DIY Shampoo

Hello all my DIYers,

 

I want to share a new do-it-yourself recipe with you on how to make your own shampoo. This is a great option for those of you who want to go the all-natural, and even vegan, route. And yes, I double and triple checked: this recipe IS vegan!

This is also great for those of you with babies or large families: it’s something everyone can use!

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INGREDIENTS

1/3 Cup of Castille Soap (like Dr. Broner’s- I like the peppermint kind because it’s tingly, you can go with one of the milder scents if that’s your jam)

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (organic and virgin)

1 Teaspoon Almond Oil (100% pure)

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

10-20 Drops of Essential Oil (any scent you like)

 

A little bit goes a long way with this product. I keep a small bottle of it in the shower and store a bigger bottle in the fridge for later use. Your hair will smell amazing! Click below to watch the steps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgO_4qjo0No

 

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At Home Tips for Perfect Eyebrows

Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to give you a cheat sheet on how to groom your brows at home, or in between sessions with your professional brow artist. Eyebrows are to your face what a movie trailer is for a feature film: it sets the tone for the whole thing. That being said, taking proper care and putting your eyebrows first will make you look 100 times better than shellacking makeup on everywhere else.

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STEP 1:  A QUICK TRIM will reveal the natural arch of your eyebrows

Women always tell me their brows look bad “because they forgot to tweeze or wax, etc.” However what will really do the trick is a quick trim with a pair of small grooming scissors.

How-To: If you don’t have a fancy lash comb, designate a clean toothbrush to your eyebrows.

1) Use your preferred tool to brush UP the hairs in your eyebrows. This will make it easy for you to see which hairs are too long and need to be trimmed.

2) Take the scissors and snip off any stragglers above your natural eyebrow. Follow the hairline of your brow to avoid giving yourself any bald spots.

3) Repeat this process but the second time around, comb your brow hairs DOWN. Snip off any long hairs that seem to be out of place. You will be surprised at how much cleaner your eyebrows will look!

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STEP 2: Find Your Natural Shape To Begin Tweezing

1) Hold a pen or makeup brush vertically against the tip of your nostril all the way up to your brow. This is where your eyebrow should begin.

2) Hold the tool again from the tip of your nostril and going outward to the outer edge of your eye. The top end of the tool is where your eyebrow should end.

3) Tweeze everything that doesn’t belong in this natural shape.

STEP 3: Find Your Arch to Determine What to Tweeze and What to Leave Alone

1) Line up the pen or makeup brush so it’s vertical and over the pupil of your eye. That is where the highest part of your arch should be.

2) Tweeze away!

AT HOME PRODUCTS TO TRY

Here are some of my favorite brow tools you can try at home:

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers- $22

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Anastasia Wax Kit- $12

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MAC Grooming Scissors- $34

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Here’s a quick video I did on grooming your eyebrows, check it out for more tips

 

Home-Made Olive Oil Body Scrub

 

Happy Hump Day! Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what’s sexier than soft, smooth skin? I’m a huge fan of DIY body scrubs and have come up with another recipe to share with all of you. These are all ingredients you can find easily at a natural foods grocery store like Whole Foods.

YOU WILL NEED

Turbinado Sugar– it’s just big particle sugar, I recommend Trader Joe’s Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar. It’s all natural with no added preservatives or yucky stuff!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil– I recommend Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea. Gaea is a sustainable and eco-friendly business, which I love. Plus, a portion of their proceeds goes to Chefs For Humanity in their fight to end hunger.

Essential Oil– I picked jasmine because I’m a floral-notes kind of girl, but you can pick any scent you want! Vanilla or Orange would smell delicious, too. I don’t have a favorite brand, but I do recommend supporting your local small businesses and purchasing one from a neighborhood farmer’s market if you can.

Jar– I got this 8-ounce mason jar at Smart & Final, but you can also use old pasta sauce jars (wash them first, of course!)

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It’s very important that you use an Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What’s the difference, you ask? Extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olives. Extra-virgin olive oil has higher levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, chlorophyll and magnesium than regular and “just virgin” olive oils. We need all those high-level vitamins to feed our skin and boost its glow!

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STEP 1: Pour 1 cup of Turbinado sugar into a mixing bowl

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STEP 2: Pour 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil into the mixture.IMG_4372

STEP 3: Pour 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil into the mixture.IMG_4373

STEP 5: Stir until you get a grainy, lumpy consistency. It should literally take you 10 seconds. IMG_4376

STEP 6: Pour it into a glass jar of your choice. Done!

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HOW TO USE IT

I suggest using this body scrub in the shower after you have already washed and shaved. Scoop out a small amount and work this in circular motions onto your arms and legs, focusing on dry areas like elbows and knees. It’s amazing on feet too! Rinse off and pat yourself dry with a towel. You won’t even need lotion afterwards. I like doing this twice per week in the winter, and once per week in the summer.

THE BENEFITS

The sugar granules will slough off dead skin cells that collect on the top layer of your skin. The extra virgin olive oil will hydrate the new skin underneath and leave your skin glowing. The essential oil will make you smell yummy. What’s not to love?

Here’s a step-by-step video I did on another body scrub made with almond oil, which is tougher to find than olive oil. Just replace the almond oil with olive oil for this body scrub.

Let me know if you try this DIY body scrub, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

DIY All Natural Lip Balm

A couple evenings ago, I got a little crafty and came up with this all-natural lip balm. What’s great about this recipe is that it’s easy to make and has very few ingredients. This yum-tastic lip balm is a great stocking stuffer for the holiday seasons, and is great for everyone on your list from moms, dads, boyfriends and kids!

INGREDIENTS

Honey

Coconut Oil

Almond Oil

Beeswax

Side note: you can purchase beeswax pellets online to make the process easier, but it’s pricier. I stuck to buying a beeswax candle and grating it to little pieces.

RECIPE

Combine 1 Tablespoon of Coconut oil, 1 Tablespoon of Almond Oil and 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until it’s all melted.

Mix the melted liquid and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey. Whisk together then pour into individual containers.

Let the lip balm harden for 30 minutes before closing the lids.

Done!