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Mardi Gras Skin Recovery (or Hangover Skin Recovery)

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Mardi Gras is officially over, and we’ve all partied our little hearts out, while also dehydrating our bodies and angering our skin. So, I’ve devised a little plan to help you rejuvenate tired hungover skin.

before and after

1. Hydrate

We all know the importance of hydration in general, but when it comes to hangovers or multiple days of partying, it’s critical. Not just for your internal organs, but also for your skin. While there is only one bottle of water pictured here, that was my third that morning. Keeping your body hydrated helps keep your skin plump and less dry which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sallowness.

2. Cleanse

I can’t stress this one enough – cleanse and cleanse well, not harshly, but well. Removing all the dirt, sweat, and other environmental nastiness your skin absorbed is essential to giving it an opportunity to recover. I love the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. It’s a gentle, but insanely effective, cleanser that doesn’t foam. It can be used as a basic cleanser or even as an overnight mask. I’ve done a review here if you’re interested in reading more, but the basic point of Step 2 is to make sure you properly cleanse.

3. Calm

This is an essential step. Calming the angry skin is necessary. It needs soothing ingredients to reduce inflammation and absorb necessary nutrients. For this, I like the Ayesha Fresh Face Mask from Lush as its main purpose is to refresh tired dull skin. The Ayesha features a blend of kiwi (rich in Vitamin C for brightening), asparagus (to nourish and absorb excess oil), honey (for hydrating and reducing inflammation), and witch hazel (for tightening). Truth be told, this is one of my favorite masks of all time.

4. Nourish

As you might know by now, I am a huge fan of coconut oil for skincare. It’s cheap, easy to find, and provides a host of skin benefits. For this step, I do a coconut oil mask. All you need to do is liquefy about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin. Let that absorb into the skin for 30 minutes to an hour. Gently wipe your face clean with a warm washcloth. This helps nourish the skin due to the high concentrations of lauric acid. Basically, it’s food for the skin! (For other beauty uses of coconut oil, check out this post!) You’ll begin to notice your skin reviving around this step.

5. Repair

Now that you’ve revived your skin, it’s time to repair it using a good serum. Any current serum you are using will do the trick. I like serums because they are designed to enhance the absorption of products that come after them, and are concentrated to such a degree that you’re providing your skin with high levels of vitamins and nutrients. I used the Skin & Co Truffle Oil Serum, which I reviewed here. But I also love the Skin, Inc. serums (they will custom blend one suited to your skin’s needs and issues).

6. Strengthen

Its helpful to strengthen the eye area when giving your skin recovery time. The key is finding an eye cream that contains hyalauronic acid. Hyalauronic acid is a fabulous ingredient that not only helps skin retain moisture, but also helps exfoliate without rubbing or scrubbing. I love the BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme, which you can read more about here. I’ve been using it for years, and  I love it.

7. Moisturize

The last step is to moisturize to restore hydration from the outside in. Any quality moisturizer will do the job, but today I used Vichy Lift Activ Nuit. I have just started using this one, so I’ll have to get back to you with a full review. Quality moisturizers are key because they help infuse moisture into the outer layers of the skin, which also helps to plump skin, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and nourish newly forming skin cells.

As you can tell from the before and after photo, there is a very noticeable difference. Skincare isn’t difficult, but with the right steps it can make a drastic change in the appearance of your skin, despite the craziness you put yourself through the night before.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you try this! I want to see your before and after pictures!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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DIY Hydrating Face Masks

 

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Welcome to the DIY Face Mask Series! All of the masks you will see in this series use ingredients straight from your kitchen or pantry, and they are all super easy to make! This series will include 6 posts on different DIY masks to achieve different results — hydrating, exfoliating, brightening, pore-clearing, calming, and aging. Further, each will feature recipes for each skin type, so there will be something for everyone in this series! (Can you tell I’m excited about this one!?)

