DIY Pumpkin Beauty

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We’ve all attempted to make avocado and coconut oil beauty products to brighten and soften our skin, and in honor of fall we diced to share some DIY pumpkin beauty products! Pumpkin contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals which whelp brighten and smooth the skin, produce collagen to minimize signs of aging, and promote healthy hair growth! So, next time you are at the grocery store grab some pumpkin puree and try these DIY products!

Pumpkin Facial Mask

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Makes enough for 1 application:

Ingredients:
2 tsp. pureed pumpkin
½ tsp. honey
¼ tsp. yogurt
Pinch of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and apply to the face (avoiding eyes). Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse clean with warm water.


Pumpkin Body Scrub

Makes about 2 cups:

Ingredients:
2 cups pumpkin puree
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup baking soda
¼ cup honey

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in a glass jar. Use as a shower scrub. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week.

 
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Pumpkin Hair Conditioning Mask

Makes about 2 cups:

Ingredients:
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. yogurt

Mix all ingredients together and apply to damp hair. Let rest for 30 minutes then rinse clean.

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Wedding Day Survival Kit Checklist

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The last thing you want on your big day is to forget one of your most important items. Set yourself up for success by gathering everything the day before, or even earlier if possible so you can go out and purchase any last minute necessities. Not sure what should be included on your survival checklist? Here’s ours below!

 
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  • Face wash
  • Face moisturizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Chap stick
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • All makeup (if doing own)
  • Makeup remover
  • Translucent powder
  • Makeup setting spray
  • All hair products and styling tools (if doing own)
  • Compact mirror
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (if outside)
  • Gum/Breath mints
  • Blotting papers

  • Eye drops
  • Contacts & solution (if applicable)
  • Glasses (if applicable)
  • Pain reliever
  • Antacid
  • Tampons
  • Band Aids
  • Water
  • Snack
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  • Clear polish
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick/gloss
  • Hairspray
  • Tweezers
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastics
  • Cotton swabs
  • Super glue
  • Safety pins
  • Small sewing kit
  • Stain remover pen
  • Extra earring backs
  • Lint roller
  • Clear tape

Download a PDF of our list to take with you to your next wedding!

DIY Brush Pad and Soap Cleaner

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Before we begin to embrace the colorful leaves falling, pumpkin spice everything, and curling up in your favorite sweater, we unfortunately have to let go of summer. A good way to start off the new season is with some clean brushes! This is our secret tip on how to clean your makeup brushes quick and without having to purchase expensive soap or a brush pad.


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A DIY brush pad is so simple, all you need is a flat and plastic surface and some hot glue. You can use a clean lid to a container, a plastic plate, plastic cutting board, or even a plastic clip board! Once you have the item of your choice ready you can use the hot glue to create different patterns across the plate. We recommend doing some various sized dots, chevrons, straight lines, and a grid pattern. Once the glue is dry it's all good to use!


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Now that you have your own DIY makeup brush pad, why not make some DIY brush soap too? All you need to do is pour two parts antibacterial dish soap with one part extra-virgin olive oil into a small glass/plastic dish. Next, you simply dampen your brush with lukewarm water, dip it into the soap, and swirl it around on the various patterns on your pad. Once the brush is clean you can gently rinse the excess soap out with lukewarm water and place the brushes slanted with the bristles down on a paper towel to dry. And voila! Your brushes are clean and ready for whatever makeup look you’re ready to tackle next!

Save vs. Splurge

Makeup is one of the easiest ways to express yourself, which is why we love it so much! However, makeup can get pricey sometimes and it’s hard to decide what’s worth the extra buck and what’s not. Instead of emptying your pockets we’ve picked some of our favorite items to help you determine whether to save or splurge on a product!

Mascara SAVE

A great mascara is a necessity, after all, the eyes are the window to the soul! Lately drugstore brands have been majorly stepping up their products- it’s especially the case for this new L’Oréal lash paradise mascara. This item has been all the rage recently in the beauty community. The high quality formula partnered with the special brush combs lashes and makes them much more plump and voluminous in only a couple swipes. Plus, for such an amazing price this buy is a no brainer!


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IMAGE SOURCE: SEPHORA

Translucent powder SPLURGE

Finding a reliable translucent powder can be tricky. Luckily our fav powder is practically perfect! This Laura Mercier setting powder is a holy grail beauty product. With no flashback and a smooth finish, this is for sure worth a little extra cash. And if the price isn’t too appealing to you, no worries! You can get a travel size version for $15 less than the full size.


Highlighter SAVE

We are LIVING for this new blinding highlighter trend! Although we want to pack on the highlight, we’d prefer not to empty our wallets in the process. That’s why the MegaGlo line from Wet n Wild is such a blessing! Whether it’s the powder highlight (a) or the cream one (b), you can’t go wrong with these blinding products. The price point on these items almost seems unfair and will keep you glowing on a budget!


