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Tweaked Cocoa Face Mask

Hi guys!

I don’t know how many of you use YouTube for beauty tips but I absolutely swear by it! One of my favourite vloggers is named ‘superprincessjo’, she has AMAZING videos of face masks, hair masks and many other beauty tricks and tips; all easily made at home and all organic!

This cocoa mask below is one of my favourites, and I’ve added this to my skincare routine:

Jo’s recipe can be found on the YouTube video above. I’ve tweaked this mask slightly for myself so feel free to use either method! My recipe is as follows:

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– 2 tablespoons of gram/besan Indian flour (Has scrubbing properties which remove dead skincells, cleans blackheads and removes oil-iness from the skin. Jo also says that Besan flour helps soothe inflamed acne skin , lightening acne scars and marks , relieves itchy pimples and reduces dark marks and dark circles)

– 2 tablespoons of honey (Honey can be used as a great cleanser, soaking impurities and is a natural skin moisturiser)

– 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (Cocoa has natural anti-aging abilities; reducing fine lines, tightens skin and reduces pores)

I eliminate the curd as I found it difficult to find in my local supermarket, and I found the mask worked just as well without! All of these ingredients can be found in any supermarket, and the flour can be found in either Indian food specialist shops or your any local supermarket which specialises in foreign ingredients ūüôā (For example I found this flour in the World Foods section of my local Tesco)

Mix all of the ingredients together and you should have a paste-like consistency (the picture below was enough to last me 2-3 days):

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Smother all over your face so you can look as beautiful as this!

 IMG_0096(Haha, criiiinge!! Also rare shot of natural hair, minus hair extensions ;))

Wait around 20-30 minutes or until the mask is dry. In the picture above I’ve put on a bit too much around my T-zone, but it still works great! Wash off your mask and you’re done! I feel like my skin is so much softer; this is definitely down tot he scrubbing properties in the besan flour! I’ll never go back to buying store made face masks; natural and organic are far superior!!

What are your favourite organic face masks? ūüôā

B x

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DIY HD Eyebrows

APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE, THIS IS A LONG (BUT VERY INTERESTING ;)) POST!

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I am super excited about this post! This will probably sound a bit silly but I’ve had a lifelong battle with eyebrows!! Too thin, too much, waxing half of one, getting trigger happy with razors; you name it, its happened to me!! So when a local salon at Uni hired a HD eyebrow expert me and my friends were so excited to try, and see what the fuss was all about. My friend Emma came back from the salon and you can immediately see the difference in her brows …

e(Burbury’s Boutique, https://twitter.com/burburyboutique, Kim Rees, Aberystwyth)

Unlike traditional eyebrow methods HD eyebrows combine techniques such as threading, wax, plucking and dye in order to get a full, thick brow. You can even pay for cosmetic brows to be tattooed on; the wonders of modern make-up eh!!

Anyway, I loved the results of my eyebrows, but at £27 a pop there is no way I could afford to get this regularly done every 2-4 weeks (my hair grows very fast).

So I present to you, ‘B’s HD Ready Eyebrow Tutorial!’ You will need the following tools in order to complete this look:

  • Eyelure eyelash/brow dye (dependent to your eyebrow colour)
  • Vaseline
  • Thread, a threading tool, or you can get your eyebrows threaded before hand
  • Brown or Black eyebrow/liner pencil (A lot of people have noticed a vast difference between the brow and liner pencils, but tbh either work fine as we’ll blend the pencil anyway)
  • Eyeshadow pallette
  • White eye pencil
  • Spoolie (a mascara wand to you non-make-up brush aficionados:))
  • Eyebrow brush (9/10 out of time you usually will find one attatched to your eyebrow pencil)
  • Rat-tail comb/ruler/or a straight line/edge to help line up points of reference
  • Nail scissors
  • Concealer
  • Eyebrow setter

Now that we have everything prepared its time to begin! BEFORE I START, if your brows are sufficiently thick enough (not requiring dye) or you do not feel confident enough threading/waxing your own brows, you’re more than welcome to skip steps 1-5.

