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Monday, October 27, 2014

Natural pre-dye hair treatment

October 27, 2014 6 Comments
Hello everyone!

Most people love to colour their hair, either for change or to cover white hair.  Unfortunately, the effect of hair dyes can be devastating.  All conventional hair colours contain hydrogen peroxide.  This causes severe damage to hair and scalp.

So what should you do?
Treat your hair naturally as much as possible and always prepare your hair for dyeing in advance.  
Coconut oil hair treatment before hair dyeing does miracles.  Trust me, I've done it several timesCoconut oil is the best choice for you to save your hair all the damaging consequences of dyeing and bleaching your hair.

How to use coconut oil as a pre-dye treatment:
  1. Cleanse hair from any other oil or conditioner.
  2. Apply warm coconut oil to dry hair.  
  3. Message the scalp with coconut oil then spread it to your whole hair.  
  4. Coat all of your hair with coconut oil from root to tip.
  5. Leave it for at least one hour then dye your hair as you usually do.  DO NOT WASH OFF THE COCONUT OIL!
I like to sleep with coconut oil soaked hair the night before, then colour my hair as usual the next day with the oil still in my hair.  This treatment leaves my hair soft and conditioned and my hair colour is even and vibrant.

How does it work:
  • The science behind it says that coconut oil is a natural chelating agent which chelates the damaging iron and copper produced by the chemical reaction which happens when you use peroxide on your hair.
  • It protects the hair from the damaging effects of peroxide, by making a natural protecting cover for hair.  It protects the hair from the outer layer to the deepest layer.
  • Coconut oil binds to hair protein molecules, thus protecting the hair from losing its main building block (protein).
  • An additional benefit from coconut oil is that, it increases the dye uptake by the hair which gives a harmonious and vibrant hair colour result.
Have you heard of this treatment before?  If you have tried it, share your experience below!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tag post: Sweater weather!

October 25, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Although it doesn't feel like autumn here in Malta, yet, I thought it would be fun to do the Sweater Weather Tag!  So, here are some of my autumn favourites...

Favourite candle scent?
I'm obsessed with Yankee Candle, especially the fruit and food and spice fragrances.  I can't get enough of the Sweet Strawberry smell!

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
I never drank coffee in my life.  I drink green tea, rooibos red tea and herbal teas.  But I also love my vegan hot chocolate (hot rice drink or oats drink with pure cocoa powder).

What's the best fall memory you have?
Watching horror movies and classic TV specials around Halloween.

Which make-up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
I wear both but if I had to choose I'd pick winked eyeliner. 

Best fragrance for fall?
When it comes to perfume, I like what I like regardless of seasons!

Favourite Thanksgiving food?
Malta doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving.  

What is autumn weather like where you live?
Mostly warm sunny days and slightly cooler evenings.  Currently the temperature is about 25°C (77°F).

Most worn sweater?
I love over-sized knitted sweaters but I'm currently still wearing summer clothes.  It's still way too hot to wear sweaters! :(
Must-have nail polish this fall?
My "must-have" for autumn and winter is always a red nail polish.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
I'm not into sports and I never jumped in leaf piles.

Skinny jeans or leggings?
Leggings are more comfortable!

Combat boots or Uggs?
Combat boots.  

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
I personally can't stand it!

Favourite fall TV show?
I watch so many shows, way too many!  I can't pick a favourite.  

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
I don't think there's a particular song that gets me into the "fall spirit".  I'm currently loving PTX Vol III and That's Christmas To Me by Pentatonix but, it's way too early to listen to the second one over and over again.

P.S. I just realised that I also mentioned Pentatonix in last year's Winter tag! #superfan

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!  You can answer these questions in the comment section below!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly recap #5

October 19, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

In case you've been too busy to read my posts this week, now is the time to catch up!  It's time for another weekly recap...  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Outfit inspiration - Spirit Day 2014
I've put together two purple outfit ideas for Spirit Day; a casual and a formal outfit.  Check them out!

This is a classic and very simple costume.  

Want to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid this Halloween? 

Halloween NOTD posts:

Leave a comment below to let me know your favourite post!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - The Little Mermaid

October 16, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's post is another Halloween "outfit inspiration".  Want to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid this Halloween? - Easy!  

Just pick up a green maxi skirt and pair it with a cute purple bandeau or a purple tank top, if you prefer.  Include some cute starfish or seashell accessories.  When it comes to make-up; a coral lipstick and sparkly nail polish will complement the outfit.  Oh, and don't forget to put on false lashes for that cartoonish effect!  You can also add a red wig if you feel your hair isn't mermaid-like enough.

Cutie mint pleated maxi skirt

River Island bandeau bikini top

Charlotte Russe platform shoes

Betsey Johnson blue jewelry

Halloween party costume


False eyelash

Deborah Lippmann confetti nail polish

This costume is very colourful, the complete opposite of yesterday's!  Check it out: Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - Wednesday Addams

What do you think of my Halloween costume suggestions?  Leave a comment below and let me know.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - Wednesday Addams

October 15, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I'm a rabid fan of everything horror, supernatural and paranormal so understandably I love Halloween.  While every little girl wanted to be a princess, I wanted to be a witch! 

The Addams Family (1964-1966) was one of my favourite TV shows growing up.  In case you're wondering, I was born in 1985; as a child, I watched re-runs on Italian television.  However, I'm not a fan of the movies.  

The Addams Family

Wednesday was one of my favourite characters on the show, she was a pale, dark-haired, grim-looking little girl who was fascinated with death and the macabre.  

Today's "outfit inspiration" is a Wednesday Addams Halloween costume.  This is a classic and very simple costume.  

Wednesday Addams costume idea

H&M black dress

John Lewis intimate

Wet Seal black boots

Essie black nail polish

If you want to dress up as Wednesday, make sure to find a black dress with a white collar.  I like the flat boots because little Wednesday wore flat boots in the TV series.  Pigtail braids and black tights complete the outfit!  You can also wear black nail polish if you want to.  

Wednesday and Morticia Addams

The Addams Family (1964)

Are you dressing up this Halloween?  And, are you a fan of The Addams Family too?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Outfit inspiration - Spirit Day 2014

October 14, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
I've put together two purple outfit ideas for Spirit Day; a casual and a formal outfit. 

Casual outfit recommendation:

On this day people wear the colour purple to show support for LGBT youth who are victims of bullying Purple symbolises 'spirit' on the rainbow flag.

Formal outfit recommendation:

Getting involved is easy!  Turn your social media pics purple here, and wear purple on October 16th and help create a world in which LGBT youth are accepted for who they are.

Which outfit do you prefer?  Are you going to wear purple on Thursday?  Answer in the comment section below! 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Quiz: How much do you know about cosmetics?

October 09, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

On Wednesday, October 1st, I blogged about carcinogenic ingredients found in P&G beauty products in a posed titled,  Tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!  If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now! 

If you want to test your knowledge of toxic chemicals in make-up and personal care products you can take the Safe Cosmetics Quiz created by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a project of The Breast Cancer Fund.

So, how many questions did you answer correctly?

I got a perfect score! :)

Share your results in the comment section below.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Weekly recap #4

October 05, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

In case you've been too busy to read my posts this week, now is the time to catch up!  It's time for another weekly recap...  

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - Adult acne and hormonal imbalances
In women, up to 60% of acne breakouts are hormone-related. 

Please, take a minute of your time to sign this petition.

Friday, October 03, 2014 - Styling Q&A #1
Do you like the outfits I recommended?  Which outfit do you prefer?

Sunday, October 05, 2014 (Today) - Got acne? There's an app for that!
A new app is claiming it can stop acne.  Would you try the Spruce app?

Leave a comment below to let me know your favourite post! 

Got acne? There's an app for that!

October 05, 2014 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

It seems these days there's an app for nearly everything, including acne!  In fact, a new app is claiming it can stop acne.  It’s called Spruce, and it offers customers a diagnosis with a board-certified US dermatologist directly from their phone.  

