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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 Glamour Beauty Edit Beauty Box Review (including HD brow and Benefit discount code!)

On Tuesday I was casually browsing Instagram when I came across this gorgeous beauty box. Glamour magazine have teamed up with Latest in Beauty (http://www.latestinbeauty.com) to bring the ultimate party ready beauty box! At only £15 this box is well worth its value, totalling in over £65 if all products were bought individually.

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Filled with excitement, I ordered the box during my lunch break on Tuesday. In total the box cost me around £18 includng P&P (still a huge saving!). Shipping stated it would take up to 5-7 days which was a bit dissapointing, however Latest in Beauty exceeded my expectations as the beauty box arrived after only 2 days!

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The box was presented beautifully. About A4 in size, it was smaller than I expected but full with wonderful, luxury products!

Included in the box:

1. Eyeko Lash Curler (RRP £12.00)

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I rarely use eyelash curlers, my go to is either a great mascara or false eyelashes, so this was my first time using a high-end eyelash curler. The velvet handles add a luxurious feel, and the curler is a great size. The protective rubber coating helps curl the lashes with minmal discomfort; when curling my lashes I could barely feel the curlers. Without any mascara or lash products on eyes, the curlers definitley helped lengthen my lashes by at least 1-2 inches.

Rating: 8/10

2. Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara 3.0g (RRP: £19.50 (for 8.5g size))

IMG_0378 copyI’ve been using this mascara for about a year now. I adore it! Honestly, I cannot reccomend a great mascara than any by Benefit. This review will be a bit bias because this product was one the draws for purchasing the beauty box! The great feature of this mascara is that it not only lengthens your lashes, but thickens them as well. With two coats they can easily replace the hassle of sticking on false lashes all the time!

Rating: 10/10

3. HD Brows Eye and Brow palette (RRP: £19.95)

IMG_0385 copyI’ve lusted after the HD eye and brow palette for a long, long time! As soon as I realised this was included in the beauty box, it became a must have! This palette was well worth the wait. Whilst saving up for this palette I’ve been using a great dupe by W7, however you can immeadiatley see the difference in both brands. The pigmentation within the HD palette is fantastic; the colour really stands out on your skin, and manages to stay in place all day. The palette comes with a great angle brush to precisley fill in your HD brows. If you need any advice on achieving HD brows read my previous blog post here (shameless plug! ;))

Rating: 10/10

4. Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 10ml (RRP: £15.00)

IMG_0372 copyI was rather intrigued by this product. I am a huge advocate for hair oil, however I’d never thought about using oil on my face! I suffer from combination oily skin, so the thought of putting even more oil onto my skin, in my mind, spells beauty disaster! The great defining feature of this product is that it contains tea tree oil which is a fantastic natural anti-bacterial spot/acne remedy. I haven’t used this product enough yet to truly notice a difference in my skin, although once applied it is a very thin layer of oil, I feel this product which be far better suited to a consumer with dry skin. If you suffer from dry or oily skin like myself I’d suggest avoiding this product.

Rating: 5/10

5. Philip Kingsley ‘One More Day’ Dry Shampoo 50ml (£6.00)

IMG_0368 copyAh dry shampoo. One of the biggest beauty challenges I’ve faced in the past! Dry shampoo can be very hit and miss; by the correct brand and you’ll have gorgeous long lasting, fresh hair. Buy the wrong brand and your hair will be hit with a dry avalanche shampoo powder, creating the very attractive look of a head full of dandruff! (Cough, cough looking at you TRESemmé!). I’m not going to beat around the bush here, I was very dissapointed with this product. With much trepidation I sprayed the dry shampoo onto my roots and aged about 50 years! My roots turned a white/grey-ish colour which when massaged into hair spread the colour further and further. I tried the product on my younger brother who has jet black hair thinking the grey effect could be due to my blonde-ish hair colour, however it also turned his hair white! Honestly this Philip Kingsley product falls into the latter category of AVOID dry shampoos; take a shower instead! Don’t waste your money.

Rating 2/10

6. Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Hydrate’ (RRP: £2.99)

IMG_0376 copyI’ve heard great reveiws of this lipbalm from my friends who swear by it. Personally, I am obsessed the EOS brand of lipbalm! I love the packaging for this Maybelline product; simple and chic. There are a plethora of flavours available, the one provided in my beauty box is entitled ‘hydrate’ and has a wonderful bubblegum smell and taste to it. Once applied to the lips, the lipbalm gives a silky smooth feeling. My lips feel instantly hydrated and so soft! I think I may be converted to Maybelline; I’m definitley going to stock up on different flavours!

Rating 8/10

7. Toni & Guy Glamour Firm Hold Hairspray 75ml/50g (RRP: £6.39 for 250ml)

IMG_0370 copyI used to be a huge advocate for hairspray, but since dyeing my hair lighter, I find the less product I can use the less damage to my hair, and often hairspray can weigh down and knot your hair. I sprayed this product into my hair and was quite suprised at how light it felt. The residue was not sticky, nor did it knot my hair. It smells lovely; no harsh chemical smells like other hairspray products that are available. Although I have not used this product properly yet (other than to test for this post) I am excited to see how holds on a night out in a few weeks. So far I’m very impressed!

Rating 8/10

The box also comes with two beauty discount codes, which I will share with you lovely readers!

1. BENEFIT, 10% off Benefits products with the code glambeautyedit

2. HD BROWS, 20% off HD brow products with the code glamourhd

Overall I’d say this beauty box is a wonderful investment. For the price of £15 you receive a wonderful selection high-end products that can last months! I will 100% reccomend this beauty box to my friends; it would make for a great gift this christmas! Have a look here.

I would love to hear your opnions on this beauty box, or if anyone can reccomend anymore beauty boxes feel free to add them in the comments section below!

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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 🙂 (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!

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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? 🙂

B x