DIY Pumpkin Facial

If there’s one thing I L-O-V-E, it’s this time of year! The weather allows for boots and scarves, cool breezes (Making it so I dont need to powder my nose nearly as often!), and best of all…PUMPKIN versions of all my faves…lattes, pies and even DIY FACIALS!!

Here’s an amazing one that helps repair, smooth and smells incredible!

Ingredients

2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin (pureed)

1/2  teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon milk

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon spice

Directions

Combine all your ingredients and apply. (Avoiding eye area.)

Leave on for 15-20 minutes

Rinse with warm water.

Benefits

According to Divavillage.com Pumpkin is full of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein. Pumpkin enzymes can soothe and protect your skin. These essential nutrients can reach deep within your pores and absorb quickly.Pumpkin nourishes dry skin instantly, giving you a healthy glow anytime your skin needs a boost!  Colder weather can make your skin especially dehydrated, and the brisk fall and winter breeze certainly doesn’t help. Pumpkin works as an accelerator for other ingredients, helping the skin absorb vital nutrients and vitamins quickly.

Happy Fall my favorite pamperers 🙂

xoxox

DIY Avo-honey mask

Winter weather reeking havoc on your skin? You’re not alone…me and my clients are all feeling the winter time dry out. Never fear tho beauties, I have an amazing, natural cure all. It aint pretty, but it’s so worth it.

Make your friends “green with envy” with this amazing DIY Avocado Honey Mask!

This is a recipe my Mom and I have applied for years. Its simple, easy and effective! (and I have it on my face as I type! wo who!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 3 Tbsp Honey

Directions:

  • Mash avocado in a bowl. Make sure to make it as “un-clumpy” as possible.
  • Mix in Honey.
  • Apply to a clean, dry face.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.

Benefits:

  • Avacado is rich in an oil that is similar to our skins creating an amazing moisturizing effect. It also helps minimize age spots, skin damage and scars by aiding in regeneration, rejuvenation and collagen production.
  • Honey aids in absorbing and retaining moisture.

Happy Facialing lovies!

xoxo

DIY Baking Soda Scrub

Top of the mornin’ my favorite pamperin’ pals! Im writing this awesome, basic scrub recipe while poolside on a weekend get away! Does life get any radder? Probably not. 😉

I really hope you all enjoyed the past couple festive recipes, Pumpkin Facials and Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub..because today’s recipe is going to be a staple-go to recipe that is smiple, effective and can be done everyday! Im sure I’ll especially need this vital ingredient after this sunshine filled trip, as baking soda is an ingredient that is so effective in aiding in the skins health (and soothing of sunburns!).

Ingredients:

2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda
Small amount of water

Directions:

Mix the ingredients into a paste.
Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Rinse and moisturize.

According to www.planetgreen.discovery.com, baking soda makes a top-notch exfoliation. Why? Baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse. It’s the best amount of coarse for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, and if applied correctly, it won’t cause your sensitive facial skin to become red and irritated!

(And thnkfully after this desert sunshine-it helps with sunburns..When baking soda is added to bath water, sunburn sufferers often experience a notable reduction in pain. Place a cup (8 ounces) of baking soda under the running bath tap so it dissolves completely, and soak in a lukewarm tub for about half an hour. Such a bath will soothe the pain – and you won’t have to endure the stinging sensation of a shower. Adding baking soda to a hot bath at any time also helps wash acid wastes out of the body.)

YAY for going Green and inproving our skin..NATURALLY,

xoxo

Makeup 101: Make up SHELF LIFE

Make up 101 continues with the most vital review – make up shelf life and when is the right time to dispose of old products.

All us ladies have a little stash of “just in case” make up. Colors we bought that we thought were fab, came home, HATED but think could work for some occasion. (Really?) That foundation that we discovered once we got home is hideously mismatched and no where near our shade, but think maybe we’ll get that tan sometime soon or are just plain out too lazy to return…and OF COURSE- Mascara that we swear has that last glob of lengthening and volume for our lashes (and even though we have 3 fresh tubes).. so we stash that destined lash clump in a drawer for a rainy day. These behaviors not only lead to clutter and hoarding space for our fresh new beauty finds, but more importantly leads to BACTERIA!

Here’s a run down of make up life’s timelines!

*This isnt pushing you to go out and purchase all new make up..however this is a precaution to save your face from bad, icky, dangerous situations! (These are estimations…I say better safe than sorry. Be cautious!)

Concealer: Up to 12 months

Powder: 2 years

Eyeshadow: Up to 3 years

Foundation: Water Based-12 months Oil Based-18 months

Mascara: 4 MONTHS. (This product is THE biggest breeding ground for bacteria. To prolong shelf life do not pump wand in and out, this exposes it to excess open air. NEVER SHARE THIS PRODUCT WITH ANYONE!)

Liners (eye and lip): 3 years. Sharpen regularly!

Lipstick: 1-4 years. Once its dried up-throw it out. Prolong the life by storing in the fridge. 🙂

Brushes: For personal use, wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent.

Sponges: For person use, wash weekly and dispose of monthly.

I know it’s hard to part with beauty essentials we paid good money for, but gals..its worth the investment to keep our faces clean and protected.

Heres to staying FRESH,

xoxo

DIY lip scrub

Issues with lipstick going on smoothly? Chapped lips that never seem lip locking ready? There’s hope ladies…My gift  to you..Simple, natural DIY lip scrub à la Brittany Michele.

Your skin is THE largest organ and needs to be cleansed of dead skin. Its functions of expelling toxins, ample breathing and circulation will be hightend with regualr exfoliation.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Honey (1tbsp)
  • Brown Sugar(1tbsp)
  • Olive Oil
Honey is a natural antioxidant . It helps to keep the skin feeling soft by assisting in the skins’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh delpeted skin. Honey is able to help keep skin hydrated and provents drying, and has been used  as an ancient beauty staple with “honey and milk” to keep skin youthful and smooth. (Even Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, swore by this beauty secret and  it has been used in Chinese medicine since the 6th century BC to substance both the body and soul!)
Brown Sugar is chalk full of Vitamin B and assists in exfoliating your skin without drying it out. Its texture is course enough to exfoliate your skin but isnt abrasive enough to irritate your skin. Its a natural, no preservative ingredient to insure no harm to your skin.
Mix the Honey and Brown sugar together, Apply the paste textured mixture to your lips and leave on for a few minutes. (Try not to lick your lips..kinda tempting!) and then start GENTLY  “buffing” your lips with the mixture in circular motions. The brown sugar is now exfoliating the dead skin off your lips- do this until all the skin is buffed off. Immediatly apply Olive Oil to your lips as your all natural lip moitsurizer. (This secret was also used by Cleopatra!)
With my addiction to pinker than pink glossy lips, I use this scrub at least 2x a week. It only takes a few minutes and your lips feel instantly smoother, fuller and more hydrated!
With these lips, more x’s than o’s,
xoxo

EGG-cellent facial

One of my favorite weekend treats is showering myself with a little TLC with a pamper-sesh. Unfortunately I cant afford spa visits and professional facials on a regular basis BUT I have discovered some INCREDIBLE DIY (Do it yourself) recipes ..so I’ll start with one of my faves that is currently ON MY FACE as I type this. 😉

D-I-Y All Natural
EGG-cellent Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1egg
  • 1Teaspoon Honey
  • ¼
    Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:

Crack egg, separate egg white from yoke and place in 2 separate small bowls.

Beat egg white until “frothy”.

Mix 1 Teaspoon of honey and ¼ Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar in with egg yoke. Stir.

Fold yoke mixture in with frothy egg whites.

Apply to clean face. (Avoid eye area)

Heads up: YOU WILL FEEL YOUR SKIN TIGHTENING!

Leave on 15-20 minutes.

Rinse with warm water, pat dry.

Benefits

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR contains natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals  and is rich in antioxidants. It has Vitamins A, B and C, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, magnesium, potassium,phosphorus, copper, iron, sulfur, iron, fluorine, silicon, boron and pectin. How’s that for super vinegar! It naturally balances the pH balance  of the skin, fight bacteria, infections and is a natural anti-fungal, AND it reduces inflammation. It is an awesome astringent(toner), for sensitive and oily skin. Vinegar can even do wonders for acne and itchy skin conditions due to eczema and sunburn and can help blast fungal infections, warts and even skin tags!

HONEY: The natural occurring acids in honey acids are very safe to use on skin and can loosen bonds between the dead skin cells junking up your skin, making it easier to shed the dead layer and reveal your smoother more glorious skin underneath! These acids also increase elasticity,balance out oily skin, stimulate collagen production, and minimize lines and wrinkles making you look younger and more “new and improved”!

EGGS: An egg mask is one of the best natural remedies for irritated skin. Eggs contain amino acids that help in reduction of any inflammation. Eggs not only smooth and tighten the skin, but help shrink pores.

to EGG-cellent skin & a little honey too,

xoxo