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A Beautiful Rest // Fall Makeup Faves

October 9, 2014

FALL MAKEUP FAVES_1Like our approach to beauty products in general, we prefer makeup that is natural and simple, that works well, and often multi-tasks. And for fall, a pop of color is in order!


For my face, I start with a my favorite facial oil sparingly and then add Josie Maran’s Argan Tinted Moisturizer which is SPF 30. I love the fresh dewy glow this combo gives me and swear that the pair has improved my skin. Next to look bright and bushy tailed even when I am not, I use Origins Plantscription Concealer around my eyes. It goes on smooth and soft, like a lotion, and also covers any blemishes.

Face :

Boots Botanics / 100% Organic Facial Oil


Josie Maran / Argan Tinted Moisturizer


Origins / Plantscription Anti-Aging Concealer


Pixi’s Endless Silky Liner comes in so many beautiful colors and looks amazing on, I want them all! Currently I am really into plum or deep purples instead of black or brown eyeliner, so I use the Deep Plum smudged along the top lash line paired with a brown mascara.



Pixi Endless Silky Pen Liner (shown in Deep Plum)


Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara (shown in Stardust Brown)


If you haven’t discovered Bite Beauty yet for lips, I am happy to share my recent obsession!  Not only are the colors gorgeous and last, but they are made with food-grade ingredients. Feel good about what you put on your kisser!



Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon (shown in Framboise)


I love a dark polish for fall and this shade by Julep fits my current color mood. Follow with a topcoat and their Quick Dry drops that smell like heaven!



Julep Color Treat Nail Polish in Marla


Julep Ta Da! Quick Dry Polish Drops


beyond cucumbers // our favorite beauty foods

August 28, 2014


Trying to find natural beauty products doesn’t have to be hard, many of our favorite ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.



It sounds like a sticky mess to put honey on your face, but we have been doing this for the past 3 months and love it. Honey is a moisturizing face wash with natural antibacterial properties, helping keep skip clear. It’s properties stay intact only in raw unfiltered honey, which can easily be found at trader joe’s or whole foods. The trick is to make sure you wet your hands and face with warm water before using a dollop.



Lemon is a natural antibacterial and full of vitamin C and citric acid. This helps in reducing age spots, acne, and generally clear your skin. Use sparingly by mixing with water and tea tree oil if you have it and apply like a toner with a cotton ball after washing your face.


Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the ultimate beauty food. Beyond being super moisturizing, coconut oil has natural antimicrobial properties, vitamin E, and proteins that help regenerate the skin. Use it as moisturizer anywhere, on your face, body, or hair. Our new favorite way to use coconut is on the hair before going to the pool or beach – simply smooth through your hair and braid it to keep a natural barrier from the elements.



As we have mentioned before, coffee is the perfect natural exfoliator when finely ground. It is not as abrasive as other exfoliators which is essential for those with sensitive skin.


Olive oil

Not to be overshadowed by coconut oil, olive oil is also a natural hypoallergenic moisturizer you can use on the body and face. Use extra virgin olive oil on damp skin for long lasting moisture. You can also mix olive oil with sea salt to use on your body to remove dead skin.



Sugar may be getting a bad rap these days, but it has a natural occurring glycolic acid that is moisturizing and alpha-hydroxy acid that helps maintain healthy skin and reduce toxins. Use sugar (either brown or white) as a gentle exfoliator – just combine with an oil on this list and gently use on your body.


Beyond being essential for guacamole, avocado contains vitamins A, D, and E as well moisturizes your skin. The omega-9 fatty acid called oleic acid is found in avocados which aids in repairing damaged skin cells and reducing inflammation of the skin. We love to use avocado as a base for our avo-coconut oil face mask.


Greek yogurt (plain)

Greek yogurt is a another great base to use as a face mask. The lactose in yogurt helps to clean the skin, getting rid of dirt. Yogurt also contains lactic acid that is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that reduces signs of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Lactic acid also removes dead skin by unclogging the pores and smoothing out the skin.



natural exfoliating coffee lip scrub

August 21, 2014

coffee_lip_scrub_6 As I have shared before, I love to keep my beauty routine as natural as possible. While I am pretty good at sticking to the routine, I tend to overlook one area, my lips. I don’t know about you, but I notice that my lips are the first to show signs of the elements, whether it is being out in the sun, swimming or the change of the seasons that is upon us. This exfoliating lip scrub has only 2 ingredients (and 2 of my favorite things) that are probably already in your cabinet – coffee and coconut oil.The coffee helps to gently exfoliate while the coconut oil is super moisturizing and has natural antimicrobial properties.


To make, simply combine one part coarsely ground coffee to one part coconut oil.


Mix well until a paste forms. Gently rub on your lips in a cricular motion. rinse off with warm water, pat dry, and follow up with your favorite lip moisturizer (or just more coconut oil).


The scrub will last 2-3 weeks in the fridge.coffee_lip_scrub_5


a beautiful rest // summer beauty picks

August 7, 2014

summer beauty picksTrying to figure out what works for your skin can be a quite lengthy trail and error process. Especially in the summer when its hot, sometimes humid, sometimes dry – oh and don’t forget the sunscreen. On top of all of this, the list of ‘bad’ ingredients seems to grow by the day. My approach to my summer beauty routine is to keep it as simple as possible, as natural as possible all while still actually having a product that works! Here is what I have found lately that works for me amid the summer heat. Do you have any summer beauty must-haves? Do tell!

