Help your sensitive skin by using natural ingredients.

I’ve used all of these homemade concoctions! Love them!

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I’ve been sick for days now. When I am sick, my skin becomes very sensitive. I can’t use traditional cleansers to wash my face without my skin feeling dry and irritated. Because of this I normally make my own face washes and masks. The best part about these homemade face products is that the ingredients can easily be found in your kitchen!

Honey – Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it can help retain moisture. Not only does it help to put moisture into your face, but honey can also kill bacteria. It is a great skin softener as well. Apply a teaspoon amount of honey to your face and massage it into your skin. Leave it on your face for ten minutes or so. Not going to lie, I have left honey on my skin for a half hour before! Nothing bad will happen from leaving honey…

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Kissably Soft Lips…Are Seconds Away!

Easy, easy recipe for kissably soft lips. Hey, you men out there…this goes for you too!

Two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Olive oil and sugar. This recipe can also be made with grapeseed oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, almond oil… As for the sugar, you can use white or brown sugar.

Mix equal amounts and then gently scrub your lips. Next, find someone to test it out on! ;P

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I also use this as a facial scrub/body scrub. I will do this about twice a month and usually at night, as it tends to make my face red. (Though the redness doesn’t last long.) I’m out in the sun a lot and even with sun screen, my lifestyle takes a toll on my skin. This scrub is a great way to exfoliate. Same recipe just obviously make more of it. For the body I will make about 1/2 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of oil.

You gardeners out there and barefoot enthusiasts, try it on your hands and feet.

So let’s run to our kitchen cupboard!  Kissably soft lips are seconds away!

Do you have a remedy for soft lips you wanna share? Please kiss and tell!

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Facial Spray…Geranium Essential Oil, The Happy-Healing Oil!

I love geranium essential oil. It smells fabulous! It instantly uplifts me; and I almost can’t help but smile and sigh. It really is that nice. I like to put this oil in my facial oils, perfumes, lotions, and facial mists that I make. Sometimes just a swipe of this scent on my wrist is all I need to keep me going.

Geranium essential oil not only smells good it’s wonderful for the skin; It balances the facial skin at the same time it’s very healing. Geranium EO is great for a myriad of issues such as eczema, bruises, burns, wound healing, repelling insects, and getting rid of ring worm too! (among other things) Geranium also is helpful for PMS, depression, anxiety, stress. So you see why I love this oil. It’s the happy healing oil!

Make sure you trust where you are buying your oils from and they are very good oils and not synthetic. Synthetic oils can be really harmful.

If you are looking to try essential oils, give geranium essential oil a shot. It’s one of my favorite oils.  You can add a few drops to lotions and sprays you are already using.  Make a simple perfume oil and dab on your pulse points for an uplifting feel all day. (I will post a recipe on that later if anyone is interested.)

Here is a facial spray I make. Best to keep refrigerated for longer lasting freshness (also feels intensely refreshing on a warm day or hot flashes anyone?) but you will most likely use it all before it expires. Right now mine is in my apothecary cabinet which is in a dark area of the house.

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You will need:
1 one 3oz bottle (The darker the better; as you can see mine is clear, but that was what I had on hand and as I’ve said, I keep it in a dark place.)

2 tablespoons witch hazel (if you can find rose witch hazel; sub out for the plain.  Smells wonderful. I like Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Rose Petal 12 fl oz)

2 tablespoons distilled water

1/2 teaspoon glycerin

10 drops of almond oil

10 drops of geranium essential oil

5 drops of lavender essential oil

Tip: I use a small funnel and pour everything in the bottle as I go. You can use a glass measuring cup with a pour spout to mix everything together, then pour into your bottle.
Shake before using every time.
Spray liberally. I find myself spritzing my face 2-3 times a day. (Sometimes more! 😉 )
Can use as a body spray too! Nice double duty! Love that!

Lavender-Peppermint Lip Balm

Lavender and peppermint essential oils; I never run out of theses two oils. They are so good for so many concoctions that I make.

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Butters, essential oils, and finished lip balm in tin (still warm) 😉

Here’s a great lip balm using these two essential oils.

1 teaspoons shea butter
3 teaspoon cocoa butter
5 drops of lavender essential oil
8 drops of peppermint essential oil (don’t worry if you put a drop or two more of either oil in; I’ve put up to 10 drops of peppermint oil in this recipe)

*This makes a soft lip balm.  If you want a harder lip balm; add 1/2 tsp of beeswax (melt down with the butters.)

*You can buy tins or jars to put the finished product in or just reuse an old lip balm container. Just wash it well (sanitize it).

*As for the ingredients; there are many places you can purchase essential oils. Just make sure they are essential oils and not scented oils. Huge difference. Stay away from scented oils/scented anything. (Toxic stuff; in my humble opinion) Mountain Rose Herbs sells many things besides essential oils. Check them out for teas too! Swanson Vitamin (on line) sells essential oils and oils such as, almond, sesame and avocado; I use for my face serums. Whole Foods has essential oils and other oils like olive oil.  I’ve bought pure cocoa butter from them before. Just read labels. Make sure you are buying the real stuff.

How to:
Melt shea butter and cocoa butter. You can use a small pot with heat set on low. You can also use a heat proof glass dish set in a pot of boiling water. What I do is use a glass measuring cup and set it in a pot of boiling water to melt my oils, butters, any facial product, or salves that I make. Makes it easy to pour into containers.

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Small pot filled half-full of water. Heat proof measuring cup set in pot.

After your butters are melted let cool for about 5 minutes. You don’t want the heat to evaporate all your essential oils away!

Add your drops of essential oils.

Stir and pour into container. Let cool completely before capping.
There are a virtually thousands and thousands of ways to make lip balm. Experiment on your own and have fun. Orange essential oil and cocoa butter makes for a deliciously chocolaty smelling lip balm!

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Finished lip balm. Solidified nicely! 😀

Am I blue…yes I’m blue…

But the happy kind of blue!

This post was inspired by an awesome blogger at http://buttersugarflowers.com/ She makes the most delicious cakes.  I can’t wait to make the hazelnut cake.  I think will be a favorite of mine!

Okay back to nails…This is called Cartwheels On the Catwalk!  I guess with hundreds and hundreds of “blues” out on the market, you have to get creative with the names.  😉  I do like this color.  Fun and goes with everything!  I painted on three coats.  I didn’t paint a bottom coat or top coat and the polish has been on for almost 2 weeks.  Yep worn at the tips of nails but remember I play in dirt almost daily and built two garden gates as well as my normal lawn care every three days or so.  So for this polish to stand up to that and so much more (don’t want to bore you totally) it’s saying something.  I just took it off before I sat down to write this and it wiped off scary EASY!  They sure are making better polishes.  If you are looking for something that lasts and easy to remove, give this brand (SEPHORA by OPI) a try.

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Nail polish; SEPHORA by OPI……..Sunnies; Kenneth Cole Reaction

What is your go to color?

Green Tea Face Mister…ahhh feels so nice!

Face Mister

I like the cool feeling of misting my face.  Making them is just as easy as spraying.  I’ve made this with several types of teas.  Green tea and chamomile teas are my go to’s but it’s limitless to what kinds of teas you can use as a face mister.  For this recipe I will use green tea.  Green tea is fab for skin; full of antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and a free radical fighter as well!  It’s said to have anti aging properties and helps with skin elasticity…all I know is I love it on my face.  I spray it on my body too.

Brew a cup per directions on the box.  I usually brew mine for three minutes.  Let cool completely.
Pour into a clean spray bottle.
Store in the refrigerator.
Spray as often as you’d like. Pour into a travel size bottle and take it with you. Great to up-lift you especially when you are sleepy. I love it right out of the refrigerator. The burst of cool is invigorating. Spray it on before you put on make up for some extra protection. I also mist over my make-up. It doesn’t melt off the make-up. (though 98% of the time I only wear eye shadow and lip stuffs 😀 )

Keeps in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
I wouldn’t use it more than 2 days outside of the refrigerator. What I’ve done; when I make a cup of tea for myself I save back enough to fill a travel size bottle to take with. I usually use it up by that day or I store it in the refrigerator and use it up by the following day.

