Category Archives: Make-up + Skincare

Safe Sun Habits

Summer is here and that means time to brush up on our sun safety habits before the fun begins. The best way to enjoy your time outdoors this summer is to get smart and practice safe sun.Safe Sun x Samosa POP via Pinterest

  1. Sunscreen
    • Generously apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 which provides broad spectrum protection.
    • Don’t skimp. Use at least an ounce of sunscreen for every time at least 30 minutes before going outside.
    •  Re-apply every two hours after swimming or sweating.
  2. Timing
    • Limit sun exposure for sun-burn prone parts like eyes, nose, lips by wearing protective gear such as a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
    • Sun’s rays are strongest in between 10 am to 4 pm so seek shade when appropriate.
  3. Hydration
    • Drink plenty of water especially on hot sunny days to keep your body amply hydrated.

Hope you have a safe and happy upcoming summer!

Spring Beauty: Lip scrub

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Here is a great quick fix to keep lips smooth and youthful. The scrub is easy to make and reasonable.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • a touch of honey
  • a drop of vanilla

Directions

1. Mix the vanilla, honey, and brown sugar together in a small bowl.

2. Rub the scrub on your lips.

3. Let the scrub sit for a minute. Easily wipe it off with a damp washcloth.

YASOU Skincare review

Hello Hydration!yasou skin care x Samosa POP 3Today I am excited to share some incredible skincare products I recently got to test out. YASOU is a skincare brand that specializes in luxe Greek-inspired natural skin care products that contain some serious organic ingredients. YASOU is made locally in the US and is a friendly to the Earth. Not only are their ingredients primarily plant-derived, even their packaging in biodegradable.yasou skin care x Samosa POP Living in the Chicago area (after the winter we had), my skin has been feeling parched even though the weather is starting to warm up. And the wind in the windy city does not help either. I have been looking to switch up my daily skin care routine to something more hydrating. That’s when I discovered YASOU. I wanted a product that’s made mostly with natural ingredients. I tried out the brand’s replenishing cellular day and night cream last month. I wanted to give it a good 3 weeks before I reviewed it here. And it has been great. My skin feels like how it would feel after a facial. It feels loved. The creams are heavier than what I was used to earlier so I started off using it every other day. What I love the most about it is even with my combination skin type, the creams do not feel too oily and leave room for it to breathe. I haven’t had any breakouts because of it. Infact I feel my pores are tightening up as I continue to use it.yasou skin care x Samosa POP 2My favorite is the rich and reinvigorating night cream. It gives my skin the much-needed moisturizing and I wake up with my face feeling soft and hydrated. I think it’s repairing the damage from the harsh winter days. I might even start using it almost everyday once it gets colder.yasou skin care x Samosa POP 4I am excited to see and feel the benefits as I continue to use these products. This skin care line feels very pampering. It’s like at-home spa day every day.  Indulgence in a jar! I am also looking forward to trying out their upcoming hand cream. I know my hands would thank me if I had that in my purse.

Give YASOU a try. I love that their philosophy is all about holistic healthy living.

These products were provided by YASOU Skincare! All opinions shared here are mine.

Essential Oils

Base Oil Beauty Benefits
Argan This oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any DIY hair recipe.
Avocado Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the delicious fruit.
Coconut Naturally coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your DIY lotion recipes.
Grape seed For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.
Jojoba Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.
Olive Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal DIY-recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because of the vitamins A and E.
Sesame Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind and sunburn.
Sweet almond Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.
Treatment Oil Beauty Benefits
Aloe Vera We know you’ve heard of aloe vera gel and juice, but the plant also comes in oil form. This thick formula can be used topically to remedy dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis along with other types of skin irritation.
Arnica If you frequent the gym, arnica should be in your workout bag. The fragrant oil will help improve circulation and take down swelling, bruising, and pain. It’s a natural relaxant for sore muscles.
Carrot Seed The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.
Castor Jamaican black castor oil is celebrated for its hair-growth abilities. This specific type has an ash included that gives it a dark brown color. The oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.
Evening Primrose Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itch and inflammation.
Rose hip Expectant mothers, this one’s for you! Rose hip has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.
Tea Tree In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.
Essential Oil Beauty Benefits
Calendula Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize under-eye bags.
Chamomile Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It’s a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is a healing herb that has been used in Australia for centuries in wound care. The fragrant oil can also be handy as an all-natural insect repellent.
Geranium Geranium is a powerful antiaging oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover, meaning you’ll have fewer wrinkles to begin with.
Jasmine Your skin will benefit from jasmine’s ability to improve elasticity. It’s definitely one to include in brightening skin concoctions and can be used to fade stretch marks and acne scars.
Lavender One of the most recognizable essential oils, lavender can do much more than help you sleep. Massaging an oil tincture including lavender into the scalp can curb hair loss and help with headaches, too.
Peppermint Pack a bottle of peppermint oil on your next camping trip to soothe the itch of poison ivy or other allergic reactions. You can also apply a few drops of the oil to the face (mixed with a carrier oil) to clear the sinuses or soothe a tension headache.
Rosemary In aromatherapy, rosemary is used as an energizing scent to clear the mind. When used on your skin, it can stimulate blood circulation to soothe aching muscles and ease the joint pain of arthritis.
Thyme Studies show that thyme can be an effective natural solution for acne. Its antibacterial properties stop pimples before they can fester into a larger breakout. Mix a few drops into a bottle of witch hazel for an oil-clearing toner.
Ylang-Ylang Ylang-ylang has been used for decades to protect strands against salty ocean water, and it can also promote hair growth and thickness. The oil also a stress-relieving scent that works well in any DIY massage oil recipe.

