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DIY SHEA BUTTER BODY SCRUB

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I am a real fan of shea butters. I use it for my face, hair, lips, body, feet and hands. Sometimes for moisturizing, sometimes for healing various skin issues ;sometimes alone sometimes along with other ingredients; shea butter is one amazing product! I have used shea butter body scrub (no, not homemade but from a very good brand) in the past and I love it! But I keep on trying and experimenting with different products and diy’s so I use some others at the moment.  But a few days back I really missed my shea butter body scrub so I thought  instead of buying it I should make it at home. So I went through the ingredient list of my favorite shea butter body scrub for inspiration (Please don’t use the word copying,!) and made my own shea butter body scrub at home! (more…)

TURMERIC FACE MASK FOR CLEAR SKIN

The good old turmeric can do wonders to your skin…

 

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Turmeric has been used in various parts of the world for beauty treatments from centuries. Turmeric has its origin in the South-Asia and is now used in almost everywhere in the world. Turmeric is widely used in many cuisines like Indian.Turmeric has many health and beauty benefits. Including turmeric in your diet can help in weight-loss, preventing cancer, boosts immunity, controls cholesterol and diabetes( to mention a few).

When it comes to skincare, turmeric is your life-saver. It has  many beauty benefits. So it is a great idea to include turmeric in your food. You can also apply it externally  as face masks, scrubs or any other form which works for you. One thing which I like the most about turmeric is that you can use it not only for your face but also for your entire body. In India, women apply turmeric to the entire body as a pre-marital beauty treatment and also after pregnancy to treat all the pregnancy related skin issues. It is believed that many Bollywood actresses also do the turmeric beauty treatments.

Turmeric face mask

There are many ways you can use turmeric. But in this post I am talking about one of my favorite ways of using turmeric. This is not just my favorite, the mask is so effective. So lets get into details about the turmeric face mask.

You need:

1 tbsp turmeric powder.

2 tbsp chick pea flour.

2 tbsp yogurt.

1 tbsp honey.

I normally grind my own turmeric powder from the dried out roots. In India, turmeric is widely available (both powder and roots, even the fresh ones). Some cultivate their own turmeric at home. If you can get your hands on the homely made ones, its superb. You have to dry it out in the sun to grind it to a fine powder. We also use the fresh ones in our skin care (not getting into details about it). If you can’t find it, no problem you can use the powder which can be easily found in any Indian grocery stores.

Remember: I have used 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, you can use a little bit more if you like, not more than that because turmeric can cause a burning sensation.

If you don’t have chick pea flour you can swap it for rice flour. 

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How to prepare turmeric face mask

Measure and take all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix it really well to form a smooth paste. The paste should not be too runny as well as too thick. It should be somewhere in between.

To apply:  After cleansing your face and neck, apply the mask using a brush or with your finger tips. Let it stay there for about 20 minutes or until the mask dries out and becomes stiff. After 20 minutes, moisten the mask once again using warm water and massage the face with the mask, to give your face a slight exfoliation. Then rinse off with cold water. You will see instant results. Now, do not forget to apply your daily moisturizer.

Remember: We know turmeric can give a yellow color to anything it comes in contact with. So do not wear light colors. Wear some old clothes which you don’t mind staining.

Normally after I wash off the mask there is no yellow residue or color on my face. Thanks to the chick pea flour we are adding. But if you are left out with slightly yellow face don’t panic. Cleanse your face using a mild cleanser and the yellow color is gone.

If you feel a slight burning sensation on your face, it is fine. But if the sensation is unbearable wash off the mask immediately using cold water followed by a cold milk rinse. Actually it is a very good idea to wipe off your face with cold milk for removing the yellow color too.

If you have dry skin you can use 1 tsp of olive or almond oil to the mask to make it moisturizing.

The best thing about the turmeric face mask is that it can also be applied underneath your eyes for treating dark circles. You can also use this on your entire body to treat stretch marks and pigmentation during pregnancy.

 

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Benefits of turmeric face mask on skin

  • The turmeric face mask is great for exfoliating, leaving behind soft and smooth skin.
  • This mask works as an anti-aging mask. The high amounts of anti-oxidants in turmeric slows down cell damage.
  • The mask is very effective in treating acne. It also helps in lightening acne marks and scars.
  • The turmeric face mask is great for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and also dry skin.
  • The turmeric face mask helps in reducing pigmentation and evens out the skin.
  • It is also effective in treating dark circles.

So what do you think about the mask? Such an amazing mask, this is. Try the turmeric face mask for clear, beautiful skin and share your experience with me.

 

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Avocado seed massage.

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GLAM BOX DECEMBER 2015

 

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If you are wondering what glam box is, it is a beauty subscription box, with 4-5 deluxe samples and one or two full-sized products. If you are some one like me who would love to try out new products, this is definitely your game. Each month you get a beautiful pink box with samples from some well-known brands, you get some luxury brands too if you are lucky. Sometimes these boxes contain products from some new and upcoming brands also, which you would not consider buying the full size before testing. Sometimes your box might also contain discount vouchers (for spa treatment, shopping etc; which may or may not be useful to you)

The beauty box concept is already very popular in many other countries (like the birch box,glossy box) but here in the UAE, I think glam box was the first to launch such beauty boxes.  Now there are a boatload of beauty boxes in the UAE. But people are still not sure about such things.

