The Best Highlight Technique for Mature Skin

The Best Highlighters for Mature Skin

Adding a little bit of highlight to the face can make such a difference, but if you are over 40, you might run into some issues with most traditional shimmery highlighters. What seems to happen as we age and develop fine lines and wrinkles is that our beloved highlighters (even our holy grail ones from our 30s!) now creep into said fine lines. Not cool, man. Not cool at all.

You know what I’m talking about, ladies. Tiny little glitter particles settle themselves right into those lines, which does what? ACCENTUATES THEM. Downright unfair, if you ask me.

Well, I’ve searched the clean beauty sphere up and down for the best highlighters for ladies of a certain age and I’m here to share them all with you, as well as give you my tried-and-true application technique!

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The Best Cloth Face Masks for Small Faces

The Best Cloth Face Masks for Small Faces

Are you masking up if you can? Wait, not that kind of mask. Cloth facial masks! As expected, the market has become inundated with so many kinds of cloth masks and it’s tough to figure out which ones will work for you. Well, I’m here to share what masks work super well for my adult (yet small and narrow) face!

It goes without saying that I’m fairly particular about things. #ahem #understatementoftheyear But that’s a great thing for you, dear reader, because you know that when I sing the praises of a brand of product, it’s after an immense amount of research and putting it through the wringer.

The Best Cloth Face Masks for Small Faces

The Best Cloth Face Masks for Small Faces

I’m a huge fan of the Everyday Non-Medical Masks by Athleta. I’ve tried many, many types and brands of masks and these ones are tops in my book. Why, you ask?

Lightweight

Made from polyester/spandex with a cotton liner, these masks have 3 layers of fabric – a lightweight outer layer and two inner layers of soft, breathable cotton. They are soft and incredibly easy to wear.

Breathable

Breathability-wise, these masks feel the most similar to disposable surgical masks. I never feel like I’m struggling to get air in, especially on really hot days. Airflow moves easily through the mask.

Adjustable

As a woman with a smaller, narrow face, many adult masks literally hang off my face. Since this mask has adjustable ear loops, I can secure it against my face without worrying that it’s going to slip off.

Also, the encased wire along the nose bridge lends for a better fit and keeps the mask from moving up into your eye area.

All in all, I love these masks. Even my teenage son prefers them, and when do teenagers ever agree with their mamas? #truth Also, my 10-year-old daughter wears the kids’ version too along with these ones by Old Navy.

Hope this helps those of you looking for a top-notch cloth face mask. Let me know if you have any favorites in the comments!

Best Activewear for Hot Weather

Best Activewear for Hot Weather

It’s hot AF this summer and despite wanting to complete the extent of my exercise indoors, there is a certain floofy, fried chicken-looking member of this family who needs to be walked 2-3 miles a day or someone or something will pay the price. (Usually my socks or our fluffy living room rug that’s just too tempting not to chew on.) Basically, I’m hot-weather-walking aficionado so you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best activewear for hot weather!

Best Activewear for Hot Weather

Tank Tops

The key to tank tops is that they have to be ultra-breathable, moisture-wicking, and for me personally, slightly cropped because I wear a fanny pack with necessities (doggy poop bags, keys, my iPhone, etc). Here are my top 3!

Athleta Cloudlight Relaxed Muscle Tank

The Cloudlight Relaxed Muscle Tank is buttery soft and so comfortable. It has deeply cut sides so air keeps moving around your torso while you do. I also love the twist detailing at the hip – a really nice touch!

As for sizing, I go between an XS and S in Athleta, and I chose the S in this style because I wanted a roomier feel overall. I have both white and black.

Athleta Mineral Wash Crop Tank

The Athleta Mineral Crop Tank is my favorite of all – I have 4 out of the 5 colors! This tank is so incredibly lightweight – it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything at all. It has a totally seamless construction for maximum comfort and minimal chafing. It’s truly light as air and keeps me as cool as possible.

I wear a Small in this tank as well. (psst – they are almost half off right now!)

