Thursday, August 27, 2015

3/52

 “A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.” 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Beauty Review // Evan Healy Skin Care Kit

If you are a regular here you'll know that I'm a huge fan of all natural beauty products. I've talked before about my love for Evan Healy hydosouls and how refreshing and replenishing they are for the skin. The other day while stocking up on all my essentials at Whole Foods I decided to pick up their Ayurvedic skin care kit to try. I've had my eye on it for awhile and I loved the idea of getting a bunch of smaller products to test out before really splurging on the real deal. This kit retails for $35.95 and contains up to 21 days of product. I think it could probably be used longer if it is not your everyday routine. I decided to use the entire kit one night before bed, they include instructions on how to get the most from your kit and how to use each product. Each item has a distinct smell, some delicious and others that may take some getting used to. The Cleansing milk for example has a lovely fresh smell but the Tulsi Holy Basil Hydrosoul (a personal favorite of mine) has a very smokey fragrance that might not be for everyone. I also really love the Lemongrass Facial Polish but my husband did mention that I smelled like Indian food and he wanted to eat my face, so that could be a plus or minus depending on your personal preference. All in all, I would buy every single product in this kit over and over again. The next day I woke up with a fresh face still and my skin felt supple and ready for a quick cleanse.
I was very happy with this purchase and I am obsessed with how my skin feels and smells after using the products in this kit. It comes with a Rose Cleansing Milk, Tulsi Facial Tonic Hydrosoul, Argan Intensive Serum, Neem Immortelle Purifying Serum, and a Lemongrass Facial Polish. These products cleanse, exfoliate, replenish and moisturize almost any skin type and the ingredients used to create these products are natural and organic. They don't test on animals, they don't use parabens or GMOs, and they source their ingredients from family farms, tribal villages, and women's co-ops which all help to give back to the communities that really need it. That's they type of company I like to give my moolah to!
Have you ever tried Evan Healy products? What is your experience with them?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

STOP, Henna Time!

As a part of my doula services I decided that I wanted to offer belly art to my clients! It's a fun way to honor the bump and the life inside, while making mom feel beautiful, confident, and pampered! I ordered some really high quality henna powder and dove into the world of henna! Boy, is there a lot to learn! I started off with some really simple designs and if you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen the progress I've made in the last nine or so weeks. Now I'm offering henna to not only my doula clients but also to friends, family, and any one interested in getting some beautiful temporary body art! It's been so much fun so I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces so far! If you want to follow along on my henna journey I also made an Instagram account purely for henna! Stop over and check it out @gypsybeeehenna!



Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY // Bath Tea

Bath teas are nourishing to the skin, they detox the body, and their aromatherapy benefits are endless! Nothing is better after a long day than relaxing in a warm tub full of yummy bath tea. You can add so many different ingredients to make a custom and unique tea for every mood! They make wonderful gifts for all the women you know and they are perfect for pampering yourself!
I wanted my bath tea to be moisturizing and energizing so I used rolled oats and citrus peel, boy does it smell great! I try to use this tea once a week for a little me time and for its detoxing properties. So whip up this yummy bath tea, light some candles, run a warm bath, and enjoy!

WHAT YOU"LL NEED //
1 cup rolled oats, finely ground
1/4 cup dried white sage
1/4 teaspoon fresh mint
1 cup lavender buds
1/2 cup dried green tea
10 drops Orange essential oil
2 ml Vitamin E oil
Dried peel from one medium size lemon and orange
Bowl for mixing
Small cotton or linen satchels for storage

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, mixing gently to incorporate the vitamin e oil and the essential oil. Scoop into linen or cotton satchels or store in a mason jar! That's it! Super simple and very customize-able. To give it more relaxing properties use lavender oil instead of orange or add Epsom salts for sore muscles and extra stress relief!