Showing posts from August, 2014

DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe

Are your kids back in school?  Two of mine started on Wednesday, and my homeschooler start next Monday.  I'm not quite ready for homeschool, but we did get his weekly schedule done today. Those who know me know that I love coffee.  My kids know not to talk to me until the first cup is half gone.  That's probably why I love this DIY coffee scrub recipe so much.  It smells heavenly, and it works great! You have to use caffeinated coffee grounds because the caffeine stimulates circulation.  Rubbing it in a circle also improve circulation, so this DIY coffee scrub recipe is said to help reduce the look of cellulite with weekly use. DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe What You Need 5 tablespoons caffeinated coffee grounds 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup sweet almond oil (soy or jojoba oil also work well) Optional, add 2 drops orange essential oil or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract for fragrance Directions Mix the coffee grounds and sugar in a medium bowl. Add oil of your choic

Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System Review and Giveaway Ends 9/20

The Clear Proof Acne System , giveaway  and information, have been provided by  Mary  Kay.   As always, all opinions are my own.   When Mary Kay asked me to review the Clear Proof Acne System, I was so excited.  I've been buying Mary Kay since I was a teenager just learning about makeup.  It's one of only a select few brands that I have been loyal to for many years. I'd actually used the Clear Proof Acne System before and really like it.  Although my teen years are *ahem* a few years behind me, I still have the occasional blemish.  Unlike when I was a teen, these are big ones that take a few days to heal.  I'd like to stop them from starting if possible, so that's why I used this daily for my review. How It Works There are two over-the-counter acne medications: salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.  They both have their own benefits, but I find that a combination of both active ingredients works best.  The salicylic acid exfoliates dead skin cells that

Green Tea Mask Recipe

Green tea is one of my favorite DIY beauty recipe secrets.  Green tea is naturally antibacterial and is full of antioxidants.  It also has some anti-inflammatory properties, so it can reduce puffiness when applied topically. Green tea is beneficial when you drink it like in this matcha orange cocktail or when applied to the skin.  I brew green tea or white tea and drink it throughout the day.  Brew a little extra tea when you make this recipe so you have a nutritious drink to enjoy while the mask works its magic. This mask also uses green tea clay, which is a combination of green tea and green clay.  The clay draws out impurities, so it exfoliates white it deep cleans.  If you can't find green tea clay, you can use green clay instead. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.  Thanks for supporting Everything Pretty. Green Tea Facial Mask What You Need 2 green tea bags 2 tablespoons green tea clay or green c

Rent the Runway 80% Off Clearance Sale

This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.  Are you tired of buying expensive dresses for a wedding, party, or work event only to never wear it again?   Rent the Runway  has transformed the retail industry by making the designer dress and accessory experience more accessible. Now you can rent dresses for a special event or just add game-changing pieces to their everyday style  . Designers include Vera Wang,  Narciso Rodriguez,  Opening Ceremony, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka, and much more. Dresses come in sizes 0-22, and customers can choose a free backup size so you don't have to risk returning one for the correct size. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand to help women find the perfect look.   Plus, shop the  Clearance Sale  and buy incredible designer dresses up to 80% off. Hurry, select styles available for a limited time and while supplies last!    Get posts deliver

How to Rag Roll Hair - Curls Without Heat

When I was a kid, my hair was thin and straight.  Now, it's insanely thick and insanely curly.  I'm totally blaming my first son for my unruly hair because it happened while I was pregnant.  Crazy, I know. When I was a kid, I wanted curly hair so bad.  It was the 80s, and everyone had a big, pouffy hair.  My mom wouldn't let me get a perm (thanks, Mom!), but she did rag roll my hair. My daughter has thin, straight hair like I used to, but she wants curly hair like mom has now.  Bless her, she wants to be like me.  I rag rolled her hair last week, and she was so thrilled to have curls for a day.  She put on her best play dress and danced around all afternoon.  I have a feeling that we will be doing this often. Rag rolling is really easy, and it doesn't take long to do.  You do have to wait hours or overnight for your hair to dry, but there's no damage from heat or expensive curlers to buy. How to Rag Roll Hair You'll need strips of cotton fabric for t

How to Apply Eyeshadow Wet

What if I told you that you could double your eyeshadow palette without buying another product? How you ask?  By learning how to apply eyeshadow wet. When you apply it wet, the color changes slightly.  It gives you an entirely new look with your existing eye makeup colors.  Very good to know, eh? I first learned about this when a drug store brand had a special eyeshadow that could be applied wet or dry.  It gave directions on how to do it, and I did like the look.  But then I thought, why can't I do that will all of my shadows?  Is this shadow made differently?  Most of my shadows can be applied wet, but a few didn't work.  More on that at the end of the post. Links below may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. How to Apply Eyeshadow Wet A Note on Water Most women  use tap water because it's so convenient, especially if you apply your makeup in the bathroom.  Tap water can contain bacteria that won't harm you if yo