homemade beauty recipes

common DIY skincare ingredients that HURT your skin

Most of these ingredients do help your skin, but for some reason people take that to mean, “I should recommend people use this straight without thinking about dilution and other ingredients”. So here is a short list of some common ingredients that, while they may help, might also be causing you other problems if you’re using them improperly. Be smart, people!

Bicarb soda - SO BAD. ruins skins acidity so makes it vulnerable to bacteria, and strips skin of oils. DO NOT USE. 

Apple cider vinegar - if you’re going to use this, PLEASE GOD use it highly diluted. Chemical burns, people! I’ve seen people recommend using it straight and I almost fainted. 

Peppermint/anything with menthol - sensitising, can burn, not fun

Lemon & citrus in general - sensitising, irritating, causes photosensitivity and may cause hyperpigmentation

Yarrow extract -  sensitivity and photosensitivity

Cinnamon - sensitising, can cause irritation

Walnut shell - sharp edges, can cause microscopic tears and irritate skin, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND

Apricot kernel -  rough and irregular edges, can cause microscopic tears and irritate skin

Tea tree oil - sensitising, can burn, okay in small amounts (ie DILUTED)

Most essential oils - unless you dilute them appropriately 


Linguine with shrimp scampi brightens a dreary Portland evening

Portland breaks precipitation record” – that was the unfortunate headline for February. Then March came along and we endured “3rd wettest March on record”. I don’t know how April will finish, but we’re heading for breaking another record or two. It is wet. A few days ago the rain took an hour-long break and I squished my way into our back yard. I listened intently and could hear the water soaking into the waterlogged earth.

I prefer to make pasta when it’s dry and sunny so that it will dry quickly, but I couldn’t wait any longer and tossed that rule out the window. I carefully arranged my thin, eggy noodles on the drying rack and placed it in my open garage. It took a little while, but eventually they got to that damp/dry texture that was perfect for rolling into coils and storing for later. Most of it went into the freezer, but some of it was used in this incredible dish.

I was looking for a recipe that included shrimp and pasta and it took me about two minutes to find this highly rated recipe for Linguine with shrimp scampi from Ina Garten. I read through the reviews and decided no tweaking was necessary.

This recipe is perfection. It’s light and lemony with lots of shrimp in a buttery, garlicky sauce. A scant amount of red pepper flakes give a little heat, and I added a big handful of Italian parsley freshly picked from the garden. It’s a great meal for any time of year.


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 ½ teaspoons
  • ¾ pound linguine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ lemon, zest grated
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • ¼ lemon, sliced thin
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, in another large (12­inch), heavy­bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium­low heat. Add the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute, being careful that the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the shrimp, 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, and the pepper, and sauté until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine. When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.

DIY Lip and Cheek Tint

These are easy to make adorable lip/cheek tints. They make wonderful gifts or just a fun DIY for yourself.

Makes Approx. 18g


15ml (3tsp) sweet almond oil

1g (¼ tsp) shea butter

2g (½ tsp) beeswax white bp

4 - 5 drop of natural food colouring (pink/coral shades work best and just add more drops for a deeper shade).

Step 1

Weigh the sweet almond oil, she butter and beeswax into a heatproof jug. Place the jug in a pan of simmering water and heat until the beeswax is molten.

Step 2

When all the ingredients are fully melted, remove the jug from the pan and allow the mixture to cool a bit then add your desired amount of food colouring a drop at a time and stir in.

Step 3

While the mixture is still warm and liquid pour into little containers that have been steralized and are air tight. Once cool label, date and include ingredients.

How to apply

Apply with clean fingertips on lips or cheek bones.


Store in a cool, dry place out of sunlight. Will keep for 6 months.

Remember; patch test your ingredients first, try and but natural and organic when you can as they will likely be less irritating.

