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29 November 2017

Keep Your Lips Soft This Winter With Herpecin L


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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

This dry skin toner has just four ingredients.  It has helichrysum and vetiver essential oils to moisturize dry skin without making it oily.

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.

How to make homemade toner for dry skin.  This witchhazel toner also has helichrysum and vetiver essential oils.  Toner DIY only has four ingredients.  Toners face help tighten the skin so pores look smaller.   This facial toner recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes.  Use a natural toner skin twice a day after washing.  Face toners help restore your skin’s pH balance.  A home made toner can save you a lot of money.  #diy #beauty #toner #vetiver #helichrysum


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.  


DRY SKIN TONER RECIPE

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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.

WITCH HAZEL

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 use a toner daily because I have large pores.  A toner helps clean out the pores and make them appear smaller.

Read How to Shrink Pores Naturally

VITAMIN E OIL


I also added vitamin E oil 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.

I've used several brands of vitamin E oil over the last few years, and my favorite is Crafty Bubbles.  It's very thick and works great.  Other brands are thin, which leads me to believe that they may be cut with other ingredients.

HELICHRYSUM 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


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.

How to make homemade toner for dry skin.  This witchhazel toner also has helichrysum and vetiver essential oils.  Toner DIY only has four ingredients.  Toners face help tighten the skin so pores look smaller.   This facial toner recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes.  Use a natural toner skin twice a day after washing.  Face toners help restore your skin’s pH balance.  A home made toner can save you a lot of money.  #diy #beauty #toner #vetiver #helichrysum

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Combine the witch hazel, vitamin E oil, and essential oils in a 4-ounce bottle.  Shake well.


STEP #2


The oil will separate from the witch hazel, so give it a shake before each use.

Drop some on a cotton ball and sweep it over your face.

I use this every morning and evening after washing my face and before using any serums or moisturizers.
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How to make homemade toner for dry skin.  This witchhazel toner also has helichrysum and vetiver essential oils.  Toner DIY only has four ingredients.  Toners face help tighten the skin so pores look smaller.   This facial toner recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes.  Use a natural toner skin twice a day after washing.  Face toners help restore your skin’s pH balance.  A home made toner can save you a lot of money.  #diy #beauty #toner #vetiver #helichrysum

How to make homemade toner for dry skin.  This witchhazel toner also has helichrysum and vetiver essential oils.  Toner DIY only has four ingredients.  Toners face help tighten the skin so pores look smaller.   This facial toner recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes.  Use a natural toner skin twice a day after washing.  Face toners help restore your skin’s pH balance.  A home made toner can save you a lot of money.  #diy #beauty #toner #vetiver #helichrysum





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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 With Essential Oils


How to make a headache relief balm recipe with essential oils.  Choose the best essential oils for your needs to make this salve.

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 relief 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.  


14 November 2017

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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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

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10 November 2017

June Jacobs Spa Collection Skin Care Review

June Jacobs recently sent me a box with several of their products.  This was my first time using their products, so I was really excited to have so many to try.

June Jacobs is a spa visionary and beauty expert.  With her daughter, she created a line of skin care products with products that give both short-term and long-term results.

The products have botanical extracts and powerful active ingredients to deliver softer, younger looking skin.




June Jacobs Spa Collection Skin Care Review


June Jacobs skin care has a patented antioxidant blend of green, red, and white tea along with other natural ingredients to help repair the signs of aging.

All of their products are free of parabens, artifical dyes and fragrances, preservatives, and sulfates when possible.

You can find June Jacobs products at resorts and spas and on their website JuneJacobs.com.

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Fresh Squeezed Lemon Cleanser


Start the skin care routine with the Fresh Squeezed Lemon Cleanser.  This cleanser is a great way to start your day because it has a fresh scent of lemons.  It is also full of antioxidants to help reduce free radicals and fight signs of aging.  

My skin feels so soft and clean after using the cleanser!


Neroli Hydrating Mist


After you cleanse, use the Neroli Hydrating Mist.  This revitalizes your skin with neroli oil, which stimulates cellular turnover.  It also has antioxidants to help reduce the signs of aging.


Ultra Light Citrus Moisturizer


After you cleanse, use the Ultra Light Citrus Moisturizer.  I like this because it's light, yet it's a powerful daily moisturizer.  It has hyaluronic acid and humectants to hydrate the skin.  With my oily skin, these seem to work better for me than heavy moisturizers.  It also has antioxidants to help prevent premature aging.


Revitalizing Eye Gel


My eyes need some TLC at the moment, mostly due to lack of sleep and being sick forever.  The Revitalizing Eye Gel has a metal applicator to soothe the skin to help reduce puffiness.  It has several ingredients to hydrate the skin as well as help firm, lift, and improve skin elasticity.  Like the other products, it has a powerful blend of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals. 


Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask


I use a face mask once a week.  The Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask contains natural fruit enzymes from papaya, mango, and pineapple to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin.  It has borage seed oil and sweet almond oil to nourish the skin and improve skin tone.  It also has power antioxidants.

This left my skin really soft.  I still like to use a charcoal mask to really get my pores cleaned out, but this is a great mask to in between those.  I should also mention that my pores can get really large if they get debris in them, so if you don't have large pores, this mask should be fine for your skin.


Sensitive Formula Mandarin Polishing Beads


When your skin needs exfoliating, use the Sensitive Formula Mandarin Polishing Beads.  It's a gentle scrub made just for delicate skin.  It has allantoin to soothe your skin and jojoba micro beads to gently exfoliate.

It also has three different tea extracts, gogi berry, grapeseed extract, and pomegranate for anxioxidants to protect the skin from signs of aging.  

Lip Renewal SPF 50


Most people forget about their lips when it comes to their skincare routine, but I am loving this Lip Renewal with SPF 50.  My lips get insanely dry in the winter.  In the summer, they are prone to getting burnt, even if my skin doesn't burn.  These protects my lips from the sun and moisturizes them.


Rapid Repair Healing Cream


The Rapid Repair Healing Cream might be my favorite out of all of the products.  I have really dry skin and eczema on my hand, so I use a lot of lotion.  This helps soothe irritation and keeps skin moisturized all day.  It has edelweiss extract, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.  It also has allontoin and dimethicone to create a barrier on the top of the skin to lock in moisture.  I think this is what really helps my skin!

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08 November 2017

How to Make Vapor Rub Naturally

Tis the season for coughs and colds.  We got hit last weekend with it, and it's not fun.

One of the best home remedies for a cough is a vapor rub, but have you checked the list of ingredients on store bought stuff?  Yikes.  Some of those ingredients belong in a car engine -- not on my skin!

While it's best to make it now before you need it, it doesn't take long to make it.  This vapor rub recipe is really versatile, too.  If you don't have all of the ingredients, you can made some adaptations.  I'll get to that after the recipe.

You can also use this recipe in a tart burner.  Add some water to the top of the burner and add half of a tablespoon of this natural vapor rub recipe and burn a tea light as usual.  Now your entire family can get the benefits of the essential oils.

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How to Make Vapor Rub Naturally




What You Need



Directions


STEP #1

Melt the coconut oil or olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler until just melted.  You can also use a microwave, but the beeswax takes a long time to melt.  I find that it's much easier in a double boiler.  

STEP #2

Add essential oil blend.  Use half as much if you are using this on children or babies.

STEP #3

Mix well and pour in to a small mason jar.
If you use coconut oil and beeswax, this will be thicker than using olive oil and beeswax.

Don't have beeswax?  You can still make this with either oil, but if you use olive oil, it can get messy.  

Note: If you are making this for infants for children, always use half of the recommended essential oils.  Never put this on a child's face or under their nose.  Always use on their chest or on their feet.  Talk to your doctor before using this is you are pregnant or nursing.  

Essential Oils

Which essential oils are best?  Well, that's personal preference.  Personally, I like peppermint and rosemary, but you can pick the best ones based on their properties and your family.
The last time I made this, I used the Breathe Easy essential oil blend from Crafty Bubbles.  It's a blend of:
They don't have online ordering, but they do take orders via email and the phone.  You can browse all of their essential oils in their catalog.

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