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Friday
Apr182014

DIY: Cucumber Facial

I know this girl at work who (after 5 years of working together) actually looks younger than the day I met her...and she's in her 40's.  One day, I finally asked her, "What's your secret?"  At which point she emphatically said, "cucumbers."  Cucumbers.  As a beauty blogger, I've come across plenty of masks and potions that claim cucumber as their miracle ingredient...but, until now, I've never believed that it could do much. 

I mean, aren't cucumbers just a lot of water?  Well, yes, and so much more. Cucumbers are also high in antioxidants (which helps your skin glow, fade dark spots, and tighten pores) and the skin of the cucumber contains high amounts of silica which plump wrinkles and boost collagen. 

My friend swears by them and says she does a mini cucumber mask EVERYDAY! Excessive...but I have to say, her skin looks younger than mine! No joke. 

The trick is to use a mandolin.  This way you can slice the cucumber super thin so that it stays on your face.  If you have thick slices of cucumber on your face... you won't be able to move at all without them falling off.  The paper thin slices allow the cucumber to mold to your skin...like a sheet mask!  Don't forget to keep the skin on, it's the best part. 

If you don't have a mandolin or the knife skills to slice super thin, you can also use a cheese grater and grate the cucumber...but this can get a little messy (especially if you are a mover and a shaker). 

After doing this even once you'll see the difference immediately and wake up the next morning with a glow!  Now, imagine doing it everyday!

 

Wednesday
Apr162014

A Clean Asian Skincare Brand

I'm a huge believer in Asian skincare (especially for my Asian skin).  For some reason, Asian brands always work better for me- maybe something to do with the R&D?  Anyways, since I started my journey towards "cleaner" skincare, I had to (very hesitantly) give up a lot of my old faves (SKII, Shiseido, most of my BB Creams).  Needless to say, I was ecstatic when Peach & Lily reached out and told me about a brand that they were loving called Aromatica.  Aromatica is a Korean skincare company that prides itself on clean ingredients and even comes with a EWG rating inside the box!

Their top seller is the Rose Absolute Serum.  It's an all in one toner and serum that is supposed to improve skin tone, hydrate and keep acne at bay.  The texture (because it's a toner and serum) is a bit slimy.  But no fear, it sinks into the skin quite nicely.  I put a few drops into my palm and pat, pat, pat away (much like I did with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence). 

I always follow with a few drops of the Neroli Brightening Facial oil...which smells amazing...like tea. 

The combo is a dream come true for any girl who, like me, prefers Asian Skincare brands but is still struggling to find a clean one!

Ps- I'm also in love with their essential oils!

You can get it here

Monday
Apr142014

A Sacred Gift

My sister's getting married this year and I'm her Made of Honor! As a thank you, she got me this Coordinates "The Legend" Bracelet that has quickly become one of my favorite gifts ever.  Engraved in the front are the coordinates for where I got married, inside are the coordinates for where she'll get married plus one of my favorite mantras, "Best Day Of My Life.

It's got all the ingredients for the perfect gift...chic (love how dainty it is and simple it looks on the wrist), meaningful (I've been married for almost 6 years and it's the best part of my life) and inspiring (having "Best Day Of My Life" with me is a sweet reminder to be grateful).

Great idea right?  Well done little sis...thank you.

You can get your Coordinates here

Friday
Apr112014

Happy Friday: Are You Having A Spiritual Awakening? 

via The Federation Of Light

Wednesday
Apr092014

One Stop Shop For Spirituality 

I was taking a really looong lunch break the other day and strolled into the health care section of Whole Foods.  It's like my sanctuary...calming, ya know?  I needed to pick up some incense and loved these ones by Kalki. I burn one everyday during my meditation practice and instantly I'm present.  I also discovered these Reiki energy charged candles. I performed a sweet little ceremony while lighting them and definitely felt the vibrations!

Where do you get your spiritual paraphernalia? 

Monday
Apr072014

Brand Discovery: Osmia Organics

I was super excited when the ladies at Osmia Organics asked me to try some of their products.  I've heard awesome things about the line and founder Sarah Villafranco has a wonderful story behind starting Osmia.  I love hearing about people who go after their dreams.  Not only does it take cahonees to do something bold like that, it's also inspiring and makes me believe that anything is possible. 

The first thing I reached for when this beautiful package of goodies arrived was the Facial Calibration Serum. Each oil was carefully selected to balance oily skin and this combination gal needed some balancing.  My skin was breaking out a lot from using oils high in Oleic acid (so I think...still examining).  Good news, this product did not break me out.  The texture was light and it left my skin feeling soft...with no grease!   

The body oils were magnificent! The Night Body oil was my favorite.  It's literally the best smelling body oil I've tried...it even rivals my all time favorite (FEZ) and that's no easy thing.   

The Luster Lip Gloss smells like vanilla!  It's lightly tinted and one of my favorite lip products to keep in my pocket.  It leaves a nice stain, smells great and hydrates my lips like a charm...who could as for more? 

I've saved the best for last!  Ever since I discovered the power of clay in Japan, I can't get enough!  My skin feels amazing after using this magic bar.  I'm very, very picky when it comes to cleansers.  I want my skin feeling squeaky clean, yet toned and balanced- not tight.  This bar does the trick and my pores look clearer too!

PS- They're releasing a limited edition Earth Day body soap called Stracciatella that features Oh So soap as a base and Black Clay Facial Soap shavings inside!!!

Osmia is an all around great, clean brand and has something for everyone.

You can get it all here

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