Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Make Your Own Salt Scrub

I wanted to share a quick post about one of my favorite "recipes" for a DIY salt scrub. The ingredients are simple- all you need on hand is sea salt and coconut oil. I have used other oils but have found coconut oil to be my favorite. The coconut oil leaves your skin so hydrated you wont believe how good your skin feels afterwards. 


 I add in a calming botanical mixer but there is no need for this.
 Add 2 parts salt to 1 part oil.

The consistency should be around this- not too oily, more of a paste. If you add too much oil, do not worry, just add in small parts of salt until the consistency reaches the right texture. 

Some tips before doing this:
-Do not shave right before using this exfoliator. The scrub will be very uncomfortable and salt will tear open the little cuts from your razor. 
-There is no need to add a lot of pressure when rubbing the mixture on. The salt will do the exfoliating for you, so keeping a light pressure will leave best results.
-I like to take coconut oil and put it in the ends of my hair before I use the scrub. That way while you exfoliate, your hair is getting a deep conditioning treatment as well. 
-Wet your skin a little before applying the scrub. 
-Do not wash your body after using the scrub, this will take off the layer of coconut oil that sits on your skin, keeping it hydrated. 
-When you get out of the shower, dry yourself off with a towel by patting, instead of rubbing as most people do. 


I hope you all enjoy this- especially now that it is getting to be summer time, your skin will feel amazing, but look even better. The oil gives your skin a gorgeous glow.
Enjoy!
Xo 



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What Is BeautyCounter?



I am SO excited to share this with you all. My "cousin" (she actually is like my aunt) introduced me to this skin care line called "BeautyCounter".  Now whats the big deal with another skin care line- SO much. The big deal about this is what went behind the creation of these products and why I feel it is so important that every person reading about this understands what is happening in our environment. I want to make it clear that I am not an environmental researcher nor do I claim to be, this is all simply from my research/opinion of our environment.
A few years ago, when I really got interested in all things beauty related, I was introduced to the website "http://www.ewg.org" also nicknamed "www.skindeep.com". This is a non-profit organization that focuses on informing the population about our environment. This is a small bit I copied from their website:
"It's our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG's Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish. The U.S. government doesn't review the safety of products before they're sold. Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Now in its eighth year, EWG's Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market. At about one million page views per month, EWG's Skin Deep is the world's largest personal care product safety guide."


So you may be asking where I am going with all of this... the easiest way for me to show you would be through this video that BeautyCounter created.
If you want to stop reading here and check out the website - go to: https://estelle.beautycounter.com

 

I was so inspired by all of this that like Jeannie, I decided to become a consultant and sell BeautyCounter products in order to "spread the word". 
I wanted to add another document about BeautyCounter's products so that everyone can understand why I am pushing this brand, it is not because this is something I am just selling, it is a product and brand that I can stand behind 100%.

THE NEVER LIST

Our Never List is robust. We have done our homework to make recognizing, understanding, and avoiding these ingredients easier for you. We will never use these ingredients:

Animal fats, oils, and musks: tallow, rendered beef or mutton fat, oils or musks from animals like mink, emu and sharks that are procured after an animal has been killed. Found in: soap, salve, shaving products, lubricants, paints, and all types of cosmetics.
 
Benzalkonium chloride (ben-zal-koh-nee-uhm chlo-ride): a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
 
Benzophenone and derivatives (ben-zo-fi-non): a possible human carcinogen and hormone disruptor used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light. Found in: nail polish, sunscreen.
 
Bisphenol A (BPA) (bis-fe-nol- A): a hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA, used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow and styling gel.
 
Butoxyethanol (bute-oxy-eth-a-nol): a solvent used to control viscosity, or a “fragrance” additive. It
irritates skin and may cause cancer and reproductive toxicity. Found in: fragrance, hair color.
 
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole bute-lii-tid hf-drok-se-an-i-sol) and BHT (bute-ul-lay-tid hy-drok-se-an-i-sol and bute-ul-lay-tid hy-drok-se-tol-u-een): synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
 
Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients (including Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine): a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
 
1,4-dioxane (1,4-di-ok-sane): a by-product of manufacturing that is a probable human carcinogen (a known animal carcinogen) as well as toxic to organs and the respiratory system, and a skin irritant. Likely to be present where ethoxylated ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, PEGs, and ceteareth are listed on ingredient labels. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
 
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) (eth-yl-ene-di-amine-tetra-ace-tic acid): a chelating (binding) agent that aids product absorption, and may be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
 
Ethanolamines (eth-a-nal-a-mean) (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
 
Formaldehyde (for-mal-da-hide): used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol) and several other preservatives are listed. Beautycounter does not use any of these formaldehyde-donating preservatives. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath. 
 
Hydroquinone (hi-dro-kwin-own): a skin lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin
and is a linked to cancer, organ toxicity and skin irritation. Found in: skin lightening creams.
 
Methyl cellosolve (meth-al cell-o-solve) (or methoxyethanol): fragrance ingredient and solvent that is an irritant and a possible neurotoxin, develovpmental toxin, and cause of DNA mutations that could lead to cancer. Found in: anti-aging creams.

Methylisothiazolinone (meth-al lie-so-thigh-aZo-lean-known) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (meth-al clor-oh-ice-oh-thigh-aZo-lean-known): chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers and causes of contact skin allergies. Found in: shampoo, conditioner, body wash.
 
Mercury and mercury compounds (also listed as Thimerosal): metallic element used as a preservative and antiseptic known to damage brain function. Found in: ear and eye drops; may be used in mascara.
 
Mineral Oil (also listed as liquid paraffin; liquid petrolatum; paraffin oil): a by-product of petroleum distillation that may cause contact dermatitis. Found in: baby lotions, cold creams, ointments.
 
Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
 
Parabens  (methyl-, isobutyl-, proply- and others) (pār-a-bins) : a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Specially, parabens mimic estrogen; they can lock on to our cell’s own estrogen receptors and mess with important natural signals. They may play a role in triggering breast cancer. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
 
Phthalates  (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others) (THAL-lāte-s) : a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds) (poly-eth-uh-leen gly-col): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.
 
Resorcinol (ra-Zor-sa-nol): a colorant and fragrance ingredient that is a skin irritant, toxic to the
immune system and organs, and suspected to cause hormone disruption. Found in: hair color.
 
Retinyl palmitate (ret-i-nyl palm-i-tate) and Retinol (Vitamin A): a nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Found in: moisturizer, anti-aging skincare.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) (sodium laur-el sul-fate/sodium laur-eth sul-fate): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
 
Synthetic flavor or fragrance: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000+ stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law's classification of trade secrets, and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.
 
Toluene (tol-u-een): a volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can
cause birth defects Found in: nail polish.
 
Triclosan (tri-Klo-san) and Triclocarban: antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems. Found in: liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste.

Beautycounter will never test our finished products on animals, nor do we ask others to.
Sources include: EWG Skin Deep Database, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, David Suzki Foundation


 This list is what made me trust BeautyCounter as a company that is trustworthy and honest about what their main goal is when creating this skin care line.

If you want to know more about these products PLEASE contact me, I would love to talk to you about them or even let you know how you could get involved. You can check out my page at https://estelle.beautycounter.com
From there you will be able to learn all about these products and the company that stand behind them. I really really encourage you to try them out- ask me any questions you may have about what the products are/how they can be used.

I am so excited to share this with you all and I hope that I may have had some small impact on you about our environment, what we can do to help ourselves become healthier and becoming aware of everyday toxins we are putting into our bodies.

Feel free to email me at anytime:) 
XO!


Here are some pictures of the products!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Foundation: How I Contour/Highlight

I really do not know why I put these pictures up of me, I look ridiculous. However, I always wondered how girls would do this before and learned from watching them, so I hope this helps. I was in a rush to get ready which is why it is pretty messy, but you should get the idea :) Enjoy me looking crazy!!!

First start of with a primer. I have being loving this for a summer "glow". (Please excuse my awful nails- they need to be painted!)

Right now my skin is a little broken out so I have been putting down a thin base of foundation before I contour/highlight.

 To make sure my foundation is thin, I use a beauty blender.
This is what I use to contour.

This is what I use to cover up dark circles under my eyes. I do not use this to highlight, I use another concealer by Tarte that I will have a picture of in the end of this post.

This is the brush I use to highlight, I use a smaller concealer brush for my contour.
Once you look like you have crazy face paint....

You are ready to blend.

This the brush I use.

 I start with my contour and work it in very small circles, making sure to blend into my hairline.
Once I have blended everything together, I add a cream blush.


Now I set with powders.


 Sorry for the creepy faces.

 These are all the products I used.
1. Loreal Magic Lumi Primer Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
Can be found here: Loreal Primer - or at most drugstores.
2. Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse * I love this foundation. 
Can be found here: Maybelline Foundation - or at most drugstores.
3. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Can be found here:Under eye concealer - or at Sephora.
4. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Can be found here: Concealer - or at Sephora
5. Victorias Secret Foundation - I found this a long time ago on sale at Sephora- I am not sure if they still sell it! (You can use any foundation you like - a few shades darker than your complexion to contour)
6. Stila Convertable Color Blush 
Can be found here: Stila Blush
7. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Can be found here: Stay Matte Pressed Powder - or most drug stores.
8. The Balm- Bahama Mama Bronzer
Can be found here: Bahama Mama - or Sephora.
9.NARS Blush(I used the color "orgasm")
Can be found here: NARS Blush - or at Sephora.
10.Loreal True Match Blush
Can be found here: Loreal Blush - or most drugstores. 

