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Wellness with Lavender Essential Oils

In my esthetician program, during the intro phase, I was first introduced to essential oils and how the body reacts to them. At the beginning of the day, we would always start off with wellness, with a guided meditation to put us in a positive mood.

Wellness generally means a healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. Aveda is centered around Ayurveda which is an ancient holistic system of healing that strives to create balance in body, mind, and spirit, which is something I like most about Aveda. Not only are you using the best products but there is a greater balance within them.

I had never done any type of meditation to bring myself into a healthy balance, but I have seen how much it helps in my daily life. I continue to do guided meditations with essential oils at home.

One of my favorite oils to use on myself is Aveda’s essential oil in lavender. I notice most of my clients choose that scent as well during their treatment. Lavender essential oil has a fresh, sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is an adaptogen, which is a unique group of herbal ingredients to help improve health, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. Not only does it help to relax the body and mind but it is also soothing for the skin.

I highly recommend, when you come in to a get a facial, that you choose the lavender essential oil to relax and de-stress during your treatment!

Ten Ways to Feel Pretty on an Off Day

We all have those “off” days now and then where your hair just doesn’t look right, or maybe you feel like you have nothing to wear and don’t wanna leave the house. Laying in bed moping all day isn’t the answer! Here are a few tips to help you turn that off day around and leave you feeling pretty!

  1. Wake Up and Put on your Favorite Song: Music has the ability to lift your mood instantly! Make a “Feel Better” playlist that includes all your favorite songs that put you in a good mood.
  2. Go Workout: Working out gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy!
  3. Eat Healthy: When you eat healthy, your body, skin, hair, and mind will thank you. You will have more energy and radiate awesome.
  4. Wash Your Face and Hair: Sometimes the best way to deal with a bad hair/makeup day is to simply start over and pamper yourself to a fabulous face mask and deep conditioner.
  5. Put on Lipstick: Adding some bright red lipstick to your usual makeup routine can just be the pick me up you need!
  6. Treat Yourself: Whether it’s going to the mall and buying a new outfit, makeup, or simply just going to get your nails done, treat yourself to something that makes you happy.
  7. Get Some Coffee: Go to a cute and cozy coffee shop and order your favorite coffee off the menu and grab a good read. Doesn’t that just sound sophisticated?
  8. Think Positive: One of the best ways to feel pretty is to think about all the positive things in your life—your health, family, friends, and accomplishments!
  9. Laugh: Sounds simple, but calling up a best friend and having a good laugh is simply the best! Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was right!
  10. It Ends: Remember every off day eventually comes to an end and tomorrow will be a fresh start!

Product Review: Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant

You may be cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen. But if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as is could be.

When you exfoliate your skin, you are removing the dead skin cells that are lying on your skin’s surface. As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down, which means that the body is slower in shedding old surface skin cells to generate new ones. When you don’t exfoliate, old skin cells on the surface leave your skin looking dull, rough, and dry, and can result in excess oil and clogged pores, which, in turn, leads to blemishes and acne.

Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs or brushes such as the Clarisonic. Or exfoliation can be performed chemically by using cleaners, toners, and scrubs. These chemical exfoliants contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.

Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is a chemical exfoliant. It is a non-abrasive liquid that wipes away dead skin cells. When using this exfoliant, you will notice that it leaves the skin looking soft, smooth, and supple, and gives the skin a healthy glow!

One of the main ingredients is salicylic acid which is naturally derived. Therefore, it is not drying to the skin. It also has properties of lavender, which soothes stressed skin and is both refreshing and relaxing to the body and mind.

I would highly recommend this product, since it’s great for people of all skin types to keep your skin younger!

14 Coconut Oil Beauty Tips

Coconut oil has many amazing qualities for both hair and skin. Here are 14 ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.

  1. Whip it in your mixer (or with a whisk) to make a face moisturizer. It makes a great night cream as well that won’t clog your pores.
  2. For dry or cracked hands, take some coconut oil and rub it all over your hands like a lotion. Then put gloves on. You can do the same with your feet using socks.
  3. It makes a wonderful makeup remover and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Gently rub it on your eyelid to easily remove makeup.
  4. Add brown sugar to make an excellent sugar scrub.
  5. Use it as a hydrating lip balm.
  6. It’s a great replacement for shaving cream; it adds moisture.
  7. Use it as a hair mask to smooth and soften and fight frizz.
  8. It can help strengthen, whiten and detoxify the teeth and gums. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria that causes plaque and yellowing. It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties improve gum health and freshens breath.
  9. It can be used as a face wash. Add olive oil and use to deeply clean the face.
  10. For an antibacterial face mask, mix coconut oil and honey. Apply and leave on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse.
  11. It can be used as an acne and cellulite scrub by combining it with coffee grounds. Coffee is best known to treat acne, as it is a deep exfoliant. It also helps to stimulate the circulation of blood and therefore helps with cellulite.
  12. It is used to naturally lighten age spots. Coconut oil has natural antioxidants that help fade and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
  13. Make your own homemade deodorant by combining equal parts of corn flower, baking soda, and coconut oil.
  14. It can act as a great cuticle cream.

