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31 July 2014

Coconut and Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

Mmmmm.  This smells absolutely heavenly!  The vanilla, brown sugar, and coconut mix for the perfect scent.  Angels were singing. Or maybe my daughter was along with Frozen again.

This is another easy recipe that's perfect for gift-giving.  Use this once a week all over your body to slough off dead skin and keep your skin looking - and smelling! - wonderful.

This recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups.  You'll use between 1/4 and 1/2 cups each time, so you might want to double it.

Coconut oil is an excellent oil for your skin.  Since it's thick at room temperature, it makes the scrub fairly thick as well.  Don't worry though, the oil melts when it hits your body.  If your home gets warm, the scrub will start to melt.  It's perfectly fine to use it when it's a liquid.  You can pop it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm it up before you use it if you want.

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Coconut and Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

29 July 2014

DIY Simply Sweet and Spicy Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

I love body scrubs!  This one has both white and brown sugar, so it's not as harsh as using just white sugar.  It gently scrubs away dead skin cells to leave your skin glowing and looking refreshed.  Use this before a spray tan or any time your skin needs a little TLC.

Since there's no water in this recipe, you don't have to store it in the fridge.  It will last for 6 months, so it's perfect for gift giving.  I like storing them in short wide-mouth mason jars so it's easy to get to.

This scrub has a unique sweet and spicy scent that lingers long after you wash off the scrub.  You won't need any perfume to give off a subtle hint of fragrance throughout the day.

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Simply Sweet and Spicy Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

What You Need

  1. Combine all ingredients except the essential oil in a medium bowl.  Use a whisk to thoroughly blend it.  Make sure there are no sugar lumps. 
  2. Add the cardamom essential oil, blending after each drop.
  3. Spoon in to a container with a lid.
To use, wet skin.  Apply 1/4 to 1/2 cup of this sweet and spicy brown sugar scrub to your skin.  Massage in a circular motion.  Rinse well.

Learn how to make 30 different body scrubs in my ebook, Body Scrubs!

Like sugar scrubs?  Try this easy sugar scrub recipe, a lip scrub recipe, or  a coconut facial scrub recipe.  

photo credit: lovelihood via photopin cc

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28 July 2014

Aloe After Sun Relief Spray

I took the kids to the zoo yesterday, and even with the overcast weather, the sun was still peeking through.  Luckily, none of us got burned yesterday.  But if we do, I have the best home remedy for sunburns.  Since it's a spray, it's easy to apply and doesn't irritate your skin.  It also has easy to find ingredients that you can use for a lot of other recipes.  Carry this with you in your beach cooler and apply as soon as possible after burning.

The oils are in this after sun relief spray soothe irritated skin, hydrate, and have anti-inflammatory properties.  The also also heals skin, so you'll get relief quicker than letting your skin heal with no help.

As a bonus, this also works great on bug bites.

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Aloe After Sun Relief Spray

27 July 2014

Shea Butter Recipes and a Giveaway

Shea butter is one of my favorite ingredients for bath and body products.  It is full of good fats that are so healthy for your skin and hair, and it is high in vitamins that nourish and moisturize your skin.  

Shea butter is used in many DIY beauty recipes like lip balms, hair masks, lotions, and even after sun skin care products.  Here's a great recipe with shea butter that doubles as a cuticle cream and a lip balm.  

Wonderfully Messy Mom is hosting a giveaway for an 8 ounce package of raw, organic shea butter!  You can enter below.  

Wonderfully Messy Mom & Beauty by Shea have come together to bring you the great opportunity to win a 1/2 lb. brick of 100% Raw organic shea butter harvested from Ghana.

You can check out the full review here

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23 July 2014

Flex Belt Review: Does it work?

I received a Flex Belt in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are my own. The links in this article may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a commission from sales.   

When I was contacted to review a Flex Belt, I didn't hesitate to say yes.  My husband has been wanting to try one for a while now, so I graciously let him try it first if he would allow me to take photos for the review.  He agreed, but after seeing his results, I have to say that I wish I would have kept this one for myself!

If you haven't heard of the Flex Belt, it's the first belt cleared by the FDA to strengthen, tone, and firm the abdominal muscles.  You wear the belt for about half an hour every day, and it works while you go about your daily business.  You can work at a computer, clean the house, or even watch TV while it works, making it perfect for busy people.

19 July 2014

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

If you liked my post about easy manis to do at home, you'll love this giveaway!  Each time a blogger enters, the prize goes up.  It's up to 110 of 200 shades right now!

I chose Mink by Cirque.  It's a holographic shade, and I just love holographic polish!  I can do a plain mani and it looks awesome!
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17 July 2014

After Sun Body Oil

When I was a kid and teen, I used to get a beautiful tan every year.  Now, I just burn.  I have to slather SPF 50 all over me when I'm in the sun.  Despite reapplying, I got a little burnt last week when I took the kids to the zoo.  This after sun body oil felt so good after I got home!

This recipe is formulated to hydrate your skin and soothe irritated skin.  It's not just for a sunburn; it works great for windburn or itchy skin from the ocean or chlorine.  If you are headed to the beach, you need to make this!

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16 July 2014

19 Easy Nail Art Tutorials - Salon Nails At Home!

Do you look at manicures on Pinterest and beauty blogs and think that you could never do that?  Me too.

I'm so excited to share with you this roundup of easy to do nails!  You don't need any special tools.  Any tools you do need, you already have at home!  I love that they use common things in a different way, so I don't need to buy anything extra.

14 July 2014

Healing Thyme Elixir for Acne Prone Skin

I have oily skin that gets even oilier in the summer.  Between the sweat and the humid air, my skin wasn't looking too well.  This healing thyme elixir not only gets rid of extra oil, but it also heals skin and prevents acne.  Each ingredient was carefully selected for its antiseptic, antibacterial, or healing properties.

This elixir works best on oily or acne prone skin.  It might be too drying normal to dry skin.

To use, wash your face as normal and use a toner.  While skin is still damp, rub 3 to 5 drops of this elixir all over your face and neck. Let rest for 5 minutes before applying makeup or moisturizer.

Healing Thyme Elixir for Acne Prone Skin

What You Need


  1. Combine essential oils and hazelnut oil in a small glass jar with a dropper.
  2. Wrap your hand around the bottle and shake to combine.  Your hand will transfer body heat, gently warming the elixir.  
  3. Shake for 2 minutes.
  4. Set the bottle in a dark location between 60 degrees and 80 degrees for 24 hours so the oils can synergize.
Use within 6 months for maximum freshness.  

You can use this twice a day or as needed for oily skin or acne.  

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13 July 2014

Easy Light Facial Moisturizer Recipe DIY Natural

Face moisturizers are hard to make yourself. There's simple ones that have coconut oil as a base, which can be too heavy for most people.  Then there are ones with 100 different ingredients, most of which you need just 2 drops of for the recipe.  And there are more that need to be stored in the fridge.  That's a deal breaker for me because I don't want cold moisturizer, and that just isn't convenient for me.  If you want an easy recipe with easy to find ingredients that can be stored on the counter, try this easy light facial moisturizer recipe.

This is made for the face, but you can use it anywhere on your body.  It would be great for dry hands since it soaks in quickly without feeling greasy.  The glycerin is a humectant, so it draws moisture from the air to your skin.  This keeps your skin hydrated for hours without using oils.

This recipe is great for combination or oily skin, and it also works on sunburned skin.  It only takes a few minutes to make, and you can store it up to 6 months.

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DIY Light Facial Moisturizer Recipe

What You Need

  1. Combine water, glycerin, and your choice of essential oils in a jar.  Shake well.
  2. Apply to your face and neck with a cotton pad or lightly spritz from a spray bottle.
  3. Let soak in to the skin before applying makeup.
How easy is that?  Easy!

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12 July 2014

Neocell Beauty Bursts Review and Giveaway

Collagen is a protein that connects and supports tissue in your body.  Along with elastin, collagen gives your body flexibility, strength, and firmness.  Boosting collagen production is one of the best ways to keep your youthful appearance!

NeoCell Beauty Bursts are an excellent addition to your daily supplement arsenal. Why and what does it do? The NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a collagen soft chew that is used to build strong, healthy hair and nails. But it also works to bring extra needed hydration to the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

NeoCell Beauty Bursts have 2,000mg of collagen; 2,000mg of protein; 20mg of Hyaluronic acid; 20mg of Vitamin C.

Ok, so what is all that and what does it do?

Our bodies naturally product collagen, but the production slows down as we age, which is why fine lines and sagging skin crop up.  The collagen in the Beauty Bursts replace our bodies natural collagen, keeping our skin looking younger and healthier longer.  

Our bodies need protein to build strong bones, nails, hair, and tissue.  We need it to stay healthy.  Since these soft chews have protein, it makes them even better for our skin and hair.

Hyaluronic acid is found in the body, and it binds water and lubricates the movable parts of the body.  When you eat these chews, the hyaluronic acid helps hydrate under the skin. 

The Vitamin C is essential to protecting the collagen from being broken down and destroyed .

So everything that is in this product helps each other work more effectively to bring the user better skin, hair 
and nails.

Now for my assessment of NeoCell Beauty Bursts.

I chose the Chocolate Mint flavor vs. the Fruit Punch. I am not much of a fruity tootie kinda gal. The flavor when I first tried them kinda threw me off. I read the label and it does have rice syrup, along with dried cane syrup to sweeten the product. But after trying them consistently the flavor grew on me. I honestly believe the mint was what threw me off. The mint taste lingers well after it's been eaten. Which I like. And they are easy to chew.

I have used this product for 2 weeks now and can tell my hair has a bit more shine. I also can tell my nails are growing a lot faster than normal. Which could be a bad thing for someone like me :-)

Not really, my nails just grow super fast anyway!! Oh goodness, does this mean my hair is going to grow faster too!! 

Oh Lord help me if it does! It's already past my bottom!!

But for someone who has trouble growing strong hair and nails I would recommend this product for you to try.

Oh, did I mention that you can?? 

I have teamed up with NeoCell to bring you the opportunity to win a full sized package of Beauty Bursts for one lucky winner. You get to choose your flavor!!
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