Here is my tried and true list of the must have essential oils for ultimate hair health.

I personally enjoy the nowfoods line for most of my essential oils!  This line is affordable, reputable, and very easy to purchase from amazon.com.  You can get free two day shipping if you have prime.  They can also be purchased at health food stores, or at your local GNC.

Jojoba

 

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Jojoba Oil

 

This essential oil is super effective because it mimics the natural sebum your scalp manufactures on it’s own. It’s on the expensive side, but it is also super potent so it works out nicely. You will only need a couple drops in a carrier oil to do the trick. It moisturizes and seals in moisture for the perfect solution to a dry, thirsty scalp. This is sooo crucial. Think of your hair as the crop and your scalp as the soil, and you’ll understand why a healthy scalp can literally make or break healthy hair.

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been getting a lot of buzz lately for it’s skin and hair benefits, but when it comes to dandruff this super affordable essential oil is very, very underrated. It’s really light and smells amazing, so most will absolutely love this. It’s affordability and lightweight texture make it the perfect carrier oil. (For those who don’t know, a carrier oil constitutes the majority of your hair oil mix, and helps dilute stronger oils so they can be applied directly to your skin in smaller doses). Coconut oil is what really does the work in any dandruff elixir.

If you have greasy hair, or are prone to it, using this as a scalp treatment 2-3 times a week will absolutely do the trick! Do the treatment right before a wash (be sure to use clarifying shampoo), and you should see results in less than two weeks.

Sweet Almond Oil

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Sweet Almond Oil

 

Another carrier oil, this essential oil is not only great for banishing dandruff but it also promotes hair growth!  In fact, the use of this oil as a hair growth aid dates back all the way to Ancient Egypt.  Those Egyptians sure did know a lot about beauty!  But seriously guys, talk about a double whammy. This is used in similar quantities to the coconut oil, but a little less. This oil has a light scent, and is very lightweight so it will do well with in this mixture.

Castor Oil

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Castor Oil

 

Castor oil is one of the most agreed upon essential oils when it comes to hair growth. This oil really works! Applying it to your hair as a scalp treatment 2-3 times a week, and you will see fuller longer hair in no time! This oil is very thick, almost like syrup, and so you will want to wash it out after applying. This also works amazingly for thickening eyebrows and eyelashes, so it is well worth the money.

 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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I have only used the Tropic Isle JBCO, so I can only vouch for this one

 

Jamaican Black Castor oil is just an alternative to standard castor oil. I personally believe it is more effective, but it has the down side of being even thicker. Literally almost molasses thick. If you are willing to use this oil as a treatment, I think it is well worth it. It can be used overnight as well for better results. I use this oil on my scalp during weeks when I am wearing protective styles.

 

After using all of these essential oils, the trick for clarifying your hair is to apply shampoo and work it in before you add water. Add water to lather and rinse only after you have added shampoo. If you add water before you add the shampoo, you will not be able to get all the oil out and your hair will be greasy for days afterwards.

These essential oils can also be used effectively as spot treatment for areas of thinning and balding, around the edges for example. Castor oil can be a real miracle worker in that respect.

Feel free to comment or email me with any questions! I have a lot of personal experience that I would love to share.

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Vaseline may just be one of the best beauty products on the market

When you think beauty product, you probably don’t think petroleum jelly.  Well, neither did I, but that should change! Here are 11 ways that Vaseline is the best beauty product out there.  Here are, in no particular order, the 11 beauty related Vaseline uses that keep me coming back jar after jar.

 

12. Make Perfume Last  Longer

Perfume evaporates faster off of dry skin! Rub some vaseline on the areas you would normally apply your scent, and then spray.  Your perfume will evaporate much more slowly, and last all day.

11. Lip Balm

Anyone who has ever used Vaseline as a lip balm can attest to its ability to make your lips baby soft.  Never used it? Chances are you actually have! Most lip balms (think Carmex, among others) have petrolatum as the first, or one of the first ingredients, and so its one of the major active ingredients needed to give you soft, moisturized lips.  How does Vaseline achieve this? It seals in moisture.

