Gosh! Another month has flown by in a flash. It’s time to show-n-tell my “Spring Fling” Ipsy Glam Bag for May. This one might just be the best one yet. It has a $50 value for cryin’ out loud! No duds in the bag for me – I’m in beauty product heaven. Watch the video in HD for best quality. I’m “super excited” about a bajillion times.
Dry shampoo has been a MUST HAVE in my daily hair care routine for the past three years. I’ve gone through countless spray cans of different brands (Psst!, Tresemme, John Frieda, Garnier, Oscar Blandi, Batiste…to name a few), spending way too much for very little product. I started to use plain old baby powder, sprinkling it directly on my roots and rubbing it in, and I found that it worked just as well or even better at giving my hair added volume and combating greasiness. I continued to do this for months until one day I was at work, and I happen to catch a glance of my hair in the mirror. It looked like I had smeared a powdered doughnut all over my head. It was even more noticeable because I had my hair up in a ponytail, a voluminous, bouncy, GRAY colored ponytail. Horrified, I vowed to figure out a way to darken the powder… and that is just what I did. Oh, and your hair will smell a little chocolatey. Yum!
THE RECIPE: Mix 3 parts cocoa powder and 1 part cornstarch and/or baby powder in a small container. I lucked out and found an old Maybelline loose face powder container, which is perfect because it sprinkles just the right amount. Depending on how dark your hair is, you may need to tweak the recipe to make it lighter or darker. To darken the mixture a little bit more, add some cinnamon to the mix. Sorry for the lack of specific measurement, but I don’t measure anything. I just go freehand! Mmmm…my hair smells like cookies.Because this container works so well, I just hold the container in my hand and sprinkle the powder directly onto my roots and rub it in with my fingers. If you don’t have a nifty container like this one, you can just take a fluffy face powder brush and dip it into the dry shampoo and dab on to your roots. Other container ideas: salt/pepper shaker, mineral powder foundation containers (like BareMinerals), powdered sugar container/shaker, empty baby powder container.
QUICK TIP: Did you know that the best way to use dry shampoo is to apply it BEFORE you actually need it? If your hair is already oily before applying it won’t work as well. Apply at your roots and rub it in right after your hair is washed and dried. It will extend the life of your style, give you volume and thickness, and it will prevent your hair from becoming oily.
Watch in HD for best quality video! If you like this post, you should check out my DIY Mineral Veil! It’s the bomb
Hello! Did you see that my nail polish-painted bobby pins were featured on MSN’s Glo.com last week? That’s big time in my book! It was featured as part of the “10 easiest DIY ideas of all time”. Try it out if you haven’t already! Click here to see the feature on Glo.com. Click here for my tutorial on how to make them.
My Pretty In Pink Ipsy Glam Bag for April ’13 finally arrived (about 2 weeks late, but whatever). It was worth the wait! This is my favorite Glam Bag so far since I started my subscription in January. If you are not a fan of pink things, well, you probably won’t like these products with the exception of the hair powder. I LOVE me some pink, so I couldn’t be more thrilled. According to Ipsy, this month’s bag has a $30 value. I’m loving ALL of these products – no duds this month! Seriously.
Powder Play Voluminizing & Texturizing Powder by SexyHair: A great boost to my ultra fine/thin hair. Gives my hair a little lift by itself, or enables the tease to last.
Sation Nail Lacquer in Love At First Byte: My FAVORITE polish this Spring. A peachy-pink, high quality, glossy-sheer, yet buildable nail enamel.
Be a Bombshell Blush in Beach Please: Bright fuschia-pink blush that is super pigmented. Normally pink blushes don’t even show up on my skin. This one definitely does – a little goes a long way.
Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow/Shimmer Powder in Earth: The most gorgeous shimmer powder that really shines! Use as eyeshadow or mix with lipgloss or blow onto nail polish. So many options for this versatile product.
“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Sometimes you just have to view the world upside-down to fully clear your mind. I typically do my self practice in my living room, but today I decided to take it outside in the fresh, cool spring air. I’ve been feeling a little bogged down lately, just trying to handle the responsibilities of being an adult, combined with all the tragedies that are going on in our world right now. This past week left me drained and overwhelmed. What do I do when I’m overwhelmed? I stop and stand on my head. Works wonders every time. :)
My shoes now have their own accessories! These shoes clips will transform the look of your shoes from drab to fab in no time! Instead of buying new shoes, just clip on a bow or flower to your old pair. You can easily switch the clips to another pair or move it from the front to the back of the shoe for a new look. Read on for the tutorial! Continue reading
Hello! Just a quick post to share my yummy green smoothie recipe with you. Please don’t be turned off by drinking something green! Trust me, it tastes good! Toss some spinach, a half or whole banana, half of a Haas avocado, and some water (also add ice if you want it super cold) in the food processor of blender, and blend until smooth. Stir in a scoop of Chia seeds before serving. Enjoy! Cheers to good health!
Hey girl, whatcha doin’? Hey girl, where you goin’? Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl? It’s me, knockin’ off Zooey Deschanel’s red heart print dress. The adorable New Girl wore an adorable red dress with adorable white hearts during her SNL monologue last year. Well, I also have an adorable little red dress from H&M, but it was missing something….those little white hearts! So I went to the craft store, bought some white fabric paint, and went to town on my little red dress. It was a success, and I’m going to share with you how to do it! You can paint those hearts anywhere- dresses, jeans, shirts, whatever floats your boat!
Hello! This morning I decided it was time to eliminate those pesky little gray hairs of mine and make a change from a subtle ombre to solid color. I’ve been sporting a modified ombre since November, meaning that I lightened my tips to a caramel shade, but only on the underneath panel of my hair. I enjoyed the look, but I’m ready for a little change back to normal. I decided to give Garnier’s new oil-based hair color a try in 4.3 Dark Golden Brown. Continue reading
Oh my word, is it March already? Here is the low-down on Ipsy’s “The Great Escape” Glam Bag for March 2013. LA Fresh Travel-lite Makeup Remover Wipes: 8 moisturizing wipes that dissolve face and eye makeup. Beware of parabens in the ingredients.
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist: Yipee, it’s an organic hydrating spray to tone and refresh your skin.
Glam Rx Mini Freestyle Palette: Mirror compact with a magnetic strip to house your eyeshadows. You could also stash your bobby/safety pins in there!
Yaby Eyeshadows in So Vein and Sand Dune: Beautiful beachy shades that click right into your new palette!
These products are tucked away in an adorable nautical themed cosmetic bag. I really love this month’s products – they are making me so excited for warm weather! For more information on Ipsy click here. Speaking of Ipsy, did you watch the Bachelor finale last night?! I know, nice segway. I’ll admit, I was glued to the TV for THREE entire hours. I was routing for Catherine, so I’m thrilled, although I liked Lindsey also. Is it sad that I can’t wait to watch their fairy tale, over-the-top-because-ABC-is-paying-for-it TV wedding? Did you hear, Sean is going to be on Dancing with the Stars? Oh man, that says Jake Pavelka all over it. Smart move? We shall see.
Do you or someone you love have a problem with drawing designs on your nails? You are not alone. I’m elated with joy as I bring you this mind-blowing tutorial on how to make your own nail decals. My nails are rocking the fleur-de-lis like no one’s business. Let me show you how easy this is to do. Continue reading
Hi peeps! I’ve been obsessed with this simple, nutrient-rich salad lately. That, and I may have a little avocado addiction (avocados = nature’s butter). It doesn’t take much preparation, just the ability to use a knife and spoon, which is ideal for me because I have the culinary skills of a 9-year-old. At least I can make it look pretty on the plate. I probably don’t need to tell you about the health benefits of avocados, but in case you were wondering, click here. Bon appetit!