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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Acne update | DIY: Honey and Aloe vera mask

September 30, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Recently my acne has been flaring up again, which is very strange considering that I've been on a 100% dairy-free diet for a few months.  
Can food allergies cause acne? ]  I haven't consumed dairy products in years, other than milk chocolate and mozzarella on my pizza, which I now removed from my diet.  

If you want to know more about dairy-free diet, check out  Go Dairy Free and  Got the facts on Milk? (The Milk Documentary)

Anyway, to heal my acne as fast as possible, my go-to DIY is a honey and Aloe vera mask.  This is a really simple face mask recipe; check it out!     


  • 1 teaspoon organic raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure, cold-pressed organic Aloe vera gel

  1. Stir the honey and Aloe vera together and apply over your face.  
  2. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse off.  

In my experience, the Aloe vera gel prevents the honey from melting and dripping all over your clothes.  Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.  

If you want to know more about using honey in DIY beauty recipes, click here

I love honey and Aloe but when I don't have the time to apply a mask and relax, I reach for my DIY blemish killer that I always keep in my fridge.  What is your go-to emergency acne treatment?  Let me know in the comment section below.

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My Mayamiko wishlist

September 30, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

A few days ago, while browsing through some of the brands on The Blogger Programme, I stumbled across Mayamiko.

Established in 2013 by Paola Masperi, Mayamiko is a collection of clothing, accessories and homewares, ethically made in Malawi fusing together contemporary design with traditional African techniques.

immediately fell in love with the bold prints and colours, so today I'm sharing my wishlist with all of you.  If you want to stand out from the crowd and love unique fabrics, you should definitely check out this brand!

Here are some of my favourite pieces:

Baroque jacket
Black mini dress with contrast hem in floral print
Coral Long Sleeve Shift Dress
Rebirth Boxy Shirt in Mixed Check 
Envelope shape quilted printed cotton Grab Bag 
To find out more about this brand and the inspiring story behind it, click here!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dresses of Girl | Bridesmaid Dresses

September 27, 2015 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

Choosing bridesmaid dresses is a crucial yet stressful part of every wedding.  What looks great on one of your bridesmaid might not work for the other ladies.  Instead of stressing out about finding one dress and shade that will fit everyone, why not let them all look a little different?  

Bridesmaid style has come a long way in the last few years.  Gone are the days of everyone wearing the same dress.  More and more brides are letting their bridesmaids choose their own dresses because they want their maids to feel good about what they're wearing.  And it's a fact of life that not everyone has an identical body type.  Today, brides are mixing it up by having bridesmaids wear dresses with different styles, fabrics, and colours that make it way more interesting and fun.  This trend highlights each individual woman's style and ensure she is wearing a dress that makes her feel great.  Furthermore, mismatched bridesmaids dresses bring your wedding attire into the 21st century.  

Just because you're a bridesmaid, it doesn't mean that you have to look plain.  DressesofGirl has a large collection of simple but elegant bridesmaid dresses, which will help you channel your inner fashionista with an attention grabbing ensemble.  From mini and simple, to long and glamorous; you are sure to find a special bridesmaid dress among the rainbow of colours and stunning styles at DressesofGirl.

Take a look at some of my favourite bridesmaid styles:

Dresses 1, 2 and 3.

Dresses 4, 5 and 6.

And if you are looking for the perfect dress for your wedding day, check out Dresses of Girl | Wedding Dresses.  If you want to know more about Dresses of Girl, click here.

Have a great weekend! 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pink October by Glamulet

September 26, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in women around the world.  Breast Cancer NowUK's leading breast cancer research charity, has revealed its ambitious (but not impossible) goal of preventing women from dying of the illness by 2050. - Watch the video below:  

Glamulet are launching their Pink October Campaign to make this a reality.

Glamulet is a jewellery brand that specializes in Charms.  Glamulet designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of modern and quality Charms that make possible to create a unique Bracelet.  Most of these Charms are made of 925 sterling Silver, Swarovski crystals, Murano glass and various kinds of man-made & natural stones.


#GlamuletPinkOctober is a campaign that aims to raise awareness to prevent breast cancer.  Pink Limited Edition Charms were created to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  For every charm you buy, you are donating 50% of the sales to a charity fund for breast cancer.

Everyone can easily join the fight against breast cancer by adding these Pink Charms to their bracelets.  Your support makes a difference!

C/O Glamulet

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dresses of Girl | Wedding Dresses

September 25, 2015 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

The wedding day is said to be the most important day in a woman's life.  It could easily be said that a wedding gown is the single most important piece of clothing a woman can wear!  Nevertheless, finding the perfect wedding dress can also cause a lot of stress and worry.  

In today's post I want to introduce you to an online boutique that can relieve you from the stress of dress shopping.  I was invited by Hannah of Dresses of Girl to check out their site and I was very impressed with their vast collection of quality dresses at unbelievable prices.  If you're searching for a gorgeous bridal dress for your big day, DressesofGirl is your one-stop wedding dress online store. 

