fallin for pirette

November 2nd 2016

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i’m just going to put it out there:

i’m NOT monogamous.

as hard as i try to be a chaste, vestal, celibate girl, when it comes to skin care, i turn into the lewdest, cheating, wanton, dirty whore.

tinted sunscreen, you’re no exception.

this summer i’ve been pretty unsullied in my relationship {S} with my gaggle of go-to’s. they know about each other so it’s no big thing when, one morning, i’ll grab md solar sciences {mamas-i use this on sutton too} when i’m looking for a super matte look; and they’re all super chill if, on the next day, when i’m looking for a “dewier” faced glow {and NO i don’t want to actually sweat for the “Dew”} i’ll opt for cotz sunscreen. 

 so it was no surprise to my coterie of sunblock bettys when i started doing more of my one on one dates with my new find, pirette tinted lotion.

concepted here in newport beach, pirette is a “surf born beauty line” inspired by southern california’s surf culture. one whiff of the coconut oil and zinc oxide blend and i’m 16 years-old again, beach towel to beach towel with my best friends on L-street, listening to cat stevens with an orange julius in my hand, and sunburn on my face i’ll be regretting twenty years later.

i can’t decide it it’s the scent i’m addicted to, or the lotion. does it matter? both are great, i can wear it teaching, it doesn’t burn my eyes and my unrestrained melasma is kept under control.

now i can enjoy the memory without the sunburn, and with a bit of coverage for the “age spots” left by said careless days. the tint is very sheer and remember to shake the bottle well {it can come out goopy.}

pirette is a chemical sunscreen; it is paraben, phthalate and sulfate free. and most importantly, it is vegan and cruelty free!

what are your favorite tinted lotions right now? who is getting your final rose these days?

love,

katie

like: WOW!!!!!!

November 2nd 2016

wow

on wednesday i was called out on instagram, by the beautiful cassie, to expose the inside of my soul gym bag.

my first reaction to this public summons was to politely pretend i hadn’t seen the request, to suddenly have a convenient “social media” hiatus. the contents of my gym bag are rather voodoo + curious, and further the already established conviction that i AM a freak with obsessive compulsive propensities.

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state’s evidence number one: my yogi toes mat; that i actually use to teach for spinning as it covers the entire top of my bike without me having to touch any of the already fastidiously cleaned surfaces, but like i said they make medication, hospitals and jackets sans armholes for people like me.

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but today is about my wow drops. they have received the most attention and questions.

i am pretty much never without this .338 fl oz bottle in my hand day and night.

wow drops are all natural chlorophyll and peppermint oil.

i buy mine at mother’s market, but you can get them on amazon.

this sharp punch of what i can only describe as mint mixed with turpentine, coats my throat with its own soothing spa day, and helps my voice when i teach.

although they are marketed as a breath freshener i tout wow drops as my number one health booster. if i had to choose between my vitamins, my supplements, green juices, etc—all the things i associate with staving off the ick and keeping me healthy and cold/flu free, i attribute it to my wow drops.

chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color and helps photosynthesis happen {didn’t know you were going to get a science lesson here did you?} chlorophyll is a fantastic blood cleanser and blood builder {aka detoxifier;} chlorophyll also helps alkalinize our blood, which is important to help fight off disease and inflammation.

peppermint oil has been used for centuries to treat so many maladies: heartburn, the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, and sinus and respiratory infections. it is also used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, upset stomach, and bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine.

and THAT will hopefully be that last time i ever write “small intestine” on the blog…{fingers crossed.}

these two wonder elements are the sole ingredients in wow drops.

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so the application of wow drops is a little tricky…the directions say you can dab a drop on your “wrist” and then lick your wrist, but every time i read that i think of HIM, and also an awful senior trip to puerta vallarta involving many bottles of tequila, which my liver and conscience are still paying for…

so i just drop it right on my tongue and keep my wow bottles close so no one thinks to share.

you feel kind of silly at first…tongue out for all the nation to see, and it doesn’t come out all that much, but that’s a good thing…all you want is ONE drop….cuz…….

wow~

BOOM!

BAM!

WOW!

they are named “wow” for a reason.

those drops are strong.

punch-you-in-the-face, pull-my-hair, and don’t call me the next morning, strong.

wow! as in did a blizzard just roll in through town and take a detour in my mouth?

wow! as in the monster from the matterhorn ride at disneyland just hand delivered a icy-snowball down my throat.

wow! as in thanks for the pick me up, but now i’m going to go cry, suck my thumb, and look for an all you can eat burrito bar.

four years later and i’m still not used to its potency {men insert all your inappropriate feral puns here.}

breath

but if you give it 10 seconds, an arctic loveliness overcomes your throat and even your person.

wow drops, once the initial shock wears off, are actually very calming and soothing.

and yes, your breath is minty fresh..

take a sniff.

kiss

best of all you’re cold and flu free, with a mouth always on tap for smoochin’.

kisses to you m’loves.

