- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup powdered milk
- 4 teaspoons Out of Africa Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
- 2 tablespoons warm honey
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon essential oil
- Plastic candy sheet mold
“Sometimes a relaxing bubble bath is all it takes to seize the day,” explains lifestyle expert Jasmine Stringer of carpediemwithjasmine.com. “To make these bath bombs successfully, it is important to have your ingredients measured out and ready to mix.”
Combine and stir the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and powdered milk in a bowl.
Melt the Out of Africa Pure Unrefined Shea Butter along with the honey and oil over a low heat in a small pot on the stove. The Out of Africa Shea Butter is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E, & F along with healthy fatty acids and valuable phytonutrients.
Add the melted ingredients to the dry mixture, using a whisk to thoroughly combine everything. For an enhanced spa feel and fragrance, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well.
The ingredients should begin to hold together. Working quickly, use your hands to press the mix firmly into the flower molds. Leave the mixture in the mold for a couple of minutes and then pop out. While one tray is drying, work on the next.
Tip: “I put a cookie sheet over the trays, flipped them over and then lifted the mold off. If you have anything leftover, just dry the product out, leave it loose and turn it into a bath powder. Simply leave the mixture in the bowl for 24 hours, periodically mixing the ingredients to break up the clumps. Once all of the moisture is gone, place in a mason jar with a colorful ribbon.”
Let the bath bombs dry overnight. The next day, place them in a decorative bag or drop 1 to 2 bombs into your tub and relax.
When it comes to a happy time such as pregnancy, there are many good and bad parts to go along with it. One of the not so fun parts of pregnancy is morning sickness. The nauseous, queasy feeling can actually happen at any time of the day, and can begin as early as six weeks into pregnancy. For some, it can be one of the first early pregnancy symptoms a woman experiences. However, there are a few things you can do to help combat morning sickness during your pregnancy.
Eat Right Away: Place some crackers beside your bed so that you can get something in your stomach before you even get out of bed in the morning. Take your time, don’t just jump out of bed and get moving. Taking a few minutes to get woken up in the morning can help to settle your stomach.
Go Small: Eating several small meals during the day can help to regulate your blood sugar and can help you from getting too full or too hungry during the day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids during the day to prevent becoming dehydrated.
Go Bland: This isn’t the time to eat spicy, greasy or new to you foods. Stick with what you know, and stick with foods that are bland and plain. This will help to keep your stomach settled. Make sure to get enough rest, even if you need to nap during the day. However, you might not want to nap after a meal, because that could make you feel sicker.
I am a avid planner user and lover of all things stationary, so when i found out about The Planner Addict Box i knew i wanted to try it out.
The Planner Addict Box costs $15.00 + $3.75 shipping (International from $13-23)
The Planner Addict Box sends everything you need to get your planner glam and organized- Items range from wash tape, stickers and clips to pencil cases and pens.
Each box contains a card with a list of all included products as well as a theme to bring the items together- this months is Lucky Lady- which gives a st paddys meets kate spade look
This months box also included a planner bookmark from planNIRVANA
Sticker Mini Kit -$8
Each box includes a sticker mini kit that goes with the monthly theme and is made exclusively for The Planner Addict Box- these stickers go perfectly with the green and posh theme. This Mini Kit includes a sheet of full box stickers, a sheet of half and quarter boxes and a sampler icon sheet.
planner bookmark from planNIRVANA similar styles -$4
This is adorable and can be made into a planner insert or just used as a bookmark
Planner paperclips – cute bow-tie and tie paperclips made exclusively for P.A.B – $2
P.A.B. exclusive pen- $5 Pencil case $4
Planner addict society exclusive pen and pencil case- the pencil case is adorable but I wasn’t able to open it all the way so its currently unusable
Striped Washi tape $2 Green Washi Tape $2
The green wash mashed perfectly with the stickers and pencil case, while the striped washi coordinated with the pen
Die Cuts- $3
The last item was a set of Kate Spade inspired die cuts-
you could laminate these and make them into planner clips or small dashboards
I was satisfied with this months The Planner Addict Box- although I don’t think I would use the die cuts- they were a cute addition to the box. I estimated the value of the box at $21 which is more than the $15 cost of the box. I ended up canceling my subscription after my march box- I didn’t love all the items and I would rather just buy the stickers I like from easy.
This is half of the spread I made with the mini kit- the stickers and washi included are enough to make a white space spread with some stickers left over
1. Beginning on wavy hair, take a medium to large section (depending on how thick your hair is) close to your right ear.
2. Braid the section going from the front to the back.
3. Repeat on the opposite side.
4. Bring both braids to the back and secure them with an elastic.
5. Loosen and mess up both braids by pulling on them gently with your fingers.
6. Take one braid and wrap it up and around itself, creating a small braided bun.
7. Secure with bobby pins.
Click here for even more cool hair tips and ideas!
