DIY Project: Festive Cranberry Face Mask.

It has been ages since I featured a DIY on my blog. I love creating beauty products from home and hope to do a lot more in the new year. Today’s post is a fab ‘do it yourself’ holiday face mask, with festive ingredients and properties that will leave your skin glowing and heal up blemishes with just four ingredients!.

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Not just a tasty fruit but fab for your skin, Cranberries are the holiday fruit of choice and thanks to the high percentage of vitamin B3 and B5 that sheilds skin against the harsh cold weather. Cranberries are also packed with antioxidants which fight against premature aging, making the skin look more youthful. They’re also high vitamin C that provides radiance to the skin.

If you have oily or blemish prone skin don’t worry! Cranberry is acidic in nature so helps reduce production of oils. Resveratrol found in the juice of the cranberries works effectively in eliminating spots and acne.

Not to mention the other ingredients such as the skin calming with hazel, brightening lemon juice and Egyptian red clay which is amazing at shrinking pores and healing current blemishes.

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What you will need

2 tbsp of cranberries

1 tbspEgyptian red clay

3 tbsp witch hazel

1 tsp juice of a lemon

Mixing bowl

Container with a lid

Mixing spoon

Blender or electric chopping device

How to make

1. Firstly take the cranberries and gently wash under cool water to clean any nasties off the fresh fruit

2. Place in a blender or electric chopping device to create a smooth fruity paste

3. In a mixing bowl combine the lemon juice and the witch hazel

4. Slowly add the red clay, mixing gentle as it can get quite messy. This will turn into a red paste

5. Combine the cranberries with the clay mixture and mix well.

6. If the mixture is too thick then add another tsp of witch hazel

7. Transfer into a container with a lid and put in the fridge for freshness.

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This is enough to last for two weeks as these ingredients are best used fresh. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

What are your favourite beauty DIYs? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Rebecca

xox

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DIY Simple Spooky Nails.

This is my last Halloween themed post of the year, if you haven’t seen my others go take a look as I had a lot of fun creating them!. Todays post is going to be on a simple nail DIY to create some spooktacular nails. When I say simple, anyone could do it, I am so rubbish at painting my nails so if I could master it then you definitely can!.

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What you will need-

  • Seventeen Colour Carnival nail polish (shade green gold shimmer)
  • Barry M Nail Paint (shade black)
  • Ebay Sheet of spooky nail stickers
  • Tweezers
  • (Optional) Clear topcoat

How to make-

I wont go into depth as how to create this as it is ridiculously simple,  paint your nails as you usually would, leaving one nail free for a different colour. Wait for  your nails are fully dry they have to be completely dry before the next step  or the sticker wont adhere properly. Then using a pair of tweezers remove sticker and place in desired spot onto your nail. Press down hard to make sure sticker is fully stuck on. As a extra step you could put a layer of top coat on to make sure nail art has more protection. These stickers were only £1.25, come in lots of different designs and have 3D gem stones on them.

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I hope you liked this quick and easy DIY. What fun things will you be creating this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Epsom Salts

It’s been ages since I last got creative and posted a DIY project. I had some left over bits from when I went on a bath bomb venture (tried and failed) and after raiding Pinterest I became inspired to make a autumnal treat to help me relax. I always find having a nice hot bath really helps me to unwind before bed. I like to use Epsom salts in my water as they have a number of benefits, so I thought why not do a seasonal twist on them for you beauties, this recipe is great for yourself or to make as a gift for others!.

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Benefits-

Epsom salts once dissolved in water are easily absorbed into the body, they release molecules that help to relieve stress and reducing the effects of adrenaline. They are well known to ease the feeling of restlessness and anxiety as well as relieving muscle tension, pain and inflammation. They are fab for giving your skin and body a refresh and detox.

Not only have I chosen pumpkin oil for the spicy fall scent for this recipe, it is also packed with antioxidants that benefit your joints and relax muscles.

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What you will need-

  1. Plain Epsom salts
  2. Pumpkin seed oil (organic where possible)
  3. Orange food colouring
  4. Clear sealable jar

To make these salts you simply mix the Epsom salts with a few drops of food colouring into a mixing bowl , I wouldn’t recommend using too much as you don’t want to colour the water and stain your bath as that’s not pretty!. I used four drops to colour them this bright colour and it doesn’t effect the shade of my water. I then went on to add half the 10ml bottle to the mixture to give it its spicy scent. Simply spoon into your container of choice, I used a empty cleared out Yankee Candle jar as it was the perfect size and has a air tight lid to keep it fresh and hygienic.

