To Make / Rose Facial Spray

 

      Good morning! It's finally June, and that means summer! Along with the coming solstice, there will be a few changes to the blog. I'm rolling out a new business venture in collaboration with the existing blog, and this means that with the new work being shared, there will be less posting here. My goal is to post 3 times a week, expanding on fashion and style, while still keeping a couple of recipes and projects around. I'll share more about the business I'm working on in the coming weeks, but for now, lets kick off June with a refreshing, summery DIY! 

     Rose facial spray has been on my list of essential DIY's for awhile. As you may know, I'm in love with anything rose, from the scent to the color. I just can't get enough! What with the temperatures heating up and all, I figured it's time to share how to make this little gem, to keep your skin hydrated all summer long. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- rose essential oil

- witch hazel

- distilled water

- a glass spray bottle

Directions:

1. Pour your witch hazel in your bottle, about half way to the top, then fill the rest with distilled water and add 20 drops of rose oil. 

2. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. 

3. Mist your entire face and let it soak in. Enjoy! 

(Side note: this is such a fun thing for kids to do. Bailey asks me to spritz her face on the daily with the spray, and thinks it's hilarious. Of course, this is perfectly safe to-do, which is the whole point of these chemical-free, natural DIY's!)

To Make / An All Natural Face Serum

 

       Good morning! One of my goals for this year is to try and switch out as many store-bought products with homemade products as I can. A lot of the cleaning supplies, beauty + skincare products, and home goods that are available in stores can be made at home with fewer and all natural ingredients. I have a long running list of supplies to make, but the one I wanted to share with you all today is this "recipe" for a simple face serum. I've been looking for a good serum to use at night, but most serums are pretty pricey, and the most luxe ones are the most chemical-filled. Then, as I do with most things, I thought "I'll just make one". It's a very easy DIY to follow, and I've had great results so far since I made it last weekend. Find out how to craft your own below!

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of coconut oil

- 1/4 cup of jojoba oil

- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil

- 20 drops of lavender oil

Directions:

1. Melt down your coconut oil and jojoba oil in a double broiler.

2. Once melted, pour into a small jar and add in your essential oils.

3. Let set overnight and you're good to go!

To Find Something Natural / Herbal Facial Steam

 

     Hi there! This months natural product is this organic facial steam from No Tox Life. It consists of dried herbs and flowers that you immerse in hot water to create a floral steam. 

      All you do is hold your face over it with a towel creating a tent for the steam. It cleanses and opens your pores to nourish your skin with the herbs and flowers! 

     When I first did it, it was a little hard for someone so impatient to hold my face there for a full five minutes, but it was worth it! Afterwords, my skin felt fresh and clean. The amazing smell from the florals didn't hurt either! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Sunday! 

To Talk About Winter Skin

 

     Hey there! Now that winter's in full swing, I figured it would be appropriate to share my favorite beauty products that get me through this drying time. Disclaimer: I have pale, sensitive, and combination skin. Some of these products might not work for you if you have more acne prone or oily skin, but the concepts are all still the same. The main goal of my winter skincare regime is to keep my skin from getting too dry without being too oily either. It's all about balance.

     Rule #1: Always, always, always take your makeup off at night. My issue with leaving it on is that it makes my skin more oily in the morning, which is the opposite of what I want. I use Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water to cleanse and remove makeup at night, and it has done wonders for my skin. The French know what they're doing in regards to skincare. Rule #2: Try and moisturize twice a day, once at morning and once at night. I typically use two different moisturizers that serve different purposes. The ones that work best for me are Embryollise Lait Creme Concentrate in the morning and Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refresher Gel-Cream at night. The Embryolisse is famous for its awesome smoothing qualities, and it's perfect for moisturizing before I put my makeup on. Garnier's gel moisturizer is great to put on before bed because the gel is oil-free and keeps my skin clean overnight. Rule #3 (last one!): Keep a face spray with you at all times to keep your skin refreshed throughout the day. If you have sensitive skin like I do, try my favorite Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray. You won't be able to stop spritzing your face a couple of times a day. If I'm feeling stressed, I spay my face and feel instantly better. Rose water is so calming, it's addictive.

     Bonus: Do a couple of masks every now and then, and also exfoliate at least once a week. Scrubs are vital to getting rid of dead skin, which can build up and cause acne, oil, and basically all of the things you don't want to happen to your face. A mask is like food for your skin, they are usually packed with nutrients to benefit all aspects of skincare. Also, always have hand cream on your person in the winter. Just do it, seriously. No one likes dry hands.