1.22.2013

my beauty secrets: baby powder

i made it all the way through this holiday season without wearing my false eyelashes.  (i'm really not sure when the need to attach fake hair to my head for every special occasion started.)  ANYWAY, i saw a pin early last fall that showed how to enhance your eyelashes with baby powder.  they suggested dipping a q-tip in the powder and lightly dusting the tips of your lashes between coats.  well, if a little is good, wouldn't a lot be great?  i put a some baby powder in a small container and after the first coat of mascara (i use maybelline's lash stiletto) i dip my finger in the powder and "push" it onto my lashes.  i do this about 5 times, or until the top lashes are fully coated.  then i apply my second coat of the same mascara.

i love using two mascaras.  the second one seems to build on where the first one left off.  for an evening out, i apply a THIRD coat (but no more baby powder) of another mascara. (i use maybelline's falsies.) i don't use an eyelash curler because of the "check mark" shape that it creates, but at this point i push up on my lashes with my finger to create a little lift.  i also separate any clumps with a straight pin.  apply a fourth coat if desired...

clockwise from top left: bare lashes, after one coat, pushing the powder onto my lashes, my trusty tools

the result:

i stopped at 2 coats here, and one light coat on the bottom lashes.
after all, i'm just going to the post office today. 

1.16.2013

the sunrise smoothie


good morning!  wake up!!  this will help:

one small peeled orange
1/2 frozen banana
1 peeled, diced organic carrot
1/4 cup uncooked oats
1/2 cup crushed ice
honey, sweetened to taste
orange juice to blend

add the carrots to the blender first, as they are the hardest to puree.  add remaining ingredients and blend well.  this recipe is only a starting point, and you can easily add more or less of anything that you like.  

1.14.2013

my beauty secrets: biotin


i am a little hesitant mentioning a supplement as a beauty secret.  the world of supplements and vitamins is a slippery slope and an expensive habit.  it is a HUGE industry, and i believe that God really gives all that we need to sustain us in our food, granted we choose it wisely.  that being said (and stepping down from my soapbox), i have found two that WORK FOR ME.  they may not work for everyone and i have heard of biotin affecting some people's skin adversely, but it is the first thing in years that has given my poor hair its first sign of growth and thickness, and i've tried pretty much everything.  i've been taking it for about 4 months.  


i take four of these a day the week before my period, and my pms is GONE.  i call it a beauty secret, because bloating and breakouts were my two main issues and they are no more.  i've only been using this for 3 months, but i'm very happy with the results.  

these can be found at any drugstore and are relatively inexpensive. 

1.06.2013

my beauty secrets: argan oil



the static electricity that my hair generates could power a small device.  argan oil is my trick to tame the beast. i do not have the type of hair that would normally do well with any type of oil, but i put the TINIEST bit on my outer layer and on my ends after styling, and i stay static free (and shiny) all day. this little bottle from sally's is NOT the moroccan oil that everyone seems to be using these days. i should probably bite the bullet and buy myself an expensive bottle of 100% moroccan oil, but i am absolutely obsessed with the scent of this one.  i use it on my hands and cuticles when they are dry and it has done for them what no lotion could during this cold winter. the smell fades quickly, but i enjoy it until it does...

UPDATE 3/9/13:  i would not recommend this product for bleached hair.  i recently had blond highlights put in my brunette hair, and they turned orange after about a week.  i went back to my stylist in dismay, and the first question she asked me was "are you using argan oil?"  i had been, every day.  she was able to strip out the buildup with a special shampoo that returned my blond to the original platinum.
so be careful!  it's wonderful, but best on natural dark hair.