DIY beauty

  • 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!

  • 5 DIY Makeup Tips For Glowing Skin

    5 DIY Makeup Tips For Glowing Skin
    Ever wondered how celebrities manage to look flawless at every red carpet appearance? The key is an effective beauty routine and simple makeup tricks to bring out your natural glow and make you look radiant all year round.

    Glowing skin is one of the best beauty assets anyone can have. It can make you look healthy, radiant, polished and more attractive – so it’s very important to look after your skin.

    There are techniques you can use to hide blemishes, dark circles, even skin tone and highlight your best features. Try these top five makeup tricks for glowing skin all year round:

    Step 1: Prep skin with a primer

    This is one makeup tip all celebrity makeup artists believe in. A primer is a product to use on you skin before any other makeup is applied. It should be applied after cleansing to freshly moisturised skin. Some primers have a moisturiser already included in them so just check the instructions on the packaging.

    Using a primer helps to prepare the skin for your foundation and allow your makeup to be applied even – creating the perfect base for makeup. Without a primer, your makeup can ‘grab’ and become patchy and uneven. It’s important to always use your primer on a cleansed, moisturised face underneath your foundation.

    Step 2: Use a skin illuminator 

    When used correctly, skin illuminators can be your best friend. Illuminators help to reflect light onto the skin making your skin look radiant and youthful. Simply mix one part illuminator to two parts foundation and blend onto your face.

    You can also purchase illuminators with an in-built bronzer to give you that all over sun-kissed glow! I like the idea of doing this because it saves me worrying about appearing too light – especially during the cooler months.

    You’ll be left with a dewy, luminous complexion all day long – just remember to lightly dust with a translucent powder before you move to your next step.

    Step 3: Contour with a powdered face bronzer

    Looking for a sun kissed glow? Now that your skin has a flawless base and you’ve finished applying your foundation or base coverage, you can use a powdered face bronzer to give your face some dimension.

    Simply take a powder, blush or contouring brush, gently swipe over your powdered bronzer palette. Tap your brush to remove any excess bronzer and use brush to gently apply it to cheekbones, bridge of nose, jawline and chin. Bronzer helps to highlight these points and contour your face creating depth, while using a highlighter will bring things forward.

    You can even use a “Bronzing & Highlighting face powder duo” which has both products in one palette. One swipe of this product on the cheeks instantly contours and highlights exactly where needed.

    Step 4: Use a liquid or cream based highlighter

    For some extra oomph and to give the illusion of higher cheekbones, larger lips and brighter eyes, use a liquid or cream based highlighters.

    Apply a small amount of highlighter to your finger and gently pat points of your face including cheek bones, corners of your eyes, bridge of your nose and cupids bow.

    This will give your face a gorgeous glow and help to highlight your natural bone structure. Remember, less is more – so go easy and build your way up. This is not body glitter and you can easily go overboard.

    5. Use a clear gloss 

    This is a simple yet very effective makeup tip for glowing skin. Simply dab a little clear lip gloss under your brow bones, cupids bow of your lip or any other feature of your face you wish to highlight.

    Appy it over foundation or blush and gently work around with your finger to give your face a radiant glow. Voila!

  • DIY: How To Use Green Tea For Beauty

    How To Use Green Tea For Beauty
    We all love drinking green tea for health benefits but did you know you can use green tea for beauty benefits too? Read on for my favourite green tea beauty tips.

    Green tea is growing in popularity all around the world for its amazing health benefits. But there is so much more you can do with green tea to benefit your body and your skin. From DIY facial masks to toners, there are so many amazing ways to get glowing hair, skin and nails every day with green tea.

    Green Tea Facial Toner

    My belief has always been that if you cleanse your skin properly, you won’t need a toner. In saying that though, I really like the idea of using green tea on my skin after cleansing and exfoliating as a way of preserving my skin that little bit more and fighting premature ageing.

    I love the benefits of green tea on my body so it was only natural that I fall in love with this facial toner recipe as well. You can try the below recipe after cleansing or exfoliating your skin and I find it is the PERFECT base for applying your rose hip oil on top. Note: Never apply rose hip oil to dry skin or you will just look oily!

