I love to laugh. Full out, gut busting laughing that either makes me cry or snort. A lot of times, I laugh at myself. I am really okay with this because I am, at times, a klutz and don’t always think before I do something because I become really excited about an outcome. This excitement doesn’t always lead to the outcome I want and instead of becoming sad or angry, I just end up laughing. The results are, in fact, hilarious. I totally believe in self-care as part of recovery and just every day living. One way I find new ways to increase my self-care is by using Pinterest.
This wonderful app can make us feel like the next Martha Stewart, Julia Child or Chip Gains from the HGTV series Fixer Upper. What we fail to realize in our wide eyed child like wonder, is we’ve probably never cut a piece of fabric straight, made rye bread from scratch that wasn’t hard as a rock, created cute cupcakes that actually look like cupcakes instead an alien and even know the difference between a table saw or a hacksaw (no Googling for the answer!). We see the wondrous pallet furniture and thing to ourselves, “Easy-peasy weekend project,” we end up throwing out at the dump, covering up with a table cloth or hide it in the garage. We tuck our tails between our legs and hope no one remembers we bragged about how awesome something we were going to make was going to be the next Pinterest win … instead we end up having a Pinterest fail.
One day I took it upon myself, Pinterest extraordinaire, to delve into making my own facemask. I had already nailed making my own toothpaste; face-wash and cinnamon face scrub, so how hard could making simple facemask be? I was plagued from a major face eruption due to hormonal changes for months and the conventional facemasks did nothing to touch the mess that was my face. I didn’t want to use harsh chemical peels….hello, I make my own toothpaste. I knew the benefits of turmeric root (we have an awesome blog about the use of turmeric) and found this amazing pin for a facemask promising to help with the issues I was experiencing. I read the directions, mixed it up and slapped it on my face. I couldn’t wait to sit back, close my eyes and go to my happy place, but first I had to wash my hands. While doing this, I observed a beautiful golden-orange color staining my hands. No amount of scrubbing removed the color from my hands. Then it hit me; I put this on my face and it had already set for eight minutes! I promptly ran to the bathroom, tripping over my cat in my haste, and began to wash the mask off. I avoided looking at my face till it was fully washed. Once I looked into the mirror, much to my horror, my face was the same lovely shade of golden-orange. I looked like a character from Willy Wonka ©. I was orange! It took another 30 minutes, coconut oil and baking soda to return my face to something normal. I was now a part of the Pinterest fail group. No one wants to look like an Oompa Loompa, unless it’s for Halloween. I busted out laughing. That’s right I laughed at myself. Moral of all of this: do more research before putting a spice on your face. I’ve done this since this Pinterest fail and still use this facemask with some extra ingredients. Happy pinning.