September 21, 2017

Pregnancy Must Haves with my Sister, Madison!

In very exciting times, my sister and BFF, Madison, is pregnant with her first baby due next month!
Since the body goes through so many changes (hello, you are creating a cute, tiny human!) and there are also a lot of ingredients you need to avoid in skincare, beauty, and everyday life, I thought it would be interesting to catch up with my sister and find out what her favorite new lifestyle additions during pregnancy have been! Check out her answers and general preggo feelings below:

Mollie: What has been the biggest adjustment you've had to make during your pregnancy?

Madison: The biggest adjustment has been getting used to my new body. It is so crazy to see how your body transforms during pregnancy.  I am not used to having a giant belly! 

Which ingredients in beauty and skincare did you try the most to avoid?

You definitely need to avoid retinol and salicylic acids, which I didn't really use before I was pregnant. I did stop using the generic version of Lattise, which contains ingredients that may be harmful to the baby. Always, always, always, ask your doctor if you're concerned!  

Did you find any pregnancy-safe products that you ended up loving?

I have loved Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. I experienced the very typical hormonal chin and jaw acne during pregnancy. This scrub is really gentle and natural and resolved that issue for me quickly. I will continue to use it even when I'm not pregnant. 

I follow the Acure scrub with the Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer. It is really rich and hydrating and smells amazing. It's made with 96% natural ingredients as well. 

To avoid stretch marks, I've been using Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter. It has coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. I'm happy to say that at 36 weeks pregnant I don't have any stretch marks! And at $6/container, you can really slather it on.

Which baby products are you the most excited to use?

I can't wait to use the Tubby Todd Hair and Body wash and Lotion in Lavender and Rosemary. Both are 100% natural and have amazing reviews. Is there really anything better than a fresh smelling baby?! 

I'm also so excited to baby-wear. We got both a Solly Wrap (thanks Mollie!) and Ergobaby 360 Mesh Carrier to wear the little guy around town. I think that sounds so fun. 

What is your favorite part about being pregnant?

I love feeling baby boy kick when I settle down for the evening. It's so wild. 

What is your least favorite part about being pregnant?

I'm certainly starting to feel uncomfortable toward the end and am having trouble sleeping, but he will be here soon enough and I know it will be worth it! 

What would you say is your #1 essential for any expecting Mom's out there?

I wouldn't recommend any particular product  because I think each mom is so different. I would say the most essential thing is support. Having great support from my husband and other family and friends who have gone through this process has been so key for me. 

What are you most looking forward to after the baby is born?

I cannot wait to snuggle and love on our baby boy ... and wear high-waisted jeans again. :)

September 19, 2017

What I am Loving for Fall

I know that Fall is just beginning, but mentally, I'm already there. I've had a pumpkin spice latte, I'm wearing dark colors and have to stop myself from grabbing a jacket or putting on a sweater every morning. I'm done fighting this feeling! I'm feeling the Fall vibes, and truly no one can stop me. I love the food, fashion, and beauty of this season so much. Here are all of my favorites so far for Fall this year!

Textured Sleeves
This trend has been exploding lately and is just not going anywhere any time soon. I lived in my Zara sweatshirt with flared sleeves all of last Fall, but I also love ruffles, sequins, and gatherings. What a fun trend! I still find that Zara is the best place to shop for these items.

 Wine Nails & Lips
Is this my pick every year? Maybe. I've gone a little deeper red on the nails already this year (currently loving Society Ruler from Sally Hansen), and also going a bit deeper on the lips with this drugstore gloss balm in Just Plum Good, this matte-but-not-drying liquid lipstick in BO$$, and this beautiful, more neutral, hydrating lip color in Notorious.

I've always been a fan of a simple cami, nothing looks better to throw on with shorts, jeans, a shirt, high-waisted pants, etc. It's classic and cute, but when you add some lace on it? I'm obsessed! I've been living in a black silk one (similar here), but I also love anything with lace sleeves. Bonus if you can find something with velvet + lace!

Warm Scents
My everyday year-round scent is YSL's Black Opium, but for a quick fix, I also love this fragrance from Bath and Body Works for after the gym or pool. I have also been using this fragrance melt in my home non-stop to make it smell cozy and warm.

September 6, 2017

What Makeup I am Traveling With

Over the next few months I am doing so much traveling. I am practically going to be living out of my makeup bag, so it's at times like these, when I realize what beauty products I have been loving the most. When packing travel beauty, I love products that are versatile and dependable... this is not the time to try anything crazy or new! It's also nice to use products that I can use together for a 5-minute face, or a more in-depth and glamorous look. I guess this makes these products somewhat of my pseudo-"holy grail" items, and I really have been using them all constantly!
I have included links of all of the products pictured below in case you want to check them out.
What are your favorite beauty items to travel with? I'd love to hear them!

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer
Physician Formula Butter Bronzer
Nars Orgasm Blush
Nyx Brow Pencil & Gel
BareMinerals the Posh Palette
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Ted Baker Makeup Bag (old, similar here)
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

xx Mollie

August 29, 2017

My Vitamins & Supplements

In my post last week, I spoke about how I love taking supplements and how they really help me feel good about my health concerns and issues. I had a feeling it would create some inquiries on what I take and why (I was right) so I broke down what I take daily below and why it works for me. Obviously I am not a doctor, but these are what give me great results. Definitely talk to your doctor before taking any supplements and to get dosage recommendations.

I suffer from ocular migraines and they are the worst. Ocular migraines are in the migraine/very slight seizure family, and basically when I have an episode it makes me feel nauseous, exhausted, I have trouble seeing due to intense aura and clouded vision. Sometimes it's followed by a tiny headache, but bottom line, it's the worst. After trying everything, I read online that magnesium can be preventative and let me tell you, it has really worked for me! For this reason I swear by magnesium. It also makes you feel generally more relaxed which is a nice item.

I know, trendy. I started taking tumeric because inflammation is basically supposed to be the worst thing to affect your body (allegedly). I've heard it's great for your skin and digestive tract and also any joint issues. I wasn't having any major issues before, but I do feel like this has helped clear up my skin a bit, take down some redness, and help with some digestive discomfort.

Fish Oil
Omega-3s, baby! Not only is fish oil amazing for your hair and skin, but it also is amazing for your heart and other organs. I recently just learned it's also great for your eyesight, interesting! Also, apparently fish oil is great to keep your hormone levels balanced, which could help treat or prevent depression.

This is another one that is great for the heart. My family has a history of hereditary high cholesterol and blood pressure, and garlic is really supposed to help lower that risk especially if it's taken in conjunction with fish oil. Not going to lie, it does leave a bit of a garlicky taste in your mouth, but it's very subtle. Also, if you love garlic, it's kind of nice? Don't judge me.

Vitamin D2
A few weeks ago I was feeling super low on energy and a doctor told me I had super low vitamin d levels in my blood. This was surprising to me because I feel like I spend a fair amount of time outside! She suggested taking a vitamin d supplement and it really, really has helped a ton with my energy levels. I feel so much better, especially around 2:30/3 in the afternoon, when I would previously be feeling so awful and exhausted.

Honestly, I take this for all of the antioxidents it contains. Antioxidents are great for eliminating free radicals, anit-aging, and supposedly can be great for preventing disease. Astaxanthin is apparently the chemical that creates the pink hue in sea creatures shells, so that's pretty cool too!

Probiotic Blend
This is all about that colon. A healthy gut = healthy immune system, regularity (ew, but necessary) and overall happiness. It is also good for your lady bits, if you've got some of those, to keep that bacteria healthy. Love a good probiotic blend!

I know this was a crazy-long post, but if you love health and wellness like I do, I hope you found it interesting! You can basically find supplements at any grocery or drugstore, but I also l
ove Care/Of because they send me my monthly supply of vitamins split up into daily packs, which makes it so easy to remember to take everything at once. If you're interested in trying Care/Of, I have a code for a free month (Z4DUE) that you can enter at checkout. That code is only good for a handful of people, but you can use another code (lovin) to get 50% off your first month.

What vitamins and supplements do you love?

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