Cleaning the Beauty Blender naturally

Beauty Blender natural way to clean

Want to know how to clean the Beauty Blender naturally and without the Beauty Blender cleaning product, then do the following steps:

You can do this cleaning process with other sponge applicators that are similar to the Beauty Blender and other sponge like applicators. If the sponge is not of the same material of the Beauty Blender, it is by trial and error if this will clean it. Some sponge applicators are made for single use.

 

All you need is three items: soap, water, and oil.

Turn the water on and if needed let it cool to room temperature. The temperature of the water is very important which you will read a little bit further down.

Put the Beauty Blender under the running water and let it get thoroughly wet.

Pour &/or rub a gentle liquid or bar soap on the Beauty Blender. If you like Castile soap, that is a good gentle soap to use.

Gently squeeze the blender while rubbing the soap on it and rubbing it between your hands.

Rinse out the soap with water and gently squeeze the blender until it rinses out the soap.

Then pour a little good quality oil on it such as cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a good quality olive oil will have a slight green color.  Oil is needed to cut the grime and residue of makeup off the blender.  It is best to use a good quality oil because if you are cooking with a good quality oil anyway, you will want the same with cleaning anything. You don’t have to use olive oil, it is what I use, just use a good quality oil. I use EVOO due to its a mild oil when it comes to needing to clean anything with it and I love the smell of it.

Rinse the blender again with water.

You may need to repeat with the soap, oil, & water until the blender comes clean. When done rinse with water again, then let the blender sit on the container it came in when you purchased it for it to dry or let sit on a clean counter top with a clean towel under it.  Do not use the bender until it is completely dry.

Really hot temps can damage the material over time and cold water can make stains set in the blender, so use cool room temperature water (filtered if possible) while cleaning and rinsing it. You want to use a temperature of water that is easy to handle while cleaning the blender. While you are alternating using the soap & oil, leave the water running as you will be gently squeezing the blender between your hands under the running water.  If needed, turn off the water to get the water the temp you need it at to tolerate it. Depending on how dirty the Beauty Blender is, you may need to alternate with the soap, oil, & water at least three times each.

I use the same soap I bathe with which you see in the picture. It is Canus Goat’s Milk Soap fragrance free.  If you use the Beauty Blender daily with your makeup and it’s coated with makeup by the end of the week, then clean it.  If it’s not dirty enough, if you want, wait until it’s dirty enough to clean.

When the Beauty Blender or makeup sponges start to pit, that is when you need to replace them. Beauty Blender states to replace their blenders every three months. I think it depends how often you use it and how well you take care of it. I say that because I have gone well over a year in buying a new Beauty Blender due to cleaning it this way.

I have three Beauty Blenders. I have a set of the micro mini Beauty Blenders for use under & around the eyes and around the nose & lips.  I have the original Beauty Blender for the rest of the face.  They are great to use with liquid or powder (pressed or loose)  cosmetics.

 

The Road of Life — one of my poems

Logs that look like cross on trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Lara

Written: April 2017

The Road of Life

 

Staring into the distance, I see a light shimmering oh so faintly.

That light grows brighter with each step I take.

The wind dulls the light to a sliver at times as

I take a breath with uncertainty of where the path is leading me.

The light glows brighter and then faint again

As I walk around curves and through the tunnels as

I keep my focus on getting closer to the light.

As I approach the light, I see another light in the distance getting brighter.

I pick up the light that I reached just to find the word hope engraved on a piece of metal.

I walk along the path and reach the next light

And as I pick it up the word faith is on a piece of wood.

But yet again I see another light in the distance, glowing like a candle.

I walk on hot pebbles to get to it, but when I reach to pick it up

It turns to the word love as it is etched on glass.

It was then I realized, hope, faith, and love

That’s where home is at and that’s when

I opened my eyes to see such beauty in everything and everyone.

You see really, that is all that matters in this world.

It is hope, faith, and love that see us through everything.

For without those, we have nothing.

 

During the time when I wrote this poem, I worked at a place where there is a trail behind the building. I would walk on the trail any chance I had throughout the day. The trail is heavily wooded and has a few bridges on it.  It is one of my favorite places to walk because of the trees as it makes some of the trail shaded.  On a section of the trail, there use to be a piece of wood that looked like a cross. One day I took a photo of it before it deteriorated. I pray often as walk on this trail. I find much peace in knowing faith, hope, and love give us what we need most of all in life.

Spinach with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Garlic

Spinach w/ Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlic

Lara’s original creation

This is such an easy dish and I bet even your kids will like it; it has loads of flavor. Bon Appétit!!

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Spinach (fresh or frozen), package or jar of Sun-dried Tomatoes, Water, Salt, Black Pepper — read recipe to see how much of each.

In a large skillet, coat the bottom of it with extra virgin olive oil on medium heat.

Add garlic, 3-4 medium size cloves through a garlic press or cut finely (when I double or triple this recipe, I use a mini processor). If you like garlic, you can add more than the amount stated; this dish is good with lots of garlic, so you can’t overdo it. It’s easy to overcook garlic, cook it with only oil until it starts turning color; you don’t want it to get dark or it will be burned.

Put a bag/package of fresh spinach (I use the small bag or small pkg since there’s only two people in our household and I like using the Organic Baby Spinach) in the skillet and let it start cooking.

While that’s cooking, I put a pkg or *jar of Sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl with a little water (just enough to cover bottom of the bowl) and put it in the microwave for a few seconds, no more than 10-15 seconds. This needs to be done long enough to bring the plumpness of the tomatoes back into them; in other words, it reconstitutes them. *If tomatoes are in a jar with oil, drain the oil and depending on what they look like you may still need to reconstitute them.

If you have a dehydrator, you can make your own dried tomatoes and keep them on hand, and then you can just throw in how much you want in this dish. Make sure to stir spinach mixture in skillet occasionally, add tomatoes when the spinach starts to wilt and add ½ cup of water. You may need to add more water, but don’t let mixture stick to the bottom of the skillet (the water helps with that as well as help reconstituting the tomatoes). Add black pepper and salt, maybe ½ tsp of each. I don’t salt and pepper any more that what’s stated during the cooking time, but occasionally add more when eating this. It’s done when the spinach is wilted.

You can top it with Parmesan cheese if you wish; it is optional. This is good as a side dish or you may serve it with grilled chicken on top (or meat of your choice). It’s also good with marinara or spaghetti sauce and with meatballs or Italian sausage.

For a different variation, sometimes I add onion (you add it in when you add the garlic) and I use no more than a couple of thin rings of it (so no more than 2 or 3 rings) and cut them in half or quarters. You can also use frozen spinach instead of fresh, but it’s harder to gauge when it’s done and with frozen spinach, you also have to squeeze out the liquid out of it after it’s been thawed out. For a touch of spice, you can add ¼ tsp of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes or ¼ tsp Red Pepper (add this when add salt and black pepper).

If you have leftovers of this, heat it up and put it in an omelet or eat with scrambled eggs.

All it takes is 26 seconds

26 Seconds  Not only does it take 26 seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream, but because of that it will cause internal & external problems. It may not happen overnight, but over time what you use will cause issues. One product can have at least 10 toxic chemicals in it. How many products on average does a woman use in a day?  16 products!

16 X 10 = 160 chemicals in a day and this is only the beauty products a woman uses which includes hair products, make-up, skin care, & nail products.  That doesn’t include any cleaning products or environmental chemicals. Imagine, what you are doing to yourself in general not to mention your health.

On occasion, I will direct you to my Green Beauty Link tab as it will be updated periodically. I am a strong advocate in using green, clean beauty products due to allergies to chemicals and having very sensitive skin. I’m dead set against using toxic ingredients on my skin much less ingest anything that is because of my past health issues with having systemic Candida.

I am even allergic to natural products, so I’m always checking out ingredient listing.  For example, when you are allergic to coconut and green beauty companies are commonly using coconut oil and/or derivatives of coconut in their products, you will look consistently at the ingredient listing on products.  Then you will find the need to Google & research any ingredients you have no idea what they are and spend countless hours doing that.  Believe me, I feel and know your pain if you do this whether you are doing it for yourself or because you want to help your child.  I am familiar with all the names for coconut and its derivatives because of that.  If you see “coco” or “coca” as part of a word, you can be sure that 90% of the time it is a form of coconut. A major coconut derivative that is commonly used in beauty products is Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides. I don’t know about you, but I rather not take the chance in using something that has any form of coconut in it when I’m allergic to it.

