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Coffee & Cocoa Facial Mask

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Do you like to drink coffee and eat dessert? Then you are a friend of mine. I always have room for dessert. And a cafe latte is my choice for an afternoon drink. Lately, I’ve realized that the ingredients that I enjoy so much during a lazy weekend can be enjoyed by  my face as well. Coffee is known to gently exfoliate, brighten and help decongest a puffy complexion. Cocoa powder, which I love on my tiramisu, contains natural antioxidants that our complexion can use more of. And yogurt, the perfect base for a fruit parfait, soothes and nourishes the skin.

So if you have these ingredients lying in your kitchen, make of use of them. They can do more than fulfill your sweet tooth. Recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp of grounded coffee beans

3 Tbsp of (preferably organic) cocoa powder

6 Tbsp of organic greek yogurt (thicker consistency of greek yogurt means less that the mask won’t run)

 

Directions:

Mix the grounded coffee beans with the cocoa powder in a large bowl. Stir in the greek yogurt and blend well with spatula. Apply on to cleansed dry face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes or until dry. Rinse with lukewarm water and muslin cloth. Follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer. Admire your glowing complexion in the mirror. Let your skin breathe by wearing no makeup today!

As always, if you have sensitive skin, do a patch test of the mask on the inside of your wrist before applying to the face.

Have you tried using cocoa powder or ground coffee beans in a face mask? Tell us in the comment section below!

Spring Cleaning: When To Throw Out Expired Beauty Products

Happy April Everyone! The sun rays are flowing in, the breeze is a bit less terrifying, and the showers are a warm welcome to Spring. I for one am most excited about packing away my sweaters and bringing out my skirts from hibernation. But one part of Spring Cleaning some of us often neglect is our bathroom cabinets. How many of you have opened a bathroom drawer to discover skincare samples and odds and ends that you’ve accumulated from over the years and never went around to using? I for one, have been guilty on many occasions.

Here are a few tips on deciding on whether you should keep or throw out that lip gloss or moisturizer that you’ve forgotten about.

If You Can’t Remember When You Bought It, Then Throw It Out

Chances are, if you can’t recall when you received or purchased the product, it’s probably been sitting there for too long. Don’t take the chance with your skin and throw those undesirables out. Using expired beauty products can lead to acne, clogged pores, and pre-mature wrinkling.

How Do I Know If It’s Expired?

Skin care products – These usually last for about six months to a year after opening. Each product is different, so I would suggest you look at the product label (more on that below).

Foundation – These last for about 6 months.

Blush & Eyeshadow – Powder blush and eyeshadow will last for 2 years. Cream blush and eyeshadows need to be replaced within 6 months.

Eyeliner – Liquid eyeliners need to be replaced every three months. Pencil liners can be kept for 1-2 years as long as you keep it sharpened.

Mascara – These need to be tossed out after 3 months. If you’re not sure if it’s gone funky, give it a good sniff. If it smells acrid, then it’s time to toss it out.

Lip Products – Lip stick, lip glosses, and lip liners are good for 1-2 years. As always, don’t share lip products as it can transfer bacteria and germs.

Read Those Labels

 

Did you ever notice that tiny symbol, which looks like a container with the lid open with a number on it, that is located at the bottom of the description part of your beauty product? Well that symbol is actually useful!

The number indicates how many months before the product will expire after you open it. Hence the open lid part of the illustration. Clever, eh?

So next time you purchase a new beauty product, take your trusty sharpie and write down the date that it will expire after you pop that bottle open. Then you’ll always know when to use up a product (and when it’s almost time to restock!).

Replace or Upgrade Your Beauty Essentials

Now that you’ve purged your beauty cabinet, it’s time to do some shopping. Start off with replacing your essentials rather than chasing the latest beauty trend. Make sure it’s a product that you feel will be worth the investment and money, so you don’t end up stashing it into the cluttered “unwanted beauty products” bathroom cabinet again. Get your beauty essentials at our store by clicking here

Have You Been Guilty of Hoarding Beauty Products That Are Passed Its Prime? Share in the comment section below.

How To Spot A Greenwashed Product

My No Poo Method Update

As you may know, I began converting to the No Poo Method last month. My hair has been happy and healthy. By using baking soda in place of my usual shampoo, my hair has been able to go longer without washing and has been shinier. However, I was still not completely sold on using a household product in place of shampoo; not having the “lather effect” always left me wondering if I had massaged my scalp thoroughly. But, my inhibitions were subsided by an unplanned for incident.

I stayed at my sister’s place and was left with no choice but to use her shampoo. And after using it, I very much regretted not running to CVS for baking soda.

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My First Brush With A Greenwashed Shampoo

My sister has been looking for a lightweight shampoo and she decided on Garnier Fructis Pure Clean. It had the usual attributes of a greenwashed shampoo (more on that later). I hesitated, but decided that I would be risking a cold if I decided to run to CVS at 1 am for baking soda. The cold frigid weather was coming in between me and my no poo love affair. As I lathered my hair in the shower, I couldn’t helped but be turned off by the artificial fruity scent – a signature of Garnier that I had enjoyed in my high school years. Was I no longer attracted to artificial fragrances? If so, I see it as a great accomplishment.

6 Ways to Spot a Greenwashed Product

And now, with the help of Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo, I will now provide you with my 6 ways for spotting a greenwashed product. Never fall for these false marketing efforts again (or try not to!).

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Greenwashing

  1. Beware of the over usage of the color green, trees, ferns, or any image that relates to nature.
  2. Don’t fall for greenwashing terms such as Pure, Clean, Botanical, Naturally Derived, etc.Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo
  3. They tell you what’s not in the product, and that its infused with vitamins or antioxidants. But do they tell you how much vitamins or antioxidants are really in there? Perhaps, just a drop or two.Garnier-Fructis-Pure-Clean-Greenwashing
  4. They claim that they’re getting greener, with more recyclable packaging.
  5. They know they can’t use standard organic labels, so they come up with their own label. Eco-Fructis??? Oh no they didn’t!
  6. Always read their ingredients! I don’t see Acerola Berry listed as an ingredient. Perhaps it’s really just Parfum.

 

Share below in the comment section: Have you been greenwashed before? And how did you feel when you realized you were being duped?

Eco-Fashion Spring Trends

Apparently, it’s going to snow again this week. And it’s March already. While I long for the days of hot July, I’m finding some comfort that day light savings is ending soon (yay, more sun!) and perhaps the snow storms will slowly melt into April showers. And the winds will no longer be hap hazardous, but comforting. In the mean time, I’m browsing Pinterest for glimpses into warmer weather and looking forward to packing away my sweaters in favor for pastel skirts and light jackets. Because this girl could use some COLOR. Below are some of my eco-fashion guilty pleasures.

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Bright Dresses

There’s no better way to say “Hello Spring” than with bright dresses! Found these gorgeous dresses at Amour Vert.

Pastel Heels

I can’t wait to store my boots away. I’m sure many of you share the same sentiment. I’m tired of trudging in thick snow. My feet need a pedicure pronto and a night out on the town. These pastel vegan heels will add a new sprint into my life.

Gold Accessories

Once the weather gets warmer, we won’t have to cover every inch of our body for insulation. Say no to scarves and gloves and hello to necklaces, cuffs and rings! I’m taking a liking to soft gold jewelry that have a delicate touch to them. These accessories are made from recycled gold; even better.

Follow my Eco-Fashion pinterest board for more Spring fashion sustainable inspiration.

What Spring trends are you looking forward to rocking?

The Going Green Tag

Going Green

I was tagged by the lovely Kasey of Plein Vanity to do The Going Green Tag. This tag was originally started by Rachel from All Natural Aspirations. It’s been so much fun reading all the posts on this tag and finding out how each blogger was motivated to go green. So honored to continue on with the tag. Here goes:

What started it all off for you? 

I was living in China for a couple of years and the environment was taking a toll on my health and my skin. Going to the Chinese doctor for herbal medicine did do some help, but the medicine was not something I wanted to consume on a constant basis. So I began doing research on how I could improve my overall health. That research let to the discovery in the toxins that are prevalent in our beauty and household products that are in turn polluting our health and the environment. My first exposure had to be the video made by Safe Cosmetics: “The Story of Cosmetics.” It really opened up my eyes to a whole new greener world.

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The No Poo Method Hair Diary

No Poo Method

Why I decided to try the no (sham)poo method, my hair diagnosis, and my first impressions.

My hair may look nice to a passerby, but it does have its problems.

My scalp is oily so I have to wash my hair every other day. Do you have to deal with the case of oily bangs. It’s something I deal with everyday, thank goodness for dry shampoo. Although my scalp does produce oil, I also have to deal with dry itchy scalp. My hair diagnosis is most likely this: cold winter weather and indoor heat has left my scalp very unhappy. To compensate, it produces more oil than needed. Although I’ve switched to a sulfate and paraben free shampoo, my hair condition has not improved.

But I was always hesitant about washing my hair with baking powder. That is until my sink got clogged.

This is what happens when you blog dry your hair over the sink. The hair slips into your sink drain and then clogs it. I suppose it’s hair karma. Not wanting to use commercial sink unclogging  liquids that contain chemicals, I searched online for a natural alternative. The simple solution was baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water.

After successfully unclogging my sink, I pondered what to do with the baking soda. Cookies, or cupcakes, or hair cleanser?

So that night, I poured 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a cup, mixed it with some luke warm water, gave it a good stir and poured it over my wet hair in the shower. Massaging it into my hair was a different experience. Not having a lather made me second guess whether the baking soda would get the job done. The smell of baking soda was apparent, but not off-putting. I rinsed out my hair for an extra five minutes to make sure that the baking soda was thoroughly rinsed out. And then I blow dried my hair and went to bed and dreamed about Rapunzel.

I was definitely pleasantly surprised with my hair when I looked in the mirror the next morning.

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It was shiny and had a bounce to it. It was luscious and happy. I felt confident and ready to conquer the world. My scalp has not been itchy throughout the day. But of course, this is just my first impression. I will be using baking soda for the next two weeks and will post an update post. So hang tight.

Have you tried the no poo method? Have you experienced good results? Please share!