Coffee or Tea? The Scrub Showdown + Giveaway

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If you aren’t following Poor & Pretty on Facebook or Instagram, you may have missed a few of my latest additions to the Apothecary: Coffee Sugar Scrub and Green Tea Salt Scrub.

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Made with organic and fair trade certified Colombian coffee beans, my Coffee Sugar Scrub boosts circulation and reduces inflammation. Plus it smells like coffee, which to me is a total plus.

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My Green Tea Salt Scrub is handmade with matcha powder and green tea extract, which are masters at detoxifying, soothing eczema, and diminishing puffiness and redness, especially when used on the face.

If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you’ll know I’m kind of a tea fiend. You might even say I have a bit of a problem. (Stan and I have almost an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to tea.) I also love the smell of coffee. Not the taste, or the fact that it makes me jittery (even though I know some teas contain more caffeine than coffee), but I’m loving that I have coffee beans in the house — they’re so aromatic! So I thought it would be fun do to a little coffee vs tea contest.

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Here are the deets: Win a 4oz Coffee Sugar Scrub or Green Tea Salt Scrub! All you gotta do is leave a comment below saying whether you prefer to drink coffee or tea, and which scrub you’d like to win! The contest is open to U.S. residents only until Friday, November 28th at 11:59pm EST.  Get an extra entry if you “favorite” either of these scrubs on Etsy. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Win a Timex Weekender Brit Kit!

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Remember the crafternoon I hosted a few weeks ago with Timex and Brit + Co? Well, I’ve got a few leftover Brit Kits so I thought I’d give them away to you, crafty readers! The kit comes with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, three colors of embroidery floss, a pack of embroidery needles, and instructions — everything you need to embroider your own watch. This is a super-exclusive giveaway, because they aren’t available anywhere else!

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Here’s a side-by-side closeup of the two watches: you’ll notice the green is a bit larger than the orange.

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This is just one of the fun patterns you can use to on your watch strap. See all of the patterns we chose at my crafternoon here. Feel free to think outside the box, too!

How do you win? Just leave a comment below and tell me which watch color you’d prefer: orange or green. That’s it! The contest will be open until Friday, September 5th, and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Jenn!

 

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Outfit: Ahoy, Sailor! + Nautica Giveaway

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Ahoy there! Happy Friday! These week was busy, busy, and very rainy. I’m looking forward to a little sunshine this weekend. But I do have something that will brighten your day: I’m giving away one of two Nautica blazers! But first, a few more outfit photos ;)

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I have so many sugarplumUSA tank tops! And this is another J.Crew Jackie Cardigan that I button-hacked (with the buttons I later found from my original Jackie Cardigan hack!) I love how the buttons match the wheel on my tank top.

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Remember my glittery black Timex? I couldn’t resist getting it in white, too. I’m also wearing a pretty ID bracelet my Aunt Kathy gave me. It reminds me of those rope bracelets sailors wear.

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Okay, okay, on to the giveaway! I was really hoping this one would fit me, but it’s just a little too big. At size XS, it will probably fit a woman who wears size 0-2. (In women’s sizes, I wear a petite 0.)

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It has little pockets and silver buttons with “Nautica” stamped on them. I love the pop of red inside the blazer, too. Here it is on the Nautica website, retailing for $75.

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The second one is a bit bigger (size S), and would fit a woman who wears a size 2-4.

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I love the red detailing with silver buttons on the sleeves!

How do you win a blazer? Simply leave a comment below, telling me which blazer you would like (stripe or navy) and if you could set sail to one place this summer, where would you go? The contest is open to US residents only and will close next Friday, May 9th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Outfit Details: Striped Cardigan: hacked Jackie Cardigan in navy and white, J.Crew, $20 on sale. Nautical Wheel Tank: courtesy of sugarplumUSA. Navy skirt: Uptown Consignment, $8. Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6.  ID Necklace: Gift from my cousin Karyn. ID Bracelet: Gift from my Aunt Kathy. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

The contest is now closed, thank you for entering!

Congratulations, Cindy A.!

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Recipe: Citrus Sans Basil Cupcakes + Giveaway!

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For our second monthly cupcake recipe {last month was Bahama Mama, remember?}, Suzi and I took inspiration from my Citrus & Basil cupcake soap. We consider ourselves to be pretty good in the kitchen, but even we couldn’t think of a way to combine citrus and basil into a cupcake without it tasting strange. So, we skipped the basil and went wholly citrus {truthfully, we were going to add it as a garnish, but our grocery store was out of fresh basil!}.

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Oh, and, you can win your very own Citrus & Basil cupcake soap, too! Details at the end of the post!

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Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Joy Atkisson of Purely You Minerals

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You might remember seeing Purely You Minerals’ lip gloss as one of my Friday Faves last week. Like you, I struggle with finding the perfect lip gloss and — even more of a hassle — the perfect foundation! So I’m happy to introduce to you Joy Atkisson, founder of Purely You Minerals.

