DIY Daily Makeup Brush Spray

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DIY Daily Makeup Brush Spray

You might’ve heard that you should be wash your makeup brushes regularly (click here to find out how). Some say every other day, others say every week. I personally try to aim for once a week but there are times that it doesn’t happen.

That’s why I made my own daily brush spray, that I can use each day on my makeup brushes by simply spritzing it on the brush bristles and letting it air dry. I’ve seen a lot of high-end, ‘professional’ versions out there, so consider using this DIY recipe before spending your hard earned cash.

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Goodbye, Pore Strips. Hello, Baking Soda!

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I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has a strange curiosity when it comes to pore strips. You know, that odd satisfaction of pulling the hardened strip off, only to reveal hair and some other funky bits that were on your nose.

But after using them for sometime I decided to look into the ingredients and how it actually works. What I found, just like the strip results, is not so pretty. So I figured it’d be good to find a natural alternative that, while not as instantly satisfying, is a whole lot better for your skin.

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How To: Wash Your Makeup Brushes

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Ladies, I’m sure that many of you have a lovely collection of makeup brushes that you use regularly. You might even know which function each brush performs. However, one thing you might not be aware of is that your brushes need to be cleaned regularly.

If you’re lazy or short on time, don’t worry. You’re in luck! The following DIY brush wash is quick, easy and effective.

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How To: Whiten Your Teeth With Activated Charcoal

Anyone who has ever touched activated charcoal knows that this stuff has a weird way of turning everything black. With this knowledge, you can understand why I was skeptical about using activated charcoal on my teeth. Aside from working as a whitener, activated charcoal also protects against gum disease and can help with internal toxins and food poisoning.

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The cool thing about activated charcoal is that it isn’t absorbed by the body. It’s an absorbent substance that attracts toxins and chemicals as it passes through the body. You don’t ingest the charcoal during the teeth whitening process, but it’s not harmful if you do. Bye bye, hydrogen peroxide.

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Recipe: Chicken Marinade

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Chicken is one of my favourite foods to cook because it can always be used in so many ways – whether in salads, wraps, in dishes or as side dishes. This simple yet delicious chicken marinade is one that I tend to use most often.

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Recipe: How To Make a Killer Quac

Mmm, avocados! They are full of goodness, with healthy fats, protein, minerals, fibre and vitamins. However, if you buy them in bulk, you may find that they go bad before you can even finish them all. This guacamole recipe is ideal for using up all your avocados and storing them in the fridge, so you can enjoy them for that much longer 🙂 

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How To: Dry Brush Your Skin

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You may have seen dry brushing on a spa menu or heard people talking about it but never really looked into it. This little gem is one of the best things you can do for your skin in the comfort of your own home. 

Dry Brushing Health Benefits:

  • exfoliating dead skin
  • stimulating your lymphatic system
  • reducing cellulite
  • unclogging pores
  • mildly detoxifying your skin

Steps For Dry Skin Brushing:

  • Buy a natural skin brush that has a long handle (mine is detachable, so I use the long handle for my lower body and back and detach it to comfortably brush my upper area)
  • Stand naked in your bathroom or shower area. Somewhere that can easily be cleaned since dead skill will fall.
  • Brush from your feet and move upwards (towards the heart) in long motions. It is best to go over each area a few times. Be gentle on sensitive areas, such as your breasts and arm pits. 
  • After you’ve brushed your whole body, get in the shower. 
  • Once you’re out of the shower, pat your skin dry.

Frequency:

Dry brush your body daily. For optimal results, dry brush twice a day. You will notice and feel skin improvements after a few weeks of dry brushing. 

Cleaning Your Brush:

Simply clean your brush using soapy water and rinse it until it is soap-free. Allow it to dry in the open-air, direct sunlight.

 

Lots of love xx

 

How To: Take Care Of Your Hair

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It’s no secret that good hair is essential for women (well, for everyone really, but particularly us ladies ;). Healthy hair reflects a healthy lifestyle and it feels sexy to have hair that is well taken care of.

General Hair Maintenance Rules: 

  • Use lukewarm water instead of scorching hot, as it is less damaging on your scalp.
  • Refrain from using heat on the hair (straighteners, hair dryers, etc) and if you have to, then make sure to wear some type of heat protection spray/serum or use the lowest heat possible. Let your hair air dry whenever possible.
  • Avoid chemicals or dyes. While they might enhance your appearance for a while, they are really harsh on your hair and scalp. If you must dye your hair then try to find hair friendly alternatives such as henna.
  • Avoid tying up your hair for long periods of time. If you do sport an all day tight ponytail, just allow your hair to be free when you get the chance.
  • Massaging your scalp is a great way to reduce tension and improve blood circulation. Simply massage your scalp whilst shampooing your hair for a few minutes each time.
  • Get a trim every six to eight weeks.

Foods For Healthy Hair

A combination of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains is vital for optimal hair growth. The healthier your diet, the healthier your hair.

Some of the goodies:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Leafy greens
  • Complex carbs

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And last but not least, deep condition your hair in order to restore it.

There are so many types of hair masks that you can make yourself, which are much healthier on the hair than store bought chemical hair masks (or the type your hair dresser claims will “save your hair!”). My favourite is the coconut oil hair maskhttps://jantrasmantras.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/how-to-use-coconut-oil-for-beauty-maintanence/

I’ll make another post on DIY hair masks in the near future. Stay tuned 🙂

Lots of love xx

Benefits of Wheatgrass

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A shot of wheatgrass juice can do so many good things for your body. I don’t particularly like the taste, but the fact that it is loaded with goodies makes it go down much easier! 

Facts about wheatgrass:

  • A single ounce has 103 minerals, vitamins and amino acids
  • A single ounce contains the same amount of nutritional value as around 2 and a half pounds of fresh leafy greens
  • High chlorophyll content
  • High vitamin content (A, B complex, C, E and K)
  • Rich in protein
  • Contains beta-carotene 
  • Naturally cleanses the body by stimulating white blood cells, which is excellent for our immune system
  • Stimulates the thyroid

Additionally, wheatgrass can be used externally to:

  • Help eliminate redness
  • Enhance natural glow
  • Exfoliate
  • Improve elasticity 
  • Treat acne    

I use the foam that is left over from a shot and apply that to a clean, freshly washed face. You can also purchase wheatgrass powder and make a paste to receive its external benefits 🙂 

Have a lovely day xx

 

How To: Make Your Own Makeup Brush Holder

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I’ve always wanted a nice way to display my make up brushes that is accessible and cute. I noticed a brass silver coated cup from a vintage store and was instantly inspired to use it a brush holder! The following is just a quick explanation for how you can create your own makeup brush holder 🙂 

Find A Container

It can be whatever you like, but the base should have enough diameter in order to fit all your brushes! You can use anything: an old candle holder, drinking glass, etc..the list is endless..

Find A Filler

Craft stores have vase fillers, but I don’t know where one is in my area so I used beads used for fish tanks as you can see in the image below. 

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Fill It Up! 

Pour the beads, fillers, etc into the container so it is a comfortable level for you to access the brushes easily (this will vary depending on the container and the look you are going for). I filled mine up just over half way. 

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Voila! There you have it 🙂 A customised, simple yet gorgeous makeup brush holder! Wee 🙂 Xx