2 INGREDIENT LIP SCRUB

2 Ingredient Lip Scrub

I am all about easy tips and DIY’s.  Once it gets too complicated, I’m done.  Lost interest.  No, I will NOT run to Home Depot, Target AND Michael’s to get all of the supplies to make a floating shelf.  No, thank you.

So this brings me to my 2 ingredient lip scrub.  All you need is oil and sugar.

◊   Oil options:  coconut, olive, jojoba, almond  >>> Pick one

◊   Sugar options:  brown, white (are there others?)

I used brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil.

I prefer brown sugar, because the granules are smaller and finer, so the scrub is less abrasive, which works for my lips.  If you want a stronger exfoliation, go for white sugar.  You can even mix the 2 if you’d like.

The last lip scrub I made was with coconut oil.  It was great, but it gets solid at room temperature and I wanted to try the olive oil to see if I liked the consistency and texture better…and I do.

2 Ingredient Lip Scrub

All you do is add sugar to a bowl, and then pour in enough olive oil until it thickens and sticks together. Then, mash it together with a spoon or fork until it forms a paste.  You can add a drop of vanilla extract to make it smell fantastic.  Not necessary though.

Bam.  Done.  Finito.

I use travel containers to store the scrub in.  You can also use little mason jars to put it in for yourself or for a gift.

Benefits of scrubbing your lips:

We exfoliate our faces and bodies, why not our lips?  Lips need exfoliation too, to remove the dry, dead skin cells on the surface.  This helps to get rid of any nasty flakes on your lips, which then helps your lipsticks and glosses go on smoother and last longer.

The olive oil also helps to moisturize the lips while you’re scrubbing away.

How I scrub my lips:

I just scoop up a little bit with my finger and rub the scrub on my lips for about a minute.  Then, I rinse it off with warm water, pat dry, and add a lip balm, chapstick, or ointment to them.  I really like to do this at night and then put on Aquafor Lip Repair or those EOS balm balls to moisturize my lips.

It’s best to do it 1-2 times per week.

If I’m planning on a lipstick night, I will do the scrub and lip balm before I start doing my makeup, and then will wipe off excess lip balm and put on the lipstick at the end of the makeup process.  That way, your lips will be smooth and ready for application.

2 Ingredient Lip Scrub

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If I’m feeling crazy lazy, I do an on the spot lip scrub.  I always keep a little container with brown sugar in my bathroom drawer, along with my always present container of coconut oil to wash my face.  I will smother my lips in coconut oil and then pick up a bit of brown sugar and do a quick scrub that way.

Do you use a lip scrub?  Any other techniques you like to do to exfoliate?

♦  Stephanie

FACE SHAVING FOR WOMEN

Shaving Your Face with Tinkle Razors

Alright ladies. It’s time to get on board with face shaving.

Whaattt???  I know, I know.

I’m not talking, razor to face, like the ones you use to shave your legs and elsewhere.  I’m also not talking about the razors your guy uses on his face.  But I’m talking about these pretty pastel tinkle razors that are sold as brow shapers.

Women get their upper lip waxed and threaded, but no one ever thinks of shaving.

I first saw this on youtube a few years ago and I was intrigued.  I also remember Caroline from The Real Housewives (New Jersey edition) mentioning it once before too.  It seemed a little out there at first, but I’m loving it.

Not only is this a great way to remove hair, but it exfoliates your skin too!

Tinkle Razor for Shaving Your Face

The term I’ve been hearing salons use for this technique is dermaplaning, which sounds like it’s pretty much the same thing.

Dermaplaning is just a very simple physical or mechanical method of exfoliation, which helps to remove dead skin cells and give your face a brighter complexion,” Dr. Hale told me. “And since it removes some vellus hairs [the baby-fine hairs on your face], it can make the skin feel smoother.” (via)

Now, I am pretty fortunate to have blond hairs on my face, so I don’t really notice the hair too much.  But it’s still there and that sneaky sun of ours likes to put it on blast on those bright summer days.

After shaving, your makeup goes on smoother and the sunlight won’t be catching any peach fuzz.  And the fact that it is removing your dead skin cells is great for your face to look better and brighter, AND to absorb your quality face products even more.  It kind of reminds me of the PMD >>> I will have a post about this amazing tool and all of it’s benefits soon!

How to do it…

I first heard about this from a Michelle Money youtube video.  That girl has some great beauty tips.  And she’s a total babe.  Here’s her little video tutorial to show you the technique.  She cracks me up…

To sum it up:

◊  Put the tool at a 45 degree angle

◊  Pull your skin taut and do short strokes in the direction of hair growth

◊  AND I would wash my face before and after

She does this weekly, but I usually try to get to it quarterly.  It’s weird, but I find it kind of fun.

facial razors

BIG SIDENOTE:   I would be very, extremely, ridiculously careful if you do use these razors for your brows.  I actually would not recommend that at all!  It sounds funny since that’s what these tools say they are made for, but it is too easy to slip up.  So definitely don’t use them near your brows if you’ve had a glass of wine or 2.  I almost had a very serious misstep that would have resulted in a half brow…And that would not be cute.

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So give it a shot and let me know how it goes.  I get my tinkle razors on Amazon.  Have you tried using facial razors?

♦ Stephanie

FACE MASK TIP: USE CONSISTENTLY

Face Masks

Loving face masks right now.  I have always underestimated the importance of face masks and am now seeing the light.

I’ve just always been a fickle face masker.

I would buy a new one, use it once and then be minorly impressed by the results.  Then, I’d forget about it for a few months before I’d find it under my sink again.  I would try it out again, feel pretty meh about it and back in the cabinet it goes until it’s expired.

I’ve finally realized the importance of being consistent with it and using the correct masks at the right times.

So that would be my face mask tip…use consistently.  Maybe that’s old news to you guys, but for some reason that has always been lost on me  lol!

It makes such a HUGE difference when I face mask weekly.

So let’s get into it, shall we?

It can be a bit overwhelming when you go into the skincare section and see a million different options.  That’s why I like to pick out those sample sized face masks you can buy at Walgreens & CVS.   You can get 3-5 uses out of each little packet and they only cost a buck or 2 (they are almost always on sale).  It’s a great way to try out different types of face masks and find out what works for you.

Anti Aging Face Mask

These are also amazing to travel with.  The packaging is so slim that you can fit these things anywhere in your carry on or purse.  It’s like a face mask on the go.

The Anti-Aging Mask with almond is my favorite.  It hydrates the crap out of your skin and feels and smells soooo goooood.  Whenever I travel, I like to bring that one with me to use after I land (since airplanes dry out my skin).  This one gives my skin that supple feeling that you get after a facial.  Super hydrating.  And gets my skin vacay ready.

Brightening Sheet Mask

I recently tried the brightening sheet mask and loved the results.  It’s supposed to help with any hyperpigmentation from scarring or otherwise.  Not only did I notice results, but it felt pretty therapeutic to use.  When you’re done, you can leave the leftover serum on  your face to treat your skin while you sleep.

These sample sized masks are a great way to try a lot of different types of face masks without committing to a whole bottle.

I even came across this great article about “multi-masking”…ie using different types of face masks on different parts of your face.  This way if you have combination skin you can cater to each area.  You can use a moisturizing mask on the dry areas and detoxifying mask on breakout zones.

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What face masks do you like to use?  I’ve been dying to try those GlamGlow’s from Sephora but haven’t gotten around to it.  If you’ve tried those, are they worth it?

♦ Stephanie

THE BEST FACIAL SPRAY

Facial Spray

This is one of my favorite products that I keep repurchasing.  When it comes to beauty and skin products I usually like to mix it up and keep trying new things.  But when I met this facial spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater, I knew it was meant to be.

I was initially on the hunt for a facial spray to refresh my face and hopefully moisturize it a bit during my day, especially at work when I’m feeling pretty blah.  I did a little research and found that Mario Badescu had a product for this.  I already loved a few of their other products, and for the price, there was no reason not to give it a shot.  I bought the travel size one to sample it and fell in love with it right away.  I really loved the smell and how it feels.  It did exactly what I wanted it to do.

Not only is it great for a simple refreshing spritz, I found that it has other uses as well (!!!)  I love when one product can do more than one thing.  I’m all about keeping things easy and breezy.

Rosewater Facial Spray

Here are some of the ways this product can be used:

◊  Toner

I always have issues with toners. They usually dry my face out too much and burn a little, so I tend to avoid them.  But this guy is so gentle and soothing, I will never go back to another toner again.

◊  Refresher/Moisturizer

I like to keep the travel sized one in my purse and spray my face when I want a little pick me up to give me a hit of moisturize.  It’s especially great when traveling and you need a little refreshing on the plane.

◊  Makeup setting spray   

:jazz hands:

This was an awesome bonus for this product.  Makeup setting sprays can run pretty high sometimes.  The Urban Decay setting spray is around $30.  With the Mario Badescu spray only costing $7 for the 4 ounce bottle, it seriously cannot be beat.

A little tippity tip.  I met a drag queen once who said hairspray is one of the best makeup setting sprays out there.  I was out of town for a wedding and forgot my setting spray and… I went there…and it worked beautifully.

◊  For your hair

You can spray your hair to give it a little hydration and a nice scent.

Facial Spray

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Give this facial spray a try and let me know what you think.  Is this the best out there, or is there something you like even better?

♦ Stephanie

PREVENTING PIMPLES WITH CORTIZONE

Preventing Pimples with Cortizone

This little secret weapon works to fight those pimples that you know are about to become monsters.  You know, the ones that you can feel forming days before they appear?

Well, I have found that this is the best for preventing pimples:

Cortizone

You know, for itchy, annoying bug bites.  On the Cortizone tube it says that it, “Reduces itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.”  And apparently this works with the redness and swelling of a pimple.

Whenever I feel one of those painful zits forming, I apply a little bit of Cortizone to the area before I go to bed.  I will do this for a few days, and instead of the red monstrous zit that would normally appear, it is much more subdued and the whole cycle is waayyyyy shorter.

Cortizone for pimples

I don’t have nearly as many breakouts as I did in my earlier days (I guess that’s one of the benefits of getting older), but before my trip overseas I started to feel the beginning of a nasty pimple.   It was definitely a stress related breakout.  Ugh!

I had heard about this Cortizone tip a year or 2 ago but had completely forgotten about it.  So, I was washing my face one night and felt that old familiar tenderness under the skin.  Luckily, I remembered the Cortizone and applied it to that spot on my face every night.  Not only did it help with the redness and the size, the whole cycle of the pimple forming and disappearing only lasted a few days.  That was the first of about 2 or 3 more pimples in the following week (stress is a bitch), and I used the Cortizone for each and it helped amazingly well with all of them.

It pretty much saved my face big time and I thought I should share this tip in case any of you are in an emergency situation.

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I know this is not the most glamorous topic, but something we all need to deal with from time to time.  Hope this tip helps!  Let me know how this works for you.  Are there any other magical zit zapping products you swear by?

♦ Stephanie