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

contour tarte

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.

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100% Natural Anti-Wrinkle Age Defying Moisturizer

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aubrey. The opinions and text are all mine.

UPDATE: This giveaway has closed.


Friends, I turned 45 this month.

While I might be aging, I’m not done living. So I’ve learned to embrace the changes that are happening.

Yes, there are times that I look at my forehead in the rear view mirror and think, “EGADS! Where did all of those lines come from???”

But overall, I’m comfortable with the skin I’m in.

Before you get the wrong idea, I want you to know that I do believe in taking preventative steps to slow the aging process.

It’s not that I mind the wrinkles, it’s just that they don’t match my inner feelings about myself. In my heart and spirit I’m still young! I’d like my face to reflect that youthful feeling I have inside.

Since I love a good all natural beauty product, I was pretty excited to be given the opportunity to try Aubrey Age-Defying Therapy Moisturizer.

age defying moisturizer

Per the product recommendations, I’ve been applying the moisturizer twice a day for the last 3 weeks.

The pump top ensures you get just the right amount. Always a bonus in my mind since it prevents you from running out too quickly.

The first few times I applied it, the scent of the moisturizer was strong. My last moisturizer had no scent, so I wasn’t used to a scented product. Once applied to my face, the scent was a non-issue. It doesn’t linger on the skin, and now I hardly notice the smell at all.

What I love about this product is it not only improves the appearance of wrinkles with all natural ingredients like milk thistle, but because it contains golden seaweed, it also prevents further damage.

After applying the moisturizer, I really like the texture of my skin. It feels smooth to the touch.

Since I’m subject to break-outs, I can’t use just any moisturizer. The Aubrey age-defying moisturizer has not contributed to any break-outs since I started using it. It’s not greasy or heavy.

I like this product so well, I will continue to use it. In my book, this moisturizer is a WIN!

Aubrey Selfie

I’m also giving one lucky reader a FREE moisturizer to try it for themselves! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me how you feel about getting older. The winner will be selected at random on Sunday, April 19, 2015 and notified via email.

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The Best Chapped Lips Remedy: Homemade Lip Balm

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With all the harsh weather conditions we face every day, it takes a toll on our skin and lips.

Are you suffering from dry, chapped or cracked lips like I do?

What if I told you, you can whip up your very own Homemade Lip Balm using only 3 natural ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to complete?

This Homemade Lip Balm is the perfect amount of moisture for even the driest lips and goes on so silky smooth. You’re going to be in heaven with this lip balm, and you’ll never go back to store bought again.

Chapped Lips Remedy: Homemade Lip Balm

Ingredients for chapped lip remedy


Supplies Needed:

  • Double Boiler (or pan and bowl)
  • Hand Grater
  • Lip gloss containers (What I used) OR upcycle some baby food jars!


Place your double boiler or pan filled with water on the stove on medium heat. Let it come to a boil before placing the top piece or bowl on top.

While you’re waiting take your fresh Beeswax and grate about 1 Tablespoon worth and place it in your top pan.

Add in 1 Tablespoon of your coconut oil and 1 tsp of raw honey into the bowl. Place bowl on top of boiling water and watch your ingredients melt in about 1 minute. Give it a quick stir making sure all 3 ingredients are blended together. Once everything is completely melted quickly pour into your lip containers and let sit for about 10 minutes.

Homemade Lip Balm

You’ll notice the mixture it starting to solidify starting from the bottom up. After the lip balm has become a solid you can start using it right away, enjoy!

I placed a nice amount on my lips before bed and when I woke up my lips were smoother than ever. It seriously is the best chapped lips remedy!

If you suffer from dry skin like I do, you’ll also want to check out how to get rid of those red bumps on the back of your arms!

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10 Drugstore Beauty Must Haves That Are Safe to Use!

10 of the best drugstore beauty must haves that are safe to use!
Non-Toxic Drugstore Beauty Must HavesNavigating the drugstore beauty aisle can be tricky. Many of the products on those aisles contain known toxins with some pretty nasty side effects.

Phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks have all been linked to potential harmful health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.

Many cosmetic chemicals are designed to penetrate into the skin’s inner layers. Do you really want to be using a known toxin on your highly absorbent skin?

