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My Go-to Fruit-Infused Water Recipes

The weather is warming up and the best way to cool off (and keep your skin glowing) is to stay hydrated. Water is the way to go for hydration, but it can get a little boring sometimes. Good news: there is a way to boost taste and health benefits – with fruit-infused water. So simple, yet packed with vitamins and nutrients! 

Why Fruit-Infused Water Is so Great 

Infused water. Spa water. Detox water. Whatever you call it, it ticks a lot of boxes: 

  • Helps improve mineral and nutrient absorption, hydrating your body better
  • Supports your metabolism, aiding with weight-loss goals 
  • Increases energy and improves your mood 
  • Boosts your immune function 

My Favorite Spa Water Recipes

Each of these are good to go as soon as you make them, but you’ll get extra flavor if you let them sit overnight. 

1. Peaches & Herb 

A great vocal duo, but also a great combo to infuse your water with. Specifically, peach and basil. Peaches are high in vitamin C (great if you want that #glowup) and basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. To make it, place a few peach slices and basil leaves in your favorite mason jar. Add ice and top up with water. 

2. Blueberry Orange

Tart meets sweet with this combo, and it’s the perfect balance. Blueberries – a superfood – are packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. Oranges, high in vitamin C as well, also help alkalize the body. Grab a handful of blueberries, a few slices of oranges, place in your favorite jug (you’re going to want lots of this!), add ice and water, and let sit for about 30 minutes. 

3. Lime & Mint 

This pair makes for an amazing natural cleanse. Lime is a detoxifier that helps with digestion and is packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants – great for skin health. Mint reduces inflammation and soothes the stomach. Plus they taste great together and are super refreshing. The perfect cool-down on super hot days! Add water and ice and you’re good to go. 

Another perk of fruit-infused water is that you can make it your way, combining fruits of your choice. You can also go bubbly with sparkling water or add a bit of your favorite rose and make it a spritzer! 

Fruit-Infused Water for the Win 

Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. With small changes like adding fruit to your water, you can give your body the health boost it needs AND enjoy great flavor. They’re also a nice decorative accent for your kitchen! 

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Healthy Skin in 5 Steps

GlowUp Beauty 2020 Exciting New Products Blog

Is there anything better than having healthy skin? When it comes to feeling beautiful and confident about yourself, there really isn’t. Whether you’re a woman or a man, I’m sure you try to put a lot of effort into having beautiful looking skin. With creams, face masks, serums, and other treatments available, the options may seem endless. There’s a lot of information out there, so it’s easy to get confused.

It may be that not all beauty products work for your skin type, some products, rather than pamper your skin can even lead to more issues! Nonetheless, there are basic techniques for improving your skin and complexion that should be part of everyone’s skincare routine. So, here are the essential 5 steps for healthy skin!

Cleanse

Cleansing may be part of your routine, but if it’s not it should be! Cleansing your skin every morning and night should be a regular thing that you do every day. Cleansing is fundamental to maintaining healthy-looking skin. A great product will cleanse your skin, remove dirt, debris, and environmental toxins, while not stripping your skin of its natural oils. It also helps to manage the pH levels of your skin. So, your skin will be hydrated, and look fabulous.

I Dew Care Berry Melting Makeup Remover Balm. Makeup removing cleanser for healthy skin

We love I Dew Care’s Berry Melting Makeup Remover Balm. This balm-to-cleanser removes all makeup in an instant. Formulated with Blueberry Fruit Extract and Jojoba Oil, this cleanser is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins. Using it every day will help you on your way to radiant skin!

Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is also essential! It goes hand in hand with cleansing your skin.

It may seem simple, but it’s super effective. Proper exfoliating, for best results, requires using high-quality products. Because exfoliating removes dead skin cells, your skin can be very sensitive. Naturally, you don’t want to use anything harmful while rubbing and manually scrubbing your skin. There are many options; you can use anything from body brushes or cleansing scrubs, or even a do-it-yourself scrub. 

We recommend exfoliating your skin once or twice a week, to reveal a clean, bright, refreshed complexion. The best time to exfoliate your skin is in the evening before applying your regular night-time skin regime!

Summer Fridays Exfoliation Mask

Our tip: Summer Friday’s Overtime Mask gently exfoliates, polishing away dead skin cells and hydrating skin all-at-once!

Moisturise

Your skin is your largest organ in your body. Nutrition and replenishment are crucial to keeping your skin soft and radiant. 

Our favourite? Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. This ultra-hydrating serum replenishes nutrients and delivers hydration throughout the day.

