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Ooh Honey, Honey!

I come from a family of ranchers and farmers on my mother’s side. Her grandparents and everyone prior owned a lot of land, lots of animals, and farmed all sorts of things. I got to see a bit of this when I was little and the joy of those memories when I got to go see and pet all the animals, see the baby piglets being born, play with the baby goats, and horseback riding will forever remain. All those things are in the past, the people from back then are gone, but besides all those wonderful memories, I got to learn a few things. I learned how to properly treat animals, respect all living creatures, and that pretty much everything we need we can find in nature. One of my grand uncles (over 80 years old) has always used one secret ingredient to remain healthy and young looking… HONEY! Yep, honey. Most of us have used this as a sweetener or beeswax in various products, but him and his family use it for nearly everything related to self-care and nutrition. He never eats refined sugars, the only sweetness he adds to anything is honey. He also uses honey daily as hair mask, face mask, body scrub and more! Well… he looks like he is in his 50s! A couple of weekends ago, Kim and I went to our local community market and we saw this vendor called Soul Honey, and yeah… I freaked out! Flashback to my grand uncle. The sweet couple selling the products told me all about their love for their bees and the honey. They make anything from moisturizing cream to soaps, and they also sell their delicious honey. Some additional things they make for themselves but that just wouldn’t last packaged or would be too much for them to take to the booth, they write on little cards, so you can try making them yourself at home.  Another thing I really liked about them is that they care for the preservation of bees and know the importance they have in our ecosystem, so they offer free beekeeping presentations for kids. I personally love when I find people that are passionate about what they do, especially when they care about our beautiful planet. If you want to check them out visit, www.texassoulhoney.com. Here are some of the products I ended up buying to try, so far I like them all and their honey is delicious!  I challenge you to try more local products, they boost the local economy and you can find a lot of cool products like these.

Stay true – Chantal

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Bronzer: 3 Ways

One of my FAVORITE things is being able to use products more than one way. I love a good multitasking situation..

For this post, I’m talking about how to use bronzer 3 ways: On your face, your eyelids, and eyeline. This is perfect for Summer because a good bronzer used all over your face can tie the whole look together. Using the same bronze on your cheeks and your eyes will make you look glowy and suntanned!

  1. On your face – I like to add my bronzer in a “3” shape. Along your hairline, under your cheekbone, and under your chin.. It will contour your face in a natural way (more natural than a normal grey contour), and make you look slim and glowing!
  2. On your eyelids – My favorite way to tie in a makeup look is to add bronzer to the outer edges of my eyelids. I’ll add a neutral, shimmer eyeshadow all over the lid, then put my bronzer in the outer corner and inside the crease. It makes for the perfect no-makeup look!
  3. On your eyeline – During summer, the LAST thing you want is to have black eyeliner dripping down your face! Take a small eyeliner brush and rub bronzer along your lower lash line. It’ll define your eyes in a super natural way!

Do you ever use bronzer in more than one way?! Let us know in the comments!

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Beets for Days

I have always love beets, when I was a child I would eat them, use their juice and stain my lips, to pretend I was a vampire sucking someone’s blood, or pretend I was bleeding out (weird because it looks more pink than red). Now I love beets for other reasons that I think you’ll love as well.

Beets are fabulous as natural tint for lips and cheeks

You may apply the juice directly or mix it with coconut oil with a bit of lemon juice and store it in a container in the fridge for multiple uses or applications throughout the day. Don’t over apply on the cheeks, the stain is pretty strong, so you don’t need a ton.

Face mask for a natural rosy glow

Do you like to go without makeup? This may be a nice one for you. You can easily mix a couple of tablespoons of beet juice with half that amount in honey or sour cream and gently apply it all over your face and neck. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse.

Heal your scalp and grow healthy beautiful hair

Beets have lots of nutrients that help prevent hair loss, nourish the scalp, get rid of dandruff, and aid strengthen your hair. Puree some beets and apply to your scalp and hair, leave on for 30-45 minutes and wash as usual.

Anti-aging & helps fight acne

Apply the strained beet juice to your face and leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse. Remember that beets stain, so make sure to do the treatment at night and no more than twice a week. Your face should feel hydrated, healed, less oily, dark circles improve as well as fine lines and wrinkles as it increases the production of collagen in our skin.

Incredibly healthy for your diet

On top of all of the benefits of using beets in our beauty routine, they are incredibly healthy. They have tons of nutrients and essential vitamins as well as antioxidants. Regularly eating beets has been linked to lower blood pressure, they help reduce inflammation, fight anemia, among other things.

Pink alert!

Please keep in mind that the pigmentation of this root is quite strong (hence it being used as a tint) and you’ll see that pink pigmentation in your urine and stools… so, don’t panic if this happened when you ingest beets. Lastly, if you suffer low blood pressure, you may want to speak to your doctor before eating beets regularly to make sure it is safe for you. Always a good idea to you a bit of research about anything you do or eat if you suffer from any medical condition.

Will share specific beet-based masks soon, do you have a favorite one you would like me to try? How about a favorite beet recipe? Do share!

Stay true – Chantal

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Bar Shampoo for Eco-Friendly Beauty

As I have mentioned before, I have been making small changes in different aspects of my life in order to live in a more natural and eco-friendly way. Well, I stumbled across this Auromere shampoo bar with neem. As soon as I saw the packaging, it caught my attention as it is made out of cardboard instead of plastic…. I LOVED this! I know, I know, cardboard still kills trees and it is not totally eco-friendly if we put it that way; but I was really happy that it didn’t come in plastic and wanted to really give it a try to compare it to bottled shampoo. I was already using an organic shampoo, but it was in a plastic bottle, so this is definitely a step in the right direction. I read the back of the box as well as the ingredient section and I was very excited to take it home and write a review for it.

This shampoo bar is free of chemicals, cruelty free, vegan and earth friendly. It also packs a lot of great oils and other natural ingredients that are gentle with the hair and nourish the scalp.

I was a little unsure about how much of the shampoo bar I would have to use to wash my hair since it is long, going all the way down to my waist, but it got foamy very quickly (not as much as with a regular shampoo) covering all of my hair. I conditioned my hair as usual and styled it to see the end result. I was very pleased as my scalp felt fresh, nourished, and my hair was very soft. I did read on the box that the 4.23 oz bar of shampoo is equivalent to 18 oz of liquid shampoo, so one bar should last a couple of months depending on how often you wash your hair and if you keep the bar dry in between washes.

I am definitely enjoying this shampoo bar a lot, but since this is the first one I am trying, I would love to hear from you about any others you have tried that you would recommend. This one can be easily ordered online at auromere.com, swansonvitamins.com, or amazon!

Stay true – Chantal    

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Double Cleansing with Oil

First of all.. do you cleanse your skin every night? I sure hope so.

One of the keys to clear, healthy skin is cleansing off all of your makeup, sweat, and grime before you go to bed. Even if it’s been a late night (we’ve all been there..) – DON’T go to sleep with your makeup on!

And a super common way to wash your face is normally makeup wipes. But those can pull at your skin, cause wrinkles, and surprisingly really don’t get everything off your face. Next time you use a wipe, go in with a second one .. I guarantee you’ll have more makeup coming off!

So next time you cleanse, my #1 tip is to use an oil. And my #2 tip is to double cleanse.

I always wash my face with either Vitamin E oil or a facial oil from Trader Joe’s. I tried coconut oil – but I broke out. Try different oils and see what works for you!

It’s key to have your face dry the first time you add the oil to your face. Rub it all over (even your eyes), then rinse off. LIGHTLY dab a clean towel on your face to dry it off a bit, then do it all over again. More oil, another rinse, then dab your face dry again.

The first cleanse is to take any makeup off, then the second is to really clean your skin and remove any gunk from your pores. And it only takes a few extra seconds! And life hack: if you’re traveling, ask room service to bring you a side of olive oil.

Oil is also AMAZING for skin because it hydrates! I used to be anti-oil because my skin was oily and acne prone, but right when I started using oils, my acne cleared up and my skin actually errs on the dry side! If your skin is too dry, it’ll produce excess oils which can contribute to breakouts. So oil it up!

Helloooo, clear skin!

XOXO, Kim

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Whip It!

I have been slowly switching out certain cosmetics and other beauty products for more natural options as well as waste free items. It has been interesting to try out so many different things to see what works and what doesn’t. Today I want to talk about this one product that I have really liked and about the company who makes it. The product is by a company named Alaffia and it is a deliciously coconut rose scented whipped shea butter to be used for skin and hair! I bought a small container to try it out and I am OBSESSED. At first, I was like, this little 1.5 oz container is not going to last, but it is crazy because you have to rub it on your palms to warm it up before you spread it on your hair or skin and it becomes oily, so you don’t need as much. This fabulous product leaves your skin and hair crazy soft, and you can feel confident that no crazy chemicals will harm you and that the product comes from an ethical company. Alaffia has been For Life certified for fair trade, MADE SAFE certified for products without known or suspected toxins to harm the health of humans, animals, or the ecosystem, and it is Non-GMO verified. I mean, it really can’t get better than that right?! I see all those super sad videos of animals being killed or injured by our waste that I know a change needs to happen, so finding companies like this one is very exciting.

A company with purpose

I invite you to visit the Alaffia website and read about their commitment to the consumers, communities, and the planet because it is great to learn about a company that cares and that is doing something to give back. Since the company was started in 2003, Alaffia has implemented educational projects, opened schools in African communities, and even has a complete line that supports a foundation that rehabilitates women that have been victims of sex trafficking. Even their logo is absolutely cool as it represents protection, security and love.

Check them out at https://www.alaffia.com/pages/alaffia-history

I’ve only tried the whipped shea butter so far, have you tried any of their products? If so, which one is your fave??? I know I am definitely trying some more of their products!

Stay true – Chantal

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Vitamin Packed Hair Mask

If your hair is needing some extra TLC.. we’ve got you covered! Chantal gave me her tips for this amazing hair mask – and now I’m passing it on to you. I normally try to take good care of my hair. I wash it every 3-4 days, use heat MAYBE once a week, and give myself a little trim every few weeks, but sometimes I need something extra. And this mask is vitamin packed and will transform your hair!

My favorite ingredient in this is the vitamin E oil. I got mine at Trader Joe’s for about $5, and I use it for a ton of stuff. I use it as a makeup remover, a moisturizer, and for this hair mask! For hair, Vitamin E can moisturize, repair hair follicles, and promote healthy hair growth. The olive oil helps to moisturize even more, the eggs promote shine, and lemon juice will make your hair vibrant!

Below are some basic guidelines regarding the ingredients, but feel free to decrease or increase the amounts depending on how much hair you have.

  • 1 TBSP Vitamin E Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

Whisk it all together, apply to your hair for about 20 minutes, then rinse very, very well! Be sure you give your hair a wash afterwards as well to get any excess gunk out.

And voila! Beautiful hair!.. Have a great weekend!

XOXO, Kim