Health And Beauty Quest http://healthandbeautyquest.com Your Guide To A Healthier, More Beautiful Life. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:46:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 https://i0.wp.com/healthandbeautyquest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-health-beauty-FINAL-large-transparent-1.png?fit=32%2C32 Health And Beauty Quest http://healthandbeautyquest.com 32 32 116542271 Pork Menudo(Filipino Style) and Halo Halo with Bush Best Beans http://healthandbeautyquest.com/pork-menudofilipino-style-halo-halo-bush-best-beans/ http://healthandbeautyquest.com/pork-menudofilipino-style-halo-halo-bush-best-beans/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:55:07 +0000 http://healthandbeautyquest.com/?p=29937 This blog post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans.  All photo and opinions are my own. I was doing my weekly errand to Walmart and when I pass by the Beans Section immediately the first thing that came to my mind is “Menudo(FIlipino Style)”. I wanted to shake things up a little bit and change the garbanzo […]

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This blog post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans.  All photo and opinions are my own.

I was doing my weekly errand to Walmart and when I pass by the Beans Section immediately the first thing that came to my mind is “Menudo(FIlipino Style)”. I wanted to shake things up a little bit and change the garbanzo with beans. I grab the Bush Best Great Northern Beans but then I saw all the variety of beans that Bush Best offered and I ended up doing a main dish and a dessert.

MENUDO(FILIPINO STYLE)
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 1/4 cups waterBush Best Beans
  • 1 tsp annatto powder
  • 1 tbs canola oil
  • 1 medium size onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce(Patis)
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 baby carrot, peeled and cut into cube
  • ½ cup Bush Best Great Northern Beans
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ cup liver, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve annatto powder in ¼ cup water. Set aside.
  2. In a pot over medium heat, heat the canola oil. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally. Add pork and cook until lightly browned. Add fish sauce and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook until softened. Add the remaining 3 cups water and the annatto water and bring to boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 30 to 35 minutes or until pork is tender.
  4. Add potatoes, carrots, Bush Best Great Northern Beans and raisins. Continue to simmer for around 4 to 5 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add liver and bell peppers and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or until liver is cooked through and sauce is thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Voila! Dinner is served

Menudo Filipino Style

The taste resemble the authentic Menudo my Mom and Grandma use to cook back in the Philippines. Bush Bean Great Northern Beans will definitely be a go to for our cooking from now on.

HALO HALO WITH BUSH BEANS

I wanted to check if the Bush Beans would also work on our dessert so I grab the Bush Best Great Northern Beans and Bush Best Black Beans for my Halo Halo Recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can Bush Best Great Northern Beans
  • 1 can Bush Best Black Beans
  • 1 jar Nata de Coco
  • 1 jar Sago
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk
  • 10 tbs sugar
  • 2 cup water
  • Shaved Ice

 

PREPARATION:

  1. Wash the Bush Best Great Northern Beans and Bush Best Black Beans and drain.
  2. In a small pot on medium heat, put the Bush Best Great Northern Beans 5 tbs sugar and 1 cup water. Cook for 10 mins. Let cool
  3. In a small pot on medium heat, put the Bush Best Black Beans 5 tbs sugar and 1 cup water. Cook for 10 mins. Let cool
  4. In a tall glass, put 2 tbs spoon of Bush Best Great Northern Beans, Bush Beans Black Beans, Sago and Nata de Coco.
  5. Add shave Ice
  6. Drizzle with evaporated milk. Serve Cold

Halo Halo

 

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My Favorite Summer Perfume

Today I am going to share with you My Favorite Summer Perfume. I Love Perfumes but I dislike strong scent, I am more into a clean, floral and simple smell. The fragrances below are what I use everyday depending on my mood:)

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum

The first fragrance from Tory Burch captures classic elements in unexpected ways. Feminine and tomboy. Easy and polished. Floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli-anchored by earthy vetiver. A bright and complex mix in a super-chic glass bottle with a signature fretwork top.

Burberry My Burberry Eau de Parfum

Inspired by the trench coat and its heritage of British design and craftsmanship, My Burberry captures the fragrance of a London garden after the rain. The scent is a contemporary British grand floral and features a delicate heart of rose, woven with an unexpected touch of geranium leaf.

Chloe Eau de Parfum

Feminine. Elegant. Chic. Chloe captures the spirit of women. Fresh, smooth, comfortable and totally addictive. A sublime powdery rose.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette

Feminine. Beautiful. Clean. philosophy’s best-selling fragrance. amazing grace is always appropriate, soft and feminine. A scent that never offends and is praised by women everywhere. Amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The fragrance opens with bergamot to greet the senses. At the heart lies irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms and lasting musk envelops the skin with its classic beauty.

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The Perfect Morning Routine for a Stress Free Day http://healthandbeautyquest.com/perfect-morning-routine-stress-free-day/ http://healthandbeautyquest.com/perfect-morning-routine-stress-free-day/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 22:41:00 +0000 http://healthandbeautyquest.com/?p=29789 The Perfect Morning Routine for a Stress Free Day One of the best ways to learn on how to make your day less stressful is to look at the people in life who have accomplished it and to try and emulate them. Usually you’ll find that there are many answers to this question and many […]

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The Perfect Morning Routine for a Stress Free Day

One of the best ways to learn on how to make your day less stressful is to look at the people in life who have accomplished it and to try and emulate them.

Usually you’ll find that there are many answers to this question and many things you can learn. But one of the most consistent things you’ll find is that they has a morning routine.

This is what you will do first thing in the day when you wake up. It’s the perfect time to focus on yourself before life gets in the way and it’s the perfect way to ensure your day gets off to the right start. So, what does the ideal morning routine look like? Here are some ideas to start you off…

Exercise

Working out first thing in the morning will help to get the blood circulating and will release hormones that wakes you up. If you train before breakfast, you’ll burn more calories by training in a ‘fasted state’.

Meditation

Another thing you’ll find that many very successful people do is to start their day with meditation. Meditation is a fantastic tool for combating stress and helping yourself to cope better with the challenges that life faces you with. What’s more, is that meditation can help to boost your concentration and create more grey matter to improve your reasoning skills and working memory!

Gratitude

Gratitude exercises are very valuable for being happier and more effective. The problem is that many driven people forget to stop and take stock of what they’ve already accomplished or how good their lives are already. Instead, they only ever think about the things they have yet to accomplish and what they want next.

Spend five minutes in the morning then and write down three things that you are thankful for. These can be big things or small things. But simply by focussing on them, you will feel more content and happier and your work will be more fruitful.

To-Do List

Starting the day with a to-do list is an excellent way to enhance your productivity. It’s also a very good way to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the volume of things you need to do. Make a list of all the things that you absolutely must prioritize and then the things you’ll do if you can. Split your day into segments and then just work through each job one at a time!

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Best Exfoliating Peel Gel for Sensitive Skin http://healthandbeautyquest.com/best-exfoliating-peel-gel-sensitive-skin/ http://healthandbeautyquest.com/best-exfoliating-peel-gel-sensitive-skin/#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:51:07 +0000 http://healthandbeautyquest.com/?p=29775 I have been in the market recently for a new Beauty Regime and the Consultant in the store have recommended this product, I tried it on my hand and I never looked back. The boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel is by far the best Exfoliating product I tried for my face. My skin has always been sensitive […]

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I have been in the market recently for a new Beauty Regime and the Consultant in the store have recommended this product, I tried it on my hand and I never looked back. The boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel is by far the best Exfoliating product I tried for my face. My skin has always been sensitive but with the product it doesn’t sting and the moment you apply it you will see the difference it has on your skin. Use it twice a week(I know its tempting to use it everyday but please don’t do it as it will dry your skin) and feel the difference.

The boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel is a lightweight peeling gel that delivers gentle exfoliation for deeper, more thorough cleansing results.;Get the benefits of a peel-without the harsh side effects. This peel gel acts as a physical peel to remove the outer layer of dead skin, as a chemical peel to penetrate deep into skin for in-depth exfoliation, and as a treatment to firm and brighten for a healthy complexion. It’s triple-activated to get the best results with outer exfoliation and chemical exfoliation deep within pores while a brightening treatment can penetrate deep into skin. It bonds together so you instantly feel outer layer of skin being fully exfoliated. After rinsing, it lets skin appear smoother, softer, and brighter-looking after a single use. If you want to try it, please click on the photo and let me know how it worked for you

Love always,

Abby

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Life Hacks for a Better You http://healthandbeautyquest.com/life-hacks-better/ http://healthandbeautyquest.com/life-hacks-better/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:24:28 +0000 http://healthandbeautyquest.com/?p=29720 The post Life Hacks for a Better You appeared first on Health And Beauty Quest.

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What Inspire You?

What inspires you? Pain can be good because it forces some people to make a change. Debts may lead someone into stepping outside the box and starting their own business. Being humiliated gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassments. It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us get up and get just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves.

With the countless negativity the world brings about, how can you stay on track? Try on the tips, we call the ABCs of life!

Action. Take action. Avoid Negative people at all cost. They only find happiness in bringing you down. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Believe in your self, and in what you can do. Sometimes its hard to believe in yourself after you failed so many times but being a woman you will always find a way to make it work

Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.

Don’t give in and don’t give up. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb. Make motivation as your steering wheel.

Enjoy. Work as if you don’t need money. Dance as if nobody’s watching. Love as if you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people are happy.

Family and Friends – are life’s greatest ‘F’ treasures. Don’t loose sight of them.

Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self-improvement take place at work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things you appreciate more and feels more accomplished

Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle in there for a moment, but these little stars will be your driving force. It doesn’t matter how long you chase them, it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you hold on to your dreams long enough there will come a time that nature will take it course.

Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people to get the best of you. Stay out of toxic people – the kind of friends who hates to hear about your success.

Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone.

Keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually he sees a harsh life finally clearing out, paving the way to self-improvement.

Learn to love your self. Sometimes its easier said than done especially when you have kids, work and a whole lot of activities for the day but it is important to set aside some time for yourself. You are not being selfish, you deserve it!!! It makes a big difference especially when you are already burn out, it give you a new perspective on your day to day life

Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into work clothes.

Never lie, cheat or steal. Always play a fair game.

Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in 2 ways – how they want things to be, and how they should be.

Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us learn repertoire and ways on how can we recover from our mistakes.

Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner?

Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others will get on their feet and try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark.

Stop procrastinating!

Take control of your life. Discipline or self control jives synonymously with motivation. Both are key factors in self-improvement.

Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood the second.

Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on a dry land.

Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. And to believe is something that is rooted out from the roots of motivation and self-improvement.

X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.

You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once.

Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!!

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10 Simple Ways That Will Help You Deal With Fall & Winter Blues http://healthandbeautyquest.com/fall-and-winter-blues/ http://healthandbeautyquest.com/fall-and-winter-blues/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:50:10 +0000 http://healthandbeautyquest.com/?p=1358 So here we are again – shorter days, wind and rain galore, long evenings wrapped in a blanket. I absolutely LOVE fall, it’s my favorite season by far. However, as someone who has long suffered with anxiety and depression, I totally get the fall and winter blues. I guess it’s just biochemistry – our brain […]

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So here we are again – shorter days, wind and rain galore, long evenings wrapped in a blanket. I absolutely LOVE fall, it’s my favorite season by far. However, as someone who has long suffered with anxiety and depression, I totally get the fall and winter blues.

I guess it’s just biochemistry – our brain get’s less sunlight, less Vit. D is produced in our system and TADA! We feel like shit some days. If you’re someone who suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), depression, anxiety, borderline, or you’re bipolar , you’re probably more prone to feel under the weather as fall rolls around.

fall and winter blues

Even if you’re in prime mental health (lucky!) you might get those blue days when getting out of bed is a chore. This post is dedicated to all you ladies who get those days/weeks or even months, where forcing a smile is a sad reality.

Through the years of dealing with this myself, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that have helped me deal with those feelings. The fall and winter blues are also closely tied to the amount of pressure this season brings.

Family events, Holidays, presents, being a certain way in front of your family. Or maybe even having to speak to some of them. So much shit to do. So much shit to think about. Memories, missing those who’re no longer with us. A lot of emotional baggage comes with the fall and winter blues. I so get it. It’s hard! They should call it the high expectations season.

Let’s see if I can help you help yourself to a dash of positive vibes this season. Now, I’m not sayin’ you’ll be laughin’ & shakin’ your belly like a jar full of jelly (LOL) BUT  – it’s worth a try yeah? Every little helps 😉 Let’s kick some fall and winter blues ass ladies!

fall and winter blues

Dealing With The Fall And Winter Blues

Now, I perceive the fall and winter blues as 2 different entities. Fall blues are more about the change from summer heat, sunshine and light energy, to a more damp, dark and foggy aura of the fall. It’s a transition that takes toll on all our senses, and our bodies react accordingly. All the serotonin in the world won’t make it easier, at least from my experience.

The winter blues however, are a different story. The Holiday Season starts in November, pretty much. With Thanksgiving, and then Christmas & Hanukkah, it’s all about the joy. Presents, family meetings, festivities, Santa Claus on every damn’ corner.

All the Christmas decorations and the sugar sweet pictures of happy families. It can get depressing when your life isn’t half as “perfect”. It’s a time of reflection, and often comparing yourself and your life to that of others – ads included.

So now that we’ve established the ins and outs of fall and winter blues, let’s take a look at what could make this time easier and possibly even happier for y’all!

5 Ways To Deal With The Fall Blues

Get Comfortable.

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It might seem like such a small thing, but wearing comfy, cozy clothes this time of year really turns your well being factor up a notch. You’ve got enough on your plate, add fall and winter blues to that – feeling uncomfortable in your clothes is the last thing you want.

Cozy knits, sweat pants, joggers, hoodies, warm oversized scarves, fuzzy socks, furry slippers – it’s like your clothes giving you a hug. Seriously – give it a try!

I get pissed off if I have to brave it in skinny jeans and tight tops come fall. Just gimmie yoga pants and an XXL chunky knit sweater.

Oh, and UGGs. Yep, I’m a basic bitch and proud. It does take the pressure off looking perfect, and makes me feel comfortable, which helps.

Eat Your Heart Out.

fall and winter blues

So what you eat really does matter, and it also affects your moods. I’ve noticed that when I eat a lot of healthy grains, fatty fish like salmon, olive oil and olives, nut butters – you get the jist?

I noticed that when I generally stick to whole, unprocessed foods, I start feeling better. Lighter on my feet, my energy levels rise and my moods improve.

When I slip up and go back to chocolate, sugary store bought granola , big portions and late meals, I start feeling more like shit again. I know fall calls for some comfort food, but ironically, I find emotional comfort in really focusing on a healthy, whole diet.

