Be a Unicorn

It’s a rare occurrence to find such passion in one’s work, enough that they never feel like “working”. If you are one of the few unicorns out there who have, bravo! If not, it’s not too late. Think of your life like a shooting star. It’s beautiful and magnificent. But it only lasts a short while. So stop, look up, reach for the stars, and whatever your dream job would be, do it. 


I write this blog mostly on hair and makeup because that is what I am passionate about. Every day I get to be creative. Every day I change someone’s life. Every day I combine art with work to make my own paycheck. Yes! I am that unicorn. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of doing hair. But, 90% of hairstylists will say the same thing. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of being successful. My dream only grew to include making a small footprint in each person I touched’s sand, to make them feel beautiful both inside and out, to broaden their own horizons to be the best versions of themselves. 

I could not ask for a better career. Each day I get to go to work and be with family. Each day, I get to create art. And each day, I grow. Not only do I grow financially, that’s just a material bonus, but my guests and my coworkers have made their own footprints in my sand. They have touched my heart and have made me more beautiful on the inside. They are who have allowed me to become the best version of my own self. 

To you out their struggling to find your own, take the time to really find what you love. Don’t just worry about the money. We can’t take it with us. But, guaranteed if you are passionate about something, nothing but good can come from it. Your heart will be full and your life fulfilled. So ride or fly…whatever unicorns do… And get out there already and be bat shit passionate about something. Us unicorns are becoming extint. Just believe.


Happy Unicorn-ing!

…These are a few of my favorite things. 


I have been writing this blog for some time now. For those of you who have been following me, you know I am partial to a few product lines: 

  • Redken
  • Pureology 
  • Young Living

I stand beside these brands because I believe in them. They are tested, tried, and true. I start, make it through, and end my day with them. Not only are these staples in my daily routine, but they have been God-sends and miracle workers. 

I’d like to share a few of my favorite things… 

PUREOLOGY STRENGTH CURE (The Whole Flippin’ Line)

This has been a life saver for my poor bleached, over styled hair. Think of this as a “Doctor in a Bottle”. It improves your hair by 97% in just 1 use when you use just 3 of the products: Shampoo, Conditioner, & Split End Salve. You can up the protection and healing by adding the Fabulous Lengths to your regimen. It heals micro-scarred hair damaged by heat, chemical, and environmental factors. It restores strength and softness to brittle, angry hair. To top it off, Pureology is 100% Vegan and never ever tests their products on little fur babies. It not only saves your hair but it saves the environment. 


REDKEN GENIUS WASH


This “genius” product allows me to as Redken says, “Skip the shampoo but not the wash.” My hair gets angry at me since I “bleach” it. I hate washing it because I know I am stripping it of not only the beautiful toner used on it but the natural oils my hair so desperately needs. I personally use the Unruly one for the extra conditioning benefits. You think my thin hair would stick to my head but it is fluffier than ever. It’s a one step gig also making my shower routine quicker. I alternate this and my beloved Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair has never felt better.

REDKEN DIAMOND OIL GLOW DRY


This is liquid hair crack. Buyer beware. You will be hooked. It is perfect for all hair types since its lightweight. I know. Lightweight oil. It’s a god darn unicorn. This insanely lightweight oil packs a big punch though. It adds manageability, immense, shine, & heat protection all while reducing drying time. Yup! You heard that right! Reduces drying time! Why did it take so long for this magic potion to come to be? Either way, I am so thankful I have found it now.

REDKEN POWDER GRIP 


This little puppy is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I use it more than water. If your like me and have 5 hairs on your head, you need this in your life! It gives my soft, fine hair the grip it needs to actually do something. And when I tease on top of it, it never moves. I also suggest this to those who have long, thick hair to help defeat the laws of gravity. The powder also soaks up any extra oils meaning you can get away with not shampooing the next day. Big hair & a lazy day! Who wouldn’t take that! 

REDKEN TRIPLE TAKE 


I prefer high-hold hairsprays and this definately makes the cut. This is an extreme hold hairspray without the crunch. The nozzle allows it to have a more evenly distributed fine mist. It also smells fantastic with hints of orange blossom, jasmine, & sandalwood. Not only will you have a gorgeous hair style that lasts, but your hair will smell of a fabulous perfume.

YOUNG LIVING LAVENDER


Lavender is the Holy Grail of Essential Oils in my book. I use it for literally everything. Need calmed down. Lavender. Need sleep. Lavender. Have itchy skin. Lavender. Got a boo-boo. Lavender. Want to freshen up some lemondade. Lavender. Honest to Pete, the list goes on. As I have said before, “When in doubt, use lavender!”

YOUNG LIVING CLARY SAGE 


Both me and my husband have been using this for some fertility help, but it also does some other pretty amazing things. It also helps combat depression or plainly makes you feel happier on those gloomy, sad days. It allievates PMS and those dreaded cramps. So not only does it benefit both males and females in relationships because one is not so “witchy”, but it balances both male and female hormonal systems. Hip hip hooray! 

YOUNG LIVING STRESS SWAY 


Though we cannot cure stress, we can definately “oil” it away. This blend is a miracle worker to relieve the everyday stress so you can relax, sleep better, and lead a bit more of a happier life. It smells incredible! I like to apply it to my upper chest so I can smell it continuously or I have also been known to literally carry the bottle around smelling it straight. If I could swim in a pool of this, I would. 

YOUNG LIVING THIEVES 


Another jack of all trades right here! Shoot! If it didn’t do anything else than smell flippin’ amazing, I would still be obsessed with this. I’m a huge fan of the cinnamon and clove fragrance. But this blend does so much more. It helps protect against colds and flu, soothes sore throats, & heals splinters and bee stings. Young Living also sells Thieves Household Cleaners, Soaps, Lozenges, and Toothpaste. Right now, Thieves Household Cleaner is the only thing I will clean my house with. It smells fanastic and conquers even the messiest, nastiest of jobs. And the FDA just approved the lozenges. I cannot wait to get my hands on those. 

YOUNG LIVING PURIFICATION 


I run out of this all the time. It neutralizes smells and sanitizes. This and Baking Soda is what I scrub my carpets with. My house smells insanely fresh. It doesn’t just mask the stink… It eliminates it. Goodbye cat smells! Goodbye smelly husband smells! And goodbye bugs…. Oh yes! This bottle deters pests and bugs including mosquitoes if you apply a little on your skin. So if I know I am going somewhere outside, I don’t leave home without it. 


I want to know! What are some of your favorite Redken, Pureology, and Young Living products? 

Happy Ever-Finding New Favorites! 


Oil Love (Chapter 3: DIY and Recipes)


I am continuing to share my Oil Love journey with you with Chapter 3: DIY & Recipes. If you would like catch up with my previous Oil Love blogs, click on the links:

Here are some recent concoctions I have been playing around with: 

UPSET STOMACH


After 2 days of pains in my stomach, I reluctantly resorted to DiGize. I cannot stand the smell of it. I decided to mix it with Peppermint and applied to directly to stomach. To my surprise, it worked within minutes. It creates this magical cooling, yet hot feeling. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like Icy Hot on my belly. Oddly, my cat also seemed to love the smell. I was laying with a blanket on me and she kept trying to lick though the blanket. But besides my cat going bananas, I am pleasantly surprised of how well this actually works. I’m glad my DiGize bottle won’t be neglected now. 

STUFFY SINUSES

RC Blend is a god-send when it comes to any sort sinus problems. My poor husband (and all his ailments) suffers from horrible allergies, clogging up his sinuses and making him all stuffy. He’s miserable and I am annoyed by the constant sniffling and groaning. I suggested that he massage RC diluted with a tad bit of Fractionated Coconut Oil for more slip. He applied ample pressure while massaging his sinuses. Within minutes, he felt his sinuses opening up. About 10-15 minutes later, he could breathe again. I would also suggest inhaling some Peppermint Oil to take healing your clogged up nose to the next level. 

PLANTAR WARTS


I have had 2 stubborn warts on my the bottom of my big toe for years. I called a Podiatrist once and they told me that depending on how deep they were I may need to take a good bit of time off work. Who can afford that for a few darn warts? Not me. Essential Oils to the rescue. Oregano Oil diluted with Coconut Oil or Olive Oil twice a day, dramatically shrunk the warts. It’s taking a bit of time to fully get rid of them, but it is better than getting them removed with a knife and having to be off work. They don’t bother me, so I will be patient. Oregano Oil isn’t the best smelling oil, but I can get past it. Make sure you dilute Oregeno Oil accordingly. It is a “hot” oil. You don’t want to cause a bigger issue than a wart.

TOE NAIL FUNGUS

I am sure there are many of you who have a significant other has or you yourself have to wear boots to work. This is a breeding ground for fungus. It thrives in the dark, moist, warm environment. My husband’s poor toes suffer greatly. I made a mixture of Thyme & Tea Tree Essential Oils. Buff the the nail first with a cheap file you can throw away immediately then apply one drop on the big toe nail. While wearing gloves, massage it into nail bed. Add one drop more and distribute it to the other affected toe nails. Warning: This stinks to high heaven. I make my husband immediately put on socks, one to mask the smell a bit, and two, to stop any oil getting on my carpets. It seems to be working. Again, it is taking some time, but we have hope. 