DIY Honey and Lemon Face Mask

I am a big fan of facials for taking care of my skin. But, it’s hard to get myself to a spa regularly. So I try to include some simple DIY beauty tricks in my routine. Recently, I had an indulgent spa date with my creative blogger friend Erin from Color Me Styled. It was a fun afternoon where we tried out a couple easy homemade DIY facial recipes. I picked one of my all-time favorite one: homemade honey and lemon face mask. Continue reading

Spring Beauty

Spring is all about fresh, bright and colorful to me. The season is changing so shake-off the dreary winter with a few changes in your make-up habits.spring beauty

  1. Fresh– Swap your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer, which takes seconds to smear on, provides even coverage, and won’t clog pores.
  2. Bright –  Invest in a versatile highlighter and start experimenting; try it on eyelids, browbones, cheekbones. But, pick one at a time. Shimmer plays up our best features – wide-open eyes, high cheekbones, or even a prettily bowed lip. Get a glowy look without excessive shine or sparkle.
  3. Colorful – It’s time to celebrate warmer climates by playing with hot violet or tangerine eye shadows. Or swap out the basic black liner with colored eyeliners in olive green or bright cobalt.

Here’s wishing you a beautiful spring! It also helps to give your refrigerator a makeover and stock it up with some yummy skin brightening super foods like fruits and vegetables.

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Beauty inspiration

Happy Labor Day Monday! While you are enjoying the holiday, here’s a beauty trick to try out this fall. It is going to be a beautiful autumn.

This fall I plan to wear dark lipstick a lot. With a bold lip color I always tend to keep my eye makeup quite natural as it may look a little too dramatic otherwise. However, these stunning shots from Vogue Paris definitely inspire me to try and have my eyeshadow match my lipstick – love this!

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All natural magic potion

Let’s talk natural style secrets. I like to use products that are mostly natural as often as I can. I am always striving to include more such products in my beauty routine. Natural style to me comes from taking care of your body. It can be mastered by having radiant skin and good health. One of my essential natural style secret is using an appropriate and well-made serum on my face and neck religiously.

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In a skincare routine, finding the right serum for your skin can be a tough challenge. A good serum does wonders for your skin.  It is a step you should never skip. Face requires extra attention as we need to wipe the day off our face. My skin feels thirsty after a harsh day out in the sun and pollutions or a long night.  I recently discovered a magic potion that is almost as natural as if the bottles just grew on the trees. I have started using the Skin Hydrating Serum from Seventh Generation and I love it.  It is fantastic. It absorbs perfectly in the skin and does not leave my face feeling oily or sticky. I hate serums that take forever to get absorbed in your skin, before you can put on your moisturizer and sun screen.  This serum is true to it’s name and thus, is highly hydrating. Nowadays, due to this hot weather, in the mornings I often find myself not requiring to follow up with a moisturizer afterwards. The serum goes on smooth and leaves my face feeling moisturized. My favorite part is that it is made out of 100% botanical formulas. I am so impressed that every single ingredient in it is all natural. Personally, I am not a big fan of skin-care products with parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances. So discovering this plant-based gem was a blessing. Your skin flourishes when you use simple all natural products and don’t mess with it too much.

DSC04586Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog. The opinions expressed here are all mine.

I have been using 1- 2 pumps of the serum daily twice a day after cleansing my face with a face wash and a toner. It’s been almost two weeks. My skin feels softer and hydrated afterwards. Before trying it out, I was afraid this serum might clog my pores  or might cause an allergic reaction. To my happy surprise, this pure plant-based product is clinically proven hypoallergenic. One of my favorite perks is that my breakouts seemed to have improved in a few days of using this serum. I wasn’t familiar with this brand prior to using this serum, but it is safe to say now I am a fan.

The serum comes in a highly user- friendly and spill-proof plastic bottle with a dispenser that can be locked to prevent the pump from accidentally activating and spilling it. You can try out this skin-improvement tactic by getting this product from Walgreens. Go ahead and treat your skin. It will thank-you glowingly for it. To learn more about Seventh Generation’s All-natural Skin Serums go to SeventhGeneration.com/boosts. These boosting serums are customizable, concentrated blends with no added water.

Remember, when it comes to taking care of your skin; less is more. Try and keep your skin away from harsh chemicals. Keep it simple, keep it natural. Some of my other natural style secrets include – drinking lots of water, eating well, exercising and spending a lot of time with my loved ones. Here’s to a happier and healthier us!

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