Sunday, July 23, 2017

DIY Natural Hair Follicle Spray

I used to have thick healthy hair when I was younger but as some people age, hair loss is inevitable. Unfortunately, my genes isn't that great to keep my crown full of hair as I get older. It got worse when I had kids since hormones contributed to further hair loss. I would say my hair loss is one of the worst things that I have to deal with each day.

I have tried a lot of things to alleviate it - took supplements like biotin, had monthly treatments, stopped the regular hair color treatments, had my hair cut regularly and even switched to organic and mild shampoos to no avail.

As I continue on to my wellness journey, I found a really good recipe I figured I should try and hopefully help reduce the hair fall. I wasn't that hopeful when I first tried but I figured I got nothing to lose (except hair which I already am haha) so I did it anyway.  I noticed as soon as I used the hair follicle spray, my hair was shinier and smoother. Two weeks into using it, I noticed that my hair fall was less. I normally leave hair traces in every corner of the house and get daily complaints from my hubby about it. Three weeks into using it, I haven't heard anything from my hubby about how irritating my hair is. I actually didn't notice how much it changed anything until our housekeeper mentioned it. She asked me if I used something to stop my hair loss since she cleaned the entire house and got minimal traces of my hair. Right now I am just waiting for regrowths to get longer and hopefully in few months I would get the Kardashian hair har har! :D OK don't give me that these bitches got fake hair anyway, the way their hair looks just awes me no matter if it is made full of weave.. I want the volume and length most women enjoy. Haha I am not even sure why I have to explain myself, but you sure know what I meant. ^_^



So I know you are reading this because you are also dying to try everything to get those luscious locks. High five! We are on the same boat :) I am not gonna make you wait any longer and here it goes:

Note that the recipe is based on the brand that I used which may differ since effectivity of these depend on the quality of product from the actual plant and production. All the products I used are organic.

What you need:
1oz glass amber spray bottle (or any dark glass bottle) - please do not use plastics unless you don't care about toxins getting in your system
5 drops each of the following essential oils in order of importance(use only pure high grade therapeutic oils) - the essential oils are used to help cleanse, nourish, strengthen hair follicles so make sure you get non-synthetic ones.
 - lavender
 - peppermint
 - cedarwood
 - rosemary
 - thyme
 - ylang ylang or geranium (this I alternate each week)
distilled water or hydrosol (lavender hydrosol would be great)

What to do:
1. First is to create a synergy of essential oils in a 1oz glass bottle. Swirl to mix the oils. It would be best to wait 24 hours for all the oils to mix before doing the next step.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water or hydrosol.
3. Shake. Note that this will oxidize the oils so make sure you use this within a week. If you think 1oz is too much or too less for you in a week then adjust the volume that you need.
4. Put in the refrigerator and use cold.
5. Part hair and spray in different sections of your crown. Let it air dry.
6. Use morning and night.

I've yet to see if how long it will take for my hair to get thicker or if I would even get my old hair back but at least for now I have minimized the hair fall. Also don't expect that you would eliminate hair fall since it is normal to shed 100 strands a day so don't feel bad if you still see few traces of your hair. The good thing is you are not shedding hair like you are undergoing chemotherapy (you know what I mean if have this intensive problem as I do).

If you don't have all the essential oils that I used, you can mix lavender, peppermint, frankincense and copaiba is an alternative but I haven't tested it so let me know if you got the same results. Below is also a list of essential oils that could be beneficial to hair and support hair health.

  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Rosemary 
  • Thyme
  • Clary Sage (for women)
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce (for men)

On top of that regimen, I have also reduced shampooing from everyday to every other day and using mild organic shampoo. Also if you notice your scalp to be flaky, you can add a bit of tea tree essential oil in the mix or massage your scalp with 1-2 drops of pure organic argan oil. I noticed there are times when my hair is flaky but not as bad as it used to when I get it.

Also, I might also give credit to me having better sleep quality after diffusing essential oils at night. I have insomnia since high school so getting better quality sleep may have also helped my body balance my hormones which could impact hair and skin condition.

