Posts Tagged ‘at home’

HEY SUGAR…

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Post submitted by community contributor, Brandi Morin

Ladies, want to know how to make your skin irresistibly radiant and healthy? Try this DIY treatment, which uses ingredients many of you probably already have in your cupboard!

I stumbled upon this beauty secret years ago and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular home-made body scrubs because it’s easy, good for your skin, low maintenance and cheap!

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BAND TOGETHER

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Today I’ll also be posting the “Short Hair Chignon” video tutorial. This d-i-y gem will come in super handy if you don’t have an elastic based headband at home (as seen in the video).

You can use almost any kind of trim to make this headband– thick, thin, sparkly or not. These are great for brides, bridesmaids, or just going out to a fun party. Elastic ribbon can be found at the fabric store and usually costs around $1. Trim can also be found at the fabric store and ranges in price. In some cities you can find specialty stores that only carry trim. Good luck! Tweet us a photo if you make a headband!!

Xx Kristin Ess

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

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Happy Friday, my darlings! Another shift in seasons is upon us. Are you looking forward to it? Leaves, coats, umbrellas + rain! One thing none of us are looking forward to is the dry scalp that often comes with a new season. I’m about to tell you something a little weird, but bear with me… Someone recently came into my studio and asked if I’d heard of Listerine curing dry scalp + flakes. How can you not find that comical?? After a laugh and a weird face, it dawned on me- Listerine is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and it actually makes sense. Googled it like crazy and found all kinds of people who love this remedy and highly recommend it! Decided to give it a go. Tried it on myself and had one other person try it as well. SHOCKINGLY, it worked.

I mixed

  • 1/2 oz of original formula Listerine
  • 1/2 oz of baby oil (to soothe and soften)

I shook it up in a bottle and used cotton balls to apply. (Tip your head back a little as you apply to be sure nothing gets on your face.) I left it for 5-10 minutes and then shampooed it out. I only did it for 3 days in a row but I’ve been reading that it can take up to one week. Honestly, not a flake on my scalp. I love that after 15 years of doing hair I can still be baffled by home remedies. If you do this at home please email, tweet or facebook us and let us know how it goes!

Xx Kristin

**if you have psoriasis or sensitive skin/scalp, talk to your dermatologist first!

NAILED IT!

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Last week we asked you whether you preferred a traditional french manicure with white tips or a new take on the classic style. To say the results were close is an understatement. Over 25,000 of you voted and the traditional french manicure won by only 7 votes! So as promised, here are step-by-step instructions on how you can achieve this lovely look at home.

TOOLS

White polish

sheer pale pink polish

clear top coat

small paint brush

nail polish remover

STEPS

Don’t be frustrated if this doesn’t turn out flawless on your first attempt.  It can be a little tricky, so just have fun with it and practice!

1. Start with clean, bare nails that have been filed.

2. Using the white polish, paint the ends of your nails slightly thicker than you would like the white tips to be.  Don’t worry about being too exact. Depending on the polish you may need to apply 2 coats to achieve solid white tips.

3. Let the whites air dry for a few minutes before starting the next step.

4.  Dip your paint brush in nail polish remover and drag it along the inside of the white strip you have painted. Remember to mimic the shape of your nail with a slight curve. You will have to repeat this several times to get a smooth line. Slowly thin the line out until it is the width you like. Continue this on each nail, trying to keep the width of the white tip consistent. Note: Even with a lot of practice, your right hand can be difficult to do (or your left hand if you are left handed).  This step might require a little help from a friend. Manicure party!

4.  Once you are satisfied with your tips, apply one coat of pale pink polish over the entire nail.  It is best to use a more sheer polish for a more natural look.

5. Add a clear top coat and your done!

Let us know how it goes! We love getting your pictures. Also, if you want to have a little more fun with this manicure, you can swap out the white polish for any color you like.  This week I tried both sage green tips and navy blue tips and loved them.

XO Lauren