Rose petal & Cucumber face mask

roseandcucumeI found this recipe in Fiann O’ Nuallain‘s book ‘The Holistic Gardener: Beauty Treatments from the Garden’ on page 110 and fell in love. This book.. is.. amazing. I got it as a present from my cousin and have been consulting it for every beauty issue I have, and I really recommend it for any newbies to DIY beauty or people who just do it for fun, like me.

Anyway, so this recipe is a toning face mask which uses panthenoic acid, cucurbitacin, cucumerin which hydrate skin, yoghurt which balances the skin’s natural pH and rose petals to cleanse, soothe and stimulate your skin cells. Good for those with normal, combination, sensitive, dry and oily skin.. an all-round winner in my books!

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  • Rose petals of 1 flower (about a cup)
  • 80g cucumber (Roughly 10 slices)
  • 80g natural yoghurt
  • Some of your preferred flour to thicken (optional)

Method:

  1. Blend the petals, cucumber and yoghurt into a pulp
  2. Add flour to thicken if you like (I used some white rice flour to make a paste)
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes, or until dry
  4. Rinse off with warm water and feel how smooth and baby-soft your skin now is 😀

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe, let me know how you got on in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter 🙂 x

Simple beauty DIYs to welcome Spring

This winter has been particularly harsh across the globe so here are some simple DIY’s to move you on into Spring. Enjoy!

Meg from Mego on the Go has made up a simpDIY Hot Oil Treatment - Only 3 simple ingredients. All natural! Very easy to do.le recipe that only uses 3 ingredients. In winter, our hair becomes brittle and dry due to all the bad weather so give your locks some much needed lovin’ with this at-home hair mask.

 

 

 

 

  • Grapefruit face/body scrubDIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub - Exfoliate dead skin cells  and renew damaged skin with this gentle homemade sugar scrub recipe!

Get rid of that leftover dead skin with a scrub from Crissy over at Dear Crissy. I personally don’t like the taste of grapefruit but the smell is just divine and it is so full of vitamins and minerals that I just can’t resist this scrub! Make your February your month to rid yourself of the leftovers of  winter and look forward to spring.

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Mud’ maskDIY Edible Mud Mask via Essentially Eclectic

After you’ve exfoliated with the scrub, use a moisturising face mask to give your skin some suppleness. This ‘mud mask’ from Thinking Closet (Scroll down to the 2nd recipe on the list) is just the thing to feel rejuvenated after the harsh winter!

 

 

  • Beautiful hair spray trio                          Spa sprays
    These sprays from One Good Thing by Jillee are a good way to keep your hair strong, de-frizzed and even lighten your hair. The three include: ‘Lighten & Brighten’ spray, ‘Smooth & Shine’ spray, and finally ‘Strengthen & Volume’ spray. Get a pack of empty spray bottles from Dealz or a cheap euro/dollar shop to keep the spray in. Maybe even carry one in your handbag/schoolbag/whatever for on the go!

 

DIY Bunny Bath Bombs

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Why not finish off this list with a cute and fun bath bomb recipe? Easter is just around the corner and this treat will definitely get you in the mood. Crystal over at A Pumpkin and a Princess has just the recipe you need. If you don’t have a similar mould, just go for a cupcake mould (preferably silicone as this makes it easier to remove the bath bomb) like this one –>  

 

 

 

I really hope you enjoyed this list! In the next few days I’ll release a list for Spring crafts you can try. Hope you have fun trying out these DIY’s, let me know in the comments below or on facebook and twitter x

 

Best homemade gift ideas

With only 9 days left until the big day, I’m sure a few gift receivers have been forgotten so here’s my list of 7 quick and easy homemade beauty and edible gifts to get you back on track 🙂

  • Body Butterbody-butter-blog

 

This luxurious body butter from Hens and Honey is sure to make anyone happy. It’s rich and creamy and oh so delish for your skin. Made with just Cocoa butter, Coconut oil and an essential oil of your choice, this gift is simple and cheap while not skimping out on quality.

