Green Beauty Travel Sizes

Cleanser and Face Oil

Cleanser and Face Oil

Exciting changes are happening!

Just a quick update, in case you didn’t know…
Green Beauty is now offering smaller sizes, perfect for travel, gifts or trial sizes.

The cleanser is now available in 2oz glass and 1oz plastic travel size. These plastic containers are high tech polypropylene containers that are perfectly safe to use for skin care products. They keep the products air tight so they don’t dry out, they pump the products really well, and they leave no waste in the bottle when the cream runs out. And, best of all, they contain no metal parts, so they are totally recyclable (recycle number 5).

The face oil stays in glass bottles because the oil is too thin for the plastic containers. But it is now available in 3 sizes. A super cute 1/2oz bottle that is perfect for travel, or as an introductory size for you, or a gift for someone else.

And more is coming!

I’m so excited about offering more options to my customers, so I’ll keep making up travel sizes and intro sizes for the other products as well in the coming weeks. It will show up in the shopping cart as soon as more sizes are available, so keep checking back.

I’m also planning to offer 3 different gift packs with tiny bottles for the holidays, so keep your eyes open because this is the first time I’m offering gift packs! I’ll let you know as soon as they are available…

If you have any input or feedback about the changes, please leave a comment below, or through my contact form. I would love to hear from you!

 

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Makeup Tips – Eye Makup for Hooded Eyes

I’m always looking for creative makeup tips for hooded eyes. I have tried so many methods, and most of them are not working for me. So today, I wanted to share some of the makeup tips for hooded eyes that actually do work.

Hooded eyes have a piece of skin that covers most of the movable lid. If you have hooded eyes, you can only see the lid at the inner corner when you look straight into the mirror. The rest is hidden under the hood.

Putting flattering makeup on a hooded eye can be tricky. You can’t apply the eye shadow the way you would on a normal eye where the movable eye lid is showing. You may have seen those cute little eye makeup kits where there is a picture of an eye lid on the box. The box shows what color eye shadow to apply on the different parts of the eye. I hope you know what I’m talking about!

The sad news is that those kits are made for normal eyes, not for hooded eyes. Therefore, the recommendations don’t work, unfortunately. If you put medium color on your eye lid and a dark color in the crease, it will just make your eyes look even more hooded, so don’t do it!

There is a different way to make hooded eyes pop! You have to know where to put the right colors, and you also have to know what type of eye shadow that flatters the most.

I have just made a new video where I describe in more detail what type of eye shadow you should apply on the different parts of a hooded eye. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting. I’ll also make a tutorial soon that shows you how to do a cool smokey eye, so stay put. More is coming…

To buy some of these eye shadow, please visit: http://www.silknaturals.com/store/

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Survey Results and New Changes Coming!

Rejuvenating face oil

Rejuvenating face oil

I want to thank everyone who answered the survey! Your feedback was really helpful! As a business owner, I think it is so important to understand what the customers want because I know there is always room for improvement.

Glass and Plastic Containers

The packaging seems to be very important for most people. The last time I did a survey, most of my customers wanted glass bottles, so that is when I changed everything to glass. But, after trying glass for a while, some people realized that they actually appreciated the plastic bottles more.

Plastic doesn’t break, the pumps work very nicely, even with thicker creams, there is no waste of product because it all comes out of the containers when they are empty, and they are perfect for traveling.

And, then there are people who prefer glass in their bathrooms, but want a plastic option when they go places. I understand. Different situations require different kinds of packaging, and I want to offer something that is convenient for your needs.

Bigger Selection of Sizes

Another thing that most people wanted was a bigger selection of sizes. Sometimes you want a big bottle, sometimes you don’t. I get that too. It might be easier to try 3 different products to see how they work together if you don’t have to invest so much money right away. Once you know that you like the combination, then you can feel more confident buying the bigger bottles.

So, right now, I’m working on integrating these changes.

Integrating the Changes

I’m going to keep the 2oz glass bottles, and then offer a 1oz plastic bottle of the same product. The more expensive products will also have a 1/2oz introductory sized glass bottle. This way, you’ll have a choice whether you want to buy glass or plastic, and you’ll also have the option to start with a very small bottle at first.

I’m excited about the small bottles. Not only do they give you an option to try more products at a reasonable price, but they also make the perfect gift for someone who could benefit from being introduced to my products. Just look at the picture on the top of this page! Doesn’t the tiny bottle look adorable?

I know it is a little bit of a compromise that I’m not offering ALL the sizes in glass and plastic. But, there are only 24 hours in the day, and it will be too much work for me to offer both. So, I picked the most convenient size for travel, which is 1oz, and that will be the size that goes into plastic containers.

