UPDATE – After using this mask for about two months straight, I started to notice a correlation between the application and my breakouts. It appeared that the ingredients were beginning to dry out my face too much causing me to break out even more. I eliminated using the EOs in the recipe and reduced the amount of bentonite clay and activated charcoal. Still too drying.
A couple months back I switched over to using this mask a few times a week. I’m happy to report it is the perfect balance of kaolin clay, activated charcoal, green tea, peppermint oil, and lactic acid to help heal breakouts, exfoliate, and brighten. I’m also now using this facial soap in the mornings after my barre workouts. These two products together are absolute game changers. I didn’t want to take down this DIY recipe because it’s a great resource for people who are looking for an alternative to preservative-laden acne treatment products.
And in full disclosure, I do receive a portion of the sales of these products. But I value my readers so much more than a profit, and I would never recommend something I don’t truly believe in.
Creating spa-like moments in my home is something I treasure so much. I savor having an hour or so in the morning or evening while the babies are sleeping to exfoliate, paint my nails, or use a face mask. A good mud mask helps keep my skin balanced and clear, especially in the summer months. I used Boscia’s Clarifying Mask for awhile; Sephora stopped carrying it so a salesperson recommended I check out Glamglow’s version. I’ve been hearing about this brand for years – a Hollywood favorite, beauty editor’s love it, fashion bloggers’ skin secret, etcetera, etcetera. The first thing I did before looking at the price tag (which is a bit of yikes, also) was read the ingredient list:
I love a good face mask. There is something so calming about the process. Even better when the ingredients to make the mask can be found in my kitchen. And even better when it has anti-aging and anti-acne properties! Zero dollars out of my pocket and zero blemishes on my face 🙂
Flavored water or infused water is an easy and delicious way to get your 8 glasses of daily H2O. I jumped on the flavored water bandwagon big time during my pregnancy. I was aiming for 100+ oz per day and it started to get pretty boring. Most store-bought flavored water had so many preservatives and fake sugars, it was not the best option. So I started concocting my own infusions!
I have been thinking about starting a blog for…..ever. Actually, I attempted 2 blogs previously, but I never really fully dedicated myself to them. Posts were sporadic, topics were not focused, there was a lot of emotion; overall, they were not what I wanted them to be. Suffice to say, I put A LOT of thought into this 3rd blog. I have been following a bunch of lifestyle bloggers on Instagram for awhile, and I love how they find ways to make daily life beautiful. Injecting vibrant color, sparkle, fun into moments here and there is as simple as putting sprinkles on vanilla ice cream. I’ve made it my focus to make the world around me simple, yet inspiring. And because I knew I would be spending a lot of time at my desk, I started there.
My desk is a repurposed IKEA Hemnes vanity. I removed the mirror and moved the storage boxes to the side and voila! The wire basket holds my Beautycounter marketing essentials (I’ll be sharing more about Beautycounter in a future post!), and the green leather notebook is perfect for writing down my daily to-do list. If you ever stay up at night thinking about what you need to accomplish the next day, take a couple moments in the evening before you go to bed to jot it all down. Your mind will be clear, and you will already feel on track when you wake up in the AM.
Today’s to do list (and this month’s purpose) is focused on starting this blog and being dedicated to the process. As a self-professed perfectionist, I spent too much time planning and not enough time doing. Giving myself specific deadlines with short planning periods (aka blog posts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday) is how I’m going to get out of my planning comfort zone and just do it (thanks for the encouragement, Nike slogan).
I would love to hear what your purpose is this month! Are you vowing to exercise more or work smarter on the job? Share with me your monthly goal(s) so we can make it happen together!