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29 March 2014

The Best Hairstyles For The 7 Face Shapes

Did you ever get a hair cut based on the latest celebrity cut and then leave the salon feeling defeated because it just didn't work for you?  Face shapes play a big part in beauty.  Hair styles, makeup, and even clothing look different on different shapes.  Most people fall in to one of these seven shapes.  After you know what your shape is, look at photos of women with similar faces to get makeup and hair ideas.

How to Tell

If you aren't sure what shape you have, ask your hairstylist.  You can also pull your hair away from your face with a headband or ponytale and look straight in the mirror.  Use an eyeliner or lipstick to trace the outside of your face.  Then step back and see what shape you have.

27 March 2014

Natural Makeup Remover Recipe

I don't know about you, but I can not stand to sleep in makeup.  I wake up feeling icky and head straight to the shower to wash the ick away.  (Yes, "ick" is a word because I just used it.  Ergo, it's now a word.  Try to use it at least once today.)

Even though I use natural and homemade makeup, I still don't want it clogging my pores.  For me, clogged pores = instant breakout.  The problem lies in that I am exhausted by the time I go to bed, so I needed something easy and quick.  This natural makeup remover couldn't be easier because you make your own makeup remover pads, so just grab one, wipe, and you are ready to go to bed.  You can't use these wipes on your eyes, but don't worry--keep scrolling down for an eye makeup remover recipe that's even easier.

26 March 2014

Homemade Moisturizer With Just Three Ingredients

Have you ever used homemade moisturizer?  I started making it a few months ago because I got frustrated with store bought formulas.  They either made my skin too oily, or it was so dry it started to flake and itch.  I'm also trying to use natural products as much as I can because I want to avoid chemicals on and in my body.

I started use coconut oil as a moisturizer last summer.  At first, I didn't like it because it's a little too oily for my skin, so I just used it at night.  As the temperatures and humidity dropped, my skin got a little dry.  I started using coconut oil both morning and night, and it works perfectly now.  But for summer, I'll need something a little lighter to combat oil.

24 March 2014

Oil Cleansing Method

My skin has always been oily, so I scoffed the first time I heard of the oil cleansing method.  I can't take the oil off of my face with oil!

Or can I?

While my acne wasn't as bad as some other teenager's, I did have some breakouts.  I shudder now to think what I put on my face.  First, I started with a harsh chemical filled cleanser, followed by an alcohol astringent, medicated spot treatments, and finally some clean moisturizer.  Really, it's amazing my skin wasn't red, splotchy, and broken out all the time.

19 March 2014

Homemade Mascara: Natural DIY Recipe

Have you ever read the ingredients on your favorite mascara?  Go ahead and read it.  I'll wait.

Can you pronounce all of the words?  If not, you might want to try a homemade mascara recipe.  You can get the same look as expensive brands for much less with natural ingredients.

I already make my own foundation and eyeshadow, so why not make a natural mascara?

17 March 2014

How to Stop Period Cramps

For some women, their period means days of extreme pain.  Learning how to stop period cramps can help make this week of the month easier for most women.  These natural remedies for menstrual cramps will help reduce pain and bloating, but they may take some dedication and time to work.  If your periods are very heavy or painful, talk to your doctor.  This blog post is not a substitute for proper medical advice.
How to Stop Period Cramps

What Causes Menstrual Cramps?

Every month, your uterus sheds its lining if the egg was not fertilized.  Your uterus contracts, which helps the lining get shed and causes painful period cramps.   When the uterus contracts strongly, it can press on blood vessels, which cuts off oxygen and causes cramps.

16 March 2014

Win a DIY Beauty Recipe Starter Kit!

Congrats Sheila J.!  You won by tweeting about the giveaway!

To celebrate my redesigned blog, I am hosting a giveaway!  I carefully selected products that you need to make many of my recipes. I even printed a set of 10 recipe cards preprinted with some of my most popular recipes and tips to help you get started!

Included in this giveaway is:

  • organic coconut oil
  • tea tree oil
  • clay
  • castile soap
  • recipe cards
This kit doesn't have everything you need to make every recipe, but it will help you get started!  If you've been reading my blog, then you know that I {heart} coconut oil!  I use it on my hair and skin for natural moisturizing.

Tea tree oil naturally kills fungi and bacteria.  It makes an excellent spot treatment for acne, and it can even help stop an itchy scalp!

Liquid castile soap is easy to make by yourself!  You can then use it to wash your body and hair or use as a hand soap.  I've even used it to mop my wood floors!

Clay makes a great facial mask for any type of skin.  I have a few more recipes with clay coming up, so this will be a great ingredient to have on the shelf.

Enter to win by leaving me a comment with your favorite DIY beauty recipe or one you'd like to try.  All other entries are optional.  The contest ends in two weeks on April 1 at 12:00 a.m. EST.  I will contact the winner within 5 business days to arrange delivery.

No purchase necessary.  Contest open to United States residents 18-years-old and older.  Odds of winning depends on the number of entrants at the end of the contest.

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Ways to Repair Damaged Hair

Are your tresses looking more like straw than hair?  Heat appliance, styling products, and hair dye can all dry out your hair.  Eventually, the hair shaft opens, and you have frizzy, damaged hair.  While you can't restore hair to its previous state, you can make hair appear healthier with these easy ways to repair damaged hair.

13 March 2014

DIY Cooling Peppermint Foot Lotion Recipe

When I was a teenager, I waitressed to earn money for college.  I waitressed when I got to college so I could afford to eat.  Every time I sit down to eat at a restaurant, my feet ache just thinking about those days.  I wish I had had this cooling peppermint lotion recipes back then!

You'll make this recipes completely from scratch, so there are some ingredients that are a little harder to find.  Try your local health food store or follow the links to buy from Amazon.  The rosemary needles can be found in bulk food stores and most grocery stores with the spices.  Just be sure not to get ground rosemary because it is too small to strain out of  the milk.  This recipe is worth it.  I promise.

12 March 2014

How to Wear Red Lipstick

Few beauty trends are as timeless as red lipstick. You'll look feminine and confident, and red looks great both day and night. Are you afraid to wear a bold lip color like red? Don't be! With these tips, you'll know how to pick the best shade of red and how to wear it.

10 March 2014

Natural Face Masks for Oily Skin

I make natural face masks often for my skin because I think they work better than commercial masks.  They are also a lot cheaper, so that really helps my budget.  I have oily skin, so I need something that will absorb oil without overdrying.  My skin is also somewhat sensitive, so I really like using a mask with no chemicals, dyes, or fragrances.  Here are several facial masks using natural ingredients, so pick one and treat yourself to a spa facial at home!

09 March 2014

Easy Eye Cream Recipe for Under Eye Circles

Under eye circles can make you look years older, so you'll want to get rid of under eye circles as quickly as you can.  Many things can cause raccoon eyes, and you need to address their cause before they will go away completely.  In the mean time, try this easy eye cream recipe for some immediate relief.

What Causes Under Eye Circles?

Some causes include:

  • Stress
  • Allergies
  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Eczema
  • Heredity 
  • Sun exposure 
  • Aging
Unfortunately, you can't stop dark circles from heredity or aging.  As you age, your body produces less collagen and you lose some of the fat under your skin, which can lead to circles under your eyes.  

However, if your circles are caused by allergies, stress, or sun exposure, you can treat the underlying cause and find some relief.  

08 March 2014

Calming Facial Lotion Recipe For Sensitive Skin

I have sensitive skin, so many moisturizers irritate my skin.  Makeup and cleansers can cause redness and even bumps, so I have to be careful about which moisturizers I use.  For daily use, I use coconut oil as a moisturizer.  It's natural and works great to keep my skin nourished and soft.  When I want to treat myself or my skin is really irritated, I make this calming facial lotion for sensitive skin to soothe my skin.

Calming Facial Lotion Recipe

What You Need

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass bottle and shake to mix.
  2. Apply a few drops to your face twice a day after cleansing.
  3. Use within a few weeks to prevent spoilage.

Some people with sensitive skin can not tolerate witch hazel but find that mixing it with rose water helps.  If you are still sensitive to the witch hazel, use all rose water for this facial lotion recipe.

Lavender essential oil is said to have antimicrobial properties.  Acne is caused by bacteria in the pores of your skin, so this lotion could prevent or treat acne.

Some people also find that lemon juice can heal acne blemishes, but this hasn't been proven.  If it irritates your skin, you can omit this ingredient in this facial lotion for sensitive skin recipe.

07 March 2014

Cellulite Home Remedy Strawberry Body Scrub Recipe

Cellulite affect many women, both thin and overweight.  Even thin celebrities have admitting that they have cellulite.  Cellulite doesn't care.  Although not a serious medical concern, this skin condition can be embarrassing.  Try this cellulite home remedy to get smooth skin back.

