Sep 11

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eye Shadow Palette Collection

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Palette

A couple weeks ago I was able to snag the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Palette.  I had been eyeing it for a while and when I noticed it was on sale for 50% off, I had to snatch it up right away.  I’ve been using the palette off and on for a few weeks now and enjoying some of the colors quite nicely.  I think heading into the Autumn season this will be a great palette to go with the browns, oranges, dark pinks and yellows in my wardrobe.

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eye Shadow Palette Collection

The limited edition palette consists of matte, shimmer and creamy shades of warm neutrals, amber pearls and honey velvets.  It has a nice cocoa scent that this light and sweet.  One of my favorite things about Too Faced (and Tarte products as well) is the sweet, light scents they add to their collections.  It makes makeup more lighthearted and fun, which I believe translates into a prettier completed look!

Such a cute palette – Peanut Butter & Honey!

So far I have found the palette to be highly pigmented and have a nice payoff.  I’m really enjoying both the matte and shimmer shades!  I have been adventurous enough to try “honey buns” the obvious yellow shade; however, I’m having a lot of fun with the different shades of pink and shimmer pink/brown shades.

Peanut Butter & Honey palette instructions

One of my favorite things about Too Faced palettes is they include a handy instruction book for simple looks. This is great for a makeup newbie like me!  I love looking at the guide for different ideas on new looks.  They say 3 steps, 3 looks, 3 minutes!  I love that they make it so simple.  Be sure to sign up for their emails and they’ll send coupon codes and other fun updates!  If you have the peanut butter palette, show us some of your completed looks!

Aug 27

#BeachPlease and Blown Away by BoxyCharm!

BoxyCharm August 2017

I’m starting to have quite an addiction to monthly beauty subscriptions.  I started with Ipsy.  Then I added Sephora Play.  Now I have BoxyCharm too.  Now let me preface by saying, yes, BoxyCharm is twice the price of Ipsy and Sephora Play weighing in at $21 per month while the others are $10; however, it blows the other subscription boxes out of the water.  BoxyCharm provides 4 to 5 full size products every month and I just found out that September will offer 6 full size products – EEEK!  The value of my box this month was $129!  *WOW face*

Aloette Face Paint Lip and Cheek Tints

The first product I was drawn to was the Aloette Face Paint Lip and Cheek Tints ($35) in the shade Blooming Berry – a variant item as not all subscribers received this item.  At first I was a little disappointed I didn’t receive the shade Tuscan Sunset: however, after giving Blooming Berry I try I really like it.  I’ve only tried it as a lip stain but it is quite moisturizing and has a long wear to it.  I found it a bit hard to apply with my finger so next time I’ll try a thin brush for application.  I have quite fair skin so I don’t see this working too well for a cheek tint but I’m really enjoying it for my pucker and pout.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea II Palette

Next up is the wow item in the box – the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette Volume II ($36).  This eight shade palette ranges in shades from a white shimmer to a dark steel blue.  I have to admit this wouldn’t be a palette I’m drawn to for purchase.  Some of the shades are too dark for my liking, but I love Tarte cosmetics and I’m really excited about the lighter shades in the palette – Pearl (white shimmer), Conch (off white), Sunset (yellow gold), Marina (caramel).  I think these ones will do a nice job of bringing out the blue in my eyes.

Adesse Nail Polish in Suzannemi

I’m always a sucker for a nail polish and this month I scored a beautiful tomato red with the Adesse Nail Polish in Suzannemi ($18) – another variant item.  This gel effect nail polish claims to be a revolutionary long-wearing polish that give the “plump” look of a gel manicure.  The polish is infused with organic bamboo extract, argan and shea oils to soothe and rejuvenate your nails. Gel Effect polish is 5 Free, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Petrochemical Free, GMO Free, Triclosan Free, Vegan and Made in New York.

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set

Next up a beautiful brush set – I can never have too many brushes!  Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Brush Set was included in every box and values at ($26).  The top Pointed Brush (BMX-130) is perfect for applying blush or powder with precision. The Chisel Brush (BMX-250) works for highlighting or contouring – I really needed one of these!  The Crease Brush (BMX-430) is designed to help define and blend the crease or to buff over your entire lid.  I love a good blending brush for my shadow palettes.  The brushes feel densely packed and of good quality – one of my favorite finds in the box!

