How I live my life radiantly

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Pure Barre

How do you live radiantly in your everyday life? It’s a question worthy of some thought. It doesn’t have to be a complicated matter either: sometimes it is the little things that count!

I feel like in the past few months I’ve really started to embrace the idea of living radiantly day in and day out. My routine has changed, my jobs have changed, my perspective on certain things has changed: it has all added up in a positive way that makes me feel great! So – what are those things, exactly? There are four I want to point out.

Pure Barre

Exercise. I’ve mentioned before that it took me until my late 20s to really embrace the idea of regular exercise. It wasn’t an overnight process. I had to explore different exercise methods and find out for myself which ones stuck with me. It was no surprise to me that I disliked running after trying that out for a bit. Then came weight lifting/weight training, which I found out I really enjoyed. A hand injury sidelined me from weights in the spring of last year, which is how I came to find Pure Barre, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I finally found a workout that I absolutely love to do pretty much every day of the week (I try for around 5-6 classes a week, depending on my schedule). I may go in to class not feeling that awesome, but I always leave with a smile on my face, feeling strong, feeling RADIANT.

Pure Barre

Helping others. This point pretty much goes hand-in-hand with exercise. I loved Pure Barre so much that when I had the opportunity to become a teacher myself, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m not going to lie – it takes a lot of preparation and effort. However, the results are what make me feel amazing and keep me coming back to teach each day. I get to see firsthand how clients are able to push through shaking legs, are able to hold a plank position 10 seconds longer than they could in the last class, see them grow in flexibility, and I get to celebrate those accomplishments with them. It makes me feel radiant and it makes THEM feel radiant as well. I can’t get enough of the positive energy!

fresh vegetable bowl

Eating well. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost a year and a half now, and eating well is always a priority for me. When I visit the grocery store and fill my cart with fresh produce, seeing all of the beautiful, natural colors from my fruits and vegetables always makes me feel great about life. In addition, Justin and I have a garden in our backyard that we are always trying to expand upon. Getting even FRESHER vegetables straight out of the garden is something that gives me a sense of accomplishment AND delights my taste buds. You know that saying your mom probably always told you, “you are what you eat?” Well, I am thinking that’s not a bad situation in my house!


Taking time for myself. This was a hard one for me to start doing. Throughout my early 20s it was always “go go go” – I would fill my plate with projects, deadlines, expectations, and more. I stressed myself out by not necessarily taking on TOO much, but taking on just enough that I wasn’t able to relax and enjoy life. And that is what it’s all about – taking a morning to go to the beach and enjoy the beautiful sand and sun. Walking the dogs. Turning off my electronic devices and sitting down to read a book for an hour. These are all things that help me recharge, and help boost my own radiance. Life is too short to not enjoy it, my friends.

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Beauty Buy: Orofluido Hair Elixir


Do you have favorite hair products you can’t live without? I certainly do. I’d like to think my haircare routine is pretty simple: a trusty shampoo, conditioner, some volumizing mousse when I’m styling my hair, some hairspray to set everything….and this Orofluido hair elixir.

With my fine/thin and extremely straight hair I really don’t deal with the problem of frizz. I DO deal with the problem of products weighing my hair down and making it look greasy though! I am always careful when it comes to products, and a lot of time I have to shy away from all those wonderful oils everyone raves about for their hair because it simply makes mine look like a weighed down, greasy mess!

Luckily, I found Orofluido. This elixir is a combination of Argan oil, linseed oil, and cyperus oil, which must be some sort of magic combination, because it leaves my hair looking absolutely beautiful, smooth, and shiny…without being greasy. Apparently the Argan oil strengthens hair, the linseed oil seals and smooths the hair cuticles, and the cyperus oil protects against free radicals while also creating softness and volume.


The process of applying my Orofluido is simple: I pour a pea sized drop into my hand and smooth it into the ends of my hair when it is still damp after I shower. I try to focus mostly on the ends of my hair and then work my way up if necessary. You don’t need much Orofluido to see a difference: with the very first use I found myself running my hands through my hair after I dried it…noticing how much softer it felt (and how shiny it looked too)!

I used to be able to pick up a bottle of Orofluido at ULTA, but it looks like it is no longer carried there! It just so happens that I’ve spotted some at T.J. Maxx recently by chance. However, if you’re searching for a bottle for yourself, make sure you check out Amazon!

What are your favorite beauty products for your hair?

Beauty Find: Radha Argan Oil

Radha Argan Oil

Chances are you’ve heard about argan oil over the past year or so. I know it has been popping up in beauty products everywhere, and with good reason. It is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, which grows in Morocco. It has become popular in beauty products because it is moisturizing and nourishing.

The fact that you can use argan oil for more than one beauty situation is definitely one of the reasons I enjoy it. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of Radha’s cold pressed Argan Oil to try out for myself, and I’ve been quite happy so far!

So – what do you use argan oil for? First, you can use it as a hair treatment. Some people like to smooth a few drops of oil on their hair before drying it, but if you have fine or thin hair like I do, I suggest using it as a pre-wash treatment only, since it would weigh my hair down too much. But it goes beyond use on your hair. Have you thought about using it as a cuticle treatment? I have been experiencing dry cuticles recently…which leads to hangnails…and I am never a fan of that. I’ve been in the habit of dabbing a few drops of Radha Argan Oil on my cuticles before my at-home manicures and pedicures each week, and it really does the trick!

I really like the dropper style applicator that came with the Radha Argan Oil as well. I am notorious for pouring out too much product when the spout is large, but the dropper allows me to get just the right amount. Whew! It’s the little things that count, my friends. One other note: the argan oil is unscented, which is a great feature. Sometimes you just want things to be subtle!

Radha Argan Oil and Coconut Oil

I also picked up a bottle of Rahda’s Fractionated Coconut Oil. I am a regular user of coconut oil in my cooking, have used it in homemade sugar scrubs, and have been hearing about all of the other fabulous beauty uses for it. I love that you can use it as-is as a moisturizer, or even add a few drops of other essential oils to it to create a fantastic scent. A few drops in the bathtub…heavenly! If you want to purchase some of Radha’s products yourself, you can find them on Amazon!

Do you use argan oil or coconut oil in your beauty routine? What are your favorite ways to utilize it?

***I was provided with a sample of Radha Argan Oil and Coconut Oil for review, but opinions are my own.***

My 5 Minute Face Routine

5 minute face makeup products

Do you have a 5 minute face routine to get you put together and out of the house in a snap?

Admittedly, I didn’t have one for the longest time. The process of putting on makeup could be a long and drawn out process. I sometimes chalk this up to being in my early/mid-twenties, or maybe it was just because I didn’t have the right products in my arsenal at the time. Whatever the true reason may be, I now have a set of makeup products that I can apply in a snap for a quick 5 minute face.

5 minute face makeup

So: what are the products?

To start: Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion – $31. It gives my skin a matte finish and is not heavy at all. I apply a pea sized amount to my face before applying foundation, but you could also just mix a bit of it with moisturizer and apply if you don’t wish to wear foundation.

Next: foundation. I currently opt for L’Oreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder. It usually costs me around $11 at Target – if you check coupons in your newspaper there is usually a $2 off coupon circulating once a month that you can pick up. This foundation is incredibly thin: almost watery in consistency. For me this is perfect, as I typically am looking for a light coverage just to give myself an even skin tone. However, you can build thicker coverage with it if desired.

The third step: finishing powder. I currently use NYX Studio Finishing Powder in Translucent – $9.99. I am a big fan of loose powder applied with a fluffy powder brush to set everything in place. I used to use a tinted loose powder, but learned that in Florida with our humid weather, the color was more likely to “melt” off my face throughout the day. The translucent powder doesn’t do that since it’s clear! Again, it is something that allows me a natural look and doesn’t feel like I have a lot of makeup caked onto my face.

Finally – setting spray! I am obsessed with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – $30. This little mister bottle is magic, I tell you! This amazing product sets your makeup in place and keeps it there without allowing it to settle into lines. I’ve been hooked on it for a few years now: just a quick little mist to set everything into place and I’m good to go!

So: there you have it! A few quick products that give me a 5 minute face. To be honest, 5 minutes might be on the generous side of timing, as I can probably apply the entire set in 2 or 3. If I have an extra minute or two on my hands, I swipe on a few brushes of mascara onto my lashes and fill in my eyebrows with powder and an angled brush (my personal favorite: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Duo Brow Powder – $23. It has a lighter and a darker hue, so you can use the lighter color for daytime, darker for night).

Which products do you use for your 5 minute face routine?