Using Apple Cider Vinegar to get rid of pimples

Acne, Natural products, pintrest recipes, Skin care

For some reason that I cannot figure out I broke out horribly on the left side of my face!!  I usually have very clear skin, so acne is not something I have a lot of products to deal with…Two giant pimples! I’m not even exaggerating, these things are big, bright red and very very noticeable! My regular stuff didn’t even work on it, so I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar because it was all over Pinterest…

Day one, I used Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner…it burns!! When I say it burns, I don’t mean a little, tears actually came to my eyes. Must be working right? No pain no gain! I used it twice a day. I followed that with my usual skin care regime and avoided mirrors for the rest of the day..The burning only lasts a few seconds though, so power through..in the morning they were smaller.

Day two, I read that you are in fact supposed to wash it off after 30 min. Whoops!  So I used it as a toner, waited 30 min. and washed it off. I did this twice a day. Yes, it still burns, but I also don’t want to walk around like this, so I power through..

Day three, I pop the 2 disgusting whiteheads on my face and use the Apple Cider Vinegar again, leave it on 30 min. rinse it off. My skin is a little dry, but not too bad. I use very moisturizing serum and day cream. I use it again at night, 30 min on, rinse off, regular night-time regime…

Day four, Hooray!! My skin is clear!! I mean clear! I have slightly pinkish marks if you really really look, but no pimples, no blackheads, clear skin!! I may continue to use this for maintenance!! It’s cheap too!

Do you have any great acne remedies? Share!!

-Kristin

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When life gives you lemons, put them in your water!! ( oh and I might possibly have a stalker)

Adventures, fitness, Natural products, Skin care

I read an article that said drinking lemon water will give you clearer skin, fresher breath and detox your body. Score! I’m in. So for the past two weeks I have been doing just that. My skin looks better, I’m drinking more water because it tastes better and that’s always a good healthy thing to do! As for the detoxing part, I’m not really sure as I cannot see my internal organs. I do however pee constantly, so the detoxing thing might be legit…

How does this relate to being stalked? Well because I now have to pee all the time, I have had to stop at gas stations to go. ( while doing outside sales for work) While I’m there, I sometimes get more water or some gummy bears because gummy bears are delicious! This is when I noticed that I always seem to see the same person there. This would not be a big deal except for the fact that I work almost an hour away from where I live and I’ve seen this dude both close to home and near my work! He always holds the door for me, or I would not have even noticed….

I typically just go where I need to go and do what I need to do without really paying any attention to my surroundings or the strangers around me! Maybe I’m too much in a hurry, or just not too aware? This is not the best for safety reasons. But I noticed! If I noticed, what did I not notice? It could be nothing, just a coincidence, but maybe I should slow down and pay more attention anyhow.

Perhaps this Dude lives near me, also works near me and is also drinking lemon water and therefore pees 100 times a day! Maybe he is on a juice cleanse of some sort? I hope so. Why on earth would anyone want to stalk me? I’m not that interesting! I pee a lot and love gummy bears and fruit snacks is all he might know about me. I also apparently write a blog post where I discuss my bathroom habits ad nauseum..

I will investigate this further and keep you updated! And I do recommend the lemon water as long you don’t have a stalker!

 

-Kristin

 

 

The art of hangover beauty

Adventures, makeup, relationships, Skin care

So last night, my guy and I went out. We had both had a bad day and we did shots!! We shared a steak, like we always do, because the poor man never gets to eat all of his own food!( actually, we always just order 1 meal to share) This really pisses off the bartender who hates my guts, but that’s her problem, not mine. We drank and talked to people and drank some more. Needless to say, it got interesting!!  By 9;30, yes all that by 9:30,we were on our way home. I had to drive because he had enough drinks to render him unable to stand up! This says a lot because he’s a big, tough dude and has a bit of a tolerance.

He passed out, and I got lost. I stopped at 2 gas stations to ask for directions relying on the kindness of strangers which eventually got me pointed in the right direction and eventually took his phone to use his gps. I had left my phone at home. Two hours later, I found home. When we got home, he could not walk nearly face planted onto the pavement, so I dragged a 6 foot 8 biker on my back like an ant up 3 flights of stairs. Does that count as weight training? I think so. ( I’m 5 foot 4 by the way)

So, if you’re going to party like it’s 1999 ( RIP Prince) with sexy bikers,you need to wash your hair the next day because it and you probably smell like something.  I make sure to exfoliate my face and entire body before using body wash and then wash and condition my hair.This is crucial…moisturize!!Dehydration makes you look old, no bueno. So I use a thick rich face cream and body lotion or body oil.

When you are hungover, foundation and powder are not your friend, so instead I use a BB cream, I like Dr.Jart+ beauty balm with spf 45. It covers just enough to even my skin tone and then I use a little concealer where needed, some blush to warm up my sallow complexion, some eye shadow and red lipstick that’s it! Less is more.

