When you're in need of a gift in a pinch, this peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make. Peppermint-flavored candy canes go hand in hand with the holidays, so it makes total sense to use a few for a decadent sugar scrub. And the big plus is that no one will know that each jar's contents cost pennies to make. Upcycle a glass container, and you've got a savvy, chic, and fabulous holiday gift that everyone will love.
If the cooler temperatures have your skin looking a little lackluster, here's a quick fix! This easy DIY scrub exfoliates and brings back that healthy glow.
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
Add the ingredients to a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder, and blend into a paste. Apply to face or body, and scrub in a circular motion for at least one minute. Rinse away with warm water, and finish up with your favorite moisturizer.
I like this scrub cold because it's so refreshing, but it can also be made warm or room temperature. The sugar is an exfoliant, while the honey helps to moisturize, clear clogged pores, and has antibacterial properties. The cranberries are a powerful antioxdiant, which help to brighten your complexion. After scrubbing, you can leave it on the skin for up to 15 minutes as a mask. This keeps for a week if refrigerated.
We're all for the DIY craze (have you seen our Pinterest boards lately?), but a recent survey by Harris Interactive found that half of women are disappointed with their at-home beauty attempts. We get it. There's nothing worse than spending hours on a nail art design only to end up with a splattered mess. In fact, eight out of 10 respondents admitted they get better results from the professionals than when they take the time to try it at home. But there are still those out there who prefer to spend their time mixing up beauty recipes in the kitchen, from DIY facials to beauty recipes. We know some of you are a closet mixologists, so tell us: do you crave the satisfaction that comes with a do-it-yourself triumph, or do you have a regularly scheduled appointment at the salon?
Nail art is actually easy to do yourself, which is why we've rounded up our favorite DIY nail designs to inspire your next manicure. With clever tricks using tape, markers, and bobby pins, you'll be surprised at how easy it really is to paint on a freehand design. And with a long weekend ahead of us, take a break from Thanksgiving leftovers and holiday shopping for one of these easy looks.
Dry, flaky lips seem to come with the territory when the weather gets dry and cold. So some exfoliation is necessary to keep your pout soft and moist. You don't have to pick up a high-priced scrub, because chances are, you already have everything you need to make one at home. This sugar scrub looks great, tastes delicious, and will leave your lips kissably soft.
Pinterest has breathed new life into beauty DIYs, and we've put a few to the test. Turns out, most are easy to re-create and are quite useful to boot. Consider them life hacks for your beauty regimen. Some of our favorites include a magnetic makeup board, homemade shaving cream, and a chocolate facial. Check out our top DIY videos here.
Feel yourself quickly falling into a hair rut this Fall? Don't beat yourself up . . . get yourself motivated! We've got this whimsical and beautiful braided bun tutorial, straight from Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, and it's perfect for the holidays.
1. Blow-dry your wet hair until it's completely smooth using a boar-bristle brush and a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($28) for added volume.
2. Give yourself a slight side part, and then start your french braid. It should start on the side with less hair and continue around your head until you reach the point right below your ear on the other side. Tie the end off with a clear elastic.
See the rest of the tutorial when you keep reading.
If you're looking for a creative way to store and display your makeup brushes, we have a DIY project that's quick and artsy! Grab a vase and some acrylic paint, and watch how to make your own decorated brush holder.
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Forgo the clichéd French manicure in favor of a more dazzling nail art design that's easy to DIY. Topping a sheer pink polish with a glittering tip is a fun update on the classic wedding manicure, and it doesn't require the precision of perfecting a white stripe.
For this bridal look, I started off with Essie First Base ($8) and then swiped on two coats of Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina ($27). Next, I used Essie Set in Stones ($8) to create the glittering gradient on the tips. Do this by painting a thin layer of the sparkling polish halfway down the nail. Go back and swipe another layer only onto the tips of your nails. If you feel like your tips need even more sparkle, then simply go back and dab the glitter along the edges. For the final touch, I used Essie No Chips Ahead ($8) to seal in the look and ensure a long-lasting finish. The stunning results look a lot more complicated than they really are, giving you all the more reason to show off your wedding jewels.