DIY Chocolate Facial + Andalou Naturals Skin Food Mask Review

DIY Chocolate Facial

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DIY CHOCOLATE FACIAL – what’s more to love?! And yes, you can say YUMMM! 🙂

Plus, it’s review time–see what we think of Andalou Naturals Skin Food Mask

It’s review time!

This mask was sent to us by Andalou Naturals and before I begin….I’d like to say thankyou Andalou.  Thankyou for letting us know about this new product, allowing us to try it and for making it with quality in mind.  It’s pretty much just like a spa treatment, without the spa.

That said, must I say more?  Ok, I will.  Not only is this mask loaded with nutrients, but it’s also safe (or I wouldn’t be reviewing it 🙂  AND it performs like a dream.

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Every time I used it I noticed that my skin was even better.  It looked brighter, felt tighter and really seemed to smooth out.  I was genuinely impressed.

The price was great too, especially for the results it produced.  I’m wondering if Andalou accidentally set the price too…but oh well…shhhhhhhh.

I liked it, I really did.  So on our 3 star rating system, I’m going to give it 3 stars, for being safe, performing well and for being nutrient rich.  I highly recommend it.

 

DIY Cacao Mask

But not everything is for everyone.  So if  you’re more into DIY and saving money, here’s another nice mask you can make at home with ingredients you might already have… if you need anything, we highly recommend you head over to an affiliate market that we love and highly recommend, where you can get high quality organic and natural ingredients for great deals!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao powder
  2. 1 teaspoon almond flour
  3. 1/2 Tablespoon raw honey
  4. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/2 tablespoon acidophilus
  6. 1/2 tablespoon coconut milk

DIRECTIONS:

Pour all ingredients into a mini blender, and mix well. Slather all over face and neck and allow to sit 10 minutes. Shower off or remove with a moist washcloth.

Immediately apply 1-2 drops of THE BEST OIL FOR YOUR SKIN.

That’s it!

And if you’d like to add more insight (or not 🙂 just comment below–we love your comments!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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Cinnamon Tea, BEAUTY inside & out

 Cinnamon Herbal Tea, Cinnamon Tea, BEAUTY inside & out! Boost your IMMUNE SYSTEM and enjoy more beautiful SKIN with this delicious and super easy to make Cinnamon Herbal Tea. Get ready to love it!!!

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Cinnamon Tea.

We love this Cinnamon tea, it’s super simple to make and tastes super yummy! In other words…Cinnamon Tea, BEAUTY inside & out! Not only is it soothing, but Cinnamon tea is anti-inflammatory and anti-aging.  Whenever anyone in the family has aches and pains, I’ll offer them cinnamon tea and they love how it relaxes them, but also seems to make them feel better. Here are some reasons I think Cinnamon tea works: Cinnamon itself has been shown to have positive effects on reducing inflammation, cancer, and even diabetes.  It also has been found to be a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.  

Heads up: Cinnamon may be a blood thinner, so ask a doctor before use, especially if you take any sort of blood thinners.

AND HOW SAFE IS STEVIA??? Stevia is an herb that has been thought to be helpful in fighting high blood pressure and improving insulin, which may be beneficial for diabetics.  It is also full of anti-oxidants, which we love! We look for stevia that isn’t branded with a trademark of any kind…we could write a book about why, but for the best, safest results, go for raw organic stevia. Stevia has recently been given a bad rap, with controversy over it being an endocrine disruptor, which can disrupt the hormonal balance and could possibly be a health concern. We feel that the stevia plant itself is incredible, rich in antioxidants, and it’s leaves even contain an ingredient that can help in reversing cancer, rather than causing it. WE BELIEVE that the problem with stevia is if it has been altered in anyway. We grow our own, right inside our kitchens, and highly recommend it. If you choose to buy it, we’d say to make sure it’s pure organic green stevia powder or pure stevia extract. We will add some affiliate links to some that we believe to be safe and rich in nutrients. 

