This week, I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to thanks to a hectic schedule and not enough time in the day!
I did manage to read these books:
I was captivated by the book from the first couple of pages. Monica’s memoir about growing up is not quite what I expected because while humorous, there’s also some heavy topics addressed. I am a big fan of a good memoir so I really liked this one and don’t hesitate to recommend it.
I devoured the author’s book The Virgin Cure so I was excited to get my hands on this one, the author’s debut novel. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down! Dora Rare is the only female born to the Rare family in decades. As an assistant to the local midwife, Dora learns how to birth babies and assist women with their various female troubles. But when a new doctor shows up in the small town with his promise of fast, easy delivery, Dora must fight against the doctor whose views may not be in the best interest of the females.
After I binge watched Breaking Bad last year, I went through a period of mourning when it ended. I felt like I would never watch anything so brilliant and while that may be true, I have discovered a show that I cannot stop watching right now. I love the rainy Seattle back drop, the twisty plots and the two main characters. I am loving everything about The Killing and can’t believe I didn’t even know about it until recently! What else am I missing out on?
I am on the final season and don’t know how I am going to cope after the finale. I am hoping Netflix will pick up the series and keep it going. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend this one.
A long time ago, I received a pitch for a product that was geared towards burns, specifically burns one might get while using a flat iron, curling iron or any other heat styling tool. “Who burns themselves with a curling iron?” I scoffed. Not too long after that, I experienced my first burn with very hot iron while trying to curl my hair.
Since then, I have burned my hand, my neck and my forehead thanks to carelessly wielding a burning heat styling tool.
I’m not even going to mention all the burns I have received while cooking. Like the time I poured hot tomatoes into my VitaMix and the top came flying off and a volcano of sauce sprayed my chest and arms, burning the skin off.
I wish I had the CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray all of those times! This is advanced therapy for burned, wounded and irritated skin. Most recently I used this calming product on a rash from a new razor on my legs and a burn on my arm…hint- don’t back into a hot toaster.
This soothing formula is made with a special Tri-Rescue Complex which features a blend of turmeric, *Bisabolo and Reishi Mushroom. It also contains cucumber, chamomile, water lily, valerian and comfrey.
In case you didn’t know, CV Skinlabs is always free of toxic chemicals such as fragrances, dyes, mineral oil and all of the stuff we want to avoid.
This spray bottle is super convenient for all body parts, it’s soothing on contact. The Rescue + Relief spray is ideal to have on hand for anytime where there’s a burn, inflammation, sun exposure, rashes, waxing, shaving and so on. If you have little ones, this might be handy for diaper rash too. Basically anything you can do to your skin- wound it, scrape it, burn it- would benefit from having this close by!
*Bisabolol is a scent ingredient naturally occurring in camomile!
I should’ve known better than to sit in the sun burning (trying to tan) when I was younger. WHY, oh why did I not use sunscreen until I hit my twenties? Now I’m paying the price with age spots and wrinkles. I am not happy!
Age spots, also known as dark spots or liver spots are patches of skin that are hyperpigmented and often show up on the face and hands, sometimes on the chest too. These unsightly spots are caused by the sun due to an increase in melanin production. Often the spots are patchy and uneven.
If you have a history of tanning, whether directly in the sun or in a tanning bed, guess what? Sun spots are in your future! You can help fade the spots/hyperpigmentation by undergoing a series of laser peels, photofacial light treatment, chemical peels or by using creams made for lightening or erasing the discoloration.
Here’s a round up of products to help those stubborn dark spots that won’t go away!
Note: these are NOT green and/or plant based but are reputable brands with proven results.
Elure Advanced Brightening Lotion and Advance Face Wash: The Advanced Brightening Lotion softens and brightens with a key ingredient called Melanonzyme, a mushroom-derived enzyme, which is key in diminishing dark spots. This powerful lotion is free from the hydroquinone which is a concerning ingredient to most people due to side effects.
The Face Wash brightens skin and leaves it feeling soft and clean. It’s a rich creamy wash that made my skin look radiant.
Lumixyl MD Topical Brightening Cream contains peptides that target discoloration. It’s gentle formula features “ground-breaking technology is the only peptide capable of directly inhibiting the enzyme (tyrosinase) responsible for initiating the overproduction of melanin that can cause uneven pigmentation and dark spots.” I love how quickly this is absorbed making it easy to wear under makeup. I loved the Brightening Pads which are light pre-soaked pads that take seconds to use and boost skins natural glow.
EXUVIANCE has long had a good reputation, in the past I saw good results from using this brand. Now, help for dark spots and aging skin is here in the form of EXUVIANCE Vitamin C+ AntiAging Booster. Add a little of the Vitamin C Booster to your cream or moisturizer for seriously strong benefits. This product helps fade dark spots, smooths and firms skin, strengthens the skin.
MD Complete Anti-Aging Dark Spot Remover brightens complexion and helps to fade dark spots and freckles. I’ve used this one my dark spots and am hopeful that I will see a change. It does take a long time to fade spots so be patient. Use a tiny amount, goes on smooth and sinks in quickly.
Procelain Skin Whitening Serum Hydroquinone Kojic Acid Glycolic Acid Vitamin C Licorice Mulberry Extract for Melasma, Hyperpigmentation This one is a top rated product on Amazon. It is seriously strong with a long list of ingredients that fight spots and fade them with the power of a thousand warriors! 97% natural ingredients, no parabens or sulfates and contains botanical extracts. If you want fast results with a very strong product, try it by going here.
