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DIY Lip Care

Recently, I took a trip to Sephora – aka, the mecca of makeup lovers – and there was one item that peaked my interest.

It was a lip mask from their Sephora Mask Collection.

Now, I’ve used the Sephora Mask Collection before. I’m a regular user and die-hard fan of the collection’s undereye mask. But I’ve never used their lip mask and it got me thinking about other lip masks. Moreso, with the cold weather approaching, I started to think about the dreaded chapped lips and DIY remedies to prevent your pucker from going south for the winter.

Raw Honey Mask



  • Step 1: Apply a small dab of raw honey to your lips. Make sure that it’s raw!
  • Step 2: Apply a piece of plastic wrap over your lips and let sit for 20 mins.
  • Step 3: Remove plastic wrap and rinse lips of excess honey (Or lick it off…)

Not only is this lip mask extremely easy – and tasty! – but it’s a homerun in terms of making your lips healthier. With a touch of bee pollen to rid away dry skin and enzymes to help protect the baby skin, raw honey is great for a quick lip mask.

Cinnamon Lip Scrub

  • Step 1: In a bowl, mix together 1 tsp of brown sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar.
  • Step 2: Apply mixture to your lips and scrub away all the dead skin until your lips are smooth.
  • Step 3: Rinse off the excess cinnamon mixture with warm water.

This is a triple action lip scrub recipe. The brown sugar helps to get rid of the dead skin. The cinnamon helps to increase blood flow to the lips and, therefore, gives you a plumper pout. The apple cider vinegar helps to cleanse and disinfect any germs that may be on your lips, while also helping to remove the smaller pieces of dead skin.

Virgin Coconut Oil Mask

  • Step 1: Mix together 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil (make sure it’s soft enough to work with but not yet in its liquid form) and 1 tsp of freshly minced basil.
  • Step 2: Apply the mixture to your lips and give your lips a little scrub.
  • Step 3: Let coconut mixture sit on your lips for 5-10 minutes (or until the mixture liquefies) before rinsing off with warm water.

It’s no secret that coconut oil – especially virgin coconut oil – is amazing when it comes to cleaning and softening lips. There’s not a fashion blogger or beauty guru who hasn’t spoken about coconut oil. But would you ever think of basil as being great for your lips? Filled with vitamin K, omega 3, and anti-bacterial properties, basil is great for cleaning and healing cracked lips.

Celeb Beauty Tips: Debunked

As ‘mere morals’, we’re constantly looking towards celebrities for multiple things. We look towards them to entertain us with their talent. We focus on their personal problems and feuds as a way to ignore our own boring lives. But, seemingly above all, we look to celebrities to show us how to be beautiful.

*Raise your hand if you ever googled: “Celebrity Beauty Tricks.”*

I know I’ve made that search before. Plenty – countless – times in the past. Heck! My entire high school life consisted of me trying to find the perfect celeb tip for my acne. But I never did and, in the end, I learned the hard way that not all celebrity beauty tips work. It doesn’t matter what movie they’re in or how shiny their hair is.

So, it’s time to debunk some celebrity ‘swear by’ beauty tips and tricks!

Mariah Carey: Adding Peppermint Oil to Lipgloss.


There are indeed benefits to adding peppermint oil to your lipgloss. Like cinnamon, peppermint has the ability to enhance the circulation of the area that it was applied to. Due to the enhanced circulation, your lips will experience more blood flow and will achieve a poutier look.

Personal Opinion: Add the peppermint oil to the lipgloss you use for special occasions. Using peppermint on a daily basis can cause irritation and redness to your lips and the surrounding area.

Eva Longoria: Face Cream made by Placenta 


This is the age-old case of people thinking the youth of one person can help the aging of another. Elizabeth Bathory, anyone? Anyway, there is currently no scientific evidence that applying or eating placenta will cause your skin to look younger and firmer. And no, there is no evidence that it can help your face to produce more collagen.

Personal Opinion: Leave the placenta alone. This beauty trend is more baseless than those 1950’s vibrating booty belts.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Bee Stings on Inflammed Areas


Like most holistic remedies and beauty tricks, there are many people who swear by it and not a lot of scientific evidence to back it up. However, the Queen of Holistic, aka miss Paltrow, may be on to something. Due to the healing properties found in organic honey, it wouldn’t be a far-fetched idea for bee venom to contain some of those properties.

Personal Opinion: Use with caution! Though you could be one of those lucky people who swears by the sting, you could also be one of the 40 people who die from allergic reactions to bees a year. This is a case of ‘you live by the sting, you die by the sting’.

