Channeling The 60s: Edie+Twiggy Eyes For Your Weekend.

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There are certain trends that feel seriously played out when it comes to matters of makeup. Especially really dramatic looks that feel way too overdone to wear in everyday life. To me, simplicity is always the winner. Simple makeup is classic- a staple, highlighter of your natural beauty. However, there are just some cases where ‘dramatic’ ends up winning. For instance, Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick’s staple of dramatized eyes during the 60s, in which, they pulled off effortlessly.

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 I’ve always wanted to try it out, but for one, I had no clue where to start. I mean, not that it stopped me- who knows how many times I ended up staring back into the mirror looking like a raccoon gave me makeup advice.

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 However, I finally found that the key is balance, and not everyone will look good with a white eyeshadow/highlighter as the foundation for this look (as most DIY’s stand by). When you figure out what balance is right for you, it’s a fun way to add a little something to brighten your eyes while keeping everything else, simple. Especially when you want a playful look for weekend festivities. The below picture is pretty simple to see how to mock this iconic look. Hint: It doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s definitely another key. Have fun with it! We’re young!

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{Quick Tips}

1. Use a yellow concealer and dot around eyes, and under.

2. Dot a pretty highlighter around your eyes, I don’t suggest using white- however, yellow or peachy undertones are most welcomed.

3. The rest is pretty much described in the picture above, I didn’t use false lashes when I did mine, too much work.

 4. Oh, and if you mess up on step 4, the key to mine was just making little eyeliner dots on the under-eye rims, instead of dragging the eyeliner. Then just follow with lots(sss) of mascara.

{What I Used}

Physician’s Formula Yellow Wear Mineral Concealer in Soft YellowOrigins Brightening Cream Eyeshadow in Ginger Zing, Pacifica Natural Minerals Eye Shadow in Enlighten, Tarte Lights, Camera Action! Mascara, Physician’s Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black

Hope this sets the weekend off to a fun start. xoxo.

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Pretty Simple: DIY Surf Spray for Beach-Ready Hair.

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So. You’re walking through the store and you see that lovely, pricey, bottle of hair spray that promises sea salty, beach-y, summer scented, good-for-your-hair coconut oil, drenched tresses. It’s a serious moment. Hell, you might as well call it a phase.  Everything stops, you have a choice;

It’s that time of year again- you’re truly willing to throw basically anything out the window (job, rent, car, significant other, you know, etc.) in order to spend the summer like some carefree bohemian 20something with long hair and the golden sun shining off your skin (‘Who am I kidding?’, you think, ‘That IS me!’). All things California, Hawaii, coastal-inspired are pretty much the definition of your life, in fact, you’re basically a resident in every state that has a fucking beach because that’s how fucking free your spirit is. And, when it comes to being a free spirit there are essentials, in this case…salty, wavy, beach bum hair to truly live the part. Yes, that time.maybeb&bprettysimple

So, ‘That’s it!’, you think. It will make me feel better and look better and life will be great- a treat to myself. Plus, I’ll have beach hair to go perfectly with the Tan Towels I just bought (you know I’m talking to you, but that’s another post). Anyway, you buy Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray, and you know you’ve basically just bought the beach in a bottle. Life is sweet, and nothing can touch you. Even when you go to work tomorrow, you’ll smell like a tropical paradise, A TROPICAL BEACH GODDESS PARADISE (Fuck yes!). Oh, p.s., if you’re a guy reading this, I couldn’t make this up if I tried, we really do think certain products have the ability to be this life changing…it’s true. Anyway, you’re about to spray the hell(lll) out of that miracle-in-a-bottle and sit in your apartment knowing your life is pretty much amazing at this point. That beach is basically in your non-existent backyard by now. You made that choice, girl…and you’re stoked.

Please keep in mind the following, however:

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Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Ingredients: 

Water, Magnesium Sulfate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Isoceteth-20, Citric Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance.

