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May 18, 2016

Johnson's Baby Cologne

Baby products are just so appealing with their adorable packaging and light, soothing fragrances. The same can be said for the Johnson's Baby Cologne, which looks utterly cute sitting on the bathroom shelf. I have been a fan of the Johnson's baby line for as long as I can remember, and to this day their Bedtime and Original lotion scents are still some of my all-time favorites.

Described as a blend of floral and citrus, the Baby Cologne has a mild scent that is clean and typical of a bath product targeted for babies. The water and castor oil blend absorbs well into the skin and leaves behind a soft, almost powdery feeling with a hint of fresh scent that lasts a few hours. I will use a splash on my body throughout the day or just after bathing for some added fragrance in place of heavy lotions and perfume, especially in the hot summer months.

April 29, 2016

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7 a.m., then 6 a.m., then 5:30 a.m. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11 p.m., then 10 p.m., then 9 p.m. Wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. Erase processed food from your diet. Start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn't identify what was in it, you don't eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. Roll your head. Stretch your fingers. Stretch everything.

6. Buy a one-liter water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.

8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear drawer into the washing machine. Put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. Make your bed in full.

9. Organize your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don't want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. Light a beautiful candle.

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth, lather your whole body in moisturizer, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. Push yourself to go for a walk. Take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog's behavior. Realize you can learn from your dog.

12. Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a catch up soon, even if you don't follow through. Push yourself to follow through.

13. Think long and hard about what interests you. Crime? Sex? Boarding school? Long-forgotten romance etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally everything.

14. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. Stick your tongue out at babies. 

15. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. Then two. Then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. Lie in the sunshine. Daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn't a thing. Open your eyes. Take small steps to make it happen for you.

 Emma Elsworthy

April 22, 2016

When I think of spring makeup, visions of bright peaches, baby pinks, and lots of pastel hues come to mind. I find that even as the weather begins to finally warm up I am still in love with either a simple moisturized lip or the trendy ruddy rose color that I wore all winter long.

For that effortless deep nude lip, I love the somewhat new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor which has a silky texture that dries down to a pillowy velvet matte type of finish. It doesn't feel drying and lasts a good while before beginning to fade and needing a quick touch up.

For a slightly different mood, Flower Beauty's Bare-ly There is similar in color but more saturated with a warm tan undertone. Although it is technically a lip butter, it feels more like a hydrating lipstick as the color is so opaque and smooth. It wears well, and even though it is considered a drugstore lip product I would say it is quite comparable to MAC in terms of its quality and buttery texture.

As for plain lip products, the Soft & Lush by Blistex is a creamy lip balm that instantly moisturizes, conditions, and, my favorite part, smells just like a French vanilla cake. This tube came with me on my trip to the Caribbean since it has a comfortable SPF 15, and lately it has been my absolute favorite chapstick to keep on hand.

Lastly, Blossom's Coconut roll-on gloss is more of a cute, nostalgic decor piece I keep on my vanity, but nonetheless an overall good, basic shiny gloss that smells like summer. It reminds me of the cheap scented glosses that I would collect when I was young, which is another reason why I enjoy keeping it on display.

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