Who Else Wants a Personal Shopper?

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After hearing about Stitch Fix from a friend, I finally decided to give it a go. I’m not sure what took me so long. I mean, who doesn’t want a personal shopper?

In case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it is an online personal shopping service. You fill out a style profile, give them your sizes, and select the budget range for your clothing items. You can even provide them with a link to a Pinterest board! (Here’s Mine)

Stitches can come as often as you like. I only get a box quarterly – when the seasons change.

Of course, I had some very particular requirements for my boxes. I wanted clothing in eco-friendly materials, and I didn’t want to have to search through a whole store to find them. I was able to specify the fabrics I like to wear on my Stitch Profile.  You can see my first stitch here.

I am not known for being stylish. Far from it. Which is why Stitch Fix has become such a great service for me.

Not only does my stylist find pieces in the eco friendly materials I request, I get style cards with each piece that tells me how to wear them. Winning!

Stitch Fix Cards

Believe it or not, Stitch Fix has saved me money. I don’t spend time in the mall or at the stores where I’m tempted to purchase more than my budget.

Plus, I’ve set my stitches to quarterly, so I’m only getting a few fresh pieces to update my wardrobe seasonally.

Since I’ve been receiving my stitches, I’ve become more stylish. I actually tape my stitch fashion cards up in my closet. I refer to them whenever I’m at a loss for “What to Wear???”

Finally, I love it because it is sooooo unbelievably convenient. I get the box at home where I can try on the clothes in the privacy of my bedroom. I can also see if the piece will mix and match with the clothing I already have in my wardrobe.

My stitches just keep getting better over time. I’ve found my stylist has really listened to the feedback I’ve provided and it has helped me update my wardrobe with pieces I will actually wear.

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix for yourself, you can sign up for your personal stylist here.

Stitch Fix Box

I’d love to hear how this service works for you – and maybe even see a picture or two!

DIY Natural Body Powder Talc Free Recipe!

How to Make a Natural Body Powder Talc Free.

Here's a quick way to make your own natural body powder talc free! Highly absorbent with a fresh, energizing scent you'll love.

When the heat, humidity, and sweat make you damp and uncomfortable, you need a natural body powder to absorb dampness and ward off odors.

Or what if you’ve overslept? A sprinkle of talc free body powder can also help you go an extra day without a shower.

So why go talc free when making a body powder? After all, talc is a natural mineral that is highly absorbent.

The problem with talc is that can be contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.  Johnson & Johnson has been held responsible for ovarian cancer because of it’s products containing talc.

With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own natural body powder at home – free of any potentially carcinogenic substance – that works just as well and smells even better.

This DIY recipe for talc free powder has the same two main ingredients in many of the natural brands of body powder – cornstarch and sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda).

Cornstarch is highly absorbent while the sodium bicarbonate has antibacterial properties that can ward off acne.

It’s important to note this recipe does call for non gmo cornstarch. Corn is one of the most highly genetically modified crops out there. If you are skipping the talc, make sure you are also skipping the pesticides used on gmo crops.

Natural Body Powder

Natural Body Powder Talc Free Recipe

What You Need:

½ cup non gmo cornstarch
½ cup baking soda
10 drops organic lavender essential oil
10 drops organic sweet orange essential oil
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together cornstarch and baking powder. Drop with essential oils, then whisk again until well blended. Store in a jar with a shaker lid or use a powder puff, organic cotton ball or brush.

Make sure to store your powder in a glass or other non-reactive container. Citrus essential oils don’t play well with plastic.

I love the scent of this essential oil combination in this recipe. It’s fresh and energizing. However, feel free to use any essential oil blend you enjoy.

All Natural Copycat Satin Hands Recipe

This copycat satin hands recipe needs only 3 all natural ingredients.
All Natural Copycat Satin Hands Recipe. You'll have super soft hands after using this scrub.

When I was growing up, my mom always used Mary Kay.

Her Mary Kay consultant would come to the house, set up her little pink mirrors and let us play in the make-up.

One of my favorite parts of the Mary Kay lady visiting our house was getting to do the satin hands treatment.

I loved using the sweet smelling scrub. There is something luxurious in treating your hands to a soft scrub.

Why wouldn’t there be? Our hands work hard all day. They deserve pampering.

I wanted to be able to do Satin Hands again.

But here’s the deal: I support Mary Kay’s mission of helping women have a home based business. However, I don’t support Mary Kay’s actual products.

Mary Kay has not joined the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and continues to use products like parabens in their formulations.

So I started looking for a copycat satin hands recipe.

Unfortunately, most of the recipes I found on Pinterest call for the use of Dawn Hand Renewal Dishwashing Liquid.

