DIY Setting Spray

My good friend tells me I’m officially becoming a makeup aficionado; I’m not sure about that, but I do love wearing makeup and have started doing some new things routinely now.  Things like contouring and highlighting and recently I gave primer and setting spray a try too.  Tons of different cosmetic companies make some sort of fixing/finishing/setting spray.  Here are a few of them I’m aware of:

$3.00 for 2 oz
$7.99 for 4 oz
$21 for 3.4 oz
$29 for 4 oz

To be fair, I’ve only tried the e.l.f. setting spray.  I am perpetually dry-skinned in winter and love that the setting spray seems to keep the dry patches I sometimes get in my cheeks from making my face look patchy.  The e.l.f. setting spray is a great way to keep my skin hydrated and “dewy” looking.  But…at more than $1 an ounce, I knew this was a low-end product I couldn’t afford to keep on hand at all times let alone any of the high-end counter parts.  So I did what I always do when I need a cheaper alternative…I started searching for recipes to make a setting spray myself.  I came across this, this and this site with recipes and instructions.  Recently though, I watched this video about all the benefits of orange blossom water (non-toxic, no alcohol, no preservatives, minimizes pores, makes skin less oily, decreases breakouts, adds moisture, etc) and so I decided to come up with my own special formulation of setting spray.  I made 8 oz bottles for myself and each of my daughters.  In my daughters’ I used distilled water, aloe gel, and Vitamin E.  In mine I used orange blossom water, glycerin, and vitamin E.  I bought my orange blossom water, glycerin, and bottles from Amazon and got free 2-day shipping thanks to my prime membership.  I bought vitamin E capsules in 400 iu’s at Wal Mart.  Once all the ingredients came in it was time to mix it up.  Here are both recipes:

DIY Setting Spray For The Perpetually Dry:

1 cup orange blossom water

4 tablespoons glycerin

1-3 capsules (your preference) of Vitamin E oil

DIY Setting Spray For the Younger Generation:

1 cup distilled water

4 tablespoons aloe gel (next time I’m going to use pure aloe gel but I didn’t have any on hand)

1-3 capsules (your preference) of Vitamin E oil

This recipe makes enough for an 8 oz bottle.  You will need a bottle of your choice (8 oz or bigger),  a funnel, a stick pen to pierce your Vitamin E capsules, and a measuring cup.  Measure your glycerin or aloe into your bottle, add the Vitamin E, and lastly pour in your water (distilled or orange blossom water).  I also added some lemon essential oil because it’s also great for skin and to help mask the orange blossom water smell.  I find the scent unpleasant, but you may love it.  To use, give your spray a good shake (the glycerin and aloe can separate out) close your eyes and spray.  Then allow to dry.  I use it once after my foundation and concealer and then another squirt or two after all of my makeup is applied.

Does it work you ask?  Well to give it a good run for its money I decided to sleep with my makeup on (gasp I know bad bad bad).  Aside from where I had rubbed my eyes and gotten mascara and eyeliner smeared all over my face, the rest of my face still looked at flawless the next day as it did when I first put my makeup on the day before.  It was still very hydrated, I could tell I had cheek color on, my contouring and highlighting was still present, etc.  Now…let’s take a look the cost.  The total for ingredients and bottles was $37.62.  With this, I have enough supplies to make at least seven 8 oz bottles of setting spray…56 oz.  This makes my DIY setting spray (made with orange blossom water…it’s cheaper if you just use distilled water) 67 cents an ounce.  It’s cheaper, it has ingredients I can pronounce, and I can alter the formula with ease (making an oily or combination version) as my skin changes.  This makes it a win in my book and I will continue to make my setting spray.

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Small and simple = great

If we are Facebook friends then you know that I recently worked on re-creating a habit I once had and set out on a mission to wear makeup 21 consecutive days so that make doing so a habit again.  This goal of mine inspired a friend of mine to create some new habits herself and she is now a morning person as a result.  Likely for the first time in her life actually.  Her decision to wake up at 5am daily was based on it being a small part of a bigger goal.   The bigger goal was to start work out in the morning.  To be able to that, she had to first be able to get up and when we were talking recently about the bigger goal I was reminded of a scripture.  It’s found in the Book of Mormon in the book of Alma.  There are two Alma’s in the Book of Mormon, but the prophetic writer responsible for the scripture I’m going to share is Alma The Younger.  He was kinda a brat and had a shady group of friends.  Together, with the four sons of King Mosiah, these boys gave their parents cause to pray for them night and day.  Not only was Alma The Younger just a rebellious teen, but quite committed to destroying the Church, actually.  Maybe the proverbial “preacher’s kid”…who knows.  Anyway…one converted, Alma The Younger followed in his father’s steps and became a great Ancient American prophet.  In the 6th verse of the 37th chapter of his book it says: “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.”  This is pretty profound I think…in fact, I wrote the first part of this scripture on my bathroom mirror with the question “what small and simple things can I do today”.  Let’s take a look at some small and simple things that have turned out to be great things for people.  Before we do…I realize that what is great for some is not so great for others or can be made not so great as well.  That’s called opposition and a topic for another day/post.

Let’s look at my friend’s life shall we?  She enjoys being in shape.  In fact, she wants to be in a fitness competition in the future.  To do that, she of course has to be fit.  To be fit she has to watch what she eats and use more energy than she consumes (that means she has to not only eat right but exercise too).  She hates working out and she loves treats but neither of these things get her what she wants so she is diligent in working out and eating right.  Avoiding her favorite sugary treats is just one small and simple thing she does to bring about greatness…in this case her fierce and sexy fit body (seriously you should see her she looks AMAZING).  For my friend, being fit is a great thing.

Recently, I’ve tested this concept with my children.  When I offer a small gesture or word of praise the great thing it brings about is often an end to contention.  For instance, my son was given a bunch of commands at once and he was getting frustrated and angry and starting to throw a fit.  Instead of scold him for the bad behavior I was seeing, I simply apologized for giving him so many directions at once that he was overwhelmed.  Guess what…he stopped in his tracks, nodded his head affirmative indicating he was overwhelmed and then…while calm and collected went about completing all the things I has asked him to do.  Before resuming gaming he asked me if there was anything else I needed done.  This is a great thing given how this same situation usually goes when I get into scold mode.

Yesterday my little Sass-Master cleaned up the living room and hallway and her room without direction from me about it either.  It was something “small and simple” to her but it had a great outcome.  I was proud of her and bragged to others how well she did, she got to spend the night at her 2nd Mom’s house instead of put up with the house full of boys I had hanging out here, and she received tons of praise and recognition.  Additionally, I was happier and calmer because the space wasn’t so chaotic and cluttered.  Her small gesture had a huge impact; I’m pretty sure she never imagined just what a great thing her choice would be when making it…she just did it.

Now you’re probably wondering how small and simple things can “confound the wise” right?  Consider how the candor of a child can often bring people to their knees because it’s so profound.  This is what I think this part of that scripture means.  The greatness that comes to fruition from our small and simple acts and efforts have the ability to effect such change it leaves the wise totally confused, to the point of shock and awe maybe even.  I mean think about it…the greatest thing that was ever brought to pass in pretty much EVER came only after the one who made it happen was born homeless in what we’d now likely consider a barn.  Pretty sure that right there is the epitome of “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” and Christ was found confounded the so-called wise more than once in his short life on Earth.

So…now I’m issuing the same challenge to each of you…what small and simple thing can YOU do to bring about greatness today?  Greatness in your home, your family, your Church, your community, your city, your state, your whatever.  Choose one small and simple thing every day and then sit back and watch all the greatness you have brought to you and those around you and it might just blow your mind!  To receive a copy of the Book of Mormon free or find out more about what I believe as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please visit http://mormon.org.

DIY Exfoliating Lip Sugar and a confession

I’m a product snob.  I’ll totally admit it.  In pretty much every area of my life…craft supplies, pens, erasers, makeup, body washes and matching sprays and lotions, music, etc.  When I find a paper/product/pen/scent/etc…well it’s like what Noah says…”When I see something I like…I gotta….I love it.”  (The Notebook).  Let me give you some examples…my favorite DCWV stack so far has been Glam Girl (or something like that).  I may or may not have a dozen.  When I find a pen I love, I buy several just in case it runs out and I can’t get a refill (or God forbid it gets discontinued for some reason…I should have bought the store out of Ravishing Love dang it).  I stock up so that when I’m broke and still need/want/gotta have said pen, paper, eraser, lotion or whatever, I still have it.

Following in line with being a product snob…I swear by Mary Kay skin care.  It’s the only brand of skin care I’ve used on my face since I was in my twenties.  I’m now 29 and holding and have been for at least a year or two or five or and I recently ran out of my cleanser.  I follow and read lots of beauty blogs and channels now and had heard/read/seen several reports about people using more natural things to clean their face with.  This was about a month ago and I had already had huge success using coconut oil for countless things.  What kinda things you ask…some of the things listed here, here, and here.  My new favorite obsession (I mean use) was body butter.  I  just pry some of that USDA-certified organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil out of the big honkin’ jug I buy it in (I get this exact kind from Costco for about 20 bucks) and whip it in my Ninja blender.  The longer you whip, the runnier it gets and it keeps the consistency after being whipped.  I have dry skin.  In winter I have perpetually dry skin.  This keeps the ash and flakes away big time and I slather it on after a hot shower while my skin is still damp.  My body loves me…it really does so I got to thinking…maybe my face would too.

