” D.I.Y ” Coffee & Cocoa Facial Mask

Coffee and cocoa masks have long been a favorite of beauty aficionados. As a combination, they decrease puffiness in the face and the eye area, brighten skin and wake up a dull-ish complexion (hello caffeine!).

While coffee and cocoa powder are the staples of this popular mask, you can tailor it for your skin type by adding yogurt or cream and honey if you have dry skin or lemon juice if you have oily skin. If you have super dehydrated skin, oils work as a substitute for dairy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans ( you can use your own grinder, too)
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (your basic Hersheys is perfect here)
  • 8 Tbsp. dairy product. Choose whole milk, heavy cream, yogurt (must be unflavored!), almond milk or coconut milk. Use less dairy if you like a thicker paste. Substitutions are allowed: Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil if you have dehydrated skin. If using oils, halve the amount or it will be too runny.
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin)

If you have whole beans, finely grind beans in a grinder. Remember, beans should be finely ground so they don’t scratch your face. If you just made coffee, you can use the freshly brewed coffee grounds, although they won’t contain as much caffeine.

Mix coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl.

Add the dairy product and stir until a smooth paste forms. You can use less dairy if you like a thicker paste.

Stir in the honey. (I like to warm up the honey in a warm water bath or in the microwave so it mixes better).

Apply the paste to your clean face and neck.

Let the mask dry.

Wet a washcloth and press it to your face to loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid rubbing your face because the coffee grounds could potentially scratch your skin. It’s really up to you, you’ll get a feel for what your skin can take and how finely ground the coffee is.

You can store the leftover paste in the refrigerator for several days.

Eye Brightening Make-Up Tutorial

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Lace Braid

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Tips of Lips

lip-scrub-final-shot1 (1)Get lips soft and smooth by using a damp, warm washcloth at night to rub off the flaky dry bits; follow with a coat of lip balm. 

Ease the evening switch to a redder or darker lipstick by applying it over and blending it into your daytime color. 

To make lipstick last longer, allow it to set for a few minutes after applying, blot lips with tissue and dust them with powder, then apply another coat. 

Cheeks feeling flushed? Put on a bold color lipstick; a neutral shade will only make red cheeks stand out. 

For lipliner that glides on, warm it up first by pinching it with your fingertips. 

To keep lipstick from bleeding, pat a little concealer around your lips. 

Smile when you put on your lipstick—it’s the best way to ensure complete coverage, corners included.

Tips for Face :)

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Pretty Face

Don’t touch your face unnecessarily. Breakouts can be caused by your own fingers. 

Apply cream or cleanser by lightly pressing upward—never down. The delicate skin sags easily enough in time. 

For the best color match, test foundation and powder either on your face or neck (the inside of your wrist is too pale).

Use foundation, not concealer (which is lighter than your skin color), to cover up redness or blemishes. 

Rouge should be well-blended far out on the cheekbone; circles of rouge don’t look good on anyone. 

Before applying powder, gently blow the excess off your brush to prevent flaking. 

Never squeeze a pimple. You may damage tissue and cause a tiny scar or pit. 

Freshen makeup by pressing a tissue on oily areas of the face— forehead, nose, chin. Then smooth on a thin layer of pressed powder with a brush. 

Concentrate blush on the apple of cheeks, the part that puffs out when you smile. 

For special occasions, apply your makeup earlier in the day and touch it up before you leave. It will look more natural, and you’ll be less rushed when it comes time to get ready. 

Powder is the only makeup applied with a downward motion—you do this to smooth down facial hairs. 
To stop makeup from fading during the day, apply a primer before your foundation.