RANDOM LIFESTYLE FAVORITES-BEAUTY EDITION

A lot of people have asked me on random occasions about my favorite beauty products or what I am wearing at that very moment. While I am no fashionista or a makeup-ista (??) I do have some favorite products which I wear like a uniform.

I love me a simple routine. Less is better when is comes to makeup too. Although I looove to experiment, these are my go-to products for he past few months (some for the past few years). My mantra when it comes to beauty products is………………………..

 

                                  “If it works….stick with it!”

 

To give you an idea, my skin type is normal-dry and tends to get oily in the t-zone (not the fry egg type oily though). Thanks to the blazing California sun and my very own carelessness my skin has visibly darkened or should I say burnt in the last few years.

(Lesson learnt………….Start using SPF the moment you can say ABC 🙂 )

Without further ado here are my most enjoyed beauty products.

 

PACIFICA BEAUTY ALIGHT MULTI-MINERAL BB CREAM

 

bb cream

 

It is more like a tinted moisturizer than a BB Cream which provides a light coverage to the skin giving it a sheer illuminating glow. Perfect for every day wear. If you are looking for a matte bb cream then this is not for you.

The shade adjusts to your skin tone and blends well. Does not have any funky smell which is added bonus.

 

Who can buy???

Someone with normal or dry skin looking for that beautiful glow. Super oily skin types, stay away.

 

Where to Buy???

Amazon or Pacifica Website

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND® ERASER DARK CIRCLES TREATMENT CONCEALER

 

 

For days when you are sleep deprived (ring any bells??) and are a complete zombie with BIG DARK UNDEREYE CIRCLES, Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is God send. It works like magic. A little goes a looong way.

If your dark circles peek thru even after applying the concealer then first put the neutralizer and add the concealer on top. I have been using this concealer for the past soo many years and no matter how many high or low-end brand concealer I buy, I always end up reaching out for this slim baby. It costs less than $10, so next time you are in a beauty/drug store pick one up. No regrets!!!

 

Who can buy???

Anyone who doesn’t want to look like a Racoon. Easily workable with all skin types.

 

Where to Buy???

Amazon or Target

GARNIER SKIN ACTIVE MOISTURE BOMB SPF 30

 

I have confession to make. For the longest time I did not wear any SPF.

Why?

I simply hate, hate the white, weird smelling concoctions.

After much search I found La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen and it has been my favorite like for ever, but a few months back when I ran out of it and headed to my local Target to get it, it was sold out. Standing in the beauty aisle I panic-ly searched amazon, and it said “out of stock”. I wanted something right away, so I randomly picked up the Garnier Moisture Bomb. To be honest, I had no expectations from it and now it has become my go to sunscreen.

First of all I love the pump style cap which twists to get locked so no more oops it spilled moments. It is kind of watery but not runny and has a pleasant berryish smell (yum). There is no white residue and it gets absorbed super quickly without feeling greasy. Moisture Bomb doubles as a good base for the makeup and the best part is that it is super hydrating. Soo many benefits…..

Who can buy???

Anyone looking for a fast absorbing sunscreen/moisturizer without the nasty smell.

 

Where to Buy???

Amazon or Target

 

ESTEE LAUDER LITTLE BLACK LINER

 

 

This is the latest addition to my current favorites. During her visit to LA, my sister presented me with this liner and trust me I have wearing it non-stop every day. Love that it is dual sided with a fine tip on one end and a flat tip on the other so can wear your style. The color is blackest black.

As the box says you can wear it three ways. Ultra-fine, thin or thick. I love using the flat end side to wear it as a thick liner. Unlike some of the liners, it stays put the whole day. Cat eyes were always a challenge for me, but this eyeliner has made it possible to wear one everyday. Yes, it is a bit pricey but oh so worth it. I hope Estee comes out with other colors in this line.

Who can buy???

For those who find applying eye liner a challenge.

 

Where to Buy???

Ulta or Estee Lauder

 

TONYMOLY SHEET MASKS

 

 

 

 

 

A while back Korean beauty products took the beauty market by storm. Although there were a lot of products to try from, it was the masks which became an instant hit.

The first time I ordered these masks was via Amazon a while back and I still remember it took around two months to get them. Maybe it was the high demand or maybe they were being shipped internationally?? To be honest when the package came, I had completely forgotten about it.

I got the TonyMoly “I’m Real” Mask Set. There were 11 masks in the set. I will say for sure, that there were some masks I enjoyed more than the others. Each mask is individually wrapped and the benefits vary from calming, hydrating, pore tightening and much much more.

The mask is soaking in minerals and other ingredients which get absorbed in the skin quickly. You are not supposed to wash your face after using it. For some masks I found the eye area not to be completely cut off so I closed my eyes and covered my eyes with it too. At the end of a busy day, I love to unwind with a rich sheet mask I know my skin will be glowing in the morning.

Affordable price and good quality.

 

Who can buy???

Everyone. Different flavors to choose from according to your skin needs.

 

Where to Buy???

Ulta or Amazon

DERMA-E VITAMIN C INTENSE NIGHT CREAM

 

Lately I have seriously started taking care of my skin. Well that does not mean I am good all days of the week, but I can surely say most of the days. Thankfully I am blessed with healthy skin but to avoid the wrinkles from coming at a hare’s pace I have recently started using naturally potent Vitamin C night cream infused with rooibos and probiotics which promotes cell turnover while neutralizing daily toxins.

Though a night cream, it is not at all greasy and gets absorbed super easily. There is no shine and the smell is not over powering at all.  Love it!

When ever I use this product at night, my skin feels hydrated and soft in the morning.

I have also started using the Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum and am enjoying it so far but it is still a bit early to say if it makes my favorite list or not.

 

Who can buy???

Anyone wanting to give the skin the necessary nourishment and keep the wrinkles away.

 

Where to Buy???

Derma-E or Amazon

 

YOUNGBLOOD MINERAL COSMETICS

 

 

 

 

Like always I like to save the best for last.

I have a confession again. I am the biggest fan of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

I have been wearing Bare Minerals like forever and still do but it only provides sheer coverage. I accidently stumbled upon the Youngblood Cosmetics counter in a boutique store and instantly fell in love with this line.

My favorite product is the Liquid Mineral Foundation which I have been a crazy fan of since the past 4 years. It is definitely on the pricier side but its the natural ingredients which you are paying for.

Sometimes when I get bored with it, I will end up buying another foundation,  but I always find myself coming back to it. Its been happening for the last four years so I guess this love ain’t dying.

The coverage is medium but is buildable with a satin finish. Combine it with their Primer (Vegan and Gluten Free ) and enjoy the party without worrying about your makeup at all.

For the complete effect try their Contour and Illuminate Palette and don’t leave without some color on the cheeks (my favorite is the Luminous Crème Blush in Tropical Glow).

 

 

Who can buy???

Anyone wanting natural liquid foundation with coverage.

 

Where to Buy???

Youngblood Mineral Foundation

 

Did your favorite products make the list??

 

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RANDOM LIFESTYLE FAVORITES

Is 2017 running a marathon?

Last I checked it was still January and we were unpacking from our trip back home. And in the blink of the eye its April?? And not the start but the tail end?

I seriously think 2017 has a hidden agenda 😉

Anyways, back to the topic. Don’t you think the word “FAVORITES” is hypnotizing? Any where you read this word, you automatically have the urge to dig deep and find out the lucky winners who made this list.

I am just like you. I luuuuuuuve (yes its serious) to google/watch/read favorite stuff. Sometimes the stuff is soo real that the very next day I run to the Target nearby to get it but other times I am left confused as to why….

I also love-making small lifestyle changes which make our family happy and healthy.

For me favorites can be a product, lifestyle change, a podcast, a book or as simple as……

a  moment.

Here are some of my random favorites lifestyle/products:

Lifestyle Favorites

Chai….

Every night after dinnertime, once the kids are in the bed, me and my husband enjoy a cup of soothing herbal tea, sometimes with a sweet bite, other times on its own.  It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long busy day. This is the time where we discuss our day and everything around it. Sometimes the chai is accompanied with a show on TV.

My current favorite is Pukka Herbs Tea Herbal Three Fennel while he enjoys Tapal Green Tea 30 Tea Bags (Mint).

