Pamper Yo’ Self!

I’ve finally figured out what I want to talk about more on this here blog. I briefly mentioned it in another post not too long ago, but I figured I would just bring it up again.

Self-pampering is so important and yet we always seem to let it fall by the wayside.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a mask and part of that is because I need to repurchase my Mermaid Sea Mask from Leahlani and I haven’t gotten around to it. Also, the month of July was just a super busy one, especially the last two weeks. I also haven’t gotten my feet done in about a month and I can only change the color of the polish so many times before it just starts to look janky.

Now, self-pampering can be pretty expensive once all of it adds up like facials, massages, manicure, pedicure etc. However, don’t forget that you can “treat yo self” at home too and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all!

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I made a trip to Sephora yesterday and picked up the fun sheet masks that I love so much. I went ahead and got the pearl mask, but also noticed that the Sephora brand also has new clay masks! At first, I was a little confused about the price, but you can get about four uses out of the little bottle it comes in. The Sephora clay masks retail at $8 and the sheet masks retail at $5. How often does one ever come out of Sephora only having spent under $15? It is possible to not spend an arm and a leg at Sephora, but that’s for a separate blog post.

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The other day, I finally ordered my Herbivore Botanicals Balancing Toning Mist from Urban Outfitters and it got here so quick. I don’t like being without this stuff because to me, it really is just that good. This doesn’t have much to do with self-pampering, but since I use it as a pick me up quite often, I figured I’d mention it.

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My feet were just rough so today I took it upon myself to do them myself. Summer is really REALLY hard on feet because you most likely are wearing sandals or flip flops every day or pretty often. I was going to wait to get them done for my birthday, but that’s still three weeks away and I can’t leave the house with messed up feet anymore…I refuse.

I got out my big tub and filled it with hot water and dumped some rolled oats in. I waited for the oats to get mushy and stuck my feet in for about ten minutes. Don’t be like me and just put the oats directly in the water…use a giant tea bag or a sachet bag so the clean up won’t be messy. You can of course use just hot water or even lavender and/or rose petals if you’d like.

Get a pumice stone! You should be able to find most manicure and pedicure kits at your local beauty supply or even on Amazon for a decent price, but definitely, make sure they include a pumice stone.

As I’m typing this up, my feet are nice and moisturized with lotion along with socks on. You can even skip the foot soak and jump straight to the lotion and sock step after a shower. My mom taught me this trick years ago for a quick, cheap and easy pedicure without actually getting/doing a pedicure.

So, this is my self-pampering post! These are just some things that I do at home to make myself feel nice and treated without spending that much money. I hope this was a good post to read and get some ideas from. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Pamper Yo’ Self!

Blogmas Day 3: DIY Liqueur/Infusions

Okay I hate to admit it, but I’m kind of a lush. I love to drink, but for the taste not to get drunk. At parties I love to make drinks for all of my friends and hope they like my alcoholic creations. I recently discovered that I could make my own liqueurs…or infusions rather. The awesome thing about making your own alcoholic infusions is that they can also be given as gifts! So keep reading if you want to see what infusions I created.

Spiced Rum

What you’ll need:

Dark Rum (preferably the premium kind)

Cinnamon Sticks

Vanilla Beans

Cloves (optional)

Orange Peels (optional)

Cheesecloth or Coffee Filter

Jar or Bottle

Most infusions call for these huge batches, but I like to start off small and see if I like it first. I just filled a mason jar about ¾ full of rum and added in 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 vanilla bean sliced down the middle lengthwise, 1 clove broken in half, and however many orange peels you please. Since this is a small batch, you only need to steep for a couple of days making sure to taste and add anything until you get the desired taste. Once you get the taste you want, strain the rum with cheesecloth or a coffee filter twice or until there is no remnants leftover. Store in a mason jar or a small airtight decanter. Drink responsibly.

 

Spicy Tequila

Ok so I absolutely adore tequila. Most people hate it, but I’m one of the few who don’t.

