It’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY post. I do love a good DIY and when it’s for something that I’ve wanted to improve myself, I can’t help but share.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my lips for the longest time. I’m not totally adversed to the shape, in fact I quite like it, but I hate the fact that my lips are almost identical in colour to the rest of my face causing them to disappear. First-world problems, I know!
This week’s glorious DIY is based around the beauty bene-tints (see what I did there?) of beetroot. Yes, that’s right…beetroot. The ruby-red, stain inducing, acquired-tasting vegetable; which I absolutely detest! Surely I can’t be the only one who hates the taste of beetroot, but ever since I discovered that the beautiful Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) uses raw beetroot in favour of lipstick to give her lips a long-lasting wash of colour, I decided to stock up in abundance and add my own little twist to things.
I figured the title of this post may be a little misleading so let’s just clarify that this isn’t a colour changing scrub/balm, although that would be quite cool. This is a semi-permanent way to tint your lips with a wonderful rose-pink hue. I’ve been using a combination of the scrub and balm for a month now and I can certainly see a change in colour on my lips; which makes getting ready a piece of cake with just the need of a clear lipgloss and no semi-permanent injectable makeup!
Beetroot, as we all know, gives off a wonderful deep red colour; which is perfect for adding a natural stain to pretty much anything. Along with its pigmentation, beetroot also contains an array of antioxidants and vitamins which are highly beneficial for healthy skin including the sensitive skin on our lips. Beetroot powder and beetroot juice are both available in many high street stores and can certainly be used for the recipes below, but nothing beets (I’m so good at this) the natural extract of raw beetroot.
Both the balm and scrub call for a base ingredient which is actually a combination of beetroot juice mixed with milk. Milk contains lactic acid; which gradually diminishes skin pigmentation leading to a brighter complexion. Whizzing together a few splashes of milk in a food processor together with chopped up, peeled pieces of raw beetroot creates a florescent milky ‘pudding’; which almost looks good enough to eat (if I didn’t hate beetroot).
Beetroot Lip Scrub
- Beetroot and milk concoction
- Honey (organic if possible)
- Granulated sugar
- Unrefined Almond Oil
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Empty jar/pot/air-tight container
The method is pretty simple and on par with most DIY lip scrubs (I created a plumping one not too long ago which you can read about here). Simply mix together all of the ingredients above, in no particular order, in a mixing bowl and transfer the contents to a jar.
I picked up this little container from Superdrug for a mere £1, but anything will do.
I purposely left out the quantity of each ingredient as they should be added according to taste. If you want a less abrasive exfoliant, use more honey and almond oil than sugar. The honey and oil will add moisture and nourishment to your lips which would be lost during the exfoliation process. I used a fair bit of sugar as I like a vigorous scrub, but mixing the ingredients together and adding as you go along will allow you to get to the consistent that you like.
I tend to go overboard with my ingredients and make more product than required for my jar, so I kept the remainder of my scrub in an air-tight container. The scrub will keep well for up to 4 months (non-refridgerated) as the lemon juice acts as a preservative.
Beetroot Lip Balm
- Beetroot and milk concoction
- Almond oil
The lip balm portion of this DIY is even easier than the scrub thanks to the inclusion of Vaseline. However, rather than adding the beetroot/milk concoction straight into the mixture (like I did with the scrub), I used a strainer to extract just the juice portion of the mixture as I wanted to create a smooth consistency.
Simply mixing together the juice from the concoction, together with Vaseline and a few drops of almond oil for extra moisture, creates a wonderful pink lip tint which rivals my Bobbi Brown Lip Tint any day.
For dramatic effect, I added in a few crushed rose petals; which adds more pigmentation to the balm but also melts beautifully into the lips upon contact. You certainly don’t have to go that far, but it’s an option if you’re as boogie as me.
The key idea to using this combo is consistency. The mixture will only work if you are consistent with its use. As you can see from my before picture above, my lips needed a lot of work. The corners of my mouth were also fairly pigmented; which I didn’t like. I made it my mission to use the scrub and lip balm twice daily, once in the morning and once before bed. I gave myself a month to see results; which I got within two weeks of consistent use, but I’ve made it into such a habit now that I continue to use it despite being happy with the results.
…and here they are! It’s pretty clear to see that there’s a significant colour change, not only to my lips themselves but also around the corners of my mouth (thanks to the scrub). The colour is a little patchy, but I’m hoping that will even out with continued use.
It’s fair to say that I’ve beet-en my life long struggle of dark lips…ok,I’ll stop now…