Kiehl’s New Apothecary Preparations

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The other day, Kiehl’s invited me to their Santa Monica store to experience their new Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations–a new line of oils that is custom created for your skin type! As a devout face oil user, and a lover of anything custom, I was very excited for this experience.

It started off with a hydration test, which is used to see just how hydrated the skin is. I thought I would pass this test with flying colors, due to the amount of moisturizer and oil I put on my face each day and night, and the amount of water I drink each day. However, I was shocked that my skin ranked in the 33 percentile. Not good. I had just gotten off a flight from Dallas, where I was at the Sally Beauty influencer summit, so the skin expert helping me out blamed part of my low score on my frequent flights. The part that was interesting was that even though I am putting lots of products on my face and drinking tons of water, my dermis might not be retaining it. Scary!

For the actual oil formulation, Gina from Kiehl’s and I examined my skin, where we ranked my face on 4 qualities– wrinkles, sun spots, redness, and texture. The areas I am most concerned with are definitely wrinkles and sun spots, so I received the carrier oil with two tubes of treatment, one for each issue. The cool part is this apothecary experience is part DIY–you get sent home with a bottle of oil with a custom label with your name on it, and two treatment tubes that you have to squeeze into the carrier oil when you get home. My oil can only be used at night, and so far I am really loving the results!

Check and see if you have a Kiehl’s near you and definitely book a free consultation for your own, personalized face serum oil today!

4 Amazing At-Home Peels

As you guys know, I am constantly updating my beauty arsenal. I am a big fan of masks and peels, and love switching things up and trying new things depending on what my skin needs are. Recently, I have been trying a ton of new makeup products on my face, so I’ve been dealing with clogged pores and blackheads, ugh. But the upside is I’ve been experimenting with a few different at-home peels and masks that I have really fallen in love with! Here are my currently favorites right now.

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1. goop exfoliating instant facial

I’m hooked on goop beauty products right now, and one of my favorites is the exfoliating instant facial. This product instantly brightens and softens the skin and leaves behind a glowing face! Apply a thin layer and leave it on for 3 minutes. One thing to note, it can cause redness and irritation because it uses 6 active acids, so make sure you apply lots of sunscreen to protect your skin.

2. Neogen Rice Peel & Activator Sake

You guys, my skin has never felt so soft and smooth after a product! I’m obsessed with this find from Soko Glam, the Neogen Rice Peel and Activator Sake.  This is a two step process that uses natural brighteners, like rice powered and sake, to physically and chemically draw out impurities, like blackheads! Game changer!

3. Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel

This has been a tried and true classic of mine for awhile. I love it because it brightens, smoothes and hydrates skin damaged by sun, smog and stress in a single treatment. And, it uses glycolic acid and a jolt of Vitamin C to really awaken the skin!

4. Caudalie Glycolic Peel

Caudalie makes beautiful products, and this peel clears the complexion, tightens pores and gives you an immediate burst of radiance while exfoliating gently the skin. 

 

Fashionable Fitness Gear

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As I mentioned in this post a month or so ago, I have been on a quest to get fit. I’ve always been the type to workout–I thoroughly enjoy exercise classes, dancing, and hiking. However, over the years, I started noticing more and more flab and less toning, despite my regular barre classes and Runyon Canyon visits. 

It’s said that “nothing changes, if nothing changes.” So, I set out to change my routine try pilates. I had heard amazing things about Pilates Platinum and decided to really give it a go. I won’t lie, it’s freaking hard. And, it doesn’t get easier, but I love it. Why? Because as you get stronger, you’re able to dig into each move and muscle more. And the funny part is, moves that I thought were “easier” when I started I’m actually now finding challenging, because I now have the strength to do them correctly. Shout out to my fave instructor at the Hollywood Pilates Platinum, Ricky Rebel!

