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Beards Are Awesome

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, August 6, 2020, In : health beauty 

Today is a guest post by Bobby Propes, awesome beard aficionado

Photo of Bobby Propes

Anyone with a beard knows two things:

1) Beards are awesome

2) They can be hard to maintain

This is evidenced by dry skin, wiry, coarse beard hair, beard itch and even breakouts on the skin under your beard. All of these things can be easily avoided with some simple maintenance using a beard paste. Applying a beard paste to your beard regularly can help with these problems in many ways.

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How To Recreate Instagram Gingham Filter In Photoshop

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, July 30, 2020, In : business 


Photography is an important part of running an online business. I find that I'm constantly having to take photographs, not only of my skin care products, but of other related subjects for my website, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

The Gingham filter is a popular filter on Instagram and in searching the internet for a way to recreate it in Photoshop (CS4 in my case), the different tutorials I found were way too complicated. I decided...
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World's Best Homemade Protein Bars

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, July 23, 2020, In : health beauty 

protein bars

Quick and delicious, these are a much healthier alternative to store-bought bars which are full of artifical ingredients. The only unhealthy part about these homemade protein bars is they're so good we can't stop eating them! ♥

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farragio World's Best Homemade Protein Bars

4 Tbs butter (salted or unsalted)
16 oz jar natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups crispy rice c...
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Beauty Benefits Of Exfoliating Your Skin

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, In : health beauty 

image of woman smiling

Your skin is made up of three layers: the subcutis, the dermis, and the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer - the skin that you see - which consists mainly of cells called keratinocytes that form several layers that constantly grow outwards as the exterior cells die and flake off. (National Geographic, Health & Human Body)

Exfoliating your skin is what helps aid the sloughing off of those dead skin cells, and is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. Exf...
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Unusual Remedy For Restless Leg Syndrome

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, June 13, 2020, In : health beauty 

bars of soap

According to the Mayo Clinic, the definition for Restless Leg Syndrome (“RLS”, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease) is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation, typically happening in the evening or nighttime hours when you’re sitting or lying down. (Mayo Clinic, Restless Leg Syndrome, Symptoms & Causes)

While there are exceptions, typically there are no known causes for RLS which makes it hard to prescribe the...
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The Skin Benefits Of Avocado Oil

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, June 6, 2020, In : health beauty 

skin benefits of avocado oil

When you think of skin care, you may not immediately think of avocado oil. There are a wide number of high-quality skin care products on the market today, but avocado oil remains one of the most underrated skin care ingredients on the market today, which is a shame because this unassuming fruit is a powerhouse when it comes to being good for your skin. Here are just a few of the benefits you get when you use avocado oil on your skin:

  • Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E w...

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Men Use It Too

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, May 21, 2020, In : health beauty 

man giving a thumbs up

The youthful exuberance that shines through clear, unblemished skin is a blessing. According to a study posted by UC Davis, 85% of teenagers will get acne between the ages of 11-24. Fortunately, the victims of dry or pimpled skin have access to numerous skin care products that can help reduce the problem.

However, for men, there comes an issue… the male perception surrounding skin care is often one that suggests the practice is feminine or not masculine enough. This way of thinking ...
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farragio Has a Channel on YouTube!

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, April 24, 2020, In : business 

There are roughly 31 million YouTube channels, and now farragio is one of them.
The odds of being found aren't bad, right??

The odds will be even better when you head over and Subscribe.
It's a great place to check in and see what farragio is up to.


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How To Dye Fabrics Using Natural Ingredients

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, April 10, 2020, In : diy 

naturally dyed cloths

Clothes, towels, and other fabric items tend to fade over time; or perhaps the color of that blouse you like just isn’t quite the right shade. Using commercial dyes is an option, but think about how using those dyes causes chemicals to be washed into our water systems, as well as those chemicals being on our clothes that are then worn on our skin.

There are healthy alternatives to commercial dyes and they’re right in your refrigerator and pantry.

Some of those alternatives inclu...
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Do I Need Setting Spray?

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Friday, April 3, 2020, In : health beauty 

Woman holding bottle of setting spray

Long day at the office? Dinner and drinks with friends after work? Carting the kids around to their activities all evening? We put our makeup on in the morning and expect it to last all day…and all evening. It usually doesn’t. Foundation disappears, blush fades, eye shadow gets tucked in the creases and the eyeliner smears. You may not look a fright by 7pm, but you definitely don’t look as fresh-faced as you did in the morning. Even using primer hasn’t made your makeup last into ...
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Don't Forget Your Hands

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, February 27, 2020, In : health beauty 

image of woman's hands

Your hands go through a lot of wear and tear. Working with your hands, washing and drying them, the dry air of winter, aging effects of summer sun.....they all play a part in breaking down the skin on your hands, especially on the backs of your hands. While you're probably aware of how important it is to take care of the skin on your face, your hands may be getting overlooked. A good beauty routine is just as important for your hands as it is for your face.

