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Clarins Body Fit | Upgrade Your Self Care Routine

Creating luxurious little rituals in your daily life is a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy the moment. From savoring a cup of tea without the distraction of your phone to going for a hike to enjoy a beautiful view – You’re giving yourself a little love and boosting your mood.

When I heard about Clarins’s new Body Fit campaign, I was quite interested. While I love feeding my skin through healthy nutrition and fitness, I’m also a devoted fan of trying new skin care products. And this new product, from French luxury beauty house Clarins, is intended to add a step to your fitness routine and produce firmer, smoother, lifted skin.

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Color me intrigued!

And when I saw the skin care application video I knew I had to try it. They may call it an anti-cellulite self massage, but I call it self-love!

Spending a few minutes applying a luxurious cream, relaxing, breathing deeply, and focusing on yourself is just what a girl in this crazy, hectic world needs. It’s also the perfect addition to the nighttime routine I’ve been working on this year. My goal is to spend some time on myself every night – A bath, meditation, and journaling.

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Clarins Body Fit is the ideal addition to my routine – So I decided to take the challenge!

Have YOU tried Body Fit? Would you?

Note: While this post is sponsored by Clarins my opinions, of which I have many, are all my own.

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Skin Care for Beginners | Drugstore Products

I wish that I religiously used sunscreen growing up.

I wish that I understood the value of eye cream in my twenties.

I wish that I had been interested in maintaining my skin’s health.

But, in reality, my skin care routine was minimal to nonexistent for most of my twenties. It didn’t interest me, nor did I have the time or money to focus on things of those nature.

It wasn’t until I turned thirty that I started to appreciate what a quality skin care routine could mean for the face that I present to the world. Incidentally, that’s about the time that I started to enjoy yoga as well. Maybe there’s something about putting yourself first and enjoying the luxury of “me time” that you learn to appreciate around that age…?

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{Alba Hawaiian Facial Mask // St. Ives Scrub // L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream // RoC Multi Correction Cream}

And you don’t have to spend a fortune at a department store or a specialty beauty shop. You can what you need to get started on a better skin care routine at your local drugstore!

Do YOU have a favorite drugstore find that I’ve missed?

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February Favorites

Welcome to my February Favorites round-up! After sharing some products, snacks, and accessories I was loving at the beginning of the year in my January Favorites post, I’m back to share a few more Must Haves!

SweetGreen – I knew that I was going to love SweetGreen after hearing raves from my New York friends, but was still blown away when it finally came to San Francisco. My favorite bowl? Right now I’m loving the Spicy Sabzi.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pore – I loooovvveee this mask. I’ve used this in the past and really enjoyed it, but I also like trying new products so I’ve gotten away from using it regularly. I just reordered it from Sephora and I’ve already fallen back in love.

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{Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pore}

Sweet Potatoes – I’ve always loved sweet potatoes, but have rediscovered their amazingness lately. From orange to purple – I’ve been adding them to everything!

Barre – From Avant-Barre to Dailey Method, I’ve been loving getting my booty kicked at barre classes lately. I love the low impact side of these workouts, but they still KILL you!

Trade Joe’s Ginger Pear White Tea – I’ve been taking a break from caffeine and love this mellow blend. It smells delicious too which is always a bonus.

What was on YOUR hit list for February? Any reoccurring favorites?

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Questions with Caity – Partie Tres

Welcome back to the third installation of Questions with Caity!

This post is all about favorites! From activities to entertainment, here are some of my all time favorites.

What is your favorite weekend activity?

Hiking and cooking. Getting outside and having quality time in the kitchen are the two highlights of a relaxing, productive weekend for me.

Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes! A few, but one of my absolute favorites is actually a poem by Henry David Thoreau:

I went into woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

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What’s your favorite movie? TV show?

My favorite movie, since I was a kid, is Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Boondock Saints and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels round out the top three. 🙂

Friends is one of those shows that you can always pick up which is fun, I especially love watching that one during spin class!

What’s your favorite book? Do you have a favorite author?

I grew up rereading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas almost every year, and it’s still one that I love.

I’d say that my favorite authors are also ones from my childhood. My father read my brother and I fantasy books so I have a healthy appreciation of J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, Patricia Wrede, Sherwood Smith, and Diana Wynn Jones.

Favorite color?

Green is my favorite color, but I wear black most of the time.

Don’t miss out on the first two installments of this series – Questions with Caity and Questions with Caity: Partie Deux.

And if  YOU have a question – Just send it over via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram comment, or email at moicontrelavie@gmail.com.

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Therapeutic Massage & Recovery

A massage can be relaxing. It can be luxurious. It can be indulgent.

And while I like to show myself some love with body treatments, these days I’ve been turning to massage for restorative purposes. Massage is a wonderful way to promote recovery – It loosens your muscles, increases blood flow, and when integrated properly, it can reduce soreness so that you can put in more time training.

When I’m training for a race – Like the Kaiser Half Marathon earlier this month – Massage becomes an important part of my training regime.

I’m excited to be partnering up with massage therapist Deidre Corda to chat about how massage can be used to improve recovery.

MCLV: Can you tell everyone a bit about your company, what you offer, and your specialties?

Deidre: The short answer is: I offer in-home massages that are 100% personalized. Because every session is personalized and includes a variety of techniques, I only charge based on the length of the session, not based on which techniques I use. Charging more for a deep tissue or sports massage versus a Swedish is ridiculous!

Right now my client base is pretty equally divided among athletes, frequent travelers and moms! It’s a pretty diverse group which keeps it interesting. The travelers are particularly interesting to me at the moment. I’ve been studying up on the best ways to regain and maintain balance despite the negative effects that travel has on the body (muscle fatigue, sickness, anxiety, digestive issues, etc).

A good example of a session with me (here comes the long answer!) is my “traveler’s massage. It varies from client to client, day-to-day, but usually it consists of deep tissue and stretching to combat muscle fatigue from things like extra walking, weird beds or cramped travel situations. Lymphatic drainage massage is used to stimulate the lymph to ensure the immune system has a properly flowing waste removal system. The drainage also works wonders for sinus pressure! I balance all of that out with Swedish massage and restorative energy work to make sure my clients can sink deeply into relaxation and calm any anxieties they might have. That’s all in one session by the way!

MCLV: I’ve always appreciated the restorative effects of massage – Can you walk us through how massage can be used as a tool to aid in muscle recovery?

Deidre: Sure! But let’s get something out-of-the-way first, our bodies have every intention of healing themselves and correcting imbalances, but sometimes they need a little reminding.

The most important task of a massage therapist is to get the client to fully relax and surrender. This relaxation state is known as the parasympathetic nervous system which is the opposite of what we have turned on for 90% of our waking hours (“fight or flight”). All you need to do is breath and focus on letting go.

Once the client has dropped into the parasympathetic, we can literally feel the muscles melting as we sink deeper to find adhesions, tension, scar tissue, muscles that are firing even when they aren’t being used, etc. We use different techniques to release and bring attention to these areas of discomfort. It’s really all about awareness and being present with your body in order to heal.

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MCLV: How often would you recommend getting massages during an intense training program? How often for someone who works out regularly but isn’t necessarily pushing their body to the limits regularly?

Deidre: Our bodies need consistency in order to integrate massage and not bounce back to their previous state in a day or 2. This is why frequency with massage is so important. It doesn’t really matter how intense your workouts are, if you aren’t getting massage regularly, you will need to start with at least bi-weekly or weekly sessions until you start to feel that the effects of the massage don’t just disappear after a few days.

Once your body is integrating the bodywork, you can alter your schedule based on your work out routine. If it is an intense program, you will benefit from keeping up with at least 2 massages per month. Otherwise, monthly would be the minimum.

One note on working out and deep tissue massage: do not request deep tissue when you are sore (I mean really sore, not just a little muscle fatigue). A lot of clients think they need deep tissue massages right after an intense workout, but because of the micro-tears in their muscles from the work out, deep tissue massage will have a negative effect. It will only cause more harm to the muscle fibers and potentially increase inflammation and prolong the soreness.

MCLV: In your experience, what’s the best way to integrate massage into a healthy life? Would you recommend anything before or after to improve the results? (water, stretching, food etc)

Deidre: Integration is the key! Like I said previously, frequency is the first step. Getting a massage once in a blue moon expecting it to “fix” your discomfort is like eating a salad once and thinking you’re going to suddenly have your dream body. That’s not how bodies work.

Water is always the #1 recommendation after a massage. Not because it flushes out toxins or lactic acid, those claims are unfounded, but simply because your body and your muscles need water in order to function. If they can’t function, they definitely won’t be able to heal.

Another key is taking time to relax before and after your massage. This is one of the main reasons I offer in-home massages! You are already relaxed in your own home and after the session you don’t have to switch over to high alert mode to battle traffic or take public transportation. Unfortunately, this sudden change can sometimes undo the work on the table.

As for stretching, that depends largely on what issues you have and what your body is up to. I always talk to my clients about home care and ways to prolong the benefits of each session. That might be stretching, heat, ice, movement, more/less frequent sessions, shorter sessions, longer sessions etc.

I really loved hearing her answers – Especially about frequency and developing a routine. I’m also thrilled to share that Deidre has a referral program! If you refer a friend, you both get $25 off a massage! You can reach out to her at massage@deidrecorda.com.

What do YOU think – Would you turn to a massage therapist to help with recovery?

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