This silky smooth mask will leave your skin glowing. Especially good before that special date or when you just need a little bit of TLC.
Choose best quality dark (70%) chocolate. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B, D and E. Some say it contains even more antioxidants than green tea! So sneak a bite while making the mask!
Let’s make the mask. In a double boiler, slowly melt 2-3 little pieces of dark chocolate. Once cooled a little, add 1tsp of lovely almond oil, or any other other oil you like. It will keep the mask smooth and silky, otherwise the mask will harden quickly. Smooth it over your clean face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Put your feet up, finish off that left over chocolate and read a chapter or two of your favorite book. Wash off with lukewarm water. Enjoy!
You can also transform this mask into a scrub by adding some oats or salt into your chocolate mask. Enjoy!
So how did it feel to have chocolate on your face? Do you have a different recipe? Share your experience and knowledge in the comments below.
If you are suffering from oily skin or acne, try this simple remedy. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C making it helpful for acne prone skin. Being naturally acidic it helps balance the skin and get rid of excessive oil. Tomatoes are also packed with antioxidants and brightening properties. Give it a go and see how you feel. This remedy is very refreshing.
Let’s make the mask! Get a nice ripe tomato. Smell it first to appreciate it. Cut in half, squeeze it a little and rub it into your skin. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water, pat dry and moisturise. Easy, but effective. Great for those suffering from acne as it brightens the skin and stops bacteria from spreading.
If your skin is not too sensitive and free from acne scars, but quite oily, try sprinkling a little bit of salt on the tomato halve. Then again, rub it into your skin in slow circular motion. Don’t push it too hard. Rinse and moisturise.
You should only do this procedure in the evening. The mask is quite drying so it might feel slightly uncomfortable, but If you think it stings too much, rinse it off immediately.
So how was it? Did you try it? Leave a comment.
Are you still buying canned coconut milk? Why? It’s so easy to make it at home! Since I learnt how, I never looked back. Now I always keep desiccated coconut in my cupboard and if I feel like curry or feel the need to make some home Spa goodies, I produce my own coconut milk in minutes.
Here is how you do it. Get some desiccated coconut – 200g. Boil some water – 200ml. Sometimes, when in a hurry, I don’t really measure any of the ingredients. I use a hand-held stick blender, but you can use any equipment you have handy. Place the coconut into your blender. Pour some of the hot water on top (make sure it’s not boiling hot, just hot). Then pulse the blender for around 30 seconds or so. I usually repeat this bit 3-5 times.
Sieve the milk into an empty glass container. Return the coconut back into the blender and again, blend it with some more hot water. Repeat the process 2-3 times until you’ve squeeze all the goodness out of the coconut.
Some use a muslin cloth to extract the milk, but I don’t bother. It’s quicker with a sieve, plus once the milk cools down, you’ve got that lovely oil crust on top.
Keep the milk in the fridge. Best to keep it in a glass container with a lid. It will stay fresh for around 5 days, but I usually use it up quicker than that.
Ever wondered how to use strawberries in your skincare routine and what they can do for your skin? Let me tell you. Not only are they a wonderful source of vitamins, but also contain natural peeling agents. The anti-aging AHA acids work wonders in naturally removing dead skin cells and improving your skin’s overall appearance leaving it fresh and youthful.
This is how I like using it in my little home Spa. I cut one strawberry lengthways and eat one halve. I then the other halve into my skin and leave it on for around 5-10 minutes. Then wash it off with warm/lukewarm water. It might sting a little, but that’s ok. However, if you feel like you can’t bear it, you should wash it off immediately. If your skin is super sensitive, you should avoid this treatment all together.
I love it and use strawberries in my skincare routine quite frequently during the strawberry season, but no more than once a week or once in two weeks.
Have you ever used strawberries to beautify your skin? Did you like it? Let me know by commenting below.
