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Carron Coleman

My Top 5 Organic Sheet Masks

Beauty, Skincare

Sheet masks have been trending for a while and I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and give them a try! What I love about sheet masks are that they are easy to apply and virtually no clean up because you throw the mask away after peeling it off. Thankfully there were quite a few nontoxic options out there. Here are a few of the ones I have been using in my skincare routine. If you have oily/combination, acne prone skin then these are for you! No worries for those with dry skin because the brands mentioned also have options for normal/dry skin.

I like to steam my face before applying any facial mask in order for the good ingredients to deeply penetrate my skin. The facial steamer I use can be found here

My Top Five Organic Sheet Masks

Whole Foods 365 Clarifying Papaya Mask

Andalou Naturals Clarifying Hydro Serum Facial Mask

Burt’s Bees Purifying Sheet Mask

Pacifica Beauty Mattify Prep Hyaluronic Facial Mask

Acure Incredibly Clear Facial Mask 

 

Stay on the path

Lifestyle

When I made the decision to go back to school after over a year of praying and thinking, I knew the road would not be easy but it’s something I had to do. For those that don’t know I’m in school to obtain my Master’s degree in Health Education & Nutrition. Being a 30 something year old college student is not easy. To say that it’s challenging is an understatement. That’s when doubt starts creeping in. I admit I have my moments where I question why I’m doing this. Shouldn’t I have done this already?

But when you have a goal and you know that God is with you, nothing can stop you. So here are 5 tips I have for staying on the path and not giving up.

 

Just start. Procrastination can kill dreams and goals quickly. I’ve found that once I stopped making excuses for why I can’t do something and simply started the work, amazing things can happen you get so much done. Plus you’ll feel so accomplished.

Done is better than perfect. I’m a perfectionist at heart, which means I have a tendency to not do complete things because I feel like it’s not good enough. But the mistakes is all a part of the journey, it helps you grow. So what if it’s not perfect. You’ll get it right the next time and do even better!

You can’t do it all. I used to try and be Wonder Woman and think I can do it all. However I found myself stressed out and tired or not getting things done at all simply because I was too overwhelmed. Set realistic expectations. I’ve turned into a list girl. So I make short To Do lists for myself. Breaking big tasks into small chunks allows me to get more done. Plus I feel so accomplishes versus overwhelmed and disappointed.

Don’t trust in your own strength. Yes I’m going to be the corny Christian girl who quotes Philippians 4:13. But it’s the truth, we can do all things through Christ. When times get really hard and I feel like completely giving up that’s when I lean to God for my strength. Not only does he continue to strengthen me through the journey but also provides encouragement and reminders for why I started. We all have a purpose and that should be our focus and reason for not giving up.

Remember your why. When the task gets frustrating it’s easy to forget why you started in the first place. There’s a reason you chose this path. Write down your why as remembrance to keep you focused. Knowing your reason is knowing your purpose.

Got any tips that you want to share? Drop a note below on any advise you have for staying on the path, getting things done, and not giving up.

Nutrition Classes for Kids!

Health, Lifestyle

A little known fact about me is that I teach nutrition and healthy eating classes to elementary school children in underserved communities of New York City. Many of them don’t have access or prior knowledge of eating a plant based diet. In most cities farmer’s markets and health food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are only in upper to middle class white neighborhoods. Children and families living in what is deemed as “urban” communities do not have easy access to affordable healthy food choices. So doing cooking demonstrations and teaching healthy lifestyle classes is a passion of mine.

When I made the switch to eating a more plant based diet and taking a closer look at the ingredients in all my personal care products, I thought that the knowledge was so game changing that I desired to share this information with everyone I know. I think it’s important to give back to those who look like you. As a woman of color especially in the African diaspora it’s essential for me to give back and serve my own community.

I see this as a way of doing my part. And to be honest I love working with these children! The looks on pure joy and excitement on their faces when I teach them how to make a smoothie or share how beneficial fruits and veggies are to their growing bodies, is gratifying to my spirit. I encourage everyone to look for ways they can give back and serve their community with your unique gifts and talents.

