Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY: How to Make Homemade Air Fresheners

Source: Midwest Fragrance Company

Do you love to keep your home smelling fresh and sweet, but tired of watching candles because you can't leave it burning or using electricity on plug ins and oil warmers. Replacing air freshners on a regular basis can be quiet expensive and once candles are blown out the scent becomes lost in the air. Follow this tutorial to create your homemade air freshners.

Things you will need
b.) Non-toxic sidewalk chalk (optional)

Sidewalk Chalk
c.) Fragrance or Essential oil (of choice)
d.) Containers
e.) Grater
f.) Aluminum foil/napkin

1. Grate the chalk on the napkin; the ingredients measurement is based on the size of the container (no specific measurement necessary)
2. Mix the grated chalk until the color blends completely
3. Add drops of the fragrance oil to the mixture
4. Stir in the baking soda, it will form wet balls but continue to stir and press out the balls until its blended into the bakibg soda.
 5. You can use a cheese/pepper shaker container that has tiny holes to release the scent to place the ingredients.
6. You can also make a paper funnel to pour the ingredients into the containers.
7. Do not fill the containers completely,  so that when the scent fades you can add more drops of fragrance oil to the mixture and it will be much easier to shake or stir.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How to Repair a Broken Lipstick?

If lipsticks are not kept at the right temperature it can melt and lose its strength making it more susceptible to breaking or melting completely. 

Just in case you shop online this should be known to you. Frequently we buy lipsticks online and they arrive broken or our lipsticks might fall from our hands, counter and break and if we have kids around we all know what might become of our lipsticks. One way to salvage broken lipsticks is buy depotting.

If you have ever bought or splurge on your favorite lipstick and only when you're getting ready to use it you realize it's broken. Not a good thing!!! You can easily fix your broken lipstick by applying heat with a blow dryer or matches by heating the ends and putting it together.

1. Start with clean hands
2. Heat the lipstick stub with match or blow dryer to melt the product until it's soft and creamy and extract the broken piece of lipstick from the tube and roll up the remaining stub as much as possible. 
3. Use the blow dryer or a lit matchstick to slightly melt the broken pieces.
4. Stick the top part of the lipstick back onto the base and place it into a fridge until cool completely.
5. Remove the lipstick and smooth out the lumps, if there is any with your fingers or a toothpick.

*You can heat the stub over hot water, so the lipstick will be melted as a glue like consistency and allow the broken part to be stuck firmly to its base.

If you don't want to go through that much trouble you can simply use a lip brush to apply the lipstick to the lips and you can scoop the remaining lipstick into a small container (empty lip gloss jar), apply heat until melt then allow it to set and cool in the fridge. 

Preventive tip
Place melting lipstick in a refrigerator for 20 minutes or more, so that it can regain its consistency.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Ipsy January 2014 Glam Bag review

Jan 2014 Glam Bag
I have recently received my Ipsy Glam bag and now I'm making my review on the products included in my glam bag. This month Ipsy bag was mostly skin care products and less make-up items. The products where of small sample sizes and not full sized products.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Influenster Vox Box 2014: Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Skin Review

Shaving for me is like a daily habit, I often times get miserable when I feel that prickly hair growing back within less than a week. I have tried, use and reused several methods of hair removal tools. But is there really a trick to achieve that long lasting smooth skin? Why do these hair always grows back? Some hair removal tools and remedies swear by their name, but it just doesn't work as how it's suppose to. 

I have recently received my Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive razor - a perfect match for women with sensitive skin, and I have tried and tested the quality of the product. The razor features 5 blades that are closely space together with an increased glide enhancer that has a protective ribbon of moisture that has a touch of Aloe, which provides a closer shave with less irritation. This razor is suitable for sensitive skin, but it works best with less hair, thicker hair would be a little more difficult to remove.

2 Cartridges/Blades
Shower hook & Razor stick
I love the fact that I can hang it in my shower after I have finish shaving, until next use. I can also purchase the blades and attach it to the stick instead of buying a new razor stick + blades.

Disclaimer: This product was complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Glitter Nail Tool

Source: Amazon

Trying to get that glitter nail look but it gets messier every time you try? Then look no further with these tools applying glitter and ombre nail art has never been easier.

  • It can last for up to 3 weeks (depending on your natural nail growth)
  • Perfect and Shiny Nail Art UV Gel Polish
  • Ideal for creating your own beautiful nail art design on finger or toe nails
  • Suitable for using with other nail art products such as nail polish, Acrylic
  • Can be used on artificial nails as well as natural nails
  • The paints can be used on different surfaces such as nails, paper, brick, wood and other artworks
  • For professional use and can also be used at home
Usage Instructions: 
  • File/Buff your nail first.
  • Push back or remove excess cuticle then clean the nail surface. 
Optional: You may want to apply a BASE soak off Gel first for perfection. Dry it under UV or LED lamp 

Apply the Gel the same technique as when using other nail polish. It is easy. 
Allow it to cure under UV Lamp for 2-3 minutes (LED lamp for 1-2 minutes) 
one can apply a second layer if you want a more solid color and cure it under UV or LED lamp again. 
If it remains sticky after dry, remove the stickiness by Gel Cleanser. 

To remove: -Soak the cotton pad with acetone (acrylic remover) and wrap the nail. Wait a few minutes for the gel to become soft. Rip it down gently. File away the residual gently.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Homemade Remedies to Eliminate Dark Spots

Dark Spots on Cheek

Having problems with dark spots, acne marks uneven skin tone and trying to lighten, eliminate or restore your face to a more glowing facial complexion. This may be due to excess secretion of melanin on the surface of the skin that can be caused by the severe exposure of sun light to dark spots which eliminates growth as the melanin decreases and in turn leads to the darkening of the skin or various reasons which includes zits, acne, blemishes and blackheads. Some other factors that can lead to this condition are over exposure to the sun, hormone imbalance, pregnancy, some forms of medication, vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep and stress. Often time’s people turn to treatments such as acid peels and laser surgeries, but there are also natural homemade remedies that can also be used to reduce the appearances of dark spots and blemishes on the face. Here are some natural homemade remedies that you can make use of:
Monday, January 6, 2014

Ipsy Jan 2014 Sneak Peek

Ipsy has finally released there first sneak peek, after the anticipated wait, here is a pic of what seems to be a lip balm.
Source: Ipsy Facebook Pg

This is what Ipsy had to say,  "JANUARY 2014 GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #1: Fabulous lips, Fabulous life! One of these lip products will give you a reason to have some adventure this new year!"

Could it be this Malin+Geotz that's sold for $12 and the Mica Tinted Lip Balm for just $30.
Malin+Goetz Lip Balm

Tinted Lip Balm

Ipsy Sneak Peek #2

Source: Ipsy Fb Pg
JANUARY 2014 GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #2: So many beautiful horizons ahead! Make your 2014 your mostly beautiful year ever with one of these great products.

Yaby Foundation Set

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Creamy Eye Pencil

The Eye Pencil cost $14.99

Ipsy January 2014 Sneak Peek #3

Ipsy posted spoiler #3 and stated that “From desk to dinner, your lovely look will last with one of these awesome products.”

Products in the spoiler include a Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep conditioning mask, Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner, Benefit Pore fessional Face Primer, Coastal Scents Classic Foundation Synthetic Brush, and a small spray bottle sample that is hard to detect would look like a hair serum though.

Ipsy Jan 2014 Sneak Peek #4
Source: Ipsy Facebook pg
So Ipsy has updated day 4 of the spoilers, and this what they had to say, "The 2014 adventure begins now! Start it off right with two of these picks in your January Glam Bag!"

So many products, but only two from sneak peek #4 will be in our glam bags.
Alterna Dry Shampoo

Willa Lavender Facial Towelettes

Sneak Peek #5 is up, are you excited as I am?

Source: Ipsy FB Pg

JANUARY 2014 GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #5: 2014 is full of reasons to get gorgeous and tote your all-day essentials in your January Glam Bag!

Source: Ipsy FB pg

Ipsy said "YAY! Your January "19 Reasons" Glam Bags are just starting to leave our warehouse in batches, and we are going to start emailing your tracking codes NEXT WEEK (so no need to worry if you are still waiting). Please stay tuned for your Glam Room coming up very very soon. It will tell you which products you will be getting this month, and will also be filled with awesome deals from all of January's brand partners. Stay tuned and get excited!"

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Friday, January 3, 2014

How to Apply Blush According to your Face Shape


Blush creates an optical illusion which makes you more attractive and give you a more youthful glow, on the other hand if you apply too much you will look like a clown. Blush is usually applied on the cheeks and it's the last cosmetic used on the face. Choosing the right color and type of blush for your face is also important and learning the proper application technique.

Choosing the right color is important, if it's too light or dark it will look unnatural. When trying to find the best color blush always chose one that is close to your skin tone. A known trick used by many is to use the color on your cheeks after a workout or after pinching your cheeks for a few seconds. Darker skin tones perfect match would be wine or burgundy colors, while lighter skin tones would look best with pink hues.

Another factor to consider is the intensity of applying blush. If the color being applied is too deep it can appear loud or flashy on lighter tones and if the color is weak, it will disappear or harder to be seen on darker skin tones.

Blush comes mainly in three different forms: powder, cream and gel. One should avoid using cream, gels or blush with shimmer if they have acne scars or wrinkles.Powder blush can be used on most skin types, especially oily skin types and if you are new to blush then powder is a more safer choice. For dry skin cream blush is recommended because of its moisturizing factors. Gel blush can be difficult to apply and it takes a lot of practice, it does not spread easily and it dries very fast. It is good for oily to normal skin types.

How to apply the different types of Blush
1. Powder Blush
Make a big smile to find the apples of your cheeks, then gently apply the brush with blush onto the cheek apples, start from the middle of the apple and tap lightly upwards to the temple and hairline. Check for harsh lines on your cheek and blend it out with a sponge or a clean brush to buff or soften the color. Always start with a small amount of blush then build up till desire, if the color is not intense enough, repeat the steps till satisfied.

2. Cream or gel blush
Use the same technique as applying powder brush, but use a stippling brush or your fingers to lightly tap the color onto the apples of the cheek and blend in a small circular motion outward. By using the finger for cream and gel blush it heats up the product for an easier application. Apply a translucent setting powder to set the blush or to get a long lasting wear.

How to Apply Blush According to your Face Shape

Long Face Shapes
Apply blush on the apples of cheeks and blend out towards the ear temples.

*Tip: Apply a cream blush with a fluffy blush, then apply foundation and finish off with a powder blush to get a natural lit from within flush for any face shape.

Oval Face Shapes
Apply blush on the apples of the cheeks, then blend with a blush brush.

*Tip: To get a dramatic look, after applying foundation and powder blush, reapply the powder brush by using an angled brush. Dusting loose powder on the cheek bones can tone down the blush.

Round Face Shapes
Apply blush in an angular motion and blend from the apples of the cheeks towards the temples.

*Tip: If you have problems with dry skin or fine lines and wrinkles, consider using a cream blush. If your skin is oily, then use a powder blush. Powder blush works better in warm temperature while cream blush is better for cold weather.

Square Face Shapes
Square faces with a stronger jawline should apply blush in a linear motion and a few inches from the sides of the nose.

*Tip: Apply cream blush as a base then use a similar color powder blush to set, this will let the blush last longer.

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