Distressed Jeans DIY

Somehow I end up with jeans in my closet that I don’t wear and I don’t want to throw away. So like the hoarder I am, I use my creative skills to bring them back to life. The reason why I have so many pairs of pants that aren’t distressed in the first place is because it’s hard to find them in the stores. And once I do find a pair I like, they are out of my budget. I used to distress denim with my best friend in high school with a box cutter and patience. I recently went through my closet and tore up a few pair. But this time, I used a different approach with the same amount of patience.

What You Will Need:

Demin
Scissors
Tweezers
Pen/pencil
magazine/notebook (optional)
razor/sandpaper (optional)

Instructions:

Step 1: This works with any type of denim (shorts, jeans, skirts, etc.) Mark when you want your holes to be. You can try them on to get a better idea of where you want the tears. You can use a pen, pencil or even chalk. Make sure wherever you decided to place the mark, you draw 2 lines parallel to one another. You can also distress the front and back pockets.

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Step 2: Next, very carefully cut where you made the marks. You can use the sandpaper or razor to rough up the fabric before you cut. I recommend placing a magazine or notebook in the pant legs. This will prevents any accidents of cutting through to the other side.

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Step 3: Pull out the indigo colored thread with the tweezers. Be careful not to grab the white thread. This does take time, so clear your schedule for a few hours.

 

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Step 4: Throw your denim in the washer and dryer when you are finished. After they are dry, the look is complete and you are ready to wear your ripped jeans like new.

 

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I hope this post was fun and something different. If you would like to see more posts like this let me know in the comments. How do you guys distress your jeans?

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How To Make Relaxing Bath Salts

Hey, guys! In today’s post, I’m going to tell you how to make relaxing bath salts. I wanted to get your creative and relaxing senses tingling. This project only takes a few minutes of your time and a few items in your kitchen.

The holidays are just around the corner and you know that means? Headaches, traffic jams, and long lines, what more could you ever want? Listen, I know you are busy trying to make everyone happy, but you need to slow down and give yourself some love. After all the pumpkins pies and sugar cookies have been baked, light a few candles and relax.

The beautiful thing is that you don’t need to leave the house or spend all your money at a spa. All you need to do is grab Epsom Salt and a few drops of essential oils. The benefits of homemade bath salts go beyond skin deep. Besides improving circulation and clearing acne, bath salts can also help relieve muscle tension and arthritis. 

If I’ve convinced you to give this diy a try, here is a simple guide you can use to create your relaxing bath experience. What kind of homemade products do you use? Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more posts. I would also love it if you shared this post on social media. I put a lot of time and effort into this baby blog, so feel free to share!

What You’ll Need:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil)
10-20 drops of essential oil
dried herbs (optional)
glass bowl
wooden spoon
airtight container

How To Make Bath Salts?

Step 1: 

Combine the sea salt, Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl. 

Step 2:

Add the carrier oil.

Step 3:

Add essential oils and dried herbs of your choice.

Step 4:

Stir all the ingredients with a wooden spoon and store in an airtight container. 

Recipes To Try 

Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon avocado oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
11 drops of grapefruit essential oil
9 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Pour avocado oil and vitamin E oil. Add grapefruit and ylang-ylang essential oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Vanilla Honey Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon of raw honey
8 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Pour jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Add the vanilla essential oil and honey. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Rosemary Tea Tree Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
2 tablespoon dried rosemary
5 drops of rosemary essential oil
15 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Add jojoba oil and dried rosemary. Pour essential oils and stir with a wooden spoon until blended well.

Eucalyptus and Rosemary Bath Salts

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoon jojoba oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops of rosemary essential oil

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Pour jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Add eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

 

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How To Get Rid Of Dry Lips For Good

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What Causes Dry Lips

Let’s face it. You slather on sunscreen, grab a towel and maybe throw on a pair of cheap sunglasses. Your skin might not burn, but your lips will feel the heat after a few hours in the sun because you forgot chapstick! But sometimes, even then that’s not enough to protect your lips from cracking. Dry lips that go unprotected get punished by sun exposure, wind and pollution.

Not only are dry lips an indication of poor health, but it’s also never appealing. Since you use your mouth for many tasks like eating, kissing and talking, your lips get quite a lot of attention. Keep your lips hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and moisturize them with a natural lip balm.

There are so many different types of lip care products on the market these days promising you the world. However, many lip balms and chapsticks contain petroleum, which has been linked to breast cancer in women. The cosmetic industry isn’t as regulated as you might expect, with toxic chemicals entering our beauty products.

If you would like to try the alternative, here are some simple recipes you can try at home. Your lips endure a lot in any given day, give them a break.

Peppermint Eucalyptus Lip Scrub

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sea salt
½ tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Directions:

In a bowl, combine sea salt and olive oil. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Brown Sugar Almond Lip Scrub

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
3/4 tablespoon almond oil

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and almond oil. Add honey and vitamin E oil.. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Scoop in a small airtight container.

Rosemary Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients:

3/4 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon shea butter
3/4 tablespoon coconut oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax on low heat. Combine the coconut oil and shea butter and mix into beeswax. Add essential oils and stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Pour into sanitized lip balm tubes

Note: The wax will harden as it cools. Simply pop it in the microwave to melt the wax to distribute into lip balm tubes.

Vanilla Rose Lip Balm

Ingredients:

3/4 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon raw honey
½ vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 drops rose essential oil

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax and cocoa butter on low heat. Pour coconut oil, honey, and vitamin E oil. Add essential oils and vanilla extract. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Pour into lip balm tubes.

Coconut Lime Lip Balm

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 tablespoon shea butter
5 drops lime essential oil
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil. Add aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil and essential oil. Stir until melted. Transfer into lip balm tubes before the wax cools.

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Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

So, I’m obsessed with natural beauty recipes like homemade body scrubs. Store bought scrubs often contain preservatives that help to extend the product’s shelf life. And you know how fun and bright the colors are? They might be pretty, but those colors are actually artificial dyes.

All these additives can be harmful and have long-term effects on your health. Since I have become interested in holistic living, I’ve realized how simple it is to create effective and natural products. You can make your own body scrubs with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

I’ve listed 3 amazing scrubs you can try at home for less than half the price of department store scrubs. I hope you enjoy and please share your beauty recipes in the comments below.

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub

Ingredients:

2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
½ cup olive oil
15 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine salts and olive oil. Add vanilla extract and essential oils. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.

Green Tea Body Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
⅛ cup grapeseed oil
⅛ cup brewed green tea (cooled)
1 bag of green tea

Directions:

Cut open 1 tea bag and take out leaves. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Coconut and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Ingredients:

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a bowl, combine ingredients and stir well until blended.

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