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Lisa Barlow’s White Belted Confessional Top

Lisa Barlow’s White Belted Confessional Top

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 3 Fashion

Lisa Barlow looks (baby) gorgeous in her Real Housewives of Salt Lake City confessionals this season with her white belted top. And while it’s still available to shop, we’ve also linked some more affordable options below for those of you who want to get the lewk without spending an “FF” (freakin’ fortune). 

 

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How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Blend for Mature Skin (Recipe)

A Basic Essential Oil Blend for Everyday Mature Skin Care

With all the wonderful natural facial serums on the market today, it can be a little overwhelming choosing the correct formula with safe, non-toxic ingredients, all at a reasonable price. The good news is that it’s easy and fun to make a quality product on your own using the miracle of nature – essential oils. 

When I started working with skincare formulas in 2003, one of the first products I was excited about making was an essential oil-based facial serum. My skin needs were changing, and a moisturizing oil made perfect sense for dry, maturing skin.

I decided to work with four wonderful healthy aging essential oils I had discovered: Lavender, Frankincense, Rose Geranium, and Carrot Seed.

The natural and highly effective nature of essential oils makes them perfect for skincare. When blended for their various properties and used with a carrier oil that matches your skin type, you can create a serum tailor-made for your skin.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the essence of plants. Hidden away in many parts of the plant, like the flowers, seeds, and roots, they are very potent chemical compounds. They can give the plant its scent, protect it from harsh conditions, and help with pollination.

The benefits of essential oils on humans are diverse and amazing. Lavender flower oil, for example, contains compounds that help soothe skin irritation and redness, while the scent reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.

The beautiful Rose essential oil is hydrating to the skin and sometimes used to treat scarring, while the scent is known to help lift depression. 

There are many essential oils to choose from for specific skincare needs. I have used a myriad of different combinations but keep coming back to the tried and true blend from my very first serum.

The four essential oils used are the workhorses of skincare for mature skin, as well as being wonderfully uplifting for mind, body, and spirit. 

The Base Oil Blend Formula

Here’s what you’ll need:

Bottle

1 oz. amber dropper bottle. You can find those in pharmacies or online.

Base (Carrier) Oil

As a base, you can use one of the oils below or a combination of several that meet your skin’s needs:

  • Jojoba oil is my base oil of choice. It’s incredible for most skin types: it’s extremely gentle and non-irritating for sensitive skin, moisturizing for dry skin, balancing for oily skin, ideal for combination skin, and offers a barrier of protection from environmental stressors. It also helps skin glow as it delivers deep hydration.
  • Rosehip oil smooths the skin’s texture and calms redness and irritation.
  • Argan oil contains high levels of vitamin E and absorbs thoroughly into the skin leaving little oily residue.
  • Avocado oil is effective at treating age spots and sun damage, as well as helping to soothe inflammatory conditions such as blemishes and eczema.
  • Olive oil is a heavier oil and the perfect choice if your skin needs a mega-dose of hydration. Just be aware that olive oil takes longer to absorb and leaves the skin with an oily feeling. This may be desirable for extremely dry, red, itchy skin.

Essential Oils

  • Lavender essential oil is very versatile and healing. It helps reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and clear pores. Its scent is also calming and soothing.
  • Frankincense essential oil helps to tone and strengthen mature skin in addition to fighting bacteria and balancing oil production.
  • Rose Geranium essential oil helps tighten the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines, helps reduce inflammation and fight redness, and offers anti-bacterial benefits to help fight the occasional breakout. The scent is also known to be soothing and balancing.
  • Carrot seed oil is a fantastic essential oil for combination skin. It helps even the skin tone while reducing inflammation and increasing water retention.

The Recipe

Let’s start with a simple recipe:

  • 1 oz. Jojoba oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Rose Geranium
  • 10 drops Carrot seed oil 

Place the essential oil drops in the amber dropper bottle then fill with Jojoba/carrier oil. It’s that simple!

Applying Your Homemade Serum

Use this serum morning and evening as part of your regular skincare routine. Serums work best when applied after cleansing your face. You can cleanse with Coconut Oil or a mixture of oils for enhanced hydration (we will cover this in the next article) or use your regular facial cleanser.

Essential oils will not interfere in any way with your normal skincare products.

Keep in mind that the serum is concentrated. Use only a pea-sized amount, work it into your fingertips, and apply evenly over the face without tugging or pulling.

If your skin feels tacky, reduce the amount on the next application. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. Follow with your regular moisturizer if you like. 

Making your own facial serum is fun and rewarding! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on essential oils and making personalized serums and skincare.

