DIY Moisturising Vegan Face Mask

Heading into winter, your skin is likely to feel dry. Give yourself a moisture boost with this simple recipe made from ingredients you'll likely have hiding out in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

Method: 

  1. In a bowl, mash the banana.
  2. Mix in the lemon juice and oats.
  3. Cleanse your face and apply a generous amount of mixture.
  4. Allow the mask to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Wash off the mask.

*Recipe sourced from Vegancuts.

Glow Sugar Scrub

Combat dry itchy skin with this lovely body scrub. Not only is it easy to make, but if will leave your skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth.

Ingredients: 

Method:

  1. Place the sugar in a bowl and add the olive oil, one spoon at a time. Mix after each addition until you reach a sandy consistency.
  2. Add the essential oil and place in a jar for storage.
  3. Use while showering after rinsing off any soap.

*Recipe sourced from Simple Veganista.

Whipped Body Butter 

Now that your skin is super soft and supple after using the body scrub, lock in moisture with a homemade vegan whipped body butter.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a bowl set over simmering water.
  2. Allow the mixture to set in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture is solid but not too hard, whip it up using an electric mixer, for about 5 minutes.
  4. When the mixture is fluffy, spoon it into a clean container.
  5. The mixture will last for about three months, store in a cool, dark place.

*Recipe sourced from Little Green Dot.

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Coconut Foot Lotion

Pamper yourself with a relaxing foot treatment after a long day at the office. Treat yourself to a long foot soak and scrub before applying this cooling coconut foot lotion.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a bowl over simmering water.
  2. Add the almond and essential oils and mix.
  3. Store in a clean jar and massage into feet after a foot soak.

*Recipe sourced from Faithful to Nature.

DIY Vegan Hair Mask

Is your hair dry, full of static and impossible to control now that the colder seasons have arrived? Treat your hair to this nourishing mask to give it some much needed TLC.

Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Blend all the ingredients together until you have a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the mixture throughout your hair, taking care to work it all the way to the ends.
  3. Leave the mask in for 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair out with a mild shampoo, ensuring that it is thoroughly rinsed.
  5. Condition your hair as per usual.

*Recipe sourced from My Life Well Loved.

Homemade Vapor Rub

With sniffle season in full force, you may want a jar of vapor rub handy. Using just a few ingredients, you can make your own natural vapor rub at home.

Ingredients:

Method: 

  1. Gently melt coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl over simmering water.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the essential oils.
  3. Pour into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid.
  4. Allow the mixture to solidify and cool completely before using.
  5. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months.

*Recipe sourced from Simple Green Smoothies.

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Do you have any recipes for vegan beauty products? Share them with us in the comments section below!

DIY Beauty Face Masks

You don't need to head to the salon to enjoy a soothing and oh-so relaxing beauty face mask and all its benefits. You can create your own masks right in the comfort of your home with a few ingredients that you can find either in the pantry or fridge! We found a few homemade face mask recipes online to remedy different skin concerns ranging from dry skin to enlarged pores. Click here to find out more about these masks and how to make them. This is DIY beauty made easy!

Homemade Bath Bombs

Feeling a little tense or stressed out about this outbreak? Looking for a way to relax and forget about this pandemic just for a little while? Why not draw yourself a lovely warm bath and throw in a homemade bath bomb? Believe it or not, but bath bombs are actually pretty easy to make, most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen (especially if you're an avid baker). Inspired By Charm has a simple bath bomb recipe here that you can use and customise as you please with your favourite colours and scents. And don't worry, if you don't have bath bomb molds, you can certainly find an alternative tool somewhere in the kitchen.

PS. Wondering how to draw the perfect bubble bath to help you relax? Here are a few tips!

white ans yellow bath bomb places on a purple towel with a lit candle next to the towel

DIY Lip Goodies

With winter arriving, so do chapped lips! So, why not take care of your lips with your own homemade lip balm? Making this from scratch is super easy, and best of all, you can find ALL the ingredients you need from Takealot - organic shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, along with a heat-proof glass bowl, and you're ready to go. As for the recipe, visit Homemade for Elle and follow the instructions!

How about some lip gloss to top the balm? Homemade for Elle also has an easy recipe for that using similar ingredients as the balm. Don't know where to get jojoba oil? Head to Faithful To Nature! Essential oils are also available via Faithful To Nature.

For soft lips, why not make your own lip scrub to exfoliate? Homemade for Elle also has a few DIY recipes for that using staple ingredients you can find in your pantry. For a simple lip scrub, all you need is sugar, coconut oil and honey. Click here to see what other variations you can create!

lady holding a container of pink lip balm

Natural Hair Treatments

Hair taking a bit of a strain during the lockdown? Not to worry, you can create your own DIY natural hair treatments using a few ingredients from your kitchen.

Thinning hair? Try this "banana protein smoothie" mixture from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of Hair Care Rehab: The Ultimate Hair Repair and Reconditioning Manual. All you need are two egg yolks, two ripe bananas, two to three tablespoons of honey, half a cup of conditioner and two tablespoons of olive oil. Just blitz it all together, slather it all over your hair and leave it in for 20 to 30 minutes. You'll see results instantly.

