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    Our Travel Must-Haves

    Our Travel Must-Haves

    Get Ready, Jet Set, Go

    Whether it’s a big overseas getaway or just a quick weekend trip, traveling widens our eyes to a new part of the world! There are few things better than exploring a new place…at least, that’s what Claudia and I think!

    Though Claudia and I LOVE to travel, and we’re always beyond grateful for every opportunity we have to take off, we both agree traveling can totally take a toll on us. We’ve found there are a few products that make those long travel days even the slightest bit easier…

     

    #1 Comrad Companion Compression Socks

    Travel Must Haves Comrad Compression Socks

    Have you ever taken your shoes off on a long flight and upon arrival realize that your feet don’t fit in your shoes anymore? Maybe it even hurts to walk on those swollen feet and ankles? Yep, been there. Done that. No matter how hydrated you are and how many stretches you do, it can feel like there’s no way to stop the swelling. Cue: compression socks.

    Compression socks have become a total travel must-have for us! Specifically, the Comrad Companion Compression Socks. Not only are these socks cute, but they basically give our calves, ankles, and feet a tight hug throughout the flight to keep blood flowing. How? Well that steady squeeze gives your veins and muscles that extra oomph to move blood more efficiently. It’s a safe and easy way to prevent blood from stagnating. Easy peasy!

    #2 Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

    Travel Must Haves Summer Fridays Jet Lag

    Long flights can cause serious skincare woes for most of us. For me, that dry cabin air makes my skin overproduce oil to make up for the dryness and then BAM…breakouts. Ain’t nobody got time for breakouts on vacation, am I right?

    The ultimate cure for dry skin? The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. You can put it on during your flight or use it as an overnight mask after a day of traveling. Let this mask sit on your skin for as long as you have time for and I promise your skin will be glowy and bright! For full details on this mask, and my other fav Summer Fridays mask, Overtime, click here to read my full review!

     

    #3 KOR Water Bottle

    Travel Must Haves KOR Water Bottle

    You know what I hate? Spending close to $5 on a bottle of water at the airport. Especially if I JUST had to dump out my water before going through security. #TheWorst. And then the whole rest of the trip I’m stuck buying water bottles because I don’t have my filtered water from home. UGH.

    Claudia has found the most perfect solution to my miseries: the KOR Nava filter water bottle. This bottle has a built in filter made from coconuts that provides up to 40 gallons of delicious filtered water! So not only can you fill up pre-flight and not spend an arm and a leg, but you can save the earth throughout your entire trip! Winning! One of the best parts of this water bottle is the functionality – it’s easy to drink out of and you never have to worry about it spilling in your bag. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (always opt for a squeeze of lemon in your water for hydration boosting, skin glowing benefits!).

    #4 Nuun Tablets

    Travel Must Haves Feature

    I hate to say it, but one of the first things I think of when I think of traveling is germs. I hate to be a debbie downer, but the amount of germs encountered during a day of traveling is GROSS. And with my luck, I’m always next to the sick kid that doesn’t know how to cover his mouth on the plane.

    When I was getting ready for my wedding and honeymoon, Patrick and I knew we were going to need to stock up on all the immunity-boosters to get us through the crazy time. We were wandering through the supplement aisle at Whole Foods and stumbled upon the Nuun Immunity Tablets. The key ingredients in these tablets are:

    • Elderberry extract
    • Organic turmeric
    • Ecninacea purpurea
    • Organic ginger powder
    • Zinc/selenium
    • Vitamins A, C, D and E
    • Electrolytes

    We started drinking Nuun Immunity about every other day for a week leading up to the big day, a few times during our week-long honeymoon, and every other day or so ever since we got home a few weeks ago and we BOTH have managed to stay healthy! (I really hope I didn’t just jinx us right now…). So, if you need an immunity booster that’s easy on-the-go, these are highly recommended!

     

    #5 HUM Flatter Me (Digestive Enzymes)

    Travel Must Haves HUM Flatter Me

    One of the best parts about traveling? Trying all the FOOD! Seriously though, you can’t travel and fully experience a new place without eating the local grub. Of course, if you’re like Claudia and I, breaking our normal at-home eating habits can lead to serious bloat and discomfort. There’s no room for bloat on vacay…especially if it’s a beach vacay.

    If you haven’t learned by know, we’re big Hum Nutrition fans! We have both experimented with a lot of their supplements…with positive results! Though a few of them have become staples in our daily routines, the Hum Nutrition Flatter Me has become a staple in our on-the-go bags. This powerful little pill, taken just before a meal, has the power to ban bloat and keep your digestive system feeling happy all trip long!

    The Ordinary Buffet Serum: Multi-Task Your Anti-Aging

    The Ordinary Buffet Serum: Multi-Task Your Anti-Aging

    Skincare with Integrity

    We had heard a lot about The Ordinary skincare line and its efforts to celebrate integrity in skincare. Focused on functional beauty, DECEIM (the umbrella brand of The Ordinary) brings effective, more familiar chemistry and biochemistry technologies to the market at honorable prices. Discovering this made us realize The Ordinary would make for a PERFECT CO Group Experiment!

    If you’re at all familiar with beauty industry news, you may be feeling a little sense of irony in the company’s mission as it relates to its founder’s recent actions. As the company works to rid themselves of the negativity he has brought on, it still remains true to its mission to provide great products at a better price…and most importantly, it’s not closing! We all go through mountains and valleys in life, right?

    Can someone please simplify my routine?!

    When it comes to our skincare routines, they can be anything but simple…we know. Claudia and I are always looking for products that will multi-task in effort to keep our routines (and bathroom drawers) a little more simplified.

    When we stumbled upon The Ordinary Buffet, a multi-technology peptide serum that targets multiple signs of aging at once, we knew we had hit the skincare jackpot…and we just had to share with our Certifiers!

    Keep reading for the results and opinions of not just Claudia and I, but eight other AH-MAZING CO Certifiers!

    Product: The Ordinary Buffet

    Ingredients:

    Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Trehalose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Urea, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

    Price: $14.80

    Where to buy: DECEIM website or our Shop Page

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks:  Alcohol-Free | Silicone-Free | Nut-Free | Vegan | Gluten-Free | Cruelty-Free

    The Ordinary Buffet Experiment

    How To Use The Ordinary Buffet

    I told you we were going to simplify your routine right? This one powerful little serum is the answer to all your anti-aging woes. Just a few drops in the AM and PM all over your face and you’re good to go!

    FYI: The Ordinary does recommend avoiding using Peptides in the same routine as Direct acids (most chemical exfoliants), LAA (L-Ascorbic Acid) (a.k.a. Vitamin C) and ELAA (Ethylated Ascorbic Acid) (a.k.a. More Vitamin C). And I must admit I feel like a total dummy for not reading this before experimenting…I was definitely using this daily in combo with my Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum…oopsies.

    Baby-Like Faces

    Alright, alright onto our results! Both Claudia and I loved how smooth and hydrating this serum is! It’s light enough that it doesn’t effect the oiliness of our skin throughout the day, but gives this extra boost of moisture when paired with our day-to-day creams. Just like our Certifiers (see below), we noticed the The Ordinary Buffet was pretty sticky, but when paired with our moisturizer, the stickiness dissipates right away!

    Other benefits? Well our faces are smooth as a baby’s bottom all freakin’ day when we use this serum! That, and it has ZERO scent. For us, zero scent means zero added unnecessary chemicals. We can always get behind that! The biggest thing Claudia noticed? Her dark circles around her eyes actually started to fade! That was a TOTAL surprise and had Claudia feelin’ 100 for sure!

    The Ordinary Buffet Claudia

    What Our Certifiers Thought

    Our Certifiers this round…omg the best! From start to finish, they were excited and eager to put The Ordinary Buffet to their own CO test. Everyone was so ready to give us their feedback, mostly due to amazing results! Not only that, but one Certifier even shared the serum with her husband and he raved about the results too! (We just need you to teach us your sharing ways because, for the most part, Claudia and I like to keep our precious products to ourselves! Sorry Patrick and Alex!)

    Q: What did you like or not like about The Ordinary Buffet serum?

    “I liked that it made my skin feel like new! It felt so soft and plump after! If you use the right amount, it dries relatively fast and completely disappears. I didn’t like that if you use too much, it takes awhile to dry and is tacky/sticky while drying. I felt like it was better to apply this at night than in the morning for this reason. I felt like I didn’t want to apply this as much during times of the month when my skin was more problematic because I felt like it might be contributing to the acne (but I wasn’t sure).”

    “I have used serums in the past, however this one was a lot different than other ones. I used this one every morning and night, and was honestly able to use it without a moisturizer afterwards. It was extremely hydrating. The first night, it broke me out a little bit, but afterwards, it made my skin brighten and glow up.”

    “I liked the supple feel of the serum and the dewy look it gave my skin. I did get a few dry spots on my skin around my chin and nose.”

    “First off the packaging of this product is amazing! I love the ease of the dropper. At first I was not quite sure what this product was doing for me. It was that lovely time of the month and my face often breaks out than. I then started to notice that my face was softer and these weird bumps on my chin was not as prominent.”

    “It was sticky to put on, so definitely needed a moisturizer over it. Couldn’t wear it alone.”

    Q: Did you see visible results in your skin?

    “Yes, absolutely! My skin felt plump and soft and well taken care of. My wrinkles seemed less noticeable too.”

    “Yes, my face is super soft.”

    “Not yet! I would assume for my anti-aging concerns that it would take longer to see any visible results.”

    “Yes, it made my skin a lot brighter than it has been. I am 7 months pregnant, and they say you get a glow about you. I am not sure if that is true for me, but I can definitely say that this serum helped me glow even more.”

    “My skin looked brighter and bouncier.”

    The Ordinary Buffet Sam

    Overall, our Certifiers had pretty rave reviews of The Ordinary Buffet! Glowy, smooth skin! What else can you need?!

    With all these magical results from almost all of us in the experiment, our aha moment is pretty self-explanatory. Soft faces, glowing skin, and serious RESULTS! But the ultimate aha moment is realizing we gained all of these fabulous results without breaking the bank! (Well, of course, our Certifiers got it for free!) This serum is only $14.80…like WHAT!

    Out of the 10 of us that experimented with The Ordinary Buffet serum, 9 of us gave it the official CO Stamp of Approval! That’s a 90% approval rate and you better believe all of us approvers are going to be running to buy more after our bottles are empty!

    Is Away Luggage Really Worth the Price? (Plus our Best Packing Tips!)

    Is Away Luggage Really Worth the Price? (Plus our Best Packing Tips!)

    The Away Hype is REAL

    Guys, Away is legit the trendiest luggage brand out there. Never have we ever seen so much buzz around a freaking suitcase! Lol so naturally, we had to see what all the hype was about. Because if we’re paying $250 for a carry-on, it better be DAMN GOOD.

    My husband, Alex, jumped on the Away train wayyy before Sam and I did…such a little #trendsetter he is. And guess what? He fell in LOVE with these suitcases almost immediately.

    After hearing his rave reviews, you bet Sam and I weren’t too far behind! Sam splurged and got herself the Bigger Carry-On for her honeymoon to Greece, and Alex bought me the Bigger Carry-On and the Medium Away luggage as an early birthday gift being that I had a bunch of trips coming up in the fall. In true twinsie fashion, we both got the blush pink color!

    (And of course now Sam’s hubby, Patrick, is feeling the FOMO. Tbh, you might be too after reading this!)

    Okay so let’s get down to business. Is this luggage seriously worth the hype and money?

    Product: Away Luggage

    Styles: The Carry-On, The Bigger Carry-On, The Medium and The Large

    Price: Range between $225-$495

    Where to buy: Away website (use our referral link to get $20 off your purchase!)

    Time Used: 2 months

    Traveling with Away Luggage

    Away We Go!

    Sorry, I couldn’t possibly get through this post without at least one pun!

    Soon after we both got our Away luggage, I took a couple of trips to the east coast for a friend’s wedding festivities, and Sam went off on her enchanting honeymoon to Greece. We both brought our Bigger Carry-Ons with us and put them to the CO test.

    Before we get into our experiences…here is our list of #musthaves when it comes to suitcases:

    1. Must make the packing process easy
    2. Must roll around effortlessly
    3. Must be light enough that even our wimpy little arms can lift it into the overhead bin
    4. Must have well-made zippers
    5. Must be strong enough to take the “checked luggage” beating

    Lucky for us, Away pretty much checks off all these must-haves. But even luckier for us, these bags come with so much more than that!