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite causes your skin to look bumpy or dimpled, so most people call it cottage cheese skin.  It's common on the butt, thighs, breasts, upper arms, and lower abdomen.

Fibrous connective tissue below the surface of the skin connects your skin to the muscle, with a layer of fat between your skin and muscle.  As fat cells grow and multiply, these cords pull down, which causes a dimpling in the skin.

Cellulite is caused by hormones, heredity, and lifestyle.  You can't change your hormones or genetics, but you can change your lifestyle.

06 March 2014

How to Make Deodorant Spray With Essential Oils

I'm just getting started learning about essential oils, but I love them so far.  Why did I wait this long to learn about them?  Today, we are going to learn how to make deodorant spray with essential oils to naturally combat odor and kill bacteria.

Last week, I posted several recipes to make your own deodorant.  These recipes are all great, but they are a firmer deodorant.  Today, I am posting a natural deodorant spray that you can make with essential oils.

05 March 2014

Brewer's Yeast Acne Mask Recipe

I've tried many different types of facial masks for acne, but this one was new to me until recently.  This brewer's yeast acne mask is very easy to make, and it is great at fighting acne.  Some people say to ingest yeast to fight pimples, but I prefer to use the mask and treat blemishes topically.

How it Works

Brewer's yeast, which is not the same as active dry yeast, kills bacteria on your skin.  Bacteria, along with dead skin cells and excess oil, are what cause acne.  The yeast also boosts your body's white blood cells, which can help heal blemishes.

Brewer's yeast, unlike active dry yeast, is full of important vitamins that your skin loves.  It has B-vitamins, protein, folate, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, chromium, and selenium.

Brewer's yeast can be found on Amazon or at health food stores.  Some grocery stores carry it with their nutritional supplements too.  Do not use the packets of active dry yeast that you'll find in the baking aisle because that yeast is very different from the kind you need.

04 March 2014

How to Get Rid of Warts Naturally

Almost everyone gets a wart at some point in their lives.  They are unsightly, but they are usually harmless.  Most warts can be treated at home with medications, or you can learn how to get rid of warts naturally.  Natural remedies are usually as effective as medications for small warts.  If your wart  is in a location where it is painful or if you are unsure what the bump is, talk to your doctor before treating it.

03 March 2014

Natural Treatments for Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss is more common in men, but hair loss is a problem for some women.  Thinning hair is more difficult to style, and many women suffer from lower self-esteem and confidence because of this condition.  If your hair is thinning, talk to your doctor.  These natural treatments for thinning hair can help stop or reverse hair loss in women.

What Causes Thinning Hair?

According to the Mayo Clinic, hair loss in women can be caused by one of the following:

  • Medication
  • Certain illnesses or conditions
  • Chemicals
  • Infection
  • Hormones
If you think your thinning hair might be caused by a medical condition, see your doctor for tests.  

02 March 2014

Save 65% on These Clippers, Possible FREE Clippers

I just found a great deal on a great set of fingernail clippers.

Have you ever tried nice fingernail clippers?  If you grab yours in the checkout aisle at your grocery store, then you don't know what you're missing!

Home Remedies for Bad Breath DIY Anise Mouthwash Recipe

Is your breath less than minty fresh?  Bad breath strikes everyone at some point in their lives.  Usually bad breath isn't cause for concern, but it could be indicative of a more serious problem, so see a dentist if these home remedies for bad breath don't help.

What Causes Bad Breath?

According to the Mayo Clinic, bad breath causes are numerous.  Possible causes include:

  • Bacteria that breaks down food around your teeth can release a bad smell.  Eating garlic, some vegetables, and onions can also contribute to bad breath because they release an odor during digestion.  This odor is carried to your lungs, which makes your breath smell bad.  
  • Using tobacco products can lead to gum disease, which can cause bad breath.  
  • If you don't floss and brush daily, food particles and bacteria can build up in your mouth and on your teeth.  This can cause bad breath over time.  
  • Dry mouth caused by medications or some diseases can contribute to bad breath. 
  • Gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores can be bad breath causes.
  • Bad breath can be a side effect of some medications.

01 March 2014

How to Get Rid of Age Spots Naturally

Age spots, also called liver spots or sun spots, are small areas of darker pigment on your skin.  They are more common after you hit your 40s, but some women will have a few shot up during their 30s.  The spots aren't usually a cause for concern, but they can be embarrassing.  Learn how to get rid of age spots to fade your spots naturally.