Friday, May 31, 2013

quick catch up

Oh hey there blog. So much has been going on. I am back in Vegas for the summer and working a bunch. Lasers and Lashes all day long ;-) I feel like I haven't stopped since I got back! So in a nutshell this is what i've been doing since we traveled the long road from OC to Vegas..........

- I went to Hawaii. I think I have vacation depression. Is that a real thing? I just miss it so much! If I could sum up our Hawaii trip with one picture this would be it:

- I got a new adorable, perfect nephew.
- I found some cool new products (post on that coming soooon!)

- I miss the beach and my bike terribly.  

- I am going camping for the first time since I was 15. I am so excited and so nervous all at the same time. 

- I have emotions like im pregnant, but i'm NOT. Seriously, i'm not. Maybe i'm hitting menopause early?? Does that happen?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Why I am cutting down on my daily chemical use:

About a year ago I started taking notice of the products I was using, and how many chemicals were in each one. I started researching products, to find what exactly these ingredients were, and I was pretty horrified at what I found out.

There are the extreme people out there that say some of the chemicals in our daily products are actually causing cancer, autism, causing nerve damage and so many more diseases. Then there it the other side, that claims these ingredients are perfectly safe, and we shouldn't worry.

Here's my take:

We haven't been using some of these chemicals and ingredients on our skin/lips/whatever for very long, so we actually don't know what they are doing. Our government doesn't require health studies or pre-market studies on personal care products which means we are the guinea pigs. Us. Our babies. THIS is a great article on why we should open our eyes a little bit.

All I know is it doesn't make any sense to be layering up chemical after chemical on our skin, when we really don't know what the end results will be. Our skin absorbs what we put onto it, and sometimes things can get into the blood stream. I don't like the idea of random things being in my blood stream. It seems like we have so many different new cancers and diseases, there has got to be something that we are doing that is causing it.

When I found the EWG's Skin Deep website, I found lots of good info and it has helped me in my search for "cleaner" products. At first I freaked out and wanted to dump all my products, but then I realized that wasn't probably the best (and cheapest) idea. Now when I run out of a product, I search for a better alternative.

Maybe it's the hippie side of me, but this just feels better. I feel like I want to do all that I can to keep my babies safe and healthy, and I need to do all I can to learn and educate myself on the products I am using, food we are eating and even the immunizations I am giving my kids.

There is still the other side of me that loves me some McDonalds, candy, a nice deep chemical peel, and fake boobs, but  I try. :-) I think it's all about moderation. I started using Coconut oil for my lotion, but the thought of getting rid of my Victorias Secret Amber Romance lotion made me super sad. I still use my yummy smelling stuff, but I just don't lather it on my whole body. I just rub a little on my arms or legs occasionally so I still get the smell. I am definitely more careful with what I am putting on my babies then myself.

I think it's all about what's doing what you feel is best for your family, and digging a little for information. Don't just go off of what we are told.

The bottom line: The less chemicals the better. For me and my family I am trying to go as natural as possible. I am not even close to being as clean in my products (and especially food) as i'd like to be, but I think over time I can get there. For me it's not about going completely chemical free, just cutting down where I can. I also prefer cheap and convenient  so I try and find things that won't break the bank, and I can find without jumping through hoops.

Did that answer your question Darci :-)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Benefit Fake Up

I try and not blow my money on makeup and do a pretty good job of finding cheap alternatives. I have been looking for an under eye concealer that I love for awhile now. I am always so dry under my eyes, and concealer sometimes makes it look worse.

