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DIY Tips & Tricks

9 Tips on How to Get Lighter Skin

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*Guest Post by Emma*

Stop dreaming about getting yourself fair skin once and for all. Before you turn to skin brighteners, there are some other things that you need to know about how you can lighten your skin in smart ways.

That makes it imperative to do a quick rundown of what skin lightening solutions (we like SkinBright — read our review here!) are available for your picking. [Keep Reading]

Our Freshest Homemade Acne Body Scrub Recipe Yet!

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Let’s be real for a moment, shall we.

Acne can affect any part of your body. Back acne, chest acne, facial breakouts and more can be frustrating and painful. Of course there are many awesome products (hello, Exposed Body Acne kit and Zenmed!), but we also love a good DIY remedy.

Since I’m a beauty on a budget, I’m going to forgo the expensive spa treatments and store bought products. Instead, I’m going to make an awesome acne body scrub in my very own home.

I have to admit, I LOVE making body scrubs. There are so many great recipes, like this anti cellulite scrub.

As far as acne goes, the scrub I’m featuring today is nto only a full blown blemish banishing body scrub, but it also doubles as a body wrap. Body wraps are great for preventing body acne, as well as treating current breakouts that may be causing you discomfort.

Ready to give it a whirl?

Then read on my friend!

Best Acne Body Scrub Recipe

Making this acne body scrub (or wrap) is super simple and inexpensive.

Gather up the following ingredients:

– 2 cups of water
– 1/4 cup sea salt
– 1 cup green clay powder
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1/2 tablespoon tea tree oil

Regardless of your skin type, this treatment should be effective and rejuvenating.

Step 1

In a pot, bring your water to a boil and add in your sea salt. Stir until it dissolves.

Step 2

Remove from the heat and then add in your green clay powder, olive oil and tea tree oil.

Step 3

Stir until it becomes a smooth paste.

Step 4

Slather all over your body and massage it in.

If you want to use this as a body wrap, double the recipe, slather it on then cover yourself with plastic wrap. Let it soak in for 15-20 minutes.

Step 5

Rinse off in a nice warm shower (not too hot though) and be sure to moisturize afterwards.

Why We Love this Acne Body Scrub

Salt is an effective toxin remover and exfoliator. It will help slough away dry skin cells that have been purging themselves and clogging your pores.

Anti fungal and antibacterial properties found in tea tree oil will give your skin a clean, fresh feeling as it wipes away bacteria that can cause some breakouts. It can even treat other skin conditions like athlete’s foot.

Green clay powder is the ultimate weapon in cleansing and nourishing your skin. Not only does it draw away oil and dirt while maintaining your natural moisture barrier, but it also refines your pores and improves circulation; both of which prevent future breakouts and even reduce the appearance of cellulite!

It will be even more effective if you really massage it into your skin. Better yet, have your lover massage it in!

Besides having so many wonderful benefits for you, this recipe is simple and cheap to make. Happy Scrubbing!

How to Get Fall Inspired Beach Waves in Your Hair

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*Guest Post by Sophia*

Summer is all about tousled, loose beach waves in your hair with plenty of texture. It’s a chic, yet low-maintenance hairstyle beloved by celebrities and stylish people everywhere. But, when the summer sun fades and the blazing heat changes to soft, fall light, it’s time to switch up your beachy mermaid locks for a more romantic look.

Before you break out the curling iron, do some post-summer maintenance on your mane. Summer’s combination of heat and humidity can leave your tresses dry and damaged. Get your hair back into tip top shape so you can try some of these chic hairstyles this fall.

Vintage Hollywood Hair

Fall is all about nostalgia, and there is nothing more nostalgic than old Hollywood glamour. Channel style icons, like Veronica Lake, for classic looks that never go out of style. Polished waves are the perfect style for special occasions, such as weddings and cozy fall dinners.

To create this iconic look, you may need to start by creating volume by blow drying with a thickening cream. The right one will depend on the natural texture of your hair.

Follow the blow dry with a deep side part, then section and curl your hair in one direction using a one-inch barrel. Set the curls with a spritz of medium strength hairspray that offers flexible hold.

This next step may seem counterintuitive after all your hard work, but you will need to brush out your curls. Brush your hair from root to tip, back brushing underneath to keep the curls from separating. Finish the look with another spritz of hairspray, and you are ready to spend a cool fall night on the town.

Modern Movement in Your Hair

The lob has been trending, for some time now, and it is easy to see why. This low-maintenance style is suitable for almost all face shapes and hair textures and keeps you looking fresh and pulled together without looking overdone. Amplify your trendy lob with tousled waves to achieve a modern alternative to casual beach waves in your hair.

A high definition style looks particularly stunning on blunt lob and bob cuts and adds appealing texture and movement. The key to keeping the look modern is to leave the ends straight and create waves in the middle.

Forget your curling iron for this look; the best tool for the job is your flat iron. Divide your hair into sections and, as you run the flat iron down the length of your hair, bend it back and forth to create kinks. Just before you reach the end of your hair, pull the flat iron down for edgy, straight ends.

Finish the style with a coat of shine spray to tame any flyway’s, and rub a little smoothing cream into the ends.

Seventies Glam Hair

As seen on the runway at fall fashion week, natural easy-going waves are one of the top fall hair trends this year. These long, natural-looking waves evoke a 1970s nostalgia that is perfect for the fall.

Natural waves can be attained without heat, which is the ideal antidote to stressed summer hair. Simply towel dry your hair until it is about 40% dry, and add a texturizing spray. French braid your hair into 3 or 4 strands, leaving out the last 3-4 inches to get a more casual look. Then, leave overnight.

When you wake up, undo the braids, flip your head upside down to create volume at the roots, and gently run your fingers through the strands to separate the waves.

Another fabulous seventies’ style, seen famously on Rose Byrne at the 2017 Met Gala, combines two trends in one. A disco-inspired look combines retro style with mixed textures to achieve a truly show-stopping style—perfect for dancing away the fall blues.

To keep the look chic, use a smoothing serum at the crown to keep it sleek but not slick, and start brushing tightly wound curls about two inches from the part to get that stark contrast in texture.

Fall Romance Hair

Fall is the season of rainy, windswept days and dramatic hairstyles. Get swept away with a simple, chic blow-out that gives your hair movement without defined curls.

Use a large, round brush to angle your hair away from your hairline as you dry it. Complete the look using a curling iron to gently define the curls. Twist some strands back from your face and pin in place for added sweetness to your style.

To look like you have been cozying up inside on a blustery fall day, go for a stylish version of bed hair. Your bed head look shouldn’t appear completely disheveled, just long, loose, and carefree.

Spray damp hair with a texturizing spray, then blast with a diffuser for maximum volume. The key to attaining the disheveled look is not to curl every strand of hair. Select a few sections of hair, curling them haphazardly with a large barrelled iron.

Shake, and then stretch the curls to blend them with the uncurled hair, and finish with styling cream to hold the shape.

Playful Textured Hair

Braids are popping up on the runway this fall. While the sculpted, serpentine braids gracing fashion weeks all over the world are wonderful for occasion wear, fall’s romantic tone demands something softer and more wearable every day.

Crown braids are an enchanting style that looks complex but is easy to achieve. Simply divide your hair down the middle (no need to be too neat about it), and braid each section at the nape of your neck. Bring each braid around to the front and secure with a few pins. Loosen some of the sections of the braid for a messier, more romantic look. Make sure to leave a few wavy, wispy strands out of the braid for an ethereal look to complement the fall atmosphere.

For a more high-fashion statement style that is still achievable as an everyday look, try contrasting texture braids. Divide your hair into a centre part and braid your locks on either side. Keep the braids tight and sleek on top, then tease out the ends, and set with a firm hold spray for a striking textural contrast.

Though summer beachy waves are a tried and true style, fall’s slow changes are the perfect time to experiment with some new styles for your hair. Fall’s golden colour palette also offers some amazing inspiration for some of 2017’s hottest color trends.

Try some of these gorgeous alternatives to beachy waves this fall for chic looks to complement your personal style.

 

About the Author: Sophia Jackson has been a resident of Buckhead for 10 years. When she’s not busy styling the hair of Atlanta’s elite at Barrons London Salon, you can find her shopping in trendy boutiques or sipping bubbly at a concert in Chastain Park.

3 Best Body Scrub Recipes for Soft, Sexy Skin

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My skin can be very temperamental. The change of seasons, temperature drops and heat waves can all affect it. With all these elemental changes its no wonder I need to give it a little TLC every now and again.

To rejuvenate my skin, I like to get my DIY on and make a nice full body scrub.

Depending on the skin situation; itchy, dehydrated, tired or even cellulite-ridden, I have a body scrub to tackle each issue.

One of the reasons I love creating my own body scrubs is I can control the ingredients and I save a bundle.

Since sharing is caring, here are my top 3 best body scrub recipes. [Keep Reading]

The Ultimate DIY Guide on How to Get Rid of Cellulite

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Sick of cellulite, but feel like there’s nothing you can do about it?

Tired of feeling self conscious about the skin you’re in?

Well don’t be!

Cellulite doesn’t have to ruin your life. There are so many ways you can combat it, so stick around while we show you everything you need to know on how to get rid of cellulite. [Keep Reading]

10 Home Remedies Using Herbs And Plants To Get Rid Of Oily Skin

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*Guest Post by Emily*

Some of us may naturally have oily skin by birth. A few of us might have got it due to various factors like cosmetics, stress levels, exposure to heat and pollution and so on. Oily skin will lead to severe acne problems. Home remedies using natural herbs available around you are the best solution for this problem.
Here is the list of top 10 home remedies to get rid of oily skin and learn how these magical herbs can be used organically for curing acne. [Keep Reading]

How to Tighten Your Face with Facial Yoga

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Have you started noticing a few more wrinkles each time you look in the mirror? Maybe those laugh lines are becoming more pronounced or your constant brow furrowing has left you with a big ol’ forehead indent.

Whatever the cause, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as seeing the signs of your aging skin every day in the mirror.

We’ve dished on anti aging heaps of times. We’ve shared affordable DIY’s and the not so budget friendly surgical ones, but we have never shared a completely FREE anti aging treatment.

Until now that is…

That’s right folks, we have discovered a 100% free and totally effective way for you to start turning back the clock on your face.

Dying to know what it is?

Facial yoga. [Keep Reading]

5 Simple Strategies for Healthier Skin

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*Guest Post by Sania*

When it comes to skin care, we usually have this belief that the pricier a product is, the better it is in producing the desired results. However, this is not entirely true.

A lot of factors affect the way your skin looks and you can achieve a healthy and glowing skin by simply taking extra care of it in your daily routine.

There are some effective skin care tips that do not cost you a penny and yet you often do not make use of them.

It’s okay! That’s exactly what we are here for.

So, try out for the following easy tips and thank me later. [Keep Reading]

Farewell Flakes — 3 DIY Hair Masks for Dandruff

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3 DIY Hair Masks for Dandruff

You know what isn’t sexy?

Dandruff.

Those nasty, white flakes of dead skin that fall from your scalp and land directly on your shoulders for the whole world to see. 

Above and beyond being embarrassing, dandruff is itchy and uncomfortable, and an ongoing issue for so many people out there.

We’ve all seen enough Head & Shoulders commercials to know that there are plenty of shampoos on the market for this, but do they actually work and are they worth your money? [Keep Reading]

The Hidden Secrets of Red Wine and Beauty

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The Hidden Secrets of Red Wine and Beauty

*Guest post by Alicia*

For those of you who are wine lovers, this is some exciting news. Although there is some criticism buzzing around this topic, drinking wine in moderation has many beauty and health benefits.

Below we’re going to explore all of the advantages of red wine so you can get out there and stock up! [Keep Reading]

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