Make-Up & Skincare

Did You Know? Sol de Janeiro Launched a New Brazilian Hand Cream
If you haven't tried the cult-favorite Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream... first of all, where have you been? If you haven't given it a test at your local Sephora, drive over and give it a sample. I'll wait... All good? Great. Anyways, I recently featured the cream in my 10 Hygiene Products that Every Girl Needs post, which you should definitely check out if you suffer from dry or combination skin. When I heard that Sol de Janeiro was launching their new Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, I was pretty psyched to test it out for myself. The reason it was so easy for me to become obsessed with the Bum Bum Cream was because it sunk into the skin almost immediately and didn't leave a gross residue on my body. The hand cream has the same effect on the skin, and it also leaves the same intoxicating aroma which was so feminine, but it's warm and almost vanilla-like.  

The Deets:

Sol de Janiero Hand Cream

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream Fast-Absorbing Hand, Nail & Cuticle Care

Meet the Brazilian secret to an irresistible touch. This silky smooth, addictively scented cream leaves hands so soft that, with a simple touch, you will have them begging for more. Benefits:
  • LUSCIOUS CUSHIONY TEXTURE: Non-greasy and non-sticky so you can touch anything without leaving greasy hand prints
  • NATURALLY ALL-POWERFUL INGREDIENTS FROM THE AMAZON, including: Cupuaçu butter heals and nourishes dry skin, Açaí delivers powerful antioxidants for youthful and resilient skin, Coconut oil conditions and softens hands and cuticles, and Brazil nut (selenium) that fuels protein enzymes and prevents cell damage to support healthy nails
  • CONVENIENT PORTABLE PACKAGE: Take it with you and apply anytime, anywhere
  • DELICIOUS, ADDICTIVE SIGNATURE SCENT: Salted caramel and pistachio fragrance will leave you cheirosa (sheh-rō-zah), which means to always smell incredibly delicious from sunrise to sundown
Cost: $15.00 for 1.7 fl. oz. / 50mL Launch Date: January 2018 Where to Buy It: Sephora & Sephora.com

My Thoughts:

The only major drawback I ever felt with Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream was the fact that it wasn't exactly portable. This hand cream is not only super easy to throw into your purse, but it's also in a tube instead of a tub -- which I prefer for hand creams. While you could buy the Bum Bum Cream and call it a day, what I really love about this launch is the fact that it was formulated for hand, nail and cuticle care. The scent can be a tad strong if you have the nose of a blood hound like me, but since it smells so good, is that really a bad thing?   Have you tried out the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Hand Cream yet? Leave a comment down below with your thoughts.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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7 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil
Hello everyone! I have a special treat for you today. My husband, Joseph, will be guest posting alongside of me on the blog! Today, Joseph will be sharing 7 ways to use coconut oil in your everyday life and specifically sharing some stories about how we use coconut oil at our house. Joseph here! Let’s face it; coconut oil is probably the most versatile oil out there. I mean what other oil can you use in so many ways? From moisturizing your face to cooking, to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial usage, coconut oil has numerous applications and today I figured I would share with you some of the ways that Jenn and I use it in our everyday life.  

Our Coconut Oil Favorites and Where to Buy

  • Jenn and I love this one from Nutiva
    • We purchase ours on Thrive Market (It's like an online Costco but for Whole Foods! Right now they have a deal for 30% off your first 3 orders at Thrive Market if you're interested)
  • You can also purchase any generic oil at your local grocery store -- this option tends to be pricer
 

7 Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life

As a Moisturizer

I personally suffer from extremely dry feet. I’m on my feet all day and my feet can dry out to the point where they become cracked and sometimes bleed. After I get home, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and slather it all over my feet. (If you need something more intense, put two layers on and then put socks on so everything soaks in) It's an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, not to mention it doesn't have any chemicals or harmful ingredients that other moisturizers have.  

As an Oral Rinse

So it's a bit gross but works like a charm. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes and spit it out. The coconut oil removes bacteria from your mouth (bad breath included), and it’s good for your teeth. Coconut oil is also great for treating cold sores and canker sores, as well as other dental issues. Just make sure to brush your teeth out afterward because otherwise it leaves a gross slimy feeling inside of your mouth.  

As an Aftershave

This is one of my favorite ways to use coconut oil. Gentlemen, after you shave by straight razor/disposable/electric, or if you're blessed but your beard is course, put a bit of coconut oil on your face. This moisturizes the skin and prevents bumps. Also since it doesn’t really smell, you won’t be putting on anything too strong in scent for an interview or meeting.  

As a Cooking Oil

It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how great coconut oil is for cooking. It has a high heat threshold, meaning that it won’t start smoking and stinking up the kitchen at a minimum temperature of 350 degrees for refined (400 degrees for unrefined). Use it for sautéing, stir frying, baking, and even in vinaigrettes if you so desire. Check out my Noms page for other healthy eating tips!  

To Relieve Constipation

Yep. You read that right. It helps treat constipation. Can’t go? Instead of buying all of those fancy diuretics and laxatives, take a teaspoon of coconut oil at meals. Avoid too much as it can cause cramps if you overindulge.  

