Beauty

Try This: The Best Natural Deodorant

It’s a smelly game of trial and error, but I’ve done it and I’m finally at peace with my daily pit routine. Why? Because I have found the best all natural deodorant out there. I went thru this a few years ago when I switched to all natural deodorant and I thought I had found the best brand for me…I even did a blog post about it here. It wasn’t until I started working at a job that required me to move around constantly and sweat a little in a fitted t-shirt to realize that my favorite brand of all natural deodorant just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So I started another sweaty, smelly and expensive quest.

I have probably tried almost every brand of all natural deodorant out there, from the cheaper, so-called “all natural” brands to the super expensive $15 a bottle brands to the DIY Etsy brands. I have tried liquidy roll-ons, rub-in creams, gel based sticks and baking soda-free, clay based concoctions. I’m officially over it. I have found my deo-for-life. I have found Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant.

schmidts_lavender sageSchmidt’s is an all natural, cruelty-free and vegan company based out of Portland, Oregon. They have 5 different scents of cream-based, rub-it-in deodorants (including fragrance free) which is great since I get bored easily. I have tried the Lavender Sage and Ylang Ylang Calendula and I love both of them.

The best part about this all natural deodorant is simple: it friggin works…and it works great. A lot of natural deodorants stop working half way thru the day and you need to constantly reapply. Not with Schmidt’s! The only con would be the hassle of rubbing it in but once you get used to it, it really isn’t so bad. AND…2 days ago they announced (via their Instagram account @schmidtsdeo) that they will be revealing some new products. By the looks of it we should be expecting to see their wonderful formulas available in a mess-free, stick style. They also stated that as soon as the line launches, they will provide a discount code so if you’re ready to make the switch and give them a try, go on and follow them. Your pits will thank you, trust me.

schmidtsdeodorant.com

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Lips worth biting

I have an obsession with trying new beauty products. I am the antithesis of a brand-loyal customer. Even when I find a product that I LOVE, I still find it necessary to try something new once it runs out, thinking “There’s got to be something better out there that I haven’t tried yet!”.  Problem? Some may think so. Waste of money? Yup, it’s happened…especially when trying to find the best all natural, organic, fair trade, cruelty free beauty products that are actually good. It would be nice to someday have a truly all natural make-up collection that I actually like better than the chemical-laced products, but to be completely honest, I’m just not there yet.

The good thing is, I talked to the owner of a natural beauty store in Los Angeles a few years ago when I was switching over all of my beauty products. She informed me that if I was going to make the switch, then it’s way more important to start with the products that are being absorbed by your body such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, body wash and lotion. Since most make-up is formulated to sit on top of your skin, the negative effects it has on your body are not as great.

Moving on…
Every Christmas I get a gift card to Sephora (my Mom is very much aware that it is one of my favorite stores). I had recently ran out of my go to nude lipgloss and so I needed to replace it. There are only a handful of “natural” beauty brands at Sephora and most of the time their products still have some junk in them…but hey, as long as it’s free of the really bad stuff, then it works for me. After browsing around a bit I stopped in front of the Bite Beauty display. I was really excited to find this brand and was extremely happy with their product offerings.

Bite Beauty is an all natural lip care company based in Toronto. Their mission is to create lipstick that is high performance and healthy enough to eat for women everywhere. They make their products exclusively with lip nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat. They are also cruelty free!

Most of their products are formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan
Nude Lips by Bite Beauty
After trying on a few of their products I decided to purchase the High Pigment Pencil in Madeira and the Lush Fruit Lipgloss in Rambutan. The lip pencil has a matte finish with some staying power. If worn alone it can be a bit dry so I usually like to layer a gloss or lip conditioner over it. The lipgloss is great, very thick and slightly sticky but lasts a while and helps to keep my lips moisturized especially in the winter. The smell is a little odd but it doesn’t bother me, and I like knowing that when I lick my lips I’m not ingesting a bunch of chemicals. The price tag is pretty high with the lip pencil at $24 and the lipgloss at $22 but since I had a gift card it didn’t bother me as much.
Taupe Eyes + Nude Lips

Overall, If you don’t mind splurging on your lip products, then I definitely recommend Bite Beauty products. They also have a really great blog for beauty tips, trends and fashion inspiration. (see image above)

Roadtrip Part 1: From L.A. to Santa Fe

I’ve been back in MA since mid December and I am just now posting about my roadtrip! My plan was to start taking classes in Holistic Nutrition starting in the new year so I have been consumed with researching schools and reviewing curriculums. There are SO many options and I wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision. I’ll post more on that later.

So I left Los Angeles on December 2nd and headed to Scottsdale, AZ for my first stop. I’ve been to Arizona a bunch of times so I only spent one night there at a friends house and took off the next morning. We did go out that night to a chill mexican spot called Loco Patron where I may or may not have gotten slightly loco. I actually really like Scottsdale and the city has been developing over the years adding new restaurants, nightclubs and shopping areas making it a more desirable place to live.

