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Yogurt Face Mask

If your spring has been anything like ours, then you’ll know that your skin has had to deal with a number of crazy conditions. One day it’s warm, dry and sunny, the next it’s bone chilling wet and windy.

Hot and cold fluctuations have a negative effect on the skin and it often causes an imbalance in our sebum production.  The result: dry patches, breakouts, and oil slicks…ick.

Try this fabulous balancing yogurt mask I stumbled upon in Body & Soul Magazine:

1 egg white

1 tsp. steeped green tea

1/2 Tbsp. plain organic yogurt

2 Tbsp. oatmeal (finely ground)

1/2 tsp. organic honey

Prep: Whip egg white until foamy. In a bowl, mix 1 tsp. of green tea and 2 Tbsp. oatmeal. Combine with egg white, yogurt, and oatmeal; mix in honey. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 8-10 minutes, then rinse.

The Result: Soft, dewy, balanced skin. I highly recommend it.

Have a gorgeous Monday.

xo,

Ivy

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Relaxing Steam Facial

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Okay, so three days ago our house went on the market.

It’s kinda sad. We love our little cottage but we are just needing more room and I’m dying for a fireplace. A garage would be nice too.

Monday morning the house looked beautiful…almost perfect. Fresh flowers, clean floors and sparkling sinks – it was a sight to behold.

We thought, in this real estate market, it’s gonna take some time to get any traffic but we were in for a surprise.

Late that afternoon, we went on a little family outing to the local Gelato place. Tea for us and gelato for Gracie.

At 5:17 pm I received a call from a realtor and then Chris got one two minutes later. Thus the craziness began…

Ever since that day, we have had multiple showings of the house.

Preparation for these showings involve frantic, rushing movements, pulling drapes, plumping pillows, lighting candles and simultaneously trying to contain Grace so that she doesn’t undo any of this. It’s a rather difficult task…oh and did I mention our insane beagle that loves to track mud through the house at the most perfect moments….sigh…

All in all…it’s been a stressful week. I’m exhausted. So tonight I decided I needed a good dose of pampering. I washed my face with my favorite cleanser and prepared a steaming pot of herbs for a steam facial.

Here’s the recipe I like to use to relax, hydrate and soothe my skin-

Boil 3 cups of distilled water

To the water add:

1 tsp of  calendula flowers

1 tsp elder flowers

1 tsp lavender

1 tsp comfrey leaves

(I use dried organic herbs and I order them from here.)

1 tsp olive oil

Cover and let steep for 5 minutes

Place your pot on a table and sit in a comfortable chair.

Drape your head and shoulders with a bath towel, hover about 10-12 inches above the pot and remove cover.

Breathe the steam in deeply and allow you skin to drink in the moisture.

I sit with my ipod playing soothing music for 10-15 minutes.

It’s sooooo relaxing.

For further pampering…follow with a mask, hot shower/bath, cup of herbal tea, a good book and your warm bed.  So lovely.

Nighty night.

xo,

Ivy

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Morning Mask

Okay, so I’m not sure if it’s the gray skies, or the super annoying construction going on in my street but I woke up grumpy and my skin just felt dull…so I got cookin’. I mixed up this yummy mask and I’m sitting here feeling my face get tighter by the second. It feels so good. Smells lovely too…had to share.

1 tsp. green tea infusion (make a strong cup of organic green tea)

2 tsp aloe vera gel

1 tsp organic honey

1 1/2 T white clay

2 T ground oatmeal

2 drops rosemary e.o

2 drops lavender e.o

Mix, give it a minute to thicken. Apply to clean skin. Wait 20 mins, rinse. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

The green tea is a powerful antioxidant, the honey and aloe are soothing, the white clay tightens and purifies and the oatmeal nourishes the skin. It’s a pretty nice little combo, if I do say so myself.

Oh and I just rinsed…my skin looks brighter, more even and feels really soft!

Enjoy.

xo,

Ivy

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Earth friendly makeup brushes : Eco Tools

I love natural makeup free of harsh chemicals so of course I want my makeup brushes and bags to be non-toxic too!

Solution: Eco Tools.

I just bought a set at Target. Fabulous. Love them.

Alicia Silverstone has teamed up with Eco Tools to bring us beautiful, earth friendly makeup brushes and bags. Check out just how green they are:

BAG
  • Bag is made with natural hemp material.
  • Lining is made with recycled plastic (PET).
  • Floral design is printed with non-toxic inks.

BRUSHES

  • Highly sustainable bamboo handles.
  • 100% cruelty-free, soft taklon bristles.
  • Recycled aluminum ferrules.

PACKAGING

  • Box is made from 30% post-consumer recycled content and printed with non-toxic inks.

Throw out your old nasty brushes and do a little “green” upgrade. You deserve it.

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