Tip of the Day

Green Tea contains anti-oxidants which slow down aging, fight off infection and keep your body in check. Use some freshly brewed tea as a hair soak, apply as a skin toner, add to the bath or even drink some to reap in the benefits ūüėÄ

 

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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

 

The Great Amateur Cook-off (with printables)

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Bored on a lazy Sunday? Why not host a cook-off with your friends! I have instructions and printables here –>¬†Cook-Off

The idea:

Gather 3 or more friends to battle in a food-filled war. Print off the food challenges, cut them up and add them to a jar. The adjudicator (one of your friends acts as a judge) picks out a challenge from the jar. Everyone puts an agreed amount of money (‚ā¨5 should be fine) into a jar to pay for ingredients and a winning prize (Eg. Cinema tickets). When everyone has their ingredients and materials set up, let the games begin!

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Have you tried this out with your friends yet? I’d love to hear from you and even see some pictures ūüėÄ Send me feedback in the comments below or on¬†Facebook¬†and¬†Twitter¬†x

 

 

 

 

3 Basic Steps to Making Candles

Making your own candles can be so expensive, so here’s my tutorial on how to make candles in 3 easy steps. Hopefully you’ll have some of these ingredients lying around in the house. If you really want to go all out, you can buy wax and start the candle from scratch but I must warn you that it is quite expensive here in Ireland. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Leftover Candle Wax (Any type)
  • A skewer
  • A Jar
  • Candle wick / twine / rope
  • Saucepan
  • Water
  • An essential oil (optional: most candles have enough scent to last even until the last drop but add some if you like)

Method:    

  1. Add candles to a saucepan
  2. Pour in water to cover bottoms of candles
  3. Allow to melt on a low heat (20 mins or so)
  4. While the candle wax is melting, tie the wick around the base of the skewer as shown below in the pictures, sit skewer on top of the jar
  5. When the wax has become liquid, carefully pour it into the jar
  6. Have fun with it, add different coloured waxes separately to make a cool design ūüėÄ
  7. Light your candle and relax!

I hope you liked this easy tutorial and made some cool candle mixtures. Send me a photo or feedback 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 ūüôā

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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.

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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 ūüėČ 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 ūüôā

 

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