    Away Luggage Perks

    Away Carryon Review

    So besides the fact that Away bags…

    • Offer the perfect amount of space and capacity for all our goodies (even when we go overseas!)
    • Are the perfect fit for all overhead bins (except this teeny tiny plane that Sam and Patrick had to take from Athens to Santorini that didn’t have overhead storage)
    • Roll really well throughout the airport and even over the cobblestones in Greece and Italy!
    • And are super lightweight and easy to maneuver

    They also offer…

    • An ejectable charging battery that can charge any phone up to FIVE times before it dies!

    This comes in super handy after long flight delays where literally all airport charging ports are taken (you know what we’re talking about!)

    • An attached nylon laundry bag so you can keep your dirty clothes separate from the rest.

    Alex and I actually used these laundry bags to bring all our dirty clothes to a little laundry shop in Rome during our honeymoon! It was great because we didn’t have to lug around our actual suitcases.

    • Easy storage when you’re back home.

    How to Pack with Away Luggage

    One of my favorite parts about the Away luggage is that they all fit inside of each other like little Russian nesting dolls! Lol The Carry-On fits into the Bigger Carry-On which fits into the the Medium bag which fits into the Large! So if you live in a small apartment (like us) and don’t have tons of storage, this comes in super handy because four suitcases take up the space of ONE.

    • TSA-approved lock

    All Away bags come with built-in TSA approved locking systems so you can rest assured your precious cargo will be kept safe and sound no matter what. All you have to do is a pick a 4-digit code and you’re off!

    Away Luggage Let-Downs

    Sadly there were a couple of let downs. Womp womp!

    The past few flights I’ve been on, I’ve had to show the gate agent that the ejectable battery compartment is empty before I board the flight (even though my bag is a carry-on.) This has only happened on Delta flights so far! So beware. If you’re planning on bringing your Away Carry-On on a Delta flight, be sure to leave your battery at home…which sadly makes it kind of pointless to even get the bag with the battery option!

    The only other let down is the durability. Even though the hard shells are GREAT at protecting your belongings, they don’t necessarily hold up well when they have to be checked. Expect plenty of scratches people! If anyone knows how to get those out…HIT US UP.

    Which Away Luggage Should You Get?

    Away Luggage Review

    So there’s four sizes to choose from in the Away family: the Carry-On, the Bigger Carry-On, the Medium and the Large.

    If you’re planning on just investing in a good carry-on, we HIGHLY recommend you get the Bigger Carry-On. It fits perfectly into all overhead bins and you get more space to pack. So why the heck not??

    As far as the Medium and Large, both Alex and I agree that the Large is TOO large. Alex originally had the Large and ended up returning it to get the Medium because he knew we would definitely risk getting charged with overweight bags if we had the Large Away. You can literally pack for a lifetime in that thing. Now we both have the Medium and think it’s more than plenty of space for a long trip!

    Packing with Away

    Okay do you ever really look forward to packing? If you’re anything like me, you’d rather have the packing genie take care of it for you am I right?

    Well friends, things have changed with Away. They somehow managed to get us both excited about packing! Why you ask? It’s a little thing called: ORGANIZATION.

    Check out the video below to see how Sam packed for her entire honeymoon just using her Away Bigger Carry-On, some packing cubes and the super trendy Lo & Sons tote!

    To Get Away or To Not Get Away?

    Hehe. Are my puns killing you yet?

    First of all, always get away…literally. Traveling is the best thing you can do for your soul!

    And second of all, yes please get Away! As you can tell from both of our experiences, these really are some of the best pieces of luggage we’ve ever had. If you’re an avid traveler like me and Sam, you’re definitely better off investing in suitcases that won’t let you down.

    And with that friends, we give Away the official CO Stamp of Approval! Happy traveling!

    Summer Fridays: Business Class Complexion

    Summer Fridays: Business Class Complexion

    A Serious Case of FOMO

    I don’t know about you guys, but I was seeing this Summer Friday Jet Lag mask literally EVERYWHERE on Instagram. At first, I was seeing it during people’s travel Insta stories, and I couldn’t help but think it was just a bit much to have a mask specifically for air travel. But then, I started to see people using the mask for all other reasons too! Then FOMO started to kick in…

    The Jet Lag mask is all the rage in restoring life to your skin and getting its “oomph” back. Let’s just say when I’m only weeks away from the biggest day of my life, I can use all the “oomph” I can get!

    OMG…Sign Me Up

    The Summer Fridays brand was started by two bloggers and friends that had tried just about every skincare product in the book (sound familiar?) and were so fed up with things not working right that they decided to make their own face mask. #RELATABLE (except we haven’t made our own face mask yet…next business plan?). It all started with the oh-so-Insta-worthy Jet Lag Mask, but not too long ago, they added the Overtime Mask.

    Let’s just say, in a moment of weakness, I decided to buy both masks at the same time.

    Product:  Summer Fridays Overtime Mask | Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

    Overtime Mask Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alchol, Ceteareth-20, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Beta-Carotene, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg ) Kernel Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cinnamic Aldehyde, Eugenol

    Jet Lag Mask Ingredients: Water, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate , PEG 100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Physalis Angulata Extract, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Arginine, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mentha Arvensis (Cornmint) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)Peel Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract.

    Price:  Overtime Mask: $44  | Jet Lag Mask: $48

    Where to buy:  Sephora (Overtime and Jet Lag) or our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks:  Paraben Free | Vegan | No Synthetic Dyes or Fragrances | Sulfate Free | Cruelty Free | Made in the USA No Phthalates | No Surfactants | No Petrolatums | No BHT | No BHA | No Silicones

    The Ultimate Test

    Lucky for Summer Fridays, I put these masks to the test during arguably one of the most important times of my life…wedding prep time! And even luckier for Summer Fridays, these masks came through for me!! Honestly, I was in a big debate between spending a ton of money on a one-time facial that may cause negative reactions OR spend a chunk of change on some great products that can pull me through and beyond wedding day. I bet you can guess which one I decided to go with!

    Summer Fridays Overtime Mask
    Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

    I don’t even know how I ended up buying this mask…I was originally in it just for the ever so trendy Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask and then I realized they had a perfect match! Needing an exfoliating partner for the moisturizing Jet Lag Mask, the Overtime mask went straight into my cart.

    With vitamin-packed pumpkin (perfect for the season!) and exfoliating apricot seed powder, this mask gently polishes away dead skin cells and gives you that luminous effect! Admittedly, a lot of masks have promised to do just this for me in the past, but this time around…this was different. As soon as I rinsed off the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, it was like BAM! LUMINOUS! The best thing? It didn’t dry out my face! I could still feel the moisturizing benefits left behind.

    Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
    Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

    Ahhh the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the results of the ever-so-trendy, seen on every travel bloggers’ airplane instagram photo….the Jet Lag Mask. I gotta say, I love a simple mask. When directions get confusing and complicated, I tend to look away. With Summer Fridays Jet Lag, it’s simple: put it on and leave it there as long as you’d like. You don’t even have to worry about rinsing!

    The first time I tried this mask, I went to bed with it on (paired with my Curology, of course!) and woke up with some seriously radiant skin. I mean, if you want pre-wedding glow, this mask DELIVERS. Going on a plane somewhere? You’ll want this in your bag…just like all the bloggers! On my LONG flight to and from Greece, I left this mask on the whole time and when I got off the plane, it was like my skin didn’t even suffer through a flight! You best believe I will never travel without this mask again!

    What I love most about these masks is how easy and beneficial they are! The ingredients are SO nourishing that you can use them as often as you want and won’t suffer any repercussions! And honestly, the more you use them the better! The biggest Aha! Moment for me was realizing I never wanted to go without these two masks ever again. That’s HUGE!

    Obviously, Summer Fridays Overtime and Jet Lag Masks more than deserve our CO Stamp of Approval!

    Claudia’s Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves

    Claudia’s Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves

    Beauty For Less

    Okay guys, you asked for it! I finally put together my list of drugstore beauty must-haves! Because let’s face it, sometimes you don’t have the money or time to spend on exclusive brands you can’t find at your local Walgreens, CVS or Target…am I right??

    In this list you’ll find everything from hair products to makeup to mani/pedi musts! These are products that I buy on a regular basis because 1.) they work and 2.) they don’t break the bank.

    Sam will get her list together as soon as she’s back from her AH-MAZING honeymoon in Greece (ahhh aren’t you jealous??), so for now friends, check out my personal list of drugstore beauty must-haves below!

    Best Drugstore Beauty Products for Your Hair

    Even though Sam and I both love experimenting with trendy brands like Virtue and OUAI for this kinda stuff, we do have #basic brands we turn to when we need a reset.

    Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves Hair

    Pantene Classic Clean Shampoo

    When it comes to shampoo, I almost always turn to Pantene. Their Classic Clean shampoo gets the job done, cleans my hair and only costs $5. Sooo why not? This is one of those brands I’ve been using since I was a little kid! It’s a great one to have on hand for when my hair is overloaded with product and just needs a nice, deep clean.

    Dove Intense Repair Moisturizer

    This one is a recent drugstore discovery! About a month ago, I decided I needed a cheaper alternative to my Virtue Recovery Conditioner, but the Pantene Classic Conditioner was NOT doing it for me. My ends looked unhealthy, and I would wake up with frizzy hair.

    So I decided to give Dove a shot and got their Intensive Repair Conditioner. OMG guys! This stuff works! Seriously, my hair is soft and shiny the second I wake up in the morning. And my ends look healthier and healthier the more I use it. For $3.99…I’ll take it!

    Batiste Dry Shampoo

    We’ve told you guys about this one before! But I’m here to tell you again…Batiste has the BEST dry shampoo Sam and I have ever tried. Seriously! A few sprays and our hair is oil free and voluminous.

    A few things to note:

    1. The scent is STRONG! I’ve found that their Original and Bare scents are the most tolerable.
    2. It does leave white residue behind, but as long as you massage the product well into your roots, you should be good!

    Best Drugstore Makeup Products

    Aside from our favorite Garnier Micellar Water, I tend to stick to my trendy #COapproved products like First Aid Beauty, The Ordinary and Grown Alchemist for my skincare needs. Now, I don’t think you have to pay and arm and a leg for good skincare products, but I do tend to go for higher quality and better ingredients.

    But when it comes to makeup, I’m all about drugstore goodies! (I know makeup is still going on my skin and I should be more mindful about ingredients, but this stuff is sooo good I just can’t give it up.) #sorrynotsorry

    Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves Skin

    Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser

    Guys, this is the best concealer I’ve ever used. Ever. It brightens up my dark circles and never creases! It blends in so well too. I seriously hope Maybelline never stops making it lol

    Now, keep in mind this isn’t Sam’s favorite (everyone is different!), so don’t hate me if you don’t love it. But for me, it’s the best drugstore concealer I’ve found so far.

    Watch my Everyday Makeup Routine Video to see how it works!

    Maybelline Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara

    Looove this mascara! And to be honest, I almost like it better than Glossier Lash Slick (gasp!). Even though I love the way Glossier fans out my lashes, the color just isn’t dark enough so it looks I barely have any mascara on.

    The Maybelline Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara is super dark leaving my lashes looking nice and prominent. I also really like that the brush is more like a curved comb (see pic below!). So it really combs through each lash and defines it.

    Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves Mascara

    Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

    This matte gloss by Revlon is amazing. No joke, it stays on FOREVER. I love to wear this one for weddings or long nights out because I know I won’t have to worry about reapplying.

    If you don’t want to go the Nudestix route for long-lasting lip color, I highly recommend you give this Revlon matte gloss a try!

    E.l.f. Brushes + Sonia Kashuk Sharpener

    Okay, so another thing I don’t like to spend lots of money on is my makeup tools. Because, tbh, I use my fingers for almost everything!

    If you’re looking for affordable brushes that won’t fall apart after the first use, I highly recommend you give e.l.f. a try. I have their Flawless Flash Brush, Small Angled Brush and Contour Eye Brush and love them! I’ve had these for quite some time now and they’re in perfect condition! They’re also easy to clean because they dry quickly.

    One thing I am super picky about though is my pencil sharpener. I hate when the sharpeners break off my eye liners or aren’t sharp enough to give you a nice point. This one by Sonia Kashuk is THE BEST. It’s super sharp and also super easy to clean.

    Best Drugstore Beauty Products for Your Nails

    As much as I absolutely looove getting my nails professionally done, I don’t always have the time or the budget to go as often as I’d like. So instead, I’ve pretty much mastered the art of a DIY mani/pedi. All you need is a little practice and some trusty drugstore products!

    Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves Nails

    Walgreens Pumice Stone

    I know you can get pumice stones anywhere, but my fav is the $4.49 Walgreens Beauty Pumice Stone. It’s durable, affordable and gets the job done. Did you know pumice stones are actually volcanic rock?? Their rough texture makes them perfect for an at-home pedicure.

