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Current Favorites

Greetings Loves!

I am a recovering product junkie so I try to keep my purchases at a minimum. However, I found a few gems in the past few months that I thought I would share you all. What are your current favorite items?

  1. Ole Henricksen’s Truth Serum- The name says it all. This serum is the truth. I love how bright it makes my skin. It is quite pricey but it is worth the investment (in my opinion). You may want to consider purchasing the 3 Little Wonders trial pack before purchasing the regular size.
  2. Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant- I have been on a search for a natural deodorant for quite some time. I love that this does not irritate my underarms and keeps me dry all day.
  3. Sephora Face Masks- I love how convenient these masks have been. They are great to travel with.
  4. Coconut Oil- I have been using coconut oil for my hair for a few years now however I just started using it to hydrate my skin. I love that it keeps me moisturized without the greasiness.
  5. Festive Socks- This is a random favorite but I have been into Christmas socks lately. I spend most evenings in cozy socks, drinking hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie.

 

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Rapid Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Hi Loves!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. I would like to introduce a new segment to our community. I am calling the series Rapid Review.  My goal is for this format to provide you with information on the product in a straightforward manner. Hopefully, this will allow you to make informed decisions on whether or not you would like to try the product.

The first item I would like to review is the Origins Active Charcoal Mask. Have you tried this mask? If so, what are your thoughts on it?

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

  1. Price– $17.00 for 1.7 fluid ounces (Sephora.com)
  2. Use– An activated charcoal mask that draws out impurities in clogged pores.
  3. Product Claims-(according to Sephora) -When environmental toxins, dirt, and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, and skin looks cloudy. Nature’s complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skin’s overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best.What it is formulated WITHOUT:
    – Parabens
    – Sulfates
    – Phthalates

4. My Thoughts– I think this is a great mask. It leaves my skin feeling clean without leaving it striped. I would recommend this to anyone that has large pores or oily skin and is looking for an inexpensive yet effective mask.

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My At Home Facial Routine (Oily, Acne-Prone Skin)

Now that I am in my thirties, I find myself obsessed with skin care. I think this is partly because I am getting older and would prefer to get ahead of premature aging. I’ve had adult acne in the past however I have found a weekly routine that has works really well for me. Below are the steps that I take to care for my skin at home.

  1. Cleanse. Gently wash face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam.
  2. Exfoliate. Click HERE for my diy face scrub.
  3. Steam. Wet face cloth with hot water. Wring out the excess water. Place cloth over face. Repeat this 2-3 times. This opens your pores in preparation for the next step.
  4. Apply mask. I am currently using the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I usually rinse this out in the shower.
  5. Tone. I use the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion on a cotton round.
  6. Apply eye cream. I am not particular to any eye serums/creams. I typically use any sample sized creams I have available.
  7. Apply serum. I am currently using the Ole Henrikson Truth Serum.
  8. Moisturize. I am currently using the Clinique Acne Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment.
  9. Apply lip moisturizer. Lastly, I apply my lip moisturizer.

 

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DIY Face Scrub

I have been on a hunt for a good face scrub for a little while now. I have used the Lush Ocean Scrub in the past and it worked well however I wanted to see if there is an alternative that works better. After a few months of searching, I decided to try my hand creating one with some items I had laying around the house. To my surprise, I found myself liking my diy version much better than anything I have used in the past. It is all natural, easy, customizable and inexpensive. I used just 3 items- turbinado, lemon and honey. I chose lemon because of its skin brightening properties. And honey is an excellent humectant.

I didn’t use any precise measurements. I simply mixed the items until I got the desired consistency. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers (if you decide to make this on your own). Now, if I could only find a diy for a face wash. 🤔

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My Winter Body Care Faves

As the winter temperatures decrease so does the moisture in our skin. While the average person’s skin becomes dry during the winter time, mine becomes drier. It has taken some time however I have a few products that keeps that keeps flaky skin at bay. Listed below are the products that I use to fight back against old man winter. What are some of your favorite winter care products?

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash- I love using Dove products all year round however I have found that my skin needs an extra dose of moisture during the cold and dry months. The Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash is super moisturizing and yet gentle.

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Aveeno Positively Nourishing Purifying Body Wash- I love how mild and moisturizing this body wash is. It is gentle, effective and it smells great! What else can you ask for in a body wash?

Aveeno

Caress Passionate Spell– I do not find this body wash to be too moisturizing however I enjoy the rich exotic smell that it has. It is a good break from the sweet floral scents we enjoy during the spring/summer months.

Caress

Lush Ocean Salt Body Scrub- It is important to exfoliate dead skin cells all year long. However it is especially important to do this during the winter months when your skin is drier. I love the Lush Ocean Salt Body scrub. I love how natural it is (and the fresh citrus scent).

Lush

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer- This is an awesome body moisturizer! That is all.

Jergens

Trader Joes Coconut Body Butter– This body butter is the bees knees. It is natural, moisturizing and smells great. I have purchased four jars this winter alone.

TJs coconut body butter

Trader Joe’s Spa 100% Jojoba Oil– Jojoba oil may be nature’s best moisturizer (because it is so close to our natural skin oil). I just love how moisturizing it is. I usually use this after using a body butter or moisturizer. It gives my skin that extra dose of moisture that it sometimes needs.

TJs Jojoba Oil

Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Lip Balm– My lips have been quite chapped lately. My old faithful (EOS lip balm) has not been getting the job done. Good thing I discovered the Nivea Kiss of Moisture lip balm. Instead of coating my lips, it actually moisturizes them.

Nivea

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My Winter Hair Care Tips

I have always had dry hair. And now that I live in a drier climate, my hair is even more dry. Through a bit of research (and trial and error), I have found a few ways to keep my hair healthy during the cold, cold winter months.

1. Moisturize! I find that I do not like to put too much effort in my hair during the winter time. There is something about the cold weather that makes me want to neglect my hair care routine. While moisturizing your hair is important year round, it is even more important during the winter. Cold air is drier than warm air which increases dryness in our skin and hair. It is imperative that we maintain (and in some cases increase) our hair moisture schedules during the winter.

2. Bottoms up. We often hear about the importance of staying hydrated during the summer time. However we sometimes neglect to stay hydrated during the winter. Water is the best source of hydration. Drinking plenty of water ensures our that body is hydrated from the inside out.

3. The touch, the feel of cotton. If you are anything like me then you probably wear a lot of hats and beanies during the winter. Not only do these accessories help to keep us warm but they can be quite stylish. The downside to this is many of them are made of cotton. And because cotton is very absorbent, it can rob our hair of it’s moisture. Try looking for beanies that are lined in silk or satin. If you are unable to find any, try wrapping your hair with a silk scarf before putting on your hear gear.

4. We go deep. My hair requires deep conditioning on a weekly basis. However in the winter time, I find that my hair can use an extra dose of moisture. I have found my homemade concoctions to be the most effective. You can view my winter deep condition recipe here. If you are not the DIY type, try using moisture rich oils such as jojoba, coconut, almond, olive and grape seed. You can also opt for thick conditioners that coat the hair.

5.Protective styling. It is a good idea to give your hair a break every now and then. This is especially true for the winter time. Protective styles not only give your hair a break but they also keep your ends protected from the harsh weather. There are so many protective styles that keep your hair healthy. Use this time to experiment with different styles. Just remember to moisturize your hair while it is in the protective style.

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My Winter Deep Conditioner Recipe

Over the years, my hair has become more and more dry. This issue is exacerbated during the winter. The cold air tends to make my hair brittle and lifeless. I have tried many things to give my hair the moisture that it desperately needs. So far, my deep conditioner concoction seems to work the best. Listed below is my winter deep conditioner recipe. I don’t typically measure any of the ingredients. I usually use as much of each item that I feel my hair needs.

Winter Deep Conditioner Ingredients

Ingredients:
Extra virgin olive oil,
Organic coconut oil,
Pure, raw honey,
1 banana,
1 small avocado, and
Conditioner of your choice

Instructions:

Blend the olive oil, coconut oil, honey, banana, and avocado until smooth.

 

Pour the mixture in a bowl. Add the conditioner of your choice.

Starting from the ends, apply the mixture generously to your hair. Use a wide tooth comb to to detangle hair. Place a conditioning cap on hair and let conditioner sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well and wash hair as usual.

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