Beauty Makeover tips
While we all know that the sugar in traditional sugar cookies is detrimental to our health, you can still get all of the flavor of homemade cookies with this fun lip scrub recipe. It tastes and smells just like a sugar cookie. Even better though, it will exfoliate and nourish your lips, without putting a dent in your healthy lifestyle.
I never used to pay much attention to lip scrubs. During the winter when dry lips would hit I’d reach for some homemade lip balm, like this peppermint one. However, lip scrubs really help to exfoliate the build up of dead skin that gives lips that crusty, gummy feel. Not only are you getting rid of the gunk on your lips, but the oils and honey in this help to nourish the delicate skin on this facial area. I still like to follow it up with some homemade lip balm for extra moisture during the winter months.
How to Make Sugar Cookie Lip Scrub
The first ingredient in this lip scrub recipe is virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has lots of uses for skin and hair, and it’s also a healthy addition to your diet. In this lip scrub it provides moisture, antioxidants, and helps thicken the product. If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate this superfood into your life, then try making some tooth remineralizing chews.
Sweet almond oil is the liquid carrier oil here, as it helps to smooth everything out. You can substitute another liquid carrier oil of your choice, however the sweet, nutty smell of sweet almond really adds to the sugar cookie vibe. The fatty acids, and vitamins A and E make sweet almond oil the perfect choice to nourish lips.
Like the carrier oils, raw honey helps to add moisture to the lips. It also has healing properties to restore and rejuvenate damaged lips. It’s so powerful that naturally antibacterial raw honey is even used to speed healing of wounds and burns. Raw honey is also slightly emulsifying, so it helps to bind the ingredients in this lip scrub recipe together. You can read more about the healing uses of raw honey here.
A Note About Vanilla…
Vanilla extract gives this lip scrub recipe a true sugar cookie smell and taste. I like making my own homemade vanilla extract (get the recipe here), but for this it’s best to use a glycerin based vanilla extract. If you only have access to alcohol based vanilla extract, you can still use it since there is enough moisture in the other ingredients to make up for it.
Glycerin acts as a humectant to add moisture to the lips, while alcohol is more drying. It is a common ingredient in even many natural toothpastes, but I purposefully avoid it in my homemade toothpaste. While glycerin is thought to coat the enamel and promote tooth decay, it’s actually very soothing to skin and lips so it’s great for skincare.
Sugar Cookie Lip Scrub Recipe Ingredients
- 1 T. organic cane sugar
- ½ tsp unrefined coconut oil
- ¼ tsp sweet almond oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (preferably made with glycerin)
- 1/8 tsp raw honey
Lip Scrub Instructions
- In a small glass bowl combine all of the ingredients. Mash and stir them together with a spoon or rubber spatula until well combined and a little creamy.
- Store your lip balm recipe in a ½ ounce glass jar.
How to Use a Lip Scrub
- Use your finger to scoop a small amount of lip scrub out and gently rub it on your lips to exfoliate, then rinse off with a wash cloth soaked in warm water.
- Make sure you’re leaning over a sink when you use this, since it’s fairly messy to use.
What is your favorite lip product? Do you struggle with dry lips in the winter?
Continue Reading…DIY Sugar Cookie Lip Scrub Recipe (Great Gift Idea!)
A little guide on how to assemble an Avoburger…
This post comes from our friend Verena, founder of frei-style!
The first Avocadoburger I created came about coincidentally… my original intention was to make an Avocado rose on toast but, while I was peeling that avocado, I was taken by its perfection and resemblance of a bun. I thought, why not make an avocado burger? It turned out a lot of people enjoyed it very much, so much so that it made the cover of a magazine (even though I’m not the first one with this idea)! Today, I am proud to show you how to make your very own beautiful Avoburger.
First step, pick your perfect avocado.
Second, gather your ingredients and toppings (I aim to find fresh, organic ingredients): carrots, beetroot, kale, mushrooms, tomatoes, red cabbage, red pepper, cucumber and, for sauce, I made a homemade beetroot ketchup, and a vegan cashew herb cheese.
