5 Reasons You Should Make Your Own Lip Balms

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If there’s one thing I always carry in my purse, it’s a good lip balm. Especially when the weather cools down and the air is crisp, proper skin (and lip) hydration is so important. That being said, lip balm is another easy-to-make beauty DIY that I highly recommend. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. It’s Inexpensive!
Let’s be real, buying high-quality beauty products can get really expensive. Once you start to make these things yourself (with basically the same ingredients) you realize how much money you can actually save. Why? Because you can buy one jar of coconut oil, for example, and get more than 20 batches of skin and hair product from it… for the same price as one store-bought all-natural lip balm! #winning

2. Non-Toxic
This is a biggie. It feels so good to know what I’m putting in and on my body on a daily basis, no mystery ingredients here. Especially when we’re talking about our lips – which are extremely sensitive – if I can’t find it in my kitchen cabinets, it’s not going on my lips.

3. They’re Totally Customizable
There are so many different essential oils out there that can be used in a homemade lip balm recipe. It just depends what mood you’re in, or if they’re a gift, your friends favorite scent. Some of my personal faves? Rose, lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, cinnamon and eucalyptus.

4. They Double As Great Gifts
I already told you how inexpensive and customizable these little gems are, so it’s only appropriate to make a few batches as gifts. (The holidays are around the corner after all…!) You can find cute mini jars and decorate them accordingly, your friends will love you.

5. They Double As Impromptu Moisturizers
I’ve always been a big fan of Rosebud Salve because it doubles as a one-fix moisturizer for problematic dry areas, but at $8 a pop, why not DIY? All of the ingredients in these homemade lips balms also work to help hydrate dry skin. So if you’re in a pinch and have an irritating dry patch on your chin or elbow, voila, multi-functional!

To watch my how-to LEAF videos on homemade lip balms (& more beauty products!) click right this way.|

Image via Style Me Pretty

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11 Really Good Outfits From Paris Fashion Week

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As much as we all love gawking at the ridiculous ensembles traipsing around fashion week, the more realistic outfits are where the real inspiration lives.

Here are 11 chic and totally wearable outfits from Paris fashion week to help inspire your wardrobe this week.

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Get up, dress up, show up and never give up!

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“Get up, dress up, show up and never give up!”

That quote has stuck with me and on days when I’m  feeling completely blahhhh it helps me get it together.

I was recently having one of those unmotivated mornings and as I laid in bed procrastinating, scrolling through Instagram, boom! There was that damn quote.

I jumped out of bed and got my tush in gear by starting with accessories.  Layers of rose gold Swarovski everything – bangles, earrings, necklaces, the works – just to feel extra polished, heels and a clutch. The outfit followed and I felt like a new woman.

It’s funny how your favorite accessories and an outfit can change your whole attitude, isn’t it?

I’m wearing: Swarovski Stone Mini Bangle, Swarovski Bolt Bangle, Swarovski Bolt Earrings, Swarovski Bolt Pendant, Swarovski Micro Bolt Pendant, T Bags Los Angeles Panama Top, For Love & Lemons ‘I Will Wait’ Skirt, Saint Laurent Clutch, Celine Heels & Ray Ban Sunnies

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Mr. Kate’s Elsie Collection

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Step into an entirely new realm of design with the latest collection from Mr. Kate.

Lily Elsie, an Edwardian era actress, was the muse for the newest Mr. Kate release, whose perfectly accessorized ensembles tell the story of a life well traveled through the treasures we choose to wear.

The Elsie collection is available in various gold, silver and brass pieces ranging from exquisite rings and bracelets with inset crystals, earrings and necklaces with marquise cut stones, to edgy crystal, pave ear cuffs and an eye patch that can also be worn as a headpiece or necklace.

Prices range from $38-$199, and are available on here!

More of the beautiful lookbook after the jump.

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