Beauty

Detox Bath

Happy Sunday! This is the first installment of a new series I will be doing weekly called Self Care Sunday. Life tends to get in the way with work, mom life, schedules and everything in between, leaving little time for ourselves. That little bit of “me time” is so important to combat stress. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to fit in it! I would love to hear yours, as well!

Last week the topic of overindulging came up during two separate occasions with my girlfriends. We sometimes get caught up in treating ourselves a little too much, and the end result usually has us feeling less than stellar. One had an event coming up, and the other was looking to feel more comfortable in her jeans again, so I suggested trying a detox bath.

It isn’t a cure-all or permanent solution, but it yields a lot of great benefits, including eliminating toxins, strengthening your immune system, and promoting stress relief. It’s a great way to get your body back on track, and able to absorb nutrients better.

How I Take a Detox Bath:

Add the following ingredients to very warm water as you fill up your tub

  • 2 Cups Epsom Salts (I love this kind!)
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil (optional)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Light a candle, grab a book and relax, as you soak for 20-30 minutes

Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water during & after your bath
  • Rinse off with cool water after your bath
  • A detox bath opens up your pores, so I don’t use any soaps, shampoos, or lotions, during or after my bath
  • Everyone’s body is different, a detox bath may not be right for you, so it’s always best to check with your doctor first
  • I give Hudson his own detox bath fit for his weight at the first signs of a runny nose to shorten the duration of a cold, with 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts, 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, 4 drops lavender or wild orange oil and let him soak for 15-20 minutes, while he drinks out of a sippy

My Favorite Essential Oils to Add:

  • Lavender or Serenity are my favorite to promote a good night’s sleep
  • Thieves or On Guard I use to really boost my immune system, or when I’m not feeling well
  • Peppermint I use to help fight fatigue
  • Grapefruit is uplifting, and a great mood booster

Have you ever taken a detox bath? I’d love to hear your variations!

Guide to Glowing Summer Skin

If you’re like me, I have always maintained strict morning and nighttime skincare routines for my face, but never really implemented the same consistency for my body, up until the last year! I use this gentle, yet super effective exfoliator on my face 3 times per week, but it never seemed to click that the rest of my body needs the same type of attention! I’m sharing my top tips for Glowing Summer Skin from head to toe, to be beach or poolside ready at any time!

Exfoliate

Dry Brushing – I dry brush everyday before jumping in the shower! It exfoliates dead skin, reduces cellulite, and stimulates the lymphatic system to remove toxins

Body Scrub – I exfoliate with this Smoothing Body Scrub every other day, that softens and has anti-aging properties!

Moisturize

Body Oil – This body oil is a dream! Not only does is smell heavenly, it illuminates, moisturizes with anti-aging & antioxidant benefits & can multitask as shave oil, bath oil or a scalp treatment!

Golden Glow – I just ordered this shimmery version of my coveted body oil, that gives a sun kissed glow from head to toe!

Color

Self Tanner – I’ve used numerous brands of self tanner over the years, but this one takes the cake! It’s streak-free, non-transferring, fast drying and smells amazing! I can spritz on and rub in and throw on pjs and wake up with a Summer Glow!

Protect

Body – I made the mistake of skipping SPF in my teens & early 20s, but now I won’t leave the house without it! My favorite lightweight, chemical-free products are this lusciously smelling one, and this anti-aging protectant!

Face – I’m not a fan of pore-clogging SPFs on my face, so I use this Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer or this Foundation that have mechanical shields to protect from UVA & UVB rays every single day!

Hydrate

Drink up! – Not only does it help to clear skin, but it also helps to prevent dark circles, and plump up wrinkles to make them less visible!

How Lipstick Changed My Life

 

Life has changed significantly over the past year, to say the least. When Hudson was two months old I started a personal styling job that I adored, but left little time for blogging, or anything else for that matter. Since he’s not a great sleeper, I worked through the night, and got up with him as he periodically woke up. I needed sleep, I needed less stress, I needed a change.

I started my blog because of my passion for sharing things that I love. Clothes, beauty, recipes, DIY projects.. I love sharing what works, with you! I love trying new beauty products, and when I discovered a friend introducing a lip color that can be worn up to 18+ hours, without coming off while you eat, drink, or kiss your babies, I had a very strong intuition that it was going to change my life. That, it did. I signed on as a distributor, and it has been a life changing opportunity! 

What Is LipSense?

LipSense is a lead-free, wax-free, (Non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free.. the list goes on!) lip color that is smudge, rub, food, drink and kiss-proof for up to 18+ hours. It’s used in combination with a moisturizing gloss, Glossy Gloss, and unlike any other lip product, it molecularly bonds to your lips, repairing and healing them! Before trying this magical lip product, I hadn’t worn lip color in the last year because I’m literally never not kissing Hudson’s sweet face!

One tube of LipSense is equivalent to four tubes of regular lip color, because you’re only applying it once a day! It’s applied in three light layers and then sealed with Glossy Gloss. Specialty glosses can also be layered on like Matte, Opal, and Bougainvillea, as well as additional colors layered together, for endless combinations.

This company, SeneGence, is growing in full speed! LipSense colors sell out in minutes, because they are in such high demand right now, and there is nothing even remotely like it!


How Do You Purchase?

You can visit my online shop, Facebook: Luxe Lip Lookbook, my shop Instagram @LuxeLipLookbook, or email me directly LuxeLipLookbook@gmail.com.

You initially purchase LipSense in a Collection, which includes any LipSense color, Glossy Gloss, and Oops Remover for $55 + tax. After that, individual colors are $25 + tax, specialty glosses are $20 + tax.

How Do I Join?

If you’re intuition is telling you to dive in to this amazing opportunity like mine did, I would LOVE having you on my team! I have a blast every single day, working with amazing people that give nothing but support, love and endless positivity! I would be there to mentor you along the way! SeneGence has one of the highest compensation plans in direct sales, but additional income isn’t the only possible gain, you can earn a brand new (paid for) car, vacations (like Disney World & Cabo!), and the opportunity to earn a limitless mainstream income. I would love to answer your questions! Email me at LuxeLipLookbook@gmail.com

I jumped into this business as a new mom, with a baby that didn’t nap unless I was holding him (which didn’t work with my previous job), getting very little sleep, and basically feeling like I was always a mess, and there were never enough hours in the day. Within the first couple weeks of building my business, I was able to leave my other job, which led me to gain so much (stress-free) time with my boys, and built an entire business and income during the time that my baby is asleep in my arms! 

I’m able to wake up, get ready and apply my makeup once, and I’m good for the entire day and night, as I’m running errands to going straight to dinner. As a busy mom, I feel so much more put together, and it saves me so much time! 

This company is filled with the most positive group of people, and it’s such a breath of fresh air! I love having free reign to get as creative as I want with this business, yet there’s always support!

I fell in love with LipSense, and gradually started trying other SeneGence makeup products, and skincare, until I ditched all of my go-to makeup and skincare for all SeneGence products! It’s that good! Each SeneGence product contains SenePlex Complex, a patented ingredient that promotes cellular renewal 23 times faster, renewing skin cells every 16 days, instead of every 28! I can’t wait to share these amazing products with you guys!

**SeneGence does not guarantee any level of success

Valentine’s Gift Guide

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Any holiday that promotes wearing pink accessories, red lipstick, flowers and chocolate is a good one! How can you not love Valentine’s Day? Whether you want to treat yourself, you’re attending a “Galentine’s” soiree with your besties, or you want ideas to send to your hubby or boyfriend, you can’t go wrong with these Valentine’s Day inspired gift ideas!

Some years we go out to dinner, others we stay in and my hubby cooks dinner and I’ll make a yummy dessert and we play Scramble! If you’re spending the weekend staying in, lounge in this comfy hoodiejoggers and these cozy slippers! I’m making little baskets for the boys with books and treats! What are your Valentine’s Day traditions?

Mermaid Dry Shampoo

There are certain things that simplify life, dry shampoo being one of them! Luckily I get away with two washes and styles, and dry shampoo the other days of the week. After reading an article on the scary ingredients most dry shampoos contain, I checked the label on my regular go-to and saw ingredients like liquified petroleum gas! No thanks. Since it’s the hair product I use the most, I recently switched to a version free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. The other major benefits is it’s all organic, and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals. I noticed that dry shampoo in the powder form goes a really long way. Sprinkling it into my palms and rubbing it into my roots absorbs oil and creates a ton of volume, without the damp white residue the aerosol form can leave behind.  How cute is the packaging?

A New Routine


This week, I was given the green light to resume workouts, and I could not be more ecstatic. I just feel better when I’m  working out daily, and I have never been more motivated to get back in shape. 

When I’m working out daily, I tend to stick to all other routines more consistently, like my weekly beauty mask. Since I’m feeling like a new person this week, I decided to switch up my usual mask routine with something new

 Lately, I don’t attempt anything without multitasking, as I applied a layer and went on to wash bottles and load up the sertilizer. By the time I was finished, the mask had already dried and was ready to rinse off. The fact that it is quick-drying, makes it so much more seseptable for me to use. 

Curious to see how well it “pulled the gunk out of my pores” since it isn’t a peel off mask, I rinsed my face with warm water and was left completely amazed. It wiped my pores clean. I was so impressed with the facial-like results (without the inflammation) that I couldn’t wait to use it again, and feel like my face is clearer than ever. It’s seriously a game changing beauty product. 

instagram roundup / saturday sales

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Fresh fruit has been a serious go-to craving as of late. [macbook cover / wallet]

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I made my Best Banana Bread Recipe into fresh muffins & it’s even better (update: use 3 overripe organic bananas for best consistency) they’re vegan & gluten free

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My favorite hue I shared last week lasted me 9 whole days! My usual run is 3-4 with polish. This polish & top coat are amazing.

WEEKEND SALES

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Old Navy is having a 30% off sale today only online! Stock up on Spring staples, and cute sandals for a fraction of the price, no code needed!

denim | sunglasses | slides | top

field jacket | poncho | mules

cold shoulder top | lace up gladiators | sunglasses | shorts

Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase, until 12pm PST, Code: BRSPRING

Gap: 35% off your purchase until 12pm PST, Code: HELLODAY

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off Sale Clothing, Code: XTRAXTRA

Instagram Round Up

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This blue hue has been on repeat lately. This polish is really long-lasting, especially with how my fast my nails have been growing.

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The countdown is on to meet our sweet baby boy! I’m gravitating towards basic tees, comfy lightweight cardigans, and my favorite maternity denim and ankle boots (even though they’re becoming a little more difficult to zip on and off! haha)

breakfast

My favorite weekend breakfast, vegan sausage patties, gluten free cinnamon raisin toast and fresh fruit. When in need of a caffeine fix, this Black & White Cold Brew with Almond Milk is pretty yummy!

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Coloring eggs for Easter weekend.

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The Freshly Picked team sent Baby H the cutest moccs! I can’t wait to stick his little feet in them!

Morning Links

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Ankle boots have been my closet staple for the past 6 or more years. I have a seriously weakness for this cutout style. The right shoe can update your entire look

I can’t wait to try this healthier version of Fettuccini Alfredo that’s vegan & can also be gluten free

Smart Beauty Hacks with products you probably already have on hand

I’ve been obsessed with the simplicity of this app, that pays you for scanning your grocery, beauty, and apparel receipts. Cash accumulates quickly, and you can transfer it into your Paypal account at any time. (Get a $10 bonus for signing up with this link or using this referral code: ethxieu when signing up with the app)

Shakeology has been apart of my daily morning routine for the last year. Vegan Chocolate is my go-t0, but Monday launched the newest flavor, Cafe Latte. If you’re a coffee lover it’s a must try, all the benefits sans the caffeine! (Cafe Latte is not vegan)

Holiday Beauty Drugstore Beauty Haul

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Polish / Mascara / Liquid Eye Liner / High Definition Undereye Setting Powder / Mascara & Shadow Shield

I couldn’t be more impressed with my latest drugstore beauty haul. Pregnancy makes my already fast growing nails, grow 10x faster. Painting my nails is the best option for me, since they grow out so quickly. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure has been a game changer. It applies better than any polish (at any price range) I have ever tried, and gives the look of a gel manicure. It pairs perfectly with my go-to top coat for speed drying and full shine.

  

The e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder takes my favorite concealer to the next level, by keeping it in tact all day and adding a velvety finish that helps camouflage fine lines and dark circles. I’ve been extremely surprised by how amazing this product is, especially for a $3 price tag.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black, makes a bold statement for any holiday eye look. From a statement cat eye, to a smoky eye, to a metallic sheen, each product in Carbon Black really makes lashes and eyes pop!

I came across this super convenient tool, when doing my mascara and shadow in a pinch. The e.l.f. Studio Mascara and Shadow Shield is great for avoiding mascara on your lid, and undereye, as well as accumulating shadow under your eye when applying. Another $3 find.