The face oil and peptide cream still stay in the glass bottles, but the plastic option will be available for most of the other products.

And More…

I’m very excited about all of these changes because I want to please as many customers as possible. So, over the next few weeks, I’ll start adding the new sizes and packaging options. You’ll see new pictures, and you’ll also notice the different options in the shopping cart menu.

I also want to start answering questions in my blog. So, if you have any skin care related questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. And, I’ll try to write more blog posts too. I say “try” because I know I’m not very good at it. I tend to space it out, even though I know it would be helpful to people in so many ways. So, I’ll do what I can to stay on top of things…

I hope you’ll love the changes that are coming up, and that they are more in alignment with what you want and need. Thanks again for the feedback!
I love you all!

Mati

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How to Remove Mascara

I think almost every girl loves mascara! Mascara makes people notice your eyes. It opens them up and makes them pop! The difference can be huge, especially if your eye lashes are naturally blonde.

The problem comes when you try to remove the mascara. The formulas that are made these days are so good. It is often almost impossible to get the mascara off. Even mascara that is not waterproof can really stick to those lashes!

Many people don’t even bother to remove the mascara at night! I met one of those people last time I was at the local market, and I have to be honest, I was a bit shocked when she told me she never takes off her mascara!

Whatever! I’m not going to nag anyone about how important it is to take off the mascara. I’ll just tell you how easy it can be to remove it instead.

After trying everything in Walmart and our local health food store, none of it was working for me. The Walmart options were burning my eyes, and the health food options started smelling bad very quickly. So, I decided to take it upon myself to make my own mascara remover.

I used many healthy oils and butters to get the consistency just right, and when I tried it, I was amazed at how well it worked. I even formulated it in such a way that when you wipe off the makeup, the oiliness disappears too, so you are left with very clean eyelids and lashes that are ready for new makeup the next morning.

I even made a small video to show you how easy it is to use this product. Check it out, if you have a few minutes to spare…

Here are some of the things people have said about the mascara remover:

* The BEST eye makeup remover ever. I was having terrible eye allergies and it turns out it was my eye makeup remover. Since purchasing this, my eyes have been much happier and look great! Never stop making this gem!!!!

* Amazing as usual! This is the only eye makeup remover that works for me! Thank you!

* Takes off even the most difficult to remove makeup in a snap! My go-to whenever I travel!
takes some getting used to but perfect for my sensitive skin!

* Easily removes makeup with no eye irritation, I love it!

* Love love love this product! It removes even the most stubborn eyeliner and also moisturizes the eye area. Thanks!

To learn more about how to remove mascara, go to: Mascara Remover page

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Skin Care Question about Exfoliation

A lady named Ada asked me this question today:

“I wanted to know if using a facial cloth or exfoliating scrub is good for the skin. Or will your papaya mask be enough to exfoliate my skin and remove dead skin cells. Thanks”

Hi Ada
Whenever you exfoliate, you have to know what your skin can handle so you don’t treat it too roughly. The papaya mask will gently exfoliate the dead skin cells, but it might take a little longer, or you may have to use it more often, like twice a week on a regular basis.

The facial cloth combined with papaya mask will exfoliate more skin cells, but it is still pretty gentle.

Exfoliating scrubs are rougher. I would be careful with those.

I would also stay away from anything that contains ground up apricot seeds. You often find this in the cheaper brands. It will damage your skin and create redness and inflammation.
Hope that answered your question.
Mati

I encourage questions from my customers, so please ask and I’ll post the answers!

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Green Beauty Products and Self Love

Self love and green beauty products

Self love and green beauty products


Do you wonder what green beauty products have to do with self love? It has a lot to do with self love, actually, because if you really love yourself, you don’t want to put products full of poison on your skin. And, the act of self pampering with luxurious beauty products that feel and smell good is also an act of self love.

My mission is to make women feel good about themselves and I believe that skin care is the perfect excuse for self love, since it is something we do every day of our lives. But there is more to self love than just self pampering with green beauty products. I have been mulling over this issue for a very long time, and today, I realized that it is time to share some of the projects I have been working on with all of my readers.

Most of you probably don’t know what a busy bee I have been. I have created several different self love tools that some of you might want to explore. The tools are a great way for you to align yourself with your own love energy so you can keep up the good vibes.

So, these are some of the things I have created:

I have just created a new page on my website with all my self love tools, so you can easily find what you are looking for. Remember, you can only share what is already overflowing inside of you. It is all about feeling good…

Visit My New Page

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How to clean makeup brushes

How to clean your makeup brushes

Do You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

I know I’m guilty of not really doing a good job there. Maybe most of us don’t even KNOW how to clean our makeup brushes! It is just something we never think about.
It is so easy to postpone. We are all so busy and important! Just slap the makeup on, and go. Don’t worry about the brushes. You can always deal with them some other time. Seriously, who needs another chore to deal with??? Maybe we all do! I’ll tell you what happens if you don’t…

Bacterial Buildup

Every time you use a makeup brush, it picks up dead skin cells, moisture and bacteria from your skin. And, guess what happens when you use it again and again and again? You can probably expect breakouts on your skin, as well as eye infections from your eye shadow brushes. Ewee…. I can also add rash, blistering, eruptions spots and bumps. Now do you see where I’m coming from? Cleaning the fuzzy brushes is a must!

Skin Irritation

Just like the overload of bacteria on the brush can harm your skin, the brush itself can also cause irritation. If you leave traces of makeup on your brush, the bristles tend to get stiff, and your skin will hate you…

Clogged Pores and Oil Glands

Yep, all those little bits of makeup that you rub into your skin can actually clog the pores and cause pimples and spots to form. I’m not kidding!!! If you want nice, smooth skin, you gotta clean those suckers. But wait, it gets worse…

Viral Infections

Do you ever let other people use your brushes? If you do, don’t be surprised if you pick up pink eye or herpes. Yep, even viruses like dirty brushes!
And, did I mention bug infested makeup sponges? No, that’s just too yucky. I won’t even go there…

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Most people clean their brushes with an alcohol based or chemical based cleaner. But the truth is, we really don’t need to make it that complicated. We can clean the brushes perfectly well with a bit of natural dish soap. Rub a drop on your brush, rinse with warm water. Do it again if the brush still isn’t totally clean. This is so simple, anyone can do it!

  • Try not to get water into the connection where the bristles hit the handle, so keep the bristles facing down.
  • Don’t soak the brushes. If you do, they’ll fall apart for sure.
  • Squeeze the water out gently with a paper towel. Make sure you don’t mess up the bristles.
  • Shape the bristles into a nice tip and put them on a towel to dry overnight (don’t put them upright – the water will end up somewhere in the head).

Clean your brushes before you go to bed at night, about once a week or twice a month. Use your intuition…or your natural germophobia to tell you how often this needs to be done. If you do them at night, they’ll be ready to use the next morning.

You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to get a nice eye shadow job on your lids when your brushes are clean! No more muddy eye shadow colors!

Natural Recipe to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

If you are not as lazy as I am, you can actually make a natural cleaning solution that works really well:
1 TBS of apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp of dish soap
1 cup of hot water

The dish soap dissolves oily makeup, and the apple cider vinegar kills bugs and bacteria. So, no more excuses. Cleaning your brushes is no more a chore than brushing your teeth. So, just do it, and your skin will thank you!

If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends…

Picture courtesy of everydayplus @ freedigitalphotos.net

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How to Look Younger and Get Rid of Age Spots

How to look younger and get rid of age spots

How to look younger and get rid of age spots

Age Spots

Almost everyone wants to know how to look younger at some point in their lives. One of the reasons younger people often look more vibrant even without a speck of makeup on their faces is because the skin tone is even and the general coloring is more vibrant. Years of sun exposure, pollution, wind, cold and just plain old aging will eventually change that. Over time, hair, skin and eye brows starts to fade, and past sun damage shows up on the skin as age spots.

The freckles that used to look so cute, are all of a sudden clustering and making bigger age spots that don’t look half as cute any more. Bigger spots combined with paler skin equals uneven skin tone, a tell tale sign that your skin is no longer in the same condition as it used to be. Sigh…

Yes, we can cover it up with makeup, but wouldn’t it be even nicer to actually get rid of those age spots? The spots are mostly caused by melanin close to the surface of the skin, and if you want to put some effort into it, you can actually fade those age spots away using simple household items, such as apple cider vinegar or potato juice!!!

From my own experience, these things works best if you exfoliate the age spots first, so the juices can really get in there. The oatmeal honey scrub is a good product for that.

Just mix up a little bit of powder with a drop of water, and make it thick enough that it feels a bit rough on the skin. Then scrub the spot well and apply a drop of undiluted apple cider vinegar, or a bit of raw potato juice. You can even apply both, if you feel like it. Exfoliate and apply juice twice a day, and you should see a lightening of the age spots within a month.

If your skin gets sore, stop exfoliating for a few days, or just take a break from everything until the skin heals.

