XOXO Health and Beauty Rituals

Hello beauties!  I hope everyone is enjoying the steamy sunshine!  When I first created this blog, my intention was to focus on fitness and beauty, with splashes of my passion for fashion.  Fashion seems to be taking over y’all…so I am dedicating my upcoming posts to sharing health and beauty rituals and products I swear by, as well as my favorite beautifying places in Chicago. And a cute new outfit or two just might sneak in there as well;)

Healthy hot girl ritual #1….a matcha green tea smoothie a day.  I am shamefully a yoga teacher who hates the taste of tea, and loves everything about coffee!  I was first introduced to matcha by my mom, who calls it her “swamp water,” and happily drinks it daily.  As a non tea lover, I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoy the taste, and delighted to discover matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea! (with matcha, you are consuming 100 percent of the leaf, rather than just what’s steeped outside into the water, as you would with green tea). Matcha is anti-aging, cancer-fighting, lowers cholesterol, lifts vitality and concentration, boosts metabolism, and is rich in antioxidants.  And a couple of my favorite perks…matcha packs a solid punch of caffeine without the crash or jitter of coffee, and the amino acids are great for your skin’s appearance!  When I feel the sluggish mid afternoon, “give me a nap, coffee, snack, or all of the above!” blues creep up on me, I make myself a matcha smoothie, and I swear it puts the pep back in my step. Matcha can be mixed straight with water, (my hard core mom’s style), or to make it taste yummier, I recommend you toss a spoonful into your nutribullet or blender, add ice, your favorite milk ( I like light vanilla almond or light vanilla soy), and even a little yogurt (my favorite is Dannon Light and Fit vanilla Greek yogurt), and or a banana, to make it a creamy smoothie.  I love taking a break from whatever I am doing mid afternoon to enjoy this tasty and healthy treat. I find it calming and invigorating all at once! Side note, matcha shots were the “it beverage” at New York Fashion Week…just sealing the deal y’all;)  You can find my favorite Matcha here!

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I linked my favorite matcha powder to an online marketplace called FitBoomBah, a trustworthy online site I have discovered a variety of innovative beauty and health products through.  I first read about Leaner Creamer in Shape magazine; a non dairy and all-natural coffee creamer that curbs cravings…and is vanilla flavored! The base of this product is coconut oil, which is a useful tool for weight loss. I have been using it regularly in my coffee, and I occasionally add a serving in my matcha smoothies. I love the way it tastes, and I love the way it makes me feel!

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As much as I love experimenting with makeup, the best foundation you can wear is glowing, healthy skin!  I am always sure to wash my face before bed, going to bed with makeup can age your skin up to seven times faster…ew.  After cleansing my skin, I use Beenigma Cream all over my face and neck.  This anti-aging cream rejuvenates the youthful appearance of your skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and eliminates and prevents acne.  Since regularly using this product, my skin looks brighter, and feels smooth and hydrated.


Lashiasta: a woman with an affinity and passion for lashes to the point of obsession.  Check.  I can coat on mascara with the best of them, (see my post on mastering the smokey eye for deets!)  but I also want to do everything I can to keep my beloved lashes healthy and growing.  I apply Rush O Lash to the base of my upper eyelashes (super quick and easy application), before bed to condition, moisturize, and enhance the overall appearance of my lashes.  There are many lash conditioners on the market, but this product is all natural, has no side effects, and is clinically proven to achieve longer, thicker, and fuller eyelashes. Boom. Now I’m ready to sleep peacefully, knowing my skin and lashes are getting spoiled properly while I snooze:)

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Choker by Ettika. All products can be purchased at FitBoomBah. Photos taken by Olivia Radziszewski at Relax, Smile, and Love Always Photography.

Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face y’all.  It’s about having a pretty mind, and a pretty heart.  Beauty starts within, love and respect yourself, and take care of the body you have been blessed with by eating well, and using great products:)

“Glamour never takes a day off”~ Iman

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been”~ David Bowie

Stay tuned for more beauty tips babes!


Julz Chez

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  • Reply Beth Lange June 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    This might be my favorite post on your blog. I am going to get some matcha to throw in my smoothies!

    • Reply Julie Chez June 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Aw thanks sweet Beth! XOXO

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