Sunday, April 20, 2014

5 Links to Love This Week


  1. The 8 Hour Project: Apps If you're not sleeping well, here are some great apps to help you get rested. I'm always open to new apps that boost productivity and learning, but sleep apps will always have a special place in my heart.
  2. 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts for any of my blogging readers out there!
  3. 73 Questions with Sarah Jessica Parker because you've seen her shoe collection. Carrie is my fave!
  4. Curry Butter Popcorn. Popcorn. And. Curry. You'd be crazy not to try this.
  5. 10 DIY Ways to Make Cheap Wardrobes Look More Expensive because I too am obsessed with making my wardrobe both beautiful and functional.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Ingredient Corner: Sea Buckthorn



You've probably never heard of this itty bitty orange treasure - but let me tell you, now's the time to pick it up. I discovered it as a skincare ingredient spontaneously while browsing Whole Foods last year and I've been hooked ever since. I'm constantly reminded of my rosacea, where my face gets flushed and irritated in the middle of the day, so it's usually something that's top of mind when I'm shopping in beauty or skincare sections. There are certain foods, drinks, and temperatures that make it worse, but sometimes it's a flare-up that I just can't blame on anything. Rosacea isn't something that can be cured (yet), but it's something that can be managed.

Sea buckthorn has been used in Asia and Europe, particularly noted in the Himalayas, as a part of a healthy diet as well as a topical ointment. Here are some benefits you can take advantage of:
  • Calm skin with its anti inflammatory properties. More than anything else, this is my number one reason for promoting sea buckthorn. Topical ointments with a high concentration of sea buckthorn leave such a cooling sensation that I can feel the heat and itch from a rosacea flare-up dissipate immediately.
  • Stay healthy from the inside out with a glass of juice. High omega fatty acid content including 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7 (an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails) helps to make sure your gastrointestinal tract is clean and free from blockages.
  • Firm skin with a boost of Vitamin C (more than you`ll find in an orange!) - it even helps with wrinkle prevention.

If you're looking for ways to introduce sea buckthorn into your skincare routine, I recommend checking out SBT SeaBuckthorn. They have a variety of products to try! I'm currently using their Soothing Salve for Rosacea and it usually makes an appearance in my purse when I'm on the go. Sibu has also been featured in O Magazine for it's "radiance enhancing, antiaging" line.

If you've tried it or will be trying it, let me know how it worked for you in the comments below!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Treats at Ruelo

If you've got a feeling for some dainty little treats over a cup of warm flavoured tea, may I suggest a cozy outing with some of your girlfriends this Spring for afternoon tea. We have a couple of options here in Toronto, but for the first fine day where the weather decided to warm up, we kept it simple and headed to a local macaron tea shop named Ruelo Patisserie. It's a great spot for a group of 4, but if you're looking for something particularly fancy, head downtown to hotel hotspots like Windsor Arms or the Library Bar. Ruelo isn't the place to get dressed up for, but definitely a nice place to have a quiet catch-up over some light snacks.


Your snacks come in cute little tiers.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Ingredient Corner: Rice


It's so accessible, it's almost crazy how it's not in the make-up cupboards of women everywhere. You'll read the same thing on a number of blogs - rice has been an inexpensive addition to the Asian skincare routine for ages, and now you can find out how it can help you too.

Rice Water - soak or boil a cup of rice, strain the water (twice) and bottle it. Pour it on a cotton pad and it'll make an amazing toner for after you've cleansed. Make sure to keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.

Rice Bran Powder - it's a simple and gentle way to exfoliate that dull layer of skin away. Although it's gentle, you can find rather course bran at grocery stores, so not to worry that it isn't tough enough to really make a difference.

Rice Bran Oil - of the three ways to use rice listed here, this is probably the easiest to use consistently. You can use it directly on your face or body, or mixed in with your favourite moisturiser. Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, rice bran oil is easily absorbed into your skin and helps to keep you well hydrated from the inside out. Rice bran oil nourishes skin cells with vitamins and antioxidants, slowing down and preventing the aging process- which means it will help improve your skin's texture, overall complexion, and even your skin tone.

Rice is high in antioxidants and a combination of any or all of these should help you see these results over time:
  • Brightened complexion
  • Tightened pores
  • Softened skin
  • Regenerative cell growth
  • Prevention for hyper pigmentation and age spots
And guess what? Natural rice treatments have been said to stand out amongst many skin treatments for wrinkles, acne, rosacea, and eczema. Be adamant about its use and I'm sure you'll see results. Let me know down below if you've tried anything from this post and how it worked for you! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Blog Series: DIYs & Ingredients

Introducing two new playgrounds to the Brown Girl Next Door yard.


The DIY Corner is self-explanatory - it's where all the do-it-at-home recipes will be noted. And there's tons that you can do at home, so stay tuned!


The Ingredients Corner is where you can find information on the natural and not-so-natural ingredients that make up the beauty products we use everyday. Sometimes reading the label can be overwhelming, but that's why it's important to identify a few ingredients that you know work for you and will combat your unique combination of skincare problems.

I'm excited to hear what kind of posts you'd like to see - maybe you want to know how lemons can boost your skin's glow and how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine. Maybe you want to know how vitamin E can help get rid of scars. Share below and I'll get right to it!