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Several months ago I posted a diy facial steam tutorial and today it was featured on Blogher !
Thanks Maegan Tintari : )
I’ll repost since its one of the first posts I’ve done .


DIY Facial Steam Tutorial 


Facials at the spa are costly but effective to maintain great and healthy skin. Facial steams are a great alternative to the hefty price tags of spa facials. When done once a week you will see an improvement in your skin’s texture and reduce clogged pores. I have done this for a couple of years now and have maintained clear skin by doing this. Even if not done weekly you will still see some results.


DIY Facial Steam 

Step 1.
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a pot.

Step 2
Add your selected herbal mixture to the boiling water, cover, and then turn off the heat.
For dry skin : try rose or chamomile
For normal skin: try rose or lavender
For oily skin: try rosemary or sage
For dull or acne prone skin : try comfrey
* note even if you do not have any of these ingredients a simple facial steam without herbs will still open up your pores.

Step 3:
Let the water cool for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, uncover the pot, stir the mixture , and completely remove the pot from your stove.


Step 4:
Place the pot in a table that will allow you to sit and place your face above it about 9 inches it. Place a large towel over head and let the towel hang down around the pot in order to let it catch some of water steam or vapor. Keeping a safe and comfortable distance between your and pot, try to stay under the towel as long as you comfortably can. What I do is stay approximately a minute under the towel, take a break, and put the towel over my head once again. I do this about four to five times, in order to really open up my pores.

Step 5:
Remove your face from the pot and your done !
Either using a store purchased facial scrub or one I make at home. I then use a circular motion to cleanse my face. Lastly I rinse my face with cool water to close my pores. Some makeup artist use icy cold water in order to really tighten their pores. I use this technique only in the warmer months. 


DIY facial scrub:
Make a thick paste using cornmeal and water. Or you can make a thick paste using brown sugar and honey. Make sure not overscrub your skin since this can cause irritation.

Step 6
Do not forget to use moisturizer! This is a very important step since your skin has undergone serious cleansing and you need to bring back moisture.

Hope your try this facial steam idea and enjoy pampering yourself :)

* note some people may experience a slight itching sensation after the first facial steam. This is absolutely normal. When your steam your skin reacts to increased circulation. Increasing the circulation will help give you a nature glow to your skin. After doing a couple of facial steam you will notice that this itching sensation will disappear.

 Image via:http://www.lookbeauty.com/
Link to feature:
http://www.blogher.com/diy-facial-steam-tutorial?wrap=blogher-topics/style/beauty&crumb=106925

Several months ago I posted a diy facial steam tutorial and today it was featured on Blogher !
Thanks Maegan Tintari : )
I’ll repost since its one of the first posts I’ve done .


DIY Facial Steam Tutorial


Facials at the spa are costly but effective to maintain great and healthy skin. Facial steams are a great alternative to the hefty price tags of spa facials. When done once a week you will see an improvement in your skin’s texture and reduce clogged pores. I have done this for a couple of years now and have maintained clear skin by doing this. Even if not done weekly you will still see some results.


DIY Facial Steam

Step 1.
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a pot.

Step 2
Add your selected herbal mixture to the boiling water, cover, and then turn off the heat.
For dry skin : try rose or chamomile
For normal skin: try rose or lavender
For oily skin: try rosemary or sage
For dull or acne prone skin : try comfrey
* note even if you do not have any of these ingredients a simple facial steam without herbs will still open up your pores.

Step 3:
Let the water cool for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, uncover the pot, stir the mixture , and completely remove the pot from your stove.


Step 4:
Place the pot in a table that will allow you to sit and place your face above it about 9 inches it. Place a large towel over head and let the towel hang down around the pot in order to let it catch some of water steam or vapor. Keeping a safe and comfortable distance between your and pot, try to stay under the towel as long as you comfortably can. What I do is stay approximately a minute under the towel, take a break, and put the towel over my head once again. I do this about four to five times, in order to really open up my pores.

Step 5:
Remove your face from the pot and your done !
Either using a store purchased facial scrub or one I make at home. I then use a circular motion to cleanse my face. Lastly I rinse my face with cool water to close my pores. Some makeup artist use icy cold water in order to really tighten their pores. I use this technique only in the warmer months.


DIY facial scrub:
Make a thick paste using cornmeal and water. Or you can make a thick paste using brown sugar and honey. Make sure not overscrub your skin since this can cause irritation.

