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What if you’re addicted to beauty products and turn out to be allergic to all of them?

It happened to me, seemingly overnight.

A horribly red, itchy rash across my face turned out to be the sad breaking point of fighting eczema for years.

My skin had had enough.

Even though I was already using good quality hypoallergenic brands, it wasn’t enough to keep my skin problems away. Desperate, I turned to a DIY remedy I had read somewhere online. A simple oatmeal face scrub.

Sure, I was skeptical about the idea of putting my morning bowl of oatmeal on my face. But there wasn’t possibly anything I could do to make it worse. So I made a paste of oatmeal and water and massaged my face with it.

The result changed my life forever.

Just like a steaming bowl of porridge on a cold winter morning can feel so comforting and good, this DIY face cleanser made my skin feel soothed and balanced.

Now, there’s one important thing you need to know before I continue my story: this was before there was a LUSH store anywhere close to where I lived (they didn’t even have an online store back then!) And other organic and natural brands were scarce to say the least.

So now that I had discovered this love and passion for natural beauty, I had to figure out how to create a skin care routine all on my own. With supplies I already had. I raided the kitchen pantry A LOT from that point on.

My natural DIY Beauty basics:

5 easy and cheap lip scrubs
Anti acne Zit Zapper Gel
Instant DIY Clay Face Mask
Non greasy Body Lotion
Vegan Lip Balm

The Makeup Dummy A DIY Natural Beauty Blog with tons of tutorials to make your own skincare products! Non toxic and allergy free DIY Beauty

So than I started this blog

After I finished college and had to try to figure out how to be an adult, I decided to start something of my own. I wanted to share what truly made me happy. As my craft projects had become my personal therapy sessions, I decided to start a craft blog.

Soon I also started to share the DIY beauty products that had changed my life.

The response was overwhelming. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to put food on her face.

There seemed to be a lot of interest in LUSH inspired DIY tutorials too, and that’s how I started to share bath bomb tutorials.

My favorite bath bomb tutorials:

DIY Bath Bombs with Epsom salt
DIY Geode inspired Bath Bombs
Foaming Bath Bombs
DIY Bath Bombs WITHOUT Citric Acid
Bath Bombs made with Cream of Tartar

Want to reach out? I hang out at these places a lot too:

Pinterest: @themakeupdummy
Instagram: @healthy.happy.ina
You Tube: DIY Therapy by Ina
Or just old fashion email me:


I’m not a cosmetologist, physician or other health care professional. I have tried and tested every single one of these recipes and DIYs on myself. However, everyone reacts differently to certain products. Therefore, I cannot be held responsible for any bad reactions, mishaps or fashion faux pas.


In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.

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Friday 12th of February 2021

Gathering my supplies to make Fancy Foot Disks. I am having problems getting Cocoa Butter.... can I use cocoa oil instead?

Ina from The Makeup Dummy

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Hi Nicki! Unfortunately, you need the cocoa butter to let the disks harden.

Cierra Dorsey

Friday 25th of May 2018

Hi! I can’t seem to find your DIY Lush R&B dupe…please help!

The Makeup Dummy

Friday 25th of May 2018

Hi Cierra! I just updated the recipe. You can find it here: Thank you for DIYing with me!

Jacey Meadows

Sunday 13th of May 2018

What’s your full name?


Wednesday 24th of May 2017

I took a look at some of your recipes, and I’m happy to say I will be trying a lotion recipe soon. Can’t stand commercial body and face lotions, so I’m willing to try some EASY homemade. I’ve viewed other homemade blogs; but they also hv become increasingly difficult to reproduce, with a list of ingredients that would erase whatever bank account I have! Simple is for me!


Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

Hi there! I'm a first timer to making bath bombs but absolutely want to give it a try! I also wanted to make some that were kid friendly! Not real sure of the difference when made for kids. Any recommendations?

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