Thursday, March 29, 2012

Color Theory Thursday - Coral

Helllllo, Spring! Coral me Inspired.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How To - Make Your Own Natural Face Wash

I have a problem.

I've always had breakouts, even now that I'm (supposedly) a grown up and I don't really love the idea of spreading tons of chemicals all over my face, plus they've never really worked for me.

Don't get me wrong, no one ever called me Pizza Face in school, but once in college I had a pimple so big and so persistent it adopted its own name. To this day if I run into someone from my college days there's a 50% chance they'll ask me about their old friend Ruthie (the persistent zit). The other half of the time they don't even recognize me without my signature blemish.

So after spending an embarrassingly lot of money on face washes with ingredient lists longer even than my No Natural Ingredients Soda, I decided to try my own.

Here's the deal with washing your face:

1. Face washes you buy in stores work by stripping your face of its own, natural oils causing you to put on moisturizer to combat the tightness and dryness you'd otherwise feel. This also makes your body over produce oil to make up for what it's missing.

2. You get breakouts from dirt, hormones, bacteria, and variety of other foreign bodies that are absorbed by the oils in your skin. The oil sort of raps around these impurities causing breakouts.

3. Oil dissolves oil. We're talking ninja style. Hello oil, bye-bye breakouts.

I know you're thinking Whoa, Oil?! Yeah, oil.

Here's the recipe:

1 Part Olive Oil
1 Part Castor Oil

That's it. Tough, right?

Here's why it’s awesome:
1. Oil dissolves oil. I know I said already, but I just wanted to remind you. The castor oil is the tough cleanser and the olive oil the moisturizer.

2. It's cheap. I usually buy olive oil BOGO so I've always got a stock. You can find castor oil in the pharmacy section of your grocer near the laxatives. I think I paid about $5.

3. It leaves my face feeling so good. Seriously, my face used to feel oily by the time I get home from work at  Not any more. Even my hair is less greasy now that my body's not working overtime to make up for the oil conventional face wash takes away.

4. It only has two ingredients. Just 2. T-W-O. And you know exactly what they both are. It's crazy, I know.

Here's how to do it:
1. Combine the olive oil and castor oil. I but my homemade face wash in an empty, glass salad dressing bottle.

2. Barely moisten your hands. I do this for a little added lubrication.

3. Gently rub the oil mixture on your face. Get it everywhere. It may feel strange at first, but trust me, you'll love it. 

4. Rest a warm, damp washcloth on your face. You're opening your pores and allowing the oil to bring out the dirt.   You've got to leave it there for at least 60 seconds. Longer is better. Enjoy your facial.

5. Gently wipe off the face wash. Viola! You're clean and clear.

I've been doing this for two months and have not seen a break out since I started. It works really well and is super easy and cheap. Try it. Tell me what you think!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Customizable Crochet Birdies on Alligator Hair Clip

These flighty birdies have found themselves snugly attached to an alligator hair clip just waiting to fly right into in your shiny hair. 

The bird adornment is hand crocheted with love, and customizable in the colors (pick two) of your choice. 

Perfect for women and girls, gifts or for yourself!

Each bird measures approximately 2 and 1/2 inches wide and is 1 and 1/2 inches tall. Their heart wings are sewn securely to their body and the alligator hair clip on which they rest is a single prong, 1 and 1/2 inch clip that attaches securely and comfortably to your hair. The birds are crocheted out of high quality, acrylic yarn that is machine washable and dryable, perfect for those of use who always seem to have left over spaghetti in our hair :)

Every  hair clips are made to order to suit your color requests. Each order is shipped within two days and ready to gift in beautiful, handmade packaging.

Just send me a message with the color of your choosing, and I will mail you your one-of-a-kind hair clip!

I can also make this as a brooch if you prefer your birdies on you shirt (or purse, or shoes), not in your hair. :) 

I'm certain you'll be carried away with love for the fantastic little birdies!

 PS - Check back with us on Tuesday to learn how to make your own face wash!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This flapper inspired, celery-green cloche is the perfect way to brighten any outfit. Hand crocheted with love, this hat has been said to act as a love potion for the wearer's special someone. 

The bright green color of this hat is just muted enough to fit seamlessly into your spring wardrobe and is the perfect top for a love story.

For the best fit, you can chose between a small (approximately 20 inches in diameter), medium (approximately 22 inches in diameter) or large (approximately 24 inches in diameter). Each hat is knit to order, so include any customizations you would like. The hats are made from a high quality acrylic yarn that is perfect for the spring and machine wash- and dryable. 

Each hat is crocheted to order, but expect your hat to be shipped in beautiful, gift ready packaging within two days. 

Your eyes absolutely glow when you wear this hat!

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