DIY 3 ingredient Mascara

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I recently needed to replace my mascara and having read about some fellow zero wasters who’d made their own, I was intrigued. It took me a while to find a recipe with ingredients that i could access easily but I finally settled on a modified version of this one from The Green Lassie

  • ¼ tsp activated charcoal (I used the inners of activated charcoal capsules)
  • ¼ tsp bentonite clay (or another loose powder such as cornstarch)
  • 4-5 drops of grapeseed oil (or coconut/ jojoba/ olive oil / almond)
  1. Take activated charcoal and mix well with bentonite clay
  2. Add 4-5 drops of oil and mix a little
  3. Add your water until smooth, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl
  4. After a few minutes, you’ll get a smooth consistency which you can then pour into a small container. If the mixture is too think add a few more drops of oil.
  5. Let the mixture sit for at least an hour before applying.

I’m really happy with this mascara and I doubt I’ll ever by mascara again. I found it stays on very well during the day and doesn’t smudge and it’s easy peasy to remove at the end of the day.

I’ve seen similar recipes using aloe vera instead or shea butter instead of oil. I did try making mascarea with burnt almonds, as suggested by Bea Johnson, but I found I couldn’t grind the almonds down fine enough and the end result just irritated my eyes. So I switched to activated charcoal capsules which have a very fine powder inside. Just break the capsule open and voila finely ground charcoal. I couldn’t find activated charcoal without plastic packaging but the container of capsules will last me years and is recyclable. I found the activated charcoal capsules in Down to Earth, D2, the bentonite clay and the almond oil in the Co Wicklow based store

I found bentonite clay in the Co Wicklow based store and the activated charcoal capsules in Down to Earth, D2


Sustainable Ethical Yoga, Active & Leisure Wear

Asquith Lounge Wear

This is another blog entry under the theme of ethical sustainable clothing brands, this time in the realm of yoga, active and leisure wear. I’m hoping that seeing all these loving items will inspire me, one day, to start exercising again. I could garden or do housework or DIY all day long but actually setting time aside to do ‘exercise’ just doesn’t float my boat. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong!

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Homemade Card

A dear friend of mine was departing these fair isles for her home country of Australia and I was asked by the other members of our knitting group to make her a card. Here is the end result. It’s simply a circle of cardboard, wrapped in wool with two wooden skewers – capped with strips of paper – pushed through it to represent knitting needles. Simple!

I rarely get time to be visually creative, something I really miss from my days as an Interior Architect. When I get the time to make cards it’s a nice, inexpensive, low-waste way to design and make something visual and it helps to put a smile on the faces of those I care about. Win, win.


Food Waste

Lilia Siedel Hugging Pears

I was recently filmed for the news on our National TV station RTE. The segment was about the use of brown bins (compost bins) in Ireland, which apparently is on the decline. The piece equated food waste with brown bin usage but i made the point (which was edited out) that if someone is doing an excellent job of reducing their food waste they may not even need a brown bin!

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Sustainable Ethical Underwear

Do You Green Bra

So guilt-free undies, do they exist? Are they hideous? Are they expensive? Well firstly i’m happy to report that they do exist and they’re not at all hideous (well most of them) and you seem to be able to get them for the same price as an average good-quality bra, which is very encouraging. As always the definition of ‘sustainable’ and ‘ethical’ is open to interpretation. I aim to give you all the information that you require to make your own decision on the issue, just remember sometimes all we can do it make the least bad choice.

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Homemade Origami Mothers Day Card

Homemade Mothers Day Card

It’s mother’s day in Ireland this weekend and in an effort to avoid that awful plastic wrapping you get with most shop bought mothers day cards I’m making my own. Personally I wouldn’t mind not getting a card as long as there was some gesture of appreciation, but I think my mum would be heartbroken if she didn’t so this is for her.

I found this tutorial for a pretty origami dress online and teamed it with some cute patterned card that I’ve had stashed for years. I tried a few tutorials and this was the one i thought was the easiest. The tutorial is for paper so my card was a little bit stiff, which made it a bit tricky so I decided to hide its imperfections with daisy edging from a ribbon – also from the stash!

Happy Mothers day to all the mothers out there.