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Posted on January 6, 2015

D.I.Y Vanilla & Coconut Body Scrub

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vanilla and coconut body scrub

For my first post of 2015, I’ve decided to share a simple D.I.Y beauty recipe! This timeless recipe only requires 3 ingredients that you can easily get a hold of.

Here I’ve put together two of my favourite scents to make a simple scrub that will give your body  silky smooth skin.

Ingredients:

  • 100g coconut oil
  • 110g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a clean bowl.
  2. Transfer to a jar and then keep refrigerated.
  3. To use, rub on skin while in the shower or bath and massage well.
  4. Rise out and pat skin dry.

Sugar scrubs are probably one of the easiest D.I.Y scrubs to make because once you have a ‘scrubbing’ agent and a pleasant smelling ingredient, you’re already half way there! The exfoliating element leaves the skin smooth, vibrant and refreshed.

After giving this recipe a try, it’s quite likely you’ll be giving the ready-made stuff a miss! #TeamDoItYourself 🙂

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Posted on November 27, 2014

3 home remedies for spilt ends

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home remedies for split ends

In this day and age, too many women are overly focused on making their weave and extensions look perfect that they neglect and mistreat their natural hair.

I’m not pointing any fingers here, because I was once on the same ship. Overtime, I have learned to treat the natural kinks in my hair and the more I do so, the more I love it!

D.I.Y hair masks have become a norm in my household, and while I will at some stage share the recipe we use for hair growth, I thought I’d first start off with a problem that women of many ages and races have to deal with on a regular basis: split ends.

There are different reasons why people get split ends: over washing, a lack of moisture, excessive hair styling tools, sun exposure…..the list goes on really! But the important thing is that it can easily be fixed.

Here are some simple remedies for treating split ends at home:

Egg mask

Crack an egg into a clean bowl and then add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Mix it up and then apply it onto your hair. Leave it on for 30 – 45 minutes and then wash your hair as you normally would.

Avocado trick

Mash an avocado and then massage it in your hair. Be sure to get a good coat on your split ends. Leave it in for about 25 minutes and then wash your hair as you normally would.

Honey rinse

Mix 2 spoonfuls of honey with a spoonful of curd and then massage it into your hair. Pay particular attention to the split ends. Leave the mixture on for about 25 minutes and then rinse it out water.

If you try one or two of these methods once every 2 weeks you will begin to see a difference, all it takes is a bit of discipline! Your hair is your glory, remember? 🙂

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Posted on September 14, 2014

D.I.Y Eyelash growth serum

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D.I.Y Eyelash Growth Serum

After several weeks of using this D.I.Y lash serum, I’ve decided to share the recipe with you (just because it actually works!). Not only is this serum made of natural ingredients, but it’s also pretty cheap to get everything you need to make it, which you would probably agree, makes things so much easier – who doesn’t like a good knock off, right?

I’ve applied this serum on my lashes nearly every night since I first made it and I’ve actually notice some amount of improvement. They are much thicker now and look slightly longer than what they were before I started using iy. The best part about it is, my mascara takes a lot better now too (that’s always a plus!).

If you want to give it a try yourself, then here’s what you need:

1. An empty container

2. Castor OilFor thickness and growth

Castor oil is a thick and unscented oil which is full of proteins and vitamins. It helps promote eyelash growth while making them thicker and darker at the same time.

You’ll need about 20ml

3. Sweet Almond OilFor moisture

This vitamin E enriched-oil helps add some moisture to your hair follicles. The more moisturised your hair follicles are, the less likely they will fall out.

You’ll need about 15ml

4. Coconut Oil – For growth

At this stage you probably already know that coconut oil has so many purposes (it’s like a miracle oil).  In this case, the coconut oil will help with the hair growth side of things, it also smells amazing!

You’ll need about 10ml

thickening and lenghtening eyelash serum

Another thing I like about this serum is that you could easily use it as clear mascara. It really gives off a wet and dark look when applied properly which I think has a lot to do with the thickness of the castor oil (this must be the secret ingredient).

