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Ways to Use Essential Oils

When I started making my own natural hair products, I read an article about essential oils and learned that they have so many different uses. It’s interesting what you can do with a few different oils!

Generally

  • Natural all-purpose cleaner—Add a few drops of lemon oil and tea tree oil to warm water and use to spray counter tops to naturally disinfect.
  • Natural mosquito repellent—Rub one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil, and eucalyptus oil together with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to make a natural bug spray.
  • Sports gear—If your kids play sports, add two drops of tea tree oil, two drops of lemon essential oil, together with baking soda to jerseys, cleats, and other sports gear.
  • Homemade peppermint patties—Use peppermint oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate, and raw honey to make real peppermint treats.
  • Washing machine—Add 10 to 20 drops of your favorite scent per load.
  • Vacuum cleaner—Add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite oil in the vacuum bag.
  • Homemade sunscreen—Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, Shea butter, helichrysum oil, and lavender essential oil and store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade sunscreen.
  • Eliminate shower curtain scum—Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil together with warm water and spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
  • Clean burnt pans—Use lemon oil and boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
  • Wonderful smelling home—Diffuse clove, rosemary, and orange essential oils when guests come over and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
  • Carpet cleaner—Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
  • Eliminate mold—Add tea tree oil to a diffuser to kill mold in the air and other pathogens.
  • Reduce anxiety—Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.

Beauty

  • Reduce cellulite—Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil. Massage into dimpled areas.
  • Acne face wash—Mix tea tree oil with raw honey and rub on face. Then rinse off with water.
  • Homemade shampoo—Mix lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, and coconut milk.
  • Sugar scrub—Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil, and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.
  • Homemade toothpaste—Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil, xylitol, and peppermint essential oil
  • Body spray—Add 5-10 drops to four ounces of water and use as a fragrant body spray.
  • Itchy scalp—Add lavender, cedar wood, or basil to shampoo to reduce itch.
  • Thicken hair—Add rosemary to your shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.
  • Strengthen nails—Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh, and lemon into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, rub on cuticles.
  • Reduce wrinkles—Mix three to five drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender, and frankincense with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid getting in your eyes.
  • Teeth whitener—Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil, and fresh strawberries then rub on teeth. Rinse after two minutes.
  • Cure dandruff—Mix five drops of rosemary and lavender to three tablespoons of unscented oil. Massage into scalp and leave on for 10 minutes. Shampoo mixture out.
  • Reduce stretch marks—mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh, and grapefruit with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.
  • Reduce age spots—Put on frankincense essential oil three times daily directly on skin to improve sunspots and age spots.
  • For oily hair—Mix 10 drops of ylang ylang, lime, and rosemary oil with two ounces of unscented oil. Massage it into the scalp two to three times per week. Wash out as usual.
  • Heal dry cracked feet—Add three drops of lavender oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to feet at night and put on socks.

Spa

  • Body butter lotion—Mix coconut oil, Shea butter, magnesium oil, and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
  • Homemade lip balm—Combine coconut oil, beeswax, and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
  • Relieve tension—Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub them together, and cup your hands to your nose, and let the smell flood your senses.
  • Massage therapy—Use a few drops of cedar wood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
  • Immediate relaxation—Apply two to four drops of chamomile, lavender, and peppermint essential oil to the temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
  • Detox bath—Mix lavender oil, Epsom salts, and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate body.
  • Sauna therapy—Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
  • Calm upset child—Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
  • Foot bath—Add a few drops in a large bowl of warm water. Lemon or eucalyptus oil works great.
  • Improve depression—To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations, and diffusers to improve mood.
  • Yoga and Pilates—To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.
  • Mint chocolate cocoa—Add two to three drops of peppermint oil to hot cocoa for instant minty chocolate.

Lipstick Tips

Smile before applying. This is to stretch the lips a little so that, while applying the lipstick, it won’t drag. It also helps to get color into every nook and cranny.

If you are using lipstick in a tub, consider using a lip brush for the precise placement of color. If you do not have brush, try using your smallest finger. It does get the job done but it’s a bit messy, so wipe your hands right after.

If your lips are flaky, exfoliate first with a lip scrub, or a facial exfoliate, or even brown sugar. Then smooth on a lip cream or balm before applying the lipstick.

If your lips are always dry, choose a more hydrating formula, like a cream lipstick or a tinted balm.

Stains can take some getting used to. I recommend applying them from the inside of your lips out towards the perimeter so that you can avoid obvious mistakes around the lip line. If you want extra shine, allow a stain to set for a minute, then top with gloss.

Before walking out the door, regardless of the formula you’re wearing, stick your pointer finger in your mouth and drag it out slowly to capture any excess lipstick. Then it won’t end up on your teeth!

I don’t believe in rules to apply lipstick. Some women use lipstick brushes. Others use their middle finger. Most people apply it right from the tube. Choose the way that’s right for you; as long as the color gets on the lips, you’re good.

How to Highlight and Contour

Why get surgery when you can trick the human eye with makeup? Yes, highlighting and contouring can change your features if applied correctly. For example, a round face can appear slimmer; a strong jawbone can be made subtler. There are no features that highlighting can’t enhance and contouring can’t hide. You can see the work it does every day on celebrities. No, they weren’t born like that and they didn’t wake up like that. I am going to tell you how to highlight and contour using concealer.

Here’s what you need

  • Foundation
  • Two shades of concealer. One should be one to two shades lighter than your skin, and the other should be one to two shades darker than your skin.
  • One beauty blender or three brushes. One should be a fluffy face brush and the other two should be concealer brushes.
  • One translucent setting powder
  1. Put on your foundation.
  2. Grab the concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your skintone and highlight the areas that you want to bring more focus to, such as underneath your brows, under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your chin.
  3. You want to blend out the concealer with one of your brushes or with your finger. You don’t want any harsh line to show.
  4. Take the darker shade and contour any areas that you want to bring shade to, such as underneath your cheekbone, the side of your nose, your temples, and the crease of your eyes.
  5. Blend out the contour you just created so that there aren’t any lines.
  6. Finally, take your fluffy face brush and, with some translucent powder, set your face.

You’re done!

How to Create a Winged Eyeliner

You see it everywhere you turn; it’s the one thing that you can achieve when in rush but want some type of glam. I admit this is one of the more difficult beauty tricks to learn, but it’s quick once you become familiar with the technique. There are many ways to do a winged eye, but I am going to share my favorite.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Black eyeliner. Liquid or cream works.
  • If using cream, an angled eyeliner brush or a pointed eyeliner brush.
  1. Hold your eyeliner pencil at the end point of your bottom lash line. Point it upward diagonally ending at the desired length that you want your wing to stop.
  2. Hold the skin taut right at the temple with the hand that’s free. Now draw another line from the very tip top of that diagonal line to the middle of your eyelid. There should be a blank area left.
  3. Fill in that blank area.
  4. Now, continue inward, slightly thinning the line more and more as you get closer to the inner tear duct.
  5. You are going to proceed to fill in the area from the middle of the lid to the inner corner.
  6. If you realize your line is ridged or crooked, just take a little more eyeliner and draw from the tip to the middle of lid once more, and then from the middle of the lid to the inner corner once more. Only this time, you shouldn’t have to fill anything in because you’re only perfecting the line.

You’re done!

How to Create a Smokey Eye

The famous Smokey Eye as been around for a while and I believe it will never go out of style. This look is perfect for a night out with the girls or dinner dates with that special someone. While there are a couple of different ways to do this, I am going to walk you through the simplest steps to create a classic black sultry eye.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Natural color eye shadow primer (with this look you don’t want creasing)
  • Three eye shadows. One for the lid (black); one as a blending, transition color (brown); and one for the inner corners of the eye and brow bone (a light shade)
  • A flat eye shadow brush and a blending brush
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  1. Prime your lid and bottom lash line with the natural color eye shadow primer. Blend from lash line up to the brow and bottom lash line with your finger.
  2. Then place the highlight color on the brow bone with your finger.
  3. Take the black eye shadow on the flat eye shadow brush and pat all over the lid, not going pass the crease.
  4. Next, take the blending brush with no eye shadow on it, and blend out the line where the black eye shadow ends.
  5. Take the same blending brush, but with the brown shadow, and blend where the black starts to fade.
  6. Line your water line with the black eyeliner. Apply it a little heavy so that you can smudge it out with your finger or the flat eye shadow brush.
  7. Optional: take a highlighting shade and apply it to the inner tear duct.
  8. Add mascara.

You’re done!

How to Create an Ombre Lip

An ombre lip is basically a gradient effect in color. It smoothly transitions from one color to the next without any sharp lines being present. Ideally one shade should be darker that the other, if they are in the same color categories, so that you can really see the ombre effect. You can also pick two different colors; it’s your choice. Ombre lips are fun to wear and you can get really creative with the colors.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Two lip shades of your choice. One could be a liner and one a lipstick. That way your lipstick won’t bleed.
  • Lip primer if you’re using two lipsticks
  • Some sort of lip moisturizer like Vaseline
  1. Add the lip moisturizer to your lips and rub it in. You don’t want your lips to be super slippery. This also helps blending the colors together. If you have dry lips, it will be hard to blend.
  2. Take the darker color, which for me would be a lip liner, and outline your lips. Continue to build that lip liner into a thicker lip line. Leave the center free.
  3. Now, rub your lips together to get rid of any harsh lines.
  4. Take your lipstick and put in the blank center areas, try not to be too heavy-handed. Rub your lips together again.
  5. You basically repeat steps two and three until you get your desired ombre effect.

You can create an ombre lip with as many colors you can fit on your lips.

How to Create a Strong Brow

Brows are very important to an overall look. There are many ways to create a brow, but the more popular way right now is the “strong brow.” This brow doesn’t play games. Most people want this look but don’t quite know how to perfect it, so I am going to tell you how to get the look you’ve been wanting to learn.

Before learning the steps, you will need to start with well-groomed eyebrows. It is hard to create this look with many hairs being out of place, so removing any extra hairs will make it easy to map out your brows. You also need to have clean skin.

  1. Start with the bottom of your brow, and using an angled brow brush, make a line using short strokes from the beginning of the brow to the end.
  2. Then repeat the same step at the top of the brow. When you reach the end, the bottom line and top line should meet, creating a point.
  3. Now you need to fill in between the lines. You want the end of the brow fuller and deeper in tone. As you work towards the front, you want to use less product, while also using a lighter hand when placing the product. This will create a gradient effect.
  4. Using an angled brush, or small concealer brush, you want to conceal right underneath and above the line you mapped out in the first step. Lastly, don’t forget to use your finger to blend out the concealer.