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All you need to do to use is place three heaped spoonful’s into your warm bath water and wait for it to dissolve. Soak for a good 20-30 minutes to get the full benefits. This recipe is great as it is easily adaptable with different colours and fragrances and you can make as much or as little as you need.

Let me know if you make this recipe and your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

xox

DIY Miracle Facial Oil

 

Putting oil onto your skin?. Wont that just cause a breakout?. Wouldn’t it make my skin look greasy?. These are all questions I had in my head at first when doing my research on different oils. Using oils as a staple in skincare has become very popular in the last year. I wanted to show you a DIY where I made my own version of the FARSLI rose gold exlir with a much friendlier price tag and tell you the benefits to using it!.

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The orginal oil this tutorial is based on is the Farsali Rose Gold Elixer which is a lightweight mositoriser with 24K gold flakes. Used by many beauty gurus in skincare or to create a flawless base with their foundation. Sounds great huh? Yeah and so does the hefty £50 price tag that comes along with it. So I checked out the ingrediants, what benefits they have to your skin and copied the main ones to make a cheaper alternative.

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What does it include?

Rose Hip Seed Oil

The first and main base ingredient is rosehip seed oil. This is a fatty acid which is high in linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A (retinol) which all do amazing things for your skin. Rose hip seed oil has been found to help renew tissue and reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark spots, scars and stretch marks. It rejuvenates skin and is all natural. It has been used for generations by the Andean Indians of Chile who recognized years ago that Rosehip oil had exceptional healing skin care.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkins seed oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc and omega 3, 6  and fatty acids as well a being packed with antioxidants. These are great for the skin in terms of holding in moisture and maintain youthful looking skin.

Vitamin E oil

Well known for its use in body moisturisers for mums who are battling with stretch marks this is great at healing damaged skin as a antioxidant as well as a anti inflammatory, This will heal any scars and will quench dry skin.

Sweet Orange Oil

High in vitamin C and antioxidants which is perfect for improving skin tone and existing scars and marks. It also has been known to help anxiety and depression when used in aromatherapy. This also provides a scent to the facial oil so miss this step out if fragranced products are not for you. (The farsali oil uses Lemon grass oil but I don’t like the smell).

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I bought a 30ml empty bottle with a dropper from Ebay. Put 10ml of rose hip seed oil in, same goes for the pumpkin seed oil and 5ml of the vitamin e oil and filled the rest up with fragrance. Give it a shake and you’re ready to use.

How to use?

I like to use this oil three ways, firstly to apply before putting on my base makeup as it provides such a even dewy finish and stops my really matte foundations looking cakey. I used it too remove my makeup at the end of the day as this helps to get every bit off my skin before I wash my face. Then I use at night before I go to sleep so all the ingredients can work there magic, leaving me with plump smooth feeling skin when I wake up. You only need 3-4 drops max with this as a little goes a long way.

What are your favourite oils to use for skin? Let me know it the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca xox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Eyeshadow palette

A pigmented eyeshadow is my kind of heaven, but most eyeshadow palettes do cost a pretty penny. I took it apon  myself to create my own eyeshadow palette. Keep reading to see how I got on and a full list of ingredients.

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What you will need-

  1. 70% Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Vegetable Glycerine
  3. Powdered Mica Pigments
  4. Empty eyeshadow pans/palette
  5. 2p coin
  6. Tissue or kitchen roll
  7. Wooden stick
  8. Pull up medicine syringe

Tutorial-

  1. Taking the medicine syringe, measure out equal parts rubbing alcohol and vegetable glycerine into the empty shadow pans, I ended up taking mine out of the palette as I found it got messy and this made it easier. Take both parts and fill up each pan 3/4 of the way. The alcohol is used to help with the mixing and  drying process towards the end and the vegetable glycerine will help bind all the ingredients, increase the pigmentation and shimmer.

 

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2. Taking your chosen mica pigment add half a teaspoon to the liquid ingredients. You can use any colour you wish and even mix colours to create a custom shade. This tutorial is only a shimmer based one as you need separate ingredients to make mattes, so bare that in mind when choosing your shades.

