Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme

Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Facial Scrub Review
I requested to review the Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Face Scrub Exfoliant from Oz Naturals, through Brandbacker.com. If you’ve read about other products I’ve talked about, you’ll know how much I love using products that are all natural and free from those harsh (and even harmful ingredients) that many of us consumers are used to. For the last several years, all of my skin care products were 100% ‘healthy’, and my skin was the best it’s ever looked. In recent times I’ve broken away from only using those ‘clean’ products to try new things, and although I have loved some of the things I’ve tried, eventually I do intend to go back to that all natural skin care life style.

Anyways, this face scrub exfoliant interested me right away because there are so many excellent ingredients in it. It contains green tea extract, which has antioxidant effects that help protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals (for example, the sun, and in my part of the world it’s summer time). The scrub also contains lactic and alpha lipoid acid, which helps break down and remove dead skin cells. Fun fact, lipoic acid is a whopping 400 times richer in antioxidants than Vitamins E and C.

Pro – vitamin B5 is another ingredient in the scrub, which helps retain moisture for dry skin. I really noticed this – this was my favorite part. I don’t apply moisturizer after trying skin care products, just so I can really get a sense of how moisturizing they really are on their own. I was so impressed with this – it may be an exfoliator, but it did not dry out my skin whatsoever. My skin felt soft enough that I could skip moisturizer if I wanted to. That was really pleasant!

It’s an odd sort of product! Rather than your normal grainy textured exfoliator, this dispenses as a powder. You’re to mix a nickel sized amount of the powder with a touch of warm water to create a textured (but not too abrasive) paste, and apply to the skin.  No discernible scent really stood out to me, which would have been nice but I’m not one to be put off by a product for that reason.

Using this as a powder + water mixture is certainly different, but overall I did really, really enjoy using it. You can check out more about the Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme and so many more all natural products from the Oz Naturals Website or from Amazon.

Cherry Nail Art with Pictorial

Cherry Nail ArtTwo things I did yesterday: eat a bowl of cherries, and some cherry nail art!

There are so many fruity nail art designs that I can’t wait to do this summer (watermelons, lemons, strawberries), but cherries have always been a personal favorite.

They are really easy to do! Don’t worry if you don’t have a steady hand, I’d say these are the easiest among the fruits to accomplish.

The red base for the first manicure is OPI’s Romantically Involved. I used acrylic paint for the cherries and polka dots. The great thing about using acrylic paint over nail polish is the ease of which you can clean up mistakes.

Cherry Nail Art A staple tool for this design (and many others) is a dotting tool, which can be purchased really inexpensively in packs from Amazon.

Another option easy dots is using a bobby pin!

I used Seche Vite Top coat for both manis! I like to use thicker top coats for nail art, to minimize the risk of smudging.

Here’s a pictorial for the first mani!
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Steps:

1. I started with a white base

2. Make two dots. You can either draw them on, or use a dotting tool.

3. Draw two green stems from the dots.

4. Gently draw two leaves from the top of the stems

5. (Optional) Highlight your cherries with white!

Finish with a top coat!

Summer Flowers with Pictorial

Summer Floral FlowersThese nails are great if you’re just starting out with nail art, because they don’t have to look perfect to look nice! The flowers almost look sketched on.

I used Alpine Snow by OPI for the white base, and the neon color is Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze. I posted a more color accurate photo of that here.

For the flowers, I used Flip Flop Fantasy as the  base, with acrylic paint. Pinky finger dots were done with a dotting tool. Finally, I used Seche Vite Top Coat.

Summer Flowers

Pictorial

Summer Flowers Pictorial

Steps:

1. Start by painting your nail white.

2. Take Flip Flop Fantasy and a dotting tool and make uneven blob shapes around the nail. If you’re still working on a steady hand, you can always chose to do just one flower.

3. With black acrylic paint,  I like to start with a tighter shape in the center, and then outline uneven “C” shapes around it. Then gently outline the rest of the flower.

4. Gently draw some leaves around the flowers with green acrylic paint.

5. Outline the green leaves with black. You don’t have to be too precise!

Finish with a top coat!

How I Use Castor Oil

How I Use Castor OilI’m a huge fan of replacing ‘fancy’ beauty products with tons of chemical ingredients and a big price tag to match, for old age beauty treatments. Today we have Castor Oil!

Castor Oil can be quite the over looked oil. We remember it as a remedy for constipation, but it is actually highly beneficial as a beauty enhancement. Located in Africa and India, the oil is extracted from the castor plant’s seeds (Ricinus communis). Castor Oil has a very high amount of ricinoleic acid, which contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties that benefit skin and hair.

Ricinus Communis
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Hair

Softer, moisturized, stronger, healthier hair that shines: I like to add a very small amount of Castor Oil to my leave in conditioner.

Split ends: Every so often before I jump in the shower to wash my hair, I’ll apply Castor Oil to the ends to sit for around 20 minutes. I find that damp hair absorbs oils better, so I spray some water on the ends first. I don’t often worry about split ends, and this is one of the reasons.

Hair growth: It’s difficult to wash this oil out of your hair with regular shampoo, so I avoid saturating my strands with it. In order to stimulate the hair follicles for hair growth, I use a very modest amount and massage the oil gently into the scalp, leaving it in for 30 minutes before washing it out. I do this treatment 1-2 times a month.

Skin

Abrasions: I’ve applied this topically and it soothes them. It helps the inflamed skin heal faster as well.

Itchy skin: Castor Oil soothes the skin and helps provide relief from bug bites.

Lips

Dry lips: This does a great job moisturizing them. Every once in a while after washing my face at night I’ll apply some to my lips.

Nails

Strengthening: For stronger nails I’ve applied a tiny drop of this to my cuticles when I want to hold off using some product from my pricier oils.

There are so many more uses for Castor Oil that you can read more about, today I’ve chosen to list what I’ve personally experimented with!

The brand that I’ve been using and loving is cold pressed from Pure Body Naturals. Cold pressed refers to the first cold pressing of the castor beans, where the most minerals, nutrients, and essential fatty acids are released. This is virgin castor oil, considered the highest quality.

The Best White Nail Polish

I’ve hardly ever found white nail polish desirable. Some bottles are better than others (OPI’s Alpine Snow was my former favorite) but I would prefer to use a great opaque white color versus a translucent three coat one, especially for those days when I need a white base for a bright color. I’ve found the answer though!

Behold! I present to you, Color Club’s French Tip. I used Out The Dour top coat.

Color Club's French TipOriginally French Tip was created to use for the white tip of a french manicure, but I absolutely grab this over anything else on the market to use as a base for nail art, neon colors, or on its own.

Depending on your application you could get away with one coat of this, but I did two. French Tip has a nice, thick formula, that can be thinned out if need be by a few drops of thinner.

Color Club French TipIt also has a nice shine to it and dries quick! This is my go-to white polish from here on out.