#Upcycling Ideas for Storing Your Beauty Tools

Makeup and Beauty Tools

Get your makeup and beauty tools organized with a few fun upcycling ideas.

Upcycling — turning discarded products into something new, often with a new function — is similar to recycling, but with more immediate results. Unlike recycling, which degrades a product to reuse it, upcycling has a faster turnaround. And while upcycling and beauty may seem like a counterintuitive pair, the following upcycling ideas will give you creative ways to reuse products to create storage for your beauty tools.

Hair Brush Storage: Brushes and hair tools are larger and, therefore, harder to store, but you can create an efficient tray-style display by reusing an old picture frame. First, find a picture frame with a border you like that would fit on your bathroom counter or dresser top. Simply fill the frame with a piece of paper, gift wrap, or a printed-out design that you like. Place it flat on your counter or dresser top and — voilà! — you have a glass display and makeshift brush tray to lay out all your hair brushes and hair products on. Note that the larger your frame, the more products it can hold, including hair ties, perfume, and nail polish.

Makeup Brush Storage: Got store-bought pasta sauce? Then you’ve certainly got empty glass containers that the sauce was stored in. Repurpose the sauce containers by decorating the sauce jars and using them to store makeup brushes. You can dip the jar in glue and cover the entire thing with glitter, spray paint the jar your favorite color, or even wrap linen around the jar.

Makeup Storage: If you need one big container to store all your makeup in, then consider a shoe box. Not only is it easy to obtain, you also won’t risk ruining an expensive case if your makeup stains the inside of the box. You can decorate the exterior of the shoe box any way you see fit and organize the interior by upcycling empty cans (that have been cleaned and have had the edges safely cut) to separate eye makeup, lip products, and more.

Do you have any great upcycling ideas? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and your idea may be featured in an upcoming blog post!

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Natural Wonders! Homemade Hair Products for a Clean Hair Routine

Homemade Hair Products

Learn how to make homemade hair products for natural, beautiful hair.

Over the past few years, a “hair revolution” has manifested itself: Consumers are choosing to ditch hair products with chemicals for other options such as homemade hair products. One can argue that the movement began after word leaked that most shampoos contain a controversial foaming agent known as sulfates. The sulfates in your shampoo — which are often listed in products as ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl sulfate — strip your scalp of the natural oils that your body produces, leaving your hair dry.

If you’re looking to clean up your hair routine, here are three DIY homemade hair products you can try:

1. Shampoo

We’ve mentioned above that sulfates are a no-no for your hair, which leaves you with two options for shampooing: purchasing a natural shampoo or trying a DIY recipe. If the latter piques your interest, then know that you can make a shampoo that will clean your hair using just baking soda and water. Simply mix one part baking soda with three parts water, and massage into your scalp. Tip: If you wash your hair daily, try to change up your routine to only wash your hair every other day (or longer, if you can pull it off). The oil produced naturally from your scalp adds shine and hydrates your hair, so be sure to brush your locks with a bristled brush, which will carry the natural oils from your scalp to the tips.

2. Conditioner

Most people don’t realize that the best conditioner is sitting right in their kitchen: coconut oil. Deep condition your hair by leaving coconut oil in your hair and on your scalp for a half-hour prior to washing your hair. A study found that coconut oil, when compared to other herbal oils, penetrates your hair and skin the deepest, which means it provides the most hydration and moisture when applied. To make sure you apply the coconut oil evenly throughout your hair, opt for a wide tooth comb or a detangling brush for distributing the product through your hair.

3. Dry Shampoo

If you’re trying to reverse-train your hair’s oil production (or alternating days between shampooing), then you’ll likely come across a few days where your hair is oily. A dry shampoo is the easy answer to that problem, but it’s difficult to find a dry shampoo that has clean ingredients and an affordable price tag. Makeup artists and hair stylists alike have shared that they love to use baby powder in lieu of an expensive dry power, but once again, the ingredients are questionable. However, there’s a product that is both frugal and clean: corn starch. Rub corn starch into your hair the night before and you’ll wake up without oily hair. Note that if you have dark hair, you’ll see white residue that will make your hair look ashy. But if you use a round brush for volumizing, then the residue will fall out while creating more volume.

Have you tried any DIY beauty recipes? Send us your ideas in the comments section.

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5 Travel Beauty Tips for Your Warm-Weather Vacation

Warm-weather refuge from winter

Warm-weather refuge from winter

When summer seems to take forever to arrive, a vacation somewhere warm and sunny may be the perfect thing to pull through that final stretch. These five travel beauty tips will help you pack what you need.

  • Use the EcoPouf® Mini Sponge: Coming out of the chilly months, skin can be dry and flaky. Give your body a glow with our EcoPouf® Mini Sponge. It’s easy to pack and makes you look like you spent time in the tropics rather than in snow and ice. And, for super-smooth skin, make sure you pack a body-exfoliating scrub.
  • Don’t forget your hat: If you want a smooth transition from beach to shopping to fruity drinks at the pool, pack a cute hat to tame that beach hair. Whether your taste leans toward a ball cap or a wide-brimmed beach hat, the right topper can see you through your trip without worrying about your hair.
  • Wear a light summer fragrance: You might be wearing a more musky scent at home, but that won’t translate so well to warmer climates. Leave the heavy fragrance behind and go with a light scent that’s fruity or floral.
  • Treat your feet: If you’re going to be wearing sandals or hanging out poolside, don’t forget to pack our EcoPumice® Smoothing Stone. A gentle scrub is all you need to reveal smooth, flake-free skin. Add a little polish, and your feet will be ready for full exposure.
  • Melt-proof makeup: You want your beauty to shine, not your face. Melt-proof your makeup with a loose, translucent powder, applied with our retractable Kabuki brush. It’s small enough to slip into even the tiniest bag, and the cap will keep it neat and clean. Applied with a light hand, translucent powder is the best way to combat this unwanted type of “summer glow.”

If you’re counting on a warm locale and boat drinks to see you through until summer, don’t forget to take along your summer beauty routine. From your feet to your makeup to your hair, you’ll feel more beautiful (and who doesn’t want that?) if you follow these travel beauty tips.

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