27 December 2013

8 Tips for Color Treated Hair Care

My latest hair style is brown all over color with blonde and red highlights.  I love the look, but the blonde can turn brassy, and the red fades too quickly.  I have to take steps to protect the color and keep my hair healthy so it doesn't turn in to a dry, frizzy mess.  Here are some tips and tricks for color treated hair care.

26 December 2013

DIY Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe

Now that the temperatures are down in the teens and twenties every day, my skin is feeling dry.  Even worse, it's dull, which makes me look and feel worse.

DIY facial scrubs are hard to make because your facial skin is a lot more sensitive than the rest of your body.  This scrub uses brown sugar, which is much more gentle than the white sugar or salt that other DIY scrub recipes call for.

It also uses coconut oil, and my regular readers know how much I {heart} coconut oil!

DIY Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe


1 part coconut oil
1 part organic brown sugar


1.  Mix equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar in a bowl.  If coconut oil is too hard to stir, heat for 5-10 seconds in the microwave to soften.  Let cool completely before using.
2.  Gently scrub your face with a few teaspoons of product to slough off dead skin cells.
3.  Rinse well.

You can make as much or as little as you want.  Store in a mason jar or other jar with a lid.  Since this recipe doesn't have water, it doesn't need a preservative.

You can use this scrub all over your body.  It works very well on your hands and feet, too!

05 December 2013

Holiday Gifts for Men: Frigo Revolution Wear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Frigo. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ladies, have you gotten your man his holiday gift yet?

Are you like me and have no idea what to get him?  Does the thought of wandering through the tool and outdoor aisles make you shake in fear?

Have no fear!  I'm here to share with you the perfect gift for your man this holiday season.  

Most men don't think about what brand of underwear, so they just grab the kind they've worn for years.  Tell him to stop wearing underwear and start wearing Frigo Revolution Wear.  

There is a patented cooling barrier in the front, so he stays comfortable all day. 

Many men complain about the waistband in their underwear, but the Revolution Wear is made with a comfortable waistband made with moisture wicking material that keeps him cool in the summer.  

Vents on the side to keep him cool while he's working or playing in the summer or the winter.  

Perhaps the best feature for men?  The hem stays in place.  They won't ride up, even when he's moving around a lot.  

Ladies, let's be honest.  If you buy your man new underwear, it isn't just a gift for him.  It's a gift for you too because this line is as sexy as it functional!

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24 November 2013

DIY Coconut Oil and Peppermint Hair Mask

If you've read my blog before, then you know that I {heart} coconut oil!  I use it on my hair and skin, and I am always looking for more great recipes.  This easy DIY coconut oil and peppermint hair mask smells wonderful and leaves you with soft, beautiful hair.

I use a hair mask about once a week to keep my hair soft and more manageable.  It also helps reduce frizz and keeps my hair healthy, even with heat styling and getting it bleached and dyed.  This hair mask is one of the easier ones that I make.

DIY coconut oil and peppermint hair mask

01 November 2013

DIY Homemade Blush Recipe

Do you want to avoid harsh chemicals but don't want to sacrifice your favorite makeup products?  Well, you really can have the best of both worlds if you make your own natural makeup.  You can even look for organic ingredients if you prefer to use organic makeup.

Making your own blush isn't difficult.  You start with a base similar to making your own foundation and add a colorant.  You will need to play with the colors to find the best match for you, but when you are done, you'll have a shade that matches your skin tone perfectly.

DIY Natural Blush Recipe

What You Need

Arrowroot powder or cornstarch
Beet powder or hibiscus powder
Cocoa power, ginger, or nutmeg


1.  Start with a base of one teaspoon beet powder.
2.  Slowly add arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or a mixture of the two until you reach the desired shade.
3.  Add cocoa powder, ginger, or nutmeg if you would like brown or yellow undertones.

If you want to make your own beet powder, there's an excellent tutorial here.

How do you know what to add?  Dump a little bit of your current blush on a piece of white paper.  Keep adding until you reach that shade.


25 October 2013

DIY Foundation Recipe Powder and Liquid

Earlier this week, I showed you how to make your own concealer.  It uses foundation as a base, so you need to buy an organic foundation if you want an organic or natural product.  There are many benefits to buying organic, but it can get pricey.  Today, I will give you a DIY foundation recipe for liquid and for powder foundation.  The best part?  You can make it to match your skin tone perfectly!

