I absolutely love all things beautiful. Rose Gardens, Castles, Wildflowers in a meadow. Evening gowns and romance, tea parties and Parisian cafes. I adore beautiful artwork and intricate architecture, and the rugged beauty of a wild, Northern coastline. It is my mission in life to use what I’ve been given to the best of my ability. I’m not perfect, but here are some things I’ve found that make me feel lovely.
For Natural, Rosy matte lips, I absolutely adore Charlotte Tilbury’s “Pillow Talk” Lipstick (pictured above). I originally found it from a Blogger I follow, Lauryn Evarts Bosstick. I ordered it and immediately fell in love! It is a lovely “English Rose” tint for day-to-night, especially if “Natural” is your look, but still luxurious, feminine, and elegant!
As far as other things go, I’m still figuring the whole make up thing. I go very minimal-to-none for my teaching days (students really freak out if you show up without makeup after wearing it all the time) and gym days (Kudos to the ladies who go to the gym made up, though. I don’t know how you do it.), and dress it up on an evening out with a bronze-y smokey eye, or a shimmery look. If any of you are make up experts and want to do a girls’ day make up class, let me know!
Pit Detoxes!!! I started detoxing my pits about once a month-ish (although it’s petered out a bit since my pits don’t ever stink!). The recipe I have been using comes from http://www.wellnessmama.com and consists of Bentonite Clay, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, and a little water. Check out her website and search “armpit detox” for her recipe. Add armpit detoxes to your spa nights for a boost in health and freshness.
And then after you detox your pits, don’t put chemicals on them!! Your pits will be so squeaky clean that you won’t even need that antiperspirant! And we’re meant to sweat for a reason! I’ve tried lots of natural deodorants, but my favorite so far is from http://www.whiskeyinkandlace.com – their products are mainly for men (lots of beard oils and the like), but I get their “The Lady Natural Deodorant”. It goes on smooth, is light, and lasts FOREVER. I seriously can’t remember the last time I bought a stick! Major money saver right there!
GET A FACIAL! Go to your local privately owned salon. They’re not as expensive as you think. And the advice of a professional really helps. I was poking around in the dark for a long time, using products for problems I didn’t actually have. And although I am not immune to the occasional hormonal/stress/diet breakouts, my skin is in the best condition it ever has!
Dry Brush. Seriously. If you want baby’s butt soft skin, and to feel revitalized every day, dry brush before you shower or bathe. Look up how to use it, because you want to brush in different directions depending on which part of your body you are brushing. Mainly, your strokes to be in the direction of you heart.
Moisturizer: Don’t spend a fortune on lotion. Use Coconut Oil. I keep a jar of it in my room, and it is the most amazing feeling to step out of a bath, freshly brushed, and apply some coconut oil.
Also, JET LAG MASK. This is a new product released about a month or so ago by Summer Fridays. It is available on their website, and through Sephora. I apply this mask when my skin needs a dose of hydration, and when I use it, I wake up with dewy, plump skin. Love it.
One day a month, do a 24-hour coconut oil mask. Slather your hair with coconut oil, go about your business, and let the coconut oil do its magic. Don’t blow dry your hair all the time. I spent years blowdrying my hair every day, and my hair hated me for it! Find a nice little styling cream, or a leave-in spray. I like the suggestions my hairdresser gave me – Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil UV Protectant Spray, and Don’t Blow It cream. Of course, I’ll blow dry and style my hair for a night out or a special event, or pay a visit to Drybar for a mimosa and a blowout, but there’s just no need to put your hair under so much stress every day 🙂
A great way to wind down after a long day, or soothe sore muscles after a workout is through an Epsom Salt Bath! I like to add a few drops each of Bergamot, Lavender, and Frankincense Oil. Mess around with some of your own favorite essential oils. Add Lavender. Or a few bags of Green Tea or Chamomile Tea (another favorite of mine!). Light some candles, turn on some light music, and bring a good book with you. Lately my baths have been my only reading time. I have a stack sitting on my bathroom scale, and I’ll choose one based on my mood.
Embrace your natural beauty! Have fun with make up, take good care of your skin, eat well, get a sweat in every day, smile, and always remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are a treasure, a diamond in the rough! And you are capable of anything you put your heart to!
Also, I’m always on the search for natural beauty tips and tricks! What are some of yours?