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Skin Care Junkie | FRÉ Skin Care

Sometimes all it takes is reading the mission statement on a company’s website and you just know you’ll be a fan for life. That’s the story with me and FRÉ skin care. Their website tells the story of the founders having an “ah ha” moment on the beach and realizing that there was a real need for a specialized skin care brand for athletic women.

FRÉ has emerged out of admiration for active women, through a willingness to promote authentic beauty in motion, a drive to refresh the skincare industry and express positive social values all over the world, and the clear and obvious need for a line of facial skincare products that will take sweat and exercise-induced damages into account. After all, no woman wants her face to suffer for the sake of her body.

I mean… Can I get a hallelujah?

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They are right, there is a SERIOUS need for these kind of products on the market. I adjust my hair washing and products based on sweaty workouts, why wouldn’t I make changes for my skin?

123FRÉ Set is a skin care routine with three different steps that’s formulated to counteract the damage that working out and sweating can wreak on your skin. And bonus? They’re all 100% vegan and cruelty-free. So, without further ado, here are the three products in the set and what I thought of them!

Protect Me – I love morning runs, but I’ve struggled deciding what’s best for my skin before a run. There’s no point in doing a moisturizing and serum and eye cream regime because it’ll be melting down my face in two blocks, but I also don’t want to step outside without sunscreen on. So what’s a girl to do? Enter FRÉ’s Protect Me, a 30 SPF moisturizer that’s water-resistant and won’t clog up your skin, and is light enough that it absorbs quickly when you need to get out the door.

Purify Me – One of my current obsessions is cleansers. I feel like I’ve regained a lot of my natural skin health since I’ve started being ultra diligent about keeping my skin clean. Needless to say, I was most excited to try Purify Me which is a hydrating cleanser that also helps rebalance your skin’s pH levels after a workout.

Revive Me – I’m a total serum junkie and this one did not disappoint. Like the other two products, the primary ingredients are their proprietary blend of Argan oil, Argan leaf water extract, and Argan stem cells.

What’s YOUR post-workout skin routine?

Use the Code CAITY for 25% off at checkout to buy your first FRÉ set valid only for the next 48 hours.

Note: This post was sponsored by FRÉ skin care, however all opinions are my own.

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, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, and Balanced Guru Facial Toner.

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Post-Workout Beauty Hacks

As someone who very regularly leaves the office midday for a workout or a run, I thought I’d share some of the post-gym beauty hacks I’ve learned over the years.

While I’ve definitely returned to my desk with a bright red glowing face after a grueling run, for the most part adequate preparation and a few minutes of pampering is enough to get you back at work looking fabulous.


Whether you have a locker, a gym bag, or just a giant handbag, having the right products on hand is important. So save those Sephora & Nordstrom samples, they’re the perfect size!


I always take a COLD shower after a workout. Especially after a run since I’m prone to ending up with a red face. The cold water not only feels amazing, but helps cool off your body and reduce redness.

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Skin Care & Makeup:

I hate hate hate piling on makeup after a sweat session. Not only does my skin feel radiant afterwards, but the products also just slide right off.

So I keep Josie Maran Bare Naked Argan Wipes at the ready to clean up any messes, my Laura Mercier  Secret Camouflage compact for touching up under the eyes {my problem area for sure}, super moisturizing lip balm, and last but not least deodorant.

I also have sunscreen in my bag for when I do midday runs. I apply Algenist Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20 around 5am each morning, but reapply with Algenist Ultra Lightweight SPF 50 before a 12pm run.


My two hair tricks are (1) Make sure you have hair ties & sporty headbands on hand for during and after a workout, and (2) DRY SHAMPOO.

Note: You want hair ties that don’t kink your mane, I’m a huge fan of France Luxe’s line of non-damaging L. Erikson Grab & Go Ponies. You can find them in my bathroom, my desk, my purse, and my gym locker!

Seriously, if you workout as often as I do, you know that the struggle is real to follow your stylist’s “don’t wash your hair everyday” commandment. Enter dry shampoo. My favorites are Kevin Murphy, L’Oreal, and Macadamia Dry Shampoo.

What’s YOUR favorite post-gym beauty hack?

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Beauty Essentials: Blogger Interview – Beth Animal Print