I know that powder and liquid foundations work differently, so you may have a preference based on your skin tone, age, and skin concerns.  I'll teach you how to make both kinds of foundation.

23 October 2013

DIY Concealer Recipe

Today, a friend asked me if I had a recipe for concealer.  I didn't, so here we are!

Now I know why she couldn't find one--they are hard to find!  I waded through pages and pages of the exact same recipe.  She was looking for something with a little more coverage, and she wanted something natural.

I haven't stumbled upon the best recipe ever, but I think I've found something that will help her out.

DIY Concealer Recipe

The most popular concealer recipes call for mixing your usual moisturizer with a drop or two of liquid foundation.  I do this as a DIY tinted moisturizer, and it works great for minor blemishes.  This will cover uneven skin tone very well, but it's not great for acne or scars.

DIY Spot Treatment Concealer

If you want a thicker spot treatment, you can make it from your own liquid foundation.  The trick is to make the formula thicker by removing the water to increase the pigment concentration.  This is easy: Just place about a teaspoon of foundation in a small container and place in the fridge.  Do not put a lid on the container so the water can evaporate.  In about two or three days, you'll have a nice, thick concealer.

If you start with an organic liquid foundation like Ecco Bella or Bourjois Bio, your concealer will be organic as well.

I wish I had a completely made from scratch recipe, but this is the best I could find and feel comfortable recommending.

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22 October 2013

Makeup Expiration Dates: How Long Does Makeup Last?

Like food, makeup has an expiration date.  Makeup, especially liquid formulas, have preservatives that prevent mold and bacteria from growing.  If bacteria growing in your makeup touches your skin, it can cause acne and blackheads, so it's important to toss your makeup when it gets too hold.

How Long Does Makeup Last?

  • Some liquid foundations are good for 18 months, but it's best to use them for about a year before tossing them if they are oil-free.  
  • Powder blush is good for 2 years, but cream blush is only good for 1 year.  
  • Lipsticks are usually safe for two years.   
  • Only keep mascara for 3 months after you open it.  Since the product is applied so close to your eye, you can transfer bacteria from your eye to the tube and back to your eye again.  Toss before 3 months are up if the product starts to get dry.  Do not add water to wet it again.  
  • You can safely use an eye pencil for 2 years because you sharpen the point before each application.
  • Powder eyeshadow is generally safe for 2 years, but liquid will only last 1 year.  (If you get an eye infection, toss your makeup and buy a replacement to use once the infection clear.)

  • Keep your makeup brushes clean by washing them regularly.  
  • Write the date that you opened the product on the product or in a notebook.  
  • Keep lids closed tightly after use.
  • Store makeup in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Toss makeup right away if it becomes discolored or starts to have an odor.
Now that you know how long does makeup lasts, do you need to clean your makeup bag?

21 October 2013

What's Causing Your Itchy Scalp?

A dry, flaky scalp can be caused by dry skin, dandruff, styling product buildup, or even the weather. No matter what the cause, an itchy scalp usually means embarrassing flakes.  Identify the cause of your flakes so you can treat it with the right product.


What Causes Flakes?
Your skin is continually shedding and being replaced by new skin cells.  This usually happens slowly, so you will not notice that it is happening.  Sometimes dead skin cells fall off faster than usual, and this means unsightly flakes in your hair and maybe even on your clothes.  Flakes from dry skin are small, white, and dry.  
If your flakes are caused by dandruff, they are usually bigger than 1mm and white.  You'll likely have an itchy scalp, but your skin won't be red, and your scalp will be the only area of your body that is affected.  
Using too much product on your hair can also an itchy scalp.  If you don't remove all styling products from your hair when you wash it, it can mix with dead skin cells and cause small flakes.  
For dry skin, treat your scalp with a hot oil treatment.  Olive oil is an excellent oil for your scalp and hair, or dry a DIY avocado oil treatment.  The oils will nourish your hair as well as your scalp.  Use a hot oil treatment once a week for best results.  For daily treatment, try JASON Shampoo with Tea Tree Oil.  
If dandruff is causing your itchy scalp and flakes, you'll need to treat the dandruff with a medicated shampoo like Head and Shoulders.  If that formula doesn't work, try Selsun Blue because it has a different active ingredient.  Use a medicated shampoo daily, and once a week, try a dandruff scrub.  
If your itchy scalp is caused by product buildup, try a daily clarifying shampoo to get rid of extra product.  Neutrogena Anti Residue is a great one to use because it won't dry out your hair.  You can also make your own clarifying shampoo with this easy recipe.  

