Monday, 12 March 2007

DIY Beauty

Stella McCartney’s Designers for Target range comes out this morning.

I suspect there will be a national spending slump in everything from shoes to eye shadow after the fashionably dressed ladies waiting not-so-patiently to get their hands on, what is in many cases, their only chance of ever wearing a Stella original.

Peppered between the uber-fab are another group. Those not-so-fashionable, but with an equal air of desperation - the eBayers. Those who want to get their hands on as many items as possible to load up on eBay to make a quick buck.

But now, back to the beauty dilemma. Now that your bank balance is depleted and your credit card looks like the amount the George W Bush spent on dial-a-crowd, how do you stay beautiful?

Never fear my fellow beauty addicts - help is at hand!

Cleanser -

In my poor student days, I found Cetaphil. A no-frills clear bottle with a blue label (or green for sensitive skin), it looks like every other bland pharmacy product. Inside though, is liquid gold.

500ml will last you over a year and costs less than $20.

Cost per month: $1.67 - bargain!

Facial Scrub -

You'll need:

Water-soluble aspirin

As we age, our skin turnover cycle slows down. This leaves us with dull, congested looking skin. $400 creams can help (maybe), but here is a good alternative.

While you are at the pharmacy, grab some cheap, water-soluble aspirin. When you are home, take 3 and crush with the back of a spoon until it is a fine powder. Mix with a squirt of cleanser (see Cetaphil above) until you have a paste, and work gently to your face (avoiding your eye area).

Leave for 5 minutes and rinse off with a warm facecloth. Repeat twice a week.


Body Scrub -

You'll need:

500g sea salt
250ml oil of your choice - olive, macadamia (my preference), almond
500ml jar with lid
Mixing bowl

Air-conditioning, wind, crazy weather and sunburn can all leave you with dry and flaky skin - not a good look! This is a quick an easy exfoliant to rub away those nasty flakes and show the beautiful skin underneath!

Place the salt into a mixing bowl and slowly add the oil until you reach the consistency you desire. Add the fragrance and give one final mix. Transfer your scrub into your jar and you are good to go!

Lasts for a month with one scrub a week.

Do not apply to cut, broken or newly burnt skin.

Bath Soak -

You'll need:

1cup milk powder
1 cup Epson Salts
Your choice of essential oils

Take the phone off the hook, put some relaxing music on, and prepare yourself for tranquillity…

Run a warm (not hot) bath, light some candles and place the milk powder, Epsom salts and essential oils in the bath. Soak for 20 minutes.

The milk softens your skin, while the Epsom salts draw impurities from your body.