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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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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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: Japanese Wakame Salad (Miso Dressing)

Japanese wakame salad is the perfect summer salad in my opinion. It’s actually great any time of the year, but its flavour is even better when it has been cooled for a while. Wakame, or brown seaweed, is highly nutritious and low in calories and fat. It promotes a healthy immune system, whilst preventing various diseases and illnesses (such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, blood clots and cancer). Wakame is a great source of:

  • Vitamins (A, B2, C, D, E and K)
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Lignans 
  • Folate

When you make a wakame salad at home, you will notice that the colour of the seaweed is much more brown or dark green than the fluorescent packaged varieties, due to the lack of added dye. Making this salad at home is an easy and delicious way to incorporate wakame into your diet.

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Recipe: Skinny Banana + Egg Pancake

Talk about a fuss-free breakfast! This two ingredient pancake is a healthy and delicious alternative to regular pancakes. It is packed with protein and is gluten and flour free. Mmm! 

Ingredients:

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2 eggs 

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2 bananas

I use 2 eggs + 2 bananas to get the consistency that I like but play around and see what texture you enjoy 🙂 I also use coconut oil to heat the pan for added health benefits. 

Directions:

  • whisk the eggs in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas using a fork

(Or cut up the banana and drop it in a blender along with the eggs. Quickly blend it and voila!)

  • Turn the heat on low-medium and pour some coconut oil in the pan. The size of the pancake depends on you but I prefer to make a decent sized one (since I’m way too hungry in the morning to wait to make lots of little ones). Watch the cake start to dry around the edges and signs of bubbling in the centre. Then you are ready to flip it. 
  • Enjoy the pancakes as they are or add cinnamon, flaxseeds, berries, etc… 

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Have a beautiful day!

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

How To Use Coconut Oil For Beauty Maintanence

Aside from being a great alternative oil in cooking, coconut oil has a number of health and beauty benefits as well.

Hair

  • Deep Conditioning: Simply applying coconut oil all over your hair and putting on a shower cap (or tie a plastic bag around your head even!) and leave it for an hour (or as long as you feel like). Shampoo it out and voila! smooth, silky hair.
  • Shampoo: Combining 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/3 cup of liquid soap (Castile preferably), 1/4 cup coconut milk. Add drops of your favourite essential oil to enhance the scent. 
  • Frizz Fighter: Apply a tiny amount of coconut oil onto your hands and rub them to warm the oil. Use your hands to smooth the frizz out. The more coconut oil you use, the more likely you will end up having oily looking hair so use sparingly.
  • Scalp Soother: Applying a small amount of coconut oil to your scalp can get rid of itchiness and dandruff.

Face

  • Scrub: Put some baking soda in a bowl and add in a little bit of coconut oil so you have a good consistency that is not too runny but not too harsh. Rub gently all over your face for exfoliation.
  • Facial Cleanser: Mixing olive and coconut oil can provide a deep cleaning wash. 
  • Moisturiser: Use a teeny tiny amount of coconut oil, warm it between your hands and apply to your clean face before bed. 
  • Mask: Combine coconut oil (around a teaspoon) and little bit of honey then apply it to your face and leave the mask for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  • Makeup Remover: Coconut oil is great at removing makeup, especially ones that hare hard to remove. 
  • False Eyelash Remover: Apply a dab of coconut oil onto a cotton pad and hold it onto your eyelid until the eyelash comes off without any tugging/rough movement. 
  • Lip balm: Putting coconut oil in a small container and having it available in the fridge is great for at home lip moisturising. It is not advisable to put this in your purse because coconut oil hardens and melts depending on temperature exposure.