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Those dull, dry chapped lips…a thing of the past! We found this wonderful DIY lip treatment, that will bring back the “kiss” for your kissable lips and all you have to do is head over to your kitchen and/or grocery store, mix these ingredients and then tackle “the chap”…head on.  Here are two solutions, depending on how bad the damage is.  If only there were chocolate in them…

Pretty Sweet (Lightweight Formula)

One teaspoon Brown Sugar

One teaspoon Honey

One teaspoon Olive Oil or Petroleum Jelly

Mix the brown sugar and honey together to create a paste and thickly coat your lips.  Leave it on for a few minutes then start gently scrubbing with your finger until all the dead skin has been buffed off.  Immediately dab on olive oil or lip balm to moisturize.

Oh So Coco (Extra Moisture Formula)

One teaspoon Sea Salt 

One teaspoon Coconut Butter or Coconut Oil (available at your local health food store)

Mix the two together then pat on your lips and gently scrub in circular motion until it’s as smooth as a baby’s…

Now your lipstick/gloss will glide on as it should!  Repeat daily until you feel your old pout is back.

XO

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For full lips go for a glossy look. Try first outlining the perimeter of your lips using a concealer brush dipped in bronzer two shades deeper than your skin tone. Then, top pout with gold, peach, or coral gloss.
 

XO

OUR TOP 10 DO IT YOURSELF BEAUTY TIPS

SOME TRIED-AND-TRUE BEAUTY TIPS WE’VE PICKED UP ALONG THE WAY…

  1. Use a cotton ball or pad soaked in waterproof eye-makeup remover to get rid of that perfect red stained lip, says London-based M.A.C makeup artist Emily Mergaert. It’s gentle on your skin and takes away all signs of your favourite cherry-coloured lipstick. When finished, remember to apply lip conditioner.
  2. If you used a fake tanner last night for some added glow and now you want it gone, try Le Tan Self Tan Remover instead of a scrub. Scrubs may make your skin a bit spotty.
  3. When spritzing your signature perfume, stick to spraying just your neck, your wrist and behind your knees. These hot spots are pulse points and the fragrance will last longer.
  4. Noticing bad split ends in between haircuts? Hide them by using a curling iron on your ends, suggests Tina Webster, hair stylist.  The heat will help smooth them out.
  5. No matter what age, using a face cream around your delicate eye area is ok, just make sure it doesn’t contain glycolic acid and/or salicylic acid, as anything acidic is usually too harsh for thin skin. Even better? Invest in a good eye cream. When choosing an eye cream look for ingredients that help combat darkness, such as vitamin K which helps diminish bruising and Hydroquinone which helps lighten dark spots on the skin, or that have firming ingredients, such as vitamin C, which helps stimulate collagen, bringing out a firmer, younger looking complexion.
  6. It is recommended that you wash your brushes every week, and any time you change products, to avoid bacteria buildup.  “Wash them with shampoo for non-colour treated hair, rinse and lay flat to dry.”
  7. If your skin tends to become bumpy after shaving, try to shave at the end of your shower as the warm water will help open up your pores and will make your hair softer. Also, keep in mind that exfoliation is key, especially if you wax, or sugar. This will help prevent ingrown hairs and help keep your skin smooth and glowy. Use a natural loofah or a body mitt.
  8. If dark nail polish has stained you nails try rubbing a lemon peel on the spot. Also, always use a base coat when doing your nails at home. This is the best way to keep them healthy if you polish them often.
  9. Never use heat on hair without product, says Webster. FrontRow recommends Thermal Protector For Weak & Damaged Hair. Apply to strands before blow-drying your hair, but be careful to use only a drop or two, or your hair will feel weighed down and oily.
  10. A girl should never go without a jar of Vaseline, especially during the dry winter months. Use it to keep your lips, hands and even feet (try slathering it on your toes, then putting on a pair of fluffy socks before you go to bed) from becoming super chapped. Keep a small bottle in your bag and one by your bed. For DIYer’s, Vaseline is also perfect for stopping dark hair dyes from staining your skin. Just apply around the hairline, ears, neck, etc.

When it comes to your beauty routine, it’s natural to pick up a bad habit or two. While it’s not the end of the world if you slip up once in a while, repeating the same mistakes over and over is considered poor hygiene and can potentially lead to skin irritations, eye infections or breakouts.

1. Sleeping with makeup on
Damone ALWAYS reminds you to “take off all of your makeup before you go to sleep”. Neglecting to remove your makeup before bedtime is a big beauty no-no. It clogs your pores and can cause acne breakouts. Plus, if you do it repeatedly, your skin can look dull over time due to product buildup. 

To rectify this bad habit, he recommends that you hit the bathroom sink the moment you arrive home for the night, before you get too sleepy. "If you still can’t manage that, keep makeup remover wipes or even unscented baby wipes on your nightstand so you can do a quick wipe-off before you hit the sheets," he advises. 

