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Friday, September 26, 2014

Get Selfish

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ~Rumi

Abraham Maslow said "What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming."  

The ongoing process of developing your full potential. A worthy goal indeed. And of course no matter where your path of self actualization leads it's a sure bet that to some degree, in one way or another, your image plays a role.

One of the characteristics of self actualizing people is spontaneity- to be unrestrained and uninhibited. In other words, to do things that please you without worrying what others will think. This characteristic can be reinforced by consciously choosing to wear clothing that pleases you rather than what you feel will is expected of you. Choosing your wardrobe first according to the colors and design lines that make you look your best and beyond that your personal aesthetic, can be a very gratifying form of self expression. It reinforces and respects the 'self,' and therefore also self esteem. 

It may seem like a small, even trivial investment in your self esteem, but done consistently it grows your self esteem considerably, and can pay lovely, lush, sometimes unexpected dividends.

Ha. Never underestimate the power of a great outfit.

Happy Dressing!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tipping Things Over Again...

"Elegance is the Only Beauty That Never Fades" ~Audrey Hepburn

Last week I passed on a tip for a more natural yet effective, DIY eye makeup remover that I recently found; this week I have two more tips to pass on, also more natural and DIY.

The first goodie again uses Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel, which like I said last week, is the only one I've been able to find so far that has no alcohol. All the drug store brands I came across have alcohol in them- read the ingredients list before buying. You don't want alcohol in any skin care product. Or I don't, anyway.

Again, equal parts witch hazel and raw, organic apple cider vinegar- this makes a wonderful toner. I use it at night after washing, and I don't use any moisturizer afterwards as I've read in more than one place that you just don't need it. It felt very, very strange the first time I tried this, but I quickly got used to it, and my skin seems happy. I like this better than any toner I've used. 

The next tip I have is for a hair oil I use pretty much every time I wash my hair- I put it on the night before if I remember, if not then about an hour before I have my shower. I usually only put it on the ends and where my hair seems dry- and I drench the areas that are the driest.

4 parts broccoli seed oil (for shine)
1 part rice bran oil (for softness)
1 part jojoba oil (most like human skin oil)
1 part Morrocan oil (holds moisture in the hair)
And anything else you'd like to add...

I was able to find all these oils online- most of the best deals were on eBay. The only one I had to spend a little more serious money on was the broccoli seed oil- I bought a larger bottle- which is fine, I just keep it in the fridge. In fact, I just make up a small bottle as I need it, and keep all the oils in the fridge so they don't go rancid on me. And BTW- the shampoo I'm using is the Whole Foods brand shampoo, no sulphates or sulphites- and it's about $5 a bottle. Also keep in mind both these recipes can be adjusted to your needs and preferences.

So there you have my current favorite beauty 'products.' I'm no longer using my expensive skin and hair care products. No more $75 bottles of hair cleanser, no more $80 'anti-aging' alpha hydroxy pads. No more $60 on skin exfoliating kits…don't get me wrong- these products are good. That's why I used them. But I've found chemical free, DIY versions that cost a fraction. 

I don't need them anymore. I'm happy, and so is my bank account. :-)

Happy Dressing!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Easy on the Eyes

“For the love of God, unless you’re prepping for Rigoletto at the Met, go easy on the eyeliner.” 
~ Cheryl Cory

Last week I needed to get some eye makeup remover, but it just wasn't gonna happen then. (Single mom thing.) So instead I looked online to see if I could find a good, chemical free, DIY version. I found one, it's uber-easy, and I had the ingredients at home. One part olive oil, one part alcohol-free witch hazel. 

I did not have high expectations here. I expected it to sting and be annoyingly oily; amazingly enough, turns out it does/is neither. I think maybe the reason it doesn't sting is that I used alcohol-free witch hazel. If you read the ingredients list on the witch hazel brands carried at the drugstore you may find as I did that they all contain alcohol. Not something I want on my skin, let alone in my eyes. The only alcohol-free brand I've found so far is the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, which I found at Whole Foods. As for why it's not oily? I guess the witch hazel cuts the oil enough-? I can't say I care why it works- just very happy it does. 

I do have to say that I don't use waterproof eye makeup as I find I end up yanking out all my eyelashes when trying to get it off; so I don't know if this will work with waterproof makeup. With non-waterproof makeup I find it works every bit as well and, surprisingly enough, actually leaves my eyes feeling better than after using commercially made makeup remover. In fact, I've used commercially made eye makeup removers that burned my eyes, or left an oily residue. Again, this one did neither. Probably costs 1/10 as much, too.

So not only does it not have any really scary chemicals in it, but it works well, and in some cases better, than the commercially made stuff, and costs a fraction of the cost. What's not to love?

Happy Dressing!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This week is my son's birthday party, so no time for a blog....but I'll be back Friday the 12th!    

:-) Happy Dressing!