Thursday, March 22, 2018

Customize Your DIY Beauty Routine with Essential Oils

Alright, folks! I heard you. DIY Beauty is a major goal and I looooove it.

I cannot even begin to tell you the difference DIY beauty has made for my skin. Before I found DIY, hundreds of dollars were flowing out of my bank account for rosacea creams, moisturizers for sensitive skin, pimple blasters, laser treatments, and don't even get me started on the mass of makeup that I used to cover my uneven skin tone.

No one taught me that my skin was revolting from all the chemicals that I was putting on it. Every time a problem popped up, I put more chemicals on it trying to control it, but it never fully submitted. When I switched to DIY and began listening to my skin and allowing it to function as it was intended-- that's when the magic happened!

Customize your DIY Beauty routine

Got a few minutes? I'd love to talk to you a little bit about essential oils and carrier oils that are great for your skin and how to incorporate those into your custom DIYs. Sounds like fun, right?! OMG, I AM SO EXCITED!

We got a lot to cover so let's jump right in!

DIY Beauty consists of essential oils, carrier oils, and magic! POOF! Just kidding. Just essential oils and carrier oils, but I thought that sounded like more fun. Hehehee... Let's start with essential oils since they are my favorites! Just pick 1-2 if your favorites from 1-2 of the categories below. YES, it's that easy!

Essentials Oil For Dry Skin

  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Palmarosa

Essentials Oil For Oily Skin

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli

Essential Oils For Normal Skin

  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Geranium

Essential Oils For Hormonal or Teenage Skin

  • Clary Sage
  • Tea Tree
  • Thieves
  • Purification
  • Juniper

Essential Oils For Youthful Skin

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh 
  • Helichrysum
  • Rose
  • Carrot Seed

What I like to do is to pick TWO beauty categories like Dry and Youthful or Oily and Hormonal/Teenage and then pick 2-3 essential oil total from the categories. My favorites are Lavender, Frankincense, and Helichrysum! What are yours?

Best essential oils to customize your DIY beauty routine

Carrier Oils
Next, we have to get a carrier oil for your skin type. A carrier oil is different than an essential oil because it is used to dilute the essential oil and help it cover more surface area, plus work as a time-release so you get all the great benefits for longer. 

Carrier oils range from olive oil to coconut oil to argan oil to jojoba oil. There are so many options! But not all are created equal for YOUR SKIN. For instance, avocado oil is amazing for super dry skin, but most people will break out because they don't need that much moisture. In fact, just a little bit of avocado oil can go a long way for dry skin. 

Check out the list in the graphic and pick out 2-3 carrier oils that fix your skin type. ALWAYS mix 2-3 carrier oils together when making beauty DIYs because it will reduce the chance of your skin breaking out. More than 3 is pretty much overkill. Wanna read more about Carrier Oils? Check out Carrier Oil 101

Best carrier oils to customize your DIY beauty routine

Custom DIYs
You can easily alter any DIY recipe that you see on Facebook, Pinterest, or from any blog. It's super easy once you know what works for your skin. For instance, let's look at my DIY Wrinkle Blasting Serum

  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil  (Dry Skin)
  • 5 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil (Youthful Skin)
  • 2 TBSP Rose Hips Oil (Youthful Skin)
  • 2 TBSP Jojoba Oil  (Sensitive Skin)
But let's say you have hormonal skin that's oily. You could change the recipe like this... 
  • 5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil  (Hormonal Skin)
  • 5 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil (Youthful Skin)
  • 2 TBSP Grapeseed Oil (Oily Skin)
  • 2 TBSP Jojoba Oil  (Sensitive Skin) 
It's just a simple swap! There are some "rules" though...

RULE #1: You can't swap out a liquid carrier oil for a solid one (like coconut oil or shea butter).

RULE #2: You can't substitute drop for drop when it comes to Rose Essential Oil because it's so darn concentrated. You just need 1 drop per 5 ml bottle of carrier oil of REAL Rose Essential Oil. Not the $10 kind you find at the store. That's just basically glorified synthetic perfume.

RULE #3: The same goes for really strong oils like Peppermint or Thieves. Those may need to be decreased due to their "hot" nature. Be sure to do a skin test before using. 

Customize your DIY beauty routine with essential oils and carrier oils

Wanna know how to tell if your rose is real? If your Rose Essential Oil costs $10-- that's not real. At all. I mean, you can't buy a dozen roses for $10 so how can you buy a 5 ml bottle that has thousands of roses in it for $10? Makes no sense. You will spend over $100 for a bottle of real Rose Essential Oil. And, yes, it's worth it.

Favorite DIYs
Looking to get started with DIY Beauty? Read this: DIY Beauty 101. If you're looking to get natural makeup, then I got your back, friend! Check out Savvy Minerals.

Word of Caution
Remember that not all essential oils are created equal for skin care. Some essential oils have caused skin burns, discoloration and other irritations so you don't want to use them on your beautiful face! Make sure you are using good quality essential oils. I recommend this brand: Find Quality Essential Oils

Monday, February 19, 2018

5 Fun Ways To Use NingXia Red

If you haven't heard of NingXia Red, then you've probably been living under a rock. It's okay though because I am here to push that rock off you! I got your back.

After all, if you ain't taking any antioxidants-- you gotta get some NingXia Red!!! After all, this is one of my 4 must have supplements for A LOT of reasons. Wanna talk about it? Yeah, you do!

5 Fun Ways to Use NingXia Red #cocktails #mocktails #gummies #shots #popsicles

Antioxidants are so powerful! Did you know they can do cool stuff like....
  • Slower signs of aging, including of the skin, eyes, tissue, joints, heart, and brain
  • Healthier, more youthful, glowing skin
  • Keeps cells happy and turnover optimal
  • Detoxification support
  • May help you to live longer and healthier
  • Supports the cardiovascular system
  • Supports cognitive function
  • Supports vision and eye health
It's a fact that your body will completely change ALL of the cells in its body every 7 years. That's a new opportunity for health and wellness every 7 years! Isn't that amazing?! So any wrongs you've done in the past can be erased through making good choices TODAY.

But when we make bad choices over and over again-- each 7-year cycle gets progressively worse and nobody wants that.

Fun NingXia Red Ideas #recipes #cocktails #mocktails #popsicles #gummies #shots #health #wellness

My favorite antioxidant is NingXia Red. What's yours? In fact, 1 oz. of NingXia Red has the same amount of antioxidant levels as:
  • 34 large onions 
  • or 100 oranges 
  • or 814 blueberries 
  • or 22 medium carrots 
  • or 10.85 pounds of spinach 
  • or 55.33 pounds of almonds 
  • or 59 broccoli florets 
  • or 73 medium strawberries 
  • or 93 apples 
  • or 130 tomatoes
I don't know who is going to eat 814 blueberries, but go you if that's your thing!

How Much NingXia Red Should You Take Each Day?
The recommendations are for adults are only 2-4 ounces a day to maintain wellness. You can take more when your body needs it, but it generally isn't necessary. A lot of people only take 1 ounce a day and find good results from that! Listen to your body and you'll see what works best for you.

NingXia Red can help you get more energy, sleep better, help keep your body healthy, improve workouts, and a lot more! It normally takes a few weeks to start to see results so keep at it and give it a full 30 days before you make any determinations on what it does for you.

Let's talk about 5 ways that you can use Ningxia Red that are fun and awesome! Of course, you can always toss an ounce or two into a smoothie, juice, or just take is straight, but I thought let's make it exciting and different! Because WHY NOT?! 

Gummies are a super fun thing to make and they are especially helpful if you want to encourage your kids to take NingXia Red!

My favorite gummy recipe comes from my friend Tracey Black from Don't Mess with Mama. You can get the Gummy Recipe By Clicking Here. Can you believe she made them look that cute?! I love it!

Get the recipe from the Young Living Blog

Popsicles are another great one for kids and adults alike! I personally can't get enough of these in the summer.

The easiest way is to use the 4 oz pouches and toss them in the freezer. Just cut off the top and you have an easy push-up NingXia Red popsicle!

This is summertime fun time in your mouth! Get the recipe from Young Living.

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 cups NingXia Red
  • 4-5 drops Orange essential oil
Combine. Divide into popsicle containers. Freeze.

Shots! Shots! Shots! 
This is probably the most common way to take NingXia Red. You just pour your NingXia Red serving into a shot glass and toss it back LIKE A BOSS. But, of course, you can add essential oils to help with certain goals.

A bunch of ideas for NingXia Red shots for #health, #energy, #weight and more!
On those days you can't seem to get going, try this shot!
  • 2 ounces of Ningxia Red
  • 2 drops of Lime Vitality
  • 1 drop of Peppermint Vitality
If you're hitting the gym, then you'll want to try this shot to help support your hot bode.
  • 1 ounce of NingXia Red
  • 1 pack of Ningxia Nitro
  • 2 drops of Copaiba Vitality
  • 1 drop of Peppermint Vitality
  • 1 drop of Citrus Fresh Vitality
This is my favorite during the seasons where I want to spend a lot of time outside. 
  • 2 ounces of NingXia Red
  • 1 drop Lavender Vitality
  • 1 drop of Lemon Vitality
  • 1 drop of Peppermint Vitality
  • 1 drop of Copaiba Vitality
Use this shot for those times of the year when you're looking to support NOT gaining those 20 pounds of cookie weight. 
  • 2 ounces of NingXia Red
  • 2 drops of Slique Essence
  • 1 drop of Grapefruit Vitality
Want more shot ideas? Check out this post with a bunch of great ideas: 10 NingXia Red Shot Ideas

Save the best for last, AM I RIGHT?! This all started for me when I got the great idea of adding NingXia Red to Red Wine. It's like a sangria without the work. Ah-maz-ing.

