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Homemade pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub recipe

Homemade beauty recipes are always a fun idea on a rainy day. Not to mention, they also save you a few dollars on products you might already be using 🙂

This pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub will get you in a holiday mood with it’s yummy scent and smooth feel on your skin. If you want to share, make a couple extra batches and give them to family and friends. Fancy up the scrub in a clean mason jar, by adding a bow or printing out a pretty label.

Homemade pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup of sifted brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

How to:

Mix all ingredients together until blended well. Once done scoop scrub into a clean mason jar for storage. Toss a pinch of sea salt on top for a nice look.

Pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub

Use this scrub twice a week to exfoliate your skin. The pumpkin scent is great for this time of year, and it actually helps control acne-prone skin. The sugar is what helps with exfoliation, and the coconut adds much needed moisture for baby-soft skin. Be sure to keep the scrub refrigerated so it lasts 3-4 weeks, or toss it out once you start noticing its spoiling.

*As with all homemade recipes, be sure to pre-test the product on a patch on your skin to avoid any skin allergies.  

How to repair hair from heat damage

Ok ladies (and guys), this is an article most of us can relate to! I am sure most of you have at least one flat iron, curling iron or blow dryer which gets used weekly or more. Even if you use a heat protector on your hair, repetitive use can dull or cause split-ends on your lovely locks. What to do? Read this article for best products to try and home remedies, to help add some moisture to your hair and bring back a silky texture.

Tried and loved products: below are a few products I’ve used which worked for me. They range in price, so you can find one that fits your budget.  Though it worked for me, I can’t guarantee it’ll do the same for you. So use this as a buying guide, and if one doesn’t work try another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer going the do-it-yourself route, here are a few recipes:

Mayo and eggs hair masque:

Use about a cup of mayo (less or more depending on hair length) and whisk in one full egg. Blend together and simply apply to dry hair. Completely saturate hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic bag. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. Shampoo hair as normal,  dry and style. You can use this treatment weekly or every other week to treat and prevent damage. An alternative to mayo is an avocado.

Olive oil and vinegar treatment:

This treatment can also be used weekly or every other week. Work olive oil into hair, from scalp to ends. If you have time, give your scalp a light massage with the oil. Leave on hair for 10-15 minutes and rinse off using apple cider vinegar.  Regular vinegar works fine as well. The vinegar helps add shine to hair and removes the oiliness of the olive oil.

Quick conditioner fix:

This is a simple remedy which you can use every time you shower. All you do is shampoo hair as normal,  apply conditioner and leave on hair for 3-5 minutes. Doing this provides much needed moisture to your hair and will keep your hair tangle-free. You want to be sure the conditioner you use works with your hair, so splurge a little.  One that I have been using and highly recommend is Biolage Exquisite Oil Creme Conditioner– it is lightweight and seriously leaves your hair feeling silky soft after you use it.

 

How to do a hot oil manicure at home

Manicures are a relaxing beauty ritual done to keep nails clean and pretty. How about adding a skin-softening ingredient to make a plain manicure better, and simple enough to do right at home?!

If you upkeep your nails, you probably go to the salon every week or every other week since most polish chips pretty quickly. Instead of spending all that time and money, why not buy a few good manicure tools and do your own right at home?! Keep reading for a skin-loving hot oil massage with a quick manicure idea!

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Tools:

  • Nail polish remover (if needed)
  • Cotton
  • Bowl to soak both hands
  • Cuticle oil
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail clipper
  • Emery board
  • Orangewood sticks
  • Olive oil, or vitamin E oil
  • Nail buffer
  • Hand lotion

All the tools listed can be found at your local beauty supply store or online. Check out a few manicure kits below  🙂

 

Hot oil manicure procedure:

  1. Remove any nail polish with cotton and polish remover. Be sure your tools are layed out on a clean surface and ready to be used, and wash your hands as well.
  2. Cut nails down to desired length and file with emery board to shape them. If you don’t like them squared, but want another shape besides round try squoval! Squoval is a flattering shape, the way to achieve it is hold your hand up with your palm facing you; then file straight across nails to give it a square look. Finally, file the sides so they are rounded.
  3. Apply cuticle oil on your cuticles, and use the pusher to push cuticles down. Wrap a bit of cotton around the end of an orangewood stick, and use it to clean under your nails free edge if necessary.
  4. Pour 1-2 cups of olive/ vitamin E oil in a microwave safe container and microwave until it is warm. Wash your hands to remove the cuticle oil and any nail filing debris. You can also run a clean towel under hot water to use after your hot oil soak.
  5. Pour warm oil into bowl to soak hands, and dip fingers into bowl. Place your hands in the bowl to ensure the warm oil covers them entirely. Let your hands soak up the warm oil for 2-3 minutes, or until it cools down.
  6. Once your hands are done soaking, take them out and wash them again. Dry them off with the warm towel prepared in the previous step.
  7. For extra shine, use the nail buffer to buff your nails. This will give them a natural shine, thus requiring no nail polish. If you’d rather paint your nails, this is when you would go ahead and apply the polish.
  8. Once you are done buffing, or letting your nail polish dry, gently massage hand lotion on your hands and arms.

The olive/vitamin oil will leave your skin feeling ultra soft. You can do this moisturizing manicure every week for super soft skin, and shiny nails. Check out this post -> DIY Manicure for a tutorial on a basic manicure right at home!

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Coffee for Glowing Skin

Less Coffee for your Cup, More for Glowing Skin…

I love coffee. I should say… I love good coffee. Real freshly brewed coffee, with a splash of steamed (non-dairy because I’m allergic) milk, is my favourite. Coffee is one of my favourite vices. Some days it seems like the singular most important part of my morning, after having a shower. Unfortunately, drinking coffee in the excess of which I enjoy it the most is not entirely beneficial to my health or my skin. I know this; I’ve known it for years.

The last time I tried to give up coffee I succeeded only until one friend invited me out to chat at a coffee shop and ordered the sexiest latte I had ever seen. The smell alone sent me over the edge. It was 3 months, 2 days after my coffee fast had begun. I had switched to green tea. But the tea was only effective if combined with steamed milk and a little bit of Splenda (I was steering clear of refined sugars too). Coffee addiction isn’t just about caffeine after all; it’s the psychological attachment that is the hardest to shake. But when you’re trying to be healthy, and seek after that natural healthy glow, coffee addiction is something that really must be dealt with. Despite my love of the flavour of good coffee and the warmth, taste, and perfect texture of a good “cup o’ joe”, I have noticed that when I drink too much coffee on a regular basis my energy actually depletes at a rapid pace, I get sick more often and my skin appears duller. Seeing as I have a condition which affects my energy levels and immunity anyway I decided that limiting anything that could cause me to feel and look tired was a definite necessity. I used to go to the spa to help deal with this – and it was there they reminded me that too much coffee could cause problems with energy levels.

But is coffee really all bad? Well, no. It turns out coffee is good in moderation (hooray!). One cup a day is actually beneficial which means you don’t have to give it up altogether (nor do I!). It has antioxidants that can be good for your skin and allegedly can help reduce cancer. One great alternative use for coffee is in skincare. It has been known to reduce redness, even-out your skin tone, and increase skin firmness, helping you look younger and certainly not tired. But that’s if the coffee is used as part of skincare regime, not drunk in large quantities. For a coffee lover, knowing that I can cut down on my unadulterated addiction to coffee but still benefit from its sweet smell and better-for-me qualities is a happy revelation.

I’ve decided to cut down on my intake of coffee, and as I did four years ago, switch it up with green teas and fruit smoothies instead to get my hydration up and give my immune system a better chance – not to mention hydration helps my skin from looking dull. A quick recipe I discovered for a great, exfoliating coffee mask is below. If you aren’t in the mood to try a somewhat messy face mask on your own, a facial as part of a spa break can be a great way to try one out, and let someone else deal with the mess!
For those who’d like to try it at home, here’s how it works:

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons of used finely ground coffee (grab the leftover from your daily cup)
  • 1 small glass of milk (if you have an allergy soy, goat, or hemp milk work just as well as cow’s)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Put the used coffee into a bowl. Slowly pour in the milk of your choice while stirring regularly, keep stirring until it achieves a think pasty texture. Avoid stirring too much, or the paste will be too diluted. If mixture becomes too runny, simply add more coffee.
  2. When ready, apply the paste onto your face and neck and smooth it all over your face. Avoid eyes and lips.
  3. Slowly massage the mixture to your skin, and then allow yourself to relax for around 20 minutes. You’ll feel your skin tighten as the mask dries.
  4. Wash off the mask with warm water. While washing, massage the paste to your skin. This will provide further exfoliation, and it feels good! Be gentle with this if you have sensitive skin.
  5. Pat your face dry with a towel and apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture.

