DIY: Beauty Recipes w/Rosemary

Good morning beauties!! I hope that your week is off to a great start! Today I wanted to talk about a little shrub that we normally cook with, Rosemary. Some of us have it in our kitchen, but the small herbaceous shrub has a multitude of benefits outside the realms of gastronomy and gardening. And while some of us can be obsessed with the aroma of the spiky little plant, I’m excited about its DIY beauty potential. Primarily beneficial for those with oily, acne-prone skin, rosemary oil and extract both have powerful astringent, anti-fungal, and disinfecting properties. The plant is also rich in biologically active compounds and antioxidants such as calcium, vitamin B6, iron, cineole, and verbenon that effectively tone and tighten loose, sagging skin. Here are the awesome recipes you can try! I’ve tried the Rosemary Toner and it’s pretty amazing!

Rosemary Hair Rinse

1. 1/2 cup dried rosemary

2. 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the oil is warm. Turn off the stove and let the rosemary marinate in the oil for an additional 20 minutes. Strain the dried leaves from the mixture and pour the rosemary oil into a bottle or bowl. Proceed to coat your scalp and strands with it, then wrap your hair in a shower cap. Leave the rinse on for 20 minutes as you go about your day, or blow-dry the cap on low heat for deeper penetration. When you’re finished, shampoo your hair to remove the excess oil.

Rosemary Winter Mint Foot Scrub

1. 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

2. 1/4 cup of epsom salt

3. 1 cup carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or sunflower

4. 5 to 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

5. 5. to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the sugar, salt, and carrier oil in a medium-sized bowl, and stir until well-blended. Alternate adding one drop of peppermint and one drop of rosemary oil to make sure the scent is evenly distributed throughout your mixture. Store the mix in an air-tight jar in the bathroom, and scrub your feet clean every time you shower!

Acne Fighting Rosemary Toner

1. 3/4 cup of water

2. 1 fresh rosemary sprig

3. 1 Tbsp of black peppercorns

4. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Apply this toner to oily or combination skin to reduce blemishes and calm inflammations. Boil 3/4 cup of water in a saucer, then drop in the rosemary and black pepper. When half of the water has evaporated from the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool. After the liquid has cooled down, pour it into an empty bottle and add the apple cider vinegar. Dab the mixture onto your skin with a cotton pad every evening after cleansing. This quantity should last you one or two weeks. Remember that you must test everything out first before applying it directly to your hair, skin and face. You can test these out by applying them to a very small area on your arm, or even behind your head (small strand of hair), to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

I hope that you all find these DIY tips and recipes useful and helpful, and I hope that you are excited to hear about them as I am excited to write about them!

I wish you all an amazing rest of the week and remember, you’re all beautiful…inside and out!

xoxoxo – LL

The Best Super Food: Avocados

Beauties, did you know that avocado is considered by most to be one of the best beauty foods out there! The creamy fruit is full of good beauty fats and nutrients, and works just as well for your insides as it does slathered on your skin! I read an article in which they interviewed celebrity food coach and Mom Energy author Kathy Kaehler, and discovered that not all fat is bad for you. In fact, you need healthy fats in your diet—they can lower your cholesterol, maintain cell growth, and keep your skin moisturized!

“Avocado is a super food, and one of the best things to include in your everyday diet,” says Kathy. “It’s full of potassium, which combines with the sodium in your body to help fight against cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems.” This delicious fruit also has a high amount of folic acid, which is especially important for pregnant women because it helps prevent birth defects.

Avocado’s real beauty secret is its bounty of monounsaturated fats. These fats are essential for a healthy body and help to add moisture to your skin. They work to keep you full for longer, help to break down bad fats, and develop and maintain cell growth—which is extremely important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

“Avocados contain around 200 calories, so it’s fine to eat one a day,” according to Kathy. Try it alone with some chopped tomato, in guacamole, or on toast for a yummy breakfast!

