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Mila Kunis had such a pretty dress at the Oscars that people didn’t pay enough attention to her gorgeous hair and makeup. Her finger waves are pinned back into a low, side hairstyle. Her cheeks and lips don a mauve color which complements her lilac-colored dress. Her eyes are fully lined with black liner with brown-gold shadow to create a soft smokey eye.
Before the relaxation of the holidays kicks in, there is some stress you will need to overcome; parking lots and malls are a tizzy with people and grocery stores are enough to cause panic attack. This is why day 7 in our countdown is all about at-home relaxation.
1. Face Mask.
– Take 1/2 cup of hot (not boiling) water
– 1/3 cup of Oatmeal (mix them and then let them sit for 2-3 minutes)
– Add 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
– Add 2 tablespoons of honey
Mix it all and then apply it to your face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you wash it off with a warm cloth. To make it feel like a real spa experience, put two cucumber slices on your eyes and listen to some classical music while you wait. You deserve it!
2. Foot Soak
– 1 cup of milk
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– 1 cup of epsom salts
– (and if you really need some moisture) add 2TBS of an oil, such as coconut, oliveo r jojoba
Add all of these ingredients into a bowl. For a little extra spa sensation, put some stones or marbles at the bottom of the bowl and rub your feet on them for a massage.
3. Lip Scrub
– 1 part brown sugar
– 1 part honey
– 1 part olive oil
Lips tend to get chapped when facing the colder weather. Keep them moisturized and exfoliated at the same time with this DIY spa treatment.
4. Bath Soak
– 1 cup of powdered milk
– 1/2 cup of corn starch
– 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil
– Mix with 2 cups of hot water and then pout into the tub
Baths are perfect in the winter, and the ultimate way to relax!
5. Hand and Body Scrub
– 1 cup of brown sugar
– 1 cup of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of honey
– 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
– Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil
It is important to exfoliate all year round, but it is important not to dry out your skin. This oil-based scrub will help you get rid of dead skins cells with the added benefit of simultaneously moisturizing.
If you have a few minutes, make up your at-home spa recipe tonight. Put it in a container for safe keeping until you have more time on the weekend. That way when you go to unwind, your spa will be waiting for you!
Tomorrow is Friday, check back for day 6 in our countdown to the holidays for some party hair and makeup inspiration!
Holiday Countdown – Day 9!
If done correctly, contouring and highlighting can look really natural and attractive. If done incorrectly, it can look really obvious and it won’t be very flattering. One of the most important things to pulling this off, besides the know-how, are the products. You want to make sure that you are equipped with the right products to make it look natural.
You will need a matte bronzer that is darker than your skin tone, but not too dark. You can use a powder or cream, and you will want it to be about 2 shades darker. This makes it dark enough so it is noticeable, but still light enough to be blended in to look natural.
For a highlighter, there are a variety of consistencies you can choose from. There are liquid highlighters, powder highlighters and cream highlighters. It doesn’t matter what you choose to use, as long as the pigments finely ground so that it is a subtle glow, not a glittery disaster.
Another thing to be aware of is if the highlighter has silver or golden undertones. Choose silver if your skin tone is on the cool side, and a gold highlighter if your skin is a warmer tone.
Start your makeup routine as you usually would with a clean, moisturized face. Then apply your foundation and concealer as you usually would and set it with a powder.
Then take your bronzer and work it into the hollows of your cheeks. To find them, you can suck in your cheeks and do the “fish face.” Start by making a line from your hair line down to about 1 inch from the corner of your mouth. Blend in circular motions and bring the color up to your temples and down to your jawline.
Take your highlighter and apply it onto your brow bones, down the center of your nose and at the top of your cheek bones.
Then apply your blush and anything else as you normally would. And you will have your finished look with a highlighted and contoured face!
Check back tomorrow for day 8 of our countdown that will feature some holiday hair ideas.
In the spirit of the holidays, we are counting down the work days until the vacation begins. From Monday to Friday for the next two weeks we will share our tips, tricks and tidbits with all of you! Some topics that we will cover will include: how to properly conceal tired eyes, how to highlight and contour, at home spa treatments, good foods to eat for great skin and some anti-aging tricks.
All of these posts will be chock-full of product recommendations and pro tips. Our posts will also include some input from our talented team of artists and stylists!
We are so excited to get started with the first post in our Holiday Countdown tomorrow. The post’s content includes the right way to achieve that bright-eyed, just-slept-a-whole-8-hours (even if you didn’t) look. Curious?
I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Jill this past weekend for an at home beauty lesson. Jill is such a great person and an absolute joy to be around. Her glowing smile and personality immediately put you at ease.
Jill contacted me in December after reading one of my other blog posts around beauty lessons where I go through your own makeup bag and show you how to use your own stuff or re-purpose it for better results. We had so much fun trying out new techniques and discussing skincare routines.
Please read her glowing review below and let me know if I can ever be of service to you and/or your gal pals! I love to do mini beauty lesson parties, too! Can you say, “mimosas”?! Enjoy!
(Thanks Jill! I had a blast!)