Winter weather has had my skin a bit dry lately. I came up with this recipe for an indulgent DIY coffee scrub. The secret ingredient being cacao powder which is an instand mood booster the moment you smell it. It is also, super reparative, being that it is rich in antioxidents. Lemon Zest, then infuses a bit of brightness, adding antibacterial properties. Dark Brown sugar, along with the coffee grounds exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells allowing hydrating creams to absorb into the skin better. The coffee grounds stimulate the senses as well as help disperse cellulite. The coconut oil and flakes continue to hydrate the skin long after you rinse the scrub off.
I seriously want to eat this scrub being that it smells, and looks a bit like brownie batter…
You will too.
- 1 C. Ground Coffee Beans
- 3 T. Cacao Powder
- 1/2 C. Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 T. Honey
- 3 T. Coconut Oil
- 2 T. Coconut Flakes
- 1 Zest of a Lemon
Mix all of the ingredient’s together in a bowl. Bottle up, and enjoy this scrub twice a week to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.
This is the perfect hairstyle, to rock on a day that you want to look done and polished but do not have a lot of time- at all. Super quick, this take on the modern pony tail will put the finishing touch on your style.
You will need:
- Dry Shampoo or Kerastase Volume in Powder
- Teasing comb or brush
- Hair Tie
- Bobby Pin
- Hairspray| Used: Kerastase Laque Dentelle
1) Apply dry shampoo in the crown if needed and part your hair in the desired part
2) Tease hair on the sides and at the crown
3) Give the hair a light spritz of hairspray- this will keep the tease in place
4) Using a boar bristle brush, smooth the surface and pull hair back into a ponytail, brushing the sides tighter and leaving volume in the back
5) Secure with a damage free hair tie
6) Select a small section of hair from underneath the base of the ponytail
7) Spray the selected section with hairspray and smooth with fingers- this makes it easier to wrap
8) Wrap that section around the pony tail as far as you can, landing under the ponytail
9) Secure the end of the wrap by placing a bobby pin up, flipped and then back in, with the ridges facing down under the hair
10) Lightly tease the ponytail to give it fullness and volume then finish the look by spraying the hair and smoothing flyaway’s with the brush
Awhile back, I had a blast working with Kelly from Mimosas Manhattan for a photo shoot. I colored her hair adding some blonde highlights for extra pop around her face and then we came up with this amazing braid, that has a half up – half down feel to it. It gave the illusion of wearing the hair down, adding softness with an edge. Girl can take some fierce photos.. Check out more of her blog and this photo shoot here.