I finally tried a Mason Pearson hair brush

After watching and reading every review I could find on the internet about these brushes, I still couldn’t figure out for sure if any of their brushes would work for my thick, long hair. Mason Pearson says the combination bristle design works for Normal to Thick hair. I ended up splurging on the Popular, the combination nylon-boar bristle model in size Large – one of the largest sizes they make – in hopes that they had considered my level of thick hair when assigning that rating. I hit “Buy” and prayed to the hair gods that the purchase would work out.

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Still trying all of Priyanka Chopra’s DIY beauty tips: rose water sugar lip scrub

In this previous post, I talked about how I wanted to try all of Priyanka Chopra’s DIY beauty recipes. In one of the two videos I linked she talks beauty with her mom and explains how her mom passed down a lot of Indian beauty tips and tricks. Her mom seemed super cool and her tips sounded legit and like they would really work so I am putting them all to the test. The first recipe I tried was her yogurt hair mask, which is supposed to be good for a dry scalp and dandruff. It was cooling and wonderful and worth a try.

This time I decided to make the lip scrub her mom talked about because it has just two ingredients that are fairly common things you may already have in your home. Her mom says in one of the videos to just mix sugar with rose water to make an effective lip scrub. She made it sound so easy. Without any ratios or measurements for each ingredient I just had to go for it. I used a raw type sugar with medium sized granules and drizzled in a little rosewater until the texture was “crunchy.” It’s the only way to explain it. I upcycled a jar I already had laying around the house as the container. You want a fairly small jar because you don’t need much of the sugar mixture to get a good exfoliation.

After using it a couple times, I really like it and it does seem to work. I’m probably the last person on earth to try to DIY a sugar lip scrub but I’m so glad I finally got around to it as it was easy to do, works nicely, and is inexpensive. For a gentler scrub you could use a finer grained sugar like plain old white granulated sugar. I don’t think you’d want a rougher scrub for your lips than what I concocted. I will try the white granulated sugar next. I’ve also seen recipes that add in a little honey or oil so you could experiment with different ingredients that you’re drawn to if you want more of a moisturizing or other effect. Overall I really like this simple DIY beauty hack and am hoping it lasts long enough for me to use it all. As with the yogurt hair mask linked above, I can definitely see myself making this one again.

Latest finds, Fall 2020

Billie Holiday

Should you wear sunscreen indoors? This is a question that has probably crossed your mind if you work in an office. Lab Muffin Beauty Science sought to answer this question as scientifically as possible over on YouTube.

Introduced to me by Kelly at Alterations Needed, Elma Lingerie makes beautiful undergarments in smaller sizes and bespoke.

I really enjoyed the candle I bought from Big Dipper Wax Works. Their candles are made from beeswax in Seattle since 1993. I then tried to make my own candles and realized there is a real art to getting them right.

This article Hummingbirds Navigate an Ultraviolet World We Never See via NYTimes resurfaced an old idea I had about creating a “museum” where people can go to experience life as other species. Using technology perhaps we can create wearable gadgets or gizmos that allow us to see the world like a hummingbird or hear the ocean like an endangered whale under different conditions or smell our homes the way our pets do.

Artist Jason Polan sought to draw every person in New York and posted his drawings on his blog. His sketches were turned into a book. You can read more about him here.

Image credit: Eden, Janine and Jim.

Sunscreen 2020: Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

I was excited to try the Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30 because it seemed to check all the boxes more or less at a lower price point than the Biossance sunscreen previously reviewed.

My main concern with purely mineral block sunscreens with low EWG scores is that they tend to be thick and oily. This one includes ingredients like shea butter, safflower seed oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, and cacao butter but doesn’t feel anywhere near as thick or oily as other brands I’ve tried in past years (I haven’t tried any other comparable products recently).

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