Today, I’m launching a new program with Loop & Tie to help spread some cheer. I have donated 100 beauty and skincare products from my beauty closet to play fairy beauty godmother and gift my followers in need of a little positivity and joy.
Loop & Tie is an engagement platform allowing the recipient to choose the product or experience they actually want. Commonly used for corporate gifting, I’m the first beauty blogger they are partnering and non-brand to do a test program where they have collected my unused, new beauty items and created a limited number of exclusive kits 25+ gifts (each gift has 2-3 surprise products in it) that I will be giving out.
Having been in the beauty industry for over 15 years I’m no stranger to the joy of giving away beauty product to my friends, family and followers. It always astounds me the reaction I get, no matter how “not into beauty” someone is. Anyone I’ve every surprised has lit up! If you’d like to nominate someone feel free to DM me @prettyconnected. Especially for anyone in the front lines and teachers. I am allocating a number of gifts to these heroes. I also want to reward anyone doing awesome Earth Day initiatives or committing to make changes or helping their community.
To everyone that spent the past decade telling me I’m so lucky I get to work from home, welcome to my world. Grass is always greener, hair flip for keeping my sanity. If you’re feeling a big stir crazy, take a moment and use this time as an opportunity. Here’s 5 things you can do right now to better yourself:
6 Things You Can Do Right Now:
Try on everything in your wardrobe, see what fits and figure out what you want to keep, donate or sell – maybe it’s time to start that @ebay + @poshmark account. Also playing dress up is really fun! The only people that saw this outfit were on the balcony with me. Balcony fashion show for party of 2 anyone?
Try a new workout. @toniquemethod, @janedo, @305fitness, @dancebody, @rumble and most every other studio is creating some type of at home option. Free trials galore right now. Also @womenshealthmag is doing live workouts as well! Get in on it! Also a fun activity with kids.
Make a vision board/to do list. Include big goals like create a media kit, update your resume, start a business, podcast… or in my case research the children’s book world – agents, publishers, and general people in my network I can reach out to for advice. Considering everyone for the most part is self quarantined this is a great time to DM strangers or reach out over linkedin for help. Phone calls are the new ask a stranger to coffee.
Organize your taxes – I’m mostly talking to myself with this one because I need to get the ball rolling. But make that to do list of everything you’ve been trying to accomplish and take advantage of the downtime to do it.
Call/FaceTime your friends and family. Text people you’d love to reconnect with and check in on them. I’ve never had a ton of free time to do this and catching up with old friends and calling my parents everyday has been such a blessing. For me this is a morning activity as I have my coffee and a great way to start my day.
Enhance yourself! Take a class, Brit.co/learn (code SELFCARE) is comping all classes on their site, painting, photography, investing courses… So much to choose from! Join a book club, both Book Babes and Marie Claire have virtual ones, download a podcast, mediate (@calm @journey @headspace all come recommended also spotify has a ton for free. Take a cooking class off YouTube. The world is your oyster, or at least the internet makes it feel that way.
Ask for recommendations. I’m currently accepting all TV, podcast, and general fun/life enhancing recommendations. Leave a comment or DM me @prettyconnected, would love your advice!
Blue light glasses are the new sunblock for our eyes. And Drew Barrymore just launched a chic line of blue light-blocking glasses as part of her ever growing Flower empire, welcome Flower Eyewear. Exclusive to Walmart, the pairs are under $20. And since we’re all on lock down glued to our phones, computers, TV’s… and other blue light omitting devices this might be a good time to invest. It’s hard to believe I took this photo less than 3 weeks ago at her launch party, back when we were allowed to workout together, hug… time really is a funny thing. Check them out at Walmart.com.