What I Loved in October ...

I often get asked about products I use and love, whether they are food, lifestyle or beauty related, so starting with October, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite things each month. Hope you enjoy!

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1. Phillips Wake-Up Light: As the temperatures fall and the sun rises later in the morning, I find it harder and harder to wake up and get out from beneath the comfort my flannel sheets in the morning. Can you relate? Enter Phillips Wake-Up Light. I'm OBSESSED. 30 minutes prior to the time I want to get up, light slowly starts slowly filling my room. It starts as a dim yellow and gradually increases to a bright yellow to stimulate my body to wake up naturally. At the time I've set my alarm, birds start chirping and I feel ready to get up. Granted, I still don't want to leave my flannel sheets ...but this light has made a significant difference in getting my booty up in time. Check it out here.

2. Beautycounter Charcoal Mask: Facial masks are fun, but as I've become more educated about harmful ingredients in products, it has been hard to find any that are safe AND effective. Typically when you find a skincare product with really powerful actives (meaning the ingredients that are doing the tough work), they are put into a base of preservatives that we don't want on (or absorbed into) our skin. With this mask, Beautycounter has done an amazing job of using very powerful actives (salicylic acid and charcoal) in a very cooling, soothing and safe base.

I typically use the mask once per week for 10 minutes. Once it goes on, the salicylic acid gets to work. It really cleans out your pores, exfoliates and dissolves gunk without leaving your face red and irritated. The charcoal binds to toxins and impurities to detoxify the skin and it also contains green tea extra extract to make it soothing for the skin. Each time I use it, my skin immediately feels smoother and looks brighter. And as I've continued to use it regularly, I have noticed progressively clearer and smaller pores. Check it out here.

3. Collagen Peptides Sticks: I put Vital Protein Collagen Peptides in my coffee every morning, but when I'm traveling or not able to make my coffee at home, I usually skip my collagen because it can be messy to pack. And I don't like to skip my collagen!

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s found in muscles, bone, skin, and connective tissue like tendons... it basically holds the whole body together, providing strength and structure. It’s important for healthy skin, hair, nails, and teeth; maintaining healthy joints and helping to heal a leaky gut. Collagen production naturally declines as we age which reduces the structural integrity of the skin. When that happens, it can lead to sagging skin, formation of lines and wrinkles, and the weakening of cartilage in joints, making you less flexible and making bones weaker. See why I don't like to miss my collagen?! That's why I was THRILLED when Vital Proteins came out with single serve collagen peptide packs. They're great for travel or when I'm just in a hurry to get out of the house; I always have at least one in my purse. Check them out here.