Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Quick Handmade Gifts for the Girl on the Go!

Pin It This easy to make beauty kit includes brown sugar scrub, infused sea salts and a makeup brush roll made from a store bought placemat.

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Brown Sugar Scrub Materials:
2 ounces brown sugar
2 ounces Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
3 vitamin E capsules
dollop of honey
avocado oil
essential oil – scent of choice
4 ounce jar with lid
scrapbooking punch
glue stick
labels printed onto sticker paper
gold stickers
shrink band
heat gun

Steps:
1. In a small glass bowl combine the sugars, open the vitamin E capsules and add the contents to the sugars, add a dollop of honey, stir to combine. Slowly pour the avocado oil into the sugar mixture and stir until the sugars are coated. Add a few drops of essential oil, more or less depending on the scent strength desired.

2. Spoon brown sugar scrub mixture into a four ounce jar and attach a decorative label. Yield four ounces or double the recipe. The brown sugar scrub has a shelf life of 12 months if the container is sealed.

3. Decorate the top of the jar with a decorative stamp and paper. A label printed onto sticky paper is used to decorate the front of the jar.

4. Slip a shrink band over the top of the jar. A heat gun quickly shrinks it for a leak-proof seal.

Ins and Outs of Oils and Additives:Avocado oil is taken from the pulp of the avocado and makes a rich additive to skincare products for all skin types, especially dry and maturing skin. It is high in protein and vitamins A, D and E which help heal scaly, dry skin. Unrefined avocado oil, which is green in color, contains a higher proportion of these nourishing vitamins and solids with exceptional moisturizing capabilities.

Essential oil is distilled from plant material using water, steam or both. Essential oils have remarkable qualities that enhance health, beauty and well being, helping to revitalize skin, encouraging radiance and resilience. Essential oils produce various results in different persons with a variety of skin types.

Honey is rich in many essential nutrients including vitamins C, D and E, honey is also a natural humectant that draws moisture to the skin.

Sugar is an effective ingredient to add to recipes for body scrubs. It is generally too abrasive for use on the face and neck area but when used on the body, especially hands, feet, ankles, heels, elbows, knees and everywhere else, it is superb.

Vitamin E is used to moisturize and nourish skin and it also protects against free radicals.

Infused Sea Salts Materials:
4 ounces of sea salt
essential oil – fragrance of choice
plastic seal bag
4 ounce jar with lid
ribbon scrap
glue stick
travel stickers

Steps:
1. Add four ounces of sea salt to a plastic seal bag and add a few drops of essential oil to the salt. Seal the bag and use you hands to knead the salt and oil together.

2. Pour the infused salt into the jar and seal. Attach a label to the lid and a decorative ribbon around the base of the jar, secure with a glue stick.

Makeup Brush Roll Materials:
1 ready-made fabric placemat
2 yards of ribbon
sewing machine
matching thread
scissors
straight pins

Steps:
1. Lay the placemat right side down on the work surface and fold the bottom edge a third of the way up to form a pocket. Iron in place. Sew the two side seams of the pocket in place. This will create the side edges of the long pocket.

2. Lay out the items for the roll-up across the long pocket. Use pins to mark where you will want to sew the seams. These seams will form mini-pockets to hold the items. Space them as far apart as necessary. Stitch down each pinned line. Adjust the depth of the pockets by stitching across the bottom of each pocket.

3. Fold the ribbon in half, pin in the center of one side edge and stitch in place.

4. Fill with items and roll it up. Wrap the ribbon around the roll and tie in place. Trim the ends of the ribbon.

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