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Doable DIYs: Home and Dorm Spa Ideas

We decided to tackle some Pinterest-inspired facial DIYs. These DIYs are ones that can be done in your home, or if you’re going back to college (wow, where did summer go?), your dorm room or apartment.

We took ingredients from our pantry and kitchen and braved these three DIYs:

  1. Green Earth Bazaar’s brown sugar lip scrub
  2. Petite Elefant’s DIY pore strips
  3. As We Grow’s blackhead remover

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

This was a great DIY that we definitely recommend. It takes about 10 minutes, and the resulting product is comparable to Lush’s Mint Julip Lip Scrub.

Our weapons!

What you’ll need:

  • Brown sugar (~$2 or less)
  • Olive oil (~$7)
  • Bowl

As an experiment, we tried the same DIY but used Sugar in the Raw instead of brown sugar. This does NOT work. The sugar grains are too large, and only brown sugar has a consistency that is easy to mix with olive oil to create a scrub.

Brown sugar mixture, Lush’s lip scrub, and sugar in the raw mixture (L to R)

Scrubbing. Happy lips!

This is a far cheaper solution to dry-lips than many chapsticks, lip balms, or lip scrubs, especially if you already own the materials. We actually preferred our DIY scrub to Lush’s lip scrub because of the extra oil, making it more moisturizing and easier to apply.

This is great for a quick girls’ night activity for you college students, or if you have any brown sugar laying around.

Result: effective!

Pore Strips

This is a rather easy DIY (takes about 15 minutes), but using careful measurements are extremely important.

What you’ll need:

  • Flavorless gelatin (~$3)
  • Milk
  • Bowl
  • Makeup brush or popsicle stick

Unflavored gelatin

When we did this DIY, we used 2 tbsp of milk (the instructions say anywhere from 1.5 to 2 tbsp). The most difficult part was being ready to apply the finished solution right when it came out of the microwave. The solution congeals very quickly, but it was also rather hot so be careful to apply quickly but carefully.


Warning: This solution smells pretty bad. We added lavender oil after microwaving and the smell partially went away. It wasn’t so bad that it was unbearable, but for those of you sensitive to smell, be prepared. And in all honesty, peeling the mask off hurts a bit!

Our overall opinion is that this DIY is a viable, cheaper alternative to the Biore pore strips (~$9) and doesn’t dry out your skin as much.

Result: effective!

Lavender-basil Blackhead Remover

The procedure for this is very simple: combine the lavender oil and basil, boil, steam your face, and wash with baking soda.

Dried basil leaves, L’Occitane Lavender Essential Oil


What you’ll need:

  • Lavender oil (we used a $35 L’Occitane oil but it costs about $10 at other stores, like Whole Foods)
  • Fresh or dried basil (dried basil from Walmart for about $5)
  • Baking soda
  • Stove

Our lavender and basil boiling.

However, the results weren’t very satisfactory. We found that our skin felt no different afterwards. Also, the amount of time spent steaming our face was a little longer than we liked, and washing skin with baking soda can burn a little.

Steaming and waiting… tick tock.

If you plan on doing this DIY, try using real basil leaves and keep your face over the steam for the entire time. Let us know if you have a successful experience with this one!

Result: unsuccessful!

All of these fun spa ideas can be done in the comfort of your own home or dorm room, as long as you have at least a stove or something to boil water with — a hot water boiler or microwave, for example. Grab some girl friends and make it happen!

And the gold goes to…

As we watched the 2012 London Olympics qualfying rounds in women’s gymnastics yesterday, we were dazzled by the athletic feats and sculpted bodies of girls who could probably defeat us in arm wrestling with a pinkie finger, but found ourselves even more distracted by their makeup.

So we rounded up pictures of our favorite looks below. Who had the best look? You tell us.

Was it Daiane Garcia dos Santos from Brazil, who rocked a gorgeous bronze eyeshadow?

Daiane Garcia dos Santos of Brazil, age 29.

Was it America’s sweetheart, Gabby Douglas (nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel” for her high-flying acrobatics), who wore a fresh-faced look?

Gabby Douglas, age 16.

Could you do this when you were 16?

Bonus beauty advice from Gabby: she told Seventeen Magazine that she loves Aussie Freeze Spray for her slicked-back ponytails and dished to ESPN that she wears MAC lip gloss for interviews.

Some raved about the bright and bold eye makeup worn by Brazilian Daniele Matias Hypolito.

20-year-old Aussie Larrissa Miller went with a beautiful glittery green eyeshadow.

Yuko Shintake from Japan chose a classic eyeliner look.

Yuko Shintake, age 21.

The disappointment of all-around favorite and reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber, 17, was devastating to watch. However, we loved her dramatic yet sophisticated makeup. Good luck to her as she continues to compete for team USA!

Jordyn Wieber, age 17.

And finally, we have to look at 17-year-old Russian Aliya Mustafina, described on NBC as the classic “Russian gymnastics diva”. Her cat-like eye makeup enchanted us!

We only post GIFs on special occasions.

(We couldn’t find a picture that showed this, but Aliya and the rest of her teammates on the Russian team completed their looks with sparkly hairspray. It might be a little weird to wear to the mall, but on the glitzy and cutthroat stage of women’s gymnastics, it was… adorable?)

Who do you think took home the gold? Vote below or let us know in the comments!