BEAUTY BONUS!

If you’re looking for a great skin toner, look no more! Just apply this recipe to skin (when cool) with a cotton ball, and get ready for a wonderful anti-aging treat! It will gently  cleanse, while hydrating and adding wonderful antioxidants at the same time.  

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CINNAMON TEA SHOPPING LIST:

It’s so important to make sure your ingredients are pure, organic or they may not truly be anti-inflammatory. In fact, we believe chemically laden ingredients can do more harm than good, which completely defeats the purpose. For that reason, we like to help you by linking to some of the items we truly believe in. We’ve reached out to many of them and added them as affiliates as long as their focus was as pure as ours. K, enough of that, here ya go…

  • freshly ground organic cinnamon – if you’ve ever ground anything into powder, you’ve been shocked at how much it took to get that little sprinkling of powder…so my point is spices are highly concentrated. Because of that, we feel it’s essential to use only organic herbs and spices. 
  • pure stevia powder or raw honey 
Cinnamon Tea, BEAUTY inside & out

RECIPE.

  • 1 cup water – warm, not hot
  • freshly ground organic cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey – 1 heaping teaspoon or 1/4 teaspoon green raw stevia powder to taste
Instructions: Place ingredients together in a cup and stir, it’s that simple!!

AND here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!

“Raw Beauty, Smoothies, Shakes & Creamies”

“Beauty Bite Desserts”

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So yeah, that’s our amazing Cinnamon Herbal Tea! It’s not only awesome to help boost your IMMUNE SYSTEM, but you’ll also love the spa beauty benefits it offers too–like more beautiful healthy skin, and so much more! It’s not only yummy but super easy to make. No steeping, just GO! Please let us know how you love it, we can hardly wait to hear!  Love you cuties! xoxo

Enjoy!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

Comment below to let us know how you like it… =)

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Tea Tree Oil – A Billion Uses

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Tea Tree Oil – A Billion Uses. Ok, we know, sometimes we have a tendency to exaggerate just a tiny bit. So I guess we should just call it like it is….A Billion and ONE Uses, lol. Enough said, once you realize what an amazing oil it is, it will totally rock your world. And you may even boost it all the way up to Tea Tree Oil – A Billion and 500 million uses, who knows?

But what we DO know, is…

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Tea Tree Oil is seriously

one of those wonderful gifts

the earth shares with us,

and thank goodness for that!

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NOTE: Since this video aired, I need to just add that we’ve found some tea tree oil that is more pure… it’s actually organic and at this point, we strongly believe that any essential oils used must be organic. The best source we’ve found that we completely endorse is here

We wanted to share some great Tea Tree Oil Uses & Remedies because it’s become an essential item in our home first aid kits.

Enjoy this video where Tiffany shares some personal favorite uses, but if you watch this video on youtube, you’ll find tons of additional ideas from our wonderful viewers.

Please comment below and blab your guts out–it’s very therapeutic and that way we won’t be the only ones that do. LOL! But seriously, we love your comments and insights–you guys seriously ROCK!

xox

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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Girl talk – tampons and pads… are they safe?

Girl talk – tampons and pads… are they safe?

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We’ve had some great discussions about tampons and pads… are they safe? + an on-going forum on this video itself.  If you’re not sure whether you should try them or not, read through our comments on the video, as we’ve gotten a lot of great input from our friends. Thanks so much for all of your input, we really love it and it helps so much!

TONS MORE TUTORIALS:http://bit.ly/UBg6AS

GIRL TALK about tampons, pads, and more that you’ll want to know!! bloggity.. http://bit.ly/Vx1v6c

Purchase menstrual cups here: http://amzn.to/we4pTe
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Girl talk! Tampons and pads toxins in menstrual pads harmful and scary.

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We’ve also had a lot of requests for information on Safe “Cup” options, we think they’ll change your world!  Sorry for the awkward moments for some of you, but we feel that it’s best to be informed!

