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Chocolate Obsession Body Scrub

As if chocolate wasn’t fabulous enough as an edible, it is also serves as an amazing and deliciously smelling body scrub! All you need are three ingredients, Cocoa powder, sugar and olive oil. Just mix all the ingredients together, gently apply on the desired areas in small circular motions to exfoliate the skin, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse. The antioxidants in the cocoa will help restore elasticity to the skin, fight ageing, provide hydration, and its properties will also help reduce skin breakouts. Bonus point, the caffeine in the cocoa powder can even give you an energy boost!

Enjoy this delicious treat 😉

Stay true – Chantal

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Great Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Chamomile tea is definitely one of my favorite teas to drink, especially at night time to help me sleep and when I have a stomach ache or sore throat due to its antibacterial properties. What many don’t know is that chamomile tea is super useful for many other things, including skin care. Chamomile tea is a great natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant that can help treat skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and acne. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles scars, dark circles and tightens pores.  

Here are a few ways you can use chamomile for the above benefits:

  • Boil 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile or 1 bag of chamomile tea in a cup of water. Let it cool down and using a cotton ball, dip it in the tea and apply on your face with gentle taps after your face wash. Do not rinse your face, let your skin absorb the tea. If you have areas with a skin condition, you can place the soaked cotton balls or squares on them and leave them there for a good 10 minutes while the tea is still a bit warm.
  • A nice face mask can be made with ¼ cup of chamomile tea, ¼ cup of rosewater and 2-4 tablespoons of honey (just enough to make the mix a bit thick). Cover your clean face with the mix and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off.
  • To reduce eye puffiness and dark circles, boil 2 chamomile tea bags in one cup of water. Let them cool down a bit, but while still warm, squeeze the excess tea out of the tea bags and place them on your eyes (make sure you cover the dark circles). Leave them on for 10 minutes and let your skin absorb the tea.

Give chamomile a try and let me know what you think!

Stay true – Chantal

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Summer Skincare

Summer is in full force.. which means a ton of time in the sun and by the pool! But sun damage is REAL and chlorine can be super drying to your skin. Here are a few easy and natural tips to ease summer skin damage and keep yourself glowy all season long.

  • Aloe vera is amazing for any sunburns, dry patches, and to drink! In addition to being super soothing on your skin, it also has a lot of antioxidant properties. Buy some fresh aloe vera to put on, or some aloe vera juice with pulp to digest!
  • Coconut oil is great to put in your hair before AND after swimming. The oil before hand will keep your hair from getting too tangled and dried out. It can also act as a hair mask to add some extra moisture after you’re done swimming! You can even leave it in overnight for some extra love.
  • Add some vaseline to your skin care routine! If your cuticles get dry from swimming, rub some vaseline on it. Put some on rough patches on your feet. You can even add it around your eyes to prevent crows feet from squinting in the sun!

What are your favorite summer skincare hacks? Let us know in the comments!

XOXO, Kim

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Mayo Hair Mask for Soft & Shiny Hair

Two of the main ingredients of mayo are oil and eggs, both great to fight dryness and give your hair the shine it needs. It is also incredibly rich in vitamin A, C, and antioxidants that help protect the Keratin in the hair. Mayo is especially good for people with curly hair as it helps with curl definition and less frizz. 

This mask is as simple, just slightly dampen your hair, saturate the hair and scalp with mayonnaise, cover with a hair cap, and rinse!

Tip: If mayo smell makes you gag, simply add a few drops of essential oils in the mayo and voila! Some people prefer adding vanilla, but I don’t think it does a good enough job of masking the smell.

There are many variations of a mayo hair mask, some people make their own mayo or add ingredients like avocado, additional oils, vinegar and more. I like to keep it simple when it comes to the mayo hair mask (I get the one with olive oil and lime), but occasionally heat it up a bit to use it as a warm oil treatment. What is your preferred hair treatment method? Share it with me so I can give it a try!

Stay true – Chantal

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Feeling Lost When it Comes to Skin Care? You Are Not Alone!

I do a lot of research on how to take care of my skin, especially because I love to share my tips with all of you, but our skin goes through sooooooo many changes, that sometimes it is hard to keep up. What once worked wonders on your face may be causing breakouts now. As we go through hormonal changes, aging, weather changes, and environment changes, our skin suffers the consequences and we are left to figure out what new routine works best while healing whatever damage has already happened. I really do believe that sometimes having people to go to with questions about different products and skin changes is super important. Reading books, reaching out to experts and looking up information online is great, but I love having that personal interaction. I have found my personal skin care heaven with Origins by Esteé Lauder. They have a location at my local mall and I have come to get to know the girls that work there pretty well. They are incredibly helpful when I am struggling with anything in my routine, they give you samples so you can find what works for you, they will help you match colors, give you helpful tips and more! I also love that with their rewards membership you can get discounts and free facials! Also, that they have a lot of natural product options. My point with this is, take the time to find a store where they have a lot of the products you like, where the employees are super helpful and willing to engage in conversations and educate you in skin care. I hate when people push me to buy things, but when someone is willing to take some time to help figure out what is going on with my skin, give me potential solutions, and gives me a facial regardless of my purchase… that is an amazing experience. Having someone to go to is priceless. Try it out, find your skin care heaven and let me know of your experience and what you learned from it 😊

Stay true – Chantal  

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Sexy & Healthy Lips

It is crazy how many people ignore their poor lips when it comes to a beauty routine. No matter how beautiful the rest of your face looks, chapped crusty lips will ruin the entire thing. It is super simple to care for them and get them looking and feeling soft, looking plumped, rosy, and delicious. Here are some tips from my daily routine to help:

Moisturize

No, not lotion… you can use coconut oil, Vaseline, olive oil, or a natural chapstick. Super important to do it at night before you go to sleep.

Hydrate

Drink enough water! if you get dehydrated, your lips will look very dry, colorless, and will start feeling a bit rough.

Lip Brushing

Once a day, after I brush my teeth, I use my soft toothbrush to gently brush my lips in tiny little circles to get the dead skin off, make them more rosy and soft. I also do this when I need to get my lips to look fuller and more plumped right before I put on lipstick and all. Don’t do this too many times a day as that can hurt your lips.

Lip Scubbing

I would recommend doing this once a week. If you are doing everything else I mentioned, there’s no need to do it more often than that. You can buy a premade scrub (please always buy quality products without harsh chemicals) or make your own. Making your own lip scrip is super easy, you just need to combine brown sugar and honey, it is super effective, great for a face scrub too, and delicious if it happens to fall in your mouth 🙂 You can also add olive or coconut oil; however, I don’t do that since I use that to moisturize and I prefer the sugar and honey combination.

You can truly see and feel the difference after a couple of days of following the tips above. You may have to adjust the frequency of the scrubbing and moisturizing during the summer and winter due to the harsher weather conditions. Do you have any other tips you would like to recommend? I would love to hear them!

Stay true – Chantal

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Natural Ways to Glow!

Sometimes you just don’t have a highlighter on hand to complete your makeup look! Lucky for all of us.. there are some natural options that you probably have in your makeup bag or pantry!

My first alternative is always some eyeshadow. I personally use Tarte pallettes, and I absolutely lovee using the lightest shimmery powder. I just brush it on my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and on top of my cupids bow. And I love multitasking makeup products! (Note: all eyeshadows aren’t “natural”.. but it can be! 🙂 )

Maybe you don’t have eyeshadow – but do you have some petroleum jelly? I’d also like to insert in here that petroleum jelly has SO MANY USES! I use it on my lips, as moisturizer, to soothe irritated skin, to make myself smile (taking it back to cheerleading days), and now.. as highlighter! Put a tiny amount on your face to get a glow.

And last but not least, oil is the MOST IMPORTANT item to have on hand for beauty, in my opinion! I use it to cleanse, moisturize, and to highlight. Take a SMALL dab of coconut or vitamin E oil on your finger and dab it on your face to get a super dewy highlight. Voila!

So those are my top items to use since I basically never have highlighter on me in my tiny makeup bag: trying to be minimalistic, ya know?

Have you ever used any of these?!

XOXO, Kim