Since the last hair lightening mask post I did seems to be pretty popular, I thought I'd hit you up with another one. This mask is easy to make and apply. The only hard part is getting all the cinnamon out of your hair. A good long rinse in the shower and a good thorough shampoo should do the trick.
For this mask you will need
Olive Oil (preferably extra virgin)
Cinnamon will bring out the natural reddish brown hues in your hair. It is also a peroxide activator, and will activate the peroxide in the honey. The olive oil also will activate the peroxides in the honey, and will do a great job keeping your hair moisturized. Conditioner acts as a base and allows your the cinnamon to stick to your hair. It also makes the entire mask easier to wash out.
I used roughly equal parts of each ingredient. It worked out to about 2 1/2 tablespoons of each ingredient. Use more or less based on the length of your hair. My hair is layered, with the longest layer at bra-strap length.
Mix the ingredients together and let sit for about an hour. Apply the mixture to your hair, (do your best to avoid the scalp, becomes some people find that it burns and becomes uncomfortable) and cover the hair with saran wrap for a minimum of four hours, overnight is best. Rinse out thoroughly. Results should appear after a few times of using the mixture.
Remember those skinnies I made earlier on? Well, I wanted white jeans for a while and didn't want to pay $40 for a pair of good ones, so I figured I might as well turn some old jeans into white skinnies and see how I liked them. Guess which jeans I used?
For this tutorial you will need:
Bleach (I used Old Dutch)
A Bucket large enough to fit your jeans
A well ventilated area
A wooden stick
Lets get started!!
Fill your bucket 2/3 of the way with HOT water. Keep in mind that you will need to put your jeans in the bucket, and you may want to add more bleach/water to the bucket after so don't fill the bucket all the way to begin with.
Next, add 1/3 of your bucket of bleach. Basically, 2 thirds hot water, 1 third bleach. Here is a picture of my bleach.
Stir the bleach and water with the wooden stick, then add the jeans!! Use the wooden stick to stir and make sure the bleach is touching all parts of the bleach.
I didn't see much change in the jeans for the first 1-2 hours. Then they started to lighten up. I had to keep stirring them around to make sure they were bleaching evenly. If you can get your jeans to sink down in the water completely, they will definitely bleach evenly. Try using a rock or something.
If you're worried about your jeans, check them every hour or so. I checked them on the hour for the first four hours, then I went to sleep and didn't check again for about 8 hours. So in total the jeans were soaking for about 12 hours overnight. They probably would have been fine with 8 hours.
If you have darker wash jeans, they may or may not need a longer time soaking in the bleach solution. If your jeans are made of thin material like the Forever 21 jeans, your jeans may need less time.
Once your jeans have been bleached to your satisfaction, rinse them out 3-4 times in hot water and soap to get out the bleach/water, then wash them in your washing machine. And you now have bleached white jeans!
I forgot to take a picture of the jeans just laid out, but they bleached pretty well. The button did come off ...
The bleach broke down the denim around the metal. Be aware that this will probably happen to you too. I replaced the button with one that seems to fit way better with the jeans anyways ... So it wasn't much of a loss :)
And here is my attempt to show you the jeans while I'm wearing them. They look great for summer!!
So ... that's it! Happy bleaching!!
Yes this post would have been better for the fall/winter weather. Sorry!
This tutorial was inspired by this braided scarf tutorial. I loved the look, and wanted to create something similar but less permanent. Let's get started :)
You will need: two scarves of two different colours/patterns and of roughly the same length and width. Choose thicker scarves for winter/fall, and thinner ones for summer/spring!!
Lay one scarf on top of the other like so. If one scarf is shorter than the other, put the shorter one on top.
Spread the top scarf out like so ...
... And cross the "strands" of the scarf on the bottom like so ...
... Then place those "strands" on top of the top scarf's "strands. (This is hard to explain. Follow the pictures, they should be a HUGE help!)
Next, cross over the strands of the scarf that is now in the middle ...
... And put those strands over the strands on the outside!
Then cross the middle strands ...
Put them over the outside strands ...
