I am pretty faithful to old school Carmex, so it takes quite a bit for me to love something new. Leave it to the classic, European brand, NIVEA, to give Carmex a run for its money. I worked with the brand for a challenge a couple weeks back (look for my Instagram and Twitter pics with hashtag #LipService). Each day that week, I tried a new variety of NIVEA Lip Care. And I can safely say I will have these stashed everywhere from now on.
It has been a long time since I have done a giveaway. And I am happy to report that I am bringing one back today! Just comment below on which NIVEA Lip Care would be your pick. Next week I will pick one winner to receive their prize! Good luck and happy Friday.
a note: giveaway is open to US residents. winner will be announced on Thursday, April 21st.
Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway! The winner has been chosen.
After a long stretch with no subscription, I bit the bullet and ordered print delivery of my favorite paper to my office this week. Hitha’s post about keeping up with the news was part of the inspiration – such wonderful tips. While digital is great, there is nothing like those soft, grey pages to make a morning. In lighter reading, I found some other gems from around the web this week:
Thanks to Victoria, I discovered the practice of dorveille – or segmented sleep – something I’ve unintentionally practiced but always thought was “wrong”. Turns out that segmented sleep used to be quite common. Note that it also “fits snugly within the Christian Liturgy of the Hours“. I won’t make it a routine, but next time, I won’t feel so bad about those magical pre-dawn hours spent reading. And the unexpected wakefulness that happens the next day.
Speaking of sleep, I read recently that Americans are seriously sleep deprived and I believe it. One thing I’ve been working on is prioritizing sleep – segmented or not. I am almost more vigilant about my FitBit sleep goals than steps. Turns out I might be onto something. This articlemakes the case that sleep is crucial to being successful in business.
After having my eye on Nirvana Black since the launch, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered one of the sleek square bottles. And now I wish I had done so earlier! The scent is decidedly “me”. The notes are my familiar masculine favorites: Sandalwood and Vanilla. But the addition of Violet makes it just slightly more feminine.
At this point, I had drank the Kool-Aid that designers Ashley and Mary-Kate had developed for Elizabeth and James and had to order the ying to Nirvana Black’s yang. Nirvana White has notes that I am usually not drawn to. But I knew the blend was connected to Black’s so I had a feeling I would love it. The peony, muguet, and tender musk make for a much more feminine scent but still very sophisticated. I love it for this time of year and can envision it being perfect for sultry summer days.
And if you think I wasn’t already all in for these fragrances, I picked up the Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo too. While I love my Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo, it adds a significant amount of texture and I feel like a wash is mandatory the next day. Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo is a little different – I don’t get the stiffness or texture, but I do still get clean, great smelling hair with movement. Plus it gives a nice dose of volume.
My dear friend (who knows her wellness stuff) taught me about alkalinity a long time ago. Each time I visit her home and drink her filtered water, I feel great. So when I got the chance to try Elle Macpherson’s Super Elixir based on the same premise, I jumped.
Elle was feeling rundown when she visited her nutritional doctor who suggested a pH balancing. And it brought a dramatic sense of wellness to her body and she wanted to share that. The expanded line offers supplements, veggie wash and a plant protein (which I can’t wait to try) but for now I am focusing on the supplement.
This all-in-one powder is organic and simple. The formula contains premium ingredients and is hand-made in Australia (which helps explain away a little of the sticker shock).
Directions advise 2 teaspoons of powder in filtered water, coconut water, and almond milk or mix it into your favourite smoothie. I like it best in coconut milk – the taste in water was a little strong. I did try sprinkling on food which did not go too well. The full two teaspoons was too much for my yogurt and berries. I like mine ice-cold first thing in the morning.
I’ve made a lot of healthy changes lately, but I can really tell the Super Elixir helps start my day with energy – there is a definite difference on days where I skip it. The price point is a little daunting, but for those who want to invest in feeling a little more perky in the AM and overall balancing the pH of their bodies, Super Elixir is a wonderful wellness staple.
Until I get the winter paleness under control, I will be trying to rock springy, stylish pieces like this. And it doesn’t hurt that I am loving the sneaker trend for weekends. Check out Shopbop (their Friends and Family Sale with 25% off is in full swing) for loads of options. This week I am layering very gentle self tanners on my whiter-than-normal skin to build up just a hint of color (so I don’t blind people). I’ll report back soon on my favorites. Meanwhile, loads of things happening as we get into the swing of April:
Need a little spring fling? Stop by your local L’Occitane store tomorrow to get a personalized session with one of our beauty experts. Enjoy sips and snacks while they curate a unique, head-to-toe pampering “beauty cocktail” treatment designed exclusively for you. Shoppers who spend $55 or more will take home their own cocktail kit with 3 mini skin-and-body care favorites of choice!
And speaking of celebrating, April is Earth Month! This month, 100% of proceeds from every Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado will benefit Recycle Across America throughout this month. This eye cream is one of their most popular staples – perfect excuse to stock up. I have the Nikki Reed limited edition and it looks so great on my vanity!
Since I moved to Oklahoma four years ago (wow, time flies), I have almost exclusively shopped online. While we have some decent shopping here, it just seems like I am able to snag what I want online and it is just such a breeze. And so many lovely stores offer free shipping. But my favorite spot is by far Shopbop. Shopbop marries a wonderful collection of unique clothes and staples with exquisite customer service and free shipping. For my birthday and Christmas, I am able to create wish lists and my family knows to head there for ideas they know I’d love. Well, now that I have gushed about my #1 spot for online shopping, I wanted to share that their Friends and Family sale starts tomorrow and runs for three days (a sneak peek starts today for those of you who have shopped there before). Get 25% off with code INTHEFAM. As a favor, if you head over to shop, help support the blog and click this link: Shopbop. And if you need some inspiration, here are some of my recent favorites from Shopbop: