Health and beauty tips mixed in with a little bit of my everyday life.
|Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM||comments (2)|
I like color in my lip balm. I like a little sparkle in my lip balm.
How do make lip balms with these two things in them? And can I do it using all natural ingredients?
Yes! I'm sure you have heard of mica powder... If not, this is what it is:
Mica is a silicate mineral used in cosmetics for its brilliant or shimmering appearance, according to Wikipedia. The word "mica" is actually thought to be derived from the Latin word "micare," meaning "to glitter." It is mined in thin sheets and is usually found in blue or green hues, although iron oxides are often added to create a brilliant range of bright colors.
You can find mica powders online in a variety of colors. I found mine on Bramble Berry I will say, that you probably should check the ingredients because some of them have artifical colors. I found a few that are just mica powders and iron oxides.
I was a little bit unsure about using mica powders, but I was having a hard time getting a system down to color lip balms. A.K.A the colors wouldn't be a consitent color. Also, another problem I was seeing, using colors (juice is the main one I use) is that it fades over time. ...yea, I don't like that either.
Anyway, back to the mica...
I received two different colors...
A pale pink and a tanish yellow color.
The pink had some glitter... It was pretty. The tanish one was super glittery.
I made a little batch of Strawberry Limemade lip balm and added a little bit of the pink. since it was already pink, I didn't see much of a difference. I figure that the mica will help keep it from fading.
I also melted down a little bit of Chocolate Vanilla and added the tanish mica. It didn't change the color but it did add a lot of glitter! Nice glittery!
I was pleased with the results. So far, so good!
The next week, I stayed at a good friends house. We planned to make some lip balms at some point. It wasn't until the end of the week that we got around to making some.
Since, I didn't have any of my regular supplies, we made a simple lip balm recipe.
If I haven't said this before, I will now.
A simple lip balm consists of 2 parts oil and 1 part beeswax. You can add essential oils and add stuff to make it your own.
The one we made was approximately
• 2 tsp. coconut oil
• 2 tsp. shea butter
• 2 tsp. beeswax
• essential oils and fragrances
Mixing the mica powder into the lip balms:
Pouring it into the containers. ( I found these at Walmart in the beading section.)
A total of 4 flavors in all.
• Pink Lemonade
Overall, I am really happy with mica and I'm planning on using it in the future.
Have you used mica powder? Let me know!
|Posted on April 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM||comments (2)|
hate don't enjoy gloomy, rainy days! And I don't think there is even such a thing as a "perfect" rainy day.... Unless of course you like rainy days. I am not one of those people.
This weekend was gloomy and rainy. Everything was soggy and dripping. Grey and blah! Hopefully, you get the idea..(running out of adjectives over here).
But, I had a perfect project to keep me busy. I made tons of lip balm. Okay, so maybe not tons, but a lot! What better excuse than a rainy day to keep you inside and making lip balms and the like, right?
I had all the supplies like: tubes, labels, flavors and essential oil.
I tend to make more than I need at a time, so some of the work was just melting down what I already had.After that, the fun began!
Some of the ones that I made were:
Pomagrante Lip Gloss
Blueberry Lip Gloss
Watermelon Lip Gloss
Then something really good happened. I had a small container with some of the Limesickle lip balm in it, I put it in the jar to melt and I had a wonderful idea.
You see, I had received a request for some new flavors and one of them was Strawberry. As, the Limesickle was now melted and smelling up the kitchen with sweet lime! Mmmmhmmm!
Anyway, I had a light bulb go off in my head (ding, ding, ding) and I came up with the great idea to make (wait for it....)
I wish there was a way I could describe it, but I exhausted myself coming up with adjectives to describe the rainy weekend. Sorry 'bout that.
But, I will say that the two flavors went perfectly together. They blended just right. I was a little bit worried about one being to strong and overpowering the other. Nope. Worked just right.
I haven't taken any pictures yet. I will put them up as soon as I can, though.
What type of weather do you think makes a perfect day? What do you do on rainy days?
|Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
I like the summer, I get to wear shorts and flip-flops!
I look on Pinterest all too much. A certain pin kept catching my eye... I finally pinned it to my board. After a few weeks I saw it a few times more. So, I finally decided to make it and try it out.
