This Mask Is Great For:
🔸️ Toning tired skin
🔸️Aloe vera gel
🔸️Indian lilac (optional)
➡️For this recipe, you need to grind a handful of basil and a handful of lilac before mixing. If you can buy the leaves pre-ground, that would be great. The easiest way to do it yourself is to use a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have those tools, place the leaves on the palm of your hand, and press and rub with your thumb using twisting motions. This helps to release the essential oils inside the leaves.
➡️Place the ground leaves in a mixing bowl and a 1 tablespoon of water.
➡️Stir until the water is gone.
➡️Pour in 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel.
➡️Mix until the gel covers all the leaf matter.
How To Apply:
➡️Start by washing your face and neck with warm water and an oil-free cleanser to remove makeup and open pores.
➡️Spread the aloe vera gel, leaves and all, onto the skin of your face, neck, and décolleté.
➡️Let the mask dry for fifteen minutes. Keep an eye on your surroundings as the leaves may have a tendency to fall your face as the aloe dries.
➡️Rinse your face, first with lukewarm water, and then with cool water to tighten pores.
➡️Dry your skin with a soft towel 😀
🔸️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
➡️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 🤩
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 😉.
➡️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 🤩.
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 🤯.
Human beings have been using art 🎨 and creative endeavors to cope and express themselves for literally thousands of years.
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.
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 🤗
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 😍.
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! 🤩
Try bringing some relaxation into your home and create a spa-like experience 😍! Time to make DIY Bath Bombs 💥
Ingredients (for 4 balls):
🔸️100g bicarbonate of soda
🔸️50g citric acid
🔸️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) 🍊
➡️ 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!
*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)
💥Immune Booster Shot Recipe
This immune booster shot recipe has everything you need to raise that immune system 🤩! It’s jam packed with immune boosting ingredients 😉
🔸️ 1 tablespoon honey 🍯
🔸️ juice of 1 lemon 🍋
🔸️ juice of 1 orange 🍊
🔸️1-2 cloves garlic minced
🔸️1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
🔸️1 dash of cayenne pepper
🔸️1 dash of real sea salt
🔸️1 dash cinnamon
🔸️¼ teaspoon turmeric
🔸️Grind of black pepper
🔸️1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
🔸️1 tablespoon hot water
➡️Mince the garlic (ideally put through a garlic press) and set aside for 10 minutes ⏰. This gives the enzymes a chance to form and ensures maximum benefits 😍.
➡️Whisk together the honey, turmeric, and hot water, until the honey is incorporated and smooth.Then you just stir in everything else and drink! 🤗
💥 Glow Boosting Apple Carrot Juice 😋
Carrots, apples, and oranges are a winning combination for helping your body protect itself and fight off infections 😁
The apples and oranges give you your vitamin C 🤩
Vitamin A, which is also critical to a healthy immune system, is present in carrots in the form of the antioxidant beta carotene 😍.
🔸️2 large carrots 🥕
🔸️2-3 apples 🍎
🔸️2 oranges 🍊
Optional: You can also add a thumb of ginger and/or lemon (great if you’re feeling under the weather)
➡️ Cut carrots and apples into pieces.
➡️Start juicing! Begin by adding the carrots into the juicer.
Source: https://www.healthline.com and https://40aprons.com/
🔸️ DIY Nail Strengthener Recipe
This recipe comes from Trabazini at The Spa at Monteverdi Tuscany with an add-in provided by Correa.
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Tablespoons of lemon juice 🍋
1 Teaspoon of chopped garlic (optional add-in)
➡️ 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.
🔸️ DIY Nail Strengthening Intensive Mask
This recipe comes from Trabazini at The Spa at Monteverdi Tuscany.
2 Tablespoons of shea butter
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
2 drops of rose essential oil
➡️ 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.
🔸️ 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.”
1/2 oz jojoba oil
1 to 2 drops tea tree oil
➡️ 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.
You know what’s best kind of self-love/self-care? 🤔 Taking care of your own health! 🤗
➡️ First of all, treat yourself well! 🙏 Have a closer look on what you’re eating 👅. Do you plan your meals and grocery shopping 🗒 or do you just go to a store, buy whatever you see and put it all on a pan just to „throw” something into your belly 🤷🏼♀️? Do you bring enough vitamins, proteins, fiber? 🧐 Are your meals nutritious? 🥦🍌🍜
Now, how’s your physical activity? 🤔 Do you workout 💪, practice some sport 🏀, go for walks , do yoga or pilates🧘🏼♀️? Physical activity has as much impact on your physical health as healthy eating 😉
And now, how’s your mental health? 🧠 Do you sleep well? 😴 Do you feel confident? Are you anxiety free? 😇
Physical health (so healthy eating and regular physical activities) have great impact on mental health too! You know what they say – healthy body, healthy mind 😉
➡️ Secondly, do you examine yourself? 📈📊 Do you do regular blood tests 💉, regular ultrasounds or x-rays of your stomach, lungs or heart? Do you go see a doctor regularly or only when you feel bad already? 😶
I examine myself once a year. I do blood tests, check my heart, my lungs, my stomach and lady parts. You should too! 🤗
➡️ And lastly, remember to seek help whenever you need it 🙏⚠️No matter if it’s something about your physical health or, especially, mental health! If you feel bad don’t hide it away! Go and get some help! 🙏
How do you feel scrolling instagram or facebook? 🤔 Are you smilling seeing photos of others, do you feel inspired reading their posts, are you motivated hearing about their successes? 🤗
Make sure you follow people you feel good about ⚠️. If there’s any account you follow that makes you feel bad about yourself, that makes you feel worse 👎, unloved 💔, unsuccessful, unattractive or any other negative emotion – unfollow now!!! ❌
Just like you wouldn’t talk to a person you don’t like or that makes you feel bad, don’t do it online either! 😉 Surround yourself with positive people only, with people that inspire you, motivate you, that send positive vibes only! 🤗
I love scrolling instagram and seeing people I follow succed, it makes me feel motivated! 🤩
Winter is so bad for hair! 😖 They get weaker and weaker with every temperature change and constant putting a hat on and off makes them electrify and dry 💔
Try this homemade hair mask to repair them 🤗
➡️ 1. Almond & egg
🔸️1/4 cup almond oil
🔸️1 raw egg 🥚
Combine the almond oil and egg until you get a smooth mixture. Optionally you can just whisk the egg and apply it to your hair 🤗
Section your hair and start applying the mixture to your scalp and through the length of your hair. 😊
Wait for 40 minutes and then rinse your hair as usual.
Use a good shampoo and conditioner, preferably one without sulfates.
Almond oil acts as an emollient.The egg repairs damage in the hair shaft with its high protein content. This is considered to be one of the best remedies for frizz ☺
➡️ 2.Beer mask! 😜
You Will Need
🔸️ 1 pint of beer 🍺
Decarbonate your beer by pouring it into a bowl. Let it sit overnight until it goes flat.
Wash your hair with shampoo and then pour the beer through your hair while massaging your scalp.
Rinse the beer out with cold water. 😊
Beer restores moisture and nourishes your hair 😀. It is also used as a cleansing rinse that removes build-up. This helps keep your cuticles healthy.
➡️ 3.Honey And Yogurt
You Will Need
🔸️2-3 tablespoons yogurt
🔸️1 tablespoon honey 🍯
Mix the honey and yogurt in a bowl.
Apply the mixture on your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
Wash with cold water. 😊
Do this once a week to restore moisture and maintain your hair.
Yogurt is an effective deep conditioner and honey helps in retaining moisture. It also acts as an emollient and makes hair smoother and shinier. 🤗
P.s. And have some macaroons 😋🤤
I believe in honesty and being open. We should be open and talk about our lifes, our feelings, our emotions 👍 but there are couple subjects that you should not start unless you’re really close to a person you’re talking to and you get a feeling from that person that it’s ok to talk about it ⚠️.
There are questions that you shouldn’t ask and shouldn’t be asked, like:
➡️ Did you put on weight? 🙄
➡️ You’re gonna eat it all? 😳
➡️ When will you get a boyfriend? 😒
➡️ When will you get married? 😐
➡️ Why don’t you have kids? 🤔
➡️ You still didn’t get a promotion at work? 🤷🏼♀️
Those are normal questions between friends, really close ones ❤ but you shouldn’t be asked those e.g. at a family dinner with uncles or aunts you barely see 👴👵, at an office party 🕺💃, at a high-school reunion 👩🎓👨🏻🎓or at any meeting with people you’re not that close with 🤷🏼♀️
There are people who are fine with those questions and they will answer them and talk about those subjects easily 👍 but some people not only don’t like those questions but they might feel anxiety or even be ashamed to answer them and will be thinking about them and/or feeling bad even days later 😖
The thing is, unless you know someone really well you might not notice a difference between those two groups and you might ask this question a shy and insecure person that will be hurt hearing it 😕
How do you feel about it?
Do you agree?