Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DIY Lip Balm

How to make your own lip balm, it’s very easy!

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I’ve been making my own lip balm for a few years now. Mainly, because of my allergy to kathon cg and my atopic eczema, I couldn’t find one that suited me. When you make your own you can really tailor the ingredients for your own needs. The recipe I use is from Design Sponge and it has worked very well for me. I usually make half the recipe, which makes about 4 tubes.

I ordered some new lip balm supplies last week and decided to try them out. And while doing so I thought why not document it a bit, so next time I can remember what I did and what to do differently.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. beeswax
  • 3-5 drops essential oil of your choice (optional), I used tea tree oil
  • flavourings and sweetener to taste (optional), I used vanilla and honey
  • grater and a cutting board
  • a heatproof cup, I like this because it has a handle and a spout
  • a tablespoon
  • empty lip balm tubes

DIY Lip Balm How To Imaginary Wardrobe

  1. Start by grating the beeswax. Measure it by lightly patting it into the tablespoon, don’t push or the lip balm will be too hard. If you grate too much, that’s ok. Just put it back to the bag and use it next time!
  2. Add grated beeswax and coconut oil to the heatproof cup.
  3. Warm the mixture in the microwave. Keep a close eye on it, because the coconut oil melts in a few seconds. Stir so that the beeswax melts faster, then heat and stir more as needed. I’d say about 30 seconds total.
  4. The mixture should look like even honey coloured liquid when it’s ready. There should be no beeswax chunks floating there. Now is the time to add you extras if you want to. I use tea tree oil. This time, I also added vanilla and honey flavour oils and some sweetener. I’d never used those before so I only added a few drops each, and I have to say I can’t really notice them at all. Next time I’ll add more.
  5. Pour the mixture into the empty lip balm tubes and let them cool for a bit. They should be usable in about a minute, at least if you live in a cold country like I do. There might be some overflow, but just put the caps on and wipe them clean.

DIY Lip Balm Imaginary Wardrobe

You’ve just made your own lip balm!

DIY Lip Balm Imaginary Wardrobe

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Week

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1. Jake finished with GTA and now he is playing Arkham Origins. I really like watching people play. I’ve been making a lot of pom-poms while watching, more on that later.

2. In the beginning of the week it got frosty and pretty. I really like this about Finland: well paved, quiet roads in the middle of forests. This autumn I acknowledged to myself that I don’t really care for music and got into audio books instead. I’ve been listening through all the Harry Potters. I just finished the last one and don’t know what to pick next.

3. Mid week, we got some snow, and the kids, or maybe the retirees, of the apartment building made a snow man.

4. I came home from ballet class and Jake asked if I was thirsty. He had bought me 12 cans of PepsiMax! We never buy cans, so it’s felt quite luxurious!

5. I’ve also started on glögg. It’s time. I love glögg. I don’t know if I should call it mulled wine, but it doesn’t have any wine in it, just juice and spices.

6. I ordered a bunch of different kinds of flavour and fragrance oils, empty lip balm tubes and bees wax. I’ve been making my own lip balm for a few years, but have never tried any extras. I got honey and vanilla flavour oils and a sweetener for lip balm making. And then some scent oils: cotton candy, winter wonderland, vanilla, honey, blueberry and honeysuckle. I already tested the cotton candy by mixing a bit into my fragrance free body moisturizer and while it smelled a bit odd in the original bottle it did smell just like cotton candy mixed in to the moisturizer. I can’t wait to experiment more!

7. It’s been a cold, snowy and sunny day. Fresh air is the best.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This Week

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1. I thought I’d document this incredibly unhealthy and frankly weird grocery haul we did. I wish I could say that this was a rare occasion, but no, we pretty much eat this kind of crap everyday.  Future Riikka, I can feel your horror. Anyway, we bought (most of this was on sale btw): a packet of Dumle donuts, two ready made spaghetti meals, a frozen kebab pizza, an avocado, 15 eggs, 9 Tupla chocolate bars, laundry detergent, spinach, rosolli (a kind of cooked salad you eat at Christmas, I love it) a packet of chicken patties, two Magnum ice creams (white chocolate for Jake, almond for me), yarn (always yarn) and a cucumber.

2. I had a random fever on Monday, and felt a bit off for a few days. I drank a lot of Finrexin and vitamin-C. I absolutely swear by vitamin-C if you feel like you might be coming down with something. Blueberry is my favourite flavour, you can have it hot or cold.

3. They had put up the Christmas lights in front of our building. It actually looks kind of depressing, because it’s so dark, but once we get some snow I know it’ll look lovely.

4. There is chicken kebab available here now, and I really wanted to try it. It was raining quite heavily, but I managed to convince Jake that we should go get some. I got this wrap thing and was huge, the size of my arm, and so delicious. I managed to eat half and I’ll have the other half for lunch today. Can’t wait!

5. How do you take pictures of your nails? I’ve been loving this nail polish I mentioned last week. It’s Mavala Diamond Powder and it’s just so pretty.

6. Jake, with his lovely moustache, playing GTA. I made this larger cloud for a project my cousin is doing. I wasn’t sure it was the size she wanted, so I used Jake as a prop and send her this picture.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blueberry Quark Pie

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Jake and I have been dating for three years today! Is three year dating anniversary a thing? I’ll spare you all the sappy talk, but I did make this blueberry quark pie (Jake’s favourite) to commemorate this occasion. Woohoo!

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Blueberry Quark Pie

Crust

100g butter

3/4 dl sugar

1 egg

3 dl flour

Mix together butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour and mix until smooth.

Grease the pie pan and pat the dough in.

Filling

500g quark

1 dl sugar

2 eggs

4 tsp vanilla sugar

Mix all ingredients together.

250g blueberries (frozen or fresh) + some sugar to taste

Spread the blueberries evenly on top of the crust. Pour the filling on top. Bake for about 30 minutes in 200° Celsius. Sappy writing with leftover dough optional.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

This Week

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1. Very autumn like weather this week, rainy and warm.
2. I made some actual food this week. We bought a whole salmon (with head and all) and I actually managed to cut it and bake it. I made mashed potatoes to go with it and it was delicious!
3. Jake had a Guilty Gear meet-up in Jyväskylä, so I spend the weekend by myself. Here he is leaving with the spare mattress, a suit case and an arcade stick. The best part is that you can sleep in the middle of the bed, the worst being slightly scared all the time.
4. I bought some random things this week: a fake spruce wreath for a DIY project, a small house shaped lantern (I want to collect a whole village of them), some sparkly silver nail polish and a pair of super comfy slippers.
5. New gum! The flavour is “Polka Mint” and it’s my new favourite. So good.
6. I love these Viidakkomuumi sheets. They are part of the Moomin line of Finlayson. They are quite expensive, but sometimes you see them on sale.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

This Week

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1. Jake still with his beard (and pizza!) before Movember started. With just his moustache I think he looks like somebody’s uncle. Only a month left!

2. I added wrist weights to my walks. I already wear a weighted vest of 9 kg. Can you tell I try to get everything out of my walks? I never run because a plastic surgeon said in the news a few years back, that he could always tell which of his patients run by the sagginess of their skin. Whew! That’s my excuse now!

3. Weekly sauna. We don’t have our own, so we use the shared sauna downstairs. We have it booked for an hour on Thursdays. Saturday would be more traditional, but there was no available time then. Nothing makes me feel so thoroughly clean as a good sauna.

4. I finished reading this book on how Mona Lisa became so famous. It was quite good. I prefer reading non-fiction in bed, because it’s interesting, but not gripping. I mean, I can put it down after 20 minutes or so and not read until morning because I must know what happens next. I’m looking at you Harry Potter.

5. Eating pizza in front of the computer and watching a new episode of Kill Arman. Although I had to stop eating, because there was quite a lot of talk about feces.

6. The snow is gone and it’s been raining a lot instead. I love rain, so all is good!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Italian Apple Cobbler

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I have no idea if this actually has anything to do with Italy, but that’s what the recipe called it. What I do know is that this is the easiest, the very best apple pie I’ve ever eaten. It’s soooo good. The recipe I’ve linked to is in Finnish and I don’t know if I’m allowed to post a translation on my blog, if you want it just send me an email.

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I made this last night and asked Jake if he’d like some? His reply: only if he could have a piece that had neither apples nor almonds. Well then. I’ll just eat this all by myself.

WP_20131102_004Super good with some vanilla ice cream. And coffee.

Side note: speaking of ice cream, in American movies they always eat it out of a jar type of container, I think it’s called a pint? Straight out of it with a spoon mostly too, which to me seems very unhygienic, sort of like drinking milk straight out of the carton. Over here ice cream mostly comes in square shape and you cut pieces with a knife. Just thought I’d share that!

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