I’ve never been a huge fan of false lashes anyways, so using something like this (and a really good mascara) is enough for me to lengthen my lashes. If you decide to give these a try, do let me know how you get on!

Note: These oils should be available at your local pharmacy and they each cost no more than €5.

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Posted on May 15, 2014

D.I.Y Ginger detox bath

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ginger diy detox

If you’ve never heard of a detox bath until today, then you’re probably wondering why you’ll ever need one. Well, as you already know, we live in a world full of toxins and lurking bacteria, so a detox bath is a great way of getting rid of all those bad toxins that build up in the body every day.

So how exactly does this work?

It’s simple really, when it comes to a detox bath, sweating is the name of the game. Sweating is a very powerful way of getting rid of nasty toxins from the body and by adding some ginger to a hot tub, you can go the extra mile – without actually running!

Here’s what you’ll need for a ginger detox bath:

–  2 tbsp ground ginger
–  Tub of comfortably hot water (the operative word being ‘comfortably’)

1, Fill the tub and add three tablespoons of ground ginger. If you don’t have ground ginger, you can use freshly grated ginger instead.
2, Mix it up and then soak yourself in the bath for about 25 minutes.
3, After a while, you will feel your body sweating, so it’s a good idea to keep some bottled water handy.

By the end of this, you’ll be sweating like a pig – even an hour or two after you’re out of the bath! So remember to wear light clothing and drink plenty of water when you’re done.

Apparently a ginger detox bath is also good for warding off the symptoms of an oncoming cold – prevention is better than cure right?

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Posted on January 7, 2014

D.I.Y almond face masks

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home-made almond milk

Every now and then, it’s a good idea to use natural products to make face masks. For starters, it’s can work out a lot cheaper and on top of that, you have full control over what you use, so you don’t have to be fooled into thinking you’re getting something else (believe me, it happens!)

As I mentioned before, almonds are packed with vitamin E which are very good for the skin, it has anti-aging properties and can help promote glowing skin. When used topically, it gently exfoliates the skin as well as keeping it hydrated.

So here are a few masks you could use for to tackle different skin problems:

Dull skin/Sensitive skin: Use an almond and honey mask

This will give your skin a special glow making it look more alive. Mix two spoonfuls of almond powder with one spoon of honey. Apply to face after cleansing and leave for no more than 20 minutes before rinsing out- watch your skin glow.

Dry skin: Use an almond, oats and lemon mask

Oats will soothe dry and itchy skin, while the lemon makes for a great skin toner.  Take one tablespoon of almond powder and oats and then mix with two tablespoons of lemon. Make a paste and apply on the skin after cleansing.

Oily skin: Use an almond, honey and lemon mask

As in the other masks, the almond will gently exfoliate your skin , while the honey and lemon will help tighten and brighten your skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of  each and apply to the skin after cleansing. Leave on for about 20 minutes before cleaning face.

There you have it, a few different ways you can use almonds in a face mask! If you know any other variations of these masks, feel free to throw them my way!

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Posted on October 14, 2013

D.I.Y Pore Strips

D.I.Y/ How To/ Natural beauty/ Skincare

diy porestrips

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Yesterday, I decided that a bit of pampering was in order. I put on some relaxing music and started off by cleansing and exfoliating my face and then, I went on to steam it. This was followed by a not so pampering experience of peeling  pore strips off my whole face.

Not to scare you or anything, but it was pain-FUL! So please don’t make the same mistake I made and just keep it to a minimum!

So why use pore strips?

Using pore strips is a quick and easy way to get rid of the dirt/oil in the pores that cause blackheads. This is one of my biggest beauty concerns. I’ve used these strips more than just a couple times and I’ve found that they do actually make a difference.

