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Watercolor Florals | Blue Anemone

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Anemones are so beautiful and make such a great subject to paint. I’m wishing I had these in my wedding bouquet. Which, btw, did you know you can get a fake bouquet of them for the low price of $265? Yeah, I think I’ll take the real deal, Mr. William Sonoma ;)

If this painting looks familiar … I followed Jenna Rainey’s youtube tutorial. I put my own spin on the leaves and obvi mine is not nearly as pretty as hers. But you should check out her videos, they’re super helpful and she’s fun to watch!

As always, if you wanna grab this piece and use it as an iPhone wallpaper, pick up your download here!


Homemade Ice Cream

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I managed to lock myself out of my car last week but luckily I was in a shopping center with Chipotle AND Tuesday Morning (score!). So while I waited for the Boyfriend to give me a lift, I couldn't help but do a little shopping. Whilst perusing, I came upon an ice cream maker, just in  time to carry on a 4th of July family tradition!

homemade vanilla ice cream mixed with confetti cake..omg. The combo was ridiculously indulgent. **warning** do not make homemade ice cream if you're fighting cravings for something sweet, it will vanish in no time!

homemade vanilla ice cream mixed with confetti cake..omg. The combo was ridiculously indulgent. **warning** do not make homemade ice cream if you're fighting cravings for something sweet, it will vanish in no time!

I thought the safest bet was to stick with the simple vanilla recipe included with the ice cream maker. it was mouthwatering and only called for 4 ingredients!

I thought the safest bet was to stick with the simple vanilla recipe included with the ice cream maker. it was mouthwatering and only called for 4 ingredients!

Cute mustache napkins also found during my locked-out-of-the-car shopping spree

Cute mustache napkins also found during my locked-out-of-the-car shopping spree

The  Big Boss  ice cream maker worked like a BOSS! After freezing the inner bowl, which you can do ahead of time (takes around 12 hours) it only takes about 25 minutes to whip up some fresh ice cream! 

The Big Boss ice cream maker worked like a BOSS! After freezing the inner bowl, which you can do ahead of time (takes around 12 hours) it only takes about 25 minutes to whip up some fresh ice cream! 

Have you tried your hand at homemade ice cream? What are your favorite flavors/recipes to make? I have a feeling this machine will get a lot of use in the future, just thinking about it makes me feel 5 pounds heavier. Time to look for low fat recipes!

DIY Honey Scalp Exfoliator

Beauty, DIY, try this, hair, ReviewMegan2 Comments

I'll admit, sometimes I go entirely too long without washing my hair. Sounds gross, whatever, I have dry hair people! Plus, who has time to wash and dry their hair all the time? Not this girl.

Unfortunately, the buildup from products paired with my sensitive scalp leave some questionable results by the end of my washing cycle. So, sometimes I really need to exfoliate my scalp but I need something that is gentle. 

I've seen some products on the market that are made specifically to exfoliate the scalp but I'm feeling cheap so I researched my own homemade recipes to try. See below for the easy instructions on how to make your very own! 

3 Simple Ingredients:

Honey

Olive Oil

Sugar

yummy honey! This soothes, smoothes and nourishes the scalp and hair

yummy honey! This soothes, smoothes and nourishes the scalp and hair

Everything is better with sugar! Sugar is a gentle, non-drying exfoliator

Everything is better with sugar! Sugar is a gentle, non-drying exfoliator

Mix it up!

Mix it up!

How To:

Mix 1 tbsp honey, 1.5 tbsp olive oil and 3 tbsp sugar together in a small bowl. Apply the mixture directly to your scalp and gently massage in a circular motion. 

This mixture is a little dry so it's difficult to spread around. I found the easiest application technique is to take about a half tablespoon of the mixture and apply in sections to the scalp. Once applied, shampoo until all remnants of the mixture are dissolved. (I rinsed and added more shampoo several times). Then, condition hair as usual.

This mixture is a little dry so it's difficult to spread around. I found the easiest application technique is to take about a half tablespoon of the mixture and apply in sections to the scalp. Once applied, shampoo until all remnants of the mixture are dissolved. (I rinsed and added more shampoo several times). Then, condition hair as usual.

Results:

I can 100% recommend this exfoliator! It has worked amazingly well on my hair/scalp. Not only did this remove all build up and smooth out my scalp, but it made my hair so soft and shiny! It felt so clean and refreshed! Plus, you probably already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen right now. Double Bonus: Try this on your body as well for some smooth and sexy limbs!

Have you tried a scalp exfoliator? Am I the only weirdo not washing their hair several times per week? Meh, oh well! I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend!

Like DIY's? Check out my DIY Pendant Light made with an Edison bulb here!

More Beauty Reviews! :

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Bliss Fuzz Off Hair Removal

GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Mask

 

 

Homemade Mani Monday!

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I love doing my nails. I know a lot of people prefer to have them done, and I enjoy that too, but for me it's much more fun to do them myself! I'm kind of obsessed with nail polish. If you ask any of my normal friends, they can tell you I have way too many bottles of this stuff. Hence my obsession with Julep, a nail polish subscription service. (I'll give you more information on that below) 

These two polishes were in my last Julep box, Margaret on the left and Princess Grace on the right.

These two polishes were in my last Julep box, Margaret on the left and Princess Grace on the right.

I love playing around with nail polish. This gave me a good idea for a future DIY!

I love playing around with nail polish. This gave me a good idea for a future DIY!

Initially I was leaning toward just using the blue on it's own. I thought the orange would be better suited on my toes. But, after asking Twitterverse and Instaglobe what to do, I was quickly convinced that I needed to incorporate both colors! What a great idea/color combo! And thank you to everyone that responded! This look has a very sporty feel to me but fun and happy at the same time. Just what I need for a Monday!

awkward hand pic

awkward hand pic

let's not get too judgey, I'm no pro so this is not perfect but I still like it!

let's not get too judgey, I'm no pro so this is not perfect but I still like it!

No pro tools used or needed here, just the brush that comes with the polish, some q-tips and a bobby pin!

JULEP Info:

Juelp is awesome if you are a nail polish fiend like me. It's like Birchbox and other beauty boxes except that it's nail polish and you can choose what you get in your box! Each month you have the option to skip the box all together or adjust your style profile so that you can get colors that you want. Julep polish sells for about $14 at Sephora but with the subscription you get over half off! Plus, you get points and freebies!

I could go on forever about Julep but I'll spare those that are not interested. If you'd like to see more info, I can do a review in the future. Just let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see a post on it! If you are interested in signing up for Julep, you can use the link below:

Sign up for Julep! 

UPDATE! I have a COUPON CODE for a FREE Julep Maven box. Get your first box free with code, "FREEMAVEN"!! Enjoy and let me know how you like your new polish!

So what do you think? What colors are you sporting this week? Happy Monday Everyone! 

<3 Megan 

(botched)DIY: Rosewater Facial Spray

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I have always wanted to try a facial spray, but the rosewater variety has always been particularly intriguing. The idea of it seems so luxurious yet natural and home grown all at the same time. "Perfect!" I thought.

You only need a few ingredients to make your own rosewater--Distilled water, Roses and Aloe Vera Gel (not required)

You only need a few ingredients to make your own rosewater--Distilled water, Roses and Aloe Vera Gel (not required)

While I've come across many facial sprays--Jurlique , Fresh, Boscia, Josie Maran, the idea of paying $25-40+ for a few ounces of ...water...to spray on my face just seemed a little ridiculous. When I realized I could make my own, I couldn't wait to whip up a batch! 

Now, I say this is a BOTCHED DIY because, while the video tutorial I found does a great job at explaining the necessary steps, I found the process to be a lot more involved than I had anticipated. For instance, the 30 minute time frame...more like 4 hours. So, in a sense, this DIY was a major fail for me but only because I wasn't properly prepared.

But fear not! I have the tips that you need in order to guarantee you don't screw up your rosewater DIY! If you'd like to try making your own, head over and watch the video tutorial and then come back for my tips/add-ons!

  • You need a LARGE pot, not a tiny one like in the video. I think I sized up my pot about 3 times. 
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  • You need a Large bowl

Because I didn't anticipate using such a large pot, I only bought a small bowl to sit on top the rose petals. This caused MAJOR problems. For one, the boiling water overtook the bowl and the rose water bowl capsized :( Which meant I had to start all over and dump the water back into the pot. 

Boil your rose petals to create concentrated rosewater

Boil your rose petals to create concentrated rosewater

  • Make sure you are using a level burner on the stove

I noticed that the rosewater bowl inside the pot kept making it's way over to the side of the pot and wouldn't stay in the middle. Eventually I realized this was because the burner was uneven! Also a reason why it took FOREVER for the rosewater condensation to accumulate in my bowl. 

  • Be prepared for the stench-- "roses really smell like boo-hoo-hoo"
  • The color in your rose petals may not fade completely so carefully monitor your pot. If the water completely evaporates, you will end up with burned rose petals that smell even more boo boo. 
  • Lastly, you will probably end up with 2.5-4 oz of rosewater so make sure you have a spray bottle that is big enough unless you want to waste your precious petals. 
End result..looks a little sketch, I'll admit it. But it seems to be working well! :)

End result..looks a little sketch, I'll admit it. But it seems to be working well! :)

So my botched DIY wasn't a complete waste of time. I still produced a bottle and a half of my very own Vday rosewater tonic. So far, it's been making my skin feel nice and refreshed. I use it right after washing my face and right before my moisturizer. 

Have you ever tried a facial spray or rosewater spray? Do you think it's worth making your own? What is your all-time favorite skincare item

Happy Hump Day!

If you enjoyed this post, check out my DIY Honey Scalp Scrub!