Face masque

I have no idea how this happened, I was online, started reading, got excited, then went and spent $40 on random sciency ingredients to make my own face masque?


Total credit to http://www.humblebeeandme.com who’s website is my new hobby!!

Just kidding!

Actually… I’m trying to find dark cocoa butter so that I can make the body butter oreo truffle things!!

Then I want to try… soap, candles, and see if I can replicate some of my favorite stuff from LUSH in northlands mall.

I went in to bin inn and hubby will laugh when he reads this.

I needed TWO ingredients.

It took me nearly quarter an hour to get OUT of the shop! Again.

…so I’m trying to find somewhere online to buy these weird ingredients.

Like Chia seeds.

Why.  Are these not readily available yet? everyone knows about these babies!!

By readily available I mean – not priced like gold! far out some places are cheeky with their prices.

Where was I? oh yes face masque….

So I’m putting this in here because it was freaking awesome! I changed the mud so it could be PINK!!

Of course.

Also the pink mud had different minerals and benefits too, it was a better option for sensitive skin too.

By mud – I mean powdered mud.

OK ….


3 Tablespoons French Red clay, which is pink once blended in this masque… red clay is good for for detoxing, healing and strengthening the body

2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide, I got this at the health shop around $3 for 50 grams of it (1 Tablespoon is 15 grams)

1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

5 Drops of Chamomile essential oil (brace yourself… this stuff is crazy EXPENSIVE!!) Mark will never know… he probably won’t read this post… since it’s titled Face Masque haha

3 Drops Honey myrtle essential oil or tea tree ( I omitted this… I didn’t have honey myrtle and didn’t want tea tree in it)

1 Drop Helichrysum essential oil (what on earth is that? I didn’t put this in either lol)

5 Drops Benzoin essential oil – definitely put this in, its amazing and in another of my aromatherapy oil blends, great for your skin!!

Blend it all in something small like a coffee grinder, I’ve got a breville chop N whizz that I used.

The white plastic on it is now pink.

The woman at the herbal dispensary where I brought my overpriced red clay ($12!! for 50 grams of it) said it won’t color my skin….

Looking at my chop N whizz… I began to doubt her.

Looking at my makeup pad with toner on it after doing the face masque with pink on it… I can confirm it does somewhat leave a film of color on you… but hey – who isn’t up with some rosy pink cheeks?

Yes, the toner gets it off.

So that’s the recipe with my adjustments, and omissions…. whats my opinion?

It was great!

I loved the red clay and that it gave me a pink tint, the toner removed any un natural pink tint but maybe if you are as fair as a pom you may want to use a different clay, you can get green, white, red, and some others I can’t remember but just go with white if you are worried.

My skin did feel nice and soft and clean and pores looked like they’d had a good clean out.


Love it.  Especially love that since it’s a powder I can gift it!!

Who want’s some??

I used 2 teaspoons of the powder and added one teaspoon of warm water and it made a beautiful paste that I used my makeup brush to apply.

I’ll put photos up next time I apply it so you can see the paste.

It’s super pretty!!



Russian Fudge – Winner!


Finally have won the battle with russian fudge and got a recipe that works and it’s so creamy its like peanut butter…

3 1/2 cups white sugar
125g butter
3 Tbsp golden syrup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
200g sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla essence


Place all the ingredients except the vanilla, into a medium-heavy saucepan. Warm over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved about 10-15 mins. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for about 5-10 minutes, until it reaches the soft ball stage (120°C).

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Beat (I use an electric mixer) until the fudge is creamy and thick and has lost its gloss. Pour into a greased 20cm cake pan. Score the top and break into pieces when cold.

Credit: big thank you to Jo Seagar at Chelsea!

KFC Recipe

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12 Herbs and spices.

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
3 beaten eggs
4 tablespoons oil

For the coating

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (or chicken stock powder)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon tarragon
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon chives
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt


Sift flour and add together all the coating ingredients and grind finely with a mortar and pestle and place in a clean plastic bag. Coat each chicken piece first with the beaten egg, then with the flour mixture in the bag. Make sure you coat each piece completely with the flour.

Heat the oil in a skillet. Brown the chicken in oil slowly, uncovered. Once browned, cover the skillet and keeping frying on a very gentle heat until the chicken is fully cooked. Place on paper towels to drain out the excess oil.

Credit: from a friends facebook share

Thursday: Architect Required – Cardmaking…

Worst card-making project.



First attempt I used the scoring board on my guillotine and a craft knife.

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Chunky rips and feathered edges.

The tutorial video used a cutting board with a blade that can begin cutting at any point inwards from the edges.

I work out if I fold the card up along the score lines I can cut through both sides of it then flip it 180 degrees and do the same at the other end, and if you hold your tongue right – the cut’s meet in the middle of the card!


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Next came the design dilemma.

Too busy.

Too contrast.

Too boring.


I left this project on my craft desk for three days while I had temper tantrums with it being a donkeys arse.

Finally after three failed designs I get this one to flow.


So glad this is over.

Will never.


Make a trifold shutter card again.

Here’s the tutorial if anyone want’s to dare try it

I made peace with the dam thing and even embossed the envelope.


Very pretty.



I hope this cards recipient love… love… loves it lol

It needs some love!






On a much more positive note…

The family and Marley and I went for a walk at Hagley Park again today…

Yesterday the kids got soaked and we had to leave early.

So, today was their chance to show they know how to be sensible… to; earn…

More fun outings in public.

Gosh they’ve been a bit bat S*$# crazy these holidays.

I’m sure it’s this crappy cold and miserable weather.

We’ve been outside at all times possible but sometimes you just need to sit down, be quiet and have a calm day inside.

LOL – I’m kidding right?


Anyway the forcast for tomorrow looks nice so we’ll be off to do a day trek outside with the kids.

Bye for now from Marley and Vee

Big kissies 😉