DIY Leopard Print Earrings

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(I did the star earrings first then decided to photograph the heart how-to. Sorry for any confusion :))

Everywhere I look there is Leopard print. On leggings, babies, stairs, everywhere. I wasn’t a big fan but when you see it everywhere sometimes it starts to look cute. (Someone obviously drank the kool-aid!)
So it was about 1 am and while I was reading a thought jumps in my head, (that’s right there not in there, they just jump right in) I remembered I had some jewelry that I bought during Halloween and I figured I could make a pair to have the leopard print that’s going around.

Here’s what you need:
Earring studs
Black polish
Gold polish
Brown-ish polish (really any colors u want to use to make leopard

Here’s what you do:
First you grab the earring, paint it gold, dot some of that brown-ish polish. Between adding your different colors of polish you should wait a couple of seconds before applying the next step in polish so that it has a little time to dry. Since you are not using a lot of polish it doesn’t need much time. So, after your “spots” are dry you get your black polish and draw little lines or curves or squiggles whatever your leopard print loving heart desires. My black polish has a very thin brush so I was able to use that but if u do not have one, you can just put a dot of polish on something and use a toothpick to draw the lines, squiggles, curves, whatever.
I don’t know about y’all but I love making things out of the blue!

DIY Dandruff Shampoo

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I made this shampoo for my boyfriend actually. He suffers from severe dandruff and nothing seems to work. I have used brown sugar scrub to get rid of the flakes but I was able to find a DIY dandruff shampoo from savyhomemade.com

Here’s what you need:
10 fl oz Baby shampoo
1 tbs apple cider vinegar (optional)
1 tbs baking soda (optional)
10 drops of tea tree oil
10 drops lavender oil

Here’s what you do:
Mix ingredients together. To use, massage into scalp and leave for about a minute or 2 then rinse.
***try not to get into your eyes***

The original recipe did not call for baking soda or apple cider vinegar however I’ve heard on many occasions to use ACV and/or baking soda in your shampoo so that is why I added it in.

DIY Cough Remedy

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So you wont feel yucky anymore!

My dad has recently had this terrible cough that really bothers him so, it obviously bothers me. My mom, sisters, and I will try our best to get him to take any type of medicine but he just won’t have it. Since I’ve been doing my DIY projects he has seen the power of using homemade products. So when I told him I found him a cough remedy he finally caved in and decided to give it a shot!

I found this at nancyvienneau.com

Here’s what you need:
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ginger* (in original recipe)
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tbs water
1 tbs of honey

Here’s what you do:
Mix all ingredients except the honey so it mixes a little more evenly. Then add in the honey and mix all together.
*i didn’t have ginger and it worked pretty well.

Take 1 tbs as needed.

I know when I use medicine it sometimes leaves me feeling worse or completely out of it. At least with this natural remedy I can take it as often as I need too. It works really well, at least it did for my dad. I plan to use this cough remedy for my entire family!

Alternative Face Primer

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I love using my homemade mineral make up but it does go on light and I had a party I was going to and needed something to last. So I decided I would go and buy some make up just for the occasion. Well as I was at the store, I was looking at all these different powders trying to decide which would have long-lasting staying power and I found myself not being able to pick one. I just couldn’t do it! I felt like I was a fraud. (I know I am a bit dramatic) if I am trying to be “greener” buy saving money and finding alternative solutions well I better find one. So I left with no powder in hand and searched. When searching for a DIY eye primer I remembered also looking for DIY face primer and basically came up with nothing but I did find an alternative, 2 in fact.

Using a primer on your face creates a barrier between your skin and what your putting on your skin. It also helps smooth out and fills in lines on your face so that your make up gets applied smoothly.

Most face primers on the market today will read in the ingredients Dimethicone as one of the main ingredients, Dimethicone is a skin protectant, anti-foaming agent and hair conditioner, but seeing as it is a silicon based polymer, some may be mildly allergic but it’s very rare

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So here are the 2 alternatives I found for face primer

•Aveeno Baby Daily moisturizing lotion (found tip at livelivebeauty.hubpages.com)
•Monistat chaffing powder-gel
(found tip at weddingbee.com)

So at first I was not going to even consider using Monistat chaffing gel, I mean come on! Then after researching further (and having to see it for myself) I found that the exact ingredients found in smash box photo finish primer and monistat gel are the same!

I personally preferred the Aveeno Baby Lotion, maybe it was because I paid about the same as the monistat and got a whole lot more.

I tried each before the date of the party and I have to say what a great alternative for face primer. Both made my make up last with a very nice smooth finish. Seriously lots of compliments on my make up!

So if you want to cut the cost of your face primer from $36 to just $6 why not give it a shot!

Homemade Toothpaste/ Teeth Whitener

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When I wake up in the morning my routine usually begins with brushing my teeth. So I wanted to see if there was an alternative for toothpaste and I found it!

Here’s what you need:
Baking Soda
Toothpaste

Here’s what you do:
sprinkle baking soda on toothbrush and brush as usual. It does have a salty taste but if you like you can add the baking soda to your toothpaste. Either way, I get a great clean feeling but I’ve heard that just using baking soda may be to abrasive for your teeth. You should be able to decide how often you want to use it.

This method is great for removing stains from your teeth. I noticed a difference in my smile after just using it for 1 week.

DIY Pore strips

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My sisters and I all have large pores and we waste money like crazy on pore strips. One day my sister needed pore strips and she was gonna pay the usual $14 on a box of strips. I knew there had to be an alternative to this.

I searched and found this from petitelephant.com

Here’s what you need:
1 tbs gelatin
1 1/2 of milk

Here’s what you do:
Take the gelatin and milk and mix together. It should be kind of chunky. Next put it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. When it’s done it should have a creamy texture. This starts to harden fast so once you’ve mixed it a bit spread on your nose or wherever you need to apply this.
A little advice if you plan to use all over your face, keep it away from your hair, eyebrows, and lashes it really gets stuck in there and you’ll have to really tug to get it out.

Oil Face Blotters

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Here’s a quick and easy way to get rid of oily skin.

This crazy tip comes from realbeauty.com

Here’s what you need:
Toilet seat covers
Or Starbucks napkins

Here’s what you do:
Find an old mint tin or even a business card holder or you can ask you sister who spends tons of money on oil blotters to save you her empty cases and just cut the papers to size.
When your face is oily just get the paper and dab on your face.

Tada! 🙂

Homemade Eye Primer

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I love eye primer! I think this is what eyeshadow was missing all along!
You know when i picked out an eyeshadow I would put it on and the color was not the same. It was disappointing to see a lighter color and would usually come off easily or smear all over. Then I discovered eye primer and voila! The shadow color was bold and exactly what the color should be.

I usually use a primer by urban decay and this works just as good.
I found this recipe at mascara.com

Here’s what you need:
1 tsp Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Natural Chapstick
1 1/2 tsp Foundation

Here’s what you do:
I left my Chapstick sit near the window for a couple of minutes. yes, my house gets that hot in certain rooms that it will melt things. (that’s why my homemade deodorant stays in my fridge).
Mix the Chapstick, cornstarch, and foundation together and put in a small container.

There you have it! You have your very own eye primer.

DIY Blush

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This trick I learned from katrimalomidze.com and it works!

If you have any broken shadows, powders, or blush this trick helps to fix it.

Here’s what you need:
Broken make up
Rubbing alcohol

Here’s what you do:
Add drops of alcohol to your broken make up and mix together to get a paste like texture. Next smooth it out onto the container patting down and smoothing out. Your blush/shadow/powder will look dark while it’s wet but let this dry over night.

That’s it! Problem solved! Crisis averted! Your blush/shadow/powder is almost good as new!

I also want to link back to ohsoprettythediaries.com they have some tips from commenters on how to keep your make up from flaking and cracking.