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Sunday, April 01, 2018

All about my ear piercings

April 01, 2018 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Almost 5 weeks ago (26/02/2018) I had my right upper lobe pierced.  The reason why I got a new piercing is very simple: I already had two piercings in my left ear and I wanted two in my right ear as well.  After binge-watching videos on YouTube about piercings, I decided to make a blog post about my piercings.

ear piercings

In my left ear, I have a standard lobe and a tragus piercing.

Standard lobe piercing

Age: Around 2 months (1985).  My mum had my lobes pierced as a baby.  It is still fairly common to pierce babies here in Malta and in the '80s when I was born, it was even more so.  In fact, gold earrings were a very popular baptism gift for a baby girl.

Needle or gun: Gun.

Pain: I don't remember.

Healing process: Very easy, according to my mum.

Tragus piercing

Age: 16 years (back in 2001).  I was a first-year student at Junior College, I was finally free from the dreaded school uniform and the no make-up and no jewellery allowed policy.  

Needle or gun: I had it pierced with a gun.  I know that you should never pierce cartilage with a gun, but it was the early 2000s and I didn't know any better at the time. 

Piercing guns are not safe for two reasons, namely:  
  1. They aren’t sanitary.  You can’t put a piercing gun in an autoclave (a sterilising machine).
  2. A piercing gun forces a blunt-backed stud earring through the ear using great pressure.  That means the skin gets torn as the stud passes through, which could delay the healing process and lead to infection.

Pain: 0/10 - A throbbing sensation for a few minutes but no pain at all.

Healing process: Very easy.  A little sore to the touch for a couple of days but that's about it. 

I'm currently obsessed with earrings.  These are my current 12 favourites.  Check them out and let me know which one/ones you like best in the comments section below. 
The first 3 are my top favourites! 😍

In my right ear, I have a standard lobe and a high lobe piercing.

Standard lobe piercing

I had both my left and right standard lobes pierced at two months old.

High lobe piercing

Age: 32 years (5 weeks ago)

Needle or gun: A disposable sterile gun.   

Pain: 2/10 - I definitely felt it!

Healing process: It was sore and a little swollen for a couple of weeks.  I couldn't sleep on it and I kept hitting it while getting dressed and undressed. Ouch!!  I applied undiluted tea tree oil on it daily to keep it clean and speed up the healing process. 

labret post
This is the earring (labret post) I'm currently wearing in my upper lobe. 

That's it.  Now you know all about my piercings!  What piercings do you have?

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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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Treating acne with lavender oil

March 27, 2018 8 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about one of my favourite essential oils; lavender oil.  Not only does this essential oil smell great and helps you relax, but it also has significant benefits for the skin.  This oil hydrates and heals the skin without clogging the pores.  Plus, it helps deal with many skin conditions from acne, excess oil, dryness to ageing.  It also promotes hair growth and a healthy scalp.  This particular post is about treating acne with lavender oil.  

What is Lavender Oil?
Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender plant.  It grows worldwide in Asia, Europe,  Africa, the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.  The uses of lavender oil are numerous.  It's an all-natural oil that works for various skin and hair problems.

How to use:
  • Mix 1-4 drops of lavender oil into 1/2-1 tablespoon of base oil (coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil).  Diluting helps the oil spread more easily when applied to the skin.
  • Massage the mixture into the affected area.
  • For sensitive skin or young children, the oil should be further diluted with warm water.

  • If you are treating occasional blemishes, use pure lavender oil.
  • Using a cotton swab apply directly to the pimples.
  • It should heal within 2-3 days.

lavender oil for acne

Applying lavender oil nourishes and calms the skin ultimately treating acne, dry skin and reducing the appearance of dark spots and acne scars.  Lavender oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which help get rid of pimples and prevent future acne

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Have you ever used lavender oil in your skincare routine?  

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Weekly recap | 25/03/2018

March 25, 2018 1 Comments
weekly recap

Hello everyone!

So much happens in a week, so here’s a quick recap… in case you missed any of this! 

weekly recap collage

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Thanks for reading!

Tag post: The Easter tag ⛪🐰🐣🍫

March 25, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Holy Week is the week before Easter and it is also the last week of Lent.  And since Easter is almost here, in this post I'm going to answer the Easter tag questions.

Tag post: The Easter tag

1. Do you celebrate Easter?
I'm Catholic so of course, I celebrate Easter.

2. What was your favourite thing about Easter growing up?
Probably eating a lot of chocolate.

3. What are your plans for Easter this year?
Here in Malta, Easter Sunday is a day we spend with family.

4. Do you colour eggs?
I used to as a child.

5. Do you have Easter traditions?
Easter time in Malta is a time engulfed in tradition and ritual.  It is a time of processions, pilgrimages, pageants, exhibitions and much more.

6. Favourite Easter treat?
Vegan chocolate eggs.

7. Least favourite Easter treat?
Figolli!  Figolli are traditional Maltese Easter sweet almond cakes, covered in icing or chocolate and decorated with half a chocolate egg on top.  They are usually in Christian traditional shapes such as lamb, fish and heart.  

A lamb-shaped figolla
8. Best Easter memory?
When I was a child I used to help my mum make homemade chocolate Easter eggs and fill them with Smarties.  She makes figolli each year too, but I never liked them!

9. Do you hunt/hide eggs?
No.  I don't recall ever doing that.

10. Do you get pictures with the Easter bunny?
No.  The Easter bunny was not "a thing" when I was growing up.

Do you celebrate Easter?  What are your favourite traditions?  Leave your answers in the comments section below.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

March 24, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne-fighting gel and today I want to share another acne-fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  

DIY: Acne fighting mask

  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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