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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

3 DIY Exfoliating Facial Masks

Exfoliating is one of the most important steps when it comes to skincare. As we age, the skin doesn't naturally exfoliate as often, so it needs a little help. The immediate benefit to exfoliating is that it removes dead skin and encourages skin cell renewal, for younger looking skin. If you incorporate an exfoliating scrub into your skincare regimen once a week, the long term benefits include a reduction of dark spots, scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Best of all, with regular at-home exfoliation, you don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive microdermabrasion treatments. With these easy-to-make DIY masks, you'll enjoy glowing, younger-looking skin with the added bonus of a fun and relaxing #selfcaresunday.

I've created three different DIY exfoliating masks to meet different skincare needs and to match different skin types. Each mask is formulated with an essential oil to enhance those skincare benefits. Though you could omit them and just use the first two ingredients for a basic exfoliating treatment.

With each of these, combine the ingredients in a small bowl. You may add a little water if you need to adjust the consistency. Apply evenly to clean skin that has been rinsed with warm water. Gently scrub into skin in small, circular motions and leave on for 10-20 minutes then rinse and follow with a gentle moisturizer. Test in a small area first and discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Baking Soda + Honey + Tea Tree Oil for Oily/Acne Prone Skin

Baking soda, though it's a very fine powder, is extremely effective at exfoliating the skin. Due to its alkaline properties, it can cause dryness, so I wouldn't recommend it if you have dry skin. If you suffer from oily and acne-prone skin, however, it can help to absorb and clear away excess oil. Related: 10 Benefits of Baking Soda for Hair, Skin, and Body

For the right consistency and some added skincare benefits, mix the baking soda with honey, which has a calming and moisturizing effect, as well as anti-bacterial properties to help fight blemishes. If you need to treat acne on a regular basis, a few drops of tea tree oil added to this scrub will really bump up the anti-bacterial benefits. Be careful to only add a drop or two at the most, because it can cause dryness.
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil

Cornmeal + Milk + Lavender Essential Oil for Dry/Sensitive Skin

We all know that oatmeal is really great for dry skin, but cornmeal is just as great for both sensitive and dry skin and has a lot of additional benefits. Just like oatmeal, cornmeal is an effective yet gentle exfoliant that won't dry your skin. It's has a good amount of antioxidants, including zeaxanthin and lutein, which both aid in healthy skin.

Milk is the perfect liquid for a sensitive-skin exfoliating mask, as the lactic acid is a natural and gentle astringent. So, needless to say, don't use non-dairy, lactaid-free milk. You could stop here with this recipe, but if you want to really add to the relaxing effect, lavender is calming not just as a scent, but for the skin as well. And like tea tree oil, it is naturally antibacterial but won't dry or irritate if you have sensitive skin. For an affordable option, try this Plant Therapy USDA Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk 
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Brown Sugar + Coconut Oil + Lemon Essential Oil for combination skin

For combination/oily skin, you need effective exfoliation and the right amount of moisture. You have to avoid the temptation to eliminate all of your oil, because over drying your skin will just cause it to produce more oil. Brown sugar has round particles and is softer than other sugars, so while it's very effective at scrubbing away dead skin, it isn't too harsh on normal to oily skin.

Mixing it with coconut oil provides just the right amount of moisture for both oily skin and any dry patches you may have. The addition of lemon essential oil further helps to control excess oil without drying the skin and also helps to tighten pores.
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Have you tried using essential oils in your skincare, and which of these masks would you love to try? Let me know in the comments below! If you do try one (and I hope you do!) share a #sefcaresunday pic on Insta and tag Krisztina Clifton Living at @krisztinawilliams Enjoy!

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  1. I love all these amazing natural homemade skin care recipes here Thanks for sharing xoxo Cris

  2. These are nice DIY recipes, and you're so right to test in a small area before commencing to full application. I have used tea tree before, and find lavender oil a bit too overpowering. I love the zestiness of lemon and would love to review it.

    Come over to my blog if you can, I'd love to have you.

  3. I never thought about making my own facial mask...what a great idea!! Then you really know what's in it.

    1. Absolutely! The best part is knowing exactly what goes into it!

  4. All of these sounds amazing! Would love to try the lavender one especially.

    1. It's a great one! I'm seeing lavender in so much skincare lately. So good for the skin!

  5. I would love to try out these DIY masks <3 Lovely post! <3
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  6. I love your photos, they are beautiful!
    I accidentally found your blog, and now I'm fascinated! ♥

  7. I totally love to pamper myself and if it is with a DIY facial mask it's even better. I will save your recipes Krisztina and try it out myself!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  8. I love DIY things!! Especially when it comes to skincare. This is amazing and I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing girl!

    Amber |

    1. Thanks, Amber! Enjoy the DIY time and pampering!!

  9. Oh these look just wonderful!

  10. Heard about the numerous benefits of baking soda. I'd love to try that one. Thanks for the tip dear!

    Jessica |


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