It’s that time of year where my skin starts to look as if I’m bathing in flour unless I hydrate and moisture like crazy. I know there are some things I should do like take lukewarm showers. I just don’t get the point of a lukewarm shower or bath. I want it hot and steamy so when I get in I am almost doing a dance in the water because it’s so hot. Yes, some things I like hot.
It also gives me any and every excuse to rediscover one of my favorite beauty items. I used to live by L’Occitane’s Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil. I don’t know what happened that made me stop using it, but I’m excited to add it back to the arsenal. As much as I love a super sudsy cleanser I realize they don’t work well for me in the winter. My dermatologist would tell me to go easy on anything that suds, but since I need little luxuries in my life at all time I will stick with this. It suds, moisturizes, and feels good. Plus, the scent is great on the mornings when all I want to do is stay deep under the covers.
I know I’m supposed to be all yogic and embrace each day, but winter I am so over you.
You guys know I love me some books. Yes, I like big books and I cannot lie. I’m so excited the Penguin Randomhouse National Readathon Day is tomorrow. The goal is to read for four hours and document your reading using the hashtag #TimeToRead. I’m still in Louisiana and plan to join in on the fun during the hours of 12:00pm-4:00pm EST.
Join me on Instagram where I will be using my own personal hashtag #JCbookshelf. I am reading books that take my mind off the fact it’s been two weeks since I lost Jamie and nothing feels right. Absolutely nothing.
Here’s a list of the books I plan to read during this time. Instead of reading one book for four hours I’m breaking it up with four different books each hour. Please join me and let’s celebrate reading together. What are you planning on reading during the readathon?
The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novella by Sarah J. Maas. If Amerie told me to read it then I’m reading it.
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva. I can’t get enough of Silva’s series about an Israeli spy named Gabriel Allon. It’s intriguing, fast paced, and set in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Plus, the main character is an art restorer. Go read it.
Tempting Fate by Jane Green. This will be my first Jane Green novel and I am super stoked. A few of my friends love her writing so I’m happy to finally explore her work.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I fell in love with The Magicians a few weeks back and let me tell you I can’t get enough. The is the second in a trilogy and I’m plowing through this one as well.
A few of my favorite Penguin/Randomhouse authors are gathered in this video talking about making time to read. I have a few of them on my reading list and on my bookshelves.
Lubin is one of the oldest French fragrances houses and is known for only having a few fine fragrances. The house dates back to 1798 and the fragrances are unlike many you will find most women wearing. It doesn’t have a celebrity face, it isn’t own by a major beauty company (please God no), and wearing it makes you feel as though it’s a custom fragrance. My favorite is Nuit de Longchamp, but plan to get Akkad during this year’s Paris Beauty Tour. It will get you noticed for all the right reasons.
I woke up this morning to discover it’s National Coffee Break Day. I plan to grab a cup of decaf Monte Carlo from La Colombe Torrefaction and tonight plan to enjoy nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub. I usually make my own scrub, but I was gifted this nyakio scrub and all I can so is wow. It isn’t smooth which I love. I like my scrubs to have a little texture. It helps me to know that I’m scrubbing off all that dead skin.
A new week and a new mask to test. Clay masks are popping up all over and some are much better than others. Right now, the bliss multi-‘face’-eted all-in-one anti-aging clay mask is winning the clay mask battle over here at the JC Lifestyle beauty arsenal. My skin is still recovering from the holidays. Not just the weather, but the sugar, alcohol, and high fat foods that I consumed.
My book reading as of late is all over the place. I go back and forth from fiction to non-fiction and lots memoirs. The latest joy is reading It was Me Along by Andie Mitchell and the writer behind the blog Can You Stay for Dinner. It’s the story of Andie’s struggles with food. It’s fascinating that now she writes a blog about food. I didn’t want this book to end and felt that if I met Andie in real life we would be friends.
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This week has been hectic. I’m still in Louisiana and trying to sort through my emotions on losing my brother. Needless to say I need all the relaxation I can get. I’m carrying Aveda’s Stress-Fix Concentrate Rollerball around and sniffing it as much as humanly possible. It’s like my beauty crack. The only thing I’m looking forward to is climbing so deep in a bath tonight with soaking salts and finishing with the body butter. It is amazing how taking time to take care of me feels so right. I have been trying to be strong, but today I had to admit my limitations. I need to sit still and be silent. Thanks Aveda for helping me.
If you are feeling the dryness of winter in your hair I highly recommend Earth’s Nectar Green Olive & Lavender Scalp Oil. The scent-obsessed girl in me recommends it for the smell, but the beauty advisor wants me to tell you it really works. I know melted coconut oil works, but sometimes you need a little extra and want to feel the love on your scalp. A big part of my happiness is knowing the spray isn’t spraying all whilly nilly on my scalp. It’s a direct line to the places it needs to go. A little goes a long way, but I wouldn’t know because I’m heavy handed and in my mind the more the merrier.