coconut makeup

Self care

Ok so I really believe that if you feel good about yourself it will radiate through you and you will look beautiful because of your confidence. And self care and healthy lil tips make me feel beautiful so:

Drink water. You know those annoying red bumps on your face that aren’t full on pimples so they’re really hard to get rid of? Drink a gallon of water every day. It sounds like a lot but they will disappear, and water has so many other benefits with skincare and weight loss.

Moisturize! I love almond oil for my face because it’s like coconut oil except it won’t clog your pores. Honestly as long as you consistently moisturize your face and body with some kind of lotion you’ll see benefits, it’s not complicated.

Exfoliate! Okay you can go buy an expensive exfoliated but if you’re ballin on a budget just mix some oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc.) with some sugar for your body, or with baking soda for your face. The baking soda is gentler.

Apple cider vinegar! Shits not tasty but if you add a tablespoon to a big glass of water plus some lemon (and stevia to taste) to begin your day there are benefits to your metabolism and anti bloating properties.

As for holy grail skin care ingredients, I love turmeric. Combine 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp flour, 2-3 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp almond or coconut oil and a little bit of honey. Put on face for 20 minutes and wash off. You will glow.

Take baths because they are so great. Light some candles, get some wine or a good book, whatever makes you relaxed. There is literally a bath for everything. Sore muscles? Epsom salt. Trying to balance your skin’s ph (aka you have a dick appointment)? ¾ cup apple cider vinegar. Dry skin? Oil or oatmeal. So many options.

As for makeup, I found that when I quit makeup I found more confidence in myself and less pressure to look perfect, but if you want to beat your face every day then do it! I admire the dedication. Do what makes you feel beautiful because if you feel good, you look good.

Take care of yourself, you deserve it.

My favorite product by @sheamoisture love coconut oil and all of the benefits that come along with it. You can use it for just about anything. Below are a few things that you can use coconut oil for: 1. Makeup Remover. Even the most resistant waterproof mascara doesn’t stand a chance against coconut oil. Apply it directly to the face as an oil cleanser, or let it sit on your skin with a cotton pad. Makeup will melt away.
2. Breath Freshener. Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Gargling for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (a.k.a. oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth, leading to fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier gums.
3. Lice Remedy. Start this all-natural lice treatment with a rinse of apple cider vinegar. Once the vinegar has dried, apply coconut oil to the entire head and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours. Brush through hair with a fine comb, then shampoo.
4. Body Lotion. If you’re a DIY mixologist, then coconut oil is a vanity essential. You can use this versatile oil as the base to make your own body moisturizer.
5. Cuticle Oil. Got cracked cuticles? Remedy peeling skin with a coconut oil balm right at the base of nails. It can also help your manicure last longer.
6. Makeup-Brush Cleaner. Cleaning your makeup brushes should be a monthly ritual. You can use a DIY cleanser that’s two parts antibacterial soap and one part coconut oil.
7. Lip Balm. Coconut oil is the ideal remedy for chapped lips especially because it’s semisolid at room temperature. Pack a bit in a miniature jar and smooth over lips throughout the day.
8. Stretch-Mark Cream. Expectant moms should keep a jar of coconut oil nearby to help ward off stretch marks, but anyone can use this as a topical treatment for scars. While the oil won’t fade any marks, it can help prevent dark spots and blisters from forming.
9. Undereye Cream.Don’t want to spend the extra money on eye cream? Use a dab of coconut oil on undereye bags and fine lines. It’s light enough for the most delicate skin on your face.
10. Body Scrub. Mix half a cup of coconut oil with a handful of coarse salt or sugar to create an exfoliator. The moisturizing oil will last long after the grains have melted away.
11. Frizz Tamer. Flyaways begone with this smoothing treatment. Just rub a dime-size amount in your hands and smooth from midshaft to ends for frizz-free style that’s high on shine.
12. Massage Oil. Warm coconut oil in the microwave and add a few drops of an essential oil, like lavender or peppermint, for a soothing massage mix.
13. Whitening Toothpaste. Run out of toothpaste? Grab the closest jar of coconut oil and add baking soda for a quick fix. Everyone will wonder how you got such a white smile.
14. Shaving Cream. Who said shaving cream has to lather? Use this balm as a base to get a closer shave that leaves legs smooth instead of dried out. You can also use it alone or with other ingredients in this DIY shave-cream recipe.
15. Dandruff Treatment. Dandruff and dry scalp go hand in hand. So send moisture right to the roots with a nightly coconut oil treatment. Just apply lightly to roots and massage in, which will also stimulate hair growth.
16. Body Oil. Why purchase a separate body oil when you can keep coconut oil near the bath? Just slather it on wet skin after the shower, then pat dry. You’ll smell like a beach vacation all day. Plus, it has a natural SPF 4.
17. Itch Relief. Burns, bug bites, and bruises can all be soothed with a topical balm of coconut oil.
18. Deep Conditioner. You can use hot coconut oil as a preshampoo treatment to soothe dry hair before you shampoo and condition. Leave in for at least an hour for an allover moisturizing treatment.
19. Night Cream. Apply coconut oil at night for maximum moisturizing benefits. The antioxidants are great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.
20. Leave-in Conditioner. Hydrate dry hair by using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner. Apply a small amount to wet strands to seal in moisture.

