5 Things To Do for “Call in Well Day”

*I felt the magic of swiss herbs in Ricola® Herb & Throat drops as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #swissherbs – All opinions remain honest and my own.

At least once in your life you’ve had to call in sick to work. You’ve likely legitimately been sick when making that call. But what about those days when you want to stay home and you’re not sick. Maybe you just need a mental health day full of silence and “vegging out”. Maybe you can’t handle the way Sheila chews her food in the morning meeting (name has been changed to protect the innocent *wink*). November 30 has been deemed “Call in Well Day”. The day where you can call in sick but stay home well.

Okay, so you’re on board with me and calling in well on the 30th. What are you supposed to do with all of this free time at home? Here’s what I’d do:

1 // Play in the tub. Not because you’re three, but because you want to relax and no one is home but you. You can actually lay in the hottest water tolerable, soak in the oils and bubbles… in peace. In the dark.. maybe with some candles… maybe read a magazine. Alone. Can you tell my kids constantly walk in on me in the bathroom?! Nowhere is your own during communal hours. Slap on some Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pads, mask up with Borghese Fango, exfoliate with some LUSH Ocean Salt…. basically take your well day and bask in it.

2 // Jam. Not the food. Music. Your music. Not one of your songs, then one of your SO’s… then 1,000 of your kids. Yours. Sing as loud as you want for as long as you want to anything you want.

3 // Now the food. Eat what you want and you don’t have to share. For me, I love to eat buttered noodles and peanut butter cups from the fridge. Because well day isn’t really about “eating well”. As you sink into your food coma pop in a Ricola® Dual Action Honey Lemon drop for stamina and to help keep you from actually getting sick so that your next “call in sick day” can be a “well day” also 😉 . A blend of 10 herbs called Chrüterchraft is naturally effective in soothing relief for your throat as well as other ailments that may be impending.

Ricola® is hitting the road to help America wake up their mouths with their Revitalizing drops! I love how these drops make my throat feel during allergy season and the colder months… find me that car! Check out the site and see if Ricola® will be stopping by a city near you! #wakeupyourmouth

4 // Catch up. It’s so stressful to be behind on anything. Even the DVR. Catch up on shows while you do something that you enjoy. Decorate your planner, do some adult coloring… find your happy place.

5 // Try a new nail color. Work safe bah humbug. Do a LUSH Hot Hand Mask, toss the nudes and neutrals and give yourself a mani pedi of something bold and bright… go as vampy as you want… bring on the glitter. Rhinestones. Add on your favorite hand cream and voila.

Notice how I didn’t say clean anything? Because, no. Not on your well day.

FYI I think it goes without saying to use extreme discretion when calling in well. You know your employer the best and it’s obviously not worth losing your job over… but if you can call in well… do that. We all need a little break sometimes!

*I felt the magic of swiss herbs in Ricola® Herb & Throat drops as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #swissherbs – All opinions remain honest and my own. For more info on Ricola visit them on Facebook & Twitter.

Borghese x Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic Face and Body Mud Photos & Review

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At first glance… it’s pretty, right?! The jars are so decorative that it’s almost easy to assume that there’s a candle in there… but you’d be wrong. These are the Borghese Fango Mud that you know and love dressed up in decorative jars featuring calligraphy by award-winning artist and designer Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic.

More than mere promotional packaging, Borghese views this collaboration as one of minds as well as product. “Reenergizing Fango with a contemporary, fresh, new look is the perfect pairing of eastern sensibilities and classic Italian beauty,” said Neil Petrocelli, Borghese Vice-President of Marketing. “Fango is unparalleled for its purifying and cleansing benefits,” added Mr. Petrocelli. “Its heritage is one that takes beauty to an entirely different level as do Lex’s designs.”

Fango Active Mud for Face and Body – 17.6 oz. ($72.50 // Lord & Taylor)
The mineral-rich mud derived from traditional Tuscan treatments and infused with Sweet Almond and Avocado Oils has deep-down purifying power that purges and minimizes pores while exfoliating for clarity and hydrating and firming to reduce fine lines and provide a smooth, toned texture.

Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate, Dry Skin – 17.6 oz. ($72.50 // Lord & Taylor)
A purifying treatment formulated with Aloe Vera, Oat Protein, Mango Butter, Olive Fruit and Chamomile Extracts to gently cleanse and detoxify, yet leave the most fragile and sensitive skin feeling enriched, soft and refreshed.

I’m a fan of the Fango Active Mud for Face and Body to use on my face because my skin can be oily and this makes it feel wonderful! I prefer Fango Delicato for my body because that tends to get dry, particularly my feet in the Winter. This set is ideal for the skincare aficionado on your list this holiday season!

The Borghese x Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic Fango Collection is available now exclusively at Lord & Taylor where the products retail for $72.50 each for the full size. You can also buy the duo in a smaller sized set here for $39.00. In the set each jar holds 7.5oz of product. The packaging is limited edition.

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Summer Beauty – Top 10 Face Products with SPF

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How is it mid-July?! I don’t get it AT.ALL. No clue where more than half the year went. I guess since it’s mid-Summer and also steaming hot it’s only appropriate that this weeks Top 10 Tuesday be on SPF. Here are my Top 10 Face Products with SPF to check yo’self before you wreck yo’self. SPF up, y’all!

In no particular order:

  1. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Full Coverage CC+ Cream with SPF 50+*. Yes, you read that correctly! 50! The formula goes on light yet still has excellent coverage. If you crave heavier coverage it’s buildable.
  2. Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer SPF 50*. Another 50! This oil-free formula not only hydrates and provides sun-protection but it also is packed with anti-aging benefits! The Advanced Actives penetrate deeply to stave off wrinkles while the SPF stays at the skins surface where it’s most effective. I love that it does all that and still feels light. I can still wear my makeup over-top without anything feeling heavy or uneven.
  3. Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30*. This is a fantastic every day moisturizer with skin soothing botanicals that are great for the skin, while the SPF protects. I am obsessed with this moisturizer because a little goes a long way, it feels light-weight and isn’t greasy at all. The included aloe vera will soften and soothe.
  4. Chanel Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen. I’m loving that this light formula covers just enough so that I feel confident going out and also has a slight dewy glow to the finish that helps to blur imperfections.
  5. Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Crème. I’ve been playing with this off-and-on for awhile and it’s wonderful for toning down dark circles and puffy eye-balls while also illuminating to hide imperfections. The SPF 20 is an added bonus that will also protect that thin and sensitive area of the eye.
  6. L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation*. Using Opti-Blur Technology the illusion of flawless skin is created, every girls (and guys!) dream. This product feels amazing, looks amazing and contains an SPF of 18 for protection!
  7. Borghese Age-Defying Cellulare Complex CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 & Age-Defying Cellulare Complex Protect Moisture Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15*. This is a fantastic and inexpensive tag-team of SPF for your face. The lotion is fantastic for your day-time anti-aging skin care while the CC cream is ligh, non-greasyt and still provides coverage and protection.
  8. Miracle Skin Transformer Face*. I love this for priming, concealing imperfections and generally being bad-ass at evening out my skin tone. Oh, and it has SPF 20 for protection as well. It’s like a bodyguard.
  9. Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer*. This oil-free moisturizer provides a slight, natural tint to the face while still providing protection (SPF 20). I received this last Summer to test out and I’ve repurchased twice since then!
  10. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The coverage of this is decent and provides the base for a flawless face. It absorbs quickly, so you have to work very fast, but once it’s on it’ll last the day (unless you’re in the water).

What are your top SPF soaked beauty products to slap on your face?

***Products marked with an * were received as a press sample, all others were purchased by me. This post also contains referral links.