 

Stay safe!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies

We get lots of questions, and we’re happy to answer them. Here’s one we think a lot of people can benefit from, so we will tackle it for all of you…razor bumps

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DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies

Q&A  

Alright what can you ladies tell me about razor burn/razor bumps? I have had it for like a year haha cuz at first i didn’t know what it was so I kept shaving then I stopped cuz I found out, and I used Tend Skin, witch hazel, neosporin, lotion, aloe, and I STOPPED shaving..btw it’s only on my shins that’s it! So can one of u ladies plz tell me a cure on how to make them go away. Plz respond, and thank u! 🙂 — Kristin

ANSWER

Great question Kristin, and you’re not alone.  We work with a lot of actors, muscians, etc who struggle with razor bumps too.  We happen to have some great DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies that we’re happy to share.

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SENSITIVITIES

People with curly hair tend to be the hardest hit, but we’ve found that people some people just have very sensitive skin or an allergic reaction that’s aggravated by shaving, and will always have reactions.  If this sounds like you, we always have to say, it may take medical help to set your body straight.  For others, the breakouts could be minimized or even avoided altogether by taking some simple steps to keep them down.

DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies

THE RAZOR YOU USE

Have you thought about your razor?  Believe it or not, it may be as simple as swapping it out to a new one or new type of blade.  If they are jagged or old, they can irritate the skin.  So changing out disposable razors often can be a good idea.  Also, a razor that shaves too closely can cause irritation for many.  We’ve worked with a lot of actors who need to use trimmers to shave, in order not to irritate the skin. Btw, we’ll add some recipes below with some affiliate links to some of the ingredients we trust the most and use ourselves.

Another thing, one way to get a closer shave is to pull the skin tightly as you shave.  But if you’re prone to breakouts, pulling the skin tightly may be causing you problems.  Try shaving without pulling the skin while shaving and see if that makes a difference for you.

DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies

 

 

SMOOTH THE SURFACE

Do you regularly exfoliate the area prior to shaving?  That simple change may make a world of difference.  Sometimes built up skin can trap the hair in the follicles, and cause breakouts.  So it’s important to exfoliate well first to smooth out the skin.  You can use a loofa or a scrub, or even both. Watch for another post on scrubs we love and how you can make your own at home!

 

NEUTRALIZE SKIN

You also could make a treatment to neutralize the skin with baking soda.

Mix together well and apply to affected area.  Leave on for a few minutes if you can.

TREAT

Make a treatment spray in a mini spray bottle

Fill the bottle with equal parts:

After shaving, spray onto affected area and smooth into skin.

 

See Tiff’s video on the Uses of tea tree oil

Hopefully some of these suggestions will help.

Keep us posted on how you do, using these DIY Natural Razor Bumps Remedies, and feel free to share any of your own tips as well.

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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Natural Acne Remedies + free ebook!

Natural Acne Remedies + free ebook!

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Natural Acne Remedies + free ebook!

Whether you’ve tried everything or not, we love natural approaches and remedies that work. We received this ebook from one of our online friends, Dave, who has compiled some excellent information to help you win the acne fight naturally.  Big cudos and now, here is your own free download of his book:

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Natural Acne Remedies + free ebook!

We would like to thank Dave, the skin king,  for sharing this Natural Acne Remedies + free ebook with our viewers–thanks Dave, and here’s to beautiful skin!  You can find him on youtube here!

Enjoy, comment & please SHARE!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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Which Essential Oils are best to improve the Skin?

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Which Essential Oils are best to improve the Skin?

Here is a question we get asked a lot.  Which Essential Oils are best to improve the skin?  What about the hair? So we decided to round up all of the superstar essential oils and let you know why we’ve picked them.  For skin, make sure to dilute according to manufacturers suggestions with carrier oil.  For hair, just a drop or two added to your hair preparation will be sufficient.

