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So, I posted on the insta last night I was trying this mask and did not want to share the recipe unless I believed in it. So, I tried it. Loved it. AND it’s on my face again tonight. So I wanted to share the recipe.
DIY overnight firming and lightening mask
- Mix together:
- Rub thoroughly all over your face AND NECK, and then apply some extra to any trouble spots BUT be careful around your eyes
- Good morning beautiful!
x to the ohhh,
Green Beauty Hacks
If there is one thing I have noticed about myself in the past few months it is that I am incredibly passionate about green beauty. Green beauty kind of goes hand in hand with eating well, taking care of your body, feeling wonderful inside and out, oh and giving a shit about the planet.
- Obsession with Activated Charcoal
- DIY Face Mask to Remove Dark Spots
- The Best and Cheapest Face Mask of all the Land
Here’s the thing that I discovered on my path to green beauty which is ever evolving; green beauty products are difficult to find and you will spend a ton of money finding effective products if you do not have recommendations to go off of.
Fact. I have tried cleansing my face with only coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, BLEGH, made my own body whips, made countless masks, and gone weeks without makeup in the name of clear and radiant skin. Essentially I have bio-hacked my face in the realm of being green. So today I thought I would share with you my very favorite green beauty hacks. Because there is simply no greater accessory than beautiful skin. (That sounded WAY less lame in my head though.) And there is nothing less glamorous than trying a DIY face mask that stains your skin and gives you a rash. YEEEE! BEEN THERE. Allow me to save you some agony.
Two disclaimers before diving in:
Numero uno – I have good skin genes. My mom has great skin AND she taught me how to have great skin. My brother on the other hand suffered from some wicked acne! So gene expression, luck, who the F knows. What I do know is that my half Swedish/Norwegian and half mutt gene pool gave me some nice skin. But, it is incredibly, incredibly sensitive. IE I will get hives if someone washes my clothes in Tide. I basically need Baby Detergent. Oh, and this is my favorite detergent of all time, if you give a shit. It is literally the best smelling detergent ever in the history of man without being full of crap.
Numero dos – Anything I link to on this page I will receive an itty bitty buy me cappuccino in 5 years type of commission with. And, I did get into bed with one company in particular I really believe in, but more on that later. Please know, that I am super super selective with the companies that I work with. I have turned down many brands that wanted to pay me for content, simply because I would personally never consume their products. SO, anything I point you to, I actually use, would use or would give to my family.
My Top Green Beauty Hacks
Wash your face every night before bed
My mom told me once that your skin ages 20 days for every night you go to bed without washing your face. I have no idea how accurate this is, but I have washed my face AND flossed my teeth, may I add, every night before going to sleep since about age 12 I want to say…
Old Wives Tale: Warm your face up with warm water to open the pores, wash and get the shit out, and then rinse with COLD water to close the pores back up. My college softball coach’s momma taught me this one, and at 80 something, this gorgeous woman had GORGEOUS skin. So, that’s how I wash my face every single day.
Exfoliate at least once a week
This one is totally new for me and I really, REALLY think it has made a difference in my skin in the last year I would say. You could buy a scrub to do this, you could make a scrub, you could use a hand towel. You just really want to get rid of dirt and old skin as much as possible so your skin renews itself. (<< Holy shit, does L’oreal need any copywriters? I sound like an advertisement.)
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. If you want soft supple skin, lather yourself in toxin, chemical free moisturizer. For a really long time I only used coconut oil. Now, I use Weleda and beautycounter as my daily moisturizers, and I am feeling supple my friend. Supple.
Oh and moisturize your decolletage. Your decolletage is basically your neck down to your chest. DO it. Fun fact: I once wrote all site content for a major pharmaceutical grade skincare line, and you would not BELIEVE how much money they make off of their decolletage products. Everyone neglects it.
Beauty Tip: Add moisture to your skin BEFORE you moisturize. I like to spray my face with some sort of hydrating flower water, like rose, lavender or jasmine water, and then I add the moisturizer. It just really helps you sop up the delightfulness.
