This is from Fitnessblender's Instagram account: (Kelli Segars is such a great role model--she is the real deal, folks)
"My best advice is to #eatrealfood - whole, unprocessed, healthy foods that are going to nourish your body. And workout SMART, using dynamic training that leads to a strong, healthy body - Do strength training for your entire body, cardio, stretching - actually I know I'm biased, but do #fitnessblender workouts! But seriously, love your body, and treat it like you love it, and you might be surprised by what happens on the outside. Let go of the need to control every little variable and move fluidly through a lifestyle that has a goal as simple as doing whatever it takes to make your body as healthy as possible. There's so much more room for joy when you're not counting every calorie or spending hours in a gym, and as it turns out, results are more likely to happen that way, anyways."
Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (1.7oz/$32) came my way from a recent Birchbox delivery. It's kinda cute sounding, right? I suppose it depends on how you hear "Hey honey take it off!" though. If it's coming from a construction site or a creepy person, it could be offensive, no? I feel like I would hear the opposite like "Hey Honey Put it Back On!" because I am so ghostly pale. But whatever, getting off track here. This mask is for all skin types and is described as follows:
"It is quick and easy to use, leaving the skin beautifully refreshed, radiant and ready to go in minute. Since the mask is on the skin longer than a typical AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) cleanser, the concentration of AHAs is lower, which will not irritate the skin." Other ingredients include glycerin, honey extract and jojoba seed oil. It is clear with a tacky consistency. It doesn't smell sweet like honey which surprised me. It has a more floral type scent to it. After cleansing your face, you are supposed to lightly moisturize it (whoops--didn't do that) and then let it dry which takes about 15 minutes. You then start peeling it off your face.
Here's a sample size version of it:
This mask was fun! There was something oddly satisfying about peeling it off in pieces, almost like a bad sunburn that is healing over. It does dry down after about 15 minutes and peels off pretty easily btw. My skin looked nice after--smooth and bright, almost shiny but not tight feeling. I do think it worked well as an overall exfoliator and brightener. This is different from the usual scrubby or rinse off masks so if you are looking for an effective, fun skincare product, this is a great option, honey! For info/purchase, head to birchbox.com
While on a recent Target run, Palmer's Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil (6.5oz/$6.99) made me do a double take. I am obsessed with oil and balm cleansers for first and second cleanses. I think they do such a good job of cleaning the face, feel great upon application and provide the skin with some loving goodness. This cleanser contains grapeseed, jojoba and rosehip oils along with Vitamins C and E. It's free of mineral oil (awesome!), parabens and phthalates. It's also dermatologist tested, suitable for all skin types, won't clog pores and is gentle on the skin for removing makeup (including eye). It does have a stronger floral, rosehip scent which is plainly stated on the front of the bottle. It has a golden color and has the usual slippery feel of an oil but somehow doesn't feel greasy. You apply it to a dry face and then add water to emulsify it. I love that it comes in a pump dispenser too. The pump has a "close" too so if you travel with it, no spillage.
This cleansing oil worked great! I was really pleased with how gentle and effective it was especially around my eye area. It rinsed away cleanly without any residue and did not leave my face feeling tight or uncomfortable-just clean and soft. I love how affordable and high quality this cleanser is! I plan to add it right into my skincare routine on the regular. For info/purchase, head to any mass retailer like Target.
Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.99/13.5oz) is on point with the whole micellar cleansing trend in the beauty industry right now. It's described as follows:
"This all in one cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to the skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses skin and refreshes. A multi-purpose cleanser that contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without overdrying."
It's clear, cool upon application and has no scent. I must be completely upfront here: I only used this for eye makeup removal. I am firmly in the oil and balm double cleanser camp followed by acid toning, therefore, I would not use micellar water for facial cleansing. However, eye makeup removers can be mighty expensive especially if you use it on a regular basis. I have used almost an entire bottle of this very affordable, generously filled product and am quite impressed by how well it works. I used the waterproof formula initially and just purchased the regular formula pictured below. It removes eye makeup very well, is supremely gentle on the eye area (no stinging, blurriness or irritation with its use AT all) and leaves behind a refreshed and clean feeling. I will happily purchase this again and again. For info/purchase, head to Target or any other mass retailer.
Olay Regenerist Moisturizer (or fancily subtitled "micro sculpting cream") was on my beauty radar as I've read positive reviews about the entire Olay Regenerist line. Rave reviews mention its quality, effectiveness, affordability and availability. I purchased this cream at Target and you get a decent 1.7oz for $28.99. I had a $5 off coupon which I happily used as I love a good coupon! Makes me feel like I am getting one over on The Man. This cream is supposed to provide a host of skin benefits in one fell swoop:
-hydrates to regenerate volume and shape across skin's surface
-reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
-smoothes and brightens the skin
-restores elasticity with plumping hydration
In addition, it's supposed to firm skin over time. It even boldly proclaims to reduce the look of up to 10 years of wrinkles after 4 weeks! Olay throws down even harder by saying "visible wrinkle results start on Day 1." Look--I am all over confidence. I love when I see it in people and in products but that sounds mighty hard to live up to, no? The formula for this cream is made with an "advanced amino-peptide complex that penetrates deep into skin surface to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles fast." The cream is described as "rich and luxurious and lightly scented." I would agree with that--it's also white in color and while it is "rich," it doesn't feel really thick to me. This is good because I have supremely oily skin and do not require a rich, thick moisturizer. Speaking of which, this is suitable for all skin types too. Here it is:
Before I continue, let me state for the record: I am not that wrinkly (that is not a humblebrag). Sure, I've got that little line between my eyes especially when I am in agony (i.e. doing burpees or listening to someone's vacation stories). I've also got some of those marionette lines that really pop in certain lighting (scary!) but overall, I'm pretty good with the whole wrinkle thing. This is due to my oily skin which is why I am leery of moisturizers in general. (Yes,yes,yes-- I know oily skin still needs moisture but a little goes a long way for my face).
I have been using this cream for about a month and I really like it. It absorbs very quickly, leaves my skin feeling soft and works great under makeup and at night. I have not had any breakouts with its use and I do think it adds a nice brightness and smoothness to the face. I would like to see it packaged in a tube or pump though--I hate jars for the whole grimy, finger dipping application thing. I would definitely buy this cream again and I plan to check out the rest of the line too which consists of cleansers, serums and eye creams. I like that this line appears to be high quality and backed by lots of science and research but doesn't break the beauty bank either. I can see why it gets good reviews. For info/purchase, head to mass retailers like Target, CVS or Walgreens. *This cream comes formulated with and without SPF too. Sweet!