What facial serum do you use? Have you made one yourself? What is your favorite essential oil for skin care? Please share your thoughts with our community!

Lisa Barlow’s White Belted Confessional Top

Lisa Barlow’s White Belted Confessional Top

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 3 Fashion

Lisa Barlow looks (baby) gorgeous in her Real Housewives of Salt Lake City confessionals this season with her white belted top. And while it’s still available to shop, we’ve also linked some more affordable options below for those of you who want to get the lewk without spending an “FF” (freakin’ fortune). 

 

Fashionably,

Faryn

 

Lisa Barlow’s White Belted Confessional Top

Click Here to Shop Her Fendi Top

Pants By Fendi

Photo: @LisaBarlow14

Originally posted at: Lisa Barlow’s White Belted Confessional Top

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The Hidden Dangers of Falls for Baby Boomers

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Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older adults, and baby boomers are at especially high risk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults aged 65 and over will experience a fall each year.

What’s more, falls are not just a danger to our physical health – they can also lead to cognitive decline and a loss of independence. Research has shown that older adults who fall are more likely to develop dementia.

So, what can you do to reduce our risk of falling? In this article, we will discuss the hidden dangers of falls for baby boomers and explore some simple strategies for preventing falls.

The Dangers of Falls

Falls can happen anywhere – in the home, in the garden, even on level ground.

They are often caused by a sudden loss of balance, a trip or slip, or a medical condition that makes it difficult to keep your balance and equilibrium.

Falls can lead to serious injuries, such as a hip fracture or head injury, and can even be fatal. The CDC reports that each year falls cause more than 2.8 million emergency department visits, over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in adults aged 65 and over, and they are also the leading cause of hip fractures. Hip fractures can be particularly serious in older adults, as they can lead to a long hospital stay, a loss of independence, and even death.

The Consequences of Falls

Falls can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

They can cause injuries that lead to pain, disability, and a loss of independence. Falls can also have a psychological impact, causing anxiety and fear.

Falls can lead to a number of serious injuries. Here are the most common ones.

Fractures

The most common type of fracture among older adults is a hip fracture. Hip fractures can be extremely painful and can lead to a long hospital stay, a loss of independence, and even death.

Head Injuries

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in older adults. TBIs can cause several cognitive and physical problems, including memory loss, depression, and difficulty walking.

Soft Tissue Injuries

These are injuries to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can be extremely painful and can take several weeks or months to heal.

In addition to the physical consequences of falls, they can also lead to a loss of confidence and independence. Fear of falling can cause people to limit their activities, which can lead to social isolation and depression.

Preventing Falls

Fortunately, there are a number of things we can do to reduce our risk of falling. Some simple fall-prevention strategies include:

Exercising to Improve Strength and Balance

Tai chi, dancing, and other exercises that focus on balance and leg strength can help to reduce the risk of falls.

Making Your Home Safer

Simple changes to your home, such as removing trip hazards and installing handrails, can make a big difference in preventing falls.

Wearing Supportive Shoes

Shoes with good arch support and a non-slip sole can help to reduce the risk of falls.

Checking Your Medications

Some medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can increase the risk of falling. If you’re concerned about the side effects of your medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

What to Do If You Fall

If you do fall, it’s important to stay calm and follow these steps:

Stay Where You Are

If you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, stay where you are and call for help. Trying to get up without first checking for any injuries could make your injuries worse.

Check for Injuries

If you’re able to get up, check for injuries. If you’re bleeding or in pain, call for medical help.

Get Up Slowly

If you don’t have any injuries, try to get up slowly. Use a steady chair or another object to help you stand up.

Stay Active

Once you’re up, don’t just sit down – stay active and continue moving around to help reduce your risk of falling again.

What to Do Next

Falls can cause serious injuries, such as fractures, head injuries, and soft tissue injuries, and can also lead to a loss of confidence and independence.

If you need more information or if you are looking for solutions, I have written a comprehensive and complete program in my book, The Book of Balance, that will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Have you experienced a fall? Did it result in an injury? What triggered the fall – was it bad balance, a trip or slip, or something else? How have you improved your health and lifestyle since the fall?

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Your Favorite Hair Towel Just Got Even Better at Reducing Frizz & Increasing Shine


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I’ve been a beauty editor for more than a decade but until a few years ago, I thought I had to blow dry my frizzy, wavy hair when it was soaking wet. It took forever but if I let it air dry too long, it would puff up and curl and I’d never get a smooth blowout. Then, I discovered Aquis. The brand makes wearable hair towels made from moisture-wicking material that keeps my hair from frizzing all while cutting down on drying time. Its newest version, the Flip Hair-Drying Tool, is out today and has some seriously hair-saving updates. Allow founder Britta Cox to explain.

