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Wednesday, January 05, 2022

DIY: Post-holiday detox face mask

January 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Now that all the presents have been opened, the delicious food devoured, and the decorations are starting to come down, you probably think you need a detox. What better way to kick off the new year than by taking care of your skin with a DIY detox mask

Let's make one thing clear: strictly speaking, the holidays and comfort food are not toxic! You do not need to "detox" from them! However, a detoxifying face mask is always a good idea!

To make this DIY mask, you will need only four simple ingredients!


  • 1 tbsp crushed ripe blueberries.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp cucumber juice.
  •  2 tbsp baking soda.
cucumbers and blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.

Lemon juice contains citrus enzymes that brighten the skin.

Cucumber juice has a cooling, soothing, de-puffing and refreshing effect.

Baking soda helps dislodge blackheads; its granules will give you extra exfoliation. 


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Apply mask onto your face. 
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Wet your fingers with warm water and gently massage your face.
  5. Gently wash off and pat your face dry. 

This mask will give you a glowing complexion! Try it and let me know your thoughts.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First day of autumn | Post-summer DIY recipes

September 22, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since today marks the official first day of autumn (fall), I have a special treat for all you DIY beauty lovers. I want to share two new DIY beauty recipes; one for your skin and another for your hair. 

All the time spent soaking up rays has undoubtedly affected your skin and hair.  With the help of a few ingredients already in your kitchen, these DIY masks will give you a much-needed boost. Keep scrolling for two (2) DIYs, guaranteed to nurture skin and hair. 

hello fall

Nourishing hair mask

I have already posted a DIY banana hair mask and a DIY avocado hair mask on this blog. I also published a vegan alternative! Since post-summer, and post-sun exposure, hair can be especially dry, combining the two for extra nourishment is ideal!


  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana (1/2 for short hair)
  • 2 tablespoons pure coconut/almond/olive oil (whichever you prefer)


  1. Peel the avocado and the banana.     
  2. Blend or mix together until it turns creamy.
  3. Add the coconut/almond/olive oil to the mixture and mix well.
  4. Apply the mixture from hair roots to tips.  
  5. Let the hair mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes.  
  6. Rinse the mixture out with warm water.

Hydrating face mask

This is a recipe for and another avocado mask, this time for your face!


  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon plain dairy-free coconut yoghurt 
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or jojoba/pumpkin seed/rosehip oil)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Apply to clean dry skin. 
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off using a washcloth.

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I love autumn and am looking forward to the weather changes and the drop in temperature the season brings with it. What is your favourite thing about autumn (fall)?

Friday, October 20, 2017

DIY: Anti-ageing vegan mask

October 20, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

A vegan diet contributes towards a youthful appearance and lifestyle and healthy skin are definitely linked.  However, that doesn't mean that vegans don't need to use anti-ageing products.  Today I want to share the recipe for my favourite anti-ageing vegan mask with you.

If you are looking for a really effective mask that delivers immediate results, look no further!

  • 1 tsp organic quinoa flour
  • 1 bag of white tea
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana
Quinoa contains vitamin A, which smooths out the skin and fade dark spots.  It also contains lysine, a key building block in the synthesis of elastin and collagen.
White tea is packed with antioxidants that will help your skin fight the aging factors.  
The mashed banana will moisturize and hydrate your tired skin, and the B vitamins will protect it against free radicals.  Additionally, bananas also contain vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and zinc – all these are amazing for ageing skin.

  1. Mix the contents of a used tea bag with the quinoa flour. 
  2. Add the mashed banana.
  3. Combine the ingredients together and apply the mask to a clean face.
  4. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and use the mixture as a facial scrub before you wash it off.
This mask will instantly make your skin smoother and more radiant.

Do you have a favourite anti-ageing DIY recipe? 

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

DIY: Cranberry face mask

October 08, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

When you think cranberries, you probably think of cranberry sauce side dishes.  But, what you should be thinking about is skincare!  Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberries are considered a superfood.  Cranberries are also great when applied topically to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent signs of skin damage.

To bring the benefits of cranberries to your skin, whip up this easy anti-ageing facial mask.  Here's the recipe...

DIY: Cranberry face mask


  1. Blend the cranberries to a pulp. 
  2. Mix in all other ingredients thoroughly. 
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly. 

I hope you are enjoying the autumn-inspired DIY beauty recipes I've been posting. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

DIY: Honey and fruit mask

September 29, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another autumn-inspired DIY beauty recipe with you - a honey and fruit face mask.  

This face mask nourishes and revitalises dry and tired skin.  It brightens the complexion and I highly recommend it as an anti-ageing treatment.  Here's the recipe!