This is how it looks:
I can't believe how well it worked!
For the one I made, I cut the recipe in half because I didn't want to "waste" good ingredients on something that wouldn't work.
But... It did work! Although, there were a few things that I didn't like.
-Some of the sugar crystals got stuck on the blades of my razor. It left a few scrapes on my legs. They weren't noticable, just hurt at first. So make sure you rinse your blade after each run.
-It seemed like a lot of oil going down the drain. It might be a good idea to not use this in the shower. Or, get a gallon of drain cleaner!
-It is a bit hard to get it out of the jar. I think this is just me, but there might be an easier way to do this....
On the plus side:
-You don't have to use lotion after using this! (Yay for me! )
-The lemon smells really good.
-Coconut Oil has some SPF!
-The sugar exfoliates the skin, removing all the dead skin.
-It really does leave your skin feeling smooth!
For the recipe, which is more than enough for one shave, (it will probably last 4-5) here is the recipe I used. It isn't exactly half but it works good.
~1/2 cup sugar
~1/4 cup coconut oil
~Juice of half a lemon
Mix well. Store in container.
Another note.... I have had this in my shower for a couple weeks already and it hasn't gone bad. If you don't want to take a chance, keep it in the fridge, but be sure to get it out at least a couple hours before you use it. So, the oil will soften.
If you try this, let me know how you like it!
|Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Everyday we get up and as part of our "get-ready" routine we wash our face (along with other things.)
I have what is considered normal skin, as opposed to greasy, oily, or dry.
Even with my "normal' skin I tend to get a few breakouts on the most common places. Around the nose, chin and along the hairline. Not too noticable, but just enough.
It leaves my skin looking kinda like it isn't clean. I have found a way to prevent that... toner!
Toners help clean the face and reduce the appearence of pores.
I use toners in place of soap or the honey wash. You don't want to rid your face of all the oils on your face. Some oils are good.
In an article I read it explains the importance of keeping the pH of your skin. Your skin creates a certain acid (pH) on your face using oil and dirt. When you use harsh facial cleaners, they strip away these natural oils. Your skin can recreate these in a few hours, but this acid prevents bacteria buildup.
There are different kinds of toners.
The first is known as skin bracers or fresheners. These typically have little or no alcohol and helps keep the skin moist. These are good for all types of skin, although it may "sting" sensitive skin.
Secondly, skin tonics. These contain all little bit of alcohol and are good for all types of skin but work best on normal skin.
Lastly, Astringents. These are the strongest forms of toners. They contain a higher percentage of alcohol and are best used on oily skin as your face is drying. But, because of the high alcohol content, it tends to remove a lot of that good oil.
For the recipe below, I would recomend using it to clean your face. I use it for the days in between doing a mask or the honey wash.
So for today, here is an easy DIY tonic.
1/2 cup witch hazel
10-15 drops of orange essential oil
Mix together in a jar.
Before use, shake well. The oil tends to stay on the surface.
Here are some benefits to why I use Orange Essential Oil for this tonic.
Anti-septic - It inhibits microbial growth.
Skin Treatment - Orange essential oil is shown to promote the production of collagen as well as increase the blood flow to the skin. It is helpful at soothing dry, irritated skin as well as acne-prone skin.
Encourages Detoxification - Detox and cleansing properties.
Anti-Cancer - D-limonene is a super-nutrient that occurs in Orange Essential Oil. It has been studied extensively for its ability to prevent cellular mutations and combat cancer tumor growth.
Anti-inflammatory - It provides relief from both internal and external inflammation caused by infections. It is helpful in treating swollen tissue by stimulating blood circulation.
Anti-depressant - Well-known for its uplifting properties, orange essential oil is soothing to the mind and helps to relieve stress. It is refreshing and relaxing and commonly used for the treatment of anxiety. ( A great way to start your day!)
Do you use toners/tonics in your morning routine?
|Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM||comments (1)|
As you may know, I have been talking about Sunblock lately. In the last post I gave a recipe for one that you can make if you wanted. I decided to make some for myself, but I didn't like the recipe I gave.... sorry about that.
Here is my recipe:
- 1/4 C. Coconut Oil
- 2 TBS. Avocado Oil
- 2 TBS. Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 TBS. Shea Butter
- 2 TBS. Cocoa Butter
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
- 1 TBS. Zinc Oxide ( I used zinc oxide ointment.)
- 1/4 +/- C. Beeswax ( I use a cheese grater to make it melt faster, just test it on your finger to get the right amount. More about this later.)
- essential oil (whatever you think is good. I used Vanilla.)
Step 1: Getting ready! Make sure the area your are going to use is clean. You are going to use a double boiler, so get that ready as well. You are going to want your water to be just about boiling the entire time, so keep the flame on low.
Step 2: Get your oils together! Put them in a small bowl ( I use a glass measuring cup) that is heat resistant and place in the double boiler.
Step 3: Once all your oils have melted together, get you beeswax. Since I have a big block it is harder for me to get little pieces that will melt faster. What I do is shave it into....well, shavings. I have a specific cheese grater to do this. If you are using beeswax pellets 1/4 cup should be okay. I had to use about 2 more TBS. but my shavings are thin and light.
*note: to check that you have the right amount of beeswax, get a little on your finger and let it cool. It should only take a few seconds to harden.
Step 4: Remove the glass from the hot water and set on counter. You want it to cool a bit, but don't let it set.
The next thing you are going to add is the zinc oxide.
Step 5: Mix really well and pour into tins or whatever you are using. The oils should turn a creamy white once you add the zinc oxide. It looks very "sunscreen-ish". Allow to set for a few hours.
And that is all there is to it. It isn't that hard. Unfortunatly for me, it did leave my hands greasy. But, I will give you a update on how well it works.
Now, for the big question: What is the SPF?
This is what I found. Most oils have at least some degree of SPF. The only one I found that doesn't is Vitamin E Oil, but that's okay...It is very good for your skin anyway!
- Avocado Oil - 15 SPF
- Cocoa Butter - 15 SPF
- Coconut Oil - 4-8 SPF
- Almond Oil - 5 SPF
- Shea Butter - 3-6 SPF
So my guess is that this sunblock has at least a SPF of 42.
A review is in the near future!
Have you made sunblock before? Have you ever used oils as a sunblock? Let me know!
|Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
A couple posts ago, in the Hello Sunshine! post I talked about the dangers of sunblock. As I mentioned, I knew there were a few alternatives to commercial sunscreens.
Basically, if you're using commercial sunscreens you are more than likely causing more harm than good. This is caused by the chemicals that are mixed in with everything else that prevents your skin from absorbing the rays of the sun.
As mentioned in the Sunshine post here are a few chemicals that are in most sunscreens:
(Who can pronounce these? I can't!)
Please read the Hello Sunshine! blog post to see what these unpronoucable words cause.
I have done little research about natural alternatives for sunblocks and here is what I found...
- If you know that you are going to be in the sun for long periods of time, make sure you are dressed for it (Put a hat on!).
- Drink water! You won't burn if you are hydrated.
- Use zinc oxide. You can get this at most stores. This is an all-natural substance. Or...
- Make your own sunscreen.
I plan on making a sunscreen here soon. (One that I will be able to open doorsknobs after I use it.)
But, in the meantime here are a couple DIYers.
- Mix a couple of tablespoons of zinc oxide with a favorite all-natural lotion. Now it is your favorite sunscreen!
- Use plain ol' zinc oxide as sunscreen.
Here is a recipe that I found, I haven't made it yet... will write a review on it later.
•1/2 cup almond or olive oil
•1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
•1/4 cup beeswax
•2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
•Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
•Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
•Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts
What you do:
- Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar.
- Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. (you are gonna do the double-boiler method.)
- Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
- As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
- Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
- Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.
So if you do this it will be a SPF of about 28+.
I will make some sunblock and have review for y'all here soon.
|Posted on March 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM||comments (2)|
It has been awhile since I have posted anything.
It has been a busy past couple weeks!
A couple people I know, had a wedding celebration and I was able to help out!
I made 24 lip balm favors for the ladies that would be attending.
The flowers were to be red roses and I wanted to incorporate with the lip balm. I had a few weeks to get them done. I infused the coconut oil and sweet almond oil with rose petals for one week. I ordered the containers off the internet. Once I got them, I mixed up the rest of the ingredients. I wanted it to have a little color and not a plain boring color. Becase this was a wedding after all!
I played with a few different ingredients, honestly, I have no idea how I ended up with the color. I ended up with a pretty pale pink color that went great with the flavor of the lip balm. The flavor was Vanilla Rose.
Unfortunately, the rose petals didn't color the oil, but it did give a slight rose water smell. I added vanilla essential oil and fragrance oil. In the end, I was very pleased with end product.
The only problem was that I could not find a label that would fit on the lid. The description when I bought them said that an certain label would fit, but then I couldn't find them. The solution: I just put it in a wedding favor box and put a label on the box. Ta Da!
Here are all of them together, not a good picture but.... yeah. The last four were for little girls, so that is part of why they are different.
And now for the flavors. I have made a new flavor!
I enjoy making new flavors and I think my lips do as well. I have to try it out right? This one tastes and smells good. You have to be one of those people that likes smells though.
The flavor is..... Chocolate Covered Cherries. Yummy, I know!
It's a creamy chocolate lip balm with cherry flavor. It is similar to the Chocolate Vanilla lip balm, just that it is cherry.
I am thinking about maybe changing the name, if y'all have any suggestions let me know.
Since I was using up my cherry flavor oil, I deceided to mix up some cherry gloss as well.
For the gloss, it is nice. I'm not too crazy about shiny lips (when someone figures out what it is about them, please let me know. I am curious to know... :P) , just getting them to not look chapped is a big deal for me!
Well, that is all for now. Sorry for the long post, hope you enjoyed reading!
|Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM||comments (2)|
Spring is coming! I think... It is technically it is here, but it hasn't warmed up just yet.
The sun is shining, the grass is turning green and flowers are blooming!
It just isn't warm enough. Good "sweater weather" I reckon. But, this post isn't to complain about the weather, it is all about sunshine!
Yesterday, it was a little cool, but I sat in the sun on a blanket in middle of the field and got some much needed sun. I like the sun, makes me happy!
Some people won't go out in the sun without having sunblock slathered all over ever visable inch of skin! Now that is going a little too far I think. The sun gives off UV rays and although you hear that these are harmful and can cause cancer, there isn't any proof that UV rays cause cancer. There is proof that ingredients in sunblock can give you cancer. You might want to check you sunscreen for these harmful chemicals:
- Oxybenzone, which is linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
- Octyl-methoxycinnamate causes oxidation damage of the skin, and causes the skin to age faster. (Who wants that?)
- Retinyl palmitate, which has now been proven to be a carcinogen.
I know there are natural alternatives to the leading brands of sunblocks, but I myself don't use sunblock, I don't even use lotion. (Has something to do with not being able to open doors after I put it on.... Yes, I am claustrophobic. ) I will look into this and write more later... all-natural sunblock I mean, not me being claustrophobic.
Here are a few benefits that sunlight gives us:
- The sun's light kills bad bacteria.
- Sunlight has a beneficial effect on skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin.
- Sunlight penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood and blood vessels.
- Sunlight increases oxygen content in human blood.
- Sunlight builds the immune system.
It also helps the body produce Vitamin D. What does Vitamin D do? It promotes bone health, strenthens teeth, supports the immune system, it is anti-cancer, and protects against dementia and brain aging.
Yes, that is very helpful!
Here are some things that may help when you go outside.
- Don’t wear sunglasses. They block light getting into the eyes, and the optical nerve that runs to the hypothalamus is able to adjust the skins resistance to the sun on the basis of how much light your receive with your eyes. (Basically, sunglasses don't allow your eyes to do what they are supposed to do.)
- Coconut oil has an SPF of about 4-6. All you need is regular light applications. (And you won't have to feel claustrophobic... just saying...)
- Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Your skin is more likely to burn if you have are dehydrated.
Just in case any of you all are like me and have no clue what "SPF" means, it means Sun Protection Factor (Google is my best friend.). Now you...we know.
There y'all have it, so next time the sun is shining leave the sunblock inside and get outside... even if it is just for a few minutes.
|Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot recently. Not because I have been blessed with long hair, but beacause I am looking for ways to do my hair, without having to add so many products.
You see, I used to have pin-straight hair. But then, I changed to a cross somewhere in between curly and wavy. Almost like it doesn't know which it wants to be! Because of that, I know have super frizzy hair. In order for me to do anything with it I have to add hair products to keep it tamed.
I'm sure many of y'all know exactly I am talking about! A little of this, more of that.
This is my weak spot. I am a sucker for hair products!
I use all-natural or organic shampoo and conditioner. But, like most people I talk to, I have to change them out every few months. It just doesn't seem to work to well after using it for awhile.
It is just all the "extras".
For me, it is not just the hairsprays, mousse, and oils. I use a flat iron on a daily basis. All this combined, it leaves my hair looking dull and horribly fried.
As much as I like my "bad-for-you" hair stuff, I do try to take care of my hair. Here are some of the things that I do:
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Just smother your hair in plain ol' coconut oil. I usually do this once a month. I like to do it at night and take it shower in the morning. You don't have to leave it over night, just as long as it is at least 30 minutes.
Some people have asked me if the oil stains my pillow, the answer is nope! Although, this may differ with different people. I think my hair is that dry. If you don't want to take a chance, you can use a shower cap or something.
If you have Shea Butter, you can use it along with the coconut oil. Just a little though (about 1 tablespoon, if you have long thick hair).
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
I don't this as often, because I don't like the smell. It works great! Leaves your hair shiny and smooth!
Use in place of conditioner.
Sometimes, I'll wash my hair, use the vinegar, then wash it again. It seems to help take the smell away. I'm not to fond of walking around smelling like vinegar!
I only do this when my hair gets so bad that I have to stop using my flat iron on it.
This is so simple there is nothing left to say!
What do you use on your hair? What products do you use instead of the "bad-for-you" hair stuff?
Regardless of your hair type, I wanna know!
That is it for today. Wishing you all have a great weekend, full of sunshine!
|Posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (2)|
Hey everyone! It has been a little while since I last posted.
Sorry about that, I have been so busy doing a lot of stuff...
Anyway, this post is all about honey. I have been doing a lot of research on honey. I knew that honey (all-natural raw honey, that is ) is really good for you, but I didn't know just how good it really is!
The reason to use raw honey is because it hasn't been pasteurized, heated or processed in any way and contains many valuable benefits.
Raw honey is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants.
Here are some benifits of raw honey:
- Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
- It is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.
- Raw honey is also an expectorant (meaning that it helps loosen mucus or phlegm when you're sick) and anti-inflammatory.
-The topical use of honey may reduce swelling and scarring when used to treat wounds (like those nasty pimples...).
Now you know some of the many benefits of raw honey. I found an interesting ways to use honey for your body.
I found out that you can use it as a facial mask! Who would've thought?!
I deceided to wash my face with honey for at least two weeks. So far it has been at least a week and half and so far I have been really pleased with the results.
When I first started washing my face with honey, my face felt dry and I had some pimples (sorry, gross, I know!) . But now, my face feels so soft and has cleared up.
So, the honey has healed my face. It is basically an all-natural band-aid.
Now, I want to share this with all you all.
These are the steps:
- Wash your face with warm water. (I like using hot water, I think it opens the pores, but that may just be me.)
- Next, put a little bit (about 1 teaspoon) of honey on your hands and rub it together. If your hands are wet, it won't stick too much.
- Rub the honey all over your face. Don't forget your jaw and neck!
- Let it set on your face for a few minutes. You want your skin to soak up the sticky stuff!
- Rinse your face with warm water or a wet wash cloth.
The reason honey works so well on your face, is because it sticks to any dead skin or pimples and when you wash it off, it takes the yucky stuff with it.
So now here is the challenge:
- Wash your face with honey for at least 2 weeks.
- Write back and let me know how it worked for you.
That is all there is to it! Feel free to use the picture for your own blog or simply leave a comment.
Have you ever washed your face with honey? How did you like it?