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DIY Parsley and Peppermint Astringent Recipe

Using an astringent, or toner, is a great way to get a deep down clean after washing.  It removes oil and leaves your skin feeling fresh for hours after you use it.  I don't always use an astringent, but I do use it more in the summer.  When I'm outside gardening or I get sweaty from the heat, I want a deep down clean.  This DIY parsley and peppermint astringent recipe is perfect for summer because it cleans off dirt and oil very well while it cools your skin. This recipe makes 2 cups, so you'll have plenty to last you for months.  You can use it every day or as needed.  Since this recipe doesn't use a preservative, you should store it in the fridge for a week. DIY Parsley and Peppermint Astringent Recipe What You Need 2 cups distilled water 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup chopped fresh peppermint leaves 5 drops peppermint essential oi l Directions Boil the water in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat and add parsley and peppermint leaves.   Let st

DIY Strawberry Facial Cleanser Recipe

This is a really neat recipe because it is so easy!  We grow strawberries on the farm, so I have a surplus for a few weeks.  It only takes a few berries, so it's easy to make this up when you buy a pack of berries no matter what time of the year it is. Strawberries are a great natural astringent, so it will help get your face clean and dissolve oil.  They are also a natural bleach, so it could help with uneven skin tone and dark spots. This strawberry facial cleanser recipe is best for days that you wear light or no makeup.  It's not effective at removing a lot of makeup or excess oil. You can also use leftover berries to make a natural toothpaste!  This strawberry tooth whitener has a few extra ingredients, but you can use this recipe on your teeth as well. Strawberry Facial Cleanser Recipe What You Need 4 very ripe strawberries with stems removed and sliced 1 drop peppermint essential oil (optional) Mortar and pestle or bowl and fork Cheesecloth Dire

DIY Makeup Removing Oil Recipe

Have you ever tried the oil cleansing method?  I will admit that my skin is just a little too oily to try it.  I gave it a shot, but it wasn't working for me.  My skin needs a little less oil and a little more cleanser.  If you can't or don't want to do the oil cleansing method , then you may be interested in this DIY makeup removing oil recipe. This oil is heavy, but you follow it with your regular facial cleanser.  This way you get all the benefits of the oil, but it's not too heavy for oily skin.  For best results, follow with a toner after washing if you have oily skin.  This also works really well for dry skin because it nourishes your skin, and the oils leave your skin feeling soft. This versatile oil isn't just for your face.  You can use it all over your body at night to deeply moisturize your skin.  It is a great way to get your hands and feet soft in just one night.

DIY Lavender and Rose Facial Cleaser and Mask Recipe

This is one of the most different recipes that I've tried.  It's mean to be a facial cleanser, but it also makes a wonderful mask.  This is a gentle cleanser, so it's great for sensitive skin.  It won't remove heavy makeup, but it's perfect for cleansing your skin if you just use a little bit of powder or go without makeup.  You can also use a makeup remover before using this if you wear more than a hint of makeup. White clay is a gentle clay that draws out impurities and exfoliates your skin.  Oatmeal soothes your skin while it exfoliates. If you grow lavender or roses, you can dry your own and use them.  If not, you use click on the link to buy them.  They are affiliate links, so I earn a small commission on sales.  Thanks for supporting my blog. Lavender and Rose Facial Cleanser Recipe

Easy DIY Cold Cream Recipe and Makeup Remover

Do you use a cold cream?  I'll admit that I never did until I came across this easy cold cream recipe.  Honestly, I wasn't even sure what a cold cream was. It's a thick cream made with fats that keeps your skin soft and looking great.  It also makes a wonderful makeup remover for thick makeup, like the kind you would wear on stage.  I also discovered that this recipe makes an excellent foot cream.  It really softens the dead skin and helps smooth rough heels. Some of the links below may be affiliate links.  You pay the regular price, and I earn a small commission.  This helps me build my blog and offer even more great recipes.  Thanks for supporting Everything Pretty!

Summer Makeup Tips

Summer is almost here! After what seems like the longest winter ever, I am ready for the warmer temperatures. The increased humidity and heat in the summer can melt your makeup, so use some summer makeup tips to help keep your makeup looking great all day. I change a few products for the summer, so now that it's spring, it's a good time to get prepared and buy what you need. I also like to keep my summer makeup in its own bag so I can throw it in my purse for easy touchups during the day. There's nothing worse than being at a summer party and discover that your makeup has melted or moved out of place. The links below may be affiliate links. It won't cost you anything additional to shop through these links, but I earn a small commission. This helps support my blog and my family. Thanks for using my links.

Spray Tan Tips

I love spray tans!  I get a nice glow without lying in the sun.  Tanning beds are bad news for your skin, but faux glows are safe for your skin.  The first time I got one, I was so scared that I would have streaks.  I'm happy to say that these spray tan tips preventing streaks, so I had a beautiful color for a few weeks. You can give yourself a spray tan at home with a kit like this  Fake Bake  one. Instead of a spray, it has a mit that you wear on your hand for more even application.  You can also visit a salon to get a tan.  My husband does airbrushing, so I get a professional tan at home.  Awesome! How It Works Self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which reacts with dead skin cells to produce a temporary tan. DHA is found in sunless tanning sprays, gels, creams, and lotions you can use at home or get professionally applied at a salon. DHA takes up to 12 hours to react with your skin, so you won't get an instant tan. Some products also contain a bronzer, which d

Body Odor Remedies

Summer is coming, and that means being more active, which means sweating. I have no problem getting dirty and sweating while I'm working outside.  What I do have a problem with is getting sweaty and stinky when I have some place to be!  Even if I'm going to the grocery store, I still want to look and feel my best.   These body odor remedies have helped me, and I hope they help you too. Perfume sprays just mask the odor, and eventually the will wear off.  To get rid of body odor, you need to address the underlying issues. What Causes Body Odor? Our bodies sweat to get rid of excess waste and to cool down our bodies.  Sweating is normal and natural.  If you feel that you have excessive sweating, talk to your doctor.  There may be a medical reason that your body sweats too much. Bacteria love warm, moist areas, so they love your underarms.  Soon, the bacterial will excrete waste, and this is what causes the smell. Some women might also find that their sweat is stronge

10 Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic

If you are like most Americans, you live on a budget.  Your food budget probably doesn't allow you to feed your family all organic foods, so how can you save money and stay healthy?  If you can't eat 100 percent organic foods, then here are some foods that you don't have to buy organic. Last weekend, I posted  10 foods that you should buy organic .  These foods are usually grown with a lot of pesticides and chemicals, or they absorb a lot of chemicals.  In the comments, many of you mentioned that you aren't completely organic yet.  That's OK!  Neither are we.  We do what we can afford and what we think is best for our families. 10 Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic 1.  Onions Pests generally leave onions alone, so there aren't as many pesticides sprayed on them.  When shopping, look for onions that are firm and have a strong onion smell. 2.  Avocados Avocados have very thick skins that protect them from pesticides.  This doesn't mean th

10 Foods You Should Buy Organic

We all want to eat healthier, but organic food is a lot more expensive than their counterparts.  Do you really need to eat all organic foods?  It's probably better to switch to all organic foods, but if you are on a budget--like most families--here are 10 foods that you should buy organic. If you haven't priced organic foods lately, you might be surprised.  Prices are dropping, and some stores have generic or private label organic foods.  Wal-Mart is carrying some Great Value organic foods, and Aldi has many available.  Personally, I shop at Aldi for their organic, and everything has been wonderful so far!

Kool Aid Hair Dye Tutorial

Bright colored streaks are so popular right now, but have you looked at how much salons charge?  Yikes!  Around here, expect to pay $50 to $100 or more for a few streaks.  Kool Aid hair dye is a non-toxic alternative, and you can do it at home for less than $1! Unfortunately, I can't try this on myself because I have very dark hair.  My daughter has light-brown-almost-blonde hair, so I will practice on her this summer. This works best on light hair, but it will show up on light or medium brown hair.  If you have darker hair, you will need to bleach the hair before you dye it.  I don't have any experience in bleaching hair at home, so I can't recommend a tutorial. How long Kool Aid hair dye lasts depends on your hair.  The lighter your hair, the longer it should last.  It just depends on how much your hair soaks up while you are dyeing it.  Don't try this if you need it washed out in a few weeks for a special event. How to Dye Your Hair With Kool Aid What Yo

How to Remove Makeup

Makeup, dirt, and oil from the day can clog pores.  When your pores get clogged, bacteria multiplies, and you'll wake up with a zit. Never, ever, ever sleep in your makeup.  Ever.  Not even when you're exhausted.  It's just not worth it. Whether you wear full makeup every day or just a hint of powder and some mascara, learn how to remove makeup. Baby Wipes A lot of women like to use baby wipes because they are convenient and inexpensive, but they aren't the best thing to use.  The alcohol can dry out your skin, and the fragrance can irritate your skin.  If you really like the convenience of a wipe, use one made just for your face like these from Neutrogena.   DIY Makeup Remover A few weeks ago, I featured a wonderful  DIY makeup remover recipe .  This uses cotton pads, so it's like making your own wipes.  It's easy to make, and it works great! Natural Makeup Remover Mask Once a week or when you have a lot of makeup on, try this easy DIY makeu

Is Organic Skin Care Really Better?

Organic is a buzz word for clothing, food, and skin care products right now, but are they really better for your healthy?  Organic skin care products are more expensive than their counterparts, but is the extra cost worth it?  Are you really getting a better product for your money?  Whether you choose an organic product or not, you should read the label carefully to see what you are buying.

Homemade Wrinkle Cream Recipe

Now that I'm in my 30s, fine lines are starting to creep up on my face.  Fine lines and wrinkles can add years to your face, so it's best to treat them as soon as possible.  In fact, I've been preventing them since I was a teenager.  I use moisturizer with an SPF of 15 every day, even in the winter or when I'm staying inside.  I also keep my face moisturized and use a homemade wrinkle cream recipe as needed.