Posts Tagged DIY Beauty

8 Great Wax Kits That Are Quicker Than a Trip to the Salon

You certainly don’t need to be hair-free in order to be carefree (after all, more and more women are embracing a more natural aesthetic ), but if you want to be, there are some strong cases to be made for waxing , among them getting to the root of the problem and not having to maintain as often. Among the cons? Typically the costs (upward of $100 for legs) and discomfort (ouch!) that can also be associated with it.

We (and our wallets) feel you, which is why we’ve done the dirty – make that sticky – work and rounded up eight at-home wax kits that actually deliver, without the need for professional training and at a mere fraction of the salon price.

How to Get Victoria's Secret Bombshell Waves IRL

There’s nothing more intimidating than being on a flight with 40 of the most gorgeous women on the planet – the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Such was the case when I flew overseas with the stunning crew for the brand’s annual fashion show. Obviously we can’t genetically morph into these glamorous models (some of us were born shrimpy!), but what we can do is take note from their beauty books, specifically when it comes to hair .

While I was abroad, I met with GHD hair pro Lorna Moore, who was part of the official runway glam squad. She showed me how real girls can get model-inspired bombshell waves. “It’s sexy, soft, touchable hair,” she explained of the classic Victoria’s Secret look. “It seems like you can run your hands through it, and you’re not going to get stuck, ’cause there’s nothing sexy about a head of hair full of hair spray. It’s effortless hair. And that’s what encompasses sexy hair.”

To get you prepped for your hot Valentine’s Day date, keep reading to discover our bombshell waves hair DIY . Then, learn two genius tricks to preserve your style .

5-Minute Makeup Routine For Moms on the First Day of School

During the Summer months, most women wear less makeup. Sun-kissed skin often needs less coverage, and vacation days are spent lounging at pools or beaches where we don’t have to worry as much about how we look.

Before we know it, our luxurious warm-weather days come to a screeching halt, and we find ourselves back at school drop-off – or even worse . . . the bus stop. If you’re a mom, you might not want to have a full face on for those back-to-school mornings. As a mother and a working makeup artist, I have some simple hacks to get you looking fresh in a flash. Wake up just five minutes earlier to do these six easy steps and you will look glam and ready to face another school year.

Feel Balanced at Yoga With These Double Dutch French Braids

If you’re committing to better fitness habits this Summer, then you should do it with style. To help up your workout hair game, we asked celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa to create five easy braided looks that will hold your strands in place in the most eye-catching way. Bobbi Brown makeup artist Kim Soane painted the faces of our fitness blogger models, Chase Lindsay Rosen of Athleisurely and Evann Clingan of her eponymous site , using long-wear, waterproof products. Everything was photographed at the iconic Chelsea Piers , which boasts a bevy of creative sweat-inducing classes


Sarah created these double Dutch French braids on Chase that are perfect for yoga – since they are balanced and will allow you to nail that headstand. Plus, you can create them for your morning workout and then take them out before happy hour to get perfect beach waves! Keep reading to learn how to DIY this look.

Want the perfect braid for all your workouts? Head over to our Snapchat today for our workout braid guide!

18 Ways to Simplify Your Beauty Routine With Vaseline

Though we’re always obsessed with the latest and greatest beauty products, there’s a reason why some items in our routines are tried-and-true classics. One of our favorite iconic formulas is probably in the back of your medicine cabinet: Vaseline . It’s been around for 150 years for a reason – Vaseline is a multitasking miracle cream , and it’s time it got its due diligence. It’s not just meant to be used for burns, as a lip balm, and as a diaper rash! Rather, it can be relied on for a slew of time- and money-saving tricks – that will keep you hydrated from head to toe. Read on and learn beauty hacks featuring petroleum jelly.

21 Unexpected Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

There are very few beauty products that we can honestly say are cure-alls, but coconut oil comes pretty close. You can use it for everything from healing scars to moisturizing dry knees. Recently, all the talk about relying on this oil for fresh breath got us thinking: what can’t coconut oil do? The answer: mattify (and it took us a minute to come up with that one). Celebrities like Emma Stone count it among their favorite natural ingredients, and you should, too. We just stuck to the beauty applications here, but there are tons more tasks it can handle, from starting fires to losing a few pounds . So head to your local health food store, pick up a jar, and allow this list to help you get creative with coconuts.

