Beauty, Health

Five Favorites

Five Favorites | Moments With Millie

While I was away, I discovered (and rediscovered) so many wonderful items. Although it’s been a few months, I wanted to share some of those items with you. I will be doing a separate post on my ¬†favorite beauty items. If you know me, then you know I can talk about beauty for days. So I will spare you the really long post. ūüôā Have you rediscovered any oldies but goodies lately?

  1. Denim JacketDenim jackets are a wardrobe staple. They have been around for many years but seem to have been trending in the past few years.¬†Can¬†you believe that I haven’t owned one since I was a kid? I found this one at¬†Forever 21 and I am so happy to be¬†reacquainted with an old friend.
  2. Graphic T-Shirts– I used to have a love-hate relationship with graphic tees. Although I could see their appeal, I thought many of the slogans were¬†cheesy. I found a few simple ones . And now that I have found my preference¬†I just can’t stop wearing them.
  3. Faux Leather Leggings I purchased these leggings years ago however I was really shy to wear them. I traveled quite a bit in the spring and summer months and these leggings were really handy. They did not take up a lot space in my luggage, dressed up any outfit and were very comfortable.
  4. Nike Roshe One- These shoes aren’t new to me or the market but I have been loving them as of late. I have worn them during my recent travels, on casual days, etc. I haven’t been a sneaker wearer since middle school. It’s also nice to be reacquainted with this old friend. I love that I was able to¬†customize my¬†colorway on the Nike site.
  5. Chewing Gum– I know what you are thinking….. chewing gum? Let me explain, I love Chewing Gum- the show. It is a British sitcom available on Netflix. I learned about it in Paris¬†¬†however I didn’t check it out until EvelynFromTheInternets¬†mentioned it in one of her videos. The show is ¬†about a quirky, restricted young lady living in London. The show follows her life of mishaps, funny interactions and life lessons. I love the show but I wouldn’t recommended if you are offended by the sight of bodily fluids.
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Beauty, Health

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Makeup with Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

I once cleaned my makeup brushes with antibacterial dish soap and olive oil. I thought I had all of my bases covered. The antibacterial agent would sanitize the brushes (and help keep breakouts at bay) while the olive oil would help preserve the bristles.  Although I have continued to use olive oil for its conditioning properties, I no longer use dish soap for multiple reasons. Firstly, the FDA has recently banned the sale of certain antibacterial chemicals due to lack of proof that they were safe for use over the long term. Secondly, it has not been proven to be more effective than using ordinary soap and water. Lastly, I have been seeking more natural health and beauty alternatives.

I’ve always had an interest in Dr. Bronner products however I was a little intimidated by them. ¬†I decided to try out a few travel size products since they were on sale at Target. Since they are said to be very versatile I figured I could always find a use for them. I really enjoyed the unscented version¬† as a body wash however I did not feel the same about the citrus one. It has citrus oils- which is great for waking up in the morning however not so great for certain parts of the body. If you get my drift.

Determined to make it work, I decided to use the citrus version to clean my makeup brushes. Coupled with the olive oil and a silicone brush cleaning mat, I have found my new process. My brushes are not only clean but they smell great as well. How do you clean your makeup brushes?

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes | Moments With Millie

 

 

 

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DIY Hair & Body Oil

DIY HAIR & BODY OIL| Moments With Millie

I was in the process of whipping up a batch of my hair and body oil and thought I would share my recipe with you. As you may know, ¬†I have dry hair and skin. ūüė¶ I have tried so many products to help alleviate the dryness. For me, there hasn’t been one item that has completely eradicated the dry skin. I find that I have to use a combination of things to see results. I often use the oil for hot oil treatments, to moisturize my hair, to moisturize my skin, as a cuticle treatment, etc. Do you use oils to moisturize your skin? Let me know which are your favorites.

35%  Olive Oil -(Adds moisture to the scalp and skin, makes hair soft and shiny, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight off common scalp and hair problems).

25%  Coconut Oil -(Naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, an excellent moisturizer, and can penetrate hair better than many oils and smells great).

20%  Sweet Almond Oil- (Rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, excellent moisturizer, and also smells great).

10%  Jamaican Black Castor Oil* (Moisturizes, thickens, strengthens and rapidly increases hair growth. JBCO increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles)

10%  Jojoba Oil (The only oil that closely resembles human sebum, it is anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizer and emollient).

* I use this interchangeably with Haitian Black Castor Oil when available.

 

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Health, Music

My Work Out Playlist

 

 

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Hi Everyone-

It’s Wednesday and I’m back at it with a¬†workout playlist. We all know that music has the ability to change your mood. Personally, listening to music will ensure that I get just about anything done. Below is my go to playlist. What songs do you listen to while working out?

  1. Stronger- Kanye West
  2. Lose Yourself- Eminem
  3. Hustling- Rick Ross
  4. Work Out- J. Cole
  5. All I Do Is Win- DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dog and Rick Ross
  6. Pass Out- Tinie Tempah
  7. Beautiful People- Chris Brown
  8. Burn- Ellie Goulding
  9. Catch My Breath- Kelly Clarkson
  10. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)- Kelly Clarkson
  11. Just Dance- Lady Gaga
  12. Gimme More- Britney Spears
  13. Yeah- Usher feat. Lil John and Ludacris
  14. Grown Woman- Beyonce
  15. Happy- Pharrell
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Health, Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are having a great week. As you may know, I have recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle. Although I love most fruit and vegetables, I sometimes have a hard time eating the recommended daily amounts. I have been testing out different smoothie recipes over the past year or so and have found some really good ones. Below is my go-to recipe for green juice. I do not use any measurements, I simply add as much of each item as I would like. Let me know what your favorite smoothie recipe.

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  1. Handful of Spinach (and/or kale)
  2. Cucumber
  3. Celery
  4. Lemon
  5. Handful of frozen pineapples
  6. Flax or chia seeds
  7. Honey (this is optional)
  8. Water

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