Dry hair? Two words - coconut oil! It's the ultimate moisturiser. Take a tablespoon or two of this miracle worker, warm it up in the microwave (not too hot!), rub it into damp hair then let it stay in your hair overnight. You might want to cover and protect your pillow with a towel or maybe wrap your hair in a head wrap towel or shower cap. Wash it out the next morning and you'll have healthier looking hair. You can also swap out the coconut oil with olive or avocado oil.

brown hair tied up into a messy bun

DIY Makeup Bags

Did you know you can make your own makeup bag without any sewing or hot glue (unless you really want to)? It is possible! All you'll need are a few items that you can find around your home. We found two tutorials on YouTube that'll take you step-by-step through making these bags from scratch. Here's one from DIY Crafts TV made out of a plastic gift bag and another duct-tape version by Susie. The only problem will be getting hold of zippers right now, but you can get those once the lockdown is over.

DIY beauty pair of black scissors on white and black paisley patterned material

Homemade Makeup Drawer Dividers

Are your drawers looking messy? Use old shoe boxes to make drawer dividers to keep all your makeup, bits and bobs organised. DIYs.com has step-by-step instructions to get you started. Other tools you'll need are scissors, a hot glue gun (double sided tape or a strong stapler will also work), craft knife (or box cutter), ruler and a pencil/pen. The best part is you can customise them to suit your needs.

DIY Beauty Makeup Drawer Dividers DIYs.com

Makeup Drawer Dividers DIY, image sourced from DIYs.com.

Homemade Bath Salts

One more DIY beauty creation to try at home! Instead of bathbombs, why not go the easier route and make DIY bath salts? You can find an easy recipe for this on DIYs.com. All the ingredients can be found from pharmacies like Clicks and Dis-Chem. You'll need epsom salts, sea salt, vegetable oil, essential oils, food colouring - if you wish to add colour to your bath salts - and a jar for storage.

bath salts in a wooden bowl

Have any other easy DIY beauty projects you'd like to share? Comment below and let us know!

The Nourishing Honey Mask

Great for treating acne and rich in Vitamin B, this nourishing honey mask recipe from Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks is a must-try if you're looking to nourish your complexion and give it that beautiful glow. For this mask, all you'll need is two chamomile tea bags, raw honey and nutritional yeast. Here's how to make the mask:

  1. Brew one cup of chamomile tea with two tea bags and let cool completely.
  2. In a tiny bowl, stir together one tablespoon of manuka or raw honey, and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast.
  3. Add just enough chamomile tea to the bowl to create a thicker paste that's still runny enough to spread across your skin, but not too watery.
  4. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off and pat dry.
  6. Moisturise.

honey in a glass jar with a spoon

The Organic Banana Face Mask

Have a few bananas that need to be consumed or used before they go off? Why not use them to make this organic banana face mask, also listed in Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks. This one is ideal for all skin types and if you want to add a natural glow to your complexion. Here's how to make this tropical face mask:

  1. Mash one-half of a banana in a bowl.
  2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey.
  3. Apply the mask to your face (lumps are totally fine!) and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturise.

ripe bananas on a white counter

The Breakfast Mask

Okay, we need to mention one more facial mask from Marie Claire's Best Homemade Face Masks because they all sound so good and are so easy to make! The DIY Breakfast Mask is easy because you'll surely have all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry! The benefits of this mask includes calming and mattifying oily skin while also soothing. Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine one egg yolk, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil with half a cup of oatmeal.
  2. Stir well, then apply it to your face for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water (make sure your drain is cool with oatmeal!) and then moisturise.

oatmeal in the red bowl on a marble counter

A Cucumber And Aloe Vera Mask

For a DIY face mask that moisturises and cleanses, try this cucumber and aloe vera mask from Sio Beauty. All you'll need are a few slices of cucumber and some aloe vera gel (most medicine cabinets have this for sunburn). This mask will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! This is how you make this moisturising mask:

  1. Cut half a cucumber into slices (great way to use fruit and veggies that are going off during the lockdown).
  2. Place cucumber slices into a blender and blitz until it's watery.
  3. Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel into the blitzed cucumber slices then blend until smooth.
  4. Apply mixture onto your face and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with cool water and pat your skin dry.

green leaves of aloe vera

A Grape Exfoliating And Hydrating Face Mask

Exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time with this DIY grape face mask, also from Sio Beauty. The beauty of grapes is their weak acid makes for a great gentle exfoliant and the Vitamin E in the fruit helps skin retain moisture for a healthy glow. As for the results, your skin will feel tighter and smoother. Best of all, you only need two ingredients to make this mask:

  1. Mash 12 grapes in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in one teaspoon of flour.
  3. Mix well and spread the mixture on your face.
  4. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

red grapes on a white plate on a marble table

Pore Tightening Face Mask

Have enlarged pores? Then why not mix up a DIY egg white, honey and lemon juice face mask to help tighten skin, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and moisturise the skin? Making the mask is easy, all you need is one egg white, one tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Evenly apply the mixture on your face.
  3. Let it sit on your face until dry.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat your face dry.

egg whites in a glass bowl with egg shells shattered across a marble table

What Is It?

This Valentine's Day, instead of buying the typical roses and heart-shaped chocolates, why not make something sweet for your loved one? Join SugarBear Bakery for their annual Valentine's cookie decorating class. Here you will learn all about decorating sweet sugar cookies in royal icing. From mixing colours, to flooding and piping, their expert bakers will guide you through it all. And afterwards you will have a delightful box of cookies to gift your special someone. Don't miss this opportunity!

When Is It?

Saturday, 08 February 2020 at 10:30 - 12:30.

Where Is It?

SugarBear Bakery, 17 Chaucer Ave, Senderwood, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Booking for the class costs R480 per person (includes all materials and refreshments). Contact Kerry on 061 409 3171 or via email at [email protected] for bookings.

For more information 

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A couple of years ago, I lived in a little village called Usaka at the edge of Akwa Ibom in South East Nigeria. It was next to the largest palm oil plantation in West Africa. The nearest electricity was 4 hours away and most of the villagers worked at the plantation.

One night we sat drinking Gulder Lager in the ruins of a high school classroom. It was here that the villagers told me a simple folktale ...

Once, there was a brilliant hunter who provided ample food for the village. Everyone loved him. But one season, the elements were working against him and he couldn't bring any meat home. But he kept trying. While tracking antelope, he stumbled upon a lion crying under a tree. The hunter approached cautiously and saw that there was a big thorn stuck in the lion's paw. The hunter took pity upon the lion and carefully removed the thorn. A couple of days later, the hunter came across a herd of antelope but he, once again, couldn't bring down a single one. Suddenly, the lion appeared from the bushes with an enormous antelope in his jaws, which it lay at the feet of the hunter. The villagers feasted on the delicious meat and from that day, the spell was broken and the hunter could, yet again, provide ample food for the village.

What Is It?

With this story about food, feeding and renewed abundance, I'd like to introduce you to the newcomer on the African cuisine culinary scene. The much anticipated Asanka opened its doors in mid-Feb 2017. The two executive chefs have crafted a menu of interesting takes on dishes found all across the continent. The idea was to take recipes from north, east and west Africa and give them a fine-dining twist.

Well, let me mention a few of my personal Afro-fusion favorites. On the starter menu, the oxtail ravioli is by far the most interesting dish I've had in a while. The pasta is handmade and then stuffed with tenderly slow-cooked, shredded oxtail. Another winner is the aniseed poached pear which is drenched in Gorgonzola cream and caramelised yogurt.

For mains, the Moroccan spiced lamb loin is delicious. It is served with apricots, cauliflower mousse and soy marinated parsnips. My companion had the harissa brisket which is served with charred spring onion, potato chips and celeriac puree.

The coup de grâce was the dark chocolate desert.

The entire menu is well executed and offers something to satisfy virtually all preferences. And of course, no fine dining is complete without a varied wine list. Asanka has a bar with a massive patio which sports long couches and comfy chairs on which to enjoy a drink from their extensive bar, which serves some awesome cocktails.

Service was of the highest standard as I was welcomed with open arms. Each of the three waiters that I dealt with was brilliant.

So, what's the story about the lion and the hunter have to do with Asanka? Well, Asanka is the lion bringing the goodness of African food back to the people. No standing ovation for the lame analogy, I know ...

Fine more information about Asanka here.

Have you been to Asanka yet? What do you think of this awesome twist on African food? Also, share this on social media and go have lunch there with friends.

Birthdays, Valentines Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, and those presents you by just buy because you want to score brownie points, are super hard to come by if you're as stubborn as me. I don't know about the rest of the planet's male population but I'm pretty bad at buying gifts for my girlfriend... and my mom... okay, I am terrible at buying gifts for women in general.

But that all changed when I discovered The Little Field Mouse Pop-Up Gift Shop at Randridge Mall. This store is filled with all kinds of items. From handmade leather handbags to quirky home decor, and children's clothing - pretty much anything that can be found at the Little Field Mouse Market is on sale at the store. It is quite interesting to see how Debbie of The Little Field Mouse Market has grown the concept of an artisanal market into a pop-up shop that's soon to turn into a permanent store. And why not? It's made life a lot easier for us who are completely oblivious to buying gifts. With that said, The Little Field Mouse Pop-Up Store caters to all. The products are unique and you can see that every item has been constructed with tonnes of love.

And if you are still indecisive about what to get your mom for valentines day or your girlfriend for mother's day - or is it the other way around? - then you can always just purchase a gift card in store and let them go pick their own present. The Little Field Mouse Pop-Up Store is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00; Saturdays from 09:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 09:00 to 14:00. So, do yourself a favour and check the store out.

lfm shop

By Shawn Greyling

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