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Mulled Cider Lip Scrub

Every gal needs a seasonal fall lip scrub to switch it up when shes getting her exfoliation on! Check out this recipe to D.I.Y. a mulled cider lip scrub to keep you in fall spirit or to package up as gifts for the upcoming giving season.

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil - 2tbs
Honey - 1tbs
Brown Sugar - 1tbs
Orange Essential Oil - 2 drops
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil - 1 drop
Clove Essential Oil - 1 drop
Nutmeg Essential Oil - 1 drop

Mix it all together making sure that the coconut oil is melting. You can melt the coconut oil on the stove prior or use the friction of mixing to melt it. 

Once you've mixed it together you can easily spoon it into a little container or jar and you are all set!

Homemade Holiday: DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

Running short on gift ideas, low on a budget, or is procrastination bringing your holiday spirit down? Try this sweet, little gift made from items that you more than likely have in your home already. This peppermint lip scrub is festive, tasty, great for anyone AND will show the person you give it to that you care about them and their skin. The sugar in this scrub acts as an exfoliant scraping away dead skin and the coconut oil moisturizes them leaving you with kissably soft lips. What a great gift for your significant other!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Small jar for storage
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil – therapeutic grade for ingestion
  • 15 peppermint candies
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey

Experiment with the quantity of sugar, coconut oil, and honey in order to get the right consistency for your preference and size of the container you are using. For example, if you want it to be a rougher scrub, use more sugar. Don’t add as much sugar if you have sensitive skin.

Mix, Mix, Mix!

Add all of your ingredients to a food processor and blend them until they are mixed together with small sized peppermint candy chunks sprinkled throughout it. The candy should have turned your scrub into a pretty, pale, pink color. Transfer your scrub into a jar, tie a ribbon around it, and you’re ready to wrap it up and gift it!

 

 

Breakdown of a Skincare Regimen

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Based on age and needs, a skin care regimen will evolve over the course of one’s life. The skeleton of a skincare regimen remains the same generally, but the specific products and ingredients will probably change to fit your skin in each stage of life. Here is a breakdown of what a healthy skincare regimen looks like in the order of suggested application. When it comes to the order, the idea is to put what you want to be most effective on first and closest to skin.

EVERYDAY SKIN CARE

MORNING            

  1. Cleanser: Cleansers are sort of like soap that is designed specifically for your face, which has more sensitive skin and a completely different PH balance than the rest of your body. After sleeping, your body has an excess of oils produced during the night that you need to remove. This gives your face a clean slate and helps you feel fresh for the upcoming day. Also, it’s good to know and keep in mind that steam and heat will open pores and cold will close pores. You want pores open during cleansing to remove dirt and then closed to minimize size and prevent dirt from getting in. Burst blood vessels can result over time from really hot water. Find a balance between the warm and cold water.
  2. Toner: Toners are step two of the cleansing process. They work deep to cleanse and minimize pores as well as remove any possible residue left behind after cleansing. Toner also work with the PH balance of your skin helping it to return to normal after using water of a completely different PH balance.
  3. Targeting Solutions and Serums: These come in all shapes and sizes for specific needs. They have ones for tone correcting, acne removal/prevention, lifting and anti-aging, and pore minimizers. The list goes on and on. You can use them on an occasion for a flair up or everyday for maximum effectiveness. If nothing else, I would recommend using a PH balanced SPF specifically for your face to protect against UV damage during the day if you’re going outside.
  4. Eye Cream: Eye creams are extra moisturizing to the fragile under eye area. This helps to prevent wrinkles. There are a lot of eye creams out on the market offer different things like an extra boost of wrinkle protection by adding retinol or a firming agent to prevent puffiness. Some of these products (including the serums and solutions above) could appear as if they have instant results, but the majority show results over the course of time using them.
  5.  Moisturizer: Regardless of your skin type, you need a moisturizer. Without a moisturizer, your skin could either over-produce oil in order to compensate or become extremely dry leading to acne, flaky, red and painful skin, or both. If you have extremely dry skin, you may find yourself in need of an intense moisturizing cream as well and if you have extremely oily skin, you may find you would like to use an oil mattifier in addition to moisturizer.

NIGHT             

  1. Makeup Remover: The importance of removing your makeup before bed can not be expressed nearly enough. It can expose your skin to free radicals making your skin age faster, make you break out or experience dry skin, clog your eyelash follicles leading to styes and increase in lash breakage and fallout, and possibly an eye infection among other things.
  2. Cleanser: Nighttime cleansing removes all dirt and oils accumulated throughout the day.
  3. Toner: Along with cleansing comes step two.
  4.  Targeting Solutions and Serums: The more you use them, the more effective they will be. I would recommend finding a solution that will replenish antioxidants into your skin to help the skin’s renewal process at night.
  5. Eye Cream: Some eye creams are also soothing and feel really nice on the skin right before bed.
  6. Moisturizer: You may have lost moisture throughout the day from sweating, dehydration, etc. Restore!

Add 1-2x/Week into Regimen

Microdermabrasion: This comes after cleansing and before toning. This can be found in an expensive treatment or simply just exfoliating with a scrub. The granules loosen and remove dead skin. Cleansing first removes dirt so it doesn’t get in the pores when exfoliating and the toner will remove the residue of missed granules, cleanse the pores, and close them back up afterwards.

Masks: Masks are similar to solutions and treatments in the sense that they are usually targeting something. They are like a power boost for your skin. They can tighten the skin, shrink pores, moisturize, soften, and again the list goes on. Do before toning.

Learn more about the importance of finding skincare products that work best with your skin type here.

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Is Your Skin Ready for Winter?

S T E P  O N E

Myth

Prevent chapped lips by using any lip balm.

Fact

Common ingredients in lip balms such as petroleum jelly can actually create dry and flaky lips by coating lips in a protective film instead of actually hydrating them.

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S T E P  T W O

Myth

You don’t need moisturizer if you have oily skin.

Fact

Regardless of your skin type, you need moisturizer especially during dry winter months. Oily skin simply means your skin is overcompensating.

Try

S T E P  T H R E E

Myth

Your face will dry out the more you wash your face.

Fact

Your skin is constantly producing oils and is coming in contact with dirt and other external elements that will clog your pores if not cleansed. Clogged pores = blemishes.

Try

S T E P  F O U R

Myth

Thick creams will hydrate your skin better.

Fact

Skin can look duller due to dead skin cells becoming trapped under heavy lipids.

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So here’s your check list:

  1. A hydrating lip balm
  2. A moisturizer suited for your skin type
  3. A cleanser suited for your skin type
  4. A lightweight cream for extra hydration

Your skin will thank you for being ready by the time the cold winds blow in and the snowflakes fall. Is your skin ready for winter yet?

Create Your Own Henna Tattoos

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I’ve been fascinated with henna tattoos for a while. I love the organic designs and intricacy that is associated with henna tattoos. As the summer fades out, I decided to finally expand my experiences and do it for myself.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Henna powder (4g)
  • Eucalyptus oil (1ml)
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Applicator bottle with small tip/piping bag
  • Straight pin
  • Wooden mixing stick
  • Cotton balls
  • Qtips
  • Toothpicks
  • Vegetable oil

(or you can just purchase a henna kit)

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What To Do:

  • Mix the henna powder with a little bit of water using the wooden mixing stick in the applicator bottle
  • Add the eucalyptus oil to the mixture and mix it for 5 minutes.
  • Let the mixture sit for 45 minutes.
  • While waiting, thoroughly wash and exfoliate the skin you are going to be applying the paste to.
  • Separately, mix sugar and lemon juice and heat to a boil until everything is mixed together and set aside for later.
  • Stir the henna mixture before use and add a little bit more water if the paste is too thick to squeeze out of the applicator bottle. Use the pin to unclog the tip if necessary.
  • Use toothpicks for thinning lines and creating intricate designs. Use Qtips for wiping away mistakes. Leave henna to dry for 10 to 15 minutes on skin when finished designing.
  • Lightly apply the sugar and lemon juice solution to design with a cotton ball. This will allow the henna to last longer and become darker. You can stop applying the solution when the design becomes black and glazed. Be careful not to apply too much.
  • Leave henna on skin for as long as you can. Three hours will usually result in a dark color, but 12 to 15 hours will yield longest lasting, darkest stain.
  • Remove the henna with vegetable oil and a cotton ball.

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Things To Keep In Mind:

  • Avoid wetting the area for a day.
  • For best results, use henna paste within 24 hours.
  • Test the henna on your skin before you do something elaborate to make sure you don’t have any allergic sensitivities.
  • Henna stains so be careful when using it to not let it touch anything you don’t want it to.
  • Wrap the henna in paper towel and tape if you leave it on over night so it doesn’t stain bedding.
  • The stain will last anywhere from 7-12 days depending on lifestyle factors. The design will disappear as the skin begins to exfoliate.
  • Henna can appear orange, reddish brown, russet, light brown, dark brown, crimson red, and burgundy depending on the type of henna, natural skin pigmentation, and length of setting time.

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Design Ideas:

  • sketch it out first to get an idea of what you want to do
  • start simply and then add details
  • begin at the finger tips
  • play with geometric shapes like circles and triangles
  • use nature for inspiration: leaves, vines, flowers, stars, the sun, the moon
  • use organic lines that swirl and curve around your fingers and wrist
  • mandalas – you can never go wrong with mandalas

Send me pictures of your henna designs on Twitter and Instagram using #gmlhenna

How To Naturally Remove Moles

So you have an unsightly beauty mark that has been bothering you for years and not only is it in the most awkward of places, but who knows if the fate of this little imp is cancerous later on down the line? Instead of getting it surgically removed, you can remove moles and skin tags safely and naturally from the comfort of your own home.

Remember when I said beauty marks find themselves in the most awkward of places? Yes, well, mine happened to be located on the inside of my right boob just high enough that if I were to wear a top that had a lower cut it would smile at the world. It drove me crazy for years. It wasn’t a tiny little thing either. I tried this trick to naturally remove moles and it worked! I was blown away. There’s a scar in place of the mole, but I would take that scar over the mole any day of the week. Plus scars aren’t cancerous and they too can be helped.

What You’ll Need:

What To Do:

  1. Trim the cotton ball/round to make sure it is the same size as the targeted beauty mark you want to remove.
  2. Soak the cotton ball in apple cider vinegar (make sure it’s not dripping, but still is full of ACV)
  3. Use medical tape (medical tape will work better to lock in moisture, but you can also use a band aid) to tape the soaked cotton ball to your mole or skin tag. *Avoid getting ACV on your skin other than the mole or skin tag for prolonged periods of time – for hopefully obvious reasons. You can trim the cotton ball more if needed to manage how much of your skin is getting exposed to the ACV.
  4. Leave for 8-12 hours. I did this at night while I was sleeping so I didn’t have to keep it on during the day and that also allowed it to breathe. I did this repeatedly for about a week until the acid in the ACV ate away at the mole completely.
  5. I used both coconut oil and lavender essential oil to help with the healing process and to make the scarring less prominent.

You’ll notice that the mole (I can’t account for skin tags although I know the ACV will work for them too) will get darker and look worst before it looks better. You may also notice an itchy or tingly feeling and some redness around the mole from the ACV doing its job. It’s perfectly normal and part of the process – just keep chugging along.

Let me know how this works for you!

How To Hide Blemishes

We all get those annoying and unsightly little face demons that will pop up when we least expect it. If you have to hide them, here is the best way to do so.

Step 1

Cleanse your skin.

Step 2

Use a green concealer to cover the blemish. Green is the opposite of red/pink on the color wheel so it will conceal the redness better than a normal concealer would on its own.

Step 3

Add your regular concealer on top of the green.

Step 4

Make sure you dab and pat the both concealers so they’ve blended together.

Step 5

Top it off with some powder. It will set the concealer in place and add the final touch for coverage.

Unfortunately, we can’t just poof the raised bumps away, but at least we can conceal the redness.

Make sure that you allow your skin to breathe. Blemishes are less likely to go away and heal if they can’t do it properly. Keep your face clean and free from makeup as much as possible.

 

World’s Most Powerful Facial

I can’t get enough of my Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar with all their amazing health benefits.  If you’re like me, I think I’m going to make your day with a recipe for the “World’s Most Powerful Facial” only using those two ingredients. You can use this clay not only as a facial, but in body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, and chilled for knee packs.

What You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Pour equal amounts of the clay and apple cider vinegar into a plastic or wooden bowl. You don’t need that much. A little goes a long way, but you can always add more of either if needed.
  2. Mix together with a plastic or wooden spoon until it becomes a smooth paste.
  3. Apply a full layer to your face.
  4. For sensitive skin, let it dry for 5-10 minutes. For normal skin, let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove with warm water.

What Makes It the “World’s Most Powerful Facial”?

  • You can feel the mask working because it will pull and tighten on your skin with pulsations.
  • There are so many uses for it from acne to insect bites.
  • The clay pulls toxins and impurities from the skin.
  • Removes dirt for a deep pore cleansing.

Top 10 Spring Break Beauty Essentials

1. Sunscreen

You are hitting the beach and having fun in the sun! Of course, you have to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Try the Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50*.

  • Absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and moisturized.
  • Protection against UVB and UVA rays.
  • Water resistant and sweat resistant for up to 80 hours.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin (clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy).
  • Dermatologist-tested.
  • Non-comedogenic (will not clog pores).

2. Day Solution

Your face is the most important part of your body to protect from the sun. Lathering it with just your basic sunblock is going to make your face greasy and can clog your pores. Try the TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35*

  • PH Balanced specifically for your face (which has a different PH balance than the rest of your body)
  • prevents lines and discoloration due to sun damage
  • protection against UVB and UVA rays
  • Dermatologist-tested.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.
  • Oil- and fragrance-free. Hypoallergenic.
  • Non-comedogenic (will not clog pores).

3. CC Cream

Want a little extra coverage without all of the hassle? Try a Mary Kay® CC Cream 

  • Delivers 8 benefits in 1 step:
  1. Protects
  2. Brightens
  3. Corrects with lightweight coverage
  4. Minimizes redness
  5. Conceals
  6. Hydrates
  7. Reduces visible signs of aging
  8. Defends
  • Lightweight coverage for a natural-, flawless-looking complexion.
  • Easy out-the-door option without that “made-up” look.
  • Minimal shades cover a wide range of skin tones.
  • Suitable for all skin types.

4. Tanning Lotion

Want to give yourself a sun kissed look without ever going to the beach? Try Mary Kay® Subtle Tanning Lotion

  • Skin feels soft, smooth and moisturized while its tone appears even – without streaking and blotching.
  • When used daily, you can build up a gorgeous color in about a week.
  • Features a coconut/honeysuckle fragrance.
  • Moisturizer and subtle tanner in one makes it easy enough to be part of a morning or evening routine.
  • Suitable for body and face. For all skin types and tones.

5. Lip Protector Balm

Don’t forget about protecting those lips! Try Mary Kay® Sun Care Lip Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15*

  • Guards lips from the drying effects of sun and wind
  • Glides on for invisible protection so lips feel soft and supple.
  • Provides UVA and UVB protection.
  • Water-resistant, fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested.
  • Great for everyone.
  • Use it alone or under lipstick or lip gloss.

6. Lip Gloss

Have a little fun with some color or sparkle with a nice gloss. Try Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss

  • Beautiful shine
  • Instant boost of moisture that leaves lips feeling nourished.
  • Loaded with good-for-you ingredients.
  • Smooths, protects and conditions lips.
  • Rich, intense, long-wearing shades
  • In a range of finishes – from no shimmer to shimmering sparkle

7. Water-Proof Mascara

We both know you aren’t going to be able to resist the salty waves of the sea and we both know you aren’t going to want to look like a raccoon as you’re embracing your inner mermaid. Try the Mary Kay® Lash Love® Waterproof Mascara that will “define, defend and deliver voluminous lashes, strengthening and conditioning them without an overdone look”.

  • Unique sculpted brush separates lashes.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Ophthalmologist-tested.
  • Flake-, smudge- and clump-resistant.​

8. Oil-Absorbing Tissues

The heat can really cook up some extra shine. Avoid excess oil and try Mary Kay® Beauty Blotters® Oil-Absorbing Tissues.

  • Doesn’t disturb makeup.
  • Soft, matte finish.
  • Reduces shine so it helps makeup stay fresh longer!
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy. Hypoallergenic.
  • Oil- and fragrance-free.
  • Non-comedogenic (will not clog pores).

9. Moisturizing Lotion (Limited Edition)

Smell like a tropical breeze scented with coconuts and saltwater spray and leave your skin feeling deliciously moisturized. Try the limited edition Mary Kay® Moisturizing Spray Lotion.

  • Feels moisturizing, cooling and refreshing.
  • Lightweight formula dries quickly to an invisible finish.
  • Not sticky or greasy.
  • Energizes skin.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth, supple and soft.

10. Toning Lotion

Don’t have time to hit the gym before your spring break vacation? Tone and fortify the skin’s structure with a toning lotion. Try TimeWise Body™ Targeted-Action® Toning Lotion.

  • Firms, tones, tightens skin.
  • Hydrates for 24 hours.
  • Formula contains 6 antioxidants .
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.
  • Oil-free.
  • Dermatologist-tested.

Caring for Your Skin Type

Everyone’s skin is different. It’s important to develop a skin care regimen that best fits your particular skin type so you’re not throwing off your PH balance by treating it for something you don’t need and neglecting what you do need.

Normal

What we all wish we had: the perfect balance.

  • Small pores
  • Good complexion
  • Few imperfections

You pretty much can take your pick for products, but make sure one isn’t specifically designed for another skin type.

Dry

  • Red and flakey skin.
  • Lines are more visible
  • Small Pores

Moisturizing is essential. Use a heavier moisturizer for extra dry areas.

Use a non-foaming cleanser so it doesn’t dry out your skin more.

Retinol for anti-aging is good for dry skin that isn’t overly sensitive.

Oily

  • Shiny skin
  • Large Pores
  • Acne

Cleanse your skin, but don’t skip out on a moisturizer (oil free). By not moisturizing your skin at all, it will over compensate by producing more oil.

Use a foaming cleanser to minimize the oil.

Retinol for anti aging also cuts down on oil production and minimizes large pores.

Combination

  • Oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)
  • Dryness elsewhere
  • Blackheads
  • Larger Pores
  • Shiny Skin

You will find yourself having to spot treat by combining care for oily and dry skin in different problem areas.

 

Every skin type should have a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and an exfoliation treatment 1-2 times a week. Use extreme care when exfoliating dry and sensitive skin.