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Sunday, April 06, 2014

DIY: Banana hair mask

April 06, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Do you remember the banana peel skincare post?  Back in August of 2012 a wrote about how bananas can help acne, psoriasis, warts and poison ivy.
Bananas are a very rich source of potassium and vitamins, which also make them the perfect choice for a DIY hair mask.
This mask is very easy to prepare, all you need is one or two ingredients.

  • 1 banana (the riper, the better)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

  1. Blend banana in a food processor, making sure there aren't any chunks.
  2. Add honey (optional)
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair, and cover it with a shower cap or plastic bag.  (more info: At-home deep-conditioning hair treatment)
  4. To lock in the nutrients, wrap a hot towel around your head.
  5. Wait 20 minutes.
  6. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

  • You can also add olive oil or a tablespoon of conditioner.
  • Use once a week for best results.
  • Ideal for thin and damaged hair.

If you like DIY hair treatments; you can also try the avocado mask and the milk and honey mask!

Have you ever tried one of these hair masks?  Do you make any of your own hair masks at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Primer 101

March 31, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Make-up primer is one of those beauty products that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your make-up.  It preps your skin for make-up and creates a smooth base.  Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to apply make-up primer:
  • Moisturise: Apply a light moisturiser before your primer and allow it to fully absorb into your skin for a few minutes.  Primer is applied after sunscreen and moisturiser and before any foundation or tinted moisturiser.

  • Blend: A little primer goes a long way, so apply a pea sized amount with your fingertips and starting in the centre of the face, work your way out.  You can also apply the product with a damp foundation wedge sponge.  Be sure you cover all areas as evenly as possible, use a little extra in places where your make-up tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone or over large pores.

  • Apply foundation: Once your primer is on, allow a few minutes for it to set before applying foundation.

  • Finish with powder: To really lock in your make-up, apply a dusting of translucent powder over your base, specifically focusing on the T-zone area where make-up tends to slide off first due to oil production.
Tinted formulas: If your skin is dull, light pink primers can add a glow.  Lilac shades  brighten pale skin, and green formulas neutralize redness.
Eye primers: Gently patted around the eyes and on the lids.  Eye primers prevent make-up from creasing, soften crow's-feet, and eliminate redness.
Acne: Skip any spot treatments if your primer already contains anti-acne ingredients (like salicylic acid or tea tree oil).

Do you use a make-up primer?  Tell me how it works for you in the comments section below!

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Make your lipstick last longer

October 09, 2013 6 Comments
Hello everyone!

Here’s how to make your lipstick last, so you don't have to keep re-applying throughout the day.  All you need to do is follow these few simple steps.

You will need:
  • lip scrub
  • lip balm
  • nude lip liner
  • your favourite lipstick
  • translucent powder


  1. Lightly scrub your lips. You can use one of my recipes; DIY Simple scrub or DIY Yummy scrub or you could also use a damp toothbrush to get rid of dull, dry skin cells. 
  2. Apply a moisturising lip balm on the lips to hydrate the skin.  Allow the product to sink in for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
  3. Blot with a tissue to remove any excess cream.
  4. Line and fill in the entire lip with a pencil to create a base for the lipstick to cling to.  Choose a shade that’s close to your natural colour. 
  5. Using a brush, blend a layer of lipstick into the lips.  Apply your first coat, blot with a tissue, and apply again.
  6. Place a thin layer of tissue over the lips and apply loose or pressed translucent powder through the tissue to set the lipstick in place. 

Tip: If you are in a hurry, you can skip steps 1-3.  Just apply, blot, repeat and powder. 

If you have more tips on how to make your lipstick last longer, leave a comment below.


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Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the point of clear mascara?

July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Clear mascara is one of those make-up products you might not use very often.  It defines and separates the lashes, adding volume and the illusion of length.  But did you know that there are other ways you can use clear mascara?

Here are just some of the ways to use clear mascara: 
  • It is essential for the natural look - especially on the beach when you still want extra oomph, but without the panda-like effect.
  • Clear mascara can be used to tame the eyebrows - for an instantly polished look.
  • Try it as a base coat.  Layer a light base of clear on first, let it dry, and then apply the dark mascara.
  • If your regular mascara tends to smudge, you can apply a top coat of clear mascara to seal it.
  • Use clear mascara after curling the lashes to hold the curl.
  • If you only apply dark mascara on the upper lashes, use a clear one on the bottom - for a lighter, daytime look that won't run.
  • Coloured mascara – Get loose powdered shadow in a fun, bright colour and dip the wand in it.  Twist in the shadow and lightly add to your lashes.  This will create a subtle hue.  Wash the wand, let your lashes dry, and add on a sealer coat of clear.
  • Using the above method, you can create your own tinted eyebrow gel.
  • Acts as a sealant when dipped onto an angled brush and applied over eye-liner.
  • Helps put fly-aways in place.  This works great for when your hair is pulled back.

