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We desire glowing skin throughout the year – maybe even more so during the holidays.
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Cicely -Jan 19, 2016, 5:57PM
I make my own cosmetics at home, have been for years now (foundation, lipstick, gloss, serum, hair care, everything basically. All high-quality and "healing"), and am also heavily involved in the Sciences. I can tell anyone above who's wondering about mica that it's 100% safe for you to use, as long as it's not derived from a harmful source, or combined with something potentially toxic like ferric-ferrocyanide, ultramarines, or some of the "chromium oxides". There are disputed studies done on the toxicity levels of above ingredients, but if you want to be totally safe, just forgo them in any formulations. That being said, mica, which is actually a crystalline mineral (yes. It is a crystal. Like quartz and the like. In Geology classes at my college we would perform tests on various micas to classify their crystalline structures), is fine for you to use on your face. It's also fine for you to put on your lips. Some people don't mind using it in food products, which is why some drinks have it (alcoholic ones in particular). At most, the damage you'll probably get from that is sparkly, well, poo. The body can't digest it and it'll just pass through. In its purest form, as a finely milled powder gotten from safe (not all natural sources are safe and nontoxic) sources, it is absolutely fine to use and it cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream from skin, because it is way too large of a particle for that. For the most part, only something the size of an amino acid or smaller could effectively be absorbed into skin. I've seen some sites say that mica is a toxic "unnatural" thing, and that's both ridiculous and remarkably depressing. Some oxides can be harmful. Some natural oxides are deadly. Some synthetic oxides are harmless, and some are irritants. Mica, if it is actually as its name says, "mica" (the mineral!), is pretty much inert and a pretty shimmery thing you can have fun with. Science is a gorgeous and powerful thing. Have fun with the sparkly and do not fear! *0*
nero -Dec 28, 2015, 6:10AM
wonderful article. please more information about mica power

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Post image for Gingerbread Oatmeal Face Mask

A  holiday-inspired face mask that will take you one step closer to flawless skin!

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Olivia -Dec 19, 2015, 5:01PM
Make sure not to use to much cinnamon.... Ya.. It's starts to irritate your face and takes a couple minutes to feel better. If that does happen to you, use a cool cloth and coconut oil.
Emma -Dec 18, 2015, 3:49PM
This sounds amazing! Is it possible to use something instead of honey and greek yogurt to make it vegan?

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Post image for Newest Beauty Obsession: Manuka Honey

I’m buzzing about honey, and I’m forever thankful to the bees.Read More

Esta -Jan 03, 2016, 3:39AM
You need to try the mask with curcuma :)
Stéphanie B. -Dec 21, 2015, 2:01AM
Though you're thankful to the bees for creating "your" honey, they certainly are not thankful for the human beings sealing their hard life-work. Think about it.. As a matter of fact, I used to be a huge lover of honey myself, until I realized it wasn't mine to possess at all. My ignorant self thought bees made this beautiful delicious natural product for the use of human beings. Well, I was so wrong to think I appreciated the bees simply for my own egocentric benefit. I wanted to share this controversial point of view, simply to wake some people up, not to judge or to point fingers at anyone. I do understand where you’re coming from, because I've also been there myself and I understand how much time and insight it takes to see the glitches in our current society. I hope no one feels offended, but nearly inspired maybe.

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Post image for 3 New Year’s Eve Makeup & Hairstyle Ideas with Kelley from Parlour (+ Giveaway!)

Follow along to learn three hair and makeup tutorials from the girls at Parlour Hair & Skin!

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dee -Dec 14, 2015, 2:03PM
all of you look so beautiful. I defs want to try julie's do
Lovey -Dec 12, 2015, 2:57PM
Incredibly gorgeous tutorial! Totally doing the middle braid on NYE~ xoxo http://theindiegirl.com

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Post image for 3 Braids for the Holidays and Beyond

Learn three simple hairstyles with these tutorials~Read More

Lizz -Dec 12, 2015, 10:05PM
Pretty hair my ant is going to all three of them
Carly -Dec 12, 2015, 11:17AM
Simple is the future. Brilliant

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Post image for Makeup Tutorial: Ring In 2016 With Glitter Lips + Brows

As the ball drops, make your mark with this fun glitter makeup tutorial! 
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Michelle -Dec 11, 2015, 9:01AM
That brow styling is very special, although brows and lips would be too much for me. Thanks for sharing! https://www.makeandmess.com/

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Post image for Holiday Beauty DIY: Try This Super Awesome Eggnog Hair Mask

Grab the nog, but hold the rum…and make this all natural eggnog hair mask for stronger, healthier hair!Read More

Monica -Dec 12, 2015, 9:53AM
Great tips for everyone. Love this post! Thanks
Michelle -Dec 08, 2015, 10:41AM
I will definitely try that, it sounds amazing! Especially if my hair smells like cinnamon afterwards! https://www.makeandmess.com/

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Post image for 3 Cold Weather Skin-Saving DIYs with Cocoruto

Meet Caroline of Cocoruto…she may just be your new best friend this winter!

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Adriana Mara -Jan 17, 2016, 10:35AM
thanks for the article, I will try today .
Joanna -Jan 05, 2016, 1:01PM
regularly exfoliating with all natural organic ingredients is key as well. my favorite is pura vida body's organic coffee scrub, made with organic coconut oil - buffs, soothes, and keeps skin moisturized and healthy in winter! www.puravidabody.co

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Post image for Tips On Surviving Red Eye Flights

Hey jet setters, listen up! We have all the tips and tricks  for your next red eye flight.Read More

Alex -Dec 19, 2015, 3:30PM
Also remember to bring a good book or two for if you can't fall asleep!
fp joanna -Nov 26, 2015, 8:24PM
Great idea Justino! I'll be sure to do that next time!

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When you have a long hair routine but possibly doing it all wrong…Read More

Marci -Jan 03, 2016, 3:29AM
I have been no poo about a year. I do color but with henna so it doesn't fry it. I have super fine and thin hair. Thin mostly due to meds I take for a condition I have. But what hair I have is healthy, super shiny. Even though I swim almost daily. I use a cap. I do rinse with baking soda and vinegar, I feel it counteracts the chlorine a bit.
Chelsey -Dec 26, 2015, 3:43PM
Ps I recommend a boars hair comb for brushing. Massaging the scalp is also a great way to stimulate the scalp for those who just can't make the leap toward brushing

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Post image for Holiday Makeup Tutorial: Sequins!

The sequin makeup trend is popping up everywhere, from the runway to editorial shoots. Here’s how to achieve it at home. Read More

WildCity -Nov 15, 2015, 4:37PM
This is lovely, but honestly I use sequins to mark my panties :D ___ http://wildcity.etsy.com/
Michelle -Nov 12, 2015, 1:32AM
In my opinion sequins are a bit too much, but I gladly wear golden makeup to holiday season! https://www.makeandmess.com/

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Post image for How to Relieve Post-Workout Strain and Tired Muscles (Hint: It Takes 5 Minutes To Make)

Discover a tried and true cure for post-workout strain and everyday stress…

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Connie Bueher -Nov 13, 2015, 11:33PM
Wow, I'll be sure to try that soon! Leg days are killing me lol xx www.daintydeeds.com
leah -Nov 11, 2015, 9:51AM
ahh, sounds like a lovely blend! there is nothing like epsom salt to help soothe achy muscles :)

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