Beauty, LifeStyle

DIY Citrus Facial Scrub!

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Pampering yourself doesn’t mean you have to spend your hard earned cash at pricey spas or on expensive products. Although I do enjoy the luxury of purchasing these things, its not quite a necessity. I must admit, I am super guilty of being a major product junkie. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate as well. There is something that seems to always bring me back to creating my personal scrubs the good ole fashion way. You can create your very own DIY beauty recipes right in he comfort of your own home with products you may probably already own in your kitchen. One recipe I personally enjoy creating, is a “Citrus Facial Scrub” (yummm). Below, I have listed a few ingredients you will need to create this natural citrus facial scrub. 

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The Benefits:

Yogurt – Soothes and can lessen the visibility of blemishes and moles, make freckles disappear, and lighten suntanned skin.

Oatmeal – Acts as a exfoliant, will lock in moisture, and acts as a natural remedy to acne.

Honey – Is great for acne treatment & prevention. Moisturizes and soothes. full of antioxidants which will slow down aging. 

Lemon or Citrus Juice – Helps brighten, soften and refresh rough or dried skin. The citrus fruits will also lighten the skin color and reduce freckles, discoloration and scars.

Citrus Scrub

  1. 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (or other citrus juice)
  2. 2 Teaspoons Honey
  3. 6 ounces plain yogurt
  4. 1/4 cup ground oatmeal

Blend all the ingredients together and apply it to clean skin in circular motions. Allow for the mixture to to dry. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. This all natural facial mask is suitable for sensitive, normal, and dry skin types. This regimen can be used once a week as needed.

I hope you found this “DIY Citrus Facial Scrub,” post quite informative. I would love for you guys to try it, and let me know what you think. Please do leave your comments below, if you have any questions and or concerns. Until next time lovelies, Happy Scrubbing!  

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Fashion

PLAID & LEATHER!


Sooo sad to see summer go, it was a wonderful one nonetheless. Fall has officially made its debut. In NYC, the weather has been quite drastic, not much of a transition between the two seasons. I literally went from tanks & shorts to sweaters & leather jackets. Ughhh the struggle (sighs). On the plus side, this season is perfect for layering. One combo you can’t go wrong with for this fall season is “Plaid & Leather” paired together. I love combining these two together as the casualness of the plaid balances out the polished look of leather.

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IMG_20151006_093110I decided to pair a men’s thrifted plaid top, layering it with my faux leather jacket, along with a DIY black pair of skinny jeans. Too complete the look I wore high heeled booties and a wide brimmed fedora hat.IMG_20151007_041605

IMG_20151007_042032             Leather Jacket: H&M /Top: Thrifted /Jeans:   DIY Forever21/Hat: Urban Outfitters/ Booties: Zara                                                  Photos by: Agent_K

I hope you enjoyed my “Plaid & Leather” post until, next time my lovelies!

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How to: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101!


This isn’t the most exciting lesson, but it’s important nonetheless! Because we must clean our brushes so we can stay on top of bacteria and other offenders that we don’t want to end up on our face. Think of it as basic hygiene. For brushes that you use daily (and don’t share), I would aim for at least once a week (every Sunday perhaps?) or twice a week if you really love makeup and apply it often such as myself. There are two ways to properly wash your brushes depending on your personality and time constraints: heavy duty (for those of you that want instant professional strength cleaning agents to annihilate everything) or gentle (for those of you who have more time and prefer to keep it simple). Here’s how:

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Heavy Duty:

  1. Pick up a professional brush cleaning spray from a your local or online beauty supply (the Cinema Secrets spray (Holy Grail Product) is perfect for professional makeup artists who need to clean their brushes repeatedly throughout jobs but this aromatherapy cleaning sprayis my favorite to use on my clients because it leaves an amazing smell on the brushes). Starting with your foundation and cream blush brushes (these have the most product residue and need the most attention),  spray it directly on the brush heads to completely soak the bristles.
  2. Rub the brush head back and forth over a paper towel or tissue repeatedly until there is no more product coming off.
  3. Spray the rest of your brushes one at a time (eyeliner, lip, eyebrow brushes).
  4. Rub these brushes back and forth as well, noticing that they will come clean much faster than the first ones. This solution dries within minutes. 

Gentle DIY:

  1. Pour a dime sized amount of any baby or organic shampoo into the palm of your hand. Then wet your brush head, dip your used brushes into the your palm (one brush at a time).
  2. Gently swirl brush in circular motions till all dirt and product is released. If you find your brushes are a bit hard to clean let them soak in small bowl prior to individual wash. 
  3. Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.

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brush cleaning 101DRYING STATION: You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station with the two items listed below!

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  1. Grab a hand towel, a paper towel. Fold towel in half about two to three times. 
  2. Balance each brush so that the brush head is pointing down, and touching the paper towel . (a full towel can be used in this step as well).  It’s much easier to balance than it sounds, I promise!
  3. Another simple method is placing a napkin/paper towel in a jar or wide cup and place brushes face down so that water seeps through.
  4. Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home (my work brushes live in brush roll, while my personal brushes live upright in my favorite square glass jar on my makeup desk).

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 I hope you found my “How To: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101” very informative. If you have any questions or concerns feel more than free to comment below. Enjoy Beauties until next time. 

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DIY Organic Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub!


Hey Beauties. Tis that time of the year…when you could use some good ole exfoliation! 🙂

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 Today I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial on how to create your own simple peppermint lemon sugar scrub for way cheaper than the cost of expensive store bought skin moisturizing and exfoliating products. If you have never made a peppermint lemon sugar scrub before, you’re really in for a treat! If there is a scent that always makes me happy, it is a fresh lemon mint scent yummm. I LOVE to exfoliate, especially during the winter months as during this time I’m more prone to dry skin, and want to keep my skin super hydrated and supple. The sugar in this scrub gently exfoliates the skin, the cooling sensation of the peppermint oil helps to soothe itchiness, it nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily or greasy skin, and the coconut oil moisturizes. Plus, the lemon zest/peppermint combo is totally invigorating. It will definitely wake you up first thing in the morning. This DIY Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub, is a method which can definitely be used year round. 

So here is my awesome scrub recipe…

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You will need:

  • 1 1/2  cups granulated pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (can use olive oil or almond oil)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pure peppermint essential oil (optional)

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Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl or in the microwave on medium for 15 to 20 seconds just so it becomes slightly melted.

Stir in sugar, mixing until the sugar is thoroughly coated. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and peppermint oil until all ingredients are combined. Transfer into a glass jar. Voila and there you have it, your very own Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Scrub. You can thank me later Happy Scrubbing 😉 !!

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For any questions or concerns in regards to this DIY Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub tutorial, feel free to leave your comments below and I’ll be more than happy to answer enjoy beauties.

 

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