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Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

The Real Housewives of Miami have been on fire this season, and with many of us embarking on warm weather trips as we anxiously await Spring, I wanted to share the makeup and beauty products that keep them looking put together in the heat. Whether you’re looking for an anti-aging sunscreen, the best body bronzer or a the primer that Alexia Echevarria uses to set her makeup in some major humidity, we’re sharing what we’ve spotted the women using that you must make room for on your vanity.

 

Interested in shopping their looks? Check out our coverage, exclusively on Shop LTK, here

 

The Realest Housewife,

Big Blonde Hair

 

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Lisa Hochstein’s Perfumes // Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton’s Compact Powder // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Makeup // Guerdy Abraira’s Compact // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Rose Gold Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Eyeshadow in the Hamptons // Nicole Martin’s Go To Makeup Products // Nicole Martin’s Tinted Sunscreen // Nicole Martin’s Fall Red Nail Polish // Nicole Martin’s White Nail Polish // Guerdy Abraira’s bronizing mousse and foundation spotted in #RHOM Season 5 Episode 8 at 23 minutes

 

 

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Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

Real Housewives of Miami Makeup & Beauty Finds

The Real Housewives of Miami have been on fire this season, and with many of us embarking on warm weather trips as we anxiously await Spring, I wanted to share the makeup and beauty products that keep them looking put together in the heat. Whether you’re looking for an anti-aging sunscreen, the best body bronzer or a the primer that Alexia Echevarria uses to set her makeup in some major humidity, we’re sharing what we’ve spotted the women using that you must make room for on your vanity.

 

Interested in shopping their looks? Check out our coverage, exclusively on Shop LTK, here

 

The Realest Housewife,

Big Blonde Hair

 

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Sources:

Lisa Hochstein’s Perfumes // Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton’s Compact Powder // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Makeup // Guerdy Abraira’s Compact // Alexia Echevarria’s Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Rose Gold Face Mask // Lisa Hochstein’s Eyeshadow in the Hamptons // Nicole Martin’s Go To Makeup Products // Nicole Martin’s Tinted Sunscreen // Nicole Martin’s Fall Red Nail Polish // Nicole Martin’s White Nail Polish // Guerdy Abraira’s bronizing mousse and foundation spotted in #RHOM Season 5 Episode 8 at 23 minutes

 

 

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Addicted to My To-Do List

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A prolonged rainstorm trapping me indoors and the arrival of a three-month-old puppy, who required my attention to securely settle into her new home, presented me with weeks of unscheduled time – time that would otherwise have been spent on outdoor projects, hikes, time with friends, and the many other activities that normally fill my calendar.

The result of this unexpected hiatus has me flummoxed and experiencing a sense of aggravation I couldn’t assign to anything in particular, until this morning as I was writing a message to a friend.

Nothing to Do?

I realized, mid-sentence, I was caught up. My constant collection of pending tasks, looming projects and items waiting for my attention, were done.

But strangely, my reaction was not one of relief or accomplishment. It was a disturbing air of vacancy, an emptiness that sat staring me in the eye, daring me to fill it or suffer the angst of a day without a to-do list.

I’ve always been a Type A personality, confident in my ability to organize chaos, carry a heavy workload and accomplish results on multiple fronts simultaneously.

But since retiring, those attributes are less necessary. It’s been eight years, and I have slowed down dramatically. But lately, I’ve slipped in lots of extracurricular activities that demand time management, meeting deadlines and obligation to others who are counting on me. All situations that weighed too heavily on me during my career as an executive director of a nonprofit organization.

It obviously wasn’t intentional, at least I was not aware of my compulsion to over organize my days, devote time to multiple responsibilities and require myself to constantly achieve, even on days when I didn’t feel like it.

The newfound freedom I once cherished so deeply was being eroded by a need to be busy and feel purposeful.

Having a purpose in one’s life and devoting time to supporting others is not a bad thing, it’s admirable, in fact. But, when it becomes habitual, powered by frenetic energy that just needs to be burned off “doing something,” it’s time to take a closer look.

