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It’s times like these where we really are able to zone in on the things we can do without as well as the minimals that really get us by. While beauty is fleeting it’s undeniable that the things that make us feel good, feel goooood.
Here’s our beauty picks with a little why...
Toothpaste might possibly be the most underrated yet most used product on the market. At first the idea of charcoal toothpaste was a big turn off cuz visually it resembles nightmarish freak outs (too many horror movies as a kid) but the benefits outweigh the scariness. We started mixing activated charcoal with our normal toothpaste but that proved to be more of a mess than anything.
It’s important to note that while whitening strips (or our fav) oil pulling can erase deep stains, activated charcoal is moreso preventative by removing surface stains. We big heart Hello Charcoal Toothpaste because it keeps our teeth in check, our smiles bright (noticeable after just one brush), and is fluoride free.
As mentioned above our fav method for teeth whitening is oil pulling. With consistent use we’ve seen our teeth naturally (ie sans chemicals) get whiter and whiter. A big personal experienced plus is that it removed built up plaque from the back of my permanent retainer that usually only my dentist can get to. I’ve also had experiences of cavities that started but were cleared out and stopped by consistently oil pulling.
It’s recommended 20 minutes a day but to be quite honest have experienced just as much benefit from 10 minutes a day.
AQUAPHOR (Set 14 oz + 1.5 oz)
AQUAPHOR (Immediate relief lip repair)
I’ve never really been into beauty products. I don’t like lotions, moisturizers or anything unnatural as I feel my body has always adjusted to what was needed. That was until I moved to a tropical island with consistent 80-90* weather and a 100% humidity index. On the island everything thrives. Your skin glows all dewy and supple with nothing but ocean water and sunshine. Split ends are seemingly non-existent and your hair grows mermaid status at an alarming rate. However, the second we return to Los Angeles in the desert state of California our lives start crumbling. (insert big LOL + crying emoji) The contrast really does a number and by the end of day 1 stateside, our lips are sooo damn dry that the viral vid of the girl that’s on her own level of beatboxing asking “where’s the chapstick” starts playing in our thoughts like clockwork. I had seen multiple people swear on their mama that AQUAPHOR was the shit so on one desperately chapped day I decided to order this. Results... I now swear on my mama. One little swipe and the saturation was so intense that it instantly healed my woes.
My perfect combo for preventing desperate moments like this is Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Scrub with morning noon and night hourly (whatev suits you) application of AQUAPHOR. But it doesn’t stop at the lips!
I keep a big tub of their Healing Ointment on deck as well as a small tube to carry with at all times.
Also good to note that I’ve had the Lip Repair for almost 4 months and there’s still a solid amount left, aka even with constant use this lasts for forrrrever.
We’re bar soap advocates because it lacks plastic packing and IMO lasts longer.
This soap smells like heaven, is super moisturizing, and gentle enough to not dry out my face. I’ve got normal skin that depending on the climate can lean on the dryer side and it’s really been my perfect face/body cleanser.
My sister on the other hand has more complex skin. While she uses my same soap we also found THIS soap. We saw the ratings and the couple thousand people who had been changed by this product from breakouts to eczema and more so she decided to give it a try. It’s IMPORTANT to note that people with sensitive skin have had problems initially but if you read the reviews there have also been solutions found. We wanted to list it as it has been a game changer in the breakout department and thought if this fits your skin type its worth a shot!
As an avid non-product junkie that feels everything on the market is a marketing lie until proven otherwise, this is a must-have especially in dry environments.
Another swear sitch that you could be feeling 15 years older based on your skins condition and one mask sesh will make your skin baby soft, vibrant, and those 15 years wash right now the drain.
Leave on the face for 5-20 minutes depending on skin sensitivity.
It says to use it once a week but honestly we use it as many times as we need to feel human.
Being a hairdresser this was an add in for multiple reasons. Whether you're a hairstylist doing house calls, have someone elderly in the family who’s regularly gets their weekly wash + style, or on the off chance you are limited to showering because of an injury, this shampoo tray can be quite the lifesaver.
You might be familiar with arrowroot powder for cooking but did you know this is also a major beauty hack of a product? Arrowroot powder is often found in natural deodorants for its ability to absorb, so for us we use it as a natural dry shampoo. I have A LOT of hair but it's very fine. Normal dry shampoos make my hair too ridged to fast and the environmental damage from the aerosol can is a huge negative. For awhile I was hooked on baby powder but it has had a long list of cancer claims so that option was quickly nixed. Arrowroot shifted into my go-to and now I’m pretty sure I couldn’t survive without it.
In a glass bowl I mix arrowroot powder with (my classic scent made from essential oils) of 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Lemon, 1 drops Palo Santo. Then I purchased these cardboard product tubes to put the mix in. The tubes have a sifter so it makes it easy to open and sprinkle into your hair.
To find more about the essential oils used CLICK HERE.
NOTE THAT ESSENTIAL OILS INGESTED OR PLACED ON THE SKIN MUST BE OF HIGH QUALITY AND IF INGESTED FOOD GRADE QUALITY… DO NOT BUY AN OIL JUST BECAUSE IT’S CHEAP. Besides the oil listed the easiest and (personal) most trusted for years has been Young Living.
You can sign up by clicking HERE and opening an account (similar to a Costo or Sams Club Membership) and purchasing a starter kit; it’s the only way to be apart of YL. All account holders will receive 24% off all products for forever.
The site gives in-depth details on products, mixtures, pre-made blends, house cleaners, supplements, vitamins, and more!