1.22.2017

How Has My Beauty Routine Changed? | Products I Currently Use

PR SAMPLES

If you followed my blog between 2011-14, you know I had gobs of product. I don't even know how many products I used in a single day but I do know this much, today, I am using a fraction of that.

I don't really feel the need to wear much makeup anymore. Even though back at the height of my blog I wanted to say I wore it because I loved it, in all honesty, I only felt pretty with makeup. When I realized that, I started to slowly cut out what I was using and got comfortable in my own skin. I still love beauty products and enjoy testing them out but what I use is scaled back.

HAIR


I went blonde in the fall and now I'm back to brunette, so I need a good color safe shampoo. I was using drugstore options but they just were not cleaning the grease out. I decided to go for Redken, a recommendation from a friend. I chose the Redken Color Extend Magnetics and while it cleans my hair, it really isn't anything special to me. I will probably pick something else when this runs out. I also deep condition weekly-bi weekly. Right now I'm using Hask Argan Oil (I still love the Hask Henna 'n Placenta I reviewed here) but I really just pick up whatever packet I can find at Sally or the drugstore. I grab whatever hairspray we have on hand but it's usually Aussie. I also still use the Psssst! dry shampoo (HG products) that I raved about forever ago. 

SKINCARE


If there is an area where I made some serious changes, it was in my skincare. I was using wash, toner, lotion, eye cream, acne treatment...you name it. Now I just use an apricot scrub and Ponds lotion. I still use my Clarisonic a few times a week. For blemishes, I just pop on whatever 10% Benzoyl Peroxide product I have on hand. I talked about a long time ago my choice to go off of the pill. Unfortunately, it was a disaster for my skin. I broke out EVERYWHERE, worse than ever. I went back on and now I remain very clear skinned. A few times a month, I'll use whatever mask packet that sounds good from the drugstore or I'll make one from oatmeal. 


I love to stay bronzed throughout the year, so I use the Banana Boat Summer Color (HG product). I have been using it for 6+ years and it is the best out of any I have tested (from high end to drugstore). I prefer the deep dark over the medium tone. In between applications, I use a glow lotion to maintain the color. The Earth Therapeutics Foot Balm (HG product) has been my go to for a number of years to keep my feet in check. 

COSMETICS


I have also scaled back quite a bit on makeup. I no longer find primers necessary and I haven't worn eyeshadow in months. It takes me about 5 minutes to do my makeup (where before it was at least 45).  My main products are bareMinerals. I have always loved their line and they have stayed in my stash this whole time. I prefer the natural, no makeup look their line gives me. I use the matte foundation, Mineral Veil, bronzer and a basic toned blush. I was sent some IT Cosmetics products over the last few months and been using their Brow Power & Your Skin But Better CC compact. The compact works just like the pump version I loved a couple of years ago. For eyes, I always keep liquid and retractable liners around. I'm using Wet 'n Wild MegaLast and Milani Liquid (HG product). Both serve my needs perfectly. I recently bought the CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara and like it a lot for volume. However, my fav is still the Charlotte Tilbury

Any surprises on my cutbacks? What are you all loving right now?

xo, arielle

Disclosure: The IT Cosmetics Products were PR samples sent to me for review consideration. No affiliate links present.

8.16.2016

Protein Cinnamon Roll Recipe


If you have a sweet tooth but don't want to be in a calorie overload there are tons of ways to make desserts more friendly to your diet. I love doing protein mug cakes and the one I'm showing you today is cinnamon roll!


Protein Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
Macros: 3F/12C/27P 172 calories

1 scoop of vanilla or cinnamon protein powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 packet of Splenda
1/4 cup of milk
1/2  tsp vanilla flavor
1 tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup

Mix the protein powder, baking powder and Splenda packet in a bowl or mug. Add milk and vanilla. Whisk vigorously with a fork until all chunks are gone. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and syrup. Pour into your cake batter in a swirl. Depending on your microwave, nuke for up to 1 minute (I find 45 seconds is about perfect). If you want to make a frosting, mix protein powder and milk in the same way you would make royal icing (about 1 tsp powder to 1/2 tsp milk) and spread on top.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! For more, subscribe to my YouTube channel and like the video so I know to bring you more content like this.

xo, arielle

7.13.2016

The Best Free Guided Meditations

I have been practicing meditation for a few years now but it wasn't as useful to me until after my divorce when my mind was in shambles. I was really struggling with my thoughts and meditation was a way to ground myself, connect and heal. These are some of the meditations I used and continue to use to help keep my life in flow and relaxed. I consider them the best free guided meditations out there. 


You can begin and end your day with these morning and evening meditations from Gabby Bernstein. I like to use these when life is feeling chaotic and I need some balance.

Want to fill yourself with peaceful energy? Try the light sourcing meditation from Rebecca Campbell. I just discovered this one and I felt super relaxed after.

If you feel like you are being pulled in many different directions, this cord cutting meditation by Rikka Zimmerman could do the trick! I use this one whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by the people in my life.

Having trouble forgiving someone? This meditation from Gabrielle Bernstein is sure to help. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to turn to this one over the years.

If you are wanting to attract your perfect mate, I love the Medi-Dating album. This one really helped me when I was working on attracting my partner.

If you're brand spanking new to meditation, try my intro to meditation class. It's a very basic and easy way to get yourself started.

Looking for more? Tara Brach has quite the library. Here are a bunch more from Gabby B that I regularly use, too. These ones from my fav mindfulness book are awesome.

Do you have any guided meditations that you love?

xo, arielle

7.01.2016

Walk Through the Falls

Fear loves to poke it's sneaky head out and ruin the fun. There have been so many times in my life where a moment of fear kept me from doing something I really wanted to. 


There have also been times where I have told fear, no not today, and did the thing anyway.


I visited Cataract Falls last weekend with my family and I knew I really wanted to walk under the falls and go behind it. A moment of fear tried to stop me. I had to force myself to walk through. 

The cool, gushing waters hit the top of my head as I pushed myself through the current. I discovered an alcove and watched the waterfall from the other side. 


In the end, we all must walk through the falls. Maybe your fall isn't literally a waterfall but what is fear keeping you from? Is it that new job, a wonderful relationship, living your dreams?

I hope you will walk through with me.