I look and smell like it never happened…now if I could just get rid of this headache.

Do you have any hangover beauty tips? Share!

-Kristin

 

 

Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product! Don’t have a leather face, use sunscreen!!

Skin care

So, you know you should be wearing sunscreen, rain or shine everyday. (duh!) Most people don’t because of the smell, feel or just don’t think about it. Wearing sunscreen everyday helps prevent skin cancer, sunburn and skin aging!! What more could you ask from one single product?  Have you ever seen a person over 30 who doesn’t wear spf?More often than not, they have wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and that leathery look. No thank you!! I use spf 50 on my face daily and spf 30 on my body, this is just for daily activities. If I’m going to spend time outside, I use a higher spf! I am the world’s most pale person, so avoiding sunburn is a daily struggle!

I have started using Hawiian Tropic Sheer Touch sunscreen in place of my body lotion everyday. It has spf 30 and a little bit of shimmer! Don’t be afraid of the shimmer, it’s very very subtle! Not glitter! Will not make you look like a stripper! ( no offense to strippers) It smells a little bit like coconut when you first apply it, which doesn’t bother me because I think it smells beachy. After wearing it for a little while the smell fades away completely.  It feels like body lotion on, not sticky or gross feeling!

Every time I wear it, my guy says I look like I glow from within!! He is a great judge of what beauty products work, because he knows nothing about them! The compliments are genuine. It’s easy to remember to use it daily because I just put it on after my shower as a body lotion alternative. It’s moisturizing like a lotion too. I highly recommend it!!

Do you have a favorite sunscreen? Share!!

Kristin

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Clear glowing skin with a mask

Acne, Skin care

I just tried Kiehl’s Tumeric and Cranberry seed Energizing and Radiance mask. Tumeric is showing up in a lot of beauty products lately, and for good reason!! It helps clear up your skin. I would much rather put Tumeric on my face than drink it!! This mask is kind of a brownish yellow color and has little exfoliating beads in it, the cranberry seeds I suppose…

Usually, I exfoliate before using a mask, but since this one has exfoliating beads, I was able to skip that step. It doesn’t smell like anything, but it is very very thick. It has a bit of a tingling sensation to it, but not in a burning sort of way. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse it off the directions say.

I may have left it on longer because my doorbell rang and some very small boys were selling candy bars for some fundraiser. They looked terrified when they saw me. I probably looked like a fairy tale witch. So, if you like to scare the neighborhood kids, this will do it!! Maybe I will do some weird looking mask on Halloween. Anyways, I then decided to rinse it off.I did have to use additional cleanser because that shiz dries really super hard. I rinsed and rinsed and it would not come off my face.

After finally getting the mask off, my face is a little pink. I have super sensitive skin though. It could also be from all the scrubbing. My face is super smooth and I have zero blackheads or pimples. So overall I would recommend it and use it again.

 

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The under $5.00 mask that is saving my skin!!

Natural products, Skin care

So, if you have read my previous posts, you know giving up caffeine has put me on quite the roller coaster ride emotionally. Stress is bad for your skin! Stress breakouts are not cute. Lack of sleep is also no good. I basically have the recipe for bad skin this week…

So I happened to buy Freeman feeling beautiful cleansing apple cider vinegar clay mask and scrub. You can use it as a mask or a scrub and it cleans all the gook out of your pores. Apple Cider Vinegar does everything!! I like to use it as a mask, and then when you wash it off it is a scrub. Double duty product. I swear this mask is so much better than some of the popular pricey ones!! Trust. I would not stear you wrong. You can get it at Ulta or the drugstore for around $3.00. I’m obsessed with it.

So usually, I wash, exfoliate then apply my masks. Since this one exfoliates, I can skip a step. It doesn’t dry out your skin like a lot of clay masks do, doesn’t smell bad, and you have the option to just wash your face with it. My skin is clear, clean and even. I love when I find an inexpensive product that works really well!!Holy grail of masks!!

Kristin

My favorite new product to stay sexy for years

Skin care

Everyone knows that using sunscreen daily is important. It prevents skin cancer and helps protect against sun damage, keeping you healthier, sexier and all around better. I just got Supergoop defense refresh setting mist with rosemary and broad spectrum spf 50 in my birchbox this month!! I’m in love. I’m obsessed!!!!

This is a makeup setting spray that controls oil and gives you spf 50 protection. Your makeup will last longer and controls mid-day oiliness. It also refreshes your makeup throughout the day. It smells a little bit like rose water, not all chemically. I ordered the full size right away.

What you may not think of is, even if you are not wearing makeup, you can use this. It’s not just for girls! I spray it on my guy before he runs outside. It doesn’t get in his eyes when he is sweating like crazy, doesn’t smell girly and he will ask me for some when we are outside.