Less is more
Wear less makeup. I really do not understand the contouring game. I could not do it if I tried. I legit watched about five how-to do a cat eye vids on the YouTube before finding a trick I can actually master. And by master I mean I do it when I wear eyeliner which is not often. And by not often I mean once a month-ish?
The more makeup you wear particularly if it is full of chemicals and crap, the more your skin will suffer. It just will. I love natural beauty, play that up. You know who else does? Every man I have ever met. I will ask my best friend the lesbian what her opinion is here, too. (<< Fact: Lipstick Lesbians have the best nicknames in my opinion. I am sure it can be considered offensive, but if I were gay and someone were to be like oh yeah, Whitney, she’s a Lipstick Lesbian, for sure, I would be like yeah I dig that.)
The only makeup I wear basically everyday is this
- Tinted Moisturizer (beautycounter) or BB Cream (pacifica but the coverage is not as good)
- Mascara (pacifica, but I need a new one, I don’t love it)
- Blush (inika)
- Eyebrow (beautycounter)
- Lip balm (coconut oil and I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s peppermint one they made)
If I have a business encounter or a date, I will add foundation, MAYBE concealer, lipstick and POSSIBLY liquid eyeliner but no promises.
Experiment with masks
When my skin needs some love, I love to make my own masks. Masks are like my former secret singles behavior that I now just shamelessly rock at home in front of the hubs. I think they are effective, but they will not be a solution if the rest of your beauty game is crap.
My favorite masks are these:
Start thinking Inside Out
If you eat like shit, your skin will look like shit. There actually is no way around this. BUT, I will say, up your consumption of fermented foods and bone broth if you can hack it. Why broth? Bone broth contains collagen which creams like to tout, but it’s a pretty dirty rumor that your body cannot absorb collagen topically. Why fermented foods? Probiotics. Probiotics are amazing for the bacteria that haunts your skin.
Now the only problem I have in self-experimentation is that I do not control for variables. So in the last three years or so I have really gone really green in my beauty products, and in the last 6 months I have REALLY upped my consumption of fermented foods and tonics. Like my beloved beet kvass which I have every single day, twice a day. My skin has never been better. Neither has my waistline, YEAAOOW!!
Find brands you love and support them
Dude. There are some bad green brands out there, meaning you could end up looking like a drag queen who just took the first stab at doing her own makeup, not yet a Geish, without a dragmother, and who does not know the first rule about cooking her makeup. Translation = you is gonna look busted.
So, I have had some great brands and some bad, bad ones. The brands I love are
- Pacifica BB Cream Lipstick
- Bare Minerals liquid foundation (mixed reviews on their greenness and ethics, I have heard)
- Inika (Concealer, Blush and Mineral Powder for a super night out)
- And finally, the brand I am in bed with: beautycounter.
A while ago a friend of a friend gave me a little sample of beauty counter and I was instantly drawn in by their packaging. Flawless. Ingredients. Flawless. Conscious. Having been asked to try Nerium a million times and HATING the chemicals they use and knowing about 16 million people who sell beach body, I was really reluctant to even try the product. I was like, blegghhhh I already have a jar of coconut oil, essential oils, yogurt, and a few hippy brands I love, I don’t need shit! But, then I tried it, fell in love. Ran out of my sample pack and decided I needed more and needed to share it with the world. So, now I guess I am a consultant, meaning yes, you can buy this shit from me. But I would prefer to call myself a green beauty hustler, so that is the title I am going to give myself.
- Tinted Moisturizer
- Lipstick in nude
- All facial care products. Literally all of them. I will have them all.
And, onwards. Those are my hacks. Those are honestly my favorite brands. And if you have a favorite mascara can you let a girl know because I have yet to find THE one.