Selena Gomez's Sexy Selfie Proves Why She's the Most-Followed Person on Instagram

If you spent a good five minutes starring at the latest Selena Gomez selfie to trend on Instagram, you weren’t alone. There’s a lot happening in the gorgeous photo – and we could not take our eyes off of the most-followed celebrity (and person!) on the social media platform.

Selena’s makeup artist Hung Vanngo shared the image above on June 4 with the caption: “Babe is in New York tonight.” In the image, we see the Hollywood It girl rocking a smoldering smoky eye and glossy nude lips created by Vanngo.

Her effortlessly chic beach waves were created by hairstylist Danielle Priano. The style – featuring loose waves and straight ends – reminds of this throwback Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen look from 2012. Though, the twins were wearing it for years before then:

Image Source: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain

Creating this look at home is pretty easy. If your hair is natural curly or wavy, let it air dry with a products like a cocktail of Ouai Curl Jelly ($26) and Sally Hershberger 24K Beach Glam Mineral Spray ($28) to give it a rope-y texture. Then use a flatiron to straighten just the bottom one to two inches of your hair, which relaxes the curls. If your hair is straight, then twist it in different directions alternating around your head with a 0.75-inch curling irons like the Beachwaver S.75 Curling Iron ($129). Leave the bottom one to two inches out of the curling iron to achieve the same effect. Finish with a texturing hairspray – our favorite is Shu Uemura Texture Wave ($39).

What makes this style even better is sleeping on it – or just having a fabulous Saturday night out. The added oils to your mane will make it look even messier and sexier.

This Golden Milk DIY Mask Is a Drink of Hydration For Your Face

Golden milk is one of the hottest buzz terms in health right now. This magical concoction has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and features a mix of turmeric , coconut milk, and sometimes coconut oil. We already know turmeric has amazing beauty benefits (for bringing down inflammation and offering antiaging elements). Coconut oil and milk have been seen “superfoods” for hair, skin, nails – you name it – thanks to their naturally hydrating abilities. So when you combine this all together, you get a DIY formula that will make you look and feel your best.

To get an exclusive skin mask DIY featuring golden milk, we asked Joanna Vargas , a celebrity esthetician and owner of her eponymous brand and spa. Joanna whipped one up for us and also explained why it’s so damn good for you: “This anti-inflammatory and hydrating face mask recipe is a treat to your skin, similar to the Ayurvedic drink golden milk being a treat to your body. It’s wonderful for anyone who has supersensitive skin, but even for normal skin types, it makes the skin look flawless.”

She also notes that not all turmerics are created equal. “Make sure you are using pure organic turmeric,” she said. “Some generic store-bought options contain dyes that can stain your skin after application. This is one ingredient where you must go organic.”

Here is what you need to create it:

DIY Golden Milk Mask
1/2 cup of coconut yogurt
1/4 tsp. organic ground turmeric
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. coconut oil

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes; rinse thoroughly with a warm washcloth, being sure to not leave any traces of the mask behind.

Why it works: “Combining coconut milk/oil with turmeric makes for an anti-inflammatory super combo,” Joanna explained. “Coconut oil is loaded with essential fatty acids to lock in moisture. Add that to its additional anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties and you have the perfect base for a face mask. Turmeric is an ancient skin care treatment and rightfully so: it also provides powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties to the skin. Both of these ingredients work simultaneously to create a flawless complexion.”

11 DIY Beauty Remedies Your Grandma Always Talked About That Actually Work

Every abuela has one: that wild concoction she whips up from ingredients in her kitchen and swears by every time you have a pimple, dry skin, unruly hair – you name it. As kids, most of us rolled our eyes and went along with it, but we’ve done a little digging, and it turns out maybe Grandma wasn’t so crazy after all. Many of those beauty recipes actually work! Warning: do try these 11 practices at home for smooth skin and silky hair – or get these beauty buys that are also grandma-approved .

1. Using mayonnaise as a deep conditioner for healthy hair.

According to hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins, this old-school method works because of the fat to protein ratio. “The oil softens the hair, making it shinier – and the protein in the eggs will make strands stronger.” He recommends applying the treatment to dry hair, and leaving it on as a mask for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo twice, and condition afterwards. But, Hawkins notes, this treatment works best for hair that isn’t fine or limp.

