Beauty

Oil Wash

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For the last 2 months I have been using oil to wash my face. Yes, oil. I seen a few posts and pins about using certain oils to clean your skin. So I started to reach it. I found out that it’s actually very good for the skin. What kind of oil do I use? Olive oil and castor oil. I did try Coconut instead of olive, but I found that it dried out my skin too much. I know, it sounds silly that the oil would do that.

Here is what you do… 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1 tablespoon Castor Oil.That’s it! I also add a few drops of Jasmine Essential Oil so it smells better. Mix it in a small bottle. I shake it up before I use it. Take about a teaspoon of the mixture and massage it into your dry face. After a few minutes, use a wet hot wash cloth on your face. just place it on and let the heat soak up a bit of oil and it also opens the pores. When the clothes is cool, rise and repeat with wiping until your feel all the oil is off your face.

Your skin should feel clean and soft. I noticed that the blackheads I had on my nose were gone the first time I tried this. They do come back just from the days grime that is in the air plus when I wear make up. This is also a great way to remove your make up.

So there you have it. Oil Wash. You can also add some sugar to exfoliate your skin once a week. In the morning I just splash some water on my face and I’m good to go. If my face feels a bit dry I do put on some moisturizer. It’s simple and cheap. No need for all those expensive cleaners. The best part? No extra chemicals!

You can do a search on this topic and find other recipes that you might like. I just like it simple. No extra crap. It’s just not needed.

Nail Art

I was chatting with a friend of mine about doing my nails and he sent me a few links and there was this one video that I thought I just had to try it. It looked so cool and easy to do.

This is the video…

And here are my nails. It’s my first try so it’s a bit messy on the edges. I think next time I will try purples.

 

Colour Change

Last year I coloured my hair a deep dark Plum. I really loved the colour for the winter months. After a couple months I changed it back to my normal natural medium brown. Well it’s winter again and I want to go back to that plum colour. It’s made by Natural Instincts #32 Egyptian Plum.

This is my before colour…. as you can see I had some purple streaks.

Before

 

And now after….. The purple streaks are gone.

After

 

After

I like it! BUT…it took forever to wash it out. The water took about 15 minutes to run almost clear. I guess it will take a couple more washes. Its semi-permanent, so it washes out in about 6 weeks. Basically it just fades out. Good thing I bought another box!

So what do you think of the colour?

Home Made Face/Body Scrub

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Why pay for a name brand exfoliator when you have it at home. I have been using my own home made scrub. It’s so simple and it leaves my skin smooth, soft and clean. What is it? SUGAR. That’s right. I add a spoonful of sugar to my cleanser a couple of times a week.  You can also mix sugar, honey and olive oil to make a paste. But I find it’s just a s easy to add it to my face wash. I use cetephil. Yes it has ingredients that I normally avoid, but its the only face wash I have been able to use without getting a reaction.

So, add a teaspoon of sugar and gently rub in circles on your face. Make sure you wet your skin first. Then Rinse. I have noticed that it clears up those tiny blackheads on my nose. Try it and I bet you will like how your skin feels. It also gets rid of dry dead skin on the body.

Have a great day!

 

I love Costco

I could shop at Costco every day. They just seem to have everything I need. Sure the clothes arent top designers, but I dont really care so much about labels as long as it looks good. I do find it a bit hard to get jeans that fit from there, but I do find other pants that fit. Today Gregg and I were there to pick up his contacts. Once that was done we cruised the isles and looked for anything we might need.

I found a set of make up brushes that I had to have. Last year they had a set and I got them and just love using them. This new set has a tiny travel set which will be perfect in my purse. Gregg got Calvin Klein jeans on the clearance rack. We tasted all the nommy goodness from the sample ladies. Grabbed some foods and headed home.

Really, Costco does save us money and its a good deal.

Oh, yesterday I watched Oprah and it was all about shoes. So today I took my thigh high flat boots out and dropped them off to get repaired. Its so nice that they are bad in style again. I spent a lot of money on those in 1989…lol

New show tonight… “V”  hope its a good one.

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Hair- To Cut or Not To Cut?

Well the day is approaching. Tomorrow I am going to see my niece to get my hair cut. Question is, how much to cut? I’ve been letting my hair grow wild for about 3 years now. My bangs have grown out all the way to my shoulders and the rest is half way down my back. I like long hair. Its easy to deal with. Lately though, all I seem to do is ponytail it. Its getting too hot on the back of my neck. My hair is very fine, but there is lots of it.

So, the plan is to lighten the load. I have been searching and looking at pictures of haircuts and I think I have decided on what I will be doing. I’m going to get a “shag”. I layered cut but still keep the length. I am not sure what to do with my bangs. I like that they are out of my eyes now, but it would look funny to have them long and the rest layered.

Here are some pics I found of what I am thinking of doing….

Sample 1sample 2sample 3sample 4I like all of these. I’m still looking. I think out of them all the first one is what I want. My hair is so straight I will end up looking like the last pic which is ok too.

I guess I’ll see what happens tomorrow! Maybe I’ll go really short again!

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Colored my Hair…again

Yup I know… I have colored it again. I did the purple streaks back on Jan.30. Since then the purple started to wash out and I recolored it with a light brown, which didn`t take very well. So it was time to do it again. This time I went darker to get rid of all the blond-orange that was coming through.

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So that is what it looks like now.It`s a bit dark, but I like it. I used Natural Match 5N by Lòreal. It didn`t get rid of all the color in the back. I guess it will have to grow out. You can see a little bit of difference in the front but not like before. I`m happy with it.

Face Creams

For the last 2 months I have been searching for a new face cream. I was using Olay Total Effects For the past year and really liked it, but ran out. I also noticed that my skin was looking a bit dull. So that’s why I was hunting for a new one.

Since I have picked Clinique as my makeup, I did look at getting their creams. I checked the ingredients and tons of reviews and for the most part their line of creams are good, but not what I was looking for. I then found out that Costco was selling a few different brands. I trust Costco with a lot of  brands they carry. Well, they have signed a deal with Borghese and have the “Costco Signature Borghese Collection. At Christmas time I had bought the makeup brush set and I just l love it. So I figured, it’s Costco, I can return it if I don’t like it, I bought the day cream.

After 3 weeks of using it, I returned it. Not that I didn’t like it. I really think its a great product, but it’s not for my type of skin. I have very oily skin and this actually made it worse. I had so much oil on my face it was producing blackheads and making my skin itchy. I didn’t get back to Costco right a way, so I ended up using a sample set from my Sister-in-law. She sells BeautiControl and swears by the stuff. I figured I would try it.I really wanted this stuff to work for me. It just doesn’t do it. My skin broke out with little white heads and was itchy and the fragrance wasn’t nice.I don’t want to say that this is a bad product, it just isn’t right for me.

Cause I have IC, I have to be so careful with the products I use. Using the set of samples from BeautiControl, my IC flareup with in 2 hours. I was not happy. I tried it for 2 more days and my IC got worse. The pain was horrible. I stopped using it and the pain was bearable. I took 4 days off from all products so I could get rid of this flareup I was having.

It finally went away. I got Gregg to take back the cream to Costco and told him to just grab me a bottle of the Olay again. I knew that I could handle that one and it would be ok with my IC. Instead, he calls me from Costco and says they have a new cream in stock and it was on special and asks if I want to try it. He told me it was Elizabeth Arden. I said sure. I’m such a sucker for a new product.

Well, I have been using it for over a week now. It has cleared up all the black heads and the whiteheads. No more itchy feeling. It’s cleared up all the problems from the other products I tried. Plus my skin feels soft and not greasy. It seems to be working well. The price was great. With the coupon it was under 30.00 for 2 jars. These will last for a year or so. It does have a very faint fragrance(which smells very nice), but its gone with in a few minutes. What I really like, it that its a very simple cream. It only has 6 ingredients in it. No extra crap added.

ALLANTOIN, VITAMIN A, GLYCERIN, PANTHENOL, OLIVE OIL, BEES WAX.

So I plan to use it for a while and see how my skin feels after a month. I have a feeling that this will become my regular cream. I’ll update in a month.

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