I don’t do reviews of products like some beauty bloggers or vloggers do. I believe each of us is different and unique and our beauty care should very much be customized to the individual, that person’s lifestyle, & where that person lives.  There are many factors that have to be considered when customizing & creating a skin care regimen that works for you. And your skincare regimen should vary from season to season. You do have to find what works for you and what you like as far as skin care, hair care, nail care, and cosmetics.  I can’t tell anyone what is best for them; I can only do that for myself. I can tell you what I like, what it does for me, and how it works for me, but it may not work for you like it does me.  It’s like mascara; I may wear a brand I love and someone else may hate that brand or it may not work on them like it does me.

My suggestion with beauty care is when looking at a product, make sure it is ingredients you know what they are without having to Google search them; this is easier to do with skin care than with make-up. Find products that have as few ingredients as possible is best. Check out EWG Skindeep website to see how the products you use rate or add the app they have to your mobile phone.  Better yet, make your own skin care products. I make a few of my own beauty products as you will see when you look at my Topics of Interest category list and view my beauty recipes.

The only time I go to a salon for anything is for a haircut as I don’t cut my own hair and I never will, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t done that. I don’t get my nails done, a facial, or color my hair in salons. Besides, I know how to do that all to myself. I cut and shape my nails, and I don’t use nail polish; I can’t stand the smell of it anyway.

To know more about what to avoid in products, check out Safe Cosmetics website. A really great, easy read is No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor & Alexandra Spunt which will help you become more knowledgeable with non toxic products. If you want to go non toxic with other products or just want to learn more about going with eco-friendly and clean products, check out EWG’s site as it is a wealth of helpful information.

Food for thought: You are what you eat. If you don’t eat a well-balanced, clean diet, then you will be sure to have problems of some kind at some time. What you put into your body and what you put on your body matters. You matter, no matter what!

 

 

photo found on Internet

 

 

 

It’s a Driving Life — one of my poems

 

By: Lara

Written: November 2015

It’s a Driving Life

Orange cones

Traffic delays

Accident on side of the road

Green lights go

Yellow slow down

Red light stop

Being directed by cops when lights out

Yield to your left

Yield to your right

Don’t forget to stop

Slow down and decrease your speed

Kick it up to the speed limit

And set it to cruise

One way street

And take it the wrong direction

Mixers high off the ground

Interstate changing

Watch for other drivers

And be observant of surroundings

This is not just driving

This is life

Let God take the steering wheel for your life!

 

When I wrote this poem, I was thinking about how life is very much liking driving. Someone is in control and it’s not always us.

Proper Way to pop a pimple (if you must)

Pimples, zits, a small papule, or pustule whatever you may call them.  The question is do you squeeze and pop or not.

Any professional would tell you most likely “No” to that question especially if you have acne or pimples all over your face. Squeezing a pimple can force the bacteria-containing fluid through the layers of the surrounding skin, spreading the infection, and may cause even more pimples. If you have acne, there is too much risk for infecting the other spots on your face thus creating more pimples.  Any time you deliberately break skin, you risk creating scars or infection through the break in the skin.  It is not advisable to use a facial scrub if you have a zit or acne; this will disrupt the condition of your skin.  If you get the occasional pimple, then use a facial scrub when you do not have any zits on your face.  If you have acne and have ongoing skin problems, please go see a dermatologist and talk to a licensed esthetician.

If you must pop, make sure the pimple has a head to it. Some pimples do pop on its own, so if you feel you cannot wait then take the proper steps.  The head must be clear or a whitish color where the pus has risen to the top.  Before even thinking of pricking a zit, wash your hands thoroughly even under the nails. Cleanse and tone your face or just the area of the zit (if there is one zit); this helps prep the area as you are about to perform a self mini surgery.  To do this, get a needle and dab rubbing alcohol on it, rinse it off with water, and then dry off the needle on a clean hand or face towel.  Slant the needle to the pimple and prick the pimple in the middle of it in order to open it.  Once you prick it, gently squeeze it (with light pressure) with your fingers by laying your index fingers on either side of the pimple and then switch to the other side of the pimple and squeeze again. For example, lay your fingers on the top and bottom sides of the zit and then the left and right sides of the zit. Do not use force when squeezing; this can lead to scarring. Also, don’t force all of the pus out until the pimple bleeds. If it bleeds after all the pus comes out, it’s OK; you just don’t want the zit to bleed by forcing the pus out.  If all the pus does not come out, don’t force it out; just make sure to put some facial toner on a cotton ball and dab the pimple with it.

If you have a really hard core, you will not be able to push all of the pus out.  Squeeze only once on all sides of the zit. When you are done, clean the needle again with rubbing alcohol & then rinse with water; then dry it with a clean hand (or face) towel.  Get a cotton pad (or ball) and apply facial toner or witch hazel to the pimple that you popped. Wash your hands (even under the nails) after popping zits. If you are going to put makeup or anything else on your face, make sure to let the your face or that area where the zit is to dry. It’s best not to pop pimples before applying makeup as they are harder to conceal after popping them. Reserve a needle for popping pimples, so it’s not used for other purposes.

Here’s a great site to read more about pimples: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/71702.php

 

Mexican Slaw

If you like cole slaw, but don’t like it sweet this is a recipe for you.  This recipe is tart and refreshing. It can be made without the cilantro and cumin if you just want a slaw without mayonnaise or if you don’t like either of those ingredients.  I use nothing, but organic and the freshest of ingredients.

I made up this recipe when I couldn’t find a recipe on Mexican slaw, so I started playing around with ingredients and this is the order I did the ingredients in the bowl.

Mexican Slaw

1 head of cabbage (I use half of the head depending on the size) and chop up in bite size pieces

1 carrot, peeled & grated over the bowl

fresh cilantro, just the leaves (use enough to be able to see it throughout the slaw)

1 lime squeezed

Vinegar, use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Wine Vinegar  1 tbsp or to taste

Extra Virgin Olive Oil — drizzled lightly over other ingredients,  1/2 tsp to 1 tsp

Salt to taste — at least 1 tsp

Black Pepper to taste — 1/2 to 1 tsp

Cumin just a pinch — just want to be able to taste a hint of it

 
Use a bowl that is bigger than the head of cabbage or the amount you are going to use. Place each ingredient into the bowl and mix well as you put each ingredient in the bowl. This allows you to see the colored ingredients and you want to see all of them. Taste it once you get all the ingredients combined. You can adjust the seasonings if you need.  You want to be able to taste each ingredient as well. This is good with avocado slices on top.

Perception is reality or is it? — one of my poems

By: Lara

Written September 2018

Perception is reality or is it?

Perception is reality or is it?

Is perception in reality?

Or is it relative?

My perception is my reality

Your perception is your reality

So what you see is different from what I see

And what I see is different from what you see

It is ok to be different, it’s ok to be weird

It’s ok to be unique, it’s ok to be you

It is fine to have different perspectives and opinions from others

But it is not ok to push or make someone feel bad over their perception or what they believe

And it’s not ok to persuade someone to the way you think if you feel it’s the only way

We all reserve the right to think what we want

And say what we want as long as we realize

There are times when we should speak

And other times when we need to be silent

And exercise those rights

Sometimes we have to agree to disagree

Or even agree that things just need to be

And take its natural course no matter the length of time it takes

Don’t expect to agree with someone all the time

In fact, don’t expect to agree with anyone any of the time

Even though it is nice when there’s a mutual perspective or opinion

But do respect, understand, & communicate openly

Show some common decency, courtesy, & dignity

Be kind, loyal, and care in what we say to each other

Consideration & compassion need to be in place

We need to show trust, grace, and love

Even if we have been used, battered, & taken advantage of

The golden rule is to treat others as you would like to be treated

This is not for their sake but yours

It shows the kind of person you are not who they are

We are all human, let’s show some humanity

Is that really too much to ask for?

 

I wrote this because I started thinking about how perception is about how we all see things differently. There are too many times when we get into arguments or fights over trivial things that really don’t matter, and we blow them out of proportion and make more of an issue out of something that we need to do. Taking our anger out on others when something isn’t right in our own life is displacing that anger and is not the right thing to do. We need to come from a place of love & understanding; our hearts need to be in the right place and our actions & words need to follow that.

Priorities with Healthy Living

Organic Food pricey but so is illness  Life is all about priorities. When I tell others I eat predominantly organic and eat grass fed meats, they respond with “that is so expensive.” It depends on how you see it. I don’t go to see a doctor or get nearly as sick as I did when I wasn’t eating organically, but I’m gluten free & eat only natural or low glycemic sugars as well. I don’t eat out very much (it has become a rarity for me) due to eating organically and being mindful of what I eat due to allergies & sensitivities. If it makes me feel better, then that’s good for me.

