Thursday, April 18, 2013

Skinny Tips: How-To Brow Guide

Have you ever looked at another woman and thought, “I wish I could get my eyebrows to look like that?” Well now you can! We found you the perfect eyebrow guide that you can easily follow at home!   Although sometimes forgotten, they truly can change your overall appearance! Try these easy steps below and watch the transformation!
eye brown guide

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Green-Papaya Brightening Mask

With summer coming our way, we couldn’t help but work on our glow a few months before the season hits. This brightening mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation to the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow. Sounds good to us!

Here’s why it works: Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture. When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain in it.

papaya skin brightening mask

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

 

Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

 

Source: Martha Stewart

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal has so many natural benefits!  It has been known to clear clogged pores AND act as a serious anti-inflammatory.   Onions also have a lot of natural healing power, like reducing acne scars.  So we couldn’t resist sharing this DIY Mask because it has both of these powerful natural elements in it, PLUS it is easy and inexpensive to make which is always a major bonus!  Check it out…

 

diy oatmeal mask

 

Yield: Approximately 8 applications

 

Ingredients:

1 ounce purified mineral water
3 tablespoons plain organic oatmeal
1 medium onion, peeled

 
Instructions:
Boil water and pour over oatmeal, letting steep for five minutes.
Finely grind onion in a food processor, making a smooth puree. Add to the oatmeal while still warm.
If the mask is not thick enough, add some honey or green clay until the mask is thick enough to sit comfortably on your face.

 

The solution will stay fresh for one week in the refrigerator.

 

Source: The Daily Green

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Skinny Tips: The Secret to Lash Curling

Mascara is great at lengthening and adding volume, but who doesn’t want perfectly curled lashes as well? We certainly do! That’s why we had to share this excellent tutorial with you!  It’s so simple, and as you can see from the before and after images below, it will really make your eyes pop!

secret to lash curling

 

Steps:

 

Insert your lashes into the opened curler and line it up right at your lashline, but not too close that you pinch the skin.

 

Pinch at the lashline; mostly to grab hold, not to make a crimp.

 

With that holding, rotate your wrist so that your thumb stays mostly in the same place and acts as the pivot point while your pinkie finger goes from being around your chin area all the way up towards your forehead.

 

Now that the curler is inverted, give your lashes a proper upside-down pinch for about 5 seconds. Really squeeze it as tightly as you can (without pulling of course).

 

Rotate your hand back to the starting position and carefully open the curler then slide it away from your lashes.

 

Then you add a coat of mascara and bat your lashes at all the cuties out there.

 

Source:  The Beauty Department

Monday, April 8, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Nourishing Hair Mask

Our whole body can reap the benefits of protein, even our hair!  A protein-rich mask helps to strengthen hair.  Which is why we couldn’t resist sharing this super simple DIY hair mask that you can make with items that you probably have sitting around your kitchen right now! A great remedy for dry hair or product build up!
nourishing hair mask yogurt

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 egg

 

Instructions:

In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients.  Apply the mixture to a clean scalp. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

Source:  Whole Living

 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Skinny Tips: Winged Eye Tutorial

Winged eyes are all the rage right now! We love how you can go big with this look for a night out or keep it subtle for everyday wear.  Enjoy one of our favorite tutorials, which shows you how you can get a softened,  toned-down version of the winged eye, and then take it to night! Take a look…
winged eye makeup simple tutorial

You can pull this look together with a selection of colors from 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Eye Shadows!  These shadows are made from all natural fruit & vegetable pigments! All the antioxidants and vitamins in fruits are in the actual color, so you will be applying all the healthy nutrients of the fruits directly on your skin! Delicious!

 

100 percent pure fruit pigmented eye shadow

 

Click HERE for product info!

 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Skinny Tips: Natural Honey Lemon Blackhead Removal

Blackheads can be an unpleasant, and very persistent, problem!  As a result, we found a fantastic natural remedy that is simple and can be made with items that you might have in your kitchen right now!  Go through your pantry, grab the ingredients, and give it a try!
get rid of blackheads honey lemon natural remedy

Here is what you’ll need:

-Half a lemon

-Honey

 

Add 3 to 4 drops of honey to the lemon.  Then rub the lemon directly on to the blackhead prone areas of your face. Leave the lemon and honey mixture on your face for 5 minutes and then wash it with cold water.  (Added bonus, lemon juice is also known to fade other marks/spots on the face and honey is a natural moisturizer!) Depending upon skin type you might want to try this method 1-2 times a week in order to see results.

 

As with any skin treatment, always test a small area on your skin first to make sure that you don’t get an allergic reaction.

 

Source: Stylebees

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Watercolor Nail Art

We love the nail art trend, but it can get a little pricey to constantly visit the nail salon! As a result, we found this easy Watercolor Nail Art tutorial that you can do at home. It looks professional without the time and money it takes to go to the salon! We love colorful & affordable tricks that keep us fabulous from our heads down to our watercolored toes!

 

diy watercolor nails

 

You’ll need:

 

3 nail polishes

 

Sponge

 

Piece of paper

 

 

How to get the look:

 

Paint your nails with the base colour, and make sure the nails are dry before the next step.

 

To prepare the sponge, use an ordinary makeup sponge and cut one sponge into six small pieces because you’ll only need a small piece.

 

Place a small amount of polish on a piece of paper, and pick up some polish with the sponge.

 

Dab a few times on the paper to get excess polish off the sponge.

 

Tap the sponge on your nail a few times.

 

Repeat step 3 to 5 using other polish.

 

Apply top coat to smooth the lines.

 

 

DIY Source: Small Good Things

Monday, March 25, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Makeup Remover

“Taking off the day” isn’t always the easiest thing to do! When it’s time to hit the hay, it’s sometimes the last thing we want to do. Whether it’s a Yes to Cucumbers facial wipe or a cotton ball soaked in cleansing water, taking off our makeup is necessary, no matter how sleepy we get. Makeup left on overnight not only clogs and congests the pores, but also leads to lash breakage if mascara is involved! We’re here to make this process easy and fun! Make your own natural makeup remover at home with easy to find and inexpensive ingredients! Check it out…
diy makeup remover

 

Ingredients:

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Aloe Vera Water (most drugstores, heath or grocery stores will carry aloe vera water. If you can’t find it, though, filtered water will work just fine!)

 

A re-sealable bottle (you’ll need to shake up your mixture in this)

 

A few gentle cotton pads (for application)

 

 

Notes:

 

Aloe Vera water comes from the Aloe Vera plant, which is used in herbal medicine for its soothing abilities. It is a cooling agent that helps calm the skin and it contains a plethora of amino acids and vitamins. Since it’s made up of 95% water, you can be sure that it is extraordinarily hydrating and refreshing for your face.

 

Do not be afraid of the olive oil! If the idea of putting olive oil on your face has you uneasy, relax; extra virgin olive oil actually closely resembles your skin’s natural oil production, which means that it won’t clog your pores or dry your skin out, but rather will keep it extra soft and clear it of any impurities.

 

 

Instructions:

 

STEP 1: Pour less than ½ cup of EVOO into a bottle of aloe vera water (make sure the container has a sealable cap for Step 2 to work). A little goes a long way with EVOO because it’s highly potent, so you’ll only need a small amount.

 

STEP 2: You’ll notice that the oil will float above the water. This is because oil is hydrophobic, which literally means “water-fearing.” So before applying, you’ll need to really shake the mixture up and use it right away before the oil and water separate again.

 

STEP 3: After thoroughly shaking the mixture, soak one of your cotton pads with it and gently press it over one of your eyes. Keep it here for a few seconds while it works to break down all the makeup, and then gently sweep it away from your eye towards your ear.  You should notice your makeup is dissolving and coming off with ease.

 

STEP 4: Repeat Step 3 until your eyes are completely clean, and then continue the same process all over your face.

 

DIY Source:  Michelle Phan

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Skinny Tips: Makeup Brush Guide

There are so many different kinds of makeup brushes.  In fact, there are SO many that it can be hard to keep them all straight!  Which is why we love this great guide by Lauren Conrad which clearly labels the use of each different type of brush.

 

Keep this chart handy the next time you stop by the beauty supply! That way, you don’t buy a brush that you don’t know what to do with!

makeup brush guide