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How to Clean & Disinfect your Makeup Brushes without Chemicals

25 Jun

Have you found the best way to clean your makeup brushes? I have!

I hate the idea of buying separate products for everything in life. I like finding ways to whip up something with ingredients I already have to get the job done.

When you are cleaning your makeup brushes, two things need to be accomplished; the brushes must get clean and all of that icky bacteria that has accumulated from many applications to your face needs to be eliminated.

Here is a recipe I recently used to clean my makeup brushes that worked really well!

How to Clean and Disinfect your Makeup Brushes without Chemicals |

Depending on how many makeup brushes you need to clean, consider remixing some new solution. I found my water was pretty makeup-y when I was done cleaning five brushes. The last brush I washed was easily cleaned, but I would have whipped up another batch of this if I were washing more.

In doing my own research, I noticed that many makeup brush cleaner recipes called for vinegar.  I love using vinegar for cleaning and disinfecting in all other situations, but you need to be careful to not use anything that will be too harsh on the brush bristles. I was worried that vinegar may make the bristles dry and brittle. Tea tree oil has amazing bacteria killing properties, so it’s great for a job like this.

There are a lot of great “natural” shampoo options or recipes to make your own. I use a shampoo made by a regular beauty company, but it does not contain silicone, parabens, or dye. Click here to check it out.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes? Do you have a recipe you make at home or do you use a store bought option?

Receive great discounts on health and wellness products through VGN Premium!

11 Jun

Village Green Network (VGN) Premium is a new online discount club. It’s the perfect membership for foodies like you who are focused on the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family and want to save money while you’re at it. We know all too well that healthy food can get expensive, even when you follow those trusty “5 ways to save money on groceries” lists. When you’re buying real food (the good stuff!) the costs can add up. That’s why we are stoked to be a part of a membership club like VGN Premium.

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  • You will get coupons, sales, and shipping discounts to use on some of the best real foodie brands!
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  • You will get member-only discounts (at least 25% off!) on e-books, meal plans, the VGN Summit, classes, and e-book bundles from the best real food bloggers out there!
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June Link Love

10 Jun

It’s that time again to share some blog love! Nothing like a one stop shop to be able to look through some cool blog posts. We hope you like the ones we picked too!

We usually try to share some fun pictures on our Link Love posts and I think the recent ones Ryan took while in Yellowstone National Park were too cute to pass up! Enjoy!

June Link Love | WholeGreenLove

This Orange Avocado Dressing looks amazing! Not to mention the salad recipe to go with it. I’m planning on making it this week for sure!

It is easy to get lazy or even forgetful with lunches packed at home. I love nothing more then getting to work and knowing I have an awesome lunch and snacks packed for the day. Here are 10 Essential Lunch Box Packing Tips that might help you out!

A Cheeseburger Frittata?! With Ryan’s love for cheeseburgers, I think this will have to be on our menu soon!

Baby animals are the best…so stinkin’ cute! Check out this baby lamb…aww!

It never hurts to be prepared and to have any “tips” ready for traveling successfully with children. Here are 6 Simple Tips for Traveling With Kids.

I don’t know about you, but opening a young coconut can be quite the challenge! Here is a great how to, that I’ve used before & it works great.

We’ve been trying to eat more fermented foods…here are 8 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods!

Lavender Mint Soothing Herbal Body Butter…sign me up.

June Link Love | WholeGreenLove

I hope you all have had a good weekend and have been able to get out and enjoy this nice weather we’ve been having! Maybe you’ll be inspired to make or implement something from these lovely blogs in your life this week!

2 Simple Ingredients to Clear Up Skin Fungus (Tinea Versicolor)

4 May

Is it weird we are talking about skin fungus today? Is it too much that I’m sharing with you guys that I even had skin fungus? Ah well.

I went to see a dermatologist a few years ago because I saw a couple of small, light pink patches of skin about 5 inches above my belly button. Not painful, not itchy, barely noticeable, but I thought I should get it checked out.

