12.16.2013

Homemade & All-Natural Beauty Scrub


I am in love with the following homemade and all-natural beauty scrub. The benefits are endless... I'll even show you a photo of me with no make-up or crafty filters at the end.

What's in it?
-1 TBS "RAW" Honey (must be raw)
-1 TBS Olive Oil (or melted Coconut Oil - solidified doesn't work the best)
-1/2 - 1 whole juiced lemon (depends on how juicy is it)
-1/2 cup brown or white sugar (you may need more)



The Benefits:

The RAW honey has amazing benefits. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxident, and moisturizing substance. It can help fight redness, acne, aging, and dry skin. More on raw honey benefits.

The Olive (or Coconut) Oil is a great moisturizer for the skin, and like the raw honey, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Despite what you might think, I do not break out from the oil. I usually break from bad things I put INTO my body (wheat, sugar, dairy)... not oil on my face. More on oil benefits here and here.

The Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, which has been known to help dark spots and discoloration in the skin. It also helps to diminish wrinkles and other aging skin conditions. More on vitamin C here.

The Sugar acts as the "scrub" portion of this formula. It is gentle and all-natural, and will scrub out the dead skin cells leaving your skin radiant. A lot of store bought scrubs have sand and/or microfibers which are just not good for the skin. They are too harsh and damaging.

The Recipe:

In a small bowl mix the raw honey, olive oil, and lemon juice. Add the sugar as you stir. You want a thick consistency so you may have to add more sugar depending on your liquids. Once it's all mixed you are ready to scrub away!




How to Scrub:

In your shower or bath, use this scrub all over your body in a rotational pattern: face, neck, chest, knees, elbows, arms, legs, back of thighs, bum... everywhere! I use up the whole bowl full in one shower/bath, and while I use this everywhere I concentrate on my face the most. I even leave it on my face while I take care of all of my other shower routines. This lets the ingredients settle and work their magic. After I'm all rinsed I like to splash my face with VERY cold water to close my pores and lock in all the moisture. Then I dry skin with a soft towel and follow up with moisturizers and creams.

The Results:

For me, this scrub leaves my skin feeling so so smooth, and I get a very natural glow. Make-up glides on so much smoother, and when I use this scrub, I don't have to use powder or foundation. I just use concealer and bronzer/blush where needed. This scrub also helps to keeps my face moisturized all day long. 

Here is photo of my face after using this scrub. No make-up, no filters... I swear to/on whoever/whatever you believe in. I'm not perfect. I have dark circles, the start of what looks to be crows feet, and still some redness around my nose - but I truly believe that this scrub brings out the best with what I've got.  Also, I'm 30 incase you were wondering....




Do you have a homemade scrub recipe?



12.05.2013

i { heart }: Beauty Beauty Beauty

I have a few new beauty favorites lined up for you all for my heart } series. These all make great gifts for the holidays and you can always buy them for yourself too. :o)

I found a skincare line that I absolutely adore. While I love to make natural face scrubs (will blog that later) I have always been in need of a good cleanser, toner, AND moisturizer for face, neck and my eyes. Usually I just use random brands but for the first time ever I've been using just one and it's proved to be spectacular for keeping my face moisturized during the day, the toner has shrunk my pores, and the cleanser takes off my heavy cat eyes without any vigorous scrubbing and eyelash pulling on my part. I bought the Michael Todd "Anti Aging Mature Skin" set. I'm 30 so I think starting now with products like that can't hurt. All of the ingredients are natural in these products, they smell great, and work hand-in-hand with each other. It is pricy for the whole set but... it's been on sale for a while now so grab it while you can. There are promo codes floating around too. 

Following my trend of sticking with same brands, I've been using L'Oreal True Match on my face. Because of the great results I've had with the Michael Todd set I don't use foundation anymore. I just use concealer and mineral powder for cover up. A little birdy (Kim Gravel) told me to only use mineral powder and I can see why. It makes the skin so smooth and you don't "cake" as much. It's a flawless look. When it comes to the concealers I bought two light shades. One warm tone and one cool tone. I use the warm tone under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin, and between my brows. Then I use the cool tone to highlight my upper brows, above lips, and down the middle of nose. It's proved to be an interesting combo. I might do a tutorial on how I do this because I actually put all of my bronzer on first before the concealer and blend blend blend. The husband says I look like I'm putting on war paint. It's partially true... 

In keeping with my "same brand" concept yet again, for eyeliner I use L'Oreal as well. For my top "signature" cat eye I use the Super Slim marker. I say "signature" because I literally draw on cat eyes everyday. Even to work. It's just what I do, and this liner is so easy for me. It took years to find one that I could make the cat eyes with ease and precision every single time. And then for upper and lower water lines I like the L'Oreal Smoldering pencil. Glides on nice and pigmented.

I was in the market for some new make-up brushes and read up a lot about Real Techniques. I don't have the dough to buy MAC or Sigma brushes so these were right up my alley. I love how soft they are. Very affordable and a great price. There is a really good pack of the maker's picks at Ulta here, but you can also buy them individually based on your current needs.


That's it for now. I'm sure there is more so I'll save it for a raining day.