Let’s be honest, we’ve all been in the situation where we’ve haphazardly applied self tanner to ourselves at home and TOTALLY botched the job. I’ve even resorted to asking my best friend to spray me down with an aerosol self tanner, sans clothes, in hopes of not looking splotchy with hands covered in self tanner. Well, friends, I may have found one of the most brilliant self tanners for looking summer ready, even if you’ve been camped out in your house for the last year!
Temptu (the master of at home airbrush makeup) has launched an airbrush self tanner!! And if you’re like me, and not super skilled at home self tanning, this is your new best friend. Temptu created a super smart 2 step self tanner that makes it easy to look natural and not patchy.
Before starting any self tanner at home ritual, I like to properly exfoliate. Every time I hop in the shower I dry brush (for both mental and physical reasons). It helps with lymphatic drainage, stimulating blood flow and just feels good and helps wake you up. This dry brush from Aromatherapy Associates is my go to. Then when I step into the shower I use one of two all over body exfoliators pre self-tanning. This one from Megababe is great and is also a fantastic price point at $14. This one from Goop is a little more luxe and a bit more expensive. Now that your body is done, don’t forget to exfoliate your face if you plan to self tan that as well. My go to facial exfoliator right now is from SkinCeuticals.
Now you’re ready to start tanning! You start with the Skin Prep which is an airbrush toner (goes on clear and can actually be used on it’s own). This step helps prep the skin especially those rough patches like elbows and ankles. Next step is the self tanner. Using the Temptu was insanely easy and the mist that comes out of it is SUPER fine and makes for really even coverage. I was really into the gradual tan that it builds over hours and looks natural, no one needs to look like the high school overly orange versions of ourselves!
So who’s ready for summer?!
Thank you Temptu for partnering on this post. I only talk about products I love and feel lucky for the opportunity to work with a brand I love! Thank you for continued support of Accessories Gal!
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It’s been a wild start to the new year that’s certainly challenged my desire for greater wellness in 2021! I for one always look at a new year as a fresh start and a time to find new tools to feel good, find balance, and prioritize my needs. Feeling good and wellness mean something different to us all, but for me it means making time to care for myself and using products and services that make me feel naturally beautiful in my skin and uplift me daily.
Everything I’m going to be talking about today comes straight from my weekly wellness arsenal. These are products I can’t live without and I promise will help you feel good in the new year!
Face cupping is an ancient wellness technique that increases circulation, boosts collagen production, and is like a natural face lift. It also helps relax overly tight muscles in the face. As many of us have been skipping in-office facial appointments, it’s easy to forget that facial massage and relaxing of the facial muscles is so important. It really aids in getting that youthful glow back! <Use code EMILY for 10% off>
I feel like one of my best wellness discoveries this year was acupuncture. Now acupuncture is nothing new, but it was to me. It’s been a major game changer in terms of my stress and overall feeling of balance. While getting acupuncture I discovered ear seeds. They are little stickers with a metal ball on the back that are placed on acupressure points on the ear. They can help in anything from stress to digestion. This kit is a little extra fun and has a guide to 10 acupressure points and each ear seed has a Swarovski Crystal on it (they look super chic on!) <Use code EMILY for 10% off>
Ora Space has quickly become one of my favorite wellness spots for acupuncture in NYC. The space is stunning and the practitioners are so special. Ora partnered with CAMPO this year to create the most beautiful ceramic essential oil diffuser. I keep mine in our bedroom next to my desk and like to use essential oils to either focus or unwind throughout the day. <Use code EMILYK for $25 off >
This little relax blend is perfect for putting in your diffuser when you’re feeling a little anxious or you want to unwind at the end of the day.
So many people struggle with depression during the winter because of the lack of light and its importance in mental wellness. I for one struggle on gray days feeling like I have enough energy to conquer my day. The Verilux happy light is the perfect little desk top light that you sit in front of and can help improve seasonal depression, energy, mood and focus.
Equilibria CBD was a major game changer in my stress and focus in 2020. On days that I forgot to take it, I NOTICED a difference. I use the daily drops in the AM when I wake up. I then take one of the soft gels with lunch and the extra strength drops in the PM at bedtime. The most important part about CBD is consistency. When you use it daily, you really start to feel the effects. <Use code emilykammeyer for 15% off>
I love nothing more than a beautiful manicure. We look down at our hands all day long and it’s a nice little reminder that you’ve taken a bit of time for yourself when your mani looks beautiful. When I paint my nails at home I love to use Sunday’s (they’re also my go to destination for in-person manicures). Sunday’s is not only a clean nail care company but the concept behind the brand is about introducing wellness and self-care to nail care. When I paint my nails at home I actually use it as a kind of meditation, it’s a great little chill moment in my day. <Use code Emily for the 10% off>
Last but not least is the ORA x Campo custom scent created for the ORA space store. It’s the perfect little roll on essential oil to keep at your desk, in your purse or just about anywhere to give you a little lift when you’re feeling down. <Use code EMILYK for $25 off >
So I hope that starts your New Year’s wellness journey on the right foot. It’s important to share what makes us all happy and focus in a world as crazy as the one we find ourselves in. What products are essential to your wellness routine for 2021?
I’ve struggled more than ever this summer with hyperpigmentation. Those pesky little dark spots on our faces that get worse and worse as the summer goes on. To make matters worse, I also struggled with melasma and a darkening upper lip.
I went straight to the source and decided to have a chat with my dermatologist about what the heck was going on and how to fix it. His solutions were multi-tiered and start with GET LESS SUN. Ok, yeah easier said than done for someone that loves to run outside, go to the beach and lives in a VERY well lit apartment that is constantly drenched in sunlight. I am religious about wearing sunscreen everyday, so no change there. But his next suggestion was to wear a hat when going out as much as possible. My next step was to buy a running hat large enough that it looks like a shade sail haha! But it does the job and protects my face.
My favorite sunscreen’s I wear everyday are from Love Sun Body and Skinceuticals:
My derm next suggested I ingest a vitamin C supplement in the AM, I’ve been taking this one from Goop, and also wear a vitamin C serum in the morning. I decided to test out a number of vitamin C serums and found three that I thought were highly effective and delivered on their promises. There are so many vitamin C serum’s on the market and honestly they are all vastly different in effectiveness, stability and how long they are effective/degrade.
The three I fell in love with and ACTUALLY helped reduce my melasma and hyperpigmentation were Goop, Hyper and Admire my skin. Hyper was effective yet not as aggressive. This one you would need to use for longer to start seeing the effects. The price point is pretty great ringing in at $36. Goop‘s vitamin c serum was defiantly active and tingly when applied. I would say I started seeing results in about 3 weeks after using. It does have a heftier price tag though ringing in at $125 (but worth it!).
Lastly Admire My Skin was the MOST effective (due to the inclusion of 2% hydroquinone) and I saw effects quickly within 2 weeks. It definitely packs a punch, so much so that one of my best friends uses it as a spot treatment only. I liked using it on my entire face and loved the results. Even better than the results though was the price tag ringing in at $24!!
I found adding the serums to be the most effective and fastest tool in reducing the hyperpigmentation on my face. They don’t totally remove it by any means but most definitely lightened it. I also used a vitamin C cleanser and brightening pads from Rodial in conjunction with the serums. The combination really brightened up my skin and brought back some of my glow that I felt had been dulled by summer sun.
While all of these over the counter treatments I found highly effective and reduced many of my dark spots, they didn’t totally remove the hyperpigmentation and melasma. From what my derm said and most of my in depth reading, it isn’t possible with topical at home treatments.
If you are looking for stronger effects you will want to look into in-office treatments from a dermatologist or medical spa. Now that the season has changed, it’s the perfect time to try out one of those treatments. IPL and chemical peels can be highly effective for hyperpigmentation and melasma.
Next in my quest for brighter skin with less hyperpigmentation will be testing out some of these in-office treatments!
Summer is here and though it is definitely a weird one, it doesn’t mean that we’re skipping my favorite season! I love summer for so many reasons including the beach, summer runs, outdoor dining, and just that glorious feeling of sun on your skin.
Shopping for my favorite season looked a little different this year though. I have mainly been buying pieces that feel more evergreen and will last me for a few seasons. That said, when the puff sleeve returned this season, I could not help myself! I LOVE a full sleeve or any sort of drama and wanted to add some fun to my wardrobe.
There are two trends that I keep seeing on repeat that I personally love and have loved for years, puff sleeves and smocking. There are so many ways to translate these details! But, as it’s summer, they are so perfect for a summer dress or matching separates!
This dress I picked up at H&M (similar here) paired perfectly with my new Bottega bag (birthday gift from my husband) and nude pointed toe mules from Ann Taylor. I loved this dress because it blended the two trends together so well with a puff sleeve and smocking throughout the entire bodice all the way to the low hip.
Shop my look:
This is just one way to translate the trend though! I pulled together a few of my favorite pieces for summer in all price ranges to rock this summer and into the fall.
Contemporary and luxury price point :
Budget and entry level price point:
I would love to hear from you all! Are you into the puff sleeve and smocking trend? What are you loving for summer?
Vitamins and supplements always seemed like a nice to have to me, but I NEVER knew what I should be taking! On top of that, there are so many options to choose from, how the heck do you know what’s right?