10. Lip Exfoliator

Let’s be real: with fall creeping in, and winter just around the corner we are all going to need a good lip exfoliator.  Most are expensive, except for my all time favorite one by elf, so you may want to think about a DIY if you don’t have lip exfoliator handy!  All you need is vaseline and brown sugar, and you’ve got yourself a lip exfoliator you can do at home in no time.

 

9.  Manicure

Many of you may have already heard of the first three vaseline uses, but this one is a little less known.  You know when you go outside of your nail, and have little flecks of nail polish on your skin surrounding? Well, here is where vaseline can come in handy. If you don’t have time to soak your hands afterwards, using vaseline to rim around your nail will prevent the polish from adhering to your skin! All you have to do is paint, let set for a few minutes (does not have to be completely dyr, just not wet), and then wipe around the nail with a Q-Tip.  Works like a charm every time!

 

8.  Dry Shaving Cream

Have you ever gotten ready only to realize that you missed a spot shaving? If you’re anything like me, you need to take care of it immediately! On days like these, vaseline is an absolute life saver.  Take some vaseline and smooth it over the area that you would like to shave.  Using a quality, ie. sharp, but disposable razor shave off the hairs you missed! The area will be smooth, easy, moisturized and most importantly hairless in no time.

7. Prepoo

Prepoo, for people who don’t know, is a pre-shampoo treatment you do for your hair before you shampoo! It is super important for girls with dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair and I strongly recommend that everyone do one at least twice a month! Let me know if you want to see a post on this! Anyways, apply the vaseline to the length of your hair before using a clarifying shampoo to see incredible shine and cut down on the stresses sulfates can inflict on your hair.  For best results, let sit under a shower cap for 30 minutes.

 

6. Split End Prevention

Jumping off the last post, vaseline can be incredibly vital to sealing moisture in your hair.  Where is this most important? Often in your ends.  Use vaseline on the ends of your hair to lock in moisture and prevent splitting!  For people with fine, greasy, or grease prone hair this is best done as a prepoo treatment. You will definitely see an improvement!

 

5. Skin Protectant

Vaseline has got your back ladies! One of my favorite vaseline uses is as a skin protectant.  This works in the same way as described in the manicure use.  Apply to skin, usually on the perimeter of your hairline or to the scalp, before using dye or chemical relaxer.  This will protect your skin from the chemicals you are using while you complete the treatment.  Vaseline can also be used on the scalp for further protection.  Always protect your skin!

 

4. Foot Spa

If you haven’t already, definitely check out my DIY at home foot spa post telling you how to get super soft feet overnight!  I used another product by vaseline, their gel oil, but plain old petroleum jelly will work wonders as well! Use the same procedure, swapping in vaseline and you will have soft touchable feet literally overnight.

 

3. Set Eyebrows

This may not be ideal for those with oily skin, but in the colder months when dry skin plagues many of us, vaseline can be used to set and seal eyebrows beautifully!  I prefer this to wax in the colder months because it is more breathable, won’t freeze (yes it has gotten that cold where I’ve lived…-20 degrees anyone?), and it’s very moisturizing.  Apply to eyebrows with a Q-Tip for precision after filling them in, and you are good to go!

 

2. High Fashion Eyeshadow

I know you’ve all seen this look done time and time again.

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Ever wonder how they achieve this look? Vaseline! Well, even if that isn’t exactly what they use I am sure it is something extremely similar.  Apply your eyeshadow as usual, then pat some vaseline on top for this high shine, high fashion look.  If you would like to see a tutorial I would be more than happy to do one for this makeup look!

1. Lip Analgesic

Chapped lips can be painful.  Distractingly painful.  Trust me ladies, I feel your pain! That’s why I have to recommend vaseline as a serious analgesic.  An analgesic is a topical pain reliever.  When applied to chapped or broken lips, it relieves the pain almost immediate and then seals in the moisture need to heal.  Never be without this beauty must-have during those dreaded winter months!

