My Sunless Tanning Routine

My Sunless Tanning Routine

                                                                                           

Get Glowing!

A frequently asked question I receive from all of you is what tanning products I use and how I achieve my tan on a regular basis. Today I’m sharing just that!

Everyone feels a little bit more confident with a bronzed glow, am I right?! I thought as we’re starting to head into the winter months, what better time to share, because these products can be used all year round!

Keep reading for insight on my tanning routine, favorite products and some tips and tricks!

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Products I Use At Home

When it comes to self tanning at home, I’ve tried several of the most popular products and found these to work best for my skin. Things I look for are, application, smell, natural color and longevity.

To prep the skin, I shower, exfoliate (my current favorite is the Raw Sugar Coconut and Mango Body Scrub) and begin with clean, dry skin.

As a lotion formula, Tanceuticals Color Correct Lotion in Dark applies even to the skin and produces a nice natural color (no orange tints!). The coconut scent eliminates the self tanner smell which is one of my favorite things about this product! Also, the Tanceuticals line is vegan-friendly and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients so it’s a win win for your skin.

Get 10% off any Tanceuticals purchase with code RALEIGH10 

I’ve also found the Loving Tan 2 Hours Express Mousse is great if you are short on time. St. Tropez’s Classic Bronzing Mousse is another good option but in my opinion, it has a bit more of a tanning smell to it.

For application, I prefer to use this mitt,  this mitt, or a kabuki body brush to apply the tanning product directly to them, then blend in circular motions on the skin.

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Face Self Tanners

When it comes to tanning my face I use the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops in Medium and Dark depending on my tan at the moment. It’s super simple! Just mix a few drops with your moisturizer and massage in with your hands. (Make sure you wash them after!) You can adjust the intensity by how many drops are used – I generally stick to about 3. This bottle is great to travel with as well.

Isle of Paradise also has a Self Tanning Water which works great for your body with the easy spray applicator. I always make sure to blend in with a mitt after to decrease any potential streaking.

Quick Fact: These two products are on the Clean at Sephora list if that’s something you keep top of mind for your products.

For a deeper color, I use the Tanceuticals Color Correcting Face Lotion and apply with my hands or a face brush, separate from the one I use for my body.

I’ve found that both of these products work well and provide an even, natural looking color. While I do have somewhat sensitive skin, I haven’t had an issues with either causing breakouts.

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Salon Spray Tanning

As you’ve probably seen me share several time on stories, I frequent my local Sun Tan City here in Indy – it’s my favorite way to get a quick glow!

Before going, I shower, exfoliate and apply primer to my whole body – the Designer Skin Sunless Primer is my favorite and it smells so good! I find it helps to let the primer soak in a little bit so I apply at home prior to going to the salon.

Always be sure to use the barrier cream available at the salon on more dry spots like elbows, knees and in-between your fingers/areas you don’t want the solution to collect and cause splotchiness.

My Sunless Tan Cocktail at Sun Tan City
Dark or Medium Clear Solution + Double Leg Pass + Hydration

The above is fool proof from my experience! I never have issues with streaking or unevenness and I can get in and out in 20 minutes.

I always opt for the clear solution so it doesn’t get on my clothes, sheets or the seats of my car. I stop in on a night when I do not have plans, keep it on overnight, then shower in the morning and boom I’m done.

Quick Fact: Did you know, if it’s raining out, a member of the STC team will escort you to your car with a big umbrella so your tan doesn’t wash offf? Such a nice perk! 

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Tips & Tricks

  • Exfoliate in the shower prior to self tanning + let your skin dry all the way
  • To prevent any streaks or unevenness, avoid getting wet anywhere you applied self tanner until it is fully developed. (I recommend applying or getting a spray at night and rinsing off in the morning)
  • For best application, use a Mitt or Body Brush
  • To achieve a darker tan, apply in layers, waiting in between for the product to dry (or apply two days in a row until you achieve the color you want)
  • Continue to moisturize your skin each day to help it last longer – my favorite right now is the Raw Sugar Coconut and Mango Body Lotion

The above applies when getting a spray tan as well, plus:

  • Apply a Primer to clean, dry skin and let is soak in prior to your appointment
  • Utilize the barrier cream available at the salon on knees, elbows and hands (don’t forget your fingernails and toenails to prevent nail polish discoloration
  • To keep the bottoms on your feet from getting discolored, place a towel in the bottom of the sunless tanning booth under each foot
  • Always wear loose fitting clothes after getting a spray tan

I hope this answers your questions and if not – feel free to come say hi on Instagram and shoot me a DM!

Happy tanning!

xoxo

Raleigh Tay

 

 

10 Wedding Guest Dresses To Add To Your Cart

10 Wedding Guest Dresses To Add To Your Cart

Pattern or plain? Long or short? Dressy or casual?

I know you’ve asked yourself these same questions when it comes to finding something to wear to the next wedding on your calendar!

In today’s post, I’ve rounded up several options to take the guess work out of it for you! Scroll below to find some inspiration (including shoes, accessories and multiple color options) and plenty of picks to fulfill all your wedding guest dress needs.

Feel free to save this post to reference back to throughout the season!

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1. Flowy Maxi Dress

What I love about this exact dress is how flattering it will be on all body types. Because you have the ability to tie it at the waist, it allows you to sinch it in on the smallest part of you, while the rest of the fabric flows down. Plus, a high-neck is always a chic choice!

This dress also comes in a Blue Floral color, a Burgundy pattern and Leopard!

Head to my Instagram Post to see another way to wear this dress!

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2. Lace Halter Dress

This dress speaks for itself! It says classy and chic while still fun and flirty. The midi length makes it more appropriate if you’re attending a ceremony in a church and can fit with both more casual weddings along with those that are more formal, based on the shoes and accessories you choose.

This gorgeous dark blue/green color is perfect for fall and it also comes in burgundy, and a pretty orange color.

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3. Classic Black Jumpsuit

With jumpsuits very much on trend, you can definitely get away with wearing one to the next wedding you attend. To keep things simple, you can never go wrong with a classic black jumpsuit like this one!

If comfort is one of your top contenders when it comes to finding something to wear to a wedding event, the jumpsuit is your bff. You can still completely dress it up with a killer pair of heels and fun accessories while still feeling comfortable. Win, win!

Similar Option – V-neck / Similar Option – Strapless / Similar Option – Off the Shoulder / Similar Option – Lace Bodice

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4. Dusty Rose Pleated Dress

This gorgeous Ali & Jay dress caught my eye because of the color – one of those that will look great on several skin tones and can be transitioned so well from warmer temps to cool. I would pair with these snakeskin heels!

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5. Lace Midi Dress

I’ve always found this style to be perfect for a wedding whether formal or more casual – it’s that great in-between piece! This hunter green color is gorgeous for fall! It also comes in Black, Navy and White.

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6. On Trend with Leopard

Depending on the type of wedding and venue location, this Banana Republic dress is perfect for a more casual setting. The leopard print is super on trend for fall so you’ll be able to take this piece multiple places!

Pair with this belt and these shoes!

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7. One Shoulder Dress with Bow

This ASOS Dress is such a gorgeous color for fall! The length and overall look would be perfect for a more formal wedding and the one shoulder is flattering without being too revealing.

Pair with these earrings, this clutch, and these shoes!

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8. LBD

I’ve always thought you can never have too many little black dresses in your closet! A safe bet for the majority of weddings and multiple ways and occasions to wear it too. I love the lace on this LBD!

What is the opposite of ‘little black dress’ anyways? Long black dress? 🙂 Here’s a few classic longer black dresses: LBD – Strapless / LBD – Off the Shoulder / LBD – Lace

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9. Blush Long Sleeve Dress

Being that blush is a color that’s on trend all year long, you can never go wrong with it! This piece is especially fun for the fall/winter months because of it’s velvet material.

Pair with this leopard clutch for a pop of fun pattern and these gold earrings!

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10. Play with Print

If this floral midi dress doesn’t say fall, I don’t know what does! It’s definitely one of my favorites on the list. Easily dress it up to attend your next fall wedding or dress it down with sneakers and a denim jacket for date night or a brunch event with friends!

And there you have it! Tons of options for your upcoming celebrations and all dresses you can wear more than once/to multiple occasions!

Head to this post for more details on how you can shop these dresses directly through the LIKETOKNOW.it app! It’s Free.

xoxo

-R

 

15 Things You May Not Know About Me

15 Things You May Not Know About Me

What I’m wearing: | Blue Floral Dress | Tan Crossbody Bag / Similar / Similar | Sandals – Similar / Similar |                                                                                                                      

1. Aunt

Being an Aunt is THE BEST! My little niece (my sister’s daughter) turned 3 in July and is just the funniest little peanut. We also have a 2 year old nephew, a few day old niece and another nephew on the way. So many littles!

2. Chicago

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. My parents live in a rural neighborhood right next to a corn field with some land and a pond. My Dad had a gigantic garden and we hardly had to buy produce in the Spring/Summer/Fall because everything came from it. Minus any farm animals, my siblings and I were quite outdoorsy growing up. (But, TBH, if I never had to go camping again my life I would be okay!)

3. When We Met

My husband also grew up in the same area but we went to different schools so we didn’t know each other. We met one summer when we were both back from from college and ended up doing long distance for about 4 years until we got married.

4. Cheerleader

I was a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader when I was younger. I think I may still have it in me so do a few flips. I did try out for volleyball in high school once but the coach told me I would probably be too short so I stuck to cheerleading after that 🙂

5. Side Hustle

In addition to my full-time career, I held a styling retail job for about 8 years on the side. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and helping women and I think they ended up making my day more times than I probably made theirs!

6. The Mountains

I absolutely LOVE the mountains. Growing up in flat IL has made me appreciate them so much. I’m always just in such awe of God’s beauty and the views never get old. T and I try to take hiking trips often and we’re actually heading out for one in a few weeks – I can’t wait! Oh and pictures *never do it justice!

7. Grandparents

My Grandparents are two of my favorite people on this planet. (We text on a regular basis!) I lived with them for about two years when I was working and finishing up school and we became super close. Grandparents have so much wisdom to share and a different perspective on life – I’ve learned so much from them! We travel to Naples, Florida each winter to spend time with them.

8. Superpower

If I could have any superpower it would be to fast travel anywhere so I didn’t have to deal with traffic and other drivers! (And to not have to wait in the Starbucks line!)

9. Foods

I’m not a fan of tomatoes, green peas, raw sushi, sugary drinks and can go without meat. I love coffee, any salad with avocado, sweet potato fries, and overall enjoy eating a healthy/balanced diet… that also includes pizza! My Mom is an amazing cook, my Dad is an amazing baker and I am neither. If I could hire a chef for the rest of my life I would be so happy!

10. Work

I had the opportunity to work for a startup marketing agency (first official employee!) when I first moved to Indy. It was an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience for my career being on the ground floor of a new, growing company. If you have the opportunity to take a risk in your career – go for it! You’ll learn so much both professionally and personally. Currently I work full-time in Brand Management for a national company in downtown Indy and love my job!

11. Hidden Talent

I can recite all 50 states alphabetically.

12. The Name Syndrome

I’m one of those who has dealt with “wrong name syndrome” my whole life, despite my bias opinion thinking my name is super easy! It’s pronounced “Rah-Lee” (although most of my family and close friends call me Ral) just like the capitol of North Carolina. I’ve actually never traveled there but it’s on my list! My middle name is Tay so whenever I go to Starbucks or need to order anything I always just go by Tay. It usually mitigates any confusion 🙂

13. Movies

Some of my favorite movies include The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect and The Proposal. I do however, love and find crime shows, podcasts, etc. so interesting. If you haven’t listened to the Crime Junkie podcast yet, I highly recommend it!

14. Four Eyes

I’m near-sided so I only need my glasses for distance or when my eyes are really tired a.k.a. usually by the end of the work day but Blue Light Glasses have been a game changer for me.

15. Blogging

I originally started a blog back in 2011 but other life priorities were more important and I ended up taking down my site. I’m so excited to be back and now have this creative outlet! It’s amazing how God allows room for the things you’re passionate about when the time is right for you.

And that’s it for today!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Whether you’ve been following for awhile or you’re new around here, I’m so glad to have you and excited to learn something fun about you as well! Head back to my Instagram Post and share a fun fact about yourself! I can’t wait to read all your comments 🙂

xoxo

 

 

My Teeth Whitening Routine for Sensitive Teeth

My Teeth Whitening Routine for Sensitive Teeth

Hello White Smile!

Hi friends!

For today’s Wellness Wednesday post, I’m excited to collaborate with Smile Brilliant to give you the inside scoop on how I’ve been whitening my teeth at home!

Head to the bottom of this post to find out how you can enter to win an at-home whitening system for yourself!

Of course, everyone wants a beautiful smile but with the multitude of whitening options out there it can be not only hard to choose from but sometimes difficult to achieve the results you’re looking for.

I’m here to make it easy for you! I’ve had the opportunity to give Smile Brilliant’s Whitening System a try for the past few months. Before I recommend anything to you, I always want to ensure that I personally love and would recommend it myself!

Gentle on Sensitive Teeth

I’ll be honest, I was quite skeptical at first. I’ve used professional whitening trays from the dentist in the past and even after the investment, I still didn’t get the outcome I was looking for and I dealt with so much sensitivity I could no longer use the gel.

Sensitivity has always been the biggest factor (and fear!) of mine when it comes to whitening. No one wants to experience that sensitive feeling after you’ve finished whitening, it’s the worst! Thankfully Smile Brilliant’s system is customized for sensitive teeth like mine by the use of their Desensitizing Gel – which has been a lifesaver during the whitening process!

