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DIY At Home Spa Hacks

DIY Spa Hacks to Make Your Skin Beautiful and Pampered

Beauty is not just about the makeup and hairstyles you wear: it goes deeper to looking after your skin and your emotional wellbeing so that you glow from within! That’s why the spa is such a great place to relax and get pampered, but if you don’t have time to head to one you can create the stunning sanctuary at home.  

Rejuvenate Skin with a Scrub

Make your own exfoliating scrub to eliminate dead skin cells and nourish your skin. A coffee salt scrub is easy to make. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. The salt works as an exfoliator, the caffeine plumps your skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite, while the oils boost your skin’s moisture. Mix it well before rubbing into your skin.

Soak in the Tub

Few things are more relaxing than soaking in a hot tub after a stressful day. Make yours feel straight out of a spa by adding fizzy bath salts, petals and essential oils to your water. It will feel and smell divine. Remember to warm up your fluffy towels before getting into the tub so when you step out you can wrap yourself in their comfort. Heavenly!

Indulge in a Body Balm

After your relaxing bath, don’t forget to moisturize! Make your own luxurious honey-coconut balm that’s great for dry skin while being good for your health because it doesn’t have any chemicals. You’ll need 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of beeswax. Mix the beeswax and coconut oil in a heatproof glass jar. Place it into a saucepan filled with some water on the stove. Warm it up well so that the wax melts. Once this happens, remove it from the heat and add in the honey. Stir it for a few minutes, then leave it for 10 minutes so it thickens. Stir it well again for a few minutes. Pour it into a glass jar to store it until you need it.

With easy spa-quality pampering tips, you’ll create luxurious DIY treats for beautiful skin and a relaxed mind.


Six Organic Solutions for “Winter Hair” Syndrome

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It’s that time of year again. The harsh Winter months have a tendency to dry out your strands, leaving your locks feeling straw-like, dull, and damaged. But with a little TLC, all is not lost. Read on to find six great ways to keep your hair in tip-top shape, in spite of the sweater weather.

  1. Quit Washing Your Hair So Often

I’m not saying you should cut out shampooing completely. After all, you want to keep your hair clean and smelling nice. However, too much washing can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils, causing your hair to either dry out or produce too much oil in order to compensate. One great solution? Start by cutting back your shampoo sessions. Suds up every other day (or if you’re ambitious, every two days). After a month, you should notice a marked difference in the health of your hair. Plus, washing less often saves you on time in the mornings.

  1. Not all Shampoos are Created Equal

If your budget allows, it’s wise to invest in paraben-free, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Organic and/or natural formulas are more mild and don’t often contain lots of hard to pronounce chemicals.

If you’re sitting there wondering “what are sulfates and what do they do,” let me direct you to this article in the Huffington Post. According to the piece (and scientific research) sulfates are the agents that cause your shampoo to foam up and lather in the shower. However, they also can damage color treated hair and make fine or curly hair prone to frizziness. So if you can, opt for a healthier formula. You’ll be sustainable and have supple strands.

  1. Limit Your Exposure to Hot Water

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like a steamy, hot shower or bath. Therefore, it seems cruel that this same luxury has the potential to dry out weather-sensitive skin, hair, and even nails. In order to diminish these negative effects, limit your time in hot water, either by taking shorter showers or decreasing the temperature.

  1. DIY (or Buy) a Deep Conditioning Mask

Honey, avocado, egg whites… the list of food that’s great for your hair and skin goes on and on. You can purchase a deep conditioning mask at most drug stores, or you can even make your own. Applying a mask once a week can make a big impact. (Be sure to leave the mask on for at least 10 minutes to get the full benefits, and always consult the directions before use.)

  1. Use a Silk Scarf to Save Yourself From Hat Hair (and Breakage)

Wrapping a silk scarf around your head, under your winter beanie, is a wonderful way to prevent your strands from snagging on your woolly headwear. Plus, they generally feel luxurious and awesome.

  1. Switch From a Brush to a Comb   

Too much brushing can also cause unnecessary breakage. Use a pick or wide-tooth comb instead for detangling with less potential for damage.

Hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to confidently flip your hair and strut your stuff despite the frigid air.

Do you have any winter hair survival tips? Leave them in the comments section below, and check out the blog for more great beauty, fashion, and lifestyle advice. 

Guest post by: Cassie Brewer, freelance beauty writer. 

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Spring Skin Care Routine

Skin Care Routine Made Easy For Spring

Now that may has arrived, it is officially spring, and a new season always means new battles for your skin. With summer right around the corner, it’s good to get into a healthy skin regimen so that you can stay beautiful rain or shine.

After a long winter, your skin could feel dry and leave you with rough patches that you want to get rid of (especially when you can finally lose the coat). The most important thing you can do in the spring is start a skin care regimen that is right for you, so that by the time you get to summer you know exactly what your skin needs so you can be looking beautiful even when it starts to get cold again.


The first step in any healthy skin regimen is to clean up your skin. Finding a gentle cleanser that will clear away any impurities from your skin while not drying out your skin too much will be the perfect balance your skin needs in order to bring back your skin’s healthy glow just in time for spring. Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy is a great product that is not only anti-aging, it also perfectly cleanses and removes makeup by the face. It detoxifies deep and levels your skin out.

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Next, it is best to exfoliate. If your skin is feeling a little dry and irritated from the cold winter, you want to make sure you still use an exfoliant, but don’t over do it, because it could do more harm than good. Something like the Skin Soho Ex-Foliating Cloth is perfect to deep clean and not irritate your skin. In order to get that glow you want, you have to clear away the dead skin cells and repair the damaged areas.


After exfoliating, it is essential to hydrate your skin. The best thing to do is to find a moisturizer that is hydrating and not oily. You want to repair and prevent, not overcompensate with a product that has too much of a lotion base. Clearing the dead skin away and then helping your skin retain moisture will give you the fresh face you want for spring and put you in a great routine for when summer rolls around. It would be best to find a moisturizer that has SPF to use in the morning so that it can protect your skin during the day when you’re exposed to the sun. It also has beneficial vitamins that will make your skin brighter and smoother.

Love Your Body

This routine doesn’t just have to be for your face – your entire body could benefit from some exfoliation and hydration. With a body wash with exfoliating beads, you take care of the rest of your body too. And finding a body lotion that repairs all of that dryness can be the perfect combination to leave you looking and feeling fresh just in time for these warmer days.

By repairing the damage caused by winter and revealing that smooth, bright, healthy skin underneath, you will be in the perfect position to prevent any damage that will come in the summer. Equipping yourself with products that react well with your own skin tone will be beneficial not only to get you through the season, but through the rest of the year as well.

Gwen Lewis is a writer and professional makeup artist who lives in Southern California. Her writing focuses on anything beauty and health. She hopes you really enjoy this article!

Guest Post: Rumble Cosmetics


Rumble Cosmetics: “We believe in the fun of RUMBLE cosmetics and in being the original brand of the female fan!”

The Stephs have always had a passion for doing things that help others feel pretty and share their love for entrepreneurship. In January of 2012, Rumble Cosmetics was born, when Stephanie Nash was celebrating a bowl game with friends. As a K-State alum, she proudly put on her purple smoky eye, glittery pencil, shiny gloss and her vision of merging color cosmetics and the collegiate market was born. A phone call to Stephanie Mason soon followed, and one morning at Starbucks later, Mason was in on the same dream.

The following months included endless hours of research, product development, fundraising and getting approved by the universities to use their marks and become official licensees. Sacrificing all their time, sleep and money, The Stephs were committed to seeing this through.

The two Rumble founders have products ranging from glitter lip gloss, nail polish and an eye shadow shade box with various eye colors and eye liner. Naturally, I am a BIG football and basketball fan, so I use their products often as we get ready to show our stuff off at the tailgate! These products are not only available on 9thandelm.com, but come in a variety of packages for your University, not to mention, they give you a tutorial on how to apply as a Naughty or Nice Fan, which naturally I need, because I’m not the best makeup applier. Find their makeup available for these schools (Don’t see your school? No worries they are expanding as you are reading this and always take tips from their fans on where to design next!): K-State, KU, Mizzou, Texas A & M, Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa Hawkeyes, Nebraska, Iowa State, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, Auburn and University of Georgia. Prices: $18-$48

Keep it Handmade, Independent or Otherwise Cool! –Elly


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