Hello beauties! Like most girls, I love being pampered. But, sometimes my busy schedule gets in the way of my beauty needs. When I have a free moment I like to plan a ministaycation! I love finding new and easy DIY beauty treatments that I am able to make on my own and do in the comfort of my own home. So, I’ve come up with a list of beauty bits that are sure to come in handy, no matter how hectic your back-to-school schedule will be this fall! The best part about all of these treatments is that they are made from things you probably have lying around the house or your college dorm room…and you can do them at basically no cost at all! Check out this fun list of some of my favorite at-home treatments and enjoy
- De-puff tired eyes after late nights of studying. Green tea not only tastes great, but it also contains a ton of health benefits. Buy green tea that you can brew and keep it chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then, soak a couple of cotton rounds in your brewed tea and let them rest on your eyes for a few minutes. The caffeine helps reduce the appearance of blood vessels and the antioxidants shrink inflammation.
- Zap zits that appear at the worst possible times. There are two unconventional ways to help zap zits that you have probably never thought of. The first method is using plain old toothpaste! Just apply a thin layer over the zit and leave it on while you sleep. The mint helps shrink the zip by drying it up, without causing irritation. The second alternative is using Advil Liqui-Gels (sounds crazy, I know!). All you have to do is puncture the capsule and apply it right onto the pimple. It takes the swelling down right away.
- Give your skin a sun-kissed glow, no matter what time of year it is. One of my favorite ways to feel rejuvenated is by lathering up my skin with a full body scrub. My newest favorite scrub is the Summer Citrus Scrub I blogged about a few days ago! The oils help moisturize and relieve dry skin while the salt and sugar act as buffers to get rid of dead skin cells. Another benefit of this scrub it that it will wake you up and refresh your skin during your early morning shower. Just rub a dab of the scrub in between your hands and the aroma will help you feel rejuvenated.
- Get flawless skin, even on those stressful nights before a big exam. As if stressing about school isn’t already bad enough, red, blotchy skin is sure to make everything even worse. Combat these nuisances by applying a crushed banana mask to your face. Since bananas contain both Vitamins A and E, they are great for reducing redness and evening out skin tones. Check out this great recipe to be on your way to soft and silky skin!
- Grow long, healthy nails for a mani that is sure to impress. The secret to achieving long, healthy nails may come as a surprise… Focus more so on your cuticles, than your actual nail beds! This DIY nail cream pampers your cuticles by softening, moisturizing, and strengthening the skin around your nails.
- Keep your locks soft and strong even when the seasons start to change. One of the best ways to achieve that “just left the salon” look and feel is by applying a hair mask. This super easy recipe naturally restores your strands so they’re not only healthier, but also silky smooth. Umm, can you say every girls dream!
- Pamper your feet with a special treat after a long day of walking around campus. If your feet are dry from the weather, or just exhausted from walking from class to class, treat them to a soothing foot soak. Soaking your soles in warm, aromatic water not only has benefits for your feet, but they also helps your whole body feel more relaxed. So, sit back, relax, and let all of the tension dissolve.
- Soothe tired hands as a reward for writing papers and scribbling down math equations. After a long day of taking notes, writing papers, and texting, your hands deserve a break! There’s no better way to reward them than with a nice, relaxing massage (definitely one of my favorite luxuries!). Check out these tips from a professional manicurist to give yourself an amazing DIY hand massage.
Hey Everybody, I haven’t posted in a couple of days. Check out these fun things I found I was searching the web.
1. Is this idea genius or what: adding soda pop tabs to your hangers to make room for hanging more clothes!
2. Is this cool or what?
Strawberry Faux-jitos: Don’t mojitos always look so refreshing?! Just looking at one makes me crave the yummy minty-lime flavor. This strawberry version puts a new twist on an old favorite.
- Place ½ cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 6 fresh strawberries (without the stems!) into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Drizzle the syrup in eqal parts into the bottom of two tall glasses.
- Squeeze some lime juice into each cup along with finely crushed ice.
- Then, add some chopped basil and sliced strawberries on top of the ice.
- Top if all off with sparkling water or ginger ale and stir well.
4. These five DIY at home spa treatments seem so easy! Each one only needs two ingredients and they all seem so yummy that they’re definitely worth a try in my book.
5. Did you know that the blue food dye in M&Ms and Gatorade has actually proved to be helpful in speeding up recovery from certain injuries? Me neither! Read about more junk foods that have surprising benefits here.
While brights and neons are super popular this summer, I am also a fan of pastels. Pastels were a big hit for spring and they are still very trendy for summer. I’ve been seeing lots of girls wearing pastel cut-off shorts here in LA and think they’re really cute. Pastel shorts are a great alternative to your traditional blue jean cut-offs for the summertime. Plus I love the soft, girly appeal they have too. So pretty!
Here are a few of my favorite pretty pastel shorts for summer:
- Bleeker Denim Shorts
- General Pants Spearmint Shorts
- Joe’s Jeans Cut-off Shorts
- Topshop Moto Shorts
Wear these pretty pastels with a neutral top or contrast them with a bold, bright tank. Load on some fun accessories, sport your favorite sandals and you’re ready for a stylish day of fun in the sun.
Hey Guys, I’ve been posting a lot more and I’m trying o keep this rythme.
I thought Emma Stone’s makeup at the MTV Movie Awards was flawless. It was so soft and so pretty. What do you think? Get the details on her makeup and the products used byclicking here.
Have you tried caviar nails yet? Get the scoop on them and find out if you should give them a try here.
LOL, when I saw this I just knew that I had to share it with you guys… So true right?!
Hi guys! I really love this dainty, delicate little hairstyle, and it’s perfect for thin or fine hair! A braided hair headband is a quick and easy way to add a fun, playful vibe to any look. Here’s how to get this look yourself:
- Start out by separating your hair into two sections. One section should be on the side of your head, just above your ear, and the other is just be the rest of your hair—put it into a ponytail to keep it out of your way.
- Take your side section and braid it all the way to the end. Secure it with a small band around the end. (Helpful hint! I found that this worked better if I held the section of hair up a little while I braided)
- Grab your right braid and wrap it around the top of your head, close to your forehead. Secure it behind your left ear with a bobby pin.
- Release all of your hair from the ponytail and let it fall naturally.
- To finish this look off, you may want to spray a little bit of hairspray, just to ensure that it all holds throughout the day.
Fun tip: you can make a double headband by repeating steps 2-5 and braiding a section on the other side of your head! So cute!
This look can be worn just about anywhere. It will look great at school, the beach, or even a fun movie night with friends.
When I am adding jewelry to my look, I always remember the famous quote by Coco Chanel. She once said, “when accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on.” I love this quote because it perfectly describes how to achieve classic and effortless style. This is the style I aspire to dress like each and everyday.
Personally, I think that the right amount of accessories depends on the look you are going for. Sometimes I like to keep my jewelry minimal but on other occasions I love to layer. For the classic look that Coco suggests I either wear a bracelet or a ring, placing only one type of accessory on my hands. Similarly, I will choose between a necklace and earrings. However, when I go for a funky or dainty vibe I don’t mind adding a variety of necklaces, bracelets, and rings. A thin necklace, small earrings, and thin bracelets can look great together, as well as a strand of pearls and a tiny pair of matching studs. For something more fun, ill add lots of layers of jewels. These types of layers help achieve a Bohemian look. I would suggest pairing rings on every finger and stacking tons of bangles!