I used to have terrible skin. The Oil Cleansing Method singlehandedly turned my skin around. I used a mixture of castor oil, tea tree, and sweet almond oil, twice a day for several months then once a day until the oil and acne were under control. If I find my skin doing the most now, I’ll go back to TOCM and get my skin together.Read More
Having good teeth was always something that my mother stressed when we were young. It's one of those things that she did not have until she was an adult and as kids she wanted us to have. I refused braces, because I didn't think I needed them, but white teeth?! Sign me up. Back in the day we simply used to dunk our tooth brushes into a box of baking soda and call it a day. Now there are so many options, but with my sensitive gums I keep going back to old faithful. In addition to baking soda I've added activated charcoal to the mix. If you want, you can use them separately but I've found that the mix works wonders on my teeth and is a bit less harsh than using baking soda alone.
Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Baking soda has a mild abrasive action that helps to remove plaque and polish, clean, and deodorize your teeth.
I keep my mixture in a round shallow tin can, because it's easy to use. First I wet my toothbrush, place my toothpaste on the brush, and then dip the brush into the mixture. You do not need a ton.
Here are a few tips for using this mixture:
- Only use 3-4 times per week, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gums
- Protect your bathroom surfaces, activated charcoal can be a pain to clean up so be careful
- Floss! The activated charcoal will highlight all the nasty build up on and between your teeth
I used to have terrible acne. It wasn’t until well into my 20s that my skin issues were under control. Fortunately my skin and hair have been doing really well for a while now and I attribute that to using mostly natural products.
Black soap has been an amazing product for cleansing my whole body really, however it’s a pain to use on my body in a white shower so I mostly use it for my face and sometimes my hair. I use a lot of hearty oils all over my body and I wear makeup most days. I love black soap because it leaves you squeaky clean, but not so stripped that your skin feels dry.
Tea tree oil is known for its healing antiseptic properties and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce itching and clears rashes over time. I always add some to my shampoo, which has helped my scalp enormously.
Aloe Vera is extremely beneficial for your body inside and out. Externally it can be used to help ease the discomfort of sunburns, minor wounds, cuts, scrapes and rashes, and is very moisturizing.
I have used just plain black soap and that works really well, but I happened to have these ingredients in my house. I use this wash after removing my makeup with banila co. clean it zero (the best makeup remover I’ve ever used) and my skin looks and feels refreshed and clean.
- Raw Organic Black Soap (solid)
- Tea Tree Oil (Optional)
- Aloe Vera Juice (Optional)
- Castile soap (Optional)
I filled the bottle with chunks of the black soap (about 1/2 cup). Added about a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Added a few table spoons of Aloe Vera juice, a thin layer of Castile soap, and filled the rest with water. It takes about a day for the black soap to melt and become completely liquid. I recommend using a pump or a container with a thin nozzle for easy use and if you have sensitive skin, leave out the Castile soap and go easy on the tea tree.
I have a lot to be happy about these days and I come across a lot of cool art/home/style things when I’m trolling the internet for shiny pretty things and I can’t share them all. Things I love Thursday is for me to share what I’m grateful for/happy about and all awesome stuff that inspires me!
I’ve been watching Sherlock a lot recently (the BBC version) and the men usually have the most beautiful decanters in their office or home. I've always been fascinated with decorative containers so this felt like it was right up my alley. I found these amazing decanters on etsy and I-am-obsessed! I need them. All. Plus I feel like they would look brilliant on my bar shelf. Old fashioned anyone? *raised eyebrow*
I recently went to the Gordon Parks: Segregation Story exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta and fell in love with the photography. I knew I wanted to grab a book on my way out and I ended up picking this photo book and I can stop looking at it. There are a lot of books/articles about our story but these images really just speak to me. Link to photo book
I’m dying to change the tile in my bathroom so I’ve been taking note of amazing tile when I’m out. I was getting drinks with friends last Tuesday and this establishment had THE most amazing tile! Black, white and gold…yes please.
If I were a store it would look a lot like this. I need everything from this place. Literally ever-ry-thing. I’m not sure where I would put everything exactly, but I need it. Salt and Sundry
D’angelo. Love. Still. As seen here. I have a few D’angelo inspired DIY projects that I will post soon, I know you’ll love ‘em. Insert wet emoji.
What’s making you happy this week?
My Friend Kim said "I do" a couple weeks ago. I messaged Kim about two weeks before the wedding excited to hear about her wedding plans, specifically what she was doing with her hair (her hair is natural) and what she was doing with her makeup. I found out she had no plan.
I figured I would gift her hair and makeup for the wedding. She came over a week before the wedding for a makeup trial and my friend Sammy (
) styled her hair beautifully on the big day.
Let me rewind a little bit. In college Kim was my resident always bubbly, energetic and loved to annoy me. I used to call her the extra little sister I never wanted. She ended up dating my good friend's brother. I remember when I first saw him on campus; I interrogated the two of them for about 10 minutes and then immediately called his sister to tell her all about it. I know I'm a snitch.
Five years later I'm doing her makeup for their wedding.I still can't even believe it.
Finishing touches. Picture Perfect.
- Mac - Stud
- Silver: Avon, Classic Silver
- Brown: Covergirl
- Black: Black Radiance, Forest Sand Quad
- Sephora brand water proof liner
-Maybelline Volume Express
- Cover Girl - Clean
- Estee Lauder: Cream blush, Pink Kiss
- MAC: iridescent loose powder
- L'OREAL: Colour Juice, raspberry Smash
This blizzard had me in a funk, so when I gave myself pedicure this week I decided to skip the darker winter colors and brighten it up a bit.
- Base Coat
- Red Base Coat | Essie, Really Red
- Green Top | Sally Hansen, Fairy Tale
- Yellow “seeds” | Sally Hansen, Lightning
- Thin nail art brush
- Top Coat
Apply two coats of the red base coat and give it time to dry a bit.
Add the strawberry top using the nail art brush (I got mine from Sally Beauty Supply) or you can use the tip of the polish brush. Draw a line across the top as if you were doing a french then add the peeks (about 4-5).
Next, using the yellow polish add the “seeds” onto each toe.