The reason why I am writing such a detailed post about glam box is because, when I first thought of subscribing glam box, I wasn’t sure if I should. As any other person I surfed through the internet to gather details. But I couldn’t find even a single useful post. Then I thought maybe I should try it. One reason why I chose to subscribe to the glam box is that I love surprise gifts. This is like getting surprise gifts every month ( you know you will receive it each month until your subscription period, but the products remain a mystery). The fun part is definitely the opening to see what awaits you.

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The December box is their festive special box, actually boxes. It comes with a free welcome box andfree shipping! The normal price of a 3-month subscription is 239 AED but I got it on offer for just 164 AED. How cool is that! Lets unwrap and find out what we have got.

The December glam boxes contain the following products

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L’OCCITANE SHEA BUTTER EXTRA GENTLE SOAP (100gm)

This is the product I love the most in my glam box mainly because I like L’occitane and my box had a beautiful smell because of this soap. This is a full-sized product which costs 8.50 dollars (almost 31 AED).

ABEECO BEE VENOM MASK(15 gm)

I have never tried any products from Abeeco. The bee venom mask is supposed to be made from the best New Zealand bee venom. For this reason I am excited to try this out. The whole idea of applying bee venom on my face is freaking me out to some extent I agree. But I will not miss the chance. Come on now how often do we get to test bee venoms (in positive way). And yeah, this is a sample sized product. 50gms of this product might cost around 400 AED.

SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURE 

The shade I received is Aria Redy? which I think is perfect for this festive season. It is a magenta pink kind of shade which I wouldn’t use otherwise. The price is 39 AED.

MISA NAIL LACQUER

Another nail paint, and the shade is It’s you! Such a beautiful shade I must say. It has a very subtle duo-chrome effect and I love it. It costs around 28 AED.

DOVE PURELY PAMPERING BODY CREAM(15 ml)

Another full-sized product which costs around 48 AED, I think. Not sure if I like it or not. But since it contains shea butter and warm vanilla sounds good.

FRESH LOOK ONE-DAY COLOR CONTACT LENSES

I got pure Hazel. Now I wonder why they have added lenses to a beauty box. I know the colored lenses can make your eyes beautiful, but did not expect it and I think this is a little in-appropriate.The price for a pack (which contain ten lenses) is 65AED. I got a sample pack of two.

THE FACE SHOP REAL NATURE MASK (ALOE)

I loved all the face shop products I have used so far.  So I would love to try this too.

BIORE DEEP CLEANSING CHARCOAL PORE STRIPS 

Now everybody knows how effective biore pore strips are in removing black heads, never tried the charcoal one though; so already loving it. I got 2 strips which might costs a total of 18 AED.

MAX FACTOR FACE INFINITY PRIMER

Yes! This has been in my shopping list, now I can try and then buy( since I have the sample). The price for 30ml is 79 AED.

SHEA BUTTER DXB

I use shea butter in many DIY’s, so I am happy I got this. Sample size, but good.

PARACHUTE GOLD COCONUT HAIR OIL

I wish I received something else. The oil I received is a sample.

STERIKARE OIL CONTROL FILM

I got a pack of 50 sheets which costs 15 AED. These are bloating papers and I think its a must-have.

Phew! Such a huge list of items. And not to forget the discount vouchers. To sum up lets get into what I like and dislike about the glam box middle east.

In LOVE

  • I was lucky my subscription included a festive box,so I got a lot of products.
  • I got to try some products which I have never imagined of trying like the bee venom mask.
  • The price definitely. It costs only around 80 AED for one month (I got it for less) but you get products which would costs you more otherwise.
  • I got four full-sized products. No wait, five!

NOT IN LOVE WITH

  • Both the nail paints were ok, but I don’t prefer getting nail paints in my beauty boxes.
  • The dove body cream, I don’t know if I will use it. I prefer make-up products to skin care mainly because I like to use natural products in my skin-care routine.
  • The parachute oil which I will never use mainly because I have a well-maintained hair care routine now for my hair using many DIY’s and other methods.

My final verdict about the glam box me is that I love the December glam box and will eagerly be waiting for the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME MADE BODY WASH

I miss my long daily showers, long relaxing ones. Being a mom of a little girl,it is difficult to even think about it. So I had to cut short my showers. But I still manage to make my showers special by using relaxing, fragrant body washes. I love my body washes so so much. Now who doesn’t!

Have you thought of making a body wash all by yourself? At the comfort of your home? Do you wish to? Don’t worry it is easy, easier than you could think of. You just need a few items to make your own body wash at home. A body wash which not only cleanse but moisturizes your body too. And you will forget your normal body wash or soap when you experience the rich, bubbly lather of this amazingly fragrant body wash.

So lets get started. Oh my god! I’m excited!!

