Mother’s Day Mani w/ Sparitual

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Good morning beautiful people. This morning I painted my nails with an old favorite – Sparitual “On The Dunes,” a gorgeous pale gold shimmer. The shade was the perfect compliment to my dark complexion, and works well with the black-white-tan wardrobe color scheme I’ve been rocking for the past few months.

I hope you and your loved ones had an amazing day. What are you favorite nail colors to wear?

Until next time!

Get The Look: Seeing Green

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Eyes
Mineral Fusion Smoothing Eye Primer
Silk Naturals Eyeshadow “Emerald”
Earthlab Cosmetics Eyeliner “Black”
Gabriel Cosmetics Concealer “Medium”

Face
Silk Naturals Brow Cream “Deep Brown”
Silk Naturals Oil Control Primer
Gabriel Cosmetics Pressed Powder “Deep Beige”

Lips
Silk Naturals “XXX” Ultra Nude Matte
Gabriel Cosmetics Liner “Chestnut”

I was especially pleased with the color payoff of the eye shadow! From 7 in the morning until I washed my face at night, I experienced zero creasing. The color was just as vibrant 15 hours later! Now that’s impressive! I’m definitely no makeup artist, but I plan to post more makeup looks to demonstrate how nontoxic brands perform. The Silk Naturals brand is extremely affordable, with high quality products that deliver. I’m so happy Nicki Evans put me on!

Until next time!

The Magic of Oils For Skin Care

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Curated Article Originally Published Here

One of the key differences between conventional skin care and natural or organic skin care is not the “active” ingredients such as green tea or vitamin c, which excluding water may make up to about 5% of any product, rather it lies with the base ingredients. In natural skin care, the base ingredients are often a mix of vegetable oils and butters or waxes in contrast to the synthetic ingredients often found in conventional skin care. The use of base oils has enormous benefit for the skin. Instead of being an inert (non-active) synthetic carrier for the active ingredients, base oils contain nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that support and nourish the skin. I would go so far as to count base oils as active ingredients in skin care. So, in fact, in natural products up to 95% of any product has a supportive “active” effect on the skin. In comparison, the synthetic base ingredients in conventional skin care by enlarge, lack significant therapeutic benefit.

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You Don’t Have the Same 24 Hours as Beyonce

 

Hello there, beautiful people.

I’m sure you’ve heard or read the following lie before:

“You have the same 24 hours as Beyonce.”

Um, yeah. Actually, no. You don’t have the same 24 hours. You don’t even have 24 hours.  Beyonce doesn’t either. If you subtract the 8 hours that we’re supposed to be sleeping, and the 10 hours that many of us spend working for someone else and commuting, we are left with 6. How you spend those 6 hours is largely dependent upon your family composition and household obligations (ok, let’s call them labors of love), extracurriculars, and whatever else you’ve got going on. Oh, you have a newborn? You attend night school? You work a second job? You’re going to have to do your own math then, sweetheart. I majored in journalism, and you’ve got too many instances where I’ll have to carry a 1. The point is, you don’t have 24 hours. Continue reading

Health & Beauty Benefits of Clove Oil

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(Originally Published Here)

Clove oil is distilled by steam from the Syzgium aromaticum plant.  This evergreen plant grows twenty-six to thirty-nine feet tall.  It has square leaves and pink colorful flowers that grow in clusters.  The flowers are harvested when they’re less than one inch in length and red in color. Clove flowers are dried in the sun until turning a dark brown color with a hard texture.  The name “clove’ is derived from the Latin word clavus, meaning nail.  This plant is found mainly in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Eastern Africa.

There are three types of clove oil:  Bud, Leaf and Stem.  They are all derived from the same plant, (Syzgium aromaticum), but from different locations.  Bud oil is derived from the flower buds, leaf oil from leaves and stem oil from the twigs. Continue reading

Learning to Embrace the Suck

 

No beauty discussions today, people. I have some disheartening news to share with you: Life is hard.

I really wish I didn’t have to be the one to break that news to you. I really wish it wasn’t true. But if I’ve learned anything in the last 30 years, I’ve learned that life is hard. Sometimes it’s really hard. Various seasons and transitions in your life, even people, will utterly suck. There’s no cave to hide in, no river to cross, and no mountain to climb to avoid the occasional, but certain suck you will experience at one time or another. (Oh, so you wanted to reach a goal, too? Well that’s double the suck. Enjoy that, pumpkin.)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. With that terrible news I offer this caveat: Life becomes exponentially harder when you attempt to avoid the suck. (Stop looking for that cave. You’re embarrassing yourself.) Continue reading

Paving a Path of Intention

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Greetings lovelies!

Long time no type, I know. As is the case with certain creative types, I often struggle with follow-through. I get so excited about a new idea or concept (ooohhh…shiny!), yet sitting still long enough to see a project through to completion always presents the real challenge. In the coming days expect to see a few changes to the blog. I’ve learned quite a bit through my studies at Point Loma, and would like to chat with you about leadership, resilience and change. These “side notes” to our beauty discussions won’t happen very often, but when they do, I think you’ll find our chats useful. That is my hope, at least.

“Creative success means balancing your love of starting things with a habit of finishing them.” @MarieForleo

This quick check-in was simply my way of removing the cobwebs from this online home of mine. More to come!

Sleep beckons. Be well!

Candace