Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'M HOME!

Some of you know that I've been in Europe for the last two months. If you would like to hear about my trip details and tips, then head on over to EuroScoop! I still have a couple of photo journals to post before I close up shop on that blog.

Last night, I touched down in San Francisco and it feels so good to be home! It's so nice to be in the same time zone as most of my family and friends. I had an amazing time, but I'm definitely looking forward to getting back into my normal schedule.

Thanks for reading The Scoop! What your plans for the summer? Share them below!

<3 Danielle

Friday, June 28, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Best Mineral Blush and Bronzer

Rosy cheeks and bronzed skin never cease to go out of style for the summer season. As a follow up to the theme of last week's post, here are a few of my favorite bronze and blush brands.

 One of my all time favorite bronzers is bareMinerals Faux Tan Matte. While I no longer use bareMinerals as my foundation, I'm still in love with many products in their line. I apply this in the natural "shadow" areas on my face and neck during the summer. Since I have very pale skin, a little bit of the powder goes a long way, but I find it very easy to blend. I have a couple other shimmery bronzers that I like by bareMinerals that came in kits, but I don't think they are sold separately. For tutorials on contouring, check out Kandee Johnson and Anna Saccone, both have great how-to's on Youtube.

One of my favorite blushes is also by bareMinerals. You can view their full line of colors at their website. I love "Warm Rose" and "Berry Pink" and have been using both for years. I have always preferred loose mineral powders for bronzer and blush over compacts. I think bareMinerals are much more pigmented and easy to work with. Although, I must admit, it is also easy to over do it. BareMinerals now offers a compact line of both, but I haven't had a chance to try them.

For blushes, I also like Laura Geller Blush-N- Brighten in "Pink Grapefruit". I got this as part of a starter kit from Laura Geller's QVC collection. My only complaint is the same as for all compacts. WHY must you shatter into millions of pieces when I drop you?? However, I love the soft pink and gold undertones in this blush and think it is the perfect hue for spring and summer.

What is your favorite blush and bronzer?  Share your's below!
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<3 Danielle


Friday, June 21, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Best Fake Tan for Pale Skin

I am pretty much as pale as it gets. I've got fair Scottish skin that will not tan no matter how long I am in the sun. In fact, it burns if I'm in the sun for more than a few minutes without sunscreen. I used to find this fact a bit depressing, but as I get older, I feel more and more confident in my own skin. Still, as a native Californian, there are still days in the summer I reach for my fake tanning lotion.

I have tried pretty much every fake tan product out there. In high school, I took a few spins down at the tanning salon in the spray tanks, but I found that process to be far to expensive since the tan only looked good for a few days. After that, I looked pretty scary until I could exfoliate it all off. Now, I only use fake tanning lotion on my legs, and I'm much happier with the end result.

How to achieve a balanced fake tan:

On the night I apply the tanning lotion, I shower first, exfoliate my legs with St. Ives Body Wash Exfoliating Purify and shave. Then I pat my legs dry with the towel, apply light lotion to my knees and ankles, and go on with my nightly routine until my legs are completely dry.

Once they are dry, I put on my disposable gloves, which you can find at any drugstore. Make sure they are tight fitting as you do not want them to crease as you apply. I have found this is the only way to ensure my hands come out spotless after the process.

My favorite tanning product is L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer. I want to stress that I have tried most drugstore and high end tanners and this is pretty much the only one I will continue to repurchase. I don't even like the other L'Oreal tanners. Just this one. If they discontinue it, I will be devastated!

With gloves on, I squeeze the lotion into my hands, rub them together and apply it to my legs. Since you can see the pigment of this lotion, it's a lot easier to avoid streaks. I basically concentrate on the bottom half of my legs first and work my way up. I try not to apply too much to my knees, and I rub the lotion into my skin until it feels dry. Then I squeeze more into the gloves and continue the process until both legs are covered. After that, I carefully remove the gloves and wash my hands are wrists in case any product made it's way onto undesired places. 

