Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’

DAILY LEMON WATER

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Last year I kept reading posts on social media about the benefits of drinking lemon water. I’m always down to try something new but had no idea it would do so much! Eleven months later, I’ve lost five pounds, haven’t been sick once (not even a sniffle) and my skin rarely breaks out anymore. It’s kind of freaky! It took about two weeks to remember to do it each morning but then it became a habit and now I hate it if I have to miss a day. I was worried that it would be too acidic on my stomach but from everything I’ve read, lemon is acidic outside of the body but inside of the body it has an alkalizing effect and helps balance the body’s pH level. It’s such a direct source of Vitamin C and is a natural diuretic. There are so many benefits and now I can’t imagine starting off my day any other way so I wanted to share my experience. Here’s how if you want to try it too:

TOOLS:

  • A Lemon Press – I’ve tried squeezing each half by hand and a flat press, but this one ($$) and this one ($) are by far the easiest to use and gets the most juice out and you don’t have to take the seeds out before because when it presses it, 95% of the seeds stay in the lemon.
  • A Lemon or Two – I only use organic lemons because I don’t want something that has been sprayed with pesticides and then soaked in hot water to go in my body!
  • A Serrated Knife.
  • A Cutting Board — I wish I owned this adorable Kate Spade one!!
  • A Glass.
  • Boiled Water — Okay, I must admit I am smitten with this hilarious teapot!

STEPS:

  1. Put the kettle on and boil about 300 mL of water. Cut the lemon(s) in half. Remember, you don’t have to take the seeds out first with this style of press.
  2. Place each half (one at a time!) faced down inside of the press, as shown above. Place the press directly over the opening of the glass.
  3. Squeeze the two handles together until no more juice comes out.
  4. Pour hot water into the glass and let it seep for a few minutes.
  5. Drink up! When you are finished, immediately rinse your mouth with water (squish it around) so it doesn’t affect the enamel of your teeth.

DISCLAIMER:

  • I am not a medical doctor, nutritionist or in a health profession or making claims to be. I am merely sharing research that I’ve done and my own personal results.
  • As with any health suggestion, be your own advocate, ask your doctor and know that nutrition and beauty advice are not one-size-fits-all. Anything you try is at your own risk.

 

DRY PATCH PRE-FOUNDATION FIX

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Every Winter I get stuck with an irritated, dry chin. No matter how hard I try to prevent it! My guess is that it’s from scarves and coat collars rubbing against it combined with the cold, brisk air and heaters in my car and bedroom making the air super dry. Anyway, it’s the end of January and here I am again with it. And of course foundation doesn’t sit on top of it as well as it does the other areas of my skin. Luckily, I know exactly what to do about it! After I moisturize my face as usual (right now I can’t live without this one ($$)!), I pinch a couple drops of face oil into the palm of my hand, dab a dampened sponge into it and tap it along the flaky area(s) before applying foundation.

tbd winter skin prepSTEPS

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. After moisturizing as you normally would, squeeze a couple drops of the face oil into the palm of your hand.
  2. Dampen the sponge with water and squeeze out excess. Now tap the sponge into the oil in the palm of your hand.
  3. Dab the sponge against the flaky and dry skin areas.
  4. Continue on any dry areas that need a little extra love.
  5. Now apply foundation all over your face and neck as usual.

MORNING TIGHTEN UP

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Want to undo a late night? I read about this a few years ago from an interview with the lovely Kate Moss and it has saved me time and time again! The ice cold water tightens everything while the cucumbers depuff and soothe. It seems crazy but it feels ah-mazing. Angelique Cabral is back to show you how!

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Slice a cucumber. You don’t have to use a whole one like I did!
  2. Fill your sink with cold water. Add the ice to the water.
  3. Add the cucumbers to the water.
  4. Put your hair back, hold your breath, close your eyes and plunge your face into the water, holding it there as long as you can before you need a new breath. Repeat if desired.
  5. Pat your skin with a towel and add the serum.

MORE COVERAGE, LESS SHINE

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Any time I can use less powder, I’m all for it. The prettiest finish typically comes from a moisturizing or luminous foundation formula. But sometimes they can make us look a little too shiny (there’s a fine line between dewy and oily-looking!). So try this the next time you apply your favorite luminous foundation! Wet the sponge, wring it out and use it to apply the foundation instead of a brush. Why? Because when the sponge is wet and damp, it won’t pick up the the oil in the foundation (remember, oil and water don’t mix!). So mostly only the pigment will be deposited on your skin. Ok, I don’t claim to know the exact science as to why this happens, all I know is when I do this technique on my clients, I have to powder way less than when I use a foundation brush. And the less powder I use, the less chance of looking cakey.

TOOLS:

Try it and let me know if you notice a difference in the comments below!

For everyone asking, this is the black top that Brook is wearing! xx