Monday, 26 January 2015

Hair || Homemade Hair Gel!

This is a picture of my recipe for my Flaxseed, Honey, Aloe Vera and Argan Oil homemade hair gel recipeA few weeks ago I stumbled across an old recipe I had created for a flaxseed hair gel. Upon noticing the terrible photos I decided it would be time to do an updated version, with a few tweaks I have learned along the way. In this version I have chosen to add honey, aloe vera and argan oil. Honey adds moisture as it is a humectant, meaning it draws water from the air. This will help to keep hair moisturised, hydrated and frizz free! Aloe vera enhanced curls, locks in moisture acting as a protective barrier. It also helping to maintain the ph balance of hair. I have also added Argan oil as it is well known as being very nourishing and great for smoothing hair.

You will need 

Flaxseeds/Linseeds || 1/2 Cup.
Water || 2 Cups.
Cup Measures.
Spoon Measures.
A Sieve/Strainer.
A Bowl.
Honey || 1 Tbsp.
Aloe Vera Gel || 1 Tbsp.
Argan Oil || 1 Tsp.
Essential Oils (Optional) || A few drops.

Left to Right: What You Will Need, Mix Flaxseeds and Water, Boil Flaxseeds For 10 mins, Strain the Flaxseeds Until Left With Gel,  Add Honey, Aloe and Argan Oil, Create a Label with Date and then Store in a sealed Glass Jar.

Soak the flaxseeds in a bowl with 2 cups of water. You can either leave the seeds to soak overnight (which will produce more gel) or leave for a few hours. I usually leave for a few hours as I find this produces more than enough gel. This also means I can make it in one day as I tend to lose focus pretty quickly!

After soaking, pour the seeds and water into a pan and boil on a medium heat for around 10 minutes. It should start to thicken fairly quickly. A good indicator it is ready is when there are no seeds sinking to the bottom of the pan as the gel has become thick enough to suspend them. Remove the pan from the heat.

Once off the heat, strain the seeds so that you are only left with the gel. This process can be a little time consuming, depending on the thickness of the gel and how fine your sieve/strainer is. You may need to use a spoon to aid straining but if you are still finding it very difficult you can add a little water to the gel.

Once strained allow to cool for around half an hour. Then add the Honey (don't worry, it won't make it sticky!), Aloe Vera, Argan Oil and stir thoroughly. This would also be the time to add any essential oils, such as lavender. Once all the ingredients are added and the gel is cool transfer to a glass jar. for storage. At this point I always make sure that I label and date the jar as it can and will go off. You can usually store the gel for around 2 weeks but please do keep an eye on it and always err on the side of caution!

P.s Wash your pans and equipment straight away! This stuff can set and become a little difficult to wash off! Not too difficult but who has time to soak nowadays?

Do you have any DIY beauty recipes?

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Review || The Body Shop 'Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil'.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil.

I have been using this product for a few months now and I am really impressed with it. Cleansing Oils are something that have been around for a while now and there are a lot of people who swear by them. I myself have definitely become a convert, after using The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. I think it is a really easy to use product and is suitable for all skin types. I use it both in the morning and the evening to cleanse and remove makeup and I am really impressed with the results.

The reason cleansing oils are so effective, is that the oil binds to dirt or makeup already on the skin and making them easier to wash away. They are also better for your skins health as non-oil based cleansers can be very harsh on skin, causing irritation. They also strip the skin of all of its natural oils, forcing it to go into overdrive and produce excess oils in order to compensate. This can cause multiple problems, including blemishes and oily skin. Whereas, cleansing oils keep the skins PH balanced. Many essential oils are also naturally bacterial.

The first time I used the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, I was shocked at how effectively it removed makeup. It really does just melt it away from the skin in a matter of seconds. After application and massaging to help lift any dirt or makeup. I then add a little water, which makes the product lather slightly and then wash my face with running water. Although you may imagine that an oil may be quite heavy and difficult to remove it is very light and washes off very easily. Afterwards, my skin not only feels clean and refreshed, it also feels a little nourished, which non-oil cleansers rarely do. I am also really happy with the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil as it is very gentle and I have found that my skin has been less irritated since using. I also suffer with a lot of redness on my skin and I have found that it has helped to calm it down.

Overall I really do recommend this product and it has become a solid staple in my skincare collection. It definitely makes me want to try more and more cleansing oils and I really think is a great product for someone who is just starting to explore cleansing oils but still wants good quality does not want to spend too much.

Are you a fan of cleansing oils?

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Review || La Roche-Posay SeroZinc.

