3 DIY Treats For Happy Skin!

Hii beautifuls!

Okay, so we all have our bad skin days. Flaky lips, greasy faces, you know what I’m talking about. Gross, icky stuff that most of us have to deal with.

Soo, I wanted to share three feel-good skin yummies…that you can whip up with ingredients straight from your kitchen!

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First is a lovely honey lip-scrub to cure your flakey lips:

HONEY LIP SCRUB

Supplies: 

Organic honey

Granulated sugar 

Small container

Mixing tool

 Directions: 

Okay, so this is a very, very easy recipe. Add the two ingredients into a small container, and combine then with your mixing tool (I used a chopstick). After it turns into a paste-like consistency, it’s finished! You have a super-sweet lip scrub that gets the job done.

Also..it lasts for almost ever. Even kept at room temperature!

Second is a oatmeal-yogurt hydrating mask to soften your skin.

OATS ‘N YOGURT MASK:

Supplies: 

Quaker Oats (preferably rolled oats)

Organic honey

Organic plain yogurt

Bowl

Large mixing spoon

Directions: 

Mix your honey and plain yogurt in the bowl, and then add the oats. It’s okay to estimate how much of each ingredient you want…you don’t have to be super precise.

This mask has a lot of amazing benefits. Oats are a natural exfoliator that is also very soothing, honey is great for acne, sun damage, and is full of antioxidants, and yogurt contains enzymes and lactic acid to hydrate and sooth the skin.

You can put this mask on a sunburn, use it as a scrub, or use it as a cleanser. Whatever suits you.

Last but not least is a delicious cucumber toner to be a great refresher.

CUCUMBER TONER:

Supplies:

1-2 organic cucumbers

Witch hazel or rose water

Grater

Colander 

Bowl

Sterilized glass jar or bottle 

Directions: 

First off, grate your cleaned cucumber into a colander set directly over a bowl. Once grated, squeeze the grated cucumber to collect the juice. Measure the amount of juice you have, and add an equal amount of witch hazel/rose water to finish off your toner.

As soon as your finished, pour it in the bottle and store it in your fridge. (In my opinion, it’s best used when chilled!)

It keeps for up to ten days, and is really a treat for your skin. Cucumber is a natural soother, and contains a bunch of antioxidants for beautiful skin.

Anyway, that’s all for skin treats!

Special thanks to beautybanter.com, thechalkboardmag.com, and Michelle Phan for inspiring me to make these concoctions. ;}

I’m going to go and sit on the couch, eat a Snickers and watch Dumbo or something. ❤

ILY.

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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Hey my Curly-Fries! ❤

So, I bought this yesterday on a total impulse.

Ever since this came into stores, I’ve watched (and read) a million reviews on this stuff! I read every qualm, claim, complaint, and opinion. And I bought a tube of this stuff anyways, being same old ignorant Isabella.

So, anyway, it’s a cute product, right? You can’t deny the packaging.

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The packaging is a simple tube with pink bubble lettering, but I was a total sucker for it. It looks so fresh and pretty, right?

It reads exactly: “8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfecter.

1. Blurs imperfections

2. Enhances

3. Brightens

4. Adjusts to skin-tone

5. Smooths

6. Hydrates

7. SPF 30 protects

8. 0% oils and other heavy ingredients”

Okay, first off, I will address every single one of these claims.

When I put it on, it felt super light and…kinda like a balm on my skin. Creamy and a bit tacky. Ugh. Well that’s not something I like, right off the bat.

So, the claims are pretty exaggerated, I mean, Maybelline makes it sound like the holy grail of the drugstore. It does make my skin look pretty fresh, but before I put on powder I looked QUITE dewy. And I’m not a fan of dewy.

Plus, I had to put on a few layers before it actually looked like there was anything on my skin.

I have to admit…I’m on the fence, guys! Have any of you tried this BB Cream? I’d love to hear in the comments!

TTFN. Ta-ta for now!

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How-To: Finding the PERFECT Nude Lipstick

Okay, guys, seriously. It makes me NUTS to see someone wearing a nude color that makes it look like they ate a box of powdered donuts.

NUTS.

I mean, who wants to look like a total ice-queen? …UH HUH, guuuurrrl, dat ain’t you. (Unless it’s Halloween or something!)

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To most people these days, a nude lip means COMPLETELY ERASING YOUR NATURAL COLOR. Well, ladies, I’m glad to inform you that any natural-looking color (FROM PINK, TO PEACH, TO BERRY) can be certified as a “nude”.

So, here’s my Basic Nude Lip Guide for all skin tones under the sun!

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FAIR: When you’re pale, pale, pale, nudes that have a pink undertone will look best! Light rosy tones and soft peaches will look nice too…but STAY AWAY from anything flat beige!  Beige will wash. You. Out.

BUFF: Buff, or “beige, fawn, sandy,ect.” is a very common category to be in! If you have more warm, golden undertones, I suggest you work with caramel or honey-toned nudes, and not anything too silver. NO silver frost. NO white undertone. NO cool colors. NO grayish shades.

OLIVE: In my biased opinion, olive is a lovely skin color. I strongly suggest salmon pinks or golden bronzes to make your skin color POP!