If you have more tips, leave them in the comments!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hair growth chart

January 27, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
Check out this hair growth chart from NaturallyCurly.com!

5 tips for faster, healthier hair growth:

  1. Condition & detangle: Comb and detangle regularly with fingers or a wide-tooth comb to strengthen the muscles that hold each hair in place.  Deep condition every 2-3 days to replenish moisture.
  2. Massage your scalp: Products containing peppermint or eucalyptus oil can increase blood flow to your follicles.  Massage your scalp for 3 minutes before washing to add an extra inch of hair growth in one year.
  3. Feed your hair: Fruits and vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, collard greens, honeydew and mango contain nutrients essential to healthy hair.  Take supplements that contain folic acid and vitamins A,B,C,E and D.
  4. Trim only when needed: Get trims only when you have split ends or breakage.  If you don’t see any damage six weeks or six months after your last trim, then leave it alone.
  5. Handle with care: Avoid blow-drying  hot curling irons, colouring, perming, high winds and excessive hair twisting. Protect those locks by sealing your ends with oil and sleeping on a satin pillowcase
Do you want more reasons for sleeping on satin pillowcases?  Read this: The beauty benefits of silk
For more hair tips, check this out: Tips for growing long and healthy hair!

Share your hair growth tips in the comments below!


Hair Growth Chart

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quiz: What does your hair say about you?

January 21, 2013 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

We are told never to judge a book by its cover, but we think it's okay to judge a woman by her hair.  Take this quiz to see what your hair say about you.

1. How much time do you spend on your hair each morning? 

A. 5-10 minutes 
B. Less than 5 minutes 
C. 10-20 minutes 
D. More than 20 minutes 

2. How often do you get a new hairstyle? 

A. Just a trim now and then 
B. Had the same style since high school 
C. Every chance I get 
D. Very rarely – a new style would require new head shots 

3. Regarding hair product, your bathroom: 

A. Has a couple of products my stylist convinced me to buy that I rarely use 
B. Shampoo and conditioner only 
C. Is overflowing with sprays, mousses, waxes, gels and more 
D. Has a solid inventory of the necessary basics like hairspray, smoothing serum and volumiser 

4. In a word, how would you describe your hair? 

A. Pretty 
B. Carefree 
C. Edgy 
D. Polished 

5. Your hair icon is: 

A. Taylor Swift 
B. Jennifer Aniston 
C. Lady Gaga 
D. Katie Couric 

6. If you have a bad hair day: 

A. I’ll wear a cute headband. 
B. There’s no such thing. A ponytail is a ponytail. 
C. There is nothing some spiking glue can’t fix. If all else fails, I’ll throw on a funky hat.
D. With the right product, tools and manipulation, I can get my hair to do anything I want it to do.

7. Do you use any heat tools (straightening iron, curling iron) in your hair? 

A. A curling iron to smooth out my natural curls 
B. Any what? 
C. Of course! 
D. Yes, but I rely more on rollers and a blow-dryer. 

8. Do you colour your hair? 

A. I’ll consider natural highlights 
B. Nope 
C. Are you kidding? All the time! 
D. To cover my gray 

9. Your feelings towards hair accessories? 

A. I like simple barrettes and sweet headbands 
B. Does a ponytail holder count? 
C. My hair is an accessory 
D. Never 

10. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being of extreme importance), how important is your hair to you? 

A. 5 - Normal. I don't obsess, but I do care 
B. 2 - Blah... there are bigger and better things to care about. 
C. 10 - My hair is everything to me 
D. 8 - It's pretty important 

Your results:

Mostly As: Romantic

You prefer long, loose wavy locks, which bespeaks an amorous character. You’re very emotional, and matters of the heart run deep with you. You are gentle, sweet and sincere - a good listener whom your friends trust and any man would be lucky to call his own.

Mostly Bs: Laid-back

You are a hippy at heart! Styling tools and hair gel are like a foreign language to you. You are all about going au naturel. More than three minutes spent on your hair is time wasted that could have been spent doing something much more spiritually fulfilling, like yoga.

Mostly Cs: Dramatic

You are confident, bold and like to experiment with styles and colours  which means you have a daring side. You hate the norm, are exhilarated by life’s curve balls and enjoy being in the spotlight for your unique sense of style and zest for life.

Mostly Ds: Assertive

You prefer refined, polished styling that always looks professional. You are detail-oriented, if not a bit anal-retentive, and thrive on order and discipline - right down to believing every hair on your head has a proper place. You walk tall and speak your mind authoritatively.

Quiz by SheKnows.com

According to this quiz I am Dramatic!!  I always thought of my hair as laid-back and carefree, but I have to admit, I am a product junkie.  Share your results in the comments below!


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Thursday, January 03, 2013

New Year's beauty resolutions

January 03, 2013 0 Comments

Happy 2013 everyone!

Usually I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions but this year I decided to make a list of my “beauty resolutions”...  

My 2013 beauty resolutions:
  • Exfoliate face and body once a week.  
  • Wear SPF 15 or higher year-round, even during the winter months.
  • Stop squinting!!  It can deepen fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead.  Never leave the house without dark sunglasses. 
  • Make nail polish last longer and avoid staining nails with dark colours by applying a base coat.
  • Work out at least three times a week.  This will stimulate blood flow and circulation, resulting in healthier skin and body.
  • Get the most out of a hair treatment by squeezing excess water from the hair before applying.  This allows it to effectively penetrate the hair shaft.
  • Don’t pull back hair too tightly.  Tight hair styles can cause breakage. 
  • Try out new DIY beauty recipes.

What are your beauty resolutions for 2013?  Share them in the comments below! J


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Monday, December 31, 2012

Purse essentials for a night out! (Happy New Year)

December 31, 2012 4 Comments
 Amazing Pheobe Embellished Hardcase clutch (Accessorize) 
Never leave for a night out without…

Oil blotting paperThere’s a fine line between glowing and greasy.  Dab away the oil gently so you don't wipe away what's left of your make-up.  TipIf you don't have blotting papers, head to the ladies' room and tear off a piece of toilet-seat-cover paper.  

Lip glossChoose a gloss with some shine and a hint of colour.

Q-tipsGood for cleaning up smudgy eye make-up.
Eyebrow gel/Clear mascara Just in case you notice your eyebrows need some grooming.
Hairbrush, hair bands and bobby pins - In case you need to tame your hair.
Hand sanitiser Hand sanitiser is a lot quicker than going to the the bathroom to wash your hands. 

And last but not least, don't forget your compact mirror.

Wishing that you are blessed with all that you desire in the year ahead.  Happy New Year! 

What are you purse essentials for a night out?


Monday, December 17, 2012

Beauty tips for this festive season!

December 17, 2012 2 Comments

Hello everyone!
Whether you’re going home for the Holidays to see family, or partying with your friends, undoubtedly you’ll want to look your best.  With these beauty tips you’ll be stunning!

Festive make-up:           
  • Vibrant red lips are a must this festive season.
  • Black liner swept across the top lid makes a bold yet elegant statement.
  • Choose eye shadow shades the suit your eye colour.  Check out this post: Eye shadow colours that complement your eyes.
  • Smokey eyes quickly change your look from day to evening.

A is dark, B is the lightest, C is the second lightest, and D is the darkest.

Holiday hair:
One of the best beauty skill you can master is the art of simple hairdos.  Check out this post to learn how you can create this elegant, simple and most importantly quick, sophisticated hair bun.


Although you may like sipping alcoholic drinks, your skin doesn't!  Alcohol dehydrates you and can leave your skin dry and dull.  So remember to drink plenty of water and use moisturising creams and masks.

Enjoy the Holidays!


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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Quiz: What's your face shape?

December 04, 2012 0 Comments

Knowing your face shape is essential when choosing your hairstyle, make-up, eyebrow shape and even glasses.  There are nine different face shapes; do you know which one you are?  Take this quiz and find out!

different face shapes

1. What best describes your forehead?

A. Square
B. Narrow
C. Round

2. What best described your jawline and chin?

A. Square
B. Pointed
C. Full or Round

3. Describe the width of your face?

A. Wide
B. Average
C. Narrow

4. Look closely at your face - What do you see the most?

A. Angles 
B. Sharp edges
C. Smooth round curves 

Your results:

If you answered mostly A, you have a Squarish Shape… Now find out which one you are:

Square - Square forehead and jaw, full cheeks, almost as wide as it is long.

Rectangle - Square forehead and jaw, longer than it is wide.

If you answered mostly B, you have an Angular Shape… Now find out which one you are:

Heart - Rounded forehead and sharply tapered chins.

Inverted Triangle - Square forehead and sharply tapered chin.

Diamond - Narrow forehead and jaw with fuller cheekbones.

Pear - Narrow forehead and widest at the jawline.

If you answered mostly C, you have a Rounder Shape… Now find out which one you are:

Oval - Round forehead, tapering cheeks and chin.

Round - Round forehead, full cheeks and smooth round jawline.

Long/Oblong - Round forehead, tapers to the chin. 

I hope you find this helpful!  

What's your face shape?  Leave your result in the comments below!  (I’m an oval shape J)


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