The Best Light and Breathable Makeup for Summer

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To say that struggling with your skin is hard is a complete understatement. Has anyone else gone through periods of time where your acne was so terrible that you were borderline depressed? We have! We didn’t want to go out, we didn’t want to be seen, and we would occasionally stare at the mirror and just cry. It’s such a tough, personal struggle and the hot summer weather certainly doesn’t help! We learned to make some changes to how we take care of our skin and the products we apply to it during the warm summer months and we have thankfully not been in the dark place for a long time.

Before the dark days, we were completely loyal and obsessed with liquid foundations, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, as an example. It is amazing because it goes on super smooth and the coverage is unreal! Unfortunately during the summer our love for it does not outweigh our hatred for the breakout we get afterwards. 

The Concern with Switching: We had heard that powder foundations are better for sensitive skin but we were always concerned with not getting enough coverage. Coming from a total coverage, thick liquid foundation to a light powder really deterred us from trying it out. Especially since even though we knew it wasn’t helping the acne, we wanted to cover it up as much as possible.

We decided one day we just couldn’t take it anymore and went to a bareMinerals counter at the mall. The makeup artist was completely sensitive and understanding of our concerns and really took time to show us how we can use lighter products but still get great coverage.

The New Routine: Thanks to her we have a summer makeup routine that works. An example routine of ours looks like this…Start with the Blemish Remedy Concealer Stick in Light and apply it to your under eye, any problem areas and pimples, scars left over from the dark days, and under the nose and chin. Then use a light layer of the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer – Hydrating Gel Cream in Buttercream 03. And lastly, lock it all in with the Blemish Remedy Foundation in Clearly Cream 03. The foundation is powder so it is super light and breathable but solidifies the creamy tinted moisturizer. And when we don’t need an entire face of makeup, for example when we’re running a quick errand or headed to the gym, just a touch of the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer – Hydrating Gel Cream goes a long way!

Since switching to bareMinerals, it doesn’t even feel like we have makeup on but we still get great coverage! The lighter makeup is especially helpful in warmer months! We have the look of makeup but our skin can breathe.

We made the switch to lighter, more breathable makeup and we notice a distinct difference in our skin! What are you favorite foundations for summer?

The Best Self Tanners

It’s the first day of summer and the weather in New Jersey has been so on and off, it’s been impossible to get any sort of tan. So it’s time to take these white bodies and make them look like they’ve been on a tropical island for the past week. We’ve used a few different self tanners out there and we are sharing some of our favorites!

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Ahh sounds relaxing. Except it’s not the island, it’s the self tanner…ugh. Although we’re not currently lying on the beach, we’ve tried the spray and mousse version to get that desired tropical glow.

The spray – it.gets.everywhere. On the rug, walls, the tiny cracks in the tile. Lessons have been learned and we now put a towel down around the areas being sprayed, however it still somehow gets through! Though our tans looked nice, it also made our feet look like they got dipped in a bag of cheetos – not cute.

The mousse – Much better! You have more control and with the glove you are able to spread the tan in those hard to reach places like behind your knees and under your arms. Act quick though! If the mousse starts to dry, it will look a little spotty. We loved the bronzed color we got!

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The smell is amazing – it doesn’t smell like self tanner, which we absolutely loved. We really only use this for our faces and chest since it is a spray that almost comes out like perfume. You can either have it matte or shiny, you just have to shake the bottle to get the sparkles flowing around.

We really do like using this for our face, however use sparingly or you might look like you were outside for a little too long…

Jergens

The OG self tanner. Jergens has been around for awhile now and still continues to be a crowd favorite! It’s great to use all year round and it doesn’t take a lot of drying time. Though they have some formulas that are now instant glow, it does take some time to see color. The smell has also drastically improved and does not smell like self tanner. This is a great product to use to maintain a constant glow.

Alba

This is another one of our favorite products to use on our face! We like the color that it gives us and it smells delicious! We put a little bit of this lotion on our faces overnight and wake up looking a little more alive than usual 🙂 Our favorite part? It has no parabens or phthalates and no artificial colors. Any product that makes you look good and is good for you is a winner in our book!

3 Day Juice Cleanse with Jus by Julie

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Sweetness: I’m so happy that I was able to do this juice cleanse – I felt like I really needed it and it was the perfect start to summer! For the most part I enjoyed every juice, however did have some effects from the sugar. The juices have no added sugar, however fruit does obviously contain natural sugar, which is just something my body wasn’t entirely used to. Day 1 started out great, I really enjoyed the first juice, which is the same each day. My biggest struggle were the juices that were a little on the sweeter side but boy did I love allllll of the green juices. Weird I know but the more “green” the juice, the more I enjoyed it. Day 2 was definitely the hardest day for me. I had a headache and felt the need to eat food even though I stayed strong…. okay I might of had 1 pretzel but shhhh! By day 3 I felt like a pro juicer – it could have been my new full time job. I usually do intermittent fasting on the regular s I’ll admit that I’m happy to have food back in my life, but I’m looking forward to doing this cleanse again the next time I need a refresh!

Sass: Overall I had a positive experience doing the juice cleanse! If you watched our stories you know that the first day I struggled a bit because my juices were not thawed properly and I didn’t realize how much that affected the taste of the juices until day 2. That being said, on day 2, I really enjoyed the taste of the juices much better but I physically struggled the most. I felt fatigued, hungry and a little queasy from the sugar. I also had a little trouble falling asleep from the sugar rush. I won’t dive too deep into that since Sweetness already explained the sugar situation! Otherwise, by day 3 I was feeling lighter and less fatigued and motivated to get my Breville juicer back out! I used to be an avid juicer and after this cleanse I remembered how much my body enjoys the the break from food. I like to incorporate juicing with food, for example, I used to have juice for breakfast every day, sometimes at lunch, but then I’d always have a balanced dinner. I think that is a realistic way of incorporating the health benefits of juicing without feeling the deprivation that you feel when you are doing a cleanse. The cleanse, however, is an excellent jump start and I would definitely do another 3 day!

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Top Tips for Traveling with a Baby

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baby travel 7Lucia is only 5 months old but we have traveled quite a bit! We’ve traveled to Maryland to visit my in-laws several times and we’ve also traveled #DTS (down the shore aka to the beach) quite a bit to my family’s beach house! That being said, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for traveling with her that I want to share with you that will hopefully make your first or continued travels with a baby a little easier.

Also I should note that all of our travels so far have involved staying at someone else’s home so some of these tips are helpful when you are trying your darndest to not impose your baby life all.over.someone’s.house. I do my best to keep our baby belongings together and minimized so we are not vomiting baby supplies all over every room of their home.

Anyway, one of the overall tips I can share is to have duplicates or travel versions of as much as possible, especially if you take long weekends as often as we do. Because if you’re like me, you’ve set up your baby’s room for ultimate function – everything has a place and for anything that needs to be plugged in, the cords and wires are tucked away out of sight and out of the way, etc. There is nothing I hate more than undoing the way a room is set up because I need to take half of it with me. It also eases the coming home process. If your baby’s room is untouched, no matter what time of day you get home, his or her routine can go as it normally would.

So, here are a few items I have travel dups of:

