Unnecessary Necessities

The things in life you didn't know you needed!

Owl nails

I love finding new animal nails to try!!  I saw these as I was scrolling through yet another google search and decided I’d give them a try myself!!  Keep reading to see the surprisingly easy how to… and remember… art skills are not necessary (seeing as I have zero).

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Homemade DIY aluminum free deodorant

      

Looks fancy doesn’t it!!  If you peeked into my room right now it would look like some odd laboratory with different jars, bowls, and even my makeshift double boiler (who knew a rice cooker with steamer attachment on top would have so many uses!).  I’ve been trying to make my own lotions, lip balms, etc in both an effort to be more cost friendly and I like to know what I’m rubbing all over myself.  I decided to try to make my own deodorant and was actually pleasantly surprised how well it works!  I have tried a few aluminum free ones and this actually works the best for me!

I mixed up a little mini batch to try it out and keep it in this cute little dish I found.  It uses coconut oil which melts around 76 degrees, so since it’s hot as all get up outside and the a/c isn’t on it’s morphed into a squishy mix (as you can tell in the second picture) but I actually think it’s easier to put on that way!  Whether it’s solid in this in-between state I put it on the same, swipe some up with your fingers and rub it on.  You will sweat because it doesn’t have the aluminum ingredients, but you won’t smell!  Keep reading to see how you can make your own!

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Galaxy nails

I’m sure everyone has seen the how do on pinterest a million times so I thought I’d give the galaxy nails a try myself!!  I’d love to give credit where it’s due but unfortunately every time I’d click on the image on pinterest I ended up with spam :/ so it was a good ole copy and paste.  If you know where the image originally came from please let me know so I can link back to it!  Click below to see how I achieved this look!

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Panda nails

These were so adorable I had a hard time taking them off, I missed my little friends!  I was pleasantly surprised how easy these were, don’t be afraid to try!

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LUSH seanik shampoo

As you can see in my about section, my skin/haircare product needs are unique because of my job.  I work at a pool teaching swim lessons, so I am actually in the water for hours a day, not just staring at it like those lucky lifeguards get to do!  Besides needing to battle chlorine, 90% of the showers I take are at work.  I needed to find a shampoo that helped with my overly chlorinated hair, make it so I didn’t constantly smell like a pool, and traveled easily!

I loved the idea of the solid shampoo bars but was hesitant to try it because the price was high for me.  I loved it and it lasts me forever (which surprised me because I have long hair).  I keep it in a travel case soap dish that I bought at the dollar store and now instead of smelling like a pool I smell like the ocean!

It might not work for everyone, but it worked for me!  The minimal packaging and no bottles to be environmentally friendly helps too!  If you want to try it for yourself, or see the other solid shampoo bars, check them out on the LUSH website!

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Watercolor nails

 

I don’t get ideas for my nails on my own, and I like to give credit where credit is due!!  I had seen watercolor nails and this blog summed it up the best!!  I used pink, yellow, orange, purple, and light green.  I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this design a lot, plus it’s perfect for spring!

 

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Cherry blossom nails

I’ll admit the look is a little bit more clustered than I would have liked, but I love the idea!  Another quick and easy look for spring!

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Blue flower nails

 

Another quick and easy nail design!  Using the method to add dots to your nails, I went with a light blue base, white dots for the middle, then a darker blue for the petals!  I might try it with different shades of pink too!  Perfect for a sunny day!

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Super veggie quesadilla

Words cannot express how excited I was when I FINALLY found this recipe.  I lived in Seattle for a year, and during my time there I would always swing by the farmers market on my way home from work each Saturday.  This was always the highlight of my trip!  I knew they had a cookbook, so I knew the recipe must be out there somewhere!  I found an article here and here and I meshed them together a bit and came up with this!  Please reference the links of the actual recipes, I want to give credit where credit is due!

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Dots dots dots dots nail

 

I’ll keep this one short and sweet.  Just went crazy with the dot application you can read about here!

 

 

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