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Building the Right Face Mask to Fend Off Winter Skin

By | All Posts, Beauty, DIY

Winter is coming.  As the temperatures and the leaves start to drop, many of us have already started gearing up to defend our skin against the fiercely drying conditions of winter. Finding the right moisturizer in the beauty aisles can be overwhelming and expensive. The good news is you probably have everything you need in your kitchen to keep a healthy glow in your skin.

 

You can find recipes for homemade face masks all over the internet, but how do you know which is the best choice for you? Trying mask after mask with minimal results can be frustrating and can get expensive. Creating a custom mask might be the answer to help your skin stay healthy and smooth. Knowing the benefits of everyday household and natural ingredients can help you mix up a perfect blend to keep your skin full of life.

 

Before we talk about specific ingredients, we should break down what makes them so great. All of the ingredients we’ll mention are packed with things that have amazing benefits for your skin. Knowing how each element helps keep your skin healthy will help you choose the right ingredients for your custom mask. So let’s break it down!

 

Potassium provides hydration and moisturization. B Vitamins act as anti-aging agents. Vitamin A works to heal dry, weathered skin, fade acne and dark spots, and smooths aging skin. Zinc fights acne-causing germs. Vitamin C helps collagen production and controls skin oils. Vitamin E protects against UV damage and slows signs of aging. Amino acids nourish skin and strengthen connective tissues to maintain skin elasticity.

So what things can you gather up from your cabinets that will put you on the right track for happy, healthy skin?

 

Honey

 

The idea of putting honey on your face might seem like a recipe for a sticky mess, but you don’t need much to reap its benefits.  Full of antioxidants (which will help with anti-aging), Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, honey will give your complexion a nice little boost.  The enzymes in honey allow it to easily seep into your skin and open up your pores so that the pores are easier to clean out. Also, did you know that honey is a natural antibacterial? Use a dab on clean skin for acne spot treatment!

 

Egg Yolks

 

We’ve all heard of putting egg yolks in our hair for a good protein treatment, but putting them on  your face has a host of other benefits. Vitamins A and B2 help foster smooth and younger-looking skin, while the zinc helps keep the skin clear. In baking, eggs are used for their binding qualities, and that’s the same reason to put them on your face: they help lock moisture into your skin!

 

Oatmeal

There’s a reason you’ve seen so many facial recipes that feature oatmeal: It has a tried and true reputation for loving your skin as much as you do. Oatmeal offers gentle exfoliation and helps the skin retain moisture, which ultimately leads to your skin looking and feeling young and fresh.  Oatmeal is also a great natural anti-inflammatory, it nourishes the skin, and improves dryness and roughness. What’s not to love?

 

Sweet Almond Oil

This ingredient may be less common in households, but it’s well worth adding to your skin care arsenal. Every drop of this oil contains Vitamin E, Vitamin A, monounsaturated fatty acids (to help retain moisture and heal dry, chapped, irritated skin), protein, potassium, and zinc. Talk about a power house! Sweet almond oil will help lighten dark under eye circles, help relieve distressed skin, and it’s a natural makeup remover.

 

Bananas

If you only add one thing to your skin care regimen from this list, make it bananas. Mashing up a single banana and applying it to your skin once or twice a week will provide huge benefits! Potassium, B vitamins, Vitamin A, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and amino acids are all packed into this one source. Bananas will help moisturize your skin, balance your oils, treat acne, treat dark spots, and help with anti-aging.  

 

Any of these ingredients alone can help improve the overall health of your skin, but creating a bespoke recipe that addresses your specific skin needs with all-natural ingredients helps your skin and your wallet!

Summer’s Best Beauty Products That Won’t Smudge

By | All Posts, Beauty

It’s summer, and easy breezy looks are what it’s all about. When everyone is melting in the sun, no one will be surprised to see you with simply a little SPF, lip balm, and waterproof mascara. But for the times when you still want a gorgeous “beat face,” we recommend these smear-proof products.

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

A smooth canvas is the crucial first step to a fabulous makeup look. These airbrush foundations apply light and oil-free. You can keep the coverage subtle or apply a bit more with a beauty blender for a more full-coverage look without appearing cakey.

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color

This all-season cream blush from Laura Mercier has stood the test of time. It continues to be a favorite for beauty bloggers every year, and we are completely on board with their sentiment. The creamy texture blends super well, but then leaves a satin finish that isn’t at all greasy. The peachy tones in “Sunrise” are so cute for a fresh face.

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

While the price tag on this product is a little steep, the formula has such great pigmentation that one container is sure to last you the entire summer. The Amazonian Clay in the bronzer makes it completely waterproof, and helps control oil to keep the rest of your makeup last a whole lot longer.

Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip

This long-lasting matte liquid lip color stays put through all the elements. It feels super light and won’t smudge; and the colors are fun and flirty. The “Berry Pop” shade is a classic mid-grade pink that looks fab on pretty much any skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade

Your brows will be sure to keep their shape when they are set with this creamy matte pomade from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Once set in place, this formula stays put without feeling heavy. And as we all know…as long as your brows are on point, your entire face will be.