PUR Pro Eyelashes in Bombshell

Finally, I received a beautiful pair of PUR Pro Eyelashes in Bombshell ($14).  All subscribers received one of two different eyelash sets.  I have to admit the last time I wore fake lashes was about 10 years ago.  I purchases some lash glue (from House of Lashes) to go with these babies and the next date night out with my husband I plan to give them a try!  These lashes are soft, cruelty-free and made from synthetic lashes.

Beach Please theme this month!

This box was by far my favorite monthly beauty box I have EVER received.  The total value is $129!  It truly feels like I’m getting such a good deal on high I end products I would be a fool not to keep my BoxyCharm subscription.  If you are on the fence about BoxyCharm, now is the time to give it a try if you can – they have a waitlist quite often, but when they open it up for new subscribers, give them a whirl and prepare to be impressed.

Jul 31

Ulta Rewards Members: FREE NYX Happy Birthday Eye Shadow Palette!

Sweet, sweet Ulta!

Today I popped into Ulta and picked up a FREE NYX Happy Birthday Eye shadow Palette.  I recently heard about these palettes and had to score one!  There is no purchase necessary and the only thing is you need to be an Ulta Rewards Member and have signed up for their emails.

NYX Happy Birthday Palette

Today is July 30th, but my birthday is actually in March.  I emailed their customer service because I never received an email about this.  They were so friendly and actually emailed me a coupon code to take into Ulta so I was able to pick one up today.  Typically you have to pick  the palette up within a month of your birthday.

NYX FREE Happy Birthday Palette at Ulta

The palette itself is great for everyday looks. It has a variety of tones for different looks.  I really like the variety of base and transition shades as well as the shimmers. In all, you receive 10 different shades!  The palette has a good sized mirror to boot.  I plan to post a completed look using the palette soon!

Jul 20

Over Easy Ipsy – July 2017 Ipsy Bag Review

July 2017 Ipsy bag

This month Ipsy decided to throw us the adorable themed bag of Gudetama, aka the Sanrio sleepy egg.  He is so stinking cute!  I have to admit this is by far my favorite themed bag I have received to date.  That being said, the contents of the bag were not my favorite, but my cute little egg bag made up for that.  Even though I’m pushing 40 years old, I was so freaking thrilled to receive my adorable little yellow pouch with the #ipsyovereasy theme this month.  I’ve been loving Sanrio characters since the 70’s and Gudetama is no exception. SQUEEEEEEE

IBY Beauty Crease Brush

Now on to the contents of the bag.  First up is the IBY Beauty Crease Brush (valued at $12).  I for one could really use some new brushes and tools, so getting this in my bag was perfect.  It is great for adding a dramatic color to the crease of your eyes.  I’m looking forward to using this brush with my new Too Faced Peach Palette I just ordered.

Ciate London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black

Next up is the Ciate London Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black (valued at $10) — Full sized!  This is a double ended liner.  One end includes a blending brush that is called the “magic wand”.  It is great for a variety of looks – from a razor sharp cat eyes to a smoked out, slept-in smudgy look if you’d like!  I have to admit I rarely –if ever– wear eyeliner, but I’m going to give it a try.  I’ve been watching more youtube beauty videos lately and feel like I need to give it a shot again, so this was a good item in the bag.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

One cool thing about Ipsy is you can request one item each month.  I *believe* I requested this item for my bag, but can’t remember fully.  It is the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel.  Sadly, this sample was smaller than I expected (valued at $1.25).  This cleanser is supposed to be perfect for daily use, non-drying, vegan and will even remove water-proof makeup.  I tried it out last night and found it to be a good cleanser.  It removed several layers of mascara and did not feel drying to my already dry skin.

mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in Biscuit

This month I got a full sized shadow – yay!  mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in Biscuit (valued at $15.45).  This is a wonderful neutral or transition shade.  I also see this as a great shade to highlight the brow bone.  Today I used this as my base shade and really enjoyed the formula.

BRTC Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Mask

Last item in my bag this month is the BRTC Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Mask.  This beauty product originates from Korea and I’m having a hard time finding the price but I believe it is (valued at $8.99).  This mask is infused with the relaxing jasmine scent that is reminiscint of a day at the spa. I used this tonight after washing my face with Tarte cleanser and to me, it was a lightweight moisturizer.  I have a fetish for thick creams and use Origins Drink Up Intensive nigh mask daily, so I’m not sure this is something I would ever purchase.  However, I don’t know if it is my imagination or not, but my skin did seem dewier — or fresher — this am!