I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes with you. First, know your limitations and allergies. If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients when you eat them, you will have a reaction on your skin too. If you aren’t sure, do a small test patch on your hand or wrist before applying. I should note that I have dry sensitive skin, so my repertoire is going to be a little fuller in those areas. Plus, the sensitive skin masks will be safe for all skin types. In fact, most of these are great for any skin type, so feel free to experiment. Due to the nature of the ingredients, they are all more sensitive than chemically-driven face masks.

Keep in mind that many of these natural ingredients serve many different functions in skincare, so feel free to mix and match as you think it suits your needs. For each mask, there will be a recipe plus the reason each ingredient was included.

So, let’s get started!!

Sensitive skin avocado greek yogurt lemon

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 tsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Directions 

Mix all ingredients into a creamy paste. You want the consistency to be something that will smooth onto the face like a thick cream. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.Rinse off with warm water.

Benefits

  • Avocado — loaded with monosaturated fatty acids for moisturizing, nourishing, softening, regenerating damaged skin cells, and reducing irritation
  • Greek yogurt — loaded with natural lactic acid (an alphahydroxy acid) which helps exfoliate, rejuvenate, and aid in preventing wrinkles
  • Lemon Juice — contains loads of citric acid and Vitamin C, which is great for toning, evening out dark spots, and aids in controlling unnecessary oil (be careful, don’t use too much lemon juice in this recipe, too much can be drying, so start with a small amount and if you need more, you can add it later)

Sensitive skin avocado banana honey

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. The consistency should be that of a very thick creamy-paste. Apply to skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Benefits

  • Avocado — loaded with monosaturated fatty acids for moisturizing, nourishing, softening, regenerating damaged skin cells, and reducing irritation
  • Banana — filled with loads of Vitamins C and B6, it deposits necessary minerals into the skin for rejuvenation, and because bananas are 75% water, they are great for hydrating the skin to prevent drying and peeling
  • Raw Honey — naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and packed with antioxidants, honey is fabulous for moisturizing as it opens up pores to help unclog tired or angry pores, but because it is a natural humectant, it helps the skin to attract and retain moisture

Normal skin

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup steamed and mashed carrots
  • 1/4 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

Directions

Boil or steam carrots. (I prefer steaming so it doesn’t eliminate all the nutrients through heat). Mash carrots and allow them to cool. (Tip: on a night you’re cooking steamed carrots for dinner, reserve enough for your facemask and keep it in the refrigerator).

Mix all ingredients together well. This one is going to be thick and somewhat goopy in its consistency. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Massage as you rinse off with warm water. Wash face well to ensure egg yolk doesn’t stay on the face. You’ll know it’s time to take this one off when the egg dries to the point your face becomes tight when you smile.

Benefits

  • Carrots — rich in several vitamins and minerals, the potassium in carrots can lead to replenishing skin’s natural moisture, and the high content of Vitamin A helps to heal skin conditions (i.e. rashes, dermatitis, etc caused by Vitamin A deficiencies)
  • Avocado — loaded with monosaturated fatty acids for moisturizing, nourishing, softening, regenerating damaged skin cells, and reducing irritation
  • Egg Yolk — contains Vitamin B3 which boots circulation in the skin making it appear healthier; also helps to treat breakouts
  • Lemon Juice — contains loads of citric acid and Vitamin C, which is great for toning, evening out dark spots, and aids in controlling unnecessary oil (be careful, don’t use too much lemon juice in this recipe, too much can be drying, so start with a small amount and if you need more, you can add it later)
  • Raw Honey — naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and packed with antioxidants, honey is fabulous for moisturizing as it opens up pores to help unclog tired or angry pores, but because it is a natural humectant, it helps the skin to attract and retain moisture

Oily skin

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions

Place coconut oil jar in a sink or bowl filled with very warm water for 5 minutes to liquefy. Combine liquefied coconut oil and fresh squeezed orange juice. Massage into skin. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Gently remove using warm wet washcloth.

