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Curly Hair Hacks to Change Your Life

hair hacks to change your life

If you’re a curly girl like me, do you find your hair is prone to frizz?  Feels crispy in this winter weather? Dry? Sometimes both oily AND dry?!….  I can relate well!

Curly hair always looks beautiful when it’s well moisturised and frizz free!  But despite its beauty, curly hair needs plenty of TLC and is high maintenance in comparison to hair that’s bone straight.  Here are some handy tips and tricks to get your curls popping!

Towel Dry No More! Use A Microfibre Towel Or Cotton T-Shirt Instead

Regular towels can tug and pull on your hair which makes it susceptible to damage.  A microfibre towel will dry your hair gently without causing friction.  If you don’t have a microfibre towel, a cotton t-shirt will do the trick just as well.  Below is a video of the cotton t-shirt method:

 Cr: AshleysGreenLife

Use Products With Natural Ingredients

natural oil products

Using products with natural ingredients keeps product build up and damage at bay.  Products containing petroleum or mineral oil only coat the hair and will ultimately make curly hair dry and brittle and encourage that dreaded frizz!

Natural products such as coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil and shea butter are nature’s moisturisers and conditioners.  You can easily make your own hair moisturiser and conditioner using natural products.  Most of which you may already have laying around the home.  Using natural ingredients on curly hair will penetrate the cuticle, providing moisture from within and will not just sit on top causing build up.

 

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4 Effective Ways to Use Milk of Magnesia To Combat Oily Skin

milk of magnesia oily skin

Oily skin has been a bugbear of mine ever since I was a teenager as I talked about in my previous post 5 Holy Grail Skin Products for Oily Skin.
I breakout very easily and would have to touch up my make up to de-shine several times a day.  After trying hundreds of products and potions (few which DO work as set out in my previous blog post ) I’ve finally discovered an inexpensive gem that most people have laying around the home; Milk of Magnesia!

Here are some of the many uses of this magical product which works very well for oily skin, blackheads, acne and everything else that comes with it!

 

The Star Product ~ Milk of Magnesia

milk of magnesia for siny face

Milk of Magnesia is traditionally used as an antacid and liquid saline laxative. When taken orally it works by drawing water out of the colon.  Although that sounds a bit urgh(!)  It’s a wonder lotion for mattifying oily skin.  It helps to prevent pores from producing excess oil, and creates the illusion of smaller pores.  Milk of Magnesia is also helpful in preventing spots as it contains Zinc which kills bacteria, making it healing for any existing spots you may have.  It’s priced reasonably and can be picked up from Boots or online here for under £10.00 for 355ml which will last you a good while!

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Ben Nye Classic Translucent Face Powder Review For Mixed Race Skin

Ben Nye Classic Translucent Face Powder Review

INTRODUCTION

Ben Nye Classic Translucent Face Powder has been around for many years, seen mainly backstage at theatres and on film sets.

The Ben Nye brand was created by distinguished make up artist Ben Nye. Ben Nye worked on numerous film projects making him well known throughout the professional industry. After the top-notch artist retired, he established his own cosmetic company which became a big hit.

Since Kim Kardashian attributed Ben Nye to her infamous under eye highlight and contour routine, it has reached even higher acclaim!

Ben Nye Classic Translucent Face Powder Review

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Creme de la Mer ~ Is This £200 Moisturiser a Fail or Holy Grail? My Unbiased Review & Dupe

creme de la mer

I first stumbled upon Creme de la Mer around 2005 after reading about it in various magazines and newspapers.  Despite only being in my early twenties at the time, I was very curious although as I’m sure most of you can relate, despite the impressive claims the £150-£500 price tag put me off a bit!

The Claimed Background Story of Creme de la Mer

“When aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber was burned in a laboratory accident, he went on a crusade to restore his skin. What began as one man’s journey became a transformative experience that would be whispered about all over the world.  Inspired by the renewing energies of the sea, Huber fermented nutrient-rich kelp with other natural ingredients. 12 years and 6,000 experiments later, his Miracle Broth™ was born – and Huber’s skin visibly restored. Word of Dr. Huber’s perfected formula spread, captivating new devotees. Their transformative journey was just beginning.” ~ Taken from: www.cremedelamer.co.uk

Fast forward eight or so years, my curiosity piqued once more.  My skin had always been oily although sometimes (usually in winter) it would get dry patches with an oily surface over it.  Very strange and annoying as I found products for oily skin could be too harsh and products for dry skin were way too heavy, making my oily areas worse. Continue reading…

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5 Holy Grail Skincare Products For Oily/Problem Skin

holy grail skin care products for oily problem skin

I have had very oily problem skin for as long as I can remember and in my late 20’s I (very suddenly) developed acne!  I put it down to the the drastic climate change, returning to freezing blighty after being in the sun for 11 months while working on a cruise ship, but as my skin got worse I knew it was simply my hormones.

This sudden acne flare up ruled my life at the time and I was determined to get rid of it come hell or high water!  It was making me paranoid to the point I didn’t want to go to work.  I tried every lotion, potion and acne treatment you can think of from weekly microdermabrasions, potent spot creams, Proactiv regimine, intense face peels, stupidly expensive face creams…. the list goes on. The only thing that seemed to help my skin at that time when all else failed was high doses of pantothenic acid supplement and a very basic (and inexpensive) simple skincare regime.

Now I’m in my 30’s, apart from the odd spot here and there, I’m happy to say my skin is pretty clear.  I do get occasional flare ups and my skin can become very sensitive as I occasionally use retinol products in winter, although using the products below, unless I’m going out to meet the girls for lunch, go on a date or a night out, I feel completely comfortable and confident going without make up. Continue reading…

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Spotlight Review ~ Dr. Organic Honey Manuka Rescue Cream

dr-organic-manuka-honey-cream

What’s all the fuss about?!

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream over the past while. Many claims that it has completely or significantly healed eczema, psoriasis, skin tags, dry skin and even reports of it regulating oily skin and helping with acne.  I purchased from Holland and Barrett’s with a reasonable price tag of £8.99! Continue reading…

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10 Beauty Hacks To Save Your Life!

Time is Money….

We live in a world where time is money, money is time!  If you’re anything like me who can sometimes be impatient and easily stressed, these 10 tried and tested beauty hacks should relieve you of sweating the small stuff when it comes to beautifying yourself!

 

1. Business Card Trick ~ No More Mascara Smudges

eyelashes

Ph Credit: Maria Morri

You know how frustrating it can be when you’re at the end of your make up routine, all fresh and polished ready for your mascara finale when BAM!…. You blink at the wrong time causing the mascara wand to brush over your perfectly applied eyeshadow, or it stabs you in the eye causing that unsightly black smudging!!  Eyes ruined!!

This awesome little business card trick will eliminate that problem forever!  Bold claim I know but I can back it up.  Here’s how:

  1. Place a business card just above your eye and using a pen or eyeliner,  mark on the card two dots to reflect the length of your eye (a dot where the edge of your eyes meets your nose and one on the other side where the eye meets your temple)
  2. Using the pen or eyeliner, connect the two dots whilst drawing the shape of your eye (no need to be perfect here).  Then cut out the half circle from the business card
  3. Position the semi circle cut out part of the business card on top of your eyelid right behind your lashes and gently press and lift.
  4. Your lashes will push themselves up against the business card ready for your mascara application.  Any accidental blinking is impossible using this method and any smudges will go on the card and never around your eye!

Voila! Perfect mascara and smudge free eyes! Continue reading…

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