Customized Whitening Trays

Another reason I’ve loved using Smile Brilliant is the fact that the whitening trays are completely customized to my own teeth/smile. During the initial process, Smile Brilliant will send the materials and instructions to create your own impressions directly to your door step. All you have to do is send them back through the mail and you’ll be returned with a set of whitening trays perfectly fit to your teeth.

All About Convenience

The convenience factor of Smile Brilliant’s system and set up has been a major WIN in my book. I’ve been able to complete everything from the comfort of my own home without having to visit the dentist. It’s been great!

This is especially helpful during the whitening process because I feel like I have the freedom to get other things done while I’m whitening (catch up on some emails, throw in a load of laundry, etc.) instead of worrying about a white strip coming lose in the middle of making dinner.

Before & After

As you know, I wouldn’t recommend something to ya’ll unless I absolutely loved it myself. Here’s a before/after shot to show you my results.

Receive a System for Yourself!

I know what you’re thinking, you don’t want to spend a fortune on a professional whitening system and I get it, except this one has been completely worth every penny just for the non-sensitivity factor alone! And it’s actually very affordable. Good news is, if you want to give it a try yourself, I’m giving away a system to one lucky follower!

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You can also shop the website at 15% off with code everydayraleightay15. If you’d like more details about my experience with the Smile Brilliant system, feel free to leave any questions below!

Happy whitening, friends!

xoxo

Raleigh

How to Start Your Week On A Positive Note (And Stop Hating Mondays!)

How to Start Your Week On A Positive Note (And Stop Hating Mondays!)

After the joys of the weekend, by the time Monday rolls around we can likely find ourselves dreading it more than looking forward to it. Personally, I’ve devoted changing my perspective on Mondays in 2019 and now I’m more motivated by them than ever! I use Mondays to re-focus my goals and to-dos, schedule some “me” time and overall enjoy the day a little more!

Here are some ways to start your week off on the right foot!

Change Your Perspective

The ‘Sunday scaries’ are real, but they don’t have to be! Try changing your perspective. Instead of dreading Monday, think of it as a fresh start, the opportunity to begin the week off on a positive note, and get motivated about all that you’re going to accomplish this week!

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Along with shifting your perspective, being intentional about having a grateful attitude will help your outlook on the week. I try to spend quiet time in the morning reading a devotional, spending time in the Bible or filling out a thankful journal to re-set my mind and focus on what matters most. Checkout my post 9 Books to Add to Your Reading List for details on a few devotionals I’m recently loving.

And when I don’t have the extra time to sit down in the morning, I still make it a priority to run through a list of things I’m thankful/grateful for… the job that I’m going to, my health, my husband, the opportunity to inspire others, and even the simple things like a new pair of work pants I’m excited about. Girl, whatever is ahead of you, you’ve got this! (And have so much to be thankful for!)

I challenge you to create your own list!

Create Something to Look Forward To

Whether it’s treating yourself to your favorite latte on the way into work, making a habit of scheduling a fun lunch date, or devoting your evening to some self-care time, having something to look forward to on Mondays makes the day that much better! Whatever you choose, try making it a habit for the next month and see how you feel after.

There’s a Starbucks in the building where I work and I love going in a few minutes early on Mondays, grabbing my favorite coffee and spending a few minutes catching up on my daily reads (Everygirl.com, The Newsette). It’s nice to spend a few moments to myself and I always look forward to it.

Have Your Weekly To-Do List Already Complete

Setting aside some time on Sunday (or even the Friday before) to set your intensions for Monday and the week ahead, and having that ready before Monday morning comes, can ease some stress of understanding what you need to accomplish for the day/week.

Each week at the top of my planner I write two-three small goals I want to accomplish and focus on for the week. It may be completing a blog post, working out every day that week, drinking more water, or even seeing a friend I’ve meant to schedule a lunch date with.

Start Your Monday with a Workout

I’ve recently starting hitting my workout class in the mornings and even though it can sometimes be a struggle not to stay an extra hour in the warm covers, I always feel amazing after! Getting your body moving in the morning, even if it’s just a 30 minute walk can boost your energy and get your mind refreshed for the day and week ahead.

Get the Not So Fun Stuff Out of the Way

Although Monday can sometimes seem daunting, it’s also a great opportunity to get those not-so-fun chores out of the way. Laundry. Meal prepping. Cleaning. Getting it out of the way on Monday (or better yet, Sunday) so your to-do list doesn’t pile up as much throughout the week.

Gather Some Inspiration

What better way to start your week than by fueling with some inspiration?! My favorite way to do so is via Pinterest! Gather a few motivational quotes, look up some ideas for your new home office project, find some Summer outfit ideas… whatever it may be, exercising the creative part of your mind can give you a jumpstart of energy and re-fuel your inspiration!

I’d love to know if you’re motivated about Mondays too! What are some ways you get your week going? Let me know below!

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