DIY Lip Scrub

My daughter and I made this lip scrub today that we came across on Pinterest! This is perfect to use before applying your lip stain or even any of your lip products! Exfoliating your lips helps the lip stain go on much easier and much more evenly!

We did use the Vanilla extract in ours and coconut oil instead of Olive oil because for no other reason except that I just love coconut oil :)


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

small bowl
1 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP honey
1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 small container (I save my eye cream, pigment etc containers and wash them out)
Optional: Vanilla or peppermint extract
Optional: Food coloring (I did pink - pick a practical color as it may stain lips a little)


DIRECTIONS:

Combine honey & sugar in a small bowl.
Add olive or coconut oil & mix well.
If you want it flavored add in a drop of vanilla or peppermint extract
If you’re feeling creative, add 1-2 drops of food coloring (go light on this or it may stain lips)
Put your scrub into a container.


HOW TO USE:

Before bed, rub a small amount of the scrub onto your lips.
Rinse off with water.
Apply lip balm.
Use twice a week for super soft lips!

HIGH FIVE: ONE-DROP BEAUTY

Five ways less can be more.

You know that feeling when you’re running late, trying to put on your makeup, and end up just dolloping on way too much product? While we’ll never be able to slow down time, here at the Sephora Glossy, we can at least help you take out some of the guessing game. Case in point: all five of the beauty products below claim to only require one drop of formula to give you your desired outcome. Below, I take them on their word—and discover how a little goes a long way. KELLEY HOFFMAN


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

THE SERVING SIZE: One pump.

THE TEST : This longwear foundation comes in a frosted glass container that looks as elegant and feels as substantial as a fragrance bottle. To apply, I shook the bottle, then warmed one drop of the liquid between my fingers. Next, I blended the concentrated formula on my freshly cleaned and moisturized face—across my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and upper lip area. To my surprise, it covered it all, just fine. The foundation had a weightless feel, and offered a polished, soft-matte finish. The best part? It gave me full coverage while still looking natural.


Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer

THE SERVING SIZE: One dot.

THE TEST : With the tiniest squeeze of the little black tube, out popped a formula I instantly realized was unlike any other concealer I’d ever seen before. The consistency is super-emollient. The tiny drop was enough to blend (with my non-dominant ring finger) onto both of my under eye areas. As someone with genetically dark circles, I was in awe of how, ahem, amazingly it covered them up.  I’m sure it has something to do with the fact it contains more than three times the amount of pigment in  other concealers.


Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

THE SERVING SIZE: One dab.

THE TEST : This is a really interesting formula—not only does it have the argan oil that’s central to Josie Maran’s products, it’s also 50% coconut water. The shimmery shades come in a mini eye dropper-esque bottle, and I had to shake it before I applied it. All I needed was one swipe from the doe-foot wand, and then I finger-painted the ultra-hydrating formula across my eyelid to blend. All I can say is: wow.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Matte

THE SERVING SIZE: One bead.

THE TEST : With a slight press of the tube, I applied a tiny squirt of the crazy high-pigment tar to its corresponding brush (included with purchase). I dotted the color on the center of my lips, then easily blended it out to the edges of my lip lines. I loved how quickly it dried to an on-trend matte. With a huge range of classic and edgy colors alike, I like that I can go from Plain Jane to Tumblr cool  in one drop. Bonus points: formula is 100% vegan.


NAILS INC. Gel Effect Polish

THE SERVING SIZE: One dip.

THE TEST : Several features of this polish immediately caught my eye. The formula is very high-pigment, so I noticed no streaking when I applied it. Plus, it comes with a wide brush, which made it quicker and easier to swipe on than most polishes. The plumping, high-gloss effect and patented plasticizer formulation gave me the gel look and last I love, without having to sit under a UV lamp. Yep—NAILS INC. nailed it again.

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