Category: Diy

DIYDIY: At Home Spa Treatments

 

Spa treatments are a must for achieving that healthy summer glow, but heading to the spa can be so expensive! Before you throw on your fav pair of shorts or a cute summer dress, try these at home spa treatments with ingredients you can find in your own kitchen!

Getting summer-ready skin couldn’t get any easier than this and all it takes is two ingredients (in equal parts) per treatment to help get your skin feeling its best. 
 
1. Rosewater and coconut milk make the most relaxing and soothing bath. The therapeutic scent of the rosewater is so relaxing and the creamy coconut milk will make your skin super soft and silky. Throw a quarter cup of rosewater into your bath with a quarter cup of coconut milk and soak the stress away.

2. Honey and olive oil are a great mix for a skin moisturizer. The smooth mixture of honey and olive oil make a great moisturizing mask for your skin. Mix these two ingredients in equal parts and a keep the leftovers in a small mason jar in your shower for a quick go-to when your skin is feeling dull or dry. 

3. Did you know that brown sugar is filled with vitamin B6 (great for hair and skin) and honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties? This facial/body scrub will gently exfoliate while cleaning out some of skin’s impurities along the way. Scrub in a circular motion for about 30 seconds and rinse in warm water. 

 4. Lip treatments are often overlooked but a little lip balm just isn’t enough sometimes. Using safe un-petroleum jelly and raw sugar make a great little scrub for your lips when the weather dries them out. Rub a little on your lips and rinse with a warm washcloth for a smooth lip that’s ready for a gorgeous gloss. 

 5. This mixture of lemon juice and egg yolk  is great for an anti-redness facial and for spot treating pesky blemishes. Use this treatment about once a week or as needed to give your face a cool, fresh feel and take away redness from blemishes or sun exposure.

BeautyLuLu*s How To: Removing Glitter Nail Polish

If you’ve ever used a textured, glittery nail polish, it can be a nightmare to remove, especially if you love changing up your polish as often as I do. Now you don’t have to waste any more time scrubbing and scraping that glitter off, because we’ve found a great way to get the polish off without all the hassle!
Materials needed:
  • Cotton balls/strips
  • Acetone
  • Aluminum foil 
Instructions: 
*I recommend doing one hand at a time so that there’s no mess and you’re able to secure the foil on each finger.
  1. Take pieces of the cotton balls/strips, dab some acetone on them and place on the nail.
  2. Cut the foil into strips large enough to fit around your finger tips.
  3. Wrap the foil around the nail and the cotton.
  4. Wait 5-10 minutes and the glitter polish will slide right off!
Voila! Now you have a clean canvas to work on and you can change up your polish as often as you’d like!

DIYDIY: Peter Pan Collar

The Peter Pan collar has become a fashion staple and sometimes it’s tough to find functional pieces with a cute collar attached. We’ve come up with a couple of ways to add a bit of glam to pieces in your own closet! Add one of these darling collars to a favorite top or dress and make any piece look shiny and new. 
Glitter Collar  
Materials Needed:
  • 1 sheet of black felt
  • Glitter (gold, silver, or multicolored glitter work best)
  • ModPodge glue
  • Paint brush
  • Paper cup
  • Ribbon of medium thickness
  • Needle and thread

 

Instructions: 
  1. Cut the felt into a scalloped collar shape.
  2. Carefully cut out the shape and lay it on a flat hard surface. Place some newspaper underneath in case it gets messy.
  3. Mix the ModPodge glue and glitter together in a small paper cup.
  4. Begin painting the mixture onto the collar until all of the felt is covered.
  5. Let it sit overnight and allow the glue to dry completely. Sew two pieces of ribbon onto the top of the collar and tie it in a bow to wear with anything!
Pearly Collar  
Materials Needed: 
  • 1 sheet of white felt
  • 3 assorted sizes of white pearls
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon of medium thickness
  • Needle and thread

 

Instructions:
  1. Cut felt into scalloped collar shape.
  2. Carefully cut out the shape and lay it on a flat, hard surface.
  3. Start from the center and squeeze a tiny amount of glue onto the felt.
  4. Place the pearls on the glue one by one and work your way from the center of the collar outward. Use smaller pearls to fill in the gaps as needed. 
  5. Let it sit overnight and allow the glue to dry completely. Sew two pieces of black ribbon onto the top of the collar and tie it in a pretty bow to wear with your favorite outfit. 

xoxo

GeneralWindow Farms for the Urban Dweller

Want to embrace your green thumb, but don’t exactly have the room for a vegetable garden? Well Window Farms are just the solution for you! 
“Window farming” allows urban dwellers to year-round farming in almost any window. It uses recycled 1.5 liter water bottles, clay pellets, plastic tubing and inexpensive fish tank air pumps to create a decked out indoor garden.
The plants capture natural light and vertically disperses the organic liquid soil throughout the levels of plans. Not only do they look cool, but it can also freshen up your place! It’s also a great way to save money on fresh veggies!
The farms can be used to grow fresh peppers, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and bok choy, to name a few! However, root vegetables are not suitable for the window farm.
WindowFarms.org was founded by Britta Riley, who raised $27,000 in donations as seed money. The project hopes to teach others that they can put recycled consumer goods to use and get the most out of things that are readily available to them. The site already has 4,000 registered users who all manage their own window farms.
The website tells you what you need and the materials will cost you about $30. You can download the PDF from their website or you can buy an at-home kit so you can get to growing your veggies even quicker!
To learn more about the Window Farms project and how to make your own urban garden, visit WindowFarms.org.
(Photos courtesy of MrKate.com)

GeneralDIY: Saltwater Beach Spray!


Summer is fast approaching and as the weather warms up, the last thing we want to do is plug in a flat iron or any other hot tool to do our hair. This simple DIY will help you achieve saltwater kissed waves even if you don’t live anywhere near the beach. The best part is, this style takes less than 10 minutes to achieve and costs less than $10 for the materials. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 3 tbsp. finely ground sea salt 
  • 3 squirts of water-based hair gel 
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut conditioner 
  • Tap water
  • 8-10 oz. spray bottle
 
 
1. Add all of your ingredients to your spray bottle and add enough water to fill it up. Shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined. 
2. Spray onto wet/damp hair and scrunch upward until a wave begins to form. Spray a small amount and scrunch as you go. Remember, less is more!
3. Either let it dry naturally or use a diffuser for a more tousled look 
And voila! Enjoy that fresh-out-the-ocean look anywhere and keep the spray bottle in your purse for touch ups throughout the day!