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I have two amazing blog sisters, both whom I have been blessed to actual meet in person. We met over at Healthy Beauty Social, got to chatting on-line, and have decided to meet in person.

Natural Beauty Vixen is the closest to me, so she’s easier to visit, but last weekend I was fortunate enough to drive about 150 miles to visit Melissa Whitman.  I still have to blog about that visit, it was a major milestone for me as I had never driven that far before on my own, as well as the complete excitement of meeting such a warm, wonderful person for the first time.  So be looking for that post from me.

In the meantime, I have posts to share!  I have been supplying them products  from Owens Acres products and here are the links to their blogs.

Melissa Whitman

Natural Beauty Vixen

I am still getting around to working on my blog post for my trip to see Melissa, be looking for it very soon.

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Why I let my hair go Natural, and Something About Me.

Hand of Fatima

Image by Abby Cadaver via Flickr

There’s a wonderful article over at The Healthy Beauty Project about embracing the natural texture of your ethnic hair.  It got me thinking about my own hair and the path its taken.

I used to treat my hair like the nasty auntie on your mother’s side of the family:  I would abuse it, mold it to my will, make it sit up and beg, wash, rinse, repeat.  I had no idea of the damage I was doing to my hair, and I really didn’t care, as long as it was straight and cute nothing else mattered.  I would get  a box of straighter from the drugstore twice a month, make sure my Pink Condition and Ultra Sheen jars were stocked up, set my curling iron on Inferno setting and go to work trying to get my thick hair straight.  I generally kept my hair short because there was so much of it.

Straightening my hair was a relief, really.  It was easier to deal with and the feel of water on my scalp in the shower was delicious.  I washed my hair all the time, which was the reason why I relaxed so much, and I did nothing to protect it:  I didn’t wrap it every night, I didn’t moisturize as much as I should, I washed it nearly every day, and I fried it with heat just as much.  My hair kept up with me (unlike that nasty old auntie on my mother’s side) and didn’t let me down the entire time.  Sure, sometimes the ends got gross and every so often I would leave the relaxer on too long and my hair would over process (which isn’t a good thing) but for the most part, my hair did what I wanted it to.

Then I stopped.  My last relaxer I simply let grow out.  I cut off the ends and let it go.  That was several years ago, and I haven’t straightened my hair since with any method.  I realized my hair isn’t really kinky, I have corkscrew curls.  The hair around the nape of my neck and around my ears is bone straight.  I wash and condition daily, I use Coconut Oil as a styling product/moisturiser, I comb it, throw in an elastic headband and that’s it.

Now.  I didn’t go back to the natural texture of my hair due to outside influences, such as going back to my roots, sticking it to the man, going green, going healthy, going to the store, nothing like that.  Me leaving my hair alone stemmed mainly from one revelation:  my hands.

I have been abusing my hands since I was 10, when I got my first typewriter.  Maybe even before than, because I have been writing for as long as I can remember.  Moving on to my first job, where I was scooping ice cream.  Then I was a barista for YEARS, and I mean old school, not this push button madness we have going on now.  I type constantly, at home and at work.  The result of all this abuse as well as the gene pool I swim in?  Reduced strength and mobility.  I went to Occupational Therapy and took their squeezy test thing where they measure the pounds of pressure  your hands can squeeze.  For a female my age, 75# for the dominant hand and something like 60# for the non-dominant hand (don’t quote me on this) so that was the expectation when the therapist put the squeezy thingie in my right hand.  I took the test three times for my right hand, and five times for my left.  The therapist blinked at the results and said I definitely have a problem.  My right hand topped out at 25# and my left hand reached 16# and I was sweating just to get that far.

Well, now I knew why I had a hard, painful time brushing my hair because it hurt to hold onto the handle of a hairbrush.  I had to go to a battery powered toothbrush because I couldn’t hold onto a manual toothbrush.  My wrists will suddenly give out, especially at inopportune times when I am holding a cup of coffee.  I’ve had many a moment when I am holding a cup, and the next thing I know the cup is on the floor because my hand and wrist gave out, my left side is well known for doing this.  I can’t use a knife to cut anything, like meat, my friend has to do it for me.  The last time I brushed my hair, and switched from my right hand to my left to get my entire head, my left hand was in a brace for two weeks.  The pain was incredible.  So I keep my hair short and manageable.  I gave up squeezing a curling iron open long ago, I just can’t do it anymore.

Typing hurts, but I still do it.  I have to do it for my job and I do it at home because I am a writer, dammit, and I will grit my teeth and deal with it.  When its really bad I’ll use salves and balms, when its unbearable I go to my prescription of Motrin, but life goes on.  If I can’t write, then we start the quality of life discussion with my nurse practitioner.

So that’s the reason for the hair.  I haven’t been diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel (my mom had surgery on both hands for that) but I do have tendonitis, arthritis and Overuse Syndrome.  I can manage with that.  If I have to type with a pencil in my teeth, I can go there too.

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New from Healthy Beauty Social…

A bumblebee on Lavandula (Lavender)

Image via Wikipedia

…a gift bag from Eco Emi for new accounts this weekend!  Believe me, HBS gives the best presents.  Check out the Healthy Beauty Social and become a Healthy Beauty Socialite!

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Gluten Free Beauty Foundation: LOVE.

Sunflowers in Fargo, North Dakota.

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I just received this lovely set today thanks to Todra over at Healthy Beauty Social and I am still just absolutely amazed.

First and foremost, this absolutely wonderful foundation comes in three shades, so there wasn’t any guess work as to what color I needed.  The dark is perfect because its so sheer.

The Natural Anti-Aging Foundation Set  comes with the creme foundation, a jar of loose setting powder, which also comes in three different colors to match the foundation.  There’s also a latex free blending sponge.  The loose setting powder (which is a rice powder) comes with a shaker lid that’s closeable, which is handy.

I didn’t know what to expect with the foundation.  When I first looked at it I thought the color wasn’t going to be deep enough, until I washed my hands and ran my finger around and around the top of the foundation.  The color was extremely sheer and I could feel all of the wonderful stuff that were in the foundation:  jojoba, sunflower, sesame, mango butter, as well as other yummy things.  The consistency wasn’t really creamy nor was it oily…it was silky smooth and thin.  When I put it on my face (with my finger) it slid on effortlessly.  I am sure the color is buildable but even just a thin application my skin tone was evened out and HEALTHY looking.

I cannot say enough about how my skin looked, I can’t.  I have tried many mineral powder foundations and it covered way too much and sunk into the wrinkles around my eyes and was just so heavy, I could feel it on my face.  This foundation was like putting on a facial serum: light, breathable, airy and healing.  I couldn’t believe it how well my face looked with such a sheer product.

The rice setting powder is odd, at first.  Its not as fine as I am used to when it comes to powders, but the result was stunning.  I tapped some into the lid of the container, dipped in my mini kabuki brush and pressed it in.  Even with a small application of powder I still didn’t have that bottom-of-a-floured-cake- pan look.

My face looked like my face, only better.  There was no streaking of color, no heavy coverage, no cakey feel.  Simply, I looked absolutely amazing.

I love makeup, but I haven’t been wearing any because I haven’t had any luck with a healthy mineral foundation powder.  Even with all the veils and setting powders, I just looked too heavily made up and the color would change over the course of the day as the oils of my skin broke through.  I got fed up with trying sample after sample of foundations for the right color.

I have dry, sensitive, eczema prone skin and this foundation felt amazing.  I highly recommend it to those of us who want our skin to look better but not made up.

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How Much Are You Willing to Spend…

…for a lipstick?  Face Moisturizer?  Cleanser?

Say you walk into your local mall to visit the department store.  Ah the Cosmetic Section!  All of the shiny counters, the pretty labels and bottles, the Gifts with Purchase…back in my days of using OTC cosmetics, visiting the department store and dropping several hundred on beauty products didn’t phase me at all.  I simply charged my credit card and didn’t pay a whole lot of attention as to how much the facial scrub cost, all I knew is that it worked, smelled good and I had to have it. I can’t remember what I was paying then, but checking out the brands online store,  $53 for the three step system, $18 for the facial scrub, $36 for the skin renewal treatment…and this is before I hit the makeup.  $22 for foundation, $14.50 for a lipstick, and this was going into a department store and being hypnotized by the lights and smells.

Its been years since I have gone to a department store for anything.  For skin care, right before I went “healthy”, I was using cosmetics from a direct sales company.  No shiny displays, no bright lights, but I still didn’t blink when I spent $13 on a lipstick, $6 for one eyeshadow, $90 for the age-fighting system that included a foundation.  $30 for eye cream, microdermabrasion for $55.  It all adds up.  These products had more “bad” ingredients than good, and the mineral powder foundation literally ruined my face.  I was spending $18 on the foundation and $10 for the brush for the foundation, as well as ingredients such as talc (the #1 ingredient), dimethicone, methacrylate copolymer, methyl and propylparabens.

Having spent all that money on products with questionable ingredients, do I cringe when I spend $14 dollars on a foundation that doesn’t have the icky ingredients?  Not at all.  $7 for a lipstick without lead?  $3 for an eye primer that doesn’t make my eyes turn read?

Check out this excellent article, found on How much are we willing to pay for beauty, especially for beauty with healthy ingredients?

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