I had an avocado arepa for lunch the other day and it was sooooo YUMMY! Avocado’s monounsaturated fats also work miracles when you apply the buttery fruit directly to your skin. Fresh avocado and avocado oil both provide plenty of moisture and contain vitamins A, D, and E – which provide your body with plenty of antioxidants to fight free radicals, maintain cell growth, and prevent the signs of aging and sun damage.

So what’s stopping you, beautiful? Go out and buy some avocados! If you live in California, you’re bound to find them all year round! Enjoy and let me know what your favorite avocado snack is.

As always, stay beautiful & healthy!

xo-LL

DIY Beauty Recipes: Bananas Anyone?

Good morning beauties!!! Thank goodness it’s almost Friday!

I stayed up pretty late last night thinking of a topic to talk about today, and thought…”why don’t I discuss ways to DIY”!  I’m always looking to save money because let’s face it; I just can’t afford all of these great products!  I’m always looking for DIY recipes because they’re easy and I can almost always find all the ingredients in my pantry or refrigerator! 

So let’s talk bananas!  Bananas are always in season and readily available at your local grocery store. It’s packed with potassium, vitamin B and C, and tryptophan that help revitalize dry skin and hair. Here are three banana recipes to help you stay soft and silky all year round!

Hydrating Hair Conditioner

  1. 1/2 Ripe banana
  2. 1/2 Ripe avocado
  3. 2 Teaspoons of plain yogurt
  4. 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  5. Wide tooth comb
  6. Disposable shower cap

Mash the banana and avocado together in a bowl until smooth and stir in the yogurt and extra virgin olive oil. Wash your hair with shampoo and towel dry. Apply the conditioning mask into your hair thoroughly (avoiding the scalp area) and use a wide tooth comb to ensure it’s evenly distributed. Wrap your hair into a bun and cover your head with a disposable shower cap. Leave it on for 20-25 minutes, rinse out in the shower, and follow up with a shampoo to wash the conditioner completely out. 

Moisturizing Body Exfoliator – This one is my FAVORITE!

  1. 1 Ripe banana
  2. 4 Large strawberries
  3. 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/2 Cup of raw or processed sugar

Mash the banana and strawberries together in a bowl until smooth and stir in the extra virgin olive oil and sugar. Mix all the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency. In the shower, apply this mixture in circular motions all over your body and let it sit for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. The scent is sweet, not strong! Best of all…your skin will feel soooooo soft!  

Brightening Mask

  1. 1/2 Ripe banana
  2. 1/4 Cup of oatmeal

Mash the banana until smooth and mix in the oatmeal. On a clean face, pat the mixture on your skin, avoiding the eye area, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow up with your favorite toner (optional) and moisturizer. 

** Like any homemade recipe you’ve never used before, be sure to patch test beforehand to see if you have skin reactions. If you already know you’re allergic to some of these ingredients STAY AWAY and continue using your day to day products.**

I hope you find this helpful.  I’ll continue to do my best in trying to find easy and affordable DIY ways to help my fellow beauties out! If you have any questions or have your own DIY tips, please feel free to leave your comment! Positive feedback is ALWAYS welcomed. 

XOXO ~ LovelyLin

Curly Hair Myths

For the ladies like myself and my lovely friend aka my twin (seen here on the left in the picture w/me), I found this article talking about our curly manes! It took me years to figure out what products to use for my hair and how to cut it!  I’m Latina and my friend is Halfrican! Yes, you read it correctly, “Halfrican”.  She uses this term proudly and told me to write just that.  =)

I came across a specific shampoo and conditioner about eight years ago, and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. I was at the mall and went into the salon where the product was sold, and right before I could say two words, the only male stylist there asked why my hair wasn’t cut in layers! LAYERS? I didn’t even know it had to be! Fact is, it does!  Needless to say, he cut my hair and I’ve been cutting it in layers ever since.  If you don’t cut your hair in layers you end up looking like a lil’ mushroom…LOL!  Now, my friend has curly hair just like mine, but it has a different texture.  My 3 year old has her same texture because she too is half African-American.  Her curls are a bit tighter and thicker than mine though.  For her,  I use a product called “Mixed Chicks” and they have sulfate-free products.

