DIY Compostable Face-mask

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What is in this little jar? This is the newest sustainable practice I have added to my beauty regime. I have started to make 100% compostable face masks. The idea came to me when I was cleaning out the fridge and I had some blueberries that had gone bad and some raw coconut that I did not get around to eating soon enough. These items were headed for the compost, however I figured before I put them into the compost, I would get some use out of them (please avoid or cut off any mould before hand)! There are a plethora of different fruits & veggies that are incredible for use in a face mask, so your options are not limited. I added blueberries, raw coconut and honey into the blender and I got a nutrient-rich face mask that will not pollute the water, does not contain toxins or plastic & the only packaging would have included the packaging the food came in (if any at all).  If you have any left over, put it in a jar and store it in the fridge. When it is cold from being in the fridge, it is the most refreshing to use. You can use it each night until it is all gone, just give it a stir and pat onto your face.
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Here I am without any foundation on, only eye makeup. Every few days after I wash my face, I examine it to see if there is any areas that need special attention. Usually I struggle with dry patches or redness. There are so many products on the market right now for skincare that it is overwhelming, however the toxic ingredients used in the majority of these products is even more staggering. Switching to an all-natural skincare regime has given me the best skin I’ve ever had in my life.
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Now, I may look crazy however what is even more crazy is that most face masks say right on them not to apply them on your lips or around the mouth. This is due to how unsafe or toxic the ingredients are to ingest, yet people put it on their skin – which is being absorbed into the body! With this face mask, you don’t have to ignore your lips as all the ingredients are, strictly put, just pure food. Make sure you put on some older clothes for this face mask application, as depending on what & how much you blended, the consistency might get messy. compostfmRFB4
I left my face mask on for about 15 minutes, if you have more time you can leave it on for 30 minutes for maximum benefits. When I was done, I wiped it off into a jar with my fingers & ensured that none went down the sink.
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This is my face after rinsing with water! Look at how moisturized and even my skin tone is! My skin felt amazing. Again, I am only wearing eye makeup. I believe that the compostable skin mask has an indefinite amount of possible mixtures you can create based on what fruit or veggie has spoiled in your fridge. Now, the whole point is to use food that has gone bad and please try hard to eat the food before it goes bad – however we aren’t perfect and sometimes don’t get around to eating something before it spoils. This is the food that we can turn into a useable product before the compost! I would recommend always adding locally-made honey into your face mask as honey does wonders for your skin!
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Here is the end result. Food that would have just gone straight into the compost was utilized and then turned into compost.
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Composting is so important because food that gets thrown away creates methane (a very strong greenhouse gas) in landfills as it is not able to break down properly due to the lack of oxygen. If you do not have a compost, there are so many different sizes and forms of composters for any living situation. I highly encourage you to start composting if you do not already!

Tiara

DIY Zero Waste Car Kit

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The whole “zero waste” concept has been (finally) gaining popularity in 2018. Living zero waste means to live in a way that all things that are consumed or used by you on a daily basis can be reused, so that no trash is created & so the only end products are compostable or items that can be continually reused. Switching to a more zero waste lifestyle is crucial, as it is not only a more sustainable way to live but a more economical & efficient lifestyle. Some argue that living a more zero waste lifestyle is too difficult – so I made a “zero waste car kit” to show & encourage you all that living sustainably is not only quite doable but also easier than it seems. You can also take this idea and make a “zero waste bike kit” or a “zero waste purse kit”!

To create my zero waste car kit, I looked through all of the stuff that I had already and then made a list of what I still needed. Then I visited some local thrift shops to purchase anything else that I needed. Any specific item that I didn’t already have or couldn’t find while thrifting, I then researched companies that pride themselves in making sustainable products & ordered away!
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Almost every outing involves picking up food or drink – and with this we are usually given the item in single-use options (plastic straws, plastic cups, plastic lids, paper cups, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, styrofoam takeaway containers… the list goes on and on). Most of these single-use items are not recyclable and the ones that are recyclable usually are thrown away or cannot be recycled due to other variables. We need to ditch this throw-away culture that we have come to accept as normal and realize that these single-use items go on to pollute the environment for centuries. When these single-use items are used then disposed of, the toxins from the plastic and other garbage continually leach into the environment. This creates a devastating effect which impacts the entire food chain (plants and animals alike).

So, how can we reduce our dependence and usage of single-use items? Bring reusables that replace them everywhere you go! Using reusables is a lot easier than it may seem, just use them and wash them then return them back into your car kit! When it comes to creating your kit, focus on creating a plastic-free kit that involves stainless steel items, glass items, or products made from natural sources (cotton, bamboo, etc).

Items to include in your kit: 

  • reusable straws (like this or this or this)
    • make sure that the straws you purchase come with a little brush to clean out your straws!
  • cotton/linen cloths (like this or this)
    • use to replace napkins or wrap your clean utensils & glass jars in)
  • large stainless steel water bottle (like this or this
    • use to avoid buying plastic water bottles out of convenience – so many places will fill up your water bottle for you if they don’t already have a water fountain!
  • stainless steel tea/coffee mug (like this or this or this)
    • can also be used for cold beverages
  • glass mason jar (like this)
    • to store left-over food or when purchasing items in bulk
  • stainless steel utensils (thrifted)
    • to replace all throw-away options
  • reusable cotton bags (like this and this)
    • plastic bags kill over 100 MILLION animals each year… it is time that we take responsibility for this and switch to reusable bags.

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Here is the easiest thing to switch to, reusable bags! Reusable bags need to be washed frequently. Since these bags need to be washed so often, choose bags composed of a natural material, so when they are washed they do not release harmful microfibres into our waterways.

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Now, here are some important items to keep in your car that might not be all that zero waste, but safety and health are arguably just as important, so do not deny yourself a first aid kit! Since I live in Saskatchewan and we experience incredibly cold winters, I have a survival candle and matches as well. I also have a multi-tool in case of emergencies.

I hope this posts helps to inspire you to live a cleaner & more sustainable lifestyle!

– Tiara

DIY Shirt Designs!

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I always find myself wishing I could find shirts with band logos, or great quotes or cute designs without breaking the bank. So I decided to get crafty and make some myself! This is a simple DIY project and is so rewarding in the end! All you need is:

– Iron-On Transfer Sheets (found at Staples, Michaels or Walmart)
– Ink Jet Printer & Computer
– Plain Cotton or Polyester Shirt
– Iron
– Wooden Cutting Board
– Scissors

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1. Choose a design you want to print onto the transfer sheets.
(if the design has words, remember to flip the image horizontally before you print it, so when ironed onto the shirt it is readable)!
2. Print the image onto the transfer sheet and let it dry for 30 minutes.
3. While that is drying, you can get your iron, wooden cutting board, shirt and scissors.
4. Cut around the design. (be careful not to touch the design with your fingers as it still may smear).
5. Put the wooden cutting board in-between the shirt and position the design face down onto the shirt.
6. Iron the design onto the shirt! Don’t forget to iron the edges of the design really well. I usually iron for longer than the instructions advise to ensure it adhered properly.
7. Peel the backing off of the design and let the image cool before washing the shirt (this will remove the stiff look of the design) and make sure you lay it flat to dry! Stretching will cause the design to crack.
8. Show off your new awesome shirt!

— I am using the instructions from my specific brand of Transfer Sheets, make sure to read the instructions on yours in case there are any differences! —

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Now you have your very own beautifully designed tops!

xoxo,
– Tiara

DIY Makeup Repair!

DIY Makeup Repair!

Eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, any type of pressed powders are usually expensive however they are prone to breaking quite easily. I was almost at the point of throwing this palette away even though I loved the colours, so I decided to try the rubbing alcohol trick. This was actually a great, easy and cheap quick fix!
1. Make sure you are doing this over lots of newspaper or over a protected surface as the rubbing alcohol will remove the finish on most surfaces.
2. Pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into the container, just so its saturated.
3. I used my finger to start smoothing and flattening the eyeshadow out (if the product is sticking to your finger a lot add just a bit more rubbing alcohol).
4. I left it sit overnight to ensure it was completely dry.
5. While you are waiting for it to dry you can use some rubbing alcohol to sterilize and clean the rest of your makeup palette!

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So its really simple and really quite useful, saves me from throwing money away!

– Tiara

Room Purification Spray

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As promised, here is my favourite room purification spray made with essential oils. This spray is very easy to make, which is perfect because I go through it so fast. It smells amazing!
The orange and lavender create an uplifting and relaxing scent. They also are very effective at cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing the air in your home! Make sure you shake this spray very well before using to make sure you mix up all the oils (that will probably be separated on the top of the water).

Why these oils?
Lavender Essential Oil: provides a beautiful soothing scent along with natural disinfectant properties!
Sweet Orange Essential Oil: is great at cleaning and cutting through grease and dirt and freshens the air with great deodorizing properties.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: very good for cleaning the air as it has proven disinfectant and antiseptic properties.

You will need:

  • Distilled Water
  • 35 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 20 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • a reusable glass or metal spray bottlelcroomspray2

Tip: Be careful of how much you spray around hardwood or tile floors as the oil may cause it to get a bit slippery! If you are worried, wipe the floors down after you spray as this will also clean and disinfect the floor!

