Blogging :: Rekindling Your Passion



I’m the first to say that this is my dream job. Maybe not my dream salary (yet) but definitely love setting my own hours, working from home (often in my pjs or workout clothes), and getting to know other kindred spirits. And, not lastly, writing.

I’ve always loved to write and adore that it is the crux of my daily work. Still, sometimes it can be difficult to ignite that fire that got you blogging in the first place. Most of us started out in this biz because we felt passionate about something and wanted to share that interest with others.

So what happens when you just aren’t feeling it?

Here’s my go to fire igniter:  READ.

That’s right, read other people’s stuff. Blogs, magazines, books, newspapers. Read what you like, written by people you like. Read stuff in your niche and on subjects completely different from what you write. Read controversial and subversive writings. Read sweet and fluffy pieces. Just get started reading somewhere and you will be surprised how inspired you become. Betcha you’ll be jumping up to jot down hot ideas before you’re even finished.

If you are having trouble getting anything fresh in print, or just can’t seem to get yourself to sit down at the computer, maybe you need to take a day (or even an hour) and read. It’ll getcha going.  Promise.



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Secret Stash :: Vered Organic Botanicals



Whilst poking around my samples basket for a good exfoliant (do you have post summer bumpiness too?) I kinda hit the jackpot.

See, a while back, when I put together a diy spa style facial, Vered Back of Vered Organic Botanicals sent me a Cacao Vanilla Beauty Mask that I ended up including in the facial.  Yum!  What I didn’t remember were the oils she sent along with it.  Since I have a hardcore crush on oils, it was like Christmas in my bathroom when I discovered this forgotten stash.

I’ve been using Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment and Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil for about 5 days now, and am in love.  I love an oil eye treatment. No pulling on delicate eye skin, just gently pat on the oil.  And it leaves skin feeling so super soft and pampered.

As for the face oil.  Oh my goodness, this stuff rocks. Not only does my skin adore it, but the scent! All warm and soft and spicy. Every time I catch a whiff of my face (which is often, since that’s where my nose is) I can’t believe how delicious I smell.  

Even though we have our staple skincare products, I firmly believe it keeps skin happiest when we switch things up from time to time.  And these are most likely new staples.


Blimey! It's a Scotch Naturals Giveaway



Know what I’ve been wanting lately? New nail polish. Every time I look in my polish drawer all I see are fruity hues, standard reds, or wintery greys.  Love them, but I’m wanting something fresh for fall.

And so are you, whether you know it or not.  Know how I know? Cuz Scotch Naturals has a whole beautiferous array of Celt-inspo shades that any gal (or guy, hey) would be more than thrilled to sport.
 
One could be all yours for free!  Scotch Naturals is giving one super fortunate OBS reader a bottle of Velvet Kilt –a deep, rich, luxurious purple creme. 

Do the following two things to be entered in the contest:

1. Like Scotch Naturals on Instagram + Facebook
2. Comment on my Instagram post for the Scotch Naturals giveaway #scotchnaturalsgiveaway

Scotch Naturals is committed to creating nontoxic products. These polishes are 3 free and contain no ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, or heavy metals. Keep your CLEAN manicure pristine for the entire school year with a special back-to-school promotion from Scotch Naturals. Purchase the Soy Polish Remover at 50% off ($6) and receive 25% off all Detox Packages ($33.75). Take advantage of the Back to School, Back to You deal today. And do as I do and byop to your next salon mani/pedi. Wish you luck!

**Congratulations to @gsgisi who will receive a bottle of Scotch Naturals Velvet Kilt. Yay! Thanks to all who participated in our giveaway!!**

Product Review :: Pit Putty Cream by Bubble + Bee



My basket of organic beauty samples runneth over.  Seems I’ve gotten a little behind in the product review department over summer.  Let’s see what we can do about that.

Today I bring you a review from a not new brand or product, but new design.  Pit Putty by Bubble and Bee has long been one of my favorite natural deodorants.  Probably the first natch deod that I actually liked, way back in the day.  The only drawback that I could see was it came in a stick.  Now, as far as deodorants go, stick is a good thing.  But this stick required a bit of maintenance, as in you still had to rub it in with your fingers.

If we have to use our fingers let’s just go with a cream, I say.  And B+B must’ve said the same thing cuz they went and took their awesome Pit Putty cream style.

Is … an all natural deodorant cream

Smells … like Wrigley’s Spearmint gum.  Subtle + fresh.  I also like Geranium Lime.  Comes in 6 scents
 
Feels … smooth as a baby’s bottom.  This stuff glides on and is non-irritating

Behaves … like a natural deod rock star. I love Pit Putty for a reason. Keeps me fresh all day, most days

You’ll love it if … you like to use natural deodorant and stay smelling fresh, sans the nasty chemicals

Not so much if … you don’t like using your fingers to spread on deodorant 

You should also know ... that I love the Body Buttas by this brand too. Espesh  the Coconut + Lime

Also comes in a cute little trial size.  I’d get this if I were you.

Buying It



I’d love to have attended A Night For Green Beauty in LA last week.  Top organic beauty brands, fabulous people, deliciously healthy treats, samba dancers, and … the flower crowns.  Alas, I was not there.  So I’ve had to settle for ogling the pics of those who were. #anfgb to the max.

So many fun beauty products to play with, I can hardly decide where to begin.  Gonna get my hands on some of that good green stuff.  Promise.  Then I’ll tell you all about it.  

Stuff I Want to Buy + Try

La Bella Figura makes makeup.  I’ve used their skincare (and love!) but have yet to try their lip color or cream blush, which look muy magnifeco.  Hey, even we beauty bloggers let stuff slip by our radar once in a while.

I’ve also yet to try Gressa Contouring Serum Bronzer.  Like, facial oil meets insta-glow.  Two of my fave things in one!  Must get my hands on this.

Would love to try Indie Lee Swiss Apple Facial Serum to see if it makes me look years younger.  Bet the Coconut Citrus Body Scrub doesn’t suck either.

Then there are the delicious new RMS products that put me in a trance every single time I see them.  No, RMS was not at ANFGB, but they are still one of my top favorites and I can not wait to try these bright new pots o color.

Also have my eye on MUN No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  In my teens I had freckles.  Cute!  Now I’d call them spots.  Not so cute.  This serum is said to not only lighten those babies up, but tone the skin and soften lines.  In a few short days.  You know how I feel about oils (and if you don’t, read this and this) and this serum contains one of my favorites (rose).  It also contains prickly pear seed oil, which is one hot ingredient right now.  Want.

I was actually sent some Lurk natural fragrance samples a while back.  Do you think I can find them?  Nope.  Now, after seeing their pretty display at ANFGB and hearing all sorts of green beauty gals sing their praises, I so bad want to try them.  Will keep looking.  If you get a hold of these, please do not lose them.  Either try them yourself or send them to me.

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst made this list because it has such a cool dang name.  Who doesn’t want to try that?  Seriously though, a serum is kind of the crown jewel of skincare and this one exfoliates dead skin cells (without scrubbing, which I’m all about) while you sleep.  And it contains rosehip and sea buckthorn oils, both of which I love tremendously. 

See you after my shopping spree...
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