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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First day of autumn | Post-summer DIY recipes

September 22, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since today marks the official first day of autumn (fall), I have a special treat for all you DIY beauty lovers. I want to share two new DIY beauty recipes; one for your skin and another for your hair. 

All the time spent soaking up rays has undoubtedly affected your skin and hair.  With the help of a few ingredients already in your kitchen, these DIY masks will give you a much-needed boost. Keep scrolling for two (2) DIYs, guaranteed to nurture skin and hair. 

hello fall

Nourishing hair mask

I have already posted a DIY banana hair mask and a DIY avocado hair mask on this blog. I also published a vegan alternative! Since post-summer, and post-sun exposure, hair can be especially dry, combining the two for extra nourishment is ideal!


  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana (1/2 for short hair)
  • 2 tablespoons pure coconut/almond/olive oil (whichever you prefer)


  1. Peel the avocado and the banana.     
  2. Blend or mix together until it turns creamy.
  3. Add the coconut/almond/olive oil to the mixture and mix well.
  4. Apply the mixture from hair roots to tips.  
  5. Let the hair mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes.  
  6. Rinse the mixture out with warm water.

Hydrating face mask

This is a recipe for and another avocado mask, this time for your face!


  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon plain dairy-free coconut yoghurt 
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or jojoba/pumpkin seed/rosehip oil)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Apply to clean dry skin. 
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off using a washcloth.

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I love autumn and am looking forward to the weather changes and the drop in temperature the season brings with it. What is your favourite thing about autumn (fall)?

Saturday, August 29, 2020

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

August 29, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
If you live in an area with hard water, chances are your hair is suffering the consequences.  Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium, lime, and magnesium.  While not dangerous, hard water can leave your hair dull and brittle, making it more prone to breakage.  It can also discolour lighter hues and strip colour-treated hair.  Minerals dissolved in hard water create a film on the hair strand, which prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.  This results in dry, dull and tangled hair.  The best way to combat issues related to hard water is to incorporate a deep cleansing mask once a week to eliminate buildup.
The key ingredient in this DIY deep cleansing hair mask is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!  I often use ACV in my DIY beauty recipes.  The enzymes and nutrients in ACV make it an amazing natural hair conditioner.  
Combined with the goodness of agave and olive oil, this apple cider vinegar hair mask recipe is the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning remedy!
  • 1 ½ tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil (optional)

Feel free to adjust the proportions according to the length and thickness of your hair.

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

Keep in mind that you should use wholesome apple cider vinegar, which is RAW, unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic.
bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
  1. In a bowl mix, all the above ingredients with a spoon until a smooth mask is formed.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair from ends to scalp.
  3. Pull hair back and allow the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse out completely, no shampoo or conditioner is necessary unless oily residue remains.

ACV nutrients and their benefits for the hair:
  • Ascorbic Acid - Also known as Vitamin C, makes hair grow faster, detoxifies hair, is rich in antioxidants fight free radicals, fights dandruff, and cleanses scalp and hair strands.
  • B-vitamins - Stimulates blood circulation in hair follicles, remedies baldness and hair loss, a remedy for greasy or oily hair, moisturizes hair and leads to shiny silky locks of hair.
  • Acetic acid - Kills off lice and nits, detoxes hair, breaks down chemical product build up in hair, cleanses the scalp of bacteria and germs, fights dandruff, fights smelly scalp.
  • Probiotics - Friendly bacteria fights odour in the scalp, disinfect scalp.

Make sure the accompanying ingredients used are also good quality in order to get the best results.  

Role in the hair mask:
  • Olive Oil - Oldest pressed oil known to mankind, rich in antioxidants, hydrates and moisturises hair, powerful hair conditioner.
  • Agave - A soothing hair humectant, which provides moisture and a lustrous shine.

And there you have it; a recipe for the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning hair mask!

What is your favourite hair mask (DIY or store-bought)?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DIY: Vegan hair mask

May 29, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I noticed that I haven't posted a DIY hair mask recipe in years, so today I want to share my favourite homemade vegan hair mask.  Check it out...


These natural ingredients will give your hair intense moisture to bring its shine and health back.  The oils in avocado are easily absorbed by the hair.  Also, agave syrup attracts and locks moisture while olive oil moisturises and makes the syrup manageable.

DIY: Vegan hair mask

  1. Mash a whole overripe avocado into a bowl.
  2. Add ½ cup of agave syrup.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well.
  4. Massage the mixture into damp hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask off completely.

You can apply this vegan hair mask as regularly as every week, given that natural ingredients have no adverse side effects. 

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

May favourites

June 05, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's time for another monthly favourites.  Take a look at what I've been loving during the month of May:

Colour Eyeliners from Yesensy Cosmetics and Max Factor
During the Spring and Summer months I love to wear simple eye make-up with a pop of colour, and May was no exception.  These are four of my favourites - Yesensy Cosmetics Eyeliners in Gold, Emerald Green and Lilac (Lilac is my current favourite!) and Max Factor Kohl Pencil in Ice Blue

Garnier Fructis Hydra-Ricci (Curl & Shine) Fortifying Hair Mask
I almost finished the mask for curly hair I mentioned in my March favourites, the Garnier Fructis Hydra-Ricci Fortifying Hair Mask.  Its formula enriched with bamboo sap, claims to define and nourish curls for 48h.  It's supposed to give the curls a "spring effect" and act as a barrier against humidity and frizz.  I really like this mask.  Sometimes I also use the leave-in conditioner from the same line but my hair loves the mask way more than the leave-in.  I think the mask helps with curl definition, just as it claims.

Dia Eye Make-up Remover
I was on the market for a new eye make-up remover. The one I've been using, the Eye Make-up Remover for Sensitive Skin from Simple, stings and irritates my eyes.  I love the Dia Eye Make-up Remover!  Its formula is strong enough to remove eye make-up easily, even waterproof make-up, and yet gentle enough not to irritate my sensitive eyes.

Glycerin and Rose Water Toner
As I already mentioned in a previous post, I'm using a new toner; the glycerin and rose water spray.  I absolutely love it.  Click here for more information. 

What were your beauty favourites last month?  Tell me in the comment section below!

Monday, April 07, 2014

March favourites

April 07, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's time for another favourites post.  These are four of my favourite beauty products from last month!

Garnier Fructis Oil Repair 3 Ultra Nourishing Mask
I tried a bunch of different hair masks and this is one of my favourites.  This hair mask is enriched with 3 active oil; olive, avocado and shea-butter, to nourish and repair dry, damaged and dull hair.  I use it as a deep conditioner and I really love it.  After washing it out, my hair feels soft and moisturised.

I also love the Garnier Fructis Henna and Blackberry Vinegar hair mask and currently I am trying out their mask for curly hair.  And if you are looking for a DIY hair treatment,  why don't you try my latest DIY hair mask? 

Nivea Deodorant Pure & Natural Action
I love this deodorant because it's aluminium-free and lets the skin breathe.  It doesn't clog pores and it claims to offer 48 hour protection.  I also like the delicate jasmine scent.  I don't like using deodorants with strong, overwhelming fragrances.

Maybelline Forever Strong Pro (#76 French Manicure)
This is the only nail polish I wore last month - and that explains the lack of NOTD posts ;).  It has a curved brush which gives you perfect precision and it's enriched with calcium, iron and silica, for stronger nails.  This polish also gives my nails a break from bright and dark colours that can stain the nails.  

This is what one coat of #76 looks like on my nails.

Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil (Deep Brown)
I love this brow pencil because it's so easy to apply.  I apply clear mascara/brow gel on first, this acts as a primer and makes the pencil last all day.  Then I apply the brow pencil in hair-like strokes and blend colour with the comb on the other side.

What beauty products have you been loving lately?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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, 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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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.


Photo from here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer hair care

July 11, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone! 

We all know that the summer sun is very dangerous and that we need to protect our skin.  But some tend to forget that the sun can also damage our hair.  

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your hair does not get damaged this season:

  • Wear a scarf, hat or cap to protect your hair from the sun.
  • If you are going to be in the sun and you don't want to wear anything on your head, always use a hair sunscreen.
  • Limit your use of hot tools on your hair (i.e. blow dryers, curling and straightening irons).  Always use a heat protectant!
  • Staying hydrated is important for your overall healthy and for your hair as well so make sure that you are drinking enough water.
  • Avoid hair products with alcohol in them which dry out hair.  Try to use natural products that are gentler on your hair.
  • Before going into the pool/sea wet your hair; this will decrease the absorption of chlorinated/salt water into your hair.

