I was long overdue for an adventure with @jessica_s_pappu, but going on @jarvisthegemini’s first hike made up for the fact that we were supposed to be in Colorado this weekend. 😍

I was long overdue for...

The real winner of quarantine... @jarvisthegemini. He’s been getting all the love and affection from us, I think he’s over it. 
It’s great having a dog right now. He keeps me company while @sammen89 has to work from home, instead of my extroverted self getting lonely. How are you guys doing?

The real winner of quarantine......

#TBT. Any other extroverts going stir-crazy?

#TBT. Any other extroverts going...

Back from when I was allowed to go outside. This was last month actually. I was hiking a lot as I prepare to (hopefully) make it up a 14er in CO with my outdoorsy other-Jessica @jessica_s_pappu. I was doing well for about 75% of this hike but that last stretch back took a lot out of me. 
Fun fact, for being from Texas I actually DON’T hate the cold. Cold + wind is a different story though.

Back from when I was...

I work in one of the industries heavily affected by the virus. For the first time in at least a year I had a job I loved going to, a company I believed in, and an industry that I’ve always wanted to work in. I loved my team and I felt like I belonged. Now, I’m furloughed, stuck at home until who knows when. I know it’s only temporary but it still sucks. This pause has forced me to do something I hate doing, to slow down. I hope you and yours are staying healthy and taking this time to focus on the important things: each other. Stay strong.

I work in one of...

Slowly working my way back to that “influencer” life. 🥴

Fun fact, I always HATED being called that. It often gets used synonymously with people that are shallow or are just self-centered, only caring about how things looked. I’ve been there. I’ve been where I planned on what to do based on “how it looks.” I’ve been depressed when my posts didn’t do as well as I thought they should. I spent money on outfits that I’d wear once, or plan outfits to wear in public based on what I’d be posting. I took it personal when I saw my follower count decrease. Eventually I’d had enough of my mental health tied to social media. I cleaned up 15000 “ghost” followers, people that followed me for giveaways or other reasons and didn’t ever actually care about my content, leaving people that I thought actually cared (and still lost about 1k). I’m definitely still learning the balance, and I often just lean towards not posting anything, instead of posting to have a post for the day or keep my content on your feeds. If you notice long gaps between my posts, that’s what’s going on. Quality//Quantity ☺️

Slowly working my way back...

Apparently between me, KP, and Dončić, only one of us will be showing up to the Mavs//Hawks game 😂 (swipe right) #MFFL

Apparently between me, KP, and...

Don’t let the shoes fool you, I’m still 5’1(ish)”

Don’t let the shoes fool...

The person who wrote this clearly hasn’t experienced the magic of a nap 😂

The person who wrote this...



Face Masks – Friday Favorites

There is something relaxing about slapping a face mask on, letting it dry, and refreshing feeling of washing it off. A spa is nice, but there’s something special about binging on Netflix under your favorite cozy blanket while you improve your skin. I love indulging with cheaper versions to enjoy in my own home. Here are a few that I usually have in my medicine cabinet:

Clay Masks – Oily/Breakout Prone Skin
When I can feel a breakout coming on, these are the masks I reach for! The clay base in these absorb oils, and shrink any impending zits. The best spot treatment I found the the DIY combination of unrefined apple cider vinegar and Aztec healing clay. I always have this combo at hand. Just mix up an equal amount in the palm of your hand, let dry (about 20 minutes), and wash off. The GlamGlow and Origins masks are my go-to’s before events. They give me a refreshed glow and it makes everything look way better.

Exfoliating Masks – Dull Skin
When my skin is flaky, dry, or dull looking, I slather one of these masks on my face. 2 are fruit enzyme based, and gentle. One is acid based, a little stronger but the results are worth it. The last is a “scrubby” mask. It has a little charcoal to absorb oils like a clay mask, and sugar to gently exfoliate.

Soothing Masks – Dry and Redness-Prone Skin

These are the ideal masks when facing dryness and redness. Be it from sun exposure, windy weather or the cold, when your face is a little sensitive just because it feels like it, these masks help soothe issues while being gentle. Yogurt, aloe vera, and rosewater are great soothing ingredients. My favorite is Que Bella’s Deep Cleaning Aloe Vera Mask, but I couldn’t find a picture of it. It’s a cream formula so it’s not drying, and the aloe vera helps reduce redness every time I use it.
For the low key and in a rush gals. You can DIY a compressed paper mask so your skin absorbs the ingredients better. Two of the easiest paper masks ever? Chilled coconut water or a non alcoholic toner. Just soak the compressed paper mask tablet it water, watch it expand, separate it and place on your face for at least 5 minutes. Soothing, refreshing, and so easy!

Have you tried any of the above? What are your favorite masks?

Live fearlessly,

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  • Christina
    September 1, 2015

    I really like the Lush fresh face masks. The only problem is they only last two weeks and you have to store them in the fridge 🙁

    • Jessica Mammen
      September 1, 2015

      I know! I don’t have a lush store around me so I get one every time I’m in a bigger city. I found out that they can last up to a month from a Lush rep, but I have pots of Brazened Honey and The Scared Truth that have been in my fridge for months. 🙁

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