Here are some tips for keepi...
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Keeping It Steamy Equals Health & Beauty

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, January 30, 2020, In : health beauty 

skin with water droplets

We all know that drinking water is vital for life. It is important for functioning organs, digestion, circulation and maintaining body temperature. But water is important for the outside of your body as well. Drinking water nourishes your skin, helps healing and stops premature wrinkling.

But, what about water ON the outside…namely, STEAM?

Steam has many benefits for our bodies and skin. Whether it is a steam room, or simply upping the humidity in your home with a humidifier or bo...
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National Get To Know Your Customers Day

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, January 16, 2020, In : business 

circle of smiling people

Back in the day when mom & pop stores were more common, the store owner would welcome you with a friendly smile, often knew you by name, and was ready to help you find what you were looking for. Now in this age of internet, that personal touch isn't quite so easy to achieve.

The third Thursday of each quarter is National Get To Know Your Customers Day, and it's a helpful way for business owners and customers to stay connected. I'd love to learn a little something about you, so in honor...
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Winter Skin Relief Day

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, In : health beauty 

woman with pretty skin

January 8 is National Winter Skin Relief Day. For good reason, too. The winter elements can be pretty harsh on our skin. With dry, cold air outside and dry, hot air inside, our skin just can't catch a break. And, according to Joshua Zeichner MD, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, "Cold, dry weather dehydrates skin, which reduces its ability to reflect light." (Better Homes & Gardens, Dec, 2017). So not only does winter wreak ...
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Vitamin C Is Good For Your Skin

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, In : health beauty 


Why is Vitamin C Good for Your Skin?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is probably one of the most commonly used vitamins, especially during the cold and flu season. We all know that it is helpful to our immune systems, but why is Vitamin C good for our skin?

Vitamin C’s role in our body is more than an immunity boost. Higher blood levels of Vitamin C are one of the ideal nutrition markers for overall good health. The benefits of Vitamin C include protections from cardiovascu...
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Beauty Benefits Of Castor Oil

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, November 10, 2019, In : health beauty 

oil & spa setting

Someone was asking me recently what the benefits of castor oil are. There are health benefits to castor oil, but here are some surprising beauty benefits as well.

     1) Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid, which acts as a humectant and helps moisturize skin. It not only helps moisturize, it helps lock in moisture.

     2) Castor oil has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the symptoms of acne.

     3) Castor oil helps fight and fade blemish...
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Why DIY Natural Air Fresheners Are Better

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, May 25, 2019, In : diy 

picture of DIY air freshener

We all love a home full of loving, comforting and relaxing scents. When we spray an air freshener or burn a candle our body reacts, whether we realize it or not. There is science that explains this.

The limbic system in our body comprises a set of structures within our brains that are big players in affecting our memory, mood, emotion and behavior. This is why the smell of a pipe might bring back the memory of a grandfather, or a certain perfume reminds you of your mother. In turn, tho...
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Five Foods That Hydrate Your Skin

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, May 18, 2019, In : health beauty 

If you do a search for "foods that hydrate skin" you'll find there are a surprising number of foods that are not only healthy for your insides but healthy for your skin as well. Incorporating these foods into your diet, especially in winter when skin tends to be drier, is an important part of your skin care routine.

Below are five of the top foods I found in my search that help hydrate skin:

1. Wild-Caught Salmon
slice of salmon

Wild salmon (and other fatty fish like trout and tuna) is an excellen...
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What Is Setting Spray

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, April 14, 2019, In : health beauty 

farragio All-Natural Setting Spray

"I used the setting spray for the first time this week and I’m so in love. I’ve used very cheap to very high-end expensive sprays before and have always had issues with my makeup lasting and my eye makeup ending up under my eyes. I spent my entire shift in a surgery center looking the same as I did when I got up at 4:30 that morning to do my makeup . . . and that, that is impressive." ~Hannah W

There is not a lot of focus on setting spray, but this final step when applying makeup i...
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Purity Apothecary STL

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, In : business 

Purity Apothecary banner

I'm excited to become a part of this amazing St Louis shop! Purity Apothecary offers high-quality organic skin care, essential oil blends, and beauty products. They also feature art, handiwork, and prints from local artists and artisans.

Located at:
2122 Cherokee St
St Louis, MO 63118

Cherokee Street has been called the DIY Street and "reflects an infusion of family-owned businesses and creative people who fully embrace the beatnik vibe that emanates. In fact, they’ve created i...
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DIY Update A Brass Light Strip Fixture

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, In : diy 

Where you perform your skin care routine is just as important as your skin care routine itself. So I decided to see if I could do something to the outdated Hollywood-style brass light strip fixture. It turned out to be so incredibly easy, I wish I'd done it a long time ago.

