For years I was so against New Year’s Resolutions because I think I took them too seriously, but I’ve decided to do a fun challenge this year instead. I have so much makeup that I’ve bought over the past few years, and since I rarely wear it day-to-day anymore, I almost never get to actually finish a product before it expires.
For at least the first six months of 2020, I’m not going to buy a single makeup product! It’s not so much about limiting makeup (since I really do have so much), but more about challenging myself to not buy things that I don’t need and limiting useless waste. I also want to really use more of my products so that I can give better reviews and recommendations for all of you.
I can’t believe it’s 2020! There’s an Instagram challenge going around to post photos of yourself at the beginning and end of this decade, so here are mine! In the past 10 years, I’ve welcomed some new grey hairs and a little deeper “dimples”; I’ve also dealt with some much harder things like health issues and anxiety. I married my best friend and we moved states, adopted dogs, and started our adult lives together.
There have been so many ups and downs and I can’t say that everything is better than it was 10 years ago. I wish I knew more about my body and health and took a little better care of myself then. I wish I traveled more and took advantage of so many abilities and opportunities I had at the time. But I’m also ready to move forward and start 2020 full of hope and love and gratitude for all that I am and have.
Comparison pics like this are fun (ask me again in my 40s though 😂) but for anyone else who has had tough moments this month, decade, or year, let’s forget the comparisons and just keep going! May we all be grateful, hopeful, successful, healthy, happy and loved/loving now and always. Happy New Year!
My final gift guide this year and it’s officially December! All of these guides are technically for everyone, but this is a list of things that could have been included in both the him and her guides. I would truly feel comfortable giving these to men or women, people super close to me (like my husband or sister), or less familiar recipients (like colleagues or secret Santas, etc.). You might think that the body wash/lotion and lip balm seem kind of personal, but trust me when I say that these are so good that even your kid’s teacher or your work friend would be happy to receive them!
The men we love are sometimes notoriously difficult to buy for. I asked Rob for help with this cover image, and I was so happy that he genuinely seemed excited by most of the things on this list! I know not all guys are into only tools or technology or skincare, so I really added a mix here and am sure you’ll find at least a few things the men (and boys!) in your life will love.
My gift guides “for her” are always basically a wish list for myself, haha. I do already own the last three items on this list, but everything else would make me super excited to find under my tree this year (and honestly, I’d eagerly take multiples of #s 9 & 10). Happy shopping!
I’ve been using aluminum-free deodorant for a few years now. It’s important to me and one of the “clean beauty” swaps that I’m definitely sticking to. The first thing you might need to know is that natural deodorants are just deodorants and not antiperspirants. Antiperspirants work by clogging your sweat glands and therefore preventing your body’s natural processes. Sweat isn’t gross or bad, guys. It’s natural and healthy! Unfortunately, the smells and excessive wetness associated with sweat aren’t always appealing, and there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to minimize those aspects. There can be an adjustment period when switching to natural deodorants, but I’ve honestly found it not to be too bad and the end result is using a healthier product with minimal noticeable difference from conventional brands. I’ve tried countless cleaner deodorants since I switched, and here are my picks (and a couple of duds) from this year:
If you follow me on Instagram (here!) and watch my stories, you might have seen me dealing with a pretty bad reaction to a face mask last week. I immediately washed it off to reveal some SUPER red and angry skin that looked like a serious sunburn. I washed it off quickly enough and my skin wasn’t burned too badly, but it was still an intense situation that had me freaked out for a bit! Here’s what happened and how I got my skin back to normal.