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3/30 Soothe Your Puffy Eyes

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM Comments comments (0)

So I was watching the weather forecast this morning, and it looks like spring has officially arrived! Did you know it’s supposed to be 79 degrees on Saturday!?

How could you not love the sunshine, chirping birds, and flowers that come with spring? But between the budding flowers, bushes, and trees, the moisture from all the rain, and the dust stirred up by spring cleaning, most of us have some serious allergy induced red puffy eyes to look forward to.

Puffy eyes occur when there is increased blood flow through the eyes and the very thin skin around the eyes. The main causes for this are: heavy drinking, sleeplessness, allergies, or stress. Another cause can be an over production of tears. This explains why you wake up with bags under your eyes after a night of crying, and why itchy watery allergy eyes have the same effect.

I’m going to help you soothe those itchy, sore, red, swollen eyes with a few simple home remedies:

The simplest and most common remedy for puffy eyes is cucumber slices. I’m sure you’ve seen these used in advertisements for spas or in movies/TV shows. It seems like a cliché, but it really works!

What to do:

- Cut 2 slices of refrigerated fresh cucumber about ½ inch thick

- Splash your face with cool water from the faucet - Find a comfortable chair where you can tilt your head back, but remain sitting upright

- Lay cucumber slices over your eyes

- Relax for 10 – 15 minutes

Why this works:

Cucumbers contain an anti-irritation ingredient that helps to reduce swelling, and the moisture in the cucumber is refreshing and soothing.

Cucumber slices will do the trick for mildly irritated eyes, but how many people have whole cucumbers in their refrigerator on a regular basis? As you know I’m the home remedy queen, but I prefer to use items that most people already have in the house. You can’t always predict an allergy attack, so you need an in-a-pinch remedy that won’t require a trip to the produce department…

Have no fear, I’ve found it, and it works even better than the cucumbers on seriously irritated eyes. What is this miracle remedy you ask?

Tea Bags!

They have to be caffeinated, and I prefer to use ones with chamomile, but it’s not a necessity.

What to do:

- Moisten 2 tea bags with cold water, and place in refrigerator for a few minutes

- Once tea bags have been chilled, go to your comfy chair where your head can lay back, but the rest of your body stays upright.

- Lay tea bags over your eyes

- Relax for 15 minutes.

Why this works:

Caffeine shrinks those blood vessels that have been irritated by increased blood flow, reducing not only the swelling, but the redness as well. Tea contains tannic acid, which is known to temporarily tighten skin. Chilling the tea bags works in the same manner that icing a swollen ankle does, and it feels great on your irritated skin. If you choose to use tea bags with chamomile, they will further soothe not only your skin, but you will notice that your whole body feels more relaxed, which is something we could all benefit from. Whether your using this remedy for allergies, a hangover, insomnia,, or stress, relaxation is welcomed, I’m sure!

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3/29 Beer Beauty Benefits

Posted on March 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM Comments comments (2)

So I was having drinks with some friends this weekend when there was a minor beer-spilling incident which resulted in wet hair. Fortunately, the spillee was more mature about the situation than I would have been. One drop of moisture on my hair and I start to look like a poodle! She jokingly said “It’s ok, beer’s probably good for your hair anyway. It’s all natural”. At this point, of course, the entire room turned to me. I didn’t have an answer for them, but I told them I would do some research.

I found out that beer is not only good for your hair, but for your skin as well!

Use beer as a shine enhancing conditioner:

This is not something that needs to be done everyday. Once a week is more than enough, and you could probably get away with doing it once a month.

- Mix one cup of beer with 1 tsp olive oil to make a conditioner. (Set remaining beer aside for facial mask!)

- Shampoo as usual

- Pour beer mixture onto hair and massage into scalp for a few minutes.

- Rinse with cool water

Why it works: Beer acts as an acidic finishing rinse, which tightens the outer layer of your hair’s cuticle. This allows the light to bounce off the smoothed cuticle, giving increased shine.

I promised I would research beer’s effects on hair, and while I love a shine enhancing rinse as much as the next girl, I am much more fascinated and excited about beer’s benefits for your skin!

In ancient Egypt, which is considered to be the birthplace of beer, upper class women including Cleopatra, soaked in beer baths because they believed it had beauty enhancing properties.

More than 4,000 years later, we know that they were right, and we know why!

Beer contains:

- Brewer’s Yeast, which contains micro-organisms called saccaromyces cereviseae (SC). SC consume acne causing bacteria and prevent new bacteria from adhering to the skin. (SC reproduce at up to 24 new cells per second, so imagine the benefits a 15-minutes mask could have!)