  1. To begin, grab your vaseline and completely cover the area around the eyebrow. Preferably quite thick as the vaseline will act as a barrier between the dye and your skin (we don’t want any dyed foreheads!)
  2. Open your Eyelure kit and follow the instructions to mix the dye. Using the small spatula mix together the two components until a dark paste has formed. Grab either a make-up brush/cotton bud/spatula and cover your brows in the dye. Leave the dye on for 1 MINUTE.
  3. Remove the dye with a cotton swab or tissue, being careful to remove any excess. If you would like your brows to be a bit darker, repeat steps 1-3 until the desired amount has been reached (although I would recommend only doing this process twice)
  4. After removing the dye and vaseline, we need to trim those unruly brows!! There are two methods in which you can do this. Firstly (preferable for beginners or beauty novices) grab your eyebrow comb/brush and brush all of the hairs upwards towards your forehead. Holding the comb against the hairs (Still facing upwards) trim any hairs that stick out of the comb or are higher that your brow line with the nail scissors. The second method is to grab your spoolie (mascara wand) and brush your hair upward again. Rather than using your comb, use your eye to trim the hair that appears longer than the top of your brow.
  5. Before we remove any hair we need to find the reference points of where our brows will be. Grab your rat-tail comb or straight edge and place it against the side of your nose (we’ll begin with the left). The first point of reference is where the edge goes straight up, this is where your brow should start (A, on the diagram. You can mark this with the white eyebrow pencil). Turn you straight edge diagonal (still based at the corner of your nose), this is where the arch of your eyebrow should be (B on the diagram). Finally, move the straight edge (C, on the diagram, again, still based at the corner of your nose) almost straight across your face; this is where the tail of your eyebrow should end. The diagram below can give you a clearer idea. Once references points have been established, using your white eyeliner pencil pencil a straight line above and below your brow creating, almost like, a stencil on your eyebrow.
  6. WARNING: If you do not feel comfortable enough to thread your own brows; don’t panic! ūüôā Superdrug offer eyebrow threading for ¬£5, or you can definitely book an appointment for under ¬£10 at your local salon. If doing this by hand, again I have two different methods of achieving the ‘threaded look’. The first option is to use a threader tool. I subscribe to the offer website Wowcher! and I managed to buy a Sleek Hair Threader for ¬£9 (down from ¬£30, Wowcher indeed!!) The tool is very simple to use and removes hair while you open and close the threader. If you do not own a threader tool it is still easy to thread at home; watch this Youtube video for tips on how to thread your own eyebrows:¬† Once your tools are established proceed to remove all unwanted hair; the hair inside of the white stencil we drew earlier is to be kept, everything out of this is to be removed. You can pluck any tiny hair which are not removed from the threading process.
  7. After threading, take your eyebrow pencil (make sure it is sharp) and carefully draw a straight line directly underneath your brown BUT above the white stencil line. Repeat the same step on the top of your brow, and bring the pencil all the way to the end to create a tail.1
  8. With your eyebrow palette (my palette was £2 from Boyes although they do stock them in cheap beauty shops. You can use any brown or black eye shadow, or you can use the official HD palette, although this is rather pricey at £20), choose the black first and carefully fill in the tail end of your eyebrow. Make sure you follow the direction of the hair, stop when you have filled in 3/4 of the brow; almost at the beginning of the brow (we are working backwards; the tail should be the darkest point of your brow).
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  9. Using your brown eyeshadow fill in the beginning of the eyebrow by moving your make brush up wards with the direction of the hair, rather than across. This creates the statement HD look. Use your spoolie to brush the powder and pencil and blend them all together. You can blend the eyeshadow powder about a 1/4 inch out from the start of your eyebrow to create a faded effect.
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  10. Finally grab your concealer (I swear by Garnier BB Cream or Max Factor Concealer Stick) dab a little onto a make-up brush, and with precision, ‘draw’ a straight concealer line on top of the white pencil line to create a dramatic sharp edge to your brow. Repeat this process on top of your brow, until the concealer has covered the white eye pencil. You can choose to place concealer at the beginning of the brows for a dramatic, sharp effect, or leave it be for a more natural look, personally I prefer the dramatic effect! Add a dab of highlighter to your upper brow bone and you’re finished; DIY HD brows!

