Cure for Winter Dry Lips- NATURALLY!

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DIY Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub

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DIY Pumpkin Facial

If there’s one thing I L-O-V-E, it’s this time of year! The weather allows for boots and scarves, cool breezes (Making it so I dont need to powder my nose nearly as often!), and best of all…PUMPKIN versions of all my faves…lattes, pies and even DIY FACIALS!!

Here’s an amazing one that helps repair, smooth and smells incredible!

Ingredients

2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin (pureed)

1/2  teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon milk

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon spice

Directions

Combine all your ingredients and apply. (Avoiding eye area.)

Leave on for 15-20 minutes

Rinse with warm water.

Benefits

According to Divavillage.com Pumpkin is full of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein. Pumpkin enzymes can soothe and protect your skin. These essential nutrients can reach deep within your pores and absorb quickly.Pumpkin nourishes dry skin instantly, giving you a healthy glow anytime your skin needs a boost!  Colder weather can make your skin especially dehydrated, and the brisk fall and winter breeze certainly doesn’t help. Pumpkin works as an accelerator for other ingredients, helping the skin absorb vital nutrients and vitamins quickly.

Happy Fall my favorite pamperers 🙂

xoxox

DYI Banana Hair Mask

Hey there Bunnies! 🙂

I apologize for my lack of blog updates, what can I say..life has been BA-NAN-AS! Summer time is amazing, but make sure youre treating your skin & hair well…Take a few minutes, relax and give your locks a little lovee, naturally!

DIY BA-NAN-AS Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbspoons honey
  •  3 tbspoons milk
  • 5 tbspoons olive oil.

Directions:
Spread thru hair & leave on 15-30 mins. Rinse WELL.

Benefits:

  • Banana is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins that helps in softening the hair and protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing split ends and breakage.
  •  Eggs are rich in protein. Protein helps to make the hair follicle stronger. Stronger strands of hair are less likely to break.  Therefore, you’ll have fewer split ends. In addition to enhancing resistance to  breakage
  • Honey is a humectant, which means that it holds on to water molecules. It provides moisture and keeps our cuticles feeling smoother, closed and manageable.
  • Milk is a beautiful natural conditioner. Hair is made of proteins, which are necessary for tissue growth and repair.
    There are two types of protein in milk, casein and whey which are used to prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and help it grow faster.
  • Olive oil is rich and its moisturizing properties make it ideal for use on your hair. It helps eliminate split ends, and adds more manageability, softness and shine!
Do this once a week, and be good to your locks…NATURALLY,
xoxxo

Smell SINFULLY Yummy this summer, NATURALLY!

Improve your skin, create a scent that’s all your own & do it chemical free, organically & natural. AMAZING, right? Guess what, a place like this does exist & its officially become one of BRITTANY MICHELE’S FAVORITE PLACES!

I’m a sucker for a tropical smell in the spring and summer (walking around as if I AM a luscious vacation)..and a vanilla, cupcake goodness in the fall and winter. (yummy & happy) I’ve had such a struggle finding lotions, scrubs & body mists in stores that give me the scents I like while still hydrating my skin and serving their purpose. Not anymore…ran across this little gem on my recent outing to the desert and have become completely obsessed…let me introduce you to SINFULICIOUS BODY CARE !

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Upon walking in, you know you’re not at your typical “bath & body” shop. There’s no pre-made, chemically treated products to blindly browse. Instead we were greeted with smiles, a hand scrubs & spa treatment & a basic run down of how the store works. There’s over 200 scents that are completely inter mixable, with mixing experts exploring as many as needed to find one perfect for you! My mom and I geared more towards the sunny vacation smells..mixing coconut, guavas & grapefruits. After finding your sent, you choose which organic treatment products fit you best.

First we decided their MINERAL SALT SCRUB was a must have!

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With the need to buff away rough skin, the granules of salt are the perfect consistency to feel glowing without a “sandpaper” exfoliation! I’ve been using it 3x/week for the past week and a half, and I my skin feels velvety soft!

  • Skin Type:  All
  • Head To Toe Body Scrub
  • Body’s Best Friend
  • Exfoliater, Moisturizer And Body Wash
  • Great For Feet, Knees And Elbows
  • Contains Organic Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil And Sweet Almond Oil
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E
  • Paraben Free

Price: 16oz   $35.00  32oz  $50.00

along with that, I was so in love with the smell I got the BODY WASH as well!

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A little of this goes a LONG way!

Pearl Body Wash

  • Skin Type:  All
  • Contains:  Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba, And Chamomile
  • Vitamin A and Vitamin E
  • Body Conditioner
  • Owner’s Favorite Shower Gel
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  While Taking A Bath Or Shower Apply To A Wet Cloth And Rub All Over Skin.  Rinse Off When Complete.

& my FAVORITE addition, SUNFLOWER & SHEA BODY OIL

After getting out of the shower/bath I immediately apply a few squirts of this and rub it in well before towel drying. I was informed the skin’s pores are open for roughly 30 seconds after stepping out for optimal product absorption. I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! (and HAD to get it in a couple yummy scents 😉 )

  • Skin Type:  All
  • Shea Oil Improves Skins Texture
  • Medium Weight Oil
  • Helps Skin Retain Moisture
  • Can Add To Bath
  • Apply To Skin When Stepping Out Of Shower
  • Contains Organic Sunflower And Shea Oil
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free
  • 70% Organic
  • 99% Natural

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  Spray On When You Step Out Of The Shower Or Tub.  Rub Into Skin While Still Wet.  Keep In Mind A Little Goes A Long Way.  After Rubbing On, Towel Dry.  Your Skin Will Be Baby Soft.  Works Well After The Use Of The Mineral Salt Scrub

Ingredients: Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil (Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil).May Contain  Fragrance.

and lastly, the most common MUST HAVE, LOTIONS!

I got 2 different recipes, in 2 different scents. They have plenty to choose from to find the exact one for your skin!

Organic Body Soufflé

  • Skin Type:   Normal To Dry
  • Contains:  Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Palm Oil And Olive Oil
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E
  • Long Lasting Glide And Softness
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free
  • 70% Organic

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  Smooth Over Cleansed Skin To Moisturize And Lightly Fragrance The Skin.

Organic Spa Lotion

  • Skin Type:  Normal
  •  Contains:   Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil And Shea Butter
  • Infused With Organic Flowers, Fruits, And Herbs
  • Nourishes Thirsty Skin
  • Anti-Oxidants To Protect Skin Against Aging
  • Paraben Free
  • SLS Free
  • 70% Organic

Price:  4oz  $12.00  8oz  $22.00
How To Use:  Smooth Over Cleansed Skin To Moisturize And Lightly Fragrance The Skin.

After a week and half of using these products, I have to say I am SO impressed. I smell almost as good as my skin looks! With locations in San Diego, Palm Springs & Orange County..I highly recommend you go in and explore which organic product, smell & fun color is right for you!

Cheers to yummy smells & all natural beautiful-ness!

xoxo

 

DYI Lemon Salt Scrub

With glorious SPRINGTIME upon us..lets scrub away all the harshness from winter with a soothing, clean body scrub! Glowing skin is THE look of spring time & with this DIY recipe being one of the easiest I have made…there’s no excuse not to throw together this gem and give your skin a little love!

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons of Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil (enough to moisten the salt without an “oily” feel)
  • 1/2 of a fresh lemon-squeezed

Benefits:

Sea salt is used as the natural exfolient in this recipe. This will aid in removing dead skin and polishing the largest organ for your spring glow. The salt also acts as a soothing agent for those tired muscles and joints you’ve been working hard in the gym for the upcoming summer time season.;) Olive oil will replenish dry skin and natural hydrate and mositruize. The vitamin C in the lemon will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and breathable!

This scrub is a MUST for your next shower. Own this summertime and glow, naturally!

All smiles & sunshine,

xoxox

DYI Oatmeal mask

Winter is an incredible season for snowdays, bundled attire & evenings next to the fireplace…your skin & hair however-not a fan of this drying time of year. Springtime is going to be here in a blink of an eye…time to   rejuvenate your skin and put your best face forward for blooming flowers and sweet outdoor vitamin D.

This is a very simple 3 ingredient organic facial. It can be done as often as desired (I’ve been doing it 2-3x a week) and will not irritate acne prone or sensitive skin!

ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp organic plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground oatmeal
  • a few drops of organic honey

Directions:

  • Mix the yogurt and oatmeal together in a small bowl. Warm honey and add to the mixture.
  • Apply to clean, dry face, avoiding the eye area.
  • Leave on for 10-15 minutes. The last minute, work fingers in circular motion to aid in oatmeal’s exfoliation.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • moisturize.

Benefits:

Yogurt is perfect  consistency for a moisturizing mask and is able to add enzymes and oils to the skin! It is rich in zinc, calcium, Vitamins-B1, B2, B-6, B-12, protein and yeast.which help to reduce pore size, improve overall skin texture, and give you that healthy glow.

Oatmeal isnt just a smart breakfast choice, you skin can benefit from it too! It is able to naturally remove surface dirt, absorb oils and clear impurities. Its texture is ideal for gentle exfoliation leaving skin clean and smooth.

Honey is a staple ingredient for many of my DIY masks. Its a great natural adhesive to bind masks together and help to penetrate the skin. Organic honey is our purest ingredient, free from preservatives allowing for ample benefits in anti aging, anti bacterial and benefits of nutrition.

Give this easy, quick mask a try. Your skin will thank you 🙂

xoxo

 

Want healthy hair?

With the smiles and sunshine this first week has shown, I’m convinced this year is going to be an AMAZING one. 🙂 Lets start this off right- healthy,  happy & FABULOUS! Ive been working hard doing research to share with you some great healthy must haves to ensure this year your hair & skin has never looked better…from the inside out!

A balanced diet is common sense for a healthy bod, but did you ever consider what you put in your body affects the health of your skin and hair? Fad diets, fast food binges and missing meals may seem sensible at the time..but an overall balanced diet of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and low-fat dairy  will help keep your figure, energy level, skin and hair tip top. Why follow these guidelines? ..Because YOU DESERVE IT!

Top Ten Foods you will be incorporating in your diet for 2012

1. Dark Green Vegetables

An amazing source of Vitamin A and C which assist in producing SEBUM. Remember our favorite “gift” to give our hair? This is the gift that keeps on giving!

2. Fatty Fish like Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, b 12 & iron, lacking this can result in a dry scalp and dull looking hair. These components aid in keeping your scalp healthy! Not a fish person? Get cozy with some flaxseed, you’ll need it. 🙂

3. Beans

remember our review of Biotin and how essential it is for our hair and skin health? Well, here’s a great source of it to add to your diet! Beans like lentils and kidney beans are chalk full of  iron, zinc, and biotin proteins!

4. Eggs

Oh, eggs…you wonder food, you! Not only can we apply egg topically (egg mask!) but incorporating more eggs into your diet is THE best source of protein you can find! It also is another great source of Biotin & vitamin B-12!

5. Nuts

Is there a more simple snack then packing some nuts in a to go bag? These amazing yummy treats are a great source of protein, selenium (a mineral for your hair) and most importantly for our hairs health…zinc. Lacking zinc does lead to hair shedding…eee! Get some walnut, cashew and almonds immediately! 🙂

6. Poultry

As most of us know, poultry is a great source of protein that your body can easily benefit from! These proteins offered from chicken and turkey will keep your hair, scalp and color fresh and strong!

7.  Oysters

Oysters are loaded with Zinc, which your hair LOVES! Dont feel the love for Oysters? Beef offers great zinc as well. 😉

8. Whole Grains

Whole grains are a great source of energy and keeping your tummy full, as well as zinc, vitamin B and iron! While shopping the bread and cereal isle, look for whole wheat!

9. Carrots

We’ve always heard carrots keep your eye sight sharp, which is a result of its high amounts of Vitamin A..but  that amazing vitamin also benefits your scalp! Healthy hair=healthy scalp. A yummy, easy snack!

10. Dairy

Last but not least…dairy. This one is an obvious source of calcium which is needed for healthy bones, skin & hair! Make sure youre getting in your milk, yogurt and cheese products! (in moderation, and if youre watching your waistline..lowfat ❤ )

I wish for nothing but health and happiness for each and every one of you this year! I hope some of these facts helped you, and inspired you to make this your healthiest year yet! Whether you’re enhancing your healthy ways or transforming your lifestyle to be more health consious..Im sending you all my support!

to HEALTH,

xoxo

*Credit for facts from www.webmd.com