DIY Coffee scrubs re-purposing Cameron’s Coffee Grounds

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cameron’s Coffee. All opinions are my own. DIY-Coffee-Scrub-recipe

Being the health and beauty nut that I am, I love experimenting and trying new products. But sometimes I just get that itch to make something myself, something unique and different that you can’t buy at a store.

So today I will be sharing 2 DIY coffee scrub recipes that I made using Cameron’s Coffee. Coffee scrubs are insanely popular and available basically anywhere, but I have some ingredients up my sleeve that make these scrubs a little different and maybe better than store bought ones. One benefit of these scrubs is that I know exactly what I put into them and exactly for what reasons. So why not only enjoy the smooth taste of your morning coffee and then re-purpose the grounds to achieve smooth skin?

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The first scrub is what I like to call Buh Bye stretch marks. Let’s be honest we all have them! So why not make them less visible? You ready? Here is what you’ll need:

1 cup fresh dry or used coffee grounds (I use the grounds from my French Press, it’s always cool to be able to re-purpose, right?)

1/3 cup coconut oil

Essential oils (only use what you like, I had some peppermint around, so I’ll  be using that!)

Banjaras Skincare powder (aka Turmeric powder – available on Amazon, helps reduce appearance of any sort of marks on your skin)

Any type of jar or container (I just said goodbye to my kombucha scoby, so I have a whole bunch of Mason jars laying around. Might as well use them up for something!)

Calendula oil (It’s an amazing moisturizer on it’s own, but helps add that extra oomph to the exfoliant!)

Argan oil (same kind of idea as above)

You want to mix all of your ingredients in a jar and apply! This scrub can be applied on both dry and wet skin, but I do recommend applying it first thing in the shower, as the turmeric powder will leave a yellow  tint on your hands.

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The second scrub is a  multipurpose one, it can be used on scalp, face, lips, or body.

The only ingredient that makes it especially good for the scalp and the hair is coconut milk! You heard me! I just learned that trick from Bergdorf Goodman hair stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck.

For this scrub you will need:

½ cup of coffee

1/3 cup coconut oil

¼ cup castor oil

¼ cup brown sugar

Jasmine oil

¼ cup coconut milk

Feel free to play around with ingredients! I can’t wait to see what coffee scrub combos you will come up with! And share some ways how you repurpose used coffee grounds!

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Perfect Summer Tote DIY

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Today I have prepared an easy and quick refashion that any Costco shopper can afford to make 🙂 Why Costco? Because that’s where my in-laws take us shopping sometimes and that’s where I found a giant bag of rice that came in a sack, that we are going to use in our refashion today!
Another thin we’ll need is either plain fabric for lining, or, like in my case, a cloth bag one of my designer purses came in!
Here is our bag of rice (I’ve only seen them at Costco, please let me know if you’ve seen them at other stores! I want to make this easier for those who choose to shop elsewhere!)

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And here is the bag we are going to use for lining:

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The first thing you are going to want to do is hide all the loose ends, strings, etc! I also got rid of the zipper, because it was junky!

Then I trimmed the cloth bag to fit, kept the handles, because the original sack handles were too short!

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Make sure to do some fitting before you start sewing by simply inserting the new lining into the sack:

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I also went over the top edges with a thick red thread, to make sure it didn’t fray:

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How big is your needle? 😉
And finally sewed it all together on my machine! When sewing be careful, because the sack is made of a thick and heavy fabric, I don’t want you ruining your machines because of me! And keep in mind – you’ll end up doing some hand sewing one way or another, because the edges are thick!

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And you are done! Enjoy your bag and have a wonderful weekend!
For those of you who are wondering where I am going next week – my blog is taking me to Chicago! And even though I am going to the Windy City only for a couple of days, I feel like it’s an amazing start of something wonderful and exciting for me!
Lots of love,
Z

Review: Origins A Perfect World SPF 25

Today’s post is entirely dedicated to Origins’ A Perfect World SPF 25 Moisturizer. We all want to live in a perfect world, don’t we? Especially if it also protects us from the sun! The brand is rather popular in the US, not so sure about Russia and Europe. This moisturizer usually comes in a packaging like this:

But mine came in a tube, and I got it for free on Earth Day (April, 22) at the Origins counter at Macy’s when I recycled a Physician’s Formula tinted moisturizer.

It ususally retails for $39.50 before tax, but free is better, in my case free turned out to be a pretty good deal, for both my wallet and my skin! It’s perfect for the summer too!

I’ve been using this moisturizer every AM since I got it, it’s not a very good night time product because of the SPF, unless you need SPF at night 😉

It has a light citrus scent, mixed in with the wonderful smell of SPF! It’s easy to apply, it absorbs fast, and it doesn’t create any greasiness. It’s best used if you have dry combination skin (raise your hand if you fall into the same category as me!) As far as I understand, this is a second “edition” of A Perfect World, the first one lacked SPF.

For those of you who don’t know, Origins is paraben, mineral oil, paraffin and other nasty stuff free!

This is what the moisturizer looks like out of the packaging:

It’s really hard to find anything wrong with this product. I do admit, I like having it in a tube more than a jar. I simply believe that it doesn’t come into as much contact with air being in a tube, thus keeping it’s qualities and main features.

I was also rather smitten by it’s expiration date – it’s good for 24 months (that’s 2 whole years), it’s just always seemed to me that such natural products as this one, should last a lot less (compare: The Balm’s expiration date is 6 months after opening).

Overall, this moisturizer is getting a 4 out of 5 stars in my book! And hopefully Origins will have more products like this for other skin types. Have you tried it? What do you think?

Cheers,

Z

Сегодняшний пост хочу посвятить увлажняющему крему для лица с экстрактом белого чая от фирмы Origins. Я не знаю известна ли эта фирма в Европе и России, но она достаточно популярна в США. Сам крем обычно идет в банке.

Расскажу почему мой в тубе и как он мне достался! В прошлое воскресенье, 22 апреля, отмечался День Земли — Earth Day, и фирма Origins проводила специальную промо-акцию — раздавали полноразмерные крема в обмен на пустую тару от любых косметических/уходовых средств.

Розничная цена — $39.50 без налога, но на халяву, как говорят, и уксус сладкий — в данном случае «уксус» оказался самое то! А уж тем более на лето!

Этим средством я пользуюсь уже неделю, наношу его на лицо и шею каждое утро (в роли ночного увлажняющего средства ни производитель, ни я его не вижу — SPF 25 вряд ли кому-то пригодится после захода солнца   )

У крема легкий цитрусовый запах, смешанный с запахом солнцезащитного средства, куда же без этого! Наносится легко, впитывается очень быстро, ни пленки, ни жирности. Лучше всего подходит для комбинированной кожи (у меня именно такая). Кстати это уже вторая версия A Perfect World, первая шла без SPF фактора.

Хочется также отметить натуральность фирмы Origins, сзади на тубе перечислены все ингредиенты, а также упоминается то, что вся продукция данной фирмы производится без mineral oil, парабенов, парафинов, и т.д.

Цвет крема белый.

Увлажняет хорошо, даже не знаю к чему придраться. Честно скажу одно — упаковка — банка — нравится мне меньше, чем туба. Я считаю что находясь в тубе, крем контактирует с меньшим количеством воздуха, нежели будучи в банке, тем самым хранится дольше и сохраняет свои свойства лучше!

Немного смущает то, что срок годности — 24 месяца, после открытия упаковки, почему-то казалось, что у такого натурального средства, он должен быть меньше   (сравниваю с The Balm — у них срок кремов — 6 месяцев).

В итоге ставлю средству твердую 4, и надеюсь фирма Origins выпустит нечто подобное и для других типов кожи!

Всем отличного дня!

Xoxo,

Z

 

Earth Day Outfit

Happy Earth Day everyone, I hope you had a great day and reduced, reused or recycled! Here is what I got out of this day:

I recycled an almost empty tinted moisturizer at the Origins counter at Macy’s and got a full size Age Defense Moisturizer with SPF 25 – it usually comes in a jar, so don’t be confused by the packaging 😉

I also scored a free reusable bag at Target, don’t know what I am going to use it for yet, but it’s good to have!

The L’oreal sample came from the May issue of Vogue magazine.

And finally – free coffee in my reusable RBC mug from Caribou 🙂

I had to work today, which meant wearing black for the 4 hours that I spent at Macy’s, but then Sam and I went to a concert, and I went all out for that:

Shoes: Nine West Vintage America

Jeans: Ragstock

Shirt: Old Navy

Sheer Blouse: Ragstock

Jacket: BCBG Max Azria

Bag: Coach

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

The show we saw was pretty good, we only stayed for one band (Step in Clouds), but they were giving away free CDs. I personally thought they sounded something like Augustana.

Earth Day is now one of my favorite holidays 😉 What did you do today?

XO,

Z

Поздравляю всех с Днем Земли, я надеюсь что у вас был отличный день и вы каким-то образом помогли нашей чудесной планете! Вот что я вынесла для себя из этого дня:

Увлажняющий крем от Origins с SPF 25 – я сдала почти пустую бакну от tinted moisturizer фирмы Physicians Formula и получила полноразмерный крем бесплатно! Обычно он выпускается в банке, а не тубе, так что если вы пользуетесь фирмой Origins, не думайте, что я вас путаю!

В магазине Target мне дали сумку для продуктов многоразового использования, такие очень популярны в Америке! Я еще не знаю как буду ее использовать, потому что она небольшая по размеру, но в хозяйстве пригодиться!

Пробники от Л’Ореаль были в Майском номере журнала Vogue.

И наконец – бесплатный кофе из кофейни Caribou – я просто принесла термо кружку и все!

Я работала сегодня, так что в течение 4х часов я была одета во все черное, но вечером мы с Сэмом пошли на концерт, и я разрядилась на славу 😉

Ботильоны на танкетке: Nine West Vintage America

Джинсы: Ragstock

Розовая футболка: Old Navy

Прозрачная белая блузка: Ragstock

Пиджак: BCBG Max Azria

Сумка: Coach

Часы: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Концерт был неплохой, мы послушали только одну группу (Step in Clouds), они также раздавали бесплатные диски! Они чем-то напомнили мне группу Augustana.

С сегодняшнего дня – День Земли – мой любимый праздник! А чем вы занимались сегодня?

XO,

Z