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Homemade Holiday: DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub

Running short on gift ideas, low on a budget, or is procrastination bringing your holiday spirit down? Try this sweet, little gift made from items that you more than likely have in your home already. This peppermint lip scrub is festive, tasty, great for anyone AND will show the person you give it to that you care about them and their skin. The sugar in this scrub acts as an exfoliant scraping away dead skin and the coconut oil moisturizes them leaving you with kissably soft lips. What a great gift for your significant other!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Small jar for storage
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil – therapeutic grade for ingestion
  • 15 peppermint candies
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey

Experiment with the quantity of sugar, coconut oil, and honey in order to get the right consistency for your preference and size of the container you are using. For example, if you want it to be a rougher scrub, use more sugar. Don’t add as much sugar if you have sensitive skin.

Mix, Mix, Mix!

Add all of your ingredients to a food processor and blend them until they are mixed together with small sized peppermint candy chunks sprinkled throughout it. The candy should have turned your scrub into a pretty, pale, pink color. Transfer your scrub into a jar, tie a ribbon around it, and you’re ready to wrap it up and gift it!

 

 

Holiday Party Makeup Look

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Eyes 

  • Start off with Mugshot, a metallic, cooler, light brown, from the Naked 3 palette and apply it all over the lid.
  • Use Factory, a metallic bronze, from the Naked 3 palette and apply it in the crease and outer corner of the lid. Blend with Mugshot.
  • Take Darkside, a metallic, dark purple-gray, from the Naked 3 palette and apply it above the crease in the outer corner. Blend with Factory.
  • Switch to the Naked 2 palette and pat YDK, a metallic cool copper, on top of Mugshot on the lid. Blend with Factory.
  • Lastly, take Verve, a metallic, reflective, silver-white,  from the Naked 2 palette and use it to highlight the brown bone and inner corner of the eye.
  • Go back to Darkside from the Naked 3 palette and line your bottom lash line from the outer corner to 3/4 of the way in.
  • The last 1/4 line with Verve from the inner corner until it meets and blends with Darkside.

 

  • Tight line upper lash line with black eyeliner and lower lash line in the outer corner matching parallel with Darkside. Don’t draw it all the way to the inner corner – only 3/4 of the way.
  • Line upper lash line with black liquid liner.
  • And if you like to sparkle, go over it with silver glitter eyeliner. Make sure to wait for both to dry.

Lips 

Face 

  • Use a bronzer on the lines of the cheeks, sides of the forehead, and sides of the jawline.
  • Use highlighter on the top of your cheek bones and dust it across the center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, on your cupids bow and chin.
  • I’m also applying Mary Kay Cherry Blossom blush – my go to blush this season – on the apples of my cheeks and back against my cheek bone.

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Pumpkin Spice Fall Makeup

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Fall is my favorite season when it comes to makeup trends. What do I love most about it? The lip colors! It is more acceptable to wear dark, bold colors. I love my berry colors: magentas and deep purples. Of course there are no “rules”, but the cooler months just bring out the bold and the beautiful a little more richly than the bright, warmer months, don’t you think? I mean, everyone loves fall … and with fall comes pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks and Leaves candles from Bath and Body Works, two of my (and every other white girl’s) favorite things. So why not do a fall makeup look with a little pumpkin spice that has a touch of all my favorite things about fall?

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What You’ll Need:

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1. Rich Spice Gloss 2. Shy Blush 3. Gold Coast Eye Color 4. Rosegold Eye Color 5. Amber Blaze Eye Color 6. French Roast Eye Color 7. Truffle Eye Color 8. Rich Fig Cream Lipstick

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EYES

Start off by taking Gold Coast (3) and highlighting your brow bones and inner corner of your eyes. This is such a beautiful color that has a pale orangey glow with tons of golden sparkles.

Paint your eyelid with Amber Blaze (5).

Place Rosegold (4) in the outer corner of your eyelid. Make sure to blend Rosegold and Amber Blaze together well.

Take French Roast (6) and put it in the crease making sure to blend it in with Rosegold.

