3 Tips for Applying Facial Oils for Maximum Benefits

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My Favorite Haircare Product

I haven’t loved my hair this much…maybe ever. It’s the longest it’s ever been, healthy and <gasp> shiny! Some of that love comes with the territory of growing older, and finally learning to “work with what I’ve got” instead of languishing after something else. And as I reminisce on my hair and my relationship through the years, oh the things I’ve done to it, the experiments I’ve tried, the fights I’ve had, and it makes it all the MORE surprising what item has become my number one favorite product.  

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Current Wishlist | 01

For whatever reason I’m drawn to reading peoples’ “wishlist” posts. Maybe for the fact that no money is involved so there are no bounds to exploring and inspiration.

This isn’t a “shopping list,” but rather a collection of items I’ve discovered which have piqued my interest.
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DIY Honey Facial Cleanser

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After experimenting with a few different store bought “gentle” facial cleansers my skin was left as a dry, irritated, acne-filled, enlarged pored mess. So, I did what I always do and concoct a DIY cleanser tailored to my skin’s immediate needs which was calming it down (not stripping any of my skins natural oil-barrier) but also highly antibacterial to aid with the rampant, unhappy acne.

SIDE NOTE: I suggest for anyone, not just people with sensitive or dry skin, to beware of stripping products. Messing with your skins natural acid mantle can lead to overly oily skin, dry skin, acne, sensitive skin, dermatitis and premature aging. (read more about what the acid mantle is and why it’s important) Continue reading

BEAUTY GIVEAWAY! [closed]

I am so excited to be sharing this “home & beauty” green giveaway project that I have been secretly working on! It’s a collaboration with truly wonderful people and brands, and my way of saying thank you from the bottom of my heart, for joining me, sharing your thoughts, for being part of the olexaLOVE community. ❤

Here is what is included in the GIVEAWAY….

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My Current Skincare Routine | Summer 2015

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I remember at a very young age mixing together yogurt and lemon face masks and using toothpaste <inward groan!!> on pimples.  That DIY spirit is still a strong part of how I approach skincare; simplistic as possible, a love for multi-tasking products. But I’ve added to that years of research fueled by a fascination for skincare. So the choices regarding what I put on my skin are a wee more sophisticated and educated these days. Continue reading

My Favorite YouTube Channels

I remember how I entered into the land of YouTube and discovered that it was more than music videos. I was sitting in the car, feet on the dashboard, windows rolled down, waiting for my husband to come out of Kroger from a quick grocery run.

My mascara was dead and I needed to purchase a new one but doing so had always felt like such a shot in the dark. So, for no apparent reason, I typed something about mascaras (don’t remember what) into YouTube and I stumbled across this video which I thought was adorable and quite entertaining (p.s. yes, I started watching Nikki Phillippi pre-blonde hair ;)) and I fell in love with a world that loved talking about beauty. skincare and lifestyle.

Here are six YouTubers who have been at the top of my favorites list for a long time:

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