DIY Hair Treatment

Hola!

It may not be fall but it sure feels like it out there. So happy almost autumn! It’s my favourite time of year!

One thing that makes my life difficult is I have a lot of allergies. Part of that means that I have sensitive skin, especially my scalp. I have yet to find an affordable shampoo that doesn’t irritate my head after a few weeks of use!

One of the ways that I help reduce the itch is using hair masks and hot oil treatments. But a lot of these treatments aren’t very budget-friendly. So here’s a recipe for a homemade hot oil treatment that I’m currently loving!

What You’ll Need

  • Coconut Oil
  • Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils
  • A microwave safe container
  • A plastic grocery bag (optional)
  • Lemon dish soap (optional)
  • How to Get Away with Murder in the background (optional but highly recommended)

Instructions

1) Add a few spoonfuls of coconut oil to your dish. There are no precise measurements for this, just use as much as you think you’ll need to cover your scalp. Place in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until it becomes a liquid.

2) Add two drops each of peppermint and lemon essential oil. Stir until well mixed.

3) Dip your fingers in, or pour a small amount into your hand. Massage into your scalp until all the liquid is used. Make sure you are putting the mask onto your actual head and not just your hair. Leave on for 1 hour.

4) This step is optional, but if you want to protect your furniture while you wait, you can cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic grocery bag. It doesn’t look the prettiest, but it works!

5) To ensure your hair isn’t greasy after, you can wash it using dish soap. This will take the oil out of your hair. I usually mix it with a bit of shampoo just to keep some moisture in!

Et voila! Hopefully this little trick will help you if you suffer from a sensitive scalp like me. The reason it works well is because lemon and peppermint essential oils have soothing, cleansing and anti-fungal properties that will hopefully remove whatever is causing the issue.

Happy long weekend, and good luck if you are headed back to school this week!

Liv ❤

Edit: I forgot to mention that I would not do this treatment if you have somewhere to be!! I would recommend washing your hair at least once more to look presentable as the oil tends to cling to the roots.

A Creative Outlet


Hey all,
hope you’re having a fabulous week.

Yesterday after work my friend asked for a drive to a city an hour away to the passport office. Instead of simply dropping off the paperwork and going back home, we decided to make a day of it. We thought it would be fun to do something we can’t do at home, so we went to paint some pottery!

    

We both have a lot going on right now, so sitting down for three hours and focusing on painting was exactly the mental break needed to de-stress. She painted measuring cups and spoons, and I painted a chevron mug and measuring cups.

    

I will admit that I do not have very many skills in the slightest. I am a terrible cooker/baker, as you may have noticed from the lack of promised macaron recipe… They weren’t exactly a roaring success. I am not a fabulous writer, and I’m not too artsy fartsy. But this skill level was perfect, and we managed to create some cute pieces! Once they are glazed and fired in a kiln, we will go to pick them up. It’s amazing how the colors actually appear once fired! I will be sure to post some pictures on that day.

What do you do to de-stress? Are you artsy? A baker? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Liv xx

The Best of Pinterest // Holiday Favourites

Hey all,

yes, it’s me! I’ve finally resurfaced from the underneath a pile of studying and assignments. Tonight I wanted to do something a little different (let’s face it, I say that at the beginning of every post) and give you a little boost this Christmas season. Have you ever spent hours looking through boards of Pinterest, trying to find a cute recipe, craft, or decoration? I know I have. So this Christmas I thought I’d give you a head start by compiling some of my favourite holiday posts from Pinterest so far. Go ahead and take a gander!

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars
For the beauty enthusiast in your life, check out this simple recipe to learn how to make cute sugar scrub bars! Not only do they look pretty, they are exfoliating and smell lovely. What a great, inexpensive gift.

Cranberry Yogurt Coffee Cake
Ever been left with massive helpings of cranberry sauce after Christmas dinner? Here’s a solution: bake it into a delicious cake! I’ve never heard of a coffee cake with yogurt before, but it’s sure to be a real treat.

Wood Stocking Hanger
Don’t have a mantel, but still want to leave out a stocking for Santa to fill! This is a great idea to use reclaimed wood and hooks for your Christmas sock.

Melted Snowman Cookies
These cookies are just so adorable. Put your own twist on them and give them out for a cookie swap, as a homemade gift, or at a holiday party! How cute!

Festive Wine Bottles
If you tend to have some wine bottles lying around during the holidays, and absolutely love twinkle lights as much as I do, then I’m sure you will love this DIY decoration idea. So simple, but so chic!

So there you have it. A little bit of Christmas-y Pinterest cheer to get you started on your holiday festivities (who am I kidding, I know you’ve started long ago). Hope you enjoyed, and let me know in the comments if you enjoy this sort of post!

Until next time,
Liv 🙂

PS. 22 days and counting! Also, you can follow me on Pinterest under the username livloves17xo

Simple DIY Chalkboard

Hey everyone,

welcome back! I have just returned home from a lovely weekend with friends back at my old university, and am ready to finally present my crafty tutorial from last weekend!

I kind of skipped the photographing of a couple of steps, but the craft itself is pretty self-explanatory. This is more of an idea post for you! Here are the supplies you will need:

– Any shaped wood you wish to use as your chalkboard. I chose this pre-sanded and painted shape from the craft store.

– A fairly wide paintbrush.

– Coloured chalk.

– Chalkboard paint (it doesn’t have to be Martha Stewart).

– Not pictured here, you may also want a complementary colour of your choice for the border of your chalkboard.

Start by covering your board with three coats of chalkboard paint!

When it’s finished and dried, use something round (or measure a border if you’re using a square shape) to create your border, and paint that with two coats.

Et voila! It’s that simple. You have your very own chalkboard to use however you please! It could be a grocery list in the kitchen, a message board in your entryway, or just a cute decoration.

If you make one of these, take a picture and tweet it to me @livloves17

What DIY crafts have you been loving recently? I want to know!

Until next time,
Liv 🙂

A Change Would Do You Good

What a great song!

Before I start talking about this subject, I just wanted to apologize for my absence over the last few days! I find, sadly, that the weekends are my busiest times for schoolwork, so they will probably be pretty quiet as far as my blog goes.

Aaaah, Pinterest. If you are like me, you may have browsed the pages of Pinterest, and wished you could possess just an ounce of the style in your own home that’s floating around the “Home Decor” boards these days.

In my case, I am still stuck living at home with the parentals. In the past couple of months, since I am not moving back to school this year, I have been itching to turn my room into a “grownup room”. You see, due to the fact that I have not been living here for long periods of time, my room has not changed since I was about 14.

Over the last few weeks, I have made lots of changes to my room, and it is looking fabulous. I have painted the walls a light blue, to cover the lime green that was once there. Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to really spruce up a room. I have bought new furniture, to replace the four-poster bed and princess dressers I have had since age 4, and I have even set up a little fish tank! I find that sometimes changing up your environment can make life a little more exciting, even if it’s just for a little while. I also find that doing little DIY projects to add to a room can be fun as well.

I really want to share my finished space with you all, however my new mattress is currently on back-order. This is causing my bed to look a little funny at the moment! Once that arrives, I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and let you into my little world!

What projects have you been itching to take on in your home? I want to know!

Until next time!
Liv 🙂