Category Archives: Beauty Wednesday

Safe Sun Habits

Summer is here and that means time to brush up on our sun safety habits before the fun begins. The best way to enjoy your time outdoors this summer is to get smart and practice safe sun.Safe Sun x Samosa POP via Pinterest

  1. Sunscreen
    • Generously apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 which provides broad spectrum protection.
    • Don’t skimp. Use at least an ounce of sunscreen for every time at least 30 minutes before going outside.
    •  Re-apply every two hours after swimming or sweating.
  2. Timing
    • Limit sun exposure for sun-burn prone parts like eyes, nose, lips by wearing protective gear such as a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
    • Sun’s rays are strongest in between 10 am to 4 pm so seek shade when appropriate.
  3. Hydration
    • Drink plenty of water especially on hot sunny days to keep your body amply hydrated.

Hope you have a safe and happy upcoming summer!

Spring Beauty: Lip scrub

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Here is a great quick fix to keep lips smooth and youthful. The scrub is easy to make and reasonable.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • a touch of honey
  • a drop of vanilla

Directions

1. Mix the vanilla, honey, and brown sugar together in a small bowl.

2. Rub the scrub on your lips.

3. Let the scrub sit for a minute. Easily wipe it off with a damp washcloth.

Dream Giveaway – free meals and manis for a year

 Win a year of free meals and manicures from Radish and PrettyQuick!  mealsandmanis.com 1 What do you dream about? Looking to squeeze in more me-time? Wouldn’t life be perfect if your nails always looked amazing through a weekly relaxing manicure and a healthy fresh meal was delivered to you for dinner??!! A girl can dream! But, this dream can now be a reality. PrettyQuick and Radish – two amazing apps that do just this have teamed up to bring us an amazing giveaway. From healthy meal delivery to one-click beauty booking, Chicago’s favorite apps make me-time easier! Enter here to win a free Radish meal and a free PrettyQuick manicure each week for a year (over a $1500 value)! What are you waiting for?! Enter right away at MealsandManis.com and tell everybody about it. This amazing giveaway ends April 14th, 11:59 PM CST #mealsandmanis
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Mani Monday: Spring nails for Girls Night Out

nail date.jpgLast week I had a mani pedi date with one of my best girlfriends; the stylish and creative woman behind ‘Windy City Wardrobe‘. Dāsha and I used our PrettyQuick app to book a nail date just a couple hours ahead of time. It was a fun girls night out filled with trend talks and sharing our latest wins & woes. I love this girl. You have to check out her amazing blog (here) if you haven’t yet.  Continue reading

Essential Oils

Base Oil Beauty Benefits
Argan This oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any DIY hair recipe.
Avocado Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the delicious fruit.
Coconut Naturally coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your DIY lotion recipes.
Grape seed For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.
Jojoba Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.
Olive Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal DIY-recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because of the vitamins A and E.
Sesame Bacteria doesn’t stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind and sunburn.
Sweet almond Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.
Treatment Oil Beauty Benefits
Aloe Vera We know you’ve heard of aloe vera gel and juice, but the plant also comes in oil form. This thick formula can be used topically to remedy dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis along with other types of skin irritation.
Arnica If you frequent the gym, arnica should be in your workout bag. The fragrant oil will help improve circulation and take down swelling, bruising, and pain. It’s a natural relaxant for sore muscles.
Carrot Seed The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.
Castor Jamaican black castor oil is celebrated for its hair-growth abilities. This specific type has an ash included that gives it a dark brown color. The oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.
Evening Primrose Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itch and inflammation.
Rose hip Expectant mothers, this one’s for you! Rose hip has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.
Tea Tree In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.
Essential Oil Beauty Benefits
Calendula Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize under-eye bags.
Chamomile Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It’s a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is a healing herb that has been used in Australia for centuries in wound care. The fragrant oil can also be handy as an all-natural insect repellent.
Geranium Geranium is a powerful antiaging oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover, meaning you’ll have fewer wrinkles to begin with.
Jasmine Your skin will benefit from jasmine’s ability to improve elasticity. It’s definitely one to include in brightening skin concoctions and can be used to fade stretch marks and acne scars.
Lavender One of the most recognizable essential oils, lavender can do much more than help you sleep. Massaging an oil tincture including lavender into the scalp can curb hair loss and help with headaches, too.
Peppermint Pack a bottle of peppermint oil on your next camping trip to soothe the itch of poison ivy or other allergic reactions. You can also apply a few drops of the oil to the face (mixed with a carrier oil) to clear the sinuses or soothe a tension headache.
Rosemary In aromatherapy, rosemary is used as an energizing scent to clear the mind. When used on your skin, it can stimulate blood circulation to soothe aching muscles and ease the joint pain of arthritis.
Thyme Studies show that thyme can be an effective natural solution for acne. Its antibacterial properties stop pimples before they can fester into a larger breakout. Mix a few drops into a bottle of witch hazel for an oil-clearing toner.
Ylang-Ylang Ylang-ylang has been used for decades to protect strands against salty ocean water, and it can also promote hair growth and thickness. The oil also a stress-relieving scent that works well in any DIY massage oil recipe.

