The Best Products of 2019 That I'm Bringing into 2020

As excited as I am for this new year, 2019 was such a great year for me! For a little life update: a few months ago, my long-term boyfriend and I moved to California together, I finished working on my first feature length film for Netflix, I spent amazing time with family for the holidays and much more!

2019 was great for movies, shows and the reason why we’re here, products! This was the year that I really took my skincare, wellness, sustainability and beauty seriously! With that being said, I wanted to share the products that I will continue to use this new year – even after my product clean out!

Let’s start with my favorite makeup product of the entire year. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer. Guys, this stuff this my absolute favorite! I consider myself really not great at makeup. For some reason, I just can’t figure it out. But this bronzer is so easy and ends up looking flawless when you just need an extra boost on the face. I will continue to purchase this bronzer until I find something better – but that hasn’t happened yet!

image via Hey Dewy

For skincare, I still am holding onto my favorite products from Mario Badescu, Drunk Elephant, Dr. Dennis Gross, etc. that I’ve raved about in past posts – so I won’t repeat myself! But, I will let you know about my Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier. This was a Christmas gift that I have been using ever since I unwrapped it – I absolutely love it. It is not a facial steamer, it actually is more of a cold mist. I use it after a workout or a warm day, but I also love having it run in the bathroom when I’m doing my skincare routine or my makeup. It just adds an extra boost of hydration to your skin and is so cute & small & portable.

image via Baggu

If you guys haven’t read my post about my favorite sustainability products – check it out! I purposefully left out this product because I wanted to shine a bigger light on it. My Baggu bags are my very favorite. First off, they are adorable and second, we’re reducing our plastic use – yay! Baggu has such a range of designs for their reusable bags that I use for grocery store and farmer’s market trips! They are so spacious and have been my favorite for years now! Go get some to keep in your car – you won’t regret it!

image via Kush Queen

Now let’s dive into a couple wellness products that have helped me this past year. Some of you know that I work on a film set for sometimes 16 hours a day. My body pretty much constantly aches and nothing seemed to help. My boyfriend stopped at a wellness store after work one day and picked up a CBD bath bomb for me – and oh my goodness, perfect. It was from Kush Queen and not only smelled amazing, but really relieved the pain I was experiencing in my joints. I highly recommend checking it out if you have any sort of joint or muscle pain.

Last, but certainly not least, I became obsessed with another wellness product this past month actually that I can no longer picture my life without! I splurged and got a Theragun, you guys… This year, my boyfriend and I skipped Christmas presents and decided to take the leap and get a G3 Theragun to share (he has major back pain from corporate America life). If you’re not familiar, a Theragun is a high-powered massage gun that truly gets into any tight muscles or aches that come up. After sitting at my computer for hours, I get that little kink in my lower back – 2 minutes with this thing gets it right out! It definitely is pricey, but invest in yourself! We truly will get our money’s worth out of this thing!

Well, there you have it! I wanted to share some of the products that I loved during 2019. I of course have so many more skincare and wellness products that I fell in love with – but I tried to avoid repeating myself and wanted to talk about some things that I never have before! I hope this was helpful and that you learned about some new products to possibly try out this year! What were your cult-faves of 2019? Let me know in the comments down below!

Simple Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make In Your Day-to-Day Life

As someone who has spent quite some time in Los Angeles, I’ve always been aware of how we should be living more eco-friendly day-to-day lives, and we should try to save the turtles, etc. Seeing how bad our ecosystems are currently, especially our oceans, it’s officially the last straw – literally.

I bring up Los Angeles because it’s one of the major cities that is trying to eliminate straw use and drastically reduce our plastic waste. It’s borderline frowned upon if you’re still using a straw at a restaurant or drinking out of a single-use Dasani water bottle. As dramatic as that may sound, and trust me – I despise using paper straws, the plastic issue is truly out of control!

I am by no means an expert on this topic, obviously. But I feel as though I could give some tips on how to help, in anyway that we can, in a more grounded and relatable manner. It’s very difficult to think that just one person is going to make a difference in this already out of control situation, but we gotta start somewhere!