To Treat Pet's Hot Spots

Early last year our dog got hot spots in multiple areas on her body (hot spots are irritated areas on a dog’s skin that get worse and worse as the dog will keep biting and chewing on the infected area). Coconut oil is very soothing for a dog’s skin and fur. Not only will it soothe irritated area, but it will also keep it from becoming infected with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This saved our butts from a very hefty vet bill. (Well, that and the cone of shame) Keep in mind, we are not a vet or medical professional. Consult your vet for the best remedies for treating your dog's issues.  

As a Dog Food Additive

Sookie goes nuts for coconut oil. I kid you not, peanut butter and pumpkin do not compare with how amazing coconut oil tastes to Sookie. Some days I wonder if we should just do away with treats and give her a spoonful of this stuff instead. Coconut oil is great on a dog’s digestion and… well... number two. (It prevents her from straining or becoming dehydrated) When digested, coconut oil will also make your dog's fur softer.       So there you go. 7 ways you can use coconut oil in your everyday life.  What are some ways you use it? Leave a comment below and share it with us.   J & J   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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10 Hygiene Products That Every Girl Needs
Can I get an "Amen!" that it's hard being a lady? In all honesty, I struggle to human some days, which makes being female that much more difficult. But I always say, "the more put together the woman, the more I need to know what she's using every day." Here's a little insight into my top 10 hygiene products that I'm constantly recommending to friends/family/strangers on the street...  

10 Hygiene Products Every Girl Needs

 

LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub

Hands down, this is my favorite lip exfoliant. I use it multiple times a week to exfoliate my lips so anything from my chapstick to my liquid lipstick goes on smoothly. Keep in mind that your lips need to be exfoliated and moisturized often, and unlike what I thought, cold weather doesn't mean you shouldn't exfoliate. (On the contrary!) I love this lip scrub from LUSH because it's a natural sugar scrub (so you can eat it afterwards) and it uses vanilla and jojoba oil to seal in moisture. Check it out here.        

Naples Sun-Kissed Sea Salt Scrub

I raved about this scrub back in my 2017 May Favorites post, and I still stand by this product. What I love about this stuff is that it’s got that salty-sandy texture that exfoliates beautifully, but it also has shea butter and oils infused into the formula to keep your skin hydrated. The scent is strong, which usually would bother me, but this one is amazing and I love that it lingers on the skin. I use this especially on my feet since I wear heels so often. Check it out here.          

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Infused with guaraná and a blend of extraordinarily nourishing cupuaçu butter, antioxidant powerhouse açaí, and super-conditioning coconut oil, this cream is one of the most amazing moisturizers on the market. It has a cult following for a reason -- the formula absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves it freakishly smooth, tightened (yes, tightened) and hydrated. It does leave a slight scent, but unless you have a problem with smelling all coconutty (apologies for the FRIENDS reference)... in which case, you're on your own. Check it out here.          

Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt

I'm a huge fan of adding Dr. Teal's Lavender Soothe & Sleep to every bath. (Typically I add about a cup and then stir it as the water finishes filling the tub) It combines the benefits of epsom salt for relieving aches and pains with lavender to soothe the body and mind. It also doesn't hurt that it comes in a huge bag and is so wallet-friendly. The Epsom Salt Council has some of my favorite DIY recipes, like this one for DIY Pumpkin Spice Beauty Treatments. Check it out here.            

Sweet Dreams Satin Pillowcases

Do your hair and skin a favor and order a satin pillowcase. Unlike cotton pillowcases, satin ones don't hold onto the dust and dirt that causes you to break out. They also help prevent hair breakage, tangles, and frizz. I got mine and Joseph's in champagne to match the majority of our bedding, but they have almost any color you could want. Check it out here.          

Oral-B Vitality Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Maintaining good dental hygiene doesn't have to cost a fortune. What I love about this toothbrush is that it has bristles to also mimic flossing for twice the cleaning. (Don't skip out on flossing though!) Joseph and I each have one of these and we're in love. Check it out here.   If you're in the market for other hygiene items in between dental cleanings, I'd also recommend these tools by Stardust, which are the same as what the dentist uses. For me personally, they're so helpful to prevent plaque in between cleanings. Just make sure you have a steady hand!            

Sway Underarm Detox

Ditch the toxic deodorants. I have to say I'm relieved that there is finally an all-natural deodorant that actually works and doesn’t feel greasy or streak on your clothing. If you're looking to take the plunge into natural deodorant, this apple cider vinegar detox is perfect to help you transition into (or potentially just switch to) non-toxic deodorants. There is also a powder that you can dust over after the deodorant to help it last all day without needing to reapply. Check it out here.  

   

   

EO Organic Deodorant Wipes

Speaking of, these are a must in the summer (or for any of you who get a little sticky when put on the spot). Pop a couple of these in your purse, and you can be sure you won't be making anyone wince if they get too close at your next job interview/date/meet the parents outing. My favorite is Tea Tree because it's a stronger scent to remind me (and others) that I'm fresh. Check it out here.            

Toilies

It's a portable bathroom freshener... because... well, you know. When you go to the facilities at your significant other's/at a party/etc, just open a pack and drop into the water. Once it makes contact with the water's surface, the product dissolves and creates a discreet-in-scent barrier that traps nasty odors using a blend of essential oils. Check it out here.            

Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

For those of you out there that dread washing your makeup brushes (for the love of all things good, please tell me you WASH your brushes), this is cleaning goals. The key to why I love this glove is the amount of areas with different grooves to get to every nook and cranny for every brush in your collection. The silicone material also means that it won't get rank like cotton cloths. (Pro tip: make sure you air-dry your brushes when done) Check it out here.           Those are my top 10 hygiene products -- what are your favorite hygiene products that get you through the week?? Most of these I have stashed in my purse (sans epsom salt obviously), mostly because if I find it a personal failure if I carry around such a heavy bag and I'm not prepared. Just call me Mary Poppins!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Best of Beauty 2017
Hello everybody! I hope you had a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018, I thought I would put together a list of all of my favorite products from the year into a Best of Beauty 2017. So without further ado, these are the products I was obsessed with during 2017:  

Best of Beauty 2017

 

Best of Hair

B. The Product Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner

#Obsessed. I received this shampoo and conditioner as a sample to test out months ago, and I've never gotten so hooked on a shampoo and conditioner. If I'm being honest, it's a pretty penny, but it's not too far off from other salon quality shampoos and conditioners. My hair hasn't felt this healthy in a long time. This shampoo and conditioner duo is packed with vitamins and biotin to strengthen and thicken hair, and it doesn't have sulfates or parabens. If you struggle to maintain healthy hair, or you're suffering from hair loss, I would highly recommend this. Check it out here.         Briogeo Rosarco Milk

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner

If you've been a reader of mine since the beginning, you know that I'm obsessed with this stuff. (You can check out my love sonnet to it here)  This stuff is so lightweight, so there isn’t any leftover or greasy residue. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. I use it from the middle of my hair to the ends after every shower, and since I just purchased another bottle last week, I can definitely say it's a stand out 2017 product for me. Check it out here.        

best of beauty 2017Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Y'all. This stuff is the best to remove any buildup from dry shampoo/glitter/regrets from nights past/whatever. The best way I've found to use this is to take a small dollop on your finger, put it into your palm and run a little water into your palm to thicken the consistency, then focus on only rubbing it into the roots of your hair. I use it about once a week, so the tub lasts forever. Check it out here.        

Marc Anthony OilMarc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter

I feel like I got this in a Sephora Play! box or maybe an Ipsy bag, but it was a LONG time ago... and somehow I have over 75% of the sample bottle left! This is so incredible. Trust me, you only need like 2 drops if you have medium length hair (otherwise you might look a bit greasy). This oil has done wonders for my hair to keep it looking healthy and preventing split ends. Check it out here.              

Fall beauty favoritesMoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask

Argan oil does wonders for the skin and hair. I try to do a hair mask once every week or two. I have quite a few favorites, but this one is definitely the one that gave me the most consistent results. Check it out here.                

root touch upEverPro Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer

As much as I hate to admit it, I'm beginning to notice some gray hairs peaking through. I'm not a huge fan of the idea of dying my roots every time I turn around, so this little miracle is amazing! If you're starting to get some gray hair, and you need something to extend the life of your colorings (or if you don't want to color your hair at all), this is perfect for you. I've noticed my roots can sometimes look slightly duller in color than the rest of my hair, so a quick spritz of this root touchup concealer and I'm off! They also have a magnetic powder that I like to keep in my purse just in case as well. Check it out here.        

Best of Skincare

The Ordinary BuffetThe Ordinary Buffet

I used to order my products from The Ordinary on Beautylish, but now that Sephora carries them, I've been switching on and off. The Ordinary has some of the best skincare products because they break down their skincare by ingredient rather than bunching everything together and naming it "Moisturizer for Oily Skin" even though it may or may not help everyone in that category. They're also super affordable. My husband and I use this to prevent and combat any lines/wrinkles from setting into our faces. It's amazing. Check it out here.          

August monthly favorites The Ordinary rose hip seed oilThe Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

I know it’s super confusing to purchase items with the ingredient name instead of just “oily/dry/acne-prone skin moisturizer” etc, but trust me, The Ordinary is worth it. Joseph and I both use this now. He has freakishly dry skin, and I have combination/sensitive. For those of you with dry skin, you don't need to be told to hydrate, but a lot of oily and combination girls don't realize that you need to add good oils to your skincare routine so your skin isn't overproducing them. This stuff keeps my skin soft and my skin has been less oily all year. Check it out here.        

artnaturals essential oil tea tree beauty june favoritesArtnaturals Essential Oils - Tea Tree, Lavender and Frankincense

2017 was definitely the year of essential oils for me. I use them for almost everything at this point... I kinda feel like the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thinks Windex is the solution to everything. Tea Tree, Lavender and Frankincense I use in my skincare routine, and I've seen a massive difference. (If you have breakouts, tea tree and lavender. Redness - lavender. Anti-aging and scarring - frankincense) Check out all of artnaturals essential oils here.