I looked up Dawn Hand Renewal in the EWG database and found they get a D for safe ingredients.

GAH! That’s when I decided to make a copycat satin hands recipe out of ingredients I know are safe.

Here’s what I came up with:

All Natural Ingredients for making a copycat satin hands recipe

Copycat Satin Hands Recipe

Ingredients:
Sugar
Liquid castile soap
Vegetable glycerin (optional but this is what your are looking for)
Vitamin E (optional but here’s my favorite)

Find a glass jar with a lid wide enough to fit your hand inside. You need to be able to scoop out some of the satin hands easily.

Next, add about 3/4 cup sugar to the jar. In a measuring cup, measure 1/4 cup castile soap. With a fork, whisk in 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin and 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E.

Vegetable glycerin will help your mixture to lather better. It also is a nice moisturizer. If you don’t have vegetable glycerin, you may leave it out.

Vitamin E is good for your skin and it works as a preservative. Again, you may leave it out.

Stir the soap/glycerin mixture into the sugar.

All Natural Copycat Satin Hands

Try washing your hands with the mixture. Evaluate for yourself: Do I want more scrubbing? Add sugar. Too harsh for your sensitive hands? Add a little more soap.

I like my mixture runny. Too much sugar just doesn’t feel good on my hands.

Finally, a word about scents. If you enjoy a certain scent of castile soap, use that. But if you prefer to play with your scent, buy unscented castile soap and add essential oils.

Do you have a favorite castile soap scent? Or, can you recommend a great essential oil combination? Let us know in the comments!

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

Hello winter! Hello dry cracked hands!

I hate this time of year. My hands and nails tend to be dried out from doing dishes, washing my hands, and our dry Colorado climate.

For some reason, I always get a crack right on my right knuckle.

Every. Darn. Year.

This DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe whips up in about 5 minutes and it uses all natural non-toxic ingredients that really work.

The shea butter, beeswax and almond oil work together to moisturize. The lavender essential oil not only smells awesome but it has disinfecting properties. Perfect for preventing infection.

You’ll need about  5 minutes of your time to provide you with up to 4 months of salve to use on a daily basis.

DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe

What you need:
• 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
• 2 Tbsp Beeswax (Grated)
• 1 Tbsp Almond Oil
• 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Metal Tin
• Double Boiler

When you purchase your beeswax, it may come in a stick form. If so, you will need to be grate it using a hand grater or a food processor. This process is so easy and all you need is 2 Tbsp worth.

Once your beeswax has been grated, set all your ingredients aside.

Fill the bottom portion of your double boiler with water and place on high heat until it starts to boil.

Once the water starts to boil add on the top portion of your double boiler filled with your shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil. The ingredients will melt and mix together nicely in a matter of minutes.

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve in 5 Minutes

As soon as everything becomes a liquid give it a quick stir, remove from heat, and immediately pour in your metal tin. Add your drops of lavender essential oil.

How to Make DIY Cracked Hand Salve with All Natural Ingredients

Just to let you know, I filled my mixture above the line for the metal tin and it formed with a rounded top without pouring over.

Allow your DIY cracked hand salve to set for about 10 minutes and you will notice your liquid turning into a solid.

Once your salve turns into a solid form, grab a little chunk and rub it all over your dry, cracked hands. Your hands will instantly be moisturized and looking better than ever!

Plus, the lavender smell is delightful. I love to rub some on my cracked hands right before bedtime. Then, I’ll sleep with my hands tucked under my head and the smell of lavender helps ease me to sleep.

Don’t be stingy – now that you’ve bought the supplies, make up a few tins of this beeswax hand salve recipe to give as gifts. Your friends will thank you!

BEAUTY HACK: Keep this cracked hand salve next to your sink so you can treat your hands every time you wash them.

Now that you have your lavender essential oil out, why not make DIY Natural Disinfecting Spray?

Do you suffer from cracked hands?

The BEST Dark Circle Concealer

The Best Dark Circle ConcealerDo you suffer from dark circles under your eyes?

If you do, then you know I don’t use the word ‘suffer’ lightly.

Those of us with dark circles are subject to questions such as, “Are you tired?” “Are you feeling okay?” and “When’s the last time you slept?”

I hate my dark circles.

I don’t even work out in the morning without using concealer to cover my dark circles. That’s how much I hate my dark circles.

I’ve tried many, many brands of concealers and have spent literally hundreds of dollars trying to find a product I like that really works.

Not to mention, I’ve slept with cucumbers under my eyes, tried frozen spoons, and I even tried that weird trick where you use red lipstick to counteract the blue.

So let me save you the trouble.

