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SponsoredDedicated: Getting Energetic for Fall


I had a roommate who every once in a while would tell everyone in the house to “look alive.” I used to think that was a funny comment, but now as I’ve gotten older and life has gotten, generally speaking, a lot more stressful, I think back to her sentiment and whole-heartily agree. It’s a funny thing living in New York City—a place with boundless energy—that it can often leave you feeling anything but energetic. This fall, going into my eighth year in Manhattan (officially a New Yorker!) and newly married, I’m determined to change that. This season, in partnership with Olay Regenerist, I’m all about firing up my energy, reinvigorating myself (mind, body, skin) and in the words of my friend “looking a lot more alive.”

How exactly am I planning on doing this? First up—body. Thanks to my September wedding, I spent the summer being pretty active, taking to running trails in Central Park and finally getting a Pure Yoga membership. Though I enjoyed a few (maybe more) pasta dishes as soon as I got out of my form fitting white dress, I’m determined not to give up my newly active lifestyle. I generally tend to feel pretty lethargic during the cooler months, but I’m fighting the urge to vegetate by keeping up with my hot vinyasa practice. Finally nailing a difficult pose and the rush of energy coming out of class makes waking up early in the mornings totally worth it. READ MORE

Fashion, SponsoredSimple #RedCarpet Giveaway


Beauty friends! You know that here at TDO, we love Simple Skincare so we are super excited to share that Simple is running a lil Twitter giveaway this week. From today through Wednesday, September 25, follow @SimpleSkincare on Twitter, use #SimpleVIP and #RedCarpet hashtags, and tell us how you use Simple® to get red carpet ready (shouldn’t be too hard after all that beauty inspiration last night!). Simple is giving away 100 prizes– a gift bag filled with skincare goodies.

On Wednesday from 8-9PM EST, Simple is also hosting a TweetUp. Hosts include Simple Advisory Board fitness expert Kacy Duke and makeup expert Gita Bass. Make sure you follow @SimpleSkincare and use the tag #FallBeauty to ask these two experts any advice they have about fall skincare, especially as it relates to makeup/fitness. The brand is prizing even more Simple product during the chat – plus, four grand prize winners will receive $100 American Express gift cards, a yoga mat and a makeup sample. You definitely don’t want to miss out!

Beauty, SponsoredDedicated: Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System


With my wedding just weeks ago, every little beauty move I make till then has to have a purpose and has to work! Gone are the days of just “trying out” products—from now till the end of the month I’m only sticking to what’s guaranteed to produce results. One tool that I’ve been using recently is the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System, which is now my go-to product for cleansing and exfoliating. READ MORE

SponsoredSimple Inspiration


If you’re like us, Pinterest is your one-stop-shop for finding info and inspiration for…everything. That’s why we’re excited to hear that Simple Skincare has just launched their Pinterest board because we are all about easy access to skin, health, and wellness resources at the click of amouse—please oodles of pretty pictures to help us distress and feel inspired every time we look! As a Simple Ambassador, The Daily Obsession also created our own #SimpleInspiration board. Be sure to follow us as we update with pins that inspire us to live well and be well.

Starting today through September 27, Simple is also giving away a gift bag filled with Simple skincare goodies plus a $50 American Express gift card (For some extra pampering!). You can enter to win simply by getting involved on Pinterest!

Ways to Win:

  • Upload your own pin using content from the Simple Blog or Simple YouTube page using the #SimpleInspiration hashtag.
  • Repin any pin from the Simple Pinterestpage using the #SimpleInspiration hashtag.
  • Pin directly to our Simple Inspiration! pinboard with your favorite piece of Simple content, using the #SimpleInspiration hashtag. To enter this way, make sure you’re following our Simple Inspiration! pinboard.

For terms, conditions and full content rules, click here.

Fitness & Health, SponsoredSponsored: Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Deodorant

secretdeoWhen I planned my late September wedding, the idea was that the temperatures would be cooler and the weather nicer. What I forgot to account for was that the last three months leading up to the wedding (aka when things get realllly hectic), I would have to deal with planning in the sweltering summer heat. That’s right—running to meet vendors, coordinating appointments, dealing with guest list drama (don’t know a single bride who avoided that one)…all in 100 degree weather while trying to hold down a day job and not totally go insane. There’s only one hashtag for this: #StressSweat.  There are three main causes of sweat: activity, heat, and stress and in one fell swoop, I’m hitting all three. Thanks a lot, upcoming wedding!

However, I really lucked out when my friends over at Secret got wind of my less-than-glamorous summer and offered to help in the form of their  Clinical Strength Stress Response Deodorant. This product is formulated to stop sweat (any sweat, not just heat included sweat) and has totally been a lifesaver this season. Unlike many other products, Secret’s Stress Response Deodorant specifically addresses stress induced sweat—which in addition to straight up feeling awkward, also tends to smell. The deodorant formula contains proprietary technology that traps and locks away odor to neutralize it and then releases a fresh scent, instead of just covering it up since that usually make you smell even worse. The deodorant comes in a pretty citrus scent (which not only matches my favorite perfume of the moment) but also keeps me feeling energized (in a good way) throughout the day. READ MORE

Beauty, SponsoredSimple Summer Travel Bag Edit


Ahh these dog days of summer mean only one thing: I’m trying to get out of the hot, humid concrete jungle as often as I can. Whether it’s just to head to the local beach or jet far far away, the frequent summer travel means that I have a cosmetics bag packed at all times…ready to go at any minute. Now that I’ve been doing this for a couple months already, I’ve got the beauty bag perfected (and bared down just to the essentials). Here’s what you’ll find:

1. Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes — When Simple came out with these wipes this year, they replaced the Cleansing Facial Wipes as my favorite for my on-the-go or midday touchup (the Cleansing Wipes are still great for nighttime though!). Now that it’s so hot and my skin seems to get greasy just minutes out of an air conditioned room, the oil balancing properties are even more crucial. I have these on hand at all times in case of a surprise oil slick situation or just to touch up after a long car ride.

2. MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 — My travel bag does not have space for a full bottle of sunscreen and foundation and anti-aging cream. I multi-task with this mineral tinted creme sunscreen which a) doesn’t clog pores b) provides flawless light coverage that makes my skin radiant and c) provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is 80 minutes water resistant–all with just one step. READ MORE

SponsoredSimple Skincare Launches YouTube

In the past we’ve talked about the awesome Simple Advisory Board. Now that the brand has newly launched their pretty Youtube Page, all of the advisory board members’ sage advice (and more!) can be found in one easy-to-access place. Since Simple is about more than just products, their videos feature a 360 degree approach to skincare from an overall wellness POV. That means, you no longer have an excuse not to eat right or get your fitness on: Advisory board member Ellie Krieger dishes not one, but three good-for-you recipes, and fitness expert Kacy Duke shares ample celebrity trainer secrets. Of course, if you would just prefer to watch Allison Williams over and over again (and we don’t blame you) you can also check out her spot on the page too!
The Simple YouTube page features lots of other interesting videos also–like the history of skincare (you wouldn’t believe what some people do to try to achieve healthy-looking skin) and of course, makeup and skincare tips. Why are you still reading? Make sure to head on over to the Simple‘s YouTube page for the ultimate skincare and lifestyle destination!

SponsoredSimple Sense


Figuring out the right products for your skin can be challenging. We’re not just talking dry, oily, or combination here– we’re talking something that really works for you, taking into consideration what you already do, what you eat and how you live. Now if you don’t really know where to start (we don’t blame you), Simple Skincare is here to make it, well… simple. They recently launched Simple Sense, a tool that asks you a series of pretty detailed questions relating to both your lifestyle and your skincare, and then creates a solution (more like a book) tailored just for you. READ MORE

Beauty, SponsoredHow to Transition Skincare from Winter To Spring

Image via TotalBeauty.comWe are all too familiar with winter skin woes, but now it’s finally spring and the warmer weather and milder conditions mean we don’t have to worry too much about our skincare anymore, right? Sadly, wrong. As it turns out spring (allergy season anyone??!) brings with it its own set of skin challenges — but don’t worry, we’ve outlined a few must-do’s so your skin can be as happy as you are this season.

1. Exfoliate more. Wintery conditions make skin dull and sallow, so make sure to exfoliate during this transition period to unveil soft, radiant skin. However, it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it — be sure to use an extra gentle product that won’t hurt your skin. We love the Simple’s Skincare Smoothing Facial Scrub, which is formulated with hypoallergenic rice granules and is effective at removing surface dead cells without causing pain or irritation. READ MORE

Beauty, SponsoredSimple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes

simpleoilwipesLongtime readers of this blog will know that the product which first turned me onto Simple Skincare is their Cleansing Facial Wipes, a product that I’d been hoarding ever since I first came across it in 2008, long before I was a Simple brand ambassador. Given my longstanding love affair with the wipes, I was particularly excited (maybe a little too much so) to get my hands on three more wipes that Simple has added to their collection. Below, I review one of my favorite new products from Simple, their newly launched Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes.

When I tried the Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes, I thought that they must’ve been made just for me! I have combination/oily skin and these wipes are so great for refreshing mid-day and really keeping that oil production in check, without drying skin out or accentuating the few dry patches I have. I always start developing a film of shine by early afternoon, which incidentally, is also around the time when my makeup starts to feel a little messy. A simple (haha, no pun intended) swipe of the Oil Balancing Wipes across my T-Zone and cheeks helps to remove any makeup that’s strayed and refresh my skin for the second half of the day. I simply wipe, reapply a bit of BB Cream and blush and am back on my merry way.

The Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes contain Zinc PCA, which is effective as a sebum inhibitor and keeps my oil production in check and reducing the buildup of dead skin cells. Incidentally Zinc PCA is also an antibacterial and is known to fight odors. I don’t really think my face is secreting anything offensive smelling, but it’s also good to know that the ingredient also fights bacteria that could come into contact with skin. I find that after using the wipes as a mid day refresher, shine and greasiness is controlled for the remainder of the day so I don’t have to worry about it again later in the afternoon. I still keep the Cleansing Facial Wipes by my bed for evenings, but the Oil Balancing Wipes have made its way into my handbag for every day use!

This post was created in partnership with Simple Skincare. 

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