Coconut flakes, cinnamon and honey scrub

Hello everyone,

I know I haven’t been around for a while now, but today I have a fun and easy homemade scrub for you to try out.
It’s been a tough few weeks for me, now that it’s clearing up, I decided I’d take care of myself a little bit, just at home, nothing fancy. Sometimes all we need is simplicity.

I hope you’ll like it as much as I do ;

Here is the recipe :

  • 2Ts coconut flakes
  • 1ts cinnamon
  • 1Ts honey
    coconut scrub steps
Mix all the ingredients very well , put it on clean makeup free face and leave it on for 5 min. Afterwards start scrubbing using circular motions and rinse with warm water.
scrub mix
I usually follow this up by toning my face with rose water and moisturizing it with Argan oil (I follow the same steps as my facial, you can find detailed explanations here)

 

If you are struggling with acne, like I am this scrub uses all the right ingredients to help you out :

  • Honey is one of my favorite ingredients to use in beauty treatment, the greatest moisturizer ever created, it also has antibacterial properties, making it perfect for treating acne in a very soft way. ( You can see another recipe with honey here)
  • Cinnamon, which is a natural antiseptic, it will kill all the bacteria that cause breakout and dry out any existing pimples. it also stimulates blood circulation supplying the surface of your skin with much needed oxygen and nutrients.
  •  As for the coconut flakes, I like my scrubs to have some solid particles that act as a  mechanical peel (like beads in regular over the counter scrubs), This is the role of the coconut flakes in this recipe, they are gentle enough for the skin of the face but still very effective.
So tell me guys, how do you treat yourself after a stressful time? I’m all about revitalize  my body, it took me through the stress and change and carelessness, it deserves a little reword!

 

See you next time ! XOXO

kiss mark

 

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Yet another DIY pearl bracelet

 

Hello everyone,

Today I have another fun and easy DIY for you, I know I haven’t been the most consistent blogger lately,  but I’m trying to find a balance, I will eventually.

For now here is the bracelet which I made using these ugly earrings I bought them cheap, just for the individual pieces it was made of.

hoop earings

And here are the supplies:

supplies

– Pearls, I had them from some old necklace that I took apart, I made another DIY with these pearls you can check it out here.

I always keep things like that in a box where I can just look for random items and probably find something, we all have that kind of box, right? It also helps me get creative.

– Fishing thread

– Scissors

– Super glue

– A couple of jump rings and a hook for closing the bracelet

The Steps:

  1. After I took the earrings apart, by just opening jump rings, I ended up having these three piles, and free hoops.the piles
  2. Start by securing your thread on a jump ring.
  3. Insert 6 gold simple beads.
  4. Add one of the beads that’s attached to a jump ring (dangling)
  5. Then continue inserting one pearl and one dangling bead until you reach the desired length.
  6. Insert 6 gold beads again.hook and an open jump ring
  7. Open a jump ring and add the hook, close it back and then attach it to your thread, secure.
  8. you could add a little charm, just for the cuteness.

Star charm

There you have it, a pretty little bracelet to layer with.

layering bracelets

 

Now I have one bracelet that I would actually wear and some left overs for other DIY s

Maybe this? Next weeks post probably, just keep a close watch and like this post if you want to see more like it.

 hoop earing DIY

Do you keep ugly or broken jewelry for future DIY? We call it “the orphanage box” don’t know why Germans call it Ramschkiste meaning “junk box”, how do u call It?

See you next time XOXO

kiss mark

Botanika, and some gardening

Hello everyone,

Last Saturday I was in the “Botanika” of Bremen the green science center, they set up a tropical environment in one of their rooms creating the perfect conditions for flower like orchids and colorful butterflies to strive.

 

butteflies

orchidsThe experience was amazing! I felt like I was in a shower of beauty .

So I came out of there greedy for growing some beautiful plant, I already have some tulips that my husband got me, if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen them already, he got them as ready to grow bulbs, which I find really thoughtful I hate when plants just die at least now I get to see the whole process of life.

tulip bulbs

But I decided to completely fulfill my 2015 resolution and have a plant from scratch so I am seeding Calendula. You can read all about it here.

Here is the process:

1- Gather the supplies:

 

 

seeding supplies

 

    • Seeding pots, I used an egg box.
    • Some soil, I dug it up from the play ground next door.
    • A wooden stick
    • Seeds
    • A label

calendula seeds

 

1-Start the seeding :

After you fill up your box with soil, draw a whole just bellow the surface with the stick, add you seed and cover it up with soil.

seeding process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, just give it a quick shower and let it sit on a warm place with as much light if possible.

I really enjoyed planting seeds and taking care of plants, it’s really calming for me, how do you like Gardening? What was your first Plant? Did it go well?

See you next time XOXO
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DIY Alum Stone deodorant

Hello everyone,

Today it’s all about armpits , I’ve been disappointed and mostly scared of all the deodorants there was, disappointed because they don’t do the job and scared because of all the harmful and wasteful ingredients in them.

So here I am with a DIY deodorant using alum stone. I made it a few weeks ago, and at some point, my mom and my best friend asked for a jar too, and I taught that you guys would love it to try.

But what is Alum Stone ? It is a natural crystal stone, it contains pure potassium alum mineral salts extracted from a natural quarry. Alum stone is known for its astringent and mildly antiseptic properties. So it will kill all the nasty bacteria that cause armpits to smell, it will also help heal any razor cuts and stop them from bleeding.

You can either use the stone itself by moistening it and applying it directly. Or you can follow this recipe that adds a nice smell with musk and coconut oil which has amazing moisturizing properties.

Why is it important to moisturize your armpits ? Because it’s a sensitive skin area that gets a rough treatment from all the razor shaving harsh chemicals, that result in it turning dark ( very unattractive ), Keeping them moisturized and exfoliating that area can prevent that problem.

I use musk because it’s natural and it smells great, but feel free to use essential oils .

 

What you need is :
  • An empty container ( I just used an old jar from some empty beauty product)
  • 1Ts alum stone powder
  • 1Ts coconut oil
  • 1ts of grated musk
deodorant ingrediants and steps
  1. Start with a clean and dry container .
  2. Add in the alum stone powder and the grated musk.
  3. After wards you want to melt your coconut oil in a bowl of warm water and add it into the mix.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together and let it harden.
deodorant final
How to use it ?
dip your fingers in the mixture and massage it into clean armpits after a shower.
It will keep you smelling nice and fresh until you next shower.
Did you ever use Alum stone? what purpose did you use it for ? And was it any good?
                                                                                                                      XOXO

kiss mark

Thrift style Thursday: Marsala

Hello everyone,

Today is Thursday, as usual we have another challenge from of Thrift stylists, this time the host is Miche from Buttons and Birdcages.

The theme is : 2015 Pantone color Marsala,

Preparing this post was a mess because I just moved here, so practically all my clothes are back in Morocco. A good reason to go hunting for thrift clothes, I guess!

But it´s still fun to try and make the most of what I have, for the time being.

marsala outfit

I found this tunic, 2 weeks ago in a thrift shop of Rabat.

It’s really cold here so wearing only the tunic is out of the question, I layered underneath a black turtle neck, and a big thick snood.

As for the pants I’m wearing black leather like pants and my combat boots.

 

outfit marsala tunic

If anyone has a tip about where to thrift in Germany, I’d be forever grateful!

Don’t forget to check the beautiful thrifters in the links bellow.

XOXO

kiss mark

 

Pimple Eraser

Hello,

First happy valentines day everybody, how was it? I hope you had fun.

You know how after a long night partying and feeling great, you wake up and boom a huge breakout is sitting in the middle of your face.

If that’s the case I’ve got the perfect spot acne treatment for you guys.

THE TREATMENT

This is the recipe :

  1. 3 crushed cloves
  2. a dab of honey
  3. a squeeze of lemon

mix it all together and put over your pimples. Leave it for 5 min or if you are more patient than me up to 15 min.

Rinse it off with cold water.

cloves contain eugenol, a natural antiseptic that helps clear acne. You can also use it as an over all face mask. Honey will act as a moisturizer and lemon is also a strong antiseptic and is a natural and soft way to bleach acne scars giving you a smooth and even complexion.

But seriously guys my pimple was barely there after I rinsed off the mixture.

It would be great for me to know if this little trick worked with you and how you like it . Do you have a  recipe? I would love to try them and get back to you with the results .

XOXO

kiss mark

Thrift Style Thursday : Color Pop

Hello everyone,

Today is my first day in Germany and it’s also Thursday, so another theme from Thrift Style Thursday, this time the host is the Delightful Kristi with the theme Color Pop.

I prepared this post last week for this week’s theme, so the pictures were taken in Morocco.

red scarf pop of color

I used the handy trick, to have a pop of color in accessories.

A red scarf and red leg warmers, with a black sweater, dark gray leggings and black combat boots. The whole is thrifted except the sweater which is my brother’s.

outfit color pop

The scarf is one of my latest finds, it’s really warm and the print on it is a subtel coloreful geometric pattern, it comes off as red but it’s a great mixture of orange reds and pinks.

scarf close up

I think that even a hint of color can brighten up your day, especially in the gray weather. What’s your favorite way to add color to your outfit?

Don’t forget to check out the other thrifters for more looks. XOXO

kiss mark