If you’re interested in partnering with me in healthy lifestyle classes for your school, church, or organization feel free to send me an email to discuss: hello@carroncoleman.com

 

Vapour Organic’s New Foundation Shades

Beauty, Make-Up

Yes you read that title correct! Vapour Organic Beauty has released five new shades in their Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation. I’m really excited because they now have a shade that matches me perfectly. I am the shade S155 which is for medium dark skin with yellow undertones. My undertones are more suited for yellow and neutrals. Foundations and concealers with red undertones always make me look like a tomato and people keep asking me why my face looks so red.

I love it when beauty brands understand the importance of undertones. The color itself might be accurate but if the undertones are off it throws everything off. There’s a method behind this makeup madness.

The Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation is designed for normal, sensitive, and combination skin types. My skin is more on the oily/ combination side but can also act sensitive too. Given the texture and ingredients of this foundation I think it’s better suited for dryer skin types or if you need more moisture. The first two ingredients are oils (camellia seed oil & sunflower oil) so this is more of a serum than a cream consistency.

My feeling is that this would be better suited in the colder winter months when my skin tends to get a little dry. However with summer coming this might be too heavy and oily for my skin. They also sent me their Illusionist Concealer in the same shade (055). Even though this has sunflower seed oil as the first ingredient I think this may be a little lighter for summer time use. I like to wear concealers only sometimes for more lightweight makeup look.

My final thoughts are this is a positive step in the right direction. I’m always pleased when brands expand their shade range to include more people especially people of color. Watch the video below to hear my thoughts and see this foundation in action.

Olga’s Organics Brand Review

Make-Up

I’ve had my eye on Olga’s Organics for a while now, ever since a fellow green beauty on Instagram raved about their products. I finally got my hands on their famous loose face powder. A few things you should know about this product/ brand:

  • 1st USDA Organic Certified Powder in the country
  • 98% plant based
  • Less than 2% mineral

One of the things that I love most about this brand is that their ingredient list is super short. Most brands even some doted as green or “natural” have a long list of ingredients. Olga’s Organics ingredients are easy to understand and safe for the skin.

Organic Loose Face powder ingredients: 

 

Ingredients like bentonite clay and arrowroot powder are amazing for oily skin. I like to use this as a makeup setter especially if I am using a foundation that is on the oily side. This powder is also good to wipe off excess oil throughout the day. And with this I don’t have to worry about it breaking out my skin or causing irritation. A little goes a long way so this will last you a while as well. And because of the minimal ingredients you don’t have to worry about the makeup expiring any time soon.

Their application brushes are made from vegan fibers and natural bamboo material.

I was also sent their lip tint in the shade rose. Like the loose powder the mineral the ingredient list is short. It smells amazing and edible like a peppermint pattie, because of the cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil. The lip tint is also very moisturizing and leaves a light color on the lips. It’s not enough to call this a full on lipstick but there’s enough to not leave you looking like plain jane. I think it’s great for casual or no makeup type of days.

 

Watch my full review and demo here:

 

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

Beauty, Make-Up

You can achieve an all natural glow with natural makeup. This look was created using Hynt Beauty products. All of Hynt Beauty products are organic based, eco-conscious, and cruelty free.

For this look I used:

Duet Perfecting Concealer in Dark

Lumiere Radiance Boosting Powder 

Aria Lipstick in Pink Belle 

 

You can also sample the products by purchasing their discovery kit.

Watch the video below to see how I achieved this look and hear my thoughts on the products

My First ShiftCon Experience

Info & Tips, Lifestyle

Last month I had the pleasure of not only attending ShiftCon for the first time but I was also speaking on a panel. This was my first experience at ShiftCon and it was nothing short of amazing! I got to connect with some of the most amazing women in wellness. The vibe and spirit throughout the conference was so uplifting.

ShiftCon Eco-Wellness Conference is an eco-wellness conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability, and growth. Being a “Shifter” means to be a part of an online influencer community that seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. Their tag line is “Shift happens. Be a part of it”. Love that!

