Quick Beauty Tip – DIY Lip & Body Scrub

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With the ending months of winter and the incoming months of spring, you don’t want to be the girl who has a fabulous manicure accompanied by dry, cracked hands. Here in Florida, winter seems to be nonexistent but no matter where you are or what season it is, we all should take 5 minutes to make this scrub at home with stuff you probably already have.

Scrubs give you the opportunity to increase the circulation in your body, have glowing skin, sensuous lips, and are great exfoliants! A two-for-one recipe, this DIY works wonders for your entire body and pout!

Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Get 1/4 cup of coarse sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use brown sugar or salt
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1/8 cup of Olive oil
  5. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until the coconut oil chunks have disappeared. Once it’s done,  it should be a creamy consistency.
  6. Scrub your hands with this for 2 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Do not use soap! This allows the remaining oils to stay on your body and soak in.
  7. Pat dry with a towel

I love, love, love this scrub! It leaves my skin baby soft! But if you do not have time for that just use the Bliss Lemon + Sage body Scrub & the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. You’ll love the results!

Quick Beauty Tip – Homemade Treatments for Damaged Hair

treatments-for-damaged-hairI’m obviously obsessed with beauty products and I’m not ashamed to say it – but I am also a fitness buff and fully understand and recognize the power of the natural ingredients we all have access to. So many of the delicious & nutritious things we include in our diet can also be used to make us more beautiful too! Here are a few of my favorite hair masks using all natural ingredients you can get at any grocery store!

1. Banana & Avocado: YES we are obsessed with avocados! Mash a ripe avocado and ripe banana and mix well. Apply an even layer to clean, dry hair and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and condition as usual. Your locks will be moist & shiny when you’re done! Plus, this mixture smells delicious!

2. Honey & Olive Oil: Sounds like the beginning of a salad dressing recipe – but this combo does wonders for your tresses! Combine equal parts of the two and apply from roots to tips. Secure hair in a shower cap and let it sit for 45 minutes. Shampoo lightly and condition normally afterwards. Your hair will be silky & shiny when you’re done!

3. Thyme Treatment: If you suffer from dandruff, try this – boil 8 sprigs of fresh thyme in 2 cups of water. Once rapidly boiling remove from heat and let cool. Strain and massage the leaves into your scalp. Rinse and repeat with leftover mixture in a couple days. This is a natural way to fight flakes!

Tutorial Tuesday – At Home Lip Scrub

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No one likes to pucker up with lips that are dryer than the Sahara! Surprise, surprise, you need to exfoliate your lips too! Dead skin builds up on your lips causing a dry and flaky smoocher, especially in the constantly & rapidly changing climates we endure. Lips don’t have oil producing glands which are the cause of this dryness, as well as the reason that they require their own scrub to be up to the perfect kissing potential.

Follow these simple steps to create your own at home (and tasty) lip scrub. You will need: a spoonful of sugar, oil, and honey – equal parts. Combine them and apply to lips in a smooth, even layer. Use a spoolie brush (shown here) to scrub off the dead skin gently. Repeat if necessary.

Duck face!

Quick Beauty Tip – Long Lashes!

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Using a lash curler helps to open up your eyes and create more visible lashes. Everyone would like to have lashes that can make a statement. Well there’s a way to do that.

Before you curl, heat up your lash curler with your blow dryer or stick it under warm water for a few seconds. Test the temperature on your wrist so you don’t burn yourself! Similar to heating your curling iron to curl your hair; a heated tool will create a curl much more effectively that an unheated tool. So, a warm curler will give the effect of longer-lasting, noticeably curlier lashes. This trick works on false lashes, too!

Tutorial Tuesday – Use Lipstick as blush!

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The only thing more fun than buying a new cosmetic is buying a new cosmetic that can be used in more than one way! Use your favorite shade of lipstick as blush by applying a small amount to your pointer finger. Rub it together with your thumb to warm it up then apply it in circular motions to your cheeks. Be careful not to apply too much. A small dab will give you the perfect hue!

Quick Beauty Tip – Solve Clumpy Eyeliner

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Well we all hate clumpy eyeliner. But did you know how easily avoidable it is?

Freeze it for 15 in before application and voila!

Before sharpening your eyeliner pencil, place it in the freezer for a few minutes. This will give you a nice point and prevent breakge.

Which Tan Towel is right for you?

