Beauty Mythbuster: Can You Use Cocoa Powder as Fake Tanner?!
Anytime I search the latest beauty scene on Pinterest, I encounter the several pins showing me how I can get an instant at-home tan by adding Hershey’s Chocolate to any lotion of my choice. Seriously. For a long time, I completely ignored them because the thought seemed in all honesty, ridiculous! As time went on, and my summer glow is beginning to fade, I grew more and more curious about this little trick and whether or not it would actually work. Naturally, I had to play around to make this recipe something I actually want to slather on my skin, so I made the concoction with natural ingredients. Did our latest Beauty Mythbuster prove to be a game changer or totally #fail? See how it went!
– 1 small scoop cocoa powder
– 1 small scoop coconut oil
– Body brush
– Mixing bowl + spoon/spatula
1. Add your coconut oil to a small mixing bowl.
How to Make It:
2. Then add an equal scoop of cocoa powder to the mix.
3. Use your spatula to mix the two together.
4. Keep mixing until everything is blended to make a creamy delicious looking, smooth texture.
Tap the brush into the mixture gently. Be sure not to over do it — a little goes a long way!
How to Put it On:
Gently tap the brush with the product onto your skin. I started with my legs first. At this point I am thinking this is crazy and there is no way this is going to blend into my skin.
Step 1: Pat Onto Skin
Once you’ve used the brush to tap the product all over your legs, use your hands to finish rubbing it into your skin. This takes a little bit of time to really let the oil absorb into your skin.
Step 2: Blend With Hands
It is WORKING!!!
Dang! Normally I wait until the end to make such a bold decision, but man! It really really worked and it is surprising because it seemed like it was way too dark.
Continue the same stippling motion to apply product to the rest of your body.
Step 3: Finish Up!
Blend with your hands!
Let dry. Make sure the oil is FULLY absorbed into your skin before getting dressed to avoid any marks of color on your clothing.
Subtle, natural but definitely a deeper hue!
Conclusion: Bust or Beauty?
Beauty!!! All. Day. I think this is such an easy way to whip something up quickly with things you may already have in your home. The scent is divine and once it dried it stayed on my skin for the rest of the day. Even when I showered, I had to really exfoliate my body to make sure I got the residue off, which is comforting to me because I don’t have to question its durability in the future. All that being said, this route is not waterproof by any means. If you want a tan that will stand up to water, you’ll have to fall back on the self-tanner or schedule a good old lay down in the sun.
Side note — don’t eat it!
Despite the overwhelming delicious scent and its deceiving brownie batter appearance, it tastes NASTY! Too chalky and not sweet at all! Haha! The things we do for you <3
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)