Beauty In Your Kitchen

Sorry for the lack of posts and updates. I’ve been insanely busy as of late and life has been moving quickly. With everything being so expensive; gas, food, and the like, I managed to find some beauty routines that you can do at home, and with things that are most likely in your kitchen! Sounds like fun right? We’ve all heard of the Egg Mask, but I think these are much better. I’m looking into trying the following and figured I’d share them with you.

Soda Hair Soak – by Gregg Giamillo of J. Sisters Salon & Spa
3 tbsp baking powder
1 cup water

This recipe is a pre-shampoo rinse which helps to relieve product buildup in the hair. I know that with my thick curly hair I have to use a lot of product to keep frizz at bay, especially in the warm and humid weather we’ve been having. Simply mix together and when the mixture fizzes run through your hair until the fizzing stops. Shampoo as usual and do not rinse out the mixture before shampooing.

Very Berry Scrub – by Kimara Ahnert (celeb makeup artist)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt

Mash the berries and combine with yogurt. Make sure to keep ingredients equal. The yogurt balances the pH in levels in your skin which the berries contain alpha hydroxy acid which helps to remove dead skin cells.

I love strawberries, especially in the summer and this is just another reason to love them. When used on your skin they bring out a radiant complexion.

Product Review: Elta MD Physical SPF 41

A while ago my Aunt scored some free samples of Elta MD Sunscreen, and I just got around to trying it out. I have two tubes of product and used it today when I did my running in the pool and when I laid out afterwards.

Elta’s products range from skincare to suncare, and I was pleased with this product. There is no smell, oil, paraben, or chemicals. This sunscreen has natural ingredients that can be used on children or people with sensitive skin. I liked that it had a little bit of a tint to it as well. I tanned through the sunscreen as well. All too often people think that you can’t tan through sunscreen but you can. It simply blocks UVA and UVB which are the most harmful rays of the sun causing premature aging and skin cancer. You can still get a tan by wearing sunscreen, you’re just not absorbing the most damaging rays.

My only gripe? One of the main ingredients is Zinc Oxide, so if you use a little too much you can have a few white patches. To remove it simply soak a wet cloth and rub away and it’s gone in seconds. I probably used a bit too much, but that was the only problem I saw. If you want to learn some more check out Elta MD’s website.

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And I was tagged by Becky. =]
1. Would you say you have an accent? Haha yes. I have a CT one where I don’t pronounce T’s sometimes.

2. Do you hope to be married (married again if divorced)? I would love to marry Keith. =]

3. If you could take one technology to a desert island (the obvious satellite phone excluded), what would it be? Hmm…this one is tough but probably my laptop with a neverending battery and internet, haha.

4. What is the last activity you bought a ticket for? Probably going to see a movie in Rhode Island. The Love Guru.

My Beach Essentials

I leave for Rhode Island on Saturday for a week of vacation with Keith and my family. My Aunt gets a house right on the water (we go to the same one each year), and it’s absolutely beautiful. Being away for a week means extra packing, and making sure that I pack the right things. When you go to the beach for a week, or on any summery vacation for a week here are some of my essentials besides a week’s worth of clothes and regular purse essentials (like wallet and cellphone).

More than one bathing suit: In my opinion, there’s bathing suits for laying out, and then there’s bathing suits for swimming. A string bikini just simply can’t withstand big waves and boogie boarding. I always bring more than one. If you’re a two piece girl, try getting one with thicker straps so there’s no risk losing your bottom or top when you get crashed with a wave. I’ll be wearing a bikini this summer (but bringing one of my sexy VS short tankinis for boogie boarding).

SPF: You can still get tan while protecting your skin. Hawaiian Tropic makes a great tanning lotion with an SPF of 6 for sun worshipers, but you can also invest in a spray on sunscreen which I absolutely love. It’s light and does the job, and trust me, YOU WILL GET TAN!

Easy makeup/hair care: I pack light for the beach with my makeup and haircare. If you have longer curly hair like me bring a widetooth comb to get tangles out. And a plus! The saltwater and sun will give you natural high lights and beachy looking waves. Who said mother nature can’t help you out? As for makeup, I also pack light. I’ll have my bronzer to sweep on lightly, lip gloss, and mascara. Easy makeup for an easy vacation. Plus you don’t have to worry about eyeliner smudges and foundation meltdown. Getting tan means you can get away with less makeup, and also helps to clear your skin.

Swim coverup’s that double as dresses: It’s simple as that, go from the beach to the bar in minutes. Victoria’s Secret has amazing summer dresses that are cute and fun. Check out the PINK line. I picked up a navy blue dress which I hope to be wearing out when we hit the beach bars.

What are some of your beach essentials? Or vacation essentials?

I love my new DB bag <3

Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday so we hit the outlets. The weather was lovely and we had a great day together. We each got Dooney & Bourke bags. She got a matching one in black and brown and they were 60% off which is amazing. I’ve needed a big black purse. My school bags are way too big for every day and my black Juicy is just too small sometimes too. I’m absolutely in love with my new bag!

We had a great time and I took her out for a wrap for lunch afterwards. It was a nice Friday the 13th if you ask me.

We also checked out the Juicy outlet, which I thought I’d be able to spend a load of money in. They’re just opened, and there were tons of t-shirts, hoodies, and everything. I just didn’t find anything that caught my eye. I was in the market for a purse and I found the perfect one that I was looking for.

Product Review: Diva Dryer Facial Mitt

In my Easter basket my Mom put a Diva Mitt, which I has never seen before in my life. A company named Aquis specializes in face, body, and hair towels that dry you off with special microfibers which are easier on the skin. I’ve been using my Diva Mitt for a while now and wanted to keep using it before I reviews it. I’m absolutely in love!

I use this product whenever I wash my face outside of the shower, so mostly during the day if I need to reapply makeup or on a very hot day, or at night before I go to sleep. The Diva Mitt is targeted for teens, but I still use it. It exfoliates your skin gently while cleaning. After using it my skin feels smooth and soft without the use of a toner afterwards. My skin has been clearer, smoother, and feels healthy and has a glow after I use my mitt to wash and rinse my face. I literally get sad when it’s in the wash, haha.

You can find them on the website or at CVS or Walgreens. I absolutely love my Diva Mitt, and feel 100% confident recommending it to you ladies (or gentlemen)!

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