I feel a positive change in my body, which makes me feel good. Try it!

Fall In Love With Bubble Baths.

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When I had some really dark days, I would escape to my bathroom and pour myself a fragrant, warm bubble bath. Candles n’ all.

Scented salts (something spicy, fallish like pumpkin, cinnamon, clove or gingerbread), body scrubs, SPA music, my favorite TV show.

Yep – I’d watch it in the bath, on my laptop. It really served as a relaxing time out. It would also calm me down before bed, as I had some trouble sleeping too (which often comes with the blues).

Of course, it won’t get you knocked out like Ambien will, but it’s a natural and DIY way to unwind and focus on YOU.

Get Close.

fall and winter blues

I know that alienation is a thing when the blues hit, for a lot of us. We just wanna be left the hell alone. Sometimes any
kind of human interaction is just exhausting.

But let me tell you – it’s healing with the right person/people. I’ve often found that powering through the urge to isolate myself, and opening up to close ones really helped me feel better.

It also lifted my moods and made me feel less alone. Not everyone will “get” what you’re going through and that’s fine. The right person can give you the support and attention that could make this time easier, and more fun too. Try to spend time with people you feel totally comfortable around.

Wear joggers together, light candles, watch movies, indulge in tasty meals. Hell I take my husband with me and have that bubble bath together with a glass of wine. It doesn’t make me depression free all of a sudden, but it sure does make me feel cared for, noticed, loved and happier.

Go Easy On Yourself.

fall and winter blues

Need a nap? Take it. Want to lounge all Sunday watching movies? Do it. Don’t feel like cooking? Order takeout. Seriously, so many of us think that we HAVE TO do this, HAVE TO do that.

OK so when you have a mortgage, a house with kids, pets and family members who scream EXPECTATIONS into your ear day in day out, it’s hard. However, there’s always a way to eliminate some of the HAVE TO’S. It’s called balance hun!

You don’t have to be a perfect housewife, 100% of the time. Yes, you can serve takeout sometimes. You can refuse to wear clothes in favor of lounge wear on the weekends.

You may not feel like doing stuff all day long. It’s ok. The last thing you need is someone telling you to “get it together”. Those people should be put away. If we could get it together, we would.

Jeez. Chill the fuck out, keep your kids + husband alive and well, sometimes that’s the most you can do. Keep the frills and benefits for later, when you actually feel up to it.

Delegate work, ask your partner to take some of the load off. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support. That’s the speedy route to feeling better. Make space for YOU.

5 Ways To Deal With The Winter Holiday Blues

Embrace Your Right To Choose.

fall and winter blues

You can choose whether you’re going to make your house into a Christmas festival and start fussing about presents in October. You can also choose whether you want to spend Christmas with 50 family members, or just you and your closest ones.

The first Holiday I spend with my then fiance, just the two of us, was probably the best Christmas I’ve ever experienced. We ate awesome food in our pj’s, cuddled up on the sofa, watching silly shit.

No pressure, no family feuds, no expectations, no need to slap on a smile just coz’ tis’ the season to be fucking jolly. None of that BS. Just us, sharing the love, enjoying the season, drinking mulled wine. Yes, people will get offended. They will emotionally blackmail you into attending 100 family meetings, work outings, Christmas shopping sprees.

They will probably nag and ask why and label you as weird or insensitive and selfish. But you know what? Fuck them.

You have the right to choose how you spend your time. It’s your life – and as far as I’m concerned, none of us have signed a contract at birth, promising to spend Christmas or any other holiday for that matter, in a certain way. In the end, when you spend the Holidays exactly how you’ve always wanted to, the blues seem to lift off. It’s a Christmas Miracle!

Fuck The Pressure.

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The right gifts, inviting the right guests, seating them the right way. Cooking the appropriate foods using the right recipes that have been in your family for generations. Wearing that dress that your mother loves and you hate, just to make her happy. Eating one slice of cake instead of two coz’ aunt Cheryl will comment on your weight gain. Fuck that.

The pressure that we put ourselves under for the sake of satisfied smiles on the faces of our family members. The frustration, the anger, the resentment – all that really fuels the blues. Just thinking about it will make a sista frown. How about being more in tune with yourself?

Eat the cake, wear sweat pants, cook what you God damn please. Can you feel the pressure lift off, taking the blues with it? Hell Yeah!

Plan Ahead.

fall and winter blues

OK so when I know I will be involved in some sort of festivities, I tend to procrastinate. I always think about all the work and the shopping and stuff I’d love to do in fact, but I just can’t get to it. Even if it’s things I’m doing out of my own will, not coz I’m expected to. And it gets me down.

Hell, it makes me feel guilty that everyone is already sorted out and I’m still far behind the pack. Nowadays, I plan ahead. I think about what we’d wanna eat, what we might want under the tree (dog included!), and I roughly estimate how much cash that’s gonna eat up. I feel safe that there’s some sort of plan in place, making it easier to see what’s on my plate.

Procrastinating can really amp up anxiety and make you feel overwhelmed and blue, so powering through and trying to think ahead can really clear your mind and make you feel lighter. Give it a try!

Make Peace With How Things Are.

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Not talking to your parents? Constantly fighting with your sister? Hate going over to your aunt’s yearly Christmas Dinner? Guess what I’m gonna tell you? Fuck it. Seriously – are you going to magically fix your family problems because someone stuck a tree in your living room and cooked some turkey? Don’t think so. Don’t force yourself to FIX things.

I’ll even go a step further, don’t force yourself to meet with people you don’t wanna see, and talk to people you don’t wanna talk to. You’re not talking to them for a good reason. Christmas is not a free pass to be forgiven just because Santa and mistletoe. If there’s issues lingering for a long time, and you’re not ready to put them behind you – don’t.

I know it’s hard and gut wrenching and guilt inducing, but I’ve powered past it and it felt GREAT. Sometimes we just gotta make peace with the way things are. Forcing yourself to do stuff you don’t wanna do with definitely make you feel blue. It even rhymes so it has to be true.

Eat Some Cake.

fall and winter blues

On the bright side, Holiday Season = some God damn great food. I’ve found that some moderate indulgence always makes me feel better. Mulled wine with the hubby, Christmas chocolates with my besties, turkey shared with my German Shepherd – yas. Comfort food all the way yo!

If you can’t bear to enjoy ANY part of the Holidays, it’s safe to say you could at least enjoy the food, no? I’m all about looking for the positives, and sometimes all that’s positive is gingerbread cake with double icing and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

On a couch watching movies by candle light, under a fluffy blanket. Come on, it’s gotta feel at least a little better, right?

If not, think about it this way – it’s 2 months out of your life tops. What’s 2 months? Think about January. Everyone will fuck off to their own lives, broke and 10 pounds heavier. That’s surely something to look forward to?

With lots of fall and winter LOVE,

Eva x 😉

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This Is The Best Juice For Glowing Skin & It’s So Easy To Make! http://healthandbeautyquest.com/juice-for-glowing-skin/ http://healthandbeautyquest.com/juice-for-glowing-skin/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:45:21 +0000 http://healthandbeautyquest.com/?p=17 I’m all for taking small steps when it comes to making your lifestyle healthier and more natural. This juice for glowing skin is one of those little steps that you can make, for a healthier, beautiful life. It’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and a whole lot of delicious! This blog post will review the best […]

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I’m all for taking small steps when it comes to making your lifestyle healthier and more natural. This juice for glowing skin is one of those little steps that you can make, for a healthier, beautiful life. It’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and a whole lot of delicious! This blog post will review the best juices for a healthier and natural lifestyle!