Eye Brows

Another thing that makes you look older is faded eye brows. The eye brows frame the face, so when they disappear, your face loses its definition.

The eye brows are easy to deal with. I use a cream called Refectocil in light brown to dye the eye brows. It only takes 5-10 minutes, and the result is very natural looking eye brows in a color that is perfect for anyone with gray, blonde or medium colored hair. Here is a link: http://store.hello-gorgeous.net/reeyandeytin3.html

Your Hair

As soon as I hit 50, every hair dresser in the world wanted to chop off my hair!!! So, I’m rebelling, since short hair never did anything for me. No scissors for me!!! I’d rather cut it myself, just to make sure I still have enough hair left after I’m done. But the color definitely needs refreshing!

Once it starts to fade, it can make you look awfully pale! Even blonde hair fades eventually. My hair used to be a vibrant blonde, but around 50, it started to become more of a boring dishwater blonde that sucked the color right out of my face. So, I went for a slightly reddish strawberry blonde that brings the color back. I chose to use henna and mix my own color, so I can stay away from chemical hair dyes. What you choose is up to you.

Some people actually look amazing with white or gray hair, while others prefer to spruce up the color a bit. I guess it is just a matter of taste…

After the summer sun, most people’s hair probably needs a bit of TLC. Just try to stay away from silicon hair treatments (another hair dresser favorite that masks the dryness of the hair…) It is better to treat it yourself with a good natural silicon free conditioner from a company like Desert Essence.

I would highly recommend to take some time to pamper yourself this fall, by taking care of your skin, hair and eye brows, just because it will make you feel so good. You can even suggest a girl friend pampering party, where everyone has plastic bags on their heads and cotton between their toes. If you haven’t done that, I can tell you, it is really fun…

Please leave a comment if you have any good advice for getting rid of spots, or any natural hair dye recommendations. If you like this post, please share it on your favorite social media…

Picture courtesy of phasinphoto @ digitalphotos.net

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How to Repair Sun Damaged Skin

Green Beauty Products for Sun Damaged Skin

Green Beauty Products for Sun Damaged Skin

As the temperatures are getting lower, I can feel fall coming closer! The sun is a lot less intense already, and my sales are starting to pick up again. Summer is always my slow season for sales. It almost seems like people take vacations from everything, including their skin care routines. So, when summer is over, they have to deal with the consequences of that, which is sun damaged skin…

They could be facing issues such as too much sun exposure, leathery skin, wrinkles, sun spots, blotches or just general dryness from dehydration. These are all issues that can make you look older than you are, and many people ask me what to do to reverse the damage.

If you asked a dermatologist what to do about sun damaged skin, they would probably recommend things like hydroquinone and retinol, which are both possible cancer causing agents, or even more invasive procedures, such as dangerous chemical peels and laser treatments. Did you know that chemical peels can make you blind, if they end up in your eyes, or if they enter your blood stream too quickly, they can cause your heart to stop???? I bet you didn’t know that…

Anyway, if you don’t want the risk that comes with dermatologist treatments, you can still repair sun damaged skin by just using natural products…

Natural Exfoliation

When you are dealing with dull, sun damaged, blotchy skin, exfoliation is a must. Luckily, Green Beauty offers 3 different scrubs/masks to choose from.

The oatmeal scrub is a gentle scrub that can remove dead or old skin cells with very little effort. Just mix a teaspoon of the powder with water or face oil, rub it on and rinse off with warm water. If you want a rough scrub, mix it as a thick paste, if you want a gentle scrub, mix it as a thin paste. Very simple.

You can also exfoliate without having to scrub. My pumpkin peel enzyme mask with raw honey, chocolate and fermented sea kelp is quite amazing when it comes to clearing up your skin. Just apply a thin layer to your skin, leave it on 20-30 minutes, and wash off with warm water. It smells amazing, and leaves your skin feeling silky and nicely moisturized. The dark honey is full of healing antioxidants that can repair damage from free radicals due to sun exposure.

My third alternative is to use a mask with sandalwood powder and chick pea flour. Sandalwood cools down your skin and increases circulation, and chick pea flour deeply cleans and tightens the skin as well as lightening pigmented areas. You can either pick your favorite mask, or use all of them on alternate days.

The fourth alternative is to use the apple cider toner to lighten and exfoliate. Apple cider contains malic acid from the apples, so it is actually a mild exfoliant, and not just a toning spritz.

Green Beauty Moisturizers

The Rosewater toner contains 5 different antioxidants that can help reverse skin damage from too much UV exposure, so this is my favorite daytime toner.

