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Cucumber Sugar Scrub

Homemade Cucumber Sugar Scrub Over the past couple years I have talked about how much I LOVE and live by scrubbing my face with sugar before I put my make up on. It has kind of went from using sugar just over a wetted down face, to sugar mixed with oil, and now I religiously do this cucumber sugar scrub! It is a mild scrub that has mint, cucumber, oil, and sugar!

THE BENEFITS: the cucumber helps to soothe your skin and reduce any redness you may have. The mint helps wake me up in the mornings before I get ready and it also helps to brighten your skin! The sugar obviously will be the exfoliant and get rid of any dead skin leaving a clean and smooth surface and the oil will help to hydrate and make it nice and soft! Scroll down to see the recipe :)

Homemade cucumber sugar scrub - brightens your skin and makes it nice and smooth before you apply make up! Homemade cucumber sugar scrub - brightens your skin and makes it nice and smooth before you apply make up!THE RECIPE:

1/2 cucumber

3-4 cups sugar (this depends how much an exfoliant you want, if you need a really good and intense exfoliant, use more, but don’t use an intense exfoliant everyday as it will do more damage than good! and if your cucumber is bigger than normal you may need to use more – you want it very mild if you will be using it every day though)

1/2 tbsp. olive oil

1 small handful of chopped up mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

1. Puree the cucumber until it is a liquid.

2. Add the sugar, (more or less than directed depending on how you like it) oil, and mint leaves

*If the sugar is dissolving, add more

3. Stir together and put in a jar or container

*keep refrigerated to keep it nice and fresh. Also the cold wakes me up in the mornings and brightens my face a little which I love :)

Hope you enjoy!! xx

Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm, by amber
Posted In : At Home Beauty,Beauty,DIY

Side Braid Video Tutorial

Barefoot Blonde - Side Braid Video TutorialTOP: Townsen c/o || LIPSTICK: NARS ‘Heat Wave’

So I finally have this tutorial for you! Again, my camera is still broken so it was filmed on my laptop but hopefully you at least get the picture! I know it is long but I do give some tips for using the extensions and how to apply product when you wear extensions so if you wear extensions it could be helpful :)

If you don’t wear extensions and don’t want to hear about what product I use and how I use it, skip to 8:48

Scroll down to see the video and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube page, here!

Barefoot Blonde - styling products for braids

WAVE & SHINE SPRAY BY ORIBE c/o || MOROCCAN OIL HAIRSPRAY c/o || MOROCCAN OIL ARGAN OIL SERUM c/o || SAM VILLA BRUSH c/oΒ Tutorial on how to do this side braid with extensions

**Photos taken by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm, by amber
Posted In : Hair,hair ideas,tutorial

Fitness Part 1

Barefoot Blonde fitness So today I am talking fitness! Quite honestly I haven’t worked out much since I have been pregnant, not as often and not nearly as hard as I was before. I believe in being active for mental health as well as physical health and love to be active in some way each day even if while I am pregnant some days it is just taking my dog on a walk and playing with him out back and making sure I park in a far parking spot haha

The #1 thing I get asked to do a post on is my work out so I will be sharing some of my favorite work outs (throughout the year!) and the ones I found most effective (these I did PRE pregnancy) but I will also share pregnancy work outs as I get further into my pregnancy.

Barefoot Blonde fitness

This work out I am sharing today may seem a bit silly because they are really simple moves but to me this is what gets me the leanest and most toned. I usually do this work out three times a week:

CARDIO 60 MIN (I usually do 30 min on the bike and 30 on row machine!)

300 LUNGES (If this seems like a lot, start out at 150 like I did and I worked my way up adding about 20 each day. I usually do 25 at a time walking around an indoor track and walk 200 yards in between and your legs are supposed to shake afterwards :) )

300 REPS OF VARIOUS AB EXERCISES (again I know this may seem outrageous if you are just starting to get working out again but just start doing 100 a day and add 15 or 20 each day you do them.) I will do 25 sit ups, 25 air bike, 25 butt ups, 30 second plank (I count as 25 sit ups) and just pick 4 different exercises and rotate between those that day and then the next day rotate a couple different ones into it.

And after that I am beat. On the two days in between I do various arm work outs and work different parts of my body with weights or I do boxing work outs but I will share those work outs another day :)

Also music is huge for me in working out, if I can’t find my headphones or something I will not go to the gym until I have them found! It is so motivating for me and sometimes just listening to a certain song can put me in the mood to go do a really good work out so as I do these work out posts I will also share my current playlist!

MY WORK OUT CURRENT PLAYLIST:

Doses and Mimosas by Cherub

Do My Thang by Miley

The Illest by Far East Movement

Do I (Where We Are) by Cherub

Dark Horse by Katy Perry

Big Poppa by The Notorious B.I.G.

Cinema by Benny Benassi (Skrillex Remix)

React by Eric Sermon

Thats all for today! Check back tomorrow to see the Chunk Side Braid Tutorial!! xo

Posted On : January 16, 2014 at 5:30 am, by amber
Posted In : Fitness

Loose Braid Tutorial

Loose Braid Tutorial

STEP ONE: Take three sections

STEP TWO: Begin doing a Dutch braid (basically instead of putting the outside section on top of the middle section, you put it underneath the middle section in a braiding motion.)

STEP THREE: Pull out each loop quite a bit to make the braid look thicker and looser.

STEP FOUR: Repeat on other side and connect both braids in back with an elastic and hair spray.

Loose Braid Tutorial **Photos by Jessica Janae Photography

Posted On : January 15, 2014 at 11:15 am, by amber
Posted In : Hair,hair ideas

Product Review January 2014

Barefoot BlondeFor today’s post I am talking about products I have absolutely been loving and some that I have tried and did not like! I always prefer to watch a video when it comes to hair and beauty especially product reviews – I could sit all day long and watch tutorials and product reviews so I am going to try and include more videos for those who prefer to watch them like I do! And make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel (here) to see all my videos as soon as I upload them!

I usually have better quality videos but my camera has not been working so I had to use my computer but hopefully my camera gets fixed in the next little bit :)

WATCH THE VIDEO VERSION OF THIS POST: HERE

1. BECCA ‘The One Perfecting Brush’ – I LOVE THIS BRUSH so stinkin much, its amazing for contouring and blending! It took some getting used to but now that I am used to it I never want to use anything else! PS I am currently using this bronzer to contour and I love it!!

2. YSL Baby Doll Mascara – I did not like this which I was super bummed about.. I had been wanting to try it and really wanted to love it because the packaging is amazing and I heard so many good things about it. It goes on really thick and nice but it transfers onto my eye lids just after a couple hours. If I have it on my lower lashes it also transfers onto my lower lid so unfortunately I will not be buying this again.

3. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara – I have used this for about 3 years and I cant find anything I like better thus far! It never flakes and doesn’t ever transfer onto my lids!

4. Sephora Pro Flawless Bronzer Brush – I use this for foundation but it is by far, hands down, thee best foundation brush you will ever use, ever! I promise! Please go get it and you will forever thank me, like all of my friends have :)

5. Stila Foil Eyeshadow – Holy cow I love this stuff so much! It literally looks like foil flakes on your eye lid.. it is sticky though and with a primer it holds amazing. It is really great for smoky looks like this or a gold liner!

6. Ardell Demi Wispies – These are the best false lashes ever! At first I thought they looked a little too long but when they are actually on they look natural and if you want to make them a bit more bold you can add mascara to the ends. They are so so pretty and just look like you have amazing lashes.

7. Smashbox Hydrating Primer – I always love to have a hydrating layer underneath my make up, #1 for my skins health but also because I feel like it helps my foundation go on smooth and lay on top nice instead of sinking into my pores. This primer is the perfect amount of hydrating and doesn’t make my face oily or anything like that!

8. MAC Mineralize Concealer – I LIKE this but I don’t love it. I am going to finish it but I am excited for it to be done. Previous to this I used Marc Jacobs Concealer (in the color Stand Corrected) and nothing really beats it. I tried to find something a tad cheaper but after trying others I think the Marc Jacobs concealer is worth the splurge, nothing compares.

9. MAC ‘Soft and Gentle’ Highlighter – I lovvvve this highlighter because it is super subtle and can be used as an every day highlighter to brighten your face. For nights I usually add more and add some under my contour as well to make it a bit more dramatic.

That is all the reviews I have for now but I am hoping to do these every month or so and just review the latest products I have purchased and loved or hated so let me know if this is something you guys would want to keep seeing or if you have any products you would like reviewed!!

And don’t forget to watch the video here if you’re into that kinda thing :)

Posted On : January 14, 2014 at 7:25 am, by amber
Posted In : Beauty