Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Value of Steam for Boosting the Power of Skin Care Products for Your Best Complexion Yet!

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After  treating your complexion with some beneficial steam, you will be smiling just as much!

An ideal way to power up your skin care routine is to take advantage of the beautifying effects that steam can provide first before turning to products.  You can open up the pores better for a deeper cleaning to release whatever impurities remain trapped.  At the same time, steam will also soften the skin and help dislodge dead cells that have been keeping it dull.  You can even reap additional benefits of aromatheraphy while steaming.  

All you need is a big bowl to tent over your boiling water with your essential oil or herbs that suit your complexion.  

If your complexion is dry and sensitive, you might want to try boiling up a pot of water before adding two chamomile tea bags for your steaming.   The chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and heal irritation with its regenerative effect on tissue, which makes it wonderful for eczema and rosacea.  Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil  or some fresh lavender to the mix and allow its calming essence to help you unwind while it works on your skin.  

Anyone suffering from acne might want to try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to their steam facial.  Being both antibacterial and antifungal, this is the ingredient that can improve your skin’s  health just by adding two or three little drops.

Oily complexion problems do best with a few drops of ylang-ylang essential oil, bergamot or neroli for steaming to help counteract excess oil and heal the condition of the skin.  

If you have been experiencing hormonal changes or have combination skin, turn to a bit of geranium essential oil to add when steaming your face.  This particular oil is great to restore your complexion’s balance.

Do read my earlier post for more help on the complexion benefits of steaming

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Add Beautiful Highlights to Hair Without Chemicals!

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Look at the gorgeous variety of tones in this beauty's hair.

Hair that has flattering highlights can do so much for a face.  Whether your complexion is fair, medium, or dark, those interwoven tones of varying shades of hair color can amazingly bring out your features in such a stunning way that it also helps make you look younger.

Of course, you can go to the salon and have professionals put those highlights in or you might try to do it at home without resorting to chemicals.  All you need are a few ingredients that you just may have on hand or can buy easily enough in your grocery store to use on your hair.

If your natural hair color is blonde, you probably heard about the lighting power that fresh lemon juice has due to its citric acid.  What you do is to squeeze enough lemon into a spray bottle that already has one-fourth cup of warm water and one teaspoon of olive oil.  

Give your unwashed hair a thorough spraying and then head outside to lounge in the sun for at least thirty minutes or so. You can keep this on longer and reapply the spray every half hour for further lightening. However, this method works the best for those with the lightest natural blonde color.  Darker blondes may not find the lemon treatment as kind to their hair since they can find it can turn their hair a brassy, orange yellow shade.

The better alternative for blonde is brewing some chamomile tea to use instead.  Boil up some water for your ceramic teapot or glass carafe from your coffee maker, only make it stronger and add two bags of chamomile tea.  Avoid using a metal pot with chamomile since a chemical reaction occurs that weakens the tea’s effectiveness for this purpose.  Let it cool and then go wash your hair. 

By the time that you finish shampooing, the tea should be ready and comfortable enough to either rinse your hair with before sitting out in the sun or to add to another spray bottle to take with you outside to spray select sections you would like highlighted. Enjoy the sun for a while to give your hair some processing time.

Beer also makes a great final rinse to bring out some fabulous highlights for blonde hair.  Take a bottle outside and just pour some over freshly washed hair before relaxing in the sun.  

Brown hair can take advantage of several others ways to add different color tones.  The first is making a cinnamon mask to use in your hair overnight.  This will give you gorgeous red tones shining through your hair.

Mix one and a half tablespoons of cinnamon, two tablespoons of honey for help activating the coloring like a chemical developer and one-half teaspoon of olive oil together to form a thick, reddish paste that you will need to thin with some hair conditioner.  Use about a teaspoon or so to get the right consistency.  

Let the mixture rest for about twenty to thirty minutes to gain a better texture as those ingredients combine.   If this is too thick, just add a bit of water. Remember, you need it to be a creamy paste.

Before you begin, you need your hair to be damp.  Wash it and let it partially dry before sectioning off or just spray your hair with some water so the mixture can take hold.  Once your hair is treated, you need to thoroughly rub that sticky mixture in as best as you can, making sure it is well distributed.  Try pushing your hair up and then covering the goo with enough plastic wrap or a shower cap and wrap in a towel because you will keep this mask on your head overnight. In the morning, you wash this mixture out.  In its place, you will find a new striking shade of brown.

If you grow herbs, you might want to experiment with sage or rosemary rinses for pouring over brunette hair that has gotten too brassy.  Use about one-fourth cup of fresh sage or rosemary leaves and brew in about a cup of water.  Let this mixture seep, strain, and then apply as a final rinse to darken.

You can also brew up a few a strong pot of darkening tea with two bags of black tea to one cup of water. Seep this mixture and apply to freshly washed hair as a final rinse.

Those redheads among us might try the power of beet juice.  Pour about a half cup over damp hair and relax in the sun with it on for about a half hour or so.  

Another thing that can enhance the red is following the same procedure, only substituting carrot juice. 

Then again, you can be adventurous and combine both along with a teaspoon of olive oil or a tablespoon of a hair conditioner for some vibrant degrees of red.

All of these suggestions will gradually change the color.  You may need to repeat whatever method you chose to get the exact change that you are looking for.  

Do try because you won’t be subjecting yourself to any chemical procedure and save some money while adding some beautiful highlights to your hair!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Understanding Your Body’s Alkaline and Acidic Levels Can Mean the Difference Between Prettier Skin and Health

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Learn how to properly balance the right combination of the foods you eat to beautify the skin and heal the body.

Our bodies are complex machines that need the best fuel just like the cars we drive for top performance. Making sure that the foods we eat don’t upset that chemical balance of our body chemistry is important because too many acidic or alkaline foods can cause our skin and health unwanted problems. 

For example, a high acidic pH can trigger such skin conditions as rosacea, acne, and even eczema just by eating too many acid-producing foods like beef, dairy and wheat, which may cause inflammation whether to the skin or the rest of you.  Other symptoms can be fatigue and a compromised immune system.

On the other hand, if you tend to eat more leafy dark greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, celery, and bell peppers, then you could have a higher alkaline pH.  As a result, you might experience confusion, muscle spasms, numbness, etc.

The best advice is  learning to maintain this delicate balance between acidic and alkaline foods to avoid trouble.   There are many food charts online to show the relationship of acidic versus alkaline foods.  Here is one great chart from

However, if you’re still experiencing some of these problems even after adjusting your diet, then find out your pH level.  Your optimal blood pH level should be 7.35 to 7.46. You can buy a home pH testing kit and learn your level or visit your doctor for an evaluation.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fire Up the Heat in Your Love Life With SexyBox Lingerie Subscription (Review) for June 2015

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.

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Ladies, if you want to channel your inner sex goddess, I know exactly how you can do it regardless of how big a size or small of one that you wear.  All you need is a SexyBox and the rest comes naturally! 

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This is what SexyBox selected for me.  It also has a daring, low back.

If you never heard of this lingerie subscription then let me explain.  Each month a discreet black box arrives to surprise you with a specially selected lingerie outfit based on your preferences after answering their quiz.  

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I received this pair of thongs from SexyBox to wear with that lingerie.

The cost is $34.95 a month with your first box being just $19.95 that is if you select the VIP Membership. Your other choice is the Pay As You Go option where you buy one box at full price without any further commitment.  Both subscription options can be changed at anytime.  

Furthermore, both options include free shipping within the USA and exchanges.  However, there is a $10 charge involved for shipping outside of the USA to Canada.

I was delighted after I unwrapped that red tissue paper and discovered the sexy, little number inside.  The short gown composed of nylon, spandex and lace that I got was enticing and fit me quite well.  See how deliciously naughty it is in black with lace trim and lacy sheer bra with underwire support and matching sheer black thong. 

Anyone desiring to feel a bit more sexy and crank up their love life, I think would be very happy with SexyBox.  After all, showing a bit of skin never hurts to inspire the imagination, now does it?  Do check them out!

You can also connect with SexyBox on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

*Disclaimer: Free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.* 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why You May Want to Reconsider Using Your Finger to Blend Your Under Eye Concealer!

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Don't hide behind sunglasses for dark under eye circles.  Instead, discover how to better cover them for ideal coverage! 

Of course, you can apply your under eye concealer with a finger.  I have often done that.  It is quick and always saves you from cleaning an extra makeup brush.  However, I stopped once I understood why I kept needing to change one formula of under eye concealer for the next. 

What I learned is that the oils in our fingers warm as we blend that concealer, causing the formula to thin out instead of give more substantial coverage as intended. I found that relying on a concealer brush really made the concealer cover more thoroughly.  

Excited by this finding, I decided to test this theory on a few other liquid under eye concealers that I was about to toss that were still in my makeup bag.  Believe it or not, a concealer brush will help improve the quality of that darkness coverage most of the time. I cannot say all of those under eye concealers passed the test to my satisfaction because some formulas were still less than perfect, but there was a definite difference.

I dare you to try this same experiment before you replace a concealer that hasn’t lived up to your expectations.  You just might find that the cause of that poor under eye coverage isn’t coming from the product itself–-only from the addition of the oils from your fingers as you work it into to your skin to change the integrity of its formula.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Smart Summer Beauty While Having Fun in the Sun Calls for Dorfman Pacific’s Scala Collezione LC484 Hat! (Review)

Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.

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Scala Collezione LC484 Hats

Now that Summer is finally here, I love soaking up the sun every chance I get.  In order to save my hair from turning brittle from strong sun, I always like to wear a hat when spending some time outdoors.  

With the Scala Collezione Hat by Dorfman Pacific that arrived, I can look stylish while being protected with not only a flattering 2-1/2 inch brim but built-in UPF 50+ (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to protect from those damaging rays.  The model that I got was LC484 in natural, a light beige.  It is made of cotton material and comes in 25 colors with a drawstring inside to pull for adjusting to the fit the head, which was a nice feature.  

Something else I liked about this particular hat was that it could survive being stuffed in your tote without looking all wrinkled when you pulled it out again.  This way you can keep it stuffed somewhere in your car, tote, or wherever and have it ready when you plan to be outdoors.

This Scala Collezione Hat LC484 retails for $35.  If you like a slightly larger brim, there is the LC399 that might please you even more. 

If you’re planning on spending time outdoors, don’t take any needless chances with your beauty and health.  Do protect yourself with SPF and check out Pacific Dorfman’s Scala Collezione Hats.  

*Disclaimer: Free product was provided to facilitate this review--not my opinion.* 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Do You Know How to Layer Your SPF Products Properly to Safeguard Your Complexion?

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She is smiling because she applied her SPF products correctly and  went a step further with her parasol to safeguard that pretty face from the effects of damaging sun!

We only get one face.  Thus, it is our duty to take care of it the best way that we can.  This means layering our SPF products like moisturizers and cosmetics so they count if we want to preserve the youth and health of our skin. Therefore, it is important to understand how to properly use those various sun protection factor products.

SPF products don’t accumulate in the amount of protection just because you are using several different products with various SPF levels.  For example, if you apply a moisturizer with SPF 15 before your foundation with SPF 18 does not give you SPF 33 protection–-only SPF 18.  

If you are looking for more SPF protection, you need to turn to a product with a higher SPF.  Just remember, an SPF number only indicates how long you can safely stay in the sun.  The number has nothing to do with the strength of protection.