The Mixstress Workshop | Peppermint and Frankincense Foot Scrub

Body Scrub

It was only until recently after speaking to a journalist from The Sunday Times Style about my love for whipping up my own beauty products that I realised it’s been a very long time since I’ve shared a recipe – and so I confess.. I haven’t made anything in months. With my bathroom cabinet bursting at the seams with products to finish and continuously forgetting to stock up on ingredients it just hasn’t happened. However I’m promising myself to find the time to get back into the kitchen and rediscover the Mixstress. I have a few things I want to try like a bath oil with lots of heady jasmine and ylang ylang, a massage bar à la Lush and even a bath bomb or two. But in the meantime I thought I’d share a recipe I’ve perfected over the years and adore very much, a peppermint and frankincense foot scrub. The amount of body scrubs I routinely get through make me somewhat of a body scrub connoisseur, and for me most foot scrubs in the market lack the grit and exfoliating power I look for in a scrub; they’re often useless jojoba beads suspended in a shower gel-like formula so you’re not able to get the kind of exfoliation your feet needs. However this scrub of mine is super thick and creamy thanks to a special foaming butter but there’s also ground pumice in the scrub to really smoothen the skin. I’ve thrown in peppermint, tea tree and frankincense essential oils for their antifungal properties and together create a great fragrance.

This scrub will ideally keep for two weeks – for roughly three cups you’ll need:

  • One full cup of foaming butter and half a cup of any carrier oil of your choice such as almond oil, olive or even coconut (but note that the latter may solidify). Using an electrical whisk, blend the butter and carrier oil so that the butter softens to a fluffy texture.
  • Frankincense, peppermint and tea tree essential oils – add a couple of drops of the essential oils each into the mixture whilst whisking.
  • Now it’s time for the exciting bit! Add the ground pumice to the mixture very slowly and gradually – too quick and you risk the pumice flying everywhere! I use around 2 cups for a super gritty scrub, but use more or less depending on your butter to exfoliant ratio preference.

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish in Berry Fusion

Maybelline Berry Fusion
Essie The Lace is On

Essie’s The Lace is On

Limited edition products and collections seem to be a double edged sword – while something may be unique and one off, once you’ve forced the last drops out of the packaging you’re left desperate to find an alternative. The culprit? Essie’s The Lace Is On from their Fall 2013 collection. Described by Essie as a jewel toned and pearlescent fuchsia, I fell for the colour last year after a manicure at the Paul Edmonds salon in Knightsbridge and it was just recently at the Maybelline Lounge in Somerset House that I discovered their Colour Show Nail Polish in Berry Fusion which only after my manicure did I realise just how similar they are.

With the autumn months fast approaching, Berry Fusion or any deep fuchsia/magenta nail colour for that matter is a great way of breaking away from the typical berries and plums we all turn to at this time of the year. While I still gravitate towards those colours, others I’ll be wearing include:

Kiko Quick Dry Nail Lacquer in 819

Essie Nail Polish in Decadent Dish

Burberry Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Oxblood

Nail Paint by Barry M in Cappuccino

Mavala Nail Colour Cream in Hearth

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds

Loreal Pure Reds 1If you’ve yet to find your perfect red lipstick we’ll blame it on the fact that there are 285 shades of red visibly different to the naked eye – there are just too many to choose from! In an attempt to filter out the noise and help with finding that all important signature red lip, L’Oreal Paris have launched their Collection Exclusive Pure Reds* which will be available across pharmacies from September 2014.

Collection Exclusive by Blake - Pure red lips for the most iconic of looks

Collection Exclusive by Julianne - Lips of a vermillion red from the most exquisite fabrics

Collection Exclusive by Liya - Theatrical red lips for an opera of intensity

Collection Exclusive by Eva - Unexpected urban chic brick red lips

To cover a spectrum of women, L’Oreal Paris have based four lipsticks on their faces, Liya KebedeEva Longoria, Blake Lively and Julianne Moore so you have a lipstick suited for those with olive tones to their skin, redheads, black women and blondes like Blake Lively. Interestingly enough, I quite like the Blake Lively lipstick which could be due to it having warm undertones whereas the one by Liya would complement cooler undertones; Liya‘s lipstick still is my favourite however, it’s a true red that would look absolutely beautiful against brown skin.

Loreal Pure Reds 2 Loreal Pure Reds 3

Onto the formula and feel of the lipsticks, I tend to shy away from mattes, namely MAC, as they can be quite drying. However I’m wearing Liya‘s shade while I type this up and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a matte lipstick, rather the formula is quite hydrating for a matte which is down to the jojoba in the lipstick. Granted you’ve given your lips a good scrub with a toothbrush or whatever else you use, there’s no reason why this matte wouldn’t look great. Not to mention the lipstick packs a punch in pigment, so if the idea of a red lip makes you run for the covers you’ll need to shed that fear or follow Karim Rahman, makeup expert for L’Oreal Paris‘ advice, “for a very trendy blur effect, apply the colour with your finger by tapping from the heart of your lips towards the corners”.

The Designers I’d Love To See At My Nearest Beauty Hall

Christian Louboutin 2

It’s always been a tradition for my sister and I that whenever we find ourselves in Selfridges or Harrods we absolutely must go to Christian Louboutin and admire that which we unfortunately cannot afford. I’ve always lusted after the classic Pigalle 100 which I consider to be the ultimate wear-with-everything heel, and as Louboutin recently announced his foray into beauty with a collection of nail polishes maybe I can finally experience a little Louboutin magic after all!

Rouge Louboutin, a vibrant red the exact colour of the iconic red Christian Louboutin sole is the designer’s debut product. With a 20.5cm tall cap to match the heel of his highest heel, Ballerina Ultima this nail polish is definitely not a wallflower. For most like myself who find the decision to treat themselves to a pair of Louboutin‘s akin to giving up months of rent money, fragrance and cosmetics are a chance for customers to buy into a designer label but in smaller, more affordable chunks. And now that one of my favourite designers has stepped into the world of beauty there are quite a few more that I’d love to see. I enlisted my sister, Hamda Issa-Salwe a Fashion Merchandise Management student to illustrate and put what I had in mind onto paper:

louis vuitton fragrance

Louis Vuitton – Will they or won’t they? There’s been a lot of talk about a Louis Vuitton fragrance in the pipeline for a while now, but we’re unfortunately yet to see those plans come into fruition. If I had it my way I’d dream up a Louis Vuitton fragrance with notes of Madagascan vanilla, musk, amber and of course, heavy leathery notes.

Alexander Wang – Alexander Wang isn’t really a label I see bringing out an extensive cosmetics line, so I think they’d be better matched with a well established brand with a similar aesthetic for a limited edition collection. NARS with its fashion focused brand image would be perfect. I picture a line of nail polishes and top coats with different finishes like rubber, matte, iridescent black and a glossy black topcoat to intensify the colour of your nail polish.

Elie Saab – Watching an Elie Saab show is an absolute treat for my eyes; every single piece has me wondering why I haven’t set up a fund to get some Elie Saab in my wardrobe. With two fragrances to his name already, a makeup line would just be natural. I imagine super-luxe packaging and eyeshadow palettes rivalling Tom Ford! Who does modern Hollywood glamour better than Elie Saab? Absolutely no one hence the palette – something to create a classic smoky eye but with a dusky pink/peach thrown in there for a modern injection to a much loved classic staple in every woman’s make-up repertoire.

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