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DIY Blueberry Facial

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Blueberries are in peak season May through October, so now is the perfect time to experiment with a the ultimate in skin care–a DIY Blueberry Facial (unless you have an allergy to them, of course.)

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Mix ingredients together in a mini blender.  Apply to face, neck, and hands for 10 minutes.  It actually tastes pretty good too, but remove it with a warm, damp cloth.

Fall in love with blueberries all over again!

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It’s no surprise that blueberries are one of our favorite fruits—they just happen to be one of the healthiest too. These miniature blue-violet berries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels found in all fruits and vegetables. But just in case that doesn’t mean a lot, maybe this will…antioxidants are what keep our bodies young, vibrant and radiant (yeah and yay! 🙂

Beautiful days

come and go,

and leave us

constantly in awe.

But a truly

beautiful person,

genuine to the core,

can never be forgotten.

They’ve been known to greatly improve the cardiovascular system, increase cognitive function, and regulate blood sugar. In addition to your handful-a-day, blueberries can also be an effective topical skin care ingredient

A few tips to selecting blueberries:

  • wild blueberries score even higher in antioxidants than cultivated ones
  • when selecting: look for uniform dark blue color, and they should by dry and smooth.
  • always rinse before using

And even better, while you’re eating them and enjoying their wonderful taste, why not slather them on your face for a great anti-oxidant boost and to get even more benefit from their anti-aging properties?

 

DIY Blueberry Facial Recipe

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

12 Raw Organic Blueberries
1 tablespoon Extra Olive Oil
1/2 tablespoon Raw Organic Honey
1 teaspoon acidophylis or 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
1 teaspoon almond meal

Instructions:

Mix ingredients together in a mini blender.  Apply to face, neck, and hands for 10 minutes.  It actually tastes pretty good too, but remove it with a warm, damp cloth.

Let us know how you love your DIY Blueberry Facial Mask! 🙂 We hope you have a wonderful and HEALTHY day! We love you guys!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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Spring Fever – Free Printable!

Spring is in the air!! We love it and had to do something fun to celebrate all of this beautiful sunshine!

Spring Fever - Free PrintableSo when we hooked up with the adorable, Aly Brooks, who created this cute printable, we couldn’t resist!  This one is cute, and for us, it says it all…Spring Fever! Absolutely perfect. 🙂

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Download your Free Spring Fever Printable

This is super simple to do! I decided to do some iron on transfers with this printable, but it would make an adorable wall hanging or cleaning or gardening bucket too. Actually, look at the cute wall hanging Aly made!

In order to do an iron-on-transfer, you’ll need to reverse the printable, and make it the size that works for your project.

Spring Fever - Free Printable

Since my top was stretchy, I stretched it over the ironing board so the transfer would move a little with the fabric. It worked quickly and really well and the color was true to the actual download.

Spring Fever - Free Printable

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For the kitchen towel, I couldn’t get the transfer to release from the backing, so I had to heat the iron hotter. The fabric was cotton, so it could tolerate more heat. But I think I got a little too aggressive with the heat, thus, it turned into a nice warm golden version of the download. I kind of liked the warm version too, but in case you don’t, I thought I’d explain how to do it (or not 🙂

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It only took a total of about 10 minutes per printable, and I think they turned out cute! Please share what you’re going to do with yours, we can’t wait to hear!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Natural Scrubs – who wants smoother skin?!

Natural Scrubs

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Natural Scrubs – who wants smoother skin?!

Do you regularly exfoliate your skin?  That simple change may make a world of difference to smooth out the skin.  You can use a loofa or a scrub, or even both.

SCRUBS & MORE

A scrub can help a lot, just be careful of any Parfum/fragrance they may include. Although the make it smell great, synthetic fragrances can cause allergic reactions, like razor bumps and break outs, but studies indicate that they can be responsible for even worse problems, including neurotoxicity, endocrine disruptors that can cause reproductive organ cancers, and also contain pthalates (BPA), which is highly toxic.  We believe fragrance to be one of the more dangerous ingredients and highlyrecommend avoiding it always.

