Thursday, July 30, 2009

Update Time

It has been a while since I posted . . . so I thought I would do a quick little update.

I'll be spending the weekend here

Catalina Island

Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend ... and I'll start the reposting after this weekend of R&R.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DIY Lip Scrub

This morning the news anchor reported that it would be a whopping 100 degrees F. I don't know about you - but that's F'n HOT! I decided to stay inside and experiment with a few of my favorite DIY beauty fixes.

One of my all time favorites is a Lip Scrub that I have turned to for quite sometime. It's as simple as can be, and since I have ultra dry lips in the summer its a quick fix for smooth puckers :)

Combine a 1/2 teaspoon of honey with 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar and form into a paste.
Apply to lips, work around in circular motions for about a minute
Remove with warm water.
Instantly smoother lips !
What are some of your favorite lip treatments? I'm in the market for some so I would love some suggestions ??

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Feet: Terra Cotta Foot Scrubber

When I was younger, I used to see this odd ceramic - terra cotta device sitting in our bathroom. I never really understood why it was there, or what it's use was - only that my mother swore by it and purchased them in bulk whenever she would travel to India. This terra cotta foot scrubber is what my mother, and grandmother used to scrub and slough all the dead skin from their feet - kinda like the ancient "Ped Egg" and essentially a pumice stone.

Being the rebellious type, I thought she was being ancient in her technique and went on try various pumice stones, pumice files, and pedicures - all were ok but no HG for me. A few years ago she brought one over while I was away at college, and well I have been hooked every since - it really is the best and not to mention Eco-Friendly product I have used. This works great for all types of summer woes, tired feet, dead skin, cracked heels, calauses and exfoliation. Not only is this a grea exfoliator, but it lasts. Unlike pumice stone files, this does not loose its texture over time.

The Terra Cotta Foot Scrubber - has been around for ages in South East Asia. The small holes or pores in the stone are created by insert grass or grains into the clay before it's baked off. Once it hardens, the grains are removed and it creates this rough - holey surface. Because it's baked, it can never wear out - and you can either heat or chill the stone for an added effect. (I usually don't bother)

Another unique feature about the this foot scrubber - is that it comes in a lot of shapes and sizes.


My personal favorite is the heart shape with the handle ... I find that the point allows for precision, while the wider end works great all over the back of the heel.


The traditional rounded rectangle with handle also works great.

How my mother uses it: A 30 second scrub down every morning in the shower, when your feet are already wet. You can use a moisterizing body wash, or not - it's your choice.

Where can you find one? Good Question. They are readily available in Indian Food and Houseware Stores - Even some grocery stores. Or you can try finding them online - usually at Eco-Friendly online retailers. The sell anywhere from $2.00 to $10.00

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Time Skin Saver: Acne Scrubs

With summer comes all the wonderful sunscreen, sun-tan lotion, fake bronzer, tanning lotions and well you kind of get the idea :)

We wait around all year for this lovely weather so we can bare all - and sometimes - with the addition of the new sun safe and suntan products and the natural perspiration that we have during the summer - we can often times find the pores starting to clog. So I thought I would share one of my favorite skin saving tips:

I'm sure we all have a tub/bottle of some type of sugar or salt scrub sitting in our shower and I love mine too :) But those types of scrubs are great for sloughing off dead skin. When we use heavy moisturiser, sunscreens it's time to reach for something a little unusual These Deep Pore cleansing scrubs - made for acne control are the perfect solution. Most of them contain Salicylic Acid - which is the active exfoliating ingredient. This goes that extra step by seeking into pores and helping cleanse out any extra oils or dirt that may be trapped in.

NOTE: These aren't meant to be used as your daily body scrub - because of the active agent - they can leave your skin dry and stripped of its natural oils - so as a word of caution - I would only use these ever 2 weeks or so.
You don't have to purchase "special acne body scrubs" any general drugstore acne scrub that you currently have or like will do the job!

Honest Scraps Tag

Hello There!

Sorry for the delay - I have been super busy at work - so I apologize :)

In the meantime, I was tagged by the lovely @sukaandspice for this tag. The key is to list 10 honest facts about me - so here we go:

1. I have a huge magazine collection, I don't have it in me to toss them or even tear out the pages

2. I am a total foodie. I love trying new things - and even plan some vacations around certain restaurant

3. I have travelled a lot - asia, europe, canada, mexico ect - and have been to 45 of the states in the U.S.

4. I always have to have music on when in in the shower. I even have ipod speakers setup in the bathroom.

5. I have a really long first name - 11 letters

6. I spent a year in college living in a condo where the first floor was transformed in2 a club - complete w a dj setup and tacky lights

7. I tend open my gifts very slowly - and try to open the tape and unfold vs. just tearing it off

8. I love hgtv and the food network

9. I played the cello and flute as a child - not sure if I could now :)

10. I can not watch horror films - that genre in general annoys me

I tag everyone who reads this blog :)
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