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                           I’ve had quite a passion for DIY beauty the past 2 years because it’s tons of fun, easy and quick, and much better for the environment than buying another product. Not to mention the fact that I already own way too many beauty products and have literally no more room (in my bathroom or budget) for even one more product.That being said, DIY beauty saves have offered me some of the quickest ways to cure that breakout, exfoliate your skin, brighten your skin tone and more.

Here are some of my favorite DIY Recipes:

  • Aspirin Acne Mask: Use 2-5 Uncoated Aspirin Tablets or Raw Willow Bark Powder mixed with your choice of water, witch hazel, vodka, milk, sake or champagne. Water is gentle, witch hazel helps absorb oil, vodka is astringent, sake brightens and lightens skin tone, milk exfoliates with lactic acids, and champagne brightens and feels luxurious while toning skin.
  • Raw Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Peel: Apply raw pumpkin in a thin layer over skin. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, depending on your sensitivity level. It feels just like a facial enzyme peel you would get at a spa only a little gentler given that it’s raw and natural. You can purchase raw pumpkin in a can at your local grocery store or, if pumpkin is in season, you may mash pumpkin yourself. You may also add a carrier oil (sweet almond, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) to dilute to active enzymes if you have very sensitive skin. Note: if going outside, rinse and apply sunblock.
  • Oatmeal Detox Face Mask: Mix equal parts oatmeal and honey (usually 1-2 tablespoons of each is enough) and apply. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse. Oatmeal absorbs oil and dirt while honey moisturizes and disinfects. Do this in the kitchen as oatmeal tends to flake off and get everywhere. It’s quite messy, but worth it!
  • Moisturizing Avocado Hair and Face Mask: Mix 1 avocado with your choice of milk, sake, natural oil (coconut or olive oil work well), or champagne. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse. If you are using by itself or with a natural oil, this can also double as a hair mask
  • Milk Toner: Use a small amount of milk on a cotton round and apply to face directly. Leave on until you feel it dry then rinse or leave on for continued exfoliation and brightening. Note: if going outside, rinse and apply sunblock.
  • Vodka, Sake or Champagne Toner: Use alone on a cotton round and apply to face as you would a normal toner. No need to rinse these. Vodka brightens and tones, sake brightens and whitens skin tone and champagne tones, brightens and firms skin.
  • Egg White Face Mask: Use the egg whites of 1 raw egg and apply a thin layer to your face, avoiding eye area. Leave on 10-15 minutes or until dry then either peel off or rinse off. This mask works to tighten and firm skin.
  • Natural Oils Hair Mask: Choose one or three natural oils in combination in any amount as needed and apply to hair. Leave on as desired or for 15-30 minutes then rinse. Be sure to shampoo after. This adds moisture, shine and gloss to hair.

 

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I recently purchased the Skin79 BB cream. If you are unfamiliar with these, a BB cream is a type of Asian make up with skin care benefits. Originally created in Germany for post surgery patients to help heal and protect the skin, BB cream is both pigmented and protective. It rose to fame in Korea when south Korean celebrities received treatments and BB cream from their doctor to protect their skin. Thru noticed it greatly improved their complexion. After a time, companies began selling their own versions of the BB cream to the public. BB cream stands for blemish balm. BB cream can be touted as having various benefits including whitening, sunscreen, moisturizer, acne healing or all of the above. In fact, another reason BB cream became so popular is due to the fact that they combined all skin care and facial make up steps into one product.
After discovering how popular this is in Asia, I decided to try Skin79 BB cream for myself.
My first impression if the Pink Skin79 BB cream was that it has a really grey color. It does blend okay with my skin after it sinks in for a few minutes and has a really silky texture that makes application and blending a breeze. It also comes in a convenient pump container so it is really sanitary to use and there’s no waiting product. It lasts a long time and works well. It does seem to give decent coverage, maybe light to medium, but as for the skin care benefits, I don’t think I’m so convinced. There seemed to be a nice effect on my skin while wearing this BB cream, but nothing long term. All in all, I really enjoy wearing this on days I don’t want to do full foundation and for $20, it was a really good value for the price.

 

I have seen so many videos and blogs reviewing the Origins Skin Care line that when I finally got to try some of their products for myself, I was pretty psyched. Some of them seemed to live up to a little bit of the hype, but for the most part I was kind of disappointed.

 

The Origins Brighter by Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum was a product I had been dying to try. It seems to get really great reviews both on YouTube and on various beauty blogs, but I really don’t share the enthusiasm for this product. I have oily to combination skin that is very sensitive and reactive so sometimes any little thing irritates my skin. I have mild discoloration in my skin tone that I was hoping to even out with this serum. Although this serum has a really nice smell and a smooth texture, it seems to leave a slight film on the skin like it takes a bit to absorb into the skin. It also seemed to make my skin look kinda greasy, which I’m not too fond of. For normal skin types or drier skin types, I think this product may be more suited for. I saw some mild improvement in my skin tone, which may account for the fruit extracts in this serum, but overall my skin looked the same. I was kind of bummed because this product was the one I was the most excited to try.

 

The Origins Never A Dull Moment Brightening Facial Cleanser is just okay for me. Although I really love the banana scent, this cleanser doesn’t do anything extraordinary that makes me love it. It does an okay job on the cleaning end and brightens okay, but seems to be a little drying. I do think the texture of this cleanser is nice, but it really fell short of what it claims to do.

Origins Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal Mask claims to detox and clear the pores of dirt and debris while tightening pores and clearing breakouts. For someone who has frequent stress and hormonal breakouts, I found this mask to be pretty decent. While it’s nothing magical or immediate, it does seem to clear the pores and tighten them a bit. It also seems to clear breakouts somewhat, but not completely. This mask is a little drying so using a moisturizer after using this is a good idea. Overall, not bad.

This Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream is awesome. It smells REALLY amazing and moisturizes the skin really well. I have chronic dry skin with patchiness and this really helped to moisturize my skin. Not only that, but the ginger in this cream seems to really brighten my skin. I really love it for my decollete and neck area also because it seemed to help firm my skin a bit too. This is a really incredible cream that I highly recommend.

The Origins Smoothing Souffle Whipped Body Cream is an alright cream. It works well enough to moisturize normal skin and has a nice minty scent, but I don’t know how well it would work for someone with dry patches like me. It doesn’t have the tingle that the Ginger Souffle does, but it’s alright. Honestly, I think you could get the same quality body cream at the drugstore for half the price so I’d pass on this one if you have dry skin on your body and need good moisture.

Overall, I was sort of disappointed in Origins line. I really love their packaging and their products seem nice with what they claim to do, but it seems like a lot of the products fall short on their claims. I wish they worked as they promise to on their packaging, but they did not seem to work that well for me. I know a lot of vloggers on YouTube love Origins, but for me, Juice Beauty’s products were way better. Stay tuned for my Juice Beauty Review.

Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy. I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that is fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthen hair and nails, give natural shine and gloss to hair, and help to fight or prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil- available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts. Most of these may be obtained through food sources, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns; I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Congratulations to the winners:
1. Myra -Scar Acne Wrinkle Serum
2. Emilce -Luxury Bar of Soap
3. Tia – Botanical Perfume
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