10 Simple Steps to Feel Pretty Right Now

Do you ever have those days where you just feel plain old BLAH?

You know..those days where you just want to throw your hair up, wear no makeup, baggy clothes, and stuff your face with every single toxic food you can get your hands on?

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Well, STOP right now!

When you are feeling down these are some of the worst things you can do to yourself.  It is complete and utter self sabotage (I am speaking from experience here-can you tell?!?)

Sometimes you just need a little boost.  And here are some things that always make me feel a little more girly, a little prettier, and a little more confident. Here we go!

1.)  GET A MANI/PEDI.  IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT, A QUICK FRESH COAT OF NAIL POLISH ON YOUR NAILS AND TOOTSIES WILL DO THE JOB!

I always, always feel way better after a mani/pedi.  I feel clean, and polished and nice and girly!

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2.)  PUT ON YOUR FAVOURITE SHADE OF LIPSTICK, A TOUCH OF MASCARA AND A SWEEP OF BRONZER TO GIVE YOURSELF THAT HEALTHY GLOW.

These products have to be my go to beauty essentials.  The wonders of bronzers, mascara and a great lipstick shade can do wonders for your complexion and give you that glow from within look-no matter how dull you feel inside!

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3.  CURL YOUR HAIR INTO BIG LOOSE WAVES.  OR IF YOU HAVE TIME, FRESHLY WASH ND BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR SMOOTH.

A sleek, bouncy hairstyle can add a little pep to your step.  Seriously, bedhead never made anybody feel better…

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4.  EXFOLIATE YOUR ENTIRE BODY, SHAVE YOUR LEGS AND MOISTURIZE WITH A THICK LUXURIOUS BODY BUTTER.

There is something about getting rid of the dead skin cells and having smooth touchable skin.  Choose your favourite scented body butter to give your senses a boost.

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5.  PUT ON A GREAT OUTFIT (YOU KNOW, THAT GO TO OUTFIT THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT.)  ADD A PAIR OF HEELS.

Heels always fit…and you must have a favourite pair, I know I do!  A great outfit can make you feel like a new person.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something that makes you feel pretty and confident.

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6.  SPRITZ YOURSELF WITH YOUR FAVOURITE PERFUME.

Perfume is usually associated with getting ready for a special event or night out, so a quick spritz can help reignite those feelings of positivity instantly.

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7.  SWEAT IT OUT!  GET A QUICK 15 MINUTE WORKOUT IN AND REAP THE MANY BENEFITS!

What can I say, this is my FAVOURITE option.  I LOVE exercise.  Any and all forms of it.  Even if you don’t love it while you’re doing it (which btw you should be doing exercise that you love) there is no doubt you will feel amazing afterward.  Sweat it out!!!

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8.  TWEEZE THOSE BROWS!  DON’T GET ALL TWEEZER HAPPY, BUT A LITTLE CLEANUP CAN GO A LONG WAY!  FILL IN THE SPARSE AREAS WITH YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT.

Brows that are out of control and growing in places where they are not meant to be can just make you feel gross.  Clean up your brows and it will instantly make you feel cleaner, fresher and frame your eye area.

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9.  PUT ON YOUR FAVOURITE SET OF BRA AND PANTIES ON UNDERNEATH YOUR CLOTHES.  IT GIVES AN INSTANT LITTLE BOOST KNOWING THEY’RE UNDER THERE.

Seriously, this works.  I know when I feel crappy I want to reach for my old faithfuls like the worn out bra and the comfy undies.  But why can’t you have comfort AND look good?  A cute or sexy set really does give you a boost!

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10.  DRINK A LARGE GLASS OF LEMON WATER (EITHER ROOM TEMPERATURE OR WARM) WITH A GIANT HEALTHY SALAD.

You will feel better putting this into your body and not have to worry about the guilt.  Your body will be satisfied and it will help beat the bloat!  You will feel more energized versus sluggish from sugar or refined carbs.  Choose the greens!

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You will be surprised what a little lipstick can do for your well being.  Please don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all about the physical appearance!  Although sometimes, when you polish yourself on the outside, it can give you that extra push to take steps to heal yourself inside. Win-Win if you ask me!

These are the things that make me feel better personally that I have have been my go to’s forever.  You don’t have to do them all at once.  Even just one from the list can give you a huge boost.

I hope this brings a little sunshine to a day where you are feeling a little down!

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DIY Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I like to use this DIY facial cleanser once every other day in the mornings to wash my face.  It gently exfoliates, detoxifies and moisturizes my skin after a nights rest.

I would suggest only using this cleanser once per week if you have very dry or sensitive skin, as the baking soda may cause irritation if used too often.

I would not recommend using this cleanser to remove makeup or around the mouth or eye area.  Please also do a patch test before using all over your face 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/2 c coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder (or the contents of about 5-6 capsules)

1 tbsp baking soda

6 drops Frankincense essential oil (I use Young Living)

6 drops Lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)

A few quick facts about the amazing ingredients in this cleanser:

Coconut Oil is antibacterial, anti fungal, and moisturizing.  Naturally!

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Activated Charcoal Powder draws out bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other unwanted toxins to the surface of skin.

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Baking Soda is great for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells.  It also brightens the complexion.

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Lavender Essential Oil is calming and can help with certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles.  It is also anti fungal.

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Frankincense Essential Oil is used to reduce inflammation as well as disinfect.

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Make this Exfoliating Cleanser:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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Mix all ingredients well.  I used a fork and it worked just fine. (You can also use a whisk if you like)

Try to get as many lumps out as possible, but don’t worry too much because the coconut oil will melt once it is warmed by your hands and face.

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Transfer the mixture to glass air tight container.  Allow to set for a few hours.  Store covered in a cool, dark place.

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Don’t worry if the consistency changes, as coconut oil tends to harden and liquify depending on its surroundings.

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Here is what is looks like:

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How to Use as a Facial Wash/Scrub:

  1. With warm water, wet a face cloth and hold over entire face for about 30 seconds to open up your pores.
  2. Take a small amount of the cleanser in your hands and gently apply all over face (avoiding lip and eye area completely)
  3. Gently massage the product in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
  4. Wet your face cloth again with warm water and hold over face for a few seconds.  Repeat this motion a few times until the product loosens up.
  5. Use the wet face cloth to remove any excess product from face.  (Remember be gentle!)
  6. Splash face with cold water to close pores.
  7. Pat face dry with a clean towel.
  8. Moisturize with either a tiny bit of coconut oil or your favourite moisturizer.

As mentioned before, use once per week if sensitive or dry skin.  I use this every other day only in the morning.

Please note I am not an expert and this is only my opinion from my personal experience using this recipe.  If you have serious skin issues, please consult your dermatologist prior to trying this and always patch test!

ENJOY!!

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Coconut Coffee Body Scrub DIY

This stuff smells so good I am seriously tempted to ingest it!!!  I probably could…but shouldn’t…right?

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Ingredients:

1 cup ground coffee

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp White sugar

  1.   Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add liquified coconut oil and blend well (mixture will seem watery but the coconut oil will set and harden)
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3. Store in an airtight container (I let mine set in the fridge for a few hours so I could use it that night)

TO USE:  Wet skin and massage in a circular motion.  Rinse with warm water.  You may require a little bit of soap to remove the “coffee stains”.  

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Smells incredibleeeeeee.

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DETOX BATH

Why take a detox bath?  Oh so many reasons!  One of which being the fact that it eases headaches which are the plague that has followed me for the past 3.5 darn years.

Some benefits of Detox Baths:

Ease stress and relax the body

Relieve pain and muscle cramps

Help muscles and nerves function properly

Help prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots

Make insulin more effective

Relieve constipation

Eliminate toxins from the body

Everyone can benefit from a detox bath.  Especially if you suffer from Chronic Illness or Lyme Disease, detox baths can be great, BUT please go slow and check with your doctor before trying anything like this.  Detox baths have been known to cause a herx.  So please proceed with caution!!!

HERE IS ONE OF THE DETOX BATHS THAT I DO:

1 c 35% food grade *Hydrogen Peroxide 
1 c Epsom Salts
1 c Baking Soda
Tri-Salts (for drinking before and after the bath)
  1. Start to draw your bath, not TOO hot, but enough so that you will break a sweat.
  2. Drink 1 tsp tri salts in 2 cups of water before you get in the bath.  
  3. Pour yourself a large glass of water to sip while in the tub.  Also prep another glass of water with tri salts as above to drink after the bath.
  4. Add Baking Soda, *H2O2 and Epsom salts to your bath, allow to fill up all the way, and then swish around to make sure everything has dissolved.  (You want to be careful with the 35% *H2O2, as it can burn your skin if not diluted properly!)
  5. Get in the tub and immerse as much of your body as possible under water.  Be careful not to touch face or eyes with the water because of the *H2O2.  Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  6. If you are ok after 10 minutes, set the timer for another 10.
  7. Drain bath water and don’t get up until the water has completely drained.  Use this time to drink another 1 tsp tri salts in 2 cups of water.
  8. Once the bath has drained, slowly and carefully stand up.  Rinse off with soap and cool water.  You want to wash away all those toxins your body just worked so hard to sweat out.
  9. Relax for 15 minutes or take a short nap if you need to following your detox bath.  Be sure to continue to stay well hydrated!!!!

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Beauty Tip

Do you ever wonder how old one of your makeup/skincare products is?  Or how long one product in particular lasts you?

Wonder no more!  Simply write the date you purchased the product on a small sticky label and place it under the product! 

Genius! 😃

  
I used these Avery all purpose labels (1/2″ x 3/4″):  

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