Beauty pins I’ve tried – eye cream and (non)Petroleum jelly

Part 2 of my beauty pins series, and today I am sharing moisturiser recipes that I have been using. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, and we all have different things we want to address with our moisturisers. So I’ll start by telling you that I have quite an oily, sensitive skin. I have tried many facial moisturisers over the years, most haven’t quite done the job I have been after. So after reading many reports of people using plain oil on their face I tried Coconut Oil. Lovely stuff, but far too heavy for (most of) my skin. Then I tried Macadamia Oil. Gorgeous stuff! But it just wasn’t enough for around my eyes, which felt dry and tight. So when I found this pin for Coconut Oil eye cream I was happy to give it a go: http://ramblingsofahappyhomemaker.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/skin-care-series-eye-cream.html Pam’s recipe uses Coconut Oil and Vitamin E capsules. When I went to the chemist to find some of these capsules they were reasonably expensive, so instead I have been using Vitamin E cream which was a little cheaper. In fact, the cream I have been using contains Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil so I feel like I am getting extra benefits! I’m pretty sure it is Redwin brand, but when I went to take a photo I found that the drawer it was in was stuck fast due to the humid weather we have been having. Lucky I don’t need to make up some more for a while! The Coconut Oil I use has come straight from the supermarket shelf. A jar costs around $6. I may look at cheaper places to get this in bulk, but for now this is perfect 🙂 Anyway, I scooped some Coconut Oil into an empty, clean eye cream pot, then added some Vitamin E cream. There was absolutely no measuring, but I would think it was about a 50/50 mix.

Luxurious eye cream, Sawitdidit.wordpress.com

Having quite a large amount of Vitamin E cream saves the mix from turning to a runny mess when it is warm. I find this a perfectly luxurious combination for around my eyes. But I will be happy to try it with capsules when I have finished my tub of Vitamin E cream.

Next on my list is a Vaseline/Petroleum jelly substitute.

The pin I came across was from One Good Thing by Jillee. Check out her blog, she has some amazing things there 🙂

The recipe I was following is here:  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/04/make-your-own-petroleum-free-jelly.html

Jillee’s recipe uses beeswax pellets and olive oil, however I switched the olive oil for my trusty Coconut Oil. Again, I didn’t bother measuring my ingredients, but I did aim for similar proportions with the beeswax and oil. I melted the beeswax first as it takes longer, then stirred in the coconut oil. Once it was combined it went into a clean empty container to set.

non petroleum jelly. Sawitdidit.wordpress.com

This now sits beside my bed, and I put it on my hands and feet at night.

Have you heard of the benefits of Coconut Oil? In what ways do you use it?

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

I found that I haven’t tried many new recipes lately, so have been rectifying that over the past week. If you follow my Facebook page you would have seen another couple of recipes that I have tried. I didn’t take any photos of them, so there was no point adding them here 🙂

But tonight I had some chicken drumsticks in the fridge that needed cooking, so off I went to Pinterest to see what it had to offer. And I came up with this:

http://www.kitchenwithmommy.com/2014/01/wowza-baked-chicken-drumsticks.html

wowzer chicken drumsticks

Looks delicious, doesn’t it? And simple – olive oil, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper.

Wowza Baked Chicken Drumsticks (serves 4-6)

Ingredients
6 chicken drumsticks (I left the skins on)
olive oil
paprika
garlic powder
salt (I used sea salt)
fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place drumsticks in a 9×13 baking dish, and rub the drumsticks with enough olive oil to lightly coat them on all sides.  Sprinkle the drumsticks with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
3. Bake drumsticks at 375 degrees for 22 minutes.
4. Flip the drumsticks, sprinkle them again with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and bake at 375 degrees for an additional 23 minutes (so they are in the oven for 45 minutes total) until the skin is golden brown and the juices run clear.

The recipe calls for garlic powder, but I have never used that. So I finely chopped 2 fresh garlic cloves.

Here’s mine ready for the oven:

chicken drumsticks

Following the directions, (and another trusty pin giving me the conversion of Fahrenheit to Celsius) I baked it at 190C for 22 minutes, then turned the drumsticks and baked them for another 23 minutes. As Caroline suggests, I cooked potato wedges to serve with the drumsticks, along with carrot and beans.

Of course, I didn’t take a photo of the finished product, sorry 😦

I can’t say that these are ‘the most flavorful chicken drumsticks I have ever made’, however the meal was all eaten without any fuss. Perhaps I need to buy a new bottle of paprika and try again. Maybe there will be more flavour then.

I haven’t had much luck finding any fantastic new recipes lately. The other 2 that I have tried recently were nice, but not spectacular. You can see which ones they were on my Facebook page.

Have you tried this recipe, or do you have a favourite chicken drumstick dish?

Beauty pins I’ve tried – mineral veil and make-up remover

I have been on Pinterest for a couple of years now, so there are plenty of pins that I tried before I began this blog.

I thought that, every so often, I might go back through some of those previously attempted pins and share my opinions with you.

So I am going to start with some beauty ideas, and make-up related ones today.

I use Nude by Nature mineral make-up, after many years of wearing a liquid/powder combination. I have been using my own version of the Mineral Veil very successfully.

Here is the pin I was originally inspired by:

mineral veil pin

Link here: http://theresakistel.com/diy-mineral-veil-face-powder/

THE RECIPE:  In an old powder container, shake together one tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon baby powder. You can add a sprinkle of powder foundation or cocoa powder for color, but this is optional. Congratulations, you just saved yourself $20.

Well, frankly, even those 2 ingredients were too much bother for me. I just tipped some plain cornflour (that’s what we call cornstarch here in Australia) into an empty powder container and called it done! And for the record, Nude by Nature Mineral Finishing Veil costs closer to $40 here, although my first container lasted about a year.

I have also used this over liquid make-up and am just as happy with the results. Even in our hot, humid summer it does a much better job than powders I have used in the past.

Give it a go (if you haven’t already) and let me know what you think.

On another note, I make a point of not inhaling any powdered make-up I use, and I recommend you do the same. There have been reports of the damage the small particles can do. You can do a search for this information and make up your own mind.

The next pin I want to share today is for make-up remover. I have found the best one for me is L’Oreal’s Gentle Make-up Remover for Eyes and Lips. It has a layer of oil on the top, and you shake it before use.

There are many people who suggest using plain oil as a make-up remover, and I have given this a go but using just oil is way too much for my skin.

I found this pin:

makeup remover pin

Link here: http://www.kristanlynn.com/2011/05/diy-clean-eyes.html

Recipe:
1 C water
1½ TBSP Baby Shampoo (tear free)
⅛ TSP Baby Oil (Coconut Oil or Olive Oil) EDIT! Due to the overwhelming response to my use of Baby Oil. Please Note: Some say you should not use Baby Oil on your face, others say you should not use it period. If you are worried about it’s effects, just use Coconut Oil or Olive Oil. I will say that I have super duper expensive eye cream, that has mineral oil in it… andddd I don’t see a problem with it, BUT that’s just me. =) I mean c’mon… it’s like literally a DROP of oil you’re using. LOL. To each his own. Next time I make it I’ll probably try the coconut oil.
Materials: Mixing Bowl Measuring cup/spoons Bottle to put finished product in (I used an empty medicine bottle; an empty baby oil bottle would work GREAT) Small funnel (or improvise like me)
I made mine up in an empty make-up remover bottle, and didn’t really measure the ingredients. I used a generic brand baby shampoo. I also have given up using baby oil, so initially I added some coconut oil. As I was dropping it in I realised what a silly idea that is – coconut oil is solid under about 24C. So I got that out and added the beautiful Macadamia Oil that I have used in a couple of other applications and I will share at another time 🙂
I definitely used more oil than specified in the recipe, I eyeballed it and used roughly the same amount that the L’Oreal bottle would have had.
And it works perfectly!
Another one to give a go 🙂
* I am not affiliated with, nor receive any sort of compensation from, Nude by Nature nor L’Oreal. I use their products because they work the best for me.
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