DIY Beauty: No Stress Face Mask

One of my favorites DIY maks by a long shot, I’ve used this one so many times, expecialy when I’m really stressed out any my skin feels like it want’s to crawl off my face.

What do the ingredients do?

Yogurt: This little beauty is moisturizing, helps clear acne, relieves sunburn and reduce discoloration. Like lemon some people don’t react too well to yogurt because of the live cultures in it. 

Lemon Juice: Contains; alpha-hydroxy acids, citric-acid, vitamin C and is anti-bacterial. Over time lemon slowly reduces hyperpigmentation and scars owing to it’s mild bleaching properties. It is also a mild natural exfoliant and good for (slowly) removing blackheads. Some people don’t react too well to the citric acid in Lemons so I really wouldn’t recommend more than a teaspoon for per face mask.

Honey: Is a natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, and hygroscopic (retains water). Its fantastic for skin which is irritated, mildly sun burnt and just in general needs a bit of love. 

And the Rice?

Rice has emollient, exfoliating, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also fantastic for controlling shine on the skin as it, like potatoes, contains starch (an astringent) which absorbs sebum (oil produced by the skin).

  • Just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean that you can’t have a reaction to it, if your skin reacts negatively to any of the ingredients mentioned or if you have an allergy them DO NOT use this recipe.

Review: Each Peach Massage Bar

After having finished my second bar of this recently I figured I really should do a review on this gorgeous little bar, it smells so nice (but unlike the name suggests it smells nothing remotely like Peaches).

“With this massage bar, we have combined cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernal butter”

I really should have a tag devoted to all things which smell nice, I’m such a sucker for things which smell nice (and scents strong enough for me to be able to smell in the first place).

Because these are hand made in batches some of these vary in colour as you can see above. Ooooh and just in case you didn’t know Lush have started uploading videos on You Tube showing how they make their products which are so fun to watch.

Basics:

  • £5.50
  • 65g
  • Hand made
  • Vega/Cruelty-free
  • Long lasting

The tin isn’t entirely necessary but is quite handy to keep this quick-melting bar in unless you keep it in the fridge.

These bars really do last an age. I haven’t compared properly to see if a solid bar last longer than a tub of moisturizer but I’m pretty sure it would.

“The fruit oils give a lovely lighthearted fragrance that smells of summer and sun”

The minute you have it in your hand it starts to melt on your skin pretty quickly and can slip around a bit like a wet soap bar but isn’t too difficult to use. The oils in it will take a bit of time to sink into your skin though.

If you’ve applied this all over your skin after the bath/shower it seems to take less time for your skin to absorb it. But if you apply it strait to your skin in then you are going to have to give it a while (and I do mean a while) to sink in or you will stick to your clothes.

Tip: Keep this out of the sun (or in the fridge) unless you want a scented puddle.

If you’re not applying this right after a shower of bath I’d recommend you keep to applying just in areas that clothes won’t cover. Some people will hate it for that reason but I love it. Especially in the winter if I’m wearing a short skirt I love applying it on my legs and hands to protect them from the cold (and smell lovely).

The smell lasts for ages! It’s a bit like the Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser in the sense that people will think you’re wearing perfume, that’s how strong the smell it.

Ooooh and before I forget, one thing I love to do is rub this product all over my hands and then run it through the ends of my hair. It keeps my hair moisturized and you get this lovely summery whiff of lime/lemon, .

You can get this product at your local Lush or online here.

Gothic Doll

I was asked to do a Gothic Doll look ages ago and several times, I wanted to one without the eye-enlargening lenses (I’ll do one of those later) and something which was slightly cartoonish without being too over the top.

My main insperation came from this photo:

I think it was almost a year ago one of you asked me to do this look so I’m happy that I finally got one requested look done (one down a couple o’ hundred to go).

Enjoy the tutorial :)

Review: Face Front Loose Pigments

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

When it comes to Face Front’s makeup their pigments really are their strong point. I’m a fan of their blushes and I think they can count me a fan of their loose pigments now too.

Basics:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 5g
  • $11.50 0r £8

The texture of these remind me quite a bit of the Barry M Dazzle dusts, a loose but highly pigmented bundle of powder.

  • Bitter Dark: This colour and Feeling Deep are almost the same. The only difference between this colour and feeling deep is feeling deep has more sparkle and is a slightly more red toned.
  • Bold Gold: A slightly opaque pigment but easy enough to layer if you want more coverage. Would be beautiful for a spring bridal look.
  • Aqua Marina: Pretty much the loose pigment of Unknown Planet, slightly sheer but layerable (if that’s a word?)
  • Feeling Deep: The glittery flamboyant cousin of Bitter Dark, the glitter does have a tendancy to just blow away which isn’t very good.

  • Fierce Contender: This colour is just begging me to use it in an Indian bridal look! So shiny! (magpie instincts kicking in).
  • Butter Me Up: So similar to a Dazzle Dust by Barry, can’t remember the name off the top of my head, but it’s a lovely coppery gold colour.
  • Sea Salt: Also very similar to a Barry Dazzle Dust in Blue Iridescent, just every slightly finer than Blue Iridescent.

(All swatches were done with one swipe and without primer)

I really loved these loose pigments, I’m my mind they are comparable to the Barry M Dazzle Dusts and you all know how highly I rate those!

One negative is I’m not too fond of the packaging as with a dispenser like that the product has a tendency to get extremely messy, I might just remove the top all together.

If you liked the look of these you can purchase them here from the Face Front website here.

Or if you’re from the UK you can purchase them here.

Do you prefer loose pigments or pressed eye shadows?