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And before you spend a cent on essential oils we’ve said before and will say again, NEVER buy essential oils that aren’t truly organic. Especially in the States, there are vague regulations and marketers can say just about anything to make you think they are organic when they aren’t. Watch for “beyond organic” “better than organic” and RUN! Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated extracts from plants, if the plants have been soaked in or sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, it will be in the extracts that come from them. So we believe that the most important thing to watch for when comparing essential oils is that they are organic.

Here is our favorite source for organic essential oils and we’ve even set up as affiliates with them because of their high standards and because we truly love and trust their products. Another great place for quality organic products, including organic essential oils (for GREAT DEALS) can be found at this ORGANIC MARKET. We love what they are doing and have set up as affiliates with both of them. So as you shop, just smile about the savings & especially the extra health benefits you’ll be getting! 

Bergamot Oil – promotes healthy, clear skin. Aids in skin tightening which helps give the appearance of smaller pores. It is antibacterial, an analgesic, antiseptic, andtispasmodic, and offers soothing effects. It also can be very helpful in treating cold sores and mouth sores.

Carrot Root Oil – High in carotenes and other antioxidants, Carrot oil stimulates and regenerates skin and hair. Retin-A – a form of vitamin A, has long been used to support hair growth. Carrot oil is an extract of carrot root emulsified in Jojoba oil.  It may very beneficial for people experiencing hair loss, but is also good for improving overall hair health.

Carrot Seed Oil  Carrot Seed is fantastic for skin care (revitalizing and toning) and considered one of the best essential oils for mature skin. Carrot seed oil also assists in removing toxins and water build up in the skin giving it a fresher more firmer appearance. Carrot seed oil has a detoxifying effect on the liver and cleans the digestive system and the body as a whole. Aromatic Scent: Woody-earthy, slightly spicy, strong, fruity, warm, herbaceous and musky.  Warnings: Should be avoided during pregnancy. For external use only.

Cedarwood – It has been used for acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, greasy skin, hair loss, skin eruptions, ulcers, arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, catarrh, congestion, coughs, cystitis, nervous tension and stress-related conditions.   Cedarwood is has been successfully studied for treatment of hair loss.

Blue Chamomile – One of the most effective oils for reducing inflammation. Hair loss is sometimes attributed to inflammation in the scalp and follicles, resulting in less-than-ideal cellular function. Some even attribute hair loss to an over-heated scalp. German Chamomile is both anti-inflammatory and cooling.  Also used for skin problems including allergies, infections, burns, inflammation, rashes, and bites.

Clary Sage – Used to rejuvenate skin cells, calm the complexion and reduce dandruff. Deeply relaxing, and it may be helpful to reduce melancholy, stress and relieve tension. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause.  Used as a sedative, hormonal balancer, for it’s soothing, relaxing effects. Can reduce menstrual cramps, PMS and menopausal hot flashes. Adrenal stimulant. Warnings: Possible skin irritant for some. Avoid use during pregnancy

Clove – Antiseptic and an excellent antioxidant. Can increase circulation, and shown to be successful in stimulating new hair growth. For scalp circulation stimulation.  Warnings: Use in very small amounts due to possible skin sensitivity.

Cypress – Excellent for reducing the appearance of broken capillaries in the skin. Cypress oil is antiseptic and a rich antioxidant. Stimulates circulation which is optimal for hair growth.  Helps Reduce oiliness of skin.  Qualities:Antiseptic, toning, diuretic, astringent, reviving

Frankincense – Excellent to aid in un-doing the damage the skin has endured. This oil is fascinating to me, as I heard it would help with basil cell skin cancers (which I’ve had quite a few). The first time I used it, I was stunned to watch the skin cancers completely vanish after using it repeatedly morning and night for about a month. I later worked with one of the top dermatologists in the country on a shoot, and asked her about it. She said it is highly effective on basil cell, however not effective on the more dangerous form of skin cancer. I believe it works by penetration below the surface, and restores damage to the DNA. Impressive and very intriguing. This oil is known for qualities to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and appears to tighten and even skin tone as well.

