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Oh My DIY: Lip Smoothie

21 Jun

Dry + cracked lips ruin how lipstick looks. And because of recycled air, flying, dehydration and just life, unfortunately all of us are victims! So I’m sharing exactly what I have my clients do before I apply their makeup. All you need is a disposable mascara wand (or toothbrush if you don’t have one), lip balm and a tissue.

1. Dip the wand into the balm to pick up a decent amount onto the bristles then apply it directly on your lips (Just like in the image, I started with my bottom lip).
2. Scrub back and forth, up and down and in small circular motions in the same fashion you would brush your teeth. Really work on the flaky areas until the loose skin gently breaks off.
3. Wrap a tissue around your finger and remove any flaky residue.

That’s it! If you want to stay on top of it and keep your lips polished and crack-free all year round, every time you brush your teeth, before you’re done, brush your lips with your toothbrush as well.



Bed of Roses

21 May

Photorial from TBD

Here’s my new favorite way to get rid of dry skin:


  • A mason jar
  • Coconut oil
  • Raw cane sugar
  • Almond or jojoba oil
  • A fragrant rose (I suggest that you use sterling silver roses because they’re one of the most fragrant roses ever.)


  1. Use a small mason jar or any clear jar with a lid. You can also buy them online if you can’t find them in the store.
  2. Start by putting a large scoop of coconut oil in the bottom of the jar. You can get coconut oil at any health food store or major supermarket. It’s an “oil” but at room temp it’s more like a butter consistency and has a white paste-y texture.
  3. Next, pluck your rose petals and put them into the jar on top of the coconut oil.
  4. Add your raw sugar. If you can’t find raw cane sugar, brown sugar would also do! The coarser the better.
  5. Add your almond or jojoba oil on top of the sugar. I like jojoba oil best, which you can also find at health food stores or vitamin stores, because it’s the closest thing to our own natural oil and it absorbs really nicely into the skin. But almond oil is great too because it doesn’t take away from the scent in this jar.
  6. Wait a minute for your oil to seep down to the flower petals and then top it off with a little more almond or jojoba oil. Last but definitely not the least, put your lid on and let it sit so the oils can soak into the flower petals.

When you are ready to use it, take a spoon and mash it all up. The coarse sugar will break up the rose petals and they’ll continue to break up as you rub the scrub on your skin. This scrub can have a shelf life of one year, but I don’t think you’d ever leave this jar of magic sitting for that long.

NOTE: All measurements should be proportioned to the size of your jar. Everything should be equal parts and each layer should take up 1/3 of the jar.

Brown Sugar!

26 Apr

Want to know how to make your skin irresistibly radiant and healthy? Try this DIY treatment, which uses ingredients many of you probably already have in your cupboard!

When you think of brown sugar, you may imagine cookies + candy, but it also contains ingredients that can be greatly beneficial to your body’s largest organ, your skin.

Yes, I’m talking about using brown sugar as an all over body exfoliant. Brown sugar’s granulated particles exfoliate and clear away dry, dead skin cells. This creates a noticeably smoother, more youthful glow to your skin, which is an effect almost all women desire to maintain. Brown sugar is an anti-bacterial and also contains glycolic acid which is an alpha-hydroxyl acid ingredient that keeps skin healthy + vibrant. At the same time it moisturizes and conditions the skin and protects it from the harmful effects of toxins. Lastly it smells delicious! Using brown sugar as a relaxing aromatherapy at home spa treatment will most definitely leave you feeling like a domestic goddess.

It’s good to mix it with natural olive oil so it adds extra moisture and creates a sticky consistency that’s easier to apply. Remember you can use it as an all over body scrub and even use it on your face every other day for a radiant glow, but be gentle! The skin on your face is much more sensitive.

You just need the following:

  • half a cup of brown sugar
  • three tablespoons of olive oil
  • a few drops of water.

It’s that easy.

For a perfectly delicious home made skin care treatment brown sugar will make you look and feel glorious and everyone around you will be amazed at the condition of your soft and glowing beautiful skin.

* This tutorial was requested by Lyn Moralde, a close friend of mine. 🙂

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Salt Scrub!

23 Apr

Photo from The Beauty Department

It’s time to shed those layers and show some skin.  Uh-oh! You have dull skin, so how can you bring it back to life? No worries! Try this refreshing body scrub.  Here is an easy recipe for a salt scrub that you can make with ingredients found in your own kitchen.  You’re just moments away from shiny new skin.

What you will need:

5 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon


  1. Mix the olive oil and sea salt together. Once the salt gets coated by the oil, the lemon won’t dissolve it!
  2. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the salt + oil. Mix and mash. You can adjust the recipe.
  3. Scrub away!
  4. Enjoy your shiny new skin!