Easter Sunday: OOTD!

Hello Friends,

Isn’t Spring just absolutely gorgeous? I feel it’s when Mother Earth is at her most beautiful. The sky is just a bit bluer, the flowers are blooming, and the abundance of pastels are just everywhere.  The transition from all the beauty around us at this time inspires designers to make Spring trends that are not just stunning but also are intended to uplift you!

So, for Easter Sunday I combined Floral and Pastels.  I decided to go for a  crop top, and flirty circle skirt. I loved this chic simple look! I felt so girly! (doesn’t  the applique on the bottom of the skirt just look so lovely?) all in all,  it was a day filled with laughter, family and lots of food, and most importantly candy filled eggs for the little ones.

 

Will you be combing Florals and Pastels together? or will you be wearing them separate? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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5 Easy Homemade Face Masks

Hello Friends,

This past week I’ve been looking into the mirror and what has been staring back at me has been tired, angry, dull skin. This is quite embarrassing to share, because after all, I did study aesthetics and I am quite obsessed with beauty products.  I breathe, eat, sleep skin care ( or at least I try to) on a daily basis.  I knew it was time for me to give myself a mask treatment. I usually tend to use a mask treatment mid-week, to kind of give my skin a pick me up, and an extra glow that cleansers don’t tend to provide.

I’ve always been interested in homemade masks since I was in school, I don’t know why I never have gotten my hands in making them, I guess I can say it’s so convenient to go to a store and pick up a great mask already in a bottle.  So I decided I’m going to try making some and seeing how my skin reacts to them.  That prompted me to look up great recipes and share them with my viewers.

Today I found a great article for beginners like myself , so listen up if you have acne, dehydrated, wrinkles or anything in between stay tuned I have the mask for you!

 

1. Scrub-a-dub! Avocado-Oat Face Mask

Honey Face Mask for the ultimate skin revival. With avocado and coconut oil, this is a great mask for all sorts of skin issues.
Honey Face Mask for the ultimate skin revival. With avocado and coconut oil, this is a great mask for all sorts of skin issues.

Source: healthmunsta

Originating from Central America, avocados have taken over the health food world by a storm! And now, there’s no reason not to include it in your natural skin care regimen either! With a creamy fluffy texture that feels like you’re applying a luxurious mousse to your skin, avocados are rich in highly potent ingredients that are absolutely wonderful for skin. Let’s find out what these key nutrients are below:

Nutrient
Benefit for Skin
Fatty Acids
Lubricate, moisturize and soften skin
Biotin
Promotes healthy skin, revitalizes dry and cracked skin
Vitamin A
Heals peeling skin, essential to cell health and functioning
Table showing just some of the nutrients in avocado for this exfoliating face mask.

Pro Tips:

  1. You can keep the mask for longer, if you have time. Keep it on until it dries.
  2. Don’t use soap after washing off your face mask. Soap is harsh and depletes the skin’s natural oils.
  3. Keep a batch of oats powdered before hand to save time whenever you apply the mask.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 table spoon oats powder
  • 1 table spoon of mashed avocado

Instructions:

  1. Gather your oats powder and mashed avocado, and place them in a mixing bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash up the two ingredients until you form an even mixture
  3. Apply this onto a clean face and allow it to rest undisturbed for 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. Then wash off the face mask by rubbing your face in circular motions. This will help further exfoliate and scrape off dead skin cells, revealing new soft skin underneath.
  5. Pat your face with a clean cotton towel. No need to moisturize your face since avocado has natural fats that will deeply hydrate your skin.

 

 

2. Intense Hydration: Honey Face Mask with Coconut Oil & Avocado

Honey Face Mask for the ultimate skin revival. With avocado and coconut oil, this is a great mask for all sorts of skin issues.
Honey Face Mask for the ultimate skin revival. With avocado and coconut oil, this is a great mask for all sorts of skin issues.

Source: healthmunsta

From Egyptian Cleopatra to mysterious Arab empresses, honey has always played a major role in these beautiful women’s regimens. Could honey be the ultimate beauty weapon? There are many compounds in honey that are still not known to man! And newly discovered compounds extracted from honey are featuring in cosmetics everyday. Why get only a pitiful share of honey’s nutrients from a chemical cosmetic product? Lather raw honey luxuriously all over your face, I say! Here is a brief summary of some of the nutrients in honey that make it great for skin:

Nutrient
Benefit for skin
B-Complex Vitamins
Detoxify skin, prevent acne breakouts, boost skin health, oil control, reduce redness & irritation of skin
Vitamin E
Popularly known as the best nutrient for skin; also called “the Healer”, reduces the appearance of scars, reduces pigmentation, powerful anti-oxidant
Zinc
Reverses free radical damage, prevents premature aging
Vitamin K
Brightens skin, reduces dark circles
These are just a few of the nutrients in honey which make for a great hydrating face mask.

