Oh, sunny days: so necessary for vitamin D and summer happiness, so un-welcomed for premature aging, burns, and the chronically pale. Rather than getting sun-kissed, did you have an unintentional make out session with the sun instead? In lieu of a healthy glow, did you achieve a shade better described as internal-organ magenta? Did you unexpectedly get in touch with your inner lobster? Despite our best efforts to protect our skin against too much sun, sometimes it just happens; burns. Hey, no prob! This summer, we’ve got your back (soothed, un-itching and non-peeling) with Stark’s 7 easiest après-sun skin DIYs!
Alright stop, collaborate and listen: effective beauty DIYs don’t have to break the bank, or even touch it. Those ice cubes you’ve got going on in the freezer are for more than just chilling that white wine you forgot to refrigerate and simply can’t wait to get your hands on. Beat the summer heat by treating yourself to an ice cube facial!
Simple, effective, and free? When was the last time you heard that!?
This ‘cool’ trick tightens your pores making your complexion appear far smoother, promotes blood circulation, eases wrinkles, has an anti-inflammatory effect, soothes acne and sun-kissed skin, and not to mention gives you a luminescent glow.
My house is smoky and smells like weeds, and there isn’t a single teenager in my presence. I’m not high (lol, c’mon!), nor am I desperately trying to air out the scent. I am content. I am relaxed. And I am at home.
For the past couple of weeks, and probably for a few upcoming ones, there’s some stressful and fairly unpleasant things happening around me. It’s a mild emergency situation that I’m merely playing a supporting role in, but my new apartment has become somewhat of a refuge to others, while leaving me feeling a little lost and disconnected from the space I spend all my time in, which is a weird feeling indeed. However, we don’t always have a say in what goes on around us, and we need to just take action and be present in the moment, however hard it is.
I’m sensitive to these things. I hate feeling lost. So much so that my sole tattoo is a testament to that.
Anyhow, years ago I had performed a somewhat clumsy inaugural white sage burning ceremony for an apartment I had taken in Vancouver in my early 20s. I loved the place and location, but the bad energy was nearly palpable. Burning sage is supposed to rid the air of negative energy, so I bought a HUGE bunch of sage and smoked out the place.
Despite my juicy title, let me just start by saying I’m still REALLY happy with this gizmo. I honestly love my Creaclip, and I’m really happy to have found a good hair solution for me!
I realized recently (ok, about 10 seconds ago) that I never followed-up on the Creaclip review from last month! Ah well, you know how blogging goes. You have to wait for the right moment of
panic inspiration to get into the mood, then let the wine your fingers flow.
So, here’s a pic of me in the bathroom from about a minute ago. Keep in mind that my hair (and face, frankly) is not looking its best here, so I hope you’re not looking at this and thinking that my beloved Creaclip is giving crap haircuts just because I’m looking a little disheveled and fuzzy.
You probably know that I love all my Stark products (duh, why would I offer you anything I didn’t love? That would be super lame!). What’s shaping up to be our most popular item is that Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate balm, which is a yummy mix of coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, some camellia seed oil and almond oil and a good dose of unicorn sparkles (ie. essential oils…no actual unicorns were harmed in the making of this balm.) I can see why you guys are loving it, because it’s effing awesome, if I do say so myself. (And I do, clearly!)
However, contrary to popular belief, I do not have a giant vat of it at my home, where I dip into it naked then proceed to slide around on my hardwood floors. That’s just
my fantasy your fantasy crazy! But I do use it daily, often twice daily, and I do love to use it in different ways.
Continuing on in our multipurpose journey, I give you exhibit B: Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm. I I feel like this is a bit of a given. I mean, c’mon! It’s right there in the freaking title! Alas, even this split personality product offers even more than what meets the eye.
If you don’t know how to use a cleansing balm, then girl, get your self over to my extremely low-budget video here, where I make some really lovely grooming faces while cleansing my face. This is the stuff viral videos are made of. Ha! (Side note: gee my bangs are short here!)
So Adri and I were just chatting about how humid it’s getting at night in our room, and how dirty our feet are getting since we’re in the middle of preparing for our move, and have been tromping around barefoot. These two points are related because:
1. Dirty feet at night means dirty sheets, ewww.
2. Washing your feet in cool water before bed not only is soothing and calming, but far more hygienic than dragging in half of Montreal’s springtime dust into bed with us. Oh, I guess that was point #1. Well, it’s soothing and a nice bedtime ritual, and it’s actually an Ayurvedic practice, and you know that’s what’s up (check out this foot massage…drool).
I decided today to make a scrub for our pre-bed tootsies. Here’s how YOU can do the same!
Step 1. Choose a scrubber: This can be any kind of sugar but I prefer turbinado for it’s coarseness and sweet scent. You may also use sea salt, jojoba beads if you’re a baller, ground almonds, ground walnut shells, or pulverized pumice. I vote for sugar because it’s easiest and cheapest to find, and if you have any cuts or scrapes on your feet, it won’t be burned by the salt right before bed, which is less than relaxing.
You may also use baking soda, which is deodorizing and makes skin oh-so-soft. Actually, you should probably do a combo of sugar and baking soda, since that’s what I do. Then we can be twinsies!
Don’t be alarmed, but I just got my highly anticipated CreaClip in the mail today!
CreaClip is a cool home hair-cutting gadget that is getting some phenomenal reviews and demos all over the innernets (like here, here, here and here). Yes, they’re basically clips that help guide you through a haircut. I know, sounds highly suspect. I promise, it’s no joke. This shizz is for real.
My first impression is that they feel like they’re good quality, which is obviously a great sign. They have a nice weight to them, “snap” together in a satisfying way and are not made of cheap plastic. Yes, for essentially plastic clips they are not cheap, but they are not cheap in quality, either. Considering they cost less than a cheap haircut, I feel they are a good deal.
I’ve never bought something that felt so “infomercialy”, but the idea is pure genius and it’s so simple. It’s a fool-proof guide to where your hair needs to be cut; the right angle, the right shape, and even has a bubble-level-thing to allow you to cut straight across (or at a perfect angle if that’s your thing). After watching a bunch of videos (way more than I care to admit to), I KNEW it was a perfect product for me.
For one: I’m all about the DIY.
Two: It looks WAY too easy not to give it a shot.
Three: All the haircuts were gorgeous. Not one person messed it up!
Alrighty. Why am I SO excited about this? Full disclosure time.