Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

FRUIT INFUSED WATER

photos: kristin ess

As hot as it is on the West Coast (particularly LA), summer is coming to an end soon. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to juice it for all it’s worth! (Ha, see what we did there?) All summer we’ve been trying to stay hydrated in the TBD office. As many cites, states, countries suffer from a shortage of water, we consider ourselves very lucky to have access to clean drinking water.

Hopefully I don’t sound ungrateful for saying this but as long as I can remember, I’ve never liked the “taste” of water. I have to force myself to drink it and before infusing, I would often go days without a glass of water. Maybe it’s the minerals or maybe it’s just how utterly plain it is, but I have discussed this with many people over the years and I was surprised at how many friends have this same issue. I don’t drink soda and I don’t drink sugary drinks so it’s not like my tastebuds are just used to sweetness. Nonetheless, I started popping fresh fruits into my water and my hydration game changed. I now can go through bottles and bottles without an issue. Even if you DO love the taste of water, this is a fun way to change it up.

Pretty sure we’ve talked about the importance of drinking water before, but in case you forgot, here’s a refresher:

  • brain tissue is about 75% water.
  • muscles + kidneys are about 79% water.
  • lungs are about 83% water.
  • our skin is comprised of about 64% water.
  • water helps flush waste and toxins from the body.
  • it helps regulate body temperature.
  • it helps deliver oxygen to your brain!
  • water lubricates your joints.
  • even your bones are 31% water.

Fill up some small milk bottles.

Chop up your favorite fruits.

Plan out some fun flavor combos! Or just mix them all together. I love pairing them up so I have different types of water throughout the day and I don’t get bored.

Put a lid on it. I put some of my waters in the refrigeratior because they stay fresher longer and I tend to make 10 small bottles for a day. But if you’re just doing one or two, the flavors will infuse faster out of the refrigerator.

Wait 30 min to an hour and give it a little stir. I use this long spoon and poke at the fruits a little to release more flavor.

If you want a change of flavor, add the tiniest bit of coconut water! Here are some of the flavor combos I love along with a description of what they taste like…

  • Watermelon, Strawberry + Mint: Tastes like summertime in a bottle.
  • Cherry, Blueberry + Raspberry: Sangria-ish.

  • Orange + Rosemary: Savory. Makes me less hungry.
  • White Peach, Green Apple + Basil: This one tastes like PIE!

  • Plum + Basil: Plum picking!
  • Kiwi, Raspberry + Orange: Tropical Fruit

  • Blueberry + Strawberry: this one tastes just like a red popsicle.
  • Orange, Green Apple + Mint: reminds you of being at the spa!

If you have a meeting at work or you’re just having friends over, cut up some larger pieces of your favorite fruit, stuff them into a decanter with water and serve over ice.

This is truly a great trick and something I’ll also carry over into winter with stone fruits. I used plum above but I can’t wait to figure out new combos for the season! Hope you enjoy this and hope you drink lots and lots of H20.

  • Milk bottles are from HERE.
  • Spoon is from HERE.

HIGHLIGHTER AND BLUSH DUO

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Liquid blush is the best way to create a natural-looking flush. It melts into the skin better than cream or powder blush. Liquid highlighter illuminates your eyes better than powder highlighter can. Basically, liquid is the way to go. And dotting, blending and stippling are how we get it done.  (more…)

HOW TO DISGUISE OVER-PLUCKED BROWS

We’ve all been there. We get a little tweezer happy and before we know it, we have tadpoles with tails. Or it’s not our fault at all and we’ve entrusted a new esthetician who clearly had a different (thinner) vision in mind. But don’t panic! There’s a way to fill them in while you’re waiting for them to grow out. Here’s how:  (more…)

COTTON CANDY BUN + THIN GOLD HEADBAND

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HI! Let’s take a short break from our “Summer Braid” series in the hair department, shall we? A couple days ago I posted a photo on instagram of a client wearing a very voluminous bun on set. I jokingly referred to it as her cotton candy bun which was followed by a lot of requests for a tutorial, so why not?! This is exactly the way I did hers so follow along and recreate the look at home. I’ll also show you how I made that thin goddess-y headband!

You’ll need some embroidery thread. I love the metallic kind and above we used gold but you can use any color you want; mix, match, cooridinate with your dress, whatever! You can usually find embroidery thread at your local fabric/craft store. Here’s a link in case you can’t find it near you. A whole lot cheaper than most headbands these days! Okay, let’s get to the tutorial steps…

  1. Start with a clean, dry, wavy ponytail. You want the ponytail to be large enough to create major volume in your bun making! If you need to add some extensions, try doing it like we did in THIS TUTORIAL! Give it a little wave with a wand or curling iron to plump it up even more!
  2. Now you’re going to use your comb to tease sections lightly. Don’t make it into a rats nest, you just want to give it a few slow, long back-combs with the wider side of your comb. Remember, you’re not teasing for height, you’re just teasing for more volume so be gentle on that hair!
  3. Take all of your ponytail in one hand and give it a light spray. Here we’re using this strongholding hairspray by Sexy Hair. Now twist it into your high bun shape.
  4. Start pinning around the base of the bun. Make sure you’re using strong bobbypins!
  5. I forgot to photograph it but, you should also grab a tail comb. That’s what we used (as you can see in this photo) to gently pull at the bun while adding a little more superholding hairspray. I like doing this more than using my fingers because it doesn’t smash anything. It’s such a tiny tail and you can work it into the middle of the bun to pull more volume pretty easily! Tail comb > fingers.
  6. Now you’re going to need more of that magic pixie powder they refer to as texturizing powder. Remember? We discussed it in detail right HERE! Sprinkle a bit of that in front of the bun. This is going to help hold the embroidery thread in place, big time! I sprinkle it all the way around the bun, even in the back by the nape of the neck because nothing disappoints more than your headband sliding while you’re out and about. The powder is mattifying so it keeps the hair from having any slip. It’s magic I tell you.
  7. Take about a yard of embroidery thread. Start in back as you see in photo 7. Bring it up and around the front past your ears.
  8. Cross it over in the center. Switch pieces into the opposite hands after you cross it over and then tie it together near the nape of your neck. If you don’t have the texturizing powder, you’re going to have to do a lot more work to get this thread to stay put. Lots of hairspray and a couple tiny bobbypins should do the trick.
  9. Once you’ve tied your goddess headband in the back, take the tail of your tailcomb and pull a little in between the strings. I just prefer the look over the hair being flat under the bands.
  10. Now for the final step, pour a little bit more of your texturizing powder over the bun and break it up with your fingers until it has that cotton candy bun look!

Will you try this? If you do will you pleeease tag us so we can see it? Last week we posted a bunch of your Twishtails on our IG, which looked SO amazing by the way. Find us at @thebeautydept and let us know once you’ve posted by hashtagging your with #TBDcottoncandybun