Pro Tips:

  • For this highly beneficial face mask, I definitely recommend having a facial steam. This will really help open up your pores and enable the goodness of the face mask to penetrate deep.
  • Use raw organic honey, if possible. But natural honey is fine too!
  • Don’t worry about melting the coconut oil. As soon as it comes into contact with your skin, it will automatically start melting.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of natural honey
  • 1 teaspoon of avocado, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients listed above with a spoon or a clean finger.
  2. Wash your face and pat dry. Using clean fingers, massage the mask into your skin.
  3. Continue massaging for around 60 seconds, and allow the mask to rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, simply wash your face with warm water and pat off with tissues. The tissues will help get rid of any excess coconut oil left over from the mask, while allowing some of it to stay on your skin, thus letting your skin stay hydrated.

 

3. Banish Acne: Egg White Face Mask with Lemon & Honey

Potent egg white face mask with honey and lemon juice. Purpose: Anti-acne
Potent egg white face mask with honey and lemon juice. Purpose: Anti-acne

Source: healthmunsta

Egg white is a popular face mask ingredient, and with good reason! It is rich in so many nutrients that impart a glowing healthy radiance to dull skin. Here are some of the nutrients found in egg white:

Nutrient
Benefit for Skin
Protein
For tissue repair and growth. Promotes strong wrinkle-free skin
Potassium
Hydrating and moisturizing. Preserves moisture in skin cells.
Magnesium
Eliminates toxic and cell damaging free radicals that create wrinkles
Riboflavin
For youthful radiant skin. Slows down the aging process of skin.
Egg white contains these nutrients, which help to repair acne-damaged skin, promote healthy skin cells and smooth skin.,

Top Tips:

  1. If you don’t have a facial brush for applying face masks, do consider getting one for just this purpose. It will make your work less messy.
  2. Make sure you keep your facial brushes clean and wash them regularly.
  3. This mask may sting a little because of the lemon juice. If you are sensitive to lemon, feel free to use less lemon, or dilute the mask with water.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 a small lemon
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Instructions:

  1. Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the egg yolk. You will only need the egg white for this recipe.
  2. Get a mixing bowl and squeeze the juice out of 1/2 a small lemon into it. Make sure you remove any seeds.
  3. Add in the honey to the egg white and lemon juice and begin whipping the mixture with a fork or small whisk. Beat it until it reaches a fluffy consistency.
  4. Now onto a clean face, apply your freshly prepared face mask all over your face using a clean cotton ball. If you have a facial brush to apply the mixture, make sure you use a clean one.

 

4. Wrinkle Rescue! Zesty Banana Face Mask

Banana Face Mask with yogurt and orange juice. Purpose: Anti-aging
Banana Face Mask with yogurt and orange juice. Purpose: Anti-aging

Source: healthmunsta

Did you know bananas are also called “Nature’s Botox”? They sure are! That’s why this face mask is perfect for preventing premature wrinkles caused by UV light exposure and also for fighting fine lines and wrinkles – all without going under the knife! Here are some of the nutrients in banana that make it one of the best fruit for the face:

Nutrient
Benefit for Skin
Potassium
Locks in water to hydrate dry skin
Vitamin C
Produces collagen, boosts skin suppleness, powerful antioxidant, fights free radical damage
Lectin
Destroys harmful bacteria on skin, promoting smooth clear skin free of pimples
Amino Acid
Maintain skin elasticity and strength

Pro Tips:

  1. Got over-ripe bananas? Don’t throw them away! Use them for a luscious banana face mask!
  2. Store your left-over face mask safely for 5 – 7 days in your refrigerator.
  3. Wanna add an exfoliating boost to this mask? Just add some ground oats to it! Got dry skin? Add some coconut or olive oil to the mask to lock in moisture.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 small banana (ripe)
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon of greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash-up with your fork to create a smooth even mixture. Sometimes I just pop them in a small blender for a quick smooth mask. Don’t worry if you don’t have Greek yogurt, any yogurt will do.
  2. Start with a fresh clean face and apply this mixture onto your skin using clean fingers or a clean brush.
  3. Allow this mask to rest for 10 – 15 minutes (the standard time for most face masks do their thing). During this time, why not take a few minutes to sit in a quiet place and meditate on peaceful happy thoughts? A stress-free and happy mind is the key to ultimate beauty!
  4. Now wash your face with warm water and pat dry. Your skin should feel fresh and relaxed.

