Homemade Hacks

It is still cold, dark and it seems to be wanting to snow when all we want now is for it to warm up…Christmas is over! But whilst it is still Baltic conditions out there we have a few things for you to do on the cheap at home. No trecking outside for us!

Face scrubs

Good for acne:

You will nee:d:

-1/2 cup of oatmeal

-2 tbsp honey

-15 drops of lavendar/tea tree oil (if you’re into that and have it around, don’t worry if not.)

-Dash of lemon juice

You will need to:

-Break up the oats a little bit but not too much that they’re powder.

-Combine all the ingredients – add more honey if you need it to combine everything and stop it falling down your face.

-Apply generously!

Why it works:

-Tea tree oil and lemon juice are both antibacterials which means your face will be fresh from any dirt that has snuck in there in the form of spots or blackheads.

-Oats are anti-inflammatory and are actually great for sensitive skin – take evidence from Herbal Essences sensitive scalp shampoo…

-Honey naturally opens pores which helps the whole thing actually work!

Hot Chocolate with a twist

What is better than a decadent warming drink? One with alcohol in it that will remind you of the amazing after eight chocolates! (The alcohol however is optional- with or without you will be feeling festive) However lets not use the store bought powdered mix- lets go old school hot coco.

What you will need for 2:

100ml double cream

2 tsp icing sugar

a few drops of peppermint extract

300ml whole milk

100g dark chocolate

50ml crème de menthe

What to do for the cream:

– Using a whisk whip the cream in a bowl and stir in the icing sugar to the cream along with a few drops of peppermint extract.

What to do for the drink:

– Gently heat the milk in a saucepan until simmering. Make sure you keep stirring- burnt milk does not taste or smell nice! Then take it off the heat.

– Add small pieces of the chocolate into the milk, stirring until the chocolate has completely melted and smooth.

– Return to the heat until warm and add the Christmas magic of the crème de menthe.

– Pour into the mug and decorate with the whipped cream andd add any and as many indulgent toppings – it is Christmas after all!

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