Step 6
Do not forget to use moisturizer! This is a very important step since your skin has undergone serious cleansing and you need to bring back moisture.

Hope your try this facial steam idea and enjoy pampering yourself :)

* note some people may experience a slight itching sensation after the first facial steam. This is absolutely normal. When your steam your skin reacts to increased circulation. Increasing the circulation will help give you a nature glow to your skin. After doing a couple of facial steam you will notice that this itching sensation will disappear.

Image via:http://www.lookbeauty.com/
Link to feature:
http://www.blogher.com/diy-facial-steam-tutorial?wrap=blogher-topics/style/beauty&crumb=106925

Braided updo by Moiz Alladina on bhldn
Perfect for the holidays. This look has an earthy and boho feel to it when you add feathered or flowered hair pieces and softens the face for a romanitc look.
Directions: 
1. From a side part he began braiding around the face, starting with hair closest to the hairline and adding to the braid with hair further back on the head. He continued this until finally coming full circle.
2. After securing the tail of the braid into its beginning with a bobby, he began pulling at the braid gently with his fingers, concentrating at the nape of the neck to anchor the style.

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Braided updo by Moiz Alladina on bhldn
Perfect for the holidays. This look has an earthy and boho feel to it when you add feathered or flowered hair pieces and softens the face for a romanitc look.
Directions:
1. From a side part he began braiding around the face, starting with hair closest to the hairline and adding to the braid with hair further back on the head. He continued this until finally coming full circle.
2. After securing the tail of the braid into its beginning with a bobby, he began pulling at the braid gently with his fingers, concentrating at the nape of the neck to anchor the style.

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DIY Microdermabrasion by triplemaxtons
 How to make your own exfoliating scrub. I did a little to be on the safe side and it turns out baking soda is old school beauty trick  which also relieves redness of acne : )Note do not exfoliate more than once a week it will irrate skin. 
1.Grab some baking soda and some water. 
2.Keeping a 3:1 ratio in mind (ex: 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon water), mix the baking soda and water into a toothpaste-like consistency.  

3.Avoiding your eye area, gently rub the paste onto your face in small circular motions for about 1-2 minutes. The goal is to buff, not scratch the heck out of your epidermis. 

4.Rinse the mixture off your face, being careful to avoid your eye area.

 5.Apply a rich moisturizer. Marvel at your super soft and glowy skin, but don’t debut your new look to the outside world without slathering on sunscreen first. Really.
 Alternative : For those shy of a concentrated baking soda mixture use one part baking soda mixed with two parts of ground oatmeal and water to make a great scrub for your face.

DIY Microdermabrasion by triplemaxtons
How to make your own exfoliating scrub. I did a little to be on the safe side and it turns out baking soda is old school beauty trick which also relieves redness of acne : )
Note do not exfoliate more than once a week it will irrate skin.
1.Grab some baking soda and some water.
2.Keeping a 3:1 ratio in mind (ex: 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon water), mix the baking soda and water into a toothpaste-like consistency.
3.Avoiding your eye area, gently rub the paste onto your face in small circular motions for about 1-2 minutes. The goal is to buff, not scratch the heck out of your epidermis.
4.Rinse the mixture off your face, being careful to avoid your eye area.
5.Apply a rich moisturizer. Marvel at your super soft and glowy skin, but don’t debut your new look to the outside world without slathering on sunscreen first. Really.
Alternative : For those shy of a concentrated baking soda mixture use one part baking soda mixed with two parts of ground oatmeal and water to make a great scrub for your face.

Nov 9
I saw this post on how to drink your way to glowing skin but this seems like it going to be additional to my breakfast smoothies variety. Erica Strait a health counselor explains the receipe.I will skip on the egg yolk : ) This sounds delcious and I’m thinking of doing a combo of banana and berries! A reader suggested that orange and  lemon cod liver oil maybe unappealing for some so that said proceed with caution!

SIDEKICKS & TOE TOUCHES SMOOTHIE by beauty bets
1/2 cup berries or bananas (fresh or frozen)
1 cup plain kefir, yogurt, or coconut milk
1 T. orange or lemon flavored cod liver oil
1/2 t. bee pollen
1 raw egg yolk (optional)
2 t. honey, preferably raw 
1 t. grass-fed butter, preferably raw
1 T. coconut oil, melted



Melt coconut oil and butter in a saucepan till just melted. (Be sure to not let simmer or boil). Meanwhile, add the other the ingredients in your blender and mix on high until smooth. Add coconut oil/butter mixture through hole in blender cap and blend for another 15-30 seconds. Pour into a glass and drink up!
Yields: 1 serving
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Why it makes you prettier:
• 
•Berries are superfoods packed with antioxidants and are also low on the glycemic index so they won’t spike insulin.  Bananas will give you a lasting source of energy and contain B vitamins along with potassium.
 •Kefir and yogurt are protein-rich and with lots of healthy fats and beneficial bacteria. Make sure the dairy you use is not ultra-pasteurized as this process kills all the “good guy” bacteria.  Coconut milk is a great vegan alternative with loads of vitamins and minerals.
 •Raw egg yolks can promote nail and hair growth due to their high sulfur content and loads of vitamins and minerals. Use eggs from a trusted local farmer or organic store-bought.
 •Cod liver oil is high in Omega 3′s, and  fat-soluble vitamins A and D.  It’s not the best tasting stuff so smoothies are a perfect way to get it into your diet undetected by your taste buds.
 •Bee pollen is a crazy potent superfood containing 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, a full range of vitamins, hormones and fatty acids.
 •Coconut oil is a nutritional wonder with its long list of health benefits. It can help to absorb nutrients and it can actually raise your metabolism to help burn more energy and reduce weight

I saw this post on how to drink your way to glowing skin but this seems like it going to be additional to my breakfast smoothies variety. Erica Strait a health counselor explains the receipe.I will skip on the egg yolk : ) This sounds delcious and I’m thinking of doing a combo of banana and berries! A reader suggested that orange and lemon cod liver oil maybe unappealing for some so that said proceed with caution!

SIDEKICKS & TOE TOUCHES SMOOTHIE by beauty bets

1/2 cup berries or bananas (fresh or frozen)

1 cup plain kefir, yogurt, or coconut milk

1 T. orange or lemon flavored cod liver oil

1/2 t. bee pollen

1 raw egg yolk (optional)

2 t. honey, preferably raw

1 t. grass-fed butter, preferably raw

1 T. coconut oil, melted

Melt coconut oil and butter in a saucepan till just melted. (Be sure to not let simmer or boil). Meanwhile, add the other the ingredients in your blender and mix on high until smooth. Add coconut oil/butter mixture through hole in blender cap and blend for another 15-30 seconds. Pour into a glass and drink up!

Yields: 1 serving

_

Why it makes you prettier:


•Berries are superfoods packed with antioxidants and are also low on the glycemic index so they won’t spike insulin. Bananas will give you a lasting source of energy and contain B vitamins along with potassium.
•Kefir and yogurt are protein-rich and with lots of healthy fats and beneficial bacteria. Make sure the dairy you use is not ultra-pasteurized as this process kills all the “good guy” bacteria. Coconut milk is a great vegan alternative with loads of vitamins and minerals.
•Raw egg yolks can promote nail and hair growth due to their high sulfur content and loads of vitamins and minerals. Use eggs from a trusted local farmer or organic store-bought.
•Cod liver oil is high in Omega 3′s, and fat-soluble vitamins A and D. It’s not the best tasting stuff so smoothies are a perfect way to get it into your diet undetected by your taste buds.
•Bee pollen is a crazy potent superfood containing 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, a full range of vitamins, hormones and fatty acids.
•Coconut oil is a nutritional wonder with its long list of health benefits. It can help to absorb nutrients and it can actually raise your metabolism to help burn more energy and reduce weight

Nov 9
Baking Soda and Orange Face Mask by the glitter guide
This mask is supposed tighten pores , exfoliate, and get rid of blemishes. If you notice the paste is to thin or watery just a tad more of baking soda. Use orange juice from real orange to avoid putting artificial ingredients to your skin : )

Directions:
1.Mix 1 Tbsp orange juice with 1 Tbsp baking soda to create a paste.
2.Spread a thin layer on face, neck, and décolletage.  Leave on for 20 minutes (the tingling means it’s working).
3.Dampen finger tips and scrub mask in circular motions for extra exfoliation.
4. Rinse and admire your fresh-faced glow!

Baking Soda and Orange Face Mask by the glitter guide
This mask is supposed tighten pores , exfoliate, and get rid of blemishes. If you notice the paste is to thin or watery just a tad more of baking soda. Use orange juice from real orange to avoid putting artificial ingredients to your skin : )

Directions:

1.Mix 1 Tbsp orange juice with 1 Tbsp baking soda to create a paste.