 

5. Yogurt Flush: Skin Brightening Face Mask

The goodness of strawberries plus yogurt and honey, gives an awesome skin brightening face mask.
The goodness of strawberries plus yogurt and honey, gives an awesome skin brightening face mask.

Source: healthmunsta

Strawberries are heart-shaped and are often used to symbolize love. It’s probably the best-loved ice cream flavor in the world, and coupled with the nutritional superstar, yogurt, here’s why it’ll soon be your best-loved face mask in the world! Let’s take a look at the nutrients in yogurt:

Nutrient
Benefit for Skin
Lactic Acid
Promotes smooth skin, exfoliates and moisturizes, clears pigmentation, reveals brighter skin, fights wrinkles
Calcium
Fosters skin renewal, revealing new bright skin underneath
Vitamin B5
Brightens dull skin, lightens acne scars
Table showing some of the nutrients in yogurt which make this skin-brightening face mask very effective.

Pro Tips:

  1. Yogurt can really stick to your skin when dry, so make sure you begin washing off by gently patting your skin with warm water to soften up the dried parts.
  2. Strawberry has exfoliating properties so don’t rub it in too hard when washing or it may cause redness.
  3. Use an ice pack to close up your pores and prep it for makeup. Simply wrap an ice-cube in a cotton cloth or towel and rub it all over your face.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe strawberry
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp yogurt

Directions:

  1. Select the ripest strawberry and mash it up in a bowl along with the other ingredients. Use a fork to mash it up, or just use clean fingers!
  2. Wash your face with a gentle face wash and pat dry. Using clean fingers, just slather on this delicious-smelling face mask all over your face. Avoid getting into your eyes, of course.
  3. Leave the mask on for 10 – 15 minutes, or until it dries.
  4. When the time is up, begin gently scrubbing off the face mask using warm water. Clean off all the mask and close up your pores using a splash of cool water.

Are you going to be trying any of these great masks? I know I am let me know in the comments below

 

Love, chicki

 

Source:http://healthmunsta.hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Homemade-Face-Mask-Beautiful-Skin

Playing in my Play-suit:OOTD!

Hello Friends,

Can you believe we are already in April? Just a couple of months ago I can still remember watching the ball drop and thinking to myself: 2014 will be the year of change. Yes that includes life, work, etc. But also my wardrobe. I’ve always been pretty forward with my pieces, even to the point where I illicit looks from strangers. (should I worry?) so I decided to host a challenge with myself that I know will include changing up my wardrobe.

It’s tackling all the trends but putting my own spin on it.  So far I can say the trends I’m going for have been treating me well. I make sure I feel super comfortable in them, while making sure I can wear them again without looking ridiculous. The truth is, fashion is crazy! That’s right, I said it, and yes there are a lot of things I wont try. So my open-mindedness has led me to try one of the most coveted items right now, the Romper (I know can you believe it?)  Also known as a play suit, or jumper. I remember when they started hitting shelves last year and thinking Who would wear this? I immediately thought: how the hell do you use the bathroom? I quickly ruled it out and never cared for the look until I started seeing it everywhere again this year. It was like it came back with a vengeance. This item is literally so hot right now, retailers from Nordstrom to Forever XXI are struggling to keep them on the shelves.

So yes, I gave in and I bought myself one in the hottest color (coral). As I was slipping it on in the dressing room, crazy thoughts filled my head. I had to push through them because at one point in my life this item was an item that I promised myself I would never wear, so for me to be giving it a chance was a big deal… It was done and purchased, no going back now.

I wanted to keep the theme of this look fresh and colorful, it’s such a great spring time look!

Though you might think that I over reacted to just a piece of clothing, it was more than that… it was me stepping out of my comfort zone fully with a piece that I thought so negatively about. Sometimes in life stepping out of the box may surprise you!

I’m overall satisfied with the way that this look came out and have no regrets!

Does the future hold more rompers for me? Who knows, only time will tell.

Until then, I’ll just play around in this play suit.

Are you rocking a romper? let me know in the comments below!

love, chicki

 

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Look for Less: Celebrity Style!

Hello Friends,

It’s time to bring you the Look for Less Celebrity Style, Today I’m featuring gorgeous actress Emmy Rossum.  Her hot pink leather jacket is to die for and it’s absolutely  the talk of this causal, yet so edgy look.  I love how she paired it with a simple collar white tee and slimming skinny jeans, and pumps. I simply love this look  because it can be worn by anyone and it can transition you from day to night in a flash. Just don’t forget your hot pink lipstick.

Will you be wearing colored leather this season? Let me know in the comments below

Love chicki Look for less

Varsity Blues: OOTD!

Hello friends,

Not one to ever know the weather, I have always relied in looking out my window and going from there. Which, by the way, is a terrible idea, living in Florida, where the weather can change in the blink of an eye. So, you would think I’ve learned my lesson… Umm no…

As I opened my window the other morning, all of the sudden I feel a cool blast of air on me.  At first I asked myself “Where did you come from?”, then, a devilish grin came over my face.  I love cool weather, any chance to get away from the non-stop heat and humidity that rules this place, I’m in! Best of all, it was completely unexpected… Naturally, I raced to my closet and started mentally deciding what jacket will I rock for the day. And Boom! I knew it was the perfect day to use my new varsity jacket. I decided to purchase this beauty because of two things: a) It’s a hot item to have right now, as it was everywhere at NYFW 2014. b) Because I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could pull this off.

My mentality with these jackets have always been: “Only small town mid-western cheerleaders wear these.” But the more I began to look at the style of the jacket, I realized I could put my own spin on it and wear it my way. I wanted to keep the masculinity in this jacket, but not let it overpower me. That’s why I decided not to pair it with sneakers or jeans. I decided to pair my jacket with a printed T and a fun skirt with strappy heels. I love the way this look came out! It felt edgy, yet girly at the same time.

Overall I’m glad I gave this trend a try, not only because it’s good to break out of your comfort zone, and try something new, but also, because the jacket is a really beautiful piece by itself. So I have officially dubbed the B in my jacket for Bad-ass!

Will you be rocking this trend?

Let me know in the comments below,

Love, chicki

 

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Overnight routine you should be using!

Hello Friends,

It’s time for me to face it: I have been on the go for some time now, and truthfully, it is starting to get to me. Between staying up late brain-storming on future posts, and hanging out on work nights ( Shocking! am I turning into a rebel?) I know I have not been fulfilling my 8 hours of beauty sleep.  Because, trust me, I  haven’t been waking up looking very pretty, but the truth of the matter is: it’s not about waking up looking a certain way, it’s about taking care of the skin that you’re in, because after a while your skin starts to suffer.

So great news to anyone who is going through this issue! the great people over at www.hsn.com have given me the great opportunity to share some great tips for you to get your skin back on track with the best products and looking more beautiful than ever.

 

When it comes to beauty sleep, I think we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.

So, why does this happen? Simply put, sleep is an essential component to an effective skin care regimen, a time when our skin heals and repairs itself. Therefore, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin may start to suffer.

If you need help utilizing the small number of hours you do get or you want to ensure you are stretching your 8 hours as far as they can go, you need the right tools. There are specific night time products that can work in harmony with your skin’s renewal process. More than not, these products will be heavier and thicker consistencies. For this reason, washing your face in the morning is equally as important as washing it at night – you need to remove these heavy products or your skin may become congested.

Shop Facial Resurrection Serum on HSN1. Begin With The Base

First, I always recommend using a serum. Facial serums are used to address specific problems such as wrinkles, aging and brightness. Apply a few drops to clean skin and using your hands press the serum into your skin.

2. Add The Primer

Especially in the colder months, you want to follow step one with a layer of oil for added hydration. Plus, you will wake up with beautiful and plump skin.

3. Don’t Forget To Moisturize!

Lastly, simply apply a moisturizer.  My advice is to opt for a comforting and hydrating formula. I like to see it as a blanket; keeping in the goodness of the serum and oil.

4. Last But Not Least – Give Your Eyes Some Love

Don’t forget an eye cream! Try to use a powerful wrinkle reducing formula. Make sure you always use a very tiny amount; overloading the skin around your eyes with too much of a heavy product can cause puffiness and sometimes breakouts.

Shop Skin Tightening Cream on HSNFor extra credit…

On days when you have little to no time or just want to fall into bed, try an overnight facial. Now this doesn’t mean you have to lie still with your face up to ensure you don’t cover your pillow in product. You can use facial creams that are highly concentrated and you use like a serum or moisturiser for a powerful whack of goodness.

Also don’t forget to check out the top skincare picks, picked by you on the Customer Picks page. Sleep tight!

What would your face say about your current night time routine?

Love,

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Source:  http://community.hsn.com/t5/HSN-Blogs/4-Overnight-Products-You-Should-be-Using/ba-p/539738

 
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Let me know your thoughts on this great article!

love, chicki