 

google keep

Organization….

If you are like me and love-making lists then this is App is just for you. Now you don’t have to make multiple lists every time you switch device. You can make lists, write notes or snap photos to Google Keep. If you are pressed for time, then record a voice note and it will be automatically transcribed.

Accessible from computer, tablet and phone. Everything you add, gets synced to all the devices which makes it so convenient. You can also color code the lists/notes which makes it super easy the find them in a jiffy.

The reason why I love it the most is because of its organization and accessibility across the devices.

Check out more at: Google Keep

Tashakkur  (Gratitude)……

Do you want to be happy, contented, healthy, optimistic???

Practice Tashakkur.

This is one habit which has brought immense positivity in my life. When you take out time to say “Thank You” for all the blessings in your life, no matter how insignificant, your outlook will change.

Tashakkur has a chain reaction. When you start being grateful for little things in life, the blessings keep on multiplying. You realize that you might not be the richest person in this world when it comes to money, but you are richest when it comes to contentment. A feeling money cannot buy.

At this very moment, take a look around you. I can safely say that you can find at least 5 if things, if not more, to be grateful for. The first being the ability to read.

There are many ways to show gratitude. By praying, meditating, penning your blessings in a journal etc. But the simplest way is that whenever you feel blessed or even if the thought of the feeling arises, say ThankYou God or ShukarAllah.

 

And now on to some of the products I am currently enjoying…

Scrub & Protect

Thanks to the unpredictable Californian weather my skin has been acting very strange. There are days when it gets super oily while on the other days its soo dry that I am one flaky mess. Also as the sun is super Sunny here, my body is now an array of colors.

I tried a couple of products but nothing seemed to fit the bill.

I am a DIY type of girl and sugar with some olive oil and lemon is the best scrub on this whoooole wiiideee world but sometimes a girl has no time to whip up some magical concoction and most of the times when the thought of DIY arises I am already in the shower 🙂

First time I saw Soap and Glory was back in 2015 while walking the heavenly aisles of Sephora (Don’t you love it?).

I loved the packaging but didn’t get it then and later when I went to get it, found out that they don’t carry this brand anymore. Oh well….

Time flew.

Last month while shopping at Target, I saw these cute pink packages again. I was already looking for a scrub so picked up the Sugar Crush Body Scrub and Sugar Crush Body Lotion. To be honest, I didn’t have much expectations as more pricier brands had disappointed me.

Moment I opened the jar and took a whiff, I knew ….THIS IS IT!!!

It smells like fresh lemon with the warmth of brown sugar and a musky hint of vanilla. It scrubs and exfoliates. DO not over wet the skin as the oils melt with the warmth of your hands and they will flow instead of scrubbing. If you have dry/ flaky skin you can comfortably use it 2-3 times a week. For oily skins, one a week is enough.

Follow it with the luxurious lemony, AHA fruit complex infused with kiwi water and lime seed oil Body Lotion.

You can but both these products at Target or Ulta or from Amazon by clicking the links

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub With Smashed Brown Sugar & Lime 300ml

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush 3-in-1 Body Lotion 500ml

 

Breathe…..

With Summer almost here, get ready to sweat…..

I have been religiously using Schimdt’s Deodrant for the past few years and still am their loyal customer. You can read my detailed review by clicking the link below:

Schmidt’s Deodrant

Yummies……

I love me my chewing gum. My latest love is these Glee Chewing Gums which are Non-GMO, natural chewing gum with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.  They are available in the regular flavors like all kinds of mint and cinnamon but there are some sassy flavors too like lemon-lime, tangerine, and  wild watermelon.

Check them out at your local natural stores or via amazon Glee Gum 6-Flavor Variety pack, 16-Piece Packages (12 Total Packages) 2 of each flavor

 

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AVOCADO CILANTRO DRESSING

I don’t know if it’s just with me or it happens with you too that when you buy the Avocados, they are usually not ripe. That simply means one thing that you cannot use them right away.

Either they are stashed in the veggie/fruit drawer in the refrigerator or if I need them sooner they end up on my counter packed in a brown paper bag with bananas. But every now and then I forget about them and when I do realize they are soo soft that they end up in the trash can 🙁

This recipe happened out of necessity. I had a big bowl of boring salad and some tortilla chips which needed to be finished and this time I didn’t want anything to see the dark depths of the trash can.

I tried mixing a few things and trust me, it turned out pretty good. Not only did I use it as a dressing as well as dip, but everyone in my house ended up using it as a chutney with rice and curries. Score!!!!

This recipe is pretty spicy so if you wanna tone it down, do read the notes.

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AVOCADO CILANTRO DRESSING
Fiery Avocado Cilantro dressing with hint of lemon and garlic with can double as a dip and triple as a chutney. Eat it spoon ful, drizzle it over salads, serve it with tortilla chips or eat as a condiment with rice and curry.
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cups
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  1. Prep all the ingredients.
    ingredients to make avocado cilantro dressing
  2. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and add 1 cup of water. Blend
    blend avocado cilantro dressing
  3. If you find the dressing to be thick you can add more water to make it as thin as you like.
    Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing
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  • This recipe makes a fiery dressing. If you want a mild version add only 1 de-seeded green chilli.
  • Amount of water will vary as to how thick or thin you want your dressing to be.
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HOW TO SEASON CAST IRON IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

Last year I said good-bye to my Teflon Non-Stick (which had become highly sticking with the silver lines running in every direction) pans and purchased Cast Iron skillet from LODGE. There are a lot of companies out now which make beautiful cast iron cookware but they are EXPENSIVE!!!

My main reasons to buy Lodge products was that firstly they are economical and secondly the quality is amazing. I have had their double play griddle/grill for over three years now and it still works great.

If you cook with cast iron you must have come across this scenario….RUST!

Does that mean you cannot use your cookware anymore.

Breathe…..

All is well.

With a few simple steps your skillet/pot/griddle will be as good as new.

You can also use this process when you buy a new cast iron which is not seasoned or if you get a hand me down from your grand mother and you want it to shine like it did when you were young.

Now let’s get to work.

 

You will need:

  • Scrub Brush (I love this Scrub Brush )

  • Vegetable/ Non-GMO Canola Oil

  • Salt

Procedure:

  • Wash the skillet using a gentle dish soap. Use a scrub brush for extra cleaning. Dry promptly using a paper towel.

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Wash using a gentle soap

  • Add two tablespoons of salt and scrub with a paper towel. (Do this step only if there is food stuck on the skillet).

How to remove rust from cast iron
Rub with Salt

  • Rub with a light layer of oil.

how to remove rust from cast iron
Add vegetable oil

How to remove rust from cast iron
Rub with Oil

  • Bake it in the oven at 400F/200C for 1 hour.

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Bake the Skillet in the Oven

There you go……

Simple right?

Now your cast iron is as good as new. Store in a dry place. Make sure to dry it promptly if you wash it. Hopefully with these simple steps taking care of cast iron will be a breeze and your skillet will enter the list of your family heirlooms.

 

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METHOD THYME KITCHEN GEL HANDWASH

KITCHEN GEL HANDWASH

Kitchen Handwash usually comes in Lemon scent so when I saw this new handwash from METHOD in Thyme scent I knew I had to try it.

The clear handwash comes in a 100% recycled sleek plastic bottle and is tricolsan-free, biodegradable and is derived naturally. It is infused with mint basil and thyme extracts and smells heavenly.

Unlike a lot of kitchen soaps, this will not dry your hands but will do an amazing job of removing all the lingering odors. I do a lot of desi cooking and if you do it too, then you know it’s not easy to get the garlic and onion and other spices smell out that easily. But just a pump of this thyme handwash and all the smells just vanish away and you are left with clean, fresh smelling hands. The fragrance is soo beautiful that you will find yourself smelling your hands over and over again.

So if you are looking for a nice kitchen handwash for 2017, try Method Thyme Kitchen Gel Handwash.  If you have a TARGET nearby, you can find it in store or order on their website or else Amazon Rocks!!!

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Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal

I usually try a product at least for a month before deciding if I like it or not. Being a sucker for natural products, I keep my eyes open for any new products which are natural, affordable yet do not compromise on the quality. These are my own finds and I am no way sponsored by these companies, though I would not mind if they do decide to do it 🙂

My latest find is the Tooth and Gum Powder with Activated Charcoal from inVitamin. It is a natural company which produces unique products with quality ingredients.

