We’re heading back into our kitchen cupboards to delve into some Pinterest worth DIY beauty products for your bathroom antics (did you see my easy peasy EGGY hair mask?). With a whole heap of lotions and potions for skin, hair and lips on the shelves of retailers we seem to forget that we have the ingredients to some natural products which can rival the products we spend big bucks on year in and year out. I’ve teamed up with the guys at Mira Showers* and Midas Crafts to bring you some winter friendly beauty products that you can make with your weekly shop and a bit of elbow grease.
Scrub a Dub Dub
Oats aren’t just for overnight or greedy little Goldilocks, they’re the perfect ingredient for a yummy face scrub or mask – dependent on how long you have to pamper!
1. Add some oats to a tub (I say go big or go home with this pot, you can even reuse an old scrub pot like I have because waste not want not and all that jazz!) and then squeeze the juice of a lemon into the mix
2. Grab yourself some natural yoghurt, because as well as being tasty yoghurt is loaded with vitamins and minerals that nourish and revitalise dehydrated skin – so perfect for winter skin! In fact, yoghurt is AMAZING for acne as it contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, as well as alpha hydroxyl acids which kill acne-causing bacteria – science bitch!
3. For a heavenly scent and to keep your skin smelling delicious, add some vanilla and fudge essential oil and then mix.
4. Apply the mixture to your face in circular motions to stimulate the exfoliating properties and then leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with water and a face cloth.
5. Splash cold water on your face to close up your pores. Pat dry with a soft clean towel.
Gimme Some Sugar
Berry lipsticks look best on flake free and hydrated lips. We’ve all made the error of applying a lipstick to a pout that isn’t in top tip shape and it throws off your lip game completely. I know that Lush are infamous for their lip buffing brilliance, but did you know that its super easy to create your own at very little cost?
1. A spoon full of brown sugar makes medicine go down OR the basis to a good old scrub for tired looking winter lips
2. A pinch of cinnamon for a scrumptious Christmas flavour (you could also use a drop of vanilla essence if that’s your bag)
3. Some honey helps the scrub stick together and is also great for softening and moisturising skin. Its also rich in antioxidants!
4. Add coconut oil/olive oil to give your scrub an extra kick of moisture to get your lips hydrated
5. Deposit into a small screw lid pot and mix mix mix
6. To use simply apply to dry lips in a buffing motion and rinse with water
Now your lips are well and truly flake free, a lip balm will keep your puckers feeling like a dream and prevent them from drying out in future. Below is a how-to for a tinted balm, if you want a clear balm for haphazard application on the go just leave out the lipstick part!
1. You’ll need some soy wax (you can pick this up at Amazon) and to get to the point where you can work with it, you’ll need it as a liquid. Ping it in a microwave bowl for 2-3 minutes until its softened.
2. Pour the liquid (carefully, it’ll be hot!) into a lip balm pot – now comes the fun part!
3. To get a plumped pout look, crush a ginger tablet which adds a tingling affect to the lips and makes the blood rush to the surface of the lips, plumping them and adding a “just bitten” look.
4. …and a Vitamin E tablet moisturises your lips and keeps them from getting chapped in the harsh winter weather
5. Pick a colour, any colour! We all have that one lipstick we LOVE that has nearly ran out or broke off (mine are sadly MAC lippies that couldn’t withstand summer heart) so put it to good use and use that colour for your lip balm. You just need a few shavings of the colour in the pot. The more colour to mixture ratio = more opacity and vice versa.
6. Give it all a stir and pop it into the fridge for a few hours until it sets and is hard to the touch.