I posted a video on my YouTube channel where I am showing you how I do my nails at home. I did this DIY trendy nail art with swirls . I am nowhere near professional but I like to DIY my manicure because it saves me time and money. I hope this step-by step tutorial inspires you to do your mani at home as well . I had poly gel extensions for a bit and remove them and my nails are really damaged and thin . I am giving them a break from gel nail polish so I am doing regular nail polish.
It is very nice to just go and get your nails done at the salon but honestly every time I get mine done the polish would either chip the next day or I would get those fake looking nails. Probably it is just me that I haven’t found a good nail tech but last time I got some gel extensions they looked so fake that I started fixing them myself and I got way better results.
Watch my YouTube video where I show you this DIY trendy nail art with swirls. It is not perfect but I like that it looked unique and hand drawn. Just like art 🙂 I feel anyone can do this, just use a light hand and don’t stress about it.
I am so excited that this bundle from Alo Yoga is on sale right now. It’s everything you need for a pilates or yoga class. They named it the Ultima Home Studio Set but I better be seen with it. So cute and so many colors to choose from. I’ve been eyeing it for a while now and I would like to grab one for myself. But also with the holidays approaching this can make a great gift for the workout addict.
I am torn between the pink and the black set ,oh it’s so hard to pick one . Which one would you choose?
With the season of flu and colds right around the corner not to mention that Covid 19 is still lingering around and doesn’t seem to go anywhere anytime soon it’s time to boost our immune system.
This tea is packed with immune boosting ingredients and it’s easy to make and super tasty. I like to prep a big batch and enjoy hot as well as cold. Ideally you want to drink it in the morning on an empty stomach just to make sure your body gets all the good benefits. But I also like to sip the beverage chilled throughout the day.
The key ingredients are:
Gingeris great at fighting flu or colds. It is great for your gut which helps boost your immunity
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory which really helps fighting off any inflammation processes that start in your body when you are getting sick. It helps you fight off a variety of viruses.
Lemon– we need some extra vitamin C when we are under the weather.
Honey is great in strengthening the immune system as well as relieving any pain.
Cayenne pepper is rich in a lot of vitamins like C, E , K, B6. It has metabolism boosting properties which helps our body clear off colds or the flu much faster.
5 cups of water
1 piece of ginger (about 2 inches) sliced
1 lemon (using the juice and the zest)
Use a veggie peeler to remove the yellow part of the peel.
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
I usually prefer making it with fresh turmeric. But it’s not always available in my area. If you are using fresh use about the same amount as the ginger. Slice it into thin pieces, skin on. It gets messy so be careful around light clothing.
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Add water and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and add the ginger, turmeric and lemon peel . Simmer for 10 minutes covered . Take out from the heat and add a crack of black pepper to make the turmeric easily absorbable. Squeeze half of the lemon into the pot. Add honey to taste in a mug and strain the tea over to make it dissolve. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper and enjoy!
Sometimes I make a double batch and store the tea in a glass bottle in the fridge for up to 3 days. Saves me so much during the week and keeps me healthy!
Summer fun associated with long beach days, partying till sun rise, sipping on yummy cocktails by the pool are sadly gone. Tepretures are slowly but surely dropping. Aside from the good memories and a few great IG posts , summer has left some not so fun sun spots and dry brittle hair. Sure that bronzed glow looked really good at one point , but soon after seasons change we start seeing sun discoloration, dehydrated skin, dull complexion. And on top of that the drop in the temperature makes things even worse. Our bodies feel the change of the seasons more than we even know. Skin is the first to show all those signs. I hate to say it but you need to add a few new products to your daily regimen, just to make this transition smoother.
Here I carefully selected products that will target all fall skin needs and leave you with a youthful complexion! The main focus is repairing skin damage, hydration and restoring skin’s natural balance. We need to bring that firmness back and make the skin look supple and revitalized .
Starting with cleansing the face. This antioxidant rich cleanser is gentle to the skin but yet powerful enough to remove all impurities. Loaded with vitamins it acts like a powerful smoothie for your face and support skin’s pH balance. A great start for your fall skin routine.
Hylauronic acid is something I swear by year round. If you haven’t added it to your beauty cabinet now is the time. HA simply locks in the moistures in your skin. So the best time to apply it is right after you wash your face, ideally when it is still wet. It absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave a film on your skin and you can proceed with all your other face products. It will make your skin look plump and supple instantly.