Sock Buns 101

A few months ago my mom and I went to Sock buns 101 workshop at Goldplaited. The stylists there are eager to help and shared with us some wonderful hair magic secrets. I love this hairstyle because no matter what length my hair is, the bun looks full and voluminous. Here are some simple tips and tricks for mastering the two styles of sock buns. My personal favorite is the short and simple messy sock bun look which is easier to do for my short layered hair. Continue reading

DIY Honey and Lemon Face Mask

I am a big fan of facials for taking care of my skin. But, it’s hard to get myself to a spa regularly. So I try to include some simple DIY beauty tricks in my routine. Recently, I had an indulgent spa date with my creative blogger friend Erin from Color Me Styled. It was a fun afternoon where we tried out a couple easy homemade DIY facial recipes. I picked one of my all-time favorite one: homemade honey and lemon face mask. Continue reading

Spring Beauty

Spring is all about fresh, bright and colorful to me. The season is changing so shake-off the dreary winter with a few changes in your make-up habits.spring beauty

  1. Fresh– Swap your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer, which takes seconds to smear on, provides even coverage, and won’t clog pores.
  2. Bright –  Invest in a versatile highlighter and start experimenting; try it on eyelids, browbones, cheekbones. But, pick one at a time. Shimmer plays up our best features – wide-open eyes, high cheekbones, or even a prettily bowed lip. Get a glowy look without excessive shine or sparkle.
  3. Colorful – It’s time to celebrate warmer climates by playing with hot violet or tangerine eye shadows. Or swap out the basic black liner with colored eyeliners in olive green or bright cobalt.

Here’s wishing you a beautiful spring! It also helps to give your refrigerator a makeover and stock it up with some yummy skin brightening super foods like fruits and vegetables.

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Winter nail trends

These three major nail trends seem to be popular this season from celebrities to street style. And I am loving them.

 1. Chic and clean – neutral whitish nudewhitish nude

Bobbi Brown – Nude Glow

Neutral opaque polish, although seemingly subtle, can make a major statement. The trend has unfolded into an array of neutrals that aren’t your usual suspects. To nail the look, be sure the polish is opaque and is complementary with your skin tone.

2. Metallic – Personal favorite of the monthwinter nail trends 1

Essie – Good as Gold and Fishnet Stockings

Metallic nail polish is an interesting return for shiny manicures. Adding an accent nail in a bright color always makes the look more stand-out. This trend is still going strong.

3. Dark nails – perennial winter staple

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Nars – Zulu

Deep green is a gorgeous new twist for the popular dark dark nail trend. This will give your digits the much-craved seasonal re-vamp making worthy of a cat-walk.

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