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I’m personally not the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions, but one resolution I will make again and again throughout the year is for better self-care. And honestly, it’s a tough one to keep! In my college career, I’m reaching that point of maximum busyness, minimal sleep, and occasionally a greater intake of coffee than water (I’m trying to be better, I promise!), making skincare is one of those areas I really need to make a stronger habit of looking after. And this is especially true as temperatures are low (though that might only last a month or so more here in Texas!)

When contacted me asking me to share their guide to lip balm, I knew it would be a great resource for both myself and all of you throughout the chilliest months of the year! Their entire rating system is based on whether the lip balms actually work (so do they make your lips more hydrated) and whether they had the ability to protect from wind, and most importantly, sun exposure. In particular, I love how they completely breakdown their evaluation and give you criteria for how they picked the best of the best. Additionally, I have super sensitive skin, and so I appreciate their attention to allergens and ingredients that actually do more harm than good!

In fact, as part of their in-depth review of popular lip balms, the team found a long list of ingredients that were common in many of the products even though are common allergens and irritants to avoid:


Vitamin E: Throughout the beauty industry, Vitamin E is thought of as a high-quality moisturizer and is often used in a wide variety of products. As it turns out, some studies actually report that Vitamin E increasingly causes contact dermatitis on sensitive skin.

Fragrance and Dye: It can be quite difficult to get your hands on a beauty product that doesn’t contain fragrance and dye, and not all of them are necessarily harmful. However, for those with sensitive skin, it may be a wise choice to avoid these all together so as to not open the door for a reaction.

Beeswax: Beeswax is another ingredient that is quite common in many beauty products, and is often thought to be a great moisturizer. And while beeswax isn’t an allergen to all skin, some of its components can cause significant reactions.

Lanolin: This moisturizing alcohol is a derivative of wool that we often see in many ingredient lists. Lanolin allergies are fairly uncommon, however, for those who have a hard time finding products that work for their skin, it’s one to keep an eye out for.


Camphor/Menthol/Phenol: These ingredients give the cool, tingling feeling that we often associate with minty or “repairing” lip balms. In fact, many people tend to think that this sensation means that the product is super effective. The ingredients responsible for this feeling are actually typically used in exfoliating, like cosmetic chemical peels. And while exfoliating is great for a lot of instances of dry skin, the lips are highly sensitive and need repair, not to be stripped away. What’s more, these ingredients can cause burning on broken skin and may also cause light sensitivity.

So as you can see, finding the best lip balm for you is a combination of research and personal preference. I know that I will keep an eye on these ingredients in the future to help me find something that keeps my skin its happiest!

To see the full article and for further information, read more here: 

I wish you luck in all your resolutions and hope that this info was helpful to you in your beauty product selections! Happy New Year!

Stay lovely,


Merry Small Business Christmas

I recently made some fancy Christmas lists for my sister and I using Adobe In-Design! (Which was really just an excuse to use it again.) Since they feature our favorite products from small businesses and makers, I though I would share them here and spread the small biz love.

Both can be downloaded as a PDF with clickable links to the shops that make the products! Just simply click on the image of the item in your downloaded PDF (below) and it should take you to the site.

See something you like?
Download my list here (pink)
Download Sam's list here (blue)

Wishing you lovely and happy holiday!

Stay Lovely,

Paths to Wonderland Design x Casetify: Phone Cases for All the Wonder-Lovers!

Image source: Casetify

Hey guys! Just a quick post today to update you on one of the most exciting projects to come to Wonderland yet!

Earlier this summer I was contacted by Casetify about designing phone cases for their artist’s collection and I am happy to report that my collection is up and ready to go on their website! Seeing my silly little designs come to life into a real line of products is unbelievably exciting, and gets me so psyched about all the design dreams dancing around my head.

Casetify as a brand has some super hip technology with their transparent/printed cases and interchangeable backs, and allows you to customize away if my designs alone don’t cut it for you. Plus, there is work from a ton of other artists up on their site, and Casetify does an amazing job of promoting these small designers, which is such a blessing for those like me trying to get their work out there!

As  for the designs themselves, the first handful of cases were directly inspired by the digital fruit salad party I held earlier this summer. (Did I mention all the free downloads that went up with that?) I took those designs, infused some watercolor, ombre, and transparency, and optimized those designs for the phone case dimensions.

Peach Pattern // Peach Pun
Strawberry Pattern // Strawberry Pun
Raspberry Pattern // Raspberry Pun
Kiwi Pattern // Kiwi Pun
Cherry Pattern // Cherry Pun
Blueberry Pattern // Blueberry Pun

Following that, I have 5 designs that I made exclusively for the phone case collection, and I really love these too! They are definitely in the sassy, sweet, slightly dorky, and totally pastel spirit of Wonderland. And I got to throw in a little bit of outdated slang on that “hella rad” case, so we are all winning here. (It’s my personal favorite!)

Hot Damn in Magenta + Peach // Hot Damn in Indigo + Lavender
Geometric in Pretty in Pink // Geometric in Oceanic Palette 
Hella Rad Multicolor (see first post image)

Image source: Casetify
Last but not least, I put one of my old favorite designs as a MacBook sleeve, or iPad Cover! I'm potentially looking at revamping a few other Monday in Wonderlands or printables into cases, so let me know what you would like to see!

I will definitely keep adding more designs to this collection as time goes on, but for now I am so so happy with the designs I put together. If you are interested in purchasing a phone case, or think a friend would love one of these designs, you can check out the whole online collection here! And while you are at it, peek around their site and take a gander at all the other gorgeous designs up there. Thanks y’all for all the support always, and I can’t wait to see what fun design projects are in store for Wonderland next!

Which of these designs is your favorite? Are there any of my old designs that you’d like to have on a  phone case of your very own?

Stay lovely,

**For full disclosure, I am paid a small artist’s fee for every one of my designs that is sold. I am insanely appreciative of this perk, but am sponsored by Casetify in no other way. As usual, I would never promote a product or service to you that I do not fully appreciate and intend to use.

Still a skeptic? Stay tuned for my review of the physical Casetify product in the near future! That is, once I decide what phone to replace my current, somewhat crippled one with…**