Tomorrow is the Summer Soiree at The Beauty Company so I hope all you Bay Area locals have RSVPed! If not, you can RSVP here AND sign up for a manicure time slot.
Today my lovely co-host for this event, Bethann of Beth Animal Print, is here to share some of her beauty essentials – From her favorite skin care goodies to make-up recommendations to hair care products she swears by.
Favorite 3 skin care products & why you love them?
  1. Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream – I mean, did you read the name? What is not to love? It’s like you went to a toning a firming class for your skin each morning!
  2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye – I love because it reduces dark circles over night making the whole eye area brighter and younger-looking.
  3. Supergoop Anti-Aging Eye Cream – Not only does this have an amazing cooling applicator, but also has light-diffusing mica on its list of beneficial ingredients which instantly erases the look of fine lines and wrinkles and reduces my seemingly chronic dark circles
Favorite 3 makeup products & why you love them?
  1. Makeup Forever Aqua Cream Liner – This will last all day and is so smooth that application is fool-proof. You’d have to apply this with a hairbrush to mess it up.
  2. Kiehl’s BB Cream – This is light and provides a shocking amount of natural looking coverage, plus it is SPF 50 which prevents all sorts of havoc from happening.
  3. I don’t have a signature scent, but I do have a signature mascara. Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara lends the length and definition that really comes close to replicating falsies. It’s deserves the hype.
[3.] Favorite 3 hair products & why you love them?
  • Shu Uemura Illuminating Shampoo – It smells like a dainty rose, but is a powerful frizz fighter that leaves hair about as glossy as Giselle’s.
  • Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum – Is a fantastic travel companion due to its size and it’s ability to lock out frizz in any climate.
  • Olive Oil – My hair is think and coarse and I have found that soaking it in Olive Oil for 10 min. once a week quenches its thirst quite nicely.

Hope to see everyone at tomorrow’s event!

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Beauty Essentials: Blogger Interview – So You Agree

I have all sorts of fabulous news to share today!

In case you didn’t hear, I’ll be helping host a fabulous beauty soiree this Tuesday so if you’re in the Bay Area please stop by for some killer giveaways, gifts w/ purchase, bubbles, and cupcakes!

You can RSVP here AND sign up for a manicure time slot in advance to make sure hat tyou get some quality time w/ the ladies of Floss Gloss.


I’m also thrilled to announce that to get us in the mood for Tuesday’s beauty-palooza today the lovely Donna of So You Agree, one of my co-hostesses for the event, is here to share some of her favorite skin care, make-up, and hair care products.



Favorite 3 skin care products & why you love them?

  1. Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer w/ White Tea & SPF 25 Age-Defense – So that’s technically two, I know, but they go hand in hand. I’ve been using these within my daily routine for as long as I can remember. SPF in the AM and antioxidant before bed. I love the smell, it doesn’t make my skin feel oily and  it helps to work against wrinkles. Win-win!
  2. Jergens Daily Tanner – Clearly, we are getting an unusual amount of sun right now. Typically, I have what I call a fog tan, which is nothing. So I like to use this daily lotion that has a bit of tanner in it. I use it about 2-3 times a week. It goes on easily and doesn’t leave streaks, no teriyaki smell and is pretty inexpensive!
  3. Makeup Remover Wipes – I can not sleep with makeup on, it just grosses me out. So I always use make up wipes in my before bed routine. I love how this works easily to remove everything, doesn’t sting the eyes and doesn’t dry out my skin.
Favorite 3 makeup products & why you love them? 
  1. Benefit Brow Kit – I just recently fell in love with filling my brows in, this kit is so compact and easy to use it’s pretty dummy proof. I like that they have different shades so it’s easy to match with my natural color.
  2. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – I’ve tried tons of different mascaras because I wasn’t blessed with long lashes, from high-end to the low drugstore brands and have found this to be the best for my tiny lashes. It makes my lashes look so full and doesn’t clump.
  3. Mac Brushes – I always tell girlfriends, it doesn’t matter what make up you use if you are using great brushes. I love my Mac brushes, they work so well and are fool-proof because I am no make up expert. Twice a year they sell sets which can get anyone started at a good price.
Favorite 3 hair products & why you love them?
  1. Pssst Dry Shampoo – I live by this product. I have so much hair that washing and blow drying it daily just isn’t an option. Psst smells great and works amazingly, it never leaves my hair with the white color or dries it out.
  2. CHI Straightener – This is the best straightener there is, period. You can also use it for curling hair which is awesome and it heats up so quickly. Also, it auto turns off after 30min if it’s plugged in which I need because I can be forgetful when I’m running late.
  3. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeep Conditioner – Having so much hair that is naturally wavy, I apply a ton of heat to it daily. I love using the 3 minute miracle once every other week to give it that little oomph. It leaves my hair so soft, feeling healthy and smelling great.
So tell me… What are YOUR favorite products?
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Join Me For a Night of Beauty

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be co-hosting a fabulous beauty event at The Beauty Company with the lovely Bethann of Beth Animal Print, Donna of So You Agree, and the ladies over at Floss Gloss next Tuesday.

What’s in it for you, you ask?



* Be.Spoke gift basket * One month of Floss Gloss manicures at Beauty Company * Bumble & Bumble gift basket * One month of unlimited airbrushing at Beauty Company * 3 month membership to Studiomix *

So if you’re in the Bay Area please join us on Tuesday, July 16th for a night of beauty, bubbles, and prizes galore! We’ll be at The Beauty Company  from 6pm to 9pm – 2325 Polk Street in Russian Hill between Green and Union.

Please RSVP over at Eventbrite – You can even pick a time slot for a $10 manicure with Floss Gloss! 🙂

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