The Mixstress Workshop | Argan & Coconut Shimmer Oil

Shimmer Oil

With the summer here (well most definitely not in London) everyone’s tanning, bronzing and shimmering so I’ve been speaking to a few people about what they’ve been using and most mentioned the usual products but a few mentions of oils with a shimmer to them like the NARS Body Glow, Omorovicza Gold Shimmer Oil and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Golden Dry Oil made me think about mixing up my own shimmery oil. Out of the three, I absolutely love the NARS Body Glow for its divine Monoi de Tahiti scent and subtle bronze sheen but it costs an arm and leg for £44 so I think you’ll be happy to know that you can still create the luxury for a lot cheaper using just three things: argan oil, coconut oil and a loose or broken bronzer.

Argan and coconut oil are luxury oils with cult followings for a reason. They’re incredibly moisturising in their own right so putting the two together makes a lot of sense. You can also add essential oils for added benefits and to add fragrance. For a sensual oil, I’d blend jasmine, vanilla and maybe just a drop of cinnamon but for something floral and fruity yet deep, I’ll combine ylang ylang, jasmine, rose and sweet orange; it all depends on your mood!

I’ll be storing the oil into a bottle and I’m aware that you ladies wouldn’t be using the same size bottle as myself, so the measurements depend on the size of the bottle.

YOU’LL NEED

50% coconut oil

45% argan oil

5% bronzer

DIRECTIONS

Carefully pour the bronzer into a bottle. Using a funnel will help to avoid creating a mess.

Slowly add the oils to the bronzer. If necessary, stir to mix the bronzer and oil.

Finally, close the cap firmly and shake the bottle to mix the oil and bronzer evenly.

Keep in mind that coconut oil solidifies under certain temperatures so don’t be alarmed if you find it frozen; you can just run the bottle under the tap and it’ll go back to normal. Also, the bronzer and oil may separate but you can just simply shake the bottle and it’ll immerse.

The Mixstress Workshop | Luxury Macadamia Vanilla Scrub

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Bath time should be the time where you get to use the best products and for me, the best products are those that have unbeatable quality and smell absolutely beautifully.

This recipe is inspired by the Sara Happ Vanilla Bean Body Scrub which is one of the most outstanding scrubs ever with its decadent kukui, macadamia and sweet almond oils but it costs an arm and a leg so whilst it’s lovely to purchase a luxury body scrub with the wonderful packaging, in reality you can make your own for the fraction of the cost using products that you’d find in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets with the exception of macadamia oil.

YOU’LL NEED

1 cup of brown sugar (white sugar is okay too, I ran out so I opted for white)

1/4 cup of macadamia oil

1/4 cup of sweet almond oil

2 tablespoons of honey (must be as runny as possible to mix

10 drops of vanilla essence

DIRECTIONS

Pour the sugar into a bowl or container large enough to store the scrub in and then add the oils, honey and vanilla essence to the sugar.

Mix everything together very well and pay close attention to if the honey has mixed well too.

Depending on how strong you want the vanilla scent to be, add more or less of the vanilla extract.

Mixstress Workshop | Milk & Manuka Honey Face Mask

One thing I love about honey is that it helps so many skin concerns ranging from acne to very dry skin so this face mask will work for absolutely everyone. Also, manuka honey has the highest antibacterial properties than other types of honey which is just perfect for acne. Leave this on for 15 minutes and rinse off. Whilst rinsing off, massage your skin in circular motions as the powdered milk is a mild exfoliant because of its texture and it containing lactic acid and will gently exfoliate the skin.

Say hello to smoother skin with this mask!

YOU’LL NEED

3 heaped tablespoons of powdered milk

1 tablespoon of Manuka honey

2 tablespoons of water

DIRECTIONS

Mix the water and powdered milk so it turns into a paste.

Add the spoon of honey. This should make it thicker.

The paste should look similar to the image above; if it doesn’t, adjust by adding more water or more powdered milk.

 

The British Dinner Table Favourite That Could Actually Transform Your Hair

I’m pretty much open to using anything to get beautiful with the exception of weird fads like placenta and nightingale dropping facials so it’s no surprise to the people who know me that I’ve been using mayonnaise on my hair as a mask. Because mayonnaise is packed with egg, it’s rich in protein which can prevent breakage, has the ability to penetrate deep into the hair shaft and it makes your hair ridiculously shiny.

I can’t stand the smell of mayonnaise so I’ll apply it quite generously on my hair at least an hour before washing it then making sure it’s thoroughly washed out by shampooing twice.

Have you found any other dinner table staples that you’ve included into your beauty regimen? 

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