Egg White and Yogurt 

This mask is not only easy, but incredibly effective. Egg white tightens pores and helps with oil production, as well as lifting up the face. Yogurt softens and moisturizes the skin, and helps face discolorations and blemishes.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1 egg white

Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for until it is completely dry

Watermelon and Banana

Most oily skin in dry underneath the surface, which causes the oil glands to produce more oil. Watermelon is an excellent way to moisturize oily skin, and coupled with banana, it is perfect to nourish skin and control oil production.

Ingredients: about half a cup of mashed up watermelon without the seeds, half a ripe banana mashed up (optional: 2 drops of tea tree oil)

Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes

Peach, Egg White, and Sour Cream

Peaches are full of vitamins and minerals, and are great for moisturizing. Sour cream contains Lactic Acid, which is an amazing natural exfoliant, and is known to boost collagen production. Egg white is excellent for tightening pores and fading discoloration. 

Ingredients: 1 ripe peach, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of sour cream

Use: Apply to clean face, and leave on for 10-12 minutes.

Citrus Nectarine Body Scrub.

Here’s how it goes down in the Diamond household: I get home after a long day of running around LA; I look in my fridge; I consider what I can slather on my body in the form of a DIY spa treatment. I peruse the wilted kale, the dangling carrots, the tired parsley, and my eyes linger on the bag of bruised fruit I got for pie and jam on Monday at the farmers market.

That? Should I slather my body with that?! Why not?! I hear my inner apothecary mixtress reply—the fruit acids will condition your skin and the pectin will act as an antioxidant!

The textures here are everything: Granular sugar, silky coconut oil, piquant orange zest, and tender nectarine pulp. Together, they’re guaranteed to scrub away the detritus of even the roughest of days.

Enjoy the ultimate summer glow! Recipe here.