 

Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The powder comes in three flavors. Spearmint, Cinnamint and Citrus. I am a minty girl so ordered the one in Spearmint. Like in the pictures, it does look like pure powdered charcoal powder. From the website the ingredients are as follows:

Activated Charcoal: An antibacterial and antifungal powder that’s excellent for gum health and sensitive teeth. Charcoal powder has shown to absorb bacteria, toxins and heavy metals in the mouth. It helps counteract bad breath and cleans your teeth naturally for a brighter, healthier smile.

Bentonite Clay: Mild, natural abrasive that gently scrubs and polishes teeth, and binds to draw out toxins in the mouth.

Organic Orris Root Powder: Contains myristic acid, a known antibacterial agent, making the root powder especially effective in tooth pastes and powders.

Organic Myrrh Gum Powder: Contains highly antiseptic properties and is excellent for overall oral health; non-abrasive and helps to gently tone the gums.

Organic Hibiscus Petal Powder: Sweet-sour herb with astringent, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; soothes and helps combat gum soreness and inflammation.

Organic Stevia Leaf Powder: Natural sweetener that complements the tartness of the Organic Hibiscus Powder without fostering bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.

Organic Peppermint, Cinnamon and/or Orange Essential Oils & Extracts: Provides antibacterial, antiseptic, and pain-relieving properties, and acts as excellent breath fresheners

 

I was a bit hesitant putting in my mouth since I didn’t how it would taste and what to expect. Surprisingly it has a nice sweet minty taste thanks to stevia and essential oils. You are supposed to wet your brush and then using the spoon provided, sprinkle some powder on the brush. Brush gently for at least 3 minutes. I will not lie, it is messy, but I am willing to deal with it since the product is really good.

You can use it everyday, however, if you have sensitive teeth, use it sparingly. It does not stain the teeth in fact makes your pearly yellows, white.

 

Natural Whitening Tooth & Gum Powder w/Activated Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips To Pick A Perfect WaterMelon Everytime

Choosing the perfect watermelon from a crate full of the green goodness is no less than having an anxiety attack. If you are lucky, you will enjoy the sweet, red, juicy goodness and if you are not (trust me we all have been there) you will be left a whopping 8-15 lbs of bland something. You will either force yourself to eat it or throw it away and in either case u will be one unhappy fella.

Let me share some tips which will help you pick the perfectly sweet and juicy watermelon every time.

field spot on watermelon

FIELD SPOT:

Look for the yellow spot which is also called the field spot. It should be creamy yellow which means that the watermelon had enough time to rest on the ground and ripen. Stay away from watermelon with no field spots which indicate that it was picked too soon.

 

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WEIGHT TEST:

Pick up  the watermelon. It should be relatively heavy for its size. This means that the watermelon is full of water and is ripe. It is best to pick up two watermelons which are approximately the same size and buy the heavier one.

 

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SHINY WATERMELON?? NO THANKYOU:

Choose a dull green watermelon without any shine. The shine indicates an under ripe watermelon.

 

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FIRMNESS:

Whatever the shape of the watermelon, round, oval, long, make sure that it is free of major bruises and is firm. Symmetry is very important. Minor scratches are okay.

 

watermelon stem

STEM:

If the watermelon has a stem, make sure it is dried out. A green stem indicates that the watermelon was picked too soon and will be under ripe.

 

 

There is one more test where people knock or tap on the watermelon to hear the sound but I stay away from it since it does not always work for me. If you are still interested, all you have to do is to give the watermelon a tap and you should hear a hollow sound which means the watermelon is ripe whereas under-ripe or over-ripe melon will give a dull sound.

Now that you know all the tips, go ahead and pick the watermelon with confidence and enjoy a juicy sweet one tonight.

 

Happy Summers.

 

 

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Must Have Essential Oils

In my last post I talked in detail about everything you need to know about essential oils so hopefully by now you have an idea what essential oils are and how to use them.  With so much information and so many oils out there, one can easily get overwhelmed when deciding which oils to buy.

Here are the my must have essential oils. Start with Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon and slowly add the rest.

 

 

LAVENDER OIL

LAVENDER

LATIN NAME:  Lavandula Angustifolia

AROMA: Floral, Sweet

QUALITIES: Calms and relaxes, Reduces Anxiety and Stress, Headache Reliever, Promotes Sleep, Slows Aging

peppermint oil

PEPPERMINT

LATIN NAME: Mentha Piperita

AROMA: Fresh, Minty, Herbaceous

QUALITIES: Decreases Indigestion & Nausea, Freshens Breath,  Clears Respiratory Passages, Enhances Alertness, Soothes tight muscles, Relieves Headaches

 

 

EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OILEUCALYPTUS

LATIN NAME: Eucalyptus Globulus

AROMA: Camphoraceous, Woody

QUALITIES: Treats Respiratory Problems, Helps in Sinusitis, Lessens Muscle & Joint pain, Stimulates Mental Focus, Air Cleaner, Odor Remover

 

 

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OILTEA TREE

LATIN NAME: Melaleuca Alternifolia

AROMA: Warm, Green, Herbaceous

QUALITIES: Antifungal, Antiseptic, Heals Wounds, Purifies Air, Cleanses Home Surfaces, Insect Repellent, Odor Remover, Treats Eczema

 

 

cedarwood essential oil

CEDARWOOD

LATIN NAME: Cedrus Atlantica

AROMA: Warm, Woody

QUALITIES: Grounds, Relaxes, Soothes, Clarifies Mind, Prevents Hair loss, Odor Remover,  Improves Focus, Insect Repellent

 

 

LEMON ESSENTIAL OILLEMON

LATIN NAME: Citrus Limon

AROMA: Citrus, Fresh

QUALITIES: Cleaning Agent for home which also purifies the air, Refreshes mind and body, Cheers up, Promotes good oral hygiene,  Supports Healthy Immune System, Improves Mood, Whitens Teeth, Helps in losing body fat

 

 

CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OILCHAMOMILE

LATIN NAME: Chamaemelum nobile

AROMA: Fresh, Sweet, Fruity,

QUALITIES: Relieves stress, Promotes Sleep, Headache Reliever, Relieves Muscle Spasms, Fights Depression

 

 

ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL

ROSE

LATIN NAME: Rosa Damascena

AROMA: Warm, Green, Herbaceous

QUALITIES: Astringent, Clears Skin, Freshens Mood, Brings Joy, Antidepressant, Aphrodisiac, Balances Hormones

 

 

SANDALWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL

SANDALWOOD

LATIN NAME: Santalum Album

AROMA: Warm, Woody, Rich

QUALITIES: Clears Skin, Soothes, Calms, Promotes Mental Clarity,  Aphrodisiac, Anti Bacterial , Anti Fungal, Brings Shine to Hair, Balances Emotions

 

 

JASMINE ESSENTIAL OILJASMINE

LATIN NAME: Jasminum Sambac

AROMA: Fresh, Deeply Floral

QUALITIES: Soothing, Calming, Refreshing, Promotes Romance, Elevates Mood, Helps with post pregnancy symptoms like anxiety and muscle pain, Aphrodisiac, Fights Blemishes and Clears Skin.

CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL

CLOVE

LATIN NAME: Eugenia Caryophyllata

AROMA: Warm, Spicy, Leathery

QUALITIES: Reduces Gum Disease & Toothache, Clears Acne, Kills Candida, Reduces PMS, Boosts Energy

 

GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OILGRAPEFRUIT

LATIN NAME: Citrus Paradisi

AROMA: Citrus, Fresh, Fruity

QUALITIES:  Cleanses body and helps in weight loss, Reduces Depression, Improves Focus, Freshens Air, Relieves Brain Fog, Decreases Fluid Retention

 

FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OILFRANKINCENSE

LATIN NAME: Boswellia

AROMA: Warm, Spicy

QUALITIES: Promotes Peace and relaxation, Stress Reliever, Wrinkle Fighter, Boosts Immune System, Kills harmful cells, Sleep Aid, Removes scars

GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL

GERANIUM

LATIN NAME: Pelargonium graveolens

AROMA: Herbaceous, Floral

QUALITIES: Beautifies skin, Improves Complexion  Brings Shine to hair, Eases Tension & Relieves stress, Tones muscles, Wound Healer, Odor Remover, Improves Mental Clarity, Anti Inflammatory, Bug Repellent

 

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10 Things You Need to know about Essential Oils

Last year we saw a boom in the Essential Oils industry. From beauty products to cleaning products, essential oils are everywhere. Every other post on Facebook or Pinterest or Instagram mentions Essential Oils. There are numerous recipes online which tell you how to incorporate them. Here are 10 things you need to know about Essential Oils.

