DIY Holiday Eggnog Hair Mask

So I went to the grocery store yesterday and honestly I was more than a little excited to see that eggnog is back on the shelves. Of all the seasonal products, eggnog is probably  my favorite. I mean, nothing beats an eggnog cocktail. Amiright?!! I’ve even made eggnog french toast which is as close to divinity as we’re gonna get in this life. As with any food that I love, it’s only a matter of time before I use it in a diy beauty treatment.

My hair has been suffering a little bit lately. I’m going to just go ahead and blame it on the weather getting colder. Impending Winter blues, y’all. Anyway, my hair has been pretty dry lately, and I’m noticing a fair share of split ends. No bueno. So last night, I made this hair remedy that I’m sure you’re gonna go gaga for. Seriously, the protein benefits of egg and the sweet smell of the holidays all in one easy to make hair treatment. What’s not to love?!

Holiday Eggnog Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp eggnog
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional, be aware that cinnamon has a lightening effect on the hair)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg white

Directions

  • Add all ingredients into a glass jar
  • mix well
  • wash your hair normally, then work the mixture through damp hair
  • cover with a towel or shower cap
  • allow the mixture to penetrate your hair for about 20 minutes
  • rinse hair thoroughly with warm water

The egg in this hair mask provides a much needed boost of protein for dry hair, while the honey and coconut oil help to moisturize and add shine to dull hair. If youfind that the mixture is a little too thin, just add more honey or nutmeg to thicken it up a bit.

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The Virtual Makeup App That Also Tracks How Well Your Skin Care Routine is Working

We all want instant results when trying out that new skin care routine that promises smooth, radiant skin. We stare at our face in the morning to see if that Siegfried and Roy magic routine has erased any blemishes. But actually… you had that second beer at happy hour to wash down the greasy fries you picked up on your way there, you were up half the night with a sick kid, you fell asleep with your makeup on, and so it goes. You wake up to the real life disappointment of realizing there is no instant gratification when it comes to skin care. Nope. Only Snapchat filters.

What if there was a photo app that had those fun Snapchatty filters, but also had a feature that actually allowed you to do something productive like track the progress of your skin care routine? Think Snapchat meets skin analysis diary. Whoot! Whoot! It totally exists. It’s called YouCam Makeup- Selfie Camera & Magic Makeover. Selfies are totally entertaining, amiright? Full disclosure: when we were kids, my siblings and I would laugh hysterically for hours making faces into those reflective glass Christmas decorations. Don’t judge us. Good times. Anyway, this app turns your selfie into a canvas. You can play with different eye colors, make up, and even hairstyles. But the real kick is that you can take no-filter selfies and add them to the Skin Diary feature! This is an invaluable tool for the diy beauty obsessed like me! Check out the app features below.

Free Download Available: AppStore or GooglePlay

Key Features

Skincare Diary helps you to keep track of your skin needs and improvements in your skin health over time.

Try Makeup in Real-Time with the live Makeup Cam and buy the products you love now. Get an instant makeover with hundreds of makeup & beauty looks that you can apply in real life just like a magic mirror.

YouCam Makeup Selfie Camera Features:
◇ Selfie editor complete with lipstick, contour, eye makeup & blush that you can shop for

Makeup Videos – Live Streaming Makeup Experts
◇ Live streaming makeup tutorials to feed your makeup addiction
◇ Live chat with beauty tutorial streamers for makeup tips & hot trends from our live stream

Daily Horoscopes
◇ Daily horoscope readings and lucky beauty tips, 7 days a week
◇ Astrology advice from real fashion and beauty astrologers

Beauty Circle Social Community – Your Daily Beauty Guide
◇ Makeup, fashion & style talk keeps you up to date with latest trends. Find inspiration, try then buy!
◇ Share to Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and your favorite social networks

Makeovers in Real-Time: Try Makeup, Auto Beautify Before Taking a Photo & Shop Your Favorite makeup
◇ Record a Makeover Mashup Video, try on a series of makeup looks automatically & record them in a short video**
◇ Get style ready for social media like Instagram & Snapchat with real-time effects and previews
**Available for Android 5.0 devices with 1GB or more

Flawless Skin & Face Editor – Always a Glamorous Look
◇ Flawless skin is yours with adjustable skin tones and effortless tans
◇ Face editor includes skin smoother and skin toner for flawless skin or add freckles for a totally on fleek look!
◇ Add blush & contour, remove shine for a pristine, natural look
◇ Change eye color and overlay makeup to style your look up or down for any occasion

Hairstyle & Hair Color Changer – Salon Styles in Dozens of Shades
◇ Try on a hairstyle over any face with super-accurate facial detection
◇ Dye your own hair – color hair any way you want!
◇ Hairstyle choices and haircuts range from long hair, short hairstyles, curly hair or straight

Eye-catching Makeovers – Create Unique Eye Styles
◇ Make your eye color shine with smart tools that conceal under eye circles and remove red eyes
◇ Mascara tool instantly adds volume & length to lashes

Eyebrow Editor – Find the Best Eyebrow Style for Your Face
◇ Powerful eyebrow editor lets you color or trim existing brows for a subtle change that will soften your facial features. Get the perfect brow just like microblading!
◇ Our eyebrow editor can replace your brows with dozens of colors & shapes

Lip Enhancements & Gleaming Teeth – A Natural, Confident Smile Every Time
◇ Lipstick and lip gloss! Choose classic matte color or shine colors depending on your mood
◇ Whiten your teeth instantly with teeth whitener

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My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Brands at Target

***this post contains affiliate links and a whole lot of awesomeness

A while back I was pretty much addicted to subscription boxes. Getting those awesome little boxes in the mail felt like Christmas morning, like yay! I didn’t even know I wanted that! Only thing is, sometimes the boxes contained things that I really didn’t use. Ever. So in my effort to scale back on the amount of unnecessary  stuff I had, I went paperless on all my bills, I tossed or donated a bunch of things, and I quit my subscription box addiction cold turkey.

One of my favorites was Birchbox, because who doesn’t like beauty supplies?! Birchbox single handedly turned me on to a lot of brands that I would have never tried. I’m all about organic beauty products, so I try to stick to homemade recipes, but isn’t it great when you can find a brand that does the work for you? You guys, we want to know exactly what is going on with the products we use. That shouldn’t be too much to ask, right? Like, seriously, there’s been a lot of scary links made between commercial skin care ingredients and Cancer. Wtf?! No bueno. Fortunately, some companies have heard us crying for safer products that don’t burn bunnies in the process, and now there is an overwhelming natural beauty presence in our local drugstore aisles.

I recently picked up some of those yummy beauty supplies I fell in love with through Birchbox while frolicking through Target. Sometimes it’s easier to just be able to buy an amazing facial mask, moisturizer, or toner than it is to DIY it. Sometimes it’s also more convenient. Like right now I’m planning my toiletry bag for my trip to Europe next month. It was great to be able to just grab what I needed at Target, and trust that I wasn’t doing horrible things to my body, or the bodies of innocent animals, with paraben filled yuckiness. Check out my top natural beauty finds from Target!

Nourish Organic

Nourish Organics makes organic beauty products that are not only affordable, but really effective. I totally recommend the Skin Solve Cream to Oil All Over Treatment. You can use this one product on your skin, your body, and your hair.So versatile and so powerfully gentle! Best part, it’s travel sized so you can plop this in your purse when commuting, or in your carry-on for that long flight.

S.W. Basics

You really can’t go wrong with this brand. From facial cleanser, to exfoliant, to moisturizer, to lip balm, this brand has it all. If you can’t decide where to start, do yourself a favor and get the toner. I absolutely love their toner! With just 5 ingredients (water, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, clary sage oil, and sandalwood oil, this toner is the real deal. It doesn’t dry your skin out like some other toners do and I just love the smell. Fresh and simple.

W3ll People

I quit wearing makeup a long time ago because cosmetics were at the top of the unnecessary toxin list. I tried some natural brands, but was always disappointed with the clumping and the flaking that seemed to go hand in hand with toxin free make up. Mascara was the worst offender. When I tried W3ll People, I was amazed at how smooth and perfect this stuff is. Try their Expressionist Pro Mascara and bat those beautiful lashes with confidence!

