Beauty, Life, Skin Care

Skin Care: A Journey Through Acne Land

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Me.

Before beauty school I had great skin. During beauty school I was stressed, drinking 3 cups of coffee a day, not sleeping & my whole life was reflected on my face. When you are stressed your body releases hormones which can increase the amount & type of oil that is produced in your pores (a.k.a follicles) and it can clog them, prohibiting oxygen to enter and kill/ stabilize existing bacteria.

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Beauty: EYEBROWS

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I was sitting with a friend and she just so happened to be on her Facebook page, and she brought my attention to a picture that was on her timeline. It was her friend, who had eyebrows like this:

I’m ALL for drawing your eyebrows in, and even I have fallen victim to over highlighting my eyebrows, and by the time I realized it was a terrible, terrible mistake, it was too late. Eyebrows should look as close to natural as you can get them. I have never seen anybody with naturally  OVERLY highlighted eyebrows. Matter of fact, I don’t believe any makeup should circle your eyebrows completely, UNLESS it’s blended to perfection. I know a couple of girls who highlight the top and bottom and it looks perfectly fine, but when it looks like you gave a 4th grader a crayon and said “Do your worst”, maybe you should try again.

I’m not blessed with natural full eyebrows, I have to draw them in with my Browzings by Benefit. I think you have to find a happy medium when drawing on your eyebrows, and know that somebody elses shape may not be the right shape for you. Follow your natural shape and fill in where necessary to create the perfect brow!

YES!

YES!

NO!!!

NO!!!

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Review: BH Cosmetics Concealer and Duo Fiber Stippling Brush

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You seriously get what you pay for. The concealer is almost too thick to blend correctly, and some of the tones (in my opinion) are a little off in regards to matching NORMAL peoples skin. I do like the variety though but It took me such a long time to blend it. It doesn’t have a semi-creamy consistency like most concealers. I feel like I can only use 4 out of 10 colors. Eh. I give it a C-.

425The brush is great! Perfect for adding touch-ups to the foundation or using it solo to apply the foundation to the entire face. It can hold and blend a lot of product so you don’t need much. It’s better than applying with a sponge because the sponge absorbs most of the makeup anyway. Just wish the bristles were a little shorter, other than that I give this an A!

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Beauty, D.i.y

D.I.Y: Homemade Vanilla-Rose Lip Balm

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Homemade Lip Balm as easy pie! I don’t know how to cook though, so let’s say as easy as 123!! This lip balm is so soft with a tad bit of shine to it and it smells nice!

Ingredients!

  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax pellets
  • 1 tablespoon Unrefined/refined shea butter (white)
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Oil
  • 5 drops Rose essential oil
  • 5 drops Vanilla essential oil

Supplies!

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Pipette
  • Tin/container/tube

 

SO WHATS NEXT?!

In a double boiler, mix the shea butter, almond oil and beeswax pellets together. Whisk continuously. Make sure it doesn’t over heat. As soon as it liquefies, add in your essential oils. Whisk again to mix the oils in. Grab your tin/tube or container and pour in your lip balm! Say hello to soft and sultry lips!

 

Tips* Must move quickly while adding lip balm to tin/tube/container. The mixture cools QUICKLY.

* If making a large batch, move even faster. I made a large batch so I had to reheat A LOT to get it to liquify again.

* If you want to make a peppermint or grapefruit lip balm, switch those essential oils!

 

Find your supplies at Whole Foods or Bulkapothecary.com .

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Beauty, D.i.y, Hair, Natural Hair

Beauty: Natural Hair Conditioner

Thanks to my sister being the test dummy, I decided to try it out myself. This natural hair conditioning mask consists of Honey, Olive Oil and Vitamin E Oil. I didn’t bother to measure anything so feel free to play around with it, all the ingredients are safe for your hair, but let me break it down for you.

Vitamin E Oil: “Vitamin E is an essential oil and helps to improve circulation. Increased circulation in the scalp is beneficial for hair health and growth. Vitamin E, taken internally or applied topically, can make hair lustrous and bouncy, as well as prevent breakage”

Read more: What Are the Benefits of Vitamin E Oil for Hair? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5382654_benefits-vitamin-oil-hair.html#ixzz2F3FmrFJS

Honey: “Due to the many characteristics of honey, hair is actually nourished and enriched. It is food for hair.”

Read More: LINK

Olive Oil: “Olive oil nourishes, conditions, and improves the strength and elasticity of your hair”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/olive-oil-hair-repair.html#ixzz2F3GZ4P3G

So in a nutshell, what’s good for you on the inside, is good for you in the outside (even BEER is good for your hair!)  In making this hair mask I combined more honey than olive oil, and just a little bit of Vitamin E Oil. I made enough for two applications and stored it tight in a mason jar. The measurements of the ingredients is entirely up to you. (I suggest using more honey than the rest of the ingredients)

Since my hair is short, I don’t need to divide and conquer each strand by using clips and parts. I put it on like I would any other conditioner and wrapped my head in a plastic bag. While I felt like a crazy person, I let my hair sit for about 20 minutes. The honey is very thick on your hair but washes out with ease.

While I was rinsing it out, my hair felt more CLEAN than soft. It was soft yes, but not as soft as it would have been if I would have used my normal conditioner. The good thing about it was that even after I let my hair air dry It was STILL soft, and that never happens when I use my normal conditioner.

I applied a little bit of Coconut Oil after letting my hair dry to lock in a little bit of moisture.
I would make this again, but next time I would use more Honey.

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Beauty, D.i.y, Organic, Recipes

Beauty: Organic Body Care

Creating your own beauty/body products is not only satisfying, but it’s FUN!. Being able to be hands on with something that goes directly on your skin is amazing. So far me and my friend have made lip balm, body buffer, scrubs, nail soaks and a few other bath products. Not all of them come out smelling and feeling the way you hoped, but the ones that DO, you will want to make over and over again.

I just bought a book from Amazon.com for $10.00 called Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles. Inside it contains “175 Homemade Herbal Formulas For Glowing Skin & A Vibrant Self”. Hell I want all of that!!

I haven’t read it YET but it explains the qualities of skin, natural hair, storage tips and a whole chapter of “tools of the trade for a kitchen cosmetologist”,  amongst a plethora of other useful things. Over the course of me reading this book I will be sharing with you guys some of the products I have made and the effects it has had on my skin. Just to keep you guys interested, I will post a recipe that I will be making this weekend. Don’t be afraid to beat me to it and make it yourself!

*recipe is directly from the book, I take no credit for it*

“Cleansing and Rejuvenating Oil

All skin types, Daily use, shake well before each use, store in plastic squirt bottle or glass bottle, approx. 1/2 cup.

  1. 2 tablespoons each almond, apricot kernel, avocado or sunflower seed, and extra virgin olive base oil.
  2. 1 large cup or 2 small vitamin E oil capsules
  3. 20 drops sweet orange, lavender, or neroli essential oil.

 Combine the base oils in a storage container. Shake well to blend. Pierce the vitamin E capsule(s) and add to the mix. Add the essential oils, shake again.
      No refrigeration required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please use within 6 months.

Application tips: Shake well before each use. Using a soft clothing, cleansing pad, or your fingers, apply approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to cover entire face and throat.”

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