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Quick and Easy Homemade Beauty Products

Aloe Vera Lip Gloss Recipe

1 tsp. Aloe Vera gel

1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. petroleum jelly
Directions

Combine the ingredients in a small glass bowl until well mixed. Heat for about 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir and pour into a small container. Let cool completely before use.

Relaxing Facial Recipe

1 beaten egg (unclogs pores)

1 carrot (cooked and mashed)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 avocado (peeled and mashed)
3 tbsp honey
Directions

Combine the egg, mashed carrot, cream, avocado and honey in a bowl. Make sure the carrots are cooled down before you add them, or they will start to cook the egg. Stir everything together with a fork until they are well combined. Of course you could also throw everything in the blender and combine it that way.

Spread the mixture all over your face, being careful not to get it in your eyes or mouth. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, then rinse the mask off with plenty of warm water.

Hair Mask

  • 1/2 cup of ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 banana (I prefer it not to be too ripe)
  • 1 egg yolk

Directions:

Massage it in to your hair and especially your scalp. Cover it with a shower cap. You can also use a gallon size baggie in a pinch. Wait 45 minutes to an hour then rinse it off thoroughly and shampoo as usual.

 

Acne Clearing Mask

Mash together 1/4 cup fresh strawberries with 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt, spread on clean skin, let sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse well. Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid (the same stuff found in acne products).

 

Have you ever made your own beauty products? If so what is your favorite recipe? Come join the discussion!

7 Skin Care Tips for Glowing Skin in Summer

About.com share 7 tips to get your skin glowing for summer. Check out these great tips on getting beautiful glowing skin this summer I have included some of my favorite products.

Crabtree and Evelyn -CITRON, HONEY & CORIANDER SKIN SMOOTHING BODY SCRUB

1. Exfoliate Your Body

It’s so very important to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just sitting on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you’ll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream

2. Shave the Right Way

Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn. I’m a fan of Gilette’s Mach 3. (compare prices) When picking out a shaving cream, don’t choose the $1.00 men’s cream; a shaving lotion is much better for your skin as it will hydrate and help ward off nicks and cuts. In a pinch? Use your conditioner for a moisturizing shaving cream.

EOS Hand & Body Lotion

3. Hydrate your Body with a Summer-Scented Lotion

Find a summery lotion that you won’t forget to put on. It’s time to pack away your thick winter body butters for more light summery lotions. You don’t have time to wait for your lotion to sink in, so look for something light fast absorbing. Gels and Purees are perfect fast absorbers.  Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.

Bare Escentuals Faux Tan

4. Get a Safe Summer Glow

You have so many choices when it comes to adding a little summer tint to your skin, and the tanning bed shouldn’t be one of them. Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you’re not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can happily use them on your face. If you alternate your facial moisturizer with one that builds a bit of color, you’ll have a healthy glow that will make it look as though you just spent the weekend on the beach. Most facial tanners build color gradually, by alternating with your regular moisturizer, you’ll never get too dark.


Crabtree & Evelyn LA SOURCE ® EXTREME FOOT THERAPY CREAM

5. Don’t Forget your Feet!

Winter boots have long since been packed away; it’s sandal season ladies. Either go and get a pedicure (try a beauty school if cost is a factor), or give yourself an at-home pedicure. You scrub off the dead dry skin to reveal your sandal ready feet. Nothing is worse than seeing dull dry feet inside cute sandals. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower and scrub your feet a few times a week. You’ll notice a big difference in the softness of your feet.

Zoya Matte Nail Polish- Lolly

6. Find a New Bold Summer Polish

Buy a bold new polish for your toes. Toe nails can be painted a much bolder color than you would usually put on your fingernails. Pick out something that screams summer. Polish tends to stay on your toes much longer than your hands because you don’t abuse your toe nails like you do your finger nails. Apply a clear base coat, two applications of color and a clear top coat to protect. Go barefoot or put on your flip-flops for at least a couple hours to make sure your polish won’t dent.

Supergoop! EVERYDAY UV PROTECTION SPF 30+ Face & Body Moisturizer 3 oz. Super-Spray

7. Out With the Old – Buy a New Sunscreen

Throw away last year’s unused sunscreen for a new bottle. Sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever, and seeing most people don’t use as much as they should, I bet you have a bottle or two stored away. Be safe and pick up a new one. And don’t forget the most important sunscreen advice: USE IT. You should be using a shot glass full for your body, and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.

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Do you have any tried and true summer beauty tips? What are your favorite go to summer products? Come join the discussion here.

Do you need a tech time out?

With the never ending technology around us do our smart phones, laptops, ipads and social media sites get in the way of our relationships?

I can’t count the number of times on a girls night someone checks there email or mid conversation stops to “check in” on Facebook. How often do I tell my kids or husband one more minute so I can check emails or Facebook. Sometimes it is work and it has to be my priority but a lot of times it can wait.

I have thought about setting a tech time out everyday maybe 6pm-8pm where cell phones and laptops are all put away in order to spend quality time with my loved ones.

Do you or your family have a tech time out? Did it work? What did or didn’t you like about it? Come join me in the BlogFrog community and share your thoughts.


LIVE CHAT: All About Summer Movies, TODAY 7/12 10am PDT/1pm EST

 

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Do you have to see the movie opening night? Drive-in, Matinee, or rent at home. Whatever your pleasure we are going to have a great chat this morning about summer movies the good bad and ugly. Come by and tell us what you loved so far and what you can’t wait to see!

Come join Heather,  Beckie and I  for a fun-filled chat about all things movie!


Join us on Tuesday, July 12th at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern) for a fun hour of live chatting!