5 DIY Beauty Treatments

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Whether you’re looking to go all-natural or looking to save some cash, going DIY can help you take some much-needed shortcuts to your regular beauty regimen. Check out these beauty treatments you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home!

 5 DIY Beauty Treatments

     1. Invigorating Super Fruit Face Mask- The superfruit fad has some truth to it; berries like newly-introduced Camu Camu berry are known to have extraordinary levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which powder-form distributor Amazon Origins says, “[the berry] has shown effectiveness in protecting cells against oxidation, inflammation, and UV damage.” 

In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of Amacari Camu Camu powder, 1 dessert spoon of raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of yogurt. Apply on face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then wash off.

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     2. Hair Growth Treatment- Often sold for hundreds, Indian hair is among the shiniest and healthy-looking, leaving women everywhere to seek methods to replicate its look naturally. Best way to do it? Using Indian spices.

Grab fresh curry leaves and coconut oil, boil together until the black residue starts forming, then harvest this residue and apply it to your hair. Using this treatment twice a week can help replenish your hair, help it grow more quickly, and even fight discoloration.

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     3. Teeth Whitening Solution- Your best accessory is your smile, but why spend time and money when whitening can be done at home- check out this quick and easy method.

Put a drop of toothpaste into a small cup, then add one teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon water. Thoroughly mix, then brush teeth for two minutes. Repeat this process once a week until you have reached desired results. Once you’ve reached you’re satisfied with your teeth whitening results, limit the whitening treatment to once every month or two.

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     4. Sugar Foot Scrub- Soothe those aching feet and get them looking their best for less using ingredients right from your kitchen shelf.

In a bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar (regular white or brown sugar), 1/2 tsp of your oil of choice (almond, olive and coconut work great), and 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil. Once mixed, apply generously to feet and scrub.

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     5. Brittle Nail Treatment- Strengthen your brittle nails before your next salon visit using the raw protein from eggs and the skin-soothing properties of honey.

In a bowl, mix 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon water (optional: add a few drops of fragrance oil for a more pleasant smell). Dip fingernails into concoction and let soak for 10 minutes, then rinse off.

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5 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

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We can all use a little help simplifying our morning routines.  Sometimes, all you have is a few minutes to get out the door.  Fortunately, with these simple and easy hairstyles, minutes are all you need to whip your hair into shape!  Try one of these ideas and you’ll look great in no time flat.

 

1. Knot a Ponytail

Step up the always go-to style – the ponytail – by adding just a little something. Simply gather your hair into a ponytail at the base of the neck, separate it into two pieces, tie them into two knots toward the base, and secure hair after the knots with a clear elastic band.

 

2. Reverse with a Twist

This is the perfect style when you need your hair in an up-do, quickly. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head, then twist it repeatedly while pulling the hair up toward the crown of your head.  Secure on the top of your head with a clip, leaving the ends free for a slightly messy look.

 

3. Bun in a Hurry

Here’s a classic style that looks polished, but only takes five minutes. Twist your hair on the sides, pulling them back into a ponytail with an elastic band.  Twist the ponytail while wrapping it around in a circle, for a bun shape, then tuck the end and pin into place.

 

4. Beachy Waves

This is an easy way to add some style, while still leaving your hair down. Divide your hair into two sections.  Twist each portion of hair and secure the ends with elastic bands. Take your flat iron and run it over both sections of hair a few times.  Release the hair from the twists, and use your fingers to smooth hair into place.

 

5. Overlapping Half Up

To mimic the look of a braid in half the time, go with this hairstyle.  Grab a small section of hair on each side of your face. Pull the right side over the left side of the head and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same to the left side, putting it on the right side and pinning in place.  Repeat this as many times as you want to get the desired look.  Leave the rest of your hair down and straight.

 

Looking for more easy hair ideas?  Try these No-Heat Hairstyles!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

6 Ponytails

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The quick cure for any bad hair day is always a ponytail. But just because it is a quick fix, doesn’t mean it can’t also add some serious style to your look. Here are 6 ponytails that are sure to look great. They might just become your go to look no matter what kind of day.

 

Inside Out Ponytail

This is the average ponytail with a twist. Gather hair back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band an inch or so lower on the ponytail than normal. Separate the hair right above the elastic band in half, and flip the ponytail through.

 

Side Lace Braid Ponytail

This creates a beautiful and romantic look. Plus is keeps all the hair out of your face, showing your face clearly. Start with braiding the front section of the hair, keeping the braid to one side of your head. Gather all the rest of the hair into a low ponytail and secure the ponytail and the braid with an elastic band.

 

Cute Headband with a Ponytail

This works best with a thin fabric material or elastic headband. It makes a memorable statement, and could even be used in formal occasions. Place the headband at the front of your hair, and tease the hair at the crown to add some volume. Draw the hair back low at the nape of the neck with an elastic band. Take a small piece of hair, wrap it around the band securing the ponytail to hide it, and pin the ends of the piece of the hair underneath.

 

Half Ponytail

This is an up-do style with only half the commitment. Start by adding soft curls to the hair. Pull the sides and top of the hair back and secure at the crown. Leave the rest of the hair down for volume and style.

 

French Braid Ponytail

This is a simple, but classic look. Create a French braid with your hair starting at the top and secure it at the bottom of the braid with an elastic band. Leave the ponytail portion of the hair unbraided.

 

Twisted Ponytail

This works best on long hair, and is perfect for keeping all strands of hair secure. Pull hair into a high ponytail with an elastic band. Pull a strand of hair over the band, and secure the ends underneath, to hide the elastic band. Twist the ponytail and secure it every couple inches with an elastic band. Clear elastic bands look best with this.

 

Looking for more great ideas for hair? Try these 5 No-heat Hairstyles.

 

Featured image via Popular Haircuts.

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother,  a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

8 DIY Summer Skin Care Treatments

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Don’t neglect your skin through the summer months!  Establishing a tried and true skin care routine is important, and should vary by season due to changing climates and temps.  Summer can take a toll on skin with warm, dry weather and lots of sun.  You can easily add some pep to your skin care with some easy do-it-yourself treatments.  Whether you need some sunburn relief, some extra moisture in dry environments or just want to spruce yourself up with a fun new mask, here’s an awesome list of DIY Summer skin care treatments that you won’t want to miss!

 

1. Avocado Mega Moisture Mask – The Beauty Department 

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Avocado is an amazing moisturizer for dry skin and has even been known to fight acne in some cases.  Some avocado mask recipes help to reduce oily skin symptoms as well.  For even more avocado facial mask recipes, try Tips For Natural Beauty.

 

2.  Strawberry Honey Acne Mask - Beauty Banter

Strawberry is a natural source of salicylic acid and honey contains antibacterial properties.  There’s a touch of honey in this as well, which is a known astringent and also brightens skin tone.  This mask works great for naturally oily or acne-prone skin.

 

3. Lemon and Witch Hazel Skin Brightening Toner – Shwin and Shwin

Lemon juice tightens skin, reduces blemishes and lightens/brightens skin.  Witch hazel is anti-inflammatory and will reduce redness.  This DIY toner will reduce pore size as well as brightening your skin.  It works best with normal to dry skin.

 

4. Cucumber Basil Eye Cooling Pads – Shwin and Shwin

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There’s a long list of benefits to the two main ingredients in these DIY eye cooling pads.  Not least among them: reducing puffiness and dark circles, relieving eye strain, swelling prevention and reducing the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.  These are so easy to whip up you’ll want to cool your eyes all summer long – so perfect when allergies start acting up.

 

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The cucumber in this toner is perfect for soothing puffy-feeling skin.  It’s a natural astringent and will calm, soothe and soften your skin right up.  It’s a nice, mild toner that can be used with all skin types.

 

6. DIY Easy Sunscreen - Scratch Mommy

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Store bought sunscreens boast a variety of chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients.  Do away with all the unnecessary additives and make your own!  Not only will you know exactly what went into it, but this recipe has needed vitamins for healthy skin, and is loaded with natural softening and moisturizing conditioners.