I keep it in my purse and reapply mid day, fixes my makeup, mattifies, and i have used it as straight up sunscreen on my body too. It’s easy ( just close your eyes before you spray it on your face) doesn’t smell bad, and you can use it as much as you want.I highly recommend this to anyone.

 

Let me know what you think.

Kristin

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Get sexier with Apple Cider Vinegar

Natural products, Skin care

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve heard all the buzz about apple cider vinegar. There are so many ways to use acv!! Apple cider vinegar can relieve constipation, fight acne, soothe a sore throat, help sunburn, remove warts, disinfect, neutralize odors and help speed up weight loss!  No one feels sexy when they are constipated, have warts or acne, or smell bad. Here are my favorite recipes that I can personally  vouch for…

Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight because it has acetic acid. It detoxes your liver, reduces heartburn and helps your body combat candida. Here are two of the best recipes I have found.

Dr. Oz’s Swimsuit slimdown drink-

1 cup of grapefruit juice

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp honey

Drink before each meal.

I have personally been using this for a week and I have lost 4 lbs.

 

Morning detox tea-

1 cup warm water

2tbsp apple cider vinegar

2tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tsp cinnamon

dash of cayenne

I use this when I really want to jump start my weight loss, it doesn’t taste as good as the first, I find cayenne pepper is not to my liking, but it will speed up your metabolism.

-Apple cider vinegar can help get rid of bad breath-

1/2 tbsp in 1 cup of water

gargle and spit. It actually works and lasts longer than just mouthwash does.I tried it when I was sick with a sore throat and my mouth felt dry and I just knew my breath was less than stellar.

-Get rid of acne-

Just use as a toner and that’s it!!

-If you have a lot of product buildup on your hair, or you just want extra shine-

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 cup of water

rinse after shampooing and condition as usual.

-After a really sweaty workout, you can use acv on a cotton pad and swipe it on your armpits. wait 5 to 10 minutes and then shower as usual.

I will keep trying new recipes and natural remedies.  I’d love to hear what you have tried!! Let me know what you think.

 

Kristin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to look decent when your life is falling apart

makeup, Skin care

So, the past 3 days have been awful! I have been crying hysterically and existing on very few hours of sleep and I have the puffy bloodshot eyes to prove it. Sometimes life just kicks you when you’re down. Stupid fights with my guy, dead pets, emergency room visits with my kid are taking their toll on me. Unfortunately I still have to go out in public and show up to appointments. Here’s how I manage to not look completely awful.

If you’re anything like me, crying and sleepless nights bring puffy eyes and dark circles.I wash my face in very cold water and put an ice pack on my eyes for as long as I can stand it.  Grab some visine for any redness and wait a little while. ( my face is usually red from the ice pack and it takes about 10 minutes for it to go away)

I use a moisturizing face mask and then cold water again.  My skin looks bad, so I moisturize and then use a BB cream, I like Dr.Jart. I then use a brightening concealer under my eyes. You may be tempted to reach for the most coverage in concealer and foundation, but I find it just ends up looking worse than if you just keep it light. I find if I use my regular eye makeup I just look worse, so instead I use a pearly eye shadow and white eyeliner on my waterline, that’s it. No more eye makeup. Blush is your best friend!! I use a nice pinky blush to warm up my skin. Then I use a red lipstick. It makes you look polished and kind of draws attention away from your eyes.

I’m usually tempted to just wear comfy clothes since I’m exhausted and feel like crap! This is when I do the opposite. I dress up a little more. I spend a little extra time on my hair. This also helps me look a little better. I do not look my best by any means, but I can go out into the world and no one really notices that everything isn’t alright. I hope next week will be better.

I hope you find these tips helpful if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Kristin

The product that made a huge difference in my skin!

Skin care

I have been using Organic Himalayan Sea Buck-thorn Berry Oil for about 2 months now. I either add a drop to bottled water or add it to smoothies.  I always have chapped lips and dry skin in the winter, I drink tons of water, I moisturize and moisturize, use chapstick like i’m getting paid to, and usually by the end of the day, I’m chapped and dry. I am the palest person ever and when I have dry skin I look kinda of corpse-like. Not cute! Not cute at all!! I want to have some color to my face so I don’t look like I’m sick all the time.

Once I started using this, no more chapped lips and my skin doesn’t feel dry. I actually think this is the best my skin has ever looked. ( I still moisturize and use chapstick) I’m much more comfortable going out without makeup on. I even think It has speeded up my metabolism! It does not say anywhere that it does anything for weight loss, but  I find that I am less hungry and have been losing weight.

I was buying vitamins on Vitacost.com and I saw this. It wasn’t very expensive and lasts a long time if you just use 1 drop a day.  It says you can use it topically, but I have not tried that yet. You could also just drop it into your mouth, it doesn’t taste bad, kind of berry like.

I’m a believer!!  Check it out for yourself!!

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