Monday, December 30, 2013

Skinny Tips: Coconut Oil Eye Makeup Remover DIY

We are always looking for natural ways to take care of our skin and our bodies as a whole! Which is why we are so thrilled that we stumbled upon the MaskCara Blog and found this Coconut Oil Eye Makeup Remover DIY! This simple and inexpensive way to remove your makeup at the end of the day is definitely SkinOwl approved!

coconut oil eye make up remover natural

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Things We Love: Cinnamon Wrapped Candle DIY

We are planning our Thanksgiving and holiday decor, and we can’t resist something that looks good AND smells good… AND is quick and easy to make at home! Insert this Cinnamon Wrapped Candle DIY we found! It’s simple and inexpensive to make, PLUS the scent comes from natural cinnamon sticks as opposed to chemical fragrance.  We can’t wait to use these on the table of our next holiday party!

Cinnamon wrapped candles

Materials

Cinnamon Sticks
Candles
Rubber Bands
Twine or Ribbon

 

Instructions:

Place your rubber band around your candle and then place your sticks under the rubber band. To add interest, I varied the height and also varied whether the line on the cinnamon sticks faced outwards or toward the candle.

 

Once the entire candle is covered in sticks, wrap twine or ribbon around the rubber band in order to conceal it. Accessorize however you want and you’re done!

 

If you’re concerned about a fire hazard, just opt for battery-powered candles. They also warm slightly, so the cinnamon scent will still be spreading throughout your home.

 

Source: Girls Guide To

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Skinny Tips: Coconut Hair Mask DIY

Anyone else noticing these erratic weather changes? Out here in LA, it’s been hot one minute, cold the next. Changes in the weather can mean dry skin, redness, and dry hair! Now that it’s cooling down significantly, your hair might start to dry out a bit.  So when we came across this simple, easy, and inexpensive Coconut Hair Mask DIY we just had to pass it along! Join us in keeping our locks silky smooth through every weather change without breaking the bank!
coconut hair mask diy

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon honey (organic, if available)

Plastic squeeze bottle

shower cap or plastic grocery bag

 

Instructions:

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine coconut oil and honey. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, until coconut oil is liquid and mixture is warm. Stir together until well incorporated (there will still be some separation between the honey and oil). If desired, pour coconut oil mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle.

 

Over a sink, massage oil mixture into hair, starting at the ends and working up towards the scalp. After hair is evenly coated, wrap hair on top of your head and secure with a clip or hair tie, then cover with shower cap or plastic grocery bag. Let the mask sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes.

 

Thoroughly rinse out oil and shampoo as usual, taking extra care to wash out all remaining oil.

 

Source: The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Skinny Tips: Fall Pumpkin Body Scrub DIY

We love a good body scrub, especially when it is full of luxurious winter smells like pumpkin and coffee!  So when we stumbled upon this simple Pumpkin Body Scrub DIY we just couldn’t resist passing it along to you!  This scrub will leave your skin feeling smooth and pampered! Check it out …

DIY-pumpkin-face-mask-home

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (bonus points if it’s fresh!)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coffee grounds, used or fresh (product will last longer if they’re fresh)
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 to 4 drops of your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (optional)

 

Instructions:

Combine dry ingredients and stir in coconut oil until entire product has an even glisten.

Stays fresh only a few days, so share with a friend!

 

Source: Chalkboard Mag

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Skinny Tips: Coconut Oil Scalp Treatment

Coconut oil is so great for your hair! It moisturizes, nourishes, repairs, strengthens and boosts volume and shine! Basically, it’s an all in one hair must have!  We love this simple DIY Coconut Scalp Treatment that you can do at home tonight while you’re watching TV! So go ahead and give your hair a little nutty boost…

coconut oil scalp treatment

 

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon grapefruit juice

3 to 4 drops SkinOwl Argan Infusion (optional)

 

Instructions:

Start on dry hair, and it makes no difference if it is clean or not.  Starting on top, place the brush on the scalp, rotate it across the scalp while pressing down and pull off in the end.  Repeat across the scalp, parting hair where necessary.  This will stimulate the blood circulation and loosen any dry skin scales.  This should feel good, don’t press so hard that it hurts.

 

Next part the hair down the center and apply the oil mixture to the scalp with the application brush or cotton ball.  Work in one inch sections down the sides of the head, then the back making sure the mixture covers the entire scalp.

 

Now give your scalp  a good massage.  Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion all over the scalp.  Leave the treatment on for about 20 minutes.

 

Finish it off with a good shampoo and conditioner.

 

Source: The Mother Huddle

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

We don’t know about you but around 4pm we get the craving for a little snack!  So why not reach for a treat that is delicious, filling, AND has benefits for your skin!  Insert Peanut Butter Granola Bars!  Check out the recipe below for a granola bar that you can make at home that is full of oats!  We love oats because not only do they taste good BUT they are also an amazing natural beauty enhancer. They soothe and heal the skin, while reducing inflammation. Why is this important? Inflammation is the #1 cause of premature aging!

 

Plus, oats are one of nature’s most amazing exfoliators. You can even take the leftover oats and use them for this DIY food scrub that we blogged about a few months back!

 

So go ahead and grab some old fashioned oats (and a few other ingredients) and start stocking up on this healthy snack…

peanut butter granoal bars recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup almonds
2 Tbsp. chia, buckwheat, flax seeds or a mix of these (I used this blend)
2 cups pitted dates (about 14 large Medjool dates)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup natural peanut butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
4 oz. dark chocolate

 

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350′. Toast the oats on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the crisp rice, almonds, seeds, cooled oats and stir to mix. Chop up the dates well to make a chunky paste (this could be done in the food processor but I hate cleaning it for one small task). If your dates seem dry, add a splash of warm water to get them tacky. Think toothpaste sort of texture.

 

Warm the maple, peanut butter, cinnamon, salt and stir to mix. Pour the PB mix and dates over the dry ingredients and mix everything together, breaking up the date clumps with your hands to disperse. Just get your hands dirty, you need a big sticky heap.

 

Line a 7x11inch pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture down in an even layer, using the bottom of something flat to push the mixture down tightly as possible.

 

In a double boiler or a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate (or spread it evenly) on top of the bars. Chill in the fridge for one hour before cutting. Keep covered in the fridge for optimum freshness or wrap them individually and store in the freezer.

 

The bars will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.

 

Source: Sprouted Kitchen

Monday, September 9, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Cucumber Banana Face Mask

The winter is coming which means our skin is gearing up for flaky, dry skin and potentially, a bit more irritation. We just had to share this DIY Cucumber Banana Face Mask because it is perfect for all of those winterizing ailments; the banana and honey pair perfectly with the cucumber to gently refresh and nourish!  Check it out…

 

cucumber banana face mask

Ingredients:

1/2 cucumber (washed, skin on)
1/2 banana
1 Tablespoon honey
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 to 4 Drops of your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion (optional)

 

Instructions:

Blend the cucumber and banana together in a food processor or blender, then stir in the honey, lemon juice, and Argan Infusion until you have a smooth consistency.

 

Transfer the paste into a small bowl and use your hands to apply an even layer over a clean face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

 

Lie down for 30 minutes and let the mask work on your skin.

 

Wash off with lukewarm water and pat skin dry with a towel. Apply a light moisturizer afterward for extra hydration.

 

Source: Chick Chat

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Skinny Tips: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner DIY

We get a lot of questions asking about TONERS. “What are they? When do I use one? Can I use it at night if I used it the morning already?” A skin toner can help reduce oil and acne while refreshing your skin and shrinking pores. Unfortunately, most commercial toners are made with alcohol that can dry your skin because they often contain fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals that can irritate your skin. So when we came across this Apple Cider Vinegar Toner DIY we just had to pass it along!  You can make your own apple cider vinegar skin toner for a fraction of the cost and without alcohol, fragrance, or chemicals. Yahoo! Check it out…

apple cider vineager toner

Ingredients and Supplies:

Apple cider vinegar
Distilled water
A small plastic bottle to store your toner
A funnel
A glass bowl

 

Instructions:

In a glass bowl, mix one part apple cider vinegar and three parts distilled water. If your container is four ounces, use one ounce apple cider vinegar and three ounces of water.
Mix well and pour in your bottle using the funnel.
To use, wet a cotton ball with toner and wipe your face.
There are many kinds of vinegar available, but apple cider vinegar works best because it is the right Ph balance for your skin. Regular vinegar is too acidic and can irritate your skin. You can find apple cider vinegar in the grocery store with other vinegars and salad dressings.

 

If you have oily skin, you may want to add a little more apple cider vinegar. For dry skin, use more water. If you notice that your face is too oily or too dry after using this recipe, adjust it to your needs the next time you make it. Homemade apple cider vinegar skin toner does have a strong odor, but it will fade quickly after using it.

 

You should use a skin toner at least once a day to make sure you remove all of the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on your skin. These can clog pores and lead to acne. A toner can also make large pores appear smaller temporarily, which improves your complexion.

 

Source: Daily Glow

Monday, August 19, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Scar Reduction

getting rid of acne scars

 

We all have a few scars that we wish we could get rid of (or at least diminish a little bit!) Whether they are from acne or an injury or even stretch marks, we had to pass along this simple at-home remedy for reducing the appearance of scars. All you need is white tea and apple cider vinegar and half an hour!  So go ahead and give it a try tonight! Let us know how it went, either on FB or in our comment feed!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Skinny Tips: Simple Hair Knot

We are huge fans of keeping it simple!  All the ladies out there know how time consuming it can be to create a fantastic look with your hair!  But some days you just don’t have the time.  Which is why we love this super simple hair knot!  All it takes is three easy steps and, ta-da, you end up with a hairstyle that looks good and keeps your hair back!  It’s a win-win!

 

Check it out…
simple knot tutorial