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Homemade Beauty Recipes (Good for Gifts too!)‏

 

If you are looking for some great holiday gift ideas or a special treat for yourself, look no further than these great homemade beauty recipes from Erica Katz.

Holiday Body Scrub

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup almond oil or olive oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients well and add to pretty jar and tie with a ribbon for a beautiful homemade gift. To use: Massage the scrub all over your body to gently exfoliate the dead skin. Rinse with warm water.

Fall Facial toner

¼ cup witch hazel
¼ cup green tea
¼ cup grapefruit juice

Mix the three ingredients and put into a spritz bottle. After cleansing, spray the tone onto a piece of cotton and clean excess dirt and oil off your face.

Essential Oil bath for Relieve Congestion
6 drops eucalyptus oil
3 drops peppermint oil
3 drops spearmint oil

Add the oils to running bath water. Be sure to avoid your eyes. Relax in the tub and inhale the steam from the bath.

Honey Vanilla Bath Foam
1 cup of olive oil
½ Cup of honey
1 tbsp vanilla
½ Cup of liquid castile soap

Mix together these ingredients and put in a beautiful jar to give as a gift. To use: add 5 drops to running bath water and luxuriate in the foam.

About Erika Katz:
A beauty writer as well as a former child model and actress, Erika Katz has been a beauty junkie nearly all her life. Using her experience from her days working in the beauty department at Seventeen, cosmetology classes and lessons learned through her extensive work in television and modeling, Erika created a beauty guide that served as the foundation for Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust. From product and styling tips, such as how to create the perfect ponytail, to at home recipes for creating an organic facial scrub, Erika explores it all in her book, in which she includes her own experience as well as information from interviews with top beauty experts.

I’m in love with OPI’s ‘Chick Flick Cherry’!

I just had to share. I recently bought OPI’s ‘Chick Flick Cherry’ polish, and I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect – fall color. Deep red.

Gorg!

I paid $7 – you can find it anywhere OPI polish is sold!

BURT’S BEES ONE WARM COAT!

This holiday season Burt’s Bees is partnering with One Warm Coat to help provide warm coats to those in need during the winter months. Join Burt’s Bees on Facebook.com/burtsbees (between 11/2 and 12/31) for a Tacky Sweater Party to kick off a warm and buzzy holiday season. When you bundle up with a tacky sweater Twibbon over your Facebook pic, Burt’s Bees will donate $1 to One Warm Coat (up to $25,000).

Burt’s Bees is giving thanks to its Facebook fans for being well and nice this year with a bevy of special gifts doled out daily from 11/28 to 12/31. Enter everyday for a chance to unwrap one of four gifts or win them all! Gifts include a special Holiday Beeswax Lip Balm, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (3oz.), Body Lotion (1oz.) or a surprise digital gift.


Madonna Teased for Hairy Armpits in High School

Growing up in the Midwest, life wasn’t always easy for the Material Girl.

“The boys in my school would make fun of me,” she reveals in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar. They called her “‘hairy monster.’ You know, things like that,” she recalls. “And then, going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that. So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

The singer says that hanging out in gay clubs as a teen helped her find herself. “Straight men did not find me attractive,” she shares. “I think they were scared of me because I was different.” But that obviously didn’t stop her.

Now a mother four times over, Madonna says she doesn’t like her age associated with her work. “I find whenever someone writes anything about me, my age is right after my name,” she muses. “It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Here she is, but remember she’s this age, so she’s not that relevant anymore.’ When you put someone’s age down, you’re limiting them.”

For the full interview and more photos, go to harpersbazaar.com/Madonna.