DIY Friday:: Make Your Own Sea Salt Spray

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Why spend $5-$25 on sea salt spray to achieve beachy waves when you can make it yourself in under 5 minutes for a fraction of the cost?  Its super simple, which means even I can do it, so you can too!  You will need a few items and I’m pretty sure 1 if not 2 of these items you already have.

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1. 1 Cup of water (you should have this at home)

2. 1  1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt (there’s a 50/50 chance you have this)

3. 1 Teaspoon of Hair Gel (there’s a pretty good chance you have this too, or you can be like me and steal it from your brothers bathroom…) 

4. A spray bottle ( you can pick one up from the drugstore for under $2 or be green and use an empty bottle)

5. A few drops of Argan Oil ***(this can be costly, see if a friend has some and ask to steal a few drops!)

 

Heat the water in the microwave or on the stove and add the salt, gel and argan oil and stir until dissolved.  Once the water has cooled pour it into your spray bottle.  I make sure before every use I give the bottle a good shake.  Its really that simple!!

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*** While it may seem counterproductive the oil isn’t optional.  This is what keeps the spray from making your hair look dry and feeling brittle and hay like.  My hair is fine and leans towards oily but if you have dry or coarse hair you will need to add a little more. ***

 

Products Used::

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil $16-$96 

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Mask Monday:: DIY Greek Yogurt and Honey

Its time for another installment of Mask Monday where I share a facial mask with you.  Today is a DIY mask with some ingredients you may already have!

 

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This is a super easy mask and it makes your skin feel so soft! A lot of the masks I make myself contain yogurt.  Not only is it delicious but it is beneficial for your skin.  Yogurt contains  Zinc, Lactic Acid, Calcium and B-Vitamins.   Yesterday I posted all about Yogurt so you know that its not only delicious in your mouth but on your face!  Honey is also excellent for your skin as it antibacterial, moisturizing and full of antioxidants. I forgot to add that not only is my honey local but it is raw.

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Tangerine Lip

Everywhere I look it seems that people are trying the Tangerine Lip trend.  I wasn’t really into it at first but seeing several celebrities pull it off so gracefully made me decide to take the plunge.  My biggest tip is to keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum.  I usually go for a very neutral eye and blush when I wear a tangerine lip.  Otherwise I feel like it is too much going on and I want my lips to take center stage.

Check out InSyles guide to Tangerine Lips! 

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Check out Lisa Eldridge’s Guide to Wearing an Orange Lip, she is the Makeup Artist who created this amazing look for Keira Knightley

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I am wearing Avon Shine Attract in Make My Day 

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No Shaving Cream? Give These A Try

We’ve all been there.  Deciding what to wear so you don’t have to shave your legs.  Don’t lie ladies, we all do it.  For me I don’t shave because I’m lazy.  But maybe you have other reasons.  A friend of mine asked me recently what I used to shave my legs as she couldn’t seem to find a shaving cream that didn’t dry her legs out.  I have a bottle of shaving cream in my shower but honestly I don’t reach for it that often when once in a blue moon I do decided to shave the forest that is my legs.  Here are some of the things I use instead.

 

Conditioner 

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I always shampoo twice and condition once.  So I always run out of shampoo before conditioner.  I use whats left over to shave my legs.  It is really moisturizing and definitely cost effective.  My mom has not used a shaving cream in years, she exclusively uses conditioner.   TRESemme with Pro-Vitamin B5 & Aloe 

Body Butter

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If you are like me you go through body wash like there is not tomorrow but have bottles upon bottles of lotions and body butters.  Put them to good use and use them to shave those legs!  This is a great way to get through a bottle of lotion that you aren’t particularly fond of.  You are literally pouring it down the drain, but you have put it to use so you can feel good about it.  Tree Hut Olive and Shea Body Butter, Lavender and Chamomile

 

Bath Oil

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Avon has some fantastic bath oils and they often run sales.  This is also super moisturizing and it leaves your legs feeling extremely soft.  Avon’s oils dry pretty quickly so this is a great option for summer if you don’t want to have that lotion-y feeling that using body butters/lotions to shave can give you. Skin So Soft Signature Silk Bath Oil 

Body Scrub

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This is a great choice if you have super dry legs as you will not only be moisturizing but taking care of removing dead skin.  Make sure to use a scrub that has a good consistency.  I like the scrub that I use to shave with to be a little more liquid-y then what I use for my face.  100% Pure Body Scrub Coconut 

 

Let me know if you already use any of these products in place of shaving cream!  If you don’t give it a try and let me know your results!

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I see and hear other beauty people talk about how they never clean their brushes and I feel like I am in the abnormal.  I want to clean my brushes after every use!  Waiting to clean your brushes until they are so caked full of makeup that you look muddy isn’t good for your skin or your brushes and cleaning after every use is not good for the life of your brushes.  I try and restrict myself to cleaning my brushes one a week and I have tried a variety of cleansers and finally found a routine that gets my brushes squeaky clean!

One thing I have used that I think really makes a difference is using the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove.  I have the mini version (which I can’t seem to find on their website). This may sound like a crazy tool that is a waste of money but it really does make a difference ( I think) in getting my brushes really clean.

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So now onward to the cleaning products that did not work out so great.

1. Good Old Hand Soap

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Out of the four cleansers I have used this is number 2 on the list in best bang for your buck.  It cleans my brushes ok and the price point is good and I already have this in the bathroom so its not something extra I am buying. If I don’t have my number 1 choice I will use good old hand soap.  I usually buy Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial soap for my bathroom and the Peach Bellini is what I currently have at the moment.  Bonus points for make my brushes smell nice!

Bath and Body Peach Bellini Anti-Bacterial Soap retails for $5.00

2. e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo

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Don’t know what to say about this besides it doesn’t work…  It doesn’t get my brushes clean even using the Brush Glove. And honestly I think it may just be watered down hand soap.  e.l.f. has a lot of great products for amazing prices but this is one you should definitely skip.

e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo Retails for $3.00 4.1oz

3. BeautyBlender BlenderCleaner

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This is by far one of my biggest regret purchases. I bought the set that includes this cleanser and two beauty blenders.  I ended up loving the beauty blender but hating the cleanser.  Reading the ingredient lists for the BlenderCleanser and the e.l.f. Brush Shampoo they are almost identical.  Which is another reason I am upset at having spent so much money on this product . Bottom line it does’t get my brushes clean using it alone or with the Brush Glove.

BeautyBlender BlenderCleaner Retails for $17.95 6oz

Ok I know you are all on the edge of your seats for what what is my favorite product to clean my brushes, are you ready for it?!?

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I bought this soap for using on my face over a year ago.  I use my Clarisonic every other day and this is the soap I use with it.  It makes your skin really really clean and fresh and best of all it is multitasking product!  I love those, saves me time and money.  This is by far the best thing I have every used to clean by brush and my makeup sponges as well (like the beauty blender).  All I do is wet my brush swirl it on top of the soap until I get a good amount on the brush.  Then I run the brush over the Brush Glove a few times and then rinse the brush out.  I usually have to repeat this two times and my brushes which were once a shade of brown now have white bristles and look brand new!  Best of all this soap is super cheap and it lasts forever.  I have had one bar for almost a year now and have not even used half of it.  I keep mine in a soap keeper so it doesn’t get really wet and waste away.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Face & Body Bar  $4.54 3.5 oz

Eyeliner Tips and Tricks

I never wore eyeliner until about two years ago. The reason I never wore it was because I didn’t know how to use it. I am a visual learner so watching videos on YouTube and reading blogs helped me figure out if I needed a pencil, gel or liquid and how to apply it properly. Today I am going to share with you what I have learned and this is my Un-Professional Opinion! I am not a makeup artist nor do I claim to be one. I am just someone who loves makeup and wants to share what I learned in the hope that I can help someone else.

  1. Don’t apply eyeliner in a complete circle around your eye. If you circle all the way around your eye it will look like you are wearing glasses. You will also be emphasizing you are wearing eyeliner and no one will be looking at your eye itself.

  2. Don’t overdo it. Your eyeliner should blend with the rest of your eye makeup. Smudging is a great tool for taking a dark or too thick line and making it wearable.

  3. If you are going to line your waterline make sure to use a waterproof liner. Speaking from experience most regular eyeliners will look great for an hour or so and then will smear and gather in the corner of your eye. Not pretty unless you are going for a messy raccoon look.

  4. Be careful not to overblend under your lower lash line. This will exaggerate and make any darkness and/or circles look worse.

  5. Apply your mascara after your eyeliner, otherwise you could risk flaking and smudging of mascara and end up with the raccoon look.

  6. Eye shadows make great liners. I have several palettes with bold bright colors that I will never wear in one sweep across my eyelid. But in small amounts they give just the right pop of color and who doesn’t love multitasking products?

What are your tips and tricks for applying eye liner? Share them with me in the comments below or on Twitter!!