Four Natural Face Masks to Add to Your Collection

Feast your eyes and treat your skin!

Feast your eyes and treat your skin!

This month I have been obsessing over natural face masks! I’ve done some cool DIY recipes with my new essential oils (more on that in the future), and copy-catted some DIY from Pinterest (good and bad–egg masks are NOT COOL), but I finally took a look at my own personal collection and realized I have a ton of face masks! I haven’t even included my LUSH fresh face mask or my Morgan’s Boutique Iced Mint Mask. Those two I’ve gushed about enough on here, so if you’re looking for something other than the usual suspects, this is your post. I love that these masks are truly like food for your skin. These natural face masks leave your skin feeling deliciously smooth, matte, and just plain ready for the day!

I love ACURE’s cell stimulating facial mask because it has a base of green clay which makes it a good pick for my fellow oily gals and guys out there in internet-land. This made me feel like a monster because it is literally bright green. The smell is light and it’s packed with Seabuckthorn (my fave) and Argan oil. I concentrated the mask around the sides of my nose and within my chin area to get the best oil removal. My skin felt a little tight afterwards, but it was well worth it. There’s a note of spearmint too which wakes up your face. 

If you’re looking for a lift, the Osmosis Hydralift Mask has a gel base that helps to plump the skin and firm with use. Cucumber, peppermint, and green tea extract hydrate and comfort and aloe vera promotes cell renewal. This is great for mature skin or young skin alike! The gel feel is different than you would get from a typical clay based mask, but I enjoyed it! This one is a bit pricey, but if you can score it, a little goes a long way and the product truly works, which for me justifies a heftier spend!

When it comes to TOTAL brand crushes, I’m a sucker for etsy-based shops and truly artisan craftsmanship. Enter Becca and Mars Lavender Love. I used this more as a scrub than a mask, but that’s not to say it’s not equally awesome for both! Everything in this shop is hand-made. This scrub features white corn meal, almond meal, and essential oils of lavender, bergamot, and clary sage. This is a floral, yet earthy scrub which offers some great aromatherapy benefits with its essential oils! I’m also obsessed with their jars for packaging bigger products. When a product looks as awesome as it works, I’m a happy camper. This is a great mask for someone who wants a gentle, effective cleanser and natural face mask in one. 

Finally…my current mask obsession…The Little Alchemist Cocoa & Banana Face Glow is the bomb! I love this natural face mask because when you open it it is literally cocoa and banana deliciousness! This smells like dessert and sucks up oil like no other. This mask is full of goodies for the skin: turmeric, pomegranate, spirulina, and mushroom, and instantly improves the condition of your skin. I was glowing like the sun. :) I used this mask after a few days outside in the summer heat and some beach days. My skin was craving some exfoliating and detoxification.

Before the summer’s over get your hands on one (or all) of these potions. We always try and feed our bodies right, but don’t forget about our skin! Rock these skin superfoods and take more selfies! You’re going to want to!

Editor’s Note: Some of the product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

My Week in Instagram – Summer’s Slowdown

Ready? It’s tantrum time because in less than three weeks I’m back to the grind in the classroom. Really, the structure is exactly what I crave this time of the year, but August has a bittersweetness to it. It just seems to go by so quickly no matter how much I try and savor the moments. I guess that’s life, huh? 


I’m Myles and I love the car!

The week began with this handsome boy farting in our car on the way to the vet, haha. Seriously though, he’s coming along so much in terms of socialization and growth. He can sit, lay down, stand up, heel, stay, and wait. We’re refining his “polite leash walking” and working on that each day. I’ve been taking advantage of my summer off to leash train. It’s not always pretty, but it’s always getting better. AKC Canine Good Citizen here we come!

Backyard bliss.

Backyard bliss.

We realized that it was AUGUST and we hadn’t just relaxed outside in our own backyard! Seriously. So, one evening Keith and I took the time to sit outside with the pup and savor the moment. We really worked on sprucing up our outdoor space this summer and the lights and signs do it for us.



Lush haul!

Lush haul!

I’ve been loving my summer beauty products I’ve been collecting and sampling. The Little Alchemist Cacao and Banana Face Glow mask is top notch! It’s cruelty free, organic, and smells like dessert! My face really felt awesome afterwards and my blackhead areas (nose creases, ugh!), felt clean and smooth. I received this sample in a Petit Vour box and it’s been one of my faves! The Lush haul was picked up when we went to see Pepper, Rebelution, and Sublime with Rome. All in all a good night of music, skincare, and palazzo pants worn by yours truly.

Red hair, don't care.

Red hair, don’t care.

Selfie Saturday to end the week? Sure, why not! I was waiting for my Momma to pick me up so we could spend the day together and do fun girly things. I went red this summer and I’m getting it freshened up just in time for school to start in a few weeks. I don’t know WHY I didn’t go lighter sooner. Being a redhead is pretty darn awesome! Happy Sunday, loves and lads!

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway!

