Homemade All Natural Body Tanner

I have never had nice, smooth legs. You know those girls (maybe you’re one of them..I hate you) who have really beautiful legs? No bumps, scars, freckles, cellulite, just all one-tone and even? That has never been me. I have always had very fair skin and my legs never tan. They always burn and when the redness subsides, I am left with the true form: Pasty. Because of that, every flaw is magnetized: Cellulite, bruises, and after a pretty serious car accident, many scars.

Pregnancy and child birth didn’t help matters. I got spider veins, varicose veins and even more cellulite. Thank you, genetics and mother nature. You evil bitch.


In order to feel remotely confident in a dress or shorts, I have always used self tanners to hide all of these imperfections. If you have used them yourself, you know they ALL smell. This is from  Dihydroxyacetone (or DHA), which is basically the main ingredient. The smell never really bothered me all that much but my husband could smell it from a mile away. I would so much as open a bottle and he would call out from the living room: “Are you using that smelly tanner again??” They would stain the sheets too, so there was no hiding it.

I tried every single brand of tanner from the cheap stuff at Walgreens to the really expensive stuff at Sephora. They all smell. All of them. So, I switched from self tanners to airbrush tanners, which is basically makeup for your legs. It washes off with soap and water and because it isn’t meant to create a lasting tan, doesn’t include Dihydroxyacetone, so it doesn’t smell! Whala!

When I because pregnant, I really started paying attention to the ingredients in these (and all of my) products. Some of them were pretty scary, if you do the research. Parabens, dangerous preservatives, etc. I didn’t want my child to one day have health issues because we didn’t know in 2016 that using Phenoxyethanol causes brain tumors or something.

I decided to look for an all-natural or organic airbrush body makeup that washes off with soap and water. There wasn’t anything out there, so I decided to make it myself.

After a TON of research and turning our tiny kitchen into my own, personal chemistry lab, I realized that I wasn’t a chemist BUT I am an esthetician, which really helped. By trial and error, I discovered how to make my own all-natural diaper cream, super-hydrating moisturizer (I’ll share soon in future post) AND the most perfect body makeup I have ever used.

First, you need an all-natural/organic body lotion, preferably unscented. Read the ingredients. If you don’t know what something is, look it up. I use one with ingredients I understand. Next, you need to decide if you need light, medium, or dark makeup. I am medium, so I use the Neutral pigment blend, which I think is the most versatile.

Here are the 2 dry makeup ingredient blends I use:



I blend together 1 Tbs. Body Lotion, 1 tsp. Pigment Blend and 1/2 tsp. Bronze Mica, and here are the results:

Screenshot_2017-08-06-19-15-42-120170814_19540620170806_19070220170814_195521I have never seen better results with any other product out there that I have tried. Because I eliminated coconut oil (one of my MANY attempts), it finishes like a matte makeup. No oil, no rub-off, no slick. I let it dry like I would with a liquid foundation and then dress and go!!

It doesn’t rub off on my clothes but I do shower before I sleep because I don’t like the feeling of makeup in bed!

I’ll be posting my “recipe” for all-natural diaper cream and super hydrating moisturizer ASAP!! Stay tuned:)







At-Home, Natural Microdermabrasion!

So, have you ever woken up feeling sluggish and you go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and think: “This is NOT what I look like!” Well, that was me this morning. My skin felt dull and I looked exhausted.

You start thinking about that wicked cute picture you took last summer with your boyfriend/husband/friends and probably made it your profile picture. THAT is what you really look like, isn’t it? Not this tired, pasty-looking person staring back at you.

All of a sudden you start to wonder if this is how people see you and not that beautiful girl with the gorgeous glow in those pictures.

I remembered hearing about an at-home, all natural “microdermabrasion” in some organic magazine or blog some time ago that only required baking soda and water. I thought I’d give it a try, after-all, this was an emergency!

I got in the shower with my baking soda and began applying it onto my damp skin. As I worked it in, I could immediately feel a difference, but it was missing something. I needed another ingredient to give me even better results and hopefully something else to help wake me up! That’s when I spotted the Refresh Facial Polish next to my shampoo bottle. Refresh Facial Polish is a  Glo Therapeutics exfoliating product made up of peppermint oils, jojoba beads and arnica. I added a little bit of the polish to the baking soda and started again. WOW!!! The peppermint and arnica helped awaken my senses and the jojoba beads mixed with the baking soda was like polishing the sharp edges of a piece of dull wood. As I massaged this combination all over my face, I couldn’t believe how well it was working!

I rinsed my face of any leftover debris and (after finishing my shower) got out and patted my face dry. My skin felt AMAZING! Now, this would have all been for nothing had I not finished the job with some great products. My skin would have been left dehydrated without them, so I spritzed my face with Conditioning Tonic, applied Pure Hydration, a drop of B5 Hydration and finally, some Vita E Essential Cream (all Glo Therapeutics products).

My makeup went on smoothly and evenly and I felt like I had that glow again. This picture was taken at work this afternoon, hours after my at-home treatment!