 

Ok, those are my top vaseline uses when it comes to beauty.  I hope you found the list helpful! As always, feel free to be in touch with me and please comment!

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Is it just me, or is liquid lipstick seriously underrated?

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L to R from the top: Stila “Patina,” Lime Crime “Red Velvet” Velvetine, Stila “Fiery,” Stila “Amore”

 

I  bought my first ever liquid lipstick on a whim around this time last year while browsing around at Sephora.  Brand? Stila.  Color? Patina.  I have to admit it was love at first site, and ever since I have become enamored/obsessed/in love with liquid lipsticks of every shade, finish, color, and hue.

What’s so special about liquid lipstick? Here are 10 things:

1. It’s the most longwearing option out there. Period…Ok, maybe second to a stain but stains aren’t as fun in my opinion.

2. They can have the most alluring matte finish you’ve ever seen. Literally a velvet(ine) finish.

3. They photograph amazingly.

4. Eliminate the need to reapply.

5. MUCH more cost effective than your normal lipstick since they have great color pay off, and you only need a thin layer.

6. They don’t transfer as much. HUGE plus in my book.

7. Set it and forget it.

8. Great, scratch that, perfect for nights out on the town.

9. Perfect for warm weather.

10.  Less mess.

 

Cons

The number one complaint I hear about liquid lipsticks are that they can be drying.  The solution?  Moisturize with your favorite balm about 15 minutes before you start, maybe while you do your hair or other makeup.  This will ensure that you have a soft and moisturized base for your liquid lipstick!

I used to suffer from perpetual lip peeling and chap before I started exfoliating and moisturizing my lips at night before bed.  I literally saw a 180 degree turn around in a week! My favorite lip exfoliator is super cheap, and there are also tons of DIY options out there. Finding affordable options should be no problem at all!

The second most common complaint I hear about liquid lipstick is that they are difficult to remove.

Solutions

Using lip balm as a base will more than greatly help with this.

If you are still having difficulty, apply some petroleum jelly (or any lip balm with this ingredient) to your lips and let it sit while you remove all your other makeup.  By the time you finish, it should wipe off with ease!

For my old souls out there who also use cold cream, myself included, this works like a dream every time! Smooth some on your lips like you would any balm, and use a baby wipe or makeup wipe to remove.

Final Word

All things considered, I strongly believe that liquid lipsticks are more than worth it! Not all liquid lipsticks are created equal.  I recently tried the Wet’n’Wild liquid lipsticks, and though I love a lot of their other products I was very displeased.  I am someone who is always pulling my lips in, but when you do this with the W’n’W, it sticks together and peels…it is a very sticky liquid lip color and I don’t like that at all.  If you don’t mind this, then by all means look into them!  They are affordable, have great color pay off, and a good variety of shades.

I am working on tutorials and looks centered around liquid lipsticks so stay tuned! As always, thank you for stopping by!

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How to Get Rid of Dandruff: Essential Oils Guide

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Dandruff is ugly.  I know because I have dealt with it.  I dealt with it for years, all my life, until I recently discovered a solution this year.  And my dandruff was bad you guys, like avoid dark colored tops bad.  TMI? No such thing.  Here’s how to get rid of dandruff, fast:

Essential oils.

 

Jojoba

get rid of dandruff
This oil is super effective because it mimics the natural sebum your scalp manufactures on it’s own.  It’s on the expensive side, but it is also super potent so it works out nicely.  You will only need a couple drops in a carrier oil to do the trick.  It moisturizes and seals in moisture for the perfect solution to a dry, thirsty scalp.  This is sooo crucial. Think of your hair as the crop and your scalp as the soil, and you’ll understand why a healthy scalp can literally make or break healthy hair

Coconut Oil

get rid of dandruff
Coconut oil has been getting a lot of buzz lately for it’s skin and hair benefits, but when it comes to dandruff this super affordable oil is very, very underrated.  It’s really light and smells amazing, so most will absolutely love this.  It’s affordability and lightweight texture make it the perfect carrier oil.  For those who don’t know, a carrier oil constitutes the majority of your hair oil mix, and helps dilute stronger oils so they can be applied directly to your skin in smaller doses.  Coconut oil is what really does the work in this dandruff elixir.

