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Homemade Sugar Scrubs for Different Type of Skins

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There is a wide array of skin problems that most people have experienced over the years.  Some of the most typical skin issues are dry skin, oiliness, and lesions. Treating these skin problems with commercialized products out in the market is a stereotypical practice for most of us. That is given because we have the propensity to be lured by the way companies advertise their products. Even if in most cases these products do not really work. Imagine the money we are spending and getting nothing from it.

As a result, people are now searching for an alternative approach in skin treatment. A method in which the end product is less chemically made, more suited with our skin types and more affordable than those products available in all local stores. This new approach focuses in using raw products that are normally found in the comforts of our home. With that being said, a specific raw product is already making its name out in the open and that is – sugar.

Who said that sugar is only good in making different concoctions? Indeed, sugar adds sweetness in our coffee and pastries but little did we know that sugar could also be used in creating our own recipes for treating the never-ending problems with our skin.

Did you know that?

Sugar is an all-natural humectant that keeps our skin hydrated and moisturized. It is also an excellent source of an Alpha Hydroxy Acid called Glycolic Acid. This type of AHA acid treats aging skin and skin that is damage by direct sunlight. Lastly, due to its small granules, sugar is a great choice for exfoliation, removing the dead skin cells from our skin and revealing the natural glow.

In order to take advantage of the several benefits of using sugar, here are some recipes you could try making at home:

Homemade Scrubs for Dry and Oily Skin

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil (make use of the Extra Virgin one)
  • 3 tablespoons of regular or organic honey (any of the two will do)
  • 1 cup of regular or organic sugar (any of the two will do)

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Pour the 4 tablespoons of your oil in the container.
  3. After the oil, pour the 3 tablespoons of honey in the container as well.
  4. Finally, add the main ingredient (sugar) into the mixture and mix it well by using a stirring rod or a chopstick.

You do not have to follow the amounts of the ingredients because you can always adjust the ratio to your liking. Store the end product in a room temperature, not in the fridge because you do not want your mixture to harden.

How to Apply:

  1. You need to rinse your face and body.
  2. Scoop some from the mixture and apply it over the face and body.
  3. Make sure to scrub it in a circular motion.
  4. Leave it for a minute before rinsing.

This recipe is advisable to individuals with dry skin, oily skin or both. For those who have a sensitive type of skin, you may use it once in a week but for the rest, you may use it twice in a week.

Homemade Scrubs for Aging Skin

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of white, cane or brown sugar (any of the three will do)
  • 10 tablespoons of any coffee that is readily available at home
  • ½ cup of almond oil (you may also use olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoon of each extracts (Peppermint and Vanilla)

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Add the sugar and mix it with the preferred coffee.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, almond oil and the extracts.
  4. Mix all the ingredients by using a spoon or a stirring rod.

If at the end, your mixture is a bit watery, add more sugar and coffee. Use the mixture same as your regular mud scrub. For those who have a sensitive type of skin, use brown sugar and do not add coffee in the recipe.

Homemade Scrubs for Sensitive but Dry Skin

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of brown or white sugar
  • 3 tablespoon of Ginger Extract
  • 2 tablespoon of Sunflower Oil
  • 2 tablespoon of Almond Oil

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Put the brown or white sugar in the container.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them well.

Use the mixture same as your regular scrub. You may use the mixture once or twice a week.

Homemade Scrubs for Normal Skin

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Cane Sugar
  • ¼ cup of Sea Salt (it would be better if you will use Celtic sea salt for this)
  • ¾ cup of Coconut Oil
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of Almond Oil
  • Vitamin E extract
  • Few Drops of an Essential Oil (this is optional and pick your own scent)

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Add the cane sugar and sea salt in the container.
  3. Add the oils as well.
  4. With the Vitamin E extract, you can put 1 teaspoon into the mixture.
  5. Add the essential oil of your choice. Then mix it well.

In using an essential oil, make sure you check the label for the concentration value because excessive use of this type of oil might have an adverse effect on your skin.

Making the most out of the raw ingredients accessible in any household has many benefits. It does not only save money but it also gives you a healthier option. It may take a while before noticing changes as your body is accustomed with chemically made products. Just wait and enjoy.

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DIY: Essential Oils for Massages

Essential Oils are popular products used for aromatherapy as it does not only have physical benefits, they are also beneficial emotionally. You might want to stack every essential oil; however, essential oils are not cheap.

