Rose Honey Sage Facemask

Hi Loves!
Last but not least I have the final D.I.Y homemade beauty project here to share with you lovely readers. This one is great for these hot summer days when we get too much sun exposure and need to restart or refresh your skin. It's so good to use face masks weekly, it helps keep our cells regenerating properly aiding it along keeping our healthy glow. When made with natural organic products our skin and well beings especially love the pure goodness of the ingredients we put onto and into our bodies. Since this is the last of my beauty homemade series feel free to comment below or email me for you thoughts and input. If not, that's okay too, I hope you can benefit from this series and maybe I've left you feeling inspired and curious about homemade remedies. They're not all the difficult to make and are super rewarding to use. Also on a side note I wanted to mention that this series is NOT sponsored, I just simply wanted to share my own take on these delightful beauty products.
 *Please feel free to share your comments and tell us what you like to use for this type of handmade beauty product. I'd love to hear, I hope your week is going well.

-Fresh local organic shredded sage
(A small handful will do) or substitute for 5 drops of Sage essential oil
-1/2 cup of Rosewater
-1/2 cup of local raw organic honey
-Fresh rose petals torn into small bits or substitute for a Rose essential oil

All ingredients in a small non-porous bowl like the stainless steel bowl used in the images above. With this face mask a little bit goes a long way so a small amount of this is all you’ll need when actually applying the mask to your own face. Once the ingredients are very well mixed together put into an airtight jar or container but a jar works better and store in the fridge until use. When applying this facemask I’ve learned that using a small spatula or spoon works really well to the face. Let it sit for 10 minutes then rinse with warm water and go about your regular skin care regimen. On a side note I think it’s a given here but be sure to clean and wash your face before applying this facemask. This will not expire soon if store in the fridge, it should last 3-4 weeks.


All images above were taken and edited with Julie Jones my creative partner in this project. Check out her site for more: http://www.jonesphotographycompany.com/

- Jordy

MUD Cosmetics Makeup Photoshoot

Hello Readers!

Today is special because for those of you who follow me on Instagram (@honey_lavender) have probably already seen sneak previews of my model in the above pictures. Meet Hannah Beard, my face modeling my take on a 90's grunge makeup look

A bit of fun facts about miss Hannah:
1. She's actually an Esthetician in training at Bellus Academy Beauty school
2. She used to be a competitive cheerleader for California All Stars (like me) back in the day
3. She has a septum ring like me
4. She's the sweetest, it was a pleasure working with her

As far as credits go:
Photographer- Jonathan Sevilla
Model- Hannah Beard
Makeup Artist- Jordan Jones
Wardrobe styling & jewelry- Jordan Jones

*Side note these images are in the raw are untouched and in their purest form

- Jordy

Summer time date look

Just some inspiration for an evening out with the lover. Wear something cute, breezy and easy yet chic in this type of ensemble.


Lavender Rosemary Bath Soak

Hi Loves, as promised I have this new D.I.Y beauty project to share with you today continuing on in this handmade organic beauty series. I hope you get to try this one out because a nice bath soak is such a treat. I personally enjoy my soak with some candles burning alongside the tub with some music in the background and a good book in hand to get lost in. So without further adieu just relax and take it in this soak smells wonderfully relaxing and calming. Please feel free to share your comments and tell us what you like to use for this type of handmade beauty product. I'd love to hear, I hope your week is going well loves!

-Lavender essential oil 8 drops
- 1 cup of Epsom Salt
- Fresh Lavender flowers grinded/shredded
- 2 tablespoons of Apricot kernel Oil
- 2/3 sticks of Fresh Rosemary shredded
- Substitute option can be to just use Rosemary essential oil instead of or in addition to actual Rosemary

 Mix all ingredients listed above into a big stainless steel bowl or any medium sized kitchen bowl will do and stir and mix generously until all ingredients blend together. Store in an airtight container or Mason jar and leave in bathroom for use until your next bath and voilà there you have it. Can be good for 2-3 weeks unless stored in the fridge for optimal freshness then you have up to 4 weeks to a month tops.

All images above were taken and edited with Julie Jones my creative partner in this project. Check out her site for more: http://www.jonesphotographycompany.com/

- Jordy

Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway

Hi Loves!

Jordan here with some fun images I wanted to share with you all from a weekend trip I took a few weeks back with my boyfriend to Santa Barbara. Truth be told I've been horrible about posting lately and I'm a bit overdue for an update with you readers. I have no excuse other than I've just been living my life and enjoying myself since it's summertime. There's something to be said for this special time of year, and although it's not my favorite season (fall is my favorite) it's still magical regardless...

Earlier this year I met my now amazing boyfriend, who is depicted above in almost half of my photos. I was beyond ecstatic when he suggested upon taking me for a weekend trip up the coast to Santa Barbara ( just the two of us). So we drove up from San Diego on a early Saturday afternoon and arrived in Santa Barbara Saturday evening where we wined, dined and basically went out for a night out on the town as soon as we got there, which is where the fun begins...

Our first stop was this chic and modern specialty coffee shop called, The French Press in downtown Santa Barbara, it's located on the main street in the hub of everything. We happened to be staying close by in our little chateau so we ended up walking down to the main street to stretch our legs, site see, and explore the cute downtown area. It was very quaint. I enjoyed seeing the town by foot as the sun set, it couldn't have felt more like the beginning of summer... 
After sipping on some espresso and picking up a souvenir bag of coffee beans we got ready for our evening excursion. We took an Uber to our dinner spot, The Brewhouse which was absolutely delicious!!! I had one of the most amazing meals of my life, the tri tip enchiladas along with some local red wine and a fresh grilled artichoke. It was superb, I highly recommend stopping there for a meal if you ever pass through town. The Brewhouse was only the beginning of our evening because afterwards we walked to the "FUNK ZONE" (as the locals call it) to explore the city while grabbing a few drinks to fulfill the remainder of our evening. We stumbled upon a wonderful local craft beer place called Lama Dog brewery where we enjoyed tasting some interesting bitters and amber ales. Afterwards, we decided to continue on and found a happening little live music bar I can't remember the name so we stayed for some tunes and had ourselves a round of cocktails before we moved on to our next stop. We decided it would be a good idea for a nightcap to play a round of pool at a Irish bar near our place we were staying at, so we did. You can see it in one of the pictures depicted above.

The next morning consisted of sleeping in and walking over to yet another a cute local 3rd wave coffee shop called Handlebar Coffee where we ordered pastries, espresso and iced lattes to recover from the previous night. Insert popular quote, "BUT COFFEE FIRST" lol.
 A proper brunch was then split between to two of us at a little local breakfast spot following our coffee consumption at Handlebar. For the rest of the day we took a drive up the coast to take in the relaxing coastline ocean views. We explored the Mesa Lane Steps a popular tourist spot to visit for people watching, surfing or simply strolling along the beach which is exactly what we did (it was pretty romantic and beautiful I might add). In the evening after a much needed nap we freshened up once more before headed back out for date night that evening. Oysters and white wine were shared at The Hungry Cat which was a little bit fancy but totally worth it, you can't skimp when it comes to Oysters. After some appetizers and wine we continued our lovely date night watching the sunset go down at the Santa Barbara pier (also shown in the images above) where we gazed at the sail boats, seagulls and tiny moon peeking into the evening's sky. It's moments like these that make living in California truly magical, having the salty breeze hit your face and slide through your hair without a care in the world. The night was then finished up for some meatballs and fresh pizza for dinner at Paxis resturant before headed in for the night to share a movie and pass out after a long day adventuring together. The next morning before getting on the road to drive back down the coast we made one last special stop at yet another speciality coffee spot called Breakfast Culture Club for some superb espresso and croissants to start off our morning. My boyfriend also picked up a little souvenir T shirt that said "Breakfast" on it to remember our morning there. 

Okay so before I continue with my noel of a blog post I thought I'd start to wrap it up by saying that the next day we pretty much got up and headed back down the coast to San Diego since it was time to say goodbye to our weekend getaway. I feel incredibly lucky to have found myself such a wonderful man who treated me to such a nice trip. I highly recommend giving Santa Barbara a try if you've never been I loved it and can't wait to visit again. Now on with the rest of our week, I hope you all are having a fantastic summer so far!

Check out my Playlist below I made for the weekend drive. We pretty much listened to it non stop. Enjoy!


D.I.Y Beauty Series Part 2

Blueberry Oats and Honey Face Mask  

 Hello Loves, I'm back as promised with a brand new organic, handmade DIY beauty treatment you can try out yourself! Now, since it's the first day of summer and all I thought that this face mask would only be appropriate. Feel free to experiment and substitute your ingredients to your liking but I really liked how this one turned out. It made my skin feel amazing!!!
Have fun babes, enjoy! Please also note that there is even more where this came from. I'll be posting more beauty projects soon, the series had not ended...

- 1 cup of Oats
- 1 cup of smashed up blueberries
- 1 handful of shredded fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup of local honey
-  5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a big non-porous stainless steel-mixing bowl. Be sure to really smash those blueberries real good and stir vigorously. For this mask I would wait a day or 24 hours before using so that all the ingredients can soak and saturate all together before use but other than that enjoy! For this mask it can also be messy so I found using a spoon or small spatula helps when applying the substance on ones face. Let mask sit until it feels dry and then rise and wash off with warm water and follow with toner or Witch Hazel and moisturize. This will last about 4 weeks in the fridge, so be sure to take it out when you want to use it especially on a hot summer's day, it feels real nice. You can take my word for it.

*Once again I would like to note: 
All images above were taken and edited with Julie Jones my creative partner in this project. Check out her site for more: http://www.jonesphotographycompany.com/

- Jordy