This is not your typical DIY makeup setting spray recipe.
I’m not going to tell you to mix up some rosewater and glycerin and expect you to believe that it will set your makeup on a hot summer day. It won’t.
Don’t get me wrong — glycerin setting spray has its place. (I wrote a post about it, after all.) I love glycerin for its hydrating, dewy finish, and it works well when the temperature is cold or mild.
Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health. Common ingredients in these products include formaldehyde, phthalates, and dangerous aerosol propellants such as butane and propane — not to mention the thousands of other endocrine-disprupting chemicals that are not required to be disclosed on the product’s label. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, pulmonary damage, asthma, and skin issues, among other concerns.
I picked up this set of 3 small bud vases from IKEA recently. I liked the size and the shapes, but the colours (specifically the mint and pink) didn’t go with our decor. Since I still had some gold leaf and adhesive left over from the gold leaf jewelry trays project, I decided I’d use the same gold leaf technique on two of the three vases.
I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as an IKEA hack, but since it changes the style of the vases from a little bit country to a little more glam, let’s call it a hack.
I recently bought a set of small, plain white rectangular 7″ x 5″ serving plates to use for jewelry and other odds and ends. However, since the trays I purchased were plain, with a very simple etched pattern, I thought that adding interest to them with gold leaf might make them more appealing.
I’ve seen similar gold and white jewelry trays retailing for significantly more than the less than $20 I paid for my supplies, which were used to create 4 trays. For instance, wiithout naming names, one well-known designer retails a very small gold and white jewelry tray for more than $70.