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Skin Care

Recently I have really been trying to find new products for my skin care. I have noticed a lot of changes and I really haven’t gotten into a good routine. I have found, that for me, I need something I can grab in a store and not order online or through a seller. I don’t order in advance so I need to just go pick some up. I also don’t like a super expensive price tag so that is important to me. I don’t personally think I have to stick with a full line either, I am mixing and matching what I like best. Here is what I am currently using.

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  1. Hill Country Make Up Remover Wipes / For those of you not in Texas, this is the HEB version. I have also used Neutrogena and fine them to work exactly the same so I purchase whichever is less $$$ – I use this wipe first to remove all my make up for the day or to refresh after a workout.
  2. Fresh Foaming Cleanser / Neutrogena – I really like this cleanser, it gets deep into my pores and my face looks fresh with no residue after using. I use this after the make up remover.
  3. Pore Refining Toner / Neutrogena – I have actually used this for a couple of years and every time I stop using it regularly I see my pores getting huge again. A bottle last a long time too because you just use a little bit on a cotton ball after cleansing.
  4. Pore Strips / Biore – My mom introduced these to me when I was younger (oh happy days) I love them. I actually really love to see everything they pull out of my skin. I buy the value pack that has the nose strips along with the one for your forehead. I cut the one for your forehead in half and use it on either side of my nose strip to get the additional pores on my cheeks. I also do the same with another strip for the chin. I do this once every other week after cleansing/before toner.
  5. Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream / Aveeno – I grabbed this one day because it was on sale and I feel in love. After washing my face at night I put this on my face, neck and back of my hands. I let it all soak in and my face feels so soft and I can see a difference in the evenness of my skin.

I try my best to do this every night. Sometimes I am lazy and it’s the last thing on my mind but I really see a big difference when I stick to it. I see less oil on my face half way through the day and less outbreaks, which have become a thing now that I am 30. Aging is fun. Try some of these if you are on the search and don’t be afraid to mix and match brands & products.

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Salt – So Many Kinds

Did you know there are 12 different kinds of salt? Sheesh which one should you use? What is best? What is the difference? Well recently I started looking into this more after trying Himalayan Pink Salt, it got me curious.

  1. Table Salt
  2. Kosher Salt
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt
  5. Celtic Sea Salt
  6. Fleur De Sel
  7. Kala Namak
  8. Flake Salt
  9. Red Hawaiian Salt
  10. Black Hawaiian Salt
  11. Smoked Salt
  12. Pickling Salt

I hadn’t heard of so many of these, they each have their own benefit and best use. Table Salt is the most common and what you see most of the time being used. It is easy to cook with and it’s fine grain allows it to dissolve quickly. Kosher Salt is flakier and with it’s larger size is great for sprinkling on top of meat to add flavor and texture. (It is not necessarily certified Kosher)

We use mostly sea salt in our house, it comes from evaporated sea water. It is normally unrefined and a larger grain. It can also contain other minerals from where it was harvested, depending on its surroundings. Each can have a different taste because of this.

Of the different types of salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest form of salt in the world and is harvested by hand from Khewra Salt Mine in the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Its color can range from off-white to deep pink. It contains the 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. It is used in spa treatments, as well as the kitchen.

Celtic Salt comes from the bottom of tidal ponds off the coast of France. It is more of a chunky texture, is moist and briney tasting. Fleur De Sel is the most expensive salt, this is due to the way it is harvested. It is a very delicate process and can only happen in weather appropriate conditions. It is hand-harvested from tidal pools off the coast of Brittany, France. Paper-thin crystals are delicately drawn from the water’s surface, a lot like cream is taken from milk. This can only be done on sunny, dry days with a slight breeze, and only with traditional wooden rakes. Someone please try it and tell me if it’s worth the cost!

Kala namak is Himalayan salt that’s been packed in a jar with charcoal, herbs, seeds and bark, then fired in a furnace for 24 hours. Flake salt is thin and papery with a bright, salty taste and very low mineral content. It dissolves quickly for great cooking. Black Hawaiian salt, comes from Hawaii (shocking right lol), the black color comes from the active charcoal, it is course and crunchy. They suggest it for finishing pork and fish.  Red Hawaiian Salt gets it color from the iron rich volcanic clay. It is good for cooking seafood.

Smoked Salt is smoked over a variety of woods to give it a different flavor and normally takes up to 2 weeks to smoke. It can add another level of flavor to veggies when cooking. Pickling Salt is used for pickling and brining, it does not contain any added iodine or anti-caking agents.

So with all of that I see why people use all types. After trying the Himalayan Pink Salt and not knowing all of it’s benefits I really liked it. I could tell a difference in the flavor and it was perfect when I was cooking my pasta. Try them all and let me know what you think.

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What’s in my gym bag?

I pack my gym bag the night before because I work out so early it allows me a few extra minutes of sleep. Since I work out first and then go to work my gym bag might be packed backwards from most people who pack to go to the gym. I pack to go to work.

The first thing I do is decide what outfit I will be wearing to work, I make sure to have all aspects of that outfit including shoes are in the bag. Next I get together any jewelry I will be wearing with the outfit. I place all of that in the bag. Now I add in my personal care items; deodorant, hair products, make up and face wipes.

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I also double check any after work plans I have to ensure I have what I need for that as well. Maybe an outfit change or layering of clothes, sometimes even another workout.

Once I have it all together I put everything in the bag and place it in my closet. I get my workout clothes and shoes for the morning and place them on top of the bag. This way in the morning I go into my closet and get my workout gear on, grab my bag and after washing my face and brushing my teeth I am ready for the day.

I need all the extra sleep I can get!

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FabFitFun

You guys know I love my FabFitFun boxes! They introduce me to some amazing products that I would not find other wise. The Spring 2018 box was no different!

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The Rachel Pally clutch is the perfect pop of color for any outfit. I love to wear black, grey and white so my accessories are my opportunity to be fun. This clutch is reversible, soft, large enough to carry everything you need and beautiful. The protective storage bag is great to keep it in perfect condition for year and years of use.

The Free People eye mask is so relaxing. I have never used a sleep mask before but it was such a change I love using it now. It is thick and full of cushion, the inside is silky smooth and the added amount of pressure helps me fall asleep fast.

I enjoy burning candles in my house year round, the smells and style make my house more homey. This candle was beautiful to display in the gold container. I didn’t get much sent out of it but I have an open floor plan and I think if I paired it with a matching one it would have been perfect. It is made of all natural ingredients too so there aren’t chemicals just floating up in your home.

You know I love a good workout, everyday, so this roller is perfect for relieving the muscle pain. The handles make it easy to use anywhere on your body. I use it mostly on my legs because I work them hard and this really helps to reduce the pain and restore my muscles. If you work out regularly you need one!

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I have never used a lip mask before so I was excited to try these out. They are collagen infused for moisture and plumping. I would pop these on after my evening shower, my husband thought they looked terrible, but they worked! My lips felt soft and smooth after wearing. I am not sure if they plumped them up but I used them more for the moisture benefit anyway.

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The Dermelect Cosmeceuticals nail polish was one of my favorites from the box. I bite my nails, terrible habit, and they are weak and rigid. This polish filled them in and gave a subtle pink shine so they looked great too. I am wearing it right now on my fingers and toes. I highly recommend this for any nails that need some help.

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This box also had the ISH pallet in it. I love the variety of colors, they went on smooth and the consistency is perfect for mixing to get some additional personalized colors. The small Love bracelet is the perfect addition to my jewelry collection. I love smaller pieces I can mix together with others and yellow gold is my favorite.

My summer box is on it’s way and I can’t wait to share it with you. If you have questions about where to get these products or need additional information about them comment or message. I will post links for each product soon!

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Face Mask

I am always trying new skin products because I really haven’t found something I like to use all the time. I had a go to brand in high school but things have changed from then so I like to try news ones.

The Whish Renewing mud Mask was something I started using a few weeks ago and I can see a difference. It is so quick to use and the benefits are seen right away. Simply apply a think layer to your face, avoiding eyes, nose and mouth, leave on for 15 seconds the first time building up to 2 minutes. Then wipe off with a wash cloth in a circular motion for exfoliating. Done! (use 1-2 times a week) It gently exfoliates and eliminates dead skin revealing smoother more even skin.

I really like it because it is paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, DEA & TEA free and petrochemical free, naturally sourced and organic ingredients!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

https://whishbody.com/products/renewin-mud-mask