Friday, March 29, 2013

Bonjour Spring! DIY Face Mist

So winter decided to linger, & I am not impressed. 

I mean, sure, the changing of the seasons can be pretty harsh on your skin. But this back & forth isitspringorisitwinter crap is killing mine. I know I can't be the only one who has been battling dryness, dullness, & flakiness. 
TGIF. Can spring please stay? Ok, whinefest over- time to get to the silver lining.
Face mist has been my saving grace. 
When I first discovered face mist, it was through the Body Shop.
Remember this from my makeup post?

I had bought both kinds that the Body Shop offers (Vitamin E & Vitamin C mists) & I went through both bottles. But in the end there were a few too many downsides for me. First there was the smell. Without fail, every single time I used it anyone in my vicinity would mention the strong, artificial smell. 
But that's minor. My biggest problem with this mist (& my biggest problem with ALL body shop products) is that, despite 'natural claims', the ingredient list says otherwise. 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, 
Tocopheryl Acetate, Alchohol Denat., Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, 
Methylparaben, Lecithin, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Water, Butylparaben, 
Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.

It seemed odd to me that it had as much alcohol as it did, considering alcohol actually dehydrates the skin. Counter-productive much? For something as simple as a mist, it all seemed like too much. Clearly, a DIY was in order. 
Materials needed:
A bag of either Camomile or Green tea
A capsule of 1000 IU Vitamin E (you can also use the bottled oil)
Distilled water (not pictured)
Decorative tape, washi or ribbon (optional)

First things first, set your distilled water to boil. In a pinch, you can even microwave it. 
Once your water has boiled, seep your tea for about 5-10 minutes. Then let it cool down.
The tea you use is entirely up to you. Camomille has soothing anti-inflammatory benefits, is great for brightening tired skin & reducing dark circles around the eye area. 
Green tea has fabulous anti-oxidants that protect skin, fight acne, & fight signs of aging. 

While your tea is cooling down, grab the rest of your materials.
First, we decorate. 
You can wait 'till the end to adorn your bottle, or skip this step entirely. thats up to you. 
As for me, I always get trigger happy when washi is involved. All you need to do is measure, cut & tape. (I'm using washi tape I got here & lace tape from Micheals.)
& now onto the serious stuff. 
You want to pierce the capsule and squeeze out as much as you can. Using a capsule makes it easier to control the portion, but if you have bottled oil don't fret, you can add in a few drops (as shown).
Now it's time to funnel your tea! (There's no pictures of this step because I couldn't find a funnel & ended up using a marinade syringe to get it in the bottle.)
C'est fini! 

I've been using this for a few months now & I'm in love. My skin feels soft & hydrated- not to mention how much I love knowing exactly what I'm putting on my skin. It's also considerably cheaper than any store bought variety (once you have the supplies on hand it will only cost you pennies to keep re-filling it!), but that's just icing on the cake dolls. 
Since there's no preservatives the bottle should last about 3 weeks & should be stored in the fridge overnight. But to be honest, mine don't usually make it past 3 weeks! It's perfect for tossing in your purse & refreshing your skin throughout the day. 

If you have any questions (or if you tried it & loved it!) Let the me know. 


Friday, March 15, 2013

Lucky DIY: Four leaf clover rings


While I'm all about being faux-irish on st. Patricks day, (c'mon- you know we all do it!) I'm not quite into wearing green. The closest I ever come is wearing some green in my jewelry, or maybe in my eyeshadow (of course, with emerald being the color of the year maybe i'll change that up).
Now I couldn't quite tell you why I don't wear much green- I dont hate the color at all- it just so happens to be that way. After getting sufficiently pinched last year, I'm feeling inspired to find ways to wear more green this time around. 
So this ones for those of you ladies who don't wear too much green, (or those of you who are looking for more ways to wear it) I give you a quick st. Patricks day DIY.
I got the inspiration while I was on my weekly Micheals run, & saw these cute little stickers.  They're basically cabochon stickers, & I thought they'd make perfect rings. 
Materials Needed:
-Four leaf clover stickers (or buttons- available here)
-Glue (I'm using a dollop of E6000)

Now for the fun part. 
First, remove the sticker from the back. (Mine easily peeled off)
 Then apply a bit of glue to your ring, & place it on the back of the four leaf clover. 
Now let it dry overnight...
& c'est fini!
Now feel free to shamrock it around town. (ok, ok. that was bad)