All About Charcoal :: The Activated Charcoal Bar and Mask

May 23, 2017

So let me tell you all about charcoal today ;)  Since I have acne prone skin I was told that activated charcoal bar and mask could help my breakouts..and you know that intrigued me quite a bit. I learned that it’s great for the skin because it absorb toxins and pollutants and in turn is like a magnet pulling out dirt and oil from your pores. Say what!? Even better, it can be used daily on your face or body (you know, those spots that tend to flare up after a solid workout sweat session) and will last forever!

Activated Charcoal Bar and Mask

The Charcoal Bar

  • It’s made with coconut oil, green tea, witch hazel, and all kinds of good ingredients
  • Cut it in half and keep one half on the sink for your face and the other in the shower.
  • I recommend using it at night, I put my moisturizer on it after and spray with my facial mist
  • Some say it does dry their face out a little bit..not me, as I’m on the oily side anyway!


Activated Charcoal Bar and Mask

The Charcoal Mask

  • Mask helps minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance
  • Helps to exfoliate and smooth out skintone
  • Can also be used as a spot treatment (which I do) instead of a full mask
  • I recommend using it once a week (maybe twice..after a night out ;)

Oh, and if you are feeling crazy you can get the SPA SET..which is great to do for 30 days with a before/after!

This or That :: A safer baby balm

May 16, 2017

Because my little 6 month old nephew is having some skin issues, I thought it would be interesting to do a bit more research on ingredients used in baby balm and moisturizers. So, this weeks This or That series is comparing Beautycounters Baby Balm VS. Johnson’s Baby intense moisture cream.  The safer baby balm from Beautycounter was packed with all kinds of natural oils and even the Johnsons had a few too…until I found the following ingredients below..a major one being FRAGRANCEassociated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system…hmmm

Safer Baby Balm Lotion - Saffron Avenue


PHENOXYETHANOL: Classified as toxic or harmful. Cosmetic Database rates it as a moderate hazard and notes cancer, allergic reactions, skin, eye and lung irritation, organ and neurotoxicity as possible effects

DIMETHICONE: a silicone oil that blocks the skin’s ability to naturally perform the functions of excretion, absorption, respiration and regulation. It can actually end up drying your skin the more you use it, as it interferes with the natural hydrating processes.

FRAGRANCE: Represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE: Can be potentially irritating to skin, causing redness, rashes, and potential allergic reactions.


Safer Baby Balm Lotion - Saffron Avenue

beauty counter baby set

PROTECTIVE BABY BALM: (Here) Provides a layer of protection for dry, sensitive skin for both babies and moms

GENTAL ALL-OVER WASH: (Here) Two-in-one hair and body wash is ideal for delicate skin. The gentle, tear-free formula effectively cleanses and nourishes from head to toe without stripping away moisture

SOOTHING BABY OIL: (Here) A mix of organic coconut, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils, our dry oil soothes and softens skin for a nourishing experience, without feeling greasy.


A Date Night Outfit and my love of black

May 15, 2017

Okay, so if I’m not wearing white you will probably find me wearing black..as I’m still trying to expand my color wardrobe.   Of course when we had a last minute date night a week ago I found myself grabbing my black peplum top because it’s not only the perfect shirt for this weather but also crazy comfortable when you know you might be indulging in some good food ;)  I also finally splurged on my first pair of Citizens of Humanity (non-ripped) denim that fit like a glove and have the cutest cut at the bottom. I was surprised how well they fit me considering I ordered them online and never know if the size works, but I guess there is a reason why people splurge on certain brands…because they actually fit! So, take a peek at my simple date night outfit below!