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Beauty blender SPLURGE

It’s very likely you’ve already heard of the famous beauty blender (but we still had to include it!), because if you’re going to splurge on one thing it should most certainly be this sponge! The beauty blender is for sure a holy grail product and once you use it you’ll never want to set it down. From the extreme softness of the sponge to its flawless application, this item is certainly a MUST!


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Setting spray SAVE

Setting spray is the key to make your makeup stay flawless for hours. It can go very quickly depending on how much you use so it’s difficult to break the bank trying to buy some. Lucky for us there are some great ones at the drugstore! Our favorite is under 10 bucks and will give you a matte finish all day.


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Foundation SPLURGE

Sometimes you need to splurge a little- and splurging on a foundation is completely justified! After all, you need a good foundation to give you a perfect canvas to create your look on. One of our top picks is the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. It’s super blendable, hypoallergenic, and has SPF!

Charcoal Beauty Products

Charcoal is commonly used in everyday beauty products these days! There are so many benefits to using charcoal based beauty products. Your pores will be smaller and cleaner, your oily skin will be gone, and it deep treats acne! Take a look at our top charcoal beauty products this year!

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Looking for a great cleanser for people with acne-prone skin? Look no further! Bioré offers multiple charcoal products that help to clear your skin, especially their charcoal bar and pore strips! Enjoy the minty aroma and refreshing feeling!

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Gives your skin a super deep clean while only using natural ingredients! Blackmuck’s Detox Charcoal Face Mask will give you all the benefits as the other charcoal based face masks with the added bonus of being all natural!

Cocos Organics’ Dirty Mouth Tooth Polish

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Get the teeth whitening without the damage! With this product, you’ll get easy teeth whitening at a great price! It’s time to show off those pearly whites!

Summer Haircuts

There are few feelings in the hot summer months better than cutting off your locks! Although some may be intimidated by cutting their hair, here are some fun summer cuts that will inspire you to go short this season!

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Put a modern spin on the classic bob haircut! With a long bob, commonly known as the “lob,” you can have the experience of having a bob, but still keep some of your hair on the longer side!

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If you’re weary on cutting your hair super short, having a nice medium hair cut will still get rid of those dead ends and give you a lighter, fun haircut for the hot summer months!

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Take a risk and cut off all your hair! Although it may be a big leap, you can still jazz up your hair with fun accessories or even with different hair colors. With a pixie haircut, you’ll be sure to stay cool all summer long!

Wedding Hair Accessories

An important decision that relates to your wedding hairstyle is deciding what, if any, hair accessories you want. There are numerous options for hair accessories, from simple barrettes to long veils, and most accessories look great with whichever hairstyle you get for your big day

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image courtesy of: vibbi

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The classic hairpiece for your wedding day is wearing a veil. Veils are very traditional at weddings, and go with almost all wedding gowns and hairstyles!

 

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image courtesy of: stylish wife

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image courtesy of: usa bride

Feel like an absolute princess on your wedding day by wearing your own tiara! Go with the classic tiara, or opt for a more fun and whimsical one with different shapes!

 

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Be creative and match your hair with your own bouquet! With greenery being a big trend in weddings this year, why not add some fun greenery to your hairstyle as well?!

The Jewel Tone Story

When thinking about this concept, we were inspired to mix the old with the new. The gardens and architecture of this late 1800s historical home nestled in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts, created a simple but elegant backdrop to allow our deep beautiful jewel tones to take center stage.

Our vision for this beautiful shoot was to showcase a deep modern jewel tone palette and embrace a balance of the classic surroundings and the rich modern romance. We created a bold design with hues of pinks, purples, greens and blues, a palette that we accented with the mixture of vintage details and modern touches.

From the modern invitation suite with its geometric shapes and bold colors to the ombre guest seating we were inspired by this beautiful balance of classic and modern.

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Graduation Style

Happy graduation season! Whether you’re graduating high school or college, be sure to walk the stage in style! Here are some of our favorite styles for this season’s hottest graduation trends.

Nothing says classic graduation like a crisp white dress! Go for the elegant, simple dress, or opt for a more fun and flirt option with some gorgeous back detail or lace.

Give your fellow classmates that “wow” factor as you walk by in a bold color! Whether it’s hot pink, bright yellow, or turquoise, you’ll be sure to be the center of attention as you get your diploma.

Nothing says spring and summer more than a patterned dress! Wearing a gorgeous floral or patterned dress to your graduation will brighten your day as well as everyone else’s.

DIY: Hair Masks

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Just like taking care of your skin, it’s also very important to take care of your hair! Whether you have short hair or long hair, there’s plenty of deep conditioners and hair masks to bring your hair back to life. To save a little money, here are some of our favorite DIY hair masks!
For all masks, you can double the ingredients for longer hair.

 

1 Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Honey
Combine ingredients in a blender or whisk ingredients together. Apply the mask evenly throughout damp hair, making sure to cover damaged ends. If you have long hair, tie it up. Then, cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Wash out the mask with shampoo and conditioner. For best results, apply the mask once weekly.