What you’ll need:

Tequila (premium)
Peppers (Serrano, jalapeno or dried chile peppers)

Cheesecloth or Coffee Filter

Jar or Bottle

All you’re going to do is fill up a jar with tequila however full you want. Then deseed the peppers and slice them lengthwise into four slices. I don’t recommend steeping these too long, maybe a few hours or overnight. The pepper flavor will take very quickly. You don’t really have to strain the tequila but I chose to with cheesecloth or a coffee filter just so there are no remnants leftover. Store in an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate. Since I used fresh peppers, I’m not really sure how long the infusion will keep. I’m probably going to share mine with my family so it won’t last a week anyway.

I hope everyone enjoyed this DIY! These infusions are both great to give as a gift. If you’re more advanced than I am, try DIY’ing your own Irish cream or Kahlua. I think the next infusion I do will be a spiced bourbon – because why not?! Enjoy and drink responsibly this holiday season!

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 3: DIY Liqueur/Infusions

Blogmas Day 1: DIY Christmas Gifts

Welcome to Day 1 of Blogmas everyone! I thought since I’ve been doing some DIY’s as of lately, my first day should consist of a few of them. You can check out my Clay Mask DIY  and my Body Scrub DIY if you’re interested. But of course I have more – I wouldn’t leave you all hanging like that. So keep reading if you want more cool Christmas DIY’s.

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Who doesn’t like soap? Men, women, and even kids like soap. These are great for washing hands of course, but can also be used for decoration.

What you’ll need

  1. Melt & Pour Soap Base
  2. Activated Charcoal or soap colorant (optional)
  3. Cocoa Powder (optional & used for scent)
  4. Toothpick or kabob stick
  5. Essential Oil (optional)

I use activated charcoal for a natural colorant. Feel free to use turmeric, rose water, etc. as a natural colorant.  Of course you can use a soap colorant, but I used what I could.I also used cocoa powder as a subtle scent, but feel free to use essential oils instead. Melt the soap down and pour into soap molds. Wet the activated charcoal  (and cocoa powder.) Add droplets to get a marble effect or turn the soap whatever color you please. Use the toothpick to stir around the color making sure it reaches the bottom of the mold (unlike I did.) Wait until soap dries for about an hour or let sit overnight.

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Vanilla extract is a really easy gift that can be made in a matter of minutes – although it can take a few weeks to months to actually be used.

What you’ll need:

  1. Vanilla Beans
  2. Vodka or Bourbon
  3. Jar or airtight bottle

First, slice vanilla bean down the middle vertically. Push down the vanilla bean with a spoon or a mortar and pestle – basically rough it up a bit. Place beans in jar and then pour vodka or bourbon in. Every few days shake the bottle or jar up. After a few weeks, check the smell and the taste. After about a month, the vanilla extract can be used but it may still not be the best. The vanilla extract probably won’t be great to use until 2 or 3 months. While this DIY may take awhile to even be used, you can still give this as a gift along with some coffee filters and some instructions. OR you can plan ahead like I did and prepare this a month and a half in advance then give as a gift in a cute amber colored bottle.

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Tea baths are a really great gift to give some of your girlfriends. This is what I’ll be giving to all of my friends this year and I am hoping they will love it!

What you’ll need

  1. Dried herbs of your choice  (rose petals, lavender, orange peels)
  2. Rolled Oats (optional)
  3. Mortar and pestle or food processor
  4. Empty tea bags
  5. Stapler or sticker

First, grind up the rose petals in a mortar and pestle or food processor. Mix and match any of the herbs or stick with one herb. I like to grind up the rolled oats and add them in the bag as a base. Oats are amazing for your skin! Rose petals and lavender go great together and smell heavenly! So experiment with different herbs and spices. Fill the bags up and staple or put a sticker to close the tea bags. You can add instructions on to the string if you please. Be sure to give in a cute jar or box!

That’s all for Blogmas Day 1 – I hope you all enjoyed all of my DIY gifts. Be sure to read tomorrow for Day 2 of Blogmas!

ChelsiKay

 

Blogmas Day 1: DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Fridays: Body Scrub

Hey y’all, I’m back at it again with another DIY Friday! Today, if you can’t tell by the title – I’m making a body scrub or should I say scrubs?! Since its getting cooler out, our skin tends to get drier and for some maybe even a little flakey. So maybe we should start making our scrubs now rather than later.

