Review: Febreeze Copycat

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I’ve been on a kick of creativity lately so I am trying to make a lot of products at home to be healthier, save money, and just have fun! There are several ways to make your own fragrance spray. I chose to use just three simple ingredients, and it works pretty well.

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All you need…

  • One part Rubbing alcohol
  • Two parts water
  • Essential oils, 5 drops Thrive blend, 5 drops Grapefruit, and five drops peppermint.

Shake it up before use! It isn’t a very strong scent, if you want it to be stronger, put more of the essential oils. The great thing about the essential oils is that they don’t have all the chemicals most air freshener sprays contain, and they help sterilize, along with the alcohol of course! You can also spray it in the bathroom, in the air or straight into the commode.It works better than candles or popourri, and totally covers up foul odors by absorbing them on contact.

How To: Moisturizing Soap

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Soap is expensive, at least the really nice smelling, pretty bottled ones! I’ve read so much about the chemicals in soaps like at Bath and Body Works, it makes me feel kind of ripped off when I do purchase their brand. I decided to try making my own soap. It isn’t all natural or anything, but at least I know everything that I put in it was put in it by me, which is a start to being more healthy.I just kind of winged this and it turned out great, smells awesome too.

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So the first thing to do, get an almost empty bottle of anti-bacterial soap, with only like a very small amount of soap left inside.

Then you will want to add all these things…

  • Aloe vera gel, 3 tblspns or so
  • Hand or body lotion, 1 oz.
  • Hair Conditioner, 2 oz.
  • 10 drops of Grapefruit essential oil
  • Water, fill it up the rest of the way!

Then shake it up, pump it out a couple times and make sure it is thick enough for your liking! That’s it, saves time and money and won’t dry out your paws!!

 

How to: Starbucks Copycat

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I make a lot of smoothie type drinks, and I love coffee so I have started playing around with different recipes. I drink my coffee with half and half, that is my favorite, but sometimes I am in the mood for a different flavor. I usually make up a drink and it turns out being good, but this one is fantastic!! It tastes just like a Starbucks iced coffee.:)

Here is what you need to blend up:

  • 1 cup black coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tblspn  Salted Caramel
  • Drop of Vanilla Extract OR Peppermint Extract, whichever you like best!
  • 2 heaping tblspns of whipped cream
  • Iced coffee cubes (or just plain ice cubes)

The end result tastes like a mint frappe or a caramel vanilla drink that you’d find at Starbucks. It is sooo good. You have no idea!

Review: Effaclar Duo

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My skin is on the oily side of things, so I try to keep my pores as small as possible and cleanse my face twice a day in order to prevent breakouts. I am a fan of the brand AcneFree for washing my face off (they have a good benzol peroxide one), and I use Cetaphil for a oil-free moisturizer. I like to use Epiduo for a toner, and I have heard that Effaclar Duo by La Roche-Posay is a great alternative, and a much cheaper way to keep your skin looking clear.It doesn’t have apadapaline in it, which is what seems to make Epiduo work so great, but it does have LHA and benzol peroxide. I haven’t seen a bad thing about it while researching it online, so I am hoping I turn out loving it.

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I have only used it a couple times.. so far, so good! It seems to shrink any bumps, the redness goes away, and the overal appearance of the blemish diminishes, just overnight! That’s exactly how Epiduo works, so I am satisfied thus far. Hopefully it won’t dry out my face, but I am looking to only use it when a large bump appears, or for an emergency, at least until I run totally out of Epiduo.

Review: Tarte Coral Blush

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I have been trying to stay away from coral for years now because orange-y colors don’t think look very flattering with my skin tone. That being said, this coral color from tarte is the prettiest looking shade I have found. It isn’t a crazy bright orange that washes me out. It is actually kind of sheer, with a shimmery glitter to it. It isn’t glossy or super matte, but it’s a very natural hue. I like wearing it to the gym since it’s a subtle shade.

