Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! DIY Essential Oil Sugar Body Scrub!

For years I was completely embarrassed by my legs. It seemed I always had these little red dry skin bumps no matter what I did and shaving just made them a MILLION times worse. Summer time, going out to the beach or the boat was my personal idea of hell because all I wanted to do was cover up my legs.

Until one day I ran out of my regular shaving cream and I HAD to shave my legs. I had to wear a dress for a date night and there was no getting by without shaving. The only thing I had to shave with was some baby oil. O-M-G! I knew baby oil did amazing things for your skin, but my legs had never felt this amazing before. My normal red bumps after shaving were completely gone, my skin wasn’t dry and -I totally swear this is the truth- my legs remained smooth so much longer than with typical shaving cream. It was like the miracle oil.

Since then I have experimented to create my own DIY Essential oil Sugar Body Scrub that you can use everywhere to exfoliate your skin, and with just a quick rinse off of the sugar, you are ready to shave anywhere, including your bikini line!

Here’s what you’ll need!

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  1. Baby Oil- I get mine at Target, the Up&Up brand with aloe and vitamin e is like $2.50
  2. Granulated Sugar- I use regular old Domino Sugar I have in my kitchen, but feel free to use whatever you have!
  3. Essential Oils- I love the smell of Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lavender, and as luck would have it, they do amazing things for your skin. But feel free to add whatever oils appeal to you the most. I got mine at Vitamin Shoppe for about $5-$8 each. (These are the same essential oils I used in my shower soothers too!)
  4. An Empty bottle to store your mixture, preferably one that is clear- I’m using an old astringent bottle. You’ll want something than can be capped and is easily controlled when you pour it.

IMAG0700First, eye ball about 1/3 of your empty bottle. Fill it with your sugar, trying not to get sugar everywhere in the process. I’d recommend doing this step over the sink so if it does spill over a little bit you can just wash away the extra sugar. It’s ok if the sugar sticks to the inside of the jar like mine did. It’ll all come together in the end.

IMAG0701Next fill the remaining 2/3 of the bottle with your baby oil. I leave a little bit of a gap at the top of my bottle to help in the mixing process a little later. Again I recommend doing this step over the sink so if you spill you don’t ruin any cloth or make another mess with the oil.

IMAG0703Next, add a few drops of each essential oil to your mixture. You’ll only need 2-3 drops of each oil depending on the size of your bottle. My bottle is about 8 fl oz.

Lastly, place your cap on tightly, making sure it is sealed closed. And now we SHAKE! Have some fun with it, do a little dance if you like! You want to shake this up until all the sugar has detached from the bottom of the bottle. Once you’ve finished shaking, you’ll once the sugar will once again settle down to the bottom, that’s fine. We just wanted to make sure IMAG0704that none of the sugar hardens before we get to use it. Each time you go to use this scrub, give it a shake or two, let the sugar redistribute throughout the bottle before you pour it out.

And then, scrub away! The sugar will help to exfoliate your skin and remove any dead skin cells that may gunk up your razor while shaving, preventing a closer shave. The sugar will dissolve in water of the shower, leaving behind those essential oils and the baby oil which are fantastic to shave with and won’t be washed away by the water. I do recommend that once you are done shaving that you use a body wash to rinse away any access oil that may lead to blocked pours.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them for me! Please take this tutorial and make it your own! And please share any tips or tricks that work for you!

Mandy @NiteDreamerDesigns

The Sophie Collection

IMG_20140521_133752One of my favorite and best selling collections is the Sophie Collection. It features a Swarovski Crystal heart with brilliant facets that Swarovski is known for along with a sterling silver Eiffel Tower charm on a sterling silver chain.

 

These necklaces are so romantic and whimsical! I wear mine all the time and get compliments all the time! I just wanted to share one of my favorite pieces with you and hope that you find them as fun as I do!

 

Recently the red magma had sold out, but I have placed an order for the red hearts again in a slightly different style so I will be re introducing the red magma Sophie’s again soon!

 

You can find the Sophie Collection available now at http://www.NiteDreamerDesigns.Etsy.com

 

Happy Beading!

