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Cafè Mocha Face Mask

Mocha Facial Mask1Chocolate and coffee and milk, oh my! The chocolate in this mask helps soothe your skin, plus it’s really great aromatherapy. The coffee and milk are natural exfoliants and help remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin very happy. Caffeine is a diuretic that helps to tighten the skin.

You could always double or triple the recipe and use it in trouble spots to reduce cellulite. Yes, you can literally slather your body in coffee and chocolate. Woo hoo! Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon extra fine ground coffee

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

4 teaspoons whole milk

Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl with a fork until it turns into a thick paste. Apply to your face or other trouble areas and leave on your skin for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and apply moisturizer. Make sure to treat yourself to some chocolate while waiting.

Skin care tip: When washing your face, wash it 2x. The first cleanse removes the surface dirt and oil. The second cleanse is more deep cleaning. Remember to use toner, which preps the skin and helps to remove any residue, before you moisturize.

*Ani DiFranco ~ Little Plastic Castle

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Stuff I Like – Beauty

beauty-33Piggy Paint - I discovered this non-toxic nail polish and remover when my niece was about 4 and just this year I also got some for the hummingbird. Piggy Paint comes in so many colors and also has gift sets. Our favorite is the Girls Rule! gift set.

beauty-11Night Of Olay Firming Cream – This has been my favorite night cream for years. It’s not crazy expensive, the scent isn’t overpowering, and it lasts for quite a while. All of the makeup and oil that’s left on your face when you go to sleep goes down into the layers on your skin. I’m sure you’d much rather have a clean face with moisturizing night cream going down into the layers of your skin. Right? Right!

beauty-22Brazil Nut Body Butter – I want to have sex with this stuff. I really don’t like strong scents and this is subtle and smells delicious. It has a light smell of chocolate cake and the body butter isn’t greasy. It absorbs pretty quickly. This has easily become one of my favorite beauty products.

beauty-44Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk – This is another product I’ve been coming back to for years. My hair has natural curl to it and this shine milk seems to help it become more managable. I love the light, mellow scent. The downside is that this is a little pricier than I like to pay for products.

beauty-55Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray – This is another hair product I alternate with and the best thing is it’s about half the price of the smoothing shine milk. This spray contains olive, avocado, and shea oils. It adds smoothness and shine to my hair and I love it.

beauty-66Simple Foaming Cleanser – For years I’ve usually paid way more than I should have on skin care products because my skin is so sensitive. Most of the products I’ve gotten in the store for sensitive skin can still be too harsh. Last month I found this sensitive skin cleanser and thought it was great. I also love their make up remover wipes.

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

*Lisa Hannigan with Damien Rice – Be My Husband

*Lisa Hannigan – Pistachio

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Hydrating Body Butter

body-butterThis whipped body butter looks good enough to eat and the smell is divine. There are many different recipes out there for body butter but I made up this recipe on the fly. It only has 3 ingredients, coconut oil, avocado oil, and vanilla essential oil.

Coconut oil doesn’t clog pores and easily absorbs into the skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins and fatty acids and can help dry skin and eczema.


What you’ll need:

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon avocado oil

essential oil


Add the coconut, avocado, and essential oil in a medium bowl. I’m old school so I still use an electric hand mixer. Mix all the ingredients together until you get a light and fluffy consistency, kind of like cool whip.

Put in a clean and dry container with the lid tightly closed. This recipe makes approx. 2 ounces of body butter and should last several weeks.

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Your skin needs some love too.

salt-scrubA little known fact. I’m a licensed esthetician and have been working on a small scale skin care line for several months. I have all the products tested and ready to go. Body scrub, lip balms, whipped body butter, and bath soak. I thought I would start selling it on Etsy no later than February but that’s not going to happen. I’ll keep you updated on when I’ll actually get it launched.

I really love sugar scrubs but this time I tried a salt body scrub and loved it. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry right now so give it a try. I also made a lip exfoliator with honey and granulated sugar but you can use any sugar you like. If you’re vegan then you can change out the honey with olive oil. Enjoy!