Drunk Elephant Hydration Serum for hydrated healthy skin

Right after completing your cleansing routine, apply your favourite hydrating cream to your face and neck. It’s best to apply by gently rubbing into your skin, moving your fingers across your face is an upward and outward motion.

In case you weren’t aware, even oily skin types need a light moisturiser in order for skin to be replenished and happy. Make sure to check out some of the most exciting beauty products to try in 2020!

Use SPF

One of the most important tips for having healthy skin is to protect it from the sun! Sun exposure can cause age spots, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging. Surely you don’t want that to happen! Sun damage is especially likely to happen in particular climates, like if you live under the hot California sun!

So, make sure to slather up, and ALWAYS apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. In this case, the higher SPF the better. And do not forget to reapply it every two hours or after coming into contact with water. Then you’ll be good to go, and your skin with definitely appreciate it!

Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop, to reduce sun damage and prevent signs of premature ageing.

Our SPF recommendation? Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop – an invisible not-sticky SPF that leaves skin looking flawless and natural.

Get Enough Sleep

You need to keep your sleeping routine in check in order to be able to have the healthiest skin. Why? When you’re sleeping, collagen production increases and skin cells renew themselves. This significantly helps in maintaining great skin, and helps skin look youthful!

Additionally, being sleep-deprived causes stress, which makes your body release more adrenaline. As a result of lack of sleep, your body is triggered, and you can have sudden breakouts, uber-sensitive skin, and other skin problems. Getting eight hours of shut-eye every night may be the best thing that you can do for your skin! 

GlowUp Beauty eye mask and fragrance oil.

The next best thing after quality sleep? A great face and eye-mask, to make you look refreshed and well-rested, even if you’re not!

Even if you don’t have time for complex regular skin care, you can still pamper your skin and self by doing the basics. Quality skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can really help you delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Do not wait another day to get started with these five no-nonsense steps for healthy skin. 

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The Most Exciting Beauty Products to Try in 2020

Herbivore Self Love Facial Ritual Kit

2019 has been a very interesting year for the beauty industry. From skin care to makeup, beauty brands were at the top of their game this last year! Exciting beauty products could be found everywhere.

As we enter a new decade, it seems that both new and famous beauty brands aren’t slowing down. In fact, some new beauty innovations are already in store. Check out the most exciting beauty products to try in 2020. They are worth trying, we swear!

TATCHA – The Dewy Skin Cream

It’s no wonder that this amazing skin cream is the first mentioned on this list! Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream nourishes and hydrates skin with antioxidant-rich Japanese purple rice. It has a rich, smooth and dreamy cloud-like texture. It is perfect for dry skin but can also be used to treat normal skin.  

Perfect when your skincare routine needs that extra little something, this dewy skin cream replenishes skin and gives instant luminosity. It is alcohol, paraben, and gluten-free, and will leave your skin looking beautiful. 

Say hello to day skin: Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream

Beauty Fridge

This is THE NEXT THING and will rule the beauty industry in 2020. Beauty Fridge is a revolutionary beauty essential, that enables you to perfectly store your cosmetic products. You are now able to refrigerate your skin care products, which helps reduce bacteria, keeps the texture of your products ideal, and extends shelf life!

What can you store in the Beauty Fridge? Perfumes, face masks, face mists, along with pretty much anything else and most facial tools! By this summer, everyone will be raving for cold skin care products!

Exciting beauty product: Beauty Fridge, a summer beauty essential!

Fourth Ray – Seriously Good Serums

Seriously, these Fourth Ray serums are a must-have in your beauty shelf! If you haven’t, it’s high time you got your hands on these serums. They do wonders in helping replenish your skin. This kit includes Fourth Ray’s best-selling serums, featuring Reveal, Raydiate, Remedy, and Rainfall. They help brighten, hydrate and perfect skin tone. You’ll notice changes for the better, in no time!

Fourth Ray Beauty Serums for brightening and hydrating the skin

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Already an Instagram fan favourite in 2019, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is here to stay! Famous for repairing and nourishing dry lips, it contains a special Berry Mix Complex which is rich in Vitamin C. Other Ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, remove dead skin cells, leaving your lips smooth and soft.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is available in a variety of flavors, including Grapefruit, Berry, Vanilla, and Apple Lime.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in a variety of flavors.

Herbivore Amethyst Facial Roller

Herbivore’s facial rollers are a hit in the beauty market, and they’re not going anywhere in 2020. This facial roller is among the most exciting beauty products to try this year! The Amethyst Facial Roller is suitable for all skin types and is incredibly relaxing to use. It gently massages and firms the skin and helps improve skin elasticity. It can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and help ease facial muscle tension.

