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Skin Care Junkie | Natural Beauty & Hair Products

Welcome back my beauties! This Skin Care Junkie post includes natural, vegan, and/or eco-friendly hair care and beauty products that I think you might enjoy trying.

So, without further ado…

Juice Organics Shampoo & Conditioner:

Juice Organics is a subsidiary of California-based skin care giant Juice Beauty and features a range of hair products featuring organic aloe, coconut, jojoba and argan oils, and without parabens, silicones, or sulfates.

I was excited to try out their repairing shampoo and conditioner. If you’ve been following MCLV for any length of time, you’ll know that I LOVE playing with different hair colors. From redhead to platinum blonde, I’ve tried a number of different hues. I’ve been going au naturel for nearly a year now because my hair is so damaged. The blonde especially really took its toll. So I’ve been living on products like Juice Organics to try to refresh my locks. They don’t have a strong scent, but are thick and creamy. I love how my hair feels after I use them – It’s super soft!

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Serum:

A Vitamin C serum has been on my Must Try list for a while now. Why Vitamin C? It’s an antioxidant which means that it helps neutralize free radicals, the little bad guys that tear down your cells, and helps strengthen your skin. You eat blueberries and other sources of antioxidants to keep your body healthy, and you can topically apply antioxidants to achieve similar results for your skin.

This serum from Maple Holistics is made from Vitamin C, Aloe Leaf, Vitamin E, and Algae extract. I’ve been applying each morning before my moisturizer and sunscreen, and have noticed some evening out of my complexion. I’m quite pale so redness can be pretty visible, and I’ve liked how this serum has reduced that.

 

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Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen:

Collagen is something that your body creates naturally, but the production decreases as you age, and the elasticity of your skin decreases. Consuming and topically applying collagen, similar to Vitamin C, is thought to be an effective way to help combat the aging process.

Algenist is a eco-minded Bay Area skin care company that I discovered a few years ago – I swear by their sunscreen – So I was tickled pink to see this new Genius Liquid Collagen product. It’s a vegan, plant-based collagen product that contains 13,000 beads of microalgae oil per bottle.

I like the smell and the texture, and it feels pretty wonderful on your skin, though it can be sticky for a few minutes while it absorbs. I’ve been putting it on before bed for a few weeks and loving it!

Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel:

Volition Beauty is a very cool new company that has the lofty goal of creating real products for real people. You can even submit ideas since it’s an online collaboration platform. And, bonus, their products are cruelty-free!

The AM/PM eye gel is a collagen-rich product that helps brighten and smooth the under eye area. I love eye creams and trying new products, and even I was impressed by the de-puffing accomplished by this little gel! This one is definitely going on my rotation.

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, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask & Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil.

Do YOU have a favorite natural beauty brand or product?

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Fall Footwear | Boots & Booties

I don’t know about you – But this time of year I start itching to pull out my boots and booties. Over the years I’ve put some time and attention into my collection. While I used to veer towards stilettos and less-than-comfortable brands, I’ve come to realize something very important when it comes to footwear.

Happy feet, Happy Caity.

So here are some of my favorite styles – Including both steals and investment pieces – That you should look at for Fall.

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Ankle Booties:

Whether you like some height or want to keep ’em low, ankle boots never go out of style. So find a pair you love and hang on to them!

Mid-Calf:

I remember my first pair of mid-calf height boots – My mom got them for me for Christmas my junior or senior year of high school. Probably junior year since I remember wearing them while touring college campuses. I remember the feel of the leather and my sadness when I saw how much the heel was wearing down!

The love affair continues…

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{Images from Fall & Winter Fashion Pinterest Board}

Knee-High:

These boots are a must. You can wear this style for everything from work to errands to date night. It’s extremely versatile, and if you play your cards right, comfortable.

Thigh-High:

There was a time when I immediately pictured Julie Roberts a la Pretty Woman when someone said that phrase “Thigh High.” Now these babies are a staple in my wardrobe. Here are my top picks for “OTK” (aka Over the Knee) boots that you can wear all day long.

I’ve GOT to know – What’s YOUR favorite pair?

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MCLV Style: Double-Breasted Sweater Coat

During the most recent heat wave here in San Francisco it was hard to imagine wearing it, but part of me was still day dreaming about this double-breasted sweater coat.

Wait. Am I the only person who dreams about outerwear?

Okay, well let’s not focus on that right now…

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Double-Breasted Merino Wool Sweater Coat – 3.1 Phillip Lim via The Real Real {similar here, here & here}

Faux Leather Leggings – Two by Vince Camuto

Peep-Toe Black & White Wedges – Pierre Hardy via The Real Real

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Double-Breaster Merino Wool Sweater Coat Phillip Lim San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I bought this beauty at the end of last season and haven’t had a chance to wear it yet. Sad face. So, needless to say, I was thrilled to break it out for my first Fall-inspired street style shoot this month. And what better way to celebrate a gorgeous sweater coat than with a twilight rooftop shoot?