  • Use a clarifying shampoo after swimming in a pool to wash out the chlorine in your hair.  Chlorine will severely dry out your hair if it is not washed out.
  • Try co-washing more often than shampooing your hair.
  • You can also use dry shampoos. (Personally, I don’t like them!)
  • Use a moisturising shampoo that is gentler than your regular shampoo for the summer.
  • Use moisturising hair masks and deep conditioners.
  • Once you have your hair moist, lock in the moisture by rinsing your hair with cold water; this will also give your hair an extra shine.
  • Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks.  Your hair grows faster in the warmer months.
  • Try tying your hair, braiding it or wearing it up or in a bun.

Do you have more summer hair care tips and tricks?  Share them in a comment!


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lighten your hair with cinnamon

June 13, 2012 7 Comments

Are you looking for a safe way to lighten your hair?  Yes, there are safe, an all natural ways to lighten your hair!  Girls with blonde hair can use naturally ingredients such as; lemon juice and chamomile to lighten their hair. Unfortunately those methods do not work on darker hair.  Still, there is another natural method to lighten dark hair.  Cinnamon can lighten dark hair at least two shades and it also strengthens it! 

You will need:

hair conditioner
ground cinnamon
plastic processing cap/plastic bag
honey (has additional bleaching and moisturising properties)


Step 1: Prepare the mixture
Add the conditioner, cinnamon, and honey (if desired) together in a plastic container. The amounts needed are determined by the length and thickness of your hair.  Mix with a plastic spoon as metal can react with the mixture. 

Step 2: Shampoo/Co-wash and condition hair 

Step 3: Apply the mixture 
Apply the mixture evenly to damp hair.  I recommend applying the mixture using disposable gloves.  Place the plastic processing cap/plastic bag over your hair.

NOTE: Cinnamon is a known skin irritant so it may tingle for a few minutes but it will go away.  If the tingling persists or becomes unbearable, rinse it out immediately.  

Step 4: Wait
The mixture should stay in your hair for at least 4 hours.  The longer the processing time, the more results you will see.  Therefore leaving it on overnight is the best option.

Step 5: Rinsing the mixture out and reveal your new shade
Make sure you rinse the mixture out completely.  This method will give you a lighter, reddish colour.  The more applications you do, the more change you will see.

The mixture will leave your hair moisturised, soft, and smelling delicious!

Have you ever tried lightening your hair with natural ingredients?  Leave a comment and let me know!


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Monday, February 13, 2012

DIY: Milk and honey hair mask

February 13, 2012 2 Comments

As I told you in my previous blog post, I'm currently testing out some DIY natural hair masks.  Today I am going to share a recipe for a nourishing hair mask, ideal for restoring damaged hair.  This hair mask is 100% natural!


  • 4 tablespoons of pure honey
  • a small cup of fresh milk
  • a small cup of yoghurt/Greek yoghurt

The benefits of milk for your hair:

The proteins and lipids in milk strengthen hair, whereas the calcium promotes hair growth and helps prevent hair loss.  Furthermore, milk contains other nutrients like vitamins A, B6, biotin and potassium, which work to keep hair soft and shiny.

The benefits of honey for your hair:

Honey is an all natural substance that benefits your skin and hair.  It adds moisture to the hair and makes the hair more manageable.  


  • Mix fresh milk and yoghurt in a bowl.
  • Pour the pure honey into the mixture and blend well.
  • Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes; this allows the ingredients to amalgamate.

How to use:

  • Apply the mixture from roots to tips onto clean, towel-dried hair. 
  • Massage the scalp; this allows your hair to fully absorb all the nutrients.
  • Wrap your hair in a warm towel.
  • Let the hair mask sit in your hair for about 30 minutes. 
  • Rinse the mixture out with warm water.
  • Shampoo and condition as usual.

Remember, the best way to maintain healthy hair is to use natural products as much as possible.  Have you tried any DIY hair masks?


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