DIY: Heating Pad With Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Tutorials

Warming neck wraps are a terrific gift to give during the holidays. They can help soothe sore muscles and enhance relaxation. When used with essential oils, they can provide additional relief and aromatherapy benefits. Below are three tutorials on how you can make your own warming neck wraps that vary by skill level. Even if you don’t consider yourself a crafty person, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make your own. No matter your skill level, you will be able to find a tutorial that’s right for you. Have fun!

ADVANCED LEVEL
Materials Needed:
½ yard flannel or cotton cut into two 8 x 20 inch pieces.
6 cups flaxseed or rice
Sewing machine
doTERRA essential oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Cut fabric into two 8 x 20 inch pieces.
  2. Place right sides (pretty sides) together and pin along edges.
  3. With right sides together, sew ¼” seam all the way around the fabric leaving a three-inch opening on a short end and turn right sides out.
  4. Divide the length of the fabric into four equal sections and mark with a fabric marker.
  5. Loosely fill the first quarter with two cups of rice or flax seeds.
  6. Sew on marked line. Repeat until all four sections are filled.
  7. Sew opening closed and you’re done.
  8. To use, microwave for two to three minutes and add 2 drops of essential oil on the outer fabric.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
Materials Needed:
Kitchen Towel
6 cups flaxseed or rice
Sewing Machine
doTERRA  Essential Oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Fold towel in half longways (hot-dog style).
  2. Sew around the edges leaving a three-inch opening. Turn right side out.
  3. Loosely fill with flax seeds or rice.
  4. Sew opening closed and you’re done.
  5. To use, microwave for two to three minutes and add 2 drops of essential oil on the outer fabric.
BEGINNER LEVEL
Materials Needed:
Tube or dress sock
3 cups flaxseed or rice
doTERRA essential oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Pour flaxseed or rice into sock.
  2. Tie a knot and you’re done.
  3. To use, place in microwave for 2-3 minutes and then add 2 drops essential oil.
Tips:
  • If you smell burning while microwaving your heating pad, you are microwaving it too long. Try cutting down the heating time or lowering the power setting to 50%.
  • Use the leftover fabric to make hand warmers.
  • Homemade heating pads make great gifts. Give a heating pad with a bottle of your favorite doTERRA essential oil to friends and loved ones for a practical gift they are sure to love!
Editors Note: If you don’t have a microwave, you can heat your heating pad by putting it in an oven-safe dish and heating it in the oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes. Remember to set a timer and to frequently check your heating pad to make sure it doesn’t get too hot and become a fire hazard.
CAUTION: The heating pad will be very warm and can burn you if you heat it for too long. Start by putting your heating bag in the microwave for 1 minute, and then increase by 30 second increments until you have achieved your desired temperature. If you accidentally heat it for too long, let it rest until it becomes cooler. You might also want to place a wash cloth or towel against your skin to act as a barrier and to ensure you don’t get burned in case you heat it more than you intended.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
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Winter 2017 Beauty Horoscope

This winter’s makeup trends are all about bold, sophistication. They take one facial feature and emphasize it to the max. From blue eye shadow to sultry plum lips, these looks will help your unique personality shine through. If you can’t decide which one to try first, let the stars (and your astrological sign) guide you in the right direction. Read your Winter 2017 beauty horoscope for a little makeup trend inspiration.

Air Signs

Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Characteristics: Air signs, you’re known for being clever and inventive. You love to analyze situations and come up with the best results, so your friends always come to you for solid advice. You’re known for your ingenuity and are always at the forefront of beauty and style trends, and you aren’t afraid to be a little daring with your look.

winter beauty horoscope for air signs, aquarius, gemini, libra

Winter Beauty Horoscope: Set the trend and show everyone how to wear blue eye shadow in the most sophisticated way possible. Warm up a Midnight blue shadow on your lid with a deep wine shade in your crease and outer corner. This look is sure to have people asking how you created it.