Mippo Cropped Muscle Tank

The Mippo Cropped Muscle Tank is my top pick for most affordable. At $15.99, it’s quite a steal! This top is definitely the most cropped of the three – prepare to show a little sliver of your belly. I love how the back of the tank is mesh so you can show off your cute sports bra too.

Word to the wise – this tank runs super small. I ended up with a Medium although I probably could have gone with a large as well. (You can see how it fits on me in the video below.)

Try-On Video and Full Review Below

 

Sports Bras

Fellow busty ladies with smaller rib cages, look no further than the Athleta Exhale Powervita Bra for D-DD cups and the Athleta Formation Longline Bra for D-DD. Finally, a brand figured out that larger busts don’t always equate to larger rib cages!

Up until I found these sports bras, I had to settle for ones that fit my bust but were way too large around my rib cage or fit my rib cage while smashing my bust to oblivion. No longer! (For those of you who feel my pain, I also wrote a post on bras and bralettes that work for our body types.)

These two sports bras also come in A-C sizing as well.

Leggings

Now, I don’t really recommend wearing full leggings in 90+ degree weather, but I have to state for the record that I do love the Lululemon Align Leggings for all other times of the year. I don’t even want to state how many pairs I’ve accumulated over the years. (I wear a size 4, for reference.)

However, this year I found a much more affordable option at Amazon! These Core 10 Nearly Naked Leggings feel EXACTLY like the Lululemon Align Leggings and I adore them. (They also come in the 19″ capri length for warmer days.) I wear a small in both.

Shorts

When it’s hotter than a two-dollar pistol outside, shorts are really the only way to go. (Although I do it kicking and screaming as I really hate shorts in general.)

The only two pairs I wear are the Athleta Mesh Racer Run Short – the mesh hem is a fun touch once in a while but I love the Balaef High-Waisted Lined Running Shorts from Amazon. These are such a steal (under $25!) and they feel great on. No riding up in the middle and they stay super dry when you are sweating buckets. I wear a small in both.

Hats

I always have a hat on for sun protection and to keep my pesky bangs out of my face. My favorite lightweight hat is my Outdoor Voices “Doing Things” hat.

Running Shoes

This is such a personal thing depending on your feet and gait, but I love Brooks running shoes. I need both cushion and stability and the Transcend line has always worked well for me.

Socks

These Bombas are the bomb. Enough said.

Earbuds

I finally went wireless this year and I don’t know why I waited so long. Instead of dropping $130+ for Apple AirPods, I bought these on Amazon and they work great. Did I mention they are only 25 bucks?

Facial Sunscreen

Almost nothing worse than your face feeling like it’s suffocating from sunscreen while working out in the heat. My beloved Fitglow Vita Shield SPF 30 is a godsend. (On its own, it’s sold out, but you can still get it in my Whoorl Favorites Kit at Fitglow through the end of this month! Use the code WHOORL15 for an extra 15% off the already deeply discounted price!)

Fanny Packs

When I need something super streamlined, I always wear the FlipBelt. Otherwise, this fanny pack can hold more stuff.

Walking Playlist

Everybody needs some good tunes, and my walking playlist isn’t half bad if I do say so myself.

Activity Tracker

Yeah. I’m pretty obsessed with my Fitbit Inspire HR. It’s simple and streamlined (big and clunky is not my style) and If you need a little kick in the arse and love data, it’s a must-have.

What am I forgetting?

I’m pretty sure I’ve covered all the bases, but as always, let me know if you have any questions in the comments section. Happy summer to you!

How To Find the Best Nude Lipstick (+ My Faves)

How To Find the Best Nude Lipstick

Dear friends, a good nude lipstick can be hard to find, but never fear for I am here to make things crystal clear! #quarantinepoetry

To find the best nude lip shade for you, three things need to be taken into account:

1. Skin tone (e.g., fair, light, medium, dark)
2. Skin undertone (e.g., cool, warm, neutral)
3. Natural lip color (e.g., beige, pink, brown, tan, etc)

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