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{ P.S. I’m really into trying this choker trend..considering I remember wearing them in middle school! }

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Cropped Denim (here, here or here)   |   Black Peplum Top (here or here)  |  Choker Necklace (here) |  Heels (Here or here)  |  Purse (here)


THIS OR THAT :: The truth about Sunscreen

May 11, 2017

Oh friends, this post got to me, especially after researching that first ingredient that can be found in almost all sunscreens.  With that, I want to share with you the truth about sunscreen and what is literally soaking into your body during the Summer.  Growing up our parents always made sure to lather up our skin with insane amounts of sunscreen. After awhile we realized that just about anything over 30SPF doesn’t count..and now we are finding out the terrifying ingredients that are in these products.

truth about Sunscreen - Beautycounter - Saffron Avenue


Neutrogena Beach Defense

OXYBENZONE: Absorbs into the skin at high amounts, cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones (can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders). Acts like estrogen in the body; alters sperm production in animals; associated with endometriosis in women. But worse… READ THIS HERE

HOMOSALATE: expected to be toxic or harmful,  studies show weak endocrine disruption (an cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders), and sunlight breaks down the chemical into harmful byproducts.

OCTOCRYLENE: may cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergen leading to contact dermatitis in children (redness, blistering, and itching of the skin)

PEG-100 STEARATE: Studies link to development of toxicity within the body. Some experts even suggest that this ingredient can link to problems with reproductive health and even cancer.


Beautycounter: Protect all over

ALOE LEAF EXTRACT: Has been believed that Aloe improves wound-healing and skin inflammation

CERA ALBA ‘BEESWAX’: helps create a thin, protective layer over skin to help prevent loss of moisture and help protect it from environmental assaults

LECITHIN: an emulsifier for the product but it also helps to hydrate, replenish and repair the skin due to its essential fatty acid content.

GREEN TEA LEAF EXTRACT: known for their anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant abilities, and have been shown to inhibit the body’s immune suppression and skin cancer induction that typically follows UVB exposure.

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Why I’m choosing Beautycounter

First off, I’m pissed that I let my sister (who is breast feeding) use that Neutrogena sunscreen last month in Vegas (since I didn’t have my Beautycounter one with me)!  It also made me think to myself, does it affect someone trying to get pregnant? Not that I am anytime soon, but could those ingredients hinder your fertility? I urge you to read more about the sunscreen you use and if anything take a peek at the Protect All Over sunscreen HERE.  And let me know if you want to learn more information.


NOTE: I’m not a doctor (as you know) and all of the information found was through articles and research previously done and through www.ewg.org.


A Modern Classic Logo Design :: Luxe & Bloom

May 10, 2017

You know what is the best thing ever? When a rejected logo design concept from a past client actually gets put to use for another! The ladies of Luxe & Bloom reached out to me for a single logo design and after seeing me share another clients ‘unused’ logos they fell in love with the details of it!  Since they wanted a modern yet classic logo design, we felt this one was the perfect blend of both words. The modern take on the ampersand (yet still feminine) and the classic touch of the serif font. I also created a custom watercolor floral pattern that is just so southern and sweet!

modern yet classic logo design

modern yet classic logo design

modern yet classic logo design

So, for those who may not have a huge budget for a new brand or a re-brand, let me now! I’m offering more single logo options (take a peek HERE) as well as putting some of the unused ones over in THE BRAND BAR.  With that being said, I can’t wait to see this being put into use!


Mothers Day Box :: Spa Day Edition

May 9, 2017

I thought I would do something a little different for my mom this year and decided to pull together my own little Mothers Day Box – Spa Day Edition. I recently found these adorable boxes on shopbop HERE (on sale too or here) and knew I had to do something with them, and this Mothers Day Box is perfect!

Mothers Day Box - Saffron Avenue - Spa Day

Mothers Day Box - Saffron Avenue - Spa Day


I stuffed it with the prettiest little mom mug (HERE or here), the PLUMPING gift set from beautycounter HERE, a delicious smelling candle, and some calming soaking salts (here). I added in some comfy socks as well, they just took up a ton of space and couldn’t quite get it to look ‘cute’ for the pic ;)

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P.S. those shopbop items were PRIME, so you still have time ;)