Monday, August 29, 2011

Beauty Uses for Sea Salt | $1 Beauty Buy

Sea salt has been used for centuries in a variety of ways.   My favorite uses are in the department of personal care.  It is the ultimate economic beauty buy.  Here is why...
  • Purchasable for $1 at the Dollar Tree.
  • Add a 1/2 cup to running bath water for a softening soak.  Add scented oil for Aromatherapy. 
  • Dissolve 1 tsp sea salt in a pint of hot water, soak cosmetic pads. Apply pads on eyes to reduce puffiness.
  • Make an exfoliant for dry winter hands or summer feet.  ½ cup sea salt and ¼ cup oil. 
Baby oil, massage oil or body wash will do to mix your sea salt scrub.  Vitamin E oil, known for its positive effects in skin care, is an inexpensive luxury that can be found for around $2 dollars at discount stores..

    In addition to the above beauty resources I am loving sea salt in the following ways...

    cleaning the coffee pot
    scouring greasy cast iron and stone ware
    as an antiseptic mouth rinse
    keeping flowers fresh
    flavoring food deliciously 

    Gotta love a multipurpose product.  How are you using sea salt?

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    MoD MaNiCuRe

    Now more than ever manicures are more of an accessory then a simple polish job.  One of my favorite trends is color blocking.  I love era fashion and this is so reminiscent of the mod sixties style. 

    For pro manicures always...
    • moisturize hands and cuticles before polishing wipe with polish remover so polish will adhere
    • trim or file nails neatly
    • apply a base coat
    • wait a couple minutes between coats of color
    • finish off with a shiny top coat
    To dry your manicure instantly stick freshly polished nails into a bowl of ice water for 45 seconds, completely free and a time saver!

    Pricey polish does produce some great manicures but many savvy brands can do just the same with proper technique and reliable base and top coats.  Read my post on DIY manicures for more tips.    

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Serve Summer Favorites with Fresh Fall Staples

    Serve Summer Favorites with Fresh Fall Staples

    Serve Summer Favorites with Fresh Fall Staples by amariebeauty

     Transition from summer to fall without busting the budget.  Pair some summer faves with a few new pieces instead of rushing out and racking up the bill with an entire new wardrobe.  Grab a summer dress from your closet, add tights and a blazer to keep warm and move into the fall season.
    Make the most of your transitional items.  Pair tights with shorts or mini's and wear with flats, over the knee boots or casual sneakers.  The blazer is a staple piece for all seasons and pulls outfits together effortlessly.  Dress up casual wear or dress down something glitz in your blazer.

    Tube dress
    $40 -

    Totally Suitable Blazer
    $52 -

    Striped tight
    $16 -

    Forever21 flat boots
    $30 -

    Lipclick Full Color Lipstick
    $10 -

    On The Dot
    $15 -

    Nailed It
    $7 -