Today I want to talk to you about my new favorite nail polish brand – Cacee Nail Polish, specifically the BFE – Best Friend Ever – group of nail colors. As always, I am not being compensated in any way to write this blog post; I just like to share good, non-toxic or mostly non-toxic quality beauty products when I happen to find them. For a little bit of background on me with regards to nail polish, I love having my nails done, although most of the time I do it myself as you can see by my Pinterest board called Pretty Nails (most of the pics there are of my own nails). Up until a few years ago when several nail polish companies reformulated their polish to remove DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, I used any brand, based on whether or not I liked the color. Although I wanted to use non-toxic nail polish because the toxins in nail polish unfortunately DO enter into your body where they cause hormone disruption, the ones I purchased from health food stores that I had tried in the past either had really dull colors and/or didn’t stay on my nails long enough to make it worth waiting for it to dry. Every time I tried a brand of “natural” nail polish, I either threw it out or gave it to my daughters who are too young to care about how long the polishes last or how shiny they were. It came to a point where I simply had to find a compromise and use quality nail polish free of at least the 3 major toxins mentioned above (#threefree) or if I got lucky, free of 5 toxins (#fivefree) which, along with the above ingredients, also exclude camphor and formaldehyde.
I was at my local nail salon recently (Rio Nails in Boca Raton, if you are interested – ask for Stephanie or Duke, they are both great!) and couldn’t decide on a color so my husband, who was with me at the time, picked out this one, called Amanda (all of Cacee’s polishes are girls’ first names, how cute is that?), and handed it to me:
I was very impressed with his choice, but even more impressed that it lasted almost an entire week! For me, that’s really something since most nail polish doesn’t last long on my nails. I had never heard of Cacee nail polish before, but after that experience, and learning that most of their BFE nail polish is #fivefree, I proceeded to buy it in many different colors – all of which look great!
Check out their instagram account, for some nail color inspiration and let me know in the comments if you have tried Cacee brand and what your thoughts are on the product line. Below are my favorite colors – click on any of the photos to order through Amazon for the best prices
There are so many fitness gadgets on the market, sometimes it’s really difficult to keep up. I find many of them are silly or a waste of time but there are a few tried and true pieces of fitness equipment that won’t cost a fortune and have the ability to give you a full body workout. In the case of TRX, they first came out with the Suspension Trainer and it has had incredible success because it was different than any other fitness equipment on the market at the time. Years later, I still prefer the TRX over other suspension trainers that came after it; something about its design and the sheer number of exercise videos TRX puts out to show you how to use their equipment keeps me from switching to another brand or type of suspension trainer. I use it for variety, as a replacement for chin ups, core strength, and really great flexibility training – not to mention, my clients love it as well. One young client of mine remarked that she feels “like a badass” when she uses the TRX because “it’s just so cool!” I have to say, I totally get it.
When TRX came out with the Rip Trainer, it took a while until I purchased it, because I thought what could this do that other equipment I have can’t replicate? When I finally caved (if you read my blog, you know I can’t resist cool fitness equipment! ), I quickly discovered that not only is it a great exercise tool on it’s own that adds a unique type of training you really won’t find with anything else, but it can also be combined with the suspension trainer to get a full body workout in all planes of motion. Simply by hanging one near the other, you can alternate between varying exercises for cardio, strength, martial arts type movements, core and flexibility training all in one!
Here are some details about the Rip Trainer from the TRX website: The Rip Trainer allows users to engage in unlimited movements which, when performed properly, enhance fluidity and range of motion and decrease the risk of injury. Whether used for high speed striking movements or slow speed strength and stability exercises, the Rip Trainer is the perfect training tool for elite level athletes, fitness enthusiasts and even people wanting to exercise for the first time.
Life and sport require that we be able to both control and produce rotational force. Rip Training utilizes the same asymmetrical loading we encounter every day. Whether you’re carrying groceries, picking up your child, throwing a ball, or performing athletic movements such as swimming, running, and biking, your body is always producing rotation or controlling externally-induced rotation.
What this means, is that you will get functionally stronger, the way our bodies were meant to work!
Check out this cool video that shows you many of the different ways to use the Rip Trainer:
To order your TRX Rip Trainer, click HERE. Want to purchase one but don’t know how to use it? Book a session with me (remote or in Boca Raton, Florida) and let me teach you the most effective ways to workout using your new equipment. If you already own one, would love to hear your comments below!Read More
Think it’s impossible to get rid of cellulite – the lumpy, bumpy skin most women have on the back of our legs? Think again! I had cellulite for years and being tall and thin made no difference. When I first noticed it, I hated it but really didn’t know what to do about it, other than try all the expensive creams and lotions on the market. Every time a new one was advertised, I was convinced it was “the one” to get rid of my cellulite for good.
Once I became knowledgeable about health, fitness and wellness and learned that a clean diet and exercise played an important role in combating cellulite, I began a strict regimen and waited patiently for all my detoxifying and clean eating efforts to pay off. I also used a product from Weleda called Birch Cellulite Oil since it is a natural, non-toxic product. Although the cellulite did improve, it was not enough to decrease my self-consciousness about it. If you have mild cellulite, Weleda Birch oil is an excellent product to try, but if you are like me, you’ll need something stronger.
That’s where my very own Anti-Cellulite Cream comes in. After trying many different formulas and perfecting the best recipe, using only once a day within a matter of a few weeks I noticed a dramatic change and over time it has continued to improve to the extent that I am finally happy with the results. The cream smells great, feels great and I love using it after I shower.
I initially used Aura Cacia essential oils in my formula, but have since been using only DoTerra oils after the discovery that they are the only brand Dr. Josh Axe, who has one of the top 10 most visited natural health websites in the world, uses and recommends. DoTerra oils have a stronger scent and seem to be a much higher quality than the less expensive brands, which sometimes gave me a headache. As a side note, many of DoTerra oils can also be taken internally, while most other brands do not have that qualification. For more on DoTerra oils and how they are sourced and manufactured, check out their website HERE.
I have had several clients ask me to make the cream for them since they didn’t have the time or patience or desire to invest in the ingredients needed to make this blend. So I have made it easily accessible to you, available in my online store (US shipping only), for only $29! Why not give it a try today, you’ll be glad you did!
Massage the cream into legs, thighs and anywhere you have cellulite once or twice a day. Skin Brushing first is very helpful as well and will greatly improve results. Let me know in the comments how it worked out for you.