Don’t be tempted…Don’t lick your lips!

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Brad Pitt during ‘Mr. And Mrs. Smith’            L.A. Premiere 2005

One bad habit we have to admit to is the fact that yes! sometimes we lick our lips. With the arrival of winter,  chilly weather is extremely harsh on our skin. Our lips are super sensitive and when exposed (we can’t help it) to the cold breeze they basically dry out!

Here are a couple of tips for both women and men, we at follow in order to keep our lips hydrated, nourished and healthy.

We can’t forget that licking our lips basically worsens the situation. Our saliva contains acids which break down food, these acids  basically just dry us out when we lick our lips.

In the morning before washing your face, apply some lip balm or Vaseline on your lips. Facial cleansers contain oil fighting ingredients which which can dry our lips.

Always carry lip balm with you and definitely select one with spf and with one of these super moisturizing ingredients …beeswax, vitamin E or glycerin.

When at home try this amazing D.I.Y. Take a cucumber and simply take one to three slices (the rest can be used for your salad or for other D.I.Y./skincare treatments…tons on our page) and place them on your lips. Hold them for like 15 min. During this time your lips will absorb all the water from the slices of cucumber.

We love the following P.M. D.I.Y. (When we’re sleeping)

Simply mix olive oil and honey. Olive oil is beyond moisturizing and repairing (loaded with vitamin E and minerals) Honey is also a great humectant but has tons of antibacterial and antiviral properties, so adios! chapped lips.

Apply the mixture to your lips and the next morning your lips will be moisturized, healthy and ready to face the cold chilly weather.


P.S. Always moisturize before heading out!


After-Shave Nourishing & Pampering!

Icon Virna Lisi by Jean-Paul Goude x Esquire Magazine March 1965

Honestly, we all hate razor burns & bumps; besides irritating, painful and just annoying, they look horrible. The following soothing mask is great for both women and men and it can be incorporated into your post shaving experience. Great for legs, face  and basically anywhere on our bodies The Cucumber Yogurt After Shave Mask is soothing, refreshing, moisturizing and yes! anti-inflammatory.

All you need is a peeled cucumber and three to four spoons of plain greek yogurt (keep in mind we always select regular yogurt and avoid the fat free ones because the high levels of fat  are key in repairing and adding a glow to our skin especially during these cold months). You can also use more or less of the ingredients (depending on the area of focus)


Time to make our Cucumber Yogurt After Shave Mask.

Blend the cucumber (blender) with  plain yogurt. After you have created a smooth mask apply to the irritated area. Cucumbers are packed with hydration and anti-inflammatory properties. Yogurt is exfoliating, smoothing. moisturizing and repairing. After 15 min. rinse off with warm water, pat dry and finish off as usual (moisturize!)

P.S. We love to make the best of everything we have so in case you have some left over, it can be used as a great toning facial mask as well. Follow as mentioned above.

Say no to thirsty skin!

banana honey mask

We all know that a healthy and balanced diet with regular exercise is key in having great skin, but truth be told sometimes we’re so busy and especially with the holidays (food overdose) we haven’t really had the chance to hit the gym or keep a proper skin care regimen. Our skin is looking dry, dull and just missing that radiant glow which we all love. The following mask is super easy and is great for both women and men. While having your morning coffee and getting ready to head out into the cold try to apply this super hydrating mask to your skin, in order to give your skin the moisture needed. Say no to thirsty skin! (thirsty skin over produces oil thus leading to breakouts and it also speeds up the aging process)

All you need is a banana and some honey.

As we have explained before, honey is a humectant. It’s super soothing and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It reduces swelling and really treats wounds and scars.

Bananas are loaded with vitamins and minerals, nourishing our skin and increasing its elasticity. Vitamin A present in bananas restores our moisture, so this is a major plus.

How to make your mask.

Remember you will apply this mask to clean skin. All you need to do is mash a banana and mix it with honey.

Apply on your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer and your set!

This mask is great for both women and men and is one of those winter pampering treatments which benefits all skin types from normal to acne prone skin.

Red Wine Toner…Cheers!

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Leftover wine from holiday dinner? Don’t toss it away!  Wine’s powerful properties are super beneficial for our skin.

The following toner is great for both women and men and it’s super easy and efficient.

