Category: Beauty

Baths to the Rescue

Sometimes life can add stress and chaos to our lives. Here are three baths that can help calm and relax you after a long day! Detox Bath If you want to help release built up toxins and balance your pH levels all while helping reduce stress, then this bath is a must. Throw about a cup of Epsom salt, 20 drops of lavender essential oil and ¾ cup of baking soda. Light some candles, turn on some music, and close your eyes, letting the bath do its magic. Relaxation is just minutes away. Exfoliating Bath If you need to nourish and exfoliate your skin, taking a milk honey bath is a great way to do it. Pour 4 cups of milk and 3 tablespoons of honey into your warm water and soak. The lactic acid in the milk will exfoliate and cleanse your skin, and the honey will moisturize it and leave you with a healthy glow. Apple Cider Bath If you’re sore and your body is aching, adding 2½ cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath will do wonders. It helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis and gout, and also helps with removing excess uric acid.

Facial Highlighter

Contouring and highlighting is a huge beauty trend right now. These beauty products can be pretty pricey. So I came up with an inexpensive way to make your own highlighter. Feel free to customize your highlighter based on your skin tone. You can even choose a darker brown to make a summer bronzer.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 tbsp of lotion
  • Shimmer or glitter eye shadow
  • 1 drop of Mrs. Potter Facial Oil
  • Sealable container

Start by breaking up a shimmer eye shadow and place it in a small bowl.

Add the lotion and a drop of the facial oil into the eye shadow and mix together. It’s best to choose a shadow that has a lot of pigment to it.

For a more intense look, add more shadow…for a softer more muted look, use less.

Store in a sealable container and apply to your face just above your cheekbone for the perfect amount of dewy glow!

Super Clay Mask

One of my girlfriends is an esthetician and she makes a lot of her masks for her clients. She shared this recipe with me as it is one of her most requested masks and I fell in love with it. I asked if I could share it with you and she agreed. I hope you love this mask as much as I do!


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 9 capsules of Charcoal- cut in half and empty the charcoal out of the pill
  • ¼ cup of bentonite clay
  • 1 tbsp of aloe vera
  • 3 oz of green tea
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 tbsp. of almond oil
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (liquefied)

Steep the green tea in 3 oz. of boiling water and let it cool.

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and stir (don’t include the tea just yet).

Once all the ingredients are well incorporated, add the cooled tea and stir to get a creamy paste like consistency.

Store the mask in a sealable container and use once a week for radiant fresh skin.

Shaving Cream

I wanted to try to make a homemade shaving cream with things that I had on hand. I like my shaving cream to be more like a liquid, just coating my skin to prevent cuts. I really like how this cream came out, it protects my legs and the oil keeps them soft afterwards. I hope you love it as much as I do.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 1 cup shampoo
  • 10 drops of almond oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 5 Tbsp of lotion
  • 4 Tbsp of baby oil

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until well incorporated.

Store in a sealable container and store in your shower. Use as you would normal shaving cream.

Manicure Prep Scrub

This manicure scrub is the perfect prep to do to your nails and cuticles before you get a manicure. It gently exfoliates dry skin and nourishes the skin leaving your skin in prime condition for a beautiful manicure.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together until it becomes a pasty consistency.

Gently rub the scrub on your hands, nails and cuticle and scrub.

Rinse your hands and apply lotion.

Now go get pampered and relax during your manicure.

Heat Protectant Spray

I use a heat protectant on my hair year round to help prevent my hair getting dried out with split ends. This heat protectant is not only easy and inexpensive to make, but it also really works. Give it a try!


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 tsp Almond Oil
  • 1 tsp melted Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp lavender oil
  • 1 tbsp Conditioner
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1 spray bottle

Pour the water into a mixing bowl.

Add the coconut oil, lavender oil and almond oil to the water and stir.

Add the conditioner to the water and oil mixture and slowly whisk the conditioner to incorporate well. If you get a little foam, that is ok, it will settle down.

Once the foam has settled, pour into a spray bottle and your heat protectant spray is ready to use.

Spray on wet hair before using any styling products to help protect your hair from the heat. You can also use this when swimming or when you are outside in the sun.

Aloe Vera Ice Cubes

This is a quick and easy way to help soothe sunburns or any other burn. The Aloe gel pops right out of the tray and you can apply the frozen aloe cube to the burn. It will provide instant cool relief. My sister was the one who showed me how to do this, and now I always have a tray in the freezer.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Ice cube tray
  • Aloe Vera Gel

Pour the Aloe Vera gel into the ice cube tray and pop into the freezer. Pop out a cube when needed and apply directly onto the burn for relief.

Makeup Remover Wipes

My skin can get pretty sensitive after a long winter, so I like to make my own gentle DIY Makeup Remover Wipes frequently. These wipes are gentle, moisturizing, and most of all, gets my face squeaky clean, even with lots of makeup. Try this out yourself!


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 2 tbsp Jojoba oil
  • 1 tbsp witch hazel
  • 1 cup water
  • Air-tight container
  • Cotton facial pads

Mix the Jojoba oil, witch hazel, and 1/2 cup water in the container, seal, and shake vigorously. Open up the lid and place a stack of cotton facial pads into the mixture, then fill up the rest of the container with water. Seal the lid again and shake vigorously, then store in a cool, dry place away from the sun until you’re ready to use!

Orange Mint Shampoo

We’ve been on a DIY kick lately when it comes to beauty products. Molly had a friend who made a DIY shampoo and said she would be interested in making one together, so we decided to make an Orange Mint Shampoo. It smells AMAZING and Molly loves using it. Give it a try! Ingredients 1/2  cup Castile Soap 1 1/2 cups distilled water 3 tsp. virgin coconut oil 25 drops orange essential oil 25 drops mint essential oil A sealable bottle Melt coconut oil in the microwave. It should take about 15 seconds.
Combine water, coconut oil , castile soap, and essential oils and stir. Pour into a bottle and store. Use as you would normal shampoo.

Easy Zit Zapper

Winter can sometimes wreak havoc on my skin—from dry skin to my body overcompensating by creating more oil at random times, it’s hard to maintain nice, clear skin in the winter.  Thankfully, I’ve been clued in to this great moisturizing, anti-fungal and antibacterial zit zapper recipe. Both coconut oil and tea tree oil are anti-fungal, antibacterial powerhouses, and the coconut oil moisturizes your irritated skin and relieves inflammation as well. Try it out, I promise you’ll love it! Ingredients 1/4 cup coconut oil 10 drops of tea tree oil (for every 1/4 cup of coconut oil) Push up tube (an old lip balm tube will work as well) Melt the 1/4 cup of coconut oil in a double boiler. Once the coconut oil is melted, stir in the tea tree oil and turn off the heat. Pour melted mixture into your container and set aside to cool. Once the zit zapper has solidified, close the container and store in a cool, dry place. When you have a zit, wash your face first, then apply the zit zapper onto clean skin.