Posts Tagged ‘kitchen beautician’


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

I don’t know about you but I have some friends who come over and stage-5-cling to my precious bottle of Klorane which pretty much causes me to have a mini heart attack. I see this white cloud all around them and I wonder why I didn’t hide it before they got there. Too late, bottle is half gone. If you’ve ever paid for a bottle of Klorane you know it’s $20+. The reason we love it so much is because it’s made with rice. When rice comes in contact with the oils from your scalp, it becomes transparent. Many others are made with talc powders that never really disappear. Talc will often stay white and make you look like you’re from the Victorian era. I thought it would be fun to experiment! We tried dabbing finely ground rice flour (make sure it’s not coarse) at the root using a clean blush brush and were pleasantly surprised to see that this inexpensive alternative worked wonderfully!

  1. Pour a little finely ground white rice flour into a small cup.
  2. Dab your blush brush in the flour.
  3. Gently tap the brush on the side of the cup to remove excess flour.
  4. Apply.

In the tutorial above we photographed it on a blonde model, but since I have tried it on my red hair and it worked perfectly! The keys to applying are…

  • Make sure you section the hair off. Take sections parallel with the hairline. I like to go an inch below the hairline on each side.
  • Use your clean blush brush in a downward motion. Going upward or side to side may cause frizzing at the root.
  • Make sure you don’t apply too much. If you do it could look a little funky. If you think you’ve applied too much, just rub some off with a dry washcloth.
  • Don’t forget  to do your hairline!
  • Tap to blend. You don’t want to stroke your hair with your hand to get it to blend because you’ll end up wiping some away. Instead, tap it into the root gently with the pads of your fingers!

Best part about this is it’s completely green! You’ll get lots of applications out of one small bag.


Photos: Kristin Ess, Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Lately, the lyric “momma told me there’d be days like this” has been on repeat. Between the sun’s rays giving our scalp a royally red glow and the chlorine from our BFF’s pool, our strands have taken a serious beating this summer — and it’s not even August yet! We really should’ve followed our mother’s advice — it’s important to wear many hats (literally).

So, in an effort to revive our manes + scalp, we’ve created a tea tree mask that not only helps eliminate dandruff, dryness, and other warm-weather hair woes, but also helps us stay cool. The refreshing scent is a great way to beat the summer heat: just apply this mixture after shampooing and let it penetrate for 10 minutes (feel free to spend that time in front of the A/C or drinking a tall glass of lemonade!). Comb through and rise, and get ready for a more moisturized head of hair. If you’ve chemically treated your hair or happen to be around a group of children (a.k.a. potential lice carriers), the treatments are perfect for preventing damage and keeping bugs at bay.

Ready to whip up your very own tea tree hair mask? We’ll meet you in the kitchen!

1. Choose a base — one cup of plain yogurt or one whole avocado mashed up. Both are thick enough to act as a paste and will also moisturize with their abundance of healthy fats. Here, we chose avocados.

2. Add 10 drops of argan oil.



photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Considering nail art + polish colors are all we talk about for the first 20 minutes that we see each other, you don’t want to be that girl who has an immaculate mani accompanied by dry, crusty hands. Here in California winter has come to an end (UH, BYE!) but no matter where you are or what season it is, take 5 minutes to make this scrub at home with stuff you probably already have. You wish I was kidding when I say IT’S THE BEST. I’m not just saying that because I’m doing this post. I’m saying it because I used to spend $30 on a scrub for hands and feet that didn’t feel or smell as good as this. Here’s how it’s made…

  1. Get 1/4 cup of coarse sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar you can use brown sugar or salt but I find that the chunkier sugars make a huge difference and you can now find it at almost any store in the baking section.
  2. Half a lemon.
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil.
  4. I’m obsessed with adding Josie Maran’s “Balance” Argan Oil because it smells like fresh cut roses but you can use olive oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e oil or anything you feel has great skin benefits. There are so many and all are great for different reasons.

Mix it all together in a small bowl until the coconut oil chunks have disappeared. Once it’s done it should be a creamy consistency. Scrub your hands with this for 2 minutes and rinse with luke-warm water (No soap!). Allow the remaining oils to stay on your hands and soak in. Pat your hands dry with a towel.

If you have any left over (which I never have because I always do my hands and feet), you can put plastic-wrap over it and save it in the fridge for a couple days.

BOOM! You’re welcome. Can we PLEASE discuss how crazy soft your hands feel once you’ve done this!?


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Sometimes you just gotta Treat Yo Self with an at home beauty mask! This one is particularly for soft shiny hair but we’ll be doing quite a few for both hair and skin in the coming weeks. Oh, FYI- the Magic Bullet mixer has officially become one of our favorite beauty tools at TBD. You know– the one from the infomercials!? Normally we mash up “Kitchen Beautician” mask ingredients in a bowl but the other day we thought to try it in this teeny blender. Boom! Perfect size cup makes the perfect amount for one mask. Hope you have one at home! If not, try a food processor or a hand-held mixer. It feels so much better when the ingredients are blended– almost the same consistency as conditioner. Here’s how I make my favorite moisture mask:


  1. Split an avocado, remove the seed and spoon the whole thing into the blender bowl (or blender cup in this case).
  2. Add a little less than 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil. If you have Vitamin E gel capsules, pierce them and squeeze out the oil. If you’d rather, you can buy the oil for topical use.
  3. Pour 1 teaspoon of your favorite oil– jojoba, olive oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil. I usually stick to olive oil because it’s worked wonders for me every time with this mask.
  4. Blend it up until it reaches a whipped/creamy consistency.


You can either put apply this all over or your can do the ponytail method! Put your hair up in a ponytail, saturate the ends and then cover with plastic wrap. Try to give it about 10 minutes at the least, go for 20 if you have the time! Then hop in the shower, shampoo and condition as usual. Blow your hair out or air dry for soft, shiny goodness!