3 Tips for Applying Facial Oils for Maximum Benefits

3tipsforapplying facialoils_olexalovenumberoneThis has 100% changed how my skin reacts to oils! An oil I was using a month before which broke me out and did nothing “extra” for my skin texture or tone suddenly was leaving my skin supple, balanced, soothed and NOT breaking out. I just apply two drops after washing my face when my skin is still damp or, alternatively, spray my face with a facial mist (I like pure aloe or rose water) to dampen. This application will also ensure NO tugging on the skin and the oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to rebalance itself faster. Continue reading

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

Whole Body #002

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nails: make your polish last longer with only one item.

hands: a method to make a wedding bouquet last forever.

eyes: dear photograph

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2014 Favorites

It was fun scrounging through my cabinets (drawers/desk/purse, etc.) and methodically determining what items have stood out from the past 365 days of life. True, not nearly as important as the lessons, heart-changes, treasured sights and sounds and tastes and people but nevertheless a fun list to generate. A year encapsulated in things…favorites_of_2014_title Continue reading