3.14.2014

Beauty DIY: Shamrock Shake Facial Masque


Hey you! We've finally made it to the weekend! And what a weekend it will be since St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. A popular treat around this time of year is the Shamrock Shake, and today I'm sharing my version with a shake twist: it's actually a masque for your face! It's an especially nice treat after a late night out (just saying!). Enjoy!


Need:
  • spinach
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • honey
  • blender (tools to mix ingredients)
  • sealable container
  • peppermint essential oil (avoid on sensitive skin)
  • optional items to make application easier: brush to apply masque to face, paper mask to place over the masque or to dip into it (helps with drips/messiness)


Do:
  • In your container or blender, add a tablespoon of spinach and 1 teaspoon of honey to 1 cup of yogurt. Add a drop or two of mint essential oil for scent (optional). You can also use a mint leaf.
  • Blend (for that "shake" effect) or mix together.
  • Apply to face and allow to remain for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse away and follow with regular skincare routine. If you mixed the ingredients, I would suggest using tissue to wipe off instead.
Why:
  • Spinach not only gives our "shake" its green color, but it's loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Honey is antibacterial, an antiseptic, and provides moisture.
  • Yogurt provides moisture, soothes skin
  • Mint, while completely optional and definitely not for sensitive skin, not only provides that refreshing smell, is good for soothing itchy skin, or as an astringent for oily and acne-prone skin.
Try:
  • I like to make a batch of this to keep in the fridge, so I use a blender, but using a spoon and bowl will work, it just won't look like a shake (not a requirement). It will keep for a week.
  • This is edible if you'd like to consume this as a smoothie, although you will definitely need to sweeten it more. Please leave out the peppermint essential oil and add extract if you are going to consume this.
  • If you blend this too much, it will be more like a smoothie-consistency, making it drippy, so be sure to have towels/old t-shirt if this happens.
  • Raw, cooked, or frozen spinach may be used. I used frozen since it was what I had on hand.
  • Sour cream works well if you don't have yogurt.
FYI:

Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle

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41 comments:

  1. o this is so much fun for the upcoming holiday

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  2. You're so creative. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Looks like it will be very refreshing on the skin.

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  4. This looks really cool! I eat these foods almost every day, so why not slather some of it on my face? :D I've never done a diy masque so I have no idea... I'm curious if the spinach actually provides any skin benefits by sitting on top of it? Or is it strictly ornamental?

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  5. looks good enough to eat! i need to try this. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. So cute how you incorporated the holiday into this face masque!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  7. Wow this sounds promising. I so need some pampering for my skin. I have been thinking of getting a facial. I have never had a professional facial before.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  8. Stop it right now, I am obsessed and need to try this right now! I hope you don't mind me sharing all about this lovely blog today on my blog!

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  9. What a fun idea. I bet it would feel great on my skin :)

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  10. what a great non-edible idea for st paddys day! thanks for sharing this

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  11. What a smart twist/shake (haha)! I've seen so many people rave about the Shamrock Shake.

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  12. I'm not going to lie when I first saw that picture I was like that looks so yummy....then I realized it was for your face ;-) I think I really need a Shamrock shake....it is time! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xoxoxo
    Amanda|Meet @ the Barre

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  13. I think I have all these ingredients at home too. Cute take on getting in the holiday spirit!

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  14. oooh i am going to make this for monday! my husband loves st. patty's day, so i'll make him try it, too!

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  15. I love these recipes for DIY beauty and this is so perfect for next week!

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  16. Looks like a fun skin treat!

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  17. I love all these themed-beauty DIYs, Elle:D

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  18. Sounds like a great mask! I need to get a shamrock shake to drink this weekend, too!

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  19. I have all the ingredients Elle! I'm going to make one! Looks so good!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  20. How festive!! I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

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  21. It's funny, I was totally looking at the ingredients thinking that you could eat this and then you even said that too! :)

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  22. So imaginative! And a great idea, too! Have a wonderful weekend, Elle! x

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  23. I can almost smell the mint. haha! Have a great weekend Elle!

    Kisses,
    B
    Lifestyle Blog

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  24. What a fun idea! I would've never thought to put spinach in a face mask!!!!

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  25. I would have never thought to put spinach in a face mask, but I guess it's really good!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  26. This sounds fantastic and with ingredients I already have! Wishing you a wonderful weekend hun!

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  27. This sounds lovely and I love how it's presented. I would be eating this for sure ;)

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  28. Your so creative. Love the holiday-inspired face mask idea!

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  29. this is too cool, thanks for sharing Elle!

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  30. What an amazing facial shake!! I so wana try it right now <3

    Happy Weekend!! :)
    Love
    Charu
    http://www.myglossyaffair.com/

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  31. Have a great St. Pat's Day Elle!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  32. Fabulous facial! Need to try this out! xo

    www.love-lk.net

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  33. Sounds like a mask that's healthy for your skin. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  34. Wow! What can I say? ... intimidates me!
    Great post! I congratulate the ability and talent to curiosity to me!
    I will always be coming back for more: *


    Regards,
    Katherine Unique


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  35. Sounds like a great way to spend my next home spa eve! I'm wearing mint candy apple polish, again. This time for St. Paddy's Day. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  36. mmm seems really interesting! perfect for st. patty's day :)

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  37. Ack! I'm catching up again after several weeks away, and I've missed so much! I don't know when you redesigned your blog, but I LOVE IT. And shamrock shakes are pretty much my favorite thing right now, so this looks so great. :)

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  38. I'm in love with your new layout! It's so sweet and cute, so it's so you <3
    Great masque, I'm so curious to make it, it seems fantastic :)
    Xxx honey

    Carolina

    www.theworldc.com

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  39. OMG such a fun St. Patty's Day beauty project! I might have to try this out when I get home tonight to celebrate! :) Thanks for sharing!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  40. Interesting mask.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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