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

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

 

DIY Avo-honey mask

Winter weather reeking havoc on your skin? You’re not alone…me and my clients are all feeling the winter time dry out. Never fear tho beauties, I have an amazing, natural cure all. It aint pretty, but it’s so worth it.

Make your friends “green with envy” with this amazing DIY Avocado Honey Mask!

This is a recipe my Mom and I have applied for years. Its simple, easy and effective! (and I have it on my face as I type! wo who!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 3 Tbsp Honey

Directions:

  • Mash avocado in a bowl. Make sure to make it as “un-clumpy” as possible.
  • Mix in Honey.
  • Apply to a clean, dry face.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.

Benefits:

  • Avacado is rich in an oil that is similar to our skins creating an amazing moisturizing effect. It also helps minimize age spots, skin damage and scars by aiding in regeneration, rejuvenation and collagen production.
  • Honey aids in absorbing and retaining moisture.

Happy Facialing lovies!

xoxo

DIY Baking Soda Scrub

Top of the mornin’ my favorite pamperin’ pals! Im writing this awesome, basic scrub recipe while poolside on a weekend get away! Does life get any radder? Probably not. 😉

I really hope you all enjoyed the past couple festive recipes, Pumpkin Facials and Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub..because today’s recipe is going to be a staple-go to recipe that is smiple, effective and can be done everyday! Im sure I’ll especially need this vital ingredient after this sunshine filled trip, as baking soda is an ingredient that is so effective in aiding in the skins health (and soothing of sunburns!).

Ingredients:

2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda
Small amount of water

Directions:

Mix the ingredients into a paste.
Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Rinse and moisturize.

According to www.planetgreen.discovery.com, baking soda makes a top-notch exfoliation. Why? Baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse. It’s the best amount of coarse for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, and if applied correctly, it won’t cause your sensitive facial skin to become red and irritated!

(And thnkfully after this desert sunshine-it helps with sunburns..When baking soda is added to bath water, sunburn sufferers often experience a notable reduction in pain. Place a cup (8 ounces) of baking soda under the running bath tap so it dissolves completely, and soak in a lukewarm tub for about half an hour. Such a bath will soothe the pain – and you won’t have to endure the stinging sensation of a shower. Adding baking soda to a hot bath at any time also helps wash acid wastes out of the body.)

YAY for going Green and inproving our skin..NATURALLY,

xoxo

Biotin

Want hair & nails that grow quicker, longer and stronger? Pssst…here’s a secret!

Vitamins offer so many incredible benefits to our overall health. Even with a well balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, there are key nutrients that could be improved…one being BIOTIN which is directly related to healthy HAIR, SKIN & NAILS.

According to WikapediaBiotin, also known as Vitamin H or Coenzyme R, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin(vitamin B7) that is consumed from a wide range of food sources. (However there are few particularly rich sources.) Foods with a relatively high biotin content include raw egg yolk, liver, some vegetables,and peanuts. Thankfully it is made in a supplement form and can be taken simply with a meal and a glass of water. 😉 Biotin supplements are available in most pharmacies. Thicker,stronger hair and healthier nails can be seen within a few months. I have personally taken these bad boys and seen a definite difference in my hair and nail strength. It also assists in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein. It serves as a critical component of several enzymes and is involved in energy metabolism. The major benefit of biotin however, is its ability to strengthening hair and nails!

I got mine at Wal-Mart for a super low price! 🙂

Product Details:

100 mcg Biotin

Ingredients 

Biotin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cellulose, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Silicate, Silica, Croscarmellose, Cellulose Coating

(If You Are Pregnant, Nursing, Taking Any Medications Or Planning Any Medical Procedures, Consult Your Doctor Before Use. Discontinue Use and Consult Your Doctor If Any Adverse Reactions Occur.)
Directions
For Adults, Take One (1) Tablet Daily, Preferably With A Meal As A Reminder, Discuss The Supplements and Medications You Take With Your Health Care Providers. Keep Out of The Reach of Children.
My advice is make sure it’s taken on a full stomach, and with a lot of water. Be patient, your hair wont grow over night but this will improve the overall health and condition of your locks if youre consistent!
To beauty from the inside-out,
xoxo

DIY lip scrub

Issues with lipstick going on smoothly? Chapped lips that never seem lip locking ready? There’s hope ladies…My gift  to you..Simple, natural DIY lip scrub à la Brittany Michele.

Your skin is THE largest organ and needs to be cleansed of dead skin. Its functions of expelling toxins, ample breathing and circulation will be hightend with regualr exfoliation.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Honey (1tbsp)
  • Brown Sugar(1tbsp)
  • Olive Oil
Honey is a natural antioxidant . It helps to keep the skin feeling soft by assisting in the skins’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh delpeted skin. Honey is able to help keep skin hydrated and provents drying, and has been used  as an ancient beauty staple with “honey and milk” to keep skin youthful and smooth. (Even Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, swore by this beauty secret and  it has been used in Chinese medicine since the 6th century BC to substance both the body and soul!)
Brown Sugar is chalk full of Vitamin B and assists in exfoliating your skin without drying it out. Its texture is course enough to exfoliate your skin but isnt abrasive enough to irritate your skin. Its a natural, no preservative ingredient to insure no harm to your skin.
Mix the Honey and Brown sugar together, Apply the paste textured mixture to your lips and leave on for a few minutes. (Try not to lick your lips..kinda tempting!) and then start GENTLY  “buffing” your lips with the mixture in circular motions. The brown sugar is now exfoliating the dead skin off your lips- do this until all the skin is buffed off. Immediatly apply Olive Oil to your lips as your all natural lip moitsurizer. (This secret was also used by Cleopatra!)
With my addiction to pinker than pink glossy lips, I use this scrub at least 2x a week. It only takes a few minutes and your lips feel instantly smoother, fuller and more hydrated!
With these lips, more x’s than o’s,
xoxo