The Easiest 2 Ingredient Face Mask Beauty Bloggers Swear By

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to reorganize, refocus, and detox. In 2018, it’s back to eating healthy, clearing out the clutter, and working on my skin!  Although this face mask has been a staple in my routine for several years now, I had to share it with everyone because it’s cheap, easy, and effective. I’m not the only fan of this 2 ingredient miracle, beauty blogger Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, creator of, “The Skinny Confidential,”  is a fan of this tip as well as makeup guru Huda Kattan, creator of, “Huda Beauty.” To start, you’ll need a small bowl and flat brush. I typically will use my clean hands to mix the ingredients together, however, a brush is best. Our first ingredient has recently taken the beauty scene by storm…

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Have you started noticing all your favorite skincare lines adding clay to their products? It’s because clay is so good for your skin! This healing clay is effective in that it detoxes your skin by pulling out dirt and oil stuck in your pores. Which means its great for acne.  I don’t think I’ve ever done a face mask where I could feel the effects of the mask on my skin working as well as this one has. When the mask begins to dry you can feel the clay hard at work drawing out those toxins. It’s a funny feeling the first time you try it, however, it’s safe for even the most sensitive skin. My skin is extremely sensitive, which is why I love all natural products. After this mask, my face gets red but nothing a little moisturizer can’t fix. Our next ingredient is also a local celeb in the healthcare world…

Apple Cider Vinegar

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mixed with equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar is all you need to make this mask. Used once a week or every two weeks, this mask will keep your pores under control. Why is it so good? In addition to the healing properties of clay, apple cider vinegar balances pH, detoxes, and possess anti-aging benefits. Just to name a few.

Of course, for additional benefits you can add lots of other ingredients to aid in any other skin care emergencies you may need to address. I personally will sprinkle in a little turmeric when I feel like my skin could use an extra boost of brightness. Or I’ll add a few drops of tea tree oil if I have a lot of breakouts. The possibilities are endless. I always do this mask whenever I come back from traveling. It’s saved my skin more times than I can remember and is now in my weekly skincare routine.

 

Happy New Year,

Riss

 

How to Naturally Lighten Your Hair

How to Naturally Lighten Your Hair

Hey Ladies! This week’s “tip of the week” is a beauty tip! Since summer is in full swing I’ve been spending every second I can in the great outdoors. My favorite outdoor spot like most people is…the beach! I am a beach bum through and through. The best part about summer is soaking up some vitamin D and…not having to always do my hair! During the months of June through August, I use minimal heat on my hair. I constantly wear my hair wet and in braids. Then I comb it through and add a little, okay a LOT, of dry shampoo to achieve beachy waves for my night-time look. I also, don’t cut or color my hair until after summer. Why? Heat can damage your hair and since I’m heat free for three months my hair grows long and strong naturally. In addition, I don’t color it because the sun naturally lightens my hair. Sometimes I’ll color it at the beginning of may and let the sun touch up my roots. However, there are plenty of things you can do to help aid the process. My all time favorite hack is…lemons! I LOVE LEMONS! I put them in my water, use them to marinate chicken and fish, and even in my beauty routine! Just apply some organic freshly squeezed lemon juice to your hair, hit the beach, and enjoy! You can brush it through, toss it in a bun, etc. There’s really no wrong way to do it. Growing up I remember a lot of girls using the sun-in spray. But I never used it because it turned every girl’s hair orange. So I took to the internet to find a natural solution and tada…the secret was something I already had in my fridge. The more consistent you do this treatment the lighter your hair will become. Of course, it’s not a dye so it won’t dramatically alter your original color. So if you have black hair, a drop of lemon juice won’t make you blonde. However, hair that naturally lightens from the sun, i.e. light brown or blonde will benefit from this hack. The overall effect is natural highlights and face framing lighter shades for a sun kissed look. It’s a gradual effect so don’t be frustrated if you don’t see a dramatic change after a one time use. Let me know how this tip works for you!

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Enjoy your summer!

City Girl Riss

Step by Step Halloween Makeup Guide

Step by Step Halloween Makeup Guide

It’s almost Halloween! Which means by now you’re putting the final touches on your costume…or in a panic because you still don’t have a costume. Let me make your life a little easier with this Step by Step Halloween 2016 Makeup Guide I wrote for CBS. Makeup artist Vito Palazzolo breaks down how to do some of the trendiest looks this Halloween for the ultimate costume. Here are some more Best Halloween costumes for Fall 2016 to check out as well! You can read the full makeup article here.

Step-By-Step Halloween Makeup Guide

Happy Halloween!

8 Reasons to Bring Coconut Oil on Your Next Vacation

8 Reasons to Bring Coconut Oil on Your Next Vacation

As a girl, I find it hard to travel anywhere without my makeup bag. On a recent trip to London, my heart was broken when airport security made me fit all my liquids into a single standard sized zip bloc bag. I said goodbye to a lot of valuable travel sized liquids that day. Since the idea of paying for a checked bag makes me cringe, I started becoming more resourceful with the products I choose. I found one product in particular that I used for almost everything….coconut oil! I’ve posted a beauty hack using this product before but I figured it was so incredible that it needed it’s own article. I only use organic extra virgin coconut oil and an old essential oil or plastic bottle to carry it in. To melt the oil back into a liquid place it in a mug and microwave on high for 2 minutes or until the oil is completetly melted. If you’re short on time, Shea Moisture sells a travel size available for purchase at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

 

Here is a list of 8 things to replace with coconut oil…

  • Lip Balm
  • Make Up Remover
  • Moisturizer
  • Tanning Oil (In addition to regular SPF sunscreen)
  • Deep Conditioner
  • Cuticle Cream
  • Toothpaste (Oil pull, I do this in addition to regular toothpaste)
  • Detangler / Heat Protection

Any other uses I missed? Leave a suggestion in the comments below.

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Happy Traveling,

City Girl Riss

 

Tip of the Week: Beauty Hack

Tip of the Week: Beauty Hack

Packing can be so stressful. I always question the weather, what I really need, and how I’m going to fit everything in a carry-on! The less I can bring with me the better! Recently I ran out of makeup primer and was frantic to find an alternative using something around the house. I hate putting makeup on my skin without it because I tend to break out and get oily. You could say my skin and I have a love hate relationship. After a little research I came across this great find…Aloe Vera! Turns out it’s actually been the answer to my prayers. If you’ve read some of my other blogs then you know how much I love to use all natural products. The less chemicals the better in my opinion. The Aloe Vera certainly didn’t disappoint either. I’ve been using it religiously and I always bring a travel size with me on vacation because nothing puts a damper on your holiday like sunburn! Now I don’t have to spend a ton of money on primer and I get to save room in my makeup bag!

Benefits of Aloe Vera

  • Antioxidants
  • Antibacterial
  • Accelerates healing of burns
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Increases collagen production
  • High in Vitamins and Minerals
  • Natural Astringent
  • Hydrating and Moisturizing
  • Softens Skin
  • Reduces inflammation

AND MORE! Have you tried it? Did you like this tip? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

TIp of the Week: Beauty Hack

TIp of the Week: Beauty Hack

As I realise that summer is coming to an end, I start to reflect on all of the great experiences I’ve had in 2015! I’ve also made the revelation about all the great tips that I’ve been keeping secret! Okay, maybe not keeping a secret but just oblivious that some of my summer rituals are actually beauty hack GOLD! Or worth a try in my opinion. If you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a health nut. I try to eat as clean as I can and I try not to drench myself in toxic chemicals. I struggle between being super strict and lazy! I want to be the healthiest person I can be but some days its just WAY easier to go to the drugstore and pick up whatever I can get my hands on. This hack, however, is super simple. I recently became aware that most sunscreens are toxic and chock full o’ chemicals. NOT COOL. So I went on EWG*, a non-profit organization dedicated to educate people on the cleanest produce and consumer products, and looked up clean sunscreens. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to all of the great sunscreens this website recommends but I was shocked to find out that banana boat was one of the most toxic products available! I’ve been using banana boat for years! My favorite product was ALWAYS their tanning oil SPF 4. I did some more research on safer alternatives and came across using coconut oil! TA DAAAAAAAAA!! The answer to my prayers! It naturally deflects some of the suns rays and works just as well as any other tanning oil I’ve ever used. Not to mention that it’s extremely moisturizing so that my legs feel silky smooth after the beach and not like sand paper. It’s perfect for summer and it makes you smell good enough to eat! So go to your grocery store and buy extra virgin organic coconut oil right away! You won’t be sorry!

If you get around to trying this hack, leave a comment! I’d love to hear your feed back!

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As always,

Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

Burt’s Bees: My favorite products in memory of Burt

Burt’s Bees: My favorite products in memory of Burt

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I just recently became informed that Burt Shavitz, the creator of Burt’s Bees, has recently passed on. I am a huge advocate for organic and au’ natural products and Burt’s Bees is one of my favorites. Although Burt Shavitz hasn’t owned the company for some time, now owned by Clorox, his love for bee keeping has paved the way for natural products in the common drug store.

A little about Burt…

Burt is a fellow Manhattan native who moved to Maine and found his passion for bees as a source of income. His partner Roxanne Quimby began making candles from bees-wax and then later their signature lip balm! You can watch the documentary about Burt called Burt’s Buzz to learn more!

Here are my favorite Burt’s Bees products….

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Lip Balm, tinted of course! A great subtle color and super moisturizing.

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Face Wipes, an after gym essential

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Intense Hydration Eye Cream, the BEST eye cream! Immediately gets rid of puffiness in the morning.

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Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub, great for when your skin needs a SOS!

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Herbal Blemish Stick, with tea tree and other essential oils this stick is the best blemish zapper I have ever used and I’ve tried almost every drug store product out there.

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Lemon butter Cuticle Cream, a winter must have! Will make your manicure last forever and keep your nails looking hydrated.

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Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, great for winter or after a day at the beach. Super moisturizing.

Do you have any other favorites worth mentioning? Comment below!

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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss