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Organize Makeup Using Desk Organizer

9 Apr

makeuporganizerWant an easy way to organize your makeup brushes & makeup?  Just use a rotating desk organizer. I have a couple of these & frankly, I never use them for what they’re intended for. Forget storing pens & office supplies, I use it to hold my phone, accessories, makeup…basically anything other than an office supply 😉 If you need an inexpensive way to organize some of your beauty supplies, try this workaround.
Until next time,




Find the best color for your eyes

27 Mar

Find the right eyeliner & eyeshadow color based on your eye color. Found this helpful info over at


So if your eye color is….

Blue – choose colors in the orange family. Pick colors like chocolate, bronze, and golds. Think earthy colors.








Brown – choose colors in the blue family. Pick colors like cobalt and navy blue.

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Green – choose colors in the purple family. Pick colors like plum and warm lavender.

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DIY Face Cleaning Wipes

23 Mar

I love taking makeup remover face wipes in my purse or when I travel because they barely take up space.  But they can be so expensive — $0.20 a wipe adds up.  So, I make my own!

It only costs $0.03 per wipe which means major savings compared to the name brand.

What You’ll Need

Paper towels

• 2 tbsp. face wash

• 2 tbsp. coconut oil

• 2 to 3 cups of water


Measure 2 tbsp. of coconut oil into a microwave-safe dish and zap for a few seconds until it is liquid. Mix with two cups of water and a couple squirts of face wash. You can add more water if you feel the need to. Personally, I add 2 cups, then if they dry out, I add a little more.

Soak the paper towels in the solution. I chose Viva because they’re absorbent. DO NOT use a cheap paper towel or they will completely fall apart. You can also cut the paper towels in half with a knife if you’d like to or buy the towels that are perforated into smaller sheets.

Store in a sealed container or separate into zipper baggies.

So let’s compare prices… Here’s the breakdown: 400 store-bought makeup remover wipes cost $80. The same number of the D-I-Y version costs $12. That’s a savings of $68!

9 Natural Beauty Tips

17 Mar

20130317-230230It’s always nice to learn about natural beauty tips because they’re easy to use and so much better for us than using commercial beauty products with unknown ingredients and chemicals. Even if we don’t always use natural beauty products in our beauty routine, we can treat our skin to some natural beauty tips that will nourish and nurture your skin!


Natural beauty tips are not only good for us, they’re pretty easy on our wallets, also! Take this beauty tip for example: using aloe vera and coconut oil to soothe dry skin is cost effective, super easy and all-natural! If you experience dry skin, try mixing or blending the gel from an aloe vera leaf with a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and apply it to your skin!


If you want to be a natural beauty, try using this simple and soothing face wash that’s appropriate for just about all skin types! Grab some uncooked oatmeal, mix about a handful of oatmeal with some warm water and use it to wash your face. It might be a little awkward to use but oatmeal has wonderful benefits for skin, such as reducing redness, protecting skin from UV damage and calming dry, itchy skin.


This next beauty tip is about as natural as they get! Take a kiwi and mash it up to use it as an easy and effective facial exfoliator. If you don’t have any kiwis around, you can also use a banana, pineapple, peach or papaya to mash up and mix with a couple tablespoons of yogurt. This exfoliator is best suited for normal skin but make sure you don’t have any allergies to the ingredients as well!


Another way to show your natural beauty is to use an all-natural setting spray for your makeup. All you need is some filtered water and some glycerin or aloe vera juice! Grab a small spray bottle that sprays a fine mist and mix three parts of the filtered water to one part of the aloe vera juice or glycerin. Give yourself a couple of spritzes after you apply makeup and you’re set! Be sure to keep it in the fridge so it keeps longer!


If you have some unruly hairs like me, you’ll love this simple and cheap beauty tip! Use a small dab of coconut oil to tame broken hairs, add sheen to your hair and use it as a heat protectant. It has been noted that the women of Fiji often used coconut oil to protect their hair from damaging UV rays and many women also use it to create a protective barrier from heat tools and your hair! Make sure your heat tool isn’t turned up too high when you use this as a heat protectant!


I’ve always liked to have a little lemon with my water because I love how fresh it tastes. Little did I know that adding lemon juice to your water has great skin benefits! Add some lemon juice to warm water to give your body a powerful boost of vitamin C, which will help purge toxins and also help keep your skin clear of blemishes!


I know there are tons of homemade hair mask recipes out there, but this one has got to be one of the easiest and you’ll likely always have the ingredients on hand when you need it! Mix a tablespoon of honey with three tablespoons of olive oil in a small, microwaveable bowl. Stick it in the microwave in thirty second increments until it’s all warmed and apply it to your hair for a half hour, rinse and shampoo!


