GUYBROWS – Keep Them Looking Sharp


A man does not normally discuss his eye brows. However, I do have male clients at the spa occasionally mention they wish someone had told them how to maintain their brows. Since it can be a topic most men will not openly discuss, I thought I would put it online for anyone who may need this helpful information.

Maintaining the guybrow can be simple. You follow the same guidelines as a woman as far as shaping and maintaining. However there are some big differences to consider. First, men’s hair is usually more course and thick and is more stubborn to remove. Men also tend to get some long wild hairs growing this way and that. These longer hairs can also increase with age. But have no fear there are easy tricks to keeping the man brow under control.

There is nothing wrong with getting your brows waxed as long as you have an experienced esthetician who knows to wax the brows on a man differently. The basic brow rules are the same, for where the brows should begin (line up your tear duct with the beginning of your brow) and end (angle a pencil from the side of the nose to the corner of your eye). The biggest difference between men’s brows and women’s brows is how defined you make them appear. You do not want a perfect brow on a man because it will look like you tried to sculpt a perfect brow. A man’s brows look much more attractive when it looks like there was no sculpting done and they naturally have amazing brows.

So follow the guidelines above but avoid removing too many hairs above and below the brow line. For those longer hairs, simply brush them all up with an eyebrow brush and trim them to fit in with the brow line.

If the longer hair is a much coarser hair and will not blend well with the others, yank it. But if you can get it to blend, just trim it with some grooming scissors (personally I prefer the grooming scissors that are not sharp on the ends, for safety).

Some tips on tweezing – always pull the hair out in the same direction it is laying, never ‘against the grain’. If you have sensitive skin it helps to tweeze the hairs when the skin is somewhat pulled tight. After a hot shower, the pores open up and it’s a little easier to tweeze. Also using a bit of witch hazel on a cotton ball before and after tweezing acts as an astringent and can calm and balance the skin.

Another thing to mention is that all brows are different! Accept the type of brows you have and try to work with them. The brow hairs tend to grow along the brow bone and we are all shaped differently. Keep the brows tidy. Don’t let the brows form into one, as unibrows are not flattering. If you follow that rule of thumb, you will be in good shape!

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DIY All Natural Bug Spray – No Deet, No Harmful Chemicals

It’s that time of year again and the bugs are becoming particularly bad here in Colorado since we have had more rain than we are used to! It seems like overnight we were battling a ton of mosquitos. With the fear of West Nile getting us, most of us Coloradoans feel that we must protect ourselves against getting too many mosquito bites, especially our children.
If you don’t want to spray the family with the chemical products that most stores push, this home recipe is a great option no matter what state you live in!
It’s easy and only requires a few ingredients, depending on how you like it. I like to use a glass spray bottle that I purchased from Sprouts but any small spray bottle will do. Just mix the following ingredients in your spray bottle, shake before using, and spray on clothing and skin:

4 tablespoons witch hazel
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

Essential oils:
5-10 drops citronella
2-3 drops peppermint
2 drops tea tree

Shake before each use. 

You can also add the following options if you want a stronger repellent or like a different scent. I try not to include too many essential oils when using it on children so it’s not too strong.

Optional:
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops geranium
1 teaspoon neem oil (Can substitute for sunflower oil)

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I do not endorse any particular essential oil company at this time, however a friend of mine who likes doTerra essential oils says she also includes a couple drops of the ‘cleansing blend’ and says it works great! So that is also an option to try! I have also hear clove and cedar-wood work well.

When mosquitoes are bad I try to spray the kids about every 45 minutes to an hour. That seems to work the best.

We have had better luck with this all natural spray than the chemical ridden store-bought brands. And you do not have to stress about it harming your health. Now on to enjoying summer!

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HOW TO MAKE & USE ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLERS

Essential Oil Rollers are a handy way to apply essential oils directly to the skin. Essential oils should almost always be mixed with a ‘carrier’ oil.  A carrier oil is NOT an essential oil. Typically carrier oils are mild in nature and easily absorb into the skin. Some examples are sunflower oil, grape seed oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.

MAKE YOUR OWN:

If you choose to make your own roller, make sure not to add too many drops of essential oils, especially if you are using them on children or the elderly.  I learned the guidelines below, from a couple of aromatherapists. I believe they have a better understanding of the power of essential oils, so I try to follow their recommendations. These recommendations are on the safe side. Use a little more or less depending on your sensitivity. You can purchase glass essential oil rollers online, i.e. Amazon, or get them at your local natural grocery store. Here are the guidelines:

2 drops per essential oil for 10 mls – for children and elderly (no more than 2 essential oils per roller)

4 drops per essential oil for 10 mls – for normal healthy adults (no more than 3 essential oils per roller)

6  drops per essential oil for 10 mls – for spot treatment rollers (no more than 3 essential oils per roller)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Simply fill your glass essential oil roller* with a carrier oil, leaving a little room at the top of the roller. Apply the desired amount of essential oil drops. Seal with roller cap and lid.

WHERE TO APPLY:

The most popular places to apply essential oil rollers are the wrists, temples and bottoms of the feet.

HOW OFTEN:

Apply 1-2 times per day or as needed. Many rollers are rolled on before bed for restful sleep. Here is a handy RECIPE for a relaxing sweet dreams essential oil roller.

A great place to purchase essential oils is through Mountain Rose Herbs. Their website is www.mountainroseherbs.com. But there are many other places to purchase quality essential oils, just do your research.

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*I prefer the amber color glass rollers to preserve the essential oils better.

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Have We Lost Quality in Our Products?

image I apologize for the late post this week. I was wrapped up in the history of lotion! I felt like in the last hundred years or so we have lost quality in our personal care products and wanted to give a little background on it. Of course many things have changed, but I was a little surprised at how much things have remained the same! Many of us are familiar with cold cream. However the way it was introduced in the early 1900s was much the same as many of our products are introduced today. When cold cream first came out it pulled at women’s emotions by ensuring beautiful, soft skin which would in turn make you lovely and therefore give you the ability to be engaged or more like-able. Much like how things are today. Most beauty products insist that they will make us look younger and more beautiful and therefore more desirable. Originally I thought we had lost our classiness as well as better quality products. However looking at the history, I was surprised to see that things have not changed all that much. Just take a look at some of the advertisements! I was a little surprised how risqué they were decades ago. image Although, in my opinion, women in the early 1900s did pride themselves on being classier, by having great poise and taking great care of themselves, there was still a strong desire to be perfect and marriage material. Many women struggle with the same pressure today. But in addition to that, women are being portrayed more as objects. The ads and mentality seems to have shifted a bit. It appears that advertisers have the belief that women are no longer interested in taking pride in ourselves but rather a quick fix. I do no believe that is not the case, but honestly no one has time for long beauty routines or time to research the best quality products and which companies are pushing chemical products, let alone taking time for yourself. We are all so busy! Some of us working more than one job and/or trying to raise a family and maintain a home. It always looks so easy on TV but in real life it is a lot of work and personal care takes a back burner. Not to mention researching the products we use everyday. I believe that most companies do start out with good intentions but eventually begin to turn to the best quick fix products for the best revenue. Ponds cold cream started out as a medicine company in the mid-1800s. Their original beauty product was ponds extract, which today would have been considered a nice toner for our skin. However they were using it to treat all kinds of skin issues, mostly scrapes and minor injuries. In 1904 they began selling cold cream and it evolved from there. They may have been the company that started the ‘facial system’ by insisting that we ladies need two creams. So funny since now we all have about 20 different products on our face! My facial system consists of cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serums, eye cream and occasionally a mask before it all. It was much simpler in the past! Elizabeth Arden was also popular in the early 1900s and also had a great deal to do with facial systems. She was well-known for teaching proper make up application and her pioneer scientific formulas for cosmetics. She prided herself on using the products in a lady-like fashion and maintaining a classy appearance. Elizabeth Arden has had some luck in maintaining that appearance and has maintained a highly successful company to this day. image However, many of our products are still more harmful than helpful. Ponds ingredients have evolved and aren’t the most beneficial for your skin or body but they are certainly not the worst out there! One of my absolute favorite lotions was Vaseline Intensive Care before we switched to all natural products. I cannot believe how many harmful ingredients are in this lotion now: Vaseline intensive care lotion: Water (aqua), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Tapioca Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylparaben, Fragrance (parfum), Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta, Xanthan Gum, Stearamide Amp, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Propylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (oat) Straw Extract, Titanium Dioxide  I am not going to go through each ingredient at this time but my modo is if you cannot understand the ingredients and/or if there are more than 15 ingredients (for skin care products), it is probably not a good product. Keep it simple! You should be able to understand each one. Although lotion and personal care products have changed so much over this short amount of time, I do believe we can get back to quality products so that, when we do have time, we are able to take pride in our products and appreciate them as a luxury. But we do have a ways to go and I plan to be part of that change! Be sure to follow my blog so that you receive updates and information on better lotions and skin care products to use with less harmful ingredients! I promise to continue to do research on the best ingredients and also hope to offer some beneficial products of my own real soon! Stay tuned…. In the meantime, keep it classy! (and read your labels of course) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for visiting! Please follow my blog at www.greeneyedgrace.com for weekly updates, research, recipes and information. Much love to my followers! 🔻Images courtesy of the internet. Much of my research was done on the actual site of the companies & wikipedia.

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