Review: Miss Universe Hairspray

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This CHI hairspray lasted me a few months, using it daily. It’s called the Miss Universe Style Illuminate firm hairsptay. I really like that it was a hard hold like the bottle says, I enjoy feeling the stiffness because my hair is naturally so baby-soft! I tease my crown area everyday, well, at least everyday I am going to present myself in front of others! The thing that I disliked about this spray is the smell. It is one of those scents that at first has an almost bitter smell and then you smell sweetness. Some of the best perfumes have pungent odors paired with good-smelling fragrances to create a certain boldness and make certain tones pop within the aroma. Or, maybe this was just a bad bottle and it’s not really supposed to have that odor! Ha, I hope not!

Outfit of the Day: Neutral and Capris

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As you can see I was very bored with my hair so I went with a change up! I pushed it back with some gel, the Hard Up blue gel by Sexy Hair, and it laid back over my teased crown fairly well. The tank top is from Express and I love neutral tones so much, and I also love how it is low cut, skin tight, and has vertical ribbing all around! The capri pants were given to me from a co-worker and I wasn’t too keen on them at first because I hadn’t worn capri jeans since I was younger, but they fit really well. I am so cold-natured, I can def. use them when I am out at a restaurant. Actually, the night I wore this I went with family to a pizza place that was freezing, so it worked out. Bracelet is Marc Jacobs, wedges by Coach. Tan by Lancome.

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My lipstick is THE MOST TALKED ABOUT THING I WEAR. All of my co-workers and female clients gaze at my new matte lipsticks and ask me where they can purchase them. I will do a post on all of them before too long, stay tuned! I believe this one is L.U.V by Kat Von D.

How To: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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I love making stuff in the blender, it’s easy, healthy, filling, and way better than having to waste time eating a meal. I usually make up smoothies myself, I don’t really have a guide or a specific recipe, I just use the fresh fruits I have available. This was a very good consistancy though, so I am going to keep making this one.

All it takes…

  • One ripe banana
  •  Seven or so strawberries
  • Cup of Milk
  • Tsp. of Salted Caramel (glass jar kind)
  • Touch of Cinnamon
  •  Couple tsp.of whipped cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit of the Day: Cat Tights

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I fell for these bad boys the moment I saw them online a few years ago. I didn’t stumble upon them in person until the other month at the mall. I was searching through the dimly lit Hot Topic when I came upon these and I knew immediately that they were mine! They call these garters, but I don’t think of them as an under garment, because they are clearly fancy panty hose, if you ask me! And I would never hide them away.

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Houndstooth shorts from Forever 21, same with the wedge sneakers, V neck from Victoria’s Secret, sweater by Crown and Ivy.

Review: 3 Deodorants

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Everybody wears deodorant.. uh, at least I hope so! For years I used solid deodorant or glide on gel, with antiperspirant, and lately I’ve tried a few new ones.

The first one in the photo above is a powder deodorant that doesn’t include antiperspirant. It is by a brand called Perfect Purity, you can find similar ones at Whole Foods type stores that offer healthy alternatives to our normal hygiene routines. It’s good for straight out of the shower use, especially if you know you aren’t going to be busy or sweating much for a few hours. It’s great after the shower because it doesn’t burn when applied to shaved under-arms, unlike all the other deodorants I’ve tried. It can leave a trail on the floor or dark clothes, so it can be messy if you’re not careful. It’s super light, doesn’t have a strong smell, and isn’t going to last through heavy sweating though so beware.

The second in the photo above is a glide on antiperspirant by Secret. It’s a gel substance and it feels cold to the touch, that is why I enjoy them in the summer, but not as much in the winter. You have to wait a couple minutes for it to dry before putting on clothes, especially dark colored garments. It is better than the solid kind because it doesn’t leave you with flaky white skin or get all over the armpit area in clothes. It’s great for sweating, and the scent is moderate.

The third and final deodorant is in spray form. It’s a new one made by Suave. It has antiperspirant and a nice clean scent, but be careful when spraying it anywhere that offers a breeze or draft, because it will go everywhere. It works just like the glide on deodorant as far as I can tell, you just have to be really sure to spray a few squirts (it takes more than just one or two sprays, I’d say three or four sprays under each arm is perfect if you’re going to be working or sweaty) and also be sure that it goes under your arm and not in a cloudy fog behind you! I guess this is the messiest one, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger kids. Easy to waste it. I kind of feel like I inhale it too, so hold your breath and spray away!

 

 

 

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