Yum! Homemade Chocolate Skincare – Ingredient Links & Labels

I love chocolate. In fact, I’m a little obsessed with chocolate. I had a long conversation the other day about how I was going to find a chocolate dragon and slay it and take all its chocolate loot. My friend, who offered to help me slay the dragon, proceeded to not assume he could have some of the chocolate, but to ask nicely if I would share. I almost had to stop and consider my answer before saying that I would in fact share my chocolate.

But that’s the thing about chocolate. Sharing is fun. It’s fun to have by yourself, it’s fun to have with friends, and it’s also fun to smear across your skin. And these recipes will let you do all three.

Now, I’d love to give you the full recipes here. But that privilege must be reserved for readers of Simply Gluten Free Magazine, since that’s where the recipes are printed. Some of you reading this are here from the article. But for those of you just reading my blog, go snag your own copy at your local store!

OK, have you got your magazine now? Sweet (pun totally intended). Now here’s the links to all the ingredients and the downloads for the cute labels!

The promised goods

In the article, I gave y’all a link sending you to this page. In it, I promised links and the cute labels displayed in the pictures. Check it out below!

Ingredient links

There’s a total of 5 recipes in the article. However the ingredients have a lot of overlap, which makes it cheaper and easier to make them all! I grabbed all my ingredients from Amazon, and these are the ones I used:

  • Beeswax
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Brown Sugar
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Salt
  • Vitamin E

Containers, molds and label links

For all the tools you probably don’t have lying around that you need, here’s the links to those too.

  • Lip Balm Tubes
  • Lotion Bar Molds
  • Ball Jars

Labels + designs

And because I like cute things and organizing things and giving things away, here’s allll the labels I made for these containers!

Buy these labels exactly-

  • Round Labels for jars
  • Small Labels for lip balm

Then print these PDFs full size, on the round labels:

  • Body Scrub Label
  • Whipped Body Butter Label
  • Chocolate Mask Mix Label

Just peel them off and stick them straight on and you’re done!

Print this PDF full size on top of the small labels:

  • Lip Balm Label

For the lip balm, it’s a little trickier. I decided to go for the easy-to-find labels instead of something more obscure. So these are just normal return address labels. To get the lip balm labels, after you print them, cut them in half. Peel off one half and stick it on. And done!

Enjoy your chocolate skincare success!

How to Contour with Gluten Free Makeup

Whoever hasn’t heard of contouring has been living at the bottom of a deep, dark well where the delightfully TMI internet and juicy celebrity gossip never reach them.

Wait… Actually maybe that’s not so bad after all.

Anyway, on your radar or not, contouring is a great way to add definition to your already gorgeous face. Sure, you could also reshape it into an exact replica of Michael Jackson, but unless you’re dressing up for Halloween I’d rather see your real face, thank you.

How to flawlessly sculpt your face

Contouring advice is everywhere you look. Some of it good, most of it bad, and some of it hide-your-children-a-monster-is-here bad. Instead of slogging through the bad advice, go check out my article in the latest Simply Gluten Free Magazine (Sept-Oct ’15). Not only is it an actually good article (obviously), but the lovely Erin painted glorious watercolor illustrations to show you exactly how to follow the steps.

Check out where to find the magazine here. And don’t drool too much over Erin’s paintings.

If you want some tips right now, here’s an awesome video to show you some contouring basics.

Now of course… None of the products in the video above are safe to use. And my article is also only about the technique. So before you can get started, you need to assemble your kit.

The magic products you can’t live without

Basically, you need something to darken and something to brighten. There are tons of products specifically for contouring in the non-gluten-free world, but few of them are exactly replicated in the gluten free world. Fortunately, that doesn’t matter too much. Since all we need is dark and light, we can use any product that gives us that effect.


Darker Foundation

This is by far the easiest way to find a good contour powder. Choose a foundation a few shades darker and a shade cooler than your usual foundation. You want to give the illusion of a shadow, so cooler is better than warmer.


This is my current favorite contouring alternative. Sounds kinda crazy, but it works so well. Choose a shade that’s matte, cool and brown. I’ve been using this shade from Red Apple. Because eyeshadow is so pigmented, it requires a lot of blending and a very light hand to not be too heavy or sharp an application. However, you may already have a shadow you can use on hand. So all that may be left is to get the hang of applying it.


This is not an ideal product to use. The warm tones make for a strange-looking shadow and in most cases do as much harm as good to the overall look. However, if you are very warm skinned and have found a strangely cool bronzer (maybe like this?), you may be able to get away with using this.

Contouring Powder/Cream

The product actually designed for contouring. It’s surprisingly hard to find in the gluten free makeup world! There’s only one I’m aware of at this point in time. And that would be this. It only comes in one color, so if this color doesn’t work for you, then you’re out of luck. But with all the other products above you can also use to contour, have no fear. There’s something out there for you.


Pale Concealer

Since it’s a good idea to use concealer a few shades lighter than your skin, it’s possible you already have a concealer that will work for this. The downside of this method is that many concealers tend to look cakey when used over large swaths of skin. Try it if you can, but don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t look quite right. Just try another method.

Lighter Foundation

Again, this is one of the easiest ways to get a good highlight. Get a foundation a few shades lighter, but don’t mess with the tone this time.


The cool thing about eyeshadow is that most lines already have highlighting shades. Often a nude or whiteish color with either sparkle or gentle light-reflection, eyeshadow for highlighting is often easier than eyeshadow for contouring. I keep going back to is this one.

Highlighting Powder/Cream

For all the difficulty of finding contour products in the gluten free makeup world, highlighting is oddly easy. Creams and powders abound, from just about every popular gluten free makeup company. However, I highly recommend you try this one.

The often forgotten trick to getting the most out of your products

Almost as important as the products themselves is the proper application. Even if you had all the right products, the wrong brush and a heavy touch can literally ruin your look.

If you want to cover all your bases, check out this entire vegan, soft as butter and reasonably priced kit.

Or if you just want the right brushes for this, grab this contour brush and this highlight brush.

The ultimate secret to perfecting your technique

Stand in front of the mirror. Stare at your own eyes. Look DEEP into your eyes. Then chant three times “I will be an awesome contourer.”

Nah, just kidding.

There’s only one secret to perfecting your contour technique.


Practice on days you don’t need to go out. Practice when you’re just meeting your BFF for coffee (bonus points if she’s a bluntly honest BFF who can tell you what she thinks). Practice whenever the pressure is low and/or your makeup is unnecessary.

In less time than you think, you’ll be contouring like a pro.

Do you have any awesome tips for sculpting your face? let us know in the comments!

Sunkissed Eyes

As spring rolls in, what are you changing in your makeup routine?

With warmth flooding in and the sun growing bolder, it’s time to shake up your look. Gone are the days of dark eyes and gobs of liner. In comes the bright and the fresh.

Double whammy if it’s also outrageously fast to put on.

To celebrate spring and the oncoming sun, I decided to create this cheery, bronzer-based look. And whudaya know, it’s now one of my very favorites! It’s so easy, so fresh, and adds warm definition without taking away from your natural eyes. Best of all, you probably have all the products on hand already.

  1. Sweep a nude shade over your lid. (we used this one)
  2. Dust bronzer into your crease. Bonus points if it’s the one you used on your face! (the entire look was done with this bronzer)
  3. Dab a gold shade into your inner eye. (we used the color Sand here)
  4. Apply illuminator on your brow bone. Again, you can use the same one you used on your face. (my absolute favorite is this one)
  5. Apply mascara to your upper lashes. (the fabulous one of today is this one)

Super easy, right? Try it yourself!

5 Essential Tips to Hide Holiday Skin Stress with Gluten Free Makeup

You’re traipsing along in your everyday life, taking each day as it comes, when BAM!

Suddenly the Holidays.

They hit hard and nearly knock you flat with parties, gifts, cooking, shopping, family and friends and not enough time in the day to get it all done.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Holidays. But why does something that’s supposed to be fun end up so stressful?

If this craze is starting to show on your skin, fear not. This article is for you.

Your Dirty Little Secret is Yours Alone

Nobody has to know you stayed up ’til 3 am last night downing a bottle of wine while catching up with old friends. Your body is weary and your face is bleary. You’re looking forward to bed with every fiber of your being. But we’ll make sure nobody else can tell.