I hope you found this tutorial useful; I’m glad I’ve finally learned how to maintain my brows!! And remember:

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Haha!

Bx

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Mani-Monday! (29/07)

My poor nails are ravaged atm from nail glue and constant wear of acrylics (I think I’ve been wearing them non-stop for about 6 months!!) so this week I’m giving my nails a rest from the old nail art.

Instead, through my daily rummage of Pinterest I came across this cute idea for Olympic style nails, in honor of the anniversary games that took place in London last weekend:

B x

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The best DIY, organic hair mask!!

I am obsessed with experimenting with make-up and beauty products and I try to DIY as many products as possible (saves a ton of money!). 99% of the time I usually end up making a huge mess and looking like this:

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(I love this photo; it’s what I looked like the first time I attempted HD Brows!! ūüėČ haha!)

But today was one of those rare days were a little experimenting actually turned out to be an instant hair miracle!! If you’re one of those unlucky people like me, you’ll suffer from combination hair (booo!). This is where its lovely, thick and healthy on top, and dry and brittle on the ends. No matter how many times you trim the ends or get a hair cut, your ends will not become shiny and soft!! I researched organic hair masks (I specifically chose organic because I already put enough product on my hair with heat protectant, pumping spray, hairspray etc, etc, and feel that the natural products will enrich my hair making it stronger and healthier) and came across so many ideas!

Naturally I wanted to try them all but I couldn’t possibly wash my hair 10 times in one evening!! I decided to combine all of the great ingredients together to make one ultra, smoothing hair mask. Most of these ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboard, or very cheap in your local supermarket :):

  • 4 tablespoons of natural yoghurt: The natural milk protein strengthens hair without making it dull or dry; it also helps get rid of dandruff)
  • 4 tablespoons of honey: Honey is often described as ‘food for hair’. It nourishes and enriches the hair and creates a hydration effect
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise: Trust me on this! It may sound disgusting, and the smell isn’t too pleasant BUT mayonnaise is an absolute god send! When I bleached my hair blonde, I used mayonnaise every other to strengthen the keratin levels. Keratin is related to protein which is found in eggs (specifically yolks) and brings me too …
  • 1 egg: Same properties as mayonnaise and the whites help improve glow and shine giving a healthy look to your hair
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice: Lemon highlights the hair as well as leaving a pleasant smell after all that mayonnaise!!

– Mix together ingredients very well; I recommend a whisk not a spoon to get rid of the ‘clumpiness’ found when mixing mayonnaise

– You should be left with a slightly runny mixture (not so runny that it slips through your fingers, but runny enough to spread through your hair)

– Section your hair and starting from underneath run the mask from root to ends making sure you apply plenty to the drier areas. Always, always, ALWAYS run from root to ends NEVER scrunch your hair lather your hair all over your head; this can cause split ends, breakage and far more damage to your hair. You must be gentle and take your time ūüôā

– Leave on your hair for about 20 – 30 minutes (or in my case if your cooking a lasagna, until the hair mask starts to slowly drip down your forehead and into your eyes so you can no longer see, haha!)

– This is VERY important. Wash your hair in COLD too LUKEWARM water. DO NOT wash your hair in hot water!! Otherwise the heat will react with egg mixture in your hair and you’ll end up with a lovely scrambled egg-y hair mess! No-one wants to be picking out their breakfast in the shower! ūüėÄ Once the mask is fully rinsed away feel free to have as hot a shower as you like (although I wouldn’t recommend too hot as you can dry your hair and skin out). Make sure you use your normal conditioner after the shower to smooth and defrizz the hair.