~i hope i haven’t bored you into a coma, like i apparently have with priscilla ↗.

weekend happiest to you.

game changer: odacité serum

November 2nd 2016

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thursday taut and toned jawlines to you m’loves.

for your age-defying arsenal, today i give you a game-changing bazooka:

odacité nighttime anti-oxidants repair serum

with 100% organic ingredients, including natural vitamin e, msm {a collagen producer,} and hyaluronic acid {which plumps and hydrates the face,} this powerful, but non-irritating product has done wonders for my tired, puffy, pre-natal face.

i first tried this wonder-worker last summer. i liked the results: firmer skin tone and a brighter complexion. it’s not the least expensive product out there so when i had used up my bottle i was hesitant to re-purchase.

immediately i noticed a slack in the glow and clarity i was getting used to; i decided it best to forgo the daily peet’s coffee in favor of a peaches-n-cream face.

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as you’d expect from an organic skincare line, odacité eschews all the toxic nasties sometimes found in potent products.

the entire line is paraben, petrochemical, phthalates, formaldehyde and fragrance free.

i know some of you are still unsure about the competence of all-natural products:

can these non-medical grade, farm to bottle potions give me the same results as the stuff cooked up in the chemist labs?

the answer is a resounding YES!!

botanicals, amino acid peptides, and vitamins derived from natural ingredients are often more robust in effect; such is the case with odacité products.

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and just as important to me as efficacy is that my medicine cabinet stays cruelty-free as well. odacité does not test on animals nor do they use any animal products in their ingredients.

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i also love odacité’s emphasis on freshness.

each of their products comes with a “freshiency date” label.

i’m always suspect of how long the effectiveness lasts on these natural products and appreciate the extra information. when you make a purchase of any of their products you are guaranteed to receive it within two days {shipping is free for everything over $75.}

another bonus with this line is their generous sample giveaway. every time i purchase with odacité i receive a handful of really nice samples.

i’ve also received 15% off every order from odacité because they’re always offering email discounts to loyal customers; they also give first-time customers get a 15% discount.

wishing you a bright and cheery complected thursday m’loves.

bouncing the bounce bursts…..

November 2nd 2016

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wednesday happy to you m’loves.

since discovering my beloved bounce bursts test on animals i’ve been scouring the grocery aisles and google pages for a four-legged, friendly alternative.

to my unhandy dismay, the best i could come up with was a do-it-yourself concoction involving epsom salt + essential oils.

typically when i see the initials DIY, i break out in a rash and involuntarily vomit.

i DON’T-do-it-myself. i pay to have it done or i go without-i’m just not artful that way.

but even this “project” seemed kindergarten enough even for my ikea-averse brain.

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 the hardest part was picking the scent.

nothing is going to smell as strong as those bounce/downey burst/crystals; they are artificially/chemically fragranced {i.e. toxic} therefore much more potent and longer lasting–and also more dangerous to your health.

that being said i had to be willing to forego the robust, {fraudulent} fresh-smelling house and clothes i had grown to love.

i chose a grapefruit + cinnamon combination.

i am washing hunkiest’s clothes too so it couldn’t be too floral and these were pretty inexpensive….around $3 each…some essential oils can get pricey.

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 in a mixing bowl i added:

6 cups of the epsom salt.

+

 3o drops of grapefruit oil.

30 drops of cinnamon oil.

{adding more oil if you want a stronger scent.}

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after blending, i popped my crystals into an extra-large mason jar, and stuck it up next to the laundry soap.

i added 1 tablespoon of “salt,” straight in with the clothes for washing, and so far, so good.

our clothes aren’t stinky, and the salt makes them baby-kitten soft.

as stated earlier, the scent is nowhere near as strong as the bounce bursts-even our neighbors could smell the “malibu sunrise” aroma of those suckers, but our consciences and our laundry are both clean.

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because i had solved this homemaking and moral scruple, last night i rewarded my handy do-it-myself-self a solo trip to target.

of course, as i’m zippity doo dah’ing my way down the aisle i run, smack into the new display for these mrs. meyer’s laundry scent boostersleaping bunny certified fragrance bursts for your laundry.

{my deep, eye-rolling, shoulder-tossing exhalation}

so there you have it.

make your own like i did…or buy the mrs. meyer’s kind…like i will be in the future.

wednesday april fresh to you m’loves.

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