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WHAT ARE FACE OILS? and why should you care?

IMG_6056Have y’all heard of the latest skincare trend – face oils? I just learned about them and am freaking obsessed. I (typically) have absolutely terrible skin & am a bit of a brat when it comes to ingredients in beauty products. Hey, as much fun as a breakout is at 26, it pays to know what you are putting on your face. Since living in the desert, I have become obsessed with all things moisturizing, so when I discovered Trilogy, my life was made. Full of amazing ingredients & moisturizing, hellllo go-to beauty product.

Okay, so here is the skinny on face oils & Trilogy’s latest Age-Proof line. Face oils are a great way to get moisture back into your skin without the greasy residue of cream moisturizers. Plus, many (like Trilogy) are plant-based, so it’s less harsh than many moisturizers.

In the morning, add a few drops of face oil (I am obsessed with their Booster Oil) onto clean skin, wait a few minutes to let dry, and then apply moisturizer or sunblock. Their products (like the new Age-Proof line) is full of natural antioxidants, so they cut down on inflammation (goodbye puffy eyes) and help smooth out uneven spots (and are a great wrinkle preventative).

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PSL BODY SCRUB

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Well, if you can’t drink it, use it as a scrub? Just kidding, but seriously – we might have just completed the perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte circle with this new DIY body scrub. It’s amazing, it does an amazing job, and you basically smell like Autumn all the time. Don’t hate the PSL until you’ve tried it 😉 – xoxo, LK


Hooray! Yesterday was the first official day of Fall! I couldn’t be more excited for the season of changing leaves, sweaters, and of course hot Starbucks! The Pumpkin Spice Latte is surely the biggest hit once September arrives. It’s warm flavor mixed with just the right amount of spice is the perfect addition to the changing season. While I myself am not a coffee drinker, whenever a friend orders a PSL I can’t help but want to bury my nose in their cup and keep the scent with me all day. Of course as a beauty junkie, I had to figure out how to replicate the scent in some sort of skin product. I am a huge advocate for scrubs, and making homemade ones is one of my favorite things to do! So after a bit of experimenting in the kitchen, I finally found the perfect balance to making your very own PSL Body Scrub!

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1/2 cup ground coffee beans

– 2 tbs coconut oil

– 1 tsp pumpkin spice

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

*Makes enough for one full body scrub use.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon.

2. Make sure your coconut oil is room temperature. It may not look all that appealing, but it smells like heaven!

3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until use

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO USE:

1. For best results, take a hot shower so that your pores can open up and be ready for cleansing.

2. I recommend stepping out of the water or turning it off to apply the scrub. Apply in circular motions all over your body, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes so it can soak up all the goodness from the coffee and coconut oil.

3. Rinse off and pat dry.

4. There will likely be some oil on the bottom of your shower, so take caution while stepping out not to slip!

5. Feel how amazing & soft your new PSL kissed skin feels!

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The other great thing about this scrub is because of the amount of coconut oil, it isn’t dry, and can be easily be applied to dry skin as well! Just be sure you do it in the shower to avoid coffee grounds all over your floor. Again, apply in circular motions, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off.

After my initial use of the PSL Body Scrub, I found myself back in the kitchen making more. Not only does it smell divine, your skin will fill silky smooth afterward. I am so excited to use this throughout the dry fall and winter seasons – I may even make some as little gifts for my girlfriends!


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SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH FLORA APOTHECARY

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 presetAdmittedly, I am not the best at washing my face. The mascara stains on my pillowcase can certainly attest to that. When it comes to bedtime routines, most of the time I’d rather stay up and catch a few extra minutes of House of Cards. At any rate, cleansing your skin on a regular basis is a habit we should all incorporate into our beauty rituals.

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I think one of the reasons I tend to forego washing my face before bed is because my skin is extremely dry. It seems like no matter what cleansers, toners, and so-called moisturizers I use, my skin is left feeling extremely dried out. That was until I stumbled upon Flora Apothecary. I know you guys have heard me rant and rave about their products, but it’s because they have honestly been the best things for my skin! Today I want to share with you my simple skincare routine. All I use are two products regularly, and occasionally supplement one or two others when I feel like pampering myself.

IMG_3555I start with trying to remove most of my makeup with a hot, damp washcloth. I don’t scrub, just simply wipe away what will easily come off.

