Category Archives: Heath & Beauty

Half Moon Manicure

For better of worse i’ve always been a girly girl.  On my first birthday I wouldn’t touch the special alphabet block cake my mom spent hours making, so she took my hand and smooshed it into the frosting to get things started.  The next four photos in the sequence go something like this: Me wrenching my hand from the cake, looking at the sticky frosting coating my tiny fingers with an adorably befuddled expression,  me then bursting into tears, and finally my mom laughing as she cleaned my hands off. My mom still calls me “Prissy Britches” from time to time.

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still have quirks. Little things like wrinkled clothes, untidy eyebrows and chipped nail polish make me a little twitchy. Since I just can’t seem to make a manicures last, 9 times out of 10 my nails go unpolished.  Lately, i’ve been thinking about trying to do at home manicures once or twice a month, just for fun. This nail tutorial by blogger Keiko Lynn seems like it might be a fun and pretty easy way to get started.

Supplies:

Step by Step:

Images from here.


All my Singles Ladies…Spa Night

Tomorrow is the dreaded Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re okay with your single status, all the pink hearts and rose petals can start make the strongest of us feel a little left out.  My best advice for surviving is this: Get together with your other single friends and celebrate being strong enough to not be in a relationship for the wrong reasons, also buy yourself some of those chocolates, you deserve them too. However, If you are running a little short of single friends opt for Plan B and have a “me” night.  Watch your favorite movies, order take out and have a spa night. Here are some recipes to get you started.

 

Oatmeal Lavender Face Scrub

1 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup dry lavender flowers, stripped of stalks
1/2 cup powdered milk (either whole or nonfat)
2 teaspoon cornmeal

Combine all the dry ingredients, genitally massage into damp skin and rinse with warm water.  The extra can be bagged up and kept for six months.
Recipe from here.

Sweet-and-Sour Cleanser

4 Tbsp plain yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp lime juice

Blend ingredients, adding cornstarch as a thickening agent if needed. Apply to face and massage 1-2 minutes. Rinse. This unique combination of ingredients leaves your skin smooth and radiant.
Recipe from here.

Easy Bath Salts

3/4 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup sea salt
1/4 cup baking soda
6-8 drops of your fave essential oil(s)

Optional: dried lavender or rose petals

Combine all the ingredients together, and store in a jar with a lid.
Recipe from here.

Julie’s Favorite Sugar Scrub

2 cups brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup honey

Combine all ingredients and genitally massage in to rough or dry skin and rinse with warm water.  Personally, I use it when I shower, but be careful the almond oil can make the floor a bit slick.

All of this should be administered with a batch of brownies, a dozen (or two) cookies and/or some serious ice cream.

* Please be conscious of any food allergies that you have, if you can’t eat it, it probably isn’t a good idea to rub it on your skin.

Image from here.

 

 


Baby it’s cold outside…DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

Okay, not here, this is Florida after all, we have maybe 3-4weeks of actual cold per year, but many of my friends have settled up north and I hear the real cold weather can do a bit of a number on you. One of the things they are most frequently concerned about is dry lips. We Floridians can relate to that, if the humidity drops past 75% (just kidding, but seriously…)we’re all in trouble since most us are mouth breathers. It’s a habit we pick up to keep from passing out during the 11 month of they year that are considered “allergy season”.
This DIY tutorial by Sarah Howard of Beauty Banter , featured on Honestly…WTF provides a delicious and inexpensive way to soften and exfoliate your dry and chapped lips.

You’ll need:

  • pure coconut oil
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • a teaspoon
  • a tablespoon
  • a mixing bowl
  • an empty jar or 2.5 oz baby food jar

Make sure that the coconut oil is solid enough to scoop up but soft enough for a spoon to dig in. If the coconut oil is too oily, stick it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. If the coconut oil is too hard, place it into a sink filled with hot water for 5-10 minutes or until soft. Combine one well-rounded tablespoon of coconut oil with one tablespoon of honey into the bowl. Besides smelling and tasting incredible, coconut oil is actually an amazing natural ingredient for skin and body products. The oil contains fatty acids and antioxidants that moisturize and nourish the skin while honey contains cleansing and healing properties and is a natural binder.

Mix the coconut oil and honey until they bind together. The consistency should look like thick honey-comb honey. Make sure to mash up all of the coconut lumps so that the mixture is clump-free. This will serve as the base of the scrub.

Add two hand packed teaspoons of brown sugar and fold it into the base. Brown sugar not only tastes fantastic, it is also a great natural exfoliant because it’s not too harsh and leaves skin soft to the touch. All of the brown sugar should be coated in the coconut oil and honey base.

Add one teaspoon of just the oil from coconut oil jar into the bowl. This will help smooth out the mixture and make the scrub extra moisturizing. Transfer the scrub from the bowl into a small jar or container.

The scrub will last up to 2 weeks if refrigerated. Before using, allow the scrub to stand at room temperature for a good 10 minutes so that the formula softens a bit. Apply scrub to lips in small, circular motions for 1-2 minutes and rinse off with a warm washcloth. Congratulations – you are now armed with a soft, moisturized, and plump pout. Pucker up! xx, Sarah.


Crazy Cat Lady

Before I met Andy I was pretty sure there was about a 45% chance that i’d end up a crazy cat lady.  I regard my fuzzy ones more as little people with fur and fangs than as mere pets.  Besides anyone who owns a cat can attest to the fact that cats pick you, not the other way around. So instead I am now part of that “crazy couple with all the cats”.  When I saw the cat inspired makeup by Paul & Joe I may have made a slightly embarrassing sound of excitement, and quickly navigated to the website to see more.  Unfortunately, the price tag is a little high for a new homeowner, and the argument for lipstick and eyeshadow vs. getting a coffee table doesn’t last that long, even in my mind. Besides, I don’t know if I could bring myself to use the product, it would ruin the absolutely adorable shape.

Images from here and here.

 


Philosophy

One of my all time favorite bath products is Philosophy Body Wash & Shampoo. The mouth watering scents and rich lather are only a tiny part of the appeal; I use this product probably 6 out of 7 days and my hair and skin look great! Also, I love using these all-in-one beauties for travel, I squeeze a little into a tiny travel container and I am spared the hotel shampoo and soap roulette game. Plus there are free recipes right on the front of the bottle!

Most of these are fragrances I have tried (I have the pumpkin spice muffin in my shower right now), the Cinnamon Hot Toddy and the Apple pie are the next two I plan to buy.  If the idea of smelling like cake or pie all day doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry.  The lovely rich shower smell leaves only the faintest hint of fragrance after you rinse off.