In the morning I stopped at the local Sprouts Market to get some snacks for my drive to Santa Fe, NM. My plan was to make this roadtrip as healthy as possible so that I felt good and had energy to make it through the long drives. The trip from Scottsdale to Santa Fe was the most gorgeous ride of my whole journey. The winding roads through terracotta mountains, the bright, vivid colors of the sky slowly turning pale and muted with the aging day and the beautiful sunset that I witnessed through my rearview mirror…just stunning.
healthy snackslandscape1landscape2landscape3landscape 4sunsetFor my first night in Santa Fe, I stayed at a little hotel called Santa Fe Sage Inn that I booked through an app called Hotel Tonight. If you are a frequent traveller or even if you travel once a year, this app is really great. Basically, at 9am they post all of the hotel deals for that day only. The hotels give them their unsold rooms to post at a discounted price and then you can book them easily and securely through your smartphone. I booked it right before I left Scottsdale…it literally took me 2 minutes, so easy.

For dinner I went to an amazing vegan/vegetarian place called Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe which focuses on serving Ayurvedic “healing cuisine”. I sat down and was blessed by the company of the chef, Prakash. He guided me through the menu and educated me on the Ayurvedic way of cooking.

What is Ayurveda?
– Ayurveda is the Science of Life – a 5,000 year old system of healing and well-being from India. “Ayur” means Life and “Veda” means Knowledge.
– Ayurveda is the knowledge of longevity, which offers healing, rejuvenation and self realization through balanced foods, herbs, yoga, massage, aroma and meditation.
– Ayurveda teaches us to pay attention to how and what we eat and to take responsibility for our own health.
– Ayurveda recommends Sattvic (pure) food for healing and maintaining good health. Sattvic food incorporates the six tastes in every meal: Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Astringent, Salty, Pungent.
– Ayurvedic food principles also include the seasons; the nine planets; the daily temperatures and using fresh organic produce.

I enjoyed the vibe, environment and food so much that I returned the next day for lunch.

thaali plateDalIn the morning I visited a local fitness studio called Studio J Fitness and took a Barre class. It was pretty challenging and it felt good to move my body after the long drive. I showered up, checked out and headed to a place called Body of Santa Fe for a quick breakfast before hitting up the local shops. I need to mention how obsessed I was with Body…I wanted to live there. It’s a boutique, yoga studio, spa and vegan/vegetarian cafe all in one cute little spot. After breakfast I headed to a few boutiques: Cupcake Clothing was one of my favorite shops that had such stylish clothing, accessories, jewelry and body products. The staff was super friendly too…I could have spent thousands of dollars there! The majority of my time was spent at Double Take a huge retail space offering consignment, vintage and contemporary clothing, accessories, gifts and home products.

In the afternoon I went to go check into my little casita. For my second night, I booked my stay through Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. I stayed with a wonderful host in her guest house. It felt great to be in a home with a full kitchen, living room and washer/dryer. I also liked the fact that I had someone to talk to about recommendations and places of interest in the city.

That night I went to dinner at a place called La Boca. Great staff and delicious food. A few notable mentions are the grilled artichokes, the chocolate pot de creme and the wine/sherry list. I sat at the bar and ended up meeting a wonderful friend who took me out to a local bar and filled me in on life in Santa Fe. She was kind enough to let me stay with her and her insanely cute puppy the following night. I feel truly blessed to have met such a quality person who I know I will remain friends with.

The following day it was 18 degrees and snowing, but that didn’t stop me from roaming around the Plaza. I layered up and slid down the road to check out all the great boutiques. After shopping I went back to Body for lunch and then ended up at a skin care and organic herb shop called Milagro Herbs. I spent an hour in the shop talking to the girl that worked there. I told her all about my journey and asked her about hers; where she went to school and how she ended up in Santa Fe. She gave me a lot of valuable information and schooled me on the healing power of Flower Essences. I left feeling inspired…and with a small bag of new products. My skin had been acting up, most likely from the stress of moving, so I bought a Clear Skin Cream, a Hydrating Tonic to heal my skin from the inside and a bottle of a flower essence blend called “Sweet New Beginnings” to bring clarity and ease when starting new things.
winter styleIMG_4428IMG_4561That night I met up with my new friend and we had a casual dinner at The Shed before calling it a night. In the morning, I got coffee at a  bookstore called Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse. I ended up buying a book about self-healing with Reiki which I have yet to start reading but will eventually. My last spot to hit up was the La Montanita Co-op for some more snacks before heading out to Texas.

There’s a reason why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. Although I wasn’t able to explore any of the other cities (like Albuquerque or Taos), I absolutely loved Santa Fe and I’m excited to visit again…maybe this time in the warmer months!

If you have any great New Mexico stories, please share!

xo,

Tiffany

Hot Plaits

braids

 

When I was younger I wanted to be a hairdresser. I used to make my little sister sit on the floor for hours while I played with her hair. If she tried to get up, I wouldn’t let her..unless she started to cry and then my mother would have to get involved. Well, the other day I had an urge to play with someone’s hair. I usually just play around with my own hair, but if you’ve ever done that then you know how quickly your arms start to hurt! I was lucky enough to have my roomie volunteer and this is what I came up with! Four “inside-out” french braids leading into a flower-ish looking bun.

Naked Basics Palette: A Beauty Must-Have

 

Although I try to maintain an all natural beauty regime, I tend to be more lenient when it comes to make-up. Let me just start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes. I have the first and second palettes and I love them equally. I am so thrilled that they decided to make a smaller palette of all matte, nude shades…with the exception of one semi-shimmery color (Venus). The first two palettes were a bit heavy on the metallics and shimmery shades and lacking in the mattes so the Naked Basics Palette is a great addition to the family! In my opinion, this eyeshadow palette should be in every girls make-up bag…even the girls that don’t wear much make-up.

You can find it at sephora.com for $27