Beauty, essential oils

Lavender and Rose Water Toner

Blue Bow Accessory

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 5–10 drops rose hip oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil

Directions:

  1. Mix rose water, witch hazel, rose hip oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil in a small glass bowl. Mix well. 
  2. Place into a small glass spray bottle.
  3. To apply, wash your face, then, eyes closed, spray the toner onto your face. You can also apply with a cotton ball. 
  4. Next apply your favorite facial moisturizer.

 

 

Beauty, Lifestyle

Simple Luxury

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Coconut Oil. If you want your skin to feel amazing use coconut oil. Not only will it give your skin a beautiful warm glow but it is also really great for your skin and your hair. Browse through many luxury  skin oils and products you will find that many of them contain coconut oil and an essential oil such as lavender, used for its scent and skin healing properties. Use coconut oil as a makeup remover before washing your face. Need to get your feet beach ready? After your bath or shower (or a good foot soak) dry feet with towel and rub coconut oil. Make sure you have a towel under your feet as you do this to avoid slipping when you stand and spilling oil on the floor.

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Buy a Silk Pillowcase. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase cuts down on the friction on your hair and helps to reduce waking up with line on your face.

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Use Natural Fabrics on Your Bed. Use linen  or cotton sheets on your bed. Theses are natural fibers and are wonderful for their breath-ability. Try to avoid sheets that have polyester or nylon. These materials can cause you to sweat excessively at night

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Buy Fresh Flowers. If nothing else this is the one I can count on. There is something amazing flowers do for a room. They bring life and energy to the spot you place them in. Even in a cluttered room flowers stand out and bring a relaxing feel to the mind.

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Buy Real Cake. Don’t buy cheap sweet junk food instead splurge on real sweets. You know you are going to want sweets and that’s ok, but instead of buying something with lots of sugar and chemicals go for quality sweets, true they still have sugar, but you can cut out many chemicals and preservatives by splurging a little on sweets from a bakery where food is made fresh. You will also find that you eat less with quality sweets because many times they are made with real food ingredients that still have their nutritional value. Look for ice cream made with real milk or try  gelato.

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Grow your own herbs. This is a favorite of mine. As some of you know this was my first year with an herb garden. (I got sick of buying basil and sage) I love cutting fresh herbs to go in my food while cooking or chopping them up to mix in with salads. 

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Drink good tea and coffee. I don’t spare with my coffee or tea. They are strong and good. But to keep my caffeine and sugar down I will often mix it up with herbal and fruit teas adding raw honey instead of sugar. If I still want a little caffeine I opt for green or black tea with fruit flavors. Tea has less caffeine than coffee and also has a lot of health benefits .

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Shop Farmers markets. I don’t really like shopping for groceries, but I love farmers markets. For me it is such a relaxing way to shop for food. The fresh air mixing with fruits and veggies just sends a sensation through my whole body. Visit your farmers market  for fresh produce and maybe some raw local honey for your tea.

Beauty, Fashion, Health, Nails

Healthy Nails

pexels-photo-973405.jpegHow do you know when your nails are healthy?

Healthy nails should have a pinkish white tone to them. The ends of your nails should be white and even without any splits, breaks or jagged edges.

What are the signs of unhealthy nails that I should look for?

Redness or blistering of any kind around the nail bed, rips or tears in the nail itself or the soft tissues around the nail. Also  horizontal lines and grooves into the nail are signs of unhealthy nails. Little white specks in the nail may be signs of painting your nails too often or biting them.

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Can I wash my hands too often or too hard?

Yes, while it is important to keep your hands and nails clean, be careful to make sure you are not being too harsh on them when washing . Use gentle soap and a soft toothbrush for cleaning  your nails. Try not to over wash your hands with harsh soaps. Use gloves when washing dishes. Remember dish soap is made to cut oil and grease on your dishes. This is great for your dishes and bad for your skin .  

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What natural oils are great for hands and nails?

Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin. Apply before bedtime and sleep with your hands in gloves to lock in moisture if your hands need a dry skin treatment. You can also add essential oils such as Lavender or frankincense to your coconut oil for added healing benefits. (Also smells great!)

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Is my diet important for having healthy nails?

Yes. Your diet has a big role to play in the health of your nails. Our nails are made up of a protein called keratin. Make sure you are eating  food rich in protein  in vitamins, like vitamin E and omega 3 oils (Found in fish) .

pexels-photo-704815What about gels and acrylics? Are they safe to use?With any type of nail treatment that requires the use of harsh chemicals or UV lights less is better. The UV light is what causes damage to the skin under the nail bed over long use. Try to space out your use of gels and acrylics. Give your nails a break often from harsh chemical treatments and heavily pigmented polishes. These tend to dry nails out and cause discoloration to the nail.

Do I really need a base coat and a topcoat of nail polish?

Yes, I am afraid you do, but let me explain why. The base coat helps to protect your nails from turning yellow when you are wearing heavy pigments. The top coat helps to keep that manicure looking great and helps prevent chipping and cracking of your color nail polish.

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What about nail polish removers?

Acetone is very harsh on nails and should be used as sparingly as possible. Make sure to only apply on the nail and try to avoid contact with skin as it is a supper drying agent. Don’t apply polish directly after cleaning with nail polish remover. Instead clean acetone from hands and apply coconut oil or another moisturizer. If you can don’t repaint your nails the same day that you strip them. Give them a little rest, this will help to keep your nails from becoming brittle and breaking off. Chemical free nail polish removers.

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What about press on nails?

Press on nails still use chemicals, however using a press on nails for a quick manicure is great when you want that acrylic look without the UV light. Just remember when removing press on nails you need to soak the nail in nail polish remover. Do not try to pull or cut the nail off as it will cause damage to your own nail bed.

What if I cannot wear nail polish or don’t want to wear it, are there other options for natural nail care?

If you want, you can go with clear nail polish, or buff your nails  both will give your nails a pretty shine. There are also a number of nail products that are natural and or free of harsh chemicals. Brands like Zoya offer polishes that  are free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor.

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Beauty, essential oils

Flower Infused Body Oil

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  • 2 parts rose petals
  • 1 part calendula flowers
  • 1 part chamomile flowers
  • 1 part comfrey leaf
  • 1 part lavender flowers
  • Lavender essential oil of choice
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* note herbal infused oils are not the same as essential oils, their scents are not as strong. If you would like to enhance the scent  of your oil add essential oil while mixing the herbs.

Combine all the herbs, and essential oil.Place 2 ounces of your mixture in a wide mouthed  dark glass jar. Add enough oil to cover the herbs by about 2–3 inches. Close lid  tightly. Let the jar sit in a warm place for 2 weeks, shaking the mixture every day.

After 2 weeks strain the herbs from the oil using a cheesecloth or a fine lined strainer. Add a few more drops of essential oil if your mixture needs to smell stronger.  Mix well. Pour the strained oil into dark amber glass jars with tight-fitting lids. Store in a cool dark place, out of direct sunlight.

Beauty, Fashion

I love subscription boxes. There is something fun about getting that box full of  beautiful surprise products you are going to love 9 times out of 10 (if you have the right box.) Most of the time I rush to see what’s in my box and then set aside unique items that I may want to try on my next diy spa day. But it is not just beauty boxes, there are boxes for pampering yourself in so many ways. From jewelry to clothing, to feminine monthly subscriptions there really is a box for everyone. Here are a two that I would like to share with you. 

Ipsy

fileAssetIpsy is $10 a month for their glam beauty bag. They also now offer a Glam bag plus that is $25 a month with all full size products. I have been impressed with the products that I have received from my boxes. Always great quality and highly pigmented beauty products. Click here to join me on ipsy.

Petit Vour

petit-vour-squeaky-clean_2400xSome of  the best 100% cruelty-free and clean beauty products that you will love sent to you each month. NO ANIMAL TESTING. NO ANIMAL INGREDIENTS. TOXIN-FREE. Every month, you get 4 products  that valued between $45-$60. Products ranging from  makeup, hair care, body & skincare. Click Here

Beauty, Fashion, Hair

Synthetic Wig Care

pexels-photo-1586999Wigs that are worn daily should be washed every 2-3 weeks. During warm weather you may want to wash weekly if you are sweating a lot or have two of similar style to switch out during the hot months. Washing  your wig is important to keep hair looking fresh and realistic looking.

Remember synthetic hair is not the same as human hair no matter how much they may look the same. only use hair products that are designed for synthetic hair. Do not use human hair shampoo or conditioner on your wig. This will cause build up on the wig, and dull  the hair fibers.

 

Washing Care

De-Tangle

Start out by  carefully detangling your wig hair using a wide tooth comb.

Brush through and gently remove any tangles using a wide tooth comb or brush.

Be careful not to pull or drag the hair fibres as this can cause damage to the wig.

Wash

Fill a bowl with cold  water (never hot, heat will damages the synthetic fibres).

Add a capful of shampoo into the water.

Immerse hair into water and let  soak for few minutes.

Rinse

In  a fresh bowl of cold water to remove shampoo from hair.

Do not squeeze or wring wig out this will also damage hair.

Condition

Apply conditioner directly to your wig, stroke hair in a downwards  motion from the

roots to ends.

Leave in 4–5 minutes.

Next rinse by immersing wig into more in fresh cold water.

Dry

Place the wig between a folded towel and pat dry.

Again do not  squeeze, or wring your wig while drying.

Style and hair dry

Remove from towel and gently shake out wig to regain its style. Place wig on a wig stand to dry naturally. Do not use hair dryers the heat  can cause damages synthetic fibres even if it is a heat safe wig, do not use heat while hair is drying.

 

Food, Health

Cucumber Tomato and Red Onion Salad with Mint

IMG_0588.JPGEarlier today I pulled our first  cucumber out of the garden along with spearmint, sage, and some basil flowers. I started thinking about making a really yummy salad. Here is a recipe to one of the salads I will be making.

 

 

 

Cucumber Tomato and Red Onion Salad with Mint

pexels-photo-1059905.jpegYIELD Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 large English hothouse cucumbers (you can use other varieties of cucumbers just check for bitterness as some tend to be a little bitter in taste.
    • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 large tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
    • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil

PREPARATION

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    1. Start by washing and cutting your cucumbers in half lengthwise. It is optional to remove or leave seeds inside. I prefer to leave the seeds inside mine.
    2. Cut cucumber halves diagonally in 1/2-inch-wide pieces.
    3. In a large bowl add vinegar, sugar and salt. Let stand at room temperature  for 1 hour.
    4. Combine tomatoes, red onions, mint (or basil if you are not a mint person) and  olive oil to cucumbers.
    5. Toss in seasoning
    6. Add salt and pepper to taste

*One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following

  • Calories: 45
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 11 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 13% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 12% of the RDI