P.S. If you give a shit about eating organic real food, you should start giving a shit about using real beauty products on the largest organ of your entire body. (Chelsea, the self-proclaimed hypocritical hippie, I am looking at you, bitch. Put down the Chanel, and walk away, slowly.)
x to the ohhh,
So I am a really, really big fan of natural products and home remedies when it comes to my skin. Food for thought: The body absorbs roughly 60 percent of what we apply to our skin, so whatever you are putting on your skin, your body is absorbing right into your BLOODSTREAM (1.). Fact.
Over the years I have really, really reduced my use of commercial skin and body care products. For example, here are some posts with some of my hippie shit skin care routines:
Recently, lots and lots of my friends have been getting Botox. Botox. Which, to be honest, I have not done my due dilliegence on from a research perspective, but my heart and bones tell me to be against it and avoid it at all costs. I mean, you are INJECTING who the fuck knows what into your face. Repeatedly. I GET that some women love it, and it is a choice and if it makes you feel good, I am all for it. I just cannot get behind it until someone shows me real evidence that my face will not melt in 20 years.
Now we all know that I eat a lot of odd things, and lately I have been making some odd concoctions to take care of my skin and avoid the need for Botox, chemical peels, chemical anything, really. And here’s the thing, plants and fruits are AMAZINGLY effective, and hey, they were medicine before labs decided they could make a dime off of humans with the promise of looking and feeling better. I digressed. The point is that I discovered a really easy, cheap and effective at-home mask for dark spot remover that you likely could create from ingredients in your kitchen already!
DIY Yogurt + Lemon Dark Spot Remover
Yep! You read that right. Yogurt. Lemon. Done.
Lemon juice and yogurt both have natural bleaching properties that help to lighten the skin. Lemon juice is known to diminish scars and age spots, helps heal acne, exfoliates the skin, AND fights wrinkles! HOLLER!
Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. AND the anti-inflammatory impact of bacteria in yogurt helps improve the overall health and youth of your skin.
So, when topically applied to the skin, this simple homemade face mask can help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration.
Here’s what you need
- 2 tablespoons of organic yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (about the juice of one lemon)
- 1 tablespoon of corn starch
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey or coconut oil to moisturize with AFTER the mask
Step 1: Wash and Exfoliate your skin
Step 2: Mix yogurt, lemon and cornstarch to make Your Yogurt + Lemon Mask
Step 3: Apply mask all over your face or trouble areas and keep on for 25 minutes (less if you have sensitive skin)
Step 4: Rinse off and moisturize with honey or coconut oil for 10 minutes (I find honey is pretty amazing for this step, but can sting after the mask)
Step 5: Add some simple tinted moisturizer, shape your brows, a touch of mascara and you out the door!
Repeat this mask a few times a week for 5-6 weeks to really see results. This recipe will keep in the fridge for a while and I use it all week!
x to the ohhhhh!
Other skincare posts:
- Brown et al. The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. Am J Public Health. 1984 May; 74(5): 479–484.
Last year. I wished for these things. And the list was super popular amongst my own family. Bahaha, so this list is for all of you, but really… It’s for me.
For the Broke Fashionista
(<<me… Girl who wants to wear it all but can’t afford any of it, I tried to keep this list to reasonable items.)
Pretty in white. Every girl should have one good simple white dress and one good simple black dress.
Ohhh love a good coat.
Faux Fur Vest from Forever 21. LOVE. Love. LOVE.
Every girl needs a pair of chucks.
I’d die for a good pair of Doc Marten Boots
Red lips. I am a firm believer that a broke girl can still look rich with a little lip. Good lip. The shitty lipstick will totes look shitty. xo
Lipstick Holder. I need this. Bad. Like, bad bad.
Zaful Light Camel Turn Down Collar Coat (<<< the price is SOOO GOOD)
Must. Have. Flannel.
Love This from Gunny Sack & Co.
When the broke girl just needs some goddam sparkle…
The Sweat Obsessed
All of my favorite things to
sweat run errands in!
I am slowly realizing that Aussies just do it better…
Mesh Contrast Muscle Tank from First Base
This Bra. Is everything.
For someone with less edge, this Sports Bra is CLASSIC
P.S. These are my most favorite workout shorts of ALL TIME. They actually accommodate my DONK! If your lady friend is little in the middle but she got much back, try on some Lorna.
