DIY Lip scrub

My lips become extremely chapped over the winter no matter how much chap stick  I put on. I hate the way I look in pictures and I hate having to reapply chap stick after every meal or every couple of hours. Finally, I decided to make my own lip scrub to get rid of all the dead skin and moisturize my lips better.

I used this extremely simple recipe that I found on Pinterest. All it is is: olive oil, honey, and brown sugar.

Take the ingredients and mix them together, the ratio of the olive oil to the honey is pretty similar, maybe the size of your pinky nail(it all depends on how much you want to make). Then add enough brown sugar to fully absorb the mixed liquids.

The mixture should look like this when finished. Then, apply to your lips and rub your lips together. The brown sugar should absorb into your skin and your lips should be left feeling baby soft and tasting sweet!

My lips already feel so much better and the scrub literally took 5 minutes to make and apply. As much as I love brand products I love how easy this was and how I can make more when I need it!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

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A guide to healthy hair

In my years as a teen, my hair has been through a lot. I went through phases of short hair, bangs, colored hair, bleach, and lots and lots of split ends. With all the changes I’ve made, I’ve made some discoveries on what really is good and bad for your hair.

My hair is very very dark brown very straight, and in between being thick and thin. I don’t use any products on my hair daily and really don’t use an particular shampoo or conditioner. Everything I’ve come up with is based on my own hair type.

DO

Wash your hair every other night::washing every night strips away essential oils that keep your hair strong, but if you wait too long in between washes, you will have super greasy hair.

DON’T

Go to sleep with soaking wet hair::your hair is fragile, if you shower before bed brush your hair out first and give it time to dry. Going to sleep with soaking wet hair will cause your hair to break easier and in the winter cause you to be more prone to colds!

DO

Dry your hair anyway you please::I come out of the shower and put my hair up in a towel, then take it down, brush it, and dry the top of my hair with a hair dryer. I let the ends of my hair air dry because then my hair isn’t super frizzy.

DON’T

Be super rough:: like I said before, your hair must be treated gently! Turbie Twists are super great and absorbent, but the towel texture can be really damaging to your hair. What I actually do is turn the towel inside out so that the rough towel absorbent side is on the outside. That may sound like it’s defeating the point of the towel, but the water is still absorbed and the towel is much more gentle on my hair.

DO

Use protection:: it is so easy to mess up your hair with dyes, bleach, and heat. Whenever you are doing something that involves anything that changes you hairs natural form, think of investing in some sort of heat protectent and special shampoos/conditioners

DON’T

Use 5 million different products: Ok so you like your hair to look super sleek with no frizz and no fly-aways, but putting 3 different anti-frizz products in your hair every morning will eventually do more harm than help. Find a couple products that create a look you love, and stick to them! There is no need to put unnecessary chemicals into your hair.

And finally, DO

Keep it natural! You are beautiful as yourself, so let whatever type of hair you have shine!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

**featured picture is  not my own

Spring (skin) cleaning

Acne is something everyone struggles with at some point in their life. No one likes it, no one wants it, and everybody just wants to get rid of it. There are plenty of products out there to help you, but you might be doing things everyday that are hurting your skin! Here are some quick tips for keeping your skin healthy and clean.

Change your pillow case

You sleep on your pillow every night, sometimes you sit on it, you throw your clothes on it, your pillow goes through a lot. There are so many germs that congregate on your pillow and pillow case so it is essential that you wash it at least one every two weeks. If you are sick I recommend changing it after a couple nights, it really makes a difference.

Wash your face cloth

Washing your face is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy. Using the same washcloth after weeks of wiping off makeup and dirt can cause a build up of germs. Change your washcloth on a weekly basis to ensure cleaner cleaning.

Wipe down your phone screen

So maybe you don’t use your phone for calling that much, but when you do, your phone is pressed up against your face. Your phone screen is touched by your hands too many times to count in one day, think of all those germs! Wipe your screen down with a disinfectant wipe like clorax, or buy wipes specially for screen cleaning.

Wash your hands

Going along with your phone screen, people are constantly toughing their face. We do it absentmindedly when we’re nervous, bored, or stressed. Next time you go up to touch your face, remember all the places you have put your hands, it’s kind of gross but also a mini reminder to wash your hands after touching the steering wheel, your dog, or your phone.

 

Clean your makeup brushes

A tip any makeup user will tell you, this is not over rated!! I used to neglect this, but I recently saw the importance of cleaning my brushes. Plus I just ordered this brush cleaner from Sephora that my friend recommended (I can’t wait to do a review!) which I hope will make things easier.

Also, here’s a really helpful chart that I found on Pinterest from Lauren Conrad about face mapping

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

17 goals

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My 17th birthday was yesterday, January 26 🎉and with it I’ve come up with 17 goals which I wish to achieve as I continue through the new year. Living a healthy, happy lifestyle is important to me and I am so excited to take on new challenges!

  1. Do a facemask once a week
  2. Stretch nightly
  3. Wear lipstick at least once a week
  4. Watch the news
  5. Improve sewing skills
  6. Read more
  7. Go to bed before 11 at least twice a week (#homework problems)
  8. Drink 2 bottles of water a day
  9. Save money
  10. Spend money wisely
  11. Try new foods
  12. Learn Italian outside of school
  13. Spend more time outside
  14. Cook more of my own food
  15. Listen to different styles of music
  16. Knit more
  17. Blog more!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A