Microdermabrasion treatment at home

Microdermabrasion treatments can cost hundreds of euro in spas and clinics. The internet has exploded with cheap, simple recipes for this treatment at home. However, many of these recipes are too harsh for the skin and leave faces dry and cracked. So I decided to make up my own recipe that will not only reveal a layer of new, fresh skin.. but one that is bright, soft and healthy.

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  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp lavender oil (or any oil you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon)
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • a jar / container

Method:

  1. Combine the oils and juice in the container
  2. Add the baking soda and mix
  3. Apply to face with fingers immediately after and rub in circular motions for 2 minutes
  4. Wash off with warm water
  5. Apply toner and moisturiser to soothe the skin

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if this worked for you in the comment below or on facebook and twitter

Makeup remover

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After a day of wearing makeup it’s essential to remove it properly and to cleanse your face. I have tried and tested many branded makeup removers but often they leave my eyes red and irritated. Here’s my recipe for your very own makeup remover 😀

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Aloe vera gel
  • 1 tbsp Rose water
  • A jar / container

Method:

  1. Add the coconut oil to the jar and mix to help it melt
  2. Pour in the rose water, and mix into a runny paste
  3. Lastly, add the aloe vera gel and stir to combine
  4. Apply to remove makeup with a cotton bud/pad

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If this recipe is too oily for you, replace 1tbsp of coconut oil with the aloe vera gel 🙂

Hope this works for you! Let me know below, on Facebook or on Twitter 🙂

Miracle face cleanse

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For a few months now, I’ve been making up small batches of this and using it for big occasions. I generally have clear skin, but when I was in 6th year the stress led to poor skin. Every few weeks I would use this and my blemishes would vanish! So I’ve decided to share this little recipe with you all so that you can benefit from it too 😉 Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 slice of lime
  • a large sprig of lavender (1/4 cup)
  • 5 or 6 medium strawberries
  • a mortar and pestle
  • a jar / container

Method:

  • Dice the strawberries
  • Remove the rind of the lime and chop the mini segments
  • Chop up the lavender
  • Add the strawberries, lime, lavender and olive oil to the mortar and pestle, crush into a paste
  • Optional: here you could blend the mixture to get a fine, smooth texture if you like (I prefer the raw feel of it)
  • Pour into the jar / container and seal to keep it fresh
  • When applying, dunk a cotton pad into the jar and rub the face in circular motions, leave on for 2 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Use daily, weekly or on a big day when you need fresh looking skin!

Here’s the step by step photos

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I use it a lot when my skin is in poor shape, and I see instant results 🙂 Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter x

Best ever omelette sandwich

This recipe can double as a hearty breakfast AND a lazy lunch!

A great way to use up leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 shallots

  • 2 handfuls of sweet peppers of your own preference

  • 2 handfuls of cooked, diced potato

  • 2 handfuls meat of your choice (I used leftover Christmas ham)

  • 2 handfuls mushrooms (I used buttons)

  • 3 large eggs

  • 100mls milk

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp basil

  • a swig of vinegar (I used Apple & Lingonberry from IKEA)

  • a small bit of cooking oil (I used ‘1 calorie olive oil spray’)

  • seasoning

  • 2 slices of bread

  • a little butter

Method:

  1. Fry off the diced shallots and mushrooms in a little oil over a medium heat in a frying pan. Add the potato and cook until lightly crispy. Add the sliced or crushed garlic
  2. Sprinkle the herbs, spices and seasoning over the pan mixture. Then, add the meat and cook until piping hot.             NOTE:                                                                                                                                                                               If you are going to cook the peppers, add them to the pan now. I added them to the sandwich later on, I love that fresh juicy crunch
  3. Crack the 3 eggs into a jug and whisk with the milk.
  4.  Pour the egg mixture onto the frying pan.
  5. Once the egg is set, fold the omelette onto itself. Cut slices as you wish and transfer to a plate.
  6. Butter 2 slices of bread. If you want a real luxurious treat, use an artisan bread like tiger loaf or ciabatta. Plain white pan bread works just fine as well. Using an egg lifter, lift the omelette onto the bread and sprinkle over the peppers if you did not cook them. close the sandwich and slice it however you like. Hope your sandwich is delicious 😀d3cc5a_a5171ed09c8e45a682e3128ff9bf818ad3cc5a_42ba7ee54037408bb55f2f12d427be28d3cc5a_a66a2f33a9c644fd84697d91fdb2fb6cd3cc5a_5223c3faad4b41a5811d8402df91d882d3cc5a_c8a461118c994e088fae415695c5354bd3cc5a_5e320e68441a4f64a9c401956913780c

Ginger (Anti-Nausea) Oil

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As a person who suffers from motion sickness regularly, I know it can be so irritating to feel nauseous after a car ride for hours after. My solution to the problem is this very simple oil to take the stress out of long car journeys!

Ingredients:

  • Ginger
  • Vegetable Oil
  • A jar / dispenser

Method:

  1. Take a large block off of a piece of ginger
  2. Peel off the outer layer (its a lot easier if you heat the ginger beforehand)
  3. Slice into cubes
  4. In a mortar and pestle, grind down the ginger into a smooth paste (or as near to it as you like), adding a little bit of oil to loosen the ginger
  5. Add the oil until a satisfactory quantity is produced
  6. Pour into the container and seal
  7. When you feel nauseous, remove the lid and rub a little bit of oil on your hands. Sniff regularly to ease nausea!

This oil helps me to relax while on car journeys when the last thing I want to worry about is feeling sick. Let me know if the oil worked for you in the comments below. I would love to hear your feedback!

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DIY Revitalising eye cream

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I often have puffy red eyes when I wake up in the morning, so I decided to make it go away! Taking inspiration from a homeopathy book, I have put together my own recipe for an eye cream to soothe and replenish the eyes.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Coconut oil (Virgin)
  • Evening Primrose oil / Vitamin E oil
  • Rose water / Rose oil
  • Repair balm (Optional, I used Baume B5 – La Roche-Posay)
  • An empty container, preferably a small jar (I used a recycled eye cream jar)

Method:

  1. In a bowl, mix 2 tsp Coconut oil with 2 capsules of Evening primrose oil using a cue-tip / cocktail stick
  2. Add 1 tsp of rose water and mix until combined
  3. Add a large squirt of aloe vera gel and repair balm
  4. Stir the mixture until everything has dissolved
  5. Using a spoon, transfer the contents of the bowl into the jar and close
  6. Apply day and night to the eye area after cleansing for a refreshing eye lift!

Thank you for reading this post. I hope that you like this recipe, and if you do please comment and share. I’d love to hear your feedback!