    I leave my pumice stone in the shower and use it 3-4 times a week on my heels and calluses. Using a pumice stone on a consistent basis will keep your feet smooth as a baby’s bottom…trust me on this one!

    Sally Hansen Gel Polish

    Okay, let’s be real. There will NEVER be an at-home polish option that’s as good as getting shellac done. But, I’ve found that these Sally Hansen Gel Polishes actually last a lot longer than normal polish! This has been great for when I have short trips out of town or weddings to go to.

    This polish and top coat combo glides on easily and is chip resistant for about 4-5 days! Typically, my nails chip two or three days in with normal polish. So in my opinion, this is a great second option to getting the real deal shellac done.

    P.S. Did you know there’s a difference between shellac and gel?? Beware ladies! Always ask for shellac at a salon because it’s thinner than gel and thus easier to take off…meaning your nails won’t get ruined!

    What are your drugstore beauty must-haves?

    I hope you enjoyed my list! If you try any of the items above, be sure to let me know. And keep an eye out for Sam’s drugstore list coming soon!

    Comment below or on our latest Instagram letting us know what your favorite drugstore goodies are!

    The Perfect Beauty Sleep Routine

    The Perfect Beauty Sleep Routine

    I Woke Up Like This

    Okay, okay. Maybe I didn’t exactly wake up looking like I do in the pic below. But is there really anything better than waking up in the morning feeling rested and refreshed? And looking in the mirror and thinking, “Wow my skin is glowing!” That’s what we like to call: beauty sleep.

    It’s not about how many products you can lather on your face, or even how many hours of sleep you get. It’s about the mindful steps you make to ensure you get a truly restful night of sleep.

    So with that in mind, I decided to put together my go-to beauty sleep routine for you guys because it’s something that I’ve played around with for many years and finally feel like I’ve got it down pat. When I follow the steps below (which is pretty much every night!), I wake up feeling soooo good.

    And you want to know something funny? Both Sam and I do pretty much the same things to get ready for a night of restful sleep! Besides the fact that we’re somehow soul twins, we both completely agree this is pretty much the perfect beauty sleep routine.

    Perfect Beauty Sleep Routine

    Step 1: Drink Peppermint Tea

    How to Get the Best Beauty Sleep Routine

    Mmmm peppermint tea. There’s nothing like a warm cup of tea after dinner, am I right?? And while most people like to drink “sleepy” teas before bed, Sam and I have found that drinking peppermint tea after dinner is the best first step to getting a good night’s sleep.

    Why you ask? Well friends, peppermint tea is AMAZING for the digestive system, and making sure your digestive system is calm before bed is key to getting a good night’s sleep.

    Peppermint tea has a soothing effect on the gastrointestinal tract and is thought to reduce any annoying bloating and pains you might feel in your tummy after dinner (which is sometimes unavoidable no matter how healthy you eat!)

    So first things first, go brew yourself a hot cup of minty tea!

    Step 2: Turn on “Do Not Disturb”

    Beauty Sleep Routine Do Not Disturb

    About an hour or so before going to bed, I like to turn on the “Do Not Disturb” function on my phone. It basically silences all calls and notifications while my phone is locked.

    I just recently started doing this because I noticed that I would constantly reach for my phone every time it lit up with a notification and sometimes would find myself scrolling aimlessly through Instagram or Facebook as a result. My eyes would feel super tired but my brain would be in overload. Next thing I knew, I was waking up with sore eyes and a tired mind.

    So I decided to turn my phone on Do Not Disturb and leave it elsewhere in the apartment so I wouldn’t be distracted by it and waste time looking at my screen. This little change has made ALL the difference in the quality of my sleep!

    Try it. I promise you won’t regret it! (All those notifications will be there waiting for you in the morning…no need to act on them right away.)

    Step 3: Set an Easy Nighttime Skincare Routine

    Simple Beauty Sleep Routine

    Having an easy nighttime skincare routine will ensure that you actually go through with it! There’s no need to spend more than 5-10 minutes on bedtime beauty. Because really, you just want to get to BED!

    Here’s what our routine looks like:

    1. Remove makeup with coconut oil and micellar water
    2. Take a nice hot shower – Sam and I both HAVE to shower before getting in bed…gotta wash off the nitty gritty nastiness of the day! Plus, a soothing hot shower helps us relax before bed.
    3. Wash face with either a cream-based cleanser or a scrub
    4. Apply our favorite serum (either vitamin C or this cult-fav serum we’re experimenting with now!)
    5. Moisturize our faces, bodies and lips

    These steps ensure we wake up with our skin glowing and ready for the day!

    Step 4: Wind Your Mind Down + Set a Bedtime

    The next step in our perfect beauty sleep routine is to do something that helps our minds unwind before bed. Typically, we like to watch a little TV and catch up on our favorite shows. But you can also read, listen to relaxing music or meditate. Anything that will take your mind off of whatever happened that day is great!

    I’ve found that if I go to sleep right after I shower, it takes me a long time to fall asleep because my body is a little too warm and mind is still running (I do my best thinking in the shower lol). So I like to chill on the couch and watch ONE episode of my favorite show. Just one! After that, I’m off to bed.

    Having a set bedtime during the week also ensures that I get enough sleep. So I’m off to bed every night at around 10-10:30pm and wake up at 6am. For me, that’s the perfect amount of sleep! But everyone is different, so be sure to figure out what works best for your body.

    Step 5: Diffuse Essential Oils

    Beauty Sleep Routine Essential Oils

    And finally…diffuse some oils! Guys, essential oils are everything. Especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. We absolutely loooove diffusing lavender and peppermint essential oils in our bedrooms. They make the room smell delish and help to quiet our minds for peaceful sleep.

    The combination of peppermint and lavender oil is perfect for stress and anxiety relief. And to be honest, I do notice a BIG difference when I diffuse these oils versus when I don’t. I’ll either feel super rested in the morning or dying for more sleep because my mind was running all night.

    We HIGHLY recommend getting a diffuser and filling your room with the yummy smells of lavender and peppermint before bed.

