3 DIY MANICURES

My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you three DIY manicures.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

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Nail art has been all the rage for a while, but can be pretty costly, not to mention time consuming, with booking an appointment at a salon.  With a few extras and a steady hand, you can easily whip up a little fingernail flair, with these 3 easy nail art DIY’s.

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SWEATY BETTY

Warmer months means warmer pits and sweat.  Sexy!  I’ve long been a lover of my Dove deodorant because it keeps me dry and fresh.  So why fix it if ain’t broke? Well, after reading more about all the chemicals used to keep my underarms baby fresh, I came to realize that it’s all pretty nasty stuff.  Not to mention the yellow pit stains (from the aluminum reacting to laundry detergent), is just down right annoying.  So to help eliminate some of the “bad stuff” in my routine and save my white shirts, I decided to take 5 more natural and aluminum free deodorants for a test drive and see if any were worth keeping.  I still haven’t thrown out my Dove, but I did manage to find a couple I liked enough to make the switch.

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant in Cucumber Green Tea

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This deodorant is easy to find and cheap…score!  Or so I thought.  Despite my high hopes, my first beef with this deodorant is the scent.  Whoever thought green tea and cucumbers worked well is crazy. For the 5 minutes it worked, I smelled like an old lady tea party.  I was relieved when the scent wore off but as a deodorant, this one was an epic fail.

EO Organic Deodorant Vetiver
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EO Organic deodorant had me at “all day cool”.  The promise of cold underarms seemed like an amazing feat and I was going to try it regardless of the outcome. Well the first hour was amazing. I can’t say the same for the rest of the day.  And while the spray seemed like a good idea, it’s impractical because it sprays everywhere. This deodorant is perfect for people that drive to work, take an elevator, and sit at a desk all day. If you even plan on rolling over in your sleep, forget it..you’ll sweat and smell.  Pass.

Tom’s of Main Long Lasting Natural Deodorant in Wild Lavender

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I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for this deodorant.  I tried their regular stick years ago and was unimpressed.  While this newer one was definitely better then the old, I was still not too happy.  The lavender scent didn’t last more then a few hours and while I wasn’t super smelly, I wasn’t that fresh either.  This got an “eh” rating.  I’d use it in a pinch but wouldn’t rely on it to get me through a hot day and a busy toddler.

Lavilin Roll-on Deodorant

 

 

roll-on-underarm-lrgI was skeptical about this deodorant, especially with the “up to 72 hours” written on the front.  But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Minus the fact that I smelled like a high school boy (the scent isn’t very feminine), it lasted all day and I even forgot that I was wearing deodorant – a good thing.  The fact that I can buy this at Whole Foods is a major bonus, but it takes a close second to my favorite, below.

Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone

lcm-058_1zI was instantly won over by the scent of this deodorant.  It’s citrusy but not overpowering and I was crossing my fingers that it would hold up throughout the day.  I tested it through a pilates class and an energetic 14 month old and was still smelling orange oil by bedtime.  Woot!  My underarms are thankful, as are my nostrils (and everyone else’s for that matter). And I’m just thankful I didn’t have to take this experiment much further.

 

 

 

SUMMER WEDDING HAIR

Each week through the month of July, I’ll be guest blogging for ModCloth.  If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you should.  It’s full of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips.  This week, I’m walking you through a braided hairdo that’s perfect for a summer wedding.  Check out the article by clicking here, or read below!
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It’s wedding season! If you’re not tying the knot this summer, then chances are you know someone who is. So whether you’re a bride-to-be or simply a guest, this braided updo is one you should try at your next event. It may seem daunting, but I promise it’s not as hard as it looks. With a few little tricks and some practice, you’ll have everyone wondering how you mastered such a pretty ‘do.

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1.Take a 1-2 inch curling iron and wrap 2-inch sections away from the face. Wrap around the barrel (rather then clipping inside), leaving the ends out.

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2. Create a side part and french braid the front section of hair along the side of your face. I opted for a dutch braid (inside out), but you could easily do a normal french braid as well. Secure the end with a clear hair band.

3. Braid two smaller sections behind the ear and secure with clear hair bands. Make sure they are close to each other.

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4. Do the same thing on the opposite side.

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5. Now braid the 3 braids together on each side. Take off the clear hair bands and secure them all using one. This will make the end less bulky and easier for tucking later.

6. Pull each side toward the back of your head and simply tie a knot. Depending on the length of your hair you may be able to repeat this a couple more times.

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7. Tuck the ends of the braids in and secure the whole thing with bobby pins. Loosen the front braid so it’s not too tight and pull out any strands you’d like around your face. Done!

 

 

HOW-TO: WHITE EYELINER

Each week through the month of July, I’ll be guest blogging for ModCloth.  If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you should.  It’s full of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips.  I’ve kicked it off with a white eyeliner tutorial.  Check out the article by clicking here, or read below!

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White eyeliner is a fresh and modern take on an old classic and has been popping up a lot on the runway.  It’s super easy to wear and perfect for summer days and nights. The trick to making this look effortless is to keep the rest of your makeup simple.  You want those eyes to pop!

Grab a black mascara (better than brown. The dark lashes will make the white look even whiter).  I used a Stila Liquid Liner Pen but you could easily use a white gel liner with a brush as well.  Just remember to pick a formula that is smudge proof.  You can add some matte white shadow directly on top of the liner for added staying power.  Ready to try it? Let’s go…

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Start the look with one coat of mascara.

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Take your white eyeliner and draw a thin line along the lash line starting from the middle to the outer corner. Then draw a line from the inner corner to the middle and connect.

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To draw the “flick” make a 45-degree angle from the outer corner upward and make a triangle connecting the tip of the flick to the liner along the lash line.  Finish by coloring in the triangle and fixing any mistakes with a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover.

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 Apply another coat of mascara on top and bottom lashes, making sure to cover any white that may have gotten on the lashes.

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Finish off the look with a little bit of blush, some lipgloss, and…you’re done!

 

READY FOR THE 4TH?

No need to go overboard with nail art and crazy headbands.  All you need to look fresh at your friend’s bbq is $10 and a trip to your local drugstore.  Keep it simple, classy, and cheap with a red lip stain, blue eyeliner, and crisp white nails.  Happy Fourth of July!

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Left to Right:
Wet n’ Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in “Red-y or Not”NYC Studio Liquid Eyeliner in “Extreme Blue”, Spoiled Nail Color in “Correction Tape”


DIY BEACH SPRAY

My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you how to whip up your own beach spray.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

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Nothing says “summer” like a good beach wave.  While there are lots of products out there you can buy to create natural looking waves, making one is super easy and way cheaper.  Put down the curling iron and enhance your natural texture with this DIY beach spray.Beach Spray How ToIngredients:

1 tablespoon hair gel
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 cup water
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Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake to combine.  Spray throughout hair while scrunching from ends to roots. Twist strands to create more wave.