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Beauty for Breakfast?!?

As my previous post states, over the past week I have been set a challenge by Emma at The Breakfast Affair! All week I have experimented with differet breakfast ingredients  to create a plethora of organic, natural beauty remedies. From the expected to the bizzare (Anti-aging champagne meat facial anyone?!) have a look below to try out a few receipes yourself!

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1. Hydrating Honey and Oil Hair Mask: Typical organic beauty ingredients. I cannot rave about honey enough! Not only can you use it on your hair, but you can incoporate it into face masks, homemade wax, and even health aids! This mask leaves your hair feel lovely and silky – believe me my hair is so damaged from bleach, this mask was a lifesaver! However be careful with the amount of oil you use, as you could end up with far too much and greasy looking tresses!

2. Mayonnais Conditioner: This is a bit of a cheat but I have previously blogged about the wonders of using mayonnaise as a hair mask. Particularly for you bottle blondes out there, the protein factor does wonders for your hair. You can find the receipe and blog post here.

3. Natural Blackhead Remover: When I was researching egg receipes, I was pretty disgusted by this at first, but I threw myself, literally, head first into trying it! When mixing and apply the mask it was just as I expected; slimy, slimy, slimy!! Once you get over the intial ‘gross-ness’ of the recipe, it sits on your face like an average face mask. I suffer from large pores, and I have very noticeable blackheads on my nose. Although this recipe did not completley remove them, it did a great job for my first time. I think after trying a few more times my blackheads may have disappeared!

4. Dandruff Hair Mask: Personally, I don’t tend to suffer from dandruff but I thought I’d still give this a go. Lemon juice can be used as a natural highlighter for blonde hair so I felt I would achieve something from this receipe at least. I was shocked at how fresh my hair felt afterwards. Over the past week I’ve also had new hair extensions applied, and the I felt the yoghurt helped gently sooth my scalp. Bonus, this mask smells lovely!

5. Cereal Exfoliater: This receipe I am rather proud to say I invented myself! (Although I am sure there must be variations or similar receipes available online!) I was eating weetabix for breakfast, drafting this blog post and I began thinking about the texture of the weetabix. Milk is a well known beauty aid; often used to revitalise the skin. Milk has been used in beauty as far back as the Egyptian period when Cleopatra would bathe in goats milk to ensure soft skin! The combination of the dry weetabix (which could naturally scrub away dead skin) and milk (which would soother the skin after the exfoliation process) I felt would be perfect! Naturally when eating breakfast, my first thought is to put it onto my face; the life of a beauty blogger eh! Haha. Anyway, I tried this exfoliater and loved it. I was suprised how well it worked. The only struggled was trying to get the correct consistency; I have given a rough estimate on the infograph above however you may need to try a bit of experimentation – just rememeber you need to double the ratio of weetabix to milk. Enjoy!

6. Anti-anging Meat Facial Mask: Well, I never thought I would be placing champagne soaked meat on my face in the aid of beatuy!! I did cheat wiht the ingredients a bit as Emma originally asked me to use bacon or sausage. I could not think of any benefits bacon or sausage could bring to a beauty regime! Too much fat, too much salt, too much grease and thats before you have eaten either of them! I took to the internet to research and found recipe made from raw meat. For those of you rolling in dosh, they also have red caviar facials! Leant meat does contain a combiantino of nutrients which can be abosrbed through the skin, reducing wrinkles, strengthening and increasing collagen. So I tried the mask, place the champagne soaked piece onto my face, which to put nicely, was DISGUSTING!! I spent the next half hour lying down try to stop the meat from sliding down my face (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type!!) I removed the meat after 30 minutes and felt no different. I could see no visible signs of change. All I could think was that I’d rather spend my afternoons dirnking champagne then putting it on my face! Try this by all means but I honestly don’t think it will be beneficial at all!

Thank you to Emma at The Breakfast Affair for suggesting a joint post; it was really fun!

Have you ever tried any bizarre facemasks? What is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever done in the name of beauty? Comment below and let me know!

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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!! 😉 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 🙂

– 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! 😀 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