       

kiehls midnight recovery creamKiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye

The skin under your eyes is so sensitive, which means you can't use a regular facial moisturizer and call it quits. I went back and forth on this one and the Lancome Vissionnaire Eye Cream for which was my favorite. If you only have some under eye dehydration and preliminary lines, then the Kiehl's one may work better as a preventative for you. I personally don't have dark circles, so I can't speak on that subject for these products, but this is so amazing for preventative measures. Check it out here.              

Leaders AC Clear Treatment MaskLeaders AC Clear and Aloe Soothing Sheet Masks

I wrote about these masks in my very first post on my blog when I reviewed Korean skincare (check out the post here), and I'm still in love with these sheet masks by Leaders. There are a ton of sheets masks I've liked, but these are on my love list. They have an entire range, but my personal favorites are the AC Clear and the Aloe Soothing. Check it out here.                

Cors X Acne pimple patch Best of Beauty 2017Corsx Acne Pimple Master Packs 

YAS HON-EY. Where were these when I was in middle school? These little miracle workers are the best. Personally, I recommend peeling one off right after you've washed your face before going to sleep, whack it on there, and then wake up with absolutely nothing on your face in time for work/school/coffee with the hottie down the street. Seriously, these rock. Check it out here.        

L'Occitane Hand CreamL'Occitane Hand Cream

L'Occitane is no joke. Joseph and I are obsessed with their hand and foot creams. What I absolutely love about their products is that not only does a little go a long way, but I can apply this before I go to bed and wake up the next morning with my skin still completely hydrated. This is a must-have product for those with chronically dry skin (like my husband), but it's a huge plus regardless of how often you need to moisturize. Pro tip: if you ever want to do a foot mask, use this and either some socks or plastic wrap and leave it for 20 minutes for baby's butt feet. Check it out here.          

best of beauty 2017Green Goo Lavender and Comfrey Healing Bar

The majority of my favorite skincare products this year are infused with essential oils. Green Goo is an indie brand I'm loving at the moment. This is their healing bar, which they infuse with various essential oils (my favorite is lavender). It leaves your skin super soft, and it doesn't include any harmful ingredients. (Seriously, it's like we can't trust any brands anymore!) Check it out here.            

Best of Makeup

 

summer beauty bioderma sensibio h20Bioderma Sensibio H2O

I'm ride or die for this product by Bioderma. I use it as a makeup remover and a pre-cleanser. The formula balances out the oils in your skin, and I love that you can remove your makeup in the afternoon and you don't have to immediately worry about washing your face. (Because most makeup wipes leave that weird slippery feeling residue) Trust me though, get the one with the pump on the top. Check it out here.

         

J.One Jelly PackJ. One Jelly Pack

What a beautiful little miracle. I decided to splurge on this for Sephora's semi-annual sale, and it's probably one of the best primers I've used. The price tag is a bit high, but if you have any events that you absolutely want your makeup to stick, this is the ship that will get you there. Don't use a foundation brush on top of this though, only a wet sponge. Check it out here.        

best of beauty 2017 foundationUrban Decay All Nighter Foundation

I kept going back and forth between this foundation and the Lock-It Foundation by Kat Von D, but I gotta be totally honest since we are doing a Best of Beauty 2017 list. They are both amazing foundations for full coverage, but I've been using my All Nighter one almost nonstop. As a combination/oily girl, it's hard to find a foundation that will last the entire day, but this one holds up if I don't use a setting spray! Craziness. The coverage is full, but the consistency is quite thin. Check it out here.        

tarte shape tapeTarte Shape Tape Concealer

I feel like this one is a no-brainer. The Tarte Shape Tape is perfect for highlighting and buffing out with a wet Beauty Blender under the eyes or on the nose/chin/forehead. I don't use it as a blemish concealer since it has the wand (ew, bacteria), so for that I would still recommend my trusty Mac Proconcealer with the pump. The Tarte Shape Tape is long wearing, it doesn't crease or look cakey throughout the day. Check it out here.          

Fenty Beauty blotting powderFenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder

Fenty Beauty's official launch happened in 2017, and they released SO many products. I was sad that the foundation oxidized on my skin a little too much for me to justify keeping it, but this blotting powder has gone from my vanity to my purse just about every day. It perfectly sets my makeup, and its formula somehow magically takes away my mid and later-in-the-day oil when I reapply in the bathroom, restoring my makeup to the way it looked first thing in the morning. Check it out here.        

colourpop yes pleaseColourpop Yes, Please! Palette

Hands down, one of the best palettes I've ever owned. This palette can create some of the most incredible sunset inspired looks. But I love that you can also tone it down for more wearable looks. (It's definitely a summer/fall palette) Check it out here.          

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara July Beauty FavoritesL'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

We're going to ignore the fact that the packaging is basically equivalent to the Better Than Sex mascara, but the formula and the wand on this are goals. It's a drugstore mascara, so the price is right, and it layers amazingly. I'm not into spidery eyelashes, so if you like the romantic volume and length, this would be perfect for you! Check it out here.              

