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Make Your Own Pumpkin Mask In Less Then 20 Minutes


With Halloween season creeping up around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere you look. Even after Halloween is over there are still pumpkins that pop up everywhere during fall. Pumpkins have so many uses… decor, tons of seasons treats, those yummy pumpkin seeds, and so much more. But my favorite use of pumpkins is all over my face! This squash is awesome for your skin! Pumpkin contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotene, vitamins C, K, and E for those wrinkles, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron, which helps eliminate redness. This mask only contains three ingredients, and I’m pretty sure you have all three ingredients already in your kitchen. Plus what are you gonna do with Halloween’s leftover pumpkins! 

An easy homemade pumpkin mask full of vitamins to nourish the skin and enzymes to dissolve away dead skin cells leaving you with radiant, glowing skin!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

P U M P K I N   M A S K

I N G R E D I E N T S 

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin puree or 1 small pumpkin (but make sure its organic)
1/2 tsp organic Manuka honey
1/2 tsp coconut milk or coconut oil

*extra bonus add 1 tsp vitamin E



1st wash that face! You can’t waste all this time with layering on all this goodness on a dirty face. Wash with your regular cleanser and gently pat dry. 

Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and coconut milk/oil in a small bowl and mix well. 

Apply the mask using your fingers and avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes. You might feel a slight tingle, which is totally normal!

Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes.

Gently wash off the mask with a warm, and follow up with a moisturizer.

During the fall season, I apply this mask once a week along with my normal skin care regimen.

You can also make a BIG batch of this amazing mask and freeze into ice cubes and store away for later use. Simply, just take out a cube each time and allow to thaw. 




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By on October 16, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, SKINCARE


The Best Sunscreen and Tips for Protecting your Skin from the Sun all Summer

Most people, like myself, love the Summer and being in the sun.  It’s the time to get outside and enjoy the great weather and also get a tan!  With that being said, it’s also SO important to use sun protection.  I grew up with my aunt being an esthetician who had me wearing sunscreen daily from when I was 10 years old.  It’s a habit I’m grateful she instilled in me and one I’m still strict about today.

Photos by Nea Nabayan

I recently signed up for monthly facials from Facial Lounge in Newport Beach.  Facial Lounge is an amazing skincare boutique that offers advanced treatments focusing on organic products.  Amber Johnson, the owner, is first of all hilarious but also extremely well versed in everything skin care.  She’s a medically trained esthetician and has created Facial Lounge to share her passion and her skincare philosophies and expertise. She believes that all treatments should be effective and safe.

One of the things she said to my sister, who got me started with them, that sticks out in my mind is… “Why do people spend so much money and time on their nails getting manicures and pedicures every month?  They should be focusing on their face and their skin.”  I had never thought about it that way and it’s SO true!!  

Our face and our skin are the first thing people see and the first thing we see when we look in the mirror!  And it’s what needs the most attention and care.

So let’s talk sunscreen…  My last visit with Amber we talked about the products I was using on my face.  Things I thought were pretty clean and good, but Amber told me about this app Think Dirty.  If you haven’t heard of it then you should definitely check it out!

It helps educate the consumer on the cosmetics industry by allowing them to make an informed decision on what products to purchase.  When I looked at it and talked to Amber more, I was shocked how poorly some of the products I was using that I thought were “clean” ranked on Think Dirty.

Amber talked to me about how the beauty industry isn’t regulated like the food and drug industry.  That there are even hormone disruptor chemicals in many products that have been possibly linked to breast cancer.  Things that I thought were so simple and common like lip gloss or even deodorant have so many bag chemicals in them!  So that’s when Amber started showing me the cleanest and best products for me, and I want to share them with you!

Today I’m talking about the sun and sunscreen so I will focus on that!  The best sunscreen Amber can recommend is Coola.  First of all, it is organic and vegan.  Secondly it is SPF per application, most sunscreens are SPF per bottle, which I didn’t know!  They are also full spectrum which is UVA and UVB protection.  Most moisturizers and make up only have UVB for burns, not UVA which helps with aging, skin cancer and discoloration.

