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DIY Pomegranate, Brown Sugar Honey Scrub

Last Fall, I did a post on the DIY Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub.  At the time, I thought that recipe was the best thing going, until months later, I started to experiment with other products in my kitchen.

Pomegranate Facial Scrub

Knowing that pomegranate aids in cell regeneration, anti-aging, and sun protection, I decided to add pomegranate juice to the recipe.  In replace of olive oil, I decided to add honey.  Honey is a natural antibacterial, so it helps with the occasional breakouts, it helps keep the skin moisturized, and just like pomegranate, it full of antioxidants, which helps slow down aging.

Heres What I Did:

  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of pomegranate juice *Add more brown sugar to thicken if needed
  • Gently massage the scrub onto my face
  • Rinsed it off with warm water

I like this recipe much better than the brown sugar and olive oil recipe.  My skin still feels just as soft as the previous recipe, but, it also feels moisturized, which helps create a glow.

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My Halloween Costume:: DIY Centaur

If you been following the blog for sometime you know how I love to create my own costume.  One of my favorite Halloween creations was my Poison Ivy costume, over 3 years ago.

This year, I wanted to make something a little more difficult, a centaur.  Centaur which represent the zodiac sign, Sagittarius, the Archer,  is a mythological half-man, half-horse.  Sagittarius is  said to represent an inner spirit to free ones self from mankinds animalistic nature, and enhance the purpose of the soul.

This was a very difficult, yet fun task.  Everything, with the exception of the wig and jewelry, were either made from scratch or altered.   The form of the horse was first made out of chicken wire, then covered with paper mache (my least fave part), added foam and stuffing for dimension, metal pieces and duck tape for stability and covered with faux fur.  We added wheels to make it mobile. My pants were sown out of the same fur.   The corset was actually white, I tried to dye it brown but it didnt turn out right, so we covered it with faux leather. I purchased the bow and arrow and quiver as a kit and sprayed parts of it gold.  The skirt was made of brown faux leather  with a gold netted material sown on top. I ran into a lot roadblocks with keeping donk stable, (also, cut myself with the wire, burn fingers with the glue gun and even stepped on a needle), but after a couple of tweaks we got her rolling and sitting up perfectly.

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Humidity-Proof Hairstyle :: Pin Curls

I love to wear my hair straight, but with the summers heat and humidity, thats nearly impossible.   Trust, Ive tried a ton of  products, but, I have yet to come across a product that is completely frizz proof.  So, as a result, Ive had to take matters into my own hands, by figuring out an humidity-proof hairstyle.  I decided to roll with pin curls,  because even when its humid out, the curls will still hold, even if if they drop  just a little.

 

Heres what I used:

  • Curling Iron (the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl) or you could even use your flat iron
  • Mizanis Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Serum
  • Hair Pins

I dont use hairspray, but if you maximum hold, you can add that as well.  Also, remember, the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl.  I prefer more loose waves/big curls, so I use a larger barrel.

At night I just pin it, and wrap it up with a scarf.  In the morning, I take out the pins, use my fingers to comb through it and go.

What are some of your humidity-proof hairstyles and tips?

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Review :: Croc 2 Infrared Flat Irons

I was looking for new flat irons and came across Croc Infrared Flat Irons.  I immediately looked them up on Folicia to check out the reviews.  Folicia actually had the Croc 2 Infrared Flat Irons listed on their Top Picks for thick, coarse and/or curly hair below the shoulder and it had great reviews from consumers.

Heres the run down:

 

The Croc 2 Infra-red 1Inch Flat Iron is internationally patented to combine ceramic, tourmaline, titanium and infrared technology. It reconditions and reconstructs your hair while maintaining health and providing powerful styling. Faster heat penetration makes styling quicker which keeps your hair healthier.  With a 450F maximum heat setting, this iron is perfect for giving or maintaining keratin treatments. But remember, if you are turning up the temp, make sure to use a heat protectant!

Features
Infrared Benefits:

Balances moisture

Prevents hair damage and dandruff

Stimulates hair growth

Protects color treated hair

Removes bacteria and odor

Keeps hair healthy by sealing moisture and adding silky shine

Technology:

Dual Plate technology maintains even heat across the plates at all times

Infra-red heat is highly efficient, fast acting, non-toxic and non-allergic

Fastest heat-up and recovery processes

Digital temperature control offers 25 heat settings from 280F 450F in increments of 10F

Perfect for keratin treated hair

Seals in moisture, adds silkiness and shine, and maintains style all day60% faster and more effective straightening or styling than the average flat iron

Industrys first environmentally friendly Green Digital DisplayAutomatic shut-off

I just colored my hair, so maintaining its moisture, along with taming my thick hair, were SUPER important to me.  At a costly $160, I was a little worried that they might not work as good as my Amikas, but luckily, I have a 30% off coupon and ULTA has a great return policy, so I purchased it.

The first time I used it, I didnt use the infrared feature (I actually didnt know how to turn that feature on).  I went up to 420 to test them out.  My hair felt very silky and didnt have that burnt hair smell, which was a plus.  I used them again on my mom, who has fine hair.  I actually figured out how to use the infrared feature with her (push the power button twice).  I noticed a difference when I used the infrared on a strand of her hair, it felt more soft and silky.  Usually, she would get on me about spending $160 on some flat irons, but she was pretty satisfied with the product and results.


So heres what I think:

Love the digital temperature control

Love that it heats up super fast

Love that automatic cut off

Love that my hair gets straight with a single pass

Love that I didnt have deal with the burnt hair smell

Heres what I recommend:

Get a warranty! Majority of the negative comments came from a defect on the iron after constant use over a couple of months/years.

Use a heat protectate product.

If your hair is color treated, relaxed and/or not in good condition, dont crank up the heat.

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Homemade Du Jour Review

I was recently sent some products to review from Homemade Du Jour. I was really interested in their products because, not only do they make handcrafted, organic, eco-chic skincare products, but, also, they’re a small business based in the Maryland area, so I definitely wanted to help support a local small business.

 

I received samples of the Lemon Lavender Organic Sugar Scrub, Organic Lavender Shea Body Butter and the Organic Face Cream. Here’s the rundown:

LEMON LAVENDER ORGANIC SUGAR SCRUB

Ingredients: organic raw cane sugar, organic unrefined cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic lemon, lavender buds, Non-GMO Tocopherols from Soy (Vit. E), lemon essential oil, organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil.

I tried the sugar scrub on my legs in the shower. Though I’m not a big fan of citrus scented products, the lavender in the scrub lured me in. The scrub has a gentle grit that left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. It can get a little messy with the lavender buds, but nothing that a little water can’t fix.

 

ORGANIC FACE CREAM (Mixed/Oily Skin)


Ingredients: Vitellaria paradoxa (shea) butter*, Mangifera Indica Seed (mango) Butter, Virgin Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Garcinia indica (kokum) butter, filtered beeswax, Arrowroot powder*, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, Boswellia sacra (frankincense) essential oil, Jasmine Green Tea*, Aloe Vera Powder*, Tocopherols (Vit. E) from Soy**. *USDA Organic **Non-GMO

I have to admit I was a bit hesitate to use this cream on my face, because it is on the heavy side. With my oily/acne prone skin, the last thing I want is a product clogging up my skin, but I was amazed on how well my skin took to the cream. Even with it being a little heavy, I didn’t experience any extra oiliness or breakouts and it actually helped my makeup go on flawlessly. I love it and of course the SPF is an added bonus.

 

ORGANIC LAVENDER SHEA BODY BUTTER

Ingredients: Organic raw Vitellaria paradoxa (Shea) butter, Organic unrefined Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) oil, Organic Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherols from Soy (Vit. E).

I’m always a big fan of shea butter based products, because shea butter is an amazing moisturizer, so I was happy to have this included in the sample. I always hate it when I have to reapply a moisturizer throughout this day, but not with this body butter, as its Etsy page stats, “a little bit goes a very long way” and it lasts throughout the day.