FYI: Great for the inside, great on the outside. Since it’s a free radical buster, try spraying it on before putting on sun screen. It can help reduce sun damage! See article on “Let’s Make Some Tea” for more fun facts.

This Clipper green tea is so good.  It’s light and delicious.  Not bitter.  If you are lucky and can find this near you, give it a try!  Make time to check out their web site.  So cute!  http://www.clipper-teas.com/

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Fresh Face; Skin Brightener!

The awesome part about making beauty products at home is the versatility.  What works for some, may not for others, and in a lot of cases, one ingredient can sub out for another. Know what you are allergic to, and know what is SAFE to use.  Do your own research. Read, read, and read some more!

Here’s what I use when my face is feeling congested.  This recipe is great to loosen dead skin cells.  I really do notice a brighter, fresher complexion.  I make variations on this and I will post them in the future; so stick with me.  Lot’s of fun ideas and tips.  There will be plenty of recipes to choose from for different skin types and concerns.  Okay, let’s make something fun.

Fresh Face; Skin Brightener…

5-8 aspirin (uncoated aspirin)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C powder (can purchase at any health food store.  I buy mine on-line through Swanson vitamin.)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (I just pour enough to cover the aspirin.)
1 tablespoon half and half or milk.  I like the fat kind.

Dissolve aspirin in lemon juice.  Then add half and half and vitamin C.  Mix well and brush on face with an artist brush; fingers work too.  Leave on for 5-10 minutes.  (I usually leave mine on for 30 minutes.  (If I have left over mask, I will often times reapply about ten minutes later, also I put this on the back of my hands and upper chest area and neck.)

When I’m ready to take it off,  I dampen my skin and massage the grainy stuff in small circles all over my face (more exfoliation action!) (If you have sensitive skin or broken skin, I would skip the massage.)  Rinse with warm water.  Follow up with moisturizer.  I use a facial oil I make; gentle massage in upward strokes.

Do you have a homemade facial that makes your skin glow? Please share!  😀

Mellow Yellow…

Perfect color for summer.  Sunny yellow!  It’s actually called “Mellow Yellow”,  by Sally Hansen; their Xtreme line.  It’s so pretty.  Instant happiness!  I painted three coats of this color; no bottom coat, no top coat, and the polished lasted over a week.  That is saying a lot coming from me, since my hands touch water 20 or more times a day, plus I’m out in the garden daily.   Needless to say, my hands take a beating and the polish stayed strong.  I’m thinking if I was easy on my hands I’d probably get well over two weeks on this; sadly,  the world will never know!  😉  The kitty is pretty too, don’t you think?

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Got Bites? Bug bites…

Are your bug bites itchy-itchy-scratchy-scratchy?  Painful? Just plain driving you nuts?  Try soaking in a bath.  If I forget to spray myself or if I go outside (“I’m only going out for a second”) most likely I will get a bite.  There is something in my skin that attracts the bugs.  Oh lucky me!  I soothe the itch/pain by taking a nice hot soak in a tub with epsom salts.

1. Draw a bath (I like it hot!).

2. Add 1-2 cups epsom salts.

3. Turn on your favorite tunes. (Optional)

4. Candles. (Optional)

5. Ease in and soak away! (Oh, I sometimes add a couple drops of a favorite essential oil.  Lavender is my go to; it helps to balance, relax, and soothe any anxiety or stress I’m having. Lavender is also a great choice for me if I am having a head ache or if my chest is feeling congested.  Breathing in the vapors from the bath really clears my mind and lungs.)

This method not only helps with the irritation of bug bites, but a great way to relax and soothe tired achy muscles whether from a long day at work or hard workout at the gym.  Aim for two days a week.  Yep, you’re worth it!

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