Coffee Beauty for the Face

Coffee Beauty for the Face

There’s nothing like waking up to a nice, hot fresh cup of coffee on a crisp, fall morning.  I like the smell and the taste more than anything, since coffee does nothing for my energy levels.  Even if you are not a coffee drinker, you can still take advantage of it’s beauty benefits for your skin and hair.  Read below for some great ideas on how to use coffee for your beauty needs.

Coffee Scrub

Coffee grounds can be used directly on your face and body as a natural scrub. The abrasive texture will scrub off any dull skin, leaving you with a glowing appearance. The caffeine will also act as an energizer for tired skin and puffy eyes, leaving you with a tightened and youthful look. For a stronger scrub, add sugar to your coffee grounds. You can also mix in some olive oil for a moisture boost.

Coffee for Anti-Aging

Not only does coffee awaken skin, the caffeine has also been shown to improve the appearance of cellulite. There are many expensive cellulite reducing products that contain caffeine, but you can easily create your own at home.

Mix two parts coffee grounds with one part water, and add a few drops of tea tree oil. Use a wash cloth or skin brush to massage the mixture onto skin in a circular motion. The tea tree oil will smell great and will add an additional boost to the circulatory system. While the effects may not be instantaneous, you will see smoother and tighter skin over time.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella


Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil packs a pretty powerful punch when it comes to your health. Every tablespoon of coconut oil delivers a myriad of wellness benefits, including anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-fungal properties.  But when it comes to beauty uses for coconut oil, the possibilities are endless.  The good thing is, coconut oil is very affordable, easy to store and completely natural.  So head to your nearest supermarket or health food store to stock up on this wonder oil.

1.  After Shave-Great moisturizer without clogging your pores.  Use it after your shave to prevent razor burn and to ensure a smooth and soft shave on your legs, underarms or anywhere else on your body.

2.  Lip Moisturizer-Coconut oil can be used as a natural chapstick.  It also has an SPF 4 so you also get a little sun protection.  Dab it on your lips to wear alone or underneath your favorite lipstick or lipgloss.

3.  Exfoliating facial scrub-Mix a couple teaspoons of coconut oil with oatmeal and cinnamon or baking soda for a great, facial treatment.

4.  Eye Cream-Dab a little underneath your eyes to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

5.  Deep Conditioner-Mix with your favorite leave in conditioner or use alone under a heated cap for a deep penetrating treatment.

6.  Make Up Remover-Saturate a cotton ball and sweep it across your eyes to remove stubborn eye makeup.

7.  Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.

8.  Stretch Mark Remover-Great for expecting mothers!

9.   Blemish Reducer-Mix with nutmeg…leave on for 10 and 15 minutes then wash off.

10. Cuticle Softener– Dab a little bit onto your cuticles with an old makeup brush or a Q-tip to soften and moisturize.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Beauty Uses and Baby Wipes

Have you ever considered the endless ways you can use baby wipes?    You know, those little, moistened baby fresh towelettes that come in a box???  You would be surprised at how useful they can be around the house..not to mention for your beauty and skin care needs. Even if you don’t have a baby, here’s just a few creative ways you can use good old-fashioned baby wipes.

1.  Make-Up Remover: This is an easy one.  Baby wipes also work wonders on that hard to remove mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner.  Soap and water are still the best at removing makeup.   But on those nights when you are too pooped to wash your face properly, baby wipes are the next best thing.  Keep a box on your nightstand.

2.  Use it on your clothes too:  Did you get makeup on your blouse or lipstick on your honey’s collar?  Baby wipes can help to remove the incriminating evidence. 🙂

3.  Brush and comb cleaner: Want to remove hair from your comb and brush.  Baby wipes are great at removing hair from unwanted surfaces.

4.  Cell phone cleaner:  We all know that dirty cell phone screens are the perfect breeding ground for acne..caused by dirt, oil and bacteria.  Every day, wipe down your screen with a wipe.  They’re soft enough to be effective without scratching your screen.

5,  Spray on too much perfume?:  Wipe away the excess with a baby wipe.