TAWNY: You know what I’m talking about when I say tawny! Like that warm, golden caramel color, ya know? Think Beyonce! Halle Berry! Rihanna! Light pinks, creamy caramel colors, or golden beiges, all will look stunning on you! If you’re into glitter, look for something with gold flecks. :}

EBONY: For all darker girls out there, you can rock your chocolate and raisin shades, or warm bronzes!

Anyway, this is just some basic guidelines! Finding YOUR favorite is often like searching for a nice pair of jeans…it may take some time, and guaranteed trail and error!

Hope I helped!

Au revoir, chère!

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How-To: A Natural Face

Hey my lovely, fresh-faced beauties!

In the makeup world, a natural, or “nude” face means fully-dressed. It shouldn’t be hiding your features, it should be enhancing them…which is why everyone can wear this look!

Simply put, you’re just playing up what you like about your face. Do you have large, expressive eyes? Perfect cheekbones? Glowing skin? Full lips? Pick ONE feature, because that feature should be the focal point.

Here’s what you’ll need to get that “natural” beauty:

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  • Foundation or coverage of your choice (BB Cream, mineral powder, ect.) 
  • Concealer
  • Pressed powder to set
  • A favorite blush/bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Eye base or primer
  • Natural eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Brow powder and gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss

(P.S: You don’t have to use all of the products I mentioned..you can pick and choose what to add or take away!)

Anyway, let’s start!

The first step is simple, yet difficult, so prepare yourself! You need to create a perfect, smooth, flawless complexion.

I exfoliated my skin and put on some moisturizer first, so my skin would be prepped and primed. When you’re applying your coverage, be extremely careful! In one flash of a powder puff you can go totally cake-faced. (If you turned cake-faced, check out this past post for salvation.)

The next part is ten times easier! Blush and highlighter! I love a good blush…the right shade can make such a difference in how someone looks. I chose one with subtle gold veining, so it can really make my cheeks pop! The secret in a nicely flushed complexion is LESS is MORE, so be sure to tap off any excess of your blush brush! I usually add a light dusting of highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones.

In this look, I decided to play up my eyes. Before I added any shadow, I put on a cream base to intensify the colors I would layer over it. I chose dreamy, subtle colors that would really make my brown eyes glow. Then, because my brows are sparse, I filled them in and set them with a clear gel. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and windows need good frames! A wise Youtuber once said, “Your brows should be like sisters, not twins.”, so you shouldn’t go to extremes to make them look identical.

The final step is my personal favorite, the lips, one of the most seductive things about a face. Before any lipstick or gloss, you should have them exfoliated and moisturized. I chose a nude lipstick color, but you could pick any soft, natural color  you like. I like to add gloss on top too, it makes your lips look softer, younger, and plumper.

And you are dooooone, hun! ;}

PRODUCTS I USED:

  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
  • Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo in “Neutral”
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed Powder in “Stay Buff”
  • Milani Blush in “Dolce Pink”
  • Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana”
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Barely Branded”
  • Smashbox Eyelights Palette in “Flash”
  • Real Colors Whip Lash Ultimate Mascara in “Extreme Black”
  • Zuzu Luxe Lipstick in “Ultra Suede”
  • NYC Liquid Lipshine in “Nude York City”

You should look and feel really fresh and confident, like you’re not wearing much of anything, but  still put-together and polished.

I hope you guys enjoyed this how-to. After all, it’s basically my everyday look in a nutshell!

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Cheers!

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DIY Honey and Turmeric Mask

Acne. Pimples. Zits. Terrible, annoying, irritating ickiness. There’s nothing less glamorous than a huge zit on your forehead when you wake up.

GUYS, I’m a middle-school girl. I find myself obligated to know stuff about zits! Picking and pestering those little suckers isn’t the right way to go…and I wanted to share a mask I’ve been using since I was nine.

FYI, this is SOO simple. You only need two things: Organic honey and turmeric!

HONEY AND TURMERIC MASK

Okay, lets get started!! First off, take two spoonfuls of honey and drop them in a bowl. Sprinkle on some turmeric and mix, mix, mix! The consistency may seem thick, gooey and a bit sticky, but that’s how you want it, so no worries.

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After you’re done mixing, spread it on your face in layers. Turmeric is famous in Asia for its skin-brightening, acne-fighting properties, and honey is good for acne as well! They were a match made in heaven, I say. ❤

P.S: If the turmeric stains your skin, gently wash your face with a damp cloth. After a few times of washing, the yellow tint will be gone.

Hope you guys enjoyed this short and sweet recipe!

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D.I.Y Body-Scrub

Hey darlings!

I just wanted to show you a favorite beauty D.I.Y of mine, that’s super easy to achieve!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Supplies: 

A wide-mouthed glass jar 

Kosher salt

Olive Oil

An essential oil you ADORE (peppermint, jasmine, rose, ect.) 

Cinnamon 

(Optional) Flower petals, lemon zest, rosemary 

Directions: 

Fill your jar a little less than halfway with kosher salt. Then, pour almost as much olive oil into the jar and mix it up a tad, until the consistency feels right.

Next, add four drops of the essential oil and a teaspoon of cinnamon into the mixture. Mix it all up completely and throw in your optionals, then let it sit for a while.

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And ta-daaaaaa. A completely homemade body-scrub that can be completely personalized.

ENJOYYYYYY.

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