– While damp/towel-dried spray or moisturise your hair with a leave-in conditioner. I always spray my hair with Aussie Leave in Conditioner (which contains Jojoba oils which lock in moisture and smooth hair), and I swear by L’oreal Hair Mix Supreme Smooth Techni Art. This product is amazing; it has truly changed my life!! (To be dramatic haha)

– Let your hair air dry (after putting on an organic hair mix I would recommend NOT using heat on your hair until the next day in order to truly get the full effect of the mask)

And voila! You should be left with super smooth, gorgeous hair!! (This even worked on clip-in-hair extensions :))

I hope this mask works as well for you as it did for me; comment below to let me know (I’m a poet!) and I’ll leave you with this little beauty tip …

“Chances are if you can eat it, you can put it on your body!”

Ha!

B x

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Make-up Haul …

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I am the worst person when it comes to self-control when make-up shopping! Last night I was researching make-up contouring (something I’ve been obsessing over for months; one day I’ll work out how to do it properly!!) and when looking for a cheap alternative to Benefit and MAC products, came across this gem of a website!! http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/¬†Everything appears to be genuine and they have great discount prices (Boujours mascara for ¬£1, etc). Inspired by this I ran into town to indulge in some new make-up (it had been a while since my last splurge; 5 whole days!). This haul was roughly around ¬£30/35 as a lot it was either cheap or on offer!

The haul contains:

  • 2 bottle of Aussie Dual Hold, Gloss and Shine hairspray (2 for ¬£7; stock up!) –¬†Superdrug –¬†I have always been an adamant user of Tresemme Proffessiona hairspray, however lately I’ve noticed it’s been making my hair coarse, dry and knotted. I adore the Aussie shampoo and conditioning repair range (a MUST for anyone who has bleached hair!) This hairspray holds fantastic, and feels light on hair. I couldn’t really see much of a shine improvement but that may be because I use Morroccan Oil and shine finishing spray)
  • Sleek, contour powder (number 4) –¬†Superdrug –¬†Having darker skin, I have always struggled to find a bronzer that didn’t turn my skin either orange or that nasty, dirty-looking brown colour when you wear too much fake tan! I only really started using bronzers within the past year or so, I used Superdrugs own brand which was great but didn’t stay on very long. This Sleek contour powder however is the best bronzer I’ve ever used. Fantastic packaging and great coverage!
  • MUA highlight powder (number 1) –¬†Superdrug – Unable to splash out MAC’s contour cream highlight, I found this far cheaper (only ¬£1) powder version. Great coverage but my only problem is if you have dry skin (like I do underneath my eyes) the make-up can look caked on. You must be very careful when apply this powdered highlight. I would buy it again but save up and use it alongside the MAC product.
  • Bodycare face wash towel –¬†Bodycare – Simple product, self-explanatory
  • Eye Candy eyelashes –¬†Bodycare –¬†I often get laughed at by my friends as I have naturally long, thick eyelashes but I adore falsies! (And any false beauty product for that matter!) Eyelashes can be quite expensive and I highly¬†recommend¬†buying them in bulk from eBay (though buy your own glue!), but sometimes I do like to treat myself with store bought lashes! Our local Bodycare sells lashes for dirt cheap (Around ¬£2-3 a set) rather than¬†Boots¬†and¬†Superdrug where I have seen Katy Perry eyelashes retail for up to ¬£15!!! These eyelashes are fantastic quality and can last up to 4 to 5 wears if you take extra care of them. I can’t wait to wear them this weekend!
  • NYC translucent finishing powder –¬†Superdrug –¬†Once again, a cheap alternative to MAC. Does the job fantastic, and is a lovely smooth powder that blends into the face. The only downside would be the mess which is inevitable with loose powders!
  • NYC Primer –¬†Superdrug –¬†A fantastic, unfussy primer that does its job well. It helped my make-up stay in place all day at work (though I’m yet to try its success on a night out!) Rather happy I bought this for ¬£4 instead of splashing out ¬£14 for the GOSH primer (this is next on my list!)
  • Nail scissors –¬†Bodycare –¬†Self-explanatory¬†again but I love that these scissors are straight edged and not rounded; far easier to trim my eyebrows with
  • Empty spray bottle –¬†Bodycare –¬†I recently¬†purchased¬†a hairdryer hood (blog coming when it arrives!) and I thought this bottle would be great for wetting my hair in rollers to¬†achieve¬†a full wavy, volume effect!
  • Technic, ‘High Beam’ Highlighter –¬†Bodycare – For the price (¬£1.20) this product is fantastic because it is basically a rip-off of Benefits Highlighter (¬£23). I’m not a fan of the¬†packing¬† its in a nail varnish-esque bottle which you apply to your cheek/brow bones; I prefer to skip the nail varnish brush and use my own make-up brush. The product comes out rather gloopy so you have to work with it a bit. Once on the face however it gives a great shine and¬†definitely¬†highlights your features. The product in theory is fantastic, and no-one can argue with the price, but in the future I’ll save up for the Benefit brand.
  • Eyeliner pencil sharperner –¬†Bodaycare –¬†Self-eexplanatory but on a quick not, how hard is it to find eyeliner sharpeners in stores!? I’ve tried Boot,s Superdrug, even Hobby Craft! I’ve been searching around 2 months before finally finding this gem! Ha
  • Technic Individual false eyelashes –¬†Bodycare –¬†As previously mentioned being a massive fan of¬†false¬†eyelashes I thought I’d try my hand with¬†individual¬†lashes. From first glance they seem very fussy and messy! I’m sure after watching plenty of YouTube tutorials I’ll be able to get the hang on of them! They do give a fantastic extended length effect
  • Technic waterproof mascara –¬†Bodycare –¬†This will sound rather silly but I actually bought this product by accident!! I couldn’t decide between this mascara or the one detailed below, and didn’t realise I’d bought both until I emptied my bag at home; I must’ve been in a make-up shopping coma!! We’ve all been there haha. I’m glad I did buy this mascara though as its perfect to thicken and darken my lash.¬†
  • Tehcnic sky high mascara –¬†Bodycare –¬†I’ve been using this mascara in conjunction with the previous; this mascara is perfect for lifting and extending my lashes as a first, base coat. I’m not one to buy expensive mascaras¬†because¬†my own eyelashes¬†already¬†look like they are covered in mascara, and I sometimes wear false eyelashes, so this mascara at ¬£1.50 is fantastic. I’ve spent ¬£¬£¬£’s on Maybeline, Max Factor and Revlon and honestly this mascara beats them all hands down!
  • Technic eyelash extender/eyebrow gel –¬†Bodycare –¬†A lovely cheap as chips brow gel to keep these unruly brows in check!!

