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.


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Ask The Expert: Are At-Home Devices Putting A Dent In Your Pocket?

Dermatologists around the US weigh in on the efficacy of at-home beauty devices, and offer their picks at devices that actually work! In an era where it seems you can get anything you want with the click of your mouse, wouldn’t it be nice to know whether or not they actually work before you spend the big bucks?

The only at-home device I’ve tried myself was the Noxema Exfoliator I talk about below. I actually really liked it when I had it – but once the puffs ran out, I didn’t find myself running back to the drugstore to buy new ones. I know Erin has tried ansr (below) and know she liked it, but that might be the extent of our at-home devicing. (Bear with me)

Below we have 5 at-home devices that have been rated BY dermatologists, and if you’ve got the money – you might give them a try!

For Exfoliating

Attach a single-use puff containing ultra-fine aluminum oxide crystals to the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator and massage damp skin to remove dead cells. “It makes your skin glow by smoothing its surface,” says Dina Yaghmai, a Chicago dermatologist. It may also help topical skin treatments that you apply afterward (like retinol) to penetrate more deeply, says Linda K. Franks, a New York City dermatologist. Use it up to three days a week (avoid it if you have severe acne or rosacea).

To buy: $40 at drugstores; comes with 12 puffs.

For Cleansing

The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Brush oscillates more than 300 times a second to loosen and lift dirt from skin. Dermatologists agree that it does a good job of deep cleaning, and it removes dead cells from the surface, which can make your skin look and feel smoother temporarily. They suggest applying light pressure to the brush, which is used daily with cleanser, and washing it once a week with soap and water so it doesn’t harbor bacteria. Think of this device as an electric toothbrush for the skin―not a necessity for cleaning, but something that will get into every nook and cranny. A boon for those prone to clogged pores.

To buy: $149, clarisonic.com.

For Targeting Wrinkles, Redness, or Breakouts

For anyone looking to troubleshoot more than one skin problem, the Ansr: Beam acts as a multitasker. Aim its blue LED onto your skin for five minutes to kill the P. acnesbacteria that cause blemishes; switch to the red LED to help stimulate collagen production, which may help reduce lines and redness. “Red and blue lights work at different depths and therefore on different problems of the skin,” explains Ellen Marmur, a New York City dermatologist. (A similar treatment offered by doctors is stronger and covers a larger area at one time.) Many experts view this device as a good adjunct, when used daily, to a topical skin-care regimen that includes treatments containing retinol or peptides.

To buy: $148, ansr.com.

For Treating Blemishes

By delivering heat to a pimple for about two minutes, the battery-operated Zeno Mini Acne Clearing Device destroys P. acnes bacteria and helps heal inflamed, clogged pores. The heat concept is a sound one, say experts, citing the old strategy of using warm compresses to coax pimples to come to a head. “It can help a blemish clear faster and decrease the chances of scarring,” says Franks. To reduce the size of a single blemish at a dermatologist’s office, you would pay anywhere from $75 to $100 for a cortisone injection (which may be covered by insurance). If you suffer frequent and more severe breakouts, try the Tända Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment ($250,sephora.com), which uses the light from blue LEDs to kill bacteria over larger areas.

To buy: $89, amazon.com.

For Removing Body Hair

The Tria Laser Hair Removal System diode laser is absorbed by the dark pigment in hair, and that heat inhibits new growth. “Use it on small areas, like underarms or the bikini line, at least once a month for six months to see the most lasting results,” says Marmur. (You would need two to six sessions in a doctor’s office, at about $500 each, making this device less expensive in the long run.) Note: The laser works well on coarse, dark hair and fair skin, say experts. It’s not as effective on lighter hair, and it can cause pigmentation spots on deeper skin tones. The laser should not be used on the face or the neck, and the small head may not be practical for large areas, like the legs. For those, try Silk’n SensEpil ($500, silkn.com), which uses pulsed light and covers more area.

To buy: $395, triabeauty.com.