Here’s a little bit more about Coola, straight from their website…

“Our quest is to spoil your sometimes finicky, always worthy skin with the most pure, eco-conscious products possible. After all, you may obsess over what you put in your body, but think about what you put on it. We thought about it, quite a bit actually, and we consciously chose to develop our line using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods we prefer to eat.

Green, yet still luxurious, each of our high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba and phthalates.”

More I love about them…

“Our full line of luxury sun and skincare products incorporate a Farm to Face sourcing philosophy, using the freshest and most natural ingredients whenever possible. Look for our organic formulas that contain over 70% certified organic ingredients and are easily identified by our organic seals.

Additionally, we formulate with Plant Protection, which allows us to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment.”

Coola also has a great product if you want color without the sun, according to Amber it’s the most natural beautiful color and smells so good!!  You can find it here.  All of her favorite sunscreens can be purchased here as well!

Something Amber also gets asked about all the time is how to take care of your sun burn…. Ouch!  You can shop her favorite products to soothe and treat a sun burn here.  Her favorite is this Sea Whip Gelle Masque because it takes out the heat.

Now there’s a little heath and beauty info for you!  I’ve been using Coola so far this Summer and love it!!  And if you want to have an amazing facial and talk to Amber herself, book with the Facial Lounge!  I guarantee you will love it!  Amber is also giving us a 15% discount to use on any products to shop online!  Use VIP15!!

Enjoy the sun this Summer but be sure to protect your skin!



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By on July 20, 2017 in BEAUTY, SKINCARE


Winter Skin Care

Yesterday we talked about self care, and today it’s all about Winter skin care!  Recently Leah and I were treated to facials from one of our favorites, Facialworks!  Now, going with your girlfriends for a facial and taking care of your skin is one form of self care, so we are definitely on the right track here.  It felt so good to get out and pamper ourselves a bit.  The ladies at Facialworks were even nice enough to give us some amazing tips to help our skin during these harsh Winter months.  Keep reading to find out more on how to keep your skin fresh and how you can win a facial for yourself!

Photos by Megan Welker

Cheers to some pampering!!  This is also the first thing we are checking off on our Winter To Do List… So, let’s get going!

From Facialworks

During the Winter is the best time to get rid of that Summer sun damage and combat the dehydration from the cold. For this, the Hydrafacial is the perfect service! The Hydrafacial is a medical-grade hydradermabrasion with NO downtime. The Hydrafacial uses patented technology to infuse serums into the skin while at the same time exfoliating away dead skin cells and damage on the surface of the skin. Finished with our signature oxygen infusion, this treatment will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, plump, and hydrated.

If you’re on a budget, you cannot go wrong with Facialworks Facial Bar Facial: Hydraworks. This facial is great for the cold winter months since it focuses all on HYDRATION. Using our Hydraworks line, the treatment will include a hydrating, cooling masque with our amazing cool globes to ensure the best product penetration. Concluded with our signature double oxygen infusion and moisturizers and eye cream, your skin will feel refreshed and moisturized!

More from Facialworks on the best products…

Bright Eye serum is a great way to reduce dark circles and dehydration in the eye area. Our serum contains Soybean and Rice Proteins to help stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity. Hyaluronic acid gives the orbital area a boost of hydration that they need to keep the area smooth and soft.

Liquid Moisturizer is a great product when thinking about keeping the skin hydrated. Liquid Moisturizer is made of only a couple ingredients; the main being Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally occurring throughout our body. In the face, it keeps the skin soft and supple and supports healthy cell function. It holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it ensures the skin can retain hydration. Layered with a thicker cream over top, this hydrating serum will maintain soft, smooth skin throughout the cold, dry Winter.

Hydra Cleanser is the best cleanser to help retain hydration in the skin and keep it soft during the winter. Formulated with seaweed extract and wheat germ oil, this cleanser is gentle and hydrating for even the most sensitive of skin types. Grapefruit extract also will help to remove any excess oil on the skin without stripping it of what it needs. Perfect for the winter months!

