This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic®. The opinions and texts are all mine.
As I adjust to adulthood, I find myself questioning many of the decisions I made about my body when I was younger. For example, all of the ridiculous sugary and uber-processed snacks I begged my mom for every time we went to the grocery store. Not so sweet anymore though, now that I know what's really in a lot of the junk food I used to love.
I also reflect on decisions that didn't involve food (ha!). Here's another example -- When I went to Jamaica in high school I decided not to wear sunscreen. At all. Not only was I red as a lobster, but my entire body was covered in blisters by the second day and I even developed a second degree burn on my chest. And for what? A tan that never even showed up?
Like I said though, things have changed. You could say I'm another year older, another year wiser. And since I've got some big plans for this summer, I'm really taking myself seriously this year (i.e. drinking green juice and wearing sunscreen on the reg to make up for the first 15 years of my life, haha!).
And this summer I've got a new sunscreen:
It's Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen™, which I went out and bought at Walmart. It's kind of a game changer when it comes to sunscreen. It's got all of the good stuff like safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. But my favorite parts? Firstly, it has that unmistakable Hawaiian Tropic® fragrance, so you can just let your senses take you away. The formula is also unique in that it's breathable. There's nothing I hate more than that greasy residue left by most sunscreens. This brand though actually hydrates your skin with its silk ribbons to provide 12 hours of moisture. The experience of weightless indulgence is different than any other sunscreen I've ever worn. Love, love, love it.
Now I thought it would be fun to share a few of the items that are on my bucket list with you guys. Some are simple, others a bit more time consuming, but more than anything I hope that you'll find them inspiring in getting you up, out and enjoying the beautiful weather!
1. Read outside
2. Refine your beauty routine (including Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen™, of course)
3. Go to the beach
4. Go to a baseball game
5. See a country concert
6. Train for a 5k
7. Host a bonfire
8. Go to a jazz festival
9. Pick strawberries
10. Pick flowers
11. Try paddle board yoga
12. Go hiking
13. Have a photoshoot
14. Go boating
15. Swim at the lake
16. Picnic at the park
17. Ride a roller coaster
18. Have brunch in your backyard
19. Go for a walk
20. Order from a food truck
21. Visit the public market
22. Take a horseback riding lesson
23. Lay on a hammock
24. Go for a bike ride
25. Use an underwater camera
26. Try geocaching
27. Go canoeing
28. Watch the sunrise
29. Go to a carnival
30. Have a water balloon fight
What's on your summer bucket list? Anything I should add? Let me know in the comments!
Let's dive into one of my favorite topics, shall we?
I'll admit I'm a tad obsessed, and it's not uncommon to find me romping around the house with the latest mud mask or blackhead strip plastered to my face. Trying products is genuine fun in my book (and believe me, I've tried a lot)!
Today though, I want to hone in on a sector of the skincare market near and dear to my heart, and that is...affordable skincare products. We've all had that devastating moment in Sephora where we lock eyes with a small jar of some fancy looking skincare item, just knowing in our hearts how transformational it must be for our skin.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic®. The opinions and text are all mine.