Once you get rid of the damaged skin cells, hydration is the most important thing you can do to restore and repair your skin. A good serum with hyaluronic acid is an absolute must. This will penetrate deep into your skin cells, restore water levels and reduce lines and wrinkles.

You may also want to seal in the moisture with an antiaging, rejuvenating face oil that also assists in repairing the damaged cell membranes of the skin cells.

Protective Creams

Last, but not least, prevention of future skin damage is a must. The easiest way to prevent new skin damage, is by using a cream foundation with zinc and titanium that can reflect damaging rays away from your skin. Luckily, Green Beauty offers this kind of foundation in two different shades.

Green Beauty Samples

If you feel inspired to try some of the products that I mention in this post, remember that samples are available…

Special Fall Appreciation Coupon

To show my appreciation for my customers, I’m offering a special fall appreciation coupon for 15% off on your next order. But you have to act quickly, because this coupon is only valid until Sunday night. So don’t miss out on this amazing one time deal! You have until the end of the weekend to use this code….

SON9QLA7X955

Only one code per order please. And, you can only use this code once, so make sure you order everything you need…

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Time to get your life in order

Time to get your life in order

Time to get your life in order


I don’t know where you live, but here in Colorado, it seems like someone has turned the temperature down about 20 degrees, it is raining every day, and sometimes the fog is so thick you can’t even see the mountains. It makes me think about fall already, and even dig out some sweaters for evening use! As I was going through my sweaters, I realized that some of them have gotten too fuzzy, and others have holes here and there. So, I stepped back to take a look at my closet, and was amazed how crowded it looked. Too many things, too many shoes, just too much stuff!!!

And, I know I’m not alone. My daughter’s super power is to organize people’s stuff, and she often gets hired just to do that. But, even an organizer with super powers can’t make a dent in your mess if the problem is that you simply have too much stuff!!! And, when you have too much stuff, the chaos will start affecting your mental state as well. This happens even when the chaos becomes a habit! It only becomes a habit because you have forgotten how good it feels when there is some open space in your house, and not just piles of stuff in every corner!

Just think of it this way: If there was a Divine Goddess being living in your body, and the body was her temple, and your house was the temple of your physical body, how would you keep it? Would you clean it up, or keep it chaotic? Believe me, if you could make your house into a temple for your body, you would feel a lot better. Sometimes you need to buy organizers and put stuff away, but more often than not, you just need to GET RID OF THINGS!!!

This is not a wasteful thing to do, because you can always give it to a charity so others can use it. But, when you hoard things for no particular reason, just because you might need it some day, that is poverty consciousness!!! If you ever actually need any of it, you have to trust that it will be available to you if and when you need it!

Anyway, yesterday, my shoes caught my attention! I had several pairs of sandals that didn’t actually get used during the summer. So I tried them on to see if I still liked them, and decided which to keep and which I wouldn’t miss if they were gone. Then I went to my boots….

I had a pair of fancy combat boots that I never use, for the simple reason that they are made from this awful, plasticky faux leather that makes your feet feel like they are on fire, and sweaty at the same time. Plus paper-thin rubber sole that gives me foot pain if I walk more than 5 steps! Not much point in keeping those…

Next, a pair of Minnetonka fringe boots in a color I have actually never liked. I have probably had those for about 20 years, since I only wear them a handful of times every year. They feel old, and I’m ready for something new and a bit more modern… They definitely go…

A pair of sheepskin boots that are too lose on my feet, and have lose, annoying inner soles…. go!

I step back again and go wow, space in my closet! I love space because it makes it possible for something new to come in! So, I go on ebay and find two pairs of boots from Merrell. I didn’t even know that Merrell offers boots!!! I just love the thick rubber soles and good grips on those Merrell boots and they just have a nice look to them! I already feel excited about my new look!

Am I being wasteful? Maybe. But if it makes me feel better, then it is part of my self love. I get rid of what no longer serves me and allow someone else to use it in the future, and I open myself up to something new!

Fall and spring are seasonal changes that are perfect for re-evaluation of your life and everything in it. It gives you the opportunity to keep the clutter down and bring in something new! Trust me, it will make you feel better, and make your space look better too! So, if you feel inspired, just do it!!! Your body will thank you for the newness you are bringing in. And while you are at it, please go through your makeup bag too. Get rid of old eye shadows you no longer use, as well as dried up mascaras and eye liners. Remember, you are not supposed to use a mascara if it is older than 3 months!

So, this is where I’m heading next! Please leave a comment below if you actually decide to face your mess head on. I would love to hear what you got rid of and how you felt afterward…

Picture courtesy of surasakiStock @ freedigitalphotos.net

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