Disclaimer: Nobody’s perfect. I’m not saying to completely switch to a waste-free lifestyle or anything completely drastic. These are just some tips on simple and easy things you can try to implement, everything helps!

First, I’ll explain a little bit about what “problem” I’m even referring to. Any piece of trash that you throw into a garbage can is going into the landfills. But trash flies into storm drains, rivers, oceans, you name it – and trillions of pieces of trash are currently in our oceans. While no trash is good, a lot of that is plastic. Plastic silverware, sandwich bags, grocery bags, straws, etc. are all floating around and polluting our waters. Sea turtles are ingesting plastic straws and dying, dolphins are thinking that grocery bags are jellyfish and eating them. ugh.

Even though the problem seems long gone, there are simple things you can do to stop the tap of trash that is flowing into the water everyday.

Reusable Produce Bags, $6.99

image via Target

I just picked some of these up today from Target! When going grocery shopping, I do most of my damage in the produce section. I’m always picking up fruits and veggies to stock my fridge for the week. But in doing so, we use those thin plastic produce bags to wrap everything up. On a big shopping day, I might use up to five of those. Yes, they are recyclable, but if they get gross and sticky from fruit or dirty from unwashed vegetables, not all recycling centers will accept those, so they end up in the landfills anyway. SO, picking up some of these reusable produce bags can be major! This pack has 5 separate bags, so I have more than enough. The produce can also breathe in these bags and they are machine washable. Love it.

Reusable Sandwich/Ziploc Bags, $8.99

Image via Target

Like I mentioned above, one-use sandwich bags ending up in the ocean can be detrimental, and have been detrimental, to sea animals! Buying a few of these for your lunch box or meal prep is extremely simple and all you have to do is throw them in the dishwasher or rinse them out, easy as that. No excuses, people!

Reusable Straws

I don’t even need to link these because you can get reusable straws anywhere! The easiest place to pick some up are at your grocery store or just on Amazon. If you’re always eating out or grabbing a quick coffee, the amount of plastic straws you go through is crazy! These straws are ending up in the ocean and are a main killer of sea turtles and other marine life. Keeping a reusable straw in your car/purse for your daily iced coffees or your Friday night margarita can make a small difference! Most times these straws are coming in cute carrying cases too, so they aren’t getting dirty in your purse! If you absolutely need to use a plastic straw, or are ever in a pinch, people recommend to cut the straw into shreds before disposing.

Say no to plastic silverware

I’m guilty of this. When ordering off Postmates or Uber Eats, I always end up getting a plastic silverware set in the bag, naturally. But most times I’m ordering to-go food, I’m going to eat it at my house or a friend’s house, where there is plenty of real silverware right in the kitchen. I’m sure it’s obvious why we wouldn’t want plastic forks and knives in the ocean, so I’ll spare you the details. But on the “delivery instructions” or “more” section, you can request to not have silverware included! If you are on-the-go or eating at your desk at work, I recommend just picking up a bamboo silverware set that you can wash and keep in your cubicle or bag for when you’re at a food truck, etc.

Know how to properly Recycle!

It wasn’t until recently that I really learned how to properly recycle. As silly as it sounds, I just thought I could throw my yogurt cup in the the recycling bin, or a used pizza box was fair game. That might be an obviously no-no to you, but in the Midwest, where I grew up, recycling education isn’t necessarily a priority. I now know that we need to wash out our plastic yogurt cups and sticky Gatorade bottles and Starbucks plastic cups when we’re ready to recycle them. It’s a weird concept to “wash your trash,” but if it ends up dripping on and soiling the rest of the bin, recycling centers sometimes just consider that trash, and end up throwing it in the landfill anyway. It’s like you never recycled at all!

Second point to make is that recycling isn’t necessarily helping anymore. So, all the plastic we’ve been recycling for years and years has been being bought by China, who then deals with it for us. This year, China stopped buying our plastics, because they are becoming way too polluted and congested with our trash, which is so upsetting. So now, all these things that we are recycling and thinking that we are making a change, no longer have an infrastructure to deal with it. Although I’m not educated enough on the topic to know what is currently being done with our bottles and plastic straws, I know that we personally can try and reduce the amount of waste that we are creating as an individual!