Smashbox Always On Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Gel liners are great year-round, but especially when you know heat is going to be a factor. The control of a pencil makes for easier use, but the smooth application gives the bold look of a liquid. This particular gel pencil from Smashbox is waterproof and guaranteed to last up to 24 hours. So it’s ideal for sweaty days in the sun–wear it to the all-day outdoor wedding you’ve been dreading.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

This affordable product from L’Oreal is a drugstore WIN. Having tried virtually all the waterproof mascaras out there, we can say with confidence this one gives you thickness, length and zero smudging. Even if you’re having a more simple day, this mascara, along with great brows and a dab of lipstick, will still be a bomb look. Seriously, try it. Buy it. Like right now.

8 Incredible Summer Fashion Pieces

By | All Posts, Beauty, Inspiration

Shopping local and U.S.-based companies feels so good, doesn’t it? It seems like the perfect way to spread some American love during this patriotic time of year. And as the summer heats up, it’s also a great time to shop fabulous fashion pieces for cooling down. We’ve managed to combine the two with this list of our picks for the best summer fashion created by incredible designers based out of the western United States. Take a look at what great companies have come from Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and more. These trend-setters are making beautiful and functional fashion while changing the world with powerful causes and responsible sourcing.

ASHLEY LEMIEUX

Polka Dot Jumper

If you caught our #WomanWednesday piece on Instagram this week, you already know we are obsessed with Ashley Lemieux. As the creator of two incredible fashion and lifestyle brands, The Shine Project and Ashley Lemieux, her example motivates us to enjoy the sunshine, smell the roses, and try fabulous new summer fashion. And also…don’t you just LIVE for a great jumper?! When done right, this vintage classic look can have a gorgeous rebirth. And Ashley’s brand has done it right. The tiny polka dot is so clean and fresh, while the cut will be flattering for many body types. Sizing is tricky on jumpers at times, so air on the side of caution if you’re questioning where you fit.

ROOLEE

Makenna High Rise Shorts

High waisted shorts are having a great moment; and the front tie on this pair is polished but quick and easy. These shorts are super comfy and easy breezy in a soft playful color and lightweight linen fabric. Plus, they have pockets–so how can you go wrong?

MIKAROSE

Texture Floral Skirt

Florals have also been super in right now as feminine style of late combines classic ladylike elements accented with hard or sharp pieces. We think this would look stunning with an unexpected leather jacket or some chunky metallic accessories and boots. It’s also super beautiful as is…so you’ll still look great with a more simple outfit adding a white top and sandals.

KODIAK LEATHER CO.

Buffalo Leather Duffel

If you’re like us, you’ve been itching for a weekend getaway. This little duffel is the perfect size for a quick overnight with your honey. The incredible leather this company produces is a real investment and, with proper care, will last for years to come. The style is simply classic.

DOWNEAST BASICS

Crafty Crush Top

This boho piece is soft and easy, with a feminine aesthetic that could be dressed up or down. Pair it with a pencil skirt in the day for the office, and then throw on some classic blue jean shorts to carry you through the evening for going to a picnic or one of Utah’s many firework shows.

DILLARD’S

Eliza Crepe Stripe Pants by Antonio Melani

We all agree pants are difficult in the summer. Those legs gotta breathe! But if you work in a professional setting where shorts just won’t work, these adorable wide leg beauties are the best option you’ll find. The light fabric will stay cool in summer heat while the subtle print is ideal for being business-appropriate and stylish.

INDY BRAND

Go Outside Classic Fit Tee

So cute and comfortable, we are obsessed with the calming green tone and retro word art on this perfect summer top. The fabric is high quality with a bit of stretch, so it fits lots of body types. Plus you’ll be so motivated to embrace the day with joy when you wear this inspirational message.

THE SHINE PROJECT

18K Gold Plated Mantra Necklace

The Shine Project has had college students make gorgeous jewelry by hand from the beginning. Through the program Ashley Lemieux started, The Shine Project works to support struggling college youth by offering them jobs and a marketable skill. The company also allocates a percentage of each purchase toward scholarships for more young adults with limitless potential but limited resources. The organization has given away more than 80 scholarships and offered many jobs to underprivileged adolescents in the U.S. through the years.

Utah-Made Gifts to Show Your Mom You Love Her

By | All Posts, Beauty, DIY, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Home, Inspiration

In case you missed all the incredible vendors we had at this year’s Salt Lake Women’s Show, we have gotten together a list of some of the best for giving your mom a great Mother’s Day. Take a look at these local merchants who do incredible handmade work right in your backyard.

For the Chronic Picture-Taker

She values memories above all else. Take the work out of it for her a get a professional to take photos of her and the whole clan. Pink Rose Photography does gorgeous work in Salt Lake and Utah Counties and will make your entire family feel comfortable and look beautiful.

For the Active Mom

Clothing: Get your mom some high quality workout wear from Belcorva. Perfect for runners, yogis, and weightlifters, Belcorva’s pieces offer versatility, quality, and unique pocket designs perfect for any busy mom.

