Treat Your Skin: Coconut Oil Benefits

Treat Your Skin: Coconut Oil Benefits

I don’t know about everyone else, but I love the holiday season. It’s that time of year when you can nom on tons of salty italian foods at family parties, indulge in sweet delicious treats my coworkers bring into the office, drink champagne and be merry. And uually I can do all of that without feeling guilty (most of the time.) It’s the holiday season after all! But there is a down side to all that over indulging. Jam packing my holiday schedule and my belly starts to wear on me after a few days. And where else does it show besides my waistline? My skin! The winter dry season is bad as is – and over-eating and under sleeping only makes it worse. So that’s when I take a time out and treat my skin to some TLC with some lovely coconut oil. So perhaps we should talk about it: How to use coconut oil for skin benefits – shall we?

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How to Use Coconut Oil For Skin Healing

Any time I tell people I put coconut oil on my face they totally freak out… as if lathering my skin with fatty oil is going to either make me blow-up or break-out.. but if you are really interested in how to use coconut oil for skin therapy – whether is for healing your dry skin or just giving yourself an extra glow, I’d say the first step is to stop freaking out about putting oil all over your face. Calm the F down. It isn’t gonna make pizza face happen. Let it go.

 

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

-Using Coconut oil for your skin is cost effective:  I order mine online or grab a big jug  or from Stop and Shop — they make a really cheap big bottle that keeps me stocked for months. Switching from crazy expensive chemically filled products to just a basic coconut oil has not only made the difference for my skin, but it is so much better for my wallet too!… see benefit number 2:

-It’s natural. Probably better than a ton of the chemical packed lotions we usually lather our skin with on the regular. In some native countries, coconut oil is used to protect your skin from the sun without all the chemical additives and stuff.  Even though I wouldn’t recommend replacing your SPF with coconut oil, making a mask on the regular at home is great. The oil is packed with vitamin E that helps repair your skin and prevent scaring in some cases. It helps refresh and hydrate your skin and gives you an amazing glow!

-It’s healthy. And you can eat it. Multipurpose. Need I say more?
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How to Use Coconut Oil For Skin Healing and Caring

-Usually I will lather my skin with the oil about 2 times a week. I prepare my face by exfoliating with a nice dry brushing ritual I posted last month.. I’ll exfoliate and scrub off the dead skin before applying a nice layer of oil on my face. When it’s done, I just rinse it off and finish with a nice cool wash.

-I use it to moisturize my face, my arms, and the dry spots of my legs.

-Its great for taking off makeup at the end of a long day!

-Oh.. and sometimes I use it to shave. It actually works wonders compared to shaving gel!

There is nothing that gives my face that extra boost when I am tired than a nice coconut oil benefit …. seriously… coconut oil is the best thing ever. I swear by it.

 

 

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I am planning on a nice relaxing day today full of spa treatments: Embracing the Coconut oil benefit on my face with a nice mask, some intense H2O drinking  followed by some serious chick flick binging. I want to relax and do nothing but relax today!!! The holiday seriously wore me out!

Other Ideas for How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin

-Make your own body butter

-Make your own body scrub – see this recipe  for cellulite fixing

-Treat cold sores

-Treat dry hands and dry feet

-Homemade deodorant

-Lip Balm

-Hair mask treatments

-Replace your shave gel with coconut oil

-Sun burn relief

(and my favorite idea)

Makeup remover!!!

 

 

 

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How to Feel Beautiful: Eight Simple Ways to Feel Confident and Gorgeous

How to Feel Beautiful: Eight Simple Ways to Feel Confident and Gorgeous

Want to feel beautiful? It’s easier than you think. Last week on What is Perfection I talked about how being single gave me the opportunity to love myself the way I deserved. (Didn’t read it? You should. Here.As a follow up, I wanted to give you some awesome tips and tricks on how to make yourself feel beautiful and confident! 

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Before we jump into this amazing post on how to feel beautiful and confident each and every single day (written by the awesome Gabby), I want to tell you all about the bigger amazing step you can take to reclaim your confidence. Feeling beautiful is something that requires practice, hard work and dedicated self love.

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Now, Just like we promised… here’s Gabby’s Amazing Story on Feeling Confident and Gorgeous Every day!

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We are our own worst critics. Remember that scene ha Mean Girls when Gretchen, Karen, and Regina are standing in front of the mirror and criticizing the way they look?

“My nail beds suck!”

It’s a funny scene, but it mirrors the reality of what we do to ourselves. If I stare at a mirror for too long, I start to judge my acne scars, small laugh lines that are starting to peek through, or the way my nostrils flare when I smile really hard…

In those moments I need to remind myself to step back and tell myself that there are so many things about me that are beautiful.

