|The last three years of my life in two binder clips.|
By the way? Are you a Post It person like me? These listing Post Its came in a thesis care package from Brendan's mom, and they are one of my many obsessions.
|Home Goods Happy|
Now that I am done with the thesis, it's time for a little rest and relaxation tonight. I'm making two all natural beauty products to use in my bath tonight (red wine, bubbles, and chick Lit by Bridget Asher to be included). I've been making this face mask and body scrub since I was in middle school. I have vivid memories of visiting my cousin Amanda in New Orleans and making all kinds of messes with our "beauty regimens." Luckily, some of our creations actually proved to become staples of my grown-up beauty routine. The best part? The mask and scrub include only 3 inexpensive ingredients a piece, are proven to be effective, natural, good for your skin recipes, plus they happen to taste great if you accidentally end up sampling your facial. Here are my recipes for simple beauty at home.
Simple Sugar Scrub
In a bowl, combine 1/2 a cup white sugar, 1/4 a cup olive oil, and the juice of 1/2 a lemon.
In the bath, rub gently all over to exfoliate your skin. Wash with warm water. The result? Your skin will be clean and rejuvenated and the olive oil adds a natural moisturizer to leave skin feeling silky and soft. I love the subtle citrus smell as well.
Sweet Strawberry Facial
One of my favorite summer fruits? Strawberries! I know it's still Spring, but I love making this mask year round.
In a bowl, mash 5-8 strawberries with a fork and combine with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 3 teaspoons honey. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Be careful not to apply mask too close to the eyes. The mask will be sticky, but your skin feels nice and fresh after, and the brown sugar is great for helping exfoliate. This mask is great for dry or combination skin types. Oily skin? Try adding 2 egg whites and a teaspoon of lemon juice, but eliminate the brown sugar.
I hope you love these blissfully relaxing beauty recipes as much as I do!
|So delicious looking, Brendan thought they were dessert toppings.|
|Reading at The Porch as part of the First Friday Reading Series|
Here's to celebrating your milestones, and giving yourself a much needed break now and then!
<3 Stacy, Lola & Zoe