DIY: Rosewater Soothing Face Mist.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Rosewater has astringent properties and works well as a facial toner. But that’s not all, when it’s combined with witch hazel, rosewater acts as a great cleanser, removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores and thus creating clear skin. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in Aloe Vera which moisturizes, treats acne and also evens out your skin tone.

What you need:

  • A dozen freshly picked organic rose petals
  • A measuring cup/small funnel
  • A small pot with glass lid
  • A small glass bowl
  • Distilled water
  • A spray bottle
  • (optional) Organic Aloe Vera or its juice
  • (optional) Witch hazel
  1. Wash all the flowers and try to find one that’s organic and not synthetically dyed because it is going onto your face.
  2. Pull the petals off by grabbing the bottom of the bud and separating the petals from the stem; then put all the rose petals on the pot.
  3. Pour enough water into your pot so that 3/4 of the pot is filled but not too much or else your spray will be watered down. *If you want, now is the time to add the witch hazel and/or Aloe Vera; I recommend you add about 2-3 tablespoons of each*
  4. Put the bowl inside the pot and put the lid on upside down; this ensures you get the purest form of the rose water.
  5. Let the water boil for about half an hour or until your petals lose its color. (If you’re impatient like me, put some ice cubes on top of the upside-down lid)
  6. Once done, pour the liquid from the bowl into your spray bottle with the help of a measuring cup or a funnel.
  7. You can also pour it into a clean ice cube tray and just rub it onto your face when you feel really hot and grimy.

MAKE SURE TO REFRIDGERATE.This has a shelf-life of about 2-3 week or until it turns into a weird yellow color and starts to smell.

Benefits of using rosewater on your skin: here and here.

Enjoy,

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Getting perfectly smooth shaved legs.

Beauty., DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Tips.

Woot woot, summer is here and that means shorts, beaches and smooth shaved legs.

Here’s how:

1. Start off  soaking your legs in some warm water to soften the leg hair a little bit. This will also open up your pores which will give you a closer shave. Don’t use hot water because that will dry out your skin and will eventually cause razor burns and flaky skin.

2. Liberally apply shaving cream to avoid razor bumps. Lather it onto your legs like it was shampoo. I use the Smoothing Shaving Gel with Soy from Target but any shaving gel will do.

3. Shave against the hair growth in long strokes. I find it easier to just wipe your thumb down the razor to get the hairs off the razor then wash that off instead of washing the razor off in between shaves. I really like the BIC Soleil Glow Disposable Razor and I’ve used it for a few (about 20+) and the blades are still fine. Plus I didn’t really get razor burns with this, it does the job and I like it.

4. Once you’ve shaved both of your legs, exfoliate them with a good body scrub. I use the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. This is really great because it eliminates the need to apply moisturizers after, gets rid of dead skin and also is filled with essentials oils. It really softens my body after I use it and also has a really nice smell which lasts for a few days.

Before I used to use the Barefoot exfoliating polish and it does an ok job, it exfoliates a little and smells nice but I still have to moisturize after and it runs out really quickly. If you should get anything, get the Adovia one above, that does a lot of things and also will last a while.

5. Wash off the exfoliator and shave once again. If you use the Adovia you won’t have to apply another layer of shaving cream because your legs will already have a smooth oil-based layer which will assist the shave. Doing this will ensure that any ingrown hairs that were exposed after exfoliating are removed.

6. Wash off your legs with cold water to close your pores and again if you don’t have the Adovia, you’ll have to moisturize your legs to make sure they stay silky smooth.

&& that’s it.

 

Check out common hair removal mistakes as well.

Here are some of my other summer related posts:

Good luck,

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Common hair removal mistakes and why they’re bad.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

I thought that this was an appropriate tip for right now, considering it’s getting warmer and summer’s coming up. This is a list of common hair removal mistakes and why you should stop doing them! I mention my sources throughout the tip, but then I added more at the end. Following these will make you have a closer shave, a more sanitary shave and a painless experience. 🙂

And just a myth-buster: Shaving does not influence hair growth or thickness. What you are seeing when you shave is actually an optical illusion caused by the blunt hair growing from the shaft and appearing thicker, when it is exactly the same size it always was.

1// Sunbathing Before and After Waxing or Laser Hair Removal

According to them, “You should avoid heat [such as tanning] following a wax treatment for 24 hours because it will inflame the skin. This includes hot water try using cool or lukewarm water.” And according to spainthevalley.com “If you tan before waxing, there is an increased chance of skin irritation or abrasion, even with no visible sunburn. If you tan after waxing, there is an increased chance of sunburn of that area.” So basically, don’t tan before and after a wax—it will cause major irritation. Wait at least 24 hours.

2// Not Exfoliating
Exfoliation gets rid of all the excess dead skin, which exposes more of the hair. The more hair you expose the more hair you cut off. And the more hair you cut off, the closer your shave will be. But I’d avoid exfoliating after, not only does the, again, expose hair (that this time you won’t be cutting off) it will also irritate the life out of your skin.

A good exfoliate I use for my body is the Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish. It does an amazing job of exfoliating. Sometimes I mix it with another liquid soap so I can get 2 birds knocked out with one stone.

3// Sharing a Razor
According to Dr. Oz (though I do think he sometimes comes off as a crack doctor) “a razor is the worst thing to share in your medicine cabinet. By sharing a razor, you can spread Staphylococcus, bacteria, and viruses by scraping bits of your skin. You can also transfer antibiotic resistant germs in your body. So be mindful of your hygiene and do not share razors!” Sharing a razor is basically cutting your friend, then cutting yourself, and putting both of those wound together for an extended amount of time. The thing is I didn’t even know people did that, it’s really disgusting honestly.

4// Dry Shaving
When you have wet surface you loosen a lot of friction between your skin and the razor, letting the razor glide over your skin. When you shave dry though, that friction is alllll there. And it takes everything with it. Shaving dry takes off way too many skin cells and you’ll be left stinging all over. You’re also more prone to cuts.

5// Shaving During a Hot Bath
Not only is it not a fun thought to think about bathing in your body hair, it isn’t exactly the best way to shave. Your skin actually swells up as it gets really hot. and when your skin swells up, not as much hair is exposed—are you seeing a trend here? Also, hot water leaches out the moisture in your skin, no moisture, no softness. Go for warm water. Which will both soften the skin and keep it moisturized.

6// Not Replacing Your Razor
Not only is this stupid and unsanitary, it hurts and it doesn’t work. Your razor is the a germ’s paradise. Yummy dead skin cells, nice moisture and heat, and all kinds of adjoining bacteria build up on it. Believe it or not, rinsing your razor for a quick second doesn’t actually kill those germs—no, not even if the water is really hot. If you let that sit for months you will risk a skin infection or worse. Not replacing your blade also will make your blade dull—which doesn’t shave as well and it hurts more. It will cause you so much cuts. So, as a recap, you’ll cut yourself, you’ll get an infection, and you won’t even get a nice shave out of it. Replace yours every few months or even once a month depending how often you shave.

7// Getting Waxed or Lasered the Week Before That Time of the Month
This will hurt you so bad. When you are on your period your nerves will be so touchy. It also just asks for inflammation and ingrown hairs. Wax in the middle of your cycle (like if your period starts the first of every month, get it down on the fifteenth).

Hope this helped,

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Strawberry Lemonade//♥

DIY'S, Recipes.

Just because it’s summer and it’s hot and we all need something easy and refreshing to drink.

Ingredients:

– 2 cups fresh strawberries
– 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 5 lemons .
– 1/2 cup honey
– Cold Water
– 1 extra lemon, thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Slice the tops from strawberries, put them off to the side.

2. Add strawberries, honey and lemon juice to a blender and stop when the strawberries are liquid.

3. Pour juice into a 1/2 gallon pitcher, add slices of lemon, fill with cold water. (Don’t over fill pitcher with water, add just enough to make 1/2 gallon)

4. Pour over ice and enjoy!  🙂

If you want, put a lemon on the side of the glass to give it a little something. You could also put some strawberries in the pitcher to make it have more flavor.

Enjoy.

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How to make a ‘tantoo’

Beauty., DIY'S, Random


Part of summer is getting tan right? And what better way to show off your tan then a sun tattoo, or ‘TAN-too’!

It’s easy & simple && here are some ways to get a tan tattoo.

1// A sticker.

Get a sticker! It should be a basic shape like heart, star, etc. Clean & dry the place you want your sticker to be, and place it on your skin. Leave it on while tanning, then remove and there you go, you have your tattoo.

2// Sunscreen.

Most people use this method. Take some sunscreen on a Q-tip or your finger and draw a simple shape. Make sure the sunscreen isn’t too think. Leave it on while tanning outside or in a tanning bed, then rinse off after consistent sun.

3// Nail Polish.

Take a color of nail polish and simple draw a basic shape, like a heart. Like the other methods, leave it on while tanning. Take off with nail polish remover.

4//White Out.

This is like the nail polish method. Put it on your skin, then remove after tanning.

5// Make a stencil.

Use paper and glue or tape on your skin. Keep it on while tanning. Take it off when you’re done and put it on in the exact same place next time you tan. Remember, after one time of tanning, you want have a tattoo. Slowly, it will form. Put it on every time you tan in the exact same place.

Hope this helps 🙂

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Tasty summer treats.

DIY'S, Recipes.

It’s summer. It’s hot. I’m hungry. So here:

1//Frozen fruits

Freeze some of your favorite fruits for a cold and refreshing summer treat. some good fruits to freeze are:

– Grapes (red, green or black)
– Raspberries
– Strawberries
– Blueberries
– Mango’s

2//Yogurt Dippin Dots

Make your own dippin’ dots at home with yogurt! Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients//

– 1- 2 cups of yogurt (or three small yogurt cups) in any flavor(s) you want
– A plastic sandwich bag
– A baking tray lined with parchment paper

Directions//

1. Take your yogurt and pour it into the plastic bag (or more than one if you’re doing a couple flavors).
2. Cut off a tiny corner of the bag (so it turns into a piping bag) and pipe the yogurt into dime sized dots or smaller on the baking sheet about one inch apart.
3. Once you’re done piping the yogurt dots, put the baking sheet into the freezer and let them freeze (at least three hours).
4. When the dots are frozen you can take them out and scrape them into a bowl to eat them!

3// Gummy Bear Popsicles

Make some yummy popsicles with this recipe! Here’s how:

Ingredients//

-1 2 liter bottle of sprite
– 1 bag of gummy bears (or any other gummy candy)
– Popsicle molds

Directions//

1. Pour some sprite into the popsicle molds.
2. Add in some gummy candies (as many as you’d like)
3. Fill up the molds the rest of the way and then place them into the freezer (let them freeze for at least 3-4 hours or overnight).
4. Once they’re frozen you can enjoy them on a hot summer day!

4//Fruit Slush

Here’s how to make a yummy fruit slushie:

Ingredients//
– Your favorite fruit
– A glass baking dish

Directions//

1. Blend up your fruit and pour it into the baking tray.
2. Freeze your fruit blend for at least five hours.
3. Take it out once it’s frozen and scrape away at it with a spoon or fork until it forms an icy slush.
4. Serve it in a bowl or a cup for a yummy treat. (:

(play around with different fruits / juices / etc for a variety of different flavors!)

Hope you have fun making and eating these 🙂

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8 week workout.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Tips., Uncategorized

IT’S SUMMERRRRRRR ♥

That means tanning, traveling, looking good (which means get up and workout) etcetera, etcetera.

So come on tell me, who wouldn’t want to loose all the weight gained from stress, random snack breaks and the couple extra pounds from just all year round? I mean come on I would love to look and feel better for the up coming school year and I know you would too.

This is why I found an eight week workout for you guys to get fit this summer.

LETS GOOOOOO!

1st and 2nd week

In first and second week you will workout on 3 days and the 4th day is optional.

Day 1:
– jog 8 minutes.
– 6 pushups
– 15 sit ups
– 10 jumping jacks
– 10 squats
– 15 butt kicks
– jog 4 minutes

Day 2:
– 6 pushups
– 20 sit ups
– 15 jumping jacks
– 8 lunges
Repeat this 2 times and then jog 10 – 15 minutes

Day 3:
– jog 15 minutes (1st week)/ jog 20 minutes (2nd week)

Day 4: (optional)
On this day choose one of this activities:
– swimming (about 30 minutes with breaks if you need them)
– jogging 25 minutes
– riding a bike 30 – 45 minutes
– playing tennis (if you have a friend who would also like to lose few pounds you could go play tennis together)
3rd, 4th and 5th week

In these weeks you will workout on 4 days

Day 1:
– jog 10 minutes
– 8 pushups
– 20 sit ups
– 10 jumping jacks
– 12 squats
– 20 butt kicks
– jog 5 minutes

Day 2:
– 6 pushups
– 1 minute wall sit
– 20 sit ups
– 20 jumping jacks
– 8 lunges
– jog 15 minutes

Day 3:
– 15 sit ups
– 4 pushups
– 8 squats
– 15 butt kicks
– 6 lunges
Repeat this 3 times and then jog 8 minutes

Day 4:
On this day choose one of this activities:
– swimming (about 30 minutes with breaks if you need them)
– jogging 30 minutes
– riding a bike 30 – 45 minutes
– playing tennis (if you have a friend who would also like to some few pounds you could go play tennis together)
6th, 7th and 8th week

In 6th week you will workout 4 days and in 7th and 8th week you will work out 5 days

Day 1:
– jog 10 minutes
– 1 minute wall sit
– 8 pushups (try 10 if you can)
– 20 sit ups
– 15 jumping jacks
– 15 squats
– 20 butt kicks
– jog 5 minutes

Day 2:
– 8 pushups (try 10 if you can)
– 45 seconds wall sit
– 20 sit ups
– 20 jumping jacks
– 8 lunges
In 6th week repeat this 2 times and in 7th and 8th week repeat it 3 times
– jog 8 minutes

Day 3:
– 20 sit ups
– 6 pushups
– 1 minute wall sit
– 10 squats
– 20 butt kicks
– 6 lunges
Repeat this 3 times and then jog 10 – 15 minutes

Day 4:
– jog 30 minutes or if there is a pool in your neighborhood you should swim about 30 – 45 minutes

Day 5 (only 7th and 8th week):
On this day choose one of this activities:
– swimming (about 35 – 45 minutes with breaks if you need them)
– jogging 30 minutes
– riding a bike 45 – 60 minutes
– playing tennis (if you have a friend who would also like to some few pounds you could go play tennis together)
That’s it. Don’t forget to stretch before and after workout, drink water during the breaks between workouts and don’t eat too much :). After these 8 weeks if you start to like working out more, you should jog around your neighborhood sometimes, go swimming or join a sports team.

I hope this helps everyone ♥
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