Pacifica Beauty Devocean Natural Lipstick Review

I feel like lipstick means Fall and Winter, and I’m really not that upset about it! I love the summer of minimal makeup, shiny glosses, and bright polishes, but I’m a true vamp at heart. Pacifica Beauty Devocean Natural Lipstick has the shade I’ll wearing daily this Fall and it’s called Beach Goth. But before we get into the awesomeness that is its name. Let’s talk a bit about Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipsticks and why they’re so amazing!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m beginning to add “natural” and “nontoxic” to me requirements of beauty and homecare products in addition to them being animal friendly. I just don’t want all of that extra “stuff” on my skin. Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipsticks are formulated without Animal ingredients (including carmine, beeswax and lanolin), animal testing, FD&C colors, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, propylene glycol, SLS, gluten, and peanut oil! Not to mention it is a women powered company (YAS Feminism!).

Pacifica Beauty Devocean Lipstick

Did I mention I really love Pacifica? This shade is packed with a juicy punch of vampy red and maroon. Though I really love all of the Pacifica Beauty Devocean colors, Beach Goth is my all-time favorite that can be easily adapted for your day to night look. During the day, I’d pair this with a neutral eye (Power of Love Palette anyone??) and add dark colors for a smokier look at night. 

The best part about the Pacifica Beauty Devocean line is that they are hydrating natural lipsticks! I used to be a gloss girl because I hated how lipstick becomes flakey and dry later in the day. Pacifica has changed the face of lipstick with their innovative use of botanicals and natural ingredients. I love having a blend of a lipbalm and lipstick in my hand. For anyone who has been weary of becoming a lipstick girl, go for it. Pacifica’s Devocean will have you smooth or selfie ready. 

Editor’s note: The products mentioned in this post were provided to me by a representative of the company. I have not been compensated in any way, and all aforementioned opinions are honest and my own.

Summer & Fall 2016 Reading List

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Just because August is halfway over and teachers like myself will be heading back to work doesn’t mean that I’ll stop reading. The next few months are going to be very busy for me in terms of preparing for baby’s arrival, a new school year, and the holiday season. But, I find that it’s so important for me to take the time to read and reflect. I’ve been focusing a lot on new Young Adult Literature, but I’ve also been reading a few pregnancy books to help empower myself come December. What’s on your current list? 

  • Sherman Alexie – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: This is a re-read for me because I ended up teaching it in a summer program. This book is absolutely hysterical, heartbreaking, and happy all in one crazy tornado of Rez Life mixed with spunky cartoons. We had some great discussions about this book, what it means to be a Native American, and what stepping outside the box to achieve your dreams means for some people. This is also one of the few books I read that has a male protagonist! Go me!
  • J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: This is a no brainer. If you know me, you know that I actually live in the HP Universe and teach part-time at Hogwarts on the weekends. I really dig the play format and would love to do something with this in the classroom. Because what kid doesn’t want to act? I won’t spoil anything though, I know many are still reading!
  • Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park: I heard this is just charming. I’m looking forward to reading it!
  • Jojo Moyes – Me Before You: Because the whole Internet is crying and I want to know why. 
  • Garth Stein – A Sudden Light: I fell in love with The Art of Racing in the Rain. Whenever that happens I try out another book by the same author. 
  • Every pregnancy book ever: I’m currently rocking Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy which is…well…cute. And, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth because if I had more gall I’d totally go to the farm to have the baby, haha. I love how empowering the stories are and am channeling that energy so I can put it to good use come December (or November…)

Will I read more? You bet! But these are my priority books for now. Happy reading!

Miss Spa Mask Review & Giveaway

miss spa review

A while ago I posted about some of my favorite masks. I’m a mask junkie. I love trying out new skincare masks for all types of purposes. But, the one type of mask I’ve never tried was a sheet mask. They look awesome, but I always thought that they would be messy or uncomfortable. So, when I found out about Miss Spa Masks (you can get these online or at Ulta and Target!), I knew I had to try them out. They have two types of mask lines, and I will be focusing on the Results in 20 Minutes series. I was able to try Detox, Hydrate, and Exfoliate. The great thing about these sheet masks is that they are convenient, cruelty free, and the company us woman owned (yas). Even more? The Miss Spa Results in 20 Minutes series are under $5.00. Yes, my friends, another budget and bunny friendly product!

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Here I am rocking my detox mask! It felt cool and soft and smelled nice. I looked a little funky, but afterwards my face felt amazing. All of the detoxing botanicals are right in the sheet. Before using skin should be clean and dry. After the 20 minutes is up, I used a soft tissue to pat the botanicals into my skin that were left from the mask and air dried the rest of the way. It felt amazing! My skin was glowing and soft. My only gripe? The nose portion is a little tiny. But if you’re not a large honked Italian like myself, you should probably be fine. Furthermore, the masks are free of artificial dyes, sulfates, and parabens. 

