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How to Make a Clay Mask

Clay masks are my favorite home beauty treatments.  I do one once a week to exfoliate and draw out toxins.  The mask makes my skin clearer and improves my complexion.  Clay masks are very easy to make, inexpensive, and work wonders for your complexion.  Since they help remove impurities from your pores, they can also help make your pores appear smaller too.  Learn how to make a clay mask at home for an inexpensive facial.

Salt Scrub vs Sugar Scrub - Which is Better?

Salt scrub vs sugar scrub - which one is better?  Here's how to pick the right ingredient for your DIY body scrubs. One of the most frequent questions that I get about my DIY beauty recipes is salt scrub vs sugar scrub ? Which is better? Neither.  Both. It depends on how you are using it and what you want to accomplish.  Both salt and sugar have their own unique properties, so you can make the recipe that's right for your skin based on your skin needs. Don't forget, you can also customize your scrub recipe by adding different carrier oils and essential oils, too.  

9 Healthy Homemade Smoothie Recipes

Don't tell my kids, but I use smoothies to get some nutrition in them.  They think they are getting a dessert, but I secretly fill them with nutrients and protein.  I'm always looking for new healthy smoothie recipes to make at home so we have some variety.  Here are 9 healthy homemade smoothie recipes for you to try.

DIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Recipe

You've no doubt heard about the benefits of grapefruit for your body, but did you know that grapefruit also has a lot of skin benefits?  It's true!  That's why I included grapefruit juice, grapefruit essential oil, and grapefruit zest in this sugar scrub recipe.  Grapefruit extracts can help reduce inflammation in your skin, so it's great for acne prone skin.  Grapefruit extracts can raise the pH of your skin, which can also help reduce acne.  Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and lycopene, which can reduce free radicals.  Grapefruit is naturally antibacterial, so this makes a great foot scrub to keep your feet soft.  The sugar exfoliates dead skin cells, while the coconut oil moisturizes your skin naturally.  

5 Natural Sugar Substitutes

Sugar is delicious, but not so great for our health. It’s normal to crave it sometimes, but there’s no need to reach for the sugar bowl every time you have a hankering to satisfy your sweet tooth. Mother Nature has provided several natural sugar substitutes to common white sucrose, and it’s worth experimenting with these other options. Try these out next time you need a sweetener.  And if you need some incentive to cut back on your sugar intake, read about the benefits of quitting sugar .

Best Makeup Storage For Any Budget

I try not to be a makeup hoarder, but there are just too many pretty things!  As a beauty blogger, I get sent a lot of makeup, and an Ulta just opened near me, so I've been trying a lot of new brands.  If I don't keep my stash organized, I forget about products and don't use them.  I like to mix up the products I use to create new looks, so I really do need quick and easy access to all of them.  I used to just use a few drawer organizer baskets, but that doesn't work for me anymore.  I used to have a master bath with several drawers and counter space, but the farmhouse only has one bathroom with zero storage.  Everything that I have has to fit into a container or I can't store it.  Here are my picks for the best makeup storage for any budget.

How to Make a Soap Cupcake With a Bath Puff

These easy soap cupcakes are adorable!  They make great gifts for kids, but they are fun for adults too.   I used to make these years ago when I was selling soap.  The kids really loved them, and they are easy to make. I hadn't made one in a while, and I thought my daughter would love it.  I was right; she loves it! I love it because you can hang it up in the shower, which reduces clutter and helps the soap last longer because it's not sitting in water. These only take a few minutes to make, so it's a perfect project for a weekend if you have a spare half an hour.  Then let the soap set up, unmold it, and enjoy.  Since it uses melt and pour soap, you don't have to wait for it to cure.

No Sew Fancy Cleaning Gloves

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleanWithMrsMeyers #CollectiveBias I used to dread cleaning my house because I thought it had to be perfect.  I thought that I had to clean each room from top to bottom if I was going to do anything at all.  Now that I work and have a family, I know that this isn’t possible.  Some days I can only get the dishes done, and that’s okay.  Lately, the only part of cleaning that I’m picky about is what products I use.  My husband has asthma, so I’m very conscious of the chemicals and fragrances that I use in my home.  That’s why I love Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products.  I never have to worry about what could be lurking in my cleaning supplies and getting transferred to the surfaces in my home.  And to make cleaning even more fun—and to protect my manicure! — I make my own fancy cleaning gloves. 

Geek Girl Gift Guide

When I was a teenager, I was a huge geek girl.  I loved Nintendo and spent my spare time coding computer games.  I kind of stopped paying attention to much in that world after I had kids, but now I'm raising geeklings.  My two boys love super heros, Dr, Who, Star Wars, and everything geeky.  My daughter loves princesses and Frozen, but she also loves Wonder Woman and Rey.  I'm not sure if she will be a true geek or if she just wants to have something in common with her brothers.  Either way, she'd love any of these items from my geek girl gift guide.

A Less Irritating Way to Shave With Schick Hydro® 5 + DIY Shaving Soap Recipe for Men

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick Hydro ®. The opinions and text are all mine. My husband used to let his beard grow for several days or even a week before he would shave. I love a nice 5 o'clock shadow, but any more than that isn't my thing because it's scratchy and rough. I asked him why he doesn't shave more often, and he said that it irritated his face and made his skin itch. I started making him this shaving soap recipe more than 10 years ago, and it helped his skin a lot. He also has to be careful about what razors he uses because they will also irritate his skin. We've finally found a razor that doesn't irritate his skin, so keep reading to hear about it and to get the shaving soap recipe.

How Hard Water Affects Your Hair and Skin

I grew up with well water, and we had a water softener.  When I got married, we had city water in our home with decent water.  About four years ago, we moved to a farm with well water.  The previous owners didn't use a water softener, and we didn't think much about it at first.  As the months went on, we started having problems with our water.  We have a sediment filter to get out some of the impurities, but it wasn't enough.  My dishes were spotty, my sinks are always spotty after cleaning them, and my bathtub was perpetually orange from the rust.  The hard minerals also deposit themselves on your skin and hair, so we all had itchy skin, couldn't get soap or shampoo to lather good, and my hair always looks dull.   Morton Salt graciously sent me a new water softener to install, and I am loving it so far.  My husband installed it himself, and I have a video below so you can see what's involved for the installation.

Strawberry Mojito Sugar Scrub Recipe

Summer is coming!  It really is!  Although I know I can't complain about last winter after surviving the two winters before that, I'm still ready for summer.  One way to get my skin ready for the winter is to use a sugar scrub like this Strawberry Mojito sugar scrub recipe to get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells.  This leaves your skin softer, more touchable, and looking better. If you'll be using a sunless tanner, you'll definitely want to use a scrub like this one to exfoliate before you use the self-tanner.  Since summer is coming, I decided to create this scrub based on one of my favorite summer drinks: a strawberry mojito.  This has a hint of mint and strawberry, so you can enjoy all of the flavor without getting a hangover.  

Best Clay Mask for Your Skin Type

Clay masks are my favorite homemade facial masks because they are so easy to make, yet they are very effective. Clay pulls oil, dirt, and toxins from your skin for a clearer complexion. Clay also tightens your skin so your pores appear to be smaller.  There are several types of clay that you can buy, and each one has different properties for your skin.  Keep reading for the best clay mask to use for your skin type.