2. Dabbing nails in olive oil for a healthier look.

Nail expert Stephanie Stone debunked the myth (common in Dominican culture) that rubbing garlic on nails will make them strong (according to studies, it has no benefit). But, she says, applying olive oil (a popular DIY beauty ingredient in Puerto Rico) on nails and cuticles throughout the day is a great way to improve their health. “Keeping your hands and nails moisturized is key, especially if you’re trying to repair damaged nail beds. I’d also recommend applying it lightly throughout the day instead of a full on soak. But consistency is key!”

3. Coconut oil as a body moisturizer.

“This one 100% works,” says dermatologist (and Sofia Vergara’s derm!) Dendy Engelman, M.D., of coconut oil for soft skin, a popular technique in many Latin American countries. “Coconut oil is mostly made up of saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids, which help repair the skin barrier, trap water to hydrate skin, and also reduce inflammation. And recent studies show it’s also a great treatment for eczema.”

4. Adding honey to hair conditioner for softer tresses.

A custom common in Caribbean Latin America, honey is a natural moisturizer, which Hawkins says does work to help rehydrate your locks. And using unprocessed honey will give you an extra bonus: it’s full of enzymes that will help create a healthy scalp and prevent dandruff.

5. Agua maravilla to fight blemishes.

Also known as witch hazel, this is common in many Latino families, especially from Puerto Rican and Dominican backgrounds. Engelman says it works because the mixture contains anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial properties. Engelman also recommends Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Towelettes ($6) to control blemishes and calm bug bites.

6. Washing hair with Coca-Cola for shine.

This is a long-time favorite technique among not just Latino families, but celebrities like Suki Waterhouse . Hairstylist Nunzio Saviano gives this traditional trick the thumbs up: “The acidity closes the hair cuticle, which makes it look healthy and shiny. But be careful: the sugar can leave your hair sticky, so you might need to rinse it out quickly. Apple cider vinegar is an alternative that might not be as messy!”

7. Beach sand as a skin exfoliant.

“Sand is essentially finely granulated rocks, so it’s perfect to remove excess dry skin cells,” Engelman says. “But because it’s so abrasive, I’d only recommend you use it to exfoliate feet. It might be too harsh for other parts of your body.”

8. Manzanilla grisi shampoo to lighten hair.

Saviano says that this traditionally Mexican and South American product – which contains Flor de Manzanilla and claims to both wash and lighten hair – does work, but he would use it sparingly. “This will maintain your tone and even lighten it at times, but if you use it too much, your color might become dull or even fade.”

9. Grape skin paste for glowing skin.

Grapes are a gold mine, says Engelman. “They’ll have a brightening effect over time because they contain vitamins B6, C, and A, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, selenium, and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and remove toxins from the skin.”

10. Sugar and lemon juice as an antiaging exfoliant.

According to Engelman, the sugar crystals act as an exfoliator, sloughing away dead skin, while the lemon juice helps peel away dead skin cells because of their content of alpha hydroxy acid (which is found in many antiaging treatments). Exfoliating is important, Engelman says, “because as we age, our skin doesn’t shed as effectively. Plus, getting rid of dead cells helps your moisturizers penetrate better.”

11. Avocado for healthy cuticles.

“Actually, rubbing avocado oil on cuticles is more effective than actual avocado,” says Stone. But good news for avocado lovers: “Avocados in a healthy, balanced diet will help you see overall improvement in your hair, skin, and nails, too.” Bring on the guacamole!


3 Kitchen Staples That'll Transform Your Beauty Routine

The following post was originally featured on HipLatina .

A well-stocked pantry isn’t just a plentiful source of delicious and healthy meals – it’s an endless supply of at-home, do-it-yourself beauty that won’t break the bank. Here are a few ways to produce your own concoctions in su cocina, one pantry ingredient at a time.

Blizzard Beauty: 9 Products to Transform a Snow Day Into a Spa Day

Despite the ludicrous wind chill and icy streets, we’re sitting pretty. How, you ask? Well, we’re staying home! We’re bypassing the serious stress of Winter (challenging travel conditions, hours of shoveling, and interminably cold feet) via an at-home spa day. Even if you’re not snowed in, stay in with us! Treat yourself – you and your dry, tired skin have earned it.

