skincare

Beauty Bites: Leafy Greens

Problematic skin can be a real bitch. And with the ridiculous number of beauty products on the market, crafting a skincare routine has become a freaking nightmare. The whole thing is overwhelming and expensive.

Naturally, the next step would be to do a tedious and extensive amount of research using my good friend google. The results….

“Cut out dairy!”

“Drink more water!”

“Stop using so many products!”

“Use more products!”

“Try sheet masks!”

“Korean Skincare!”

“Keep makeup wipes by your bed!”

“Makeup wipes cause breakouts!”

Yeah, the results were unrealistic and at times conflicting. I was already running to the ladies room all day long due to the amount of water I was chugging.

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Although the myriad of products were still annoying, the dietary concerns really caught my attention. It makes sense, right? We are what we eat. So, I thought I’d research which foods actually made a difference. If you could really get glowing skin from chomping on spinach, wouldn’t more people be doing it? Are more people doing it and I’m just not noticing? I suddenly feel the need to hop in the car, drive to the nearest Mustard Seed or Whole Foods, and inspect people’s complexions. That’s normal, right?

Anyway, lets talk about leafy, leafy greens and how they can give us all that Instagram glow. Greens contain the following beauty boosters:

  • Vitamin A – reduces the amount of sebum (oils that contribute to breakouts) the skin creates
  • Vitamin C – helps boost the skins natural collagen production
  • Vitamin E – protects against free radicals
  • Folate – helps produce and maintain new cells
  • Beta Carotene – an antioxidant that helps to renew and repair the skin
  • Phytochemicals – anti-aging chlorophyll helps prevent damage caused by free radicals
  • Lutein – an antioxidant that boosts hydration, improves elasticity, and protects against sun damage

Here a few recipes that incorporate dark leafy greens that are simple, healthy, and delicious.

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Strawberry Peach Green Smoothie

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Roasted Carrot & Quinoa Salad

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Brushetta Turkey Burgers

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Turkey Kale Pasta Toss

Enjoy!

xo Ali Taylor

 

 

 

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Just a few things that I am loving this summer…

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

When looking for a foundation or tinted moisturizer for every day, I always pick up one with a high SPF. I know that beauty bloggers will typically talk about how SPF is bad for pictures because it produces a “flashback”, but that doesn’t bother me. I wouldn’t wear this when I know I will be photographed, but that isn’t a daily thing for me. I like when my daily foundation or CC Cream contains SPF because that just means I can skip a step in my makeup routine.

I have been loving this CC Cream lately because it is relatively lightweight for the amount of coverage it provides. It dries down to a powder finish, but never looks cakey on my skin. Plus, it is filled with anti-aging peptides, collagen, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Keep in mind that it is a bit pricey, but I think its worth the money.

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Olive Green Romper

Rompers are one of my summer wardrobe staples. Just throw one on, add some accessories, and you are good to go. I love my olive green one that I picked up at TJ Maxx last summer. I haven’t seen it since, so I linked a similar one from LuLu’s.

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Fake Bake Flawless

I discovered this self tanner years ago and it is still my all time favorite. The first thing I look for in a self tanner is the color. No one wants to look like an oompa loompa. Fake Bake has never made me look orange or fake. It provides a natural, buildable tan.

The smell of self tanner is usually enough to make me skip it altogether. That’s why I love this one. It smells fresh with a hint of coconut. The smell doesn’t linger on your skin for a week either.

The next thing I look for is ease of application. If a product is a pain in the ass to use, it will end up in the back of my cabinet collecting dust. The Fake Bake Mitt makes application quick and I absolutely love that this product has a color guard. The color guard shows you immediately where the product has been applied. That means no patches or completely missed spots.

Lastly, this stuff dries super fast. No one wants to awkwardly stand around, avoiding all surfaces for 30 minutes after application. Fake Bake dries in minutes. It really is the best. Oh, and did I mention its affordable, too?

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The Good Place

The Good Place starts out as a fun, light comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ten Danson. Throughout it’s debut season, The Good Place continues to deliver a fast-paced drama filled storyline packed full of jokes.

It isn’t until its two-part season finale that Kristen Bell’s character reveals the twist. I won’t ruin it for you. However, it sets the viewer up for season two perfectly while leaving us all saying, “What the fork?!”

Season 2 is scheduled to premiere September 28th on NBC.

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MyChelle Dermaceuticals Fruit Fiesta Peel

MyChelle’s Fruit Fiesta peel sounds too good to be true. Just take a look at the product description:

Fruit Fiesta Peel delivers both immediate and long-term rejuvenating benefits. A potent Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) blend of multi-fruit acids and 7% Lactic Acid plus nourishing vitamins and antioxidants help promote skin’s natural cell renewal process for a radiant, revived complexion.

After reading this, and seeing the product on the clearance shelf, I knew I needed to try it out. After all, it was only a couple of bucks, compared the normal $28 price tag.

Full disclosure: peels have always freaked me out. I have combination acne prone skin and anything outside of my normal routine can have disastrous results. Therefore, I was apprehensive to try this one, but I am so happy that I did.

I always, always, always do a patch test with new products. The skin below your ear reacts much like your face. Apply the product there to make sure it will jive with your skin. I would much rather have redness behind my ear than all over my face. Not cute.

After I patch tested, I applied the peel to my face leaving it on for 1 minute. (the directions call for 1-3 minutes, so I decided to err on the side of caution)

The results: my skin was glowing, radiant, and super soft. It washes away any dry spots, leaving my skin smooth without using a harsh scrub.

I also love that this peel, along with the entire MyChelle line, is free of junk.

Made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. Vegan. Cruelty-free. 

I use this 1-2 times per week, depending on what my skin needs. I have also worked my way up to the 3 minute mark.

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Sunshine Salad

Sunshine salad is bright, colorful, and fresh. It’s filled with some of my favorite salad toppers like craisins, feta, and roasted veggies. Its a great way to use up left over veggies from last night’s dinner. Toss it with a zippy, homemade vinaigrette and you are all set for lunch.

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Springtime favorites…marula oilAcure Marula Oil

Marula oil is magical. Before I spied it on the clearance rack of my local grocery store, I had never heard of it. I knew Acure was a good organic brand, so I gave it a shot. Turns out, my face loves oil moisturizers. Especially, this one. Not only does it moisturize my skin, it helps to face old acne scars. I couldn’t have asked for more. I just love it when impulse purchases work out.

OPI Ridge Filler

OPI Ridge Filler

Best Basecoat Ever.

It makes any nail color you choose more vibrant and true to color. My nails remain strong, stain-free, and my polish lasts longer than ever.

My holy grail base coat forever and ever, amen.

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Big Little Lies

The final episode airs this Sunday at 9 and I cannot wait.

Somebody’s dead. Everyone is a suspect.

The tale is told through the perspectives of three strong, successful, flawed women. This show delves deep inside the lives and minds of women. Its full of smart writing, drama, and extraordinary acting.

I love a good, dark comedy.

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All of the Pasta, Please

More specifically, turkey sausage and kale pasta toss with a mountain of parmesan grated over the top.

Flowy Florals

To me, flowy floral dresses scream spring. I need to go shopping…

Maybelline - Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon in Blush Burst #ultabeauty:

Baby Lips in Blush Burst

My go-to lip color of the moment. After a liquid lipstick kick, my lips were in need of some major hydration. Baby lips fit the bill. Blush burst is the perfect pinky nude shade for everyday. Love it. I will repurchase this. Plus, it is affordable and you can pick it up at the drugstore.

What are some of your spring favorites? Let me know in the comments.

xo Ali Taylor