Archive: DIY Beauty

DIY Father’s Day Shave Cream

Just in time for Father’s Day, beauty expert and author of Bonding Over Beauty, Erika Katz has the perfect D.I.Y. recipe to make for that special dad in your life. Gift this recipe in a cute soap dispenser and bond over the perfect Father’s Day present.

Erika Katz’s Perfect Aloe Shaving Cream
This all-natural shaving cream is perfect for sensitive skin and will give you a smooth, close shave even on the most sensitive areas. The aloe, almond oil, and vitamin E sooth skin, protecting it against painful razor burn. The eucalyptus oil is a natural antiseptic in case you get a nick or cut.

To make: Mix all ingredients well and put into a foaming bottle or a clean soap pump dispenser. Lasts up to six months unrefrigerated.

To use: Shake well before each use. Rub a generous amount of creamy foam all over the area to be shaved.

Shopping List
❑ 1/3 cup aloe vera gel

❑ 1/4 cup castile soap or hand soap

❑ 1 tablespoon almond oil

❑ 1/4 cup distilled warm water

❑ 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil

❑ 5 drops of eucalyptus oil

For more D.I.Y. recipes or to learn more about Erika Katz and Bonding Over Beauty please visit www.bondingoverbeauty.com

 

DIY: Ombre Highlights!

I’m turning 36 in a couple weeks. Over the weekend we had some family members over for dinner, and one of these said family members pointed out how grey I am. He said “Wow, I didn’t realize how grey you are!!” Thanks. Thankyouverymuch. I am grey. Like grey, grey. I know I have more grey than any of my peers, but I try to keep it hidden with monthly root touch-ups.

So anyway, on my monthly trip to Sally’s yesterday, I was standing in the dye aisle, and was looking at all the colors – wondering if I should try something different. I mean, it’s practically my birthday, right? Something new? I’m officially closer to 40 than I am to 30. Not depressing at all, right? I need something fresh, something exciting. I didn’t want to make an appointment, and wait weeks to get in, and drop $100+ on highlights. So I thought to myself…… why can’t I try doing it myself?

I asked the Sally’s employee what I should buy, and he picked out all the products I would need to do ombre highlights myself. I came home and watched 100 You Tube videos on the process, and found that everyone pretty much does it differently. So what you’ll see here is my unpolished, unprofessional and mighty easy way to get ombre highlights yourself.

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Summer Skin Secrets: How to look good naturally

These days, many people rely on facelifts to get rid of lines and wrinkles or microdermabrasion to perfect their complexion. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are widely available, but there are other ways to get a radiant glow – naturally.

Make your own facemask
With so many lotions and potions lining the shelves it can be easy to spend a fortune on expensive beauty products. This can leave you short of pocket, however, so why not whip up your own organic facemasks instead and invite your friends round for a pamper session? There are many recipes you can try, but the mashed banana and oat variety will soften and exfoliate your skin at the same time.

Raid your kitchen cupboards
If you’re looking for a long-lasting moisturiser than will nourish and condition your skin, olive oil is ideal. It’s used throughout the world to combat spots, stretch marks and frown lines, so raid your kitchen cupboards and see what you can find. If you don’t have any oil, butter is a great alternative for dry or flaky skin but you might have to warm it up slightly before applying. Combine it with sugar, salt of baking powder for a natural exfoliating product and you’ll feel great it no time!

Use tea to combat puffiness
Most of us enjoy a hot brew in the morning, but did you know tea is also good for your eyes? That’s right, refrigerated tea bags are thought to cool and soothe the skin and are believed to get rid of any puffiness you may be experiencing. The tannin in black tea is said to drain excess fluid while the anti-inflammatory properties of camomile can leave you fresh faced, so it’s worth experimenting if you have the time. Hate tea? Then a few slices of cucumber can work just as well.

Stay out of the sun
With summer rapidly approaching, many people will head outside in the hope of getting a tan. Sure, a bit of colour can be attractive, but it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. You don’t want to end up with lines, wrinkles or even skin cancer when you’re older so whack on some cream with a high SPF factor and cover up when possible. If you want to improve your pale complexion without putting yourself at risk, simply mix loose mineral powder with organic sun cream and rub it over your face.

As the warm spell gets nearer, many people will opt for liposuction or a breast enlargement to improve the chest area, but you’ll have the secrets to look good naturally.


Easy DIY Beauty Gifts from Self Magazine!

Gifts by you = more love, less spending!
How long is your ‘nice’ list this year? We bet you’re all for showing your friends and family how much you love them around the holidays, but who really has the money for that? Specially for the beauty product junkie on your list, simply whip up these at-home treatments for fruity lip-gloss, candy cane bath salts and more. Grab a bowl and mix ‘em together with basic ingredients that are most likely in your home right now.

Check out these great DIY recipes and more great holiday ideas at www.self.com 

 

SELF Magazine DIY Holiday Beauty

Pom Lip Gloss
We seriously had to resist eating this fruity gloss, and the crimson tint lasts longer than some store-bought stains. The perfect gift for cubemates.

• 1/2 cup petroleum jelly
• 1 scoop or 2 packets Natural Cherry Pomegranate Crystal Light
• 3 or 4 small jars or tins with lids

Mix petroleum jelly and Crystal Light in a bowl, adding 1 tsp water a few drops at a time, until gloss turns berry red. Use a spatula to smooth the formula into jars.

 

Candy Cane Bath Salts
Win over his mom with this sweet calorie-free treat.• 2 cups Epsom salts
• 1 cup sea salt
• 4 or 5 drops peppermint essential oil
• 4 or 5 drops red food coloring
• 1 apothecary jarIn a bowl, combine salts and oil. Spoon out half into another bowl; stir in food coloring until salt turns red. (Don’t worry, it won’t dye skin or tub.) Scoop a layer of white salt into jar. Smooth along the diagonal, then repeat with red salt until jar is full and looks like a candy cane. Tie on a scoop—you’ll use about 1/4 cup per bath—with a ribbon, if desired.

Peppermint Foot Scrub
For the stiletto addict on your list. Both salicylic acid (in the berries) and sugar exfoliate; oils soften; peppermint stimulates—like caffeine for feet!

• 4 strawberries
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 8 drops peppermint essential oil
• 1 decorative jar

Make this the night before gifting it—it’s perishable after 2 weeks because of the fresh fruit. In a bowl, puree or mash berries, then add sugar and olive and vegetable oils. Mix until well blended. Add peppermint oil 2 drops at a time until scrub smells minty. Spoon into jar, then stash in the fridge. Write the expiration date on a card.

Vanilla-Clove Body-Oil Spray
Turn single pals into man magnets with this prezzie: Vanilla stirs up feelings of intimacy, experts say. And the oil makes skin silky.

• 1/2 cup walnut, almond or jojoba oil
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 drops clove oil
• 1 small spray bottle

It doesn’t get easier than this: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and you’re ready to mist.

 

Recipes developed by Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty