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Benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar

Hi Beauties,

Let’s talk about apple cider vinegar. I’m sure a lot of you are already on the ACV wagon. It’s been apart of my beauty regimen for awhile now thanks to youtube and pinterest. I would  wash my hair, mix ACV in with my facial mask, use as a toner and clean my fruits, veggies and meat with it. I like to use Organic Apple cider vinegar.

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I had no idea using apple cider vinegar could be so beneficial to our body and overall health.  ACV is one on those old time remedies that made it’s way to main-term popularity.  Vinegar has been used as a healing elixir for over a century. During those days and even today vinegar was used to fight infections and help with illness. It’s more commonly being used today as a cure for weight loss, skin, hair, and more.

Here’s a few benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar

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1. Weight-loss: It may help you lose weight.

Adding vinegar with your meal can increase feelings of fullness, which will prevent over eating. There was a  study found that show that 200-275 less calories are eaten by people who consume vinegar with their meal for the rest of the day.

2. Facial Toner/Cleanser:

Because of the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it’s great for cleaning majority of everything, including your face. Vinegar is known to help prevent breakouts. Just like with your scalp, it can help balance your skin’s pH levels. If you dilute some vinegar with water and apply to a cotton swap to use as a toner or on blemishes.

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3. Deodorant:

Did you know that a lot of  deodorants are harmful to our overall health? The good thing about ACV nothing is toxic, and it will also help fight the odor-causing bacteria without the cancer-causing toxins.  Just apply a little vinegar under your arms. When it dries your arm pits will not smell like vinegar.

4. No More Smelly Feet:

Apple Cider vinegar also helps get rid of bad smells. If you’re having a problem with smelly feet, here’s what you can do. Wipe your toes and feet down with a paper towel soaked in vinegar to combat the odor. What makes the vinegar a well known natural remedy? Is it’s ability to balance the pH level of your feet and eliminate odor causing bacteria.

5. Healthy, Clean & Soft Hair:

Apple cider vinegar is a great rinse to add to your weekly hair regimen. Your hair will feel clean, soft and shiny. The acid in ACV is what cleans the dirt build up on your scalp. vinegar also helps balance your pH level on your scalp. Here’s what to do. Grab a water bottle and pour 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar into 4 cups water and add to spray bottle. Shake the bottle and spray the vinegar and water all over your hair and scalp. Rinse the hair after shampooing, then rinse with cold water. If you are having issues with dandruff, spray your hair with equal amounts of water and vinegar twice a week. Place a shower cap or towel around your head and leave wrapped for up to an hour. The finally step is washing your hair the way you normally would.

 Food/ Health:

1. It can clean fruits, veggies, and more.

A great way to eliminate and clean traces of salmonella from your fruit and veggies is mixing vinegar and lemon juice. You can also use vinegar to clean surfaces in your house.

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2. Baking:

Adding apple cider vinegar to your baked goods such as, cookies, cakes, and other goodies can add fluff / lift. Don’t worry you won’t taste it when it’s done cooking.

3. Sore Throat

Once you begin to feel that scratch in the back of your throat. Don’t worry grab some apple cider vinegar to help prevent the infection. Here’s what to do mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

4.Detox Benefits 

Apple cider vinegar is a useful tool in your body’s natural daily detox process. ACV is a great immunity drink when battling a cold or allergy symptoms. Vitamins, enzymes and minerals are found in Raw ACV. It’s recommended that raw apple cider vinegar is used for detoxing and cleansing.

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5. Energy Boost

When you’re tired and need a boost add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water for a energy boost.

I Hope You Enjoyed This Blog!


Words From the Wise: 

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DIY Salt, Honey, Grapefruit and Rosemary Body Scrub

 

It’s that time again Beauties,
img_0683Lets talk Body Scrubs. I’m OBSESSED with them. I’ve tried a variety of brands. Target, Walmart and Walgreen’s and a few other stores have such a great selection and are very affordable.

There are so many benefits to using body scrubs. Other than making your body feel wonderful, body scrubs have several rejuvenating benefits for our skin. Body scrubs gently remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the outer layer of our skin. This helps to unclog pores and expose your skin’s underlying healthier layers. Body scrubs are great for helping moisture absorb better, and increase relaxation. Incorporating a grainy friend into our soap and shower routine, could be the best kept secret.

Not only is it beneficial, it’s easy to make as well. While strolling on pinterest I came across a blog about this Salt and Honey Scrub with Grapefruit and Rosemary. I’ve made lip scrubs for myself plenty of times. Mostly, when I need to give myself a lip treatment and get rid of dead skin. However, I’ve never actually made my own body scrub. I came across so many DIY recipes. A lot of the ingredients I already had in my kitchen.

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I love the color and smell.

To make this body scrub you will need kosher salt, olive oil, honey, grapefruit and rosemary oils and a bit of sugar. I prefer to use kosher salt over table salt. Table salt has anti-caking chemicals in it. The kosher salt dissolves really quickly when you rub the scrub between your damp hands. It’ll soften up to the texture of a good moisturizing exfoliant.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Fills about 6 half-pint jars. Shelf life 4 months.

2 cups olive oil
2/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
1/4 teaspoon rosemary essential oil
3 cups salt
sugar (optional)
red food coloring (2 drops)

Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a bowl. Gradually mix in the salt 1/2 cup at a time. I find it easier to mix with your hands. If you have sensitive skin use gloves. Continue to mix until the oil is just about absorbed into the salt. It’ll be very thick and mass together with a bit of oil seeping out. If it’s not coming together after several minutes, add salt or sugar in half cup increments until it’s a gritty oily paste (you will need more salt/sugar if using kosher salt and less if using a finer grain salt). Add 2 drops red food coloring and mix well. Add additional essential oil at a rate of 1/4 teaspoon at a time for a stronger fragrance.

You can place your body scrub into your choice of sealed jars. If using metal jars make sure to wipe off your jar before adding the lid to help prevent rust.

To use, scoop a tablespoon of the scrub into damp hands and massage between your hands until you feel a gritty paste. Scrub your face and body in a circular motion until most of the salt crystals dissolve, then rinse.

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My skin felt so smooth and soft

I hope you enjoyed this blog.

I would love to know your thoughts, join the conversation below.

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Fall Favorites 🍂🍁

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Hi Beauties,

Welcome to another blog. Let’s talk Fall!! Although, winter is quickly approaching I didn’t want to forget my favorite time of the year. I love the falling of the leaves, and the cool breeze in the fall air. I know I’m not the only person who still enjoys stepping on the crunchy dried leaves on the ground. The Fall always seem to take me back to my childhood. I’m mainly obsessed with the warmth that the fall fashion, and earth tone colors give me.

Which brings me to Fall Favorites. When the seasons change I sometimes change my daily routine. Products that I use in the summer I might not use during the fall and winter months and vice versa. There are certain items that I use more than others based on how I’m feeling or how I like the product. During this fall season I’ve been obsessed with a few items. These items are my Fall go to items this year. It was so hard trying to narrow down which items I would choose. Each product offers and brings something different and unique.


So, Let’s dive in…

1.Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub


OMG!!! Listen, this body scrub smells so good and feels so good on my skin. It’s smells exactly how it’s described on the bottle. The scent is Tropical Mango. It’s sweet but not too sweet. It’s Certified Organic Shea Butter made with Natural Mango Purée. The Texture is thick and soft. My body feels so soothing and full of moisture after using this body scrub. I use it a few times a week. It’s absolutely AMAZE BALLS!!! You can purchase this sugar scrub at your local Walgreen’s. It’s priced at $10.79.  

2. Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion

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Just like the body scrub the body lotion smells just as amazing. The texture of the body lotion isn’t as thick as the scrub but it works just as good. After I use the sugar scrub I follow-up with the moisturizing lotion. As you can tell I love everything Shea butter. As stated on the back label Tree Hut’s Certified Organic Shea and Mango Purée provide a naturally rich source of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, E, and F to nourish the skin. I personally prefer to use this body lotion at night because it’s light weight and isn’t oily and heavy on the skin. You can purchase this body lotion at your local Walgreen’s store. It’s priced at $7.79

3. Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme, Color: 18 Obsession

This has to be my favorite go to matte lip creme this fall. Liquid matte lip sticks are changing the game right now. I love a good matte lip. When it comes down to beauty products Milani has not let me down. I’ve used just about all of their beauty/ makeup products. As far as the Matte Lip Creme it’s NOT drying, which is a common issue with a lot of matte lip sticks. It’s long-lasting and I can wear this shade in the daytime and at night. This color blends great with a dark brown liner. It will definitely be a year round pick for me. You can purchase this Lip Creme at your local Walgreen’s store. It’s priced at $7.99.

4. Kiss Multi-Angle Natural Lashes, Peony

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Eye Lashes and brows are what bring out a beat face in my opinion. On a no makeup day I will only do my brows and my lashes. Those two things help me look put together lol. I chose these lashes to be in my Fall favorites because these are the only lashes I’ve been wearing this fall. I like the multi angled band. The 3 layer variation on the single band gives the lashes a full effect and helps blend more with my natural lashes. I purchased these amazing lashes at my local Walgreen’s store. It’s priced at $4.99

5. Shea Moisture African Black Soap Mud Mask

I don’t know where to start. This stuff right here is the best thing since slice bread. I’ve been using this mud mask for a while now. This is a yearly favorite of mine. I had to add it to the list. This mud mask is a must BUY!! Everything that it says it does, it DOES! Point blank and the period. The clarifying mud mask is made with Tamarind Extract & Tee Tree Oil. The clarifying mask draws out dirt and congestion while helping absorb excess oil and improve the appearance of troubled skin. A proprietary blend of African Black Soap and Raw Shea butter help to clarify, soothe, and balance blemished prone skin. I absolutely love this stuff. I use it 1-2x’s a week depending but you can definitely use it everyday. I purchased this product at my local Walgreen’s store. It’s priced at $14.99

What are your fall favorites? 

I would love to know, join the conversation below. 


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DIY Raw African Shea Butter

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Hi Beauties,

Let’s talk about Raw African Shea Butter. If you’re a naturalista like myself, I’m sure you are familiar with Shea Butter. Many naturals use Shea butter to moisturize and style their hair. It’s also commonly used to help with dry skin and to protect skins natural oils. It’s also great for twist outs, braid outs and Bantu knots and other natural hair styles. Shea butter is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredient. Shea butter is great for stretch marks, lip balm, body butter, wrinkle remover, just to name a few.

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What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.   Source:WellnessMama

I started using Shea butter maybe 4 years ago on my hair and skin. Like most people I suffer from dry skin. I’ve tried so many moisturizers on my skin but nothing worked or lasted. I would often get dry patches on my face, mostly when I would wear makeup. During the summer months I would often have to use 3 moisturizers on my face. While on YouTube I ran across a variety of videos about Shea butter and the benefits to using it. Shea Butter gives my skin the moisture that it needs and keeps my face patch free. Shea butter is also great for all skin types. My family including myself use Shea Butter daily.

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Benefits to Shea Butter:
* Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
* Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
* Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction. Source:WellnessMama.

DIY Shea Butter:
Now that we know what Shea butter is and benefits of using this butter. We can talk about my DIY Shea Butter Mix. I only use Raw, Unrefined, Organic, Grade A Shea butter. My Shea butter is hand whipped using all natural oil essentials. I use seven natural oils inside my shea butter. Each oil brings its own natural element to the Shea butter. Helping to create its soft and moisturizing texture.

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If you would like to purchase my DIY Shea Butter contact me at aliciadionbeauty@gmail.com
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I purchased my Shea butter and essential oils from my local beauty supply and grocery store. If you would like a detailed video on how I make my DIY Shea Butter let me know below in the comment section.

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