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3 Beauty Hacks That You Can Make At Home

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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