Interested in trying out these pre-treated sheet masks? I’m giving away to ONE lucky winner, a set of both the Hydrating and Exfoliating Masks. So, take some time for yourself and feel rejuvenated after just 20 minutes. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Cool Cruelty Free Kid Must-Haves

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I’ve already started working on my baby registry despite the fact that I’m not having a shower before baby arrives. If people want to give a gift, I’m open to it (and extremely grateful), but I’m looking toward having a Christening/Meet the Baby party afterwards! Obviously, we’re having a cruelty free kid. I want to make sure I’m using safe, nontoxic, and animal friendly products on my baby and usually those three requirements come together in one package. Moms like Sunny and Janine have shown me that living a safe, and chemical free lifestyle can be very doable even with another person to “manage.” Through Vegan Cuts and other cruelty free boxes, I’ve gotten some great previews of cruelty free kid items. Here are my favorites that I’ll be sharing with our Little One come December. 

Of course, I’m thinking about onesies, diapers, and all of the equipment I’ll need, but I’ve been thinking of some fun items too! Cruelty free kid items are not hard to find, and with a little research you can raise your very own nontoxic crunchy granola muncher. Knowing, personally, that I’ll be using safe products on my little one gives me peace of mine. Here are some of the non-essentials I wouldn’t mind if someone got me (in triplicate, haha).

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First up? The Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb (say that three times fast, I’ll wait). I’ve been a longtime lover of all things Lush, and their baby products are no exception. Our nephew loved this bath bomb and I loved the gentle lavender EO which is perfect for winding down at the end of the day…for Momma, Daddy, and Baby (and probably the dog, too). 

Original Sprout is a brand I came to know through the Vegan Cuts Beauty box (and loved that there were cruelty free kid options in it, too!) Moms I’ve spoken to said that multi-tasking products are amazing. OS offers this Hair and Body Babywash that takes care of it all. After doing some research, it seems like bath-time is so important…not just for cleanliness but for bonding! Rosemary, Basil, and Aloe smooth skin while soothing. I used this myself during a very hot, trying summer for my skin and it cured any woes I had. And, the gentle scent is not overpowering!

Earth Mama Angel Baby is a brand I’ve been researching on my own more so for post-partum products. However, when I stumbled upon their bottom balm I knew I had to make sure to put it on my list. When I was a kid we used A+D or Desitin. But, I wasn’t wild about the oils and ingredients (not then…now, haha). I also like that I can use this EO blend on bug bites, diaper rash, or even scratches and minor cuts. 

The next two must-haves aren’t really for my future cruelty free kid, but for me. The Uncommon Goods Cotton Teether Crate is just cute as all hell. And, the Edible Veggie Finger Paints by Wee Can Too are right up my husband’s alley for fun Daddy and Baby art time. 

Crunchy mommas, what else should I be putting on my cruelty free kid list? 

Why I’m Transitioning Back to a Paper Planner

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As many of you know, we’re expecting our little bundle of joy this December! Well, let me tell you…pregnancy brain is a thing. I used to be such a judgey wench about pregnant people…especially when I was in my teens and 20s and spent my time going to the gym, spending money on coffee & cigarettes, and lived on fast food. Did I mention I was much thinner while doing all of that?  Anywho, I thought a lot of symptoms like pregnancy brain and emotional uprisings were just women being annoying and whiny. Now that I’m older and, well, pregnant, I can assure you pregnancy brain is real. And my tech-driven method of planning with a new family on the way was not going to work. I’ve always loved a paper planner for planning my lessons, but my personal life was always on my phone…until I forgot to set alerts that is. First, a bill went unpaid, then I missed a meeting with a friend by 2 hours, and finally I said enough.

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I went down the Erin Condren road and loved the planner itself, but needed something that was easy to tote around. Then, I thought about a Passions Planner that one of my students had (and it was pretty B.A.), but still the size was hindering me. While walking to my summer teaching gig, I found the most adorable fox staring back at me. How could I leave him there alone? So, why the change you ask? Let me explain!

  • Studies have shown when you write something down, you remember it!
  • No need to set an alert, that’s already done for you by jotting down your plans. 
  • Dependability. There have been times that my iCal and my Macbook did not sync up, resulting in double booking myself which is completely humiliating!
  • I need a ritual. Checking my planner allows me to have that ritual and reflect on the week ahead. This article talks about the importance of building in writing time. 
  • Fresh starts. My new planner has a week at a glance rather than an entire month which can sometimes overwhelm me. 
  • When you have multiple people to plan for, iCal doesn’t cover it. I have myself, Keith, Myles, and a future little gremlin. Enough said. 

I’ll still use my iCal for on the go things if I don’t have my planner with me. But, I’m going back to basics starting in August. How do you keep it all together?