Category: Style

Make Your Own DIY Avocado Conditioner

Avocado conditioner: make your own deep hair conditioner with this easy, all-natural recipe!

avocado conditionerAs you know, I’m a huge fan of DIY beauty, and love it when I can combine leftover food that would otherwise go to waste with a few pantry ingredients to make a spa worthy beauty recipe.  Case in point, avocado deep hair conditioner. Make your own avocado conditioner and have a relaxing spa night at home with this DIY avocado, honey + olive oil hair mask.  Check out the how to below.

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Make Your Own DIY Avocado Conditioner
 
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Make your own natural DIY deep hair conditioner with just three ingredients and have your own spa night at home to repair your stressed out hair.
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Recipe type: DIY Beauty
Serves: 1 hair mask
Ingredients
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mash together a ripe avocado using a fork.
  2. Add olive oil and honey and mix thoroughly.
  3. Apply to dry hair until completely saturated with conditioner.
  4. Let conditioner sit for at least 15 minutes or longer.
  5. Wrap hair with Saran Wrap.
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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 Charcoal Pore Strips How To Make Your Own

Charcoal pore strips are so easy to make at home, there’s no reason to ever buy them at the store again!

pore removerHave you been seeing DIY charcoal pore strips all over the internet?  I have, and since I love making DIY facials, I thought it would be fun to try the charcoal version.  Activated charcoal is so good at removing toxins inside your body, I thought it would be good for the outside of your body, and I was right.  These DIY charcoal pore strips pulled out impurities and blackheads so effectively I’ve already made them again!

charcoal pore strips

Here’s the recipe to make your very own charcoal facial so you can skip the price of the spa, (or the cheaper, but still expensive grocery store version!).  You’ll have enough charcoal to make your own DIY charcoal pore strips again and and again, whenever your face needs a little clean-up.  It feels amazing and does such good work! Way to go, charcoal.

DIY Charcoal Pore Strips How To Make Your Own

DIY Charcoal Pore Strips How To Make Your Own
 
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

OPI Summer Collection Nude Polish 2016

Nude polish summer collection: OPI’s Infinite Shine 2.

OPI infinite shine collectionI love a good nude polish.  Granted, nude color varies a lot by skin tone, but there are a lot of different shades of basic nude polish, and it looks good on everyone.

nude polishNude polish is especially good if you worry your hands or fingers are too short, (it’s a thing, I promise) because using polish the same color as your skin extends the visual line of your hand all the way to the tip of your fingers.  Does that make sense?  Instead of having a dark color break up the look, it makes for one long, gorgeous streamline.

Granted, this collection is a pretty white girl set up, but overall they’re still great colors that would look good on anyone.

OPI infinite shineThe extra cool thing about this particular Infinite Shine summer nail polish collection from OPI is that it lasts longer if you use it together with the whole OPI Infinite Shine long-wear system. It’s supposedly comparable to getting gel color on your nails.  And aren’t the colors gorgeous?

nude nail polishWhat do you think?  Do you love wearing nude polish during the summer?  It’s such a classy, simple, chic beauty statement.  I … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

My Favorite Figure Flattering One-Piece Swimsuits 2016

One-piece swimsuits are the figure flattering champions of the swimwear world, and I’m loving what I’m seeing right now for Summer 2016.  There are so many different color choices, cleavage options, (no, really) and styles – there’s something for everyone.

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Even if you aren’t into camouflaging a tummy (who isn’t into covering up a tummy?), these 12 one-piece swimsuits will have you swooning for a sunny day at the pool.  Gorgeous bows, halter tops, and one-shoulder swimsuits are super flattering and draw the eye away from tricky spots.  Not that you have any tricky spots, I’m just saying, if you’re sensitive about tricky spots, there are so many options for you and your gorgeous body.

And if all else fails, there’s always distraction. If you’ve got a nice rack, now’s the time to bring the girls out (in a classy way, naturally).  Classy cleavage (it’s a thing) is always a good distraction, especially in a one-piece swimsuit, so don’t be afraid of daring necklines like the pink, white, and black suit above.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

DIY dry shampoo is one of the best behind-the-scenes beauty secrets of all time.  It’s so easy to make and does such a good job, you’ll never spend money on store bought dry shampoo again.

Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

Have you ever used dry shampoo?  I’ll admit, until a decade ago I’d never even heard of dry shampoo, let alone people making their own DIY dry shampoo, but it has opened my eyes to the wonders of beauty shortcuts.

make it dry shampoo

And as far as beauty shortcuts go, this is one of the really good ones.

Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

People didn’t used to use shampoo on their hair as often as we do now, and the theory is that people’s hair was in much better shape before washing it all the time.  I’m a believer in not washing very often, especially since I’ve had a mohawk over the last few years.  My hair looks better, behaves better, needs less product and hair drying, and feels so much smoother and hydrated when I only wash it once or twice a week.

homemade dry shampoo

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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What Makeup To Use For Spring Makeup Looks

Spring makeup is my favorite, and a few weeks ago I showed you a really gorgeous, super easy before and after Spring makeup look on my daughter.  Today I’m sharing the makeup I used to create the look.

Spring makeup look

It really didn’t take too much to create such a gorgeous, fresh Spring makeup look on my daughter, and as with any makeup look, it’s just a matter of using the right products in the right colors to really make your face shine.  In the good way, not the ‘I haven’t discovered blotting papers’ way. That way is just bad.

spring make up palette

As a refresher, here’s the before and after of my daughter with no makeup, and then with some pretty spring makeup.

spring makeup

I didn’t use Photoshop to get the ‘after’ makeup look, just some key (quality) makeup products.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

spring makeup palette

What Makeup To Use For Spring Makeup Looks

  1. Tarte blush + bronzer in Power Couple
  2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream
  3. Burt’s Bees lipstick in Magenta Rush #511 and Iced Iris #510
  4. Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter
  5. Natural Mineral powder foundation in Medium (purchased at Costco in a set)
  6. Naked 3 Urban Decay palette
  7. MAC mineralize blush in Gentle
  8. MAC
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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Home Made Peppermint Sugar Scrub With Recipe + How To

Today’s how to: home made peppermint sugar scrub (with a recipe!).

Home Made Peppermint Sugar Scrub With Recipe + How To

The last sugar scrub we made together (let’s pretend we had a girl’s night – more fun for everyone) was a lovely lavender body scrub, perfect for relaxing and exfoliating at the same time.

Today’s sugar scrub is the opposite of that.  It’s a delicious (and I do mean delicious) home made peppermint sugar scrub, which feels so invigorating and refreshing in the warmer months . . . hello, Summer!

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Peppermint sugar scrub genuinely feels a little tingly on your skin, and I swear it cools you down, if only mentally.  Exactly what a girl (and guy!) needs during a hot, sticky time of year.  This sugar scrub is genuinely one of my favorites; it smells so delectable and fresh, which is always what I crave when things get too warm.

how to make your own sugar scrub

Whip up some of this sugar scrub to stash in your shower, and let me know if you try it.  I promise, learning how to make this peppermint scrub was a huge revelation to me, and has saved me so much cash in the end.

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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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Step By Step Spring Makeup Look

Today, a spring makeup look, step by step, with easy instructions so you can learn recreate it on yourself at home.

// This post is in collaboration with Burt’s Bees® and EcoTools® both of which are sold at WalMart.  Thank you for your kindness and support of Petit Elefant sponsors. //

step by step spring make up look

 It’s been awhile since I’ve done a step by step makeup look, so I’m excited to share today’s post, which is a really simple tutorial for a gorgeous, dewy Spring look with just a few makeup products.

make up brushes

The first thing to know, before you start any makeup look, is that it’s really important to start with the right tools.  Good makeup is no different than any other job; the results are always better if you start off with the right tools for the job.  For this makeup I used these really affordable brushes from the EcoTools® Day-To-Night brush set which includes a highlighting fan brush, a pointed concealer brush, an eye shadow brush, a detailed lip liner brush, and an angled face brush.  They’re a great set of soft, inexpensive brushes that do a really good job for a great price.  I also used a … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Guys, here’s an adorable spring outfit for you to think about today: a 3/4 sleeve button down denim shirt, a pink maxi skirt, grey messenger bag, floppy hat, simple gold hoops, and stacking bracelets.  Oh, and maybe the cutest blue sandal wedges (with a navy blue bow!) I’ve ever seen in my life.

 

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Are you as excited as I am to see the sun?  I love this time of year, when I start to pull out all the light, bright spring and summer clothes I packed away in the fall.  The best thing about it is that I always have something tucked away I’ve completely forgotten about, so it’s like I’m shopping all over again, but I don’t have to spend money.  EVERYONE wins.  Then I can start to look around and see what fun new spring fashion trends are popping up, and fill in my wardrobe with a few new spring-y accessories.  A perfect new spring outfit is the best way to break out of the I-hate-my-life winter blues and out into the sunshine and light.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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