    Get Your Beauty Sleep On

    So to recap, all you need to do to wake up feeling like a million bucks is…

    1. Drink peppermint tea
    2. Turn your phone to “do not disturb”
    3. Have a easy nighttime skincare routine
    4. Do something mindless before bed and set a bedtime
    5. Diffuse peppermint and lavender essential oils

    That’s it friends! We hope these tips help you guys build your own perfect beauty sleep routine. Let us know if you try any of these! We’d love to hear your feedback!

    OUAI Treatment Masque: Like Virgin Hair

    OUAI Treatment Masque: Like Virgin Hair

    Revamp Your Lack-Luster Hair

    With all the trials and tribulations we put our hair through (I’m talkin’ dyes, bleach, hot tools, blow drying, etc., etc.), we need to make sure we’re giving it all the nutrients and nourishment it needs. Claudia and I have put a couple hair masks to the CO Test in our time, but honestly, you can never try too many hair masks!

    As you may know, I’ve experimented with OUAI products in the past and have had such great results! So when I won an Instagram giveaway with OUAI, First Aid Beauty, and Aquis, I was PUMPED! And it just so happens the OUAI Treatment Masque was part of that giveaway package. I gave a couple packets to Claudia and we were well on our way to another successful CO Experiment!

    Product: OUAI Treatment Masque

    Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Panthenol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Laureth-9, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Aspartic Acid, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isododecane, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Fragrance, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, C11-15 Pareth-7, Polysilicone-15, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Sodium PCA, PCA, Diisostearyl Malate, Polysorbate 60, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Lactate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, BHT, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.

    Price:  $32 for 8 treatment packets

    Where to buy: Our Shop Page or Sephora

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks:  Paraben Free | Phthalate Free

    OUAI Treatment Masque 3

    Trial and Error

    A huge part of why Claudia and I do what we do is so we can make sure you guys don’t waste their time with bad products or using good products incorrectly…you’re welcome! That’s the case with the OUAI Treatment Masque. When Claudia first texted me that she was going to use it in the shower that night, I immediately was worried she was supposed to use it on dry hair, pre-shower. She thought she was supposed to use post-shampoo in the shower. We both referred back to the directions (on the website AND on the packaging) and we ultimately were both CONFUSED.

    So Claudia decided to put it on dry hair before she hopped in the shower. And her results? Eh, just okay. It didn’t seem like the mask was able to reach its full potential. So, as any good bestie does, she warned me to try it in the shower, not on dry hair!

    Take Two

    With my first OUAI Treatment Masque experiment, I hopped in the shower, shampooed as normal, and applied the mask. After ensuring it was covering my hair evenly and completely, I pulled my hair back into a high bun with my Invisibobble, and proceeded on with my shower for the next 5-10 minutes while the mask soaked in.

    Upon the initial rinse, my hair didn’t feel all that different. Honestly, some conditioners make it feel better in the shower. Then, I hopped out of the shower, wrapped my hair in my Aquis towel and then let it air dry and didn’t add any additional products (for the sake of the experiment, of course!). As it was drying, I could tell my hair was feelin’ fresh and nourished!

    Take Two Pt. 2

    Claudia tried the OUAI Treatment Masque the second time while using it as a conditioner, instead of a pre-shower treatment. After shampooing, she let it sit just a little longer than she would for a normal conditioner. Then rinsed it out and went on with her normal evening routine! Honestly, though she was totally worried it was going to weigh down her hair.

    OUAI Treatment Masque 4

    Claudia’s hair the morning after using the OUAI Treatment Masque.

     

    OUAI Treatment Masque 5

    Sam’s hair 36 hours after using the OUAI Treatment Masque.

    We Woke Up Like This

    As I woke up the next morning, my hair felt light, bouncy and healthy! It really was like-virgin hair. I was super impressed! The OUAI Treatment Masque even made my hair easier to style. Which when you’re running to get out the door to work, “easy to style” is the name of the game!

    In typical twinsie fashion, Claudia felt the same way when she woke up the next day! Her hair was SUPER soft. And her ends? Way more moisturized than they were before!

    OUAI to the rescue.

    Claudia and I were both in serious need of some hair TLC…Claudia has been prolonging her next haircut and I’m in full time wedding-prep mode! For $4 per packet, the OUAI Treatment Masque is the perfect way to restore our hair without breaking the bank on expensive salon treatments and products!

    The thing I love most about the OUAI Treatment Masque is its portability! These little packets are easy to take just about anywhere! You better believe I’ll be taking these on my next trip…talk about post-flight hair rescue!

    The OUAI Treatment Masque 100% deserves our CO Stamp of Approval!

    Have you tried any of the OUAI lineup? What do you like best? Comment below!

    Arbonne Products: Pure, Safe, Beneficial

    Arbonne Products: Pure, Safe, Beneficial

    Hakuna Matata

    It means no worries! And that’s just what Arbonne does. It gives you absolutely nothing to worry about! If you haven’t heard of Arbonne, you’ve been missing out. Arbonne is a toxin-free beauty and wellness company that has been around for forever.

    I was introduced to Arbonne by one of my besties (and my Matron of Honor!), Lydia, who became an Arbonne Consultant after falling in love with the company, its mission and its products.

    Where to Start?

    If you’ve ever been to an Arbonne party or if you’ve ever dug around on their website, you’ll know that there are a TON of products to choose from. From skincare to makeup, protein powders to supplements, mens products to baby products…your life can almost completely function on Arbonne!

    After attending my first Arbonne party, and then soon after hosting one for Lydia, I decided to try three products for Certifiably Obsessed:

    Products:  Arbonne RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream | RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum | Energy Fizz Sticks

    Eye Cream Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Squalane, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Decyl Oleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Sorbitan Stearate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Distearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Panthenol, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantolactone, Gallyl Glucoside, Propyl Gallate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Gluconolactone, Calcium Gluconate, Tromethamine, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

    Renewal Serum Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin,Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cyclohexasiloxane, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Dimethiconol, Anhydroxylitol, Niacinamide, Xylitol, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Glucose, Sodium PCA, Adenosine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Phytic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Gluconolactone, Calcium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

    Fizz Sticks Ingredients (Pomegranate):

    Arbonne Fizz Stick Ingredients

    Price:  Eye Cream: $62   | Renewal Serum $65  | Fizz Sticks $55

    Where to buy: Arbonne website (with my bestie, Lydia, as your consultant!)