The Symptoms of To-Do Addiction and How I Plan to Shift My Behavior

Chronic List Making

Since I’ve been thinking about this article, I’ve noticed the first thing on my mind, even before I open my eyes in the predawn hour, is “what do I have to do today?”

I really don’t want to begin my day with a mind already filled with to dos, so instead, I’ve begun to lie in bed for a few moments and identify several things for which I am grateful just as they are; moments, events and situations that require no commitment on my part, other than to notice and enjoy.

So, instead of bolting out of bed geared up to achieve, I can settle into the peaceful silence of an early morning before the world wakes up.

Using Stimulants to Increase My Motivation and Energy

I arise every morning and head directly to the kitchen to brew a very strong black Chai tea. I enjoy its flavor, but the true intention is to dose myself with enough caffeine to speed up my reactions, boost my brain function and get that satisfying adrenalin rush.

I sometimes rely on caffeine to carry me on through days when I’m overly committed and should be resting because I’m tired, when the healthy choice would be to slow down, care for my body and give it what it needs.

In response, I’ve begun to limit my Chai consumption to two cups, not quite enough to set my body and mind on hyper drive – allowing me to be less agitated, calmer and more likely to enjoy a peaceful, relaxed day.

I am also paying attention to the telltale signs of burnout and overexertion and trying to allow for an occasional 20-minute nap when it’s called for.

Prioritizing My Life to Give Attention to What Matters

I have a full life consisting of a daily routine of fitness and self-care, and professional obligations as a content creator. On top of which I weave in regularly scheduled time with my friends, time to write as a creative outlet, house and yard care, a part-time job and volunteering with a local nonprofit organization.

In order to afford time for what is most important to me, I feel the need to prioritize my time. I’ve established that my physical wellness, my writing and my investment in my relationships are my top priorities, followed by my commitment to my part-time job and my volunteer commitments, and have decided to allot my available time and energy accordingly.

I will get some help with the home responsibilities and limit my volunteer commitment.

I will also be more discerning in my social engagement. Perhaps inviting friends to join me on a walk or a hike to catch up so that the time benefits us physically and emotionally, while strengthening our friendship.

Staying Aware to Keep Old Patterns from Reemerging

Old habits, patterns and propensities are hard to break, but it is possible; mindset and intention are key.  

When I notice the temptation to say yes too often, or the need arises to stuff one more thing in an already overscheduled week, I will pay attention and take an honest look at whether or not I am keeping my promise to myself and properly prioritizing my time.

Learning to Love Unscheduled Time

Waking up with nothing on my calendar for a day is a foreign experience for me, but I will hold space for it, get comfortable with the feeling and perhaps even begin to look forward to unscheduled time.

It will take discipline to resist tucking something unexpected into that space. But it is a shift I wish to make in my life and as such I will make the effort.

Being productive, devoting time and energy to others and needing a strong sense of accomplishment is part of my personality, but being overly committed to any of it is unhealthy. With practice, I can learn to modulate my needs, balance my life and foster a sense of peace in the world I construct for myself.

And best of all, break my addiction to my to-do list.

Let’s Have a Converstion:

Are you addicted to your to-do list? Have you found yourself waking up to realize you have nothing planned for the day? Does that realization horrify or free you?

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Honoring Our Bodies of Experience, Fulfilling Our Dreams of Adventure

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Some of us, when we were younger, did amazing things with our bodies. We danced ballet, ran marathons, climbed mountains, gave birth. As my friend Marcie says, “We know stuff!” Although some of us may no longer be as active as we once were, our bodies still hold memories and maps of the ways we once moved through life. Some of us, later in life, have reconnected with our bodies and are stronger than ever.

There are many ways to honor our bodies of experience. Boost your spirits by savoring and sharing memories of favorite adventures. Stay active by doing what you are able, not pushing or forcing yourself into former ways of moving. Take a walk every day, even around the block. Join a gentle movement program that addresses the health of joints and bones.

Each of us is the only one who can be embodied in the bodies we have today. 2022 was a special year for me and my 65-year-old body. I fulfilled an adventure I’d been dreaming about for 20 years. Here’s my story.