Geranium – Shown to be effective for use with oily, acne prone and even mature skin. Also appears very useful on skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis, and has the effect of brightening and revitalizing dull skin.

Grapefruit – appears to be highly effective for use as a cleansing agent and for oily skin. 

Helichrysum  Shown to be regenerating to soft body tissues, helichrysum is found in blends for both mature skin and for healing wounds. Helpful for scalp tissue as well, for anti-aging and healthy hair production. Also an excellent antiinflammatory, and excellent for enhanced circulation.

Lavendar – Balancing, soothing, regenerative, anti-inflammate and antibacterial. The most commonly used oil for stress reduction. Lavender is also good for the skin, especially when mixed with bergamot it helps promote skill cell growth. Lavender is also good for taking the sting out of sunburns and some herbalists prescribe lavender paste to be applied to minor burns. It is helpful in treating a number of skin conditions including burns, cyctitis, vaginitis, and leucorhea. It helps to improve circulatory problems such as varicose veins when rubbed onto the skin.

Lemon – Used for skin lightening effects and said to aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines. It is antiseptic, however can be a skin irritant in some, especially those with sensitive skin.

Myrhh – Pure myrrh can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied externally for skin problems. It can also be mixed with water to relieve throat and gum problems.  It may be useful to revitalize and nurture mature skin. May also provide relief for bronchitis and colds when used in a diffuser or vaporizer. Reduces wrinkling, antiseptic and anti-fungal. Heavy warm base note. Qualities: Sedative, uplifting, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory

Palmarosa – Great to help stimulate new cell growth, moisturize skin, and can even help to regulate oil production. Excellent for the face and neck, and any anti-aging skin care product.

Patchouli – Works well as an antimicrobial, astringent, fungicide, and in deodorant. Also has properties to aid with acne issues, dry, cracked, chapped skin, eczema, oily and even appears effective in aiding mature skin.

Rosemary  This oil has been considered one of the premier hair growth enhancing oils. It is found in many preparations for hair and scalp. Shown to increase cellular metabolism, and stimulating healthy hair growth.  Also shown to be successful in alopecia areata treatment.

Sage – Used for hair growth, with stimulating properties found in Rosemary – along with hormone balancing of Clary Sage. Can balance scalp oils, and is found in blends for scar reduction and skin regeneration.  Used to rejuvenate skin cells, calm the complexion and reduce dandruff.  Not for use if pregnant.

Sandalwood – Used to help soothe damaged and irritated skin, also to diminish the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars. Also appears to be effective in smoothing out the surface of the skin.

Sea Buckthorn – This oil has been used for centuries for cosmetic purposes. Cosmetically, Sea Buckthorn Oil has been used for numerous purposes. Natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids help reverse damaging effects of sun radiation and minimize long term effects of sun exposure, like wrinkles, dryness, dark spot reduction, and the soothing of skin inflammation. The oil is well tolerated by any type of skin and provides long term anti-inflammatory, restorative and revitalizing actions. Appears to enhance the skin and scalp health for every skin type and imbalance. Highly nutritive, potent antioxidant and regenerative.

Ylang Ylang – Used to reduce stress. Long history of used to increase the thickness of the hair and for healthier hair. Can have a balancing effect on scalp oil production, and may help with split ends.  Ylang ylang oil could have a soothing effect on the skin and its stimulating effect on the scalp could promote more luxurious hair growth. Appears highly effective for use on irritated, oily, or acne prone skin. Has a strong aroma.

Here are some more posts we think you’ll like:

Are Essential Oils Safe?

Natural Remedies for beautiful Skin

DIY Acne Mask with Probiotics

DIY Facial Scrub

Makeup & Hair No No’s

You guys are the BEST!!! Please share your thoughts, as always, we love hearing your ideas!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany