Okay so this is a bit more girly – but it was fun making it….
I definitely fall into the category of New Zealander who has OBVIOUSLY descended from a Scottish background. Fair, pale, glowing and ghostly have all been words used to describe my complexion. Sick of being constantly asked if I was, uh…sick, I realised blusher really helps. But I hate spending money on make up, and wanted to make my own – without having to pinch my cheeks constantly.
So – Ms Josephine Fairley stepped forward with a solution. (Okay, well she wrote a few books about natural skin care – we haven’t actually met or communicated in any way, shape or form.) She also has a column that I stole this from at http://www.wealdentimes.co.uk/health&beauty/beauty/wt84_beauty_own-cosmetics.asp
Beetroot and Glycerine Cheek and Lip Tint
45g raw beetroot, grated
3 tablespoons vegetable glycerine
Put beetroot and glycerine in the top of a bain marie (double boiler). Heat gently for 15 minutes, cool, then strain into a small jug. Pour into a sealable container. Shake before use, then apply a dab on to your cheeks, blending well. Try smooshing it on your lips, too (it tastes delicious!).
I like to brag about my luck with this, because I just happened to be growing my own beetroot this summer – so it’s my home made, home grown beauty product. I got vegetable glycerine from Homestead Health in Wellington, but it is readily available at health shops and most chemists. I just asked at the counter and they poured me a bottle – I think it was $6 for 200ml, enough to make this several times over – not that I think I’ll need to, as a little goes a long way.