Posted in Beauty, Spa

Homemade Face Treatments

What’s better than a spa day? A homemade, all-natural spa day! Here are three of my favorite face products that you can make with ingredients from home:

Honey/Chia Seed Cleanser-

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbs rooibos tea, prepared and cooled
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 4 tbs honey
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the tea and chia seeds. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the honey and lemon juice and mix well. If it’s too thick after a few hours when the chia seeds bloom, add another teaspoon of tea.
  3. Transfer to a small airtight container.

To use: Wash your face with a dime-sized amount of cleanser. Rinse completely. 

Storage: Store in the refrigerator for 10 days to 2 weeks. 

Use: Twice daily. 

SOURCE: “Natural Beauty Skin Care” by Deborah Burnes. Copyright 2016, Rockridge Press.

Easy Cocoa Mask-

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1/2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • cornstarch and water as needed

Directions: 

  1. Mix cocoa powder, lemon juice, and honey into a paste. If ingredients do not bind, add water or cornstarch as needed.
  2. Apply mask to clean, damp/dry face. Avoid eyes and mouth.
  3. Remove mask after 10-15 minutes. Rinse well after removal.

SOURCE: Homemade by moi 😉

Hydrating Avocado Mask-

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon plain organic yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions:

This moisturizing mask is great for stressed-out skin from a day outdoors. Mash the avocado until it’s soft and then mix in the yogurt and honey until it forms a paste. Apply to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. For a more intense dose of hydration, incorporate one or two teaspoons of virgin olive oil into the formula, which instantly softens skin.

SOURCE:

7 Easy, DIY Face Masks by Christa Joanna Lee. 8/15/15, self.com

<http://www.self.com/gallery/7-easy-diy-face-masks&gt;

 

 

 

Posted in Art, Illusions

Optical Illusions

Optical illusions are amazing! I have recently been exploring the Wonderful World of Optical Illusions, and here are a few of my favorites:

The Spinning Dancer

Which way is she turning? Clockwise or counter-clockwise?

I guess we’ll never know…

The Café Wall

This is one you may have seen before. It consists of stacked black and white squares that create the illusion of curved lines in between them.the-cafe-wall-illusion-expplained.jpg

Here is a site where you can check it out: http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/ang-cafewall/

The Necker Cube

The Necker cube is actually just a line drawing of a cube

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The cool thing about this is that you can view it one of two waysuntitled

Now for the grand finale of all this cube business:

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INTRODUCING… THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE! Just look at it. I’ll say no more.

 

BONUS:

shake your head

This one also works if you relax your eyes or step back

 

****The featured image is also (surprise surprise) an optical illusion. That image is not moving or animated. It is a still picture. MIND=BLOWN

Posted in Art, Paint

Painting

Painting has always been my favorite vent for creativity, especially because there are so many ways to express yourself with it. You can create an abstract, random painting; you can make a realistic still-life; you can make a geometrical masterpiece; anything is possible with paints. I have been experimenting with watercolor lately, and this is my favorite of my “tiny galaxy” paintings.

Brushes

There are so many different types of brushes for oil, watercolor, and acrylics. These are the basic four:

* Shader:

This is useful for, you guessed it, shading. It’s good for straight, neat lines or shapes.

* Round:

The round-tipped brush is good for rounded shapes. It’s usually my go-to brush for landscapes (besides trees).

* Fan:

This is the most useful for making little ridges on your paper with the paint. It’s super useful for pine tress, especially.

* Mop:

This is a large, soft brush for shapes and filling in areas. It’s not very good for exact shapes, but it’s great for watercolor.




Brush Care

Caring for your brushes is very important, as dried paint can be extremely difficult to remove from the bristles without damaging the brush or distorting its shape.

Oils
: Clean brush with odorless brush cleaner, removing as much color as possible. Wash thoroughly in soap and water and reshape with fingers.

Acrylics & Watercolors: Wash thoroughly in soap and water removing as much color as possible and reshape with fingers.

 

 

Posted in Art, Photography

Vision Board

Vision boards are sort of like mood boards, except they are more like a daily inspiration. Mine is a collage of magazine clippings that made me laugh, or inspired me, or were just nice. 

As you can see, Meghan Trainor made it on there 😉

The board is made of card stock, and shaped like a shield. Yours can be made of anything and shaped like anything you want. Magazine clippings are what I used, but you can draw, paint, use stickers, photos, or anything you want!

Posted in Uncategorized

Welcome!

     Since this is my first blog post, I think that I should go over what this site is going to be. I’m planning on posting a couple times a week, but that may change. I plan on posting anything from fashion to photography, from literature to life hacks. Please follow this blog if you like what you see. I will review requests for posts, and try to do them. Thanks! 😎😘❤️