Alrighty then, I know this topic is far from what I usually talk about. But I can’t sit back and see dying sea turtles anymore on Twitter! Making these simple changes in my life, makes me feel that I’m doing the best that I can. Let me know if you are doing any of these things already or have some new tips to share with me!

I Tested KylieSkin for 3 Weeks – Here Are My Thoughts

Hi! You might be shocked to see that I am writing yet another post about skincare… Oh well! I am super excited to be talking about the newest skincare products that I’ve been testing out – Kylie Jenner’s new line: KylieSkin.

Because Kylie is one of the most talked about celebrities in the world, people had a lot to say about her starting her own skin line. I’ll admit, I’m a big Kardashian/Jenner fan, so I was super excited to test this out.

As you all know, I have a lot of holy grail skin products, so I didn’t feel the need to buy her entire set. But, believe it or not, I am in the market for a good cleanser, moisturizer & eye cream. So, as you can imagine, I purchased those items from KylieSkin!

The other items in her line that I did not purchase were the Vanilla Milk Toner, Walnut Face Scrub and Vitamin C Serum. As always, everyone’s skin reacts differently to products. These were just my thoughts and results after 3 weeks of use on my combination skin!

Foaming Face Wash, $24

Let’s start off by talking about some of the ingredients in this cleanser. It has kiwi seed oil, which has Vitamin E and C that brightens and hydrates your skin. Love that. It also contains glycerin, which balances the oils and moisture of your skin – making sure you’re not too dry or too oily. The last ingredient I’d like to mention is that this face wash contains fragrance. My skin is not sensitive, so this did not effect my skin. But if you do have sensitive skin, I would refrain from using any products that contain fragrance!

Overall, I enjoy this cleanser! I currently have clear skin, so I’m unable to say whether or not this cleanser is good for acne or not. But I love the way this feels on my skin. The foaminess of it makes cleansing very gentle and leaves my skin feeling smooth afterwards. After toning, my cotton pad is makeup free – so it’s good to see this is actually getting that extra makeup off. I’ll definitely keep using this in my routine if I need a simple cleanse.

Face Moisturizer, $24

Like I mentioned earlier, I have combination skin. Meaning I’m not dry and I’m not overly oily. With that being said, and especially during the heat of the summer, I don’t need a thick and suffocating moisturizer. Which is exactly why I actually love this moisturizer. After using this, my face felt smooth and looked glowy and actually got rid of the dry skin around my nose.

The moisturizer contains shea butter, which you could imagine leaves your skin feeling hydrated. It also has glycerin and hyaluronic acid which plumps your skin. It’s important to also add that this product is fragrance-free, so sensitive skin folks don’t need to worry! I use this as my nighttime moisturizer and my skin feels great in the morning. I recommend testing this out if you’re just starting out with skin, or are in the market for something new.

Eye Cream, $20

Lastly, I need to talk to you about her eye cream – I love it. I’ll start off my saying that I do not suffer from major bags or dark circles under my eyes, but I do look majorly tired in the morning – like everyone else. I use this as my nighttime eye cream, paired with the moisturizer and I definitely see results the next morning. This cream has a yellow/banana tint to it, so it really does brighten and cancel out any darkness under my eyes. It also contains green tea, a little caffeine helps de-puff and get life back into those eyes! It also comes with a super convenient applicator, so you don’t need to stick your fingers into a dirty jar – you can just apply right from the tube.

I’ve only been using this for a few weeks, so I haven’t seen any differences in my crows feet – but I have noticed brightness and less inflammation!

I know I didn’t test out the entire set, but I really did enjoy the 3 products that I have incorporated into my skin routine. Again, if you have sensitive skin, please read the ingredients before using and make sure a product doesn’t contain anything that may irritate your skin. Were these the best products I’ve ever used in my life? No. But did they make my skin feel great and make it worth my money? Yes.

Have you tried any KylieSkin products? What should I try next?

AHA’s: What are they + Why are they necessary in your skin routine?

I am in no way claiming to be a skincare expert or professional, but I do take pride in being pretty educated on SKIN!

After years and years of testing out products and brands, reading up on my favorite beauty bloggers and keeping up with the trends, AHA’s have come up A LOT. Before I knew what they were, it was just some silly little acronym that I was too lazy to look into. But now, my skincare routine would be nothing without them!

