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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,

Erin

 

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Get glowing skin…and more!

2 Apr

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Today, I’m going to share a recipe for an amazing face mask that will make your skin glow..and so much more. I call this my Momasaurus Miracle Mask 🙂 Even better, it only requires 2 ingredients that you can find right at home= Honey and Lemon!  Let me first tell you some benefits of using this mask

  • Makes skin glow
  • Brightens skin
  • Smooths skin
  • Clears acne
  • Reduces redness
  • Relieves dryness & hydrates skin
  • Evens out skin tone

Yep , all that from just one mask that you can make yourself! I actually feel like I have my fabulous pregnancy glow back, minus the pregnancy of course..and 50 pounds 😉

On to the recipe my friends…

  • Squeeze 1/2 a lemon into a bowl
  • Add 2 tbsp of honey
  • Stir together (should have a liquid consistency)
  • Apply on your face (note: I pull my hair back before doing this, its sticky)
  • Leave on for 20 minutes
  • Rinse off with cold water (that closes the pores)

Ta-Da!!! You’ll have to use this a few times to see results, so be patient.

FYI: I use this mask about 2 times per week & it took me a couple of weeks to see full results, but skin felt great right away.  

Now, go get your glow on!!!

Until next time,

Erin

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

Directions

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!

1. ALOE AND COCONUT OIL FOR DRY 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!

2. OATMEAL FACE WASH

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.

3. KIWI EXFOLIATOR

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!

4. ALOE MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

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!

5. COCONUT OIL HEAT PROTECTANT

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!

6. LEMON WATER SKIN DRINK

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!

7. OLIVE OIL AND HONEY HAIR MASK

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!

8. ORANGE EXFOLIATOR

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!

9. A CARROT A DAY KEEPS BLEMISHES AWAY

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

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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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.

Enjoy!

DIY Eyeshadow Primer

25 Feb

I dunno about the rest of you, but I’m a girl who requires primer before applying my powder eyeshadow. With it, I still look pretty good at the end of a LONG work day. Without it, I look like a haggard clown after a day of entertaining ruthless children under the sweat lodge that is a circus tent. Ok..I’m being a tad bit dramatic but you get the drift…I look a mess without it and primer rocks.
I didn’t have a recipe for this myself, so I started looking for one and found a great DIY Eyeshadow Primer recipe on Maskcara.com. PS, If you check out their site, you’ll see proof that it works.
This is what you’ll need

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  • A clean container
  • 1/2 teaspoon All Natural Chapstick (may need to run under warm water so it spreads easier) 
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1.5 teaspoon foundation 

All you have to do is mix them all together..That’s it! 

Until tomorrow,

Erin

 

DIY Pore Strips

25 Feb

DIY Pore Strips

Elmer’s Glue for DIY Pore strips?

Yep,  it’s not just for beddazzling things with glitter folks, you can also use it as a pore cleaner. I love the satisfaction I get from using those Biore pore strips &  knowing all the gunk I’ve put on my face is outta there, leaving my skin super clean. But, I don’t like buying them all the time, so I decided to look for alternatives. I found one that works and you may be surprised by what you use; Elmer’s White Glue!

This is how you do it: 

  • Apply a thin layer  of white glue over your clogged pores (away from your eyes & mouth of course)
  • Then, just like the actual pore strips, pull the dried glue off
  • Admire your gunk free face 😉 

Note: I’d test the glue on your hand first just to make sure you aren’t allergic to it.

Ciao for now,

Erin

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