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The Best Juice For Glowing Skin – It’s At Every Store!

juice for glowing skinIf you thought that I was going to give you a huge and complicated recipe requiring an array of kitchen equipment – hold your horses girlfriend!

Didn’t I say this was going to be easy?  Baby steps! Before we get to that stage where I bring out the juicer, let’s go over the ultra busy gal recipes, alright?

So, let me introduce you to your semi-homemade juice for glowing skin magic. It’s all natural, organic, and super quick!

Carrot & Orange Juice With A Dash Of Ginger

juice for glowing skinCarrots, oranges and ginger – these are the magic ingredients that go into this uber amazing concoction for glowing skin. Before I talk prep, let me explain why these 3 ingredients will make your skin glow.

Carrots = Anti Aging Vitamin A

Carrots are an absolute skin care powerhouse! They’re loaded with with beta-carotene, which turns into Vitamin A once you consume it.

Vitamin A is one of the most recognized anti aging fixes. You can find it in an array of face creams and treatments, both over the counter and even prescription

Not only does Vitamin A promote the production of collagen, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it’s also used to treat stubborn acne effectively. It normalizes all skin functions, proving useful for all skin types. Farewell to imperfections and the first signs of aging!

If want to learn more about skin care that works, you will love this post

The Easy Guide To Skin Care In Your 30s

Oranges = Antioxidant Vitamin C

juice for glowing skinOrange juice is high in Vitamin C, which is a strong, natural antioxidant.

Antioxidants are a great defence against free radicals, which have been tied to premature aging, inflammation and even cancer.

That’s why loading up on antioxidants is essential for good health, and we already know that a healthy body = beautiful skin.

Orange juice is not only filled with antioxidant properties,Vitamin C also contributes to the production of collagen, which us 30+ gals really need.

Our body makes less collagen the older we get, and the collagen itself also drops in quality.

It’s basically old people collagen vs. young and perky collagen. Don’t you worry though girlfriend! That’s why we’re talking juice for glowing skin today, so you can help your body make you look young and fresh for years to come!

Want to discover more foods that will do wonders for your skin? You will love this post!

5 Fruits That Will Give Your Skin A Beautiful Glow

A Dash Of Ginger =  Cleansing & Flushing Out Toxins

juice for glowing skinGinger contains superb antiseptic and cleansing properties, which are a great fix for impurities, pimples and blackheads.

It will give your skin a radiant glow!

Ginger also promotes better blood circulation to your skin, which means that it will absorb moisture and nutrients more effectively.

To top that, ginger also contains 40 antioxidant compounds.

Joining forces with the anti aging carrots and antioxidant filled oranges, to give you the best juice for glowing skin EVER.

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Making The Best Juice For Glowing Skin Is Easier Than You Think!

juice for glowing skinSo now onto the prep. I hope the “made from scratch” gals reading this won’t tut their finger at me.

Like I said – this recipe is meant to be super easy, super quick and a super convenient so even the busiest of ladypreneurs cannot make the “I don’t have time” excuse.

What You Will Need:

  • 250 ml store bought, organic, freshly pressed carrot juice with no added sugars (the 1 day kind)
  • 250 ml store bought, organic, freshly squeezed orange juice with no added sugars (the 1 day kind)
  • Small piece of peeled, fresh ginger root, finely sliced (about half a teaspoon)
  • Ice

The Prep:

  • Throw the ingredients into a blender, pulse for about a minute until the ginger is fully blended
  • Add ice, pulse for 30 seconds
  • Drink immediately! Fresh juice oxidizes fast, losing its nourishing properties, so you need to have it right away!

Easy as 1-2-3!

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Making Healthy Living Simple

juice for glowing skinI’ve found that a lot of people make healthy living sound and look really hard and time consuming.

At least that’s what I feel like numerous times when I go through healthy living blogs and sites.

The amount of work and time that goes into making organic, fresh, homemade stuff is un-be-lie-va-ble.

This is why I’m trying to find the middle ground. I’ve found that you can make healthy changes, simply. I’m constantly searching for new ways and hacks to improve my lifestyle and enhance my beauty regime, naturally

As I was recovering from severe burnout, it was crucial for me to start eating healthy and taking care of myself.juice for glowing skin

I didn’t have much energy to spare for complicated recipes, searching for rare ingredients or trying to explain to my husband what quinoa looks like. Or kale. Or watercress.

This has literally forced me to use my imagination and what limited resources I had, to embark on my health and beauty quest in the simplest of ways.

The best juice for glowing skin recipe is one of the outcomes, resulting from my journey into healthy and simple living. I hope you can join me and see the many benefits for yourself!

Much Love,

Eva K. x

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You really need to check these best coconut oil beauty hacks, stat. Why? Because the results will absolutely amaze you! It’s seriously pure magic how many things you can use this glorious nut for. Bonus – they’re oh so relaxing, the ultimate way to unwind in the comfort of your own home! When you Buy Coconut Oil, you’re getting the best bang for your buck with regards to skin.

best coconut oil

 

Coconut oil is one of nature’s secret weapons and you’re losing out on a load of goodness if you’re not using it in your beauty routine yet!

I was not the first one to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon. With a beauty marketing background, I’m quite the sceptic to popular fads.

When I finally gave coconut oil a shot, I’ve never looked back since! Your turn, gal pal! Get pampered and chillax with some quick & easy coconut beauty rituals.

Top 5 Of The Best Coconut Oil Properties

best coconut oil

Coconut oil is filled with properties that show great efficacy in nourishing skin, hair and nails. Let’s get into the deets of why coconut is pure magic:

1.It contains an abundance of natural Vitamin E.

Coconut oil contains vitamin E, the ultimate youth elixir. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which protects body tissue from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are substances that harm cells, tissues and organs. It’s believed they play a significant role in conditions related to aging.

2.It acts as an antiseptic.

Coconut oil has great antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, which come in handy when treating skin conditions like dermatitis and even fungal infections caused by candida!

3.It’s been used as a moisturizer for centuries.best coconut oil

Due to its molecular structure, coconut oil is an effective moisturizing and softening agent, as shown by numerous clinical studies. It acts deep in the structure of the skin, providing and sealing in necessary moisture.

If you want to learn more about hydration, you will love this post

These 10 Foods Will Help You Stay Super Hydrated

4.It protects your hair from damage & repairs hair that’s already been damaged. 

best coconut oil“Coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair, when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product”.

According to a study in the Journal Of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil not only moisturizes your hair, but it also restores damaged hair structure.

This means that it can actually reverse some of the adverse effects of bleaching, dyeing and over styling your locks!

It’s safe to say that introducing damaged, dry hair to coconut oil definitely won’t hurt!

Need to know more about effective, daily hair care? This post has you covered!

How To Maintain Healthy Hair In 5 Easy Steps

5.The emollient properties of coconut oil make it a great soothing and nourishing agent

Clinical studies have proven that coconut oil has emollient properties when applied to atopic dermatitis affected skin.

It not only soothes the itchy and painful condition, it also nourishes the skin, ultimately providing treatment. Pure coconut magic!

Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine

best coconut oil

Now that we’ve established the amazing properties of coconut oil, it’s time to talk about how you can make use of the best coconut oil has to offer in your beauty routine. Even what powerful supplements to buy that have pure coconut oil in them!

