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3 Beauty Hacks That You Can Make At Home

3 Beauty Hacks That You Can Make At Home

Beauty shouldn’t be complicated but in today’s world, there’s always a new and improved line that you MUST try for the sake of being beautiful: a miracle product that will reverse your frizzy hair, eliminate your dry skin or make your wrinkles disappear. While many of these products make the promise of providing an easy beauty solution, some also promise a safer alternative offering a “natural” version free of toxic chemicals. If you take a closer look at the label of your favorite beauty products or their “natural” counterparts, you’ll notice they are very complicated, filled with chemicals you probably can’t pronounce, much less want to put on your skin.

Beauty doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, I insist that it shouldn’t be complicated at all. With a few simple, safe and natural ingredients you can start making your very own beauty products from eyeliner to lotion and everything in between. These are beauty products that can be customized to address your areas of need and best of all chemical free. Here are 3 beauty hacks that you can make at home.

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1. Body Lotion

Lotion is the first must try beauty hack since it’s very simple to make, only requiring 2 main ingredients as a base, a butter of choice and an oil. Shea butter is a popular choice because of its benefits include moisturizing, reducing inflammation and skin smoothing but if that is too thick for you, making Avocado Butter is a nice, lighter alternative. A few oil options include Castor, Coconut or Avocado; they all offer their own benefits so this is a great place to start customizing. You can always jazz up your lotion by adding a mix of oils and butters and essential oils for fragrance and aromatherapy benefits. Here’s your basic lotion recipe, as shared by Detoxinista.

2. Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover

The options for store-bought facial cleansers and make up removers are infinite. How can one settle on the best option for them when there are so many to choose from? Not to mention there is usually a different product to remove makeup, one to cleanse the skin, one to tone, moisturize, fight wrinkles and the list goes on…and on. By the time you’ve selected your staples for your beauty arsenal you are six deep into products just for your face! Who has time for that?!

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Save yourself time AND money by trying oil cleansing. Yes, you read that right, I want you to cleanse your skin with oil. Before you knock it, try it. Die-hard fans of the oil cleansing method boast clearer skin, reduced acne and naturally glowing skin. The best part is all you need is the oil and a cloth and it doubles as a makeup remover! Wellness Mama goes more in depth about the science behind the Oil Cleansing Method, how to do it and how to make a custom oil blend for your skin type.

3. Eyebrow Tint

Semi-permanent eyebrow tinting, aka eyebrow tattooing is becoming more and more popular. A full face makeup look is not complete without perfectly sculpted brows and let’s face it, many of us don’t grow beautiful naturally sculpted brows so we have to rely on brow pencils, stencils and eyeshadow to achieve the look.

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Even creating a natural makeup looks seems a bit odd with sparse brows, but who has time to fill in their brows everyday? A more semi-permanent option is an eyebrow tattoo where the pigment is tattooed on creating the look you want with less time spent in the mirror applying makeup. Here’s a few things to consider: the tattoo is semi-permanent; if you don’t like the shape or color, you can’t just wipe it off and start over. The procedure is costly; reputable technicians start around $650 and go up from there. Lastly, it’s a TATTOO on your face!

Yup, that last one might be enough for you to want to throw in the towel but here’s an easy, natural eyebrow tinting beauty hack that you can make at home using only four natural ingredients and it can last up to two weeks! Chiutips on YouTube shows you how:

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Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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