Beauty, Rant

5 Things You Should Give Up for Lent

1. Cursing

Giving up cursing for forty days will make you less likely to sound like a sailor after Easter. You’ll search for new words to replace things like “F*** You, You D***. I know what you did, you F****** P****.” Okay, so I’m a cursing poet. Who would have known? Swearing for every word isn’t exactly attractive though, and it doesn’t come across as very intelligent either. Use Lent to build up your vocabulary, nix the F-bombs, and form better speaking habits altogether.

2. Excessive Use of Your Credit Card

This is another “sacrifice” that can turn to good habit. Help yourself get out of debt now, know how to prevent it in the future. That chapstick and five dollar movie at the end caps of Target check-out lanes are NO reason to whip out your plastic. If you don’t have it in paper, you don’t have it at all.

3. The Guy/Girl You Call When You’re In Town

Drop it like it’s hot – which it probably is. Practice self control and make room for something better. You deserve it. Motivating enough? E-mail me, I’ll set you straight. editorjules@julesandjava.com.

4. Your Phone

Okay, I’m not saying to give it up entirely. Instead, see how long you can go without having to use it – even for just ten minutes a day. You might even be able to help children in need attain clean water in the process, thanks to¬†The Unicef Tap Project. Back when I was without a phone after having mine fall in the toilet of a fraternity bathroom, (ugh, yes, it happens to the best of us) I actually enjoyed that couple of days that I couldn’t be reached. Talk about peace of mind…

5. Ordering Food

You know what understands you better than Grubhub? A size four.

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Say Yes To Sent Me Some Goodies!

A few weeks ago, I birchhhhhwas sent this fabulous little package from Birchbox and Yes To Inc. that was full of face lotion, acne products, lip balm, CC creams and a handy little book about modern entrepreneurship and accelerated brand-building from the founders of the company. (You know, just in case.)

I’ve always been curious about the Yes To brand, as I’ve been trying to move toward more natural skin products. I’ve seen it in drug stores at pretty affordable prices, but never really got around to trying it out — until of course I was sent this perfect little smorgasbord of products! (Is that an oxymoron?)

Each item combines organic fruits and vegetables with a mineral elixir from the Dead Sea, making each product 95% natural. In today’s world, that’s a big deal. They don’t test on animals, they use recyclable packaging, and even better: they give back! Through the Yes To Seed Fund, the company grows gardens around the globe to give kids fun and engaging ways to learn about nutrition and healthy living. What’s not to love?

They have several brands of products that are skin-specific depending on which fruit or vegetable is used in the making. For example, the Yes To Grapefruit line is beneficial for uneven skin tones, age, and sunspots, and Yes To Cucumbers is best for those with sensitive skin. And for the moms out there — there is even a Yes to Baby Carrot Line specifically for baby’s skin.

Because I have relatively sensitive skin, I’d have to say that my favorite product I received was the Allure Best of Beauty winner, Yes To Cucumbers facial towelettes. They are hypoallergenic, moisturize, remove makeup, and leave your skin feeling fresh and even-toned. (Because nothing is worse than red skin after a super acidic face scrub.)

Another favorite was definitely the Yes To Pomegranate Lip Balm. (I actually threw away my old lip balms, it’s THAT good!)

For more Yes To Inc. products, all you have to do is visit your local drug store. This is a company that doesn’t believe in good-for-you products being solely available to the people on Wall Street. They’re just as much about you and me as they are about the good of the planet. And that, is something to respect.

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Newspaper Nails

A friend of mine always has her nails done in the most creative of ways. I went over to her place a few weeks ago, and noticed she had Times New Roman all over her nails and thought “I need to learn how to do this.” So, I’ve done the research and I’m sharing with all of you.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Shot Glass
  • Rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 10 Strips of newspaper (big enough to cover each nail)
  • Any light colored nail polish (I love light green or cream)
  • Clear top coat polish

Step One: Polish your nail with the light colored nail polish. You might need a couple coats. Once finished, you absolutely need to make sure your nails are completely dry, or else this won’t work. (Could take at most up to 20 minutes)

Step Two: Once your nails are 100% dry, pour the rubbing alcohol or vodka in your shot glass (enough to cover each nail). Place one nail in the shot glass, making sure you get it really wet.

Step Three: Take one of your newspaper strips and place it on top of your nail, and hold it there for 30 seconds. Do not move or slide the strip of newspaper. Keep it pressed down firmly.

Step Four: Carefully remove the strip of newspaper, and there you have it: the daily news on your beautifully manicured nail. Once dry, paint over it with your clear top coat and repeat the whole cycle with the rest of your nails.

Photo Credit: http://www.olivecocomag.com

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