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Finding The Ideal Deodorant: PART 2

Created: September 14, 2016
Updated: September 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

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1 | like the post +Weirdly enough, I’ve gotten a lot of Snap messages asking about my lifetime deodorant search.

Perhaps it’s because Michael loves to make fun of me on Snapchat about how I hate wearing deodorant. I tell him “I forgot it.” But really, I didn’t forget anything, I just don’t like it.

Sorry but it’s just not my thing.

You guys know this ( remember this post? ).

However, I’ve decided that I’m making it my mission to find the PERFECT, ORGANIC, ALL-NATURAL deodorant based on recommendations and trial & error.

To be very honest, I am still in process with my search. It’s not easy finding the perfect deodorant. In the meantime, I figured I’d share deodorants that YOU GUYS recommended to me.

 

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Yes that’s right, basically you guys are in charge of this post.

Expect a third post too because I’ll do a final post to round this out on my personal deodorant search. I’ve been testing for months so stay tuned.

So naturally, I had to put together ALL your recommendations in an organized fashion. Basically I tallied up all your Snap messages, e-mails, Instagram recommendations, comments, etc. into a chart breakdown.

Here were the final stats, DRUMROLL PLZ:

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As you can see, we literally created an excel sheet & slowly put this together…with your guys’ opinions! So thank you, as always, for sharing your experience. That’s what The Skinny Confidential is all about: a community of women ( or men? ) coming together to share tips & tricks. None of that “I don’t remember where I got this shirt” thing. LOL. We all know that one person who doesn’t want to share the love!

Ok, so let’s get specific. Some deodorant reader favorites were: Piper WaiPrimal PitSchmidt’s, Meow Meow Tweet ( UM I need to try the grapefruit immediately ), & LAVANILA.

Pretty sure all of these are all-natural which is exactly what we’re all looking for, right? Remember I have some weird complex with putting deodorant by my boobs, LOL.

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The thing is, I am still trying all of these deodorants. I can’t give my opinion yet because I’m still in the process. So many of you have asked about my deo journey that I figured I’d give you an update AND share reader recommendations.

Right now, I’m using Primal Pit & actually really like it. Let’s just say I don’t smell like shit? The lavender one specifically. I DO look forward to trying grapefruit Meow Meow Tweet too. Will keep you updated, give me a few more months of testing.

For the record, Tom’s deodorant doesn’t do it for me. At all. I sweat too much with it.

So that’s where I’m at.

Another specific breakdown for you, if you’re not a pie chart person…

The Skinny Confidential reader favorites:

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MEANWHILE, I’ll be testing all of these to figure out which one is best. If you have insider deodorant info, please share it below. I will say one thing: I’m convinced aluminum-filled deodorant is NOT the way to go.

Here’s why…according to this source: “Aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin. Just as the parabens, these compounds can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.

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MANY, many sources say to avoid these, “most common deodorants on the shelves like Axe, Secret, Old Spice, Dove, Right Guard typically contain aluminium.” There’s 6 more harmful ingredients besides aluminium too, more on those nasty 6 here.

BE SURE to enter the $2700 beauty/wellness giveaway. It’s ending soon & it’s SUCH A GOOD one. Super easy to enter!

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Ok that’s it. We’ve been binge watching Bachelor In Paradise. AND HOLY SHIT. Have you seen it? I cannot believe my eyes. This show is giving me so many blog post ideas. I can’t even believe it. First up: “Tips For NOT Acting Like a Douchebag” ( specifically for particular guys on the show, of course ).

See you tomorrow, lauryn x

+ newness on The Skinny Confidential: latest podcast episode is LIVE. We’re talking influencer law with a lawyer (!!!), confidence, & keeping it spicy in a long-term relationship. Listen here. Two new exclusive TSC App posts will go live tomorrow. AND you have to check out these end of summer outfits. Happy listening/reading!

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Another $2700 Beauty & Wellness GIVEAWAY !!!

Created: September 6, 2016
Updated: September 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

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1 | like the post +I blame you guys! You all love giveaways so much, that I’ve made a point to kind of make them a monthly thing. YES?

Plus it’s fun to say THANK YOU FOR READING! Thank you for engaging. Thank you for coming back. Thank you for telling your friends about The Skinny Confidential : ).

(…It’s Labor Day too, so technically it’s a holiday? ).

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Anyway, this one is bigger than ever: SO MANY GOOD beauty products, A HUGE LIPSTICK KIT with like 15 different shades, The Skinny Confidential Book, the Bombshell Body Guide, ANDDDDD – WAIT FOR IT…a chic lilac, limited edition NuFace ( like a mini face lift! ).

OH HELL YES. SO MUCH GOODNESS!

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WHAT YOU’LL WIN…

LIMITED EDITION NUFACE FACIAL-LIFT KIT ( GREAT FOR LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE! )
HELLO! HAIR TIES
Burt’s Bees cleansing oil
Brazilian Blowout hair products
Brazilian Blowout blow dryer
betchcicles
Korres sleeping oil
Kopari Coconut Body Glow
Craft and Foster candles x 4 ( FAVORITE candles! Champagne Blush & Whiskey Cola are insane )
T3 hair straightener
Marc Jacobs watch
L’Oréal Paris makeover kit ( HUGE, HUGE kit )
Lipstick kit (15 lipsticks GUYS !!! )
IGK hair product
Simple face wipes
BLNDN hair product
Paul Mitchell hair care
Garnier lotion
Clinique beauty products
Skinfix body products
BKR bottle
THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL BOOK, PERSONALIZED & SIGNED
Time-blocking cube ( remember this post?! )
Ray Ban sunglasses
Marc Jacobs beauty products
Estee Lauder products
Body scrub
EM Life palette
Loreal face mask
Probiotics
beglammed gift card
Traditional Medicinals Tea
I’m With the Band Headbands
Kenra Hair Oil
Glam Glow
EVOLV Body Products
TSC Meal Plan x TSC Workout Guide

♡♡♡

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TO WIN… SIMPLY:

♡ FOLLOW THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL ON INSTAGRAM.

♡ TELL ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE TSC TOPIC IS ON MY LATEST INSTAGRAM ( IN COMMENT SECTION ).

♡ SUBSCRIBE & RATE / REVIEW THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST ( IT TAKES LIKE 2 SECONDS! ). INFO HERE.

♡ EXTRA CREDIT: COMMENT BELOW ON WHY YOU HAVE TO WIN!

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As always for giveaways, no one is sponsoring this — it’s just a THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR READING. Also, just because, I’m giving three runners up a free TSC MEAL PLAN because you all rock. Honestly, the community on The Skinny Confidential is comprised of some confident, badass, cool women.

Good luck guys! Thanks for being the BEST readers ever. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Happy Labor Day – hope you had some fun relaxing with a light beer.

lauryn x

+ anyone & everyone is eligible to enter | winners announced 09/20/16.

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A PEAK INSIDE TSC GIVEAWAY:

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The Supermodel Green Elixir You Need To Be Drinking

Created: August 25, 2016
Updated: September 6, 2016
by
LAURYN

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1 | like the post +SHOCKING, BUT YOU KNOWWWWW I LOVE MY MORNING ROUTINE.

Well, not shocking because a morning routine sets the tone of the whole day.

Trust me when I say this, I’ve experienced a couple of shit mornings & I’m telling you a casual, calm morning makes all the difference.

( This morning was a tad hectic, eating slightly stale steel cut oats & scrambled eggs in the car with two different socks on, holding a conference call in traffic……..but we made it work ).

Anyway. Tomorrow will be golden because for the last couple months I’ve been drinking this green elixir powder. I discovered it through Elle Macpherson’s Instagram. You know, the supermodel mogul. She developed this product over the years with a doctor.

Hold up though. I want to note I AM A BIG BEVERAGE DRINKER. LIKE 2303958 BEVVIES AT ONCE. A lot going on with the liquids. A little TSC Pink Detox Drink, a spot of peppermint tea, a little cold brew, AND some type of green concoction. Hydration is the first priority of my day, every day. In fact, if I’m not keeping my hydration in line the SECOND I wake up, I’m grumpy & rude.

The other day at a blogger conference a friend told me that a very qualified sleep specialist said the first thing you should do when you wake up is drink water.

Couldn’t agree more.

In my case, it’s water immediately and then some, but you get the gist.

I highly recommend waking up & immediately first thing drinking a HUGE cup of water. Here’s why: “one of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz ( 500mL ) of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, & may even make you eat less.” ( AND READ THIS ).

We kind of got off topic, let’s get back to the green elixir.

Ideally, I would love a hefty, fresh green drink with a dinner of fresh wild salmon & leafy kale but we can’t always get what we want. With travel, podcasting in LA, & an office to run, shit gets crazy. So sometimes I need to find an effective way to get some greens in.

Enter: The Super Elixir.

First off, this isn’t sponsored. I really, really love these greens & wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t because it’s something to ingest daily. This is what’s worked for me.

If you follow TSC on Snapchat & Instagram you know I did an IV vitamin cocktail today ( SO MUCH TO SHARE ON THIS TOPIC THAT I’M BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT ), so I definitely believe there’s many different, pecuilar ways to get vitamins. HOWEVER, if you’re a busy bee, try these greens for a quick fix.

Some info on the brand: “THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalizing Greens is the vision of Elle Macpherson ( supermodel !! ) & Dr. Laubscher. It contains vitamins, minerals, & trace elements to assist wellness and vitality. There’s nothing like it on the market today. That’s made it a worldwide cult bestseller. Designed to help your body maintain good nutrition and maintain its pH balance.”

ALSO YOU SHOULD know the powder has tons of super greens, Chinese herbs, digestive enzymes, & members of the maitake mushroom family. ANDDDD it’s formulated to be absorbed by your body at a cellular level, optimising the function of all 11 of your body’s systems: the digestive, endocrine ( hormonal ), integumentary ( hair, skin, & nails ), circulatory, & nervous systems, to name a few.

Oh ya, it’s vegan & dairy/gluten/preservative FREE.

Let’s also just note that the black caddy is chic on my kitchen counter & you just buy refills so you don’t have to keep buying the container. During the holidays they had it in white too, which was festive. Loving the black though because it’s sturdy & almost like a glass-ish Tupperware container.

You’re going to tell me it’s pricey…….& yes, agreed. HOWEVER I’ve tried A LOT of green powders & this is the one I like. This is the one MY body responds to. This is the one that tastes right. This is the one with my favorite ingredients. So it’s worth it to me.

If you’re looking for something less expensive, I encourage you to do your own research. Especially if you want a quick-ass way to get some green nutrients in your daily routine.

ALSO, there’s always the option to check out the refill packet to see if you like it.

Tomorrow on Snapchat, I’ll show you guys exactly how I prepare this but honestly it’s so simple: put a bunch of ice into a cup ( don’t heat it, cold is best ), add the greens, pour water on top, & stir with a straw ( silicone, of course ). I gulp it down in like four gulps & get on with my day.

So yes, that’s my green powder experience. What’s yours? Anything fun? I love learning about other people’s wellness experiences SO keep them coming.

Off to watch Vice Principles & eat some cinnamon apple popcorn.

Exhausted. Goodnight xx lauryn

+ more wellness tips | scope TSC MEAL PLAN | PC.

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Mini DeLites…& Micromanaging

Created: July 26, 2016
Updated: July 30, 2016
by
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{ living for this color corrector stick ( conceals hyperpigmenation ) }

To be upfront, I am a HUGE micromanager.

Correct. Highly annoying to everyone involved.

I am never mean about it, just specific. Just enough so that when we go to restaurants or bars, the server wants to kill me…but we’re still friends, you know?

Maybe this is because I used to be a cocktail waitress & bartender for 5 years so I know how to butter them up……..?

…Or perhaps I’m delusional AND annoying. HA.

Regardless, lately we’ve been eating out a lot.

I guess it’s something with the summer, but there’s been a lot of birthdays, celebrations, events, nights out with friends, just a lot – so A TON of micromanaging has been taking place.

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{ this weekend we celebrated Fashionlush’s b-day | cake | PC }

After posting this Instagram & admitting my incessant need to micromanage the bartender at every restaurant, I received a lot of Snap messages & Insta comments asking for tips.

Yah, tips.

You know, tips on how to micromanage, be annoying, & remain…casual about it.

So today I figured I’d share a few of my favorite ways to be annoying.

Firstly, the drink always has to be micromanaged. Sometimes I’ll even excuse myself & go to the bar when sitting at a table. I really try not to be annoying about it, basically I always tip the bartender 20% or more & make it a point to always say ‘please, thank you, and YUM.’

Kindness always.

For a skinny margarita, which I’ve been really loving lately ( see here ), I always say “not too sweet, rocks & half rim of salt, blanco tequila, a dash of Cointreau, extra lemons / limes, & a speck of sweet & sour ( correct, I say ‘speck’ ). The lighter the color, the better.”

After they make it for me, I express my gratitude! Always. Even if it’s not so good. If it’s not done the way I like, I’ll ask for a glass with ice & soda water. Then ( & YES, I am this crazy ): I will pour it over ice & add sparkling water. Easy.

But honestly, I micromanage the bartender so much now that it’s usually perfect.

Michael wants to stab me.

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{ festive calendar clipboard for a new project }

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{ close-up of these glasses, because I FOUND THEM FOR $6 DOLLARS — in love }

As far as appetizers & entrees go, I modify.

Usually the waiters don’t care at all.

Some things I usually ( nicely ) ask for: extra sides of lemon and lime, a big side of avocado, chili flakes, light cheese, extra side of arugula ( perfect on pizza! ), sliced jalapeño, & / or a side of olive oil.

For salad dressings, I’ll usually ask them to dress it with red wine vinegar ( white is good too ), olive oil, lemon, & chili flakes. Kind of making my own TSC Dressing.

I keep appetizers simple. There’s nothing better than prosciutto & cantaloupe OR oysters to start the meal. The protein fills you up a lot.

For meats & fish, I’ll ask for the sauce on the side & have them cover it with olive oil & lemon.

For pastas, I ask if I can order half, extra spicy. Usually, you always can. In fact, I don’t think I can recall a restaurant saying NO… ever.

For a vegetarian entree, I ask them to use olive oil & lemon as opposed to a heavy sauce.

For desserts, I ask for an extra side of berries…so at least I feel like I’m getting nutrients? Then always ( ALWAYS !! ) a cup of peppermint tea. Something about it after a meal just works, you know?

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{ a tiny glass horse, hand blown in Venice }

Last tip: whenever I have an entree that’s just A LOT, I only eat half.

Simple.

These are my micromanaging tips. Servers usually don’t get pissed, as long as you’re gracious, kind, & appreciative.

I mean I never got mad when I was a bartender if someone was nice! It was the rude drunks that got to me…but that’s a different story for a different day. LOL.

Does anyone else have any micromanaging tips? PLZ SHARE.

SO! That’s what’s been going on lately: a lot of micromanaging. Also a new podcast episode IS LIVE so make sure you’re subscribed!!

I’m off to bed, it’s 2:14 AM & Monday has nearly killed me. At least my e-mail inbox is slowly dwindling – this morning was QUITE interesting to say the least.

See you guys tomorrow! lauryn x

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{ my stepmom hooked it up with the fake plants: julie@burlapandcrystal.com }

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