2. Using dirty makeup brushes
Think about all of the surfaces your makeup brushes come in contact with: your face, your bathroom countertop and the inside of your makeup bag, to name just a few. Given that makeup brushes see a lot of places, they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from becoming bacteria magnets. 

"Eventually, if you continue to use the dirty brushes, they will irritate your skin and cause itching and burning eyes," says Tracey Peart, Makeup Artist. Using dirty brushes also impacts the look of your makeup: "The application won’t be as flawless. Dirty brushes make for streaky application," she says. 

Peart recommends cleaning your brushes once per week. “Wash them with water and liquid dish soap or shampoo once a week and lay them flat to dry,” she says. Proper brush care will also extend the lifespan of your brushes, saving you money since you won’t have to replace them as often.

3. Over-tweezing your brows
Brow maintenance is key to looking groomed and polished, but some women get carried away and pluck until they’re left with tadpole-like brows. “Many women start plucking and don’t know when to stop. They always think that ‘just one more’ and they’ll be perfect,” says Peart. 

This is not the case. Too much tweezing can completely change the look of your face. “If your brows are too thin, they can make your face look bigger and, most importantly, they can make you appear older than you are. Thicker eyebrows are much more youthful looking,” Damone says. 

To get a nice shape for your brows, try not to get too close to the mirror. If you get too up-close-and-personal it’s very easy to lose perspective of how much hair you’re removing.  Damone suggests booking an appointment at one of his salons in New York or Beverly Hills or going to see a Damone trained brow specialist in your city! 

To get the full picture, Peart recommends taking a few steps back from the mirror, and switching back and forth between brows so both your right and left brow get equal attention.

4. Improperly applying eyeliner
 Many women make the mistake of pulling their delicate eyelids too taut when drawing on eyeliner. Stretching the eyelid is bad because it causes fine lines and wrinkles, and can cause injury to the very thin skin around the eye. 

Instead, try this simple technique: Keep your eyelid closed and relaxed when drawing on your liner.  Don’t draw one continuous line; do short, even strokes all the way across the lid to get the most natural-looking line.

5. Touching your face
Touching your face throughout the day is something that most women do subconsciously, without even realizing it. 

Consistently touching your face encourages the transfer of dirt and oils from your fingertips onto your skin, which can clog your pores and cause breakouts.  Wear makeup! Wearing makeup often keeps us from touching our faces because we don’t want to smudge or make a mess of a fresh application.

6. Picking at blemishes
Blemishes are never flattering, but if squeezed, they can look even worse and leave permanent scars. Resist the urge to pick, and if you must get rid of a blemish, visit a professional esthetician who can gently extract whiteheads or blackheads. 

7. Using old makeup
Like most household items, makeup expires. Once the package is opened, makeup products become more susceptible to contamination, and can collect bacteria. 

These germs will not only cause blemishes and skin irritations, but if you apply old makeup around the eye area, they can cause eye infections,  Mascaras should be replaced every three to four months; foundations and lip products last around a year, and powder eye shadows and blushes can last up to two years. 

A good idea is to mark the date you opened it somewhere on the product – place a sticker on the bottom of the product, for instance – so you can keep tabs on how old it is. And remember: Never share your makeup with anyone. It’s just asking for cross-contamination and a host of skin troubles.

With just a few tweaks to your existing routine, you can nip any bad beauty behaviors in the bud, and be on your way to a safer and healthier beauty regimen in no time!

XO

Full of vitamin goodness
Kiwifruits or kiwis are full of vitamins and minerals, making them highly nutritious. They contain an abundent level of vitamin C that is even higher than that of oranges, as well as excellent levels of vitamins E and A. Their mineral content is exceptional too. The presence of a high concentration of potassium means this fruit has great healing qualities.  One kiwi contains 40 micrograms of antioxidant beta-carontene and fat soluble vitamin E.  Plus it is rich in phytonutrients that protect our cells against radical damage.

Good for cleansing
Apart from the antioxidant qualities, I found out that raw kiwis are particularly good to cleanse our skin because they contain an enzyme called actinidin, which works to dissolve protein based dead skin cells and dirt on the skin. This will help leave your skin fresh and clean. 

Using it as an exfoliating cleanser
It’s quite easy really.   Use a green kiwi for cleansing purposes.  All you have to do is  chop one into slices and then mash it into a pulp.   Apply to your face as a cleanser  or you can apply to your skin after you have cleansed and use it  more like an exfoliator by rubbing the pulp all over your face after washing.

Keep on the skin for a few minutes and then rinse and tone!  You should see any dead skin cells, cleared away!

