So, most of you know how incredibly obsessed I am with agates. I just love the colors, the natural beauty, the shape, and how they can be so elegant and earthy at the same time. The retail value of this super chic necklace is $145!!!Read More
Guess what time it is?! ... It's Osteoporosis awareness month which affects ALL of us healthy fashionistas .Read More
Activated charcoal has been used for thousands of years to cleanse and detoxify the body. Whats the difference between charcoal and activated charcoal? Well, they are almost identical – the only difference is that activated charcoal has been created solely for medicinal use. Activated charcoal is heated with a gas that causes the charcoal to expand, creating a porous surface that traps toxins.
Eyebrows frame the face and accentuate the eyes. We've all made the mistake of over plucking (mine was the early 90210 era) and look back asking "what was I thinking?!". No matter how many trends come and go... big eye brows are classic. Think Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn; all stunning beauties with bold brows.Read More
We all have hangups about our own appearance but how are you interpreting them? Are you nice to yourself? Do you focus on how amazing and beautiful you are....or hung up on that little imperfection that drives you crazy?Read More
There has been so much conflicting information on how to get a good tan!
Each decade had its own take on tanning; the '70's it was baby oil & basking in the sun's natural rays, the 80's it was went indoors to tanning beds, the '90s it was cool to avoid the sun & wear sun screen, and in the early 2000's it was spray tans.
Now we know that too much sun (including tanning beds) increases the risk for skin cancer, that wearing sun screen reduces our vitamin D levels, and that spray tans can have harsh chemicals... so how does a girl get a tan these days?!
Answer: Organic self tanners + vitamin D regularly (especially if you wear sun screen daily) + natural, mineral based SPFs.
Organic Self tanners typically use beet sugar and natural oils to gradually darken the outer layer of skin leaving out icky parabens, synthetics, fragrance, colorings and dyes.
It's very important to maintain a good level of vitamin D (especially if you live above 37 degrees latitude) because vitamin D is critical for immune and mood health.
It's a good idea to get your vitamin D levels checked before you start taking a supplement to make sure it's in a adequate range.
Sunscreen can be the key to prevent wrinkles and sun damage but it is also important to get a sunscreen that is natural and mineral based. I personally love this Seattle-based company called True Naturals that require their products to be free of parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, synthetic sunscreen actives, and artificial dyes or fragrances.
You don't need to go to a spa to get a amazing facial... simply open up your fridge!
Strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which helps to slough off dead skin cells giving the skin a beautiful glow. They also contain salicylic acid which can help acne-prone skin while toning and smoothing the skin. Simply cut the strawberry in half, rub in on the face and rinse!
Kiwis contain large amounts of vitamin C which is essential for collagen building while also containing vitamin E for optimal skin smoothing and moisture. This wonderful fruit is loaded with antioxidants. You can even use the peel of the fruit which contains enzymes that support exfoliation. Peel the kiwi fruit and scrub the skin with the inside of the peel to attain smooth and flawless skin.
Bananas are rich in vitamins and antioxidants which soothe the skin while gently exfoliating it. Simply mash a banana and apply directly to the skin, leave on for 1 minutes and wash off. The banana peel also contains properties that help to soothe irritated skin. rub the banana peel over the skin and leave the remnants on the skin for 15 minutes then wash off.
Need a little pick-me-up this morning after a long week?
Try this awakening and refreshing avocado & peppermint mask! The peppermint provides a little boost to your skin while the avocado moisturizes and nourishes.
"You can never really go wrong if you take nature as an example" ~ Christian Dior
I'm a big fan of using vegetables to enhance beauty both inside and out. Here are some of my recent creations:
For dry skin try...
For a hint of color try...
I think of makeup as something that should enhance your look and benefit your skin. Blush simply provides that little extra umph to give you a natural youthful glow.
Here are my favorite natural blushes:
Josie Maran Coconut-Water based Cheek Gelee (my all-time favorite blush!)
For the most natural look...
1. Begin your blush application at the top of the apple of your cheek. The idea is to deposit most of the pigment where rosiness would first appear naturally, if you were simply flushing.
2. Smile to push the apples up.
3. Then, placing the color on the part that lies directly below your pupil, blend outward, toward the ear.
Pumpkins are loaded with natural exfoliating acids and antioxidants which translates into smoother, brighter, glowing skin! The pulp can be used as a facial mask which can soothe breakouts and decrease fine lines & wrinkles.
DIY Pumpkin Mask:
• ¼ cup pumpkin • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon almond milk (for dry skin) • ½ teaspoon honey (for dry skin) • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice (for oily skin)
DIRECTIONS: Purée ¼ cup of fresh pumpkin pulp into a thick paste before adding the egg (it acts as a binder and contains additional nutrients). If your skin is dry, stir in a splash of omega-rich almond milk and ½ teaspoon of humectant honey. For oilier complexions, try apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice (both contain natural antiseptic properties) instead. Mix well and apply the mask for 10–20 minutes, depending on your skin sensitivity, then rinse with cool water and moisturize as usual.
(from Vogue archives)
[gallery type="circle" ids="6808,6805,6803,6804"] By the end of summer I started to get excited again to wear dark colors and get inspired by all the plum hues. Check out all these fun non-toxic nail colors!
We are made up of 60% of it and it is essential to every cell in our body. We use it to cool our body with sweat, to circulate oxygen and fuel to our organs, and eliminate waste products via blood. Drinking more water is the simplest task we can do to improve our health. Did you know that the most common cause of mid afternoon fatigue is actually caused by mild dehydration? Go ahead and embrace one your most natural and essential needs. Try to drink at least 1/3rd of your body weight in ounces of pure water each day.
Keeping Hydrated can help with:
- Improves energy
- Increases detoxification
- Eliminates headaches
- Moisturizes skin
- Improves concentration
There are so many amazing natural beauty treatments you can do by going to your local grocery store and picking up some produce. Give it a try!
Avocado Body Scrub: Mash 1 avocado and mix with 2 Tbsp cornmeal and rub on body. This is a very cleansing and softening scrub.
Milk and Honey Lotion: melt some honey and add equal amounts of almond milk. Honey is a humectant in that it draws moisture out of the air so it is within reach of your pores. Apply the milk and honey to your face, massage gently, and rinse off.
Green Face Mask: Chop up some parsley, blend it with a little bit of honey, and add a couple drops of chorophyll. It should be thick enough to make a thick paste then apply to face. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes then rinse off.
A excellent resource to find out what chemicals are in your current products ( they have 78,000 products listed!) is to to check out Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This will give you the knowledge to decide if you want to purchase a product based on their rating scale
Some of my favorite products which are all rated in the 0-2 low hazards range include:
Burt's Bees Tinted lip balm in hibiscus
Rose hip seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. It has long been regarded as the natural alternative to Retin-A because it's properties that regenerate new skin cells. The oil contains large amounts of vitamin A and retinoic acid which have been proven to reduce fine wrinkles, improve pigmentation, and the texture of skin. When the oil is applied topically to the skin it then acts on the cell membranes and supports the keratin migration cycle to enable a faster rate of skin cells to regenerate. This oil is great for sun damaged skin, maturing skin, or simply as a great moisturizer. I use it every night under my eyes and have seen results.