DIY: oats & honey facial mask

I am very passionate when it comes to skin care and I love to dabble in homemade skin products. Why spend so much money on fancy skin products when you can make some of the same products right at home? Today, I'm going to teach you how to make a simply oats and honey facial mask. This is a wonderful toning mask and is great for people with oily skin or skin that tends to be very red.

The combination of oats and honey has a tremendous effect on skin. This simple, easy-to-make mask gently unblocks pores and helps to dramatically improve skin texture. The duo of these two ingredients restores a healthy glow to the skin, making you look fresh, young, and beautiful.


1/2 cup of plain oatmeal
1/4 cup of honey
A blender
A bowl/jar

Yields: enough mask for one treatment

To make:

1. After the oatmeal has been cooked and cooled, combine the two ingredients and blend until a sticky paste is formed. This is best used immediately.
2. To use, spread thickly onto the skin, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Leave on for twenty minutes and then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
How it works:

The oatmeal absorbs the oiliness from the skin and pores and also removes dead skin cells. It also exfoliates the skin. The honey is just used so that the oatmeal can better adhere to the skin.

Of course, before you apply this mask to your face, it is suggested that you do a patch test on another part of your skin to see how your body reacts to this mask. Like all facial masks, this is not suited for everyone's skin types/skin needs, so please exercise caution.




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Portrait of a Lady c. 1460
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blogging is hard

Blogging is not an easy task.

I've had this blog for about a month and I feel like I'm disappointing my followers.  You see, I want to entertain you, but I don't know what to post. 

When people start a blog, I think everyone has the hopes of getting a million followers and becoming a blog icon.  But how do you go about doing that? 

I've figured out some of the ways.  One, be patient.  This is probably the most simple yet hardest thing to do.  I, for one, am not a patient person.  I hate waiting for anything.  I'm the type of person who likes to get things done, receive things quickly, etc. 

But I don't really want to rant about all that good stuff.  I'd like to know what you - the readers - would like to see on this blog.  That's ultimately what a blog all boils down to: you.  So, what attracts you to a blog and leads you to ultimately clicking that fabulous little button that says 'follow'?  What is it that you like to see?

Please, do tell.  I'm all ears for you guys.






Nothing better than starting off your day with a cappuchino and some frozen blueberries.

I can't believe it's already mid-July.  Where is this summer going?  Can, ugh, someone call and tell summer to please slow down a bit?  I don't want to go back to school! :(  Summer has been good, even though I've only been to the beach once and I've spent most of my time working.  I have good reason to work, though.  My mom okayed a trip to Spain next summer with just me and my friend.  I have to save up my money because I'll be paying for it by myself.  Hopefully it happens though!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  That would be so fantastic.  Spain is my dream.  And we'd also take a boat to Morocco for a day because it's only about an hour away from Spain by boat.  EEEEP, so excited to just think about it!  I was supposed to go to Croatia by boat when I was in Italy, but it never happened.  Oh well.  One day, one day!  My goal is to see the world, so I'm sure one day I will see it.

That reminds me.  I have a question for you guys.  Can you recommend any good skin care lines?  I have to buy face stuff because I'm running out.  I'm thinking of going with my usual Darphin, but can anyone recommend anything?  It would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I realize that there is a lack of photos on this website.  Guys, I promise I am working on this.  I'm getting a Macbook soon, so when that comes, expect picture overload.  For now, I just have to deal with the camera I have.

I don't have plans until tonight, so I promised myself that I'd dedicate a good portion of the day working on this blog. 

By the way, do you guys have twitter?  Post your links and I'll follow you!

Lots of love,




2010 - 2014!
ilusión es mi camino, victoria mi destino.

Well done, boys!  You certainly deserve it!

You know, there is not one drop of Spanish blood in me (well, not that I know of, anyway) and yet, I feel such a connection and love for the culture and the people.  I really feel Spanish today!  haha

I'm going to miss writing about the world cup though.  Now, it will all be strictly fashion and whatnot.  But now, I want to live in Spain more than ever.  I've wanted to for a while, but all the energy surrounding the world cup has just amplified my desire.  I can't wait to start studying Spanish in school!
Well now, I hope everyone is celebrating!  What a nasty game, though!  The Dutch were very violent but, in the end, they both deserved their positions in the final and I'm happy that Spain is bringing the cup home!  See you in 2014 in BRASIL!

PS - Since I have a few Spanish followers, please take pictures of the celebrations in Spain and post them on your blog!  I'd love to see them!