Fall spices everywhere – DIY Face Scrub and Gifts that Give Back

Fall is upon us!  Pumpkin spice everything abounds and those delicious spicy cinnamon and nutmeg combinations have us all looking forward to Thanksgiving! Fortunately, your skin can also enjoy some festive fall spices. Check out this DIY scrub to help detox and cleanse your skin inspired by a treatment offered in Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. This scrub leaves skin hydrated and smooth.  All ingredients are found on the islands of the Maldives and luckily for us, also most supermarkets.

Maldivian Scrub:
Combine the following ingredients in equal parts and add hot water until it forms a paste:

  • Nutmeg
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Rice powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove

Apply whenever desired on the body
Leave on skin for 15 minutes or until skin begins to warm
Wash paste off

I would be a little bit leery to try this on sensitive skin, but it does sound delish ;)

For those of you looking for a cute gift idea or festive way to store your spices, I was recently introduced to the World Vision Gift Catalog and came across an adorable Cinnamon Box. This handmade gift box from Vietnam smells amazing, is perfect for any home, and most importantly, is a gift that gives back! The Cinnamon Box helps families receive social and health insurance as well as the opportunity to apply for scholarship funds. Check out World Vision on Facebook to see more gift ideas!

What’s your favorite fall spice?  Let me know in the comments below!


100% Pure Argan Oil Treatment – Maijan Beauty Review

Recognized for its many skincare and haircare benefits, if loving Argan Oil is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

In India and many other parts of the world, oils have been used for centuries as a way of keeping hair, scalp and skin healthy, smooth, and soft.  As part of my experimenting-with-oils phase, I’ve tried many an oil and have had mixed results with them (as you may have previously read about on this blog).  Recently, I was given an opportunity to test out Maijan Beauty’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Treatment, and have been really very pleased with the outcome.  This particular Argan Oil treatment is not scented, so it has a scent of it’s own (not necessarily unpleasant, but different).  Fortunately, the scent goes away after applying and all you’re left with is smooth skin and shiny hair!  So far, I have used a little Argan Oil on my dry hair during the day, and also on my face via the Oil-Cleansing-Method at night.  My sensitive skin really likes this stuff!

Each Maijan product is hand-blended without alcohol, parabens or sulfates.  Maijan is 100% vegan and never tested on animals, which I’m very glad to hear.  This brand is sold at Stylebell.

What do you use Argan Oil for?  Let me know in the comments below!


Longchamp Cosmetics Case – Le Pliage Cuir Pouchette Review

I love love love the Longchamp Cosmetics Le Pliage Cuir Pouchette. I was fortunate enough to purchase this product when it was on sale at Bloomingdales (regularly $125, was on sale for $87.50 + friends and family discount). This cosmetics case is large enough to hold all my on-the-go products, which, girls, I have a lot, and is made of amazing leather that feels so soft and supple. I got the ‘Sunshine’ color which is a nice, bright, rich yellow. The case measures 9.5″L x 1″W x 5″H.

longchamp cosmetics case

I’m not a huge Longchamp fan but this lined case is TOP NOTCH and that is why I’m totally bragging right now. It’s my new favorite thing! And, trust me when I say, a new cosmetics case for a beauty blogger is a big deal. I finally retired my Henri Bendel one with the broken zipper pull. Everything I have from HB seems to break, but that’s a post for another day.

What type of cosmetics case do you use? Are you a Longchamp fan? Dish in the comments!


Target Blue/Gray Ruana Review

I am currently coveting my new ruana from Target.  Ever since the weather broke here in New Jersey, my (pretty casual) office has been a little chilly.  I had been keeping a sweatshirt at my desk in case I needed it, but decided that looked a little bit frumpy.  So, on a recent trip to Target, I found this fabulous ruana in a Native American-inspired blue, gray, and black pattern. For only $24.99, I couldn’t resist. And, I actually walked out of Target without spending my normal minimum of $40.

I had never even heard the word ‘ruana’ before so, for those of you that also don’t know, it’s like an open poncho.  This one is made of a thick blend material and is quite warm, breathable and not itchy at all.  There are apparently many ways to wear a ruana.  I’m keeping my new ruana (I just love that word) at my desk now to ward off any chilly air that comes my way.

What do you think?  How do you stay warm in an office with fluctuating temperatures?  Let me know in the comments below.


Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Review

Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye PencilLaura Mercier is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. I am in love with their amazing Longwear Crème Eye Pencil ($24.) because it glides on with ease, is long-lasting, waterproof and looks vibrant all day.  The Espresso shade is a perfect neutral dark brown that is easy to wear day or night. I’ve been trying to venture out of the world of strictly black eyeliner, especially for daytime, office-friendly looks.

I was really impressed with how smooth this eyeliner is, because other pencils I’ve tried (even MAC Powerpoint) didn’t apply as easily.  For a hint of subtle fall-inspired color, try Sage to really make brown or hazel eyes stand out!

What’s your favorite Laura Mercier product?  Let me know!


Petroleum Jelly Alternative – Waxelene Review

I recently had an opportunity to test out Waxelene, an all natural alternative to Petroleum Jelly. I’m not a scientist or a natural products nut, but I do know that many people say Petroleum Jelly is bad for you, so I figured it would be worth a try to find a good alternative and to report on it for those of you that may be concerned. Waxelene is made of Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E Oil and Organic Rosemary Oil.  It has a light ‘natural’ scent and goes on smooth from a squeeze tube. It’s thinner in consistency, compared to Petroleum Jelly, but also has a non-greasy feeling and soaks in quickly. I plan on using Waxelene when I do at-home hair color to protect the skin around my hairline, or on dry skin/chapped lips when I need something quick in a pinch. I could see this being great for families with kids, too!  There’s currently a 20% off sale going on online, just use the code ‘BEESKNEES’.


Have you tried Waxelene?  What do you use instead of Petroleum Jelly, or are you a tried-and-true Vaseline user?