Until next time!

Love lots,
Miyo

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P.S. If you are interested in getting Young Living essential oils (brand that I am using), you can use my sponsor link here. Note that this is a sponsored link. You have an option to be a member and enjoy the perks and bonuses of being one like lifetime discount of 24%, rebates on purchases and free oil (who wouldn't want freebies?) when you enroll in their essential rewards program and access to very supportive and fun community of members (that includes personalized support from me if you get me as a sponsor haha). If you choose to be a member, I would highly recommend that you get the premium starter kit (PSK) since most of the best recipes that I have tried are based of on the oils that you get from the PSK. You also get almost 50% discount with this kit so yeah. :) Otherwise, if you are not into perks or memberships, feel free to purchase as a retail customer.

In case you are wondering why I chose Young Living, first is the quality, second is the level of support that I get from members - you don't just buy and stop there, you get to ask people who love to share their knowledge to help you maximize your entire wellness experience and lastly, great customer support and endless perks.  I am trying my best to reduce toxins getting inside of my body since most of the health issues that our generation have been suffering from is due to these and as a mother of 2 small children, I try my best to reduce the toxin footprint in our home. With these oils, you get 100% natural plan based product, with very strict production quality standards. They have been in the industry for 20 years and the only brand with FDA approved vitality line (oils that are approved by FDA that can be ingested). To learn more about the brand, you can visit the Young Living site or message me on my facebook page :)

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Instant Face Lift Without Electricity

My husband often think that I am lunatic about trying just about everything to keep my skin taut and wrinkle free. When you are someone who is in your late 30s, every single regimen for your skin matters so much and have an effect on how you would look in the next 10-20 years. So lately I am crazy about this beauty tool which most people (and celebrities) who have used it claimed to have experienced a significant improvement of their skin. I am just so mad at myself that it took me this long to actually try it because I am obsessed about it!

I am talking about no other than the Nurse Jamie UpLift™ Massaging Beauty Roller. This is a facial firming beauty tool that claims to "uplift, revive and enhance your skin". I got this a month ago for $69 and with shipping + tax, it costed me about $81 for this tool.

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So what is special about this tool? This roller has a unique hexagon shape with 24 massaging stones made of tourmaline to temporarily energize, enhance, revive and uplift your skin. By using this tool, you will be able to replicate the techniques Nurse Jamie uses in their signature facials which you can only get at their exclusive spas.

So how does this actually work? The tourmaline stones embedded in the roller generates an electric charge to emit negative ions and far infrared rays. The negative ions and far infrared rays can gently soothe, stimulate and also help detoxify the body and mind. The stones create a resonance similar to water that is absorbed by body to help relieve stress and stimulate circulation. Increasing blood flow to your skin through good circulation encourages increase in the production of collagen in your skin. Increased collagen levels can help skin to look firmer and smoother. Also, it helps your skin cells to regenerate and repair normally. As we age, collagen decreases which causes skin to lose elasticity.

My Personal Experience

PROs: What I love most about the tool is that I don't need to worry about charging or needing electricity to make it work. I can take it anywhere, whenever I need it. I also liked the relaxed feeling when the stones touch my skin. The cold stones are very calming and soothing. It is very relaxing to feel the roller glide through your skin as if you are getting a professional facial treatment. After I massaged my face, I felt that my skin was rejuvenated and that the v-shape on my face is more prominent. When you age, that contour around the jaw is lost since skin around it tend to loosen a bit. I also like that it helped reduced puffiness around my eyes. I can just bring it anywhere and address any issue with my skin whenever I want to.

CONs: The tool is expensive and just yields temporary results. If you buy this tool, you need to use it regularly or else you are just putting your money in the drain. Since this can only temporarily lift the skin, you need to constantly use it. However, since it does not require electricity, you can use it for as long as you need without having to worry about its electrical components degrading over time.

Overall, despite the price, I think investing on this tool is worth it specially if you really look into preserving the youthfulness of your skin. This tool however, cannot replace your entire skin regimen. This can only boost whatever you are already doing and help maximize absorption of nutrients by increasing the blood circulation in your face.

Until next time!
Love lots,
Miyo

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beauty and Essential Oils

As most of you know, I've always been passionate about preventing skin aging. So anything that would allow me to freeze my skin from sagging I would do it. :)

Recently, I have been introduced to essential oils by my friend, in the hopes of helping me get my kids to sleep early and get better sleep quality. I have never heard of essential oils before even when they have been around long time ago. There had been thousands of references to these oils in the Bible, so you get the idea how long they have been around.

Knowing that I would be using these mostly for my kids, I got myself a kit and educated myself as much as I could to ensure that I am using these safely with the little ones. While doing my research, one information got me so excited. There are oils that can help support hair and skin! You can imagine how big my smile is finding all about it haha :) So here I am again back on my blog to share with you this amazing discovery!

Not all essential oils available in market, however,  have the same health benefits. When purchasing essential oils, you need to avoid anything that says "fragrance" or "perfume" grade oil if you are mainly using it for health support, since these would most likely have synthetics that may not provide you the same benefits of a 100% pure high-grade therapeutic essential oil. Also not all essential oils are made equally, most essential oils in the market actually does not really provide any health benefits and mostly made of synthetics, so it is important to choose your oils wisely. When buying essential oils, make sure that it is certified pure therapeutic grade. It is also important to know how the brand controls the process of creating these oils from planting the seed, harvesting the plant at its peak, distillation, testing and packaging. Any contamination happening within these processes can degrade the effectivity of the essential oils that you are using.

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So how does these essential oils (which I often refer to as EOs) come in to picture with beauty? Let's all agree that beauty is a billion dollar industry but also one of the main sources of toxins in our body. Since most of the products we use are filled with chemicals and synthetics that could potentially harm our body due to prolonged exposure to these ingredients, why would you sacrifice health for vanity? The good news is with essential oils, you don't need to make that sacrifice at all. You can create your own recipes for skin, hair and body which could even be more effective and cost efficient than any of the available products in the commercial market.

I'll help guide you through these wonderful EOs as I go through my journey. As a start, below are the two oils that I have tried and tested on myself which I find amazing! Also as a bonus, I am giving you a simple face serum recipe that you can try for yourself.

My favorite of all, referred to as the king of essential oils, is the one and only Frankincense. Frankincense is known to be associated with being one of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men. This oil has been around for centuries. It is known to help support skin cell protection that can help naturally slow down signs of aging. It can help reduce blemishes due to its skin smoothing properties. Based on my daily use, it helped reduce pimple marks whenever I get occasional breakouts. Frankincense is known to help decrease appearance of scars.




The other oil that I mostly use for beauty is the Lavender. This is the most used oil and most known oil available. This oil is known mostly to calm emotions, but did you know that this has secret beauty benefits as well? Lavender can support healing of dry skin which makes it an effective moisturizer. Due to its calming properties, it can also help with cuts and burns.

Here is a simple recipe that I made which replaced all skin cremes and serums that I have been using. Mixing these two powerful oils have given me outstanding results in just 2 weeks. I have really dry skin specially during winter that no amount of moisturizer can help improve its condition. Even during summer, I find my skin flaky and dry. I use this day and night, just 1-2 drops each application. I noticed my skin feels soft and dewy that I can't stop touching it.  Even when constantly touching your skin is a mortal sin in beauty, I just can't resist it! Imagine the ecstasy of applying your foundation on a smooth supple skin. One #skingoal you don't want to miss! The recipe should last you around 30 days.

Note however that the recipe I made is based on the effectivity of the brand of oil that I am using. Since these oils are organic, some brands may require more or less so I would suggest that you start with small amount and gradually adjust based on how your skin reacts to it.

What you need:
10ml dark dropper glass bottle
10 drops of Lavender EO
10 drops of Frankincense EO
100% pure organic Argan Oil as carrier oil - check the ingredients, it should only have argan oil and no other ingredients such as perfume or synthetics. Other carrier oils such as virgin coconut oil can also be used.

