Homemade moisturizer recipe plus glass container review

Note: I received Infinity Jars reviewed in this blog post at no charge. All opinions expressed are my own. 

DIY moisterizer and Infinity Jars review | Kale and Ale mainI’ve always had very dry skin, which is a blessing during the acne-prone teenage years and a curse every Midwest winter. Since returning from living in a tropical climate three years ago, I’ve tried so many masks, scrubs, moisturizers and serums to make my skin less dry. I’ve spent more on skincare than makeup the past few years.

DIY skincare

Getting into essential oils this past year,  and my affinity for DIY recipes for my body has led me to realize these over-the-counter products are so expensive and can have ingredients I don’t want on my body. (Learn more about what products are more safe or better to avoid.) This has led me to play around with homemade body products recently.

RELATED: Hydrating homemade beer face mask recipe

I love that by making my own body care and using different products I can control scents, textures, moister levels, etc. (I’m also using essential oils to make home cleaning products and am loving the results.) It’s important to use high-quality essential oils and follow the recipe, but there are many resources out there for recipes and information, including this guide to essential oils 101. Some favorite recipes with essential oils include:

Another benefit of making these products at home is price. I was spending a lot on face serum (a small jar can easily run $50-plus) and realized, especially since I wanted as few ingredients as possible, I could make my own, while controlling exactly what’s in it, for much less. So I’ve come up with the following recipe for face serum:

Dry skin facial serum

DIY moisterizer and Infinity Jars review | Kale and Ale recipeIngredients

  • 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E

Directions

Mix all ingredients into a 30 ml glass dropper jar. Store in a cool, dry place.

To use: Shake before each use. Place 2 to 3 drops in your palm and spread on your face.

Infinity Jar review

Infinity Jars | Kale and AleAfter all that work and time, I need a quality vessel for the products. I’ve looked around for good-quality glass jars, so when Infinity Jars contacted me to review their containers, the timing couldn’t be better. I looked on their website and read about the jars, and they are exactly what I’m looking for in beauty containers. According to Infinity Jars, the containers:

  • Have a tight screw top and airtight seal
  • Contain ultra-violet filtering, blocking out harmful visible rays that degrade organic matter
  • Are scent-proof
  • Naturally preserve and rejuvenate freshness
  • Come in a variety of styles and shapes (over 70) for whatever you are looking to use them for

Suggested uses include a place to hold seasoning herbs, salts, teas, flour, cosmetics, DIY locations, essential oil blends, perfume and more.

Based on my needs, I decided on the following bottle styles:

I loved the idea of the glass screw top jar. It currently has the whipped body butter mentioned above, and is keeping it the perfect consistency (somewhat of a tall order for something with coconut oil as the base). Beyond beauty products, it’s the perfect size for seasoning mixes or herbs I dry and grind from my garden.

And I have been planning to get a glass dropper jar and glass roller applicator for serum and perfume. They both dispense the perfect amount of product, and it’s staying fresh. When I roll the containers around, they are very air tight, with no leaks (which is great because I’m pretty rough on my bottles and jars). I am really happy with the glass jars, and again Infinity Jars come in a large variety of shapes and sizes.

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Easy DIY Beer Swag Art

DIY beer swag art | Kale and Ale

Are you like me and you’ve amassed a collection of beer swag over the years, often for free from events and breweries? And like me, is it just sitting in some box or drawer or closet or shelf, out of sight? And like me, do you have basement walls begging for art that displays your interests? If so, wow, we’re really similar, let’s meet (at a tap room obvi, right?!?!).

Even if you don’t say “yes” to all the questions, I have a fun, quick way to show your love of suds: Easy DIY Beer Swag Art! Seriously, this project took about 20 minutes to put together (although times vary on amount of items you are using, but it’s so quick!).

You can make it look however you want. I’ve left mine with room to grow as I visit more places and collect more items.

You will need:

DIY beer art items | Kale and Ale

Items to make your DIY beer art poster

  • Poster frame in a good size to display items
  • Poster board
  • Double-sided tape or scrapbooking stickers like this
  • Scissors
  • Beer swag-I used coasters and stickers, any flat item works best

What to do:DIY beer art | Kale and Ale

  • Cut poster board, if needed
  • Arrange items for poster
  • Stick coasters, stickers, etc. to board with tape
  • Place in frame and hang
  • Grab a beer and admire your work

How do you display your memorabilia? I would love to see a picture if you make this or have another way you show off your goods!

Homemade beer face mask

Beer face mask | KaleAndAle.com

Brightening beer face mask: Beer, egg white and lime

It’s no secret Kale and Ale is a fan of beer. A light beer is so quenching in the warmer months. So much so, my dry face didn’t want to miss out in beer’s hydrating properties.

Since leaving the humid locales of South Florida, my already dry skin has been extra dry. I’ve spent more time and money these past 16 months looking into skin products than makeup. After trying a store-bought oatmeal mask, I wondered if there are homemade versions I could try.

An Internet search revealed many ingredients found in the kitchen touted in skincare products could be used to make face masks.

I clicked on a Real Simple gallery since I trust the source to be realistic and approachable for the every woman, and found many masks I want to try. But one mix jumped out at me: a beer mask. The stuff I love putting in my belly going on my face? I was so intrigued, I had to try it.

The mask consists of beer, an egg white and lime mixed and spread on the face. The reason this mask works is because the ingredients in the beer dissolve dead skin cells and, when mixed with the egg white, the mask hydrates and improves elasticity, according to the Real Simple blurb. The vitamin C in the lime helps clear pores and fade brown spots, it adds.

The egg white acts as glue to keep it all together, and right away the lime and beer made my face tingle in a good way. Also, I smelled good, so I had to remember there is raw egg in the mask, otherwise I probably would have tried to lick my own face. The mask quickly dried, so I wasn’t worrying about making a mess. Since it took almost 10 minutes to set, I kept the mask on five minutes longer than recommended for a total of 15 minutes.

The mask felt good on my face and made my face feel cleaner and tighter after. I’m not sure it was super hydrating (but I do have very dry skin, so others might notice more a difference) but it felt clarifying. I would do this mask again; I give it two cheers!

Have you used homemade beauty treatments? If so, what were they and how did they work; I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Brightening Beer Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup beer, any brand
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Mix it all together
  2. Put on face (I used a basting brush)
  3. Wash off after 10 to 15 minutes

DIY flag tank top

DIY flag tank top | KaleandAle.com

The finished product

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in this blog post that I want to make a flag tank for my Fourth of July 8k race. This weekend, I made said flag tank, and share it with you. I haven’t washed this and am not sure how it will hold up, but my goal is to wear it July Fourth. Anything beyond that is gravy.

DIY flag tank top supplies | KaleandAle.com

Getting the supplies together

Working on the tank | KaleAndAle.com

Full concentration to cut messy stars.

I wanted this shirt to have a somewhat random and messy look, so if I did mess up it wouldn’t be a huge deal or stick out too much. I put on the shirt and measured where I wanted the blue star field to end and the red and white stripes to start, and used painter’s tape to divide the fields. I then cut  out stars of various sizes and taped them on. Be sure to put something between the shirt, so the paint doesn’t bleed through to the back.

Using a sponge and fabric paint, I painted around the stars once, then made a second layer on areas I wanted to touch up, letting it dry fully between rounds. I then put red paint on the long side of the sponge and made two layers of vertical lines. The end result is what I had in mind, and I have a hair tie with ribbons to give some flair up top.

As far as the running and training for the 8k, it’s not going that well, but I am getting stronger. This race certainly won’t set any personal records, but it has gotten me back into running every two or three days, so that is great.

What festive plans do you have for July Fourth?

My week in review

I know it’s not a very exciting blog post, but I have had a lot of interesting things come up this week, that I thought I would share them here ahead of sitting down and writing some better blog posts I’ve been meaning to share. Still off my high of my mom and grandma visiting me in Minnesota for the first time since I moved here, some other fun things happened this week:

First, my CSA starts in 10 days! Culinary Delights Farm can not deliver my food to me fast enough! (And remember, if you ever want to find a CSA, market or produce stand in your area, visit Local Harvest.)

I tried (and fell in love with) a new food truck this week: O’Cheeze. They make unique, gourmet grilled cheese, and I added a cup of  tasty, homemade soup on a cold day for only $2 more!

O'Cheeze kaleandale.com

Portobello grilled cheese and tomato soup, great on a cool summer day!

I realized I’m running the July 4th 8k I ran last year, so I got into a running routine this week, the first time I’ve been serious since I moved. That is the kind of motivation I need to run. Although I love it, it’s so easy to slack off. I’m excited for the run, but my lungs and legs are not. I’m thinking of making some kind of Pinterest-inspired shirt for the race. Anyone have suggestions or luck with any such thing?

Not mine, an idea I found on Pinterest.

What fabulous things have you done this week?