Instead of wandering around in the dark, I decided to seek some advice from Kristin of Warrior Woman Mode. Kristin specializes in wellness coaching for women. Whenever I am considering adding a supplement or vitamin to my diet, I head to Kristin for advice.
But I thought starting from scratch here would be helpful. I interviewed Kristin this week to get the down and dirty on what women should be taking to feel their best!
Here’s the scoop on why we should all be supplementing with vitamins and minerals:
Kristin: Nowadays, even when eating local and organic, food is less nutrient dense than it used to be. The hard-hitting added stressors—from your iPhone alarm and blue laptop lights to the beeps, bells, and whistles of our modern everyday life—increase our nutrient needs. All of us are typically working out more than the average, sedentary everyday person and exercise increases your need for further nutrients, too. We face tons of new toxins daily—in the air, in products, in our offices, and lives—and we need extra nutrients to push the toxins into our body’s detox pathways to help get rid of them. And, last, but certainly not least, even organic, local, well-sourced foods have way less nutritional value than our ancestors’ food had because agriculture has changed so much over time, and all these added stressors affect everything down to the soil our food grows in.
Adding nutritional supplements will:
Aid in muscle repair and recovery
Increase your energy
Regulate blood sugar
Support cognitive function (You are most likely living with more brain fog than you need!)
Create antioxidative defense, which defend against all those free radicals! (Free radicals, by the way, are unstable molecules that can damage cells in your body that arise due to metabolic process, environmental toxins, and stress!)
What supplements/brands should every woman be taking?
EVERYWOMAN is hard to speak to given our physiological differences, but here are the basics in my opinion:
Amino Acids (EAAs) – especially if a woman works out
An adaptogen of some type -depends on desired outcome
KION: This is what I take. Only available online from Kion or Amazon, and super bioavailable. These are all the essential amino acids (EAAs). Best to take these versus a mix of EAAs and BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) unless you know you personally need BCAAs.
The most comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement in easy to manage and take on-the-go packets I have found is Primal Master Formula.
Thorne 2-A-Day is also excellent, but with a few less fancy ingredients that cost more to source, and is priced at half the cost.
Responsible for over 600 systemic and cellular functions in the body
Tons of literature on mood boosting effects
Wonderful to regulate sleep, best to take with dinner or before sleep
I use the unflavored kind so I can add to anything, usually to my a.m. coffee. This will support skin, hair, joint, nails, teeth, elasticity, repair, and recovery. It is an added source of clean protein and is always animal based (not vegan).
Vital Proteins has some great varieties and also a wild-caught marine sourced version if you only eat fish.
If you are need of some chocolatey shake goodness, have no fear, Primal Kitchen has made a chocolate coconut collagen fuel mix!
All of the above are sold at Erewhon and Whole Foods as well and usually at your local top-notch supplement shop.
Mushrooms: Reishi (relax and destress) and Cordyceps (pre-workout)
Brand: ALPHA DYNAMICS (Code: WELLPOWER gets them 10% off)
Rhodiola: Tons of research on mood boosting effects (I like Thorne Research)
ALGAE: (EnergyBits Brand VITALITY BITS: a mix of Spirulina and Chlorella) have protein, micro nutrients, Omega-3 healthy fat, detoxification and cell healing properties (Code: WELLPOWER gets them 20% off)
What are some nice to haves that help kick it up a notch?
NAD – NAD+
L-Theanine / Cognetics Excel
What vitamin brands do you prefer?
Primal Blueprint (Mark Sisson)
Sea Buckthorn Wonders
What should we be staying away from? Any vitamins that are total BS?
Anything with fillers
Check for ‘cheapness’ – if you find something very cheap/significantly cheaper or knock off – chances are it could be counterfeit or poor substitute for the real thing
Gummy vitamins with sugar / RTD vit drinks / things that feel more like candy
What supplements are great for skin, aging, wrinkles?
Sea Buckthorn (skin and beauty WOW booster!!!)
When should I be taking my vitamins? Do I take them all together at once? How do I know?
Fat soluble ones with food.
Timing does matter – especially with melatonin and magnesium
Adaptogens several times per day
Aminos – empty pre food pre workout
KRISTIN AND I WENT EVEN DEEPER THIS WEEK ON IGTV! WATCH FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON FEELING GOOD AND LOOKING GOOD!
Self-care is one of those topics of conversation that we often talk about but don’t take action to bring into our lives. Taking time for ourselves is easier said than done and often goes overlooked when looming deadlines are around every corner.
Last week I was was excited to spend the evening with a fantastic contact lens brand called Aveo Vision pampering ourselves at one of my favorite spots, Chillhouse.
