Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Eco-friendly Eyeliner Tip

Hello beauties.  I know it seems like forever since I've updated with a beauty-wise post, hence have decided to share a neat tip with you today - one which was accidentally discovered when I was out of eyeliner.  As I was doing my makeup one day, several years ago,  I realized I had ran out of eyeliner and all I had in my makeup arsenal, was a tube of mascara.  And given the eyeliner addict I am, I simply couldn't step out the door without my winged look.  That's the moment when the brainstorming commenced. I knew I had to urgently  improvise with another product. Then suddenly I had that aha moment to use my Eco-friendly mascara as eyeliner.  As an avid DIYer, frugality definitely kicked in at that point and suffice it to say,  I was thrilled at the results of my impromptu idea.

Here are my findings from this experiment: 

  1. Loved the fact that eyeliner and mascara are identical in color instead of varying tones of black/brown.
  2. I was amazed at the staying power. 
  3. In the case of travelling, this tip is ideal due to space saving factor.
  4. And most importantly,  there's no need to splurge on separate products for beautifying the eyes. This is quite beneficial and saves one due to cost factor for Organic eyeliners. 

How to make your mascara function as an eyeliner?

Using a bent eye liner brush, like the one pictured above, pick up a small amount as required from the mascara brush and apply as you would using any gel eyeliner formula.  Allow to set thoroughly before curling your lashes!  Eye liner application simplified, right? Indeed!
On a side note,  I'm totally loving this Elf brush which I spontaneously picked up during my NY vacation last August. I wished the tip was a bit more pointy but still seem function for this type of application.

And the moment you all have been waiting for.  Pictured below is yours truly sporting this neat beauty tip/application.

Love this tip? Then please share it with your audience.

Until next time, here's to beautifying naturally.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How To Keep Pigeons Away From Your Outdoor Space

Are pigeons invading your outdoor space? If the answer is yes, then I'm positive you'll appreciate this post.  Recently I was rather aggravated by the invasion of unwanted pigeons and decided to do a bit of research. I was hoping to find some content that would provide tips on keeping them away without causing any harm to them and thankfully, I did. So, when I stumbled upon this video I quickly ran out to source the required materials for this project. 
I'd just like to say that I kept things simple by attaching vertical pieces of the transparent wire to my clothes line.  And lo and behold!  It worked like a charm.  No more pigeons in my space! Yay!
Watch the video to learn how to reclaim your space, too.  

And do let me know if you too have success with this tip. 

Until next time, here's to going green & optimal health!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Moroccan Henna Powder Review

It's been six long years since I made the decision to color my hair with henna.  When it comes to caring for my hair, like my body, I carefully choose products within the low hazard to zero toxicity limit. And henna definitely falls into this safety category. Suffice it to say, henna is the best option for coloring your hair without compromising your health.    
During this six year journey of natural hair coloring, I have tried and tested all of the varieties sold by my favorite supplier - Hennasooq.  And although it was an awesome experience each time, I love each variety for varying reasons but  pleased to report that I instantly fell in love with their Moroccan crop.  

This is a superior henna powder in terms of sift, dye release and dye content.   A major plus about this henna is the fact that it washes out the hair easily. The length of time I spend in the shower washing out henna from my hair is equally  important  as it's other qualities. Wasting water to rinse away henna would NOT be in coherence with my sustainable way of life. So, yes, I was pleasantly surprised and extremely happy at how easily it was out of my hair.  This crop's finely milled powdered texture is specifically to be credited for it's ease of washing/rinsing out of hair.  

I'm also happy to report that it  left my hair feeling very soft and also visibly shiny.  As for the dye release, I achieve this in appoximately one hour which is awesome in terms of saving time.        
Unlike the other varieties I've tried, Moroccan henna results on my naturally dark brown hair is a lovely coppery shade of red instead of the usual flaming red.  

Moroccan Henna Powder on my dark brown hair pictured below:

Honestly, I have nothing negative to state about this henna. In fact, I can safely proclaim it has now become my Holy Grail of henna powders. On that note, I would like to thank the owner of the Henna Sooq, Khadija for recommending this henna powder.  It's perfect for my hair needs!
Loving it all the way!

Until next time, here's to coloring and caring for your hair naturally.

Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated to write this review neither was I provided with free product in exchange for the said review. These are my own thoughts and experience with the product.


Friday, September 13, 2013

8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma

Hello, everyone! It's my pleasure to share with you the following guest post written by Emily Walsh -- the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  I urge you to share this very important message with your loved ones.   Thanks!

8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma -- a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8 things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to saving lives starts with education.

1. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is invisible to the naked eye. Once inhaled, these fibers may infect the protective lining of the lungs, abdominal cavity, or cardiac cavity.

2. No amount of exposure is safe. Just exposing yourself once could put you at risk for developing the disease later on in life. If you were exposed today, you may not be aware until 2043, as the average latency period is about 30 – 40 years.

3. Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products. These include household items, some of which may still be in use. Some of these even include hair dryers, crock pots, and cigarette filters.

4. It can be found in many older homes, schools, factories, and commercial buildings. Homes built prior to the 1970’s, along with a myriad of public buildings still could potentially contain asbestos because of the materials used in the original construction.

5. Asbestos exposure is still the LEADING CAUSE of occupational cancer in the US. Even after 30 years since the United States government issued stern warnings about the continued use of asbestos, many workers who were once exposed are now at risk of developing the disease.

6. United States Veterans are at the greatest risk. For many years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. Many veterans and shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos from several different applications. US Navy veterans who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict unfortunately have the highest incidences of asbestos related disease, including mesothelioma.

7. Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Federal law requires the newly manufactured products contain no more than 1% asbestos. Although its use is regulated, roughly 30 million pounds are still being used each year.

8. Mesothelioma can be caused by secondary exposure. Family members of those who were directly affected by on-the-job asbestos exposure may also at risk of developing mesothelioma.

Want to do something to help this Mesothelioma Awareness Day? Our friend and 7 year survivor, Heather Von St. James, needs your help. Check out her campaign and share her message to help educate and save lives. Be a voice for the victims.


Monday, May 6, 2013

How to make Kefir Cream Cheese

Ever wondered what to do with your excess homemade Kefir?  Actually, homemade Kefir is so versatile and can be used for DIY facials, hair care, cooking, baking and as demonstrated in this video  - make your own guilt free Cream Cheese.  

Unlike regular Cream Creese (store bought), Kefir Cream Cheese is loaded with probiotics and serves as a healthier alternative than the non-probiotic version.  It's so simple to make and it's taste is totally addictive.   Plus you can customize a variety of flavors according to your taste.  

Do you already make your own Kefir Cream Cheese?  If you do,  I'd love to hear about  your favorite flavorings.  

Until next time, Happy Cheese Making and here's to optimal health!