DIY: Honey and fruit mask

  • 2 tbsp honey - Honey is a natural humectant and anti-inflammatory. 
  • 1/2 skinned pear - Pear is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K; well known anti-ageing vitamins.
  • 1/2 skinned apple - Apple smooths the skin and refines the pores. 
  1. Chop the pear and apple pieces in a food processor. 
  2. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. 
  3. Apply on cleansed face and neck for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
This mask is gentle but very effective.  You can see results immediately after you wash it off.  If you want to try out more beauty recipes, click here!

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DIY: Pumpkin facial mask
DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask Review

June 14, 2014 0 Comments
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

I was offered a chance to try the Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask recently, and I was excited to try it out.

Jenny Lee salon is a small friendly family run salon based in the heart of Nottinghill  with its own line of beauty products.  All Jenny Lee  clay  masks  are made with organic products  were possible  and  are fresh and  invigorating.  Their range of masks  stimulates,  hydrates, nourishes  and may help the skin to restore its suppleness.

Product description:

Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask (sample)
A light, soft setting mask to energies dull tired complexions so to reveal a radiant and youthful glow.

sample packaging

 £9 from the official website (50ml)

Directions for use:

Apply a thin layer of mask on a clean face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.  Then, wash off completely.
This mask can be applied 2 to 4 times a week.  For best results, steam face for 10 minutes first.


Rose Water Preservative, Eco-Organic Green Clay, Vitamin E Oil, Evening  Primrose Oil, Sandalwood Oil.

My experience:

I have acne prone skin and clay mask are a must for my skin type.  The Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask has a cooling effect on the skin, it feels incredible.  It has a distinct scent, but not overpowering.

This mask is "soft setting", meaning that it does not harden and crack on your face like many other clay masks I tried.  I was surprised by how easy it was to rinse off!  It left my skin feeling soft and silky smooth. 

I absolutely love this product! If you are looking for a great clay mask I absolutely recommend this!

To find out more about Jenny Lee products, check out their website and Facebook page!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

DIY: Enzyme peel mask

August 06, 2013 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Here’s another kitchen “pantry” recipe, your very own home made enzyme peel mask.   There are plenty of different recipes, but this one is my personal favourites.

Why is exfoliation so important?  Dead skin cells, besides leaving behind a dull complexion, can clog your pores, causing breakouts and blackheads.
Fruit enzymes are the gentlest type of chemical exfoliation.  Enzyme exfoliation removes dead skin cells by biological action rather than physical abrasion. Unlike scrubs, this peel mask is safe to use on fragile capillaries and sensitive skin.

Ingredients (preferably certified organic):
  • 3 tablespoons of ripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Why is a papaya-honey-lime mask a fantastic choice?  Papaya is naturally high in healing enzymes, which means that it literally “eats” dead skin cells.  Lime is known for its skin brightening properties, the citric acid will aid the papaya in the removal of dead cells, while honey is extremely hydrating and also helps to clear blemishes.  For more information, check out the related posts below! 

  • It is super simple to make this mask all you have to do it puree everything together and you are good to go.  
  • You can use a blender if you like, but a fork and a little elbow grease should do just fine.
  • Apply the mask evenly over your clean face, massaging with your fingers to increase circulation and to allow the enzymes to penetrate the skin.
  • Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  
  • Gently pat dry with a soft towel.

If you decide to try this enzyme peel mask, leave a comment and let me know!  


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Honey face
Lemons for clear skin

Sunday, March 24, 2013

DIY: Spinach mask

March 24, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

When it comes to healthy skin, you should try to stay away from chemicals and artificial colours, which unfortunately are found in most cosmetics.
Spinach is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium.
The vitamins and antioxidants in the spinach mask will strengthen your skin.  Spinach provides oxygen to the blood cells; this will improve your circulation, giving your skin a nice healthy glow.
This spinach mask is gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.

  • 4-5 spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil (optional)  Almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B, and E and can help reduce dark eye circles.


  1. Wash the spinach leaves carefully; let them dry before putting them in the blender.
  2. Put all the spinach in the blender and blend until the consistency is mostly smoothed.
  3. Add a tablespoon of olive oil into the honey and mix them together.  If your honey is too thick, add just a small amount of hot water and mix together to get a runny consistency.
  4. Add the honey and olive oil mixture to  the spinach, and blend them together for a few seconds.
  5. Apply the mask to dry skin.  Let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash it off  and pat dry.

You can refrigerate the mixture for up to 3 days.  Don’t keep it longer than that.
Try out this mask and let me know whether it works for you too.