Microdermabrasion treatments in salons usually start out at $100 and go up from there. Baking soda is a natural antibiotic relieving symptoms of bacteria, fungus, acne, etc. It helps draw out toxins in your body and is a great additive to any bath for it’s detoxifying properties! I also use baking soda to brush my teeth. I put it on top of the toothpaste and when people ask me how I whiten my teeth, baking soda is always my answer!

Glo Minerals Contour Kit

I FINALLY have a contour kit that matches my fair skin perfectly!! If you have that gorgeous, golden glow to your skin, God bless you…BUT if you’re like me and have fair skin with pink undertones and most contour kits make your look “dirty”, welcome to the club.

I can’t watch another YouTube tutorial on contouring while the girl looks flawless ands when I’m finished, I look like I’m trying to hide the fact that I haven’t washed my face in months. This is why I was so excited to see that my favorite makeup and skin-care line came out with a kit for Fair to Light skin tones that actually matches me!

I actually used all 4 colors in this kit, unlike with other contour kit’s I’ve purchased where I only use 2 0r 3 colors out of 6 and feel like I paid a small fortune for colors I won’t use. I put a little of the shimmer highlight on the bridge of my nose, tops of my cheekbones and bow of my lip.

I recommend this contour kit for anyone who is sick of dark shades that don’t blend in your fair skin and anyone with light skin looking for a great way to create a subtle, clean look!!

*The lips are Glo Minerals gloss in Flamingo

I’m Not Funny…Or Witty.

So…as it turns out after reading several awesome blogs on both skin care and cooking, I have come to the sad realization that I am neither funny nor witty.

I hate to say that, because I always think I’m funny, but that’s just the conversations I have going on alone in my head. It’s with a tilt of the head and a smart remark that no one else can hear that I chuckle to myself. Embarrassingly, however, I think if I uttered these thoughts aloud, no one would laugh but me…so alas, I keep them to myself.

Before you think to yourself “maybe she actually IS funny, but doesn’t speak her mind”, first of all, I thank you for your faith, BUT I have tried sharing the thoughts that go on in my mind and instead of laughs, I get a lot of “aawwww”s, which are really in sympathetic tones to my attempts at witty humor.

I accept this. I’m not the girl who takes her top off and posts pictures of myself on a camel because she’s gorgeous and hilarious (all praise Chelsea Handler), or bakes a killer turkey stuffed with garlic butter, all while looking completely gorgeous AND being both funny AND witty (God bless you, Chrissy Teigan), or the beautiful, talented and hilarious Ali from http://bitchesbeglutenfree.com/me.html

It’s cool, though. Respect.

Hope you like all my stuff..even though it’s not funny…or witty. I just like wine and food and skin care.

Lip Service

I’m not usually one for a bold lip, but this cream crayon by Glo Minerals looked pretty good, I thought! It felt good, too! The color lasted a while and I actually liked the look when it faded, because my lips are naturally pretty light, which I hate, so this gave them a “bitten” look!

Glo Minerals Cream Crayon in Dahlia

Post Peel Day 4

Today I woke up and felt my skin was pretty flaky. I didn’t really notice it until I put my makeup on and saw it looked like it was “cracking”. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture unless you zoom in, but it was pretty noticeable close up. This is a good thing! It means my skin is shedding on a much faster pace than usual and new skin cells are being regenerated!

Tip: Don’t pick! Picking at flaky skin that hasn’t shed completely can lead to scarring. In a few more days, I should have beautiful, fresh new skin!

Post Peel WITH Makeup

Day 3 after my Modified Jessner chemical peel.

My skin was a little dry, but I hydrated with my skin care regimen (previous blog post).

For face I used: IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium (as a primer), Glo Minerals Satin II foundation in Natural, Nyx Cosmetics Wonder Stick, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, and Nyx Cosmetics Mosaic Powder Blush in Love Coral.

For Eyes I used: Glo Minerals Lash Thickener and Conditioner, and Glo Minerals Volumizing Mascara. Eye liner is Glo Minerals Liquid Ink in Black. The eye shadow is new (found at T.J. Maxx for $3.99!!) by Style Essentials called Natural Eye Shadow Palette.

The lips are by Sally Girl Hydrating Lip Gloss #388460.

New Nyx Cosmetics

Because I have very fair skin, naturally, I tend to have a difficult time finding a good contour kit that doesn’t make my skin look “dirty”. I tried these new products this morning and am happy with the results! I hadn’t tried a contour stick before, so I had fun with this. I thought it was going to give me a more dramatic contour, but it actually was pretty light!

I went over the hollows of my cheeks with a powder contour (Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit) to be more defined and blended everything with my blender ball. After doing my brows, I highlighted the brow bone to increase the definition and add a more precise arch with the Wonder Pencil.

For myself, I tend to like a softer look for my makeup and accentuate my favorite features while trying to camouflage any imperfections. I usually have pretty dark circles under my eyes (sometimes more than others!) so after my favorite concealer (IT cosmetics in Natural Medium), I used the Nyx Concealer CW03 in Light, which brightened up my face!