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Natural Beauty Hacks // Coconut Oil

July 23, 2015

Natural Beauty Hacks // Coconut OilCoconut oil is the desert island survival grab for us, it has so many uses! We are still discovering ways to incorporate this magical multi-tasking oil in our lives, from cooking to our daily beauty routines. As you know, we are all about trying to be as natural as possible when it comes to beauty products. As for it’s benefits, it’s naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, full of triglycerides and fatty acids. It’s an amazing moisturizer and can penetrate hair better than other oils. Here are some of our favorite beauty uses.

Natural Beauty Hacks // Coconut Oil

Soothe dry skin straight out of the shower with Moisturizer. Coconut oil increases hydration and reduces water loss in dry skin.

 

Make a conditioning Hair Mask to deep condition your hair. We love doing this pre-workout or pre-beach: on damp hair, comb a dollop of coconut oil through your hair and pile into a bun or braid it. Go for your run or head to the beach – where you can even jump in the saltwater and the coconut oil will keep your hair combable. When you come home, rinse.

 

As a makeup remover, coconut oil works great. Put a dab on cotton ball or pad and gently swipe over closed eyelids and under eyes, cheeks, or lips. Just be careful not to get in your eyes. It will break down makeup and also hydrate the area. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

 

Smooth hair ends and tame frizz by smoothing a small amount to ends or problem areas. Coconut oil locks moisture in. Be careful not to put too much on your hair, or it will appear greasy.

 

 

It’s a breath freshener and teeth whitener as well. Oil pulling, which is the fancy term for swirling coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes, brighten your smile as well as remove bacteria and help improve conditions like gingivitis.

 

Heal and soothe cuticles and peeling skin by rubbing coconut oil at the base of nails.

 

Make your own lip balm with coconut oil. I like to put some into a miniature jar and keep with me to smooth over my lips on the go.

 

Coconut oil is a great base for exfoliating scrubs. Add a handful of coarse salt, sugar, or our favorite ground coffee and mix. The moisturizing oil will last long after the sugar or salt has melted away keep your skin soft and freshly exoliated.

 

Use as a natural shaving lotion. Coconut oil is naturally antimicrobial and its skin-soothing properties will leave your skin hydrated.

 

The oil can be used as a natural face highlighter to perk up your makeup routine. Apply small amount of coconut oil on top of makeup on your cheekbones to add subtle glow.

 

Coconut oil makes a great under eye moisturizer. Use overnight by dabbing a bit of coconut oil on under-eye bags and fine lines. Light enough for the most delicate skin on your face.

DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner from “Skin Cleanse” by Adina Grigore

May 13, 2015

DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner from Skin CleanseWe recently shared our recent bookshelf addition,­ the amazing Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore, the S.W. Basics of Brooklyn founder (who also just shared her morning rituals with us!). Along with so many great tips and advice for natural beauty ­in her book, it is chock full of recipes you can easily make at home. One of the first ones I tried the DIY Hair Conditioner, hoping to help with my fine hair prone to tangles.­ I was curious how the natural recipe would work, so I cracked open a beer and begun! (yes, beer is a main ingredient!) After leaving the conditioner in for about 20 minutes and rinsing, combing through the hair wasn’t super easy and doubt creeped in. But once my hair dried completely, the volume I gained was incredible! I let it air dry naturally and the result was some major bounce for my otherwise normally flat hair. I am definitely going to try to do this once a week!

 

According to Grigore, it works so well due to the B vitamins in the beer, fatty acid content in the egg, plus the cleansing properties of apple cider vinegar. Here’s how to do it:

DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner from Skin CleanseIngredients:

1 egg

1⁄2 cup of beer

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

 

Directions:

Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pour over hair & wrap in towel.

Hang out for about 15­-20 minutes (and finish the rest of the beer!).

Rinse thoroughly. Tip: Use cool to warm water, too hot and you may fry an egg on your head!

 

Lazy Day Braids

April 28, 2015

Not being a morning person, sometimes (okay most of the times) there isn’t much time in the morning for getting ready. Coffee making and finding something to wear take priority, leaving time only for a swipe of mascara and a quick hair fix. A braid or braids is our favorite hair trick to look more put together and mask bed-head. More often than not it takes only a few minutes to braid your hair and get out the door! Here are some of our favorite looks (and bonus further inspiration slideshow of famous braids.)

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Modern Beauty

April 23, 2015

We were so inspired by Bazaar’s recent celebration of some of the modern women changing how the media sees beauty that we just had to share it. Beauty (like food) is another controversial topic and idea of what is beautiful is ever changing with trends of the times and ideals that are then latched onto by the media. The following women are breaking these molds and redefining (or rather letting go of the need for a definition) of beauty. Take a look at their slideshow that inspired us here, as well as some more stunning shots below of these gorgeous women.

 

Denise Bidot:­ her website motto is “there’s no wrong way to be a woman”, we couldn’t agree more!Denise1 denise2 denise3

Rain Dove: at 6’2” the former wilderness firefighter who believes her career is a type of activism. “I think it’s a different kind of activism. Like, women shouldn’t have to step into men’s roles to be empowered. They should be able to step into themselves”

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Jade Willoughby: one of the only First Nation (Native Canadian) models who just walked her first New York Fashion Week.

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Lea T: Brazilian supermodel and Ricardo Tisci muse. leat3leat1 leat2

For your Bookshelf // Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore

April 8, 2015

skin cleanse adinaWe recently bought the book Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore, the founder of S.W. Basics, and it is an amazing reference for healthy skin using all natural ingredients, many that are in your kitchen already! As you know, we love using all natural products (and even food!) in our beauty routine. She breaks down science of skin and how nutrition effects your skin in layman’s terms so it is super easy the understand and unscrambles the crazy ingredients on your product labels. The book provides a ton of awesome all-natural recipes to build your own apothecary. There is a skin cleanse exercise where you go without any product, including soap and shampoo (!!) to give your skin a break. I tried the cleanse and my skin seemed so much happier! I was inclined to be more minimal in what products I introduced back into my skin care routine because my skin was so happy. I can’t wait to make her seaweed mask next! What;s you favorite all natural beauty remedy?skin_cleanse_adina

Natural Beauty Hacks // Apple Cider Vinegar

March 24, 2015

apple cider vinegar Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be popping up on so many health blogs lately. With claims of alkalizing your system, helping digestion, aiding in detox, and reducing yeast and candida, many people have started adding a tablespoon or 2 to water to reap these benefits. Apple Cider Vinegar’s (ACV) health benefits go beyond just the internal (and don’t require forcing down a vinegar-y drink. Here are some ways to use ACV in your everyday beauty routine.

apple cider vinegarUse it after shampooing for super shiny hair and increased body. Just mix 1/2 tablespoon of ACV and mix with one cup water and store in your shower, using 2-3 times a week. Bonus, it also stimulates hair follicles aiding in growth.

 

Sooth a sunburn by taking a bath with 1 cup of ACV added in.

 

ACV has anti-fungal properties and is great to use as a foot soak pre-pedicure. Mix the ACV with equals parts water and soak for 10 minutes.

 

Use ACV as a toner, with its antibacterial and PH balancing properties, it helps clear blemishes, even out skin tone and reduce age spots.

 

Help razor burn and bumps by swiping a soaked a cotton ball with ACV over the area. ACV is anti-inflammatory and will help soothe the irritated skin. It also contains acetic acid which helps ingrown hairs by softening the skin around it.

 

ACV’s anti-inflammatory properties can also help with bruises and bug bites. For bruises, place a soaked cotton ball under a bandage for 1/2 hour. The acetic acid increases circulation to the area to promote healing as well. For bug bites, swipe cotton ball over the area, and the acid will neutralize the itch.

 

Shower Essentials 

February 26, 2015

shower_essentialsOne of my favorite rituals to decompress at the end of the day is a hot shower. I love the soothing hot water hitting me from above and the escape from everything. (You can’t take your phone in the shower!) The products I like to use when I’m showering also introduce aromas that soothe and relax.

 

Here are my current faves:

 

In the shower on my face, I wash off my days make up with Alaffia’s Daily Coconut Facewash. Gentle and cleansing it gets everything off and this fair trade company has a great commitment to helping the community.

 

In the shower on my body, I love Trader Joe’s Lavender Salt Scrub. Intoxicating soothing scent fills your shower and this natural scrub moisturizers and exfoliates your skin like no other. Plus it’s super affordable!

 

For my hair, we Jalune sisters have hair on the skinny yet tangly side, so weightless and conditioning is key. I love Acure’s Morriccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo. It smells amazing and doesn’t weigh hair down.

 

Conditioner I find Organix Biotin & Collagen Conditioner to do the trick, resulting in easy combing and little to no expletives while doing so.

 

Post Shower:

Alaffia’s Everyday Shea Lavender Body Lotion locks in moisture and smells amazing. The large bottle is affordable and has a pump for easy application.

 

Lastly, once a week I treat my skin to a Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Face Mask. This incredible mask pulls dirt and toxins out of your pores and leaves your skin refreshed.

 

Natural Beauty Hacks // Ice Cube Facial

February 10, 2015

natural beauty hacks ice cube facial This natural beauty hack has been a lifesaver – well a skin saver. I would love to wake up to a perfect complexion every day, but in reality these days if I have had a bad night’s sleep or one too many glasses of wine, it shows. Enter the ice cube facial. It is practically free but has the benefits of a $100 facial, and all you need is an ice cube. Wrap an ice cube in a face cloth and gently massage your face for 1-2 minutes in the morning (and night too if you want). You can even get fancy and try adding lemon for Vitamin C, green tea for antioxidants, or an oil like coconut or avocado for moisture. Besides instantly glowing skin the ice cube facial helps with the following:natural beauty hacks ice cube facial

de-puffs after a night of poor sleep or too many glasses of wine

 

promote blood circulation that will help heal blemishes

 

minimizes pores and reduces oil production

 

fights wrinkles and smooths skin

 

helps breakouts by soothing the inflamed skin

 

What are your favorite natural beauty tricks? Have you tried this one before?

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Natural Beauty Hacks // Warm Water with Lemon

January 21, 2015

warm water lemon health benefitsAm I the only that feels like everyday there is some new all-natural beauty hacks/tricks/trends you *must* try? I am totally guilty of hearing about some of these so-called beauty trends and trying them even before I know why I should be. I am sure most of you have heard about how warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is good for you. This may be the simplest beauty hack out there and it actually does have a long list of healthy benefits. I have been trying to start my morning even before coffee (tough, yes) with a cup of warm water with lemon. I have grown to look forward to the subtle energizing drink that I can sneak in while walking the dog or checking emails. Here are some of the benefits from having warm water with lemon – have you tried it? What are some of your other natural beauty hacks you love?

warm water lemon health benefitsHydration – duh. It is a good way to sneak in more water into your day in general. Your lymph system needs to be hydrated and have water to replace fluids used by your body to run efficiently, when it doesn’t have the hydration its needs, this is when you can start to feel tired or have low energy.

 

Vitamin C – helps boost your immune system and is also great for your skin as vitamin C helps produce collagen that reduces wrinkles (and that is added to most anti-wrinkle creams). Just drinking water is also one of the best things you can do for your skin.

 

Detoxifying – the liver uses the leon to boost its enzyme production leaving it better equipped to do its job of cleansing any toxins and producing good bile for digestion to function well. Lemons are also a digestive aid, flushing out toxins and helping get rid of built-up junk in your digestive system.

warm water lemon health benefitswarm water lemon health benefitsClears Skin – Vitamin C is antimicrobial which helps reduce bacteria that would cause blemishes or acne. As mentioned before, lemon water reduces the toxins in your body and blood which helps to maintain clearer skin.

 

Anti-inflammatory – lemon dissolves uric acids, the stuff that builds up in your joins that causes pain and inflammation. The ascorbic acid in lemons aids in healing with its anti-inflammatory properties that reduces stress and injury in the body.

 

Balances pH – lemons are alkaline, which means they help maintain a healthy pH and adds in reducing too much acid that is the cause for many health issues. A healthy pH also means less of a chance for UTIs as well, so drink up if you are prone to them!warm water lemon health benefitsSources 1 / 2

Beauty food // Pumpkin Body Scrub

October 23, 2014

pumpkin_body_scrub_6This pumpkin body scrub combines 2 of our favorite things – using food as beauty products + pumpkin (yes, more pumpkin!). The super simple body scrub uses ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen plus the readily-available-everywhere-you-turn canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling!). Pumpkin is packed with vitamins A & C and antioxidants, making it the perfect skin food. This body scrub combines the pumpkin with coarse sugar or salt, honey, and coconut oil, and voila, a tasty fall treat for your skin!

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Ingredients:

1 cup course raw sugar or salt

1/2 cup pure organic pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp honey

Directions:
Combine sugar, pumpkin, coconut oil, and honey in a small bowl until blended.

Keep in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

The scrub will last up to a week in a fridge. You can also cut the recipe in half for a single use batch.pumpkin_body_scrub_3 pumpkin_body_scrub_7 pumpkin_body_scrub_2