Delicious (& Derm Approved) Infused Water Recipes

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While we all know there are major benefits to drinking more water, water can be boring and make other beverages seem more tempting. As a lover of mixology, I’m always looking for a way to spice up my drinks – alcoholic or not!

I have a few go-to fav recipes (cucumber + lavender = happiness) and also got the scoop from leading NYC dermatologists who gave me some additional awesome ideas for infused water recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! (Btw, if you’re new to infused water, it’s easy. Not only can you purchase an infuser bottle, you can also just chop up the ingredients and let them sit over night in a pitcher of water.)

Read on for some of my fav flavored water combos and get ready to sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out!

Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai, an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team. “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” added Dr. Calapai.

Grapefruit Rosemary

Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.

Melon Mix

Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” said Dr. Kally Papantoniou, board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”

Citrus Mint

Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” said Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” said Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she added.

Cucumber Lavender

This is one of my absolute favorites! I add cucumber and lavender to just about anything. And luckily, this combo is really good for you, too! “The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explained.

Pineapple Coconut Water

This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrates you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

Anyone else thirsty now? Cheers!

Beat the Heat with Babbleboxx

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I just love summertime don’t you?! Though like any season, summer comes with its own slew of beauty woes. Mainly, all the woes that come from beating this insane heat! I’ve been in Montauk all weekend (more on that later!) in the sun and blazing heat, so I’m glad I had my latest Babbleboxx goodies with me. My friends at Babbleboxx sent me literally everything I need to beat the heat this summer! Read on for a few of my favs.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Moisturizer

Vichy’s ultra-light cooling water gel moisturizer combines Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water with 48-hr Dynamic Hydration to leave skin moisturized and radiating with health. It’s lightweight, oil-free makes it perfect for the summer months. It also makes it perfect for people with normal to combination skin. Apply this hydrating moisturizer morning and evening to cleansed skin by spreading a touch of gel moisturizer all over the face. Spread with outward movements from the middle of the face, without applying too much pressure. The hyaluronic acid in this power moisturizer makes it able to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water leaving the skin plumped with moisture! Also, I have the scoop on a special offer for you! You can get 20% off + free shipping by entering promotion code: BABBLE at checkout. Offer valid through 11:59pm PST, 08/15/2016. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or gift sets.

Nad’s Exfoliating Body Wax Strips

Nad’s, the Australian-based leaders in at home hair removal, is proud to introduce the brand new Exfoliating Body Wax Strips, a unique take on the traditional at-home wax strip with an uplifting pomegranate and pink grapefruit scent. As the world’s first exfoliating waxing strip, this revolutionary product utilizes a two-step method to remove unwanted hair and minimize ingrown hairs from occurring. Harnessing Nad’s patented Xfol™ technology, these unique strips contain an exfoliator on the outside and wax on the inside to deliver the smoothest hair-free results with each use. Its coarse outer surface buffs away buildup of dead skin cells and releases trapped ingrown hair, allowing the premium wax on the inside to adhere and remove even more hair for the best possible results at home.

Butter™ London Lost In Leisure Lacquer Set

Prepare to lose yourself to white-sand beaches and fruity cocktails! butter LONDON takes you on a getaway to lush landscapes and sun-drenched vistas with our intoxicating Lost in Leisure collection. This limited edition set features high quality nail lacquers with color rich pigments that provide one stroke coverage. The polish is high shine finish with chip resistant wear and contains Hydrolyzed Silk, Horsetail Extract, Vitamins B, C, and E. And luckily, I have a promo code for you if you want to scoop up this great collection! Receive 20% off your first purchase at butterlondon.com with code: BabbleBoxx2016.

LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo

I love me some LaCroix! LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo is a bold combination of 2 Flavors: ripe cantaloupe, infused with pink grapefruit. A tangy duo with a touch of sweetness! The LaCroix Cúrate flavors are perfect for summer and inspired by two cultures: French & Spanish The LaCroix Cúrate family features 6 flavors, all of which come in 12oz. tall cans, and taste slightly bolder than the LaCroix you’re used to.

