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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beauty uses of rose water

September 27, 2012 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

I recently started using rose water as a facial toner and I love it!  As I told you in a previous post, I normally use (undiluted) distilled witch hazel but lately my skin is much more sensitive so I wanted to try a milder toner.  For years, this was the only product that my mother would use on her skin and her skin is gorgeous.

What is rose water?

Rose water is a by-product of the production of rose oil through distillation of pure fresh rose petals.  Did you know that rose water has several beauty uses and benefits?

Beauty uses of rose water:
  • Rose water is a well-known for its natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Rose water can help reduce skin inflammation, lines and wrinkles.   
  • Apply rose water to cleansed skin to reduce swollen and inflamed acne.
  • You could also dip a cotton disk in rose water and place it on your eyelids for a soothing feeling that helps cool tired eyes.
  • You can also combine a cup of rose water with ¾ cups of witch hazel and use it as a facial toner.
  • Combine a few drops of rose water with your regular moisturiser.  Rose water maintains the skin's pH balance.  
  • Rose water is also a wonderful leave-in hair conditioner.

I'm not a fan of the rose fragrance that lingers on my face, and I can actually smell it throughout the day, but I love the way my skin feels and looks.  
Rose water can be found in some supermarkets but this commercial type usually contains chemicals and artificial preservatives that are less effective than pure rose water.  Watch this video for instructions on how to make rose water at home. 

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Have you ever used rose water?  Will you make your own rose water at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Is your shampoo stripping your hair?

September 17, 2012 2 Comments

Is your shampoo stripping your hair of moisture?  Does your shampoo contain sulphates?  

Sulphates (sulfates) are the agents that make cleansing products lather.  Most shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate These ingredients, which are standard for most shampoo (and household cleaning products), strips the hair from natural oils, over-dry the hair and cause frizz (especially in curly hair).  Sulphates also damage coloured hair.  In fact, after a chemical treatment, colouring or hair extensions, hair stylists will often recommend a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.

Without sulphates there is no lather when you wash your hair so it takes some getting used to.  Cleansing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo is very similar to co-washing (washing with conditioner only).  If you choose to co-wash, always use a sulphate-free and silicone-free conditioner.

However, if you use silicone-based hair products (conditioners, gels, creams, serums, etc.), you do need to use a sulphate shampoo to remove build-up!

So what can you do to make it less harsh?  Diluting your shampoo will help you get that perfect clean feeling while limiting the hair stripping and damage.

How to dilute your shampoo:
Mix 1 part water and 1 part shampoo in a spray bottle or applicator bottle.  You could also use an empty shampoo bottle.

  • You can target your scalp with the spray bottle or applicator bottle.
  • Makes thicker shampoos easy to spread and lather.
  • It’s less concentrated so less of your natural oils are being stripped out of your hair (less drying).
  • You use less shampoo and save money in the long run.

Do you dilute your shampoo?  What about co-washing and sulphate-free shampoos?  Have you tried any?  Let me know in the comments below.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Quiz: What's your beauty personality?

September 13, 2012 1 Comments

Hello everyone!  I came across a beauty personality quiz on fitnessmagazine.com, and I thought I’d share it with you.

What's your beauty personality?  Natural? Trendy? Classic?  Take this quiz and find out.

1. How often do you wear your hair in its natural texture?

A.  At least a few days a week.  I love waves and curls!
B.  It depends on my outfit and where I'm off to.
C.  Never - I only like my hair straight and sleek.

2. How many times have you changed your hair colour this year?

A.  Not often (if at all).  I choose shades that allow for months between touch-ups.
B.  Every chance I get!  I love to experiment to fit my mood.
C.  As soon as I see roots.  Having my colour look perfect is a priority.

3. What do you NEVER leave the house without?

A.  A swipe of sheer gloss on my lips - it brightens up my entire face.
B.  Full eye make-up - I just don't look like myself without it.
C.  My entire "face" done.  I could run into my ex on the street!

4. Packing your skincare products for a weekend getaway is...

A.  Easy as one-two-three - cleanse, moisturize, and protect.
B.  Torture.  How can I choose among all my must-have lotions and potions?
C.  Non-negotiable.  I've been loyal to products for years and I'll never sacrifice perfect skin for a smaller suitcase.

