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Skin Care Junkie | Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil

Hello all my skin care junkies!

This month’s best skin care products were, without a doubt, the Skinny & Co.’s Vanilla Sugar Scrub and Calming Facial Oil. These were AMAZING. I loved absolutely everything about them from the coconut oil-based ingredients to the smell to the impact they had on my skin.

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Application – For this duo, first you use the scrub as a full-body exfoliator and then you apply the facial oil as a moisturizer. Both go on easily and you can actually use the calming facial oil as a make-up remover, cleanser, and a moisturizer. Three-in-one!

Immediate Results – The first thing that you’re going to notice is the smell. The sugar scrub smells AMAZING. Like a yummy coconut dessert. You’re left feeling soft and supple after a few minutes of luxurious exfoliating. Your skin will also feel pleasantly moisturized because of the oil.

I was a little nervous about the facial oil. I’ve been trying more oils this year, but I always wonder before trying a new one if this will be the one that breaks me out. Luckily I’ve had nothing but wonderful results from this. The scent is extremely calming, sort of like how you smell after a wonderful massage, and it goes on really easily. I was surprised by how quickly it absorbs as well, your skin just feels soft after a few minutes, not oily at all.

Thoughts – While I loved the smell and the results, I think I might actually love the ingredient list for these two goodies even more… Crazy right? These two products take raw beauty to a whole new level. The scrub is made up of coconut oil, vanilla bean, and coconut sugar, while the facial oil contains coconut oil and therapeutic-grade essential oils: lavender, Roman Chamomile & Holy Basil. Isn’t that amazing?

And bonus – You can actually EAT the scrub. It’s 100% edible. And trust me, with the amazing smell, you’re going to want to!

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, and Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask.

Have YOU ever used raw coconut oil in your beauty routine?

Note: This blog post was sponsored by Musely, however my opinions are my own.

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#GoFitYourself | Finding Balance

Some days finding balance in my life seems like an impossible pipe dream, while other days I feel like I’m nailing it. And honestly, I think that’s fine. Part of finding balance is about accepting that sometimes it’ll fall by the wayside, but rather than panicking or overcorrecting, you just start fresh the next day.

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Here are some basic tips and suggestions that can be applied to work towards a more balanced lifestyle:

  1. Make Lists – I don’t always follow my lists, and I don’t always remember to check things off, but the simple act of writing one helps me focus. So, each morning when I get through my inbox, I spend a few minutes thinking about what I need to get through that day and include any reminders to myself, and it helps me feel prepared and ready to tackle the day. My daily lists can include everything from what I’m making for dinner to my workouts to errands that need to be run.
  2. Schedule Downtime – Part of my day – Every day – Is set aside for ME. I know that you’re busy, you’re being pulled in a million directions, that you’re overwhelmed and overstressed. And because of all of that, it can seem impossible to make time for yourself. But it’s actually the opposite. If you do set aside time for yourself, you’ll be better equipped to tackle everything that the day throws at you. While I definitely consider my workouts “me time,” I also have a set nighttime routine that helps me wind down and prepare for bed. I get my things ready for the next day, do an Epsom salt bath, followed by my nighttime skin care routine, and a few minutes of meditation. Some days I only manage the bath, others I enjoy all the steps. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about trying!
  3. Exercise – Working out does so many amazing things for your body and mind, I can’t recommend it highly enough. From de-stressing to improving health to clearing your mind to giving yourself an endorphin hit – Exercise is clearly great for you. And another thing about working out? Anything is better than nothing. It doesn’t matter if you go for a 30 minute walk or take a 60 minute class or spend 10 minutes doing a bodyweight workout. You will benefit from all of them.
  4. Turn It Off – Between work and social media – It can seem like we have to be “on” 24/7. But you know what, you don’t have to be. Turn off your phone for part of the day – Just relax and give yourself a break. I promise, the world won’t end. I tend to take the evenings off – I may snap a shot of dinner, but for the most part, I’m away from my phone and enjoying my evenings fully.

This is the second post in my Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series to get ready for the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in October {check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco}. If you want to join me in October to celebrate fitness, I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join! Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

How do YOU aim for balance in your day-to-day life? Any tips for me?