So my question is, how much are you willing to spend on an at-home device? I would think that these at-home devices aren’t putting a huge dent in dermatologists pocket, but how about yours? Are you willing to spend big bucks to do these things yourself? Would you drop $395 on a laser hair removal system?

I would just be afraid whether or not it really works. You know if you go to a dermatologist, you’re actually going to SEE results. If you don’t get what you want – you just go back and try again! But if you drop $400 on a system at home, and it doesn’t work, what then? You’re out the $400!

How much are you willing to spend to skip the dermatologist’s office?

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Melissa McCarthy describes horrific wardrobe malfuntion!

If you’re a woman, chances are you’ve tried Spanx one time or another. They tighten you up – make you look a bit thinner – c’mon be honest, you’ve worn them. If you have, you know how “fun” they can be to get on, and even more fun to wear all day! What, with the static cling, the peekaboo moments, and so much more!

Melissa McCarthy, who I adore, stopped by “Ellen” to film a hilarious spoof for what “Bridesmaids 2″ might look like, as well as tell a horrifying story about an experience she had with Spanx.

It’s hilarious -and definitely worth the watch!!


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Two new Votre Vu gift packs!!

Need some great gift idea’s for this holiday season? Check out these two new amazing gift packs!

First – For Him!

Tie up this French-crafted trio for a handsome start to his holidays. Botanically rev up the season with Formule 1′s head-to-toe citrus cleanser followed by Vu’s complexion-charming organic Beau Baume shave crème, versatile enough to use even without water! Wrap it all up with Habitude facial moisturizer, a soothing chamomile and jojoba blend with SPF 15 that leaves skin refreshingly hydrated and aromatically alluring. Add a bow, and this travel-sized gift is ready to go!
Items included in this set*:

FORMULE 1 – Men’s 3-in-1 Wash (1 tube)
HABITUDE Men’s Face Crème (1 tube)
BEAU BAUME Organic Shave Balm (1 tube)

Regular retail value for this set is $75.50. Stock up on this amazing offer while supplies last!

*Gift set is packaged in a special edition gift box with holiday touches of sparkle infused. Will include shipping crinkle, an interior tissue wrap and note, metallic ribbon wrap and special edition travel stickers for the exterior of the gift box. The gift boxes will be nestled inside an outer shipping box for protection.

I can’t wait to give this to someone special this holiday season. The box comes beautifully wrapped, not just inside – but out! It’s a great gift all around – you won’t be sorry!

$34

Second – For Her!

Combined to quench one’s thirst both inside and out, this delicious duo drenches in decadent delight! For your exterior, SnapDragon Body Drench is a brand new antioxidant-rich citrus body crème that satiates skin in nourishing hydration spiked with anti-aging mixers. The set also includes the always adored SnapDragon Beauty Beverage to celebrate your interior. Enjoyed alone or mixed and mingled with holiday spirits, this light and tasty all-natural drink is designed to help repair, restore and re-balance your body’s internal systems, giving your skin a radiant, beautiful glow. It aims to boost your overall vitality – a truly vital gift for your overall health during the holiday hullabaloo.

Not sure what to gift this season? Just SNAP DEW IT twice. One set to give and one to receive the beauty benefits all for you… soak in the joyous citrus celebration!

Items included in this set*:

SNAPDRAGON Beauty Beverage
SNAPDRAGON Crème Pour Les Corps

Regular retail value for these 2 items is $55. Stock up on this amazing offer while supplies last!

*Gift set is packaged in a special edition gift box with holiday touches of sparkle infused. Will include shipping crinkle, an interior tissue wrap and note, metallic ribbon wrap and special edition travel stickers for the exterior of the gift box. The gift boxes will be nestled inside an outer shipping box for protection.

$32

Well, I could lie to you and tell you that as soon as I saw this – I didn’t DIVE right into it – and drink the whole bottle of beauty beverage, but I did. I is SOOOO good! This is one of the more fun gift sets I’ve seen in a long time. It comes in this big beautifully wrapped box, and inside – you get two amazing products! LOVE IT!


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