I am a strong believer that following standard beauty rules is too boring. Instead, I like to mix both expensive and drugstore beauty products in order to achieve the results that I need. I also do not mind using some homemade beauty solutions. Today at the Midweek Beauty series I will share with you my favorite DIY skin care recipes that I use all the time.
#1: Get smooth kissable lips overnight
There are many expensive beauty products that promise to make your lips smooth and soft, but for me the best lip therapy product is petroleum jelly. I apply it every night and wake up with soft and healed lips. Petrolatum (another name for petroleum jelly) works even over the most severe winters. I noticed that many people avoid using petroleum jelly because it is cheap and not organic, but I see more benefits in this product than drawbacks and do not plan to stop using it. By the way, recently Vaseline came out with the new package design, and now it is more convenient to keep this proven chapped lips remedy in your bag. I also like the fact that these new mini-packages of petrolatum also adds some pink color to your lips.
- Lip Service: How to Cure Chapped, Dry Lips by Lauren Conrad
- Natural Lip Scrub – Cure for Chapped Lips by Adrienne from Whole New Mom
- DIY Lip Balm Recipe by Michelle Phan
#2: Let your skin glow
I will never stop emphasizing how important it is to exfoliate your skin regularly (read more about my exfoliating schedule here). In my opinion, scrubs and peelings are necessities that every girl can (and must!) afford time for – especially, if we are talking about such an inexpensive home remedy as my favorite coffee scrub. The scrub is very easy to prepare, and it makes miracles with your skin. Next time you are drinking coffee at home save some ground coffee beans. Combine two tablespoons of coffee with two tablespoons of body oil (I prefer avocado or Shea butter oils) and a teaspoon of shampoo — and your DIY coffee scrub is ready.
- Citrus Coffee Body Scrub by Mckel from Nutrition Stripped
- Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe by Angie from Seven Clown Circus
- Coconut Coffee Body Scrub by Brigette from Free People
#3: Restore your heels with Cetaphil compress
If my heels get rough after wearing flip-flops and exploring sandy beaches, I always use the following overnight cracked heels treatment that my grandmother taught me. First, wash your feet in warm water and wipe them dry. Then, apply a thick layer of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream or any other thick moisturizer that you like. Finally, cover each of your feet with plastic wrap and then put in socks. You will achieve the best result if you keep your Cetaphil compress overnight, but even a half an hour treatment will make a difference.
- 18 DIY Home Remedies for Cracked Heels by Home Remedies For Life
- How To Heal Cracked Heels by Natural Beauty Tips
- DIY: Foot Scrub for Soft Heels by Rosemary from Just Fab Blog
#4: Remove excess oil from your skin…at Starbucks
I found this beauty trick at Andrea Pomerantz Lustig’s book How To Look Expensive and never stopped using it. As Andrea correctly mentioned in her book, there is something special about Starbucks paper napkins that makes them a perfect excess oil removing tool. Try this simple trick next time you are buying your coffee, and you will never go back to your blotting papers. Honestly, these Starbucks napkins are truly magical!
- Caring For Oily Skin by Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog
- Stop. Smearing. Cream. On. Your. Face. The Top Natural Acne Home Remedies by Kimberly Snyder
- Ask Lauren: Help! I Have Oily Skin by Lauren Conrad
#5: Master your manicure skills
Even if you are the most sloppy nail painter, you would be able to make your nails look good if you follow my easy nail coloring tip. Next time you apply nail polish, do not try to be too careful and not to color skin around the nail. Instead, apply your nail polish as slatternly as you wish and wait until your nails are dry (I prefer to use hair dryer). Then wash your hands in warm water: the excess nail polish around the nail plate will easily come off on its own. This little trick will allow you to fix all nail painting imperfections without touching any nail polish remover.
- 10 Minute Manicure by Emily Schuman, Cupcakes and Cashmere
- How To Give Yourself a Manicure by Nailed It
- 7 Steps to a DIY Manicure & Pedicure at Home by The EveryGirl
These were my top five home remedies that I regularly use to take care of my skin and nails. I wonder if you can add any DIY beauty tricks to this list? Please share your skin care recipes and do not forget to participate at my Starbucks giveaway.
Photos by Vital Agibalow