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Lace tights

13 Aug

As the end of Summer nears, I begin thinking of new accessories and clothing for the Fall… and I can’t help but LOVE lace tights!  Such an inexpensive and pretty way to spice up any outfit!  Here are some cute pics I chose as my inspiration for my shopping list:

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How would you wear lace tights?

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Cute picks under $20

22 Jul

Looking for some adorable accessories without having to dish out serious cash? All these items are under $20 a pop (most under $10 in fact) and can be found online at pacsun.com or forever21.com … hope you like!

1- Pyramid stud set $3.80 @ Forever21

2- Metallic triangle case $9.80 @ Forever21

3- Turquoise spike open cuff $9.95 @PacSun

4-Espadrille wedges $14.99 @PacSun

5- Dip dye scarf $16.50 @ PacSun

6- NYX glam shadow stick $4.50 @PacSun

7- Floral multi 3 pack belt $16.50 @ PacSun

8- Rosebud case $6.80 @ Forever21

9- Dangling bead necklace $8.80 @Forever21

10- Blue nail polish $2.80 @Forever21

11-Chiffon high-low skirt $15.80 @Forever21

12-Rose bud hair clips $1.80 @ Forever21

13- Temporary hair color $3.80 @Forever21

14- Gold sparkle nail polish $2.80 @ Forever21

15- Metal heart frame glasses $14.50 @ PacSun

16- Arrow wrap ring $6.95 @PacSun

 

Sephora Package

20 Jun

I was overjoyed when I came home to see a Sephora package on my porch today.

I ordered Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed Palette (a bronzer, highlighter, and blush),

and got free samples of Philosophy’s Cinnamon Buns shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath,

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Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24,

Clarins Body Lift,

and Prada Luna Rossa for Men.

Also with my Beauty Insider points I got Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara,

and with a promo code got a year subscription to Lucky Magazine! All that and I only paid $30!  Check back for product reviews of these items later this week! 🙂

DIY: coconut and flower hair oil treatment and a pineapple foot rub

16 Jun

               

Coconut oil and flower hair oil treatment:

(This will need to be prepared the night before you plan to use it)

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh flower petals
  • 2 tablespoons rose water

Directions:

  1. Bring the 1/2 cup of coconut oil to a boil in a small pan
  2. Add the rose water
  3. Add the fresh flower petals of your choice
  4. Let return to a boil for three minutes
  5. Let the flowers steep in the oil overnight
  6. In the morning, strain the oil through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into an airtight container
  7. When ready to oil your hair, rub a few tablespoons in your hair and wrap tight in a towel
  8. Let sit for about 20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as normal

Pineapple Foot Rub

This one is easy as pie:

  • Take 1 cup of fresh pineapple and puree in a food processor
  • Take the pineapple mixture and spread and rub all over feet including your heels and around your nails (you may feel a tingle)
  • After 10 minutes rinse off with warm water and pat dry

Splurge or Save? When to buy designer versus drugstore beauty…

5 Jun

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We all have our favorite beauty products, while others we seem to constantly be changing and searching for that right one.  Learn what to splurge a little extra money on and what you should save on without sacrificing your look, and most importantly, your wallet.

First things first…Foundation- definitely a Splurge item.  I’ve had so much trouble finding that right shade and texture, and when you find it, you don’t want to let it go! I’d much rather splurge on foundation knowing that it is the exact shade and formula that works for my complexion!

Next, Mascara- Save. Don’t get me wrong, designer mascaras can be nice, but either way all mascaras need to be changed within a three month time span and usually dry out before then anyway.

What’s next? Eye liner- most definitely a Splurge.  I line my eyes dark and use quite a bit of liner doing so, and I have tried almost every single eyeliner I have come across trying to get one that was long lasting, highly pigmented, and that didn’t irritate my eyes.  I splurge on my Urban Decay eye liner, but it glides on so smooth and lasts forever, unlike the cheap brands that fade away or smudge/run, if you can even get them to apply nicely in the first place.  Your eyes deserve a break from any extra irritation!

As for lipstick- I personally Save on most and once in a while Splurge on one cute gloss or lipstick…but really, if you have a good lip primer, you can get away with a drugstore brand lipstick and no one will tell the difference.

Eye shadow- I believe in a good eye makeup primer, splurge on the primer if you find a good one!  Eye shadow seriously lasts a good while, so I splurge on a good palette that’s nicely pigmented and is versatile when it comes to matching my look…If you can find a great shadow for cheap, then definitely save if you can!

Nail polish- in this day and age, Save! With all the nail strips and stickers and cheap brands of polish out there, you can get a ton of polishes for the price of one designer brand and still have a great manicure!  Now if the nail polish is a one-of-a-kind or a handmade nail polish that you can’t live without, that’s another story…but you can always afford a couple of those if you save on the rest of your polish collection!

And last but not least, Blush/Bronzer- If you don’t want to look like a clown from over applying a cheap blush…blend!… or better yet splurge a little more on a better brand, they are usually nicely pigmented and have more natural looking shades that last longer and apply beautifully.

Hope this helps!

Make your own lotion from coconut oil!

18 May

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If you’ve read my post on coconut oil then you already know all of the benefits it brings…but making your own lotion from it is one of my favorites!  It lasts longer than store bought lotions and is really good for your skin!  You don’t need much to make the lotion, you probably have some of these things in your kitchen already.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup  olive oil (or almond oil)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  •  1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

You can also add essential oils if you would like!

All you have to do is:

  • mix the ingredients into a glass jar (any kind will do as long as it’s big enough to contain the ingredients)
  • heat a couple inches of water in a sauce pan (enough to submerge the bottom bit of the jar)
  • place the jar in the hot water and watch the ingredients melt, shaking around occasionally
  • pour into small jar or container of your choice and put on lid and you’re done!

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Make your own natural bug spray!

8 May


Unfortunately I am like a magnet for mosquitos, gnats, ticks, and any other nasty little bug out there…but I refuse to douse myself in DEET or other chemicals they put in non-natural bug sprays.  Sure, there are bug sprays that are now made for people like me…but why buy them when you can make your own?  If you don’t already have essential oils in your home, I recommend grabbing some…they sure do come in handy!  You can find them in natural or health food stores, drug stores, and even some grocery stores, or online from places like  doTerra.  I grabbed this specific mixture from a website called Garden Therapy (they even added the cute label to print out and stick on your bottle):

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Ingredients

  • 4 drops citronella essential oil
  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops mint essential oil
  • 1/4 cup pure witch hazel

Mix these oils into a glass or plastic atomizer, shake and you’re all set!  Keeps the bugs away and smells good too! (And no unwanted chemicals of course)