{Editorial note: This was my second time shooting out on the roof and I have to say, I absolutely love it. The views are phenomenal and such a wonderful backdrop for a photo shoot.}

I paired my new baby with one of my seasonal Fall staples – My Two by Vince Camuto faux leather leggings. These have been a go-to for years and go with everything from Oxford button-downs to outerwear.

So tell me – What are YOU most excited for this Fall?

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Health Hacks

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Improving your health isn’t about big changes or huge shifts, it’s about making small updates to your daily routine and developing a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

While watching a documentary or reading a new book that excites you enough to want to make changes is wonderful, you can’t fix everything in a day. The more dramatic your changes, the more likely you are to fall off the wagon and go back to your old, unhealthy ways.

So, with that in mind, here are some small, easy, do-able little health hacks that you can work on tackling. Maybe you start with one a week. Then try to incorporate one a day.

Little changes. Big difference.

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  1. Swap out soda, sugary coffee drinks & juice. You want to get your calories from nutrient-dense foods rather than drinks. Sodas, coffee concoctions, and juice are empty calories that spike your insulin levels and can ruin your whole day by making you want salty, fatty foods and actually make you more tired in the long run. Starting out small, try swapping out one of these drinks a week. Water is the best alternative, but you could try a sparkling water with a dash of juice instead. You’ll get some flavor and bubbles, without the sugar rush. For my coffee-lovers, try it black with some almond milk or even bulletproof coffee if you want a kick.
  2. Add some green tea. Instead of one of your cups of coffee or black tea, have a mug of green tea. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, it also has the amino acid L-theanine, anti-inflammatories, and anti-carcinogenic compounds.
  3. Switch to raw nuts. Nuts and seeds are a great nutrient-dense source of healthy fats and have a place in any healthy diet. However, you don’t want to rely on sugary or salty varieties like honey roasted. Try to switch to raw or activated varieties so that you can reap all the benefits. And pay attention to portion size so you don’t over indulge.
  4. Increase water consumption. Water is good for you. Drink lots of it. It’s that simple. 🙂 If you’re having trouble increasing your daily consumption, try adding lemon wedges and mint leaves for a fun infused water. Can’t seem to remember to drink it? Keep a bottle with you at all times or try setting reminders throughout the day.
  5. Move it move it. Improving your diet is always a good thing, but combining that with movement is even better. Start with a weekly walk. Then increase the frequency. Then maybe try out a home bodyweight workouts or join a gym. Slowly work towards daily movement to keep your body healthy.
  6. Add natural anti-inflammatories. Researchers and doctors have gathered increasing data in recent years that appears to link inflammation with Western diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers. You can reduce your body’s levels of inflammation by eating natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, blueberries, green tea, red peppers, beets, broccoli, olive oil, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and others.

And my #1 health hack? Don’t give up!! There will be setbacks. Lots of them. But don’t give up after a “bad” meal or an indulgent vacation. Falling off the wagon isn’t the big risk, it’s never getting back up again.

What’s YOUR favorite health hack? What started YOU on your healthy living journey and helped you hold on to your lifestyle?

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Transition Dressing

Transition dressing and bridging the gap between Summer and Fall can be a challenge. You don’t want to let go of your Summer wardrobe – Or Summer – But things are starting to cool down. For me, this time of year is always about pulling some Fall items out of the back of the closet, holding on to some of my warm weather favorites, and maybe picking up a new piece or two.

Here’s my guide to nailing that Summer-to-Fall transition.

Top Your Maxi:

I for one LIVE in maxi dresses during the Summer. {I have this Lush knit maxi in four colors!} So the thought of pushing them to the back of the closet is disheartening. If you’re like me and aren’t ready to give them up – Try topping your maxi dress with a cropped jean jacket or moto jacket.

A chic little jacket is a quick and easy fix to make your maxi seasonally appropriate. And as the temps start to drop, you can switch out your sandals for pointy toed ankle booties.

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{Image from Fall & Winter Fashion Pinterest Board}

The Tight Stuff:

Have a favorite pair of black shorts or a romper or playsuit that you’ve been living in all Summer? Try adding a pair of tights! If your look is all about floral or prints, you could try an opaque pair of black tights. But if you’re sticking with a black or monochrome look, you could spice it up with some Swiss dot or polka dot tights.

Blouse It:

Whether it’s your favorite mini skirt, perfectly fitted cropped pants, or a sweet little pair of shorts, you don’t have to give them up just yet. Skip the t-shirt or tank top you’ve been sporting with them and pull out your favorite long-sleeved blouse.

What’s YOUR favorite way to transition into Fall?

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