NYX Matte Finish setting spray July Beauty FavoritesNYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

For a long time I've been an Urban Decay setting spray gal, until I found this gem at the drugstore. My makeup lasts just as long as before, possibly even longer, which is a huge plus in my book! Check it out here.                      

Other 2017 Favorites

 

Elizabeth and James Best of Beauty 2017Elizabeth and James Fragrances 

I honestly couldn't choose which fragrance is my favorite that Elizabeth and James have come out with. You can't go wrong with the Nirvana Black or White, but the ones I was obsessed with this year were Bourbon, and now Amethyst and French Gray. The only one that I cannot stand is Rose, which is rank on my skin. Head over to Sephora and see how these wear on your skin. You will definitely find a new favorite. Check it out here.          

KL Polish St ClairKL Polish

True story, I used to work at Claire's while I was in high school and college. So needless to say I'm a little obsessed with keeping my nails painted. There's definitely good polish and crappy polish, and Kathleen Lights' line of nail polish has reached the top. The formula is 5-free, cruelty free and there's minimal gloopy-ness as time goes on. My favorite shades are Das Esspensive (though Casino Night is also great and that one is a permanent shade), Chloe, Wishbone and St. Clair. Check it out here.      

Honey online shopping pluginHoney

And finally, I would be doing myself a disservice by not mentioning Honey. It's like a beautiful double tap to my cash-back option on my credit card. Every qualified online purchase I either get cash back on from the Honey plugin, or they will send me a coupon that will save me money immediately. Honey, you are the real MVP. To learn more, check out this post. Or install the plugin for your computer here.         So that's it for my Best of Beauty 2017! What are your favorite beauty products from the year? Any recommendations of what would be on your Best of Beauty 2017? Leave a comment down below and I'll be sure to give it a try!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Treating breakouts
10 Tips on Treating Breakouts
What do you do if you're suddenly breaking out? Sometimes it's one planet that surfaces, and other times it seems that there's a mutiny taking place on your face against you. While treating breakouts can be specific to each person, I've compiled a checklist of things to do when you start breaking out habitually. (Stay tuned for a sensitive skin girl's full skincare routine)  

Treating Breakouts 101

 

Change Your Pillowcase and Wash Your Sheets

This one's pretty obvious. Think about it. You sleep every single night in your bed, and regardless if you're a night showerer, there's going to be some stuff left on your pillow that could clog your pores and irritate your skin. The first thing you should do when treating breakouts is change your sheets, and possibly your pajamas!  

Grab a Clean Towel

Same reasoning as changing your sheets for this one. If you can't pin-point exactly how long it's been since you switched out your towel for a fresh one, maybe it's time.  

Try Using Tea Tree Oil

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your moisturizer. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial and anti fungal essential oil, which is perfect for combatting and treating breakouts. For more info on essential oil secrets for the body, check out my post on 5 Essential Oils You Actually Need in Your Life. A budget-friendly tea tree oil option I would recommend is this one from artnaturals.  

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Don't neglect your makeup brushes. Make sure you're washing them often, and if you're breaking out, it's a good idea to give them a thorough clean. Here's a great cleaner for brushes. On that same subject, make sure you're never using the wand on your concealer directly on any breakouts. Always put it on the back of your hand and then use a brush to apply. Otherwise you're potentially putting bacteria back into your concealer tube until the next time you're using it.  

Check Any New Makeup/Skincare

Think about it for a second. Have you introduced something new into your skincare or makeup collection? Try omitting the new item for a bit to see if you're having a negative reaction to it. If so, keep in mind that you can return makeup and skincare if it's within the return policy for the store, even if it's been used. In general, check your face wash and moisturizer to ensure it's not possibly making your face react negatively. My favorite combination is this cleanser by Cetaphil and this moisturizer by CeraVe. It's SO gentle on the skin, and it has a very simple formula so you're less likely to have flare-ups from it.  

Throw Out Old Makeup

Shocking, but did you know that makeup has expiration dates?? Are you using a year old mascara? Toss it. The same rule applies to all of your other makeup (including palettes!), so make sure you're never opening a new item before you've finished another. (Unless it's old and needs to be thrown out)  

Try a Spot Treatment

Back when I was a teenager, I did the whole white toothpaste trick. While it somewhat works, the residue left on my pillow and overall irritation makes me opt for other options nowadays. Try this one by Cosrx. Literally they are a miracle in a little tiny circle! Where were those when I was in high school?? You can also directly apply tea tree oil for the breakout, lavender for the inflammation, and frankincense for the scarring.  

Get Some Sleep

Are you stressed out? Your body needs to sleep to deal with that stress, so it goes without saying that your skin needs you to sleep as well. Missing out on sleep means dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as... you guessed it, breakouts. Also, just in case no one ever told you, always remove your makeup before you go to bed!!! Even if you have dry skin and no breakouts, makeup will clog your pores and age your skin! Here's an article on what happens to your skin when you sleep in your makeup if you're into researching. My favorite makeup remover is also my pre-cleanser, you can check it out here.  

Drink More Water

Not trying to sound like your mom. But the more water you drink, the more your skin is hydrated and able to turn over new skin cells. I'm trying to get better at this one in particular, but this is huge for both your skin and weight. How did I encourage myself to drink more water? I got this adorable glass water container for work from kiki.K.  

