Friday, August 17, 2012

OOTD: Work

It's summer and I work in education so the dress code is a little more casual.  I wore this a few days ago.  Can't remember which day exactly.

Top:  Anthropologie

Shoes:  Blanco (from Spain)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review: Lush Cupcake Mask

Lush Cupcake Mask (pic taken with flash) - color is a little lighter and more grey in real life
This is my first experience using a Lush Fresh Face Mask*.  I originally went into the store to purchase Sacred Truth or Brazen Honey but the salesgirl suggested Cupcake.  The Lush website says this about Cupcake:

  • Sleepover staple: Cupcake is definitely a fixture at slumber parties for it’s wonderful effect on teenage skin.
  • It looks good enough to eat: But no, it doesn’t taste like chocolate pudding. Trust us.
  • Refreshing minty tingle: We combine spearmint, fresh mint and peppermint oils in Cupcake.
I actually really wanted to try the Cupcake mask because it sounds fun!  Chocolate on my face - sign me up!  But teenage skin?  I am in my 30s and I have normal/combination skin.  I do get occasional zits so maybe the salesgirl took one look at my face and thought I could use a good detoxifying mask.  I like to think she mistook me for a teenager but that's probably not the case.  Either way, I happily added it to my basket.

The mask is good for up 3 weeks (expiration date on package) and I was able to use it 6 times before it expired.  There was still some left over but this isn't the type of mask you could use everyday and I didn't want to overdo it.


It's thick.  My fridge is also set on a somewhat higher temperature so it sort of freezes things a little bit.  The first few times it was hard to spread all over my face but I learned to let it sit out so that it is easier to apply.  It does smell great although for me, the scent was overwhelming after a while.  Smells like minty chocolate batter...with a little bit of clay.


The first time I used this mask I simply rinsed my face with water to remove it.  I did cleanse my skin before applying it!  I got a few new zits the next day because it left a filmy layer.  After that I decided to use a toner (Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner) after washing off the mask.  I like the way my skin looks after using this mask with the toner - brighter and refreshed.  It's only temporary though.  The next morning, my skin looked the same.  I didn't have any breakouts when I used the mask so I am not sure if it would help in clearing skin.  I can say that it didn't cause my face to breakout!

Would I purchase this mask again?  Yes, but I want to try the others first.

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with any of the companies or brands mentioned.

*These masks need to be refrigerated. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Favorites: Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Organic Coconut Water

I've always liked coconut water and I've tried many different brands.  My favorite was O.N.E. which comes in juice box.  But I was at Whole Foods the other day and decided to try this:

Harmless Harvest Coconut Water 8 oz.
When I was paying for it, the cashier said to me, "Oh my god, those are so good!...They taste just like water straight out of the coconut.  But it's better because you never know how much you will get in a coconut.  At least in the bottle you can see."  And he was right!  These are sooooooo much better than boxed pasteurized coconut water.  When I was younger, my mom used to buy raw coconut water from Asian supermarkets.  This tastes just like that!  It is a little pricey for such a small bottle ($2.69 USD) but I can't go back to the other kind.

Link to Harmless Harvest Website (I'm not affiliated with this company):

Monday, August 13, 2012

OOTD: 8/11/2012, Cousin's Bridal Shower

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) for August 11, 2012.  I wore this to my cousin's bridal shower.

Dress:  Zara

Belt:  Anthropologie

Shoes:  Kors by Michael Kors