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8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

First of all, I would like to thank you guys, my lovely visitors! You might be wondering why? Well, today I passed the impressive milestone of 30.000 visitors! And my blog is only a little over 4 months old, so I can say that I am very proud of that number. The amount of followers keeps on growing by the second as well. Therefore I would like to thank you. Yes, you. I know I haven’t been very active lately, but tomorrow is my last exam (Linguistical Varieties oral exam, very sarcastic “yay”!) and I promise I will write a lot more posts this summer. I actually have a post-it on my desk with over 20 ideas for new posts!

I was browsing a bit on Pinterest, when I stumbled upon a picture of a healthy, glowing Lauren Conrad. She looks so incredibly radiant! Obviously, there’s probably a lot of make-up involved, but the Pinterest post informed me that this was the effect of something called Microdermabrasion, and that it can be done at home with this simple DIY.

I’m very curious to see if it works, so I’m going to try it right after writing this post. I’ll update with the results, as I have quite a sensitive, impure skin (please don’t let it sting).

(Edit: Ok, I tried the DIY Microdermabrasion. I mixed some baking soda in a cup, adding a bit of water at a time, until I got a bit of a half solid mixture. It was bubbling! I so felt like a chemist. I massaged it onto my cleaned skin, and it felt like a scrub. The baking soda contain little particles that don’t absolve in water, so it scrubs your skin, and kinda harsh. After a few seconds it actually did start stinging my skin a bit, so I rinsed it off with warm water. I cannot tell that my skin would look anything like Lauren Conrad’s -it’s actually kind of red right now-, but it feels reaaaaally clean, so I actually might try it again sometime. I’ll keep you guys updated!)

Well, I can hear you thinking: “That is just one use for baking soda, and the title of your post is 8 beauty uses for baking soda?” A little bit of patience, my darlings! I’ve been googling around a bit, and here’s my list of beauty uses with baking soda.

  1. This one already came forward in my Five uses for strawberries post. Baking soda has a whitening effect on your teeth. All you have to do is wet your toothbrush, dip it in baking soda and brush your teeth with it. As it tastes quite salty, I recommend brushing your teeth with normal toothpaste afterwards. I’ve been trying this method for a few weeks now, and I’m actually starting to see results. It’s not much, but it’s certainly something! I do have to mention that the first time I tried brushing my teeth with it, my gums felt kind of tingly afterwards, but after the second and third try I didn’t have any side effects.
  2. Use it as a deodorant. Sounds weird, I admit that, but perhaps you’re allergic to the chemicals in deodorant (I personally don’t always respond that well to the extremely perfumed Fa deodorants) and you need something less chemical and more natural? You can either apply baking soda directly to your skin using a big powder brush, or you mix four tablespoons of baking soda with about ten drops of your favourite essential oil, and apply this mixture to the skin
  3.  Take a bath with it! I am allergic to a loooot of bath products. They make my skin very itchy and dry. The white crystals in baking soda are often used in commercial bath salts, so using them in their pure form will let you benefit even more from them. Baking soda cleanses your skin naturally, while leaving you feeling silky smooth all over.
  4. Hairspray, hairgels, hairwax, dust, dirt, etc. It can all build up on your hair, and using an aggressive shampoo too often can be bad for your locks, because it strips your hair from its natural oils. Just add one tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of lukewarm water and massage it into your wet hair. Rinse very well -perfectly clean and smooth!
  5. And if you don’t have the time to wash and dry your hair, you can even use baking soda as a dry shampoo! Sprinkle some of it on your hair, comb through and sprinkle a little bit on top again. Wait for five minutes to let the baking soda absorb most of the excess oils and comb your hair thoroughly to remove the baking soda.
  6. You can even relieve sunburnt skin with it! Mix 3/4 of baking soda with 1/4 of water to a thick paste, and apply it to your damaged skin. This should soothen the pain and get the heat out of your skin in no time.
  7. Use baking soda to relieve bee stings,  insect bites, etc. Just use the same paste as you would for sunburnt skin, it will immediately relieve any itching or stinging.

Their are hundreds of other uses for baking soda, but I just listed a few very helpful and beauty related ones in this post. For instance, did you know you could keep flowers fresh longer if you add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water in the vase?

Quite awesome, innit? Anyway, I got the idea from this, this and this website, so be sure to visit them if you’d like to find out more!

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DIY: Temporary dip dye hair (this time with eyeshadow!)

Ok, so I know I already wrote a post on how to temporary dip dye your hair (riiiiiiight here), but I just found yet another way to do it! I was reading some things on the Dutch ELLE website, watching a few videos, when I found a video about a hair guru, Jeffrey, who  shows how you can dip dye your hair with eyeshadow!

