Chloe Lear

Happy August guys. With another month couple of months in the books, another trash talk was sure to follow. I went through a lot of beauty and wellness products, and a lot of it stemmed from having to switch out products for summer as well as sampling a few things that I’d been meaning to try. 

You’ll see a lot of Doterra products in the picture above that I used in my diffuser for the past few months. Since moving to Houston, I’ve developed allergies and mixing these oils in my diffuser helped me fall into sound, sleep with out the congestion. I alternate between over the counter medicine when my sinuses are a 911, but overall, natural remedies have been keeping my allergies in line.

What products did you trash this month and was there anything you think you’d rebuy?

With outside slowing beginning to open, wearing a face mask has become our new normal. Surgical and cotton masks have become essential pieces of fashion and while they’re great at protecting you from germs, they can still wreak havoc on our skin. Wearing a mask for most of your work day can create dry, dehydrated skin which can lead to texture, acne or irritation. Protect yourself and your skin with a mist that will not only hydrate and replenish, but that will also help soothe irritation and maintain your skins barrier. Below are a few of my favorite mists to use at home or throw in my purse to keep my skin soft, plump and moisturized. Try one or a few while working to keep your glow and remember to stay safe and sane. 

With outside still being closed this month, navigating workouts at home minus gym equipment or a personal trainer can make fitness goals seem impossible. I’m a huge fan of working out in the comfort of your home, but if you’re new to fitness or you’re trying to stay motivated without a fitness studio, these three women are the jam. Plus they all offer FREE ways to keep your body in tip top shape on Instagram.

Formerly known as Mankofit, Massiel “Massy” Arias is a certified personal trainer. I first happened upon her page by a recommendation from a friend and fell in love with her high energy and killer body. After a few years, and a toddler later, she’s helping women shed their post baby weight without waist trainers while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Anyone who can look better after having a baby is my kind of woman. Sign me up please. @massy.arias

Blogilates, real name Casey Ho, is an American social media fitness entrepreneur. I found Casey whilst participating in her 30-day 100 ab challenge a year ago and I never looked back. Once you sign up on her website,, she offers free monthly fitness calendars as well as numerous challenges on her YouTube channel. She encourages people to become the best versions of themselves through proper diet & exercise. Plus challenges keep the fun in fitness without becoming too mundane or boring. @blogilates

Jeanette Jenkins is a fitness trainer and founder/president of Hollywood Trainer. I found Jeanette years ago on YouTube and her workouts stood out to me for being unique and easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle. Fast forward to present day and she offers amazing fitness circuit videos on Instagram that can be performed solo or with a partner to keep your body in shape year round. And if that not enough, she’s always having so much fun while working out which makes me want to get up and get moving as well. @msjeanettejenkins

Fitness is a lifestyle journey that’s has peaks and valleys. Maintaining a fitness routine while in quarantine isn’t impossible but it can still be challenging without the right tools. These three women offer all of the information, routines and techniques to stay healthy and sane. So what are you waiting for, click one of the links above and get your workout routine back on track.

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, life can be extremely stressful. Stress can cause a multitude of physical and mental ailments, but one of the first things to take a hit when we’re stressed is our skin. With our routines out of whack and diets being compromised, acne can and will rear its ugly forehead and make a trying situation that much worse.
And it doesn’t just stop there. Once you have acne, your more susceptible to scarring and hyperpigmentation. But there’s hope. I’ve compiled a list of products that I’ve been using to combat my dark marks and they’ve made a huge difference not only in my skin but in my confidence as well. 
Click on the video below for the full scoop and if you’ve been using any products to help fade your hyperpigmentation, share down below.

Here’s a list of products that I used last month and emptied. Check out my thoughts below.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - This is one of my holy grail body creams. It smells like summer, which is my favorite season, and gives you a beautiful, subtle sun-kissed glow. Not to mention this moisturizer helps tighten and smooth the look of skin.

Sephora Collection Watermelon Cleansing Wipes - I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I love these wipes and since I get a discount for being a Sephora employee they are always in my stash. 

Degree Clinical Protection Deodorant - I love this deodorant and even though I’ve been on a natural kick for a while, this one definitely stood out to me. I applied it at night and two swipes would last me the whole day. 

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream - I’ve been threw a few jars of this moisturizer and it’s become a staple in my skincare regimen. It’s an energizing, lightweight moisturizer that’s great for morning or night. Definitely a fan fave.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream - I liked this eye cream and would definitely give it another try. I noticed a small difference in my under-eye area it did last for a while. 

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer - This has been one of my favorite concealers to date. And even though I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I can use this concealer lightly under the eye or all over the face for a subtle, fresh glow. 

What products did you run through last month? 

While be cooped up in the house is a drag, it doesn’t mean that our skin should suffer. One major misconception that I hear a lot as a skincare consultant is that you only have to wear SPF when you go outside. And that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sunlight finds it way through your windows even while indoors, so it’s important to protect our skin, even while practicing social distancing. Whether you’re active, relaxing or planning for a vacation in the near future, pandemic aside, here is a list of my favorite melanin friendly SPF’s.

With everyone stuck in the house or having limited exposure to people during the Corona pandemic, most of our daily routines have been thrown out of the window and replaced with little to no variation that is comparable. I too have fallen off the wagon with regards to my usual routine but there’s nothing usual about our current state of affairs, which means we have to get creative. Here’s what I’ve been doing to maintain some since of normalcy amidst the chaos:

1. I cracked open my planner and began planning out my week. Since I’m off work, I no longer have a set schedule, but I decided to create one around errands, projects and my work out routines to give myself some semblance of day-to-day expectations.

2. I scheduled my workouts and runs for the week. Having a plan of when and what I’m doing for fitness was my norm before Corona and there was no reason I couldn’t maintain that. Thanks to my fitness studio offering online classes, I was able to schedule a few of my favorite workouts via livestream.

3. I began to create content. I’m a visual merchandiser and beauty consultant, so while I’m home bound I decided to create more content on my social media platforms. Whether it’s blog posts, Instagram challenges, YouTube videos, takeovers or going live, I wanted to explore the freedom of creation while I have the time and can build a solid routine and following. 

4. I started meditation and bible study. Mediation and bible study go hand in hand for me. I now start my mornings with the word of God and then meditate on his promises and what I want my day to look like. It helps me get centered and creates a bubble of peace that keeps me grounded when I feel like I’m being tested or I’m frustrated. 

5. I journal. I’m a journalism major and this pandemic has forced me to get back my writing mojo. I’m not saying you have to turn yourself into the next J.K. Rowling but writing can be very therapeutic and reflective during this time of isolation. 

6. I find projects to do around the house. If you’re a busy body and have a hard time staying still, find things to do around the house or virtually. You can volunteer for a number of organizations or do things around the house. The possibilities are endless.

7. I allowed myself free time. Since I’m not on such a stringent schedule I can flex and work or chill as much or as little as I want. But for those of you still working from home, make sure to give yourself play time. And while that can look different for everyone, make time for your hobbies or passions. For me, I’ve been reading books, listening to music and have even taken up gardening.

The Corona pandemic is unchartered territory for us all and it’s going to take a lot of creativity to get through these tough times, especially if we’re in solitude solo. Stay strong, stay safe and stay blessed. 
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