I Was Am a Badass River Goddess

25 years ago, I trained to become a whitewater rafting guide. I lived in a small, rural town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California, near several world-class boating rivers. I’d been a volunteer member of my local fire department, where I assisted with a few adrenaline-pumping rescue operations on one of these rivers.

This experience taught me about the destructive and dangerous power of water. It wasn’t until I signed up for a 10-day river guide training that I learned to navigate the river’s flow for fun.

I spent seven years guiding trips with Environmental Traveling Companions, a California non-profit organization making outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and under-resourced youth.

Guiding for ETC, I spent too much time in the sun and made lifelong friends. Over the next couple of decades my river buddies and I traveled together, rafting rivers throughout the Western United States.

Five years ago, some of us began dreaming about the best way to celebrate our friend Tracy’s 50th birthday. We decided to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But instead of doing all the hard work that we were used to doing on such trips, we’d join a commercial trip and let younger, professional guides do the heavy lifting.

Training for the Adventure of a Lifetime

We were all set to go in the Fall of 2020. And then, COVID happened. The trip was put on hold. Half of our group canceled, while a few of us rescheduled for the next available launch date – two years in the future! I had started planning this adventure when I was 60. To be honest, the thought of taking the trip in my 65th year made me a bit uncomfortable. I wasn’t 100% certain my aging body could handle it.

I understood the rigors of whitewater rafting, but I had never visited the Grand Canyon nor spent 16 days in a harsh desert climate far from emergency care. Arizona Raft Adventures (AZRA) began to send emails highlighting the risks of spending 16 days outdoors 24/7:

“Make sure you are physically fit enough to hike every day, sleep on the ground, carry your dry bags and sleeping gear around camp and get on and off the rafts multiple times a day. The more physically fit you are, the more enjoyment you’ll get out of your adventure. This adventure is doable for most individuals if you take it seriously and understand the hiking, camping, rafting and overall risks of an adventure of this sort. We take our responsibility as your guides through Grand Canyon very seriously, and ask that you take your physical fitness and readiness seriously too!”

To bolster my courage as well as my strength, six months before the trip I enrolled in a weight-training program designed for seniors. I began walking at least 8,000 steps per day. Four months before the trip, I began training to meet AZRA’s somewhat startling list of physical requirements:

  • Ascend and descend two flights of stairs carrying a 20-pound bag without using a handrail.
  • Get up on top of a kitchen counter, stand up, and return to the floor without using a stool.
  • Climb several sets of stairs while urgently needing the bathroom.
  • Rise from a seated position on the ground to standing up – 30 times a day.
  • Balance a plate of food on your lap while eating.
  • Suspend your weight from a pull up bar for 15 seconds. (Click the link for proof that I achieved this goal!)

And at the request of some of my longtime clients, I opened my own weekly class series focused on body weight strength. The women who joined had their own reasons: a woman who is getting ready for extended travel with her husband in an RV, an avid gardener with a large property wants to stay fit for the seasonal demands of her hobby, a plein-air painter who enjoys an all-day mood boost after her workout.

That weekly class is still going strong and is open to new members who are approved for moderate intensity exercise.

The Beauty of Adventure Is There’s Something for Everyone

Our rafting trip was full of challenges and extraordinary beauty. Each day began with one of the guides calling us to coffee and breakfast, then we packed up camp to raft down the river as it cut through billion-year-old rock layers.

We kept watch for bighorn sheep as we floated through the flat water and held on tight during the enormous churning rapids. Each night we pitched our camps under the stars and saw the full moon rise and set over towering sandstone cliffs.

Because of my guiding experience, I was invited to row a fully loaded, 3000-pound raft in one of the calmer sections. This gave me deep respect for our strong, young guides. One of the female guides asked if I’d like to row one of the smaller rapids, I firmly declined.

She said, “I believe in you,” which warmed my heart, but I continued to row only on the flats and only when I felt up for the challenge.

I enjoyed hiking at least once a day, often with the reward of a waterfall at the end of a side canyon. We climbed a steep trail to see pictographs and petroglyphs on rocks above the river. An “exposed” hike made me weak in the knees as I maneuvered the crux. Click for my video of hikers taking their time to successfully traverse a very narrow part of the trail. The trick was to not look down!

These kinds of experiences might not be your cup of tea, but I loved every minute of it! All my preparation paid off in being able to say “yes!” to every activity my Grand Canyon trip had to offer. I was surprised by how good I felt every day. Every time I share these stories, I relive the adventure. I may not have another big one in me, but I certainly plan to be active and keep moving for the rest of my life.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What has been your most cherished experience of your body’s power and grace? What has been the biggest adventure of your lifetime so far? Are you dreaming of an adventure that requires physical stamina and strength?

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Shoppers Swear This Multitasking Mist Makes Their Hair ‘Super Soft’ & Frizz-Free—& I Wholeheartedly Agree


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My hair is always at its best right after I get it trimmed and blown out. It’s light, soft, smooth, shiny, smells good and has extra volume. I don’t think there’s anything I could possibly do on my own to get salon-level strands, but I recently tried a product that helped me inch closer and closer. Ouai is a brand I see literally everywhere and one I’ve been curious about for a while now. It wasn’t until I saw my sister spritz her locks with the Leave-In Conditioner that I cared enough to actually check out the brand’s offerings for myself. 

My sister couldn’t stop blabbering on about this spray, but I honestly was skeptical that it would live up to the hype. Fortunately, Ouai kindly sent me the Leave-In Conditioner and I’ve been misting it onto my hair ever since. After two weeks of use, my final verdict is that it does indeed meet my sister’s high expectations. I could tell straight away that I would be using it after every shower because my hair felt incredibly soft and my flyaways smoothed down. Although my hair doesn’t tangle a whole lot post-shower, I also noticed how effortlessly my Wet Brush glided through my strands.

Suitable for oily, dry and normal hair types, this hydrating mist has multiple uses. For one, it shields hair from heat (temperatures of up to 450°F) and ultraviolet damage. That’s definitely important if you’re blow-drying your hair after a couple of spritzes of this product. The Leave-In Conditioner also smooths split ends and frizz, detangles and conditions. 

Ouai Leave-In Conditioner Amazon

Photo: Ouai.

I’m not the greatest at maintaining a haircare routine, so this easy-to-use spray is a godsend. And when I say it’s easy to use, I mean you only need a few spritzes to transform your damp hair into shiny, silky smooth strands.

Shop Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner at Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, Target and Ouai.

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But let’s get into what makes this leave-in conditioner so effective. An amino acid blend, tamarind seed extract, panthenol and vitamin E protect and smooth your strands like no other. No matter your hair type or thickness, this spray primes your locks for styling and smooths and conditions it to perfection. FYI: It’s cruelty-free, color-safe and paraben and sulfate-free. 

Here’s how to get the best results: On damp hair, spray six to eight inches away from your eye line. You want to spray the product from above your head, so downwards. Be sure to go in with a comb or brush afterward, to ensure the mist gets distributed to all of your strands—even your roots. 

And last but certainly not least: the scent. While I normally steer clear of fragrance in my beauty routine, the Leave-In Conditioner carries a light, clean, floral fragrance that I’m honestly not opposed to. It’s called North Bondi and has notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, rose de mai, violet and white musk.

But here’s the thing: It’s not just my sister and me who stan this product. Nearly 7,000 Amazon shoppers have given it a perfect five-star rating, and it has earned a very impressive 4.7-star overall rating. It’s not every day that you find a hair product with that high of an average rating. 

Aren’t fully on board yet? Let the reviews speak for themselves.

“This stuff takes my poor damaged hair and makes it super soft. I can actually get a brush through it when it’s wet,” raved one reviewer. “This is so much better than the stuff I was buying at the grocery store! It’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth it as it’s so effective. I love the smell too.”

“I have fine/wavy hair and this has worked wonders for controlling my frizz. I wish the smell lasted longer as it smells so freaking good. But I love this product,” wrote another shopper. 

See, it’s really not just me! I wouldn’t typically spend $30 on a hair product, but after using this one, I might just have to restock as soon as I run out (which probably won’t be for a while because a little goes a long way). Head on over to Amazon and try Ouai’s Leave-In Conditioner for yourself.

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