5 Secrets To Making Your Perfume Last

My favourite perfume is Chanel No. 5. I got my first bottle 3 years ago for Christmas, and believe it or not, I can actually make a 3.4 fl. oz. bottle last 2 years! It costs $75 for one bottle, the last time I checked so I definitely do my best to spread it, wearing it only for special occasions. I’m on my second bottle now and let me tell you, when I ran out of the first bottle, it was one of the worst feelings in the world! Even worse, is when you spritz only to find that no one can smell the lovely fragrance on you two hours later! It’s the biggest bummer: You’ve treated yourself to a new fragrance, but despite several morning spritzes, the scent seems to completely disappear by 10am. Before you drown yourself in a suffocating cloud of eau de parfum, get strategic. Try these five hacks—some of which will disprove old habits—to make the most of your purchase!

1. Apply After Showering

Scents last longer on moist skin, so applying perfume after a shower or bath is optimal. Spray it on after drying off, before putting on clothes.

2. Know Your Hot Spots

Go beyond the wrists by spritzing on pulse points that generate more heat. I usually spray the nape of my neck, inside of my elbows, cleavage and stomach. Although you shouldn’t cover all these zones at once, I’d suggest spraying at least the back of your knees or ankles to start, as scent rises throughout the day.

3. Don’t Rub

The old ritual of spraying and rubbing the wrists actually interrupts the fragrance’s true smell, as friction causes heat. This speeds up the evaporation of certain notes, resulting in change of scent.

4. Layer over Lotion

As mentioned before, perfume lingers longer on hydrated skin. Apply unscented moisturizer or my personal favourite, Vaseline on pulse points before spraying to lock it in. If spraying over lotion, make sure that the scents are compatible!

5. Store in a Cool, Dry Place

As pretty as they may look next to your skincare collection, never keep your perfumes in the bathroom. Stay away from damp, humid areas and away from the sun so your precious scents don't break down. Tip: Invest in a chic tray and proudly display your bottles in your bedroom.

Swimming With Natural Hair: What You Need to Know Before Hitting the Beach

I have never been one of those girls that refused to get my hair wet whenever I was going to the pool or the beach. I never had difficulty washing my hair. In fact, my only problem was drying. I always ended up with a huge frizz ball for hair. Even now that I’m natural, I still don’t have problems washing my hair. Maybe because it’s not as long as when it was permed, it’s not a hassle. Detangling takes a while yes, but once we’ve got a rhythm going, things tend to move rather smoothly. I think at this point, my only concern is protecting it from damage. So because I was going to the beach today with some friends, and considering that my hair is now purple, I decided to look up some tips on how to protect my hair from damage from the salt water. It’s actually so simple, and doesn’t take much time at all. Some people were saying I would have to soak my hair in a bunch of different oils, and wrap my hair… I wanted to scream! I can’t imagine putting too much oils or products into the ocean. These tips helped me today, so hopefully, they can help you too:

 

  • Saturate your hair - sounds silly right? Why do I need to wet my hair BEFORE I get in the water? Quick answer – wet hair will soak up less chlorine (or sea salt) than dry hair will. Think of it like a sponge. A dry sponge will absorb as much liquid as it can. But a wet sponge is so full, it can’t absorb any more.

  • Apply coconut oil (unrefined is best) prior to getting in the water (preferably the night before). Hair will absorb the coconut oil strengthening the hair shaft thus providing extra protection against the chlorine. I used organic extra virgin olive oil.

  • Coat hair with conditioner - this will seal the cuticle and help create a barrier between your strands and the chlorine. *some choose to forego this tip because fellow swimmers may end up wearing it and tasting it! I didn’t do this step. I figured the coconut oil would be enough.

  • Do not leave your hair out - one big braid or a bun will keep hair from becoming matted or tangled. My hair is currently in a twists up-do.

  • Wear a swim cap – it may not be sexy and you can certainly skip it, however, the more barrier between your hair and the chlorine the better.

 

Post Swim:

  • Rinse with water then shampoo – there are several swimmers shampoos out there. Try Ions Swimmer Shampoo (100% vegan and sulfate free) or Triswim Shampoo (paraben free). I used Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo.

  • Condition as normal (deep condition if you feel it’s necessary). I used Cantu Leave in Conditioner.

How do you prep your hair prior to taking a dip?

7 Exercise Hacks to Try While Getting Ready to Go Out

Let’s be real: Working out isn't really that fun (unless you’re doing Zumba). Sure, it’s basically the healthiest thing you can do, but working out can be exhausting, expensive and inconvenient. And if you’re already juggling a really hectic schedule, whether it be the kids or a demanding job, or school work, working out is the least of your priorities. But what if I told you that there are sneaky ways to get fit while getting ready to go out at night, or while you’re getting dressed for work in the morning? And they don’t take any extra time because you can do it with your routine! Sure these moves aren't major calorie burners, but every little bit counts right?

1. Stretch in the shower.
 The warm water while showering will help your muscles to relax, making it a perfect time to stretch!

2. Use your kitchen chair.
Waiting for that coffee to brew or that microwave to go off? Use your kitchen or dining room to do some easy triceps dips (these are what they look like.)

3. Raise up!
Next time you’re brushing teeth, applying makeup, curling your hair, or checking out your outfit in the mirror, try doing some calve raises. Raise up onto your toes and lower down slowly, or raise one leg behind you, then alternate.

4. Squat!
Instead of sitting down to apply make-up or dry your hair, do a squat hold instead for a few seconds every couple of minutes.

5. Add weight while blow drying.
This is genius: Add wrist weights to your arms before you start blow drying your hair, or using other hot tools. Depending on your hair length and thickness, it could take over 20 minutes to completely dry. By adding weight on your arms, you’ll be challenging your muscles as you style with your (probably heavy) dryer and a hairbrush!

6. Run don’t walk.
Like the old people say, “Watch pot never boil”. So instead of standing there waiting for the food to cook, try jogging lightly in place. Or instead of walking to the bathroom, try jogging. This may even give you an extra burst of energy in the morning!

7. Ready to start the day?
Not a fan of running? Do some lunges as you make your way around the house or down the hall way and out the front door on the way to work.

The Green Zing Detox Face Mask

I've never been one to know if I'm getting a good deal or not on a beauty product. I'm a wash and go kind of girl, so I just used the basic cleanser, and only wear makeup on special occasions. But in recent times, I'm struggling a lot with acne, a problem I never had in high school. I want it to just go away. So after doing some research, I decided to try a detox mask. 

And to be honest, it itched. It itched so bad, I had to really discipline myself and not claw it off before it dried. The site I got the recipe from, didn't specify how often to use it or what exactly it's supposed to do for your skin and how it works, but my skin was butter smooth and tight when I took it off. My skin was bright and glowing! And I got the feeling that prolonged use might actually make a difference. This recipe leaves A LOT left over so you can cover it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until your next use. It should last at least two weeks.

The Green Zing Face Mask

  • 1/2 overly ripe Avocado

  • 1/2 Lemon (juice)

  • 1 Tbs. Coconut oil

  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil

Blend the avocado until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients. 

Spread a thin layer all over your (non-makeup-ed) clean face and leave it on until it dries, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove by placing a warm washcloth over your face and letting the mask soften. Then, you can just wipe it off with the washcloth and rinse your face completely.

Note: When using citrus essential oils on the skin you should avoid the sun for 24 hrs.

I'll keep you updated on my skin treatments. Any tips you guys want to give me? Sound off in the comment section below and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to receive more awesome posts in your inbox!


XoX,

Olivia

5 Different Ways to Plank

Don't call it a resolution.

I'm thinking about...... maybe........... depending on how I feel, the temperature, which way the wind blows, how I happen to look that day, what's on the menu for the day................getting back into exercising. And yes it does depend on all of those key factors!

I am a lazy girl! I am partially ashamed of this fact. The hardest I work in when baking and shopping. That doesn't count, does it?

I've also been considering getting into recording some of my tutorials instead of writing them. That way there would be a visual aid.

So today, I'm talking about my first fitness video called 5 Different Ways to Plank. (And I'm not talking about that crazy fad either).

Planking can actually be fun. It's really intense on the core muscles and super versatile. Short on time? Don't skip the strength-training session — get playful with the plank! By doing multitasking variations of this basic move, you can target your arms, back, core, legs, and booty to chisel out a stronger, more toned you. You can't beat planks for toning your entire body. Here's how to keep them interesting!

What are your fitness goals this year?

Let's see how long I stick to mine.

XoX

Olivia