- Riboflavin, biotin, and vitamin b12 regulate the skin’s sebum (oil) production, therefore keeping it at a healthy PH level.

- Pantothenic acid and Vitamin B Complex make skin smooth and supple.

- Hops contains antioxidants necessary for increasing the skin’s ability to protect and heal itself. Antioxidants are used in all anti-aging products.

- A whole array of other vitamins and nutrients.

People with acne prone skin can splash beer onto skin after cleansing for a bacteria- fighting addition to your regular skin care routine. Allow the beer to work it’s magic while you finish getting ready, then rinse with warm water and moisturize.

Use beer as a Moisturizing anti-acne facial mask:

What you’ll need:

- 1 TBS beer

- 1 TBS plain yogurt

- the white of 1 egg

Mix all items together to make a face mask (it’s best to put in blender for 20 – 30 seconds) – you can also add almond extract and/or lemon extract if you have them.

- dampen skin with a warm wet washcloth

- apply mask to skin

- allow to sit for 15 – 20 minutes

- rinse with warm water

- apply moisturizer

Although applying beer topically can have positive beauty benefits, ingesting it does not necessarily have the same effect. Anyone who's seen themselves with a hangover knows this all too well! 

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next blog.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog!



3/15 Nail Whitening Home Remedies

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“I am a nail polish addict, and as a result of my constant polishing, my nails look yellow. What can I do to make them white again?”

Your nails are stained from the pigment in the polishes you use.

There are a few things you can do to revive your dingy nails.

1. Apply a liberal amount of Whitening Toothpaste to nails, and scrub with a nail brush for a few minutes each day. You should see results within a week or so.

2. Mix baking soda with a small amount of vinegar. This will make a foam. Soak nails in this mixture for 15 minutes, and then scrub with a nail brush.

3. Soak nail in the juice of 1 lemon. This is probably the most concentrated and effective treatment, but if you have any cuts or Hangnails I don’t recommend it, because it will burn like crazy!

All of these treatments will work on toe nails as well.

Once you have gotten your nails back to their desired shade…Make sure to ALWAYS use a base coat under any colored polish you use.

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my nest blog.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to stop but tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog.


3/12 Make Your Own Custom Nail Polish

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 11:18 AM Comments comments (1)

Yesterday’s make your own lip gloss topic inspired me to explore more DIY topics! I’m really excited about today’s, because it combines 2 of my favorite things… Nail Polish and Craftiness.

Whether you just can’t seem to find that perfect color or you’re looking to update last season’s polishes, these tips will help you! There are WAY too many steps involved in making your own polish, including chemicals and procedures and that I’m not interested in learning, but here are some ways to make some custom polish colors!

To make your own nail polish color:

1. Start with a bottle of clear nail polish for a sheer shade or white for an opaque shade.

2. Cut the corner from an envelope and place it inside your polish bottle like a tiny little funnel

3. Add powdered eye shadow for color. The more you add, the deeper the color will be.

4. Add fine glitter for sparkle if desired.

5. Shake well and Viola!

This can also be used to add shimmer to a flat polish you already have.

Last spring/summer they were showing a lot of neons, but this year it looks like pastels are all the rage… Instead of shelving the neons and buying new pastel polishes, why don’t you play chemist and alter the shades.

To change a polish from neon to pastel:

1. Start with the bottle of neon Polish.

2. Add 10 – 15 drops of white polish

3. Add – 2 drops of black. (the black will help cut the brightness of the neon color)

4. Shake well. If the desired color has not been reached continue to add drops of white and black until you are happy with it.

Maybe you have some dark shades left over from winter that you’re not crazy about? Lighten those babies up, and make them spring shades!

To lighten dark Polish:

Add white nail polish or silvery/pearlescent eye shadow, depending on the effect you’re looking for.

To darken light Polish:

Add black nail polish or eye shadow.

Experiment and have fun with it!

We all have a few bottles of polish at home that we’re not exactly thrilled about. Mix 2 or 3 of them together and see what you get!

I’m so excited about this idea, I think I might add it to my Rockstar parties! If you were an 11 year old girl, wouldn’t you be pretty psyched about making your own custom nail polish? I’m 24 and I know I am!

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next blog.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to stop by again next week for another dose of the beauty blog!


3/11 Make your own Lip Gloss

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (53)

As promised yesterday, I’m going to teach you how to make your own lip gloss.

It’s really very simple, and little girls go crazy for it! I make lip gloss with the girls as favors for my princess and rockstar parties, and it’s always a hit!

If you look online there are a ton of recipes that require all kinds of different waxes and essential oils, but I’ve found that Crisco Shortening works best as a base for lip gloss.

It melts well, hardens to the perfect consistency, and has great shine. Not to mention, it’s cheap and easy! I’ve tried using petroleum jelly, but it doesn’t melt well, which means the ingredients don’t always mix well, and it’s difficult to transfer to the containers. Also, petroleum jelly's consistency is a little too goopy.

First, you need to decide what color and or flavor of gloss you want.

If you want colored gloss without flavor:

Take one tablespoon Crisco shortening, melted in the microwave, and add food coloring for desired color, and pour into lip gloss container. Once this mixture has cooled, it’s ready to use.

I’ve never tried this, but I’ve heard that adding crayon shavings to the Crisco makes a good waxy balm as opposed to a softer gloss.

* add a squirt of honey to the mixture before melting, for scent and flavor*

If you want a brown colored gloss that tastes like chocolate:

Add 5-10 chocolate chips to your 1 Tablespoon Crisco, (the more you add, the darker it will be) melt in microwave for about 20 seconds and stir. If the ingredients are not melted, microwave for an additional 10 seconds. Once ingredients are melted, mix well, pour into lip gloss container, and cool.

For a brightly colored, fruity flavored lip gloss:

Take 1 teaspoon Koolaid powdered drink mix (sugar already added), add 2-3 drops water and mix until all powder has been moistened. Now add this mixture to 1 Tablespoon of melted Crisco, and stir together. Pour into lip gloss container, cool, and enjoy! (for a deeper color, use more Koolaid, for a lighter, more sheer look, use less)

***You can add cake glitter to any of the above items for a little sparkle.***

These glosses are great for daytime, since they add subtle color and shine and will moisten and condition your lips while you're wearing them. They are also great for wearing over your favorite lipstick for an evening out.

The best lip gloss containers I’ve found are small, round, clear seed bead containers with screw on lids. They can be purchased in packages of 3, 6, 12 ,or 24 at Pat Catans craft store or the craft department at walmart for less than $.50 a piece.

Have fun mixing up your concoctions! 

send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I'll answer them in my next blog.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog!



3/10 Lip Plumping Home remedies

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a question from one of my readers:

"I'm pretty health conscious. I'm a vegan, I eat only organic and whole grains. I try not to use any products with chemicals in them, so I LOVE all of your natural home remedies. Do you have an all-natural recipe for lip plumping?"

I'm so glad that you're enjoying the home remedies. I would always rather use something that I've mixed myself than an over-priced chemical-filled product. You only get one face and one head full of hair, if you ruin it, that's it! As for a lip plumping home remedy, you're in luck!

First, condition your lips by rubbing a small amount of sugar mixed with cooking oil onto lips to exfoliate. This will leave them smooth and soft.

Here what you need:

-Petroleum Jelly

- Cayenne Pepper

- Ground Cinnamon

1. Place 1-2 teaspoons of petroleum jelly in a small container. An old lip gloss pot will work. (When I make lipglosses for the girls at my princess parties, I use small clear round seed bead containers that can be purchased in packages of 3, 6, 12, or 24 at Pat Catans or Walmart's craft department. They are less that $.50 a piece, and they're perfect for lipgloss.)

2. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper

3. Add a pinch of cinnamon

4. Mix well, and apply to lips. (be careful! If you use too much it will BURN!)

5. You can add a drop or 2 of peppermint oil for scent and flavor.

You will feel a tingling sensation, much like you feel when using a store bought lip plumper.

This can be applied under your regular lipstick or gloss.

Another tip is to apply a thick layer of plain petroleum jelly to lips before bed. When you wake up, lips will be at their natural fullest, then apply the plumping solution above.

I've also heard that applying one drop of clove oil to a Q-tip and rubbing that on your lips will plump them as well. 

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I'll answer them in my next blog.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow when I'll tell you how to make your own natural tinted lip glosses!



3/8 Make-Up Removing Home Remedies

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“I wash my face with soap and I always have eyeliner residue on my eyes afterwards and it looks like I have bags under my eyes. I don't want to spend millions of dollars for eye make up remover. What's a cheap-o way to get rid of that?”

This is a great question!

I’m glad you’re washing your make-up off before bed, but try a water-based cleanser instead of soap. It will help to maintain the correct PH balance on the surface of your skin. Neutrogena has a decent one that won’t cost much more than your average hand soap.

Part of your problem could be that the skin around your eyes is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin will grab those nasty make-up remnants and hold on for dear life! Make sure to moisturize your skin twice a day (once after washing your make-up off at night, and once before putting it on in the morning). Soft supple skin will not only be easier to remove make-up from, but also to apply make-up to.

