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Monday, October 22, 2012

At-home deep-conditioning hair treatment

October 22, 2012 2 Comments

All you need for a  deep-conditioning hair treatment is;
  1. a plastic shower cap (or even a plastic bag) 
  2. a hair mask (or your favourite conditioner)

Hair masks are an effective way to restore moisture to your hair.  You could buy your mask from a store or you could also make it at home.  You could also use your favourite conditioner instead.

How to get the most out of your hair mask:
  • Choose a mask according to your hair's need.
  • Shampoo and detangle your hair.
  • Don't use a conditioner after shampooing and before applying the mask.
  • Remove excess water from wet hair before application.
  • Use a generous amount and concentrate on the ends.
  • Apply on the entire length.
  • Wrap your hair up in a shower cap while the mask works its magic.  The heat from your scalp amplifies the mask’s effect.
  • Note: You should use your hair mask as directed in the instructions.  Certain ingredients used in hair masks could damage your hair if left on for too long.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.  As always, finish off with a cool rinse.

Do you use any hair masks?  Do you have any requests for future DIY hair mask recipes?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY: Carrot facial mask

October 14, 2012 5 Comments
Hello everyone!

Those who follow me on Twitter or Like the blog’s Facebook page already know that today’s post is another DIY beauty recipe!

Do you know how to make a carrot facial mask?  Carrots are rich in vitamin A and anti-oxidants. Consuming carrots daily will promote healthy hair, bones, fingernails, and vision.  This mask can help prevent wrinkles, balance out oily skin and treat acne.

  • 1 large carrot
  • ½  tbsp. honey
  • ½  tbsp. olive oil

  1. Peel one large carrot and steam until tender.  Do not overcook carrots; they will lose their health benefits.  Mash the carrot with a fork or masher until it's a creamy consistency.
  2. Mix in ½ a tablespoon of honey (read Honey face for more info. about honey) and ½ a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.  Olive oil helps nourish and clean the skin at the same time, leaving your skin supple and glowing.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, you can add in more extra virgin olive oil or water to thin it out.  You can add more honey to the mix to give it a thicker texture.
  4. Let the mixture cool down.
  5. Apply the carrot mask onto a clean face.  Leave it on for 15 -20 minutes. 
  6. Wash it off with warm water.  Pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser.

Store any leftover mask in the refrigerator and use within a week.
Check out more DIY facial masks


Photo from here.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Baby products for your sensitive skin

October 12, 2012 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Do beauty products or detergents cause your skin to become irritated?  If you answered yes, you may have sensitive skin.  For less irritated skin, you could try substituting some of your regular beauty product with baby products.

Here’s a list of five baby products for your sensitive skin:
  • Baby wipes are great at removing make-up.  I was pleasantly surprised by the power of baby wipes; one wipe removes all of my make-up (even eye make-up) without any sign of irritation.  

  • Sunscreens that are formulated for babies are perfect for sensitive skin, and they won’t irritate your eyes.  
  • Baby lotions are the best body moisturisers for sensitive skin.  These lotions come in a variety of scents too.  You can find baby lotion in lavender, vanilla, chamomile, and other scents! 
  • Diaper rash cream can be used as a facial mask and an acne spot treatment.  Read Smooth as a baby’s bottom! to find out more about the cream’s active ingredients and why it works.

  • Baby shampoo is great too.  It won’t irritate your skin (scalp, hairline or forehead), and won't strip your hair either.

If a product is safe to use on babies, it is probably save for your sensitive skin too! 

Hope you find this helpful! J

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Tightline those lashes!

October 04, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
Tightlining your eyes is a great way to give the illusion of fuller, darker lashes.  The idea may seem a little scary, but it's pretty easy to do.
Note: Tightlining and lining the waterline are not the same! 

Tightlining your eyes is an easy way to add a subtle definition to your eyes.  Instead of lining the skin above your lashes, you line between the lash line (aka the "invisible eye liner").

How to tightline your eyes:
  • First make sure that whatever you are using to line your eyes is clean and safe to use.  
  • Gently lift your eyelashes upward so you are able to see the tiny gaps between your lashes.
  • Using either a gel or pencil eyeliner, lightly dab the eyeliner in between each individual lash, as close to the root as possible.
  • For a bolder look, tightline your bottom lash line as well.

That's it!

Do you ever tightline your eyes?  Do you have any tips for doing so?


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Monday, October 01, 2012

DIY: Leave-in conditioner spray

October 01, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Do you (or your kids) have unmanageable, tangled hair?  Do you use a leave-in conditioner or a detangler for your hair?  Well, you can make your own leave-in conditioner/detangler!  This is a simple and easy DIY and you can use what you already own.

How to make home-made leave-in conditioner spray:
  1. You will need a spray bottle and your conditioner.  Yes, your normal rinse-out hair conditioner. 
  2. Put approximately 2 tablespoons of conditioner into the spray bottle.  (I use a 300ml bottle; use less conditioner if you have a smaller bottle.)  
  3. Fill up the spray bottle with water leaving about 2cm of air at the top.
  4. Shake well and use just like you would any other leave-in conditioner.

Apply to the length of your hair (from your ears down) when hair is wet, or just at the ends on dry hair; this way you won’t end up with greasy hair.
Try it, it works like a charm! 


Photo from here.