DIY Charcoal Hell Mask

“Tear Off the Mask. Your Face is Glorious.” -Rumi

We have an awesome DIY peel of mask for you that tackles those pesky blackheads. We did not invent this mask but it is one of our favorites. It is really easy and you only need two items.

What you will need:

  • 3 Tablets Activated Charcoal
  • 1/4 Elmer’s School Glue

(Makes enough for 4 masks.)

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  1. Measure your school glue
  2. Break open your charcoal tablets and pour into your glue.
  3. Stir well. (we just used a Popsicle stick for this)
  4. Now prepare your face by washing well with warm water. This will help to open your pores.
  5. Apply the mask to the desired areas. You can apply all over, or target blackhead prone areas such as the nose, chin, and forehead.
  6. Apply a thick layer, and avoid eyebrows and other areas with hair.
  7. Let the mask dry completely (about 20 min.)
  8. Now peel the mask off starting from the bottom to the top.
  9. This will remove tons of blackheads but if you have a lot it might take more than one application.
  10. Allow a couple of days in between applications so you don’t irritate your skin.

Hope you enjoy this DIY mask . ūüôā

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Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy cake and that’s kinda the same thing.” -Unknown

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Love is in the air. This DIY is a perfect surprise your special someone, your family, or even your friends. It would also be perfect to bake these delicious little treats with that special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Here is what you need:

  • Cake Mix and Cake ingredients (We used White)
  • 1/3 Cup Frosting (We used Chocolate Fudge)
  • Treat Sticks
  • Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Food Coloring (Optional)

 

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  1. Bake Cake according to manufacturers directions. We added 10 drops of red food coloring to make a pink color.  Once the cake is cool enough to handle crumble well. We used the food processor.

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  1. Add the frosting to your cake crumbles and mix well. We found it easiest using our hands to mix it.

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3. Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop to measure, roll the dough into little round balls. Insert the balls into the freezer for about 20 minutes.

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4. Once the balls are hard from the freezer, melt a few disks of chocolate. We put them in the microwave for 1 minute stirred and then warmed in 30 second increments. Be careful not to burn. This is what you are going to use as ‘glue’ to hold the stick into the cake. Insert the stick about half way into the cake balls.

 

 

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5. Your Cake Pops are now ready to be dipped. Prepare the chocolate the same as described above. And Dip. You will have excess chocolate so we just held them over the bowl till it dripped off.

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6. To let them dry¬†place them on a piece or parchment paper. ¬†Add your sprinkles, we used the ones we made in our DIY Glitter Sprinkles. ūüôā

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7. Allow to dry and they are ready to eat. This recipe made 24 Cake Pops. Hope you like this delicious little Valentine’s day treat.

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DIY Glitter Sprinkles

Everybody’s Got Their Poison, and Mine is Sugar – Derrick Rose

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and it is the time to start baking. We have these cute, easy sprinkles that you can put on almost anything. Cookies, Cake pops, Cupcakes and even Ice Cream . They are so inexpensive and easy too.

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Food Coloring (we used red and blue)
  • Plastic Baggies
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers (for storage, optional)

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First you will separate your sugar into two baggies. (More or less depending on how many color sprinkles you will have.) We put 1/4 Cups of sugar in each bag. Next add your food coloring drops. We used 15 drops in one bag, for a nice rich red. In the other baggie we added 10 drops of red and 6 drops of blue (for a pretty purple.) Shake well to mix.

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Next line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread a thin even layer of the sugar mixture.

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Last insert the sugar into the oven at 200¬įF¬†for about 4 minutes or until glistening. Be careful to not melt the sugar, don’t go to far from the oven ūüôā

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And you are done. Let cool and sprinkle away!

DIY Lemon Sugar Wax

“Waxing is Not a Luxury, it is a Necessity.” -Unknown

Three things around the house can make a luxury so much more affordable. We loved how well this wax worked and as a plus it has a delicious sweet aroma. This DIY was so easy to make as was affordable as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Popsicle Stick (For Spreading Wax)

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  1. Place all ingredients into¬†a small sauce pan.Boil for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally (Once the wax is cooked it should be a golden honey color) if it is to light then you didn’t cook it long enough, and if it is too dark then you cooked it too long.

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2. Pour cooked wax into a glass or microwave safe container. ( If you are using a glass container then make sure it is warmed ahead of time so that the glass does not break.)

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3. Let cool for at least 20 minutes, as the wax will be hot. When you think it might be ready be sure to test it with your finger as to not burn yourself. Once the wax has cooled, use your Popsicle Stick as a spatula and apply the wax to the desired area. Spread evenly but leave an edge to pull. You are going to apply the wax the opposite way the hair growths

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4. You are going to pull the wax off in the same direction of the hair growth. ( Opposite than traditional waxing.

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5. Here is a little example of how well it pulls the hair out. We only did a small section because we used Josh’s leg. (He was the only one in the house with hair.) As you can see, after there will be a little redness. We just applied some Aloe Vera Gel and in a few minutes he was good as new.

*tip: to clean the dish we used, we just soaked it in warm water and the wax dissolved.

We really love this recipe because it is so much more affordable than buying wax from a beauty supply store. He hope you liked this easy DIY! ūüôā

 

 

Face Mask for Oily Skin

“You’ve got to be happy in your own skin” -Jada Pinkett Smith

To our fellow oily skin friends, we have an inexpensive solution for you. We have found an easy affordable face mask, using only two ingredients! That’s right! Only 2!

  • ¬†1 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel

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Aloe Vera has many skin benefits, such as wound healing, anti-inflammatory properties,  treatment of acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

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Turmeric is also beneficial in many ways. One of the ways is, it regulates the production of Sebum (oil)  in your skin. Depending on what you mix the turmeric with you can make many masks for all different skin types. Here is what it looks like mixed with the aloe vera gel.

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You are now all set to slather it all over your face, avoiding the eyes and mouth area. Leave it on  for 5 to 10 minutes (depending how oily you are). Take as many Selfies as your heart desires. Here is Josh enjoying his mask, and his selfies.

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All of our Oily skin family members have fallen in love ¬†with this oil fighting skin mask. It is great for men and women. It also¬†has a really nice spiced smell. Make sure you wash you face really well afterwards with an exfoliating face wash¬†or a wash cloth. When you are finished your skin will feel so soft and fresh, you won’t believe it is your skin.¬†We know you will be pleased with this face mask!

*This mask is best done before bedtime as you might have slightly yellow tinted skin immediately after. Exfoliating will remove all traces of the yellow mask. 

A Twist on Instant Ramen.

“I Thought I Would Someday Outgrow Ramen Noodles. Man, was I Wrong.” -Unknown

One day we got to experimenting, we wanted to find the best and easiest way to  spice up plain instant Ramen. After a few times, we finally found a delicious way to prepare it. The thing we love the most is that it is so customizable. You can add anything you want.

Here is what we used:

  • 1 Teaspoon Chive Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper/mild. More if you want it spicy.
  • 7 Chicken Breast Tenderloin (Cubed) or meat of your choice.
  • Steamfresh Lightly Seasoned Asian Medley
  • 4 eggs (soft-boiled)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 4 Packs Instant Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha (optional)

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Add chives, garlic powder, and onion salt to large pot boiling water

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2. Add chicken to seasoned boiling water and  boil until cooked thoroughly.

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3. Remove chicken from water and cut into cubes. (Make sure to save your chicken broth for later)

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4. Add Ramen, and vegetables to  broth. (from chicken)

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5. Once Ramen is soft…add your sesame seeds, soy sauce , crushed red pepper and your cooked chicken cubes.

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6. Soft Boiled eggs: Boil water on high, once you have a rolling boil add eggs and cook for 7 minutes. * We added a teaspoon of baking soda to the water for easy peel shells.

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If desired add more crushed red pepper or sriracha. And that is all there is to it ūüôā Hope you find this easy Chicken Ramen recipe as delicious as we do!

 

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Giant Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

“Raisin Cookies that Look Like Chocolate Chip Cookies are the Main Reason I Have Trust Issues.”

It¬†has finally started raining here in California, and when it rains… there is nothing better than warm chocolate cookies and a nice glass of milk. Here is our little twist on plain old oatmeal ¬†raisin cookies. We just subtracted the raisins and the cinnamon and added some delicious chocolate chips instead.

So first off you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups (1 large stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips of your choice

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So to start off, preheat your oven to 350 ¬įF

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Then In a Large Bowl (We used an electric mixer) mix butter, and sugars until creamy.

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Next add eggs and vanilla.

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Mix Well.

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After add whole wheat all-purpose flour, baking soda , and salt. Mix well.

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Lastly add the oats and chocolate chips. Mix well.

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Your almost done ūüôā Now measure¬†1/2 cup scoops on to a foil lined baking sheet. Make sure to space them out about an inch. The cookie dough does expand quite a bit.

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Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown.Makes about a dozen and a half. Enjoy!

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Recap.

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In large bowl mix sugars and butter until creamy.

2.Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well

3.Add flour baking soda and salt. Mix Well

4.Add oats and chocolate chips. Mix Well

5. Take 1/2 cup scoop-fulls of dough and place 1 inch apart on foil-lined cookie sheet.

6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

ENJOY! ‚̧