Easy Pumpkin Spice DIY Ideas For Skin And Body

When I first starting posting my beauty DIYs 6 years ago, the Internet was less than accepting. Most people thought it was weird (you're putting WHAT on your face?) or weren't that into it. Now, DIY beauty is everywhere since the do it yourself and natural home remedies are popular--I've had spas use my recipes, even pet grooming places can use DIY beauty masks for dogs! I've got hundreds of recipes and ideas that I've shared so far, and I can't wait for even more of them on the blog.

And one of my favorite ingredients is pumpkin. Full of good-for-you-stuff, pumpkin (gourds) is SO good on the skin. I keep cans of it for use year-round. I've got a roundup of several that are easy to make and fun.

Add a little glow to the skin using two ingredients that you already have around the house!

I call this fall in a scrub. Smells delicious and feels great on skin.

My friends call this the Halloween Hangover Mask. This is my go-to anytime I'm exhausted or stressed.

A twist on the regular bath bombs for fall!

If your skin gets dry during the colder months, give this a try.

Love a sugar scrub but want something that is portable and lasts longer? This is your answer.

Looks good enough to eat, right? It's a masque with a bit of a scrub at the end, so it's two treatments in one.

Before you make those pies this season, save a little for this body scrub.

Do you DIY?

Extra Elle: I had a great birthday at Disneyland--did you see my Snapchat of every ride I went on? The only bad thing about leaving vacation? The catch up! Thanks for everyone who stopped by and commented this week on the blog.


My Birthday Wish List!

Happy birthday to ME! It's also Charlie's Gotcha Day--he was rescued on my birthday 6 years ago! Talk about the best present ever. As you know, I've been in Disneyland celebrating, and thought I'd continue the celebration with my birthday wish list. Since it's my day, allow me to indulge a little:

Flowers--Receiving flowers or getting them for myself is a special treat. I'm fond of The Bouqs, since they have such pretty arrangements.

Pink Lipstick--This is an Allure Magazine winner! I love a pretty pink lipstick, so I was drawn to the Dior Lipstick in Rose Baiser. How pretty is this color?

Sephora Giftcard--I think this one needs no explanation, right?

Blow Out--One of my favorite indulges is to get a blow out. I've enjoyed visiting DryBar but I've heard good things about Breathe Beauty Bar.

Crazy Expensive Candles--What a splurge, but fancy candles smell SO good. I love Diptyque and Jo Malone. Did you know that Princess Diana had Canbelle by Diptyque in her bathroom? And that the Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone candles in the Orange Blossom scent on her wedding day? These candles would make me practically a royal, y'all.

Master Palette--Mario D, aka Kim K's makeup artist, created his own eye shadow palette in collab with Anastasia of Beverly Hills. Forget his clientele, the man is very talented. The shades look gorgeous. But are they actually of good quality? If I had this palette, I would be able to tell you. It's strictly for research purposes. ;)

I'll be celebrating my birthday, so I'll be back here on Thursday!


Fall Beauty To Do List

Happy Monday, y'all! Has the weather finally cooled down a little where you are? It finally has in Atlanta and I couldn't be happier. Fall is my fave, and that extends to all things beauty OF COURSE!

I decided to make a little checklist for y'all, think of it as a Fall Beauty To-Do. These aren't the law by any means, just some little tweaks to make to your beauty routine. I've got drugstore and luxury suggestions, as always.


This all depends on where you live, but in the colder months, even though I do not tan anymore, my skin is a little lighter. It's around this time of year I switch my foundation for a shade lighter.

This too depends on location, but your foundation type might switch up during cooler months. I have some foundations that are perfect for summer but are way too drying for fall and winter. I switch those out.


Did the summer heat fry your hair? Does the drier winter air cause frizz in your hair? Try some sort of a hair conditioning treatment. This could be a simple deep contioner, like the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle or Sally Hershberger 24 K Get Gorgeous. For a more intense hair masque, Davines NouNou is amazing or L'Oreal Oleo Therapy Deep Recovery Mask.


What kind of facial cleanser do you use? Do you ever switch it up in the cooler months? Sometimes gel cleansers can be a bit drying when the temperature drops and that tight, pulling feeling is plum awful. I suggest cleansing balms--see my full list of suggestions here.

Darker Lips

You knew this was coming. It just isn't fall without a switch out of a darker lip color. But dark lips seem SO intimidating, right? It's all about finding the right formula and the right shade for you. I have tons of suggestions, if you need them.
  • Balm--Fresh Sugar Berry is a great natural color
  • Lip Crayons--These come in matte and shiny finishes. I love Revlon's.
  • Liquid Lipstick--I tend to go to a matte lip in the fall, but I know that's not everyone's cup of tea. Check out this list of demi-matte liquid lipsticks that aren't drying!
  • Berry Lipsticks--With these, go as intense as you feel comfortable with. TIP: To warm up to the idea, try swiping some on your finger and then dab the color on lips for a wash of darker color.

And finally, finally, let's talk about moisturizing that skin. You might need to make a swap for something heavier. You might need to add in a facial mask here or there--check out my Sheet Mask Reviews for more info. TULA has been just the thing lately for my skin. Belif will be on the list once it's a little cooler. And I'm still loving Sleep Masks. Get more info on Sleeping Mask Reviews.

And here's my Fall Beauty Checklist cheat sheet!

Do you change your beauty routine with the seasons?


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