Monthly Archives: October 2014

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub & Lip Balm | DIY

Despite today’s beautiful warm weather in Southern Indiana, unfortunately, winter is coming. Winter means colder temperatures, drier air… and chapped lips. Have no fear! With this tasty lip scrub recipe and moisturizing lip balm concoction, you can kiss those dry, chapped lips goodbye… literally.

The ingredients you’ll need for the lip scrub include:

-Coconut Oil (Target / any grocery store)

-Brown Sugar

-Honey

-Almond Extract (optional)

And for the lip balm you’ll need:

-Coconut Oil

-Vitamin E Oil (Hobby Lobby / any craft store)

-Beeswax (Hobby Lobby / any craft store)

 

In addition, you’ll need tin or plastic containers to store your finished products. I found some at Hobby Lobby for just $10, but anything with a lid will work! To start the lip scrub, measure out a teaspoon of the coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey and combine them in a small bowl. Mix until there are no large clumps of sugar left. If you’d like, you can add a drop or two of almond extract. I chose to add a little bit more sugar, because the sugar is what removes the dead skin from the lips.

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Then, fill your containers with the scrub. I applied the scrub and rubbed my lips together for about one minute and then used a tissue to remove the excess. However, the scrub can be eaten off (and it takes very yummy!) Following the scrub, you’ll need a lip balm to moisturize.

 

First, add two teaspoons of the coconut oil and one teaspoon of shaved beeswax into a microwavable bowl. Microwave the ingredients for about 45 seconds, or until the mixture is a clear liquid. Next, quickly stir in a drop or two of Vitamin E for extra moisture and pour the mixture into your lip balm container. It only takes a few minutes for the balm to set, so this is why you must work quickly! After your balm is set and completely cooled, you can apply as much as you want to your lips. In an attempt to give the balm a rosy color, I added raspberry juice to the mixture before it set. However, it failed to mix with the oil/beeswax combination. So don’t try that :) Even without color, the lip balm is a fabulous follow up to the lip scrub and it also leaves your lips with a glossy finish.

I have already fallen in love with this lip combination and there is no doubt that I will incorporate it into my night time skincare routine. This two-step process is the perfect cure to healing chapped lips and surviving a harsh Indiana winter. :)

Thanks for reading! Comment below if you give it a try!

xo, Abigail

Blast from the Past | OOTD

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A long, long time ago when my outfits were styled by my mom, I remember being forced to bring a jacket with me because it might get cold… even if it was 70 degrees out.  If I didn’t wear the jacket, my mom would always say, “Just tie it around your waist!” I remember feeling nerdy and dorky. Let’s just say if I shared any photos of me sporting this look, it would be a humiliating Throwback Thursday. But, maybe my mom was psychic, knowing that this outfit would someday become trendy. Whether or not my mom predicted this trend, wearing a flannel or button up shirt around the waist is all the rage right now.

For this look, I used my jean button up shirt as a way to color block an all-black ensemble. I think using a shirt in this way really separates and defines your top half from your bottom half. It also serves as a way to make the waist seem a bit smaller. (Who doesn’t want that?!) This trend is flattering on any body shape because of the way the shirt flares out, giving a flow-y effect. I also added a dainty gold necklace and my favorite gold bracelet to highlight the gold detailing on the back of my shirt. As for footwear, I slipped on a pair of black booties with gold hardware to tie it all together.

I love this look because it’s so casual, but flattering at the same time. The shirt not only serves as an accessory, but it also serves a real purpose… to provide an extra layer and keep you from getting cold. See mom, I listen to you! …Most of the time. :)

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Black Top, Jean Shirt, & Jeggings: Forever 21

Boots: Steve Madden

Necklace: Francesca’s

Bracelet: TJ Maxx

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Abigail

Falling for Fall Fashion

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald accurately depicts exactly how I feel when temperatures cool and my closet transitions from summer clothing to fall clothing. Any season change is an exciting time for fashion, but there’s something about fall that gets every fashionista a little extra excited. It’s a time for women to try out new trends, but still look fashion forward reverting back to their favorite classics. Skirts and sandals are traded for sweaters and boots, my favorite fall staple.

My favorite cable knit sweater goes with absolutely anything, so for this look I chose to pair it with some skinny jeans and black booties to make my legs look just a tad bit longer (I can only hope). I also added a blue statement necklace just to spice things up along with a gold bracelet that I probably wear too often. :) Throughout fall  and winter an outfit like this is my go-to. Not only is it comfortable, but it’s easy to put together at the last minute and it’s super cute.

Sweater: Nordstrom

Jeans: Banana Republic

Boots: Toms

Necklace: J Crew

Bracelet: TJ Maxx

 

Welcome to Efflorescent!

Hello all :) & welcome to my blog! I’ve started this website as part of my senior project. I’m a girlie girl at heart, so I’ll be covering mostly fashion and beauty themed posts, as well as sharing fun DIY projects, recipes, etc. Efflorescent means to flower or bloom. I named my blog efflorescent because I think that in a way, everyone is “blooming” and changing as they grow to be amazing individuals. Whether it be changes in style, hair, or even just an outlook on life, everyone goes through phases – good ones and bad ones –  to become who we are destined to be. Thank you so much for visiting my page, feel free to leave comments on anything you would like to see on here! :)

xoxo, Abigail