I wanted to break up my road trip updates a bit with a quick & easy beauty tutorial. This isn’t your standard chemical facial peel. It won’t give your skin second-degree burns or make you look like Lucille Bluth. Lemon juice acts as a natural “peel” because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed, but also more exposed. As such, I don’t recommend using this right before heading to the beach. And because of the combination of lemon and baking soda, it may burn sensitive skin. Please test on a small patch of your skin before spreading it all over your face.
Ingredients/Supplies — this makes 2-3 uses:
juice from half a lemon
2 tbs baking soda
½ tbs honey
a glass jar (if you are storing leftovers — remember, lemon is acidic!)
1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Tip: If you mix the honey and baking soda together first, it won’t fizz as much when you add in the lemon juice.
2. Wash your face as you normally would with your chosen face wash, then pat dry.
3. Apply your lemon and honey peel liberally, and rub in gently with fingertips for about 30 seconds.
4. Let sit for up to 10 minutes.
5. Rinse off and follow with astringent or toner and your favorite moisturizer. Use moisturizer with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you use this peel.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my “Hulking out” photo (if you missed it; I’ve included it below ;). Really though, I was just wearing this avocado hair and face mask. It’s rich in protein, vitamins (especially A), and antioxidants to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin and hydrate your hair. Plus, apple cider vinegar is great at eliminating build-up and dry skin that leads to dandruff. Okay, okay, I get it. It’s awesome. Now, tell me how to make it!
Super Smooth Avocado Hair & Face Mask. This should make enough for one hair and face application, even if you have the thickest hair in the world (like me). It will not store well, so use it as soon as you make it.
½ an avocado — rich in antioxidants and vitamins to promote hair growth, overall scalp health, hydrates and gently exfoliates skin and helps prevent wrinkles.
1 egg yolk — don’t use the egg white! It’s a royal pain to get out of your hair. Egg yolk is also rich in protein, fat, and lecithin (an antioxidant) and acts as a hair conditioner.
¼ cup organic soy milk —chock full of protein, vitamin E, and antioxidants, soy milk encourages cell turnover for healthy skin. Only use organic soy milk, you don’t want GMOs on your face!
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil — high in fat, oleic acid, and antioxidants to heal skin cells, repair skin damage, and prevent wrinkles.
1 tsp apple cider vinegar — prevents scalp buildup and dandruff.
Step One: Combine everything but the avocado in a small bowl.
Step Two: Whisk the ingredients together and voilà! You have just made runny mayonnaise! Ew. Please don’t eat this.
Step Three: Add the liquid mixture and the avocado into a blender and blend away. Stop two or three times to check for avocado chunks.
Step Four: Apply mask to hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands (and maybe a comb, but I did just fine without one), working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.
Step Five: Apply mask to face. After you wash your hands and face (use your regular facial cleanser), use the remainder of the mask on your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite astringent and moisturizer. Check out my winter and summer skincare tips for a few of my favorites.
Step Six: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the avocado mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.
Here’s to the end of winter and the end of dry skin & scalp!
It’s that time of the year again! Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re getting ready to rock an awesome costume. I will be sporting my Hogwarts robe in Florida (8 more days!) in all of my Harry Potter nerd glory, but I’ve rounded up a few unique DIY ideas for you because you’re probably way cooler than I am. Look for more roundups of Halloween recipes & decor later this week! And check out my DIY Halloween roundups from 2012 and 2011.
1. Bjork Swan Dress tutorial via A Beautiful Mess. I flipped when I saw this, because Suzi did her own crazy version of Bjork’s swan dress (which she wore to the Oscars in 2001) for our family Oscar party this year. Let’s just say, this one stays much truer to the real thing ;)
2. DIY Piñata costume via Camille Styles. How fun is this??? She even has a stick to go with her dress. Stan and I have a Halloween party on Saturday, and I’d really like to go as a piñata and stick. I think you can guess who would be what.
3. Homemade Halloween Photobooth Strip costume via Oh Happy Day. Now get ready for my How I Met Your Mother nerdiness: this totally reminds me of Ted’s “hanging chad” costume, only way cuter. It’s the perfect last-minute, super unique costume for a kid or an adult. Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day has so any more great DIY costumes here.
4. Camp Counselors via Say Yes to Hoboken. This is an easy, pull-it-together-quickly-and-make-it-look-like-we-planned-this costume for couples or singles. Gym shorts and clipboards are a must. See more of Liz Stanley’s ingeniously easy, last minute couples costumes here and here.
If you’re really in a rush, or tight on cash, go with something that doesn’t require purchasing clothes, like these:
5. Sugar Skull Makeup via Brit + Co. I immediately thought of Suzi’s hunt for Díade los Muertos figurines during our family trip to Mexico this Summer. Thrown on a pretty dress, put some flowers in your hair, and you’ve got a costume!
6. Halloween DIY Masks tutorial on creativebug. You can create an entire costume just by wearing the right mask. A pretty dress suddenly becomes a masquerade gown. Brown and tan clothes transform into an owl costume (okay, you might want to throw on some feathers, too). This is a great video tutorial on how to make three beautiful masks, and it’s offered for free!
7. Despicable Me Minion Costumes via make and takes. Every year, I watch Suzi make crazy elaborate costumes for Scarlett, and I’m amazed at the effort she puts into them, in addition to all of her other motherly responsibilities! Parents amaze me. So here’s an easy one for the busy parents because I know kids are nuts about Despicable Me.
8. DIY Recycled Water Bottle Crown via Handmade Charlotte. This is, hands down, the best usage of recycled water bottles I’ve ever seen, and way cheaper and cooler than those junky Halloween store tiaras.
Happy Labor Day! Let’s take a minute to appreciate our skin today, which works so hard to keep us pretty. ;)
This is a mask you can easily whip up in seconds. At the core of it is one green tea bag (dry, not steeped!) and one tablespoon of baking soda. Rip open the tea bags and mix with the baking soda, then store this mixture in an airtight container. When you’re ready to use the mask, take one teaspoon of the dry mixture and combine with one teaspoon of the following, depending on your skin type:
water – for oily skin
milk – for normal/combination skin
olive oil – for dry skin
honey – for all skin types; raw honey is a great humectant (it rehydrates skin by drawing on moisture from the air).
I like to think of this as a “choose your own adventure” mask. Remember those books? I always seemed to choose poorly. Lucky, you can’t do that with this mask because no matter which liquid you choose to mix in, your skin is still going to be exfoliated. Win!
Tip: Always apply masks after you’ve cleaned your face with your favorite facial cleanser. Masks are not a substitute for cleansers.