Get Perfect Lashes with Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara – $10 from Target

Hello there lovelies! Are you ready for some backyard barbecuing this weekend? We are! But first we wanted to share a great beauty find with you! Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara is the perfect lash enhancer for any eco-friendly girl! It’s made from all natural ingredients, is never tested on animals, and would only be rated a 1 or 2 on the Environmental Working Group’s Skindeep Cosmetic Database!

We love this mascara because it contains 100% natural fibers to help you achieve a subtle false lash effect and leave all the flaky stuff behind. Now be warned this isn’t like an intense false lash look, but more of a natural false lash look (see the box). It even comes packaged in a cute pink leaf-shaped tube with a recyclable brush! Physician’s Formula promises 24 hour wear, and we would agree that it lasts mostly the whole day, which is perfect for a girl on the go. We didn’t have any issues with smudging or smearing, but you need to give it some extra time to dry. And with most mascaras, if you want a truly dramatic effect it’s best to curl your lashes and apply several coats (probably two). Some users really weren’t huge fans of this mascara, but we would give it a solid 4/5 stars.

You can easily pick up this Fake Out Mascara at most drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Riteaid), at Target, Walmart, or online for under $10! We really want to try out Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara next. Have you tried either? What did you think?

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3 Natural Nail Care Recipes

Manicure

Manicure (Photo credit: trec_lit)

Happy Friday Ladies (and Gentlemen)! We hope your week was beautiful, and if it wasn’t then perhaps trying out these recipes this weekend will send it back in the right direction! Many of the products that nail salons use are effective but full of nasty chemicals. What’s a girl to do? Abandon all nail care? We think that isn’t really an option. Instead try out these simple, natural DIY recipes to give yourself a manicure at home.

Follow it up with some eco-friendly ZOYA polish and your hands will be good to go! So here are the recipes 🙂

Natural Cuticle Softener

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – yup that’s all you need. Soak your nails in undiluted apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and then clean up the cuticle bed with a nail pusher. Don’t like the smell of apple cider vinegar? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil… or just follow this up with a delicious smelling hand scrub!

Natural Nail Strengthening Soak

  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbs honey

Just mix the ingredients in a small bowl and soak your nails in it for 10-15 minutes. Follow up with cuticle oil. We love using apricot or almond oil as cuticle oil!

Natural Apricot Hand Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

     

  • 2 tbs apricot oil

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and then massage into your hands! Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel! Try not to eat this delicious scrub!

Have you ever given yourself a complete manicure at home? Or do you usually just head to the salon?

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Sustainable Fashion Part 2

A few weeks ago we did a post about 3 places that we love to shop sustainable fashion online. This week we’ve got 3 more!

Indigenous 

Flirt Skirt from Indigenous – $79.

This shop carries fair trade & organic men’s and women’s clothing lines. Indigenous works with local artisans to provide them educational materials, financing, and equipment that couldn’t be afforded otherwise. We are big fans of the “flirt skirt” in a fantastic teal color for $79.  It’s also available in merlot!

Prana

You can shop Prana in person and online. You can find anything from adorable yoga clothing to casual wear to wear-to-work pieces. The company uses organic

Nadia dress from Prana – $45

cotton and recycled polyester in their garments whenever possible. They also work with fair trade artisans to create a few great pieces for their men’s and women’s clothing lines. Prana has also made efforts to streamline their manufacturing practices and packaging to reduce waste. Besides their yoga pants, we are coveting the Nadia dress in black, on sale for $45!

American Apparel

Image from American Apparel

While not everything from American Apparel is made from organic fabrics, they do have one big advantage over many other clothing companies: they are sweatshop free and made in the good old U.S.A.! Reducing the environmental impact of transporting clothing can significantly reduce the negative impacts of the fashion industry on the environment and impoverished workers around the world. And hey, SOME of their t-shirts and underwear are available in organic cotton.

Do you try to shop sustainable clothing?

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Hair Health: DIY Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Leave-in conditioners are great for many reasons. They detangle hair, add shine, and most importantly add moisture. If you live in a dry climate, or if the winter weather is wreaking havoc on your hair we’ve got some simple alternative sto expensive leave-in conditioners! You can whip up these conditioning sprays with things you likely have at home. Store your conditioning spray in an old spray bottle (thoroughly washed) or any spray bottle of your choice.

Super Simple Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. distilled water (this will prevent bacteria from growing)
  • 1 oz. olive oil or almond oil
  • 1 oz. of your favorite conditioner (we love Yest To Carrots!)
  • 1 spray bottle

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a clean spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Mist over damp hair like you would any other conditioning spray!

