Weekly Reads Roundup (3.3.17)

From a Pinterest-approved miracle salad to using artificial intelligence to fight the effects of cyber bullying, here are five of the best reads from this week!

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Glowing Skin Berry Smoothie

 

1. Calling it Quits: How to Stick to Resolutions Big and Small via GOOP

Stout explains that most resolutions centered around giving something up are destined for failure because the psyche is not bound by deadlines and doesn’t work on shortcuts. The process of quitting needs to be a long game, he says, one best approached with self-love as opposed to self-loathing.

2. This Acne Fighting Salad Has over 34,000 Pins on Pinterest via Byrdie

We’re already aware that what we put in our bodies affects our skin as much as the products we put on it. This knowledge often puts us on the defensive—we know to avoid certain aggravators like alcohol and sugar, for example, since they can contribute to acne and dullness.

3. The Empathy Layer via The Verge

Systems designed to foster clicks, likes, retweets, and shares have become global communities of unprecedented scale. But Zuckerberg was left to ask, ‘Are we building the world we all want?’

4. Why Stress is Actually Good For Us—and How to Get Good At It via GOOP

For one, she posits that while we tend to fixate as a culture on flight-or-flight, there are actually three other beneficial and physiologically positive types of stress; and that harnessing stress to work for you is as simple as changing your mindset, i.e. choosing to believe that your body is simply revving up in support.

(☝🏻 this one is super exciting because it features one of my favorite Stanford professors, Kelly McGonigal! I actually used to take yoga classes from her while on campus.)

5. This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life via Inc

Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many blog posts you wrote or how many followers you had or how many tech companies you worked for or how much power you wielded there or how much you vested at each.

No, the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is, basically, love.

 

Boscia Bright White Peel-Off Mask Review

A little while ago I received a very generously sized sample of Boscia’s Bright White Mask. Since the product is normally $38 for less than 3oz I was super excited to give it a try!

This peel-off mask “helps to visibly even skintone and diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation” plus it contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Since my skin is acne-prone, I normally wouldn’t have purchased this product and would have gone for something clarifying instead, but I love Boscia and was excited to give it a try. Boscia Bright White Mask The mask is quite thick and goopy, almost like melted rubber. The key to applying it is to not skimp and to really get a good thick layer of product. The first time I used this mask I didn’t apply enough and it was impossible (and quite frustrating) to peel off. Instead of pulling off in large sections, it kept sort of flaking and separating. It was not satisfying.

However, when the correct amount of product is applied and dries completely (about 10-20min), the mask pulls off properly and will leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed! While I can’t really say I saw a big difference in my skintone’s evenness, my skin was very soft, supple, and exfoliated. If you like pulling off pore strips, you’ll get the same sense of satisfaction here! Overall I loved this product and am sad it’s gone. I’ll definitely consider getting another tube of Boscia’s Bright White Mask again!

Wedding Makeup Consultation at Sephora

As my wedding continues to creep up on me (Two weeks! Surprise!) I’ve been slowly but surely checking items off my to-do list. This weekend I went with my mom for my first ever Sephora makeup consultation! My bridesmaids and I will be doing our own makeup, and while I’m very comfortable with my typical routine, I wanted to chat with a professional about recommendations for my bridal look.

The final product! Read on for details.

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Beginner’s Guide to Dry Brushing

As someone who both has to work hard for good skin and likes to keep things natural, I’ve done a lot of research on easy, affordable, and non-toxic ways to keep skin healthy and glowing. After coming across an article a few years back about how model Miranda Kerr swears by the method I bought myself a brush and have never looked back!

Helena from the Brooklyn Blonde sings dry brushing's praises.
Image via Helena from the Brooklyn Blonde, who also sings dry brushing’s praises.

Basically, dry brushing is exactly what you’d think it is: stroking a dry natural bristle brush across your skin, preferable before a shower or bath. Here are some of the benefits as mentioned by health guru Kris Carr:

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Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2015 Details

While everyone has been talking about the motherhood theme (which I personally had no problem with, by the way), I’ve been busy staring at the ridiculously good details from the A/W15 Dolce & Gabbana show. I mean, gilded, bejeweled Frends? So good. And can someone please do my makeup like this everyday? K, thanks.

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New York Fashion Week & How to Learn Fashion

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 is upon us! Today while reading through the headlines I realized how far my fashion knowledge has come.

Jessica Stam, My Favorite Face

Back in college, before I interned at IMG Models, I thought I knew fashion. But I soon realized that being from Colorado and knowing fashion was much different than being from New York and knowing fashion. Sure I knew the majority of designers and could recognize the top models. I understood the trends and liked to think that I had reasonably good taste. But when I got to IMG I discovered a whole other layer of knowledge that I was missing.

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Best Mascaras

From a young age, I can remember watching my mom apply the focal point of her makeup: mascara. Her lashes were always full, separated, and perfectly curled, and her secret was Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara. I happily followed suit, flicking and wiggling and bending my lashes upwards with the magic potion for years until one day it was discontinued in the US. Who knows at this point if it was really that good or if I’ve since built it up in my head, but all I know is that for years I’ve been on the hunt for mascaras that will thicken and fan my lashes as well as MF2000C. As a person who often only wears mascara and lip balm, it’s always been fairly important to me that my lashes are just right.

Barbara Palvin (via Rebloggy)

After years of searching, testing, and review reading, here are my five top mascaras for full, fluffy, clump-free eye lashes…

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014 Makeup Tutorial

The other day while perusing Into The Gloss I came across the Dick Page Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Makeup Look video tutorial, and since who doesn’t want to look like a VS model, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

How did it go? I’ll show you my results and the products I used!

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