At 45 years of age, I have FINALLY found a product I love. 

I really want to show you how well I think it works. So I am publishing a picture of myself with zero make-up.

My best girlfriends (with whom I exercise first thing in the morning) have never seen me without concealer.

So here I am:

Dark Circles
What I did was take all the photos in front of my computer using the photobooth application. I’m hoping you can really see the difference, but please keep in mind I am not a professional photographer.

Using Beautycounter Touchup Skin

What I’ve been using is Beautycounter Touchup Skin in Fair.

Prior to this I was using the YSL Touch Eclat. This product is even better than the best selling YSL Touche Eclat and it costs $10 less!

I simply add a few dots under my eyes before blending it in with my fingertip.

Dark Circles concealed with Beautycounter touchup skin

As you can see, I chose a color that is pretty bright. It truly covers and the coverage lasts all day.

After I’ve applied it, I use Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. It has sunscreen in it, not to mention it blends the concealer.

Let’s be clear here. I am not promising to get rid of your dark circles. I am showing you what I think is the best dark circle concealer.

Touchup Skin was my gateway product into the world of Beautycounter. I love it so much, I’m now using their products exclusively.

Here’s what Beautycounter products I’m using:

There I am on the left with zippo make-up on. Nada. Zilch.

On the right I’ve covered my circles with Beautycounter touchup concealer pen in fair. Then I smoothed on Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. I’ve also lined my eyes with the Color Outline Eye Pencil, added the Lip Sheer in Currant, and swiped on mascara.

The Best Dark Circle Concealer

It’s undeniable. Makeup can radically transform your appearance – including those awful dark circles!

Drop 5 Pounds in 5 Minutes? Learn to Contour Your Face with Eco Friendly Makeup

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Can you really drop 5 pounds in 5 minutes just by learning to contour your face?

If you aren’t familiar with face contouring, check out the free video, so you can see for yourself how it works.

Try tarte’s contouring collection for the perfect tools to sculpt, shape and define!

A few of the products they use for face contouring are currently on sale. The maracuja blush & glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint is on sale for just $13 – down from $32.00!!!

Tarte also offers a free sample and free shipping on all orders over $40.

Stitch Fix Review: Can Stitch Fix Be Eco Friendly?

Stitch Fix Review

Have you heard of the service Stitch Fix?

It’s a personal shopping site.

You fill out a style profile, provide them with your sizes, and if you have one, a link to your Pinterest Style board. (Here’s my Pinterest Style Board if you care to look).

Once you’ve completed that information, Stitch Fix “will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!”

So fun, right????

I’ve always wanted a personal stylist!

But I had a special request. What I wanted to know is: Could Stitch Fix be a source of eco friendly clothing?

Here’s what I wrote in my style profile:

“I look for eco friendly, sustainable and organic clothing. Your company indicated I could get clothing that is made from any of the following: organic cotton, silk, cashmere, linen, wool, or rayon. Please make sure my box has these elements!”

Here’s a video of what they sent me:

As you saw, they sort of sent me clothing that fit my eco friendly requests.

So how did I like what I received?

Skye Dreamcatcher Pendant Necklace $28.00 Thoughts: Nope. Not me.

Sada Eyelet Detail Knit Top $54.00

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Thoughts: Not awful. Not what I expected. Said Bohemian to me. I really like classic. Cotton but not organic cotton, so not eco friendly. Gonna send it back.

Peidmont Embroidery Top $54.00

Piedmont Embroidery Top

Thoughts: I was so excited to try this one on! I took a close up of the detail. It really is a striking top. However, I wanted it to be a bit longer. I’m 5’9″ so I am on the tall end for some manufacturers. I felt this to be true here.

My girls really want me to keep this top. What do you think?

Ava Floral Print Silk Blouse $88.00

Ava Silk Blouse

Thoughts: I would have walked by this shirt in the store. But I loved it. It fits awesome. I love how long the back is. Silk is so lightweight. I’m not against wearing it several times in between dry cleaning.

Ruxi Distressed Boyfriend Jeans $98.00

Ruxin Jeans Back

What? Are you telling me you don’t look at your jeans from the back???

Thoughts: The denim is like butter. Soooo soft! But the rise is pretty darn low. If I have pants that are too low, I feel like the men you see with the big beer belly where you wonder “How do their pants stay on?” Here’s a helpful hint: they don’t. You have to keep hiking them up. These were hikers. Bummer because they were really comfy.

Although I feel like most of the items in this box were a total miss (too bohemian, not enough classic basics), I’m requesting another box!

This box was like a first date. I’m intrigued enough to go on a second one.

Want to take your own first date? Head over to Stitch Fix and set up your style profile!