Beauty Roundup

Beauty Roundup

Garland sent me a box of really fun things for my birthday last week.  I am a huge fan of all things bath, scrub, and relaxation related.  I had never heard of some of these brands before and thought I would share the wealth by telling you what I thought!

Bath Bomb by Musee

I actually bought a few of these for myself when I was in Laguna Beach for my birthday.  My boyfriend and I happened upon the store Bubbles at  Laguna while walking down the street and I had to go inside.  I usually make my own bath bombs, but love trying out store bought versions.  The one I used the other night was called “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Musee.  It smelled sort of like laundry detergent and turned the water a cerulean blue.  It also left a cute plastic crescent moon floating the tub when the bomb had fizzled out.  I think these bombs are super cute for gifts or to just treat yourself.

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub

This scrub smelled so good and left my skin feeling soft.  Make sure you have a telephone shower head in your shower so you can rinse all the grounds down the drain.  They get everywhere!

Kocostar Hair Therapy

This mask left my hair feeling so soft!  I have very dry hair, so I could use a mask like this once or twice a week.  The cap was a little difficult to keep on in the shower (I have never used a hair mask with a cap before,) but once I figured it out and got the tape to adhere tightly enough, it was smooth sailing.

Formulary 55 Face Mask

This Face Mask was also a bit messy, but it was pink and smelled nice and left my skin feeling refreshed.  I was worried that it might dry my skin out, but I didn’t have any problems and having pink clay on my face made for some fun snapchats!

White Amber Candle from World Market

World Market is now my go to for affordable and amazing candles.  I am officially hooked.  I love the Diptyque and Nest, but at over $40-60 a candle, I can’t always justify the purchase.  World market saves the day with aesthetic and fragrant candles that look just a nice but for a fraction of the price.  These are a find!



El Paso Opera Presents: Carmen

El Paso Opera Presents: Carmen

El Paso Opera Presents: Carmen

greetings from prague, czech republic!

i just wanted to check in quickly and let everyone know about an incredible event that is happening in el paso this month! It has been a honor helping out with the el paso opera the last few months and it is absolutely remarkable to see what my friend and freshly appointed executive director of the el easo opera, chelsea lamego, has done in the last year.  please watch this video to learn more about the production of carmen and please make sure to purchase your tickets online.  you will not want to miss this collaboration between the el paso symphony orchestra and the el paso opera.  help support the fine arts in el paso!  we deserve this! xo


think dirty

think dirty

i have been pretty enthusiastic for awhile in terms of spreading the word about this app, and now i can share it online, here, with you!

think dirty is the easiest way to know which potentially harmful chemicals you are exposing your body to through your daily beauty regimen.

…and trust me, once you find out how bad it is, you will become equally as enthusiastic about this app!

as you can see from the video above, you scan or enter a beauty product and it will list the ingredients and rank them based on toxicity levels.

each ingredient listed on the product label or manufacturer’s website is evaluated for document evidence of carcinogenicity, developmental & reproductive toxicity, and/or allergenicity & immunotoxicity.  

it then gives you recommendations for similar products that have better ratings.

i was shocked to see how many of my favorite products, which i thought to be from “hypo-allergenic,” “organic,” or “natural” brands actually ended up being chock full of carcinogenic ingredients.

dallas bronzer

my favorite “dallas” bronzer by benefit? 10 out of 10

physicians formula blush

my physicians formula blush that i have sworn by since my freshman year of high school? Also 10 out of 10!


pond’s dry skin cold cream? 10 out of 10!! 


burt’s bees body lotion? 7 out of 10

laura mercier

laura mercier tinted moisturizer? 10 out of 10

i have basically been poisoning myself with lotions, creams, make up and shampoo my entire life.

of course i’ve always been aware that eye make-up and most deodorants are chemical poopstorms, but what about some of the johnson & johnson products i use that are normally meant for babies and small children?!


johnson and johnson baby oil?  ranked 9 out of 10! same for its baby lotion!


dove body soap? 9 out of 10! 

how is it possible that the FDA allows these chemicals to be used in products meant for children?

please use this as a tool to protect yourself!

think dirty has allowed me to make a conscious effort to now only buy products that have a low toxicity ranking.

download the app and make sure to use it when you are out shopping for yourself or your family.