HEADACHE BUSTER 


Headaches are the worst. I hate taking medicine. I always end up feeling worse or my stomach then becomes upset. When my head is pounding, I have my husband massage PanAway & Copaiba Essential Oils mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil up and down my neck, especially at the brain stem. I have him go a little hard with the massage and have him do it longer than I am sure he wants to. This calms my headache enough that I can function. It’s better than feeling crappy with medicine and I am obsessed with the root beer-like smell of the PanAway. I am looking forward to trying M-grain Essential Oil. I will be on an order very soon. 

MENASTRATION, CRAMPS, FERILITY, & MORE


My go-to oil for any Female and/ or Male Specific Condition is Clary Sage. When I have cramps, I rub Clary Sage on my pelvis. I also apply it daily to my pelvis and small of back to help with fertility. My husband uses a blend of Clary Sage and Idaho Blue Spruce Essential Oils on the small of his back to help regulate Testosterone Levels and aid in fertility. I plan to mix this with Bergamot Essential Oil with the my next order for both me and my husband. We also just started taking Sclar Essence in Gel Caps. I put about 4 drops in a Gel Cap and we take one each everyday. Sclar Essence helps both the Hormonal and Digestive Systems so it’s a win-win for both me and my husband. 


OIL PULLING (TEETH)

I’m listing this first in the Beauty part because it also blends well with the Healing segement of this blog as well. If you can get past the initial shock of this routine, it is amazing! I try to do this once a week. I have Lumineers (which cost me a butt load) and I am always nervous a cavity is going to sneak behind them or that the teeth around them will discolor and not match so beautifully. Mix an Tbsp of Non-Hydrogenated, Organic Coconut Oil with a drop of an appropriate essential oil such as the following: 

  • Sweet Orange (my fave): Used as a brightening agent. 
  • Thieves: Used as a deep cleaner to rid your mouth and teeth of bacteria that causes cavities and other problems. 
  • Tea Tree: Used to soothe pain.


Coconut Oil is the jack of all trades. It kills everything to help with the overall health of your mouth and teeth as well as freshen breath and aid in saliva production. Swoosh through mouth for atleast 5 minutes. Getting past the chunk of oil going in your mouth is the hardest part. My gag reflexes have definately kicked in a few times. Try doing this when the oil is soft to help keep the gagging to a minimum. You and your dentist will be amazed at the difference this makes in your mouth. 

NIGHTLY FACE OIL


I saw nightly only because it is my personal preference to put oil on my face at night because I don’t care for oil under my makeup. I blend Frankincense & Cedarwood in Coconut Oil and massage a small amount into my skin. I also like the idea of doing this at night because it gives it time to soak in before putting sometime else on top of it. My face has never looked better. I hardly ever get a breakout and it helps with those awful wrinkles and fine lines. It helps that Cedarwood smells nice too. 

CUCUMBER & MINT FACE SCRUB (WITH PEPPERMINT, LAVENDER, & FRANKINCENSE) 


My husband’s face gets red and flaky when his allergies flare up. His asked if we had a face scrub handy at home. Unfortunately,we did not. But what we did have was an abundance of ingredients to make our own. I found a recipe on Pinterest for a Cooling Cucumber & Mint Face Scrub. I thankfully have my own garden complete with Cumcumbers. The original recipe called for: 1/4 of a Cucumber puréed, 2/3 cups White Sugar, 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil. I doctored up the recipe by cutting the Peppermint a tad and adding in Lavender & Frankincense Essential Oils. It smells so fresh and feels so cooling on the skin. My husband is quite happy with it. He noticed his face already felt better after 1 use. He hasn’t healed fully, but he is continuing to use it once a day.

HOMEMADE SOAP (THE LAZY WAY)

So, I am one of those crazy people that start preparing for Christmas in July. You can hate me. I am all about frugality and DIY, so what is better than homemade gifts. Since I fell in love with Essential Oils, I already created a plan for fantastic gifts to give for the holiday. We all know DIY takes time, so might as well start now. The first gift I decided to start with was Homemade Soap. The more I started looking into it, the more I thought I was in over my head with the Lye and all the processes involved. Thankfully for Pinterest (again) and I found a cheater recipe. I took 4 bars of a 100% All Natural Coconut Oil Soap and grated them. I lined my Crock Pot with a liner and put the soap in there. Next, I added 4 Tbsp of liquid. I chose to use Green Tea. I let this melt thoroughly into a creamy, gel-like consistency. I turned off the heat and added sprigs of Lavender and about 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. I mixed this and then added it to a parchment-paper-lined, square cake pan. (You can also use molds.) I let cool in pan for 24 hours and then cut it into 9 even pieces. I took them out of tray and placed them on a plate to then air dry for another 4 days. After that, I wrapped each one in pretty paper and placed a label sticker on them. My Lavender Green Tea Soaps turned out adorable. I will be sure to share my next chosen flavors of soap. 

LIVE YOUR PASSION PERFUME LOTION 


Live Your Passion is one of Young Living’s newest additions to their Essential Oil Blends. I add 3-4 drops of Live Your Passion Essential Oil to either unscented lotion or Evening Primrose Oil and rub up and down my arms and over my chest. This oil smells amazing. But not only that, it’s extremely uplifting and allows me to have my game face on at work. Since I work so closely to my guests, I hope the smells allows them to become more present and ready to reach their own dreams.

MULTIPURPOSE SKIN SOOTHER


Roman Chamomile & Lavender Essential Oils diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other Carrier Oil is the do-all of skin soothers. Itchy dry skin or eczema, check. Psoriasis, check. Hives, check. Even feline skin issues, check. Just because, check. Forget those thick, chemical filled cortisone creams. This is an amazing blend for just about every skin issue.


DILL VITALITY PICKLES


My husband has an obsession with pickles. Every year, our garden produces a plethera of cucumbers. I make jars upon jars of pickles. I have tried everything from bread and butter to no-dill, but what I hadn’t tried was Pickles with Essential Oil! Holy hell are the delicious! In 3 Pint Mason Jars, I add 4-5 Cucumbers, sliced. I also evenly distributed 1/2 Onion, chopped small. In each mason jar, add 1 Drop Dill Vitality and a half to full clove of Garlic. On stove, Boil 2 Cups Water and 2 Cups Vinegar with 2 Tbsp Salt. Pour evenly between jars. Tighten lids and leave on counter to cool then place in fridge. These delicious things are ready in about 48 hours. I swirled a toothpick of Black Pepper Essential Oil and added red pepper flakes in one mason jar for some heat. It was also beyond tasty. Do not use any more than 1 drop of Dill per pint jar. These are pickley enough. You must make these for your fellow pickle lovers. These for sure beat the store bought ones!

CITRUS FRESH or PEPPERMINT WATER 

If you hate plain water like me. Adding 1-2 drops of either of these oils is a must. Not only do you get great tasting water and actually drinking it, but you aren’t adding artificial any things. And to top it off, you adding in so many health benefits. “A drop a day will keep the doctor away.”

LAVENDER LEMONADE 

Sounds funny right? It’s insanely refreshing! I swear this is the best cool, summer beverage. 

CINNAMON BARK BROWNIES 

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is known to help with diabetes, but so doubt it’s helping when you add it to fudge brownies. I added 1 drop of oil to the batter.(Remember: A little goes along way!) I also love adding raisins to my brownies. I took a container to work with me and my coworkers raved about them. (Also try Peppermint or Orange Essential Oils in your brownies.)
LAVENDER

Again, Lavender is the jack of all oils. I personally diffuse this everyday in my back room where my 3 kitties hang out. Not only does this calm them and helps with my one cat’s skin ailments, but it also helps mask the litter smell. I can’t get enough to of Lavender. 

STRESS AWAY 

I love diffusing this at night right beside my bed. It is so relaxing and allows me to let go of the day’s cares and settle in for a good night’s sleep so I can conquer the next day. 

DIFFUSER NECKLACE

This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I wear mine every day. Amazon has an abundance of adorable necklaces to choose from. I chose a pretty standard design in a 2-pack. I add pretty charms every once in awhile to add some pizazz to the piece. So far, my favorite oils to place in my necklace are: 

  • Live Your Passion
  • Sara
  • Sensation

Sensation has been by far my favorite. It’s scent is so alluring and beautiful. It helps with both emotional and sexual feelings. It’s uplifting, allowing me to balance my female energy and become more self aware. 

PURIFICATION

Plain and simple. Stinky home. Purification. Sick home. Purification. I love it. Period.


I never would have those that little vials of oil would make such an impact in my life. It’s amazing to me now that our society has been trained to think we need medicine after medicine and that every ailment needs a doctor. I’m not saying that we still don’t, however, Essential Oils can save us from so much. If you still don’t believe me, please take a look at Young Living’s Website

If you want to become a Young Living Member and purchase a starter kit featuring their Top Basic Oils, you may do so by purchasing through the website by using my Distributor Number (3904250) in the Enroller and Sponsor ID Section.
You may still purchase oils without becoming a member by choosing the Retail Customer option. But believe you me, becoming a member is worth it.
Now I’m done sounding like a used car salesman. You will believe it when you see it, smell it, and feel it.
I will keep you up-to-date on all my Oil Love endeavors, recipes, and other trials and successes. Please feel free to leave any questions and comments. 


Happy Oiling, Healing, Beautifying, Eating, Drinking, & Diffusing! 

Oil Love (Chapter 2)

I’ve been experimenting more and more with essential oils and obviously have fallen more and more in love with them. And guess what? So has my husband. 

I thought I would share the essential oils I have in their own special cabinet and what I personally use them for. 

Here is what I have been playing around with: 

1. Vetiver 

  • I apply it to my husband’s bottom of foot, below the toes, to stop snoring.

2. RC

  • When my husband is extra stuffy, we apply it to his chest to help even more with his breathing

3. Lavender and Roman Chamomile diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • I use this magic blend to help calm and hopefully cure what I think is Mange on my poor feline baby. 
  • I apply it on the affected areas once a day and comb her to massage it in. 
  • It kills infection and suffocates any bugs that may be living in the skin.
  • It’s also very calming and seems to help her itch less.

4. Clary Sage

  • When rubbed on my husband’s small of back and my lower back and abdomen as well, it helps balance both of our hormones. 
  • We add Idaho Blue Spruce to my husband’s customized blend to help boost his testosterone level. 

5. Stress Away 

  • This is my husband’s new-found favorite! 
  • He applies it to his temples and wrists before bed to relax and wind down from the day’s work load. 
  • I love diffusing this right next to my bedside. I sleep like a baby.

6. Sensation

  • I use it in my diffusing necklace practically everyday. It’s uplifting and smells so perfume-like.
  •  Makes me happy and I can relish in the present moment.

7. PanAway

  • I massage this oil with a little of Fractionated Coconut Oil up and down my sciatic nerve when my right leg feels numb at night. 
  • When rubbed on temples, it helps when I am having a mild tension headache. 

8. Citrus Fresh

  • I apply it to heart and wrists when I feel sad or blue. 
  • A drop in a bottle of water actually makes me want to drink the water. It tastes delicious.

9. Sara 

  • I bought this especially for my mother, but I now have found a love for this when dealing with the unavoidable family drama. When it is stressful or, what I like to call it , WWIII, we apply this over our specific energy centers or temples.

10. Tea Tree and Frankincense with Coconut Oil

  • I apply this directly to a blemish at night, and viola, it is practically gone in morning. 

11. Peppermint and Lavender with Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • Occasionally I have a reaction to UV light and the rash is red and itchy. I apply this mixture over the affected areas to calm the skin and relieve the itching. 

12. Purification

  • One of my absolute favorites! 
  • I put a drop in my dishwasher when it starts to smell. 
  • To scrub my carpets, I mix 3 drops Purification, 2 Tbsp Baking Soda, and water. My carpets never looked so clean nor smelled so fresh.
  • It also keeps bugs away. It will kill any bugs in my carpets from my poor sick kitty. 
  • It repels pesky mosquitoes when applied to skin.
  • When diffused, it rids my house of cooking or cat smells or just plain old stale air. 

13. Thieves 

  • Now, THIS is my all time favorite! 
  • Thieves Cleaner is the most fantastic product I have ever encountered. It smells incredible and is chemical free. I use it to clean everything! 
  • I used one drop in water to clean fresh picked berries. When they are used in a pie, you can taste the cinnamon and clove. Though my pies are never pretty, it tasted amazing! 
  • A drop of Thieves in tea or coffee is not only delicious but helps make one feel better. It almost warms your insides. 

All of the above are tried and true for me. There are a few experiments that haven’t worked out so well for me however. Remember, everyone reacts differently to certain essential oils. You will find what works for you.

1. Peppermint- I have found that I cannot diffuse this. I will literally eat everything but the kitchen sink. I don’t know if it’s the sweet smell of it, but it makes me incredibly hungry. 

Though, when mixed in Aloe Vera gel, it is very cooling to sun burned skin.

2. Sclar Essence and DiGize- These, for me, can only be taken in a gel capsule. The smells of these two oils are not very pleasing… at all. 

3. AnimalScents Infect Away- My cat and I hate the way it smells. Not only that, I found we had better success with my own Roman Chamomile and Lavender blend. 

My next order, I am super excited to try out The Culinary Collection and Live Your Passion. 

Please stay tuned for my next chapter in my Oil Love Journey. 


Happy Oiling!