    Ingredients:

    2 cups brewed green tea (cooled)
    1 clean spray bottle

    Method:

    1. Simply brew 2 cups of green tea and allow to cool.

    2. Once cooled, pour into your empty spray bottle and use in replacement of a store bought toner.

    It works great to tighten and refresh dull skin to make you look fresh and glowing. You can also keep your toner in the fridge during the warmer months to give your skin a real wake up call!

    Green Tea Body Scrub

    Green tea has potent antioxidants and free-radical fighting benefits that help keep your skin looking refreshed and younger. One of the best things you can do for your skin is exfoliate regularly so it makes sense to include green tea in your beauty kit for DIY beauty products.

    When you exfoliate the skin, you help to remove any dead skin cells and debris that is trapped under the surface and clogging your pores. It also helps to improve circulation in the skin, making you look refreshed and younger.

    My favourite recipe for a DIY Green Tea Body Scrub is here:

    Ingredients:

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp green tea (loose leaf or from tea bags)
    1 tsp matcha green tea powder (available at most health food stores)

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Feel free to add more coconut oil if you would like however 1/2 cup is quite moisturising.

    2. Store in a glass jar or air-tight container and apply during bath or shower time in a circular massage motion.

    Green Tea Hair Mask

    While it’s important to look after and care for your skin, it’s also important to nourish and protect your hair too. We often forget to take good care of our hair and this can result in dull, lifeless and brittle hair.

    The best thing you can do is pamper yourself to a DIY intensive hair treatment once a week to keep your skin, and your hair happy!

    You will find that the honey helps to nourish and hydrate your hair, making it look more shiny. While green tea will prevent hair loss and help to stimulate your scalp.

    Ingredients:

    1 cups brewed green tea (cooled to warm)
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    1 tbsp honey

    Method:

    1. Boil kettle and brew 1 cup of green tea. Allow to cool to a warm-hot temperature, but not boiling.

    2. Add coconut oil and honey and mix well in a container of your choice.

    3. Apply mixture to your scalp and hair, gently massaging from roots to ends.

    4. Leave for 30 minutes or over night and then wash hair as per normal.

    Green Tea Face Mask

    Face masks are the perfect way to give your skin the hydrating and detoxing boost it needs to look crystal clear, all year round. If you suffer from skin concerns, this recipe is going to be perfect for you!

    Green tea helps to promote youthful, glowing skin by fighting free radical damage and fighting against acne breakouts. You should use a face mask once a week after cleansing to help promote a healthy, glowing complexion.

    Turmeric powder use in the recipe is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that fight skin concerns like acne, acne scarring and eczema. It also acts as a potent antioxidant to lighten dark spots, blemishes and sunspots.

    Ingredients:

    2 tbsp brewed green tea (cooled)

    2 tbsp greek yoghurt

    1/2 tsp lemon juice

    1/2 tsp turmeric

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    Method:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

    2. Cleanse skin and apply the mixture to damp skin.

    3. Wait for the mixture to set on your skin after a few minutes, then apply again. Repeat until finished.

    4. Allow the mask to sit on your face for ten minutes and rinse well with cool water.

    It’s best to follow with a gentle moisturiser, serum or rose hip oil. Only 2-3 drops of rose hip oil is necessary.

    Don’t waste thousands of dollars on expensive beauty products that promise the world. You can make your very own natural skincare products at home, with natural ingredients and minimal expense. I love making my own natural skincare and encourage you to ditch your products that contain SLS, mineral oils, parabens and other nasties that could be making your skin worse!

    If you like this article and want more DIY face mask recipes, check out my Clear Skin DIY Face Masks eBook here!

    Have you tried some of these recipes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂 x

  • 10 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

    10 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil
    Coconut Oil has to be one of my favourite beauty products of all time. It’s so versatile, you can use it for everything and it’s super affordable – mega BONUS!

    I’ve experimented with Coconut Oil in my beauty regime for centuries now and have narrowed down to just 10 of my favourite uses for it. I usually keep one jar of coconut oil in my bathroom and another for the kitchen to avoid any contamination from using your hands.

    Storing Coconut Oil

    Because Coconut Oil is natural and an oil, it’s important to keep it away from sun, light, heat and air. The best place to store it, is in a cool, dark bathroom cupboard with the lid done up tight. If you leave the lid off or don’t do it up properly, the oil will begin to oxidise. Then it will smell funny and TRUST me when I say, you won’t want to put it on your skin!

    Here are my top ten uses for Coconut Oil:

    1. Face Moisturiser

    Apply 2-3 drops of coconut oil to clean, damp skin morning and night for best results. You should wait 5 or so minutes before applying your foundation or base so it doesn’t mix with the oil before it’s had a chance to absorb properly.

    2. Eye Makeup Remover

    You cannot go past coconut oil as an eye makeup or any type of makeup remover! It works wonders around the sensitive eye area and is so gentle on that delicate area of skin. I usually dip a cotton tip into the coconut oil then gently swipe underneath my eye area until makeup has been removed.

    3. Nail and Cuticle Cream

    I’m pedantic about my nails and have always suffered from weak, splitting nails – even as a kid. Coconut oil has worked wonders in reviving my nails and making them stronger and healthier! You can use this throughout the day as an ointment for your nails OR you can soak your nails in coconut oil with a squeeze of lemon for 20 minutes each day. This will make them stronger and healthier, plus stop any splitting!

    4. Split Ends Serum

    If you have split ends, unruly or frizzy hair – coconut oil will be your new best friend! Simply take a small amount between your fingers, melt it down and then apply to your split ends or unruly hair. Be careful not to apply too much as it can make your hair too heavy. Less is best.

    5. Hair Treatment

    This has to be a hairdressers best kept secret – no need to spend hundreds on deep conditioning hair treatments. Coconut oil works wonders on your hair. Simply heat up some oil and massage into your roots, all the way down to the ends. Leave it on overnight for best results and then shampoo and condition in the morning. I always do this on the last night before washing my hair to keep it super healthy and shiny!

    6. Lip Balm

    Another budget beauty idea that has amazing benefits for your lips. I usually spoon a small amount into an empty lip balm container and carry with me in my handbag. You can apply it as often as you like and it’s 100% natural! No need to worry about this drying out your lips as it works to nourish from the inside out for gorgeous, glossy lips.

    7. Oil Pulling

    Oil pulling helps to keep your teeth white and your gums healthy. Simply take 1 tbsp coconut oil into your mouth and gently swish around your mouth with your tongue for 10-20 minutes. Start at 5 minutes and work your way up to 20. Seems strange I know but I ALWAYS notice whiter teeth within a few days of doing this. Plus – it draws toxins out of your body at the same time. Just remember to spit the oil down the drain and brush your teeth after. DO NOT swallow.

    8. Bath Oil

    Add some coconut oil to your bath for extra nourishing and moisturising benefits. It helps to soothe dry or sensitive skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth. If before bedtime, add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath to help you relax for a better nights sleep.

    9. Body Oil

    Forget body moisturiser, use coconut oil instead for the best skin of your life. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins and minerals which work to heal your skin from the inside out. If you’re suffering from any dryness, uneven skin tone or rashes – you can expect to see an improvement after using coconut oil. It’s best to apply it after getting out of the shower while your skin is still damp. This helps the oil to absorb faster, so you don’t have any oily residue.

    10. Cracked Heels Balm

    Massage 1tbsp of coconut oil onto cracked heels at night before you go to sleep and cover with a pair of cotton socks. Sleep in this overnight and watch your cracked heels fade away.

    For more skin tips and tricks like this make sure you follow me on Instagram HERE! Have you tried any of these coconut oil treatments? Let me know your feedback in the comments below!

    Olivia x

  • DIY Coconut Rose Body Scrub

    DIY Coconut Rose Body Scrub
    I absolutely love making DIY skincare products and this has to be one of my favourite body scrub recipes.

    Body scrubs exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities from your skin leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. The base of coconut oil is very nourishing meaning your skin is moisturised as well as gently exfoliated.

    The best time to use a body scrub is during a hot bath or shower. Gently massage the mixture onto your skin in circular motions until all your skin is covered. Once applied to your entire body, gently rinse with water. Follow with coconut oil as a moisturiser.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup coconut oil
    • 1 cup rose petals
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1/4 cup jojoba or almond oil
    • Jar

    Instructions:

    1. Add coconut oil to the jar.

    2. Pick fresh rose petals and place into the jar on top of the coconut oil.

    3. Add sugar and jojoba/almond oil to the jar and close the lid to allow oils to infuse into the rose petals.

    4. Leave for 1-2 hours then mash up the contents of the jar with a spoon.

    Enjoy! Have you tried this recipe? Let me know your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.

  • DIY Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist

    DIY Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist
    Aloe vera juice, lavender and frankincense have cell-renewing properties to refresh the skin and leave you looking glowing and youthful!

    Use this DIY Facial Mist as often as you like to set your makeup, refresh your skin or even apply before your rose hip oil!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tsp distilled witch hazel
    • 10 drops lavender essential oil
    • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
    • 250ml aloe vera juice
    • Spray bottle

    Method:

    1. Combine the witch hazel with the essential oils in a spray bottle of your choice.

    2. Shake well.

    3. Add the aloe juice and shake again.

    4. Mist your skin as often as you wish.

    Tips:

    • Use to set makeup for the day. Simply mist your face after finishing your makeup application and it will make your skin look more natural and radiant.
    • Use before you apply your rose hip oil to make sure your skin is nice and damp.
    • Whenever you’re feeling tired or in need of a refresh, mist your face.
    • Pop in the freezer overnight and allow to defrost during the day for a refreshing wake up call during the Summer months!
  • Natural DIY Pore Strip For Blackhead Removal

    Natural DIY Pore Strip For Blackhead Removal
    DIY beauty products can be easy to make and cost effective too! DIY pore strips are no exception and use just a few ingredients from the kitchen! Remove blackheads FAST with this amazing natural DIY pore strip for blackhead removal and stop paying $7 a pop for store bought pore strips.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp unflavoured gelatin
    • 1-2 tbsp milk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Face brush

    Method:

    1. Mix gelatine and milk together in a small mixing bowl to create a paste. Add more milk if you feel it’s too chunky but no more than 2 tbsp in total.
    2. Place microwave safe mixing bowl in the microwave and zap for 10-15 seconds. It will get creamier in the microwave.
    3. Stir it around and apply it immediately to your face (make sure it’s not scorching hot, however!). It hardens up quick so you’ve got to be fast!
    4. Leave for 15 minutes or until hard and then peel off. You’ll know it’s time to rinse when it starts to break when you smile or try to talk!
    5. Cleanse any remaining mixture off and follow with your daily moisturiser or serum.

    Have you tried this recipe? Let me know your thoughts and feedback below!

    Olivia x

  • 5 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Blackheads

    5 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Blackheads
    One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is “How can I get rid of blackheads naturally?” Thousands of products on the market promise the world but deliver nothing, leaving you feeling disappointed time and time again. You may have the most diligent skincare routine in the world but still suffer from those pesky blackheads that just will not go away! Before we get started on how to prevent and treat blackheads naturally, let’s find out more about them.

    What Are Blackheads?

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    Blackheads are small bumps that appear on your skin due to blocked or clogged hair follicles. These bumps are known as “blackheads” because the bump itself looks dark or black. Blackheads are a less serious type of acne that are most commonly noticed on areas of the skin that are oiliest. For most, that area is the “T-zone” (forehead, nose and chin), though they can also form on the cheeks, chest and back.

    Essentially, a blackhead is a pore that has been blocked and prevented from secreting what it needs to including oil and dead skin cells. When this blockage occurs, the blockage gets pushed towards the skin’s surface until it comes into contact with air. When this happens, it oxidises and turns the bump black.

    Despite what you may think, the black part of a blackhead is not a speck of dirt! The oxidisation process causes the sebum to darken and form a black or dark mark. The process of oxidisation also happens to a banana or apple. Think about when you leave a sliced apple on a plate exposed to air, over time it begins to turn the fruit brown. This process is called oxidisation and is exactly what happens to your skin when it forms a blackhead.

    There are ways to naturally treat blackheads and clear your skin for good. If you are finding that blackheads are a constant skin concern for you, the best thing you can do is follow these simple skin care tips:

    My Top Tips For Getting Rid Of Blackheads Forever:

    1. Wash Your Pillow Cases Every Week

    Remember to wash your pillowcases every week, no exceptions.

    I know how much effort it takes you to wash your hair and sometimes the every second or third day wash can turn into once a week with the invention of dry shampoo. It is SO important that you wash your pillowcases every week to ensure you are not allowing your face to come into contact with any additional oils and impurities that may cause blockages and result in blackheads.

    Make it part of your weekly cleaning ritual to strip your bedding and wash every week as dirty pillowcases can often be the cause of breakouts including blackheads.

    2. Invest In A Facial Cleansing Brush

    Exfoliating is the #1 thing you can do to treat and prevent blackheads and clogged pores. Facial cleansing brushes are a great way to deeply exfoliate your skin and draw out any impurities that are trapped underneath the surface.

    A brush helps remove dead skin cells form your face quicker, and in turn prompt your skin to produce more collagen, and gradually, you get tighter skin. Plus, it will remove any oil or impurities that’s plugging pores and allows your moisturiser and serum to penetrate skin better.

    Using a facial cleansing brush is a more affordable way to treat your skin to a facial. I’m a big fan of the Clarisonic brush which will help to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while gently exfoliating your skin.

    Be sure to slowly introduce the facial cleansing brush into your skincare routine. Try using it once or twice a week at first and slowly build up your use. Normal skin types can use it every day, however more sensitive skin types should stick with once or twice a week.

    TIP: If you suffer from severe acne, I would recommend that you opt for an organic muslin cloth instead as your skin will be too sensitive to use a facial cleansing brush for exfoliating.

    3. Use Epsom Salts On The Affected Area

    Another effective and natural way to treat blackheads is to use epsom salts.

    1. Mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt in a little hot water until the salt dissolves completely. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
    2. Use a cotton ball to apply to the mixture on the affected area. Allow the mixture to dry.
    3. Use a clean muslin cloth or wash cloth to gently wash it off.

    This is a great tonic to use before applying a deep cleansing mask or before your facial steam bath (instructions below) as it allows blackheads to loosen before they are naturally extracted with these tips.

    Note: You can also use epsom salts in a detox bath by adding 1 cup to your bath and enjoy for 20 minutes. Make sure you get your face wet too!

    4. Use Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

    Pore strips do help get rid of blackheads by extracting them out of the pore, but they work better after the plug has been loosened up.

    1. The first thing you need to do is to cleanse your face. This will remove any oil and dirt from your skin as well as help your pores open up.
    2. Pour 1L of boiling water from the kettle into a large stainless steel bowl. You can add one drop (no more than one!) of essential oil if you have any at home, otherwise the water on its own is just as effective.  Hover your face over the bowl and place a towel over your head and bowl to trap the steam in. Note: Move your face a comfortable distance away from the bowl if you are too close and the steam is too hot.
    3. Take your pore strips and follow the instructions on the back. Usually you must use the pore strip on damp skin so it’s best to leave your skin damp after the facial steam bath.

    5. DON’T Extract Or Squeeze Blackheads

    Attempting to extract or squeeze blackheads is one of the WORST things you can do for your skin. Not only is it incredibly dangerous but you are risking PERMANENT scarring, infection and more breakouts!

    Leave the extractions to your aesthetician or qualified dermatologist. According to the Huffington Post, attempting to squeeze blackheads on your own can lead to inflammation, infection, and even scarring.

    The only thing worse than pesky blackheads is, permanent scarring.

    Diet also plays a large role in banishing blackheads for good. Make sure you are enjoying a well-balanced, nutritionist approved clear skin diet to prevent and heal any existing blackheads and break outs.

    There are foods that you should be avoiding and also eating in order to prevent and heal blackheads for good. Learn more about a clear skin diet here.

    How did you find these blackhead tips? Write to me below!

    Olivia x