 I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the La Roche Posey 'Serozinc' for a very long time. So when I decided to try out some La Roche Posey products, I was naturally drawn towards Serozinc. Serozinc is a zinc sulfate solution 'specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin.' I have been suffering from some rather aggressive breakouts recently so I though this would be the perfect time to put Serozinc to the test!

I have been using this product for over a month now and I have been noticing how much more balanced my skin has been feeling. I think it has helped oil prone zones without dying my skin out and I am also finding that my makeup is staying on my skin a little longer and going on smoother. La Roche Posey state that the product is designed to make skin appear more 'mattified' and I really do think it achieves this. My skin both looks and feels less oily to the touch. It just takes off that inevitable shine that creeps up on me throughout the day that I thought I would just always have to deal with.

Although I have had some great success with this product, sadly I thought it might do a little more for my breakouts. For my skin, this product seems to have worked by targeting blemishes and drawing them out. I have seen spots that would normally take a few days to come to a head, come out much quicker. Whilst this is great as it seems to be doing something, I have not noticed a decrease in breakouts. I am not sure if drawing them out is really the purpose of the product, it is just what I have observed. 

Overall I think this is a good product and I am glad I have tested it. Sadly, I cannot vouch that it has improved my breakouts yet but I am hoping that as it has helped control oily zones, this may happen with some more time. For this reason I am definitely going to continue using Serozinc.

Have you tried La Roche Posey's Serozinc Yet?

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Review || Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet.

This is a photograph of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudeist
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - Nudeist.

I have been looking to introduce more matte lip colours into my collection for a while now and I had seen a few people taking about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet. When I was in Boots the other day I noticed the shade called Nude-ist. It is kind of a nude shade but is kind of a dirty, almost mauve colour, that is more than a natural lip but is still subtle and easy to wear. It is really simple to apply and has a really good sized, shaped applicator wand.

The formula is soft, velvety and applied to the lips very smoothly. Whilst it looks a little glossy on the applicator, when applied it becomes very matte and soft. I especially love the way it feels on the lips as you can really feel that velvety smooth texture. It also impressed me that, whilst the formula is not hydrating, it doesn't seem to dry my lips out like many lip products do. I suffer from cracked, dry lips and find that it doesn't sit on any dry patches, highlighting them, which I often find lip products do. The Rouge Edition Velvet also stays on the lips really well but is still easy to remove and didn't stain.

The range has 6 different shades all across the red/pink shade line (hence the name) ranging from more natural and wearable like the 'Nude-ist' shade, to really rich and vibrant like the shade 'Hot Pepper'. I really hope that they develop more colours soon as they are so easy to wear and great to throw in your bag. I really do love this product as I think it is a good quality, wearable, product. My favourite thing about it is that it has the ease of a lipgloss but the finish of a lipstick.

Have you tried any of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet range?

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Review || Umberto Giannini 'Curl Friends' Range.

When in Boots the other day I noticed that Umberto Giannini had a new range of products out for curly hair! I was also pleasantly surprised to find that many of the products don't contain sulfates or silicones so decided to give them a go! I picked up the Umberto Giannini Bouncy Curls Curl Enhancing Conditioner and the Umberto Giannini Shapely Curls Mousse.

I tried out the Curl Enhancing Conditioner first and I got on really well with it! The first thing I noticed was that it is great for detangling. My fingers glided through my hair with unexpected ease. Once dry my hair felt softer and well conditioned. It did also do a little for curl definition and really encouraged the curls. I think that it would be better for someone with fine curls as it is quite light so it won't weigh hair down but does also make curls soft and helps with definition. I still think this is a good product for thicker curls, it could just do with a little extra moisture.

Once out of the shower I begun to style and applied the Umberto Giannini Shapely Curls Defining Mousse to my hair. A really nice thing about this mousse is that the formula is light and not at all sticky, like most mousses are. It was so much nicer to apply because it's not sticky and distributed very easily. When dry my curls were defined and shiny and I could tell that the products had very much encouraged the curl, rather than just define it. My hair was also a lot less frizzy and the style lasted for a good couple of days.

I also want to point out the advice on the back of the bottle. It says '...dry with a towel, do not rub dry as it will frizz up the hair cuticle and break up the curl structure.' I thought that this was really good advice and liked that it was tailored for curls. It really gives me a little extra faith in a product as it makes me think they know there stuff and have put just that little extra effort in.

Have you tried any of the Umberto Giannani 'Curl Friends' range yet?

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Review || The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask.

Review of The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask, Oily Skin, Acne Treatment
The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask.