I spoke on my experience as a wellness blogger and provided tips to those who are new in the space. I was the only black woman on the panel and happy to be a voice for women of color on the panel and share some of my unique experience to inspire others on their path.

I was also nominated for ShiftCon Shifters Best Plant Based Beauty award!!!! Never could I have imagined that my blog would be honored in such a great way. The beautiful people at Replenology gifted all the award honorees with this beautiful plaque that I will cherish always. Even though this sounds so cliché, it truly was an honor just to be nominated.

I was also nominated for ShiftCon Shifters Best Plant Based Beauty award!!!! Never could I have imagined that my blog would be honored in such a great way. The beautiful people at Replenology gifted all the award honorees with this beautiful plaque that I will cherish always. Even though this sounds so cliché, it truly was an honor just to be nominated.

 

 

One of the most significant moments for me was the essence of female empowerment and diversity. ShiftCon founder Leah Segedie (pictured above in green dress) prides herself on uplifting and encouraging women to walk in the fullness of who we are. All of the speakers and presenters were incredible women who are all making strides in the wellness community in their own right. I felt really blessed to be honored among some of these amazing women in wellness. Leah shared with me how it was very important that the panels and presentations be from women of diverse backgrounds. This really meant a lot to me personally as a black woman in the wellness and clean beauty space because we are often ignored in this community. The main reason why I started this blog was because I saw a lack of representation in this green beauty & wellness industry. Health and eco-consciousness are something that everyone should embrace not just one segmented group. Like me, ShiftCon believes and fights for inclusivity in the wellness industry.

 

Last but not least The Swag Bags!!!

As a speaker I received two huge bags of wellness and clean beauty goodies. It took me literally an entire day just to go through everything. What I really love is that it wasn’t centered solely on beauty but on total wellness. I want to start featuring more health focused brands on the blog and thankfully I was able to connect with a lot of them at ShiftCon. Here are just a few of the brands:

  • Nutrigold
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Oral Essentials
  • Health Ade Kombucha
  • Earth Mama
  • Ann Marie Skincare
  • Steamychick
  • Clearly Filtered H20
  • Goddess Garden Organics
  • Seasnax
  • Genexa
  • Boron
  • Flora Vitamins

Be on the look out for reviews and features with some of the above mentioned brands!

 

 

Podcasts for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

Lifestyle

Listening to a good podcast episode is my thing. Especially living in New York City and having to ride the train. Nothing perks up a long train ride for me than listening to one of my favorite podcasts and zoning out while getting motivated to get my life in gear.

It’s the top of the year when everyone is striving for better and wanting more for their lives. Out of all the podcasts I listen to here are my top 6 podcasts for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Plus these are podcasts that will help you level up and get your life in order. Everyone needs to feel inspired in order to keep going on the journey. So give these a listen and tell me they haven’t changed your life in some way.

 

Myleik Teele is known as the Oprah for millennials. Now nobody can replace Auntie O but Myleik sure is close with the My Taught you podcast. If you haven’t listened to an episode I highly suggest you go to iTunes and catch up. Myleik gives such insightful wisdom on everything from life, business, love, career advice, living your best life now. She inspires women to on our big girl panties and take control over our lives no matter where you are in your life. Check out the My Taught You podcast 

 

Patrice Washington is new to podcasting but she’s been sharing her good money and life advice for a while. She’s a finance expert on the Steve Harvey morning show and I fell in love with her wisdom on Periscope. Patrice’s personal story toward greater wealth and health is very inspiring. On her podcast she not only shares her wisdom but she interview other people of influence. Motivating you to chase your purpose not money. Check out Redefining Wealth podcast 

 

The Biblically Sound Woman hosted by Christian blogger Ayanna Thomas. Now this young woman of God is the truth! Ayanna holds on to biblical truth and doesn’t write and say anything on social media or her blog that doesn’t line up with God’s word. She is gospel driven and scripture focused. Her podcast is nothing short of that and will inspire you to build a closer relationship with Christ for yourself.

