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February 2012

In Beauty, Review on
February 29, 2012

On The Go First Impressions: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

Video first impressions of the Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

Sooo… I was bad and bought something when I was running errands. I didn’t need it, but I wanted it! Horrible, I know. But sometimes you need a break from being frugal!

Anyway, I purchased the Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream while I was out running a quick errand. BB Cream generally stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm. BB Creams are like moisturizers that have a lot of extra beneficial skin properties as well as pigment. Sometimes they are pigmented enough to be used like a foundation and other times like a tinted moisturizer, it depends on the brand.

I decided I would film a quick on the go video showing my first thoughts…. while I was still in the car. Silly idea, I know, but it was fun! I hope you enjoyed it.


It did seem to stick onto my dry patches and then make non-dry areas look oily. When I got home I still thought it was oily looking but my skin was definitely brighter and more even as the description states. The first review I saw of this product was from pleasanppl, watch her review here.

I think if I apply it using a damp sponge (I mentioned the Beauty Blender a few times but I was actually talking about the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge) it wont look cakey so I’ll try that next time. Also, setting it with a powder should get rid of the shine.

I’m going to experiment with it more and report back at another time. I love the smell and consistency so I hope I can make this work well for me, it has a lot of potential.

The Garnier BB Cream can be purchased for $11.99 at Target (It was $12.99 at CVS).

Have you tried any BB Creams? Share your thoughts in the comments!


In Happiness on
February 29, 2012

If You Have Something Nice to Say…

Do everything with kindness.

Last weekend, while on vacation, I came to realize a new motto.

As you know, I believe that “Kindness is the best accessory.” Too me, it means that no matter what you are wearing or how you look that day, nothing shines more beautifully than a kind heart. Spreading kindness could be anything from picking up a piece of trash left on the sidewalk, giving someone a hug when they are having a bad day, dropping off a bracelet you found (that you’d like to keep) at the lost and found, or sharing an embarrassing story with someone who just felt very embarrassed. Kindness and helping people isn’t about donating money to charities. It is more about what you can do to help people in your everyday life.

Now all of you have heard the phrase “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It really got me thinking last weekend. How come the opposite isn’t true?

Often I’ll complement someone in my head. Isn’t that weird? I’ll think things like…

Her shirt is a lovely shade of purple.

I love that necklace.

She has great hair. 

Why do I only think it? When I’m having a bad day and someone randomly complements me, I feel a little brighter. I realized I should extend that courtesy. People need to start saying “If you have something nice to say, say it aloud.”

At first it was strange talking to strangers but then with each person I talked too it got easier. I felt like everywhere I went, there was someone I could make smile.

I challenge you to try it this week. It not only helps others feel better but focusing on the positive will make you feel happier as well.

Believe in Kindness

Have you spread kindness today?

P.S. This applies when you are on the internet as well! I feel like I don’t comment on enough blog posts or YouTube videos even though I always think about how much I liked their post.


In Beauty, Review, Sponsored on
February 23, 2012

30 Day Skin Transformation Results: Naturopathica Review

Naturopathica Review  - Using their skincare kit for 30 days.

Today is the last day in the Naturopathica 30 Day Skin Transformation Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, refer back to this post. I’ve linked the products directly to the Naturopathica website but you can also find Naturopathica at Amazon with these promo codes.

Here is some unedited pictures of my skin.

Using the Naturopathica skincare kit for 30 days.

After using the Naturopathica skincare kit for 30 days

I used the normal to dry skincare kits (c/o Naturopathica) for a period of 30 days. Even when I was tired, I used it. Those late homework nights were very annoying (where I would normally just use a makeup wipe and pass out) but I didn’t want to skew my results.  I did on two occasions use face masks to relax but since that was only twice I don’t think it changed my skin.

My results: I see a difference in my facial redness and hyperpigmentation but my texture and sensitivity remained the same.

Is it just me, or am I tanner? Hm. This was unintentional.

Will I continue to use the kit? Yes and no. I like the products enough to continue using them until I finish the bottle but I only plan on repurchasing the Beech Tree and Ginseng Moisturizer. I really enjoyed the consistency of the product, it just feels luxurious. It’s hard to explain but it is currently my favorite facial moisturizer.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the other products in the kit, it was just that I didn’t become attached to them. I didn’t see such a huge difference in my skin to warrant being exclusive to them.

Skin plan from here on out: I will continue to use the kit but as products start finishing up I will add in some other cleansers and exfoliaters I’m trying to finish up. Of course, when my trial sized Beech Tree and Ginseng Moisturizer is complete I will be buying a full size. I’m happy to start using my X Out Wash-In Treatment (c/o) again. I was using it a few times a week to keep away blemishes and keep my skin smooth.

What new products  have you tried out recently and enjoyed?

In Beauty, DIY on
February 22, 2012

DIY Sock Bun Hair Tutorial

Easy sock bun tuck and roll hair tutorial

Do you have sparse or thin hair that makes you depressed when you tie your hair in a bun? *raises hand*

Well, that’s why I started researching “sock buns.” Apparently they have been around for…. well, ever. I just had no clue! Here is video tutorial I just put up showing how you can have a voluminous bun as well. It will teach you how to make a sock bun using an old sock and then how to roll it into your hair for the optimum sock donut hair bun look.


Post pictures of your sock bun on my Twitter or Facebook! I would love to see how your hair turns out!


In Review on
February 16, 2012

My Experience with Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga Review

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness or yoga instructor. I only know what I read on Wikipedia and have experienced myself. As such, this article was written as a “normal Joe” would write it. Hope you enjoy!

Hi Kind Friends! The past few weeks I have been going to a Hot Yoga class. What is hot yoga? Well, it is yoga done in 105°F! My fiance thought I was insane for signing up for it. Maybe I am…

Here is an account of my experience with hot yoga, in particular Bikram hot Yoga.

As for why in the world would someone want to exercise in 105°F, there are a lot of reasons. The main reason I went was to detox my body. When exercising in 105°F, you sweat so much it looks like you were caught in the rain. This helps release any toxins you may have in your body. Another reason why Bikram Yoga is in 105°F is because when your muscles are hot they are more pliable. The moves in Bikram Yoga are designed to work with the heat to stretch out the muscles to a point you can’t normally stretch them. At least, that is my understanding of how it works. Other benefits are listed on the Wikipedia page but to get more of an account of the benefits you should call a local hot yoga studio to speak with instructors.

Another way that Bikram Yoga is different then other types of yoga you may be used to is that in Bikram Yoga, you do the same moves every class.  There is 26 postures and two breathing exercises that you do every class. I actually enjoy this because then I know what to expect every class.

Is the heat too much?

Well, yes and no. It really depends on you. For me, I felt dizzy frequently and black spots in my vision. My instructor told me that this is actually common for people starting out and that whenever you feel like you may faint, enter child’s pose for a few breaths. I find myself doing this a lot for the first half of class where there is more standing poses. I go with my best friend Marie and she doesn’t need to lay down as frequently as I do. Most of the people in class don’t have to lay down at all since they have been coming for months.

How much does it cost?

The same as other yoga classes. Depending on the studio it can be from $15-$20 for a 90 minute class. I purchased mine on sale on Living Social.

Any first class pointers?

When you go to your first Bikram Yoga class, make sure to arrive early (10-20 minutes) so that you can speak with an instructor who can give you pointers. Bring with you a yoga mat, a large towel to cover your mat, a large water bottle, and deodorant (you will need it). I wear clothes that I would normally wear to exercise, just make sure it is breathable. I wouldn’t wear baggy clothes as it will absorb a lot of sweat and get in the way.

My ending thoughts:

At the end of each class I feel very relaxed and yet energetic at the same time but during class I feel very drained. This balances out to an extent. Will I come back after I finish my package deal? Probably not. It was a rewarding experience but it was a lot of work. If I’ve had a very bad few weeks or feel like I really need a detox then I may consider going back. Otherwise, I’ll go back to my non-hot yoga practice ways.

Have you tried hot yoga? What were your thoughts? Do you practice other kinds of yoga?

[2015 update: I never went back after finishing my Living Social deal. So I stopped going two classes after this original post date. Looking back on it now I feel less positively on the experience.]


In DIY on
February 3, 2012

DIY Easy Valentine’s Day Gift

This February I wanted to show you how to make a very easy and inexpensive (yet thoughtful) DIY Valentine’s Day gift. This is perfect for those in high school, in a very new relationship (where you may not know the kind of things he likes), established relationships that don’t exchange gifts as often, if you are on a very tight budget, or as something for your best friend!The idea behind the gift is to decorate a jar (mine is from cheese!) and fill it with Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses so then you can give your loved one some love when you aren’t around.

Watch the video tutorial below to see how you can make this Valentine’s Day gift.

I posted another DIY tutorial around Christmas that can be easily adopted for Valentine’s Day, learn how to make paper Fortune Cookies.

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? What are your favorite DIY easy Valentine’s Day gifts?