Spa Day on a Budget: Host a DIY Spa Party at Home

With all the swimsuits, sundresses, and brightly colored accessories to choose from this season, indulge in a little pampering to make sure your skin looks and feels great underneath. Pampering is always more fun with friends, so schedule a relaxing afternoon of DIY spa treatments with your best girlfriends—here’s everything you need to host the ultimate spa day without spending a fortune.

Relax Outside

Create a serene space outside where everyone can unwind just before starting your beauty treatments. If you have an at-home hot tub, start with a soak using your favorite aromatherapy scents. Hanging out by the pool or just enjoying the fresh air on the patio can be just as relaxing. Plan a small menu of refreshments, including fresh fruit, an antipasto tray and a signature drink, such as Prosecco, sangria or mojitos.

DIY Beauty

Store-bought beauty treatments often contain potentially harmful preservatives and additives. Save your skin and your wallet by making your own using the following beauty recipes. Each recipe makes enough for one treatment.

Tip: Gather the ingredients for your DIY beauty treatments ahead of time so that you’re ready to start mixing once everyone arrives!

Banana Honey Moisture-Restoring Hair Mask

Thoroughly mix one ripe banana with one teaspoon of honey. You can do this by hand, but if you have an immersion blender, it might save you some time. Blend it as smooth as possible, as banana chunks can be difficult to rinse out.

Slather the banana-honey beauty mixture from the root to the ends of your hair, concentrating on the dry ends. Top with a shower cap or wrap plastic wrap around your head and let the mixture set for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo and condition as usual.

Oatmeal Avocado Brightening Facial

This gentle mask uses oatmeal to lightly exfoliate, and avocado and honey to restore moisture. Using a small food processor or blender, mix one quarter cup of steel-cut oats until achieving a sand-like consistency and transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Next, mix one ripe avocado with two teaspoons of honey and puree until the mixture is smooth. Combine the oats with the avocado-honey mixture and stir until well-blended.

Massage a thin layer of the oatmeal mask on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Lay a warm washcloth over your face once the 20 minutes is up to encourage the natural oils to penetrate further and soften the mask. This will make it easier to rinse off. To remove mask, massage your face in a circular, upward motion with the warm washcloth and rinse with warm water.

Coconut Sugar Body Scrub

This skin brightener uses sugar to gently exfoliate your skin and coconut oil to restore your skin’s moisture balance. Mix one cup of coarse sugar with two teaspoons of melted coconut oil and two teaspoons of shredded coconut. Stir until well-combined; the mixture should be an even consistency.

Apply to your legs, arms, back and any other areas that need exfoliating. Massage into skin with a circular motion before rinsing with warm water.

Product Exchange

Organize a product exchange to send each guest home with a goody bag and introducing one another to your favorite beauty and skincare treatments. Like a holiday gift exchange, ask each guest to bring one of their favorite beauty products for each person. If you are hosting a large group, then have each person bring one item and draw names to determine who gets what. Set a spending limit to keep things fair.

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I picked up a couple of the new L’Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow quads. I was honestly intrigued by the shapes in the palettes more than the colors. They are some of the better drugstore eyeshadows I have tried. Check out the video for a full review and swatches.

These quads cost $7.99 each. However, you should never pay full price for drugstore makeup.

Products in the video:

L’Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Rose for Romance, $7.95

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shadow Quad, Rose for Romance

L’Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Sultry Seductress, $7.95

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shadow Quad, Sultry Seductress

 

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Weekly Favorites (L’Oreal, Ofra, Essie, Too Faced)

July 20, 2014
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Products in the video:   LuLu Blossom Dreamsicle Body Balm, $10 Essie Too Taboo, $8.50   CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation, $6.99 CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer, 5.99 CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Powder Foundation, $6.99 Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, $6.99   Physicians Formula Bronze Booster, $14.99 Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Miami Strip/Healthy Glow, $9.79 […]

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Power of a positive attitude

July 19, 2014
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A balanced diet, exercise, genetics, and even certain medications can work in concert to make a person healthy. But a person’s demeanor also can factor into personal health. The Mayo Clinic says that whether or not a person is an optimist or a pessimist can affect many areas of his or her health and well-being, […]

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Wantable Makeup Unboxing July 2014

July 18, 2014
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I love the Wantable subscription boxes. You get such a great value for your money and they are risk free. If you don’t like what you get, you can send it back for a full refund. The boxes cost $36. Subscribe to Wantable here. The makeup box comes with 4-5 full size products and occasionally […]

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Book Spotlight: The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax and Giveaway

July 17, 2014
The House on Mermaid Point

In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . .

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Lip Monthly July 2014 Review and Coupon Code

July 16, 2014
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Lip Monthly is a subscription services that focuses solely on lip products. Because I need more lip products. Don’t you? Lip Monthly is $10 a month. They also have a 4 month and annual options. Use the code SUMMERLIPS to try your first box for $6.99! This is the first Lip Monthly I have received. […]

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Top 3 Uses for Steam Cleaners

July 15, 2014
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Keeping a home neat and tidy is a chore that everyone must consider and there are a variety of appliances that can help with this. Steam cleaners are great acquisitions because they are versatile cleaning accessories that provide advanced and hygienic cleaning. They can be used for a variety of purposes, with the following being […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag July 2014 Review

July 14, 2014
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The ipsy Glam Bag has really been on a roll the last few months. This one did not disappoint! Products in the bag: Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Full Size $18 for .10oz, Sample Size .03oz $5.40 This is supposed to be a long wearing eyeshadow/primer that smooths […]

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Wantable Accessories Boxes for June and July

July 14, 2014
Wantbale Necklace July 2014

I have no idea why I never got around to filming the June Wantable Accessories unboxing, but I didn’t. So here are June and July’s boxes! June’s Box Elsa Necklace, $25 The Elsa Necklace is a long, silver chain accented with silver toned bobbles. It is elegant and I don’t think my photo does this […]

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Sunday Favorites and Fails

July 13, 2014
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face

Leave me a comment and let me know if there is anything new I should be trying! Products in the video: St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face, $35 at Sephora Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Body Butter, $6.99 at Walgreens Couture La La by Juicy Couture, $72 at Sephora L’Oreal Visible […]

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How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

July 12, 2014
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Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That’s especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide. According to the latest data from the NPD Group, a market research firm, […]

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Birchbox Review July 2014

July 11, 2014
Birchbox July 2014

This month’s Birchbox was a little better than last month. I got two products I was excited about. Products in this box: Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Mask, Retail Value $25.95 for 4oz, Sample size, two at .5oz each, $6.48 This is the 3rd Beauty Protector product I have gotten in Birchboxes and I have […]

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Too Faced Country Palette Look Tutorial

July 11, 2014
Too Faced Country Palette Look Tutorial

The more I use this palette, the more I love it. It is just so sweet.

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Fabletics Review July 2014

July 10, 2014
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I don’t know if you noticed, but it got hot outside. And that means despite the air conditioning in the gym, it’s hot in there too. So this month I picked shorts from Fabletics. The outfit was $49.95 for two pieces, the tank and the shorts. It is really hard for me to find shorts […]

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Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Palette Review and Swatches

July 9, 2014
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I think this is a sweet palette. You can get a lot of great day looks with it as well as some fun night looks. When mixed with a palette with more matte shades like Chocolate Bar or Maybelline Nudes, you can get even more looks.

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L’Oreal Miracle Blur Foundation and Blush Review and Demo

July 7, 2014
L'Oreal Miracle Blur Foundation and Blush Review and Demo

The L’Oreal Miracle Blur foundation is popping up at drugstores everywhere. Is it worth it?

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

July 7, 2014
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Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown is a historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson, who was captured by Native Americans during King Philips War (1675-78) and held for 11 weeks before she was ransomed.

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Sunday Favorites and Fails

July 6, 2014

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorites are!

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Mexican Fiesta Dip

July 6, 2014

Ingredients 2 (16-ounce) can Goya black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.25-ounce) can Muir Glen diced tomatoes no salt added 2 (11-ounce) cans Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn no salt added, drained 1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso green chilies chopped, drained 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 […]

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

July 4, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that I picked up based on the cover. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. And this one intrigued me.

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Too Faced Rock and Roll Palette Review and Swatches

July 3, 2014
Too Faced Rock n Roll

The Rock n Roll palette is $36 is worth every single penny.

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Healthy options for tan skin

July 3, 2014
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There are many cosmetic choices when it comes to giving your skin a healthy glow for summer. Such options not only provide desired results, but also reduce your risk of developing potentially harmful conditions that result from overexposure to UV rays.

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FRAM Air Filters Protect You from Allergens plus Sweepstakes

July 2, 2014
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Being a mom means taking care of your children. It also means trying to find that line to walk between protecting them too much and not enough. I am a firm believer that kids need to make mistakes and learn from them while I am there to help them deal with it. I believe that […]

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Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara Review

July 2, 2014
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The Revlon Bold Laquer Mascara is amazing!

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Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court – It’s Not Over Yet

July 1, 2014
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I don’t think this battle is over. Far from it. But I think we need to keep fighting.

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LuLu Blossom Review

July 1, 2014
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LuLu Blossom is a vegan/vegetarian bath and beauty line.

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June Empties and the Two Worst Mascaras Ever

June 30, 2014
Dawn Ultra New Zealand Spring Scent Dishwashing Liquid

I am really not kidding about the two worst mascaras that ever existed! Products in this video: Dawn Ultra New Zealand Spring Scent Dishwashing Liquid Equate Beauty Night-Time Soothing Makeup Remover Towelettes, $3.48 at Walmart Pure Silk Rich & Luxurious Shave Cream for Women Cherry Blossom, $2.19 at Walgreens Beauty Protector Protect & Oil, $25.95 […]

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June Favorites

June 30, 2014
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Ultra Hydrating Lotion & Soothing Aloe Gel, Coconut Papaya

These are my favorite videos to film and to watch! What were your favorites for June? What do I need to try? Products in this video: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Ultra Hydrating Lotion & Soothing Aloe Gel, Coconut Papaya, $8.99 from Drugstore.com Triple Moisture Body Cream in Amber Blush, $12.50 from Bath & […]

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Chicken Tacos with Peach Salsa

June 29, 2014

Ingredients Salsa: 1 (15.25-ounce) can Del Monte Lite sliced peaches, drained and chopped 1 (4.25-ounce) can Old El Paso green chilies chopped, drained 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce Tacos: 8 corn, flour or whole wheat tortillas, slightly warmed 1 […]

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How to Use an Eyeshadow Quad

June 27, 2014
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Remember those Covergirl eyeshadow quads I reviewed a couple days ago? Today I have a tutorial using one of those and showing you one way to use an eyeshadow quad.

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5 Fashion and Beauty Tricks to Make it Through a Hot, Hot, Summer

June 26, 2014
5 Fashion and Beauty Tricks to Make it Through a Hot, Hot, Summer

Oh, sweet summertime. It’s a season made for sippin’ on iced tea, lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun. Just like the season, summer fashion can be fun and flirty—think shimmering nails, flowing maxi dresses and effortless hair. Here are some ways to stay casual and cool during the hot summer months. Think […]

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Cover Girl Eyeshadows Review

June 25, 2014
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It seems that these quads are really hit and miss. If you see a color combo you really like, the price is low enough to try it out.

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Win a $5000 Shopping Spree from Julep

June 24, 2014
NYFW Sweepstakes
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Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

June 24, 2014
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town takes place in 1974 in Atlanta. Tensions are high and it seems that everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There is racial and religious tension. The city is in turmoil.

And someone is executing cops.

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Wantable Makeup Box June 2014

June 23, 2014
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Wantable‘s makeup subscription box is my favorite one each month. It is $36 and you get several full size products and possible some samples. You can return the entire box for a refund if you don’t like it and can skip the month at any time. Subscribe here. Products in the box: The One Stick […]

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