And there are simple, daily tasks that you do for yourself can help you feel confident and feelbeautiful, both inside and out every single day!

Try incorporating a few of these tasks during your day, or even just a few times a week, to radiate beauty!

How to Feel Beautiful

Small tips and tricks to make yourself Feel Beautiful Every Day!

 

Make a list! This is a tip I picked up from Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous! by Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, of the Tone It Up Fitness Program. In a journal, notebook, laptop, the notes section on your phone, etc., make a list of all the things you like about yourself! Don’t be shy or modest. This is a list for your eyes only! Start with your physical characteristics (those are usually easier to come up with.) Maybe you love your eyes, your shiny hair, or the way you smile! Once you get those physical qualities down on your list of what makes you feel beautiful, start to dig a little deeper. What would your friends say about you? Are you a generous person? A thoughtful friend who always listens? Can you make people laugh? Put it all out there for you to see and appreciate and feel beautiful! Now move on to the things you’re good at! Are you a fantastic chef? What about dancing? Are you good at any sports? Once you’ve made your list, read it over, and just look at how amazing you are!

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Give yourself a facial! I have been a facemask junkie since I was in the sixth grade. There’s something about a facial that just makes you feel so clean and radiant! Find a good quality mask that works well with your skin. I love Aztec Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar when I’m having a breakout.

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On a normal day, I like Tone It Up’s K+K Beach Clay Masque with Sea Algae. It’s wonderful for all skin types, very hydrating and balancing, and smells amazing. It makes me feel so beautiful after I use it!  If you feel like going all out, visit an aesthetician and get a facial professionally done! They’ll extract your pores and do all sorts of things you can’t have done at home!

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Meditate. Meditation can make some people uncomfortable, simply because they don’t know much about it or, and they aren’t familiar with the proper technique. If you’re a beginner, try this for starters: Pick a quiet spot in your home that doesn’t offer you any distractions or interruptions. Make sure it is an area where you can sit up right or lay down comfortably. I like using my yoga mat for my meditation time. Set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes. This will keep you from wondering “how long as it been?” and will help you stay focused and relaxed without worrying about the clock. When you are ready and calm, take a deep inhale and release it with a big exhale. Try not to let your mind wander, and focus on your breath. After a few deep inhales and exhales, once your mind is calm, start repeating the following mantra over and over again. “I am beautiful. I am confident. I am radiant.” Tell yourself whatever your body and mind needs to hear. When the timer goes off, finish with one deep and final inhale and exhale. Keep that positive affirmation going throughout the day, and find opportunities to tell yourself  “I am beautiful” to remind yourself how beautiful you truly are. The more you say something, the more you believe it.

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Try a new make up tutorial to feel beautiful! Sometimes, all we need is a change from our regular routine, and changing up our make up look can help! Try something new and exciting to feel beautiful! Do you typically do soft eyeliner? Try going for a cat eye! Soft pinks are your favorite lipstick hue? Go rock a bold red! When I want to try something new, I find a makeup tutorial on YouTube. My favorite YouTube makeup artist is Carli Bybel. She has such a positive outlook and always starts her tutorials with an inspiring quote. Beautiful both inside and out!

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Get your hair did. Seriously, treat yoself, girl.  Feel Beautiful ! When I’m having a bad day, nothing makes me feel as good as going to Dry Bar and getting my hair done. Make that look last with some dry shampoo! Or if getting your hair done isn’t your thing, get your nails done! Anyway you can pamper yourself will put you in a good mood and make you feel prettier than you already are!

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Sweat it out! Whenever I put on a cute workout outfit for a class at my gym, a SoulCycle workout, or my own personal sweat session… I feel sexy and badass. I feel beautiful. For real. Try it and see. Watch yourself in the mirror as your ponytail flips on your spinning bike, or think about your inner confidence as you punch, block, and kick butt in your kickboxing class! You’ll strut out of the gym like you’re Beyonce! Feel beautiful just thinking about it? I thought so. Plus, the endorphins are going to make your body buzz and put you in such a good mood and make you feel beautiful!

As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make people happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.

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Stop comparing yourself to others. I know, easier said than done. When I wanted to kick the habit of comparing myself to other people, or to stop any negative thought about myself, the “rubber band trick” was a great way to take control. Don’t know about it? Wear a rubber band around your wrist, (no, your hair tie won’t do for this) and any time you have a negative thought about yourself or compare yourself to other people, snap the rubber band against your wrist. The snap will shock your mind, and well, snap you out of it. 

Just remember, take care of your mind and body, believe you are beautiful, and I promise you will feel beautiful.

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Manicure At Home Do’s and Dont’s

Manicure At Home Do’s and Dont’s

Want the perfect manicure at home with out paying the cost of a professional salon visit this holiday? This is me.