Instead of buying more MK cleanser, I decided to give honey a try.  Some of my favorite intel on cleaning with honey can be found here and here.  I can’t stand the smell…I hate the taste (honey is so not my favorite), but I LOVE how well my skin looks and feels after using it!  Followed with some whipped coconut oil as a moisturizer and WOW my face just TOTALLY loved me.  In fact, my face loves me so much now I can’t imagine going back to my Mary Kay cleansers and I really do love them.

This honey coconut oil thing I’m now doing was also extremely frugal.  I mean a supply of honey that will last months is about 1/4 the cost of a bottle of cleanser and I’m lucky if I can get a month’s worth of usage out of my MK Cleanser.  Even more than being a product snob…I try to be frugal.  In fact, I’m so frugal I’m downright cheap and have no problem admitting it.  I also am extremely crafty and take great pleasure in DIYing acceptable alternatives to expensive store-bought items.  I make my own laundry soap, fabric softener, carpet freshener, febreeze, air freshener (watch for details), extract (mint, vanilla), stamp cleaner, rose water and the like.  I’ve also tried my hand at making my own deodorant and toothpaste but haven’t found formulations I totally love.  In true DIY fashion, it was time to experiment further with beauty stuff.

Several of my fave beauty gurus have reviewed and discussed lip sugar.  An exfoliating product that leaves your lips kissably soft and smooth while helping give you the perfect pucker.  Now, even though I don’t have anyone besides my kiddos to kiss on right now, I still am kinda OCD about having soft lips.  My MK lip-mask does a good job but it’s expensive.  A few years ago I made my own exfoliating sugar scrub for the body so I figured I’d try it for lips too using common kitchen ingredients and now my lips are loving me just as much as my face and body do.

It’s so simple I can’t believe companies like Sephora wanna charge $20 something bucks for pretty much the same thing…ummmmmmm no thank you.  I took a clean bowl, added a dollop or two (didn’t measure sorry…maybe a couple tablespoons) of honey, and a splash or two of grape seed oil and a splash of vanilla just for scent and taste then mixed it together till it was a consistency much like lotion.  Once I got a consistency I liked, I added in the sugar till it was good and chunky.  Then I filled my container and still had tons left (so my daughter got some too).  After washing your face, simply scoop some out onto your finger and apply it to the lips using light scrubbing motions.  You can massage it till the sugar dissolves or until you feel like your lips are kissably soft and smooth…your choice.  And…though honey is not at all my favorite flavor, this lip sugar tastes good and is totally edible so you could just lick if off if you like.  I actually chose to lick it off…it smells and tastes so good I just couldn’t resist!  My daughter tried some too and our DIY lip sugar is a win! After giving my lips the rub down, I followed it with a teeny dab of whipped coconut oil and it’s better than Burt’s, and EOS and even MK Satin Lips.  Oh and it takes about 5 minutes and only costs about $.25 maybe $.50 to make.

NYC’s HDColorTrio = Epic Fail

Not too long ago I became a part of Influenster and recently received my first VoxBox.  This is a box of goodies sent to me complimentary for testing and review.  My first box contained, a lip gloss, some eye-shadow, a travel size pack of puffs, a mini roll of duck tape and some skinny cow candy.   I will have separate reviews on each of these things…up first:  The NYC HD Color Trio.  Here’s the one I was sent:

FAIL

I tried so hard to like it. The colors are gorgeous and are colors I wear often.  The problem is I just don’t like it.  Not even one little bit.  First, the colors are very poorly pigmented.  I knew as soon as I swatched these colors I’d need use them with a primer or cream shadow base.  Even doing that though, there was still very little color pay-off.  I had to pack color on over and over and over (so much packing it took about 4 to 6 cotton balls to get all the eye shadow off and yet it barely looked like I was wearing makeup).  The shadow is chalky and has tons of fall out.  I have two teen girls who are just not learning/experimenting with makeup and even they recognize this product for what’s it worth…nothing.

I’m glad I was able to try this before purchasing it though.  Now I know what not to invest in for sure.

Change is good

Welcome to my new blog.  I’ve got so many going on right now, I can’t keep track of any of them and haven’t blogged in ages.  With the exception of my photography blog, here you will find ALL things about Living Faithfule.  I’m crafty, I’m creative, I’m learning to eat and live healthier, I’m frugal, and I love to DIY.  Who knows what you’ll find when you visit…some of all that maybe all of all that.  Regardless, welcome to my world.