Internet Beauty Test Subject: DIY Microdermabrasion

DIY microdermabrasionWater from here, baking soda from here.

There’s a picture of Lauren Conrad on Pinterest and her skin looks like it’s glowing. Seriously. Glowing. “DIY Microdermabrasion!” it says. Well, I’ve tried to click on the link to see how I could get skin like hers, but, like a lot of the links on Pinterest it was no longer available. So, I gave up and moved on. It wasn’t until I was looking for ideas for this post that I came across the picture again. So, I did what I always do – I Googled it (what would life be without Google? I don’t like to think about it). It brought me to this blog which described how to do a DIY microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion, the less agressive version of dermabrasion, is described as a non-surgical way to rejuvenate skin using a tool to remove the top layer of the skin. It can help treat wrinkles, age spots, and acne. For this DIY microdermabrasion I won’t be using any tools. In fact, I’ll just be using water and baking soda.

Hypothesis: Baking soda is a cleaning miracle – it can be used to clean anything from your hair, to your bathroom. As a paste, it can exfoliate and clean your face.

Prediction: I’ve always known baking soda can be used pretty much anywhere in the house, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned how much I can use it as part of my beauty regimen (i.e. dry shampoo, regular shampoo, whitening nails, whitening teeth just to name a few). I predict that my face will be soft and smooth after using the baking soda mixture.

Test: I started by washing my face with my normal face wash. Then, I mixed 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water in a bowl and applied the mixture in circular motions all over my face for about a minute. I rinsed with warm water, patted dry and used my moisturizer.

Analysis: Let me just say that I plan on doing this DIY microdermabrasion at least once a week. My skin hasn’t felt that smooth and clean in a long time. I usually exfoliate with St. Ives Apricot Scrub once a week, but I think I’ll be doing a baking soda “scrub” from now on. It’s so simple and SO cheap.

Ratings: 
Cost: Less than $5.oo.

Time Consumed: 5 minutes.

Pre-Event Feasibility: This is such a simple and inexpensive way to get your skin looking great before any party or event.

Post-Event Feasibility: It’s also a good idea to do this after a party or night out because your skin will no doubt be exposed to all sorts of stuff.

End Result: Loved this! My skin felt soft and smooth and it looked brighter. I can’t wait to do it again.

Have you tried this DIY microdermabrasion? Do you have any skincare secrets? Leave a comment below!

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Mood Board Monday: Wanderlust Part 2

Oh hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. My life has been taken over by travel and other life events! Most recently, I was in Miami. Now the stark white/art deco/over-the-top style of South Beach is normally not my thing, but I’m a firm believer that when you’re in Rome, you do like the Romans do, so I found myself embracing it. It wasn’t all that hard having ocean-side mojitos, so don’t think that I stretched my boundaries too much. Besides – South Beach has some excellent people watching. So fun!

Now that I’m back in New England, and the weather isn’t a steady 80 degrees with a slight breeze – I’m finding myself missing it. Because of that, and with all of that inspiration still floating around my head, I decided to make it my theme for this week’s mood board. I found a photo that captured the art deco, neon, tropical side of South Beach and went from there.

miami board final1. Miami from here; 2. Coral dress from The Dessy Group – Style LR163 in Firecracker; 3. Wedding dress from Unique Vintage (no longer available); 4. Lounge at Spire Bar from here; 5. Cake from here; 6. Drink from here; 7. Lighting from here; 8. Luminaries from Etsy.

With the Great Gatsby movie coming out, you can find art deco EVERYWHERE. We’re departing a little bit from the 1920’s swank of Great Gatsby, though, and adding details that are very Miami. Think white and coral with neon blue and purple details.

I started with the clothes – both dresses here have art deco touches with the structure on the bodices. They compliment each other without matching exactly. I also like that the white dress has some sparkle in the form of white sequin on the sides.

For the lounge area, I would take a page out of the book of the Spire Bar, which is pictured in the above  photo. I love this place – It is the perfect spot to have a rooftop mojito, and I love  the white furniture with the coral-red pillows and the striped floor.

You can bring the neon details in with light-up cocktails (LED ice cubes do the trick), and possibly some rope light at the bar. If your DJ or venue has other lighting, you can also add pink, purple, or blue uplighting around your party. (side note – I am normally not a fan of colored uplighting, especially at weddings. I think it can get  tacky very quickly. But this is Miami-inspired, so over-the-top it is!). The luminaries that I pictured above for table numbers have an art deco style, and can be lit up with colored lights as well.

I hope this makes you want to run away to the beach. If not, I will have a Miami-inspired cocktail for you on Friday and I’m sure that will do the trick! In the  meantime  – Check out my past travel-themed mood board here (Morocco), and look out for more in the future!

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Pinning Pretty with Pinterest

Happy Friday, everyone! The ladies of Favorite Day have been on the road, which means that we’ve been slacking a bit in the content area. While you wait for our triumphant return you may want to check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration. We love Pinterest, and even when we’re away we do often find time to pin some pretty fabulous things.  Check out a few of our most recent finds.

1. Rent an ice cream food truck for a wedding? Yes please, with a cherry on top!

2. Re-purpose an old ladder and some scrap wood into a drink stand.

3. Tiny adorable pies on sticks.

4. This ridiculously fabulous dessert table.

5. DIY hanging heart seating chart, so clever and fun!

We’ll be back soon, we promise!

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Pretty Things: Short Wedding Dresses

Who says your wedding dress has to be full length?  Your grandma, that’s who.  I keed, I keed.  But really, it seems like the majority of brides choose to wear a long gown on their wedding day.  Perhaps they think that a short dress would be too casual, but in my opinion a knee or tea length dress can be just as elegant and formal as the poofiest floor length Cinderella ball gown.  Also, wearing a short dress is a great way to assert your individuality and really stand out among the crowd.  Check out the short dresses on the brides below.  I’ve chosen to showcase a variety of dress styles to show just how versatile this look can be.

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Clockwise from top left: Amandine and Arnaud, featured on Style Me Pretty; Laura and Omar, from Vinny D Photography; Kristin and Laura, from Kelly Prizel Photography; Anna and Tom, featured on London Bride

In the top left picture the bride wears a very simple, yet super classy (and super affordable!) knee length ball gown from Light in the Box.  You can check out the exact dress here.  The lovely bride in the top right is wearing a super fun and modern feather dress from bebe.   I don’t think that this exact dress is available anymore, but here’s something very similar.  It’s a bit hard to tell, but in the bottom left picture both ladies are sporting short dresses.  Kristin’s textured tea length dress is from Stephanie James Couture.  I believe this is the “Mrs Kennedy” dress.   Laura’s open back lace sheath is from Amy Kuschel.  This salon is based out of San Francisco, but it does look like they have retailers all over the US.  The bride on the lower right is wearing a vintage dress from the 1950s from Fur Coat No Knickers in London.  Going vintage can be a great way to save money on a dress.  However, it may require many hours sifting through vintage shops to find something that you not only love, but that’s also in your size.  If you’re looking for something vintage inspired check out Ruche.  In addition to their wide selection of bridal and bridesmaids dresses, they also have vintage inspired shoes and accessories at really reasonable prices.

If you want to see more pictures of these gorgeous ladies and their dresses you can check out the full galleries of each wedding by clicking the links in the picture caption.

One of the many benefits of wearing a short wedding dress is that you’ll have a chance to show off some fancy shoes.  I know that  lot of brides these days are picking brightly colored or otherwise fun shoes to wear under their gowns, but with long dresses they often remain hidden.  Be sure to click through the links below to see the full galleries of each wedding.

Or how about adding something a little more unexpected?  The ladies below chose to wear colored crinoline petticoats under their dresses.  Again, don’t forget to click on the links below to see the full galleries.

To see more pictures of short wedding dresses head on over to our Pinterest page, and don’t forget to follow us!

How do you feel about the short dress trend?  Would you ever considered wearing one?   Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Internet Beauty Test Subject: DIY Avocado Banana Hair Mask

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Hi guys! I’m back from my world travels and if there’s one thing I realized while being away, it’s that I don’t take care of myself like I do when I’m home. After using shampoos from hotels, my hair was in need of some deep conditioning.  By now, those of us that are big into at-home beauty treatments, know that banana and avocado are amazing for your hair. They moisturize and make your hair soft and shiny. So, I found this avocado banana hair mask recipe and gave it a try.

Hypothesis: The high – fat content in avocados, the nutrients in bananas and the protein in the egg will penetrate the hair and make it soft and shiny.

Prediction: Based on what I already know (and what I’ve heard) about the ingredients, I think my hair will be soft and manageable after this hair mask.

Test: 
Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 banana
1 tablespoon sunflower oil (you can also use olive oil)
1 egg

Optional apple cider vinegar rinse (I highly recommend this!): If you’d like to use an apple cider vinegar rinse after shampooing, you can mix ¼ cup ACV and 1 cup water together and set it aside – or put in the shower so you can easy grab it when you’re rinsing out the mask (learn why ACV is great for you hair here).

I cut up the banana and avocado and put them in a blender, followed by the sunflower oil and egg. I blended this until it was smooth and applied to my dry hair and put my hair up in a shower cap. After the mask had been on for 20 minutes, I rinsed my hair with cool water and shampooed twice. Then, I took the ACV mixture and poured it all over my hair and left it in for about 2 minutes. I rinsed the ACV mixture out and used my regular conditioner.

Analysis: My hair felt rejuvenated after the mask and ACV rinse. The mask was also fairly easy to execute without making too much of a mess. The only thing I would do differently next time is wait until the avocado is softer. It was difficult to blend it completely because it was not as ripe as it should have been. The banana was also difficult to completely blend – I still had pieces left in my hair after rinsing and shampooing, BUT after I conditioned my hair the pieces came out.

Ratings:
Cost: About $10.00, $15.00 if you purchase apple cider vinegar.

Time Consumed: 30 minutes.

Pre-Event Feasibility: If you plan on wearing your hair down, whether you’re straightening or curling it – this mask is perfect to do before your event. Smooth and shiny! Yay!

Post-Event Feasibility: This mask and rinse is a great idea if you’re trying to get your hair back to a healthy state. If you’ve put your hair through heating tools and hair products for your event, this is a great hair mask to bring your locks back to life.

End Result: I loved this hair mask. I’ve put my hair through many years of color treatments and I feel like it moisturized deeper than anything else I’ve tried. I plan on doing it again next week with a softer avocado – I’ll be sure to give you an update!

Do you have a DIY hair mask that you love? Leave a comment below!

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