Changing your nail color is like accessorizing, it definitely adds an oomph to your outfit. As fall rolls in I retire my summer brights for chocolates, crimsons, burgundys, dark metals and mattes.
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All this Zika talk is just worrisome. But not just because of the mosquitoes, but due to all the bug repellants out there with controversial ingredients like DEET (N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide).
Spread love by supporting local, handmade, and ethically made products with organic ingredients:
Whether you like President Obama or not, we can agree that signing the Microbeads bill on December 28th to save the water and sea life was a cool move from his part. I am still waiting on his promise of labeling foods and you can catch him here saying so, but that’s a topic for a different post.
Make Up cleansing wipes have become really popular because they help to remove make-up or to freshen up in a cinch. They are also easy to carry in your purse, gym bag, or while traveling. A few swipes and you are feeling clean and refreshed.
On a typical day, I use at least 10 personal care products: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, face cream, loose powder, mascara, tinted lip balm, blush, and nail polish. According to the Campaign for Safe cosmetics, American women use an average of 12 personal care products a day, resulting in exposure to more than 126 unique chemicals. Scary, huh?
Do you know that game of what 3 items you would bring to a desolated island? My answer is always mascara as the first item. I know some people say drinking water or an army knife. But hey, mascara is important too, at least for me.
There are food stores, health stores, and even cosmetic stores that carry a few lines of clean make up and skincare. They are always mixed with their toxic counterpart and the staff is never informed about the ingredients or the application. There’s hardly a store that dedicates its entire inventory to "clean beauty". To fill in this gap, CAP Beauty, once only an online store, opened its doors this year.
I have been meaning to try 100% Pure nail polishes for a while. During this past cyber sale I took advantage of their discounts and bought a set of 3. It came with 2 creamy nail polishes in metallic colors, perfect for the fall- Souffle and Truffle. And one with Glitter – Mardi Gras style! What girl doesn’t like some little glitter in her life?
Pumpkin season is here! They are just not for carving or eating at Thanksgiving dinner anymore. Pumpkins are packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities to help rejuvenate your skin. It is no wonder that many beauty companies are using pumpkin as one of their main ingredients these days.
As per the International Dermal Institute, some of the key benefits are:
- Increased cell turnover, since pumpkins are packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that brighten and smooth the skin.
- Pumpkins contain antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C that help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent those terribly unwanted signs of aging.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, so it’s great for oily skin.
- Since the molecular structure of pumpkin is small and it can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically, it gives great results for dull complexions, aging skin, and pigmentation.
Where can you find pumpkin besides the produce section at the market?
Here are my top Picks:
MyChelle Creamy Pumkin cleanser Loaded with vitamins and exfoliating enzymes from pumpkin fruit that gently washes away the day’s burden. Available online and Hale’s Health Foods, or at your local Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe
MyChelle Pumkin Renew Cream A lightweight, hydrating all day face moisturizer that blends antioxidant-rich Pumpkin Seed Oil with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to protect cellular health and maintain hydration for that “I just had a facial feeling”. Available online and Hale’s Health Foods, or at your local Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe
Dessert Essence Lotion Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, with high levels of Vitamins A, C, E, and K, plus zinc, helps to even skin tone and fade the appearance of age spots for the ultimate hand treatment. Available online, Beehive Natural Foods, and your closest Whole Foods & Vitamin Shoppe
Shea Terra Organics Shea Butter Scrub with Ginger and Pumpkin You must get rid off dead skin by exfoliating at least once a week. This scrub is loaded with organic shea butter and organic Malawi sugar to scrub away dead skin and pumpkin oil to help with cell turnover. Available online. Use code nov2014 at check out to receive 30% discount on your entire order. Valid until November 30th, 2014.
Shea Terra Organics Gingered Pumpkin Double Shea Butter Smooth-EE After the scrub seal in the moisture with this rich body butter infused with vitamin E and pumpkin seed oil, ginger and spices to soften and make skin look younger than ever. Available online. Use code nov2014 at check out to receive 30% discount on your entire order. Valid until November 30th, 2014.
Eminence Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5% Accelerate the exfoliation process with this enzyme peel that delicately removes dead skin cells from the face, reduces the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and sun damage. This delicious purée of yam and pumpkin leaves skin looking firm and radiant. Available online or click here for a spa near you.
If you are into DYI like me, grab a small pumpkin to make a revitalizing hair and face mask. Save the seeds for a treatment from the inside out. Dr. Mercola recommends eating seeds raw to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds. Click here for some tips from Dr. Mercola.
PUMPKIN FACE MASK
¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Combine all the ingredients and blend it together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
PUMPKIN HAIR MASK
½ cup pureed pumpkin
¼ cup of natural plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey
An excellent conditioner for dry hair, this recipe will make your hair shiny and soft. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Apply the mask through your entire hair (all the way from the roots to your tips.) Put on a shower cap and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water. Style as usual.
Hope you like these ideas and don’t forget to eat and beautify in season. Nature knows best!
Pumpkin season is here! They are just not for carving on Halloween or eating at Thanksgiving dinner anymore. Pumpkins are packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities to help rejuvenate your skin. It is no wonder that many beauty companies are using pumpkin as one of their main ingredients these days.
Walking barefoot on the beach is one of the most relaxing things to do. If I need a moment to myself I imagine myself there: picking up shells, listening to the waves crash, my toes burying in the sand, the wind through my hair.
This is my second post on 5 things that I'm lovin'. You can click here to read the first post. It's summer and my beauty routine is totally different from the one before. For example, I must watch out for those pesky pimples and brown spots that I get from the sun. And with summer comes a lot of heat and to be totally honest, I hardly wear deodorant. But with the high temperatures, well, I must -I don’t want to offend anybody. Right now, these are the 5 green beauty products that I’m lovin’ :
It’s truly shocking the amount of chemicals found in personal care products these days. The average woman uses 12 products a day and the average man uses 6 products. 80% of the chemicals in those formulations have NEVER been tested for safety. We find refuge in words like Natural, Herbal, Pure, and even Organic, but unless it is certified Organic, all these words do NOT mean anything at all.
I asked Mommies to be, New Moms, Experienced Moms, Young moms and Older moms what they wanted as a Mother’s day gift. They all agreed with one thing– They want pampering, they want a moment to themselves, a stress free day with the family, or some “ME time” – whether it is at a spa or at home with a mask on their face, a glass of wine, and a good book. Yes, jewelry, purses, and shoes were some of the coveted gifts, but nothing was as obvious as – "I need some time for myself"!
Show your love this Valentine's Day with gifts that are equally trendy as they are eco-friendly:
When was the last time you told your mom you love her? Mother’s Day just happens to be around the corner, so you better not wait until the last minute to show some appreciation for her – remember all those sleepless nights you gave her? And let’s not forget the embarrassing tantrums, huh? Show her some much deserved loving with these eco-friendly ideas: