Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dangers Of Not Removing Your Makeup. A Must See!

Image courtesy of The Huffington Post

I know we all get lazy when it comes to washing off our makeup from time to time. Personally, I don't wear makeup everyday but when I do on occasion I've been guilty of being too lazy to wash it all off. Whenever I didn't wash the makeup off I've noticed that my pores become huge, my acne flairs up, and my complexion looks dull. I came across a blog post with the dangers of not washing your makeup off each night and I just had to share this information. One woman decided to create her own experiment in order to figure out what would happen to her skin if she didn't wash her makeup off every night for 30 days. Yikes. 

Prior to and after the experiment her skin was closely monitored. The results of this 30 day experiment is definitely an eye opener for me. Needless to say I will never ever neglect to wash my makeup off every night. Here's a video of the experiment and the results from the show The Doctors.

 

Live long and prosper...


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Crazy Beauty Secrets That Aren't So Crazy

Let's face it us women are always looking for ways to enhance or maintain our youthful glow. I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only one who has tried some crazy things in the quest for perfection. Well here's a list of seemingly crazy things that packs a punch when it comes to maintaining that healthy glow from the inside out. The great thing about the tips I'm about to mention is that there all natural. 



Macadamia Nut Oil to Moisturize Your Scalp, Hair, and Skin

Macadamia nuts are high in palmitoleic acid, a naturally occurring fat found in your skin. When rubbed into the scalp and skin macadamia nut oil gives your scalp and skin the moisture it needs. Moisturized scalp means healthy hair. Try giving your scalp a relaxing massage once a week and you'll note a significant improvement. I love to do this when I'm doing my weekly hair deep treatments. If you've got incredibly dry skin then this is a must have. Trust me on this one. During the winter months my skin is incredibly dry, using macadamia oil relieves the dryness quickly. Macadamia oil is found in most health food stores.




Dragon Fruit to Reverse Skin Damage

This little delicious gem grows on cacti and contains lycopene, a red pigment also found in tomatoes. Lycopene is known for helping to reduce damage to the skin when exposed to the sun. Dragon fruit are also rich in cartenoids, another excellent antioxidant. I know, I know it looks odd but it's delicious and with the added benefits it's a win win situation.




Apple Cider Vinegar for Smooth Hair & Beautiful Skin

Apple cider vinegar helps to strip hair of built-up residue, such as from styling products or certain shampoos.  Create a simple yet effective concoction consisting of ACV and water. Use this is as a final rinse for beautifully soft and smooth hair. I also love to use ACV as a toner for my skin. If you're squeamish about the smell don't worry it disappears after a few minutes. 




  

Oranges & Lemon Juice for Soft Feet and Clear Skin

Research has shown that orange acids actually have a calming effect on the skin. Orange juice foot bath soothes and restores dry, callused feet. Combine the juice of a few lemons and oranges with essential oils in a basin of water to help calm the skin. Then, add a simple sea salt scrub to exfoliate the skin. Finally, add some lemon-scented lotion for extra moisture. Tada! Now you've got soft great smelling feet. 




                

Wine for Youthful Skin

Enjoyed in moderation, wine can actually be good for you, by helping increase good cholesterol, reduce heart disease and some cancers. It also turns out that the polyphenols that give red grapes their dark color can also help reverse the signs of aging. Eating red grapes helps the elastic properties of the skin by strengthening the cross-linking of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles. For a quick wine facial  I combine a cup of yogurt, 2 spoonfuls of honey, and 4-5 tablespoons of wine for a powerful anti-aging mask. While my mask was working it's magic I leisurely drank some wine and nibbled on dark chocolate while my Spotify playlist took me away. Don't knock it till you try it.




   

Honey for Beautiful Hair

Honey is a powerful humectant that grabs onto and holds water. For a great hair mask, combine a little bit of olive oil, 1 egg yoke and honey. Coat your hair with the mixture and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse away for soft and shiny hair. As someone who's hair requires ALOT of moisture I vouch for this DIY hair mask. Sounds gross but it works.  



Chili Peppers for Revitalized Feet

Soak those tired toes with chili peppers to stimulate circulation. After a long day is wearing heels and running around  this tip will give your feet the pick me up it deserves. Togarashi peppers, a type of Japanese chili pepper, contain a chemical that actually induces warmth. Mix them with warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to awaken and revitalize feet. Bonus for the Red Hot Chilli Pepper reference in the photo. =)




Coconut Oil for Healthy Skin & Strong Nails 

Used in many countries around the world, coconut oil contains strong antioxidants that help to soften the appearance of fine lines. Though it doesn't replace the need for SPF, it’s also a natural sunscreen and a wonderful way to reverse any type of skin damage from the sun. Simply rub this rich oil on for softer skin. Also, try rubbing some coconut oil on your nails and around the cuticles. You'd be surprised how much stronger your nails will be after a month or so. I use coconut oil on my skin, in my hair, and even in my coffee . Shoot, I even eat straight from the bottle. 



Garlic for Strong Nails

Yep, you read correctly. Take some chopped garlic and simply rub it on your nails and let it sit on there for about 15-20 minutes before your bath or add it to a bottle of clear nail polish. Let it “stew” for 7 to 10 days and then paint onto nails. This fortifying polish will make your nails super strong. Trust me on this one. I've always had brittle nails and this little trick worked miracles for me. Three of the top things that has worked for stronger nails has been using garlic, coconut oil, or using a good quality multi-vitamin. Right now I'm using a supplement called Hairfinity. I'll be doing a review on it within the month.   




