Month: October 2014

Autumn/Fall 2014 – The Morton Arboretum

On a beautiful Autumn morning, my husband and I visited the highly recommended Morton Arboretum park for a relaxing stroll. Autumn is by far the best and favored season by me, it gives me a feeling which is hard to describe. The changing colours from green-yellow-red-brown, rustling autumn leaves, dropping temperatures. It feels like mother nature has been saving the best for the last! Anyway I’ll let you all enjoy the pictures (taken from iPhone 6 camera).

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BirchBox – October 2014

Here is my BirchBox for October 2014. My mind was so occupied with our recent move to Chicago I forgot I had a subscription box!

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P1000878Here are my initial impressions of the products:

Atelier Cologne – Love the fragrance, slightly woody and intense on my skin. However the lasting power will decide if this will truly be my winter scent.

Dr. Brandt – Skeptical about this one, swatched a tad on my hand. It has waxy look but gel texture with a cooling sensation on my skin. Don’t know how would it vacuum my blackheads <clueless shoulder shrug>

Lord & Berry – Mehhh just an eye pencil with glitter.

ModelCo – OMG love this lipstick! Perfect shade, MLBB (my lips but better) shade. It says its a matte lipstick but my lips are not dry or cracking at all. Lurve!!!

Toni & Guy Shine Gloss – For me this was the star product of the box. Used one pump on ends of my hair, instantly nourished dry ends, smells wonderful and not offensive at all. Will purchase full size.

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A day at the City Library

Recently I found myself ‘working from library’, but it got to a stage where I just needed to take a break. So I strolled from aisle to aisle and it seemed like I hit jackpot. I found the following books and made notes from each book!

I will follow up with separate post on my summarized notes for you 🙂

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PS: Highly recommend The Perricone Prescription

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DIY Aromatherapy Facial

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We’ve been to spa’s or heard of various Aromatherapy treatments. One of which is the aromatherapy facial, which got my attention. These facials are known to soothe the skin and relax your mind. With the use of essentials oils based on your skin type, the scents from these lush oils induce relaxation to a stressed mind. Different essential oils are suited to different types of skin such as:

  • Dry Skin- cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, roman chamomile, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang
  • Oily Skin- bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrsum, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, peppermint, roman chamomile, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, ylang ylang
  • Normal skin/Combination skin- geranium, chamomile, lavender, orange, ylang ylang petitgrain, palmarosa.
  • Sensitive Skin- geranium, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, neroli
  • Mature Skin- clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichyrsum, lavender, lemon, myrrh, orange, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang.

While the above list is commercial, I was once advised that take a deep breath and have a good sniff at these oils. Based on that, listen to what your body signals. Your body and mind will react to the scent either in a pleasant way (wanting more) or simply gross you out. This exercise will determine what your skin/body needs. I haven’t looked back since and truly believe in this method. At home aromatherapy facials have shaped up as follows:

Cleansing – Makeup RemovalRodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water to remove my eye makeup and whatever is left on cotton pad I swipe across my lips and rest of face. Then follow with Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and gently massage all over my face. Once the balm is all over my palms, I cup them and inhale deep breath. Wipe with warm wash cloth.

Cleansing – Skin Nourishment – Followed with Rodial Stem Cell Super Food Cleanser and again massage away to glory. Dip my hands in ice cold water and shock my skin with varying temperatures. Now I don’t know if this would be recommended however I know I thoroughly enjoy it.

Steaming – Next step of temperature shock is boil a pot of hot water, add a few drops of essential oil, hold a towel over my head and let my skin steam away. In an ideal spa environment, this stage will be followed by extractions but I’m a chicken when I do it over myself.

Exfoliating – Instead of extractions, I use grated almond shell (nourishes and gently exfoliates) with orange rind (vitamin c) mixed with whole cream milk (lactic acid) and gently massage all over my face. Wash it off with regular tap water.

Alternatively I use PMD after steaming. Will post a separate review on that.

Mask – Back to wonderful smells and injecting hydration in skin I smear Una Brennan Rose Hydrating Mask all over and let it sit for 15-25minutes. If I fall asleep I guess I stop there if not…here’s how I continue

Toner – Spritz Pixi Glow Tonic, very refreshing and smells wonderful

Moisturizer – Followed with Dr Scheller Lavender Night Moisturizer, since it has water content skin will absorb immediately and then follow with

Facial Oil – Estelle & Thild Oil – Rose scented goodness!

Understandably,  to some this could be sensory overload or a simple assault on senses but to me this is perfection!

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