Category: Style

Hello Kitty Nail Collection 2016

A new nail collection from OPI is here!  This time it’s Hello Kitty and, you guys, the colors.  Right now I’m obsessing over the bright yellow, bright blue and hot pinks (and the black isn’t too shabby either).

Let’s take a peek, shall we?

 

Hello Kitty Nail Collection

Left to right, here is the 2016 Hello Kitty nail collection, by color name (the very best part of any OPI collection are the names):

  • black: Never Have Too Mani Friends
  • white sparkly: Kitty White
  • red: 5 Apples Tall
  • coral deep pink: Spoken From The Heart
  • dark pink sparkly: Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel
  • light pink: Small + Cute =
  • palest pink: Let’s Be Friends
  • yellow: My Twin Mimmy
  • blue: My Pal Joey
  • purple: Super Cute in Pink
  • light purple pink:  Look At My Bow!
  • light pink sparkly: Charmmy & Sugar

 

Hello Kitty Nail Polish OPI

If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, you’re probably freaking out.

If you’re a color fan, you’re probably freaking out.

If you’re a nail polish fan, your mind is officially blown.

 

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I haven’t been this excited about a collection in awhile; the colors are just so great!  Naturally, being Hello Kitty, there’s almost every shade of pink available (I’m very >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Make It: Your Own Lavender Body Scrub

A good body scrub is the best thing next to a nice long beach vacation.  In a pinch.  I only discovered body scrubs a few years ago and now I’m obsessed and can’t stop coming up with new recipes!  My most recent favorite is this lavender body scrub, perfect for exfoliating and moisturizing dry skin, while smelling delicious and relaxing.  I can’t wait for you to make some for yourself and 10 of your closest friends (it’s too good not to share!).

 

lavender body scrub recipe

Lavender Body Scrub
 
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Make your own lavender scrub to exfoliate your body with just a few ingredients. So much cheaper than buying it at the store!
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Recipe type: Bath + Body
Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup dried lavender
  • ½ cup olive or coconut oil
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. Mix together Epsom salt and oil.
  2. Using a mortar + pestle, gently crush lavender to release flavor oils.
  3. If you don't have a mortar + pestle, use a Ziploc bag and rolling pin. Put lavender in Ziploc bag and seal. Use rolling pin
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Golden Globes Fashion Favorites

Alright, I admit it. I watched Golden Globes, almost all of it even though I’ve only seen one–that’s right, one–of the films or television programs mentioned or honored last night. There were some bad jokes, and some lackluster moments, but I do love me some red carpet and evening gowns. So, congratulations to all the wonderful, beautiful, handsome talented winners, and now how about those dresses?

Golden Globes Gina

Gina Rodriguez wore a beautiful navy blue gown by Zac Posen. I love navy for evening gowns, and this one was sophisticated and feminine, a smidge youthful and sweet with the perfect splash of ice with her earrings and bracelet. Navy is always a good choice for evening gowns.

Golden Globes Rachel

It’s always refreshing to see patterns and prints on these fabulous gowns, and Rachel McAdams nailed it in this one with a gorgeous red and black floral with a bit of shimmer and drape. The red lipstick was the perfect accessory. I’d wear this one, you know, if I ever go to the Golden Globes.

Golden Globes Kate

Kate Winslet. Again with the navy. She doesn’t stray too much from understated, svelte looks, but they really work for her. I especially like the neckline and the contrasting textures on this … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

How To Bath Salts With Lemon And Rosemary

Lemon is having a moment in my life right now.  Which is a euphemistic way of saying, I’m kind of obsessed with everything (everything) lemon.  I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve fallen headfirst and I never want it to end.

 

lemon rosemary bath salt

The thing about lemons is this:

  • they’re pretty to look at
  • they’re delicious
  • they’re so refreshing
  • they’re SO good for you
  • they’re ridiculously multipurpose
  • d, all of the above

 

lemon bath salts

I’m whipping up all sorts of lemon creations in my kitchen right now; to eat, to clean with, and a bunch of recipes for the bath.

My current favorite bath + body concoction is this recipe for lemon + rosemary bath salt.  It smells like fresh summer deliciousness and is actually really detoxifying for your body.  Winning, all around.

 

bath salt

Once you make the lemon + rosemary bath salt (see printable recipe below), pour it into a hot bath and soak for as long as your body can take it.  The lemon and Epsom salts will pull all sorts of bad stuff from your body, and the smell of fresh rosemary mixed in will help maintain your fantasy that you’re actually bathing in the South of … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

DIY Home Made Grape Fruit Body Scrub

grapefruit sugar scrubIt’s DIY time again.  And today we’re DIY-ing some home made grapefruit bath + body sugar scrub.  This stuff is scrumptious, no two ways about it.  Whip it up to give to a friend, keep it next to your kitchen sink for after you wash your hands, stash it in the shower, or use it in the bath.  This scrub is multipurpose and smells divine; you really want to get in on making this business for yourself.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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DIY Home Made Grape Fruit Body Scrub
 
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Make your own DIY grapefruit sugar scrub with only a few ingredients. Use all over your face and body to exfoliate and moisturize with all natural ingredients!
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Recipe type: Sugar Body Scrub
Cuisine: DIY Beauty
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons Jojoba oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl add the sugar and olive oil.
  2. Mix together sugar and oil until completely combined.
  3. Add Jojoba oil.
  4. Mix again until combined.
  5. Add essential
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Holiday Gift Guide For Beauty

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Beauty gifts are perfect for giving because they range from small to big, inexpensive to expensive, lipstick to hair styling, and everything in between. I don’t think I have one friend that doesn’t like getting new beauty products. Even girls that aren’t obsessed with makeup have a or few items they love to use. Cosmetics and styling tools make an ideal gift for just about any gal on your list. Here are some of our top picks from bargain brands to luxury labels.beautycollage3

1. Contour Blush: Contouring made easy with this gorgeous blush and bronzer duo from NARS. They’re kinds of the best.

2. e.l.f. Studio Brush Set: The most inexpensive but also high quality brushes out there. These are my fave, and so budget friendly.

3. Smashbox Lip Set: A glossy lip color for every day of the week! This is really a fabulous set.

4. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: If you’re going to splruge on one hair item, this is the one! Plus it smells incredible.

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5. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara: The BEST mascara for under $7! Volumizes, lengthens, and lasts all day.

6. Mistral Holiday Bar Soap: These lovely soaps make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers with their beautiful … >> find out more...

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Great Holiday Gift Kit For Everyone

It’s holiday gift time and I have a gift idea (for under $10!) to make everyone on your list delighted.  Seriously.  Teachers, boys, girls, husbands, wives, mother-in-laws, co-workers; anyone and everyone you can think of.  A cute little Burt’s Bees holiday beauty gift kit (it fits right inside a stocking, I’m just saying) with travel sized lip balm, body lotion, hand salve, cleanser and foot cream to boot (for those poor winter feet).  See what I did there?

 

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On top of being adorable, travel sized, and perfect for a car or a desk, a purse, a briefcase or a backpack, all these delicious Burt’s Bees goodies smell absolutely delightful.  I’m personally pretty partial (alliteration, anyone?) to the coconut foot cream + the vanilla bean lip balm.  YUM.

Here are the details of all this delicious bath + body goodness:

 

foot-cream

In addition to smelling delightful, the coconut foot cream has coconut oil (so moisturizing!), rosemary, and peppermint extracts.  Who doesn’t want lovely feet, I ask you?

 

burt's bees lip balm

The lip balm is like your trusty mainstay Burt’s Bees lip balm, but with a delicious vanilla bean flavor.  Yum.

 

lotion

Enjoy natural face cleanser?  I thought so.  This cream cleanser … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Holiday Nail Colors 2015

OPI‘s nail colors in the 2015 holiday collection are, in a word, gorgeous.  OPI isn’t capable of producing nail polish colors that aren’t pretty, it’s just the way the universe works, but this collection is spectacular. I was sent a preview kit to check out and immediately painted the nails of everyone in the vicinity.  These colors are so much fun!

Let me introduce you to the colors in the OPI Starlight collection:

 

Holiday Nail Collection 2015

OPI HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2015

From left to right:

  • Love Is In My Cards
  • Comet Closer
  • Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Meteorite
  • Give Me Space
  • By The Light Of The Moon
  • Cosmo With A Twist

 

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Left to right:

  • Ro-Man-Ce On the Moon
  • Is This Star Taken?
  • I’m In The Moon For Love
  • Love Is In My Cards
  • No More Mr. Night Sky
  • Center Of The You-Niverse

 

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Left to right:

  • I Drive A SuperNova
  • By The Light Of The Moon
  • Ce-Less-Tial Is More
  • Press * For Silver
  • Infrared-y To Glow
  • An Affair In Red Square

 

If you want to buy a small collection of the holiday 2015 OPI colors you can buy a gift set with these three colors, (I’m partial to … >> find out more...

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe Home Made

A DIY sugar scrub recipe, just for you!

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

I’ve been waiting, holding onto this delicious peppermint sugar scrub recipe so I could share it with you during the holidays.  This is seriously such a delicious sugar scrub, perfect for your shower or tub or for a really thoughtful home made gift for someone you love.  It’s a perfect gift for the girlfriends in your life.  This sugar scrub recipe is so easy to make and only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!  It’s a perfect way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin at the same time, with all natural, inexpensive ingredients.  Make and share, or just keep it for yourself, I have a sneaky feeling you deserve a tiny little treat.

 

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe
 
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A delicious homemade sugar scrub to use in your shower or bath. A great invigorating exfoliant + moisturizer for your skin.
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Recipe type: DIY Beauty Recipe
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 7-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil or vitamin E oil
  • 1
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!