We’ve tried a few natural scrubs that we’ve really liked, here are our latest loves:

Simple Gift Farms – they use essential oils and all natural and organic ingredients and are amazing! They worked great and left the skin feeling wonderful.

Simple Sugars – this company just sent some yummy products to try. They are nice, and nutrient rich (just don’t eat the sugar! 🙂 But we really liked them too.

DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies, celulite scrub

L’or de la Mer Organic Anti Cellulite Body Blaster Scrub with Seaweed – Move over razor bumps and lets talk cellulite removal for a second.  This is a more agressive scrub, but a wonderful option for fighting cellulite and detoxifying the skin. It’s more pricey, but if those are the things you’re wanting, this is close to magic. It worked great!

Or, you could make  a simple DIY Natural scrub in minutes:

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil

Mix together, then spread on area and rub gently prior to showering.  Wash off before shaving.  By exfoliating the area, you can help eliminate excess dead skin that could be causing a reaction.  The salt in the scrub also aids an an anti-bacterial to keep irritation down as well.

As always, let us know how you love it!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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Pro Makeup Artist Tips

We get asked daily for Pro Makeup Artist Tips and how to do what we do. So here is a question from one of our viewers and here is what we think you really need to know before becoming a pro makeup artist!How to work as a Pro Makeup Artist

Laurie getting Lauren Holly ready on the set of “Down & Derby.”  Photo by Eric Johnston 

Q&A

question

How did you and your mom start doing hair on movie and photo shoot sets? i have been a hairstylist for over 11 years and would love to have that experience. thanks, KC Willis

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Hi KC,

How to work as a Pro Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist ..it’s a long story, but we’ll try to keep it simple (and not bore you to death:)

How to be a professional makeup artist

Laurie prepping the cast of “Zombies,” for Sci Fi Channel.

Laurie (mom) started as a makeup artist and went to a makeup school and a film school (for FX & film makeup) and later went to hair school and got a hair license.

But while in film school, would do student projects and just started getting referred all over for a lot of various jobs.

Tiffany (daughter) had a kit taller than she was, at the age of 5 (with all of mom’s old makeup). When she was 12, she traveled all over the US and Canada with Laurie as she was working on movies. Laurie would pay Tiffany $10 per day to just be there and to be good (we’re big into bribes, J/K!)

Later, Tiffany went to hair school as well.

How to work as a Pro Makeup Artist

Tiffany on set in Springfield, Illinois with crew members, Eric Johnston and Ben Cook.

In college, Tiffany had a full ride scholarship and was planning to go into psychology, when Laurie needed to fill a position in the makeup dept. of a show…after some arm twisting (j/k) Tiff dropped out of college and went on the road, working on her first big movie in NY, Wisconsin, Illinois, Canada and England. It was a blast and Tiff did amazing work, knowing she had to prove herself.
And the rest is history 🙂

How to work as a Pro Makeup Artist

Playing in the makeup trailer with the cast of “Gentlemen Broncos”

Advice: You’re on the right track by starting as a hairstylist–for anyone else we say, get a hair license

  1. Get a Cosmetology License (even if they only want to do makeup) It increases your skills, gives you better dexterity and confidence, and makes you better at doing things like hand laying facial hair, shaping brows, manicuring nails, etc. It also teaches you the color wheel inside & out, which will make you better as a makeup artist as well.
  2. Professional Makeup training and SFX training are vital. We’d go beyond that to say, get trained for the specific line of work you want. Sometimes a professional is willing to allow you to intern, but that should only be done once you’ve gone through hair school and makeup school.  We figure a mistake costs a show about $5000 a minute, so learning on set isn’t a great idea for anyone.
  3. Volunteer to help youtubers, and film students/ or budding photographers.  It is a mistake to go marching into the elite photographers and expect that they will be ok with you learning on their dime. That rarely happens, and there is  learning curve that you need to pay for or the production will.  We’ve seen stylists and “artists” fly in from nowhere, and they typically fly right back out again once it’s obvious from costly mistakes that they really don’t know the business.
  4. In order to get experience, plan to give your work away for 1-2 years in order to prove yourself and build a portfolio and network. But once you’re ready to play in the big leagues, get your rates up to the going rate or you’ll actually hurt your image and be known as the “cheap” makeup artist or a wanna be. People tend to respect artists who charge what they are worth.
  5. It’s a lot of hard work, for sure! It’s an extremely competitive field, so don’t try to cheat the system. Be nice to everyone, because you’re a nice person, not because you’re a kiss up.
  6. Don’t ever put down another artist. When someone isn’t qualified or talented, it will speak for itself. We like to run a positive team on set, and the energy it brings is wonderful. When someone is really negative or wants to gossip, it can change the dynamics in an instant. We also know that if that person is gossiping about someone else to us, we will be next on the hit list. SO our motto is, just don’t go there. There’s way too much good going on that we can enjoy. Life is wonderful if we let it be!

