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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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Culottes 3 Ways!

Ahhhh, Hello my lovelies. Did you miss me? Sorry I have been on a major hiatus lately, and yes I know its been a while since I’ve last posted. No worries, I’m back in action now. Culottes are huge right now, and to be quite honest, they’re not particularly flattering on every body. The key to wearing culottes is balancing the proportions of your top and bottom half — because culottes are so voluminous, you could wear them tucked in or with a cropped top. I’m all about comfort and finding new ways to wear basic pieces. Culottes have been my current faves, their so chic yet so versatile. How many pairs of pants do you own that are casual, trendy yet appropriate for the office and a night out? FYI, these pants are great for transitioning into summer to fall. Below, I have demonstrated 3 ways to style culottes.

Culottes (Office Attire)

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Screenshot_2015-09-12-08-56-50_1Blazer: Zara/ Pants: Forever 21 Purse: Shoe Dazzle / Shoes: Zara

Casual Culottes

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Screenshot_2015-09-12-08-58-02_1Jacket & Shoes: H&M/ Shirt & Pants: Forever 21/ Purse: Shoe Dazzle/ Accessories: Top Shop/ Hat: Urban Outfitters

Culottes ( Night Out)

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Screenshot_2015-09-12-08-56-23_1Top & Bottoms: Forever 21/ Shoes: Just Fab/ Clutch: Zara

Photos by: Visio Creatix

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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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5 Wearable Runway Makeup Trends for Spring 2015!


Even though we are still bundled up and wrapped up in winter gear it is never too early to take in the some of the new hottest Spring 2015 makeup/beauty trends. These new trends are already on the minds of fashion designers and magazine editors. These spring makeup looks most definitely caught my attention on the fashion runways and can simply be be worn in a woman’s every day to day beauty routine . Plus, practicing now will get you ready for when spring time emerges. Here are a few trends to watch out for this upcoming Spring 2015 season.

BOLD LIP COLOR

BOLD LIP SPRING 2015Pastel shades should not always be the go to colors for Spring. Instead, deep shades dominated the runways this year. Try berry, plum, rich red or red-orange shades for the lips. A bold statement lips is always my favorite go to.

SHADES OF BROWN

SHADES OF BROWN SPRING 2015Brown makeup offers subtle enhancements to the face, especially for a warm complexion. One of the latest trends for the eyes this season is varying shades of the brown family, which keeps this color from getting boring. Try bronze, taupe, sand and even touches of shimmering gold. Bronze skin is also in.

STATEMENT EYES

TOM FORD SMOKEY EYE SPRING 2015Smokey Eyes always seem to return to trendy lists, with no exception this Spring. Some designers made them extra smudgy or only added the smoky effect to the outer corners of each eye. Heavy eyeliner is also in, especially with extended wings and tips, or with thick lines. Choose black or even white liner to play up your look.

NATURAL BEAUTY 

NATURAL BEAUTY SPRING MAKEUPAlthough some makeup trends are in, low maintenance girls will love that wearing no makeup is also a top trend this season. This trend can include wearing subtle makeup that evens and enhances, or wearing no makeup at all. This is a perfect look for everyday makeup look  if your in a rush or simply want to go bare.

CAT EYES

BLUE CAT EYES SPRING 2015A Cat Eye is always a great makeup a accessory, let alone a blue statement eyes made a huge comeback on the runways last season. Like bold brows before it, blue eyeshadow is destined to become a fashion week beauty staple. It complements every skin tone, and it looks just as good in real life as on the runway. If your daring enough this would be the perfect go to look to for a statement.

Whether your going bare or rocking a dark smokey eye these Spring 2015 makeup looks are all the rage and are perfect for on and off the runway. I hope you beauties enjoyed my favorite “5 Wearable Makeup Trends for Spring 2015.”

 

 

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review!


You guys know how much I love my lipsticks, ahhhh let alone Tom Tord lipsticks.

I am known to be a lip stick junkie, and when I found out Tom Ford one of my current favorite lipsticks was coming out with a miniature lipstick collection “Tom Ford Lips & Boys,” I went crazzzzy. This collection has a variety of 50 clutched sized limited edition shades all named after men Rrrr. The Lips & Boys collection retails for $32, which is way more affordable than the average sized Tom Ford lipstick, which retails for $50. I would say that is quite a deal for those of you who don’t want to splurge quite as much on a lipstick.

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Tom Ford WES lipstick which I purchased is a deepened, burgundy-red with ruby red shimmer. It was semi-opaque with a very slippery, emollient consistency that tended to move around. I found that with this shade, without any disturbances of eating or drinking this product lasted after three hours of wear, a (total wear time was five).  As to where with most lipsticks I find myself  reapplying more often, which is why I simply love Tom Ford lipsticks.  It has a great color pay off and lasts for which what I feel like is forever. If your trying to get a longer wear time, just apply a lip liner before your lipstick.

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Here is Tom Ford Lipstick & Boys (Wes) on the left compared to the original lipstick packaging on the right (Indian Rose).

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Hope you enjoyed my “Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review,” enjoy until next time beauties. 😉

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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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Hello December!

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday week/weekend. We are officially in December. We went through a week where the weather was frigid. Seems as if the weather may have had a change of heart being that its hit high 50’s here in New York City. No complaints here on my end, I am far from a winter baby. So my outfit choice I decided to play with a bit of color ahhh yes a shocker I know, being that I’m always in black. Here I kept my outfit quite comfortable yet chic.

MOD OOTDIm all about comfort, so here I’m wearing a cream long sleeve button down topped with a mustard yellow crop. For my bottoms I wore a pair of faded skinny jeans, with a chunky platformed boot. Since the weather was a bit warmer I topped off the look with a short belted faux fur jacket, and for a bit of flair I added a cheetah print faux fur head band. This was the perfect outfit to kick off December. 😉

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Coat: HM / Cream button down & Crop Top: HM / Jeans: Express / Boots: Nine West / Faux Headband: NYC Local Boutique

Hope you enjoyed my “Hello December” outfit post, until next time lovelies!

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