Archive | December, 2013

DIY Holiday: Gift Wrapping and Body Butter Bars

11 Dec
DIY Holiday Gifts

Body butter bars are molded into the shape of candies, wrapped in shiny tissue paper, and packaged in a Christmas cracker

Sometimes the gift wrapping is better than the actual gift. . . sometimes. In this case I would say it is equally as good. A few week ago I hosted a natural beauty workshop where I showed the participants how to make body butter bars. This recipe is so simple and versatile that I thought I would share it with you and show you how to make it into great holiday gifts!

Body Butter Bars:

50 g beeswax

50 g cocoa butter

50 ml olive oil (can be substituted for any oil)

2-3 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)

10-15 drops of essential oils (I love lavender and vanilla)

1. In a double boiler melt beeswax and cocoa butter. Add olive oil and heat on low until mixture is liquid.

2. Take off of heat, add essential oils and whisk in vitamin E oil (optional)

3. Pour in ice cube trays or (molds of choice) and let harden for 30-60 minutes.

DIY Body Butter Bar, cocoa butter

These body butter bars are made using mini soap molds

For wrapping you will need:

– toilet paper rolls

– shiny wrapping paper

– tissue paper

– ribbon

– glue

Wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper

1. Cut, and glue wrapping paper around the toilet paper roll, cropping paper so that it is flush with the ends.

2. Next, cut tissue paper so that it is about double the length of the toilet paper roll. Roll paper lengthwise and insert into the toilet paper roll. You may wish to dab a little glue on the inside of the roll so that the tissue paper says in place.

3. Insert the body butter bars or other gifts into the roll. Fasten each end with ribbon, and voila! Gift wrap complete!

DIY gift wrapping, Body Butter

Body Butter, Candy, Lip Balm

Candy wrapped body butter and lip balm sticks are the perfect size to fit into the Christmas crackers

Tips: use a mini muffin tin as a mold to make round candy- shaped body butter disks. You can use the same body butter recipe to make lip balm sticks. Just use peppermint essential oil (instead of other fragrances) and pour into empty lip balm tubes.

Happy Holiday crafting! What DIY gifts are you making this year?

Lessons from Rose-Marie Swift

1 Dec

A few weeks ago at Husk , I had the opportunity to meet makeup artist and RMS Beauty creator, Rose-Marie Swift. Needless to say, I was very excited! Ever since RMS products became available in Toronto, I have become somewhat of a devout user. It’s all about the creamy texture and silky smooth application.

With Rose-Marie Swift at Husk

Naturally, I would like to believe that Rose-Marie Swift had me in mind when she created her line. Okay, maybe not ME specifically, but after overcoming health problems as a result of years working with chemical makeup (lead, mercury, and cadmium had actually accumulated in her body!), she created RMS as a way for women to “claim their right to healthy beauty”. RMS products are made with nutrient dense food- grade ingredients, like coconut oil and cocoa butter, that nourish and heal the skin.

RMS beauty products are made with pure and natural ingredients including coconut oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and essential oils

When Rose-Marie sat me down for the makeup application I didn’t realize how much I would learn.  The Husk staff and I were mesmerized by everything she said; de-bunking age-old makeup myths, and explaining how to use her products in the most optimal way. It’s not everyday that you get to learn how to use products in the same way that the creator intended.

Chat with RMS

Getting some wise beauty advice from Rose-Marie Swift

Now, unfortunately I can’t write about everything I learned, (there was just too much!), but I will share one beautiful tip.

The “un” cover-up was my first RMS purchase. At the time, I was looking for a product for my ever-present under eye circles. Ever since using it, the product has worked ‘okay’, but not magically (as I had hoped). I have always thought that the lightest shade ’11’ was a bit too dark, and instead, I wanted something lighter to brighten up the eye area. Well, let’s just say I got a verbal slap on the hand for that opinion. Turns out using a cover-up that is ‘too light’ is a very outdated look and should remain with Kim Kardashian. Instead, lightly apply RMS living luminizer  underneath the eye before the “un” cover-up and, voila! no more dark circles!

Bye-bye dark circles!

Rose-Marie also dished that she was launching a new cover-up palette in salmon shades. Despite my disbelief, these pinkish hues offset the grey and brighten the whole under-eye. Until that comes out, she told me to mix a touch of the lip2cheek  in Smile with the “un” cover- up to get the same effect. Perfection!


“un”- cover up + lip2cheek in ‘Smile’ = no more dark circles

Have you tried RMS Beauty? What are your favourite products?

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