Workouts: There is no better gift than spending time together. Register you and your mom a great activity to do together like a kickboxing class with I Love Kickboxing, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at Etude Fitness, or Barre Sculpt with Core 7. Working up a sweat together is a great time to bond.

For the Sweet Tooth Lover

If your mom is always happy with chocolate or strawberries, give her something a little different this year from one of these gourmet boutique brands. Sweet Tooth Fairy has cupcakes in every shape and flavor; while Farmhouse Fudge makes rich and decadent gooey goodness.

For the Mom Needing a Night Out

Today is the perfect day to try something new. Spice things up for your mom by sharing a great memory with her. Topgolf has a casual, super social atmosphere with the easiest golf you could play, food and drinks; and Painting with a Twist hosts evenings that give you a chance to get back in touch with your creative side.

For the Interior Decorator

There’s certainly no place like home, and if you’re anything like us, you know that part of home’s appeal is Mom’s unique and cheerful aesthetic. Check out handmade crafts from CB Creations, get some high quality paint from Chalk Couture for the Do-It-Yourselfer, support women from Kenya with Imani’s handmade home furnishings.

For the Mom Who Needs Some Zen

It’s no secret that being a mom is stressful. For the momma who has a lot on her plate, there will be nothing she’ll appreciate more than the chance to unwind. Set her up for some much-deserved rest and relaxation with a luxurious bath bomb from Bombin Baths, give her skin the royal treatment with products from Beauty Counter, and then finish with a new makeover utilizing locally made boutique makeup from Lemon Loves Meringue.

For the Fashionista

We all know that clothing is the trickiest gift to buy for others. These Utah home-grown brands provide great customer service, have modern, fresh takes on apparel, and make quality the highest priority. Your mom’s fabulous look will be covered from head to toe with hats from Gigi Pip, dresses from EmmaLou, and shoes from Copper Threads.

Brushless Beauty: How to Be Beautiful Without Makeup

By | All Posts, Beauty, Health & Fitness, Inspiration

We all love a good winged eyeliner or popping matte lip color, but today our objective is to focus on what’s beneath all that. Try one of these tips or all of them, and we guarantee you will feel more centered, alive and naturally beautiful.

Believe You Are Beautiful…and it Will Be True

Step one of today’s tutorial… is to take all your makeup off, sit yourself in front of a mirror, and take five uninterrupted minutes to appreciate just how gorgeous you truly are. Try to find personal time and a quiet place where you will be able to enjoy the silence and stillness while taking in your own demeanor just as God created it. Stripped away of “tools,” tell yourself the features you have that are unique and lovely. What is your favorite thing about your face, skin, eyes, lips, etc.?

It’s even more reassuring to go as far as thanking yourself or complimenting your features out loud. We know it may not be for everyone, as it toes the line of some new age jiggy woo-woo, but if you’re open to it, you’ll be amazed at the power of talking to your own being. Practice finishing the phrase, “Thank you {blank} for {blank.}” Such as “Thank you nose, for the sweet way you upturn just slightly,” or “Thank you eyes for the flecks of green you have that sparkle.” Think of the session as a form of meditation, and by the end of a short 5-10 minutes, you should feel a renewed sense of peace and self-assurance…a state of being that will make you look younger right off the bat.

Feed Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

Water, whole food, vitamins…and repeat. One of the best ways to keep your teeth white and skin firm is to start from deep beneath the surface. The right food and sustenance is imperative to keeping all of your parts looking their best. Olive oil is great for keeping the skin soft and supple, green tea increases elasticity, and kale keeps your largest organ firm. Soft cheeses help your teeth stay white, and eggs will make your nails strong. Also recommit to taking in ALL the water you need every day, and make the multivitamin sitting on your shelf a consistent part of your daily routine.

Care for Your Skin From Head to Toe

Finding the right facial mask or peel for your skin type is a great way to start when you’re looking to go foundation-free. Once you’ve tested a few products out and you think you have a winner, start doing treatments to your face at least twice a week. Freeing your face from dead skin while cleaning pores and addressing any other skin issues you may have will create the gorgeous canvas needed to let your eyes, lips and other unique features pop. But remember that your face isn’t the only skin people see: using a mask or exfoliant for the rest of your body will make your showers more luxurious and more productive for you in the long run. There are also great DIY recipes all over the web to keep costs low.

Determine the Finishing Touches

Now that you’ve done everything you can to bring your inner beauty outward, decide what small physical elements would make you feel polished and put together even when you’re makeup free. Shaping your eyebrows by waxing or microblading, hydrating and styling your hair with organic products, and choosing your wardrobe thoughtfully are all great ways to express personal style and confidence without ever picking up a brush. This is especially liberating during the warm months of spring and summer—so give it a try today! It’s time to stop stressing that all your makeup will sweat off (because you’re not wearing any), wear that springy dress you weren’t sure you had the legs for, and work that hairstyle you’ve been obsessing about on Pinterest. We hope these tips will help you feel even more beautiful inside and out.