All Natural Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 fluid oz aloe vera gel (be sure it is 100% aloe vera gel, otherwise you’ll get yucky additives)
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops jojoba oil
  • Optional: small amount of vegetable glycerin, only if you let your hair air-dry
  • Distilled water
  • 4 oz spray bottle

Directions:

  1. Combine the aloe vera gel through the vegetable glycerin in the 4 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Add distilled water to fill the bottle.
  3. Shake to mix before each use.

This spray works amazingly well as a detangler, a leave-in conditioner, and a curl refresher!

Do you use a leave-in conditioner?

 

DIY Skin Care: Oatmeal Skin Smoother

Image from Women Z Mag.

Sometimes your skin needs a little refreshing, but abrasive scrubs can just be too much. Today we’ve got a recipe for a mask or smoother that provides very gentle exfoliation and leaves your skin so soft and smooth! The best part is you can mix up the dry ingredients and store them in a jar for an easy mask/smoother anytime!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal (you can grind oats in a food processor or coffee grinder)
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • Purified water

Directions:

  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Put the ingredients in a glass jar or storage container of your choice. It should keep for at least 6 months stored this way.
  • To create a scrub or mask add 2 tsp. of scrub mixture with 1 to 2 tsp water until a paste is formed.
  • Let the mixture stand and thicken for 1 minute.
  • Apply with your fingers and massage into your face and throat. If you are using it as a scrub rinse with water, if you are using it as a mask let it sit and dry for 20 to 30 minutes.

A fun variation would be adding ground dried lavender or chamomile tea leaves for an extra soothing experience! Have you used an oatmeal mask before?

DIY Moisturizing Hand Mask: Great For At-Home Manicures!

Today we’ve got the perfect DIY spa recipe (adapted from Green Beauty Recipes) that delivers the TLC your hands deserve. This would be great if you work a lot with you hands or if winter weather has them dry. If you are doing an at home spa day or manicure why not try this mask after shaping your nails and trimming cuticles? All you need are 4 simple ingredients for softer, happier hands 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp fine sugar or salt
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 raw egg yolk OR 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp full-fat cream (you could use soy if you are only using vegan products)

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  2. Apply a generous layer of the mask to your hands and massage it into your fingertips. Or if you are lucky get someone to do it for you.
  3. Put on some gloves or plastic bags and let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes you can rinse off the mask with warm water.

*** You can only store this mixture in your fridge for a week if you use olive oil instead of an egg.

If you are looking for some fun ways to change up this mask consider adding your favorite essential oils. Lavender works great for relaxing, but citrus essential oils would be perfect in a salt mask.

How do you keep your hands looking healthy during the winter?

3 Places To Shop Sustainable Fashion

Glam Noir Dress – $88 from Mata Traders

This year we are trying to make better purchases. Better for us, the environment, and our wallets. So we’ve been hunting for some affordable and sustainable clothing lines. It is so hard to find “sustainable clothing” that isn’t just yoga pants and t-shirts! A girl’s (and a guy’s) gotta wear more than just lounge wear!

Here are three places you can shop for more sustainable clothing and accessories. We promise you will find more than organic t-shirts, although they usually have these too!

  1. Mata Traders – This online shop is stocked   fair trade finds. The dresses are adorable, and so are their tops. You can feel good about making a purchase that supports fair trade practices and empowers your fellow woman! We are loving this polka-dotted little black dress with a sweetheart neckline! Perfect for date night 🙂

    Melanie Dress – $50 from Threads for Thought

  2. Threads for Thought – A great shop   organic cotton basics and some adorable dresses and tops. You can even find some of their goods at Whole Foods. Our favorite part about this brand is that they are affordable! The Melanie dress is only $50!
  3. Green Heart Shop – Another great fair trade online shop featuring clothing and accessories, as well as goodies for your home and kitchen! Fair trade not only ensures that workers receive a fair wage for their work, but also ensures environmental sustainability, supports participatory workplaces, and protects cultural identity. The prices are pretty reasonable and they have some great pieces that you could even rock to work. We are totally smitten with their Maureen Dress for $92.

    Maureen Dress – $92 from Green Heart Shop

    This stunner paired with a blazer would work for any office or board room!

Have you stumbled upon any great sustainable fashion lines? If so share with us and our readers so we can all make more knowledgeable and kind purchases!

DIY Skincare: Firming Eye Oil

Perhaps one of your resolutions for 2013 was to better about moisturizing? Or perhaps this winter weather has your skin dry and irritated? This recipe for Firming Eye Oil was adapted from Julie Gabriel’s book Green Beauty Recipes. The ingredients are pretty easy to pick up at a Whole Foods, Natural Grocery Store, or order online. Whenever you are applying an eye cream or oil be sure to pat the moisturizer into your delicate skin around your eye. RESIST THE URGE TO RUB AND PULL! That damages the sensitive skin around your eyes and works to undo what this beautiful oil is made for. We like applying this oil after we are all washed up and ready for bed. The oil may be a little too much for under makeup in the AM.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp. evening primrose oil
  • 1 tsp. rosehip oil
  • 20 drops black currant oil (you can find this in the supplement section in capsules. Just break open the capsules and add to your mixture.)
  • 1 ml vitamin E
  • 1 2 or 3 oz very clean glass bottle with dropper applicator (we love the blue bottles that Whole Foods carries sometimes!)
  • 1 small funnel

Directions:

  • Make sure the bottle is very clean to prevent anything weird from growing in your oil.
  • Pour all the ingredients into your glass bottle (here is where the funnel might come in handy). Put the lid on it and shake it to mix thoroughly.
  • We recommend shaking it before each use.
  • To apply simply shake, then use the dropper to get some oil. Drop a few drops on your finger and pat onto clean skin. Remember pat the moisturizer in, don’t rub!

This firming eye oil will keep for about a year if stored in a cool, clean place. What do you usually do to take care of your delicate eye area?

Y&L Style Picks: EcoTools Travel Mineral Brush Kit

EcoTools Mineral Travel Brush Kit ~ $10 on Amazon or at Target.

We are starting a new series, Y&L Style Picks, where we share our favorite tools, pieces, and products that will keep you looking and feeling stylish. To start off our series we have our favorite travel brush kit by EcoTools. This 5-piece set includes a baby kabuki brush, blush brush, concealer brush, and shadow brush that fit nicely in the canvas pouch. The handles are made of sustainable bamboo, and the bristles are 100% cruelty free (made from synthetic but oh so soft fibers). Another bonus, EcoTools is a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning they donate 1% of annual revenue to environmental causes! Currently EcoTools’ 1% goes to EarthShare and Wildlife Alliance.

These brushes are affordable and easy to find, and make fantastic stocking stuffers. The 5-piece kit can be picked up at most Targets or Whole Foods, or ordered online at Amazon for around $10. It’s so nice to have eco-friendly brushes that fit conveniently in my purse or carry-on luggage without spending a fortune. The brushes are perfect for mineral makeup, and the only brush we are missing is one for applying gel eyeliner (oh well, you can’t win them all)! We recently bought these for when we are traveling, and had the chance to test them out—we were not disappointed! Foundation and blush blend nicely, and concealer is easy to apply with this set. And if you are feeling creative you could personalize your canvas case with fabric paint or stamps.

What do you think? Have you tried these brushes out?

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Maybe some new quality makeup brushes are topping your Christmas list, or maybe you already made the investment in some great tools. Either way brush care and cleaning is essential for keeping both your tools and your skin looking good. Brushes and applicators accumulate dirt, oil, and bacteria with use, and eventually that stuff starts to take a toll on your skin—clogged pores, irritation, and breakouts!

Fear not! We have a simple and safe way for you to keep your brushes clean and free of bacteria. You’ll just need to assemble a few simple ingredients:

  • Baby Shampoo – We like California Baby or Aveeno Organic Baby Shampoo. Castile soap would also work here.
  • Water
  • Olive Oil or Almond Oil
  • Clean sponge or towel

There are 4 basic steps:

  1. Wet the bristles under the faucet with luke-warm water (the bristles should be pointing downwards to prevent water from getting in the metal band or down the handle.
  2. Squirt some shampoo or castile soap onto your clean fingers and apply it to the bristles of the brush creating a nice lather. You could also use the sponge or towel here if you prefer (which helps to show that the brush is actually clean when it stops giving off color). Rinse the bristles and repeat until the water runs clear.
  3. Squeeze out the excess water and lay your brushes on a towel to dry.
  4. Let your brushes dry COMPLETELY before using. Never stand the brushes with the bristles up to dry. This lets water get into the handle and can cause bristles to fall out (oh no!).

You may be wondering what the oil is for. If you have very dirty brushes with caked on makeup, like a liner brush, then you want to use the oil before the soap to loosen dried makeup. How often should you clean your brushes?

  • Foundation , Finish Powder & Blush Brushes – Once per week
  • Eyeshadow & Concealer Brushes – 2 to 3 times per week
  • Eyeliner Brushes – Ideally after each use, especially if you use a sealant or waterproof liner.

We know it’s a pain, but keeping your brushes clean is so important for maintaining healthy skin. At least try to give all your brushes a clean one day a week. Do you practice good brush hygiene? How often do you clean your brushes?

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