Here’s a not-so-secret confession: I love cocktails. Inventing them, making them, and especially drinking them. And I also love DIY face masks. (It’s like crafting a delicious cocktail, for your FACE. Drink up, face! You don’t have to drive anywhere.)
And, as it turns out, there is a huge area of overlap in the kinds of ingredients that are equally good in both cocktails and DIY face masks. So it was only a matter of time before I was struck by inspiration to combine my two favorite things into one super-fun activity that I’m calling “Beauty and the Buzz.”
This activity would be especially great for a girls’ night get-together. Look, I already gave you the party name and everything! But it is also a totally acceptable and fun way to treat yourself on a weekend night. Or a weekday night. Or a weekend day. Really, whenever you want to sip a delicious cocktail and smear food on your face at the same time. I may just be a 5-year-old at heart, but that’s my kind of happy hour.
For this inaugural edition of “Beauty and the Buzz,” I decided to make avocado margaritas, in honor of National Tequila Day (which was yesterday, when this adventure took place), tweaking the classic margarita recipe so my ingredients could also work as a skin-boosting treatment. I substituted the traditional Cointreau with honey syrup and a little squeeze of orange. This is obviously not an equal substitution (Cointreau is an orange liqueur that has pronounced bitter and floral notes, and is also 40% alcohol), but it tastes great nonetheless. If you have Cointreau and would rather use that, go for it!
The main ingredient in the cocktail and the mask is avocado, which has many beauty benefits because it contains so many nutrients (like Vitamin E), healthy fats, and it’s naturally moisturizing, making this mask especially helpful for dry skin.
Here’s everything you need for both the cocktail and the mask.
For the avocado margarita (makes 1 cocktail):
- 2 oz silver tequila (I used Espolon Blanco)
- 1.25 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 0.25 to 0.5 oz honey syrup. Make this first, by heating equal parts honey and water on the stove top until the honey is dissolved. Pour it into a container and put it in the fridge/freezer until it’s cool. This helps the honey incorporate into the cocktail when you mix it. Note: this syrup is potent, and the avocado makes this drink plenty rich as it is, so be careful not to add too much.
- 0.25 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- One-third to one half of a ripe avocado
- Sea salt (for the rim)
1. Slice off a few lime wedges, and cover a small dish with a thin layer of sea salt. Wet the top of the glass with a lime wedge, and then dip the rim into the salt. Set aside.
2. In a cocktail mixing glass, muddle the avocado with the lime juice, orange juice, and honey syrup. Muddle more than you think you should. Really break up those avocado pieces! (Alternatively, you could do this in a blender or food processor, but I wanted the arm workout—and fewer dishes to wash.)
3. Add the tequila, and top with ice. Shake vigorously for a minute or so, and then strain over ice into your salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Now that you’ve got the refreshments out of the way, it’s time to make the mask. Warning: Having a gal pal (or an adventurous gent) on hand to enjoy both the treat and the treatment with you is highly advisable. All I had was my boyfriend, who got to enjoy all the perks of the cocktail making, but only laughed at me when my face was smeared with avocado goop. But today my face is glowing and his is covered in hair. So I win.
For the avocado mask:
- The rest of the avocado (two-thirds to one-half)
- 0.25 cup honey. Honey is another natural moisturizer that has antibacterial and skin-clarifying benefits and lots of antioxidants.
- Juice from half a lime and a quarter of the orange. Citrus juice is rich in vitamin C and has natural astringent properties, helping to tighten pores and brighten the complexion.
- 1 tsp sea salt. Rich in minerals, sea salt is a great natural acne-fighting ingredient.
- 0.25 cup olive oil. Olive oil is moisturizing and full of antioxidants, helping to repair skin damage and improve elasticity.
Note: If you have sensitive skin, be careful before jumping into a face mask before you know how it will affect you. Always try it out on a small patch of skin on the back of your hand first to test for reactions.
1. Dissolve the sea salt in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons of warm water. Then, add this to a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients.
2. Pulse the food processor until you have a mixture that loosely resembles guacamole. If it’s too watery, add more avocado. If it’s too thick, add more olive oil.
3. Enjoy a few sips of your cocktail while you pulse. Keep pulsing so you can keep sipping.
4. Use a spoon or your fingers to smear the mixture all over your clean, makeup-free face, avoiding the eye area.
5. Pop up from behind the couch where your unsuspecting significant other sits and scream, “I’M A SWAMP THIIIIING!” (Do this without spilling your cocktail, if at all possible.)
6. Wait for the mask to dry (10 minutes or so), and then wash it off.
And, that’s it! If all goes well, you should end the night glowing—on the inside and the outside. What a lady you are.
Will you be doing your own “Beauty and the Buzz” night in the near future? Do you have any requests for ingredients to include in future installments? Let us know how it goes/what you’d like to see in the comments!