Barrier Repair is a winter essential. Barrier repair is a lipid serum that helps to repair our skin’s natural barrier. Our barrier helps to ensure the skin doesn’t lose hydration through transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and also to protect from foreign invaders from the environment such as bacteria, viruses, and pollutants. During the cold winter months, it is hard to keep the skin hydrated due to TEWL and the harsh environment. Barrier Repair’s lipids will helps protect all skin types from dehydration and skin conditions due to the environment.

We can’t say enough of how much we love Facialworks, even our little babes like to visit!

Head over to our Instagram to win your own amazing experience at Facialworks!!  Because you deserve to be spoiled too!!



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By on January 4, 2017 in BEAUTY, SKINCARE



Coming at you today with another one of our favorite skincare product lines! To recap if you are new to the Beijos blog this year… This year we have made it our goal to spend more time on ourselves, and one of the ways is taking care of our body and our purdy mugs. Are you the type of person that is just to tired to wash their face before bed? I’m sure every mom has been can raise their hand. I have been guilty on that charge multiple times, no doubt about that. With our new promise, my face has improved just by being on top of something as simple as washing my face at night. Even grabbing one of those make-up remover towelettes is a plus in my book. I know its hard to spend some time on just you and just your body and face, but trust me you will see and feel the difference! It’s amazing what a little TLC will do. We are helping you out by showing you our favorite skincare lines.

Now we all know I’m a strong believer in all natural organic chemical free products. I’m telling ya, what you put in on your body is the same as putting in your mouth and thru your system. End of rant. Lets get to the good stuff already, Abby!

Photos by Jessie Salas Photography

I had a good friend that lives in Santa Cruz recommend to me URB APOTHECARY. She said that I would fall in love with the products and never want to use anything else again. I jumped onto the website and checked them out, and oh boy was she right! Just a 1st glance, the packaging is so cool, and well they are local to Northern California so its a huge plus in my book. I love using products from companies right out of my backyard.




I love love LOVE having natural herbs in my skincare products. I’m a crazy believer in natural herbs and their healing power. Urb Apothecary has got you covered.  So if you are just like me, you will love this stuff. Lets take a little peek at the some of the products I feel in love with!


Awwww.. the Jasmine Ylang Ylang Body Oil. I love Jasmine. Nothing better then a warm sunny day when the warm wind hits you with the scent of jasmine from a near by bush. Did you know that Jasmine is a natural aphrodisiac? Heyyyyy Now!  Ylang Ylang… say what your saying? Well Ylang Ylang when used as an applied essential oil helps maintain healthy skin and nervous system and can be a effective remedy for seborrhea. Use this oil right when you get out of the shower when your skin is still a bit damp. You can also use this when you have been out in the sun as it contains calendua infused sunflower oil which helps with sun burns, retains moisture, and giving you that healthy glow.

Speaking of sun kissed skin….


Us Beijos ladies love us some sunny days outside and catching some sun. But you gotta be careful these days. So we limit our exposure, but are guilty to loving every minute of it. We are true sun worshipers. So when I discovered the Sun Workshipers Repair Serum, it was a must for me. This bad boy does it all! Repairing sun damage, brightening dark spots, clearing acne, soothing sun burns, healing wounds, and improving over-all skin health and tone. Oh yeah… grab yo self a bottle or three ladies!

 This bottle packs a punch with everything that is in it!

Calendula infused sunflower oil is blended with baobab, sea buckthorn, safflower, and rosehip seed oils that soak in instantly, leaving your skin quenched and velvety soft. Immortelle or helichrysum and ho wood essential oil are a huge part of this serum’s healing and rejuvenating power. All these essential oils have strong healing powers. Read all about it on their website here.

Here in california much of our days are sunny. I try to do my best with restoring my skin after its been in the sun, which is a lot. I love Urb Apothecary as they offer more then one solution to sun kissed skin and keeping it healthy after all that time in the sun. I’m a green tea lover so this was another hit for me. Meet Matcha Sugar Scrub. He’s matcha, he’s raw, and he exfoliates you. Helllllooooo ladies!


Matcha green tea’s high anti-oxidant content rejuvenates old skin cells and neutralizes UV damage. Coconut oil, raw shredded coconut, and sugar together with matcha creates a healing, rejuvenating, and exfoliating scrub.


