Firming and Softening DIY Body Scrub

 

 

 

 

  You are going to love this simple Firming and Softening DIY Body Scrub ~ it’s AMAZing for rough dry skin. It feels great and smells yummy – and it works!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coffee grinds from coffee maker or french press

1/2 – 1 cup coconut oil

Directions:

Strain the coffee grinds fairly well, (but they don’t need to be dry) and place into a recycled jar. Melt the coconut oil and pour over the coffee grinds, stir with a spoon and put aside to set. You can refrigerate or just leave at room temperature to set. The grinds will settle near the bottom, if a mixed consistency is desired (really not required though) just mix it a few times as it’s setting. You can also use it even before it’s set as long as it’s not hot.

How to use:

Use in the shower, to scrub all over your body paying close attention to rough skin on the elbows and feet. Also, apply to areas that are prone to develop cellulite and need a little firming action, like the belly, thighs and bottom.

Scrub hard in circular motion with your hands. Do this for a few minutes then rinse with cold/ or cooler temperature water. Pat dry with a towel. (this is not recommended for the face as it may be too rough, you still may, but just be very gentle with the scrubbing and do it only once or twice a week).

For an intense treatment : Apply the scrub daily for two weeks, then continue once or twice a week to maintain your natural glow.

Note: Please keep in mind that the coconut oil in this scrub will be naturally oily and it may be slippery in the shower or bath to use. Use caution and stand on an old towel or paper towels if you don’t want to risk falling.

Why it works and why it’s naturally firming:

Coffee has been used for centuries as a natural cellulite fighting and skin firming ingredient. Almost all firming lotions out there have coffee extract as one of the ingredients.

Caffeine enhances fat metabolism and when it’s applied topically, coffee absorbs and removes liquid fat from your skin, which can decrease the appearance of cellulite.

Why it works and why it’s naturally softening:

Coconut oil is a fantastic natural moisturizing lotion. It is anti-aging, is an acne fighter, non-comodogenic and will not clog your pores. Together, the coconut oil and coffee grinds are an amazing all-natural firming and skin softening therapy at home mask.

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Brown Sugar Mask

 

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of organic brown sugar

3 teaspoons of pure extra virgin olive oil

Prep:

Mix the brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl until it turns into a paste. Apply the mask on your freshly cleansed face and neck in a gentle, circular motion with your fingertips. Allow the face mask to sit on the skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse off with warm water, gently pat dry with a soft hand towel, and apply an oil-free moisturizer to retain moisture on the skin.

Brown sugar will not only add moisture to your skin, but will retain moisture as well, and it works as an amazing exfoliator on your skin to remove dead skin cells that clog pores and trap oil and acne-causing bacteria.  Extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer for your skin and will not clog your pores or cause you to breakout.

brown sugar mask

photo image: Barefoot in the Kitchen

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Petunia Skincare 1.00mm 540 Needle Derma Roller | Review

 

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What I say:

It has made such a difference in the appearance of my skin.  Derma rolling creates multi micro-channels in the skin, allowing products to penetrate the skin at a deeper application than just surface application. Regardless of what products you are currently using, I highly advice getting one of these to make the most of your money.  Why would you just want to put products you are buying on the first layer of your skin?

It isn’t recommended to derma roll every day , I derma rolled right before bed twice a week. At first, I was very scared to derma roll since I have a big fear of needles but after doing it a couple of times, I really got the hang of it. It caused my skin to turn pink for 15-20 minutes after rolling. However, I’ve noticed that my skin is much clearer, bright, and blemish free.

Derma rolling can help with the following skin problems:

Acne scarring

Deep scars and stretch marks

Sagging skin

Wrinkles and fine lines

Bumpy dimply skin

You can derma roll any part of your body as well.

For more information on Petunia Skincare 1.00mm 540 Needle Derma Roller and to purchase, click here.