Tempting by Sofia Vergara

Last but not least is Sofia Vergara’s new fragrance, Tempting! The hourglass bottle is SO Sofia – very sexy while classy at the same time. The fragrance itself is an addictive and fresh floriental fruity fragrance for the temptress in every woman. Tempting by Sofia Vergara is intoxicating and seductive with an effortless femininity. Available exclusively at perfumania! I’ll be wearing it all summer.

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[This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media, but all opinions are my own.]

The Secret to Sleek, Shiny Hair for Summer

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It’s no secret that I am always on the hunt for any beauty gadgets that will make life easier! My friends at InStyle always have the scoop on the hottest new products, so I was thrilled to team up with them and discover this new holy grail product – the Infiniti Pro by Conair Hot Paddle Brush.

This handy tool is a luxuriously smooth diamond-infused ceramic hot paddle brush with advanced ionic technology. Translation: It’s a hairbrush and straightener in one that gives a super shiny finish. I’m obsessed. It’s perfect for battling frizz in the summertime!

The advanced ionic technology includes a powerful, high-voltage ion generator that flattens and seals the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and leaving hair shiny and more manageable.

The brush itself features a winning combo of nylon, silicone, and diamond-infused ceramic bristles that gently guide the styler through hair for silky, smooth results. It has a setting for every style, which also makes it really easy to customize your look and only apply the level of heat that is needed to attain the desired end look.

For delicate, thin, easy-to-style hair – keep on the low heat (356°F) setting. Average to thick haired gals (or guys!) can style on the medium heat (375°F) setting while those with thick or wavy hair should use high heat (up to 400°F) to achieve the perfect style. I styled my freshly colored hair on the low setting and that was perfect to transform my fine, thin hair from limp and lifeless to sleek and shiny.

The Infiniti Pro by Conair Hot Paddle Brush imparts brilliant, healthy looking shine to your strands and also protects hair from heat damage. My favorite part? The time saving aspect! This seriously transforms your hair in just minutes and is as effortless as brushing your hair.

For additional info on this amazing new tool, visit Conair.com.

[This post was sponsored by Conair in collaboration with InStyle and Single Edition Media, but all opinions are my own.]

5 Steps to Perfect Legs for Summer

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[This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplySmooth #CollectiveBias.]

 

Sun’s out, legs out! I’m having a blast this summer, both in the city and traveling. I just returned from Las Vegas and am headed to Florida soon! Throughout, I’ll no doubt be splashing around in pools and the ocean, so I want to make sure my legs are in prime summer shape. I stumbled upon some really awesome Sally Hansen products at the CVS across the street from me! Read on for details on my favs as well as some other tips on how to keep your legs looking best while you’re out having fun in the sun!

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Step 1: Exfoliate

Want to keep that summer tan looking even? Make sure to use a body scrub at least once a week to slough off dead skin cells and encourage healthy skin. Exfoliating will also promote healthy cell turnover. This process allows your glowing skin to shine through, leaving you with a vibrant and smooth complexion. Exfoliation also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus: Your skin will also feel way smoother!

Step 2: Hair Removal

I depend on Sally Hansen’s line of at home wax strips to easily and effectively remove unwanted hair in a snap! I use the Sally Hansen Wax Strip Body. It’s user friendly if you aren’t used to waxing yourself and makes the process a snap! No need to heat up any wax and deal with applying the hard way.

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Step 3: Hydrate

It’s important to keep your skin moisturized to maintain that perfect supple look. Make sure to apply a body lotion (or even face moisturizer!) to the legs. I love to mix a little bit of tinted BB Cream in with my lotion to give a little more oomph and provide the instant appearance of a healthy glow.

Step 4: Protect

Legs should be protected just like the rest of your skin! Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your legs just as you would to more obvious skin zones like your shoulders or face. There is nothing that hurts worse than a surprise sunburn in an unexpected place like the back of your calves or top of your feet.

