Who Needs Oil Absorbing Sheets When Toilet Seat Covers Are Free?


My besties K & L have been telling me for years that the toilet seat covers in public bathrooms are the best for absorbing the daily oil that gathers on your face. Being totally stubborn, I just said “yeah yeah… weirdos.”

They are, of course, right! I have a very oily, olive complexion and recently started using Retain A again. Retain A is a very intense ache treatment that takes extra layers of your skin off so new, healthier skin can be acne free. It’s also great for anti-aging! Obviously this is the NOT technical explanation of this prescription, but basically it makes my skin peel and look all around flaky. So I lather on the moisturizer and then look like I put my face in oil oil by lunch. I started using those toilet seat covers at every pee break and, what do you know, they suck up the oil on my face and leave my make-up in place! Sounds like a musical jingle.

I will never look at toilet seat covers the same again. And they are free!

love, Sarah

PS: I may begin documenting my Retain A use. I know some people hate it/swear by it. Thoughts?


Lip Addition: Real Girls’ Beauty Must-Haves


Just wanted to let you know I have officially committed to a new product. It will go under “Lip Stuff” in the original post Real Girls’ Beauty Must-Haves. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Grape Vine.

It is sheer, yet has just enough color.

It has a sheen, yet not glossy.

It has a silly name, but not a silly price of $3!

love, Sarah

Beauty Secret #2 – Leave Tweezers in your Car

Ok, this already sounds like a gross post … and it is! When I hit the age of 25 something started happening. I started finding weird little dark hairs on my chin and above my lip. I guess this is a pretty normal, and terrible, part of aging according to this article in Oprah Magazine.

Now, onto to my beauty secret. I know how it is: You are at home, in your bathroom, doing that girl thing where you pluck hairs, obsess about black heads, and analyze all potential wrinkles. You think, “OK, this is as good as I can get it right now. Off to work!” You are on your way to work in your car singing along to Lady Gaga.  You get to a stop light and take these few moment to check your make-up in the car mirror. You see all these small little dark hairs that weren’t there before. Dammit to hell! If you follow my advice and have tweezers hidden in your glove compartment, you can use the natural light provided and feel confident your face is smooth and hair free.  Natural light helps highlight the hairs that your indoor lights just can’t.

When the guy in the car next to you looks over, you be all:


Real Girls’ Beauty Must-Haves

Real Girls' Beauty Must-Haves

Real Girls’ Beauty Must-Haves

None of these products know I am writing about them or paid me to write about them.

I have done a little survey of my friends to see what beauty “must-haves” they swear by.  When I say the “must-haves” I really mean those beauty products you will never-ever give-up, and if they became discontinued we curse the world and leave work claiming a “family emergency” to run to the store and stock up on these products.  Yes, I am being totally a drama queen, but in essence what I mean is we love these products.

Note: * indicates I have not yet tried this product, but my friends love it.



Arm & Hammer Whitening

I refuse to by anything else even if it isn’t on sale. It actually whitens your teeth!



Waterpic Water Flosser

I hate to floss and this works and doesn’t feel like you are flossing!

Eye-Brow Pencil


Benefit Instant Brow Pencil

A trick I learned late in life — all women should fill in their eyebrows.



Benefit Boi-ing Concealer

Boi-ing covers great and lasts FOREVER.



L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tube Mascara

This uses tube mascara technology that coats your eyelashes and will not run throughout the day. It comes off in clumps with water when you rub your eyes. No eye make-up remover required!

Face Wash and Lotion

Cetaphil Oil Control Foam Wash and the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Dermatologist recommended. Sarah approved!

Body Lotion


Utterly Smooth Utter Cream

Avoid sweaty places such as under arms, between knees, etc. It makes you smell like a yeast infection!

Hair Serum – Curly Hair


BioSilk Silk Therapy

This stuff calms your frizz and is worth the $15.

Face Mask*


DIY Honey Face Mask by Amil Niazi for XO Vain

I haven’t yet used, but my friend loves it! On the list of DIYs to try.

At Home Hair Dye



They match the perfect color for you — here is a first time 50% off coupon.

Lip Stuff


Rosebud Salve

Just don’t let it melt in your car… what a mess!


Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Grape Vine.

It is sheer, has a nice sheen, and is only $3! Plus, it hydrates you lips.

I am still looking for the perfect:
Blush and Bronzer
Curly Hair Products – All types!
Nail Polish that isn’t $10  bottle
Eye Cream

Share your beauty must-haves!

love, Sarah