So if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get rid of pore-clogging build up, then I suggest you give this a try! 🙂

  1. Get two spoons of unflavored gelatine
  2. Mix it with two spoons of milk
  3. Mix up an microwave for 10 seconds
  4. Using a foundation brush, apply to affected area, namely nose, chin / forehead 

Let this set on your skin for about 10 minutes and when it dries up, let the peeling begin! Once you remove everything,  you should be able to see the dirt/oil from your pores on the actual strips! I know, it’s disgusting – but at least it shows you did a good job!

Note: DO NOT make the mistake of putting it all over your face, it WILL BE painful! Just put it on certain parts of the face that need it. Also, don’t let it dry with a blow drier as it will get too dry and will be even more difficult to peel off.

Let me know if you decide to give this recipe a try, feel free to comment below! xx

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Posted on September 2, 2013

D.I.Y Honey & Lemon Face Mask

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honey & lemon face mask

I noticed that I got  a good bit of feedback from my first D.I.Y post on how to make a lip scrub, so I thought that it would be a good idea to do another quick D.I.Y post for you, so if you’re looking to lighten, tighten and brighten your face, keep reading and you will soon find that this honey & lemon face mask is the answer to your beauty prayers!

What you need:

Raw honey & Organic lemon juice (just a fancy way of saying squeeze the juice out of real lemons rather than getting ready made lemon juice!)

Why raw honey?

Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so by using raw/organic honey in your face mask, you will benefit from all the nutrients that usually die due to excessive heat and pasteurization in non-organic honey.

It also absorbs impurities from the pores and the skin (No wonder ancient beauties used it with milk to keep their complexion looking young and radiant!)

And why would you ever want to put lemon on your face!!??

Here’s why…..

Lemon, lightens, tightens and brightens!!! Now to get more technical…. because of the lightening properties in lemon it is good for uneven skin tone. Not to mention that it’s good for exfoliating (important for any face mask!)

Now down to the nitty gritty…

Squeeze 1/2 a lemon into a bowl, add 2 tbsp of honey (organic/raw). Mix it with a spoon until it’s a liquid consistency. Apply it all over a clean face avoiding eye area.Leave on for 15-20 mins and rinse off. And it’s that simple!

Have you ever tried a honey and lemon face mask? 

Feel free to leave your comments below!

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Posted on August 8, 2013

How to make a lip scrub

D.I.Y/ How To/ lips/ Natural beauty

diy lip scrub

I don’t think I stand alone when I say that there’s nothing better than a good D.I.Y that takes no longer than a minute to put together! So for this weeks second post, I thought I’d show you all how to make a lip scrub at home!

Why should you use a lip scrub?

A lip scrub is one of the things that you could use to exfoliate your lips! If you’d like, you could simply brush your lips with a tooth brush after brushing your teeth, but if you’d like to make your beauty routine a bit interesting, you could go on ahead and use this recipe to make your own lip scrub at home!

What you need to make a lip scrub:

1. 1 tbs  Olive oil

2. 1 tbs Honey

3. 2-3 tbs Sugar

4. A clean bowl and spoon

5. Damp face towel

6. Empty jar (optional)

7. Your beautiful lips!

How to put the lip scrub together:

1. Put the Olive oil, honey and sugar into a bowl.

2. Mix the ingredients until you get a pasty mixture as pictured below

how-to-make-a-lip-scrub

3. Using your index finger rub some of the mixture onto your lips for about 30 seconds.

You should already feel a difference at this stage!

4. Using your towel, wipe your lips and repeat the process this time rubbing it for a lot longer (1 -2 mins)

5. Again, use your towel to remove the lip scrub and voila!

6. If you’re a bit of a hoarder, you could put the rest of the lip scrub into an empty jar but make sure you get the full use of it, if not, it will only get hard and go to waste.

Note: Regularly exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub helps remove old and dead skin cells on your lips so over time your lips will become more moist and naturally plump

(Vote no to dry and chapped lips!)

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