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

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

The BEST gift to give your locks..AND ITS FREE!

Winter weather showing visible drying on your hair? Want to give your hair a sweet gift that’s within an exhausted budget? Here’s natures gift to your hair and skin, that benefits you ALL YEAR LONG!

F-A-C-T-S

Did you know that your body naturally produces a moisturizer and a protectant for your hair and skin? Did you know this naturally occurring gift can make your hair shiny, healthy and hydrated? And lastly, did you know you commonly strip these goodies from you hair daily? OUCH!

Our scalps naturally produce a sebum-fatty acids from our sebaceous glands. We have all experienced the “dirty hair” feeling, or an “oily” look to our strands..this is the sebum in excess. However, when managed correctly it naturally guards our hair from over drying and assists in prevention of absorbtion of external elements.

Each one of us have a certain comfort level in the cleansing of our hair. I know some of my clients can go days without a weighed down, oily feel to their hair..others it seems can only last a matter of hours..however the thing we have in common is each of us should be taking advantage of natures best conditioner!

Your gift to your locks

Go into your drawer and take our a natural bristle brush. Take your hair down, and work in 1 inch sections..brush these bristles against your scalp down to your ends. This will distribute the sebum from roots to ends, and enrich your midshaft with this great moisturizer! Along with protecting your strands it doubles as a great scalp simulator. (Which assists with oil and new growth production.) Wo Who!

Keep in mind, keeping your scalp cleansed IS important! My favorite Shampoo?

Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Shampoo Why? It keeps in moisture which doing it’s primary purpose…TO CLEANSE THE SCALP! The Hawaiian grown awapuhi locks in natural moisture. LOVE<3 Also, remember…no matter how hard it is this time of year…stick with your COOL RINSING routine.

Happy Locks, and Happy Holidays!!

xoxo

Brittany Michele

DIY: Makeup Remover

Raccoon eyes? Powder pillow case? Second day bronzer? G-R-O-S-S..and unfortunately, we’ve all been guilty of it. It’s so easy to get lazy at the end of our day, skip the sink and slip into bed but it has more permanent consequences then just a colorful pillow.

While we’re off in dream land our poor skin is fighting with our poor choice by dealing with congested pores that will turn into problems in only a short amount of time! White heads, black heads, enlarged pores, pimples..OH THE HORROR!!

Never fear, Brittany Michele has a quick, easy, cheap, DIY solution to eliminate a major excuse of removing our make up when it’s time for some ZzZzs.

DIY Organic Makeup Remover

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Witch Hazel

Directions:

Mix equal parts of Olive Oil and Witch Hazel in a sanitized container. Lightly shake before applying to a clean cotton ball. Begin with eye area (be gentle, this skin is SO sensitive and thin) and move to the rest of the skin. For stubborn eye make up, soak a cotton ball in olive oil prior to make up removal. Use warm water and get all those clogging properties OUT for a solid nights rest for you and your skin. 🙂

Benefits:

Olive oil is Non-comedogenic for most people. Olive oil is all natural and least likely to clog pores. Italians have sworn by Olive Oil in their skin care routine for years, and even Ancient Greeks bathed with olive oil! Many expensive beauty products use olive oil, so why not skip the middle man? Olive oil not only is a natural way to remove eye makeup but it also conditions the eyelashes.

Witch Hazel is an amazing natural astringent and known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It  is used in to lighten the skin, remove excess oil and dirt, and tighten facial skin.

In combination this pairing works so well by cutting down on the intense oily consistency and leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

to fresh faces & happy pores,

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