I have mentioned The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask a few times before and it has fast become one of my favourite products. The first reason I love this mask so much is that it is always reliable. I know that when I have a breakout I can slap it on for about 5-10 minutes, including it in my night time skin care routine and then voila! In the morning my spots are either massively reduced or have vanished! The mask claims to invigorate, clarify and condition, advising use once or twice a week, which I tend too.

The mask contains Kaolin clay which is known to work wonders for spots and dried them out really well. Clay in general is known for being great to zap blemishes. I have actually made my own clay masks before but they have never ended up that great. The second reason I love the Warming Mineral Mask is because it is well balanced. When I have made my own clay masks, they have always gone too far and dried my skin out too much. This then ended up having the reverse effect, making my skin feel very tight and very red. The Warming Mineral mask is well balanced and although powerful, it doesn't seem to react badly in any way with my skin. It just does exactly what I need it too!

It's also love that it really does heat up when on your skin. The first time I used it I was actually a little taken aback as it is instantaneous, literally the second it comes in contact with your face, it is hot. It's so relaxing and really great if you are trying to unwind and de-stress!

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Review || The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil.

As a (young) teenager I never suffered any problems with my skin, the occasional breakout, but nothing too bad. Then when I got to about seventeen my skin suddenly went downhill. I started to get those under the surface, painful spots that scar very badly. My skin got better within the past year  which was great and I was finally seeing my scars fading. Sadly, in the past couple of months, my good fortune has been reversed. I am not sure what has caused it but I think a contributing factor may have been my night cream. So I decided to upgrade to a newer model...

If you are having reservations about serums then I would say that The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil is a good place to start. It is really light and sinks into the skin very easily. It is not at all greasy as you may expect but has a very silky consistency and feels lovely on skin. It also smells like the rest of the Vitamin E line which for me is a major plus! After using for a few weeks my skin feels softer and looks more supple. Bonus points are also rewarded for the fact it has balanced the oils on my skin and has really helped with breakouts!

The bottle claims that the Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil also gives the illusion of 8 hours of solid zzz's. I am always very sceptical when it comes to these sorts of claims and have never used a product that lives up to them but I must say I am impressed. I noticed pretty quickly that my skin seems to get an instant boost and brightening effect. This makes my skin look very healthy and hydrated whilst not being greasy at all.

I think that this will definetly be a repurchase product and also one that I would very much recommend to others. I would especially recommend it if you are struggling with finding night creams to suit your skin. Again, I would also recommend if you are just starting out with serums as it is a good product that is well priced and easy to get hold of!

Have you tried any serums you loved lately?

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Goals for 2015!

2014 has been a bit of a mixed year for me. Things didn't start out so great but are very much on the up! I am feeling super positive about the year to come and there should be some big changed ahead! So with a cup of tea in my hand and a smile on my face I sit down to write my goals for 2015!

Being consistent!

Being consistent is not my strong point! Until recently I did not own a camera, meaning I was always getting delayed with posting, having to wait to borrow one. Now I have my own I have no excuse not to get things out on time and hopefully I can get this consistency thing down! 

Creating More of My Own Recipes

I really love make my own recipes like my DIY Hair Gel recipe and there is no good reason as to why I should not be doing more of it! Make your own hair products, be it masks, gels etc is always really fun and a really economical way to tailor your hair products to your own needs!

More Research

I would really love to be able to start including more in-depth research into some of my posts. A little information about the ingredients in the products you are using can be really helpful in picking the ones most suited for you. Even just knowing the basics about the structure of hair or what exactly causes frizz on a more in depth level can make a huge difference!

Building Photography Skills!

As I said before until now I have had to make do by borrowing cameras here and there which has not always led to the best results! Now that I have a camera of my own (so excited!) I can start to actually produce some more suitable and prettier images! I have never owned my own camera before so I am very much starting from the bottom which is a bit scary as there are so many bloggers who are very skilled photographers!

Being More Confident!

I have struggled with confidence issues for as long as I can remember and starting this blog was an unimaginable step for me a just a few months earlier. Hitting the publish button for the first time very nearly did me in! The more I write, interact with other bloggers or receive comments on a post, my confidence has grown hugely. Blogging has helped me learn how important self confidence is and without it I never would have realised how many areas of your life it impacts on!

Branching Out a Little!

I really love blogging about hair and beauty products and find it a really fun thing to do! Sadly as I test a lot of products there is only so much my hair and skin can take, which somewhat limits my ability to product content! I would really love to occasionally do posts about other things such as body confidence or even just food that I love to cook! Often bloggers are told to find a niche and not diversify too much. Maybe that is how you get page views but I would rather have fun with it!

Have you set any goals for 2015?

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