Spring has just started, but the weather doesn’t seem to be ready to change! It makes it a little difficult to be fresh & sun kissed, when we’re still bundled up in our Winter clothes! We have a solution for you…  Tan Towel! You’re probably thinking “I will end up looking like an orange” or even better, “an orange Zebra”. Well, you’re wrong! You can achieve a gorgeous tan safely at home with these very practical tanning towelettes. Application is simple, the solution is odorless, and it does not streak! A fabulous perk these tanning towelettes provide is that you can prevent tanning lines! No one likes a strapless dress with an invisible bikini top sticking out. Tan Towels are the next best thing next to the bandeaux top!

Now to the real question… Which one do I use? Well our amazing team has created this simple flow chart for you to follow and figure out which is the best for skin color & skin type. Happy bronzing!

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5 New Spring Beauty Trends in Makeup, Hair, and Nails

Berry lipstick is a bold and sexy spring beauty trend.

Berry lipstick is a bold and sexy spring beauty trend.

Spring welcomes hairstyles that look and feel natural, the use of fresh pops of color in our makeup, and manicures. The nail art explosion is still alive and kicking!

Ready to enjoy what the beauty of spring has to offer?
Beauty Trend #1: Bold eyeliner in cool shades of purple, turquoise, blue and green were paired with black eyeliner and mascara. The TIGI Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner comes with a built-in smudgie for diffusing the eyeliner shade if harsh lines are not for you.

Beauty Trend #2: Braids and low ponytails require minimum effort so you will not get this wrong. The Spring 2013 Chanel runway saw models with pearl adorned chignons. And sexy, textured not perfect buns were favored, too. To create flexible texture, TIGI Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream is a multi-tasking styling treatment. It helps create smooth blowout looks, gives volume and texture to short hair, and creates beach-y waves.

Beauty Trend #3: French manicures. But not the pink and white tips kind. A base coat with a berry shade and pink tips are perfect!

Beauty Trend #4: Anything green! Pantone has announced green is the color of 2013! Wear the shade by using nail polish like OPI Jade Is the New Black, in pants, or in your makeup! A subtle way to use the shade in your makeup is by applying as eyeliner. Our fav? TIGI Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner – Green.

Beauty Trend #5: Get your curl on with a curling iron with ionic technology like the Bio Ionic StyleWinder. The curling iron’s barrel is manually turned making the job of curling hair easy! And they last longer,too.

Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts 2013!

Loose Romantic Curls with A Smoky Eye Look

Loose Romantic Curls with A Smoky Eye Look

Valentine’s Day is but a few days away and we have all the beauty basics you need to look and feel sexy that day!  A few may consider it to be a Hallmark holiday, but it is the perfect day to place your busy life on hold and enjoy love, friendship, and how sexy you look in pumps!  Plus, it is a day to have fun and remind your hubby or boyfriend you’re a knock-out.

If you are a gentleman, our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide has customer top-rated beauty items that will impress the socks off your leading lady.

p.s. Free samples and a Murad makeup bag will be shipped with every order!

Makeup:

If you are going for a vintage ensemble, cat eyeliner complements this look perfectly. Get it right, with the TIGI Precision Eyeliner Pen. Its felt tip is tapered so it makes for a very easy and comfortable application. If you are going for a smoky eye, the TIGI Perfect Eyeliner has a built-in smudgie. Bold colors like Royalty, a rich purple, Peacock, a cool blue, and Green sell out fast!

Hairstyle:

Go naturally curly on Valentine’s Day and define your gorgeous curls with the TIGI Catwalk Curlesque Curl Amplifier. It will not weigh your curls down, it adds shine and a medium hold with no crunch. If you are going for a sexy blowout, TIGI After Party Smoothing Crème will make your hairstyle last frizz-free and with no poof-yness all night! Apply on damp hair starting from the mid-length of hair down to your ends. Dry in sections. Dab a little on your fingertips and apply along the hairline to prevent flyaways!

Nails:

Paint your nails a classic red with OPI’s Danke Shiny Red or a blush pink with OPI’s Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. If you prefer darker shades try OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. Our fav!

Styling Tools:

Create romantic curls with a Bio Ionic StyleWinder in 1” or 1 1/4”. If smooth is your look, the CHI Designer Chameleon uses 1’’ ceramic plates and silicone strips that run parallel to smooth hair in one pass!

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