(Sponsored post, but all opinions and words are my own)

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Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit From Petunia Skincare | Review

 

 

What I say:

The Professional 12 Set Make Up Brush Kit from Petunia Skincare came in a nice fold-up pouch for easier organization. It’s also useful specially when I travel because it’s easier to bring. It folds up to this little cute pouch which doesn’t look like a make-up brush holder. It has a nice black, sleek design and has two magnetic snaps to keep the bag close.

The set includes the following make-up brushes:

Powder brush

Blush brush

Foundation brush

Eyeshadow brush

Smudge brush

Fan brush

Concealer brush

Eyebrow brush

Eyeliner brush

Sponge applicator

Lip brush

Spoolie brush

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One of my personal favorite in this set is the eyeliner brush because it’s super thin. I can accurately apply a thin eyeliner on just the base of my upper lashes for the no make-up/barely there look. This also helps me create a perfect cat-eye look because I can easily control the thickness of the cat-eye I wanted to do.

The brushes are so soft and I love how they don’t irritate my skin. They’re very easy to clean and the brushes doesn’t come off when I was them. The individual brush guard help my brushes to stay in tact.

I also love the flyer which came with the brushes. It has a picture of each of the brush, a brief description of what the brushes are made of and how they’re used. Honestly, I realized I was using one or two of my brushes wrong! So, for first time make-up enthusiasts, the flyer is a great way to learn more about the different types and uses of these make-up brushes.

What I like about these brushes is that I can easily blend and apply make-up without worrying about the other make-up pigments sticking to the brushes. I don’t have to clean each and every brush every time I use a different color or shade of color specially on my eye lids. It would be a complete hassle if I need to clean the brushes every time I try use a different color or shade of eye make-up.

For more information on Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit From Petunia Skincare and to purchase, click here.

(Sponsored post, but all opinions and words are my own)

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The Best Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes

 

I admit, I’m a bit makeup impaired and have really done the same makeup routine for the past decade (or more – egads).  I figured it was time to step it up a notch for the holiday season and making my “boring” brown eyes pop!

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With Navy or Cobalt Blue paired with Golden Bronze Shades, bring out the Golden Tones in Brown Eyes.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Quad in “Summer in St. Tropez”

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Cobalt”

Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Single in “Navy Night”

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in “Brash Blue”

By pairing two warm colors next to each other with Gold and Copper, you can help your brown eyes to sparkle.

Lorac Pro Palette

NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in “Campo De’Fiori”

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in “Eternal Sunshine”

Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Bold Gold”

Eggplant compliments the golden tones found in brown eyes. Purple eyeshadow also helps the whites of your eyes to look brighter. Eggplant mascara is for a subtle color pop as well as replacing black eyeshadow with a deep eggplant variety.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Eyeshadow in “Matte Dark Purple 160″

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in “Violet Sky”

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

My personal favorite and hat I’ll be rocking this holiday season is gold and copper. What’s your favorite?

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Chocolate Milk Bath

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe for a chocolate milk bath is so easy to make with just three ingredients. This is a dry mixture so you don’t have to worry about using it right away. You can package it up in a fun cellophane gift bag for a lovely gift or a small container for yourself.

The milk powder in this recipe will nourish your skin. Milk contains lactic acid that exfoliates and softens the skin.

Adding cocoa powder gives a boost of antioxidants to help repair skin. This recipe makes enough for two baths.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup of powdered milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
INSTRUCTIONS:
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Transfer the contents to a cellophane bag with a tie or a small container with a lid.
Add ½ cup to warm bath water. Swirl it around the water to mix it in.

 

 

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Want a yummy Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub too? Find it here.

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Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub

 

 

This chocolate mint sugar scrub smells AMAZing and is a fun treat. And the almond oil will help moisturize and nourishes your skin, leaving it yummy and super soft.

I’ve been playing around with different scrubs since I discovered how uber easy they are to make and this one is a new favorite.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup almond oil

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

10 drops peppermint pure essential oil

a glass container with lid to store any leftovers

Instructions:

1. In large bowl, add brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa powder, and mix well.

2. Add the almond oil and peppermint essential oil and mix until well combined.

3. Transfer the mixture to a wide-mouth container with a secure lid.

4. Use in shower or bath, while your body is wet. Scoop up some of the scrub with your fingers and gently massage over your arms, shoulders and legs in a circular motion. Rinse well.

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How to get Pastel Pink Hair

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What am I doing today you ask? Well I’m dying my hair pink, pastel pink.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

For already light blonde hair:
-Mixing bowl
-Hair color brush/applicator
-Gloves
-Cheap conditioner (white in color)
-Colored dye of your preference (Manic Panic or Special Effects. I recommend Special Effects because it lasts longer, but Manic Panic works as well. So if you’re using a Manic Panic pink dye you might have to use more color.)

Darker hair:
-30 volume developer (30 lifts 3 hair color levels, 20 lifts 2. Unless your hair is already blonde I’d use a 30.)
-Hair bleach powder
-Toner
-Mixing bowl
-Hair color brush/applicator
-Gloves
-Cheap conditioner (white in color)
-Colored dye of your preference (Manic Panic or Special Effects. I recommend Special Effects cause it lasts longer, but Manic Panic works as well.)

-Mixed pastel dye works best on light hair.
-Wash hair in cool water to maintain color.
-Put a bit of colored dye into your regular conditioner for upkeep.
-Use dry shampoo instead of washing super often if you want your color to last longer.
-If the color you achieved is darker than you wanted, you can always wash it a few times until you reach desired level of color.
-If you want color to last longer, dye it a bit darker than you intended (if you’re okay with a darker pastel) so it will take longer to wash out.
-I have done this to both dry and wet hair and the results are the same.

Note: I will only be going over how to get pastel hair on already light blonde/white hair.

Step 1. Gather all materials
Make sure you have a white conditioner, a mixing bowl, gloves, an applicator, and hair dye of choice.

Step 2. Pour conditioner into bowl
Generally I eyeball the amount I will need and it’s better to have more color to work with than not enough. You be the judge! Make sure you take your hair length into consideration. I generally fill my standard sized mixing bowl near the top.

Step 3. Add your color
Slowly add the desired color into the conditioner and mix. You do not have to use a lot of dye since you are hoping to achieve a pastel. For the most part, the color you make in the bowl is the color that you will come out on your hair. However, if you want it to last longer, mix the dye a slight shade darker. You can always do a test strip on your hair to test out if the color lasts and if it’s the desired level of color. The great part about using Manic Panic or Special Effects is that they are semi-permanent, and if you’re not happy with the outcome you can wash it out or dye over it with another color.

Step 4. Apply color
It’s a good idea to have someone else apply the color because they will be able to spot places at the back of your head that you may miss, but I always do my own hair and have for years. Make sure you start at your roots (if you are applying an all over color) and then apply to the length of your hair. Work the color in using your fingers but try not to remove the dye from your hair while doing this. If you want to, use your hands (in fact it’s better if you do!). It’s way easier to work the color into your hair using your fingers, just make sure you’re wearing gloves.

I usually leave it on my hair for half an hour to an hour, and the color looks great. It really all depends on how light you want it. (If you want your hair to be lighter and wash out faster, don’t leave it on for as long, but if you’re okay with it being darker then leave it on for longer.) Another great thing about these dyes is that there are no harsh chemicals so you can leave it on your hair without damaging it.

Step 5. Rinse
You could always take a strand of hair and wash the dye off of it to see if it’s the color you want. If it is, then get to washing, but if it’s too light then leave it on longer. You don’t have to use shampoo or conditioner to wash it, just wash the mix out using cool water. Your hair will feel super soft from all the conditioner, an added bonus.
Remember, wet hair always looks darker than it actually is. You could either let it air dry, or if you’re too impatient you could use a blow dryer to see your results. If you feel like your hair is looking a little uneven, you can always reapply the dye right away to stubborn areas because as I mentioned before, there are no harsh chemicals. In my experience my hair has only come out uneven one time and that is because it had been poorly applied.

Step 6. Keep up your new look
As mentioned in the tips above, whenever you wash your hair make sure you use cool water, and put some of the dye (or any leftover mix) into your conditioner to help with upkeep.

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