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The ‘Fall Back’ Routine for your hair

When most people associate fall with rich colors and romantic mood, I usually think about eventual problems with my hair. The change in temperature and humidity can really confuse your hair and cause numerous hair problems such as dryness, dandruff, fly-away hair and many others. Moreover, in fall I always face the results of sun […]

The Never List

If you read my last post, “Do You Know the Skin You’re In’, you’ll remember that I challenged you to look up the ingredients listed on the back of your favorite beauty products. Chances are, you came across a list of long, hard to pronounce words.  If you are like me, you want to know what those words mean and how they affect our bodies.  

Our skin is our largest organ, covering about 18 square feet of the human body. It protects us, keeps us warm, cools us down and is our first defense in fighting off illness or disease. That is why we need to be extra vigilant in taking care of our skin.

In an effort to educating the public about the toxins and chemicals found in our everyday hair and skin products, Beautycounter has compiled a ‘Never List’. This is a list of ingredients that you will never find in Beautycounter products. I needed this list while I was pregnant.  I was so extra careful to take care of my skin and the growing boy inside of my belly. Now that I am nursing, I will carry this list with me to make sure my beauty products meet this standard.  Doing Better starts with Knowing Better…so here is a sample of Beautycounter’s ‘Never List’. 

Animal fats, oils, and musks: tallow, rendered beef or mutton fat, oils or musks from animals like mink, emu and sharks that are procured after an animal has been killed. Found in: soap, salve, shaving products, lubricants, paints, and all types of cosmetics.

Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.

Benzophenone and derivatives: a possible human carcinogen and hormone disruptor used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light. Found in: nail polish, sunscreen.

Bisphenol A (BPA): a hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA, used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow and styling gel.

To see the full list, click here:

I am looking for a few passionate individuals who believe in putting safe ingredients into the hands of everyone.  If this sounds like you, I would love to have you join my BusyBellas team at Beautycounter.  If interested, please email me:

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Coffee Beauty for the Hair

Coffee for Hair Growth

Why stop with your skin when your hair can benefit from caffeine as well? The way that caffeine increases your circulation can be applied to hair growth. When massaged directly into your scalp, caffeine can stimulate the hair follicles to speed up growth. Let brewed coffee chill, and pour it into a spray bottle for easy use. While in the shower, spray the coffee onto roots as an after-cleansing scalp treatment, and allow it to sit for as long as possible. Rinse your hair, and use products as usual. You will likely notice less shedding and increased hair growth with regular use.

Coffee for Hair Color

Women with naturally curly, dark hair have discovered coffee as a great hair color enhancer. It can darken and add shine and dimension to hair. Use very strongly brewed coffee as a hair soak or rinse. Pour it through the hair, and allow it to really sink in. Make sure you protect any light colored clothing or surfaces in your home (line your bathroom with old newspapers or towels), and do not let the coffee run down your face. A shower cap is a great way to keep hair up and protected while doing a treatment. For a thicker moisturizing mask, mix coffee grounds with your favorite oil or conditioner. Your hair will be left shiny with an even tone. These mixtures can be added to henna hair dyes to amplify the darkening effects. You can also add cocoa powder to make the mix even darker!

I use Henna pretty regularly for my curls….so this gives me a GREAT idea!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

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Beauty Uses and Baby Wipes

Have you ever considered the endless ways you can use baby wipes?    You know, those little, moistened baby fresh towelettes that come in a box???  You would be surprised at how useful they can be around the house..not to mention for your beauty and skin care needs. Even if you don’t have a baby, here’s just a few creative ways you can use good old-fashioned baby wipes.

1.  Make-Up Remover: This is an easy one.  Baby wipes also work wonders on that hard to remove mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner.  Soap and water are still the best at removing makeup.   But on those nights when you are too pooped to wash your face properly, baby wipes are the next best thing.  Keep a box on your nightstand.

2.  Use it on your clothes too:  Did you get makeup on your blouse or lipstick on your honey’s collar?  Baby wipes can help to remove the incriminating evidence. 🙂

3.  Brush and comb cleaner: Want to remove hair from your comb and brush.  Baby wipes are great at removing hair from unwanted surfaces.

4.  Cell phone cleaner:  We all know that dirty cell phone screens are the perfect breeding ground for acne..caused by dirt, oil and bacteria.  Every day, wipe down your screen with a wipe.  They’re soft enough to be effective without scratching your screen.

5,  Spray on too much perfume?:  Wipe away the excess with a baby wipe.

6.  Bad hair day?:  Tame the flyaways with a fresh wipe.

7.  Deodorant Remover:  Don’t you hate it when you get that streak of white deodorant on your little black dress?  Baby wipes are great at removing this pesky stain.

8.   Quick and easy shoe polisher:  Don’t have time to get your black leather pumps polished for work?  Polish off those scuff marks with a moist wipe.  It’s quick, easy and CHEAP!

9.  Removes hair dye/henna stains:  The next time you accidently stain your forehead or neck after an at-home dye job… clean it away with a baby wipe.

10. Stay fresh on the go-Long day at work?  Or did your walk during lunch leave you feeling a little less than fresh?  A ‘baby wipe bird bath’ can do the trick!

These are just a few suggestions I was able to come up with.  Makes you want to go out and buy a box right now, doesn’t it?  🙂 Do you have some uses for baby wipes that I overlooked??  Feel free to share!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Back to School Beauty Tips

Whether you are a student or a mother, back to school means… back to the grind. Late nights, early mornings and busy days are in your future. You may have to cut back a little on you hour long deep conditioning treatments or your pamper days at the spa.  But, that doesn’t mean you have to cut back on being beautiful.  You will just have to be a little more creative in how you spend your time.  Read the following tips on how to save a few extra minutes in your busy day.

  1. Splash Cold water on your face in the morning to reduce redness and puffiness . Saturate a wash cloth with cold water and press it on your face for 30 seconds to a minute.  This will also help to perk you up.  When you have a little extra time (or on the weekends) soak a couple of bags of caffeinated green tea in hot water and allow them to cool to room temperature.  Squeeze out the excess water and place them on your closed eyes for a few minutes.  This will also take down those puffy bags under your eyes.
  2.  Don’t have the time to apply a full face of make up?  Use a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. This will add color and give your face the moisture it needs.  Sweep a coat of mascara on your eyelashes and you will be good to go. Mascara is a MUST.  It opens your eyes and makes them look brighther.
  3.  Use whitening strips on your teeth while doing your morning chores. Odds are now that school is back in session, you will be drinking a couple of extra cups of coffee to wake you up in the morning.   Coffee and tea take their toll on your teeth, making them look dull and dingy over time.  Whitening strips not only brighten your smile, but they also take years off your face.  First thing in the morning, apply the strips then go about your normal morning routine.  Before you know it, 30 minutes will have passed and you will have a brighter smile in no time.

Do you have any time saving beauty tips that are your favorite?  Feel free to share.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

DIY Makeup

I am the worst when it comes to buying makeup.  As I mentioned before, I can be somewhat of a product junkie.  The same applies to makeup.  If it’s a new color, a new product or a new trend, I gotta have it.  I know I spend way too much money on needless makeup, which is the main reason why I decided to write this post.  You can create your own makeup products with the help of a few ingredients in your kitchen.  If you are willing to make the time and a little effort, you can save yourself some bucks in the long run.

Eye-Lash Primer

It seems the “in” thing these days are longer, fuller eyelashes.  If you don’t have them naturally, you can buy them, or spend the money it takes to grow them with products like ‘Latisse’.  Or…you can whip out some olive oil, castor or baby oil and grow them yourself.  Just take a small mascara wand (you can buy them at a beauty supply store or get a couple disposables from the make-up counter at your nearest department store) or a q-tip and saturate it with the oil of your choice.  Sweep over your lashes for a natural long-lash look.  Bonus:  Castor Oil has been proven to promote long, healthy and fuller looking eye lashes.

Lip Gloss

Don’t want to spend the money on an over priced tube of lip gloss?  Try this lip gloss recipe on for size, courtesy of The Herb Companion.

Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel (you can buy aloe vera gel in health food stores) with 1/2 of a teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/8 of a teaspoon of vitamin E oil.

Simply mix them all together until smooth, then pour into a clean container. You can use the mixture as soon as you’d like to.

You can make this a little more custom though, if you want. If you want colored lip gloss, mix in a tiny bit of your favorite lipstick (you may need to heat the mixture slightly so the lipstick melts and mixes right.) If you want flavored or scented lip gloss, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil.

A few ideas:

– Mint oil has a great fresh, invigorating scent that has been shown to help increase energy.

– Lavender oil is a lovely, soothing floral woodsy scent.

– Lemon verbena oil has a great, invigorating, lemony scent.

-Rose oil is floral and feminine.

Experiment with the oils, colors and scents to find the right combination for you!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

A Brighter Complexion in Four Days

Everyone wants a bright and glowing complexion. It’s a sign of youth and beauty.  Make-up can help….but who wants to pile on a ton of make-up if you don’t have to?  You can spend hundreds of dollars on microdermabrasion and glycolic peels.  Or…you can make minor adjustments to your skin care routine. 1.  Watch what […]