The above ingredients are just…not. Hence, this post. Here’s a much cheaper alternative, that’s natural, and actually beach hair-worthy.

Style: "Penutbutter and Blueberries"

All you need is the above/love. However, the water needs to be hot enough for the salt to dissolve in the beginning, that’s about the hardest part. After the salt is down, you just put it in a cool bottle and shake it up, my loves. I really try to stress that the key here is the quality of the ingredients that you buy. For instance, you want raw, young, coconut oil because it’s in its’ purest state/unrefined, and therefore better for your hair- or if you like, you can even use this on your skin. I also think it’s definitely ideal to use Harmless Harvest’s coconut water in this recipe because again, they use raw, young, coconuts that are never heated in the process which causes it to smell AMAZING (which is kind of weird because it’s a drink, but whatever). I like to add some vanilla drops to mine sometimes, too.

You can add anything else you like to the mix (like more pink salt for added volume boosts to your hair), but I usually prefer its’ simplicity.

That’s it dears, see you at the beach (or the office, ya’ know, whichever).

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xoxo, The P&P.

Skin Trip: A Simple Mask for Silky, Smooth, Skin.

Hello my loves.

How are you?

All is well, I hope.

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Today’s Skin Trip is probably the quickest fix I’ve ever found to show major results in  less than ten minutes. I’m always looking for products that are tried, and true. Yet, the latter part is always the hardest to prove itself to me. We live in a world where the idea of ‘instant’ is not always an option, it’s expected. I don’t think that is where we need to be in everything we do as a society, however, with skincare, I cheat on that statement at least five times a day.

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As the days have been oh-so-lovely, but oh-so-windy and cold, I have found my skin way off balance. And then, there is always light. Want to know my secret mask that battles all things winter?

Whipped Shea Butter. It glides over your skin in moments and the longer you leave it on, the more you will see a major change in the glow of your skin. I call it a mask because you can wash it off while still getting the benefits, or if you like, leave it on so your skin can soak it up. The breakouts, oiliness, dryness, flakiness, dullness of winter- all gone. Mostly because this hydration helps balance our skin out as it changes from the sunny days of summer to the chilly days of winter. So, not to worry about all those upcoming festivities for the season, you’ll be dashing my beautifuls!

It’s such a simple and inexpensive way to have really amazing results, so quickly, from an all-natural fix. Not from gross, synthetic, goos we see pop up all over the place this time of year. Oh it’s also good to know, while you’re applying around your face, not forget your lips so they stay super-hydrated, too! It’s my skin’s heaven for winter. Especially the next day after I did a mask the night before, when my tinted moisturizer isn’t flaking off because my skin is super dry. Cute right? Ha.

Ohhh…and my dears…

One more Skin Trip: Did you know that if you apply it around 10 pm your body will go into healing mode  for the day, and it is then that products will be most beneficial? Pretty cool, huh? 🙂

What I’m Adoring: Answered Prayers, Courtesy of Argan Oil.

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I get rather angry at the thought of fad-skincare. “This ‘miracle product’ will change your life”, “this formula will answer your prayers”, “this cleanser will have people asking what you do for your skin.” We’re all guilty of wanting to believe it. Slap some (furry) hand-cuffs on yours-truly. I mean most beauty reviews (like some of my favorites that I always read, hint hint hint, above) sound pretty hell-luvva amazing.

 There have been heaps of fads as of late that I’ve been reading on the topic of marvelous skincare, but we must remember- not all products are created equal. And, not all products should just be ‘fads’.

 Insert; Argan Oil. I’ve been seeing a lot of pro-Argan Oil dialogue, which is wonderful, but I’ve also been seeing the side-effects of companies ‘cashing in’ on the liquid gold.

