Archive | June 2012

DIY Makeup

I am the worst when it comes to buying makeup.  As I mentioned before, I can be somewhat of a product junkie.  The same applies to makeup.  If it’s a new color, a new product or a new trend, I gotta have it.  I know I spend way too much money on needless makeup, which is the main reason why I decided to write this post.  You can create your own makeup products with the help of a few ingredients in your kitchen.  If you are willing to make the time and a little effort, you can save yourself some bucks in the long run.

Eye-Lash Primer

It seems the “in” thing these days are longer, fuller eyelashes.  If you don’t have them naturally, you can buy them, or spend the money it takes to grow them with products like ‘Latisse’.  Or…you can whip out some olive oil, castor or baby oil and grow them yourself.  Just take a small mascara wand (you can buy them at a beauty supply store or get a couple disposables from the make-up counter at your nearest department store) or a q-tip and saturate it with the oil of your choice.  Sweep over your lashes for a natural long-lash look.  Bonus:  Castor Oil has been proven to promote long, healthy and fuller looking eye lashes.

Lip Gloss

Don’t want to spend the money on an over priced tube of lip gloss?  Try this lip gloss recipe on for size, courtesy of The Herb Companion.

Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel (you can buy aloe vera gel in health food stores) with 1/2 of a teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/8 of a teaspoon of vitamin E oil.

Simply mix them all together until smooth, then pour into a clean container. You can use the mixture as soon as you’d like to.

You can make this a little more custom though, if you want. If you want colored lip gloss, mix in a tiny bit of your favorite lipstick (you may need to heat the mixture slightly so the lipstick melts and mixes right.) If you want flavored or scented lip gloss, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil.

A few ideas:

– Mint oil has a great fresh, invigorating scent that has been shown to help increase energy.

– Lavender oil is a lovely, soothing floral woodsy scent.

– Lemon verbena oil has a great, invigorating, lemony scent.

-Rose oil is floral and feminine.

Experiment with the oils, colors and scents to find the right combination for you!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella


Lemon Beauty Recipes

Lemons are a refreshing way to spice up your beauty routine this summer. Not only are they great detoxifiers and toners for your skin, but they also offer great benefits for your nails, hands and feet.


Start your morning off right with as piping hot cup of hot water, lemon juice and honey. It’s a great way to rid your body of unwanted toxins from the day before.


1. 2 tablespoons honey.  Any organic brand.

2. 4 teaspoons lemon juice.  Freshly squeezed is best, but you can use bottled juice.

3. 3 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt

4. 1 egg white

The citric acid in lemons has natural lightening and exfoliating properties that help fade remaining acne marks. The egg white helps boost your skin’s ability to protect itself, and honey serves as an antibacterial agent and humectant that soothes and hydrates skin. In no particular order, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until the consistency thickens. Apply a tablespoon or two of the mask onto your clean, dry skin (enough to coat your face) and let it set for 15 minutes. Gently wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry. This recipe yields eight applications.


1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too.

2. 2 tablespoons almond oil. You can also substitute apricot, olive, or jojoba oil.

3. Juice of half a lemon.

4. OPTIONAL: 3 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary essential oil.

This easy-to-make scrub is perfect for tired hands, feet, elbows, and even knees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and immediately massage the mixture onto hands or feet. You can add a few drops of lavender, mint, or rosemary oil to invigorate and refresh. Rinse off with warm water, then slather on your favorite lotion for extra moisture.


1 ripe lemon, cut in half

Small plastic ziplock bag

Prolonged sun exposure and long wearing nail polish can turn your nails yellow over time. To brighten your nails and reduce yellowing, first cut a ripe lemon in half. Squish the tips of your fingers into one half of the lemon and massage it on your fingers for two minutes. Store the lemons in a plastic ziplock bag and repeat this technique on every nail for five to seven days (try it on your toes, too!). After a week, you’ll notice whiter, cleaner nails.

So the next time you reach for that pitcher of ice cold lemonade this summer, make sure you save the lemons for later!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Courtesy of BeautyLish

Summer Fruit Masks

Summer Fruit Masks  (Part One)

Fresh strawberries….juicy peaches and sweet mangos. Sounds like the makings of a tasty fruit salad, right?  But these can also be the ingredients of a homemade face mask. This is the time of the year when fresh summer fruits are at their delicious best.  Not only are they great for trimming your waistline but they are also a wonderful addition to your skin care routine. This summer, forgo expensive masks and skin treatments at your local day spa.  Instead, reach inside your refrigerator to create your own skin care products.