Then time to chop the veggies and prepare the avocado. To make your bun, cut the avocado down the middle, remove the pit, and then carefully peel the skin off, knowing only then if you’re lucky enough to have found the perfect one! I wasn’t that lucky today… mine had some flaws — but hey, that’s nature. You can easily smooth out any dark spots with your finger. Decide which parts you want to use for top and bottom. Cut the bottom part so it will sit flat and stable.
Now the assembly can begin! Lay your bottom on a plate or wooden board, add sauce, then toppers. Be sure to maintain your ingredients’ balance along the way. To make your carrot “cheese,” roll the slices together and add at the end and right before placing the avocado on top. Its weight will hold everything in place!
Sprinkle your Avoburger with sesame (black or regular), and you are done. Congrats on creating a yummy piece of art! There is one question I will leave you with, unanswered — how do I eat it?? I am often asked that, but I don’t think I should dictate how you eat your burger — use your imagination, get creative and I’m sure you will figure out a perfect way to eat it! I hope you liked this little tutorial — I can’t wait to see all of your creations!
+ Have a bun replacement of your own? Let us know in the comments below!
Fun fact: You’re probably wearing the wrong foundation shade right now. Sorry, but someone had to tell you. It’s not totally your fault, though, because finding the best foundation (or tinted moisturizer or BB cream) is a weird, difficult game of guesswork that usually results in you with a mismatched, slightly-too-pink-and-pasty face that nobody has the heart to tell you looks weird as hell. And the reason behind it? We’re all deeply, terrible wrong about our skin’s actual undertones, which, you know, is only the most important factor when choosing makeup.
So we went to the mother of all shockingly pretty makeup, Robin Black, makeup artist and founder of Beauty is Boring, to tell us exactly why we’re all basically colorblind to our undertones, and how we can stop the vicious circle, so we can all look our most flawless a.s.a.p. And no, her advice doesn’t require you to hold silver or gold jewelry up to your skin to “determine” your undertones. (Which, by the way, is almost always bullshit.)
First off: You need to stop thinking your undertones are pink. “I’m always surprised by how many people tell me that they have a pink undertone,” says Black. “Pink undertones are the least common of all complexions, and they generally only occur in those with very fair skin—like, if your skin is the same shade as snow—but even people with very light complexions often have neutral or even yellow undertones.”
OK, but what if you’re, like, pretty damn sure you have pink undertones, because your cheeks are super rosy, or you have red, inflamed acne? Nope; think again. “Many people automatically assume that because they have visible red or pink patches on their skin that are caused by acne, irritation, dryness, wind burn, or rosacea, that their undertones must be pink,” says Black, “But it simply isn’t true, and when you apply something that is a mix of red and white pigment over a skin color that has, for example, a yellow undertone, the result is going to be an unattractive pale grey with hints of orange.” You know, like every girl you saw in high school.
Of course, your gravitational pull toward pink-hued products isn’t totally your fault, notes Black, because, up until recently, most drugstores and cosmetic counters only offered pink-toned shades. “I suspect that the surprising amount of pink-hued foundation still on the market is a leftover beauty ideal from previous centuries, when very fair skin was the most desirable,” she says. “Some brands, like Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier, do focus on yellow, olive, and neutral undertones, but many others still haven’t updated their selection to fit a variety of skin tones, especially when it comes to dark skin,” adds Black. “Why do so many deeper foundation shades have an inexplicable amount of red in them? Dark skin, just like medium and fair skin, comes in a variety of undertones, too, and it’s frustrating that so many lines still remain limited in their foundation colors.”
Though you may totally represent the teeny, tiny group of pink- or red-hued individuals in the world, your best and safest bet is grabbing whatever bottle of foundation looks more yellow than pink. Or, three bottles, to be exact. “Pick three shades of foundation that look close to your natural skin color and swatch each one down your cheek, then stand in natural light—no retail lighting allowed—and look in the mirror,” says Black. “Then cross your eyes and continue to look at your cheek in the mirror. The swatch that disappears in your blurry, cross-eyed vision is the right match, and if all three stand out against your skin as being too light, too dark, too pink, or too yellow, then try again with three more shades.” And don’t worry—you can totally try on and return open bottles of makeup to both drugstores and Sephora (we’ve done it many a time), so don’t be freaked about buying three shades and getting stuck with them.