Everyone Needs a Beauty Survival Kit

We’ve all been there, out and about, feeling great. And then we look into a mirror to find makeup issues going on. I used to never carry any makeup with me except a lip gloss. But now I think it’s essential to have a beauty survival kit that doesn’t take up too much space and has just the right touch ups that I might need. Here’s a list that I find always comes in handy when I need to reach into my purse and do a fixer upper.

Beauty Survival Kit

  1. Compact Mirror — For those times when you don’t have one around.
  2. Pressed Powder — Easy to touch up the face with either a translucent powder or foundation powder, especially for those who have oily skin and makeup which tends to slide off.
  3. Eyeliner — has the tendency to wear off or smudge throughout the day, so I carry a travel size liner.
  4. Lip Balm — I always carry a lip balm on me to keep my lips nice and moisturized.
  5. Lip liner/Lipstick — This changes depending on what lip color I’m wearing that day, but lipstick tends to bleed or fade so I always have both with me to clean up.
  6. Eyelash Glue — I usually wear false lashes and, at one point of the day, at least one of them starts to lift. So I make sure I always have glue on me to quickly fix the lashes.
  7. Hand Sanitizer — Important to use before touching your face.
  8. Perfume Sample — Apply a spritz throughout the day to smell fresh. Be careful not overdue it; too much perfume is never a good thing.
  9. Gum/Mints — Always have these handy for fresh breath.

Everyone’s survival kit will be different but it definitely comes in handy when you need a quick touch up!

Basics of Highlighting and Contouring

How to Contour

Learn how to contour your face to create the illusion of perfect symmetry! Contouring and highlighting are makeup techniques used by nearly every makeup artist designed to bring light to certain features on your face while creating a shadow effect on others. The goal is to create an illusion with makeup that draws attention to specific areas while diminishing the look of others. Depending on your skin or preference, you can contour and highlight using creams, liquids, or powders. For highlight, you will want to use a shade lighter then your skin tone. For contour, you will use a shade darker then your skin tone. I prefer to always use a highlight color that has a little bit of shimmer to give a glow to the face. For contour, use a matte color for the perfect shadowing.

  • Cheeks

    I like to start with my contour to map out my face. Start by applying a darker shade to the hollows of your cheekbones from the hairline down the cheek about halfway and blend. If you have trouble finding the hollows of your cheeks, suck in cheeks like a fishy face and you will find the hollows. You can add as much dark color as needed but always start out light and build up. You can also bring the contour up the sides of the forehead near the hairline to create a smaller forehead. Apply highlight right above the contour on the tops of your cheekbones where light naturally hits the skin. When applying blush, concentrate on applying it to the apples of the cheeks.

  • Nose

    The nose can be a little bit tricky, but with more practice it looks amazing! Apply your contour color on each side of the bridge of your nose. I like to start the contour from the tip of my nose and bring it upward to ensure a straight line. Apply the highlight color down the very center of your nose.

    Tip: The more you blend, the more natural your contour will look!

  • Eyes

    When it comes to highlighting the eyes, apply highlight underneath the brow. That will help arch the brow and make it look clean. Also you can apply highlight color into the inner corners of the eyes for a more awake look.

Pucker Up For Winter with a Do-It-Yourself Lip Scrub

Lip exfoliation is important to add to your beauty routine, especially in these dryer months. Just like your skin, lips regenerate and need help shedding those dead skin cells. Gently exfoliating them can prevent chapping and ensure your lips are soft and supple. Exfoliation makes your lips moist and helps retain moisture longer.

A good base is the key to an even and long-lasting lip liner, lipstick, and gloss application. Lipstick won’t stick to dry, flakey lips and also looks bad. So before you apply your favorite winter lipstick, try this homemade lip scrub. Lip scrubs are made to be sweet and great-tasting so scrubbing is healthy and enjoyable.

In the past I have purchased lip scrubs that were ridiculously expensive. But I’ve realized the ingredients were pretty much things I had in my kitchen. I use this every winter and absolutely love it! It makes such a big difference in how my lips feel and look, and it is so easy to make. It also smells yummy! Lip scrubs also make cute little gifts for the holidays for friends and family by placing the scrub into little mason jars adding a label and a bow!

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

  • One part honey
  • One part coconut oil
  • One part brown sugar
  • A little bit of vanilla extract, optional

Mix all ingredients together and put into a small container. Store in refrigerator and use when needed. I use it before bed and put on a good lip balm overnight.