Analyze Any Diet Changes

Do you typically avoid fried foods? Dairy? Candy? Maybe that's contributing to your breakouts. Just something to consider, as any greasy food is never going to help the situation on your face.     So that's it! Do you have any tips on treating breakouts we haven't covered? Leave a comment down below with your tips and tricks!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Fall Autumn Hall
Autumn Haul – Beauty, Clothing, and More
Attention Shoppers - fall is here and the pumpkin spice permeating off of the basic white girls in the city is real. This Thanksgiving, Joseph and I will be traveling to Montana to visit his parents, so I have been collecting some autumn/winter products that I thought I would share with you in an autumn haul. So let's get started!  

IT Cosmetics Love is the Foundation Brush

So unfortunately the IT Cosmetics foundation brush is completely out of stock, so I hate talking about it, as it was limited edition the first time it came out and I'm pretty sure it's limited edition this time. This brush has been talked to death for how amazing it is, so I had to get my hands on one! The packaging is amazing (the top of it makes a heart), and they've upgraded the packaging to a matte sparkly handle. If you come across one in ULTA, I'd definitely recommend buying it!               KL Polish Fall 20172017 KL Polish nail polishesWishbone KL Polish 2017 Fall releases

(From left to right: ChloePrince CorneliousWishbone)

I mentioned these polishes in my recent post on KL Polish's fall releases (check it out here), and these are the three I ended up purchasing. So far I've only tried Chloe, but I can say that I really like KL Polish's line. They're 5-free (read the post to learn what that means) and they're very long-wearing. I highly recommend these! Check out KL Polish here.    

Oversized Roll Neck Sweater

Zara is killing it when it comes to autumn/winter clothing right now. This sweater is absolutely gorgeous. It's oversized, cuddly, warm, and it has a high slouchy neck, which I love. When it gets a little colder, my plan is to live in this, my black skinny jeans and boots. Every day. Me and this sweater. Check it out here.        

Crossbody Mobile Phone Bag

I go to a LOT of events for my day job, so I've been on the hunt for this exact bag. It has the front pocket for a phone and the back has slots for an ID and credit cards. The concept of this bag is everything. Full disclosure, I did end up sending this back. There are only two things I would change about this bag -- one is that I wish the spot to hold the phone was like a millimeter bigger. (I have a Lifeproof case... it fits, but you have to push.) The other is I wish the straps were slightly more sturdy. Zara's bags are amazing though, and I would have kept this if I didn't have issues getting my phone to fit. Check it out here.          

Autumn haul jacket ASOSASOS Duffle Coat with Faux Fur Hood

Obsession doesn't cover it. Since Joseph and I are going to Montana for Thanksgiving, I realized that not only do I not have a nice coat, but I don't actually own anything that would be substantially warm enough for Montana. Coats are definitely an investment, and ASOS has some beautiful ones! The quality on this coat is incredible. Sizing is tricky since they're in European, so just make sure you use their size converter. Check it out here.            

Autumn Haul ASOSASOS Denim Borg Jacket in Midwash Blue

I haven't received this in the mail quite yet, but I'm getting 90s vibes just by looking at it so I wanted to include it in my autumn haul. The puffy fleece look on outerwear definitely is coming back this season. While I'm not quite brave enough to go all out, this jacket has a perfect nod to the trend with the fleece collar. I love how long the jacket is too, and you know the fleece is going to make it super warm for winter! Check it out here.               amazon logo

Mary-Kate and Ashley Movies

Not even sorry about going on a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie spree. Where are my 90s friends at? (Or those who can appreciate a good throwback) At this point, my collection includes: Double Double Toil and TroubleTo Grandmother's House We GoIt Takes TwoPassport to Paris, Winning London, Holiday in the Sun, When in Rome, and Our Lips are Sealed.      

summer beauty bioderma sensibio h20Bioderma Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin

I think this is my third or fourth bottle of this stuff -- my love for Bioderma is past a ride-or-die/autumn haul obsession for me. #Soulmates. In my personal opinion, there is no better solution to remove makeup and pre-cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Check it out here.                 So that’s it for this autumn haul! I’ll keep you updated on how I’m enjoying these in the future. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next time!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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Current Beauty Favorites – Hair
I decided to do something a bit different this month. Rather than dedicating a post to my favorite products for the month of September, I wanted to combine and do a current beauty favorites series for my favorite beauty products in hair care, skincare, and makeup. This way I can share all of the products that I have been loving for a long time, which I feel is way more helpful, as it's so easy to fall in and out of love with beauty products.   So without further ado, these are my current beauty favorites and obsessions for taking care of my hair:  

My Current Beauty Favorites

Briogeo Rosarco MilkLeave-in Conditioner: Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

I wrote an entire post about why this is my ride or die leave-in conditioner back in March (check it out here), and all of those reasons still ring true today. I have repurchased this about 4 times and I use it following every single shower. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Check it out here.        

summer beauty batiste dry shampooDry Shampoo: Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

This is a holy grail product for anyone whose hair gets oily by day 2. One of the worst parts about dry shampoo is the white caste it gives your hair, and if you have curly hair, good luck getting that white product to disperse and not make you look 90. This dry shampoo is so affordable, it leaves you sans old lady hair, and it disperses better than some high-end dry shampoos. Check it out here.            