Most of you guys know that I’m a glasses girl. I love my sunnies, but because I’m always working with my computer, or reading student work I also wear glasses regularly for my close work. I have my standard black and white framed glasses, but sometimes wearing the same old pair gets boring. I look at my glasses like an accessory; most of you lens lovers probably do, too! So, a while ago I got the chance to check out and they hooked me up with some awesome Burgundy glasses that seriously spiced up my wardrobe. Now, Firmoo wants to give one of my lucky readers the hookup! The winner of this giveaway will score one pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to US from their collection for bloggers. Glasses include the frames, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee. These babies below are the ones I chose!

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Just follow the directions below, and make sure to complete the three REQUIRED entries below! Simply like the Firmoo FB page, Follow them on Twitter, and leave a comment about what style you’re loving! The collection for bloggers has style, quirk, and class wrapped into each frame with great prices and discounts. So, enter already and add some sass to your daily ensemble!

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May the odds be ever in your favor!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not provided any compensation for this review other than the aforementioned products.

Lust List: Things I Want to Buy

It’s been a good long while since I’ve had a wishlist. I’m an adult after all, I just go buy whatever I want when I want it. I’m also the financial manager of the household (or CFO as I like to call myself), so sometimes putting things on hold is the realistic (read: mature) thing to do. Pay attention, Keith…our first anniversary as married folks is coming in a few months! 😛



The list begins with this fancy pants Asobu Flavor Infusing water bottle. I’m the queen of cups and water bottles. I love buying new ones. And I use them…quarterly. I feel like this one is something I’d actually use.

It’s pretty, and I can put cut fruit in it…and I’m way too impatient to make a big pitcher of water and WAIT for it to infuse.  This one comes in cool colors, too and it’s glass which appeals to me. It just seems like more of an investment. 

The idea of infused water makes me feel healthier just thinking about it. Yes, I know I’m a marketing exec’s dream. Shut it. 




Do you feel more organized? I do!

Do you feel more organized? I do!

I think I’m just overly excited about paper and planners as a whole. Though the Erin Condren Life Planner was NOT for me, I do love the simplicity of Kate Spade’s agendas. Her overall design is awesome, but since my Erin Condren debacle, I just haven’t allowed myself a pricey planner. A planner is something you have to use every day, and if you hate the thing…you’re not going to use it. And, if you spent an exorbitant amount of money on the thing AND you hate it, you’re going to force yourself to like it. 

This layout features a weekly spread and I can see my WHOLE week across the pages which I need when it comes to teaching and making life plans. I also dig the black and white which is classy, stylish, and matches almost everything I wear. 





These stupid lacy shorts that look like underwear. I don’t even know. I just want a pair because they look so damn comfortable. 

I mean…my middle schoolers wear shorts like this. So do people my age. So do women who are much older than I am. With that being said, I’m really lusting after a pair (in black), but I’m not so sure I would actually rock them in public. At home? At a family cookout? Sure. But on the boardwalk near my house…maybe, if I’m feeling daring. 

I’ve recently taken a liking to my legs (about two summers ago I started wearing shorts), and I’m not shy about showing them off. I just need to get more daring with my patterns and cuts. Maybe in August…


Too many things from Etsy (this avocado necklace for example), and almost every bonus pack from Michigan Antler Art, which I’ll admit is not really for me, but for Myles! 

What are you looking to buy? What do you think I should force Keith to buy for me? I kid. Kind of…

Beach Day & John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo Review

The overprotective furparents have finally taken Myles to the beach by our house! Seriously, it took us this long, but the result was awesome. He had such a fun time and Keith took some amazing shots of his puppy sillyness. 


If we could all be this happy, huh?

If we could all be this happy, huh?

After all of that, we needed to be brushed and bathed! So, I was totally stoked to find John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo and John Paul Pet Oatmeal Conditioning Rinse. Paul Mitchell is a cruelty free company that always took care of my curls back in the day. When we bought Myles, I really wanted to make sure that we extended our cruelty free and natural life to him, too! I wanted to use something safe and effective, especially since he’s still a little bub. 

I really can't handle the cutness sometimes...

I really can’t handle the cutness sometimes…

The John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo smells amazing and lathers up nicely. Though Keith did most of the bathing and I really only clicked and gave treats, he’ll back me up and say that the suds were amazing and soft. We were really able to wash this little dude well. The fact that it’s tearless makes me a happy furmama, too! Likewise for the John Paul Pet Oatmeal Conditioning Rinse. The oatmeal is soothing (which he needs after a long day outside), and gentle. And, can we talk about soft??? I literally wanted to sit and pet him for hours (which I do anyways.)

Sandy smiles for all!

Sandy smiles for all!

Tell me that’s not the fact of a happy pupperoni. :) He’s doing so well at our home and is adapting quickly to our daily routines and lifestyles. I also love the fact that we can promote a healthy, natural lifestyle for our dog balanced with an awesome vet, too. We might just have to take him to the beach again this weekend! Sweet, sweet summertime! 

Editor’s note: the products featured in this blog post were purchased by me! My opinions are 100% my own and Myles’ own. :)

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