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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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Empower Yourself

We all know that it can be hard to stay motivated, and it becomes increasingly difficult if we wait to obtain encouragement and acknowledgement from outside sources in order to feel validated. It is your responsibility to truly become your biggest fan, start rooting for yourself! This doesn’t mean that you think you are perfect and have nothing else to learn (you never stop learning), but it means that you believe in your capacity for success, in your value as a human being, and that you love the person you are. We all struggle with self-love and tend to be our worst critics, but we need to start practicing self-compassion, acknowledging that nobody is perfect (including yourself) and that all you can do is try your hardest and enjoy the moment. Don’t get caught up clinging to the past or looking to the future. It is important to have short-term and long-term goals, but it is also necessary to take the time to enjoy the everyday. When was the last time you took the time to breath and look at the sky, to read a book for pleasure, or to look at yourself in the mirror and look at all of your positive traits instead of criticizing what’s wrong? Here are a few tips you can use to empower yourself and love who you are:

Build your self-esteem

Give yourself a compliment every day. We are so used to addressing everything that we think is negative about ourselves that we forget there is more to us. You can learn to love all the things that make you special.

Scattered notes

Periodically leave random notes of encouragement or lessons to be learned throughout your home. You will find them when you need them. You could also ask your guests to do this and hide them for you to find at a later time.

Personal timeline

Create a visual timeline where you show where you were in life 5 to 10 years ago, how your personality was back then, and the struggles you had to overcome. Do the same for the present, and in the future (5-10 years from now). Note how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and how you want to improve. This will serve as a reminder of how far you’ve come from who you were, the amazing person you are today, and a goal to work for.  

Negativity be gone

Do yourself a favor and ditch your negative friends. I have had friends that all they do is complain about their miserable life and how life just sucks, etc. People have bad moments, but when you refuse to change what’s making your life that way, it becomes your own fault. Surrounding yourself with people like that will only harm you.

Love how you look

I know that sometimes you just don’t like how you look and want to throw in the towel (everyone goes through this), but that’s when you need to go the extra mile and push through. Even if you want to wear sweats and that over-sized shirt…DON’T! Do a self-care routine instead, turn on some music, pick a better outfit you know you usually like, do your hair, etc. When you do a self-care routine (face mask, hair mask, teeth whitening, body scrub, etc) your mood changes, you are going against the initial “I hate how I look today” to “I will love myself and make myself feel good”. While you do this, look at your positive traits, and tell yourself what they are. You will feel much better afterwards.

Reward yourself

When you accomplish anything, don’t wait for other people to praise or reward you… reward yourself! Take yourself out to buy something special, maybe a walk at the park, a nice coffee time or dinner, or anything that makes you happy… You deserve it!

Stimulate your brain

Find something that interests you and go for it. Finding something new you can learn or do makes you feel stronger, smarter, more interesting, and builds your confidence.

These are only a few things to get you started, but there is so much more you can do, the key is to appreciate the wonderful human being you are, build up your confidence and become your best friend.

Tell me, what builds you up?

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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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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Winter Romper Style

I am absolutely crazy about rompers and love wearing them as much as I can during summer. What do I do during the cold weather you ask?  Well, if it is not freezing cold and I just feel like rocking a romper, I just pair it with some nice tights, boots, a nice jacket and a scarf. You can make the look as casual or as fancy as you like, it is all in the details. For this outfit, I decided to dress it up by wearing a nice leather jacket and a fancy scarf with gold as the accent color… I know, I know, I look fabulous! 😉

Solid color rompers are an easy go-to because you can easily play with color combinations in accessories, coverups, belts, etc. Try to be bold and wear a bright colored jacket, a nice cardigan or blazer, a belt around your waist, or some nice jewelry. It is all about letting your personality shine!

Advantages of wearing a romper

  • If you get the right style for your body shape, it helps create the illusion of a leaner, taller body.
  • Wear some high heels and make your legs look a mile long!
  • One romper is all you need to create several looks.
  • Super comfortable, you can do pretty much any activity wearing a romper… except going to the bathroom that is lol

Choose the right romper for your body type

  • Apple-shaped (heavier around mid-section): Select a romper that cinches in the waist to create the illusion of a smaller waist.
  • Hourglass (balanced curves): This is the easiest body type because pretty much every romper style looks great. Show off your figure and opt for a fitted style, v-neck or  a romper with a cinched waistline.
  • Boy shape (almost no curves all over): It is all about creating the illusion of curves by wearing rompers with bows, ruffles, or flared bottoms.
  • Pear-shaped (curvy on the bottom and smaller on the top): Same concept of ruffles, bows, etc, except that only focus that on the top half of the romper. You want to balance your body shape by adding volume on the top and showing off your natural shape on the bottom.
  •  Top heavy (curvy on the top and smaller bottom): a v-neck or off the shoulder rompers with  are best options to take away all the focus from the top half of the body and create a more even silhouette.

Show me your favorite romper look!

Stay True – Chantal

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Rocking the Poncho!

Ponchos and I don’t have the best relationship. Almost every time I try one on, no matter how beautiful I think it looks on a hanger, I just feel super bulky, shapeless, and not attractive at all. It is super important to understand your body shape to realize what looks good and what doesn’t, but most of all, you have to love yourself in whatever you are wearing so you can reflect that self-love and confidence. This poncho is one of the few that I have been able to feel confident in by pairing it with a fitted top to contrast the looseness of the oversized poncho and adding a wide belt. One super important rule to remember… since the poncho is big and loose, you need to pair it with slim fitted bottoms. DO NOT make the mistake to pair it with a wide skirt or bulky pants, that will make you look larger and curveless…Don’t look like a piñata, nobody wants that! For this look, I played it safe with neutral colors (I know, I do this a lot), but you can be as bold as you want, add a nice fedora hat, colorful belt, or oversized accessories. I finished this look with my high heel ankle booties for a casual and comfortable style.

Do you have a favorite poncho look? Please do share!

Stay True – Chantal  

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Coffee Lovers Face Scrub

Hello my loves! If there is one thing I love more than not waking up early, it is COFFEE! Not only do I enjoy drinking a delicious cup of that miracle potion to get me going in the morning after I managed to growl my way out of my bed, but it is also a fabulous exfoliant! Coffee is rich in antioxidants and helps treat/prevent acne as well as an anti-aging treatment. It is also helpful to reduce the appearance of cellulite as it improves blood circulation. For this exfoliant, mix the coffee with some olive oil while maintaining a grainy consistency.

Apply the paste on your face and/or body gently in circular motions to unclog your pores and remove dead skin. The smell of the coffee is also super delicious and therapeutic, giving your brain a boost and even reducing stress. The olive oil in this exfoliant paste is also incredibly important as it is another powerful antioxidant and moisturizer (among many other benefits). The olive oil will help your skin feel incredibly soft. If you are just doing your face and not your entire body, please remember to also exfoliate your neck. Any kind of facial treatment MUST include the entire neck area as that’s a delicate area that tends to age quite a bit. Instead of olive oil you can use coconut oil, honey, or avocado oil; they are all great options! After you rub all of the areas to be treated, leave on for at least 15 minutes and then rinse. Warning, because it is a scrub and it is not the gentlest of treatments, it should not be used on a daily basis, but a couple of times a week should be good for beautiful, glowing skin.

Do you have a favorite coffee inspired beauty treatment?

Stay true – Chantal