Monthly Archives: October 2007

A little DIY beauty can be fun so here are a list of widely available ingredients that I use regularly for my very own homemade mask and treatment.

Eggs
When egg whites dry, they have a temporary tightening effect which can help tone and and shrink pores. Simply beat up an egg white and apply onto the face for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. As for the yolk, it can also be used on its own as a mask for healing blemishes. Egg yolks also very high in vitamin A and you can mix it with a little honey for a moisturizing mask.

Baking soda
Baking soda is great as an exfoliator. Simply mix with a few drops of water to form a paste or into your cream or gel facial cleanser. Massage onto the face gently in a circular motion to smooth rough skin and rinse with warm water. Baking soda can also be used as a teeth whitener. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush before the toothpaste goes on and brush away.

Honey
Known for its moisturizing and healing properties, honey has always been used by models and pros for all kinds of treatments. Mix with oat meal to form a moisturizing facial mask. To treat chapped lips, apply a thin layer of honey onto lips before you go to bed. Reapply during the day if necessary.

Potato
Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is a skin lightener and is great for fading undereye circles. Simply place a slice of raw potato or a cheesecloth filled with grated potatoes over the whole eye area for 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful not to let the potato juice come into contact with your eyes.

Lemon juice
The acids in lemon juice is great for lightening skin and fading scars. To lighten discolored elbows, soak your elbows in a bowl of lemon juice for 5 to 10 minutes. Lemon juice can also be used to lighten hair under the sun. Simply spray onto your hair before you hit the door.

Aspirin
The drug itself is a beta hydroxy acid which can help reduce oil, dry up blemishes and exfoliate the skin. All you have to do is crush up a few uncoated aspirin, mix with water to form a paste, spread it your face, leave on for 15 minutes or so then wash it off. You can also use aspirin to create a treatment for ingrowns. Click here for more details.

Beer
Believe it or not but beer can be used to help add body and shine to your hair. All you have to do is pour it in your hair after you shampoo, let it soak for a while then rinse out with cold water.

After Gillette’s vibrating razor comes Dove’s vibrating facial massager, the SkinVitalizer ($10)! This AA battery-operated massager uses disposable pillows to scrub away makeup, oil and dirt, stimulate surface skin renewal and improve clarity for smooth, radiant skin. The product was originally released in 2006 but was recalled after several reports of the pillow falling off and causing minor scratches to the skin.

For Kellie:-

Using a base prior to eyeshadow application is very crucial if you want your eyeshadow to stay on longer and show up more vibrant. Below are a few methods you can prep your eyelid for eyeshadow.

* Concealer + Power
This is definitely the easiest and cheapest method. All you have to do is apply a thin layer of concealer over your eyelid and set with some loose powder. It will help soak up some of your natural oils and prevent your eyeshadow from creasing.