It’s a precious time of year, one that we must be careful not to get swept away in and take for granted. A small, sweet space between the promises of a new year and the lessons (and stories!) from the one at hand. This month’s 10 Things to Treat Yourself to roundup is a beautiful balance of #GemFinds to help you honor the space between no longer and not yet to set a powerful, but present tone for 2017! 1.) A Statement That Says, “Let’s Cut to the Chase” I’m declaring 2017 the year of directness. No more sugar coating, no more dancing around someone else’s feelings, no more hiding your shine out of fear. The Cut to the Chase Necklace from 7 Charming Sisters is just the reminder you need to protect your own sparkle and not let anyone else waste your shine or your time! If this regal blue piece
Fall is in the air and while I can get excited about adorable booties (all of my favorites are on my STEP Pinterest board) and chic cozy sweaters (this girl’s got a board for those too), the crisp, cold air is just not my style. So, while everyone else is drooling over dead leaves and anything with the wordage “pumpkin spice” on it, I found a few less basic (did I really just say basic?) things that are perfect for showing yourself a little extra love and indulgence this month… And none of them are pumpkin spice related, promise! =P 1.) Caramel Apple Twizzlers: Move over pumpkin spice everything. Caramel apple is the all time fall flavor. These babies are incredible. Last week, I made a special trip to Target just to buy 5 packs. Not. Even. Joking. ($1.00 for an 8 Pack at Target) 2.) A dress you can style 30 ways:
To be honest, unless I’m taking outfit photos or heading to an event, rarely do I clock more than 15 minutes in front of the mirror. Yes, it might take me a long time to “get ready” and I’m pretty much 5 minutes late for everything, but you can’t blame that on my primping and prepping. It’s usually an “I can totally knock this email out before I go or craft this Instagram post before I leave” kind of thing. However, when I’m on vacation, there’s something so rejuvenating about slipping back into my lengthy, pre- “I’m an entrepreneur and have no time for myself” kind of routine. Those 60 or so minutes aren’t clocked in front of the mirror with an attempt to impress anyone, to cover up or conceal my imperfections, or even to look adequate for the Instagram pictures I’ll likely be snapping later. It’s me time. It’s time to notice
For Suzie Wang, a messy accident ultimately led to the business of her dreams. While formulating an eye cream at a large cosmetics company, the soon-to-be founder of 100% Pure (an all natural cosmetics and skincare company), spilt one of the chemicals. The eroded table was a distinct reminder of how toxic some of the chemicals we use on our faces every day can be. “Why am I even using such a harsh chemical to make products people use on their bodies in the first place?” she asked herself. From that moment forward, Wang was determined to create the most pure products in the world. 100% Pure products are just that – curated completely from naturally-occurring and organic ingredients without the use of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. The brands makeup collection, which has been a cornerstone of 100% Pure’s distinctiveness since the start, is “fruit dyed,” meaning products only contain the color
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a few extra minutes in the morning to enjoy your coffee (or maybe to catchup on emails for us workaholics)? You work hard every day multitasking (not that it’s the bestttt way to productivity, but we still do it) and making the most out of every minute. Shouldn’t your beauty products do the same? I thought so. I am up to my ears in beauty products brands have sent me to try out and from the whole stash, these are the absolute best picks (I’ve personally tried every one) for power packing your beauty routine for maximum benefits in the least amount of time and steps! Photo via Nars The Multiple in Orgasm from Nars – $39.00 This is my favorite beauty product of all time, hands down. I have used it in some way, shape, or form nearly every day for the past like 5 years (at least).
If you chuckled at this meme going around (thanks to Erin at Evolutionare for sharing it with me), you definitely understand the stress owning a business takes on you. “When we’re under ongoing stress, it creates that fight-or-flight reaction in an unrelenting way, and as a result, stress chemicals are released into the body. What we know so far is that the release of those stress chemicals creates biological changes,” Dr. Vivian Diller, PhD, tells the Huffington Post. “It’s very possible that if you have a life filled with that constant stress, little by little the body is breaking down.” The effects of the breakdown Diller mentions? Pre-mature aging. One study found that a harmful effect on critical DNA in cells can be caused by work-related exhaustion while another study, according to Scope (which is published by Stanford Medicine) supported even the anticipation of stress can accelerate cellular aging. Elissa Epel, PhD, a research
Between popping pimples, dodging toxic ingredients, and trying to assemble a routine that actually works – skincare can be an exhausting, not-so-glamourous process. Is it just me or shouldn’t it be about beauty and glamour, not medicine and problems? After all, your face is pretty important. With the abundant amount of skincare options out there, this brand really caught my eye a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed with their products ever since. Meet Doll Face Beauty – naturally potent, clean skincare inspired by the grace and style of retro Hollywood (how lovely?!). So why “Doll Face?” Founder Lisa Winarick shares, “Taking care of my skin was passed down from my Grandmother and then reinforced by my Mom and Aunts who all have taken amazing care of their skin. I have so many memories of special beauty days spent around the kitchen table with my mom and sisters mixing products to create our very own
I don’t typically side with many of the life decisions the Kardashians make, but swooning over Gorgeous Cosmetics may just be the one thing we can agree on. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I only cover brands and products that I absolutely adore, which is why I am so excited to share someone that POPSUGAR names a “New Beauty Brand to Keep an Eye On” with you! Founded by Celebrity Makeup Artist, David McConnell, Gorgeous Cosmetics is a luxury Australian beauty brand. The full spectrum collection is composed of performance-driven complexion, eye and lip products, premium quality brushes, false lashes and tools coveted by makeup enthusiasts and industry elite worldwide. Knockout products aside, the reason I love Gorgeous Cosmetics the most is that every element of the brand is designed for any woman desiring the confidence to apply her own makeup – to look and feel gorgeous everyday. Between copy embedded with clear,