Not to sound selfish, but getting your boo a fragrance for Valentine’s Day is as fantastic a gift for you as it is for him. Scent is incredibly personal, but here are some new standouts you might want to consider sniffing out for as you look for Valentine’s Day gifts!
My boyfriend recently surprised me with a box of brownies, cookies, and mini cupcakes after returning from a week away. It was so sweet! But it was also the last thing I wanted in my apartment after a weeklong sugar and carb binge. I can’t be trusted around sugar. If it’s nearby, I eat it…and I do so ASAP…and that’s exactly what happened. Chocolate is king on Valentine’s Day, but it’s not the only option! There are plenty of foodie gifts that you can give your lover without “ruining” his or her diet. Here’s a look at some favorites.
It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the new activewear brands launching these days, but let me make it simple for you. Your really only need to know about three: Alala, Michi, and Koral. Not only will these brands have everything you could possibly want to feel great about the way you look at the gym (and they’re made to function just as immaculately as they look), but they stock a ton of options that would look just as good in a bar as they would in a gym.
The ban on plastic microbreads was a long time coming. I wrote about it over a year ago and am so happy to see it has finally passed! Here’s the quick summary: a few years ago, a number of beauty brands started using plastic exfoliating beads in their facial and body scrubs instead of natural exfoliators like coffee grounds, sugar, or nuts because the costs are significantly lower. Unfortunately, as a result, billions of plastic microbeads have been polluting waterways and poisoning fish (the beads soak up toxins in the water which are then absorbed by fish who mistakenly eat the beads thinking they’re food).
Bedtime can be a stressful endeavor when you foresee yourself tossing and turning. Many nights I’ve found myself dead tired, but stress kept me from falling asleep; and it turned into a vicious cycle (especially when I ended up napping the next day as a result). There are, however, a few things I’ve found useful that Osmia Organics founder Sarah Villafranco has outlined for us below – even though some of them (like not checking email before bed) are way easier said than done! There’s something about a little pre-bedtime pampering that works to alleviate some of the day’s stress, and many of Villafranco’s tips take just a few seconds to put into practice!
Getting a late start to your New Year’s resolutions? “Detox” is the buzzword of the season as people revamp their workouts, diets, relationships, and even skin care routines. With that in mind, we asked Christine Chang and Sarah Lee from Glow Recipe, a curated destination for the latest natural Korean beauty products, to share with us three detox tips.
By now, most of us know the value of loading up on probiotics, especially this time of year when many of us come down with colds or the flu (if you are prescribed antibiotics, it’s all the more important to load up on probiotics, as they will replenish the good bacteria that the antibiotics kill). What you might not know is that you can do more than load your plate with sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, and kombucha to keep your digestive and immune systems working optimally; you can actually lather your face with skin care rich in probiotics (believe it or not, bacteria can be great for your face).
A detox vacation doesn’t exactly sound relaxing, much less enjoyable. I’ve been on a few in the US, including one at Canyon Ranch, and they were miserable. For lack of a better way of saying it, all my previous experiences left me feeling like I was vacationing on a fat farm; worse yet, I gained weight after leaving Canyon Ranch because the food was so horrible I spent my days overeating granola mixes, bars, and energy snacks that were high in sugar and calories. Turns out, as with many other things, Europeans do detox better.
Most of us wash our makeup brushes every few months – if at all. For a long time I was like that because the brushes were never quite the same after I washed them. I recently got strep throat, however – a miserable experience that involved a few days of pain so intense I could barely swallow my own spit and a few days of total and utter nausea – and I’m now a convert.