These 10 Drugstore Beauty Must Haves get a Green Rating from the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. They’ve done the research on these products and given each one of these products a “LOW” ranking of a “1” for overall hazard.

So pop on over to your local drugstore and pick up a drugstore beauty must have or two. You can feel good about using them, and they won’t cost you a pretty penny!

1. Maybelline FitMe Pressed Powder $7.49 FitMe Pressed Powder is available in 18 shades, so you should be able to find the perfect match for under $10!

2. Boots Botanics Corrective Concealer Stick $9.99 Choose from one of two lightweight colors and conceal away.

3. e.l.f. Studio Shimmering Glow Palate $3.00  Give skin a healthy and natural glow and use to illuminate the eyes, lips, and face. I love an all-in-one product for 3 bucks!

4. Revlon Lipstick $7.99 True story: I have a friend who whenever she felt bad, her mom told her to buck up and put on some lipstick. I do feel better with lipstick on, do you?

5. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara $9.99 This mascara is said to enhance the appearance of lash length, thickness and volume for dramatic lashes instantly. Gotta love that!

6. L’Oreal Paris Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner $8.99 This pencil has the look of a liquid eyeliner, but the control of a pencil.

7. Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow Constant $9.49 With 6 colors to choose from, you are sure to find a silky color that will complement your eyes.

8. Physicians Formula Eye Makeup Remover Pads, Oil Free, For Normal to Oily Skin $4.99 What goes on must come off. Remove your makeup safely with these wipes.

9. Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Repairing Acne Lotion $14.99 If you don’t believe a natural product can clear up your acne, you need to click on the link and read the reviews!

10. RoC Instant Facial Smoother $14.99 Not everyone needs an anti-aging cream. However, if you are looking for a safe product to try to improve the look of your wrinkles, this is a safe, Environmental Working Group approved, place to start!

Have you tried any of these drugstore beauty must haves? Would you recommend them?

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DIY: How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

If you have dull hair that lacks shine, I have a one-step remedy to get shiny hair naturally.

With three females in this house, we do lots of girly stuff. Hair, nails, scrubs…girly stuff.

Hair is big in our house. Styling, braiding, curling, crimping…All of which take time and effort.

Luckily, shiny hair is easy. Keeping our hair healthy results in shiny hair with virtually no effort.

No need to buy expensive products. The ingredient you need is in your pantry right now.

Apple cider vinegar.

Did you know apple cider vinegar works as a natural hair detangler? It also works to seal the hair cuticle, which makes your hair healthy and shiny naturally.

If you aren’t using apple cider vinegar on your hair yet, I encourage you to give it a go. The results are well worth it!

I’ve got two different methods for getting shiny hair naturally. Each of them work, it’s really just a matter of how much time you have. Method 1 requires you to plan a chunk of time prior to showering so the apple cider vinegar can soak into the hair.

If you don’t have that kind of time, Method 2 works just as well. It’s up to you!

How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

You need:

1 spray bottle
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water

Mix the water and vinegar together in the spray bottle.

Method #1:
1. Spray onto dry hair focusing on the ends.

2. Allow to sit on the hair 10 to 15 minutes. Get in the shower and shower as usual.

Method #2:

1. Take the spray bottle with the water and apple cider vinegar and bring it into the shower with you.

2. Wash your hair in the shower as usual.

3. Use the spray instead of conditioner. Spray it all over your hair. Leave it several minutes before rinsing out.

Note: Do not condition. The apple cider vinegar acts as a natural conditioner.

That’s it! That is all you need to do to get shiny hair naturally.

Have you used apple cider vinegar on your hair before? What were the results for you?

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All Natural Makeup Brands List: Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Do you think all natural makeup brands are inferior? That they are more expensive? That they don’t work?

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite natural makeup brands – complete with recommends of what I have found actually work!

But before I lead you down the virtual makeup aisle, I’d like you to consider this: Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Most of what you apply to your skin gets absorbed into your body.

If you are using conventional products, you could be using as many as 500 chemicals on your body before breakfast.

As a mom of two daughters, I want to know the beauty products we are using don’t contain toxins or the chemicals that can disrupt hormones. Because this is important to me, I used the skin deep database to double check all products.