Plus, when you add NingXia to booze, then it cancels out anything bad. Right? Right!

Serve up some #ningxia red at your next #cocktail party

  • 2 oz chilled Ningxia Red
  • 1 oz rum (I like coconut rum!)
  • 2 drops Young Living Orange Vitality
  • 5 oz chilled sparkling wine
Layer the ingredients and serve with a straw for presentation!

Get the Mojito Recipe from Don't Mess With Mama

  • 2 ounces of NingXia Red
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 drop of Lime or Orange Vitality
  • Lime or Orange Wedge
We don't want to get too complicated here so we stayed with units of 2 of everything for this recipe. I know how alcohol works. I got you. 

Get the Sangria Recipe from Don't Mess with Mama.

Not everyone can drink the booze and I am here for you. You are awesome and you deserve something amazing!

This is the non-alcoholic version for those of us who need something that just tastes naughty!
  • 2 ounces NingXia Red
  • 2 ounces of Club Soda
  • 1-2 drops of Orange Vitality
  • 2 ounces of NingXia Red
  • 4-6 ounces of Sparkling Mineral Water
  • 2 drops of your favorite vitality essential oil
Check out even more ideas on how to use NingXia Red by checking out this Free E-Book

Ningxia red premium starter kit #psk #wellness #health #antioxidants

If you're ready to get out from under that rock, you can get started with NingXia Red with the NingXia Red Premium Starter Kit! It has everything you need to rock a NingXia Red Challenge!

The Kit includes:

  • NingXia Red 2-pack
  • 30 NingXia Red Singles (2 fl. oz. ea.)
  • NingXia Nitro
  • 5-ml Stress Away™
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Sample Packets and Products
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources
And the best part? It's on sale so you get an amazing deal! 

Plus you get all the team perks that I have to offer! Be sure to include your CELL PHONE number when you join so I can get in touch with you via text! 

If you are already a member, then be sure to check out the NingXia Essential Oil Kit exclusive to Essential Reward Members! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Non-Toxic Savvy Mineral Makeup Premium Starter Kit

Did you know that the average woman puts over 500 chemicals per day on her body?! 80 chemicals even before breakfast?!

And since our skin absorbs 60-70% of any topical products we use-- then we need to know what we are putting on our bodies. Don't you agree?

There is a NEW Savvy Mineral Makeup Kit #nontoxic #naturalbeauty #youngliving

But before we go talking about non-toxic makeup can you do me a favor? Check out the EWG's Skin Deep Database or the Think Dirty App to see where your cosmetics rank on the toxicity scale. Just be sure you're sitting down, okay? It can be a shocker. 

Most cosmetics have ingredients like parabens, talc, bismuth, lead, mercury and mineral oil. Just google those. Go ahead. I dare you. 

If you checked the EWG site/Think Dirty App and you looked up all those things, you are probably pretty disgusted with the entire cosmetic world, right? I know I was. I gave up makeup for a long time because.... ew. But not anymore!!!

What's in the New Savvy Minerals Premium Starter Kit #youngliving #PSK #naturalmakeup #naturalbeauty

Something amazing happened! Someone I actually know launched a makeup company and then my favorite natural company bought it! OMG! I have been geeking out about this for I don't know how long. Anyways, TODAY is the launch of their new makeup bundle!! AAAHHHH!!

It's got great foundational products so you can kick your old chemical-filled makeup to the curb! But let me tell you what Savvy Minerals do NOT have...
  • Savvy Minerals are free from: talc, lead, bismuth, mineral oil, parabens, lead, gluten and mercury!
  • Savvy Minerals are made in the USA (the brushes are made in Italy).
  • Savvy Minerals are cruelty-free and mostly vegan (the lipsticks and lip glosses have beeswax so they are not considered vegan).
  • Savvy Minerals by Young Living uses Arrowroot Powder and Kaolin Clay. Both are calming to the skin, help to absorb excess oil and moisture on the skin and make the skin feel silky smooth. This is important because most mineral makeup uses bismuth, which is a metal mineral that - when worked into the pores - aggravates the pores and causes irritation and breakouts.
  • Savvy Minerals last ALL DAY LONG… seriously, ALL DAY LONG!  You’ll look as fresh at midnight as you did at 9 a.m.!

