DIY Make-up Remover Pads

One thing that you should know about me is that I am incredibly lazy in certain areas of my life. Especially right before bed. Life gets hectic. 

Right before bed,  I (try to) clean up the kitchen, get everything organized for a very early morning, feed the dogs and cat, take the cat to her liter box, take the dogs out, feed the cat again. And then I’m exhausted, but still need to take care of myself. 

Ever think about how much time you waste on general personal upkeep? Because I agonize about it all the time, especially while watching YouTube videos about other women’s skin care or beauty routines. Who’s got time for that?? 

Anyway, one thing I do to make sure that I don’t get too lazy and skip taking off my make-up before bed is that I keep a little jar of super moisturizing homemade make-up remover pads in the bathroom, or, during particularly long weeks, by my bed. 

Here’s the recipe (that can be tweaked with any soaps or oils that you prefer, but this is the basic one that I use):

4 oz jar

Baby soap (or other gentle cleanser)

Coconut oil (virgin, cold-pressed, and unrefined)

Water

Cotton pads

Pour 1 tbsp of cleanser and 1 1/2 tbsp of liquid coconut oil into jar, add water leaving a little room at the top. Put lid on and shake. Add cotton pads. Voila! 


Now just make sure you remember to use them before collapsing into bed. The cleanser that I use is rinse-free, so depending on what you use, you may need a splash of water afterwards. 

This is an especially great thing to have on hand in the winter, when my skin gets dried out. The coconut oil helps keep my skin soft and clean, and, depending on your skin type, it might help with breakouts, too. 

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Use, Reuse

I am not great at traditional recycling by any means, but the thought of being able to avoid waste by reusing something makes me feel good. My old coffee cans are now covered in pretty paper and being used to store things, coffee grounds can be used to make face scrubs, used tea bags are great for cleaning and repelling bugs. I am always looking for ways to give things a second life, which occasionally clutters my life a bit. The amount of old pasta jars I have lying around waiting to be useful again is almost embarrassing. 

We’re headed into fall and my little family is settling back into routines and saying goodbye to summer already, and it’s left me a little overwhelmed. To ease that, I have been trying to find some positivity in my little craft area and in my garden that I will have no idea what to do with when the weather cools down. 

I trimmed Citronella back because he was getting a little droopy, falling over with the weight of himself, and I added some roses from the bushes to add a little color and voila!


Vase number 2:


And I still had some leftovers, so I put them in mason jar shot glasses that I haven’t had the occasion to use and put one in each of the bathrooms. 


I also had an old cork message board lying around that wasn’t particularly pretty, and I thought I could dress it up and maybe shift my mood a little. 

Before:


After:


I plan on using it as a dream board to draw on some of the joy that often gets lost in the chaos of everyday monotony. 

These are not major, life changing projects, but changing your outlook can change your life.