Whether you’re trying to turn the corner from the gross effects of winter — because cold, dry weather can really take a toll on your mind, skin and body — or you’re trying to boost your already beautiful self in preparation for your engagement photos or wedding day, you might be in search of some new pampering goodies to get you started on the right foot. And lucky for you, I’ve been testing out some seriously badass beauty and health goods as of late. Here are five of my favorite new things for mind, body and beauty:
A New Journal
I’m a little bit of a geek with journals and planners and love to have a new one every year. I have like, STACKS of old journals — used, partially used, unused — but always manage to find a new one that I fall into deep infatuation with. I tend to keep them by my bed to record those nagging thoughts that hinder my sleep or to jot down a to-do list. I might doodle from time to time or actually properly record my thoughts in the way they should be when using a journal. But most of all, I find them a very useful tool to help me keep my mind in order. As editor of BAB and founder of two new businesses (one online, IRL), I’m often juggling multiple tasks — much like those of you who are in the throes of wedding planning — and it helps me to have something with me at all times to write down anything I want or need to remember. Plus, old-school note-taking and writing is pretty cathartic.
Foreo Luna 2
While this is a little pricey (yeah, I cringed), I find it 100% worth it. I’ve been using a Clarisonic Mia for a few years, and I have found a number of drawbacks: 1) I hate, and am often too lazy, to replace the brushes. And those bad boys do need replacing; 2) My skin type varies depending on the season and the brushes can often be too harsh during the drier months, causing blotchiness and excessive dryness; 3) It’s pretty clunky. Foreo sent me the Luna 2, and while I’m always a little hesitant to test products I think are a bit too pricey, I’ve been dying to try some new cleansing system for my face. I’m an avid user of the Dove Beauty Bar and Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer … and that’s pretty much it for product. So I rely heavily on brushes to help with the deep cleaning ish. The silicon brushes on the Luna 2 are really gentle — so much so that I felt like they weren’t even getting the job done the first time around — and my particular model is made for combination skin like mine. I like that the unit pulses when it’s time to move from one face zone to the next during the one-minute cleansing session. And I like that the battery holds a charge for wayyyy longer than the Mia. It’s also more lightweight and I’m not nearly as wary of bacteria buildup due to the silicon.
A new year, a new attempt at working out — amirite? Yeah. Well, this usually ends in catastrophic flames for me as the call of my couch is usually infinitely stronger than the call of a yoga class. See, the thing is that I really, really hate working out in front of other people and I have a tough time with running because of old knee injuries sustained while snowboarding (I used to be a badass). This pretty much leaves me with the option of, well, my living room. But the free programs on my Roku are usually boring as shit and the paid ones like Daily Burn are expensive as shit. And then I found Grokker (what a name, right?). And I love it. I can stream the videos through my computer or tablet and I’m not stuck with just yoga or zumba — it has barre classes and a whole range of other options in a range of difficulty and intensity levels. You can follow your friends and encourage them or keep to yourself and do you (boo). Plus, Grokker is only $14.99 per month and you can test it out free for 14 days to be sure you dig it. Kind of a win-win, right? BONUS: Food recipes, because yes.
A Fancy Glass Water Bottle
I’ll be the first to admit I am not amazing at drinking my recommended amount of water every day, but now that I’m pregnant it’s super important for me to get a minimum of 64 oz. every day. I’m also super picky about my chosen vessel — BPA scares the shit out of me so plastic is out, I don’t like the feeling on my teeth of a metal water bottle nor do I enjoy the tinny taste of them and the bottle needs to be small enough that it’s not a burden to carry around but big enough to be worth a shit. A friend bought me this adorably amazing Kate Spade glass bottle from Nordstrom and it’s my everything. At 16 oz., it’s not daunting to drain and is super easy to stick in my purse. Just four bottles full gets me to my recommended 64 oz. and it’s cute as shit (uh, hello #sparklez). Of course we all know that tons of water helps keep extra pounds at bay (if that’s important to you) and keeps hair and skin looking their best, so there’s that, too.
After a recent major hair change, I’ve been feeling a lot more bold about my makeup choices — including actually wearing lipstick, which is such virgin territory for me. After testing out 100% Pure’s fruit pigmented lipstick, I was solidly impressed. Normally, I’m entirely too conscious of the fact that I’m wearing lipstick — which just seems to shorten its lifespan on my face. I’m a total lip-rubber-togetherer when I have anything on them and, of course, when it comes to lipstick this isn’t a good thing as I usually wind up with a super bright outline and nothing in the middle — very ’90s chic (ew). This lipstick, though, seems to “dry” in a way that other lipsticks don’t, making me considerably less conscious of the fact that it’s on my face while also increasing its own longevity. I have friends who had mixed reviews on it, but it worked well for me. Plus, it’s natural and there’s no shame in that game.