I Want It Now: Flat Iron

A Feteful Life: I want it now - GHD Flat IronWith the arrival of the hot humid summer weather come the arrival of my frizzy hair. I have mostly straight hair with a bit of a curl and somehow a decent amount of frizz. Grrr… In order to look presentable I either need to add some curl with a curling iron or smooth things out with a flat iron. Unfortunately my old flat iron just died so I need to get a new one. I really want this one from GHD but is it really worth the $185 price tag? Maybe but I “need” it now! Or let me know what your favorite flat iron is to save me and my wallet. Thx.

DIY Summer Lip Balm

A Feteful Life: DIY Lip Balm + SPF

As I mentioned in my “What’s in My Beach Bag” post, I’m kind of obsessed with SPF lip balm. Have you ever burned your lips? Not good, friend. Not good. Add to that the fact that my daughter is also lip balm/gloss obsessed and hoards them, I realized I’d been spending a pretty penny on lip coverage recently. So I decided to test out some DIY options that we’d both like and keep our lips safe this season. It was so insanely easy that I almost cannot believe I’ve been buying it for so long (and in such high numbers in every cute container imaginable for my daughter). This is a softer version than others I use, but I wanted it to be kid friendly (somewhat illogically, the more solid lip balms are the ones my kiddos always dig out with their nails and totally ruin. this softer version is probably not good for very little littles, though, since it could easily get messy).

You can find almost all the ingredients in a health food store or, if you live close to me, just give me a shout — I bought in bulk and each batch only uses a little bit of each ingredient. I mean, even I could never make and use all this lip balm. I used unsweetened drink mixes to add a little color and flavor, but you can leave it out if you don’t like the idea of it. Mwah!

DIY Summer Lip Balm (A Feteful Life)
(makes 3, 1/4 ounce containers)

Ingredients

– 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
– 1 tbsp shea butter
– 1/4 tbsp beeswax chips (you can add up to 1/2 tbsp if you want a more solid lip balm)
– 1/2 tsp raw honey
– 1/4 tsp titanium dioxide (adds SPF)
– 0.2 ounces powdered, flavored drink mix (you can use generic or Koolaid — this is about 1/2 of a single drink mix packet)
– tin or other container (I bought these cute sliding tins from Etsy, but you can use just about anything you want, including re-using old lip balm containers)

Directions

Add ingredients from coconut oil through titanium dioxide to a microwaveable container. Microwave for 20 seconds and then stir well. Return to microwave and heat for 40 seconds more. Be careful when removing it — it’ll be hot!

Once you’ve melted the ingredients, add the powdered drink mix and stir well. The color intensity and ease of mixing varied greatly within the flavors I tried. I made balms using cherry lemonade, grape, and lemon mixes — the cherry lemonade mixed in the best, but turned out purple.

Pour carefully or use a plastic pipette to fill each tin carefully with the hot mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Slather, blend, repeat.

A Feteful Life: DIY Lip Balm + SPF

A Feteful Life: DIY Lip Balm + SPF

A Feteful Life: DIY Lip Balm + SPF

A Feteful Life: DIY Lip Balm + SPF

A Feteful Life: DIY Lip Balm + SPF

DIY Sweet + Salty Body Scrub

A Feteful Life: DIY Sweet + Salty Body Scrub

I don’t know about you, but between the arctic cold air outside and the constant forced air heat in our house, my entire family’s skin is very, very DRY. I searched around a bit and came up with a sweet + salty body scrub using ingredients we already had on hand at home. The result is something that smells good enough to eat, without being overly sweet, and helps slough off the dry skin and seal in moisture. Good thing I made a giant jar.

 Sweet + Salty Body Scrub

Ingredients
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tbsp honey

Directions
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. If it seems too dry, add a little more olive oil. Apply with a light touch to clean skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry. Store scrub in an airtight container — a 24 ounce, wide mouth mason jar works perfectly — and stir/shake before each use to redistribute oil.