Beauty beyond brands without breaking the budget!

If I had a dollar for every time someone would say they wish they’d look like the girls on TV, I’d be in Bora right now – bum on the sand, Tequila in my hand.

Nowadays, most of us believe that somehow looking a certain way will mean that people will love you more, right?

The socially dictated idea of superFACIAL beauty – smooth, blemish-free, picture-perfect skin.

Pfftt! Absurd!

Back in the days, I’ve always felt insecure, ashamed and sometimes even disgusted about how I look.

It’s like if Gollum and Pepper (American Horror Story: Freakshow) made babies, I’d be the ugliest of the bunch.

Okay, probably I overreacted a bit, but you get the gist.

I know that you also go through that ordeal with yourself (well maybe less dramatic as mine).

You get so consumed about how you should look that you buy all those ridiculously expensive beauty products on Instagram.

Scroll. Scroll. Pause.

Oh, look! So pretty!

Click. Click. Buy.

Buy.

Bye-bye food money.

In this beauty ride, I will show you how I made my own anti-aging face serum without breaking my budget; my learning throughout the process, and how I was able to create effortless anti-aging serum and get results as early as 2 weeks.

Well, stop wasting your money on expensive products!

Listen here, baby girl!  I will tell you my secret of how I made my anti-aging face serum without breaking my budget!

I only spent around $4.00 for my anti-aging face serum.

You heard me right!

You’ll be amazed at how much this face serum can do without you having to break your budget or a sweat, literally!

I’m not saying that what I made is better than the branded beauty products, all I’m saying is that it’s been very effective for me so far.

Have some faith fabulous!

You’ll instantly feel something different after using this serum.

Guurrrlll! I got you! Here are the deets on my miracle in a bottle concoction.

ANTI-AGING FACE SERUM

2 TBSP. Sweet Almond Oil

2 TBSP. Rosehip Seed Oil

10 drops of Cypress Essential Oil

10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

PROCEDURE

I wanted to spend as little as possible so instead of buying the glass bottle that comes with an eyedropper.

I used the vials I have saved from my nursing year.

If you read my bio, you know that I studied nursing for a year, realized that I and needles weren’t and will never be a thing, so I changed my field and shifted to business school.

I always love keeping things that I feel I’ll be able to use in the future, I guess it paid off!

Some of the essential oils sold don’t come with a dropper so if you’re one of the unlucky few who don’t have any, don’t fret!

I have a stupendously simple yet smart solution for you.

STRAWS!

Yep! All you need is a piece of straw and good finger coordination.

Trust me, I’ve done that before, and it works!

I’m a plastic warrior so if you’re still planning to buy one, please baby girl, chose the non-plastic straws! #savetheturtles #savemotherearth

Right before my nephew turned 2, he got sick.

His mother was away for work and I had to give him his medicine.

Due to my lack of patience in finding the medicine dropper (don’t give me that look, I was having an all-nighter HIMYM movie marathon), I grabbed a straw (no worries, it was clean; Or to phrase it more professionally, it was sterile) and did it the Macgyver way.

Here’s how you can do it too.

Just suck up some liquid into the straw.

Don’t do it too hard though, you don’t want to taste any of the oil. Blah!

When you think you have enough in the straw, hold the liquid in.

Do this by covering the top of the straw with your finger. This is where good finger coordination is needed.

No worries, you’ll get the hang of it!

After this, just release your finger ever so lightly so that the oil drips down one drop at a time.

Use a sturdy straw for this!

Come on, If it’s stupid and it works, it ain’t stupid! Am i right?

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Okay so back to the topic. How did I do it?

It’s a no brainer to do this, just mix all the ingredients – and voila! Your very own anti-aging serum.

What?! Really? It’s just that simple? – YEP!

Just remember to do the drops very slowly and very carefully.

Now go on, add those oils to your cart, click that buy button and purchase those babies.

Trust me, you’ll love it!

I did some digging about the best ingredients to use in serum and found out that these five ingredients work great together!

They’re amazing!

if you are wondering where I got my inspiration from, please do click on this link! http://www.primallyinspired.com/firming-anti-aging-skin-serum-recipe/

SWEET ALMOND OIL

Sweet Almond Oil: Pure Carrier Oil

What is so great about almonds?