 

I don’t think the Dave Ramsey show needs an intro. I’ve heard of Dave for years but never really bothered to listen to his show or read his books……until now. OMG this man motivated the heck out of me to get my finances in order, stop frivolous spending, and start saving for the future. His famous slogan debt is dumb and cash is king. I could not agree more! If you’re looking for help paying off debt and increasing wealth then check out The Dave Ramsey Show podcast

Nina Warner of Phemomenally Blog and her podcast Share The Health provide great health and wellness inspiration. She interviews other women in the wellness field to help spread the message that health is wealth. Nina and I have been following each other on social media for a while and everything she posts is filled with joy and a passion for health. Even though she’s fairly new at podcasting she has some pretty dope interviews so be sure to check her out!

 

Are you listening to any amazing podcasts that you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!

How to Balance Life as an Introvert

Lifestyle

 

It took me a long time to come to terms with being an introvert. Obviously, I was born an introvert as many are. As a child, I knew I was different because I enjoyed spending time alone, hated small talk, and generally felt drained of energy after spending too much time with people. Like most introverts, I was told that I was shy or needed to come out of my shell. People often confuse being shy with being an introvert. Let me correct this myth by saying the definition of shy is a fear of people. I don’t have a fear of people. Quite the opposite actually. I enjoy long stimulating conversations on subjects I find interesting. But the thought of having small talk with a bunch of people about the weather then I start to cringe. As I got older and started to do research, I realized that this actually wasn’t a problem just a different way of focusing my energy. It was such a freeing experience to know that there was a name for people like me and that I wasn’t weird. I’m a thinker, a creative, an introvert. This is essentially what makes introverts different from extroverts. Extroverts gain their energy from being around people, a lot. Whereas introverts lose energy from being around people too much and gain their strength from spending time alone with their thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like to be in complete isolation or feel like I don’t need anyone. I do however know that too much stimulation and interaction will drain my energy leaving me mentally exhausted. Introverts need time to think and process things happening in the world around them. In learning how to balance life as an introvert, I’ve learned how to stop and take time for myself. It’s important to schedule self-care time to ensure your mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met.

 

Here are a few tips on how to balance life as an introvert:

  1. Trust your gut. You know when you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted. Instead of trying to push past it, acknowledge those feelings and do something about it right away
  2. Take time for yourself. As an introvert we need quality self-care and alone time. Take a mini-vacation, spa trip, or a peaceful evening at home. Whatever helps you to relax the most and restores your inner peace, do that.
  3. Learn how to balance your time effectively. I always say that too much time spent on anything is just too much. Don’t overwhelm yourself by putting too many tasks on your plate. Break things down into doable pieces so that you accomplish more and not feel disappointed because you weren’t able to get to everything.

 

I’m so glad I found the Wallflower Box which is all about embracing, nurturing, and refreshing yourself and your quiet qualities. This is a monthly subscription box created with the introvert in mind. Plus all of the products are natural, organic, and or vegan/ cruelty-free. It’s so in line with what this blog is all about!

 

 

Each item is carefully crafted to help you unwind and regain your strength as us introverts need to do on a regular basis. I know when I need some quiet time because my mind will just shut off and it’s almost as if I cannot function anymore. This is how I know that I’ve become overwhelmed and drained mentally. In order to regain my strength, I need some quality alone time to relax and recuperate.  This is how introverts can practice self-care. Watch the video below to see how I relax and unwind with The Wallflower Box.