2.Spread a thin layer on face, neck, and décolletage. Leave on for 20 minutes (the tingling means it’s working).

3.Dampen finger tips and scrub mask in circular motions for extra exfoliation.

4. Rinse and admire your fresh-faced glow!

Nov 8
Nov 8
Messy Double Knot Updo by fashionising
One of most seen hair in the Spring 2012 fashion show were messy knot updo. This one seen at Michael Kors can be recreate easily with this instructions:
1.Spritz the hair all over with a sea-salt spray .(You can use mousse to create texture too!)
 2.Next, scrunch the hair into bunches while drying to add waves and texture .
3.Pull a thick section of hair out at the front, sweeping it into a deep side part.
 4.Finally, take back two sections of hair and tie into a knot – then again into a double knot
You’re done!

Messy Double Knot Updo by fashionising
One of most seen hair in the Spring 2012 fashion show were messy knot updo. This one seen at Michael Kors can be recreate easily with this instructions:
1.Spritz the hair all over with a sea-salt spray .(You can use mousse to create texture too!)
2.Next, scrunch the hair into bunches while drying to add waves and texture .
3.Pull a thick section of hair out at the front, sweeping it into a deep side part.
4.Finally, take back two sections of hair and tie into a knot – then again into a double knot
You’re done!

Nov 8
Fishtail Ponytail featured on bellasugar
This awesome hair was seen at the Marchesa spring 2012 fashion show. It takes the classic ponytal up a notch.Renato Campora explains  here 
with some practice you can recreate this look.
1.Apply Mousse to dry hair and blow it dry until the mousse absorbs which creates texture.
2. Then straighten hair with a styling iron. 
3. Create a deep side part at the top of the head; separate the front-side section for now. 
4. Pull the rest of the hair into a low ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Here’s where you’ll need the separate section of hair, as you’ll pull it back to conceal the hair elastic by wrapping it around. Use a bobby pin if you need to.
 5. Divide the ponytail into two sections of equal size. 
6. Three inches below the knot, create a tight fishtail.  Click  here  for instructions.
7. Secure the woven part of the hair with bobby pins and use hairspray.

Fishtail Ponytail featured on bellasugar
This awesome hair was seen at the Marchesa spring 2012 fashion show. It takes the classic ponytal up a notch.Renato Campora explains here
with some practice you can recreate this look.

1.Apply Mousse to dry hair and blow it dry until the mousse absorbs which creates texture.
2. Then straighten hair with a styling iron.
3. Create a deep side part at the top of the head; separate the front-side section for now.
4. Pull the rest of the hair into a low ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Here’s where you’ll need the separate section of hair, as you’ll pull it back to conceal the hair elastic by wrapping it around. Use a bobby pin if you need to.
5. Divide the ponytail into two sections of equal size.
6. Three inches below the knot, create a tight fishtail. Click here for instructions.
7. Secure the woven part of the hair with bobby pins and use hairspray.

Nov 3
2012 nail trends

2012 nail trends

Nov 2
Reusable Hot/Cold Rice Packs by saltwater kids
This is a perfect gift tutorial to help calm the pain associated with bruises, bumps, growing pains, and aches. It even shows how to recreate those lovely tags.

Reusable Hot/Cold Rice Packs by saltwater kids
This is a perfect gift tutorial to help calm the pain associated with bruises, bumps, growing pains, and aches. It even shows how to recreate those lovely tags.

Messy Bun by See Creatures


Check out this hair tutorial by Catherine! This perfect for the holidays and formal events. I been trying to recreate the glamour seen on the red carpet and Catherine’s tutorial completely masters this look! For the complete details click here ! She is also a fellow tumblr click here for her tumblr !

Messy Bun by See Creatures


Check out this hair tutorial by Catherine! This perfect for the holidays and formal events. I been tryin to recreate the glamour seen on the red carpet and Catherine’s tutorial completely masters this look! For the complete details click here ! She is also a fellow tumblr click here for her tumblr !

Color block Nail Tutorial by beautylish.com
Color blocking is one of the hottest trends for fall and for those who want an affordable way to try this look can with this nail design : )

Color block Nail Tutorial by beautylish.com
Color blocking is one of the hottest trends for fall and for those who want an affordable way to try this look can with this nail design : )

1960s hair tutorial

1960s hair tutorial featured on the glitter guide

Jessie from the sweet thing show the easy steps to achieving this half up - half down hairstyle.

(Source: theglitterguide.com)