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3. Once fully mixed leave it to settle, this will allow both the liquid and the dry ingredients to fully combine.

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4. Time to press the liquid into a solid shadow. Take your clean doubled up tissue and wrap it around the 2p coin. The 2p coin fit perfectly into this particular pan with ease. Press down really hard and you will notice the tissue sucking up all the excess moisture, do this as many times as needed until you have a a cream looking mixture.

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5. Lastly leave to dry for 24 hours before swatching or using with a brush.


Look how pigmented and gorgeous they turned out!

All in all it cost me £10 for everything and I have tons more ingredients left to make extra for friends or to replace once I have hit pan. I also use the rubbing alcohol around the house and glycerine to make my own setting spray!. I cant wait to try this again and make my own highlight palette.

What beauty or makeup items have you made? Let me know in the comments below!.

Thanks for reading

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DIY Magical Glitter Roots 

 

I am really excited to share today’s post with you, featuring more festival themed fun. I love any excuse to glam up or go over the top with a look and this is a prime example. Glitter roots have been around for a while now (little late to the party I know) but after a few too many late nights looking through Pinterest, I decided I wanted to experiment.

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Things you will need-

  • Hair grips (to match your hair colour)
  • Small elasticated hairbands
  • A small clear mixing bowl
  • A tinting brush
  • Clear hair gel
  • Cosmetic glitter

Make sure when you buy the glitter that you are buying cosmetic grade glitter, it is better for the environment as it is bio degradable when you wash your hair out!

Firstly Section your hair into two even parts, making a clean middle parting ready for your glitter to be applied. Then using a elastic bands tie bunches either side of your head and slowly start wrapping the loose hair round the bunch, pinning with the hair grips as you go to secure it in place.

Now the fun bit!

In the small bowl, add a tablespoon of clear hair gel. I have fairly thin hair so that is all I needed so if you have thicker hair you might want to add more gel. Remember the more gel you add  the wetter your roots will look (Ross from friends is not a good look).

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Add your glitter of choice, I chose silver, blue and purple but the choice of colours are endless! I found these glitter pots as well as a few other colours here. Mix the two in thoroughly to create this dreamy looking gloop!.

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Using the tinting brush, apply the  mixture in small amounts at a time, covering your roots and surrounding hair.

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Viola! magical glitter roots that you can customise to your liking, I sprinkled extra glitter on mine but you could use sequins as a fun twist. The gel dried easily and washed out with no trouble with just a regular shampoo.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you for reading

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DIY Dewy Rose Water Makeup Setting Spray

I love a good ‘do it yourself’ especially when it comes to makeup or beauty products, lots of products have a high price tag when in fact you can create dupes with exactly the same ingredients for a fraction of the price and even modify the ingredients to suit your skin needs.

Today’s post is how I make a Rose water setting spray similar to the limited edition Mac fix+ one, but gives a gorgeous  dewy finish. All you need are these three simple ingredients and a few utensils.


What you will need:

.Four fresh or day old roses

.250ml of water

.Five tablespoons of vegetable Glycerin

.Sauce pan

.Empty spray bottle.

.Small Seive


Firstly I remove the rose heads by the buds and pull apart each petal (be careful when doing this as it can get messy) placing them in a sauce pan as I go. The colour of the roses used will depend on the colour your setting spray will turn out.


Next add the water to the petals, I recommend doing this slowly as you want the petals submerged in water but not swimming in it as you won’t get the ‘rose’ scent, colour or benefits out of the petals.

Then add the pan to low heat, and leave to simmer, stirring every so often.

You will notice that the water will turn a pink/ dark red colour. And the petals will look dull and lifeless.

Strain the mixture using a Seive so none is wasted then set aside to cool.

Once the mixture has cooled add the five tablespoons of vegetable glycerin to the mixture then pour it into your desired spray bottle and shake.


I ended up having so much left over so filled up my old empty Fix+ bottle too.

This is such a lovely settling spray, it smells gorgeous and the rose gives you a refreshing feel, and glycerin to set the makeup in place, (it is the key ingredient to most makeup products where staying power is concerned) you can add more or less depending if you want a dewy finish or not.

This mixture keeps for a few months, will  easily be used up by then and only cost me £5.50 to make!

Let me know in the comments below if you try this DIY.

Thank you for reading