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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The soothing properties of basil

February 23, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
As you know, I strongly believe in using natural ingredients for DIY hair and skincare recipes.  Today’s post is about  basil; a perfect active ingredient for acne prone skin.
Basil is known for its soothing and toning properties, and can calm down blemishes and irritated skin.



Ingredients:
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Boiling water

 Method 1: Toner
  1. Steep a handful of basil leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Remove leaves, cool the basil tea.
  3. Apply toner to your problem areas with a cotton ball.
  4. Keep the toner refrigerated and discard once it becomes cloudy.

 You could also use organic basil tea.

Method 2: Facial steaming
  1. Steam your face over a bowl of hot water combined with a small handful of basil leaves, for about 10 minutes.  
  2. If your skin is very oily, squeeze half a lemon/lime into it.  
  3. Follow up with a face mask or splash cold water/toner on your face, or gently rub an ice cube wrapped in a towel over your face to close the pores.

 Tip:

Treating acne with basil is not for everyone.  The herb may occasionally cause allergic reactions (skin rashes) when applied topically.  Always  patch test  before using basil on your face. 
  • Dab a small amount of "basil tea" on the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow.
  • Leave it unwashed for a period of 24- 48 hours.
  • Watch for signs of an allergic reaction. (redness or rash)

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

February 14, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I just wanted to wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day, whether you’re sharing it with the love of your life, your family or your best friend.  

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly - Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved.

And a very happy V-Day to all those who are spending the day alone... What’s so odd about spending “the holiday of love” with the one you should love most: yourself?

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.  You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.  - Buddha

If you need a last minute easy nail art idea, click here: Nails Of The Day (NOTD):Valentine’s Day nail art


XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Natural remedies for dark eye circles

February 11, 2013 6 Comments

Hello everyone!

Do you have dark under eye circles yet you do not want to try expensive creams?  Then save your money and head to your kitchen!

Natural remedies for dark eye circles:

Tomato paste
Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh tomato juice and ½ a teaspoon of lemon juice.  Apply it gently on the skin under your eyes with a cotton ball and let it rest for 10 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with water.

Cucumber or Potato
You can apply any of these two on your eyes to diminish darkness and swelling.  Slice the cucumber or grate the potato before putting it onto the skin around your eyes.  You may also use the juice of either one of them and dab it on the skin with a cotton ball.

Tea bags
Simply put on a warm or cold teabag on each of your eye and let it rest there for a few minutes.  


Almond oil
Regularly massaging the under eye area with almond oil is one of the best natural remedies for getting rid of under eye circles because it promotes circulation.  Leave the nourishing oil on your skin overnight.

Ice cubes
This will instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.  Read The beauty benefits of ice for more information.

Crushed mint
Fresh mint has a cooling effect which immediately soothes tired eyes while getting rid of dark circles.  Put crushed mint leaves over the skin around your eyes and let them rest there for few minutes.  


Tips:
  • Stop smoking!  Smoking contributes to poor circulation.
  • Drink around 8-10 glasses of water a day to promotes proper circulation of blood around your eyes.
  • Aside from the remedies mentioned, it is also important that you get enough sleep.  
  • Be reminded that not all of these remedies will work for you.  So I suggest you try out a few and see which ones work best!  
  • These remedies will not make your dark circles disappear overnight.  So, be patient and continue the natural treatment for at least a few weeks.  
  • In certain individuals, dark circles can only be reduced but cannot be removed completely.
I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, February 04, 2013

DIY: Natural anti-wrinkle

February 04, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
If you are starting to notice fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet), mouth or forehead, try this natural remedy before splurging on expensive beauty products!

Do you know that grape juice is a natural anti-wrinkle?  Grapes contain natural oils and fruit acids that can help to tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines over time.


How to use:
  • Mash a handful of green grapes to obtain the juice.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the grape juice to fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Rinse after 20 minutes with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
  • For best results, repeat this treatment three times a week.
Grapes contain alpha hydroxy acids that assist the skin in exfoliation.  Removing the dead skin cells from the surface can drastically reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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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!


XOXO

Euphrasie85
Hair Growth Chart
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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!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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