Winter Must-Have Product: Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow

Water Sign

Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Characteristics: Water signs are intuitive and sensitive. You’re caring and understanding, making you the person your friends usually confide in. You also have an artistic side. Some Water signs express themselves through music, writing or painting, others show off their creativity through their sense of style.

winter beauty horoscope for water signs, scorpio, cancer, pisces

Winter Beauty Horoscope: Show off your artistic side with graphic eyeliner. Play up this look for a night on the town with a reverse winged-eyeliner look. Or, tone it down for day with a modern twist on a cat eye, as seen at the Oscar de la Renta runway show.

Winter Must-Have Product: Black Liquid Eyeliner

Earth Signs

Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Characteristics: Earth signs, you’re practical and grounded. You’re the most dependable person your friends know, and many of them consider you their rock. You remain true to classics, but always add a hint of nature in everything you do.

winter beauty horoscope for earth signs, taurus, virgo, capricorn

Winter Beauty Horoscope: Get inspired by the Versace runway and put a rose gold spin on a smokey eye by using hints of coppers rather than deep jewel tones or chocolate shades. You can also add a little extra flare by layering a smudgey winged liner on top of the look.

Winter Must-Have Product: Double Dazzle Highlighter Pencil

Fire Signs

Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Characteristics: Fire Signs, you are the life of the party! You’re self-sufficient, spontaneous and have that je ne sais quoi. It’s your free spirit that attract new friends, and your passion for life makes them want to stick around. Fire is one of the most alluring elements, and you express that seductive quality through bold outfits and sultry makeup.

winter beauty horoscope for fire signs, aries, leo, sagittarius

Winter Beauty Horoscope: This winter, embrace your vampy, vixen and try out a dark plum lip. Pair this look with natural eye makeup and a sleek chignon; you’ll look like the perfect combination of a silver-screen siren and a seductive femme fatale.

 

 

Surprising Ways To Use Our Apricot Body Oil: Part 2

Here are three alternative ways to use our Apricot Body Oil that you might not have expected:
Not just for backrubs, the Apricot Body Oil is also fantastic for dry, rough body parts including elbows and knees. As good as the best body lotion for dry skin, this rich body oil sinks moisture into your dry, winter-ravaged skin and smooths out rough problem areas.

CONDITION DRY HAIR ENDS
Don’t restrict this oil to just skin care! If you suffer from thirsty, damaged hair ends, our Apricot Body Oil can step in as your emergency intensive hair conditioner. Just dab a few drops of the oil on hair ends to rehydrate and repair.

TREAT RAGGED CUTICLES
Nails and cuticles tend to suffer during harsh winter months, developing a ragged and unkempt look. If you find your cuticles desperate for a little TLC, rub in a drop of Apricot Body Oil to smooth them out and nourish your nail beds. Your nails (and hands!) will look sleek again in no time.

With so many uses for our versatile Apricot Body Oil, now’s the time to experience it for yourself. Just for Valentine’s Day, our award-winning oil is available in limited edition rose gold, lace foil packaging. Perfect for a gift – or to spoil yourself.

How will you be using your Apricot Body Oil? Let us know in the comments below.This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Pro Tips: How to Wear Red Lipstick

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and two colors are on our mind – pink and red. Pink is our favorite lipstick color when we want to create an effortless, natural makeup look. But, red is the shade we choose when we want to stand out and feel confident. You may think a red lip is only for movie stars and women who drink everything out of straws. But we’re here to show you how easy it is to create a red pout that works with your style. Keep reading for simple tips from our Global Makeup Educators on how to wear red lipstick.

Beginner’s Guide: How to Wear Red Lipstick

If you rarely wear red lipstick, here are a few pointers from Global Makeup Educators Edgar Dominguez and Hannah Hatcher. With these four steps, you’ll have a soft, kiss-friendly pout all night.

Exfoliate First – “Red lipstick looks best on smooth, hydrated, plumped lips,” says Edgar. He recommends exfoliating and hydrating your lips with our Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator & Plumper before you even pick out your lipstick shade.

Define Your Lips – Use a lip liner that is a similar color to your lipstick (try Crimson Lip Pencil). This will give your lips natural definition. Hannah Suggests lining and filling in your lips with the same shade to help create a kiss-proof finish.

Use a Lip Brush – For the most precise look, Edgar recommends using our Retractable Lip Brush to apply the lipstick. The brush will make it easier to color inside your lip pencil line.

Set It, and Go! – For a matte stay-put pucker, Hannah likes to finish her red lipped look with a little Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder. You can use your finger to gently dab it on over your lipstick.

Choosing the Right Red Lip for You

Red lip products come in many different shades and formulations. From the classic red lipstick à la Marilyn Monroe to a more natural red lip tint, we have you covered. Here are our favorite red lip products to use for a natural, classic or long-lasting look.

Natural Reds

  • “My favorite red shade that is youthful and flattering on all skin tones is Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain,’ says Edgar. “It has the perfect balance of coral and red, leaving you with a smooth personalized signature red that stays.”
  • Want to add a little shimmer to your candy apple lip? Product Trainer Christine Orcutt Savolis suggests topping your favorite lip product with Crabapple or Red Current PureGloss Lip Gloss.

The Classic Red

  • If you are looking for the classic red lipstick, Hannah’s pick is Cindy PureMoist Lipstick.

Long-lasting Reds

  • To ensure your lip color lasts through your romantic dinner, Global Makeup Educator Shawn Towne recommends using Lip Fixation. He says, “apply the stain from Passion Lip Fixation to your lips, then top it with Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain. The color it creates is really rich and beautiful.”
  • Christine’s secret to a matte red is Hot PlayOn Lip Crayon. She also likes to layer it with Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain for added staying power. “I always say when you want a red lip, you want it to last, ” she says. “Forever Red really stays and is easy to touch up later in the day.”

#RedHotLips

Glossy, matte and everything in between, we want to see how you rock a red lip. Post pictures of your #RedHotLips on Instagram. Use the hashtag and tag us @janeiredale and #GreenSpaCares

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

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Surprising Ways To Use Our Apricot Body Oil: Part 1

If your mind and body are struggling with the winter blues and chilly weather, turn to our Apricot Body Oil to invigorate your senses and soothe your skin. A Vogue, ELLE and Marie Claire favorite, this award-winning body oil blends fragrant apricot, moisturizing grape seed and hydrating jojoba oils for skin that is irresistibly smooth and supple from head to toe. Boxed in gorgeous, limited edition Valentine’s Day packaging, it’s the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

Warm this luxurious oil in your hands for a deeply hydrating, sensory massage – and if your blissful state leaves you craving more, try these unexpected ways to incorporate Apricot Body Oil into your body care routine.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we can think of nothing more romantic (and downright relaxing) than a massage with our award-winning Apricot Body Oil. But when you’re done loosening up those tight shoulder muscles, you’ll find that this luscious body oil isn’t just miraculous for rubdowns and can be used in other surprising ways.

GIVE YOUR BODY LOTION A BOOST

Mix 1-3 drops of Apricot Body Oil with your favorite body lotion for an ultra-rich treat. We recommend pairing it with our Coconut Firming Body Lotion – another ELLE favorite – to deliver intense hydration to aging skin. The coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil in the Coconut Firming Body Lotion leave skin looking tighter and firmer, while the apricot kernel oil and jojoba oil in our Apricot Body Oil leave it feeling exquisitely soft and smooth. Massage into dry hands and elbows for an extra dose of long-lasting moisture.

RELAX IN AN AROMATIC BATH

For an all-over skin conditioning treatment, add 1-2 capfuls of Apricot Body Oil to your bath. Dim the lights and close your eyes for an indulgent aromatic experience. Muscles tired and aching after a rigorous workout? Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to your apricot-infused bath for ultimate relaxation. Once emerging from your heavenly soak (if you can!), smooth a few drops of Apricot Body Oil onto slightly damp skin for deeper penetration of this luscious oil’s feel-good ingredients.

SLOUGH OFF DRY WINTER SKIN

Say goodbye to dry and flaky winter skin by mixing a few drops of Apricot Body Oil with two shakes of Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Rub your hands together to create a creamy paste and apply it to dry areas as a gentle all-over body scrub. The rice powder and lactic acid in the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant slough off dead skin cells and buff skin texture to leave it looking perfectly polished, while the Apricot Body Oil adds a dose of deep hydration for gorgeous, velvety skin.

How do you use our Apricot Body Oil? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was written by Alisha Whitley from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here