Now for that article!

Did you know an estimated 65 percent of women have naturally curly or wavy hair? It’s true, and many are guilty of styling with the wrong set of hair rules. Think your waves are uncontrollable? You might just be making a classic hair-care mistake. Common complaints like frizz, tangles, and texture are easily fixed when you know the proper way to tame your mane. We asked curly-hair guru and owner of Devachan Salons and Spa, Lorraine Massey, to separate fact from fiction so you can master your sexy spirals—and keep the bad-hair days at bay!
 
MYTH: You can brush your curls into submission (i.e., straight).
 
“It may seem like you can flatten or smooth your curly hair by brushing it. But the act of brushing or combing your hair actually disturbs the curls’ natural formation and ruffles each strand’s cuticle,” says Lorraine. “This causes the curls to break apart, and the result of these dispersed curls is frizz, frizz, and more frizz.” Instead, use your fingers to comb through your curls only when your hair is wet and saturated with conditioner when you’re in the shower.  “Curly hair is fragile, and the conditioner prevents breakage,” Lorraine explains. Once you get out of the shower, gently scrunch in a silicone-free, alcohol-free gel into soaking-wet hair. This captures the curl’s natural formation and again, prevents frizz. Then don’t touch your hair until it’s totally dry. “Touching before the curls are properly formed and dry causes the same friction as a brush. It disperses the curls and causes the ongoing dreaded frustration of the frizz!” says Lorraine.
 
MYTH: Any shampoo that says it’s for curly hair will do.
 
Absolutely not! “Traditional shampoos have been causing curly girls to hate their hair for decades. That’s because traditional shampoos contain harsh detergents called sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate,” says Lorraine. Sulfates are foaming agents that strip curly hair of its natural oils, and since curly hair is naturally dry and has little to no natural oil, it needs all the moisture it can retain and absorb to be healthy and frizz-free. (Sulfates are the same foaming agents in dish soap and laundry detergent, and you wouldn’t wash your hair with those products, would you?) Even some shampoos that say they’re for curly hair contain these ingredients, so beware—and read labels! Instead, “cleanse hair with 100% sulfate-free cleansers and shampoos, and if you can’t find one at a store near you, cleanse your hair with silicone-free conditioner,” says Lorraine. “What cleans the hair and scalp the most is friction so you can just apply your sulfate-free cleanser or your conditioner to your finger-tips and firmly but gently massage your scalp to break up dirt.” Then rinse the condition out with water to remove it from your hair.
 
MYTH: Conditioner is optional.
 
“Conditioner is a curly girl’s BFF!” gushes Lorraine. “Once curly hair fibers are sufficiently hydrated with conditioner, they will hold onto the moisture they need and the frizz will go away. Curly hair is porous, but the conditioner fills the holes, a bit like spackle on a wall. It also smooths and fills in the surface so that light can reflect off it.”  Leave some or all of your conditioner in your hair rather than rinsing. Generally, the tighter the curl or the drier your hair is, the more conditioner you need to leave in. Also, the frizzier, your hair typically is, the more conditioner you need to leave in. “Remember: Frizz is just a curl begging for more moisture—which is conditioner!” says Lorraine.
 

Now for my two cents:

Curly hair, from what I know and in MY experience, can be cut while wet, but the person cutting it HAS to know what they’re doing.  It’s recommended that it be cut while it’s dry and in its natural form because curls shrink. I’ve personally gotten my hair cut while wet and blow dried with no problems.  It has worked for me and as you can see from the picture, I have very tight curls.  

I know that this doesn’t apply to everyone because we are all different and have different hair textures, but I hope the article has given a little insight to those that have had troubles trying to figure out what to do with their curly hair.  xoxo =)

Stay beautiful!

LovelyLin


 

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