Hope you enjoy!
– Tiara

The Miracle of Essential Oils

The Miracle of Essential Oils

The Oils: Essential Oils can be used to heal the body and mind. The most important thing is to purchase the purest Essential Oils, cheaper oils will usually be diluted or have synthetic manufactured perfume mixed in. This makes them less effective and also dangerous if treated like a pure oil. Also try to make sure the glass container is dark to protect the oil from light. Pure essential oils should not be applied directly unless diluted. You should remember that Essential oils are very potent, when used in large quantities they can be toxic. Less is more! Like any other product, you should ensure that you are not allergic to each oil by testing a small area on your skin prior to using it regularly.

Dilution: my favourite way to dilute essential oils is to mix them with coconut oil, grape seed oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. (water will NOT work).

Perfume: Of course, essential oils would be a natural, pure and nontoxic perfume that you can specifically make to suit your exact needs. You play with mixing different scents that you like or which have the health benefits that you require. One way to create your own perfume is here! You can make a solid perfume and you can replace the essential oil I used with one or multiple essential oils that you desire.

Cleaning: Essential Oils have antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties. They can be used to clean the air, clean countertops, freshen up laundry, clean the bathroom and much more. Essential oils will disinfect and leave any surface smelling good! The best oils to use for cleaning are orange, peppermint and tea tree essential oils. Stay tuned as I will be making cleaning solutions and blogging about them soon!

The Oils I Own:
(I recommend using the oils externally: Aromatically – diffused or inhaled. Topically –  applied onto skin within a carrier oil. Usually 1 drop of essential oil in 2-3 tsp of carrier oil).

Peppermint Oil: is used for awakening the body, increasing focus, curing a headache and upset stomach.

Lavender Oil: is used to calm and relax the body, relieves panic and anxiety attacks, can be used to help induce a great sleep. Perfect for insomnia, stress or anxiety.

Sweet Orange: is used to treat stress, slow digestion, colds, dull skin, and can be used as a household cleaner. Also can be used as a safe insect repellent!

Rosemary: is used to for indigestion, stress relief, respiratory problems, promotes healthy hair growth, and boosts brain activity.

Tea Tree Oil: is used to fight infections, is effective against bacteria, reduces acne, lessens the appearance of scars, helps fight dandruff, can be used as a cleaner and can be used to deter ants.

Eucalyptus Oil: is used to decongest and can treat a cold, has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, can soothe insect bites, has a cooling and refreshing effect, can help stimulate the brain and can relieve stress and pain.

I love essential oils and they can be used to create your own lotions, leave in hair conditioners, perfumes and as well as providing healing. I am not saying that essential oils will cure you or will act like a medication would, but they are a natural solution to aid you with your overall health that is definitely worth trying.essoils2

xoxo,
– Tiara

DIY Lavender Solid Perfume

DIY Lavender Solid Perfume

Hello everyone! Today I decided to make myself some lavender solid perfume because of all the lovely benefits that it provides. This is a great natural alternative to synthetic perfumes, a great low-waste DIY project & overall a more sustainable choice. As a sufferer of chronic anxiety and stress, I know that lavender essential oil will aid in relaxation, which is why I chose lavender for myself. This is a simple DIY project – all you need is:

1. 55 drops of Pure Essential Lavender Oil (or any other essential oil of your choice) 
2. 1 tablespoon of pure grated beeswax
3. 1 tablespoon of Jojoba Oil
4. A glass container to put the mixture into

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There are a lot of ways to make solid perfume, but here is how I do it:

1. Take a pot and fill it about 1/4 full of water and set a smaller pot on top of the water (I bought a secondhand pot at Value Village, as beeswax is difficult to clean off, therefore avoid using a good pot for this double-boiler method). Put the burner on low to medium heat.
2. Grate a tablespoon of beeswax
3. Put the beeswax into the smaller pot and it should start melting
4. Add in a tablespoon of Jojoba Oil and 55 drops of Lavender Oil
5. Slightly tilt the pot so all the mixture runs up against one side and stir well
6. Quickly pour into a glass container (as it will start drying quite quickly!)
7. Allow to completely dry then twist on the lid!

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I made sure to buy my beeswax at my local Farmer’s Market, supporting a local business and cutting down on the carbon footprint of the product itself is important! I decided to use lavender essential oil, but you can use any pure essential oil you like and can even mix them! Just remember to always keep the beeswax and jojoba oil ratio 1:1 for if you want to make larger or smaller batches. This was a very simple and quick process, and the smell actually lasts quite long, as long as nothing (like clothes) rub against where you apply it. It is easily applied by rubbing your finger into the solid perfume and placing it wherever you want. I love how I can bring this little container anywhere and I can also just smell it for an instant calm. Highly recommend you all to try this! It is fun to create a unique scent for yourself! Better yet, buy the ingredients in bulk and make this with your friends!

– Tiara