1 Sliced Banana
2 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt
1 Tbsp. Honey
Combine ingredients in a blender or mash the banana and whisk ingredients together until well-blended. Apply the mask evenly throughout damp hair. If you have long hair, tie it up. Then, cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Wash out the mask with shampoo and conditioner. For best results, apply the mask once weekly.

1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Juiced Lemon
1 Tbsp. Honey
Double recipe for long hair. Combine ingredients in a blender or whisk together until well-blended. Apply the mask evenly throughout damp hair. If you have long hair, tie it up. Then, cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask sit for 30 minutes. Wash out the mask with shampoo & conditioner. For best results, apply the mask once weekly.

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image courtesy of: hairsea

Summer Nail Trends

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New season, new nail trends! This summer, be prepared to see fun shapes and different nail colors! With bright splashes of colors and detail oriented designs, your options for your next manicure are endless.

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IMAGE SOURCE: MICHELLE QUINN

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Take a break from the traditional square-cut nails and go for a more unique, almond shape!

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It’s not only just for clothes anymore, stripes are hot for this season's nail trend!

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The classy trend continues. Ditch the colors and paint on some sleek, white polish!

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Self-Tanning: Do's & Dont's

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If you want that sun-kissed look, but do not want to harm your skin under the sun or in tanning beds, there are plenty of options for self-tanning! From lotions and gels to sprays and tanning towelettes (yes, tanning towelettes!), you’ll be looking like you just spent all day under the sun in no time! Just like with anything, there are dos and don’ts for using and applying self-tanners:

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  • Exfoliate and shave/wax prior to applying any self-tanner, typically up to 24 hours prior
  • Test the shade of self-tanner on a small patch of skin before using it on larger areas
  • Invest in a tan-applicator mitt to avoid streaks by applying with your bare hand
  • Moisturize after to maintain that healthy glow!
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  • Layer it on, your skin can only absorb so much product and tint at a time
  • Moisturize prior; it will affect the way your skin absorbs the tanning product
  • Moisturize with oil after; oil is more prone to fade your tan faster

Summer Beauty Trends

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Time to slip on the shades and embrace the warm weather! What better way to welcome the summer season than to discuss the hottest summer beauty trends this year?! From hair to makeup, we’ve got the scoop on how to rock your best look in the hot summer months!


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With the sweltering sun and heat, the last thing we want to deal with is our makeup melting off our face. This season, take a step back from the layers of foundation and eyeshadow, and opt for a more natural makeup look! Use lighter-weight powders, liquid foundation with SPF, and soft skin tones to bring out your natural beauty!



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Even with the ongoing trend of flirty beach waves, sometimes our hair won’t cooperate with the heat! Another option to wear your summer hair while beating the heat is to keep it up and off your neck! Go for the traditional top knot, or spice up your look with fun headbands and braids!

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Along with summer comes dryer skin. Exfoliating your skin daily is a must in order to keep that healthy summer glow! Instead of using a harsh exfoliating scrub, try one of our favorite peel-pads! If you need a little boost in moisture in your skin, try this pore perfecting water gel moisturizer!

Wedding Hairstyles

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You’ve picked your dress and your shoes, and now’s the time to focus on how to style your hair for your wedding day! There are a variety of hairstyles for all lengths, including using accessories or just going solo. Once you have your options in mind, it’s important to decide what style to focus on: up-do, half up, or all down.

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Don’t want your hair getting in the way? Opt for an up-do! There are many classic ways to pull your hair back for your wedding day. Whether it be a simple, modern twist or up with a few stray curls, your hair will look fabulous and chic! Spruce your do up with some flowers, hair pins, or braids.
 

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Still want your hair away from your face, but want to enjoy it being down? Having a half-up do is the perfect choice! You can let your hair loose all while keeping it intact and out of your face. Either pin it back with a hair pin or utilize braids and braid half back. The accessories and options are endless!

Let your hair down! Whether you have short or long hair, embrace those locks, let go, and have fun! Go simple with subtle waves, keep your hair straight, or even swoop it off to the side with a hair piece. Whatever you choose, you’ll look fabulous!

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DIY Facials & Scrubs

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Need a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to exfoliate your dry skin to get a new glow? There are so many face scrubs that are easy to mix together using common household ingredients! These scrubs are a great way to give your skin a fresh start all while saving money in your wallet!

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1 tsp granulated sugar
1-2 drops water
1-2 drops orange, lemon, lavender oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Gently rub the scrub onto your clean face. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Combine ingredients in a bowl and gently rub into skin. Rinse clean with warm water.

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½ fresh lemon
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey

Combine lemon and olive oil in a bowl. Whisk in the honey, then gradually add in the sugar. Apply to face in gentle, circular motions. Leave on for 7-10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

¼ cup uncooked oats
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup olive oil

In a food processor, pulse oats until they are broken down but not powdered. Transfer oats to a small bowl and add in honey and olive oil. Add a thick layer of the scrub to your clean face and massage for 60 seconds, then continue to leave on skin for an extra 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.