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Nobody likes blackheads. Unfortunately, blackheads are common, especially if you have oily skin. Of course, there are a number of products available to help combat blackheads – you’ve probably heard of them, maybe you have tried them and maybe you have even had success with them. If you are looking for a budget-friendly way to help combat blackheads, or if you simply enjoy DIY home remedies, try beating blackheads with baking soda!
Mix 2.5 tbsp of baking soda with 2-2.5 tbsp water. The two should form a paste. If your mixture is slightly runny, that is okay. However, if you wish to thicken it, simply add more baking soda.
Apply the mixture to the areas of your face where blackheads are present and gently massage using your fingers for about two to three minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Today’s blog post was inspired by a mandatory household task – vacuuming. Yesterday, I decided that the carpet on the stairs needed more than just a quick vacuum and ended up doing this simple DIY carpet deodorizer.
For this you will need a small bowl or container, baking soda and your favorite essential oil. A vacuum is also required. Yesterday, I chose to use lemon essential oil (Click here to purchase lemon essential oil from Amazon). If you try this DIY I would love to hear what essential oil(s) you use.
For every 1/4 cup of baking soda you will want between 10-20 drops of essential oil. Combine the two ingredients in your bowl or container stirring constantly as you add the essential oil. Be careful – you don’t want the scent to be overpowering or for the mixture to start clumping.
Sprinkle the mixture onto the carpet and wait at least one hour before vacuuming.
This mixture can also be used on mattresses and pet beds!
Thank you for reading.
Today’s post is a guest post. I would love to hear what you think of guest posts. Is this something you would like to see more of? Do you have a post you would like to see featured here?
Enjoy your day, and let’s get to today’s guest post:
Reuse Those Old Sunglasses This Summer And Make Them New Again
Do you have some old sunglasses that you’d like to wear again? Of course you do, who doesn’t? But if you’re looking for ways to reuse them, you’re in luck! We’re telling you how you can make them new and exciting again, with almost no spending from your part. The truth is you probably already have everything you need for a makeover at hand: your old frames, and just some basic craft supplies. But first, let’s see what state your sunglasses (if you are interested in seeing new sunglass fashions click here) are in:
Image source: Submarines & Sewing Machines
1. Are the arms of your sunglasses broken or unhinged? Sunglasses often break like this, especially if they’re made of cheap plastic. The easiest thing to do is replace the arms entirely. To do that, use the arms from a contrast-colored pair, and you’ll get cool two-tone shades. Get the full tutorial for how to do that here.
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2. Are your sunglasses frames scratched? That happens all the time, especially if you carry them in your purse without a case. So cover them up! You can use glitter for part of the frame or even for the entire thing (tutorial here). Similarly, you can use pearls or smaller beads. And if you don’t want any embellishments, simply paint them in a different color which include stripes and tortoiseshell. Did you know that nail polish is perfect for such a project? It’s cheap, with an infinite color palette, and a precise brush. However, if your lenses are scratched, you can drill some holes in them and embroider away (as seen here).
Image source: Into the Woods
3. Are you simply bored with your sunglasses? Then all you need is a bit of embellishment to make them trendy again. We’re pretty sure you’ve seen how trendy embellished sunglasses are these days… You can use flowers if you’re the romantic type or you can go for an edgier look and use studs or rhinestones. And if you simply don’t want to use glue, you can just paint part of the sunglasses with a pen (tutorial here).
This guest post was written by Daria P. who contributes to GlassesOnWeb and CelebritySunglassesWatcher.com
- Cat Eyes & Aviators: Celebrity Sunglasses (yourstyleforecast.com)
- Random Sunday: Sunglasses (theanonyus.wordpress.com)
- The 5 Top Sunglass Styles for Summer 2013 (eyestylemeblog.wordpress.com)
Disclaimer: I (along with this blog), am not affiliated with the author of this guest post or any of the companies mention. The opinions reflected in this guest post do not reflect my personal opinions. I do not own the images or material presented in this post. -Marley
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I think my weekend could have been more productive, but I won’t complain. This will be my last post until this Friday (2 August). Until then, I will be studying for an exam in comparative criminal justice, which is this Thursday. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a DIY sugar scrub. I decided to do this DIY lime sugar scrub because I thought it was a perfect match for the beautiful summer weather.
While I have nicknamed this sugar scrub “Margarita Feet” it is not exclusively for feet. The first time I ever made this I was giving myself a pedicure and I only used the scrub on my feet. When I was done I told Tom, “My feet smell like a margarita!”
Who has super soft feet right now? I do! Would you like moisturized, super soft feet too.
Pour 1-2 cups of milk and 1-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into your bathtub or a large bowl. Add enough hot water to completely cover your feet.
Soak your feet in the mixture for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to enjoy this time. Put on an episode of your favorite television show, read a book or magazine, listen to music or read a blog. Or, treat yourself a little more. Combine this DIY Face Mask using banana, lemon juice and honey or this DIY Oatmeal Face Mask; brighten your nails; or try this DIY Hair Mask.
After you have finished soaking your feet and you have dried them completely finish with your favorite moisturizer. I like to hold in the moisture with this DIY toe-less sock.
I hope you enjoy this DIY Foot Soak. If you try it, please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know how you liked it. I would also love to hear what your favorite foot soak is! Is it a DIY? I’m always looking for new DIY projects to try!
As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for reading this post. If you have any suggestions for future blog posts please let me know.
When I started doing DIY projects such as DIY laundry detergent and DIY dishwasher detergent, I had a really difficult time finding washing soda. Come to think of it, I still have not found washing soda in stores! For those of you who have purchased washing soda before, I would love to know where you found it.
After a number of unsuccessful searches for washing soda Tom decided we were going to make our own. When I first heard this I thought he was out of his mind. I was picturing a long and perhaps even difficult process. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that making your own washing soda is extremely easy!
If you are having trouble finding washing soda in stores give this DIY a try:
Spread a thick layer of baking soda onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400F. Remove the baking sheet occasionally (i.e., every 15-20 minutes) and give the product a stir. After baking for one hour allow the product to cool before transferring to an airtight container!
In the future I will be posting DIY projects that require washing soda. As always, if you have any suggestions or requests for DIY projects, regardless of whether or not they call for washing soda, please let me know!
Thanks for reading,
Sitting in the living room in front of the open balcony doors enjoying the warm breeze and sunshine I was hit with the urge to make a DIY lip color! There are many DIY lip products that are time intensive and costly. I decided I wanted to do a very basic lip color – one that didn’t have me reaching for the credit card or leaving the house!
If you are interested in more ‘advanced’ (for lack of better words) DIY lip products please let me know either by e-mail or by leaving a comment. I do have some planned for the future but I can bump them to an earlier date if requested, and your feedback is always appreciated.
So, let’s get to today’s DIY:
For this basic DIY lip color you are going to need Vaseline, Q-Tips (or something similar), a small airtight container (lip balm pot, contact case, etc…) and either eyeshadow or blush.
Start by squeezing (or scooping) the desired amount of Vaseline into your container. As you can see, I only used a small amount – I was unable to find a smaller container.
I used a Q-Tip to scrape the blush I chose for this, then I pushed the loose blush into the container with the Vaseline and stirred it for about a minute with the same Q-Tip. After stirring you may wish you add more blush (or eyeshadow) to get more color. I was happy with mine and skipped this step.
This is a great way to put old eyeshadow and lip balm pots to use, as well as to use up old eye shadow and blush.
I will definitely be repeating this DIY in the future. Next time I do this I would like to do more with it, whether it is in the lip color itself or the packaging and presentation. Be sure to check back to see what changes I make to this!
If you give this DIY a try I would love to see or hear about your results so please feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail.
As always thank you for reading. I hope you’ll spread the word and check back again soon!
Who recognizes this shirt? I actually used it in a previous DIY project, the open heart t-shirt. Because the shirt was a little big for me I decided to re-use it for this project. Since I am talking about the size of the shirt, this is an XS from Gap. Does anyone else find Gap sizing to be inaccurate?
This DIY shirt is fantastic for summer, I find it particularly cute for throwing over a bathing suit or even over a sports bra or fitted tank. If you care to share how you wear open-sided tees leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!
Once again, this is a very simple DIY project. All you need is a t-shirt (or tank top) and a pair of scissors!
Step 1: Starting at the bottom of the shirt (on either the right or left side) cut straight up to the arm pit.
Step 2: Repeat on the other side.
Step 3: Knot the two pieces on each side together at the bottom of the shirt. I find this easiest when I am wearing the shirt.
I love DIY shirts and other similar projects! If you have a DIY project that you think I should try leave it as a comment or send me an e-mail.
Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!
The last time I had my hair trimmed I was given this tip for getting a healthy shine to my hair, and I have finally gotten around to trying it. If your hair could use a little extra shine, give this a try. I’m glad I did!
Prior to getting in the shower combine your regular amount of shampoo with a dash of baking soda in a bowl and give it a quick mix.
In the shower use the baking soda and shampoo mixture the same way you would use your shampoo on any given day. I was told to repeat this no more than once a week.
On top of giving your hair a healthy shine the baking soda is also supposed to help remove the build up of excess hair product!
As I said, I am happy with the results but I would love to hear from other people who have tried it – what do you think? Was anyone unhappy with the results?
To all my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a fantastic long weekend. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this Canada Day weekend brings some nicer weather.
Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll check back. I do not anticipate the next post will be until next Wednesday.
Let’s get straight to today’s DIY face mask:
- Ripe banana (1)
- Lemon juice (1 tbsp)
- Honey (1 tbsp)
- Dash of sea salt (optional)
Mash the banana in a bowl, then add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of honey. Mix well.
Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Sorry for such a quick post. I promise I’ll make it up to you in future blog posts. Does anyone have any suggestions for future blog posts? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!