Must Have Festival Accessories & Summer Festival DIY’s

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These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY’s are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Keep reading to discover not only a collection of my favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of my very own summer festival DIY’s for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Must Have Festival Accessories & Clothing

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Made to Your Hiking Bottle Tote in Floral Tapestry / Cactus What You Preach Battery Pack in Geo / Good News Travels Vast Backpack / Boldly Buckled Belt in Cognac

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric / Floral of the Story Flower Crown / Braid for Walkin’ Sandal in Cognac / Daisy, I Love Your Way Shorts

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

On Cloud Divine Top / Fun-Woman Band Romper / Put Your Mind at Peace Top / May the Vest Fan Win

Discover not only a wonderful collection of favorite must have festival accessories and clothing but also a collection of summer festival DIY's for making your own homemade festival soap, insect repellent and dry shampoo!

Hands-Free to Be Me Belt Bag / Birkenstock Strappy Camper Sandal in Taupe Suede / Banjo Schmo Hat / Now Boarding Zone Fun Belt Bag

These must have festival accessories and summer festival DIY's are sure to make your festival experience this year even better!

Summer Festival DIY’s

These summer festival DIY’s are perfect for helping to maintain your comfort insect free while you’re enjoying time outdoors!

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Summer Festival Soap Recipe

This natural summer festival soap recipe contains a blend of natural essential oils to help keep biting summer insects away!

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment or mica powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

Best Ever Natural Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipe

Summer Festival Dry Shampoo Recipe

My summer festival dry shampoo recipe avoids using food ingredients that may attract insects and in lieu of cornmeal instead uses a super effective and light blend of arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal and cosmetic clays. Essential oils and herbs are also added for a fresh fragrance as well as for their insect repellent properties.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms or (lavender flower powder)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red Moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes an all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.

To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects when camping, hiking, biking and gardening this summer!

Summer Festival Insect Repellent Spray

This natural insect repellent spray recipe really works and is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast! Use this insect repellent spray to deter biting insects at summer festivals and during other outdoor activities! Simply mist this spray on your skin after showering and as needed throughout the day.

Adapted from The Mountain Rose Herbs Blog

Ingredients:

2 oz. witch hazel extract
2 oz. catnip or peppermint hydrosol
2 oz. distilled water
1 mL (20 drops) lemon eucalyptus essential oil
1 mL (20 drops) lavender essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) lemongrass essential oil
1/2 mL (10 drops) Virginia cedarwood essential oil

Instructions:

To make this natural insect repellent spray recipe you’ll need to begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the witch hazel, catnip hydrosol and distilled water. Combine into a 6 – 8 oz. spray bottle using a funnel. (I used this Boston round bottle with mini spray trigger from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Using a graduated transfer pipette or dropper, add the essential oils to the bottle then screw on the trigger sprayer. Shake well to combine the ingredients and again before each use.

To extend the shelf life of this natural insect repellent spray and to help you and your loved ones cool down on a hot summer day, store this in the refrigerator between uses. And don’t forget to pack it for your next hiking or camping trip!

In addition to these summer festival DIY’s you may also be interested in my nine natural foot care recipes to keep your feet looking great all summer long. (Find them here.) And you may also want to try my natural deodorizing foot powder recipe for stinky sweat or rain soaked shoes. (Find that recipe here.)

For more of my natural summer bath and body recipes, be sure to visit and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. In addition you can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook,TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Spring Beauty Trends at ModCloth

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Fantastic spring beauty trends now at ModCloth! Favorites from theBalm, One Love Organics and Rosebud Perfume Company Inc. I LOVE these!

Spring Beauty Trends

It’s finally spring and that means lots of amazing new spring beauty trends! One of my favorite online shops, ModCloth, has a fantastic collection of new spring beauty finds available now on their website. Their latest spring beauty trends include these retro and vintage inspired products from theBalm, One Love Organics and Rosebud Perfume Company Inc.

Here are my top spring beauty picks from Modcloth.

1. Body, Mind, and Spirited Antioxidant Serum :: You’ve already mastered smart style – now you can apply your knowledge what’s underneath by using this antioxidant body serum from One Love Organics. Made of all natural and organic ingredients – lightly scented with gardenia and tea – this gentle mist hydrates, nourishes, and promotes healthier and more beautiful skin, assuring that your self glows with radiance equal to your bright ideas.

2. Soothe Move Skin Balm :: An important aspect of self-love is skin-love, and using this organic balm by One Love Organics is one suave way to achieve a smooth surface! This travel-sized tub is packed with natural ingredients, with coconut oil and beeswax as the base, bringing out your innate radiance and offering a lovely scent to top it off.

3. Precisely! Liquid Eyeliner in Black :: Highlight your lovely eyes with the thin, true black line that this felt-tip liner offers and you’ll get the exact look you were going for. Primed to make your pin-up look the most perfect one, this Schwing liquid eyeliner by theBalm is just what your makeup bag is missing!

4. Salve the Day Lip Balm Set in Luscious :: Give the gift of stylishly soft lips when delivering this cute tin of flavored lip balms! Nestled within crisp crepe paper lie three vintage-inspired containers of sweet salve in brambleberry rose, mocha rose, and menthol and eucalyptus flavors – the perfect rescue for a pucker in need of a pick-me-up! Also available in Lavish.

Looking for a new spring wardrobe? You can shop ModCloth’s new spring styles here.

Fantastic spring fashion trends now at ModCloth! I LOVE these retro and vintage inspired outfits!

Looking for great spring styles at bargain prices? Then visit ModCloth now and check out their latest sales event! For a limited time, they’re offering some of their most unique spring styles and accessories for $20 and under. All apparel is $20, and everything else is $15, when you shop ModCloth during their enormous Stylish Surprise sales event! Sale begins March 28th, 2016 (12 pm EST) and continues for as long as supplies last. What are you waiting for? Take a peek!

For more spring inspired ideas, be sure to check out the ModCloth blog! You can also follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest for more of my favorite spring beauty trends and skin care products.


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DIY Valentine’s Day Nail Inspiration from Julep

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Fun DIY Valentine's Day nail inspiration from Julep! Brighten up your day with one of these super-cute nail looks that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Are you feeling the winter blues? Need some DIY Valentine’s Day nail inspiration? Brighten up your day with one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. These Valentine’s Day nail looks are perfect for Valentine’s Day and will be sure sweeten your week. The nail designs below all use the same three Julep polishes and the Julep Plie Wand Creativity Kit. Save 20% off at Julep.com and score this nail art kit and any of these polishes with code LETSGET20. Remember to extend the life of your lovely new manicure with top coat!

Valentine’s Day Nail Inspiration from Julep

1. Mini hearts: Use two coats of Florence, a classic camel crème polish. Let dry, then use a toothpick or the dotting tool in the Creativity Kit to make the heart with Shawn, a poppy pink polish. First make two dots, then add the bottom triangle of the heart.

2. Dots with Naked Nail: Start with a clear base coat. Create the naked naked look by cutting out a V-shape out of scotch tape and sticking it on your nail. Use Shawn, our poppy polish, to fill in around the nail around the tape. Let dry, then use the Creativity Kit dotting tool or a toothpick to make white dots using Brigitte.

3. French Stripes: Apply two coats of Brigitte, a white crème polish, to all nails and let dry. Then, using the striping tool in the Creativity Kit or a toothpick to add your stripes. I always use scotch tape to help make guidelines for my lines, or else they often get squiggly!

4. Heart Accent Nail: On four nails, use two coats of Shawn, a poppy crème polish. Apply two coats of Brigitte, a white crème polish, to your accent nail. Let dry. Then, with a tooth pick or Creativity Kit add the heart on white nail, starting with two dots and then filling in the rest of the heart.

Are you a polish lover? Then you should try the Julep beauty box! You can get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, skin, or nail products delivered to your door every month. Get your Valentine’s Day beauty box today, featuring the poppy polish used in these nail looks, for 50% off! Join today! Use code XOXOXO to get 50% off your first box.

For more beauty ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. Or follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest for a huge collection of fantastic DIY Valentine’s day gift ideas.


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DIY Summer Clothing and Accessory Tutorials

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It’s summer and it is hot outside! But just because it’s hot doesn’t mean you can’t look good and have fun doing it! Here are a few diy fashion projects for updating your summer wardrobe with a bit a fun style – from summer clothing to fun summer fashion accessories!

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EcoShag’s Handmade Infinity Scarf Giveaway – Summer Style in Summer’s Hottest Color Trends

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I am pleased to introduce the handmade shop, EcoShag™. Created and nurtured into life by Tania Hillberg, EcoShag™ sells handmade infinity scarves made of vintage inspired fabrics as well as handmade scarf necklaces born of upcycled materials.
Handmade Polka Dot Infinity Scarf from EcoShag
Handmade Polka Dot Infinity Scarf from EcoShag
Each handmade infinity scarf sold through EcoShag has been created soley by Tania’s own two hands. Tania feels that one of the most gratifying aspects of her work is in finding the fabrics she chooses to use. Unlike many scarf and accessory makers, Tania does not go to her local fabric store for textiles. Instead, she hunts down unique and interesting materials at estate sales, remnants when she’s fortunate to find enough, as well as organic/eco-friendly textiles. Even though it’s a lot more work, Tania loves that she’s able to create something she loves while also being eco-friendly, an aspect that’s very important to her. As for Tania herself, she is a mother, a wife, and a philanthropist. She likes to view each day as an opportunity to have a positive impact on the world and the people in it. Tania’s shop, EcoShag™, was actually inspired by the loss of her sister in 2008. Tania’s sister was her creative counterpart and in many ways, and her memory lives on with each item Tania makes.
I’m even more excited to announce that Tania is sponsoring a contest on Soap Deli News Blog and is giving away two infinity scarves of the winner’s choice! One winner will receive their choice of two of the following six scarves featured below.
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Clockwise from top left: Extra Long Bohemian Hand Dyed Chunky Scarf in Seafoam, Green Brown and Taupe, Dark Mustard Handmade Sweater Infinity Scarf, Handmade Lightweight Coral Infinity Scarf, and Pear Green Floral Patterns and Stripes Handmade Infinity Scarf.

From left to right: Electric Green Sweater Knit Loop Scarf and Seafoam Green Ultrasoft Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf.

One winner will win his or her choice of any of the six handmade infinity scarves featured above – all in summer’s hottest color trends. The combined retail value of this prize is up to $79.

Want a chance to win? Simply be sure to read the rules listed below (via Rafflecopter) before entering then enter using Rafflecopter below! The contest ends a minute after midnight EST on June 15, 2012 and is open worldwide.

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