Every time eat or drink  I eat right, exercise, and take care of myself to the best of my ability; always willing to learn & help myself do better. I rather know what I’m eating and feel safe with what I’m eating than to take the risk of getting sick. I use to get migraines at least twice a month. When I cut out gluten in 2014, my migraines & headaches in general were slashed 80%. I use to get upper respiratory infections at least twice a year. In the last four years since I have changed the way I eat, I have had a cold one time. Yes, you read that correctly! There is something to eating the right foods and clean foods for our body.

Getting Well Hippocrates   It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks or says, we all have to do what we think is right for ourselves and family. Don’t let what someone says to you influence you negatively. It matters what you think. If you feel bad about yourself, if you don’t like the reflection in the mirror, if you are tired of being sick & unhealthy, if you are tired of popping pills, if you want to make changes for the better, you can do it. It is all about what you want and your priorities.

Hippocrates quote  The average American spends $3008 a year on dining out (1).  This keeps rising and it’s not just because of inflation (2). In 2016, the annual cost on healthcare in the USA for an individual was $10,345 (3), compared to most other countries; this is twice as much (4) and it’s not just about cost of insurance. By 2023, reports are showing this will exceed close to $15,000 a year per person in the USA. We can change some of this by our choices in how we live, what we eat, and how we treat our bodies. We can change this by our choices. We all have the choice in eating clean & right or dining out or eat ready made foods that aren’t going to be as healthy for you. Would you rather be eating convenient foods and get sick or start the road of healing with eating clean?  Don’t you want to feel good & be healthy? Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to pop a pill to feel better? Or when you do need to take a pill, it could be an herbal or alternative supplement.  It really is about how you want to spend your money.  It is about choices.

Food should be our medicine --Hippocrates  We have the ability to heal ourselves, and we can do that by not eating the Standard American Diet; also know as SAD which is an appropriate acronym because it is a sad way to eat. It is not the way we need to eat.  Our plates should be 75% filled with vegetables (low in carbohydrates, low glycemic) and meat (protein) should be used as a condiment.  We have choices.  We have the right to exercise and research the choices we have. And in all honesty, if you are ill, have cancer, have some kind of skin condition or some kind of internal condition, food needs to be your medicine,  not a pill or something else that will only mask your pain. After all, even the father of medicine, Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.” Believe me, I have had my share of health issues without havingYou are what you eat cancer and I can tell you from firsthand experience you can heal yourself with food.

I suggest checking Dr. Mark Hyman’s book Food: What the heck should I eat?  out if you want to change the way you eat; if I could, I would tell everyone about this book. There is a  guidebook by EWG (Environmental Working Group) titled “Good Food on a Tight Budget” which I recommend to those who are having to be really careful with money. This is a good way to go if you don’t want to go completely organic or just want to eat better food and be more healthy. I also recommend 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith. After I did this cleanse, I lost 6 pounds & 1.5 inches from my waist. I believe it resets, reprograms, and re-balances your body where it helps you want to eat better and make healthier choices.  It cleanses us of our cravings even if we are already eating healthy.

If you have cancer, I strongly recommend checking out Chris beat cancer as he had  stage 3 colon cancer. He used nutrition and natural remedies and he is cancer free!

Nature Heals Hippocrates

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Look at me — one of my poems

By: Lara

Written: February 2018

*Denotes written July 2018

Look At Me

 

If you look at me,

You may not can tell,

But I’m broken,

I’m flawed,

I am by far not perfect

But who is,

Broken & damaged,

I’m loved,

I’m cherished,

By the one who created me,

Even when no else does,

I love and accept myself as is,

And even though I have flaws,

I know this too

*That no matter what I go through in life

This too shall shape & mold me,

This too shall pass.

 

 

When I wrote this, I was feeling broken, but then I remembered the quote below and the words just came flooding to my mind & gave me a sense of comfort & peace.  I remind myself God created me for a reason & whatever his reasoning, it will be for His glory not mine.  If I don’t love and accept myself as is even with all the flaws & imperfections, then my existence to myself means nothing. Anchor to yourself as it truly starts with loving self, so you can love others fully and in the way God intended.

I am beautifully broken