With winter approaching, I like rotating a new moisturizer in my skincare routine. I received a sample of Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate during a trip to Sephora. This moisturizer is hydrating and soothing on my skin. The unique formula immediately added a boost of hydration to my face.
I’ve always been a fan of Clinique’s tidy, sophisticated packaging. That quality shines through with this product. The moisturizer itself comes in a cylindrical, sleek tube. It is clear to show the fun pink-colored gel inside. My favourite aspect of the package is the pump-dispenser. It is an ideal format for releasing a small amount of product without creating a mess.
This product is a water gel that delivers a boost of moisture to the skin. I sometimes hesitate to use water gel formulas, but this one suits my dry skin. It has a smooth texture that cools once it touches my face, similar to a serum. The lightweight gel doesn’t add heaviness to my skin and feels rather light once it dries. An added bonus of this product is that it is fragrance-free. If you have sensitive skin like I do, fragrance can be an irritant.
How to use it
I cleanse my skin before applying the product. It is ideal for morning or night use, depending on your skincare routine. I dot a small amount on my skin and gently massage it in. Due to the hydration it contains, you only need to use a little product to refresh your entire face.
Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate retails for $17 (for the smaller size) or the full-size is $46 at Sephora.
Maintaining healthy, shiny hair can seem like the ultimate challenge. I often find myself wondering: How well am I cleansing? Are my heated styling tools too harsh? Here are tips I use weekly to keep my tresses healthy and strong.
1. Don’t over-wash your hair
Unless your hair is very oily, it is best to wash it every other day. Washing hair daily causes dryness and breakage. Over-washing hair strips strands of their natural oils. If you want hair to feel squeaky-clean every day, try using a dry shampoo in-between each wash.
2. Take care when brushing
Using a wide-tooth comb when brushing wet hair will prevent breakage. Your hairbrush should contain softer bristles to keep strands soft and even. It is a good idea to brush through hair every morning and night to remove dirt, dust, and dryness.
3. Condition, condition, condition
Condition hair regularly to maintain softness. I condition daily. A moisturizing conditioner strengthens hair and prevents dryness. If your hair feels limp or oily from conditioning, reduce your conditioning regime and only apply conditioner to the ends of hair.
I bought a FitBit last week, and I instantly fell in love with it. What exactly is a FitBit? It is a wearable fitness tracker that monitors everything from steps taken, heartbeat, hours slept, and food eaten.
A FitBit is a valuable piece of wearable technology. Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in one:
1. The sleep tracker function
We all know it’s important to get enough sleep each night. FitBit tracks your sleeping habits, which can help you improve them. You can view how long you slept for, how many minutes you were ‘restless’ for, and how long you were awake.
2. It is also a watch
I love this feature. The LED sceeen displays the time and date. I enjoy the convenience of having both the time and date right on my wrist.
3. It encourages you to workout
After a certain period of inactivity, FitBit prompts you to move. You are also able to input workout challenges as motivation. Challenges such as “Workweek Hustle” can be completed with friends to motivate you to get more steps.
We’d all like to prepare healthy meals at home each week, but it is not always possible with a busy schedule. My go-to coffee choice is Starbucks. I actually drafted this post while sipping an iced coffee at my local Starbucks after work. I often add a food item with my coffee. These items range from chocolate chip cookies to a cup of oatmeal. If you’re looking for the healthiest items to order from Starbucks while on-the-go, look no further!
1. Classic Whole Grain Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a healthy option. It is also nourishing and filling. Starbucks’ whole grain oatmeal contains just 160 calories, and 2.5 g of fat. Oatmeal is rich in fibre and other important minerals (e.g. magnesium, mangese, zinc)). These minerals support a healthy digestive and immune system. Starbucks’ classic oatmeal also contains nuts and berries for additional nutrients.
2. Basic coffee
Stick to the basics when ordering your coffee. Coffee or espresso-based drinks like lattes, or blonde/dark roast coffees are light options. These options are low in sugar and extra calories. Asking for your coffee iced lightens it even more. A good rule of thumb is to skip sugary drinks like Frappuccinos. I’ve tried just about every drink on the menu. My main coffee order is now pared down to a Blonde roast coffee or iced latte.
3. Protein Bistro Box
A bistro box contains the following items:
- Hardboiled egg
- Apple slices
- Peanut butter
- White cheddar cheese
- Muesli bread
This is a great option for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. It contains 15 grams of protein and 360 calories. A bistro box is healthy and portable. I often eat half in the morning then save the rest as an afternoon snack. The combination of fruit, grains, and protein keeps you full and satisfied until lunch.
What Starbucks drink or food item do you order?
Breakfast is a versatile meal. It can involve grab-and-go options or a completely cooked meal. Here are five quick tips to help you develop better breakfast habits.
1. Keep breakfast in mind when you grocery shop
It is a good idea to create a list of potential breakfast ideas before you grocery shop each week. If you pick up breakfast items when the week begins, there’s a higher chance you will eat breakfast if the items you want are readily available.
2. Add protein into your breakfast
Protein keeps you full for longer. I am guilty of skimping on protein in favor of a bagel or slice of toast in the morning. It is easy to add protein into an otherwise carb-heavy meal by including an egg, lentils, or even peanut butter.
3. Prep your meal the night before
Simple prep can make a busy morning a lot easier. Plan your breakfast meal the night before, and complete prep steps. This may include slicing vegetables, freezing smoothie ingredients, etc.
What tips do you use to improve your morning meal? Let me know in the comments!
I drink a lot of water each day, but I have never tracked the amount. Most experts reccommend 1-2 litres a day. I decided to challenge myself to drink at least one litre. I scoured the Apple App Store for an app to help me with the challenge. That is where I found My Water.
I opened the App on the first day, eager to begin the challenge. I input my height, weight and activity level. The App reccommended I drink 28 oz each day. (Or approximately 1 litre)
The first day of the challenge was Day 1 of my summer job. I knew I’d be moving more throughout the day and assumed I would drink more water as a result. I spent the day moving about the office and sipped on water between appointments. I hit my target of 28 oz without difficulty. At this point, I felt energized.
By midweek my energy continued. I felt less tired during the day. My skin looked brighter and clearer, though I kept my skincare routine the same. I did not notice many other changes but knew I kept my body hydrated. The only other big difference was my hunger levels. I did not snack as much throughout the day. I stuck to three main meals, sometimes two. I also found myself reaching for my water bottle more, knowing I had a quota to meet.
The challenge did provide subtle differences in my water consumption. I am more conscious of the amount of water I drink. I also reaped the benefit of clearer skin.
How much water do you drink per day?
A cold, refreshing smoothie makes a quick snack or filling breakfast. Multiple combinations of fruits, yogurt and other ingredients make it a customizable drink. There are tips to help you make the creation process smoother.
Hack #1 – Freeze fresh ingredients into ice cube trays
If you don’t have ingredients like spinach, coffee, or banana on hand try freezing them the week before into ice cube trays. I sometimes create coffee-flavored ice cubes to add into my frozen coffee drinks.
Hack #2 – Start the blender slowly
Beginning the blender use with the lowest speed option ensures that you don’t put as much wear/tear on the machine.
Hack #3 – Create a smoothie bowl
Pour your smoothie into a bowl and top it with fruits or nuts to upgrade your typical smoothie routine.