112 posts tagged beauty
If you have scalp problems then you will know all too well the pain that comes with using commercial shampoos. That’s because most commercial shampoos contain additives like sulfates (the stuff that gives shampoo it’s lather, but can worsen skin irritations and strip hair). I have psoriasis and can’t use ‘traditional’ shampoos anymore - my head goes nuts! I have been buying sulfate-free shampoo, but making my own is something I’d love to do. Plus rosemary has been shown to be effective to preventing hair loss and mint is good for dandruff, and relieving scalp irritations. So this is basically sore head heaven! Just remember if you make this, that it won’t lather and get frothy like normal shampoo because it doesn’t have the sulfates, so don’t worry that you’ve messed up!
One of my all time favourite beauty products is the Rosewater Balancing Mist by SA brand Jurlique. It feels so beautiful on your skin… which is good because it’s really pricey! DLF has a very similar mist which, although it doesn’t have the same ingredients, is still really similar to the Jurlique with a gorgeous blend of rosewater and witch hazel, and I can make quite a few bottles for the same price! There’s also recipes for two other sprays - Cool Down & Sleep Tight. Download the free labels and make your own!
My hair has been put in a pony tail so much in my life that it now has a kink in it. Yep. Anyway, I love ponytails, especially as I can’t stand my hair in my face. But plain ponys can get boring, and for some reason scrunchies are no longer a mainstay in my house. I really love the pony on the far right with it’s ‘bubble’ segments. I’ll just need to purchase a few more elastics!
Did you know there are other uses for strawberries other than for eating by the punnet?! Henry Happened has four - Whitening Strawberry Teeth Scrub, Zit-Zapping Strawberry Face Peel, Brightening Almond & Strawberry Scrub and Moisturizing Strawberry Honey Face Mask. the pictured strawberry recipe is the zit-zapping strawberry face peel, which mixes aspirin, straberries and lemon juice to create a peel. According to HH, 'the aspirin contains salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid which acts as a chemical peel to reduce acne and lesions. The vitamin C and AHAs in lemons and strawberries exfoliate and reduce the appearance of age spots'. Sounds good to me! In fact, I’ve got a punnet of strawberries in my fridge all ready to make this!
Though I’m always encouraging people to DIY instead of buy, there are some instances where I encourage people to definitely buy! Especially when it comes to anything you put in/on your body. Whilst there are tons of great beauty DIYs out there, sometimes it pays to purchase instead of create - not only will you save money, but time, frustration and a potential health hazard! Brit + Co goes through 6 products - some are great to whip up in your kitchen and some you should check out your local store for (I think I might have to make some Lavender Lava Spray for my hair!)
I know I’ve been overdosing on the beauty posts, but I’ve found so many good ones I just had to share! I honestly would never have thought to use coconut oil as a cleanser but apparently it has lots of great qualities - check out this article. I’m keen to try it out now! But of course I want it to look pretty… thank you Lia Griffith for your amazing as usual free printables! I will be your guinea pig and have a go at the coconut oil cleanser and let you know how I go… if you’re already using it I’d love to hear what you think!
Even though I had a very unfortunate experience with a green tea KitKat (look back in my archive, you’ll see!), I don’t think it has permanently put me off green tea - especially when you read about all the benefits of it on your skin!
Though I hate to admit it, I’m quite un-coordinated. I realised this quite young when I thought I was going to be an amazing drummer. This un-coordination extends to doing anything with my hair - I just can’t hold that and then move that there and then twist that… gah. This two strand twist seems to be right up my alley - surely I can twist two pieces of hair together!? Plus it apparently gives you nice beachy waves if you leave it in overnight. I’m sold!
If you’re wanting to try a new look in 2014, try going to the past for inspiration! The victory roll is a intricate 1940’s hairstyle which as you can see above, can be created and styled in many different ways. Molly Makes has rounded up four tutorials on how to achieve the look, from a casual take to a mix of styles. So get your bobby pins and teasing comb out and get to styling!
Dry shampoo is a beauty staple in my house - especially because I am a habitual snooze button hitter! But I don’t particularly love the spray cans because the spray can cause my asthma to flare up, and if you’re not a dab hand at it and you have darker hair you can end up with obvious white powder, This version is great because you can tint it to a darker colour and dust it on with a brush in the places you need it. Plus - it’s way cheaper to make than buy!
I have a terrible confession. I’m an Australian who hates the beach. I know, I know, we have amazing beaches with beautiful white sand and blue waves… ugh. All I see is sand stuck to everything, swallowing salt water, shark alerts, being stung by jelly fish, sunburn and seaweed wrapping around my ankles. What I do like about the beach is how my hair looks afterwards. Well now I can have the beach waves without all the fuss - and it’s so cheap! Yay!
Though I truly despise eating pumpkin, I absolutely love the smell of pumpkin pie! And there’s nothing better than a hand made sugar scrub - so easy and you can adjust the ingredients to suit. This would make a really good hostess gift for Thanksgiving too!
My friend Anna is getting married, so basically all our conversations at the moment are about that! I’m sure anyone planning one right now knows what I mean. In my wedooling (wedding googling) I came across these beautiful hair styles. Perfect for that big day, but also gorgeous for any important occasion. I could see the bottom style being perfect for a prom/formal!
There are so many long hair tutorials out there, but not a ton for short hair. So you can imagine how surprised i was to find a collection on all places as BuzzFeed! Crazy. But hey, there’s 20 of em, count em, 20, for us cropped locked gals. I absolutely love the first one pictured, the side knot. Check out the rest on the click through!
As a complete beauty novice, I completely adore The Beauty Department! Unlike other blogs that assume you know how to perfectly line your eyes and blend blush with bronzer, it gives tons of tutorials on how to get your basics right. I always stress out that my foundation isn’t blended in properly or I’ve got mascara clumps all over my eyelids. This article goes through all your basics and links to other tutorials on things like getting the right shade of foundation (match it to your neck, not your cheek!), how to apply cream foundation and applying concealer to blemishes. I’m thinking I might need to print it out and keep it in my bathroom!