For those of you still reading, you deserve a medal, lol! thanks! Please comment – we LOVE hearing from you!!

 xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Are Essential Oils safe?!! Read this before using…

Are essential oils safe?

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Are Essential Oils safe? Read on…

I had actually heard about Essential Oils for years, but thought they were just a bunch of hocus-pocus.

I even worked on a catalog shoot for an essential oil company and at wrap, they gave us all huge gift baskets of their products.  I was super excited to get a bunch of freebies, and loved that they were so generous!  But ahemm…okay, I admit it–I didn’t use them because I had no idea what to do with them.  So that beautiful gift sat in my makeup closet without one single ounce of love.

That is, until I was called to do a video shoot for a different essential oil company…

During the second shoot, several people were brought in to share their actual testimonials of how essential oils had blessed their lives… so sitting there, hearing their testimonials really made me wonder, “Is there any truth to all of this hype?”

It just so happened that I had recently had a skin cancer on my arm removed.  Then out of nowhere, 2 more of those little monsters -grrrr- appeared on the other arm.  So I was planning to get back in to have those removed too, but I was super busy working and couldn’t break away from set to get that done.

So with sparked curiosity and growing skin cancers on my arm, I asked several of the people from that company if any of the oils worked on skin cancer.   Without flinching, every one of them independently answered that frankincense was the answer.

Frankincense–really?  Like as in the Bible???  How and why would…????  But, I knew I couldn’t get into the doctor for a while, sooo…I think you may have guessed what I ended up doing.

Yup, I pulled the forgotten frankincense from my makeup closet and started applying a drop to each spot several times a day.

And did it work?  YES!  It totally did–and was I blown away???  Okay, yes, I was.  I don’t know why it made them completely disappear, but it did–whoooosh…gone!  Totally vanished–AND they have never returned.

Those two took about a month to remove, but I’ve used it on a few since, and it seems like if you get on them immediately, they tend to disappear faster.

Yes, I’m a blabbermouth and so of course I’ve shared this little trick with a lot of people, my mother included.  And I hear back from people (even my mom) all the time, as shocked as they should be that the frankincense took away their skin cancers too.

The only thing I can figure is that in order for those skin cancers to vanish, the DNA has to be altered somehow.  SO in my own blonde head, I think that the frankincense works below the surface (as do most things we put on our skin) but what it appears to do is to attack the damage to the DNA and restore the cell back to a healthy state.  Amazing, to say the least.

Frankincense is also used as an anti-inflammatory and appears to be great for treating wrinkles too.  Well, that’s not hard to figure out why, at least in my book anyway.

So if frankincense can do all that and so much more, think of the possibilities with all kinds of essential oils.

In fact, here is a video Tiffany did on some of the amazing therapeutic qualities of tea tree oil, because yes, we believe they are (how many ways can I say this?) therapeutic. In fact, very therapeutic.

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So am I just trying to sell essential oils by putting up this post?  I’d love for you to buy the right ones:)  but no, that’s surprisingly not where I’m going with this.

WORDS OF WARNING (what?!!)

