10 Beauty Tips Just Using A Toothbrush

Stop! Don’t throw away that old toothbrush! Don’t throw away the one the dentist gave you. Even though you use an electric one, there are so many uses you may not even know about! Using a toothbrush has helped me with beauty tips and tricks, to cleaning the laundry room and the whole house. Those little bristles that get around your teeth are so great at getting around lots of other little small spots you need as well!

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Beauty Hacks!

1. Helping exfoliate your lips by adding lip balm and brush, this will help to remove all the dead skin you have.

2. Calming baby hairs! You may have just teased your hair and are ready for the town, but those baby hairs are popping up!! Spray your tooth brush with some hairspray and help settle them down.

3. Brows! Don’t put the hairspray down just yet! Spray it on the toothbrush again and brush your brows into place. This will secure them and help to not move throughout the day, giving nice full brows.

4. Cuticles, adding a little oil on your cuticles and letting soak in for a minute then brushing helps exfoliate them and remove any dead cuticle.

5. De-lint your hair dryer!! In the back of your dryer where hair is supposed to circulate lint forms and can cause your dryer to die earlier and can even cause fires or shorts. Using a toothbrush to remove lint every so often will help your dryer live a long life!

6. Create Volume! Lifting hair and using your tooth brush right at the base of your scalp will help add texture and volume to your hair.

7. Remove Self Tanner!! In a bowl mix together water, lemon juice and baking soda, making a paste. Dip your toothbrush in and start scrubbing on the tanner you wish to remove. The toothbrush is soft enough on your skin but will be tough enough to remove the spots.

8. De-clump Mascara. After a whole year old mascara tubes can get clumpy. Using your toothbrush to remove clump from your wand will help to remove this! (Another tip is to add eye drops into your tube to help liquify it again)

9. Slick Buns! Ever put your hair in a slick bun but it just wont happen because your hair is flying all over? Spray some hairspray on your hair and use the brush to tame down all your hair and create the perfect slicked bun!

10. Washing Bangs! When I used to have bangs I would always hate how they would get oily before the rest of my hair. To help this I would start off by pulling the rest of my hair back and leave my bangs out. Next I would wet my bangs and put a little shampoo onto the toothbrush. Then scrub your hair at the base and massage onto the rest of the bang. Rinse and blow dry like regular!

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I hope these toothbrush tricks helped you in your next beauty crisis! Do you have any other beauty tips using just a toothbrush? Let me know! I always love learning new things!

Xo, Amanda Warren

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The importance of Beauty sleep from My Mom

Over the years I am sure I have caused my mom to loose her share of beauty sleep. From when I was a new born crying all night (although she swears I was the best baby and slept through the whole night i’m sure I wasn’t as perfect as she makes me seem). To the high school years when I would come home late to curfew, with her still up praying I was okay. She hopefully rests a little easier now that I am an adult and live right behind her. Although, I know mama’s will always worry about their babies. I now have something to help ease her mind and sleep more restfully.

Luna Nectar sent me their Anti-stress and Sleep Magnesium Oil and I have been using it like crazy!! Just 3-5 sprays and I feel so relaxed by the amazing smell. It is shown to help decrease stress and anxiety induce sleep, address aches and pains and elevate mood. If it even did one of these I would be over the moon! However I can really see the difference in all of them. Magnesium is the first thing you loose when stressed. When you are at a lack of Magnesium this can cause depression, back aches, head aches and brain fog. Applying to your skin is the fastest and best way to absorb. infused with aloe Vera and lavender this oil is sure to have you sleeping like a non crying baby! (if they really do exist!) Click here to get your hands on some!

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Tip from Mom on Beauty before sleep: Vitamin E. Apply to your feet hands elbows and knees before sleep to help keep moisturized, soft and reduce signs of aging.

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My bedtime routine in 7 steps

What you do before bed sets you up for a beneficial 7-8 hours in your beauty routine! My husband is constantly cracking jokes about how long it takes me to get ready for bed. No matter the time its totally worth it to me! So here is my 7 step run down:

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  1. A Clean Face

    No matter what I always go to bed with a clean face. Going to bed with your makeup on or only using a makeup remover is leaving your skin prone to acne, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.

    1. Makeup remover - I always use a makeup remover towellet to start this process and currently am loving the Rodan + Fields makeup remover.

    2. I posted about this a few times, but I always use the Dermalogica pre cleanse. You massage it into your face without water to help clean off your makeup. You then add water to your hands and massage a little more

    3. Cleanse - I have used several different face washes over the years and I always seem to come back to Rodan + Fields. It really helps with my stubborn acne. If acne isn’t what you are fighting with I would recommend the Dermalogica cleansing solution.

2. Tone & Prep

  • I will typically use a toner with witch hazel. If I haven’t already in the morning I will use a daily peel treatment from Dr. Dennis Gross and get my skin nice and clean and prepped from my nightly moisturizer.

3. Hydrate

  • While my skin sits from the toner I brush my teeth, take my vitamins (they give me a tummy ache so I take them before bed to save myself)

  • Drink a full glass of water! — this ensures I get some extra hydration before bed and keeps me satisfied for the night of sleep.

4. Night Creams

  • Depending on how my skin is doing (breakout or not) I will add a light moisturizer to my face like the Fountain of Truth insta-face elixir

  • IF I am breaking out I will put on the Rodan + Field unblemish treatment

  • I apply foot cream with socks to help my toes stay extra soft and hand cream ( I love the Fountain of Truth - Youth in hand cream

5. Lash Boost

  • I quickly apply my lash and brown boost from Luna Nectar to help the condition of my lashes and growth of both my brow and lashes while I sleep

6. Lips

  • Add some lip moisturizer or chap stick to help my lips from drying out and making them so kissibly soft.

7. Pillow Magic

  • A few months ago I got this amazing NIGHT sleep pillow and have been having the best nights sleep ever since. I am in no way exaggerating. This pillow helps hair while sleeping, by reducing frizz and adding shine to the hair. It also helps with wrinkles and acne by protecting against environmental allergens, dust mites, mold and fungus from setting on your pillow and potentially clogging your pores. WORTH EVERY PENNY!

Hopefully these 7 steps help clear up why I spend so much time in the bathroom every night! For all products click on the photo for more info and to purchase! Also, please let me know below if you have any recommendations for me! I always love trying new products!

Xo, Amanda Warren

Beauty & Health Benefits Of Raw Honey

You may know that honey can help with a sore throat, but do you know the difference between regular honey and raw honey? Raw Honey contains vitamins, nutrients and enzymes. Regular honey has actually little to no pollen and it’s main ingredient is actually high fructose corn syrup. Raw honey will help with anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, contains powerful antioxidents, balances blood sugar levels, stabilize blood pressure, boost immune function and helps heal skin conditions.

Recently I was having terrible stomach pains every time I would eat something. I read online raw honey would help with digestion. Every time my stomach would act up I began to drink hot tea, raw honey and a dash of cinnamon. Thankfully my stomach issues have been gone this whole week.

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Raw honey has so many benefits both internally and externally. Here are my top 5 favorite beauty benefits of raw honey:

  1. Sunburn: Honey is an anti-inflammatory which helps with burned skin and speeding up the recover process.

  2. Nourished Hair: It’s no wonder Biolage R.A.W. Shampoo and Conditioner contains honey. It helps hair by curing dry damaged hair leaving it nourished and full of shine.

  3. Moisturizing Skin: Don’t have the latest mask from the store but suffering from a dry winter? Honey is a great moisturizing mask! Leave on for 15-20 min and rinse with warm water. Leaving skin soft and glowing.

  4. Bath Soak: Leave that bath bomb at the store and grab some raw honey for a bath that will leave your skin silky soft. Just mix 2 large tablespoons with hot water until dissolved and pour into tub.

  5. Scar Fader: honey has been known to be a great wound healer, the antioxidants nourish damaged skin and help the healing process. Massage into skin for 1-2 minutes and rinse off.

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Some additional health benefits that come from raw honey are:

  • Reduces the risk of illness and disease

  • Helps to heal cuts and wounds

  • Helps with weight loss

  • Boost energy

  • Relieves morning sickness

  • Supports good bacteria

  • Raises levels of antioxidants in blood

  • 27 minerals and 22 amino acids

  • Helps fight off allergies

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When shopping for raw honey its really important to keep in mind are where its sourced. Republic of Vermont takes pride in their honey by not using antibiotics on their bees. This always insures the healthiest of honey rich in flavor and natural enzymes. For more info on them and their honey head to www.RepublicofVermont.com

Latest 5 things I Cant Live Without!

With so many new products and trends hitting the market everyday, its no wonder my skin care and beauty routines are changing constantly. I enjoy trying them all.. and I always love to report my findings. These are my 5 latest favs and why I love them!

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Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum by Luna Nectar

I am an eyelash extension junky and I am not afraid to admit it.. now that I have my lash boost serum. I apply this easy to use serum nightly on my lashes and my one eyebrow that is a little lower than the other. Within weeks of using it I had so much less brow to fill in and my lashes were full of sprouts. Sparse lashes and brows can be a result of many things; cancer (radiation therapy), thyroid disorder, and the natural aging process. Not able to prevent these causes the only alternative is to find a product that will help with a solution. The Moon Boost Serum is rich in essential fatty acids that will help lock in moisture to help supplement and encourage longer, fuller lashes and brows!

Other ways to help protect lashes and brows are being sure to remove your makeup before bed and making sure to take your vitamins and minerals. For more info and product click here.

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VII Code - O2M Oxygen Eye Mask For All Night Repair

Who doesn’t want to go to sleep and wake up looking well rested. Seems easy right? Yeah.. we all know a great night of sleep doesn't always show on the outside. These 8 hour under eye pads are so easy to use and the first of their kind that have been okayed for this long of use. They left me feeling moisturized and instantly reduced my quickly increasing fine lines. They also have eye masks for dark circles that will help increase the blood flow and boost oxygen. This line is sure to help all your under eye needs and leave you feeling like you just spent the day at the spa. For more info and product click here.

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Clean Skin Club - Clean Wipes

The number one thing I loved about these face cleaning wipes was that they were two times as big! This is hugely important when taking your makeup off, especially when you have a full day of makeup! I also love the fact that they are paraben, and fragrance and alcohol free. Clean is not only in the name of their cleaning wipes but the fact that the whole line Is for cleaning and keeping your skin clean. I love the cleaning wipes along with their clean towels, clean swabs and so many other great products to keep your skin CLEAN and clear! For more info and products click here

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Celery Juice

I recently started drinking celery juice every morning on an empty stomach, then after waiting 20 minutes to eat or drink anything else. I first started this to help my skin. Its no secret I suffer from acne, and if you follow me on the gram I am always talking about it. After turning 30 I started to not only suffer from this but was also having allergic reactions from the use of Salacilic Acid products. After juicing for nearly 3 weeks now my skin is not only on its way to a speedy recovery, but my mood is happier, I’m much less tired. Honestly, starting your day out with vegetables is a sure fire way to be on the road to a successful day! For more information on celery juice head to www.medicalmedium.com for my favorite juicers look here, here, and here.

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Dermalogica PreCleanse

This is one of my new great loves! I honestly get excited about using it! The smell is amazing and I can feel it cleaning deeply into my pours as I use it. Before I found this product I was double washing my face. I would start with a clean wipe, then one face wash and then another to make sure to get all the products I had from the day off my skin. Along with the day’s products there are many environmental chemicals we can often pickup. In December I switched out the first face wash with precleanse and I have never been more happier. It not only cleanses the skin, but it smells great and helps nourish it. Trust me you wont be sorry you tried this! Pick yours up here .

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Thank you so much for checking out my 5 new favorite beauty items! Let me know below if this is helpful to you! Also, let me know what I should doing next! Xo, Amanda

10 Must Have Travel Beauty Finds

It's no secret that I LOVE to travel, but I also love my skin and hair to look as great as it does in the comfort of my home. Sometimes that's hard to do when you’re constantly on the go. There are so many other factors, like different water quality, humidity, etc. that come into play when seeing all the beautiful world has to offer us! Along my wonderful journey I have found products that work great for me and keep my skin and hair in the best shape! Checkout my 10 fav beauty products that fill my toiletry bag to save so much time when packing and getting ready in small hotel bathrooms!


First thing to start packing when heading on a trip is the luggage and toiletry bags. I got this bag last year on Amazon. Great find to be able to separate your items by (makeup, cleaning, and hair) Also has a hanger that is perfect for the limited counter space you have in hotel bathrooms! Hang it up and its out of the way for your whole stay!


1. I always have to pack a great face wash! My skin is normally oily and acne prone, but on vacation I feel like everyone’s can be! This face wash will help remove impurities and oils, which can be in overdrive when on vacation! Not to mention extra pollutants that can be in the air if you are traveling to a big city!


2. Another great skincare item I like to take with me is Dr. Jart+ water fuse hydro sleep mask. Although your skin can get oily from the constant movement and all day fun you are having, sometimes it can be dry. That will depend on where you are heading, but I always pack this just incase! This mask is super easy, you wear while you are sleeping so it wont take away from any of your traveling fun!