The Goal: Clear, balanced and Glowy Skin.

Here’s a little info. on why we love red wine for skin care.

High levels of antioxidants which protect us from aging.

Stimulates blood circulation.

Increases skin elasticity (firmer skin)

Brightens our skin.

Detoxifies (goodbye acne )

Red Wine Toner.

Simply dab a cotton ball over the bottle and swipe over your skin. (Make sure your skin is clean before applying).

We personally let it dry and then follow up with our  favorite moisturizer.

You can also rinse it off after a couple of minutes, pat dry and then hydrate.

Honey & Cinnamon…Facial Treats!


The Weekend is finally here and after this extremely long week (work and Xmas shopping) yep we broke out! There are tons of DIY’ and Masks in the market that will definitely take care of acne and nourish our skin. We love sharing new and interesting combos to our followers. Today we’re going to try a fast and super efficient mask that is great for everyone that has acne prone skin.

All we need to do is grab two tablespoons of honey and  mix it with one tablespoon of cinnamon.

Honey  is hydrating, nourishing and soothing. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, so it will disinfect. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties so it’s basically going to put a stop to the growth of bacteria. Bring these two together and we get an amazing anti acne facial mask.

We’re going to clean our face (after washing pat dry) and after mixing both these ingredients (make sure you have created a paste) we will apply it on our skin. After 15 min. we will rinse with warm water pat dry and apply our favorite moisturizer.

You can do this mask twice a week to treat and prevent acne.

Soothing Scrub!


We just came back from the market and picked up some our favorite eats, yep oatmeal. It’s super cold out, so when we want a quick and hearty snack we turn to this all time classic; but while making one of our faves, we can actually make an amazing exfoliating and nourishing facial scrub.

When we think about scrubbing our skin, it actually sounds super harsh, but oatmeal is very  soothing, delicate and beyond amazing.

Oatmeal is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Basically it will exfoliate away the dead skin that lays on our skin (which makes us look dull and which can clog our pores leading to major breakouts). Besides removing dead skin, Oatmeal is soothing,moisturizing and healing.

The next ingredient we will use is regular whole milk (the fat in milk will replenish, brighten and give us the moisture needed during these cold months) Milk has tons of vitamins and minerals, as well as lactic acid. Lactic acid is amazing for the texture of our skin. It will acts as an exfoliator but it will give thirsty skin the hydration needed. Remember thirsty skin leads to wrinkles and even breakouts ( the body will over produce oil), so milk is a major +.

The Oatmeal and milk scrub is super easy. Basically take a cup of warm milk, warm it up (not too hot) and stir some oatmeal in it. Make sure you bring both together and stir stir stir. After approximately 3 minutes you should have a paste ( oh we forgot when choosing the oats we usually go for the smaller ones because large oats will just fall off when placed on our skin)

Wash your face…then apply in a circular motion your new scrub. Gently massage (allowing both the oatmeal and milk to sink into your pores). Leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Add a Pop of Radiant & Glowy Blush to your look!

 Tracy Reese Spring 2012 Makeup Backstage
Backstage @ Tracy Reese SS’12

Winter time, means goodbye summer radiance. Many of us love that summer glow because our skin is basically flawless, an all around even tone and just full of life. We can bring back a pop of  summer feel, by incorporating a cream blush into our looks.

During these cold days, we love incorporating a cream blush into our everyday looks and we prefer them over the powder ones because they absorb into our skin, leaving our skin healthy looking and moisturized. We hate a cakey look (makes our skin appear dull and dry)

Instead of going out and purchasing one you can actually make your own at home. Affordable and effective, you will be able to control the pigmentation as well as the consistency of the blush (you can make it super moisturizing if you wish)

All you need is your  lipstick of choice  and some Vaseline. Some people don’t like the feel of Vaseline on their skin so you can change it up, instead of petroleum jelly try to use your favorite moisturizer in the process.

Cut off a piece of the lipstick and simply mix it  with Vaseline(or lotion) until you have achieved a consistency and as well as a color that works for you. Make sure to do this in a small container (that way you can store it)  and voila you’re basically done! We personally love to store it in the fridge (not the freezer) because we love our blush to be a little more thicker but it’s really up to you. Remember you can always play with the ingredients to customize a color and texture that works for you.