Archive | March, 2013

LaLa Lacquers!

31 Mar

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So maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t beeen posting as often as normal…and that’s because I have been hard at work creating and opening my own Etsy shop where I sell handmade nail polishes! I created the unique polishes with 3-free bases and pigments along with solvent resistant glitters…all from scratch (not mixing already existing polishes together like many do) so each polish is individually crafted and unique (and beautiful!)

You can visit my shop on Etsy: etsy.com/shop/LaLaLacquers

and follow me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaLaLacquers

Here’s one of the polishes named ‘Surfing Fiji’:

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Pink and Punk

29 Mar

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decided to go for a pink and black theme today using essie good morning hope (pink) and china glaze liquid leather (black)
hope you like! (sorry this was taken before i cleaned around the edges of my nails)

DIY Simple Summer Body Scrubs

28 Mar

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Want to get rid of your dry Winter skin and beach body beautiful?  Here are two DIY scrubs that you can make at home and will leave your skin silky smooth!

For a yummy coconut-scented scrub:

you will need

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a jar/container to hold the mixture

To make this scrub, add the coconut oil to the brown sugar and mix it really well, adding the vanilla extract at the end and mixing a little more.

For a nice summer glow:

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a couple drops of essential oil (we used lavender)
  • a jar/container to hold the mixture

Just whip these ingredients together, put into a container, and you’ve got your scrub!

(TIP: keep scrubs in airtight containers and keep water out to preserve for a few weeks)

ENJOY!

Autism Awareness Nail Art!

28 Mar

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In light of Autism Awareness, which is celebrated this year on April 2, I am posting this awesome awareness art!  This design was stamped on, but you can find some pretty cool and inexpensive nail decals online (try Amazon.com) or you can paint the designs on yourself.  If you’re interested in showing support for those affected by Autism…wear the color Blue this April (the colored puzzle pieces are also symbols for this). My baby brother is affected by Autism and our family appreciates your support! Light it up Blue!

Thanks so much!

The amazing benefits of Coconut Oil!

23 Mar

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Coconut oil.  This is one product that should be a staple in every household! It smells yummy and can be found easily.  It comes from the Philippines (shout out to my fellow Filipinas/Filipinos!) but Trader Joe’s has it at a good price.  I use it every morning to wash my face and wake up!…but there are hundreds of uses for the stuff! Here’s just some of it’s benefits:

Beauty wise:

  • moisturizes skin (amazingly)
  • can be made into an awesome body scrub
  • removes makeup
  • can be used in place of shave gel/cream
  • use as deodorant
  • smooths frizz and conditions hair
  • cleans makeup brushes
  • prevents acne breakouts
  • smooths appearance of wrinkles
  • and many more!

Health wise:

  • helps eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis
  • lowers cholesterol
  • aids in weight loss (even though it’s a fat, your body uses it to produce energy instead)
  • stimulates metabolism and thyroid function
  • supports the immune system
  • helps control blood sugar for those with Diabetes
  • reduces heart disease
  • improves cognitive function in the brain
  • when applied to skin it forms a protective antibacterial layer for infected body parts
  • speeds up healing time of bruises, wounds
  • soothes bites, heals burns
  • helps treat athlete’s foot
  • is a decongestant
  • helps treat ringworm
  • treats lice, dandruff
  • increases milk flow of nursing mothers when consumed
  • speeds recovery from sickness
  • and even helps treat stinky doggie breath!

There are plenty more uses but I thought these were the most interesting and beneficial.  I’d love to hear what other great uses are out there!

Penny Pincher: DIY Beach Sea Salt Spray for Hair

22 Mar

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Love the look of beachy waves in your hair?  While it may not yet be Summer, you can still obtain the look by using Sea Salt spray…and I’ve got a DIY version that works just as good as the kind you can buy in the store. Just a few simple ingredients which you may already have at home:

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut oil (or even olive oil will do)
  • 8-16 oz water depending on the size of your bottle
  • Yummy smelling essential oil (if you want to add a nice scent along with the coconut)

Just mix the water, essential oil, coconut oil (no more than 1 tbsp per 8oz), and the sea salt (more salt=more texture) in the plastic bottle. Shake it up until the oil mixes well.
Now you’re ready to go! Just spray onto damp hair and scrunch with your fingers to get nice, natural, beachy waves!

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Tifffany Blue Mani

22 Mar

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I love the color blue, especially Tiffany’s signature color! I used ChinaGlaze Aquadelic and then for the bling ring finger I used Essie No Place Like Chrome with Hard Candy Celebrate Sequins on top! The ring finger is super holographic and adds a nice bit of sparkle to shake things up!