Step 5: Soothe

I love Sally Hansen’s Zero Bumps Bikini Spray on that sensitive area after the hair removal process! This ensures that every inch of your legs will stay looking summer perfect. It’s one of my summer must haves!

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Feel Fab for the Summer with Babbleboxx

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I’m so excited it’s officially summertime! My friends at Babbleboxx sent me literally everything I need to feel fab for the summer. I’m living for the assortment of goodies I got! Read on below for deets on each one!

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Soak with Epsom Salt

Village Naturals Therapy bath and body products are infused with a powerful blend of essential oils, extracts and cooling menthol to soothe sore muscles, relax the body and soften the skin. I’m already obsessed with them, so I was excited to see three different products from their brand in this batch! Revitalize and restore while soaking in the powerful blend of essential oils and extracts including Eucalyptus, Spearmint and cooling Menthol. Epsom Salt helps ease stressed muscles while the softly foaming bath relaxes and comforts your body.

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak

Relieve sore muscles and joints by soaking in a bath with a comforting blend of Eucalyptus and cooling menthol. The combination of Sea Salt and Epsom Salt help to draw out impurities and ease tired muscles. The concentrated formula means a little goes a long way. Feel the relief with only 2 ounces of our soak vs. 3 cups of plain Epsom Salt. Infused with extracts of Spearmint & Matricaria to soften skin.

Aches + Pains Muscle Relief Foaming Bath Oil & Body Wash

In need of some relaxation therapy? Relax and restore in the powerful blend of essential oils and extracts including Eucalyptus, Spearmint and cooling menthol. The Village Naturals Foaming Bath Oil and Body Wash bubbles in the tub or lathers in the shower for a refreshing experience.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme

A light weight anti-wrinkle and hydrating face serum featuring Rhamnose and Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles–including crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, wrinkles under eyes, and neck wrinkles. Rhamnose is a great alternative to Retinol, especially for those with sensitive skin. In just 10 minutes: Skin looks illuminated and plumped. From 10 days: 10 aging signs look visibly improved. In 1 month: Skin feels firm and lifted. The lightweight, fast-absorbing serum absorbs quickly into skin leaving it smoother, softer & more hydrated. Non-greasy, non-sticky, and non-shiny. This lightweight formula is a perfect anti-aging solution for summer months. Also, take advantage of the special offer: 20% Off + Free Shipping on all LiftActiv products. Enter promotion code: BABBLEBOXX at checkout. Offer valid through 11:59 p.m. PST 6/30.

2(X)ist Tank Top & Leggings

2(X)IST, a leader in design and innovation, has established a namesake synonymous with superior fit, fashion and performance functionality. The Square-Cut Tank is an everyday essential made to layer on or lounge in. With a comfortable slim fit, this body-hugging base layer is made of 100% breathable soft cotton. The leggings are a fun pop of color. Mine are a blue to green ombre that I’m absolutely obsessed with! They’re made of 100% moisture wicking fabric with power mesh inserts to show off contoured calves. A wide waistband that contours and stays put while contrast compression piping sculpts and elongates the leg. There’s even hidden zip pockets for keys or cards!

Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub

Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub pampers skin with nourishing oils and essential ingredients. Tree Hut Shave Prep Body Scrub gently removes dead skin for the most efficient shave yet. Ingredients include Oat Kernel Oil, which helps relieve skin irritation, and Avocado Oil to help keep skin moisturized. Shave Prep Body Scrub lifts hair and preps skin for a smooth, close shave, without ingrown hairs and pesky red bumps.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Imagine lashes so long and full, they appear to have stretched wider and longer before your eyes! Now, you can infuse your lashes with superhero powers in just one coat using It Cosmetics Superhero™ mascara. Proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening and ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color that’s clinically shown to give you your strongest, longest, thickest and most defined lashes! Formulated with powerful peptides and proteins, strengthening biotin, lash-lifting polymers and plumping collagen, this anti-aging mascara will take your lashes to new heights.

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[This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx, but all opinions are my own.]