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A Eucalyptus Shower For The Lazy Girl

by
LAURYN

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THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN A LIFE HACK.

Personally, I love myself a life hack. Not only a life hack, but an EASY life hack.

Combined with a fab find at the farmer’s market, & you have yourself an ideal situation.

This hack is so easy, & so therapeutic that you’re going to want to run to your local farmer’s market asap.

All you need for this project is eucalyptus leaves & a black hair tie. Yup that’s it. A rolling pin would also be great but if you don’t have one, don’t stress.

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What you do is grab the eucalyptus leaves- I get mine from the farmer’s market, because like I said, the fresher the better. Take your leaves, grab a rolling pin or something similar ( an empty wine bottle works too! ) & roll it over the leaves to release the aroma.

After this, I like to run the leaves under water to get rid of any bugs, dust or debris because I definitely don’t want that shit trickling down me in the shower. ( Again, this is why I like the farmer’s market- no pesticides on my eucalyptus leaves PLZ. Also they were only $4.39. ) I run them under the water for about a minute then shake the water off.

Then, take a hair tie & wrap it around the bottom of the leaves, then hang it upside down & wrap the hair tie around your shower head so it hangs down under it.

If you don’t want to hang it on your shower head, you could also just fill a vase with water & the eucalyptus leaves & keep it in your shower. Just be very careful & make sure the vase is secure on a ledge. No one wants a shattered glass situation when they’re supposed to be having a soothing shower.

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Once you have the leaves attached to your shower head, every time you shower the water will trickle through them & it will create this beautiful, soothing, decongesting aromatherapy throughout your whole bathroom. It will smell like the most amazing garden.

Recently I got a salt lamp night light to put in my bathroom, so this combined with the eucalyptus at night makes my whole bathroom feel like a bougie spa. It seriously transports me to another place.

There are a ton of sites that say you need tools to make this situation happen- hammer, nails, string, scissors. Nope. I say just do it the lazy girl’s way with a hair tie. It’s efficient & quick. Honestly, I’ve had it hanging for a week & a half & it’s totally fine.

AND if you’re just too lazy for all of it, you can just buy a eucalyptus spray on Amazon.

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Before I get in the shower, I like to let the steam go for a few minutes to get the shower nice & warm & eucalyptusy. I pop on my salt lamp night light, throw on some Parisian jazz & hop into my homemade forest.

If you don’t have access to eucalyptus leaves, you can always put some eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle & bring it in the shower with you. Just spritz it everywhere while you’re in there. You can also do this with lavender, tangerine or lemon essential oils. ( More on why I love essential oils here. )

You can switch the leaves out every 2 weeks.

“The idea is to hang eucalyptus around your shower head, so that it’s not directly beneath the water. Instead, you want it to hang around over the shower nozzle, so you benefit from the aromatherapy without beating the plant to death after a quick shower.” source

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benefits of a eucalyptus shower

♡ helps with stress

♡ opens sinuses

♡ immediately freshens up the bathroom

♡ provides a therapeutic vibe

♡ helps provide clarity

♡ helps fight allergies

♡ looks amazing & pretty

♡ eucalyptus is known as a natural healer

The STRESS RELIEF is so major for me. To be in a calming atmosphere with a delicious smell after a hectic day really transforms my anxiety into a peaceful, calming energy.

Also having plants around your home is so beneficial. They purify the air, sharpen your focus & creativity, boost your mood, reduce stress & just create a cool vibe overall.

I found this idea on Pinterest. Pinterest ALWAYS hooks it up.

Alright, I feel like Martha fucking Stewart today- don’t mean to brag. I’m gonna go hop in my eucalyptus steam shower.

x, lauryn

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Foods That Will Make Your Skin All Glowy & Shit

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LAURYN

youtube beauty skincare video foods inside outside by tscI’ve always been a HUGE believer in health from the inside out- what you eat shows up in your skin. So I’m always eating foods that promote dewy, glowy skin.

Adding kale to pasta or adding lemon to pizza are just some ways I like to get these foods in. There are lots of creative ways you can get these skin-friendly foods into your meals that won’t make you feel like you’re going crazy.

Below are some of my favorite glowy go-tos, but we really dive deep in the video so be sure to watch:

Kale

Kale is known to reduce wrinkles & has more antioxidants than any other leafy green vegetable. Vitamin A is really great for your skin & kale is filled with it. Big fan of vitamin A. Kale is packed with omega 3 & 6 fatty acids which is a super rare combination. This is also known to really promote hair growth & who doesn’t want hair growth? As long as it’s on my head, I’m good- I just don’t want it on my mustache.

Lemon

Lemon is my OG favorite. Everyone knows lemon is my thing. I put it on ANYTHING & EVERYTHING. I eat the peels, I eat it raw & straight-up, I put it on pasta, pizza, cookies, dark chocolate, you name it, lemon is on it. I would squeeze lemon on Michael’s lips before I kiss him if I could. Lemon is filled with tons of minerals & vitamins- calcium, potassium, obviously vitamin C, antioxidants & it’s known to kill bacteria. If you wanted to get crazy with it, it’s also known as a lightener. This means it can lighten hyperpigmentation on the skin. Whenever I make a homemade mask I add lemon to it- because you know I have brown spots. Lemon peels can even be rubbed on your face for a nice skin glow too.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is famous for treating acne. It’s really great as a probiotic & it has so much healthy bacteria & yeast in it. People from Asia swear by fermented foods- they say it’s the key if you’re breaking out. Fermented foods like kimchi & sauerkraut help digestion which in turn helps your skin. I believe everything starts in the gut & sauerkraut is a great thing to add to your plate. I put it in salads or eat it raw.

Bone Broth

Bone broth contains hyaluronic acid. This is an ingredient a lot of famous dermatologists use in their products. Dr. Dennis has one that I’m obsessed with. It’s also used in fillers- so what we want to do is drink that hyaluronic acid. It promotes clear skin by reducing acne, rosacea, eczema & psoriasis. It also really helps with cell repair which in turn helps with dark circles under the eyes. It’s even known to prevent stretch marks during weight gain or pregnancy, since there’s collagen in it. SOME people even report that bone broth gets rid of their cellulite because of the collagen.

Four Sigmatic mushrooms

Mushrooms are great for someone like me who is prone to swelling. They’re anti-inflammatory & high in vitamin D which I need because I stay out of the sun. Mushrooms also have selenium which is great for wrinkles. DRINK YOUR MUSHROOMS! I like to drink mine at night using the mushroom cacao mix or I like to add it to my smoothie ( use my link for 15% off ).

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Let me know what foods you guys like to eat for glowing skin.

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RADIANT SKIN FROM WITHIN

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3 Products for Dehydrated, Prune-ass, Winter Skin

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LAURYN

beauty video product balm cleansing oils tscToday on The Skinny Confidential YouTube channel we’re talking about 3 winter favorites for dehydrated, dry skin.

Listen, we’ve all been there when the winter season hits & your skin feels like a dried up old prune. There’s nothing worse than having damp, dewy, pretty, youthful skin for the summer time, then getting to winter & being completely dried out.

So today I’m talking about 3 game-changing products that I use to keep my skin plump & dewy. Rest assured, I’ve tried these for the last 6 months- they’re ones that you’re going to want on your vanity & they’re ones that your BF will probably end up stealing.

We’re going to discuss a MAJOR cleansing balm, an iconic serum, & an oil that you’ll want to pour all over your body.

These 3 standouts have been my go-tos, especially when the skin is dry AF.

That’s that, let’s get straight into the video:

The Skinny Confidential 3 winter saviors for your skin:

Elemis Rose Cleaning Balm
This is like a lip balm for your face without the stickiness & removes your makeup with one swipe.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
This is pricey, but honestly you guys, after using it for the last 6 months every single day, I HIGHLY recommend this & know that it’s worth every penny. It’s like liquid gold.

Biossance Squalane Oil
This oil is amazing & so versatile. You can use it all over your arms, elbows, cracked knuckles, hands & even your hair.

+ optional: dry brush
If you don’t know about the benefits of dry brushing, you have to check out this post.

I would love to know what you guys are using to stay juicy & wet ( LOL ) for winter. Tell me what I need to pour all over my body to be a glowing goddess.

Be sure to check out my weekly videos on The Skinny Confidential YouTube channel. We post every Wednesday & there’s everything from skin to beauty to wellness to blogs.

Alright, I’m off to do my winter skincare routine while I watch Teresa & Melissa get into it on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I’ll also be enjoying my farmer’s market vanilla kefir that I just got. If you guys haven’t tried vanilla kefir yet, you HAVE to. It’s sweetened with vanilla beans & it’s so good.

See you tomorrow!

x, lauryn

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STALK THE PRODUCTS

3 Drugstore Beauty Product Must Haves

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LAURYN

You know I’m a huge fan of mixing highs & lows, & if there’s no need to buy the highs, then I’ll always search for the lows.

There’s nothing better than finding a great drugstore gem & being able to share it with everyone.

These are 3 items that I found make all the difference. Of course, I’d love to hear any of your favorites because I LOVE a good drugstore buy.

The Latest

eos shaving cream

great lash mascara

bliss marshmallow mask

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I’m sure we’re all in the same boat when we walk into Rite-Aid. You know, you go in for tweezers & walk out with 800 things?

There are definitely highs that I’ll splurge on, like Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, Dr. Dennis Peel Pads, & facials. But there are so many things you can find at the drugstore that are JUST as good as a high-end item.

As always, I’d love to hear what drugstore finds you guys are loving right now. Make sure you share below!

If you like this video, be sure to check out these ones here & here.

See ya tomorrow,

x, lauryn

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Yakov Gershkovich: The God of Facial Massage

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LAURYN

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You guys, I’m so excited to share this with you. Everyone knows I’m all about facial massage, but this was next level.

Yakov Gershkovich is seriously my idol. He’s from Russia & we’ve been messaging ever since I found his Instagram account a year ago. He came to LA to teach his Sculptural Face Lifting technique & he did it on me! I even brought my facialist, Mo, up to LA so she could experience his magic touch.

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He does so much different body work. At one point he held my hand, & his energy channeled through me into the C3 in my back & all of the sudden I felt relief. I can’t explain it, but that’s what happened.

He has this kind of energy that I’ve never experienced before. It’s super powerful. He was able to work on my face, jaw & neck in a way that was sculpting me, but also working with my energy.

If you haven’t experienced facial massage or lymphatic drainage, it’s a MUST. It’s something that everyone needs to try.

( Just an FYI, the questions are answered by his translator. )

Let’s get right into facial massage with the ultimate pro, Yakov Gershkovich:

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+ Introduce yourself & your expertise:

Yakov Gershkovich is the author, creator and master trainer of the Sculptural Face Lifting Method. He is the leading specialist in the field of facial aesthetics in Israel and has been a sought-after teacher world-wide since 2010. Yakov has studied extensively in Israel, Russia, Lithuania and France and been practicing different styles of massage for over 16 years. For many years Yakov was looking for a fast and efficient method of natural rejuvenation without the use of injections or surgery. He has tried a variety of different methods, techniques and styles of massage to create Sculptural Face Lifting  – a unique method that gives effective results, visible even after the first treatment.

+ Why facial manipulation?

The Sculptural Face Lifting Technique propels the internal resources of the body to natural rejuvenation. What’s important is that this procedure also supports tightening and strengthening of the facial musculature, and normalises the client’s psycho-emotional state by releasing inner blocks and melting away anxiety and stress. The skin begins to glow. The face appears more sculptured. Dubbed as a “nature’s answer to Botox”, Sculptural Face Lifting is praised by beauty bloggers, A-list celebrities, actors and media personalities as well as thousands of ordinary women who chose this method to stay young and beautiful.

+ How is your technique unique?

Yakov’s method is performed without the use of surgery and injections – it is done manually by toning, strengthening and relaxing the basic facial muscles. As a result, facial muscles relax and muscle tone returns to normal; spasms are removed, which in turn restores the natural posture of the face. Appearance and elasticity of the skin improves via improved blood circulation, stimulating cell turnover and regeneration.

+ What can we do at home to get a similar effect?

We offer a video course in self-massage that you can practice at home.

+ 3 tips for someone who’s interested in doing facial manipulation on a daily basis?

The main thing is routine. It is crucial that you work on your face every day to get lasting results. It’s like going to a gym – you can’t expect to have a strong fit body just by visiting the gym once a month – you have to work on it daily. A good skincare routine is another must. Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned before you touch your face.

Find Yakov on Facebook ( here & here ), Instagram, YouTube or his website.

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If you guys liked this post & are into facial massage & lymphatic drainage, I got you covered…

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3 at-home facial massage tools

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lymphatic drainage: yes plz

This was so MAJOR. I really have never experienced anything like it. His technique releases emotions & I felt a big release of anxiety. It also smooths fine lines & wrinkles which we always love.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

See you tomorrow,

x, lauryn

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