- Fri, Feb 14, 2014 12:55 PM EST | Commentsby Alison Syrett Cleary
While I fully support using Valentine's Day (or Martin Luther King Day or President's Day or any other holiday) as a shopping excuse, you shouldn't feel pressured to buy something new. Even without knowing the exact contents of your closet, I'm willing to bet front row tickets to Marc Jacobs that it's already filled with potential date-night outfits. To get you inspired, I've listed five possibilities in the slideshow above, each accompanied with quick and easy styling tips. Click through to be the best dressed girl on February 14 without spending a cent. (On clothes, I mean-you really should get your valentine something special if you haven't yet. Here are some last minute ideas to help!)
- Mon, Feb 17, 2014 12:42 PM EST | CommentsSoothing lip balm is easier to make that you may think. You can even make it in a slow cooker! Here's how.
Every year around this time, as the temperature drops and the wind picks up, I get chapped lips. I know you do, too. And then I start scrounging around in the bottom of my purse and my bathroom cabinets to find the myriad tins of lip balm I've bought over the years. You know, the amazing-smelling stuff that costs $10 a pop? This year, I found that I'd run out, and instead of buying more, I decided to make my own instead. I was amazed at how easy it was, and more importantly, that I could use a slow cooker to do it. Yes, a slow cooker! As part of my foray into the world of slow cooker crafts, I found out that a slow cooker is the perfect vessel for melting the wax needed for DIY beeswax lip balm.
This recipe for lip balm uses beeswax, coconut oil, almond oil and peppermint oil. You could change up the recipe by using apricot kernel oil instead of almond oil, and lavender or orange oil instead of peppermint, but I think this recipe makes a nice, cooling lip balm for winter. I really like the consistency and texture, too. It's not goopy or gloppy like some gel balms, but instead gives your lips a thin, smooth protective layer that actually stays put during the day.
In the interest of fully-tested projects, I gave containers to some fellow bloggers and here's what they had to say about it. Hannah said, "It's not as a soft (oily?) as other lip balms, but feels great once it's on." Michele gave a winning recommendation: "I like it. I'm a freak and I put my lips IN the container. How about that for a review?"
So go ahead, try making your own beeswax lip balm. And give chapped lips the kiss-off!
-By Kelly Smith Trimble for DIYNetwork.com
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