[Pinned] Simplified Beauty-Coco Wagner's Top Products For A Busy Life.

 

Growing up with Juut and surrounded by Aveda products has been an absolute blessing. From early on I was learning to give myself facials, frequented photo shoots and have tried and tested as many products as possible.

This fall I started college and realized I would need to minimize; I needed to simplify my beauty regime and essentially (dare I say) only bring my absolute favorite products. In addition, due to the fact that I attend college in New York I’ve been traveling a bit more than usual.

So here it is, the absolutely necessary products that I use in transit and in school, simplified beauty.

 

Aveda’s mineral tinted moisturizer 

This is my absolute must bring when traveling product! Doubling as a light and dewy foundation, as well as a moisturizer. The tinted moisturizer is perfect for travel and fighting dry skin without sacrificing a smooth completion.

 

Aveda’s energizing eye cream

I use this product everyday, it does a fantastic job of diminishing any dark circles or puffiness. 

 

Aveda’s stress-relief

First off, who wouldn’t want to be relieved from stress? This hand cream is as magical as it sounds, the moisturizing cream mixed with the perfect amount of relaxing lavender makes the yummiest smelling hand cream, and perfect for sharing!

 

Aveda’s blue oil

Refreshing peppermint oil wakes you up and clears your mind, perfect when coffee just doesn’t work or you’re needing some help focusing, plus is smells great!

 

Aveda’s berry ukuru color gloss

The perfect on the go lipstick, and adds the color I need in order to feel put together. Any of the ukuru lip stains in fact do an incredible job of this. It’s not a traditional lipstick, it goes on much creamier and in turn moisturizes your lips without sacrificing gorgeous color!

 

Aveda’s nourish-mint renewing lip treatment-

The ultimate lip balm, works like magic and I love that it comes in a lipstick tube, giving you a sleek lip balm without sacrificing beautiful packaging.

 

Zoya Red Nail Polish in "Carmen"

This classic red polish, goes with everything and stays on longer than most other brands!

 

Clarisonic

This is the absolute best way to have amazing skin with minimal effort. The clarisonic facial brush works wonders and keeps my skin oh so happy. They come in several sizes with multiple brush heads to fit any and all lifestyles and skin types. 

5 Tips For The Perfect Instagram

 

 

5 Tips For The Perfect Instagram

 

1.     Consistency!
Keep your feed looking consistent, it will look more put together and also reflect that point in your life. Feeds change over time, but keeping them consistent makes them more aesthetically pleasing and easy to look at.

2.     Editing
In my opinion, VSCO cam and afterlight are the best editing/filtering apps out there. They’re great for adding that one little aspect that your photos may be missing. It’s important when editing to pay attention to detail, don’t over edit the entire photo (unless that’s the look you’re going for). Editing can be so much fun to play with, once you start playing around you’ll find what you like and then you can run free with that style as long as you want.

3.     Angles
Chairs and small step stools are fantastic for getting those hard to get shots. This could mean food or a styled collection of your new Burks, some lipstick and your bag for the day.

4.     Lighting
Light is your friend! Learn how to use it to your advantage; selfies will always look 100% better when well lit! Depending on what kind of vibe you want your photo to give off, you can play around with exposure and shadows and highlights.

5.     Have fun
Yes, as cliché as it is, no one will love your Instagram if you don’t. Think of it as an art project, you can play around and change it up and draw inspiration from others. Have fun with how you use the app, whether that means punny captions, bright colors, or retro vibes. Style your account to represent you, it will be unique and set you apart!

 

Good Luck! And remember to follow @juutsalonspa on instagram for everyday inspiration!

Bridezilla Buster



As most of us are still recuperating from 2014 and whatever it may have brought to the table, some of us are also exhilarated about planning the rest of their lives with their new fiancé! Let’s rephrase the latter: planning the ONE day that many brides await for with joy and anticipation: THE WEDDING DAY.

Six months from now approximately, the madness of wedding season starts along with many brides -to -be finalizing the plans.  By then most details will have been perfected:  The hair and make up team patiently awaits the bride and her demands, the dress fits sublimely, the final guests count is in, the vendors are all lined up and ready for the big day, the weather channel is checked daily, the plan B is in place in case of rain or worse (applies to Minnesota brides onlyJ), the venue awaits the hustle and bustle of a day sure to bring fun, laughter, love, and joy to all the attendants and especially to the acclaimed couple! One factor that could dim some of the excitement would factor the bride potentially turning into a BRIDZILLA!  The term became popular through the reality television series by the same name.  “Bridzilla” is a portmanteau word combining “bride” with the rampaging beast “Godzilla”, and is used to define a particularly difficult bride.  Many factors are to blame for a bride becoming a bridzilla: stress, financial concerns, time management, aiming for perfection, trying to please too many, et cetera…. The ONE big factor that I will touch on here is:  DIET! Many brides feel pressured to lose weight and look their absolute best in a short amount of time thus resorting to fad diets and trendy cleanses that are sure to awaken the “Godzilla” in any of us!

Dietary changes can trigger chemical and physiological changes within our brains that can alter our behavior and emotions.  The “diet brain” leaves us depressed, agitated and forgetful.  To avoid turning into the dreaded “bridzilla” can be as simple as implementing the 5 steps below:

1.     EAT REGULARLY
Running on empty creates havoc on our moods.  Eating every 4 hours keeps blood sugar leveled.  Starting with a healthy breakfast (fiber, nutrients, lean protein good fats, whole grain carbs) makes us less prone to cravings.  Studies have shown that eating breakfast regularly leads to improved mood.

2.     DO NOT AVOID (GOOD) CARBS
Our body needs carbs in order to produce serotonin (neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness and satisfaction, and a mood regulator).  The connection between carbs and mood is all about tryptophan (building block to serotonin).  Depriving yourself of carbs will lead to binging on the exact things you are trying to resist.  Instead substitute simple carbs (candy, cookies, cake…) for complex carbs (whole grain, starchy vegetable and beans…).

3.     DO NOT AVOID (GOOD) FAT
A deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids is associated with depression, anger and hostility (all clear characteristics of a bridezilla!).  On the other hand, adequate amounts can improve brainpower and mood (beauty and brain is a great combo).  Saturated fat (bad fat) on the contrary is linked to depression, dementia, fatigue and feeling of sluggishness.

4.     DO NOT NEGLECT IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS
Implementing nutrient dense foods versus calorie dense foods is very important.  Selenium, iron, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 are all very important to our moods and our health.  Fatty fish, flaxseed, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes, green leafy vegetables are all staples of an optimum diet for our physical health as well as our mental health.

5.     DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
Most brides do not skimp on expenses related to their dream day, to often get there burnt out mentally and physically with no sustainable long -term plan.  A wedding day is merely a glimpse into a lifetime.  Making nutrition changes targeted toward a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime of health versus ONE circumstantial day will be the best gift you can give yourself and your lifetime partner.  Visit www.moody-foody.com for highly customized and holistic plans to get you to a BrideBella and not a Bridzilla!


Liza Jackson is a Master Esthetician + Waxing Specialist at Juut Salonspa in St. Paul. For more information on keeping your cool while planning your dream day, pay her a visit! It will be good for mind, body and soul!  

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