Steps:
1. Create a synergy of EOs - mix lavender and frankincese in the glass bottle and swirl to create a synergy. It is best to let it sit for 24 hours before doing the next step.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with Argan Oil.
3. Swirl the bottle (do not shake as it might cause oxidation) until the EO synergy blends with the carrier oil
4. Let it sit for 24 hours.
5. Use morning and night.

Be sure to do a skin patch test prior to using it to larger area of the skin to check for possible allergic reactions.

I have few more beauty oils that I just got and can't wait to try, test and share with you. I hope you enjoy reading this and I'll see you again in my next beauty discovery!

Love lots,
Miyo

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P.S. If you are interested in getting Young Living essential oils (brand that I am using), you can use my sponsor link here. Note that this is a sponsored link. You have an option to be a member and enjoy the perks and bonuses of being one like lifetime discount of 24%, rebates on purchases and free oil (who wouldn't want freebies?) when you enroll in their essential rewards program and access to very supportive and fun community of members (that includes personalized support from me if you get me as a sponsor haha). If you choose to be a member, I would highly recommend that you get the premium starter kit (PSK) since most of the best recipes that I have tried are based of on the oils that you get from the PSK. You also get almost 50% discount with this kit so yeah. :) Otherwise, if you are not into perks or memberships, feel free to purchase as a retail customer.

In case you are wondering why I chose Young Living, first is the quality, second is the level of support that I get from members - you don't just buy and stop there, you get to ask people who love to share their knowledge to help you maximize your entire wellness experience and lastly, great customer support and endless perks.  I am trying my best to reduce toxins getting inside of my body since most of the health issues that our generation have been suffering from is due to these and as a mother of 2 small children, I try my best to reduce the toxin footprint in our home. With these oils, you get 100% natural plan based product, with very strict production quality standards. They have been in the industry for 20 years and the only brand with FDA approved vitality line (oils that are approved by FDA that can be ingested). To learn more about the brand, you can visit the Young Living site or message me on my facebook page :)

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Louis Vuitton Unboxing - Cles Pouch in Damier Ebene

So this came in just today and I was so excited to unbox it :) I bought the key pouch at LV online since I wanted something that would keep my cards and cash together when I am using a smaller pouch. I got this for $214.55 inc tax. It came in with the same packaging as the store and they also added a nice ribbon and gift tag to the box which is so cute.

This snall piece of canvas surprisingly can hold more that what I expect. I loaded it with 15 plastic cards plus cash and it still look like it could hold more :) I got the Damier Ebene canvas since I am planing to pair it with my Eva clutch and mini pochette which are also in Damier Ebene canvas. Also, I did not get the monogram since I am still in the hunt for the limited edition Cerises collection whcih is in monogram canvas.

This SLG would most likely one of the items that I would purchase over and over. I target to have at least four or five of these in different print and material so you would see more reveals like this in the future.






Hello Kitty Sweet Pink Wine

Some of you may know how I go cray cray about Sanrio stuff and I chanced upon this Hello Kitty rose wine being sold at winecountrygiftbaskets.com. I am not a wine person so I couldn't speak for the wine quality but I can testify that if you look into collecting wine bottles, then this would be a good addition to your collection. Normally I don't go for anything perishable when it comes to buying  Sanrio stuff but this one is an exception. It wasn't just because it was a Hello Kitty marked wine but the heart shaped on the neck of the bottle got my attention. It's rare to find wine bottled shaped that way so it's kind of cool! :)

I bought this online for $33.90 incl S&H and they have a gift option if you plan to purchase it someone as a gift. The wine came in a really nice and secure package. The only thing surprised me when I got the bottle was that it looks larger in the pics as compared to the actual bottle. The wine is probably half the size of the a regular sized wine bottle so if you are planning to buy this for consumption then his maybe a consideration.

I've no intention of drinking the wine so this will probably sit on my mini bar counter as display.





Have fun and stay beautiful everyone!

♥ Miyo