June 10, 2014 12:25 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I so so so wanted this to work. An all-natural and inexpensive beauty routine?! Unfortunately for me, trying the OCM was the WIE (worst idea ever). I've always had problem skin, and a ton of people online said that it helped with their breakouts and their skin never looked better. The first few days using this method, my skin did look awesome. It was moisturized and almost glowing, but as time went on, I started breaking out more. Huge, cystic pimples starting forming around my jawline and small bumps on my temples. There are also a lot of reports that your skin has to go through a "purging" period, so I decided to power through. It's only supposed to last for a week or two. Instead of getting better, my skin kept getting worse. After a month, the small bumps on my temples weren't going away and they were also appearing every where else, especially around my mouth and jawline. I decided to give up after two months. My skin was out of control, and even after going back to a regular skin routine, it kept getting worse. All those small bumps on my temples exploded in to full blown zits. Finally, almost three months and many trips to the dermatologist later, my skin is getting back to normal. I'm still stuck with disgusting red marks and acne scars that I can only hope will fade with time.
I did take pictures to track my progress, but after scrolling through them again, I just can't bear to post them. I honestly think this is the worst my skin has ever looked. If this is something you're thinking of trying, I hope with every single one of my clogged pores that this works for you, but if your current skin routine is working, I'd stick with it.
May 29, 2014 12:56 pm · Posted by Lauren G
I've been oil pulling for a week now, and here's what I've come up with...I think it's a load of crap. After a couple days, I got used to swishing coconut oil in my mouth and could easily distract myself doing other things like checking emails. It still isn't the best experience, but I could tolerate it. The results? My teeth don't look any whiter or my skin any clearer. Sure it's only been a week, but the only up-side I can think of is that I brushed my teeth every single morning after the oil pulling. I hate to admit it, but sometimes in the mornings I'm too lazy to brush my teeth. Some people swear by it and claim that it's a miracle cure, but I feel like the internet is pranking me. There is no concrete scientific evidence supporting any benefits to oil pulling except that coconut oil can be a good organic substitute for mouth wash. It's known for its anti-bacterial properties and I have no doubt that it's killing bacteria in my mouth. I'm pretty sure that's as far as it goes. Since both my parents are dentist, I already had pretty good oral hygiene, so I don't think the extra swishing was really making that much of a difference.
Am I ever going to do it again? Maybe if it strikes my fancy and I'm staring at my jar of coconut oil while making coffee, but I'm definitely not a convert.
June 19, 2012 5:23 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Sometimes I get craving and I recently had one for Indian food. I don't really know a lot about it, but my dear friend, Anupama, was able to give me some suggestions. Boy, was she right about Samosa House! Everything I had was amazing, especially the samosas (they better be with a name like Samosa House)! I ordered two samosas and a combo plate with three choices. Everything is vegetarian, and even though I like my meat, I barely even noticed.
Let's start off with the samosas. To be honest, these might be the first samosas I've ever had, but they now have a place on my favorite foods list. I mean, they were even featured on Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." They're crispy, flaky and stuffed with potatoes and vegetables. Talk about a hardy meal...I hardly had any room for the rest of my food. It also comes with two sauces, a green minty sauce and a sweeter tamarind sauce.
The combo platter comes with rice, raita, naan, and three entree choices for only $8.50. I got the soy tikka masala (The soy balls kind of had a weird texture but the flavors were so amazing I didn't care), aloo gobi, and tofu curry. all three dishes were delicious, and I can't really tell you which one was my favorite. I can't wait to go again and try three new things! The naan was a little dry, but it was 4 in the afternoon so I guess I can't really blame them for not having fresh naan.
Moral of the story, I had a great meal for a great price. It's not the fanciest place, but the food is outstanding. There's even a market if you're looking to pick up a few things. Just thinking about it now is making me hungry!!
August 9, 2011 9:59 am · Posted by Lauren G
I posted my favorite tinted lip balms in June, but now that summer is coming to a close (sad), I'm looking for a little more color. Lip stains are just the ticket for the fall. The colors are deeper, richer, and give off such a beautiful natural flush. Here are a few of my favorites.
theBalm Stainiac Tinted Gel Blush: This is one of the best stains I've tried. The gel dries slower than a typical stain so it's easy to spread evenly on lips and cheeks.
Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain: This stain comes in seven great colors. My favorites are Yumberry and Pomegranate.
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm: Marker stains aren't really my favorite because it can be hard to get an even coat, but you can't beat the price of this one and it comes with a bonus lip balm on the other side.
