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As slow as the start of the year was this Summer has really flown by! How did March/April take 29 years and May-through-now has gone by like lightning?
We’re nearing the end of the season and while the future is never certain we can always take the time to enjoy life and shake things up a bit with new additions to our self-care routines. From self-tanning to nails to drinks (yum!) to even finding our latest adventure within the pages of an awesome new book!
I think it goes without saying that my first stop on the self-care journey will always be painting my nails. It’s calming to look down while you’re doing anything and see a beautiful manicure.
Cindi Nails has a wonderful manicure system that works to revive your natural nails (something I desperately need). The system was voted #1 by professionals as the longest-lasting natural manicure and, bonus, it was made in the USA!
Tips: First, use the Healing Base Coat from the nail bed to edge. Let it dry for 60 seconds. Next, apply 2 coats of the lacquer color and let that dry for 60 seconds. Pop on the Protective Top Coat and let that dry for another 60 seconds.
Optional Steps: If you apply another coat of this within 48 hours it will keep your manicure looking fresh even longer! You can also use a thin layer of the Repairing Middle Coat Rx between the two layers of lacquer. This is a special formula created to reinforce natural nails and repair damage caused by medications, gel polish, and powder dips.
Shades shown here: 701 Ballet Shoes and 763 Cheekini (accent nails)
Keeping up with my day-to-day these days isn’t as easy as one may imagine. I’m still working a bit at home but also working out of the home. It’s been quite a change so being on-the-go means I need a bit of an energy rush.
Energy Rush Stix from 4C is the sugar-free energy drink that I’m currently using as my go-to. Because they’re sugar-free there is no energy crash plus they’re low-calorie with just light carbonation. There are 3 flavors in Citrus, Berry, and orange – just mix in with water and dash out the door!
Nothing is more relaxing to me than holding a book in my hands and curling up for some uninterrupted reading time. Whether I get 10 minutes or an hour, nothing settles me more.
From Harper Collins, I’ve been reading The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill. This is a feel-good, women’s fiction novel that makes it easy to escape life and dive into the worlds of Kim and her friends vacationing on the Amalfi Coast. Secrets, surprises, and drama make this an excellent read whether you’re at home or on the beach. It’s also perfect for gifting!
It’s still blisteringly hot out and no one wants to be out in this heat with a hot drink. When choosing a tumbler I go for one that will keep my drinks cold for as long as possible.
Swig Life tumblers have triple-insulation technology (aka double-walled, vacuum-sealed, and copper-plated) that keeps your drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Plus Swig Cups have super cute prints like this one in “Palm Springs.”
If you are so inclined to imbibe something warm, this tumbler will also keep your drink hot for up to 12 hours.
When you shop Swig Life through this link you’ll save 10% on your purchase! Enjoy!
As much as I hide from the sun I always feel more confident in myself when I have a bit of a tan going on, especially in the Summer. Because I’m so fair naturally I err on the side of caution and choose products that provide not only a healthy glow but also natural results.
Vita Liberata organic self-tan and face makeup products are easy-to-use and top-performing for me. I need something that is quick, no-nonsense, and also gives me that 100% success rate that I’m always looking for in a beauty product.
The Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Mist is a grease-free and untinted tanning water used to naturally deepen your tan from sunkissed glow to bronzed goddess. You can even gradually increase the amount to deepen your color more. This product dries quickly while brightening and conditioning the skin.
Tips: Shake well before using. Use Vita Liberata Luxury Tanning Mitt to apply to clean, dry, exfoliated skin. Work your way up using long, circular movements. Applying the product correctly using the Vita Liberata Luxury Tanning Mitt will result in a smooth, even application, and streak-free tan. Allow 8 hours to fully develop and rinse off with warm water. If you moisturize after, use something with no oils or fragrances.
The Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser is your self-tanning multi-tasker! Use this 3-in-1 as your makeup primer as well as a lasting self-tanner for your face. You’ll find that this product evens out skin tone, helps to cover imperfections and provides a radiant glow.
Tips: Apply using a foundation brush, beauty sponge, or your fingertips. I prefer a large-sized beauty sponge to easily apply while also being able to quickly bring the product down my neck and décolleté.
How are you self-caring for yourself during this rather interesting and unprecedented year? I’d love to know your personal tips and tricks in the comments below!