Fall for these autumn-inspired mason jar crafts.
We can’t believe how real they look.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to show you care.
Getting glowing, sun-kissed skin just got a lot simpler.
Who would have thought DIY-ing could look this good?
Your guests won’t believe you made these yourself.
You’ll never have to go to a salon again.
Gel nails are the easiest way to keep your colour without a touch-up for weeks on end, but how easy are they to remove? You have a few options – return to your nail salon, and for an additional fee get them to remove it, or simply use some of our tricks below and do it yourself at home.
What you need
Acetone or nail polish remover
10 cotton balls
- Using the rough side of a nail file, carefully rub down over the top of your nails until the gloss wears away.
- Wrap each nail individually into a cotton ball with acetone and one thin layer of aluminium paper. Press it down firmly over the top of each nail, and work one hand at a time.
- Wait for at least 10 minutes for the acetone to carefully remove any gel polish off the nail bed. After this, soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, then remove any remaining pieces with a cuticle stick.
- For extra hydration, use a thick moisturiser and lather it over your hands and nail bed before relaxing for the night. Then move onto the next hand and repeat the process again.
Easy! Would you try this method at home?
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Packing your moving boxes yourself is a great way to save money on moving costs. It also gives you the control to make sure all your valuable belongings are safe and secure.
Once everything safely arrives at your new home, the unpacking stage begins. Here’s the question that really matters: what happens with all the leftover moving boxes? It’s easy to just throw these boxes away. But the truth is that you can use these boxes in a variety of creative ways instead of just sending them into the trash bin.
Check out our list of 6 fun ways to reuse your leftover moving boxes and see how you can take the concept of recycling to the next level.
1. Arts, crafts & fun (box fort!)
Sometimes the best way to reuse something like moving boxes is to let your creative flair shine. Try and think of these boxes like craft supplies. They can help you showcase your arts and crafts talents you might not even know you had.
Here’s a great example of how to take your boxes to a new level: build a box fort! Take your leftover boxes and stack them up to create a fun and exciting clubhouse for your children to explore. While this is just a temporary build, it can give you a whole day of fun that you kids will remember for years to come.
2. Create your own impromptu food drive
Once you unpack your belongings, you’ll have a huge store of empty boxes. Why not fill those boxes with something your whole community could value?
Try this idea on for size: take your empty boxes and fill them with donated food. Add a few canned goods from your pantry into a box. Ask your friends, family and community members for a few more canned goods to fill the boxes. Once your boxes are full, take them to your local shelter for donation.
This idea is great for two really solid reasons. First, you’re giving your otherwise wasted moving boxes another great purpose. Second, you’re directly helping your community – and giving people something they will value and appreciate.
3. Using your cardboard to create brilliant art
Speaking of artistic expression, why not use your extra boxes as a paint canvas? It’s easy to disassemble your boxes and form them into a big, blank canvas. From there, let your own imagination inspire you to create something unique, original and beautiful. Who knows you may create a work of art worthy for your new home!
4. Convert cardboard to decorated storage boxes
You use your moving boxes to transport your treasured items to and from your living spaces. But where will you put your treasured items once you settle into your new home?
With only a little bit of work, you can reuse your old boxes as beautifully decorated storage totes. For example, cover your cardboard box with burlap – and maybe some lace or other accent piece. You can transform a plain box into a storage piece that makes your home look even better.
Five easy steps to your own DIY headboard:
- Take several leftover moving boxes and unpack them.
- Use duct tape to secure them together in the relative shape of your headboard.
- Take some simple cotton stuffing or quilt batting and lay it on your cardboard.
- Wrap a fabric of your choice around the cardboard and batting.
- Congratulations! You now have a quirky and custom-built headboard!
If you have a boring or drab picture frame, why not enhance it with your own dose of custom-made flair? You can easily use an old box to retrofit a picture frame into something that showcases your individual style.
You can paint the cardboard or customise it with duct tape or other options to make it your own. From there, add a picture that also reflects your unique style. Your newly designed frame is sure to be a centrepiece of attention no matter where you display it.
As you can see, something as simple as leftover moving boxes can have a variety of uses for great fun – or even service to your community. You can use these ideas or other similar ones to breathe new life into something that would have otherwise been garbage placed out for weekly connection.
By Clive Smith, the Interstate Removals General Manager of Budget Self Pack Containers, Australia’s expert interstate removalists. Budget Self Pack Containers can help you move almost anywhere in Australia long-distance.
Five charming do-it-yourself ideas to transform your Easter into the perfect unique event.
Whether you’re time-poor, hunting for craft ideas for the kids or just want a quirky touch to make your house a little bit more festive, we’ve found an awesome Easter idea for you.
1. Ombre Easter eggs
Ombre has been one of the biggest trends in the last 12 months, influencing everything from hair colour to wedding cakes. So naturally, we swooned when we saw this trend applied to an Easter table setting.
Start by lining up six glasses, filled three quarters full of boiling water. Mix two teaspoons of white vinegar in each glass and stir thoroughly. Then, add two drops of coloured food dye to the first glass and double the number of drops in each glass so that the first is a light colour and the last glass is a dark hue.
Submerge a hard boiled egg in each glass for five minutes or until you’re happy with the colour. Dry it off in an empty carton and continue with remaining eggs to make an ombre egg table setting.
