Inside Out

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. You know I'm L. I. V. I. N. G. because the weather cooled down and I didn't wake up in a pool of sweat several times a night. It's extremely unpleasant. If you follow me on Insta (as you should! @lourdzilla) you'll know I got caught in the rain at my favorite tiny street fair on Saturday, the Hester Street Fair. It was Girl Power Day, so all the booths were run by female small-business owners. Even though it started raining, it was worth it to hang out and meet some of the ladies selling their wares. They always have the best snacks, so of course we indulged in some treats while sitting under an umbrella and enjoying the pitter-patter of the rain and the lovely music floating over from the Dj booth. I even shared some of my banana ice cream with Maeby, who rightly deserved it as it was her birthday weekend. 

Yesterday I woke up with what I was desperately hoping was allergies, but as time has now told is a full-blown summer cold. C'est la vie. I saw it coming last week when my little Lamb had the sniffles. It's like, "Ah, yes, that shall be me in a week!" What can you do, it comes with the territory! Luckily, it's pretty mild as far as colds go, and I'm not feeling too terrible overall. Mainly just have a very runny and stuffy nose. Fingers crossed, I'm hoping to avoid the nasty cough that always seems to accompany colds. So all things considered, not feeling especially concerned about my beauty today. My lil nose is getting rubbed raw and red from all the nose blowing, so I'm making sure it stays hydrated by alternating between Camellia Seed Oil and Glossier's Balm Dot Com. If you've never tried camellia seed oil I highly recommend giving it a try for when you need a shot of extra skin hydration. I only use it when I'm quite dry, because it really packs a punch. 

I wanted to share with you one of my secret potions that makes me feel better when I'm sick and happens to have lots of beauty-fortifying ingredients. If you've never tried Golden Milk Tea before, give it a shot! It boosts the immune system, helps with depression and anxiety, and is great for your hair, skin and nails! There are lots of recipes on the Internet, but here's mine!

Steep about a half inch of ginger and a tablespoon of turmeric in half a cup of boiling water for about 5 minutes.

Add the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a sprinkle of cayenne, a pinch of black pepper, a squirt of honey, and a quarter cup of coconut milk and mix it all together. 

It's got a strange, strong flavor at first, but once you get used to it it's so creamy and delicious, you'll want it every night! There are lots of variations of this online, so you can also play around with the proportions and see what works for your taste buds. For example, lots of people prefer using lemon and ginger tea bags as opposed to using it fresh and that totally works too! Part of me thinks I should experiment in making it as a smoothie tonight, if it's too hot to drink tea. 

If you have any cold-busting tips that happen to double as beauty tips I'd love to hear them!