Monday, March 11, 2013

Homemade Lash Conditioner.

Mascara, cleansers, makeup removers, allergies, bad days...our eyelashes are along for the ride! Just like the hair on our heads, our eyelashes are made of keratin and can be prone to split ends, breakage and weakness. Here is a simple conditioner you can apply before bed once to three times a week from an item found right in your kitchen cabinet!

Homemade Lash Conditioner.

1. Dab a touch of Olive Oil (you can also use Sweet Almond Oil or Vitamin E oil so long as it it pure and does not have any added fillers or binders) onto a q-tip or small paint brush.

2. Apply oil along your lash line as if applying eyeliner. Then, paint oil from root to tip as if you are painting on mascara.

3. Wear the oil through the night and as little as two weeks you will notice thicker, healthier lashes!

Lala xoxo

Monday, February 18, 2013

Compact: DIY Makeup Palette.

Oh the ease and organization of a makeup palette. To have everything you need to get ready in one place. I struggle with the dilemma that all the palettes on the market have colors and products in them that I would not use, so I would find myself still needing multiple palettes to achieve what I could do if I just made it myself.

Here is an easy way to take all of your favorite powder based makeup and make your own palette so you still have the ease and organization of an all-in-one palette but also the personalization of your favorite colors and brands.

  1. Find a tin that will fit the amount of makeup you are looking for. (You can use anything from an Altoids Tin to an inexpensive tin you can find at any craft store for under $1.00)
  2. To losen the glue that binds your cosmetic metal tray to the packaging the cosmetic company used, apply heat with a blow dryer under your eyeshadow/blush or powder compact for approximately a minute or until the glue is playable. 
  3. Using a pair or tweezers, loosen the metal tray holding your product from the cosmetic company's packaging. 
  4. With a glue gun or strong hold glue, bind and place your cosmetic in the tin where you would like. 
Lala xoxo

Monday, February 4, 2013

Beaming: Do It Yourself Brightening Serum.

Has winter sucked all of the vibrance out of your skin? Are you feeling dull and lackluster? This is the perfect time of the year to add radiance with a skin brightening serum. A perfect skin brightening serum for this time of year adds a component of hydration as well as boosts the skin's metabolism to get your cell turnover out of hibernation. Here is one of my favorite Do It Yourself Brightening Serum Recipes.

You will need..

  • One 100 mg ampule of Vitamin C - You can find this in the vitamin isle as an oral supplement. 
  • One 100 mg ampule of Vitamin E - " 
  • 1tsp. of Almond Oil or Olive Oil. 
  1. Break open the ampules and mix them with the 4 tablespoons of water in a blender or food processor. 
  2. Mix in the Almond or Olive Oil
  3. Your serum is ready. Put into a container and keep in the refrigerator for best use. Feel free to take the rest of the supplements left over orally each day to get even brighter skin from the inside out! 
Lala xoxo

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Magic Wand: Maximize Your Mascara Wand.

Mascara can make your head spin in picking out which wand is right for you. There are thin, long wands..big, fat, monstrous wands..Spiky rubber wands..and not to mention now, wands in the shape of a tiny ball. Confused yet? Let me break it down for you in the top three wands to shop for by the look you are going for!

The Skinny.  If you are looking for longer lashes but don't want more thickness and volume, this is the brush for you. Thin and long mascara wands are designed to give you ultimate length. I love this style of wand for shorter lashes that are already a little thick naturally. This will enhance the natural thickness in your lashes and extend them out naturally.

The Multitasking Medium. If you are looking for length and thickness but not the clumping, this brush is for you! The perfect medium brushes are thick in nature but have thinner rubber bristles that separate the clumps while allowing you the flexibility of getting the product to the base of your lash. I love this style for lashes that have average length and thickness and want to enhance them and add drama.

The Big Bang. If you are looking for maximum volume and thickness, this is the brush for you. These thick brushes are designed to pick up mascara formulas that have larger molecules and polymers so you can get the most dramatic product evenly distributed on your lash. I love this for long, thin lashes. This really adds depth to and deep drama. I do not recommend this kind of brush or any volumizing formula for short lashes, for it can lead to clumping and making the lashes actually look shorter and stumpy. This formula and style is a must have for the longer, thinner lash.

Rock those magic wands ladies!

Lala xoxo

Monday, December 10, 2012

You're The Bomb!: Homemade Bath Bombs.

Bath Bombs. One of the most amazing experiences to recharge and renew the mind and body. Bath bombs can be simple to the creative and extraordinary. These simple yet luxe little bombs can give you the perfect spa night and can also make a great gift for any holiday. Bath bombs can cost anywhere up to $8 a bomb and I will show you how to make one bomb for under a quarter!

You will need: 
  • Baking Soda
  • Your Favorite Fragrance or Essential Oil 
  • Citric Acid - available online or any location that they sell beer-brewing supplies
  • Food Coloring of your choice
  • Epsom or Sea Salt
  • A mold: Ice Tray, Cupcake tins, any mold you wish
How to Make:
  1. Blend two parts baking soda with one part citric acid. Blend well so that the mixture is not grainy.
  2. Once blended, add the coloring and the essential oils..(a little goes a long way)
  3. Using a spray bottle, spray witch hazel into the mixture while stirring. Make sure your mixture does not become too wet for it will activate the bomb.
  4. When the mixture becomes congruent, press into the mold. The tighter you pack it, the better your bomb will be.
  5. After a few minutes, tap the bomb out of the mold and let air dry for two hours.
  6. Pop into your bath if you would like or wrap in a cello bag and ribbon to gift!
Lala xoxo

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

So Berry White! : Natural At-Home Tooth Whitener.

The star of this show is the strawberry. Did you know that strawberries are one of nature's natural brighteners? Strawberries contain malic acid. Malic acid assists in lifting surface stains from the tooth enamel. Here is a simple recipe that you can use once a week to lighten and brighten your pearly whites!

1 ripe strawberry
1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • In a glass, mash the strawberry and the baking soda together into a paste. 
  • Apply the mixture to your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave on for 5 minutes.
  • Rince and brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste. 
Lala xoxo

Monday, November 12, 2012

En Line: Fool Proof Fashion Forward Liquid Liner.

This Holiday Season, the look is all drama and definition. One of the stars of the show is liquid liner in a big way. If you look at high impact liquid liner as intimidating but always wanted to rock it, here is a foolproof application technique to wear this look with ease and style. 

1. Apply an eyeshadow base and eyeshadow in a light cream color all over. 
2. Stencil out your liner with a black waterproof eyeliner. Fill entire upper eye lid from lash to crease with the black eyeliner. Then, draw out the line into a cat eye, angular shape. (Using the pencil to create the shape gives you more control and makes it error proof. The liquid liner is too hard to control at most times.)
3. Take liquid liner and use the liquid liner as a top coat to add definition and shine. 

Lala xoxo