Saturday, November 22, 2014

DIY Shower Coffee Scrub

I love scrubs, they're great for keeping your skin super soft when the winter months dry you out. I've seen coffee scrubs out there for sale like Frank's Coffee Scrub, but felt I could DIY one with items I had in my kitchen instead of spending the extra $. I did some research and saw some different way to make this at home that I couldn't wait to try out. This DIY Shower Coffee Scrub helps target dry skin, stretch marks and cellulite. It also smells amazing because of the coffee and would also make a great gift!

Shower Coffee Scrub
  • 1/2 cup ground coffee (I used regular coffee, no special flavoring) 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (even better if you can coarsely grind up a stick of it)
Mix all of these ingredients together in an airtight container, (I used a small mason jar w/ a screw top lid.

To Use: Massage scrub over clean damp skin in circular movements (I'd recommend doing this in the shower, it'll get messy!). Let the scrub sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes to allow for the caffeine in the coffee and the other ingredients do it's thing. Rinse and pat dry (you might want to use a little soap when rinsing if you don’t want too much oil left behind on your skin).

The scrub will keep for about 2 months if kept in a cool, dry place.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Dressing

If you're like me, the holidays have completely crept up on you. Holiday parties with friends and family are popping up, so what do you wear?? Black, Lace and Sequins are classic for the holidays and here's my picks for some amazing outfits for any budget to get your Holiday Dressing on! The most important thing is that to look fabulous, you must feel it also, so make sure you are comfortable in whatever you choose to wear.

What are you planning on wearing?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Contour and Highlight with Sarah Sori

I'm excited to bring you guys a guest post by the ever so talented Sarah Sori! She is my go to makeup expert and is amazingly creative with her makeup looks. Follow her on Instagram (@SarahSori), like on Facebook and subscribe on YouTube. I've always wanted to learn how to contour and highlight like all the photos I see on Pintrest and Instagram, but I didn't think it would be this easy! Sarah shows us how in her quick 5 min video below. Read on to learn how!


Highlighting and contouring is a fantastic, fast, and easy way to bring out your best facial features and a way to create an illusion of your desired facial shape.

Many people, myself included, probably have wondered just what products to use and exactly how to do it. My five minute video will show you how to highlight and contour using 3 different types of products. You can really use any type of product, as long as you have a shade that is a bit lighter than your own and darker than your own. It took me a lot of trial and error to find the perfect shades to highlight and contour with. The colors to use will be different for every skin tone, so just get yourself out to Ulta or Sephora and start sampling different colors on yourself.

Highlighting and contouring will also differ slightly for the type of face you have. The technique that I show you in the video pretty much covers the general face type (bringing out the tops of the nose to make it look thinner and taller, contouring under the cheekbones and around the face to make my face appear slimmer). But if you have a tiny face with very narrow cheeks like our author Mindy and Michelle Phan, you wouldn't contour around your chin or on the bottom part of your face. If you have a tiny forehead, you wouldn't contour the forehead because they would make your forehead appear even smaller. But if you had a huge Tyra Banks forehead, you would contour the heck out of it.

My goal for my YouTube video tutorials is to make beauty accessible to everyone, even to people who are makeup illiterate. It is my hope to explain techniques and tools necessary to achieve that look at a level where everyone can understand and be encouraged to try it for themselves.

So watch the video, like it, and subscribe to my channel if you like what you see!
You can also find my work on Instagram @sarahsori.

Products used in the Contour and Highlight Video:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

IKEA Lack Table Hack + my new AquaFarm

I've been loving the look of shiny gold dipped things. I recently got a new AquaFarm made by Back to the Roots and was in need of a small table to set it on. I decided to keep it clean and pick up a simple LACK table by Ikea - only $7! I knew I wanted to spruce it up a bit, so I thought gold dipped legs would be perfect! Keep reading to see my Ikea LACK side table hack.

A quick review on the AquaFarm so far -- I'm so excited about it - I've been eyeing this thing for a while now. I love the idea of growing your own food and that the fish helps to fertilize the plants, and the plants help to filter the water for the fish. The science behind it: The fish doesn't eat the roots from the plants so I still feed it fish food normally, but the plants act as a natural filter to convert the waste from the fish into nitrites and then nitrates. The plants then take up the nitrates as the nutrients they need to grow. I've had my tank for a week now and had a bit of a rough start with my fish. I won't get into the details, but our first fish didn't survive past 3 days and then we got a new fish. We found that although it seems really easy to set up, the AquaFarm may be a bit tricky if you don't follow directions exactly.

2 things important things I learned:
1. Don't listen to the directions about the food - it said to feed the fish 2-3xs per day - you should only feed a betta 1x a day max (4-5 pellets).
2. Also, pick up a heater - they like their water to be about 80 degrees. Fish #2 seems pretty happy and the plants are growing.. FAST!

You can pick up your own AquaFarm here:

Now, on to the Ikea LACK table hack in 7 steps!
1.) Start by figuring how much gold you want to have at the bottom of your table legs - we went with 4.5"
2.) Use a pencil and a ruler to draw a line around each leg as a guide.
3.) Use blue painters tape and follow the pencil lines.
4.) We cut up old paper bags to use to cover the parts we didn't want the gold paint to get on like below:
5.) In a well ventilated area, start by spraying thin layers of gold on each side of the legs - make sure to read all the safety instructions on your paint before you get started.
6.) Do a 2nd coat and let it dry over night.
7.) Once it's dry, you can remove the tape and paper, and voila! You've got a new fancy table.

More gold dipped things to be inspired by... what would you dip in gold?
Inspiration (left to right, top to bottom): 1234,  56

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nordstrom Sale!

I'm a huge bargain hunter and can never pass up a sale! Nordstrom's is having a huge clearance sale right now with up to 40% off, so I just wanted to pass along the things I was eyeing to my fellow readers.  What I love about shipping at Nordstrom's is their return policy, I can shop without guilt and if I really don't want an item anymore, i can return anytime so I don't need to worry about timelines.

Check out the Nordstrom Sale here.

My picks are below for some staples for fall/winter. Hover over the images to view the sale price. I'd love to hear of any other sales going on that I shouldn't miss out on.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Outfit and Half Skull Makeup

Hi! Hope you all had an amazing Halloween! I love Halloween because its a time of year where you really can wear whatever you want and really have fun with it. I stopped in at my friend's studio on Halloween to get some shots of my Halloween outfit I wore to work (photos shot by Rocky Halim Photography). I didn't want to go in full costume so I went with a more vampy version of my everyday self.

Here's what I wore:
Tobi Ruffled Tier Dress
F21 Crepe Kimono
Nasty Gal ShoeCult Booties
Skeleton Cameo Choker
DIY Skull Bracelets
NYX Simply VAMP Lip Cream

Get the look here:

I also did a half skull face over the weekend. I looked up some photos on instagram and pintrest to use as reference photos. I didn't want to cover my entire mouth because I didn't want to worry about retouching it if I were to eat or drink something so I kept it minimal on my lips.
1.) I used black eyeshadow to first sketch out where the white and black would go.
2.) I then used NYX jumbo eye pencils in Milk and Black Bean to fill in the respective black and white areas on my face.
3.) Using a small sponge, I blended out the white then black parts and sharpened the edges with a black gel liner.

Product used:
What were you for Halloween? What do you think about this look?

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