After spending hours in the kitchen making Thanksgiving dinner, why not indulge in a few minutes of pampering before the guests arrive?
If you think that extra pumpkin puree will go to waste, think again. Use it to make a moisturizer that is guaranteed to make your hands and cuticles ready for that Thanksgiving manicure!
Mix 4 parts of pumpkin puree to 1 part honey. For exfoliation, add 1 part ground coffee (I recycle the used coffee grounds from my brewer) or sugar depending on which scent you prefer. Massage this gently onto your hands as well as your cuticles. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off. You are now ready for nail polish!
Make sure your nails are grease and moisture free. Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and give each nail a few swipes. Apply your basecoat. Apply two to three coats of nail polish. Clean up around the edges and along the cuticles. Apply your topcoat. When nails are completely dry, put some cuticle oil along your cuticles and gently rub it in to restore moisture.
As for the leftover pumpkin moisturizer, no problem! I store mine in a small mason jar for up to two weeks in the fridge. Note that you can also use this as a facial exfoliator. Just follow the same steps and leave on your face and neck until you are ready to finish your shower. Rinse of with soap and water.
The original recipe for this DIY moisturizer may be found at ehow.com. Want to join the Cult? Purchase Annalicious and other Cult Nails polishes here!
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Written by: Ann Itoralba