Please note that the best type of coconut oil to use is virgin coconut oil,

as it has the highest concentration of ingredients that contribute to the moisturizing, nourishing and soothing properties.

Coconut oil is great for all skin types – even the most sensitive, affected with dermatitis, xerosis, acne, all the way up to atopic skin.

If you do suffer from a serious skin condition, make sure you contact your dermatologist before you use
any homemade beauty recipes. It’s always a good idea to stay safe rather than sorry!

I want to show you guys 5 of the best coconut oil homemade best-coconut-oilconcoctions. I absolutely love these!

There’s tons of this stuff circulating the web, as you might have seen.

I have plowed through many recipes and ideas before finding the ones that worked best for me.

Now I want to share the goodness with y’all!

They will not only leave your skin and hair feeling super soft, fragrant and pampered – they will also help you relax. It’s no coincidence that so many SPA’s use coconut oil 🙂

If you want to learn more about effective beauty routines, you’ll love this post!

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Top 5 Best Coconut Oil Beauty Concoctions You Need To Try!

The ultimate creme de la creme of homemade coconut oil beauty recipes! Your skin, hair and your psyche will thank you 🙂

1.Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter With Sweet Almond Oil

best coconut oil body butter

I found this amazing and super easy recipe for a luxurious, soft and wallet friendly body butter over at the Living The Nourished Life blog.

I decided to make a teeny tiny alteration by adding some sweet almond oil to the mix.

You can also add some essential oils like in the original, for your favorite fragrance.

Essential oils also have great therapeutic properties! Try adding some lavender oil for a luscious, relaxing mixture!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup solid coconut oil (don’t soften or melt!)
  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • Optional: Lavender essential oil for a relaxing fix or your favorite essential oil (5-15 drops, depending on how strong you like the fragrance)

Preparation & Use:

  • Place the solid coconut oil in a mixing bowl, add sweet almond oil
  • Whip up the ingredients with an electric hand mixer or a robot mixer like Kitchen Aid
  • Don’t use a blender or food processor – it won’t work for a whipped texture!
  • Add the essential oil once the mixture has the texture of whipping cream, whip up for 1 more minute
  • The whipped coconut butter is ready to use for 3-6 months! Store in a jar and enjoy!

Note: if your house is very hot, store the butter in a cool place so the oil doesn’t melt. 

Properties:

  • Moisturizing: every skin type needs moisture and this body butter delivers!
  • Nourishing: dry and dehydrated skin will love this mix
  • Antibacterial: it will work well with acne prone or oily skin
  • Softening: will make your skin ultra supple and soft to the touch, especially after a warm bath
  • Soothing: great for dry and irritated skin

2. Coconut & Argan Oil Luxurious Sugar Hand & Body Scrub

best coconut oil scrub

I loooove this recipe!

After reading about and trying out a ton of body scrub recipes, I have decided that this mixture is the ultimate best coconut oil based body scrub EVER.

It’s beautiful for both spring/summer and fall/winter months, as I’ve made 2 fragrance variations!

Ingredients For A Warm & Cozy Winter Scrubbest coconut oil

  • 1 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup argan oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Ingredients For A Citrusy And Refreshing Summer Scrubbest coconut oil

  • 1 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lime essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil

Preparation & Use:

  • It doesn’t get easier than this  – combine the ingredients together. Store in a mason jar, use 2-3 x weekly for gloriously smooth, nourished skin that smells amazing.

Note: the coconut oil and argan oil mix is so nourishing, it will probably leave your skin soft and moisturized enough to skip the body lotion/butter. Unless you have really dry or sensitive skin, then follow with a light body balm.

Properties:

  • Exfoliating: getting rid of dead skin cells and impurities
  • Nourishing: not only does it scrub, it also provides skin with essential nutrients
  • Antibacterial: it will work well with acne prone or oily skin
  • Softening: will make your skin ultra supple and soft to the touch

3. Intensive Hair Treatment With 4 Precious Oils

best coconut oilI’ve found an excellent recipe for a deeply conditioning hair mask at the Hello Glow blog and tweaked it slightly to make for the ultimate dry & damaged hair treatment.

This baby will work for natural hair, unruly curls, bleached and dehydrated hair with split ends, hair loss and breakage – the whole package.

The best coconut oil based hair lovin’ mix!

Ingredients

  • Virgin coconut oil
  • Unrefined Shea Butter
  • Argan oil
  • Macadamia oil
  • Rosemary essential oil

Preparation & Use:

  • Use an oil burner to melt the shea butter & coconut oil, pour into a bowl
  • Mix in the argan and macadamia oils
  • Add 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • Stir mixture to combine

Note: Use when the mixture is still warm, apply to your hair from root to tip. Brush through, and cover hair with a shower cap. Wrap a towel around your head, and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse & shampoo as normal. You can also use it overnight, or as a leave in treatment for your hair tips. 

Properties:

  1. Coconut Oil: is known to penetrate deep into hair structures, repairing damage and preventing further damage from happening. It moisturizes, reduces frizz, smoothes and softens hair.
  2. Shea Butter: soothes and moisturizes the scalp, locks moisture in your hair structure, has been proven to treat dandruff and dry scalp, its emollient properties nourish very dry and damaged hair.
  3. Argan Oil: filled with antioxidants and vitamin E, argan oil promotes hair growth, repairs damage and gives your hair a silky, shiny texture.
  4. Macadamia Oil: with a long nutrient list of iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and an array of fatty acids, macadamia nut oil has plentiful restorative, moisturizing and soothing properties
  5. Rosemary Essential Oil: when rubbed into the scalp, it promotes hair growth, prevents increased hair fall, protects the scalp from excessive drying and contributes to dandruff treatment

This is the ultimate hair power pack ladies, give it a try and let me know about the results you get!

4. Luscious Anti-Aging Face Mask With Coconut, Almond, Avocado & Apricot oils

best coconut oil face mask

Let’s bring out the big guns!

Anti aging is something I’ll be talking a lot about, as when you say hello to your 30s, it’s something we just focus on more.

So here is the best coconut oil anti aging concoction coming right up girlfriend!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • Whole avocado, peeled
  • 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil

Preparation & Use:

  • Mash the avocado into a smooth paste.
  • Add the coconut oil and combine until smooth
  • Add almond & apricot oils, combine
  • Apply to a previously cleansed and dried face
  • Keep on for 30 minutes, rinse, apply favorite moisturizer

Properties:

  • Coconut Oil: with high vitamin E content and a molecular structure which enables deep skin penetration, it moisturizes and protects your skin from premature aging.
  • Avocado: rich in vitamins A & E, as well as collagen boosting plant sterolins, avocado helps to keep your face wrinkle free and well nourished.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: contains vitamins E & K, promoting better circulation in your skin which enables it to absorb nutrients more effectively. It’s restorative properties nourish the skin, and help it maintain elasticity
  • Apricot Kernel Oil: aside from being one of the best carrier oils for beauty oil blends, this magical oil contains vitamin A & E. These stimulate collagen production, which slows down significantly past the age of 30. It helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Coconut Oil Protective & Nourishing Lip Balm

best coconut oil lip balmDIY lip balms are waaay better than the store bought variety – and this coming from a gal who carried about 3-5 lip balms in her bag on any given occasion.