18 October 2013

4 Ways You Are Making Your Dry Skin Worse

Dry, winter air can steal the moisture from your skin, leaving you with rough, dry patches.  While dry skin usually isn't a serious medical concern, cracks in your skin can let bacteria enter your body and cause an infection.  Here are four things you might be doing that make your dry skin worse.

Having Dry Skin Problems? Here's What You Can Do

1.  Not exfoliating

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.  If you don't remove them, they can prevent moisturizers and lotions from reaching your skin.  Exfoliating also helps reduce dry patches of skin and flakes.  Use an easy sugar scrub or salt scrub to exfoliate your body once a week.  For your face, try a clay mask.

2.  Not drinking enough water

Dry skin isn't the same as dehydrated skin.  Dry skin is caused from not having enough oil in your skin, and dehydrated skin doesn't have enough water.  Keeping your skin hydrated can help prevent flaky skin.  Drinking caffeine, sun exposure, and exercise can all zap moisture from your skin.  Hot showers or washing your hands often can also cause skin dehydration.  Take cool showers and limit your shower time to 5 or 10 minutes.

3.  Not using the right oils

You've probably been told that oils are bad for your skin because they clog your pores.  But not all oils work the same.  Shea butter, cocoa butter, and some essential oils can be very beneficial for your skin.  If your lips are dry, look for moisturizers with shea butter or argon oil.

4.  Using the wrong kind of moisturizer

Some commercial lotions contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin.  They may also contain inferior oils that simply can't help combat dry skin.  You don't need an expensive moisturizer, but you should look for one made especially for dry skin.  One to try is Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion.
You can also make your own with these easy lotion recipes.

15 October 2013

How to Treat Lice Naturally

Last week, my kids came home from school with a letter telling parents that there has been a large number of lice cases at the school.  Thankfully, we weren't affected this time, but I still wanted to learn how to treat lice naturally.  I've talked to friends who have battled lice this year or who have friends who have, and they claim that popular lice treatments just aren't working this year.  They do, however, report that home treatments for lice are effectively killing them.


The most popular home remedy for lice is to suffocate them with an oil.  Chemical shampoos like Nix work by suffocating lice, so this is a very effective treatment.  Some experts feel that suffocating does not kill the louse, but it does slow them down so you can catch them.

You can coat your child's head with olive oil, real mayonnaise, or almond oil to smother lice.  With the oil in the hair, use a lice comb to comb small sections of hair.  Use a good light so you can see lice, nits, or eggs.  Once you have combed all of your child's hair, wash her hair as usual and rinse well.

Repeat daily for a week, and continue to check for lice every night for another week.

Male human head louse 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a popular natural lice treatment.  Look for a shampoo with tea tree oil, or make your own by adding 3-5 drops of the oil to an ounce of shampoo.  You can also add up to 5 drops to coconut or olive oil.   Let the tea tree oil in oil or shampoo sit on the hair for half an hour before rinsing and washing as usual.

You can also add 15 drops of the oil to the water in your washing machine to kill lice when you treat affected clothes and towels.

Never apply tea tree oil directly to the skin or scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Spray apple cider vinegar on the hair before and after washing it.  Let it sit for a few minutes before you shampoo.  Towel dry hair and comb with a lice comb.  The vinegar helps remove nits from the hair.

These natural lice treatments will help kill lice on your child's hair, but you should also treat your home.  Place stuffed animals and toys in garbage bags for a week to kill lice.  Vacuum your furniture and carpets thoroughly, and wash bedding, clothing, and towels in hot water to kill lice and eggs.

08 October 2013

DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask Recipe for Dry, Damaged Hair

While you're drinking a pumpkin latte, treat your hair with this DIY pumpkin hair mask recipe.  Pumpkin is loaded with potassium and vitamins A and C to leave your hair healthy.  Potassium and vitamin C can both help promote the regrowth of hair, and vitamin A is great for your scalp.  This hair mask is great for every type of hair, but it is best for dry or damaged hair.  

DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask Recipe

What You Need

1 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons coconut oil


1.  Combine pumpkin puree and yogurt in a bowl.  Stir well.
2.  Stir in honey and coconut oil.  If you have oily hair, you can use less coconut oil.  
3.  Apply to your hair and scalp.  
4.  Cover your hair with a shower cap and let sit for 15 minutes.
5.  Rinse hair well.

23 September 2013

Pamper Yourself With Pumpkin: DIY Facial Recipes

Fall is officially here!  That means the stores will soon be filled with delicious pumpkin desserts and drinks.  Pumpkin is also great for your skin, so it can be used to make many DIY beauty recipes from masks to scrubs. For best results, use freshly ground pumpkin, but canned pumpkin will also work well.

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask - This wonderful facial mask will hydrate your skin with vitamin rich pumpkin, and the yogurt and honey will soothe irritated skin.

Pumpkin Body Scrub - She tells you how to make your own pumpkin puree, and then she gives you an awesome pumpkin body scrub recipe.

Pumpkin Face Mask - I like this site because she tells you exactly how to customize the facial mask for your skin type.

Pumpkin Salt Scrub - Very detailed recipe for a salt scrub, including printable labels!  These make great gifts for friends and family.

16 September 2013

3 Beauty Tips to Combat Allergy Face

This post brought to you by Zyrtec. All opinions are 100% mine.

Every year about this time, my allergies start bothering me.  I wake up with red, watery eyes and spend the day sneezing.  Luckily, Zyrtec helps me keep my symptoms under control, and I do practice a few makeup tricks to help me look my best.  

Allergy Face

Many women who suffer from allergies also suffer from Allergy Face.  Red, watery eyes; blotchy, dry skin; and puffiness around your eyes are all tell-tale signs that you suffer from allergies.  

The good news is that you don't have to be a slave to your allergies, and you can look your best!  Zyrtec offers some great ways to combat Allergy Face in this video.  

More Tips

  • To cover dark circles from lack of sleep, use a thick creamy concealer.  If you have redness around your eyes, use a green tinted coverup stick under your concealer.  Use yellow if your skin has a blue tint.
  • Use a cobalt blue or navy blue eyeliner and mascara to reduce the appearance of redness around your eyes.  
  • Teary eyes can make your makeup run, so use a waterproof eyeliner and mascara.  You can also clean up smudged makeup with an eye makeup remover pen to  clean up the lines and help you look great for the rest of the day.  

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03 September 2013

Tangle Teezer Review

My daughter, 6, has very fine hair.  She wants to grow it out so she looks like Rapunzel, but she cries when I brush her hair.  We use a detangling spray, but she still hated getting her hair brushed.  I kept threatening to cut her hair short, but then I found this brush.  If you are tired of screaming before bed and in the mornings, read this Tangle Teezer review.

I came across the Tangle Teezer online, but I wasn't sure that it would work.  It really didn't look much different from other brushes, but I was desperate.  I ordered hot pink for my bitty girl and crossed my fingers.

When I opened up the package, I still wasn't sure how it would work.  The bristles are made of thin plastic, so I wasn't sure it would hold up to daily use.

If you look at the brush from the side, the bristles are different lengths.  This helps it slide through your hair and gently untangle knots without yanking.

I tried it on my hair, which happened to be straight that day, and it did seem to glide through my hair easier.  But the real test would be on the girl.

When I told her it was time to brush, she protested.  I showed her the new brush, and she was skeptical, but willing to let me try.  She braced herself for the torture.

No screaming on the first pass.  In fact, she didn't scream at all!

I won't say the Tangle Teezer is completely painless for her, but it is a lot better than any other brush or comb we tried.  I can use it on her hair dry without any detangler without any fighting!  Combing her hair used to take about 10 minutes, but now I just make one or two passes down each section before we are done.

My Tangle Teezer review is 5 stars!  It really does work like it says it will, and now she just might get Rapunzel hair and be able to keep it combed.

