Sunday, November 8, 2015

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaning Plate


Cleaning your makeup brushes is a task that everybody dreads. This cleaning plate is an awesome way to make cleaning your makeup brushes faster and easier!

This also prevents your hands from drying when you clean your brushes, as you aren't rubbing the brush on your palm.





Materials Required:

*Plate
        *Glue Gun





Directions:

Glue different designs in sections onto your plate.



Designs:

Hashtags / Crosshatch


Swirls


Letters


Thick Waves


Thin Waves


Large Dots


Small Dots


The Final Product:  




To Clean Your Brushes:



Use your favorite brush cleaner. I used Mary Kay's Brush Cleaner.




Position your plate so that the water runs down it. (I used a scrunchie to keep the plate from sliding while I scrubbed my brushes).



Wet your brushes then apply your brush cleaner to either your plate or your brush. (I used a spray cleaner so I applied the cleanser directly to the brush. If you are using a liquid cleaner apply it directly to the plate.)



Run the brush along the glue. Certain patterns work better for different brushes, so test them on different sections.





Dry the brush on a paper towel. 



Reshape the brush. 



Then lay the brush flat to dry. (Don't stand it up while drying - the water will loosen the glue holding the bristles in place, causing them to fall out).



This plate is super helpful. The glue allows for optimal cleaning, as you can decide what design to use. The glue also allows for a deeper clean than you would get by simply running the brush along your palm.

Enjoy!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Inspiration through Creation

(Before I get into the post let's take a moment to appreciate that...The title rhymes!! Woohoo! Ok. Moving on...)

Isn't just amazing how beautiful the world is! 

The Bible tells us in Job 12:7-10, "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."

Creation points toward an intelligent designer, God!

Every time I look around me I am awed at the beauty and majesty of God's creation.

My family and I visited the Smithsonian National Zoo today, and it was a great reminder of the magnificence of the Lord that we can see through his created creatures. 






Aren't these just gorgeous!! I am just so amazed at the colors in these animals! They are truly beautiful! (I'll take a shirt in each of these colors please!)

Animals definitely inspire me to get to know God more! They remind me of how amazing and powerful He is! They inspire me to pick up my Bible and read more about the creator of all things!

Let me know where in creation you find inspiration!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Nails: H&M "The One"

Every other Wednesday in November I will be sharing a fall inspired nail color.

Today's nail polish is The One by H&M.

Color:

It is a glittery gold polish.




Application:

It went on thick, and only took two coats.
This dries polish dries so quickly! It took under 10 minutes for both of my coats to be completely dry.


Wear:

I've had it on almost all day and it has held up really well. It hasn't started chipping or showed any sign of wear.



In all I'd say this polish is a win!!

And did I mention that the price is fantastic?!?! You can't beat $1!



Monday, November 2, 2015

My Before and After Pictures from "The Curly Girl Method".

Here are a few of my before and after pictures from the "Curly Girl Method".

I also took "progress" pictures of my hair weekly to see how it changed during the first six weeks.

Before Pictures:


Week 1:


Week 2:



Week 3:


Week 4:


Week 5:


Week 6:



Currently:

 "Curly Girl" for two years:




I definitely saw results using this method. My hair is much healthier and more manageable now! 

If you want to learn more about the "Curly Girl Method" take a look at my blog post! 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The "Curly Girl Method"

There is a bunch of hype right now about "natural" curly hair care.

There are countless articles claiming to have found the best method for taking care of curly hair. 

The most well-known method is called the "Curly Girl Method".
So what's up with this? Does it live up to the hype? In my opinion it does.

My goal in this post is explain what the curly girl method is and how to follow it. (In a later post I will write about my journey with the Curly Girl Method).







Who Created the Curly Girl Method?
The Curly Girl Method was created by Lorraine Massey. She outlines her method in her book Curly Girl: The Handbook. This is an awesome read for any curly girl!

How do I know if I Have Curly Hair?
Curly hair is basically any hair that is not straight. Curly hair can vary from kinky curls to loose waves.

Why Should I Follow the Curly Girl Method?
Our scalp produces natural oils that to help moisturize our hair. When your hair is curly it takes longer for that oil to travel down the hair strand, making curly hair drier than straight hair. The Curly Girl Method is focused on moisturizing your hair, which will reduce frizz and leave your looking and feeling healthy and moisturized.

What is the Curly Girl Method?
The Curly Girl Method is a process to take care of curly hair by cutting out certain chemicals. Most shampoos contain harsh chemicals that leave your hair dry and damaged. These chemicals are called 'sulfates'. So you may be thinking "Should I stop using shampoos with sulfates?" The answer is yes. However, most conditioners and hair products contain silicones. Silicones coat the hair strand, locking in moisture. "Isn't that a good thing?" Yes, but silicones can only be removed by sulfates. If you cut out sulfates but continue to use silicones they will build up on your hair, resulting in weighed down, stringy curls. So the answer is to remove both sulfates AND silicones.