5. What's your dream vacation?

A.  A tropical hideaway surrounded by crystal-clear water and palm trees.
B.  Partying it up in a sexy town that never sleeps like Cabo or Ibiza.
C.  Touring a romantic and cultural city like Paris, Rome, or Madrid.

Your results:

If you answered mostly As, you're a Natural Girl! 

You like to keep your beauty regimen simple, and spending time getting ready isn't an option.
Look For: Natural and organic skincare products and make-up that accentuates your features, so you look like you - only better.  Choose hair-care and styling products that allow for an easy yet gorgeous wash-and-go style.

If you answered mostly Bs, you're a Trendsetter! 

Beauty products are the highlight of your life - from trying a new lip gloss to experimenting with colourful eye make-up and hair hues.
Look For: The latest skincare technology, shades of the season, and high-tech styling products - you're daring enough to try them, making you the envy of those who wish they were as confident.

If you answered mostly Cs, you're a Classic Beauty! 

Your style is sophisticated and polished.  It's essential for you to spend time on maintenance, from regular manicures to facials and hair-colour touch-ups.
Look For: Updated versions of your tried-and-true products and a few seasonal tweaks to keep your look current.

What's your beauty personality?  Leave it in the comments below!  (I’m a natural girl J)


Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY: Natural nail strengthener

September 10, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

For some it can be difficult to grow long, beautiful nails.  In order for nails to grow healthily, it is important to prevent them from becoming weak and dry.  Ironically, some commercial nail strengtheners contain harsh chemicals that can harm your nails.  Creating your own natural nail strengthener could be the answer to beautiful natural nails.


  • 3 tsp castor oil 
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp wheat germ oil


  • Pour all ingredients into a sealable bottle. 
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Rub a small amount of the mixture on each nail. 
  • Leave on for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Wipe off with a cotton pad.

It is safe to use this DIY beauty product every day until you are satisfied with the strength of your nails.

Do you find it difficult to grow long, natural nails?  Will you try this DIY?


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Friday, September 07, 2012

Gisele Bündchen’s signature sexy waves (no-heat)

September 07, 2012 3 Comments

Find out how to get the Brazilian supermodel's long sexy beach waves no heat required.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen always wears her blond locks in relaxed waves. 

 This hairstyle gives her a natural, laid-back look.

I haven’t used my hairdryer or my straightener in months and instead I've been using this method to attaining gorgeous hair, with little effort.  It’s easy, effective and it takes no time at all.  All you need is damp hair, a hair tie and your favourite styling product.

  • Wash and condition your hair as usual.
  • Towel dry your hair.
  • Apply your favourite product to damp hair.  It’s important that your hair is damp, not soaking wet.
  • Twist your hair up into a bun at the top of your head/top knot and secure it with a hair tie.
  • When hair is dry, undo the top knot, finger comb your hair and you’re done!

  • You could smooth some serum over your hair once it’s completely dry to prevent frizz.
  • You can tie your hair before you go to bed and undo it in the morning.
  • If you prefer to wash your hair in the morning, you could tie your hair before you leave the house and untie it when you arrive to school/work.

Do you like loose wavy hair?  I absolutely love it.

Hope you find this helpful!


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Would you use placenta shampoo?

September 04, 2012 0 Comments

Placenta shampoo?!  Yes, placenta aka afterbirth, which forms around the fetus in the first stage of mammalian pregnancies, is being used in hair care products.  

There are shampoos, conditioners and hair masks on the market that contain placenta.  The nutritional benefits of eating placenta (placentophagy) have long been discussed however, placenta in shampoos is a more recent idea.  Placenta is also being used in various skincare products.  Some believe that placenta can help rejuvenate body cells and ward off signs of aging.  The protein in the placenta is supposed to be beneficial for the hair.  These shampoos claim to revitalise hair, repair split ends, restore manageability and renew shine and bounce.  However there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim.

The practice of using placenta on the hair and skin is believed to have been popular in ancient Egypt and it was believed that Marie Antoinette consumed placenta as a nutritious drink.   

So you’re probably wondering:  Where does the placenta come from?  Is it human placenta?!  
Shampoos contain either animal placenta (cow or sheep) or plant placenta.

Would you ever use placenta shampoo?  How about placenta skincare products?  Let me know in the comments below.


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