Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear

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Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice.

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3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!

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Sneak Peek Inside the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget

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My very first eBook — the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget — has been out for just over a week now, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. It’s so much more than DIYs! Have a look at the contents:

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_contents

Though it started as a compilation of natural beauty tutorials, as I was putting it together, I realized that my eBook was lacking a whole lot of foundational knowledge. Sure, you can jump right into trying out DIY masks and shampoos, but how will you be able to “solve” your skincare problems without knowing what type of skin you have? Or what effects different essential oils and ingredients will have on your skin, hair, and body? Even though I knew this would make the writing process take a lot longer, I knew I had to include this information in the book.

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_beautybasics

Adding in basic body care tips, a compendium of natural ingredients and essential oils (as well as ingredients to avoid) more than doubled the page count, but it turned the book into a real reference guide. Whether you’re just beginning to explore making your own cosmetic creations or you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ll refer back to this guide a lot, I promise! 

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_recipe

The best part? Photos! Don’t you hate when you buy a DIY guide or a recipe book without photos? I need a visual cue so I know how it’s supposed to turn out! I made sure to include photos of almost every tutorial in this book. :)

Get The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget right here.

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Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar + DIY Hair Rinse & Astringent

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It’s apple season!!! Stan and I went apple picking last weekend — one of my favorite fall pastimes. :) I’m a big fan of Cortland and Honeycrisp, and I typically use Honeycrisp or Granny Smith in my Apple Cup Pies. As tasty as apples are, did you know they’re also good for your skin and hair? Apple cider vinegar particularly so. Here are a few things it does:

Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar via @poorandpretty

1. Restores pH. Possibly the best thing about apple cider vinegar is that it balances the pH levels of our skin and hair. Having a balanced pH is vital to beauty because if our skin or hair are too alkaline, they’ll become dry and flaky, and open your body up to germs and bacteria. An acidic pH leads to breakouts and inflammation.

2. Natural Astringent. Along with restoring pH levels, apple cider vinegar removes dirt and excess oil and treats acne when used as an astringent. Dilute with an equal mixture of water and ACV.

3. Nonabrasive exfoliant. The malic acid in apple cider vinegar dissolves dead skin cells without scraping the skin, so it’s gentle enough to use on most skin types as long as it’s diluted. 

4. Prevents Dandruff. Mixed with water, apple cider vinegar makes a great hair rinse. Malic acid gently exfoliates, removes scalp build-up, and balances the scalp’s pH level, contributing to a healthy, dandruff-free scalp.

2. Stimulates Hair Growth. In addition to promoting and maintaining overall scalp health, apple cider vinegar also prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth.

Ready for the DIY two-in-one apple cider vinegar hair rinse & astringent?

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Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar with water and pour this mixture into a spray bottle. That’s it! You can add a few drops of essential oils to try and mask the vinegar smell, if you’d like. I’d suggest lavender or peppermint.

When using it as a hair rinse:

  1. Wash your hair as you normally would, and rinse.
  2. Spritz the apple cider vinegar hair rinse liberally all over your hair and massage into your scalp with your fingers.
  3. Allow the hair rinse to sit for a full minute. (I like to pull my hair up into a hair claw for this.)
  4. Rinse thoroughly, and follow up with conditioner. 

When using it as an astringent:

  1.  Wash your face as you normally would.
  2. Close your eyes and lightly spritz the apple cider vinegar astringent all over your face — be careful around your eyes!
  3. Allow the astringent to dry on your skin, then follow up with your favorite moisturizer. 

 This recipe comes straight from my eBook, which is almost ready for launch! Want to be the first to know when it’s available? Sign up here to be notified when it launches!

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How to Make Lip Balm & Solid Perfume

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume feat via @poorandpretty

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume via @poorandpretty

Ever wanted to learn how to make lip balm or solid perfume? Do a happy dance ’cause this is a two-for-one, incredibly easy DIY beauty tutorial! It’s brought to you by our friends at Bramble Berry, one of my go-to sites for natural beauty making supplies. I’m using their 100% natural Solid Perfume Base, which also doubles as a lip balm base. Yay! I love a good two-for-one deal.

Bramble Berry Solid Perfume Base

I opted for the Solid Perfume Base in their 16oz heat-safe bag, because it can be microwaved or boiled, making it really easy to melt the base down. The base contains Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Sweet Almond oil, and Avocado oil. If you’d like a truly vegan base, try Bramble Berry’s Nourish Lip Balm Base, which uses Candelilla Wax instead (a plant-based wax I also use in my vegan Coco Balm lip balm).

Lip Balm Recipe – makes 12 lip balms

  • 2 oz Solid Perfume Base (about ¼ cup)
  • up to 0.2 oz (6 mL) of your favorite lip-safe essential oil(s) (about 1 tsp)
    • caution: not all essential oils are lip-safe/edible! Verify that yours are before putting them into your lip balm.

Solid Perfume Recipe – makes 12 perfumes

Other Supplies You’ll Need:

  • a heat-safe measuring cup with spout – a Pyrex one or this will work great
  • an oven mitt (that heat-safe bag gets hot!) 
  • lip balm tubes or pots
  • spoon
  • optional: lip balm pouring tray – I have unsteady hands, so I like to use this when filling up lip balm tubes
  • optional: pipettes – these make measuring your essential oils very easy!