2. Paint card bunting
We love this easy cheat idea to making gorgeous rainbow bunting in ten minutes!
Simply head to your local hardware store for mini sheets of paint colours. If you have left over paint cards from past renovations use those to avoid waste.
Print out an egg shape or use a cookie cutter as a mould. Trace the shape on each paint sheet and carefully cut out each bunting shape. Punch holes at the top and string each egg in order of colour and voila- easy rainbow Easter bunting!
3. Rainbow eggs
Using a pin, prick a small hole in an egg and empty out the contents for cooking. Set aside the empty eggs and wash them so they’re ready for display.
Using different shades of embroidery thread, use a hot glue gun to secure the end of the thread at the bottom of the egg and slowly wind the thread around in a circular motion. Brush a thin layer of glue on the egg every now and then to secure the threat so it sticks tightly to the egg base. Change the colours to your liking and display in a bowl with chocolate eggs.
4. Stylish bunny ears
Who said bunny ears had to be white and fluffy? We love this stylish variation on classic rabbit ears. Twist two long pipe cleaners into the shape of long bunny ears. You might need to use more pipe cleaners and secure them to form one fish-like shape.
Then, wrap tulle around the pipe cleaner ears and glue to secure. Tie the end of the pipe cleaners around a plain headband and decorate the tulle with rhinestones as desired. Done!
5. Mini egg planters
Create mini terrarium-like planters using left over egg shells. Use a knife to carefully crack the egg in half, keeping the shell in tact. Simply pour some soil into the shell and position some small succulents or moss in the planter. Arrange your mini succulent pots in the empty cardboard egg carton and there you have it- a quiky DIY easter garden.
Who knew that there are so many benefits of a scalp massage? They help to relieve tension, de-stress the entire body, reduce shedding, increase energy levels, and even stimulate the follicle making your hair grow faster.
To do this yourself at home, all you need are a few basic techniques and some essential oils.
1. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut or essential oil and smooth it between your hands. This will make it much easier to manoeuvre around your hair, and is super relaxing.
2. Start by running your fingers from the top of your scalp to the very back, since it helps to wake up the hair follicles. Avoid using your nails (possibly trim or file them beforehand), since they can damage your scalp.
The aim is to distribute the oil all over your hair, so don’t forget to work from back to front as well.
3. Use a zig zag motion (locking in your fingers into each other), and work from the middle section of your scalp, all the way to the back of your neck. Not only does it feel very relaxing, but it helps to detoxifying your entire scalp.
4. Concentrate on massaging the back of your head, and you might want to flip your hair over. Rotate your fingers and use an outwards motion to penetrate the hair follicle. If you feel like it’s actually giving you a headache, then ease-up and relax your hands – they’re probably too rough!
5. Apply some pressure with your fingers to the main points of your scalp by pushing down gently. Stimulate blood flow by rotating your fingers in a circular motion.
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If you really want to see what’s hiding in your skin, then we definitely recommend that you use a mud mask.
Not only are these fabulous products easy to get your hands on (and at any budget), but they actually work really well! Here are just five reasons you should make room for a mud mask in your skincare routine.
They last forever
Since mud masks are actually concentrated, a little goes a long way. You only need a small pea-size amount to cover your face and neck for best results! Massage gently into the t-zone, chin and cheeks before washing the residue off with lukewarm water.
Tones, exfoliates, and cleanses
The last thing you want to do after a mud mask is go through your entire skincare routine. Luckily, a mud mask acts as both a cleanser, exfoliator and toner so you only need to apply some moisturiser afterwards!
Rather than feeling too dry on your skin like other masks, a mud mask is actually deeply nourishing. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals (such as Vitamin E), to soothe all skin types, and avoid any dreaded dry patches.
Sit back and relax
One of the best qualities of a mud mask is that you get to relax while it does its job! Take ten minutes out of your day and apply the mask, lie down and listen to some music. There is nothing more relaxing than pampering yourself, and a mud mask is one of the best ways to do it!
While you’re applying the mask, massage the product onto your damp skin. Focus on the key areas around the lymph nodes, under the eyes, and around your chin. This is not essential, but will help your entire face and body to relax, and make the mask feel better on your skin.
1. Formula 10.0.6 Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask, $8.99
2. Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask, 24.77
3. Glam Glow Youthmud Mask, $75
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Personalise your makeup collection by creating a series of unique eyeshadows at home. Not only is this easier than it looks, you also have complete control over the ingredients which are added, and what ultimately ends up on your face and on your skin.
Follow our quick and easy tutorial to create your own unique eyeshadow shades at home.
1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
Refined shea butter
Dried beet powder (depending on what colour you want)
1. Combine the arrowroot powder in a small bowl, then mix through your preferred colouring agent.
2. Add the shea butter (start with 1/4 teaspoon), to the back of a spoon and mix until the formula is light and creamy. Add more if you want the eyeshadow to have the consistency of a creamy formula, or less if you prefer the matte look.
3. Transfer the mixture into a clean, sterile, container and tightly add the lid. Store in the fridge to keep it fresh, and you can it use it for up to 2 weeks.
4. To create your own personalised colour combinations, mix cocoa powder and dried beet powder for a soft shade of pink. Turmeric and cocoa powder makes a unique shade of copper, and a pinch of nutmeg creates earthy tones for neutral lids.
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