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IMG_3550.JPGNext, I follow up with any of Flora Apothecary’s soaps. I’ve been using Padma, which is a Vanilla & Vetiver scent. I’ve been particularly enjoying this one because it’s so calming. Since all of Flora’s products are natural and handmade, it’s much less harsh on my skin than store-bought cleansers. Simply run the bar under warm water, create a lather, and rub onto your skin in circular motions. Rinse off with cool water, and pat dry with a washcloth.

IMG_3550For moisture, I simply spritz any of Flora Apothecary’s Facial Elixirs all over my face, neck, and decolletage. I would also recommend doing this immediately after getting out of the shower. Lately, I’ve been using Deva Facial Elixir, which is a Lavender and Hyacinth scent. I love how fresh and uplifting it is!

One of the great things about the Facial Elixirs is that they aren’t overly moisturizing. Too often I’ve used creams and lotions that certainly hydrate my skin, but leave a residue on the surface. The elixir’s sink right in, giving your face a healthy glow, that’s easy to put make up over in the morning.

IMG_3547One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about having a simple skincare routine, is not overloading my skin with a million products. In my experience, the more I use, the more my skin depends on. So when I run out, blemishes appear quicker than usual, and I’m stuck with spending more of my hard earned money on products that I don’t necessarily need. Ever since I have began this two-product routine, my skin is happier and healthier, and so is my wallet. 🙂

Plan on trying any of these products, or a simple skincare routine? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram and Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


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5 WAYS TO USE EPSOM SALTS

IMG_3081.JPGAfter weeks of Lauren talking up a storm about Epsom Salts, I decided I would finally give them a whirl and see what all the fuss was about. After trying them out a few different ways, I finally understand the hype. I also discovered that I can’t live without them now! Today I’m sharing five ways you can introduce Epsom Salts into your beauty routines. So draw yourself a bath and queue up the Netflix, it’s time for a detox.

1. Detox Bath

One of the main things Epsom Salts are used for are baths. This day in age, we are constantly surrounded by toxins. They’re in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and commonly absorbed through the body’s biggest organ, our skin. Epsom salt aids in drawing out toxins, and has several other additional benefits of it’s own. When we submerge ourselves in warm water, it opens our pores, allowing the salts to draw out all the icky stuff. After taking a long soak about 3 times a week with Epsom salt, I found that many of my usual aches and pains from sitting at a desk all day gradually subsided. On top of that, I sleep a little bit deeper and feel like I can breathe a lot better. Simply draw yourself a hot bath, add 2-3 cups of Epsom salt, a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love the Serenity blend from DoTerra), and soak for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stand up slowly when getting out and drink a glass of water afterward.

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2. Hair Care

Epsom salt is great for removing build up and helping tame oily scalps. I have been pretty lazy about washing my hair this season, so when I reach that point in the week where I cannot go one more day without washing, I find myself using up a ton of shampoo. To avoid having to shampoo twice (or three times if you’re me!) simply add a dash of epsom salt to the shampoo in your hand and massage into your scalp avoiding the ends of your hair. The salt will help absorb and clean away all the excess oil, leaving you with a fresh head of hair. Be sure to follow up with a good conditioner so your ends don’t get too dried out!

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3. Foot Soak / Scrub

If you guys are anything like me, the dry winter air has really taken it’s toll on my feet. My heels have gotten pretty scaly, which my husband does not appreciate being rubbed on his feet at night trying to get warm! Simply soak your feet in a tub of warm water with one cup of Epsom salt. This will not only remove odors, but soften any callouses. You can also mix with a bit of coconut oil to use as a scrub! I recommend adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the soak or scrub to make sure your toes stay minty fresh!

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4. Blackhead Buster

Having blackheads around my nose and chin has been something I have always struggled with. While a lot of over the counter skin care products and regular exfoliation help with the appearance of blackheads, nothing has really ever gotten rid of them… until now. I mixed a dash of epsom salt with a bit of honey and lemon juice and rubbed the solution into my problem areas. After doing this about 3 times a week I can see a huge improvement not only in the appearance of my skin, but also the texture!

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5. Buh-Bye Bloating!

Ladies, we all get a bit bloated once in a while. I absolutely hate those mornings I wake up and feel like none of my clothes look or fit right because I am a little bit more round than usual. One teaspoon of Epsom salt dissolved in a glass of water (then chugged because it tastes like crap) can help alleviate constipation by acting as a natural laxative. This will help reduce the bloated look, as well as settle your stomach. With swimsuit season coming up, you’ll be ready in no time!

Plan on incorporating Epsom salt into your daily beauty routine? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @LaurenKelp and #LKbeauty!


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