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Mix 7-8 strawberries depending on their size with 2 table spoons of olive oil and a tea spoon of sea salt. Massage the mixture into your legs and feet then rise with luke warm water. Apply moisturizer and voila! Beautiful healthy looking legs and feet in time for those spring sandles and flip flops!
Fact: Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acid which helps to get rid of dead skin cells along with the seeds for more exfoliation to reveal plump and glowing skin.
Deep conditioning is really simple, and there are many ways to do it yourself and create at-home recipes with tons of benefits.
All you have to do is apply the conditioner to your hair until it completely saturates all of your strands. Now clip it up, and wait the proper amount of time (anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour). Some you can rinse right out, others you may need to use shampoo to fully remove any oil residue.
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When it comes to making your own, I recommend using one or mixing 2-4 various ingredients that will help smooth, hydrate, and add shine. Here is a list of household products that I like to mix and match to create different treatments:
Tea tree oil
Heat up and mix one or a few of these items together until the combination is liquidy and easy to apply (let it cool a bit before putting it on). Then leave on as long as you want!
All of these ingredients will nourish and soften your hair, but some have added benefits for people with certain issues. For instance if you have brittle hair, using ingredients with protein (like egg, avocado, etc) will help build up your hair’s strength. If your hair really lacks shine, choose oils or oily products (mayonnaise, coconut oil). Tea tree oil helps relieve itchy scalp and dandruff. Coconut oil is the best at restoring moisture, because the molecules are small enough to really penetrate the hair shaft.
Because you have thin hair, the only precaution I may advise is to not apply the conditioner too close to your scalp (unless you suffer from a dry scalp, then rub that stuff in good!) because they can be difficult to wash out (I’d shampoo and rinse twice).
Hi! I was wondering if you knew of any easy DIY "recipes" for a daily makeup brush cleaner (like Sephora's or e.l.f. cosmetics' Daily Brush Cleaner). I recently ran out of mine and need something that's good for everyday cleansing! Thanks in advance! <3
Certainly! It’s actually very easy, and 10x cheaper than dishing out the cash for a bottled version.
All you need is:
Spray Bottle (you can get these for under $1 in most travel cosmetics sections in drugstores or superstores)
Rubbing Alcohol (must be at LEAST 70% alcohol, it will clearly say so on the label)
(These are literally the ingredients of both of the brush cleaners you mentioned, minus added parabens)
All you need to do is fill the spray bottle halfway with water, and halfway with alcohol… close the bottle, shake it up, and voila!
For those of you who are unaware, this little mixture is sprayed liberally onto your makeup brushes after each use, and then wiped off onto a paper towel to remove excess makeup. The alcohol kills all of the bacteria that builds up in your brushes and also washes away most of the dirt, oil and makeup in them as well!
*This is only a disinfectant for brushes, and will NOT replace a regular cleansing. Deep cleaning your brushes is very important - see this post for a how-to and reasons why you should.**
I always use olive oil to remove my makeup… you only need a tiny amount and even the most stubborn makeup melts away. Olive oil is good for your skin, doesn’t contain any irritating chemicals or added fragrances/dyes, and compared to most makeup removers, is less expensive.
It’s been years since I’ve used much of anything else. I’ve always had pretty negative reactions to bottled makeup removers, and this is much more gentle and actually improves my skin instead of irritating it! :)
Ahh! Your hair is gorgeous!! I also have a question, I've been noticing lately that under my eyes gets really dry and skin starts peeling so I was wondering what is a REALLY good moisturizer or face wash! Thanks xx
The skin underneath your eyes is very sensitive, and can react differently (or before) the rest of your skin to different issues because it’s so thin. I suggest using gentle products that don’t have too many unnecessary ingredients on that area.
If you’re using a face wash that is meant for acne, I would stop using that for now, because salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, (or other anti-acne active ingredients) are very drying on your skin. This is just assuming that you are using one of these. If you’re not, your face wash should be okay.
As for moisturizer you should use one all over your face every day, because it will keep your skin healthy and clear. A few of my favorites (for dry skin types):
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Yes To Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer (SPF 30)
Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense
But if it’s really just under your eyes that’s dry and peeling (it happens), stick to a lighter moisturizer, and find instead a rich eye cream. Once again, I tend to prefer simpler formulations that don’t contain a boatload of extra ingredients. Here’s a few:
Yes To Carrots Moisturizing Eye Cream
Simple Soothing Eye Balm
You could also try some at-home DIY treatments to help soothe those dry patches!
Coconut oil or olive oil (on a cotton pad as a moisturizer, rinse off)
Honey (mix it with sugar to create a gentle, natural exfoliant)
Papayas, avocados, or egg whites all have hydrating properties
My favorite lip scrub isn’t sold in a package… I make it myself! It works just as well, if not better, than those expensive little jars you can get at a makeup counter.
All you need is granulated sugar (white or brown), and a thick mixing medium like Vaseline or honey! Put a good amount of sugar into a small pot or bowl and add just a bit of honey to make a thick paste. Then, use this to scrub your lips! It’s natural, tastes like candy, and works really well. Honey is great for your lips because it is moisturizing as well, and you could add other things to it if you like (coconut oil for example).
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Coconut Silkening Hair Mask
You Will Need:
Raw Coconut Oil (found at most grocery & health food stores)
Microwave-safe bowl & source of heat (microwave, stovetop)
One egg (optional)
Plastic wrap or a plastic bag
How to Make It:
Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, and requires heat to become a liquid. Scoop two to three spoonfuls into your bowl, and microwave the oil until it becomes a liquid (only a few seconds!) Next, crack the egg into the same bowl, and use a fork to beat the egg and oil together.
How to Use It:
Cover your shoulders with a towel, because this can get messy! Use your fingers or an old paint brush to apply the mixture to your hair, from roots to tips. Focus on the ends, where hair tends to be the most dry. The egg will make your hair feel stiff, but that’s normal. Once you’ve applied the mixture to your whole head, pin or clip your hair up off of your shoulders. Using your plastic wrap or plastic bag, cover your hair and head for about a half an hour. The plastic will lock heat in, which helps the concoction to work better! Remove the plastic and rinse.
Foot Scrub & Soak
You Will Need:
A tub or large bowl that will fit your feet!
How to Do It:
Soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes (this could also be done after a shower or bath!) Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda into the palm of your hand or a washcloth, and use this to gently scrub your heels, etc. Do this for a few minutes and rinse - baking soda is abrasive, but won’t damage the skin, and can also even out discoloration of the skin.
Baking soda can be used as a scrub all over the body. Scrubbing with baking soda can help remove the hyperpigmentation caused by razor burn.
Yummy, Soothing Face Mask:
You will need:
How to Make It:
Blend a whole banana in a blender, and add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to create the mask.
How to Do It:
Apply the paste all over your face, and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off gently with warm water.
Moisturizing Body Soak
You Will Need:
Bathtub filled with warm water
Cup of milk
Drizzle of olive oil
How to Do It:
Add the milk and oil to your bath for a heavenly soaking experience! Milk is a natural moisturizer and will also reduce redness. It will help soften the roughest skin!
To soothe a fresh sunburn:
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda into a quart or so of cold water. Use a washcloth to sponge this onto your skin.
To prevent peeling:
Use a cotton ball dipped in vinegar to wipe the burned area. This will work as a toner. **Witch Hazel will also work**
How to do it:
Mix two spoonfuls of baking soda with warm water in a cup. Pour this through your scalp little by little, massaging your scalp with your fingers. Once you’ve done this to all of your hair, rinse your whole head with cold water.
**Alternative Method** Mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar with one part water. Use the same way.
To Get Rid of Dandruff:
Rub Tea Tree Oil into your scalp daily
Use plain (yellow) Listerine on your scalp every day for 15 minutes before rinsing
It depends on how damaged or dry your hair is. If you color your hair or use heat to style if often, then I’d use it about once a week. Otherwise a couple times a month should be fine.
If you want to bump up the benefits, add an egg to the mix… after you heat up the coconut oil and it becomes a liquid, add a raw egg and mix until it’s all smooth. The egg will make your hair feel stiff, but it contains tons of beneficial vitamins and proteins that will make your hair feel glorious after you rinse it out! :)
Although I do love making my own salt spray for my hair, especially during the summer, I have to warn you that it’s not necessarily good for your hair. Salt will draw out moisture and can easily dry out your hair! So use with caution.
I make a shine + salt spray, to offset the drying action and “eh” scent that regular salt sprays have. In a small spray bottle, I mix warm water with a few tablespoons of sea salt, and a bit of jojoba oil or coconut oil! Since oil doesn’t mix with water I have to shake it well before each use, and avoid my roots, but it creates great, natural shine, as well as those beachy, voluminous waves!
(I got this cute little spray bottle for .97 cents in the travel section at Walmart!)
If you’re a blonde, you can add lemon juice to salt spray to create your own type of “Sun In”, which will give you natural highlights.
I get the best results by drying my hair with a cotton T shirt in a scrunching motion (t shirts versus towels will reduce frizz!), spraying my hair thoroughly with salt spray, allowing my hair to air dry half way, and then spritzing and scrunching again! Salt sprays will give you a TON of volume and can make your hair a little crazy.
Your best option is to make one yourself! They’re really easy to create, and you can customize them in every way. Inexpensive, cute, colorful brush rolls practically don’t exist unless you purchase them offline!
All you need is about $5 worth of cute fabric and either a needle & thread or some Liquid Stitch, and in a half an hour you’ve got a brush roll! You can add snaps or velcro to keep them closed too :)
I use Moroccan Oil but have just run out and don't feel like spending all that money on a new bottle. What's a cheaper alternative? I generally apply oil to my wet hair after washing and sometimes as a treatment (leave overnight and then wash out in the morning). Thanks! xx
Morrocan Oil is amazing, but there are some other treatments that have the same effect on your hair!
First look for Argan Oil - it’s practically the same thing and you can find it at beauty discount stores for a very low price!
Definitely find some raw coconut oil… it’s not expensive, and you can find it at some beauty stores and all health food stores. It’s sort of a solid, and you have to heat it up before it becomes oily, when you apply it to your hair. It smells divine and is incredibly moisturizing! I usually use this as a treatment… I like to apply this, and put my hair in a shower cap or wrap it with plastic wrap, and then let it set for at least a half hour! It makes your hair soft and shiny. It’s organic too - no harsh chemicals!
If you’re not so much a DIY person, I really love any hot oil hair treatment. I’ve used all of the Queen Helene ones, which you can find at the drugstore, and I have absolutely no complaints! They’re very inexpensive and they smell/work great! I like the Jojoba Oil one the best.
Henna n’ Placenta is one of the best products I’ve used for reviving hair, but it’s not quite in the same category. They’re only a couple of dollars for a package, and I definitely recommend trying them!
My hair has felt really gross lately - I guess the best word for it is "waxy." It feels like there's product in it, but I never use any. I shampoo and condition every day, so the problem isn't that it's not clean. What else can I do?
You’ve probably got a bit of buildup on your scalp… which doesn’t wash away with typical shampoos. In fact, regular shampoos and conditioners can add to that icky feeling.
Here’s a great way to restore your hair: use a mixture of 1 part baking soda to two parts water, and use this as a hair cleanser. Act as if you’re shampooing - it won’t lather. Then rinse clean. (Another alternative is to use apple cider vinegar - 1 part to 1 part water).
You could also try a clarifying shampoo - but for me, this DIY treatment works great, and you won’t need to buy another product! :)