Here’s my natural makeup brands list and what I use:

1. Physicians Formula Organic Wear

Natural beauty products should leave you looking like a natural beauty.

Enter pressed powder. It goes on lightly and leaves your skin looking smooth.

What to try: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Pressed Powder

2. Tarte

I had to include two Tarte products in my recommendations. I love both the cheek and lip stains. The colors flatter everyone. They go on easily and look natural. They cost a bit more, but they last forever.

What to try: Cheek Stain
I also love: Natural Lip Stain

3. Burt’s Bees

While I love the whole Burt’s Bees line, the Burt’s Bees lip balms top my must-have list.

Chapped lips aren’t attractive. Not to mention they hurt, can split and can even bleed. Which is why a good lip balm is perhaps my favorite product in my beauty arsenal.

I keep Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in my nightstand drawer and the last thing I do at night is swipe it on. The grapefruit scent makes me happy. Truly.

What to try: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Pink Grapefruit

4. Juice Beauty

What do you want out of a cleanser? Something that cleans without making you breakout or dry out?

This cleansing milk delivers. It removes makeup and leaves your skin feeling silky.

What to try: Cleansing Milk

5. W3LL People

I have dark circles under my eyes. DARK circles.

I’m embarrassed by them.

In fact, I’m so embarrassed that I can run the kids to school in my pjs, without brushing my hair, but I HAVE to put concealer on under my eyes.

And I’m not going to bring up how my two girls get the occasional pimple they want to cover.

What to try: Narcissist Concealer + Foundation Stick

6. bareMinerals

If you aren’t using bareMinerals, it is affordable, works great, and gets high ratings in the skin deep database.

I’m recommending their eyeshadow. I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday. In fact, I only use it a few times a year.

But when I do go through the effort, I want it to go on smooth, to stay vivid and to stay put!

What to try: Eyeshadows 2.0 Duos

7. Vapour Organic Beauty

I feel naked with out eyeliner. This formula glides on plus it comes with a smudging tool in case you go for the smoky look.

What to try: Mesmerize Eyeliner with Smoky Eye Tool, Truffle

Isn’t it time you switched to all natural makeup?

If you have a natural makeup recommendation, I’d love to hear it! Please share your successes with us in the comments.

Know of someone who would like this information? Please share it! Everyone deserves safe cosmetics.

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How to Treat Red Bumps on Arms Naturally

Treat those yucky red bumps on the back of your arms naturally

Do you have those pesky red bumps on your arms? The ones that look like “chicken skin”? If you raised your red bump covered arm, you are in good company. 80% of the population has red bumps called Keratosis Pilaris either on their arms, thighs, or booty.

Mine happen to be on my arms. Of course I think having it on the back of my arms means I have it in the absolute worse place in the history of ever. Sleeveless shirts mock me in the summertime. Tank tops cause me all kinds of stress.

Doctor treatment of my keratosis pilaris has had virtually no effect, even though I have tried some aggressive forms of treatment. Forgive me for wanting a magical cream to rub on daily, regardless of toxicity to the rest of my body, so that my arms look great in a sleeveless little black dress.

Unfortunately that doctor prescribed magical cream does not exist.

Being stubborn, and perhaps just a wee bit vain (thank you for understanding), I have never given up trying to improve the appearance on the back of my arms. Which is how I hit upon this gem of a treatment.

I should have known that a simple, all natural treatment would be just as, if not more effective than, anything a high priced dermatologist ever gave me.

Have I mentioned that this all natural treatment is also super cheap and uses ingredients you have in your kitchen? 

Go forth to your kitchen and gather white sugar and olive oil. With just these two ingredients you can start erasing those bumps right away.

If you are thinking to yourself, “This sounds suspiciously like she is telling me to make a sugar scrub.”

That’s because I’m telling you to mix up a sugar scrub.

In order to treat those red bumps on your arms you need to do two things:

  1. Exfoliate
  2. Moisturize

The sugar will exfoliate your skin while the oil provides the moisture.

Red Bump Eraser Scrub

If you are thinking it can’t be as easy as a sugar scrub, I ask you to give it a go. What do you have to lose?

Oh yeah. Those embarrassing red bumps on the back of your arms.

Because you need to be consistent in using a scrub every day when you shower, this is what you need to do.

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