Five Things

1. My husband is home on summer break (he is a teacher). Instead of getting a part time job for the summer like he has in the past, though, he is striking out on his own. He created his own business, Basic Elements By Mike, back when Beatrice was born in November, and is taking this summer to give it 100% of his attention to see where it goes. It’s been fun having him work from home, and I’m so excited to see where this new venture takes him. He is truly a talented craftsmen, a creative designer, and all around one of the most talented people I’ve ever met.

2. Oh, you know me. I just love multi-tasking with my food; a little for my body, a little for my face! Seriously though, I once talked to someone who said she wouldn’t put anything on her body that she wouldn’t put in it. The point being that she wanted to be as diligent about keeping her skincare products free of synthetic, harmful ingredients as she was with her food. It makes sense to me. I love the idea of incorporating the items in my cupboard into my beauty routine! It’s simple, good for my body, and inexpensive. I enjoyed reading this article about 8 Ways You can Use Coconut Oil on your body. I’m going to give the hair treatment a try. I will not be using it as a face highlighter, however. Momma has enough shine as it is, thank you very much.  Continue reading “Five Things”

My Beauty Uniform: Briana

I’m so excited to introduce you to my good friend Briana and her gorgeous face. She is my first guest-contributor for my new series, My Beauty Uniform. Briana is a momma of two little boys, makes and sells all kinds of amazing things (like my all time favorite “man soap”), and is one of the most  stunningly beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Enjoy! 

Describe your morning/evening skincare routine: 

I will start with my evening routine first because it’s the one I put more focus on. First I like to exfoliate with hot water and any natural essential oil scented soap I have available. I have large pores and to clean them out I need to scrub my face with something very abrasive; I use a luffa for this. I have had a lot of success with my homemade face mask consisting of Bentonite clay and vinegar, and I leave that on for about 15-20 minutes. Next I love to dap a little vitamin E oil just under and on top of my eyes. Before I discovered vitamin E oil, I used cocoa butter really just anything with the most emollient properties.

Morning routine – Splash of cold water! (more like a reality check). Continue reading “My Beauty Uniform: Briana”

My Favorite All-Natural Beauty Products

I love beauty products. I mean, I really, really love them. I think I inherited this from my mom. We both have the same passionate love for all-natural beauty products, and if they are locally and hand made…well then we really can’t pass them by. So assuming you have even a mediocre interest in all-natural personal care, today’s His Girl Friday post is a quick guide to some of my go-to favorites. And….to go along with this theme, I have a fantastic gift basket to raffle off to one lucky reader, full of some amazing all-natural, locally (well, local to me that is), and handmade personal care items, generously donated by Edens Shower. But more on the raffle later.

I’ve enjoyed makeup for as long as I can remember. I grew up with my mom selling Mary Kay, and I remember walking into the closet where she kept all her products and longing for the day when I could start doing exotic things like exfoliating and wearing blush. Occasionally she would fill up the little plastic demo trays with an assortment of makeup samples for me to try. I thought I was so glamorous. Continue reading “My Favorite All-Natural Beauty Products”