I’ve got a great little DIY facial scrub for you today. Lately I’ve been seeking out more natural ways to care for my skin. I really love my cosmetics, but I also know that I taking care of my skin with good cleansing is an important part of any beauty regimen. Gentle is always better when it comes to skin care, which is why I love this oil cleansing DIY facial scrub. It’s easy and your probably have these natural ingredients in your cupboard. If not, they’re easy to find at your local market.
So here is what you need:
- 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp castor oil
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- couple drops of essential oils (optional but I used Lavender)
- About 4 Vitamin E capsules or 2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil
All of these things are super great for your skin. They cleanse, moisturize and rejuvenate all in one. It’s awesome. All you really do is mix the oils together, add the baking soda, essential oil drops, and vitamin E.
After you’ve mixed it all together and you’re ready to use it, here’s how I do it. Take some into your fingers and rub it all over your … >> find out more...
The heat is on, but your makeup doesn’t have to look melted and heavy. A simple summer rmakeup look is all you need. It’s funny how the weather and seasons change the way we do our hair and makeup. I guess it’s because the weather–heat, humidity, air conditioning–affects our wardrobes and skin and even our moods. I know I definitely change the way I do makeup during the summer, opting for lighter, brighter, more natural. So today I thought it would be fun to share my simple summer make routine.
Simple Summer Makeup
Yep, you guys, that’s all you need! And it will be more than enough. In fact, you could even go with less by eliminating the BB Cream and just using the bronzer. Here’s what I use to get this simple summer makeup look:
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- Eye Liner – I am currently using an eye liner I got in my Julep box and I currently love it! Any brown eye liner you can just smudge into your lash line would be perfect.
- Mascara – My favorite mascara, hands down, is this Voluminous by L’Oreal. I’ve tried the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff and it always comes back to
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Dyeing at home, is it a thing for you? It is for me. In fact, I’ve only maybe had my hair colored at a salon once or twice in the last 10 years. Truly. There’s just no justification for me to pay someone to do it for $150 a pop when I can dye my own hair at home for under $15.
But I have simple hair. One, all-over color to cover up the greys my super fun genes have sent my way. Fun fact: my mom went completely silver when she was 35. You know how old I am? Don’t answer that, I’ll lie anyway. The point is: it’s either dyed, or silver, and mama’s not going out like that.
So, you’re afraid to do it yourself? Don’t sweat it. I’ve got all kinds of tips from the pros (me, having dyed my own hair for the last 20 years) to keep it legit, and gorgeous for less than the price of a weeks’ worth of coffee. Or Diet Dr Pepper, your choice.
Here’s the thing about dyeing your hair at home: there are all … >> find out more...
Summer is fun, isn’t it? Seriously, summer is my saving grace during the long, cold Utah winters. Sometimes I go weeks at a time during a freezing, slushy March just dreaming about the summer, when all things are possible. Summer in Utah really makes up for the miserable winters, and we spend summers swimming, barbecuing, camping, horseback riding, hiking and playing in the mountains, kayaking, and hanging out on the back yard deck.
I’m super excited to be partnering with Kohl’s #DestinationSummer to share some fun summertime ideas in Utah, because you should definitely visit. Utah is absolutely amazing, especially in the summer. We got all dressed up for this fun summertime idea, and you’ll understand why below.
This summer we’re not traveling like we usually do, we’re staying close to home to have our fun since my baby girl is still sick after 3 months of non-stop vomiting. No big deal though, because Utah rules summer.
In fact, spending time under the stars is the best way to experience Utah in the summer. The days are hot and dry, and the nights are perfect and cool, just right for movies + symphonies under the stars, which is exactly … >> find out more...
Sexy, comfortable shoes? Total oxymoron. Usually. But Brian James, a relatively new shoe company defies the un-sexy odds of comfortable, day-to-day staple shoes by making some seriously hot shoes for women.
Brian James is a shoe company started in 2012 by Angela Edgeworth, founder of the adorable children’s footwear line, pediped. Angela named the new shoe company for women after her husband Brian James (so cute!) because aside from her love for her two daughters and her shoe collection (OBVS), her husband Brian is her favorite.
Now, let’s talk about the shoes. Last summer I was gifted a pair of Brian James sandals. I was in the middle of hosting a party for 350 women in Chicago, in July. It was hot, I was tired and my feet swollen, and I’d just walked 5 blocks in the heat and humidity before I put my new sandals on. I’m always skeptical when it comes to new shoes, especially when my feet don’t feel awesome, and I’m here to tell you, WHOA. These shoes, you guys! So comfortable.
I’m a total shoe wimp. My feet can only handle certain kinds of shoes, and I really won’t suffer for fashion. I’m too … >> find out more...
One thing I love about Summer is a bright shiny manicure or pedicure. I just can’t stay away from all the shades of pink and orange and colors inspired by cotton candy and ice pops. Aren’t they so pretty lined up there all nice? Let’s talk summer nail colors in pastel, pink, and orange.
Sometimes it’s fun to rock something out of the ordinary like these colors from Joe Fresh that make me think of summer treats like sherbet and cotton candy. JC Penney carries this line but I couldn’t find them online, you might have to check it out in store. Pastels are fun and very on trend right now, and a fun manicure is an ideal way to play with a trend.
Orange is the new black
I love the color orange. I think Elle was wrong when she said “whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!” It’s a beautiful color and a really fun bright for summer. The middle one, from Wet n Wild is about a dollar or so at Target and it lasts forever! Don’t underestimate a bargain brand. The Revlon is a very true orange which probably works all year … >> find out more...
What’s BB Cream? Why do I need to know about it? What does it do? Who am I? How did I end up here? Who are you?
Sorry. We’re not going to get into an existential discussion today, we’re just here to talk about makeup. Which is what BB cream is: makeup. For your face. That’s usually where makeup goes, on your face. (ignore me. it’s a rainy day over here, I’m all sorts of confused about life)
Let’s talk about WHAT BB Cream is, how to wear it, and FINALLY how to make this aforementioned BB Cream.
What on earth is BB Cream? Well, it’s basically tinted moisturizer, only more. BB stands for blemish balm. Blemish balm moisturizes your skin while covering up +/or disguising your blemishes. But it’s lighter than foundation so if you, like me, don’t love the feeling of foundation on your face, BB Cream might become your new best friend.
BB Cream is a super simple combination of your favorite moisturizer (with SPF, I hope!) and your favorite foundation. Together they make magic.
I use Oil of Olay because my skin is sensitive and it has a bit of SPF in it. Add foundation, … >> find out more...
Summer is here and we all want that beautiful glow that goes with it… without the skin cancer or sunburn. I feel ya! Heck, I have two little black babies who just have to step outside and they have the most beautiful tans meanwhile mommas wearing a big hat as white as a ghost. It’s rough. Thank goodness for bronzer!
No worries! Today I have a bronzed summer makeup look for you. It’s rather easy and with a few steps after your foundation, you should have that beautiful summer glow you’re looking for.
Bronzed Summer Makeup
After you’ve applied your eye makeup and foundation, there are a just a few more quick steps for beautiful bronzer. You’ll see, it’s simple.
Step one is optional, maybe fun to rock for a girls night out or date night or any special evening. Add a little sheer shimmer above the cheekbone up and out to the temples. Not too much, just enough to add a shimmer.
Step two: Add your bronzer under your cheekbone up to your hairline along your temples and hairline along your forehead. It’s framing your face and giving you that overall glow.
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It’s wedding season. While you may be jumping up and down in excitement for your friends who will be tying the knot, you might also be dreading finding something to wear. Never fear! Consider this your guide to plus size dresses wedding edition.
The first step in finding your perfect outfit is to know a little about the wedding. I’ve attended weddings that range from sit-down catered affairs to sitting on hay bales in a grove of trees to a picnic atmosphere were the guests were asked to bring a potluck dish. If you don’t know the couple well enough to know the details, and you can’t deduce them from the invitation, don’t be afraid to ask! The last thing you want is to be the person who shows up in a gauzy skirt and has to sit on itchy hay bales (ahem, speaking from experience).
In general, a dress is appropriate. Any color except white is acceptable, for obvious reasons. However, black and anything that sparkles shouldn’t be worn during the day. Beyond that, the specifics are determined by the time of day and the formality/informality of the event.
Casual weddings cover a wide range of possibilities, but a … >> find out more...