Hello! How was your weekend? I hope you were able to get equal parts fun and extreme relaxation in. It was one of those perfectly balanced weekends around these parts! Got to catch up with dear friends, drink some wine, eat some cheese, sleep in, work on my knitting, bake, and have a little Narcos marathon. Anyone else watching that show? It's SO GOOD. Start now if you haven't already. I'm so obsessed with it. I would link to the IMDB page but it contains some spoilers, as I learned just now when I checked it. Someone kick me. I always do this. I accidentally spoil myself and then I get so mad about it that I end up telling Theo the spoilers and then everyone can be mad together. But regardless, it's a really good show and you should absolutely, definitely check it out.
You know what a great thing to do while marathoning some Narcos is? A face mask! I've talked about my love and passion for masks before, and I will continue to do so because I believe it's such a small and simple way not only to help improve your skin, but also to take the time and do something to make yourself feel special and pampered. You know how important self-care is, and I want you all to be doing it all the time! Store-bought masks are absolutely divine, I still rave about Glossier's masks everywhere I go because they are actual miracle workers. I've yet to find a mask that is more effective than that duo. I am about to run out and I'm kind of freaking out about it. I also love Lush's Mask of Magnaminty. It leaves me feeling so clean and smooth as a baby's bottom! Please feel free to send me any of those in kind.
That said, sometimes when money is tight or you don't have a store-bought one at hand, a homemade mask can be just as effective, relaxing, and fun! I started making masks when I was a kid; I'd give myself a facial by steaming my face over a pot of boiling water (do not recommend, extremely dangerous, what was my mother thinking?) and then I'd throw anything I could into a bowl and mash it up and slather it on my face. I've refined my process a bit, and would love to share my favorite DIY masks with your so that when you are in the mood you can whip one up yourself!
Banana Smoothie Mask
1 small banana
1/4 cup of greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
Greek yogurt is your new secret weapon when it comes to diy beauty. It's a total powerhouse, it moisturizes, smooths, brightens, and contains lactic acid which is basically the magic ingredient in all beauty products. Combined with the antibacterial products of the honey and the soothing power of the banana, your skin feel super soft and healthy.
1 egg white
1/2 small avocado
2 tablespoons honey
Egg whites tighten your skin like nobody's business. You'll feel like you did when your mom pulled your hair into a too-tight ponytail after you put this guy all over your face. It's the most natural face lift out there! And you can make a delicious breakfast sandwich with the leftovers, amiright?
Strawberry Shortcake Mask
1/4 cup of mashed strawberries
1 tablespoon of olive oil (you can also use coconut oil, but it's not as light.)
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
This mask smells the way you wanted to smell when you were a kid. It's a really nice natural exfoliant as well, getting rid of dry skin, purifying thanks to the honey, and ultra-hydrating and cleansing thanks to the olive oil.
Have you ever DIY'ed a mask? It's just a lovely way to spend a few minutes doing something for yourself that is easy and cheap. So why not, hmm?