25 Uses for Coconut Oil

25 Uses for Coconut Oil

Over the last year I have become quite obsessed with Coconut Oil. Research has shown so many different benefits of Coconut Oil that I am so surprised when I hear people say they’ve never used it. It has become a major staple in my home from cooking, beauty regimen, and living a healthier lifestyle. Whether you use generic coconut oil, name brand coconut oil, or make your own, one thing I can tell you is that you will always find beneficial ways to use it.  Here’s a list of our favorite 25 uses for coconut oil. [Read more…]

5 Steps to a Healthier You

Happy New Year’s Eve! Many of us have a lot of goals planned for a healthier and happier new year, myself included. Instead of setting huge goals, work on small ones that are more achievable. You are more likely to stick with them and create healthy, long term habits.

Here are 5 steps to a healthier you!

5 Steps to a Healthier You

1. Drink More Water

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Belletto Studio: Beauty Simplified

If you have been searching for makeup that will make you look flawless, search no more! Belletto Studio sent me their airbrush set to review and I am in love! I have never used or have had airbrush make up on before so I was a little intimidated at first and didn’t know what to expect, but the set came with a wonderful instructional DVD left me confident to do it myself.

First of all, the airbrush set is small, so it’s easy to store. It has three different settings—high, medium and low. The actual tool you use to airbrush fits comfortably in your hand so you have maximum control.

The fact that I can put my makeup on in only a few minutes, look flawless and have it last all day is a huge selling point for me. I don’t have time to sit around for a half hour perfecting my makeup. I am always rushing out the door and need something that can be used with my busy lifestyle, which is why Belletto Studio is so perfect for me. It goes on light and beautifully, so you won’t have that “cakey” look on your face.

Belletto Studio is all natural, water-based and water-resistant makeup formula. It is long-lasting, up to 24 hours and great for all skin types. It is ideal for everyday use, making it perfect for us busy moms! It is specifically designed with your skin’s health in mind, promising breath-ability along with an impeccably smooth, even finish. Their formulas are always: [Read more…]

Quick Tips For Summer Skin Care

Beauty & Lifestyle expert, Kelley West, gives us her best summer skin care secrets. See what this licensed medical esthetician and TV personality has in her beach bag!

Sunscreen is the most important skincare essential! Remember … the SPF is somewhat irrelevant because no sunscreen is effective for more than three to four hours. Therefore, it is mandatory you reapply. Also try to wait 15-20 minutes after applying before going into the sun as it takes most sunscreens that long to penetrate.

For the face, my favorite sunscreen is Epione’s Tinted Sun Block with SPF 40. It’s a splurge because it’s $40 for a 1.7oz bottle, so only use it on the face unless you can afford to buy several bottles at once and do the whole body. It has a silicone base so it won’t absorb into the skin, making it ideal for patients with skin allergies or sensitive skin.

For a more affordable option, I like Aveeno’s Smart Essentials. It doesn’t irritate my face, has an SPF of 30 and a pleasant scent. It goes on light and doesn’t leave the typical SPF white residue or film. It’s a steal at around $12. I’m a huge Aveeno fan and the other sunscreen I like for the body is the Aveeno’s Continuous Protection Sun Block Lotion for around $9 a bottle. I love the way it goes on, it’s waterproof, which it great, but don’t let the name fool you, you still have to reapply every three to four hours or more often if you are going in the water.

When applying sun block, make sure you apply it all the way to the hairline when doing your face. This will help protect you when driving because the sides of our faces get direct sun exposure the whole time we’re behind the wheel.

Make sure to apply sunscreen to the tops of your hands. Our hands give away our age as we get older, so you must protect them early on. Also apply to the tops of your feet. People don’t think about this area, but again, it is exposed to direct sun when we are wearing sandals or walking barefoot. Skin Cancer doesn’t discriminate, so lesions can appear anywhere on the body. [Read more…]