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simple summer beauty

June 27th, 2013 · 8 Comments

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I’ve been storing away summer beauty tips almost since I moved to Texas — between the excruciating heat and Houston’s humidity, I spend a lot of my days trying to combat summer weather! So I thought I’d share with you guys a few of my favorite tips for keeping your skin and makeup glowing and radiant all summer long!

Here are a few favorites of mine, but I’d love to hear what you guys do for your skin during the summer! Let me know if there are any tricks I should try!

Lighten Up

One of my friends who moved here after I did asked me if I switched my makeup after coming from the Northeast to Texas weather! And over the past year or so, I actually have — definitely not all at once, but things like foundation definitely need to be adapted for summer weather. For light makeup days, I switch from my cream foundation to tinted moisturizer or even just pressed powder to keep my skin from getting greasy by the end of the day! I’d sacrifice a little bit of coverage for smooth, natural skin any day!

But if you’re letting your skin show underneath your makeup, it has to be at its best — make sure to keep your skin smooth and radiant to pull off this pretty summer look. šŸ™‚ I love the Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes (they are amazing — if you guys haven’t tried yet, you absolutely have to!) to keep my skin healthy and glowing!

Drink Up

During the summer, there’s nothing more important than getting enough water! Truth be told, I drink a ton of water every day (way more than eight glasses) — but I sneak it all in! If I had to get all my water from the tap, I’d never manage to drink enough. Instead, I make homemade seltzer at home (this machine was such an incredible addition to our kitchen), brew caffeine-free chamomile tea, and buy vitamin-packed juices to make up my liquids!

I’ve also been trying to switch from diet soda (which I drank WAY too much of for way too long!) to juice and seltzer to cut down on artificial sweeteners — I’ve always said that if diet soda is you’re worst vice, you’re not doing that badly… but it’s still better to replace it with healthy choices.  Besides, what’s better than a big glass of lemonade (or my new addiction… strawberry lemonade) on a scorching summer day?

Beat the Heat

When I lived in New York, I swore by Evian spray to freshen up my face after a long day in the sun — but in Texas, that little mist of water just doesn’t cut it the same way! To stop my makeup from melting off my face when I’m out in the sun, I always keep oil blotting sheets on hand (although in a pinch, the Simple makeup wipes can do the same job!) and waterproof mascara is an absolute must! 

An Ounce of Prevention

I spend a lot of time out by our pool, but you’ll never catch me with a sunburn.  I’ve spoken before about how I stupidly used tanning beds when I was in college, but ever since realizing all the awful health consequences that come from sun exposure, I’m extra careful about making sure I never get too much sun, especially on my face.  My moisturizer (Simple Skincare Vital Vitamin Day Cream) has SPF 15, and for days in the sun, I add an all-over sunscreen with SPF 30 — I’m partial to the sunscreens you spray on, which are super easy to apply and only take a few minutes!  I’m all about a pretty, bronze glow, but you can get that just as easily from a bottle or a salon without risking damage to your skin. 

So those are my secrets — now I want to hear yours!  How are you keeping your skin healthy and happy this summer?

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Simple Beauty

June 4th, 2013 · 7 Comments

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Last week, I had a blast chatting about summer skincare with the Simple Skincare Simple Advisory Board on Twitter!  We had an awesome group that consisted of a dermatologist, nutritionist, make-up artist, psychiatrist and fitness expert, and they gave out some great advice that was even new to me!

I’m always particularly interested in nutrition, so I learned quite a bit!  For one, Ellie Krieger suggested that if your skin is irritated, you could try keeping a food diary to make sure your blood sugar isn’t getting too high or low during the day.  I get low blood sugar pretty frequently, but I’ve never thought about the fact that it might also be impacting my skin — definitely something to keep track of!  Her #1 food recommendation was to avoid processed foods, especially white sugar and flour — I know I could definitely do better on that, so it’s something to think about this summer. 

Also, interestingly, the dermatologist on the Simple Advisory Board, Dr. Luftman, said that many of us don’t need to wash our faces twice per day!  She said that it’s important to cleanse at night to get all the dirt and grime off your skin, but I may try not washing (or just rinsing) my face in the morning to see how that works!  Have any of you guys tried it?  How did it work?  (Honestly, the idea of not washing my face in the morning kind of freaks me out, but I’ll try anything once!)

