Essential Oils – Health and Beauty

Essential Oils - Health and BeautyWhen I use essential oils in my health and beauty products I feel like I’m pampering myself at a fancy spa or something. Even if it’s just using a really awesome smelling hand soap! The aroma from the oils are so uplifting and the added health benefits of using essential oils make me feel like I’m doing something right. Here are some of the ways I’ve utilized essential oils in homemade health and beauty products.Essential Oils - Health and BeautyIf you missed my last post, I mentioned that I use DoTerra oils. The “On Guard” oil I use in the hand soap is one of their oil blends. It makes your hand soap smell like truly fancy pants stuff! Let me know how you get on if you try any of these out? I’d love to hear how you’re using essential oils!

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What's In My Makeup Bag

I find it really interesting to see what’s in other peoples make-up bags. Mainly because I’m nosey and consider myself a novice when it comes to make-up. You’d think in my 20-something years I’d be quite knowledgeable in this department by now, right? Well.. not really. It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve felt the desire to apply make-up on the daily and make the effort to color my face in with powders and potions. The desire comes from wanting to look more like a woman and less like a little girl (it’s seriously annoying how young I look). I also just want to feel pretty and put together. Who doesn’t want that?

Makeup - Face

1/ ZA Concealer. 2Clinique Superbalance Liquid Foundation.
3MAC Minimalize Skinfinish Powder. 4Maybelline Mineral Powder Foundation.

So, here’s what I’ve got. It’s super basic but I like to keep it simple because as I’ve already mentioned, I’m no expert. Let’s start with the face stuff. I don’t use all of these at the same time, obviously. Luckily my skin has been really considerate lately and I don’t have to use the heavier liquid foundation to cover spots anymore. I usually just use the concealer and a light powder if I have to.

Makeup - Cheeks^ Estee Lauder Powder Blush in Pink Kiss ^

Makeup - Eyes1/ Almay Black Pearl Eyeliner. 2Maybelline Hyper Diamonds Eyeshadow.
3Revlon 3D Extreme Waterproof Mascara.

makeup51/ Maybelline Cinnamon Stick. 2L’oreal Colour Riche British Red.
3MAC Creme Sheen Ravishing .

I like to use the MAC lipstick for everyday wear because the pink coral color is nice and subtle but still makes me feel like I’ve made an effort to look pretty. If I’m going to a gig or a party then I’ll wear the britisht red lipstick. I find that the bright red (although fun) is too loud to wear for daytime activities and makes me look like a clown. I wear the cinnamon stick for those special occasions when I want to look a little more done up and sophisticated.

So there you have it. Pretty basic stuff. But now I have questions for you!

-Are there certain products you use everyday that you couldn’t live without?
-What are the brands that you’ve grown to trust over the years and don’t let you down?
-Got any girly tips or tricks you can share with a make-up novice?

A Bumpy Ride

I know a lot of people are tormented by a nasty little “bump” that spoils the fun of getting a body piercing. This little party pooper is caused by dirt or make-up entering the pierced area. It is not a pimple! So don’t even think about popping it! You could end up worse off.

About this time last year I finally got my nose pierced. I was super excited about it and my piercer had warned be about the possibility of the dreaded “bump” visiting me, so he gave me a bottle of piercing antiseptic lotion to keep the area clean. He told me to put it on night and day for two weeks after my nose was pierced. I was very diligent about this as I was terrified of the so called, “bump” making an appearance. A month passed and everything was cool. I was enjoying life with my nose stud until one morning I noticed it. It was just tiny at first but I took fast action and started using the antiseptic lotion again. This time it didn’t help at all. The bump just got bigger. I researched online for answers of how I could expel this thing. There are many forums dedicated to the subject of the “bump” and Tea Tree oil appeared a bunch of times as a natural solution to the problem. I purchased a bottle from my local supermarket and put a drop on my “bump” every morning and night after washing my face. It dried the “bump” up within two weeks but made the area very red and almost raw. After my skin would heal and the redness subside, the “bump” would rear its ugly head again! Then I’d attack it with Tea Tree oil and it would dry up, my skin would burn red but at least the bump would be gone (for a while anyway). I soon learnt that Tea Tree oil was not the magic potion for me. It was just too harsh for my skin. It may work for others, though I’d recommended testing it out first. I was reluctant to try the Sea Salt Soak I had heard so much about on forums. It just sounded too time consuming. But I felt I was running out of options so I bought a packet of coarse de-iodized Sea Salt and started to do the soaks every night without applying anything extra to the pierced area. It’s an annoying process I must admit but worth it in the end because I can say I am “bump” free! Finally after a year my nose has healed completely! I can enjoy my nose stud again!

I’d like to share with you the healing method I used to get rid of the ‘bump’!

Sea Salt Soak: Using a heat proof vessel, pour 8 ounces of hot boiled water mixed with 1 tablespoon of de-iodized sea salt. Make sure the water isn’t scolding hot! You don’t want to burn yourself! Soak a cotton ball in the salt water mixture and hold it firmly against your “bump”. This is called a heat compress. The heat draws out the gunk from the area and the sea salt kills bacteria. Once the cotton ball loses it’s heat, re-soak it in the salt water mixture and compress the “bump”. Repeat this for about 10-15 minutes (seriously).

It’s a good habit to clean the piercing with a cotton bud each morning and night.

Baking Soda Exfoliation: Okay it sounds strange but baking soda is a really great natural exfoliator for your skin. Especially for your face as it’s just the right PH for your skin and the coarseness of the powder is delicate and gentle. To exfoliate, make a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 drop of water in the palm of your hand. Rub the paste on the piercing area and rinse of with warm water. It will make your piercing  jewelry shiny and sparkling and fade any discoloration from scarring or residue from the metal of your jewelry.

These methods worked wonders for me and I’m not guaranteeing they will work for everyone but I sure hope I can help some of you to get rid of your unwelcome visitor.

Stephy x