I’m hoping to bring a gentle word of warning to the misuse and over-use of essential oils. We believe them to be very therapeutic and helpful for ailments and as needed, but we think they shouldn’t be slathered on like perfume or used all of the time for no real purpose.

Or if someone tells you they’re natural and you can’t overdose on them…hmmmm, we’re not so sure.  We think your liver may know better.

Do you get where I’m going???  If a plant thrives on water, is it good to over water it? What happens when you do?  So what about our natural bodies that we can’t fool?  If we use essential oils for therapeutic ailments, our bodies will know what to do with them, but if we overuse them, or mis-use them, are we going to cause adverse reactions?

Another word of warning is that you may be buying unpure oils without knowing it.  This problem is unfortunately a huge problem because marketers can market synthetic essential oils as “pure” “therapeutic” “better than organic”, “beyond organic” or whatever buzzwords they choose, when they aren’t even natural at all.

Because essential oils are concentrated plant extracts, we feel very strongly that the ONLY type of essential oils that should be used should be 100% organic. If a company markets them as anything BUT that, we’d say, stay away.

These are the only essential oils that we currently trust:

Organic Essential Oils
My husband isn’t even prone to allergies, but I learned this lesson really fast when I misted our bedroom with lavendar from a highly respected company.  He had terrible headaches each time I used it.  Then I tried another lavendar oil that was 100% organic, and it didn’t phase him at all.

Another concern is that many companies will switch from pure oils to synthetic oils to make more money. I did some checking into this because I wanted to know why companies with good reputations would transition from truly natural essential oils into the synthetics.  I learned that a manufacturer can buy a 55 gallon drum of a synthetic essential oil for the same cost as 1 gallon of the natural.  So is it all about money?  Sadly, it looks that way 🙁

So as therapeutic as the good oils are, we believe the synthetics can potentially be hazardous.

Basically, if you have any adverse reaction at all to essential oils, we believe there’s a good chance you’ve got a synthetic oil on your hands, and it would be wise to discontinue use immediately.

So that said, we really are huge fans of good essential oils as long as they’re truly natural, and used wisely.

Our theory is that truly pure, natural essential oils are amazing, and should be in every medicine cabinet.  But they should be used for therapeutic reasons and nothing more.

Our final warning:  Don’t Eat Them.  Even if the manufacturer claims their oils are so pure you can eat them, we say don’t.  The skin will absorb what it needs when we apply them topically.

So there ya go, that is our theory of essential oils.  Here are more posts we hope you’ll love..

Which Essential Oils are best to Improve the Skin?

Natural Remedies for beautiful Skin

Best Oils for each Skin Type

Please let us know your thoughts, ideas and insights–we love hearing from you!! 🙂

Stay safe!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Coconut oil a billion uses!

Coconut oil, a billion uses

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Coconut oil, a billion uses!

We LOVE coconut oil! It not only adds a yummy scent as we’re cooking with it, but it also makes an awesome replacement for butter or margarin and is classified as a healthy fat. But beyond that, it’s great for the skin, inside and out.

We’ve talked about it for years, it’s saturated fat, but is completely natural, so our bodies know what to do with it, unlike some of it’s synthetic and GMO counterparts. So our feeling is that it’s a fat worth it’s weight in gold. We’ve heard many testimonials from so many people, including some of you and we are big believers. I keep a jar in my kitchen for cooking, and a jar in my bathroom for beauty uses. Sometimes I even swish it around in my mouth to act as a cleaning agent and protectant for the gums and teeth.

When Tiff’s little guys, Ashton had a toothache, she gave him some to swish around in his mouth (aka oil pulling) and his pain went right away. He was a happy little guy and we thought that was pretty neat.

We’ve shared tons of ways you can use coconut oil, and here’s a really great video where we shared some of those. It’s not great because of what we did, but because of what you added. We asked for your input and ideas on why you like this amazing healthy fat and you generously offered your wonderful ideas and enthusiasm as well. Coconut oil, a billion uses!

We have the best viewers in the world and we love your comments!!

Please comment & share!

xox

Laurie & TIffany

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Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil, a billion uses