I really, really, really need a warm jacket. And this one makes my heart warm. I wish it were white, but then I’d probably get it all kinds of yucky. Love this staple from my original sweaty fave, lululemon. fluffed up jacket in black!
This. Shark Watch. I LOVE SHARK WATCHESSSSS.
This backpack for the gym AND my diapers!
Here’s the thing, yes, it’s expensive! But, the last lululemon backpack I bought lasted a good 5 years before it broke. #costperwear on fleek!
Oh and this vest. Like it’s a MUST!
For the Bloglette in your life.
Like, I have to have this. Must. Have it all.
It’s exactly what you think it is. An iphone self photo taker system. MUST HAVE NOW. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
For the Coffee Obsessed Blogger……
Me. Me. Me. Me. I need a pour over system so bad. So, so bad. (If you are new to pour overs, you literally need everything in this section…)
Well sourced beans.
Kitchen scale. Boring, but must have for pour overs.
All the Shit I need from Free People
I. Love. Dresses. I would wear the shit out of all of these.
Must have sparkles.
Tarnished Gold Sequin Tunic << I mean, the name says it all.
Simple and black and white and lovely.
Gallery Dress in white or black
Black. Simple. Stunning.
Ohh, and finally… this. Just this.
x to the ohhhh, Whitters
It’s official, activated charcoal and I are in a very serious relationship. Brace yourself, this is basically an infomercial for activated charcoal. No this post is not sponsored by activated charcoal, but I do receive like the itty bittiest compensation from Amazon as an affiliate if you buy this ish. But that is not why I am sharing this with you. I am sharing this with you because charcoal has basically taken over my entire beauty regimen. I already loved my activated charcoal when my immune system is in need of a boost (check out all my hippy healing shit here). And then I started using it to brush my teeth. Which whitened my teeth and blackened my tooth brush. And then I started using it to wash my face. My life is basically soaking in activated charcoal.
In short, because of its ability to bind to toxins and other materials, activated charcoal can help to remove discolorations and stains on the teeth, help your immune system, reduce inflammation and clean your pores!
Activated Charcoal = My favorite beauty product ever
Literally, whatever use they find for activated charcoal, I am game.
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
The toothpaste is wonderful because it is actually a natural toothpaste that works, whitens and freshens your breath. I have tried about 6,789,904,890,000 natural/organic/”good for you” toothpastes, and they are all terrible. My teeth do not whiten, if anything they yellow a bit. Making me reach for the Colgate whitening I know makes my teeth shine bright like a diamond. So on the one hand I am bleghh, chemicals! And on the other I am like, hey good lookin’ your teeth are on fleek!
I digress, but the point is, I am not sure I will ever buy another natural toothpaste ever again. I am in love with my charcoal and black brush. (Though, problem solved I just ordered a black comb toothbrush. Look whose all murdered out now.)
Activated Charcoal Face + Body Bar
Okay. So I don’t feel right screaming from the rooftops on this one because I actually for the most part have had good skin my whole life. Maybe because my mom and my grandma are both so effing gorgeous and blessed. But I do, love, love love this soap for my face and this scrubber thing to get into them pores. My skin feels so amazing every time I use it. Every. Single. Time. Baby’s bottom.
(Not pictured, but you can find it here.)
Activated Charcoal Pills
When my immune system is feeling compromised, I pop these mo-fos like Tic Tacs. And, I also crack them open to make masks, in grown hair spot treatments and bug bite salve! Check it direct it.
Stupid. Easy. Cheap. Charcoal. Mask.
- 1 activated charcoal pill cracked open for the powder
- 1 teaspoon of filtered water
- Mix, spread, wash away! PS Wash this off in the showeerrrr! Shit gets real messy.
Activated Charcoal Lace Thong
Pssychhheee. Unless someone told me it did something amazing for my cooter or something. I can’t say never. I can’t drink the charcoal yet… But we will see.
x to the ohhhh,