More ways to use the kiwi
This exfoliating cleanser is rather easy to use.  Nothing too complicated.  But you may want to vary by adding kiwi to yogurt or honey as a face mask.  

Give it a whirl and let me know how it worked for you!

XO

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 This recipe is an improved version of the good ol’ lemon + yogurt mask, brought to you by the beauty gurus at EcoBeautySecrets. It’s good for lightening, evening and brightening the skin tone and getting rid of post-acne marks. And even if you’re happy with your sexy tan, you beach babe, you–this mask is still a nice occasional treat to keep your skin glowing and smooth.

First, Lemons + Yogurt Really Works
If you aren’t into overly complicated recipes like me, a yogurt and lemon facial mask is definitely one of your simplest and best bets for natural lightening and brightening facial mask. The combination is a gentle exfoliant and mild bleach. The problem, however, is that they also make the skin very sensitive to the sun. And I don’t think we want that, don’t we?

Matcha to the rescue!
Matcha green tea is high in polyphenols which can help protect the skin from UV damage. I’m not saying adding spoonfuls of matcha powder to your mask will give you the excuse to skip the sunscreen–never! But it will definitely help balance the lemon + yogurt mixture. And since matcha is high in anti-oxidants, not only does it carry anti-aging goodness into your lemon-yogurt facial mask, it also boosts its brightening power.

Preparation and Ingredients
For this recipe, you’ll only need a spoonful of yogurt, 1 or 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (whatever your skin can tolerate) and a teaspoon of matcha green tea. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and that’s it! Apply it on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes or just before the mask starts to fully dry. Wash with warm water and proceed with your normal skincare routine.

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How long does it take to see results?
If you do this mask at least 2-3x a week, you should be able to see some level of skin lightening and brightening by the end of the first month which is based on your skin’s 28-day renewal cycle. It’s advisable not to do this mask when you know you’ll be out in the sun a lot. In fact, I personally think it’s better to do it at night. And never forget to apply your sunscreen! 

Strawberries contain Salicylic Acid so they are particularly good for acne prone skin….  They are also natural skin brighteners because the acids remove the dead skin cells leaving you with brighter, smoother skin!  

What you’ll need:

2 TBSP Honey, Juice of 1 Small Lemon, 1/4 Cup Yogurt, 1/4 cup Mashed Strawberries

Squeeze your lemon into your mashed up strawberries. Your lemon is going to provide you with a chemical exfoliation…just like the strawberries.  It will also brighten your skin by removing dead skin cells!

Pour your honey into your mashed strawberries and lemon mixture.  Honey is a great natural moisturizer and it also has wonderful anti-bacterial properties.

Pour your yogurt into your mashed strawberry, lemon and honey mixture and stir until smooth.  Yogurt is going to supply your mask with even more anti-bacterial properties to rid your face of bacteria. Calcium is also thought to increase cell renewal.  If  you find that you would like your mask to be thicker…you can add a tablespoon of corn starch to bulk it up.  Your final product will look something like the picture above.

Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 10 minutes.  Rinse and then moisturize! Enjoy your skin!

XO

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Got clogged or enlarged pores?  This easy DIY Pore Strip will help minimize the look of your pores and unclog them.  Get a deep clean and a fresh face in 3 easy steps!

The mixture can also be spread across your entire face to create a pore-unclogging mask.

What you will need:

  • 1 packet of unflavored gelatine
  • 2 tbs of milk

Directions:
Mix the gelatin and milk together in a microwave safe dish. Microwave the mixture for 10 seconds and apply to face (you can use a facial brush or popsicle stick). Leave on for 15 minutes. Slowly peel off the pore strips and voila!

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To happy skin!

XO

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The Ultimate Sea Salt Body Scrub

Out with the old, in with the new!  This wonderful body scrub will exfoliate away all the dead and dry skin and reveal the smooth, soft skin that you know you have!

Makes multiple applications

1 cup course sea salt 
1/2 cup baby oil

Stir the ingredients together in a bowl and put into a screw top jar. 
Leave for 24 hours. 
Stir the mixture and apply to any areas of the body you wish to exfoliate. 
Massage into the skin for a few minutes then shower off. 
Pat your skin dry.




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Revitalizing Face Mask with Egg White, Cucumber and Avocado

Who doesn’t want a glowing, clear complexion!?  Today’s beauty tip of the day is a revitalizing mask that will rejuvenate your complexion and have people telling you that you are “glowing”!  Try it and let us know what people say to you! 

Makes 1 application

1/2 cup chopped cucumber 
1/2 cup chopped avocado 
1 egg white 
2 tsp. powdered milk

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until they form a smooth paste.
  • Apply the mask to your face and neck using circular upward movements.
  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, or until dry.
  • Rinse your face and neck with warm water and finish with a cold water rinse.
  • This mask will keep up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator if you need to prepare it slightly in advance.