Month: July 2014

Not 2 Judge | Repurposing Self-Love

A beautiful perspective from a fellow blogger, sister and friend. Follow her for some great-writing, good ideas and amazing fluffy cake recipes. Because loving yourself is not about being making yourself feel naked and insecure; it’s about feeling wonderful.


A Rose by Any Other Name

I know I’ve been raving about my DIY rosewater facial mist in almost all of my recent posts. I’ve tweeted about it. I’ve instagrammed it. I have yet to put it on Pinterest, but you better believe it’ll be up there soon. The reason this came about was first, because I’ve heard about facial mists and all the different kinds ever since my summer started and I honestly thought it was a crock. Why pay $13.00-$16.00 or more for Avene or Evian thermal spring water in a spray bottle? Ludicrous, I thought. Absurd, my brain said. And then I thought…what if I could make this myself? Thus commenced the internet search for DIY facial mists. And when I realized that you could add different natural ingredients to customize your own facial mists, I was sold!

And so, without further ado, here is what you need:

  • 1 3-oz. finger sprayer/finger spray bottle
  • bottle of Cortas rosewater (or you can make your own, but this way is much faster)
  • 1 bottle of witch hazel (keep the rest for yourself, it’s divine)
  • 1 liter of distilled water (I used an electric kettle! Love that thing).

Now for the fun part!


Commuter Struggles

So I’m taking a post-baccalaureate summer class. And since it’s post-bacc and I’m no longer living at school, I have the pleasure of being exposed to (for the first time in two years) a daily commute on a local bus through four zones in my lovely state. I forgot how much I disliked the commute and for someone who has motion sickness like me, a bus driver who’s rough with the brake pedal can be a one-way ticket to nausea and vomiting. Not fun.

Some of the things I’ve had to combat on this dust-filled, sweaty, body-odorous journey are things like:

  • hot, dry skin
  • the sun beating down from my bus stop walk to my destination
  • heat, heat, heat
  • stagnant air on the bus
  • body odor (hopefully not my own)


Savvy Travelin’

With the 4th of July being a long weekend this year, I’m sure many people are took to airplanes, cars and trains and high-tailed it out of their hometowns!

I headed down south with my family and I have to say, I was so, so excited to visit the rest of my family down there and to enjoy the great company, good food and of course, the alcohol-induced laughter! I am among the youngest in the extended family, so seeing my “big cousins” (as I so fondly call my heroes) is always such a blast. This gave me an idea for this post: how do we, women of the modern world, decide what to bring? How do we pack both efficiently and effectively for weekend trips?

Have no fear, ladies (and gentlemen)! I’ll show you how it’s done ;] (more…)

The Morning Multitasker

I know this sounds crazy but bear with me: ever get so tired of your expensive morning routine that you want to just skip all the steps and go right to the part where you’re ready?

I do.

Morning routines can be difficult to keep, especially when they’re complexed and let’s face it, we have morning routines because we want our skin to remain as fresh, youthful and invigorated as possible so, most of our our routines require a level of commitment. I’ll share with you mine:

After jumping into the shower…
Step 1: Exfoliate (Sun+Thurs)/Facial cleansing (all other days)
Step 2: Toner
Step 3: Allow to air dry
Step 4: Moisturizer face, neck and chest area
Step 5: Depending on the day this could include make-up, putting in contacts, etc.

That may not seem like a lot for just my face, but consider the fact that I still have to shampoo and condition, brush my teeth, dry and style my hair and all that good stuff, time can be an important factor, especially when I’m running late! Enter the multitasking. I’ve found that combining a few of these steps helps alleviate some of that added mental stress, especially when on a time crunch

For example, I keep my exfoliating product (St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub) and my facial cleanser (Aveeno Daily Cleanser) in the shower so that I can wash my face and cleanse during the 2-3 minutes that my conditioner is sitting. Following that, immediately after I step out of the tub, I brush my teeth and apply my toner (Dickinson’s Witch Hazel) after which I moisturizer my body while waiting for the toner to air dry. Then, I apply my SPF facial moisturizer (currently Trader Joe’s enrich, SPF 15) and get dressed.

When all’s said and done, I’ve found that incorporating my routine into things I already do cuts my getting ready time in half! If you really pressure me, I can be ready to go, hair done, dressed and walking out the door all in about 15-20 minutes.

What’s your morning routine look like? How do you make it efficient and effective? Leave me a comment to tell me more!

Happy Adventuring!

Love, PB

e.l.f. on the Shelf!

One of my closest friends, Frances, recently asked me to review a few of my favorite e.l.f. products since she had been looking into trying their makeup and knew I was fan! Let me tell you, folks: I am definitely a fan. e.l.f. was the first makeup brand I’ve ever invested in! I know you may be thinking that it’s not that big a deal, considering many of their products range from $1.00 – 6.00 + tax, but to the eighteen-year-old me that knew absolutely nothing about where to start, e.l.f. gave me my foundation (pun intended).

In order to use all these products, you must first have the appropriate set of tools. Cue the e.l.f. 11-piece studio brush set.

elf-studio-11-piece-brush-collection (more…)

A Hint of Mint Julips

For the past few days now, I’ve incorporated LUSH’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub into my nighttime (and one day, it was in the morning) care routine. I want to say that at first, I was really confused as to how this stuff actually worked, but now we’re on day five or six and I’m a pro. I haven’t exfoliated every single day (that’s not super healthy), but my lips tend to peel, especially in the summer, so the light graininess of this stuff has been a godsend. Here’s my review:

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product of my own accord. My opinions do not reflect and are not affiliated with LUSH Cosmetics and associated branding. All other products have been purchased with my own money.

As all of you know, I had taken myself to the mall and found myself in LUSH perusing their merchandise. After making two purchases (a face mask, reviewed here and a bar of soap yet to be reviewed), the beauty experts asked if I’d like to sample anything. This was awesome to me because I’m so sensitive and allergic to so many things that having this opportunity was like hitting the jackpot! I asked, meekly, for a few samples of their hair mask, the lip scrub (in Mint Julips) and their Fair Trade Foot Lotion (review, pending!). I found myself with this:

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