These mini fashion-bloggers-to-be may not be dressing themselves, but they know exactly how to work their looks. From babies in beanies to toddlers in tiny boots, here are 10 fashionable tots to follow on Instagram.
Meyhem makes paper dresses with the help of her mom, at the age of five she has even landed a collection with J.crew!
Little Kyan’s hat collection could rival any well-dressed adult’s.
Four year old Rylee already has her own style staples: sunglasses and black booties.
Follow her mom @kelli_murray
Little Genesis is another four-year-old trendsetter with perfect poses down pat.
From her mini Louis Vuitton bags to her tiny Chanel flats, this is one designer diva in the making.
Cute! Cute! Cute! That’s all we have to say about this little man.
Stella loves patterns, from birds to bananas to lipstick pouts.
little Alonso has style for days thanks to his stylist mom.
How cute is this little one? We love her style and her round sunglasses are oh so glam!
We’re loving the outfits from @jilljose, especially the mini Kimono.
This Valentine’s Day, plan a really hot date. And no, it doesn’t involve Champagne, chocolate or cheesy Hallmark cards. Nope, it’s with your colorist. When many people think of Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is the dreamy color scheme. Why not fully embrace the spirit of the holiday and rock holiday-appropriate hair? Use the day as an excuse to get creative with romantic colors, whether they be a trendy lavender, pop of bubblegum pink, or swoon-worthy crimson.
Get ready to be wowed by these amazing shades of pink, purple and red. Pastel colors are really on trend right now, and, after all, what girl doesn’t like pink? There are so many pretty shades! Take a look at these inspiring and unique hairstyles, and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your ideal hair color for valentines day.
When you’re wearing something new, something you love, or something that felt completely out of your comfort zone but makes you look a million bucks, you want to turn heads. But, that feeling doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. Who’s to say that you can’t leave a lasting impression by wowing passers-by with what you wear – wherever you go.
Go-to glamour doesn’t have to be saved for the celebs. If you want to feel like a style star, then why not work on upping your fashion game and bring out the big guns on a daily basis, and not just for something special. After all, you’d always make sure that your makeup is on point, so why not do the same with your style?
If you want to look good all day, every day, think small. It’s always the little things that count, and the tiniest details can really make the biggest impact!
Start At The Bottom
To get yourself started and in that style start frame of mind, you’re going to need to start right at the very beginning. It’s not always easy to look good, but you can learn to nail it with ease. If you want your entire outfit to shine, you ought to get the base layer sorted first. That means you need to make sure that you have underwear that not only looks good but fits well too (with styles like Freya Bras). When your underwear fits, your style will sing.
With your underwear ticked off, let’s talk skin. Now, you might think we’re here to talk style, and really we are. But, if you want to work on making your outfit look incredible, you have to put in the groundwork – and sometimes, that involves a lot more than just the clothes. So, you need to start with the perfect base. If your skin is looking dull, dry and lacking in life, your outfit won’t do much to improve that. But, if you’re skin is moisturised, shining and looking chic, your look will shine with it.
Get The Right Fit
Just like your underwear, you’re going to want to work with clothing that actually fits you. You might be tempted to go by your normal size when you’re buying something new, or try to fit into a size that you think you should be – but don’t, it’s not the way to buy. Instead, you need to forget about numbers and wear what looks good. Yes, start with your size in the first instant, but if you need to size up, don’t feel bad – if the outfit looks better, who cares?
Although it’s easy to place a lot of importance on your clothing (and it’s still okay to do that), you need to stop thinking of your clothes as the outfit. They’re not the entire outfit, they’re just the basic foundation. To make your style really stand out, you have to accessorize. Not everyone understands the importance of accessories, but they should. Accessories have the power to make or break an outfit, and without them, that same outfit can look boring, empty and incomplete.
As much as we’d love them to last a lifetime, so clothes will fall apart or look worn a lot quicker than others. It might be down to the quality, but it can also be a cause of how we care for them. To make sure that your clothes always look on point, you might need to invest in a clothes brush. By using a clothes brush, not only can you keep your clothing items looking fresh and clean, but you can brush off those annoying little bits of lint that can make you look messy.
Let’s be honest; heels aren’t always that comfortable. A shoe can look incredibly sexy, but it can be a pain to wear. When that happens, we’re torn between looking good and suffering, or wearing something else that doesn’t work as well, but feels comfortable. But, there is also another option. If you are buying new shoes, go up and extra half an inch. You can sometimes find that you get a little more wiggle room and the pain is that much bearable – or even nonexistent.