 

 

 

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  • Coffee scrub

Mmm.. this lovely exfoliating scrub from More than a Mom of three for the caffeine lover in your life. Coffee helps to reduce puffy eyes, exfoliates, tightens and even brightens the skin. Wow, it’s good for you AND it’s scrumptious.. I know whats on my list for Christmas.

 

  • Shaving creamhomemade-rosemary-mint-shaving-cream-top

This rosemary and minty shaving cream from Food for my Family is so versatile and is a more uni-sexual gift. It takes heavenly Shea butter and a blend of oils to muster up this beauty but boy is it worth it. For someone you want to pamper, this is the ideal gift.

 

 

 

  • Lip balm DSCN2737

Now I couldn’t make a list without adding in one or two of my own recipes, could I? I’ve tried and tested this recipe many times over without fail. It’s my go-to lip balm and I always keep one in my bag for college. The recipe is simple and the outcome is a luscious lip balm that with soothe your lips, what more could you want?

  • Ice cream in a box     FF-WH-Hostess-ice-cream                                                                   This idea is wonderful and whoever thought of it is a genius. Ah-hem  EmmyandGabbie. Everyone loves ice cream. Well, any sane person. And everyone loves decorating their ice cream like a little child. So who could turn away this gift? You could make all of the sauces and even make some toppings eg. honeycomb pieces, hard candy pieces and chocolate cookies dough bites.. it would be so damn delicious!
  • Movie night in a boxg2

Another ‘in a box’ gift, but just as cool. Everybody loves to relax and watch a movie or a TV show during their free time. How about treats and a DVD on the house? I hear no complaints! This cute idea from Megan Shipton is so cheap but looks really good. So you could buy a plastic popcorn box from the euro shop/dollar store like in the picture, or put it all in a box or basket. Either looks cute! Then add a DVD that you think they’ll like and fill ‘er up with goodies or you could even go all out and hand make some treats.

  • Bath bombsDSCN3180

Here’s another recipe from my blog that I think you’ll like. These bath bombs are Orange & Cinnamon, Rose & Jasmine, and Peppermint Very simple to make and can look good with any mold. Wrap ’em up all nice in a clear bag or put them in a gift box like I did, either way they’ll look great.

So thats it! I hope you liked the post and that you try out a few of these before the year is out. Let me know how it goes in the comments below or on facebook and twitter

Soothing Bath bombs

Happy winter, guys! How is it December already? Anyway, I wanted to share this trio of bath bombs recipe with you because I know it’s just what you need on a winter’s night. They’re super easy and super worth it so get ready for a luxuriously spa night in 😉 Might I suggest a calming face mask and a scrub as well?

Ingredients:

  • 120g baking soda
  • 120mls  lemon juice/Citric acid
  • 1 tbsp Epsom salts
  •  a handful of bath salts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 60g cornflour
  • 50mls  water
  • Scents/colours: -Orange: orange essence, orange food colouring, cinnamon, a drop of clove oil -Rose: rosewater, dried jasmine flowers, red food colouring (to make pink) -Peppermint: peppermint and green food colouring (1 tsp of each)
  • a spritz of body glitter/shimmer (optional)
  • A mould
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Ingredients

Method:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients
  2. Add the scents or colours to the coconut oil and make a paste
  3. Add 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts water in a bowl/glass
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the coconut oil paste
  5. Separate the dry ingredients into three bowls and add the suitable coconut butter paste
  6. Slowly pour a small amount of the lemon juice and water mix to the other ingredients in each of the three bowls (Slow to ensure mixture does not fizz up)
  7. Mixture should feel like wet sand when touched
  8. Using your hands, add large amounts of the mixture to the moulds and overfill them to ensure a solid bath bomb
  9. Leave in the mould in a cool, dry place for a day or in the freezer for 1 hour
  10. Slowly pat the outside of the mold to help the release of the bath bomb
  11. Release the bath bomb and add to a hot bath and enjoy 🙂

