Masked bandit

About once a week, I like to do a mud mask. Usually I just wash my face with water, but inevitably I have a day or night where I get very sweaty (night sweats, they are a thing!) and I will feel very oily and slimy on my face. 

My favorite thing to use is my rose clay bar, which I just run under warm water, rub a little to “lather” up some clay, then rub on my face. As long as I store it back on the shelf to air dry, it works great and has been long lasting; I think I’ve had it nearly a year now. 

Today, though, I went for something new and whipped up a green clay and honey mask. Here’s how you do it:

3 tsp kaolin clay

3 tsp French green clay

1 tsp raw honey

1 tsp Apple cider vinegar (optional)

Warm water

Add everything but the water to a bowl. Start adding water, one tablespoon at a time and stirring well until you get the consistency of frosting. Apply to face, let dry about 15-20 minutes or until feels tight and slightly uncomfortable. Get a washcloth wet and lay it across your face for a few minutes before removing mask to soften things back up or remove in the shower. Apply facial oil like argan, evening primrose, or rose hip, afterwards for moisturizing purposes. Or if you’ve made an amazing moisturizer, now’s a great time to use it!

No pictures today: my phone didn’t charge last night and so it’s dead. It apparently got knocked off the side table in my sleep and came disconnected from the charger. It had enough charge to wake me up early this morning before powering off. Thankfully! But it’s charging now. The upshot for me is I don’t have to make silly selfie faces in this clay mask for you. I will give you a few old pics: 

Here is my rose clay bar. It is made of rose clay, kaolin clay, coconut oil, aloe vera, and witch hazel. To learn to make a rose clay bar check out this link here!

Here is an old pic of me in a bentonite clay mask from when this blog first started. Today is the same, just shorter hair and darker mask. Lol. 

Enjoy your DIY mask! 

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Unicorn Shimmer Balm

This DIY is adapted from the original recipe posted by Rebecca’s Soap Deli. You can find their version here! I’ve taken the directions pretty much word for word, so I can’t claim any originality here. I did make substitutions that I will explain, and I converted to metric because I work in metric. 

DIY Unicorn Body Balm

I picked Ingredients to give a more dry and silky feel, you can change your butter, oils, and emulsifier to suit yourself. 

Ingredients:

40g grapeseed oil

24g fractionated coconut oil 

28g emulsifying wax (I used BTMS 225; I ordered 225 by accident instead of BTMS 50 and am finding creative places to use it. In this balm, it should help leave a silky after feel on the skin. You could use Emulsifying Wax NF for a heavier feel, or Ecomulse for a powdery finish)

24g Mango butter (once again, chosen because it feels dry and silky when rubbed it. Go with shea or sal butter for something more creamy)

10g cyclomethicone and dimethicone mixture (from LotionCrafters)

0.5 gram vitamin e oil 

4g skin safe fragrance oil of choice

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (cornstarch will work)

1/4 teaspoon each of three mica colors of choice 

3/8-3/4th of a teaspoon flashing pearl, shimmer pearl or silvery white pearl mica

Instructions:
You will need a digital scale for this project. A regular kitchen or postal scale will work for this particular project. I use an inexpensive Ozeri scale I bought off Amazon for under $20 and has served me well. 
Begin by weighing out the mango butter and emulsifying wax. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup, then melt in the microwave at 50% power. (Alternately you may also use a double boiler.)

Add cyclomethicone/dimethicone mix and stir well. Using a measuring spoon, measure out one level teaspoon of arrowroot powder. Stir or whisk into the melted mango butter and emulsifying wax until the arrowroot powder has dissolved and there are no clumps.
Next, weigh out the grapeseed oil and fractionated coconut oil. Stir or whisk into your DIY unicorn balm mixture.
You can substitute the grapeseed oil with another carrier oil if desired such as sweet almond, or use all fractionated coconut oil. Just be sure it is liquid at room temperature. If you are substituting the fractionated coconut oil, choose another liquid at room temperature dry oil for best results. Other dry oils I like are rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil, and especially hazelnut oil.
If you using a fragrance oil, weigh out and stir in the fragrance. You can also use an essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice.
Now divide the DIY unicorn balm base into three containers. Each container should have 38g in it. 
Using a measuring spoon, add 1/4 teaspoon of your first mica color to one container of the unicorn balm. Stir well to combine. Repeat with a 1/4 teaspoon of the next mica color in the second container, and then add 1/4 teaspoon of your third mica color to the last and final container, mixing after each addition. (Please note you do not want to use lake dyes for this project.). 

Now add 1/8 teaspoon of your flashing pearl, shimmer pearl or silvery white pearl mica to each of the three colors. This will give skin a very subtle shimmer. For more obvious shimmer, increase the amount used to suit. Stir each container well to ensure all of the mica is thoroughly combined in each container. You can also add microfine glitter, either in shades to match each color or just holographic to work with them all. 

Once the individually colored DIY unicorn balms start to solidify from a liquid state, stir again. Then scoop one of the colors into your container(s) so it fills 1/3rd of the container(s) you are using.

Repeat with the rest of the colors until your container(s) are filled.

Now use a mini spatula or the flat side of a knife or a spoon to swirl the top layer of the DIY unicorn balm. Finally, dust the top of your unicorn balm with the Diamond Dust, white or pearl mica.  Allow the unicorn balm to completely set up, then gently smooth the tops with the back of a spoon. Screw on the lids to your containers. Your completed DIY unicorn balm will have the consistency of a cream or thick lotion.

Makes 130g or 4 oz. 
This is so luxurious! And although it goes on green and purple, once you rub it in, the color fades and the shimmer is barely noticeable as well. I couldn’t even capture any shimmer on a photo after I slathered my arm in the balm:

Overall I’m very happy with this. You could easily make it with shea butter and Ecomulse for a richer butter with a powdery finish. That’s the next combination I’m going to try, and see how it comes out. I think I will stick with grapeseed oil since it absorbs quickly, and fractionated coconut oil or another dry oil. I have plenty of the coconut so I’ll stick with that for now. 

I’ll have this listed in the Etsy shop shortly for anyone who doesn’t want to make it themselves.