HELP! I recently went to the nail salon and recieved a gel-mani and I'm really regretting my choice of color. Is there anyway I can change the color without going back to the salon or peeling it off myself? - Jamie
Instead of peeling the impossible or starting over, why not paint regular polish over your gel mani? To our surprise, it can be done — and actually looks awesome!
This is no guarantee your manicure will last longer, but it can disguise the gaps from your natural nails growing in. And, you can change the color as much as you’d like! Ready to risk your $40 mani? Here's how to do it!
Hi! I've been invited to a handful of holiday parties and bought a killer mini dress, but my legs just aren't up to par! Any advice on how I can achieve silky sexy legs? - Leslie
'Tis the season to show off your stems! Holiday parties are about to be in full swing and you need killer legs to match that killer dress!
It's no secret that baring your bottom half can be nerve-racking — but not anymore. We here at DIY Fashion have found a way to take the worry out of rockin' it at your next celebratory shindig. We conjured up a do-it-yourself cream that's low on cost and big on benefit! Click here for the ingredients and enjoy!
Hi Ladies! The cold winter air and harsh winds draws moisture out of my skin! How can I keep my skin from drying out this winter?!
Hi! That's a great question!
Our skin could use a little pick-me-up right now as well!
So, in order to restore our healthy glow, we’ve concocted an all-natural face mask which contains moisturizing avocado, redness-reducing cucumber and green clay, which is rich in minerals. The recipe also calls for a splash of lemon juice to help break down dead skin cells with the aid of alpha-hydroxy acids.
We say, cut up a few cucumber slices and lay them on your eyes while you bask in all this beautifying DIY glory!
What you’ll need:
- 1 small avocado (2/3 cup mashed)
- ½ small cucumber (1/3 cup finely grated)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons green clay powder (can be found at natural food stores)
- Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Using a fork, blend everything together.
- Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Apply a thick layer of the mask to clean, dry skin (avoiding your eye area).
- Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water, then, follow with a moisturizer.
Hope this helps and good luck!!
Hello! With the temperatures outside constantly fluctuating, my skin has been going through some pretty funky transitions. One day its fine, the next day it’s dry, and then after that is just looks lackluster. Is there anything I can do to brighten my complexion at home without spending lots of money at the spa? - Heather
You’re not alone! Many individuals are facing the same skin woes you’re facing — including us! Sure you could go to the salon and get a facial — but those types of procedures get pricey. When our complexion needs a little pick-me-up, we turn to a DIY Citrus Mask. Complete with energizing citrus elements and blackhead-busting egg, this at-home facial peel is one we know you'll be using time and time again. Click here to learn how to make it at home!
Hello! I've been spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, and with all that exposure I've had my fair share of burns. I plan on being more careful from here on out, but if it does happen again, are there any at-home remedies I can use to soothe the pain? Thanks! - Anonymous
Ouch! We hope you're all healed up and sticking close by your SPF from now on. That said, we here at DIY do happen to have an easy-to-follow way to help heal and alleviate pain from a sunburn.
What you’ll need:
- A cucumber
- 4 Tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- Mixing bowl
- Peel the skin off of the cucumber. Mash it up with a fork in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add in the aloe vera gel and honey. Mix well. If the solution still looks runny, add in more honey.
- Make sure the burned area of skin is clean and dry before rubbing the solution on.
- Apply the formula and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Then, rinse off with cool water.
Good luck and let us know how it works!
Hi there! After years of drinking coffee, my teeth have yellowed greatly. I don’t want to spend a lot of money to whiten them — it’s just not in the budget. Have any at-home brightening remedies? - Brenda
While most professional whitening options are effective, they sure are expensive. Trust us, we know. As fellow coffee drinkers ourselves, we’re always looking for ways to keep our smile at its brightest. To do so at home, we use three easy-to-find products, for a DIY that’ll cost you under $5! You’ll need: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 4 drops of hydrogen peroxide, and a cotton ball.
Simply combine all the ingredients together to make a paste. Dip a cotton ball into the concoction and rub onto teeth (avoiding your gums). Allow the formula to sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water!
Hello. Allergy season has left me with dark circles and a red nose. Which product(s) do you recommend? - Katy
Oh, we feel you in the allergy department! Watery eyes and sniffling noses are in full effect around here, but lucky for all, we've found six different concealers to camouflage any areas that may need it. Click here for our favorite concealers, but as always, looking good starts from within, so be sure to rest up and drink plenty of water!
Hi ladies! If you could choose one staple piece for spring, what would it be?
Simply put — the denim jacket is the 'it' item of the season. While it's not new to the scene, it versatility makes it today's ideal transitional item — pairing seamlessly with everything from pants and warm boots to a flirty skirt and pumps. The best part? You can nab a killer denim jacket at every price point. Happy shopping.
Dear Jessica, Where can I buy the sponge rollers Althea Harper had in the DIY Hair tutorial?
We’re so glad you enjoyed the tutorial on how to achieve glam waves while you sleep just as much as we did! Effortless beauty has truly never been easier, right? The sponge rollers you seek can be found at any beauty supply store. Be sure to watch the video again, to ensure bombshell-like tresses. Good luck!
Would it be safe for me to buy makeup at the dollar store? – Anonymous
I’m not going to tell you not to shop for cosmetics at the dollar store, but I will say that you’ll get what you pay for. Trust me, I’m all about getting a good bargain, but there are certain things I don’t suggest scrimping on. Remember, anything you put on your skin will eventually soak into your skin. Some of the products you’ll find at your local buck boutique contain harmful additives like Lanolin, Mineral Oil, and Talc – three things you don’t want in your bod. Cosmetically speaking, these babies may not pack the staying power you want from your makeup either.
My suggestion: go to the drugstore. Here, you’ll find great products at even greater prices. Are they as cheap as dollar store tags? No. But, you're not going to spend and arm and a leg here either. Shopping here will ensure your skin stays healthy and happy — that goes for your budget too. Click here to check out our favorite drugstore beauty buys!
*If you do shop at the dollar store, be sure to check products for their expiration dates and make sure the seal isn’t broken.