4 Ingredient DIY: Hydrating Watermelon Toner

Nothing says summer quite like a sweet, juicy slice of watermelon. Though this refreshing fruit is nearly 92 percent water, these melons are soaked with nutrients including vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as other nutritional benefactors such as lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids (source). Watermelon is also a powerful tool that can help achieve healthy, glowing skin, due to its hydrating properties and high levels of antioxidants. Love, love, love. And what’s more? Chowing down on a few hearty slices of this sweet and delicious fruit isn’t the only way you can reap the benefits of this nutritious and beautifying summer snack. Check out this easy at-home toner to start incorporating watermelon into your beauty routine out of the kitchen: 4 ingredient watermelon toner One of the greatest things about watermelon as a natural beauty product is that it can be used on its own as a toner.…

6 Rules to Follow if You Want Long Hair

No matter the rapidly changing trends that sweep over and ignite our modern beauty-obsessed hearts each season, one particular motto has remained throughout the years. That motto is of course…long hair, don’t care. And what’s not to love? There’s something about long locks that just screams summer beach days and youth. After all, who hasn’t fallen completely in lust with Amber Fillerup’s (The Barefoot Blonde) beautifully styled and seemingly endless blonde braids and beach waves?  Though I certainly haven’t achieved her level of long locks, I have been growing out my hair for a few years. At first, this began not really in an attempt to grow out my locks, but simply as a by-product of a busy schedule. Seeing my hair dresser every month just wasn’t a priority at the time. Now, though I’m still in the process of growing out my hair, I’ve reached a point where I’m…

How to Darken Your Eyelashes at Home for a Bold Makeup Look

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DareToDarken #NeverGoNaked #CollectiveBias Though every now and then I’ll go to the salon and experiment with some high/lowlights, I’ve pretty much been a natural blonde my entire life. I wouldn’t have it any other way, and it’s even saved my butt on a few occasions when I’ve forgotten to shave my legs last minute. That being said, one downside of having naturally light hair is also having corresponding fair eyelashes. With almost every trend in the beauty industry aiming to highlight a woman’s eyes, it gets real obvious when us blondies skimp on mascara for the day. Lately though, I’ve been using the new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara, which contains a semi-permanent lash tint that builds over time. I’ve been using it to darken mine for the last two weeks and, needless to…

5 Things You Need in Your Back to School Beauty Arsenal

While it may not feel like it, the fall semester is just a few sunburns and beach days away. Here at TBC, we’re rounding up a collective list of all the hot ticket beauty items you need (yes, need) in preparation and anticipation of going back to school. Here’s the lowdown: 1. dark, dramatic lip colors Au naturale may be the go-to look this summer, but fall holds its own. Not only do dark lips totally add an air of mystery and a lot of sex appeal, but this is one of the only times of the year that this look really works. Take advantage of the changing seasons and the beautiful fall colors, and own your campus fashion/beauty scene when you’re back to school this semester. | Related: 5 Summer Lip Colors and Makeup Ideas | 2. Travel sized dry shampoo Dry shampoo gets mentioned in a post at least once a…

Three Ingredient Brightening Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub

Though I have been lucky and have avoided any serious acne outbreaks over the years, we all have our moments when, no matter how strong our skincare game is, we’re still plagued by an unstoppable breakout. Whenever I would have this issue in high school, my acne almost always turned up in the same spot…right after the last pimple had cleared up. Not only was this recurring problem area totally frustrating, but I actually wound up with quite a bit of scarring. These acne scars turned into a huge insecurity for me, and I couldn’t nix them no matter how hard I tried. I worked with a dermatologist and tried loads of different creams and serums, but nothing seemed to work. They’ve begun to fade over time (yay!), but I recently whipped up a new brightening scrub packed with lemon juice and honey to help move the process along a…

30 Things to Do This Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hawaiian Tropic®. The opinions and texts are all mine. As I adjust to adulthood, I find myself questioning many of the decisions I made about my body when I was younger. For example, all of the ridiculous sugary and uber-processed snacks I begged my mom for every time we went to the grocery store. Not so sweet anymore though, now that I know what’s really in a lot of the junk food I used to love. I also reflect on decisions that didn’t involve food (ha!).  Here’s another example — When I went to Jamaica in high school I decided not to wear sunscreen. At all. Not only was I red as a lobster, but my entire body was covered in blisters by the second day and I even developed a second degree burn on my chest. And for what?…

How to Treat Yourself During “That Time of the Month” (Feat. a Chocolate Face Mask)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatMattersToU #CollectiveBias As a college student, I’m almost always on the go. And if I’m not on the go, I’m sitting at home stressing about how I should be out and about, getting things done. Basically, I have a very “Type A” personality at times, and am constantly working on new projects to feed my ambition (especially when it comes to this blog). So, “that time of the month”?… It’s NOT my best friend. Ain’t nobody got time to be slowed down and straight up uncomfortable for seven days straight, right? Luckily I’ve figured out how to manage even the most painful cramps and obnoxious symptoms with just one easy mantra. Treating myself. Sometimes there’s not much you can do about sicko cramps and other obnoxious symptoms, but I do believe that there are credible…