DIY Ring Light

My sister suggested I make a DIY ring light for my photos, and I did some research on various ways to make a DIY ring light and this is what I came up with.  I just took some basic ideas from others and came up with my own.  Which saves hundreds of dollars if you bought one.  Make sure you purchase Daylight and not warm light.  I liked the idea of using flexible LED Strip lights with 3M adhesives.  I did not need to use self locking cable ties or a wire wreath.  My total purchase spent on this project is under $25.  I used discounts from the Amazon seller when purchasing multiple items, saved on shipping, and using a 50% discount coupon for Michaels.

Supplies:

Daylight LED Strip Lights 16.4′

Power Adapter Supply for LED strip Output 12V DC, 3 A Max, 36 Watt Max

18″ Floral and Craft Ring 1/4″ thick high density MDF•

  • Can also be found at your local Michaels store, not available online

Foil

Wax Paper (Optional- if you want a diffused light)

Instructions:

 

  1. Wrap the 18″ Floral Craft Ring with foil. Shiny side out. You might even want to tape the back of the foil wrapped craft ring to secure the foil.  Try to make sure that the ends of the foil are on the back side, so that they don’t interfere with the adhesive side of the LED strip lights.

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    Adhere the 3M self-adhesive sticky side of LED strip light onto foil
  2. Take the LED strip lights and adhere them onto the foil, in circular formation.  Starting on the outside ring, and follow along until you get to the inner circle, about 3 rows of lights.  Another feature I like about these LED Strip Lights is that I cut them according to the length I required without affecting the wiring.  Every third section, you can cut where it indicates and if needed it comes with an accessory to connect the strips together. PhotoGrid_1505948994451.png
  3. Connect the LED light strip to the adapter.
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Finished project
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Lighted Ring Light

Now, this is just a ring light that you can hang onto a wall or a tabletop by a wreath holder.  This is light enough that you can use a VELCRO® Brand Fastener or other type of hook or holder.  I’m sure you can be creative, depending on how you want to use your ring light.

 

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Dry Brushing

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Happy #BeautyTipTuesday
Let’s discuss dry brushing. Using natural bristled brush before showering. Start at feet/hands, brush, rubbing dry skin in upward or circular motions toward the heart. Benefits are good exfoliation and increase circulation, which leads to temporary plumping effect and vibrant skin boost, while temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite is anecdotal (no conclusive scientific evidence), and there may not be any detoxing benefits that include stimulating the lymphatic system. It is worth trying right? Because, the skin may develop micro tears from the brushing, it is important to use natural bristled brushes, and not brush too hard.
Have you tried dry brushing?

Over Exfoliated Skin?

PhotoGrid_1502754622122Exfoliating feels great on my skin.  My face feels smooth, tightened, pores appear smaller, and cleaner.  But I recently read an article about over exfoliated skin and decided to share what I found out after some research.

Over-exfoliation can compromise the top layer of skin and may hinder the skin’s ability to produce natural oils and other protectants.  This barrier is important in creating new skin cells and improving skin’s physical appearance.

Exfoliation according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is “the process of removing the top most layer of dead skin cells.”  Here are two ways of exfoliation: 1) chemical – applying acid to dissolve skin cells in the form of peels (glycolic acid, etc…) 2) by hand – brush (textured brushes, gloves, washcloths) or facial scrubs to physically remove the dead skin cells.  Benefits of exfoliation is a brighter, smoother, more evened skin tone, appearance of pores appear to be smaller, cleaner, and tightened skin.

Here are some signs of over-exfoliation:

  1. Dry patches or peeling can be a sign that your skin’s balance is off due to over exfoliation.
  2. Excess oil production.  This can be a sign that your skin’s ability to regulate oil production is compromised.  I know us with oily skin types like to exfoliate to control oiliness but when we notice more oiliness, this can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  3. Breakouts – an increase in the amount of breakouts or sudden breakouts than normal for your skin type.
  4. Inflammation, itching, burning sensation after exfoliation can be a sign of over exfoliation.
  5. Redness – continued redness after a day or a few hours after exfoliation.  Redness immediately after exfoliation is normal but if it continues for hours or even a day, it may be a sign of over exfoliation.
  6. Shininess – an increase in shininess more than normal can be a sign of over exfoliation.

Depending on your skin type, if you are noticing any of these signs or symptoms after exfoliation, you may have to adjust how often you exfoliate (this can be once a week to once every 2 weeks, etc..) or use a method of exfoliation or scrub that is not as intense, and please consult a dermatologist or aesthetician.

You know your skin best and of course, some of these signs are just your skin adjusting to a new addition in your skin care routine or adjusting to a new product or an ingredient in the product.  It is up to you to determine whether it is normal for your skin or not.  This is why it is important to monitor how your skin is reacting and consult a dermatologist if the conditions persists to what is normal for your skin type.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.  Please leave me a comment or like this post, if you would like more posts like this, or even suggestions on posts you would like to read.

Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Review

This is a review for the Mediheal Dress Code Sheet Masks Code Blue, Code Black, and Code Violet.

These are beautifully designed sheet masks ready for a masquerade but with extracts and essences that provide various benefits for your skin type and needs.  The overall fit of the masks is too small on the eyes. If the masks gets too close to the eyes, the essences can cause some stinging.  The nose area also does not fit flush on top and does not completely cover the entire nose.

Mediheal Dress Code Blue (Herb Aqua Care) Mask

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Has a variety of herb extracts including baobab (Adansonia digitata) leaves, large flower cactus, medicine sage leaves, lavender, chrysanthemum.  It is supposed to control oil, have anti-aging and brightening benefits.

This smells great, it has a subtle light lavender fragrance! It has a cool tingling sensation, has enough essence to saturate the sheet mask.  Left my face feeling tightened, and taut afterward.  I’m not sure if this left my skin hydrated.  I only left the mask on for the recommended 20 minutes.  This contains Sea Water, which may or may not help with nourishing or hydration.

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Sea Water, Bambusa Vularis Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Salvia Offinialis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

Mediheal Dress Code Violet (Brightening & Nourishing) Mask

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This was also cooling as I was wearing the mask.  My cheeks started to get itchy after 10 minutes though, which I did not experience with the other two.  There may be an ingredient that I’m sensitive or allergic to. I’m generally not sensitive or have allergic reactions to skin care products.  But, there is a first time for everything.

With this one, I did not feel or notice too much hydration or brightening effects.  Notable ingredients are acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract), pomegranate (Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, and blueberry extract, all of which are antioxidants and are recognized as “Super Fruits” and has numerous benefits.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Opunita Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig ) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance.

 

Mediheal Dress Code Black (Whitening & Nourishing) Mask

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In my opinion the fanciest of the three.  It actually has red jewels on it! Formulated with Pearl Powder Extract to control Melanin formation and correcting skin tone.  This also has cacao extract, which is a bonus in my book (I’m a bit of a chocoholic).

Again, this had a cooling effect while letting the essence absorb through the skin. Afterward, there was some slight redness, skin felt tightened, but it also left my skin slightly tacky.  There was extra essence that I was able to rub onto my neck, decolletage, and hands.  I suppose my skin felt nourished but as far as whitening, I did not notice any whitening or brightening effects.  Perhaps, if I had left the mask on longer than the recommended 10-20 minutes, the whitening effects would be more noticeable.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Pearl Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylparabe, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance.

Overall, these masks besides the beautiful masquerade design on the masks are not very much special than other masks I have tried.  They do have wonderful extract ingredients which have the potential to be effective.  Perhaps wearing the masks longer or multiple treatments may provide the claimed effects.  I do not overdo the masks as I have oily/combination skin and doing so can increase oil production on my T-zone.

I give these masks 4/5 stars.  1 extra star for the beautiful masquerade designs.

Thank you to skin18.com for the opportunity to sample these masks for free as part of their skin 18 challenge bloggers program.  You can find this set of masks here.

Homemade After Bug Bite Itch Treatment

With Summer time and being outdoors, I tend to get insect bites and rashes.  I found this great homemade after bug bite itch treatment that helps relieve the itchiness and it is also cooling, I thought I would share with you all.  With a few simple ingredients you may already have, just mix them up and get instant relief from insect bites and rashes.

This recipe can be scaled up, depending on how much you need.  I store mine in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to keep cool and fresh.  PhotoGrid_1501204745813

2 Tbsp. Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel

1/2 tsp. Witch Hazel

1/2 tsp water

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Measure and add baking soda to a small bowl (jar)
  2. Add Aloe Vera Gel and witch hazel, stir to incorporate.
  3. Add water stir to get smooth paste.
  4. Add drops of mint essential oil (optional).
  5. Rub paste over itchy areas, let dry, brush off or wipe away.

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I used the particular Aloe Vera Gel from Green Leaf Naturals in the link because it is a more liquid formula that gel-like, but use whatever you already have on hand.  This is not critical.  I do warn though, that this particular aloe vera gel has xanthan gum as one of the ingredients to help stabilize it.  So do your research, some people are sensitive to xanthan gum and choose another aloe vera gel.  Be careful, as there are some aloe vera gel that are not close to 100%, with lots of other ingredients (preservatives).  This one is 99.75% Organic, with citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), and xanthan gum.

The peppermint essential oil is optional, but it helps with cooling the insect bite or rash as well as being refrigerated.  You can use any mint essential oil or none, it just gives it a refreshing scent as well as a cooling effect.  I’m partial to peppermint, which I already had on hand.

I hope this helps you have more fun enjoying the summertime outdoors.