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6 Best Podcasts

Hello! A few weeks ago, I asked you guys on Instagram stories if you wanted to see a round-up of my favorite podcasts, and I got a resounding YES. If you're not listening to podcasts yet, it's time to start! Podcasts are the best because it's so easy to do something else like drive, put your makeup on, shower (all things I do) while listening to a podcast. You don't have to watch anything, so your visual attention can be elsewhere...while you soak in something entertaining, inspirational, or whatever it may be. 

There is so much to learn from so many amazing people...it's overwhelming. I discover new podcasts all the time, and want to just soak it all up. 

Here are my top 6 favorite podcasts, from inspirational to entertaining...

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"If you live for weekends and vacations, your shit is broken"

"Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions."

"If you want to be an anomaly, you gotta act like one"

- Gary Vee

Gary Vee is an incredible role model for people in this age of social media. He GETS IT. If you are a business owner, a blogger, or want to create something of your own, Gary's podcast is a must listen. If you have the time, watch this video - you won't regret it.

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Emily's podcast is so unique because she talks about all things sex as if it's not taboo. From manscaping, anal sex, to toys, she talks about IT ALL. I recently listened to an episode where she had two guests - a mother and son, who also have a podcast, talking all about sex (not together). I had never heard anything like that and love how open, funny, and non-judgmental she is. 

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LOVE Jenna! She is so REAL. She shares her very personal struggles with her weight and infertility while keeping such a positive attitude. Jenna's podcast is all about achieving your dreams and providing social media tips and tricks, but there's such a personal element to it. I feel like I'm Jenna's BFF (creepy?) while I'm listening. She gives SO MUCH amazing business information, advice, and tips out for free...love that!

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Oprah's podcast is so enlightening...I learn something new from every single interview she does. This one has helped me with mindset...something that I've learned makes such a huge difference on life's outlook.

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I am a true crime FREAK. I could listen to this podcast all day long. What I love about it is that you can dive in wherever you want, because each episode is it's own story, with the exception of a few that have different parts. 

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Style Your Mind is exactly what it says it is. Cara is one of a kind. She takes no bullshit and does not allow anything in her control to bring her positivity and glamour down. She gives real life examples of how to "style your mind" that are like nothing I've ever heard before. 

Ok, what are your favorite podcasts? 

xo, Lynn

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Fitness Must Haves

I recently read a quote that said, "If I worked out as much as I wore workout clothes, I would be super fit". So very true for me! I live in leggings. More on that later this week. 

Excited to share this video with you guys because these items are my HOLY GRAIL, absolutely must have items for working out. 

Let me know what your fitness faves are in the comment section of my video!

xo, Lynn

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Facial Sprays 101

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Facial Sprays 101

You guys know how psycho I am about my skincare, and I have tried so many different products...and I don't think I'll ever stop! I feel like one kind of product that gets overlooked is facial sprays. I swear by facial sprays and use different sprays for different reasons, whether it's a hydrating spray or a spray to set my makeup. I've also learned a lot about mixing vs. not mixing facial sprays, and I needed to share.

Let's get in to it...

The Best Hydrating spray

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If you have dry skin, or if you want that dewy glow, you.must.get.this. Trust me when I say that a little goes a LONG WAY. This spray can make any matte foundation look hydrating and dewy. If you're not into wearing foundation/makeup, you can still use this for a healthy glow. I like to spray it on after I've applied all of my makeup.

The Best Makeup Setting Spray

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Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray is just the absolute best spray for setting your makeup. It's not mattifying and it's not dewy, it just simply sets your makeup. It's really soothing for me when I spray it on...it's cooling. I have noticed a huge difference when I use this vs. when I don't and I'm wearing makeup. 

The Best Night-Time Spray

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I have completely fallen in love with everything I've tried from Herbivore Botanicals and this rose hibiscus spray is my favorite spray when I'm not wearing makeup. It is so hydrating and serves as the perfect base for serums and moisturizers. It gives my skin an extra boost of hydration after I wash my face at night and before I apply all of my other skincare products. 

A quick tip: don't mix hydrating sprays with mattifying sprays/setting sprays. It can make your makeup look patchy and it's just not a good look. 

Do you use a facial spray? Let me know in the comments below!

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Workout Playlist

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I am a self professed music hater (but I LOVE GOOD music). Meaning: I am very picky when it comes to my music. Especially when it comes to workout music, because music is my outlet in the gym to just really get into my workouts. 

At home or in the car, I listen to jazz because it's just so relaxing...but not motivating when you're trying to do a killer workout. When I'm working out, I love rap, fast paced pop, and a little hard rock. Marylin Manson is one of my favorites while I'm exercising. 

These songs aren't all 'clean'...call me weird, but I LOVE a good hardcore, inappropriate song at the gym. Anyone else?

Also, I have to share my favorite headphones with you. They do look like tiny little dildos in your ears, but they're just so good because they're wireless: Apple Airpods

ALL GUSSIED UP WORKOUT PLAYLIST

xo, Lynn

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The Best Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

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The Best Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

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Disclaimer: Some of these products are vegan AND cruelty free, but today I am focusing on the cruelty free component of cosmetics. 

What is the difference? VEGAN beauty products are free of any animal products, and CRUELTY FREE means that nothing was tested on animals. 

I am not shocked by how many brands support cruel practices...why? Because in order to sell beauty products in China, you must test on animals...which means more money for a lot of these brands. A LOT MORE. So it's extra heartwarming to find brands that are not only cruelty free, but not as greedy. 

The biggest bummer for me was saying goodbye to MAC and NARS products. I still have and use their products from awhile back because I'm not just going to waste makeup. I will use it up, and then be done with it. 

Here are some benefits of buying cruelty free beauty products, via Cruelty Free Kitty:

1. ANIMAL TESTING IS CRUELER THAN YOU THINK.

The animals used in experiments are not only confined to small cages and inhumane conditions, but they’re also subjected to tests that are beyond cruel. They’re tortured, maimed, blinded, and even killed. They live a life of suffering and know nothing but fear. You can learn more here.

2. TECHNOLOGY BROUGHT BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL TESTING.

Some companies try to tell us that animal testing serves a purpose: tests are being performed on animals to make sure that ingredients and products are safe enough for humans. The truth is there are alternatives to animal testing for ingredient safety. For example, many companies choose to use in vitro testing, which has many advantages over animal testing. There are also cultured cell tissues as well as computer models.

3. ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS IS SIMPLY UNNECESSARY.

To formulate their products, companies can choose from a list of over 7,000 ingredients that are already proven to be safe. This just proves that they don’t need to test more ingredients on animals. The only companies that choose to test more ingredients on animals do so because they want to come up with new, innovative ingredients to increase their profits.

4. LABORARY ANIMALS ARE ANIMALS TOO.

According to the law, laboratory animals form a special category of animals and aren’t protected from animal abuse and cruelty. This view is completely unethical and nonsensical. We protect pets from abuse, but laboratory bunnies, mice, dogs, cats, and other animals don’t have the same rights. Lab animals are animals too and should be protected from cruel treatment.

5. CATS AND DOGS ARE BEING USED IN ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS.

This wasn’t a typo. Cats and dogs are commonly used in medical animal experiments. Based on statistics from 2013, 67,772 dogs and 24,221 cats were used in animal testing in the United States alone that year. In terms of dog breeds, a shockingly large number of Beagles are used, because of their docile nature. These animals are treated like laboratory animals and are deprived of the basic rights we allow our pets.

6. YOU CAN VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY.

By supporting cruelty-free companies instead of the ones who choose to test on animals, you’re sending the whole industry a message in the only language they speak: money. They know that they won’t be getting your business unless they stop testing on animals. If enough consumers boycott companies that test on animals, we can truly make a change and influence more companies to go cruelty-free.

Read more HERE.

Vegan products in particular can get a bad rap because they are known for being crunchy, perhaps not as potent or luxurious...which is really sad. However there are so many amazing vegan and cruelty free brands that are just as luxe, strong, and beautiful as those that are not. These are my die-hard go-to brands for cruelty free products:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills was one of the first badass makeup brands that I started to use as I made the transition away from purchasing products tested on animals. My absolute must-haves from ABH are the Brow Wiz liner (the most natural looking brow pencil out there) and the contour stick. I use both every single day that I wear makeup. 

2. Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury has become a favorite of mine over the last couple of years. Every time I try a new product from CT, I am BLOWN AWAY. Literally. This has never happened for me with any other beauty line, ever. I am seriously obsessed with every single item available. My most recent purchase was the Flawless Filter. And OMG, you guys, get it now. You won't regret it. It gives you that Instagram filter without the filter! YASSS! I have never seen a blurring product like it before. The lipsticks are also TDF. I own 3 colors so far - my favorites being Pillow Talk and Kim K.

3. Ouai

If there's one line of hair care products that has it all, it's Ouai. THEY SMELL SO GOOD! The hairspray pictured above smells like Hawaii. It's just bliss. 

4. Cover FX

Cover FX has been around for awhile, and I am a fan of their face products. Their blushes and foundations are AH-MAZING. My favorite product from Cover FX is the Custom Enhancing Drops in Moonlight, which is a liquid highlight which goes a very long way. Sometimes I'll mix it in with my foundation for an all over glow (you only need the tiniest drop), and during the summer I love to mix it with lotion for a healthy looking GLOW. 

5. Le Labo

This is the first fragrance I've found that is cruelty free. Hallelujah! If you haven't given the Le Labo line a whirl, you have to. Please try their scents. I promise you won't be disappointed. My favorite fragrance is Santal 33 (I'm obsessed), and the Santal 26 candle is the best candle I have ever smelled. This coming from a candle lady. 

6. Herbivore Botanicals

Not only is their packing totally Instagram worthy, their products are so good. And so different too. My favorite is the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist - I spray it on morning and night before applying my serums and creams. It smells so good, and it gives your skin a boost of hydration. 

7. 100 Percent Pure

Everything about this brand is incredible. Love that they are based in my neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area too. 100 Percent Pure uses fruit pigments to color their products - how freaking cool is that? The quality of their makeup is SO GOOD. Their eyeshadows are buttery, matte liptstick is the perfect consistency, and my favorite, the liquid liner is black. I mean really black. And it took a lot of scrubbing to remove it. It's that good. 

So there ya have it. Please tell me if you use any cruelty free/vegan brands that you're loving!

xo, Lynn

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Jean Jacket Obsessed

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Jean Jacket Obsessed

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Jean jackets should be a staple in your closet because they’re just so easy to throw on over literally anything.

What's crazy is that I didn't own one until a couple of months ago...and now I get why everyone LOVES them. I have one in light blue and one in black...next up is white!

They're timeless... jean jackets have always been in style, even if they were tie-dyed in the 80's. 

You can throw them over your favorite tee, a sexy black jumpsuit, or a simple tank top & jeans. I personally like my jean jackets a tad oversized (think boyfriend style). If you really want that IN RIGHT NOW look, wear it off of one shoulder a la Kim K Style, like below. Note that this is a total fashion girl thing in the most uncomfortable way possible. 

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Jean jackets are definitely not a splurge item - you can find so many good ones under $100. I've rounded up the ones I'm wearing above and more faves:

xo, Lynn

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