Renew Your Hungover Holiday Skin With This DIY Egg White Face Mask 

After you’ve partied and gotten glammed up for the holidays, there’s no better way to relax and refresh than a DIY face mask. If your skin is on the oily side, a night of Champagne and dancing often shows up in a greasy glare, resulting in clogged pores and possibly leading to breakouts. To keep your skin radiant and poreless, you really don’t have to look any further than your refrigerator. You can whip up this easy remedy from 7 Beauty Tips for healthy postholiday skin using only two items from your kitchen. Here’s how:

5 Unexpected, Brilliant New Ways to Use Your Clarisonic Brush

If you’ve only ever used your Clarisonic brush to cleanse your face, then you’ve been missing out. The launch of the Smart Profile ($265) device has made the Clarisonic fit for body and feet, too. All with the same handle! We spoke with the brand cofounder Dr. Robb Akridge to get new ideas on how to use your classic cleansing tool.

RELATED: Stop, No! 10 Ways You’re Using Your Clarisonic Totally Wrong

1. Longwear Makeup Removal

Drop the wipes. You can use your Clarisonic to remove your foundation and eye makeup. First coat your face in an oil cleanser like Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Oil Cleanser ($42) and then use your brush to remove all the makeup. You don’t want to pour any oil-based product directly onto the brush head or it will drip down into the bristles. Also make sure to cleanse the Clarisonic with shampoo or soap afterwards.

2. Self-Tanner Solution

While you’re not supposed to use a physical exfoliant with the Clarisonic on your face, you can get away with the extra scrubbing power on your body. Make sure to select a scrub with fine granules (like sugar or salt based ones). Use the body brush to massage the exfoliant into your skin from the neck down. Using the skin care tool before using self-tanner is the best way to get a streak-free tan.

3. DIY Pedicure Tool

OK, this tip comes with one caveat. You’ve got to have the right pedicure attachment ($32). Please don’t put the same tool you use on your face on your toes (gross)! Using the smart head gives the handle an extra boost of power to get rid of calluses and dead skin.

4. Multimask Removal

Whenever we use a mask, there’s always a smear of clay left behind the ears (doh!). Use your Clarisonic to get every little bit off. Wet the brush and run through the regular four-step cycle to remove every trace of your skin care treatment.

5. Matte Lipstick Pretreatment

Fine-tuning your Clarisonic to fit into small spaces is the best way to get more uses out of a singular device. You can remove the outer ring in the classic brush to get a concentrated exfoliation or click in a premium attachment like the Satin Precision Contour Brush Head ($30). Scrub your pout with the smaller brush head before applying your favorite matte lip color. It will help the lip color go on smoother without settling into ridges.

12 Beauty Uses For Baking Soda and 1 You Should Never Try

Our box of baking soda has been lurking somewhere in the back of the fridge for months. But now we know the Arm & Hammer belongs in a place of honor in the bathroom. Sodium bicarbonate isn’t just for cleaning the oven and curbing kitchen odors. This white powder also has amazing beauty benefits. Just like coconut oil and olive oil , you can use it from hair to toenails. You can even gargle with baking soda for fresher breath and healthier teeth. Keep reading to learn all the ways to incorporate baking soda into your daily beauty routine and one rumored remedy to completely avoid.

Skin Care Experts Reveal Their At-Home DIY Beauty Recipes

Sun. Stress. Sleep deprivation. The list of things wreaking havoc on your skin on the daily goes on – especially since cold weather and holiday season is here. Whether you’re in need of some brightening (lemon peels, anyone?), bronzing (bring on the henna!), or bump-soothing (eggs are wonderful in more than your morning omelette), many beauty experts suggest looking into your own pantry . There, you’ll discover healthy, convenient, and often cost-efficient solutions to some of your most common beauty gripes. Behold, some of their tried-and-true, tasty recipes that you can whip up to get gorgeous skin!

Want Better Skin and Hair? Grab the Champagne

We recently learned that Champagne can help with memory loss , which is an amazing benefit to drinking some bubbly. Turns out, there are plenty of other benefits the beverage has to offer, including better skin and gorgeous hair! Use it to clarify your skin like a toner; add it to your hair for a fuller, shinier mane; or incorporate it into a DIY clay mask for a weekly detox treatment. Check out all the uses and let us know your favorite thing to do with Champagne in the comments – outside of drinking it, of course!

On Kirbie: Rebecca Taylor dress.