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What’s New in My Shower


Remember when I said this week was wiping me out? Oh, did it ever. It totally owned me. I somehow made it through only to fall asleep at 8pm on Friday during a DVR’d episode of Love it or List It—my new HGTV obsession. I know next week will only be busier, so I’m cherishing every moment of the weekend. I’m secretly loving the eerily cool temps (in the 50s last night!) that have finally allowed me to open up the windows. Fresh air helps recharge the battery. So do long steamy showers – another perk of “cold” summer weather. What better time to talk about the new products in my shower that I am lov-ing?

I’ve been hearing raves about the Konjac sponge so when Victoria of La Bella Figura gifted me with a Dew Puff sponge, I was excited to finally try. Just add water and massage into your skin. With cleanser or not—it breaks down dirt and makeup while giving your skin a really gentle massage. The sponge phenom is another Asian skin care secret – the konjac plant is native to the region and known for its health benefits. I’m definitely hooked.

I first tried the Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo & Conditioner while showering at my parents’ house — my mom always discovers the best hair products. I must have raved to her because she gave me my own set for my birthday! The smell is beyond fresh, the ingredients all natural and it gives me second day hair. You know, not so clean it can’t pick up a curl? It is insanely moisturizing, so those with dry hair would go nuts for this. I try to only use it once or twice a week so I don’t weigh my hair down.

When I visited with Sarah Tay of TAY Skincare, she gifted me with one of her beautiful essential oils bar soap in almond silk. It actually took me weeks to use it because the packaging was so pretty I couldn’t bear to open it! Now that I have, I’m addicted to the clean smell (a mix of almond oils, peach and cotton flower).

I need a little boost of energy in the morning and the citrusy Yes to Grapefruits Body Wash helps alert my senses. I am a grapefruit body wash connoisseur and this one might be the best I’ve tried yet. There’s nothing syrupy or sweet about it, rather it smells like freshly squeezed grapefruit. Plus, it’s under $10.

Any new shower additions you want to rave about?

Hope everyone has a relaxing rest of the weekend! I have just a few chapters left in this book by Chevy Stevens that I plan to finish today. I discovered her previous two books this spring and while they are slightly disturbing, I can’t get enough of her writing!

Keep it Simple Skincare: TAY


Last month, at the Hotel Lincoln over green tea and the most delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich ever, I talked with Sarah Tay, founder and creative director of TAY Skincare. I’ve been a total TAY fan girl since discovering the line last year. TAY All-Purpose Shea Butter is one of my favorite hand moisturizers (the sole reason my cuticles no longer appear dry!) and the etched bamboo packaging is one to really appreciate. It’s the small details that Sarah meticulously controlled when she launched the initial TAY collection geared towards covering only the essential skin care steps, cleansing and moisturizing. You won’t find a lot of frills here, but a carefully edited line using only pure and organic ingredients like green tea extracts, avocado oils, shea butter and plant botanicals.

The design is striking, and Sarah explained to me how she trialed nearly 80 different packaging options before settling on bamboo. Beyond appearance, the bamboo helps to naturally preserve the ingredients and also has natural anti-microbial properties.

Sarah recently reformulated the Youthful Eye Treatment, which has a long list of ingredients all working for you. Notably, a higher concentration of apricot kernel oil, a touch of peppermint oil which instantly cools on contact and a neroli essence which makes it smell incredible. I’ve been weaving it in to my routine and find it comforts puffy eyes on sleep-deprived mornings quite well.

If you seek a simple but luxurious approach to skincare, TAY can help you channel that back to basics routine. Word is TAY will also be expanding further into body care later this summer. Sarah shared the news of an impending Body Butter launch. I already have dreams of how stunning a tub of that will look in my bathroom!