3 Homemade Face Masks | Video

If you know me, you know I’m always out to find a good, all natural beauty product. And what better way to know exactly what goes into your beauty products and face masks, than to make it yourself?

Today’s blog post is a little bit different because it is a YouTube video! My friend Vania Portilla has a YouTube channel where she posts all about fashion and beauty. Check out her channel here.

For this video we decided to create three, all natural, homemade face masks. Each targeting a specific problem. I wanted to go ahead a list out the exact ingredients and benefits for anyone who wanted to try out the masks.

To get our full reviews on the products watch our video.

Face Mask Ingredients & Benefits
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Grapefruit Detox Mask | Acne Prone Skin

Benefits | Rich in antioxidants, calm and soothe skin, exfoliator, anti-aging, astringent for acne.

  • Grapefruit
  • 1 cup of cooked and cooled Oatmeal
  • Coconut Milk

Flaxseed Mask | Healing Mask

Benefits | Omega 3 fatty acids to heal scars, regulate overproduction of oil for acne prone, great scrub

    • Grounded Flax Seeds
    • Water

Banana Face Mask | Nourishing Mask

Benefits | Moisturizing, Vitamins E & C for clear skin, fades dark spots, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory

  • Banana (ripe)
  • Turmeric
  • Dash of pepper
  • Bicarbonate Soda

Hope you guys enjoyed this different kind of blog post, I definitely loved filming with Vania, so there might be another video to look forward to in the future.

Vania’s Links | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

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Favorite Summer Recipes // Pinterest Inspired

Summer means lots of time to try new things and spend your days outside with friends and family. That being said, here are a few of my favorite summer treats, thanks to Pinterest!

Moscato Peach Wine Slushies

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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle Moscato Wine (750ml) (I used Barefoot brand) plus more for blending *see note
  • 2 cups frozen peaches (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (can cut back but it needs to be pretty sweet)

Instructions

  1. Add frozen peaches, sugar and a few splashes of moscato to food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour in the rest of the moscato and blend until incorporated.
  4. Quickly pour mixture into ice cube trays. (stir if peaches begin to settle on the bottom of blender jar)
  5. Freeze.
  6. Place frozen cubes in a blender. ( I never measure them out. I just toss a handful in and add more if I need it)
  7. Add a splash of wine to make blending easier.
  8. Blend until slush consistency, adding a splash of wine to thin it out if needed.
  9. Pour into wine glasses, add a straw (if desired) and serve immediately.
  10. Garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries and peach slices
Notes

You’ll need to add a few splashes of wine to the frozen ice cube for blending. You can reserve a small amount of wine or just use some wine from another bottle, which is what I do.

ADD ice! If you like for your slushies to have those tiny little ice chips then throw in a few ice cubes and a little bit more wine!

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 8 cup Seedless Watermelon
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. In a small pan, add sugar and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook until sugar is dissolved, then set aside to cool.
  3. Puree watermelon in batches and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add sugar syrup and lemon juice and mix well.
  5. place in a 13×9 dish, cover and place in freezer until firm.
  6. Puree frozen mixture before serving.

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Raspberry Lemonade Tea

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sweet’N Low (12 packets)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 2 cups raspberries, pureed
  • 3 1/2 cups cold water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Bring the Sweet’N Low and water to a simmer. Let cool.
  2. Add pureed raspberries to sugar water.
  3. Add fresh lemon juice to the raspberry mixture.
  4. Pour raspberry mixture into a large pitcher filled with cold water.
  5. Stir and add ice cubes.

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Let me know if you try out any of these recipes!

Have a happy summer

xoxox

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub

It’s getting around that time of year, when the air gets colder and dryer. This means time to add exfoliation into our beauty regime if it is not already! Exfoliating is very good for your skin, and not just your face but your whole body!

Check out this super quick and easy DIY body scrub, perfect for fall!

You need sugar and oil! The sugar and oil can changed depending on your personal preference. When choosing a sugar to use, keep in mind the grain size. Smaller grains will not feel as rough on the skin, so light brown sugar would be best for sensitive skin.

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For my scrub I used Brown Sugar and Olive Oil.

2 Cups Brown Sugar

1 Cup Olive Oil

You can make how ever much of the scrub you want, just use two parts sugar and one part oil.

Enjoy and have a happy fall!

 

xoxox

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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Ingredients:

4 tbsp. butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. Vanilla

Olive Oil

Popcorn Kernels

Salt

Buttered Seasoning

Popcorn

  • Turn stove to med/low heat and add olive oil until there is a thin layer covering the bottom of your pan.
  • Allow the oil to heat for a little and add popcorn kernels until they cover the bottom of the pan. Make sure you cover the pan with a lid or the popcorn will pop everywhere
  • After the times between each popped kernels begins to slow, you can remove the pan and put your popcorn into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle as much salt and buttered seasoning, on the dry popcorn, as you prefer

Caramel Sauce

  • In a separate skillet add the butter, brown sugar and vanilla
  • Melt the brown sugar sauce on low heat, still until the butter is completely melted and the sauce is thin and almost of a liquid form. (If you put the stove on too high it will turn the sauce into a thick glob)
  • Take a table spoon and lightly drizzle the sauce onto your salted popcorn
  • Make sure to toss around the popcorn to make sure you get the sauce on all of the popcorn
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