There’s something about painted nails that makes me feel instantly put together. My hair can be undone. I can have a completely bare face, but when I look at my nails, I feel fairly glamorous. It’s always been that way for me.
My new favorite polish is No More Film from Essie. It’s a dark purple with blue undertones. It goes on dark and in two coats, the color looks almost black. If you’re looking for something new to try, this one is a keeper.
I don’t know about you, but after the mad dash of the holidays, I could use some pampering. Like a lot. Soaking in a tub of bubbles seems pretty perfect right now.
Making your own beauty products can be a lot of fun, so I did some searching for an easy bubble bath recipe. I found this one and thought the combination of vanilla and honey was right up my alley.
It’s easy to put together, inexpensive and smells incredible. I had to keep reminding myself not to eat it. Really, it smells that good.
Stored in a beautiful glass container like this one from Crate & Barrel,* it looks so pretty sitting on the edge of your tub or left out for guests at your house. Adding a custom tag with a note on how to use, gives it a personal touch. But, beware. If you treat your guests this well, they may never leave. Continue reading →
Today, I whipped up a little banana mask up in my quest for great DIY beauty. Designed for oily skin, I thought it would be perfect for me.
I keep ripe bananas frozen in my freezer and used one for this recipe. Please do not do this. Use a fresh one instead. The mask works really well, but is kind of stinky and brown with a frozen one. Consider yourself warned.
Banana Mask for Oily Skin via Pink of Perfection
1 banana, preferably ripe
1 tbsp honey
an orange or a lemon (I used an orange.)
Mix the banana and honey together in a bowl. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse.
The classic cat eye is huge for fall. Whenever I think of this look, I should picture Sophia Loren, but instead, I think of Lauren Conrad, because I’m so cultured.
I decided to give this look a try for myself and remembered how terrible I am at liquid liner, so I picked up the Eye Studio Ink Pen Liner from Maybelline.* It works really well and stays put throughout the day. I found it to be smudge proof and liked how crisp the line was. It is however not waterproof, which is great if you need several do-overs like me. It’s not so great if you think you might cry while wearing it.
After my post about a dark lip, I thought I should share a recipe I found for a lip scrub over at Petite Elefant. Having something like this in your back pocket is critical to pulling off any of the bold lip colors popular for fall. I also have a feeling it will come in handy this winter when my lips will most certainly be chapped.
It is easy to mix together and works well. The best part about this recipe is that it has three ingredients, two of which are probably in your pantry right now.
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
A squeeze of lime juice
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and honey. Add a squeeze of lime juice and mix. Rub some over your lips. (It tastes really good btw.) Wipe off with a kleenex and then, rinse.
A year ago, I did a post on DIY Beauty. For a while, I’ve been wanting to try some of the other recipes I found while researching, and finally landed on this almond orange scrub via Pink of Perfection. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so it seemed like a perfect fit. It was a little difficult to put together, because I found the recipe from Self to be a little vague. For starters, I needed more like two handfuls of almonds and wasn’t sure how much orange peel to incorporate. I ended up using just two slices, but could have done one large one instead. I also didn’t puree it finely enough at first, so I sort of stabbed myself with almonds the first time I put some on my face. Apparently, I’m not so hot with my blender. Then, and this had nothing to do with the recipe, I proceeded to dump the whole batch all over my bathroom counter. By the time I could put some on my face, I was ready to scrap the whole thing.
Thank God I gave it a try. The first thing you should know is that it smells wonderful. Fresh and citrusy, my skin felt so smooth and soft after using it. Stored in a canning jar, I think it would make a lovely gift, and when you consider that this scrub costs a fraction of what you’d pay for something similar at the store, it seems silly not to try it tonight. Continue reading →
I first spotted this polish in a magazine ad on Olivia Wilde. I loved the vibrant green and couldn’t get the color out of my head. A few weeks ago, my friend Julee rocked a similar color on her fingers at a wedding reception. It looked fresh and bold, so I decided to bite the bullet. Continue reading →
My mother-in-law and I share a deep love for all things Sephora, so you can imagine my delight when I received a box of beauty treats from her for my birthday.
One of the standout items in the box was a set of Josie Maran’s Argan Mini Color Sticks. These tiny sticks of sheer color are perfect for adding a hint of color to cheeks and lips. Their size makes them perfect for traveling or stowing in your purse. Easy to use, a quick swipe gives your skin a natural flush. Continue reading →