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Bull or No Bull, Mother's Day edition: Testing do-it-yourself spa hacks at home

Posted at 7:00 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 09:59:38-04

A lot of us our staying home these days following stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, which means we can't head out to the spas to celebrate our moms for Mother's Day. But, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a spa day at home.

I decided to test out of DIY hacks for a spa day at home. I'll let you know if they're Bull or No Bull!


First up, we tested a volumizing sea spray that we found from The Penny Hoarder. Click here to see step-by-step instructions and other DIY ideas.

We combined a cup of hot water with about a tablespoon of Epsom salt. We also added a little bit of aloe and an all-natural hair conditioner for softness.

Initially, ours was pretty clumpy. So we took a fork and stirred it around. That seemed to do the trick! Then, we let it cool. You can also add an essential oil if you have some. We then poured the mixture into an empty spray bottle.

You should be able to use this on damp or dry hair (I went with dry hair!) I spritzed the mist onto my roots, scrunched my hair and then flipped it up.

Not only did my hair have great volume, but it felt soft and healthy! Plus, it gave me the "I was just at the beach" look without actually going to the beach. EXTRA BONUS: I didn't have to do any other styling for my hair! That deserves a virtual high five.

I'm going with... NO BULL!

The Penny Hoarder article says the off-the-shelf cost for something like this would be around $15, but the DIY version is only about $1. Talk about savings!


What about a manicure? Well, if you have clear nail polish, you're in luck!

I saw this one all over the internet. Here's a fun tutorial to follow along. Though, we attempted ours another way.

In our version, we poured a little bit of the clear nail polish into a clear disposable cup. Then, we found two eye shadows I didn't mind demolishing to create a colored nail polish. One was magenta and the other was more of a deeper ocean blue.

We mashed up the eye shadow with a tooth pick to make the powder loose.

We dumped the two eye shadows into the clear nail polish, grabbed a disposable spoon to stir, and the colors blended perfectly. Plus, the extra step of using the toothpick to break up the eye shadow helped to make the consistency fine, so there weren't any big clumps.

I plan on using the rest of my clear nail polish later, as it's the only one I have at home right now. So, I grabbed a brush out of another nail polish that I'm tossing out to use for the application step.

I dipped that brush into the cup, and applied the color to my nails. The more eye shadow you add, the more pigmented and rich the color will be. It only took one coat for my nails to showcase the true color we just created.

I'd say, that is the mani-CURE! I'm going with... NO BULL!


Also, I found another hack of how to make a DIY Sugar Scrub from Simple Veganista. Click here for the instructions!

If you're looking for Mother's Day deals, click here!

As always, I love hearing from you! Let me know what products you want me to try before you buy next, and I'll let you know if they're Bull or No Bull!