Everyone has a ‘dry shampoo’ in their kitchen cupboard, just not everyone knows about it! So next time, instead of buying one, try using flour. You’ll be surprised how well it works. And this trick is not something new, women have been using flour for ages to mask unwashed hair. I use flour from time to time and it really works.
It especially helps when you overslept or stayed over at your friend’s, but have to rush to work and just don’t have the time to wash your hair.
How it works? Well, it can’t be any simpler. All you need to do is dust your palms with a pinch of flour and work it into your scalp. Clap your hands to get rid of extra flour if you think you grabbed too much. Repeat it a couple of time depending on the thickness of your hair. I repeat 2-3 times.
You can also use your cosmetic brush. Dip it into the flour, gently shake to remove excess flour and carefully work it into your scalp. Comb your hair and go.
Don’t worry, the flour won’t be visible in your hair, unless you overdo it. It will absorb the oils and leave your hair looking fresh, no one will ever notice! And it lasts all day.
If you like, add a drop of your favourite essential oil into the flour, mix it well and keep your ‘dry shampoo’ in a glass container with a lid.
Try it and give your hair a break from washing it every day. And remember, the more you wash your hair, the greasier it gets!
We are back from our honeymoon in Paradise!
Just a month ago, Charlie and I got married on the beautiful Haena Beach in Hawaii, North Shore of Kaua’i. What a wonderful land.
Since we were getting married on the beach, I didn’t want to look weird with bare foot and a ton of makeup sitting on my face. So I’ve been trying to look after my skin and hair before the trip and stocked up on some natural skincare treats to take with me to the islands.
Have you ever tried mineral make up? It’s great, right?! I don’t use much of it, but I love a good product that sits nicely on my skin. Recently I discovered a new and fresh natural makeup line – JB Minerals. Their products are hand made, pure and organic, free from all sorts of nasties. A very pleasant discovery!
On my wedding day I used the Light Olive mineral foundation and it was perfect for the sunset ceremony.
After exfoliating my skin, I treated it to my own hand made Shea and Avocado moisturiser and then gently applied the mineral foundation. It was effortless. I could see it soaking into my skin. It’s so light. The foundation just replicates your skin tone and brings out that nice glow, no odd particles of make up sitting on your jaw line…And it’s camera friendly too. That’s all a girl needs on her wedding day. You don’t, well I definitely don’t want layers and layers of heavy make up on my skin. I want my face to feel fresh and natural, and able to breath. And that’s exactly what the powder did!
I also tried the JB Minerals Midnight eyeshadow on my hen do. I used it lightly, just the way I like it. It stayed on all night and didn’t crease. My favourite eye shadow is Autunno – lovely colour! It sits nicely on the eye lids all day and looks great.
I am definitely now a fan of mineral makeup!
What do you have in your ‘Spa at home’ cupboard? My kit usually contains honey, sugar, clay and lemon. Affordable and effective stuff. Sometimes that’s all you need to give yourself a little boost, right?
The hair mask I treated my hair to yesterday is currently my number one. All you need is a squeeze of honey! You can also add a dash of juice of a fresh lemon, but I just use honey! Can it get any easier?! And so natural! Honey is glossed on your already washed hair, so you don’t really wash off the goodness of the honey with a detergent (shampoo).
Here’s what you need:
2-3 tbs honey (you can use more if your hair is very long)
optional: 2-3 tbs juice of a fresh lemon
If using lemon, mix the two ingredients together. Wash your hair normally. Squeeze the excess water out and rub the mixture into your hair concentrating on your hair tips. Keep it on for about 15-20 minutes. You can cover it with a shower cap. Rinse with warm water and don’t worry, your hair won’t be sticky. Don’t forget to splash your hair with cool water after washing the mask out. Dry your hair naturally, or blow dry, if you do. You will notice the shine and softens. Honey is the natural humectant and will keep your hair moisturised and soft while lemon provides that beautiful shine.
I’d say use this mask twice a week if using lemon juice. I just use honey. It works great.
Have you used a honey hair mask? Did you like it? Leave a comment below.