Overall my bag had a value of $47.69!  Quite a steal for a $10 subscription box.  I hope, I hope, I HOPE that Ipsy does another Sanrio character bag.  I just adore these.  Maybe next time they can do Deerly Lou, or Badtz Maru or Chococat –or — or — I could go on and on!

Jun 15

June 2017 Ipsy Bag Reveal and Review!

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello June 2017!  I can’t believe the year is halfway over and another Ipsy bag in hand already.  This month it appears I only received ONE full sized item in my monthly glam bag.  I was a tab bit disappointed as I love full size items but overall still impressed with what I did receive!  For those of you that are new to Ipsy the cost is $10 a month for five sample and/or full sized products and a makeup bag to boot!  The products you receive is based on your own personal profile so there are many variations in the monthly boxes.  Now on to the items!

FIrst off is the adorable bag – love, love, love it this month!  It is a tan canvas bag with white polka dots and big, red, juicy lips on the front of the pouch. It is so cute and I definitely plan to keep this one for myself.

Included in this month’s bag was Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut & Cream.  It was 2oz size and has a value of $3.50.  It has an inner seal if you’re looking to do any online swaps!  I tried the cream today and it feels very light.  Personally, I like a thick, heavy cream because my skin is so dry — but I think this will be great to carry around in my purse for quick hydration.  Some of the cool stuff about this lotion is it is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten free, GMO free, paraben free, and natural ingredient driven.  It is made in Canada but smells like something from a tropical island!  Strong hints of fruity coconut and sweet cream.

Next is theBalm Balm Springs Long-Wearing Blush in a rosy-blush shade.  It comes in at .8 grams and has a value of $3.  I’m not a big fan of blush, but swiped some on my wrist to show you how deep the color is.  I have very fair skin, tried this and felt like a clown.  So, it will go to a coworker or friend a-sap.

This bag included Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara – this weighed in at 6ml and has a value of around $10 from what I can tell.  It comes with a wide, think brush that is described as “chubby” and supposed to leave no lash behind.  I tried it and because the brush was so short and stubby, I didn’t like it at all.  I like a long, skinny brush and this just wasn’t for me.

I love a good lippy and this month I received Vasanti Power Oils Lip Gloss in shade “Supermom”.  This weighs in at 2.3 grams and has a value of $7.00.  I love this one!  It is a mauve nude that I believe could work with any skin tone. The gloss goes on smooth and doesn’t feel sticky or cakey like some of the long-lasting ones.  It is perfect for summer and for those days when you want to go sans-makeup except for a little gloss.  I’ve already worn it twice in two days.

Margaret Dabbs Nail Polish in Green Daylily (arrived damaged)

Finally is my favorite item that arrived in my bag – a FULL SIZE Margaret Dabbs London Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily with a value of $18!  I was so happy — at yet so sad — when this arrived.  The bottle was dented and damaged and polish had oozed out into the lid and on the side of the bottle.  THANKFULLY, Ipsy was awesome and replied to my email within an hour letting me know they would be sending a replacement right away!  I was so happy and pleased with their customer service.  The polish is in a beautiful dark jeweled jade green hue which is another summer must have!

Overall this bag had a value of around $42.  I love the lippy, nail polish, body lotion and the adorable bag that it came in so I’m super excited to use my new finds and see what is in store next month!

May 18

May 2017 Ipsy Bag Reveal

Ipsy May 2017 bag reveal

This month I received my very first Ipsy bag! I have to say overall, I’m very pleased! I received two full size products and I just adore the adorable make-up bag.  Here’s a rundown of what I received:

Urban Decay After Glow in Sin

Urban Decay After Glow in Sin – I’m not too familiar with using highlighters but I’m excited to give it a try!  I love that Ipsy send emails with application tips and hints too.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastric Stretch Mascara in Black

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastric Stretch Mascara in Black – I love a good mascara; however, I have to admit I never splurge on mascara.  I use good old Loreal 99% of the time and love it.

FULL SIZE – Jelly Pong Pong
Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric

FULL SIZE – Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric – This is hands down my favorite find in the bag!  This full size eyshadow duo comes in a beautiful gold and copper shimmer.  I think these will go wonderfully with my blue eyes!

FULL SIZE – CAILYN Cosmetics Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in #32 Practicable – Another full size goodie!  This made me so happy and I actually really like the color I received.  It definitely has the power of a lip stain as it really sets in and stays for quite a while.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – I have to admit I very rarely use conditioner on my hair.  This is because it usually ends up feeling greasy and dull, so this is the perfect balance for my hair!  It is a light conditioning spray that doesn’t make my hair fall flat – love it!

Overall, I’m super impressed with this Ipsy bag and I’m already looking forward to my June bag!

 

May 04

Essential Natural Beauty Tips for Spring

With all the excitement of getting outside during springtime, we may forget to take proper care of our skin. When not treated, our skin problems from winter can continue through the warmer months. So check out these three essential natural beauty tips from the Canadian Health Food Association to help you keep your skin looking fresh throughout spring.

Always use sunscreen.

Applying sunscreen regularly is the first and easiest step to protect against sun damage. This is especially crucial to remember in the spring and summer, when we’re outside more often. Brimming with options, the sunscreen aisle can seem overwhelming but you can simplify your choice by looking for a natural sunscreen made with zinc oxide and titanium oxide. Unlike others, natural sunscreens contain ingredients that lie on the skin and reflect the sun’s rays without being absorbed. If you’re catching some waves, make sure you re-apply throughout the day — water reduces the effectiveness of sunscreen, even if it says it’s waterproof.

Balance your natural oils with argan oil.

Argan oil is a great moisturizer that works for your face, hair and nails. Thanks to its high vitamin E content and fatty acids, argan oil helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and has been shown to help reduce pigmentation and age spots. If you suffer from oily skin, there’s more good news: argan oil can also help rebalance those oils and reduce the look of shine throughout the day.

Treat your hair with an avocado mask.

If you suffered from a dry and itchy scalp during the winter, the problem may not go away on its own just because it’s spring. Try a DIY recipe for an avocado, olive oil and honey hair mask to bring back the moisture. Simply mix one avocado with two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey in a bowl, and spread on damp hair. Make sure to massage the scalp. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and follow your regular hair-washing routine. You’ll notice a big difference immediately.

For natural sunscreen, oils and all these ingredients, check out chfa.ca to find your local CHFA member health food store.

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Jan 03

How To Make Coconut Oil Lotion With Grocery Store Ingredients

Every time my skin gets dry, I turn to my very favorite bath & body ingredient, coconut oil! Coconut oil is so moisturizing to the skin, that I can’t use anything else except for pure, natural lotions these days. To be honest, I never liked most store-bought lotions anyway, because they always had a chemical smell that I didn’t like. Knowing that I’m using natural ingredients and using a lotion that doesn’t smell synthetic makes a world of difference. This mixture comes out smelling fresh and leaving me extra moisturized when my skin gets dry.

One of the greatest things about this simple recipe is that you can get all of the ingredients at your local grocery store. Here’s a rundown of the other reasons that I love these ingredients:

Coconut Oil is known to be incredibly moisturizing and has also been known to act as a softener to hard skin. It is all natural when purchased in its pure form (just make sure it says “pure” on the label), and safe for all kinds of bath & body uses, including being a great hair conditioner and a wonderful ingredient in soaps.

Because of coconut oil’s naturally moisturizing properties, this is the main ingredient in this recipe. I use this in all of my handmade soaps in my Etsy shop, White Fox Bath & Body, and I get wonderful feedback from customers on how soft it makes their skin!

Olive Oil is also naturally moisturizing, and it contains a great vitamin for the skin, vitamin E! Many recipes for lotion call for vitamin E, however it can be a bit expensive, so olive oil is a great alternative. This recipe calls for one tablespoon of olive oil, which has 1.94 milligrams of vitamin E.

This is another one of the healthiest oils that you can use, both as a food and as a bath & body product. It is also very moisturizing and has been said to brighten the skin and add a youthful glow.

I also use olive oil in this recipe to prevent the coconut oil from returning to such a hard solid state. Note that coconut oil has a melting point of 75 degrees F, so if it does get hot, for instance in summertime, it will turn to a liquid.

I like to add a few drops of fragrance oil or essential oil to mine, but it is not necessary. This lotion is particularly nice with a warm vanilla. Don’t try to use vanilla extract or some other extract from the grocery store, trust me on this one, I’ve tried it and the scent does not come out very nice, plus the alcohol in the extract beads up. The scent of the coconut oil is nice and very subtle on its own, so like I mentioned, adding scent is not really necessary unless you just want to.

What you can do, however, for a very nice touch, is to ground a bit of pure vanilla bean to add a bit of scent and texture to your lotion.

Coconut Oil Lotion

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Several drops of fragrance oil (optional)

Steps

  1. Melt the coconut oil just until it has reached a liquid state and no more. I melt mine in a Pyrex bowl in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the olive oil until the oils are well mixed
  3. Add any fragrance oils at this point, if desired.
  4. This step is optional, but at this point you can whip the mixture with an egg beater or in a KitchenAid until the consistency is fluffier to make whipped lotion.
  5. Store in a tin or a little jar. I like to carry these around in my purse, but you do have to be careful to ensure that it won’t leak out if it does get hot!
  6. Let the moisture cool down, and it is ready for use!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It’s winter here now, and this feels so natural and nice on my dry skin, and smells wonderful!

If you like this and want to try your hand at soapmaking, then check out my recipe for How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap!

Jan 01

Condition Your Hair Naturally in the New Year with Coconut Oil

Natural Hair Conditioner… Use Organic Coconut Oil!

Last week, while we were preparing for our niece’s wedding, Rob took a picture of me with Katie and Ricky (bride and groom) at the wedding venue. When I saw the picture, I said, “What is that on my head that’s supposed to be my hair?!” Granted, it was very humid that day, but I looked like Phyllis Diller had stuck her finger in an electrical socket!

I set off on a mission to change that and ended up in the hair care department of my local drug store. I was desperate. What I found was stuff that cost at a minimum $35 – $40.00, and I would only use it once and throw it away. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and as a rule, I wouldn’t even consider using chemical junk on my hair.

Ultimately, I left without buying anything. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the expensive poison.

Back at home, I searched on the net for a natural hair conditioner and came up with coconut oil!

I worked a tablespoon of Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil into damp hair and combed it through. I then put a shower cap on and left it that way overnight. I was quite the vision of loveliness, but again, desperate times…

The following morning, I washed my hair to get the oil out. The instructions said to shampoo twice to remove all the oil, but I shampooed once. To my amazement, my hair was soft and shiny; not frizzy. Phyllis had left the building…

It was such a dramatic improvement that someone in my office the following day commented on how shiny my hair looked. Unsolicited, I swear.

I forgot to mention that after I shampooed my hair, I put a pea-sized drop of the oil on my hands and worked it through my wet hair, combing it through thoroughly and concentrating on the ends for a leave-in conditioner.

I’m sold on this easy to do, healthy and not at all expensive method to condition my hair. Give it a try; I think you’ll be as surprised as I was!

Here are the full instructions so you can try it too! Let me know what you think!!

Coconut Oil Leave In Conditioner

Instructions:

  1. Pour some very warm to hot water into a small bowl.
  2. Scoop 2-3 tsps. of coconut oil out of the jar (depending upon the length of your hair), using a clean spoon, and put it into a glass cup.
  3. Put the cup of oil into the bowl of warm water. Leave the cup in the bowl until the coconut oil melts. Pure coconut oil is solid at cold temperatures but melts quickly at 76 degrees F or above. If it’s summer and the environment is warm, you may not even need to include this step. The oil may already be liquid.
  4. Massage the oil into your hair. Again, if your hair is long or very thick, you may need to use an additional amount of the oil. Apply the coconut oil to dry or damp hair, whichever you prefer. The oil is easier to distribute if your hair is damp.
  5. Comb your hair for a few minutes to evenly distribute it and to work it into your hair and scalp.
  6. Put a shower cap on your head, and tuck all of your hair inside of it. Leave the oil on your hair for one hour or better yet, for overnight. The longer you leave it on your hair, the more it will condition.
  7. Shampoo your hair once or twice to remove the coconut oil completely (depending upon the level of dryness you are trying to remedy).
  8. Melt a pea-sized amount of coconut oil in the palms of your hands by rubbing your hands together, and apply it lightly throughout your hair for extra conditioning, concentrating on the ends of your hair. Skip this step if your hair doesn’t need extra conditioning. You can do this on a regular basis to keep your hair shiny and soft.

It’s important to purchase pure, unrefined organic coconut oil. Pure, unrefined coconut oil is processed without chemicals; it’s the chemical processing that destroys the oil’s valuable nutrients. Unrefined coconut oil is sold in health food stores. I just used a bit of the coconut oil I keep on hand for cooking. Perfect!

 

Cheryl Major blogs about health and clean eating to lose weight and feel better, deal with depression, and about how to use food as your medicine. Get a FREE copy of her 10 Tips to Lose Weight without Dieting at http://www.ThinStrongHealthy.com

 

Oct 11

Pumpkin DIY Beauty Recipes

Homemade Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Homemade Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Let’s be honest, what else is there to do with all that leftover pumpkin you have from Halloween? Buckets and buckets of the stuff, all the insides from those carving-jobs you did with the kids. There’s only so much pumpkin pie you can make plus it’s not a recipe to suit everyone’s taste. There is something you can do with it all though…

Pumpkin DIY Beauty Recipes

You have yourself a very smart way of saving a small fortune for Christmas here if you play your cards right. Pumpkin season is upon us now and that’s great because there are so many benefits to both eating pumpkin and plastering it all over your face. However come Christmas-time, there will be fewer pumpkins so you can’t reap the benefits this nutrient-rich food has to offer.

Give your friends and relatives the benefits of pumpkin all year round with these pumpkin DIY beauty recipes. Package them up in old, recycled jars, throw some festive ribbon around them and what do you have? A bunch of Christmas gifts ready to go. Or ready to keep handy in case a forgotten friend comes to visit…

The good news is that you can freeze pumpkin too! The raw flesh can be cut into cubes, thrown into freezer bags and kept for when you need it. You could even puree the flesh and pack it into ice cube traps too, grabbing one as and when you need it. For a quick fix when you need a last minute face mask, it’s a really great idea. Plus you’ll have some handy for those pumpkin spiced lattes you crave when the coffee shops stop making them…

There’s so many beauty products you can make with all that leftover pumpkin you have from Halloween. As long you follow the recipes properly and store the products in the right way, you have your very own personal line of cosmetics and beauty treatments that, in reality, bring many more benefits than the expensive store-bought stuff anyway.

Pumpkin Spiced Sugar Scrub Squares

This is such a great idea for Christmas and you can make great use of those festive ice cube trays you NEVER remember to use too! Using them as moulds, you could make pumpkin spiced sugar scrub shapes and squares which are perfect for throwing into an old jar for a Christmassy pumpkin DIY beauty recipe.

You’ll only need a handful of ingredients – a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, one cup of brown sugar, half a cup of unscented and shredded soap, one teaspoon of pureed pumpkin and one teaspoon of pumpkin spice or cinnamon.

You can amend this recipe to suit your own tastes and you could even add coffee beans, white sugar, maple syrup, or anything you like to the mix too! It’s all about trial and error so get trialling and have a bit of fun.

The sugar in this recipe acts as a natural exfoliant for your skin and when you mix that with the antioxidants and enzymes found in the flesh of the pumpkin, you have something that will help fight back against wrinkles and give you a glowing complexion. The old skin cells will be brushed off by the rough sugar and the coconut oil will help to finish things off with a nice, thick, luxurious body moisturizer that’ll leave you feeling soft for days.

Pumpkin & Honey Fix-It Face Mask

If you’ve been partying hard or just working too many hours, you’ll probably find that your face is the first place to give the game away. Your complexion may be grey and sallow and wrinkles or dark circles more obvious than they were before. You can get rid of all of these things in as little as one sitting with the pumpkin and honey fix-it face mask – just another of the pumpkin DIY beauty recipes you could throw in a jar and give to a relative or friend for Christmas!

If you want to make an individual face mask, this is what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp’s pureed pumpkin

This is more a make-as-you-need kind of recipe as the milk makes it a treatment that won’t last much longer than a week or so when it’s stored in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it though just mix everything together, add to your face, sit back and relax for ten minutes before washing off.

The honey in this recipe is a humectant which means it holds onto moisture. This helps to retain the moisture in the skin on your face while the antioxidants in the pumpkin flesh work their magic on giving the skin cells the nutrients it needs. The milk helps to cool and soothe any problem areas and the cinnamon – that’ll work as a natural cleanser although it should be omitted if you have sensitive skin. Just leave it out.

There are so many pumpkin DIY beauty recipes you can put to good use with all the leftover pumpkin you have this Halloween. You don’t even need to focus on those Christmas presents either – with all the benefits this food has to offer your skin, you could just pamper yourself. You don’t need many ingredients and the treatments cost just pennies to make. With face masks, sugar scrubs, hair beautifiers, pedicure treatments and more, there’s plenty of body parts you could pamper post-Halloween.

 

For more DIY beauty recipes to treat your skin and save a small fortune, check out 135 DIY Beauty Hacks & Recipes All Smart Girls Should Know from UK-born freelance writer J Humphreys – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00Z58YNKA

With many ingredients you’ll already find in your kitchen and with plenty more benefits to boast about, you may kick yourself for not simplifying your beauty regime sooner!

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