The Best Detox Mask 🌿🌱

Hello everyone!

How are you doing on this fine, fabulous Friday? 😊

Today I wanted to share with you my favourite holy grail face mask. It not only removes impurities but adds antioxidants and important nutrients back into the skin.

I wanted to call it something funny like ‘Mean Greeny’, but I didn’t think it would be a very attractive title 😂 Instead I will call it the Best Detox Mask! (ever?)

For the base, I started with Bentonite Clay which is the most common ingredient in clay masks. It is a lightweight clay that is best used to rid your pores of any dirt, oil, or lingering toxins. Secondly, this clay helps with the healing of acne and can help lighten past acne scars.

Like I said this mask is all about being green! So it was a no-brainer to add Spirulina Algae to the mix. This algae, in particular, is a powerhouse of antioxidants which can reduce signs of ageing and are just important for the general well being of our skin, after all the epidermis is the largest organ we have! Spirulina algae are also filled with amino acids which help with the hydration of the skin and help with the elasticity.

If you don’t have Spirulina Algae lying around the house, Spinach can even be a good substitute since it is also high in antioxidants and vitamins.

Lastly, if you want this to be a healing mask as well as a detoxing one, adding honey can add a whole new list of benefits. Honey is best known for its antibacterial qualities making it amazing for soothing and healing acne. It also contains antioxidants that help slow the ageing of our skin, AND last but not least, gives your skin that wonderful glow afterwards.

I felt such a difference after using this face mask I would not speak about it so passionately if it didn’t help as much as it did! More amazingly I can’t believe it was (kind of) a fluke haha! I try many different recipes and some flop (very hard) and some work wonders. This just happens to be one of the lucky ones!

I also feel very strongly about using organic and ethically sourced ingredients too, so when I make my own face masks I know exactly where the ingredients are coming from, and the quality of them.

A big shout out to Oleum Vera for being an amazing organic brand that makes amazing starter kits so you can create your own face masks. (No this is not sponsored by them 😛 I wish haha!)

Let me know if you guys like more of these skincare posts, I certainly love writing them and sharing my experiences 🙂

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

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Rejuvenating Post-Weekend Mask (recipe)

Hello loves!

Most people call me crazy, but Sunday’s are actually one of my favourite days. Whether you wake up early (like me) or you have a lay-in, Sunday’s are just one of the calmest days. You can use it to putter or get life organized.

My favourite thing to do on Sunday (or any day, I know some of us work the weekend) is to treat myself to a face mask. Personally, after the late nights, the makeup, and lazy face washing, my skin typically needs some serious resuscitating.

I want to focus on detoxing and brightening today so my mask will include:

White clay ☁️ is the first ingredient. This is a typical base for many face masks because of how easy it is to use and it’s wonderful texture. It has a very fine consistency so it doesn’t dry out your skin, but it still softens and gently exfoliates without any harsh scrubbing. It also has wonderful purifying qualities and cleanses deeply to remove stubborn dirt and oil.

Cucumber juice! 🥒 When you see people wearing cucumber slices in the movie it isn’t just to play up the cliché of a girls spa day. Cucumber juice is amazing for reducing puffiness (hence putting them on your eyes) When you add a bit of the juice to your skin care it can also have a very soothing effect on your skin. The active vitamin in it is Vitamin C believe it or not, and the acid in it is what creates that soothing effect. Also found in cucumber is Caffeic acid and is common in many vegetables, fruits and coffee. It also helps to calm puffiness and swelling. I will slice up 3 slices and then squish the cucumber until it’s a pulp.

Lemon Juice 🍋 Another great natural acid for your skin. I’m only going to use a small amount (about 1 teaspoon) so I don’t overdo it. The acid in lemon is a great antibacterial agent as well if Tea Tree oil is too strong. I find lemon juice is more gentle for an all over use. Plus lemon is great for clearing out blackheads. For me, my chin and nose are the worst for blackheads and oily skin, and I will layer this extra on those parts.

Lavender Pods 💐 They act as a great exfoliant since they’re more chunky thank the clay. Lavender oil itself is great for healing scars and is especially great for acne scars. I

Avocado oil 🥑 I use just a few drops to soften the skin while the other amazing ingredients do their work.

Once you mix up your ingredients apply fresh to your face as soon as possible! Using fresh ingredients in your face mask means live vitamins being absorbed directly into the skin.

I leave this mask on for about 10-15 mins. You will feel the acid from the lemon juice ‘tingling’. This is it acting as a chemical exfoliant. The lemon an cucumber make this face mask smell so fresh!

While washing off the mask I massage it into my face and let the clay and lavender do their work.

Then once I wash it off I apply my moisturizer and finish my skin care routine. I feel like a brand new woman after! 😊 The next morning my skin always feels incredibly soft too.

Thanks for stopping by!

~M

Food For Your Face

I’ve recently become more aware of the products I’m using on my skin, what they actually do, and where it comes from. Much like eating healthy and knowing where your food is from, the same goes for your skin care and what you put on your face.

While on this journey, I started loving making my own face masks. There is something so satisfying knowing all the ingredients in them, and what their benefits are.

Today I made my face mask focusing on what is nutritious for my skin.

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To start I used…

White Clay Base:

This is excellent for clearing your skin of impurities and goes deep into your pores to extract dirt and oil. I love using white clay for an extra clean feel before finishing my nighttime routine.

