Working with women in both the beauty and wellness realms gives me the opportunity to learn what products and wellness practices are effective and easy. Based on my experience and my clients’ reviews, here are the top 10 Must Have Items for Beauty and Wellness 2016.
1. Resistance Band- this little guy is like the boyfriend we’ve always wanted. He’s adaptable, portable, easy to get along with, and makes us look good. With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise — chest presses, rows, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, bicep curls, and even squats — without the need for weights. Purchase at Target for $10.99.
2. Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner- I ain’t shitting ya when I tell you this is the most smudge- proof eyeliner on the market. I have been on a long and extensive search for a liner that stays put on myself and my clients. Thanks to my $4.49 liner found at Walgreens, I no longer have an eyeliner graveyard.
3. Great Gear Fruit Infuser Water Bottle- drinking more water is the first habit I coach on with my wellness clients. But let’s face it, water can be boring. Solution? Infuse the water with fruit and/or vegetables. You’ll be surprised with how much it changes your relationship with water. Check out the array of infusers on Amazon.com. My fave combo is lemon+mint+cucumber+grapefruit.
For a list of recipes visit Infused Waters.
4. Intelligent Nutrients Renewing Oil Face Serum- I’m not just promoting this skin serum because I am consulting for this company. I am telling you that this serum works. It nourishes all skin types, reduces fine lines, increases firmness, evens out the skin tone, and gives the skin a healthy glow. The certified organic antioxidant Intellimune, rejuvenates the skin cells, while restoring skin’s collagen and elastin production. If you’re not using a serum now, you should be. It’s your 401K for youthful skin. Buy in stores or online for $34/$62.
5. Nuts and Seeds- Nuts and seeds have made comeback (they were trendy 4.4 million years ago). Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Brazilian, Chia, Flaxseed, Pumpkin, Hemp, Pomegranate, Grape, Sunflower, Black Cumin, Raspberry, are all good for you in countless ways that I don’t have time to write about so Google it. Eat them raw or consume the oil.
6. Batiste Dry Shampoo- the dry shampoo fad hasn’t fizzled because if you’re like me, no one wants to wash their hair everyday. I call it a European hygiene revival, others call it lazy. “Batiste Dry Shampoo is the quick and convenient way to get soft, clean and fresh smelling hair, without water. Batiste offers an instant fix by revitalizing greasy, dull and lifeless hair. Batiste thickens thin fly-away hair and adds texture and body for that easy style solution. Simply spray it on and comb it out.” -Ulta peeps. Purchase at Ulta for $7.99.
7. Apply 80/20 to everything in your life- aka The Pareto Principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes it.
In business- focus on the 20% of your best customers who are giving you 80% of your sales.
For time management- focus on the 20% of the things that advance your overall purpose in life. And if your 20% is reading more about 80/20, buy the book 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving more with less on Amazon for $8.99.
For health, flip the numbers 80% of the time you eat clean, 20% you indulge. Further, according to Dr. Alexjandro Junger, M.D., 80% of your meal should be greens and vegetables, 20% protein and good fats.
8. The Modern French Manicure- manicures are getting all sorts of crazy this year with reverse french, inverted french, glitter french, black dipped french. For those who enjoy to DIY, I recommend: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel $9.99 at CVS.
9. Supplements- while I am an advocate of macrobiotic eating and whole foods, our reality is that’s not always a reality. So to make-up for nutrition deficiencies, I recommend the following supplements; Fish oil, Probiotic, Multi-vitamin/ multi-mineral, Vitamin D3, Magnesium.
*Make sure you are not allergic to the supplement before ingesting. *Talk to your health care provider before trying new supplements *Look for seals of approval from Consumerlab.com, the Natural Products Association (NPA), the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
10. A Health App- if you don’t have a Smartphone by now something is wrong with you. There is a plethora of health apps for iOS and Android that help you stay on track with your daily health goals. You can log your various exercises and activities and also record your step count activity. Some apps will help you track a variety of information like your food, caffeine and water intake details. As well as your sleeping habits. I use the Apple Health app. Click here for a list of 49 to choose from.