Sunday, April 24, 2011

Makeover Monday

This weekend my husband and I celebrated 16 years of marriage. We didn't go out for a fancy dinner or take a Caribbean cruise... but we did get rid of the kids for a couple of nights. It was wonderful. We went on a few hikes, did some geocaching, went swimming in the beautiful river, and caught up on our beauty sleep. We also tried out some homemade beauty treatments straight from the kitchen.

The first one we tried out was a grapefruit sugar scrub. All you do is cut a grapefruit in half, dip it in sugar and scrub your body with it. The acidity of the grapefruit combined with the exfoliating power of the sugar is suppose to make your skin nice and smooth. The only trouble was that we had both been out hiking at a place know as purgatory creek that day. I'm not sure where the name comes from, but I can say from experience that while the views are heavenly the terrain can be a bit hellish.

Hiking under the moss covered trees was beautiful and pleasant. This was by far my favorite part of the hike.
The thick tall grasses were a bit unsettling... you just have a feeling that there are snakes hiding in the grass below your feet.

The rocky terrain is nice, but watch out for the thick brush and the thorny brambles. We hiked here for hours in the heat. It was great fun. We found a few geocaches and got a few war wounds in the process.

It was the many cuts and scrapes all over our arms and legs that gave us the problem with this beauty treatment. OUCH! I wouldn't recommend this treatment after shaving or if you have multiple cuts. I'm just thankful we used sugar and not salt. The other downside to this spa treatment is that if you have (lots of) body hair, like my husband, the grapefruit pulp tends to get stuck to it. He didn't really like picking the ruby red pustules out of his man pelt.

For our second round of iron chef kitchen spa we tried out an old favorite, and that same old favorite with a new twist. When I was younger my mom would always whip up egg white facials for our girls nights. It is cheap and a wonderful way to tighten up your pores. I made up a batch of this by simply separating an egg and whisking the whites until they were nice and frothy. I also made up a batch of egg whites with some strawberries added to the mix. I tried just mashing up the berries with the egg whites, but found that I couldn't get them to a spreadable consistency without pulsing them in the blender.

So here is the promised shot of me with crap smeared on my face... in this case I am covered in a layer of egg whites and pulverized berries... How lovely I look.

I may not be beautiful but my skin did feel fantastic afterwards. My pores were nice and tight and my skin felt super soft.

Here is my husband with egg on his face. He was watching a soccer game and was sweet enough to be my Guinea pig. He was not terribly fond of the experience, but then as a man he has never been subjected to the old saying "beauty knows no pain."

Do you have any homemade beauty secrets? Any beauty secrets at all? If you do please leave a comment or post a link to your favorite post. Just be sure to grab a button to add to your post or blog and visit some of the other links. Then stop by The Zany Housewife and read about her adventures in beauty and check out the links there as well.

Have a wonderul Monday!



  1. Haha! Love the fact your hubby is confident enough to stand for a little beauty treatment. I can see my hubby doing this (for my benefit, anyway.)

    Cute post. :)

  2. Ouch, wouldn't have thought about the stinging or that the pulp would get stuck in body hair. Your hubby sounds like a trooper! It sounds like you had a good couple days to yourselves.

  3. Man pelt. Haha...I love it! And I love that your husband was willing to try out some stuff in the name of beauty.

    I have some strawberries nearing expiration that I can use. I think I'll give this a try. :)

  4. Happy Anniversary to you! The spa treatments look like fun. I'm not sure that I could get my hairy husband to cooperate with that. You always know when you have a cut if citrus is involved. Ouch! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by to see me and commenting. Have a great week! Candace

  5. Happy anniversary to you two. It looks like you had fun! I had to cringe when I saw those cuts and thought of putting grapefruit over them. Ouch! But definitely kudos to your husband for trying out some homemade beauty treatments!

  6. Looks like a lovely weekend. Happy Anniversary, 15 years!



  7. I don't have any beauty secrets but I LOVE that you two had such a fantastic celebration and congratulations on your anniversary!!! And the photo of your hubs made me LOL!

  8. Happy anniversary! Wishing you more wonderful years of doing fun things together...;)

  9. Thanks for the comments and the anniversary wishes everyone... My husband was basking in the glow of all the ladies complementing him for his good sense of humor about the whole beauty treatment... Thanks for stopping by!

  10. When you mentioned grapefruit the first thing I thought of was how it would sting if you had any scratches! Honey is a good facial among other things. When I was growing up back in the 50s and 60s, my mother had me use vinegar to rinse my hair. It made it really shiny. Lemon juice is a good rinse for blondes. I know that because that is what my mother used and she was a blonde.

  11. what great ideas! i love making an avocado and sand scrub for my makes it smooth and takes off the layer of dead skin. you've inspired me to be adventurous today so thank you for that :)!



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