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Purely You Minerals is a new line of mineral makeup that is not only good for you, it’s good for others, too. Purely You products do not contain talc, powdered starches, clays, bismuth oxychloride, or parabens, and are gluten free and never tested on animals. 10% of profits go directly to Bring Love In, a non-profit organization founded by Joy’s friends. Says Joy, “It is a beautiful thing that we can make a life changing difference in the world just by putting on our makeup. Purely You Minerals brings out the inner beauty in us all.” Today, she chats with us about skincare, running a small business, and of course, makeup! Don’t miss the giveaway, too! Details at the end of the post.

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Poor & Pretty: Like many of us women, you struggled with skin problems and cakey makeup. What made you switch to mineral makeup?
Joy Atkisson: For years, I had been caught up in the nasty cycle of wearing makeup, breaking out, having to wear more makeup to cover it up, breaking out more. I tried every crazy “cure” you can think of… including egg on my face! True story. In 2007, mineral makeup started gaining popularity, so I decided to give it a try. It took a little while to get used to the messy powder and to learn what the heck a Kabuki brush is, but my skin started clearing up.

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P&P: What makes mineral makeup so different?
JA: Quality mineral makeup allows your skin to breath and doesn’t clog your pores. It also appeals to my inner hippy because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, so it’s about as natural as you can get. What I truly love about it is that I don’t have to hide behind cake makeup. I can apply mineral makeup as fancy or as natural as I want and I still feel like ME! I love that!

P&P: So instead of continuing to buy mineral makeup, you decided to make it yourself. Why?
JA: Haha! I get this question a lot. The truth is…. I was broke! My husband and I had been married for a year, we had just had a baby, and I wanted to stay home with her. There was no extra room in our budget for expensive makeup. Most companies at that time were very expensive. I looked at the back of one of one of my jars and saw that there were only a few ingredients and I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could make this?” I seriously underestimated how hard it was going to be, but I love research so it really became a hobby. I would work on it during my daughter’s naps or late at night. Necessity is truly the mother of invention.

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P&P: How is Purely You Minerals different from other brands?
JA: That is a key question! Purely You Minerals is made in small batches to insure quality control. I have tried to stay away from some of the most common allergens (gluten intolerance runs in my husband’s family, so I am very mindful of that especially). I also don’t use any fillers such as cornstarch (which can clog pores, and don’t even get me started about GMOs!) or Bismuth Oxychloride (it doesn’t photograph well, it’s shiny, and makes many people breakout). Another HUGE factor is price! Because I do the formulating, manufacturing and packaging myself, I can keep my expenses down, which in turn lets me keep my prices at an affordable level. Perhaps most importantly, I have a face; I am not a big company with fancy machines. I am a stay at home mom with a home office/lab. And, I wear my own products!

P&P: What propelled you to start selling your products?
JA: My husband! He and I have never really fit the 9 to 5 mold, but we weren’t sure how to survive without a “normal” job. However, my formula rivaled and out-performed some of the leading mineral makeup lines and my husband saw how it was helping my skin. He said, “You really need to start your own makeup line!” It has been five years (and 2 more babies) since then, but we are finally making it happen.

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P&P: Wow, three kids! How do you balance being a mom with running a home-based business?
JA: I have no idea! Haha! Most of the time, my sink is full of dishes and I’m tripping over shoes and toys. I try to work mostly during naps and at night, but some weeks are busier then others. Family will always be my priority, but I am doing what I love so I am blessed! I am definitely not superwoman; I have help. My husband is a fantastic father and super supportive. My best friend, Melody Spencer is my Marketing Manager and Social Media Coordinator. My brother, David Arnold also owns his own business called Code Luna. He does computer nerd stuff, so he built my website.

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P&P: Okay, let’s talk tips. Finding the right shade of foundation is hard! Can you help?
JA: Absolutely! Order my free samples! The best thing you can do is try and identify your undertone (warm, cool, neutral). I have cool undertones, but I get quite red in the face so I prefer to counteract that by using neutral colored foundation. If you still have a hard time getting the shade just right, I can formulate something just for you.

P&P: What are a few essential skincare tips we should always observe?
JA: Get good sleep. Drink lots of water. EXFOLIATE! I swear by One Minute Wonder gel exfoliator by Max International. Good skincare is essential to good makeup application.

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P&P: The Purely You Minerals lineup currently includes foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss. Any new products on the horizon?
JA: We will be launching our all-natural pressed eyeshadows and blushes in the very near future. It will be a build-your-own pallet sort of thing where you can purchase refills and not have to purchase a new pallet each time. Also in the works is pressed foundation, nail polish, and all-natural mascara!

Want to try out Purely You Minerals for yourself? Joy is giving away one of her products to a lucky Poor & Pretty reader. Just “like” Purely You Minerals on Facebook, pick out your single favorite Purely You product from their online shop {choose from foundation, silk veil, blush, loose eyeshadow or lip gloss} and tell us what it is in the comments below. Hurry, though! The contest ends Sunday, February 10th at 10:00 pm EST.

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