As much as you might feel like you want to stand out (and of course you do if you want to turn head), more often than not, it’s blending in that has the bigger effect. But, not with the crowds of course – the background instead. Regardless of the season, you can find a style that not only suits it, but sets it off. So, when you’re styling a look, make sure to take the time of year into account, as well as the occasion, and your outfit will set itself off in style.
2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.
There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…
… Stop Using Face Wipes
They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.
Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.
Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.
… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse
The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.
The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.
… Use A Primer For Everything
Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?
Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.
Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.
Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!
Everyone wants to get their makeup on fleek, but sometimes it harder than it looks. If you are struggling to look polished when you step out the door, it could be for a number of reasons that are actually pretty easy to sort out. So read on to find out why you look isn’t quite on point and what you can do about it.
Have you taken notice of this season’s trends?
So the number one reason why your makeup look isn’t quite on point is that you are wearing colors that are a little outdated. If you have has the same look for the last few seasons, then it’s definitely time to change things up a bit. Like all fashion and trends at the moment, makeup looks change fast, so it pays to be on top of them.
For example, did you know that one of the key trends for the FW16 season’s jewel tone eyes? So if you are still wearing the powder blue from the 80’s. Or, a tropical twist from summer, get on the internet and check out some tutorials with this season’s tones instead.
Another massive trend this season is for the red lip. But before you jump up and down for joy because you have a red lipstick already, you need to know it’s not at all about fire engine reds. In fact, it’s about dark berry, even violet reds like raisin shades. Also, to be bang on the point you need it in a liquid lipstick, in either a matt or metallic shade. BTW a metallic shades mean something akin to a foiled lip, not that icky gloss with little flecks of glitter. Just so you know!
Are you rushing?
Another huge reason why you makeup might not be as on point as you would like it to be is that you are rushing the application. Yes, of course, time is limited in the morning before work and school, and you have to do your best to get your look together in the space you have. But rushing your makeup application can be disastrous.
Not only will you feel more stressed and are likely to make more mistakes, and have to start over, but it won’t set as well either. Think of your makeup as like a painting on your face. When you paint, you have to make sure that the layer you have previously applied is dry before you put the next layer on. Otherwise, they will run into one another, and all you will get is a sludgy mess. This is exactly the same as your makeup.
You need to apply a layer and then wait for it to dry before putting the next one on. That means apply moisturizer, then take a break. Then apply your foundation. Then a break, and then finish with powder. Then you can pick out your individual features like eyes and mouth, and do your contours. Make sure of the time by getting dressed and fixing your hair.
In a pinch, you can apply translucent pressed powder to set a layer when you need to, but this often results in a cakey finish so be careful!
Is your makeup disorganized?
Another issue that can stop your makeup looking spot on is that all your products are so disorganized you can’t find what you need. So you just end up using anything you can get your hands on.
This is like a lucky dip for you face, and it’s probably not a good idea unless you are really into that ‘clown that got dressed in the dark look.’ To combat this problem take a peek at some of the makeup organizers that are available. Then you can have all of your foundations together, and all your nail polishes in one place. Which means you will always get to choose exactly the colors that you want to use in your look.
Are you applying your makeup in the proper way?
Another problem that can lead your makeup to not look on point is if you are applying it in the wrong way. There really is no excuse for this as there are a plethora of brushes, sponges and blenders on the market to help you get a pro look at every application.
Some of the latest developments include oval toothbrush shaped brushes with very soft bristles. These can help you get a blended airbrushed look very easily, and it what all the celebrities and makeup artists are swearing by this season. You can even get teeny tiny ones to apply your lipstick and eyeshadow with. Remember you can’t do a good job unless you have the right tools.
Here are six of the best fashion illustrators to follow on Instagram NOW
Follow for: Life-like sketches of the fashion elite, from Diana Vreeland to Miroslava Duma.
Follow for: Kate Rodgers has a penchant for using a variety of materials in her sketches—including watercolor, sequins, beads, lipstick and even leaves.
Follow for: Illustrations of everything stylish including runway looks, lacy bralettes and the It-bag of the season.
Follow for: With a client list including the likes of Chanel, Dior, Tiffany’s, Prada and more, Megan brings fashion to life in her ultra-glam and feminine sketches.
Follow for: From Balmain to Gucci, this Russian-based illustrator has sketched all of the best looks from the major fashion houses.
Follow for: High fashion,from original designs to runway styles, draw on a plus size figure