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Friday, February 6, 2015

Monthly Beauty Love: Lisa Eldridge



My little sister is actually the one who got me hooked on watching Lisa Eldridge makeup tutorial videos on You Tube. It was funny sitting there listen to my younger sister tell me all about makeup products and how to apply them, she was never one to even wear a smidgen of makeup. I on the other hand have always been fascinated with makeup, I always got those huge kits of makeup made for little girls with the billions of eye shadow colors and lip sticks for Christmas. So, of course I had to force my sister to allow me to apply a little natural looking makeup to her on her wedding day, since she refused to be "made up". Now, she is the one telling me to watch a makeup artist on You Tube for tips and tricks! 

But, I have to tell you watching Lisa Eldridge is not only educating in the makeup department, but hypnotizing. It is so incredibly addicting to watch someone transform before your eyes. But, its also fun to watch a short video and feel as though you can accomplish that same look pretty effortlessly. She makes applying make so simple and real for the average person trying to get a special occasion look or just trying for a new everyday look.

Listed are a few of her videos that I've watched and enjoyed and tried!






Have you ever hear of Lisa Eldridge? What did you think of her videos?


Friday, January 23, 2015

The Best DIY Fabric Softener Ever!


First off I just want to clarify that this is not an original recipe and it can be found all over Pinterest, but that still does not mean this is not the best DIY fabric softener ever! If anything it just lets you know that it is a great recipe and you should give it a try.

I first heard about it from one of my husband's co-workers. The idea of using conditioner in my fabric softener was completely foreign to me, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a try especially after how she told me how wonderful her clothes smelled. 

I must warn you though that this is not necessarily a "green" friendly recipe and if your skin suffers from fragrances than I would probably steer clear of this recipe or replace the conditioner with a more environmentally friendly and naturally scented one. Or if you would still like an inexpensive and green option check out my old post DIY Fabric Softener and Sheets. But, I love how inexpensive the Suave brand is, making this a really thrifty DIY as well as superbly smelling!

After using one batch I was hooked and don't think I'll go back. Before I was using only white vinegar sometimes adding a little Lavender Essential Oil . That worked just fine, but I love how soft and lovely my clothes smell after using this enhanced softener.

Fabric Softener Recipe

(adapted from Katie J Gibson)

1 12oz bottle of Suave conditioner
3 cups of vinegar
6 cups of warm/heated water

Warm your water in a pot. Whisk in the conditioner. Once cooled add the vinegar and store in a pourable container (I used an old vinegar container).

Check out Katie J Gibson for more pictures and directions in making the softener. I happened to forget the recipe that my husband's co-worker gave me, but I know that this is similar if not exactly the same and besides Katie's pictures are really nice!

Do you think you'll give this recipe a try?


Friday, January 16, 2015

Physicians Formula: Tinted Moisturizer Review

These opinions are completely my own, this was not a sponsored nor paid post.

Last month I did a review post on a product that I loved, you can read about it here. In that post I mentioned that I tested a product that I did not like, I'm here today to tell you a little bit more about it.


Now, I do want you to know that I don't want to bash Physicians Formula in anyway, I just want to share with you my experience with this one product. I have not tried any of their other products so I cannot make any well rounded statements about the company's products. In fact I would love to try some of their other products because I'm sure that they are not all bad.



So, the reason I happened to try this tinted moisturizer was because I ran out of my current one and I wanted to try something new. I had heard and read about Physicians Formula having some natural makeup alternatives and this one's packaging really sold me. But, and here is where I made a mistake, I looked over the ingredients, but did not look INTO the ingredients until after my purchase and use of the product. I trusted the packaging and not until I began applying the moisturizer did I realize that I made a mistake. 



First, I noticed the application would quickly dry before I could even get it completely smoothed out over my skin, then I noticed the smell. Alcohol. It's the first ingredient. It did not smell good. It did not feel good. I felt like I was drying my skin out instead of adding nutrients and moisture. According to Skin Deep alcohol is cancerous to our skin and bodies. Now, that's not to say you would get cancer from this moisturizer, but with how careful I've been trying to be with my skin care products over the past couple of years and after experiencing the healing benefits of using homemade real products I just couldn't do it. 



Now as for the color it was a good match and provided decent coverage, I did use it for a few days because I had nothing else and I'm still in search for a good tinted moisturizer. Also, I didn't spend an arm and a leg for this product so I'm not distressed over it in any way nor am I angry, but I am a little disappointed in my self for not doing a little more research before making the purchase. And thus I thought I would do this review to educate others!

Let me know your thoughts, have you ever purchased a makeup product you thought would be healthy for your skin and wasn't?


Friday, January 2, 2015

Monthly Beauty Love: Jenni Raincloud



As, you might have noticed by now I really love Jenni Raincloud and her many beauty concoctions and tutorials This recipe of her's was featured on Primally Inspired, and although I'm not really a "mask" kind of girl (meaning I haven't done I lot of mask's in my time and I'm new at doing them) I thought I'd give this one a try. My skin at the time was having horrible flare ups from all of the hormonal problems I've been having this year, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to try this mask and it was only two ingredients. It also sounded like a good way to get some immediate relief and I'm happy to say that I did get immediate relief!

