Monday, May 7, 2012

DIY Face Mask

I've always been an admirer of people who rock beauty routines that consist mostly of products that are DIY. It takes a lot of guts and a tremendous amount of creativity, in my opinion, to play mixologist with at-home ingredients, but when you're brave enough to slather this homemade concoction all over your body and trust that the natural properties of each ingredient will work their magic, you are ballsy indeed!
There's a DIY remedy for just about everything in a person's beauty regimen: DIY toners, DIY cleansers, DIY deodorants, DIY exfoliating scrubs, and DIY moisturizers - most of which when you read the ingredient lists sound good enough and safe enough to eat, but let's face it, a beauty routine is a very personal thing. What works for one lovely lady may not be "the bomb.com" for another. 

Having said that, I recently came across a DIY recipe that I have since completely fallen in love with - A lemon, oatmeal, yogurt face mask!
Now, let me first explain - I have, for the past few years, battled with random whooper breakouts that usually consist of a single, monstrous and super painful zit. Once the evil do-er has finally calmed and healed I'm always left with a dreaded red mark reminding me months and month later exactly where this demon dwelled on my face. In my search to find something natural that would help heal my red marks I came across the L.O.Y. mask. - {For those of you who are afflicted with these red marks I also read that applying sweet almond oil to the area can help significantly.}

The recipe consists of:
1 {heaping} tbsp of thick all natural greek yogurt {I use Fage}
1 tbsp of oatmeal
1 tsp of lemon juice

Mix ingredients together thoroughly and apply to a clean face
Let the mask sit for 15 minutes
Remove with warm water

When I first saw yogurt in this recipe I thought to myself, "Isn't the yogurt gonna stink horribly after 15 minutes on my face?" The answer, amazingly, is no! The mixture of oatmeal, yogurt and lemon juice actually smelled delightfully fresh and dare I say delicious?! 

Gloppy? Yes!
Cool, creamy and glorious? Absolutely!
The end result? Heaven!

While the oatmeal and yogurt were calming and nourishing my skin, the lemon juice was gently working to lighten my existing dark spots. My skin has been baby smooth, soft, moisturized and after using this mask 3 times a week {as suggested}, after only 1 week I've noticed a tremendous difference in the red marks that have been lingering on my face for months!!! Incredible! Really and truly. I am sold on this DIY mask. Cheap ingredients, easy to make and it feels sooooo lovely when it's on. 

In my attempt to make face masks pretty {which they just so aren't} I decided to put on a soft pink dress with billowy feminine accents and some baby blue heels. I made a cuppa peach tea and opened Bon App├ętit to get the scoop on where to eat next time I'm in Paris. 

Do you have a favorite DIY beauty product? Have you ever tried this mask before? 

{Outfit}
Milly dress
Manolo Blahnik heels
Ginette NY necklace
Ippolita earrings

14 comments:

  1. You look so cute with the mask on! I've actually tried this before because I've heard that yogurt and oatmeal is amazing for your skin. But nowadays I'm too lazy and I just buy mask products!

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    joanne♥choi

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  2. Thank you for sharing! i am going to try this ASAP!! btw, love the photos of you and the mask...so fun!

    xx, alisia e
    http://alisialynn.blogspot.com/

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  3. This looks so good, I need to try this! xx

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  4. love this idea! im definitely goin to try it out!

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  5. Seriously I wanna EAT YOU. You are too freaking Adorbs. I'm totes tryin this. Xoxox

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  7. Thank you so much for this post, I made it and it's amazing! I am also following your blog now, It's so beautiful and I really like your fashion taste.

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  8. La robe est tres belle!!J'adoore!
    Angela Donava

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  9. Thanks for the recipe - m gonna try it ASAP
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  10. What a fun and easy DIY! I'm loving your blog girl, I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll follow me back and we can keep in touch. I love discovering new blogs!

    Sarah xoxo
    http://pandorasboxblog.com

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  11. I am definitely try this!!! Great post!!!

    www.forwardvintage.blogspot.com

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  12. hahaha, I love how you dressed up wearing this beautiful face mask :)
    But it does sound really good, I want to try it now!

    XX
    Paulina from jumellejumelle

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  13. I loved this post. I like to prepare masks and other cosmetics and I am glad I found your blog.

    Nora

    http://notenora.blogspot.com

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