Do you ever get so busy and forget to replenish your make up stock? I do. All the time. Although I'm usually sans make up (because I've gotten too lazy over time), every once in a while I decide to splurge on my routine and pretty things up! But then I get to the part where I need to set my make up or just un-shine myself a bit (because I'm all about the matte look) and forget that I dropped the last compact I bought and all that's left are crumbly little pieces that just get jammed in the brush.
So I cry.
Not really, I deal with the crumbs angrily and get on with it. But I've often thought to myself, is there not a way for me, living way out in the forest, ten entire minutes from civilization, to quickly obtain a soft powder?
Turns out, there is. And it's in my cupboard.
Oh those three things? Yep! That's it
Cornstarch. Arrowroot Powder. Cocoa.
The arrowroot powder and cornstarch are both super absorbent, so any moisture, dewy-ness, or oily spots left behind get soaked up. And the cocoa powder helps to add a bit of colour; it's totally optional but I like it since I'm already fair skinned enough as it is.
And the recipe is simple!
1 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
Cocoa Powder*- amount will depend on how light or dark your skin is, it's totally optional and you can leave it out completely for a translucent powder, I used 1/2 TSP
Mix it all up in a bowl with a small whisk and then transfer into a small jar or container. I used a small jar I got from a travel kit.
There you have it! A quick and natural setting Powder made right in your own home. You can always play around with the quantities as well, or make more or less depending on your jar size. Or make some for your friends as a fun gift!
EVERY GIRL LOVES MAKE UP!
Another quick and easy DIY segment done! Have an idea of something you'd like to see us DIY? Leave us a comment or send us a message! Let us know if you try the powder out and what you think!
Sometimes we need to have a little fun with projects at home, and what more fun than an exfoliating soap!
Way back in 2013, after I got engaged, I dabbled in the idea of making little soaps for all of my wedding guests. (Full disclosure I never ended up doing it because it would have been so much work making 100 soaps!)
I came across this super easy recipe for making an almond scented oatmeal exfoliator goats milk soap.
Using a goats milk soap base, sweet almond fragrance, oats, honey, and vitamin e (capsules), you can quickly whip up a delightfully smelling soap. You can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store and Michaels!
I love this recipe because it uses an easy to use pre made soap base, and adds in several natural ingredients, which we of course love! If you're not quite ready to take on making soap from scratch (aka using lye), then this is a great stepping stone to get your soap making juices flowing. And you end up with a gentle exfoliating soap bar that smells super yummy.
The original recipe suggests using soap molds, and there are plenty of options out there to choose from. I was impatient so I got a bit creative. Using a baking sheet and some wax paper, I poured the soap onto the covered tray, let it set slightly (firm enough to handle but warm enough still it would stick together) and then I rolled it (think cinnamon roll rolling). After it firmed up a bit more, I sliced the log up into 1 inch thick slices, and then left them to set! You can also try using silicone molds, or just stick to traditional soap molds found in craft stores.
Find the original recipe and directions here; http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2013/05/sweet-almond-honey-oatmeal-goats-milk.html
If you’re like me, you hate using dry shampoo. I’ve tried so many types, hate them all; plus with having dark hair, it ends up looking powdery no matter how much I rub it in! But I can’t wash my hair everyday. It dries out way too quick, plus it’s not good to wash it every day anyways. And as someone who HAS to dye their hair (ahem greys) on a monthly basis, I really need to keep it as healthy as I can.
So I’m going to tell you all about my secret (okay not really a secret) refreshing hair detangling spray!
I wouldn’t really consider it as a replacement for what dry shampoo does, but it definitely gets rid of that “I haven’t washed my hair today” smell, and gets it ready for the days styling. And it’s totally customizable.
Things you need:
---*Distilled water or boiled and cooled down water (3/4 to 1 cup- or to fill bottle)
---Vegetable Glycerin (1 TBSP)
---**Carrier Oil; your choice Grapeseed, Argon, Jojoba or your favourite oil (1/2 tsp)
---Vitamin E (1 capsule or ½ tsp)
---***Essential Oils 10-20 drops total
*Using distilled water, or boiling water and letting it cool down, will increase the shelf life and lessen the chance of any bacteria growing. It won’t keep forever though, try to use within 1-3 months.
**Depending on your hair type, you might want to increase or decrease the amount of oil you use. I have very fine hair, so I have to use a smaller amount. If you want to use this just as a post-wash conditioning spray, you could increase the amount of oil you use by 1-2 tsps.
***When choosing essential oils, I pick them to match my shampoo, currently I’m using a grapefruit mint shampoo, so I went with a mix of Grapefruit and Peppermint Essential Oils. For my mix I used about 15 drops of grapefruit and 5 drops of peppermint, since peppermint is a very strong scent in comparison. But you can play around with your blend until you get it the way you like! If using for kids, decrease the amount of essential oils and use kid safe essential oils; Lavender is usually an okay essential oil for kids!
Some other great essential oil combinations are:
Rosemary and Peppermint
Tea Tree and Lemongrass
Lavender and Chamomile
Sweet Orange and Clove
Jasmine and Ylang Ylang
The possibilities are endless! (Avoid photo toxic essential oils like lemon, lime, ginger, or bergamot).
Pour water into spray bottle. Add vegetable glycerin, carrier oil, vitamin E, and essential oils. (If you’re playing around with the scent, add the essential oils drop by drop into the glycerin and oil until you get your desired scent, and then add it to the water.)
Shake the bottle and spray into your hair! It’ll also help with detangling post wash.
There you have it! A great way to freshen up your hair or detangle with all natural ingredients that you might already have in your cupboard!
Happy Hair Spraying!
Did you know if you open up your cupboard right now your just one step away from the most amazing face exfoliator? Okay maybe more then one, but it's so easy. And it is the perfect replacement for any of your store bought exfoliators, or expensive skin treatments. Follow this simple recipe and your skin will love you for it!
2 tbsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 tbsp water
a few drops of essential oil (optional) I used Lemon Essential Oil*
Mix everything in a small bowl until it forms a paste, add more or less water depending on your paste preference. Apply to face and scrub. Rinse off and pat dry. Use a wet cloth to remove any excess oil. Finish off with any of our amazing Face Oils which you can buy here!
And voila! I've been using store bought Apricot Scrub for YEARS and I would use this DIY method 10 times over.
*Lemon Essential Oil is photo toxic, and can increase skin sensitivity in UV or direct sunlight. Use with caution and alway remember to use sunscreen after moisturizing.
I'm obsessed with face masks.
I usually try to do a face mask at least once a week, if not more! I love the feeling it gives my skin after, like a baby's bumb. I will try all and any! I stock up on little packs of peel off masks, love clay masks, exfoliating masks, ALL THE MASKS! Even the fun ones when you put that cloth like wet mask on your face and you look like a burn victim. ALL THE MASKS!
And then I realized I could just make my own. Trial and error is the best part, like last week when I tried mixing arrowroot powder and French green clay and ended up with a weird dried up doughy mixture on my face. Was very mask-esq, but I wouldn't do it again.
Through my endless surfing of the webernet, I came across a DIY peel off face mask. With glue. Now I don't know about any of you, but the thought of using GLUE to clean my face was about as far away from appealing as one could possibly get. How can I clean my face with chemicals? Why would I want to clean my face with chemicals? Glue is glue for a reason. Not for my skin routine. So back to my webernetting I went.
I FINALLY found a DIY peel off mask (here) that didn't totally gross me out. In fact it's amazingly quick and simple, and you probably have everything you need in your cupboard! Well, depending on your vitamin routine. But it's all super inexpensive.
All you need for this DIY peel off mask are Gelatine and Activated Charcoal.
1 packet Original Unflavoured Knox Gelatine
4 Capsules Activated Charcoal
3 TBSP Distilled Water
Using a small glass bowl, combined gelatine, charcoal, and water.
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Using a small saucepan, put the bowl into the saucepan with enough water to cover the sides of the bowl. Heat the mixture up until the gelatine dissolves. Remove from the pan and let it cool until it's cool enough to put onto your skin.
Using a paintbrush or make up brush, paint your face with the mixture. Avoid getting in into your hairline or on your eyebrows so you don't peel any hair out! Ouch!
You will have quite a bit left over, probably enough for 2 or 3 more masks, it's best to use fresh though, so if you have some girlfriends over, make a night of it! It will harden as it cools.
Let the mask harden on your face. It can take a while, so this isn't a quick mask. It could take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on how thick you layered it on. And it will get VERY hard. Don't plan on making any phone calls during this face masking.
When the mask it completely dry, slowly peel it off your face. Mine came off in small bits and chunks so don't expect the entire thing to come off looking like a second skin! If it's too painful, use warm water and a washcloth to scrub it off.
After you've peeled off the mask, use a warm wet washcloth to scrub off any extra bits that didn't peel off, and to clean any residual charcoal off. The mask should be full of gross little bits that it's pulled out of your pores. If you want to see examples, Google it, I won't show you mine! Finish off with your favourite face oil to moisturize!
And there you have it! An easy DIY peel off mask you can make, and it doesn't take long either!
To have even more fun, give yourself a treat by having a spa day! DIY face mask combined with a hot bath using our bath salts, what could be better?
DISCLOSURE: Pulling the face mask off can be quite painful, especially if you've never done a peel off mask before. Always test new products on a small patch of skin first just to see if you have a bad reaction to it. You can also use this JUST on your t-zone where blackheads are more likely to occur, and avoid using it on super sensitive areas of the face like under eyes and on the cheeks. Redness can also occur, but again that's why it is best to test it on a smaller patch of skin first.
Folks, we spend too much money on essential items, sometimes so much that "why isn't this free with life?", pops into our heads. So we spend and we spend, buying luxurious looking bottles filled with, LITERALLY, stuff we can make at home.
I haven't bought make up remover in over a year. Why? Because I don't wear make up often anyways so I hardly use it, and it's really really really easy to make. It's so easy to make, in fact, you PROBABLY have everything you need to make it in your cupboard at home right now. The first time I made my own make up remover, I was floored at how well it worked, and how simple it is.
It's super quick to make, and will probably take you more time to gather the ingredients than it will to actually make the stuff.
But here goes, water, oil, soap.
See? Easy. Okay it's going to be a bit more complex, but that's the jist of it.
I definitely recommend using distilled water, or boiling water, just to eliminate the growth of bacteria for as long as possible. We aren't putting any nasty chemical preservatives in this ourselves so it's better to be safe than sorry.
You can pretty much use any oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil, Grapeseed, etc..), as long as it's liquid form. Avoid using solid coconut oil because when it cools back to room temperature it doesn't mix well when you shake it up.
When it comes to soap, I use either baby shampoo or mild liquid Castile soap. Castile soap is best since there's less icky stuff in it.
Gather your ingredients and away you go!
Dr. Bronner's Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
Sweet Almond Oil
Travel Tube with Flip Lid to mix it all in
Fill 1/2 of the bottle with distilled water, 1/4 oil, 1/4 soap. Shake and use!
The best way to use it is on a round or oval cotton pad, wipe away the make up, and then rinse your face with a cloth and warm water just to remove any left over residue or make up. Works like a charm!
You'll have to shake it every time you use it to remix as the oil will separate from the water over time.
And voila! There you have it. Your very own bottle of make up remover, and it cost you pennies!
Once you've removed your make up, and cleansed your face, remember to moisturize with one of our amazing face oils! You can buy one here.
Until we DIY again!