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Our natural beauty recipes post was loved so much that I thought I should share more beauty recipes with you! As I said before, I believe simple and cheap is the way to go as often as possible. A rough economy with seemingly does not mix with expensive beauty products. You can get the same effect that many beauty products promise at home saving you money, a trip to the store and exposure to unnecessary chemicals. Read on for simple, natural  tips to help your common problems.

1.) Strengthen dry and brittle hair

This is my new favorite recipe for my hair. I always have horrible problems with dryness and brittleness due to curling irons,  sun exposure and swimming in the salty seas and oceans. This is the only treatment that has helped strengthen and moisturize my hair for longer than a day. Mix together a cup half a cup to one cup (depending on the length of your hair) of honey with one to two tablespoons of oil and one egg yolk. Olive oil is highly moisturizing along with honey, which holds moisture better than any other ingredient. Egg yolk also reduces brittleness by adding a multitude of vitamins along with keratin. With damp hair, spread the mixture over your hair and evenly comb it through. Let the recipes sit for 30 to 60 minutes for optimal results. Rinse off only with water and you should begin to see a difference by the time your hair is dry.

2.) Exfoliate sensitive skin without a scrub

To exfoliate your skin gently with no action rather than using abrasive scrubs, pour a gallon of whole milk into your bath. The lactic acid will exfoliate the skin without any scrubbing and the high fat content will also moisturize your skin as it is exfoliated. This is a great way for those with sensitive skin to exfoliate it without harming it. Or, if you don’t want to use all the milk in the house, pour half a cup of vinegar into your bath to exfoliate your skin. Your skin won’t be moisturized with vinegar like it will be with whole milk, though.

3.) Whiten your yellow nails

If your nails get yellow from too much nail polish, clean them off with lemon juice. The easiest way to do this is to cut a lemon in half and stick your nails in the lemon half. Let your fingers soak in the lemon juice for two to five minutes, and then rinse your hands off. You should see results with one use within one week of the treatment. Just be careful and make sure that you don’t have any cuts before trying this.

4.) Get rid of dandruff

To rid yourself of dandruff, mix together equal parts olive oil and lemon juice. With damp hair, massage this into your scalp and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then, rinse off with water only. The acid in the lemon will eat away the dandruff present on the surface on the scalp while the olive oil will moisturize your scalp to prevent further dandruff.

5.) Stimulate your skin and get energy as well

To get more energy and invigorate your face, try using cocoa. Mix together equal parts raw cocoa with regular yogurt and spread the paste on your face. The caffeine will firm and stimulate your face, and give you a boost of energy as well. Cocoa is also rich with antioxidants, which helps slow the effects of aging. So, this will not only help you look younger, but the caffeine will also give you a youthful jolt of energy as well.

6.) Tone and moisturize your skin

Tone your face and help fight wrinkles naturally with bananas and honey. Mash up a quarter to a half of a banana in a bowl and thickly coat your face with it. Bananas are full of vitamins which help repair skin and its faint acidity helps exfoliate as well. Honey helps to tone the skin and hold the moisture being added. Leave on for 15-20 minutes for best results and then rinse off with water.

7.) Add luster to your hair

If your hair is dull and laking luster, try a rinse of pure coconut milk. With damp hair, cover your head with coconut milk and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. Then, rinse it off with water only. You should begin to see results when your hair dries. Coconut milk will not only remove the buildup in your hair, it will also add a slew of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to help your hair strengthen and grow fuller.

8.) Soothe and heal sunburns more quickly

When sunburnt, don’t just use aloe to soothe your skin. Mix equal parts aloe vera and honey and spread it on the effected skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with water. As the aloe vera soothes the burns, the honey will help heal the skin more quickly.

9.) Whiten your teeth

The simplest and cheapest way to whiten your teeth is with a little baking soda. Mix together a dash of baking soda into your serving of toothpaste to boost the whitening power of your toothpaste. Baking soda is a great basic whitener, which is why many toothpastes boast the fact that they contain it. To help whiten even more, mix hydrogen peroxide half and half with your mouthwash. Hydrogen peroxide is also an effective basic whitener, which is why it is used in many store-bought whitening products. Use these methods once a week until your teeth are as white as you wish. If you’d like to use food though, rub your teeth with an orange peel everyday until you see the white you want!

10.) Add volume to your hair

If your hair is limp, add some volume with beer. Choose a beer with lots of hops in it. Let it sit out for a few hours to allow it to go flat. Then, cover your damp hair with it and allow it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with water and you should begin to see a difference once your hair is dry. The yeast in the beer will add fullness to your hair and the hops and malt will add protein, and therefore strength, to your hair. You can also add more ingredients to this recipe to help your hair even more. For more help with beer beauty, check out this.

Also, check out our natural ways to treat acne for more natural beauty tips. Do you have any natural beauty recipes? Let us know below!


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  • Aimee Athnos - April 4, 2012 - 2:39 am

    These recipes look expensive to make, but you shared it so I think they are very effective. My hair is flat so I guess I’d be using tip #1, #7 and #10. :) Thanks!
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  • Claire - April 4, 2012 - 11:35 am

    hopefully they’re not too expensive to make. they’re only the price of the food. i purposely did not include recipes that required particular oils, pills or spices just to keep it simple, doable for everyone and only the price of relatively common food. they are definitely effective though! that is for certainReplyCancel

  • Kayla - April 7, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I used #4 today and it worked like a charm! I’ve struggled with dandruff for at least ten years and nothing has helped until now.ReplyCancel

  • Cabrina - April 18, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    I was wondering if you had anything for dark circle under your eye?ReplyCancel

  • Kat - April 20, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    With number 10, will this make your hair smell like beer? I really can’t stand that smell so if there is a lingering odor I think I’ll skip that one XDReplyCancel

  • Claire - April 20, 2012 - 11:23 pm

    @Cabrina try cucumber slices and/or black tea bags

    @Kat it may smell faintly like beer after you rinse it out. if you do it though, you shouldn’t shampoo your hair right away. it will strip your hair of most of the good stuff you just put in it. so, that may not be for youReplyCancel

  • ashley - April 23, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    tip #5..i can’t find raw cocoa anywhere. can i use regular hershey’s cocoa? does it make a huge difference? thank!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - April 23, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    @Ashley – to be honest, I’ve never tried it. I wouldn’t recommend it though, because the hot chocolate kind of cocoa (which is what i think you’re referring to) has been modified greatly, so it’s missing a lot of the nutrients (and most if not all of the antioxidants). most grocery stores carry plain cocoa, though. hershey’s actually makes plain cocoa as well. it’s usually advertised as baking cocoa. if this is what you saw in the store: http://binged.it/K43tSF. it will work just fine!ReplyCancel

  • Cabrina - May 4, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Thank You and i was wondering what helps blackheads and clogged pores. i wash my face every day and i don’t wear makeup so i just really want them to go away. what should i doReplyCancel

  • Claire - May 17, 2012 - 11:57 am

    @Cabrina you should check out the first beauty post here:

    http://inspiringpretty.com/2011/02/25/15-natural-beauty-recipes-using-everyday-foods/

    and the treating acne naturally post here:

    http://inspiringpretty.com/2011/08/19/10-ways-to-treat-acne-naturally/

    i’d recommend trying the brown sugar scrub to clean out your pores and dabs on honey on problem spots. you’ll find each of those explained in the articles.ReplyCancel

  • patty r - November 5, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Need coffee!!! How do people survive. Without caffineReplyCancel

  • Dentist in Columbus - December 10, 2013 - 1:59 am

    All the tips are so useful. Using baking soda for teeth whitening is effective.ReplyCancel

  • Dentist in Sunrise Florida - June 30, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    Honey is used for mouth ulcer, it helps healing the mouth ulcer faster as it has anti-microbial property.ReplyCancel

We have a tremendous giveaway for our readers beginning today. We know you all love coffee, because we have done a coffee giveaway in the past. Today, we are teaming up with a few other blogs to bring you another coffee giveaway for one lucky reader. This time though, we are giving away a little bit more. We are giving away:

The prizes mentioned above are for US citizens only. If a Canadian winner is chosen, the prize will be a $300 Amazon giftcard. The Keurig coffee giveaway will run until 11:59 PM EST on April 16, 2012. It is open to US and Canadian citizens only. Good luck and thanks for reading Inspiring Pretty!


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  • BETTY BARKER - April 11, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    I LOVE COFFEE!!!!ReplyCancel

As you can tell by our website, we like pastels, aaand we also like weddings. This wedding is quite special, because it blends together colors in a lovely manner, but also makes them pop, which is quite difficult for pastels. Usually pastels are soft and meld together easily, but these pastels stand out in a  way that normally only bold colors can. This bride can certainly give a few tips to those who are having problems with color schemes. Enjoy this gorgeous outdoors wedding in the mountains of Montana and the pretty pastels that go with it!

 

Bridal Dress: Watters ~ Bridal Shoes: Nina ~ Photography: Carrie Patterson ~ Wedding and Floral Design: Lily and Co. ~ Wedding Planning: In Any Event ~ Wedding Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Grand Teton National Park ~ Wedding Reception Location: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club

 

 

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  • Adrienne - March 31, 2012 - 11:43 pm

    Everyone would love to have a good wedding and we are all dreaming about it…Anyway, You had a great wedding here which can be an inspiration to all too…
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  • Beth - April 1, 2012 - 3:15 am

    WoW! These pictures are gorgeous! I love this wedding. Not as much in love with the cake as I am everything else just because it’s a little plain. The colors, the scenery, and the church..how awesome is that church? I just love it!ReplyCancel

It has been awhile, but I am back with some more of my silly kids’ quotes.  The delay is mostly due to my scatterbrain/laziness.  One of the boys would say something hilarious.  My husband and I would get a good laugh; thinking, “That was so genius there’s no need to write it down!  It will be etched in our memories forever.”  Then, we would go back to our day, promptly forgetting it all.  And, it’s a shame too because we’ve had some doozies in the last few months.  Not that I remember them, I just remember laughing really hard.  I swear both of the adults in our household have short term memory loss, which is a scary concept since all of our children have memories like elephants, which puts them at a clear advantage.  Anyhow, I’ve finally found a pen again and will continue to write down their gems as they come.  Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Asa has me open his fortune cookie and read it. ‘You will soon find the key to your happiness.’  He turns to his big brother and excitedly exclaims, Oooh, the key to my happiness!!
  • We found a little stray dog.  I was telling our neighbor that we can’t take anymore dogs in, but I don’t want to call the pound because they might put him down.  Asa chimes in, Yeah and they’ll feed him bad food too.
  • Aiden was asking me to take him to see the Lorax.  I’ve been hearing reports about it.  I really want to see it.  He has also been hearing reports about 5-hour energy drinks and and the Instyler hair straightener.
  • Asa comes out of his bedroom holding a broken bucket.  Alpha and I ask what happened.  I don’t know, but I did NOT sit in it.
  • Our 2-year-old, Avery, has just started talking.  Right now he likes pointing to random things while looking at the nearest person and asking them What’d you do?

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  • Nicole - March 30, 2012 - 8:16 am

    ahhhhhhh I can see the innocent in his face. i love it..hope i can kiss him..agrrr he’s so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - March 30, 2012 - 10:39 am

    oh Asa is hilarious. you should put more on hereReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - April 3, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    “I did NOT sit in it!” Baaahahahahaha!!!!!!! We just laughed till we cried.ReplyCancel

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