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24 November 2014

At Home Pedicure With Amopé Pedi Perfect #RespectUrFeet

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How are your feet?  A little rough?  Mine too.  
In the summer, my daughter and I do an at home pedicure every weekend.  We sit outside on the patio and I scrub and moisturize my feet, then we both pick wild and crazy colors to paint our nails.

Now that winter is coming, we don't have as much time as we did during the lazy days of summer, so we are lucky to do a pedi once a month.  Needless to say, my feet aren't looking their best.  Last weekend, I made the time to do my at home pedicure, but my poor heels needed something extra.  They were rough, dry, and cracked from weeks of neglect and the dry winter air.

How to do an at home pedicure

We set off for Target to pick up a few things, and I found the new Amopé Pedi Perfect and foot cream in the foot care aisle.  The Pedi Perfect is my secret weapon for soft feet.  It gently takes off calluses and dead skin so my feet look and feel great!

How to do an at home pedicure

Perfect!  Now we can go home and start our at home pedicure#RespectUrFeet

Remove Calluses
How to do an at home pedicure

If your feet are callused and have a lot of dry skin, moisturizer alone isn't enough.  The moisturizer can't penetrate the thick dead skin, so it can't heal your skin.  First you have to take off the dead skin.  The Amopé Pedi Perfect has a rotating head that has micro-abrasive particles that gently take off dead skin, including thick calluses, to leave your feet smooth.  


After I got the calluses off, I wanted to exfoliate my entire foot.  Since it's close to Christmas, I made this peppermint foot scrub.  The peppermint is cooling, so it feels great on tired feet.  

Peppermint Foot Scrub
Peppermint foot scrub recipe

What You Need


  1. If you are using coconut oil, melt it in the microwave at 10 second intervals in a glass dish.  Add liquid castile soap and vitamin E oil.
  2. Combine sugar and oil mixture and stir well.
  3. Add peppermint essential oil.
  4. Divide the sugar scrub in to two bowls.  Add red food coloring to one bowl and mix.  
  5. Layer red and white scrub in the mason jar.

Once the dead skin is gone, it's time to moisturize.  Amopé has an amazing foot lotion that moisturizes your skin for 24 hours with vitamin B3 and skin loving oils.  Use this after you scrub your feet and every day for best results.

How often do you do an at home pedicure?

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21 November 2014

How to Make Eyeshadow - Four Easy Recipes

It's Friday, friends!  We made it through another week.  A very cold week for most of us.

If you've been reading this week, I did a mini series of homemade eyeshadow recipes and gave the results for each one.  Today, I'll recap and rate them with an A - F score.

I have to admit that some of the results surprised me!  Recipes that I thought looked too difficult weren't too bad, and the one that looked totally weird worked great!

20 November 2014

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow with Alcohol and Oil Part 4

This is my fourth and final cream eyeshadow recipe for this week.  I have to admit that this recipe sounded like it would be an epic fail.  It uses alcohol and water, and alcohol is the last thing I want near my eyes.  I also didn't want a really oil eyeshadow because I was thinking it would just slide off.

The alcohol and the oil perform some kind of magic together, and the result is this amazing homemade eyeshadow!

In case you missed it, earlier this week I gave recipes for cream eyeshadow with lotion, cream eyeshadow with eye drops, and cream eyeshadow with shea butter.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow 

19 November 2014

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow Part 3

This week, I am featuring four cream eyeshadow recipes that I made.  I found the most popular recipes and tested them so I can recommend them to my readers.  Monday, I posted an easy cream eyeshadow recipe with lotion.  Tuesday, I posted a cream eyeshadow recipe with eye drops.  Today's recipe is a little more difficult, but it isn't too time consuming.  I spent about 10 minutes preparing it and then waited for it to cool.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe at Soap Deli News.  I adopted it to fit the ingredients that I had on hand and calculated the liquid measurement where she gives the recipe in drops for the oils.

I have one more recipe to post tomorrow, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you don't want to miss a post.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow

18 November 2014

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow With Eye Drops Part 2

Yesterday, I started the first post in this week's series of DIY cream eyeshadow recipes.  It used a lotion as a premade base for the color.  This one is similar, but it uses eye drops as the base.  They are sterile and safe near the eyes.

I'll feature two more recipes this week, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you want to read them all.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow With Eyedrops

17 November 2014

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow with Lotion Part 1

I am so excited to bring you my very first blog series this week!  I've had some requests for cream eyeshadow, so I tried four popular recipes.  I'll post one recipe and the results each day and then Friday do a recap.  If you don't want to miss my cream eyeshadow recipes, be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

I had planned on making everything this morning, then I woke up to this.
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Needless to say, the kids have a snow day!  My daughter got to help and begged to try out the eye shadow.  Not for a few more years, Miss 7-year-old!  I did, obviously, get them done, but I had to do while sharing a table with "starving" kids.  How do they go an entire day at school without eating??

I'll start with the easiest recipe and then go to the more difficult ones.  This one is very, very easy and gave me great results.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow with Lotion Part 1

12 November 2014

Hair Hacks Every Woman Needs to Know

Think you know everything about styling your hair?  I did too before I wrote this post.  Some of these hair hacks are just borderline genius.  Some even made me want to face palm.  How could I -- a beauty blogger -- be doing it wrong for that long?  So if you're reading this and didn't know some of these, you are in good company.

Looking for makeup life hacks?  I've got those too!

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Hair Hacks Every Woman Needs to Know

11 November 2014

Natural Eye Makeup Remover DIY Recipe

Have you ever woken up with raccoon eyes because your eye makeup remover didn't work too well?  Me too.  Just washing my face usually takes off all of my eyeshadow, but liner and mascara are more difficult, especially waterproof mascara.

I used to use a storebought eye makeup remover, but then I read the ingredients.  I couldn't pronounce most of the ingredients, and some were just scary.  Mineral oil.  Sorbic Acid.  Parabens.  No thanks!

I've been making my own natural makeup remover for months, but I don't like it around my eyes because it has liquid castile soap.  Castile soap is great stuff, just not for the eye area.  So I set out to find a natural eye makeup remover recipe that was safe, gentle, and effective.

I found a lot of recipes with baby wash and dish soap, neither of which I wanted near my eyes.  The baby wash has a lot of chemicals in it, so that was a definite no anyway.  I also wanted whatever I used to nourish my skin.   I tested a few recipes, and this is my favorite.

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DIY Natural Eye Makeup Remover
DIY eye makeup recipe.

06 November 2014

How to Use Makeup Brushes

When I started wearing makeup, I used the brushes and applicators that came in the packages.  It wasn't until I got a makeup brush gift set that I realized there was a better way to apply makeup.  Then I strolled down the brush aisle at the store and freaked out a little.  Why were there so many brushes, and how do I use them?  It was overwhelming because I had no idea what they were for or if I really needed them.

Sound familiar?  Be overwhelmed no more!  I am here to help.  Here is how to use makeup brushes and what each brush is for.

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How to Use Makeup Brushes

05 November 2014

Beauty Brands That Give Back

When you apply your makeup, are you thinking of how you can make a difference in the world?  If you use these brands, then you've already made a difference.  They all donate a portion of their proceeds to charity, so you can look good and feel great at the same time!

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Beauty Brands That Give Back

03 November 2014

DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe

Winter is almost here, which means dry skin season if you live in the cold north.  We started having fires this week, and they just suck the moisture right out of the air.  I try to combat the dry air by hanging up clothes inside, but my skin still feels the effects of the fire.  The worst part for me is when my cuticles get dry and crack.  When they crack, they bleed, and this just begs for infection.  Yuck.  Luckily, this DIY cuticle cream recipe both heals and protects.  Even better, it's easy with just three ingredients!

I like to pour my cuticle cream recipe in to a chapstick tube because it's easy to apply right to my nails.  You can also pour it into a small pot with a lid, but I always get the product under my nails when I do this.  It's just a personal preference.

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DIY Cuticle Cream Recipe

DIY cuticle cream recipe with just three ingredients.

02 November 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Makeup and Beauty Aficionados

Halloween is over, so it's time to start thinking about Christmas!  Whether you are looking to add to your 2014 holiday wish list or looking for a gift for the makeup aficionado on your list, here are my top nail and beauty picks for this holiday season.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Makeup Aficionados