Chocolate Salt Scrub

What you’ll need:

16 ounces epsom salt

1/3 cup light olive oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


Put the epsom salt, olive oil, vanilla extract and cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Mix well and make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

To apply: While in the shower, scoop the mixture out with your fingers and gently rub onto your skin, making sure to avoid your face. Rinse well. Apply moisurizer after your shower.

Store the salt scrub mixture into an airtight container.

Sugar Mama Lip Exfoliator

What you’ll need:

1 tsp. granulated sugar (or any sugar you prefer)

1 tsp. honey (you can substitute with 1/2 tsp. of olive oil)


Mix the sugar and honey in a small bowl. To apply: use your toothbrush or your fingers and apply to your lips. Gently rub the sugar mama exfoliator onto your lips. Rinse with warm water. Apply lip balm.

Skin care tip: Don’t use a washcloth when washing your face. It can cause tiny tears in your skin. Always use a skin shammy when washing your face, like this one. It’s especially nice for people with sensitive skin.

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Easy Skin Care Tips

Even though I haven’t worked as an esthetician for years, to this day I still check out people’s eyebrows to see if they need shaping. Ha! I also see skin damage and some strange things on my husband’s skin.

One time he had something on his back that I nicknamed “the barnacle” and I told him to get it checked out but he wouldn’t. It fell off a couple of years later and he was like See, I don’t need a doctor. Buttmunch.

1. Water – If you want to know how much water you really need, divide your weight by 2 and that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking daily.

2. Take the make-up off at night – Your skin rejuvenates while you’re sleeping so anything left on your face like make-up or a case of an oily face, all that gunk goes down into your skin while you sleep.

3. Whatever type of skin you have, even oily skin, moisturize - one of the problems with oily skin is that some who have it don’t think they need to moisturize. It actually makes your oily skin worse when you don’t moisturize.

4. Facial cleansing – When cleaning your face in the morning and at night, first wash your face, twice in a row. The first wash gets rid of the surface dirt. It deep cleans your skin the second time. Then use a non-alcoholic toner to remove any remaining facial cleanser film and to prep your skin for the next step. Lastly, use a moisurizer during the day and night cream, well, at night, of course. Night cream is thicker than regular moisturizers and all that hydrating goodness goes down into your skin.

5. Use sunscreen- I’m guilty when it comes to forgetting sunscreen but even when it’s a cloudy day, you can get sun damage if you’re not using at least an SPF 15. If you’re using a foundation with spf, the amount you use for your face isn’t enough coverage from the sun. You need to supplement with a sunscreen.


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Feast your eyes on this: chocolate pecan pie body scrub.

A few months ago I mentioned that I’m going to be starting a natural skin care line so I’ve been doing the research to see what kind of scary venture lies ahead. I’ve made a couple of the products and will have people testing them soon and wanted to give you a glimpse.

I haven’t even started on packaging yet and have yet to figure out what I want. What I thought I wanted isn’t what I wanted after all.

This body scrub is to die for and part of the reason I’ve semi-abandoned my blog recently. I’ve been doing too many things at once.

These aren’t the exact ingredients for the body scrub in the skin care line since I’ve had to keep some secrets. It’s edible so of course I took a bite while in the shower. Nice and sugary.

I lifted this off of my new blog The Good Food Diaries so I’ll keep the little intro I wrote that my husband did not get. at. all. but Tricia did. If anything you should go over to check out my recipe disaster that happened over the weekend.


Years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was an Esthetician, I used to love making natural skin care products. It was difficult back then because I didn’t speak dinosaur so my efforts were hindered. Recently though I’ve been back in the kitchen trying out different skin care recipes and came up with this one. Chocolate Pecan Pie Body Scrub. Yum!
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup very light (or extra virgin) olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir all of the ingredients together, mixing well.
Put the scrub into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Store the body scrub in a cool, dry place and it will keep for around 4 weeks.
Use once a week in the shower, gently rubbing into your skin and making sure to avoid your face. Enjoy!


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