Spirulina Algae:

You might know algae as that funny green stuff you find growing outside. However, when grown organically and USDA approved it does wonders for one’s skin. It is full of vitamins and it is particularly packed with detoxifying nutrients. Just don’t be scared of it’s funky smell and bright green colour.

Rose Petals:

I’m going to be honest, when I first saw rose petals as part of a face mask I thought it was just some hooey to make the face mask look prettier and sound nicer. In reality, rose petals contain wonderful oils that act as a moisturizer, helping even the dryest skin. On top of that the sugars they contain add a wonderful glow to your complexion. I have dried rose petals since they are much more convenient, but the fresher the ingredients the more nutritious it is to the skin.

Avocado Oil:

Plain and simple Avocado oil is a powerhouse for moisturizing and softening your skin. You don’t need much, just a couple drops will revitalize your complexion.

Tea Tree oil:

I’m sure by now everyone knows my raving reviews on Tea Tree oil, but I wouldn’t be so nutty about something if it didn’t work such wonders. I get bad acne on my chin (especially around that time of the month) and Tea Tree oil is the best acne treatment I have ever found. Because of its anti inflammatory qualities and warm soothing tingle, I love including it in my face masks, even store-bought ones.

This is what I call my Detoxifying Glow Mask! 🙂 there are so many yummy ingredients to choose from I can’t wait to share more amazing ones with you!

~M

Lush Haul ❤️ Trying New Goodies

Hello loves!

Feels like I’m finally back with fun blog posts after such a creativity drought!

I feel refreshed and so happy to be back! January has already been amazing and I cannot wait for the coming year. 2018 will be my year!

 

To celebrate I went and indulged in a little *not so little* Lush haul. They were still having their ‘2 for 1’ deal on Christmas products, but I only snagged a couple Snow Angel bath bombs. Everything else was fairly picked through and really there was only like one shower gel left.

Enough chatter, onto the haul!

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I am extra lucky because this haul was basically possible because of my boyfriend and the lovely gift card he gave me for my birthday, so thanks babe! 😛

I felt like there were lots of items that I hadn’t tried in a long time, or just flat out forgot existed. So my fave originals are:

Ickle Baby Bot

Twilight

Milky Bar

These cuties are so simple but delicious. I used to pick these up almost every time I would nip into a Lush shop. Then between Halloween and Christmas excitement I forgot all about them!

They all have very simple scents to them, making them an easy choice for any bath time. Twilight is very sweet, Ickle Baby Bot is luxurious lavender, and Milky bar is a wonderful fresh scent.

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I also picked up some returning favourites like Butterball and Marilyn (hair mask <3)

Specifically I do want to rave about their hot oil hair treatments for a second. When you buy them, they come on the stick as pictured. Once you add the hot water and stir, it transforms into a creamy amazing mask.

 

I said this before, but with the solid masks you can store them in old Lush pots and re use for later. You don’t have to use all the mask in one go, and you can re-activate with a dash of hot water.

For hair masks I picked up 2, one of them being Marilyn and the other is called Damaged.  I thought it would be great for keeping my hair moisturized despite the crappy cold weather. If its as good as Marilyn I am in for a great treat!

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The last one I want to rave about is Sex Bomb. Until now I didn’t quite get the hype about it and I don’t know why. This little bundle of love is so beautiful and I cannot wait to see what captivating surprises are inside. The funny thing is I bought this a long time ago, so long I’ve completely forgotten what it looked and smelled like!

I will leave a full list below of what I got 🙂

Who else is already excited for the Valentines day collection?

 

Snow Angel

Milky Bar

Butterball

Sex Bomb

Twilight

Ickle Baby Bot

Marilyn Hair Mask

Damaged Hair Mask

~M

DIY Face Mask kit?

Upon receiving this from my Mum for my birthday, I had no idea there was such a thing as a DIY Organic Face Mask. I am so in love and haven’t been that excited over a skin care product in a long time.

The brand is called Oleum Vera.

The packaging is simple but aesthetically pleasing. I love the natural but high quality look to it.

The product itself is also very high quality, and it’s all certified organic.

Also a big props to how eco friendly the company is, they provide all of their recipes online to reduce paper waste. I also thought it was interesting that while the packaging was properly sealed, they did not have any pull tabs or tear off seals, again reducing the amount of plastic waste.

My first mask I made out of Algae and White Clay. It detoxified and firmed (from the white clay) and had anti-aging qualities (from the algae), and softened my skin with Avocado oil. 😊

What comes in the kit:

• 2 White Kaolin Clay packs

• 1 Spitulina Algae pack

• 1 Bentonite Clay pack

• 1 Lavender bud pack

• 1 Rose petal pack

• 1 mini bottle of Avocado oil

•1 mixing container, mini silicon spatula, and removable dish.

It also came with a little letter explaining a bit about the company and where to find their recipes.

I had a look at the website and they have an extensive collection of mask kits, not just for your face, but for hair and body too! I think the concept is so creative and it lets you really specialize your skin care routine. You can even use other natural ingredients that you own and incorporate them into the ingredients they give you and create a whole new mask.

This is the website HERE! I am in no way associated with this brand or being paid to say anything I honestly just fell in love with these products and wanted to share my love for them!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful New Year and Holiday, and I’m happy to be back after my Christmas hiatus 😁

Thanks for stopping by, and if you have tried this kit too, please let me know in the comments! ❤️

~M