Pampered to Perfection | How to Treat Yourself!

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With exciting changes that come with the new year, it’s crucial to dedicate time for yourself. Whether it’s indulging in a good book, trying a new recipe or splurging on some retail therapy- treat yourself!! Here are some of my favorite ways to relax and unwind in the midst of a hectic schedule.

Draw a bath, light a candle and enjoy- you deserve it!

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Not sure where to start? Take a trip to Lush Cosmetics! Applying a Lush face mask makes me feel like a true diva. My current favorite is the cooling “Cupcake” mask. It smells sweet enough to eat and makes my skin feel better than ever. My favorite part is that it’s infused with spearmint, giving it a tingly and refreshing feel. Pop it in the fridge and apply it cold- you’ll thank me later!

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If I decide to pamper myself, I go all out. Lighting a candle is one of the easiest ways to make your bathroom feel like a 5 star spa. My absolute favorite scent is “Mahogany Teakwood” from Bath and Body Works (it smells like cute boys, not kidding).

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If the candle isn’t aromatherapy enough, these “Stress Relief” products will definitely do the trick. This Bath and Body Works duo smells incredible and its stress relieving power proves to certainly not be falsely advertised. If I’m not using a bath bomb, I absolutely love adding the eucalyptus tea body wash to my bubble baths. Followed by the body lotion, your skin will be in heaven.

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I recently received this Liz Earle cleanser in my Birch Box and I’ve been in love! It definitely works within your pores, leaving your complexion dewy and bright. Not only does this help with breakouts, but it gives your skin an even glow. I recommend gently scrubbing it off with a hot cloth for best results.

 

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To finish off my spa day, I absolutely adore spraying my face with this “Eau Thermale Avène” spring water. It immediately feels super soothing and refreshing when used after a cleanser. Not only does it cool my skin but the thermal water gives it a lasting soft and moisturized feel.

 

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about my favorite tips for pampering! If you try out any of these products be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. How do you like to treat yourself? Wishing you a 2017 full of relaxation and rejuvenation!

 

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Thanks so much for reading!

XOXO,

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Magnificent Mangos & Scrumptious Strawberries || Summer Smoothie Recipe

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With this wonderful warm weather finally greeting the East Coast, I have been feeling way more motivated to get active and live a generally healthier life! I’ll be the first to say I have my fair share of ice cream and other treats, but I am starting to realize just how different I can feel with just a few adjustments to my dietary habits and daily routine (still never giving up ice cream though). This awesome mango & strawberry smoothie is a recipe I put together with some items in my fridge and it has become one of my new favorite snacks. Let me know in the comments if you would like more healthy recipes and fitness hacks that I have been incorporating into my everyday life. I hope you like this recipe and try it out yourself. Enjoy!

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For this recipe you will need: 

  • Naked Juice (about 1 cup)- mine is in the “power-c machine flavor.” I have never been able to get myself to try the green concoctions associated with the “juice cleanse trend” but I tried this flavor for the first time and it is seriously amazing! This particular juice includes:
Image Credits to http://www.nakedjuice.com

Image Credits to http://www.nakedjuice.com

All in one drink! If you don’t have time to make the whole smoothie, just drinking this juice is the perfect pick me up due to all of its Vitamin C benefits!

In addition to your Naked Juice, you will need:

  • About 4 large strawberries, washed
  • Vanilla yogurt- Mine is the Stonyfield brand.
    • You can also use strawberry yogurt or whatever your favorite flavor is, for a twist!
  • About 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks
    • You can use fresh cut mango if preferred, if so you will definitely want to include a few extra ice cubes.
  • 2-3 ice cubes

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Next you will obviously want to blend it all up! I use this awesome little Blend’N Go blender from the Oster brand. The travel cup itself screws into the base to act as the blender- this makes it super easy to make a smoothie on the run, especially for breakfast. If I’m not going anywhere however, I like to pour my smoothie into a little mason jar- mainly because it’s adorable (just think of all the Instagram opportunities) but it’s also great for storage and refrigeration (I wouldn’t save your smoothie for more than a day or two- that could get nasty).

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So why would you want to make this smoothie when you can have 5 cookies instead? Well my friend, although 5 cookies would be delicious (and a bit gluttonous)- do they give you the same amazing benefits as this incredible smoothie? Heck no! This smoothie alone will give you enough Vitamin C to last the whole day, with the energy to run a mile (or stay awake at least)! In addition to this, you skin will definitely thank you.

Vitamin C has nutrients that act as a natural cure in skin related problems. By consuming fruits such as those in this recipe, you might find your skin with a natural glow. Vitamin C also aids in wrinkle and disease prevention- so that’s always cool! Instead of investing in an expensive Vitamin C infused moisturizer, try including fruits such as oranges, mangos, peaches and more into your diet, you will definitely see a difference!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and try out my summer smoothie recipe for yourself. You can sit by the pool and get your Vitamin C intake from your smoothie filled mason jar and look cute doing it (once again Instagram opportunities)!

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Thanks for reading & have a wonderful (Vitamin C filled) weekend!

With love,

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