Monologue Monday: Taking Care of Business – Eco Beauty Tips From Krystal

If, after reading some of my more recent posts, you think I’ve been acting kind of weird or different lately, you’re probably right.

I’ve been going through a transition period lately.
I’ll fill you in on the details later (more like in mid-to late August when things are near completion), but at the moment just know that there are a number of changes happening in my life and I’m just trying to adjust accordingly, while still making sure to make the time to write like I enjoy doing.
(Sorry if I sound like one of those people who say ‘I have exciting news’ or ‘I have something to tell you’, but then says she can’t tell you what it is right now. I would actually love to fill you in, but I’m one of those people who don’t like to talk about things until they are basically a done deal...so at the moment I’m all silence).
Just wanted to address the fact that I may have seemed a bit weird lately, but nothing’s wrong….it’s actually all good news!
But because I have had different priorities lately, it has forced me to take a step back and have days where I shut everything off (phone, internet, business…everything), and just focus on trying to relax and embrace the moment; enjoying the changes that I am going through and the journey that I have gone through to get me to this point.
This brings me to the post for today. (I know I said in last week’s post that I would be discussing past relationship woes, and how being ambiguous and vague with my boundaries got me into some trouble in the past, but that’s coming- I just felt I should write this first).
So the topic for today: Take care of you. When you are at your best, you can offer your best. If you are tired, worn out, or just feeling completely overwhelmed, you aren’t going to be very useful to any one else.
What’s the point of working hard to create the life that you want for yourself, if you are too burned out and stressed out to enjoy it?
Enjoy life J Take time to take care of you so that you can then take care of business.
And on that note, here are a couple of eco beauty tips from a friend to the site-KrystalI thought it would be a good idea to share today since we are on the subject of taking care of ourselves.
Eco Beauty Tips From Krystal:
Krystal Says: I believe in the holistic approach when it comes to my green lifestyle, meaning that I'm not only earth conscious when it comes to recycling and things of that nature, but I'm also earth conscious when it comes to what I put on my skin, the fragrances that I wear, and the home fragrances that I scent my home with.
When it comes to makeup, I'm not a hardcore makeup addict or anything, and I only go ultra glam when I'm going to an event. But I do believe in the "a little bit goes a long way" philosophy. I like looking polished--well put together and effortless versus made up. So when I'm looking for that extra sparkle, I turn to organic beauty products. With all that being said, here are some beauty and lifestyle tips that I use in my everyday life. Check them out:
1.    Room Temperature/Warm Lemon Water

One of the easiest (and not to mention cheapest) beauty habits that you can implement into your life is drinking a glass of warm/room temperature lemon water. Drinking a glass of lemon water helps to jump start your digestive system. Lemon juice helps to rid your body of unnecessary gunk--which makes digestion more fluid. It also flushes the liver and the kidneys while hydrating your entire body. It is also known to clear skin, and get this--freshen breath. 

P.S. The reason why your lemon water should be room temperature to warm is because it takes less effort for the body to adjust to room temperature than it would a glass of ice water.

2.    Pangea Organics

So far, I haven't used a Pangea product that I haven't loved. They make everything from body scrubs to lip balm. I love the fact that all of Pangea's product packaging is biodegradable. This means that their packaging will breakdown over time and will serve as fertilizer for plants (I already started to plant my old packaging in my yard). I use their Moroccan Argan w/ Willow & Rosemary Facial Cream along with their Australian Wild Plum & Willow Facial Cleaner. I chose these two because they're geared towards people with oily skin--which I had. I can honestly say that since I've been using this pair, the amount of oil that my skin produces has been reduced to a minimum. These two facial products smell AMAZING!! And the best part is, they're natural. No artificial colors, fragrances, or synthetic enhancers. You can buy via PangeaOrganics.com, or Amazon.com which is a better deal because they're products are priced lower and they offer free shipping incentives. 

3.    Shea Butter

If you haven't used this natural gem, you are missing out. I've been using shea butter religiously for a couple of years now, ever since my friend from Ghana bought some to the States for me to try. Shea butter is good for both hair and body use. I use it for my body at times, but my hair is where I really put my shea butter to work. I have a very simple recipe for a hair moisturizer. I call it my Shea Hair Soufflé. The recipe is as follows:
*Shea Butter
*Extra Virgin Olive Oil
*Essential Oil of your choice (totally optional)

Take your ingredients and mix them in a blender or food processor until the mixture is fluffy and silky. That's all there is to it! I like to buy cute little containers or use recycled glass jars to store my soufflé.
      You can buy shea butter at just about any natural, health, or organic store such as Whole Foods. You can also find a plethora of shea butter suppliers online, some will even whip it for you.

4.    Rose Balm

Rose balm is another one of nature's little treasures. Rose oil is just as moisturizing as it is fragrant. I buy little canisters of rose balm and store them in my purse. I use it to moisturize my hands whenever I absentmindedly forget to pack lotion in my purse (tiger paws are so unbecoming on a lady). I also use it to smooth down my unruly eyebrows, to massage my hands, smooth down my baby hairs, and to sooth my tired eyes by putting the balm on the puffy area of my eyes. I use rose balm the most as a lip balm, especially after using my homemade lip scrub. It makes your lips feel like feathers. One of the best parts about rose balm is that it won't cost you any more than $10. You can buy it online, Whole Foods, Bath & Body Works, or just about any other natural beauty retailer.

5.    Yardley's Lavender as Aromatherapy

I LOVE all things lavender! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that purple is my favorite color, or maybe it's just simply that I adore the scent, but I need the scent of lavender in my life. This one may seem a little strange, but it works for me so... Lavender is calming and soothing, and it has a certain lulling effect. The scent of lavender helps me sleep, so whenever I am out of my lavender sachets, I stash a fresh bar of Yardley's Lavender in my pillow case for aromatherapy purposes. There's something nostalgic and calming (for me, at least) about inhaling the light, airy scent of this minty, evergreen shrub. Pure heaven!!
6.    Olive Oil as Eye Makeup Remover

Of the many things that olive oil is used for, makeup remover probably isn't the first one that comes to your mind. As I stated earlier, I don't wear too much makeup, but when I do, I stick with darker colors such as black and navy blue. My signature makeup look requires nothing more than some black or blue eyeliner and mascara. Even though these are the only two staples in my makeup arsenal, I have a heck of a time removing them from my face at night. So one night I decided to try olive oil as a remover, and surprisingly, it worked!! I was able to get rid of every little trace of dark liner and stubborn mascara with just one cotton swab. It's like a little miracle, and not to mention much less expensive than buying organic makeup wipes. Oh, and as an added bonus, the olive oil conditions lashes. Try it!!

7.    Homemade Liquid Potpourri

Sounds difficult to make, but not so much. Next to pictures, I think that home fragrance is the one thing that sets your house apart and speaks for your personality. Home fragrance turns your house into a home. I get many compliments on the fragrances that I use whenever I have visitors (this has much to do with why I want my life to be a beautiful fragrance of worship to God. A beautiful fragrance is welcoming, it makes one want to stay a while and rest, but I digressed). Here's one of my recipes:
*Orange Peels
*Thyme or Lemongrass Essential Oil (Optional)

Place your ingredients into a pot and add water. Place your pot onto the stove and allow it to lightly simmer. Don't let it boil or your potpourri will burn and it won't be pleasant.

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