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Beauty, DIY, Hair, Nails, Skin

10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

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Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

2. Face & Body Moisturizer

A one-ingredient wonder. Simply apply generously to your face and body. It’ll feel super greasy, but the oil absorbs fast.

3. Face Wash

Combine equal parts of coconut oil & baking soda.

4. Cuticle Oil

Melt the oil and use as cuticle oil when doing your nails.

5. Body Scrub

Combine coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

6. Hair Mask

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil  with 2 tablespoons of honey.  Apply to your hair in the shower, coveryour hair with a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

7. Hair Conditioner

Apply a small amount (as needed) of coconut oil to your ends prior to shampooing.

8. Lip Balm

Dab some on for soft glossy lips.

9. Hair De-frizzer

Add about 1 teaspoon to your hair for instant shine and frizz free locks.

10. Makeup Remover

Use like a regular make up remover and apply with a cotton ball or swab. I think this works better than most make up removers (especially with stubborn eye makeup).

 

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? Is there a beauty use we should have included? Do tell in the comments below!

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Understanding the Chemicals in Your Cosmetics

To understand the dangers of certain cosmetic chemicals we first have to remember that our skin is an organ. When we place creams, liquids and even powders they can be and likely are, absorbed into your skin. This means it has the potential to reach your blood stream and other organs. So knowing that, would you purchase an item that had a label of “may cause cancer”? Just because it isn’t labeled doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Knowing what chemicals you are putting on your face and body is vital.

A woman puts anywhere between 130 – 515 chemicals on her face and body, daily. We do this without even thinking about doing it. But what we don’t realize is that some of those complicated words on the ingredient list are actually harmful chemicals and many of the individual ingredients haven’t been evaluated for safety. (Be overtly aware of this if you purchase foreign products.) Sites like Mbm.net.au have a huge database of cosmetic ingredients, their purpose and how harmful they are. Additionally, following safecosmetics.org will keep you abreast on the current strides being made to address these cosmetic chemicals and the companies who use them.

My solution, natural is better. Let’s be honest, I can’t remember that entire list (and it is a HUGE list) when I’m out shopping at a local store but I can keep the ingredients to a minimum. A great way to do this is to purchase natural based products. If you are lucky the ingredients will be simple with no complex words. If you purchase online I recommend checking the ingredients to the website provided before making your purchase and if all else fails, make some homemade products! Then you’ll really know what’s in your make-up.

Have you ever thought about how many chemicals you put on yourself? Here’s my three to avoid and some alternatives.

1. Petroleum by-products like petroleum jelly, petrolatum, liquid paraffin and mineral oil.

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  • The issue: It interferes with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism only increasing dry skin and chapping making you want to use the product even more. Cheap trick industries!

  • Alternative: Use natural waxes like beeswax combined with oils like sweet almond oil. Looks and feels similar to the jelly petroleum however are much better for your skin. The difference here is you won’t be drying out your skin; you’ll actually be healing it!

  • Try it: Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm

 

 

Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) are used as preservatives and they aren’t always labeled. 

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  • The Issue: Primarily used in skincare products and deodorants they have been found to cause breast cancer tumors. It also has the possibility to contribute to sterility in males, hormones imbalances in females and produce early puberty/
  • Alternative: First off use natural deodorant or make your own at home!  You could also use products which utilize Phenoxyethanol which is a natural alternative derived from rose. Antioxidants like C and E also offer preservation as well as grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract and essential oils which increases the shelf life of the product.

3. Talc (Talcum) powder is a cosmetic grade powder that is identical to asbestos a carcinogenic chemical.

BFTE Cosmetics Why? It’s used to absorb moisture and applied to the underarms and genital area as well as in blushes, face powders, eye shadows, foundations and skin fresheners.

  • The issues: Used near the eyes it can irritate sensitive mucous membranes. However, Talc in a liquid product poses minimum risks. It does however clog pores and cause skin irritation. It is also linked to vaginal and ovarian cancers possibly due to its use on genitalia. There are also respiratory problems linked by inhaling the powder in the air.
  • Alternative: Use products containing finely milled cornstarch, beeswax or other natural ingredients. Cornstarch is silky, very absorbent and safe for babies and completely non-toxic.
  • Try it: BFTE Cosmetics Pro Eye Shadows

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Beauty, DIY, Makeup, Trend Bite

{Video Tip} The Right Brush For Flawless Makeup

You may recall that Trend Hungry’s weekly video series Trend Bite took a hiatus around the end of summer. It honestly just came down to being crazy busy, scheduling conflicts, and giving a lot my creative juices to TV segments, other media outlets, and clients (personal styling, and brand collaborations).

So we shot a some videos in the fall and I held off on putting them up since I wasn’t entirely sure what my plan was – do I continue doing weekly videos, change up the concept, or take a break from YouTube? Well, I’m honestly super indecisive and still haven’t fully decided what this next move is for Trend Bite, so I thought I’d put out the last ones shot that have never before been seen and see what you think.

Here’s how to get a flawless finish from your foundation.

 

The Kabuki brush I’m using came from my friends at The Body Shop. I got it last year when working with them on a big event and have been using it ever since. The hairs are synthetic but don’t feel it and are bound in a way that keeps all the hairs secure – no shedding!!

So should Trend Bite stay? Should I do a different video series? How often would you like to see videos?

I really want your opinion so please serve it up in the comment section below.

Xo! Jessie

 

 

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Beauty, Uncategorized

{Freaky Friday} Disney’s Evil Villain Nail Kits

Halloween is less than two weeks away. Start thinking about plans and costumes (I’m planning on being Kris Jenner). I love pretty much every holiday & around this time of year I like to half-ass DIY a costume (usually something topical), eat snickers, and add pumpkins to my place. Right in time for Halloween, Disney’s Evil Villain Collection is now at Walgreens.

The collection includes Ardell lashes, ELF makeup kits, Kiss Nails manicure kits,  SOHO makeup bags, and charmed ponytailers  and themed after Disney’s baddest ladies – Cruella De Vil, Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Ursula.

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Kiss Nails sent me the Ursula nail kit to test out and it came with all the best nail ornaments – rhinestones, nails sticker decals, and the most different packets of the prettiest glitters. The kit has direction to guide you so you can create the signature look, but I decided to just decorate my current manicure with some of that shiny  green glitter – so witchy! 

You can kinda see them in this sneak peek pic of an upcoming Dare to Wear post.

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{photo by Audrey Gallagher}

Maleficent is from Sleeping Beauty, by the way. I had to google it so I figured you may want to know as well.

What Disney Villain would you buy?  Comment below!

Cream Blush vs Powder Blush
Beauty, Beauty Battle, Featured

Beauty Battle: Cream vs Powder Blush

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A perfect rosy cheek is something that is always on trend and translates to every season (who doesn’t love that?!) Although there are tons of products out there, they all fall in to one of two basic categories: cream or powder. The trick is deciding between the look you want to achieve. Blush can help to create a matte or dewy finish, which you can read more about here.

 Powder Blush

Using a powder will give a more refined, matte look. Definitely a good choice if you prefer the classic and airbrushed style. Powders are good for girls with oily skin because they help minimize shine and control oil. If you have dry skin, use caution because the powder may accentuate dry skin and cause it to flake.
When applying a powder blush just for come color, use a large fluffy brush, tap off excess powder, and apply blush lightly in a circular motion from the apples of your cheeks upwards to your hairline. If you prefer a more contoured look, invest in a contour brush, these make life A LOT easier. To get the perfect contour, use the brush to apply color from the temples down to the mouth in the area between your top and bottom jaw. Applying color here will create depth and make your cheekbones pop.

Our faves for powder blush are

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L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Blush, $10.99
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and Maybelline’s Fit Me! Pressed Powder Blush, $5.79

Cream Blush

A cream will give you a more radiant, dewy glow. Its a lifesaver in the summer because it holds up beautifully in the heat and always looks fresh, never cakey. It’s definitely better to be used on those of us with dry skin though, as it can add extra moisture (which sometimes causes breakouts in those with oily skin). One thing you must be mindful of when using cream blush is to not add it on top of layers of makeup. This often causes build up and the color with clump up instead of smoothing on evenly. So if you’re going for cream, it’s best to apply on top of bare cheeks. The best part about applying cream blush is how easy it is! All you need to do is apply the color with two fingers on the apples of your cheeks and on top of your cheekbones. This will give you a highlighted effect and really make your face glow.

Our top picks for cream blush are

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Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush, $9.79

 

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and Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush, $12.99

Still undecided on what look you’re eying for?  Use your skin type as the deciding factor. If you break out easily, opt for powder and if you’re skin is dry go for cream. This way you’re skin will be happy and you’ll avoid any mishaps or breakouts.

If you’re still not sure, try out both looks and let us know which one was your favorite!

Video Blog: How to Shape Brow Using Makeup #trendbite
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Trend Bite: How to Shape Your Eyebrows with Makeup

Get your brows right, girl! When they’re a hot mess simply use some concealer to help hide new hair growth. shape eye brows with this quick makeup tip and trick people into thinking they’re fresh. I know, what a good idea!

Tag: Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, $20.00

Take Note: Buy in this kit for only $10 more and other fab Benefit products.

Click here for article on lash extensions.

Did you miss last week’s video? Catch it here!

 

How To Take Care of Eyelash Extensions
Beauty, DIY, Trend Bite, Uncategorized

Trend Bites Move to Wednesday! How to Declump Your Lashes

We interrupt this blog post to make a new programming announcement. Trend Bite, the weekly quick-tip video blog will no longer be premiering on Friday. Say Happy Hump Day to Trend Bite moving to Wednesday!

Look for a new weekly column called Friday Find, where each week we’ll be sharing our top fashionable find from our week of scoping the shopping scene. This delicious deal won’t only fabulous, but will fit a skinny budget. So stay tuned! This Friday’s find is an item you may see reoccurring on my Instagram!

Okay, now watch the video already!!

 

Learn all about my eyelash extensions here.

Tag: Headband borrowed from Ban.do, $20 // Sleeveless Trench I Heart Ronson, 3 years ago

At-home tips to get ready for prom
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Prom Prep Time: Our 3 Golden Rules to Ensure Perfection

At-home tips to get ready for prom Ah that time of the year is back again, where girls across the country are prepping and planning (and probably driving themselves crazy) for the greatest night of their high school careers…if you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about prom!

That magical night where you get to look and act like a princess is a dream come true for many girls, but we all know it doesn’t come easy. There’s a lot of work that goes in to making your prom night perfect. Aside from finding prince charming, brushing up on your dance moves, and snagging the perfect dress, your hair and makeup has to be spectacular! That’s where we come in. We’re here to provide DIY beauty tips, tricks, and rules to help you get pretty for prom with ease… and most of them won’t cost you a penny!

First you must choose your look. While this may initially seem overwhelming, fear not: we have three simple rules to follow and a few do’s and don’ts to help you prep and plan for the best (and most beautiful) prom ever! Next week we’ll give you a few specific on trend looks and narrow down the nitty gritty of how to DIY yourself pretty!

Rule #1: Match your beauty vibe to the dress. It’s best to stick with a look that emphasizes your personality and compliments your dress. Take a look at your dress to determine what “feel” it gives; for example: a chiffon floral halter dress emulates romantic, whimsical beauty, much like Keira Knightly, so loose curls and simple makeup would be a perfect addition. On the other hand, if you’re rocking a silk, low back black number, a sexy up-do and sultry makeup will top off your Megan Fox bad-girl vibe. Pick your look, have fun with it and go all out!

Rule #2: Pick a focal point. Once you have the desired “look” chosen, you have another decision to make: eyes or lips. It’s best to choose to focus on one of the two, yet many girls make the mistake of emphasizing both and wind up looking way too made up or even clownish: enter Christina Aguilera.

Unsure of which asset to emphasize? Go with what most people notice or compliment you on! Make sure to keep other areas of your face toned down and as neutral as possible, which will make your focus feature pop!

Rule #3: Prep, prime, and practice! For the days leading up to prom, pamper yourself pretty! Use an exfoliating scrub on face and body (for face we love this Seaweed Exfoliator from The Body Shop and indulge in a sugar scrub like Dirt Vanilla Sandalwood Sugar Scrub  from Coterie.com for baby smooth skin all over) this will help remove any dead skin cells and promote cell growth for fresh, glowing skin. Get eyebrows waxed at least a few days, if not a week before prom, to ensure you won’t have any redness or irritation on your big night. For silky smooth hair, use a smoothing and restorative hair mask (Neutrogena makes an amazing one, here) 2-3 days before, and try to wash your hair no less than 24 hours before prom night (slightly dirty hair is more manageable and easily styled). You should pre-plan your look a few weeks ahead of time, so you’ll know exactly what products and tools you’ll need. Take a few free hours the week of prom to do a practice run through of your whole look to ensure smooth sailing the day of.

Now a few DO’s and DON’Ts for the big day that are key to making sure your night and everyone along with it goes perfect:

DO wear confidence. It’s hands down the best accessory, and no amount of makeup could ever make you look as beautiful as confidence. When you feel beautiful, you look beautiful, so work it girl!

DON’T stress out. Prom is meant to be an unforgettable occasion, and wouldn’t you hate to remember it as a stressful time? Relax, everything is going to turn out great! Plus, stress can lead to breakouts (eek!), headaches, and anxiety; three things you definitely don’t want on prom night.

DO get your beauty sleep! Don’t let prep time take away from bedtime! Getting the right amount (7-9 hrs) of Z’s is crucial to looking and feeling your best.

DON’T worry about what others are wearing. Be yourself! Pick a look that you absolutely love, and don’t worry if you’re the only one rocking that look you’ll be an inspiration for others to embrace their own unique style!

DO pack a mini emergency kit. Foldable flats, concealer, and blotting papers are you friend.

DON’T bring a huge bag. This is a formal event so only little clutches will do. 

P.S. Don’t let this go-to guide for looking and feeling your best be limited for prom night, you can apply these tips and tricks to any big night out! We all know our hunger for glamour is never satisfied, so keep those special occasions coming and we’ll keep you updated with all the latest on getting gorgeous for less!

P.P.S Don’t forget to check back next week for our favorite prom hair and makeup trends for this year with tutorials on how to DIY!!

P.P.P.S The dess pictured is from JCP!! Pearl Georgina Chapman of Marchesa Organza Rosette Dress, $110.

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Beauty, DIY, Featured, Trend Bite

Trend Bite: Makeup Brush Holder Ideas

Spring is in the air, as so is cleaning and getting organized! Don’t run out and buy something new. Store your beauty brushes in something you already own. There’s bound to be something pretty in your place that’s perfect for holding your makeup brushes. Here are the items I scouted out in my own space that make for a fabulous makeup brush holder. Hope this inspires some stylish storage!

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