Overall, I was very impressed with the products, especially, the Organic Face Cream. It feels good knowing you’re using products that not only make you look, feel and smell good, but that’s also organic and naturally made .

 

Interested in trying any Homemade Du Jour products?  Homemade Du Jour is offering a 10% coupon, valid on minimum purchases of $15.  Use the code is: VANITYRICH.  Please note that the Face Cream (Mixed/Oily) is currently only available by custom order request.

DIY Silk Press

DIY Silk Press

You know how were always trying to achieve that salon look at home, but it never quite looks or feel the same?  Well,  I think I found a DIY recipe for a silk press, that looks just like youve stepped out of the salon.  Now, some of you are probably asking, what is a silk press.   A silk press is a modern day hair press, but a flat iron is instead of a pressing comb.  No grease or heavy oils to weigh your hair done.  When a silk press done properly, your hair should feel light, shiny and silky.

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Heres what I used:

  • Paul Mitchells Clarifying Shampoo Three
  • Suaves Keratin Infused Smoothing Shampoo (Still one of my faves)
  • Suaves Keratin Infused Smoothing Conditioner
  • Its A 10s Miracle Leave-In Product
  • Biosilk Silk Therapy

The Process:

  • I washed my hair twice with Paul Mitchells Clarifying Shampoo.
  • I used Suaves Keratin Infused Smooth Shampoo to
  • Followed up with Suaves Keratin Conditioner, combing it through and did a steam treatment for about 30 mins (will do a post on the DIY steam treatment this week).
  • Rinsed the conditioner out with cold water.  Remember using cold water helps seal the moisture in your hair and increases shine.
  • Applied Its a 10 Miracle Leave-In and combed it through the ends.
  • Blew my hair dry
  • Once dry I applied Biosilks Silk Therapy through my hair.
  • I finished up by flat ironing my hair.

And here is the end result

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Have you tried a DIY silk press?  Let me know what you think.

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DIY Brown Sugar and Olive Scrub

DIY Brown Sugar and Olive Scrub

I recently ran out of my MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and wanted to try a DIY recipe instead of purchasing something new.  I try the baking soda scrub once.  It caused some irritation, so I never used that recipe again.  I heard about sugar being a great exfoliate and decided to give it a try.

 

Heres what I did:

 

  • I simply mixed 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • After I applied the mixture to my face, I gently rubbed the scrub throughout my face.
  • After I rinsed off the scrub, I used a warm cloth to get rid of the excess oil.

Let me tell you, my face has NEVER felt so soft.  Its crazy all the money Ive spent over the years on  exfoliators, from Bobbi Brown , when I had an even better product in my cabinet.  Trail and error, I suppose.

 

Ill keep this up twice a week and see how it goes.  Remember, its important to exfoliate at least once or twice a week to remove the dead skin off the surface, especially since the days are getting the cooler.

 

Let me know if youve tried this scrub recipe before.  If you haven’t, try out and tell me what you think.

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My Hair Skincare Routine (Oil Cleansing Method) : Castor, Coconut Grapeseed Oils

As a beauty addict, Im always on the quest for new amazing products especially if I can save money.  Ive been hearing a lot about the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) and how these same oils are great for your hair, so I have been using  natural oils, such as castor oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil, in my hair care and skincare routine.

 

CASTOR OIL

Castor oil contains vitamin E, minerals, proteins, antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties. Scientists attribute its healing benefits to its unusual chemical composition, which consists of a triglyceride of fatty acids with ricinoleic acid of up to 90 percent. In addition to healing benefits, castor oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties, all of which are related to healthy hair growth.

 

 

 

BENEFITS

  • Highly effective remedy for hair thinning and hair loss.
  • Applying to scalp prevents dry and itchy scalp.
  • The oil mends hair scales bringing back shine and strength to the dull and lifeless hair.
  • The ricinoleic acid in castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria, to cure acne.
  • The glossiness of the bean oil makes it a popular choice for lip balms.
  • Keeps the skin looking smooth, youthful and unlined.
  • Thickens eyelashes and eyebrows

 

REMEMBER

Castor oil isnt a moisturizer, its a sealant.  So make sure you use a water based moisturizer for your hair. Castor oil can be drying, so adding olive oil or another moisturizing oil can prevent dryness of the skin.

WHERE TO BUY:  Most supermarkets or pharmacies may also sell castor oil in small bottles in the laxatives section.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil has numerous benefits for both hair and skin. It is nutrition for all hair types, helping hair to shine, softening hair, remedying damaged hair by helping to preserve the hairs natural proteins  and can even providing relief from dandruff.  For the skin, coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, and especially for dry and older skin. Coconut oil is so good at smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles and helping with skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis that its often added to commercial skin care products.  And theres more––the lauric acid in coconut oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

 

BENEFITS

  • It is effective in reducing the protein loss for damaged and undamaged hair.
  • It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair.
  • Provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.
  • Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including  dry skin, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
  • Prevents premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its remarkable properties.
  • Great as an effective natural deodorant.

 

REMEMBER

Look for extra virgin, that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized.  This form of coconut oil is the most safe and skin friendly. It has a very low melting point and does not solidify on your skin, clogging up the pores, as is the case with other coconut oils.  A small amount goes a long way.  Too much oil will leave your hair greasy and stringy.  Also, do not leave the oil in your hair for more than a day without washing it, your hair will become greasy.

WHERE TO BUY:  Health food stores like Whole Foods

 

GRAPESEED OIL

Grape seed oil contains high quantities of Vitamin E and F and also minerals like zinc potassium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and selenium. But most of all grape seed oil is rich in proanthocyanidins (OPC) a compound that is high in antioxidants which are 50 times more effective than Vitamin E and 20 times stronger than Vitamin C. Antioxidants are found in grape skins and seeds and are more concentrated in red and black grapes.  These great components make grape seed extract an asset in the production of massage oils and balms, hair and hygienic products, face and body moisturizers, as well as in sunblocks and sunburn ointments.

 

BENEFITS

  • It contains 73% of linoleic acid which may be beneficial in the treatment of acne, dermatitis, allergic reactions, atopic eczema and dry and itchy skin.
  • Protects against UV radiation, and lightens the effects on age spots and pigmented skin caused by ultra violet rays.
  • The antioxidant activity may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and saggy skin activity may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and saggy skin.
  • The grapeseed oil for hair protects the hair from heat.
  • Because it is lightweight, it is quickly absorbed by the scalp and moisturizes the hair follicles from the roots down.

 

REMEMBER

When buying Grape Seed Oil, look for cold-pressed organic oil since it retains most of the natural beneficial ingredients compared to the chemically pressed oils.

 

WHERE TO BUY:  Grape Seed Extract is available at most herbal food and drug stores. It can be purchased in the form of capsules, tablets, oil and powder.

 

MY SKINCARE REGIME:  THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD

I have been experiencing issues with acne and redness lately, and  Ive  heard so many great benefits of using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), that I decided to give it a try.  I know using oil to cleanse your face sounds pretty strange, but judging from the reviews Ive read, its worth trying.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Cleansers, exfoliates, astringents, and scrubs can strip the skin from its essential oils (sebum).  Although Ive been taught to wash my face twice a day, what that actually does is strip my skin from its natural glow and lead to an unhealthy cycle of skin irritation and acne.

Crazy as it sounds, oil dissolves oil.  So by using the OCM , youre getting rid of the dirty oil, while replenishing it with nourishing oil.  This will eventually clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.

 

HERE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • PREPARATION

Castor oil and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) are the most common combination of oils used in the OCM.  Castor oil is great for cleansing and dissolving, and it is also antibacterial, but it also can be drying, so depending on your skin type,  youll want to use more or less castor oil proportionally to the other oils.