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Wanderlust: Summer Vacation Mode

I don’t know about you, but I start getting an itch to take a vacation when it’s been a few months. Especially this time of year. Summer has become one of my favorite times to travel – Whether it’s a long weekend away or a full-on international adventure.

I love everything about traveling. Packing your bags, getting a carry-on ready for an adventure, planning out a trip… I even love luggage and train stations and airports.

Visiting new places, making new memories, exploring new cultures, eating new foods, and meeting new people… What’s not to love?

So far, I’ve traveled to cities and countries in South East Asia, Western Europe, and both Central and South America. I tried to count them and I think I’ve tackled 12-13 countries to date.

Definitely time to try a new one. 🙂

To get you in the mood, here are some amazing shots of beautiful locations, ninja packing skills, and all sorts of stunning wanderlust inducing images to fuel your Friday day dreams!

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Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

Needless to say, it’s time for me to plan my next vacation!

Where are YOU going on your next adventure?

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MCLV Travel Diary | Summer Packing List

I’ve talked about travel and my packing tips in the past, so in honor of the start of Summer, I thought I’d tackle a warm weather packing list for your trips this season.

When it comes to packing – I am a minimalist. I want to have everything that I need, obviously, but nothing more. I never check my bag and will plan my outfits ahead of time.

Below is my packing list for a five day Summer trip. I’ll be driving rather than flying, which always gives you a touch more flexibility in terms of packing. 🙂 The weather will be in the high 80’s so take that into consideration if you’re personalizing my list for your needs! https:


In general, I’ll keep things basic when it comes to beauty products. If I’m flying, I’ll check my ziplock to ensure that I have all of my essentials and see if I have any great new samples to add. When I’m taking a road trip, I’ll take my full-sized daily rotation.

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What’s on YOUR Summer packing list?

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My Daily Makeup Routine

I’ve been all about the skin care life lately, but thought it was about time to do a refresher on my current daily makeup routine.

I’ll preface this blog post by reinforcing that I greatly appreciate a quick morning routine. When I get up it’s early and it’s dark out, and I have a 25 minute walk ahead of me. Needless to say – I keep it quick.

That being said, my routine has changed a bit in the last year as I’ve been playing with new products and trying new tricks. So here’s the updated daily routine.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer in Fair Light – Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this when I first ordered it. I’d been using Laura Mercier for a while and didn’t give the Tarte concealer a fair shake until my trusty LM ran out. Fast forward – Now that I’ve just bought my second tube, I can confirm that it has beautiful coverage and great staying power throughout the day. I’m officially converted.

Laura Mercia Eye Brow Pencil in Blonde – I have used this brow pencil for years and it never fails. I always keep one in my bag!

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Light – Benefit is known for their eyebrow products and this brow gel is a MUST. Super easy to use for a quick, high-impact look.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Powder Compact in Light – I don’t use face make-up which means I can get a little shiny by the end of the day, so I like to keep a compact on hand to powder off my forehead on occasion. 🙂

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Liquid Eyeliner in Black- This is my latest adventure in liquid eyeliners. I always go back to Kat Von Dee’s Tattoo Liner, but I like to try other brands in between.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black – Since I stopped getting my lashes tinted/curled, I’ve rediscovered my love of mascara. Really enjoying this Estee Lauder one, though my top two are Benefit’s BADgal and, of course, Maybelline Great Lash. Always and forever!

Benefit Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – If you’re new to the art of highlighting products, like I am, this is a great product. Easy to use and subtle – No mistakes!

NARS Blush in Orgasm – The perfect shade of blush. Super flattering and works for most skin tones. Love this!

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer – I’ve used this bronzer off and on for years and it’s still a killer product. The perfect way to add a little color or do some basic contouring.

Beauty Blender Micro Mini – I adore beauty blenders and keep a mini version in my daily makeup bag for under eye concealer.

Too Faced Kabuki Brush – This is the perfect retractable brush to carry with you for a quick blush, bronzer, or contouring update.

Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler – This is a great basic eyelash curler that I picked up at Sephora.

What products do YOU love? How does your daily makeup routine compare to mine?

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