Cranberry and Honey Lip Gloss

Cranberry Honey Lip Gloss
Create your own sweet and tarty lip gloss!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 10 fresh cranberries
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave the mixture for a couple of minutes or until the mixture starts to boil
  • Remove from heat
  • Gently and carefully crush the cranberries in the mixture; mix well
  • Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes
  • Strain the mixture
  • Once the mixture is completely cool, transfer it to lip gloss pots/containers for storage

Citrus Honey Lip Gloss

Lemon Citrus Lip Gloss
Create your own honey citrus lip gloss easily with this D.I.Y. recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tsp. beeswax pellets/beads
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 6 drops citrus flavoring
Directions:
  • Melt the beeswax and almond oil over heat; remove from heat
  • Add the vitamin E capsule to the heated mixture (break open the capsule); mix well
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mixture; mix well
  • Transfer the mixture into lip gloss pots/containers for storage
  • Wait to use until fully cool

Lemon and Honey Lip Gloss

Lemon Honey Lip Gloss
Easily make your very own lip gloss!
Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp. beeswax pellets
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp. vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
Directions:
  • Melt the beeswax over heat while stirring; remove from heat
  • Add all remaining ingredients (except essential oil); mix well
  • Add the essential oil to the mixture; mix well
  • Transfer mixture to lip gloss pot/container for storage
  • Do not use until fully cool

Tips for Applying Sunless Tanner

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The Basic Rule of Sunless Tanner (whether you’re using gels, lotions or sprays)

Never go more than 2 shades darker than your natural skin color (otherwise you’ll end up looking cheap, fake, orange and like an oompa loompa…none of which are attractive)

 

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The Proper Way to Apply Sunless Tanners

Exfoliate.  This step is very important yet a lot of people skip over it.  Exfoliating helps ensure an even and smooth application.  Exfoliating scrubs away any dry and dead skin which is important in achieving a flawless application.  Dry areas (such as elbows and knees) absorb the tanner more than other areas therefore, those dry areas end up looking darker.  You want to exfoliate everywhere but you want to exfoliate the most in those rough and dry areas.  Also, when exfoliating, don’t use an exfoliator that is very oily or greasy.  These types of exfoliators leave behind a greasy/oily residue which repels tanner.  The best exfoliating method to use in this case is plain sugar (or plain sugar mixed with a tablespoon of water).  You can apply this standing in the shower without the water running because the dry exfoliation method actually does a better job exfoliating than doing it under the running shower water.

Shave or Wax.  You should shave or wax prior to applying sunless tanner.  If you wait until after applying the sunless tanner to do either of these, you’re going to mess it up.  (And I don’t mean 5 minutes later….later in the day, later that night, etc.)  Shaving and waxing will actually lift up some of your tanner and will leave you looking uneven and/or blotchy.

Dry Yourself.  Make sure your body is completely dry before applying any sunless tanner.  Also, do not apply lotion prior to applying sunless tanner except on dry and rough areas (such as elbows and knees).

Protect your Nails.  Prior to applying sunless tanner, you should apply a little bit of Vaseline to your nails and toe nails.  If you don’t, the sunless tanner can stain nails or get around the nail beds and cuticles leaving you with dirty looking nails (which no one should ever want).  This is also important in protecting your manicure and pedicure.  If you want to avoid this all together, slap on a pair of latex gloves and you won’t need to worry about getting orange hands or nails.  (But you’ll still have to protect your toenails).

Top to Bottom.  The proper way to apply sunless tanner is from the top of your body to the bottom of your body, not bottom to top.  (You can dilute your self tanner for those rough and dry areas by mixing it with some lotion too…if you aren’t using the spray sunless tanner.)

Clean Up.  After you’ve applied your sunless tanner, take a damp washcloth and gently buff those rough and dry areas (such as the elbows and knees).  This will help them from ending up darker than other areas of your body.  It’s also very important to carefully wash your hands after applying sunless tanner.  If you don’t you will end up with orange palms and markings between your fingers.  But be very careful when washing them because if you take your hands and dive them into running water you’ll most likely end up splashing further up your arms.  It’s not a bad idea to exfoliate your hands after applying sunless tanner either….this just ensures you really got it all.

Let it Dry.  Let the sunless tanner dry completely.  Do not try to throw on clothes immediately after applying the sunless tanner or you will end up staining your clothes or messing up your tan (or both).

 

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The Quick Version

  • Exfoliate
  • Shave or wax
  • Dry yourself completely (no lotion except on dry areas such as elbows and knees)
  • Apply Vaseline to nails or slap on a pair of latex gloves
  • Apply from top to bottom (do your face separately if you are using a special facial sunless tanner)
  • Buff rough and dry spots with a damp washcloth after applying sunless tanner
  • Wash/Exfoliate hands (very carefully) after you are completely done applying sunless tanner
  • Let it dry

D.I.Y. Moisturizing Body Exfoliator Scrub

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Rub away dead and dry skin with this moisturizing body exfoliator that will leave skin looking and feeling radiant and smooth!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  • Mash the fruit together using a fork until smooth
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients; mix until smooth
  • Apply and massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up with your favorite moisturizer

Coconut Milk and Ginger Body Scrub Recipe

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Slough off dry and dead skin with this Asian inspired body scrub which will leave you with radiant and glowing skin!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground rice (can be grinded in a blender)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground ginger

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix to form a paste
  • Apply to skin and gently massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water

Maui Sugar Body Scrub

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Escape to a tropical beach without leaving your house with this yummy Maui Sugar Body Scrub Recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ripe guava (or ripe mango)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil

Directions:

  • Mash fruit with a fork or place in a food processor until smooth
  • Add remaining ingredients to mixture; mix well
  • Apply and massage into skin for a couple of minutes
  • Rinse with water