The Lazy Lipstick Life

Couch Bummin' – Makeup Geekin' – Soul Searchin'

For the past who knows how long (which feels like a real indefinite period of time), I have chuckled watching my mom purchase these smilin’ little yellow sponges to wash her dishes by hand that she saw on Shark Tank long ago. Dish washing by hand!?! I never could quite jump on that bandwagon due to the timeliness of it all, and not to mention dawning ever so smexy prune hands. Which brings about a whole other thought as to why we get all pruney when soaking our extremities anyway — brought to you in part by a moment of my ever exciting adult ADD. Interest peaked? Click here, Prune Hands!

But back to the archaic days of washing dishes by hand – who really does that anymore other than my Mom and Grandma? Mom finds it “soothing to her soul,” she says. My reply, “Step away from the sink and no dish gets hurt!” That’s until she purchased me my very own Scrub Daddy. She’s a real barrel of monkeys, that one.

So I decided after about 2 weeks of staring at the smiley little creep, to take Mr. Smiley and my precious little phalanges for a dip into the soapy pits of dish-washing hell.

I find the grubbiest & grimiest pan with cheesy scrambled eggs bits that I typically would soak for a couple hours before ever attempting to scrub pre-dishwasher. I grab the Scrub Daddy and go to town. Pieces of egg on top are coming off pretty easily, but they are building up on my sponge so I do a quick cold water rinse and the sponge goes from soft and pliable to rock solid. (Had I read the instructions initially I would have known this is totally normal and not some voodoo sponge trickery)

I take a second pass at the brown bits of seared egg on the bottom of the pan,  and the firm sponge texture is literally scraping them away with ease! Eyes widen, jaw drops. Get outta dodge my new magical scrubby friend!

Highlights:

  • Doesn’t smell
  • Changing texture for need based on water temp (Cold for firm, warm for soft)
  • Easily sanitize in microwave or top dishwasher rack
  • Easy hold with eye holes for fingers (Again, kinda creepy but super effective)
  • Made & packaged in the USA (German material)
  • Non toxic
  • Latex & BPA free
  • Lasts longer and stays cleaner than the Petri-dish of a sponge sitting at your sink now (Toss it for the love of all that is holy!)

Recommendation:

Buy the sponge!! It makes dish washing by hand so much easier and dare I even say pleasurable!?!? Four snaps in a Z formation.

4 snaps

Happy scrubbing! 🙂

 

 

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My daughter and I followed up dinner with a binge sesh of one of our favorite shows Prison Break. I decided to rename this recipe accordingly, it has nothing to do with an excerpt from the Urban Dictionary. And even more delicious than staring at Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows if that’s even humanly possibly. Mega drool-worthy and Netflix binge worthy.

Anywhoo, I hope you like these”scrimps” as much as we did. YUMMO. A special thank you to Sabrina from Dinner Then Dessert which is where we found the recipe. Very cool site with delicious and easy eats and treats to make.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 pound shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • canola oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl add the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce and Sriracha and stir.
  2. In a second bowl add the shrimp and buttermilk and stir to coat all the shrimp.
  3. Remove from the buttermilk and let excess liquid drain away.
  4. Coat the shrimp in cornstarch.
  5. In a heavy bottomed pan add 2-3 inches of canola oil and heat to 375 degrees
  6. Fry the shrimp until lightly brown, 1-2 minutes on each side.
  7. Once fried coat with the sauce and serve immediately.

     

Ahhhh, Summertime.. The perfect time of year for cookouts in the park, trips to the pool, and a plethora of outdoor activities – in the 100+ degree smoldering sun. Don’t forget that 70+ SPF if your a fellow pasty princess or a total bronzed Betty. If you’re like me, your oil slick mug is driving you batty. If your a little more blessed, your enjoying your perfect dewy glow. Possibly. Either way, on a serious note,when did you last clean your makeup brushes? I mean, the goal should be at minimum every couple of weeks, but let’s be honest — you’re probably thinking, “Ain’t nobody got time for that, Cletus.” Oh how twisted the tangled web of lies we tell ourselves can be.

After a recent bad break out, I decided it was time to go all Mrs. Clean on my FILTHY makeup brushes. If they could talk, they would tell me they feel like they spent the last month camping at a music festival sharing shower soap with their new patchouli pal named Banjo. No, thank you sir.  I’m gonna share with you the easiest way I’ve found to get the job done. It doesn’t get much easier than this folks. Atleast, not to my knowledge. Unless there is some magical potion or snapping of the fingers that will go all Sword in the Stone Merlin on your brushes. Sword in the Stone, 1963, “Rubity, Scrubity, Sweepity.”

If your not wielding some magic juju, you don’t need more than 15 – 20 mins. and a few household items to get the job done. *I recommend doing this in the evening allowing plenty of dry time.

What you’ll need:

  • Dirty Makeup Brushes
  • Baby Shampoo (I use Johnson & Johnson)
  • 2 small Bowls
  • Warm Water
  • 2 Clean towels

Steps:

  1. Wash your hands – obviously…
  2. Lay 1 folded clean towel down on the flat surface in the area that you will be working. (Preferably near a sink for easy access to running water)
  3. Fill 1 small bowl with warm water and a small squeeze of baby shampoo and the other with just warm water.shampoo
  4. Dip Makeup brush in soapy water bowl and swirl vigorously for about 30-45 seconds. Repeat in the clean water bowl. *Be careful not to get water in the band where the metal meets wood near brush head as this can causing rotting of the wood.
  5. Give the brush head bristles a final rinse under the sink.
  6. Take other clean towel and gently dry the brush, reshaping as you go with your hand. Just like hairs on your head, you don’t want to go yanking out your precious locks.
  7. Lay clean brush on folded towel to air dry. Don’t get all fancy pants and try to bust out your hair dryer. This never ends well. (Not that I know or anything.)
  8. Repeat for all brushes and bask in the fact that you won’t be sporting that sexy pink eye or housing bugs on your makeup brushes or tools. No joke – check out this video Stevie Miller posted a while ago. Beauty Blender Bugs – Gross!

 

Now get it together and clean those brushes.

Later, lippies. Xoxo.

-Bethany

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Excuse me far in advance for the use of any inappropriate run on sentences – that’s how I talk, and they are kind of my thing.

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent

From the time I was pretty young, I feel that I was a generally kind, future adult person. Letting other particularly sweet 3rd grade tyrants go first in the lunch line, holding the door open for older folks, and always paying compliments to others; like the time in 7th grade when *Suzie got that atrocious spiral perm, but I told her I thought it would look “fierce” if she just used some mouse or hair gel. (I probably said something far less cool than fierce, like great or fabulous or awesome; if I’m being honest.) Or the time in 4th grade that I got dared to pull *Ralphie’s pants down on the jungle gym exposing his tightie whities for all the other kiddies to see. I really just had a huge school girl crush on the little blonde surfer boy from California. I felt bad after the fact, especially since I  had to miss recess for a whole week. A week! I’m truly sorry still today, *Ralphie. (I did say generally kind, folks.)

The point is that I spent a LOT of time, my entire childhood in fact, just trying to fit in and get other’s to like me. I didn’t have any idea of the importance of being as “kind” to yourself as you were to others. That’s something you have to be taught and learn from early on; and I spent my life trying to prove my worth to others, instead of a simple knowing, that I was enough. In my early 30s, I’m finally starting to grasp the concept.

It only took a series of painful relationships, raising a kid in a single parent home, health related issues, and other various hardships to see the light even more clearly. Heck, to really see the light at all! My inner self’s voice grew louder than ever bellowing, “You’ve never really been kind to you *Bon Qui Qui.” Ouch. By the way, random fact, did you know that Bon Qui Qui in French means your steak is ready!?! (Well, not actually. That would be Votre steak est prêt. Ha! Reason #832 not to rely on Google for fact checking)

Ever heard the phrase, “Garbage in is garbage out?” I do not intend this to mean someone else’s definition of religion, spirituality, or general purpose for your life; another man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that whole bit. I’m just speaking about the crap nonsense we sometimes tell ourselves, without even really thinking about how damaging our own words can be. It doesn’t take long for that inner dialogue to tear you down – mentally and physically..

Practicing self-love is vital to sustain happiness, generate success, and to create the best version of ourselves. (Not that, ahem, type of self love that reminds you of a George Michael song.)

One of the best ways I’m finding to practice self love & care:

Be Gentle With Yourself

If you are giving 110% of yourself and it’s still not good enough:

  • Stop and evaluate who is saying it’s not good enough — is it you or someone else? If it’s you, pump your breaks, friend.. If you already know your giving it your all, why the heck are you going to try and belittle your efforts? One word that has made all the difference for me? Self – Affirmation. In other words, uplifting self talk. I like to find and reflect on a quote/verse that guides the tone/focus in my mind.

If it’s someone else whose doing the smack talkin’, remember you get to choose how you respond or don’t respond to their comments/behaviors. (Easier said than done, I know.) Negativity is born and bred from Insecurity, and some folks forget to take their chill pill every once and again. Don’t let that devalue your awesomeness! Also remember that there can be value even when the delivery is not tactful. Is there any part of the message you can apply that could help you? Take what you like, and leave the rest.

 

How are you practicing self care? What are some of your favorite positive self affirmations?
blog quote - self care dog

XOXO, -Bethany

Hello my fellow Pizza Face friends.  (Or acne prone folks over the age of 17)  Pimples. Zits. Whiteheads. Blackheads. Enlarged crater sized pores. The list of skin problems & annoyances plaguing first dates and big events for centuries could go on for an eternity. I intend to stop those little bastards dead in their sebum tracks. Going forward, I plan to implement the following 4 rules for my award winning oilslick epidermis.

Step 1: Quit being a slacker and clean my makeup brushes no less than every other week.

I will be the first to admit I have gone a month or more (maybe even 2 – yikes!) without cleaning my makeup brushes. And I mean the deep cleaning that they should be getting, especially since I’m rubbing them all over my face. Can you imagine the amount of bacteria that just sits on the brush head bristles each day growing and mutating into bigger and nastier bacteria (AKA: The Big Nasty) that you wipe all over your mug? Think Petri dish. Super yuck. Heaven forbid, you end up with pink eye, or worse; Ghana-herpa-cidus of the upper lip. (Sounds legit, right?)  Easiest/best/cheapest makeup brush cleaner? Baby Shampoo. Say no more. My favorite is the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – No years formula. Gentle enough for babies delicate skin and tough on makeup brush crud.                                Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

Step 2: Always wash my face before bed.
Sure getting up and washing your face is totes easy, especially if your a morning shower-er like moi. But for those of you who have ever experienced a fabulous lengthy night out with friends, or gotten down right shnockered up (bamboozled works too), then you know all to well that facewashing is the last thing on your pretty little mind. (Ahem, how did that mascara get all over my pillowcase? Is that drool?) Current favorite facewash is Rodan & Fields Reverse regime. If you don’t have a local representative let me know and I can connect you with my girl, Amanda. They also have other great products for Acne, Rosacea, and Aging skin.

Step 3: Don’t skip toner.

This stuff is especially necessary in every oily girl’s face washing arsenal. It’s the step just after washing your face, and it really helps to eliminate excess grease and grime from your precious kisser. No joke. A friend shared with me the absolute best product, which I highly recommend if you don’t currently have a good toner. Plus it smells like roses, makes pores seem smaller, and contains no alcohol. I purchased mine from a local health food store for around $11 bucks. You can purchase your own by clicking on the below link.
Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Toner

Step 4: Don’t forget to moisturize.

Common misconception if your oily is that moisturizing will cause you to have a massive break out. Ummmm, only if your moisturizing with Crisco. For those that don’t know, that’s pretty much grease/pig lard used for Southern cooking in the United States. Bad for the thighs and your face.

If you moisturize with the right product for your skin, it actually provides proper hydration to your skin and prevents your skin from producing more oil. If your skin thinks you aren’t getting proper hydration, she delivers and not necessarily the results you want. Since I’m an oily chick, my favorite moisturizer is Cetaphil’s Derma Control Moisturizer for acne prone skin. Cetaphil Derma Control Moisturizer

What are your best “battle the breakout” tips or favorite products in your skincare routine?

Hi, my name is Bethany, and I am a Pinterest Junkie. It’s been 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 11 seconds since my last pin. I’m also a little skin/makeup obsessed, so shelling out hundreds of dollars in one trip to Sephora or Ulta has quickly lost its appeal. (Yeah.. *Cough.. Who am I kidding!?!?) But seriously, the below are my hands (and credit card) down favorites.

A couple of these I stumbled upon browsing the pages of Pinterest, and another was shared with me chatting it up in line at the grocery store when the cashier noticed my super enflamed eyeballs. I hope you will find these as useful & easy as I did. Added bonus? Most are free or achievable for under $5-10 buckaroos.

 

  1. Blackhead Be-Gone (DIY)  

What you need:

1 small Knox gelatin packet

A few teaspoons of milk

Directions:

Mix into a paste and microwave for 10 seconds. Immediately apply it to areas of face with blackheads. Allow paste to harden on face for approx. 15 minutes and then peel off. Wallah! The disgusting forest of nasty dirt & grime on your mug is no match for this miracle weapon. Be careful peeling it off if you have sensitive skin as it adheres to your face but it does it’s J.O.B.

  1. Proper Use of an eyelash curler

What you need:

  • A good eyelash curler

My favorite is the Shu Uemura eyelash curler which you score here:

Shu Uemura eyelash curler – $21

Steps:   (Do these before applying mascara)

  •  Heat up the lash curler with your hairdryer for about 10 seconds (Be sure to use a low heat setting, so you don’t apply too much heat and burn your precious corneas off)
  • Open curler and insert lashes, making sure plastic strip rests on the root of your lashes as you close curler gently (No lash left behind!)
  • Curler should still be warm as you turn curler upward (creates better curl effect vs. just crimping your lashes)
  • Open/close the curler slightly giving short pulsing/pumps for about 10-15 seconds (while still curving the curler upward)
  • Open curler and VOILA! Beautifully curled and perfect lashes ready for mascara application!  (Repeat on other eye.)

3. Eyebrow/Eyelash Growth Serum DIY

* This one became my new favorite after purchasing an expensive growth serum that literally burned the heck outta my peepers – Uhhhh no thank you?!)

What you need:

  • 1tbs vitamin E oil
  • 1 tbs castor oil
  • 1 tbs aloe vera gel
  • Small empty container
  • Clean Eye brush (I use an old mascara wand that I’ve washed/sanitized)

Directions:

Combine the ingredients and store in small empty container. Brush onto lashes & sparse brows before going to bed at night. Make sure to routinely clean the eye brush to avoid infection. (I wash with warm soapy water, spritz with alcohol, and lay flat to dry on a paper towel.)

What are some of your favorite beauty hacks/tips? 

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