Tag: beauty

Beauty Bits: Applying Eye Moisturizer

Tips for applying eye moisturizer from katienormalgirl.com

The skin around your eyes is thin and very delicate.  It must be treated with a gentle touch and great care.  That being said, any time you’re applying creams, lotions or oils around the eyes, be sure to use your ring finger to do the spreading.  It is your weakest finger and will deter you from pressing too hard.

Birth-mineral Earrings of the Month: Golden Citrine


may be a bit parital since my birthday is in November but Citrine has always been one of my favorite minerals. The golden color always catches my eye and I just want to touch it!  Citrine is a mineral that is known for its cleansing and balancing properties. Wear this crystal when you are seeking personal balance, confidence and clarity.

November Birthstone: Topaz  November Birth-mineral: Citrine

Thread the post through the bead and use the pliers to bend a small hook into the base of the post that will hold the bead on it.  Now thread one of the earring hooks onto the post and to finish the earring, bend the post in half and tuck it into the bead.









Let me know if you give these a try and I’d love to see pictures!

Moisturizing Pumpkin Body Whip

I have studied herbalism for many years and enjoy using the knowledge that I have gained to create both simple and complex herbal remedies, delicious teas, tisanes and brews, and to make natural skin and hair care products.  I get to share a lot of this knowledge in my weekly column on hellogiggles.com as The 21st Century Herbalist.  Once a week I like to repost the column here, just in case you missed it!

Original publish date: September 27, 2012

or those of us in the northern hemisphere, Autumn is officially here!  Bring on the pumpkin flavored lattes, bagels, cream cheese, muffins and any other food we can flavor with delicious pumpkin and spice flavors!  Mmmm…I love it all.  Along with all of those yummy foods it’s also pumpkin season for your skin.  Yup, pumpkin for your skin.  It is so moisturizing and packed with nutrients that help bring out the subtle glow of your skin.

Next time you’re in the grocery store or at the farmer’s market pick up a pie pumpkin and give this great body whip treatment a try.  It’s a great way to pamper yourself after a long week of studying, working or before a big date. Later, as winter weather sets in and your skin starts to get a little dry, use this recipe to rehydrate your skin and even your hair.

This recipe is part of this month’s celebration of the multi-generational traditions of women.  It is a classic recipe that goes back generations and uses simple, natural ingredients to soothe and moisturize your skin.


  • A small to medium sized pie pumpkin
  • 1 c. full-fat, unflavored yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil

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Mayonnaise Hair Mask for Moisture, Shine and Growth

I have studied herbalism for many years and enjoy using the knowledge that I have gained to create both simple and complex herbal remedies, delicious teas, tisanes and brews, and to make natural skin and hair care products.  I get to share a lot of this knowledge in my weekly column on hellogiggles.com as The 21st Century Herbalist.  Once a week I like to repost the column here, just in case you missed it!

Original publish date: July 05, 2012

 hair pack ingredients from katienormalgirl.comDIY Hair Care Month begins!  Years ago I was told the slathering mayonnaise on your hair will make it soft and shiny.  I had to try it and it worked.  Of course, I couldn’t just leave it at that.  I had to improve it!  I had to make my own.  I’ve lost track of how many versions I’ve created but below you’ll find my favorite Herbal Mayonnaise Hair Mask recipe.  For those of you that would like to keep it simple, I’ve also included the “Super-Basic” and “Basic” Mayonnaise Hair Mask recipe.  All three recipes follow the same “Use” instructions below.


Super-Basic Mayonnaise Hair Mask

– 1 c. of all-natural, full-fat mayonnaise

Basic Mayonnaise Hair Mask*

– 1 large (or 2 small) egg yolk(s) at room temperature
– 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
– 5-6 tbsp. base oil of your choice (select one or a combination): olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed or coconut oil

Follow mixing instructions below.

*This recipe is based on the best benefit for your hair; it is not the tastiest mayonnaise for eating…though you could.

Herbal Mayonnaise Hair Mask

  • 1 large (or 2 small) egg yolk(s) at room temperature – softens your hair
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar – adds shine, restores pH balance, removes residue and product build-up
  • 1 tbsp. powdered** rosemary – encourages hair growth
  • 1 tbsp. powdered** sage – encourages hair growth
  • 1 tbsp. powdered** burdock root – softens your hair
  • 1 tbsp. powdered** nettle – adds shine, encourages hair growth and moisturizes the scalp (good for dandruff)
  • 1 egg white – adds shine


  • For light hair: 3 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
  • For dark hair: 3 tbsp.  walnut hull concentrate***
  • For red hair: 3 tbsp. alkanet root concentrate***

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Calming Oatmeal Facial

Original publish date: January 19, 2012

DIY Skin Care: Calming Oatmeal Facial from katienormalgirl.com | #DIY #natural #beautyLast nerve frayed?  Winter weather dried out your skin?  No problem.  The chamomile in this mask has natural anti-inflammatory properties that will ease your nerves.  The honey is a natural humectant, pulling moisture from the air and drawing it to your skin.  It will leave you feeling calm and moisturized, and who wouldn’t want that?

You’ll need:
2 1/2 tsp. powdered milk
2 tsp. ground oatmeal
1 tsp. honey
2 chamomile tea bags

Place the chamomile tea bags in your favorite mug and pour in 1 cup boiling water.  Put a saucer over the cup to trap the escaping steam, which is now infused with the beneficial constituents of the chamomile flowers.  Let this steep for 10 minutes.

After the tea is done steeping, remove the tea bags, squeeze out any excess water and place them in the refrigerator to cool.

In a small bowl, mix together the powdered milk, ground oatmeal, honey and 2 tsp. of the warm chamomile tea.  The warm water will draw out the beneficial elements of the oatmeal and milk, while liquefying the honey, creating a thin paste.

Using your fingers, apply the oatmeal mixture to your forehead, then gently sweep down your temples, under your eyes and around your nose.  Move your fingers in small circles as you apply more mixture to your cheeks, around your mouth and down your neck.

As you apply the mixture, pay attention to your breathing, take slow, calm breaths.  Enjoy the light scent of chamomile and honey as you inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  Feel the warm sensation of the oatmeal mixture as you gently spread it over your face.

When you’ve finished applying the mask, rinse your hands in warm water.  Get the cooled tea bags from the refrigerator, then lie down with the tea bags placed over your closed eyes.  Relax for 20 to 30 minutes and let the chamomile calm your skin and soothe your nerves.

And Rinse.
To rinse the mask off, use warm water and a wash cloth.  You do not need to use soap or a cleanser.  The mask will rinse clean without them and you want to allow the delicate essences of the chamomile flowers to linger on your skin.  The honey will rinse off, leaving your skin feeling moisturized, without clogging your pores.  Pat your face dry.

Dispose of (or compost!) the tea bags and finish your facial by sitting with a good book or magazine and sipping on the rest of the chamomile tea that you brewed earlier.  If you’ve got the ingredients on hand, this entire process takes less than 45 minutes and can really replenish your mind and body after a draining day.

Happy brewing!

katie: normal girl



P.S. Who knew? Tea vs. Tisane
Did you know that in order for a beverage to be called “tea,” it actually needs to have tea leaves in it?  So all of the herbal brews, like the chamomile tea you just made, are not actually teas…they’re tisanes, water infused with herbs.  But seriously, who would ever call them that??  Chamomile tisane?

The 21st Century Herbalist: Volume 1, Issue 19

It’s week 4 of DIY Skin Care Month and now that you’ve cleansed and toned, it’s time to moisturize!

Why moisturize?

Lotions don’t just hydrate your skin, they also help protect it.  When you apply a moisturizer to your skin, you are creating a barrier between the epidermis (skin’s upper layer) and the environment around you.  Lotion protects your skin from pollutants and from the drying effects of air-conditioning and heating.

Different Moisturizers for Different Skin Types

It’s important to select a moisturizer blended for your skin type.  Lotions, facial creams especially, are all blended with a certain skin type in mind which is usually marked on the container with indicator words like: hydrating, sensitive or light formula.  Using a light

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The 21st Century Herbalist: Volume 1, Issue 18

Welcome, Gigglers, to week 3 of DIY Skin Care Month.  Today we’re talking about toners and astringents, and the reasons you should you use them.  Both toners and astringents are water-based solutions that are applied to the skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. They help remove excess oil and perspiration, along with any residue left behind by your cleanser.  They also balance your skin’s pH level while preparing it to better absorb your moisturizer.

Astringent vs. Toner
Astringents are usually stronger than toners, often containing isopropyl alcohol or acetone (yes, the stuff that nail polish remover is made with), which can be drying and harmful to your skin.  Astringents should only be used on oily, combination and normal skin types.  Toners are gentler than astringents and can be used on all skin types but are especially beneficial to those with dry or

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The 21st Century Herbalist: Volume 1, Issue 17

It’s week 2 of DIY Skin Care Month and today I’m talking cleansing.  It’s the first step in any good skincare regime (cleanse, tone, moisturize).  At first it can sound so basic — my face is dirty, I will wash it — but it gets a little more complicated than that.  What if you also need to remove makeup? What if you have acne, or dry skin or oily skin or just went for a run and there’s sweat pouring down your face?? Synthetics, chemicals, naturals, organics…whew, it can get exhausting.  How do you sort through it all and come up with a solution that meets your skin’s needs?  You ask The 21st Century Herbalist on HelloGiggles, of course!

Before we get to the specific cleansing tips and the recipe that I have for you, let’s start with the basics.  These are tried and true methods for cleansing the skin and getting the greatest benefit with the least amount of damage, regardless of skin type.

1. I said it last week and I’ll say it again…hydrate.  Any dermatologist, doctor or grandmother will tell you, water is the key to a healthy complexion.  In order for skin to remain healthy and resilient, it needs to be properly hydrated from the inside out, so make

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The 21st Century Herbalist: Volume 1, Issue 16


So we all want healthy, glowing, blemish-free, perfectly hydrated skin, right?  But how to get it?  Stores are filled with countless products and it can be difficult to figure out exactly what products you need, what order you’re supposed to use them in and how often you should be using them.  This month, we’re sorting through it all and starting from scratch. Starting with step 1 and building on it until we end up with a complete skin care routine for your face, customized for your skin type. I’ll even include DIY recipes made with simple, all-natural ingredients, many of which are the basis for most of the skin care products on the market today.

Before we get started on DIY Skin Care Month, you’ll need to define your specific skin type because your skin care routine is a lot like

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The 21st Century Herbalist: Volume 1, Issue 15

It’s the last week of One Ingredient…One Great Fix Month and as promised in last week’s post about milk, this week is all about honey!  I don’t know who it was that first thought to smear this sticky, golden goo all over themselves, but I’m sure glad they did. Honey is incredibly beneficial to your skin and easy to use.  You’ll want to make sure you’re using raw honey because the high heat used during the pasteurization process can destroy some of the naturally occurring compounds that make honey so great for your skin.

Honey as a Cleanser
Honey is a gentle, all-natural cleanser that won’t dry out your skin like soaps can.  To use it, keep a bottle of honey in the shower

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