If you have greasy hair, or are prone to it, using this as a scalp treatment 2-3 times a week will absolutely do the trick!  Do the treatment right before a wash (be sure to use clarifying shampoo), and you should see results in less than two weeks.

 

Sweet Almond Oil

get rid of dandruff
Another carrier oil, this oil is not only great for banishing dandruff but it also promotes hair growth! Talk about a double whammy.  This is used in similar quantities to the coconut oil, but a little less.  This oil has a light scent, and is very lightweight so it will do well with in this mixture.

 

These are the oils that have helped for me get rid of dandruff, completely and for good! If you guys want to see other natural/DIY hair solutions feel free to let me know.  These three oils together have banished my dandruff completely and for good in ways that no other solutions have ever been able to, including the best anti-dandruff shampoos!

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The Best drugstore makeup products for lips, tried and true!

 

1.Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss

Available in an assortment of colors, this product is a solid gloss. The color payoff is great because it is strong enough to make an impression, but sheer enough to be versatile on a vast variety of skintones (hello hotpink).  It is not at all sticky, and I love the shea butter scent.  I have three colors, and I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

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L to R: Pink Pop (180), Peach Petal (150), and Coral Reef (170).

 

2. Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lipstick

These are literally amazing, and for 1.99$ a pop they have me leaving the store feeling guilty.  They are smooth and moisturizing, longwearing, and very pigmented.  They come in the most beautiful colors, often dupe-worthy to many of MAC’s most popular shades, and they just look absolutely beautiful.  I own almost ten of them, and I always have two of each of my favorite colors so I never have to go without.  In the coming Fall and Winter months, Vamp It Up and Cheery Bomb will be my go-to dramatic lip colors. I highly recommend you try these out.

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L to R: Vamp it Up (919B) and Cherry Bomb (918D).

 

3. Revlon Lipstick

I own so many of these it’s amazing, but my three present favorites are Copperglow Berry, Cocoa Craving, and Iced Amethyst.  

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From L to R: Iced Amethyst, Cocoa Craving, and Copperglow Berry

 

The Revlon Lipstick line has countless shades to flatter a wide variety of skintones.  They are moisturizing, glide on smoothly, and wear long and well.  Even the matte shades wear comfortably all day!  If you need to reapply, these also work well when overlapped.  Revlon lipsticks have been called MAC dupes, and that’s not for no reason.  For half the price they are definitely worth picking up if you are a MAC girl.

 

4. Rimmel Lipstick

Close second to Revlon, and considerably less expensive.  Most of my Rimmel lipsticks are from the Kate collection, but I also have some in the Moisture Renew line.  My favorite Moisture Renew: Vintage Pink. 

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Rimmel Vintage Pink

 

It is highly moisturizing, with a great color payoff.  It is similar to MAC’s Up the Amp, but with more pink lilac undertones and I have never seen it look bad on anybody!   My favorites from the Kate line are 10 and 04.  They are pigmented and moisturizing with a beautiful natural shine.

 

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L to R: Rimmel Kate 04 and Rimmel Kate 10

 

5. Revlon Lip Butters

I have yet to meet someone who didn’t absolutely love these! They are a universal favorite across a vast number of skintones, and they are a most-have for everyday moisturizing, buildable lip color.  See my in-depth review here.  Here are the swacthes again.

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6. L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick

Another popular lipstick, this product’s best characteristic is its longevity.  It is seriously long wearing, with little transfer.  My favorite sets to a matte finish, but maintains a moisturizing feel on the lips all day.  This color is seriously beautiful for fall and I absolutely cannot wait to break it out soon!

 

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My favorite L’Oreal Infallible at the moment: Java Jolt

 

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