How Does Pumpkin Benefit Your Skin?

Pumpkin has long been a fall favorite for food and lattes; however it boasts some pretty powerful benefits for your skin! Now that's it's pumpkin season maybe you should consider adding pumpkin (or products containing pumpkin) to your skin care routine and experience for yourself the benefits of pumpkin for your skin.

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Devacurl: Worth the hype? or Overpriced?

If you couldn’t tell… I have curly hair. Like super curly hair. Like when curls were being divvied up and handed out to humanity I got extra servings. So if you have straight hair and really wanted curly hair… sorry, I’m pretty sure I got your serving of curls. JK… But seriously having curly hair has its downfalls. Like finding products that help tame frizz and fight tangles all while keeping your curls bouncy and free. Well here comes my all time favorite go-to brand for curly hair… DevaCurl! It was created for curly girls by a curly girl, who is also a stylist with her own method of cutting curly hair (more on that in a different post… maybe).

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Top Tips to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Maintaining moisture is one of the biggest complaints I've heard when I ask about skin concerns. Well here are my best tips for keeping your skin moisturized, especially during the summer when it seems the heat can zap every bit of moisture from your body!

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5 Tips to Make Doing a Detox or Cleanse A Breeze

Cleansing requires a lot of motivation in order to achieve your goal as it might force you to alter your plans according to the times of cleansing or detoxification. In order to make sure that your desire to achieve your goal and your motivation to cleanse, here are a few tips to help you overcome the challenges that you might face:

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The Best of July Sales!!!

I know I love a great sale when I see one so I'm sharing ALL of the sales that I know about. Some even have extra coupon codes... you're welcome ;) 

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The Top 2 Beauty Benefits of Aloe

Aloe vera has been long recognized as a natural remedy for burns, especially sunburns—but it has many other beauty benefits.  Aloe contains more than 200 biologically-active amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which are clinically proven to improve your skin.

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Three Reasons Why Cocoa Butter is my FAVORITE!!!

Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from cocoa beans. These are the same beans that chocolate comes from! Because of this, cocoa butter has some of the same antioxidant properties as pure chocolate and retains a slight chocolaty smell AND it is my FAVORITE beauty ingredient and I use it literally from head to toe!

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3 Reasons Shea Butter is Awesome for your Skin

Although there are many more benefits of using shea butter these were my favorite. Shea butter has been used in beauty regimens for centuries. It is was even rumored to have been Cleopatra's beauty secret!

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Green Tea Face Scrub

The green tea in this scrub helps prevent sun damage by quenching free radicals and preventing inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea will help calm and soothe acne inflammation and other skin inflammatory conditions like eczema. Green tea also contains polyphenols that are known to slow down the development of some signs of premature aging. If you want this to be less of a scrub you can omit the sugar and decrease the oil to 4 tsp. I hope you enjoy this mask! Let me know when you try it and what you think. 

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Coconut Citrus Face Mask

The citrus in this mask is not only refreshing for the skin it also brightens the skin and helps fight acne. It gives your skin a powerful dose of vitamin C that boosts collagen production and increases skin elasticity. The citric acid not only exfoliates the skin it also shrinks and tightens pores, brightens dull skin, evens out skin discolorations, slows the appearance of fine lines and fights wrinkles, and speeds up the production of new cells. If you try this mask let me know what citrus juice you use and how you like it! 

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Sugar Scrub

This is just a base recipe for a sugar scrub. You can customize the type of sugar and oil to suite your needs as well as the essential oil. I included my go-to recipe! The coconut oil helps fight acne and balance the skin as well as moisturize it, the white sugar provides gentle exfoliation without drying the skin, you can use salt or some combination of sugar and salt for added mineral benefits; however, the salt can also be drying. The lavender and frankincense essential oils not only make this scrub smell good they also help moisturize and soften the skin. You won't use this whole batch at once so you can store it in an airtight container for later use.  

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Almond Face Scrub

The almonds and almond oil help remove dead skin and buildup. They also help decrease the look of dark circles and hyperpigmentation. They have antioxidants that help protect the skin from the elements as well as omega-3 fatty acids that make the skin radiant. Almond oil is also very moisturizing. This is my go-to mask/scrub because it covers all of the "basis" for skin health. You can grind the almonds really fine to decrease the exfoliation or you can use a very corse grind to make this mask more of a scrub. When you try it let me know what you think!

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Chocolate Mocha Face Detox

This is one of my favorite face masks. The coarser ground coffee you use, the more like a scrub this will be.  The coffee helps exfoliate the skin and reduce inflammation. The coffee promotes circulation that helps reduce dark eye circles. The cocoa has tons of antioxidants that will make your skin glow. The yogurt and honey help balance moisture and the almond oil helps brighten the skin. Here is the recipe, let me know what you think of this mask! 

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Common Kitchen Items That Can (and Should) Be Used in Your Beauty Regimen

You may be surprised by how many items you have in your kitchen that can be used in your beauty routine. In fact, because food is held to higher standards than beauty products, using kitchen items may actually be better for you (especially if you have sensitive skin). If you are purchasing high (or even medium) quality food that is good for you, it's not just good for your insides, it's also good for your outsides! 

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The Benefits of Using Henna To Dye Your Hair

Henna is a plant that has been used for centuries by cultures in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia as both a hair dye and hair treatment. It is also used for temporary tattoos. Now many people use Henna (sometimes in combination with other plants) as an alternative to chemical hair dyes and as the main ingredient in the treatment of various hair problems such as dry, brittle, and/or weak hair, dull hair, and hair breakage and thinning.

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Brown Sugar by Kesha Janaan Jasmine & Lavender Whipped Body Butter| Raw Natural Ingredients

So what's in my Body Butter?

Well... it is made from cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, shea oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and scented with lavender and jasmine essential oils. All of these ingredients are used in a raw unrefined state. The process that I use to make the butter is gentle so that the nutrients of the ingredients are preserved.

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How to Keep Produce Fresh Longer

It has happened to the best of us-- you purchase fresh produce with the best of intentions only to find that when you are ready to eat it… it’s rotten!

To avoid wasting produce, it’s important to know where and how to store fruits and vegetables to maximize the time you have between purchase and consumption.

 

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My Skincare Routine... Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices

My key to great skin has always been: moisturize and hydrate, nourish, and protect.

By moisturize, I mean PUT ON LOTION!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is to wear some sort of lotion or cream made specifically for the face and eyes!  

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3 Large Shifts in the Music Industry

In the past two decades, the music industry has experienced dramatic changes. Well, the pace of change in the music industry has not slowed, in fact, it has increased. Here are three major shifts that the music industry has experienced in the last five years that will continue to impact and shape how business is done in the music industry.

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