Sunday, October 23, 2011

Olive Oil: A Natural Moisturizer


We're constantly searching drugstores for products that will solve our skin care woes, but what if I were to tell you that the answer may be right in your own kitchen pantry? Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a wonderful way to hydrate and condition your face. Oh, and to those with combination/oily (like myself) who may be thinking that putting an oil on your skin will only make your problems worse - think again. The logic behind it is that you're almost tricking your skin into thinking that it's got enough moisture so it won't produce excess oil. I would suggest applying at night after you cleanse your face and leave it on throughout the night as a deep moisturizing treatment. You probably don't want to use it as a daily moisturizer because it can make you look a bit shiny. But if you consistently moisturize with the olive oil you should notice your skin become less oily, softer, and you'll even see acne scars fade at an amazingly fast pace. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is non-comedogenic, so it will not break you out as long as you only apply after thoroughly cleansing your skin. Consistency is the most important thing - you should see pretty amazing results within just a few weeks. Here's a great video :) - 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Calypso Studios Review




Calypso Studios debuted in January 2007 with a line of jewelry and accessories created from the earth's natural elements: clay, shell, and glass. The new line was immediately embraced and praised for its unique designs and mediums.
Calypso Studios' designs are on-trend, spanning the ages in both technique and those choosing these distinctive and exclusive designs. More than just a conversation piece, Calypso Studios jewelry symbolizes good taste for an independent spirit.

It is our hope that this art will bring much pleasure to those who wear it. Calypso Studios jewelry indeed serves to commemorate life’s happy moments.


I    Calypso Studios! They have so many amazing and unique pieces - so I was ecstatic when they wanted to work with me again and send me one of their NEW Shag Bags and a Clay Wrap Bracelet from their It's A Wrap Collection






Their new Shag Bags are actually made out of recycled scarf material and come in lots of different colors. They're nicely sized as well - 7.5 inches X 5 inches. These shag bags are perfect for those days or occasions that you don't feel like carrying a heavy purse around. Plus, you could use it as another compartment in your purse to hold money, makeup, and other miscellaneous items. You can check out all of Calypso Studio's Shag Bags here


I really like Calypso Studio's Wrap Bracelets. I like how wrap bracelets can be a colorful way to fill up the space on your arm without the noise of bangles (I don't know why the sound of bangles clanging together annoys me so much, it just does :p). You can get Calypso Studios' bracelets in a wide range of styles and colors. Their clay wrap bracelets are 24 inches with clay beads and waxed linen cording. You can find some more of their clay bracelets here

Make sure to check out Calypso Studios on Facebook!





Wednesday, October 5, 2011

September Favorites

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions: MORNING BURST® Fruit Infusions uses the goodness of fruit for vibrant, healthy-looking skin. Our Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains real fruit extracts from pineapple, coconut, and açaí. These exotic fruits are ripe with vitamins and antioxidants leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. The exotic scent of pineapple and coconut refreshes your senses, while real strawberry seeds massage your skin to reveal your most vibrant, healthy skin. I'm so glad they came out with cleansers that actually smell good! I've seen three different types: Pineapple, Mandarin Orange, and Pomegranate (but I think the pineapple smells the best). The pineapple is their hydrating cleanser, so it's good if you have dry and/or sensitive skin. 

Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel: Contains a bleaching ingredient for fast and effective whitening that is non-abrasive to your enamel. I can't believe I've never mentioned this before in one of my past "monthly favorites" posts because it is definitely one of my all time favorite products. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes once or twice a month. 

got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion: Now your hair can indulge in the irresistibly soft touch of cashmere! Don't cheat your hair - give it the royal treatment with Got2B Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion. This decadent lotion infused with luxurious cashmere, shapes, smoothes, controls fly-aways and imparts an amazing weightless lustre and softness. Helps to protect against damage from heat styling and contains a UV protectant. I really love this product. It makes my hair really soft, it's a heat protectant, and it smells sooo good.  








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Tea Tree Oil For Acne

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is produced by steaming the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant that is native to Australia. Tea tree oil can kill bacteria, so if you apply it as a topical treatment to acne it can significantly reduce the size and number of inflamed and non-inflamed acne lesions. Tea tree oil can cause itching, stinging, burning, and dryness in those that have more sensitive skin types. Few studies have been done on tea tree oil and acne, but those that have been done definitely suggest it is just as effective if not more than Benzoyl Peroxide and causes less irritation. 

 You should only apply diluted tea tree oil acne prone areas. The studies that have been done used a 5% tea tree oil solution. So if you'd like to make your own solution you could mix 5 parts tea tree oil for every 95 parts water.



 
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