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Brand Spotlight: Arc’teryx

For all of you outdoorsy people out there, Arc'teryx is definitely a brand that you should know. It was founded in 1989 and since then has been creating streamlined activewear that has a purpose. There are pieces made for everything from hiking and snowboarding to climbing and trail running. Not only do the products have an Arc'teryx guarantee on them, but the company keeps the environment and community in mind when sourcing materials and manufacturing clothing and accessories. Check out some of the Arc'teryx designs that have peaked our interest this season. Fission SV Jacket, $649 Warm and waterproof, this insulated jacket is made with extremely durable materials that are great for fighting the elements. Voltair 30 Backpack, $1,300 For those of you who plan on doing some climbing or...

Winter Skincare Routine

Have you checked out our recent facial oil post? If you have, then you know we are all about updating our skincare routine for the winter season. Your skin may be a bit flakier or it may not have the same vibrancy that it usually does due to the cold weather outdoors and heat being blasted when indoors. All you have to do is tweak your skincare routine a bit and you are going to be good to go! Exfoliate Exfoliating through all seasons is a must, but during the colder weather, you want something gentle since skin is already a bit delicate. Instead of a harsh scrub, opt for something like Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial which resurfaces skin for a smooth and silky end result. Drunk...

Keep Warm & Stylish: Cruelty-Free Puffer Jackets

It is COLD outside! Puffer jackets are one of the best ways to keep super warm and there are a ton of cruelty-free puffer jacket options out there. There is no need to purchase one filled with genuine down with all of the alternatives available. Check out the cozy and squishy styles we are really feeling right now. You will feel as snug as a bug and look great this winter season. Nanushka Leather Puffer Jacket, $620 This is a very fashion-forward design that is sleek and refreshing. It is made of vegan leather and fibers to create an end result that is very fierce. Vaute Snow Monster Parka, $647 Made of recycled materials and insulated with Primaloft ECO, which the site says in an insulation that arctic explorers...

Holiday Makeup Products To Use Right Now

You may have been focusing a lot on your holiday party outfits, but don’t forget about your face! After all, you want your makeup look to match how dressy your clothing is. Start off with a beautiful base and then give your eyes, lips, brows, and cheeks the royal treatment. Dazzle everyone around you with deep or glossy lips, defined brows, high cheekbones, and standout eyes. During this time of year, many beauty brands come out with a variety of palettes that are extremely versatile and contain a so many colors that you can use to change up your look whenever you want to. Scroll down to see some products you will love using right now. All items shown are free of animal testing and not...

Under $10 Stocking Stuffers

Need something great to gift, but that won’t break the bank this holiday season? Then this post is perfect for you. There are a ton of items that are $10 and under on the market right now that you are going to want to check out. Use them as gifts or stuff Christmas stockings with them. We have a feeling that when it comes time to check out, you’re going to be buying one for a loved one and one for yourself. Lake Champlain Chocolates Hot Honey Caramel Chocolate Bar, $5 Everyone loves chocolate. And while they may not want to splurge on expensive ones for themselves, you can for them! This bar is made with 57% organic dark chocolate and a center of Vermont honey and habanero...

Healthy Smart Living 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

With so many options everywhere, it can be hard to focus and find that really great gift for a friend, co-worker or family member in your life. After all, you want to get them something that they are going to want, use, and really enjoy or appreciate. Get them that present that they won’t even consider re-gifting with one of our picks right here! The Health Nut Create a unique basket with supplements that can easily be added to smoothies. Think protein powders, spirulina, hemp seeds, and more! The recipient can customize their drinks as their wish to fit their needs for the day and how their body feels. Nutiva Organic Raw Shelled Hempseed, $8.39 Vega One All-in-One Protein Powder, $49.99   Food Lover There are some amazing gadgets out there today...

Major Sale Alerts: Get Your Shopping Game On!

Holidays mean spending time with loved ones, eating till your pants unbutton, donating to charities and a ton of sales to take advantage of. Whether you are looking to stock up on your favorite lip gloss, are in need of some warm winter clothing or need to get basics for the household, this is a fantastic time to do so.http://healthysmartliving.com/?p=1287&preview=true NYX Makeup Ricky’s is having a sweet sale on one of our favorite cruelty-free brands, NYX. Items start at only $1.50! Get your holiday face on or use these as fantastic stocking stuffers. Mineral Stick Foundation, Was $10, Now $5 Butter Lipstick in Moonlit Night, Was $6.50, Now $1.60 NYX LipLustre in Rustic Mirage, Was $7, Now $1.75   ASOS ASOS features a bunch of basics as well as trendy items that are...

Facial Oils For The Drier Weather

Have you noticed lately that your face has been feeling a bit drier? Maybe your foundation isn’t applying as smoothly or you have been noticing some flaky skin around your mouth or nose? With the onset of the colder weather, your skin routine may need a tune-up. Skin tends to not produce as many oils in the fall and winter seasons. In addition, walking into spaces where the heat is blasting can also make your face drier. Facial oils are amazing when it comes to hydrating skin. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use facial oils as a single step and use it an entire layer. Start off by adding a couple of drops into your moisturizer, mix with your fingers, and then pat...

Stay Healthy In The Colder Weather

Getting the cold or flu is such a drag. There are a few things that you can do to stay on the up and up as the weather gets colder and germs are going around everywhere. Add these small tweaks into your routine and we wouldn’t be surprised it you stayed fresh and healthy all through the fall and winter seasons. 1. Vitamin D Make sure to get in some vitamin D to boost your immune system. Since you are probably getting in less sun, compensate in other ways. Take a vitamin D pill, drink some milk, eat some shrimp, add in sardines to your salads, and look for food that it fortified with it.   2. Smoothies We are BIG fans of smoothies when they are packed with quality ingredients. Don’t...

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Looking to go vegetarian this holiday season? The internet is FULL of tasty recipes to cook up this Thanksgiving. With so many delicious options to try out, the hardest part will be figuring out which ones to use. We foresee having a few Thanksgiving eating sessions over multiple days so that you can eat more, try out new recipes, and spend lots of time with family, friends, and other loved ones. Trader Joe’s Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast With Gravy Trader Joe’s comes out with some amazing products that are bursting with flavor and have developed a loyal following. This year, set out one of these beauties and impress your guests. It’s seasoned with herbs and has a wild rice stuffing. Fork Knife Swoon Stuffed Shells Thinking of opting out...