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Easy DIY: Nail Oil

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Hi guys!

My previous blog was full of a lot of nail posts. A lot of people requested I did something nail-care related, so I thought I’d share my very simple DIY nail oil with you which is also great on face and body too! It’s fast absorbing, results are visible after a very short period of usage and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy! On top of that, it’s crazy easy, so anyone can whip it up; and you only need three things. It also makes a great gift.

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The things you will need are:

  • Jojoba Oil (Cold pressed is best!)
  • Vitamin E oil (or gel, as long as it’s pure)
  • Empty amber glass pipette bottle
  • Essential Oil fragrance eg Lavender Oil (Optional)

You don’t have to use amber bottles, but they help provide UV protection for the contents, so they will help avoid any deterioration. Blue bottles also work too. Generally, it’s better to just keep anything with essential oils in a dark glass bottle.

First of all, remove the lid from your empty amber glass bottle and put it to one side. It should be pretty obvious, but this is where your nail oil will be going.

Next, add the vitamin E oil/gel. Gel will help the oil have a thicker consistency, but it’s not as easy to obtain – nor as cheap (in my experience) so here we’re just using oil. You need to fill the bottle up 1/5th to 1/4 with the vitamin E oil. If your hands are particularly ragged, go for the quarter.

Next, fill up the bottle to half way with the Jojoba oil. Replace the lid and roll the bottle and invert it a few times (as opposed to shaking it) so the oils combine. Remove the lid and fill up almost the rest of the way – you need to make sure there is enough room for the pipette and your fragrance oil if you choose to add any; personally, I don’t bother.

Optional Step: Add a couple of drops of your fragrance essential oil if you choose too. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties. You can even add a good amount of tea tree oil if you want the nail oil for your toenails or acne prone skin. Again, this is optional.

Lastly, put the lid on your bottle, hopefully you’ve not over-filled it! Roll it around to help combine the oils.

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That’s it! Easy peasy. I didn’t even really need to give that much instruction, but I wanted to make sure it was clear. You can use this oil as often as you like. It’s super nourishing and softening.

If you have any hang nails, gently clip them off as closely as you can – don’t rip them off, you’ll damage your skin! Massage in oil as liberally as you like, especially in to the nail bed and cuticles and it should help stave off any future hang nails. I also use this stuff on my face to fight the punishing cold wind as part of my skin care routine (apply prior to moisturising). I put a small amount on my nails and rub it right in to the base of my nails, soaking the cuticles and after, I rub the excess in to my hands. They’re so soft – I haven’t had a hang nail or any nail splitting or peeling in weeks.

I hope this is useful to you! Feel free to share it with anyone whose hands could use some TLC. You could even make some nice labels and whip some up for a gift this festive season!

Art Supplies · Art/Crafts · DIY/Tutorials · Uncategorized

DIY: Washi Duck Tape tabs

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I’m awful at the whole regular blogging thing. Sorry not sorry. I promised myself I wouldn’t force anything when it came to my new blog, that includes imposing a schedule on myself. I’ve got plenty to write about, lots more to post, but I’m only going to do it when I feel up to it. In the meantime, I have lots of notes and thoughts and stuff that I keep in a notebook. It’s really helpful to be able to mark or tab things to help organise my thoughts, and while I use a notebook with two ribbon markers and have an index, it’s not quite enough for me. So what do I do? Washi tape tabs!

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This stuff is really simple guys, and I absolutely love it. Anyone who follows me on twitter will likely know that I am addicted to duck tape. No, really. This is basically me. (not to scale, both horizontally and vertically.)

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Well, a while back, I saw Hobbycraft started stocking duck brand washi tape, so I had to get some. Washi tape is endlessly useful, especially if you like to be organised, but today, I’m gonna share a few ways I use the stuff in my notebook to help sort of “file” my ideas. I used to hate the idea of working on several things in one notebook and fear the blank page, but thanks to numbered pages, an index and washi page tabs, it’s no longer an issue for me.. mostly.

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First, I’ll start with the easiest to move/remove. Paperclips! Paperclips are great to not only hold you pages together, but make little flag markers too. Simply put a small piece of washi tape through the clip, fold it over and trim the end in to whatever shape your heart desires. Personally, I cut mine to look kinda like ribbons. So useful!

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Next are tabs for your actual notebook. Like I said before; these are all super easy! Just cut a piece of washi tape and attach it to your page, fold it over either just on itself or to the back side of the page. Personally, I choose to do it to the back side of the page, it feels sturdier when flipping to it.

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Lastly, two types of page edging! This is great if you want to mark pages or sections, but don’t want anything sticking out of your notebook. Simply put a length of washi tape along the page and fold it over. Or, as shown above, you can do a smaller length piece.

All of these are nice and easy, simple and effective. What I love is that they’re also really easy to remove and replace or whatever you need to do. You can also write on them, use the tape to cover mistakes, wrap cords, tag stuff, wrap boring stationery and so much more.

I hope some of you may find this helpful! Do you already use Washi tape? What do you use it for? I’d love to hear your uses for it!

 

*Some of the Duck Tape Washi Tapes featured in this post were gifted to me from the brand*

Art Supplies · Art/Crafts · Subscription Boxes · Uncategorized

ScrawlrBox (March Contents)

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ScrawlrBox is a monthly art supply subscription box which I have grown to love. The first time I ever got the box, admittedly, I didn’t rate it and immediately unsubscribed. However, I kept an eye on the boxes since then and decided to give it another go as every other box I had seen, I thought looked really good. Since re-subscribing, ScrawlrBox has failed to disappoint, in so far as products go at least.

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As you can see, the packaging is less than exciting, and for March’s box, it was inadequate; more on that in a moment.
One of the upsides about this box, is that it’s a slim box that fits perfectly through the letterbox, so no waiting around for the postie. Each box’s contents are wrapped in tissue paper with a sticker. As for the contents themselves, well, every box has the same sort of format. You get a few art supplies, a print with some info about the artist on the reverse, a couple of sheets of paper that are perfect to use with the tools you received, a scrawlrbox sticker, a sweet treat and lastly, a bookmark sized card with a run down of what you received with an art prompt on the reverse.

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All of these goodies cost £15, including delivery. I’ve explained the packaging to you, and as the image shows, the art tools sent for March were chalk pastels. Usually the tools are pens and markers an such so no worries on those, but the packaging resulted in a lot of people receiving dusty and broken art supplies. Mine were dusty, but that’s no issue, I cleaned them up for the photograph and only one pastel was broken and still fine to use. No big deal, but others received boxes in a worse state. Thankfully, the company took this feedback on board, at least appear so. The box received since then was packaged in the same way, but it was products that would ensure just fine when mailed in such a way.

If you like the look of Scrawlrbox, you can sign up, or, alternatively, they even have the option to buy previous boxes if you missed out. I’ve found it a great way to top up my supplies and try new products!

Have you ever tried ScrawlrBox or another art subscription box? I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any recommendations for other affordable art boxes!