Through My Eyes: MAC cosmetics.

images-7A makeup must have, the eyebrow pencil; MAC’s “Spiked” is my shade, and there’s definitely a shade for you.  Eyebrows are so important to frame your eye (especially for those of you who love taking pics).  Whether you like a light natural looking brow or a intense defined brow this pencil is perfect for  both.


I’d be a hot mess if it weren’t for my MAC Paint Pot.  MAC’s “painterly” shade is my savior, it’s a matte color and it’s closest to my skin tone.  If you have issues with your eye shadow creasing or you just want your make up to stay on all day then the Paint Pot serves as a great eye shadow base.  Paint Pot comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and it can be worn alone as a shadow. <3 it.

Hope you guys found this helpful!




Lip Service: DIY Lip Balm

{Win a free homemade lip balm! Details at the end of the post!}

I have always been a lip gloss/lip balm addict. I can’t even begin to tell you how many different brands and flavors I’ve had throughout my adolescence. I used to collect Lip Smackers, and every year when I was younger, I would get a stocking full of different flavors for Christmas. I’ve used Chapstick, Burt’s Bees, Blistex, Avon/mark., Clinique, Cover Girl, Maybelline… I can go on and on! I always had rough, dry lips and so I had to carry two lip balms with me wherever I went {in case I lost one!}

Lately, I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending {as you know} and consider the environmental effects of my cosmetics in general. I mean, think about it – what do you do when you’re finished with your lip gloss or balm? Probably just throw out its container, right? I know I do. And, most of the time, I don’t even know what goes into the lip gloss that I’m putting on my lips. So, today I made my own lip balm in a tin container, which I can reuse when I run out. I called it “Sami Jo’s Mind-Your-Own-Beeswax Lip Balm!” :D


Yes, I realize it’s not a huge step towards cutting down my carbon footprint, but I feel that every little bit counts. I’m beginning a mission to create all of my own cosmetics, and this is my first step. Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients: {yields 1 oz of lip balm}

  • 1 oz tin
  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
  • 3 tablespoons coconut, castor, sunflower, or jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil {optional, but I recommend it for its super-moisturizing effects}
  • 12-14 drops essential oil {I used about 10 vanilla and 4 coconut, optional, just for scent}
  • 2 teaspoons honey {optional, adds a little flavor & scent}


  • Melt the beeswax and oils {but not the essential oil} together in the top of a double boiler, stirring semi-frequently to combine. If you don’t have a double boiler, put the beeswax and oils in a Pyrex measuring cup within a pot of water like so:pyrex-in-pan
  • Once melted, carefully remove from heat and add in the essential oil(s) and honey, stir until honey has melted into the rest of the mixture.
  • Poor into your tin, let cool for about 20 minutes and voilà! Your very own lip balm!

A tip on finding ingredients: most can be found at your local organic supermarket (Whole Foods) or farmer’s market if you live near one. I had a hard time finding beeswax, so I ended up buying most of my ingredients online from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are wonderful! They stock practically everything you could ever dream of using to create your own cosmetics, plus tons of dried herbs, teas, incense, etc., and everything is certified organic. They also sell tins, jars, and plastic bottles. I love them.

To win the free Sami Jo’s Mind-Your-Own-Beeswax Lip Balm, just leave a comment, and make sure you leave your e-mail address so we can contact you for shipping information! There’s only one up for grabs! Winner will be selected Saturday, December 12th! Update: This contest is now closed – thanks for all your enthusiasm!