Three Secrets to Incredible Skin

Aug 25, 2016

//1// Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is an exfoliating technique that can make your skin silky and smooth. It is said to increase blood circulation making you feel more energized. Other benefits of dry brushing includes the reduction of cellulite, helps fight ingrown hairs, promotes tighter skin, and opens clogged pores.

The process is fairly simple. Stand in the shower undressed with the water off. Use a natural bristle brush with a long handle (so you can reach everything!). Start at your feet and gently whisk the brush up your entire body in long, fluid motions. Skip spots with a rash, cut, or broken skin. Use light pressure and only do a few strokes per area. Shower as usual.

Within a week you will start to notice smoother and toner skin!

A Cute Angle's Product Pick: Liz Earle's Natural Bristle Body Brush

//2// Self Tanner

No product, cream, or gel will get read of cellulite and stretch marks. However, you can use self tanner to reduce the look of both. 

A lotion formula works best for over the lighter scars of stretch marks. Spray tanner is best for cellulite. Start with freshly exfoliated, dry skin. Apply tanner with your hands flat and your fingers together. Using your finger tips can cause streaks!

A Cute Angle's Product Pick: Beachfront Self-Tanning Body Lotion 

//3// Avoid Irritation

You should not feel a burning sensation during or after shaving. This is an indicator that your razor blades are dull. It doesn't matter how many blades your razor has; it matters how sharp they are. Dull blades drag on skin causing irritation. Change the blade/razor head every 7-10 shaves. 

Use shaving cream instead of body wash. Body wash can leave residue in the blades which causes nicks when you shave. 

For you underarms, make sure they are fully dry before applying deodorant. Shaving causes micro-cuts in the skin that can become irritated by the aluminum chloride in deodorant. Bumps and itching are also a common side effect. Try a moisturizing formula deodorant.

A Cute Angle's Product Pick: Schick Hydro Silk Razor

Vacation Recap: Cincy Tennis

Aug 23, 2016
Happy Monday! I decided to take last week off from blogging. I was just wrapped up in the Olympics and busy getting things ready for our vacation!

Nick and I headed out for Cincinnati on Wednesday after work. We had tickets to the pro tennis tournament Western and Southern Open. This was our second year going to the tournament. We loved it so much last year, we decided to go for three days instead of just one this year! I was hoping to see Andy Murray (like I did last year) play coming off of his SECOND Olympic Gold Medal.

Nick and I actually stay with friends who live in Kentucky, right over the Ohio border. It's great because we get to take Scout on vacation with us!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday was filled with tons of tennis matches at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, OH, We had sunny days with temps above 80 on Thursday and Friday. We saw countless matches and got to match some big names practice!

Stevie Johnson (USA), Rafael Nadal (ES), Simona Haelp (ROU)

Jamie Murray (GRB), Jo Wilfred Tsonga (FRA), Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

Marin Clinic (CRO), Martina Hingis (SUI)

Bernard Tomic (AUS), Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Milos Raonic (CAN)

Bryan Bros (USA)

Garbine Muguruzu (ESP), Dominic Thiem (AUS) Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Semi Final Saturday was pretty soggy. There were some delays in play, but it was still super fun because our friends came with us and I got to see Andy Murray practice and play!

Waiting out the rain, keeping ourselves entertained...

I really enjoyed the Andy Murray vs. Milos Raonic semi final.

On Sunday we explored Fort Thomas, Kentucky and ate some amazing pizza at LaRosa's. Our friends took us to a donut/ice cream shop called Top This where I ate an amazing donut sundae!

We headed home on Monday which meant back to work on Tuesday, plus chores and grocery shopping! Bummer, but I am looking forward to being a part of Chaotic Goddess Swaps' Books and Bloggers Swap for the THIRD TIME! Can't wait!

I can't remember the last time we took vacation, so this one was much needed. Hopefully the next one will be sooner rather than later!

Friday Five

Aug 12, 2016
//1//  Olympics
Still obsessing over them and staying up way to late. SO. MUCH. SWIMMING. I am so over the swimming coverage. Why is there so much swimming?!

However, I can't get enough of gymnastics. The US Women's team won their second straight gold in the team final. Congrats to The Final Five! And they've had the coolest and sprakliest leos during thecompetitions.

I was beyond excited that Simone and Aly went 1-2 in the Individual All Around. Aly missed the podium because a tie breaker in 2012 so I it was really great to see her accomplish her goal of getting on the podium this year. Simone's win means that there has been a US Olympic Chamption in women's gymnastics for FOUR consecutive Olympics.

Excited to watch the men's and women's event finals this weekend!

//2// Vacation.
Finally. Nick and I had to Cinci on a mini vaca next week. So ready.
If you're traveling at the end of summer like we are, make sure to check out my Guide to Last Minute Summer Getaways.

//3// Breakfast.
I'm always looking for easy breakfasts that I can eat on the go, but keep me filled up until lunch time. I'm excited to try this Warm Banana Coconut Bowl!

//4// Younique.
Featuring another favorite product of mine.

//5// Inspiration.

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