 Yesterday, I put on my armor and sword and headed into a swamp of health-nut and norms’ alike. Norms’ are usually the people I can tell are not health-crazed hippies by the look on their face when they spot things like Chlorella or organically-sourced Kale chips made by some company who calls themselves ‘Raw Fairies’. It’s kind of funny actually. The newly-opened Charlotte, NC Whole Foods finally opened there doors last week and I think I have a better idea of what the dreaded black-friday masses look like after Thanksgiving. I strategically parked in the Burger King (gross) across the parking lot so it wouldn’t be quite as intimidating.

Finally, some of my absolute favorite products have finally landed in the Queen City (wooo!). Insert again; I spotted Acure’s Argan Oil on a temporary sale for $10, didn’t think twice, and threw it in my basket while speed-dailing my mom to tell her that her favorite cleansing-cream was also on sale (Acure’s Argan Oil and Mint Cleanser). Their Argan oil is regularly around $15 (which is NOT BAD AT ALL), and have you really heard the whole gossip on Argan Oil? Well let me just say, when it fades, I won’t be jumping to the next fad.

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Skin Trip: Dreamy Hair; Wake Up and Smell The Roses, Dears.

Bonjour loves. Hope you’ve had a merry morning, and you’re smiling at the least.

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 I’m definitely awake and smiling dolls- my fourth (horrible, I know, clearly an addict) cup of coffee tells me so.

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 Anyhow, yesterday I was browsing my local health-food store for miraculous concoctions (and by browsing, looking like a somewhat spazz on the isle floor reading ingredients). Pretty often I find myself getting bored with products I use for my hair, especially conditioner. So, I always try to keep to a somewhat routine yet play around with products I use. My hair is really long and can become a mess if I’m not using a conditioner daily, and can get super-dry, so I’ve become pretty thorough about what your hair needs. I’m super addicted to finding products that don’t stray from natural oils and of course, have dreamy smells. I figure, what’s the point in using something if it doesn’t either 1. make your hair look like Penelope Cruz’s, 2. have a seriously enchanting smell?

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 Someone once said the key to having perfect skin and hair is to do the most itsy-bitsy-est amount of straying from its’ own balance. Basically, usually what your hair (and skin) need is closest to what it already has. Our imperfections are often born from our imbalance of something we absolutely have, but aren’t always treating correctly. Everything from products we use to our diets, greatly end up illustrating if we are balanced, or imbalanced.

This got me thinking yesterday, so what to do, dears?

 I often get asked what I use for my hair, so I figured I would offer up my own routine, and perhaps get some feedback. More times than I’d like, when I tell people what I (don’t) use- I’m pretty much some crazy cave dweller who obviously doesn’t even know how to spell her own name. I can hear the Southern drawls already chanting, ‘Bless her heart’, in their mind.  Well…I’m not a cave dweller, for one, I can spell my name, for two,  and three, my routine is probably a lot cheaper as well.

 Here it goes;

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 (The only decent picture I could find that somewhat shows my hair at the moment, I’m left, best friend, right, too much to drink…everywhere.)

 1. don’t use shampoo; it’s pointless, it strips away our natural oils- every. commercialized. shampoo. does. this. I don’t know why people feel the need to use it, or argue that they need it. Ever hear, “My hair is super oily, so I can’t use any oils and can only use shampoo.”

 It’s because when you use most of today’s shampoos, they instantly strip your hair. So, the imbalance begins. Your hair then tries to (super-women-esque-ish) produce oil to replace it, and often over-produces to try and balance itself out. Which, then just becomes a circus of elephants and tigers galore because we try to wash it away, and again, our hair produces more oil. Ironically, the end result becomes over-processed, brittle, super-dry, hair.

 2. When my hair is feeling a little oily, I use Alaffia’s Unrefined Shea Butter in Vanilla Mint. It’s amazing, and don’t freak, it’s technically a ‘body wash’, but it rehydrates my hair and therefore, oil production slows. Plus, obviously it doubles as my body wash, face wash, and love of my life.

 3. Oil, oil, oil, ladies; the absolute, hands down, BEST, idea you’ve ever had for your hair. Don’t be afraid. When you hydrate with natural oil at least once a week you get amazing results and benefits from it. Mostly importantly, your hair will become way(yyy) stronger and therefore, glossy.

It may take your hair a little getting used to at first, because as I said, it probably is a little imbalanced if you follow SAT (Standard, American, Techniques, as I like to call it.) It’s nice to remember all the lovely cultures around us, and how naturally gorgeous they are because the lack of processed, synthetic, perfumed, crazed products we see our way.

 I use oil on my hair everyday single day, but if you’re a little ify at first, try the once a week idea. You won’t regret it and the circus will definitely be hindered.

 Shea, Jojoba, Avocado, Almond, Coconut; Are my loves. They are the oxy-morons of oils because our hair and skin soak them up pretty quickly, even with some of their heaviness. Olive, to me, tends to get a little on the greasy side- so I have separated that into my, ‘FSO-for skin only’, category.

 Feel free to blend the aboves together as you please. Just make sure you are getting the best oil you can find from a trusted source. Sadly, this whole ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ train has, and is still, becoming pretty popular and easy for some companies to jump on without the right…let’s say, morals. Aka…they put cheap filler oils in with the more expensive ones, for a quick and painless profit. Check those ingredients, ladies, it only takes a moment. 

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 4. Stay light with your conditioner routine if your hair isn’t used to oils yet the first week; If you’re using my love, Alaffia, or going to give it a whirl, you are in the know and good to go…you can skip conditioner all-together the first week.

 5. I’m working on my own conditioner at the moment, which was Rose-and-Vanilla-Mermaid inspired yesterday. I obviously felt a little ‘ehh’ about the conditioners I came across pondering about.

 Either they smelled pretty…um…not so lovely, yet had some ahh-maz-inggg ingredients! Or, smelled a bit like heaven(nnn) minus the essential ingredients for my very driven and constant search for Mermaid-hair.

 I got to thinking I may as well put my expertise to use. Definitely trial and error in the next few weeks, but I’ll hopefully have it available through Etsy by October-ish.

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(Gorgeous Keira Knightly gracing Harper’s Bazaar UK, Tom & Lorenzo)

xoxo.

Skin Trip: Oh, Honey!

There is something sexy and alluring about Honey-especially when it involves putting it on our skin. I mean, if we think about some of the most instilled visions of beauty all over the world, not too many people would forget to mention Cleopatra; basically one of the first people who illuminated aesthetic beauty and embodied all things sex-symbol-like. She also just so happens to be noted to have used honey a great deal on her skin. Honey and milk baths were apparently one of Cleopatra’s beauty go-to’s, and given the historical context surrounding her, she was more referred to as a Goddess than anything else. Which let’s be honest, every women is just that, sorry guys. Anyhow, seems pretty easy to me that if we just look at cultures around us, we see pretty quickly what we should be using on our skin/hair/nails, to fix all of our little…dilemmas. 😉

As women (AND men) of today, we fall too often for marketing schemes labeled on products, rather than using our naturally smart selves. For instance, I’m sure most of us have heard the benefits of Honey and bought a product or two that contains the stuff. HOWEVER, when reading the label it probably only contains a small percent of what is promised, ultimately disguised by synthetic perfumes and fillers to trick us. Sad, but true, Ladies. Next time you’re in a store look at the LABEL, and see for yourself if a product is all it claims to be.

Oh, and BIG hint, hint, hint…ingredients go chronologically in order of what is MOSTLY in it, down to what is BARELY in it. So that means if the ingredient is, like, 200012…yea, that isn’t good.

With that out of the way, my point is buying what is most important. In this case, just buying a jar of Honey can do wonders for your skin. Why is the simplicity of honey so whimsical and angelic? Well let me show you the light.

