Friday Finds #22

It's a beautiful Friday! The temperature has been hovering in the mid 40s for the past few days and I am personally heading into the weekend with some exciting news: I just booked my 27th (!!!!) wedding for the 2015 year and got my hands on the latest Spring 2015 issue of Sweet Paul Magazine which has a photo of mine in it! See below:

Anyway, with this exciting personal news I also found some pretty cool and exciting things over the past week for all of you to check out so you can start your weekend off right!

With Spring around the corner I'm itching to fill my apartment with house plants. The only problem is I can never keep any alive! Thankfully Design*Sponge has a new How To guide on saving house plants and saving money that's worth checking out.

Yesterday my friend and I made these Cinnamon Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are delicious!

I am a huge fan of long cardigan sweaters and this Stratus Sweater Duster from Anthropologie is not only super cute, it's also on sale!

For Yogis: The Little Book of Yoga, available at Terrain.

For Pi Day tomorrow (3.14) why not take a shot at making this delicious Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart? It's gluten-free, grain-free and vegan!

This brownstone tea towel, available online at Fort Orange General Store in Albany, NY is adorable! Perfect for any city dwellers who want a piece of home in their own home! Bonus: it's currently on sale!

Earlier this week I posted a DIY Bronzer and Blush guide as I spent the month of February learning homemade beauty tips and tricks. If you missed it check it out here

2015 February Goal Recap: Homemade Beauty Products

For my 2015 February monthly goal I decided to take a crack at making my own beauty products! I had seen several DIY posts from various blogs over the years about making homemade bronzers and blushes with items that you can find in your kitchen pantry. What intrigued me most was being able to know what's in your makeup as opposed to having a lack of knowledge on the ingredients that huge makeup companies and major manufacturers use in theirs. Perhaps it's all the same process, but that is something that you can't know for sure. Knowing what's in my makeup, and the amount of money that is saved by making my own really appealed to me!

While I was interested in trying to create some liquid and cream based makeups from products like shea butter and coconut oil I decided it would be smart to start with the more basic, powder based products. I did this first not only to see if I liked it and if it was well suited for my skincare needs, but also because I had never tried anything like this before! Yes, I've done an avocado skin mask or two in the past, and sure, I spend most of my free time in the kitchen, but making beauty products was a brand new concept to me.

First, I made my own loose bronzing powder. I started off by looking at these DIY bronzer posts from Free People and Thank Your Body. Each blog had a recipe that varied slightly, but the overall concept was the same. I supposed using the word recipe isn't fair - these DIY makeup tutorials are actually just guides that you adjust to fit to your beauty needs. There really is no right or wrong way to do it, but if you prefer a loose powder bronzer then this homemade bronzer guide is for you! 

What You Need:

  • cocoa powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • ground ginger (for shine/glow, optional)

Start off with the bronzing elements of your base. In this case, the cocoa powder and the cinnamon. Then, add arrowroot powder or cornstarch to lighten the bronzing blend to accommodate your skin tone. Add ground ginger for a healthy shine!

Next, I made a homemade blush. Homemade blush requires the use of beet powder. If you enjoy juicing you know how stunningly bright pink a beet becomes when juiced. In powder form it has the same gorgeous color and that is the perfect blush base. In this Live Simply DIY blush guide they include an essential oil in order to give it some "stick." In this case they use lavender, however I gave it a go without any essential oils. While the results were probably not as good as they could have been I was still happy with the outcome. 

What You Need:

  • beet powder
  • ground ginger
  • arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Start off with a large quantity of beet powder. Add cornstarch to lighten to desired shade of pink, and add ground ginger to add a slight natural glow.

The best part about creating your own makeup is the ability to perfect it to your personal skin tone and needs and adjusting the recipes as needed. Of course, I had to do a test run! I started with my usual makeup routine, beginning with some Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream as my base. I then applied my homemade bronzer and blush and finished up with my usual products: Sephora Classic Felt Eye Liner for a cat eye look, Maybelline Volum'Express The Rocket Mascara to extend and darken my lashes, and finally I filled in my brows with a simple brow pencil. I then applied some Sephora Color Lip Last in Brown is Back! and voila! My makeup was all finished. The results...

I love the smooth finish that the bronzer has when applied on top of the Dream Fresh BB Cream. It felt good and light on my face, and love the shine that the ginger in the blend gave! The homemade blush gave a slight rosy glow to my cheeks that I absolutely love, but on the downside I did have to use quite a bit due to the lack of "stick" in the blush blend. The addition of an essential oil and/or coconut oil would have definitely helped the blush set to my skin with more ease, resulting in using less in the future.

Overall I am very happy with the outcome of my DIY bronzer and DIY blush! By chance, without telling my boyfriend I had tried something new with my makeup routine he complimented me on how nice my makeup looked later that day! I was ecstatic, to say the least. Bonus: my skin smells amazing! Every once in a while I get a hint of cinnamon or cocoa. I love it!

I use my homemade natural bronzer and blush about every other day, or whenever my skin feels like it can't take the brand name products. It's a great and inexpensive alternative to purchasing makeup at the store and needless to say I am very happy I took the time to learn how to make my own.

Have any great DIY beauty product guides? Please share below! And if you try making your own blush and/or bronzer do come back and tell. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback! Here's to a happy and healthy week!