5 Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea Beauty Benefits feature

Hello, I’m Sami and I have a tea addiction. Black, green, white, oolong, herbal… you name it, I’ve got it. I drink it straight or make chai lattes in the winter and matcha green tea ice cream in the summer. Studies have shown antioxidant-rich teas can help prevent a boatload of health issues from cancers to heart disease, and they have some pretty great beauty benefits too!Green Tea Beauty Benefits via @poorandpretty

1. Reduces puffiness. Don’t have cucumber slices handy? You can use leftover green tea bags (chilled) for the same eye de-puffing effect.

2. Revives tired skin. The natural catechins (antioxidants with killer free radical-fighting powers) found in green tea promote healthy cell turnover to restore UV damaged or dying skill cells.

3. Prevents wrinkles. In addition to revitalizing skin cells, catechins also prevent cell damage before it begins by blocking enzymes that cause skin wrinkling.

4. Tightens pores. Apply cold green tea to your face with a cotton ball (or a spritzer) to shrink large pores and give your skin a healthy glow.

5. Toner. Green tea on its own makes an excellent toner because it tightens pores (see above), moisturizes, and provides an antioxidant boost. That’s why green tea extract is an essential ingredient in my Rose & Tea Facial Toner.

Rose Tea Facial Toner 2

Want to get more green tea in your beauty routine? Try my Rose & Tea Facial Toner and Green Tea Salt Scrub.

Green Tea Salt Scrub 8oz teacup

Available in 4oz or 8oz, my Green Tea Salt Scrub combines green tea extract and matcha powder as a powerful antioxidizing and anti-aging duo. Paired with Dead Sea and Epsom salts, this lightly scented scrub exfoliates and remineralizes skin and soothes eczema. When used on the face, it tightens pores and diminishes puffiness and redness.


Cozy Fall Favorites

cozy fall faves via @poorandpretty

Happy Fall! The weather has been getting a bit chillier up here in the northeast. I’m breaking out my scarves, sweaters, and chai tea for the season.

1. On The Plus Side Cardigan via ModCloth. How cozy does this cardi look? I need it!

2. Eden Scarf via FashionABLE. I love FashionABLE’s scarves and their mission to create sustainable businesses in Africa. For that, this fall accessory is a win-win.

3. Skinny Skinny Jeans via Madewell. I just bought a pair of these from Uptown Consignment — brand new! — for $18. They are the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned. They will be well worn this season.

4. Madden Girl Elsiee boots via Zappos. I love cognac-colored boots. If I didn’t just buy a pair earlier this year, these would be all mine.

5. Chai Tea via Simpson & Vail. As soon as it starts falling below 60 degrees in the morning, I make my own chai tea lattes before work with Simpson & Vale’s chai tea mix, soy milk, and a little bit of agave nectar. (I’ve also made an iced version.)

6. Super Chunky Merino Wool Blanket via Colorways Gallery on Etsy. I just want to burrito-wrap myself in this blanket and never come out.

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DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces.

poured mica gold teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of various sizes, I used about 5 cups of soy wax (measured prior to melting), 3-4 tbs of fragrance oil, and 2-3 dye chips.

poured mica gold teacup candles closeup via @poorandpretty

I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…

Finished teacup candles via @poorandpretty

…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

They did turn out to be beautiful centerpieces though. I paired them with a few sprigs of lavender or butterfly bush that grows outside of our building at work, and tied them up with ribbon.

vintage doilies and handkerchiefs

Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.

Wedding shower purple teacup candle via @poorandpretty

This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

Of course, it ain’t a real tea party without tea! The other bridesmaids and I got together for a craft night to make these homemade tea bags, using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a lot more work than we thought it would be, but they came out so cute and Jordan (and the guests!) loved them, so it was worth it. ♥


Say hello at Brit + Co.!

So you know how I mentioned working on some exciting personal projects? I am so psyched to be guest blogging at Brit + Co.! I can’t think of a more fun & perfect blogging partnership. Check out some of my latest posts:

Natural Beauty DIYs Brit + Co.

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for under $15 – Of course my first post would be a roundup of my favorite natural beauty tutorials. ;)

Tea Treats Brit + Co.

Better Be-Leaf It: 14 Tea-Infused Sweet Treats – Yep, 14 delicious cookies, cupcakes, ice creams, and even a crème brûlée that you can make with tea. Double-yum.

DIY Valentines Brit + Co.

We Heart These 14 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards – Okay, Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make any of these sweet cards year-round!

DIY Jewelry Gifts Brit + Co.

12 DIY Jewelry Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Wear – these aren’t your run-of-the-mill summer camp gimp bracelets, ladies. There are some seriously nice handmade necklaces, earrings, and bangles in this post.

P.S. My Etsy shop is only open for another week, so grab up my vegan & non-toxic cupcake soaps, jars of frosting, coco balm, and coco body balm before I’m closed! Everything is 25% off!


Gift Guide: Her


I’m doing a few more posts than usual this week because I’m so excited about the holidays! Here’s my final gift guide: things to get for women in your life.

1. Baked by Melissa cupcakes, delivered. Seriously. They won’t ship on Christmas Day, but you can have them ship on Christmas Eve and hide them somewhere ;) 2. Echo Touch Warmers Zipper Gloves via Echo Design — so she can keep her hands nice and toasty and still use her smartphone. 3. Camp Director Tote via ModCloth. 4. Etanesh Stripe scarf from FashionABLE — give her something that means something. With every FashionABLE purchase, you’re helping women create sustainable businesses in Africa. I love my scarves5. Snow White Druzy Studs made by Jumkha. I’ve never been big into jewelry, but I’m obsessed with Druzy right now. I also love this Druzy necklace6. Santiago Huckleberry candle by Voluspa — a wonderful slightly fruity, slightly sweet scent. Or get it as a reed diffuser7. Flying Bird Botanical Tea in all sorts of wonderful flavors via Leif Shop. 8. Silver Geo Bangle with Rhinestones from Spotted Moth.

Check out all of my gift guides:

Happy shopping!

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