Lip Balm Tray

Whether you’re making solid perfumes or lip balms, just melt down the solid perfume base (microwave the bag in 30-second increments), measure out 2oz (¼ cup) into your measuring cup, add in your essential oils, stir, and pour! Easy-peasy. Now you’ve got an all-natural lip balm or solid perfume. If you go somewhere in the middle on essential oil usage, you can use your creation as both a lip balm and solid perfume.

A note on citrus essential oils: Most citrus essential oils (lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit) are edible, but they are also photosensitizers, which means they absorb sunlight intensely and put your skin at greater risk of sunburn. Though I love my citrus essential oils, for this reason I would caution against using them in your lip balms. If you do use them in lip balms, wear a different lip balm (preferably one with some SPF) on days when you’re lounging at the beach or spending lots of time outside.

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume 2 via @poorandpretty

Not a fan of solid perfumes? Check out my recipes for an all-natural oil-based perfume and body spray and alcohol-based perfume.

Disclosure: I was provided some of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here. 

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DIY Mineral Makeup: Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty feat

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

In the 5 years Poor & Pretty has been around, I’ve shared a lot of DIY hair & beauty tutorials, but I’ve shied away from makeup. Homemade makeup seemed more than a little daunting and I never used to wear much of it anyway. Lately, I’ve been wearing more makeup which naturally meant I had to learn to make my own. Enter Bramble Berry’s Mineral Makeup Foundation Kit.

Bramble Berry Mineral Makeup Kit

It’s got everything you need to make three jars of natural mineral foundation (about 4oz total), plus have leftovers for experimenting with eye shadows, bronzers, and blushes. It also comes with an instruction booklet (much needed for newbies like me!) and a super soft kabuki brush. And it’s only $40! I bet you spend more than that on your favorite store bought foundation, right? I used to!

Sami with and without makeup via @poorandpretty

Here’s a little before & after for you. The photo on the left is of my face freshly cleansed and moisturized. On the right, I’m wearing my tinted moisturizer and mineral foundation, as well as blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss that are not homemade. (But don’t worry, I’ll be tackling those too in the next few months!) As you can see, the mineral foundation doesn’t change the color of my skin, but rather evens out my skintone and offers light coverage. It isn’t caky or flaky.

Making more mineral foundation via @poorandpretty

I will tell you: it takes a lot of patience and trial and error to find the right mix of micas, oxides, and clays that make up your perfect match. I finally found mine on the 10th batch! But it was totally worth the few hours I put into it because now I have a go-to mineral foundation that I can make at home and not have to worry about whether or not it’s got hidden toxins in it.

Making mineral foundation via @poorandpretty

The instruction booklet has basic recipes to give you a starting point, but it really is all about throwing things together, trying it on, and seeing if it works.

A few tips:

  • Have makeup remover wipes handy!
  • Keep your routine consistent for each trial. Because my skin runs on the drier side (especially after this winter), I applied moisturizer before every application, otherwise I knew the mineral makeup would be way too dry and flaky.
  • If you’re working near a porcelain sink (or maybe rinsing tools off in one), keep a bathroom cleaning spray handy. Micas and oxides tend to run wild and will stain if you don’t clean them up properly. I use Method’s Tub + Tile Cleaner.

Bramble Berry Mineral Makeup Guide

The back of the instruction book has a section to record your recipes, so be sure to take good notes while you’re mixing up batches. If a batch is too light, dark, or doesn’t offer enough coverage, write it down!

DIY Mineral Foundation via @poorandpretty

My Perfect Combination Mineral Foundation (that’s fun to say!) was this:

  • 1 tsp Sericite Mica
  • ¼ tsp Titanium Dioxide
  • ¼ tsp Kaolin
  • ¼ tsp Tapioca Flour
  • ½ mini scoop Yellow Mica – not included in the kit, but can also be purchased from Bramble Berry here.
  • ½ mini scoop Brown Oxide
  • 2 ½ mini scoops Honeyed Beige Mica

Making tinted moisturizer via @poorandpretty

I also had some of Bramble Berry’s Aloe Lotion Base on-hand, so I decided to give making a tinted moisturizer a try. The result looks very dark, but actually offers very little coverage. I wouldn’t use it on its own, but it does make a nice foundation for layering on the mineral makeup.

Tinted Moisturizer:

  • 1 4 oz jar
  • 4 oz Aloe Lotion Base
  • ¼ tsp Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil – a beautiful and uplifting sweet, citrusy scent that also treats acne!
  • 5 mini scoops Honeyed Beige Mica
  • 1 mini scoop Brown Oxide
  • 1 mini scoop Yellow Mica

DIY Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty feat

Mixing the micas and oxides into the lotion was a little challenging, but I found it worked best if I mixed them into the Litsea Cubeba essential oil first, then into the lotion. Combine these with an immersion blender if you have one, or by hand if you don’t.

Homemade Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

If you are interested in making your own mineral foundations, eyeshadows, and blushes, I highly recommend picking up Bramble Berry’s Mineral Makeup Foundation Kit. It’s perfect for beginners and has very clear, easy-to-follow instructions. I will definitely be using this kit in the near future to make blushes and eye shadows, so stay tuned!

Disclosure: I was provided many of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This doesn’t change how I feel about the mineral makeup kit, which is awesome. This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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