Just a word of caution-use lightly and sparingly. I pretty much burned my skin by using this over-zealously! I am peeling where I should have a slightly faded dark spot.
Whether you decide to treat age spots with creams or with lemon juice, castor oil or peroxide, you must remember to avoid going out in the sun during the day without a good sunscreen. Wear a hat, sit in the shade, do what you can to avoid direct exposure. Nuts, seeds and green vegetables all contain antioxidants which fight the production of hyperpigmentation from the inside out.
You know what’s super exciting to a green beauty loving girl like myself? A new product that WORKS!
From Pacifica comes a new 7-Free nail color that blows my mind for the smooth consistency and shiny bright color. I’ve heard of 5-free and 3-free but 7- free? Yup!
Here’s what its formulated without: parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.
I expected a watery, less colorful color but this one is truly amazing especially when you consider that it’s a healthier polish.
To give you an idea of how well the polish wears, I painted Crimson Kimono on my toenails on Friday and they still look like I had them done professionally. On my fingernails I painted Pool Party, a nice mid-blue that is neither dark or bright, I’ve done dishes, laundry, have cooked and cleaned and its going strong. I took the shade Dark Desert Highway for a test drive and was totally happy with the neutral shade. That one will probably be my most used color since I love a good neutral on fingernails.
I painted my nails using straight up polish, no base or top coat so that I could see how well these wore and how the shine turned out. A+ on both! I plan on buying up a few more bottles, I have my eye on Afterglow and Pink Moon.
Highly recommended. Head over here for more.
On the days when I am not out and about and I still want to look presentable for my almost daily trips to Super Target, here’s how I quickly get out of the house. I present to you.. (Almost) Bare Faced Beauty:
I start with a small dab of Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Serum. For the longest time- like, my whole life so far, I’ve been tackling shine on the t-zone. I suddenly realized that I didn’t want to look powdered and matte because that look made me appear older! No, I want dewy skin like a youthful goddess. And I get that look with a good serum like this one.
I then apply 4-in-1 Pur Minerals Tinted Moisturizer which contains an spf. I love this stuff! It gives really light coverage and will not make skin look dry or crepey. If my skin has too much shine, I use just a small amount of translucent powder.
For cheek color, because I am super pale, I add a bit of the Haute Cosmetics Bio Cocoa Balm to my cheeks. Perhaps its truly a lip product but I use on lips and cheeks because it has long staying power. And you only need a tiny amount.
Over lips I add my Faerie Organics gloss, I do like a bit of shine!
I skip eyeshadow and liner, Im going “natural” remember? But I do apply RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Up around my entire eye area, lids and everything. Especially corners of the eyes to brighten them up.
My lashes are blond like my hair so I need mascara. My current fave is this one by W3LL People. You barely need to do a thing and lashes are longer, curled, darker and more voluminous.
What is not pictured and I use every day is my Celtic Complexion sunscreen. Hands, neck and chest get a nice dose of protection from the harsh rays of the sunshine!
I wrote a similar post last year this time- read it here! I must get into a certain no-makeup mood around summertime!
Here’s what I’ve been into this week!
Sing In The Morning, Cry At Night by Barbara J. Taylor
Set against the backdrop of a coal mining town in 1913, the story centers around young Violet, a girl accused of killing her own sister. Her mourning mother grapples with a ghost she calls Grief while her father dangerously heads into the coal mines during the day and drinks at the local bar at night. Lonely and sad, Violet befriends an outcast named Stanley and the two forge a friendship.
When Violet’s father abandons them, its up to her to find an inner strength to help her mother and live the truth of what really happened to her sister.
I really enjoyed this book, the authors writing made the story flow and I appreciate a book set in another time period. I felt terrible for Violet, and later Stanley after an accident in the mine hurts him and leaves him fatherless. This book is getting rave reviews and I highly recommend it.
Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose by Gabrielle Bernstein
Miracles Now by New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein will help readers eliminate stress and find peace—even if they only have a minute to spare. Bernstein knows that most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation, so she has hand-picked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, Bernstein offers up spirit-based principles, meditations, and practical, do-them-in-the-moment tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease. She breaks down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions, and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons fromA Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga.
I find Gabrielle very inspiring and I like reading books like this to keep me on my track of positive thinking and happiness in every situation. I have this on my Kindle and wish I had the actual book because its ideal to keep by your side and pick up and dive in when your feeling like you need inspiring words. Get it- but in hard book form!
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children’s lives.
Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they’ve never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in — and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago.
I am a huge fan of this author. I like everything about her writing from the plot to the characters to the ease of her storytelling. This book did not disappoint!
The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy by Todd Glass
I love a good memoir, especially one that’s funny and heartfelt. Todd Glass is a comedian, you may have heard of him. In his memoir, he tells us about growing up in Pennsylvania, having learning disabilities, being Jewish and feeling like an outcast. The only way to fit in was to make people laugh.
He hid the fact that he was gay and faked having a girlfriend, even telling jokes on stage about his fictitious girlfriends. He didn’t want his friends or audiences to view him as being different so he kept up the facade.
After several gay/lesbian teen suicides, he finally decided to live his truth and came out as being gay. Although this book is humorous, my heart breaks knowing that he had to hide his authentic self for so long.
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