This recipe is ultra easy to make! Just pour it into a little pot (you can use an empty lip balm pot or empty eye cream pot) and enjoy the best coconut oil lip hydrating, smoothing balm that smells delish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1-3 drops vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbs cocoa butter

Preparation & Use:

  • In a warm water bath (place cup in a saucepan of boiling water) melt beeswax & coconut oil. Stir to even the texture
  • Add cocoa butter, stir until even
  • Add a few drops of vanilla extract, stir
  • Take the cup out (in mittens!) and let cool for 1 minute
  • Pour mixture into a pot and leave to cool (you can stick it in the fridge!)
  • Use like regular lip balm, apply with your fingers

Properties:

  • Beeswax: has antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties, which come in useful when the colder months roll around. Especially if you’re prone to oral herpes!
  • Coconut Oil: ultra moisturizing for your lips, will also give them a nice, glossy texture
  • Cocoa Butter: will nourish and protect your lips against chapping and drying out
  • Vanilla Extract: for that yummy, mood enhancing fragrance!

Jump On The Coconut Bandwagon!

best coconut oilNow that you’ve learned a whole lot about the magical properties of coconut oil, and have seen the best coconut oil beauty recipes, it’s action time!

I challenge you to try ONE of the 5 best coconut oil beauty fixes and use it at least 1x weekly for a month. Why? Because I really want you to see amazing results!

It’s really hard to convince yourself to try new things, especially if they involve more than just purchasing a ready made product and unpacking it. I know, I’ve been there!

You can make all 5 recipes in bulk, store and use on a regular basis just like you would a drugstore product.

The difference is ,that your body will absorb and use natural ingredients waaaay more effectively vs. chemical laden products.

These all natural recipes are also cheaper to make, and ultimately bring much better results with consistent use.

Are you ready to see the difference?

Much Love,

Eva K. x

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5 Mistakes You Need To Avoid For An Effective Bedtime Beauty Routine

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September, 2016

Self Care | Skin Care

Your nighttime skin care routine is absolutely KEY to the beauty and health of your skin. Why? Because nighttime is when our bodies regenerate and rejuvenate after a long day’s work. When you’re sound asleep, your body is repairing cellular damage that naturally occurs during the day.

At night, your skin is in a truly sweet spot for beauty care. It’s not busy with fighting off free radicals, UVA/UVB rays, pollution and other environmental factors, like during daytime.

Cleared of makeup and impurities, skin is ready to absorb and make use of nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in creams.

This makes your nighttime skin care routine a great opportunity to provide your skin with moisturizing and nourishing products.

Not only will they help it regenerate, their goodness will also be used more effectively, bringing better results.

Are You Sabotaging Your Beauty Efforts?

Having said that, some of the things you might be doing as part of your nighttime skin care routine, could be totally sabotaging your beauty efforts.

It’s vital that we pay attention to how we treat our skin, especially once we enter the late twenties.

That’s when the production of collagen starts to drop, as well as our skin’s ability to regenerate.

Unless you make an effort to take proper care of your face and body, you’re heading down the premature aging road, fast.

Isn’t that what most women are freaked out about, as they get closer or past 30 years old? I know I sure am. Who doesn’t want to stay young a supple for as long as possible?

What women need to understand, is that as they get older, their skin requires more love and attention to stay the same way as it would naturally at 20.

Let’s dive in and see if you’re making any of the top 5 nighttime beauty routine mistakes, and looking 5 or even more years older than you actually are.

1. Leaving Your Makeup On.

This has got to be the main culprit. The absolute worst thing you can do to your face, is sleeping with makeup on. Let’s take a look at the consequences of doing this on a regular basis:

  • Clogged Pores
  • Dull and gray complexion
  • Breakouts, blackheads, acne
  • Overly dried out or even dehydrated skin
  • Sabotaging your skin’s natural cycle of regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Premature aging – wrinkling, sagging
  • Swollen eyes, dark circles
  • Increased sebum production, leading to oily skin

I hope the above reasons are enough to convince you that there are NO exceptions to this rule – you have to remove your makeup thoroughly before you go to bed.

It might have been ok once a while when you were in college, but as you get closer to or past your 30s, it’s a big no no.

If you do end up sleeping in your makeup, make sure you change the pillowcase before your next snooze. 

The impurities and oily residue have transferred onto the pillow from the night before. They could cause clogged pores and breakouts when in contact with your face, especially if you have acne prone or oily skin. They will also sabotage your nighttime beauty routine efforts come next bedtime.

2. Skipping Cleansing and Toning.

No different than in the morning, your nighttime beauty routine should include cleansing and toning, stat.

Cleansing rids of you of what’s left of your makeup after a long day, along with all the impurities and oily residue that have accumulated on your skin.

It’s important to pay attention to cleansing especially before bedtime. You should remove all traces of makeup and make sure that your skin is clean as a whistle.

Run a cotton pad across your cheek and forehead, if it’s white, you’re good to go.

Having said that, make sure your cleanser doesn’t dry your skin out. Micellar lotions and waters are an excellent solution to nighttime cleansing on point.

They’re very effective at thoroughly removing any dirt and makeup, and they’re also gentle on your skin.

Toning should naturally come after cleansing. When you cleanse, the pH balance of your skin changes. 

A pH of 5.5 is the sweet spot for the face on your skin, toners helps you get there and prepares your skin for moisturization and regeneration. 

Pay attention to the toner you use. Stay away from astringents, no matter what skin type you have. They contain a lot of alcohol which overly dries out your skin – this is not beneficial for any sort of skin.

Acne skin will not benefit from astringents either, it needs gentle moisturization more than anything else. Drying it out is a myth – don’t do it, period.

Milky textured toners with moisturizing properties are a safe bet, they’re delicate and do their job. Make sure your toner is not alcohol based!

3. Using Your Day Cream

How many of you are doing this right now?

Having a few favorite face creams and using them for both your day and nighttime skin care routine?

Join the club ladies! I always thought that night creams were just a marketing fad, and getting the same cream in a day and night variant was not necessary.

I used to believe that there was no difference between day and night creams, thinking this was only a way for brands to increase women’s spending on face care.

Only when I started working in the beauty industry, I realized that there’s a colossal difference between the two.
Your skin has different needs in the morning vs. nighttime. Let’s take a quick look: 

Your Skin’s Top 3 Daytime Beauty Needs

Protection – from UVA/UVB rays, pollution, stress, bacteria, dirt

Lightweight Moisturization – to replenish the water that your skin has lost during the night

Revitalisation – hormonal changes and imbalance which often affect women, have an impact on skin, causing swollen puffy eyes.

Lack of sleep, stress and poor diet contribute to dark circles, dull complexion and undereye bags.

Your Skin’s Top 3 Nighttime Beauty Needs

Regeneration & Nourishment – Your skin enters reparative mode during the night. This is when it regenerates after an entire day of stressors.

It’s also much more prone to effectively absorbing nutrients, as it’s not exposed to daily stress like sunshine, pollution, dirt etc, and focused on one task – regenerating.

For this reason, when you apply a face cream / mask / treatment before bed, it’s prone to bring better, more visible results.

Intense Moisturization  – your skin loses more water when you snooze. This is why your nighttime skin care routine should involve an intensely moisturizing serum or cream.

It will prevent dehydration, which often leads to increased sebum production and breakouts, as well as feelings of discomfort and even irritation.

4. Not Moisturizing After A Bath/Shower

When I say nighttime skin care routine, I don’t only mean the skin on your face girlfriend!

Your body also needs special care and attention.

Even if you’re using a moisturizing or nourishing body wash, it’s still not providing your body with the essential amount of moisture that it actually needs. Why?

Unless you’re using emollient or oil based body wash (in which case you should moisturize post shower anyway), your shower lotion most probably contains soap and SLS.

Both of these are responsible for that rich lather you love and enjoy. Unfortunately, they also contribute to drying out your skin.

I don’t know about you, but I get that uncomfortable, tight, irritable feeling on my skin if I don’t moisturize after a shower or bath. Even if you don’t, try rubbing your skin gently an hour after a shower sans moisturization.

Chances are, it won’t feel super soft, supple and smooth.

It might feel rough, especially on your knees and elbows. Around your 30s, skin has a tougher time maintaining a right water balance. Whatever your skin type, your body will benefit from a surge of moisture and nutrients post shower.

The Low Down On Body Care Products

There are so many types and varieties of body care products, it's confusing and pretty tough to choose the right one for your skin's needs. Let's go over the basic ones:

Body Butter - by definition rich and thick textured, nourishing and moisturizing. Perfect for dry, dehydrated skin and during fall and winter. Often enriched with plant oils like shea, cocoa, argan and olive.

Body Lotion - light and delicate texture, more milky and easily
absorbed by the skin (or at least it should be!) Perfect for normal/combination skin, as well as the warmer months of spring and summer.

You often see varieties targeted at specific problems such as cellulite, aging and sagging, skin tone adjustment, lack of elasticity etc.

Dry Body Oils - have the nourishing and protective qualities of plan based oils, without leaving a greasy film on your skin like baby oil would for instance. Great for sunburnt skin, dry and dehydrated as well as normal and even sensitive.

Most popular varieties contain+ argan, shea, olive, macadamia, marula, cocoa and jojoba.

In Shower Lotion -  by far my favorite recently! You use them like you would a standard body lotion, except you do so right after using body wash, on slightly moist skin, and rinse right after.

They leave a soft film on your skin, similar to dry body oil. Nivea has a great line of these, also for dry and sensitive skin.

Body Milk - not as rich and thick as body butter, yet more nurturing and dense than body lotion. Body milk is often infused with plant oils and emollients, leaving a noticeable protective layer on your skin post application. Perfect for sensitive, dry and dehydrated skin.

5. Going To Bed Dehydrated

I will say this over and over – your skin loses water more dynamically during the nighttime.

That’s why your nighttime skin care routine should definitely involve moisturizing from the inside aka drinking water!

You can use moisturizer by the ton, but if you’re not hydrated properly, your skin will still feel the difference.
This goes especially for Wine Wednesdays and post party nights. 

Alcohol dehydrates your system, having a significant effect on the wellbeing of your skin.

However, wine does have an amazing concentration of antioxidants which are a blessing for your complexion. BUT – you still need to drink that water gal pal!

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When we wake up in the morning, our bodies are regenerated and ready to handle another day. Providing we’ve had between 7-9 hrs of sleep. Even if you haven’t had a good night’s rest, you can make sure your morning beauty routine checklist is on point. It can make the difference between glowing and gloomy!

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Why It’s Key To Get Your Morning Beauty Routine Right

Like I’ve mentioned above, providing you’ve had the recommended amount of sleep last night, which is deemed to be between 7-9 hours, your body has not fully regenerated and repaired cellular damage from the day before. This affects your skin and general well being, significantly.

Continuous sleep deprivation effects on morning beauty routine checklistyour skin:

1.Premature aging

2. Puffy eyes & undereye circles

3. Dull complexion

4. Less efficient absorption of nutrients from skin care products

Let’s talk reality  – all of us have had a bout with sleep deprivation one time or another during the course of our life so far. Hands up all the boss babes, the brides to be and the new mamas!

As much as you should try to get a fair amount of snooze each night, when that’s not happening on your agenda right now – fret not gal pal!

By establishing a killah’ morning beauty routine checklist, you can minimize the effects of too little sleep and give your skin a hand at rejuvenation.

What If I Sleep Just Fine?

Lucky chick! You still need to prepare your skin for the upcoming day, protect it from environmental factors, and make sure it’s properly moisturized. No exceptions, a great morning beauty routine = a beautiful day ahead!

Why Your Morning & Night Beauty Routines Should Be Different

morning beauty routine checklistThis is REAL important, your morning beauty routine checklist should be slightly different to the one before bedtime. Why?

1.Skin loses more water a night, which means your pre-bedtime products should be more nourishing and rich in texture vs. those you use in the morning.

2.Blood circulation is much better when you sleep, your skin is more prone to absorbing nutrients efficiently vs. morning & daytime. Come morning time, your skin is faced with fighting free radicals and environmental factors like sun exposure, stress and pollution to name a few. Hence – it has different needs at this time of the day.

3.Your morning beauty routine checklist calls for refreshment, moisture and protection, whilst pre-bedtime pampering should be more about cleansing and nourishing after a long day.

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5 Quick Steps To A Morning Routine Your Skin Will Love!

morning beauty routine checklistI totally get what it’s like getting ready in the morning, especially if you’re not only getting yourself sorted.

With waking up and taking care of the kids, feeding the cats and dogs, helping your partner find a tie/sock/insert item, it can be mayhem.

These 5 quick steps will take you literally 5 minutes, if not less!

A great morning beauty routine checklist doesn’t have to be an enormous and complicated process. In fact – less means more when it comes to beauty.

It’s all about doing the right things at the right time, with the right products.

Easy?

It will be once I show you how!

Your Morning Beauty Routine Checklist

In chronological order, made totally simple and oh so effective. Let’s dive right in ladies!

morning beauty routine checklist1.Drink a Glass of Water

Yes, I will go there. Keep a glass of water by your bedside table. When you wake up, drink up buttercup! The benefits of drinking water immediately after waking up have been heavily debated.

There is even such a thing as water therapy, where you drink 5-6 glasses of water upon waking up to maintain a state of wellbeing, eliminate toxins, and ever cure certain conditions.

Downing a glass of water after waking up, on an empty stomach, kicks off your hydration for the day and helps to flush toxins which in turn increases your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. You can drink it saute, ice cold to boost your metabolism, or add some lemon for even further benefits.

What has it got to do with your morning beauty routine checklist? It paves the way for glowing, healthy looking skin morning beauty routine checklistby flushing those toxins, cleansing your system, and hydrating.

I’ve tried this and it does make a difference, if you’re consistent the results will come around.

Too simple? As you dig deeper behind the scenes of a healthy and natural lifestyle, you will find that it’s actually really simple to maintain.

The transition itself takes some work as most changes do, but actually “living the healthy life” is pure and simple. As things should be!

If you want to learn more about staying hydrated, this post has you covered!

These 10 Foods Will Keep You Super Hydrated

2.Cleanse

morning skin care routineOnce you’re done with your water, the next step to your morning beauty routine checklist is cleansing. Cleansing in the morning basically comes down to preparing your skin for a quenching dose of moisturizer.

Pick your  cleanser according to skin type – super important!

  • Normal to combination skin is the easiest – you can go with face wash, micellar water, cleansing milk or even face wipes. This skin type is a blessing in terms of beauty care.

Make sure you avoid alcohol based cleansers, as they tend to dry out skin significantly, thereby upsetting its chemical balance.

  • Oily and acne prone skin likes delicate, water based face washes in the form of gel.

Avoid using face wash with exfoliating properties on a daily basis, as it will induce even more sebum production and cause further breakouts. It can also irritate your skin which is already sensitive due to it’s condition.

