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  • 27 Work-From-Home Career Ideas For Mums

    27 Work-From-Home Career Ideas [Plus BONUS Tools, Tips & Resources!] 

    Are you looking for ways to earn money from home as a work-from-home mum? Perhaps you’re just finishing up maternity leave or you could be completely over your 9-5 and can’t stand the thought of working another day.

    Whatever your current situation, imagine how life if you were able to be so successful with a stay-at-home mum career that you could more than your 9-5! Whether you’re considering using the skillset you already have or learning some new ones. This is the ultimate guide to career ideas for work-from-home mums!

    Keep reading for some work from home ideas that every business need.

    27 Work-From-Home Career Ideas:

    1. Copywriter
    2. Virtual assistant
    3. Graphic designer
    4. Social media manager
    5. Web design
    6. Translation s
    7. Video production
    8. Photographer
    9. Bookkeeper
    10. Blogger
    11. Cake Baker
    12. Career or Life Coach
    13. Child Care
    14. Direct Sales Consultant
    15. Etsy Seller
    16. Financial Planner
    17. Hairdresser
    18. Spray Tanner
    19. Beauty Therapist
    20. Network marketer
    21. Pet groomer
    22. Recruiter
    23. Resume writer
    24. Sales representative
    25. SEO Consultant
    26. Facebook ads specialist
    27. Wedding planner

    Top Tools for Working-From-Home Success:

    • Canva – The Ultimate Graphic Design Tool!
      Canva is the ultimate secret to making your content look like it has been professionally designed! You can also by hundreds of templates for different things at Creative Market and load the templates into Canva for use over and over again. There’s also a magical function to resize your Canva design into another size format at a click of a button – think Facebook covers, YouTube covers, Pinterest posts and so on
    • Asana – The Ultimate Organisation Tool!
      If you’re a self-confessed organisation queen, you would have tried countless apps for checklists, reminders and to-do lists! Asana is hands down the best to-do list EVER and it even has an app version you can keep on your phone. Projects, teams and lists – plus you can print them off if you prefer hard copy lists.
    • Creative Market – The Ultimate Online Creative Market!
      This place is honestly like HEAVEN for creatives – or not so creatives! There are thousands and thousands of amazing assets for sale. If you need to find stock images, stunning website themes or Canva templates then Creative Market will be your new best friend as a work-from-home mum.
    • Upwork – The Ultimate Freelancer Directory!
      You can literally find an experienced Freelancer within budget for just about anything on this magical site. Need a virtual assistant, bookkeeper, graphic designer, sales funnel expert? The list goes on and on – you’re bound to find what you need here so if you need to expand your time, have a logo designed or some copy written for your new website – this is the place! Plus – you can also advertise YOUR services here!

    Top Tips for Working-From-Home Success:

    • Wake up earlier than the kids do – sacred time is productive time and you can get so much done between the hours of 5am – 7am. This is also the perfect time to exercise or have some self-love time doing whatever it is you love!
    • Batch your tasks when possible and set timers using your iPhone clock app so you keep your focus on completing as much as you can within a certain time frame. You could set timers when working on important tasks and not check emails or your phone during this time.
    • Review your personal and business goals regularly to ensure you always have a roadmap to success. After all, how hard would it be to get in a car and start driving but have no idea where you’re going?
    • Do your food shopping online – Use click & collect or have it delivered – don’t waste precious time at the shops! Plus, think of how much more organised you can be if you plan your meals and shopping in advance. Magical!
    • Listen to podcasts – Podcasts are a great way to get extra self-education in without sacrificing time to do what you need to! Listen to them in the car, while cooking dinner, cleaning – it’s the perfect compromise and there are so many amazing podcasts to choose from for every business, industry or niche.

    Favourite Resources: 

    • Get a good daily planner – the best type of planners for busy work-from-home mum’s will have personal and business tasks separated on the same page. You can pick these up from organisation shops, Officeworks or make your own! 
    • Get a good weekly planner – again, productivity is all about the planning! Be sure to plan your week out in advance so you know exactly what your goals are for the week.

    These tools, tips & resources will help you start your work-from-home career, automate systems and processes, save time and build the business as a busy mum. Balancing mum life and working mum life is an art, but with good tools and resources, you can sky rocket productivity too.

    The more organisation, preparation and planning you do – the better. Remember – we are what we repeatedly do. Our daily habits are shaping our future.

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  • 5-Minute Mom Friendly Makeup Routine

    5-Minute Mom Friendly Makeup Routine 

    Learn the secret to achieving a flawless natural makeup look in 5 minutes or less! I share my top tips and tricks for your most glowing complexion yet using my favourite products.

    5-minute makeup

    One of the most common questions I get asked is about my 5-minute makeup routine. This is my daily makeup routine that can be completed in 5 minutes and is actually good for your skin!

    I choose natural and eco-friendly products that deliver high-performance results. After suffering with acne for years and years, I finally learnt how to use makeup that was good for my skin but still gave me the coverage I wanted.

    The best thing about mineral powder foundation is it is sweat-proof and lasts all day long. This is a must-have for anyone who is leading a busy lifestyle or is a mom!

    Here are the exact steps I take to do my makeup in 5-minutes or less!

    Step 1: Apply mineral powder foundation

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    I’ve literally tried countless foundations over the years. Everything from drug store to department store and everything in between.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about skin, particularly acne-prone skin – it’s that it LOVES a powder foundation over a liquid foundation.

    When cosmetic companies make a liquid foundation, they are forced to add preservatives into the product as it contains water. The beauty of a powder is – there’s no liquid which means no preservatives and no expiry dates!

    Using an earth mineral on your skin is the best thing for it, and it also contains a low SPF protection to shield you from free-radical damage.

    How to apply it:

    The best way to apply a mineral powder foundation is to tap some product into the lid of the foundation jar and swirl your kabuki brush into it.

    Tap off the excess powder on the side of your lid and then gently apply to your face in a circular buffing motion. Repeat until your entire face has been coated in the powder.

    A good quality powder foundation will give you medium-high coverage as you build the product up on your skin and will look flawlessly airbrushed.

    Time: 2 minutes

    Step 2: Contour your cheeks using bronzer

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    Contouring your cheeks with bronzer is the key to a finished natural makeup look. I use a bronzer brush to swirl a small amount of product and gently swish the brush on my wrist to get rid of any excess.

    It’s important to do this so you don’t apply too much bronzer to your face and create a ‘muddy’ look. Once you have tapped off the excess, suck in your cheeks and gently use the brush to sweep under your cheekbones.

    You can also repeat the process and sweep the brush around your hairline and down either side of your nose to contour.

    TIP: Bronzer is my go-to makeup product when I’m opting for a natural look. I just use my kabuki brush to apply a small amount of product to my face all over and buff in. This gives a super sun-kissed look that’s perfect for during the day!

    Time: 1 minute

    Step 3: Define your eyebrows

    HOT TIP – if you have never tinted your brows before, I highly recommend doing this. It gives you a really nice defined look and will help with cutting down your makeup routine as it gives you a better outline of your brows.

    The first thing I do is use a slightly damp cotton tip to remove any powder foundation from my brows. I then take a spoolie and brush my brows to get them into position before I apply the product.

    I’ve tried pencils, crayons, pomade’s and more over the years but I keep coming back to this brow cushion with inbuilt spoolie and application brush.

    Simply press the brush end into the cushion gently and fill in the brow with gentle strokes upwards. You can line the edges with the darker shade and the fill in with the lighter shade to give a feather brow effect.

    TIP: Avoid applying moisturiser to your eyebrows as it will stop your makeup being long-lasting.

    Time: 1 minute

    Step 4: Apply mascara for long lashes

    Not everyone is born with long lashes, but thankfully there are lots of good products out there to make them look long and luscious.

    I’ll be honest, finding a good mascara is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s also very much a personal preference thing.

    Personally – I LOVE long and defined lashes as opposed to thick and dramatic. The key to applying mascara properly is to start at the base of your lashes closer to your eyelid and gently zig-zag the brush through lashes to the end.

    This technique builds thickness and helps the mascara wand to define your lashes.

    TIP: Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the container as this pumps air into the product and will dry it out faster.

    Time: 1 minute

    Remember that a good skincare routine is the key to flawless looking makeup. If you get your base right, then the rest of your makeup will look glowing.

    There you have it – my go-to guide for flawless makeup in 5 minutes or less! These products can be applied super fast and are great for your skin.

    If you have any holy-grail makeup go to products, comment below and help a mama out because we all need quick ideas and better ways to do things!

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  • 5 Amazing Baby Products To Make Mum Life Easy

    As a busy mum, I’m constantly on the hunt for amazing baby products that save time and make mum life easy. Here are some of my favourite finds that help save your sleep, win back some time and are environmentally friendly! 

    1. Cocoonababy Baby Mattress

    This baby mattress will give you a good night’s sleep with your newborn and help ease any reflux or colic symptoms!

     The Cocoonababy is the ultimate mattress to give you and your baby the best chance of a good night’s sleep. This ergonomic nest has been designed by French Obstetricians and is a unique mattress designed for newborns optimal sleep.

    I’ve been using this since getting Archer home from the hospital and I have to say this is the BEST purchase you can make as a new mum. I didn’t have the luxury of a Cocoonababy with Henry, and I have noticed a huge difference when it comes to overnight sleeps.

    The Cocoonababy has been designed to simulate the feeling your baby experiences in the womb thanks to the enveloping shape of the nest that has your baby laying in a semi-foetal position which promotes DEEP sleep. A great thing for mum’s lacking sleep!

    What I love most about this mattress is the slightly inclined position that helps to prevent and relieve the symptoms of gastric reflux and colic. This can be really taxing on your energy levels if you are spending a long time settling baby after a feed – by the time you have fed, burped and settled, it can almost be time for another feed! Not anymore.

    There is a wedge which can be repositioned up and down as baby grows and then removed when no longer necessary. I use the velcro fastenings to keep baby secure on the mattress and then have this placed inside my Troll bassinet. You can also keep the Cocoonababy in your preferred cot or bassinet.

    1. Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer

    This wipes warmer will save your sleep and keep baby comfortable during nappy changes!

    If you live in a cool climate or have a baby over Winter, this is a MUST-HAVE item. There is nothing worse than changing a nappy in the freezing cold with equally cold baby wipes! Introducing the Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer.

    Yes, you heard right! I didn’t know such a thing existed until well into the warmer months with my first. Now, I’m much wiser and have armed the nursery with a wipes warmer to keep baby comfortable – especially during the overnight nappy changes.

    Why? When you change baby’s nappy overnight, you try to do your best not to fully wake them so they are easy to re-settle between feeds. This clever unit has an everFRESH® System that keeps wipes moist by an evaporation and condensation process.

    Simply load the system with your choice of baby wipes, plug into a power outlet and away you go! The micro-pores in the pillow trap and release water as needed to keep wipes moist ready for your next nappy change.

    1. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

    This nappy bin will save you hundreds on refills, doesn’t absorb smell and is kind to the environment! 

    If this is not the most stylish diaper pail/nappy bin you have ever seen, I don’t know what is! A nappy bin is a baby essential and which 12 different colours to choose from, there’s an option to suit any colour scheme.

    What I love about this nappy bin, is the fact there are no bags. You can use ANY bag with this disposal system, saving you money on refills and enabling you to find another purpose for the plastic bags piling up at home.

    Simply load the bag of your choice into the system, slide back the lid and drop the used nappy in. The benefit of the slide system is that it doesn’t allow for air disruption so there are NO unpleasant odours.

    The stainless steel body also prevents odours sticking to the bin, something you really notice with the plastic systems. After a while, the smell sticks to the body and there’s no getting rid of the odour! 

    1. Formula Pro Bottle Maker

    Baby Brezza - Formula Pro-The Stork Nest

    This product will help save SO much time and stopped fumbling around in the dark in the middle of the night! 

    For mumma’s out there that are bottle feeding – this will be the single best investment that you make! This product will save you LOADS of time and will make night time bottles a breeze. No more fumbling around in the middle of the night!

    The BabyBrezza Formula Pro has won awards including best baby product of 2017, and I can see why. The Formula Pro automatically makes warm, formula bottles in a matter of seconds. There’s no measuring, mixing or fuss required as the system does all the hard work for you.

    There is airtight formula storage and it works with most brands of formula. The water tank is completely removable and heats the water to the perfect temperature so you don’t have to worry about under or over-heating.

    The other thing I love about this product is the modern and contemporary styling. It’s an item you will most likely have out on your kitchen counter and it’s so gorgeous to look at!

    1. SRC Recovery Shorts

    These shorts will help shrink your “mummy tummy” back to normal fast!

    This is a product I HIGHLY recommend LIVING IN after birth, particularly if it’s a surgery. It’s the reason my recovery was so much faster the second time around. In fact, my tummy shrunk back to it’s normal size within two weeks of the surgery.

    The SRC Recovery Shorts are designed to help post-birth recover including pelvic instability, muscle separation and back pain. And boy oh boy do they deliver!

    The garment itself is made from superior fabric that provides superior comfort and exceptional support. They help to reduce pain, increase pelvic/back support and regain your pre-baby shape faster.

    The gentle compression promotes supporting pressure to the pelvis, back and abdominal muscles which improves your mobility. If you are mobile, you are activating your muscles and this is what strengthens your muscles and improves recovery.

    Have you tried any of these products? Would love to hear your thoughts below.

     Olivia x 

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  • 5 Reasons Why The BEST Beauty Trick Is Not Washing Your Face

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    image via http://www.instagram.com/milliehannahhh/

    Here’s the thing: I don’t wash my face with a cleanser anymore. I mean yes, I use water on it daily if I’m wearing foundation or makeup. But soap or facial cleansers? No way.

    Read on to find out why the BEST beauty trick is NOT washing your face.

    1. Over washing your face can cause more breakouts

    To be honest, I’ve always believed that over cleansing the skin was a bad idea. This is mainly because you can do more damage by trying to scrub your face clean with harsh cleansers and soaps. The result is more breakouts for your skin and less confidence.

    2. Cleansers may contain harmful chemical ingredients

    To this day, I still avoid most cleansers as many contain harsh foaming agents like Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Not only are these ingredients toxic for the skin, but they can also result in dryness and skin irritation.

    3. Rinsing results in a clearer complexion

    The good news is, there is growing evidence that women say their complexions are clearer when they simply rinse instead of cleanse. This is most likely because we are trained to over-wash our skin and strip it of precious natural oils that form a protective barrier. The solution: throw out your chemical based cleanser and your skin will love you for it!

    4. Over washing your face can make your skin more oily

    That’s right. Sounds odd doesn’t it? Truth be told, over cleansing your skin can have the reverse effect on oil production. Harshly stripping the natural oils from your skin can cause an imbalance. After harsh soaps strip all the precious oils, the skins response is to over compensate and create MORE oil. The result – oilier skin and more breakouts.

    5. Over washing your face can result in premature ageing

    Oil helps to keep our skin nourished and protected. It makes sense that if you remove all of the skins natural oils, you would be more likely to be prone to premature ageing right? It can also disrupt the skin’s delicate barrier causing accelerated skin ageing.

    The solution: a magical face cloth

    That’s where the magical face cloth comes in. Simply wet, wring out and this magical face cloth will remove all traces of dirt, impurities and makeup – without the need for any cleanser!

    That’s right. You don’t need to use any facial cleanser, facial wipe or makeup remover to remove all traces of makeup. This magical cloth does all the work for you.

    When you’re finished, simply wash in the hand basin and hang out to dry. Every few days, you can pop into the washing machine to keep it super fresh. The best news – it lasts for over 200 washes!

    To be honest, I was SUPER skeptical about this particular product as it claimed to be able to remove makeup with no product at all. After using the cloth a few times, I couldn’t believe it had the power to remove all traces of makeup without any product. Let’s just say, I haven’t stopped using it since.

    The best part is, it’s machine washable so you can use it over and over again. PLUS, it’s environmentally friendly and you won’t be throwing out packets of makeup remover wipes AND you get a deeper clean.

    Have you tried a makeup eraser cloth before? Would love to hear your experiences below.

    Olivia x

    P.S For more advice on beauty tips, acne tips and skincare tips, please leave your questions below!

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  • The Ultimate Guide To Acne Face Mapping: What’s Your Skin Trying To Tell You?

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    “Face mapping” is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that connects a point on your face to an organ so you know what to focus on healing internally to clear your skin for life.

    There are 9 key areas that breakouts occur and here is what they mean:

    FOREHEAD

    • Digestive problems
    • Liver issues
    • Stress
    • Irregular sleep
    • Poor diet

    TIPS: Drink more water to ensure you are flushing toxins from your body, take 15 minutes every day to meditate and become present to reduce stress levels, ensure you are in bed by 10pm and practice healthy sleep habits.

    TEMPLES + EYEBROWS

    • Poor circulation
    • Gallbladder problems
    • Diet too high in fat
    • Processed foods
    • Alcohol

    TIPS: Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum, avoid deep fried and oily foods, get active for 15 minutes everyday – even if it’s just a brisk walk!

    NOSE

    • Poor diet
    • Constipation
    • Bloating
    • Indigestion
    • Poor blood circulation

    TIPS: Eat more fruit and vegetables, get active for 15 minutes every day, consider taking a Triphala supplement to keep you regular. My favourite is Banyan Botanicals.

    EARS

    • Kidneys

    TIPS: Book an acupuncture session and ask your Doctor to focus on points that balance the kidneys, drink more water (you should be aiming for 2-3L per day) and avoid alcohol or smoking.

    CHEEKS

    • Lungs
    • Liver issues
    • Stress
    • Over eating
    • Stomach
    • Dirty mobile phone/cell phone

    TIPS: Keep your mobile/cell phone clean with a baby or alcohol wipe, avoid processed foods, monitor portion sizes and drink lots of water to ensure you are flushing toxins from your body.

    MOUTH + LIP AREA

    • Constipation
    • Spicy foods
    • Synthetic toothpastes

    TIPS: Avoid spicy foods, use a natural toothpaste and resist the urge to squeeze pimples on your lip line!

    CHIN

    • Hormonal problems
    • Gynaecological issues
    • Kidney imbalances

    TIPS: Take a Vitex supplement (women only) to assist with reproductive organ health and ensure you are eating healthy and balanced macro meals.

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  • Clear Your Skin With These Positive Affirmations

    Clear Your Skin With These Positive Affirmations
    This is one of the most powerful techniques I will ever teach you. The power of your own mind. What if I told you that the thoughts you think, actually shape your life for better for your worse? What if I told you that you clear your skin by changing the way you think?

    For some of you, this may seem crazy. For others, you would have heard of positive affirmations before and how they can change your life for the better. This is not some voodoo technique that has never been used before, affirmations have actually been used for years and have been known to be VERY effective.

    So how do affirmations work and how can you use them to clear your skin and change your life for the better?

    Stop The Negative Self Talk

    That’s right. I’m talking about that little voice inside your head that tells you that you’re not good enough, that you’re too fat to wear that and that you can’t leave the house without makeup. I want you to take note of how many times a day you are entertaining negative self-talk, then I want you to replace each of those thoughts with a new, positive thought. I can guarantee you that the amount of times a day that you notice negative self-talk, will blow you away! After around three weeks, this process will begin to be a habit.

    Learn To Love Yourself

    When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? There an abundance of nice things you can do to yourself but we are often so busy looking after others that we forget to look after ourselves. Run yourself a bath, nourish your body lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, drink more water, pay yourself a compliment. This is about learning to love yourself again, before and after having acne regardless of what your skin or your body looks like. Ultimately, you are still the same person inside regardless of what your exterior looks like. Don’t wait until you’ve lost that weight, got that job or cleared your skin to love yourself. Love yourself as you are, right now.

    Practice Affirmations Everyday

    Affirmations are not something that you can say once and your life will miraculously change over night. Like all things, practice makes perfect and affirmations are exactly the same. It’s best to allow 20 minutes per day to practice saying your affirmations for best results. You can achieve even better results in a shorter time frame if you practice in front of a mirror. I know it seems ridiculous, but by saying your affirmations in front of a mirror, you are making them 10x more powerful! It’s important to look into your eyes and say them with true belief in present tense. This is not a time to say “I will have clear skin and a healthy body”, this is a time to say “I have clear skin and a healthy body.” By saying affirmations in a PRESENT tense you are affirming these statements are true and correct. I believe that 30 days of affirmations will change your life, but you’ll see the true benefit by practicing every day for the rest of your life. Every day, you will feel happier and healthier.

    Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

    • I love and approve of myself
    • I am in perfect health
    • I stand up for myself
    • I am ready to enjoy perfect health
    • I eat foods that are healthy and whole
    • I drink lots of water every day
    • I exercise regularly to keep myself fit and energetic
    • I love my body more and more every day
    • I am happy with my appearance

    The most important thing to remember with affirmations is that you must practice them often. I’ve seen clients use them, practice every day and really make some great changes in their lives. Once they reap the benefits, they stop practicing and sooner or later fall victim to the same old ways of thinking.

    Practice your affirmations every single day. If you miss a day, that doesn’t matter just pick up where you left off whenever you remember.

    Here is one of my favourites:

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    You can learn more about affirmations in my Clear Skin Guide here where I show you how to make your own affirmations and create a life you love.

    Have you used affirmations before? Share your experience with me below. I would love to hear from you.

    Olivia x

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  • Amazing Benefits and Uses of Carrots For Your Skin, Hair and Health

    Amazing Benefits and Uses of Carrots For Your Skin, Hair and Health
    Carrots ALWAYS feature in my top ten foods for clearer skin. Why? Because they are packed with skin-loving vitamins and antioxidants that protect you from ageing AND clear your skin.

    Carrots are loaded with vitamin A which helps to reduce skin conditions like pimples, acne, rashes and eczema. Eating the right foods can help you fight acne, smooth wrinkles and enhance your natural beauty.

    Benefits:

    • Clears acne
    • Reduce inflammation
    • Nourishes dry skin
    • Improves skintone
    • Reduce acne scarring
    • Anti-ageing

    Here are some more amazing skin, hair and health benefits of carrots:

    Natural Sun Protection

    Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. This helps the skin to repair and regenerate providing protection against the suns harmful rays. Antioxidants in carrots work to protect the skin and increase immunity from sunburn and sun-damage.

    Clearer Skin

    Carrots are packed full of vitamin A which is essential for fighting acne and bad skin. They are also loaded with vitamin C to keep your skin healthy and clear.

    Age Protection

    Carrots contain high levels of vitamin C which improves collagen production in the skin. Antioxidants work to combat premature ageing and banish wrinkles while improving uneven skin tone.

    Fades Blemishes/Scars

    That’s right! Vitamin A helps in the fight against scars – especially acne scars. By increasing your intake of orange veggies including carrots, you’re giving your body a healthy dose of vitamins including vitamin A and C which are integral for skin health and rejuvenation. Be sure to include some carrots in your next healthy juice!

    Ways to Enjoy Carrots:

    1. Add carrots to your next healthy juice

    2. Carrot sticks with almond butter or homemade dip

    3. Include carrot in your next batch of soup

    4. Include in a salad

    5. Roast carrots with your next dinner

    6. Steam carrots to accompany your salmon

    Olivia x

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  • DIY Carrot Face Mask

    DIY Carrot Face Mask
    DIY Carrot Face Mask Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    • 2 carrots, boiled and mashed
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until it’s a smooth consistency.
    2. Apply to clean, damp skin and leave for 30 minutes.
    3. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

    Have you tried this DIY carrot face mask? What did you think? Leave your comments below!

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