So here it is: how to give yourself a professional manicure for zero the cost with Essie ! Paint your nails and look professional at home

In the past, even when I was using a professional high quality nail polish like Essie to paint my nails at home — Sometimes my manicure just didn’t come out as pretty as a professional in-salon manicure — no matter how hard I tried! But then….. I found some awesome tips for giving yourself the perfect at home mani, that now I swear by this routine and don’t even have to go to the salon!

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How to Give yourself the perfect at home manicure

Tips for getting that cute manicure at home

First, invest in a high quality product. I used to think regular cheap polishes at the supermarket were just as good to use. But the reality is the hire quality products tend to offer a longer lasting look. The polish chips less frequently and the shine is more continual than you would get choosing an off brand product. Essie Nail polish is by far my favorite brand to use for my manicure at home. The names of the colors are always adorable and there is always a fun selection at Ulta and Sephora.

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This one is called “Smooth Sailing” … how adorable!

2. As I mentioned in my previous post on at home manicures (A review I did on Gel Polishes) You should always soak your nails in warm water after cleaning up your cuticles and and shaping your nails. No matter what type of manicure at home you are doing.

3. “Keep your paint in a cool, dry, dark place aka your fridge. Storing your nail polish in the refrigerator helps the formula to last longer. Especially since heat and sunlight can alter the thickness and color.” (Read more about it here on Cosmo)

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4. Don’t shake your polish! This is something we all tend to do (and i still do sometimes if I”m in a rush) but rolling the polish back and forth in your hand actually keeps the color more consistent! Giving yourself a manicure at home doesn’t have to be hard as long as you have the patience for it !

5. Apply A THIN coat to your manicure at home . It is much better to have to do two layers of a paint job and let each layer dry individually than to have one thick coat. Doing separate lighter layers will make the color last longer and will actually prevent pealing of the polish.

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6. Always use a top coat and base coat when painting your nails! Sally Hansen has a great formula for a base coat that isn’t too expensive! It’s great for your manicure at home !

7. Allow your nails to dry for at least a half an hour with your manicure at home before doing anything rough with your hands. (this one is a duh, but setting the timer works for me… Netflix Binge watching works wonders too)

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And my favorite trick of all for a manicure at home !! … when your done with your half an hour, run your hands under ice cold water! The cold temperature actually helps harden that last top layer of polish and prevents the risk of smudges or bumps in your manicure!

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Skin Pt. 2: The Simple Detox Bath

Skin Pt. 2: The Simple Detox Bath

Every once in a while when my body is feeling achey and my skin is missing that special glow, I start craving that serious spa time. Whether I’m actually tired or my skin just looks really tired, I have the simple quick-fix solution: A Simple Detox Bath Recipe that cures all!

There are so many easy ways to care for your skin, like my post about Dry Brushing.

And taking care of your skin is super important for overall health and wellness, because one third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. So learn how to treat your skin with care! And every once in a while use this really easy and powerful Detox Bath Recipe for feeling amazing again!

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This detox bath recipe is so simple!

All you need is Epsom Salt and Baking Soda.

You can buy both ingredients at any supermarket or drug store and spend less than five dollars.

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Detox Bath Recipe

Ingredients:

2parts Baking Soda (I use 2 cups for a strong Detox)

1 Part Epsom Salt (I use 1 cup)

Directions:

Fill the bathtub with water at a temperature that is warmer than usual (but not too hot!) and add your ingredients when the tub at least 1/2 way full. I like to take turns pouring the ingredients in to even out the mixture and then stir the bathwater as best I can so the sulfates can dissolve evenly. Lay for at least a half an hour to get the best results.

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I like to really take my time relaxing and enjoying the bath as much as I possibly can. To relax, I put on some calming music and try to shut my eyes. Don’t fall asleep!! use the quiet time as a form of meditation!

Note: If you have never done a detox bath before,I recommend easing your way into the powerful mixture and maybe start with half the servings of the ingredients.

I save this detox bath recipe for days when I am really feeling crummy. If my mood is a little off base or if my energy level is low — or even if I feel like I am coming down with something, this bath is my simple go to that I swear works wonders!

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Amazing Sexy Slogan T-Shirts I am Dying to Own

Amazing Sexy Slogan T-Shirts I am Dying to Own

Amazing T-Shirt slogans…. How to feel beautiful on the inside and out?? Dress With Confidence… and These Motivational T-Shirt slogans Are Seriously the Tits. Anyone who tells you otherwise either hate that expression or is totally weird.

I stumbled on these amazing shirts.. lately, I have become obsessed with cook quoted T’s that just make me feel like such a lady and such a badass at the same time. Check these out!

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Mink Pink Whiskey and Wolves Ivory Tank Top Amazing T-Shirt Slogan Am I right?


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