  1. Baby Monitor: I have the full video and sound monitor perfectly set up and positioned at home so when we’re on the go, I have a durable sound-only monitor. While it can be annoying to not have the video, the sound only version does the job. I also find that when we’re traveling I’m closer to her when she’s napping and usually sleeping in the same bedroom as she is when we go to sleep for the night so I am not as inconvenienced by not having the screen.
  2. Bathtub: I have an inflatable tub that fits easily in my bag and is quickly blown up and deflated.
  3. Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer: At home I have a large sterilizer that I can sterilize all of her bottles at once; I also have a separate warmer. However these items are large and difficult to pack. To consolidate, this sterilizer and warmer are combined but only fit two bottles at a time. It makes for a little bit more work when we’re away but I’d much rather efficiently pack and lug less stuff around!
  4. Drying Rack, Bottle Soap, and Bottle Brush: I have a travel-size drying rack because it’s easier than stacking paper towels or borrowing a towel when drying bottles. I also bring a travel size bottle of Babyganics bottle soap and bottle brush. I can be flexible about some things but when it comes to the cleanliness of her bottles, I am a bit regimented. I make sure to use a brush I’ve only ever used for her bottles and soap that is specifically meant for babies. I know she would survive a few days with regular soap but why bother when Babyganics makes travel size!
  5. Sassy Diaper Sacks & Large Garbage Bags: When we’re away I set up a place where I change all of her diapers, usually in whatever room we are staying in. I bring a large garbage bag with me so that for the duration of the weekend I can dispose of the diapers in the large garbage bag without stinking up the homeowners trash bins. The Sassy Diaper Sacks are baby powder scented bags with ties that mask the smell of #2! This way when the diapers are in the garbage bag they don’t stink up the room. Or if you do dispose of the diapers in someone’s trash, you aren’t staaaanking up their kitchen, bathroom, etc. I even use these at home for the doooodie diapers before I throw them in the diaper pail.
  6. Sound machine: Lucia sleeps with a white noise machine every night and rather than pull ours out from home, which is perfectly placed and cords tied, etc I have another one that comes with us. It also means when we get home she can go to sleep without a hitch since her room was left untouched.
  7. Pack N Play: We have several Pack N Plays; one we keep at my in-law’s house, one at the beach house, and another that for right now just stays in my car. They pack so quickly and easily and tuck nicely into any room. Lucia sleeps just as easily in the Pack N Play as she does her crib! If you travel to a place often enough, for example an in-law’s house, keep one there! It makes set up and travel much easier!

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And finally I have a few preparation type recommendations to make:

  • Have a list! Mom brain is real and you are likely to forget one of the 8 million things you need to bring with you when going out of town without one!
  • Keep anything travel related together and in one spot. Just about everything I’ve listed above is kept together in a bag in Lucia’s closet so when it’s time to pack, I know that everything is right where I need it. I don’t worry that I’ve forgotten something and I’m not scrambling around collecting items we’ll need from every room in the house.
  • I use boiled water for Lucia’s bottles. When we’re about to travel, I pack enough bottles to get through the day in a cooler with the ready-made boiled water. This is helpful because I would hate to walk through the door and feel like I need to immediately use someone’s kitchen to boil water for her. She’s also usually ready to eat again the second we get anywhere so to have it ready is quick and easy.
  • Lucia sleeps in, usually until 10am or so. She also sleeps anytime she is in the car. That being said, we’ve found it easiest to leave very early in the morning when she would otherwise still be sleeping so her long sleep in the car doesn’t throw off her schedule. It’s not a perfect science but it’s worked pretty well!
  • I bring a cloth sack for dirty clothes, hers and ours. Babies can sometimes create dirty laundry every hour so having the separate bag for dirties makes it easy to keep track of what’s clean and what isn’t. But more importantly it makes laundry SO EASY when we get home. I just dump the contents of the bag right into the washer when we get home.

I hope you find some of these tips and products helpful! The bottom line for me with traveling with a baby is preparation, timing, and duplicates! What are some of your best baby travel tips?!

10 Tips to Stay Healthy and Germ Free While Traveling

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Traveling is such a rewarding experience, however can definitely take a toll on our immune system. I’ve compiled some of my top tips on how I stay healthy while traveling to make sure I don’t catch whatever germs might be floating around. Read tip #6, it’s a personal favorite!

  1. Before you even leave, load up on vitamin C. I like to drink a few packets of Emergen-C a few days before I leave so that it is in my system already. I also bring some with me to drink while I’m away, especially if I’ve had a few late nights!
  2. Wipe.everything.down. Sooo many people don’t do this and it is crucial! Not only while traveling but just in life. I always carry disinfecting wipes with me and wipe down the seat, seat belt, tray table, etc the second I get on a plane. I also wipe down the hotel room too! Crazy? Maybe. Less germs? Yes!
  3. Never lay on throw pillows or decorative blankets in your hotel room. Like never. These things don’t get washed and who knows what types of weird things were going on with previous guests (yikes). I always pull back the comforter and make sure that I only sit/lay on the sheets.
  4. Piggybacking off the previous tip, don’t put your suitcase on the bed! This is my biggest pet peeve and I don’t understand why people do this. Your suitcase was just dragged on the ground and thrown onto the dirty baggage claim. Use the luggage rack that’s provided or the floor – please!
  5. Don’t forget about your feet. If you are wearing shoes without socks to the airport, always keep a pair of socks in your carry on bag to put on when walking through security. Also, hotel floors can be dirty and you definitely don’t want to pick up any fungus from the carpet. Dramatic, probably but I always bring slippers to walk around in, plus it’s more comfortable!
  6. When we get to hotels, we often unpack our toiletries and leave our toothbrush out on the counter. When the maid comes in, our items get moved around to clean and they might just touch your toothbrush. Yup – dirty hands, maybe just scrubbed the toilet and now it’s on your toothbrush about to go into your mouth. I bet you’ll never leave your toothbrush out again…
  7. Get to the gym – at least once! Maintaining your same routine that you have at home is important when you are traveling too. Foregoing all the hard work you have put in would be so sad just because you are traveling for a few days. Try to get to the gym at least once (if not every day!) so that you can still maintain your healthy lifestyle, especially if you’ve indulged more on food and drinks!
  8. Eat at least 1 healthy meal a day! It can be tough when traveling to eat well for a number of reasons, however if you try to keep at least 1 meal healthy, this will help you better stay on track. My personal favorite meal is dinner so I would rather eat light for breakfast and lunch and indulge later. If you decide ahead of time what meals you want to keep healthy, you are less likely to make an impulsive unhealthy decision!
  9. Drink a whole bottle of water on the plane. I always have a bottle on me wherever I go and when I’m on a plane, I can literally feel the water being sucked from my body. My goal is to drink an entire bottle of water while flying to stay hydrated and keep my skin from drying out.
  10. This final tip is something that I do everyday, even when I’m not traveling, however I think it’s important. When “touching” things, like the elevator button or the touch screen on a place, I always use my knuckle. Your knuckle is less likely to touch your face like your finger tip would and it will prevent germs from spreading!

 

Moleskin… The Secret Weapon to No Blisters

We’ve all heard the expression “beauty is pain” and when it comes to wearing heels, that expression could not be more true. Whether it is a night out with the girls or a wedding; wearing heels for long periods of time, especially when you are dancing and grooving, can be straight up painful.

So let’s bring in the moleskin! What is moleskin you ask? It is a cotton like fabric that has a sticky back that you can easily put on different items, such as your shoes. It is inexpensive to purchase and comes in sheets so you can cut it to literally mold inside your shoe or whatever else you want to use it for. See below how we’ve used Moleskin to take some strappy shoes from “ow” to lasting all night!

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First, we figured out exactly where the moleskin needed to go in order to prevent any rubbing.

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The back of the shoes was most painful so we cut a similar shape of the shoe and carefully stuck it on.

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It’s so simple and easy to do and we carry it with us whenever we are wearing heels for a long period of time. This way we can stick it inside our shoes if we start to have an area of pain!

Rolling with the Ice Rollers

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Cue the Clueless scene of Brittany Murphy sitting on the kitchen counter at the house party singing… rolling with the homies. Cheesy we know but every time we use our ice rollers all we can think of are songs that we can incorporate rolling into! (rolling, rolling, rolling – get those ice rollers rolling…okay we’ll stop)

But what is an ice roller you ask? It is an amazing $17ish device by Vanity Planet that will make you feel like a whole new person – or at least for a few minutes. The ice roller has a metal cylinder attached to the end that you store in the freezer and roll over your face whenever you need a refresher.

Didn’t sleep well last night? Roll this puppy over those tired eyes to reduce swelling. Hung over? Roll this over your forehead and that headache will instantly feel less painless. Acne? Roll the device over your face regularly to reduce redness and shrink those pimples. There are so many benefits to ice rolling, it has become our favorite new device.

The one downfall? All of our ice rollers seem to squeak but hey if we will have smaller pores and glowing skin – a little squeaking never hurt nobody!