Earlier today, I did a one time use sugar scrub with sweet orange oil and cinnamon leaf oil and I smelled like Christmas potpourri or those scented pinecones alllllll freakin’ day. Those two oils are extremely strong, so if you just love that smell then go with that. I’m more of a fresh minimal scent type of girl.

Today I’m experimenting with autumn and winter smells. I’m a sucker for food smells like cotton candy, apple pie, peppermint and gingerbread. I also love the classic scents like vanilla lavender. Vanilla lavender is definitely a year round scent, so I’m going to do both a gingerbread and a vanilla lavender scrub and see how they turn out.

Gingerbread Scrub

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What you’ll need:

Brown Sugar

Sea Salt

Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, Olive)

Cinnamon (ground)

Nutmeg

Allspice

I add a bit of sea salt to sugar scrubs because I like that extra bit of exfoliation and it feels amazing too. Also, if you want a little more of a kick, add some clove oil to this recipe. I personally skip the clove oil because it can be overpowering, but do you boo.

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I eyeball everything, even when I’m cooking. I’m really a rebel when it comes to following recipes…aw yeah. But for the sake of this DIY, I’ll add those pesky measurements.

Start with adding about 1 tablespoons of sea salt

Add about 1/3 cup of brown sugar

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of allspice

Then little by little mix in your carrier oil. I’m using sweet almond oil. You don’t want the oil to be more than the solid ingredients because it will start to dissolve and be runny. Staimg_4353rt with about ½ tablespoon of oil until you get the consistency you want. I don’t really know how to describe the consistency but you’ll know when you see it and feel it. Not wet, but not dry.

For whatever reason when you add all of these spices together, they smell like straight gingerbread cookies. If you add more allspice, then you’ll get more of an apple pie scent. I love the idea of using things that are already in my kitchen…no money spent and I can still exfoliate my skin!

Either give as a gift or use on yourself. If you’re giving as a gift get a cute little jar with a spoon and a nice little sticker or tag so they know what it is.

Vanilla Lavender Scrub

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What you’ll need:

Epsom Salt

Sea salt or Himalayan Salt

Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, Olive)

Pure Vanilla Extract

Lavender Essential Oil

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Start with ¼ cup Epsom salt

Add ¼ cup sea salt or Himalayan salt

Add in the carrier oil just like the recipe above. You’re going to want it to clump so you can scoop it out easier.

Both vanilla extract and lavender oil are potent scents, so be very diligent about these.

If you have a dropper for the vanilla use it adding 3-10 drops, if not adimg_4348d about ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Add 3-10 drops of lavender.

The essential oils depend on you and if you want the scent to be strong or not. I’m going to add maybe a whole teaspoon of vanilla extract and 5-7 drops of lavender.

This is optional but you can have a lot of fun with the salts and add food coloring. You can even soak rose petals or lavender in a bit of water, using that as a coloring and a scent. If you decide to do this step, be sure not to add too much water too fast because the salt will dissolve.

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I hope you all enjoyed this DIY Friday! Instead of buying a pricey body scrub this year, try making it for a change. As always you can give these as a gift to someone and I’m sure they’ll love it – maybe even ask for another batch! Thanks for reading once again!

 

ChelsiKay

DIY Fridays: Body Scrub

DIY Fridays: Clays Masks

Hello everyone, welcome to DIY Fridays! So it’s probably a known fact that I adore DIY’s when it comes to skincare right? Nobody wants to bother with figuring out if an ingredient is good or bad for them nor do they want to pay a pretty penny for something that can easily be made in the comfort of their own home…or at least I don’t. Who’s with me on this one?

I love masks…facemasks that is. Every time I step into Sephora, I always buy one of those cool sheet masks because they’re only $6 and kind of fun or maybe that’s just me. I’m not sure if they actually work or not but they’re pretty damn cool to say the least. However, I do find it strange that you don’t wash off the gel like substance once you take the sheet off of your face. At $6 who knows what’s in those masks, maybe it isn’t really that bad though. I’ve thought about buying the Boscia peel off charcoal masks, but I decided against it because I wanted to try out clay masks.

Last week, I marched into Whole Food and grabbed some Aztec Bentonite Clay that took me forever to find because it was hidden in some obscure place, but I managed. I got home and mixed in some water and sweet almond oil and slapped the mixture on my face. I washed it off 10 minutes later and my skin was so smooth and my pores appeared smaller. I woke up the next morning with a few irritation bumps as well as some purged bumps because bentonite clay can be extremely strong. My face also looked red where I applied the mask (on my cheek area.) While I loved this mask, I wanted something that contained a little more balancing properties that didn’t cause redness and irritation. You can purchase Bentonite clay here in a big jar and here in something a little smaller.

After researching different type of clays, I ran across one called, Rhassoul Clay. This sounded very familiar to me and I realized that my Lush Dark Angels contains Rhassoul mud. Dark Angels is amazing on my face and never fails to eradicate my pimples! I purchased Rhassoul Clay here, but you can also find it hereimg_4283.

Rhassoul clay contains a ton of minerals such as silicon, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium, lithium and trace elements. The clay is known to improve skin texture, elasticity, and clarity. I found that Rhassoul clay was much finer than the Bentonite clay, which I personally think, is better. Once Rhassoul clay is mixed with water, it becomes negatively charged while toxins under your skin are positively charged. I bet you can guess what happens once you add th
e mask to your face.

fullsizerender-2This wasn’t so much a DIY really, since all you have to do is add water but the hard work is getting a good consistency and applying the mixture evenly. All you need is warm water, a plastic spoon (never metal,) a makeup brush, and an oil of your choice. Obviously you need the clay, but that’s a no brainer!

Add water little by little until you get the consistency you desire. I prefer a paste like texture to a liquid so I add a little under a teaspoon of water and about halimg_4286f teaspoon of sweet almond oil. I mix it up and then apply the clay to my face using the makeup brush. Because I have sensitive skin I kept my mask on for only 7 minutes, but you can keep it on longer of course.

I’m not sure why I was surprised when I washed the mask off, but my face was extremely soft! Earlier this week I had a relapse with my skin because I used an unclean brush and out came the random pimples. I woke img_4287up this morning to much smaller pimples as well as imaginary ones! In fact, I’m still in shock over how soft and smooth my skin is. Rhassoul Clay will certainly be added into my regime and I’ll be sure to do this mask twice a week.

What kind of clay do you use as a mask?

 

ChelsiKay

DIY Fridays: Clays Masks

The DIY Bug

The obsession starts with being cheap or wanting to give a good gift to someone. The DIY obsession is real and the bug has bitten me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been interested in doing things myself, but as of lately it has really taken over! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all, but I may have just gotten carried away.

It all started with my hair troubles a few weeks ago and then just kind snowballed from there. I purchased a melt and pour soap kit last week and was just amazed how everything turned out. Then just the other day, I made my own hydrosol or distilled floral water.

As you all know, skincare is really important to me as of lately and has turned into a necessity rather than an obsession. DIY’ing my skincare is definitely in the works, I just have to figure out what works and doesn’t work for my skin. Also, I’m kind of in love with the products that I have already and wouldn’t mind repurchasing them.

Skincare and…well everything in your life should really be simple. Trying to figure out what all those ingredients are and if they’re even safe to use is too much especially when you can use things that are right in your kitchen. Now I’m not saying go out and throw out all your face washes because they contain chemicals. If something works for you, then keep on at it. Not all chemicals are bad and not all natural things are good. Personally, anything that did contain chemicals did not work for me whereas the more natural the product was the better my skin reacted.

My skin reacts even better to things I make myself.

With all that being said, here are some things I made within the past few weeks. I purchased some dried lavender flowers and made a lavender hydrosol. Making it was probably one of the coolest things I’ve done. Two days ago, I made a bentonite clay mask that left my skin feeling extremely soft and my pores unclogged. I mentioned the melt and pour soap that for some reason is ten times better than store bought soap. I also made some lotion, which I’ve been making for a few months now. I most likely (as I said in my last post) will give my concoctions as gifts this year!

Get ready to see a lot of DIY’s on here in place of Foodie Fridays starting this Friday! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

The DIY Bug