I was originally going to center this whole post around the fact that it is the perfect gift (and with gift-giving holidays coming up, it was perfect timing!) Then I thought to myself...hey...this is primarily a beauty blog (albeit, there are times some random posts will sneak in...just go with the flow, mmkay?) so I should find a way to tie it back into beauty somehow. While yes, I truly believe coffee makes me a better woman for MANY reasons, I just couldn't find myself typing the words "coffee makes me pretty"....but then, after sipping my last sip out of my enormous mug, a lightbulb went on above my head. Here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to tell you about the newest, coolest coffee delivery service and THEN I'm going to show you a very green, very eco-chic way to repurpose your old coffee grounds into something that will make your skin glow and your undereye bags tighten up! Ready??
What: Bean Box provides monthly subscription and gift deliveries of freshly roasted coffee from Seattle's premium artisan coffee roasters.
Where: The fresh artisan coffee comes from various "premier" Seattle roasters and can be delivered anywhere within the 50 states of the US and hopefully soon, internationally!
Cost: $20 per month and 15% off your first order if you use code: theodore at checkout! Awesome!
How: Check out all of their specifics by clicking here or just jump right in and subscribe here.
Bean Box has graciously offered to give a FREE 3-month subscription to one of my very lucky readers (within the 50 states of the US)! Enter via the Rafflecopter below! (Make sure you give it a few moments to load). Winner will be contacted by me via email no later than 10/11/14. Good luck!
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You guys. This is some seriously delicious coffee. I was blown away by how incredible each of the 4 selections was, but my absolute favorite was the Roaster's Choice from Lighthouse Roasters. The other amazing roasters in this first BeanBox were: Kuma Coffee, Herkimer Coffee, and Longshoreman's Daughter Coffee Roasters (sorry, couldn't find a current website for them).
And now for the beauty tie-in! I don't know if y'all know this, but coffee grounds make the most UH-mazing little "beauty hack" (I really hate that term) ingredient! While I wouldn't recommend using unused grounds, because HELLO you can use those for coffee!! However, you can use your grounds that you just used to make your morning coffee, let them cool (please) and instead of throwing them in your garbage, do the following:
Coffee Grounds Body Scrub
Use this "recipe" for a DIY body scrub from Into the Gloss. I'm sure by now you've seen all of the products out there for cellulite that contain coffee or caffeine. While it's not a permanent solution, the caffeine and antioxidants in coffee can help mitigate the look of cellulite short-term or temporarily (which can be a great option if you have to slip into a bikini this weekend!)
Coffee Grounds Facial Scrub
Add a few teaspoons of coffee grounds to your usual facial cleanser to create an instant exfoliating scrub.
Coffee Grounds for Puffy Eyes
You have to take special care not to get any of this in your eyes (ouch!) but you can use used (and cooled) coffee grounds and carefully place a small amount on the under eye area. Sit down, tilt your head back, and relax for 20 minutes. The caffeine in the coffee will tighten up the puffy skin. Carefully rinse from face taking special care not to get in your eyes.
Coffee Grounds Facial Mask
Mix a few TBS of coffee grounds into a small amount of plain yogurt (Greek works best in my opinion because it is thicker and won't slide off your face as easily) apply to face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. This easy 2-ingredient mask really brightens the skin and depuffs the face and eyes.
How it works:
There are several scientific reasons why coffee has so many positive effects on the skin. The caffeine is very high in antioxidants and is easily absorbed into the skin. Once coffee grounds are placed on the face, they shrink blood vessels and remove water content, both of which help to deflate eye puffiness. Caffeine's anti-inflammatory properties also lessen the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The grounds also reduce redness and tighten the skin, making it look brighter and firmer.
Alrighty! Hopefully by now, all this coffee-talk has got you buzzing! Go brew a cup, cool the grounds and slap it on your face! As if we needed yet another reason to love coffee, right???