An iced coffee that outsmarts the summer heat!

It’s iced-coffee season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! You see, mastering your morning fix at home is easy, especially with our homemade iced-coffee hacks. We’ve been using these tricks to save us time, money, and the stress of long (steamy) café lines…and we’re ready to let in you on our secrets. So, get ready to improve your iced-coffee routine — we’re here to help!

The Perfect Ratio
Every coffee drinker has his or her own ideal ratio of coffee-to-beans-to-time. This method is our favorite. Remember: Some say cold-brewed coffee is more caffeinated than regular coffee, so use this as a concentrate and mix it with a little cold water before using.

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Best Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Makes: about 2 cups concentrate
½ cup whole coffee beans
2 cups room temperature water

1. Grind the coffee beans in a grinder for about 30 seconds. Transfer to a French press. Pour the water over the grounds, cover with the French press top, and set aside at room temperature overnight.
2. In the morning, push down the filter to stop the brewing. Strain into a container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve over ice mixed with water and/or milk.

Simple Syrup Saver
Simple syrup is our preferred sweetener for iced coffee, far superior to having undissolved sugar bits in your drink! We keep ours in a DIY dispenser for easy access and to prevent spills — because, let’s face it, we’re not the most nimble first thing in the morning.

Makes: 1 container, plus simple syrup
1 empty pump-top soap bottle
1 bottle Goo Gone
Granulated sugar

1. Remove the labels from one empty pump-top soap bottle in hot soap water and wipe off any glue residue with Goo Gone or a similar product. Thoroughly wash out and dry the container.
2. Meanwhile, simmer equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Pour into the prepared container and store in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Spiritial Cascade! – hair tutorial

How to Get the Look:
Step 1: Finger-comb a curl-enhancing mousse through wet hair, then flip your head over and dry with a diffuser for bouncy spirals.
Step 2: Divide your hair in half from ear to ear. Gather the top half into a high pony, and let the bottom hang loose. Position your pony on the top of your crown so it looks super-bouncy, and then tighten your elastic a few times for an extra boost.
Step 3: Add a sweet touch to a sexy outfit by sliding on a colorful satin headband with a bow.
Tip: No time to wash? Spritz your curls with water before scrunching them with mousse as a quick refresher.

DIY bb cream

If anyone was going to have clever DIY makeup ideas, we knew it would be the ladies at Benefit. Maggie & Annie Ford Danielson, Benefit’s Global Beauty Authorities, gave us a cool way to make your products multi-task.

Forget about all those commercial BB creams on the market: Make your own!

Just mix your sunscreen with your bronzing powder to make a cream that you can then put on lips, eyes, and cheeks. Instant makeup with sun protection, which is especially important on your lips. Everyone forgets to use sunscreen there. Potential ouch.

spritz it

Face mists are the best way to stay cool and refresh your makeup, and MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton has a great recipe for a portable, multi-tasking, DIY skin refresher.

Mix a teaspoon of your favorite moisturizer with a cup of water and a dash of iridescent powder (like MAC’s Silver Dusk) into an atomizer. Shake and spray your face and body with the resulting, glowy moisturizing mist.

You can even keep it in the fridge so that it’s extra-cooling when you spritz–then toss it into your beach bag and go.

A word of advice: Do not accidentally pour your left-over Kool-Aid into the bottle instead of the iridescent powder

DIY lip photoshop!

LA-based Aussie makeup artist Napoleon Perdis –who’s been in the business for almost 20 years and has two different makeup lines–has some pretty unique ideas about makeup. (Seriously. He totally blew my mind a few months ago when he said you should always apply mascara first.)

Tinted balms and sheer lipsticks are your friends in the summer, but Perdis had another idea for really perking up your pucker.

When you look at the natural color of your lips, you’ll notice that they have a specific skin tone in the middle and a lighter “halo” around the outside. That halo is what Perdis wants you to capitalize on and highlight in the summer. “Line your lips with a white liner and blend it in [to the center of your lips],” Perdis said. “Then tap some gloss on top of it. It’s divine. It’s instant Photoshop.”

I was skeptical but tried it with a white eye liner I had lying around and my go-to NARS Pillow Talk pink lip gloss and it looked fantastic–glowier and brighter. Plus the liner acted like a primer to keep the lip color on my lips longer. Just please don’t walk out of the house with just white lip liner on. It’s creepy.

make that blemish channel Marilyn!

If you get a blemish in the summer–which is a common thing due to increased sweating, using more powder to stop that sweating, and buckets of sunscreen–your first inclination is probably to spackle that thing with concealer.

Makeup artist Robin Black, who is also a photographer and runs the gorgeous siteBeautyisboring, has a more glamorous cover-up option for you.

“Let’s say, while getting ready for a pool or beach party, you notice an unwanted friend popping up on your cheek. Just reach for Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Espresso and color a small dot over the blemish,” Black said. “He or she–the sexy summer fling you will definitely meet that day–will be intrigued by your Marilynesque mole and slightly confused (you are mysterious and ever-changing) when it’s missing the next time you meet.”

There’s photographic evidence (above) that Marilyn moved her mole around, so you’re in good company. Disclaimer: This probably won’t work if the blemish is on the tip of your nose or the middle of your forehead.

Don’t drink the kool-aid!

Thanks to its waxy nature, lipstick is possibly the melt-iest of all the makeup, thus making it a lousy option for long-term wear in the summer, not to mention horrible for carrying around in your beach bag all day. But if you can’t bear to give up your bright lips at the beach, LA-based makeup artist Nico Guilis, who’s worked on Dree Hemingway, Bar Rafeali and Poppy Delvingnehere’s, has a genius DIY tip for you: Try a Kool-Aid stain. Yes, really.

“The Kool-Aid stain is amazing because it has truly long lasting wear but is also inexpensive and a fun thing to try. Because it stains you don’t have to reapply,” Guilis told me. “It’s what women used to do in the 1950s–I love a good vintage trick.” (FYI, Kool-Aid was invented in the late 1920′s. Who knew?)

To get the look: You put a tiny amount of Kool-Aid powder (any of the reds or pink or orange…but be careful, it’s bright!) into a small cup. Put a tiny amount of water on your finger and rub the Kool-Aid on your lips, then use a Q-tip to clean up the outer area and rub it in. You can keep layering to make it darker.

Bonus: Instant beverage if you get thirsty!

Photography this summer

If you’re going away, take pictures of where you go. If you’re staying at home, take pictures of when you go on outings with your friends- its a brilliant way to keep the memories fresh.. forever.

if you go to a deli or restauraunt, take a picture of your food, or a selfie with your friends.

if you see something you like, let out the inner artist within yourself and take a snap of it- you don’t even have to edit it if you dont want to/dont know how to!

whatever you do this summer, have fun! lots of love, Sara! xxx

kool-aid lips stains and more!

We’ve all heard the same old summer makeup tips: Wear less foundation, use waterproof mascara, don’t use heavy moisturizers. But there has to be other ways to update and weatherproof your makeup for the sweaty season, right?

I asked all of my talented, creative makeup artist friends for some very unexpected summer beauty tips (Kool-Aid as a lip stain? Yep, that works). Best part? They’re all DIY which means they’re wallet friendly too.

over the next few days, i am going to post some of these awesome DIY beauty tips on here 🙂 have fun, bitchesss!

Summer Post!

Boho Sheek
The Boho look is nothing new.
The look has been around since the Hippies in the 1960′s.
Stars such as Vanessa Hudgens is well known for her Boho-chic style.
If you are trying to achieve a simple Boho look ,try out some lace pieces.
Then add the proper accessories, like I did in the outfit above.
Boho style is a cool look but make sure you don’t take it over board!
Have fun!