LUSH Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar in Tin – Image by Jackie Blizzard
Happy Friday everybody! We hope your week was beautiful! Two weeks ago we reviewed LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar, a traveling girl’s best friend. It’s a great shampoo for normal hair, but what if your locks need a little more love? We’d recommend going with LUSH”s Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar then. It has jasmine for a divine scent and shea butter to give your hair a moisturizing boost.
We tested this shampoo bar out on our last adventure and it was awesome! Simply rub the bar between your hands while you are in the shower to create a lather. Then apply the suds to your hair and shampoo as normal. If your hair is on the drier side follow up with conditioner, but if your hair is more oily, the Godiva bar provides plenty of moisture! To care for your solid shampoo bar leave the lid off and let it dry for a few hours. Then put the tin lid back on and it’s ready to go! We had no issues with leaky shampoo using this method!
So have you given thought to switching to solid shampoo? If not, what is holding you back?!!!
Happy Friday all you beautiful people out there! Today we wanted to share an awesome beauty find, LUSH’s Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar! This powerful shampoo bar is the perfect solution to an overflowing toiletry bag when you are flying. Because this shampoo is solid there is no need to try to squeeze it into your quart-sized plastic bag! Girls rejoice and don’t feel guilty for packing that extra lip gloss.
LUSH Shampoo Bar Tin – $3.95
LUSH has 13 different solid shampoo bars to choose from, but we are big fans of this Squeaky Green scent. Herbal and fresh with hints of rosemary, Squeaky Green is perfect for any hair type. Still looking to create room in your toiletry bag while traveling? They make solid conditioner too (and it doubles as shaving soap)! How might you transport this bar once it get’s wet? LUSH has adorable metal tins to store your shampoo and conditioning bars. Or you could get really thrifty and reuse a hand salve tin. Have you ever used solid shampoo or conditioner?
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
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
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
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
4 oz spray bottle
Combine the aloe vera gel through the vegetable glycerin in the 4 oz. spray bottle.
Add distilled water to fill the bottle.
Shake to mix before each use.
This spray works amazingly well as a detangler, a leave-in conditioner, and a curl refresher!
We’ve all heard it before: what you eat plays a big role in the way you look AND how you feel. Most people’s New Years resolutions involve eating healthier and exercising. And if this is part of your goal for 2013, you’ll be happy to know your skin and hair will also see great results! We suggest adding some of these foods to your diet to achieve a slimmer waist line and beautiful skin. And better yet, we’ve paired each up with a recipe for some green DIY skin care!
Almonds – these seeds (no they are not nuts) are full of Vitamin E, which are helpful in blocking harsh UV rays from the sun! The key is to not overdo it on the seeds/nuts, about 20 almonds a day is the perfect snack.
Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, or collard greens are a great way to pack in some extra nutrients without packing on the calories. These green veggies are high in water (great for smoothing wrinkles) and nutrients (for restoring and protecting your body’s cells), and have been shown to reduce cancer risks in some people.
Flax Seeds – High in Omega-3 fatty-acids, flax seeds are well equipped to erase spots and fine lines on your face. They are great for irritated skin! We suggest sprinkling some ground flax seeds (you must grind them to get their nutritional benefit) on your oatmeal, cereal, or in a smoothie.
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!
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
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!
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!
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?
Has all this holiday shopping and prep work got you losing sleep? If your eyes are weary, puffy, or dried out try this great natural DIY eye mask to rehydrate, tighten, and diminish puffiness around your eyes.
2 tsp. cucumber or raw potato, peeled, seeded, and finely grated
1 tsp. powdered milk
Combine ingredients using a spoon and glass bowl, or a mortar and pestle until a smooth thick paste forms.
Let chill for 30 minutes, then add a few drops of water if the mixture needs to be thinned out.
Apply the mixture to your entire eye area and leave on for 10 minutes. Take these 10 minutes to lie down, breathe deeply, and meditate.
Rinse with cool water to remove.
You can use this eye mask 1-2 times per week, but you shouldn’t store it. Make it as you need it. What is your favorite eye treatment?
We have shared a few recipes for DIY beauty treatments here on Y&L, and don’t worry we still have more to share! But we thought today we’d share some beauty books that are at the top of our Christmas wish list! These books are full of great recipes, style advice, and inspiration. Enjoy 🙂
In 10 chapters, author Melissa Hellstern shares the wisdom and spirit of one of the world’s most adorably beautiful women: Audrey Hepburn. This book covers both external and internal growth and beauty. A must read for any Audrey fan, and any woman really! Available for just $12.89 on Amazon.
Dry and dull winter skin is no fun. Exfoliating is essential to restoring your skin’s glow. We recommend using a homemade sugar scrub in the shower and follow with a body oil or your favorite lotion. Store the scrub in an airtight glass jar, or you could use a plastic container. If you find you love the recipe, this sugar scrub would also make the perfect gift for your sister, mom, aunt, or friends this holiday season. Just put the scrub in a pretty jar with a handmade label, and tie a little wooden spoon on for easy scooping! There are so many variations you could try with this recipe—using different base oils, mixing different combinations of essential oils, adding vitamin e, and the list goes on. Our recipe is for a sweet smelling scrub—it smells so sweet you’ll want to eat it (but we don’t recommend that)! All you need is a few ingredients, a glass storage jar, and about 5 minutes of your time!
1 cup brown sugar (we like to use organic fair trade brown sugar; you could also use 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup white sugar)
1/2 cup almond oil (we prefer the milder scent of almond oil, but you could use olive oil, apricot oil, etc.)
1-2 tbsp honey (again we prefer organic!)
1 tsp vitamin e (optional – some people are sensitive to vitamin e)
6 drops vanilla essential oil
4-5 drops lemon or orange essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a storage jar (we prefer a glass jar) and store in your shower.
When you are ready to refresh your skin use a clean spoon to scoop out scrub from the jar. Then use your hands or a wash cloth to gently rub in the scrub.
Rinse when you are done and apply a body oil before toweling off.
Have you made sugar scrub before? What is your favorite scent combination?
So we shared a recipe for DIY cold cream a while back, a product that we love to use for gently removing our eye makeup. Today though we have an alternative to cold cream that will remove eyeliner and mascara—without the borax! It is super affordable and extremely easy. The great thing about this makeup remover is it will not leave your skin greasy or oily, and it won’t sting. You can even dip a clean cotton swab in it and use the swab to touch up stray mascara or eyeliner!
2 tbsp oil of your choice – olive oil works well here and is very affordable. Opt for organic when possible.
2 tbsp distilled water – it is crucial that the water is distilled to prevent the makeup remover from spoiling.
Add all the ingredients to the airtight container of your choice. Reusing an old bottle is a great alternative or you could pick up a pretty glass bottle.
Shake well before using.
Apply the makeup remover on eyes with clean fingers, a reusable makeup removing pad, or moisten cotton ball and swipe over eyes.
This recipe makes about 1/3 cup of makeup remover and will remain fresh for at least 6 months if you use distilled water. To make your makeup remover last longer be sure to never put dirty fingers or cloth into the bottle. Let us know what you think of this recipe, and if you have any suggestions please share!