Fall beauty favoritesHair Mask: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

I'm also a fan of the Briogeo "Don't Despair, Repair" conditioning mask (check it out here), but this one by Moroccanoil is definitely the one I'm going through the fastest. My hair feels so soft and healthy after I step out of the shower when I've used this mask. Note: put this in, then shave or exfoliate your body while you wait before rinsing it out. Otherwise you may get a bit bored. Check it out here.                

Current beauty favorites fall 2017Scalp Detox/Scrub: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

All. Of. The. YES. This product is beyond worth the price tag. The best piece of advice I can give when using this is to use it on the days you have a ton of build-up from dry shampoo. Only take a dime size amount into your hand, hold it under the water and then rub between your fingers before massaging into the scalp. It will last months of if you use that trick, and you will love it. Check it out here.        

Rich Kid Coconut OilSmoothing Cream: IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel

If you let your hair air dry like I do, this is the best cream in the world to tame frizz without weighing your hair down or making it look greasy. If you do like to blow dry your hair, a great tip is to use this when you get out of the shower, start getting ready so your hair has the chance to partially air dry, then blow dry it for that sleek and healthy look without frying your hair. Check it out here.          

80s curling wand beauty june favoritesCurling Wand: Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling Wand

I had to deal with a lot of frizz during Atlanta's humid summer, so I'm pretty sure I'm only going to become more obsessed with this in the fall and winter months. The barrel is square and really small, and it doesn’t have a clip, which keeps me sane. You can definitely make your hairstyle as crazy or as toned down as you want, and on the second/third day you're still rocking those 80s corkscrew curls. Check it out here.  

 

So that's it! These are all of the products I love to use on my hair and that I would highly recommend if you're in the market for some new products. Stay tuned for my next posts in this series, including my current beauty favorites for my skin as well as for my makeup routine. Until next time!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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LUSH – Halloween 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! I received a packet in the mail with information on the LUSH Halloween 2017 releases, so I wanted to share all of them with you -- as well as which ones have caught my eye! These are limited edition, so they will only be available for the season. So if you're interested, stop by LUSH, or if there isn't one near you, feel free to click the links below to check out any of these for an amazing autumn bath!  

Bath Bombs

A huge guilty pleasure of mine are bath bombs. Especially if they're infused with skin benefits, I'm a huge fan. Many times LUSH's bath bombs are a bit strong in scent, so just something to keep in mind.  

LUSH Halloween Releases 2017Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Pimento berry oil

This "bath-o-lantern" is fall vibes. This bomb is a fizzer, and it'll fizz out a "spicy-sweet pumpkin pie perfume full of exotic pimento, sweet vanilla and cozy, warming cinnamon." Berry can be a bit more exhilarating than relaxing, but this sounds like soaking in fall, which I'm all about.        

LUSH bath bombsLord of Misrule - Featured ingredient: Patchouli oil

This one starts out with a gorgeous green and then the center releases a reddish wine-colored center. It's a spicy herbal blend, so it's a more invigorating with a stronger scent. Patchouli is great for the skin, so this is going to be a more nourishing bath bomb.        

LUSH bath bomb Halloween 2017Monsters' Ball - Featured ingredient: Himalayan Rock Salt

I'm not going to lie, I'm the most excited for this one. First of all, duh, it reminds me of Monsters Inc. Secondly, the inside of the bomb is blue, so it creates a gorgeous swirl of pink, blue and purple around the bath. It also has a fruity lime and neroli perfume, which I imagine leaves a gorgeous lingering scent when you step out of the bath.        

Bubble Bars

I typically get 3-4 uses out of the bubble bars at LUSH, so I will break off portions of the bar and crumble it under the tap for a beautiful bubbly bath. Sometimes I will even combine a small amount of a bar with a bath bomb to mix my own bath.  

LUSH Halloween 2017Bewitched - Featured ingredient: Frankincense oil

From the look of this one, it'll turn your bath into an almost black bath, which is very appropriate for Halloween. According to the website, this bubble bar will "conjure up a shroud of berry-scented bubbles and dark, mysterious waters with mountains of fluffy, fragrant bubbles." Frankincense essential oil has a lot of skin benefits, as well as for overall health. Some include: stress and anxiety relief, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even helping to fight cancer.      

Pink pumpkin bath bar LUSHPink Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Bergamot oil

* Warning - This bubble bar does have glitter * Marketed for those who would rather dress up as a unicorn than a zombie, this bright pink bubble bar uses a blend of bergamot, geranium and jasmine to create a bath full of pink shimmer and bubbles.        

Halloween bath bombsSparkly Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Cinnamon stick

* Is it necessary to give a warning for glitter when it's called "sparkly"? * After reading the description, this is basically everything I love about fall in a bath. It has the warmth of cinnamon, the energizing refresh of lime and grapefruit oils, and the color of autumn. YAS.          

Other Products

 

LUSH 2017 halloweenLord of Misrule - Shower Cream

Just like the bath bomb, this shower cream has an herbal blend of black pepper, patchouli and vanilla. The shower creams are notorious for being really nourishing, so that plus patchouli and vanilla -- YUM. The only thing you would need to figure out is if this particular scent is for you.                

Black Rose lip tint LUSHBlack Rose - Lip Tint

I'm not sure how I feel about this... it starts out black in the tube, but when applied to the lips, it gives a pinkish red tint to the lips. It has kalahari melon and jojoba oils, as well as a fruity spearmint-mandarin flavor. But hey, maybe that sounds amazing to you!                  

LUSH halloween 2017Goth Fairy - Body Shimmer

* Warning - This body bar does have glitter * If you're looking for a body highlight, this is your shimmer fairy. During the winter, they have Snow Fairy, but this "goth fairy" applies iridescent sparkles on your skin, while adding hydration with illipe and cupuaçu butters.            

LUSH soap 2017 halloweenHedgewitch - Soap

Staring at the rows of soap is probably one of my favorite things to do at LUSH. They're just these huge tube-like structures spread out all over the counter. The featured ingredient in this soap is extra virgin coconut oil, which has amazing softening benefits for the skin. Hedgewitch has blackberries and a fruity fragrance if that's your style.          

LUSH 2017 halloweenMagic Wand - Soap

Harry Potter anyone? Another sweet/fruity smell, this soap is infused with pomegranate for brightening and charcoal for detox, leaving the skin squeaky clean!              

The Ones I Definitely Will Be Trying :

  • Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar
  • Monsters' Ball bath bomb
  • Lord of Misrule bath bomb
  • Either the pink pumpkin bubble bar, or the pumpkin bath bomb (not both though, cause I ain't loaded)
    So that's it for this season's LUSH Halloween 2017 releases! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment down below if you've already tried any of these and what your thoughts are.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Monthly Favorites – August
Fall is in the air, and I'm almost peeing myself with excitement. To say that my husband and I aren't a fan of summer would be an understatement. I know I probably upset a lot of people with that statement, but it's true. Joseph is from Montana, and I get a sunburn faster than a girl can take her bra off at the end of a long day. I'm sick this weekend and I've fallen off the map a bit, but I'm really excited to share my August monthly favorites with you! My skin and hair were under major attack last month, so most of my August monthly favorites are from those areas since I was trying to find anything that would soothe my pissed off scalp and skin. But I would say this is definitely the most wallet-friendly favorites post I've done so far. (Stay tuned for my full skincare regimen post -- it's coming soon!)  

My favorite products from the month of August:

  Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: As I said before, my skin went through hell and back this past month. Nothing was working. Finally I decided to go back to a product that my dermatologist recommended when I was in high school, which is this cleanser. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is the kind of basic you want in your life. It's so gentle and when my skin is inflamed or sensitive, this doesn't feel like it's stripping my skin. And it's from the drugstore! Check it out here.           CeraVe August monthly favorites CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: This moisturizer is the perfect complement to the Cetaphil cleanser. It also comes in a massive container, which is amazing since so many skincare products are freaking expensive. I use this moisturizer as the base of my routine, which means that I use it and add my other oils and enhancers before or mixed in with this. I love this moisturizer. Check it out here.           TreSemme Deep Cleanse Shampoo August monthly favoritesTRESemme Deep Cleanse Shampoo: I've been testing out so many different types of hair care products lately, but I'll be honest with you, none of it was working. I used completely clean hair care for about 3 months, and my hair started getting horrible build-up and looked dead/limp. Full disclosure, this shampoo does have a few of the "ingredients to avoid in shampoos." I use it only 1-2 times per week to get all of the build-up out of my hair, but my hair is SO much happier. Check it out here.           August monthly favorites The Ordinary rose hip seed oilThe Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: I cannot recommend The Ordinary enough. I was really close to including all of my products from this brand in my August Monthly Favorites, but decided not to since I'm writing a full post on my skincare routine. Seriously though, half of my skincare comes from The Ordinary. I know it's super confusing to purchase items with the ingredient name instead of just "oily/dry/acne prone skin moisturizer" etc, but trust me it's worth it. I'm going to scare some of my oily/sensitive girls, but I use this before bed every night. "Jenn won't that make my oil worse?" No, it won't. You actually need to give your skin enough oil so it's not overproducing on its own. This keeps my oil in check and I wake up with soft and hydrated skin. I recently picked up my second bottle because I love this so much. Check it out here.         August monthly favorites MAC lipstickMAC Matte Lipstick in Persistence: All of my fall fantasies are literally pressed into this lipstick. It's described as a peachy cinnamon on the website, though I would say on my lips it pulls more of purple/reddish cinnamon. Keep in mind that although this says "matte," it really just means no shine, because it's not kiss or transfer proof. But it's creamy and it gives the lips a matte, but hydrated appearance. Check it out here.            

Other August Monthly Favorites:

    So that’s it for my favorites for the month of August! Be sure to let my know what your favorites were for this month! 🙂   J.   Check out my favorites from the month of July here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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