How do I know what products are free of sulfates and silicones?
Look at the ingredients on the product's bottle. 
This article is a great tool for determining whether a product is curly girl approved. This article lists sulfates and silicones to avoid, and also tells you what chemicals are ok to use on curly hair.


How do I follow the Curly Girl Method?

Cleaning Your Hair:

Once you've decided to follow the Curly Girl Method you must do one final shampooing. Use a shampoo that has sulfates in it. This will strip your hair of any products, giving you a fresh palette for your curly girl journey. 

You then can begin the transition to the Curly Girl Method.

In this method you wash your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo or with conditioner. Conditioner?!?! Yes! Conditioners (silicone free of course ;) contain gentle cleansers that can be used to clean your hair. This is known as a co-wash (conditioner wash). 

To co-wash your hair apply conditioner to your scalp and scrub with your fingertips for 3-5 minutes. This gentle motion will help loosen any dirt or oil on your scalp. 

Below are some examples of products you can find in your local drugstore for washing your hair:

Sulfate-free shampoos:
  • Shea Moisture shampoos (They have various kinds that are Curly Girl friendly)
Co-wash:
  • As I am Naturally Co-Wash.
  • VO5 conditioners
  • Suave Naturals
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Cleansing Conditioner


Conditioning Your Hair:

Once you have determined what you will use to cleanse your hair, you need to choose a conditioner. (You need both a co-wash and a conditioner, as they are used for two separate purposes).

Many people prefer to use a thinner conditioner as a co-wash and a thicker, more moisturizing conditioner to condition their hair. 

To condition your hair apply it to your hair, focusing on the ends. Leave it in for 2-5 minutes to penetrate and then rinse it out. Easy peasy :).

Some examples of conditioners:
  • Generic Value Products Conditioning Balm (This is the generic of Matrix's Biolage Conditioning Balm). (This is a favorite product of many curlies).
  • Tresemme Naturals Conditioner


Detangling Your Hair:

Hai, curly hair especially, can get pretty knotty and tangled. You should NEVER brush curly hair when it is dry.

To get out tangles you want to use a wide toothed comb to brush through your hair when it is wet and full of conditioner.


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Follow with your favorite (silicone-free) styling products and you're good to go!


This may seem like a lot of information, but it’s super easy!

Don't be discouraged if you don't see results at first. It takes a couple of weeks (around 2-6) for your hair to get used to the process. 



Good luck on your journey to healthy hair!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Tea

This honey, lemon, and ginger tea is so good! It is especially helpful for allergy season, as a nice hot drink can help soothe a sore throat.








INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Piece of Ginger (About the size of your index and middle fingers together), sliced
  • 3 Lemons, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of Honey

DIRECTIONS:
  • Layer the ginger and lemon into a mason jar until full. Pour honey over top of the lemon and ginger, until it reaches the top.

I usually let the mixture sit for at least 2 days to help combine flavors. The result is a sweet tea! 


To prepare the tea:

Place 2 tablespoons of the liquid along with a piece of ginger and lemon into a mug. Add hot water and let it steep for two minutes. 






It tastes great over ice as well!




 Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cinnabon Delights

I will never forget February 20th. This fateful Thursday changed my life forever.

We decided to go bowling, unsure of what the day held for us. After an intense game of bowling, grumbling tummies led to Taco Bell, where our lives were changed forever.

During our order, the cashier somehow heard the word "Cinnabon" and added on some of Taco Bell's Cinnabon Delights. I will forever be grateful to that cashier, as the Cinnabon Delights changed our lives.

So, naturally I have a copycat Taco Bell Cinnabon Delights recipe.





This recipe is extremely easy and quick!

It will change your life.

So here it is!



Cinnabon Delights Recipe:


Ingredients:
  • 1 package of your favorite cinnamon rolls (with icing)
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon combined.

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350ยบ.
2. Unroll your cinnamon rolls, laying them out flat.
3. Cut each cinnamon roll into thirds, about 3 inches.
4. Roll each piece of cinnamon roll into a ball.
5. Dunk your cinnamon balls into butter, then coat them with the cinnamon and sugar.
6. Place your cinnamon balls onto a cooking stone. (You could also use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper)
7. Bake the cinnamon balls for ten minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
8. Let cool for 10 minutes.
9. Using a small tip (I used a size 2) fill your cinnamon rolls with the icing. 
10. If desired, drizzle remaining icing over the top.

Enjoy!