Showing posts from September, 2014

Life Changing Beauty Hacks You Need to Know

Uh oh.  You just ran out of your favorite product.  Or you want to try a new look, but you don't have the right color.  Your hair just won't cooperate today.  What is a girl to do?  Try one of these beauty hacks, and you'll be ready to go in no time! Some of these hacks are pure genius.  Some will save you time, some save money, and some save frustration. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. Foundation too dark? If you use a liquid, mix the dark foundation with a lighter one to get the right shade.  If you use mineral or powder foundation, add some arrowroot powder to lighten it.  Arrowroot goes on smooth and absorbs excess oil and sweat too! Out of eyeshadow primer Or if you've never used primer before, use a liquid foundation or even concealer on your lids.  It helps keep your makeup in place and last longer. Lipstick on your teeth Don't you hate it when your lipstick rubs off on y

Must Have Drugstore Beauty Favorites

I've been slacking on my blog for the last week.  If you are regular and have noticed, then I love you for noticing!  I also sell handmade items on Etsy and vintage on eBay, so I took the plunge and rented space in a new vintage and handmade store.  I made the commitment last Monday, so I had 9 days to have everything in place for their opening day.  While I have plenty of inventory for Etsy, I didn't want to pull it all out to put in the store.  I also didn't have any displays for my stuff. I did have some well-loved shelving that could look cool with a coat of paint.  I normally paint teeny little things, like picture frames, so I said to myself, "Cari, if you can paint a picture frame, you can paint a shelving unit!  In fact, you can paint 5 of them PLUS a peg board!  Easy peasy!"  And then my other voice said, "LOL"  But the first voice was louder, and now I can't move. But I am now the proud owner of some rocking shelving units all painted

Easy Lip Balm Recipe

One of my least favorite part about winter is constantly having chapped lips.  All three of my kids have chapped lips all the time too.  We have propane heat and have fires daily, so the air is crazy dry in this house.  It just sucks the moisture right out of our bodies! We were using store bought lip balms, but they would only work for a few days or even hours.  It seemed like we were constantly reapplying them!  Then I found out why. Read the label of your chapstick carefully because some ingredients can actually dry out your lips.  Alcohol can really dry out your lips and make chapped lips worse.  So can camphor, menthol, and phenol.  Some formulas also have petroleum, which many people try to avoid because of negative long-term effects. I started making my own lip balm because I wanted all natural ingredients.  This is my favorite natural lip balm recipe because it's easy.  I don't have to remember a complicated recipes, just 1:1:1!  I'll use ounces for the re

Top Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

This post is sponsored by   VSP Direct.  As always, all opinions are my own. It's fall, y'all!  Are you ready for cozy sweaters, great boots, and fall jackets?  I am! While I am a little upset about retiring my flip flops for the year, I am excited for football games, bonfires, and picking apples. Here are the the top fall 2014 fashion trends so you can look great whether you are going to work, on a date, or volunteering at the kids' school! A-Line Dresses Women everywhere will rejoice that these classic dresses are back in style because they are flattering for all body types!  This style looks great with bare legs or over tights, so you'll get a lot of wear from this outfit. Wool Wool knits are big this year!  The chunkier the better.  This is good news for those of us who live in a cold climate.  Here in the Arctic Ohio, we need all the help we can get to stay warm!  This is a great casual look for every day. Wide-Leg Pants I know, I know.

Calming Chamomile Eye Serum Recipe

As the seasons start changing, my allergies go nuts.  I'm allergic to something to do with leaves, so I've been sneezing and coughing the last few weeks.  Of course, this leads to dark circles under my eyes.  Dark circles under your eyes can add years to your appearance. Dark circles can be caused by stress, allergies, not getting enough sleep, or genetics.  Unfortunately, if your mom was prone to getting dark circles under her eyes, you probably are too. This easy to make calming chamomile eye serum recipe works by calming irritation and moisturizing your skin.  Use it daily for best results.  You can also use this easy eye cream for under eye circles . Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales.  Thanks for supporting Everything Pretty. Calming Chamomile Eye Serum Recipe What You Need 3 tablespoons jojoba oil 4-5 drops lavender essential oil 4-5 drops chamomile essential oil Eyedropper Directions