My dermatologist took one look at it, said, “I bet this is tinea versicolor” and left the room to look at the cells she had scraped off my skin under a microscope.

Rx happy dermo returns. “Yup,” she says, “That’s what it is. Just a harmless skin fungus. It’s pretty common and actually, a lot of people have it without even knowing. Some people have it on their back or in places on your skin where there is a lot of heat or the skin can’t breathe well. It bothers people because they don’t like how it looks and the affected skin won’t tan in the sun. But it’s not harmful and it’s nothing to be concerned about. I’m going to write you a prescription for an oral medication, which should get rid of it for you. You should know though, that even if it goes away it will likely come back again and you’ll need to take the medication again.”

Click here for more information on tinea versicolor.

Timeout a second here. Just to give you a little more information, these two spots on my skin were literally half the size of a dime. I’m not even sure my husband would have noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out. But already we’re talking prescription medications?

“Is there something else I can do to get rid of it? Maybe something besides taking the medication?” I asked.

“Well I could write you a prescription for a cream, but the oral meds are just easier.”

I left the appointment with a prescription for the cream (which I never filled). I wasn’t about to load up on a bunch of antifungal pills for something that was not harmful at all to my health. C’mon.

When I got home, a quick Internet search brought up a whole bunch of solutions. The first suggestion I tried worked for me.

Like the dermatologist said, it came back and the recipe below worked like a charm again.

Anti-Fungal Skin Treatment

1 Tbsp olive oil

5-10 drops of tea tree oil

Mix olive oil and tea tree oil in a small sealable container. Apply once or twice per day to the affected area. I found the best way to apply it was to dab a Q-tip in the mixture and apply.

This recipe makes a very small amount of treatment oil, but you don’t need much. If you have larger areas of your skin that are affected, double or triple the recipe for application. Some people also apply straight tea tree oil to their skin for a more potent affect. I would suggest starting with the olive oil mixture, especially if you have sensitive skin.

First of all, sorry about my glowing white Wisconsin skin. It’s, like, translucent. Also, the after picture was taken post workout, so it looks a little red and blotchy compared the the first photo. You can see though, compared to the Before picture, the 2 red spots are gone. The Before and After was a two week time period. I was not good about putting it on twice a day and even missed a day here and there. If you follow the twice per day rule, you’ll see results fast!

2 Simple Ingredients to Clear Up Skin Fungus

Please see a dermatologist if you see something questionable on your skin. Do not use my information, descriptions, or any links I provide here to self diagnose.

What home remedies do you use to clear up skin ailments?

March Link Love

17 Apr

Here is our monthly roundup of our favorite things we found in the blogosphere last month! It’s April, why do we look back to cold and dreary March? Because we found some sweet stuff last month that we want you to know about! That’s why! Also, because April has been totally cold and dreary, so what’s the big diff anyway?

March Love Links | WholeGreenLove

  • After our discovery that the unwelcome food additive, carrageenan is in the most unexpected dairy/dairy alterative products, making your own almond milk is a must!
  • I love figuring out how to replace artificial or unhealthy sweeteners with the natural variety, sometimes it’s just hard to keep track of them all. Our Nourshing Roots breaks it down in the Ultimate Guide to Natural Sweeteners.
  • I was just eyeing up the three bottles of laundry detergent we have left in the basement. It’s an eco-friendly option that I love, but I’m excited to make my own homemade laundry detergent!
  • Real Food Fajitas? Yes, please! And it’s also a plus that they are freezer friendly. Nothing like pulling an already prepared meal out on a busy weeknight!
  • I was at an event this week for work, sharing breakfast with some pretty cool people…but no one at the table touched the butter for their toast. Whaaaaa? No one, except for me that is. That’s why this post from Girl Meets Nourishment made me smile: The Truth about Fats: Why Butter is your Best Friend.

March Love Links | WholeGreenLove

Any cool recipes or ideas you came across recently? Please share!