Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DIY GLAMGLOW FACE MASK!!!!

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Yes people, you read it right, there is finally a DIY recipe for the highly coveted GLAMGLOW face mask. If you haven't read about it online or in magazines yet, beauty critics all over are raving about this cleansing face mask. Just do a quick Google search or read the reviews on Sephora.com to find out what everyone is saying!

So first off, let's clarify the different types of masks.

1. GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD - this is the original tingling mask made to cleanse, exfoliate, refresh, and brighten up maturing skin. It comes in a black container and some of the key ingredients are clay, pumice rock, and green tea. $70 for 1.7 oz!!!

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2. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD - this version was created more recently for younger skin to target common problems such as acne, clogged pores, scarring, discoloration, etc. This one comes in a white container and the key ingredients are charcoal, clay, eucalyptus, and some acids such as salicylic and glycolic acid. $70 for 1.2 oz!!!

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This DIY is for the super-mud mask, keep on reading for some options on the youthmud mask. Not only is this mask wayyyyyyyy cheaper, it is also less harsh and less drying than the original. Plus, you don't have to worry about any sketchy ingredients.


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DIRECTIONS:
  • Preparation:
    • Seep 1 chamomile tea bag in about 4 oz of hot water and let it sit.
    • Melt coconut oil (I used Spectrum Virgin Unrefined) into liquid.
  • In a bowl combine all of the ingredients except the tea and whisk together.
    • I recommend using Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay.
    • You can find Activated Charcoal in any store in the vitamin section. Cut the capsules in half and dump the charcoal powder into the bowl.
    • At this point you can add any of the optional boosts as well
  • Slowly begin to add the cooled tea and continue to whisk until you get the correct creamy texture (I used 3-4 oz).
  • Spoon mixture into a glass container and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour.
DIY GlamGlow // The Twisted Horn

READY TO USE!


UPDATE: 

Store in a cool dark place or preferably in the fridge if you don't plan on using it within 1 month or if the temperature in your house is fairly warm. 

I was going to try to make a DIY version of the Youthmud mask, but after trying out the real thing, I decided against it. While it did make my skin look bright and clean, the pumice was way too harsh, the giant pieces of green tea leaf stuck to your face were a bit ridiculous, and it was extremely drying. 

If you're looking for a substitution for the Youthmud mask I here are two options:

1. I highly recommend Philosophy Microdelivery Exfloiating Wash. Follow with Alba Aloe & Green Tea Moisturizer to get the green tea benefits. 

2. Follow my recipe for the Supermud mask, but swap green tea for chamomile and add 2 tbs brown sugar (though this may make it mold quicker so be sure to use it up and store in the fridge), and use 3 drop chamomile essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil instead of the ones listed. 


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Monday, January 27, 2014

A Few of My Drugstore Favorites

I love experimenting and trying new products, what I don’t love is spending money on a bunch of stuff I didn't like and will never use again. So I have come up with a small, yet selective, group of drugstore items that I love. I use them in my daily routine and they do not fail me! If you've been thinking about trying some new products here are some great options:


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CoverGirl Classic Color Blush has long lasting power and a tiny bit of shimmer to hide any imperfections and it photographs well too. This isn't one of those blushes that you need to layer to get saturated color either, it's a one and done deal.

Cover Girl Ink It Pencil Liner in cocoa is my go to everyday liner. This liner has been met with some criticism (like that the twist mechanism breaks); however, the actual product is really great. It goes on as smooth as liquid liner but still has the capabilities to blend. Once it’s on it doesn't smudge and lasts through the day, even when my eyelids get oily!

 Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner in black is one of my favs. It goes on dark the first time around (no double lining necessary!) and the applicator makes it super easy to get the perfect cat eye. It dries fast and lasts all day.

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover is the best drug store eye makeup remover I have tried. I prefer using it on a round cotton pad as opposed to a cotton ball; it’s gentler on my eyes. Once I apply the remover to the pad I hold it on my eye for a few seconds and then wipe down. The only other thing I recommend with this process is washing your face right after, since it does leave some residue on your eyes. I usually do this right before bed so washing my face is the next step for me anyways. If you just want to remove or clean up make up during the day, simply use a cotton swab.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara definitely lengthens your lashes. It’s easy to layer and doesn't clump. I usually apply a light coat, let it dry, curl my lashes, and then reapply a second coat. The curl lasts way longer that way. The second coat adds volume, but again this is definitely more of a lengthening mascara.


What drug store products do you swear by?


