Friday, August 29, 2014

CHEAP Homemade Laundry Detergent

I kind of consider myself a wanna be hippie/crunchy chick. I love the idea of using essential oils for health, eating fresh and locally grown vegetables, drinking raw milk, and using yoga and meditation to clear my mind and heal my body. Now I also love eating a sleeve of ultra-processed Oreos while watching YouTube on my iPad...but I digress.

My point being that for something natural to become a part of my everyday living, it must also be fairly easy and affordable.And I have found a new natural AND cheap homemade product to add into our lives

Introducing Homemade Laundry Detergent.

This recipe is what I followed. I found all of the ingredients at my local grocery store. All together, the products probably cost around $18. But this makes 5 gallons of laundry detergent AND besides the bar of soap, the other products cold probably be reused for countless more batches of detergent.

Here are the key players, plus water and a few drops of Lavender essential oil

This is what it looks like after you dump everything into the bucket

This is what it looks like after sitting becomes very gelatinous. 

Yes, we store it in a big Walmart bucket in our closet...keeping it real showing the messy closet. 

We keep a small bucket in the laundry area with a measuring cup to pour the detergent into the washing machine.

This works just as well as store bought detergent, and for a much lower cost. You only use a small amount of the Borax and Washing Soda, so those boxes will take a long time to be completely used up. I don't think I will ever go back to buying laundry detergent when this is so easy and cheap!

Let me know if you try this out! Or if you have anymore homemade replacements for this wanna-be hippie to try :)

Love and Blessings,

Annmarie Jordan

The Godsend of Concealer - Glamoflauge Concealer Review

As someone who suffers from acne, scaring, and other skin imperfections, a concealer is a borderline necessity in my makeup collection. And I've been on the hunt for a FULL coverage concealer that doesn't cost a billion dollars for the past 6 years or so.
And I've finally found it.
Introducing: Glamoflauge Concealer from Wal-Mart
This concealer is designed to cover up anything from acne to tattoos. So I thought I’d test out that theory on my brightly colored lotus flower on my ankle
The following pictures have no filters or editing. 
My lotus flower tattoo! Ignore the dry spots...didn't want to moisturize and affect the concealer. 
After tracing and coloring it with the concealer pencil.
I do not use the pencil when I am concealing acne, but I thought I would follow the instructions to a T when covering up my tattoo.
Ignoring the fact that this is tanner than my leg and needs some ankle blending...pretty nice!
See? If my legs weren't so gosh darn pale it would be invisible! (I use the shade "Light", which matches my face much better than my leg.)
In my daily routine, I use this on top of foundation to cover the stubborn acne on my face.
You can find this at Wal-mart for only $6.00 or so! Not bad for the amazing coverage!
So if you’re looking for a full coverage concealer on a budget, look no further and run, don’t walk, to pick this bad boy up.
Love and Blessings, 
Annmarie Jordan
P.S. You might need to try Wal-Mart a few times to find this. It seems light it is almost always out of the shade I need. Apparently others have found my Holy Grail of concealer as well...