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Spice-y Face Mask

SpiceyFaseMask_LargeIf you battle acne, uneven skin and enlarged pores you don’t have to spend a lot of money on products to improve your appearance; there are many natural ingredients available to help with these issues, and can be found in your cupboards. Here’s a DIY acne-fighting and tone balancing face mask using the common spices cinnamon and nutmeg along with a couple of other ingredients that can be  found right in your kitchen:

 

Spice-y Face Mask

1/2 tsp cinnamon (increases circulation, anti-inflammatory
1/2 tsp nutmeg  (antifungal, antibacterial)
1 tsp honey (moisturizer and antiseptic)
1/4 of a lemon, squeezed

*For an added boost, add 1-2 crushed cloves

 

Directions: 
Mix together into a thick paste.  Apply to your face for at least 15 minutes and rinse. Be sure to follow with a moisturizer.

 

You will see the best results from this mask if you do it regularly, around twice  a week.

Here’s to spice-y, more beautiful skin!!

 

 

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Have Healthier Hair During the Cold Weather Months

Cold weather temps presents a challenge when caring for and styling naturally textured hair. Particularly for those in already dry climates, brittle cold weather can lead to excessive hair breakage. How can you have healthier hair during the cold weather months? Check this out:

Skip a shampoo day. The ingredients in shampoo that clean our hair so well also strip the natural oils, leaving the squeaky-clean (and consequently, more susceptible to breakage) feeling. Allow more time between shampoo days to preserve the hair and  scalp oils that make hair more pliable and elastic.

Incorporate regular deep conditioning treatments. When you do shampoo (or cowash or whatever method you use to clean your hair and scalp), follow with a deep conditioning treatment to soften the hair and boost elasticity by restoring moisture. Adding heat forces your hair cuticles to open and allow the nurturing ingredients to penetrate.

Moisturize the air around you. Colder air is dry, so incorporating a humidifier will add humidity (AKA moisture) to the air, and your hair.

Get oily. After you’ve added all that moisture to your hair, it’s important to lock it in with oil or an oil-based product. You get an extra bonus when you use coconut or any other penetrating oil to seal.

Go heavy. Products like butters, creams are puddings are going to provide longer-lasting moisture and protection for your hair in colder weather. Consider swapping out your lighter weight products that may not be able to withstand harsh wind and cold temps.

 

Just as you switch out your clothing when the weather gets cold, you have to change out your hair “clothing” when temperatures drop. Doing so will keep your hair in top-top shape and looking its best.

 

Be Exclusively Inclusive!

 

 

 

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Fashion is a Battlefield: Camo Looks for Fall

Camouflage is normally reserved for those that want to blend in, but when it comes to fashion, camo looks stand out and attract attention.

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Check out these FABulous looks we collected from Polyvore and get ready for your fashion fallout!

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While you’re getting inspired, don’t forget to grab your Camo Lippie BYOB tee here.

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What’s your fave camo look for fall?

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Spice Up Your Beauty Regimen

Your next beauty treatment really can be found in your spice cabinet (seriously…). Keep reading for four easy recipes to spice up your beauty regimen:

Tumeric Face Mask (fights blemishes, acne and has been known to provide relief for rosacea and other skin inflammation)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of milk or yogurt

Mix and apply to clean face, leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse off.
Ginger Skin Polisher (exfoliates and brightens skin)

Ingredients:

ginger oil or ginger extract*
jojoba/almond/grapeseed oil                                                                                         white sugar
*ginger extract- thinly slice a 3-in piece of ginger, bring to a boil then simmer for up to 4 hours
Pepper Scalp Stimulant (stimulates blood flow)

Ingredients:                                                                                                                                        2 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                              1 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix and apply to scalp. Massage in for up to 5 minutes and follow with shampoo and condition.

Cinnamon Lip Plumper Balm stimulates blood flow, temporarily plumps and adds a flushed tone to lips)

Ingredients:

2-4 drops cinnamon  leaf oil                                                                                             shea or cocoa butter

Mix oil (adjust number of drops to your sensitivity) and butter together and apply to lips as needed.

 

Do you have any other DIY beauty hacks that come from your kitchen ? Share them in the comments!!

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Benefits of African Black Soap

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African black soap is known for its skin nourishing benefits. Full of antioxidants, this soap contains honey, shea butter, camwood, palm bunch and cocoa pod ash palmkernel oil and aloe vera.

We are shameless in expressing our love for multipurpose products and African black soap is certainly a versatile powerhouse product. Keep reading to find out why it’s awesome:

 

  • Antioxidants – palmkernel oil and have properties that protect the skin from free radicals that speed up aging and  wrinkles
  •  Improve Skin Tone –  the palm and cocoa pod ash contains properties that firm skin and the honey and shea butter help fade discoloration
  • Exfoliant – the ash and camwood provides gentle exfoliation which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and help reduce the occurrence of razor bumps
  • Skin Conditioner – the combination of honey (humectant), aloe vera (moisturizer) and shea butter provide a conditioning boost that keeps skin supple and looking refreshed
  • No-Strip Deep Cleanser – use to deep cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping. The natural fatty oils condition and soften the hair, and the antifungal and antibacterial properties that make it great for skin are excellent for the hair and scalp

Are you a fan of black soap? How do you incorporate it into your regimen?