 

7. Natural Sunburn Relief Tonic – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

What’s the benefit to making your own tonic?  It’s natural, loaded with good stuff, and is toxin-free.  If you’ve got a widespread sunburn, tonic may be the way to go as opposed to a cream or gel since you can easily spritz it all over your body.  Plus, with this DIY recipe, you can spritz as often as needed!

 

8. DIY Sunburn Relief Cream – The Nourished Life

This is seriously easy to whip up with minimal ingredients.  It’s all natural with no toxins, too, an added plus!  It’s basically a mix of coconut oil, lavender essential oil and valor essential oil blend.  With these ingredients you’ve got everything you need for sunburn relief: moisture, calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and pain relief.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

7 Hot Beach Hairdos

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Going swimming with your family and friends during the summer is a lot of fun, but looking at photos of yourself with messy and wet hair isn’t as thrilling. Try these 7 beach hairdos and look stylish even when soaking wet. Take a few minutes to do your hair before you jet off to the beach or pool and you’ll look great all day long!

 

1. French braid on the front, ponytail in the back

This swimming hairstyle is fairly easy to do and will look great on everyone. Most hair lengths will work just fine with this ‘do. First, section off your hair on the top and make a french braid along the side. Then pull back your hair into a ponytail (as seen on Fitbie) or a low, messy bun.

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2. A few thin braids around the face, keep hair down

If you prefer to keep your hair down when swimming, keep it stylish with a few thin braids to frame out your face. You could do two thin braids at the front, off to one side, or braid a section in front of each ear like Brooklyn Decker does here in People Magazine .

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3. Side fishtail braid

This swimming hairdo featured on Stylezza is easy to do and looks good even when messy, making it a good choice for long days spent at the beach with the wind and sand blowing through your hair.

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4. Cornrows

Cornrows (as seen below on Daily Hairstyles) is a popular swimming hairdo, and for good reason. They keep hair off your face, stay neat for a long time, and can be done with any hair type. Yep, braids make the best beach hairdos.

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5. Headband and a messy bun

Keep it simple with a cool headband and a messy bun. This will help protect your hair from the sun and wind, but you’ll have to remove the headband before swimming and put it on again when you get out of the water. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to put on. Check out this tutorial by Keiko Lynn to learn how! Or keep it simple and grab a colorful headband that you can just put on without any fuss. You could try adding some bobby pins to help it stay on while you swim.

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6. Low chignon

With a low chignon, you’ll look stylish even when your hair is soaking wet. I like to add a side part to my low chignon, but do what looks best on you. Add some earrings and you’ll go from pool-ready to party-ready in a few seconds. Check out this beautiful chignon from The Small Things Blog.

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7. A hat!

This isn’t exactly a hairstyle, but it’ll do in a pinch. Don’t wear just any old hat, though. Wear a colorful and sporty baseball cap, which goes great with a bikini. Try a cowboy hat or a cool fedora. An extra large beach hat is always a classic, like this one from Ali Express, along with big black sunglasses.

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I hope you’re as inspired by these beach hairdos as I am! I think I’ll be rocking the braid in the front and ponytail in the back for most of the summer. What about you? What beach hairdos do you turn to for a long day of water fun?

For more hair ideas, try these 5 No-Heat Hairstyles!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image courtesy of Keiko Lynn.

How to Make Hair Grow Faster

Whether you’re trying to grow out a bad haircut or just want a little extra length, here is some advice from a few of my favorite hair stylists on how to make your hair grow faster.

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9 Secrets to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

1. Eat healthy food.

A healthier body means healthier hair, and when your hair is healthy, it grows well and is less prone to breakage. Quality input means quality output, right? A diet rich in fruits and veggies, healthy fats and proteins, and necessary vitamins and nutrients will keep your hair in the best possible shape.

 

2. Drink lots of water.

Again, if you keep your body healthy, it will show in your hair. Staying hydrated is important, so keep a water bottle close by and drink up.

 

3. Take vitamins.

If you are eating a well-balanced diet, chances are good that your vitamin needs are being met. Still, many women swear by taking prenatal vitamins or biotin supplements to make hair grow faster. It’s all about ensuring that your body has the fuel it needs to be as healthy as possible. (Just be mindful that it is possible to overdose on certain vitamins and cause your body–and your hair–more damage than good.)

 

4. Use the right shampoo and conditioner.

Harsh cleansers can dry your hair and cause it to break more easily. And your conditioner may not be as moisturizing as you think, despite what the packaging says. Before purchasing shampoo or conditioner, find out what’s in them. Look for products that do not contain sulfates or alcohols. The best conditioners will include oils such as jojoba, cocoa, shea, or avocado at the top of the list of ingredients.

 

5. Don’t wash your hair as often.

This can be a tough one, especially if your hair tends to be greasy and/or limp. But the more you wash your hair, the more likely you are to be stripping it of necessary oils and damaging the protective cuticle. Try not washing it one day a week to start; aim for washing every other day or even less frequently. (And remember that dry shampoo can be a life saver on those in between days!)

 

6. Avoid heat.

Blow drying, curling, straightening…heat can be extremely damaging to your hair. And when the goal is to make hair grow faster, deliberately ruining it is probably not a great idea! Cut back on how much you use your styling tools, and use a lower heat setting when you do use them.

 

7. Avoid harsh chemicals and dyes.

A friend of mine was just bemoaning the fact that her beautifully highlighted hair was starting to break off near her scalp. Her color was great, but the stubby chunks of hair made her question whether it was worth it to stay quite so blonde. It’s best for your hair to avoid dyes altogether, but let’s be realistic: playing with colors, hiding grays, and adding highlights can be great for your confidence! If you do dye your hair, be sure to use gentle, color-safe shampoos and extremely moisturizing conditioners (see tip #4) to help counteract the damage from all those chemicals.

 

8. Get regular trims.

This might seem counter-intuitive, since cutting it frequently won’t actually help make hair grow faster. It will seem to grow faster, though. Regular trims keep split ends in check and helps you avoid that growing-out-an-awkward-haircut look. Not cutting your hair for a year will certainly give you more length, but if the ends look rough and damaged or your layers are awkward and shaggy, your long hair is not going to be nearly as pretty as you imagined.

 

9. Know your limits.

All hair is not created equal. Curly or straight, oily or dry, thick or fine, voluminous or flat, dark or fair…your hair type will be the ultimate determining factor in how long it can grow. Some hair types just break more easily than others, so shorter cuts work better. Other hair types get tangled and difficult to manage, making long hair impractical. Know yourself. Be honest about how much effort you are willing to put into maintaining long hair.

Regardless of what kind of hair you have, you should do what you can to keep it healthy and beautiful. But don’t expect it to be something it’s not. If waist-length beachy waves are not realistic for you, then rock that  pixie cut or mass of ringlets and know that you look fantastic.

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.

DIY Spa-Style Sugar Scrub

3 Step Spa-Style Sugar Scrub Recipe via Tipsaholic

It’s never too early to start thinking about your holiday gift list. This year, why not consider a handmade holiday? It’s not as hard as you think. For instance, a sugar scrub, quickly and easily made from all-natural ingredients right in your own kitchen, makes a thoughtful, inexpensive gift for teachers, friends, coworkers – anyone who would appreciate a pampering, spa-style treatment. If you can measure and stir, you can make this soothing, fragrant sugar scrub.

3 Step Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe via Tipsaholic

Step 1: What You’ll Need

To make three half-pint canning jars’ worth of scrub, you’ll need

  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • essential oil in your favorite fragrance (I like peppermint especially for the holidays)
  • food coloring (a few drops of red for peppermint, blue for lavender, yellow for lemon, etc. – use your imagination!)
  • a mixing bowl and spoon
  • half-pint canning jars

If you have enough jars, feel free to double or triple the “recipe.”

 

Step 2: Mix It Up

Place the sugar in a mixing bowl and slowly add the almond oil, starting with 1/4 cup, stirring until the mixture reaches a consistency you like. Add a few drops of the essential oil and a few drops of food coloring (start with a just a little first, as you don’t want it to be too dark) and blend.

 

Step 3: Package It

Pack the sugar scrub into jars, pressing down a bit with the back of a spoon. Apply ribbon and labels or whatever embellishment you’ve chosen to give your jars a festive, handmade touch.

Now you’re ready to give your handmade spa scrub!

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

10 Cold Weather Layering Essentials

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Think fashion ends with the frigid temps? It can definitely be difficult to stay fashion forward when you’re more concerned about frostbite!  Even though your needs change with the weather, your day-to-day style doesn’t have to freeze. A few wardrobe staples will warm things up and get your fashion back on its feet. Here are 10 cold weather layering essentials to get you through the winter months.

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1) Skinny Jeans

Why you need them:  A nice pair of jeans is that clothing item a closet simply can’t do without. Plus, skinnies fit so close to the body that there are no inconvenient gaps or wide legs for cold air to blow into.

How to wear them: Choose a go-with-anything color, dark blue or black, and they’ll go with any other color. Dress them up or down — tuck them into dressy or casual boots with a sweater, toss on a pair of flats, a t-shirt and cropped jacket for a lunch date or pair with a drapey top, heels and statement earrings for a night out.

2) Cashmere Sweater

Why you need it: It’s a super soft, warm staple that can mesh with almost any bottom — skirts, printed trousers, skinnies or leather pants.  It can make you appear pulled together in an almost preppy way.

How to wear it: Choose a neutral color — gray, beige, nude, camel or navy are no-fail options. A crew neck that is slightly fitted and hits at your waist is perfect for layering with just about anything. Try it over a collared oxford shirt, chambray button down, soft cotton t, long blousey top,  or under a blazer.

3) Super Thin Long Sleeve T

Why you need it: It’s a great way to easily add a bold color to your outfit. It comes in handy in nearly any season.

How to wear it: Put it under a chunky knit sweater with slacks or jeans. Layer under v or crew neck cashmere sweaters.  Add warmth by wearing under a sweater dress.

4) Chambray Button Down

Why you need it: It’s this year’s replacement for the common white button down.

How to wear it: A chambray shirt in a light color and classic cut will work well with almost anything. Dress it down with dark skinnies and a bulky open sweater. Dress it up with a maxi skirt and 3/4 sleeve blazer.

5) Bright Coat

Why you need it: During cold months the first (and sometimes ONLY) thing people see will be your outerwear. Make it fun! A bright pop of color is eye catching and makes a statement. It can also be the perfect piece to complement a neutral-toned outfit.

How to wear it: Over everything!  Make sure to throw on a scarf with a great print.

6) Knee-High Boots

Why you need them: They keep you warm and dry while making nearly any outfit chic.

How to wear them: Leather or suede boots in black, brown or tan are perfect worn with almost any other color. They’re great for tucking in your skinny jeans, leggings or printed straight leg pants, but are awesome paired with tights and skirts as well. The sky’s the limit as far as options here — flat styles are perfect for casual looks while stacked heel versions amp up your outfit. Buckles, fringe cuffs, zippers and laces — when done right — can add a lot of texture and interest. Straight and sleek or slouchy versions are both in style.

7) Knit Sweater Dress

Why you need it: It’s a cozy option for when you’re sick of pants.

How to wear it: Form-fitting styles are more dressy, while there are also more laid-back versions for casual wear. Layer it up — wear tights or leggings, throw on a bulky infinity scarf, wear a blazer or fitted jacket to the waist. Pair your dress with knee-high boots.

8) Printed Scarf

Why you need it: There’s really no better way to add color and texture to a winter outfit. Bright, vibrant colors and fun patterns lend interest while keeping you warm. Plus, they’re a relatively inexpensive way to update your outfits.

How to wear it: When tucked into a winter coat it completes a look, while layered over bulky sweaters or long-sleeved button downs it can boost style-factor. What’s more, you can get scarves in nearly any print, color and “feeling” — from whimsical and cute polka dots, to super trendy chevron, to artsy and free-form “watercolor” type styles, to the classic and chic animal print.

9) Tuxedo Blazer

Why you need it: It’s a great cold-weather coat alternative that’s dressy and modern. It’s not as masculine as a boyfriend blazer and looks more polished than a leather jacket. When a casual bulky sweater won’t do, this jacket goes the distance.   

How to wear it: Pair it with a gown for uber dressy occasions. Wear it with a blouse and shorts or a skirt. Wear matching slacks and make it a suit!

10) Leather Skirt

Why you need it: Leather is perfect for cold weather – it keeps you super toasty while looking sophisticated and sleek.

How to wear it: A leather skirt in black or brown can be paired with all different hues and styles of tops — from blousey to fitted, long to cropped. Put on a long sleeved t and a fitted, pull-over sweater for a casual feel.  Wear a flowy, sheer blouse and a blazer for dinner out. Leather skirts are so popular now that you can find them in an array of styles — from mini to midi, straight and elongating, a-line, pleated, etc. There’s a leather look for everyone with any body type!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Secrets for Radiant Winter Skin

It’s no secret — winter is murder on soft, supple skin. Turn the heater on, and instantly your skin is robbed of natural moisture — which results in tight, uncomfortable, painfully dry skin on face, hands and feet. Worse yet, it can lead to flaking, cracking and even eczema in some extreme instances. It’s a harsh reality, but cold weather months are not skin-friendly, and it’s time to FACE it so we can take back our glow!

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10 secrets for radiant winter skin - Tipsaholic.com

1.  See a specialist

Truth is, you won’t find skin experts at your local department store. When faced with aisles upon aisles of shelf after shelf of products, it’s hard to know what you’re looking at, let alone what you should be looking for. A dermatologist or esthetician can analyze your skin type, help with your current skin care regimen and give you the skinny on what skin care products you should use. You don’t have to go high-end, but after consulting an expert, you’ll know what ingredients to look for and which to avoid.

2. More moisturizer 

Just because a moisturizer works for you in the summertime, doesn’t mean it will be enough in the winter. Your skin’s needs change with the harsher weather, so you’ll likely need to change your skin care routine. Instead of water-based moisturizers, find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based which will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Choose an appropriate oil for facial use, though. Look for “non clogging” oils. Avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil or almond oil are all good ingredients to look for. You can also look for lotions containing “humectants,” a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

3. Keep using sunscreen

Sun protection isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside for a long time.

4. Protect your hands

The skin on your hands is thinner than other parts of the body and has fewer oil glands, so it’s much harder to keep them moisturized. Be sure to wear gloves when you go outside, and avoid wet gloves at all costs (keep an extra pair in your purse). Moisturize overnight with a thick layer of oil-based moisturizer and wear cotton gloves or socks over your hands to keep the lotion from rubbing off.

5. Break out the humidifier

Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Small humidifiers, like the Crane Warm Mist Humidifier, can be placed throughout your home — in areas with the highest traffic — to create a better environment for your skin.

6. Limit facial masks

If your face is uncomfortably dry, skip the harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents. They will strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are deeply hydrating rather than clay-based. Use all masks less often.

7. Skip the super hot bath

Of course the best way to battle the outdoor temps is to take a scalding shower, but the intense heat actually breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, which leads to a loss of moisture. Water in general can actually be somewhat drying in the winter months. Skip your super hot shower and opt instead for warm shower temps for a shorter amount of time.

8. Don’t forget to exfoliate

Exfoliation is an important part of your skin care regimen. Exfoliating rubs away dull, dry or dead skin cells and helps to prevent clogged pores. Use a gentle exfoliant without harsh chemicals or alcohol. Fruit and vegetable based exfoliants are best.

9. Hydrate from the inside out

Although the idea that drinking more water will automatically give your winter skin a healthy glow and prevent it from cracking and tightening, those who are dehydrated will feel the benefit of water consumption, even in their skin. A normal 10-12 glasses a day will keep you healthy, inside and out. Flaxseed oil can help from the inside out, as well.

10. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Once you’ve moisturized your hands, feet and face, don’t think the task is complete. You’ll want to continue to re-moisturize throughout your day, instead of simply in the morning and at night as you may normally do.

Below you’ll find links to some DIY skin care products that can help retain that soft, radiant skin:

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

The Best Tips for Winter Hair Care

The winter months can take a toll on your hair. To help you out, here are our seven best tips for winter hair care.
Best Tips for Winter Hair Care

 

7 best tips for winter hair care

Go longer between washings.

Daily shampooing tends to dry your hair out, which means more frizz and more dandruff in the low humidity of winter. Try using a dry shampoo in-between washings if you feel you can’t go without.

 

Lukewarm water is best.

When you do need to wash, take this into consideration: the hot water may feel good on your cold skin, but it’s drying out your hair! Bring the water temperature down to lukewarm (or cool if you can tolerate it) when you wash.

 

Condition, condition, condition!

Invest in a good conditioner and use it at each washing, concentrating on the ends of your hair where static and frizz tend to be the worst. A leave-in conditioner like this one can help keep static to a minimum throughout the day.

 

Avoid the iron.

Hot straighteners and curling irons (and even blow dryers) burn the already minimal moisture right out of your hair. Take advantage of braid and bun hairstyles if you don’t like the way your hair looks without the tools or use a heat protectant spray before you iron.

 

Spend time on extra moisturizing.

Consider adding oils that are good for you hair into your washing regimen. If you’re not up to buying hair-specific products, coconut oil, almond oil, and avocado oil are great alternatives. This tutorial at How Does She is a great example of one way to do an oil treatment for healthier tresses.

 

Treat your hair with a mask.

A great way to spend a Sunday night is taking care of yourself to gear up for the week ahead. A once-weekly hair mask is the perfect beauty solution for hair that has been through the mill. Try one of these simple homemade hair masks from Beauty High.

 

Wrap it up.

Consider wrapping your hair before bed each night if you still struggle with frizz during the day. A silk scarf tied neatly around your locks will keep moisture in rather than sucking it out. You might also consider switching to a silk pillowcase, as the common cotton variety draws moisture away from your hair as you sleep.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

5 No Heat Hairstyles

no heat haristyles

 

In case you haven’t heard, no heat hairstyles are becoming increasingly popular. It’s common knowledge that using any type of heat to style your hair is damaging. But you don’t have to show up with the same, undone, hair everyday just because you’re trying to avoid head. No heat hairstyles can look just as great as those that use heat tools.

5 No Heat Hairstyles

Braids
There are so many fun and different braids to choose from. French braid, fishtail braid, side braid, milkbraid, the possibilities are endless and there are thousands of tutorials out there.

Buns & Topknots
One of the quickest no heat hairstyles is the bun, also know as the topknot. These can be done to look professional and neat for work or messy and quirky for lunch with your girlfriends. Want to add a little extra personality? Add flowers or rhinestone encrusted bobby pins.

No Heat Curls
There are so many different ways to curl hair without heat. One favorite is to simply divide your hair into about four sections (depending on your hairs thickness and length) and twist it until it starts to curl onto itself. Secure it with pins or clips, sleep on it and in the morning ta-da: no heat curls!

Go Natural
There’s nothing wrong with wearing your hair natural. Whether you have gorgeous curls or sleek straight hair, going with your natural look can look just as good as any other style. Add a little product specifically made to tame or enhance our hairtype and you’re good to go.

Ponytails
When you think of a ponytail, you think of the typical slicked back, get this hair our of my face ponytail. However, just like braids there are several types of ponytails. Low, side ponytails or a ponytail combined with some no-heat curls can jazz up any boring hair styling routine.

Author: Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.

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10 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

10 ways to use coconut oil

Coconut oil is so popular these days, thanks to its multitude of uses. Sure, you can cook and bake with it, but you can also use it for beauty purposes and even for home improvement. Read to find out about 10 different coconut oil uses.

10 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is becoming more and more popular these days and for good reason. It is a great cooking oil that can withstand high heat and lends a light coconut flavor to your meat and vegetables. It can also replace vegetable oils in your baking recipes. But did you know that coconut oil can be used for so many other things that are unrelated to food? Read on to find out about 10 different coconut oil uses that you can try!

 

1. Use coconut oil as a deep conditioner.

Your hair will be rehydrated when you use coconut oil as a natural deep conditioner, which means less hair damage and frizz. Those who have tried this use for coconut oil report that their hair came out softer, smoother, and not oily at all.

Start with damp hair. Put some coconut oil on your hair (the amount depends on how long and thick your hair is) and wrap a warm towel around your hair. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for at least an hour. Then shampoo and condition your hair.

Other coconut oil uses for hair include using it as a hair gel, a frizz fighter, and a dry-end treatment.

 

2. Moisturize your skin with coconut oil.

Skip the lotion and use coconut oil to moisturize your skin. After showering, spread coconut oil all over your skin to moisturize it. Although coconut oil is solid at room temperature, leaving your container of the oil in the bathroom as you take a hot shower will soften it sightly. Your skin will be warm after showering, which will help the coconut oil to liquefy.

Coconut oil also helps reduce wrinkles and stretch marks. Some people use coconut oil as a night cream on their face. You can even use coconut oil as an eye cream if you mix it with the liquid from vitamin E capsules (3 capsules with 1 oz. of coconut oil).

 

3. Whiten your teeth with coconut oil.

Mix coconut oil with baking soda to form a paste that you can easily put on your toothpaste. Brushing your teeth with coconut oil will leave your teeth looking whiter and cleaner. You’ll also get that smooth feeling on your teeth that you get after visiting the dentist.

 

4. Try coconut oil as a shaving cream.

Spread a small amount of coconut oil on your legs and then shave them with a razor. You’ll get a smooth shave and end up with moisturized legs afterwards without the need of a lotion application.

 

5. Use coconut oil as a head lice treatment.

Forget the chemical-laden lice shampoo and reach for coconut oil the next time your kids get a bad case of head lice. Massage a small amount of coconut oil on the hair and use a louse detection comb to remove as much lice and eggs as you can. Shampoo the hair and then add as much coconut oil as necessary to completely coat the hair. Leave it in for at least 12 hours and comb through the hair again. Repeat as necessary and you’ll be lice-free without any need for toxic chemicals!

 

6. Warm up coconut oil and use it as a massage oil.

Coconut oil smells really nice and it’s all natural, making it a great choice for massage oil. Just warm it up slightly in a pot beforehand and be sure to lay down towels so you don’t stain your sheets.

As a bonus, the coconut oil will moisturize your skin as your muscles get massaged. And you’ll smell like a tropical bikini model afterwards!

 

7. Put coconut oil on bug bites.

Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties comes in handy when you’re suffering from millions of mosquito bites this summer. A little bit of coconut oil on your bug bites will reduce the pesky itchy feel and help it heal without scarring. Plus, coconut oil reduces your risk for infection.

You can also prevent any future bites by mixing coconut oil with peppermint oil and using it as an insect repellent.

 

8. Use coconut oil as a diaper cream.

Instead of buying a tube of diaper cream, slather coconut oil on your baby’s bum to treat and prevent diaper rash. It works well with all kinds of diaper rash, including the dreaded yeast rash. Parents have reported that the coconut oil heals the skin quickly and, as long as it is used every third diaper, is very effective at preventing diaper rash.

What’s more, it’s safe to use coconut oil with cloth diapers.

 

9. Put coconut oil on your feet.

As discussed earlier, coconut oil is great at moisturizing your skin. Thus, it makes sense to use it on your feet to make them soft and smooth. But that’s not the only reason to put coconut oil on your feet — it can also be used to treat athlete’s foot and other foot fungus issues. Just spread the oil on your feet every night and put on socks as you sleep and you’ll see a difference in your feet.

 

10. Use coconut oil to refinish your wood furniture.

So far, we’ve discussed the different ways to use coconut oil for beauty purposes, but the miracle oil can also be used on your furniture!

Dry and worn out wood furniture will look better after a coat of coconut oil applied with a microfiber cloth. It hides imperfections, scratches, and other imperfections. The oil hydrates the wood and brings out its natural color. It’s also great at removing strange odors from old furniture.

 

Whew, that’s a lot of uses for coconut oil! You’ll probably be able to free up some space in your home by replacing several products with only one jar of coconut oil.

For more tips on improving your health, check out 7 Easy Ways to Increase Your Metabolism.

 “I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!