Beauty from the Kitchen pt 2

The at home beauty tips were my most popular post, so I thought we’d do some more, let’s get right to it!

Fingernail whitening

Fingernail whitening (you had to see this coming):  Being a huge user of polish, I tend to have yellow fingernails, unless I take care of them.  Yes there are products on the market, but there are things in your kitchen and bathroom that also work!                                                                        

  • The first of these is denture cleaner tabs.  Soak your fingers in a bowl with the tabs for approx. 5 minutes, scrub with a soft nail brush or an old tooth-brush.
  • Speaking of old tooth-brush, get out that whitening tooth paste and old tooth-brush and gently brush nails with whitening paste to whiten.        
  • Finally, do you have any of those lemons left from your hair?  Soaking stained nails in lemon juice will work the same for bleaching nails as it does for hair and help to whiten those ten pretties up!   If the lemons are too used to squeeze, that’s ok, rub them on your nails, there are still juices in them that will get on your nails, leave on 10 minutes and wash off.

The Dr Oz Face Mask

For those Dr Oz watchers, (and who isn’t?)  You may have seen in a home remedy segment recently using  a facial mask consisting of honey/mango/sweet potato and wondered how to mix it; (they had a lumpy mess on the show)!  This is a more exacting way to mix the facial mask.  Take the following: 

  • 1 small mango
  • 1 small sweet potato cooked and peeled             
  • 3 to 5 Tablespoons honey  (organic is best)                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Scoop out the mango and potato flesh (the inside) discard the skins, combine with honey in food processor or blender and blend till smooth.  Use the honey adding more or less until slightly thicker. 

Apply to face for approximately 20 minutes, put your feet up and relax!  (WARNING: dogs will want to lick your face!) 

Rinse thoroughly with warm water then cool water.

This made enough for a mask a day for a week, actually more; however, at the end of the week, I discarded the bit that was left, as its preservative free and fresh.  Refrigerate!

 So how does it work?   Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties and will calm down redness and acne.  Mango helps to fight free radicals which prevent wrinkles.  Finally as we learned earlier, honey is a natural antioxidant, with antiseptic properties and natural moisturizers.

I totally loved this mask; my skin felt so soft and not at all tight, really refreshed.  I’ll absolutely keep doing it.

You could also consider adding in some papaya and/or aloe for variations.

 The Ultimate Dry Skin Coconut Cleanser

If you’re like me, and you love these homemade beauty tips, the wonderful reasons they work and the fact that you aren’t risking the possibility of toxins you can get from pre-made products that are out dated, then stick with me and we’ll see what else we can come up with, this is one of my fav’s I hesitated to share, but ok, why not!  This is my coconut cleanser, I love love love the smell of coconut, so this is the one for me, here goes:

  • 6 Tsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tsp glycerin
  •  4 tsp water

(This will make a good weeks worth-discard after a week)

Combine all in a double boiler (if you have it on an extremely low flame and stir constantly, you can use a single pan-careful not to scorch).  Cook until all is melted and mixed together.  At this point, pour all in blender and mix the oils, mix for 2-3 minutes.  (Alternately, use a wire whisk is you don’t have a hand mixer or it spatters).  Once cool, pour into any container you can dip your fingers into.  *oh that smell*!

What does it do?  Well obviously it has a lot of oils so for dry skin, it’s full of moisture, but let’s look closer.             

  • Olive oil goes back to ancient Egypt and the days of Cleopatra; we know it’s great for not only skin but also nails, and hair.  Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. Antioxidants are nutritional powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals.
  •  Coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer and softener.   It is useful in fighting free-radicals; it will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy “shine”.  While doing this the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.
  •  Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin.  Glycerin is also highly “hygroscopic” which means that it absorbs water from the air. Example: if you left a bottle of pure glycerin exposed to air, it would pull moisture from the air and eventually, it would become 80 per glycerin and 20 percent water.  Therefore, this seemingly unimportant ingredient actually attracts and pulls in moisture!

 *Tip of the week* There is a goofy store online that is worth watching….this week, I found MAC lipstick for $5.00 and a 7 pack of nail polish for $10. The store is Amerimark.  Things I like, some of the prices, don’t buy until you know it’s a good price unless you know it is.  I also like that I can usually Google and find a $2-$3 coupon for shipping, no matter how what size the order.  I don’t like that they are slow shippers, or that you need to purchase insurance for shipping in case your parcel doesn’t arrive, but I do to be safe, it’s like 00.90.  Take a peek.

Nail polish of this post is…..

Nubar Vaso Nail Lacquer

This is Vaso from Nubar’s Venetian Glass Collection.  It is this gorgeous soft lavender color and YES, it’s a foil finish, got to love it!  Application was a dream, went on clean and neat.  This is 1 coat of Orly Ridgefiller/basecoat; 2 coats of the Vaso and 1 coat of Seche Vite.

Oh one more quick tip….I’ll go into it more in-depth next time.  Let me just say, go to Zoya and check out spoons, keeping in mind they cost $0.50, however you get that back in coupon credit towards future polish orders.  The spoons are so cool.

That’s it for today!