DIY: Homemade Lip Exfoliator

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When it comes to beauty it's not just all about the makeup that stands out, it's the prep work before hand. I'm sure everyone has exfoliated their body at least once in their lives (or if you're like me and totally obsessed, because of the smooth buttery skin result afterwards) but no one thinks twice about exfoliating their lips. Why not? Don't you want those silky smooth also?

Good news! You don't need to pay a fortune for high end lip scrubs, nor do you have to endure that horrible taste either. You can create a completely effective lip exfoliator right in your own home, and it's easy too! All you need is two ingredients, that's right just two. How can you even think twice? It's easy, effective, all natural, and most importantly inexpensive!

Here's What You'll Need!
  • Pure Honey (you can also use your favorite lip balm, though I like using honey because it's all natural and tastes yummy also)
  • Granulated Sugar
And the application process couldn't be simpler! 

Step 1: Apply a pea sized amount of honey to your finger
Step 2: Press your finger into the sugar, until a desired amount sticks to the honey 
Step 3: Now apply this to your lips, and begin to exfoliate using the same finger. After about a minute or so, remove your honey/sugar mixture with a damp cloth and finish up by applying your favorite moisturizing lip balm to your lips!

There are many benefits to making your own lip scrub, not only are you saving money but you are also not putting your lips through treatments with chemicals that could potentially damage them. If you keep up with this religiously, and use this treatment a few times a week you will see a dramatic decrease in those awful chapped lips. Enjoy your kissable lips!


NARS Mekong and Galapagos Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I have been seeing a bunch of NARS eyeshadow swatches lately (or maybe I've been searching for them to convince myself to buy a few more) and I have completely fallen in love with Galapagos, which is a rich bronze with beautiful golden flecks, not chunks of glitter but a very mature sparkle. And Mekong, which is a beautiful espresso color infused with the same lovely shimmer in gold. So of course after seeing these I had to make a trip to Sephora to pick these beauties up!

They can both be paired together to create a beautiful, dramatic smokey eye without using black. I personally love creating a smokey eye using brown, especially using dark espresso colors like Mekong in the outer V to really make it pop followed by lining my lash line with Urban Decay's Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon! I love many other NARS products, and I can officially say I can add these two to that long list as well.

NARS Mekong
NARS Mekong
NARS Galapagos 
NARS Galapagos
From Left to Right: NARS Galapagos, NARS Mekong (No Base)
From Left To Right: NARS Galapagos, NARS Mekong (Over Urban Decay's Primer Potion)
From Top to Bottom: NARS Mekong, NARS Galapagos (No Base)
From Top to Bottom: NARS Mekong, NARS Galapagos (Over Urban Decay's Primer Potion)  
Left Group (Urban Decay's Primer Potion) Right Group (No Base)
I hope this helped any one teetering on whether or not to purchase these! They are beautiful eyeshadows and can be used to create a gorgeous neutral eye, or be vamped up to create a seductive smokey eye! Stay gorgeous.


Hello Beauties!

Monday, January 16, 2012

I figured our first post should explain a little bit about why we created this blog in the first place. For the obvious reason we are two girls who have an unhealthy obsession with makeup. Not that it's a bad thing.. because trust us, it isn't. You can expect a range of different things on our site, from reviews, hauls, swatches, tutorials, to personal posts about fashion and every day life.

After becoming obsessed with makeup, and all the fabulous blogs that are currently up and running that I obsess over, I can only hope that we can bring to you the useful posts that my favorite blogs do! When it comes to products though, what makes our site unique is two different opinions by two different people so you can get a very good idea from two point of views!

With that being said, I hope you all enjoy TheBeautyCraze! We made this to enjoy further our passion for makeup, and we hope you enjoy too!

Alyssa and Ashley

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