Archive: DIY Beauty

DIY: How to remove blackheads with cleanser and baking soda!

So a few minutes ago I was strolling through Pinterest, looking for DIY Christmas gifts (it’s about that time, people), when I came across a DIY blackhead remover. I thought DANG! I have to give this a try! It looks so easy! Could it work??

I grabbed my ingredients:

Baking Soda

Face cleanser (whatever you’re using)

Small bowl & spoon

In my small bowl, I put about a tablespoon of baking soda, and then a couple squirts of face cleanser. I mixed it into a paste, and then rubbed it on my nose. I left it there for about 10 minutes, and then went upstairs, and removed it with a hot washcloth. Immediately after wiping off the paste, I rinsed my nose with cold water – to close the pores back up.


  • Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with a couple pumps of facial cleanser.
  • Combine into a paste
  • Apply to nose
  • Let sit 5-10 minutes
  • Using a very warm wash cloth, rub off paste
  • Once clean, rinse nose with cold water to close pores
  • DONE!

I’m telling you – it WORKED. My nose feels amazing. No bumps, no blackheads. It honest-to-God WORKED!

I did some research, and found some alternate ways to use baking soda for blackheads. One source said you should use baking soda on your blackheads regularly – to keep them at bay. Other sources advise using baking soda with water – or even apple cider vinegar instead of water, which has astringent and anti-bacterial properties and will similarly clear out pores. (We just love apple cider vinegar!)

“Exfoliating is one of the only variables we do have control of when it comes to minimizing the appearance of blackheads,” notes Dr. Zalka. “Baking soda is an ingredient that is often used in microdermabrasion which as a method of exfoliating, can aid in minimizing blackheads when done regularly.”

DIY Father’s Day Shave Cream

Just in time for Father’s Day, beauty expert and author of Bonding Over Beauty, Erika Katz has the perfect D.I.Y. recipe to make for that special dad in your life. Gift this recipe in a cute soap dispenser and bond over the perfect Father’s Day present.

Erika Katz’s Perfect Aloe Shaving Cream
This all-natural shaving cream is perfect for sensitive skin and will give you a smooth, close shave even on the most sensitive areas. The aloe, almond oil, and vitamin E sooth skin, protecting it against painful razor burn. The eucalyptus oil is a natural antiseptic in case you get a nick or cut.

To make: Mix all ingredients well and put into a foaming bottle or a clean soap pump dispenser. Lasts up to six months unrefrigerated.

To use: Shake well before each use. Rub a generous amount of creamy foam all over the area to be shaved.

Shopping List
❑ 1/3 cup aloe vera gel

❑ 1/4 cup castile soap or hand soap

❑ 1 tablespoon almond oil

❑ 1/4 cup distilled warm water

❑ 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil

❑ 5 drops of eucalyptus oil

For more D.I.Y. recipes or to learn more about Erika Katz and Bonding Over Beauty please visit


DIY: Ombre Highlights!

I’m turning 36 in a couple weeks. Over the weekend we had some family members over for dinner, and one of these said family members pointed out how grey I am. He said “Wow, I didn’t realize how grey you are!!” Thanks. Thankyouverymuch. I am grey. Like grey, grey. I know I have more grey than any of my peers, but I try to keep it hidden with monthly root touch-ups.

So anyway, on my monthly trip to Sally’s yesterday, I was standing in the dye aisle, and was looking at all the colors – wondering if I should try something different. I mean, it’s practically my birthday, right? Something new? I’m officially closer to 40 than I am to 30. Not depressing at all, right? I need something fresh, something exciting. I didn’t want to make an appointment, and wait weeks to get in, and drop $100+ on highlights. So I thought to myself…… why can’t I try doing it myself?

I asked the Sally’s employee what I should buy, and he picked out all the products I would need to do ombre highlights myself. I came home and watched 100 You Tube videos on the process, and found that everyone pretty much does it differently. So what you’ll see here is my unpolished, unprofessional and mighty easy way to get ombre highlights yourself.

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Summer Skin Secrets: How to look good naturally

These days, many people rely on facelifts to get rid of lines and wrinkles or microdermabrasion to perfect their complexion. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are widely available, but there are other ways to get a radiant glow – naturally.

Make your own facemask
With so many lotions and potions lining the shelves it can be easy to spend a fortune on expensive beauty products. This can leave you short of pocket, however, so why not whip up your own organic facemasks instead and invite your friends round for a pamper session? There are many recipes you can try, but the mashed banana and oat variety will soften and exfoliate your skin at the same time.

Raid your kitchen cupboards
If you’re looking for a long-lasting moisturiser than will nourish and condition your skin, olive oil is ideal. It’s used throughout the world to combat spots, stretch marks and frown lines, so raid your kitchen cupboards and see what you can find. If you don’t have any oil, butter is a great alternative for dry or flaky skin but you might have to warm it up slightly before applying. Combine it with sugar, salt of baking powder for a natural exfoliating product and you’ll feel great it no time!

Use tea to combat puffiness
Most of us enjoy a hot brew in the morning, but did you know tea is also good for your eyes? That’s right, refrigerated tea bags are thought to cool and soothe the skin and are believed to get rid of any puffiness you may be experiencing. The tannin in black tea is said to drain excess fluid while the anti-inflammatory properties of camomile can leave you fresh faced, so it’s worth experimenting if you have the time. Hate tea? Then a few slices of cucumber can work just as well.

Stay out of the sun
With summer rapidly approaching, many people will head outside in the hope of getting a tan. Sure, a bit of colour can be attractive, but it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. You don’t want to end up with lines, wrinkles or even skin cancer when you’re older so whack on some cream with a high SPF factor and cover up when possible. If you want to improve your pale complexion without putting yourself at risk, simply mix loose mineral powder with organic sun cream and rub it over your face.

As the warm spell gets nearer, many people will opt for liposuction or a breast enlargement to improve the chest area, but you’ll have the secrets to look good naturally.