Category Archives: Beauty

Quick & refreshing Aloe Face Mask at home!

Summer is well into the swing of things, and before we know it, it’s going to be over!

Our skin is getting lots of sun exposure, wind (from out door activities, or recovering from winter) and my face in particular is just feeling a bit, well… blah! As I am starting to reach into my late, late 20’s, my skin is changing. Maybe… not in my favor. But, that’s just the way it’s going to be. I also love being in the sun, even though it can cause breakouts!

When ever my face needs a little pick-me-up, I always go for my favorite at home face mask! It’s never let me down, and really does refresh and re-energize my skin!

It’s the Aloe Vera Face Spa, with aloe & green tea. You can find it at Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart type stores in the beauty section.
This mask is Vegetarian certified, and BUAV approved (Cruelty free.)

All you have to do is cleanse (I use the ‘Simple’ face wash or ‘Dove’, apply mask , leave for 5-10 minutes, massage and rinse!

Enjoy! Your face will thank you!

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My Beloved Avocado…

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How I love thee! Not only do avocados taste delicious, they make you feel full (help with weight loss) have anti-inflammatory nutrients (help to prevent arthritis) contain a ton of fiber, packed with carotenoids, and Vitamin C! They are also known to do wonders for your skin.

Many people use avocados for facials.. By mashing it up and using alone, adding organic honey or plain organic yogurt. For those with sensitive skin against harsh chemicals, this would be the perfect and most natural mask to use! Add a slice of cucumber to each eye and relax! (Cucumbers are known to reduce puffiness under your eyes.)

If you are scared you will eat your mask before it gets to your face, here is an awesome and easy vegetarian meal you can use avocados with!

I am not a nutritionist, or involved in any health practices. This information comes from extensive reading and research.

*These instructions are guidelines only. Cooking times and oven temperatures may vary*

Quesadillas!

What you need:

  • Kidney Beans 1/4 cup
  • Black Beans1 1/4 cup
  • Crushed tomatoes 1/4 cup
  • Half of an avocado
  • Red peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tortillas

Preheat oven to 375F

  • Place parchment paper on baking sheet
  • Mash your avocado
  • Dice your peppers
  • Load up your tortilla, fold and even out the middle
  • Cook for 10minuts
  • Flip and cook for another 10mintues
  • Let cool for and serve!

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*These are just guidelines. Oven temperatures may vary*

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Coconut. Why I love it.

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The coconut. Such an amazing fruit!  It has so many health benefits and it does wonders for your hair and body. It kills viruses & bacteria, it boosts your energy and improves digestion. Woman rave about using coco butter on their bellies during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks, and it works! Some just love the smell, as it reminds them of the tropics and some use it for cooking. I love it for what it does to my hair!

A hair dresser told me my locks were dry when I went for a trim, which I agreed.. it was in the worst shape it has ever been! I blame it on the bleach and my hair straighter – it did some major damage. But I love “being” blonde in the winter and I do a hair repair treatment once a month or so, but it just wasn’t bringing much life back to my hair.  The hair dresser told me to try coconut oil.   I trusted her advice, left my appointment, and went right for the missing oil in my life.  I will never go back to using another treatment again!

Here’s my review:

Palmers Coconut Protein Pack VS. ION Repair Solutions

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I like the ION Repair Solution hair treatment, it’s 100% vegan, and very affordable. $2.00 Canadian.

Palmer’s Coconut treatment is double the price, but it’s double the product.  $4.00 Canadian.
Palmer’s is not vegan as it contains low fat milk, but it is not tested on animals. It is also sulphate and paraban free.

Comparing the ingredients on the back – they have a lot of the same items I can’t pronounce. But Palmer’s has coconut oil, coconut oil, coconut oil!

After using ION I found my hair didn’t feel  very soft or looking very fresh after use.  It felt and looked as if I never treated my hair.

After using Palmer’s, my hair felt soft, silky, and looked so shiny!

I vote: Palmers!

If you are really adventurous or vegan – go straight for the oil! Wash your hair, and apply the oil (focusing on your ends) put a shower cap on and let sit for 30minutes.  You can also combine the oil with your favorite conditioner.

I love coconut oil, from the smell to the health benefits.  Coconut4 Life.

Please note: I am not a nutritionist, or involved in any type of health practice. This information comes from extensive reading and research.

*These instructions are guidelines only. Only use these products as directed on the package from the product manufacturer.  Do not use the pure coconut oil on your hair or face if you have any type of allergies.*

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