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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!
Ingredients:
  • 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
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Method:
  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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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #04 | The best facial cleanser EVER!

May 21, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share my number one secret for moisturised, plump, soft, and glowing skin.  It's neither a fancy face cream nor one of my usual DIY recipes.  It's actually something I never thought I'd use on my face at all. 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Years ago I wrote about the many benefits of vegetable glycerin in a post titled: Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin! and I also shared a recipe for a DIY make-up setting spray containing glycerin as a key ingredient.  I've also been using glycerin soap on and off in the shower for quite some time but I never used it to wash my face with, until recently.  

I had a new, unopened jasmine glycerin soap in my bathroom and since my face was a little dry I decided, on a hunch, to try the soap as a face cleanser.  I used it at night before I went to sleep and let me tell you I was shocked at how soft and hydrated my skin was after just one use.  The next morning my face was visibly plumper and my skin was glowing, so I decided I should keep using it to see if the result were consistent.

Glycerin soap

Now, as you can see from the pictures below, I've been using the soap for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.  This is by far the best face cleanser I've ever used, and let me tell you, I used quite a few high-end, very expensive products in the past.  

Glycerin soap

Glycerin soap


So what is glycerin soap and why is it so effective? 

Glycerin soap is a soap that contains glycerin.  Vegetable glycerin is an odourless, clear liquid with a thick syrup consistency.  It is added to beauty products because of its ability to attract moisture and act as an emollient.  Glycerin soaps are recognisably different from other soaps because they are translucent.

Vegetable glycerin soap is vegan-friendly and a great option for people with sensitive skin.  Glycerin can help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  This may be especially beneficial for people who experience conditions like:

  • acne
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea

At the same time, glycerin is non-greasy.  This means it’s a good choice for anyone with oily or combination skin.  Glycerin may also have anti-ageing benefits.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and other surface blemishes.

Glycerin soap is not just a cleanser, it's a beauty treatment!  I'm turning 35 next week (on May 30th), and since glycerin soap has incredible benefits for ageing skin, I’m confident it will remain a staple in my beauty routine in the coming years.

Have you ever used glycerin soap?  Would you consider using it now that you know a little bit more about it?  Leave a comment and let me know!





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Friday, March 30, 2018

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

March 30, 2018 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common?  Well, supposedly they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth.

Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) has been recently dubbed a "miracle skincare oil".  Rosehip oil, derived from the rosehip (the fruit left on the stem after the petals have fallen off), is a natural source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and B-carotene.  This superfine oil is absorbed easily into the skin and won’t leave behind any oily residue.

So what are the benefits of using rosehip oil?  
  • It quickly absorbs into the skin, proving moisture.
  • It can heal scarring caused by acne.
  • It can help reverse sun damage.
  • It can provide a protective barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.
  • It can help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • It can help heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
  • It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil


How to use:

Rosehip oil is extremely easy to use.  
  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil to your face.
  3. Gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  4. Use morning and night.

If you’re using it to correct problematic skin conditions, you’ll see a noticeable improvement after two to three weeks.

Check out this infographic...
The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

Like many other natural beauty treatments out there, rosehip oil may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth trying.

If you have ever used rosehip oil on your face, share your experience in the comments section below.  Don't forget to share this post with your friends!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

DIY: All-natural facial serum

March 30, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's been a while since my last DIY beauty recipe, so today I want to share with you the recipe for my favourite all-natural facial serum.  


For those who don't know what facial serums are;  facial serums are lightweight moisturisers that contain a concentrated amount of nourishing ingredients.  So let's get started!  This is a very simple DIY, all you need are four ingredients.  Here's my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp Aloe vera gel - Soothes skin from irritation and inflammation.
  • 2 tbsp castor oil - Great skin moisturiser, delays the signs of ageing and reduces acne.
  • 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin - Keeps skin young and hydrated.
  • 2/4 drops of tea tree oil - Treats and prevents acne.




Method:

In a small glass pump bottle, combine all the ingredients.  Mix well until the ingredients are well amalgamated. 

How to use:

Cleanse your face as usual, then apply two or three pumps of serum in place of your moisturiser.  I use it every night instead of my night cream and I love how my skin looks and feels in the morning


This serum works really well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin.  Because of its ingredients, it is also great for ageing and dry skin.  In other words, this all-natural serum can be beneficial to all skin types

Are facial serums part of your beauty routine?  Let me know in the comment section below and if you make this DIY recipe, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  





Thursday, July 16, 2015

The amazing beauty benefits of honey

July 16, 2015 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today's post is dedicated to the sweetest skin-loving ingredient, and one of my personal favourites; honey! Honey does not only have numerous health benefits, it has also been used for centuries as a natural beauty product.

Honey is... 
  • Naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down ageing.
  • Extremely moisturising and soothing.



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using honey:
DIY: Milk and honey hair mask
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask
DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask

Tip: Always use pure raw honey.

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Beauty Secrets Revealed: 12 amazing beauty benefits of honey.

12 Amazing Beauty Benefits Of Honey

From Visually.



Is raw honey part of your beauty regime?  


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY: Nourishing body scrub

July 16, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a DIY recipe for a nourishing body scrub.  We all know how important it is to nourish our body, and sometimes we forget about our bodies largest organ; the skin.

This natural body scrub is very nourishing, it contains essential natural ingredients like coconut oil and almond oil to help restore moisture and sea salt to exfoliate dead skin cells.  Also, it smells delicious!  Here's the recipe... 


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup sea salt

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar, allow to sit for ingredients to amalgamate.  
  2. Apply mixture to your skin and rub in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with water.
That's all for this quick, easy, money-saving, skin-loving scrub!  

If you love using DIY scrubs, here are the links for another four you might want to try:

If you try out one of these scrubs, leave a comment and let me know your experience. 

Have an awesome day! 





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream Review

June 11, 2014 0 Comments
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

Another luxury skincare product I got to try is the GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream.  It's a moisturizing cream with anti-aging properties and I can honestly say that it is one of the best creams I have ever tried.

GRATiAE - Organic Beauty by Nature is specially designed for both men and women who care about true quality and appreciate natural, organic, and healthy skin-care products.  With GRATiAE your skin will glow with health and inner beauty.

Product description:

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream (50ml)



An ultra-fine moisturizing cream specially formulated to instantly penetrate and treat the skin for immediate hydration.  Combining a blend of pure plant extracts and thermo-mineral water, it leaves the skin feeling intensively moisturized, smooth and soft with a youthful glow.

Price:

 €157.29 from the European website and  $129.99 from the USA website 

Directions for use: 

Onto cleansed skin, apply the cream in soft circular motions until absorbed.

Ingredients:

Aqua / Deionized Water, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Buxus Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate,Aqua / "Three Graces" Thermomineral Water, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract / Oat Extract, Citric Acid, Perfume / Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract / Witch Hazel Extract, Lecithin (Liposome Complex),Retinyl Acetate, Tocopherol, BHT, Mentha Piperita Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice / Aloe Barbadensis.

My experience:

The product comes in a light green, thick glass jar with a golden lid.  When you open the gold lid you find a seal that acts as a protective lid.  The product also comes with a small spatula.  Whenever a cream comes in a pot, like this one, do not put your fingers in it.  Always use the spatula when provided, or else use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination.



This moisturising cream is very rich.  It is thin and non-greasy once you apply it to the skin.  It is lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin.  It instantly makes my skin soft, very smooth and hydrated.

You only need to apply a small amount, I only use the amount you see in the 3rd photo below.  It goes on very smoothly and there is no need to pull the skin.  This moisturiser did not upset my sensitive skin at all, in fact I saw an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin, after just one application!  This product is amazing!


My skin looks and feels fantastic after using this.  As I told you in my previous product review, if you can afford it, go ahead and buy it.  Your skin will love it, without a doubt. 

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Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Review

June 11, 2014 1 Comments
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to try two amazing luxury skincare products from Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories Ltd.

Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics and skincare company that manufactures its products using mineral components extracted from the Dead Sea.  It was founded in 1990 and is part of Hadan Group, which has been specializing in cosmetics since 1979. (Wikipedia)

Dead Sea Premier’s philosophy binds together two elements: the glorious wisdom of nature and advanced scientific technology.  Premier takes natural plant extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea and by utilizing patented and cutting-edge technology, makes luxurious, effective skin-care that far exceeds your best imagination about beautiful skin.

Product description:

Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Limited Edition - Eye Serum (35ml) and Eye Cream (35ml)


Eye Serum - A secret composition of soothing active ingredients specially adapted to nourish the sensitive skin around the eye area. It performs triple firming actions for rejuvenation, moisturisation, and anti-ageing. This unique Liposome Complex and oil-free serum moisturizes the skin causing a lifting effect. Thus, wrinkles are reduced, the skin is smoothed and rejuvenated, skin tone is restored, and its structure reinforced.
Eye Cream - This ultra-modern formula is suitable for all skin types. It consists of the best anti-ageing ingredients: Dead Sea minerals, Liposome Complex, Dunaliella Seaweed, natural Aloe Vera, Oxygen, Vitamins E and A. It moisturizes and hydrates the very delicate skin around the eyes. It helps diminish dryness and fine lines and reduces puffiness.
Price:

556.59  from the European website and $599.99 from the USA website

Directions for use:

Eye Serum - Prior to application cleanse the contour of the eye. Apply 2 to 5 drops onto fingertips and massage gently onto the delicate eye area. Use twice daily. For best results, Eye Cream should be applied after the serum has been absorbed into the skin.
Eye Cream - Gently massage the cream in circular soft movements around the eyes. Apply make-up as desired.
Ingredients:


My experience:

The limited edition box alone is enough to impress you.  The box is spacious and it holds the cream and serum intact.  From the packaging itself, you can tell that it is a luxurious product.  Both the eye cream and eye serum come in a blue-green glass packaging with a golden cap.  The eye serum comes in a bottle with a pump while the cream comes in a round jar.

The eye serum is a clear gel and you need to dab only a small drop.  The serum spreads easily and dries quickly.


When you first open the eye cream jar you will find a seal which needs to be removed to take out the product.  There is an inner cap that keeps the eye cream from getting on the lid.  The eye cream is rich and creamy and it hydrates and moisturises the eye area.  Like the serum, it is also absorbed quickly by the skin.




I don't have any lines or wrinkles around my eye area but I can still see the difference on the days and nights I use these two products.  The skin around the eye area looks and feels smoother and healthier.  My mother, who is 55, also tried this kit and she swears that her fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced.  

I know that this kit is pricey but if you really want to see instant results and can afford to splurge on high quality, luxury skincare products, the Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit is definitely worth a try.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine

January 15, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've talked about the wonders of coconut oil before.  Read this previous post: 5 Ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.  Coconut oil is the perfect moisturiser because it’s lightweight and easily absorbed.


Below, are 7 more ways to incorporate it into your beauty routine:




As a frizz-tamer

Use a tiny amount of coconut oil to smooth down flyaway hair and add shine to your locks.

As a moisturiser 

The fatty acids in coconut oil helps lock moisture into the skin, so smooth some over your elbows and other rough spots to soften and heal.

Instead of cuticle oil 

Just dab some coconut oil on your cuticles and nails (you can also use it as a hand cream).  If you do this before bed and put on gloves, you’ll wake up to soft, smooth hands.

In a DIY face scrub 

Add some baking soda to your coconut oil for a gentle exfoliating face scrub.  You might feel a bit of residue after rinsing, but the oil will absorb into your skin after a few minutes.

Around your eye area
Coconut oil is great for hydrating the gentle skin around your eyes.  It will leave your eye area extra smooth and decrease lines and wrinkles.

To cleanse your face

I already told you about the oil cleansing method. Read more here: A natural way to cleanse and heal your face.  However, it’s best to test this out; there are some people who claim that coconut oil breaks them out! So be very careful.

To enhancer your eyebrow growth

Use a tiny amount of coconut oil to massage your eyebrows for thickening and darkening.  You can also use this DIY: Eyebrow growth serum.

Have you ever used coconut oil in your beauty routine?  How?  Tell me in the comments below! 









Photo from here.