Strawberry Face Masks-Got Oily Skin?

Strawberry face masks are excellent for oily skin. Strawberries naturally contain salicylic acid, which helps to break down oil and fight breakouts. Begin by cutting the stems from the berries and washing the berries thoroughly. Puree them in a blender, or mash them well with a fork.  Add in the following ingredients to meet your specific skincare needs:

▪ Honey is a great antibacterial agent, and it works well to hydrate skin.

▪ A few drops of lemon juice will act as an astringent to help tone and tighten pores.

▪ Oats can be ground into a fine powder to make a heavier mask that will exfoliate and nourish skin.

▪ Cream, milk or yogurt all contain lactic acid which will leave you feeling soft, supple and hydrated.

Peach Face Masks-Need an exfoliant or a moisturizer?

Peaches are full of antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamins A and C, which are essential for good skin care. Choose soft, ripe peaches, but if only hard peaches are available, cook them before using them for your beauty face masks. Peel the skin, remove the pit, and puree the peach in a blender or food processor.  The peach will work as an exfoliant and moisturizer. Combine it with egg whites to tighten pores. Honey and oatmeal also enhance peach face masks to provide nourishment and protection. Add yogurt or milk to make a creamy mask that will hydrate dry, flaky skin.

Mango Face Masks-Got sunburn?

Mangos are exotic fruits that become more widely available during the summer season. They are rich in enzymes and minerals that are good for skin. The pulp has beta carotene, which the body uses to promote new cell growth. Mango face masks will cleanse, hydrate and protect your face. They will also soothe sunburned or irritated skin. Combine mango with honey to get an extra hydrating boost, or mix it with yogurt to exfoliate and moisturize.

You may choose to use all or only some of the ingredients. The beauty of making your own face masks is that you can adjust your recipe if it doesn’t work for you.

Stay turned for more ideas on great summer fruit masks!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Three Great Uses for Olive Oil

Olive Oil is nature’s wonder beauty secret. It’ chock full of Vitamins A, E, and essential fatty acids. It’s no secret then, that olive oil provides penetrating moisturizing benefits to dry skin. But its uses don’t stop there. Now that we are heading into the summer months, consider these great ways to use Olive Oil all over your body.  Oh, for those of you who were wondering…. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is always the best.  Yes, it can be pricey but it’s so worth it!

A Natural Shaving Cream

Before you put on those short shorts or slide into that skimpy bikini, make your legs silky smooth with olive oil. By using olive oil to shave you will receive a clean cut and extremely smooth skin. This will also eliminate your chances of cuts and razor burn. Clean your legs before shaving, and DON’T wash your legs after shaving. By leaving the olive oil on your legs, after shaving, your legs will absorb, dry, and maintain smoothness. This will also help dry skin bumps disappear.

Bronze Tanner

Olive oil is a great supplement for the “non tanner.” I learned this secret one summer in the Caribbean.  Olive oil will help draw in sunrays needed for a healthy glow. Apply an even layer of olive oil onto your body, along with a layer of sunscreen, and soak in the sun. You can apply the olive oil with a paper towel, washrag, or cotton balls. Each of these will guarantee an all-over-coverage. Make sure you apply to the olive oil to dry skin and with a dry rag or towel.

CAUTION: As always, take precaution when sunbathing for a long period of time. Staying too long in the sun could cause: sunburn, blemish breakouts, and/or sun related cancers. To avoid these hazards, take at least a thirty minute break from tanning and go somewhere away from the sun.

Deep Conditioner

I am a big believer in olive oil for great hair. It adds luster, shine and strength. It’s also a great remedy for the frizzies on hot and humid summer days. The next time you have an hour of leisure time on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, treat yourself to a hydrating hot olive oil treatment.

Here is what you’ll need:

Olive oil



A clear conditioning cap (you buy a whole box of them at your local beauty supply store)

Wet your hair like you normally would before shampooing, but don’t shampoo it! Instead of putting shampoo and conditioner in your hair, put 1 cup of olive in your hair. Put on the conditioning cap and then wrap a hot bath towel around your head. Better yet, sit under a hooded hair dryer or heated cap if you have it. Allow the olive oil to sit for 60 minutes, or longer. Remove the bath towel and cap from your head, then shampoo and condition as normal.  Now allow your hair to air dry. Repeat this process at least once a week for silky, smooth hair.

Who knew olive oil had so many great uses ?!?

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella