Today at 3pm est on October 29th, head over to the Dr. Oz website to request your coupon for a FREE Full-Size Aquaphor Healing Ointment Product. This is worth a $6.99 value. Hurry though, you’ll have to be one of the FIRST 2,500 people to sign up to get this freebie. I’ve been able to score about 2-3 full-size product coupons from Dr. Oz in the past. Just be sure to be quick! Enjoy :)

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Longer lashes?

Ok I know this is crazy but on June 14 2011 I trimmed my lashes. Like u could no longer curl or see them. Then I religiously applied Vaseline or aquaphor every night for two weeks then every other day up to now July 28 2011. I still apply it and my lashes look longer and fuller not dramatically but I notice them and when I put on mascara n curl them you can see them unlike before :))

So using Vaseline or aquaphor does work. A little trim doesn’t hurt. This is also my second time I cut my lashes but if you do try it make the trim as tiny as possible don’t make a big one like I did lol but if your scared to just apply Vaseline or aquaphor with a q-tip and yea. Hope this helps :)

My Go-To Lip Moisturizer

Now that is starting to get boob-freezing cold outside, my lips are in dire need for some moisturization. I feel like I have tried everything out there, from cheap to expensive, but I always go back to this one product. It is Aquaphor-Healing Ointment. 

It is comparable to Vaseline, but I like this better because this is water-based while Vaseline is petroleum based and I feel like it leaves and oily residue and it seeps onto the skin around my lips. This makes my lips look like I just ate a bucket of fried chicken and forgot to lick/wipe the oil from my face. Plus, looking at the Vaseline website and how they got to using Vaseline is disgusting on my part. This is taken straight from the History of Vaseline:

The Vaseline® journey started in 1859, when a 22 year-old chemist from Brooklyn, New York named Robert A. Chesebrough, went to Pennsylvania to investigate an oil well. The oil industry was in its infancy, and Chesebrough, like many, was hoping to profit from it.

While Chesebrough was there, he discovered a gooey substance known as ‘Rod Wax’ that was causing the oil rig workers problems, as it stuck to the drilling rigs, causing them to seize up.

Chesebrough noticed that oil workers would smear their skin with the residue from their drills, as it appeared to aid the healing of cuts and burns. His curiosity led him to take some Rod Wax home with him and start experimenting with it. After months of testing, he managed to successfully extract usable petroleum jelly.

Anywho, this stuff is the residue of pipes carrying oil. Gross, I know they probably process it and take out the unsanitary parts to get to the clearish color that Vaseline is, but it still grosses me out. 

I use Aquaphor every night/morning after washing and moisturizing my face and before I go to bed. When I busted my lip open after being hit with a soccer ball going the speed of light, I used this to heal the cuts and make it so if the cut did reopen (which it would many times because it is hard to not talk) it would protect it from wind and things like food and drinks that would burn the living shit out of it. It doesn’t seep onto the surround skin because it is thicker then Vaseline and I think it lasts longer on my lips. It does absorb into my lips throughout the day so even if it isn’t on top of my lips, they still feel moisturized. I have also used this over lipstick to give it a lipglossy-ish look and keep my lips soft because lipstick (even when they say it’s mositurizing) doesn’t do a good job at moisturizing my lips.

I love this product because it is relatively inexpensive and you can buy a small tub or a huge tub of it. I have about every size imaginable. 

The weird thing though, is that they introduced the lip version of it (lip repair) and I thought it would be the same product, but have a lip applicator nozzle thing.  They added something to it to make the consistency different. It’s not a horrible bad thing, but I just know there is something different. I still have it and use it though. I also have the .35 oz though, just when I just want the tried and true stuff.


the kind for lips that I feel has something different about it.

The travel size that I use for EVERYTHING

My tub of it that has lasted me forever! I think they may even have a bigger one then this, but i haven’t ran out of this to even check it out. this is the 3.5 oz


This is my most indispensable beauty product.  I use it:

  • as a treatment for dry lips
  • as a gloss over lipstick
  • as a treatment for dry cuticles
  • as a balm for dry feet
  • as a treatment for eczema
  • as a salve for cuts, scrapes, and hang-nails
  • In a pinch, I will rub a little on my hands and then smooth it over my hair to tame frizz and fly-aways.

I also hear it’s good for healing a tattoo, but that’s not really my area of expertise.  Aquaphor is fragrance free, so it’s good for sensitive skin, unless you react badly to petroleum products.  I buy the little tubes and take them everywhere.  Seriously, there is no better treatment for dry lips or skin; even the most expensive products aren’t as good.  

Whenever I fly, I get out my tube during take-off, when using my Kindle is forbidden, and rub this stuff into my cuticles and any dry spots on my hands.  This keeps me from getting that airplane-dried-out-mummy feeling by the end of the flight.

If you have seriously dry skin anywhere on your body, this is a must-have product.

From Tattoo Virgin to "Ink Master": Tattoo Care for the First Timer

Recently, my boyfriend, Chris, appeared on Spike TV’s Ink Master, a tattoo competition show, as a human canvas. You can watch the episode here. In this post, he shares his experiences with caring for his new (and first) tattoo through the healing process. Enjoy!

I was lucky enough to get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be on national television. There was just one catch – I’d also be getting my first ever tattoo! The tattoo competition show Ink Master on Spike TV pits sixteen of the top tattoo artists in the world against each other, vying for a $100,000 grand prize. In order to have a tattoo competition, you need to have people willing to turn their bodies into canvases for these artists to use as vessels for their art – that’s where I came in!

On the series’ season premiere, the tattoo artists participated in a challenge that involved working with tattoo virgins. I never thought of myself as a tattoo person, but when the opportunity arose, I had to dive in just for the story to tell later on!

After shooting completed, I was left with the task of caring for my newly acquired (and permanent) artwork. The ironic part – I was more afraid of not caring for it properly than actually getting it, or watching it critiqued in front of a national audience. Luckily, I happen to know a beauty connoisseur who knows all about skin care. [That would be me! - G] But even with her help, there were still plenty of (probably stupid, and borderline-paranoid) questions that I had as my tattoo healed. I turned to the Internet to find information to help me through the process, but even those results weren’t assuring. So, for any other tattoo newbie that will ever be put into this situation (well, without the TV part), here’s a day-by-day account on how the healing process went for me.

Day 1 – The first stop on my way home from the tattoo session was to Rite Aid to buy the necessary products to baby my new ink. Throughout the entire process, I heard different suggestions from every person. The majority seemed to feel that Dial soap was the best for cleaning the wound; I chose the white-colored soap so not to risk any dyes or fragrances. I also purchased small travel tubes of Aquaphor. I would never need more than 2 pea-sized drops of the ointment per application, so I bought the double pack of 0.35 ounces tubes.

When I got home, I tried to take off my shirt and in doing so took off the entire cellophane wrap off my tattoo. Like the newbie I was, I panicked, thinking I took it off too early; I reached out to my contact at the show and frantically searched online. I don’t know if I was calmer or more paranoid after my own research, since no one gave the same answer. Nevertheless, the wrap was only on for about 2 hours, but the tattoo turned out to be just fine.

After the wrap came off, I cleaned it by running the bar of Dial under running water to collect soap residue and water on my hand, then gently glided it up and down the area. After two or three runs, I switched to pure water, again, only using my fingers to lightly touch the fresh wound in the most non-abrasive way possible. I then took folded paper towels and lightly patted the tattoo to dry it. I took care not to rub the area. I saw blotches of ink in the towel, but didn’t worry, as I knew that was normal, My obsessive-compulsive method was doing this by the sink before going into the shower since I wanted to avoid putting the tattoo area directly under the water stream. Also, I avoided sleeping in a position where my tattoo was on the bed sheets or blanket.

Day 2 – My tattoo began to slightly scab, giving it the feeling of something written in Braille. I continued with washing and applying Aquaphor. If you can keep your tattoo exposed for the entire day, let the wound breathe. When my shirt had it covered, I could feel a smothering, slightly scalding sensation on the tattoo area. Luckily, I work in an office at a cubical in the corner of my floor, so I didn’t risk people seeing my tattoo – After all, I had confidential information on my arm!

Day 3 –- The redness started to dramatically fade and become only obvious on the outside areas that are lightly shaded. At this point, I started to get the first sensation of itching. It felt exactly like bad sunburn. I also started to see a little blotch of red skin within the center of the tattoo, but wasn’t sure if that was left over from the initial redness, or something new.

Days 4 & 5 – The tattoo and the area surrounded it officially began to peel; my skin started to look like it was covered in snowflakes. This meant my tattoo was just about through the first stage of healing. However, the red blotch I noticed eventually grew into a whitehead. Either, my skin did not like the heaviness of the Aquaphor, or it was from over-washing that area of my skin, since I was washing that area about three to four times a day; so, I started cutting back, washing it only when I wake up and before bed.

Lucky for me, once I stopped peeling, I stopped using the healing ointment and switched over to moisturizing lotion. I decided to go with Aveeno lotion, fragrance free with natural colloidal oatmeal. Again, I think it’s best to use a clear or white lotion that won’t affect the ink. I used about four pea-sized drops worth of lotion, starting in each of the four corners of the tattoo and working my way toward the center. Less or more can be used depending on the size of the tattoo. I avoided applying lotion to the area with the pimple since I didn’t want to make it any greasier, and ABSOLUTELY DID NOT want to pop-it, otherwise I feared I’d risk scaring my skin and leave areas of missing ink.

Days 6 & 7 – The whitehead began to shrink in size and the blackness from the ink was still intact over the skin. Pimples showed up on and off again until the tattoo fully healed. At this point, nearly all the redness from the outside shading healed into a smoky gray like it was supposed to. Peeling continued, but the new layer of skin started to show more. My ink went from a bold black when freshly applied to a lighter tint of a fully healed tattoo.

After that first week, my skin was well on its way to a full recovery. I started to wean my skin off the Aveeno lotion gradually, going from three times per day at first, to two times per day for half a week, to once per day, and eventually completely off it. Even after that, my skin didn’t start to feel “normal” again until about a month or so after, with it completely healing in two to three months.

Most importantly, I always remembered to apply sunscreen of at least SPF 50 to the tattoo. I prefer non-greasy versions of Banana Boat.

The most important thing to remember is that everyone’s skin is different. Listen to the advice your tattoo artist offers; he or she has probably seen tons of tattoos heal and can give you tips. Ink Master airs every Tuesday at 10pm EST on SpikeTV. A big thank you goes to the producers, crew and everyone who gave me one of the coolest experiences I will ever have in my life!

10 beauty Tips ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
  1. Use purple eyeliner inside your water line on brown eyes to make them stand out. 
  2. To give hair volume dab a cotton ball in witch hazel and mouth wash, then massage on scalp. Set for 10-15 min and then rinse
  3. When mascara is getting dry add 4-5 drops of saline solution or eye drops.
  4. Spray spam on your nails and they’ll instantly dry!
  5. Apply Vaseline to your skin before spritzing perfume to keep it lasting longer. 
  6. Mix olive oil & coffee grounds, then massage on skin to fade cellulite.
  7. Revive dull hair by mashing an overly ripe banana until it’s pasty and apply to hair. You can apply it to wet or dry hair.
  8. Whiten your nails with ginger ale. Let them sit for 10min.  
  9. Mix crystal light with Aquaphor to make lip gloss!
  10. Mix honey and pumpkin puree. Apply on skin for 10-15min and wash with warm water. Pat skin dry!


How to Prevent Chafing on Long Runs

If you run long distances or marathons, you probably have come home to find that you have chafed in some area that you forgot to lube.  I usually find out when I feel a sting in the shower after a run. 

The best way to prevent chafing is to get a good lubricant and apply it liberally to the places that might rub.  I have used Body Glide and Chafe Eze, as well as Aquaphor. 

Vaseline works, of course.  Sometimes it is handed out at races on the end of a popsicle stick.  If someone hands you a popsicle stick with a bunch of goo on the end during a marathon, don’t eat it.

There are also some new silicone-based lubricants like Trislide that are safe for use with wetsuits in triathlons.  Petroleum-based products like Vaseline and cooking sprays such as Pam have been used in the past, but these tend to damage the rubber in wetsuits. I haven’t used these, but I have heard good things about them. 

ASICS also has a new dry lubricant available, ASICS Chafe Free Endurance

If you are a guy, you want to make sure that your nipples are protected.  I use small, round band-aids from CVS.  Some people choose to use lube instead.

If I am wearing a water bottle in a waist belt, I am careful to lube the area around my waistband.  Next, it’s a good idea to lube the inside of your thighs and any other areas that might rub together when you run. 

I also lube my upper arms and the area under my arm pits, where my arms swing past my body.  I know from past experience that these areas can become chafed in a marathon. 

What products to you use to prevent chafing?  Where do you chafe when you run?

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Chafing, Let's Talk About It

I’ve heard about long runs leading to chafing but this has never actually struck me, until last night. I didn’t notice any pain while I was running but once I jumped into my post-run shower I could feel the burn.

Chafing is a result of your clothes rubbing against your skin (prevalent on long, sweaty runs) or from skin on skin rubbing. My particular problem areas are the outline of my sports bra, on my lower back at the top of my shorts and where my race belt sits on my waist- all places where my clothes were rubbing against my skin for 2+ hours.

The result is a red rash-type area and sometimes actual cuts on your skin, pleasant, right?

I’ve been reading up on chafe-prevention and the top recommendations are for Body Glide, Vaseline or Aquaphor. Marathoners recommend really layering it on since it rubs away as you run. One runner recommends carrying a travel sized container so you can reapply as needed.

Chafing is one of less glamorous parts of marathon training (actually, what part IS glamorous??) so let’s get this taken care of ASAP.

I’ll be trying out a few products and will get back to you with my recommendations.

Happy running y'all!

April Favorites

I know I missed doing my March Favorites post but I was a bit preoccupied with having a baby. Things are starting to feel more settled now that I’ve started figuring out Hudson’s routine and I finally have some time to blog! Thank the Lord for sleepy babies.

I’ve been on maternity leave which means that I rarely leave the house. I only get out of the house to run errands or go to doctors appointments. I go days without even touching my makeup or sitting at my vanity. New mom problems right? 

However, my priorities have changed and taking care of a newborn is a 24/7 job. I know that I’ll eventually get back into my groove of doing things as I get better at juggling everything everyday. 

Here are my favorites for April:

1. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist - I wanted to try out this shine spray when I read on A Beautiful Mess that Elsie only uses this on her hair. I’ll spray this all over my hair after I wash it. It smells amazing and it enhances my hair’s natural curls. It claims to be “anti-frizz” but my hair still gets a little frizzy. However, I like that it makes my hair look very full and voluminous. 

2. Colour Pop Cosmetics Super Shock Eye Shadow in Smash - On the days that I do find time to do a quick makeup look, I’ve been reaching for this shadow. It’s a warm beige with a soft golden satin finish so it’s great for everyday wear. I’ll just wear this alone on my eyelids and add some mascara. Nothing too fancy but a nice everyday dewy look.

3. Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in Black - I got this mascara in one of those 500 point perk sets from Sephora. I love that the formula is thick and gives a lot of volume to my lashes without clumping or smudging.

4. Aquaphor Healing Ointment - I don’t what it is about this spring weather that is making my lips so chapped but it’s bad! Aquaphor is and will always be my go to product to help cure my dry chapped lips. It’s such a great multi use product because it can used for everything. I also use it on my arm for a burn I got a few days ago and it’s healing up very nicely.

5. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color  in Touch of Spice - This is one of those “my lips but better” shades so it’s perfect to swipe on when I’m in a rush and I just want a quick touch of color before leaving the house.

Ointment for Skin Picking

A few years ago, I went to a dermatologist so he could look at my spots. My dream was that he would see them, and then remove the scabbiest, toughest spots, especially on my back or scalp since I’ve had them the longest. Years, in fact. 

But during the appointment, the doctor just looked at them and said something like, “Oh yeah, I can see the scarring and the dark spots.” And pretty much didn’t do anything.

I mean, as a skin picker, I was probably obsessing over the spots and just wanted them gone so I wouldn’t pick any more. It was sort of a fantasy of mine that he would somehow magically get rid of them.

Despite my dissatisfaction, he did offer me something that I still use to this day. It’s Aquaphor, an ointment. He said to put this on my spots and it would soften them and make them heal better. He also said something about how Aquaphor was just as good as using Neosporin, or some other anti-infection cream.

Aquaphor doesn’t have any medical or anti-infection ingredients, though. It’s just a lubricant and moistener that helps heal damaged skin.

If nothing else, it can help you keep away from these spots because it adds this slippery waxy layer on your skin that makes them moist. That means it’s not a hard scab, that makes it fun to pick. Aquaphor on your scab makes it not fun to pick.

I used to use anti-biotic cream like Neosporin a lot, but now I tend to mix it up. I keep a few tubes of Aquaphor nearby (they’re pretty small and cheap), and I’ll also have some Neosporin (they are in larger tubes and cost more).

Anyway, let me know if you try it, or if you have your own favorite ointments.

Skin SOS

i’ve had my fair share of skin ailments and lately have discovered remedies that actually work. So hopefully this post helps a few of you out there.

Perioral Dermatitis - this is a rash or acne type skin irritation around the mouth and nose. Antibiotics work to get rid of it but not permanently. Creams that the derm prescribed never helped. Not one to like taking antibiotics, I tried everything. What works: Calendula Creme! I use California Baby brand and it totally cleared up!

Earring hole infection - Again, I tried everything and the peroxides and alcohols just dried it up. Neosporin did nothing. What works - Aquaphor! A few nights and it was healed.

Keratosis Polaris “chicken skin” - Those pesky plugs if excess keratin that gets trapped and block the tiny hairs. Most of us have this and hate it! You know those annoying red bumps on your upper arms, mostly the backs. I tried everything, even prescriptions. Nothing helped. And using a loofa to exfoliate made it worse and I found out that’s a no no. What works - a gentle, natural cleanser using just my hands and…Aquaphor!

Stretch marks - Mine are mostly from adolescence not pregnancy believe it or not. And according to my doc, they are mostly caused by hormones and not the stretching of the skin. Interesting. What helps - Weleda stretch mark massage oil.

Razor burn - wait for it…Aquaphor!

Moral of the story: go get yourself some Aquaphor.

*these have worked for me so please take this post with a grain of salt. Everyone is different and I’m no doc.