Odds and Ends

1. We are on Day 14 of sheltering at home. Y’all are doing the same, correct? If you still think a couple of non-essential errands are okay, this is a clear and concise approach to explain why EVERYONE needs to stay home. Please watch!

2. An informative video on grocery shopping during these times. Are you all disinfecting everything you purchase from the grocery store? #fulltimejob

3. Have you learned anything about your partner while both working at home? These responses are hilarious.

4. We are all officially the Queens of Loungewear. This is reaaaaalllly cozy, is all I’m sayin.

5. Loving this new t-shirt line from one of my favorite local shops! Currently wearing the pink one.

6. My favorite pump-style hand cream for around the house and it’s 10% off right now.

7. Tiger King is insane and I LOVE IT.

8. 13 free online yoga and fitness classes to do at home.

9. Oh, and if you’ve been stress baking like me, this one will burn 500 calories in 45 minutes.

10. That discomfort you are feeling is grief. What a great read.

11. I am in love with this body wash! Check out my “Aleavia” Instagram highlight for all the reasons why.

12. Man, dogs sure are loving life right now. Cats, not so much.

13. I don’t know why this makes me laugh so much…clearly, I’m unstable at this point.

14. Cute idea for kids’ birthdays right now.

15. This is the BEST sign language interpreter I’ve ever seen. (Yeah, he’s an Okie.)

I hope you all are hanging in there. One day at a time, my friends. xo

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Odds and Ends

1. 12 of the most impressive museums in the world are offering free virtual tours.

2. This book is hilarious and highly recommended. I can’t remember when I laughed so much while reading. Switching things up when I’m done and reading this one next. I heard it is devastating. Have you read?

3. Speaking of laughing, I compiled some of my favorite LOL tweets from this week. Laughter is the only way to quiet my anxiety right now.

4. Since we are ALL social distancing (right? RIGHT?!), this is a perfect time to spend a little extra time on our skin. This mask is a huge bestseller and under $50!

5. Oh. and speaking of skin, I published a detailed post on Vitamin C Serums this morning – my top 5, to be exact.

6. Are you all watching Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu? IT IS SO GOOD.

7. Some of you know how much I loved this course on blogging – my profits shot up after utilizing what I learned. The world has seemed to turn on a dime this past week and if working from home is suddenly on your radar, How To Finally Start A Blog in 2020 is 50% off. I cannot recommend Kate’s courses enough.

8. Are you spending a little more time in cozy clothes as of late? I have these joggers in black and am about to buy several more colors.

9. Ibuprofen and Coronavirus: The World Health Organization and countless other health experts say there’s NO real evidence Ibuprofen makes the disease worse. #facts

10. Between student learning and virtual girls’ night out (which I highly recommend!), Zoom is definitely on the up and up right now.

11. We are on Spring Break right now, but I think this article accurately portrays how I might be feeling soon.

Happy, um, what day is it? I hope you all are STAYING HOME and staying well. Sending you all of the calming, happy vibes I can muster up.

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A Vitamin C Serum Showdown

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Folks, I’ve been testing so many Vitamin C serums over the past few months, my mouth literally tastes like citrus daily. (True story! Occupational hazard, I suppose. #couldbeworse)

Vitamin C, which also goes by ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is one of the best vitamins you could possibly use on your skin. Everyone knows Vitamin C is a great immune-booster when taken orally, but when you use it topically, it’s 20 times more potent.

What are Vitamin C’s benefits for skin, you ask? Well, pretty much everything. Vitamin C helps to repair damage from sun exposure and collagen loss by encouraging healthy cell turnover and regeneration, diminishes fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. Most importantly, vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.

(You know when you cut an apple open and how the edges brown? That, my friends, is oxidation and *also* what’s happening to our skin on the daily. SO GIVE ME ALL THE ANTIOXIDANTS thankyouverymuch)

Vitamin C also inhibits melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhance skin radiance.

If you want to up the ante, you can maximize the benefits of vitamin C by combining it with other antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. Together, they have optimal absorption benefits when it comes to anti-aging, skin brightening, and protection against free radical damage. Vitamin C also plays well with vitamin B and hyaluronic acid.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t mix vitamin C with retinol or niacinamide because the pH levels are incompatible. That’s why I use my Vitamin C serums in the morning and my very favorite retinol at night.

So how about we get to the nitty-gritty? Here are my 5 favorite Vitamin C serums!

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from left to right: Ursa Major Brighten Serum, Kypris Antioxidant Dew, GOOP Glow, Marie Veronique Vitamin C, African Botanics Nutritive Molecule Serum