 

Woo! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and had a great time using your bath bomb. Let me know how yours went in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter x

Pampering face mask

Hi guys! I know I haven’t posted in ages but I’ve been so busy with college. Anyway, I wanted to share this recipe I made up today, with you because I feel it really works. My skin has been dull and limp lately and this mask was a real pick-me-up 🙂 Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sachet brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp rosewater (more if needed)

Method:

  1. Mix yeast and rosewater together to make a paste
  2. Add the honey, if the consistency is too thick add more rosewater
  3. Apply to face using an old foundation brush
  4. Leave on face for 15-20 minutes
  5. Wash off with lukewarm water and feel rejuvenated!
  6. You may need to wash your face afterwards with a light face wash to make sure that all the yeast is gone from your skin, but the results will be exceptional 🙂

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I hope you all enjoyed this recipe 😀 Let me know in the comments below or on facebook and twitter. Thanks guys!

A guide to plant products and their beauty/health benefits – A

As we know most of the active agents in beauty, healthcare and remedial products come from plants, I have decided to make up a guide to all the weird and wonderful properties of common plants to help you to make your decisions on which products to use. These are all products that can be bought in supermarkets and health shops. So firstly, I will display these in alphabetical order for easy usage. The next set will be posted soon!


Acai berry:

  • Acts as an internal cleanseracai-berries1
  • Helps the body flush out waste and toxins
  • Contain vits A, C, E for skin rejuvenation
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Contains linoleic and oleic acids which lower cholesterol, prevent hypertension
  • Contains omega 3 to improve memory
  • Antioxidant
  • Help to fight cancer
  • Increases libido

Aloe vera:aloe-vera-2

  • Aids digestion
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves circulation
  • Heals wounds
  • Moisturizers the skin
  • Increases elasticity of the skin
  • Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal, Anti-viral

Almonds:

  • Raises HDL cholesterol which combats LDL cholesterolpm_almonds2111
  • Contains manganese, copper, riboflavin which increase energy production
  • Strengthens bones and teeth
  • Remedy for anaemia
  • Prevents acne
  • Makes hair silky and shiny
  • Shields skin from sun exposure
  • Moisturising
  • Anti-aging, anti-oxidant
  • Reduces dark circles around the eyes
  • A natural makeup remover
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Strengthens, nourishes, smooths hair
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Treats dandruff
  • De-frizzes hair
  • Thickens and lengthens hair

Apple cider vinegar:cider01

  • Makes hair shiny
  • Regulates the skin’s pH
  • Removes tooth stains
  • Soothes sunburnt skin
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Cleanses the lymph nodes and reduces mucous congestion
  • Prevents candida
  • Reduces heartburn
  • Repells fleas on animals
  • Acts as a cleaning product while leaving a pleasant smell
  • Lowers blood sugar levels

Avocado:avocado

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Aids digestion
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of cataracts

I hope you find this guide useful! I will post the next set very soon 🙂

(All photos were taken from google images)

Luscious lip balm

Lip balm is an essential in daily life if you want smooth, soft lips. Daily, our lips are battered from the weather, the food we eat and from biting them. They need a little TLC to nourish them! Here’s my recipe-

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  • 2 tbsp Beeswax
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree oil
  • Essential oil / flavouring of your choice
  • Food colouring

Method:

  1. If your beeswax is in sheet form, cut it up into little pieces with a knife, until it fills 2 tbsp
  2. Add to a bowl over hot water and turn to a low heat, allow to melt
  3. Add the coconut oil to the bowl and mix until combined
  4. Pour in tea tree oil, stir
  5. While still on the heat, add a few drops of flavouring and food colouring, mix to combine
  6. Pour mixture into silicone cups / a silicone mini muffin tray
  7. Leave to cool and harden for 10 minutes
  8. Apply to lips and enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know how you got on in the comments below or on facebook and twitter x

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

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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