Last but not least, my favorite one. The Salt + Rose Soak. At the end of a long day, sometimes you just need a little warm bath and some vino. Not that I get much of this time, but when I do, I take it! This Salt + Rose Soak is perfect for the end of the day. Soak yourself in intoxicating aromas of rose and bergamot and the detoxing qualities of these mineral rich salts. Awww so relaxing. And so pretty to just have as decor in your bath.


Well there you have it! Go check out more of Urb Apothecary’s natural healing products here. You will be so happy with them, promise!



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Now Smell This- Beijos Picks (National Fragrance Day)

Did you know that tomorrow is National Fragrance Day? Isn’t it funny how there is a national day for everything, we can’t complain about this one. Its a perfect spring day to gush over some good smelling scents.

If you think about it, a certain fragrance can trigger a certain memory of someone or something.  I’m sure when you smell certain scents, a person or story will pop up in your head. My mom is a die hard perfume lover, and we have gotten her so many thru the years. When my kids come home from a weekend at Nemas, their clothes and even them smell like my mom’s perfume. Which one? I will never know, but they all smell like Nema. I secretly am not a fan of strong perfume, but these scents of hers are a comfort feeling for me.

What’s your favorite scent? Does it remind you of someone or something? I bet if you sit back and think about it, a story will pop up.

Its all about floral and tropical scents for me like jasmine, lavender, lemon flowers, gardenias, coconut, and guava. I love using all natural and organic oil instead of the standard perfume as well. You still get the sweet floral scents, but just in a more delicate way. Let’s see the roundup of our favorite fragrances.

Photos by Jessie Salas


Lets start with this beauty….


Epic Gardenia by Strange Invisible

Now this is a true perfume scent that I love. I use Epic Gardenia on special occasions with the hubby. I spray this in the air then walk thru it, it allows the scent to wrap your body in the sweet smell of gardenia. It’s nice to have a bottle of perfume for special occasions, switch it up a bit.

Strange Invisible’s fragrances are certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences with genuine inspiration and compelling narratives. Each entirely natural perfume is designed, decanted, and bottled within our own natural fragrance house based in Venice, California.


This bottle sits out on my vanity, its just to pretty to hid in a cabinet. Check out more of these stunning beauties here. There is a scent for everyone.

Next up, its one of my daily favorites.

Coconut Isle by Forager Botanicals.

I use body oil as my daily fragrance choice. Right after I get out of the shower I will use it on my arms and chest. Close your eyes and you are on a tropical vacation with this scent. Its a very light and airy oil, you won’t feel greasy at all.


This oil is a silky soft blend of almond, jojoba and apricot oil. All natural and has notes of green coconut with a touch of tropical fruit. The entire vegan line is color, paraben, sulfate and preservative free. Pretty cool huh?!? 

I love this brand as they create scents that are as close to mother nature made it. Check out more of their oils here.

Lastly, two perfume oils that come in a roller that I carry with me in my purse and are great for traveling.


Malibu Lemon Blossom Perfume Roll-On

I’m sure have your heard of the Pacifica Brand? They are an all natural vegan and cruelty-free. You can find their products at your local health store, I get mine at Whole Foods.

This scent is perfect for spring. Its fresh scent captures the free spirit of the Pacific Ocean with Lemon Blossom, Litsea Cubeba, flowering Angel’s Trumpet, fresh herbs and salty sea breezes.


We plant jasmine and lemon trees in our backyard just for the scents they provide in spring. Having lemon and jasmine come thru the windows on a spring day is my favorite. There is just something relaxing about it. Even when its a bit nutty around the house, you get smell of lemon flowers blooming, and all your worries just went out the window. This scent gives me the same feeling. If I’m feeling stressed, this is my cure.

Last, another fun perfume roll-on.

This is a fresh floral blend of 100% pure essential oils of rose absolute, ylang ylang, lavender and sandalwood infused with organic jojoba oil.


Its another favorite if you love those spring days. I found mine when I was wandering the beauty section at Whole Foods. I love the packaging of this roll-on as well, just so pretty in pink.


There you have it!

Happy national fragrance day!



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