• Homemade Makeup Remover

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    There are plenty of makeup removers out there to choose from. But why buy when you can DIY?! This homemade makeup remover uses a recycled bottle, is perfect for sensitive skin and requires only two natural ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil is similar to the oil your skin naturally produces. It won’t clog pores nor dry out your skin. Aloe vera water is high in amino acids and vitamins. Aloe has been used for centuries to heal wounds and calm skin. It’s also magically moisturizing! Let’s get started . . . . .


    INGREDIENTS

    extra virgin olive oil
    aloe vera juice

    TOOLS
    used, cleaned 8oz bottle
    (Water or beauty product bottles work well. You can also use a fancy glass bottle if that’s your thing!)

    INSTRUCTIONS
    Pour a scant ½ cup of olive oil in your bottle. Fill remainder with aloe vera juice (or filtered water if you need). Now Shake Shake Shake! (Ever heard that phrase, “They are like oil and water”? Well, these two ingredients won’t mix on their own. They need a good, violent shake. Make sure the lid is on tight!)

    USE
    Soak a cotton ball/pad with your homemade remover and gently press onto the eye area. Hold for ten seconds to break-up the makeup. Wipe away gently. It is important to use extra care when removing eye make-up; a light touch is all you need. Continue this process until all makeup is removed and your cotton wipes clean.


    What other DIY beauty products would you like to make?

  • Growing out your Bangs


    You took the plunge a few months ago and decided to go for a bang. It was a fun change and great for those colder months but now you’re tired of blowing them out and the maintenance of regular trims to keep them wearable. Oh what to do in that awkward grow out stage?! It can be a challenge to be patient enough to get your bangs to grow past your forehead to your cheek and then to your chin. Danielle shows you in this video how these three styles help make the grow out process look stylish with just a few simple tricks even if you do fancy keeping your fringe.

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  • Girl on the Go

    My favorite go to look is always effortless, fun, and the oh so important word COMFY! LA weather has been hot and humid, so wearing clothes that are breathable and loose is vital, but at the same time I still want to wear things that are figure flattering!

    My go-to’s right now are long, thin maxi dresses, black Birkenstocks, big sunglasses, an even bigger hat, and a big Mary Poppins bag.

    At night I switch out my sandals for some cute boots, ditch the hat and sunglasses, and add a cute leather jacket. Voila- easy day-to-night outfit.

    Makeup wise, keep it simple- a cheek/lip combo and a little mascara are all you need.

    What are some of your go to outfits in your wardrobe? What lipcolor can you not live without?!
    More inspiration on my pinterest board!

  • Energy Drink Recipe

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    With my hectic work schedule, I often find myself super exhausted and low on energy. For years, coffee has been my go-to for energy (I love a good cup!), but as we all know, caffeine crashes can be brutal. Luckily, I’ve come across some great substitutes for coffee that leave me feeling refreshed and energized, even when I’m running on empty.

    Revitalize Your Body

    Many people tend to reach for sugar and caffeine when they’re feeling run-down. Being on set, it’s easy to reach for a handful of M&M’s or drink coffee like your life depends on it, and believe you me, I have done so many times.  A couple of years ago, I started making this healthy, energizing drink, and now a day doesn’t go by where I don’t start my morning with it. I usually have some with me on set as well- it’s a great mid-afternoon pick me up.

    BEAUTY ELIXIR
    2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Braggs)
    A squeeze of lime
    Some honey
    8 oz. of sparkling mineral water (Low Sodium)

    BENEFITS
    • Potassium – helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss, runny noses
    • Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol
    • Malic Acid – gives properties of being anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
    • Calcium – helps create strong bones and teeth
    • Ash – gives its alkaline property; aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels
    • Acetic Acid – slows the digestion of starch; helps to lower the rise in glucose after meals

    USES
    • natural remedy for heartburn; replacement for toxic heartburn medications
    • improve bowel irregularity; removing toxins from the body at a faster rate
    • helps curb sugar cravings
    • helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes; gives a smoother texture and complexion
    • helps with joint pain and stiffness
    • helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them
    • helps reduce levels of glucose

    If you don’t think the elixir is for you, check out my beauty tea. It’s super delicious, has lots of health and beauty benefits, and the proceeds go to Two Wings, which uses education, mentoring and life coaching to empower at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking in achieving their dreams in the greater Southern California region.

    Get Excited About Exercise

    When you’re feeling tired, the last thing you want to think about is exercising. The truth of the matter, however, is that exercise is one of the best things you can do to combat sluggishness. Take a short walk, spend 15 minutes doing yoga poses, jump rope for 10 minutes- you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get the benefits that come with getting your blood pumping. Find something you like to do, and stick with it. Reward yourself with a nice cup of sparkling elixir and let yourself splurge on a cute exercise outfit. Here are some of my favorites:

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