All in all I think this was a successful haul! What beauty bargains have you picked up this week?

B x

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Mani-Monday!

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Hi!

So, in order to develop this blog I will be launching weekly features. The first of which is Mani Monday! Every Monday I will post amazing pictures of nail art I have seen online, and loved OR nail art I have created myself ūüôā

Now we have our introduction out of the way, for the first Mani-Monday I have been inspired by this weekend’s San Diego Comic-con! I absolutely adore comic books and I’ve longed to go to Comic Con since I was about 14 years old. Whilst looking at the photographs from the weekend, I came across this photo of Haliee Steinfield sporting an AMAZING comic themed manicure!!

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I was instantly inspired to try and recreate this design upon my own nails. Grabbing my collection of 500 fake acrylics (eBay; bargain!), endless nail varnish and countless make-up brushes and tools I sat down, and with the help of Google Images (and 2 episodes of The Sopranos) managed to create a similar set of comic nails!

I usually don’t wear my acrylics as long as this; I prefer them to be a practical length, however I adore these nails and felt I could be more creative with designs if the nails are longer. The only downside is that its rather difficult to type which doesn’t really bode well for my temp job a receptionist! Haha,

Oh, and for all of you How I Met Your Mother fans, check out this vide on that was shown at Comic Con this weekend …

What was you’re favorite part about Comic Con over the weekend? Do any of you guys create your own acrylics? Feel free to comment below!

B x