Friday, February 12, 2016

Free Beauty Giveaway

Friday! February is an awesome giveaway month from Free Beauty Events Actually every month is awesome but this month you can win a gift basket full of name brand products like Lumene, Vaseline, Simple Skincare, Clear, Essie, and my favorite, Elf Cosmetics. There is more but isn't those products enough to go over and enter the contest  on their site? Double your entries and like their Facebook page. Click on the left side banner and enter.

The contest runs from February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016, with the winners chosen on March 10, 2016 and notified by March 15, 2016. One entry per person per month (except for the double by website and Facebook.)

While you are in their website, check out the upcoming events by entering your zip code to locate one near you. For instance, Saturday, February 13, 2016, Walgreens and Duane Reade stores will be hosting a Beauty Must Haves event with products like CoverGirl, Pantene, Gillette, and Venus. Beauty advisers will be available with free samples for customers including Pantene Airspray, CoverGirl TRUblend, Makeup as well as testers of CoverGirl Plumpify Mascara and CoverGirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm. There will be coupons as well. If you have Walgreens rewards, you can really make out on a sweet deal, not that the above isn't sweet enough. You can combine the coupons with your special prices and really stock up.

The times are 10 am to 5pm at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide.

Disclaimer: all opinions are my own and I am not paid to blog for this site. I am given some free products to try for my blog. These do not influence my review.

Adding Links

I've been cleaning out my links located on the right side and been adding some new good ones. One of my favorite links is  patientslikeme"  That is exactly how it's spelled. There I find support whether I am talking to others or reading about their lives. You can connect with people who are like you and even track your health. Check the sidebar and click on the link.

I added Pinterest  and it goes right to my profile. Of course you don't have to follow me but would be nice if you did so I can see what you are pinning as well. It's amazing what you can find on this site. The creator was and is brilliant. The only thing I don't like about the site is signing in and seeing something I want to click but then it goes away to "picked for you." I have a time trying to find the original pin once it does that. I've complained but they assume most like it. In all, the site is very interesting and I've tried some good DIY and some disasters.

Today I pinned an idea for my upcoming mini cabin build. The structure coming is 14 x 24 ft and I'll be expanding building a sun room later but the inside is what I'm working out for space and livable conditions in a tiny area. I've lived in a 32 ft RV for a year and loved it so I know I can do this cabin. That's a future blog documenting start to finish.

Enjoy your day!

Birthday Freebies

Thank  you, Michele's Little World"   for the awesome heads up for birthday freebies. The link below will take you to her page and you will find a plethora of businesses who participate. Know of some more? Add them to the comments below and I'll let Michele know so she can update. Free is always good.

Birthday Freebies

Monday, January 18, 2016

Simple Beauty Tricks

First I want to apologize for the lack of photos. I'm in the process of a new camera and hopefully can start with photos soon.

I have damaged skin. I wish I was more diligent about my skin care when I was younger but it's never too late to slow down the aging process. Like many out there, my budget doesn't allow for those $30+ priced anti-aging creams. To be honest, I do like Oil of OlAY REGENERIST; however, the price keeps me from buying it.

I have no medical training or knowledge. If you have questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor before using any natural ingredient.

I like natural ingredients especially if I can use them inside my body and out. One of my favorites to use is solid coconut oil. I buy whatever brand is on sale long as it has "organic virgin" which means unrefined, and unprocessed. You can buy it in liquid form or solid that turns to liquid with your body heat. It has so many uses from moisturizer, helps with the redness and dry skin from psoriasis inflammation (it helps mine), makeup removal and eaten has been researched to help diabetes, IBS, and other conditions. You can find it on sale in most groceries, health food stores and online. Buying in bulk gives the biggest savings but if you can't, most pints/quarts are under $10.

Blueberries are amazing inside and out but caution must be taken if you are taking a Vitamin K supplement as it may increase. They lower blood sugar as well so if you need to watch your sugar, monitor if you are eating these. Google and you will find research showing blueberries help fight aging skin by eating them and by making mask once a week. Use smashed blueberries with a bit of plain yogurt and apply for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. My children swore by this simple budget friendly mask for their acne.

Strawberries are amazing for Vitamin C and skin mask. Mash up strawberries with a bit of plain yogurt and apply for 15 minutes. If you have dry skin, add a tsp of honey to the mix.

Do  you have Elmer's glue? Use it for a blackhead mask. Apply a layer over your nose and let dry completely. Peel and see what it cleans out of your pores.

Do you like fruit flavored water? I like to infuse my water with different combos to change it up; sometimes adding some natural sweetener like honey. Making the water a few hours a head or over night will  help infuse the water and be more flavorful. Some favorites are:

1.  Lemon, Strawberry, and honey
2.  Watermelon, mint, and vanilla
3.  Cherry, lime and lemon
4.  Pineapple and cherry
5.  Orange and honey
6.  Blueberry, blackberry and green tea
7.  Green tea, raspberries, and mint
8.  Green tea, vanilla, lime
9.  Orange, lime, cucumbers
10. Pineapple, kiwi,blackberries and honey

Experiment. You'll get flavor, excellent antioxidants, your water intake, and might even help with bloating.

My paternal grandmother and aunts swore by ginger mask for clear skin. They used fresh ground ginger and added a little olive oil making a paste applying allowing 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. They followed with ice water then splashed with some rose water finishing with a dab of Ponds face cream.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Easy Natural Cleaners

Clean Leather and other surfaces

2 tbsp Dawn
4 tbsp white vinegar
Bottle warm water

Mix well, spray on and let sit for a few seconds and wipe with a wet rag and dry with a dry cloth. For deeper cleaning, let sit for a minute or two.

I have used this on my leather seats in my truck with no issues. I do recommend to wipe the leather with a wet cloth and put leather cleaner/lotion after to help with the smell of vinegar.

Toilet Bowls

1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cup Vinegar

Pour into the toilet bowl and swish around. It may foam up some. Whatever you do, don't shake it up before. Let it sit for about 20-30 minutes and scrub.

Facet Cleaners

Mix two cups vinegar, 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 tbsp Dawn. Shake up and spray on the grime. Let sit for 30 minutes and scrub.

Funked Up Cookie/Baking Pans

Do you have an old baking pad that you think is beyond saving? Pour some baking soda on the pan, follow with hydrogen peroxide and sprinkle more baking soda, Let it sit about 30 minutes. You will have minimal scrubbing and the pan will look like new.

I will have photos soon and more ideas to clean gently and naturally.