By Laura Carson Miller
Harness Plant Power
Struggling with dry cuticles? Try Aloe vera juice. Aloe vera strengthens skin’s moisture barrier, helping it hold on to moisture for longer. Mix a drop or two of Aloe vera juice in with any regular hand lotion to step up your moisturizing game in a flash! You can pick up a bottle at most grocery stores.
DIY Dry Shampoo
If you color your hair, you know that every day you skip a suds-and-water shampoo is a day you’re prolonging your rich, glossy color. To extend the life of your color or even refresh your hair after a workout, try dry shampoo. It’s super simple to create your own dry shampoo at home with these recipes:
For brunettes - Mix 1/2 cup of organic cornstarch and two to three tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. The darker your hair, the more cocoa powder you can use.
For redheads - Mix 1/2 cup of organic cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.
For blondes - Mix 1/2 cup of organic cornstarch and three drops of the essential oil of your choice, such as chamomile or lavender.
A salt shaker or a used spice jar with a perforated plastic dispenser makes it easy to apply your DIY dry shampoo. For best results, apply to roots and let sit for two minutes, and then use your fingers to massage the dry shampoo into your scalp. Finally, turn your head upside down and brush thoroughly to make sure the dry shampoo is distributed evenly. Then take a moment to admire yourself in the mirror!
5 Tips to Master Your Mascara
Not surprisingly, many women consider mascara their “desert island” beauty product. Alyson Hoag, owner of Atlanta’s Authentic Beauty, shared these tips for mastering the art of mascara:
1. If your lashes are relatively straight, begin by curling them.
2. To apply, look up and wiggle the brush along your lashes as you apply in upward motions. Use as little mascara as possible on this first pass.
3. Look down and apply on top of the lash.
4. Repeat this process on the other eye and do another coat on each.
5. Before the mascara dries, you can use a lash comb to separate your lashes if needed without pulling them out.
Details: Authentic Beauty, 4674 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 849-0443, myimagejourney.com
Play Misty for Me
HollyBeth Organics’ newest product is a USDA Certified Organic Body Mist, a daily mist beneficial for body (and hair) and packed with delicious nourishing goodness. Cucumber hydrosol boasts vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate and reverse inflammation. Neroli hydrosol, known for its ability to improve skin’s elasticity, tightens pores and brightens complexion. Grapefruit essential oil, with its high Vitamin C content and antioxidants, is both antibacterial and antiseptic. With each use, skin is refreshed, soothed, hydrated and lightly perfumed.
Details: HollyBeth Organics, 659 Auburn Ave. #211, Atlanta, GA, (404) 549-7403. hollybethorganics.com