Let me start off by explaining what the f AHA’s actually are. It stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid – I know, sounds a little scary. Although it sounds like a chemical, AHA’s are actually derived from natural occurring ingredients in our environment, like sugarcane, milk & even grapes!

Why are they so great, you may ask? You guys all know how much I love to exfoliate. AHA’s are the ultimate exfoliator. Not saying they are the harshest and roughest – that’s not the case. I mean they do a great job at actually turning skin cells over and rejuvenating your skin. After that exfoliation happens, you reveal your fresh and smooth skin and at the same time, hydrate.

There are many different kinds of AHA’s – like glycolic acid, lactic acid, even citric acid. But, if it is a main ingredient in a skincare product, they will most likely promote that on the packaging.

I want to share with you my favorites & recommendations for great AHA products. Depending on your budget, there are great choices at all price ranges.

Low Price Range: $10 and under

The Ordinary AHA Peeling Solution – $7.20, image via Sephora
elf SuperTone AHA Toner – $8, image via elf cosmetics

I’ve recently been trying out this toner and LOVE the way it’s making my skin look & feel! It has cleared my hormonal acne, made my skin glow & has removed any dead skin. Highly recommend as an inexpensive option.

Mid Price Range – $30 and under

Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector – $24
image via Glossier

These peel pads are seriously one of my holy grail products that I’ll never give up. They have transformed my skin and it’s texture. In just two minutes, your skin is left glowy and exfoliated – they’re my favorite on-the-go treatment.

High Price Range – $80 and up

Alright, if you’ve gotten more money to blow – or you’re a luxury products kind of person, this is for you. I’ve tried Sephora samples of these next two products and I recommend you do the same before pulling the trigger – you never know how your skin will react.

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial – $80
image via Sephora

Well, there you have it! I hope you found some great options for your specific price range. As always, if you have super sensitive skin, AHA’s might be too harsh for your skin. Always patch test on your specific skin or ask your dermatologist! Since this is such an exfoliating product, I urge you to always apply sunscreen if you plan on getting any sun exposure after use!

Remember kids – getting dead skin off your face & turning those skin cells over is essential if you’re trying to prevent signs of aging. AHA’s have changed the game for me & I hope they do for you!

Until next time…

Cryotherapy: What To Expect

This year, I’ve been really into shopping around for different & fun health and fitness experiences, to see what works for me. Recently, I tried out a new procedure that I’m officially obsessed with. I’m sure you read the title and know exactly what I’m talking about: Cryotherapy.

First of all, I’ll explain why I wanted to give this a try in the first place. Cryotherapy is amazing for sore muscles & joints; which I’ve been dealing with due to exercise, stress, and being on my feet all day. I wanted to give it a try to see if it helped at all with the pain I’ve been experiencing.

If you’re not sure what exactly whole body cryotherapy is, prepare yourself: it’s cold! To be frank, you get in a -250 degree tube for 3 minutes. As crazy as that sounds, it’s not unbearable. Your body acts as though it is literally freezing, so your blood starts to pool in the center of your body. Once you step out after 3 minutes, your blood rushes back into the rest of your body and sends adrenaline and endorphins to your brain.

I want to explain my experience with you guys, in case you’re interested in giving it a go yourself! First of all, price. Prices obviously differ depending on where you live and what facility you go to, so browse around for the one that works best for you! Most places will/should give you discount for your first session. A typical session in the Indianapolis area is around $45, especially at a professional sports medicine clinic. I went to Cryotherapy Indy.

Now, what to expect once you arrive for your first session. After signing a waiver, you’ll be brought back to your Cryotherapy room by one of their specialists. Make sure you mention it’s your first time, just so you make sure to make all the proper precautions! You then will strip down and slip on one of their provided robes. It is up to you whether you wear undergarments, I was told it didn’t matter either way! You then need to wear gloves, socks and sandals to protect yourself from the extreme temperatures. Even if there’s a tiny bit of moisture on your socks from the start of your day, make sure to change into ones they have provided for you. I’m sure you can guess what happens to any sort of moisture at -250 degrees!