Pacifica

Pacifica products are vegan and cruelty free which already makes them pretty rad. To be honest, I just bought Hot Vegan Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask because best name ever. It’s as amazing as it sounds, y’all. Pacifica definitely pays attention to superfood trends. They use ingredients like cactus water and kale, y’all. Say word! I also started keeping their Underarm Deodorant Wipes in my purse at all times, because sweat. I’m doing my part in the fight against subway b.o. this summer. I’m looking at you rush hour A train. Again, a lot of these products come in travel size. Perfect.

Acure

 

Acure is another vegan friendly, cruelty free company that actually makes products that work. In fact, their motto goes something like “it’s not enough to be natural, it also has to work” And this stuff works. I use their Seriously Glowing Facial Serum. This stuff is UH-MAZ-ING! I apply it after my toner, but before my moisturizer/sunscreen. A little goes a long way. I also tried the Argan Oil + Argan Extract Leave In Conditioner, but honestly I prefer using just straight carrier oils when it comes to my hair. If you buy any Acure product though, I really think the face serum is the best I’ve tried.

Am I missing anything? Have you tried any of the other natural beauty brands at Target? What’s your favorite product?

All-In-One Homemade Coconut Wash for Face, Body, and Hair

We can’t call this a beauty secret exactly, because everybody knows how amazingly good milk is for your skin. I mean, seriously, Cleopatra was bathing in the stuff like thousands of years ago. Milk + Bath = Silky Smooth, Flawless Skin. But coconut milk? Now that takes your milk bath to a whole… ‘notha… level.

I know what you’re thinking and I totally admit it. DIY beauty recipes can be a little time consuming and sometimes a little bit messy. But yooooooooo! This recipe right here is ready in a snap, has a super long shelf life, and covers all your basic beauty needs all-in-one. An easy recipe that you can use as a face wash, a body wash, and a shampoo? That’s living the dream, y’all. I’m getting my Cleopatra on with this one.

All In One Homemade Coconut Wash

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup pure castile soap
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/8 cup organic oatmeal, finely ground (optional)

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients together and store in a squeeze bottle
  • if you’re using oatmeal, place it in a blender and grind it until it’s a fine powder
  • shake before each use

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Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

This is probably the best thing I’ve done for my hair in a long time. I waged a silent war against split ends in the dead of Winter. I’m the lady that likes to wear a hat, or a scarf, or a hair tie all the time just to keep my hair out of my face. Problem is, all that friction from whatever I’m covering my hair with causes a lot of breakage. I’ve never dyed my hair. I’ve never cut it. I’ve never put hair extensions in it. I’ve only straightened it a couple of times in my life, still I was starting to look like I could be the 5th member of Motley Crue. Breakage, split ends, and an overall dull and overly processed appearance. Anyway, I was fed up, so I whipped up this amazing leave-in conditioner and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

So many of the leave-in conditioners on the market are way too heavy for my hair texture, and after trying out a ton of these cream based products, I decided I needed a really light oil to keep my hair from feeling weighed down. I used Organix Nourishing Coconut Oil, and I loved it, but I do have a couple of issues with this product. The price is a little too high and despite the brand’s name and some pretty clever marketing, it contains ingredients that I’m definitely trying to avoid in cosmetics. They’re on the right track though. Coconut oil is undoubtedly a good start when you’re looking to hydrate your hair.

This is probably the easiest homemade beauty recipe I’ve made, and the results are fantastic. My hair looks strong and healthy with a glow like I got it professionally done. Sigh. I’m a little bit ashamed of myself that I spent so much money over the years on hair care products just to end up covering my hair anyway. After using this leave-in conditioner for a couple of weeks, I’m actually ditching my hats! All those products, with the ingredients we can’t pronounce, are totally unnecessary. All you need is a few natural ingredients to get your glow back.

 

Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1.5 tsp vegetable glycerine (find it here)
  • at least 2 tsp sweet almond oil, liquid coconut oil, or jojoba oil
  • 8-10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

  • In a spray bottle, mix water, vegetable glycerin, and oil
  • add the drops of essential oil
  • shake the bottle well before each use
  • to use, simply give a few spritzes to your scalp and massage from root to end

Just a note, if you’re concerned about buying a whole bottle of vegetable glycerine for just this recipe, don’t worry! Vegetable glycerin has a wide range of uses in cosmetics, so I promise that you’ll really get your money’s worth. I’ll be sharing more beauty recipes with you that are sure to put it to use.