DIY Makeup Series #3


Makes: about 2 tsp.

Time: 5 minutes


½ tsp. cocoa powder ( ⅛ for BLUSH)

¼ tsp hibiscus powder ( ½  tsp for BLUSH)

small pinch of Australian Red Reef clay, about 1/16 tsp

1 tsp. arrowroot powder

tumeric (optional)

ground ginger (optional)

Method :

Mix the ingredients in a small container with a tight lid. Close, and shake vigorously for 2 minutes to combine. Apply with a blush brush.


Candid Notes:

I had ordered the Beet Root powder for this recipe but found that the grind, though very fine, was not cosmetic-grade enough for a smooth blush so that little specks lingered on my cheeks. I would suggest merely a different grind in the future, as the color is absolutely exquisite! The same note goes for ground cinnamon, which seems fine enough as a spice but left mini dark specks. A little bit of these products go a LONG way, so start small with your cheek area and blend upwards slowly. For both the BRONZER and BLUSH, the proportions of ingredients will depend on your skin tone, so mix and match as needed, lightening the color with arrowroot powder and giving a yellow/olive tint with turmeric and ginger.


Makes: 1 4-oz jar

Time: 15 minutes + 1 hr setting time


1 Tbsp. beeswax

¼ cup shea butter

¼ cup coconut oil

¾ cup aloe gel

1 Tbsp. jojoba oil

1 Tbsp. bentonite clay

Essential oil, optional



In a clean glass jar sitting in a few inched of simmering water, melt together the ingredients and mix well. The mixture will melt in layers and separate. Pour out melted mixture into a small bowl and whisk vigorously until fully incorporated and smooth, about 2 minutes.  Pour butter into a small jar and let set for an hour or so.

Candid Notes:

This body butter is so easy to assemble and works great! The essential oils can be a little finicky to match with the coconut and shea butter odors, so experiment and find your favorites. Overall, this butter is oilier so perhaps best applied for evenings and on rougher areas like feet soles, elbows, and the backs of hands. It makes a great gift; some guys use it as beard “conditioner”!