Once I was changed and ready, the specialist stepped back into the room and had me step into the machine.

I’m not sure if this is the case at all places, but the specialist stayed in the room with me the entire session, in order to run the machine.

Once you step in, you lose the robe and the session begins! The platform that you stand on raises up the perfect height so that your neck and face are coming out the top of all the liquid nitrogen. From then on, the temperature is obviously extremely cold but to be honest, it’s not that bad! I think the adrenaline, and having the woman to talk to and distract me, made the time fly by!

After the 3 minutes is up, you get your robe back and step out. I kid you not, all the pain in my knees, shins & wrist vanished. Cryotherapy reduces inflammation and accelerates healing in your muscles. I truly felt the effects instantly and the pain stayed away until the next time I trained, of course.

Another reason why I want to continue to go to cryotherapy is that it has amazing beauty & anti-aging benefits! It increases your metabolism and is estimated that you burn 500-800 calories in one single, 3 minute, session. It also detoxifies, accelerates your skin’s rejuvenation process, firms your skin & increases collagen production. Sign me up!

Have you ever tried Cryotherapy before? I’m officially hooked!

My Go-To Beauty Products Available on Amazon

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Summer is coming & this is the time of year that I am always super motivated to take care of myself. Exercise, diet, skin – I love to be on top of it all when the weather starts taking a turn for the better.

With new routines, comes some amazing products that I want to give a shoutout to. Look, everyone’s busy. We don’t have time to run to the store anytime we need something. Believe it or not, some of my favorite beauty products in my routine are available to purchase on Amazon – making my life that much easier.

Without further ado, let’s get into my go-to beauty products available on Amazon…
Ice Roller, ~$10

If you already aren’t on this bandwagon, jump on in! Having a ice roller at my disposal for the past few years has been a game changer in my morning routine. We all wake up a little puffy after a night of drinking, salty foods, etc. Keeping an ice roller like this in the freezer to use while you drink your morning coffee, celery juice or tea is the most refreshing thing you can do to start off your day. It reduces inflammation, especially near my jawline and under eyes. Definitely a tool I’ll never give up!

Facial Steamer, $30-$40

Yes – this looks a little dramatic to be sitting on your bathroom counter, but it’s what we do for beauty, ladies! You know how fresh and dewy your skin feels when you step out of a hot shower? You can achieve that feeling everyday with this easy tool. A facial steamer will easily become the most relaxing component to your routine. The warm steam opens up your pores to allow products, especially serums, to absorb deeper and better into your skin. Pop on a podcast, your favorite album, or just enjoy some peace and quiet & add this extra dimension to your skincare routine.

Facial Spatula, $5

I’ve talked about my love for a good facial spatula before, but I need you all to know there are very inexpensive options available on Amazon! I use my facial spatula to apply masks, moisturizers, scrubs, anything to my face and it applies the product evenly without getting my hands covered in that, sometimes expensive, product! It’s such a simple tool that you may have never thought that you needed, but it makes application and cleanup so easy that I recommend you adding it to your cart during your next Amazon spree.

Silicon Face Mask, $10

Ok trust me, I know what this looks like – terrifying. But if you’re an avid-wearer of sheet masks, this may look like another Tuesday night to you. Why might you need this, you ask? I was struggling applying moisturizers and serums to my face, and 2 minutes later it seemed like they evaporated from my skin. Poof, gone. I then had the idea to research to see if there was anything like this, a mask you could use to allow that product to fully sink in. Apply your favorite moisturizer, serum, cream to your skin & then wear this Silicon Face Mask overtop for as long as you’d like. It keeps your skin moist and makes sure your skin doesn’t dry out or not fully allow the products to sink in. Yes, you may look like a serial killer with this thing on – but it’s the price we pay.

As for actual skincare products on Amazon, I usually steer clear. I’ve ordered moisturizers, lip care, etc. in the past, and sometimes they come from a different seller/supplier – creating the chance that the product isn’t legitimate or safe for your skin. As for tools, eat your heart out! Always check the reviews and take some of my recommendations & really spice up your beauty routine. Of course, none of these are necessary for perfect skin. Use what works for you!

Until next time,

What Was In My Spring FabFitFun Box?