 

 

Here’s what came with this months box:

  • The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney- insightful book written by an introvert for introverts
  • Puur Body Vegan Soy Candle- vegan peach pie soy candle
  • Life Force Essentials Organic Essential Oils- organic and wild harvested essential oil blend of lavender, orange, and spearmint
  • A Rustic Feeling Handmade Coasters- natural handmade stone coasters
  • Amitea Organics Tea- hand-crafted organic black tea peach flavor
  • Skin Candy Company Cupcake Bath Bomb- luxurious skin loving bath bomb
  • Parlo Cosmetics Whipped Body Butter- blackberry and vanilla bean whipped body butter
  • GreenHouse17 Natural Lip Balm- lavender and peppermint lip balm

www.thewallflowerbox.com

Get your own Wallflower Box using code: HAPPINESS for 10% off

Cheesy Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

Recipes

I have searched and searched for the perfect vegan mac and cheese recipe with no luck. Every recipe I tried had too many ingredients to make a “mock” cheese and still didn’t taste cheesy. I wanted a vegan mac and cheese that tasted like the dish my mom makes minus the dairy. Giving up dairy was hard especially as a former cheese lover. It took me a while but I think I finally nailed it!

For this recipe, I used So delicious cheeses. I love their shredded cheese because it tastes so much like dairy cheese it’s hard to believe that it has no animal by-products. I recently discovered Follow Your Heart block cheese and I had to read the ingredient label several times because it tastes so delicious and exactly like mozzarella cheese.

 

Ingredients

1 box of elbow macaroni

2 cups almond milk or non-dairy milk 

1 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup So Delicious shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup So Delicious shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup So Delicious shredded cheddar jack

1 block Follow Your Heart Mozzarella cheese cut into cubes

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon organic whole wheat flour

 

Directions

1. Boil a pot of water and cook the elbow pasta until it is al dente

2. In a separate bowl combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil with flour

3. Add nutritional yeast and mix until it forms a paste

4. Slowly add in almond milk and stir until it’s a nice consistency.

5. Start adding in cheeses one by one and stirring as you add.

6. Continue to stir until the cheese mix is nice and smooth. Don’t let it boil

7. Take the cooked pasta in a large bowl and add the cheese sauce on top. Stir until everything blends together.

8. Grease a shallow pan with remaining coconut oil and pour the macaroni cheese mix in the pan

9. Add remaining cheese on top to your liking

10. Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and brown on top.

11. Eat and enjoy!

*****Feel free to add more cheese to this recipe if you like****

 

Nude Lipstick for Brown Skin | Organic & Non-toxic

Beauty, Make-Up

Who doesn’t love a nice nude lipstick? It’s perfect for everyday wear and gives you a nice natural look. It can be difficult to find a nude lipstick shade that’s brown girl friendly and non-toxic. Most lipsticks contain artificial dyes, colors, and other chemical additives. Here’s a list of my top 5 nude lipsticks for brown skin sans toxins.

 

 

100% Pure in Lychee

 

 

Pacifica Beauty Tenderness

 

Luv & Co Beauty Captivated 

 

Au Naturale On Pointe   

topped with Hynt Beauty Une Femme 

 

 

 

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression as a Christian

Faith

In the Christian community discussion on anxiety and depression are often avoided as some take the stance that as a believer we shouldn’t experience those thoughts and feelings. Yes the joy of The Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) but the bible also says he sends rain for the ones who do right and the ones who do wrong (Matthew 20:45). Just because we put our hope and faith in Jesus Christ doesn’t mean we won’t experience the difficulties of life.

It’s normal to admit feelings of sadness. The bible talk about there is a time and a season for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). So feeling sad or down is a natural human emotion and nothing is wrong with you. It’s what you do with those feelings. Don’t feel like because you are a Christian that you’re not allowed to feel sad. Throughout scripture we see how Jesus wept. In John 11:35 we see Jesus cried and mourned over Lazarus death before he raised him back to life.  Before Jesus died on the cross for our sins he wept and cried out to God let this cup be taken from me (Matthew 26:39). He experienced emotions just like us. Don’t run away from your feelings. Own up to them so that you can deal with them and move forward.

Write things down- I’ve kept a journal since I was a child. While I might not write daily I try to journal down key things and important benchmarks in my life, especially emotional highs and lows. Keeping a record is helpful because it’s allows you to keep track of how you are feeling on a consistent basis. Plus you’re able to document your spiritual and mental growth. One major thing I was able to notice was pattern and certain emotional triggers.

Trigger points- what I realized is that when I feel sad, depressed, or anxious it’s usually something that triggered those emotions. Either an incident or something that happened which caused me to react or respond with negative thoughts or emotions. This can come from circumstances that overwhelm you like a tragedy or death.  My cousin was tragically killed this summer at only 25 years old. This hit my family really hard and honestly something we are still dealing with. None the less we are comforted as we don’t grieve as people with no hope.  Sometimes emotional triggers can be in your own head. Either you’ve overreacted to something someone said or did. A current situation can remind us of what happened in the past and it’ll bring back the same negative emotions as before. This is where we apply the Word of God and take every thought captive and make them obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). You fight the enemy and negative emotions with scripture.

Prayer- Prayer changes things and when we pray we are communicating with God on a personal level. Give God all of your feelings. Get all of your emotion out. I like to vent to The Lord because He said to cast all of our cares onto Him (1Peter 5:7). Everything doesn’t have to be so formal either. Don’t worry about how it sounds just go to God like you would anyone and say hey I’m sad or I don’t like what happened, I’m feeling this way. He can handle our emotions. When I do that I notice that in that moment I actually start feeling better. God can handle all your emotions. He wants us to come to Him because that’s shows we have a personal relationship with Him. I feel a lot closer and more connected to Christ when I come to Him through prayer and asking for help. The bible says he will give us wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5). So whenever you are facing feelings of depression surrender those feelings unto Lord and He will either give you the answer, a way out, or the strength to go through it with us. We’re not alone because he said that he would never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6). So I dare you to trust God with any and everything you are facing and watch him move to change that situation or give you peace in the midst of that storm.

Talk about it- Talking about things brings them to light. Especially when the enemy try’s to attack your mind exposing those things helps you to gain clarity and helps you to fight against those negative thoughts and emotions. Reach out to friends, family, or professional help. Don’t keep things bottled up. It’s easy to keep things to yourself but that’s not healthy. You may think oh I don’t want to bother anyone or people have problems of their own so I don’t want to burden them so I’ll just deal with it on my own. It helps to talk to somebody about how you are feeling. Sometimes you need to vent not necessarily for answers from others but just as a release. God created us for fellowship so it’s okay to seek help from trusted people in your life. Notice I said trusted; don’t run and tell your problems to any and everybody. Use wisdom as to what and how much you share but definitely don’t isolate yourself when you’re feeling low. If you’re battling thoughts of depression you are at a weak point where the enemy wants you to feel by yourself and like you’re alone in world. One of satan’s biggest lies is that no one cares about you. If you feel like you don’t have anyone close pray and ask God to bring divine connections and fellowship into your life.

 

If you’re struggling with thoughts of depression I hope this was helpful to you. If you know someone who could use this article please share it. 

Red Apple Lipstick | Review

Make-Up

I received three beautiful lip glosses from Red Apple Lipstick. Every Red Apple Lipstick  gloss is gluten free, paraben free, soy free, GMO free, and vegan. They come in a variety of shades ranging from sheer to high pigmented. I like to keep lip glosses in my makeup stash for days when I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but still look a little glamorous. Plus I love the green and black packaging as I’m a sucker for pretty things and boxes 🙂

 

Gemazing is a bright fuchsia lip gloss that is highly pigmented. It reminds me more of a liquid lipstick because it’s thicker than a typical gloss, leaves a nice color on the lips, and has a nice smooth application.

Kissyfit is a bronze lip stain with an orange undertone. If you like bronze or copper colors then this is perfect for you! I also think this would make a create color for the Fall or Winter season.

Amor Caliente is a sheer lip gloss with a red undertone. I chose this one because I always like to have a stash of go to lip gloss. I don’t wear makeup everyday so on days I don’t this works for me. As a sheer gloss with a light tint this would pair well as a topper for your favorite red lipstick.

If you haven’t tried Red Apple Lipstick products now is your chance. Check out the other items in their makeup collection. Feel free to use coupon code: HOLISTICHONEY to save money on your next order.

 

Green Beauty Starter Kit | Organic Makeup for Beginners

Make-Up

I get so many questions about what makeup I use, product recommendations, how to start using clean makeup products. In an effort to help my green beauty sisters out; I decided to compile a list of basic non toxic makeup options. This is great if you are new to green beauty or a makeup beginner. And of course this is women of color friendly. I understand how hard it is to find the perfect shade that compliments your skin.

 

Primers

Bare Minerals Prime Time

Evelyn Ionia Green Tea Primer

 

Concealer

Au Naturale Cosmetics Creme Concealer 

100% Pure 2nd Skin Concealer 

 

Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Creme Minerals

Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Mineral Loose Powder
Plain Jane Beauty Translucent Powder

 

Eye Shadows & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil

Plain Jane Beauty Just Mascara

Pacifica Beauty Eye Shadow Palettes 

100% Pure Naked Palette 

 

Lipsticks & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Lip Pencil

100% Pure Pomegranate Lipstick

Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil 

Zuzu Luxe Lipstick 

 

In this video I outline my basic makeup routine and green beauty products I use:

 

These are basic suggestions just to get you started. I consider myself a beginner in makeup also and these are the tools that I use on a daily basis. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any makeup recommendations you’d like to share, please leave me a comment.

 

DIY Coconut Conditioner for Natural Hair

Natural Hair

When I first went natural I was strictly a DIY girl. I experimented with all sorts of butters, oils, powders, etc. I haven’t done a DIY hair mix in a long time but I plan on slowly incorporating more in my natural hair routine.

Coconut is something I always used in my beauty routine. I wrote an article all about the benefits of coconut oil. This recipe is strictly coconut from the meat, oil, and milk. Coconuts have so many amazing benefits here are just a few:

Coconut Manna/ Butter– moisturizes and prevents hair fall. Strengthens hair follicles and repairs damage  and prevents further damage made by chemicals, heat, and other harsh treatments.

Coconut Oil– penetrates the hair shaft bringing in additional moisture and shine

Coconut Milk– nourishes hair providing natural moisture from root to tip. Stimulates hair for healthy strong growth.

 

DIY Coconut Conditioner Recipe

1/2 cup Coconut Manna

2 tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

I didn’t accurately take measurements. Usually I just eye ball it and depending on the length of your hair is how much you need for successful application. You can use this as a hot oil treatment, pre-poo, or deep conditioner. Watch the video below to see how I made my mixture and applied it to my hair.

 

 

How to Fight Acne with French Green Clay

Beauty, Blog, DIY, Skincare

Perfect skin is not something I would honestly say I have. But what I can say is that it has gotten better. I have suffered from adult acne and trust me I understand that it is not pretty nor is it fun. It’s definitely a struggle and what works for some may not work for all. Clear skin is a commitment to constantly work on your skin and ultimately find a routine and or products that will produce the best results.

In my last post on Infinity Jars I talked about getting back into DIY beauty products and treatments. In comes french green clay also known as sea clay. This clay contains healing properties such as bentonite, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and selenium. French green clay is green in color like it’s name states; the pigment determines the quality. You want to make sure your clay is green in color and not too gray.

If you’ve never heard of this powerful clay here’s a couple facts:

  • Great clearing blemishes
  • “Drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin
  • Helps to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation for new healthy skin cells
  • Used in acient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat skin and digestive problems

There’s really no wrong way to go when making a clay mask. You can mix it with water, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice, or any other form of liquid. I used apple cider vinegar because of it’s astringent properties and the ability to tone, heal and treat blemishes. Plus ACV is great for removing dark spots and evening out the skin tone.

French Clay Mask for Acne Recipe

  1. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of french green clay
  2. add enough liquid to form a paste
  3. apply to face with finger or a brush
  4. allow to dry, rinse and cleanse face as normal

As an oily girl I try to use some form of a clay mask at least once or twice a week. You can purchase french green clay at Mountain Rose Herbs or From Nature with Love.