I love trying out new beauty products, but sometimes a trip to Sephora just isn’t in the budget. That’s when I like to get a little creative in the kitchen and whip up a DIY scrub or mask! I promise you’ve got everything in your pantry to make the super simple Caramel Face Scrub. It smells great and if a little bit of it happens to get on your lips, it doesn’t taste bad either!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the Caramel Face Scrub at home…
DIY Caramel Face Scrub
1 tsp. Plain Oats
1 tsp. Honey
1 tsp. Whole Milk
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 – Mix all the ingredients together and apply to the face in circular motions to exfoliate the skin.
2 – Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
3 – Follow with a mild cleanser.
* I would recommend doing this scrub right before you get in the shower. It can get a bit sticky if it gets in your hair!
Now that warm Spring temps are finally here, full-on leg baring weather is just around the corner (scary, right?). And worse yet, bikini season is that much closer (don’t even get me started.)
The last thing you need when hitting the town in your cutoffs, minis, and rompers is dry, flaky, haven’t-seen-the-sun-in-months skin.
So, get your gams glamed up for spring with these 3 easy steps…
Step 1- Exfoliate One of my favorite ways to exfoliate is with a homemade body scrub. But if you don’t have time for a scrub, I also love to use exfoliating gloves. They’re really easy to use and perfect for traveling, too!
Step 2- Bronze For a golden glow, I’m a big fan of products that combine regular lotion with sunless tanner, like Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Target & Walmart also have their own version). Applied daily, they will give you gorgeous color, gradually. I prefer this over regular sunless tanners because you have more control over your color and avoid the look of being pale one day and super dark the next!
Step 3- Luminize So, you know how we use highlighter on our faces to add a little extra glow? Put that luminous sheen on your legs too!
Want to look instantly taller? Whether you use cream or powder ( I like Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminizer) try applying the highlighter just down the front/center of your legs. The eye will instantly be drawn to this lighter area, giving you the look of longer legs!
I’m a big fan of using body scrub year round, but with spring coming soon (woohoo!), it’s time to start thinking about getting your skin ready for shorter sleeves and hemlines.
This body scrub, or a simple variation, is perfect to use from head to toe, including your lips!
To whip up this very simple scrub you will need: – 2 parts sugar (in a pinch, you can use salt) – 1 part oil
For the sugar or salt – table salt or white sugar works just fine, but for a little something extra try adding brown sugar (that’s what I used).
For the oil – use whatever you have. Baby oil, almond oil, or olive oil will all work, but I love the scent and great skin benefits of coconut oil (Here’s what I used).
With this method of 2:1 parts, you can really create as much or a little scrub as you like, along with controlling its consistency. Also, if you don’t use an oil with a strong scent like coconut oil has, you can always add in a few drops of essential oil to the scrub.
I had heard how great argan oil was for my hair for a while, but was afraid to try argan oil because it was an ‘oil’. I have somewhat oily hair to begin with and adding oil to my clean hair didn’t sound like a good idea. I figured it would look greasy and make my hair heavy.
When I finally tried argan oil, boy was I wrong! I’ve been using it for almost a year now and couldn’t be happier! After using it for the first time, I was surprised to discover that it:
Absorbed in almost immediately
DID NOT leave my hair feeling greasy
Made my hair dry quicker
Made it feel softer & look shinier
I swear I have less split ends (Argan oil protects hair when heat styling)
I use argan oil on my wet hair after towel drying. I comb it through from ‘almost’ my roots to ends and then go back and add a little bit extra to the ends, where I know my hair is a bit drier. When I’m blowdrying or heat styling, I will go back and add a very small amount of argan oil to help with fly aways.
After having such great results using argan oil on my hair, I decided to do a little research about it. This is what I learned:
It’s rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and carotene
It’s great at moisturizing
It’s been said (although not proven) that it can help with wrinkles & acne
I had been looking for something to use on my face at night but didn’t fee like spending a bunch on creams and with my switch to cruelty-free beauty products (read about my switch here), my choices were narrowed down significantly. The benefits of argan oil sounded great and seemed perfect to use on my skin. The product I was using on my hair wasn’t pure argan oil, so I found John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil to use. Not only is it 100% argan oil, it is USDA organic, and cruelty-free.
I now use this 100% argan oil on my hair, face/neck, hands, and cuticles. I was a little leery, like with my hair, that an oil wouldn’t work well with my slightly oily skin, but it absorbes in so easily and I wake up to super soft skin. This is definitely a beauty product that I will be using for a long time!
*I was not compensated for this post and all products were purchased by me. As always, all opinions are my own. This is a product that I use and love!*
Being a victim of dark under-eye circles practically my entire life, I am constantly on the hunt for the best dark circle concealer (and I know I’m not alone in this!). In the past few years, I’ve probably used/tried at least 8 different concealers, some better than others. But for one reason or another, I’ve continued my search for perfection. I’ve gone through quite a few, especially lately with my recent switch to cruelty-free products (read more about that here), and I want to share my experiences with a few of them and the one that has finally made me happy .
The promise: Blends easily and provides complete coverage. Pros–
Affordable. Multiple places to buy
Easy to use, mess-free applicator wand
Not thick/Dried quickly
Very close color match
Required lots of applications to get coverage
Although this was one of the longest used and best products I had used up until that point, I decided to continue my hunt because: (1) Although the color was very close to my skin, it still wasn’t perfect. (2) Even with several applications, I never felt like I got the coverage I wanted. (3) After making the decision to go cruelty-free, I could no longer use Maybelline products.
The promise: This aluminizing ‘pen’ is supposed to bring light and radiance to the skin. Pros–
Did what it was supposed to do. It helped to highlight and brighten my skin
Good range of color choices
Majorly expensive. Only available in certain stores
Not truly a concealer
Often too much product would come out of the applicator
I had always heard so many great things about this product so I decided to try it one day in Sephora OVER the Maybelline concealer, and loved how it looked. While it is nowhere near thick enough to cover my under-eye circles itself, it may work well if you have faint ones or those that just come and go. I won’t buy again because: (1) It’s way too expensive (Many more affordable brands are coming out with aluminizing ‘pens’ now, so check around!). (2) Not good by itself. (3) Not cruelty-free (Many more affordable brands are coming out with illuminizing ‘pens’ now, so check around!).
The promise: Specifically designed to conceal the under eye area. Pros–
Affordable and easy to find in stores
Not thick. Dried quickly
Applicator got gross very quickly. Kind of irritated my skin
Needed a lot of application to get coverage
Seemed to go empty very quickly
Although this concealer was still pretty affordable, it ran out sooooo quickly! I don’t know if I was using a lot or there wasn’t really much to begin with, but having to buy it every few months would actually end up being expensive. I didn’t repurchase because: (1) I ran out way too quickly! (2) The color that best matched me was too light and ended up leaving me white circle under my eyes! (3) Not cruelty-free.
The promise: A full coverage concealer that won’t crease of flake. Pros–
Went on really, really smoothly
Felt great on my skin
Pretty decent coverage without a lot of application
A bit pricey. Only available in certain stores
Not creaseless (at least for me!)
You have to squeeze out product onto your finger/brush. Got messy & sometimes wasted product
The major reason I didn’t continue buying this product is kind of my fault. I ordered it in a tarte ‘try me’ set from QVC and the color choices for concealer were light, medium, or dark. Well the medium looked too dark, so I went with light. Unfortunately, the light was just way too light and left me with reverse raccoon eyes, especially in pictures! I decided not to repurchase because: (1) The color was just too light. (2) It took quite awhile to dry. (3) Felt like I was always wasting some of the product because I ended up squeezing too much out of the tube.
The promise: Blends seamlessly, hides imperfections and diminishes dark spots. Pros–
It’s cream, not powder (like I was expecting from bareMinerals)
Not thick. Dries really quickly
Feels like powder when dry
Required very little for great coverage
Feels great on my skin
It has SPF
Have to use finger to apply (can spread germs)
The Best Dark Circle Concealer for Me
Can you tell I was kind of reaching for a con for the bareMinerals Correcting Concealer? On a whim, I walked into the bareMinerals store, told the employee what I was looking for, and he gave me this. I was amazed at how close the color was to my skin tone and how little I actually needed to get good coverage. Although it doesn’t cover my under eye circles 100%, I don’t know that anything actually will.
I can’t say this is the last concealer I’ll ever use, but for now I’m really loving the look and feel of the bareMinerals Correcting Concealer. It’s the first product I’ve tried from the line and I have a feeling I will be trying more items soon!
Obviously everyones experience with these products will be different, so if you love one that I don’t or have one that I didn’t even mention, please leave a comment in case it might help someone else find one that works for them!
Whether it’s on the runways, magazines, blogs, or streets, bold bright lips are everywhere! It’s an easy way to add an instant pop of color to a look and bring brightness to the face. But if you’re not a regular lipstick wearer, a bold lip can be daunting!
Even if you’re more chapstick than lipstick, you shouldn’t shy away from this fun lip look. With the recent addition of lip tints and balms to the beauty market, bold lips can be worn by anyone!
Why I like lip tints & balms over lipstick:
More moisturizing to lips
Goes on smoother than lipstick
Semi-sheer color – Easily build color to go from subtle to bold, as you get more comfortable with the look
Both the tarte Lipsurgence and Clinique chubby stick have a crayon-like tip that provide a more accurate application than a regular lipstick. All three come in a variety of shades (Revlon Lip Butter has 20!) so you will definitely find a bold lip color that looks great!