Lit from Within: DIY Day #GotGlamour #activatedcharcoal #GoTriNova

Saturday, April 9, 2016

DIY Day #GotGlamour #activatedcharcoal #GoTriNova

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Hello, Fireflies!

Have you ever spent time on Pinterest, looking at the life hacks and thinking that maybe, you, too, could DIY?  I wish that wrapping a bandana around my head made me a crafty superhero, but I really struggle with the whole MacGyver-esque world of Do-It-Yourself.  I recently got to try a few products, though, that have made a few things easier for me, and I wanted to share them with you!

If you only get one multi-purpose product, you need Castile Soap.  I'm pretty sure you can do everything cleaning-wise with this, depending on how you dilute it.  It can be used to wash your clothes, clean your floors, do your dishes, wash your hair, and give the dog a bath, etc, etc, etc.

Tri-Nova's Castile Soap is clear, thin, odorless, made in the USA with natural ingredients, and is cruelty-free.  I do like scented soaps, but this way, I can use it for pretty much anything I want and not have to worry about a scent.  Plus, if you want a scent, you can add a different one for each application!
My personal favorite use for Castile soap is to clean my makeup brushes. Sunday is my brush-cleaning day.  I have a little textured silicone egg that I love, and when I add a few drops of Castile soap, it cleans just about everything off in just a few scrubs.  I like that TriNova Castile Soap leaves my brushes soft, unscented, and residue-free.
If you'd like your own magic bottle of DIY cleaning goodness, you can currently find Tri-Nova's huge 32 oz bottle of Castile Soap on Amazon for $17.97.

I paint my nails all the time, but I consider it a mini-spa pampering thing if I do the whole manicure with the cuticle treatment.  It feels good to me to apply all the balms and creams, push back my cuticles, trim the hangnails, and file and shape my nails.
This little pusher from Got Glamour is the most unique I've come across.  It has a small, straight metal blade that curves up at the end.  As with all metal tools, take care not to push into the nail too hard because you could damage the nail.  The size and shape of this tool makes it so much easier to use, though!  The little curve makes getting under the eponychium so much easier.

I recently visited my father who has always hated doing nail care, and I gave him a manicure.  I couldn't believe the difference it made to trim his nails and push back his eponychium and hyponychium with the Got Glamour cuticle pusher.  My dad is unwell, and staying in a rehab facility.  It was a nice bonding moment to do his nails for him, too.

If you're tired of the plastic pushers not doing a good enough job, and you've found large scoop metal pushers too unwieldy, you might like this handy tool from Got Glamour.  It's currently available on Amazon for $15.49.

Got Glamour won me over with their quality cuticle pusher, and they really outdid themselves with these shears.
I've been cutting my husband's hair for years, and I've gone through a lot of home hair-cutting kits.  The scissors that come with these kits are terrible.  Cheap plastic handles, dull blades, and they always fall apart.  These shears blow them all away with their quality and attention to detail.  I've never owned scissors before that I could adjust the blade tension.  It makes all the difference and makes me feel like these scissors are personalized for me. The finger rest is removable, and there is a rubber insert where the ring finger goes to make it even more comfortable.
The rounded tips mean no more poking my husband's ears and drawing blood, and I felt comfortable using them to trim his wild, bushy, Mad-Scientist eyebrows.  
I think these would also be great for pet grooming.  I may get another pair to trim the fur around my dogs' paws without pinching them. 

These hair-cutting shears are made in the USA from Cobalt Molybdenum that is sharp, quiet, and keeps its edge up to 5x longer than stainless steel.  If you want to try your hand at hair cutting or pet grooming at home, you might love these shears from Got Glamour! They're currently available at Amazon for $34.95.

Charcoal Powder might be the weirdest, yet most useful DIY thing I've gotten to try.  It's made from sustainable bamboo, and comes double-sealed in a plastic bag.  I may transfer some to smaller bags or a jar, because this stuff is powdery and a bit of a mess.
Charcoal binds to toxins and moves them through the body, making it great for detox, getting over food poisoning faster, pulling venom out of bee stings or fire ant bites, and adding to face/body masks.  I decided to try it as a tooth cleaner/whitener.
I felt I had to show you what it looked like in use.  I have got to figure out how to use this in my Halloween costume next year - it is seriously grody looking.  But it tastes like *nothing*.  It didn't feel weird or drying in my mouth, though it did leave my tongue black until I brushed it.  I was definitely surprised at how easy it was to brush with charcoal.  I think I'm going to need to do a few more treatments before I see much improvement in my gum health, but my teeth definitely felt cleaner and looked whiter in Real Life, though it's really hard to take good teeth pictures - my lips always seem to get in the way of the light.

A simple nailart inspired by the Sagano logo.  The base is Confetti My Favorite Martian, and I drew the detail with my white striper.
Sagano's Raw Activated Charcoal Powder is definitely a multi-tasking DIY powerhouse.  If you'd like to try it, it's risk-free - they offer a 100% money-back guarantee.  It's currently available on Amazon for $19.95.

What's your favorite way to DIY beauty and healthcare?

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