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opposites
March 30, 2011, 21:20
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Let’s review the color wheel shall we? Specifically the opposites: red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple.

Why are these important? For skin and hair, color plays a major role in covering imperfections and highlighting your best assets. For example, your under-eye concealer has a yellow tint to counteract the purple-blue color in your sagging, dull skin. Green concealer is used to hide the swollen, red skin around a zit. It’s all just the basics on the color wheel, but applied to your skin, it becomes much more.

I’ve been using silver shampoo for a while now. It’s actually purple but it enhances my blonde hair by canceling out the yellow tones and making it more of a white/silvery blonde. It’s a great product – but there’s only one formula. There’s no moisturizing or volumizing version, so I had to stop using it in the winter.

But in In Style today they showed me the magic of kitchen ingredients for skin and hair. I was delighted to read that adding 1/4 tbsp grape Kool-Aid to 4 tbsp of shampoo produces the same results! Yes, Kool-Aid. I tested it and I’m sold! Not a blonde? Brunettes can use this formula to enhance natural highlights and cancel out any brassiness. Go try it!

 



smorgåsbord of ingredients, one good outcome
March 19, 2011, 19:06
Filed under: beauty, DIY, egg, Hair-care, Honey, moisturizing, oil, olive oil, Organic recipes | Tags: , , , , ,

What are you doing tomorrow afternoon? Homework? Watching TV? If you’re going to be lounging around, then treat your hair to this conditioning mask.

It takes an hour or two to work, but it’s worth it if your hair is fried from being styled all the time or just lifeless from the recent fluctuating weather. And this recipe is from this month’s Marie Claire magazine, so you don’t have to trust me.

Ingredients:

2 small avocados

1/2 cup honey

1 egg yolk (use the egg white for this)

2 tbsp olive oil

Leave in for an hour or two and then shower and condition as usual. Your hair will thank you me.

You’re welcome 🙂



hot cocoa for us freezing mainers
January 16, 2011, 19:34
Filed under: beauty, cocoa, DIY, Honey, moisturizing, oil, olive oil, Skin-care | Tags: , , , , , ,

Maine is freezing!It’s like we’re trapped under a sheet of ice – and have been for the past week. You might think I’m exaggerating, but the fact is that I haven’t regained feeling in my toes yet. And I don’t even live in a log cabin.

We’ve had a snow day and many of us have avoided going out as much as possible, staying inside to sip hot cocoa and watch movies. Your skin especially will be hurting from the negative temperatures. So take some of that hot cocoa and put it on your face! Here’s how to make the most of the next snow day.

Dry skin mask: Your skin is so dry and frozen that it hates you. Treat it kindly by blending honey and as much cocoa as needed to create a paste and applying it to your face. If your skin needs even more moisture, use olive oil in place of honey.

Hair help: Cocoa is pretty dark and can easily stain, so this is only recommended for those with dark, frizzy hair. Use whole milk (or coconut milk) and mix with cocoa and a bit of oil. Yes this is a little slimy but it is so nourishing! Use it as a conditioner and leave on for 5 minutes.

Now you’re more prepared for the future storms. You’re welcome.



salad dressing just got more action
June 3, 2010, 01:50
Filed under: beauty, cleanse, DIY, organic skin-care, vinegar | Tags: , , , , ,

Today a friend of mine came over for supper. We ate salmon burgers (my new favorite thing) and a salad which I promptly smothered in balsamic vinaigrette. This inspired me to enlighten you on the magic of the all powerful vinegar.

This elixir does more than wake up the flavor of food and potentially help you lose weight, it’s also a godsend to your skin. Vinegar regulates the pH of your skin, improves circulation to the face (think rosy cheeks and fresh skin-tone) as well as remove excess oil from the skin’s surface. All this action for much less than any cleanser or lotion at a drugstore. So grab some magic and use these tips!

Hair

Buildup remover: Yes, I boasted of vinegar’s magical skin-saving qualities, but it does wonders for hair that’s full of product build-up and it creates shine. Mix 1 part (apple or regular) vinegar and one part water and pour all over hair after shampooing. Rinse as much as desired.

Body

Cleansing bath: Pour up to a cup of vinegar into bathwater. Relax and reap the benefits!

Face

Vinegar washer: Cleanse skin with your regular face wash and follow with a mixture 1 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup water as a toner.

Vinegar cooler: Make vinegar ice cubes and place on a zit in the morning to reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.