Since I have really short eyelashes and don’t want to pay a well-known beauty brand big bucks for their magical eyelash growth serum, I decided I would make my own. Plus, I am not fond of all the unknown chemicals that these companies add into their products. I am trying to go through life now with a more natural approach even though it’s a little more expensive. My family and I are important to me and so is our health, so it’s worth it.
This post is in partnership with The Dollar Shave Club. I received the products pictured free of charge. All opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way.
I don’t know about you, but I love practical gifts that I’ll actually use. It saves me money that I can otherwise use on things I actually want, you know, like, expensive clothes that no one else is going to buy me. 😉
But gifting personal hygiene products doesn’t have to mean you’re insinuating they smell and to use stronger soap. Gifting premium products mean you actually care about the most important organ of their body, the skin. We get many layers of skin, but the surface is what counts, so we may as well pamper it like we’re supposed to with The Dollar Shave Clubs Dr. Carver and Wanderer body product line.
I was interested in the Dr. Carver and Wanderer line because they developed it on their own using top-shelf ingredients and botanicals, and didn’t incorporate harmful ingredients like sulfates or parabens. They also don’t test on animals, just their interns.
I am trying to steer clear of sulfates since I think they are contributing to my really bad dandruff problem and eczema issues.
With the high costs of beauty products nowadays, I decided I wanted to start making my own. Plus, the ingredient list on some items you see in store or even have in your bathroom are mind baffling. Like why would I want to put all of those chemicals on one of the most important organs; my skin? No thanks!
So I started collecting some items I would need, like organic coconut oil, African Raw unrefined shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and an array of essential oils just to get me started.
- High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high.
- As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.
- In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities.
- Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep.
How to make Lavender-Orange Body Butter
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of unrefined shea butter.
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
- 1/2 cup of apricot kernel oil. (or any other fast absorbing carrier oil)
- 15 drops of Lavender and 15 drops of wild orange. (add more for a stronger smell.
- Combine the shea butter, the coconut oil and apricot together in a double boiler, or use a pan and a metal or glass bowl if you dont have a double boiler. Heat until melted. It’s faster if you break up the shea butter into smaller chunks.
- Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for 15-20 minuses. It should still be warm.
- Add your drops of essential oils. (If it needs more, add 5-10 more drops each.)
- Place the bowl in the freezer until slightly hardened. Around 30 minutes. I forgot about mine and it was solid, but it still worked, just took a bit longer to whip.
- Whip the solid contents for 5-8 minutes until you get a whipped consistency using a mixer, either hand or stand. I used hand cause that’s all I have atm.
- Add body butter to jars. I used Ball brand 4oz jelly jars and it only filled about 3 of them.
I made these as baby shower prizes for my sisters baby shower a couple weeks ago and it was a hit!
I was afraid theyd melt in the summer heat, but nope they stayed whipped. Granted it wasn’t super hot that day, maybe mid-70s.
One of these 4 oz jars lasts a long time and should be shelf stable as long as you get no water in it for at least 6 months. A little bit goes a long ways too!
I love it because I have dry skin. Makes my bumpy arms feel so soft after a week of using it.
I’ll be trying to make more chemical free items when I get the chance now that I have a little one, so stay tuned!
I haven’t been too into a bunch of make up lately, just the usual foundation, blush, and mascara. Having a new baby leaves me little time or desire to get as ready as I’d like to when leaving the house. Trust me, there are days where I’m okay with being frumpy, then there’s other days where I want to look a little nicer.
Pixi Beauty has just what I need to make me feel and look good. They have 3 new kits out that I am dying to try!
- Natural Contour Kit is your one-stop solution for face and eyes! Organized in one light-weight palette, all of your Holiday looks will be fuss-free and flawless!
- Endless Silky Eye Pen quartette has a color for every one of your Holiday looks this season! With this award winning waterproof formula, they won’t budge or smudge, and the gel texture makes them glide on with ease!
- Mattelustre Lipstick quartette adds a touch of color to your look, and they demi-matte finish wears on and on! Infused with vitamins, the hydrating formula keeps your lips looking great even after you take it off!
What’s great is all 3 are portable, very versatile and a must-have for all your beauty needs!
With years of sun abuse, genetics and just plain getting older, you start to look worn down. I don’t quite have that baby fresh skin that I once had, but that’s okay because the Eye Eraser Duo by Michael Todd gives me a little bit of my youth back.
Who’s Michael Todd?
Michael Todd is an award winning skincare line with over 5 years in the skincare industry and is known for their efficacy organic based skincare products and treatments for daily skincare routines including acne treatment and anti-aging solutions.
Michael Todd’s Eye Eraser Anti-Aging Infusion Duo features 3-in-1 sonic, ionic and thermal delivery technology with smart massage to turn on/off automatically. *Ionic Bonding creates a negative flow of electrons to deliver active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin. Increased product performance for healthier more radiant looking skin.
*Thermal Warming gradually warms to 42 C to stimulate pores and allow deeper product absorption. Stimulates circulation and brings nutrient rich blood flow for regeneration purposes. *Sonic Micro Massage 150 + sonic movements per second. Allows for more evenly distributed product. Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to rebuild intracellular structure. Intensive Cream Eye Treatment Features: Clinically proven powerful ingredients. Haloxyl 72% improvement in dark under eye circles after 8 weeks. Eyeliss 70% reduction in under eye bags after 8 weeks. Matrixyl 3000 a 45% reduction in the appearance of fine lines after 8 weeks.
Can be found only at ULTA stores.
Normally I am not one to just jump on the bandwagon of new beauty products. I like to actually read over the ingredients first to know what exactly I’m putting on my skin. This eye eraser Duo caught my eye because it contains Organic aloe, olive oil, blue-green algae, jojoba oil and primrose oil and not harmful parabens, fillers, dyes. I used this product for around 30 days since I am starting to see fine lines on my forehead, around the eyes and have puffiness underneath my eyes as well which I attribute to genetics. Although it hasn’t been 8 weeks, I have noticed a slight difference in reduction of wrinkles and puffiness, but I am also a new mom so I am a little sleep deprived as well.
The cream was thin and had a lotion-like smell but nothing purfume-y which I liked. It absorbed into my skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated, which is perfect for my dry skin.
The vibration and the warmth of the eye eraser duo was relaxing, but in order for it to turn on, you’ll need to apply it to your skin. And to turn off, remove from skin. It’s as simple as that! It takes a little bit for it to warm up too, so take it into consideration.
Overall I am hooked on the eye eraser duo with it’s spa like feel and soothing, yet perfect ingredients for improving the overall health and look of my skin. I will continue to use this and hope I see more improvements as the weeks go by.
Ever since I was a teenager I’ve had acne and once one had disappeared, another would reappear. Don’t you hate that? I can’t remember a day where had completely smooth skin. I also remember my younger siblings teasing me for having acne and guess what, they got it 10 times worse than I did. LOL goes to show that karma is real.
Anyways, I tried every product I could afford to make these pesky bumps go away. There was no getting rid of them since they were hormonal. Now that I am in my early 30s, I still get the occasional outbreak only they’ve turned into cystic acne which eventually turn into a scar. They’re annoying to say the least but I still think they’re caused by an over balance of estrogen. I had a couple in my early pregnancy, but so far have not had any since. *Knocks on wood*
I got a chance to try out Radha Beauty Cleanser Serum which contains vitamin c, Retinol, botanical hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and Niacinamide. The ingredients that fight acne and heal your skin! I had a blemish from leaving my makeup on overnight. Yes, I know, that’s a no no, but I was sleep deprived and didn’t want to wake myself up after washing my face. Having a newborn makes you do crazy things! So I got a blemish and I applied this cleanser serum and it went away after a couple of days. I was shocked. Usually it takes almost a week for any kind of acne cream to work. And you’d think since it contains salicylic acid that it would burn, but it didn’t. It’s milky consistency absorbed into my skin leaving it feeling hydrated and clean.
Radha Beauty Cleanser Serum
Product claims from the Radha Beauty website:
This Serum will help reverse the signs of aging while improving blemished skin and hyper pigmentation. In this powerful serum sulfur penetrates and creates elasticity while Niacinamide takes the red out and prevents inflammation that underlies all troubled skin issues. 20% Vitamin C repairs micro scarring, reverses sun damage, provides significant natural sun protection and rapidly creates smooth supple glowing skin. Stealthy superior retinol and salicylic acid unclog pores, speed cellular turn over, and undo the signs of aging skin.
I haven’t used the product long enough to notice a difference in my scarring, but I am hopeful that it will help repair them.
Radha Beauty is a 100% pure & natural oils line and a natural skincare line. We combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use Eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world. Radha Beauty embellishes beauty with the earth’s most natural oils and our natural skin care line.
I love this product because it’s all natural and doesn’t contain any harmful parabens, fillers, dyes or harmful fragrances. And it’s price of only $21.95 on Amazon is a steal for an all natural product.
Before our bathroom remodel that we just recently had done, I absolutely dreaded taking a shower or even a bath for that matter. Not because I didn’t care about my hygiene, but because the bathroom was not a relaxing place to wash away my woes. With my new bathroom and the New Caress Forever Collection, I am able to escape to a far away tropical and romantic place.
Caress Forever comes in two scents:
Top Note: Mandarin Orange and Peach
Heart Note: Scarlet Red Rose, Peony and Freesia
Base Note: Sandalwood and Vanilla Musk
Top Note: Raspberry and Cassis
Heart Note: Angel Face Rose and Muguet
Base Note: Amber, Honey and Vanilla
I’ve always been a fan of the Caress line of fragrant body washes. They make my skin feel nice and soft and you can tell that you actually washed since the scent lingers. But with this new Caress Forever Collection, the Love forever and Adore forever scents last for 12 hours as it’s the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology implemented. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours.
THE MASTER PERFUMER
An award winning perfumer, Loc Dong has close to two decades of experience crafting more than 40 renowned scents for major fashion and fragrances houses. Inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman, Loc Dong captured the widely coveted scent of the mysterious scarlet red rose with breakthrough Living Rose technology for the Caress Forever Collection.
In addition to Loc Dong, it took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to come up with this technological breakthrough in beauty. These were created to indulge your senses in more ways than one.
I noticed that the smell not only lingers on your skin for hours and hours, but it also makes your bathroom/home smell divine in the air as well!
Keep an eye out at your local retailer so you too can smell heavenly with the new Caress Forever Collection. It retails around $3.99 for the 13.5 oz bottle, but you may be able to find it on price cut at your local Target store.
Get 2 FREE Revlon ColorStay Eye shadows at Walgreens thru May 18th for the buy one get one 50% off sale.
Print 2 of the $2 off any one Revlon eye makeup product coupons to use on 2 Revlon eye shadows.
Then, use 1 of the Walgreens $1.00 off 1 Revlon eye make up coupons found in the May in-store coupon booklet to stack. This one is a store coupon so you can stack with the manufacturer coupons listed above.
Once you are done entering two codes, you will be eligible for the “FREE Perk offer.” These are only valid while supplies last. Also once you have entered 5 codes, you will eligible for a FREE Box of L’Oreal Hair Color. (NOTE: You can only enter 2 codes a month)
FREE Loreal Codes:
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Root Rescue: 12G403, 12G4UU,
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Feria: 25V 12G000
30gd00 – Sublime Mousse (Pure Light Blond Color #90)
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Bath & Body Works is offering up a FREE 3 oz body lotion in the NEW Sun, Sky or Air scents when you show the coupon offer in-store!
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There is no purchase necessary. Offer is valid at Bath & Body Works U.S. store locations only from January 17-19, 2014!
If you do not own a smart phone or a printer, some store locations will give you the Facebook offer if you just mention it to them.