Hanukkah Mani


Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Hanukkah is here! It’s the 3rd night and if you’re not lighting candles this week, you can still be a part of the festival of lights by channeling this fun Hanukkah-inspired half-moon mani. Choose a blue and nude shade and see my previous post here to see how to do a half moon using stickers from the drug store!


The weather has changed, and while I’m glad it’s wintery, my skin is not so happy.  My face is in desperate need of moisture, but I also need to be careful not to go too heavy or I’ll break out. Lame, I know.  Since loading up on a heavier night cream is out of the question, I’ve opted for a face oil instead. Most face oils are light enough to use year ’round but I’ve found my favorite one that not only gives me moisture but also balances my skin so that break outs are a thing of the past.

Beautycounter’s Lustro Face Oils smell and feel amazing.  They even have 3 different formulas designed for different skin types, and are completely void of any harmful chemicals linked to human health issues. Score! I opted for number three, which aids in balancing out skin tone and helps with everything from acne, to rosacea and eczema. The second face oil is more of an anti-ager and for people with very dry skin.   And their number one face oil is geared towards the super sensitive.

All three are thin enough to apply morning and night but you can reapply throughout the day for added moisture.  I even use it as a makeup primer – leaving my skin supple and soft – the perfect canvas for foundation. pdp-faceoilcollection_selling-shot_528x962

SWEATY BETTY: Aluminum Free Deodorants Part 2


Last summer I did a deodorant test where I swapped my normal favorite for an aluminum-free option.  I tried 5 but only 2 came out on top.  Since then, I made the permanent switch to safer deodorants and have now tested a few more.  I’ve come to realize that while I love the idea of using chemically-safe and natural alternatives, I tend to have to switch them up every few months.  Hormonal changes, as well as dietary shifts, and seasonal weather effect how my body reacts to deodorant.  So to eliminate the dreaded midday pit test, I’ve compiled my top 4 favorite that both my husband and I use without trepidation.

716wD0TI1gL._SY606_Real Purity Roll-On Deodorant – Virtually odorless and works like a charm. CDM_10612Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant – Goes on clear, and is pleasantly fragrant.

61Zls7dMnfL._SY355_Green Tidings Unscented All-Natural Deodorant – Available in different size options, which is great for travel or throwing in your purse on those extra hot days.

LVI-86319-1Lavilin Fragrance Free Roll-On Deodorant – Another odorless option that is available at many Whole Foods, which is convenient.