OTHER OILS:

Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)

Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)

Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)

Avocado (dry and aging skin)

Sunflower Seed (all skin types)

Olive (all skin types)

 

OIL CLEANSING RATIO

Dry Skin: Blend 1 tablespoon castor oil with 3 tablespoons carrier oil.

Normal Skin: Blend 2 tablespoons castor oil with 2 tablespoons carrier oil.

Oily Skin: Blend 3 tablespoons castor oil with 1 tablespoon carrier oil.

Remember, that what may work for others, may not work for you.  So you can adjust the ratio to what suits you.  I have oily skin, so I use grapeseed oil as my carrier oil, and because Ive noticed that the castor oil can be drying so I put a little on grapeseed oil into the mixture and/or apply olive oil as a moisturizer.

  • CLEANSE: You dont have to remove your makeup, you can start with a dirty face.  After youre finished mixing the oils, pour a quarter-size into your palm and begin to massage the oils into your face for about two minutes.
  • RINSE: Put a washcloth under hot water.  Adjust the heat to let it cool and it apply the warm washcloth to your face for 10-15 seconds.  Then begin to gently wipe the remaining oil from your face.

If your face is feeling tight and dry, you can apply a drop or two of the carrier oil to moisturize your skin.  Use the OCM at night and in the morning, simply just a damp washcloth to gently wipe your face.  Ive only been using it for a couple of days, so its too early to give any results, but I will keep you posted.

 

MY HAIR CARE ROUTINE

Castor oil is beneficial with hair thinning/loss and dry scalp, so I like to massage it in my scalp and along my hair line.

I use coconut oil as an hot oil treatment and deep conditioner.  After I wash my hair, I mix it with my hair mask, sit under my heated cap for about an hour and rinse it out.  Ive also seen reviews of people using it as a pre-poo.  Remember that coconut oil can cause hair to be stringy and greasy so you want to rinse it out.

Because its lightweight and odorless, I love to to use grapeseed oil as a moisturizer for my hair.  It helps add shine and hydration without looking stringy and feeling greasy.

 

Drinking Lemon Water Ginger

Morning Drink :Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Ginger

I drink coffee almost everyday.  Recently, I decided to switch it up, and opt for a healthier morning drink, by drinking hot lemon water with ginger.  Sure, its not as tasty as a White Mocha, but, the benefits certainly outweigh any cup of Joe.

 

A natural cleanse,  lemon water with ginger works wonders for the skin.

Water

Drinking enough water is important to keep you hydrated so that your organs and systems function properly. It is also important for your looks, as some of the signs of dehydration are sagging, drawn skin and brittle hair and nails. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no one perfect formula for deciding how much water you need, but the basic 8 by 8 rule—8 ounces of water, eight times a day—is a good rule of thumb.

Lemons

Lemon juice contains high levels of potassium and vitamin C. A strong antioxidant, lemon juice is also a mild diuretic, so adding lemons to your drinking water can help support your liver and kidneys in their natural job of flushing out toxins.

Ginger

Fresh ginger contains something called gingerol, which possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and aids in healthy cellular activity in the gastrointestinal tract.

 

Heres what youll need:

  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger sliced thinly or grated
  • lemon
  • cup of hot water

Simply pour boiling water over the ginger, let steep for about 5mins then add lemon juice.

Ive been doing it for 6 days so far.

Even if you cant see yourself giving up coffee for a few days, you can still implement drinking lemon water in your morning routine, before the coffee. Are you up for the challenge?

 

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This Weeks Beauty Quote :: This Time Baby, Ill Be Waterproof

Men are like mascara, they run at the slightest display of emotion. Kabir Bedi

It might be a breakup, a difficult boss, or just an all out bad day, but every woman has a breaking point.  As Kelly Cutrone said it, If you have to cry, go outside.  Yet, when the tears are inevitable, to avoid making the situation any messier, waterproof mascara is your BFF.  Simply, let it out, let it go and keep that beautiful face intact.

Here are some suggestions for waterproof mascara

Let us know know about your favorite waterproof mascara.

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