DIY lip scrub

October 4th, 2019 · 28 Comments

It’s a recipe… for your face!

I have a huge problem with dry lips — in fact, I spend a *lot* of time trying to keep my lips healthy and un-chapped.  There’s nothing more annoying than lipstick that’s flakey or blotchy because your lips are dry and uneven, and sometimes chapstick alone doesn’t do the job.

The trick is to get rid of all the dry flaky skin before you moisturize, the same way you’d exfoliate your face (although never use this scrub on your face — it’s much too harsh).  Sugar is a terrific natural exfoliant — which is one of the reasons it’s an ingredient in many much more expensive scrubs (I like this one for the body).

Just mix together a packet of sugar in the raw, 1/4 tsp of lip balm, and a few drops of olive oil, and rub them vigorously on your lips for about 60 seconds.  Then wash it all off and put on a layer of plain lip balm.  Do this two or three times a week and you’ll see a huge improvement, winter or summer!

And if you want a lip scrub you can carry around on the go, I use disposable mascara wands for this too.  I buy packages of 50 or so wands for about $5 and use the wand as an exfoliator to slough off any pesky dead skin. 

Quick, easy, and you won’t believe what a difference it makes!

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Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month!

October 30th, 2015 · 5 Comments

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I’m so excited to partner with Dove to celebrate National Healthy Skin Month!  I’m a bit of a fanatic about skin care, so I’ll pretty much take any opportunity to pamper my skin a little, and a whole month of it sounds even better!

I started using Dove products years ago (in law school!) after learning about their Real Beauty campaign, when they used real women as their models in their marketing efforts.  Since then, they’ve built their brand around the mission to improve girls’ and women’s self-esteem, and that’s something that I feel proud to support, both on this blog and with my purchasing choices. 

That’s why I started, but I wouldn’t have kept using their products if I didn’t love them.  And not surprisingly, the beauty industry has taken notice!  Allure (which is widely known as the beauty expert) just awarded Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash an Allure Best of Beauty Award for “Best Moisturizing Body Wash.”  I agree — I’ve tried a lot of body washes, and this is the one I always come back to.  Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash contains the brand’s gentlest cleansers and provides softer, smoother skin after just one shower.  It’s also the #1 Dermatologist and Pediatrician recommended brand, and the #1 brand used personally by Dermatologists and Pediatricians at home.  And even better, it’s also available as a convenient pump!

In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, I thought I’d share a few of my skincare “musts” — here are the steps I go through every day, no matter what!

Sun Protection:
I wear SPF 26 every day, even during the winter.  I have somewhat fair skin and always make it a priority to protect my skin from the sun!  Lately I’ve started bringing a baseball cap if I’m going to be outside for more than an hour or so on the weekends, for an extra boost of sun protection.

Moisturize:
I’m also very careful to keep my skin moisturized.  I mix my foundation with facial moisturizer in the morning for an extra boost to my skin all day long.  I also use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash in the shower to naturally nourish my skin with the brand’s unique blend of cleansers: Glycinate, NutriumMoisture technology and DEFI.

Healthy Diet:
I’m lucky that my favorite foods are mostly healthy, but I make an extra effort to incorporate skin-friendly superfoods that are rich in healthy fats and vitamins.  I try to eat salmon a few times a week, and I always keep our fridge stocked with healthy fruits and veggies, like avocado, spinach, strawberries (Bear’s favorite!) and whole grain bread.

How are you celebrating National Healthy Skin Month?  Are you making any changes to your skincare routine?  Is there anything else I’m missing that I should try?  I’d love to know!

Photo Credit: Rachel Sutherland

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four tips for getting black-tie glam!

June 10th, 2015 · 4 Comments

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Wedding season is officially under way, and I’m sure you guys have full social calendars this summer!  I’ve gotten my black tie prep routine down to a science (what can I say? this girl loves her gowns!), so I want to share a few beauty tips and tricks that will be helpful to you guys when getting your own fancy on this summer.

Let me know if there is anything missing from this list that I should try! 

Splurge on Luxe Locks
Whenever I have a really exciting event coming up, I try to squeeze in time to get my hair done beforehand.  It adds a layer of polish to your look that’s hard to re-create at home and makes the evening feel really special.  And a great blowout lasts for a few days, so you can look chic for Sunday brunch, too!

If you Build Buy it, They Will Come
I love to buy new dresses for special occasions, but I hate the pressure that comes with needing something right now, which inevitably means that I’ll spend a whole day shopping and not find anything I like.  So now I make an effort to find dresses I love before I need them so that I have something on hand in a pinch!  And even better?  I just discovered Rent the Runway, where this Bagdley Mischka gown is from!  You can “rent” a gown for a special event and then return it afterwards — genius!  (And no, ha ha, this post isn’t sponsored, I promise!) This was such a gorgeous statement dress and I loved not having to worry about when I’d wear it again! 

Lashes for Days
Hair, nails, a dress – cha ching! A quality pair of drugstore lashes, however, are often less than $10 and arguably do more for your look than anything else. A fuller lash immediately gives me a boost of confidence and sense of femininity. The best part is, if applied correctly, nobody will be able to put their finger on exactly why you look so good!

Be Present In the Moment
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of a big event that you lose focus and wind up stressed out.  By taking a few minutes to focus on being mindful and present before a party or a big night, I can start the night on a more calm, relaxed note.  It just takes a few minutes — as you’re getting ready, set a timer for just a minute or two and sit calmly, focused on your breathin.  Then take a big breath, slow down, and enjoy the getting ready process!

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