In this edition of Beauty on a Budget, I’m sharing six bar soaps for your beauty routine that won’t break the bank…
Although I’ve been out of college for nearly a year and working full time, I still manage to be pretty thrifty when it comes to spending on certain items. Using bar soap is a great way to save some money on your beauty routine, without missing out on the benefits of cleansing your skin. And bonus! → Bar soap is perfect for air-travel (goodbye, three-ounce bottles stuffed into a plastic bag) and a bar typically lasts longer than a liquid or foaming cleanser.It’s a win-win-win.
Six Bar Soaps for Beauty on a Budget…
I love Kiss My Face products! Super inexpensive and GMO-free – what more does a girl need, really?
I first discovered Zum Bar at a local shop in my hometown and was immediately compelled to make a purchase. This bar soap made with goats’ milk is so creamy, it’ll quickly become a must-have.
My absolute, forever, favorite bar soap, which I like to purchase at the Sante Fe Shop in Fish Creek, smells amazing. Pré de Provence has a fabulous pineapple scent (among others). It is ahhmaze. Trust me.
When I pushed play on my Blu-ray in the living room after work to begin my first ever Metamorphosis by Tracy Anderson cardio dance workout, I was excited. I had been looking for another at-home workout option in addition to my Pilates and yoga routines. I’d also heard great things about Tracy’s workouts from fellow bloggers and health magazines I subscribe to – not to mention the list of fit celebs who swear by her workouts. (Ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow.)
The dancing began, and I felt energized! … for about five minutes. (Apparently my current cardio routine wasn’t cutting it.) After a few minutes of quick feet and some jumping, I was pooped. But I pushed through the tiring routine, only to complete half of the 30 minute session that first day. This was the moment I realized, Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis series was really going to be a workout.
Foregoing the remaining portion of the cardio session – I thought I’d see what else I’d gotten myself into – I skipped ahead to the muscular structure routine. Tracy’s Method focuses on exhausting the accessory muscle groups, and I really liked the variation of each set. Similar to the cardio portion this was no walk around the block, but I was able to complete the workout. (Yes!) Phew. Needless to say, I slept soundly that night.
After completing about a month’s worth of Metamorphosis workouts, I can say that this is the most fun, tough and rewarding exercise program I have ever done – and all conveniently at home. (Perfect for when cold Wisconsin weather strikes, and I don’t want to leave my cozy apartment for anything – especially a workout.) It took completing about a week’s worth of workouts to finally start getting the hang of it, and I’m happy to say I’ll be sticking to Tracy’s program.
The varied routines of Metamorphosis make workout sessions engaging and motivating. It’s like having a personal trainer in your living room! Ready to shape up with Tracy? Learn more here.
Cheers to dancing in the living room, pink hand weights and health!
Sweater weather season is in full swing – at least in the Midwest – with November’s dropping temps. This season, three of my favorite cold weather trends are, of course, a cozy sweater, buffalo checks and a stylish pair of booties.
To follow these fashion forward trends of the season, take a peek at the links below.
Here are some of my favorite finds for booties, checks and sweaters…
The past few months since we’ve moved into our new apartment, I’ve been working to make it feel like a home. Decorating our deck and living room spaces were probably my favorite areas. This month, I’m sharing the monogram letters I created for our living room.
A fairly inexpensive and simple project, these pieces turned out great! Here’s the play-by-play for making a set of monogram letters at home… Continue reading →
There are many things I love about fall, but when it comes to beauty, lip color tops the list. This season, let rouge leaves inspire your beauty routine with colors that pop!
MAC Cosmetics and Ellen Tracy are just some of my favorite go-to brands for lip color. Check out these bright and subtle options for lipsticks and gloss below, and read on to learn how to prep for a gorgeous pout. ;-) Continue reading →
Who doesn’t love a little self-pampering?! It’s time to put your skin first. Today, I’m sharing three of my favorite DIY at-home facial recipes and products.
These facials are best to do before getting your beauty rest at night. Also, be sure to gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin before applying a mask. This will allow your skin to absorb the ingredients more effectively – and you’ll achieve better results by starting with clean, makeup-free skin. :-)