boosts metabolism
  • Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory agent聽& antioxidant
  • Spirulina – High in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Copper, Magnesium & Potassium

Detox Shot Morning Routine Lemon Juice Apple Cider Vinegar Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food FItness Lifestyle Blogger

{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free // Paleo}

Ingredients:

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar {I’m extremely loyal to Bragg’s}
  • 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger or ginger root
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina

Directions:

  • Mix together
  • Add a bit of warm or cold water to dilute
  • Drink up!

Note: Apple Cider Vinegar is very strong and may take some getting used to. Diluting the solution down will help if you have trouble drinking it.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you鈥檝e missed so far.

Continue ReadingComments { 0 }

What I Eat In a Day | Vegetarian Meals + Supplements

Welcome to a new What I Eat In a Day post! It’s been a while since I walked you through my day so I thought a Summery, vegetarian聽take on a traditional What I Eat In a Day would be fun. I’ll include my workout times as well so you can see how I handful聽pre-and-post workout nutrition, and supplements.

What I Ate Today What I Ate Wednesday Vegetarian Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Supplements San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Roasted broccoli, cauliflower and purple sweet potato with hummus, guacamole, and a veggie burger}

  • 5am – Water {My trick for getting in some water first thing is to keep a water bottle on my bedside table, I drink the whole thing before I leave for work}
  • 5:30am – Lemon water, Irish Breakfast tea, and more water
  • 7am – Morning detox shot {Monday, Wednesday & Friday – recipe coming soon!}
  • 8am – Collagen supplement {Currently using, and loving, Reserveage Collagen Capsules}
  • 9am – Breakfast time! I really enjoyed my Intermittent Fasting earlier this year and have read really interesting and thought-provoking pieces on the benefits of fasting and the longevity associated with cultures that practice fasting, I try to make it a part of my daily routine when I can. My breakfasts can vary, though聽I’ll go through phases where I eat the same thing every day. 馃檪 Right now my go-to breakfast is Udi’s gluten-free bread with 1/4 avocado and Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning plus a smoothie.
  • 9:30am – On Tuesdays and Thursdays I take a Vitamin B and a Calcium supplement. I alternate the detox shot above and the supplements so I’m doing something different from the day before.
  • 11am – Workout: Bodyweight circuit or cardio session
  • 12pm – Lunch: Giant salad beast. I’ve been loading up on tons of water-rich veggies and healthy fats in my salads lately, and occasionally tossing in some marinated Hodo Soy tofu. I vary my topping often though, and like to mix things up so that I ensure I’m getting all of my micronutrients.
  • 2pm – Afternoon snack/pre-workout: Coconut yogurt + peanut butter聽or almond butter + cinnamon. This is my current favorite, I’ve been having this 3-4 times a聽week lately. If I’m out of yogurt or not in the mood, I’ll make a little dish of oatmeal with chia seeds and protein powder. {Note: I use Orgain protein powder in my smoothies and oats, it’s my absolute go-to}
  • 4:30pm – Workout: Training session at The Bay Club, cardio session, or a class
  • 6pm – I’ll usually munch on a No Cow bar while I’m walking home from the gym or while I’m starting dinner.
  • 6:30pm – Dinner! Yes, we eat early. 馃槈 I like my food to be digested before bed anyway, so eating early works well for me. Since I’ve been eating big salads for lunch the last few months, I’ve eaten fewer for dinner. Lately I’ve been craving roasted veggies instead – So a typical meal will be roasted veggies with EVOO + spices with a veggie burger and maybe some saut茅ed zucchini and squash with garlic and shallots. I like to mix up my veggies so one night it could be sweet potatoes, cauliflower the next, and broccoli the day after. And if I’m craving everything, I’ll throw whatever veggies I have prepped into a bowl with quinoa or brown rice – a la nourish bowl.
  • 7:30pm – The newest addition to my daily routine is doing a 10-20 minute yoga flow session before bed. I’ve been having trouble sleeping so it’s a great way to de-stress and relax before climbing into bed. Completely obsessed with the Boho Beautiful YouTube page.

What I Ate Today What I Ate Wednesday Vegetarian Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Supplements San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Carrot + cabbage salad with honey mustard dressing, roasted cauliflower + sweet potatoes, and a veggie burger}

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my daily routine!