Eye-makeup removers are often expensive, and if you’ve ever gotten some in your eye, you know they’re full of chemicals! The active ingredient in all make-up remover is oil. Below, I’ve listed a few ways to remove your make-up using everyday products from the drug store.

Please remember, no matter what you’re using to remove your make-up, go easy on that delicate skin around your eyes. Too much rubbing or pulling can cause pre-mature wrinkles.

Here are some simple everyday products you can use to remove your dark eye make-up

- baby oil (saturate a cotton ball and gently wipe make up away.)

- Vaseline (apply a small amount to eye with fingers, and wipe away with a tissue or cotton ball)

- Baby wipes (These come least recommended, as they may contain alcohol, which can dry your skin)

- If none of these work try the following concoction, it’s supposed to be fool-proof:

3 Tablespoons Light olive oil

3 Tablespoons Castor Oil (can be found in any drugstore)

3 Tablespoons Canola Oil (Mix well, apply to cotton ball and gently wipe make-up away)

*if some makeup remains on the skin after removing, apply some oil/vaseline to a cotton swab and gently wipe away. This will help reduce rubbing and irritation*

Always wash face with normal cleanser after using any removing product (even the professional stuff) as they all contain oils that can clog your pores if left on the surface of your skin.

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next blog.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog!



3/5 Getting Rid of Animal Odors

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (0)

This may be slightly off the subject of Beauty, but it’s still useful…

My boyfriend called me last night all worked up because his brother’s cat who has been (not-so) affectionately named “the wizzer” peed on his clean clothes. He was going to throw everything away because he claimed that smell won’t come out. This, of course, prompted me to do a little online search for home remedies to remove cat odors…. We all know how I love those home remedies!

So here’s what I found:

For clothing

- Rinse garments. Mix 1 cup vinegar with 2 cups water and add about a tablespoon of Listerine Mouthwash. Soak garments in this mixture overnight and wash regularly.

For Carpets/Furniture:

- Use a paper towel to dab up moisture. Mix 1/3 cup vinegar with 2/3 cup water and add a few drops Listerine (same mixture just less of it) pour mixture to soiled spot until saturated, allow to sit about 10-15 minutes, soak up excess liquid w/paper towel. Allow to dry. If the spot still smells, reapply mixture. Then sprinkle with baking soda, and vacuum.

For Linoleum or tile floor:

- Bleach

I hope this helps to keep your clothes and your home cat pee free!

Send your Beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next blog

Don’t forget to stop by on Monday for another dose of the beauty blog!



2/24 Hyperpigmentation

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“The skin on my underarms, groin, and inner thighs is much darker than the rest of my skin. What causes this, and is there anything I can do to lighten it?”

This is an embarrassing problem that many people suffer from. It more common than you may think, and there are a few remedies out there to treat this problem.

First, the darkening of the skin you’re referring to is called hyper pigmentation, and can be caused by scaring or chafing, but more commonly, it is hereditary. There are some products that treat this problem, and they can be found in pretty much any beauty supply store, pharmacy, or online. I do not have experience with any brands, so I cannot make a recommendation.

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that I prefer home remedies to chemical products, so here are a few for hyper pigmentation:

1. Use salt and oil to exfoliate the affected areas everyday when you shower. Once desired results have been reached, exfoliation can be reduced to once a week.

For information on exfoliations please see the “silky soft winter skin Blog

2. If the affected areas are also areas that require hair removal, wax them instead of shaving. Waxing will help remove some of the dead skin buildup. Waxing removes hair at the root rather than cutting it off at the skin’s surface, which will eliminate those little black dots, which add to the dark look. It will also avoid any further irritation that could be caused by shaving. You can buy a home wax kit at any beauty Supply Store. (Remember! Always apply wax in direction of hair growth and remove it in the opposite direction of hair growth)

3. Cut a potato in half, and rub on hyper pigmented areas for 10 minutes. Potatoes have a natural bleaching effect on skin,. Lemon, lime, and cucumber all have the same results if you would prefer to use one of them.

4. For an additional lightening boost, Mix ½ cup yogurt with the juice of one lemon. Apply to affected areas and allow to set for 30 minutes. Rinse, and then do step 3.

5. Use cocoa butter to hydrate affected areas at lease twice daily. Cocoa butter is also a treatment for hyper pigmentation, as well as stretch marks.

- It will take at least a week of daily treatment to see results, and desired results may not be achieved for several months, as is the case with the store-bought treatments.

I hope this helps!

Send your beauty question to [email protected] and I'll answer them in my next blog.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog.



1/22 Kitchen Cabinet Remedies - Skincare

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 10:52 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday's entry was such a hit (it got the most views this month) that I thought I would give you more great beauty Remedies that you can whip up right in your own  kitchen!

Today I'm going to focus on skin care home remedies. Let me first stress the importance of having a regular skincare regimen. Everyone should cleanse and moisturize their skin once in the morning and once at night, and exfoliate at least once a week. It's also good to do a deep cleansing or moisturizing mask once a week as well (based on your skin type) and PLEASE do not sleep in your make-up!

Now that I have gotten my lecture in, here are your at-home skincare remedies:


To clease your dry skin:

- 2 TBS plain (preferably organic) yogurt

- a few drizzles of honey

- 1/2 of a banana, mashed

spread this over skin and allow to sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and splash with cold to close pores

Why this works: Yogurt is very hydrating, honey has anti-oxident, antiseptic, and hydrating properties. Bananas soften dry skin to allow the moisturizers to penetrate

To Clease Sensitive Skin:

- 1/2 cup oatmeal

- a few drizzles of honey

spread over face allow to sit for 5-10  minutes. Rinse with warm water and them splash with cold to close pores

why this works: Oatmeal is very soothing and calming to the skin. Honey has anti-oxident, antiseptic, and hydrating properties.

**To cleanse normal skin:

(this is quick and simple and works for everyone!)

- cut a green seedless grape in half and rub over entire face

-rinse with warm water, then splash with cold water to close pores

Why this works: Grapes gently exfoliate your skin and remove impurities.

To cleanse your oily/acne-prone skin:

- Mash 1 ripe papaya (can't find a papaya? Use the pulp from a lemon or orange)

- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

-1 tablespoon sea salt

-a shake or two of ground cinnamon

GENTLY spread this over face rub in circular motions. DO NOT rub hard as the salt may scratch the skin, causing micro scarring. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then splash with cold to close pores.

Why this works: Papaya contains a special enzyme that removes excess dirt and oil. Yogurt is very moisturizing, sea salt will remove caked on dry skin cells to allow other ingredients to penetrate. Cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties.



- 1 TBS Cornmeal (can also use coffee grounds)

- 1 TBS vegetable oil

rub vigorously over entire face. Then rinse with cool water

Why this works: The cornmeal (or coffee grounds) are softer grains than salt or sugar, and do not have sharp edges that can damage delicate facial skin.


Squeeze a little lemon juice on a cotton ball and rub over skin to clean and close pores

Why this works: All citrus is anti-septic

Be sure to tone skin after using the above scrub to make sure you get all the oil off of the surface of your skin.


For sensitive skin

Mix oatmeal and water to form a paste and spread on skin

allow to dry, then remove with warm water. 

Why this works: Those of you with sensitive skin know that the biggest goal is to calm your poor skin, which is irritated by things as simple as wind or the collar of your shirt. Oatmeal will calm the skin and even out blotchiness. 

*This can be used on rashes, insect bites, and even sunburn to calm skin and reduce redness

For normal - oily skin:

Apply the whites of 2 eggs to your face

allow to dry, and remove with warm water

Why this works: Egg white contains Lysozyme, which is a enzyme that kills bacteria. It is even known to be used as a natural preservative in some foods. The proteins in egg whites will also temporarily firm your skin.

For Acne-prone skin

add a few drops of lemon to the egg white mask above

Why this works: the citrus just boots the bacteria-killing power

For Dehydrated skin:

Apply the yolks of 2 eggs to your face

allow to dry, and remove with warm water

Why this works: The egg yolks are nutrient, protein, and moisture rich. They will lubricate and hydrate dry skin.


Since I’ve saved you countless dollars already, I suggest purchasing a good facial moisturizer, as it is something that you leave on your skin and do not rinse away.

I suggest: Dermalogicia Active Moist – this is a great daily moisturizer for all skin types that was developed by the international dermal institute.

Dermalogicia is available at select salons, South and North Hills Beauty Academy, as well as Ulta.

Or Clinique: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (it’s yellow)

Clinique products are available at most department and sephora stores

If you insist on buying your moisturizer at the drugstore, try Neutrogena, as it is water based and will not clog pores or irritate skin.

I hope this helps you save a few dollars while making your skin the most beautiful it can possibly be. 

Here's a suggestion!
Print these recipes, have a girls' spa night in. Have your friends come over in their sweats, put all the ingredients out (and of course some wine :wink:) and let each person mix their own personalized facial kit. Then apply to each other. You can even include yesterday's hair treatments if you want, and give each other mini-manicures.

Sounds like a great saturday night plan to me!

Have fun and send me your beauty questions [email protected]


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