  1. WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?

     Essential Oil is an exquisite gift from the plant kingdom. It is up to 100 times stronger than the dried herb of the same plant.  It is a highly fragrant and concentrated liquid that is generally distilled (usually by steam) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark  or both.

  2. HOW CONCENTRATED IS THE ESSENTIAL OIL?

    To give you an idea, it takes around 60,000 roses to make 1 ounce of oil. Go figure!!!

  3. ESSENTIAL OIL SAME AS COOKING OIL?

    Not at all. Cooking oils are fatty oils while Essential Oils are volatile oils meaning they evaporate quickly and are not fatty in nature.

  4. CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE INGESTED?

    There are some instances where they can be ingested but for the moment I would stay away from it. If need arises use them under the supervision of someone who has formal training in this matter.

  5. BEST WAY TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

    Diffusing, Massaging, Bathing, Compress or Mister are some of the ways to use essential oils.

  6. MY ESSENTIAL OIL BOTTLE SAYS “FRAGRANT OIL”  AND IS CHEAPER TOO?

     Don’t be tempted!!! There is no essential oil in the bottle. The bottle contains artificial fragrance with artificial products made in a way to mimic the essential oil smell.

  7. CAN I USE UNDILUTED ESSENTIAL OIL ON THE SKIN? WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN SKIN??

    As essential oils are very potent they should be diluted before applying to the skin to avoid unfortunate reactions.  This is a must with children and babies as their skin is much thinner than an adult skin. In fact reduce the amount to half when applying to children or babies and never….never use it undiluted.

  8. CAN ANYONE USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

      If you have a health condition or are pregnant, check with your health care provider to find out which essential oils are safe to use.

  9. HOW TO STORE ESSENTIAL OILS? WILL THEY LAST YEARS & YEARS??

     Always store your oils in dark glass bottles, away from the sun to preserve their potency. Never store them in clear plastic bottles. As they are extremely concentrated and you need only a few drops, if properly stored, they do last a long time. The only exception is citrus oil which lasts for a year or two.

  10. WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING AN ESSENTIAL OIL?

    While there are loads of things to look out for, some of the things that I have learnt over time are: buy in dark glass bottles, avoid rubber-eye dropper, make sure the label states it’s latin name, the origin of the essential oil and the method of collection, try to buy organic if you can, it should smell strong and rich and not at all chemical or bland and lastly buy from a reputable source.

 

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Review: Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint

If you are looking for some natural lip products without sacrificing the quality then look no further, these sheer lip tints from Mineral Fusion are just for you. These lip tints are free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrance, talc and phthalate.

As the name suggests these are sheer tints and give your lips a beautiful wash of color. They are perfect for these summer months when everyone tries to wear minimal makeup. They are in the form of twistable crayon are super soft and buttery. The color is buildable and provides amazing hydration as it is infused with Cocoa Butter.

It has a sweet vanilla-ish smell which is very warm. Due to its moisturizing nature, the wash of color fades after a few hours but it leaves your lips feeling hydrated. Every color is beautiful and you will be expanding your collection. Yes! They are that good. It comes in 8 beautiful shades which range from pinks to nudes to red.

mineral fusion lip tints

My favorite is Glisten which is a nude caramel shimmer and gives your lips the right kind of glow.

glisten

According to the company’s website the ingredients are as follows:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Jojoba (Simmondsia  Chinensis) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,  Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid  (Vitamin C), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopheryl  Acetate (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract,  Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf  Extract, Thymus Vulgarus (Thyme) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, and Natural  Vanilla Mint.    May Contain: Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

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