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm: A little more deluxe than the Revlon Just Bitten Stain, Smashbox adds a balm in the same color as the stain. Use one or both at the same time.
June 23, 2011 1:34 pm · Posted by Lauren G
It's summertime and my regular lipsticks and lip glosses are way too heavy for this heat. A tinted lip balm is just the ticket! I love my Dior Addict Lip Glow, but here are some more reasonably priced options.
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($7) - I'm addicted to Burt's Bees and now they've added a subtle and natural tint.
Covergirl Lipslicks Hint of Color ($6.29) - Helps condition lips with sheer natural color and a little bit of shine.
Korres Lip Butter ($12) - Gives lips and cheeks a natural flush. I love a multi-tasker!
Alba Terra Tings Natural Tinted Lip Balm ($3.99) - Has coconut and olive oil with SPF 18 and cool peppermint.
Nivea Cherry Tinted Lip Care ($2.99) - Yummy with a classic cherry flavor and a subtle red sheen.
June 21, 2011 12:17 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Just bought this at Sephora and I'm obsessed. Yes I was suckered in by the promise of freebies, but I've actually been wanting this for a while. $29 is a little pricey, but I was looking for some retail therapy, and now I'm obsessed with this! It magically reacts to the natural color of your lips and changes them to your own personalized shade of pink. I even made my friend try it on so we could compare shades. Mine ended up being a bright pink, while hers was more of a rosy mauve. Crazy! It's also SPF 10 and super hydrating.
If you're not up for shelling out $30 for some lip balm, stay tuned for my next post full of my favorite tinted lip balms.
May 31, 2011 3:31 pm · Posted by Lauren G
Yes, I love Texas. I even have a Texas necklace with a big heart in the middle. That being said, I also love nail polish. Luckily, OPI has combined the two for their amazing new spring/summer Texas Collection. It's so hard to choose a favorite here. Colors range from "Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em" to "San Tan-tonio" to "Austin-tatious Turquoise." My favorite might have to be "Houston We Have a Purple," but I'm probably a little biased because I'm from Houston and my favorite color is purple.
May 24, 2011 11:08 am · Posted by Lauren G
I wandered into Sephora the other day with the huge task of finding a new foundation. Second to bathing suit shopping, looking for the perfect foundation may be one of the most difficult shopping experiences for a woman. It's so hard to find the perfect shade and something that feels good on your skin! But look no further because this Smasbox Complexion Perfect Kit is amazing. The primer starts you off with a flawless canvas. The concealer is perfect...not too cakey but still covers blemishes and under eye circles. The foundation goes on smooth and then the Halo powder sets everything to last you all day long. I've actually been wearing Halo by itself. It has excellent coverage for every day use. I've never been completely happy with any foundation I've used butso far so good with this Smashbox kit!
April 28, 2011 11:43 am · Posted by Lauren G
I've been cursed with stick-straight eyelashes and I thought it was just something I had to put up with. I've tried different curling mascaras, heating my eyelash curler with my blow dryer, and even battery operated eyelash curlers, but nothing gave me a lasting curl. The second I put on mascara, my eyelashes go straight again. Last week, I was wasting time at the mall and asked someone at Sephora if they could help me. Apparently, there is a world of engineering behind eyelash curlers, and this Shiseido curler is actually built differently than most other curlers on the market. The arc is not as curved as others so it gets closer to the roots of your lashes. It actually scared me the first time I tried it because I thought I was going to pinch my eyelid, but it's super easy to get used to. The results were amazing! I got a great curl with just a little pressure compared to my Revlon curler which I had to squeeze as tight as possible for at least 15 seconds.
I definitely reccommend this curler to anyone who uses an eyelash curler!
March 29, 2011 11:20 am · Posted by Lauren G
I couldn't go two days without chipping my nail polish until I tried this top coat & base coat duo from Revlon. Now, when I do my nails, the polish lasts for up to two weeks! I usually have to repaint my nails because the polish is growing out...or I'm just tired of the color. I don't know what I was doing before that made my nail polish chip so easily, but now I can type, pick, and wash dishes as much as I want with my nail polish remaining virtually invincible. $6 each is a little pricey, but I bought mine at CVS using a coupon for $5 off two Revlon purchases and one for $2 off a purchase of $10 while the Revlon nail polishes were buy 1 get one 1/2 off. I haven't studied math in a while, but if my calculations are correct, I basically got them for $1 each!