And the best news is that it's launching as a Premium Starter Kit! That means you get these amazing products as a bundle for about $100 off, you get membership perks so you can buy more makeup, beauty products or essential oils at a 24% discount, and you get an amazing team to help you with your goals. 

That's pretty awesome, right? 

The Savvy Minerals Makeup Premium Starter Kit
My favorite non-toxic makeup is here in a bundle! I'm super excited!

It's a great way to save over $100 bucks and toss out most of your retail makeup that may be full of chemicals and heavy metals.

It comes with...
  • 1 Foundation 
  • 1 Blush 
  • 1 Lipgloss
  • 3 Eyeshadows 
  • 1 Misting Spray (this helps you to get a more buildable foundation) 
  • 1 Foundation Brush 
  • 1 Lavender (this is great for DIY beauty!)
All the colors are based on ideal matches for your skin tone! Isn't that cool? So you gotta know how to match your foundation! And the best part is all of this is only $150!! Can you believe it! That's $100 off retail prices! Winning!

If you're ready to get started, you can join my team here:
  • Click the Link to join my team here
  • Choose the Membership Option.
  • Enter your information.
  • Pick your Premium Starter Kit based on your Foundation Color. Not sure which foundation color you are? Find out by clicking here
  • Add items, join Essential Rewards or pay 
  • Let me know you joined my team so I can hook you up with all our great team perks (classes, FB groups, text classes, 1:1 coaching, resources and more!) and help you reach your goals. Send me a message on Facebook, join my Natural Living Essentials Group or send me an email.
If you are already a member, just go into the Quick Order section and buy the one you want.

Wanna see the colors? Here are the kits! Which one is right for you? Cool 2, Warm 2, Dark 1, or Dark 4?
Savvy Mineral Makeup Premium Starter Kit: Cool 2

Savvy Mineral Makeup Premium Starter Kit: Dark 4

Savvy Mineral Makeup Premium Starter Kit: Warm 2

Savvy Mineral Makeup Premium Starter Kit: Dark 1

Which Savvy Mineral Foundation Color Should I Use?

So you wanna get Savvy? Go you.

I am in love with the Savvy Mineral Makeup because it's actually chemical free, vegan and never tested on animals! Even the majority of awesome green companies like Beauty Counter still have some chemicals in their products simply due to the nature of cosmetics.

But since Savvy Minerals is a mineral makeup line-- they have some of the best ingredient profiles I've ever seen! 

Which Savvy Mineral Makeup should I use?

But a lot of people are worried about picking the wrong color, especially if they don't know anyone in person who has all the colors! But trust me, it's easier than you think.

  • The Savvy Mineral Foundation is super forgiving
  • The foundation can be blended with other foundations to give you a custom color
  • The powder is buildable so you can get a supernatural daytime look or a more full-coverage look for date night.

The two most popular colors are "Warm 2" and "Cool 2" if that says anything! Next up "Dark 1" for people who have olive complexions. After that-- "Dark 4", the darkest color. 

Which Savvy Mineral Foundation Should I Use? #nontoxicbeauty #mineralmakeup #naturalbeauty

Here are some tricks and tips for finding your perfect foundation color from my diamond leader, April Pointer. 
  • Check Your Veins: Push your sleeves up and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm.
  • The Jewelry Trick: Think about whether you look better in silver or gold jewelry Typically, girls with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold.
  • The Neutral Test: Think about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off-whites, and brown/tan shades? The former means you’re probably cool-toned, and the latter, warm.
  • Eye and Hair Color: Your natural eye and hair colors can help figure out your coloring. Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. Conversely, warm-toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones.
  • The Sun’s Effects: When you’re out in the sun, does your skin turn a golden-brown, or does it burn and turn pink first? If you fit into the former category, you’re warm-toned, while cool tones tend to burn.
Does that help you make your decision? If not, remember that the cool colors are a little pink and the warm colors are a little yellow. If you want to cut the pink, you may want a more yellow-ish foundation or vice versa. 

And remember, you can always mix Savvy Minerals Foundations together to create a custom foundation shade. I really like warm 2 and warm 3 in the summer, but I'm a straight warm 2 in the winter and sometimes I even add a little cool 2.

Remember, if you want a more full coverage look, you will need the misting spray and maybe even a primer if you are looking to cover up acne scars or rosacea. Young Living recommends the Art Intensive or Sheerlume Brightening Cream as primers.

How Do I Get The Foundation?
You can buy it at Young Living, but one of the best ways to do this is to buy a Savvy Makeup Premium Starter Kit because it's on SALE and you get a great foundational kit to replace toxic retail makeup. That's winning!! Learn all about it at this blog post: The Savvy Mineral Makeup Premium Starter Kit

If you want to see more information about Savvy Minerals and their foundation colors, join my Natural Living Essentials Group on Facebook.


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