Photo from here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY: Carrot facial mask

October 14, 2012 5 Comments
Hello everyone!

Those who follow me on Twitter or Like the blog’s Facebook page already know that today’s post is another DIY beauty recipe!

Do you know how to make a carrot facial mask?  Carrots are rich in vitamin A and anti-oxidants. Consuming carrots daily will promote healthy hair, bones, fingernails, and vision.  This mask can help prevent wrinkles, balance out oily skin and treat acne.

  • 1 large carrot
  • ½  tbsp. honey
  • ½  tbsp. olive oil

  1. Peel one large carrot and steam until tender.  Do not overcook carrots; they will lose their health benefits.  Mash the carrot with a fork or masher until it's a creamy consistency.
  2. Mix in ½ a tablespoon of honey (read Honey face for more info. about honey) and ½ a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.  Olive oil helps nourish and clean the skin at the same time, leaving your skin supple and glowing.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, you can add in more extra virgin olive oil or water to thin it out.  You can add more honey to the mix to give it a thicker texture.
  4. Let the mixture cool down.
  5. Apply the carrot mask onto a clean face.  Leave it on for 15 -20 minutes. 
  6. Wash it off with warm water.  Pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser.

Store any leftover mask in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Check out more DIY facial masks


Photo from here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY: Dark chocolate facial mask

August 29, 2012 3 Comments

Indulging in a chocolate facial mask is a luxurious experience that can nourish your senses and your skin simultaneously!

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It contains Vitamins A, B-complex, D and E, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc (promotes cell growth and repairs tissue).  Cocoa is also a rich source of sulphur (sulfur), a necessary mineral for healthy skin.  All this make dark chocolate an excellent ingredient for a facial mask.

  • 2 pieces of dark chocolate bar
  • 2/3 cup of coconut milk (also full of antioxidants and is antibacterial in nature)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  1. Melt the dark chocolate.
  2. Pour the coconut milk into a small bowl and add the sea salt.  Stir until the salt dissolves.
  3. Add the milk and salt to the chocolate and stir thoroughly.  
  4. Allow the mixture to cool to a comfortable temperature (not harden).
  5. Apply the mask to face and neck and allow it to set for about 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water.

  • Use up to twice a week to keep skin looking young and soft.
  • For best results, always select dark, organic chocolate.
  • Beneficial for all skin types.

What do you think of this mask?  Have you tried it?  Will you try it?


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Sea salt and acne

Photo from here.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Natural bridal facial mask

June 30, 2012 3 Comments

Hello everyone!

Turmeric is renowned for its medicinal properties; it has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  For this reason, turmeric can also be used to fight acne, psoriasis and blackheads.

For centuries in India, a turmeric facial mask was applied to a bride's face before her wedding to make her look radiant and glowing.  Turmeric is also known to slow down the ageing process and fight dry skin.  It can also help reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone.

  • Wash your face with a facial cleanser and pat your face dry.  
  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon of honey (or you could also use coconut oil or plain yoghurt).
  • Apply a thin layer to the face and leave on for about 20 minutes.   
  • Rinse with warm water.  
  • Apply toner and moisturiser.
This mask will give you a softer, smoother and even skin tone!


Keep in mind that turmeric can stain the skin a light yellow.  Do not use too much and always mix with honey/coconut oil/plain yoghurt.  Do not make a paste with turmeric and water alone because it will temporally stain your skin!

Turmeric is not only great for applying on the skin but it has a multitude of health benefits if you ingest it as well.

Tell me, have you ever used turmeric as a skin care ingredient?


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Photo from here.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's day at-home spa experience!

May 12, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is mother’s day.  You can go the predictable way and give your mom a gift certificate to a spa, or you can take a unique approach and give her a spa experience in her own home.  Pampering your mom for mother's day is a fabulous and thoughtful gift she'll surely appreciate.  

At-home spa ideas:
  • facial
  • relaxing warm bath
  • manicure and/or pedicure (Click here for DIY pedicure tips.)

Make sure you set the perfect mood for your mom's at-home spa experience!  You can make it visual with candles, use sound by playing soft music, use scented candles or  aromatherapy oils, and activate taste with relaxing herbal teas.

What are the benefits of creating an at-home spa?
An at-home spa experience allows you to relax at any time and is very inexpensive.  And sometimes people relax more at home.  

You can take the at- home spa experience all the way by making your own beauty treatments.
These are some of my favourite recipes:
…For more DIY beauty click here and here

You can also make this mother’s day a mother-daughter spa day!  What are your plans for mother’s day? 

Have an awesome weekend!

Picture from here.