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Homemade Beauty: Greek Yogurt Mask

Ingredients: Cotton Balls Probiotic Capsule
Cold Plain Greek Yogurt
How To:
Split open the probiotic capsule and mix it into 3 or 4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt in a small bowl. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to your face in an even layer. Let the mask set for 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Greek yogurt contains lactose enzymes which dissolve dirt and nourish your skin, while the probiotic invigorates your skin leaving it with a healthy glow. This combination also helps to reduce redness and calm breakouts.

Homemade Beauty: Ice Facial

It may not sound very pleasant, but running an ice cube over your face has a ton of benefits for your skin! They will help to smooth your complexion by combating fat cells, easing wrinkles, fighting acne, and promoting blood circulation that will help heal past blemishes! Be sure to wrap the cubes in a paper towel, or a baggie because applying them directly to your skin can cause delicate blood vessels to break For an added benefits to this  treatment, try freezing your cubes with watermelon, lemon, or rose!

Homemade Beauty... Teeth Whitener

You Will Need: Toothpaste
A Toothbrush
Baking soda

Directions: Sprinkle the Baking Soda on your toothbrush with toothpaste and brush your teeth like you normally would. Use this consistently and you should start to see the results! 

DIY Bath Fizz

Personally, I love the little Bath Fizzes you can buy, they are just so much fun!! How fun would it Be to be able to make you own!
Tools and Materials Baking sodaCornstarchCitric acidSpritzer bottlesFood coloringGlass bowlEssential oilBaking moldsHow-To:
1. Sift 1 3/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup citric acid, and 2 cups cornstarch through a sieve to remove all of the chunks. To make different colors, fill small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food coloring to each.  2. Pour 1 cup of the powdered mixture into a bowl. Lightly spray, stirring after each spritz, until powder is your desired color. Next, add water slowly, so mixture does not fizz. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped like sand, stop adding water (this may take a little while). 3. Select an essential oil. Add 5 drops if it's one of the stronger scents (peppermint or lavender), and 6 if it's a weaker one (lemon or grapefruit). Mix well. Firmly pack the m…

Homemade Beauty... Aromatherapy Facial Toner

Tea naturally calms skin, fighting inflammation and puffiness as well as breakouts. 

You Will Need:
1½ cups water 1 peppermint tea bag 1 rooibos tea bag 1 chamomile tea bag 1 drop rosemary essential oil 4 drops lavender essential oil Directions: Bring the water to a boil, turn off stove and let water cool 3 minutes. Place the tea bags into pot, cover and let it stand for 5 minutes. Let it cool completely before removing the tea bags. Add the essential oils. Pour into a bottle, and store in fridge for up to two weeks. Remember to shake the bottle before use. Apply your new toner daily to clean skin and watch the results! :)

DIY Makeup Remover

Combine 2 tablespoons of canola oil and one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Dab a cottonball or tissue into the oil and swipe across your eyes.Combine cucumber juice to a few drops of baby oil. Apply to a washcloth and use to remove dirt and makeup. Mix olive oil and baby oil to remove mascara.Rub lemon peel on skin to remove oil and rejuvenate your skin. Rinse your face every night with raw milk to remove any makeup residue and oil.Mix a spoonful of potato juice with a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to face using a cotton pad to reduce blemishes and dark circles.Combine two tablespoons of wheat flour and enough milk to make a paste. Now you can use it as a facial scrub.Dip a cotton ball in tomato juice and apply it to the skin. Allow to set for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. This will help reduce the appearance of large pores. Combine oatmeal and ground walnuts to create your own exfoliating scrub.Mash a banana with a few drops of milk and apply to the face. Rinse after 10 minutes …

Fix a Self Tanning Mistake!

So you decided to try Self-Tanning for the first time, or maybe you are an old pro! You apply/spray it on, wait for the color to develop, take a look in the mirror and discover.... Oooooh no! You are covered in orange streaks! Well don't worry about it :) I have a little DIY Self Tanning Mistake Fixer that will fade it away and leave you feeling refreshed!
Ingredients:
1 lemon ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup sea salt ¼ cup baking soda
Instructions: 1.) Mix sugar, sea salt, and baking soda in a small bowl 2.) Cut the lemon in half 3.) Dip the exposed side of the lemon into the mixture
Now, gently rub the lemon slice along any streaky and blotchy areas of your body. Another method is to squeeze the lemon juice directly into the  mixture and apply the paste to streaky areas with your hands, a loofah, or a washcloth.The lemon is going to lighten your self-tanner streaks and the sugar, sea salt, and baking soda will exfoliate.
Try to do this as soon as possible after the mistake, because the sooner you rea…

Homemade Beauty... Honey Facemask

Honey is a natural anti-bacterial, apply a natural honey face mask for softer skin and cleansed pores. Use raw honey, which has a sugary texture and doesn’t drip like processed honey. 

You Will Need:
Raw Honey ...and thats it!

Directions:  Apply directly to your face and let it sit for 5-10 minutes You're all done!

Influenster "Something Blue" Vox Box!

When I came back from vacation I discovered that I had received this package from Influenster called the "Something Blue" Vox Box. I was so excited!! Influenster is this site that you sign up for, you review products and take surveys and then if you qualify they will send you these products totally for free!




The first thing I saw when I opened my box was a ton of papers. I got a catalog for My Trio Rings. A Influenster Card explainind what was in the box. And everEZlashes coupon, and a few more. Now lets get into it! :)
The first product I got in my box was the Luster Now! Instant Whitening Toothpaste (valued at $7.99). It smells very minty, which is a good quality for a toothpaste ;) I am using a Crest Whitening Toothpaste right now, and I'm not seeing any huge results so I am very excited to try this one and see if it works better!
The next thing I pulled out of the box was the Q-TIPs Precision Tips (valued between $2.59 and $3.35 each). I got two packs, and these are for…

Homemade Beauty: Lavender Facial Toner

Lavender is in bloom right now, so it is the perfect time to make this natural (and cheap!) DIY facial toner! Ingredients: 1 Tbs lavender buds 1 cup pure witch hazel 6 drops lavender essential oil 1 cup distilled water
Directions: Combine the witch hazel, lavender buds, and essential oil in an air tight jar and store in a cool, dark location for 2 weeks.  Shake the jar vigorously every day while the lavender is steeping.After 2 weeks, strain out the lavender buds using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.Add 1 cup distilled water and mix.Can be stored at room temperature and is best if used within 12 months of preparation.

Back into the Swing of Things :)

Well June was a busy and fun filled month :) Don't you agree? Since about halfway through May I have been posting all about packing and my trip to the beach, this past week or two I have even been posting every day! Well I am about ready to get back to normal, aren't you? Last week our church had Bible school every evening. I have been working with our counties Children's Librarian almost every morning through the past two weeks, and I will be continuing through next week. I am going to be leaving for a church camp in about 11 days. I will get back from camp on the 19th, and my little brothers birthday party is the 20th. On the 22nd I am leaving for the beach with my friend, and we will get back on the 27th. After that I will be heading over to Pigeon Forge a few times before school starts on August 17th. And then Summer is over! Isn't that something to think about... Needless to say I have some pre-written posts for the rest of this month, which is why I might seem distan…

Outer Banks 2013: Day 12, Tuesday June 18th

10:00 AM
Just got back to the room after breakfast and, once again, I had a waffle :) They are just great! Today is the day we go home, which is very sad :( But we still have fun stuff planned for today before we start the ride home, so it isn't time to be sad yet :)

1:00 PM Just got out of the Roanoke Aquarium! :)




Elijah took care of a turtle again :)
Turtle...
Turtle being scanned...
Turtle swimming around in the rehab tank! ;)
I thought this was a pretty awesome picture! :)

2:30 PM We decided to stop at the Christmas Mouse store in Manteo. It was so cool! It is like a never ending store, you keep walking and walking through more and more rooms, all full of cool stuff! I got a Cliffnotes book for my Summer Reading work, and we got fudge and candy from the general store :)

5:00 PM Just riding in the car... Me and Elijah have watched Wreck It Ralph and slept.
 That is about it...  I am ready to get and move around!
7:40 PM We made it to Winston Salem, and at this very moment I am...... sitting in…

Outer Banks 2013: Day 11, Monday June 17th

9:00 AM Well we had to wake up early this morning... Since Elijah was sick yesterday we missed a lot of what we were going to do, and had to try and fit it all in in two days instead of three. But missing that day was worth it because he feels so much better today :) We had waffles again foe breakfast this morning, which were just as good as the day before. Now we are driving across the road to the Wright Brothers Memorial.
11:00 AM We just left the Memorial/museum!
See, he is feeling much better :)
Remake of the first plane
Markers depicting the flight distances, see that one way off in the distance? :)
The Wright Brother's Memorial Now we are on our way to Currituck Lighthouse!
12:30 PM We de decided to stop for lunch at a place in Duck called Route 12.
 We know about it because it was featured on the Tv show Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. I had Chicken Tenders and fries, which were very good :)
4:00 PM We just left Currituck Lighthouse, the Wildlife Center, and The Whalehead Club.

For somethin…