Monday, June 16, 2014

hippie chick :: summer revival

Week Two: Seeking Options

Whether making simple changes
or major adjustments
going natural and organic
where body care is concerned 
still poses its challenges.

Since every body is different

skin types
hair types
personal preferences

research is of utmost importance
so I'm sending out a big 
thank you
to all those brave souls
seasoned veterans of this lifestyle
who share their
with others

It's an invaluable

A gathering of books
and titles
with offerings of herbal remedies
and recipes
which are surprisingly simple.

A perfect segue 
to introduce
a recent change I've made

Changes that are necessitated
by depletion.
As old products are used up
I am turning to 
natural alternatives
(I'm nothing if not frugal in this regard)
The family was literally
compiling their respective lists
of needs
preparing for a trip to Target
when mine had me turning to 
the internet
for a natural eye makeup remover.

Two recipes caught
my eye
especially since I had the ingredients
needed to make both
right in my pantry
and so I made both
creating a little competition
if you will
of homemade eye makeup removers.

Let me introduce you to
the competitors...


reusing the empty, cleaned
container of the original
that really wasn't my
since it left my lids
super greasy and I found
the remover was hard to remove
I often had to get rather
aggressive when using it
not a good idea around those
delicate, sensitive...ahem...
maturing baby blues.

mixing two
that's right...
TWO ingredients 

ready for this?

olive oil and water.

pouring it into a clean container
and shaking before each use.

like I said...

Competitor #2
even easier.

Coconut oil.

There are those who 
this magic, natural elixir
and claim it can
be the only product you'll
ever need to do everything from
sauteing vegetables to removing cellulite.

 they had me at hello.
I already love this stuff
I eat it right out of the jar
and no...
I'm not kidding.

the flavor
the smell


Getting clever with the container.
sanitary and relevant
to its use.

The only thing left...

the actual contest
olive oil vs. coconut oil
in the world series of
 makeup removers.

Here are my findings:

everyone is different
and what works for me
may not necessarily work for others

in this case
a clear 
make-up free
mascara free 
declared the winner.

I was very impartial
not knowing what to expect.
on the left eye
I used the olive oil and water
I dabbed a cotton ball with
the blend
and immediately

 liked the feel...
cool and refreshing.
Better yet
the cotton ball was dirty
and my lid was clean
with a few quick swipes.

the right eye
where I applied the
coconut oil directly
to the lid and massaged briefly
wiped with a cotton ball

a marked difference

the cotton ball was not
as dirty
and I had to work a bit harder
I switched
(this was a very controlled scientific test)
using the olive oil on the right
after the coconut
and found it
removed more makeup
the same could not be said
vice versa
which in my mind
shows the clear 

not Covergirl
olive oil and water.

If you're curious
give it a try!

a blog share DIY from 
beautiful kayekie

obviously adding a label is completely optional
but it does score big 
on the cute factor

check it out:

seriously cute.

not so much...yet
since I'm still in the test kitchen.

For those who are mathematically
challenged in regards
to percentages...

I combined

1 teaspoon of olive oil
9 teaspoons water

That's it, folks!

A bonus:
I liked the after feel so much
I am now using it as
a nighttime moisturizer
as well.

It absorbs quickly
and makes my skin feel
amazingly soft and luxurious

In a word

A two in one.
That's a

Trying on hippie for the summer
is proving to
be so much

A summer revival
a wee bit before the actual season...
but I'm ready for it, baby.

Summer On.

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