Is there anything more relaxing than a bath? Maybe just a warm bath infused with a homemade bath bomb (especially with a glass of rosé in hand). In the past, I’ve mostly associated bathing with the winter — when it’s cold and grey out, lazing around in hot water sounds downright heavenly. But after a particularly hectic (in a good way!) summer, I’ve come to realize how wonderful a summer evening bath can be. Instead of focusing on making it a warm and cozy experience, I like to think of it as being refreshing and invigorating. That’s why I decided to flavor my summer-inspired bath bomb with the most refreshing drink that exists: mint lemonade.
You guys… I am so excited about Seattle’s newest store, Follain. It opened last Friday in U Village and I got a somewhat private tour thanks to my poor calendar management skills (apparently the press preview was Thursday and I showed up on Friday… OOPS.). Thankfully, the founder, Tara Foley, was there and walked me through how she started the brand, the mission of Follain, and all of her favorite products. Oh, and she’s just plain lovely! Not only is the store gorgeous, but it also features a thoughtful curation of clean beauty, skincare, and haircare products unlike any store already here. As I replace more and more of my products with natural, clean alternatives, I am sure that Follain will be an incredible resource going forward.
My beauty and skincare routines are decidedly low maintenance (more about that here and here), but in the summer I’ve found that certain products are… necessary. I’m not what you’d call ‘heat tolerant.’ Never have been and never will be. I’m a sweat-er and not ashamed of it! Over the course of the past few years, I’ve discovered a few skincare products that are absolutely essential to me surviving summer’s heat. Later this week I’m headed back to the east coast for my bff’s baby shower and for Sean to meet my entire family — and it’s going to be a balmy 95+ degrees. You better believe I’m packing these essentials. And I know I’m not alone in my intolerance of hot hot heat (not the band, just the temp), so I wanted to share what’s been tested, tried, and true:
After sharing my morning skincare routine yesterday, it’s time to share my (slightly more involved) night time skincare routine! Last year when I was laid up on the couch with my broken leg, I watched hours upon hours of YouTube video about beauty and skincare… and I’ve kind of gone a bit overboard. My new rule is that I’m not allowed to bring anything new into the medicine cabinet until I’ve emptied a bottle. It’s hard though! There are so many great products out there… and so many I want to try.
So many of my post ideas lately have come from Instagram, like today’s for example! You guys always inspire me so much. I tend to share my current skincare and makeup products there more, so a lot of people have inquired about my morning skincare routine. I tend not to wear makeup on a daily basis, instead saving it for photoshoots and special occasions. It took me a while to feel confident enough to walk around bare-skinned, but now I actually feel weird if I have makeup on during the day!
Fixer upper life, oof. Not only can a renovation project take over your life, but it can take over your face and cause some majorrr breakouts. I know I can’t be the only one that happens to, right? With our most recent makeover, I kept my skincare routine on track and I noticed a major difference, so I figured I would share it with you! Here’s my quick and (fairly) easy routine to maintain clear skin during a renovation.
This month’s skincare and beauty edit leans more toward the skincare side of things. Despite my intense travel schedule, I made sure to take good care of my skin — especially because I was wearing so much makeup at blogging events and my friend’s wedding. Let’s just dive right in! To start, my favorite change of the month has been switching to a new natural deodorant. I am now obsessed with Vapour Beauty and their palo santo & blood orange deodorant. It is beyond amazing. I don’t get funky a few hours after applying, I can work out with it on, and it smells amazing all day long. If you want to make the switch, I highly recommend it.