Beauty

It Was One Of Those Nights

…And I wanted a really good mask to put on my face, to sit in a really long bubble bath, maybe drink a little wine, light a few candles and chill out, you know, a beauty night.

I went to Ulta to find a nail polish; my toenails hadn’t had polish on them for two days.

2 words: Flintstone feet.  

If it weren’t for my caveman big toe, my feet would have a chance at looking cute.

Anyways.  After I spend a half hour looking at all the pretty color options between Essie, O.P.I., China glaze, and Zoya I finally found a spectacular mermaid color: Turned Up Turquoise by China Glaze.  I just wish they had more creative names sometimes.  What a great job to have.  “What do you do for a living?”  “Oh , I come up with nail polish names.”  FUN.

Now to find a mask and clearly I am on a budget.  As much as I want that Exuviance clay Masque I have raved about in the past I skip it because well I’m broke.  Of course, then I can’t figure out which one to get because I feel if I go too cheap it won’t be worth it at all and well I don’t want to spend more then $5 (sad, I know).

So, I check out.  I have my nail polish; at least my toes will finally be back to normal and not look so sick anymore. 

Fast forward to the evening, I am home alone and too lazy to spend so long in the bath tub (wtf?)  so I shower quickly try to give myself as best a foot scrub down as I can in the shower and hop out.  A rose petal and honey pedicure sounds good right about now. 

For some reason I start thinking of avocadoes.  Don’t judge me, I have 3 in the fridge and I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow, they are going to go bad 

I do need something to soften or brighten or whatever my feet because I hate feet in general and ugly feet make me dry heave. 

So I go into the kitchen and pull out those three avocadoes.  I take one, slice it in half and mash half of it in a bowl.  Hmm.  Well here’s my mask.  I go into the bathroom to test it out… on my face.  It doesn’t stick well, I mean its an awkward texture, there are chunks literally sliding off of my face.  I don’t get it. 

Back to the kitchen with Avocado “pulp” as they call it half way smeared on my face with bits attaching in awkward places I pull out the plain Greek yogurt that probably will never get eaten, why waste?

Add it to my mashed avocado. 

This creates a nice little paste that kind of looks promising.

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Yup, you know what happens next, I smear that shit all over my face.  It’s a little hard to control, getting in my hair, the sink, I mean I have to paint it on with my finger tips over the bowl I mixed it in so I don’t make a mess (just after the maid has come nonetheless). 

Okay, success.  It is on.   

Back to where this all started:  How am I going to get this on my feet and then get somewhere where I can wash it off.  Uhhh…

Bathtub it is.

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I am sitting on the edge of the bathtub with yogurt and avocado on my face and my feet texting my best friend Angela about what exactly is going on right now. 

The life of a DIY beauty adventurer.

Not only did this avocado and yogurt mixture save me a ton of cash it has so many benefits you wouldn’t even think of.

The Yogurt

  1. It revives dull skin locking in moisture leaving you with that dewy skin you see in the magazines.  The lactic acid in the yogurt which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid brightens your skins tone and firms it’s texture.
  2. The zinc in the yogurt also helps relieve the wrath of the sunburn and with summer coming up (hopefully you slather on the sunscreen) you might find this comes in handy.
  3. It fights acne with it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties!
  4. Yogurt can aid in fixing any age spots or discolorations you’ve accumulated, if you’re like me it’s melasma!
  5. The lactic acid can also help fight aging.  It’s an exfoliater getting rid of the dead skin cells and tightens your pores.

The Avocado

  1. It contains vitamin A which gets rid of the dead skin cells (like the yogurt) and also glutamine which cleans and protects your skin from free radicals and the daily life of environmental factors.
  2. The oils of this fruit are able to penetrate DEEP into the skins layers leaving you moisturized literally from the inside out stimulating the growth of skin cells improving the blood circulation in the area it touches.
  3. It contains many antioxidants that fight toxins (as we mentioned at #1) especially from make-up and other topical treatments
  4. Like the yogurt, avocadoes also aid in relieving sunburn!

 Other beauty masks to try:

Yogurt and lemon juice (fresh)- for discoloration

Avocado and honey- moisture

Avocado and 1 full egg hair mask- for shiny hair

  

XX

JB

 

 

 

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My first beauty review!!

And for some reason I am so excited about it.

It has to do with facial cleanser and how shitty some are and how so many people abuse theirs (*cough* you over scrubbers *cough*).

A little washing your face 101:

DON’T USE A HARSH SCRUB LIKE APRICOT SCRUB EVERYDAY.

Scrubs that are grainy like this one strips your skin of everything bad AND GOOD.  This can cause over production of oil leading to acne, breaking of blood vessels in your face and doing some serious damage making you age quicker.  No thanks.

