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Fun in the Sun

Mavens, I’ve been away for too long! This summer has been a busy one for me but I didn’t want you to think I had forgotten you. Here are some of what I’ve been up to for the last couple of weeks:

Visiting my Parents in Florida – I hadn’t been back to Florida in quite some time so I was very excited to head over there for a week. It was gorgeous! Super hot and balmy. We went to the beach every day and I ate tons of delicious barbeque and west indian food. It felt really great to disconnect from the rest of the world and hang out with family. My mum has an impressive backyard garden which consists of mango trees, banana trees, papaya trees and several other tropical fruit trees. The one plant that still amazes me is this little pineapple tree (bush? plant?) pictured below. Isn’t that the cutest thing?


Reading – During my relaxing vacation in Florida I got lots of reading done. I’m a huge bookworm but lately I’ve found that I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. Here are some great books to check out:

1The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green by Starre Vartan – great book full of fantastic green advice

2. Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano – love, love, love this book. It’s become my unofficial rulebook!

3. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates – now that I’ve read the book I can check out the movie. I’m weird like that – must read the book first!

4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – I’ve just started this book and so far I am enjoying it. Good, easy read.

Making oodles and oodles of soap – I’ve been quite busy churning out soap. I’m really pleased with how they’re turning out and am super excited to make more. I recently listed 8 new soaps to my Etsy shop. They’re olive oil based and contain other yummy ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Below is a picture of my fave of the bunch – it’s Kumquat scented which is such a fresh, tropical scent. Check them out – I think you’ll like them as much as I do!


Habitat for Humanity – I’ve always wanted to do Habitat for Humanity which is a charity that builds affordable houses for low income individuals. I finally got my chance last weekend. Me and two of my friends worked really hard all day putting up wood siding. It felt fantastic doing something that I knew would directly benefit someone in need. I would definitely do it again. If you’re looking for a way to give back I would suggest looking into Habitat for Humanity for sure.

So before heading out to my Habitat for Humanity build site I tried Burt’s Bees Natural Sunscreen. I hate to say it because I loooove Burt’s Bees but I did not like this sunscreen. I had to take it right back to the store. It didn’t rub in very well and left my skin completely white. To make matters worse, it smelled funny. I was quite disappointed. 

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind summer so far but I’m having a blast. I should be back to posting more regularly now.

What have you been up to this summer? Do  share!


Oh! Before I forget. I’m having a sale on my Etsy shop for this weekend. 20% off your entire order for this weekend only! Happy Shopping!

I’ve also recently been featured on some blogs: SatinDoll, Everyday Etsy and Ask Ms. Popular. Please take a look. Thanks!


We Have a Winner…

Congrats to Caroline and Caramel Diva, the lucky winners of my Blog Anniversary Giveaway. I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your addresses so that I can ship out your Luxuriously Rich Hand Cremes. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!


Happy Birthday Beauty Maven!

The Beauty Maven Blog turns 1 today!


Minnie Birthday Cake Clipart

One year ago today I embarked on this little journey to share my thoughts on all things beautiful with the world. I’ve learned so much and made so many new friends a long the way. It’s fun to see how far this blog has come since the very first post.

To celebrate my baby blog’s birthday, I’ll be giving away Safiya Beauty Luxuriously Rich Hand Creme to 2 lucky winners! Just leave a comment below and a random number generator will select a winner on June 8th.

And in the spirit of reminiscing, here are 9 of my fave blog posts from the last year:

Beauty Maven of the Week – Angelina Jolie

Honey Bunny

Lancome Oscillation Video Review

Lipstick Queen

Beating Winter Skin #4 – Must Try Products

Lush Product Review – Angels on Bare Skin & Tea Tree Toner

Juice Beauty Review

Best Tinted Moisturizers

Oil Cleansing Method

Here’s to the next year. Enjoy!


New Shea Butter Soaps!


I’ve made some new soaps! I’ve been experiementing with different oils and butters in an effort to make the most moisturizing soaps and am quite pleased with my new Shea Butter Soaps. They’re made with Pure Shea Butter, vegetable glycerin, avocado oil, coconut oil, apricot kernal oil, jojoba oil (my fave), safflower oil, castor oil and vitamin E.

I’ve scented them with Mango Tea, Jasmine Neroli, Basil Nectarine, Bergamot Lemon, Lavender Rosemary, Rice Flower & Shea, and Pure Shea (unscented). My personal favorites are Mango Tea (that’s no surprise, I looove anything mango) and Rice Flower & Shea (which has such a sweet, delicate scent).

Right now I’m making them in a button mold so they’re about 3 oz each and would make phenomenal decorative soaps. They’re priced at $3.00 or $2.50 each if you buy more than 1. I think they’re just as cute as can be but I’m probably just a wee but biased! What do you think about them?

Check them out at my Etsy store and let me know what you think!


Safiya Beauty on the Web


So SafiyaBeauty.com is still in the works (it’s coming soon though!) but I decided to list my products on some other sites. I’m proud to announce that you can now buy Safiya products at Etsy, 1000markets and Artfire! Please go check out my shops and let me know what you think! 






Mavens I have exciting news! Since March 2008 I have been working on creating my very own natural bath and body line, Safiya (hence the blog url…) It has definitely been a hard – but deeply satisfying – process and I am nearing the ending of the development phase and right around the corner from launching! 

Here’s what I have lined up so far:

6 Body Butters – Maven (oriental, woodsy scent), Coconut Lime, Lush (fruity, tropical scent), Ginger Lime, Dulce (chocolate buttercream) and Lavender Vanilla

2 Body Scrubs – Citrus Paradise Salt Scrub and Virgin Coconut Sugar Scrub

Shea Butter Soaps – Mango Tea, Manuka Honey, Basil Nectarine, Jasmine Neroli and Unscented

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soaps

Sugar Cookie Bath Bombs

My first event is going to be Unique LA’s Independent Design & Gift Sale on December 13-14th and I have been busily preparing for the show. Also, the website and lots of pictures of the products are on their way. I will continue to keep you posted on all of my progress. Thanks for all of your support!