Why not start the year with this amazingly relaxing and much-loved beauty product? Anything that soothes the senses and reduces stress, after all, is a big YES! from us. We also adore Herbivore’s Self Love Facial Ritual Kit!

Exciting Beauty product: Herbivore Amethyst Facial Roller

2020 is set to bring nothing but exciting beauty products. From face masks, beautiful eyeshadows, and innovative makeup removers, new beauty gems will help us look beautiful in 2020. If that weren’t enough to be excited about, some new beauty brands such as Kaja, Flesh, and Flawless Beauty will debut this year.

Honestly, I love these fan-favorite products, and can’t wait to see what else is to come in 2020. Which beauty products are you most excited about from this list?

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Best IGLOO Hotels to Visit This Winter

igloo hotels

I came across this Article while traveling across Europe and thought I would find out some more about it. And, I’m glad I did! As the winter season is at its peak, it is the perfect time to list some of the most interesting winter experiences. And, this year, I’ll go with something truly amazing – igloo hotels. Known as houses built from the snow that kept Inuit communities warm for centuries, these incredible installations attract millions of guests every year. From sled rides to ice-molded beds, igloo hotels definitely offer a unique winter experience. So, check out the best igloo hotels to visit this winter.

Best Igloo Hotels – Arctic Fox Igloo, Finland

Best IGLOO Hotels

It is not a surprise that the first igloo hotel on the list is based in Finland. This beautiful European country offers extraordinary winter experiences. Arctic Fox Igloo is among the best igloo hotels Finland has to offer. It is based on Lake Ranuanjärvi in the woodlands of Finnish Lapland. Among other things, it offers the most important winter attraction – incredible views of Northern Lights. The hotel has a dome-like structure with fancy glass doors and offers overnight stays in modern looking bedrooms. Heated glass walls and sauna only add up to this amazing hotel experience.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Best IGLOO Hotels

Kakslauttanen Igloo hotel is world-famous for its luxury and an unforgettable experience of watching the Northern lights from the comfort of your bed. This igloo hotel situated in Lapland, Finland offers more than 170 accommodation options that vary from glass igloos to log cabins. These luxurious rooms are beautiful and get remodeled every winter season. All guests have access to a sleeping bag, wooden socks as well as a hat for extra comfort. 

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Best IGLOO Hotels

This amazing igloo hotel based in Norway is the northernmost igloo hotel in the world and offers a variety of winter activities. Along with astonishing ice sculptures, an ice chapel, and an ice bar, the hotel offers 30 rooms. For additional comfort, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel provides an outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna. It is particularly interesting that you can order drinks in ice glasses.

Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Finland

Best IGLOO Hotels

If you are a winter person that loves cozying up with a hot cup of tea in an interesting indoor setting, Levin Iglut is the perfect igloo hotel for you this winter. The hotel has many interesting amenities among which are air conditioning and Wi-Fi for social media lovers! Levin Iglut offers a unique winter experience with the magical show of Northern lights right in front of your eyes. It is highly recommended to book the stay somewhere between August and April in order to catch the Northern lights season. Levin Iglut will provide an unforgettable and cozy winter experience.

Hotel de Glace, Canada

Best IGLOO Hotels

This amazing hotel in Canada offers a variety of activities. It is interesting that this is the only hotel entirely built from ice in North America. Hotel de Glace has more than 40 rooms and suites. On top of that, it offers an ice bar and an ice slide which is especially popular with kids. It’s also interesting that every room’s decoration differs. A welcoming drink, breakfast, and access to spas and saunas will complete your perfect winter igloo experience.

Witnessing the incredible magic of the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. Finnish Lapland is still one of the world’s best places to witness this phenomenon in cutting-edge heated glass accommodation along with many other attractions. If you are looking for a unique adventure this winter to fully embrace all winter experiences, why not book a stay in an igloo hotel for a couple of nights and have the best time of your life? The idea is pretty simple: igloo hotels have structures ranging from intimate hotels to big villages.

Moreover, castles are rebuilt and remodeled every winter, mixing tons of snow and ice blocks with charming amenities and exclusive designs. So, these were the coolest igloo hotels around the world that will provide a memory for a lifetime. You simply have to experience this next level winter experience in one of these igloo hotels. Have a great time!

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KIMONO VERVE Fragrance Oil – We’ve Switched Things Up A Little…

I’m super excited to share that KIMONO just got a hot new look! It’s been so well received—thanks for all the love—that I just had to celebrate a little (happy dance)!

Drum roll…

Introducing the KIMONO VERVE Fragrance Oil limited-edition bottle! The same divine, invigorating fragrance on the inside with a fab new look on the outside.

KIMONO VERVE Fragrance oil – Hot New Color

Now available in Pop Green, this limited-edition KIMONO vessel still offers up uplifting fragrance inspiration.

I’m all about wellness and healthy ingredients when it comes to what we put on our skin. That’s why the 100% natural essential oils have soothing aromas that boost your emotions and health. My VERVE fragrance uplifts energizes and inspires for good health and vivacity from safflower oil, bergamot, lavender, and rosemary essential oils.

KIMONO Fragrance Oil

What’s Not to Love?!

I love essential oils for so many reasons: amazing aromas, better beauty sleep, stress relief—and so much more. VERVE has the essential oils we all need for life on the go:

  • Bergamot for joy
  • Eucalyptus for a clear head and nose
  • Lavender for calm

One product with multiple uses? That’s something I can get behind… a girl doesn’t have space for that much product in her purse! Still, self-care is a must—so KIMONO it up! KIMONO Fragrance Oil is your next beauty favorite!

KIMONO Fragrance Oil

Celebrate with Me

A delicate blend in a new, fierce bottle? Yes, please! Get the limited-edition KIMONO VERVE Fragrance Oil and let’s celebrate! Available NEXT WEEK!

ENTERTAINING Featured Lifestyle

Celebrating the Lionel Richie Home Collection

Lionel Richie Home Collection

We were thrilled to host an event at the always fabulous GEARYS Beverly Hills to celebrate the many milestones of the Lionel Richie Home Collection . We had such a wonderful crowd at this momentous event and are truly grateful to all of the attendees.

The most captivating part was the table settings throughout the store highlighting the collection’s elegant international flair. Many of the pieces from this fabulous line were on display, including the London charger, Riviera dinner plate, and Manhattan red wine glass. Also, the tablescapes perfectly showcased the adaptable, stunning, and classic nature of the collection. It elegantly blends traditional sophistication with innovative pairings and accents to deliver stunning home décor.

From sample table designs, to fresh flowers casting a subtle yet enticing fragrance, to delicious refreshments, to the gorgeous backdrop of GEARYS itself, the special evening delighted every one of the senses. It was such an honor to share this beloved brand with so many friends, old and new! All in all, celebrating the Lionel Richie Home Collection was an absolute success!

Lastly, to glimpse more of the festivities yourself, check out the video below. And if you’re an L.A. local, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the collection in person at GEARYS!

Featured FOOD Lifestyle

The Perfect Simple Summer Salad

With the summer heat beating down, it can be hard not to give in to those cravings for a sweet icy treat like fresh-made ice cream. The good news is, with a sweet summer salad like this, you can satisfy your cravings without the added calories!

Sweet, Refreshing, and Healthy

One of my go-to recipes that is absolutely perfect for the hot weather and a healthy lifestyle is this perfect and super easy-to-make summer salad. The strawberries and dried cranberries make it taste sweet without adding too much sugar, while the cool butter lettuce and homemade balsamic vinaigrette offer a chill that feels fabulous after a day of swimming or sunbathing. In addition, add some grilled chicken for a little protein, and you’ve got the perfect summer lunch!

summer salad

Ingredients (Salad):

  • 3 cups butter lettuce
  • 1 ½ cups grilled chicken, sliced
  • 2 ½ cups fresh sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup fresh goat cheese
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Homemade balsamic vinaigrette (to taste)

Ingredients (Vinaigrette):

  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1 pinch Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme)

summer salad

The Perfect Salad to Share!

If you’re bringing this salad to share with friends, I recommend slicing the strawberries and goat cheese ahead of time and packing them in separate Tupperware containers along with the dried cranberries and chicken. Additionally, leave the vinaigrette on the side until the last moment, in a salad dressing shaker if you have one.

When you arrive at your event, simply pile on the strawberries, goat cheese, chicken, and cranberries before mixing, adding the vinaigrette, and mixing again. Waiting to prep until just before you dig in ensures that none of the ingredients get too soggy and the salad stays perfectly fresh for you and your companions.

Keeping Cool in the Hot Summer Months 

There are so many possible variations for this salad, so I’d love to hear what you come up with! What are your favorite salads to serve (and eat!) during the hotter months? Share in the comments below. And stay cool!

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