5 Beauty DIYs to Get You Through the Zombie Apocalypse

As we all know, the zombie apocalypse is inevitable. It’s going to happen, and it won’t be pretty. The only real question is: will you be ready? Having a stockpile of canned goods and a crossbow at the ready is great, but what if you can’t make it to the nearest Sephora before it’s looted? These are the things I think about, guys. When the worst happens, it will be necessary to have some DIY beauty skills in your back pocket to fall back on. Here are five simple concoctions you can make virtually anywhere, whether you’re holed up in a dilapidated barn or you’re squatting in an abandoned prison (fingers crossed).

 

These delicious-looking tropical body scrubs will be especially handy for those of you who are in Hawaii when the end comes. You’ll have to mash up the fruit by hand instead of using a blender, but man, is it going to feel good to scrub the grit of the apocalypse off of your skin!

 

Showers will be a thing of the past, so knowing how to make your own dry shampoo is an essential skill in a post-apocalyptic world. My sister uses a formula similar to this one and she swears by it. There’s also a version of the recipe for light hair.

 

This lovely rosewater face mist will feel super refreshing after a long day of fighting zombies (or running away from them, depending on your personal style). Plus, it smells so good, you’ll almost forget that society has collapsed.

 

Staying hydrated is going to be tough post-apocalypse, and finding a good facialist will be pretty much impossible. But if you learn how to whip up this amazing mask made from avocado, honey & yogurt, your skin will thank you. (Plus, the leftovers are edible.) It’s insanely moisturizing and soothing. Apocalypse or not, this is probably my favorite beauty DIY of all time!

 

I admit, achieving perfect tousled beachy waves will likely be low on your list of priorities in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. But this sea salt spray is a pretty good dupe for Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, and will keep you from looking like death warmed over. Until a zombie bites you, that is.

Which beauty DIYs will you rely on during the zombie apocalypse? Also, who else really misses The Walking Dead already?

♥ Mil

P.S. The best DIY lip scrub and a DIY caffeine serum for undereye circles!

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6 Avocado Recipes That Aren’t Avocado Toast

You guys, I have some very distressing news. Are you sitting down? It saddens me to tell you this, but apparently…avocado toast is over. I know, I’m as upset as you are. But it was fun while it lasted. Now, I’m certainly not going to stop eating avocado toast, as my deep and abiding love for it cannot be quashed by something so fickle as a changing trend. But in the interest of branching out (just to other recipes with avocado – let’s not go crazy), here are a few delicious alternatives to consider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t tried the chocolate mousse above, but I have eaten a chocolate avocado cream pie that was legitimately life-changing. Who would have thought avocado had any place in the dessert world? I’m also dying to try those avocado fries. What’s your favorite way to use avocado?

♥ Mil

P.S. My favorite avocado toast recipe.

Snack Attack: Avocado Toast

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It’s no secret that when it comes to cooking for just myself, I can be a little lazy. I definitely don’t plan out all my meals for the week like Jules does (unless you count scheduling happy hours as meal planning), and I frequently come home with the intention of cooking only to find my fridge sadly devoid of anything that could be magically transformed into a meal. (Come on, grocery shopping elves, get your act together!)

Likewise, I’m a spontaneous snacker. I’ll go for whatever’s easy to grab and takes minimal effort, like chips or yogurt. Boring, right? So the other night when I wandered into my kitchen looking for a snack, I spent several long minutes staring at my stash of avocados and wishing I had a live-in guacamole chef at my disposal…then after reality set in, I hit the Pinterest boards looking for an easy avocado recipe. Immediately a wave of results for avocado toast appeared, and I wondered why I had never thought of this. I love toast. I love avocados. It made perfect, glorious sense! I combined the most appealing parts of several recipes based on what I happened to have on hand, and the result was delicious perfection.

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Here’s what you’ll need for the easiest, tastiest snack ever:

1/2 a ripe avocado

2 slices whole grain toast

1 clove garlic

Olive oil

Paprika

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

A little lemon juice (all you really need is a slice’s worth)

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Combine the avocado in a small bowl with a few drops of lemon juice and add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. Blend until creamy (unless you prefer it chunky–then go for it, girl)!

Next, toast your bread and coat one side lightly with olive oil. Then cut your clove of garlic in half and rub it all over the toast.

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Finally, spread a generous helping of avocado all over your toast and drizzle with olive oil. Then sprinkle on a little extra paprika, salt and pepper. And maybe some more lemon juice too. I mean, why not?

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And there you have it – a delicious, healthy snack that’s beyond easy to make! I know I’m super late to the party on this one, but now that I’m on board, avocado toast is going to be a permanent fixture in my life.

What’s your favorite simple snack?

♥ Mil

Holy Guacamole

Fresh guacamole is one of my favorite summer snacks—and so easy to whip up in a flash if you have a few friends over. (It’s also a great option to bring to a party if you want to seem like you made more effort than you really did.) I’ve been perfecting this recipe over the years and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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• 1 large ripe avocado (should give slightly when squeezed)

• 1 Roma tomato, chopped (or two smaller tomatoes stolen from your mom’s garden)

• 1/4 cup very finely chopped red onion

• Half a lime’s worth of juice, freshly squeezed

• One clove of garlic, finely chopped

• Optional: half a jalapeno, diced

• A dash or two of Tabasco sauce

• The secret to my success–plenty of spice! My favorites are cumin, cayenne pepper and paprika, and of course salt and pepper, too. Start off with a little bit of each of these, and mix in more to taste.

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Combine all the ingredients in a medium size bowl and stir/blend/mash it into submission with a big spoon (or a pestle, if you’re fancy). When you’re done, it should be fairly creamy, with minimal avocado chunks. Serves 2-3. Best enjoyed with margaritas on a sunny patio.

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Tip: if you have some guac left over (crazy, I know), squeeze a bit of lime or lemon juice over the top to keep it from turning brown too quickly.

If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

♥ Mil

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