I, having been in the fashion and beauty industry, for almost 13 years so far, have been fortunate enough to have seen and tried just about every product ever created! Being in this industry also gives me the inside edge on tips and tricks that aren't often publicized. Some of the best beauty products I've ever tried, have come from my own kitchen! I have been given this advice over the years from colleagues, clients, and friends in this industry as well. Here's a list of some of my tried and true favorite homemade beauty products. Try one or try em all and you will see and feel the difference between these and mass-produced products. (Truthfully, there isn't a difference. Well, except price.)
Honey Face Scrub: Put 2 tbsp of almonds in a blender or food processor and grind them up finely. Then add 1/2 tsp of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of flour, and 2 tsp. of milk. Mix well until you have a thick paste. Massage gently onto skin, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with warm water and pat face to dry! This scrub is ideal for use 2 to 3 times a week to slough away dead skin cells and restore baby soft skin!
Lemon Toner: Lemon juice acts as a natural astringent and this toner provides a tingly and invigorating balance for your skin. It is really strong, so it's important to dilute it with water. Mix 1/2 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of distilled water, and 2/3 cup of witch hazel (found at health food stores and is GREAT to help combination or oily/acne prone skintones achieve balance and reduce shine). Pour concoction into a clean bottle. Shake well before each use. Apply with a cotton ball twice daily, after cleansing your face with your usual cleanser.
Aromatherapy Bath Salts: These luxurious bath salts will instantly transform your bath to a divinely relaxing experience. Start with 2 cups of epsom salts (found at any retailer or drug store) and add a few drops of aromatherapy oil (lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, vanilla, etc) in a jar. Mix or shake thoroughly. Then add 1/2 a cup of baking soda and shake the jar again. Add a handful of salts to bath and enjoy. Store salts in an airtight container when not in use.
Body Sparkle: No need to buy those blingy powders for your nighttime excursions (or to sahow off that new tan of yours). Make your own! Just mix plain cornstarch with some extra-fine craft glitter, which can be found at craft stores. Put it in a sugar or salt shaker so you can shake out just a little at a time, or buy some empty sifter containers, and take some with you on the go!
Totally Kissable Lipgloss: Mix together 1 tsp of petroleum jelly and 1 tsp of aloe vera gel. For a tasty twist, add a few drops of vanilla extract in the mix. Put the gloss into a small portable container and you are ready for a night on the town!
These are so easy, and so inexpensive, that you may want to share the secrets with everyone. Or, you may want to be a little stingy and share with no one. Just keep em guessing on your beauty secrets. One thing is for sure, you will be smokin hot when going out for a night on the town, or on that upcoming date!