Anyways, this post is actually about my outfit. As I’ve progressed in my pilates fitness journey, I’ve had this urge to up my workout wardrobe. I take classes early in the morning so I have the rest of my day to blog, create content, host and produce videos for Refinery29 and Racked, and run my business. Since I’m getting up early, I don’t have a lot (if any) time to stand there and style a workout outfit–I need a grab and go kinda look. 

Enter: Threads for Thought–a conscious fitness brand that cares about the environment. Did you know that fashion is the third dirtiest industry on the planet. Threads for Thought has set out to change that by designing and producing sustainable fashion that helps improve the planet.  I’m wearing the Leela Leggings ($60) and the Annalee bra ($45) which you can, and should, shop now! And, use my PROMO CODE: ALLISONM30 to get 30% off site wide until 10/21!

Oh, and it gets better. Threads for Thought has a CONTEST going on right now where you can win $500 shopping spree! Click right here to enter the Threads for Thought shopping spree.

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My Fave New Workout Gear

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I have been doing a ton of Pilates Platinum. I am addicted, and I’m really starting to see results! As someone who only worked out from time to time before, I’m not going to lie my workout wardrobe wasn’t really on point. I’ve been slowly trying to update my workout closet with a mix of classic colors and prints that are interchangeable and cohesive. 

A new go-to brand of mine is Tapout. Whether you’re a hardcore athlete, frequent a high intensity workout class like spinning, or are more of the yoga type, Tapout really has something for everyone. I settled on the gray Warrior sports bra ($30) and the Circuit Prestige Capri printed pants ($40.) 

I know the printed legging trend has been around for while, but I still wasn’t sold, at least, for myself. However, I was instantly drawn to this gray printed pair from Tapout. I like how these are still semi-minimal since the pattern consists of gray, white and black… I don’t feel like I’m wearing some crazy lady pattern, which in any other case, I’d be fine with, but at the gym or pilates, I don’t necessarily like drawing extra attention to myself. Did I mention these pants are super comfy? I’m in love! I also adore anything with mesh details and I like how these have the mesh insert in the back of the knee. 

Also, I have exciting news! Use the code: ALLISONTAP20 for 20% off your order until 9/30! Get shopping!

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My Workout Routine

I have been on a mission to get fit. I’ve been pretty athletic my whole life–as a child I was a figure skater and dancer, in high school I was Varsity Cheer Captain, in college I trained and ran the LA Marathon, and in my early 20’s, I was a committed gym rat. The lure of the gym died quickly for me with all of the cool, new exercise classes that popped up around Los Angeles. I started barre classes about five years ago and fell in love. However, I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. Sure, I’m toned–but I needed something to take me to the next fitness level to help me reach my goals.

Enter: Pilates Platinum. I had been really interested in trying pilates, but honestly, was a little nervous to take my first reformer class. I am competitive and I like being the best, but I was out-of-shape and knew going into it that I definitely wouldn’t be the star student at first. I decided to get over it and take a Pilates Platinum class and I kid you not, I instantly became obsessed.

Sure, I still don’t know the names of the half of the moves we do in class, as I’m still learning, but the teachers are thorough an descriptive and the classes are intimate enough where you feel like you’re almost getting a private class. I have been taking Pilates Platinum classes 3x per week for almost a month, and I am DEFINITELY seeing results. I’d also like to give a shout out to my fave teacher Rebel Ricky who satiates the dancer in me with plenty of weighted tendus and ronde de jambes.

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Kickstarting this Tuesday with the most killer #Pilates class in LA thanks to @pilatesplatinum 💪🏻

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I still have lots of work to do, and I love that each class I see my strength, balance, and core improving. Like I said I do three classes per week, and then do either yoga, barre, or hiking one to two days a week. I can’t wait to share my results! Pilates Platinum has studios in Hollywood (holla!) Venice, Santa Monica, and Brentwood–definitely try a class if you’re close! The intro class is just $10.

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To inspire you to start your fitness journey, I’ve put together a gallery featuring my favorite workout apparel right now 🙂

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