To Make / Rose Facial Spray

 

      Good morning! It's finally June, and that means summer! Along with the coming solstice, there will be a few changes to the blog. I'm rolling out a new business venture in collaboration with the existing blog, and this means that with the new work being shared, there will be less posting here. My goal is to post 3 times a week, expanding on fashion and style, while still keeping a couple of recipes and projects around. I'll share more about the business I'm working on in the coming weeks, but for now, lets kick off June with a refreshing, summery DIY! 

     Rose facial spray has been on my list of essential DIY's for awhile. As you may know, I'm in love with anything rose, from the scent to the color. I just can't get enough! What with the temperatures heating up and all, I figured it's time to share how to make this little gem, to keep your skin hydrated all summer long. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- rose essential oil

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- a glass spray bottle

Directions:

1. Pour your witch hazel in your bottle, about half way to the top, then fill the rest with distilled water and add 20 drops of rose oil. 

2. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. 

3. Mist your entire face and let it soak in. Enjoy! 

(Side note: this is such a fun thing for kids to do. Bailey asks me to spritz her face on the daily with the spray, and thinks it's hilarious. Of course, this is perfectly safe to-do, which is the whole point of these chemical-free, natural DIY's!)

To Find Something Natural

 

     Hi there! This month's Natural Find is an essential to have, if you're prone to getting a pimple every now and then. The Burt's Bee's Herbal Blemish Stick has been on my list since I ran out of my old standby, Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion. I loved the drying lotion, but didn't like that it was just a ton of chemicals combined with what is basically calamine lotion. Calamine's great for bug bites and what not, but I ended up feeling like it was a little unnecessary as far as treating pimples go. Burt's Bee's form of treatment is tea tree oil extract. Tea tree extract has long been lauded as the best treatment for acne, because of it's ability to dry out the pimple, but not the surrounding skin. The stick contains another 10 herbal oils that work together to keep skin clear and exfoliated. It's 100% verified natural, and has the perfect little roller ball applicant, so it's not messy at all, like other oils can be.

     My first experience with it was awesome! It goes against my nature to put any oil on my face, since usually I'm trying to keep it as dry as possible, but it absorbed quickly and after I washed my face the next morning, it didn't feel oily at all. The redness of my problem area was gone, as was the little bump I was trying to get rid of! There was still a little spot, but that also went away by the end of the day. The best part about this was that it didn't irritate my sensitive skin, which most acne treatments do. Usually, people try and treat pimples with really strong products, in hopes that the strength of the product will work faster than other treatments. Not true for me, as anything stronger than "mild" just makes my skin even more red and irritated. As far as I can tell, the stick is my best option, and I'm super happy to have found it! Thanks for reading, and have an awesome Monday!

To Find Something Natural

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      It's a new series day! One I'm very excited about, per usual. Can you tell I like creating series? This one is centered around all things natural and eco-friendly. When I had Bailey, I really started thinking about the things I was using, and whether or not they contribute something to Bailey's well being. I know it's become a cliche now, to be conscious of chemicals and health and whatnot, but I actually do care about what I use and have made changes to make our home more "natural". For instance, instead of buying dishwasher pods, I bought a bunch of lemons and white vinegar and made my own dish detergent! It took a little bit (you have to cook the lemons and everything), but it made two jars of natural and chemical-free dish detergent that works just as well, if not better than store bought soap. I digress, I've started this series to share one natural and clean product a month. One of the reasons a lot of people don't use these products or make these changes is because they think they aren't accessible or are hard to find. I would like to change that, so let's take a look at this month's product!

    This month I'm sharing an awesome and non-dish related product: Shea Moisture Baby Head-to-Toe Shampoo and Body Wash. Up until recently, I had been using just plain old Jergen's baby shampoo for Bailey, and while it does it's job, it's not the ideal thing for a baby with dry hair and scalp. When we were at the lake a week ago, we washed Bailey's hair with a shea butter shampoo they had at the house, and her hair was so soft and smooth, but still clean. I thought, wow, looks like we need to make a change. I capitalized on that and found this organic raw shea butter option. I've been using this brands Hibiscus and Coconut body wash, so I was already confident in the product. The shampoo ended up smelling amazing and was very gentle on my little munchkins head. Her hair is silken as we speak because of it. I'm actually going to buy the adult version for myself. Can you say mother-daughter shampoo twins? 

To Talk about Makeup

 

     Hey there! It's high time to write a post on my everyday makeup routine. It's not much (I only use 4 products, sometimes even less), but it's still fun to share! I've been a lover of makeup ever since I started reading teen fashion magazines, such as Seventeen and Teen Vogue, around 10 years ago. I lived and breathed by those magazines for a long time, and learned everything I know today about beauty and fashion. Once our favorite town to go shopping in (Springfield, MO holla!) put a Sephora in their mall, I finally had firsthand access to all of the makeup I had seen in those awesome magazines! I've been fully committed ever since. Now that the backstory spiel is over, let's got on to my adult/mom life routine! 

     I start every day with Cetaphil cleansing wipes, then prime my face with my lifesaver of a moisturizer Embryolisse  Lait Creme Concentrate (thanks Mom and Dad!). Then, I apply concealer where needed, and top with my favorite Tarte cheek stain and Make Up Forever HD Translucent Powder. Lastly, I coat my lashes in my be all end all mascara I've been using for the past 5 years or so, and run a clear gel over my brows to clean them up. That's all, but of course I have a lot of eyeshadows, eyeliners, highlighters, and lipsticks, I just don't use them everyday. Another post for another time. Happy Sunday! 

 

To Make a Lip Scrub

 

     One of the perks of winter is having dry lips, right? No, having dry lips is not fun. Come January, I am always dying from the dry air. It messes with my hair, skin, nails and lips. This is when staying hydrated becomes just as important as it is when it's 100 degrees out. Sadly though, even when I chug a gallon of water every day, it doesn't seem to cut it for my lips. They just come into contact with the cold wind too often. I had to find a remedy.

     Coconut oil is a fad for a reason, and one of it's many uses is being perfect for keeping your lips moisturized. I had seen a lot of organic lip scrubs using coconut oil and essential oils, so I figured that I should probably just make one instead of spending $20. I didn't have to purchase anything for this project. I even already had the containers, though I can't remember why. There are only three ingredients, and you'd be hard pressed to find that in any factory made scrub, organic or not. Now, my lips are nice and happy, and they can stay that way all year round, thanks to this cute little DIY. Check it out below!

Materials:

 - 1 tbs. coconut oil

- 1 tbs. sugar (brown or white, up to you)

- whatever essential oil you like! I chose lavender.

- a small, lip balm sized container. (Amazon is always a good bet)

Instructions:

- Mix your coconut oil and sugar together. Then, drop in a few drops of the essential oil and mix. Spoon into your container and you're done!

To Talk About Winter Skin

 

     Hey there! Now that winter's in full swing, I figured it would be appropriate to share my favorite beauty products that get me through this drying time. Disclaimer: I have pale, sensitive, and combination skin. Some of these products might not work for you if you have more acne prone or oily skin, but the concepts are all still the same. The main goal of my winter skincare regime is to keep my skin from getting too dry without being too oily either. It's all about balance.

     Rule #1: Always, always, always take your makeup off at night. My issue with leaving it on is that it makes my skin more oily in the morning, which is the opposite of what I want. I use Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water to cleanse and remove makeup at night, and it has done wonders for my skin. The French know what they're doing in regards to skincare. Rule #2: Try and moisturize twice a day, once at morning and once at night. I typically use two different moisturizers that serve different purposes. The ones that work best for me are Embryollise Lait Creme Concentrate in the morning and Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refresher Gel-Cream at night. The Embryolisse is famous for its awesome smoothing qualities, and it's perfect for moisturizing before I put my makeup on. Garnier's gel moisturizer is great to put on before bed because the gel is oil-free and keeps my skin clean overnight. Rule #3 (last one!): Keep a face spray with you at all times to keep your skin refreshed throughout the day. If you have sensitive skin like I do, try my favorite Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray. You won't be able to stop spritzing your face a couple of times a day. If I'm feeling stressed, I spay my face and feel instantly better. Rose water is so calming, it's addictive.

     Bonus: Do a couple of masks every now and then, and also exfoliate at least once a week. Scrubs are vital to getting rid of dead skin, which can build up and cause acne, oil, and basically all of the things you don't want to happen to your face. A mask is like food for your skin, they are usually packed with nutrients to benefit all aspects of skincare. Also, always have hand cream on your person in the winter. Just do it, seriously. No one likes dry hands.

To Make A Body Scrub

     Hey guys! Let me start by saying I use this body scrub. I haven't made it just to put on the blog, it's a real life thing. It works well, is simple to make, and smells amazing. Also, you can do personal variations on it, like switching the lavender oil to peppermint, or to the vanilla extract like in the original post I've based mine off of. Not to mention this is one of my favorite gifts to give to my friends and family! It's inexpensive, but better than just a card, and the recipe makes a lot. See how to make it below!
 

Ingredients:

 - 1/2 cup white sugar

 - 2 cups Sugar in the Raw

 - 1 tbs. honey

 - 1/2 cup olive oil

 - 1 tbs lavender oil or whichever you prefer
 

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Step 1: Combine both sugars in a bowl and stir in olive oil.

Step 2: Mix in honey and lavender oil. Store in airtight container and enjoy! (I recommend a nice bubble bath while using.)

To Talk About Lipstick

     Hello all! I was going through all of my lipsticks recently, and realized that most of them were all very similar shades of red, with a few pinks thrown in. Seems like the perfect opportunity to throw some out right? I put most of them on and weeded out the ones that didn't have the best texture and staying power and ended up with 3. I have lately been seeing a lot of darker reds out and about, especially with fall happening, so I decided to pick up one myself. I'm very fair, with blonde hair and blue eyes, which are all such light features that I was worried that any kind of dark lip could be too severe. Leave it to Burt's Bee's to clear that issue up for me! I had seen an ad for their new lip crayons, and the model was wearing a deep red shade that had a lot of color, but somehow looked sheer. I immediately went to Walgreen's and located the mythical creature. I've never had a better lipstick! It feels like a balm, but with minimal shine, and the dark red layers so well. My other three lipsticks are two reds and one pretty shell pink, all serving different purposes. See how below!

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1. Burt's Bee's Lip Crayon in Redwood Forrest. My new favorite!
2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip-color in Soft Shell Pink . This is the only non-red lipstick I own and it adds the nicest blush color to my lips.
3. Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Coral (no longer available, similar here) . A orange-red that I really only wear in the summer. It's kind of like my wild-card!
4. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip-color in Ruby Red . This one's a more classic red, a basic if you will. It's perfect with a white T and blue jeans.