Homemade Facial: Chocolate Dream

So one night, I was having a piece of dark chocolate and a glass of my Martha’s Vineyard 2010 Malbec Red Wine, which, by the way, is an excellent pairing of tastes. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I thought about this spa that I went to in the Bahamas several years back and remembered having the chocolate inspired facial and back scrub. It was a very expensive day at the spa but my skin felt so soft and refreshed after my treatments. So, being the homemade natural products user that I am, I decided to do some homework on how to make my own chocolate facial. Less the expensive aspect of it, but all the same amazing properties. I’ve named this facial “Chocolate Dream”

"Chocolate Dream" Ingredients

“Chocolate Dream” Ingredients

Ingredients

2tbsp Dark Chocolate

1 oz oatmeal

1/4 cup of heavy cream

1 tbsp cottage cheese

1tbsp honey

This facial recipe, featuring chocolate, is rich in antioxidants that leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. The oatmeal is a natural cleanser that helps in unclogging pores. The cottage cheese helps to balance out and even your skin tone, while the heavy cream is a great source of a natural moisturizer for the skin. Great facial for those cold winter days/nights.

Directions

Melt the chocolate.

Mix all the ingredients together in small dish. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse well with cool water.

Chocolate Dream Mixture

Chocolate Dream Mixture

You can certainly use a soft bristle facial brush to apply  your facial mixture, but, I clearly was anxious to apply one of my favorite facials, so I went the Neanderthal route and just used my hands. RAWR!

Apply my chocolate mixture to my chocolate face. :)

Applying my chocolate mixture to my chocolate face. 🙂

Yes, unfortunately, applying the mixture with your fingers can lead to “the kid in the cake batter” syndrome.

OK....You got me!. :)

OK….You got me!. 🙂

So, if you’re a chocolate lover such as myself, and find yourself ready to eat the whole gosh darn chocolate bar, you might want to adopt this facial recipe into your repertoire. It will not only give you amazing results but it will save your body from those extra calories. Your welcome! 🙂

Yummy! Yummy!

Yummy! Yummy!

Enjoy! I mean the facial! 🙂

P.S. The cold weather always make my lips feel dry. Time to do something about. Think it’s time for my homemade sexy cool lip balms. 

XoXo Tanya

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3 Steps To Give You A Tight, Refreshed, Younger Looking Face

“I’m SO stressed! My life is so hectic right now! I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day!”  I don’t get enough sleep!”  I hear this all the time, from so many people. Including myself!

Not realizing the daily stresses of life and lack of sleep can definitely take a toll on your body, and, in my opinion, can speed up the aging process. That’s right! It’s not just getting old that can make you look old. Not taking some “Me” time can certainly speed up the wrinkles and sagging skin. YIKES is right!

So, if you’re worried that your starting to look “old” for your age, or if you’re already old and you are not supportive of that sagging skin, then try adding these 3 simple steps using natural everyday ingredients to you beauty regimen, to get that tight refreshed younger looking face. Think of it as a facelift without having to take a trip to the doctor!

Ready for my close-up! Mwah!

I’ve been using these at-home DIY facials treatments for over 2 months. I love it. They work amazingly. I’m big into using natural products on my hair and skin. I love juicing and have been gearing towards a natural lifestyle all together. When you look at some of the ingredients in all so called natural products you purchase from the store, you can learn a thing or two.

Below is a 3 step at-home facial treatments. They each have amazing properties. They will smooth, plump and tighten your face. Just think,  some pay hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars for a facelift ,and the only thing it will cost you is a trip to the grocery store and a little “me” time.

Grocery Store items needed for your Homemade 3 Step Facelift

Grocery Store items needed for your Homemade 3 Steps to The Fountain of Youth! 🙂

Silky Exfoliator

Step 1: Silky Smooth Exfoliator

1 tbsp brown sugar

1tbsp extra virgin olive oil

~~ The brown sugar will help in smoothing out the skin while the olive oil moisturizes. ~~

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar and olive oil until it forms a paste. Apply to your face and lightly massage in a circular counter clockwise motion for a few minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Silky Smooth Exfoliator

Ingredients for the homemade Tightening Toner

Ingredients for the homemade Tightening Toner

Step 2: Tightening Facial Toner

1 cup of rose water ( I generally mix 1/2 rosewater and 1/2 water)

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp witch hazel

5 drops of almond oil

~~ Both the rosewater and witch hazel serves as an astringent, which helps in shrinking and tightening the pores. The lemon juice aids in fighting wrinkles and brightening the skin, while the almond oil is rich in antioxidents that helps the skin with building new cells.~~

Directions

Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, preferably with a pour spout, and mix well. Dab the mixture onto your face with a cotton ball and allow the application to dry. (The reason you want to use a mixing bowl with a pour spout is because there will be left over astringent that you can use daily. Pour the remaining homemade astringent into a small bottle and refrigerate.)

Tighten that Gorgeous Face Toner Mixture

Tighten that Gorgeous Face Toner Mixture

Ingredients for the Cell Boosting Moisturizing Face Mask

Ingredients for the Cell Boosting Moisturizing Face Mask

Step 3: Cell Boosting Moisturizing Facial Mask

2 tbsp of your favorite moisturizer

1 egg white

2 pinches of turmeric *(See below for Turmeric and it’s amazing properties)*

1 tsp Manuka honey

***Turmeric is a spice used in cooking as well as medicine. It’s imported from India and it has powerful antioxidants. A recent study found that curcumin, the main ingredient in Turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer. ***

~~ The egg white tightens, while the turmeric and honey stimulate the skin and plumps it up, helping to build collagen, which helps create a smoother look.~~

Directions

Mix the egg white, turmeric and honey together to make a pasty consistency. Apply to face evenly, avoiding eye area, and leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

Cell Boosting Moisturing Facial Mask Mixture

Cell Boosting Moisturing Facial Mask Mixture

If you don’t have any of the products listed above, you should be able to find all of them at your local grocery store.  Makuna honey may be the only product you may not find at your local grocery store. You will find this at Whole Foods. It’s all about the homemade DIY beauty regimen.

Naturally Me

Naturally Me

Up next….. some amazing face masks you don’t know whether to eat or apply to your face. 🙂 

Homemade Facial Treatments that are UHMAZING.

Homemade Facial Treatments that are UHMAZING.

Now go get yourself a glass of wine or a glass of carrot juice,  and have fun trying this DIY Moisturizing Facelift. Enjoy your “ME” time!

XoXo Tee

Inspiration Happens

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on ways to decorate my new apartment. I want to give it a feel of warmth,  inviting, functional, and draws the eye to say , “WOW THIS IS A GREAT LOOKING APARTMENT and it looks expensive!”  I don’t want to spend a ton of money doing so.  David and I have been working hard to save money. Going out and buying expensive furniture to achieve the look that I’m going for just isn’t going to happen. So what do you do?  I’ll tell you.

UNLOCKING MY DIY:

On my way home from visiting my boyfriend’s parents, I saw a sign that said Vintage and Consignment Shop. I didn’t pay much attention to it and passed right by it. A couple days later, my neighbor, whom I’ve become friends with, and I,  had a discussion about what I wanted for my apartment.  I told her that  I love vintage items, that I’m pretty handy and that I do have an eye for design, and I want to save money. She said, “I have a great idea!” She thought that we should head to a vintage shop and a few consignment shops. I’ve never been to one before. I was ok with that. So guess we’re we ended up. We went to the consignment and vintage store I passed several days before.
While walking around the shop I didn’t see much that appealed to me, but then it hit me, I thought, what if I just searched around for some old pieces of furniture that I can buy at a decent price and refresh to give it that elegant vintage feel that I was going for and save some money.  Now looking around the shop became a totally different feel. I didn’t find anything to my liking that day, but, the employees told me that they get in new items every day so stop back often.

We got some vintage beat up end tables from David’s aunt whose 96 years old and I saw some potential in refreshing them that would make them fabulous. We saw those beat up end tables before and I thought they were old and not going to work for me. Once opening up my creative and inspirational side of my artist mind, those end tables were perfect.

It seems DIY projects have been in my mental storage box and I just needed to find the key to open that box and unleash the goodies

The Results:

So I started a blog on Decorating and Refreshing Furniture in which I call it “Inspiration Happens!”  

I’ll be starting my blog with the refreshing of those vintage beat up end tables I got from David’s 96 year old aunt. I hope my inspirations of design and refreshing furniture inspires others to channel into their creative minds and do the same.

Here’s the link – http://inspiredbyroyaltee.wordpress.com/about/