If I have work or school the next day, I will shower again before because I can't stand the fake tanner smell. However, the longer you can leave the first application on before submerging yourself in water, the better. I repeat this entire process every three to five nights to maintain the tan.  On the nights I do not repeat the tanner, I apply body oil to my legs while they are still wet in the shower. I've found when my legs are well moisturized, it helps maintain the tan for longer. My favorite body oil right now is The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil.

Sometimes I still use Olay Quench Plus Touch of Sun Body Lotion (Medium to Dark) on my arms and chest during the summer, but honestly, I've never been able to stand the smell of any fake tanner, so it's hard for me to apply it near my face. The scent of the Olay lotion is the least repulsive to me :)  

I hope this was helpful for my fellow tan skin challenged people! If you have a favorite tanning product, please share it below so I can check it out!

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<3 Danielle

Friday, June 14, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Pangea Organics Argentinean Tangerine & Thyme Facial Toner

Pangea Organics Argentinean Tangerine
& Thyme Facial Toner $26
I really love toners, especially during summer when I am constantly reapplying sunscreen. I feel like they provide the perfect base and can be a great afternoon skin refresher. However, I can't say all brands are the same. I definitely have my favorites.

Pangea Organics

The Good:
This toner's aroma is very calming and pleasant. When I have a headache, I like to spray it around me and it relieves in momentarily.

The So-So:
When I applied this, it makes my skin feel cleaner and refreshed. I let it dry before applying any other products and makeup, though, because when I don't, my skin doesn't feel like it can breathe. I may repurchase this eventually. For now, there are more affordable toners out there that I think are just as effective, but I enjoy the aroma of this toner over all the others I have tried.

The Bad:
Overall, I do not think the price of this product is justifiable. Unfortunately, I have tried quite a few products by Pangea Organics and have felt this way about most of them. The exception is their Facial Mask which I have repurchased a couple times.

Recommendation:
Check out the Toner's by LUSH. They start at about $10 depending on the size you get. Even the most expensive size ($21) is cheaper than Pangea's $26 price tag.

What is your favorite toner? Share it below!

<3 Danielle

Friday, June 07, 2013

The Scoop on Healthy Living: Exercise Motivation

Photo Credit: Marianna68
Do you every find yourself in a slump when you haven't worked out in a while and you really have no desire to do so any time soon? I know I have. Here are some ways to get your motivation back!

#1 Exercise with Friends
While motivation is actually best when it comes from within, it doesn't hurt to get back in the game with external motivation. Do you have an active friend? Grab them and go on walks, hikes, runs, bike rides, play a pick up game of soccer or basketball, or anything else active! Do something you enjoy, and it will come easier. Also, if you do something a bit competitive, then it might motivate you to work harder.

#2 Set the bar low... at first
Getting back in the exercise game doesn't mean getting off the couch to run 3 miles. Just make a commitment to yourself to do SOMETHING everyday. For example, leave some 2 lb dumbbells by the sofa. While you're watching your favorite show, pick them up and do some arm raises, circles, and curls. If you did this every time you watched tv, you'd start to notice a difference pretty quick! Also, once you start working out, you're much more likely to continue working out. So incorporating small exercises into your everyday routine could definitely be the first step to a healthier lifestyle.

Photo Credit: "My Magic Moments"
#3 Dance like a freak
Are you low on energy? Well put your favorite playlist on, and start dancing. Extreme moves are especially encouraged. Also, the freakier the better. Get low, then stay low, and HOLD IT! Holy cow, I think you just did a squat. Dancing is a great form of cardio, and I don't see how you could possibly be in a bad mood after dancing like a crazy person. 

#4 Join Communities in the Interweb 
My personal favorite is the Blogilates community run by Cassey Ho. She puts out free HIIT and Pilates videos regularly and maintains a great blog to supplement the videos. I also find magazine websites like SELF to be motivational and generally have great tips. You could also download apps for fitness like Weight Watchers or Nike+.

What do you do to motivate yourself? Share your tips below with me on Twitter!