Happy Monday, beauties!
Have you been thinking about trying out a beauty subscription box?
I was lucky enough to sample the Little Box of Happy created by Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company. This monthly subscription box contains 100% natural bath and skincare products inspired by the beautiful places and scents of the east coast.
If you become a subscriber, you’ll receive artisan products before they’re available to the rest of the world as well as the company’s most popular sellers.
Here’s what this month’s Little Box of Happy has to offer.
Not only are the Pearl & Daisy bath bombs beautifully scented, they’re made with moisturizing coconut oil and sunflower seed oil. The bath bomb is a good size (about as large as a 2.5″ tennis ball) which means there’s a lot of fizzing and relaxing to enjoy!
The best facial masks use natural ingredients and no fillers. This soothing mask blends hand-picked botanicals, with the benefits of traditional plants backed by science. Key ingredients include Canadian oats and marshmallow root which repair and protect skin.
If you have irritated or inflamed skin, use this soothing honey and lemon balm mask up to two times a week to calm your skin.
This solid body balm melts on contact and provides the ultimate intensive moisture therapy. It’s especially good for dry skin on your heels and elbows.
My feet are adjusting to sandal season, so moisturizing them with this lavender body balm is the perfect way to get them ready for the summer.
Fellow Canadians, do you remember Beep? If you never tried Beep, it was a fruit juice-based drink that Canadian kids, like me, enjoyed for breakfast (even my budgie liked it 😄).
I don’t know how Pearl & Daisy has done it, but they’ve created one of their conditioning lip balms in a citrus punch flavor like Beep.
This 100% natural artisan soap blends the summer scent of lemon verbena with essential oil from the leaves and flowers of sweet white thyme.
Did you know that it takes only 12 minutes to enjoy the benefits of a bath?
Some of the amazing benefits include enhancing your outer beauty (hydrated skin) and improving your inner health (improved blood circulation).
If that doesn’t convince you to jump in the tub, Pearl & Daisy soap and bath products just may do the job. This Nova Scotia company specializes in 100% natural soap and bath products inspired by the beautiful places and history of the east coast.
I had a chance to try out three products from Pearl & Daisy that helped to create the ultimate bath experience:
- Rose Moisturizing Bath Bomb–Who doesn’t love a fizzy bath bomb, especially a 100% natural bath bomb with a beautiful rose scent! To help moisturize your skin, the bath bomb includes organic coconut oil and sunflower seed oil.
- Veranda Sea Salt & Minerals Bath Soak–Mineral salts are great for improving circulation and relieving muscle tension. I tried the Veranda Bath Soak which blends the refreshing scent of lemon verbena with essential oil from the leaves and flowers of sweet thyme herb.
BEAUTY TIP: For best results, Pearl & Daisy suggests dry brushing your skin before bathing.
- Mountain Mist Soap–The name of this handcrafted soap was inspired by the blue-gray mist that settles in the valleys of ancient coastal mountains after a rain and early in the morning. It’s an uplifting blend of sage and balsam fir for daily morning cleansing or any time you want to feel a calming sensation like walking in the woods.
If you’re shopping online at Pearl & Daisy, don’t forget to browse their products by how you want your bath experience to feel (for example, invigorated, relaxed, or focused) and check out their monthly subscription boxes.
Pearl & Daisy products are also available at retailers in the U.S. and Canada.
As a beauty blogger, I come across all types of skin care and makeup designed to hold back the aging process.
If you want to look and feel young, there is another strategy to slow down the physical and mental signs of aging.
I had a chance to take look at The Age Gracefully Cookbook by Grace O that turns delicious foods with powerful nutrients into rejuvenating recipes to help fight aging from the inside out.
This unique cookbook focuses on categories of food nutrients or FoodTrients that are essential to healthy living. The collection of age-fighting recipes are color coded based on these five categories:
- Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels.
- Antioxidant: Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
- Disease-Preventing: Reduces risk factors for age-related diseases.
- Immunity Boosters: Supports the body’s resistance to infection and strengthens the immune response.
- Mind and Beauty: Encourages vibrant skin and hair.
For example, if you want to put the brakes on age-related diseases, stir up a Balkan-inspired Potato Kale Soup recipe with cancer-fighting compounds. Or, easily add antioxidant properties to a meal by preparing tangy Green tea Noodles with Edamame.
To get started, I made a quick and tasty Tabbouleh recipe with Quinoa–a complete protein with silica which helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. Grape tomatoes in the Tabbouleh also boost the skin.
After a long winter, spring is finally around the corner. What better time to get your skin ready for a new season and leave the cold, dry weather behind!
MIYU Beauty is a revolutionary line of skincare and beauty teas that can renew your skin by hydrating and soothing your complexion inside and out.
I’m a big fan of award-winning MIYU Beauty and am so excited to be hosting a giveaway of their four-piece collection of skin essences and tea pairings.
A Prettea Little Tea Quartet
This handy travel-size beauty set will help you hydrate and unwind with skincare and delicious beauty tea. The quartet includes:
- Hydrate mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Enhances your skin’s ability to retain water and leaves a radiant, dewy glow.
- De-stress mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Helps with visual signs of stress like redness and irritation and leaves a healthy, serene glow.
- Hydrate mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains green rooibos, an African red bush tea that naturally contains electrolytes to rehydrate from within.
- De-stress mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains relaxing ingredients like peppermint and chamomile blossoms.
How to Enter the Giveaway
Follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and tweet the following before Thursday, March 19 (12 pm PST):
RT & follow @blushstopshere to #win a 4-piece skincare/beauty tea set from @MIYUBeauty. #Giveaway details at http://wp.me/pwaiC-7bF
A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Twitter. The winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents. The prize package is sent directly from the sponsor.
Note: I’m just starting out on Instagram, so feel free to follow me at https://instagram.com/blushstopshere/.
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Update: This contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for new giveaways!
Is your special someone overworked and stressed out?
MIYU Beauty, a beauty brand that pairs luxurious skincare with beauty teas, can help you give the gift of an at-home spa retreat with a healthier twist on chocolate (if you’re new to MIYU Beauty, read more about their beauty essences and teas here).
The Made With Love kit designed especially for Valentine’s Day features a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter, and heaps of love.
The limited edition kit contains:
Finally, coconut oil is getting the attention it deserves for promoting a healthy metabolism (and other health benefits) and for standing in as an amazing beauty multi-tasker.
Here are three of the best ways to use coconut oil.
Let’s face it. If you’re a makeup junkie (like me), you need a gentle, but effective way to take off your shadow, liner, and mascara. Rub coconut oil gently on your eyelids and lashes and you not only easily remove makeup, you also condition lashes. Seriously, if you’ve been abusing your lashes, you will see an improvement pretty quickly.
If you’ve tried just about everything to whip your cuticles into shape, how about applying a bit of coconut oil? Rub in the oil once or twice a day and voila: softer cuticles which can easily be pushed back.
Amped Up Body Moisturizer
If you love your body moisturizer but want to take it to the next level, combine equal parts of coconut oil and your moisturizer for a super hydrator. Not only does coconut oil penetrate deeply into your skin, it leaves a glow without a greasy feel (H/T Lauren Conrad).
Coconut oil is incredibly versatile as a beauty product. Do you have any other coconut oil beauty tips? Let me know in the comments below!
Preventing sagging skin may be as proactive as incorporating a certain type of oil into your daily diet.
Results of a French study involving both sexes identified a lower risk of severe photoaging (sun damage) with higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil. Photoaging, including blotchy pigmentation, wrinkling, and skin sagging, is a response to sun exposure.
If following a diet is one of your goals for this year, U.S. News and World Report has done the research for the best diets of 2014.
U.S. News evaluated 32 of the most popular diets and identified the best.
Best Diets Overall
The DASH diet tops the list for best overall diet because of its emphasis on portion control and balance. This leading diet recommends eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy while eliminating sweets and red meat.
The second best diet overall is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet which features a low-fat regimen. The key to this diet is cutting back sharply on fat, particularly saturated fat.
Best Weight Loss Diets
The best diet to follow for weight loss is Weight Watchers followed by The Biggest Loser and Jenny Craig diets. Weight Watchers, which emphasizes making healthy choices that fill you up so you’ll eat less, and Jenny Craig also rank as the easiest diets to follow.
If you want more information on diet rankings, click here.
Three Steps to Weight Loss