Pa Pa Pa Parasol Parade

Monday July 13, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

‍I got this parasol from guess where?!

A country where people are obsessed more with the idea of staying pale than any other insidious effects of the sun… Japan of course!

This parasol affords UVA/UVB protection. Because not all umbrellas do that?

Anyway I love this parasol because it is tiny and collapses to fit in the side of my bookbag.

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These photos were taken at the casting pools at Golden Gate Park.

I spent much of this weekend soaking in the sun. First at the beach, then biking through the park and climbing up hills.

And though I had my handy dandy parasol with me, I am a human being and need to feel the warmth of the sun!

So when I got back to the house, I had one more line of defense in my skincare arsenal. An après soleil. After sun cream. More about that later.

I hope your weekend was super saturated in color with a splash of sun 😎

How To Travel Light When You Are A Cosmetics-Obsessed Hoarder

Wednesday June 10, 2015 | Beauty Lifestyle

First of all… why are we still having to play this game of squeezing our liquids in tiny bottles and jamming them in litter sized ziplock bags?

Come on. Why did this ever have to be a thing? And even after this recent bust on the TSA, why should we continue to carry on with this farce?!

Anyway, before getting too worked up about this, let’s just try to look at the positive side of things.

I think there is one upshot to this restriction on the way that we travel. It forces us to travel light.

Before leaving for a 2-week trip to Japan, I made a conscious decision to bring only what I could carry on the plane with me.

My daily beauty regimen can get quite heavy when you add it up by weight.

There was a time when I got used to traveling with everything. More than half of the weight of my oversized bags was made up of personal care products. Which was of course ridiculous.

So the challenge of making this…

Traveling with all these liquids? I think not!

…look like this…

TSA friendly liquid containers

…was a nod to my minimalist sensibilities.

And BAM. We managed to get to Japan without checking in any bags! Hellz yeah!

I’m not saying I’m a pro at this. But here are some of my own tips when it comes to traveling light with liquid personal care products.

Travel ready

1) Do The Research – Read up on travel regulations because they could vary depending on where you’re traveling. As of now if you are traveling to and from the U.S., the TSA limits each traveler to 100ml (3.4 oz) containers which must be placed inside a 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, ziploc bag. But that could change. And let’s hope it does.

2) Gather Your Small Containers – I purchased little salad dressing containers at Target, then later found a cheaper and more diverse array of options at Daiso and Ichi Ban Kan in Japantown.

3) Divide And Conquer – If you are traveling with another person, divvy out the goods between you and your travel partner because you can share the shampoo and toothpaste and other such toiletries vs having to carry everything yourself.

4) Appropriate Container Types – Some products break down when exposed to sunlight. This is true for sunscreens, which have to be kept in opaque containers. Other products that I can think of which must be kept inside a dark container are Argan oil and Vitamin C. So just keep that in mind.

5) Don’t Leave Your Goods – This is what happened to me. I forgot my Juice Beauty moisturizer with SPF. And then had to buy a generic SPF when I got to Japan. Fail.

6) Pack Enough – Make sure you pack enough so you don’t run out. Trickier done than said.

7) When All Else Fails – Check in your bags. Because remember. You can do that!

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3. Melvita Aloe Vera Soft Moisturizing Balm
4. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer
5. Mad Hippie Eye Cream
6. Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream

Cleansers

Cleansers:

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Hair and body care

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3. 365 Everyday Value Shampoo Herbal Mint For Normal + Dry Hair
4. Andalou 1000 Roses Body Lotion

Leona DIY All Natural Body Butter Kit

Monday March 2, 2015 | Beauty DIY

For the holidays, I received this fun package of ready to make all natural body butter!

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This is the first I’ve come across something like this.

Leona is a brand that specializes in Hand Craft Kits of all-natural personal care products.

Their ingredients are simple, high quality, natural and organic. All very good things!

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The kit comes with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and lavender essential oil, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to whip up the body butter.

All ingredients are organic and fair trade.

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Contents shown above, from left to right:

Empty container for finished product
Shea Butter 2.0 oz
Coconut Oil 1.0 oz
Jojoba Oil 1.0 oz
Lavender Essential Oil .03 oz

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Step 1

Boil water on low heat in a  double boiler or a small pot with a heat-safe mixing jar (pyrex or mason jar).

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A metal mixing bowl placed inside a regular sauce pan works just as well!

Step 2

Place shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in double boiler/mixing jar. Mix every few minutes.

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Step 3

Heat until mixture turns to pure liquid form. Liquid should be translucent yellow color.

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Step 4

Remove from heat and add lavender essential oil to the mixture.

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Step 5

Place mixing jar in refrigerator to cool for 1+ hour. Leave in fridge until top layer is solid and bottom layer is solidifying.

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Out of the way, old chinese food!

Step 6

Remove body butter from refrigerator. Use a large spoon or whisk to whip body butter for 10 minutes.

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If you have a small hand mixer, even better!

Step 7 and 8

Place mixture back in the fridge for ten minutes. Then take out from fridge and whip for another 5 minutes.

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Step 9

Once body butter has consistency of fluffy cream, add body butter to provided container.

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And voilà! You have made yourself a very buttery body butter.

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Mmm… just like making cake batter!

I couldn’t resist the yummy scent of the shea butter, I had to taste it! The best part is that I know exactly every ingredient that went into this.

Closing thoughts

The process itself was a lot of fun and reminded me that I’m terrible at following directions! Especially at keeping track of time. So instead of leaving it in the fridge for an hour, I left it for 2 hours. But all’s well that ends well :-)

At $40 for the kit, it’s admittedly a lot pricier than what it would cost if you were to just buy these ingredients individually at a health food store. But you’re paying for the convenience and the quality of the ingredients.

The finished ready to use body butter is available on the Leona website for $25.

Leona also offers two other DIY kits, “Make Your Own Lip Balm” and “Make Your Own Hard Lotion.”

Go check it out at www.leonamade.com!

What beauty products have you made at home?