I've included detailed instructions below. If you try this project, or something similar, I'd love to hear about your experience. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know.

photo of strip light before


NOTE: This project c...
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The Benefits Of Coffee Oil For Skin

Posted by Desiree Heiser on Thursday, December 20, 2018, In : health beauty 

farragio Coffee Oil Serum

Guest post by Desiree Heiser

On the market there is an all new, all-natural, coffee-infused avocado oil that is really awesome for your skin. The benefits to using this kind of product are endless! One major benefit would be to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration of your skin, and overall appearance. It also increases elasticity in your face. To make yourself look younger, make your skin glow and increase elasticity? That sounds like an amazing new product!

One of the major in...
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The Benefits Of Using Tinted Moisturizer

Posted by Desiree Heiser on Thursday, December 13, 2018, In : health beauty 

cocoa powder

Guest post by Desiree Heiser

There is a brand new all-natural tinted moisturizer that is out on the market. Have you heard of it? It’s all natural and handmade! Some of the natural ingredients are cocoa powder, and coconut oil, as well as almond oil! Since I love all the natural ingredients that are listed, I would want to try this product out for sure! These ingredients just sound so amazing!

One of the many benefits of using an all natural tinted moisturizer with coconut oil is t...
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DIY Gifts From The Heart

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Monday, December 3, 2018, In : diy 

candy cane heart

While you're racing around this holiday season trying to find the right gifts, remember that the ones that have the most value are the ones that come from the heart.

Hanging on my bulletin board in my studio is a magazine clipping from ©Family Circle magazine, circa mid-1990's. It has great gift ideas from Meghan (Yudes) Meyers that are sure to be invaluable to your recipients. Some of the ideas are a little dated, but it's fun taking a trip to the past, and the sentiment is still the...
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Health Benefits Of Pumpkin

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, November 15, 2018, In : health beauty 

table setting with pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie. A part of any traditional Thanksgiving feast. It's the perfect finishing touch to a hearty meal. And the best part about it is the pumpkin that makes up that pie has many health benefits. So when you're having that second piece of pie you can use the excuse that it's good for you, for the following reasons:

  • Pumpkin contains magnesium and potassium which help to convert blood sugar into usable fuel. In fact, according to Swedish researchers, a daily dose of pumpkin can dou...

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Skin Repair Through Sleep? Absolutely!

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, November 8, 2018, In : health beauty 

sleeping feet

Part of having that fresh, healthy glow on your face is your beauty sleep. In fact, sleep is your body’s fountain of youth.

If you are getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night on a regular basis, it is most probably affecting your skin. First, let’s look at a few things that happen when you DON’T get enough sleep.

     • One of the most obvious things that happen is the dark circles under your eyes. This is because the blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface dilate when ...
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Homemade Face Masks

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, October 25, 2018, In : health beauty 

woman with beauty mask

Homemade face masks, but we aren’t talking Halloween. We are talking beauty.

It is so relaxing to treat yourself to a spa treatment. Unfortunately, a day at the spa can be somewhat costly. Fortunately, there is nothing wrong with having your spa day at home, in your bathroom, relaxing in your jammies and robe. A long, hot bath…soft music…some candles…hair in a towel…and a homemade face mask. Ahhh, feeling relaxed already, huh?

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Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, July 28, 2018, In : health beauty 

What do baby wipes, old washcloths, and denture cleaner all have in common? They make quick cleanup of your bathroom.

Just as there are tips and tricks for washing your skin, there are also tips and tricks for cleaning the room you do it in.....

bathroom vanity

Keep a box of baby wipes under the bathroom sink and each morning after you've finished getting ready for the day give the sink, faucet, and vanity a quick swipe with a baby wipe and toss in the trash.

bathroom mirror

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Tips For Healthy Hair

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, In : health beauty 

girl with long hair

     1) Drink water! Keeping your body hydrated also keeps your hair hydrated.

     2) Shampooing only once a week is ideal, but not everyone can do that, so try to avoid shampooing your hair every day.

     3) Use a clarifying shampoo once a month. It helps remove buildup from your regular shampoo. If you don't have clarifying shampoo, in a pinch you can use 1 part dishwashing liquid to 4 parts water.

     4) Biotin is a supplement from the Vitamin B family that has been known to ...
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Water Does A Body Good

Posted by Angela @ farragio on Saturday, June 23, 2018, In : health beauty 

In honor of June 23 being National Hydration Day, this is a repost about the benefits of water.

glass of water

There is debate on how much water one needs to drink each day. Traditionally, it's been recommended that a person should drink eight 8-oz glasses (64 oz) of water each day. Our bodies are 60% water so it stands to reason that we need to keep our bodies hydrated. But recently it's been argued that since the body derives water from other sources, such as fruits and vegetables, it's not necessa...
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