Air Purifying Houseplants

Oh the wonderful world of plants. Houseplants have not only blown up as a must have item for house decor these days but they also have incredible health benefits that often go unrecognized. In addition to looking beautiful, many houseplants act as incredible air purifiers that work to remove toxins such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

While most houseplants remove multiple different toxic agents, I have listed below which plant is best at removing each specific toxin. Who needs fancy machines when you can have beautiful nature cleaning your air for you??

Best Houseplants For:

Producing Oxygen

  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Areca Palm
  • Monkey Plant
  • Snake Plant
  • Gerbera Daisy

Removing Formaldehyde

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Dracaena
  • Pot Mum
  • English Ivy
  • Kimberly Queen Fern
  • Boston Fern

Removing Trichloroethylene

  • Dracaena
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy

Removing xylene

  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Spider Plant
  • Ficus Alii
  • Pothos Plant
  • Dendrobium Orchids
  • Dumb Cane
  • Moth Orchids

Removing Benzene

  • Aloe Vera
  • Peace Lily
  • Snake Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Pot Mum
  • Gerbera Daisy

Removing Ammonia

  • Flamingo Lily
  • Peace Lily
  • Pot Mum

I am currently loving my Dumb Cane Plant (His name is Phillip)- Which house plant is your favorite?? Comment below!

What Is A Lash Lift?

So this week I had the privilege of meeting up with @mollywoodbeauty at the @beverlyhillsmicroblading salon where she answered all of my questions surrounding Lash Lifts and even treated me to the process itself! This post includes answers to questions about Lash Lifts I was not able to find anywhere else followed by pictures of the process itself!

~Before~

~After~

Questions I Had About The Procedure:

What is the difference between a lash lift and lash extensions?
A: Lash Extensions consist of some form of ‘mock’ lashes being applied to your natural lashes to make them look fuller and longer, the natural lash is not altered in any way. A lash lift does not add any foreign substance to your lashes but instead a treatment is applied to your natural lash to darken, lengthen, and curl them so when people ask if they are your real lashes you get to proudly respond HECK YEAH THEY ARE.

What exactly is applied to my lashes during a lash lift?
A: During a lash lift the beautician will apply a treatment to lift, darken, and curl your lashes over a rounded form that is placed on top of your eyes at the beginning of the process (see pictures below), followed by a deep conditioning treatment to strengthen and nourish the lashes.

Is the process different at every salon? How much does the process of giving a lash lift change from salon to salon?
A: The process of preforming a lash lift does not change much between salons, but the experience of your beautician and quality of products used during your lash lift does. Just keep in mind that a cheaper lash lift most likely means that they are using cheaper products on your lashes and your beautician may not be as experienced!

How long do the effects of a lash lift last?
A: A lash lift lasts the duration of your natural lash cycle, which for most people is about 8 weeks.

Is there pre-care before I get it done?
A: There is no pre-care before you receive a lash lift but it is best to come to the appointment with no mascara or any other eye makeup on.

What is the aftercare?
A: The only aftercare for this treatment is during the first 48 hours after you receive your lash lift while your lashes are still setting. For 48 hours after the treatment you want to avoid water, steamy showers, and eye makeup. Your beautician should also give you a clean mascara wand to comb your lashes during that 48 hours to ensure they set nicely. After the first 48 hours you are free to enjoy yourself with a good swim, cry, night out with makeup on, etc! It is also recommended for continued care that you use a Keratin Mascara to keep the lashes healthy. Find Keratin Mascara here!

Can I wear mascara on top of my lash lift?
A: It is not advised during that first 48 hours after the lash lift to wear mascara because you will then have to take off that mascara and you want to avoid washing/scrubbing your lashes during that time, but after 48 hours- YES!

The Process:

Your eyes are cleansed (my favorite part- it was so relaxing!) and shields are applied under your eyes and a curl forming shield is also placed on top of your eyelid


Eyelashes are carefully separated and placed into the perfect shape against the form where they sit with the solution to help set them. You can see where she is setting my lashes against the form on the right compared to my lashes on the left that have not yet been touched.


Here the beautician is applying a deep conditioning treatment onto my lashes


Lastly, all of the shields are removed and your new and improved lashes are revealed- Ta Da!


Want a Lash Lift too?? Check out the rest of Molly’s work here or look at all the other amazing beauty treatments Beverly Hills Microblading has to offer!

Simple DIY Cold Brew Coffee

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NEED:

OPTIONAL:

  • Coconut Milk

Step 1: Add Coffee Grounds

Add all of the coffee grounds into the larger of the two pitchers

Step 2: Add Water

Add all of the water into the pitcher with the coffee grounds

Step 3: Stir

It is important that you stir this mixture with a wooden spoon- Stirring the grounds with metal can give the drink an unpleasant taste

Step 4: Place in Fridge for 8-12 Hours

Patience young grasshopper…but if you’re not good at the whole patience thing, try making it right before bed so you get to enjoy it that next morning when you wake up

Step 5: Stain and Enjoy!

Strain the mixture in the larger pitcher through a cheesecloth or coffee filter into the smaller pitcher. Prep your coffee how you like it (I like to add coconut milk) and enjoy!

Common Mistakes:

  1. Ignoring that it needs to be coarsely ground coffee
    – brewing cold brew with coffee grounds that are too fine will not only make for a disturbingly gritty cup of coffee but it will make your straining process painstakingly slow. Don’t have a coffee grinder? Order them coarsely ground here! —> Cold Brew Grounds
  2. Not waiting at least 8 hours
    – this will give you a weak cold brew that is comparable to very watered down coffee. So if you know you won’t be able to wait the full 8-12 hours then you may as well just make regular coffee and pour it over a full cup of ice…just saying.
  3. Forgetting your cold brew and leaving it brewing in the fridge for too long
    – set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget to take it out on time! Or pucker up because you’re about to have some STRONG coffee.