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How to Make A Detox Bath Salts with Essential Oils

adapted from Thehouseandhomestead.com

A friend gave me these Detox Bath Salts and I was amazed at how nice and relaxing they were. I was so surprised by how easy they are to make. My girls and I have been making them for a while now. I have tried a few different scents and I think I like Lavender the best but there are so many essential oil scents to choose from.

  • ½ cup Epsom salts
  • ½ cup sea salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils scent of your choice. I really like this SET.

Mix the Epsom salts, sea salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Add your essential oils. I add about 15 drops of essential oil to this recipe (per 1/2 cup of salt).

Scoop it into pretty jars. I purchased THESE. I really like that they come with scoops.

And now it’s time to take a nice long bath. Enjoy!

Detox Face Mask For the New Year

Everyone around me is talking Detox. Detoxing from Sugar, Baked Goods, Alcohol, and really Big Meals. And, I could not agree more. It’s time to get back on track. All of the Holiday fun is GONE!!!! January is also the time I do a detox for my skin. There are some really simple items that you can use right in your kitchen to help smooth, relieve dryness from and lightly exfoliate your skin. I really love this Oatmeal, Cinnamon and Honey mask. After just the first use, you will see a reduction in your fine lines and wrinkles and a plumper look for your skin overall!!! The best part is you can probably go and make it right now and start seeing the results!!!


Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup oats
– Half cup warm milk or water
– 1 Tsp honey
– 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
– Half  Tsp lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste. Add milk or water to adjust the texture. Apply to clean skin with your hands or an old paintbrush or foundation brush. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Enjoy your supple and soft skin!

Note: Cinnamon can cause a slight tingly/burning sensation, so it’s useful to do a patch test before applying.

3 Things to Know Before You Try Microblading

Image by Nika Akin from Pixabay

Microblading is a fun, elegant fashion trend that’s definitely worth trying. Whether you have fine, sparse eyebrows or simply want to add a little more definition to thicker ones, the best microblading Long Island NY provides can enhance brows for a perfect look on nearly any face. Here are a few things to know about the microblading process.

Semi-Permanent to Permanent

The microblading process generally requires an initial application, then a touch-up treatment after about 6 weeks. After this, for many people, microblading lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 months — but it may last longer on certain types of skin or with certain microblading pigments. After that time, it will begin to fade and will require a touch-up. For this reason, many microblading artists recommend enhancing your natural shape in lieu of designing an entirely new one. That way, when it begins to fade (or not), it will still blend in well with your natural hair growth pattern. With this in mind, be sure to chose a microblading artist who will meet with you for a detailed consultation before committing to your final design. Many artists recommend having a separate consultation session altogether (rather than a combined session) to ensure you have adequate time to consider your desired pigments, style and brow shape. 

Microblading vs. Microshading

Microblading is the process of implanting pigment into the skin with delicate scratches. Microshading stipples tiny dots for a softer, powder-like effect. Both techniques can be used individually, or combined for a unique effect. Depending on your desired outcome, one or both techniques might suit your needs better, so be sure to discuss possibilities with your artist before taking the plunge. 

Choosing a Microblader

Just like tattoo artistry, microblading is a very personal art form, with different techniques and styles coming from different artists. Since microblading has a lasting effect, it’s prudent to choose an artist whose style and philosophy match your own. Look for a microblading artist with a variety of possible styles, adequate training/experience and outstanding reviews. With microblading, it’s worth paying a little extra to invest in an experienced artist who can give you a style that you love. 

However you choose to go about it, a little extra forethought and insight about the microblading process will improve your chances of getting your dream brows. Whether you opt for something bold and trendy or soft and natural, microblading can enhance your natural beauty effectively and complete your signature look.

My Beauty Empties

Some of my favorite posts are when bloggers do a haul of empty beauty products that they love. I really wanted to give it a try. I’m not up to the entire video haul yet but I do have a fabulous bunch of the BEST products for you. These are my tried and true and absolute favs.