DON’T WASH YOUR FACE USING A STRONG CLEANSER MORE THEN ONCE A DAY.

Especially in the morning.  You just spent 8 hours sleeping, allowing your face to produce good for you oils, why wash them all away?

My routine: I wake up and rinse my face first with warm water to open the pores and then rinse with cool water to close them.  Following that I apply my moisturizer with SPF.

Bing. Bang. Boom. Done.

IF YOU ARE REACHING FOR SOMETHING LIKE A GLYCOLIC CLEANSER ONLY REACH FOR IT AT MOST TWICE A WEEK.

Educate yourself on the products you are using!  Some shouldn’t be mixed; for example glycolic cleanser following with a Retin-A? Bad idea blond-y.

Okay i’m done lecturing, I could go on and on and on…. and, well, on but I will spare you.

On to some good stuff!

I never thought I had sensitive skin.  In fact I was one of the idiots who at one time was using a glycolic cleanser and a retin-a lotion at the same time.

Let me tell you what happened: I BROKE OUT LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL JUST STARTING PUBERTY.

And my poor skin was so sensitive to anything!  It was on a serious strike against me basically saying “F YOU AND ALL THAT CRAP YOU ARE PUTTING ON ME,” rebelling at any cost.

So I listened and put away the harsh chemicals I was applying to my skin, swapping them out for creamier, softer, natural products like the one I’m about to mention.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser with Cotton Extract

Burt's Bees

What Burt’s Bees claims of the product:

  • Softens and helps replenish skin’s outer layer with Cotton Extract
  • Gently removes dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness
  • Formulated with Quillaja and Yucca Extracts to help remove impurities without stripping essential moisture
  • Fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic
  • Allergy-tested and dermatologist-tested

(from the website)

What I am saying of my experience with the product:

First off I waited to write this review till I was completely out of this cleanser.  I wanted to use the entire thing which took about a month or so before I wrote what my sarcastic and slightly inappropriate mind thought of it.

It’s literally like you are washing your face with lotion.  Especially because I like to take 300 degree showers (which strips your everything of the essential oils you need, totally not recommended) this facial cleanser not only conditioned and moisturized my face, it  did what it said on the label, it cleansed my skin.

The Pro’s of this product:

TONS of moisture

Cleansing

Calming

I didn’t break out- at all.

Works great with your clarisonic if you have one

How I used the product:

Since I am a workout junkie I have to wash my face (which is usually done in the shower) after my workout.  This was the perfect product to use.  Like conditioner for your hair, I would apply this product to my face and massage into my pores for 30-40 seconds and then leave it on my face as I washed my body.

Or

At night before I would go to bed I would do a pre-wash with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser to get rid of the make up and then apply with the clarisonic massaging the ‘medicine’ deeper into my pores.

Any questions? Comments? Have you tried this product?

TELL ME!

xx

JB

Places to purchase:

Ulta

Burt’s Bees

Target

 

 

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Scentsational!

Sephora Bottled Dreams

Browsing my millions of emails ( I really should unsubscribe to some of the things I get) I came across my usual @Sephora Beauty Insider letter I get on a pretty regular basis.  They always have some of the best bundle deals and great new finds, what girl could resist reading their newsletter?!

Today I found Sephora Favorites in Perfume.

Most of us have a signature scent, however I know as a girl with many personalities, moods and events to go to (especially with summertime soon approaching) I LOVE when I can find a new scent that I can wear for date nights with my hubby, brunch with the girls or a casual day out!  Who doesn’t love switching it up?  Change is good!

If you are having trouble finding your new scent or don’t want to spend $70 on a single perfume bottle that you aren’t sure of, try Sephora’s Bottled Dreams Fragrance Impression Sampler For Her .

This set is compiled of Sephora’s most sought after fragrances in the perfect sampler sizes to try and test out which scent fits you best!

0.25 oz BALENCIAGA Florabotanica
0.22 oz Coach Love
0.16 oz Gucci Guilty
0.17 oz Juicy Couture Couture La La
0.14 oz Lancôme La vie est belle
0.25 oz MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE

On top of all the amazing scents, you also get a bonus 0.5 oz Sephora By OPI Nail Color in What Aura Gonna Wear? perfect polish for spring and summer!

Check It All Out Here

xx

JB

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Breaking Out Again?!

Breaking out

I’m on this “beach bod” kick.

Most people who are into beauty on the outside are interested in what is happening on the inside, too.  Me?  I’m a health freak.  I’ve tried every lifestyle you can think of from being a vegan raw-foodist to the paleo diet; told you, freak.

Anyways, I am always browsing health information and holistic remedies to improve the body and keep it strong and healthy, because as I have said before (in my mermaid hair diet post) beauty really does start within, in other words what you put in your body and how it functions.

I came across a really interesting article today about skin and it’s number one issue: Acne.

The reason we humans get acne is because the body is telling us that something is wrong and of course embarrassing you to get your attention just seems like the most appropriate way to handle the situation; but the method works right?

So let’s talk food.  Most food today is genetically altered; loaded with steroids, antibiotics and pesticides; mixed with corn products (which seem to be in everything now a days) and matched up with vegetable oils and refined sugar.  All of this is for mass production and meant to be cost effective.  Why is there corn in my protein bar?

This is why organic, whole foods are your best bet when shopping.  Although possibly more expensive, the benefit from these foods are greater then any price tag you could put on them.

Back to skin.

Some foods that can cause acne are: Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Vegetable Oils., Artificial Food Additives.

Let’s look a little bit closer.

Food Additives

Have you had a diet soda today, or this week for that matter?  Aspartame (which is an artificial food additive) is known to cause inflammation in the body (not to mention brain cancer).  Our bodies need to be in an alkaline environment to be healthy, which means our PH levels are above 7.  When our bodies drop below this alkaline state into an acidic state we are in danger for inflammation along with numerous other problems but in regards to this article- acne.

refined sugar

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Did you grab a candy bar as a meal replacement on your lunch break?  Sugar causes the production of the wonderful hormone that causes acne.  Check what is in your protein bar you grabbed from the store, how many grams of sugar are you actually eating?  That Vanilla Latte you grabbed from The Coffee Bean, oh yea, loaded with sugar.  Keeping your blood sugar levels in control and not bouncing all over the scale can help keep your acne in check and your cravings to a minimum.  And sorry boozers- that goes for alcohol too.

dairy

Along with your favorite flavored coffee, it’ usually married with dairy.  Whatever kind it may be, organic, fat free, reduced fat, whole: it’s not good.  That goes for yogurt too!  Cow milk is loaded with growth hormone- I mean it, is meant to make a baby calf twice it’s size, right?  Along with that, growth hormone has shown that it does aid in the production of acne when consumed.  It’s simple.  Ditch it.  There are plenty of alternatives out there if you want your probiotics and “milk” (just don’t reach for soy—eeek).

gluten free

I know this next one is part of the huge fad that is out there right now.  We are constantly seeing everywhere ‘Gluten Free Options’ and new gluten free menus at our favorite restaurants.   We will make it simple. When you think of gluten associate it with sugar because it has the same effects on your skin.  It causes inflammation in your digestive track, which in turns puts all that goop on your face.

Try to keep things like cereal, bread, pasta and flour out of your diet.  Eliminating this ingredient could eliminate your bumpy skin!

Go to the cupboard and pick out one of your favorite snacks. Look at the ingredients and tell me if you see canola oil or some other kind of vegetable oil in it.  Waiting…

vegetable oils

Ok, most likely it’s a yes.  These vegetable oils are closely related to trans fat and both cause inflammation.  Try sticking to olive oil or coconut oil.

Healthy Fats 2

On the positive side there are so many healthy, delicious foods that help create beautiful clear skin such as: avocados, walnuts, almonds, wild salmon, blueberries, raspberries and leafy greens like kale.  Creating a digestive track that is free from inflammation and healthy is a great start so stick to whole foods and eliminate the 5 ingredients you should stay away from!

Xx

JB

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Chalk It Up!

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Merbabes unite!  The most creative style trend for spring (and summer for that matter) is here and making a grand entrance on Lauren Conrads head. 

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Chalk ain’t just for sidewalks anymore ladies and fellas!!  Hair chalk is the new thing all the glam and none of the commitment (or cost).  

For the brownies (or dark haired babes) wet the hair before applying the chalk.  Blondies only wet the hair if you want the color to stay in longer.  

Twist the hair and apply chalk in a downward motion.

Let hair dry or blow dry (i’m impatient)

Seal color with heat tools and then hairspray.

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I found some kick-ass hair chalk ideas and steals on Etsy by Lil Tutu Princess!

 

xx

JB

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What happens when I have too much time to get ready.

Styling Products:
Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide
http://www.redken.com/products/haircare/smooth-lock/smooth-lock-heat-glide
Fekkai COIFF PERFECTEUR ANTI-FRIZZ SILKENING CRÈME
http://www.fekkai.com/coiff-stylers/styling-products/coiff-perfecteur-anti-frizz-silkening-crème/00730870807439,default,pd.html?start=4&cgid=coiff-stylers

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