One thing you should absolutely add to your routine and now more than ever is Vitamin C serum. It is great to treat that sun damage, diminish dark spots and fine lines associated with it. It restores dullness and makes the complexion glowy. Vitamin C goes really well in combination with the hyaluronic acid but works great on its own as well.
Good face oils are essential in my routine and especially in the colder months when my skin needs that extra boost of hydration. So many on the market but when I choose one I try to get a combination of oils rich in vitamins in order to target as many skin issues as possible. This one from Summer Fridays visibly boosts the look of skin elasticity and infuses the skin with intense soothing moisture. It is a great cocktail of luxurious oils like pomegranate oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, cucumber, prickly pear, sunflower, cranbery, olive. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants your skin will feel plump, soothed and moisturized.
And the one oil that I reach for is Marula oil. It has been favorite of mine for many years. Rich in critical antioxidants and omega 6 and 9 it has so many great benefits for the skin. Makes it look and feel rejuvenated and radiant, soothes dry skin, diminishes scars, reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Doesn’t make your skin feel greasy and provides great moisture and the powerful antioxidants act as a defense against pollution and damaging environmental free radicals.
A mask here and there will give our skin that extra boost it needs right now. The first one I am obsessed with is this Youth To The People mask that has my favorite ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. An overnight mask packed with skin loving ingredients that feels super comfortable on the skin . This rich mask is great at brightening skin, boosts the skin hydration and also helps combat free radicals which is a great strep at preventing future damage.
Another mask that is an absolute must-have this fall and not only because it has pumpkin in it, but it is a great post summer skin healer. This 3 in 1 product works on 3 different levels to reveal smoother, younger and radiant skin.The Pumpkin Enzyme provides enzymatic exfoliation to polish away dead skin cells, revealing smoother complexion. The Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) acts as a chemical peel to get you younger and radiant looking skin. And the Aluminum Oxide Crystals polish the skin surface to improve the look of uneven texture.
A hydrating mask works anytime anywhere. This particular one from Summer Fridays is especially good for skin that lacks luster, feels dry and irritated. It nourishes, hydrates and calms the skin. Loaded with great ingredients like antioxidants, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and glycerin. It will give you visibly brighter skin that is soft and supple.
Even though sun is not as strong as in the summer, you should not forget your daily SPF to prevent future damage. This one from Fenty is really lightweight, oil free and doesn’t clog the pores. Great for under makeup.
And last but not least I am including a simple face moisturizer that provides 24 hours of ultra-lightweight hydration. Because you need hydration but you also need to avoid products that can clog your pores and make things really bad and ugly. This one is great to combat dryness, dullness and uneven texture. It will make your skin nourished, will retain moisture and give you baby soft face.
So you know very well that sunscreen is important! But you had an incredible day at the beach, too much fun, a cocktail here and there and didn’t follow the recommendations to REAPPLY!! Hopefully you learned your lesson and won’t let it happen again. But the damage is done and your skin feels parched, red and sore. Here are a few steps you can take to get your skin to a somewhat healthy state and make things more comfortable.
One of the first things you need to focus on is hydration inside out. Drinking plenty of water is essential to heal the sun damage and restore your body and skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 cups of water during the day.
Start by a cleansing shower, you need to get rid of all the sweat , dirt and gunk from your body. This will allow your skin to better absorb the products applied afterwards.
Make sure you moisturize your body right after shower. I like using body lotions with Aloe Vera and cucumber. They are super hydrating and cooling. And do reapply them as needed. Sunburned skin is super dehydrated and it soaks the moisture right away.
If things feel really uncomfortable you can try some of those home remedies that work pretty good and will ease the feeing of burning.
Yogurt- it restorers skin’s natural barrier, balancing the pH level. Apply a thick layer plain yogurt on any areas you want to soothe. You might want to get help from someone if you need to do your back. Wait 15-20 minutes and gently wipe off with a damp towel or wash it out in the shower. Your skin will start cooling down pretty quick and will feel much better. Repeat as necessary.
Aloe vera gel is another great remedy for sunburn. Really cooling, soothing and hydrating. Everything you need right now! If you have a plant at home that’s your best bet. If not you can purchase aloe vera leaf from most food markets or grocery stores. Slice a leaf in half and run the inside part of it all over the affected skin. Keep reapplying throughout the day as your skin is most likely super dehydrated and will absorb it immediately.
Cucumber- this veggie that is probably already in your fridge is 90% water and is rich on vitamin A and C that are great to combat irritated or inflamed skin. Use refrigerated cucumber to add a little extra cooling. Slice it and put the slices on the sunburned skin.
