I get asked all the time what’s my secret for glowing skin. Honestly, I keep my skin care super simple- but I do think my diet plays a big role in it! These foods’ skin super powers will make you excited to eat them! Remember eating healthy doesn’t just show in your body, but it will show in your skin, eyes, and hair too!

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While I don’t eat 100% healthy, 100% of the time- I do aim to incorporate vitamin & mineral-rich fruits and veggies and healthy fats every day. Trust me I don’t skip on the fats. And LOTS of water! Hydration is key!  What you put into your body shows on the outside- not just through “weight” or “muscle tone”, but also in your skin!!! Healthy fats and antioxidants are some of the most important nutrients for glowing skin. Here are some of my favorite foods for healthy skin and why they’re so amazing:


1. AVOCADOS 

 These kind of have everything. They’re super rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins A and C, and fiber. They help brighten dull skin, smooth tone, and moisturize on a deep cellular level to prevent dryness which can lead to wrinkling. They help protect from sun damage and environmental pollutants and their fiber and lubricating oils help digestion which keeps your intestinal tract healthy and able to efficiently remove waste so your skin glows.

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How I Like Them: Is this even a question? On EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. Smashed on toast with sea salt and pepper is quite a fav, though. Add an egg and it’s even more delictable.

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2. ALMONDS

 These little guys are one of the best edible sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that is incredibly nourishing to the skin and protects it from those damaging UV rays. It also contains  monounsaturated fatty acids which moisturize the skin, keeping it hydrated and soft.


How I Like Them:  I like to eat them plain as an easy snack or my favorite way, in the form of almond butter. When buying almonds, look for raw or plain roasted- you don’t want any added hydrogenated oils.


3. WALNUTS 

Walnuts are awesome. Like salmon, walnuts have omega-3 fats that strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, increase moisture, and boost suppleness. They also reduce inflammation that causes acne or skin redness. 

How I Like Them: On oatmeal with banana, cinnamon and honey. Banana bread in a bowl, basically. YUM.



4. COCONUT OIL

There seems to be a coconut cult following lately. And there’s a good reason to hop on the band wagon. Coconut oil has benefits for so many things I could do a whole post on it, but I’ll focus on the skin for today. Coconut oil can be eaten or applied topically. Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which help promote a healthy intestinal tract – Meaning it kills bad bacteria in the gut. When our intestines are happy and healthy, we are properly eliminating waste and not releasing toxins through the skin instead. This helps prevent acne and other skin problems. Additionally, it’s medium chain fatty acids are a great emollient for the skin and keep it supple. It can be used as a body moisturizer or hair mask. Its antioxidant properties also prevent the formation of free radicals that cause early aging.

 


How I Like It: I like to use coconut oil for cooking- I usually use it to sauté veggies! Its also good in place of butter on toast! I also use it as a moisturizer on my body (and as an eyelash conditioner) every night before I go to bed!


6. SALMON

 This fish is one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats avert fine lines and wrinkles by keeping your skin looking youthful, supple, and moisturized. They are also highly anti-inflammatory which reduces the body’s stress hormones and decreases clogged pores. Salmon also has selenium which is a mineral that protects from sun damage.


How I Like It:  Simply grilled or baked with lemon, salt, and pepper. It’s so good it doesn’t need to be fancy. It pairs really well with quinoa and asparagus too. 😉

 

7. BERRIES

 Berries are known as the queen antioxidants! And for a reason!  Their pigment comes from a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin which helps buffer and prevent damage from toxins and free radicals on the skin. They also contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that fights the break down of elastin and collagen and protects from sun damage. They also provide a boatload of vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

How I like them: I love them as a topping for greek yogurt or oatmeal. Also great smashed on peanut butter toast in replacement of sugary jelly.

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8. SWEET POTATOES (ORANGE) 

Orange sweet potatoes get their color from beta carotene (Vitamin A) which has major protective qualities from sun damage. Many popular anti-aging creams contain retinol which beta carotene is converted to. By eating foods rich in Vitamin A, you’re getting your retinol the best way possible. They’re also full of vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

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How I Like Them: Baked and topped with almond butter and cinnamon. DIVINE.

Or cut up into cubes, roasted, and seasoned with chili, cumin, and sea salt.

 

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Okay! So those are my top foods for healthy skin! I seriously love all these, and they are all a regular part of my diet. Learn to incorporate a few, or all, of them, to reap the benefits of all those vitamins and healthy skin! Along with drinking plenty of water, these foods should help get your skin glowing from the inside out!

XoXo, 

Stephanie

With starting fresh with my new blog, I wanted to start talking more about real life topics that we can all relate to. I talk about health and beauty all the time, and I think one of the biggest keys to both of those is mental health and self love.

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Like many girls, I have struggled with body image and self image in the past, and it led to years of disorder eating and unhealthy habits. I was never satisfied with what I saw in the mirror whether I thought I looked to fat or too skinny. I searched and searched for the “perfect” diet. I became obsessed with trying to be as healthy as possible and strived for a “model body.”

I thought that being thinner would make me happy, but even at my lowest weight (a mere 90 pounds) I was not all happy. Everyday was a battle against food and against my own mind. I didn’t see the skeleton everyone else saw. I was just caught up in calories and numbers. I was always comparing everything I did or ate to all the people I followed on social media. It was exhausting.

I didn’t understand why my relationships with people in my life were suffering, why my golf game was getting worse, or why I always in a bad mood. I was so blinded by the disordered thoughts that I couldn’t see I had a problem.

As time went on, I realized I needed to change. I began educating myself on health, and started getting into weight lifting. I switched my workout mentality from “burning calories” to “getting stronger”. I began to see food as fuel and not something to be feared. I began to use fitness to enhance my life, not make my life revolve around fitness. I gained back excitement for the things I’m passionate about and a new passion for true health.

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I began to focus on what made me happy. I began to focus on what made me feel healthy and not just copy what I saw some fitness girl on Instagram post. I stopped trying to be perfect and started to just be me again. I started eating to fuel my body, and slowly over coming foods that “scared” me. I not only gained pounds, but I gained smiles, laughs, and peace.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Healthy is taking care of  yourself mind, body, and soul. If being healthy is stressing you out, you’re doing it wrong. Focus on your happiness first, and the rest will begin to fall into place.

Stay happy & healthy.

Xoxo,

Steph

Hey y’all! Today on my YouTube channel, we’re talking all about my skincare routine! I’ll be sharing all my must have products that I use to keep my skin in its best shape possible. I mainly use Goldfaden MD, and organic and cruelty free line that I discovered last year after I started working for Belle and Blush. I’ve had the opportunity to be trained on several brands, and try many products, and Goldfaden still remains my go-to. I’ve never found a brand that I truly love so many products from. As I add to and adjust my skincare routine, I’ll make sure to let you guys know, but for now here’s what’s working for me!

 

Products Mentioned

Goldfaden MD Hands to Heart

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo,

Steph

Spring is here and that means dewy, fresh, and colorful makeup. Today I created a soft but smokey rosy toned makeup look using mainly Becca products. I think this look is perfect for day or night during the warmer months. There’s just something about the combo of pinks and oranges that I just love for spring! Watch the video to see how to get the look!

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PRODUCTS USED

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured in Opal

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

Makeup Forever HD Ultra Stick

Nars Pro Prime Primer

Becca Ombre Rouge Palette

Becca Gel Liner in Renaissance

Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara

Nars Laguna Bronzer

Decca Flowerchild Blush

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter

Smashbox Always Sharp Lipliner in Rosebud

Smashbox Lipstick in Primrose

Tools

Beauty Blender

Sigma Brushes:

E25 Blending Brush

E40 Eye Blending brush

E30 Pencil Brush

F25 Tapered Face Brush

F10 Blush Brush

F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush

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Hey guys! Today I have some tips for my gals that wear glasses. I was not born with great eyesight, so I wear contacts everyday. But there are a lot days that I just want to wear my glasses. (I’m sorry my frames are so old, I don’t know where they are from, but my favorite brand I’ve been crushing on is Warby Parker. They’re pretty affordable and give back to an amazing cause!) When I wear glasses, there are a few tweaks I make to my makeup, and they’re actually super simple. Here’s my top 10 makeup tips for glasses:

1. Let Your Frames Do the Talking

 When your wearing glasses, the frames already bring attention to your eyes so you don’t need as much eye makeup! That being said, you don’t have to skip dramatic eye makeup either. It just takes less makeup to draw attention to your eyes! So save your self some time and maybe throw on a bold lip!

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2. Brows Are Still Just as Important!

Your glasses frame your eyes, but your eyebrows frame your glasses. Make sure your brows are defined and neat! I like to use my Kevyn Aucoin precision brow pencil for definition, and set them in place with my NARS tinted brow gel.

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3. Match Your Eye-Makeup Drama to the Size of the Frames

The bigger the frame, the more room you have to work with! If you have big frames, try a smokey eye. The Jouer shadow crayons make a super simple & quick smokey eye. If your frames are smaller, sometimes keeping it simple will be more flattering.

4. Avoid Losing Your Foundation on the Sides of Your Nose

Start with a primer to keep your foundation from slipping. Finish with powder around your nose to keep your frames from rubbing off all your foundation! Trust me, I’ve been there – taking off your glasses and you have to big spots on the sides of your nose. Not the best look. lol

5. No Falsies 

Fake lashes will just be too long and hit the front of your frames. If you want your lashes to pop just add an extra coat of mascara.

6. Bold Lips = Instant Chic

I love the look of just mascara, glasses, and a killer bold lip. Try a red, pink, or dark plum to have an instant pulled together look. I love this look when I want to wear my glasses to work, but still look professional and trendy. Shop some bold lips here!

7. Tired AF? Glasses are your BFF.

Whenever I’m super tired or my eyes just don’t feel like a lot makeup, glasses can instantly distract from the tired eye look.

8. Highlight those Cheekbones!

Usually the frame of the glasses will hit right above the cheekbone. Help them stand out by highlighting them. I recommend using a powder instead of a cream, incase your glasses slide around. (powder usually lasts better than cream.) I love the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfecters.

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9. Blush Placement is Key.

Too much blush in the wrong spot while wearing glasses can look kinda odd. Just like with eye makeup, it depends on the size of your frames. My frames are really large so I keep my blush a little lower on the apple and the blended up and back, avoiding the tips of the frame. If you have smaller lenses, you can keep the blush a little higher.

10. Don’t Overthink the “Rules”

Lastly, when it comes to makeup, sometimes the rules are meant to be broken. So take my tips, and tweak them to your own style! Go have fun and try something new!

I hope this was helpful for you guys, and showed you that you can still look put together with your glasses on! Let me know if you try out any of these tips!

XoXo,

Steph

Other Items I’m Wearing Shown:

*spiked earring jacket: Melanie Auld

*Bangles: Bourbon & Bowties

*Green Vest: GAP

*Lace Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch (on sale now!)