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks:  Vegan | Gluten Free

    Arbonne Serum 2

    Arbonne RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream

    Arbonne Skincare

    Finding a good eye cream is TOUGH. I feel like it’s a product that absolutely everyone needs, but no one can find their perfect match…am I right?! Well, the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream might just be my perfect match. The key ingredients are worth every penny:

    • Sustainable orange stem cells: improves skin radiance, elasticity, firmness and texture!
    • Stabilized vitamin C: gives a youthful glow! (You know we’re all about our Vitamin C serums lately!)
    • Brown algae extract: moisturizes the skin’s outer layer…diminishing fine lines and wrinkles!
    • Peptides: enhance smoothness and skin tone!
    • Caffeine: reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles!
    • Olive squalane: contains omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that support moisturization!
    • Niacinamide: supports skin’s moisture barrier while brightening the skin!

    This cream goes on so lightly and can be worn both day and night. It’s totally nourishing and instantly depuffs and brightens…can’t beat that! Honestly, the greatest thing about it is that it’s effective and totally free from anything you don’t want to be putting on your face! I was SO sad when I ran out of this eye cream…I would totally buy more, but blogger duty calls! Onto the next eye cream.

    Arbonne RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum

    Arbonne Serum

    Okay, okay so between the two skincare products I tried, this one is my favorite! It’s an all around great serum! I like to think of it as a one-stop-shop when it comes to facial serums. Instead of buying multiple that have different uses, just go with the RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum and you’ll be good to go! The ingredients that make this oh-so-stellar are:

    • Sustainable orange stem cells: improves skin radiance, elasticity, firmness and texture!
    • Stabilized vitamin C: gives a youthful glow! (Gotta love that Vitamin C!)
    • Brown algae extract: moisturizes the skin’s outer layer…diminishing fine lines and wrinkles!
    • Sea buckthorn ceramide: rich in omega fatty acids…which hold in moisture!
    • Peptides: enhance smoothness and skin tone!
    • Alpha hydroxy acids: smooth and refine skin texture!
    • Niacinamide: supports skin’s moisture barrier while brightening the skin!
    • Beech tree bud extract: smooths texture with hydration!
    • Marine lavender extract: moisturizes to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles!

    After using this serum for about a month, I noticed a BIG difference in my overall brightness and texture. My face became much smoother and my skin tone really started to even out! Best part of it all? Again, it’s free of all those nasty ingredients!

    Arbonne Energy Fizz Sticks

    These little sticks are a total game changer if you lead a busy life…which we all do! With all I have going on lately…work, blog, wedding, life, etc., I need all the boosts of energy I can get! Instead of reaching for another coffee, sometimes I want something else and these fizz sticks do just the trick! These little packs contain 55 mg of naturally derived caffeine from green tea and guarana…yes please!

    The other key ingredients/benefits you should know about are:

    • Guarana supports energy
    • Chromium helps support healthy blood sugar levels
    • Taurine supports energy
    • Ginseng root supports physical capacity and performance
    • Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant, helps support energy
    • Riboflavin helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins to provide energy
    • Niacin helps support energy-yielding metabolism of macronutrients

    My favorite thing about this is how easy it is to take them on-the-go! I always have one or two in my bag nowadays. All you have to do is mix it into 8 oz. of water and you’re on your way to sustainable energy without the crazy crash!

     

    Arbonne Fizz Sticks 1Arbonne Fizz Sticks 3Arbonne Fizz Sticks 4

    All in all, the best thing about Arbonne is that you can find just about anything you need with this company and trust that it’s 100% clean of anything you don’t want in your life! Not only that, but the company makes tons of efforts to be healthy for the earth as well.

    For being an all around safe, effective and overall perfect brand…Arbonne totally deserves my CO Stamp of Approval!

    If you haven’t hopped on the Arbonne train yet, I suggest you get started! I can’t wait to keep trying more and more…Lydia has loved almost everything she’s tried so far! Next on my list is the lip gloss. I tried it at the last party and LOVED it!

    If you’re interested in Arbonne and if you have any questions, like Lydia’s Arbonne Facebook Page.

     

    100% Pure Vitamin C Serum: Natural Glow and Happy Wallets

    100% Pure Vitamin C Serum: Natural Glow and Happy Wallets

    Got Another Vitamin C Serum for Ya!

    As you guys know, Sam and I have been on the hunt for the PERFECT vitamin c serum for quite some time now. It’s a total must-have for a glowy complexion, but we’ve found that most are just outrageously priced…and our wallets were not having it!

    But I also noticed that the really cheap ones either made my skin congested and led to unnecessary breakouts, or just simply didn’t work. No glow, no go!

    Basically, the goal was to find a vitamin C serum that gave us that coveted healthy glow but didn’t break the bank. Let the scavenger hunt begin!

    Finding the Perfect Serum

    About a month ago, I went to my favorite local natural beauty store and saw that they had the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum for 50% off! So of course, I HAD to try it. (And it’s originally only $41 to behind with…jackpot!)

    Not to mention, the 100% Pure brand is known for making skincare and beauty products with all-natural ingredients. They don’t use water, synthetics, fillers or toxins. Sounds too good to be true right??

    Check out my experiment with the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum below!

    Product: 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum

    Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Organic Aloe Gel)*, Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Loofah Cylindrica (Vegetable Cellulose), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Xanthan Gum, Pyrus Malus Fruit (Green Apple) Extract, Vitis Vinifera Fruit (Grape) Extract, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Superoxide Dismutase (Antioxidant), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Canadian Salix Alba Bark (Willow Bark) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin * Certified Organic

    Price: $41

    Where to buy: 100% Pure website

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks: Vegan | No Toxins | No Fillers | No Synthetics| No Water | All-Natural | Organic Ingredients | Cold Pressed | Budget Friendly

    How I Use the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum

    As soon as I got this bad boy home, I started applying it every night before bed.

    My routine for the past month went a little like this:

    1. Take off eye makeup with good ole TJ’s coconut oil…it’s magical!
    2. Wash my face with First Aid Cleanser
    3. Apply one or two pumps of 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum all over face
    4. Moisturize the heck out of my skin with the First Aid Ultra Repair Moisturizer
    5. Finish it off with a little Dr. Bronners lip balm

    The first time I used the serum, I noticed that it was MUCH lighter than any other serum I had tried before. The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Serum, for example, is super heavy and leaves you EXTRA glowy in the morning…sometime too glowy. It also felt like my skin was getting a little clogged up.

    The 100% Pure serum, on the other hand, was a lot easier on the skin. And it absorbs so quickly that I sometimes even like to use it in the morning. I could never do that with the Sunday Riley serum! I would look like an oily mess if I did lol

    The Texture

    If you’re wondering about the texture and feel of this vitamin c serum, basically picture the feeling of putting aloe on your face! Organic aloe gel is the first ingredient on the list…so no surprises there!

    It glides easily, feels really refreshing and absorbs very fast. The gel-like consistency makes it super easy to spread around. And a little goes a long way! On days where I feel extra dry, I apply two pumps. But generally, one pump is plenty!

    The Smell

    You know I’m all about the smells people! But guess what? This one has NO smell.

    Most vitamin C serums smell like citrus, which means they have added fragrances and perfumes in the formula. (Vitamin C shouldn’t have a citrus a scent!) The 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum, however, is committed to staying away from any ingredient that is chemically processed. So naturally, it has almost no scent.

    The Results

    What I love most about the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum is that it leaves my skin feeling really natural. Other serums I’ve tried in the past make me look soooo oily because the don’t absorb well. This one absorbs almost immediately yet still gives my skin a natural glow.

    After a month of using this serum every night, I’ve noticed that…

    • My skin looks brighter and more freshed
    • My makeup stays on better throughout the day
    • Breakouts are remain at bay and don’t ever really surface because my skin is so moisturized

    Is 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum Worth Buying?

    Abso-freakin-lutely! If you’re looking for a lightweight serum that will give you a healthy glow but won’t cost you an arm and a leg, then the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum is perfect for you.

    I honestly think it’s worth the $41. It’s really hard to find a formula with such high quality ingredients at this price! Usually, these serums are up in the $80+ range…so take advantage people! This one is a STEAL.

    And with that my friends, I give the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum my official CO Stamp of Approval.

    5 Ways to Make Your Life Healthier

    5 Ways to Make Your Life Healthier

    Getting healthy doesn’t have to be difficult!

    I absolutely LOVE that being healthy is so trendy now a days. Not to say being healthy wasn’t important or talked about before, but it seems like everywhere you look now everyone’s talking about how to get healthy or make better choices. I love it!

    The one problem is that there’s SO much information that sometimes it can be hard to digest it all and turn it into something applicable for your life. Honestly, it can be overwhelming! If you start to really take a hard look at everything in your life, the list of ways to make it healthier can add up real fast.

    Cue: Certifiably Obsessed

    Good news is, we’re here to make it easier. After experimenting left and right, we’ve started to get a pretty good handle around the decisions in which we feel are important to a healthy lifestyle! So, we’ve gathered our top 5 ways to make your life healthier…and we hope you love them as much as we do!

     

    1. Refresh Your Workout Routine

    I would guess that a lot of people fail at sticking to a workout routine simply because they just end up bored! Even though I have my favorite way to workout (classes at my local studio, Nafas), I still like to switch things up every now and then just to keep things interesting! Sometimes I like to do Tone It Up videos in my living room, yoga in the backyard with Asana Rebel, or even quick Blogilates videos paired with a walk or jog.

    If you really want to mix things up, Claudia’s latest workout obsession is P.volve. Believe it or not, this program involves ZERO CARDIO! What?! How is it possible?! You’ll just have to read her full review to find out!

     

    2. Use Clean Beauty Products

    Cocokind SkincareOkay, let me preface this one with this can be totally daunting when you start to realize how many bad ingredients are in SO many of our normal beauty products! Sulfates, parabens, phthalates, etc., the list of toxins goes on and on! So before you start to dump your entire bathroom into the dumpster, start with the products you use the most!

    If you want to get to the bare bones, straight outta nature products, we would most definitely recommend Cocokind! Cocokind products are so simple and so clean…sometimes it’s hard to believe how well they work. (They also recently added a makeup line that we’ve been dying to try!) Honestly, we can’t just pick one brand when we have a list of very clean beauty products we’ve reviewed in the past:

     

    3. Eat a Balanced Diet

    Body Love FeatureSo I’m the queen of everything in moderation! I’m not going to stop myself from eating a cookie or that bread at dinner just because others do…I truly believe if you eat everything in moderation, everything will be just fine! Now, that’s just me, and everyone gets to say and do whatever works best for them!

    Claudia and I have found the principles that Kelly LeVeque outlines in her book, Body Love, make total sense when it comes to learning about and achieving that perfect balanced diet! If you haven’t read the book (or Claudia’s review), you totally should. Kelly makes it super easy to understand what our body’s need, why they need it, and how we should fuel it everyday! Not to mention, the Fab Four Smoothies are DELISH.

    4. Find A Clean Protein Powder

    Naked Pea Protein Vanilla PowderSpeaking of smoothies… You’ve picked up a healthier, more balanced eating routine, but you haven’t thought twice about those scoops of protein powder you’re throwing into the blender. (Or maybe you have!) Protein powders can be sneaky little devils…something seemingly so healthy and important can be chock full of ingredients you definitely never thought you wanted. SO frustrating!

    If you’ve experimented with protein powders in the past, you know it can be so hard to find one that tastes good and doesn’t turn everything it touches into chalk…am I right?! Thankfully, Claudia and I have found our one true love when it comes to protein powders…only three ingredients and tastes like a freakin’ dream. Say hello to Naked.

    5. Incorporate a Multivitamin or Supplement

    Ritual Vitamins ExperimentationI don’t know about you guys, but even on my healthiest of days I’m not sure I could ever get absolutely every nutrient I need via food everyday. Not to mention, my fridge would have to be jam packed! You know what, nix that. I’d have to just live in Whole Foods!

    Since I can’t live in Whole Foods (bummer, right?!), I’ve found the perfect way to supplement my eating is with a multivitamin and supplements. Honestly, it took awhile for me to jump on the vitamin/supplement wagon solely because I was convinced I could manage without them. After over a year of taking my women’s multivitamin, Ritual, I now know I can’t live without it! And Claudia and I both take different Hum supplements everyday that we also couldn’t do without!

    It’s Your Health Journey

    Just remember, everyone’s different and everyone needs to take their own path to making healthier choices. Even Claudia and I have taken (and still do) different paths to define our healthy lifestyles! We use different clean beauty products, different workout routines…heck, just about the only thing that’s absolutely the same for us right now on a regular basis is using Naked protein!

    So, maybe you just pick one thing to change or maybe you do it all! Or maybe you just decide none of this is for you. Ultimately, you do you girl!