Who doesn’t love matcha tea? The unique taste is a favorite of many people, and the versatile nature makes the tea an ingredient for many other beverages and desserts, including ice cream, milkshakes, cakes and tarts, and many others. Matcha tea is not the only kind of out taste buds, but also our body as a whole. The health benefits of this type of green tea are abundant, including its ability to improve alertness, fight inflammation, and prevent cancer. So there’s no wonder that consuming Japanese matcha drinks is something recommended to do. But have you tried matcha application in makeup, such as Japanese matcha lip balm?
Japanese matcha lip balm has a softening property to your lips. It is great to apply during strange weathers when your lips need a bit moisturizing. Moreover, the subtle matcha flavor is a treat. The greatest part about this is how easy you can make it yourself. The ingredients are easy to find and the method can be done by everyone. You can also modify them with any natural ingredients of your preference.
- 1 teaspoon of matcha powder (or adjust to change thickness)
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax
- 2 tablespoons of almond oil (sweet)
- 1-2 teaspoons of essential oil (edible)
How to make Japanese matcha lip balm
First of all, melt all ingredients that need melting, including beeswax and the shea butter. Put them in some separate heating bowls over a pan with boiling water. As the ingredients are melting, mix them and add the sweet almond oil. Once the ingredients have thoroughly melted, turn off the stove and remove the bowl from the pan. As soon as possible, pour the matcha powder and the edible essential oil. Don’t wait too long or the mixture will start to set and become solid again. Next, pour the mixture into your lip balm molds or tins. Wait for around an hour until the mixture is set and your own DIY Japanese matcha lip balm is ready!
4 Mistakes When We Burning A Candles
I consider myself something of a candle connoisseur. I’ve smelled a ton over the years and lit plenty, from Diptyque to Yankee and everything in between. But I’ve never given much thought to my burning technique, that is, until a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Turns out the country music capital also knows a thing or two about getting (candles) lit. Hence, Paddywax, a candle manufacturer that makes a bunch of cute styles. I took their candle-making class and got schooled on all things candle burning by store manager Kelly Heyen. So if you want to get the most burn for your buck. Thus, read on for the common mistakes Heyen sees over and over.
Only Trimming Your Wick Once
“Trim the wick to 1/4-inch each time before burning to prevent your candle from smoking a lot and creating soot marks on your container,” says Heyen. In fact, Heyen says long or crooked wicks can actually cause uneven burning, dripping, or flaring. The good news is you can use regular scissors or a nail clipper to make cuts. No need for a dedicated wick trimmer, but I will say one looks pretty cute on a coffee table, next to a candle and matchbook. And the flat tip design, as Heyen points out, isn’t useless. It provides a surface for the piece of old wick to sit on while trimming, which prevents little soot specks from getting stuck in your candle. Remember to always trim the wick when the wax is fully dry.
Giving Up on an Improperly Burned Candle
Yeah, you read that right. Heyen says you have a couple of options to bring a slightly tunneled candle back to life. You can use a hair dryer on low to even out the wax surface or pop the candle in an oven at 175 degrees for about 5 minutes. These two actions will melt the wax, so that it’s smooth and level across the top again. Scoop out any wax that flows over the wick.
Not Burning Your Candle Long Enough The First Time
If you want your candle to burn evenly and last as long as possible, you have to light it for about 3 to 4 hours the first time you burn it. “We say that wax has a muscle memory, and it’s going to burn in the same pattern every time,” says Heyen. “So if you light it for long enough the first time, that will ensure that your candle pools completely across all of the wax, setting it up to continue to do so with each subsequent burn.” Otherwise, tunneling, where the wick burns straight down the center of a candle without creating a full melt pool, can occur. Once your candle starts tunneling, you’re losing all that peripheral wax surface area for future burns.
Not Watching Your Burn Time
Heyen recommends not burning your candle for longer than four to six hours at a time. “You want to prevent your candle from overheating,” Heyen says. “If you let the whole candle get liquid, the wick or wicks can float to the side, and it’s going to burn unevenly after that,” she says. Always keep a lit candle within your sight.
3 Easy Ways to Make DIY Makeup Remover for Flawless Skin
Keeping the proper makeup removing routine is the kindest thing you could do for your skin. Unfortunately, many of us don’t pay that much attention when removing our makeup. If you think that a few wipes with a wet tissue is enough to remove your full face makeup, you might put your skin in trouble. If you want healthy skin and flawless face, try to make some DIY makeup remover that will work better compared to many over-the-counter products. Besides, they are very cheap!
A DIY makeup remover made from coconut oil will definitely be good for your skin. Coconut oil smells really nice, like a tropical paradise. The oil is also very effective at breaking up the substances in makeup that are resistant to water. A coconut oil also hydrates your skin, preventing irritation and dryness that can lead to worse problems. However, you should not let the oil sit on your skin when you sleep. Always remove it with water and soap after you finish the cleaning session.
You will need:
Unrefined coconut oil
What you should do:
Just take a small amount of coconut oil and let it melt on your hand. Apply the oil gently all over your face and massage your face in circular motion. Wipe it off using a wet wipe then wash your face with a cleanser and warm water.
Besides coconut oil, witch hazel can also make a very good DIY makeup remover. It works brilliantly for both water and oil-based makeup. It also reduces the build-up in your pores. It is good for both dry and oily skin.
You will need:
– Virgin olive oil
– Sweet almond oil
– Purified water
What you should do:
Take a small bottle and pour four or five tablespoons of witch hazel into the it. Add two tablespoons of almond oil and the same amount of virgin coconut oil to the bottle. Mix the three oils well before adding purified water, then shake it well so that the ingredients are all blended. Use a cotton ball to wipe your face with the solution.
Aloe vera and olive oil
The last DIY makeup removal you can easily make at home is by mixing some fresh alow vera with olive oil.
You will need:
– Virgin olive oil
– Aloe vera water
What you should do:
Fill up a small bottle with a third aloe vera water and add some virgin olive oil to it. The oil will float and you will have to shake it up before using a cotton pad to wipe your face with it.
4 Interesting Ideas on Decorating with Lights
Modern people cannot live without artificial light. It doesn’t only help us see in the dark so we can maintain our activities and guarantee our safety, but it is also a crucial part of home design. The arrangement and quality of lighting in the house will determine how we experience the whole aesthetics and comfort of the house. Therefore, decorating with lights is a creative yet super smart way to enhance the whole livability in the house. Fortunately, there are many ways you can try todecorate with lights to achieve whatever result you want: from cozy to dramatic. Here are some of them!
Romantic fairy lights on bed post
What is the easiest way to make your bedroom seem more romantic? By adding fairy lights to the environment, definitely! Decorating with lights becomes very easy once you realize that fairy lights are not only for the holidays. Use some string lights to decorate your bedpost to make your nighttime reading experience much more enjoyable
Starry garlands of pine needles
Arranging pine needles into beautiful garlands and putting them all over the corners and on the doors definitely bring the spirit and atmosphere of holiday season. This is also an easy way to bring nature into your home. However, if you want to make it a lot more beautiful, try decorating with lights on these garlands. Make them look like they are full of stars by twining some LED fairy lights around them. Pretty stars resting in the green needles? How romantic!
Stairway to the sky
You can make a flight of stairs a lot more than just functional by arranging tiny fairy lights around the rail. These will give you the needed illumination for when you want to use it after you turn off all the lights at night, or just to navigate in the area that normally doesn’t receive a lot of light. Not only that, it is going to create the perfect view of a stairway to heaven full of stars!
Bottles of blue light
Still need a pretty centerpiece or table decoration for nighttime? Decorating with lights becomes very easy when you put some LED lights into a plain blue bottle- or some of them!. As you light up the lights, the bottles will enchant everyone in the room!
How to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree
Cats are beautiful awesome creatures, but they can also be disastrous. In fact, cats are very good at causing disaster while being cute, part of the reason why we are so charmed by them. But no matter how lovable they are, ruining your Christmas tree that you have decorated with all your sweat and blood (or money) is not something adorable. Since a Christmas tree is such a magnet for your fur friends, you need to prepare some tactics so that your kitties and the trees can co-exist, peacefully.
Try these methods the upcoming holiday if you own a cat and are planning to build or place a Christmas tree.
Be wise in choosing your Christmas tree
Choose the tree wisely. If your cat is very adventurous and enjoys climbing the tree, chances are they will knock it over. The solution? Pick a smaller tree. Yes, the cat will still be able to climb the tree and even reach the top easily, but when it falls, the damage is significantly less than what a bigger tree could do. Alternatively, just choose a small portable or tabletop tree that you can lock in another room when you can’t watch the cats.
Place obstacles around the tree
Depending on the size of your Christmas tree and your cats, obstacles might also be able to prevent the cat from messing with the tree. Try putting the tree at the center of the room after cleaning up the room from the tables and chairs that can serve as launching pads for your cats. Without these launching pads, some cats will find difficulties in climbing the trees. Also, use aluminium foil to wrap the base of the tree so your cat will not dig through it.
Use some spray
There are some repellents you can spray around your Christmas tree to keep the cats away. Cats are sensitive to smell, so if the tree smells like something they don’t like, they will probably leave the tree alone. Some sprays you can use include citrus oils, citronella, or diluted vinegar.
Be humble in decorating
Even if you have applied all measurements to prevent your cats from going anywhere near the tree, your Christmas tree decoration matters a lot to cats. If there are many sparkly and dangling items on the tree, your cats will find difficulties in resisting. Just use some simple ornaments if you worry about your cats.
Top Halloween Costumes Ideas Inspired By History
History can provide endless inspiration for costume ideas. Whether you want to look high-flying, power-wielding, old-school witchy–or just plain badass. Because the past is filled with all kinds of characters. Below, some of our favorite costume ideas from the past.
You can give your Halloween lift-off with a costume that pays homage to the great flying aces of the past: vintage-style Aviator Hat and Goggles. To complete the look, just swing a white satin scarf around your neck and grab a map or model plane. You’re sure to earn your wings.
Sure the witch is a Halloween classic. But, there’s more to the archetype than pointy hats and broomsticks. Paired with a simple Puritan-inspired dress, this Oversized Bonnet can transport you back to the truly terrifying world of 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts. There, between 1692 and 1693, scores of people were tried for witchcraft—and 19 ultimately executed—in a tragic case of mass hysteria that turned into a literal witch hunt.
One look at that famous hairline and people will be asking where’s your kite. Hence, don this Benjamin Franklin Wig with a jacket and cravat. Therefore, you’ll be instantly be recognized as the silver-tongued colonial statesman and inventor. Therefore, to enhance the look, don’t forget a few of the famous Philadelphian’s signature discoveries: a pair of bifocal glasses (yes, they’re his invention) or a kite and key to attract a little electricity to your holiday.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s image may be nearly as iconic as his role in the Cuban Revolution. Hence, means this costume is sure to get recognized—and stir up some controversy. Take a cue from the famous Alberto Korda photo “Guerrillero Heroico”—the portrait that launched a thousand T-shirts—and start with Che’s signature Star-Bedecked Black Beret. Add a khaki field jacket and, to complete the transformation, make sure you’re read up on Marx.
4 Unique Ways to Do with Halloween Pumpkins
Pumpkins are one of the obligatory items in Halloween. It is even arguably the most important symbol of this special spooky day. But besides the normal Jack-o-Lantern style carving that you do every year, is there any different way to do with your Halloween pumpkins?
If you have children or basically just celebrate this Halloween with your extended family members, you will really love these Halloween pumpkin ideas. Here are some of the most fun, creative, and unusual ways to do with your Halloween pumpkins.
Hanging Pumpkin Lanterns
You are definitely familiar with carving Halloween pumpkins, but this is now the time to hang it outside so the Jack lantern becomes the main highlights of your garden. The tricky part, however, is lighting the lantern. Rather than putting the candle directly inside the pumpkin’s head, you’d better place the candle inside a glass first to avoid burning. If you want a super safe method, use an LED candle instead.
Pumpkin Bird Feeder
Want to invite some unusual guests to the party? Turn the Halloween pumpkins into bird feeders. This is a simple DIY project that you can do yourself or with the family. Just cut the pumpkin in half then hang it after removing the inside. Decorate the pumpkin feeder with some twigs to make it extra comfortable for birds. Put birds’ foods inside so your feathered friends will enjoy coming and hanging out around the bird feeder.
If crafting pumpkins and watching birds are not enough for you and the guests, you can do more physical-based fun by doing some pumpkin bowling! It doesn’t involve knives or fire so kids can participate safely without giving adults a lot of worries. Just invite all your relatives and neighbors to roll the pumpkins on the ground with some DIY pins. Everyone will love it!
Pumpkin Seed Mozaic
If you are looking for some activities to keep the younger kids busy while the adults are preparing for the party, pumpkin seed art is the best to try. Just color the leftover seeds of your Halloween pumpkins and use your imagination to create some fun mosaic projects.
6 Great Halloween Themed Ideas On Decorating Your Yards
Halloween is upon us now. Therefore, this is the time for decorating your outdoor to be spooky. So you don’t need to waste money on inflatable Halloween decorations for your front yard. Use our ideas and your crafty skills to make one-of-a-kind decorations. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood and save a lot of money.
Fill your trees or front porch with free-flying ghosts. Made inexpensively from balloons and gauze fabric, these little Caspers catch the wind to add movement to your outdoor decor.
If you want to have a gathering in your front yard. Hence, you can have a bonfire party. But if you don’t want to be bothered with a real bonfire because it’s too dangerous for kids and too much of a pain to keep lit? Create a low-maintenance fire pit with faux pumpkins, battery-operated candles, and a few logs.
Haunted Hotel Sign
Keep away unexpected guests by making your home look like a haunted bed and breakfast. Go to a salvage yard to get an old post and corbel — they’ll already be aged and weathered. Then add your personalized welcome sign.
Lead trick-or-treaters to your door with a trail of bloody footprints. Simply step into the washable red paint with bare feet, then carefully walk towards the front door. Make sure to carry your paint supply with you, should you need to redo your feet, and don’t forget to have a towel waiting for you at the end of your walk for easy cleanup.
This is more of an indoor/outdoor decoration. Cut out popular Halloween shapes in black paper and adhere them to your windows. When the indoor lights are lit, the shapes will come to life.
Glowing Eyes Hiding in the Bushes
These spooky eyes are reminiscent of every Scooby Doo episode ever made. They’re extremely easy to make, simply cut the eye shapes out of paper towel rolls then place a plastic glow stick inside. Tuck a few sets of eyes in bushes around your front walkway to give the trick-or-treaters a little fright.
Fun and Artistic Halloween DIY Craft that Everybody Can Do
With Halloween is coming near, it is the right time to rise the inner artist in you. If you frequently find relaxation from doing art and craft, why not get all the way for the festival. There are a lot of things you can do just for the fun of it. Even though you do not feel like hosting a costume party this year, you can still get creative on your house to humor yourself. So here are some awesome ideas that you can do without any supernatural power that definitely cute on your Instagram post.
Decorating the porchway on Halloween month is a tradition you should not miss. There is plenty of option you can make to entertaining the neighborhood’s children, but this one is definitely our favorite. All you have to do is find some plastic pumpkin on the dollar store and paint it black and white. Do not forget to put a sour expression on each pumpkin and stack it together on a pole and put it inside a flower pot. Add a string of light bulb inside and watch it light up your chilly porch at night.
This is perhaps the easiest decoration that you can do without losing all the fun. It works pretty well to decorate a big yard with a lot of bushes and plants, or your office garden. All you have to do is printing a few giant eyeballs and stick them on the bushes. This little monster bush is painfully adorable and eye-catching. You can add some string light in orange or purple color to make them more interesting at night.
Candy Monster Door
Want to humor your co-worker without too much trying? This adorably spooky cookie monster is ready to decorate your office’s doors. You will need to find a huge used plastic bucket and paint it white. Draw a pair of an eyeball and wide open mouth. Cut a hole according to a mouth line and fill it with Halloween treats. You can also make it from a cheap giant plastic pumpkin that you can find in a dollar store for an alternate design. For sure, your co-worker will be glad to find a nice surprise welcoming them before entering your office.
Witch’s Broom Chandelier
This wicked piece can be the centerpiece of any Halloween room decoration easily. Firstly, you have to make the broom using a dried branch and yellow straw. Hang the broom anywhere you need it and make sure that it is sturdy enough to handle some weight. Make several Halloween candle lights using mason jars and black candles. Hang it on the broom with a black string in different height and your DIY chandelier is ready to roll.
5 Great Halloween Party Ideas
When the leaves turning brown, and your house is filled with the smell of apple-scented candles. So It only means one thing, Hence falls is coming and Halloween comes with it. Halloween is not only a time for kids trick-or-treating, but, it’s also a time to throw a scarily good party. Therefore, Finding Halloween party ideas and themes that are perfect for the occasion can be a tricky task. Discover the right theme for the kind of occasion you want, send out your Halloween party invitations, and let the festivities begin.
Horror Movie Party
This party themed is simple, all you need is to invite friends and family over for a scary movie marathon this October and serve popcorn. If you are wondering what movie you should put in the playlist. Therefore you can search it from the internet to find inspiration.
This party theme you need all-white color scheme filled with ghostly white candles and tombstones. Include on the invitations that people should come in ghost costumes, or wear all white. Spiderwebs are an easy way to white-out any party space. Hang them around the venue along with white balloons and other spooky decorative pieces like skeletons and ghosts. Make sure your yummy treats are characterized by all white colors too. Think white frosting, white gumballs, marshmallows, macaroons and more.
Journey Into The Shadow
If you want to host a party that’s chilling but not too scary, just throw some shade! This shadow-themed get-together has spooky silhouette cutouts of everything, from birds and bats to witches and candelabras.
Vampire Themed Dinner Party
This dinner party style is a perfect match for Halloween. Table settings can include contrasting plates stacked on each other and theme related decor. Lay a pair of vampire teeth in the center, roll up a dinner napkin and let the pair of teeth gnaw on it for a fitting effect. Opt for the party color of blood red to be present in all aspects of this dinner party.
Murder Mystery Party
This is a traditional party game. But, nonetheless is still a fun thing to have with your friends and family over at Halloween. There are many versions of this game, but as it generally goes, one of the partygoers is secretly and unknowingly playing a murderer. The ultimate goal of the game is for guests to figure out who among them is the criminal. This party theme requires a little extra planning, but it will all pay off.
Determine the guests’ roles and make sure you indicate a who’s is who. Remember to provide a character background on their individual invitations. Encourage your guests to get into character. The more participation there is, the more fun there is to be had.
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