Wellness Wednesday: Essential Oils

Hi Everyone. Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I am currently in the middle of finals and my diffuser, loaded with essential oils is keeping me sane. Here is an article by my mother, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner about essential oils and how they can help us.

Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity  so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel.

The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.

 

Eucalyptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages. I would use this oil in a diffuser or a few drops in a bowl of hot water. Do not drink it or put directly on the skin!! Inhalation is best and only a few drops!

 

Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender on Pubmed demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation I put a few drops mixed with clary sage, geranium , ylang ylang in a spray bottle of distilled water. This is very similar to my favorite aromatherapy scent, Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.

Peppermint

This is wonderful for digestion. Peppermint tea is one of the most prescribed herbs I use for digestion. It helps with nausea, upset stomach and all digestive disorders. It can also be used in a diffuser for headaches and fatigue. Peppermint oil can be used as an analgesic but only use 2 drops in a whole bath because it can be very chilling. I use peppermint oil for digestive spasms. Peppermint oil is sold in special  enteric coated capsules to get into the intestines and bypass stomach acid. My favorite is Peptogest by Nature’s Way. I also like using peppermint with lemons to make refreshing lemonade. Peppermint in a diffuser helps with fatigue.

Rosemary:

Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is nature’s antiracial and anti-fungal wonder!! It is also immunomodulatory as well when inhaled. Readers need to be careful as tea tree oil is highly volatile and must be used in carrier oil. I have witnessed so many patients who have had allergic or reactions to it put directly on skin, scalps, and nails. This essential oil has been widely studied an there are almost 400 pub med research papers on it’s efficacy. Tea tree oil has also been demonstrated to have anti-protozoan activity as well. The best way to use tea tree oil is to use it very diluted in a carrier oil or lotion. Currently there are so many products on the market that the safest way to use it is pre compounded because of its known risks with dermal irritations. Do not try using this oil directly on your body or internally!

Right now our favorite company, Little Moon Essentials is running a ten percent off for all Lady code readers: use the code Elizabeth10 for a discount which will last all through July. We love Clear Skies Ahead!

Make sure to check out www.elizabethtrattner.com for more tips about living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Stayed tuned in the next couple of weeks where I will be reporting from the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas!!

Love,

Char ❤

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APRIL 2017 IPSY & BOXYCHARM

Hey dolls!

My Ipsy AND Boxycharm both came early this month, but I was so excited about my Boxycharm that I unboxed it WAY before my ipsy! My April 2017 Ipsy bag was super BLAH, but I think the April 2017 Boxycharm was one of the BEST yet!!

Watch the two videos below and let me know which one YOU like better ❤

 


Click here to learn more about ipsy
Click here to learn more about BOXYCHARM

PS. The LadyCode Shop officially launched my lash line, LisaLASHES today! Click here to shop my lashes ❤ 

Morphe 35R Palette Review + Comparison with Morphe 35o//25b

Hey LadyCode!

My Morphe 35R palette arrived today, and I was SO excited until I laid it next to my Morphe 35O and 25B palette and realized it seemed like I bought the same palette 3 times. I decided instead doing a review or tutorial, I’m going to compare all 3 because they LOOK similar, bu they are a little different! Watch the full video below:

IN OTHER NEWS….

Today was SUCH a fun day because Morgan from LadyCode took over the LadyCode snapchat account, and she showed us her hometown and did a GORGEOUS full face tutorial! It was such a hit! Check out her finished look below:

We have another takeover tomorrow, Samantha from LadyCode is going to take over and show us her Kylie Cosmetics collection! She has every single product except the new blushes and velvet mattes, how LUCKY is she!? I’m so excited that we can live through her tomorrow on snap 🙂

Scan the snapcode below or add “TheLadyCode” on snapchat to tune in ASAP!

 

PROM MAKEUP TUTORIAL 2017 || Affordable/Low End Products and LisaLASHES!

Hey LadyCode!

I’m so excited to share this prom makeup tutorial with you all, not only because its a fun prom look that gets you GLAM with drugstore/low end products, but also because its the first tutorial I have posted using my LisaLASHES!

I recently launched The LadyCode Shop, and I’ve been keeping everything pretty low-key since I am just getting started. If you want to learn more about the shop, just add @theladycodeshop on Instagram. My lashes have not launched yet, and I’ll be sharing the launch date very soon!

Here is the full tutorial:


Key products:

Morphe Mocha Palette Giveaway: https://goo.gl/9IWgZN
Morphe Brush Set: https://goo.gl/83ZHCP
So Susan Cosmetics Afterglow: https://goo.gl/SbNK8J
LisaLASHES “Celebrity Crush”: https://goo.gl/vupdPd

I also have a special announcement! I LOVE my LadyCode community so I’ve started scheduling Snapchat takeovers on the Lady Code snapchat account (theladycode). The FIRST takeover will be tomorrow, with Morgan taking over to show us some swatches of her new Colourpop eyeshadows. I’m really excited for these takeovers because it allows us to get to know each other better and you all get to hang out with a LadyCode sister for a day. The best part is that since we are all so international, you can share YOUR country or city with us when you take over! If you want to take over the LadyCode snapchat account, send your idea to: @ladycodeofficial on Instagram in a DM.

Scan the snapcode to add us on snap!

 

How To Get BIG, BEACHY CURLS With VOLUME Using a Straightener

Hey dolls!

I’m currently snowed in thanks to good ol’ Stella! This blizzard hit us yesterday and it still hasn’t stopped snowing here in New York. I’m not to upset about it because I am packing my bags for a little weekend getaway this weekend to JAMAICA! I’m so excited to be wearing my new Vizcaya Swimwear bikinis on the beach!

Since I’m always in beach mode, I decided to so a tutorial on how I style beachy waves on myself and my Vizcaya Swimwear models with a hair straightener. I did a full tutorial on this look on my YouTube channel:

PRODUCTS USED:
Peter Coppola Shampoo & Conditioner: https://goo.gl/uKN4NK
Peter Coppola Brush & Blow Spray: https://goo.gl/uKN4NK
Peter Coppola Serum: https://goo.gl/6OgmYk
T3 Micro Singlepass Straightener: https://goo.gl/kxIYHr
Big Sexy Hair Dry Spray: https://goo.gl/QtnVzL
Peter Coppola STEEL Spray: https://goo.gl/v0TdOQ

LINK TO ENTER $50 SEPHORA & PETER COPPOLA GIFT SET GIVEAWAY: https://goo.gl/EqO5CM

If you’re in the northeast like me, I hope you are staying safe and warm through this blizzard! XOX

Jeffree Star Cosmetics “ANDROGYNY” Eyeshadow Palette Review

Jeffree Star Cosmetics launched its Androgyny eyeshadow palette on Saturday, and I rushed to purchase mine. Since all of my previous purchases from Jeffree Star Cosmetics shipped super fast, I decided to get regular shipping for my Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny palette. BIG mistake. I found out on Wednesday that people who ordered their palettes from Beautylish got FREE 2-day shipping on their palettes! I JUST got mine delivered today, and its Friday. So for this palette, it took 5 days to reach me after I ordered the palette.

Was is worth the wait?

Well, yes and no. Since I love buying makeup and pretty much collect palettes, this palette was a new addition to my collection that is aesthetically pleasing and OK to use. I don’t LOVE it, but I will be using the palette again.

Watch my full unboxing, tutorial, and Androgyny Palette Review in the video below:

What do you think about the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette?

Let me know in the comments below!

XOX

Lisa

Kylie Cosmetics Kylighter REVIEW, DUPES, and Giveaway Announcement!

Hey dolls!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I just returned from NYC to a nice surprise in my mailbox! The first surprise was a gift from LadyCode’s Morgan Caroline Taylor (@mcarolinex3 on IG). She was sweet enough to send me 3 highlighters to review! That made my day!

The second package was the Kylie Cosmetics Kylighters. I ordered 2 Kylighters, one to try and review, and the other one to give away. I asked you all to decide which on you wanted on Twitter, and here are the results!

So, I got the Cotton Candy Cream Kylighter to include in my next giveaway, and the French Vanilla to try.

Check out my Kylighter review here:

So, everything worked out perfectly because I got Morgan’s gift today, and one of the highlighters turned out to be a perfect affordable dupe for the Cotton Candy Cream Kylighter!

Make sure you subscribe to qualify to enter the Kylighter giveaway on YouTube when I announce it! I post a ton of secrets on my Snapchat and I am the MOST active on Twitter right now, so if you have any questions, definitely Tweet me! My Twitter and Instagram is: @Lisa_Opie. If you want to see what I’m working on or be the FIRST to know about anything related to LadyCode, join the snapfam: lisalopie

 

XOXO

Lisa

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero GLOW KIT UNBOXING!

My Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit just arrived in the mail today so I rushed to my studio to film an unboxing and first impressions for you! This palette was one that I was SUPER excited to try, because each color looked PERFECT and the pigmentation and formula looked amazing. After trying it out, the formula is to DIE for and the pigmentation is gold. I did have a little problem with the product though… Watch the video below to see what happened when I opened my ABH x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit package from Sephora:

I’m still speechless and praying that Sephora will understand and replace this palette! I hope no one else got their ABH Nicole Guerriero GLOW KIT broken like this!! It’s so sad because it is SUCH a pretty palette and the formula is amazing from what I tried….RIP.

Easy Winged Eyeliner Tutorial + Giveaway!!

Hey dolls!

I hope you had an amazing weekend! I took a few days off for myself but I’m BACKKKK! Today on YouTube I posted an easy eyeliner tutorial and just announced a BONUS giveaway sponsored by Mia Adora. They are giving THREE of their new immovable eyeliners (the pencil I used in the video) to 3 lucky LadyCode Subscribers!

Here is the product and my tutorial:

You can CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway: https://gleam.io/competitions/64Qkv-immovable-eyeliner-giveaway

Don’t forget to enter my HUGE 20K giveaway if you haven’t already!

I’m also launching the LadyCode Shop soon, do you all have any guesses on what I’ll be selling? Comment below with your guesses! I’ll be showing sneak peeks on Snapchat veryyyyy soon! My snap is: lisalopie 🙂

XOX

Lisa