My Summer Look: Pretty Nails, Pretty Legs

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This #MySummerLook shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. my-summer-look It’s easy to lose yourself in the busy season known as summer. After a 6 month long winter here in Minnesota, summers are full of fun, plans, and almost no time to myself. But it’s still important to keep it pretty! Pretty nails, pretty hair, pretty legs! If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that I just got another balayage! The second one turned out even better than the first. So now that I got my hair taken care of, I decided to spend sometime on my legs and nails. When it comes to buying beauty products, Target is my top choice. Living in Minnesota has it’s perks. Target is everywhere, and it’s so conveniently located, that I can walk there, when the weather is nice (which is also dangerous 😉 ). I love the beauty stands there, they are always so original and well put together, that I can get all my products in one place. target-summer-look-products   So after another successful trip to Target, I spent some me time on my deck, painting my nails, listening to Spotify and drawing inspiration from fashion magazines. This summer one of my goals is mastering nail art, and Sally Hansen products, especially their nail art kit, are perfect for that. I picked a lot of “nature” colors this time. Greens, blues, maybe because they reflect how I feel, or maybe because I want to be closer to nature, create a simple, easy look. summer-nail-trends summer-passtime And then I simply enjoyed my “me-time”, browsed social media, sipping my citrus water. how-to-be-skinny minneapolis-fashion-blogger And of course I didn’t leave the store without my favorite sunscreen products. I once got a sunburn canoeing. Can you guess where the sunburn was? On the back of my legs! Because out of all the places, I didn’t put it on there. And when sun reflected off of the canoe bottom, it burnt me pretty bed. So never again, thought I. Sunscreen has been a major essential since then. Between sailing, and being outside for work with the kids, I go through sunscreen every 2-4 weeks, and the regular kind just doesn’t do. I like the moisturizing kind, the one that leaves my legs feeling soft and smelling good. While the spray comes in very handy on the boat.

And finally I have some great news for you! There is an Instagram contest with $2,250 in Target gift cards to help you get your summer ready look. Look for the #MySummerLook hashtag and follow the conversation. How to enter (June 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM (midnight) Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on July 10, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM ET):

  • 1) SNAP – take a picture of you getting summer ready
  • 2) TAG – use #MySummerLook (and on Twitter @SummerReadyLook)
  • 3) POST – post to Instagram or Twitter

Good luck, and don’t forget to tell me what’s your summer look like?

Essential Oils, Essential in My Life

Today I wanted to talk a little about essential oils, and how to use them in your everyday life. When you say essential oils, a lot of people think – Aromatherapy. And yes, those oils are used first and foremost in this area of body care. But being the freak of nature that I am, I can’t last through a massage session. Ask my best friend, she will tell you all about my giggles and twitches!

 

How do I use essential oils in aromatherapy? I simply add them to the water that I pour into my humidifier, so it turns into an air refreshner as well! I use peppermint or tea tree oils to increase productivity (I work from home, and we all know how lazy one can sometimes get), lemon when I want to freshen up the air in the room, and lavender when I want to sleep well at night.

This is a very safe and easy way to use essential oils, and you only need a few drops of whatever oil you choose. So for the frugal person inside of all of us – Essential oils last a very long time, definitely worth the buck. I just wanted to brag that in Russia Essential Oils are a lot a lot cheaper than in the US, so if you get a chance, or if you know someone, ask them to bring you oils from there.

How do I use Essential Oils in body care? Those of you who know me, know about my frugal side, and the fact that I don’t like spending extra, unless I have to. In my personal opinion mouthwashes are a waste of money, unless you buy in bulk, which I don’t do. Now I have nothing against the American Mouthwashes (Crest and Act will always be my favorites), but in Russia mouthwash is extremely overpriced, and honestly – not worth it! So I created my own. I saved a bottle from one of the mouthwashes, you could also use a glass jar, or a plastic water bottle (but those bottles can’t be used for over 2 weeks, so be careful!), poured some water into it (can be tap if you have clean water, or filtered, water from the fridge is good!) and added 7 drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil. The best mouthwash I’ve used in years, cheap too. A great option for those of you living in countries, where good brands aren’t available. I even got my mom hooked on it 🙂 !

A lot of people say that Orange Essential Oil helps fight cellulite, but I haven’t tried it, so I don’t know. In my opinion the two things that fight cellulite the best are: Workouts and Healthy Food!

How do I use Essential oils in Hair care? I have recently come across some great articles on www.livestrong.com A great resource for everyone, who wants to make their life healthier and use natural products. I followed some of their advice on hair care. First one was about adding lavender oil to your shampoo or conditioner. You will need about 30 drops per bottle. I use a very big Nexxus bottle, I believe it’s 14 oz, and I have less than 1/4 left, so I used about 15 drops or so. Why lavender oil? It triggers hair growth. And I am trying to outgrow my hair for the wedding! Rosemary oil is also used for that exact same purpose. I will share a recipe that I use for my hair, a little modified from the one I read on www.livestrong.com. You will need one cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 30 drops of rosemary oil and cold water. I poured all the ingredients into a spray bottle (you can buy one or save one from a hair care treatment, or whatever you have that has a little sprayer on top) apple cider vinegar and rosemary oil first, and the rest of the bottle – filled with water. I use it every night on my roots. Spraying and rubbing in every night before bed! The mix works magically, love love love it! But the smell, oh the smell… Don’t worry it washes away just fine. Just remember – you have to do it religiously!

And finally Skin Care! I had a lot of skin problems. “My skin looks like @#$% !” was my usual expression. The problem is – I had both black heads and under skin acne or cysts. Those weren’t only ugly, but also extremely painful. The essential oils I used to treat my cysts in particular were – tea tree oil and rosemary oil. Rosemary worked better! Way better! I used Atlantic Cedar oil to treat blackheads. It worked alright, but I am not the fan of the smell!

Important Facts to Remember:

It’s important to remember never to use pure oil directly on your skin (I wouldn’t break this rule, but I have used pure Rosemary oil on my face, and the result was outstanding. I wouldn’t use pure oils on my scalp or along the hairline.)

– Make sure you close the bottles tightly, keep them away from direct sunlight, and heat.

– Be careful when you buy essential oils, they need to come in glass jars, not plastic bottles!

– Always read the instructions!