As the saying goes – great things come in small packages.

Almonds might be small, but they are powerful.

They’re not just nutritious nuts you can snack on, but they pack a lot of protein, vitamins, and minerals which is considered nourishing and revitalizing.

There are 2 kinds of almonds that you should know.

You might be wondering, aren’t all almonds sweet and edible? Well nope!

There’s the bitter kind – bitter than your ex seeing you spark like the fourth of July. HA-HAH!!!

Bitter almonds have been used in small amounts for flavoring in the past, but because of its potential for toxicity (just like your ex – thank goodness you got out!), everyone stopped using it.

The only benefit it has is its scent (Just because it smells good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you).

Sweet almond oil, on the other hand, is an extremely powerful antioxidant.

Thanks to the vitamins, sweet almond oil keeps your skin healthy, reduce acne, and protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

ROSEHIP SEED OIL

Rose Hip: Pure Carrier Oil

With the fast-paced world that we live in, we can’t deny the fact that we are exposed to a lot of pollutants every day no matter how much we try to protect ourselves.

Don’t be too alarmed, the rosehip seed oil is jam-packed with antioxidants.

It helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier creating a face fortress against harmful toxins.

If you want to minimize spots and wrinkles on your face or what I like to refer to them as beauty marks, then rosehip seed oil is one of the best extracts you can rub on that beautiful face of yours.

Not only is it great for anti-aging but it also moisturizes skin deep and promotes skin regeneration.

This means that it can improve your skin and reduce those fine lines.

Why should I buy carrier oils? Can’t I just use the essential oils directly?

Much like why you apply sunscreen on your skin on a hot, summer’s day when you want to enjoy the blazing weather.

You don’t want to go out under the sun with that itsy bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka dot bikini and coming back home looking like a piece of bacon because you forgot your sun protecting lotion.

The main reason for sunscreen is to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, just like the main reason for carrier oils is to protect your skin from the strong chemicals that essential oils have.

To simplify it, it’s called carrier oils mainly because they carry the essential oil deep down to your skin.

Simple as that!

You need to properly dilute the essential oils before you can use it.

There are essential oils that have a really strong chemical component in them that applying it directly on your beautiful skin will be harmful.

Now you don’t want any damaging toxins kissing your skin right, do you?

Just remember!

Carrier oils carry essential oils.

Now let’s dive deeper and find out what the essential oils have to offer.

CYPRESS ESSENTIAL OIL

Essential Oil: Cypress Essential Oil

One great benefit of cypress oils is that it helps flush out toxins from the body.

When your acne grows a face (Well that’s what my mom would always joke about whenever my younger sister experiences acne breakouts), you should use cypress oils because it helps clear out acne, improves the appearance of oily skin, and helps cleanse the pores. 

Cypress essential oil is great at controlling your pimples and it has a powerful astringent property that enables skin toning.

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

Essential Oil: Tea Tree Essential Oil

Do you still remember when you used to go camping with your buddies and your mom would always pack you a bottle of tea tree oil to keep those pesky mosquitos away?

Well, kudos to your mom because she knows her essential oils well!

Not only does tea tree oil thwart those nasty little buggers but they’re also great for your skin.

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil are great for treating acne and can prevent oily skin.

Treat oily skin with oil.

Yep! I’m not kidding!

If you have a problem with oily skin, then you’ll probably fall in love with tea tree essential oil.

Tea trees have antiseptic properties that may contribute to its ability to fight oily skin.

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Essential Oil: Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is not only used for calming your nerves when you repeatedly told the server not to put tomatoes in your burger and you still got served with tomatoes in your burger. 

No Susan! I can’t just remove the tomatoes now and pretend like everything is fine. My burgers are already tainted with it!

Lavender helps you deal with these kinds of inconveniences and more!

Not only is lavender essential oil a great organic moisturizer but its antibacterial properties kill bacteria that penetrate your pores.

It’s very light on the skin.

Use it as a primer! It will give you smooth coverage and at the same time, heal your skin.

And of course, the epitome of all the benefits of lavender essential oil – its anti-aging properties.

With all the stress that you’re experiencing, right now is the best time to protect yourself against wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.

The antioxidants in lavender will help protect against all those beauty marks.

Less is always more!

Don’t go crazy when you apply the serum.

Serums are absorbed faster by the skin, so applying just enough will do the trick!

It really depends on you on how often you apply it on your face but for me, I use it only at night.

Serums are made to penetrate the skin deeply; deeper into the cellular level.

They contain a lot of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins which helps reinvigorate that youthful-looking skin without you having to buy expensive products in the market or do any cosmetic surgery.

Now that’s expensive and risky!

I Got Fooled So That You Wouldn’t!

Have you ever been in a situation when your intention of going to the mall was just to window shop?

Well, that was what I originally planned…

Until I got fooled.

It wasn’t a real rip-off. Their product was great, but I paid more for the label rather than the product.

Sounds familiar?

I bought a $120.00 beauty set, not because I was so amazed by the product (It’s a great product) but because the salesgirl was very persistent – even her manager went in on her little charade!

Their acting wasn’t that great (I kept mentally rolling my eyes throughout the conversation) but they threw in a lot of expensive freebies – and I was hooked.

So, there I was, at the counter, paying for $120.00!

Gaaaaahhh! The horror!

I know, I wanted to cry too!

I learned my lesson the most expensive way, so you don’t have to.

4 things I gained on my anti-aging face serum beauty ride!

While doing the serum project and furthering my beauty knowledge, I’ve come up with 4 points to ponder.

1. Beauty beyond brands without breaking the budget!

You know by now that the growing market of beauty products has increased exponentially.

There are a lot of choices that you need to make when you decide to purchase beauty essentials.

Even the most simple face wash carry its own set of problems.

There are just a lot of ingredients to consider

Is the ingredient good for my face type?

Will I get allergies when I use this?

Why is it so expensive?! Ugh!

One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to spend much to get the full effect.

When I look for products, I always consider the reviews and the price.

If you can’t find the specific product you’re looking for, then chica, it’s high time to make your own!

Do what I did, create my own and got the result I always wanted.

The best part about making your own is you can personalize it the way you want without breaking your budget!

2. Carrier oils carry essential oils!

It’s so obvious why it’s called carrier oils, simply because they carry the essential oil deep down to your skin.

Simple as that!

Carrier oils are used as a base.

Same as applying your makeup. Before applying it, you always use a makeup base like foundations or makeup primers.

This is important so that you’ll have a smooth and even skin surface (like a beautiful blank canvass) for your makeup.

3. Dilute your essentials!

Why? Can’t I just use the essential oils directly to get the full advantage?

Well, I’m sorry to burst your bubble but it’s a big no-no to apply essential oils directly on the skin without diluting it.

Essential oils are concentrated so to make it safe for the skin, it’s a must to dilute it.

If you apply it to the skin directly, you probably will get bad skin irritations.

So yes! It’s important to dilute your essentials.

4. Less is always more!

Picture this, you’re in an All You Can Eat restaurant. You get to satisfy your big girl cravings.

You see the seafood section! Ugh! Delish!!!

When my friends would ask me if I’m on a diet, I always tell them that I’m on a seafood diet because every time I SEE-food – I eat! BOOM! *mic drop* (HAHAHA – clever girl!)

Okay, back to the buffet.

Prawns! Shrimps! Fish! Shellfish! And all types of seafood you can imagine just waiting for you to scoff!

But wait! You’re allergic to them!

So what do you do? I know you always have your medicine but do you rely on your medicine and just say, seize the buffet moment!

No, right? You’re not willing to put yourself at risk.

So you just take a little. This way, you’re able to satisfy your craving without giving yourself a free trip to the ER.

Just like the serum, you just need a small amount to lather on your face.

They’re already concentrated so you don’t need to put a lot more!

Less is always more!

The proof is in the pudding!

You don’t have to worry about me forcefully persuading you to do this or let you spend too much to make yourself more beautiful.

I repeat, MORE beautiful because you already are!

I made my anti-aging face serum with just around $4.00 and still got amazing results.

For the record, I’m not trying to be biased just because I made it myself, but truth is, it really helped improve the moisture on my face and I felt a difference.

Okay, okay. You might think I’m just so full of myself.

Don’t believe me?

Try it for yourself!

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