And, if you’re still not sure where to begin, Black recommends starting with brands that specifically list their undertones, like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which is one of Black’s favorites for “sheer, natural-looking coverage.” For buildable coverage, “I’m addicted to the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation,” she says, “and for medium coverage that you can double up as concealer and get an incredibly flawless finish, the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation is my ultimate go-to.” Of course, if you’re a long-wear lover, like, “full-coverage foundation with a capital ‘F,’ try the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup or the Armani Power Fabric Foundation,” says Black.
Now go forth into this world as a new, yellow-toned foundation wearer, and never find yourself staring into a mirror with a chalky, slightly pink complexion ever again. And maybe mention this article to the next stranger on the street whose face has a pasty-pink tint to it. They might thank you.
Recognize all the things you have to be grateful for in your life…
This post comes to us from nutritionist Kristin Dahl.
DAY 5: INTEGRATE
The integration of daily routines and rituals of mindfulness promotes long-term vitality and well-being; think of it as a preventative care plan and a pathway to more happiness.
As you transition back to “real life,” the idea is to blend the integration of your past with the present. My hope is that you create a hybrid of your previous habits with what you now know. You can use this material any time you need a mind-body reboot. It’s a great way to keep checking in with yourself, so that you can lead a more vibrant, healthy life!
Today, express gratitude. The more we give thanks, the better we feel. When we express our thankfulness, the people around us feel better, too. Take time to write thank you notes, reach out to loved ones, and recognize all the things you have to be grateful for in your life. The more you express gratitude, the more that wonderful people and situations will flow into your life. Write gratitude lists in the morning or evening whenever you’re feeling out of touch or disconnected from your humble heart.
Digestion is quite possibly one of the most important contributors to maintain health. About 70% of our immune system lies in the digestive tract and, as a result, maintaining digestive health is the key to keeping you healthy all year long. Healthy digestion also means a healthy metabolism, weight regulation, and proper assimilation of nutrients. Our digestion also plays a key role in our moods, 90% of the feel good hormone serotonin is made in the gut. You could be eating a 100% organic diet that contains the cleanest, nutrient-rich foods, but if you’re not digesting well, you won’t be absorbing all the nutrients properly.
+ For a personalized program unique to your needs or health opportunity, please reach out to set up a Holistic Nutrition Consultation.
See more from Kristin Dahl here!
Read on to see what the stars have in store this week…
January 20–February 18
Recognize that you don’t have all the answers when feisty Mars in your worth house spars with high-minded Jupiter in your perspective zone this week. You’re identifying strongly with what you have and what’s important to you while Mars is in this house, increasing the chances of disagreeing over money, possessions and values. Mars is also clashing with Saturn in your network sector, so you could feel blocked by others—tempting you to go against group interests to get what you’re after. Use your resources wisely and avoid impulse spending. The sun sails into Aquarius on Thursday, kicking off your birthday season and filling you with vitality. You’ll be able to project your personality with gusto in the coming month, bringing you positive attention. Happy birthday!
February 19–March 20
Mars in Pisces jostles with Jupiter in your sharing sector this week, so be careful not to overpower another individual. Your assertiveness combined with your expectations can lead you to push too hard to get what you’re hoping for, and you might need to dial it down a bit. Mars is also skirmishing with Saturn in your ambition angle, warning you to proceed with caution around authority figures. Temper an urge to buck the system. Play by the rules and don’t show resentment—but don’t get discouraged either. You simply need to slow down and operate in a more methodical manner. With Venus in your sign gelling with Pluto in your humanity zone, socializing and professional networking should go very well, so get out and circulate.
March 21–April 19
Your ruling planet is still hiding out in the last house of your chart and scuffling with Jupiter in your one-on-one angle this week. Continue to guard against self-sabotage, irritability, regressive behavior and actions motivated by emotions you’re not fully aware of—or not dealing with. Left unchecked, such issues are likely to impact your relationships. Mars is also contending with Saturn in your expansion sector, suggesting that you could get frustrated toiling away without credit and feeling like you still have so much to learn. Or you might feel like you know enough that you should be making more progress. It’s also possible that a mature, practical outlook will feel like an impediment. Work on finishing something up rather than starting anything new.