6.  Bad hair day?:  Tame the flyaways with a fresh wipe.

7.  Deodorant Remover:  Don’t you hate it when you get that streak of white deodorant on your little black dress?  Baby wipes are great at removing this pesky stain.

8.   Quick and easy shoe polisher:  Don’t have time to get your black leather pumps polished for work?  Polish off those scuff marks with a moist wipe.  It’s quick, easy and CHEAP!

9.  Removes hair dye/henna stains:  The next time you accidently stain your forehead or neck after an at-home dye job… clean it away with a baby wipe.

10. Stay fresh on the go-Long day at work?  Or did your walk during lunch leave you feeling a little less than fresh?  A ‘baby wipe bird bath’ can do the trick!

These are just a few suggestions I was able to come up with.  Makes you want to go out and buy a box right now, doesn’t it?  🙂 Do you have some uses for baby wipes that I overlooked??  Feel free to share!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Back to School Beauty Tips

Whether you are a student or a mother, back to school means… back to the grind. Late nights, early mornings and busy days are in your future. You may have to cut back a little on you hour long deep conditioning treatments or your pamper days at the spa.  But, that doesn’t mean you have to cut back on being beautiful.  You will just have to be a little more creative in how you spend your time.  Read the following tips on how to save a few extra minutes in your busy day.

  1. Splash Cold water on your face in the morning to reduce redness and puffiness . Saturate a wash cloth with cold water and press it on your face for 30 seconds to a minute.  This will also help to perk you up.  When you have a little extra time (or on the weekends) soak a couple of bags of caffeinated green tea in hot water and allow them to cool to room temperature.  Squeeze out the excess water and place them on your closed eyes for a few minutes.  This will also take down those puffy bags under your eyes.
  2.  Don’t have the time to apply a full face of make up?  Use a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. This will add color and give your face the moisture it needs.  Sweep a coat of mascara on your eyelashes and you will be good to go. Mascara is a MUST.  It opens your eyes and makes them look brighther.
  3.  Use whitening strips on your teeth while doing your morning chores. Odds are now that school is back in session, you will be drinking a couple of extra cups of coffee to wake you up in the morning.   Coffee and tea take their toll on your teeth, making them look dull and dingy over time.  Whitening strips not only brighten your smile, but they also take years off your face.  First thing in the morning, apply the strips then go about your normal morning routine.  Before you know it, 30 minutes will have passed and you will have a brighter smile in no time.

Do you have any time saving beauty tips that are your favorite?  Feel free to share.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

DIY Hair Rinses

Rinses are great for your hair, especially in the hot and humid summer months.  Rinses help to restore your hair’s natural pH balance and they also help to remove product build-up.  Shampoos, conditioners and styling cremes can take a toll on your hair over time. Rinsing your hair on a daily basis will restore your hair back to its own healthy shine. Here are some great rinses you can great with just a few simple ingredients at home.
  • Tea Rinse: You can use a simple and economical hair rinse made purely of tea! Simply make tea as usual and then let it cool down before pouring over your hair. For this rinse, you can use any type of tea bag you like, such as orange pekoe, black tea, green tea, chamomile tea, or any other type of herbal tea you may prefer. After the rinse, put on a shower cap and then wrap your head with a towel for at least an hour. Savvy Brown recommends this rinse and says that she uses this tea rinse in place of a deep conditioning.
  • Beer: Yes, beer! Surprisingly, rinsing your hair with a flat beer about once a month can give your hair some added body and even shine. This is a good way to use up any beer you may have bought with the intention of drinking, but decided otherwise after tasting that first bottle.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: To soften your hair and remove product build-up, try rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Measure out 1/3 cup of ACV and mix with 1 quart distilled water. After doing your usual shampoo and conditioning regimen, rinse with the ACV mixture. You can also massage some of the vinegar into your scalp while you’re doing the rinse. Most curlies like to do a second rinse with cool water following the apple cider rinse, simply because vinegar doesn’t have the most pleasant smell. Courtesy of

Pamper Wisely!

The BusyBella

The Best (and most functional) Fashion apps

Who knew this seasons sexiest collections and fashion access was conveniently located in the palm of your hand. Digital runway show, one click shopping, and the detectives of fashion are all over the virtual world! I’ll admit it, when it comes to fashion, I’m APP-Happy!

I have collected 6 (six) of this seasons BEST apps for fashion and all things FAB! Continue to read this detailed recap of the hottest style, beauty, and fashion apps of the season combined with everything in between, including organizing your closet right from your smart device. Let’s get started…

Gucci Style:
*This app oozes Gucci’s excessively SEXY appeal! A mastered mix of Gucci Beats by DJ Mark Ronson sets the stage for this super chic app! Gucci Style allows you to view the latest collections and store listings.This app’s virtual fashion show invites you to feel like you are literally enjoying the collection in person… front row…with a dirty martini…in the company of A-List celebrities…all in the midst of serious swanky decor! Another thing I love about this app is you don’t have to be connected to Wi-Fi to enjoy it!

* iDress for Weather
‘What’s the weather?’ and ‘What do I wear?’ — two questions easily answered with this app. Have you ever had your mind made up about the perfect outfit to wear the next day? Then, you wake up in the morning to find thunderstorms or extreme humidity? With the help of iDress for Weather you can plan that fabulous outfit with the rain, humidity, sun or shine in mind. The best part of it all is that instead of making last minute wardrobe charges due to weather, you get to score an extra hour of sleep! Using iDress for Weather in advance to plan your wardrobe is an excellent fashion forecaster!

The ultimate closet organizer. Snap pics of your clothes and this app does the rest. If you were given a wardrobe tool guaranteed to save you time this would be it. Often times when searching for the perfect ensemble, you find yourself pulling look after look only to find a huge pile of clothes laying around. With Stylebook I can lay in bed or scroll my options at my desk and search my closet at the same time, find the perfect pieces, pull them out, and go. Stylebook is especially useful for finding a last minute evening apparel or a look for a quick business lunch on the go! Definitely a must have time saving app!

PopSugar Mobile: 
Keep up-to-date with all the latest celebrity fashion and beauty news. When at your wits with trying to decided what to wear, why not use a go-to app displaying celebrity fashion? Whether you are looking for a complete look or just searching for inspiration, PopSugar has it all. This app highlights what’s hot in celebrity fashion along with all the fashion trends of the season. Those features alone makes PopSugar the perfect go-to app to transform your individual looks into instant celebrity style.

Lucky At Your Service Digital Concierge 
*With the entire magazine devoted to shopping, one would only expect Lucky to have the most amazing shopping app around. The digital concierge lets you highlight their featured products,find where to discover them, check for its availability, and even place the items on hold for in-store same-day pickup. The apps description says it all! Talk about concierge and convenience, Lucky is most definitely at your service. While surfing the magazine you come across a must have dress, now you wonder how the heck do I get? This app conveniently provides the answer in the palm of your hands. Lucky At Your Service Digital Concierge app is a proven resource to get you what you want and when you want it!

* Luxury fashion on the go has never been this easy, thanks to Net-A-Porter’s app. This fashion application offers perfect browsing of the online retailer’s digital magazine, zoom in on specific detailing, and buy directly from your device. Lastly, the fashion insight and inventory are updated at least three times a week.

By Guest Blogger Sparkle Hyche

DIY Body Bronzer

There is nothing like having that sun-kissed, bronzed look during the summer time.  But you don’t have to sit for hours in the hot sun to get that that warm golden look everyone craves. You can create your own bronzer with a just a few simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Bronzers are a great way to enhance a natural skin tone or to accent an existing tan. So spare yourself the wrinkles and the sun damage by making your own brozer. I came across this wonderful DIY recipe that I’d like to share.

Here is what you will need:

Cinnamon or Cocoa Powder (depending on desired color)

Empty makeup case (try your local dollar store)


Essential Oil (something light like lavendar)

Cosmetic Brush

Pour both the cinnamon (or cocoa powder) and sugar directly into the case. The ratio of sugar to cinnamon is entirely up to you, depending on how light or dark you prefer your shade.

Mix together the two with your cosmetic brush.

Add a couple drops (just a couple) of your favorite essential oil, and mix in. This will bond the powders together, while imparting a delicious scent.

Sweep bronzer across your face, neck and shoulders for a warm and beautiful bronzed glow.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella