NATURAL BEAUTY

 

HOMEMADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

I am a huge advocate for anything natural and this of course includes beauty products. A lot of women (and men) think they need 197 different expensive cremes and masks to look forever young. This is not the case though, this is what the beauty industry wants you to believe, so you spend 2/3 of your paycheck on them. As with so many other things in life, less is more when it comes to our skin. I put together a list of the natural and simple beauty products I use. I only use organic.

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MASKS

Deep cleanse mask 

1 tbsp of Indian clay

1 tsp of activated charcoal

2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or chamomile tea (chamomile tea is more calming where as apple cider vinegar is more harsh. Always do a test patch on your skin to see how it reacts)

Hydrating mask

1/2 of a ripe avocado

½ lemon juice

1 tbsp of vegan honey (raw medicinal honey is best)

Anti age cacao mask

2 tbsp of raw cacao powder

½ ripe banana

Hydrating and cleansing mask

1 tbsp of Indian clay

1 tbsp of rose water

1 tsp of pure E-vitamin oil

Boosting and brightning mask

1 tbsp of green matcha powder (you can also open your tea bag and pour in the content if you only have the tea version)

2 tsp of agar agar

2 tbsp of hot water

(This mask is fun because it sits like a gel layer on your skin and you can pull it off like a rubber mask, extra points)

Coconut and avocado hair mask 

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 banana

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp of olive oil

2 tbsp of coconut milk (i use the can one that you would usually use for cooking as well)

 

Natural beauty products I use

Pure A-vitamin oil on my face every day – this is the strongest and most effective anti aging oil. It is literally pure retinol in a natural form.

Pure jojoba oil on my face every day – jojoba oil is an amazing natural moisturizer for your face because it doesn’t clock the pores – like coconut oil for example – and it naturally evens out the oil production in our skin.

Pure Shea butter as a moisturizer, often I mix it with pure E-vitamin oil, which is great for stretch marks and scars. This is an extremely hydrating combo so very good for dry winter skin or if you’ve been in the sun the whole day.

Natural Jade roller to massage my skin every morning and night, to calm and tighten.

Pure virgin Olive oil as a scalp treatment. This one is so good if you have a tendency to have a dry scalp, like me. Heat it up a little bit (be careful) and massage it in your scalp and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Very important to note that you have to put shampoo in BEFORE you put water in your hair when you have to get the oil out. Otherwise you will have greasy hair for days.

13 ways to balance and reconnect yourself

 

Everything in life is flowing and impermanent, which means we will constantly have to work on keeping ourselves present and balanced. Some days are easier to do this than others, and that’s okay. When we practice routines every day we build our strength. When I have a bad day or I am simply sad or angry or my old patterns of reactions haunt me, I have certain things I know will help me heal and guide me back to my true self and balance me. I thought I would make a list of these things, because I like having specific tools to turn to in these situations. It is important to note that these things work best with practice and the will to heal.

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  1. Feed your body, feed your soul. Food alone will not heal you, but it is an important step, because our bodies are our temples in this human experience. Start your day with a proper breakfast and make sure you are very hydrated. Within the first hour of waking up I eat breakfast and drink at least 1 litre of either water or grapefruit juice.
  1. Move your body. Again, our body is a part of this experience and therefore also as important a tool as our mind. Start your day with at least 20 minutes of some kind of exercise.
  1. Listen to guided meditations – I can really recommend yourownmagic.life
  1. Be in nature. Now this one is extremely underrated. The only thing that helps me and calms me down when life gets me negatively worked up, is going for a long walk in the forest and a swim. Nature heals; it is scientifically proven to calm our nervous system – so use it.
  1. Meditate in nature. Go sit somewhere in nature, a quiet place and try to stop your thoughts. This is really what meditation is. To quiet your mind. Try to put any thoughts that appear on hold and be present. Close your eyes, sit with your palms facing upwards and listen. Sharpen your senses, smell the scent of your surroundings and listen to the sound of the leaves moving to the wind. Notice how the wind touches your palms. Our brain is like a muscle, it needs breaks.
  1. Write down things you are grateful for. This one is very important as well as it is also scientifically proven that we have the ability to rewire the neurons in our brain. Meaning that the more we focus on one thought, the more that thought becomes us. So if we constantly think positive things, we become happy. And the other way around.
  1. Listen to healing music, like medicine drums for example. Find songs that make you happy or make you feel strong and powerful and listen to them. Dance to them. Let go of your thoughts and let your body guide you.
  1. Get creative. Start colouring, drawing, painting, making jewellery, making pottery, whatever you think is challenging and fun. Getting creative is a great way to expand our mind and be present in the moment.
  1. Spend time alone. Get comfortable with being alone in silence, not stimulated by electronics. Learn to love your own company.
  1. Do something to help others. This will automatically make you feel good. Making a positive difference in this world is key to our own happiness. Go to the beach and collect garbage. Volunteer at homeless centres. The opportunities are endless.
  1. Use your breath. This is something that is extremely helpful when you feel yourself getting worked up in any way, but also just for everyday calmness. Draw your breath inwards while you count to 3 slowly, hold it while you count to 3 slowly, exhale while you count to 3 slowly, hold it while you count to 3 slowly and repeat about 4-6 times. You will instantly feel a sense of calmness in your entire body.
  1. Smile, even if you have to force it, again, research shows that smiling triggers muscle memory and therefore automatically improves your overall mood.
  2. Listen to self-development audio books – Some of my favourites are Silence and The art of living by Thich Nhat Hahn.

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My name is Cristina Margarida Mantas and I am 23 years old. I am based in Copenhagen, but my work as a model takes me around the world. I am a very compassionate and long (I am 5’11) vegan.

 

This is a place for freedom, soul nourishing and reconnecting. My intention with this blog is not to promote anything other than these three vital things. I will be writing about various topics and sometimes they might seem worlds apart, but they all originate from the same heart – that we are all one, we are all connected and we are all on this journey of remembrance together. I am not an expert at anything and I don’t tend to pretend that. I will share my personal experience and how I choose to live my life and what works for me, in hopes of helping you reach your inner truth and your inner purpose. My philosophy is very common and very simple – the solution to every problem, no matter how big or small, is the same; it comes from within. Only when we realize that we are a part of every stick and stone, every heartbeat, every sunray – quite literally – will we learn true compassion and true freedom. Only when you let go of your ego and become one with your surroundings can you begin to heal. I am on a journey to become my highest self and I hope you will accompany me xx

 

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