03-31-2014

How To Make Your Own Natural Beauty Products

My mom is all about natural remedies and options for every day things we use. For example, she always has herbs and teas ready for any ailment we may have. Though I’ll admit sometimes I do prefer straight up medicine ;) But natural remedies for being sick aren’t the only thing you can create. Recently, my mom made a face mask for my brother, who has dry and sensitive skin. This is just one example of what you can do for yourself right at home. And save yourself some money as well! How To Make Your Own Beauty Products

HAIR

Dry Shampoo

My mom told me about this one because she saw it on Dr. Oz. That episode focused on baking soda solutions, so a few of the things I cover here will talk about that.

baking soda for hair

If you have oily hair like I do, then this may be something you try. I use dry shampoo a lot because my hair gets oily even if I washed it a few hours ago. Ugh.

Here’s what you do:

Sprinkle baking soda on your hair along the part. Tousle it with your fingers and fluff it with a hair dryer, which also helps to shake off any excess.

I’ve tried baby powder but haven’t been a huge fan. For me, I’d still have white patches and I don’t want to look like I have dandruff. I haven’t tried baking soda, but think I will! You might say, well I still have to buy baking soda, so how will this save me money/be any different than buying dry shampoo? Well, there are a ton of other uses for baking soda which I will outline below. Definitely more bang for your buck than buying 1 product for 1 use!

Hair Volume

Dr. Oz also suggests using baking soda to give your hair more volume. Mix a quarter-sized amount of baking soda with your shampoo, and it’ll help get rid of oil and build-up. Furthermore, it will give your hair body once you blow-dry it. Who doesn’t want a little bit more volume?

Hair Mask

Want shinier hair? You can pay for some expensive hair masks or deep conditioners, or you can try to make your own first to see if it helps.

I just had to use this picture.

I just had to use this picture.

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I have heard of using honey and oil as a hair mask a few times, but couldn’t remember a specific source. I found a great source by a Yahoo! Contributor. Here are the ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional – it’s to give the mask a refreshing aroma and slight cooling sensation on the head so it’s relaxing).

Here are the instructions:

Pour the organic honey, olive oil and peppermint oil into a small mixing bowl. Then combine the ingredients together until you have a slightly thick golden hair mask. When applying the honey olive oil hair mask it is best to tip your head over the bathtub or large sink so the hair is in front of your face. Then you want to take small handfuls of the hair mask at a time and massage and lather it into the hair and scalp as best you can making sure every strain of hair is covered from root to ends. Next tuck your hair away into a shower cap so it doesn’t drip all over the place. Once the mask is in your hair, it is best to leave it in for about 1 hour. It you do not have much time 30 minutes is okay as well.

FACE

Do you have acne, or are you breaking out? Then a baking soda face mask may help. This is the mask my mom made for my brother and it seems to have helped him. This is also from Dr. Oz’s baking soda series. A mask of baking soda and honey can help absorb oil and smooth and clear the skin. Here are the instructions:

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture to your face for 10-15 minutes. Add water if you need to help it liquify, but don’t make it too thin. Don’t try this treatment more than about once per week.

Only 2 ingredients needed!

TEETH

I’m sure you have all heard of how baking soda can help whiten teeth. I actually plan on starting to try using baking soda on my teeth this week, so I’ll keep you all posted on the results! I’d rather try this at-home version first before paying $40 for Crest Whitening Strips (even though I’ve heard good things about it).

I want this cat's pearly whites :-P

I want this cat’s pearly whites :-P

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 Here’s how to make your own baking soda natural toothpaste:

Add three parts baking soda to one part smashed strawberries and one part lemon juice. This combination will remove stains and plaque while providing flavor. Store the extra in the fridge in a sealed container and use it as your toothpaste twice a day.

Here’s another option I found that uses hydrogen peroxide and baking soda:

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide 2 tablespoons baking soda   In a small jar or other airtight container, combine the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Mix them together to form a smooth, thick paste. (You can keep this paste stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks).   After brushing and flossing your teeth as you normally would, wet your toothbrush and apply a small amount of this paste (cover the bristles). Then brush your teeth for two minutes, avoiding the gums, as this can lighten them as well. Now rinse the toothbrush and brush your teeth with clean water for two more minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water.   Do this one to two times per week, until you reach your desired shade. Then reduce usage, and do this only one to three times per month.      

Not sure how I feel about using hydrogen peroxide but might be worth a shot. I really need to whiten my teeth…my coffee habit has not been good to them!

RANDOM

A little side topic here going along with the teeth thing…has anyone tried oil pulling?? I have seen this being talked about all over the internet recently and am kind of curious to try it. But at the same time, I can’t imagine having coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes? If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts and results! Anyway, I hope you took away something from this post! I love hearing about natural remedies and options, and I’m excited to try using baking soda for various things. Like I said, I prefer to try something out first that is natural and inexpensive, and if it doesn’t work then I will try the next option.

Have you tried any of these at-home beauty products? Or tried making anything on your own? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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03-04-2014

DIY Craft Ideas

I always find a ton of DIY stuff on Pinterest that I want to make…the hard part is actually finding the time to go buy the products, and make it! I have made DIY gifts before for my BF, and tried this DIY workout tank top last month. I always feel accomplished once I see the finished product.

So, today I wanted to put up a little list of things I want to make, and perhaps inspire you too. Also, let me know what crafts you want to make, because I always like new ideas!

1. DIY Beer Tray

How cute is this beer tray from DIY Playbook? It takes a decent amount of work, but I think Dan would love this. Well, at least I have one items you need: Mod Podge. I’ll keep you posted on if this happens ;)

2. No-Sew Pillow Covers

This has been on my list too. My mom has a ton of left over fabric since she designs custom draperies. I want to use some of that fabric to decorate some throw pillows for my bed.

3. Picture Map

I found this on Pinterest and can’t find the original source. This is so cute! When Dan and I move in together, I definitely want to make this. We have only been to a handful of states together, but we plan on traveling a lot once we can!

4. Twisted Hairband

twisted hair band

Another one I found on Pinterest, but the link it goes to isn’t anything. But here is the pin if you want to see exactly how it is done. I need to stop wearing my hair in a bun/ponytail every day and try something new. I will have to use this the next time I go out to dinner or out with friends.

5. DIY “Sweaty Bands”

This blogger made her own DIY Sweaty Bands for the gym. I know a lot of people love Sweaty Bands, but if you’re feeling crafty you can try making them yourself too! I haven’t actually tried one, but am curious to try and make one. My only question is how does the velvet not get super wet and sweaty/smelly?

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I will keep you posted on my DIY Craft To-Do list and what I end up checking off. I think the first thing I’ll try is that easy hair-do :)

Do you find craft/DIY ideas on Pinterest?

Which ones have you tried? Which ones are on your to-do list?

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02-12-2014

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

It’s that time of year again…Valentine’s Day.

You either love it or you hate it. I used to love it, now I’m kind of neutral. Probably because I have been with Dan for over 5 years!

Usually, for V-Day or any other occasion, I love making DIY gifts. I feel like it really shows thought and emotion.

I have made Dan several DIY gifts in the past, so I figured I’d share some ideas with all of you, in case you need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift!

diy valentines day gifts

PS – Excuse the picture quality. I texted Dan last night to send me pics of these (since they’re hanging in his room), and this is what I got :-P

Picture Frame Calendar

picture frame calendar

Buy a picture frame and some whiteboard markers. Then decorate with your significant other’s favorite sports teams/activities/etc. The blue squares are from paint color samples taken from Wal-Mart! You know those samples you can take home? Yeah just grab those, measure a square, and cut out a bunch. Tape or paste all of these things on a piece of white paper, then put in the frame. The whiteboard marker is so that you can change the dates and months.

Ticket Stub Holder

ticket stub holder

Go to your local craft store and buy a shadow box. I’d suggest one bigger than the one I bought, because this one is almost full! This is great if you and your S/O go to a lot of games, shows, movies, etc. You will have to use a saw or something to cut a hole in the top. Thankfully, my dad is a contractor ;) You can’t see it in this picture, but the shadow box had a place to put a photo, so there is a picture of both of us, and I wrote “Things We’ve Done.”

There was one more thing I wanted to include, but I forgot to take a picture! It may be too last minute to do this, but if you have seashells laying around from a vacation, you can super glue them to a picture frame, and then put a picture of you two in the frame. It’s a great way to remember the vacation you went on together.

Let me know if you decide to try either of these, or have made these in the past!

Do you like Valentine’s Day? How are you celebrating this year?

What’s your favorite DIY gift you have made? I love new ideas!

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01-27-2014

DIY Workout Tank Top

Do you have a lot of random t-shirts that you don’t know what to do about? Well, now you can make a gym shirt out of them!

Today’s video shows you how to make a tank top with a criss-cross back, and it will only take you about 10 minutes.

diy workout tank top

I got the idea by perusing Pinterest (who else is addicted??). I combined a few ideas together to make this, and added the bow in the back as a cute little detail :)

Here’s the video:

Have you made anything out of t-shirts? Let me know if you make this/send me a pic!

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