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The honey lavender body wash

Two best things about this body wash is that, one it is very very easy to make, and two our body wash uses ingredients which are great for your skin.

Lets check out the ingredient list.

You need

1/3 cup liquid castile soap ( I used argan oil variant you can use pure). Buy Here

1/3 cup sweet almond oil. (you can use olive oil or grape seed oil) Buy Here

1/3 cup honey. (Use raw honey if possible, but you can use any) Buy Here

40 drops of lavender oil.Buy Here

How to make the body wash

Measure out all the ingredients and mix them up in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Next pour this into a bottle of your choice pump-top or squeeze top.  You have your very own body wash.

The method

Use it like you would normally use any other body washes. Pump out the body wash onto a bath pouf or natural sponge and lather on. You can use this directly on your skin. Don’t forget to shake  well before each use. This stays in good condition for as long as one year.

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Now that you know how to make the body wash lets get into details of  the ingredients used.

Liquid castile soap

Castile soap is a vegetable oil based soap made from pure olive oil or coconut oil. This is used to ensure that our body wash has enough lather which is so gentle to your skin.

Sweet almond oil

The purpose of adding oil is to make our body wash moisturizing unlike most of the store bought ones which dries out our skin. The benefit of adding sweet almond oil is that it is effective in lightening stretch marks and also reduces signs of aging.

Honey

Honey helps in the treatment and prevention of acne and helps in improving complexion. It is great for slowing down aging. Honey is added in our body wash to moisturize. It also helps in retaining elasticity of  our skin. Honey also thickens the body wash and promotes lather.

Lavender oil

Lavender oil is great for treating acne and eczema. The purpose of adding lavender oil in our body wash is to give a pleasant smell to our body wash. Moreover, lavender oil is great for all skin types and is very gentle to the skin.

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So make your own body wash and feel the difference.

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COFFEE-COCONUT MILK BODY SCRUB TO REDUCE CELLULITE

Oh my dear coffee, I love you so much!!!

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Don’t we all love our daily dose of coffee? Coffee is just enough to kick start an otherwise lazy day. And the aroma of coffee, oh my God!! But did you know the best friend of yours ( I meant coffee here) has great benefits on skin too. Yes, seriously. Yaay!

Oh so coffee-ish

The first thing which attracts me to coffee is its smell. So I don’t mind smelling like a coffee bean all day. In fact I would love to -Oh so refreshing! That’s the reason why I could not resist myself from trying out this great smelling body scrub. All the other benefits come as bonuses (That’s my case).

Why use coffee

Coffee has the power to dehydrate fatty cells which results in reducing the appearance of cellulite.Coffee is rich in anti-oxidants, hence it has great anti-inflammatory properties. Caffeine in coffee draws out excess moisture from the skin. Therefore you are left with smoother and firmer skin. Coffee fights free radicals which are causing pre-mature aging of your skin. So coffee reduces the appearance of fine line, wrinkles and sun spots. Coffee tightens the skin and repairs damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Coffee also helps to reduce under eye dark circles. Coffee is a good exfoliant too. Coffee is also easily absorbed into the skin.

So now you know why caffeine is used in so many skin creams? Now hoping that you are impressed by all these as I am, lets move on to the ingredient list.

Ingredients

1 cup ground coffee

1 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp cinnamon (cinnamon is optional. If you choose to use it, use only small amount)

Normally in coffee scrubs one use coconut oil but I am using coconut milk instead. The reason being , coconut milk makes a more luxurious scrub than the coconut oil one.

How to make our scrub

Combine coffee, coconut milk and cinnamon. Mix it well. Then add sugar and mix it. And there you have it!

I used brown sugar but you can use the white refined one also. No problem. But sticking to organic is always the best option.

If you don’t know how to make coconut milk it is easy. Add water(preferably warm) to coconut and blend it it a blender. Now strain the juice and done. But don’t worry you can use the powdered packet also. Still preparing from fresh coconut gets my vote.

The technique of applying

Applying is similar to exfoliating your body with any other body scrub with the only difference of concentrating more on the areas with cellulite. What I mean to say is massage this body scrub in a circular motion gently onto your skin, taking more time on our worst enemy- the cellulite.

The best part of using coffee scrub is that you can use the scrub for your face too. With all the above mentioned qualities of coffee you do not want to hunt for another scrub for your face. Plus, coconut milk also has moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Not yet convinced ? then our 3rd ingredient, cinnamon helps in curing blemishes, acne, pimples and fine lines. Now that’s awesome.

For face

You can add honey (optional) to the scrub and use it on face. The scrub can be used as a face mask too Apply this onto your face, keeping it for 20 minutes. Then rinse it off by gently massaging in upward circular strokes.

Remember

You can store it in a container or prepare fresh whenever you need. For reducing cellulite use it everyday until you start seeing results. When using everyday, you don’t have to scrub the entire body just massage on the cellulite.

Try the coffee- coconut milk scrub to get soft smooth and cellulite free body. You also have the advantage of having the divine smell of coffee on your body all day. Try it you will love the experience.

 

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