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In Beauty, DIY on
February 1, 2016

DIY Orange Vanilla Body Scrub

This super easy scrub takes no time to make and is all natural.

I love all natural skincare, especially when I can make the products myself. Body scrubs¬†are often the simplest DIY skincare products to make, with infinite combinations, and I’ve got a great one here for you to try.

This great DIY orange vanilla body scrub is really beneficial for your skin and smells AHHH-Mazing.

Ingredients:
-Coconut Oil
-Sugar
-Dried or fresh orange peels
-Vanilla extract
-Orange essential oil

Instructions:
-Add equal parts softened coconut oil to sugar. I used 6 tablespoons of each.
-Mix in cut up or zested (zested orange peels would have a much finer texture, better for sensitive and dry skin) orange peels, as many as you’d like to reach desired look.
-Add one capful of vanilla extract and a few drops of orange essential oil. This will help combat the coconut smell.

Video tutorial:

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to save it for later, add it to Pinterest or save the link on Facebook.

This scrub is great for exfoliating the skin and moisturizing it, while the extra scents make it a delicious spa experience.

Make sure to comment your favorite body scrubs! I’d love to know what your favorite products are and what DIY skin remedies you love to use.

I’m hoping to make a great coffee scrub soon to share with you all soon. Caffeine is great for the skin.

More DIYs for you to enjoy: DIY Project Collective

In DIY, Fashion on
October 27, 2015

Over 80 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas ūüéÉ

Hi there Kind Friends!

With Halloween being this weekend (holy crap) and many themed parties on the horizon, I’m here to share with you over 80¬†Halloween costume ideas that can be put together in a matter of days. The majority of these ideas come from a collaboration with Andrea’s Choice and Cook1emonster (linked below) on YouTube but I’ve also added some relevant links to similar tutorials you can use as well as costume supplies from Amazon Prime, since they are about the only place you can order from online this week and still get the products in time.

So, let’s get started.

Pinable image:

Almost 100 different last minute Halloween costume ideas and DIY projects

 

Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes:

  1. Hogwarts Alumni student (Easy DIY tutorial)
  2. Elderly woman costume (with white hair spray and a borrowed outfit and cane)
  3. Skrillex (wig, with fake shaved part)
  4. Katniss (dutch side braid and army inspired outfit)
  5. Kim Possible (green pants with a black shirt and gloves)
  6. Michael Jackson (there are many memorable costumes you can mimic here)
  7. Princess Leia (white dress with your hair in braided buns)
  8. YouTube video screen (DIY examples)
  9. Ninja Turtles (DIY examples)
  10. Cosmo and Wanda (pink and green wigs with a paper gold crown)
  11. Tooth Fairy (Lauren Conrad has a gorgeous DIY for this)
  12. Typical Tourist (Hawaiian shirt, leighs, big camera)
  13. Marilyn Monroe (any white dress, blonde wig, red lips)
  14. Satan or the Devil (any black or red outfit with drugstore horns and tail)
  15. Glowzel (make your own green lisptick by combining melted chapstick and green eyeshadow in a small jar)
  16. Cookie Monster (wear a blue dress and tape on cookie clip art onto the dress)
  17. Maklemore (How to dress like Maklemore)
  18. Elsa (blonde braided wig and a blue dress)
  19. Chocolate bar or candy bar (examples)
  20. Clark Kent (wear a superman shirt under your work clothes)
  21. Grumpy Cat (Grumpy Cat makeup tutorial)
  22. Disney princess (wear a dress in the colors of the princess, add a crown, and a nametag)
  23. Rosie the Riveter (flannel shirt, Rosie hair tutorial, and a red lip)
  24. Toddlers and Tiaras inspired costume (where an old princess dress from a previous costume, or just something very shiny and girly, along with a tiara and pacifier)
  25. Mario and Luigi (where red and green outfits with suspenders)
  26. Orange is the New Black characters (orange jumpsuit or scrubs)
  27. Sports player (sports jersey, black smudges under the eyes, and sneakers)
  28. Beyonce (tutorial from Elite Daily)
  29. Miley Cyrus (tightly wond buns and very little clothing)
  30. Minion (very cute costume DIY from Bethany Mota)
  31. Miranda Sings (red lipstick, ugly cat shirt and sweat pants)
  32. DIY¬†costume shirt (write “costume” on an orange shirt)
  33. Where’s Waldo? (red striped shirt and glasses)
  34. Regina George (inspiration)
  35. iPhone 6s (pink dress, iPhone logo taped on the front or transferred using iron transfer paper)
  36. Audrey Hepburn (black dress and pearls)
  37. Starbucks employee (apron, slacks, taped on logo)
  38. Pumpkin Spice Latte (DIY from LaurDIY)
  39. Cereal Killer (wear a black outfit and secure cereal boxes to the clothing, carry a fake knife)
  40. Bootleg Wolverine (tape plastic utensils to your hands)
  41. Crazy cat lady (where a robe, curlers, and carry around toy cats)
  42. Mary Poppins (black dress, black umbrella, red lipstick, and a big bag)
  43. Powerpuff Girls (inspiration)
  44. Inside Out characters (tutorials for: Disgust, Happiness, Fear, Sadness)
  45. Cruella DeVil (tutorial)
  46. Red Riding Hood (large red cape of cloth and a basket)
  47. Nikki Minaj (there are many costumes you can imitate here)
  48. DIY 401 error costume not found shirt
  49. Mime (black striped shirt, white face paint)
  50. Sia dancer (nude leotard and a blunt-cut blond wig)
  51. Will from The Fresh Prince of Belair (inspiration)
  52. Strawberry (red dress, black seed marks with marker, and a green headband)
  53. Queen of Hearts (tutorial)
  54. Mad Hatter (buy a large top hat, where a crazy looking costume, bring playing cards and tea)
  55. Internet troll outfit DIY (examples)
  56. Sandy from Grease (black skinny pants, black tight shirt, ringlets, red lips)
  57. Farm girl (flannel, overalls, straw hat)
  58. Emoji costumes (happy face from LaurDIY)
  59. Victoria’s Secret model (where a silk VS robe and lingerie)
  60. Effie Trinket (tutorial)
  61. Peter Pan (green outfit and tights, carry around a fairy toy)
  62. Wendy Darling (blue dress and ringlets, maybe a teddy bear toy)
  63. Snapchar filters (Rainbow snapchat DIY filter tutorial)
  64. Wizard or Witch (easy DIY witches hat from felt)
  65. TJ beanie baby (animal onsie and a DIY TY tag)
  66. Steve from Blue’s Clues (blue striped shirt, khakis, a blue dog toy)
  67. Amy Pond from Doctor Who (my halloween tutorial)
  68. How to Dress as Doctor Who #9-12
  69. Kardashian’s (mimic their outfits and sleek black hair)
  70. DIY unicorn from LaurDIY
  71. 1 minute ninja tutorial
  72. A doll (skater dress with round red or pink blush cheeks)
  73. Robber (black outfit, black mask or beanie, a white pillow case with a money symbol drawn on)
  74. Decades costume: 20s makeup tutorial & fingers waves tutorial
  75. Decades costume: 30s makeup tutorial
  76. Decades costume: 40s makeup tutorial
  77. Decades costume: 50s makeup tutorial
  78. Decades costume: 60s makeup tutorial
  79. Decades costume: 70s makeup tutorial
  80. Decades costume: 80s makeup tutorial
  81. Decades costume: 90s makeup tutorial
  82. General pin up hair tutorial for vintage costumes
  83. Minnie or Mickie Mouse (dress and or suspender outfit with ears)
  84. Kitty cat (ears, whiskers, and a cute outfit)
  85. Biker chic (black outfit, leather jacket, temporary tattoos)
  86. Adam and Eve (green and brown underwear or dress with glued on leaves from the craft store)
  87. Baby (PJs, pigtails, and baby accessories like toys)
  88. Ballerina (leotard, ballet shoes, leg warmers)
  89. Vampire (black outfit, teeth, red lips)

Phew! It took over three hours to put this list together. I sincerely hope it helps you this Halloween.

Videos many of these costumes are in reference to:

 

A few other tutorials are linked above so make sure to click around.

Let me know other costumes I can add to this list in the comments! Don’t forget to also try alcoholic witch’s brew, it’s a crowd pleaser.

In DIY on
August 18, 2015

DIY Stylish Organization and Desk Accessories – Work from Home and Back to School Cute Desk Spaces

DIY Office Accessories

Since I work from home, having a cute office space is essential to me. I do not want to feel like I am in a uniform cubicle. If you feel the same, check out a few of my cute DIY projects below as well as my DIY compendium for all of my past projects.

All instructions and examples are shown in the video above.

DIY #1: Picture Frame Whiteboard

  1. Measure a decorative paper to fit the inside of a frame
  2. Put the paper inside the frame
  3. Hang on the wall and write on the glass using a whiteboard marker

DIY #2: Pencil/Marker Holder

  1. Clean out an old candle (I freeze my old candles and then the excess wax pops right out)
  2. Fill with pennies, beads, or other decorative item as a filler to keep your items upright

DIY #3: Washi Tape Keyboard

  1. Cut washi tape to size
  2. Cover select keys
  3. Take off and change colors to match the season or your mood

DIY #4: Glitter Magnets

  1. Cover old ugly magnets with glitter washi tape (or glue and glitter of choice)
  2. That’s it!

Cute Home Office DIY Projects

DIY #5: Custom Monthly Planner

  1. Buy a small monthly planner
  2. Tape a motivational message on top or create a collage of your favorite images, print, and tape on

DIY #5: Custom Mouse Pads

  1. Just use a notebook!

DIY #6: Pretty Wall Space

  1. Create a DIY photo clothesline
  2. Tape cute motivational sayings or photos that inspire you
  3. Hang up a clip board and interchange images that make you happy
  4. Clean your space weekly!

My Stationary Essentials:

  1. Day Designer planner – I can’t live without it!
  2. Jill Bliss Post It notes
  3. Rifle Paper Co notebooks
  4. Stripped folder and other small accessories (keep an eye on the Target dollar section)
  5. Cute motivational messages from A Beautiful Mess

Most of these DIY projects were so easy that they take less than five minutes. You just need to think a little out of the box.

If you like this post, make sure to check out some of my other Home Decor Projects to spice up your space.

Are you going back to school soon? Or are you completely out of school like me and just feel like keeping your space fresh?

In Beauty, DIY on
May 21, 2015

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner For All Skin Types

How to Use Food on your Face - Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Toner is so easy to make. You only need two ingredients! This toner/astringent recipe can even be customized to fit any skin type. Get all of the details below.

How to Make an Apple Cider Vinegar Toner:

  • For dry or sensitive skin, mix one part¬†ACV with three or four parts water.
  • For normal skin, mix one part ACV with two parts water.
  • For oily skin, mix one part ACV with one part water.
  • For¬†acne prone skin, add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to any of the above recipes.

How to Use your DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner:

  • Cleanse your skin. I’m currently using¬†my DIY Oatmeal Cleanser.
  • Shake the bottle of ACV Toner and add some of the solution to a cotton ball.
  • Gently rub the cotton ball onto your clean skin.
  • Follow with your moisturizing routine. I’m currently using coconut oil. Check out 20 Different Ways to Use Coconut Oil for more¬†ways to use this all natural moisturizer.

A video tutorial showing me making the product and demoing it’s use:

 

Do you think a toner is worth it? I love using toners, especially when I’m using an all natural cleanser that may not clean my face as effectively.

Thank you Coconuts and Kettlebells for the recipe and info on toners!

How do you feel about all natural skincare? Do you have a recipe you swear by?

In Beauty, DIY on
April 30, 2015

How to Wash Your Face with Oatmeal

The perfect Eczema face wash, oatmeal.

These past few weeks have been a bit stressful. My schedule has been changing so much that my body is taking in a lot, making my face break out in blemishes and giving me an Eczema outbreak around my nose. To help heal myself, I’ve been following this oatmeal face washing routine.

Ever since I saw the below video from BubzBeauty in 2011, oatmeal has been my go-to cleanser when my skin needs to heal.

 

Oatmeal is anti-inflammatory, making it perfect to help my blemishes and Eczema dryness. It also helps fight free-radicals, which is great because of the heat engulfing Miami right now. WH Foods has a long list of the amazing benefits of oats, I recommend you take a look for more information on oatmeal and what it can do for your skin.

For the past week these are the instructions I’ve been following to clean my face naturally, effectively, and cheaply using just oatmeal and water.

Oatmeal face wash instructions:

  1. Take half a handful of oats (quick or old fashioned, whatever you have) into your palm.
  2. Turn on the faucet and let the water run through a clenched fist onto the oats, making the oats mushy in your hands.
  3. Gently rub onto your wet skin.
  4. Rinse off, pat dry, and follow with a moisturizing oil.

Troubleshooting tips:

  1. Blending the oats will make it easier and gentler to spread around your skin.
  2. If you are wearing makeup, first take it off with olive oil or coconut oil before washing with oats as the oats themselves won’t take off makeup.
  3. Place a bowl in your sink to catch the falling oats, if not your drain may become clogged over repeated use.

If you have a sunburn or other full body skin agitation and want to take an oatmeal bath, follow these instructions.

Oatmeal bath how-to:

  1. Cut the feet off of a pair of clean tights.
  2. Add oats into the foot area of the tights, tying a knot at the top.
  3. Throw this tied “sock” into your bath.

This way you get all of the benefits of oats without it clogging your bathtub.

I’ve been doing this face wash every day for a week and am already noticing improvements. I’ve also stopped wearing as much makeup and have been using coconut oil to moisturize. I’m trying to keep chemicals away from my skin while my body (and my life) finds a more normal rhythm

What do you do when your skin breaks out? How do you heal?

I’d love some extra tips!

In Beauty, DIY on
April 9, 2015

DIY Tomato Face Mask

Two ingredient tomato face mask for acne and wrinkles!

Hello Kind Friends! On this beautiful¬†Thursday we have an easy face mask using simply half of a tomato and a tablespoon of honey. That’s all you need.

Tomatoes are amazing for the skin. They help heal the marks blemishes leave behind, slow down the aging process, build collagen, and fight free radical damage. Combined with honey, a natural moisturizer and acne fighter, this easy DIY mask is a powerhouse for all age ranges. Thank you Health Munsta for the recipe and info!

To see this DIY Tomato Face Mask in action, check out the video below:

 

My sister has been sending me home with so many delicious and ripe tomatoes from her new garden, I just had to see what they could do for my face. The mask feels very light and refreshing (especially if the tomato was kept in the fridge beforehand) and dries tough to the touch. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash off and follow with your usual skincare routine.

I’d recommend using this mask no more than three times a week. Keep the¬†leftovers¬†for as long as you would feel comfortable keeping any other tomato. I kept my mask in the fridge to keep it fresh longer. It thickened with the cold¬†but worked just as well.

If you want to try other face masks this weekend (or are plum out of tomatoes) check out my DIY skincare projects. There is quite a few to choose from!

How do you feel about having food on your face? It’s probably one of my favorite things to do!

In Beauty, DIY on
March 26, 2015

How to Dye Your Hair Using Coffee

How to dye your hair using your morning coffee

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m excited to¬†share with you a new DIY project. It has been too long! If you are happy to see a new beauty DIY from me, get really pumped up because there are many more in my editorial calendar for the next few months.

Even though we are jumping into Spring (it feels like Summer here in Miami, oh gosh it’s hot outside) I am actually feeling the urge to darken my hair. Since I am honestly freaked out by the chemicals in hair dye I’ve concocted a new hair DIY to darken my hair using coffee.

Just in case you don’t want to darken your hair: DIY Red Color Depositing Conditioner | How to Lighten Your Hair with Honey

Video tutorial:

 

Supplies:

  1. Conditioner
  2. A few tablespoons of brewed coffee
  3. Optional: Cinnamon (if you want to add a little extra red tones)
  4. Container and mixing utensil

Instructions:

  1. Make some coffee for yourself and save a few tablespoons for your mixture
  2. Add conditioner into your container (enough to last you a week or two)
  3. Mix in one tablespoon of coffee at a time into the conditioner until you get a smooth consistency with a caramel color
  4. Optional: Add half a tablespoon of cinnamon
  5. Store in the fridge for no more than two weeks as the coffee can create mold

DIY hair dye using coffee

Now how do you dye your hair with coffee? Use this conditioner recipe regularly. I like to jumpstart it by wearing it for an hour or so the first time and then using it in place of a normal conditioner every time I wash my hair afterward. This process will take some time but if dying your hair without the use of chemicals is important to you (or you would just rather not spend the money for a professional treatment), you’ve got to try this.

My progress after one week (using my default picture as a before shot):

One week coffee hair dye progress

What DIY recipe would you like me to do next? Will you be trying this DIY?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I’m really excited about the new content coming to RebeccaKelsey.com and the new focus I’m bringing to it. I just know you are going to love it.