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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 January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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