Aveo Vision is a sustainable, affordable contact lens brand that offers daily contacts. They are able to offer a superior lens at an affordable price point because they manufacture the lenses themselves. Aveo’s mission is to make better eye health accessible to everyone, by offering affordable daily contacts produced as sustainably as possible.
Aveo Vision is the only subscription-based direct-to-consumer daily contact lens company that is vertically integrated, owning both the manufacturing and distribution.
Our evening of self-care was filled with massages, manis and vision tests. I have been a fan of Chillhouse for the last few years ever since I fell in love with nail art. Chillhouse is a destination for some of the best nail artists in NYC. On top of that the space is stunning, super fun and they offer fantastic massages (definitely will be coming back for their CBD massage!)
This year was my first time really getting glasses…with a prescription in them. I was excited at first, because who’s mad at another accessory? But it got old fast. I love having something fun to wear every once in a while, but when I would get out the door without my glasses it was less than stellar. The honest truth that I can’t read street signs from a block away became very real.
I am so excited to be getting my first pair of contact lenses with Aveo Vision so I don’t have to worry about leaving the house blind again!
Thank you, Aveo Vision, for partnering with me on this post. Everything I choose to write about is 100% my own choice and opinion.
I love to travel! Experiencing new and exciting countries
and cities is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve had the opportunity over
the last few years to travel for work to lots of exiting places. Last year I
spent most of the month of August traveling through China. One of the things I
learned while on my adventure through Asia was finding time for myself and winding
down was easier said than done.
Winding down at the end of the day can mean more than an
after-dinner cocktail (though don’t get me wrong, I love those as well). I’m so
excited to be partnering with Cambria
Hotels to share their new Cambria Nightcap
Program with you.
Cambria surveyed business travelers and found that close to
50% of travelers are drinking less alcohol than they used to when traveling for
business and almost 90% of those surveyed want to end their day by indulging in
a little luxury.
Cambria is redefining the nightcap and helping business
travelers wind down with little luxuries by providing guests with two new ways
to enjoy a personalized capstone to their day. You’re used to grabbing an after-dinner
drink at the bar, right? Well what about aromatherapy in your room? A facemask?
Probably not. When Choice
Privileges members check-in at Cambria Hotels in New York, Dallas,
Nashville, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh, they are given the option of one
complimentary item from the following:
-250 Choice Privileges Points
-$5 beverage voucher
Guests and locals can stop by the bar and try one of the options
off the Modern Nightcap Menu:
-Milk + cookies
-Milk punch cocktail
-Chamomile Lavender Tea
-Local craft beer flights
For me, those little luxuries while traveling are everything.
Cambria is perfect for travelers who are looking for design-forward, upscale, hotels. Thank you, Cambria Hotel New York – Chelsea
for having me at your gorgeous hotel!
Thank you, Cambria Hotels, for partnering with me on this post. Everything I choose to write about is 100% my own choice and opinion.
Making time for yourself can be easier said than done. We all want to achieve, accomplish and be that boss that we strive to be! But honestly, making time to recharge and find that glow you might be lacking is just as important as going going going.
Today I’m carving out a bit of detox time with one of my favorite ladies to explore the beautiful Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in my neighborhood. Being immersed in nature always helps bring me back to neutral and inspire my creativity. Feeling a bit more at ease and joyful truly shows through in how you look and feel.
Today I also added L’Occitane’s new line of lip products to add a bit of natural glow. In a world of more is more, I like to break the mold. I love their new lip products because less is more with this look.
The best part is their new 3 step system makes it easy to get summer ready lips! (shopping widget with 3 step products)
Step 1: Exfoliate with the Delicious Lip Scrub (smells so yummy you’ll want to eat it!)
Step 2: Use the Delicious 3-in-1 Multi-Balm to prime your lips for the tinted balm (also love this for an overnight lip treatment for seriously chapped lips)
Step 3: Tinted Lip Balm! The perfect amount of color for that natural summer glow! It’s my favorite way to look effortless in the summer.
Best of all, all 3 products are filled with natural ingredients!
Thank you L’Occitane for partnering with me on this post. Everything I choose to wear or write about is 100% my own choice and opinion.
Jewelry is often a statement to the world about your personal style, your aesthetic, sometimes your standing in society. The jewelry I wear daily tells the story of where I’ve been, the people I love most and the life I’ve lived. Each piece is a memory and reminds me daily of the ones I hold nearest and dearest to my heart.
When I discovered AU Rate recently, I was immediately drawn to it because of it’s beautiful simplicity, it’s craftsmanship but then, more importantly, it’s giving. With every purchase they donate a book to a child in need. I loved the beautiful little insert in the package telling me exactly the book given to the child in need, Runner by Carl Deuker.
Buying something for yourself always sparks that bit of joy. When it does good, it makes the purchase that much more sparkly.