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Odds and Ends

1. German firefighters attempt to save this pleasantly plump rodent.

2. What Disney princesses would do for careers.

3. The 8 yoga instructor archetypes. Spot on.

4. Wow, the parallels between Neverland and Abducted in Plain Sight are just too much.

5. OMG, The Babysitters Club is back.

6. Ditch your phone and regain your brain. Could you do this?

7. Ohhh, this right here is an excellent article on the intersection of self-help, spirituality, and white privilege.

8. Skipping college for trade school. I’m all about it…true trades(wo)men are hard to find!

9. I want to hang with these dudes.

10. I posted my updated morning skincare routine.

11. They say you either love or hate Gwyneth. I’m indifferent, actually.

12. This brand of bags has really become a favorite. Pricey, but totally classic and shapes that won’t go out of style. Love.

13. This week’s Selfie podcast episode covers our favorite workouts, which may or may not be on DVDs. #oldschool

Happy Friday!

image credit: camilla frances

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Updated Morning Skincare Routine

green beauty morning skincare routine

Whenever I have a product change or addition to my green beauty skincare routine, it’s hard for me to keep quiet. Last week I shared my holy grail night-time product, this week it’s all about my new(ish) most-loved morning one. If you are looking for a hydrating serum that makes your skin totally quenched with hydration, super plump, and gives you a glow that lasts throughout the day, look no further.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew. You guys, why did it take me so long to start using this gorgeous product regularly?! Chock full of encapsulated antioxidants, nurturing amino acids, and an array of soothing botanicals, this lightweight hydrator is a lovely layering piece that makes my skin super plump and ready for makeup.

With 26 active ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Sea Algae Extracts, Waltheria Indica, and DPHP, my skin looks really radiant after applying this serum. And not just right after I apply it…since I’ve been using it daily over the past few months, I’ve noticed that the glow sticks around all day and creates this really nice lit-from-within glow under my makeup. That’s the one thing I notice when I don’t use the Kypris serum daily – my skin just doesn’t look as dewy and healthy. Also keeps my redness at bay which is huge. YUUUGE.

Another thing I love about the serum is the milky, featherweight texture. (You can see it in the vial in the below photo.) It’s so smooth and silky, and the scent is super light and neutral. I love the scent of Kypris products in general – very minimal yet so delicious…almost like the faintest scent of pumpkin or something. I can’t put my finger on it, but I just love it.

Lastly, I appreciate that there are no essential oils in this product. It’s a nice change and I would imagine fantastic for those of you with reactive skin. This serum would be especially beneficial for environmentally stressed, experienced, or imbalanced complexions.

Here’s the full ingredient list.

Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Algae, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, Phragmites Communis (Reed) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Calophyllum Inophylum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Superoxide Dismutase, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mannitol, Dextrin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Xanthan Gum

So! How am I using it daily? Here’s the routine I’ve followed almost every morning this year.

MY MORNING ROUTINE

1. Cleanse with One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser OR apply the True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask for five minutes and wash off with a warm washcloth. (I do the True Botanicals mask about 3 times a week.)

2. Spritz toner all over face and neck. My holy grail is MUN Anarose, but I am trying out some newer ones and will report back if I find a winner.

3. Apply 1-2 drops of the Kypris Antioxidant Dew all over face and neck while it’s still damp from the toner.

4. Apply 2-3 drops of the Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil over face and neck while it’s still slightly damp from the serum.

5. Spot treat any blemishes with Laurel Blemish Treatment. (Perimenopause, why you gotta be so rude with the hormonal acne?!)

I haven’t strayed from this routine this year and my skin is super happy. Previously I was using the Patyka Advanced Plumping Serum in place of the Antioxidant Dew. I still really like the Patyka and recommend it to those who prefer a gel texture over a milky one, but I do believe the Antioxidant Dew gives me more of a glow.

kypris antioxidant dew

I’ve teamed up with Integrity Botanicals to offer you a sweet little deal if you are interested in trying the Antioxidant Dew. Make any purchase on their website and you will receive a free deluxe sample of the Antioxidant Dew (shown above on the right) with the code SARAHSDEW. Just enter the code in the comments section upon checkout to receive the sample. It’s enough to give it a good week’s try! Offer is good while supplies last. (psst – You can still use a discount code in the discount code field if you have one, but as a rule, Kypris doesn’t discount their products.)

As always, hit me up with any questions you might have in the comments!

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Odds and Ends

1. 5-year-old recreates photos of iconic women every day for Black History Month. So fantastic.

2. The new midlife crisis for women. Lengthy read, but definitely worth it.

3. What’s up with dudes who don’t wear coats in winter?

4. Love these portraits from the Oscars.

5. I am borderline obsessed with Dan Levy. Love Schitt’s Creek so much.

6. Spring Break is approaching – here’s how I packed for a week in London and Paris in a carry-on.

7. I have to say this is the way I’ve eaten most of my life and it works. Creating restrictions for myself usually backfires in the worst way.

8. Dude. People are so up in arms about Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance at the Oscars. Bottom line – it’s called acting on an awards show for ACTING.

9. Who misses spooling the cassette tape? I sure do.

10. Speaking of nostalgia, remember AOL dial-up? This dad has the right idea.

11. I absolutely believe in dressing for joy and confidence. Good TED Talk – this really addresses self-esteem at the deepest level.

12. I wrote about green beauty retinol earlier this week and the demand for the product was insane! Thrilled to report that the folks at African Botanics have offered a discount for those of you who might not have seen the info before the original deal sold out. For the next two days, 20% off any purchase with the code WHOORL20 at their website. Enjoy!

Happy Friday! OMG, IT IS MARCH.

image credit: the binding