Monthly Archives: April 2015

April Beauty Buys

April 30, 2015

April Beauty Buys

Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask // It’s that time of year again, where the weather starts to warm up and the humidity begins to reappear. I’ve touched on my E.F.S. (extreme face shine) before, so in an effort to keep things clear before the sauna of a Florida August arrives, I’ve turned to this No. 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask. To use it, I splash my face with water and then rub a generous amount of the mask, which feels warm when dispensed, on my skin. I wait about five minutes and rinse with warm water. I like that this formula is relatively inexpensive, doesn’t smell terrible, and it’s made for oily skin but doesn’t over-dry my face.

Living Proof Blowout // After trying a new hair routine for awhile, I was in desperate need of a heat protectant. I bought Living Proof Blowout in the trial size because I’ve had a love-hate relationship with styling products in the past and just cleaned out a graveyard of unused products under my sink. Because my hair is so fine, it’s easy for products to weigh my hair down or leave it feeling dirty or greasy, so I’m pretty thrilled that this spray (when applied sparingly) leaves my hair soft and shiny but voluminous. And it smells great, just like all of the Living Proof products!

Chi Pro Hair Dryer // Initially I was plagued with buyer’s remorse after buying this hair dryer. I didn’t really need a new dryer, mine worked fine. But it didn’t have a nozzle, which made my attempts at mimicking my hairdresser’s fantastic blowouts tricky. I  bought this Chi Pro Hair Dryer because it was on sale, had a nozzle, and was smaller and lighter than my previous model. The remorse dissipated after my first blowout, which was bouncier and shinier than ever before.

Living Proof Restore Conditioner // I’ve bought several Living Proof products over the past few months and some I would consider borderline life-changing. This conditioner is one of those products. Restore conditioner tamed my face frizzies (you know, the little wispy hairs around your hairline and part that frizz up the minute you walk outside no matter what kind of heat or spray you use), and softened my hair without feeling heavy. Again, I can’t commit so I tried the trial size first, but I’m going back for the biggen just as soon as this runs out.

Living Proof Thickening Mousse // I bought this mousse in a trial size combo pack with shampoo and conditioner, and immediately thought, “Hm, mousse. How 90’s.” BUT, one day I had ample time to mess around so I gave it a whirl. I’m so used to keeping any kind of product away from the roots of my fine hair, that it felt unnatural to plop a whole dollop of mousse on top of my head. Once I learned to apply a small amount and dry it with a round brush, the volume was impressive.

PS. January Beauty Buys, February Beauty Buys, and March Beauty Buys


Tips for Perfect Pancakes

April 20, 2015

Tips for Perfect Pancakes

Most mornings I eat oatmeal for breakfast, usually as quickly as possible while working at my desk. On weekend mornings though, I like to treat myself to pancakes and coffee. Over time, I’ve tried various techniques and recipes in hopes of making the perfect pancake, and I’ve found the following to be helpful:

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Day Trip: Thomasville, GA

April 13, 2015

A few weeks ago we had one of those amazing Spring days, where the sun is shining and the air is crisp but warm, and the colors of the season pop just enough to make you want to spend the whole day outside. My mom was visiting so we made a day trip to Thomasville, Georgia, which is only about 35 miles away from Tallahassee. It was the perfect opportunity to stroll the cutest downtown, pop in shops, and chat over drinks. Here are a few highlights from my favorite spots…

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Currently Reading…

April 9, 2015

I have a problem. Every couple of months I binge buy books on Amazon like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a slippery slope, that Amazon, because once you find something you like, they suggest like, 10 more books that look amazing! I’ve justified my most recent binge by telling myself I need reading material for sitting outside on beautiful spring days and upcoming trips to the beach (right?)… Here’s a peek at what I’m reading now…

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#TBT: Fun with Easter Eggs

April 2, 2015

I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share the Easter eggs I decorated last year… a Throwback Thursday kinda thing, if you will. It was on a rainy day last April that I decided to dye eggs and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. So much so that I’m posting this again. Hope it inspires your Easter eggs!

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