  1. The Fredrick Fekkai Blowout Refresher Dry Shampoo is amazing.. A few sprays and you look like you just left a salon
  2. You have seen me post about this tanning water before.
  3. I go through jars and jars of the Beauty Counter Cleansing Balm. You have to try it. My rep is Jean Voute.
  4. I found this moisturizer at the airport. It is the best thing I can find for crows feet!!
  5. The Vitamin D shower has changed my life. I see a huge difference in my hair and skin.
  6. This is my third jar of Rodan and Fields Microdermabrasion Paste. My rep is Mary Cassell
  7. This Kevin Aucoin Highlighter is incredible…
  8. Another thing I go through bottles of, this Bliss Eye Makeup Remover.
  9. I have posted about my love for Tom Ford Beauty. It is the only makeup that literally looks like you are ready for a photoshoot.
  10. Deborah Lippmann is the only nail polish that I use.
  11. I first found this foundation in Japantown in San Fran years ago. It has an SPF of 50 and provides the best coverage. Perfect for every day.

Who Doesn’t Need A Little More Vitamin C In Their Life?

A week or so ago, we asked our readers for their best Quarantine purchases. One of the responses from my friend Rere was really unique and she was obsessed…A Vitaclean Vitamin C Showerhead….WAIT??? WHAT????? How could that be a thing???!!!!!..I immediately went on the Vitaclean Website. I was soooooo intrigued. It looked so cool and really easy to install and NOT EXPENSIVE for an EVERYDAY spa experience right at home. The handheld and wall-mounted showerheads use a unique filtration system to soften water and remove impurities. Paired with Vitamin C Shots they turn your shower into a spa experience, increase water pressure, and leave your skin and hair softer. I immediately ordered the handheld shower head with the vitamin c citrus shot. The installation of the shower head was so easy. I just twisted my old handheld off, twisted the Vitaclean one on, popped in the citrus vitamin c shot, and immediately I forgot where I was. Honestly, it was heavenly. My bathroom was transformed by the scent of the natural plant essential oils in the shot. When essential oils are exposed to the air they evaporate, quickly releasing their scent which provides the unique experience. I am in LOVE with the citrus scent, so far it is my fav but I do love the Rose too and I cannot wait to try the Lavender and the Coconut/Vanilla. I review tons of products throughout the year and honestly, this has been one of the best beauty purchases that I have made in the longest time. I am head over heels. Here is the LINK to the website where you can view the 2 shower head options, see all the scents and other products available. There are a great question and answer section and a step by step installation guide. I cannot wait for you to try this product…It is definitely one of my 2020’s absolutely must-haves!!!!!!

How To Keep Your Picture Perfect Smile

Of all the things that can influence our appearance, none are quite as important as our smile. It’s the foundation of our style! If you have an excellent smile, then you’ll want to work to ensure that it stays that way. A lot of people take their picture-perfect smile for granted, incorrectly believing that it’ll be with them forever. But this is not guaranteed. If you want your smile to look as beautiful in 30 years as it does today, then take a read of our tips below. 

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Say Goodbye To Sugary Drinks

If there’s one thing that will compromise the quality of your teeth, it’s sugary drinks. Indeed, one of the main reasons why so many adults have teeth problems is because of the number of sugary drinks they drank when they were younger. Drink manufacturers are pretty good at selling the taste of their products, not so good at explaining what’s inside the drink, and how bad it is for you. If plain old water doesn’t do it for you, then look at other options. Even adding some lemon or cucumber to water can make it taste much better, and it’ll be good for you. 

Nail Your Dental Routine

Did you know that one hundred years ago, only ten percent of the population brushed their teeth on a regular basis? It sounds crazy, but it’s true. It’s not that today’s society is completely flawless, however. Many of our dental routines can be described as ‘basic.’ It’s not enough to just stick a toothbrush in your mouth; you have to know how to brush effectively. You’ll also want to learn how to use dental floss properly, and invest in high-quality mouthwash (low-quality options can cause more problems than they solve).

Handling Problems Early On

Even if you are practicing good dental hygiene, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to avoid dental problems forever. Sometimes, you’re just unlucky. Having dental problems aren’t anything to worry about on their own. What’s important is that you take care of them as early as possible. Treating an abscessed tooth is a straightforward process, but if it’s left too late — or you don’t receive any treatment whatsoever — then you could experience serious health side-effects. As well as handling problems when they arise, you’ll also want to simply take a proactive approach when it comes to your dental health. That means regular trips to the dentist!

For the (Wannabe) Sports Stars

If you’re an active person who loves the rough and ready lifestyle, then you’ll want to take extra care of your teeth. Trauma is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If you’re engaging in forceful sports, then consider wearing a mouthguard in order to protect your teeth. If your tooth does happen to be knocked out, then put it in a glass of milk, and head to the dentist straight away. It’s possible that they’ll be able to reattach it. If not, you’ll need to work with a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry.