DIY Coconut Scrub

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Why not start the new year with your brightest, freshest face? Along with the rest of the world, I have fallen in L O V E with the magical qualities of coconut oil! It’s super soft and nourishing and is a cheap, easy, natural fix for dry skin & damaged hair. Recently, I’ve been using coconut oil as a bi-weekly facial scrub. The results have been outstanding!! By mixing coconut oil with salt, I’ve seen my complexion even out and have eliminated the dry patches that used to drive me nuts! There are tons of options out there for purchase that combine the nutrient-rich qualities of coconut oil with the exfoliating element of a salt scrub, but why BUY when you can DIY? This option is beyond simple, and is super effective!

This is what you’ll need:
♥1/4 part pink himalayan salt (ideally… but table salt works just fine!)
♥1 part coconut oil at room temp

〉〉Just mix the salt with the coconut oil until evenly distributed & store in a cute, air-tight container! Use twice weekly by applying to your face and body in slow, circular motions. Wash off with warm water and love the results!

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What are your New Year’s beauty fixes?? Share below!

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Skincare Favorite: Boscia Black Mask

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The product: 
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

The purpose: A peel-off mask that serves as an at home brightening treatment

Why I love it: I’m obsessed with this mask for several reasons! First off, it’s jet black and totally awesome for scaring your fam / roomates. It also goes on creamy smooth, cooling your face in a spa-esque manner. The clay composition of the mask is interlaced with antioxidants that literally suck the imperfections from your skin. The mask gets so tight after the 25 minute period that you can’t even smile! My favorite part by far is taking it off though. The mask forms perfectly to your face, and as you peel, you feel dead skin and excess oil being pulled away (hoorah!). Double bonus? The Black Mask is made paraben, sulfate, GMO, & phthalate free!

Be careful… not to apply the mask too close to the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes! The clay really clings to your pores, and that soft skin can hurt while peeling off the mask!

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What is your favorite at home spa treatment or mask?? Comment below!

Blush + Lip Tint Supertrick

imageThe ever-asked question: if you had to leave the house wearing only one makeup product, what would it be?

For me, it’s a no-brainer. BLUSH. And not just blush… I guess this one’s kind of a cheat. I mean blush + blush turned lipstick.

This look is perfect for a Spring day in the sunshine! In my opinion, there’s nothing more feminine and charming than a soft pink cheek. The flush that a good blush provides brings an element of intrigue – suggesting something both guilty and playful. Good blush contouring is fun and, when done right, super-natural in an “I’m not wearing any makeup – my life always lends way to this flushed and fabulous look” kind of way ;)

Pair that with a lip stain to match your cheeky flush, and you’ve reached my all-time fave makeup look.

I actually came upon this genius idea by mistake. My favorite blush and lipgloss palate sit the blush and glosses way too close together, resulting in deposits of blush accumulating in all my light gloss colors! At first I was annoyed, but soon realized that the light pink lip glosses took on whatever color of blush I mixed into them! Genius mistake? Yes yes yes!!! Now I’m obsessed with this concept and do it on purpose all the time. As much as I love buying new lipsticks, this technique truly let’s you make your shades, customized to your needs and complexion. If you don’t have a spare nude lip palate lying around (umm, seriously? Who does?) I suggest mixing blush pigment into a tiny amount of Vaseline on the end of a Qtip. This keeps the integrity of your blush color perfectly and lets you make easy single use batches of lip stain! Just take some loose powder and mix with a tiny bit of vaseline and spread onto your lips.

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Next, I blush my cheeks like crazy. I like to use a loose powder blush because it lets me pick up just the right amount. My favorite is Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream.

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Not too much, of course, but don’t make the mistake of applying too little. Coming from a girl that turns tomato-red after only five minutes at the gym, I have the authority to claim that blush does look natural, even if you have a good amount of pigment sitting on your cheekbones.

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And voila! With one simple makeup product you’ve totally transformed your look, double-whammy style. Take that, you “I-won’t-leave-the-house-without-mascara” chicas.

Strawberry brown sugar face mask

A concoction that gets rid of dead skin cells and moisturizes all skin types to reveal soft, glowing skin! This pre-makeup regimen is excellent for use before an important evening out, revealing your most radiant skin!

What you’ll need:
-2 large strawberries, mashed
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1 tablespoon coconut oil

The how-to:
Combine the 3 ingredients in a small bowl and mix together until well blended. Wash you face with warm water to open pores, then scoop into your hands.

Apply mask to clean skin and leave on for 7 minutes. If the concoction is too goopy, just add more brown sugar until the mix sits comfortably on your face.

(WARNING: This stuff smells so good, you’ll feel like you put a dollop of grandma’s jelly on your face! I actually had to take a taste and the stuff is delicious.)

After 7 – 10 minutes has elapsed, rinse your face with cold water. The cold water will close your pores and leave your skin a soft, exfoliated base for your regular makeup routine!

This is also a great pre-bedtime regimen! If you plan to use before sleeping, wash the mask off your face using warm water (this will keep your pores open to absorb any pre-bedtime serums or creams), and then apply your night treatments as usual.

This is one of our favorite all-natural face treatments, and is safe to use daily! It’s a steal too – compares to Fresh Sugar Face Polish at $58 a pot!

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