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Secret to Scoring Designer Duds on the Cheap

People assume I spend a lot of money on clothes because I wear designer brands, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I try to make sure my key pieces are always brand name, like my denim collection, which is worth over a thousand dollars (but of course I only paid a tiny fraction of that). Keep reading for all of my secrets to owning designer pieces on a shopping mall budget!

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1. Educate Yourself

This may sound silly, but the most important thing is to know about brands, pricing, and quality. When browsing through discount stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and thrift stores, it is important to be able to spot a high quality item. You should also know if the discounted price is fair or not. With newer or less known designers, stores like TJ Maxx often price items way too low (yay for me), but with big name brands the prices are sometimes more than I'm willing to pay (wait for it to go on clearance).

Recognizing brands helped me score these BRAND NEW Sam Edelman leopard sandals (as seen on the Kardashians) for $4 from Goodwill (original price $65)!

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2. Know Your Size, Then Ignore It

Designer sizing can be a bit crazy, so I definitely recommend going to a high-end store, like Saks or Bloomingdale's, and trying on shoes and pants from a wide range of designers. There are always great deals to be had on Ebay, but you can't return items so you better know exactly how a brand is going to fit you.

Almost all of my jeans are from Ebay. Two of my favorites are my Rag&Bone ankle skimmers (paid $90, orig $180-$220) and my 7 for all mankind boyfriend jeans (paid $40, orig $190). P.S. Rag&Bone jeans rarely go on sale, so if you see a deal, grab it!

Cheap Designer Clothes // The Twisted Horn

I'm kicking myself for not knowing my shoe size in Prada!!! VAUNTE.com (editors, designers, and even celebs resell their designer clothes for a fraction of the cost) had peep toe Prada pumps for $70 (retail $500- $650) in excellent condition. I heard Prada shoes run big so I didn't want to take the risk, but I will definitely be trying on some shoes in the near future, so I don't miss out next time!

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Now that I'm done drilling you about size, I need you to throw it out the window. While I know what size I wear in most brands, if I see something I like in person, I try it on regardless of the size. I have clothes ranging from xxs to large and they all fit great. You never know, so just try it on!!!


3. Make Everything a Shopping Opportunity 

Whenever you are in a store, it doesn't hurt to browse. You never know what you can find in thrift stores and even major chain stores that you may think have nothing you would like. I am ALWAYS on the lookout and I'm pretty sure I can find something cute in any store you put me in. I was at a wacky-thrift-costume shop looking for something for a costume party and spotted this Rachel Zoe faux fur vest (sold out). Original price $100, I got it for $30!

I love the length and the cut!

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4. Shop Online (and not just your usual stores!) 

The Google Shopping tab should be your new best friend. You guys already know I use Ebay a lot, but I also randomly search the internet for bargains as well. I usually find out the name of the item I want and then Google it to make sure I'm getting the lowest price. When shopping online, I always try to find coupon codes and free shipping to add to my savings. I also always register with new online shops to get the first time buyer 15% - 20% discount (you can always unsubscribe to the emails after).

One of my favorite online shops for discounted brand new designer clothes is 6pm.com. It might be hard to find your size, but if you are lucky enough you can score a great deal. I got my favorite 7 for all mankind coated black skinny jeans for $70 (now $129 boo) original price $198.

Cheap Designer Clothes // The Twisted Horn



5. Check and Double Check Prices

My unofficial family job is "the price scanner". I loooove going to stores that have price scanners and checking the price of everything I like. You would be shocked how often clothes are marked incorrectly. ALWAYS SCAN.

Also be sure to check the price of things you see on Pinterest, blogs, etc. Whenever I see a cute outfit on Pinterest I track down the items to check out the prices. It is surprising how many outfits are mixes of high/low items, so it's worth it to check if what you like is super affordable. I snagged both of these finds from sheinside.com, which I would have never found if I didn't research the pinned outfit.


Cheap Designer Clothes // The Twisted Horn


Cheap Designer Clothes // The Twisted Horn


It definitely takes some work, but I promise it will become second nature to you. I hope these tips will help you discover that you don't need a million bucks to look like a million bucks!

HAPPY SHOPPING!


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Suits Me

At some point everyone will need a suit. The thing about suits is that most seem to be geared for my mom (no offense, Mom!!). The pants NEVER fit right and the blazers have shoulder pads that are reminiscent of the 80's. In my quest for a professional outfit I must have tried on every suit ever created. But at last my quest was successful (after many, many weekends of searching)! 