If you’d like to learn more about oily skin care – this post will is for you!

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  • Dry and dehydrated skin prefers creamy and quenching formulas such as cleansing milk or delicate morning beauty routine checklistmicellar solution. Avoid alcohol based cleansers which dry out the skin. Make sure your exfoliating scrub is very finely grained, thick scrubs are harsh on the skin.

Dry skin is sensitive and irritation prone, exfoliate with care and no more than once a week.

  • Sensitive/atopic skin needs VIP treatment due to the fact it’s extremely prone to irritation, rash, redness, cracking, peeling and damage in general. To avoid uncomfortable sensations of burning or tightening, go straight for the dermocosmetics aisle.

Soap and fragrance free cleansers that nourish your skin whilst purifying are your best bet. Watch out for products which contain SLS which can cause irritation and/or allergic reactions in sensitive skin.

3.Tone

morning beauty routine checklistThis is a step that A LOT of women pass on, including me once upon a time. Why the hell should you tone your skin? Isn’t cleansing enough?

The purpose of toning your skin is restoring the natural ph balance after cleansing.

Your skin has a thin, protective outside layer called the acid mantle. It’s pH is around 5.5 (slightly acidic) and it’s the optimal level of pH to keep your skin supple and healthy looking.

When you cleanse or even wash your face with water, you’re changing the pH of your skin, which upsets its natural balance.

Depending on where you live and how hard/soft your water is, the change in pH can be quite significant. This means your skin will go into overdrive to get back to the 5.5 mark.

The key to maintaining skin health, as well as overall well being, is balance.

That’s why you should tone – to maintain a healthy balance within your skincare routine. Toning is fast and easy – apply some toner to a cotton pad, and swipe your face gently like you would when taking off makeup.

How To Choose The Right Toner?

When it comes to toners, I have realized through trial and error, that the most important part is making sure your morning beauty routine checklisttoner is alcohol free.

Even if your skin is oily/acne prone, stay away from astringents. They will dry out your skin like mad and eventually make matters worse by kicking its sebum production into overdrive.

The rule of thumb when it comes to toners: the more natural, the better. No alcohol, moisturizing properties and milky textures are things to look for.

Toners have a bad rep due to the fact that most women associate them with astringents – the horrible, stinging lotions from hell.

They’re meant to constrict your pores and remove excess oil and bacteria from the skin, but really they just make it feel like Sahara in the middle of July.

I’ve had a fair share of bad experiences with astringents, especially when I was in my teens and absolutely covered in acne. Astringents made it so much worse. Do yourself a favor and don’t use them.

Let’s establish a new beginning with toners. Toner = gentle, moisturizing lotion which balances your skin pH for a supple and glowing complexion. Much better!

4.Moisturize

morning beauty routine checklistNow onto the moisturizing – probably my favorite part. There’s nothing quite as comforting as the feeling of a beautifully scented and soft textured moisturizer melting into your skin.

The softness, suppleness and comfort are a cherry on top of the morning routine!

Your morning beauty routine checklist should include moisturizing for 3 super important reasons:

  • Skin loses water when you sleep, you need to replenish that moisture with applying moisturizer
  • Your skin will be faced with environmental factors throughout the day, like sunshine exposure, pollution and stress, meaning you need to provide it with a protective layer. Thi is what moisturizing will take care of too.
  • Moisturizing prevents premature aging by providing your skin with the right amount of moisture and nutrients.

5 Qualities Your Daytime Moisturizer Should Have

morning beauty routine checklist

  1. It should contain an SPF filter of at least 15, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays
  2. The texture should be light and easily absorbed by your skin. A thick, rich cream applied during daytime burdens your skin with loads of ingredients which it won’t have the capability to use. Remember your skin is busy during the day, fighting free radicals and countering environmental factors.
  3. It should provide a good base for makeup – this goes back to themorning beauty routine checklist 2 point. If you apply a thick, rich textured cream to your face in the morning, piling makeup on top can create an uncomfortable “mask”, literally. Makeup tends to smudge and wear off much faster if you’ve got a thick and greasy base. Not even going to start on what this combination will do to your pores. Look for moisturizers with “great makeup base” claims.
  4.  At least one moisturizing agent should figure in the first 3 ingredients on the list. Why is this important? I’ve mentioned before, that ingredients on beauty products are listed in order of concentration, going from most to least. Look for: glycerin, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, emollients like petrolatum, paraffin and lanolin
  5. It should contain at least one plant oil – because natural plant oils kick ass at moisturizing and nourishing your skin. Added bonus – they give moisturizers and amazing fragrance, naturally. Don’t be fooled by the fact that they’re oils – they won’t make your skin greasy! Look for: shea, olive, macadamia , coconut, jojoba, almond.

Plant oils are also nature’s emollients, sealing in moisture and protecting your skin from irritation and environmental factors.

morning beauty routine checklist5. Apply Primer – Optional

So this step is really up to you and your preferences, but I think it’s important to spend a minute and discuss primer.

What Is Primer?

Primer is a gel, cream or powder textured cosmetic that smoothes the skin, evens out skin tone, and provides a great base which prolongs the longevity of foundation and makeup in general.

A good reason why primer should find a place in your morning beauty routine checklist?

Primer poses a barrier between the skin and foundation, which makes makeup last longer, especially in hot weather. It also protects the skin from reacting to foundation, like becoming overly dried out or oily.

Used on its own, primer provides a more polished and evened out look, without having to use foundation.

morning beauty routine checklist3 Main Types Of Primer

Primer is mainly used for the face, eyelids and eyelashes. Each type of primer has a specific goal:

  • Face primer is mainly used to make makeup last longer, even out skintone, provide a smoother and more radiant complexion
  • Eyelid primer is used to prevent eyeshadow from creasing, smudging and fading. You can used colored eyelid primers to intensify the color of your eyeshadow and further prolong a “freshly done” makeup look.
  • Eyelash primer is used to thicken and nourish your eyelashes before applying mascara, also prolonging its longevity

morning beauty routine checklist3 Big Advantages Of Using Primer

If you’re unsure whether primer is for you, let me tell you about the 3 biggest advantages of using primer, according to my experience.

  1. Your complexion becomes ultra smooth and even, silky and supple, meaning you can get an amazingly polished look even on those no makeup days.
  2. It poses a barrier between your skin and makeup, which is an extra measure you can take to make sure your face stays comfortable and hydrated all day long.
  3. Primers are often infused with botanical extracts like aloe vera and grapeseed oil, which additionally nourish your skin. Added bonus with all that smoothness!

It’s worth giving primer a try, it’s best to apply it with your fingertips so you really work it into the skin. Primer is one of those products that you avoid and see unnecessary, until you use it and can no longer go without.

Make Your Morning Beautiful In 5 Measly Minutes

morning beauty routine checklistDespite the fact that this is a LOT of information to take in, these 5 steps will take you 5 measly minutes.

Only 5 minutes stands between you and a beautiful morning! Your skin will thank you, you’ll feel refreshed and well taken care of, which sounds like a great start to any day in my book!

Remember that a little goes a long way:

Success is the sum of little things, done day in day out, consecutively for a period of time

When you start using this morning beauty routine checklist regularly, you’ll see the difference those little things make.

It’s another 5 minutes that you add on to the time you take out of your day, to take care of YOU. Taking care of yourself is truly the best investment you can make. Remember that girlfriend!

Much Love,

Eva K. x

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