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.Read more.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream Fast-Absorbing Hand, Nail & Cuticle CareMeet 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
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!
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.Read more.
Our Coconut Oil Favorites and Where to Buy
- Jenn and I love this one from Nutiva
- 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 MoisturizerI 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 RinseSo 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 AftershaveThis 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 OilIt 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 ConstipationYep. 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 SpotsEarly 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 AdditiveSookie 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!
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...Read more.
10 Hygiene Products Every Girl Needshere. 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. here. 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. here. 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! here. here. here. 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!
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:Read more.
Best of Beauty 2017
Best of Hairhere. 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. here. here. here. here.
Best of Skincarehere. here. here. 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. 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. here. here. here.
Best of Makeuphere. here. 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. here. here. here. here. here.
Other 2017 Favoriteshere. here. 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!
CeraVe Moisturizers – One Brand Review
Are you in the market for a new moisturizer? Today we're going to be diving into 4 of CeraVe's moisturizers and I will be giving you my honest opinion of each one. CeraVe was founded in 2005 and developed alongside dermatologists, which explains why when I went to the dermatologist in high school, she recommended CeraVe as my moisturizer to keep my skin from becoming irritated and breaking out from harsh ingredients. These products are free of fragrance and oil. They're hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-irritating. Full disclosure - I was sent the below products to try out, however this post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. here. August Monthly Beauty Favorites to my 10 Tips on Treating Breakouts. This product is so flipping amazing. Now the package says it's for normal to dry skin, but I'm oily/sensitive. If I'm being honest, I prefer to pack in the moisture at night so my face isn't overproducing oils. I exclusively use this cream at night as a part of my multi-step routine. It makes for an amazing base. It's got a thick consistency (which is why I don't use it in the morning), and it leaves the skin soft/powdery instead of greasy or sticky. Check it out here. here. here. So that’s it! Do you use CeraVe? What do you think of your products? Hopefully if you're in the market for a new moisturizer, one of these will work for you! Leave a comment down below with your favorite moisturizers I should review. J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!Read more.
Honey – The Best Shopping Savings Plugin
Hello everybody! One of the major things I get asked is how I save money when online shopping. As a blogger, and a general lover of all pretty things, I tend to browse shopping websites pretty often, but I never want to pay full price for anything. I HATE signing up for random search engines or websites where you have to take a billion surveys to only get 20 cents. I tried a bunch of sites from other blogger recommendations, and I just couldn't justify spending hours to save pennies. It felt weird, gimmicky, and frustrating.Read more.
My online shopping tool is a plugin called Honey
What is Honey?To be honest, it's really like an app that finds you the best deal on Amazon, or gives you cash back from hundreds of retailers, from Sephora to Macy's. (Think of it as an online shopping plugin that acts like the Capital One card that gives you a percentage back from your purchases) Check it out here. Do you see the little cursive h? When you install Honey on your computer, it will add that little "h" to the top of your website browser. Any time you're shopping, the plugin will activate. When you reach the website's checkout, you click the little "h" and it will immediately scan to see if there are any coupons available on the web to save you money on the spot, or it will give you cash back if the website is included on their list of retailers.
Why do you like Honey?There are very simple reasons for why I love this plugin:
- It has a "best price detection" feature for Amazon!
- There is no extra effort on my part -- no wasted time filling out surveys or watching dumb videos, no "checklist" of items
- It doesn't make me feel sleazy or like I'm participating in something shady (anyone who has used money saving websites knows what I mean by that)
- It's a free plugin
- It's so stinking easy to use
How do I save and earn money on Honey?Below is a sample transaction from my account. I purposefully tried to find a month where I purchased from two very different retailers. One is Sephora, and the other is Paper Source. Next to where it says "Gold cleared," it shows you the percentage cash back I got from those retailers. From Sephora, I got 4% cash back, which was 278 gold ($2.78 cash back). Paper Source had a much smaller cash back option available, but it was still there. Also, during checkout, Honey will give you coupons to try from the web! You can also submit coupons to the site for others to save more as well. See below for some examples!
How is Honey free?Honey partners with these retailers so they receive a commission from every sale. So while you get to save money on your purchase, the retailer also pays Honey. (It's a lot like Groupon in that respect) So that's Honey! Check it out here. Pretty cool plugin huh? How do you save money while shopping? If you have any additions to something I should add to my routine, let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next time! J. For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
KL Polish – Fall 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! KL Polish has dropped their fall 2017 line, so I thought I would share the new releases with you, as well as give my impressions and list of the ones I have purchases as of now, and if I will consider purchasing more from the line in the future. A few months ago, I posted a full review of the 7 KL Polish nail polishes I own. You can check that out here. This line was apparently inspired by the 70s.Read more.
About KL PolishKL Polish is an indie nail polish brand by Kathleen Lights, who is a beauty Youtubber. KL Polish nail polishes are 5-free, which means they are free of 5 ingredients: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. They are also 7 and 9-free. In addition to the 5 previous ingredients, 7-free polishes are also free of ethyl tosylamide and xylene, and 9-free polishes are free of parabens and acetone.
The Fall 2017 Linehere. here. here. here. To Grandmother's House We Go"? That movie was my jam growing up. So I bought "That's What She Said" from the other collection that has this metallic shift, and I was disappointed. The streaks were so obvious and the formula wasn't my favorite. I saw an insta photo that was nail goals though of this polish, so if that's the case, I will definitely be purchasing. Check it out here. here.
The Ones I Purchased
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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:Read more.
My Current Beauty Favorites
Leave-in Conditioner: Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning SprayI 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.
Dry Shampoo: Batiste Hint of Color Dry ShampooThis 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.
Hair Mask: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating MaskI'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.
Scalp Detox/Scrub: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying ScrubAll. 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.
Smoothing Cream: IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil GelIf 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.
Curling Wand: Lee Stafford Chopstick Ceramic Curling WandI 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!
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!)Read more.
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 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: 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. The 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. MAC 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:
- Movie - Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (no shame -- this movie is the business)
- Scent - Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon (oaky, vanilla musky sexy goodness in a roller ball)
- Store - World Market
- Baths - LUSH (Twilight is one of my favorites)
Monthly Favorites – July
How has summer already practically over? Don't get me wrong, I'm a fall/winter girl all the way, so I'm like good riddance. But it feels like this month has whipped by and I was not prepared. I've been mixing up a lot of my skincare and beauty regimen, so I'm excited to share these new developments with you in upcoming posts! But without any more delay, let's get into my July beauty favorites!Read more.