This year as I was baking my Christmas cookies, I thought it would be wonderful to make an oatmeal raisin cookie soap because I love the smell so much. I didn't want to use real raisins in my soap, so I made a soap inspired by the tasty cookie and thus my oatmeal cinnamon melt and pour soap recipe was born. Normally, I grind the oatmeal and add it to the soap. This time, I added it to the top because it looks pretty, and I wanted a little extra scrubbing power as I wanted the soap in my kitchen. I used real cinnamon and cinnamon essential oil for the fragrance. Cinnamon essential oil is good for skin conditions, so it's a good additive for dry hands like mine are in the winter. Oatmeal is also soothing, so it's a good kitchen soap since I wash my hands in the kitchen often.
One of my favorite natural beauty products to use and one that I use several times a week is arrowroot powder. It's actually a food product, but arrowroot powder benefits for skin and hair are numerous, and it has several uses in your beauty toolbox. I use this inexpensive powder for my makeup and hair. The last container I bought was $1 and some change at an Amish bulk food store, and I've been using it for about 6 months. A little really does go a long way.
I know we're just getting over Christmas and New Years, but my Facebook and Pinterest are filled with Valentine's Day ideas already. After the cold, dreary winter, I'm ready for the fun colors of Valentine's Day, so it's all good. I've noticed that a lot of people are asking for Lularoe holiday leggings in the groups. I haven't seen them yet, and I heard that they can't even order them yet. That doesn't mean that you can't get your hands on a pair of buttery soft leggings though. You can get Valentine's Day leggings like Lularoe in plus size TC or OS on Amazon for a cheaper price, and you don't have to wait for a pop-up. That sounds like a total win for me!
Last week, I got some happy mail from PUR Cosmetics. It's their new Trolls eyeshadow palette that's hitting stores soon. They sent me a whole box of goodies related to the adorable Trolls. We haven't seen the movie yet, but I really can't wait until it comes out on video. I love all of the music, and I loved Troll dolls when I was growing up. I think I still have some of them from my childhood! This palette is so fun, and I can't wait to create looks with it!
It's a new year. A clean slate. A chance to start all over. Are you making any resolutions this year? I'm not really a resolution kind of person. There are some things that I want to work on, and I will, but I'm not setting unrealistic goals. I think of it more as a time for reflection and to take a step back and reevaluate things that are going on in my life.
Since the new year is a clean slate, I'd like to offer you some tips to help you improve your makeup game this year. Sometimes we can get in to a bad habit, and we don't even realize how bad those habits are. Here are some common makeup mistakes that you're probably making.