Lastly, use Truffle (7) in the outer corner of the crease blending upward toward Gold Coast on your brow bone. If you need, use more of Gold Coast to blend the two together. Carry Truffle down to your bottom lash line and shadow line it with that.

To get my completed look, line your bottom waterline with a black eyeliner, line your upper lash line with a black liquid or gel liner, and coat upper and bottom lash line with black mascara.

FACE

Use Shy Blush (2) on the apples of your cheeks to give them rosy color with a golden sparkly shimmer. You can also use your favorite foundation for a flawless look and coverage as well as bronzer for contouring.

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LIPS

Start off by using Rich Fig (8), a deep magenta berry color, cream lipstick and top it off with Rich Spice gloss (1).

 

What did you think of this look? What is your favorite part about fall?

Sin City | Film Noir Makeup Look

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I was really interested in doing a film noir/black and white/lady gray look, but I really enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s filming style in Sin City and used that as my inspiration behind leaving a color red lip in the look. Step out of a silent film with this Sin City inspired film noir makeup look.

M A K E U P
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NYX Contouring Palette

> MK Coal

MK Sparkling White

MK Sterling

MK Silver Satin

MK Gel Liner in Jet Black

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

MK Black Eyeliner

MK Lash Love Mascara

Avon Red Brick Glimmerstick Lip Liner

Sea Siren | Mermaid Makeup Look

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I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. Ever since I first saw The Little Mermaid, I wanted Ariel’s red hair, Prince Eric, and most importantly fins. So I got one out of the three and I’m not complaining, but today I transformed myself into my idea of a sea siren and am sharing it with you for your Halloween inspiration. Here is your mermaid makeup look…

 

M A K E U P
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Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette

NYX Contouring Palette

MK Sparkling White

MK Azure

MK Peacock Blue

MK Steely Eyeliner

MK Lash Love Mascara

MK The Real Teal Liquid Liner

MK Icicle Lip Gloss (Replacement Silver Moon)

Pearls and Glitter from local craft store

 

Late Summer Fairy Look

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And so it begins … Halloween look tutorials are officially here! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see videos early before they are posted here. This week I’m bringing you a late summer fairy look. A woodland fairy blended with the forest greens and rich autumnal hues that represent the closing of summer and the beginning of fall. Enjoy the video!

M A K E U P
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Mary Kay Foundation Primer

Benefit POREfessional

Mary Kay CC Cream Very Light

NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette

Mary Kay Mineral Foundation Powder Ivory 2

Mineral Foundation Brush

NYX Contouring Palette

Mary Kay Sunny Spice Mineral Cheek Color

Sparkling Cider discontinued and Hot Topic Green Glitter Palette are both discontinued – sorry 🙁

Mary Kay Meadow Grass Cream to Powder Eyeshadow

Mary Kay Lime Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Amber Blaze Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Emerald Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Eye Primer

Mary Kay Cityscape City Sophisticate Eye Palette (Limited Edition!!)

Brush Collection

Eye Smudger Brush

Mary Kay Black Eyeliner

Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara (BLK)

Mary Kay Neutral Lip Liner

ELF Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude

Mary Kay (Cream and Sugar Alternative) Golden Nourishine Lip Gloss

Mary Kay Beach Bronze Nourishine Lip Gloss

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I bought the moss, sequins, and glitter at my local craft store

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Create Your Own Henna Tattoos

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I’ve been fascinated with henna tattoos for a while. I love the organic designs and intricacy that is associated with henna tattoos. As the summer fades out, I decided to finally expand my experiences and do it for myself.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Henna powder (4g)
  • Eucalyptus oil (1ml)
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Applicator bottle with small tip/piping bag
  • Straight pin
  • Wooden mixing stick
  • Cotton balls
  • Qtips
  • Toothpicks
  • Vegetable oil

(or you can just purchase a henna kit)

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What To Do:

  • Mix the henna powder with a little bit of water using the wooden mixing stick in the applicator bottle
  • Add the eucalyptus oil to the mixture and mix it for 5 minutes.
  • Let the mixture sit for 45 minutes.
  • While waiting, thoroughly wash and exfoliate the skin you are going to be applying the paste to.
  • Separately, mix sugar and lemon juice and heat to a boil until everything is mixed together and set aside for later.
  • Stir the henna mixture before use and add a little bit more water if the paste is too thick to squeeze out of the applicator bottle. Use the pin to unclog the tip if necessary.
  • Use toothpicks for thinning lines and creating intricate designs. Use Qtips for wiping away mistakes. Leave henna to dry for 10 to 15 minutes on skin when finished designing.
  • Lightly apply the sugar and lemon juice solution to design with a cotton ball. This will allow the henna to last longer and become darker. You can stop applying the solution when the design becomes black and glazed. Be careful not to apply too much.
  • Leave henna on skin for as long as you can. Three hours will usually result in a dark color, but 12 to 15 hours will yield longest lasting, darkest stain.
  • Remove the henna with vegetable oil and a cotton ball.

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Things To Keep In Mind:

  • Avoid wetting the area for a day.
  • For best results, use henna paste within 24 hours.
  • Test the henna on your skin before you do something elaborate to make sure you don’t have any allergic sensitivities.
  • Henna stains so be careful when using it to not let it touch anything you don’t want it to.
  • Wrap the henna in paper towel and tape if you leave it on over night so it doesn’t stain bedding.
  • The stain will last anywhere from 7-12 days depending on lifestyle factors. The design will disappear as the skin begins to exfoliate.
  • Henna can appear orange, reddish brown, russet, light brown, dark brown, crimson red, and burgundy depending on the type of henna, natural skin pigmentation, and length of setting time.

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Design Ideas:

  • sketch it out first to get an idea of what you want to do
  • start simply and then add details
  • begin at the finger tips
  • play with geometric shapes like circles and triangles
  • use nature for inspiration: leaves, vines, flowers, stars, the sun, the moon
  • use organic lines that swirl and curve around your fingers and wrist
  • mandalas – you can never go wrong with mandalas

Send me pictures of your henna designs on Twitter and Instagram using #gmlhenna

Roaring Twenties Gatsby Look

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Last week hosted the first annual Detroit Gatsby Lawn Party and let me tell you … it was so much fun to dress up from the twenties and see so many other people indulging in the spirit of that era.

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gatsby painter

gatsby picnic

gatsby couple

gatsby lawn party

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You can check out the Roaring Twenties Gatsby Look video tutorial below that I made for my Gatsby inspired hair and makeup from the event.

Makeup

Mary Kay Foundation Primer

Benefit POREfessional

Mary Kay Time Wise Matte Liquid Foundation Ivory 3

NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette

Mary Kay Mineral Foundation Powder Ivory 2

Mineral Foundation Brush

NYX Contouring Palette

Mary Kay Sunny Spice Mineral Cheek Color

Mary Kay Eye Primer

Mary Kay Cityscape Metro Modern Eye Palette (Limited Edition!!)

Brush Collection

Eye Smudger Brush

Mary Kay Black Eyeliner

Mary Kay Steely Eyeliner

Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara (BLK)

Mary Kay Clear Lip Liner

Avon Red Brick D450 Lip Liner

Mary Kay Cityscape Oh So Currant Lip Creme (Limited Edition!!)

Mary Kay Sparkle Berry Nourishine Lip Gloss

Hair

Dove Refresh and Care Dry Shampoo

Not Your Mother’s Hairspray

Dress

Flapper Dress

I love the 20s! What decade is your favorite to dress up for?

How To Hide Blemishes

We all get those annoying and unsightly little face demons that will pop up when we least expect it. If you have to hide them, here is the best way to do so.

Step 1

Cleanse your skin.

Step 2

Use a green concealer to cover the blemish. Green is the opposite of red/pink on the color wheel so it will conceal the redness better than a normal concealer would on its own.

Step 3

Add your regular concealer on top of the green.

Step 4

Make sure you dab and pat the both concealers so they’ve blended together.

Step 5

Top it off with some powder. It will set the concealer in place and add the final touch for coverage.

Unfortunately, we can’t just poof the raised bumps away, but at least we can conceal the redness.

Make sure that you allow your skin to breathe. Blemishes are less likely to go away and heal if they can’t do it properly. Keep your face clean and free from makeup as much as possible.