two years of [somewhat] blogging

Happy two year anniversary to the BEANSTALK! I wrote my very first blog post just over two years ago. Not a whole lot has changed since those days in early 2012. In fact, it sort of feels like just yesterday. One of the things I love about blogging is going back through old posts and remembering the good times. It’s like a journal of happy life moments.

Well, since my faithful readers probably want a little more meat to this post than a simple “happy anniversary to me,” I’m going to share a couple of beauty products I am obsessing over right now. Most of my life I have been a drug-store makeup junkie. I never purchased high quality face care but instead went for the old Cetaphil regimen that every dermatologist seems to recommend. I used Cetaphil face wash and moisturizer forever. I know a lot of people hate on Cetaphil but it worked for me. However, these days I’m growing more aware of how important it is to take care of your skin in order to age gracefully. Now I’m not going to claim that I have wrinkles or age spots or anything crazy like that. With that said, I’m not getting any younger and it’s never too early to take good care of yourself. I recently invested in some fancy face products that I loooooove. Honestly, I love them.

First up: Glamglow Youthmud. Gah this stuff. This stuff seriously works for me. After one use my face felt smoother and softer. I kid you not. It also helped reduce acne. I had a pimple (*gasp* i get pimples?!) pop-up overnight at work. I came home, used the mask, and the pimple was noticeably smaller. I spot treated the pimple the following day, and it was basically gone. I’m not exaggerating. This is good stuff… and at $69 it should be. But I actually bought mine on Amazon for $39. The internets told me that Jennifer Aniston uses this product. I wanna look like Jennifer Aniston. So does Lu.

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Next up: Glamglow Thirstymud. Uh oh. Have I joined the Glamglow cult following? I put this thirstymud on after I wash the mask off before I go to bed. It’s a deep hydration that smells so natural and heavenly not like those artificial fragrances. My face looks dewy when I wake-up in the morning and yes, that’s a good thing. I gather that this product is fairly new so I couldn’t find it on the cheap like I did the youthmud. It just takes a little dab for the whole face and I’m only using it twice a week, so I imagine this will last for months.

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Lastly: Coconut oil. I have definitely hopped on the coconut oil is magical oil bandwagon. It is the coolest thing… purchased in solid form, the substance turns to oil when it touches the body. I use it as moisturizer after I shower. I also use it as a deep conditioner on my hair. I’ll put a generous amount on my locks and let it sit for a few hours before I plan on washing my hair. I actually found an article in the Journal of Cosmetic Science(1) that reported a study about oils on the hair follicle. Coconut oil is the best oil for hair because “coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft,” (Rele & Mohile, 2003). In other words, it can actually get in your hairs and hydrate. Wow. Let’s also not forget that coconut smells amazing and every time I use it I close my eyes and pretend I’m in the tropics. Mmmmm. If you do buy yourself some coconut oil definitely get organic virgin, unrefined. It’s the most natural stuff.

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There you have my favorite beauty products right now. Winter months = dry months. I’m all about moisturizing. What products are you guys in to?

xo, lw

1) Rele, AS., and Mohile, RB. “Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.” J Cosmet Sci. 54.2 (2003): 175-92. PubMed PMID: 12715094. 5 Feb. 2014.

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