It’s like Christmas 4 times a year.

If you have a FabFitFun subscription, you know how insane the excitement is every season when the perfect present shows up on your doorstep. I’ve had a FFF subscription for a few years now & I can honestly say I have never had a bad box! The value of the products I receive blows away the $50 price tag. It’s insane!

This month, in particular, was no exception. I got some pretty amazing products & I’m here to share them with you. Every season, I get to try so many new products which I fall in love with. The spring box contained a couple of my all-time favorite brands, so that made me very happy. Here are the killer products that I received this month…

Robe from Show Me Your Mumu, $84

You can imagine how pumped I was when this beautiful robe was included in my box. It’s lightweight, comfortable & perfect for springtime. I can imagine using this robe when I’m a little chilly in the morning and want to go downstairs to have my breakfast or even bring on a vacation. I cannot believe an $84 robe came in my $50 subscription box… I’ll always be grateful for amazing surprises like this!

Leave In Conditioner by OUAI, $26

I let out another little squeal when I saw a OUAI product in my box. I love other products from this brand but had never tried the Leave In Conditioner. I have been using this ever since it arrived in the mail & I love it. It smells amazing, leaves my hair feeling super moisturized & has basically eliminated the frizz in my hair! If you’ve been wanting to try this product out, I recommend you do! Definitely making it in to my shower routine!

Daily Detox Brush by Daily Concepts, $18

If you’ve never heard of Dry Brushing, I’m going to do a blog post all about it soon – so have no fear! This brush is considered a “detox brush” so it can be used dry or wet, which is great if you want to ease your way into it! You guys know I’m a huge fan of exfoliating, which this brush is great for, but the way dry brushing drains your lymphatic system is a whole other story. I use a dry brush before I jump in the shower to exfoliate away dead skin & stimulate circulation all over my body. If your skin isn’t used to the brush yet, you can always use it in the shower with your favorite body wash!

Vivienne Sunglasses by Quay Australia, $60

Quay Sunglasses? Are you kidding?! If you read my March Favorites post, you know I am currently obsessed with my Quay Blue Light glasses. So when I got home from California to see that I have yet another pair from this brand to add to the collection, I was stoked! Once again, an item that is worth more than the box itself is crazy. Super happy about this one.

Champagne Charcoal Body Scrub by Manna Kadar, $24

Alright, I just got to say this – this is probably the only product I wasn’t super excited about. Then again, I haven’t had the chance to try this out yet, so I could be completely wrong. You know I’m big on exfoliating, but I just feel like I have SO many scrubs – I have too much! But with that being said, the reviews on this product are great, I love most charcoal products & I shouldn’t knock it ’til I try it! Have you tried this before?

Palm Print Beach Towel by Summer and Rose, $50

This is different! With spring vacations & summer coming up, I love that they included a product that I always forget when heading to the beach or pool – a towel. Not to mention, this bright print is amazing. My favorite part of this towel, by far, is the fact that it’s made out of microfiber – meaning water and sand won’t stick. This is exactly what I needed.

Quartz Necklace by The2Bandits, $30

There’s nothing I love more than a simple white/silver necklace against my tan skin. Once I achieve that tan (hopefully soon), this will be my favorite spring and summer accessory. I’ve actually been eyeing this brand, The2Bandits, for a while now; their jewelry is amazing. So, I’m super excited to own one of their pieces now!

No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel by Dr. Brandt Skincare, $42

Last, but certainly not least, my favorite product of the whole season! Dr. Brandt is one of my all-time favorite skincare brands, so anytime I see something from them, I’m excited. But I’ve truly been searching for a eye product that actually worked for my morning eyes. This is it. Once I received this in the mail, I started using it that day. Within minutes of using it, my undereyes smoothed out & my bags vanished. I’m so confused how well this worked, but it did for me. If you have been in need of a solution to your undereye bags, you should give this one a try. Obsessed!

If this post hasn’t convinced you how amazing FabFitFun is, I don’t know what will! Just this box alone had products totaling over $300 in value. This is in no way sponsored, but if you’re inclined to sign up, you can use my link for 20% off your first box! Thanks for reading yet another post & I’ll see you in a few days!