Beauty

My Favorite Healthy Skin Products

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For the majority of my life, I haven’t had many issues with my skin outside of the occasional blemish – lucky, I know! So when regular breakouts started out-welcoming their stay, I had no idea what to do to combat the problem.

I’d used the same skincare and makeup products for years and was so out of touch with what else was out there. So I started doing lots of research. I knew I wanted to stick with mostly natural products and I’ve tried many brands over the past 6 months. I also knew I wanted the most minimal amount of products I could get away with – because quality over quantity! I’m finally at a point where I can say I’ve found a collection of brands and products that I am proud to use and that make my skin feel like it’s supposed to again.

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It seems so trivial, but having skin problems made me self conscious when out in public. I found myself not wanting to make plans, not wanting to be around people because I was embarrassed of what I was unsuccessfully trying to cover up. The fact that it was consuming my thoughts was silly and frustrating.

Sharing the products I found that worked for me is important because I’ve talked to so many others that have had/still have skin problems that effect their self esteem, so I hope that this list is helpful to some of you.

True Botanicals: Not only are the products like liquid gold, but their customer service and user experience is just as wonderful. You can create an account, customize the products to your needs, and set up a subscription so that your products are shipped to you without you having to remember to place another order when you run out (and you’ll save 10% by doing so). The face oil and body oil are two products I never want to live without again!

French Girl Organics: I use both skincare and beauty products from this line. The packaging is beautiful, and the ingredients and scents in their products are light and soothing.

Bare Minerals: The hardest part for me throughout this whole journey was finding a foundation that was moisturizing and light. I didn’t want something that looked caked on and flaky by the end of the day. I’ve been really happy with the BareMinerals tinted gel cream. I also use the eye brightener when I’m looking a little tired.

Juice Beauty: Any brand backed by Gwyneth Paltrow is a yes for me. I love their mascara, lip crayons, and have heard great things about the CC cream.

A few more notable beauty products: ILIA’s highlighter and RMS Beauty’s Lip2Ceek in Demure, and their eye shadow in Sunset Beach.

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A few extra healthy skin tips:

I am by NO MEANS a doctor, dermatologist, or skincare expert, but I’ve found these few things to be helpful in my own experience.

Drink water: Around 60% of our skin is made of water, so it’s no surprise that the more you drink, the better your skin will look. Water has the effect of brightening, making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable, and flushing toxins from the body.

Eat well: You’ve heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, right? Our skin forms from the inside out, so what you put in your mouth has a direct effect on what your skin looks like. High dairy and sugar intake can cause inflammation. By nourishing your body with dark leafy greens, fruits and veggies and other nutrient and vitamin-rich foods will be doing your skin a huge favor!

Sweat: Sweating out the toxins in your body is great for your skin. Just make sure you’re jumping in the shower and washing the sweat off directly after your workout so that the sweat isn’t sitting on your skin causing breakouts.

Buy a humidifier: Dry winter air tends to leave my skin feeling like the desert. A humidifier can help put moisture back into the air and back into your skin when you turn it on at night while you’re sleeping.

I’d love to know if you have any brands or products you think I should check out. You can shop my favorites by clicking the images in the slider below:

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My Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Winter Wardrobe Essentials | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

This winter, I realized I’d collected a whole slew of jeans with holes in them and sweaters with (intentional) rips and side slits. I love distressed denim, but it’s not the most practical for 3 to 4 months of 20 degree and below temps. I set out to be intentional about my purchases for these colder months – a good pair of boots, dark denim that could be worn with said boots, and a few good quality sweaters and cold weather accessories.

I’ve successfully curated a collection of solid winter go-to’s and thought I’d share the ones I’ve been going back to time and time again this season. I have a simple and neutral approach to fashion that conveniently makes mixing and matching a breeze. My Chelsea boots are on sale and this oversized sweater has been one of my favorite pieces this winter.

Winter Wardrobe Essentials | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
Winter Wardrobe Essentials | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
Winter Wardrobe Essentials | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

You can shop all of these pieces by clicking the images in the slider below!

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Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog

An ongoing goal of mine has been to get up early and get a workout in before heading to work. I know myself well enough to be sure that if I wait until after the work day is over, I may find an excuse to skip the gym.

I’ve finally gotten into a good morning rhythm, splitting my days between cardio and weights and I love feeling like I’ve accomplished something before the sun comes up! Getting it done first thing in the morning leaves me feeling positive, energized and focused for the rest of the day.

Embarrassingly enough, I’ve been working out in some of the same tees I wore in college. I won’t even tell you how old that would make them. New athletic gear, much like a fresh playlist, keeps me excited for my workouts. And if I’m being completely honest, more often than not I’m also wearing them out to run errands, even when the gym isn’t on the schedule for the day. A new set of leggings and pair of sneakers can really do work on a girl’s motivation and productivity.

If you’re on the hunt for some new activewear, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items for a good sweat session or just a casual weekend outing.

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TOPS & OUTERWEAR

I love throwing big cozy sweatshirts over a pair of leggings with my Nikes for casual weekend wear. I got this poncho for Christmas and have been living in it ever since. It’s great for throwing on over a workout shirt as an extra layer when I’m heading to the gym in the morning.

Side Split Tank from Athleta | New Balance hoodie for Jcrew | Tee from Outdoor Voices | Poncho from North Face | Hoodie from Outdoor Voices | Yogi Racerback from Lululemon

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog

BOTTOMS

Workout pants are something I can never have enough of. Working out 5-6 days a week, I go through them fast. I like to have around 10 pairs at a time so that I’m not having to do laundry twice a week. Because laundry is the pits. I’ve been loving the options from Zella lately. Color block leggings are having a moment, a nice change from the collection of black I’m usually sporting.

Two Tone leggings from Outdoor Voices | Fleece sweatpants from Kate Spade | Speed shorts from Lululemon | Crop leggings from Zella | Sweatpants from Jcrew | Capri leggings from Beyond Yoga

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog

SNEAKERS

I live for a good pair of athletic shoes. I have one pair for running and then a few others to wear as my casual kick around shoes. I love my black Nikes and wear them all of the time.

Varin sneamer by Vince | New Balance sneaker for Jcrew | Nike Juvenate sneaker | Techloom Pro from APL | Tennis sneaker from Cole Haan | Nike Air Max sneaker

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog

ACCESSORIES

As I’ve gotten more serious with my routine, I’ve started investing in good quality products like a nice yoga mat, socks and sports bras. Not only has my performance improved, but I started having to replace them less! I’m all about quality over quantity.

Socks from Lululemon | Swell water bottle | Sports bra from Alala | Fitbit | Backpack from Herschel Supply Co. | Foam roller