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28 February 2019

The Best Natural Lotion Ingredients for Dry Skin

These are the best natural ingredients for dry skin to make a lotion, soap, body butter, or other DIY beauty product.  

This winter has been absolutely brutal on my skin.  It hasn't been this dry in years.  A few weeks ago, it was so dry that I had scabs on my arms and legs from scratching so much.

After a few restless nights, I started doing some heavy research on carrier oils, butters, essential oils, and herbs for dry skin.  I have my go to oils and butters, but this time I wasn't messing around.  

I wanted the best natural lotion ingredients for dry skin so I could make a kick butt lotion that would get rid of my dry skin and fast.

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This is a list of the best natural lotion ingredients for dry skin, including carrier oils, butters, essential oils, and herbs.
Of course, you won't use all of these.  But you can combine one or more ingredients to add to your lotion or other DIY skin care product.  

26 February 2019

23 Advanced Melt and Pour Soap Techniques You Have to Try

If you need some inspiration, here are 22 advanced melt and pour techniques that you have to try.

Melt and pour soap is one of my favorite crafts to make because you can really get creative.  I've been making melt and pour soap for about 15 years now, and I can make each batch different from the last.

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Melt and pour soap lets you get really creative with additives, colors, and even embeds.  If you're looking for more advanced melt and pour techniques, here are several ideas for you to try.

21 February 2019

DIY Homemade Cream Blush Recipe With Two Ingredients

This DIY cream blush is so easy to make with just two ingredients.  This easy natural makeup is made without beetroot and without arrowroot powder.  

I'm a bit of a makeup addict.  I see something pretty, and I have to have it.  It doesn't matter if I already have a similar shade or not, I still get it.

I knew I had a slight problem when I bought a professional sized makeup train case and could't fit my makeup in it.  I still have baskets of brand new items and specialty items that I don't use all the time.

I knew my makeup addiction was really bad when I showed up to the theater with my makeup and the Mary Kay girl who was also helping with makeup said, "Wow.  That's a lot of makeup!"

Ahem.

Despite having such a collection, I could not get a blush that I liked.  I wanted a hint of color, and I like a brownish or brownish pink shade.

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I found a few, but one was the exact right shade but too shimmery.  Another one was way too dark.  Yet another one was too brown and not enough pink.
I've made other cosmetics, so I decided to make own DIY cream blush recipe.  After researching ingredients and experimenting, I came up with this super simple two ingredient homemade blush.  

DIY HOMEMADE CREAM BLUSH RECIPE


I use both a cream blush and a powder.  I like the cream because it's light, and I can build it up.  It's great for every day.  I normally use a powder for a more dramatic effect.
This DIY cream blush recipe can also be used as a lip tint.  The shea butter is a great way to moisturize your lips, especially if they are dry.

You can also use a different shade and use this as a highlighter.  I like to use one of them just under my highlighter for some depth.


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SHEA BUTTER


The base of this DIY homemade cream blush recipe is shea butter.  I used shea for a few reasons.  I always have it on the shelf, and it's super moisturizing and is said to help tone your skin.
It's also easy to work and melts on contact with your skin.

Shea butter in high in vitamin A, which is an important ingredient for anti-aging creams and serums.  Vitamin A is said to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Shea butter is also high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.  Antioxidants help reduce the damage from free radicals, so it's also anti-aging.  
Shea butter is moisturizing, so it's a good choice to use if you have dry skin.  Even if you have oily skin, shea butter won't make your skin overly oily.

One of the reasons that I chose shea butter and didn't add more oils or butters is because shea butter ranks a 0 on the comedogenic scale.  This means it won't clog your pores or cause breakouts.

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COLORANT


You have your choice of colorant for this DIY homemade blush recipe.  You can use cocoa powder for brown.  I just used the same cocoa powder from the grocery store.
You can also use mica.  Mica gives it a great color, and it's easy to work work into the shea butter.

Mica is a natural mineral dust.  It's used to naturally color many types of cosmetics and soaps.  It is reflective, so it will make your homemade cream blush shimmery.
I like that mica also comes in a range of colors.  I bought a set of 24 colors last year.  I've made so many different projects and have barely used any.   This set will last me forever.




I used both mica, cocoa powder, and a mix of the both of them for these three blushes.
I made three homemade blushes, so I used:

  • Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 pink mica and 1/2 rose gold mica
  • 1/2 pink mica and 1/2 cocoa powder


I made the brown as a blush and the rose gold as a highlighter.  I usually use this under my highlighter for a little more depth.  

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Melt the shea butter in double boiler.  Heat until melted.

I don't recommend heating shea butter in the microwave.  If you overheat shea butter, it can get grainy.  While you can use a microwave, it does tend to get grainy, which doesn't feel great on your skin.


STEP #2


Pour the melted shea butter into an empty container.  

STEP #3


Add 1/4 teaspoon of colorant or to taste.  Stir well.


It does tend to clump.  The best way to add it is to carefully sprinkle a little bit of colorant and stir.  Then add more and stir.
Keep stirring as it sets up.  I gave it a stir every five minutes or so so the mica and cocoa powder didn't fall to the bottom.  

Let it cool completely.  You can use it as soon as its set up.

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I use my fingers to apply it, but you can use a blush brush if you'd like.
This DIY homemade cream blush recipe has a light coverage.  You can let it dry and then add another layer to build the colors.

You can also use one shade, let it dry, and then add another shade on top to mix the colors.

DIY Homemade Cream Blush Recipe With Two Ingredients

Yield: 1 tablespoon
Author:
Estimated cost: $1
prep time: 30 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 30 M
This DIY cream blush is so easy to make with just two ingredients. This easy natural makeup is made without beetroot and without arrowroot powder.

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steps:

  1. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler.  Heat until melted.  
  2. Pour the melted shea butter into an empty container.
  3. Add 1/4 teaspoon colorant or to your needs.
  4. Stir well with a toothpick as it sets up.
  5. Let cool completely.
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19 February 2019

What is Orby TV? My Orby TV Review and Information

We recently switched to Orby TV, and it's a great choice for rural living.  Learn what is Orby TV and read my review.  

This post is sponsored by Orby TV.  As always, all opinions and enthusiasm is my own.  

When we moved to the farm six years ago, we were prepared for a new way of living.  

We were prepared to get animals (chickens and goats) and care for them.  We were prepared to plant a large garden, tend it, and preserve the food we grew.  We were prepared to care for the lawns and fields.

What we were not prepared for was the lack of utility services in the area. 

We have two choices for Internet: slow and slower.  Cable television isn't even offered on my road, and they won't connect to a house half a mile from the road anyway.  

We decided to go with satellite TV about two years ago, but we aren't happy with the service.  The bill keeps climbing, and we are paying almost three times as much as we were supposed to be paying per month.  

When you have a farm and spend a lot of time doing chores outside, television shouldn't be a big part of our budget since we just don't have much time to watch it.


Last month, I was introduced to Orby TV.  We made the switch, and we couldn't be happier.

14 February 2019

DERMA E Radiant Skin Care Review

My review of DERMA E's Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser, Radiance Toner, Radiant Glow Face Oil, and Rejuvenating Face Oil.  DERMA E is natural, organic, and cruelty free.  

If you're a regular reader, then you know that I love DERMA E skin care.  It is my go to skin care line, and several of their products are my ride or die skin care products.  

They send me a box of happy mail each month, so I'm reviewing what I got in my last two boxes to share with you.

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Not only are their products amazing, but they are also natural, vegan, and cruelty free.  None of their products have parabens, mineral oil, artificial colors or fragrances, gluten, soy, or GMOs.

DERMA E RADIANT SKIN CARE REVIEW


DERMA E ANTI-WRINKLE CLEANSER  



I've been using this for a few weeks, and I really like it.  I have oily skin with large pores.  In the winter, my skin gets drier, but I still have to watch how much oil I use because it will make my skin too oily.  

The Anti-Wrinkle Cleanser has Glycolic acid, papaya, and plant extracts to exfoliate without using an abrasive ingredient.  In the summer, I can use a product with beads to exfoliate, but they irritate my skin in the winter.  

This helps my pores appear smaller and makes my face feel softer.  

It also has vitamin A, which helps promote cellular turnover.  This helps your skin regenerate for better looking skin.  

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DERMA E RADIANCE TONER


I have to admit that the Radiance Toner wasn't something that I'd have picked out for myself, but I'm really glad I got to try it.  

The first time I used it, I couldn't believe how much gunk and dead skin cells it got off my face after I washed.  

It's alcohol free, so it won't dry out your skin.  It also naturally exfoliates without irritating my skin.  It tightens and brightens for better looking skin.

Like the cleanser, it has glycolic acid to naturally exfoliate.  It also has Rooibos, which was a new to me ingredient.  It helps detox the skin and must be why my skin feels so amazing since I switched to this.  It also have rosehip extract to brighten.

I did have some irritation using this toner with an essence with BHA.  I think it was just too much acid for my skin.  I started using this in the morning and the essence in the evening and my skin is fine.  So just be careful not to use too many acids on your skin at once.  

Buy it on Amazon or DERMAE.com

DERMA E RADIANT GLOW FACE OIL


THe DERMA E Radiant Glow Face Oil is a collaboration with SunKissAlba.  Since my skin is dry right now, I've been using it to help combat the dryness.  I probably won't be able to use this in the summer.

It has several oils that help moisturize the skin.  It has jojoba oil for serious moisturizing without making your skin oily.  It also helps promote cell renewal.  

The seabuckthron oil has vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin and promote collagen production.  

Argan oil is also a light oil, so it soaks in quickly.  It helps tone your skin and improve skin texture.  

It also has mica in it for a natural glow.  You'll have to give it a gentle shake, but then the mica comes out in the oil or a natural looking glow.


If this is too heavy for your face, it would be a great highlighter.  It gives your skin a light, subtle glow.

Buy on Amazon or DERMAE.com 

DERMA E REJUVENATING FACE OIL


This is another product that I'll be using in the winter but probably not in the summer.  The DERMA E Rejuvenating Face Oil helps support collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

It has:

  • Sage oil for your skin's texture
  • Lavender oil to soothe your skin
  • Marula oil improves skin elasticity and hydrates
  • Jojoba oil to moisturize
  • Seabuckthorn oil to support collagen production


Even though this is an oil based product, the oils soak in quickly so it doesn't leave your skin oily.  With me having oily skin, I just don't need the extra oil in the summer, but for winter it's great.  

Buy on Amazon or DERMAE.com

MORE DERMA E REVIEWS 


If you want to read about more DERMA E products, check out my other reviews.  

DERMA E Advanced Peptides and Collagen Review
DERMA E Natural Skin Care Review
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12 February 2019

DIY Homemade Window and Mirror Cleaner With Arrowroot Powder

Get a streak free clean with this DIY window and mirror cleaner recipe.  It has arrowroot powder as a secret ingredient. 

I've been using natural cleaners for over 15 years now.  When my oldest was a baby, I was concerned about using chemicals around him.  My husband has asthma, so making the switch to natural cleaners helped him, too.

For several years, I just used vinegar water to clean my windows.  It worked in that it got them clean, but it also left them streaked.




I don't like seeing the sun shine in through streaks, so I set out to come up with another recipe that would clean naturally without leaving any streaks.
Through trial and error, I found the secret.  Arrowroot powder.

I know it sounds crazy, but it really does help!

07 February 2019

Lavender Chamomile Tub Tea Recipe for Dry Skin

This lavender chamomile tub tea recipes uses herbs and essential oils to naturally relieve dry skin. 

The last two weeks have been brutal on my skin.  We were at the edge of the polar vortex, and we had temperatures below zero with the lowest wind chill at -30 degrees!

We burn wood for heat, which makes the air very dry.  We had a fire going pretty much all day and night for a few weeks, so the house was crazy dry.

We were putting water back in the air with a cool mist humidifier in the bedrooms and living room, but it wasn't enough.  My daughter and I were scratching constantly from dry skin.

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We used lotions and oils, and I made this lavender and chamomile tub tea recipe for dry skin.  This recipe is easy to make, and you can make several bath teas at once.
This is a great way to relax while you soothe your dry and irritated skin.

05 February 2019

How to Shrink Pores Naturally

How to shrink pores on your face naturally.  These home remedies will help make pores appear smaller for a better complexion.

I inherited some good things from my parents, and I inherited some bad things.  Unfortunately, I inherited a sluggishly slow metabolism, unruly wavy hair, and large pores from them.

My large pores make it so my makeup never looks flawless.  I feel like people can see them from across the room, but they really can only been seen from a few feet away.

Regardless, it's something I'd like to change.  It took me a few years to get a skin care routine and find the right products that would shrink my pores naturally.

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You can't permanently shrink your pores, but you can help them appear smaller temporarily.  Here are some natural ways to make your pores look smaller with natural products or with DIY recipes that you can make at home.