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DIY Aveda Baby Wipes

DIY Shampure Baby Wipes

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These wipes are perfect for the family looking for a more natural alternative to care for their bundles of joy.

Ingredients
- Heavy duty paper towels (12 count)
- Shampure Hand and Body wash (5 pumps)
- Shampure Composition (10 drops)
- Distilled water (1 cup)
- Ziplock quart sized bag

Directions
In a large cup add the water, hand/body wash, composition, and stir.
Place paper towels in the ziplock bag. THen slowly start to add the water mixture making sure to get all the napkins wet but not too soggy.
You can add more or less of the the body wash and composition to make the wipes more aromatic. Just keep in mind that the more body wash you add the more soapy/bubbly your wipes will be.

Fernanda

#AvedaCurls

Crunchy curls are a 90's throwback, so why use harsh gels and mouses to define your lovely locks when you can have soft, bouncy curls?

Textured hair is a challenge but if you use the right products you can tame your mane. First of all you don't want to brush or comb out curly hair. What you want to remember is the more you play with it, the bigger it gets. All curly hair is different so someone with fine, curly hair isn't going to use the same product or quantity of product as someone with thicker hair.

For someone with thick curly hair: use Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep. This product will defend against any humidity for up to 12 hours. You will also want to use Aveda Be Curly Style Prep, this product will add moisture to your hair and define your curls.
**With these two products you will only need one to two pumps and your thick curly hair will be manageably soft and flowing.

Now for those of you that have fine, curly hair: use the Be Curly Style Prep and Be Curly Enhancing Hair Spray. Both of these will tame down frizz, enhance and hold your curl while staying bouncy and soft.
**You will want to use half to one pump of both styling aids. All your product should be applied to wet hair.

No matter if it's fine or thick, the following rules will make you look great quick!

1. Apply the product to the ends of the hair, working your way up. If there is too much product close to your scalp it will look greasy faster.
2. You could diffuser to dry it but I recommend just letting it dry naturally to reduce the risk of any frizz.
3. If your curly hair has been feeling dry these products will help restore that moisture. Try to go with the amount of washing you can tolerate to help keep your natural oils in good balance.
4. If you need to wash your curly hair between styling, you can't live without Aveda Be Curly Co Wash. This is a sulfate free wash that will moisturize your hair and help define ringlets while adding natural humectants for healthy supple strands of curls!

#Becca 

Fernanda

How to: Cure your ugly cry!

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Lets face it, Kim Kardashian isn’t the only one of us guilty of the dreaded “ugly cry.”(as you can see above! LOL - image found on google) You know that cry that goes from a gentle singular tear to massive amounts of blubbering that could cure a drought?  We’ve been ugly crying ever since our parents first told us “no”, when Rose let go of Jack, and every time your bills get automatically taken out of your bank account.  And even though an ugly cry feels nice and cathartic, the red nose, puffy eyes, and (if you wear mascara) the inevitable black streak marks on your cheeks isn’t a good look on anyone.  So here are some quick ways to slap some happy back on your face.


 
First things first: ditch the red eyes just like Rose ditched Jack straight in the Atlantic Ocean (no I’m still not over it) with some redness-relieving eye drops to reveal brighter, more awake-looking eyes.

 

Step #2: Remove your undereye makeup…and if you really cried yourself a river go ahead and just remove it all girl. Grab some Lash X protein removing pads to wipe your sorrows away.

 

Step #3: Rehydrate & Revitalize with Botanical Kinetics toning mist and the Tourmaline Charged radiance fluid to achieve a pretty glow. To decrease eye puffiness with Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Crème that has plant based caffeine and licorice root to de-puff and diminish dark circles.

 

Step#4: Grab the Aveda Inner light powder in your color, to even out your skin tone and appear more awake. Take the Illuminate Petal Essence shade run it in your inner-eye corner, cupids bow, and on top of your cheekbones for an added glow. Grab some blush, Mosscara and Nourishmint Lip Glaze of your choice (my favorite is Morning Rose) to take your look from “Um do you need a tissue?” to something soft and pretty. 

 

Don’t stress out about your ugly cry face; turn it into something beautiful! 


#Vania 


 Vania

Fernanda

So you want to be blonde!?

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It's that blonde time of year again.. I am sure you have been pinning away at those pinterest boards of yours trying to decide which blonde beauty best suits you. Well what you may or may not is that being blonde isn't quite that simple. Here are a few helpful hints and tips to help you along.

Platinum Blonde
Most people think blonde=platinum. Platinum blondes are best worn by those who are in the medium to light skin tones and normally possess those yellow undertones in there skin. However if you have darker skin tones you can also rock platinum hair and have a beautiful contrast of light hair and warm skin.

Multidimensional Blondes 
This choice is the most versatile with all skintones. It can create depth and texture, even making the thinnest of hair appear fuller. When choosing multiple colors be sure that they compliment eachother and are only a few shades either lighter or darker from one another.

Golden 
Golden tones are extremely popular, but be careful when choosing this tone if you have neutral or yellow undertones it may wash you out or even appear too brassy. The golden tone best suits olive and rosy complexions because it gives richness and depth. 

SO when you sit in your stylist' chair for your next appointment and you are choosing that perfect shade of blonde remember to consider that in order to keep those blonde locks looking their best #1 the maintenance required to keep up your color, how often you need to come in or even how many sessions you will need to get to desired style. #2 at home care and products to keep your hair healthy and rich with moisture. #3 the tones that best suit you and your skin tone. That platinum hair may look great on your best friend but you may find that a golden tone looks best on you. Pictures are key to you and your stylist achieving and understanding your wants and needs.


Happy blonding!!

#Brooke 

Fernanda

AA, BB, CC, and DD creams got you feeling DiZZy??

AA creams, BB creams, CC creams and their newest alphabet member, DD creams all claim to be all-in-one creams to replace products you currently use. While DD creams are the most recent to hit the market, we’re sure they won’t be the last letter in the alphabet soup to make its way into a cream.

Tell Me More...
AA (Anti-Aging) creams claim anti-aging benefits using a hydrator and antioxidants. While these creams are good for the skin, the results can be minimal compared to professional skin care products.

BB (Beauty Balm) creams combine a moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and tint but often lack anti-aging benefits of AA creams.

CC (Color Correcting) creams are the new BB cream claiming better coverage with more skin nourishing ingredients.

DD (Dynamic Do-all) creams are the most recent to hit the market. These “dynamic do-all” products claim to combine your AA, BB and CC creams.

Did You Know?
Jan Marini Skin Research has had an AA+BB+CC+DD product for years with our ever popular Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF30 in Sunkissed tints!

The fast-absorbing and weightless formula feels amazing and smells great
Antioxidant and skin rejuvenating ingredients prevent and reverse damage caused by the sun
Hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin without feeling heavy or greasy
Microscopic sponges control oil throughout the day for optimal makeup wear
Sunkissed tints work on all skin tones reducing or even eliminating the need for foundationBroad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF30 protects the skin from premature aging for long-lasting youthful skin

THIS ARTICLE AND MORE SOURCED FROM www.JanMarini.com

Fernanda

Oil is Attractive

-OIL CLEANSING-

How does it work?

All skin secretes oil - even dry skin!. When cleansing with oils, the chemistry rule of “like dissolves like” (which means that one substance can attract, dissolve or break down substances similar to it) you are essentially removing all the icky, dirty oil from your skin, and replenishing it with clean, nourishing and moisturizing oil.

Why does it work?

Because oil does not have any harsh chemicals or stripping suds, your skin will retain the necessary moisture. This is extremely important BECAUSE: when you strip your skin and get that “Squeaky clean” feeling, you’re basically kicking your skin’s oil production into overdrive to compensate for the moisture you’ve removed. That leads to blackheads, whiteheads, excess oil, and increased sensitivity.

How do I Oil-Cleanse?

The Lotus favorite method is as follows:
Prepare: HAVE a bottle of Beautifying Oil Composition and a washcloth ready. (if you are signed up for our Pure Privilege program you can even get one FREE on your birthday!)

1. Cleanse: No need to pre-clean or remove your makeup! Simply dampen face with warm water, pour some oil into your palm and begin applying to your skin. Massage with light to medium pressure, but gently for about 1-2 minutes. Don’t press TOO hard, you are removing NOT massaging. Save the massage for clean skin (Everything feels better when someone else does it…try KATIE’S FACIALS! YUM!)

2. Rinse: turn the hot water on and while you wait for the water to get warm, let the oil sit on your skin. Dampen your cloth and place it over your face for a moment to let the steam feel great (UNLESS you have acne or rosacea, then use tepid water to avoid exacerbating your inflammation). Let it sit for a few seconds and gently begin to wipe away all of the oil. Rinse the washcloth and repeat until your skin is free of oil and makeup. A good splash at the end feels great too!


3. Your skin is now clean and free of dirt, environmental pollutants and oils! Follow up with your favorite Aveda toner, targeted serum and moisturizer. This is a great bed time ritual!


SWEET DREAMS,

Team Lotus

Fernanda

Want thick, full hair? or Smooth, sleek hair?

Thanks to Aveda's latest innovation in hair products, we can get the look we want time after time, EVERY TIME!

Should I use THIS?
paul mitchell curling iron

or That?
flat iron


Unfortunately, I won’t be helping you solve that dilemma. Instead, I’m going to help you get thicker curls and smoother locks.


STEP ONE. Spend a good 30 minutes staring at your morning hair, debating between luscious, bouncy curls or smooth, sleek strands. Once you’ve made that MAKE IT OR BREAK IT decision, you’ll want to pick a couple of products to get you the perfect ‘do!

For thick bountiful curls: Pick up some Brilliant Damage Control and spray throughout hair wet, damp or dry. Grab some Pure Abundance Style Prep and spray that at the root of your damp hair(Skip if your hair is dry). Finally, grab the Holy Grail Thickening Tonic and spray through hair. You’ll want to use your blow drier to set the products and then curl as usual.

*Disclaimer: You will have thick, volumes of envy-worthy hair when you’re done! Please clear all pathways and take wide right turns!

For sleek, smooth hair: You’ll want to start off with damp hair for this one! First apply Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight from root to tip in ponytail-sized sections. Next, pump some Smooth Infusion Style-Prep throughout hair and spray Volumizing Tonic at the root. You’ll want to blow-dry with a paddle brush and finish off with your straightener and to keep your frizz in check all day, use ONE pump of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid on any flyaway and the ends of your hair!

*Voila! You have the perfect, sleek hair look. Prepare to be a head turner all day, and keep some extra shades on hand for those unable to tolerate your BLINDINGLY shiny locks!

Fernanda

iPhone = New Gym Buddy

Why is it the season associated with the most relaxation sends us into the biggest stress mode? Trying crazy fad diets, counting calories, hitting the gym twice a day, then binging back all those burned calories because “YOU EARNED IT!!” Have you noticed how it seems your dedication only lasts 4 LONG HARD days? “I CAN'T stay motivated!” “I DON’T HAVE TIME to keep up!” - the excuses just pour out of us.


Even #TeamLotus falls into that trap, so we dug down and established a FULLY COMMITTED wellness environment(Yoga and all!) We’ve been testing some popular wellness android and iPhone apps. Here is our take:

My Fitness Pal - This AWESOME Under Armor app helps us count our calories by giving us the ultimate food and exercise diary with an expansive database. Depending on your weight goals, age, height, and current weight, it gives you a calorie intake goal and subtracts calories as you log your food, adds calories as you log exercise and keeps you in check by notifying you when you eat good OR bad foods. Talk about the ultimate coach! It gets a Lotus 5-star rating!

Ultra Fitness - This app is instrumental in reaching your goals. It gives you workout ideas, meal plans and recipes. Never get bored with your food or exercise routines again! This ESPECIALLY gives those of us with little to no cooking skills the extra push towards a healthy lifestyle!

Run Keeper - This app is by far our favorite workout app (yes, we consider jogging a 12m mile running.) This app tracks your running, hiking, biking, canoeing whatever your favorite activity is) by using your location. It informs you of your distance, pace, time and calories burned. It also tracks your work out behavior and motivates you to keep sweating regularly! It’s a 6-star rating in our book!

Fernanda

Brand Name Argan oils vs. Dry Remedy Moisturizing Hair Oil

Whether you’re concerned with dryness, damage, frizz, or smoothness, we typically look to oils to help resolve that big hair issue. But have you ever noticed the vicious hair cycle that begins when you start to use serums? Day one hair is silky, smooth and tame. Day two hair is weighed down and a little greasy. Day three hair is UNBEARABLE; hair is almost clumpy with grease, weighed down, and looks terribly filthy. To counter that, you have to use a clarifying shampoo to remove the gunky residue. This strip/grease/strip/grease cycle leaves your hair dry, brittle and dull. BREAK THE VICIOUS CYCLE! Experience the difference with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Hair Oil. It’s a silicone free hair oil derived from the buriti nut. Because it doesn’t have silicones to force the oil to stay on the surface, your hair shaft completely absorbs the nourishing essential oils and stays light and silky. It’s especially good for dirty hair because it moisturizes dry, brittle ends. So increase the moisture of your hair by 41% in one use and get over that vicious cycle!

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