Not long ago, I found myself trapped in a dark and merciless place. This place, my friends, is called Kansas. And I’m not even talking about the civilized part of Kansas, that is, Kansas City. Oh, no. This place was full of country folk and socks that only came in white.
Sickening, I know.
Anyway, to pass the time (and because I happened to be there anyway), I found myself wandering the aisles of Walgreens. There, I happened upon a magical acne treatment spot stick from Yes To Tomatoes . As it was under $10, I needed a distraction, and I really like roller sticks, I purchased it.
A better decision has never been made.
Ok - that’s probably not true, but I like it a lot.
It’s gentle, and uses salicylic acid, which I consider to be a proven winner in skincare, and tomatoes to clear up your skin. It’s 97% natural, and doesn’t contain parabens, pthaletes, or sls.
It’s not globby or noticeable, and the rolly ball feels real nice against your skin. Excellent.
I’ve been very loyal to my Origins ‘A Perfect World’ Moisturizer for quite some time now. It’s swell, but I’ve recently been made aware of a new moisturizer, and I can’t wait to try it.
This new kid on the block is called Josie Maran Protect, and from what I’m told it’s grand. It’s infused with argan oil, which famously softens both hair an skin, and is all the rage in the natural beauty circuit. What’s more, it also 40 SPF, which is perfect for pale little me during brutally bright spring and summer.
I’ve gotten good reviews of this new moisturizer from friends, however, (as always) I can’t promise that it’ll work wonders on your skin or mine. I’ll definitely be giving it a try, though.
I love the shit out of coconut water. There, I said it.
Unfortunately for poor little me, it’s rather expensive. So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered Purity Coconut Water Powder.
Now I’m not a fan of powders. In fact, they sort of scare me, but this one makes sense. I don’t expect it to taste quite as good as the real stuff, but I can get onboard for some coconut powder. Or at least give it a shot.
And did I mention how much it costs. A pack of 12 will cost you $15.20 if you get a subscription to the stuff. If you just want to try it once, it’s $17.88, but that’s still better than the price of 12 bottles from the store!
Not to mention the fact that it’ll save a ton of kitchen space, and cut down on plasstic usage!
The stuff isn’t available from Amazon.com yet, which is a shame, because I do so love avoiding paying for shipping.
If anyone has tried this stuff, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you thought of it!
I mentioned a few posts ago that my skin had been giving me trouble of lately. Well, somehow my mother must’ve known that, because she mailed me some Derma Klear vitamin supplements that’re supposed to be amazing for your skin. And let me tell you, they’re really something.
The same day that I took them my skin felt infinitely better. It felt smoother and more even, and even more moisturized. From what I can tell, this supplement is high in antioxidants which helps skin to fight stress and harmful exposure to the sun and chemicals, in turn giving it support to combat acne and aging.
It’s not going to be some magical acne banisher, but it might do the trick for my twenty-something friends who wake up wondering why they still have acne.
All I can say is that it’s working splendidly for me, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the stuff.
Best of all, it’s only $10, so it’s not going to be something you regret buying.
I’d recommend it.
Let me just preface this by saying that my boyfriend is pretty darn great. He bought me a juicer for my birthday, which is in 11 days (in case you were wondering), and I absolutely cannot wait for it to arrive.
I love juice. I’d probably give up food for juice. That may be a slight exaggeration, but the sentiment behind it is very real.
Naturally, I’ve been researching different juice recipes, and eventually came to the conclusion that some sort of a recipe book for juicing would be beneficial. My book of choice is ”The Big Book of Juices,” and I think I might just have to purchase it.
Out of 85 reviews on Amazon for this book, only one implies that the book is less than fabulous, and that review is so vague that I’ve deducted that its writer must be a complete moron. "The Big Book of Juices" includes over 400 juice, smoothie, and quencher recipes, while also providing information on the healthfulness and effectiveness of each juice. According to reviewers, it also contains stunning photographs of almost every juice.
So basically, I’ve found my juice book.
While I quite enjoy that it’s finally getting warm out, my skin doesn’t seem to share in my enthusiasm for spring.
To be honest, I’m not sure why my skin hates me right now, but it’s being really rude. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by infrequent breakouts, because I’m shocked and appalled by the way my skin has been treating me for the past couple of days.
Because I’m impatient (and proactive, I like to think), I’d rather search for a product to correct my skin’s current state than wait for it to do it itself. Of course, I will have to be a bit patient, because I can’t magically clear up my skin, but I definitely think that Boscia’s Fresh Blotting Linens (in green tea, of course) will help.
Blotting linens or papers are a not-so-secret trick of the trade. They’re cheap (these specific linens are $10 for a pack of 100), extremely portable, and will help to keep skin looking shine free. Also, because they remove gross oil from your skin, I believe that they can help to prevent future breakouts. Given the change of climate, I think they’ll help regulate my skin until being hot is once again the norm.
I chose Boscia because they’re 100% natural, and don’t contain sulfates, parabens, or any unnecessary chemicals that can inadvertently harm your skin or the environment. Plus, I would imagine the green tea infusion would have a calming effect on angry skin, not to mention a pleasant aroma.
I know I’ll be grabbing a package of these the next time I’m at Sephora!
Ladies, meet Lush’s solid shampoos.
Now I know what you’re thinking, solid shampoo is for dirty hippies. But it’s not! Dirty hippies don’t wash their hair at all.
Seriously though, I know they’re a bit daunting, but if you give them a chance you’ll find that they’re actually pretty awesome. Since Lush has us covered, there are a bunch of different types, each with different scents and properties, because not all hair was created equally.
I used to be all about the Godiva one. In fact, the only reason I stopped using it is that I like to switch up my shampoos once in a while so as to avoid build-up. It leaves your hair super soft because it contains conditioning oils. Also, it smells nice.
Your best bet with these is to either read the descriptions of every single one online, or to ask a Lush associate in-store which would be best suited for your hair type. They’re knowledgeable folk and will surely be able to help you out.
After skimming through the different options, I’m dying to try Hard. This shampoo bar has a lot going for it.
1. It’s a pretty color. Always a winner in my book.
2. It’s made with coconut and hibiscus, so odds are it smells heavenly.
3. It works to fight evil tap water and restore moisture to your hair!! My hair is pretty fine. So fine in fact, that it often goes into static sling mode. I had no idea that this was a result of hard water (And can you believe I even have a shower filter?! CLEARLY, LA isn’t doing a great job of maintaining its water supply.), so I’m super stoked to give this stuff a whirl.
Solid shampoo from Lush will cost you $10 or $11. Don’t be fooled; it lasts a long while, so it’s totally worth it.
Also, if you’re like me and are constantly itching to travel, it’s completely airplane friendly. Even if you’re not flying somewhere, it’s much easier to pack a tiny tin of solid shampoo than it is to pack a jumbo-sized bottle! And I know they have at least one type of solid conditioner as well, which is just lovely.
I’m not a big fan of hand sanitizers. I don’t think it’s a good idea to strip your hands of bacteria, not taking into account the fact that some of them are actually helpful to you. I also think that we should allow our immune systems to do a bit of the work from time to time. And they smell weird.
That said, I do carry hand sanitizer. I don’t use it as often as many people do, but it’s nice to have if you’re forced to use a sink-less portapotty, or are stuck in a sticky situation.
Though convenient, the stuff tends to smell like a doctor’s office.
Personally, I enjoy the strawberry one. You still get a twinge of that rubbing alcohol smell, but for the most part, it’s masked by the scent of sweet strawberries.
The full list of flavors is as follows: mango, coconut, pink grapefruit, satsuma, strawberry, and lemon.
They’re pretty large for what they are and cost $4 through The Body Shop, but of course, I found out that they’re only $2 when you buy them from Amazon. Go figure.
So if you’re sick of that medical stank but still want to enjoy clean hands in odd locations, give ‘em a go; they’re lovely.
Usually I try to stay away from products that are, for lack of a better word, absurdly expensive. I’m afraid that if I ever get one, I’ll be hooked for life and end up living in a box somewhere because I drained my bank account in order to keep up appearances. Because I mean, really, they must be good.
Well, today my food friend and fellow blogger, Lazy But Sexy requested that I write a post about the Clarisonic Mia, so I’m stepping outside of my little poverty box in order to do so.
The Clarisonic Mia is a cleansing system that utilizes brushes, electricity, and something called a micro massage to clean your face better than ever before. In other words, it’s fancy.
It actually looks really awesome (and damn you, all of a sudden I want one)!
Supposedly, this tiny gadget cleans your face 6x better than your hands are able to. Its gentle touch preps your skin for better absorption of products (creams, moisturizers, etc.), and you can use it twice a day.
Ok, I want.
A couple months ago, my mom gave me these newfangled hair ties that she picked up at some salon. They look like little ribbons that have been tied together with a simple knot, and are supposed to be the best things you can use to wrangle and corral your luscious locks.
My hair was overgrown pixie length at that time, so I took a few and ignored them for a while. Now my hair is long enough to be put up (yay!). Well, some scraps might fall out of my attempted pony tails, but that’s irrelevant.
Point is, these things are major winners.
If you’re any of my friends (and chances are you are my friends since you’re reading this), you avoid getting your hair cut like the plague. Well you’re definitely going to want to look into these.
They don’t pull at your hair, and are soft and gentle. Your hairs don’t get pulled out by the bunch, and you get to walk around making people think that your hair is tied up by charming little ribbons.
Best of all, they don’t seem to stretch out like regular hair bands do. They stay firm, are easy on your hair, and look cute as a button. At $10.99 for a 5 pack, they’re a bit more expensive than your drug store varieties, but because they last much longer and keep your hair in better condition, they’re totally worth it.
I’m very happy with the ones I have and know that when my hair gets a bit longer I’ll be buying them in more colors.
Just thought I’d let you gals in on this fantastic hair secret!