I had been doing a lot of French Green clay mask's at the time and those didn't seem to be helping my flare ups much. They may have been dissolving and removing dirt, but not helping with the current acne I was dealing with. This Skin Soothing Mask is only two ingredients, coconut and raw honey, both of which have some great acne fighting and calming properties. I found not only relief from my flare ups, but a smoother and more even complexion. It also left a nice thin moisturizing layer of oil on my face. My acne since then has calmed down considerably, so I haven't been doing the mask as often, probably about once a week now, but at the time I was almost putting it on everyday.

I would recommend this mask to anyone who has troubled skin or is struggling with breakouts. Also, this would be a great mask to apply before a big day, such as a wedding, prom etc. to get your skin to calm down and get ready for heavy makeup application. I hope you try this mask out, as it is so simple and only two ingredients!

Have you tried any mask's out lately? Was it homemade or store bought? I love to hear about it!




Friday, December 19, 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs: Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub

I'm thinking of starting yet another monthly post category, Well, two to be exact. One where I test a natural personal care recipe of another blogger or company and let you know what I think and another where I share one of my own all-natural personal care recipes. I love trying out other peoples recipes, I probably do one more than once a month, but I also love trying to experiment and come up with my own recipes. So, I hope your looking forward to trying out some personal care recipes, because I will be bombarding you with natural care constantly!

If you are curious about what it means to be all-natural in your personal care items, I can't really send you to just one site that would explain it perfectly. But, basically its trying to get rid of any ingredients in our personal care products that contain carcinogens and irritants. Using items that are environmentally friendly and trying overall to be more conscious of what we are putting on our bodies and in our environment. And if your are at all wanting to pursue this with me, then please follow my blog, because I'm trying to do this everyday and will be sharing what I learn with you right here!


This recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs (whom I adore and order a lot of my supplies from) is so delicious! It not only taste's delicious (my daughter love nibbling on it while in the bathtub) but it smells delicious and feels delicious! I've been using it over my entire body and it leaves my skin silky smooth, moisturized, exfoliated and smelling delicious!

I think that this is a great body scrub for winter as well since the winter months leave my skin dry. Also, the smell of peppermint always leaves me thinking of candy canes and Christmas time! I think this scrub would make a lovely Christmas gift because its fairly inexpensive, easy to make and so pretty! But, you do need to consider the color of your ingredients if your wanting your's to turn out white as pictured above. I used a very dark colored honey and olive oil and got a much more yellow looking scrub.

You should only exfoliate once or twice a week, but I've been so itchy all over from my crazy hormonal problems, so I've been using it a little more often. I love using it before shaving as I then don't have to use shaving cream and any oil on your shaver will help make it last longer.

If you are looking to make this recipe with high quality organic materials, I have put links for each item below:







Hope you give this recipe a try!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Update


Hey, everyone, just wanted to give you a really quick update. I've been really, really sick, in and out of the hospital a million times. Finally figured out that I had gastritis from a medication I was taking, to make a long story short. So, just want to let you know that I will probably be not as on top of my posts for a while. I have a few planned out for the next month so enjoy those for now!

Here is a scripture that has really helped me through this trying time:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7


Friday, December 5, 2014

Moody Sisters: Tinted Lip Balm Review

This is not a sponsored/paid post. These thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

It is one of my goals to be a little adventurous and try new products. So, far I've had one really bad product which I'll share later and one really good product which I'm sharing today!

I'm really excited to tell you about this product because its everything I want to accomplish with my own products. I found Moody Sisters Skin Care a while back on Etsy and have been drooling over their products for sometime. They are two sisters who experienced skin trouble and decided to make their own skin care line that worked for them and their family. Their products are handmade, non-toxic, and made with natural, organic and fresh ingredients. You can read more about them here.



I was recently checking out their new stuff and noticed that they had some really good coupons and discounts available and my sister's birthday was fast approaching, so without thinking about it too much and how we don't have any money to spend, I ordered two of the Plum Tinted Lip Balms. With free shipping and a 25% off coupon it definitely made the small purchase worth it.

I was so excited to get the package that I opened it right there and then in the car (that's why all of these pictures have the package in the background!). I was surprised first off with how the lip balm looks exactly like the picture, pushed up, but its not pushed up there is just that added amount on top. Not sure how they do that, but I didn't mind getting a little extra product even if it was difficult to get it on my lips at first because its not mushed down. I loved the color and feel of the lip balm, but especially the color, it has just the tiniest hint of sparkle and a beautiful color. It reminded me of lip stick because the color was more intensive than expected, but it was so moisturizing with a hint of glossy that I didn't feel as though I was wearing lip stick. I love putting lip tints on my cheeks for added color and this one works beautifully and gives you a soft healthy glow.

I loved their business card which was also a magnet!



The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that the sample broke open in the package, but there was still enough of the body scrub to test it. It smelled heavenly, but it was not labeled so I cannot tell you which body scrub it was.



And to finish here is a goofy selfie with the lip tint applied (picture is enhanced, I had a hard time getting the color right with my phone).


So, there it is, I hope you liked this review and look forward to more!

Let me know your thoughts!


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