Various Avocado Mask Recipes

Reason why I’m gathering these masks together here is mostly to have the most useful recipes on hand, and at the same time spread them with whoever comes across my blog  (n_n)b

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“Avocado face masks are one of the best and most nutritious masks that you can use on your skin. The fruit is packed with vitamins and unsaturated fats that work wonders on people who have acne as well as sensitive or dry skin. They also help to slow down the aging process making them highly versatile and desirable. Here are some avocado face mask recipes that are effective, inexpensive and so easy to make that you’re sure to love them.” – Spontaneouschick.com

1) Avocado Oatmeal Face Mask

This is one of the best Avocado face masks for people with dry skin it’s super moisturizing and help to restore damaged skin.

  • ½ Ripe avocado
  • ½ Cup of oatmeal

Cook the oatmeal as instructed on the package and mash up the avocado meat with a fork. Mix the two ingredients together and apply the paste to your skin. After 10 – 15 minutes wash it off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.

2) Avocado Honey Face Mask

It really works to give your skin a beautiful glow.

  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey

Mash up the avocado with a fork and stir in the honey until it turns into a paste. Once done apply it to your skin and leave it on for 15- 20 minutes. When you’re done, wash off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a soft towel.

3) Avocado Yogurt Face Mask

This avocado face mask is also a great one for people who need to pump up the moisture in their skin and is one of my favorites for the cold winter months.

  • ¼ Ripe avocado
  • 1 Teaspoon of plain organic yogurt
  • ½ Teaspoon of honey

Using a fork mash the avocado until it’s soft and then mix in the honey and yogurt to make a paste. Apply it to your skin for 10 – 15 minutes and remove it by washing your skin with lukewarm water.

4) Avocado Egg Face Mask

A recipe that makes for a great avocado face mask for acne because it reduces the oil found on the face.

  • ½ Ripe avocado
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Mash up the avocado with a fork and fold in the egg white and lemon juice. Apply it to your face for 10 to 15 minutes being careful to not get it into your eyes. When finished wash your skin with lukewarm water and pat it dry.

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Source: SpontaneousChick

Homemade Mod Podge Recipes

Basics 10

Found this useful recipe to make your own Mod Podge!

Simple Solution

8 ounces of washable white glue
1 15+ ounce clean and dry container with lid
4 ounces of water (half as much water as glue)

Simply empty the glue into the container, add the water, put the lid on, and shake well.
To make it gloss add 2 tablespoons of water based varnish or to make it sparkle add super fine glitter.

Another Great Recipe

1 1/2 cups Flour
1/4 of a cup of granulated sugar
1/4 tsp olive oil
1 cup water

Sauce Pan
A spoon
An airtight container (Mason jar works great)

Turn your stove on low heat, add the water, oil, flour, and sugar to the saucepan (You can add more or less water and/or flour to get the consistency you desire, and you can add more oil for a glossier varnish). Heat the mixture over low to medium heat and stir. Do not let it boil. Empty contents into mason jar and let cool to room temperature. Shake before using. If your homemade mixture doesn’t hold well, use less water in your next batch, and if you are concerned about the possibility that your mixture might yellow over time, try using acid free glue.

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Source: Painted Furniture Ideas

Hard Cookies

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Yeah.. can be disappointing when they come out perfectly from the oven and taste delicious, but then next day they end up being too hard 😦 I just had that issue so I searched for methods to soften them up, found these ways:

Ways to Soften Hard Cookies

Microwave Method

It’s quick and easy to soften hard cookies in a microwave. Place them on a paper plate, and mist them with water before wrapping them loosely with a paper towel. Microwave them on high for approximately 40 seconds or just until warm. They should come out soft and chewy just like the freshly baked kind.

Oven Method

If you prefer to soften hard cookies in the oven, place them on a cookie sheet, and lightly mist them with water while preheating the oven to 250 degrees. Allow them to heat for about 5 minutes. Adjust the time according to your preferences and the thickness of the cookies. When properly reheated they should come out soft and exceptionally chewy.

Bread Trick

Many people are aware of the bread trick to soften hardened brown sugar, but did you know that bread will also soften hard cookies? Place them in a tight sealing container, with a slice of bread in the bottom and on top. Allow the hard cookies and soft bread to remain sealed with the overnight. The next day you’ll find hard bread and soft and chewy cookies. Give the bread to the birds, or use it for a bread crumb topping so nothing goes to waste.

Buy a Brown Sugar Bear or Disc

Brown sugar bears, discs, or other clay shapes are also used to soften hard brown sugar and keep it soft and lump free, and the same handy pieces used to soften hard brown sugar also work great to soften hard cookies. Buy a brown sugar bear or disc from your local kitchen gadget store, and follow product label instructions. Store it in your cookie jar, and you’ll never have hard cookies again.

Apple Trick

An apple slice will also soften hard cookies in a matter of hours. Place an apple half or a large fresh apple slice in a tight-sealing container of hard cookies. The moisture from the apple will give the cookies more flavor, and it will also make them very soft and chewy. Remember to remove the apple to prevent spoilage, and replace it as often as necessary for soft chewy cookies every time.
I decided to try the toast thing since I’ll be needing them for tomorrow instead of right now, so I just placed 2 slices in the container with the cookies, let’s see how they turn out tomorrow! 😀

Update: It worked !:p

Useful tips to make life easier :D

1. Use a can opener to open sealed plastic packaging.

2. Amplify the volume of your IPhone or IPod by placing it in a bowl.

3. Use a banana to fix a CD.

4. Eat marshmallows to soothe a sore throat.

5. Use newspaper as an odor absorber.

6. Use aspirin to turn hair made green by chlorine back to its natural color [Dissolve six to eight aspirin pills in a glass of warm water, coat hair with the solution, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.]

7. Use a rubber band for perfect french tips.

8. Hang pictures using a pop tab.

9. Use mayonnaise to remove water stains from wooden furniture.

10. Use a cereal container as a trash disposal in your car.

11. Add a few drops of Vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to make cut flowers last longer.

12. Use hand sanitizer to dissolve ink stains.

13. Use raw spaghetti straws to lit hard to reach wicks.

14. Use Earl Grey tea bags to get rid of a sun burn.

15. Use mustard to suck pain from a burn.

16. Use scotch tape or nail polish to relieve an insect bite.

17. Throw baking powder on a burgeoning grease fire.

18. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

19. When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

20. To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

21. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

22. Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have to worry about pets or small children being harmed!

23. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

24. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato – it absorbs the excess salt for an instant “fix me up”.

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More tips I didn’t include: Here & Here & Here

 

 

 

The Do’s and Don’ts

#1. A subtle retouch, a few wrinkles gone
#2. Over-doing it, and getting rid of ever wrinkle in existence!
#3. Extreme(ly Bad) photo-shopping, ’nuff said.

#2 is mostly used in magazine, always making them look unrealistic (whenever compared to the original photos, kinda like when they retouch Madonna’s photos nowadays)