Tuesday, 2 July 2013

DIY face mask collaboration with Bailey Blush

This is my first collaboration post (and inshallah I will have many more in the future) with my friend and fellow successful blogger Bailey Blush. We have been contemplating the idea of doing a collaboration for a couple of months before she came up with the ingenious idea of swapping DIY masks. This meant that I would give her the recipe for one of my favourite masks in which she will give feedback and I will in turn do the same. As you all know, DIY facial masks are very cost-effective and convenient as most ingredients will happen to already be in your kitchen! Not to mention these masks won't have all the nasty artificial ingredients some do from the highstreet which may damage your skin instead of healing. I previously did a post on an egg face mask which gained a lot of good feedback and many of you loved it so I hope you'll also benefit from this post too! 

I gave Bailey the oat, honey and yogurt mask, this mask is great for people with dry/normal/combination and even oily skin as it helps kill off bacteria on the surface of the skin as well as purifying, exfoliating and moisturising. Here are the benefits of each ingredient;

  •  heals dry itchy skin as well as eczema
  •  soothes and reduces inflammation
  •  naturally slightly rough in texture so is a perfect natural exfoliator, I usually use oats on its own as an exfoliator while in the shower (I dampen the oats slightly then rub it all over my already damp face or any areas in my body where I feel needs it) it moisturises instantly and my skin feels very smooth. 

  • also has moisturising benefits as well as antiseptic properties "Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which give it healing power. These properties help prevent the growth of certain bacteria by producing an enzyme -- hydrogen peroxide. Thus, honey can be utilised as a natural treatment for wounds, cuts and abrasions to promote healing." 
  • perfect for battling acne/blemish-prone skin
  • also helps in healing eczema
  • anti-againg

Yogurt contains zinc, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, protein and yeast
  • Zinc is said to have anti-inflammatory benefits which can help reduce acne. It is like a mild astringent
  • Calcium has antioxidant properties, it helps in cell renewal. It can help make your skin ‘glow’. Whereas deficiency in calcium can lead to premature aging, dryness and even itching
  • Vitamin B’s are capable of preventing acne and enhancing the blood circulation
  • Protein is an important ingredient for our entire body .if your body is rich in proteins ,your skin will automatically look soft, supple and radiant
  • 2 TBSP of oats
  • 1 TBSP of honey
  • 1 TBSP of yogurt
(Use Organic ingredients for best results!)


Mix all ingredients together to form a paste, spread over skin and leave for 15 minutes. Before rinsing the mask, gently moisten skin and rub softly for a manual exfoliation with the oats! Rinse completely.

Bailey's thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this mask! Not only did it smell and taste (yes I tasted it) amazing, It left my skin really, really soft. The oats were so gentle on my skin and left me very smooth. The combination of the Yogurt and honey worked wonders to increase my hydration. I will for sure be re-doing this home made delicious concoction! Thank you Habiba, x

Bailey sent me off to try the milk, honey and rose face mask. This mask is designed for smoothing and soothing the complexion. Great for all skin types, but especially sensitive, dry, dehydrated and lack luster complexions.

1 TBSP of milk (Preferably whole milk)
2 TBSP of honey
1 TBSP Rosewater

(For the ingredients above, organic is the best!)

Milk- Contains Lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin and reveal a smooth, radiant complexion. Also has incredible soothing qualities.

Honey- A natural humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and is wonderful for soothing and gently purifying the complexion.

Rose- Powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Aids in redness reduction and helps to increase skin circulation leading to a more even toned complexion.


Saturate a cotton round in the mask and rub liquid on the skin, wait 10-15 minutes, or until dry, rinse and reveal beautiful skin!

Habiba's Thoughts:

I really loved how cleansed, radiant and moisturised my skin looked and felt after this mask, the surface of my skin felt much more smoother. I loved it! I will definitely be using this again! I love the toning properties  and scent of rose water too :)

All in all I really enjoyed doing this collaboration, Bailey was a joy to work with (even though I wasn't - always postponing it!) and I loved trying out this new mask which I've slotted into my favourite DIY mask list :D


Have you tried DIY masks? If so, what do you think of them and which is your favourite?