To help you narrow down your choices, I came up with a list of the most effective essential oils you can use to relax your body and mind. But before going into that, let me provide you the proper dilution of essential oils based by your age.

  • For ages 65 and up: 5 drops of an essential oil
  • For ages between 12 and 65: 10 drops of an essential oil
  • For ages between 6 and 12: 7 drops of an essential oil

Steps in creating your own massage oil

  1. Pick your carrier oil. Carrier oil is a base ingredient to any of the massage oils you can find. It is commonly in vegetable-based oil. Below are some examples of carrier oils:
    1. Jojoba Oil – a liquid wax which has healing components and can moisturize all type of skin. Since it is a non-nut oil, jojoba oil is recommended for sensitive skin.
    2. Almond Oil – carrier oil which is rich in vitamins A and E, and Essential Fatty Acids. It has a light odor and color which is practically beneficial for dry skin.
    3. Grape Seed Oil – it has a light odor and said to be one of the best carrier oil for penetration of your skin. It has a low percentage risk for skin allergies.
    4. Hazelnut Oil – this oil does not overwhelm the scent of your essential oil as it has no smell. Same with almond oil, it has great moisturizing properties.
    5. Apricot Kernel – it has a very light constancy and fragrance compared to Sweet Almond Oil. Professional therapists use this carrier oil for facial massages.
    6. Wheat-germ Oil – it is an anti-oxidant with large amount of Vitamin E. Together with its fatty acids, it is suitable for dry and mature skin type.

 NOTE: always use 20ml of carrier oil in your own mixture.

  1. Choose you preferred Essential Oil. Some of the most best essential oils are:
    1. Lavender – it is very popular essential oil as it performs what your body requires to; thus, it is called the balancing oil. In purchasing lavender, make sure to purchase the true lavender not lavandin or any other types. Just the “plain” lavender.
    2. Sandal Wood – this is also popular due to its warm woody smell and said to cure anxiety and depression.
    3. Eucalyptus – it is not only known for its anti-bacterial agents but eucalyptus can also treat your sinus congestion.
    4. Bergamot – it is a photo-sensitizing essential oil, so make sure not to go out after using it in your massage session. Bergamot, like Sandal Wood, can alleviate you from anxiety and depression. To top it off, it is also used by therapist to clients’ suffering from addiction.
    5. Geranium – it is also called the balancing oil; and most women use this oil for menstrual and menopausal difficulties.
  1. Mix them. You may want to use these recipes to start your massage sleep over with friends.
    1. For a flowery girly scent: just mix 20ml of a carrier oil, 8 drops of jasmine and 10 drops each of geranium and rosewood essential oils.
    2. For a massage with a kick: 20ml of a carrier oil, 5-6 drops each of peppermint and black pepper essential oils, 8 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 14 drops of sandal wood essential oil.
    3. For a stimulating massage: 20ml of a carrier oil, 9 drops of jasmine essential oil and 14 drops of each rose and ylang-ylang essential oils.

 I’m hoping this simple DIY using Essential Oils would help you in creating a better atmoshpere when performing a massage to your loved ones. Pick the Essential Oil which your body needs and what really suits your taste. If you have any suggestion, please drop a comment below. Thanks for sharing another Pinay Time with me, Lovelies! 🙂 ❤

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Hair

Note: On one of my short blogs, I have shared a single recipe for the hair and now with this new article, I am sharing a couple. So find out more, Lovelies.

They say that your hair is your crowning glory. Well, that’s a fact. A healthy, shiny and soft hair can be very attractive. It adds confidence to a person, especially to my ladies out there.

With several hair products, most of them are very enticing to use, you do not know what to choose. But the common denominator from all of these products is CHEMICALS. Yes, all hair products out if the market have chemicals. Even if they say it is gentle to your hair. It is not! Chemicals are chemicals.

In the long run, chemicals can damage your hair. So what’s the best alternative? Create your own hair product. There are several organic ingredients to use for your home-made hair products.

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For this first recipe, it can be used for dandruff, fragile and/or hair loss:

Ingredients to use:

  • ½ cup liquid castile soap
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 40-50 drops of essential oils

Before we proceed with the directions, for the essential oils, you may choose one essential oil to use but you may want to check tips below for better results:

  • For dandruff: 10 drops each lemon, lavender, rosemary and melameuca essential oils.
  • For fragile hair: 20 drops of clary sage, 15 drops of wild orange and 15 drops of lavender essential oils
  • For hair loss: 10 drops each peppermint, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood essential oils

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a container (you may choose any squeeze bottle you like). Make sure to put on the lid before shaking. Anytime you will use it, shake it first. Use it like how you normally use a commercial shampoo.

For Curly and Oily Hair:

Ingredients to use:

  • ½ cup organic cornstarch
  • 3-4 drops of essential oil (anything you like)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon (this is for people with red hair)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (this is for people with darker hair) 

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a container like Mason jar or what not. Apply your home-made dry shampoo at the roots of your hair. Use a comb to separate sections of your hair. Put the mixture and massage it into the surrounding hair. Let it sit for about 2 minutes to absorb all the oil. After 2 minutes, brush the dry shampoo until it’s gone.

This recipe may not replace your normal daily hair routine but it can help you an extra day or two. You know what I mean.

For restoring scalp’s pH balance:

Ingredients to use:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 ¾ cups pure aloe vera gel
  • 5-10 drops essential oils (this is optional)
  • 3-4 drops of Vitamin E oil or jojoba oil or sweet almond oil (for dry hair)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl using a whisk. Put the mixture in an ice-cube tray, then put it in the freezer and wait until it is completely frozen. You may use the whole cube depending on your hair length or if you use half of the cube, you may put it back for your next use.

There are several ways to make your own hair product inexpensively and chemical-free. Recently, there’s this craze about Castor Oil, which helps in hair growth. I’ll do another article for this after I make my own research. I hope you enjoy our Pinay Time, Lovelies 🙂 ❤

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Face

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Most of us have very sensitive skin which easily reacts with cosmetic products that we can find in our local department store. If these products are not compatible with your skin type, it will irritate your skin and worst, you’ll experience acne problems. To prevent this from happening, we can take care of our face and put on make-up in an inexpensive and organic way. I have prepared some recipes for you, Lovelies!

Banana Facial Mask – Bananas have a certain component that can lift your facial skin and moisturize it. Here’s how:

  1. Mash a medium-sized banana and gently apply it to your face and neck. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse with cold water. Or,
  2. Mix ¼ cup plain yogurt, medium-sized banana and 2 tablespoons of honey together. Apply to your face and neck. Leave it for 20-30 minutes then rinse with cold water.

 

Chamomile Facial Cleanser – Chamomile Tea has great healing properties, rich in anti-oxidants and has moisturizing effects. It is also believed as all-natural skin bleach. Here’s a recipe:

Ingredients to use:

  • ¼ cup organic chamomile tea
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap
  • 8 drops of essential oils (your choice)
  • ¾ tsp grape seed, sweet almond seed, hazelnut, avocado or olive oil
  • Several drops of vitamin E (recommended, but you have the option of not using it)

Directions:

Brew the chamomile tea. While brewing, mix all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add the brewed chamomile tea once it cooled down. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well, and then put it in a pump bottle. This mixture can make up to 4 ounces.

Different Variations for Facial Cleanser: 

  • For OILY skin: use tea tree, bergamot, lemon grass or geranium essential oils.
  • For MATURE skin: lavender, jasmine, geranium, neroli essential oils.
  • For DRY skin: sandal wood, lavender, chamomile or rosehip essential oils.

 

Face Foundation:

Ingredients to use:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Use one or combination of the following: cocoa powder, ground powder or nutmeg
  • Almond, Olive or Jojoba oil (this is optional)

Directions:

For dark skin, use 1 tsp and 1 tbsp for light skin. Add one or any combination of the cocoa powder, ground powder or nutmeg until you reach the tone you want. If you want a compact powder, start with 5 drops of any of the oil listed above. Keep adding until you reach the texture you desire.

 

Blush-on

Ingredients to use:

  • Very fine beet powder
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Any type of essential oil you prefer

Directions:

Use 2 tbsp of beet powder as your base and add 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder. You make want to add more depending on the desired color. Remember to start in fewer amounts. To add shimmer effect on your home-made blush, put nutmeg or ginger powder. For darker blush, use nutmeg and for lighter blush, use ginger. Mix all the dry ingredients until it is well-blended. After which, add 3-5 drops of the desired essential oil.

Simple and not-so-expensive ways to beautify yourself, Lovelies! Go and give it a try. Thanks for sharing another Pinay Time with me, Drunken Cheeks. 🙂 ❤

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Bizarre Beauty Tips: Holy S***!

I do believe everyone are already enlightened about the definition of beauty, the different takes about it and physical attractiveness in general. In addition to this, we are provided with basic and general knowledge about the innovations of cosmetic products over the years and some of the unusual, strange (maybe odd?) beauty products existed to mankind. So today, I’m going to list down some bizarre beauty tips that will aid you guys in enhancing and improving your natural awesomeness.

Honey Facial Wash

Honey has a natural soothing and anti-inflammatory components; and it is proven as one of THE bestest organic or natural products anyone could use to wash one’s face. Not only as a facial wash, you could use it as an alternative alcoholic-free make-up remover. To make it more beneficial, you could use this without any stripping! A spoonful is enough to wash your face, massage it in a circular motion then rinse it with water, just remember to use a warm towel afterwards.

Chapstick as cuticle conditioner

You think chapstick can only be used for your lips? Well, it was proven by many licensed esthetician that chapstick can also hydrate your cuticles just like what it does to your cracked or peeled lips. Just apply it to your cuticles, same thing you do with your normal or regular cuticle conditioner.

Grounded coffee can be used as body scrub

There are two ways which you can use grounded coffee as your personal body scrub. But before providing you with those options, let me give you a quick round up about coffee. Components of coffee, including caffeine, also has anti-inflammation properties and some of these components act as protection from direct sunlight, in other term, coffee serves as a good sunscreen agent.

Your first option is mix a spoonful of grounded coffee with your regular body and use as usual. The other option is prepare ¼ to ½ cup of grounded coffee, after rinsing your whole body use the prepared grounded coffee and scrub it against your skin, let it set in your body for 2 minutes then do your normal washing.

Jell-o as lip color

Another great alternative for your regular lip stain is by using Jell-o. Who said that Jell-o is just for kids? Some famous and well-known celebrity make-up artists actually use Jell-o as lip color. All you have to do is prepare your Jell-o powder (color of your choice) and dampen a cotton swab with water. Apply it into your lips and make sure not to use your hands because Jell-o might stay for awhile even after washing. A benefit of using Jell-o as your lip stain is that it does not dry out those lips of yours unlike ordinary long-lasting lipsticks you see in stores.

Apple Cider can prevent bloated mess

Have you ever experienced waking up one morning with a bloated face? This usually happens when you eat late at night (especially if the food you eat is noodles!). Now, to get away from that bloated mess, before sleeping combine one spoonful of apple cider with water (must be 5 ounces). The apple cider vinegar’s different enzymes can keep the production of gastric juices in a slow pace and it also maintain right digestion; all that in just 30 minutes.

Beer as hair “volumizer”

There are days that you want to add volume to your flat hair and you don’t have to resort in using chemical-based products as it may just damage your hair in the long run. Just save a stout and pour half of it into a bottle spray. Spray it to your hair; start at the roots down to the ends. You may be wondering why you have to use beer as an alternative product; well, beer contains yeast which is a best agent to make your hair thick and puffy.

The never-ending benefits of Chamomile Tea

There are actually several benefits of Chamomile Tea and for women; this is actually the most beneficial of all. We say that a woman’s crowning glory is the hair and this is a fact. With so many man-made hair products being advertised today, a regular person is believed to use 5-8 of these in a month. So imagine those chemicals into your hair, it only gives you band-aid solutions to your hair problems. Instead of using these products, why not try what is already available in your kitchen? You see, chamomile tea is made from a certain flower which contains soft bleaching effect.

To bleach your hair with chamomile tea, all you got to do is make yourself a cup of chamomile tea (the normal procedure you do when you want some tea time). Rinse your hair with the chamomile tea slowly and let it sit for 15-20 minutes; and then rinse it with water. You have to repeat the steps for up to seven times to augment the effects you want.

The secret of diaper rash lotion or cream

Of course, most mommies use anti-rash cream to their babies before of too much diaper use; however, this cream or lotion can actually help you repair those cracked feet and elbows. It hydrates the skin because of its moisturizing effect and anti-inflammatory agents.

Clean Wrap or Dryer Sheet

Do you have problems with hair static? Then you do not have to worry about it any longer as you can use clean wrap or an unused dryer sheet. This wrap can smooth out or tame those flyaways. It may be a temporary solution but you can bring some sheets on the go.

Black Tea: A solution to sunburn

During summer, there are days that you tend to forget to apply sun block or sunscreen lotion and this will cause you to have sunburn which is very irritating and painful at times. Some medications for sunburn are expensive especially if you have sensitive skin. Might as well use a black tea during your shower time; make sure to get a warm bath with black tea. Black teas have tannins (tannic acid) which remove the stinging effect and swelling caused by sunburn.

Lemon juice as a natural hair color

It was stated above that Chamomile tea can lighten your hair; same goes with lemon juice. Just apply lemon juice from roots to the ends of your hair before going out. The acid from the lemon juice reacts with the sun’s ultraviolet rays which then catalyzes the lightening process.

Olive Oil to your hair

If you want to grow your hair faster, you can use Olive oil to it. Not only it can help your hair grow faster but it can also help condition your hair. Put an enough amount of Olive oil into your hair (from roots to the ends of your hair) and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Olive oil adds up nutrients and good fats to your hair roots, making your hair silkier than ever.

Another hair growing product – Tabasco Sauce

Your Tabasco sauce or red hot pepper sauce in your kitchen will also help your hair grow. The main ingredient of this sauce is Cayenne Peppers; which has been utilized as part of home remedies for ages. Cayenne Peppers enhance the blood circulation or flow to your scalp by ingesting orally or simply applying it to your hair root.

Toothpaste is not only for your teeth but also for your pimple problems

If you have pimples, you may apply your regular toothpaste overnight. Pimple removal will be easier by applying toothpaste as it has drying effects but you have to bear in mind that you can just use regular white toothpaste as a remedy. Do not plan in using those colorful gels or what not. Note that this is also a temporary treatment for your pimples.

Hemorrhoid creams for eyes?

Yes you read it right. Some doctors or even mothers use hemorrhoid balm under those eyes to reduce the puffiness. Since most hemorrhoid balms have anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces them in size.

Loose powder to your hair roots

There are days when you have so many errands and due to hot weather your hair becomes greasy and oily. A quick fix for this problem is just simple; get your kabuki brush and some loose powder (I assume these things are always in your bag everyday); and then start dusting it over the roots of your hair. Always remove the excess powder in your brush before doing it as you do not want some white particles visible in your hair.

Avocado: Your natural skin moisturizer

Because of the soothing and natural moisturizing effects of this fruit, just peel a ripe avocado and remove the seed at the center and mash it into a bowl. During your shower, put the mashed avocado into your skin and leave it for 30 minutes; and then you have to rinse it off with water. You will feel the effect as your skin will be softer.

Super Glue: A quick fix in times of nail troubles

In any situation where you are polishing your nails hours before attending a party and suddenly your nail cracks, you don’t have to break it off and re-do your nails. All you have to do is get super glue and glue your cracked nail and cover it with a nice nail color; and then make use of a matte or colorless polish to finish the effect.

Chill your eyeliner pencils

There are instances where some of your favorite eyeliner pencils deteriorate and smudge on the eyelids. Do not throw them away, instead put them inside your chiller or freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before using them. This helps solidify the tip of your eyeliners.

Hairspray to your eyebrows

Nowadays, there are cosmetic products that are use only for your eyebrows and if you are just an amateur make-up enthusiast and do not have one, make use of your hair spray. Just put some hair spray to a toothbrush or your regular eyebrow brush and tame those unruly eyebrows.

Conditioner as your temporary shaving cream

If you are already taking a bath and run out of your shaving cream, use your personal hair conditioner and shave those unwanted hair from legs or underarms. Hair conditioner is better use than soap as it has more conditioning or moisturizing effect which will lead to softer skin as well.

Facial Scrub to your armpits

It is believed that your facial skin is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Any products use it your face can be use in the other human parts (but not the area down there, if you know what I mean). To exfoliate your underarms and prevent it from having chicken skin due to shaving, make use of your own facial scrub.

Spoon: Another way to get rid of those puffy eyes

You know very well that cucumber and potato can be used in removing puffiness from your eyes but if you are in a very tight-budget or if cucumber or potato is not readily available; then use your own spoon. Just put the spoon inside the fridge for 3 to 7 minutes and if you feel it is cold enough, cover your eyes with it. It will definitely help minimize the swelling of your eyes.

Beach Sand is an environmental-friendly body scrub

If you are in a vacation to a nice beach resort, make us of the environment to beautify your skin. Dip into the beach and get some sand; and start rubbing it against your skin to scrub off those dead skin cells. You are not just getting a nice tan but you are actually exfoliating your skin and that’s a healthy and environmental-friendly course to do it.

Strawberries: An alternative teeth whitener

Strawberries are not only for eating as it can also be a natural substitute to whiten those teeth of yours. All you got to do is get a strawberry; you could mash it up or just bite the tip of it and rub it to your teeth. Do this simple routine for a couple of times and you will without doubt spot the difference.

 

There are few of these tips that I have tried and I must say it worked and they were far more affordable than the usual stuff I’ve used. Go and give it a try, lovelies! If you have any odd or the not-so-ordinary- beauty tips you would like to share, please leave a comment below. Thanks for another Pinay Time with moi. ❤

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Eyes

eyeprodsRevlon. Lamer. Rimmels. FaceShop. These are just few of many companies which sell cosmetics and beauty products. But they are too expensive!

No need to worry! If you have limited budget for skin or beauty products then why don’t you just make your own? And adding the fact it’s all organic, no harmful chemicals that will damage your skin. There are home ingredients that you can use as an alternative measure for eye products. Below are some recipes which are useful.

Eye Cream. This recipe will help you tightens, reduces your under-eye circles and puffiness, firms, minimize signs of aging and repairs damaged skin.

Ingredients to use:

  • ¼ cup green tea
  • 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • ¼ tsp vitamin E
  • 1 tsp emulsifying wax
  • 1 drop of carrot seed essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp NeoDefend (this is a type of preservative but less expensive)
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

Brew the green tea. While brewing, put half-way full of water into each of the two medium-sized sauce pans. In each sauce pan, put a glass bowl with a spout and turn the stove medium heat. In one of the sauce pan, add wax, vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil and your rosehip seed oil. While on the other sauce pan, add your brewed green tea and NeoDefend.

Heat both mixtures and wait until the emulsifying wax is melted completely. You may check the temperature of both mixtures with a kitchen thermometer. Please make sure that both mixtures should have the same temperature as your cream will not set. When both mixtures reach 130 degrees, pour the water mixture into the oil mixture. Mix your cream with the use of a hand-held blender.

Continue to mix your cream every 10 minutes until you see consistency. Usually it will take 30 minutes to an hour when water is no longer separating on the bottom. Add the remaining essential oils and put it in a container.

This normally makes up to 4 ounces and can be use during night and day, even under make up.

Eye Shadow

Ingredients to use:

For the base:

  • Shea butter
  • Arrowroot powder

You may use a combination of these:

  • Turmeric
  • Allspice
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried Beet Powder

Directions:

Always start with fewer amounts, around ¼ to ½ teaspoon of arrowroot powder in a bowl. Keep in mind that the more arrowroot powder you use, the lighter and subtle it gets. Add the remaining powders and mix thoroughly. Then, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the Shea butter. Shea butter will help keep the eye shadow on your lids and has a moisturizing effect as well. Mix it until it becomes soft and creamy powder.

Here are some color options you also want to try:

For Pale Pink, use:

  • ½ tsp of arrowroot powder
  • ½ tsp of dried beet powder
  • 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder

For Light Brown, use:

  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
  • ¾ – 1 tsp of cocoa powder

For Mauve, use:

  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
  • ¾ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp dried beet powder
  • ¼ tsp cocoa powder 

With all of these options, make sure to include ¼ – ½ tsp of Shea butter.

You may use different kinds of powder for the desired eye shadow color. Go and experiment on your own.

I hope this short post would be of helped especially to those who are having difficulties finding eye products that work well with your sensitive skin. Do you have any homemade eye products you use? Please leave a comment and share your recipes, lovelies! This is another Pinay Time from yours truly — Drunken Cheeks ❤

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Interior Design 101: Think Big. Spend Little.

I am not an interior designer by profession but I’ve been keeping interest with designs, styles and different fusions. Growing up in a home full of Architectural Digest magazines might be the reason. Funny things is, not my mom’s but my dad’s. He didn’t miss a single month’s issue until few years ago; he switched to Real Living.

I had this equation: Money + More Money = Beautiful Home. As I flipped pages from Real Living, my equation starts to wane. RL provides an article that suits your budget, whether it is eight or five G’s. Moreover, it features ways to keep renovation costs down and several saving ideas. Like this is a total package. On the other hand, most people emulate what they see. Say hello to Imitation.

At most we say imitation is appalling as it lacks originality, I begged to disagree on this. As Mason Cooley, a well-known professor for his witty aphorisms said, “Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.” It has to start on something. Like for social media networks, we only knew Friendster, then MySpace, Multiply, Facebook and now Twitter. Then, what is good about imitation?

Imitation triggers creative thinking. The minute our right-brain thinker works, ideas are starting to form.

You see, creativity plays an important role in the context as it develops innovation. Innovation for that matter will only be visible if you put it into action. Sounds confusing? Try to put it this way:

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So much for an introduction huh? Anyway, I only have 3 Ways of Designing in a cheaper way. I called them the:

Triple R’s:

Remove. Remove the unnecessary stuff you have. Being sentimental is way too different from being a hoarder. If you think dried flowers your ex-boyfriend gave you are memories, and such a waste to throw them, and then go to the next one.

Recycle. There is a bunch of ways to recycle dried flowers. An example of which is get a bottle. It doesn’t matter what shape or size it is. Clean it and decorate it with the dried flowers you have. (See picture below. Credits to Pat Mcauley from Pinterest)

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Let’s accept the fact that some canisters or storage bins are quite pricey. As an alternative, gather those sturdy shoe boxes you have. Wrap them with glossy papers or paint them. If you have a sister, then you’re lucky. Ask her if she has ribbons or any clips she is not using. Glue them on the box. NOTE: Do not over do it.

From this:

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To This:

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(Credits to AmberInk’s InKredible 21 Day Challenge)

Resell. There are unwanted things you might see useful. If you don’t need it, some might. Go to eBay or any portal sites. Online selling is risky as there are a lot of bogus buyers. Do a garage sale. We call it “ukay-ukay” in PI. Perk of reselling? You have money solely dedicated for decorating.

Being thrifty doesn’t mean you have to live in a dull house. Let your mind do the work not your pocket. Happy decorating, People!

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Interior Designing: Easy as 1-2-3

Contemporary? Embroidery Mosaic? Zen-styled? Fusion of Modern and Contemporary? These are some of popular styles when it comes to Interior Design. Making your home sophisticated by a professional designer will compel 60-70 percent of your earnings. Well, that is A LOT. With the never-ending economic problems we are facing, here are some tips to turn your plain simple home into a rocking crib (sans spending your Benjamins)

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Go the Right Spot. Good furniture doesn’t have to be branded or pricey. All you need is a pair of keen eyes. Look around you! Your center table might be sitting on your neighbor’s trash or your java lamp is waiting at the nearest flea market. If you’re too lazy to go outside, then do it online. There are websites where you can shop for cheap but good stuff. Even if we are in a modern, techy world, a little of a barter trade is not bad. Ask friends, relatives or anyone who wants to swap tables or whatever with yours.

Make it Big. Don’t be a HOARDER. Too many things will make a room small and suffocating. With the above mentioned, gather things that are NECESSARY. Avoid bigger fixtures that will eat a lot of space. For instance, to obtain a larger floor area or working space, use shelves that suspend on the wall instead of a cabinet. Or you may want to recycle hangers or unused bags. Designed it and hang them on the wall.

Then God created the Light. In cases, where your room has no trace of daylight, work on your walls. Use wallpapers with reflective property which amplifies the light. If you prefer paint, then go ahead. As long as the reflective property is there, the effect is still the same. For people who like gloomy rooms, warm tones are more appealing than bright ones. Last advice, white is preferable as you can change your theme occasionally. If white won’t work, paint one side with yellow, orange or green to make it spacious.

interior5.pngGreen Scenery inside the house. Good ventilation is a must. Why? Scientifically, it brings more oxygen inside the house. Hygienically, it keeps bad odors out. There are a lot of plants that can be stored without sunlight like Persian violet, Azure bluebirds or Alata. Plant them on a small pot and put them as center pieces of your tables or on top of your cabinets.

Once all wanted pieces are gathered, creativity comes next. A dab of sugar, spice and everything nice results to inexpensive chic home.