 

Lemon and Sugar for Young Hands and a Clear Complexion

Our hands are one of the first areas of the body to show the signs of aging, so here's an all natural age busting scrub to combat aging hands. Create a thick paste by mixing sugar with a little lemon juice. Rub into hands. (Be sure there are no cuts on your skin or the lemon juice will sting.) The citric acid from the lemon helps to lighten dark spots on the skin, and the sugar sloughs away dull, dehydrated skin to reveal glowing, younger-looking hands. This scrub is also great for your elbows and knees. I've personally used this on my under arm areas and on my knees and have had great results. Of course strong chemical creams works quickly but if you're concerned with the potentially cancerous potions being absorbed into your body this is the perfect solution. 


There you've got it ladies. These are some weird sounding beauty tricks that all work exceptionally well. What are some of your odd sounding tips that are tried and true. Don't be selfish...sharing is caring.





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winterize Your Car - Must Have Products You Should Have In Your Car To Brave The Wicked Winter Blues

As someone who has lived on the East coast for years I'm very familiar with wicked winters.  I hate to drive and I hate driving in the snow and ice even more. Awhile back I did a post on winterizing my home and today this post will be about winterizing your car. Anyone who lives in a region that experiences harsh winters knows all too well how unpredictable and cruel the winter months can be. As a single woman I'm a huge proponent of being prepared for any scenario.  Here are some  emergency items to get you started on your way to self-sufficiency and preparedness.
survival items

 flashlights

Little lightweight LED flashlights are super long-lasting, surprisingly bright for their size, and frequently on sale. They’re a great value for the money and you can stash them in all the different places you might need them. I've got one on my key chain that comes in very handy from time to time.


survival blanket
A reflective emergency blanket could be the best $2 you ever spend if you’re stuck in a cold place for a while. Weather you're stuck in the cold while camping or stuck in your car for a while during a snow storm this little blanket will use your body heat to keep you warm. 


ICE SCRAPER

This is a no brainer and a necessity. These little life savers can be found on Amazon or Walmart. These litle gems are easy to find and are a necessary during the winter months.


WINDSHIELD DE-ICER 

  I hate cleaning off the snow and ice on my car. The ice on your windshield can be a pain of a chore. This little spray comes in super handy and it's very inexpensive. 


CHAINS 
You never know when you may need them, and having them with you could mean the difference between winding up stranded or making it home safely.



JUMPER CABLES
 Cold weather can wreak havoc on your car and make it difficult to start. Keeping jumper cables on hand is always a good idea and could help you avoid an unpleasant or potentially life-threatening situation.



CAT LITTER
 Sure it may seem weird to lug kitty litter around all winter, but if you get stuck, pouring a little around your tires can create the traction you need to get unstuck. (Tip: The non-clumping kind works best.)



SHOVEL. Duh...
Having a shovel is pretty self explanatory. You'll need this bad boy to dig your car out. It's definitely a must have. Trust me on this one.  


BASIC TOOL KIT

 Pliers, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, pocketknife, duct tape, rope. You don’t have to be MacGyver to make use of a few handy tools, and your ingenuity may surprise you in extreme circumstances.


WARM CLOTHES 
If you've been out in the snow and ice trying to free your vehicle, you’ll likely be wet and freezing. Keep a change of clothes, including socks, gloves, hat, and boots as well as a blanket or sleeping bag. If you have to wait it out in your vehicle, at least you won’t have to do it as a human popsicle.



FOOD & WATER 
In colder temps, the body can last longer without water, but nevertheless, it’s still highly recommended that you include water as an essential part of your winter car kit. You should also include nuts, energy bars, high-protein snacks, or a Twix bar if you're Twix obsessed as I am.  




FIRST AID KIT

 Keep a fully stocked first aid kit and an extra supply of any additional medications necessary. If you're diabetic or asthmatic etc ensure that you have the necessary back up meds in your first aid kit or your purse. I almost always have my inhaler and pain killers in my handbag. It’s also a good idea to know what’s in your first aid kit and how to use it.



                          PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER

I know I'm not the only one who has silently cursed my smartphone when my phone battery runs out of juice just when I need it most.  Having a small but powerful portable battery charger can help you out in a pinch; some can even charge your tablet, too. Just throw one of these handy little gadgets in your bag, car, or pocket and you'll never find yourself without a power source when you're on the go. 


                            CAR TUNE UP & OIL CHANGE  

Right before the winter begins make sure to get a full car tune up at your local mechanic and also ensure that your tires are winter ready. Change your car's oil according to the manufacturer's recommended intervals. In extreme conditions, switching to synthetic oil, which is less susceptible to thickening can be very helpful. 




survival items hand sanitizer

When you don’t have easy access to soap and water, you can fight infection by using an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your hands before and after treating injuries. I'm somewhat clumsy and independent. That combination means when I'm trying to do something I frequently get cuts or burns. If it's winter time and your stuck somewhere having a bottle of hand sanitizer may come in handy when your hands are dirty. 


activated charcoal


If your digestive system is turned upside-down while stranded, without access to a store, pharmacy or medical facility, activated charcoal can be your best friend. Activated charcoal is used in hospitals worldwide for patients who ingest drugs or chemicals and has saved countless lives.
What are some of your must have in car winterize products? Feel free to share.  Stay warm and safe my friends.