Here are a few of my personal favourite wedding dresses:

Dresses 1, 2 and 3.

Dresses 4, 5 and 6.

Dress number five is hands down my absolute favourite!  The dresses I like are all vintage inspired and somewhat conservative.  However, if your style is more sexy, elegant or romantic, you will certainly find (at least) a dress that suits your taste.  You can check out many more wedding dresses from Dresses of Girl; here.  

All dresses are custom-made and hand-sewn by professional tailors.  They ship worldwide and also offers expedited shipping.  Aside from worldwide shipping, I love that the company offers a reward points program.  These points can later be used as funds to repurchase.  For more wedding dresses and other special occasion dresses, visit Dresses of Girl's website here.

You can also follow Dresses of Girl on Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  What did/will your wedding dress look like?  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tell Unilever: Remove cancer-causing chemicals from beauty products

September 19, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've blogged about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics before; here and here.  This time they want us to tell Unilever that cancer-causing chemicals have no place in beauty products... 

Unilever is the third largest personal care products company in the world, generating billions in beauty sales annually.  Their beauty products are considered trustworthy, but there is nothing trustworthy about cancer-causing chemicals in personal care products!

Unilever can and should do better.  Tell Unilever that cancer-causing chemicals have no place in your family’s beauty and personal care regime.
Please take a moment to sign the petition!  Act now to get cancer chemicals out of Unilever beauty products! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Five year blogiversary | Thanks

September 18, 2015 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today marks my 5th blogiversary – aka, my blog anniversary!

Cosette's Beauty Pantry (previously known as Skin Care Suggestions) turns five.  I can’t quite believe it has been so long.  I wrote my very first blog post on September 18th 2010!  In that post I introduced myself and wrote about "the purpose of this blog". 

Read my 1st post here

Here are a few of my top viewed posts over the last 5 years :

A big THANKS to all of you who visit, read, comment and share – it’s mostly because of you that I have stuck with it over the years.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fact or Fiction? - Beauty myths, debunked! #2

September 12, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I have another Fact or Fiction? post for you.  It’s time to test your beauty knowledge, again!  Find out which of these commonly held beliefs are true and which ones are just myths.

1. You can shrink your pores.

Fact or Fiction? Fiction.

At least, mostly fiction.  For instance, an egg-white mask can minimize your pores, but only temporarily.  You can't make pores physically smaller.

2. Wearing polish will turn your nails yellow.

Fact or Fiction? Fact. 

Wearing dark polish can make your fingernail and toenails appear yellowish because the polish stains your nails.  Don’t worry though; you can use one of these 3 methods to whiten yellow nails

3. Wearing high heels can give you varicose veins.

Fact or Fiction? Fact. 

The pressure caused by standing up, especially in high heels, can lead to varicose veins.

4. Crossing your legs can give you varicose veins.

Fact or Fiction? Fiction.

Standing up, especially with high heel shoes puts pressure on your legs, not sitting with your legs crossed, and it’s that pressure that can cause varicose veins.

5. Cocoa butter or olive oil can get rid of stretch marks.

Fact or Fiction? Fiction.

Stretch marks  are caused by tearing of the dermis, which over time may diminish, but will not disappear completely.  Cocoa butter and olive oil can’t penetrate that deep into the skin.

6. A beer rinse will give you thicker hair.

Fact or Fiction? Fact. 

Using beer as a final rinse will make your hair thicker until the next  wash, but it will also make you smell like a pub.  Yikes!

Hypoallergenic means you won't have any negative reactions to the product.

Fact or Fiction? 

Read my previous Fact or Fiction? post to find out!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Cucumber for healthy skin

September 07, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

You’ve probably seen people relaxing with cucumber slices over their eyes.  Well, this is done because cucumber can help heal various skin problems.  Cucumbers, are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and have properties that soothe and soften the skin.  

For an easy do-it-yourself skin treatment, just reach into your refrigerator and pull out a cucumber.  Cucumbers can be used to:

  1. Fade dark circles
  2. Reduce puffy eyes
  3. Fade freckles
  4. Improve complexion
  5. Treat a sunburn
  6. Tighten open pores
  7. Banish cellulite
Check out the beauty recipes in infographic below!

7 Wonderful Benefits Of Cucumber For Healthy Skin

Eating cucumbers is also associated with a healthy complexion in general. 

If you do try any of these DIY treatments, let me know how they work for you!

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The beauty benefits of ice
Natural remedies for dark eye circles
SOS - Sunburn
DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Life update: I'm an aunt!

September 06, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

On Sunday the 16th of August, my sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Michela (pronounced: mee-KE-lah)!  She entered this world with a full head of dark hair and big, inquisitive eyes.   The whole family is head over heels in love with the new addition. 

My multi-talented mum (and first time "nanna") hand-made a whole lot of personalised favors for family and friends!  Seriously, how cute are these?

Michela is 3 weeks old today.  I'm so happy, proud and excited to be an aunt!