While fixing the problem would obviously be first choice, sometimes that just isn’t possible. The show must go on, even if you did only get 4 hours of sleep.

​We’ll just hide the evidence.

Your skin doesn’t always obey your wishes. If you can’t fix it, hide it! Here’s how.

#1. Lackluster Skin

Too many late nights, too much alcohol, not enough water, or just plain ‘ol weather changes can all contribute to your tired looking face. Put some pep back in your skin with products like these!

Dewy Foundation

Illuminare’s Moisturizing Mineral Foundation

Not only does this have the perfect finish for lackluster skin, but it covers blemishes with ease and is moisturizing to help combat winter dryness! Triple win. <3

Cream Blush

raw.Skin.Ceuticals’ Cheek Creme Blush

Lending a soft, liquid sheen, cream blush has a way of appearing to shimmer from beneath your skin. Ramp up the glow with the swipe of a finger.

#2. Cracked Lips

“Yay chapped lips!!” said nobody ever. Nasty, icky lips that make you want to nibble them, even though you know you shouldn’t because it’ll only make them worse. So how about we hide and heal them at the same time?

Moisturizing Lip Gloss

Red Apple Lipstick’s Lip Glosses

Red Apple’s glosses are shiny, moisturizing and beautiful. Let the slick sheen hide your cracked lips, the natural oils moisturize and protect, and the gorgeousness boost your confidence.

Lip Tint (that acts like lip balm)

Keeki Pure and Simple’s Shimmer Stick

Need tons of moisturizing, but don’t want to give up that polished look? Grab yourself some lip tints and get the best of both worlds! Gorgeous colors, lots of moisturizing power.

#3. Dry Skin

Indoor heating is lovely, isn’t it? But such a difference from the biting winter winds outside. With all the bouncing we do from one extreme to another, dry skin may be everyone’s most common winter woe. So try some double duty foundations that moisturize and cover at the same time.

Moisturizing CC Cream

Mirabella’s CC Creme

With a wallop of moisturizing power from avocado oil, bamboo water and apple water, this creme blends the best of BB creams hydration and liquid foundations coverage. Seriously, grab yourself a bottle.

Full Coverage Protection

Lauren Brooke Cosmetique’s Creme Foundation

Based in beeswax and argan oil, this foundation is like a facial treatment and protective mask all in one. Beat the wind with this foundation that covers, defends and nourishes all at once.

#4. Red, Discolored Skin

Now you’ve gone and done it. One cocktail too many and your face is still red. Also, you knew eating too much of that dip would make your face all splotchy. But you did it anyway because it was just. So. GOOD. Fine, let’s snag some superior coverage foundation and fix you up.

Totally Full Coverage

Illuminare’s Concealing Foundation

One of the most powerfully covering foundations I’ve ever tried. The only downside is the limited color palette. You might need to purchase two and mix them!

Airbrush Away

TEMPTU’s Airbrush Foundation Kit

Yes. Gluten free airbrush makeup exists. If your skin is really bad and you have tons of holiday photos for which to pose, this at-home kit can make your skin as perfect as a celebrity’s on the red carpet.

#5. Puffy, Dark Eyes

Catching up family is way more important than sleep. Right? Right. So is getting that last pie out of the oven so it’ll be ready for tomorrow. But your eyes won’t thank you for your priority changes. So let’s fight back by masking them so well even Batman would be jealous.

Strong Concealer

Pure Skn’s Liquid Concealer

One of the best, most powerful concealers I’ve ever used. Cover those circles, or blemishes, or darkest sins, and be confident it won’t come to light until you’re ready to reveal it. 😉

Smokey Eyes

Honeybee Garden’s Smokey Eyes Palette

If you just can’t seem to cover those rings enough, try a different tactic. How about Redirection? The favorite trick of the magician, you can use it yourself. Distract from those rings by smoking out your eyes on purpose.

I really do love this festive season. It’s beautiful, it’s joyful, it’s filled with amazing food. But it can also run you over like a train and leave you groaning on the tracks.

Don’t let the Holidays do a number on you skin. You should do a number on the Holidays. 😉

Do you have any tips for covering up holiday stress? Let me know in the comments below!