Mandy at NiteDreamerDesigns

DIY Sudafed Shower Soothers

A few years ago I tried an amazing product by the makers of Sudafed called Shower Soothers. These awesome little disks got me through so many sinus infections! One little disk in my shower completely cleared my nose, let me breathe, and helped all the gunk drain from my sinuses. They worked better than any antibiotic or over the counter medicine ever did. And then one day suddenly they were gone from the shelves at every pharmacy! You can occasionally find them on amazon for nearly $50 for 3 disks! WHAT?!

 

I figured there had to be a way to make them myself, but I didn’t know how to go about it. Then I found this great little tutorial by Frugal by Choice and all hope returned and just in time! My boyfriend, Patrick, has been feeling slightly under the weather and we have a wedding party get away to attend this weekend in the Dells. So perfect time to try these babies out!

While Frugal by Choice’s tutorial is a good one, I did have to make some changes here and there to make these work for us, and I did make one mistake that I will definitely be changing in the future. But all in all I’m very happy with the results!

What you’ll need

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  • Baking Soda about 1 1/2 cups
  • Water about 2/3 cup
  • Essential Oils: Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus, which I purchased at my local VitaminShoppe
  • A large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • One table spoon for scooping
  • Muffin tray and liners

First, preheat your oven to 350F. By the time you’re done with the other steps, your oven will be good to go!

Then I added my Baking Soda to the mixing bowl and slowly added my water. The original tutorial called for 1 cup Baking Soda and 1/3 cup of water, but I found to fill the muffin tray completely I needed about 1 1/2 cups of soda and 2/3 cups of water. Add your water slowly. The consistency should be like pancake batter. Once you have a good mixture stop adding your water and stir to thicken up the mixture.

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Now, scoop your mixture into your muffin tin, using one table spoon scoops per disk. Make sure you are using liners around your disks, otherwise getting these babies out won’t be easy! Here’s where I would do things a little differently next time! I used paper liners, like the ones that decorate your cupcakes. I found that once these baked up and cooled, some of the paper stuck to the bottom of the disks. Not THAT big of deal, I will just have to make sure they don’t go down the drain once these have dissolved in the shower If you can find the thicker metallic ones that have the wax paper liners, I would recommend using those. But they may be a little more expensive.

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By this time the oven should be heated up and ready to go. Place your disks in the oven for 20 minutes.

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After your 20 minutes in the oven, remove the disks from the heat.

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Add a few drops of each oil rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender to each disk. If your disks are still piping hot from the oven you may notice some steam or “smoke” come off of each one when you add the oil. This is fine, it won’t affect the out come.

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Now, let your disks cool before removing them from the liners. I put mine in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until they were completely solid. Once they have cooled, pop them out and store in a plastic or glass container until it’s time to use them. Just toss it on the shower floor and get ready to feel amazing!

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These are even great if you aren’t feeling under the weather, but want a little “spa treatment” at home. They can irritate the eyes a little so be sure to avoid standing directly over the vapors.

I hope you found this tutorial as easy, fun and useful as I did! If you have any other suggestions for how to make these better, please feel free to leave me a comment!

🙂 Mandy

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Spring is in the Air and in Fashion!

Spring time is the best time to reinvent your style with the latest trends and colors. Make sure your jewelry keeps up with the latest trends as well. This year the color pallet created by designers includes turquoise, violet, tan, and coral. I’ve been hard at work to bring you all the perfect colors and styles for spring. Here’s a peak at what I’ve been up to!

The Turquoise

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The Emma- Light Turquoise Swarovski Crystal Stretchy Bangle Cuff

– Made with all Swarovski Crystals in Light Turquoise rondelles and opaque matte finish turquoise bicones. These crystals are all woven together along three stretchy bands.

 

 

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The Carrie- Deep Turquoise Swarovski Crystal Sex in the City Inspired Necklace

-Made with Deep Turquoise Swarovski Crystal Rondelles and sterling silver chain, this necklace is inspired by a piece worn by Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex in the City.

 

The Violet

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The Sophie- Sterling Eiffel Tower Charm and Purple Swarovski Crystal Heart Charm Necklace

-This necklace is perfectly stunning with its sterling silver Eiffel Tower Charm and Swarovski Crystal Heart along a sterling silver chain.

