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SELF LOVE: Nutmeg & Cinnamon Face Mask 🧖‍♀️

These yummy spices not only smell amazing, but are naturally good for your skin ☺. Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties and can actually help to reduce pore size and diminish acne spots and scars. Cinnamon acts natural exfoliant and antiseptic. When these spices are combined with honey, it creates a skin healing mask.
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⚠️ A word of caution though: Nutmeg can be harsh on skin — especially sensitive skin — so be sure to try the mask out on a small patch of skin before applying it all over.
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Ingredients:
🔸️1 tablespoon of honey 🍯
🔸️1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
🔸️1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
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Directions:
➡️ Combine all of the ingredients.
➡️ Apply to a clean face very gently in circular motions and be careful to avoid the eye area. Do not rub or scrub it in as it can easily cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
➡️ Leave the mask on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
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SELF LOVE: 3 Homemade Beauty Treatments Using Leftover Pumpkin 🎃

➡️ 1. Body Sugar Scrub
If your skin is in need of exfoliation, pumpkin makes a bang-up base for a sugar scrub 😃. Mix together equal parts pumpkin puree and olive oil and add enough sugar until you have a thick slurry. In the shower gently rub all over with a washcloth or loofah, rinse then dry as usual.
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➡️ 2. Generic Face Mask
This recipe comes from dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain via Huffington Post: Mix together one cup of pumpkin 🎃, two tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of honey 🍯 and a half cup of yogurt. (The sugar and yogurt are to exfoliate, the honey is a humectant.) Spread on to your face and let sit for 10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry 😊
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3. Lip Balm/Scrub 💋
A pinch of pumpkin for the pout does wonders. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin puree with 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon fine sugar. Rub on lips and massage gently to gently exfoliate and moisturize. 😍

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SELF LOVE: DIY Tension Relief Bath Bombs 🛀

Make your own DIY bath bombs to wash away body and head tension in this easy step by step DIY beauty tutorial 😊.
The scent combination of lavender oil and peppermint oil is both relaxing and invigorating 😍.Together, they’re the perfect combo for tired muscles and minds.
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Supplies (for 3 bath bombs)
🔸️1 cup baking soda
🔸️½ cup citric acid
🔸️½ cup Epsom Salts
🔸️¾ cup cornstarch
🔸️2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
🔸️3 teaspoons witch hazel
🔸️1 teaspoon green mica powder
🔸️10 drops lavender essential oil
🔸️10 drops peppermint essential oil
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Tools:
🔸️Bath bomb molds
🔸️Large mixing bowl
🔸️Small glass spray bottle with water
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Instructions:
➡️ 1. Put all of your dry ingredients into your mixing bowl and mix until well combined, being careful to make sure no clumps remain.
➡️ 2.Pour the almond oil, essential oils and witch hazel into a small glass mixing bowl, then whisk until combined. Gently, pour the liquid mixture into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients.
➡️ 3.The mixture will start fizzing as soon as the liquid touches the dry ingredients.
➡️ 4.Mix with a fork (or your hands) until everything looks like it’s well combined and somewhat moist 😀.
➡️ 5.Prepare your bath bomb molds and use a spoon to fill the molds halfway. Using a silicone spatula, press the mixture into the molds firmly.
➡️ 6.Spray each mold with a small bit of water (one spray) and press down again to make sure they’re firm. Using too much water will cause the bombs to lose their fizz (and start growing out of control). If you don’t press down firmly enough, the bath bombs will not hold together.
➡️ 7.Divide the remaining mixture into the molds and again press down firmly. Spray the top with water and press down again.
➡️ 8.Close the molds, and allow them to sit on the counter for 24h to set before removing from molds.
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Notes
Due to the mica powder and almond oil, these bombs will leave your bath a bit slippery. So take caution when you’re getting out!
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Source: https://www.happy-mothering.com

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SELF LOVE: Strawberry face-masks

DIY Recipe #1 Homemade Strawberry Mask
🔸️8 – 9 Fresh strawberries 🍓
🔸️3 Tablespoons of honey 🍯
In a bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork until smooth.  Add in the honey and mix the ingredients together. Using clean hands or a sanitized brush, gently apply the mixture all over your face, avoiding the eye area 😊. Lie down and leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it away with warm water, pat your face dry and follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer. 
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DIY Recipe #2
🔸️8 – 9 Fresh strawberries 🍓
🔸️2 Tablespoon of honey
🔸️1 Tablespoon of oil – Extra virgin olive, jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond oil
🔸️Few drops of fresh lemon juice – About 8 drops if you have dry skin and up to 1 tablespoon for oily skin
In a bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork until smooth. Stir in the honey, oil, and lemon juice until all the ingredients are well-incorporated. Using clean hands or a sanitized brush, gently apply the mixture all over your face, avoiding the eye area 😊. Lie down and leave the mask on for 5 minutes. Wash it away with warm water, pat your face dry and follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer. 
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DIY Recipe #3 
🔸️5 Fresh strawberries 🍓
🔸️1/2 Tablespoon of non-flavored yogurt or heavy cream
🔸️2 Teaspoon of honey 🍯
In a bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork until smooth. Add the honey and yogurt (for oily complexions) or cream (for dry skin) and mix until the ingredients are well-incorporated. Using clean hands or a sanitized brush, gently apply the mixture all over your face, avoiding the eye area 😊. Lie down and leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it away with warm water, pat your face dry and follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer. 
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Beautylish Tip: You can store extra mask mix in a air-tight container in the the refrigerator for up to one week 😉
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Source: https://www.beautylish.com

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SELF LOVE: Floral face-mask

DIY Hydrating Floral Honey Face Mask For Sensitive Skin 🧖‍♀️
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Ingredients:
🔸️3 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
🔸️2 Tablespoons Raw Local Honey 🍯
🔸️1 tsp Rose Petals 🌹
🔸️1 tsp Helichrysum Flowers
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➡️In a small bowl combine sunflower oil and raw local honey 🍯
➡️Microwave oil and honey together for 10-15 seconds just to gently warm the oil and honey.
➡️Next, finely crush the rose petals and helichrysum flowers using a mortar and pestle until they are finely broken down 😊. If you would prefer a finer powder for your mask you can opt to use a spice or coffee grinder to grind the flower petals.
➡️Add the crushed flowers to the honey and oil mixture and mix well.
➡️Spread an even layer of the mask over your face and neck and allow it to sit for as long as you would like, ideally leaving it on for a minimum of 20 minutes 🤩
➡️Remove the mask with warm water, gently moving your hands in small circles over the skin to gently exfoliate.
➡️Pat dry and enjoy your extra soft skin

Source: http://www.thewellessentials.com

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SELF LOVE: COCOA HAIR MASK

Ingredients:
🔸️1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
🔸️1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
🔸️2 Tbsp. Raw Honey 🍯
🔸️2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
🔸️1 Tbsp. Oil of your Choice
🔸️1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
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➡️Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until it forms a smooth paste. If this is too thick for you, you can add more Greek yogurt 🤗
➡️Apply to clean hair. Evenly distribute through hair from roots to ends. Apply a plastic cap/ deep conditioning cap; let it sit in the hair for 30 min or sit under the dryer for 30-45 min 🤩
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NOTE: The cocoa powder is very messy so wear an old t-shirt and make sure that you cover the floor with a bag or something 😉.
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➡️Rinse Hair with cool water. Make sure the water is not “cold” but make sure it is between warm and cold, which is cool. Style hair as desired 🤩.
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Source: https://naturalology.wordpress.com

Smiley Future

Smiley Future – Step 57

Let’s continue our practicing gratitude and try out another excercise 🙏. Task for today is feeling (and showing) gratitude towards others 🤩. How can you do it?
➡️ 1. Notice, appreciate and thank others (close ones, coworkers etc) for every little (and easy to miss) gestures coming from them 🙏. Bring your attention to everything that you get from them: attention, support, help 🤝. Short conversation 💬, making a tea when you feel sick 😪, helping in solving a problem, a text showing  that somebody thinks of you in a difficult moment….
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When you concentrate on noticing and appreciating those details, you’ll see that you have plenty more reasons to feel grateful that you’ve thought before 🤩
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➡️ 2. Notice, appreciate and thank strangers who you meet along your way e.g. as a customer. It can be a mindful waiter 😊, friendly saleswoman 🤗, a clerk with a smile on his face 😁, bus driver that waits for you to get in before he drives away 🚃… Notice those specific things that others do for you and feel grateful 😍
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Do you notice those little deeds from others in your everyday life? 🤔 I sure do and I’m always grateful for every little help or support I get from others but on the other hand I feel sad/disappointed when others do not notice/appreciate what I do for them and take it for granted 💔
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Do you feel the same way?
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Next week: Gratitude towards your body
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Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”

P.s. Check out my Instagram for a tutorial how to make those cute Easter decorations!

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SELF LOVE: Calming crafts

The mental health benefits of crafting have been well documented by plenty of top publications 🤩! Working with your hands and making time to be creative can boost your mood 🙃, keep your brain sharp 🧠 and even help alleviate the symptoms of health woes like depression, arthritis, sleeplessness and stress 🤯.
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Human beings have been using art 🎨 and creative endeavors to cope and express themselves for literally thousands of years.
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So, it’s no surprise that DIY and crafting can help with anxiety, too 🤗. Crafting as a form of self-care is a long-standing tradition. 
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I have always found creating/crafting/making to be a form of therapy 😍🙏. When you’re making something, your mind has space to wander and work things out. It also gives you a chance to change the channel in your brain and focus on something else rather than what’s stressing you out 🤗
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And in many cases, the actual physical activities involved in craft projects can be relaxing in themselves. Whether it’s the act of making smooth brushstrokes, the calm repetitive nature of needlecrafts and knitting or crochet, or the soothing colors and sounds of coloring, just the act of making can be super relaxing 😍.
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Check out my Instagram to see a tutorial on how to prepare those quick DIY Easter decorations 🐣.
2 more tutorials on Easter decorations coming this week! 🤩

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SELF LOVE: DIY Bath Bombs

Try bringing some relaxation into your home and create a spa-like experience 😍! Time to make DIY Bath Bombs 💥
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Ingredients (for 4 balls):
🔸️100g bicarbonate of soda
🔸️50g citric acid
🔸️25g cornflour
🔸️25g Epsom salt (optional)
🔸️2 tbsp oil – such as sunflower, coconut or olive oil
🔸️¼ tsp essential oil, such as orange, lavender or chamomile
🔸️a few drops of liquid food colouring
🔸️orange peel, lavender or rose petals, to decorate (optional) 🍊
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Method
➡️ Put the bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt in a bowl, then whisk until fully combined 😁
➡️ Pour the base oil, essential oil and food colouring in a small bowl. Mix together well, combining the oil with the colouring as much as possible.
➡️ Very slowly add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients a little at a time, whisking between each addition.
➡️ When all the oil is added, add a few tiny drops of water and whisk again (it will fizz when you add the water, so mix it in quickly). You’re looking for the mixture to slightly clump together when pressed in your hand and keep its shape – it shouldn’t be too wet.
➡️ If you’re adding peel or flower petals to decorate, drop them into the bottom of your chosen mould*. Pack your mixture tightly on top, pressing down and smoothing out the top with a teaspoon.
➡️ Leave your bath bomb in the mould* to dry for 2-4 hrs, then carefully remove it. It’s now ready to drop into the bath – watch it fizz away!
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*What can I use as a bath bomb mould? 🤔
You can use anything flexible as a mould for your bath bombs, so have fun looking around your home for things you could use. Here are some ideas to get you started:
🔸️Yogurt or pudding pots
🔸️Christmas tree decorations (we used a star)
🔸️Plastic packaging from toys
🔸️Easter egg packaging
🔸️Silicone ice cube trays
🔸️Silicone cupcake cases
🔸️Plastic biscuit cutters (place them on a tray)
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Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com

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SELF LOVE: Nail treatments

🔸️ DIY Nail Strengthener Recipe
This recipe comes from Trabazini at The Spa at Monteverdi Tuscany with an add-in provided by Correa.
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Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Tablespoons of lemon juice 🍋
1 Teaspoon of chopped garlic (optional add-in)
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Instructions:
➡️ Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Soak your nails in the mixture for about 10 minutes.
➡️ You can add a teaspoon of chopped garlic to the recipe and make a paste.
➡️ Repeat two to three times per week.
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🔸️ DIY Nail Strengthening Intensive Mask
This recipe comes from Trabazini at The Spa at Monteverdi Tuscany.
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Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons of shea butter
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
2 drops of rose essential oil
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Instructions:
➡️ Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mask on the hands and nails, massaging for a few seconds.
➡️ Then cover the hands with cotton gloves and leave on for 20 minutes.
➡️ Do the treatment once a week.
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🔸️ DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe
This recipe comes from Pink who says, “Jojoba oil nourishes the skin, promotes nail growth, and helps repair the strength of the nail bed. Tea tree oil is an antiseptic and helps keep fungus at bay.”
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Ingredients:
1/2 oz jojoba oil
1 to 2 drops tea tree oil
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Instructions:
➡️ Pour the jojoba oil and tea tree oil into an ultraviolet glass pipette dropper bottle, swish together and seal the bottle.
➡️ In the evening just before bedtime, place one drop of oil onto each fingernail and toenail and massage into cuticles.

Source: https://www.byrdie.com