5 Natural Remedies For Winter Skin & Hair by @nitikachopra

Harsh winter weather and freezing temperatures require a little extra care in your beauty routine. You can make a big impact with just a few simple ingredients. Nitika Chopra, host of “Naturally Beautiful” on Z Living TV network has broken down the basics to keep your skin baby-soft and your hair moisturized all winter long.

1.    Coconut OilOnce a week in the winter, treat your hair to a coconut oil hair mask. Just before bed, apply organic coconut oil to your scalp and the ends of your hair with a cotton ball. Wrap your head in a towel, cover with a shower cap, and leave it in overnight. It keeps your hair super healthy and makes it soft and shiny. The next morning, rinse it out with just a little bit of shampoo (no conditioner necessary!). Use less coconut oil for thinner hair.

2.    Rose WaterYour beauty routine should be a sensory experience. I live in New York City, so I love to feel peaceful, relaxed and calm. One of my favorite ingredients is all-natural rose water. You can use it as a toner just after cleansing. It’s perfect in the winter because it fights inflammation and takes away redness and puffiness.

3.    AvocadoAvocado is really your best friend. The fruit is rich in Vitamins B, C, E and K. Mash up an avocado and use it plain as a face mask. It helps skin retain moisture, which is great for fighting wrinkles. Eating avocado, especially in the winter when we can have vitamin deficiencies, is also great. During colder months, it’s natural for us to crave creamier comfort foods, and avocado has the perfect consistency.

4.    SugarI’m also a huge fan of sugar scrubs because they are so luxurious and easy to make. Take brown sugar and your favorite oil (olive is a good option) and add an essential oil for natural fragrance. Lavender is soothing, while peppermint is more energizing. Pick the one that fits your mood!

5.    DIY SpaJust remember to test a small amount of any DIY spa recipe on the inside of your wrist before you use it on your face or body.

Nitika Chopra, a certified life coach, is the Founding Editor-In-Chief of on-line lifestyle magazine YourBellaLife.com and a life-style contributor to the Huffington Post. Nitika’s unique point of view stems from the challenges she faced growing up in a traditional Indian home, without a traditional Indian cultural bone in her body, all while battling a debilitating skin condition that covered her body from head-to-toe for years. To overcome several low points in her life, she found a spiritual voice within her and became passionate about the power in small steps and infusing every day activities with spirit and possibility, regardless of one’s faith. Nitika uses this positive outlook to help people realize their own inner beauty and shares them with thousands of people who subscribe to her magazine. In 2011, Nitika was invited to speak about healing one’s authentic soul wound at the prestigious REVEAL conference hosted by Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation. She is extremely active with her on-line community of thousands sharing her life-experiences with them in order to aid young women in their difficult life challenges and help transform them from hopeless to hopeful. Nitika is host of the show “Naturally Beautiful” on Z Living TV. Growing up, Nitika battled debilitating health problems that made it difficult for her to walk with ease for many years. This challenge, among others, fueled her passion for helping individuals and has made her an empathetic resource.

 

 

Wine Lovers Rejoice!

There are 3 really fun holiday items for wine lovers on your list! As you know wine lovers are often picky so getting them WINE is not always the best idea. To get something that is fail proof and fun that they will LOVE and use… Check out these 3 awesome gift items.

1.Big Mouth Toys Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass

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This is a huge wine glass connected to the entire bottle!  For days when just 1 glass is not enough! Bring on the Merlot and fill er up!  It is also a funny way to serve wine at your next dinner party.

  • Holds a 750ml full bottle of wine
  • Takes standard cork or decorative bottle stopper
  • Stands approximately 11.5 inches tall
  • Glass, hand wash

2. Come Clean Wine Lover Vino Soap Bar

A little bottle of wine that is inside a bar of vegan glycerin soap! How adorable! Bath time is a great way to unwind and this eye catching bottle of wine inside soap is sure to be a conversation starter. When you are not sure what they like, this bar from Come Clean Pop Culture Soap will surely be a hit.

3. Wine Lover Shirt from SignatureTshirts on Etsy

I Just Want To Drink Wine Save Animals and Take Naps T-Shirt – triblend fabric, fashionable look, flattering cut, super soft. Ladies size runs small – please choose size up below

• preshrunk 50% polyester/25% cotton/25% rayon jersey
• 4.3-oz.
• 32 singles for extreme softness
• front cover-stitched 1×1 baby rib-knit set-in collar
• satin label

This is fitted shirt, please check sizing chart!
There is nothing on the back of T-Shirt.

Ladies Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL

 

New Music: Dorian Allen Running Back to You @MyNameIsDorian

Tired of listening to Top 40? This holiday season, let me introduce you to rising Singer/Songwriter Dorian Allen, who has worked with iconic artists such as Stevie Wonder, Philip Bailey, Michael McDonald, Mavis Staples, and Ben E. King. Dorian is now touring with Sam Smith as a back-up singer. His current EP Running Back To You is currently on sale on iTunes.

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Dorian Allen has made the transition from back-up singer to front and center artist. It’s an inspiring holiday story that comes along with melodic tracks to get you through the season.

Dorian is expected to release a new single and video early 2015. He is truly one to watch and an obvious rising star!

Listen to his music on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dorianjallen.

If you want to win a copy of EP, Tweet this for a chance to win:

Make my holidays happy by helping me win Music by @mynameisDorian from @Heydoyou!

 

Beauty Tips from Healing Waters Spa

Amanda Gorecki, founder and owner of Healing Waters Spa and Pure MD Skincare Science, shares her tips on how to keep skin looking youthful and beautiful.
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1.  Use a Stem Cell Moisturizer
Using a stem cell moisturizer, such as Rich & Loving It from Pure MD, repairs dry, damaged skin.  Peptide technology acts to rebuild the cutaneous matrix by stimulating biosynthesis and fibroblast proliferation.  It is an excellent moisturizer for those with intense dryness.
2.  Use a Hydrating and Calming Mask
Use a refreshing, hydrating gel mask dense with antioxidants and healing properties essential for calming red, irritated, and rosacea-prone skin. Antioxidant Delight from Pure MD provides potent antioxidant, astringent and anti-inflammatory benefits. These masks are excellent for dehydrated skin or post sun exposure.
3.   Use a Hydrating Toner
Use a hydrating, anti-aging toner that boosts skin moisture levels and helps skin maintain pH balance.  Youth Fusion from Pure MD is excellent for dry skin or delicate skin in the recovery phase following an intense exfoliating treatment.
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