Benefits

  • Coconut Oil — You may be concerned that oil on oily skin is NOT OK! Don’t worry, coconut oil is great on oily skin because it’s anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and actually works to pull out the bad oil production from oily skin. This helps balance oily skin while infusing naturally necessary moisture to the skin cells. Think of it this way — with natural oils, it’s Like Attracts Like! So, coconut oil on oily skin is really quite fabulous! I could go on and on about coconut oil, but I won’t! If you’re interested in all the ways coconut oil is great for skin, check out my previous post on the 8 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil for more detailed information.
  • Orange Juice — oranges have massive amounts of Vitamin C, which helps to brighten your complexion, fade dark spots, and bring a general glow to the skin.

That concludes the hydration episode! Next up is exfoliation, and I’ve got some fun ones for you! Please let me know if you try any of these. If you have a great DIY hydrating face mask, PLEASE leave it in the comments below! I want to try the ones that are working for you!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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8 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

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I’m constantly raving about all the ways you can use coconut oil in your beauty regimen, so it’s about time I gave y’all a run down of all the ways I incorporate it. I’m certain there are many more ways to use coconut oil than I list here, so if you have more to offer, please leave them in the comments! I love learning new ways to use it!

Basic Coconut Oil Info:

Before we get into the uses, let’s talk a little bit about WHY coconut oil is so awesome. First, it occurs naturally and is made directly from the “meat” of a coconut. It contains medium chain fatty acids which are healthy fatty acids easily broken down by the body in digestion.  The active ingredient making coconut oil great for skin and hair is called lauric acid. Lauric acid is good stuff, and breast milk is the only other place where such high concentrations of lauric acid is found.

Lauric acid converts to monolaurin which is why coconut oil has antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal, and antifungal properties. This makes it great for use on cuts, scrapes, diaper rash, athletes foot, nail fungus, dandruff, ringworms, eczema, etc. In addition, for skincare purposes, coconut oil functions as an antioxidant which combats premature aging. (Skin naturally oxidizes the fats in skin cells, which is how it ages, and coconut oil fatty acids work to replace those fats.) Basically, the natural fatty acids in coconut oil are like food for your skin.

It comes in a solid form, so you do have to go through a few extra minutes to get it to liquefy. To do that, just place the jar in a sink full of hot water, and within minutes it’s liquefied. Once it cools again, it will return to its solidified state.

Coconut Oil -- solid in the jar
Coconut Oil — solid in the jar
Coconut Oil -- solid scooped out
Coconut Oil — solid scooped out

Now that you know some cool facts about coconut oil, let’s talk about the stuff you came here for….beauty!

1. SCALP & HAIR MASK

Because coconut oil is antifungal and dandruff is generally due to a fungus, the hair and scalp mask is fabulous! It’s also great for deep conditioning hair, leaving it smooth, soft and silky! Here’s how you do it:

  • Place your jar of coconut oil in a sink full of warm water to liquefy it.
  • Take a small amount of the oil and massage it into your scalp and hair.
  • Pin your hair up for 30 minutes (you can let it stay on longer, even overnight, but it’s oil so it will stain sheets and pillowcases, so prepare accordingly)
  • Shampoo out as normal.
This was a photo from earlier this week right after I did the hair + scalp treatment. All I did was blowdry it.
This was a photo from earlier this week right after I did the hair + scalp treatment. All I did was blowdry it.

2. BATH OIL ADDITIVE

Since coconut oil increases the lipid content in your skin, it’s a great addition to your bubble bath. I usually put about 1/4 cup of coconut oil in my night time bubble bath. It doesn’t leave your skin oily or greasy, either!

3. HOT OIL FACIAL TREATMENT

This is probably one of my favorite at-home facial things to do. Friends with oily skin, don’t worry!! It’s perfectly okay to put coconut oil on your face. “Like attracts like” so certain kinds of oils are actually good for oily skin to help rid the skin of bad oil and aid in balancing natural production of oil. So, here’s how you do it:

  • Place jar in a sink full of warm water to liquefy.
  • Remove makeup and wash your face as you normally would.
  • Coat your face in coconut oil.
  • Using a washcloth, wet it with the hottest water you can stand.
  • Drape the washcloth over your face to steam until it cools.
  • Repeat the previous step anywhere from 4-10 times.
  • Use the cloth to wipe your face clean.

This will deep clean your pores as well, and any residual makeup you missed in your regular cleansing will come off onto your washcloth.

4. EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

I make my own eye makeup remover using coconut oil and Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo with filtered water. You can find the full tutorial here.

5. BODY MOISTURIZER

When I have really dry skin in the winter, I put coconut oil on my entire body as a moisturizer. It’s great and seems to absorb fairly quickly. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to leave my skin oily or greasy as you might expect. I have friends who use it on their babies as a moisturizer, for diaper rash, and to treat eczema.

6. SHAVING CREAM

Because coconut oil is a natural moisturizer, it makes for a great shaving cream for women and men alike. It leaves a nice smooth finish post shave, conditions your hair follicles, and moisturizes your skin simultaneously!

7. SUNBURN HEALER

Coconut oil is a great way to feed sunburned skin to aid in the healing process. (Of course, you should always wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher!) You can put the oil directly onto sunburned skin or you can do this:

  • Wet a washcloth with Apple Cider Vinegar and rub lightly on the sunburn to help with stinging. (This part is a God-send.)
  • Follow up with coconut oil.

Easy, right!? I’ve noticed a drastic difference in healing sunburns using this process!

8. ANTISEPTIC/ANTIBACTERIAL FOR CUTS AND SCRAPES & ANTIFUNGAL FOR NAIL FUNGUS

Just apply coconut oil directly onto the cut, scrape, or nail at issue. The monolaurin contained in the lauric acid disrupts the lipid membranes of bacteria, viruses, and fungus thereby helping to destroy them.

I know there are thousands of other ways to use coconut oil. But I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about coconut oil and how I have learned to incorporate it into my beauty regimen.

Please let me know if you try any of these and how it worked out for you. If you’re on social media, tag me in your pics when you do one of these!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Skincare Empties! 1st quarter 2014

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Welcome to part 2 of the empties series! Today, SKINCARE! Let me first start by saying that I have dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin, so I’m overly cautious about ingredients in skincare. Therefore, all of these products are suitable for sensitive dry skin, and may not be suitable or effective for other skin types or other/specific skin concerns.

Without further ado… I’m gonna save you the suspense, and go ahead and tell you that I have already repurchased all of these. Some of these are my second or third repurchase, so I am confident in my recommendation of these products. If you’re interested in knowing why I’ve repurchased them or how I use them, read on for additional details!

Sophyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, available at Sam’s Club, TJMaxx, Amazon, Ebay (prices range from $25 – $59/2pack)

SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary
SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary

This is my absolute favorite moisturizer! I purchased the dual pack at TJ Maxx for $7.99. But, I’ve just learned it’s being discontinued!! Not to fret! You can still find it on Ebay, Amazon, and at Sam’s Club and TJMaxx (in the 2 pack and on the cheap!). I began using this after a very bad allergic reaction (to benzoyl peroxide) because it is completely organic and does not contain irritating chemicals. What I learned, over time, is not only is it a FABULOUS moisturizer, but it also functions as an amazing primer for foundation. I’m really really sad that it’s being discontinued. So, I guess I’m going to have to restock with every bit I can find online. Originally, this was priced at around $50 per tube, so it could potentially be pricey online. Don’t worry, though, it’s totally worth it. I’ll pay $50 for this moisturizer!

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined), $11 (available at your local health food store)

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores
Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores

This is my third full jar of this coconut oil. I use it for almost every beauty remedy known to man — hair masks, face masks, eye makeup remover, overnight moisturizer, bath additive, etc. I could do an entire post on coconut oil and the amazing beauty product it is, but I’ll spare you the long diatribe on this post. I’ll do a full coconut oil post soon, but in the mean time, check out my DIY Eye Makeup Remover using coconut oil here! Oh, and go buy some. You’ll be super glad you did…well, as soon as I get all those coconut oil DIY beauty uses blog post done, right? 🙂

 

 

 

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water (Eau Micellaire Demaquillante), $14 (3.38oz) or $28 (6.7oz), (available at Sephora)

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)
Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)

Micellar/Micellaire Cleansing Waters are one of the trendiest new products in the beauty market, and this is the first one I’ve tried. I quite liked it as a makeup remover, but not as an eye makeup remover. I did a comparison on Instagram between my DIY eyemakeup remover and this product, which you can find here. And while I don’t use it for eye makeup remover, it is a great face makeup remover. I found myself going back to this product over and over again first thing in the morning to just clean overnight skin. It is so refreshing, smells amazing, isn’t oily, and cleanses off any missed makeup or dirt from overnight. I also used it as clean up for makeup mishaps. While it is on the pricey side, I really really recommend this product, and have already repurchased it in the larger size. Simply put, this is a great all around product to have around whether you’re in a clean-up pinch or in need of a morning skin refresher.

Buche de Noel Cleanser, $14.95 (available seasonally at Lush)

Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush
Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush

Buche de Noel Cleanser is Lush’s seasonal cleanser available at Christmas time each year. (Lush has seasonal products made fresh and available at certain times each year.) I love this cleanser. It contains almond shells and kaolin clay for exfoliation, satsuma oranges for brightening, shea butter and glycerin for moisturizing dry skin, Nori seaweed for intense nutrients, and a shot of Brandy for toning. It is one of my favorite cleaners, and I always buy two at Christmas to last me a little longer. It’s a clay/mud-like consistency, so it’s not your typical cleanser. However, in the off months that this one is not available, I purchase Angels on Bareskin, which is pretty similar in texture, and seems to do the same for my skin although it contains some different (and similar) ingredients. If you haven’t tried either of these cleansers, I urge you to give them a try. They are incredible!!

 

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35 (available from your local BeautiControl Constultant)

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant
BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant

I have been through so many of these eye cremes, I’m losing count. It’s been my favorite for years, and if you’re interested, I’ve done a full review here. In a nutshell, it is highly moisturizing and contains ingredients to slough off dead skin (visually!) and encourage cell turnover. Need I say more?! If you need a recommendation for a BeautiControl Consultant, please feel free to ask. I am not a consultant, as I like to remain as impartial as possible with this blog, but I can provide you with some recommendations in your area.

 

 

 

 

c.Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8 (available at Ulta and Glossybox — link below)

c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox
c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox

I received this in a Glossybox months ago, and have become addicted. It’s the first thing I grab after I put on my serum and I truly notice a difference when I do not use it. It’s a light oil you mist onto your face and decolletage that absorbs into the skin immediately without leaving your skin greasy. It smells lovely of almonds and honey, surprise surprise! Once, I forewent using this for about 2 weeks, and my skin started freaking out. (Let’s be honest, I ran out of it!) As soon as I put it back into my routine, my skin immediately rebounded. Is it a miracle product? Probably not. But is it a product that functions as a building block in your skincare routine? Absolutely. And at $8, who can resist?! For the Glossybox link to purchase, click here. Oh, and it lasts for ages, so it’s a super bargain there too!

I went into a little more detail here than I did with the hair empties because I feel like what you put on your face is important. It can make you feel beautiful or make you extremely frustrated, so I like to take more care and detail with skincare products. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve tried and/or finished a skincare product recently that you cannot wait to repurchase! I am dying to know what you’re finding out there!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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