19 August 2013

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dr. Tara Andresen - ND. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you suffer from a chronic condition, naturopathic doctor may help you find relief.  A naturopathic doctor can diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses.  They help their patients live as healthy as possibly by using the body's ability to heal itself using natural remedies.  


naturopathic clinic can treat many different conditions, including:

  • Women's health from puberty to menopause
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack prevention
  • High cholesterol
  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ
  • Allergies
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Crohn's disease
  • Food sensitivities
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Weight management


A naturopathic doctor diagnoses illness much like a general doctor does using tests.  The doctor may use blood work, saliva testing, or a urine test in the office.  The samples can be tested in the office, or they can be sent out to a lab for further testing.


Treatment is typically different at a naturopathic clinic.  The doctor may recommend simple diet or lifestyle changes to help you reduce symptoms or pain.  The doctor may also use one of the following treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Botanical medicine
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Nutrition supplementation

If you live in Toronto, Ontario, visit Dr. Tara Andresen, ND at drtaraandresennd.com for more information.  She offers treatment and prevention for many diseases and conditions, including those mentioned above.  


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09 August 2013

DIY Eye Shadow Primer Recipe

Do you use eye shadow primer?  I didn't used to until I got a free sample.  Now I won't apply my eye makeup without it.

Primer is like foundation for your eye makeup.  It helps it go on smoother, reduces creasing, and helps your makeup stay longer.  If your makeup creases or wears off after a few hours, try using a primer.  You may also want to look in to makeup for oily eyelids if your makes dissolves or melts quickly.

Primer is expensive, but you can make your DIY eye shadow primer very easily!

Here are a few different recipes to help you get started making your own.  Personally, I use coconut oil in place of petroleum just because coconut oil makes a great eye cream on its own, so it makes sense to use it in a eye product like primer.  Of course, you can use your own base.

DIY Eyeshadow Primer Recipe

If I don't have homemade eyeshadow primer on hand, I will dust some arrowroot powder on my lids before I apply my eyeshadow.  If I need my shadow to last all day, I'll use some of my foundation over the powder and let it dry before applying my shadow.

Blushing Barbies Eyeshadow Primer - This uses a lotion as a base, but you could also use your daily moisturizer.  Just try to use an unscented and dye free lotion so you don't irritate your eyes.

Primer Recipe - I really like this post because she shows pictures of her DIY primer vs an expensive one. The expensive one wins, but the price and no chemicals make the DIY better to me.

Easy Primer Recipe - I've tried this one, and it isn't as great as the other two recipes, but it is easy.  This is perfect if you run out of handmade or storebought primer and need some now.

Want to make your own eyeshadow too?  Try these easy DIY eyeshadow recipes!
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01 August 2013

DIY Coffee Scrub Exfoliator Recipe

After you get burnt, peeling skin is annoying and embarrassing.  Slough it away with this easy DIY coffee scrub!  Chlorine and sun exposure can dry out your skin, but this recipe will soothe and moisturize your skin so you are ready to hit the beach in a bikini again.

DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe

What You Need

1/4 cup coffee grounds from brewed coffee
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup aloe vera gel


1.  Melt coconut oil in a glass dish in the microwave.  It melts fast, so use 10 second intervals until melted.
2.  Add aloe vera and coffee grounds and let cool completely.  Stir occasionally.
3.  When set, use the scrub in the shower to gently scrub away dead skin cells and moisturize your skin.

Do not use on your face or on sunburnt skin.  Wait for your skin to heal after a burn to use this.

Coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer, and aloe vera is said to have healing properties for dry skin.

How easy is this DIY coffee scrub recipe?

29 July 2013

7 Itchy Scalp Home Remedies

An itchy scalp isn't just uncomfortable; it can be very embarrassing! The constant itching can be caused by a few different things, but here are some itchy scalp home remedies that should help you find some relief!

Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.

27 July 2013

Fun Melt and Pour Soap Techniques

If you are new to soap making, melt and pour soap is a great way to get started.  You'll need less equipment and supplies than you do with lye soap, and it's less expensive to start.  With lye soap, you'll need a lot of butters, oil, and lye, which can get expensive unless you buy in bulk.  Melt and pour soap can also be customized with many different ingredients, so you can make a bar that is perfect for your skin type.

Never made soap before?  Here's an easy to follow tutorial to make soap that I post several months ago.

Once you are comfortable making this easy soap, you can start to get creative by using different techniques!

Embedding Objects

A fun way to make soap for kids is to embed objects inside the soap.  To do this, pour a thin layer of melted soap in to the mold.  Spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles and let the layer set up.  Add your object (toy, scrubby brush, rubber ducky, etc.) and pour melted soap to the top of the mold.

Don't give embedded soap to children under 3.  Only use plastic or rubber with no sharp edges for children.

Embedding Soap

If you have soap left over from a batch, embed it in a new batch of soap.  Cut leftover soap in to small squares or shapes.

Pour a thin layer of melted soap in to a mold and spray with rubbing alcohol.  Spray the soap you want to embed with rubbing alcohol and insert in to the mold.  Let a thin skin form on top of the soap before filling up the rest of the mold with melted soap.

Layering Soap

Layering soap is a great way to mix scents.  Try fun combinations like orange and vanilla, strawberry and cream, or your favorite combination.

Pour the first layer in to the mold and spray with rubbing alcohol.  Let a skin form on top of the soap.  Spray again with rubbing alcohol.  Pour the next layer.  Repeat until you fill the mold.

Swirling Soap

Swirling soap is very easy, but it looks very pretty.  Melt two colors of soap in separate glass measuring ups.  Add any additives you want to use to the melted soap.  Pour each color of soap in to the mold at the same time and same rate.

Both soaps should be about the same temperature for this to work, so use a thermometer and reheat as needed.

If you pour the soap too hot, the colors will mix together.  Let the soap cool until a skin forms on top before pouring.  Gently pull the skin off with a wood spoon before pouring.

After you pour the soap, create a swirl with a chopstick or wooden spoon.

Have fun experimenting with these melt and pour soap techniques!

DIY Makeup Remover Recipes

A few weeks ago, I highlighted some great eyeshadow recipes and makeup recipes, so today I'd like to post some DIY makeup remover recipes.  It's important to take your makeup off each night so it doesn't clog your pores.  I wear mineral makeup, which is supposed to be safe to sleep in, but I still like to take it off each night.  Even washing with facial soap can leave some makeup behind, so try these easy makeup remover recipes.

Natural Eye Makeup Remover Recipe - Rebecca's recipe will remove even waterproof mascara, and it nourishes your delicate eye area!

DIY Whipped Coconut Makeup Remover - Not only is this recipe an excellent makeup remover, but it can also be used as a moisturizer!

DIY Makeup Remover Wipes - Love the convenience of makeup remover wipes?  Yes, you can make your own!

Eye Makeup Remover - The blogger tried several eye makeup DIY recipes and posted her results.

Easy Makeup Remover - I like this recipe because it has common ingredients that you can find at nearly any store.

With these great DIY makeup remover recipes, you can pick the one that works best for you!  I love the wipes for every day, and I can't wait to try the Natural Eye Makeup Remover from Soap Deli!

22 July 2013

7 Ways to Fight Acne Naturally

Acne isn't just a problem for teens -- it can affect your skin in your 20s, 30s, and beyond.  These easy ways to fight acne naturally will help heal existing acne and prevent future breakouts.  The best part?  They are inexpensive, natural, and don't use chemicals!

1.  Honey 

Try a honey facial mask to heal acne naturally.  Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it kills the bacteria that causes pimples and blackheads.  Try this banana and honey facial mask for a gentle way to heal acne.  

2.  Baking Soda

Baking soda dissolves excess oil while it exfoliates, so it helps heal acne in two ways.  Use a baking soda scrub once a week to treat and prevent acne.  

3.  Toothpaste

White toothpaste contains silica, which dries out blemishes.  For a spot treatment, dab a little bit of toothpaste directly on a blemish and let sit overnight.  

4.  Ice

Ice won't heal a blemish, but it will reduce inflammation and redness.  Hold an ice cube directly on the blemish for 20 minutes at a time.

5.  Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal.  Dip a cotton swab in the oil and dab directly on the blemish. 

6.  Stay Clean

You may be tempted to wash your face several times a day, but you should only wash it twice a day.  Washing more often will overdry your skin, which makes you produce more oil.  Change your pillowcase every other day to keep your face clean.

7.  Don't Pick

As much as you want to squeeze - don't!  Bacteria on your hands can make acne worse or cause it to spread.   

Don't try all of these 7 ways to fight acne naturally at the same time.  Pick a few -- like keeping clean, exfoliating once a week, and one spot treatment for best results.

20 July 2013

5 Easy Lotion Recipes

Have you looked at the ingredients on your favorite lotion lately?  Preservatives, parabens, and other chemicals.  Yuck!  Luckily, making an easy lotion recipe isn't as hard as you think!

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion - Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin!  This recipe uses emulsifying wax, which helps the oil and water bind together.

Two Ingredient Body Lotion - This is super easy to make!  Just uses almond oil and aloe vera gel.

Easy Intensive Hand Lotion - Substitute coconut oil for the petroleum and organic lotion for the baby lotion.

Homemade Hand and Body Cream - This is a little harder when set because of the shea butter and cocoa butter, both of which heal damaged skin.

DIY Homemade Lotion - This page gives you a basic formula and directions, but you can use your favorite ingredients!  Perfect if you already have a few ingredients on hand.

I like to store my easy lotion recipes in mason jars.  The plastic lids are perfect to keep them fresh and easier to use than traditional mason jar lids.

17 July 2013

4 DIY Lip Gloss Recipes

It's nearing 100 degrees today, so I am definitely going light on my makeup.  I switch from lipstick to lip gloss for the summer because it's lighter and the nice glow looks better with more natural makeup.

Lip gloss is very easy to make, and you can read a few recipes to get some ideas for customization.  Just have fun playing because you can really have fun experimenting.  Here is a collection of DIY lip gloss recipes perfect for summer!

DIY Lip Gloss Recipes

Birthday Cake Lip Gloss - This has coconut butter and shea butter to protect your lips from the sun.

Natural Lip Gloss - Use essential oils for natural flavor.

Kool Aid Lip Gloss - Very easy to make!

Custom Lip Gloss Recipe - Teaches you how to make DIY lip gloss with your favorite ingredients.

For a natural lip gloss recipe, use natural ingredients.  You can usually substitute coconut oil for petroleum, but you will need to test each recipe.  If you don't like the coconut flavor and scent, use refined coconut oil.  It doesn't have the same benefits for your skin as unrefined coconut oil, but it is healthier than petroleum.

Storebought lip glosses usually have chemicals and even alcohol in them.  The alcohol can irritate your lips and dry them out, which means you'll need to use more lip gloss.  It's a vicious cycle!

These are so easy to make!  My 6-year-old daughter loves to make lip gloss with me because she gets to get messy and make something fun.

Photo courtesy Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

11 July 2013

Are pricey nail polishes worth the money?

If you are a regular reader, you know that I like to save money.  That's why I started making my own beauty products!  But there are some products you can save money on, and others that you should splurge on.  Nail polish is one time that it makes sense to spend more.  Are pricey nail polishes worth the money?


Expensive polishes tend to last longer with less chips and cracks.  This means your manicure lasts longer, which means you save time and polish.  Cheap polish will start to crack the next day, especially if you use your hands for work.


Pricey nail polishes are thicker than cheaper polishes, so you may only need one coat.  At the most, you'll need two coats versus three coats of cheap polish.  Again, this saves time and money.

Shelf Life

In my experience, pricey nail polishes have a much longer shelf life.  This means you'll spend less money in polish because the expensive bottle will not separate as quickly.


Are pricey nail polishes worth the money?  Yes, if you paint your nails every day and stick with a few basic colors.

I do buy inexpensive polishes in funky colors for my toenails where chips don't matter as much.  They separate after a year, but  by then, I'm ready for the next year's hot colors anyway.

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09 July 2013

DIY Makeup Recipes

A few weeks ago, I highlighted some DIY eyeshadow recipes that are very easy to make.  Did you know that you can also make your own makeup with easy to find natural ingredients?  Most grocery stores carry the ingredients you need, and if you can't find them there, try a bulk food store or health food store.  Here is a round up of some great recipes to help you get started!

Bronzer - Includes directions to make a powder or a creamy bronzer.

Foundation - No matter what your skin tone is, you can create the perfect powder foundation.

Cream Blush - Uses beet powder for color.

Powder Blush - Also uses beet powder.

Lip Balms - A collection of lip balm recipes.

Eye Liner - Easy to make and easy to use.

Black Eye Liner - Uses activated charcoal.

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