Alessandra Ambrosio: Burning Off Split Ends


Called Velaterapia, this Brazilian hair treatment is when your split ends are burned off by an open flame. However, one doesn’t only burn off the split ends, but they burn off the hair almost halfway to the root. According to an article in Woman’s Health, experts discuss their opinions on the method and none of them are happy about it. Jet Rhys, the owner of Jet Rhys Salon, said, “It doesn’t make sense. Split ends happen on the bottom edge of the hair, not through the entire strand.”

Personal Opinion: If you only want to trim your split ends, steer clear of any flames. However, if you are willing to taking 6-8 inches off of your hair for a new look, then go for it. Velaterapia seems to be a one time thing just so people can experience it.



Easy Breezy Beautiful…CoverBoy!

At only 17, James Charles is CoverGirl Cosmetic’s first ever CoverBoy. A high school student who lives in Bethlehem, New York, Charles does make up for his friends in his spare time. And no, he doesn’t charge them.


The beauty guru is one of the today’s many ‘internet starlets’. These are people who have gained a sort of fame through social media ( Think, Lindsey Stirling, Michelle Phan, and Freelee the Banana Girl). Through the use of social media platforms, certain users are lucky enough to be catapulted into the same realm of stardom as many mainstream celebrities. Currently, Charles’s has about 60,000 Instagram followers and 80, 000 YouTube subscribers. These numbers are only expected to shoot through the roof in the coming months.

Currently, Charles’s has about 60,000 Instagram followers and 80, 000 YouTube subscribers. These numbers are only expected to shoot through the roof in the coming months.


But we must ask ourselves something. Is hiring a CoverBoy a sign that society is becoming more accepting with ‘non-tradition’ mindsets? Or, is the use of a male model in a makeup ad nothing more than a marketing ploy geared towards Generation Z?

Personally, I sincerely hope that it’s the first reason. I hope that we are entering a new era of society where people can be themselves. An era where people don’t have to hide who they really are, but are embraced for it. As a woman who had a loved climbing trees and getting dirty as a child – scratch that, I still love climbing trees and getting dirty – it would’ve been nice to have not been labeled a ‘tomboy’. Perhaps, if I had grown up in a generation like today, then maybe I wouldn’t have been labeled as such just for my ‘boyish’ tendencies.


Whether it’s a genuine desire to make a change or a desire to make money, it does not matter. What matters are those young boys and girls, who will look up to Charles and realize that it’s okay to be themselves.

Brought to you by Vogue Magazine, check out how Dian Kruger gets front row ready with her ageless beauty routine.

Apple Beauty

We’ve heard of beauty routines that contain cinnamon (cinnamon face mask, cinnamon hair exfoliations, and – the all too popular – cinnamon spot treatment). We’ve also heard about brown sugar beauty tricks – brown sugar face scrub, anyone? – along with nutmeg undereye treatment, butter (grass fed!) teeth pulling, and lemon juice skin brightener.

It seems that with all our DIY beauty tips and tricks going around, we’ve got ourselves a recipe for apple pie. But wait! We forgot the most important ingredient of all. We’ve forgotten the apples.

Despite their unknown rep as beauty mega stars, an apple is a great and versatile ingredient to add to any DIY beauty routine.

Hair Growth


Due to a vitamin in apples called Procyanidin B-2, this Autumn fruit is great for hair growth. The science behind this is procyanidin B-2 has a way of controlling the protein molecules found in a person’s hair and influence them to grow. To do this at home, grate an apple, warm it in the microwave, and apply it to your scalp.

Clear Skin


Apple juice – FRESH apple juice – is a great component to facial cleansers. This is due to the fruit’s high concentration of natural fruit acid. Because of this NFA, apple juice is apple to clean deep within your pores, rid your face of dead skin cells, and leave you with a beautiful glow. To make an apple face cleanser, simply combine 2 part fresh apple juice with 1 part whole milk before washing with the mixture.

Keeping them Pearly


While an apple a day can keep the doctor away, did you know the same can be said for the dentist? Due to a component in apples called Malic Acid, an ingredient found in most teeth whiteners for its ability to dissolve stains, these fruits are great for keeping your teeth white. The action of chewing an apple also helps to remove excess food between your teeth and bacteria. All you have to do is eat an apple a day!

Reducing Wrinkles 


When it comes to wrinkle reducing fruits & veggies, apples get the short end of the stick in terms of popularity. And they shouldn’t. Consuming and applying grated green apples are great ways to prevent and reduce wrinkles. This is due to the fruit’s nutritious components of vitamin A, B, C, E, as well as fiber pectin and quercetin. All of these help to nourish and rejuvenate the skin cells. They’re also known to reduce acne scars and blemishes.




The Skinny of Dressings

Now, I know that I’m not the only one who has the mindset of salad being the ultimate diet food. It’s the meal you eat if you want to drop a couple of jean sizes, fast. And why wouldn’t it be? Salads contain a bunch of lettuce – which is a great way to make you feel full and hydrate you – plus a multitude of vitamin rich veggies. It’s a no-brainer to eat salad while you’re trying to lose weight, right? Right?


Despite the popular belief that salads are a dieter’s best friend, that’s not always the case. Okay, I’ll be honest. It’s RARELY the case. Yes, salads come with a bunch of lettuce and veggies, but they come with something else. And I’m not even going to get started on the blue cheese crumbles, bacon bits, and hard boiled eggs by the case (That’s right. I’m looking at you Sir Cobb). No, I’m talking about the most basic part of the salad. The piece of the salad that makes it all come together.

I’m talking about the dressing.


The dressing is what makes the salad what it is. Without the dressing, our lovely salad would be nothing but a bowl of veggies. And who wants to just eat a bowl of veggies? I know I don’t. Unfortunately, it’s the dressing that’s making your salad a ‘diet-free’ zone due to its high-calorie content and high percentage of fat. Where you once had a 250 calories salad, it can easily turn into a 600 calories salad with just a few tablespoons of dressing. But, I still love salads, so here are healthier versions of some of your favorite salad dressings.

*It should be noted that I am only including the ingredients for these dressings. For all of them, the direction is to simply combine in a bowl and whisk together.*

Skinny Caesar


  • 1/3 cup of Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Anchovie Paste
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Pecorino Romano

Guilt-Free Blue Cheese


  • 1/4 cup of Crumbled Bleu Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp of Salt

Healthy Peanut Dressing 


  • 1 tbsp Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Low Fat Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
  • 1 tbsp of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Grated Ginger



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Quite possibly my favorite summer designers, check out Lee + Lani’s Swim Collection for Summer of 2017.

Remember, every body is bikini ready body

The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Makeup

While this guide is great for women who just don’t have the time for makeup or, let’s be honest, can’t be bothered standing in front of a mirror for 30 minutes poking their face, it’s also great for cutting down the cost of makeup. Because, quite frankly, no sane woman wants to spend $10 on lipstick, $20 on foundation, $10 on eyeliner, $25 on eyeshadow palettes. By the end of the day, you’re walking around with a makeup bag worth more than my first Coach bag.


With these products, approved by a self-declared lazy girl (Moi!), you not only cut down the amount of time spent making yourself beautiful in the morning (For those of you who are not Queen Bey, no, we did not wake up like this), but save a ton of money in the process. And who doesn’t like saving money?

The idea is to buy beauty products that have multi-uses. For example, rather than buying a dark nude lipstick and champagne tinted eyeshadow, simply use the lipstick for both your lips and eyes. The result will have the same color if you were to have used the eyeshadow, along with a creamy and easy to apply texture.

Here are some great multi-useable beauty products to stock up on.

L’Oreal Cleansing Balm


If you want the easiest hair routine, then you definitely want to try L’Oreal’s Cleansing Balm. While most brands have a shampoo/conditioner combo available in their line, no other brand has an all-purpose cleanser quite like this. The cleansing balm contains six uses: shampoo, conditioner, detangler, leave-in conditioner, shine booster, and hair treatment. With this cleansing balm, you can cut your hair routine in half and your cost by more so.

Clinique Chubby Stick 


A hybrid of a lip balm and lipstick, Clinique’s chubby stick is perfect for a pop of color to your face. With the chubby stick, you can use it as your lipstick (obviously), as well as your blush and eyeshadow tint. But don’t worry, you won’t be walking around with the pink eyelids your mom rocked in the 80s. Due to its creamy texture and easy to apply application, the chubby stick has the ability to be blended into the skin until it creates your desired hue. For the best hue, I recommend the shade Satin Finish due to its beige undertones.

Makeup For Ever’s Pro Finish Powder 


While I’ve always been a ride or die supporter of liquid foundation, I must give credit where credit is due. This may just be the only powder foundation I would ever let touch my face – for those of you with combination skin, you know the horrors of power foundations-and the risk would definitely be worth it. With the Pro Finish Powder, you can skip your color correctors and your concealer, along with your finishing powder (another combination skin frenemy). Instead, just use the pro finish powder. Due to its formula that allows break through cover and matte finish, this powder is all you need to make your face flawless.

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