 

 

 

 

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The Amelia- Violet and Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Woven Bangle Bracelet

-Made with Swarovski Crystal Bicones in Violets, Whites and Sapphires to blend together into a perfect color gradient.

 

 

The Tans

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The Zoey- Turquoise and Chocolate Swarovski Crystal Flower Tennis Bracelet

-Made with Turquoise AB2X and Chocolate Brown Swarovski Crystals accented with metallic copper seed beads.

 

 

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The Lily- Topaz Swarovski Crystal Flower Ring

-Made with Smoked Topaz AB2X bicones and Topaz rondelles all accented with copper seed beads.

 

 

 

The Coral

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The Maddy- Deep Coral and Siam Red Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Ring

-Made with Light Rose, Deep Coral AB2X and Siam Red Swarovski Crystal bicones all wrapped around a crystal Swarovski rivoli.

 

 

 

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The Elizabeth- Indian Pink Swarovski Crystal Pillow Top Ring

-Made with Swarovski Crystal Indian Pink bicone crystals and sterling silver rounds.

 

 

Make this spring bright and colorful!!

🙂 Mandy

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Care Packages!

BkLCSG3CMAAJhSM.jpg largeAs some of you know, I recently moved to a new town in Glendale Heights, IL. I’ve decided to send out some care packages to get to know some of the local businesses in the area and introduce myself and the business. So I’ve been busy putting together some fun spring inspired samples, because we Chicagoans are SO READY for spring! Here’s an example of one of the care packages I’ve put together and will be shipping out this week.What do you guys think? What do you do to connect with people and businesses in your area?

If you know of any businesses that showcase local or independent designers and artists please let me know, I’d be glad to get in contact with them. Or if you run a business and are interested in networking, again, please contact me. I’d love to branch out some more!

Happy shopping everyone!

🙂 Mandy

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Last Chance Before the Abby Goes Back into the Jewelry Box!

Last Chance Before the Abby Goes Back into the Jewelry Box!

This is your last chance to own the Abby Swarovski Crystal and Pearl ring before it returns to the jewelry box 3-30-2014! Hurry before times runs out!

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The Lily Flower Crystal Topaz Ring

The Lily Flower Crystal Topaz Ring

Topaz Swarovski Crystal flower ring, the PERFECT spring time accessory. Available at http://www.NiteDreamerDesigns.Etsy.com

Coming Soon! Like Tomorrow!!

I wanted to give you guys a little preview of some of the pieces I will be posting to Etsy here in the next few days. I’m hoping for them all to be posted tomorrow, but the boyfriend and I do have plans that will keep me out of the house for a bit tomorrow so I can’t PROMISE anything! But I will certainly try my best!

ImageMeet the Zoey. This first piece is made with all Swarovski Crystal Elements (like all of my pieces! :p) in Turquoise and Topaz with Copper seed bead accents. I love the color combination for spring. Turquoise is one of my favorite spring/summer colors! This bracelet ends with a dark copper lobster claw clasp and a couple of little crystals dangle off the clasp for a little added cuteness. 🙂
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Next up is the Maddy. I love with cute fashion ring for spring. The flower pattern to it makes it the perfect weekend out with the ladies accessory. This sweet heart pink ring is made with Swarovski Crystals in light rose, deep coral and siam red. These bloom around a white rivoli crystal center. The band is made of sterling silver beads on a stretchy band, so it fits perfectly regardless of which finger you want to wear it on! Super cute, super chic, super shiny!

 

So guys that is a taste of the pieces coming up in the next few days! Be sure to check them all out at http://www.NiteDreamerDesigns.Etsy.com

Happy shopping everyone!

🙂 Mandy

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Sharing the birthday love today with a nice discount

Hey Everyone! Today is my 27th birthday (yay) so I thought I would pass a little deal on to everyone this year. Today and tomorrow save 27% off your entire purchase at www.NiteDreamerDesigns.Etsy.com with coupon code BDAY27Image

Happy shopping everyone! 🙂

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Please Help Bussy Come Home!

Please Help Bussy Come Home!

Please help Buddy come back home! No pet parent should ever risk losing their pet because of an accident at the vet! These are good people, good hearts, and love their pets like crazy. Please help them keep their baby! Click Buddy’s photo to help bring him home!

Thank you!!!!
Mandy of NiteDreamerDesigns