The Natural Lip Scrub

Got Dry, Chapped or Peeling Lips? Here’s a great Homemade Sugar Scrub recipe that would work on your lips! This nourishing natural lip scrub recipe contains ingredients which you can quite likely find in your kitchen! For a nice smelling lip balm, you could add in your favourite essential oils (optional). Why exfoliate your lips? It’s important to exfoliate your lips so that it will help to make the lipstick go on with a nice smooth and even texture. Exfoliating the top layer of the skin at least once a week can help to expose a new soft surface and hydrate the lips at the same time. Exfoliating can also help especially when we work and sleep in air-conditioned rooms where the skins tend to become drier when it’s cold. What are the Ingredients you’ll need?  1 tsp honey (Organic honey will be good to make this recipe even more natural)1 tsp oil (Olive preferred)2 tsp white or brown sugar Mix the honey, sugar and oil well with a wooden spoon to create a fine paste. Drop in the essential oil for added fragrance and healing properties. What are the directions for usage? With clean hands, pat the paste onto your lips and the skin around it and allow it to set for a few minutes. Gently massage in circular motions to remove dead skin cells before rinsing with lukewarm water. Pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a thin layer of olive oil or moisturizing lip balm. You could do this 1-2 times weekly for healthy looking lips! Keep in a small container and store in fridge for longer shelf life. Be careful not to make too much at one go as this recipe is all natural and contains no preservatives. However if you have made extra, then share the DIY goodies with your best gal pals!...

Flower Crabs in Hua Diao Jiu

The Flower Crabs are the main ingredients of this dish and provides the sweet tasting flavour in the soup. To add more fragrance to this dish, I used the Chinese ‘Hua Diao Jiu’ which is a wine that provides the fragrance of this dish and complements the flavour of the crabs. This is another simple yet great tasting dish which is popular with most people and I finally settled my cravings for it. Time Required to Prepare: 10 mins Time to marinate: 15 mins Time to Cook: 8 mins Ingredients: 2 flower crabs 3 tablespoons chinese cooking wine – Hua Diao Jiu ??? 1/3 cup of chicken stock or water 1 stalk garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon sesame oil dash of salt Optional : A few slices of ginger for those who don’t like the fishy smell The brand of Hua Diao Jiu I use is Shao Hsing Hua Tiao Chiew which is readily available at most supermarkets. Directions: Remove the crab shells and discard crab guts. Clean them with brush carefully and rinse well. Place the chopped garlic, ginger and 3 tablespoons of Hua Diao Jiu in the insides of the crab shell and marinate it for 15 minutes. Bring a pot of water to boil, and set the plate on top of a wide-mouth wok or large skillet as the base with a metal stand to balance.  Make sure the water is about 1 inch beneath the plate. Now add the chicken stock/water, sesame oil, salt in between the crab shell and body. Cover with lid and steam over boiling water for 8 minutes.  Remove the plate from wok. You’re now ready to serve the dish!...

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