My favorite beauty treatments are those that I can create myself with ingredients from my own kitchen. Creating my own beauty treatments makes me feel good about what I am putting on my skin because I know exactly where the ingredients came from and I know that they won’t harm my skin.
This morning my sister greeted me at her door with bright, glowing, soft skin sans makeup. And since my sister is a walking beauty encyclopedia, I had to know what got her skin looking so amazing. Turns out it was her own concoction of coffee grounds, honey and lemon. The coffee grounds exfoliates the skin, functions as an anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants. The honey is a really great moisturizer and leaves skin feeling soft and supple. The lemon brightens skin and minimizes the look of pores while getting rid of oil. Read more
One of my many winter skin woes is dry, dull skin. Add a lot of travelling during the winter months to that equation and my skin takes a beating. I honestly feel like I need a weekly peel to help my skin look refreshed, bright and smooth, but going into a spa every week for a peel is just not in my budget at the moment so I have to opt instead for at home skin renewing treatments. This, can of course, also get expensive depending on how you well you expect them to work.
Thanks to my amazing sister, I have in my possession a renewing face mask that is only $12 and works great on my skin. I am visiting my family in Minnesota at the moment and noticed the Pumpkin Renewing Face Mask by True Blue Spa in her beauty stash. I, of course, had to try it. Especially since she seems to be crazy in love with it. Read more
So far this year, I’ve been lucky enough to sample some truly amazing beauty products and I’ve been pretty excited about the majority of them. But this week I got the opportunity to try two new products from a new line of bath and body products that I am absolutely beserk about! The line is called Daisies & Dukes and as their name may suggest, their products are inspired by the fresh air and natural beauty of America’s countryside.
I used the amazing Bubbly Sugar Scrub and Body Butter and did not want to get out of the bathroom. Honestly, normally I have a tendency to speed shower and speed moisturize, but both of these products made me want to just hang around and dawdle in my bathroom for a spell. The Hayfield Romance Bubbly Sugar Scrub has a fresh and clean yet feminine and romantic scent. When I applied it in the shower it felt like I was applying frosting to my body, which I quite enjoyed. The scrub both cleansed and exfoliated my skin gently, but thoroughly. I loved that it transformed from a sugary scrub into a bubbly cleanser! Read more
Another outstanding product from Farmaesthetics that I instantly fell in love with–this time it’s their Lip Softener.
As with all of their products, the lip softener is 100% all natural with ingredients such as sweet almond oil, calendula*, Vitamin E, beeswax, peppermint, orange wax, grapefruit peel oil, iron oxide & mica. It has a really refreshing minty scent and taste that is never overpowering.
All it took for my lips too feel hydrated and moisturized was just a tiny dab of the softener, just a little really goes a long way and my lips never felt like there was a layer of heavy, greasy lip product sitting on top of them. The ingredients in this lip softener treat the lip tissue by preventing cracked, dry lips and also aids in preventing fine lines and creases. The Farmaesthetics Lip Softener is my definition of clean, simple and effective beauty. Read more
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a flowery scented body cream from bodycology. From their new Sweet Love Fragrance collection, the Nourishing Body Cream contains notes of sweet mandarin, sparkling red pear and vanilla orchid. Fruity top notes dry down and give way to a floral heart of sweet rose and amber. If you like very feminine fragrances, then this body cream will definitely appeal to you.
I generally prefer clean, light fragrances but did not mind the Sweet Love Fragrance. I would however, only use one product at a time from this collection and would definitely not layer them as they might be too overpowering when used together. When I first applied the Sweet Love Nourishing Body Cream, the fragrance was pretty strong, but throughout the day it became much softer and lighter. I would certainly use this body cream when I want to embrace my girly, romantic side. Read more
Need a great holiday hostess gift, spa companion and fragrant candle for your home during the holidays?
You can have all three with Lavanila’s The Healthy Candle in Vanilla Lavender. The Vanilla Lavender Healthy Candle contains notes of Spanish Lavender, Violet Leaf and warm Madagascar vanilla for a calming fragrance that is never overpowering or unbearable. The candle is 100% natural and burns clean without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins, or soot into the air. It is also free of paraffin, dyes and harsh chemicals and is a beeswax blend that is infused with pure essential oils. I absolutely adore the design on the tin and was really happy when I found out that when the candle burns down you can just clean the inside of the tin and reuse it! Read more
On this date, seven years ago, at the young age of 31, I began to find my voice. I heard stories of how when you turn 30, you really discover who you are. This was true for me.
I had long had a passion for writing, was obsessed with every beauty product on the planet, but also wanted to find a way to make a difference in the lives of others.
Can a beauty blog make a difference in someone’s life? It sure can when you provide them with a solution to their problem. Read more
My skin, for the most part, is pretty problem free but every once in a while…or more like once every month without fail…I tend to develop a serious case of acne that always seems to appear right before a big event or a photoshoot. As soon as I notice that tiny red bump or feel that all too familiar tender spot on my skin, I start to attack it with lotions and potions intended to treat and prevent those bumps from transforming into pimples. This plan of attack has resulted in one of two scenarios thus far; either it does not work and I just deal with a ginormous pimple for a few days…or a full week, or it works but also turns my skin into a dry flaky mess.
During this month’s battle of the breakouts, I used Rx For Brown Skins’ Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion and Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment as my weapons of choice and am ecstatic to say that I emerged victorious from this battle…finally. The Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion did not leave my skin feeling dry and flaky like every other acne treatment lotion I’ve used in the past. It was actually very hydrating and left my skin feeling softer and smoother, it also seemed to soothe my skin instead of irritating it. The Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment helped to clear up my pimples, and while it was noticeably more drying than the lotion it still did not leave my skin a flaky, irritated mess. With both of these products, the suggested application frequency is one to three times daily but I only needed to use it once a day and I generally used it at night, which worked out really well for me. Read more