Well good morning! How did you spend it? Chasing babies, hitting the tread mill, or catching up on the blogs? When the lovely team at Byrdie asked what I do in the first hour of the day, I think they were expecting I’d share my favorite foundation and how I take in my coffee (Jane Iredale BB Cream and whole milk, btw). But lately my a.m. practice has been much more about well-being then being put together. I’m trying to start each day with mediation and exercise, even if it’s five minutes followed by a walk around the block with the dog. The busier my life has become the more sacred I’ve been keeping my mornings. If I don’t get grounded before I walk out the door, I tend to feel like a balloon hanging on by a string, blowing wherever the day takes me. Some mornings are still reduced to dry shampoo and an Americano—or putting the finishing touches on a blog post because you watched Sisters the night beforeinstead of writing . . . It’s been eye-opening how hard my wellness routine is to keep up not because I don’t have time, but because I’m programmed to think that “work” is productive, and everything else is if I have time. That can’t be right. One thing that helps: Holding off on checking email and not scheduling any early meetings if I can avoid it. Next mission is to put myself to bed earlier. Such a night owl.
Here’s the Byrdie story, which captures the morning routines of ten beauty bloggers. There’s some fantastic skincare advice in there, as well as reassurance that we aren’t all morning people who can’t wait whip up a green smoothie! What’s your morning routine? Any rituals you can’t leave the house without?
P.S. Sending so much love to all of you who wrote, commented, tweeted or texted encouragement regarding last week’s post about my struggles with weight gain and body image. Just knowing we are in the tough stuff together makes it all the more motivating to take action—and keep writing.
With all of the heavy—albeit important—resolutions that we’ve been talking about, allow me suggest one that’s easier than you think and totally feel-good: Make 2016 the year that you switch to a clean skincare routine. Chances are pretty good that this has been on your mind for quite some time and that you’ve been putting it off (happens to the best of us). But, there’s no time like the present, so let’s get to it, shall we?
This process begins with a bathroom purge. Go through your drawers and cupboards and throw away any skincare products that have expired and anything with harmful ingredients on the labels. One Love Organics did a wonderful post featuring the Top 6 Ingredients to Avoid, which included this handy list that will help you get started. You’ll probably be surprised how often you spot one of these ingredients on the label, but this is worth it, I promise!
The next step is finding a routine that works for you. One Love Organics has created regimens tailored to specific skincare needs and concerns in this handy guide. We’ve also simplified the process with the Beauty Resolution Detox + Glow Kit, a collection of products designed to cleanse, balance and restore harmony so your skin can look its best this year. Order it ASAP so you can join us January 22-24 for a virtual detox of mind, body and spirit. We’ll have wellness experts on hand, including One Love’s founder, Suzanne LeRoux and nutritionist Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple and author of Eating Clean, to lead you in a comprehensive food, skin and lifestyle detox. So much fun it won’t feel like work!
My skincare collaboration with One Love Organics means the world to me, as do you, our very best customers. When you said that you missed our original, award-winning cleansing oil after reformulating it for ECOCERT certification, we listened. As of this week, the original, clean-rinsing formula that you know + love is back! Plus, we’re offering you a chance to stock up with 25% off your entire order with code OriginalB25. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan or are new to this bestseller, here’s what’s still to love:
*Effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH balance
*Non-stripping, clean-rinsing formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften
*Natural Vitamin B complex detoxifies and tones
*Designed with dry, dehydrated skin in mind yet concentrated enough for all skin types
Head on over to Oneloveorganics.com to start shopping and pretty please, keep the feedback coming! Heart y’all big time.
Offer good through Monday, September 28, 2015, at midnight EST.
What a difference two years makes! I still can’t believe it’s been that long I teamed up with One Love Organics on the skincare line of my dreams. The job of my dreams! What started with a commitment to creating the best multitasking, brightening serum (amiright?!) is now six products strong and growing. We are ECOCERT certified. Award-winning. At Anthropologie! Just when I think life in ED4OLO land couldn’t get any better we decide to rebrand. Bet you didn’t see that coming!
As much as I loved our original black and white packaging—timeless, not-too-girly, and vanity friendly—it didn’t hang with its peachy One Love Organics brethren. As we grow, we want all of the lines within OLO to grow together, and to make sense to all of you on the shelf. Bringing the blush into the line and putting our hard-working vitamins front and center not only feels right but will help you better navigate the line. Do you love? I hope so!
Another fun feature: These handy icons to discover + decode which products are right for your skin, their benefits, and when and how to use them. We’ve always been big on simplifying beauty without sacrificing effectiveness, and these details help us deliver on that promise. In the coming weeks I’ll also share some of the enhancements we’ve made to a few of our formulas. You may not even notice them, but your skin will!
After jet setting around the country for the last few years with her Air Force husband, our Natural Beauty expert Hannah has settled down in Sacramento and realizing her big dream of becoming an esthetician. We can’t wait to live vicariously while she geeks out over microdermabrasion and perfects her pore extractions. Now, in addition to her popular DIY beauty ideas, Hannah will be taking your skincare questions in her new column, Ask an Esti. Whether you’re battling blemishes or befuddled by that fancy serum, no question is off limits for our resident expert. Leave them below in the comments section, or email Hannah anytime at email@example.com. –Bets
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.