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Glam Alert: DIY Body Scrub

May 29th, 2016

 

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A friend of mine gave me this FABULOUS Lavender Body Scrub she made herself. Wasn’t that sweet? I’m telling you, this should be your go-to gift for your friends, hostess gift, etc. As soon as I use up the jar she gave me I guarantee I will be making it again!

Years ago my favorite body scrub was by Origins. It was a lavender-scented scrub and I adored it. I used to always ask my husband for it for Christmas or my birthday, because it was around $30 for about eight ounces. Then, as it always happens with stuff you love, they discontinued it.

So you can imagine how GLEEFUL I was when I first opened this little magical jar of wonder and used it. It smells exactly like the Origins scrub, except it is a little thicker, which means all you need is a little to do the job. The smell is out of this world, and my skin thanked me for the treatment! Now, nothing against my precious friend, but I imagine if you broke down the cost of this scrub, I would venture to say it was only a few dollars. And seriously? It makes me happier than the store bought one, because she made it herself. Just for me!

Here is her recipe. I’m sure if you would prefer a more citrus scent, you just substitute the oil. As a bonus, she even gave me her recipe for DIY Lotion.

I just mix enough sugar to fill the jar. Add coconut oil in liquid form until I get the consistency I want. Then add 6-10 drops each lavender and frankincense. Then I put into the jar and top with a little grapeseed oil.

I just started making some lotion you might like too. Get a cup of coconut oil in solid state and whip in stand mixer for about 5 minutes. Then add 6-10 drops each lavender and frankincense, mix well and put in glass jar. 

I’m sure if you searched, you could probably find a printable label out there on the world wide web, if you wanted to make a cute label to add to it.

Perfect gift. Love, Love, Love it and love DIY formulas! I’m turning into a real chemist here!

In case you missed my previous DIY beauty posts, check out DIY Lash Growth SerumDIY Vitamin C Serum, and DIY Lip Scrub.

Send me your DIY beauty recipes. If I keep this up, my husband says he’s going to buy me a lab coat for Christmas!

Consumer Cafe: Wave Your Flag Cake

May 23rd, 2016

Here’s the perfect dessert for your Memorial Day get-together from Kraft Foods.

Wave Your Flag Cake

  • cups  fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-½ cups  boiling water
  • pkg.  (3 oz. each) Jell-O Gelatin, any red flavor
  • Ice cubes
  • cup   cold water
  • pkg.  (12 oz.) prepared pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1-⅓ cups  blueberries, divided
  • tub   (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed

SLICE 1 cup strawberries; cut remaining strawberries in half.

ADD boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 min. or until slightly thickened. Meanwhile, cover bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices.

ADD sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.

SPREAD Cool Whip over dessert. Top with fruit to resemble the flag, using strawberries for the stripes and remaining blueberries for the stars.

VARIATION
Prepare as directed with fat-free pound cake and Cool Whip Lite Whipped Topping.
SUBSTITUTE
Prepare using Jell-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin.
WAVE YOUR FLAG “CHEESECAKE”
Prepare as directed, mixing the Cool Whip with 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese and 1/4 cup sugar before spreading over dessert.

Glam Alert: Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray

May 1st, 2016

About this time of year in Texas, when the humidity is at about 100%, my hairdresser says my hair starts falling before she can even finish styling. Lucky for me, I have discovered the Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray. Doesn’t the name itself just give you hope? Hope that your ‘do will hold up the entire day?

Now you girls know in Texas we are known for our big hair. It’s not nearly as big as it was in the 80’s, but I still like a little oomph on top.

I purchased the 16.9 oz spray bottle (non aerosol) about eight months ago for around $20, and I swear the bottle still feels pretty dang full. I use it only on my top curls, with my John Frieda Hot Air Brush, since that’s where I want the style to HOLD. I also use on days when I don’t shampoo, just to give my locks a little lift.

From Paul Mitchell:

Basics: Provides powerful hold and memory.
Benefits: Creates a shiny finish.
Bonus: Helps protect hair from sun damage.
Details: Algae, aloe, jojoba, henna and rosemary boost shine. Firm-holding styling ingredients lock in your look.
So if you are looking for a hairspray with some major holding power, this is the one for you. I

Happy 2015

January 1st, 2015

“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”

  – -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I hope 2015 is a great year for everyone! I appreciate your support and comments in 2014. I am so thankful for all of you! My only child got married in 2014, and I went back to work as a paralegal, so my blog has been much neglected. I hope to do more posts in 2015. Maybe not every day, but we will work up to that! I have some great new products to share!