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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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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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The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen


Hello beauties, ask yourself are you using the proper skin care methods to keep your face looking as youthful and flawless.  Here I explain you how to properly cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and protect your skin with SPF 15.

Step 1: Cleansing

The key is simple here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick to it.

You can purchase a good good cleanser at the drugstore. There’s no need to spend $40 on fancy face wash. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. For you who like organic products, you can cleanse skin with milk or yogurt who knew right? 

  • Be careful not to cleanse too often or you risk over cleansing skin. You really only need to wash your face daytime a quick wash to refresh and at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can actually clog pores.
  • If you have dry skin, consider cold cream like Pond’s, which I personally like and recommend for the cooler months. Simply apply cream, then wipe off, no water needed. If you have hard water, it can be harsh on skin.
  • To cleanse skin, most of us women prefer the water method. Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized amount of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
  • Make sure to remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. The area around the eye is delicate so don’t pull or rub too hard. You can also use olive oil or coconut oil (holy grail beauty products) as a natural eye makeup remover.

Step 2: Exfoliating 

  •  Over scrubbing and exfoliation with facial scrubs can very harsh on your face. Whether you’re looking to help soften skin texture or tone, these products should be used only once or twice a week.
  • Look for products that soothe, rather than irritate your skin.

Using a gentle scrub a few times a week helps remove dead skin cells and clears pores and dirt and oil that cream or cleansers can miss.

  • Please make sure the grains aren’t too large, this can be damaging to the skin.

Step:3 Moisturize

  • Even with oily skin types, it is important to moisturize skin daily.
  • Moisturizing keeps the skin hydrated, and helps prevent fine line and wrinkles, keeping the skin soft and smooth.
  • For you natural girls, nothing beats a good oil for your skin. You can use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.
  • This step normally comes after your cleanser and toner.

Step:4 Protect 

Protecting your skin from the sun and harsh elements may be one of the most important steps to our skin care regimens.

  • Apply sunblock or a moisturizer with SPF 15.
  • A great trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection.
  • Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 24/7 and can irritate skin.

Following these 4 simple steps daily, can make your skin look smoother and more youthful. I would love to hear your daily skincare routines and products that you use.

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