This next natural beauty tip is a great way to prep our limbs for the upcoming season! Cut an orange in half and use it to rub on your elbows and knees to exfoliate dry, dead skin cells and smooth your skin! The acid in the orange will not only get rid of dead skin but it’ll also help lighten up dark elbows and knees, so you’ll be ready to rock those shorts and tanks in no time!


This last tip on natural beauty might sound quite weird. In fact, I’d never heard of this little tip before, but after some research it turns out that eating carrots is a dynamite food for skin! Eating carrotsgives your body a big dose of vitamin A, beta-carotene and antioxidants that help with anti-aging and help prevent acne!

I hope you use some of the natural beauty tips and enjoy the wonderful benefits of using natural skin care products that you can make yourself! All of these natural beauty tips can be used anytime you want to swap out some of the traditional beauty products and just take it back to the basics! Do you make any of your own natural beauty products?

Found these great tips on JanesFashionBlog

Thicken Lashes with Powder; Updated

14 Mar

I’m always looking for ways to perfect my projects & for this trick, I’ve changed the steps.  Before, I was applying the powder to dry eyelashes, but I had to be very careful when doing this…I do not have a delicate way of doing anything & if I’m not careful I’d end up with powder in my eye, not cool! SO, I’ve switched up the way I apply it. Now, before I apply the powder, I apply a coat of mascara so that the powder adheres to the wet lashes. My previous post with the revised instructions are below.

Want thicker lashes? Next time you’re putting on your makeup, apply some powder to your lashes to add some volume. When I use this trick, it’s the closest I’ve gotten to looking like I’m sporting some falsies

Thicken Eyelash

Just follow these 3 steps:

  • First, apply some mascara

Next, apply some baby powder or translucent powder while mascara is still wet. I apply using an eyeshadow brush. When applying be careful not to get any in your eyes.

  • Apply a few more coats of mascara
  • Curl lashes
  • Bat those lashes 😉 


DIY Microdermabrasion: Updated

12 Mar


Microdermabrasion for a penny?!?!?!

Yes, you read that correctly…you can create a microdermabrasion paste, using  a common household product and it’ll only set you back a cent!

Products marketed as “Microdermabrasion” are everywhere and many of them are pricey, way more than what this DIY alternative will cost you. I must admit, I bought into the  microdermabrasion hype  in the past and have purchased several products, trying to get my skin as smooth and flawless as possible. Well, flawless never happened, but they did make my skin smooth. I thought it was a little crazy for me to drop so much $ on something that was basically just a good face scrub. So, awhile back, I started looking into DIY alternatives and found one, that is super cheap & only requires 2 ingredients: Baking Soda & Water!

This is all you have to do:

  • Mix 3 parts baking soda & 1 part water to make a paste. (make sure the paste isn’t too runny) Before applying the paste, clean your face & remove your makeup.
  • Apply the paste & gently scrub in a circular motion. I do this on my face for a couple of minutes (Don’t scrub too hard or for too long or you may get some senstivity)
  • Then just rinse it off.

Updated:  To make your skin extra soft, add some coconut oil to the paste. I’m coo-coo for coconut oil & will be sharing more DIY beauty tips using it in the near future.

Now, this isn’t going to transform you into Heidi Klum (BUMMER!) but it will make your skin very soft. And the best part is that it costs almost nothing!

If you want to make your lips smooth while you’re at it, check out my DIY Sugar Scrub. It’s cheap & SWEET 🙂

DIY Moisturizing Lip Scrub

8 Mar

I posted a DIY Sugar Lip Scrub last month & wanted to share a variation that I found on theCHICagoLifeBlog.

I really like their recipe, it not only scrubs but also nourishes your lips & they feel great afterwards.

The CHICago Life’s DIY Lip Scrub & Softener calls for 3 ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Coconut Oil
  • Brown Sugar.

Here are the instructions:

  • Mix equal parts of all three ingredients together in a bowl. Make a small batch for a single use, or a batch to store in a sealed container for future use.
  • Exfoliate and nourish lips by rubbing the mixture in a circular motion.  For best results, take the scrub in the shower.  The steam helps soften the skin, and there’s no mess to clean up

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SugarCollageHere’s my original post:

Lips Chapped?  No problemo! If you’re in a pinch (or if you simply wanna save some $$) just grab your sugar canister and get to scrubbing. It’s a “Sweet” solution 😉

  • Put damp finger in some sugar (white or brown will work)  
  • Gently scrub on lips in a circular motion.

I’ve also used this on my legs & arms in place of my usual exfoliator & it worked great. When I’m all done, I just dab on some chapstick or coconut oil and I’m left feeling like smooth like my baby’s booty.

Both recipes work really well. I still use my 1 ingredient sugar scrub when I’m in a rush, but theCHICagoLife’s  recipe is great for when I want my lips to be super soft & nourished.


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