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Simple Sense Follow-Up!

May 21st, 2013 · 7 Comments

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After my results from Simple Sense, I was all set to put its awesome recommendations in motion.  Polish and protect my skin, and making sure to take time to de-stress?  That sounded like exactly what I needed.

But… baby steps, people!  Right after getting my results, I got so incredibly sick!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I was almost silent last week — for days, I was so ill and exhausted that I couldn’t even stand up, much less Tweet or Facebook or Instagram!  So a lot of my skincare routine focused more on, say, “getting up off the couch” as opposed to “keeping a sleep journal.”  šŸ™‚

But now that I’m feeling better, I plan to definitely keep going with these recommendations!  Check out my video to see how I’ve done so far.

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Skincare Tweaks!

May 7th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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I wanted to let you guys know about an awesome new feature on the Simple Skincare website — Simple Sense, an outlet that gives you personalized recommendations for healthier skin! I just took it this weekend and was really impressed — their recommendations weren’t just generic “Hey, buy our products!” and they gave me some easy lifestyle tips that I plan to incorporate into my skincare routine!

One of my favorites: did you guys know that wearing makeup prevents your skin from absorbing as much oxygen? That’s one of the (many) reasons that it’s so important to take off all your makeup before you go to bed — to give your skin a break and allow it to soak up oxygen while you’re sleeping. I’m occasionally guilty of falling asleep with my makeup on (rarely, but… it happens) so this was an extra reminder for me to at least use a Simple Skincare facial wipe before going to bed!

Watch the video for some more about my results (and the places where I could use some improvement), and definitely go take Simple Sense and see what it says for you!

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what’s in my bag?

April 4th, 2013 · 10 Comments

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I’m always SO excited when other bloggers do a “What’s In My Bag” post — I seriously can’t believe that I’ve never done one!  It’s probably partly because I tend to accumulate so many receipts, wrappers, and other miscellaneous junk that my bag is more of a “Proceed With Caution” zone than anything I’d like to put up in photos on Sugarlaws!  But the other day, my bag was actually contained all my essentials without a whole bunch of junk, and I figured I’d take a few photos!  Obviously, there’s still a little bit of excess here (four lipsticks! oops!) and I do tend to carry around too much random jewelry (who knew?) but overall, these are my day-to-day essentials!

So what are they?  Obviously, the staples like my wallet, car keys and iPhone are crucial — I basically never leave our house without these three!  The wallet is Longchamp from a zillion years ago — since no one ever sees it, I never change it up!  Then I have a few other crucial additions — prescription sunglasses, business cards, and I usually have some sort of a snack on me at all times (lately I’ve been partial to these organic goldfish crackers from Whole Foods)! 

Then, the makeup — this is where I tend to go a little nuts!  I basically always have at least three lipsticks, but four is pushing it, even for me.  The ones I’m currently obsessed with are Estee Lauder’s Pinkadelic from the Mad Men collection (this might be my absolute fave!), Chanel lipstick in Romance, Dior lipstick in Must-Have, and Beauty For Real lip gloss in Kiss Me.  Love them all!

And I always carry Simple Skincare makeup wipes — they’re the best way to get rid of daytime grime if you don’t have time to redo all your makeup for a night out!  Finally, I love carrying a fragrance “pencil” rather than a bottle of perfume — no risk of it spilling all over my bag!  That happened to me once in high school and I NEVER got the smell out of that handbag.  Sad!  I love the ones Mark. makes — this one is Very Sassy!

And, of course, jewelry — these Kendra Scott earrings have been huge staples for me, and I love these initial necklaces that I picked up in Miami during the Cotton runway show!  I’ve also been using ribbon hair ties rather than elastics — they’re so pretty and gentler on your hair!  These are from Sephora here.

Last but not least, an old New York trick: I always try to keep a pair of flats on hand!  Little ones that roll up into your bag (like these Tieks!) are perfect for quick errands or just letting you park a little further away from where you’re going — it’s a quick trick to get a little time outdoors and exercise!

What are your daily must-haves?

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