And I'll stop explaining now but you basically repeat that the whole way down. You're basically doing a four strand braid of sorts.
Continue until you finish braiding!!!
Use the loop at the beginning of the scarf as the loop to stick the ends of your scarves through in order to attach it to your neck, and you're done! This is how the scarf looks from the front ...
My akwardly taken back picture ...
Next time maybe I should get someone else to take the pictures ... and I should take them outside or something hmm? Sounds like a plan! Until then ...
- xox, Jayy
I had a pair of light wash flared jeans lying around, and they fit me nicely but I hated the flare. So I decided to turn them into skinny jeans!!
For this tutorial you will need:
1 pair of flared jeans that fit you well up until about mid-thigh
Thread and a strong needle OR a sewing machine (sewing machine preferred)
A pencil/something to mark the fabric with
1. Turn your jeans inside out, and use a pair of jeans that fit you well to decide how you want your final product to look. Trace the outline onto the jeans with your pencil or fabric chalk. When drawing your outline, PLEASE take into account your seam allowances and room for error. You can always go back and make the jeans tighter, but once you cut them there is no turning back. Better safe than sorry.
2. Next, I tried the jeans on and pinned the two sides of the jeans together with my legs still in them. This helped me to make sure that the jeans were the right fit, and that I could get my legs in and out of them. If you decide to do this step, and are using straight pins, please be VERY careful not to prick yourself.
Because this was my first time doing something like this, everything was pretty much trial and error. As you (hopefully) can see here, the pins do not line up with the line that I drew originally. I ended up using that line as the line I cut the excess denim off of instead.
3. Sew!!! Because I did this by hand, I backstitched to ensure that the seams would not come undone. They turned out pretty well ... I don't have a picture sorry!! You'll just have to take my word for it :). If you have a sewing machine use it! It takes WAY less time.
4. After your sides have been sewn, check to make sure the jeans fit you properly (try them on). Then cut off the excess denim!
And voila! You now own a new pair of skinny jeans! :)
I don't have a picture of the finished product right now because these jeans are undergoing another transformation, which you all will get to see in another blogpost. You'll get to check out the fit then!
Until then, happy DIY-ing!
- xoxo, Jayy
By now it should be no secret that I am in love with olive oil. Today I have a quick tip for how to use olive oil to make your nails healthy and strong!
Take a large bowl enough to fit one or both of your hands, and put enough olive oil in it so that you are able to submerge all of your nails in it. Then just dip your fingertips in for two minutes! You can do either one or both hands at a time. When the two minutes are up, massage the remainder of olive oil into your cuticles and hands. I suggest doing this before bed so that you can allow the olive oil to soak into your skin.
Have fun trying this natural nail tip!
- xoxo, Jayy
Instead of DIY instructions, today's post is a bunch of pictures of DIY wall-art I've made over the past few months. Hope this inspires you guys to do something fun for you walls! The next time I make something, I'll make a tutorial, promise!
1. Shoebox Canvas
I made this "canvas" using an old shoebox, some wall paint samples, and some stencils purchased from the dollar store!
2. Wax Paper, Glitter and Bows
For this one I used some cheap green ribbon, gold glitter glue that came in a squeeze bottle, and the same stencils shown above. I painted the roses on wax paper first, then covered a few of them in glitter. I wrapped the wax paper around a piece of coloured cardboard to make it a bit more sturdy.
3. Fleur de Lis
I designed the background with some French words, symbols and different fonts. (If you would like the background, be sure to let me know! I will email it to you. Or try to figure out how to post it so you can download it. Depends on demand.) Then I painted a stenciled shape (from the same set of dollar store stencils) onto a rectangle of paper, and lined two sides with ribbon. Stick the stencil on top of the French words and voila!
Pretty straightforward. Printed a quote, painted designs on it.
5. Dried Flowers
This wasn't the best picture, but it's what's on my wall right now. I used some dried flower petals and glued them over the ribbons. There is some more detail but since you can't see it, I won't bother making this confusing and long.
New tutorials coming soon, just need to find the time to write them!
- xo, Jayy