Episode 007: Weird Potato Chips, Rapping & Minimalism

Today’s episode is all about living simply and the topic of the moment, minimalism! We discuss how we’ve incorporated minimalism into our lives, how these practices relate to overall health, and how we minimize the clutter in not just our homes and our closets, BUT ALSO our minds. We started things off with a not-so-minimal potato chip TASTE TEST, where we sampled 6 (really) different flavors (cheese plate style) and ranked our favorites.

Table Chat Show Taste Test Minimalism

On the Table Chat scale of “Flavor Awesomeness/Least Offensive”, we both ended up liking the same flavor! Here is a list of what we tried:

Lay’s Southern Biscuits & Gravy
Lay’s Dill Pickle
Kettle Brand Maple Bacon
Deep River Snacks Aged Cheddar Horseradish
Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger
Trader Joe’s Ghost Pepper

We also talked about our weird childhood rituals of purging our bedrooms of unnecessary clutter and being mini-minimalists in training. We were the coolest 10-year-olds on the planet. You’re so jealous right now, admit it. P.S Stick around for the bloopers, because we have a little freestyle rap session featuring Outkast.

Even MORE things we discussed:
Rachel’s favorite Elise Joy Pep Talks: Get Serious or Get Over It.
#100daysofelisepeptalks
The Minimalists
The Art of Simple: Q&A: How to Live Simple In Your 20s
Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy
Erinn’s Tidying Up For Health blog post (January 2016)
Tiny Houses
Dave Ramsey
(not discussed, but Mr. Money Mustache is a great site too for simple living/budget tips!)

Places to donate and/or sell:
Buffalo Exchange
Goodwill
Salvation Army
Deseret Industries
Changing Hands Bookstore (local to Phoenix!)
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Stardust Building Supplies (local to Phoenix!)

DISCLAIMER: We have recently become part of Amazon’s Associate Program where if you click a product’s Amazon link on our website and purchase the item through our direct link, we get a very small percentage back to support our show! We have monthly costs for hosting and publishing the show to iTunes as well as costs for recording equipment and ingredients for our recipes, and any amount helps us continue to produce our fun show for you and keep it free! Using our direct links costs nothing to you and your Amazon page will look exactly the same and allow you to use your current personal shopping account, only difference is Amazon will send us a small kickback. Your shopping will remain anonymous, though we will get a monthly summary of general items that were purchased through our links (but does not identify buyers whatsoever). Win win for us all, thank for considering using this to support us!

Episode 006: Edible Face Mask and Lip Scrub, Sperm Eyebrows & Beauty

In today’s episode we chat all things beauty! We enjoy a homemade food-based face mask and lip scrub- both are EDIBLE! As Erinn states, you can have a face mask at night, and breakfast come morning. Rachel suggests dipping some summer fruits into it- maybe even swipe a chunk of watermelon right across your face while wearing the mask. We won’t judge. Next time, we may add more sugar to the lip scrub to make it more gritty like our favorite lip scrub from Lush (Rachel likes Mint Julep, Erinn likes Popcorn!).

We talk our beauty philosophies, our biggest beauty mistakes (re: sperm-shaped eyebrows), what’s inside our makeup bags, and our tips for looking and feeling your most beautiful both inside and out! We got the idea from our favorite Beauty Uniform series on Cup of Jo, and from one of our favorite podcasts, The Girl Next Door Podcast, which currently has two different beauty-related episodes out (listen to those episodes here and here!).

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As promised, we are linking to all the products we used (and them some!). DISCLAIMER: We have recently become part of Amazon’s Associate Program where if you click a product’s Amazon link on our website and purchase the item through our direct link, we get a very small percentage back to support our show! We have monthly costs for hosting and publishing the show to iTunes as well as costs for recording equipment and ingredients for our recipes, and any amount helps us continue to produce our fun show for you and keep it free! Using our direct links costs nothing to you and your Amazon page will look exactly the same and allow you to use your current personal shopping account, only difference is Amazon will send us a small kickback. Your shopping will remain anonymous, though we will get a monthly summary of general items that were purchased through our links (but does not identify buyers whatsoever). Win win for us all, thank for considering using this to support us! And now back to those products…

Rachel’s favorite skin care and make up products:
CeraVe Daily Foaming Cleanser
Josie Maran Daily Moisturizer with SPF of 47
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation (when I used it I just mix it with the lotion above!)
Sephora Bright Future Concealer in custard, applied with this E.L.F brush or EcoTools brush
Gabriel Translucent Powder in light beige
NARS Multiple Stick
Brow Wiz Pencil in Ebony from Anastasia
Mascara- Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof Mascara, Pacificia Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara in Supernova
Shiseido Eyelash Curler
BareMinerals Well Rested Brightener
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye-Shadow Primer
BareMinerals convertible Eye-Shadow palette, applied with MAC brush 224
Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Lip Balm in Peppermint
Lipstick- favorite matte is Kat Von D in Lovesick, every day color is Mineral Fusion in Charming
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Boscia Make up-Break up Remover
Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner in Rose Petal
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Erinn’s favorite skin care and make up products:
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Normal to Oily Skin
Avenue Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
Garnier Skin Active Micellar water (Bioderma is awesome as well!)
Daytime moisturizer- Coppertone Sensitive SkinFaces SPF 50
Toner- Pixi SkinTreats Glow Tonic
Tinted Moisturizer- current everyday is Laura Mercier Oil-Free in Blush
Concealer- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Keepin’ things oil-free in Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent
Bronzer- Maybelline FIT Me in Sun Beige with the Sonia Kashuk Angled Powder Brush
L’Oreal Paris Tru Match Blush in Rosy Outlook
Highlighter- MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (It’s growing on me…)
Eyeshadows- Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette and if I’m feeling fancy, Cover Girl True Naked Goldens Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner Pencils in Demolition and Rockstar
Physician’s Formula Liquid Eye Definer
Mascara- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! or CoverGirl’s The Supersizer
Lip Stains- Revlon Balm Stains in Honey and Smitten and Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed
Even more lip obsessions- Carmex for chapped days, NYX butter glosses in Creme Brûlée and Fortune Cookie, TooFaced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Neutral Nude (perfect for any shade of lip product and any skin tone! Long-lasting too!)

Rachel’s favorite hair, body and nail products:
For hands: Up & Up Daily Moisturizing Lotion (the Target knock-off of Aveeno!)
Deodorant- Schmidt’s in Bergamot & Lime, or Herban Cowboy in Love
Fragrance- Dirty by LUSH (favorite scent was Breathe Romance by Bath and Body Works which they stopped making! Ugh!)
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner
Orofluido Hair Oil
Hairspray- every day is CHI Enviro 54 Firm Hold, wishlist is Oribe Fine Mist
Sea salt spray- every day is Moroccan Sea Salt Spray by OGX, wishlist is Sachajuan Ocean Mist
Butter London Nail Polish (silver topped bottles are her favorite!)
Not mentioned on the show, BUT: her go-to secret product is Bag Balm. It was made for cows (ha!), but she uses it for EVERYTHING (dry skin, irritated ear piercing, healing scratch, you name it).

Erinn’s favorite hair, body and nail products:
Self-tanner-Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer (Fair to Medium)
Everyday Moisturizers- Alba Botanica Very Emollient Coconut Rescue Body Lotion & Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Body Butter
Fragrance – Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt (all the women in her family LOVE Jo Malone!) & YSL Black Opium
Mousse & Dry Shampoo from Toni & Guy
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
Garnier Fructis Morroccan Oil
OPI Nail Envy
Fave hairsprays- Pantene and Elnett

Of note, Rachel did some serious Internet sleuthing and found the “faux-quarium” toy of her youth which provided the gel needed to slick back her bangs in the 90’s:

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Also, Rach PRE-BRACES:

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and Erinn PRE-BRACES. Can we give a round of applause for tooth gaps?! Also, the hair, OMG the hair…

Erinn with gap teeth

This episode rated clean! We BLEEP out all the BLEEP-ing bad words! Our moms will be proud.

Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub
Adapted from CollegeFashion.net
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp coconut sugar (could sub brown sugar as well)
  2. ½ tsp honey
  3. 1 tsp olive oil
  4. ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine honey and olive, add in brown sugar and vanilla, stir to combine.
  2. Apply a small amount to lips and gently scrub for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Rinse it off and apply favorite lip balm.
  4. For an extra gritty lip scrub, we recommended adding more sugar until desired texture is achieved.
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Greek Yogurt Honey Face Mask
Adapted from Health.com
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 Tablespoon honey
  4. Dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Stir or blend all ingredients to combine
  2. Slather it on (avoiding the eye area), then wipe off with a warm washcloth after 15 minutes. Feeling tingly? Don’t worry—that’s the cinnamon bringing oxygen-rich blood to the surface of skin, giving you a healthy glow!
  3. If desired, take a swipe of your masked face and eat!
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