Just a quick reminder – Everyone’s nutrition and activity needs are different, so what works for me, may not necessarily work for you. The best approach to building a healthy, sustainable lifestyle is trial and error – Try different routines and foods and see how your body responds. And if you’re coming back from an injury or disordered eating habits, I highly recommend chatting with a doctor before making any big shifts.

Continue ReadingComments { 0 }

Links You’ll Love | Healthy, Happy Summer

Today we’re back with another Links You’ll Love round-up that’ll help you get through the rest of the Summer in good health and style. From the ultimate tanning routine from the ever fabulous Lydia Elise Millen to eco-friendly hacks that can help you do your part to reduce waste, this round-up has everything you need for a healthy, happy Summer.

Fashion & Beauty:

Links You'll Love Summer Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian Beauty Skin Care Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Tanner

Miss Lydia is a guru for many things, but her flawless, glowing skin make you hang on every word she offers on YouTube relating to beauty. Needless to say, I was thrilled when she dedicated a full blog post to her tips for the perfect tan – My Secrets to the Perfect Tan.

I adore Sephora, as you know, so I jumped at this new Refinery 29 piece –聽The Best New Summer Makeup At Sephora.

I love shopping vintage and consignment and using apps like Poshmark – It helps me feel better about loving fashion and shopping, without adding to the unnecessary waste that the fashion industry produces. Elle clearly feels the same way –聽10 Actually Useful Thrifting Tips From Women Who Only Buy Used Clothes.

Lifestyle:

If you’re like me and love some good tips for living a greener, more sustainable lifestyle, you’ll like this post – 7 Reusable Items You Should Always Have Around (Because Recycling Isn’t Enough) from Mind Body Green.

Exhausted and overwhelmed by the constant go-go-go? Maybe it’s time to tune out! Read Why You Should Give Yourself the Space to go off the Grid from The Chalkboard Mag.

Living in California, where weed was legalized this year, means that I’ve had people recommend cannabis based products for everything from anxiety and insomnia to pet stress and pain. Shape Magazine is clearly curious too –聽I Tried 4 CBD Products That Claim to Help Sleep and Here’s What Happened.

Food & Fitness:

Links You'll Love Summer Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian Beauty Skin Care Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Specialists and researchers think that inflammation may be one of the causes of traditional “Western diseases.” Diets high in sugar, processed foods, and junk can cause inflammation and leave you at risk for preventable diseases. But fear not, food is medicine. Check out 5 Ways I Use Food To Fight Inflammation Every Damn Day from Mind Body Green for more!

My favorite thing about Summer is getting outside for my workouts {check out this blog post for more on that!} And with one of my best friends and my cousin tackling the Muir Trail this Summer, my mind is on hiking! Check out Well + Good’s 50 Hikes with the best views in the US that are Definitely Worth Taking.

Not sure if you’re making the best choices while shopping at the grocery store? Check out Women’s Health’s 30 “Healthy” Foods that Nutritionists Never Eat.

Continue ReadingComments { 0 }

Tone It Up’s 7 Day Slimdown

I’ve been following the inspiring ladies of Tone It Up for years. I’ve done their Bikini Series countless times, workout challenges, bought product bundles, and used their nutrition plan. But one of my favorite challenges of theirs is the 7 Day Slimdown. It’s a great, easy, clean program that you can do before an event, photo shoot, or just as a healthy reset. Plus it’s only 7 days long which is much less intimidating than an 8 week challenge!

Tone It up 7 Day Slim Down Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness lifestyle Blogger

You can check out more about the Tone It Up 7 Day Slimdown here. Below are my favorite parts of the program and the things that I’ve seen the most benefit from during the occasions that I’ve done it.

  • Increase water consumption – I’m a thirsty girl and I’m usually pretty good about drinking my H20. That being said, it’s always good to have some encouragement.
  • Limit salt – I am a confessed salt junkie. Their recommendation during this 7 days is to reduce the amount of salt you’re adding to your food to help with water retention and bloating.
  • Daily cardio – A big part of their recommendations is to do some cardio daily. I actually really enjoy this part, it really gets your body nice and tired so you sleep well!
  • Cut starchy carbs – Lots of fruits and veggies, always, but start limiting starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, oats, and cereal to help reduce bloat a few days before an event or photo shoot.
  • Ab-Solutely – Do a 5-10 minute ab burner every day. You can find great ones on the Tone It Up website.

And last, but not least, a spray tan or sunless tanner is a GREAT way to look slim and toned in just minutes!

Tell me – Have YOU tried the 7 day slim down?

Continue ReadingComments { 0 }