Honey is a natural super skin-hydrater, which my loves if you are in your 20s to early 30s…we need A LOT of in these years. It is close to our own PH levels, which ultimately helps gives and retains moisture. If our skin becomes too dry, bad things will happen. Our skin gets off balance and becomes flaky and icky, and not the skin of Dewy Goddesses. Which isn’t cute. Obviously if honey does just this (which is does), it also aids us in preventing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals (Honey is packed with iron, calcium, vitamin B, potassium, and magnesium) it kind of becomes a miracle in a matter of moments on our skin.

As if that isn’t enough…it’s pretty awesome(eee) to find out Honey is also a natural Antiseptic. Which is really good for problem skin, as well. If you’re thinking of using it for this purpose mainly, I suggest Manuka Honey- which has more anti-bacterial power (and more celebrities cheering it on, insert: Scarlett Johansson, whom I adore/girl crush.)

Also, I included a little recipe I made up myself to use Honey to the best of it’s charming abilities (as well as other skin-loving natural ingredients of course).

Enjoy, my dears!

(ps…Goat’s Milk…is love for your skin: Naturally occurring AHA’s, so don’t be afraid my lovely Vegans if you’re reading this 😉 .)

“Oh, Honey!” Mask

1 package of Meyenberg powered Goat’s Milk

5 TBS. of Raw Honey (or more if you like)

2 TBS. Pure Vanilla Extract (I use Sonoma Syrup Co., which has Madagascar Bourbon & Tahitian Vanilla)- which gives a yummy Milk&Honey smell

2 tsp. organic Cinnamon

2 TBS. of organic Turmeric (East Indian women use this as a skin evener, aid in slowing aging process, and improve skin elasticity)

2 tsp. of organic peppermint oil

Water as-needed to stir everything together.

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Be super careful not to over-do it with the water, less is more. Everything will mix nicely with some patience. 🙂 Store in cool, dry, place. I’m southern about it and decided a cute Mason Jar looks crafty, and cute. You can use this obviously as a mask OR as a cleanser. The consistency should surprise you and will definitely be doubled as you like to use it.

What I Adore: First Skin Trip

If you have never tried Kiss My Face’s Peaches and Cream moisturizer, your life is about to be changed, so be prepared. It was my first, my only, my staple these days…and I always recommend it to everyone. I’m a serious sucker for anything that has a dreamy smell/eventually lifts me into some fantasy South-of-France vacation. The smell (is amazing), but add in absolute heavenly skincare-makeover status?…it was love at first sight for this girl. When I was living in Manhattan (around 3 1/2 years ago) at the time, I was getting to be a big-time healthnut (still am, yet, everything in moderation loves, right?) and realized I should carry over my eating habits to my skincare habits. This was the beginning. It only makes sense right? Yes, yes it does. So, on walks home from the subway I would stop at the comfy little healthstore (that I miss dearly) right by 77th and York, looking through loads of ingredients in their skincare section. My skin wasn’t in it’s best condition then and of course that in itself is a bit of any girl’s (or guys) nightmare. In fact, that was before I really wanted to be super pro-active in what I was using on my skin. However, when I saw this dream, I bought it instantly, for a whopping $10.00. I know. Craziness. In one week it had done a complete skin makeover. The Alpha Hydroxy Acid’s (I’ll be talking about these A LOT)  in it brighten, soften, and exfoliate your skin- which is the best way to get your skin on track heading for bigger and brighter days. My skin was still getting over days of my youth and those weren’t pretty days, but this dear made me realize the power of natural skincare. Any stray marks or mishaps were vanishing before my eyes. However, don’t be freaked if it stings a little, my friends spazzed at first, then never looked back. The lotion literally naturally exfoliates without any grainy substances so at first you’ll be in for a little bit of a burn. The bottle is huge, so you don’t run out fast. You can put it anywhere, I use it mostly for my face, but I sometimes need a little brightness for all over and it’s my go-to.

Plus, it doubles as an after-shower mask for me, and after you rinse, it’s leaves behind soft, glowy, skin. It’s definitely a hidden secret. Until now, my darlings.

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