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For my face, I have found the fewer products I layer one, the calmer my skin is. My morning and night routine are pretty similar. Wash my face and follow with Burt’s Bees ageless serum around eyes, mouth and forehead (anywhere fine lines – ahem, your life’s experiences are showing up on you face). I then follow up with Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47 for day. Finding a face moisturizer with this high of a SPF has been key this summer – no more piling on lotion after lotion! At night, I use simply 100% argan oil, again by Josie Maran. For times I need an extra douse of moisturizer, I recently got Trader Joe’s jojoba oil which uses are similar to coconut oil (you can use it anywhere on the body, skin, hair, etc.). A little goes a long way!

summer beauty faves

For sun protection on the rest of the body, I have been a recent convert of Alba Botanica’s Daily Shade, using it everyday for incidental sun exposure (driving, walking the dog, etc.) The bottle even has a pump making it way to easy to skip in the AM – it’s all about the little things making my mornings easier! When I know I am going to be in the sun for a while, I use the mineral based sunscreen by Coola. It rubs in fairly well and actually stays put thru a long sweaty hike or a swim in the ocean.summer beauty favesFinally, whenever my face is feeling the need for a deeper clean, I use this Thayer’s Witch Hazel toner. It helps unclog pores and remove all dirt and oil without being overly abrasive. And there you have it – my summer beauty picks that I can’t live without right now, that is until the seasons change and I have to start from square one!


Lounge Style Throwback Edition: Rachel Green & Friends

July 31, 2014

friendsLet’s go back to the days of answering machines, hair gel, and schrunchies for today’s lounge style inspiration via the girls on that little known TV show, Friends. Watching this show is a great time capsule to the fashion of the time as well as a glimpse at young adult life before cell phones and instagram. I miss the answering machine and the freedom of not be instantly reachable all the time. Dating was also much more romantic when guys weren’t just texting to get your attention. But the point of the post is the style, that nineties mix of hippie, grunge, and minimalism, and the more loungey pieces Rachel and the girls wore. Check out how great Phoebe’s onesie is!


More and more nineties iconic pieces of are slowly coming back into fashion now, newest trend being that chokers are back. We haven’t seen the Rachel haircut come back yet, and lets hope it stays that way!


Here are some of the comfy cute outfits that are our favorites from the series. And that we would still wear (minus some accessories and hair)


Lounge luxe

July 23, 2014


This week’s lounge style icon is model – actress – designer, Erin Wasson. Texas-born, down-to-earth, sailor-mouthed Erin is a woman after our own hearts. Her off-duty style is a mix of vintage and easy pieces that are a bit country, a bit grunge, a bit seventies rock; all Erin. She makes anything look effortlessly cool, mixing pieces like sweats and boots, pajama tops and cut-offs, flannels and body skimming dresses. Her personal style helped skyrocket her career as she was photographed off the runway and people looked to her for their own outfit inspiration. Her personal brand of dressing has such a following and respect now that it seems when she is booked today, the styling most often mirrors her own personal twist on dressing rather than the other way around.


Here are some of our favorite snaps of Erin’s style as well as a great quote (from her ‘Into the Gloss’ interview)

“I think beauty is all in your head at the end of the day. I’m a hippie of the heart, because I don’t smell like patchouli. [Laughs] I think that if you’re a hippie you just understand that everything is always bigger than you at any given time; it’s never really about you. There’s always a bigger picture.“

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Serenity in the City

July 7, 2014

carrie bradshaw - serenity in the cityThis morning’s lounge style icon is a fictional one as they often can be for me – love my strong female characters – that are more often than not created by a strong woman. Anyway, this AM we honor the incomparable Carrie Bradshaw. Years of watching Sex and The City’s main character speak bluntly about every kind of relationship while wearing ridiculously amazing and fearless outfits is ingrained in my psyche.


Her lounge style was often featured and just as awesome. Comfortable yet still in line with her personality through an unexpected pairing, color, or pattern. You would catch her various comfort clothing when she was working from home on her laptop, one the phone with one of her platonic soulmates, running out for a new Vogue or lying around with Big or Aidan.

Here are some of my favorite lounge looks of hers plus a bonus shot of her personal sanctuary, her apartment bedroom.

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This Carrie quote I leave you with can apply to life or getting dressed –

“Sometimes you gotta quit thinking so much. If it feels right, it probably is. So just go with it.”

Have a beautiful day!


Avo-Coconut Oil Healthy Glow Face Mask

May 15, 2014

Simple & cheap to make at home, treat your skin to this mask sure to leave you with a healthy glow with this avo-coconut oil healthy glow face mask.

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Coconut Oil is loaded with great stuff for your skin including Vitamin C which is a natural antioxidant with regenerative properties; it helps stimulate collagen production, and activates circulation.

Avocado contains vitamins A, D, and E as well moisturizes your skin.

Lemon Juice – is super vitamin C and exfoliates, helps fight acne, wrinkles, and heal scars.



½ Avocado

¼ Lemon

1 Tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your face, avoiding the eye area.

Leave on for 10 minutes.

It doesn’t harden like a store-bought mask, instead you pretty much look like you put guacamole all over your face – It’s worth it though, you feel the lemon tingles, and if slips in your mouth it tastes pretty good! Rinse off with warm water, use a facecloth to thoroughly take off. My skin felt great after; I applied my facial oil moisturizer as usual then I may have added salt & pepper and ate some of the leftover mixture on some chips :P