Sunday, 17 November 2013

D.I.Y. | Make-up Remover

This is probably one of the simplest things I have ever done. I love all things that are beauty related-creams, make-up, shampoo and more- but have you ever read what these products contain? I always try to buy the best quality products I can but it can be hard when the products in your budget contain a long list of unpronounceable chemicals. To my horror most of them contain silicones or even paraffin, the reason why your eyes burn when you are using the products. Some ever contain fragrance, which for people with sensitive skin like me, is one of the most horrible things ever.

So, after looking at some sensitive make-up removers in shops I decided to make my own. It cost me pennies and literally only took me a couple of seconds to make- you'll be amazed at how well it works!

shake it up before every use.....

Here goes:
4 tbsp water
1tbsp sunflower oil
(optional; just to make it feel nicer) 1 tsp glycerin

Pour it in a bottle and mix it all up. You're done.

It was that easy!

I have used sunflower oil as it is one of the lightest oils and can be easily washed off, but you could also use vegetable or sunflower oil if you don't have it. There is no need to rub, and I can assure you it removes even the most stubborn waterproof make-up! I follow up with a face wash to clean off the residue of the oil. Only thing is that it should be used up after around a week as the water can make the oil go off easily.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Review | Naked Thirst Aid Moisturiser and Bare Faced Cheek Face Wash

I've been using these products for the last few months and have become a huge fan of them. They are 97% natural and are fragrance free- only the natural smell of the ingredients can be smelt . Also they are not as expensive as other natural skincare brands as most products are priced under £10. I am in love with organic skincare.

My combination skin suffers a lot in the cold weather and this rich moisturiser seems to do the job very well. It contains Shea butter, argan, neroli and starflower oil, and needs to be massaged into your skin. The scent of it was completely new to me- must have been down to the starflower or and neroli oils- but was a very sweet, pleasant one.

Overall, I don't think it lasted as long as the 12 hours mentioned on the packaging, but I think it is very good for dry skin as it gives lasting moisture. It is priced at £7.49, making it an affordable face cream.

"irritation when your computer crashes may still occur"

The face wash I bought for a few pounds at a local store and was instantly intrigued as it contained the beautiful Damask Rose oil. This is known to be kind to sensitive skin, have anti-ageing benefits, and fight free radicals.

The cleanser comes in a thin transparent gel which doesn't lather much. This can be because foaming agents are known to dry out the skin, so are not included in natural skincare. However my skin was left feeling very soft and moisturised, thanks to the damask rose. The smell of it can be quite daunting at first (it has quite a sharp aroma) but it is what makes the product feel like a luxury.

"your face should feel as clear as a brand new credit card"
The only thing these products lack is good looking packaging, however they are made from 50% recycled materials. Naked is also a well-known brand for not testing on animals, and most of its ingredients are vegan friendly. Good luck trying to find some of them on the high street though; my local stores are quite short on variety of this brand!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

D.I.Y. | Baroque Chain Ribbon Bracelet

I've been lusting after some chain jewellery lately as I just love the eye-catching shine and the detail they give to every look. I saw a few pieces in the high street which are knew where going to be so easy to DIY so here's my tutorial!

You need:
5 inch chain
10 inch ribbon
A beading needle
Thread same colour as the ribbon

1. Thread your ribbon through the beading needle and weave it through your chain, leaving approximately 2.5 inches ribbon each side. Make sure the ribbon and the chain don't twist on themselves while doing this. To help, you could use sellotape to stick the chain down to the table to keep it still.

2. Once you've done that, sow the ends of the chain to the ribbon to keep it in place. If the ends of the ribbon are fraying, you could put a bit of PVA glue or use a glue stick to seal them.

And its done! See it was so easy and quick I also made a longer white bracelet by doubling all the measurements. You could also embellish them with beads if you want, but I left mine as they were because I like the subtleness of them. I would suggest to tie with a knot, as they come loose easily if ties with a bow.

Hope you liked it :)

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