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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Eye Makeup Remover

My eye makeup remover is back up on Etsy! All ingredients are now organic and it also comes in a 2oz version. And just to make it extra special I'm now using lavender infused grapeseed oil!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Calendula Whipped Body Butter

This has been my go to product since the new year. It's the perfect healing cream for my dry cracked hands that the cold weather always brings. I apply a small amount before bed and wake up to a noticeable difference. My daughter bites her bottom lip and it becomes red, sore and painful, but after applying this every evening for a week it is completely cleared up!

You can find this item on my Etsy at: Healing Sunshine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Simple DIY Body Scrub

This has been a diy staple in my bathroom for the past couple of months. There's really no particular formula to this body scrub, but I love it for shaving and just keeping my body smooth and moisturized throughout the cold winter days. 

Simple Body Scrub:
3 parts white sugar (least expensive with same effect)
1 part oil (use an infused oil if available)
Essential oils of choice (I love lemon and sweet orange with maybe a hint of peppermint)
If you want to get really creative add some fruit zest or crush nuts or whole dry herbs really whatever you desire!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Calendula Belly Butter Bar

Hello! For those of you who are still following me, I really thought I'd never blog again! But I thought I'd use this resource to just do very small updates from my instagram for those of you who don't follow me there. I've been trying to keep instagram updated with my small business venture Basswood Naturals and a few personal posts. Since I still have this blog I thought it wouldn't hurt to put those updates on here as well!

Above is a picture of a new recipe I am currently testing. Its a belly butter bar for pregnant women. It is infused with calendula and has the ever popular ingredient for stretch marks, cocoa butter. I do use organic ingredients most of the time, once in a while I just don't have it with me and have to compensate with a normal oil, but that is always specified in my ingredient list. 

I'm currently trying this product on my self! I'm 18 weeks pregnant and was just using a vitamin e cream, but that kept getting all gummy and peeling off of me about an hour after I applied it, so I wanted to try this since I had all of the ingredients available. So far I'm very pleased with it, its not too greasy, its definitely more on the waxy side, but not too much because of the soft cocoa butter and mango butter included. Once warmed between the hands it applies very nicely and is great for your entire body. This doesn't have to be only a belly bar since the ingredients can easily nourish all skin types.

Thanks for reading this today and I hope you stay with me for more simple updates!

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?

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