All you have to do is, download the app, take a few selfies, answer a few questions and hit send.  Within 24 hours, you’ll hear from a dermatologist.  A visit is only $40 and includes a personalised treatment plan with prescriptions sent to your pharmacy.  At this time, Spruce is only available in California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Spruce, watch the video below. 

  • Free to download the application, sign up, and access Spruce guides on skin care.
  • Visits are less expensive than the $100+ average cost of an in-person dermatologist appointment.
  • 100% refundable if you don’t have a great experience.
  • Doctors on Spruce are from top US medical schools and practice according to the highest clinical standards.
  • Spruce is HIPAA compliant - all information is protected with advanced security measures.
Would you try the Spruce app?  Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Styling Q&A #1

October 03, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

You may have noticed that I've been mentioning WGWT quite often in my recent posts.  In case you were wondering, these are NOT sponsored posts!  I just enjoy answering styling questions on the site.  In fact, if you have any styling questions you want to ask me, just click here!

Today I want to show you the latest questions I answered.  Check out my recommendations and let me know what you think!

Anonymous - What goes with this?

Me - This black A-line dress would look great paired with that statement necklace and nude peep-toe pumps.

AnonymousThis is for my Homecoming.  I wanna look really fab, not too busy, and #flawless I need shoes ($50 or under) and accessories ($40 - Maybe just a bag, I prefer clutches)

Me - I think these accessories are perfect.  What do you think?

Anonymous - Love this shirt but I don't know what to wear with it...

MeI would pair the City Scape Tank with blue jeans, a biker jacket and black trainers.

I love the black clutch bag form Accessorize and the statement rope necklace from Topshop!  Do you like the outfits I recommended?  Which outfit do you prefer? 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!

October 01, 2014 0 Comments
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Unfortunately a great amount of beauty products still contain cancer-causing ingredients.   

Even the lowest levels of carcinogenic chemicals, can be very harmful when found in products used every day like; make-up, skincare and hair products.

I just signed an online petition asking Mr A.G Lafleythe Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of P&G, to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics.  Keep reading to find out more about this campaign!

"The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found cancer-causing chemicals in a number of cosmetics made by Procter & Gamble (P&G), including their Cover Girl blushes, mascara and eye shadows, Olay anti-aging creams, Max Factor mascara, and more.

Even P&G’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths Finishing Crème – which is marketed with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness – contains a chemical linked to cancer!

Carcinogens have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.  Even low levels of cancer chemicals add up to real harm when they are found in products used every day, from shampoos and other hair products, creams, blushes, and nail polish.

P&G can and already does make personal care products without toxic chemicals linked to cancer.  P&G can become a leader and a true champion for women’s health by making cosmetics without cancer the new industry standard."

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a broad-based coalition, housed at the Breast Cancer Fund, working to clean up the beauty aisle through public advocacy and market campaigns designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, 
reproductive harm and other adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.

Please, take a minute of your time to tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!  Take action!

Adult acne and hormonal imbalances

October 01, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
Although acne usually begins in puberty, it is not restricted to any particular age group.  Adults in their twentiesthirtiesforties even fifties can develop acne.  
Acne after puberty affects women more often than men.  Even women who managed to avoid breakouts as teenagers can be affected by hormonal acne later in life.  In women, up to 60% of acne breakouts are hormone-related
Hormonal acne can be identified by the location of the blemishes.  Acne located beneath the cheekbones and along the jawline is often more likely to be related to hormonal issues than acne across the forehead or the bridge of the nose.

cystic acne

Hormonal imbalances can be caused by:
  • Emotional stress 
  • Physical stress
  • Hormones in animal products
  • Xenoestrogens 
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Bad Diet/Poor Nutrition
  • Genetic predisposition

Watch what you eat!  Recent studies suggest that high-glycemic foods such as refined grains and processed sugars may, in fact, trigger acne breakouts.  Low glycemic foods such as whole grains, lean meat, and fish may keep acne at bay because they stabilise blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes.  
You can decrease the effect of hormonal acne by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating lots of vegetables and exercising to reduce stress.

If you think you might have hormonal acne, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your health care provider.

Do you suffer from adult acne?  If you have more tips on how to deal with adult/hormonal acne, leave a comment below! 

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