Obviously, you will need a lot of eyeshadow, so I recommend using one that you don’t really like or use anymore.

I will give the link to the video below, but it is in Dutch, so for my foreign readers, I will type out how you can achieve this look.

The first part of the video just shows how the model’s hair is cut. The look was inspired by current Forever 21 model Charlotte Free. When the model’s hair is cut, dried and styled, they explain how you can add pink tips.

You start off with mixing hair gel and eyeshadow in a bowl. Don’t worry if it looks like a verrrrry dark mixture -check the video, the mixture they use is very dark red as well and it still turns out to be a soft pink. Next, apply the coloured gel to your hair like you would with normal hair dye. In the video they use a special brush for it, but I think using a tooth brush will work fine as well. Start on the frontside of your hair, and go around your head painting the bottom half of your hair.

Don’t worry if it looks quite dark and hard, we’re still going to change that. Once you’re finished applying the gel, use a comb to even out the gel a bit. Last but not least, blow dry your hair. All done!

Alright, so I just found out that I cannot include the video in this post, so I’m just going to give you the link.
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Looks and sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? I personally  don’t think you can use your straightener or curler afterwards on the coloured hair btw, but hey, yolo right? (Note: I actually never say yolo. I’m just pretending to be cool, haha)

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DIY: Tattoo nail art

First of all I would like to apologize for not posting for about -thinks- two weeks. I’ve been extremely busy writing a research paper for school and of course exams are coming up, so I’ll probably be quite busy in the near future as well.

Anyway, I’ll try to keep you guys entertained with frequent posts. This particular one will explain yet another nail art DIY (is it a bit too much lately? I just love nail art) that is very easy and quick!

All you need is:

  • Base/top coat nail polish
  • A white or light grey nail polish
  • A wet sponge
  • Fake tattoos!

Do you remember as a kid, when you would stick fake tattoos on your arms, and pretend to people they were real? I did for sure. I guess my fascination with tattoos started very young. Nowadays, you can still find classy and of very good quality fake tattoos for your body, but have you ever thought about decorating your nails with them?

It works exactly the same as when you stick them to your skin.
First, apply a clear base coat to protect your nails. Follow with one or more layers of a light nail polish, white or grey look best. Let this dry thoroughly. Take your fake tattoo and a pair of scissors, and cut out pieces that fit your nails. You can choose to make all your nails have a similar look, or vary, it’s up to you! Then, take your fake tattoo pieces and remove the transparant piece of plastic that’s protecting the tattoo itself. Put them on the desired place on your nail and take a wet sponge to soak the tattoo. After about 30 seconds, you can remove the piece of paper and the tattoo itself should stick to your nails. Carefully dry your nails and apply a clear top coat. All done!

(Design by cutepolish)

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DIY: Earring holders (5 different ways!)

If you’re anything like me -a huge big jewellery lover-, you’ll have waaaaay too many earrings and probably just a dull place to store them all. I usually just use a big jewellery box, but the problem with those is that each and every day it is a fun game of find the right pairs and that’s not my idea of fun when I’m in a hurry. But when I was cleaning my room the other day (actually it took me about a week), I found a new and cute way to store ánd display them in neat pairs. And if you for some insane reason don’t like my system, don’t leave! I’ve got plenty more ideas.

1. So, my own idea is actually quite simple. My sister once bought me this big, purple potpourri/candle holder thingy, and when I took the little glass bowls off, I was left with a great base to hang my earrings on. I even kept one of the bowl holders (as you can see on the left, the circular thing with 3 pairs of tear shaped earrings on).

 

Pro: It looks really cute. Maybe it looks a bit weird on the picture, but trust me, in real life this is such an eye catcher.
Con: There’s no way I can ever store all of my earrings on this thing. Like, no way.

2. Use a grease splatter! A what? Yes, you read it right, a grease splatter. All the tiny holes in them are perfect to put a pair of earrings through. Bend the handle 90 degrees and you can put it on a flat surface. (idea by Instructables.com)

 

Pro: You can store lots of earrings at once. If you don’t like it on a surface, you can just skip the handle bending and hang the splatter on a wall.
Con: It’s a grease splatter. It’s quite huge. And it isn’t really a piece of art in your room, to be honest.

3. Well, if we’re using grease splatters already, why not a kitchen grater? You might raise your eyebrows, but actually it looks really cool! All you need is a kitchen grater you don’t use anymore, some spray paint (they used turquoise on this one) and if you like, some brass hooks for feet. (idea by Curbly.com)

 

Pro: Four different sides to hang your earrings, that’s having the opportunity to separate your earrings into four different themes or seasons! Plus, this actually looks awesome. Oh, and it’s a cheese grater, haha!
Con: Uhm, yeah, it is still a cheese grater. And if you’ve got earrings with plastic plugs to prevent them from falling from your earlobes, it might be difficult to hang them in the tinier holes of the grater.

4. Wire mesh in a frame. This one’s actually pretty common, but I’m still including it in this post. Because I can. The idea is pretty simple: Cut a piece of wire mesh big enough to fit a frame, nail or glue the mesh to your frame and hang your creation, covered in earrings, on the wall. If you prefer an even cuter look, you can use a piece of strong lace or fabric with holes instead of wire mesh as well.

  

Pro: Cute, creative and if you pick a large frame, you can display all of your earrings at once.
Con:  Same problem as with the cheese grater, you’ll have to reach for the back of your frame to remove the plastic plugs off your earrings each time you want to wear them.

5. One of the things I’ve tried myself as well, is using one of those little plastic transparent boxes that are used for storing sewing things.

Pro: Quick and easy to store, you can pile multiple boxes on each other and keep them in drawers if you like. Because they’re transparent it’s also easy to have a quick overview of your jewellery. They’re covered, so they’ll stay dust free.
Con: Not that aesthetic if you were planning on displaying your earrings.

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How to: Perfect sock bun

If you’ve got long hair, like I do, you’ve probably tried to do it in a bun before. They are a quick and easy way to keep your hair out of your face. However, even with very long hair, your bun will still seem kind of small, compared to the big puffy buns you often see on runways.

 

But no worries, because you can get one of those big buns in no time as well! And all you need is an old sock you don’t need anymore. An old what? Yes, a sock. Watch and learn ladies.

(Photo tutorial by BeLovelyNow)

(Video by Wendy’s Lookbook, be sure to subscribe, she’s got lots of other really cool tutorials and DIYs!)

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What to do with… strawberries! (besides eating them)

The weather is getting warmer, and what does that mean? Strawberry season! (And a lot of other things as well obviously, but those don’t matter for this post). Yes, juicy, thick, bright red strawberries. I wouldn’t know a better way to describe their taste than ‘summerish‘. Love it!
So that’s why I’m bringing you this beauty post today, because strawberries have a lot of other great qualities other than their great taste.

1.  Whiten your teeth: Strawberries are a great way to naturally whiten your teeth. Mix a bit of baking soda with a strawberry and brush your teeth with the mixture. Do this only once a week (the baking soda can damage your teeth if used too often) and you’ll notice results soon! If you would like to do this more often, brush your teeth with a strawberry daily and add the baking soda once a week. I’m currently trying this out myself, and I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated with my personal results.

2. Face mask: Mix a few (2 or 3) strawberries with a bit of plain yoghurt (for oily skin) or cream (for normal or sensitive skin) and add a spoon of honey. Apply this mixture to your face, but leave the sensitive skin around the eyes open. You might be tempted to eat the mixture, but give it a try on your skin! The mask will leave your face glowing and refreshed.

3. No more puffy eyes: Just like cucumber slices, strawberry slices reduce the swelling beneath your eyes. Take a little 10-minute-break with two slices on your eyes and moisturize afterwards with a light eye cream.

4. Quickest facial scrub everrrrrr: One of the great ingredients in strawberries is alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps you get rid of dead skin cells. All you need to do is cut a big strawberry in half, rub it all over your face and let it sit there for  few minutes before rinsing. Instant smoother, softer skin!

5. Foot scrub: Now summer is approaching, your lovely feet will probably spend more time in the sunlight as well. To make them summer proof, you can try this little body scrub recipe: mix 8 strawberries with two tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of sea salt. Massage this mixture onto your feet, rinse and apply a foot lotion.

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DIY: Louboutin nails

With all the shoe posts on my blog lately (DIY Neon shoes, Photopost: Stunning heels), a shoe inspired nail art design obviously had to be included.
This post will show you how to achieve the luxurious Louboutin look… on your nails!

Adele introduced this fierce manicure look to the big crowd by wearing it to the Grammy’s.  The underside of her nails were a deep red, like the famous Louboutin sole, while the upper side of the nails were a glittery, silvery blue.

This look is actually very easy to achieve. I recommend using fake nails though, otherwise your red polish will be all over your skin, and you will probably not get a nice, smooth finish.
Simply take your fake nails, and paint half of the underside in a dark of bright red, whichever you prefer. For the upper side of the fake nails, you can actually choose any colour you like, though I would recommend using dark, simple and cold colours, such as black, grey, silver or dark blue,  to make sure the red bottom catches the attention. Simple apply the fake nails as usual, and you’re ready to go!

Here’s a video, so you can have a better view of how it’s done (video by PicturesqueMakeup):

 

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