Throw a regular cotton towel onto your hair post-wash and the friction will cause an increase in frizz and breakage. That’s where Aquis comes in. “We’ve learned about the biology of hair that actually by removing the water, you will have less frizz,” Cox tells STYLECASTER. And there’s a very, very clear biological reason that that happens. And it’s just more sustainable.”

 Your Favorite Hair Towel Just Got Even Better at Reducing Frizz & Increasing Shine

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Now, the other Aquis towels remove moisture so what makes this one different? Well, a few things. “Using Aquis, hair dries five times faster and is five times stronger than any other drying method,” Cox says. They’re continuing to innovate in the “hair tech” space. That’s why they previously launched the Copper Sure Lisse D’Air Turban ($26.25 at Sephora), an antimicrobial version that repels bacteria to keep towels fresher longer. The new Flip combines that technology with even more sustainability and a better overall dry time.

“It’s designed to optimally make contact with all the hair strands,” she says of the new design. “The AQUITEX fabric works simply by making contact with the hair without any friction. It draws the water into and across the fabric at the point of contact because of the ultra-fine fibers and the weave create channels that actually move the water out of your hair.” The COPPERSURE antimicrobial technology means the fabric is naturally antimicrobial without adding surface chemicals. What does that mean for you? Simply hang up the towel and you won’t have to wash it as often. That’s you, using less water!

In addition to the new design and antimicrobial technology, Flip is made from recycled water bottles so you’re creating a bit less waste.

 Your Favorite Hair Towel Just Got Even Better at Reducing Frizz & Increasing Shine

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Aquis is for all hair types and textures but especially great for chemically processed hair, like bleached or permed hair. “Bleaching chemicals will literally break down the keratin structure in your hair so you’ll literally have holes in your hair,” Cox says. (Her company also makes K18 so she knows what she’s talking about.) “It makes your hair much more hydrophobic. It gets weak and stretches quicker than any other hair type. So, it’s really important to draw to get the water out as quickly as possible, but doing so gently, because that actually reforms the hydrogen bonds in your hair.”

Cox is so into hair tech and hair health, she’s done clinical trials with Aquis. That’s when she learned AQUIS “leaves hair up to 5X stronger than traditional drying methods, 2.5x stronger than drying with traditional towels and five times stronger than speed drying with a blow dryer,” over an 8-week period. With all the things I do to my hair  — bleach, hot tools, ponytails — I’m ready to try anything that can help keep my strands healthy. Especially if that also allows me to be a little bit lazy.

Yes, lazy. Aquis Flip stays on my head so well, I can go hands-free on TikTok for a lot longer without my hair getting frizzy. When I unwrap my hair, my strands are smooth and partially dry, cutting down on drying time.

There are three shades to choose from — Pearl, Steel and Amethyst — and you can get them now at Sephora.

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Tarte Just Expanded on its Viral Maracuja Lip Collection With ‘Juicy’ Lip Liner

Not since the ’90s has lip liner had such a moment. From the viral gym lips trend to Hailey Bieber’s signature glossy pout to the resurgence of Y2K beauty, lip liner is a must these days. So, when I found out one of my favorite lipstick formulas, Tarte Maracuja Lip, came out with lip liner, I just about lost my mind. I got a sneak peek last week and couldn’t wait to get home and try them, so much so that I attempted a look in the back of an Uber with my iPhone camera. It worked so these are definitely beginner friendly!

You probably remember when Tarte’s Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm and Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump went viral on TikTok back in May. “This is the most full-coverage lip gloss I’ve ever used in my entire life,” Meredith Duxbury says in her video. The brand followed these up with the equally popular Maracuja Juicy Lipstick and Crème, less glossy but still pigmented versions. There’s just something about this creamy formula that gently plumps with major hydration.

Now, if you’re going to wear all these Maracuja Lips, you’re going to need a just-as-creamy liner. And they’re officially here. Before the Maracuja Juicy Lip Liner hits Tarte’s website in the next few weeks, you can grab select shades as part of QVC’s current lip bundles. These are going to sell out.

Our mission at STYLECASTER is to bring style to the people, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. QVC is a STYLECASTER sponsor, however, all products in this article were independently selected by our editors. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale.

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The ultra-creamy liner formula is infused with hydrating maracuja and hyaluronic acid, as well as a “superfruit complex” to smooth the look of lip lines. It’s never been so easy to shape the lips and maybe even overline them a bit. Each Lipstick & Lip Liner Set comes with the brand-new liner and a Maracuja Juicy Lipstick in the perfect complementary shade. It’s taken the guesswork out of a picking a color. Plus, if you bought each separately, it would retail for $40. That’s an $11 savings!

 Tarte Just Expanded on its Viral Maracuja Lip Collection With ‘Juicy’ Lip Liner

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In addition to Buff (above), there are three other sets to choose from. Shop them all before they’re gone, below.

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To Buy or to Build, That Is the Question

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So you are ready to buy or build a home that fits your retirement needs, but which is the better choice? Is buying an existing home the cheaper, least stressful choice or is building a new home the most efficient and satisfying choice?

Personal Needs or Compromise?

The choice to buy or build truly depends on the person, the location and the time frame needed to have a home complete. I often encourage home buyers to consider building a new home instead of buying an existing one to help insure they will be getting the home for their individual needs. Most often, however, homebuyers opt for the quick fix, so to speak, and will settle for a home that may not meet their needs.

Pros and Cons of Building a New Home

So, let’s look at the basic pros and cons of building a new home.

The Pro

Building a new home will allow you to choose the size, style/décor, special needs and location.

The Con

Building a new home is a process will take months from beginning to end to complete and can be stressful due to the many decisions to be made.

Does Building a New Home Cost More Than Purchasing an Existing Home?

That is a question you can easily get answered by getting bid estimates on building a new home on your lot or a lot you plan to purchase, and the estimate may surprise you. Buying an existing home and attempting to convert it to your needs can often exceed the cost of building a new home at your lot.

The response I get the most when I suggest building a new home is, “We can’t do something like that,” or “I can’t handle the stress,” or “I am too old to build.” I understand that building from scratch (so to speak) is much like baking from scratch; it can take a little more time, sometimes doesn’t turn out exactly like we want it, and it can be stressful!

But think of the bright side: Much like baking from scratch, when we get finished, how proud we are of our dish and the satisfaction we get from being an integral part of its creation!

Building homes can be stressful, and they don’t always turn out like you want them to, but taking the leap and building a home of your choice could possibly be the best decision you have ever made.

My husband and I built a new home just months before our marriage. Sounds crazy, huh? We got married the day after the home was completed in our empty home courtyard and moved into the home the following day.

Was building our new home stressful? At times, yes, but the reward of having a home where we selected the lot and we designed and created the floorplan was worth the time and effort. We, today, often refer to the building of our new home as our pre-marital counseling period as it took cooperation, understanding and acceptance that everything would not turn out perfect.

A sweet older gentleman sub-contractor that we met during the beginning of our construction, and later again close to the completion of construction, looked up at us from his wide brimmed hat, smiled and said these profound words of wisdom, “Well, the house is coming along and it looks like ya’ll are still together, that’s a good sign.”

How to Know What Is Best for You

The key to determining the best choice for you is to compare one or more existing homes that closely match your needs and to take some time to get estimates for building a home that meets your needs. The time to get estimates to build may not be as time consuming as you think.

Simply contact several reliable licensed builders in your area, and they can guide you through the costs (including loan costs) from start to finish. If you have recently witnessed a new home being built from start to finish, you may want to contact that builder for an estimate.

Many builders have lots available to build on or they will take a look at any lot you may already have or may be considering to build on. It is wise to get at least three estimates, if possible, to get a fair true idea of the cost of building. The estimates are typically free.

Whether you are buying or building, it is up to you to determine what offers the best alternative. Finding the home that fits is always worth the extra effort to compare existing homes versus building a new one.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Are you considering building a new home? Have you built a new home and are happy about the choice? Have you built a new home and regretted the choice? Have you purchased an existing home that fully meets your needs or is acceptable?

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Real Girlfriends In Paris Season 1 Episode 5 Fashion

Real Girlfriends In Paris Season 1 Episode 5 Fashion

After watching this show for a few weeks I am just obsessed with these girlfriends’ expensive taste. Both in fashion and (according to Margaux and Adje’s tasting sesh) food too. Sure it’s no caviar on a baked potato Kathy Hilton style, but still fabulous nonetheless. The outfits this ep are delicious and the Style Stealers that we rounded up of them are ready to be added to your baguette. 🥖

 

Sincerely Stylish,

Jess

 

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Margaux Lignel’s ‘He Loves Me’ Sweater

Margaux Lignel's 'He Loves Me' Sweater

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Margaux Lignel’s Red Purse

Margaux Lignel's Red Purse

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Kasey Margo’s Off The Shoulder Confessional Top

Kasey Margo's Off The Shoulder Confessional Top

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