Beauty Books On Our Holiday Wish List!

We have shared a few recipes for DIY beauty treatments here on Y&L, and don’t worry we still have more to share! But we thought today we’d share some beauty books that are at the top of our Christmas wish list! These books are full of great recipes, style advice, and inspiration. Enjoy 🙂

EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

This nifty little book was written by Janice Cox and contains over 100 recipes for you to make at home. The recipes make great gifts, and so does this book—available at Amazon for only $13.59!

How To Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

In 10 chapters, author Melissa Hellstern shares the wisdom and spirit of one of the world’s most adorably beautiful women: Audrey Hepburn. This book covers both external and internal growth and beauty. A must read for any Audrey fan, and any woman really! Available for just $12.89 on Amazon.

Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less

Our last recommendation is Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson. This book is an inspirational book on how to look stylish and sophisticated even on a tight budget! Pick it up for just $12.91 on Amazon!

What are some of your favorite beauty reads? Have you read any of our recommendations? What are your thoughts?



DIY Sugar Scrub

Dry and dull winter skin is no fun. Exfoliating is essential to restoring your skin’s glow. We recommend using a homemade sugar scrub in the shower and follow with a body oil or your favorite lotion. Store the scrub in an airtight glass jar, or you could use a plastic container. If you find you love the recipe, this sugar scrub would also make the perfect gift for your sister, mom, aunt, or friends this holiday season. Just put the scrub in a pretty jar with a handmade label, and tie a little wooden spoon on for easy scooping! There are so many variations you could try with this recipe—using different base oils, mixing different combinations of essential oils, adding vitamin e, and the list goes on. Our recipe is for a sweet smelling scrub—it smells so sweet you’ll want to eat it (but we don’t recommend that)! All you need is a few ingredients, a glass storage jar, and about 5 minutes of your time!


  • 1 cup brown sugar (we like to use organic fair trade brown sugar; you could also use 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup white sugar)
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (we prefer the milder scent of almond oil, but you could use olive oil, apricot oil, etc.)
  • 1-2 tbsp honey (again we prefer organic!)
  • 1 tsp vitamin e (optional – some people are sensitive to vitamin e)
  • 6 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 4-5 drops lemon or orange essential oil


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a storage jar (we prefer a glass jar) and store in your shower.
  2. When you are ready to refresh your skin use a clean spoon to scoop out scrub from the jar. Then use your hands or a wash cloth to gently rub in the scrub.
  3. Rinse when you are done and apply a body oil before toweling off. 

Have you made sugar scrub before? What is your favorite scent combination?

DIY Makeup Remover Round 2!

Photo From Bohemian Kate

So we shared a recipe for DIY cold cream a while back, a product that we love to use for gently removing our eye makeup. Today though we have an alternative to cold cream that will remove eyeliner and mascara—without the borax! It is super affordable and extremely easy. The great thing about this makeup remover is it will not leave your skin greasy or oily, and it won’t sting. You can even dip a clean cotton swab in it and use the swab to touch up stray mascara or eyeliner!


  • 2 tbsp witch hazel – 100% pure witch hazel not the kind that is mixed with alcohol. T.N. Dickinson’s Pure Witch Hazel will do the trick!
  • 2 tbsp oil of your choice – olive oil works well here and is very affordable. Opt for organic when possible.
  • 2 tbsp distilled water – it is crucial that the water is distilled to prevent the makeup remover from spoiling.


  1. Add all the ingredients to the airtight container of your choice. Reusing an old bottle is a great alternative or you could pick up a pretty glass bottle.
  2.  Shake well before using.
  3. Apply the makeup remover on eyes with clean fingers, a reusable makeup removing pad, or moisten cotton ball and swipe over eyes.

This recipe makes about 1/3 cup of makeup remover and will remain fresh for at least 6 months if you use distilled water. To make your makeup remover last longer be sure to never put dirty fingers or cloth into the bottle. Let us know what you think of this recipe, and if you have any suggestions please share!

Detox Inside & Out With A DIY Facial Mask & Smoothie

Green smoothie

Green smoothie (Photo credit: floridecires)

It’s always nice to give your body and mind a refreshing break from the stress of life and work. When we get busy we generally load up on caffeine, processed foods, and aren’t treating our skin as kind as we should. If you’ve been working hard and neglecting yourself we’ve got a treat that will set you back in the right direction.

Today at Y&L Style Bar we have two recipes that will help you safely remove toxins inside and out. This is not a detox program, but rather a supplement. You could substitute this smoothie for your normal breakfast or lunch one day and give this mask a try in the morning or evening. Eat a healthy dinner of fresh veggies to get the full benefits, and be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. We promise your body and skin will feel renewed!

Facial Mask Recipe:


  • ¼ cup white clay, plus more to thicken the mixture if necessary
  • Pure aloe vera juice or purified/distilled water
  • 2 drops of rosewood, lavender, frankincense, or chamomile essential oil
  • Glass or ceramic bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Mix the clay and liquid together until it forms a smooth paste. Add your chosen essential oil.
  2. Using your fingers, apply the mask in a thin layer onto your freshly cleansed face and neck. Leave it on until it dries completely, about 15-25 minutes.
  3. Remove with warm water, and splash your clean face with cool water to close pores back up.

Green Detox Smoothie:


  • 1 cup kale, collard greens, or spinach firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 ounces). You can use frozen if you want!
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp stevia in the raw


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

If you want to add a little tang to your smoothie add the juice of one lemon, or 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to the mix.

How do you like to recharge your body? What recipes or rituals do you like to use?

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Makeup Tips For Jet-Setting Ladies

Green Traveling Sundries

Green Traveling Sundries (Photo credit: Earthworm)

Whether or not you are traveling for business or pleasure you still want to get off the plane looking refreshed. Today we’ve got some tips to share to keep you looking your best even if you are on a red-eye flight!

  1. Moisturize thoroughly before you fly! Traveling dries your skin out, so the night before your flight use a richer moisturizer, and don’t skimp the day off. Pack a travel sized non-comdogenic moisturizer to freshen up with in case your skin gets really dry during travel.
  2. Pack the right stuff. Invest in nice travel bottles and containers so that you can bring your normal skin care regimen with you. Changing products abruptly can cause breakouts, and nobody wants that. We love Humangear’s GoToob bottles. You can pick up a 3 pack from Amazon for $18.24, and we promise they are worth ever penny!
  3. Skip the foundation… if you can. The day of your trip it is best to skip wearing your regular foundation and just use a moisturizer. When you are about to land apply a tinted moisturizer for a fresh look. If you simply cannot go without foundation be sure to use a primer to help it stay in place and protect your skin.
  4. Keep oil at bay. To keep oil under control and prevent skin care havoc, use blotting papers to remove oil from your T-zone during and after a flight.
  5. Don’t touch your face! We repeat, DO NOT touch your face during your travels. Your hands will be picking up all kinds of bacteria that could clog your pores and break you out.
  6. Refresh your face and neck with a rose water spray. Spritzing rosewater spray over your makeup revives tired skin and freshens up your makeup.
  7. Don’t apply makeup over old makeup. If your makeup needs refreshing go with tip #5 and use a refreshing rose water or mineral mist to reset it.
  8. Opt for a lip stain and gloss for a fresh pout. Don’t use a drying long-lasting lip color. Instead apply several coats of lip stain and follow up with a hydrating gloss or lip balm. Just before you get off the plane clean your lips with a paper towel and reapply gloss.
  9. Skip brightly colored nail polish. As much as we love bright neon nails, the truth is traveling can be rough on your hands and chip your polish, leaving your hands looking unfinished. Choose a more neutral color or just go with a clear top coat.
  10. Use a waterproof and smudge-proof mascara. To avoid raccoon eyes it is best to go with a long lasting mascara that won’t smudge onto your eyelids. For the same reason don’t use cream eyeshadows that will end up in your creases.
  11. Use a waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner. Eyeliner is a must have for me personally, so to keep it in place take the following steps: use a primer or dust your eyelids in a neutral shadow, apply a smudge-proof pencil line, and follow up with a coat of waterproof liquid eyeliner.
  12. Pack a multitasking concealer. To cover up any blemishes or dark circles just before you get off the plane pack a concealer that can do it all. We love the Multitasking Mineral Based Concealer from Everyday Minerals (click here to see it) and Jane Iredale’s Disappear Concealer With Green Tea Extract (click here to see it).

What beauty tips and tricks have you picked up during your travels?

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