Thrifty Thursday: Rose Water

Hi All,

This will be the first of my Thrifty Thursdays series, where I will be sharing my DIY hacks and skincare tips that you can do on a budget. If you have any skincare issues then comment below and I can include my suggestions in my next blog.

I cannot rave enough about rose water! With rose water always being  staple in my household I can vouch for this product. It is easy to get and can be used for many things. From anti- ageing to creating an eye soak, rose water is an affordable multi-wonder.

Here are my top five ways that I use rose water:

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KTC Rose Water
  1. As a refreshing Face Mask: Add 4 tbsp of rose water to half a cup of Greek/natural set yogurt. Apply to the face (including the lips, but avoiding the eyes) and let sit for at least 15 minutes. This is great to do before having an evening shower. After letting the mask sit, wash with lukewarm water and then a splash of cold water. Follow with your favourite moisturizer.
  2. As a Setting Spray: As inspired by Huda Beauty, simply mix 1 part rose water to 2  part mineral water in a spray bottle and spray a thin layer over your made up face.
  3. As a an Eye Soak:  Rose water is fantastic for soothing the eyes and help to alleviate puffiness. Pop some rose water onto cotton pads and place them on the eye. This works best by chilling the rose water before popping them onto the cotton pads.
  4. As an Eye Mask: By combing the benefits of rose water and potato, you can use this mask to help mask the appearance of dark under eyes and puffiness. Start by grating a potato in a bowl and add 1 tbsp of rose water. Then make small patties in your hands and squeeze out any excess water, then place the patties on your eyes. You can re use this mixture by keeping in the fridge in a box. it lasts for about a week in the fridge.
  5. As a Primer: Just as the rose water and water mix can be used as a setting spray it can also be used as a toner to help your skin glow. Use after cleansing and leave to dry before you put on your moisturizer.

You can grab a bottle of rose water cheaply from world food stores or your local supermarket. I use the KTC brand of rose water, but you can grab whatever bottle you like.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks

With face mask bombarding us everywhere we go, I found  delightful trio that work wonders for your skin. At such a fantastic price point, there is no excuse not to try out Loreal’s Pure Clay Face Masks.

Having now tried all three masks, on numerous occasions, it is not only great for skincare, but provides a fabulous base for flawless make up.

  1. The first mask that I tried was the Pure Clay Detox mask and this wonder definitely screamed that black is the new black. The claims were that this mask clarifies and detoxes the skin. I can now say I am an advocate for this. After the first application a lot of the black heads that I got around my nose area were gently washed away and with repeated use my skin soon was lifted of the pollution in the city.
  2. The second treatment that I tried was the Pure Clay Glow mask and this red little number is great for next level exfoliation. This mask claims to brighten the skin and for someone who is constantly battling for a glow, I was surprised that this worked. The texture t first takes a bit of getting used to as it is gritty as opposed to smooth, but the instant glow after the first use is fantastic.
  3. The final mask that I used was the Pure Clay Purity Mask, which vibrant green colour should not be off putting. This mask is great for oily skin which claims to mattify and purify skin. I used this as part of a multi mask treatment as I only tend to get oily around my nose. Because of my skin type this mask wasn’t ideal for the whole of my face, but for my nose it was great to help my make up lat all day.

These masks are ideal for targeting your worry areas and can be used all at the same time as part of a multi mask treatment. Try using a brush to apply the mask to avoid wasting the mask on your fingers. IMG_1598

With most drug stores selling these masks for under a tenner, you can pick them up in the UK from these stores:

Superdrug: http://www.superdrug.com/L%27Oreal-Paris/L%27Oreal-Paris-Pure-Clay-Purity-Face-Mask-50ml/p/714245?gclid=CNm5otLot9MCFcluGwodEmUA7Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

Boots: http://www.boots.com/loreal/loreal-skin/loreal-skin-pure-clay-masks