This is a guest post by K Newey. Her favourite type of coffee comes from Canada and a coffee shop in Los Angeles. She recommends spa vouchers for friends and coffee lovers alike who need a little extra caffeine-free time spent taking care of their bodies and souls.

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Conditioning homemade mask for dry/damaged hair

Hair can become damaged by many factors, including weather and heat overuse.

Around summertime, it’s very easy for hair to become dry due to the sun, and pool or ocean water. Chlorine found in most pools is very damaging for both your skin and hair, that’s why it’s very important to shower following a swimming session. Hair can also become damaged from using heat styling tools very often and not protecting your hair with a serum or heat defense oil. If you use styling tools, swim, or are in harsh weather every week, it’s a good idea to use a conditioning mask for your hair once a week or every other week. There are great store-bought treatments you can try, or you can take a do-it-yourself approach and check out this homemade recipe!

You will need:

  • a mixing bowl
  • gloves
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • whisk
  • shower cap

Application process:

  1. Use the whisk to beat the egg in the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the mayo and blend it well with the egg.
  3. Pour in the olive oil while you whisk the ingredients together to create a blended and whipped consistency.
  4. Wash your hair, or ensure it’s damp before you apply the mask.
  5. Using your gloves, start applying the mask evenly from root to tip. Pile on more on the ends, since they’re the oldest growth and have the most damage.
  6. When all your hair is fully saturated, wrap it up into a bun and cover it with the shower cap.
  7. Leave on for 30-45 minutes depending on hair dryness.
  8. Rinse off with cool water, shampoo, condition and style as normal.

Doing this treatment on your hair once a month or once every two weeks is enough to restore a soft and manageable texture. The olive oil moisturizes and seals the moisture in your hair, which helps keep a soft appearance and prevents frizzies. Eggs are a great source of protein, which adds strength as well as shine to your hair and prevents future breakage and split-ends. The fats and oils found in mayo are a great source of hydration for dry hair, will leave hair soft and shiny. Just be sure to rinse very well with cool water and shampoo and condition. For an extra splash of shine rinse your hair again with a cold beer, after you have rinsed the mask off!

 

What’s your favorite homemade recipe to condition dry hair?!

 

 

Homemade oatmeal and honey mask

Oatmeal helps lower cholesterol and it also makes for a great facial mask!

This natural recipe is great to cleanse skin without irritating it. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to treat yourself right at home. This recipe can be used as a scrub to exfoliate your skin, or you can use gauze to make a facial mask. It will leave your skin feeling soft with a dewy and natural glow. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of ground or finely chopped oats

1-2 Tbsp. of honey

enough hot water to make a paste

Directions:

  • Mix the ground oats in a bowl with hot water.
  • Drop in the Tbsp of honey after about a minute, and blend it well to the mixture. You want to create a paste that’s easy to slather on your face.
  • If you’ll be using it as a scrub, use circular motions to massage the oatmeal paste on your skin. Massage for about 3-5 minutes and wash off with warm water.
  • For extra moisture use this mixture as a mask. Cleanse your face with soap and water, and dry it off.  Cut holes on a gauze for your eyes, nostrils, and mouth. Apply the paste on your face without getting it near your eyes or lips, and place the gauze over it. Gently press the gauze down. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and remove the paste with warm water.

Your skin should feel deliciously soft after this simple and hydrating recipe! The ingredients are very affordable and might already be in your kitchen, and the preparation steps are quick and simple. Why spend a lot of money at a spa, when you can make your own face mask right at home?! This recipe is also great around wintertime, when skin tends to get dry and chapped.

Hope you liked it, and if you tried it share your thoughts below!