3. This next item is probably already in your everyday essentials and probably goes without saying. However I must add! I use these makeup removed towelettes everyday. They help to pre-remove my makeup before washing. I don't recommend using just these or just a facewash when taking off your makeup. I use these, and two face washes to help remove makeup! Makeup brands make that stuff to last, and that LAST thing you want to be doing is sleeping with makeup you thought you removed


4. Speaking of sleep.. I cannot do without my sleep gummies! These babies come in handy when getting on a long plane ride and trying to adjust to time change!


5. What good are sleep gummies without a sleep mask! Slip Eye mask is my favorite! Helps keep all your skin products on your face instead of absorbing into the fabric. Also helps to reduce friction and static on your hair! Silk pillows are also the best for your hair!


6. Now that your skin is prepped and sleep is covered let us talk hair! My favorite shampoo and conditioner duo to take on vacation is Nourish by Biolage. My hair always seems to be more dry when I leave home so I try to over compensate and beat the problem with my haircare routine on the road! This R.A.W. duo always works amazing for my trips!


7. Cant pack a bag without toothpaste! And my favorite is Marvis!


8. Last things I pack in my bag are my go to quick beauty products! Last thing I want to be on vacation is high maintenance… (okay ANY MORE high maintenance then I normally am! lol) So I use a tinted moisturizer over a foundation. For one I want extra sunscreen coverage without that heavy coverage that may sweat off depending on what the day might bring! Laura Mercier has the absolute best tinted moisturizer!! BEST!


9. After I have applied my tinted moisturizer and let it sink into my skin I use this MAC contour kit. Super easy to pack and all in one container. I can use this to fill in my brows, as eyeshadow, contour, and blush! Although at home I have many different items I use, on vacation you want to bring as little as possible and something you can use for everything


10. Lastly.. I add on my favorite Sugar Rose by fresh to help keep my lips hydrated while on the go. It has the best tint to it! I will sometimes apply this at night as well if my lips are more chapped then usual


I hope this rundown of my must pack beauty essentials will help on your next travel adventure! Feel free to click on each photo to better help you shop!

Keeping a Tan all Year long!

Summer is over, Fall is here, and Winter is soon upon us! How’s that tan? If its half as bad as mine was then let me help you out! 10 hours before this photo I was as white as my spotted bestie, but thanks to Tanceuticals my tan is back!

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4 reasons this is my go to self tanner

  1. The tan itself! This self tanner color is spot on, not orange and looks natural!

  2. The smell! My husband didn't even know I had put a tanner on before bed because it smells so good!!

  3. Its so easy to apply! The glove that comes in the kit makes it so easy to apply the tanning lotion! It glides on super fast and smooth!

  4. It uses natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin!

When I was younger I use to love sunny days and laying out for hours with the “best” tanning products to increase my tan. All that was increasing was my mole count and the risk of skin cancer. Now as I am more worried about wrinkles and my actual health. I still try to enjoy the sun responsibly using sunscreen. Tanceuticals is a great way to give you a beautiful tan all year long and save you from the damage of the sun, along with giving your skin the added moisture that it needs.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other countries combined. Don't become part of the statistics. Make sure you are using sunscreens, checking your moles with a dermatologist, and getting and keeping your tan with a bottle not by worshiping the sun.

For more info on Self Tanner visit SelfTanning.com



My Fast Cure for Acne!

Are you suffering from acne that started in your teenage years and continued through adulthood? My joke to myself was “I’ll have acne right until the wrinkles start to set in”. WRONG! Wrinkles are coming and this darn acne is not leaving! I have seen so many dermatologists and done everything I can to help fight the battle! Certain products seem to really help, but others are just a quick fix. Around two years ago while looking for a new facemask on Amazon I found this Indian Healing Clay mask and decided to give it a try. At this price point it was worth a shot! Years have gone by and I still use it on a weekly basis, sometimes more if I am having a breakout or an important event coming up! (my husband calls it the “Hulk” mask. He thinks he’s funny!)

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The Indian Healing Clay works with Apple Cider Vinegar to help smooth and soften the skin, all while removing toxins. There are many things Indian Healing Clay can be used for, but my favorite is the ability to dry up my acne by drying up my breakouts in just one mask!

For application mix equal parts of Indian Healing Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar, apply to face evenly, and let sit. For sensitive skin they recommend letting it sit for 5 min and 15-20 for normal. I usually leave it on as long as I possibly can. My face is always beat red after washing off, but not to worry this is normal and will go away shortly after!

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I hope this helps you as it did me! Some other tips I would recommend are changing your pillowcase daily, washing morning and night and never touching your face. Remember, oils are NOT our friend!


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