Earth’s Perfect Moisturizer!

Over the past few years, I have tried many oils and moisturizers for my hair and body. Some are too greasy, and some are too light. Coconut oil, however, is the PERFECT oil for both. It moisturizes without leaving much oily residue behind and it does not cause build-up in my hair. I love it, and I swear by it.

Many people use coconut oil to cook with, but I’m not a big fan of the taste. To each it’s own, though. When you purchase this oil, be sure to get the organic, pure, unrefined version of it.

For my hair, I use coconut oil at least every other day. I have dry hair, and coconut oil is the ONLY oil that penetrates the hair shaft, which makes for optimum moisture. I dampen my hair with a spray bottle, then add a nickel-sized amount of the oil to my hair, concentrating on the ends, since this is the weakest, driest part of your tresses. It makes the hair really soft and manageable. I also use this oil on my kids’ hair. It is great because it’s natural and has no added chemicals, which can be harmful.

For my body, I use this oil every day. It feels so silky on the skin, and the smell is SENSATIONAL! After a shower, I blot my body with a towel, leaving myself slightly damp. I then slather the coconut oil all over in a thin layer. For my body (I’m pretty tall at 5’9”) it takes about 4-5 quarter sized scoops to get the job done. This oil makes my skin SO soft and seals in moisture from the dampness.

I just wanted to share this little tidbit with you because coconut oil has changed my life for the better! It is my go-to, every day, everything oil! I’m all for naturals and organics, so this miracle worker means a lot to me! Try it out today. You can generally find it at any Whole Foods store or in the natural section of your grocer. What’s your favorite moisturizer and why?

~Martavia

Super Quick Makeup Routine

Sooooo, to start off, I am NOT a big “make-upper.” I experimented with a lot of different styles and types of makeup in college, but I have grown away from it in the past few years. I even attempted at a Mary Kay business when I lived in Green Bay. Ha! Let’s just say that it wasn’t as successful as I would have liked! I have two little ones that are 3 and 5 years old, so being glamorous ALL the time is not happening. I do, however, usually have about five minutes to spare, so I came up with a go-to makeup routine that can be done in this time. It’s simple and is light coverage, but it gives you that extra boost of confidence you may need to conquer your day. I often look in the mirror and give myself encouraging words, so when I see a cutie (and not a zombie) smiling back, it’s always inspiring! Let me know if this works for you and please share your quick makeup routines! Smooches (with nude lip gloss!)

-Martavia

1. Splash face with water (your face should be clean before you start)
2. Pat dry until your face is slightly damp
3. Moisturize
4. Apply liquid foundation outward from your nose and blend, blend, blend!
5. Apply blush/cheek powder
6. Apply bronzer to the perimeter of your face and to the bridge of your nose and cheeks.
7. Add dark eyeliner on bottom eyelid
8. Add mascara to top lashes
9. Add whatever color lip gloss/stick you’re in the mood for that day!