I was wandering through Nordstrom the other day and happened to get drug by the counter girl into the Benefit chair. (I NEVER do this- I just had a few hours away from my kids, so I thought what the heck?!) Well she was trying to sell me everything under the sun, but she tried out their new Hydrating Crease Controller, Fake Up. It is packed full of Vitamin E and Apple Seed extract. It claims to diffuse light, smooth skin and hide dark circles. She put it on me and I left the store thinking It would be creased and gunky looking by the time I got home and I was WRONG! I went back the next day and picked it up and have been using it for about 3 weeks now and I love it!
Benefit Cosmetics - Fake Up
$25




What I like about it:
- It actually doesn't crease
- Very hydrating
- Love the look
- Lasts all day

What I don't like:
- The coverage isn't that great - It covers, but sometimes I feel like I need a little more

I do think it was worth it though, something I will probably be buying again.  Yay for covering up under eye dryness and darkness!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

How to pick a sunscreen

With the huge selection of sunscreens out there today it's hard to pick which one is the best! 
This is a great guideline for picking good sunscreens, with less harmful chemicals. 
I'll be adding my favorites for the year soon!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Coconut Oil




I go through phases of freaking out about all the chemicals I am using and start eliminating things. One of the things I use the most that is probably the worst is lotion. I put it over my entire body daily, and re apply often. That is just too many chemicals soaking into my skin. After looking at different alternatives and not wanting to spend a fortune I decided on good ole' coconut oil.

Coconut Oil is the new fad, so of course I jumped on board. haha Kidding. But seriously I do think it's pretty awesome stuff. It is new to some of us, but women in other countries have been using coconut oil for beauty reasons for a very long time

Here's some of the benefits:
- antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungel
- contains antioxidants that promote healthy cell regeneration over time
- very hydrating
- can use in your hair to help with dandruff, or to help strengthen hair ends.

How do you use it?
Mix about 1/2 cup with a mixer. This just softens it up and makes it easier to apply. I add a 1/2 tbs of vitamin e to it to help preserve it and I like the added benefits. Put it in a jar with a lid. It will harden up again,  so when you scoop some out warm it up into your hand before trying to rub it on your body.

What kind to buy?
Look for pure virgin coconut oil. No dyes, perfumes or anything added.

Can you use it on your face??
Maybe. This is pretty controversial actually. A lot of people say if it is virgin coconut oil it shouldn't clog the pores. On the other side of that, everybody skin is so different. Some people do react to coconut oil, and breakout and have horrible reactions with it. Personally I don't use it on my face. I know my skin, and know I am breakout prone - and have very reactive skin. I stick to using the coconut oil just on my body and so far so good!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

eyebrows!

I have been a bit obsessive lately with brows and how they totally can make or break somebody's look. A good eyebrow can really frame your face and highlight your eyes. A bad eyebrow does just the opposite. I've had some interesting eyebrow shapes over the years, but with the help of an amazing aesthetician they are finally looking much better!

The new trend in eyebrows is thick and more natural looking, a look which I absolutely love. Your brows should accentuate your face, not steal the show.

So here are some general tips that will help your brows be beautiful:

Get them done professionally  Seriously, keeping the tweezers away from my mirror has made my brows look so much better. You can do a little clean up, but go once a month and have them shaped. Go to somebody who understands what you are looking for, and who has plenty of experience.

Add a little color. I am a natural blonde, so my eyebrows are super light. Adding a little color makes them stand out.

Here is a very general map for brows. Everybody is different, so obviously this isn't for everyone, but it's a good starting point for most people. You should shape your brows naturally and don't try to make an arch where there isn't one naturally. Everybody's faces are different, so there shouldn't be a standard brow - one size fits all kinda deal.


Use a brush with wax or clear mascara to hold your brows in place for the day. Lots of brow pencils now have wax in them, or on the other side that helps hold the little hairs in place.

Don't panic if you over pluck or wax. The hair will grow back. If you are worried grab some Latisse from your doc and apply it daily. Your brows will be back in no time.


- Stop the uni-brow. I have noticed this is kind of trend lately and I hate it.What's acceptable on the fashion runway is sometimes not appropriate for the everyday look.

bad brows


good brows


That's all I got for today. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

*sun*


This is what we have been doing....following the sun! As soon as I walk out and feel that warm sun hit my face we pack up and head to the beach and soak it in. It makes me so happy!