DIY Anti Wrinkle Eye Stick!

Once you hit mid 30’s it’s time to use an eye cream.  To be honest, I have never felt the need to use and eye cream.  Now, I have the need.  Fine lines have made a home around my eyes, not to mention puffiness and dark circles.  Blame it on the kids, not enough water, bad eating habits, age-whatever it is, it’s time to replenish and nourish that delicate skin and prevent future lines from cropping up too prematurely!

This is a simple recipe.  If you can make lip balm then this will be a cinch!  I put it in a lip balm tube for added convenience and keep it by my bed so I can apply it nightly!  This recipe calls for Shea butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Vitamin E oil, Frankincense essential oil and good ole Lavender!

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is an excellent oil for aging skin. It absorbs quickly but leaves a light barrier that holds moisture in the skin. It’s softening and moisturizing power is amazing. It provides natural protection from the sun and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is rich in Vitamins C and E.

Shea Butter helps rebuild collagen and is ultra moisturizing.  Coconut Oil heals and calms as well as moisturizes with out clogging pores.  Vitamin E oil is excellent for all skin types and helps prolong the shelf life of your product.  Frankincense oil is excellent in regenerating healthy skin cells.  It balances the skin and helps other oils to penetrate deeper.  Lavender essential oil calms and balances the skin as well as adding a lovely scent to your eye cream.

Carrot Seed essential oil is the real STAR of this eye cream.  It contains a large amount of antioxidants, vitamin C and Vitamin K.  These components help to protect against stress, UV rays and pollution.  Carotenoids have been found to enhance the body’s immune response to UV rays, which can decrease skin damage from UV exposure.  Carrot Seed oil is healing and rejuvenates skin cells. In fact, carrot seed oil helps to heal eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis because of its ability to stimulate cell growth and repair damaged skin.  Carrot Seed oil also helps to balance the skin-it will not clog pores, but will moisturize dry skin.

Anti Aging Eye Roll On

Melt Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and Vitamin E oil in a glass Pyrex bowl placed in a pot of water.  Turn stove only to medium heat.  Do not let the water boil.  Once all ingredients are melted remove from heat and add essential oils.  Pour into a lip balm tube.  This recipe makes 1 ounce.  You could probably fill up about 5-6 lip balm tubes.  I put the excess in a .85 (25ml) ounce glass jar.

The shelf life of this eye cream is 6 months.  Apply a thin layer around the bottom of your eye.  Do not get in your eye.  Use nightly before bedtime. 

**Drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep-this alone will approve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and lines.  Add a potent, pure eye cream and you WILL see results! 

Vitamin C Serum

Hi Everyone!  This week I’ve been a guest blogger for an awesome blog, Primally Inspired!  I’ve been busy working to perfect an old beauty secret that I’ve used for years!  It’s a Vitamin C serum!  Vitamin C is so amazing for your skin-it promotes collagen production, fades sun and age spots and is a powerful antioxidant!  This is another super simple recipe with easy to find ingredients that are going to give your skin that boost it’s looking for!  

Head over to Primally Inspired to check out my Vitamin C serum post!

French Green clay…..

French Green Clay…….I had no idea this easy to find powder would do so much for my complexion.  I could not believe the difference in my skin with just one 15 minute mask.  My pores were non existent, my skin tone was more even and my skin looked smoother and clearer.  So, if you’re intrigued, read on for new refreshed skin!

There are a lot of skin care rituals that are recommended for radiant skin.  Steaming your skin often does so much for dehydrated skin.  While I don’t condone extractions, sometimes you have to manually remove blackheads and whiteheads.  You should exfoliate weekly and replenishing masks should be applied weekly as well. Serums and eye creams are a GOOD THING and should be used nightly.  BUT-if you want to see immediate results, a clay mask is a cheap and easy solution!  Clay masks are so helpful in removing impurities from your skin.  It is definitely a worthwhile habit to add to your skin care regime!

French Green clay is a natural material that is made up of essential minerals of decomposed kelp and seaweed.  It absorbs toxins in your skin.  It promotes circulation which in turn helps with healthy cell turnover.  Green Clay comes in powder form so in order to make a mask you will have to add a liquid.  I added Aloe Vera Gel to mine plus Lavender.  I knew the clay would pull impurities from my skin, but along with the impurities it will pull moisture as well.  Be sure to drink lots of water afterwards and use a moisturizer once you washed the mask off your face.  If you don’t have Aloe you can just add water.  You can also use Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel as well.  Just use equal parts of liquid to powder.

Lavender Green Clay Mask

1 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel (or water)
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
Mix ingredients into a paste and apply to your skin.  Leave the mask on until it hardens and then remove.  Leave on no longer than 15 minutes.  If you are sensitive, remove after 5-10 minutes.

I did feel some tingling while the mask was on.  The uncomfortableness subsided quickly.  Once you rinse your skin it will be very pink.  You will be alarmed.  Don’t worry-this is blood flow-it’s a really good thing!  It will go away after about 20 minutes.
Warning–Kids and Husbands will make fun of you while you are wearing this mask.  I was known as the Wicked Witch of the East! 

**You can use this clay as a spot treatment as well!  Add water to make a thick paste, apply to blemish and leave overnight.  Tea Tree essential oil can also be added for more of a boost.  I applied this mask after doing some extractions and the inflammation and redness was greatly reduced.**

Yummy Mint Chocolate Lip Balm!

I’ve got a new and DELICIOUS recipe for Mint Chocolate Lip Balm!  It’s a breath of fresh air (literally) to the usual peppermint lip balm.  Using Cocoa Butter instead of shea butter gives this lip balm all the moisturizing your lips could need but with the distinct aroma of CHOCOLATE!  Add Peppermint Essential Oil and you have a cool tingling sensation paired with the warmness of cocoa! 

Check out the whole post and recipe at Soundness of Body and Mind!

Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm!

It’s no secret that I love making lip balms!  My recipes wouldn’t be complete without the tried and true Peppermint Lip Balm recipe!  And for a bonus, you can use a small or large Altoid tin!  They are at every check out aisle-plus, they are so cute!

Peppermint Lip Balm

1 TBSP Grapeseed Oil (grapeseed is odorless and doesn’t take away from the peppermint scent)
1 tsp. beeswax
1 tsp Shea Butter (optional)
7 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine Oil, wax and butter in a double boiler (fill pot half way full with water and place a Pyrex glass bowl in the pot).  Once beeswax is melted, pour into tin and add Peppermint oil.  BEWARE-the hinges on an Altoid tin are in the middle of the back of the tin.  If you fill your balm above the hinges your balm will leak out.  It’s a confusing mess, trust me! 

This is fun and easy and a great gift because everyone likes a Peppermint Lip Balm!  It’s perfect for winter time!  This recipe makes enough balm for a small Altoid tin, but beware of the hinges!

One beautiful Ballet Birthday!

Hi everyone!  My friend Becky created the most beautiful feminine ballet party for her daughter,
Sienna!  I wanted to share it with you!  Enjoy!

My daughter, Sienna, decided she wanted a fairy theme for her fourth birthday party. Then she changed her mind and wanted ballerinas (after attending Sofie’s ballerina party). So we decided to do a fairy ballerina birthday party. I enjoy making party decorations and simple birthday cakes. I tried to think of a simple cake that I could accomplish without it looking like a mess. I came up with a simple double layered round cake with light pink icing. I found the clear ballerina cake topper at Hobby Lobby (it was actually a Christmas ornament). I hot glued some of the pink tulle I used to make a tutu for around the bottom of the cake on to the little ballerina’s skirt, and I made fairy wings for her out of mint ribbon and a twist tie. I hot glued her little toes onto a wide white drink lid so she could be pressed into the cake and still show her toes after I put icing over the lid. The tutu for the base of the cake was made using directions from http://www.momdot.com/howtomakeatutu/. I used the mint ribbon instead of an elastic waist though and left it extra long on the ends to tie a pretty bow for the cake.
I wanted to make ballerina-ish decorations, so I decided to make tutu pom-pom garland. I wrapped tulle around a large index card about 14 times, cut the folded edges, twisted a twist tie in the center of the tulle strips, and then pulled out each piece of tulle to make a full pom-pom ball. I left the ends of the twist tie long so I could twist them onto the ribbon strip to make a garland. These pom-poms are similar to tissue paper pom-pons, but they don’t rip as easily!
I gathered all pink tutus we had around the house to use for more garlands and to put around lamps, made a tutu picture with Sienna’s four-year-old hand prints, and added a few other fairy-ballerina-ish decorations (many that I borrowed from Sofie’s party; it’s good to have crafty friends!), and it was done! Any left over tulle I had from the decorations, I tied on to anything I could find that day!