29 November 2017

Keep Your Lips Soft This Winter With Herpecin L

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own

We focus quite a bit of our time and attention on skin care in the winter, but how many of you are taking care of your lips?  Like your skin, your lips can get dry.  The drier air in the winter zaps the moisture right out of your skin, including your lips.

I prefer to wear a long lasting lipstick because I can't stand it when the color wears off after just a few hours.  Most long wear lippies are very drying.  If your lips get dry or chapped, your favorite color is going to crack and look awful.  

Don't worry.  I've got your covered.  I found a little jewel at the Drugstore, Herpecin L, to help keep your lips smooth, soft, and ready for your favorite lippie.  

27 November 2017

Dry Skin Toner Recipe With Just 4 Ingredients

It's amazing how different my skin's needs are in the winter versus the summer.  In the summer, my skin is so oily that I have to wear arrowroot powder every day.  In the winter, my skin gets so dry that it gets tight and itchy.  

I've already switched my moisturizer to my winter formula.  In the winter, I need a little bit extra moisturize and a thicker formula.  I also change my face soap to something less drying, and I wanted to make a dry skin toner recipe to use as well.  

My skin looks noticeably better when I use a toner morning and night before I use a moisturizer.  It helps tone my skin and helps my pores appear smaller.  

I got some new essential oils, and I was really excited to try them in a recipe.  I couldn't decide which one to use for this recipe, so I used both, and I'm glad I did.  

This recipe is for dry skin, but it could also be used by those with normal skin.  


Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.

Why You Should Be Using a Toner

I use a toner twice a day as part of my skin care routine.  Even if you cleanse your skin, there can still be traces of oil or dirt left behind.  That oil or dirt can clog pores causing acne. 

Toners like this one help dissolve excess oil and remove more makeup.  I've noticed that no matter what cleanser I use, toner almost always removes more dirt. 

It's a good idea to use a toner after you wear makeup or use sunscreen because sometimes just using a cleanser isn't enough to get everything off of your face. 

Toners also help restore your skin's pH balance after using a cleanser. 

Why I Chose Each Ingredient

This is a fairly basic recipe, and it just takes a few minutes to make.  The main ingredient is witch hazel, which is derived from the bark and leaves of a plant in the Hamamelidaceae family.  Witch hazel is an astringent, so it's a wonderful base for this homemade skin toner. 

Make sure you buy pure witch hazel.  Some brands have alcohol added to them, which can be too drying for your skin.

Witch hazel is said to help reduce acne and inflammation when used topically.  It is also an antioxidant and antiseptic to kill acne-causing bacteria.  

I also added vitamin E because it's an antioxidant and acts as a natural preservative.  Using vitamin E topically is said to block free radicals.  Free radicals can cause signs of aging, so using antioxidants in skin care can help prevent the signs of aging.  It also helps smooth skin and can help reduce the appearance of scars, including those from acne.  

For the essential oils, I chose helichrysum essential oil and vetiver essential oil. 

I chose Helichrysum because it is said to:

  • have anti-aging properties
  • reduce age spots
  • calm the skin
  • be naturally anti-inflammatory 
  • can help heal wounds (making it a great choice for acne blemishes)  

Vetiver essential oil is said to:

  • promote cellular turnover 
  • improve scars.  
  • be a good oil to use on dry skin
  • be an antioxidant 
  • have antibacterial properties  

I got both of the essential oils and the vitamin E where I get the majority of my oils, at Bolek's Craft Supplies.  They have high quality oils at prices you won't find anywhere else. 

They don't have online ordering, but you can call them or email to place an order.  Here's a list of all of the essential oils that they carry.



Simply combine all ingredients and shake well.

You may need to give it a shake before you use it if it separates.

I use this every morning and evening after washing my face and before using any serums or moisturizers.

Like this post?  Pin it!

Newsletter Signup

20 November 2017

Makeup and Beauty Advent Calendars for Women

Each year, my kids get an advent calendar.  It's been one of their favorite traditions for Christmas.  They really love the ones with toys that they can build, and candy is always a hit.

Why should kids have all of the fun?  I know I work even harder during December, and I'm sure you all do too, making sure the holiday is perfect for your family.  So why can't we have fun with an advent calendar that rewards us each day while counting down the days?

Here are some really fun makeup and beauty advent calendars for women.

17 November 2017

Headache Relief Balm Recipe

This natural headache relief salve recipe uses essential oils for natural relief.

When I have a headache, it can last for several days.  I’m prone to both migraines and tension headaches.  I pretty much have my migraines under control, but the tension headaches seem  to give me more trouble.

When I a tension headache, I feel like my head is in a vice that just won’t stop getting smaller.  The back of my neck and shoulders get tight and painful.  

If I do reach for my prescribed medication, I’m pretty much worthless for hours, if not all day.  I started using essential oils with some success a few years ago.

I made this headache balm so I would have my favorite headache essential oils ready to use at the first sign of a headache.  Even though tension headaches are different from migraines, I get the best relief when I treat either of them at the first sign of pain just like you would a migraine headache.  


Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.

The base that I use for the balm has just three ingredients: beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil.  This is an easy base to use because you use each ingredient in equal amounts, so I don’t have to do a lot of math when I want to make a recipe, and it’s easy to remember.

You can use any liquid carrier oil, but I like sweet almond oil.  It’s a good mild oil that also had some skin loving benefits.  You could also use fractionated coconut oil or even olive oil, but olive oil can leave your skin greasy after you apply the balm.

For the essential oils, I use peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil.  

  • Peppermint is said to relax muscles, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation.  All of these properties can help with a tension headache.  It’s also cooling, which can provide immediate relief when you apply the balm.  
  • Lavender promotes relaxation.  Tension headaches are often the result of stress, so it makes sense to use an oil that can help you relax.  
  • Eucalyptus is said to help reduce pain and congestion.  It can also help reduce stress.
  • Tea tree oil is said to be an anti-inflammatory oil.  It can help reduce swelling and pain associated with tension headaches.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  


  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1 ounce sweet almond oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil



In a double boiler, heat the beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil.  Never heat this over direct heat.


Stir occasionally until melted.  


Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Add the essential oils, stir well, and pour into small containers.


Let cool completely before using.

To use the headache balm, rub some on your fingers and massage onto your temples, forehead, or back of neck.  The peppermint will give you a cooling sensation that will help relieve pain instantly.  

If you need more relief in a few hours, try rubbing the area where you applied the balm before to reactivate the essential oils.  If this doesn’t work, then reapply the balm.

Like this post?  Pin it!

Newsletter Signup

14 November 2017

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.
We've lived in the farmhouse just over five years now, but this is the first year that I get to host Thanksgiving.  Actually, I think this is the first year we've ever hosted Thanksgiving.  I've made the turkey and everything just for the five of us, but we've never had company come over for the holiday before.

I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about hosting this year; I want everything to be perfect.  I'm really picky about my turkey.  I brine it for several days with a homemade brine, then I bake it with fresh vegetables and herbs so the flavor infuses the entire turkey.  So I'm good with that part of the meal.  

What I'm not ready for is the extras.  Holidays are a time to splurge a little bit and try something a little fancier than usual.  This year, I want to try some new things, and I want the entire family included.  Keep reading to see what we're adding to our Thanksgiving feast this year.

13 November 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Men and Women From Amazon

Every year, we get invited to an Ugly Sweater party.  And every year, we don't have one to wear.  So this year, I started shopping early.  

These ugly Christmas sweaters are fun for men and women.  There are a few naughty ones thrown in the mix, so be warned.  When you do buy an ugly Christmas sweater, make sure you look it over carefully.  My kids' martial arts teacher wore a hilarious sweater to their Christmas party last year, but he failed to notice what was actually on the sweater.  My kids didn't notice, but I found it hilarious. 

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Men & Women

Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.


Like this post?  :Pin it!

Newsletter Signup