April 20–May 20
Friendship and teamwork could be complicated this week, due to Mars in your group zone quarreling with Jupiter and Saturn. If you have a lot on your own plate, you may find it difficult to collaborate with others. Or it could seem like a particular individual has different priorities and isn’t holding up his or her end of the bargain. Sharing, trust and intimacy are especially challenging now. As the sun ascends to the peak of your chart, you’re encouraged to focus on your career, goals and overall life direction. You may take on more responsibility in the coming month and have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. A Venus-Pluto confab favors group travel and soaking up knowledge from other people.
May 21–June 20
Mars is at the top of your chart, fueling your ambition, but his spat with Jupiter in your pleasure sector means that work and play probably won’t mix well and you’ll have to be flexible in juggling the two. Mars is also feuding with Saturn in your one-on-one angle, so it’s likely to feel like a particular person, a partnership or a relationship obligation is holding you back. It would be a good idea to compromise a bit rather than fighting to achieve only your own aims. Partnering with someone else can help you to make a good impression and do creative work. With the sun cruising into your expansion zone, your wanderlust and hunger for knowledge are bound to be triggered in the weeks to come.
June 21–July 22
This week’s Mars-Jupiter disagreement hints that a big part of you is motivated to broaden your horizons, explore the world, fight for what you believe in and chase after new experiences—while another part of you is content to enjoy some peace and quiet, spend time with people you already know and keep your world safe and small and cozy. You crave a sense of belonging and wellbeing, but you also know you should get out of your comfort zone. The Mars-Saturn feud, on the other hand, pits your quest for adventure against your workload, and you may feel like you simply have too much to do and can’t get out of your routine. Seize any opportunity to interact with someone new, as you could make a powerful connection now.
July 23–August 22
You might be thinking too big when it comes to a shared activity, sex or joint resources, since hopeful Jupiter in your cognition corner is squabbling with provocateur Mars in your merging sector. Mars is also in conflict with Saturn in your joy-and-self-expression house, hinting that romance and love may seem to be lacking in an intimate relationship—or you might feel too inhibited to get close to someone. But a Venus-Pluto collaboration implies that working on a relationship or sharing a job or health endeavor can facilitate closeness. And with the sun crossing your one-on-one angle, this is not the time of year to go it alone. You’ll get a lot of energy out of your relationships and learn about yourself through your encounters with others.
August 23–September 22
Your quest to get your own needs met can make it harder to cooperate with other individuals this week, given that Mars in your one-on-one angle is out of sync with Jupiter in your resources house. Tweaking your list of demands and making full use of what you already have will make matters easier. A Mars-Saturn disagreement suggests that domestic or family responsibilities, underlying insecurity or the weight of the past can also block your efforts at partnership. But the Venus-Pluto confab hints at a worthwhile moment of romance or shared pleasure, so do make a point of connecting with someone close to you. As the sun enters your productivity corner, you’ll have more energy to take care of business and take care of your body.
September 23–October 22
A conflict between Jupiter in Libra and Mars in your efficiency corner this week nudges you to tweak your approach and advises you not to take on more than you can handle. This is a good time to scale back and take things one step at a time. Mars is also quibbling with Saturn in your cognition-and-communication house, so a limiting mindset may prevent you from doing what you’ve set out to do, but critical thinking can actually help you to modify your m.o. appropriately and craft a workable plan. A Venus-Pluto connection hints that you’ll enjoy working from home now. And with the sun arriving in your joy sector, you’re reminded to make time for romance, play and creative self-expression in the weeks to come.
October 23–November 21
When Mars in your joy zone tussles with Jupiter in your subliminal corner this week, your unconscious expectations might feed into your behavior in a romantic relationship or drive you to take a risk to get what you want. Mars is also clashing with Saturn in your worth house, so it’s likely that limited funds or confidence could keep you from pursuing pleasure or something you desire. Although you shouldn’t let insecurity call the shots, it would be wise to go slowly now nevertheless. Besides, an encounter between Venus in your joy zone and Pluto in your thinking-and-talking corner can facilitate an unforced moment of happiness or affection, fueled by a self-empowering mindset. As the sun segues into your foundation angle, the importance of a solid emotional and literal home base is emphasized.