THE PERFECT SUIT



source: H&M

I love this suit so very much. The fit is like no other. The fabric has some stretch which makes it pretty forgiving and the best part is the pants are mid-rise. This may not seem like a big deal but to anyone that has ever had a pooch belly, it is.  Another plus is that you can purchase the coordinating blazer separate in a different size, like I did. While this suit may not work for an interview at a conservative company, it is definitely appropriate for the office and multifunctional, not to mention extremely affordable.


To show you just how functional this suit is, I have come up with three different ways to wear it.

H&M Suit: To Work

top//shoes//bag - Target ($20, $24, $30)
bib necklace - Windsorstore ($11)
chain necklace - ASOS ($48)
Anne Klein watch - Nordstrom ($90)




H&M Suit: Weekend



sweater - Forever 21($16)
shoes - ASOS ($46)
necklace - Swell Caroline ($32)
bag - Shirise ($180)
watch - Marc Jacobs ($175)
glasses - Sole Society ($24)


H&M Suit: Going Out

dress//shoes - ASOS
clutch - Bluefly.com ($25)
Earrings - Forever21 ($4.80)
top - H&M
necklace - LORISSHOES ($73)
lipstick - NARS Fire Down Below ($26)




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Monday, January 13, 2014

How to Remove Acrylic Nails or Gel Polish at Home

Grown out acrylic nails/gel polish is not pretty – we all know it - but I’m not about to pay someone to dunk my fingertips in acetone and then chip away at the nail with no regard for my pain threshold. It’s not only cheaper to do it yourself, but safer and less messy. Keep reading for the details on how-to!


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If you are just looking to remove gel polish skip to step 3. For acrylic nails follow the instructions below. You probably want to do this in a well ventilated area since we are working with pure acetone here.


Step 1. Remove polish (acetone or non-acetone polish remover is fine for this step).

Step 2. Use a nail file to file down the top layer of glue. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO FILE DOWN YOUR ACTUAL NAIL. We are just trying to break up the top layer here, not grind it all off.

Step 3. Wash and dry hands. Prep the edges and bottoms of fingertips with Vaseline or coconut oil being careful not to get it on the nail. This will protect the skin around the nail from the acetone.

Step 4. Soak a cotton ball with PURE ACETONE and plop it on top on the nail.

Step 5. Wrap the tip of the finger, including the cotton ball, with foil and secure to finger with a rubber band or tape.

Repeat steps 4 & 5 for all fingers (or toes).




Step 6. Wait 15-20 minutes for gel polish or 30-40 minutes for acrylics. You probably can’t be super productive here for obvious reasons.

Step 7. Take off foil and use cotton ball to wipe off anymore glue/polish. You can also use one of those wooden nail sticks to scrape off the glue. If there is still a ton on there that won't come off, file gently and wipe with an acetone soaked cotton ball. Keep repeating until it is all gone.

Step 8. Gently buff the nail to remove any excess gunk left behind and create a smooth surface.




Step 9. Wash hands and finish off with lotion or oil (I used vitamin E oil). VoilĂ , removed acrylics with minimal damage!






Tips:

  • The longer you leave the cotton ball/foil on the easier everything will come off. I started wiping mine after 30 minutes and still had some trouble, but by the time I got to my pinky it came off in one clean sweep.
  • Do one hand at a time. This will double the over all time, but will make it way easier to do other things. This way you will have one free hand to work on the foiled hand.
  • If your nails look a bit discolored or weak, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and wipe each nail. This will get them looking healthy again. 

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Look for Less: Hanging Rope Mirror

By now we have all seen Restoration Hardware's rope and iron hanging mirror and all of the many similar options sold in stores nationwide, but even the cost of the copycat versions is more than I am willing to pay. I have seen a few DIYs on this as well, but I have yet to find one as cheap and easy as this one.



Restoration Hardware Mirror: $650





DIY Version: $39


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HOW TO DO IT:


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1. Buy Threshold mirror from Target.



2. Buy manila rope from Home Depot (3/8 in. and you will probably only need about 2-3 ft.).



3. Hang mirror knob where you want it.



4. Cut off pleather (sorry Target but there is no fooling anyone that this is leather) strap from mirror.



5. Tie desired length of rope onto mirror through loops and double knot!




FINISHED!


This seriously only takes about 10 minutes total and for under $40 you can't complain about the price. The mirror and knob are obviously much cheaper quality than the RH one, but unless you get up real close, you can't tell just by looking at it. One thing to note is that this mirror is much smaller than the RH one, but I actually think that makes it more usable around the house. Enjoy!


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