Tips to queen 👸

Exfoliate once or twice a week.
Let your vagina breathe - don’t wear underwear to bed unless you’re on your period.
Change your pad/tampon/etc at least twice a day.
Don’t wash up inside your vagina (aka douching) it will tip the pH balance in your vagina and you will end up with an infection, you can wash around your thighs/pubic area but that’s it, same applies with perfumes and other body cosmetics.
Use coconut oil its good for so many things!!
Use body butters after getting out of the shower.
Use tea-tree oil for pimples.
Use sunscreen!!!
For people with oily skin - use blotting paper around your eyes and in your T - zone.
Don’t squeeze/pick at pimples - the bacteria on your hands will only make them worse and will create more redness.
Always use moisturiser before applying makeup
When washing your vagina, lift up the clitoral hood and softly rub your finger along the hood to wipe away dead skin cells. If you end up masturbating, fuck it.
Wash your hair every 2-3 days. Don’t wash every day because it will make your head dry, try dry shampoos instead.
Use conditioning treatments weekly in the summer to prevent your hair from losing it’s colour.
Brush your curls with your fingers to create a more tousled look.
Before blow drying your hair use volumizing spray or gel on your roots for more definition in your hair.
Use shampoos that are sulfate free as sulfates dry and damage your hair quicker.
If your hair is greasy avoid conditioning the roots, just the ends.
Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks so you have healthy hair and no damaged ends.
Use avacado oil on your hair in the winter to stop your hair from drying out.
Dry shampoo is also very good for volumizing your hair.
The best way to get rid of ingrown hair is to exfoliate.
Avoid dry shaving your pubes, this will cause redness and spots which are easily treated with hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera.
If you are to shave, use conditioner instead of shaving cream - you will get a smoother result - that goes for anywhere you shave.
If you have a big ole mess in your pants try trimming your bush before you shave/wax it.
Waxing HURTS so if you’re dealing with the burns then place a cold towel in the sore area and leave it for about 15 minutes and then apply aloe.
If you experience chest/breast hair the best thing to do is pluck the hairs, it’s painful but rewarding.
Clean your makeup brushes, regularly along with any other makeup appliances (beauty blenders, makeup pads) in a mix of warm water and a little bit of soap.
Use a blotting tissue and then add a small amout of cream concealer onto your eye makeup to prevent smudging.
Matte lipstick goes best with a shimmer eye makeup.
Wearing white eyeliner counteracts the redness in your eyes.
To make your cheekbones appear higher, use bronzer under the cheekbone and highlighter on the actual cheekbone.
In summer if you want to avoid caking yourself with foundation - use tinted moisturiser or BB cream instead.
Always wash your makeup off before going to bed, don’t leave it on.
Always make sure you blend your foundation so your neck isn’t a different colour to your face.
Clean your makeup bag out every once in a while and get rid of any products you don’t use - its cleaner, tidier and more hygienic.
Always make sure you have tape and q-tips handy. Tape is great for a perfect winged eyeliner and q-tips are great for cleaning and tidying up those hard to reach areas.
Concealer works great for a base for your eye makeup as the makeup will stick to it.
Using highlighter and illuminators on your cheekbones, browbone and cupid’s bow for a “dewy look”.
When using cream products like eyeshadow or blush - use translucent powder to set it in place.
Kat Von-D lipstick is blow job proof :)
Replace mascara and eyeliners every 3 months or so.
Don’t share makeup/appliances for your eyes, it may cause infections like conjunctivitis and maybe a sty.
Blot your lips after applying lipstick to avoid getting lipstick teeth.
Change your bra every 5-11 days.
Always make sure your feet are dry before putting on socks and shoes to prevent fungal infections.
Wash blood stained clothes in cold water with 2 tablespoons of salt.
Try your own homemade beauty recipes.
If you peel/lick your lips it will damage them, don’t do that.
Applying eye cream on the cuticles of your nails will make them stronger and healthier.
Always carry tampons/pads even when you’re not on your period, someone else might need them.
Clean out your purse!! Get rid of all that junk and you will thank yourself next time you’re looking for something.
Masturbate. Whenever you can, it’s rewarding and good for you. (yes girls masturbate too).
Always pee after sex/masturbation to help avoid getting a UTI.
Bio-oil is good for stretch marks (as well as loving them).
Save some nice underwear for yourself and just wear your dead old pants when you’re on your period.
Buy yourself some nice underwear/lingerie whenever you can. Make sure it’s 100% cotton though otherwise you can get a yeast infection.
Test yourself every once in a while for STDs. It’s necessary.
Carry a condom on you, it’s not just the guy’s responsibility.
Apply a damp tissue to blotchy, red skin after crying, it will make you look as if you haven’t been crying at all.
Don’t let boys ruin your day.
Use a paperclip to clip the back of your bra straps together to create a racerback bra.
Wrap a maxi pad or pantyliner around any poking underwires in your bra.
Wash your pillow case every 1-2 weeks to help prevent acne.
Cucumbers are good for dark circles and puffy eyes just place a slice over your eyes and leave for about 15 minutes.
treat and love yourself and your body will reward you!!!

DIY 9 Favorite Spa and Beauty Recipes posted on truebluemendyou. Part 1. Part 2 is here. My DIY spa gifts and beauty recipe posts are some of my most popular posts around the holidays. Why? Because they are cheap and easy to make yet so customizable. You can also make most of them in big batches. You can find more DIY bath and beauty recipes and roundups here.

Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub from Smart School House.

10 Minute Pumpkin Spice Soap from Happiness is Homemade.

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DIY Spa Gift Recipes and Printables from Classy Clutter: 3 Ingredient Cocoa Bath Salts and 3 Ingredient Milk Bath.

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Soy Candle Tutorial with Printables from Going Home to Roost.

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Easy Homemade Soaps from She Makes a Home.

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Cocoa Peppermint Lip Balm from Essentially Eclectic.

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3 Ingredient Tropical Bath Salts from Dream a Little Bigger.

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3 Ingredient Lavender Lotion Bars from Essentially Eclectic.

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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe and Printables from Uncommon Designs.

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Finally made my own body butter tonight and it turned out great! It whipped up nice and it absorbed well into the skin when I used it.

If anyone else is interested in making their own here is the recipe I used.

- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil (solid)
- ¼ jojoba oil

You melt the shea butter and coconut oil together in a double boiler. (If you’re like me and don’t have a double boiler you could just use a glass measuring cup or a smaller pot.) Once it’s all melted pour it into a bowl and add the jojoba oil and any essential oils you want to use to add scent. I used lavender, eucalyptus and sweet orange oils for this.

The next step is important to getting it to whip: put the mixture into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until it starts to solidify. You don’t want it too solid where it has chunks that won’t blend, but it needs to be somewhat thick and no longer translucent. The edges will harden before the middle so what I did was take it out a little early, use the mixer to mix it up to where it started thickening a little and then put it back in the freezer for two or three more minutes. Then I used the mixer again and this time it whipped up nice and thick. I put it in a small ball jar and I was done!

My next project it to make my own beeswax lip balm. :)

Homemade Honey Lip Scrub


-Small container

-Raw honey ¾ tsp

-Raw Brown Sugar ½ tsp

-Vanilla extract a pinch

-Vitamin E 1 capsule

-Coconut Oil ¼ tsp

Get your small container, it could be an old lip balm tub. Pour in honey, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, and a pinch of Vanilla Extract, add Brown sugar, stir together and you have a home made lip scrub :)

Strawberry Rosewater Waffles with Maple Toasted Walnuts.

I’ve been watching too much TV and having bad dreams. It happens. I’m super susceptible to, like, ALL THE FEELS, so basically everything I see goes immediately into my psyche and gets processed as my subconscious sees fit.

Which does directly relate to waffles, by the way. One of the earliest emotional coping tools I learned as a kid was to “redo” dreams—to reimagine the sequence of events in any disturbing scenario so as to scrub out the demons, erase the awfulness.

And of course, the best reset button to all sorts of unsavoriness is the dare-I-say glorious waffle. These, bursting with berries, grounding with whole grains, light with sour cream and rosewater, and sweet with maple walnuts, are guaranteed to make even your Mondayest of mornings a happy dream.  

Read way more about bad dreams and get the recipe here.


Swooning over our feature on How You Glow this morning, including Kale & Caramel’s first ever recipe video for the Amaranth Rose Glow Bowl! Learn how to make your own hemp milk, and power up on serious omega-3’s, amino acids, protein, and heart healing rose and vanilla for super breakfast glow. A hot cereal just in time for fall mornings.

Links in text above, and here.

Fig & Honeyed Thyme Ricotta Galette.

I think I was a fig in a past lifetime or something, because this fruit, like no other, sends me into a transcendent shamanic baking reverie. It speaks to me, informs me of exact flavor and herb pairings, and tells me precisely how it wants to be eaten.    

Or maybe I’m actually in a committed relationship with figs. Whatever it is, it’s deep.  

So last week, my lover (ahem, my figs) came to me and said I want to be made into a galette. With ricotta and thyme and honey and lemon zest. And what could I say to that but yes? I could only say yes. I CAN ONLY EVER SAY YES TO FIGS. (Is this an abusive relationship? Please say no.)  

More shamanic baking reverie, plus the recipe here.
Getting into Beauty Magic

1. Sugar scrubs The basic sugar scrub recipe is sugar and oil. That’s it! 2 parts sugar (any kind) to 1 part oil (also any kind). From there, you can add herbs, essential oils, scents, anything you like! 2. Oil The vast majority of oils have the same healing properties for your skin, but it’s best to stick to coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. The ways you can use oil are essentially limitless! Enchant a bottle and you’ve got magic oil to use for… • treating rashes • moisturizing skin • personal & household cleaning • making homemade beauty products • cooking for ritual Et cetera, et cetera. 3. Herbal waters & Hydrosols Making herbal water is fairly easy. Let a liberal amount of a specific herb sit in water for a day or two in the sun, then strain. Hydrosols are the water that’s left over by the process of diffusing essential oil from an herb. That being said, they’re harder to obtain but much more fragrant than herbal waters. 4. A basic shopping list Looking to get into beauty magic or even just homemade beauty? Start with these… • your favorite scents in essential oils (they’re expensive, but worth it) • coconut oil (most homemade beauty recipes will call for it) • Shea and/or cocoa butter • containers (because a witch can never have too many containers.