I hope this helps!! Please ask any questions you may have and I will get back to you.
Xo





Sunday, March 10, 2013

Keeping Busy


Hi Guys! 
I am thinking of doing a post this week about my foundation routine/contouring.. I will post pictures later on for a step by step tutorial. In the meantime here is a little update on what I've been doing through some of my iPhone pictures. 
Xo



 I have been cooking a ton recently and pulled out these goodies!
 Valentines Day dessert :)
 My favorite thing about our complex is the gym, because no one is ever there!
 Kyle and I at dinner in Cave Creek with my family visiting from NY :)
 In my last post I talked about re-doing our closet into a large master. Because we took out an extra (useless) closet, we needed to close the wall up- I love the final finish!
 Breaking any and all diet rules with these babies.
 Closet progress...
 We turned our office into my closet/makeup area. Not the final look but slowly getting there.
Washing my hair extensions (poor Kyle).
 Fun times jumping on the bed with my girl Brill.
 Waiting in line for some late night In-N-Out
 Puppy slumber party.
 Trying to keep up with cleaning my brushes once a week.

 Closet is now painted!
 Putting Phoebe in small objects.
Snuggling on the couch, drinking an In-N-Out milkshake.


Will post about my foundation routine this week! 
Xo

Monday, February 11, 2013

Where is my Mind?

      I will be the first to admit it, I have been the worst with updating, let alone even keeping up with my blog. Life has been beyond crazy, however, that is not a good excuse for why I haven't been blogging. Even when times would get crazy, blogging was something I used to go to in order to escape all the craziness. I think ignoring my blog was one way I was coping with all the changes going on in my life. The thing is, I am the queen of procrastinating and in fact, the queen of just plain out acting like something major isn't happening, when it most definitely is. Im not sure if that will make sense to anyone? What I am trying to say is that when something happens to me that i feel like I cannot deal with, or it is extremely overwhelming, I have this horrible talent of completely blocking it out in all and every way possible so that I actually begin to act like it is not even happening.
       Yesterday I came to the realization that I need to break this horrible habit, and my first way of doing so will be consistently blogging again. Not only does this help me face my problems, but blogging is something that has helped me regardless of what is going on in my life. The more I write, the more I can sort things out in my own crazy, non-stop head.
      As a small, little update on where I am in my life right now, I am in fact, actually BACK in Arizona. Go figure, right? If there is anything I can sum up all the things I have learned this past year up into, I would have to say that judging people for the decisions they make in their lives is something I will not do again. I used to be extremely judgmental of other people. Although I am embarrassed to admit it, I was so quick to judge people I barely even know because of something I saw on their facebook, or something I heard from a friend, or their friends, who is friends with their sister. Pathetic, I know. But seriously, how many of us do this on a daily basis? 
     This habit was not so easy to break. Something I did/continue to do is every time I make a quick judgment or find myself about to say something rude about someone else, I think about my life, and why I wouldn't want people doing this to me. You will never ever get away from people talking about you, or making assumptions about your life, but I have learned that you can stop doing that to others yourself, and in return, you will no longer give a s*%! what people are saying about you.

Finding true friends is something SO precious- I have learned through the past year that many people you call your "friends" are so far from the real thing. This just makes finding those precious little diamonds so much more rewarding and makes you appreciate them more and more each and everyday. 

This quote has become one of my favorites recently.
Enough of my rambling... I decided to give you a little update through my iPhone pictures over the past few months. XO




Kyle came home for Xmas
 I turned 22
 I wore Hello Kitty ear muffs
and went brown with my hair color.


I become obsessed with fun tights

 I ate McDonalds for the first time in 10 years...

And I got fat.
 I wore cat ears everywhere.
 I made my dog wear a babushka.
I held many long, in-depth conversations with Phoebe.
I spent way too much time with my delusional family.
I made the ultimate decision to get back to blonde- ASAP.
 I decided to drive across the country in 2 days...
 St. Louis
 Phoebe- our tour guide.
Arizona at last.
I found myself back in an extremely mature relationship..

 Decided to completely knock down a wall ..
 Obviously in order to make a much larger walk in closet..
I fell in love with gray mixed with corals...

And I fell in love with apple cider vinegar.




Love this:


And since when did Elle have cute makeup brushes?