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18 Beauty Hacks You Can Make At Home

18 Beauty Hacks You Can Make At Home

One of the most therapeutic DIY projects in the world is creating your own beauty products from stuff you already have in the kitchen. You can create hair conditioner, face masks, body scrubs and even limp plumpers, using a combination of everyday ingredients, so we’ve collected 16 of the best mixtures you can throw together yourself!

A lot of these DIY beauty hacks include olive oil, coconut, honey and baking soda so it may be worth stocking up if you haven’t got all of those products at home right now. But once you’ve added them to your shopping list, they can go a long way.

1. DIY Coffee Scrub

    All you’ll need is ground coffee and olive oil to make this great coffee scrub that is particularly good at helping stretch marks fade. Get the full tutorial here.

    2. Apple Cider Vinegar And Ginger Bath Soak

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      All you need is salt, ginger and apple cider vinegar to make this detoxing bath soak. Soak yourself for 45 minutes for quick results!

      3. Green Tea Bags To Cure Puffiness

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        Tighten and de-puff your under eyes by placing cool green tea bags on your skin for around five minutes. The caffeine will help your skin recover and tighten quickly.

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        4. Honey, Cinnamon And Coconut Face Mask

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          Stir one tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon and coconut flakes and massage the mixture onto your face. This mask is full of anti-oxidants and it will make your skin incredibly soft!

          5. Oatmeal To Calm Itchy Skin

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            Oats are full of lubricating fats and sugars that will moisturise your skin and calm itchiness, sunburn and redness.

            6. Oil And Avocado Hair Mask

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              Mix two tablespoons of honey with a medium-sized avocado and apply to dry hair for 20 minutes. Your hair will be moisturised by the avocado’s unsaturated oils and the honey’s humectant qualities.

              7. Vaseline Blackhead Remover

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                Gather your supplies: Vaseline, cling film wrap and a washcloth, and follow the above steps to unclog your pores and remove blackheads.

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                8. Brown Sugar, Honey And Olive Oil Lip Scrub

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                  Mix a little brown sugar in with the honey and olive oil to get an exfoliating lip scrub.

                  9. Peppermint Lip Plumper

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                    Add peppermint to your favourite lip gloss to make your lips look fuller instantly.

                    10. DIY Sea Salt Spray

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                      All you need is coconut oil, salt, water and conditioner to create your own sea salt spray which give your hair some added texture and body.

                      11. Lavender, Honey And Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

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                        Hydrate you skin while toning it, using this DIY toner. Get the full tutorial here.

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                        12. Strawberry Hand Treatment

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                          Follow the above instructions and you’ll have the softest, strawberry-scented hands ever!

                          13. Oatmeal And Chamomile Face Mask For Sensitive Skin

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                            Start by brewing a strong pot of chamomile tea while you mix half a cup of oats, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoon of white sugar.

                            Pour the tea in slowly until it looks similar to the mixture above, then apply to a damp face for five minutes. You’ll have soft and exfoliated skin in no time!

                            14. Green Tea And Coconut Face Mask

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                              All you need is a tablespoon of coconut and some loose green tea to make this super hydrating face mask! Follow these instructions to make your own.

                              15. Coconut And Rosemary Conditioner

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                                Using 5 grams of rosemary leaves and 150 ml of coconut milk, you can make this great hair conditioner. To make your own, use this tutorial!

                                16. Coffee Filter Blotters

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                                  Coffee filters are made out of very similar materials to blotting papers, so keep a few close to you on hot days to reduce shine.

                                  17. Olive Oil Face Wash

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                                    Although adding oil to your face may seem counterproductive, rubbing olive oil onto your skin will actually act as a magnet that will draw oil of your pores, leaving your skin clean and glowing.

                                    18. Starch As A Dry Shampoo

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                                      Since most dry shampoos contain starch anyway, you can use household sprayable starch if you get desperate.

                                      Featured photo credit: Part of attractive woman’s face with fashion red lips makeup via shutterstock.com

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                                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                      Boundaries are limits

                                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                      • When do you want to be alone?
                                      • How much space do you need?

                                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                      Sample language:

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                                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                      Final Thoughts

                                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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