Puppy Beauty Products & Photoshoot

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I recently babysat my brother's one year old cockalier for a few weeks.  A cockalier is a designer mixed breed and is a cross between a cocker spaniel and a king charles cavalier.  They usually tend to look like one or the other -- my brother's dog Charlie looks more like a cocker spaniel, but my cousin's cockalier, Emi, looks almost full king charles cavalier. And they are ridiculously expensive -- Charlie and Emi were both around $1000!  I think that's way too much for a mix -- designer or not!


Charlie
Emi

Charlie absolutely LOVES cuddling -- he seriously finds THE cutest positions to sleep in!





Anyways being the doting auntie that I am I went a little crazy with doggie supplies at Pet's Mart.  I also learned that collars are harmful to dogs -- they can choke and strain the dog's neck.  Charlie gets especially excited on walks and pulls like crazy so I picked up a harness for him.  It's a bit of a struggle to get on but I can see the positive difference when he yanks the leash!




I also discovered a brand called Pet Head -- created by one of my favorite shampoo brands, Bed Head.
They carry doggie shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and wipes that come in delicious smells that linger long after the bath -- just like the human versions! And they have special formulas for skin soothing, deodorizing, dry & sensitive skin, and tearless -- even dry and "quickie" shampoos for dogs that are afraid of baths -- so your pup can get a customized clean!

Charlie LOVES baths and the "feeling flaky" shampoo is perfect for him.  It smells like strawberry yogurt and is gentle for his sensitive skin.  And the paw and body wipes are great -- I wiped down Charlie with the "pup n' fluff" wipes after a muddy run in the park and he was spotless and smelled of juicy pears!



Pet Head also makes really cute clothing and accessories.  Very punk rock and hip hop -- I love the wrist band!



And I leave you with a little Charlie photoshoot.






Another Dollar Tree Haul

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So I didn't get as much stuff as in my last Dollar Tree Haul but I still found some great beauty goodies!



Almay Intense i-color palettes 
for blue eyes and hazel eyes

Almay Bright Eyes Eyeshadow
for light skin tones and for light/medium skin tones


 St. Ives Fresh Skin Warming Scrub
My friend Emily actually sent this to me but
she got it at The Dollar Tree so I thought I'd
include it in the haul!

 Nailene Duracolour Nail Strips
I always see the kiosks in the mall selling these
but didn't want to pay the high prices!

The Super Kawaii Giveaway

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It's time for another giveaway!  I seriously live for these things -- I spend way too much time thinking of themes and items and shopping for the next one.  I don't normally enter giveaways because I feel like I just have way too much stuff and others are much more deserving than I -- but hosting giveaways -- I could do all day.

So this month's theme is "Super Kawaii."  I know I said my next giveaway would be Hello Kitty -- and I collected a LOT of HK stuff but I'm just not quite there yet.  I absolutely promise the next one will be Hello Kitty.  But this giveaway is equally cute with lots of harajuku girls, pinks, and all things kawaii.

 
Please click on images below to enlarge so you can see the adorable detailing!





Essential Beauty Pink & Floral
Blush Brush, Kabuki Brush,
and Eyeshadow Brush


Sally Hansen Smile Brightening
Lipgloss in "Gleaming", Hello Kitty 
Lipgloss in Raspberry, Strawberry,
and Bubble Gum; Lotta Love Gelato
Lip Balm
Japanese-style Bow headband
Argento SC Swarovski 
crystal bobby pins
Sugar Cookie Body Lotion,
Strawberry bath bomb,
Simple Pleasures Strawberry
Mouse Shower Gel

Pink bead & heart bracelet and
fabric flower coin holder handmade 
Rockstar Eye & Lip Palette
sponsored by The Product Whore 
Harajuku Lovers 
Cosmetic Bag

Paris Hilton Heiress Diary
sponsored by
A Little Bit of Everything
Creative Buds "Fluff" earphones

Harajuku Lovers Candy
from Dylan's Candy Bar
French Connection Pink
Aviator Sunglasses

e.l.f. nail polish in "coral", 
Hello Kitty nail polish set, 
Nail Rose pink 3D nails
Primal Elements "Majesty"
hand-made soap and Victoria's 
Secret Beauty Rush Cheek Tint
in "I Pink I Can"
Harajuku Lovers snowbunny
perfume in "Love"



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DIY: Job's Tears Natural Cleanser, Scrub, & Mask

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When I want a break from my daily green tea I like to have a cup of Korean (Asian?) tea called yulmoo cha, or job's tears tea.  It's a creamy/nutty tea that I remember drinking back in high school with my friend Emily -- we used to load it up with sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.


Of course back then I was completely oblivious to its health benefits --  I just loved how it was less like tea and more like a latte.  But upon doing a bit of research I found out that job's tears is a popular ingredient in many Asian beauty products.





Job's tears is a broad-leaved, branched grass that is native to China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.  It contains numerous amino acids -- lysine, arginine, B1, adenoisine, and thiamin -- and is considered a nutritious and healthy food in Asian countries. Job's tears is also known to be nourishing to the skin, helping to clear blemishes and soften coarse skin.

The tea is pretty inexpensive -- about $5-$6 for a tin at the local Korean market.  Here are a couple of recipes for a simple cleanser, scrub, and mask:

Job's Tears Cleanser


Dissolve one teaspoon of Job's Tear's Powder in 1/2 cup warm milk.  Gently wash face.  The lactic acid in the milk acts as a gentle exfoliator, removing dead skin cells and leaving your face baby soft. 

Job's Tears Scrub & Mask


Mix one teaspoon of job's tears powder with 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey to create a thick paste.  Apply on face for 15-20 minutes.  Slowly massage the face, using the tea grains to exfoliate the face, then gently rinse off.  This mask/scrub will reduce blemishes and redness.

Don't forget to enjoy a cup of yulmoo cha afterwards!