Make your own Bath Salts With Wedding season well upon us, I thought I'd share a quick and inexpensive idea that could be used as a wedding favor (or even centerpiece) at a wedding. These bath salts are easily customizable, can be put in any sort of packaging you like and the materials are easy to find and don't break the bank! (No weddings in your future? These would be great party favors at almost any occasion, and the packaging you choose really changes the whole effect!) First, for the bath salts themselves you will need: Epsom Salts Baking Soda (a natural moisturizer) Essential Oil (for these I used Lavender, but you may choose any scent you enjoy--I generally use Peppermint if I'm making a foot soak) When making a small batch for myself I use 1 cup of Epsom Salts, 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda and 2-3 drops of Essential Oil. Next, a container will be needed to present and store your bath salts. Rather than Test tubes, maybe you would want to place your bath salts in decorative mason jars.
DIY Curbly-Original Easter is a little less than two weeks away, which means you'll probably be decorating some eggs for this holiday sooner rather than later. There are ton of options out there, whether you're more into traditional dyeing techniques or more unique ideas. So, to make it easier for you to decide, I've rounded up 14 of my favorite DIY Easter egg decorating tutorials. 7 ways to get rid of dark circles/ANY type of scar/Stretch Marks. | DIY Beauty Tutorials These 7 ways I am sharing, are the MOST EFFECTIVE ways that makes those ridiculous scars disappear, no matter what type they are (acne scars, tissue scars etc). Make sure you are NOT allergic to any of the ingredients I am going to mention. 1st Solution: (For dark circles and scars) You Need: 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1 tsp yogurt (at least 10% fat) 4-5 drops Lemon Juice Directions: You can find turmeric powder in any Asian/Indian stores. 2nd Solution: (For Dark circles, scars and stretch marks) You Need: Aloe Vera Gel Directions: You can find this gel at any drugs stores/pharmacies. 3rd Solution: (For scars and stretch marks) You Need: 1 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp turmeric powder/ gram flour Mix them well and apply it on the scar. 4th Solution: (For scars only) You Need: A slice of lemon Just rub it on the scar in circular motions. 5th Solution: (For dark circles, scars and stretch marks) You Need: Cocoa Butter You can find this at any drugstores/pharmacies. Bio-Oil I hope it works on you all.
Two Tone Treasure + How to Paint Furniture Wow, such inspiration from this week’s Paint Projects Party, you simply must visit so many of these links! There are over 400 projects to browse, from furniture to floors to fabrics to home accents. Oh the power of paint never ceases to amaze me! Nothing makes me happier than a great second hand find, and the opportunity to revamp the new treasure for a great cause. This one was for a good friend of mine who recently had a baby girl. She’s been a little preoccupied with her little one, so her hub and I conspired to makeover this piece for her nursery, currently a work in progress, but sure to beautiful when the space is finished. I’ve been looking for the perfect dresser for her for awhile now, and finally scored this one at a local thrift store last week, I was so excited! With all the pieces I’ve painted over the years, I realized I should write up a full step by step for repainting an old treasure like this one, including cosmetic repair, priming and painting so here goes!
Shrink a Size in 14 Days Intrigued by research spotlighting eccentric training as one of the most effective ways to get firm, we asked fitness expert Chris Freytag to create a superfast shape-up exercise routine using this unique technique. When we put a group of readers on the plan, the results were eye-popping: Testers had an average weight loss of 6 pounds and 10 inches in 14 days, with the most successful volunteers losing up to 12 pounds and more than 22 inches all over. The secret is in the program's slow-motion strength routine. Instead of lifting and lowering for 2 counts each, you'll double the lengthening "eccentric" phase of an exercise (i.e., straightening your arm during a biceps curl) to 4 counts. Get started today with our exclusive jump-start plan* that will help you shed pounds, shrink inches, and feel confident in just 14 days! *Adapted from 2-Week Total Body Turnaround by Chris Freytag with Alyssa Shaffer and the editors of Prevention (Rodale, 2009) The Expert Published November 2011, Prevention
Crunchy Gifts: Sugared/Salted Candle Holders with Matching Bath Goodies Over the next two months, I plan on posting several gifting ideas – so we can all get ready for … dum dum dum … the holidays. This year, I took the handmade pledge for Christmas gifts (only buying or making gifts I give), and this is one I would do for someone I love Check it out. Salted and sugared glass candle holders with matching sugar scrub and salt soak! They’re “candle holders” (only one is really a candle holder, the other is a glass mug from Dollar Tree, which means it cost a whole … dollar) covered in colored epsom salt or sugar, with matching appropriate aromatherapeutic bath salts or sugar scrub. This excellent idea was sparked by this blog post , although her epsom salts look MUCH different than mine (hers look more like real salt, mine look like snow). Here’s how to do it. As are most of the crafty things I do, this is a cinch. You only need a few things: Glass jars/votive candle holders/random pretty glass containers Epsom salts or sugar Modge Podge A paint brush I mean Just FYI.
Turk's Head | How to tie a Turk's Head | Decorative Knots Uses: The Turk's Head (ABOK # 1303 - 5, p 232) is widely used as a slide, or woggle, for scout's scarves. Tying it: The Turk's Head is usually tied around the hand. For the demonstration here, the braiding was performed round a piece of wood and the work was rotated as the braiding advanced. Variations: There are many variations on the simple Turk's head. With a large enough loop, many more braids can be created before making the end follow the lead of the first round of braiding; more than one strand can be used; and the number of times the end follows the lead can be varied. Braiding a Single Rope Demonstration: The process of braiding using a single end is readily understood by practicing Braiding with a short length of rope as shown here. Turk's Head Beads Turk's Head Beads: The Turk's Head can also be used to make a string of beads - not unlike a Rosary. Finishing: Traditionally scout woggles were not secured. WARNING: Molten nylon is dangerously hot.
Beauty DIY: My Homemade Anti-Shine Mask | ElleandBlair.com Hello beauties! As some of you may know from my beauty videos , my skin type is oily and it tends to get shiny throughout the day if I’m out and about at meetings or running errands. I like to have oil blotting papers and a setting powder on hand if I’m looking shiny…I use the papers first then the powder so that my makeup doesn’t start to look cakey. But every so often, I find that giving myself a little DIY face mask can actually work wonders and make my skin look less oily and stay less oily for as long as a couple weeks after I’ve used it. My tried and true anti-shine face mask is super simple—you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen! It’s made with citrus, which, according to HomeRemedyCentral.com will absorb the oil and act as a natural cleanser. You will need: 1 grapefruit 1 lemon Uncooked oatmeal A knife A small bowl for mixing Instructions: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half of the lemon into your small bowl. xoxo Blair
How to Upgrade your Builder Grade Mirror - Frame it! I love framed mirrors in the bathroom but I really don't like the idea of ripping out a large builder mirror to replace it with a smaller framed one. Not only is it hurting the environment, it hurts my pocket book. So at our first house we framed our builder grade mirror with some cheap MDF molding and ever since, we have been hooked on this cheap, but with a huge impact, solution. I saw on Our Suburban Cottage, over a year ago, an amazing mirror that she created in her bathroom. Using her design, my husband was able to create this stunning addition to our master bathroom's mini-reno. I fully intend to redo everything out of this bathroom when time and money permits; but for now we had to do cosmetic changes that have made this bathroom livable for a few years. We did two bathrooms with this type of frame. Before (when we bought the house): After (after some minor and inexpensive changes): Method: Paint all the trim both back and front. Isn't it absolutely AMAZING!?!? What do you think?
How To Wear Makeup Without Looking Like It | Beauty Anywhere As a makeup artist, you might think that I wear a ton of makeup. The answer is no. I love to wear my makeup so that it covers my flaws, but I still look like myself. The best way to describe it is, I like to look like the best version of myself. I think creating the perfect makeup look all starts with the skin. There are certain products you need to use to look like you have effortless, impeccable skin. I’m absolutely obsessed with Lauren Conrad’s makeup style. I’m going to show you the necessities to master this look. 1. You have to achieve an even skin tone and hide your imperfections. Lorac Natural Performance Foundation, $36 at Ulta 2. Lauren has a bronzed look to her skin, but it’s not too over the top. NARS Bronzer in Laguna, $34 at Sephora 3. Highlighting is the key to giving your skin back the radiance it naturally emits. Who wouldn’t want to look like this? MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, $34 at MAC stores 4. Eyeliner is something I have mixed feelings about. 5. 6.
Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes You can make your own homemade version of bath salts, bath milk, herbal soaks and more. This page contains homemade spa bath recipes. Solutions Read and rate the best solutions below by giving them a "thumbs up". Tip: Homemade Bath Oil Beads Makes 10 beads. Ingredients: 1/4 cup powdered milk 2 Tbsp. white flour 2 Tbsp. borax powder 1 1/2 tsp. rosewater or water 2 tsp. mineral oil 12-15 drops rose fragrance oil (or fragrance of your choice) 1-2 drops red food coloring (optional) Directions: Combine the dried milk, flour, and borax in a bowl. Take a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball, with your hands. By JodiT from Aurora, CO Tip: Oatmeal Milk Bath 1 cup baking soda 2 cups dry milk powder 1/2 cup oatmeal (ground finely) Combine all ingredients in a blender until mixed. Source: my cousin By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO Tip: Spa Bath Salts Here is a bath salt I made. Supplies: Mix salts in a bowl, then add essential oils and food coloring (start with 8 drops or so and add more as needed).
Polo Refashion A few months ago Philip and I weeded through our closets and made a big pile of stuff to donate to Goodwill. After the pile was made, I went through and took out anything I thought I could refashion. One of them was an old Abercrombie polo that Philip no longer liked. I'd seen a few polo refashions floating around on Pinterest, and although none of them had struck my fancy, I was sure I could do something awesome with this shirt. Then the other day I saw this photo and fell in love. I turned it backward, cut out the collar (leaving the buttons so that it has a button-up back), took in the sleeves, and gave it a little hem. It's the perfect comfy casual top that can be dressed up for date night or dressed down for playgroup. *update* I've received a lot of emails from you guys, asking for a photo of the back of the shirt. UPDATE: Full step-by-step tutorial here.
Beauty DIY: Lovely Winter Luxuries | ElleandBlair.com There are few things more luxurious in this world than pampering your skin and body with beautifying spa treatments. I am a huge believer in anything indulgent when it comes to beauty . But throughout the years, I’ve come to realize that making my favorite little luxuries is something I can do in the comfort of my own home—and for a reasonable price too. To get you looking polished and pretty for the holiday season, I’ve rounded up three of my favorite DIY spa treatments to share with you guys. Stay toasty and get glam with these at-home DIY beauty treatments… Body Scrub A homemade body scrub is a great way to pamper yourself when you’re craving a personal spa day. · Super Sweet Sugar Scrub 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup mashed avocado (optional) 1 cup of olive oil · "Wake you up!" · Yummy Chocolate Body Scrub ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup Cocoa · Ocean Beauty Sea Salt Scrub ½ cup sea salt ½ cup of olive oil 5 drops of an essential oil in your favorite scent.