Timeless Tip #5: Lift Weights

The “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” video series is brought to you by Use Me! Refill. Reuse. Repeat. but it wouldn’t be possible without our fabulous 75-year-old host, Jackie! In her fifth beauty tip, Jackie talks about the importance of lifting weights to maintain strong, shapely arms.

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Timeless Tip #4: The Joys of Waxing

The “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” video series is brought to you by Use Me! Refill. Reuse. Repeat. but it wouldn’t be possible without our fabulous 75-year-old host, Jackie! In her fourth beauty tip, Jackie talks about facial hair and how to eliminate those “wiry little things that are—ugh!—so offensive.” Persistence and vigilance, ladies!

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Timeless Tip #3: SPF Matters

After a busy Emmy season, our video series called “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” resumes! In this third installment, Jackie shares her advice on maintaining healthy skin and avoiding age spots by religiously applying sunscreen. Check back often for more of Jackie’s beauty tips!

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Leah Bonnema for Use Me!

Recently, Alanna York (Use Me’s founder and president) and Leah Bonnema (NYC-based stand-up comic), put their curly heads together and came up with something amazing! Leah has generously recorded a few videos featuring her original jokes, her real-life experiences, and her love for Use Me! Products.

We’ll be releasing these exclusive videos one-by-one, and here’s the very first! Leah talks about her hair gel abuse… and how Use Me’s Curl Up & Shine Creme turned her helmet hair habit into smooth, bouncy coils.

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Timeless Tip #2: Use Me All Over

This “timeless tip” is a particular favorite among the Use Me team. When Jackie first told us about her experience, we knew it would make a great addition to our video series called “If I Knew Then What I Know Now.”

In case you missed last week’s introduction…

Each video clip in the series will feature our dear friend Jackie sharing her timeless tips for maintaining beauty and youth. Jackie is 75 years old and absolutely fabulous. Women (and men!) of any age can learn from her wisdom and experiences. Stay tuned each week for valuable life lessons and memorable beauty banter!

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And now, this week’s timeless tip, featuring Jackie’s favorite Use Me product…! Check back next weekend for more of Jackie’s beauty tips!

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Timeless Tip #1: Take Care of Your Teeth

The Use Me team is so excited to share our latest video series with you. It’s called, “If I Knew Then What I Know Now.” Each video clip will feature our dear friend Jackie sharing her timeless tips for maintaining beauty and youth. Jackie is 75 years old and absolutely fabulous. Women (and men!) of any age can learn from her wisdom and experiences. Stay tuned each week for valuable life lessons and memorable beauty banter!

And here is the very first tip—it’s about tooth care, pure ingredients, fresh breath, and keeping your full lips, always! Check back next weekend for more of Jackie’s beauty tips!

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Eco-Chic Tip of the Week: Reevaluate Your Razor

You’ve heard us talk about the Pacific Garbage Patch and the importance of reusing and refilling shampoo bottles, but what about the other items in your shower?

According to Recyclebank.com, “two billion disposable, plastic razors are purchased each year!” We suggest exploring hair removal methods that are much more eco-friendly, such as waxing at a salon, or even epilation.

If waxing’s not your thing, you may consider less wasteful options like a rechargeable razor or a recycled one: check out the Preserve Triple Razor, made entirely out of recycled yogurt cups! It’s under $9, and there are tons of colors to choose from. It’s time to Schick it to the Man and reevaluate our wasteful hair removal methods!

(eco-friendly tip courtesy of Recyclebank) (image via Preserve)

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Eco-Chic Tip of the Week: Natural Makeup Brush Cleaners

Since unwashed makeup brushes can harbor breakout-causing bacteria, it’s a good idea to lather them up on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many commercial brush cleaners can contain harsh chemicals, so stick to gentle, non-toxic cleansers. Many beaut-istas swear by pure castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (which are USDA certified organic and certified Fair Trade!).

You could also try these recipes that will extend the life of your brushes and your skin:

  • Witch hazel, lavender oil, and tea tree oil, as seen in this video.
  • Olive oil, liquid castile soap, and vinegar, as seen on Crunchy Betty.

Or this concoction courtesy of EcoBeautySecrets.com:

You may also be interested in reading Organic Authority’s A Thing of Beauty: 5 Reasons to Use Synthetic Makeup Brushes, which explains that many makeup brushes are not vegan or even cruelty free!

(image via Clumps of Mascara and Eco Beauty Secrets)

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Eco-Chic Tip of the Week: Holistic Hair and Face Masks

Try making hair and facial masks using whole foods—it will limit your exposure to harsh chemicals and treat your skin and hair to the nutrients they need. Be sure to buy organically and locally whenever possible! Here are a couple recipes to nourish your body, inside and out:

Coconut Avocado Hair Mask

1 ripe avocado, mashed completely
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine the coconut milk and olive oil—stirring rapidly to mix well—and add the mashed avocado. Warm the mixture on the stovetop until it’s slightly warm. Apply the mask from roots to ends, massaging it into your scalp. Leave on for at least 30 minutes or as long as you can, and then wash your hair with a gentle cleanser.

Honey Banana Facial Mask

1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons plain yogurt
1 banana, mashed well

Smooth mixture over clean skin and allow to dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. It’s that easy!

(images: Life Martini and Derby City Naturals)

As always, remember to recycle or reuse coconut milk cans, honey jars, and yogurt containers. Composting is great too—for the avocado skins and banana peels!

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The Difference Between Fine and Thin Hair

Victoria Beckham has fine hair, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she has thin hair, too.

The words “fine” and “thin” seem to be used interchangeably when it comes to hair textures. Since the Use Me line contains products specially formulated for fine hair, we’d like to clear up the confusion when it comes to less-than-voluminous hair types.

Fine refers to the texture of hair, whereas thin refers to the density of hair. Someone with fine hair may have a high hair density, but suffer from limp, flat hair due to its texture. Someone with thin hair could have a coarse hair texture, but still struggle with creating volume because there’s less hair to work with.

Our Cleanser and Moisturizer for Fine Hair (as well as our volumizing styling aid, Anti Gravity Volume Myst) work to thicken each hair, creating more body for those with fine hair. If you have thin, yet coarse hair, you might do well with our Cleanser and Moisturizer for Dry & Coarse Hair!

image via Hot Beauty Health

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