DIY Spa Body Scrub

DIY Coffee Body ScrubI was chatting to my mum a couple of weeks ago, she was telling me about her spa trip & a fantastic body treatment she had while there. She went for this fancy tightening coffee bean body treatment and she enjoyed the body scrub used so much that she asked whether she could buy it at the spa. The therapist (fair play to her!) admitted it was only coffee grounds from the hotel kitchen! She explained that coffee has fantastic skincare properties, it contains powerful anti-oxidants that protect the skin against free radicals,Β  works as an anti-inflammatory, can reduce cellulite, tighten pores & reduce cellulite. Because of all these benefits, coffee is a common ingredient in skincare & spa products these days - I did my research!DIY Coffee Body Scrub So, ladies (and gents, why not??!) don't waste your coffee grounds, they're too full of goodness to just be chucked into the bin! Here are a few "recipes" for DIY coffee treatments:DIY Coffee Body Scrub

1. The 1 Ingredient Body Scrub For this all you will need is... you guessed it! Used coffee grounds! So brew your coffee (whichever way you like, ehm, just not instant : P), drink it, squeeze excess water out and use the warm coffee grounds to scrub the skin on your body. Make sure you concentrate on cellulite prone areas. Rinse off with warm water.

2. Moisturising Body Scrub Here, same as above, put your warm coffee grounds (around 1 - 2 cups, however much you need) into a bowl and mix in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage into the skin & rinse off with warm water.

3. Super Exfoliating Body Scrub For this one mix your Moisturising Body Scrub in a bowl (as above) and add half a cup of sea salt or coarse demarera sugar. If you like you can add a drop of vanilla extract. Massage into the skin & rinse off with warm water.

I think all of the above would also be nice with a pinch of cinnamon or some essential oils added in... especially if you are not a huge fan of the smell of coffee!

The one thing I will say is that it is not the prettiest of body scrubs... actually it possibly is the worst looking one I've tried (brown is not a great colour for body care products) but definitely one of the most effective ones!DIY Coffee Body Scrub

I absolutely love the simplicity of this body scrub and have used it several times since I found out about it (my favourite is the coffee, olive oil & cinnamon combo). Thanks to my husband, who is a coffee junkie, I have a never ending supply!DIY Coffee Body ScrubLet me know if you have tried this & what you thought of it you have!

A. xx

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy ConcealerThere is absolute tons of reviews of this concealer out in the internet world, it seems to be one of these hugely hyped products. Apparently it is quite hard to get your hands on some of the shades (especially the paler ones) over in the UK, that's how popular this concealer is! I am generally happy with my current combo: Wake Me Up concealer by Rimmel & for more hardcore concealing jobs Vichy Dermablend, but hey, I was curious and thought I'll give it a go!

Nars Radiant Creamy ConcealerCompared to the Rimmel offering the formula of the Nars product is slightly thicker and not as light reflective, which makes it a bit more of a multitasker. You wouldn't want to put a very luminous concealer on any blemishes, as it would only make them stand out on your face. The Radiant Creamy Concealer has quite good coverage, it will definitely see you through nicely on an everyday basis. It is very hydrating but at the same time doesn't move around or look cakey which is really important to me - I hate having to touch up my makeup (lazy!).Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

All in all this is a gorgeous product! I am particularly impressed with the fact that the lightness and creaminess of the formula has not compromised coverage. I have quite a dark under-eye area and the Nars concealer alone cancels out the dark blue circles and redness under my eyes. I also use it around my nose and on any dark spots / pigmentation. It's also OK for minor blemishes but for bigger jobs (raised spots) I would still reach for my trusted Dermablend (here I have used the Nars concealer to get rid of that big red patch between my brows & it worked perfectly).

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I still think the Rimmel Wake Me Up is a great light, brightening concealer but the Nars one has that bit more coverage that makes all the difference. At €26 the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is an expensive product but if it's within your budget it definitely is one of the top high end creamy concealers out there.

TIP: It has no SPF so would also be perfect for brides!

Have you tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer? Do you think it's worth the hype?

A. xx

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