How To Travel Light When You Are A Cosmetics-Obsessed Hoarder

Wednesday June 10, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

First of all… why are we still having to play this game of squeezing our liquids in tiny bottles and jamming them in litter sized ziplock bags?

Come on. Why did this ever have to be a thing? And even after this recent bust on the TSA, why should we continue to carry on with this farce?!

Anyway, before getting too worked up about this, let’s just try to look at the positive side of things.

I think there is one upshot to this restriction on the way that we travel. It forces us to travel light.

Before leaving for a 2-week trip to Japan, I made a conscious decision to bring only what I could carry on the plane with me.

My daily beauty regimen can get quite heavy when you add it up by weight.

There was a time when I got used to traveling with everything. More than half of the weight of my oversized bags was made up of personal care products. Which was of course ridiculous.

So the challenge of making this…

Traveling with all these liquids? I think not!

…look like this…

TSA friendly liquid containers

…was a nod to my minimalist sensibilities.

And BAM. We managed to get to Japan without checking in any bags! Hellz yeah!

I’m not saying I’m a pro at this. But here are some of my own tips when it comes to traveling light with liquid personal care products.

Travel ready

1) Do The Research – Read up on travel regulations because they could vary depending on where you’re traveling. As of now if you are traveling to and from the U.S., the TSA limits each traveler to 100ml (3.4 oz) containers which must be placed inside a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, ziploc bag. But that could change. And let’s hope it does.

2) Gather Your Small Containers – I purchased little salad dressing containers at Target, then later found a cheaper and more diverse array of options at Daiso and Ichi Ban Kan in Japantown.

3) Divide And Conquer – If you are traveling with another person, divvy out the goods between you and your travel partner because you can share the shampoo and toothpaste and other such toiletries vs having to carry everything yourself.

4) Appropriate Container Types – Some products break down when exposed to sunlight. This is true for sunscreens, which have to be kept in opaque containers. Other products that I can think of which must be kept inside a dark container are Argan oil and Vitamin C. So just keep that in mind.

5) Don’t Leave Your Goods – This is what happened to me. I forgot my Juice Beauty moisturizer with SPF. And then had to buy a generic SPF when I got to Japan. Fail.

6) Pack Enough – Make sure you pack enough so you don’t run out. Trickier done than said.

7) When All Else Fails – Check in your bags. Because remember. You can do that!

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Jealous Of Roses. Current Obsession: Rose Flower Tisane

Monday May 11, 2015 | Lifestyle Wellness

I’m currently obsessed with everything roses.

I’ve had this gnawing desire to start snacking on rose petals. I think the opening scene of Fando y Lis may have been my trigger.

Or it started long before that, with my obsession with rose floral water.

In any case, I’m all about that rose flower power. But not to the point of prancing around eating other people’s rose gardens because, you know… pesticides.

Instead, I visited a tea shop in Chinatown and purchased a bag of these deliciously fragrant Siberian rosebuds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq-6tOBUmNY

WHAT ARE TISANES?

Tisanes are made through the infusion of herbs, spices or other plant material in hot water and does not usually contain caffeine.

They are also called herbal “teas,” but that term can be misleading as all tea involves the plant camellia sinensis.

Rose Flower Tea

In terms of beauty and health, drinking rose flower tisane can help alleviate dry skin and soothe the mind.

HOW TO MAKE ROSE FLOWER TISANE

  • Use 8-10 rosebuds
  • Rinse to clean and “open” the buds to receive hot water
  • Steep rosebuds in hot water for up to 40 seconds
  • Remove rosebuds from hot water. Can be re-used up to three times.
  • Pour rose infused water into cup
  • Enjoy, preferably with a few squares of dark chocolate :)

This is luxury

Such is my idea of luxury!

Not handbags from chanel, or prada shoes or other expensive distractions.

But rather curiously simple things.

Like a soft fluffy white bed, an unhurried hot bath and a steaming, fragrant cup of rose tea…

How I’ve Been Staying Healthy These Days

Monday April 6, 2015 | Lifestyle Wellness

I’ve been so focused on beauty products lately. But of course, there’s a lot more to beauty than cosmetics!

Consider the energy and vitality that you radiate. No amount of makeup or skincare serums can hide your snotty face when you’re sick and shooting neon-green sillystring out of your nose!

Unless of course you’re the bomb at applying makeup. But come on, no one is that good.

So let’s switch our focus for a bit and go back to talking about beauty by maintaining a simple, healthy and happy lifestyle.

Here’s how I’ve been staying healthy these dayzzz!

A simple breakfast

Food

My food habits of late have not exactly been stellar. 

I regularly indulge in pastries, cakes, butter, cheeses, burgers, pizzas… you name it, I’ll eat!

Following restrictive diets is just not in my best interests.

However, I do follow a regular eating schedule. I’ve also mastered the balancing act of moderation and portion control (something I learned during my time in Paris).

And I make it a point to eat at least two healthy meals out of the three that I eat per day. And by healthy, I mean balanced with protein, heavy on the veggies and sparing on carby gluten.

But the most important habit I’ve been practicing lately? Slowing down. Savoring my food, whatever it may be.

It’s important to be mindful and appreciative of your food. Where it comes from, how it will be used as energy for your body, even the fact that you’re eating at all!

I believe there is a real connection between your thoughts (calm vs stressed) and your digestive process. I’m sure if you google it, you’ll find some article about this.

Or you can just try this: with each bite, think about how this food is nourishing your body and providing you with good energy.

Fitness: Kettle Bell And Jump Rope

Exercise

I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts twice per week, using a 10 lb kettlebell as my weight. I like this workout because it’s short! I hardly ever go longer than 12 minutes per session.

I still practice yoga at home regularly. I have a Sivananda yoga book that I’ve been using for years. I’m also subscribed to My Yoga Online. 

And I got a Kinect for our Xbox! The first game I bought was Just Dance Greatest Hits. It’s pretty dorky. And also pretty awesome. So I’ve been dancing up a storm.

When it comes to exercise, I much prefer a relaxed and playful attitude.

My weight: I feel good about my weight these days. It fluctuates, but overall it’s in the range that’s healthy for my size and my height.

I do feel like I need to step up my workout game though and tone it UP!

Oh and I finally got a bike! So I’ve been riding my bike around a lot.

If you follow me on instagram (no really, you don’t have to), you may have seen that I did a bike ride across the Golden Gate bridge.

That was intense. I haven’t used that set of muscles in forever.

hair

Sleep

I’ve been really good about averaging 7.5 hours of sleep per night.

The con: between having a full time job and getting a full night’s sleep, there’s not a lot of time left for anything in between.

The pros: I usually feel pretty great! And my mind (and skin) is clear and happy.

When it comes to sleep, the quality of sleep matters just as much as the quantity. We need Deep Sleep for Complete Rejuvenation.

There are many things we can do to increase the quality of our sleep. Exercise definitely helps. Also be mindful of how you use technology.

I never bring in my phone in the bedroom and it automatically goes on silent after 9pm.

Other ways I’ve been staying healthy:

  • Sunscreen. I wear it almost every day.
  • Vitamin D supplements. Even if I didn’t wear sunscreen, I’d still need to supplement.
  • Meditation. Doing this regularly deepens the quality my sleep.
  • Switching tea out for coffee. Ok, but this one was out of necessity because I’ve become sensitive to caffeine and get headaches. Major bummer.
  • Eased up on alcohol. Also out of necessity. Terrible headaches now. If I drink, it’s usually paired with food (another thing I learned to do in Paris).
  • Playing and goofing around. And just overall staying chillaxed.

That’s it!