Your face will probably suffer the most and will show some damage first.
So we need to take extra care of it.
Make sure you wash your face with mild cleanser and avoid any exfoliating products for at least 5-7 days.
A sheet mask that you pop in the refrigerator for a few minutes before applying it will feel like heaven. Try to get one that has soothing ingredients like rose water, which hazel, camomile and loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E or Collagen.
I am very firm believer that the way you start your morning can set the tone for your day. And for someone that is not a morning person it is very important for me to start the day slowly but yet be productive.
7:30am Get up
I usually wake up around 7:30 and I don’t like laying in bed for long once I open my eyes. I try not to reach for my phone immediately after I open my eyes. So after a quick stretch and a moment of silence I get up. I go to the bathroom wash my face and teeth. I get dressed in my workout clothes and go downstairs. Putting on my workout clothes kinda sets my mind for a workout.
I first drink some water just to rehydrate my body ! I then have to have a few sips of coffee in order to make my brain function. When the weather is nice I love having my coffee outside at the patio. It is just so relaxing, fresh air, birds singing, the sun light coming. It gives me positive energy right away! And while I have my coffee I like to catch up with news and social media. I also open my planner and see what I need to do for the day. I love writing everything down and crossing it off once finished. Makes me feel accomplished and gets stress off my shoulders.
Lately my schedule allows me to work out in the morning. Which is great for me because it really wakes up my body and pumps me up for the day. I usually do pilates, HIIT or barre class from YouTube.I try to do a class 4-5 times a week. Intense morning workout sessions really keep my anxiety levels low, keep me grounded, confident and happy. I prefer going to a studio or the gym and get a class there because it keeps me accountable and I push so much harder but with my schedule and the pandemic still around I would rather do it at home. I switch the workouts daily just so I don’t get bored.
I take a quick shower and get dressed for the day.
I start with a little fruit while I prep my breakfast. And for my main breakfast I usually have an avocado toast with 2 eggs. I switch up the way I make it pretty much daily and I rotate the eggs style. Having satisfying and nutritious breakfast really helps me refuel my body and stay full till lunch . This way I can focus on important tasks throughout the day.
Probiotics are something you must have heard of and know they are good for you. But do you really know what they are, do you need them and how to add them to your diet? Here I will break it for you with simple words.
You could be eating the healthiest food, adding a lot of whole foods and super foods to your diet but yet be deficient in many vitamins and minerals. Sometimes our bodies don’t absorb certain nutrients very well. Which sucks because at the end what’s the point on giving up on a chocolate dessert or pasta to make room for a healthy version that won’t bring any benefits ?? Ugh! But don’t worry there is something you can do to increase your body’s absorption of all the good stuff. This is where probiotics come. In few words they improve the gut flora and from there on help the body absorb the nutrients and vitamins consumed with food.
High quality probiotics or foods that contain them not only help with digestive and immune system but all systems in our body. They help cell detoxification in a natural way, and make all the nutrients that we consume with food get absorbed from our body.
A lot of well familiar foods have probiotics and adding them to your diet can do a lot for your gut health and overall well being .Those live microorganisms as we like to call them “ good bacteria “ are already familiar to your body because they usually live in your gut. But with everyday stress, exposure to free radicals , taking medications and many other things that come with our busy lifestyle, those good bacterias could be insufficient. Working on adding probiotic rich foods will be just like a little health booster to make sure everything else in the body works in coherence.
Some of the foods you should add to your diet are:
Yogurt . The one with the best quality probiotic content is Bulgarian yogurt, you can find it at Whole Foods or Sprouts. If you wish to stay dairy free you can consume vegan yogurts, they have a good amount of probiotics too.
Kimichi. This traditional korean pickled cabbage is packaged with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And it is also an excellent probiotic. Consuming kimichi can help you maintain good digestion.
Fermented cabbage or Souercrout is one of the best source of probiotic. It is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin C and E.
All fermented foods have probiotics in them. Like all
apple cider vinegar with the mother
The difference is the specific bacteria they have and the concentration level.
Our digestive system contains a variety of probiotic bacterias, not just one! So you need to consume an assortment of foods rich in them in order to get the sufficient good bacterias.
If you have been taking antibiotics recently or you have been experiencing digestive discomfort definitely add some of those foods to your daily diet. If you wish to take a supplement you can do so, but if you have any medical issues I would recommend you to consult a health care provider. Probiotics are pretty harmless but just to be on the safe side.
And when choosing a probiotic supplement stay away from:
One that has only one bacteria ( this is simply not enough)
One that has too many bacterias ( this could indicate that you have a little bit of each bacteria but not enough so they can give the probiotic effect)
Don’t buy products that are chewable, gummies, tablets, powders. Instead get a single coated capsules.
Stay away from strains that say “soil – based”
I like to pick up once that stay in the refrigerator, they say “live”. This is one of my favorite kinds because it has pretty clean ingredients. And has the highest quality probiotics.
If you follow me on any other platform you may have noticed that my go to breakfast or sometimes lunch consists of avocado toast.
Simple, delicious, easy to make. I have created so many different versions that every time I feel I am eating something different. For the lovers of the easy and delicious toast and for myself ( just so I can recreate them afterwards) I will start posting the recipes here.
Toast a slice of bread or two. I use seedsational bread and I like to spread something on my toast before the avocado. I don’t like dry toast so I put on some butter. Then I add smashed avocado with salt, pepper and lime or lemon juice. Pile this over the bread and then I add homemade pesto. I love to add cucumbers. Gives it a great crunch and freshness.
My homemade pesto is loaded with nuts and hemp seeds. But you can always sprinkle those on top of the toast. And if you feel spicy add some chilly flakes!
Pampering ourselves is a great way to nourish the body and the soul. But all those pamper routines that circle all over tiktok look appealing but also complicated and time consuming . I don’t always have a whole Sunday dedicated to myself. So I like getting all the benefits in simple and effective ways. And not only the result, but also the the treatment needs to give me joy and excitement. Here I am giving you my favorite ways to feel like you are at the med spa with simple tools and products. You can try those whenever you want to dedicate time to yourself.
Starting with a scalp massage. One of my favorite ways to take the stress away. There is something so soothing about scalp massage after a long day. Feels so relaxing plus it is so beneficial for the scalp and the health of the hair. It loosens dead skin that sometimes clogs the hair follicles thus helps strengthen the roots resulting in stronger hair. Also brings blood to the surface and helps naturally delivering scalp oils to the tips of the hair. I have been doing it daily just because I was experiencing an excessive hair loss and was using this method to treat the issue. On most days I don’t add any product, just gently massage the scalp for 5-10 minutes. On days that I wash my hair I like adding oil, my favorites are almond and coconut, and use the massager to help the oils penetrate the scalp and distribute them to the tips. Then I wash my hair as usual.
This tool can be used in the shower as well, when you shampoo your hair. But I personally avoid this because wet hair is more vulnerable to damage. And you can easily do more harm than good..
The other tool that helps me feel like I am at a fancy spa ( nothing fancy in the treatment though, it is just performed at luxurious spas) is a body brush that I use to perform dry skin brushing. This is by far my favorite treatment. So easy and super beneficial for your health and beauty.
The whole treatment consists of brushing your dry body before shower. Starting from the feet, working upwards with small strokes or circles. Rule of the thumb here is to always brush towards the heart. This increases circulation and helps stimulate blood flow. Also gently massaging the lymph nodes kind of wakes them up and everything starts moving. Your body starts releasing and cleaning toxins out . It also sloughs off any dead skin, revealing smooth surface. Making any product you apply afterwards absorb like a dream.
Gua sha and face rollers are another way to pamper yourself at home. I love using those in the morning to depuff my face or at night to get rid of tense facial muscles. I tend to hold a lot of tension in between my eyebrows and this massage makes me unwind.
When using either of those massagers you need to apply face oils or serums to make the tool glide easily. I have been loving raspberry seed oil that is loaded with vitamin E and A, omega- 3 and 6 fatty acids. It doesn’t clog the pores and absorbs quickly. It hydrates the skin and helps fight the signs of aging, brings elasticity to the skin and helps with tightening the nasty sagging. It has natural sun production properties , even though I wouldn’t solely rely on them and would still apply SPF during the day.
And another oil that is in rotation in my skincare routine is rosehip oil. It has high concentration of retinol ( vitamin A) and vitamin C. Very rich in fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. It helps even out the skin tone and helps diminish acne scars and sun spots. Absorbs quickly and helps restore the natural balance of the skin. Very moisturizing and great for fighting the signs of skin aging. Smooths out wrinkles and fine lines.
Hydrating under-eye patches are just so easy to use anytime you need a bit of pick me up indulgence experience. They don’t really require anything special, just put them on and do your things around the house, even though it feels best to just lay down in the bath tub if you have some time to spare.