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 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

DIY Lavender Solid Perfume

DIY Lavender Solid Perfume

Hello Everyone! Today I decided to make myself some lavender solid perfume because of all the health benefits that came with it. I love the smell of lavender and as a sufferer of anxiety and stress I knew that Lavender essential oil would help me to relax. This is a pretty simple DIY project! All you need is:

1. 55 drops of Pure Essential Lavender Oil
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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So there are a lot of ways on how to make solid perfumes on the internet but here is the easiest way I found:
1. Take a pot and fill it about 1/4 full of water and set a smaller pot on top of the water. 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 the 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 decided to use Lavender Oil because I love the scent and it has many health benefits for me, 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 incase you want to make smaller or larger amounts. This was a very simple and quick process, and the smell actually lasts quite long as long as nothing (like clothes) rub against it. It is easily applied by rubbing your finger in it and placing it wherever you want the perfume to stand out. I love how I can just 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!
– Tiara

DIY Earring Organization

If you have a lot of earrings and are scrambling to find a matching pair in the mornings, I know exactly how you feel. I have accumulated quite a few earrings and I have come up with a simple organizational solution – and if you ever decide that you want to change up your organization, then this can be recycled!

You will need:

– A Small Circle Punch (1.5 cm)
– A Small One-Hole Hole Punch
– A Sheet of Thick Paper

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First, you will have to punch out many little circles. Then you take each of the circles and punch in 2 small holes vertical to each other with the tiny hole punch. The earring posts go through these two small holes. Then you can put the paper circle with your earrings into your jewelry box and next time finding the matching pair will be simple and easy!

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An alternative to these paper circles is using buttons! However I do not have that much room in my jewelry box so I decided to go with the more flexible and thinner alternative. Feel free to show me your completed DIY project for Earring Organization on instagram @rawfashionblog!

– Tiara