Natural Beauty Product Favs

When I started on my journey towards having a baby I gave all my everyday products a natural makeover to give my body a break from toxic ingredients. Over a year later, still no baby I am still overly conscious of my product choices even when it comes to my glam time.

natural beauty product review

The products photographed here are second time purchases because I am not a fan of bloggers who post things they tried once + are “OBSESSED” with. These are tried + repurchased and are now staples in my routine.

Natural Beauty Product Favs

+Caribbean Solutions: Beach Colours Natural Self Tanner:: After trying to order ECO TAN + finding the $30.00 USD shipping rate to be absurd I took to my IHERB search engine and came across this gem. No fancy packaging, no marketing that I have seen but this organic + natural sunless tanning lotion works wonders! It says you can apply the product for two days straight but if you are pale like myself once is enough and two times for the legs when you want to wear a miniskirt. The solution is white, thick + goopy so be sure to exfoliate really well before application. Caution: Be sure to wear gloves as the solution will get on your nails and cuticles + will turn them a funky color. The only con I have for this product is it does not leave your skin evenly so be sure to exfoliate your entire body after 5-7 days.

The price is unbeatable + the fact it has organic shea butter, organic aloe + natural DHA (the chemical that makes you tan) makes it perfect for those who are looking to introduce less toxins to there skin. I loved this product so much I bought some for my girlfriend because we are sunless tanaholics!

natural sunless tanning

::Price $11.20 BUY HERE ::

+Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

I rid of my cellulite by dry brushing with oils, massage, placing my legs on a wall upside down and using this scrub but when I had to take hormones in order to attempt to get pregnant the cellulite came back + some varicose veins (UGH estrogen) I started using Birch Cellulite Oil after reading about a blogger who used them on her pregnancy stretch marks. I saw the before/after photos and knew I had to try it.

The oil has a “natural” smell meaning you will smell a bit like a hippie but it works. Slowly but surely with use straight in the AM before seeing my personal training clients and right after washing my face before bed I am able to see a difference.

::Price $20.86 BUY HERE ::

+Kiss my Face: face factor SPF 50:

Because sunscreen DUH..I have been off and on with sunscreen because it makes me break out MAJOR! I am that girl and trust me it sucks to be me because living in Bangkok you need super powered sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. I found Kiss my Face after reading several reviews and can say that I still get a few pimples but it has been better at keeping my face sun spot and burn free.

::Price $9.95  BUY HERE ::

+Crystal Body Deodorant Spray:

A natural deodorant that actually works is tough to come by. Trust me after using Toms in high school and realizing I stunk worse then a skunk after only a few hours I ran to the nearest drug store and bought Secret Active again. The reason I am PRO natural deodorant is because we put this chemical on our bodies near our lymph nodes. Lymph nodes route lymph fluid around the body to work on filtering germs and toxins and because this fluid also contains white blood cells it fights off infections as well. If your body is forced to fight off deodorant that sweats into your skin it wastes its time fighting off that and not on what matters inside. Finding an all natural deo is quite tough, I have had my ups and downs but Crystal has stayed by my side and helped me through a sweaty day in BKK.

::PRICE: $3.20  BUY HERE ::

Wearing makeup, picking out my outfit + twirling my hair is all part of my ME time..like do NOT mess with me or bother me while I am putting on my self tanner and bronzer, its a situation…I try to keep my products as chemical free as possible and although I know this is actually impossible since I love makeup but I do try. If you know of any products, please feel free to leave me some suggestions in the comment box, I love trying out new beauty products!

 

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Muffin-tastic: Healthy Muffin Recipe

With Autumn leaves falling in my hometown and I being in the rainy season here in Bangkok, I somehow have been craving the comfort of baking. I truly love baking, its kind of like meditation to me just like putting on makeup, my mind just focuses on creating and the rest of the world disappears. Baking has the benefit of having goodies to give others or in my case my hubby and I truly love the smell of fresh baked goods.

I only had a few ingredients in my kitchen when I decided to get down + dirty so I created these super simple yet energy increasing muffins. The fats in the nut butter will power you through a tough day + the use of gluten free oats adds a wee bit of protein and power carbs without the gluten.

No muffin tops here ladies, this recipe is so easy to make + so tasty I do not think my kitchen will be without these like EVER!

vegan muffins

I can also say the fact my husband is bodybuilding makes it so I am in the kitchen more often + creating new recipes!

Ingredients for Healthy Muffin Recipe ♥

  • 2 cups GFREE rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter (I used PB as almond butter is hard to find in BKK)
  • 1 banana
  • 4 dates
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix dry. Mix wet. Mix together. Coconut Oil a muffin tray + place in oven for 15 minutes.

Ok time to heat up my oven + create some new bakes <3

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A Piece of Fitness Fashion

Drumroolll please..

I have a fellow blogger I would love to introduce you all too, Eilse of A Piece of Elise

Fitness Fashion

THAT SMILE!

No really though, if you are trying to put together an outfit this girl will inspire you to put together an outfit instead of throwing on jeans and a white tee and heading out the door. Elise is a fashion muse, with her sophisticated yet fun style she gives you inspo to take your everyday outfit and add that chic twist to look complete.

When I met Elise at a networking event, I instantly gravitated towards her oversized blazer and beautiful smile and the minute I heard she was a blogger, I attacked her. If you know me, I am kind of a loud mouth and will just run over and bombard someone with questions and excitement! After I viewed her blog, I was hooked and I have had the pleasure of her attendance in my Bootcamp classes. We both decided it would be cool to collab and finally got to doing so this past week.

We met at Siam Square, which is a hub for all things trendy in Bangkok and after searching high and low and almost being run over by motorcys and taxis we made it to a hideaway Pink Park. A day full of giggles, we attempted to have randoms take our photos until we both figured out how to use self timer on our cameras and BAM SNAP here you go..

A Piece of Fitness Fashion

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Resistance Bands make for a great accessory piece.

{ Wearing :: Active Vest By: Lyn Around :: Sports Bra: Champion :: Resistance Band: Bangkok Kettlebells}

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Sneaker wedges are sporty yet spicy + are the perfect footwear for Bangkok.

{ Wearing :: Target Sneaker Wedges }

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Fitness is better with FRIENDS..DUH.

{ Pants: Bangkok Street Vendor :: }

 { Elise :: Pants:: Black Milk Skeleton Pants  Top:: Lululemon }

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{ Laughs.:.Giggles.:.Fun }

Fitness Fashion

Music fuels the soul.

{Bag :: Lululemon }

Be sure to follow Elise for Fashion Fun:

Instagram :: Twitter :: Facebook

For more photos be sure to head on over to this LINK <—

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When Fitness Meets Fashion..Zalora Tales

When fitness and fashion meet it can either be a sweaty chic look like that of Miranda Kirr leaving a gym class looking tres chic or it can be myself pretending to be a supermodel with kettle bell in tow.

Zalora

Living in Bangkok makes shopping difficult, although there are stalls and malls everywhere hauling your latest and greatest around town is not so fun. I love the luxury of having my fashion delivered straight to my doorstep as much as the next Bangkok Babe so when Zalora showed me how they do I was instantly hooked.

Outfit Details :: 
Zalora ezra platform wedge sneakers (http://en.zalora.co.th/รองเท้าผ้าใบ-High-Top-Mix-Material-Wedge-125279.html

Zalora ezra drape skirt (http://en.zalora.co.th/กระโปรง-Drapey-123669.html)

SO I wanna know..

  • How do you go from sweaty betty to fashionista?

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Vanilla Cold Brewed Coffee

Move over Starbucks, there is a new barista in town..

I would like to think I had mad skills like the Starbucks baristas and even thought I was a bartender for quite some time I still cannot imagine memorizing all of those recipes!

My goals have changed and like I posted on my Instagram, I am back to lifting which means pre workout drinks are a necessity. Not sure about others, but a cold brew coffee with some coconut oil makes me ready for the gym and I swear I become some kind of super human.

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I wanted to share with you all my new favorite recipe because it really is outta this world. The cold brewed coffee is a speciality of mine and can easily be made right at home, just check out my recipe here. Vanilla Stevia Drops (here) is what makes this recipe the best, I really am not sure why but coconut, vanilla and coffee bean blended together makes for an almost sinful pre workout drink. When I sip this, I feel like I am eating dessert and almost feel guilty until the buzz happens and I feel like super woman!

cold brew coffee

So back to my pre workout WONDER..

6 oz. Cold Brew Coffee

3-4 Drop Liquid Vanilla Stevia (recipe here)

5 mL Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

3-4 ice cubes

BLEND baby BLEND..

Enjoy with Expat Ladies Magazine (latest issue here) + get ready to BUZZ through your workout (you can thank me later)

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Healthy Alternative to Potato Chips

The potato chip, the crisp salty snack that hits the spot on those days where a CHIP is needed. Trust me, I am the same way as you, I get cravings that I have to nix before I lose it and being a health nut and knowing what is inside of a potato chip (have you read the ingredients YUCK!) I had to come up with an alternative that hit the spot and that I could eat unlimited amounts of.

zucchini chips

I love these chips, like honestly I think about them while teaching my group class or when working with a client or yah just about all day..I add them to my salad for a crispy crunch + snack on them with some hummus (home made of course) when I am craving a snack, these little guys just do it for me and I hope they can help you on your journey to a healthier and hotter you!

Healthy Alternative to Potato Chips♥

4 zucchinis (washed well)

15 mL Coconut Oil

Sea Salt

Nutritional Yeast (optional, to buy use my IHERB code here)

How To:

Slice zucchini thin (1/8″)

Lay them out on a paper town and pat them to soak up excess moisture. Lay them near a hot spot (near the sun for about 20 minutes)

Pat again.

In a bowl place dried zucchini with 10 mL coconut oil and sea salt and toss.

Preheat oven for 110 C or 230 F and coat parchment paper or foil with coconut oil for cookie sheet.

Lay zucchini chips (may need two cookie sheets) on foil/parchment paper.

Place in oven for 2 hours, (yes this is SO worth it)

Now enjoy.. :)

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