Cure for Winter Dry Lips- NATURALLY!

Face it, winter is a love hate for most of us…even here in Southern California we enjoy some chillier temps and occasional scarfs & boots AND the dreaded winter dry out! eee…our skin, hair & lips face their roughest months … Continue reading

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

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