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.

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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!

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.

DIY Mineral Veil/Translucent Powder

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Since using my own homemade make up remover, cleanser, scrub and toner my skin has never looked and felt better! So I don’t need to use a lot of powder. So this was perfect for me.

Here’s what you need:
1 tbs cornstarch
Make up

Here’s what you do:
Mix your old make up with your cornstarch and your done. You’ve just mastered the art of making translucent powder. Now if you have more of your make up you should get a heavier coverage.

The cornstarch is so light and will help absorb oil. Using your old make up will add a hint of color. When I say old I don’t necessarily mean like 5 years old (you know you probably still have some you can’t get rid of) I just mean previous make up. There’s usually a tad left that you try to save till you he the new one.
I usually use a primer so that also helps to keep the powder on longer.
Good Luck!

Homemade Degreaser

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If your like me you don’t like washing your hair everyday. Well it’s not that I don’t like too it’s just I don’t always have the time. I have to wash, air dry, blow dry and straighten just to have a decent hair day. It gets exhausting! You know those girls that take hours to get ready, I’m one I them and it’s all hair! So on days I don’t want to go through a whole routine I use this degreaser.

I found this at onegoodthingbyjilee.com
It works so well and it volumizes!

Here’s what you need:
4 tbsp Water
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp Rubbing Alcohol

Here’s what you do:
Mix together in spray bottle and apply to roots. Don’t drench your hair just spray enough to wet the roots.
Next, brush through hair and blow dry.

You will see your greasy hair look clean and volumized!

Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

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This homemade face scrub is great for everyday use! I personally have to use a scrub or some type of exfoliation for my face so it doesn’t feel like I have build up.
I love how clean this scrub leaves my face. To be honest every homemade product I’ve used on my face feels great and refreshing. I have never felt quite like this with store-bought skin care products. Those always left me feeling i guess, clean but stripped of something. Using all these homemade recipes really makes me see a difference in my face. At least that’s how I feel. It’s great to know that all my personal products I make myself and get much better results, in my opinion.

Here’s what you need:
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbs honey
1 tbs olive oil
Couple drops of lemon

Here’s what you do:
Mix together and store in jar or container.

Apply this all over face lightly massaging it around your face.
Leave on face for 5 minutes. To be honest sometimes I just massage and rinse but it’s up to you.

If you have the time why not give yourself a little treatment.

Follow up with your homemade ACV Toner

Why honey?

Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. One of the most common natural skin care benefits with honey is related to treatment of minor acne acne which could be caused by hormonal changes or “heatiness in the body”, as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) would call it to refer to the imbalance of yin and yang in the body. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent. With the wide-ranging of natural skin care recipes, it is no wonder that there exists a huge number of honey products in the market for hair care, baby care, skin care for sunscreen, hand lotions, facial scrubs and moisturizers

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Why brown sugar?

Exfoliation removes not only dead cells from your skin but other impurities that may be clogging your pores. In effect, exfoliation prepares your body for moisturizers and other products that will keep your skin looking supple and fresh. Brown sugar is a source of B vitamins due to its molasses content, and could be beneficial to your skin

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Why olive oil?

Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil, alone, will not bring you blemishes. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads, whiteheads…these are a result of several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and the buildup of these factors. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it. It is not a malicious force to be reckoned with; it is there for the benefit of your skin, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally occurring. Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly. Properly functioning skin is beautiful, clear, and glowing. Learning to work with your skin, not against it, will save you tremendously.

The Oil Cleansing Method.com

Why Lemon Juice?

Lemon acts as astringent and detoxifying cleanser and is therefore great for blemishes skin. It also has rejuvenating properties and also has the properties of brightening dull skin. Lime juice is an important natural aid for healthy and beautiful skin. It also acts as a natural bleach.

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