Archive | August, 2013

Editor’s Picks: Must- Haves for Fall 2013

30 Aug

Fall Beauty Must Haves

Hello lovelies!

The time has arrived; summer is wrapping up and fall is almost here. I don’t know about you but as much as I love the warm summer air, cold drinks, and open patios, I can’t help but anticipate the vibrant colours of fall, cuddly sweaters, and a hot cup of apple cider on a cool sunny day. Fall, by far, is my favourite season, and I love the rich hues and heady scents that comes with it. That’s why I am so excited to share with you my ‘must have’ trends and natural beauty products for this season.

1. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Bordeaux-Burgundy: Summon the vineyards of France with Bite’s new Cashmere Lip cream that delivers intense colour with a weightless feel; goes on like a gloss, but dries matte.

2. RGB ‘5 free’ Nail Colour in Haze: Look polished and sophisticated with this shade of smokey violet; free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde Resin, and camphor.

3. Frankincense: Combat cool, dry fall weather with the warming essence of Frankincense. Indulge in REN Frankincense Revitalising Body Cream, or if the change of season has got you down, try 21 Drops natural aromatherapy essential oils in 13 Carry on blend. Formulated with Frankincense Resin, Rose Flower, Helichrysum Flower, Sandalwood Wood, and Lavender Flower, these essential oils help to manage the effects of change and uplift the system to make way for new beginnings.

4. Snowberry Bright Defense Face Serum: Safe guard skin against free radical damage and help reverse the signs of sun damage with this potent face serum, formulated with black tea extract and vitamin C.

5. Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Smoke and Milan: Take a break from those bright summer corals, and get dramatic this fall with deep plums, smokey blues, and shimmering golds.

What trends and products are making it into your beauty arsenal this fall? Please share!

Until next time beauties, be well!

– Seanna

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Green tea. . . it’s not just for sipping

18 Aug

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I hope that you are sipping on a nice cup of green tea as you read this. After all, it is the theme of today’s post. You may know some of the benefits attributed to green tea–lowers cholesterol, protects against sun damage, heals inflammation. . . the list goes on and on. It is the high concentration of powerful antioxidants (called polyphenols) found in green tea leaves that are responsible for its use as a medicinal aid. These polyphenols help fight against free radicals–which according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center are damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death.”

Green tea when used topically has anti-inflammatory properties that can be both soothing and healing for rosacea, acne, and sun damage. I know I write a lot about remedies and ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties, but in fact inflammation is the cause of many skin ailments whether it be an infection like pimples or signs of aging caused by sun exposure.

That’s where this fabulous recipe comes in. It’s made with matcha (powdered green tea leaves) and coconut oil. When applied, this bright green face mask feels incredible! Its texture is silky smooth and leaves the skin feeling cleansed and moisturized. If you are worried about the idea of putting coconut oil on your face (or any oil on your face for that matter) do not fear! Coconut oil is actually incredibly antiseptic (lauric acid, the main saturated fat, is attributed to this benefit). If you prefer, honey (also antiseptic) can be substituted for the oil.

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Matcha Green Tea Face Mask

1 tsp matcha green tea powder (organic is best)

1/2 tsp cold pressed virgin coconut oil (or honey)

1/2-1 tsp water

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until desired consistency (not too watery, not too thick). Apply to a freshly cleansed face (it is easiest to use a clean makeup brush…feels amazing too!). Sit back, sip some green tea, and relax! You can leave it on until it dries, or for up to an hour. Wash off with warm water and follow up with your favourite face oil or moisturizer. Be prepared to see your skin glow after this one!

What’s your favourite use for green tea? Please share!

Until next time,

Seanna

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