November 22–December 21
With dynamic Mars at the bottom of your chart fending off restrictive Saturn in your sign this week, you might experience a conflict with family or people you live with—or feel cut off from what they’re doing. You may be holding in unpleasant emotions in an effort to seem like you have it all together, and an old behavior pattern can work against you now. Carve out alone time if you need it, and get to the bottom of what’s going on inside you instead of repressing it. Your inner and outer selves may be working against each other, and it’s time to make them allies. The sun’s move can inspire you to balance out that self-reflection with energizing interactions and challenging intellectual activity.
December 22–January 19
Be mindful of how you deal with higher-ups this week because go-getter Mars in your thinking-and-talking corner is out of sync with excessive Jupiter in your ambition angle. Mars is also skirmishing with Saturn in your subliminal zone, so you may naturally keep yourself in check without intending to. However, regret, doubt, self-judgment or guilt can prevent you from executing your game plan, and you should try not to undermine your own efforts in such a way. Instead, use this energy to create a doable plan for finishing something up. A Venus-Pluto collaboration empowers you to convey positive emotions with vigor, and it implies that you’ll be able to relate to people on a very deep level, expressing the you that you’re slowly becoming.
You may have seen my video on how to whiten your teeth with charcoal, but did you know that its great for your skin too? With only a few simple ingredients, this charcoal face mask is quick and easy. You can get clearer skin, detox, and soften your skin with this simple DIY recipe.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay comes from aged volcanic ash sediment, and is used to attract, trap and remove toxins from the body. It’s the perfect addition to a cleansing face mask, as once mixed with water it will help to remove any impurities on the skin. On its own it can be a little drying, which is one reason why I’ve included raw honey in the recipe too.
Raw Honey for Soft Skin
If you’re a regular here at Wellness Mama, then you’ll already know how big a fan I am of raw honey. It can naturally sweeten desserts, soothe a burn, and is antibacterial. It’s useful for a face mask as it softens and soothes skin, and is antibacterial for anyone suffering from acne or blemishes. You can read more recipes and info on raw honey here.
Charcoal for Skin
And now we come to the key ingredient. Charcoal is widely used in emergency settings if internal poisoning is suspected for it’s ability to absorb toxins. In fact, charcoal is “estimated to reduce absorption of poisonous substances up to 60%.” When applied to the face, charcoal will help to absorb toxins and impurities on the skin.
Essential oils can be a helpful addition to DIY skincare recipes and play a variety of roles. This recipe uses tea tree and lavender essential oil in particular for their ability to purify the skin. Tea tree is commonly used for acne because of its antimicrobial properties. Lavender is commonly recommended for skin health. The overall concentration is low and there’s only ½ drop of each essential oil per face mask, but it’s enough to get results.
Charcoal Mask Ingredients
- 1 tsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp activated charcoal powder
- 2 tsp water
- ½ tsp raw honey
- 1 drop each tea tree and lavender essential oil (optional)
How To Make A Charcoal Mask
- In a small glass bowl add the water and essential oil.
- Sprinkle the bentonite clay over the top of the water mixture in the bow. Allow it to absorb for a about 10 seconds before adding the rest of the ingredients. This makes the mixture easier to combine.
- Use a small rubber spatula to mash and mix everything together. The clay will want to stay lumpy, so this takes a few minutes to mix thoroughly. You’ll have enough mixture here for 2 face masks.
- Once your mask is mixed, apply it liberally to your face. Allow it to dry, about 10 minutes, before washing off with soap and warm water.
Charcoal Mask Tips
- Charcoal can and will stain light colored fabrics, and possibly your sink. Be sure to avoid getting it on your clothes, and immediately clean it off of your sink when using.
- This mask can be tough to get off, and gentle soap helps to get the rest of the charcoal off of your skin. Using a washcloth helps too, but it may permanently stain, so use an old one. A washcloth also scrubs the charcoal across the skin, which may be too irritating for some skin types.
- This charcoal face mask may be too drying for some skin types, especially after using soap to remove it. If you find your skin needs it, then apply a thin layer of oil, like sweet almond or pumpkin seed oil, or your favorite natural face lotion afterward.
What natural methods do you use to purify and detox your skin? Do you have a favorite detox face mask recipe?
Continue Reading…DIY Charcoal Face Mask Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!)